Lamebook Suing Facebook Huh

first_imgIt’s like Goliath versus a snarky, snarky little David. Lamebook, a tiny Austin-based Facebook satire site is suing the social networking giant–over trademark infringement. It’s an odd turn of events at first glance, sure.After all, Lamebook is really just an aggregator of humorous Facebook content–an aggregator with a decidedly Facebook-esque design scheme.Thing is, Facebook threatened to sue Lamebook first, and Lamebook appears to be attempting to nip the whole thing in the bud. The site is looking for a declaratory judgment to prove that it’s not doing anything thing wrong.I understand the need to get someone’s attention, but what the heck happened to good old fashioned poking?AdChoices广告last_img read more

New dye changes bandage color if infection takes hold

first_imgWhenever you get a cut on your body some antiseptic cream and a plaster is usually the best course of action to keep it clean and let it stay protected while healing. For bigger wounds a bandage will be required, or even stitches and a longer period of time to heal.One problem with covering wounds up is you don’t know if an infection has taken hold until you change the dressing. The act of changing the dressing can also be quite painful depending on where it is and what type of wound you have.Researchers at the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Modular Solid State Technologies EMFT in Munich have come up with a solution to this problem. A new dye added to plasters and bandages will change color if an infection is detected. It works by reacting to the pH level of the skin. A value below 5 is normal and shows a wound that is healing or healed. Above 5 and something is wrong and an infection may have taken hold.Using such a method of testing for infection could mean problems are spotted earlier and dressings have to be changed less often. Fewer people will have complications and in the end it could save both a lot of time and pain for the patient.Tests are now going to be done in a hospital environment and then a commercial partner looked for. But the researchers aren’t just stopping at color-changing bandages. Optical sensors are being looked into which would allow for a precise pH level reading to be displayed as a digital output  rather than relying on a dye.Read more at ScienceDailyMatthew’s OpinionI don’t think the Fraunhofer Research Institution will have any problem finding a commercial partner to sell us plasters and bandages. This is such an easy feature to advertise, and one concerned parents will buy without a second glance at the higher price for their kids.In hospitals and for out patients it means better monitoring of wounds without expensive and time-consuming doctor visits. It also means fewer dressing changes which again saves time and money.If they can get the sensors working in the material then more precise readings can be taken and warning sounds or messages sent at the first sign something is going wrong.This clearly has a future in all medical fields as well as your home medical cabinet for cuts and scrapes.last_img read more

Asks Top Questions of 2010 Coffee iPads Bieber

first_imgWe’re nearing the end of the year, which can only mean one thing in the tech world: lists! So, so many lists! This is the point where search engines celebrate the past year by issuing the top trends from the past 12 does things a little differently, of course. Given the nature of the site’s queries, it marks the occasion by issuing the top questions–and answers–of the year. What was the biggest question of the year? Something to do with the Oil Spill? The World Cup? And number of terrifying political crises? AdChoices广告Nope. Coffee. Cheap Coffee.The top question of 2010 was: “What is the best coffee under $10?” The top answer: Dunkin Donuts. The number two question: “Are the new mini net books any good?” The answer: buy an iPad. Justin Bieber topped the celebrity questions, with two of the top three. (“How old is Justin Bieber?” and “Does Justin Bieber have a girlfriend?”) Curious users also wanted to know whether Lady Gaga is a guy, Beyonce is pregnant, and what Slash’s real name is. Thanks read more

Open thread Your favorite geek gift

first_imgHey everyone, happy holidays!The holiday season is about a lot of things–family, togetherness, religion, and so on–but let’s put aside all that for a minute and talk about presents. Did you get any awesome gifts this year? I’m sure you got some killer socks and at least one great tie, but how about tech gifts? Get anything super cool and geeky? We want to know! Leave your comment below.AdChoices广告I’ll start. My favorite tech gift of the year was my very own intervalometer. I plan on using this with my DSLR to take time lapses, but is has a built in LCD and enough features that I’ll be playing with it for some time. I’m super excited to be able to do that much more with my camera.[image via]last_img read more

SquareEnix to build 100 dev studio for nextgen consoles next year

first_imgIt seems like this console generation has lasted forever, and that’s partly because it has. The Xbox 360 is now almost six years old, while the PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii are almost five. We know that Sony built the PS3 to have a ten year lifespan, and it looks like the Xbox 360 will have something similar, with recent rumors tipping the next Xbox sometime in 2015. Similarly, it is expected that Nintendo might announce a new version of its Wii console later this year to keep pace with peripherals like the Kinect and PlayStation Move.Five years from now, though? It’s reasonable to expect that we’ll all be playing brand new consoles… and new consoles require launch games. That’s why Square Enix is already planning on opening a huge studio in Canada next year, specifically to work on developing games for next-gen consoles.It’s unknown if Square-Enix has an inside tip on the next generation of consoles, although given how popular games like the Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest series are, we wouldn’t be surprised. Even if they don’t have a tip on the hardware being used, though, it’s pretty clear that Square-Enix will need to get a head start on the next gen if they want to have titles available for the Xbox 720 or PlayStation 4 for launch.After all, considering how much time and money needs to go into making modern consoles games, game development budgets and time tables are only going to rise by the time future consoles roll out. For example, Final Fantasy Versus XIII has been in development for five years now, and it’s still not out. Even if they build a studio next year, Square-Enix may very well not be able to put together a truly next-gen game for 2015.Read more at Metro (via Ubergizmo)last_img read more

Asus Eee Pad MeMo packs quadcore and ICS for just 249

first_imgIf 2012 really is shaping up to be the year of the tablet, that means we’re going to see tablets that aren’t just more powerful than ever before. We’re also going to see prices continue to slide. At CES, Asus has revealed that you can even do both with a single product: the Eee Pad MeMo is going to launch with a quad-core chip and a crazy-low price of just $249.Asus dropped in at the Nvidia presser to share the good news, and it’s especially good news for those of you who have been waiting excitedly for the MeMo since it was originally unveiled back at CES in 2011. It was starting to look like the MeMo might never see the light of day, but at long last, it’s coming.While Asus didn’t get specific about the Tegra 3 processor’s clock speed, that price tag should be more than enough to keep everyone interested until the MeMo starts shipping. At $249, the Eee Pad MeMo is one of the least expensive tablets around that ships with Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s also got a stylus for handwritten notes and sketching. Based on Samsung’s shipping numbers for the Galaxy Note (more than 1 million), that’s a feature lots of people a very interested in when it comes to tablets. The MeMo could be a very hot seller, then, if its 7-inch form factor strikes a chord. It’s roughly the same size as a BlackBerry PlayBook, which still fits neatly into plenty of coat pockets.One more thing Asus revealed is that the MeMo’s rear-facing camera has been upgraded to an 8MP sensor, but the MeMic companion device was nowhere to be found. For $249, I don’t think it will be missed by MeMo buyers.You might even want to take a flyer on the MeMo if you were considering a Kindle Fire. It’s the same size, and you’ll get full access to the official Android Market. The Amazon AppStore has loads of great apps, but nowhere near as many as the genuine article.More at Liliputinglast_img read more

Geek deals 139 HP Slate 7 Android 41 tablet

first_imgWhile both Blackberry and HP’s attempts at entering the tablet market failed miserably, primarily due to the niche operating systems they used, HP surprised us all with a 7-inch Android tablet the company released in April, the Slate 7.The 7-inch form factor is definitely the most popular these days, offering lower cost and a good e-book reading size, which means the Slate 7 has a lot of competition. It comes in pretty much middle of the pack, with all the standard features we’ve come to expect. You get a dual-core 1.6GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, microSD slot, dual cameras, Wireless-N, and the rest of the usual Android goodies.Of note, the Slate 7 is running a nearly bone-stock version of Android 4.1, with only a couple non-factory apps and none of the hit or miss OEM skins that most companies like to add. All in all, the Slate 7 measures up comparably to its competition, if it doesn’t exceed.Instead we’re seeing it exceed on price, currently marked down to $139.99 from an already competitive $169.99. With other key 7-inch tablets running $150 or more, the Slate 7 puts its best foot forward with the price tag.HP Slate 7 Android Jelly Bean tablet for $139.99 + free shipping (reg. $169.99)last_img read more

Bill Cullen is suing Ulster Bank for €120 million over takeover strategy

first_imgUlster Bank GRG set out a deliberate process to improve its own position at the cost of Irish customers, companies, jobs and lives.Ulster Bank has been contacted for comment.Comments are off as legal proceedings are ongoing. Read: Ulster Bank accused of a planned ‘property grab’ from SMEs destroyed in post-crash shuffleMore: Jackie Lavin case against Bill Cullen over alleged €1m house purchase deal resolved Image: Sam Boal via Rolling News Share281 Tweet Email8 Bill Cullen is suing Ulster Bank for €120 million over takeover strategy The suit was filed in the High Court on Monday 19 February. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 22 Feb 2018, 12:05 AM Short URL Jackie Lavin and Bill Cullen Image: Sam Boal via Rolling News No Comments Jackie Lavin and Bill Cullen BUSINESSMAN BILL CULLEN has brought a High Court challenge against Ulster Bank Ireland and receivers Kavanagh Fennell for €120 million over the shutdown of his former business.Cullen’s business Glencullen Group, which was behind the Bill Cullen Motor Group Renault dealerships, consisted of 30 companies and employed 200 people. In 2012, Ulster Bank appointed accountancy firm Kavanagh Fennell as receivers over the company’s assets.The suit was filed in the High Court on Monday 19 February. The plenary summons outlines that, among other things, Cullen is seeking damages, compensation, an order prohibiting the defendants and their agents from entering into any contract for the sale of properties held by them, and costs.AccusationsCullen’s High Court action makes claims similar to allegations his business partner Jackie Lavin made under privilege before an Oireachtas finance committee on 23 January 2017 in relation to the bank’s handling of business customers who were put into the bank’s restructuring unit Global Restructuring Group Ireland (GRG).With his suit, Cullen is accusing Ulster Bank and the now-defunct GRG of deliberately targeting and shutting down his sustainable business as part of the strategy adopted by Ulster Bank’s GRG.In 2016, Ulster Bank’s parent Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) announced a multimillion-euro compensation scheme for SME customers in Ireland and the UK who were treated unfairly by GRG.Last year, Lavin told the committee the setup resulted in a “deliberate bringing down of businesses in a property grab strategy”. This included the business Glencullen Holdings, which she shared with Cullen.The Ulster Bank GRG Irish Business Action Group was set up by Lavin to represent 60 Irish companies that were put into GRG.‘No similar instances’ in IrelandOn Tuesday, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK released a full report under parliamentary privilege which highlighted RBS’s treatment of struggling small businesses that requested financial support during and after the banking crisis (2008 to 2013). The document details that there was, in certain respects, “widespread inappropriate treatment” of small businesses by the bank’s GRG.However, speaking on 1 February to an Oireachtas Finance Committee, Paul Stanley, chief financial officer of Ulster Bank said some of the correspondence in the report is “shocking”, but he had “not seen similar instances” in the Republic of Ireland.BackgroundSpeaking on a personal basis, Lavin told the committee that Glencullen had been a customer of Ulster Bank since 1990.Glencullen came into cash flow problems in 2009. It was put into GRG in 2011 and, in October 2012, receivers were appointed to take control of the business.“Eleven months after GRG took over, the receiver was called in. They took everything, including all our documentation and back up receiver, leaving us nothing to fight with them,” Lavin told the committee.“In the intervening four years, they have totally refused to give us any documentation on our loans, or payment schedule, or bank accounts in spite of numerous requests,” she said.In conclusion, under privilege of the committee, Lavin alleged: By Hayley Halpin 70,856 Views Feb 22nd 2018, 12:05 AM last_img read more

Zappones adoption laws will see thousands able to access their birth certs

first_imgZappone’s adoption laws will see thousands able to access their birth certs A national database of adoptees and their birth parents will be administered by Tusla. 13,203 Views Friday 25 Nov 2016, 3:13 PM Short URL NEW GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION will see adoptees given the right to seek out their birth certificates.The Adoption (Information) and Tracing Bill 2016 will allow for adopted people to seek out details that were previously impossible to obtain under privacy laws.Under the terms of the bill, the adopted person will be given information that relates solely to them as soon as possible.However, before a birth cert is handed over, the adopted person will be required to make a statutory declaration to respect the privacy of their birth parent and not attempt to contact them unless it is through the official channels of the information and tracing services, which will be administered by Tusla.Similarly, a birth parent will be able to seek information about the adopted person and be able to make contact, if the adopted person agrees to do so.Previously, information that could be supplied to adoptees and birth parents was limited and operated on the basis of both parties mutually agreeing to share the information.Minister for Children Katherine Zappone, is eager to publish the bill quickly, and addressed the Dáil this week on its scope.She said:The Child and Family Agency (Tusla) will provide adopted persons and their relatives with medical information held on an adoption record and will facilitate tracing of and contact with, a birth parent to seek further medical information where requested by the adopted person.Tusla called the bill a “positive and important step for adoptees seeking their personal information and identity”.Under the terms of the bill, adoptees and parents of adopted children will be encouraged to register with Tusla and indicate their preference for if they want to be contacted.CriticismZappone’s bill was not welcomed in all quarters, however.First Mothers – a group that supports mothers whose children ended up in adoptive care – was very critical of the minister’s proposals, in particular the proposed involvement of Tusla.McMahon is worried, in particular, about the provision whereby legal action may be possible in cases where birth parents are contacted by adoptees despite expressing a wish not be contacted.On the current bill, she said: “We view with horror Minister Katherine Zappone’s proposed Adoption Bill – which intends to invite natural mothers to legally threaten their lost child against even attempting to contact them.” has contacted the Department of Children for clarification on whether legal action will be taken in cases where birth parents are contacted against their wishes.McMahon said that mothers may be coerced into defensively registering a preference of “no contact”.“Had the minister consulted us, she would have also heard our concern around the proposed involvement of Tusla in managing access to our adoption information,” she added.Addressing women who may have been coerced to give up their children, in particular, McMahon said “the main thing a mother’s ‘no contact’ preference in a Tusla register would tell us, is how deep has been the failure to date to create the climate for such women to ‘come out’.”Next stepsWhen the bill is enacted, a six-month awareness campaign will help to bring the issue to the public before the legislation comes into force.The bill also has provision for appeals to be made to the High Court, if a person is unsatisfied with the outcome of the process.Tusla has pointed out that the publication of the bill meant “no immediate change” to the current process for adoptees seeking information.Read: ‘There’s a nurse leaving the room with my baby… I said to my sister “where’s she gone?”….’Read: Adopted people are desperately trying to seek their natural families – before it’s too late 73 Comments Image: Eamonn Farrell/ Nov 25th 2016, 3:13 PM Image: Eamonn Farrell/ Share68 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Sean Murraylast_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Friday

first_imgHere’s What Happened Today: Friday Man shot dead in Dublin, Anton Savage leaves Today FM, and elderly woman left on hospital trolley for 15 hours. Share1 Tweet Email NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND A Christmas stall in Dublin city Source: Leah FarrellA man was shot dead in the Lucan area of west Dublin.The trial of a woman charged with the manslaughter of her profoundly disabled daughter was told that her care of the child was “nothing short of superb“.Taoiseach Enda Kenny denied being snubbed by US President-elect Donald Trump while in the US this week.Anton Savage announced he was leaving Today FM after disagreements with management.An elderly woman spent 15 hours on a trolley at Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore due to a lack of beds.An international Olympic umbrella organisation committed to lending money to former OCI president Pat Hickey, paving the way for his return to Ireland from Brazil.Workers at a children’s clothing store are staging a sit-in in Blanchardstown Centre after being told their jobs are gone with immediate effect.Landlords hit out at aspects of the Residential Tenancies Bill, which they described as “grossly unfair and possibly unconstitutional”.Gardaí in Cork asked for the public’s help in finding a 33-year-old man who has been missing for a week.There was confusion in the Circuit Civil Court as to whether or not Twink’s debt-ridden home had been publicly advertised for sale.WORLD A fundraiser zip wires across the Thames to launch a period of Christmas fundraising in aid of the Evelina London Children’s Hospital. Source: Kirsty O’Connor PA Wire/PA Images#UK: A man who imprisoned and tortured to death a vulnerable man over nine days was sentenced to life in prison.#EUROPE: The so-called Islamic State group is likely to carry out new attacks in the European Union in the near future, according to EU police agency Europol.#BOLIVIA: Authorities shut down a charter airline whose plane ran out of fuel and crashed in the Colombian mountains earlier this week, killing 71 people including most of a Brazilian football team.INNOVATIONResearchers from UCC have developed technology that will identify child sexual abuse images online through artificial intelligence. Apple is said to be using drones in bid to improve its map data and challenge Google ( SHOTThe Late Late Toy Show is happening tonight, here’s a sneak peek at this year’s programme. Source: are closed for legal reasons.  11,541 Views No Comments By Órla Ryan Short URLcenter_img Dec 2nd 2016, 9:05 PM Friday 2 Dec 2016, 9:05 PM Get our daily news round up: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

These are the winners of the press photographer of the year awards

first_img THE PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER Awards were presented in Dublin last night.The awards were presented across nine categories; news, daily life & people, nature & the environment, politics, sports action, sports feature, portrait, art & entertainment and reportage.This year also included a ‘Best Black and White’ image and a multimedia award for video.Here’s a look at some of the winning photographs (the news photo cannot be included due to legal constraints): Every day, press photographers capture the essence of the stories behind the headlines. From tragedy to triumph, press photographers bring the events of the day to life and document the highs and lows of our national story.The Press Photographers Association of Ireland ‘Press Photographer of the Year 2017’ Exhibition, featuring 124 prints, will be on display in The Ballsbridge Hotel, Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, over the weekend, until Monday, 30 January 2017.The exhibition then moves to The Library, at the RDS, Dublin 4, for two weeks.It will then go on tour, visiting selected venues nationwide. Saturday 28 Jan 2017, 5:30 PM Jan 28th 2017, 5:30 PM The awards were presented by Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys. Speaking at the awards, she said: 8 Comments Previous 1 / 8Next Arts and Entertainment Arts and EntertainmentMembers of the Defence Forces march through the streets of Dublin during the Easter Rising centenary celebration paradeSource: Gerry Mooney, Independent News and Media Sports FeatureSource: Stephen McCarthy, SportsfileDaily Life and PeopleCystic fibrosis sufferer Charlotte Donohoe protests at Dáil Éireann, to make a treatment drug more affordable.Source: Gary Ashe, Irish Daily StarNature and the Environment‘The Sky Train’ created by Michael Bulfin at Lough Boora Discovery Park, Co OffalySource: Cathal NoonanPoliticsAn Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD campaigning during the general election despite reports that he and his party were losing the support of votersSource: Gerry Mooney, Independent News and Media PortraitTriathlete Aileen Reid photographed for a series of portraits on Irish OlympiansSource: Morgan Treacy, INPHO Photography ReportageSource: Mark Condren, Independent News and MediaSports ActionJuan José Mendez Fernandez, of Spain, competes during the Men’s Road Race during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro, BrazilSource: Diarmuid Greene, Sportsfile Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Gerry Mooney, Independent News and Media ” title=””>Source: Stephen McCarthy, Sportsfile” title=””>Source: Gary Ashe, Irish Daily Star” title=””>Source: Cathal Noonan” title=””>Source: Gerry Mooney, Independent News and Media ” title=””>Source: Morgan Treacy, INPHO Photography ” title=””>Source: Mark Condren, Independent News and Media” title=””>Source: Diarmuid Greene, Sportsfile” title=””> By Cliodhna Russell These are the winners of the press photographer of the year awards The exhibition will go on tour around Ireland. 36,719 Views Next Share Tweet Email Previous Short URLlast_img read more

Connachts Ben Marshall forced to retire at the age of 26 due

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL By Ryan Bailey Jan 31st 2017, 3:42 PM Tuesday 31 Jan 2017, 3:42 PM Source: The42 Rugby Show/SoundCloudSubscribe to The42 Rugby Show podcast here: Connacht’s Ben Marshall forced to retire at the age of 26 due to concussion The lock had been sidelined for the last number of months. CONNACHT SECOND ROW Ben Marshall has retired from professional rugby on medical advice after suffering a concussion-related injury. Marshall played just five times for Connacht. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOThe 26-year-old has been out of action all season and the Guinness Pro12 champions confirmed the unfortunate news this afternoon.Marshall joined Connacht at the start of the 2015/16 campaign but made just five appearances for the club during an injury-hit year.The former Ireland U20 international signed a new contract with the province last March but complications have arisen after he sustained a head injury towards the back-end of Connacht’s title-winning season.“Unfortunately, my time as a player has come to an end earlier than I would have wished,” Marshall said. Share11 Tweet Email Marshall moved to Galway last year. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO“We have shared many highlights that I will carry with me for years to come, and it is the quiet camaraderie of the dressing room that I will miss the most.“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Connacht head physio Garrett Coughlan and the medical team who have given me wonderful care and support over the past eleven months.“I am looking forward to continuing in my financial studies and the new career path that is ahead of me, but I will always be appreciative of the lessons that Willie (Ruane) and Pat (Lam) taught me during my time at Connacht Rugby.”Pat Lam described Marshall as an excellent team man.“Ben was unfortunate through injury during his time at Connacht Rugby but we always saw his professional attitude shine through on and off the pitch,” the Connacht head coach said.“He is an excellent team man who has achieved a lot in the game from a very young age and I have no doubt that he will go on to achieve great things in his business and life pursuits going forward.“He will have a support system and friends for life from his time in rugby and we wish him well for the future.” “It has been a difficult time not being able to play since the injury but having had some time away from the game, I can appreciate how fortunate I’ve also been in my career.”Marshall was a graduate of the Leinster Academy and played 20 times for the eastern province before making the move to the Sportsground in search of greater opportunities.The former St Andrew’s College student was also capped by an Ireland XV against the Barbarians in 2015 and represented Emerging Ireland in the Tbilisi Cup later that year.“Special thanks have to be extended to my teammates and friends, from schoolboy through to professional level,” he continued. Anthony Foley to be remembered by Irish and English legends on Six Nations weekend in Dublin‘Is he first-choice for Bordeaux?’ Madigan call not on the agenda for Ireland 17,360 Views 14 Comments Android iTuneslast_img read more

Man who tied up and raped woman during gaming convention to be

first_imgMan who tied up and raped woman during gaming convention to be sentenced later this year Keith Hearne (28) told the woman, “I could break your neck here and now, would you prefer that?” No Comments Apr 25th 2017, 7:26 AM Tuesday 25 Apr 2017, 7:26 AM Share2684 Tweet Email1 A MAN WHO tied up and raped a woman in a hotel meeting room during a busy gaming convention will be sentenced later this year.Keith Hearne (28) told the woman, “I could break your neck here and now, would you prefer that?” before telling her to be a “good girl”.He then bound her hands with his tie and raped her. When she screamed he told her he had a knife in his bag and would use it if she wasn’t quiet. His bag containing a prop knife, handcuffs, condoms, a mask and “sadomasochistic” items was later found at the scene, the Central Criminal Court heard yesterday.Hearne of Allenton Drive, Tallaght, Dublin pleaded guilty to two counts of rape, one count of oral rape and one count of falsely imprisoning the woman at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Blanchardstown on 4 July, 2015.The court heard that the woman wished to waive her right to anonymity. Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy adjourned the sentence to June 19 to get further medical reports.Defence barrister Michael Bowman SC told the court that Hearne has mental health issues and suffers from a bipolar disorder. He had not taken his medication for some time around the time of the attack.Garda Lisa Lawler told prosecuting counsel, Shane Costelloe SC, that the now 24-year-old woman was volunteering at the ArcadeCon gaming convention in the hotel on the day in question.PresentationThe woman was preparing a presentation in a meeting room when Hearne entered the room and sat at the back. The woman became uneasy and moved to leave the room but Hearne locked the door and threw her to the ground.The attack stopped only when another conference worker entered the room using a hotel key card. Gardaí were called and Hearne was arrested at the scene.He told gardaí he had gone to the convention in the hopes of getting with another woman. When that woman rejected him he said he had “anger flowing through him” and he then entered the meeting room and attacked his victim.The woman took the stand and described how she woke up every night crying for months after the attack, “thinking he had come back to finish the job”.“Before this, I wouldn’t call myself an angry person,” she said. “But now I punch walls, scream and walk out on conversations. I don’t know what to do with this anger.”The woman described how she has struggled with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, self-harming and suicidal thoughts since she was raped. “People see me smiling and laughing. They don’t see me curled up under a blanket on my sofa,” she said.She described how she has had numerous piercings and tattoos since the attack “just so I can feel like my body is my own and not something he touched.”“He may go to prison, but I’m already there because of what he did,” she said.Mr Bowman said his client engaged in “absolute opportunism and exploitation” of his victim and that there was “no excuse” for what he did. It was an “unspeakable intrusion and violation of her person”, he added.However, he submitted Hearne has no previous convictions and suffers from a range of conditions, including Aspergers Syndrome, ADHD, dyslexia and bi-polar disorder.He is now back on his medication and is “remorseful in the extreme”, Mr Bowman said. By Isabel Hayes Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland 51,176 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Netflix postpones release of Felicity Huffman movie amid college bribery scandal

first_imgNetflix postpones release of Felicity Huffman movie amid college bribery scandal She has agreed to plead guilty to using bribery to get their children into prestigious universities. Felicity Huffman arriving at federal court in Boston last week 15,388 Views Image: Charles Krupa via PA Images Share2 Tweet Email My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her.“This transgression toward her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life. My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty.”Another dozen parents charged in the case have also agreed to plead guilty, according to the Massachusetts Department of Justice.Other parents charged in the scheme include prominent figures in law, finance, fashion, the food and beverage industry and other fields. Actress, Lori Loughlin, known for her role on Full House, has also been charged in the case but did not enter a plea today.The ringleader behind the scam, William “Rick” Singer, who authorities say was paid about $25 million (€22.2 million) to bribe coaches and university administrators, has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with authorities.This is the biggest college admissions case ever prosecuted by the Justice Department.Includes reporting by Associated Press and © – AFP 2019Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing. NETFLIX OFFICIALS HAVE decided to move the release date of a film starring Felicity Huffman who yesterday agreed to plead guilty to using bribery to get their children into prestigious universities.Huffman (56) best known for her role in the Desperate Housewives series, agreed to plead guilty to paying $15,000 (€13,317) to help her eldest daughter get better scores on the SAT college entrance exam, the Massachusetts Department of Justice said in a statement yesterday.Authorities said the actress also discussed going through with the same plan for her younger daughter but ultimately decided not to.Her husband William H Macy has not been charged in connection with the scandal. Netflix has now said that the series Otherhood will not be released 26 April. A new released date is yet to be determined.The romantic comedy stars Huffman, Patricia Arquette and Angela Bassett.Guilty pleaHuffman will plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest-services mail fraud, according to court documents released yesterday.She could now face a maximum of up to 20 years in prison for conspiracy to commit mail fraud. However, she is not expected to receive such a sentence. In a statement offering her first public comments since her arrest last month, she said:  6 Comments Tuesday 9 Apr 2019, 6:44 PM Apr 9th 2019, 6:44 PM By Hayley Halpin Short URL Felicity Huffman arriving at federal court in Boston last week Image: Charles Krupa via PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Matthew Pinsent remembers being on the minibus for an Olympic final and

first_img By Paul Fennessy ‘Matthew Pinsent remembers being on the mini-bus for an Olympic final and praying it would crash’ Olympic medallist Annie Vernon chats about her new book ‘Mind Games’. Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Sunday 28 Apr 2019, 10:00 AM No Comments 20,543 Views THE MENTAL SIDE of sport is one of the most crucial and oft-overlooked aspects of competing at an elite level.Former rower Annie Vernon, who won gold medals at the 2007 and 2010 World Championships, in addition to a silver at the Beijing Olympics, looks in detail at the psychological aspects of sport in her new book ‘Mind Games’.Vernon chats to a number of athletes and sports personalities about the various mental challenges that competing at a high level presents, in addition to recounting some of her own experiences with these issues.Vernon retired from rowing in 2012 and now works as a sports journalist and corporate speaker, and The42 recently caught up with her for a chat about ‘Mind Games’.What inspired you to write the book?It was really after I finished rowing and started working in various different organisations alongside lots of other athletes. I chatted to these other athletes and we were fascinated with each other’s experiences.Getting to know people from other sports, it made me realise there was this massive diversity of how people did their sport. Not only because every sport is completely different. The way people approached their sport really was so individual, but equally, there was so much common ground.Rowing — it’s endurance, it’s in a squad and a team, lots of low intensity training, completely different to a golfer or tennis player. Although there were some things we did that were completely different, there were so many things we did that were almost identical. It was that diversity of experience that made me think: ‘The general public understand that physically, we all do things differently.’ As a rower, I can’t train in the same way as a swimmer or tennis player. What I don’t think the general public understood is that mentally, we also did things in a hundred different ways to somebody who is a boxer where it’s that one-off combat sport where you’re fighting and being punched in the face and the mental skills required of you are two different sports completely different.Once I got to know people from different sports and different backgrounds and peel back the lid and understand how they did things, it really made me think — let’s see if I can take it one step further and get under the skin here.Would every athlete benefit from using a sports psychologist, or do you think some people are just immune to it?All sports psychology does is that it wraps a strategy around what’s going on and it helps you understand what’s going on. For some people to have that real empathetic feeling for themselves and other people, they perhaps don’t need as much someone to give them a steer on their mental skills.I certainly needed someone to give me a steer on my mental skills and help me to develop them and understand them. I would say it’s no different to physical skills. Some people are very self-reliant. Let’s say a golfer — some golfers or tennis players can go quite a long time without having coaches, whereas other people always need somebody else to bounce ideas off.I would say that understanding the mental side of sport is absolutely critical. Is it any more critical than it used to be? I don’t think so. But it’s spoken about more now. In the same way that sports science didn’t exist 30 years ago, it enables athletes to quantify, understand and make progress on what’s going on in the mental side whereas previously, that was just left to chance. Annie Vernan is a former rower who represented Britain at two Olympic Games. Source: Mike EgertonHow crucial is the influence of parents on athletes?It’s so critical. They’re the two most important people in your life if you have one or two parents or however many there are, they are the most important people. I’m 36 and I still rely on my parents for all kinds of things. I’m sure they wish I didn’t.That was another motivation for writing the book. I’d like to think every top athlete has had a mum and a dad behind them, pushing them along the way, driving them around the country [and can facilitate] a wealthy background because they can afford all the equipment. That’s just not true.For a lot of young athletes, their parents don’t support them in their sport. They can be quite opposed to it and they have to work hard to convince them do they want to go on and compete.In the book, I talk about an 800m runner, Marilyn Okoro. Her mum was really opposed to doing sport. She was at boarding school. She would train really hard in term time and outside term time, her mum wouldn’t let her run. She’d come back to school and her coach would say: ‘How come you always come back from school really unfit?’ She didn’t feel like she could say: ‘It’s because my mum won’t let me run.’ Eventually her coach and her mum had it out with each other.This idea that there’s one pathway that every elite athlete travels down in order to represent their country [is false]. People explained to me their journey to get to the Olympic Games, or the World Cup, and there are a hundred ways of doing it.To be a successful elite athlete, do you need to be slightly obsessive, or can you also be a really well-rounded individual?With some exceptions, no. You expect elite athletes to be abnormal physically — the things they can do, the way they look. So mentally, why would you expect them to be normal? And they are abnormal because they trained that side of their personality.I’m not saying people are born obsessive and are desperate to spend 12 hours a day at the golf course. They are that way because they train that side of themselves. But if you’re asking your mind to do abnormal things, you’re not going to be a normal balanced personality.There is a dark side to being obsessive and driven and you do need to rein that in, because it can lead to self-destructiveness. If you ask what is the key ability to any high-achieving person in sport, it is the ability to turn it on and off, to recognise when you are driving yourself too hard and heading towards that self-destruction. British athlete Marilyn Okoro’s mother disapproved of her desire to be an elite athlete. Source: Adam DavyOn a somewhat related topic, do you think elite athletes are more prone than the average person to suffering mental health problems given the high pressure they’re under?I think it’s the case with any very driven person in any profession. They will have that tendency to self-destruct if they don’t learn how to look after themselves.One of the advantages of being an elite athlete and the mental skills that you train and develop is that you are incredibly self-aware. As an athlete, you develop the ability to recognise things in yourself. With the general public, that self-awareness isn’t as trained and as honed, and they don’t recognise as much.From my own experience, I went to two Olympic Games. The first Olympic Games, afterwards, I really struggled with that period. Win, lose or draw, there’s that sense of: ‘Oh my God, I’ve spent all these years aiming for these Olympics and now they’re over. What the hell will I focus on now? I’ve had this one guiding star in my life. How do I live?’So when I came round to my second Games, I thought: ‘I do not want to feel like that again.’ I prepared myself in lots of different ways with a lot of other things in my life, so when it came to it in that post-Olympics period, actually I was fine. That is something I was able to do, because I’d spent eight years learning how to train my emotional reaction to things.So in some senses, athletes are under an enormous amount of pressure and in not many other professions do you have those one-off days of intensity, a World Cup final or Olympic final, where it is all on that day. You don’t have those chronic moments of stress and expectation, but at the same time, you train yourself to deal with it, so you can in a sense learn how to train yourself out of it.In some sports, you get the crowd as well. If you’re used to thousands of people screaming your name at Old Trafford every Saturday, the comedown after that’s all over is going to be intense. In a sense, you can never quite prepare yourself for that.It’s also tied up with whatever you’ve won or lost. If the event is over and you’ve got a nice shiny gold thing to show for it, you’re going to feel different than if you didn’t and you came last and you had to withdraw through injury.You also touch on the idea of some elite athletes not even liking their sport. It’s something they’ll rarely admit publicly. How common do you think it is?I think it’s really common. One of my friends joking says: ‘High-achieving people confuse misery and pleasure.’ I think there is some truth in that. The success becomes a real driver and the sport is so intense and demands so much from you that you have that love-hate relationship with it.Is it a bit like being in an abusive relationship? Probably. I think most athletes will have tangled feelings about their sport. I don’t think I can say: ‘I loved rowing,’ or ‘I hated rowing.’ At times, I loved it. At times, I resented it for being this vehicle that demanded so much from me. But I loved the feeling of rowing and the feeling of being in a really fast crew, but that’s quite a small part of the overall picture.A key skill as an athlete is being able to maintain that freshness and that love and that passion when there’s so much riding on it. Johnny Wilkinson has learned to reflect on his career with a greater sense of pride. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesIt’s also often overlooked how boring it is to be an elite athlete most of the time when you’re not competing. How do you overcome this challenge?One of my coaches says: ‘Being an elite athlete is like being a security guard. It’s 95% boredom, 5% excitement.’ I’m going to backtrack and say it’s not boredom, it’s boring, but it’s not boring because you make it not boring.From the outside, if someone said to you you’re going to row thousands of times a day every single day for eight years for hours at a time, I’m going to think, there are better ways to spend the next eight years of my life. But something you train yourself to do is the ability to find excitement and progress in every training session.There are times when you get out of bed and the rain smashes against the window, you’re not racing for months and months, and you think: ‘I’m not in the mood for it today.’ But there’s always another thought that comes into your head straight after: ‘Yeah, but today, you’re going to find out if you can achieve this or try to improve this.’ A key skill is accepting on the outside, it’s boring, but on the inside, you make it exciting.I’ve got a one-year-old and looking after a baby is, in some senses, really boring. But you enjoy it, because you make it exciting, and every day is great fun. Even though, if someone said to me: ‘Oh, you’re just going spend the whole day reading Peppa Piga, I’d think ‘that sounds horrendous’. But I look forward to the next stage of him developing and changing, so I think it’s similar.Another big challenge is retirement and the struggle many athletes have dealing with it. Why do you think that is and how did you find it yourself?At the time, it really matters to you how you go out. I often hear from athletes: ‘I want to go out with a bang. I want to go out on a second world record at the Olympics.’ When I hear this, I shake my head and think it doesn’t matter.At the time, that final chapter feels like the most important thing. But actually, from the second it’s all over, the circumstances in which it finishes are irrelevant. Johnny Wilkinson, the England fly-half at the 2003 World Cup, once said: ‘The older I get, the more proud I feel of my achievements and the more I love them. I look back and I enjoy what I achieved.’ I think he’s right and I feel the same way.My career finished with a fifth place at the Olympic Games, which was a huge disappointment. I just wanted to get out of rowing and think about something else. But as time goes on, I do look back more and more, and feel incredible pride and excitement at what I did.That word ‘retirement’ is quite final and is sometimes probably not the right word to use for athletes, because it’s not retirement, it’s just moving on to something else. But of course, nothing you do will ever be the same again.Even if you go into the most demanding job in the world, something you love, with your best friends, you’re never again going to experience the physical, mental or emotional tests that you do in elite sport.When you retire, you’re body shape changes, as well as how much you eat, drink and sleep. In a sport like rowing, you spend all day in a squad of 20 other people of your age, background and experience. You’ll never have that one massive goal in your life that you’re working towards and which will define your whole life. So of course, you’re never going to replace that. And at the time, it really matters how you retire. But as the years roll on, it doesn’t matter. What matters is how you reconcile yourself with what happened and how you look back. Former rower Matthew Pinsent is one of the many athletes who has struggled with pre-event nerves. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesIn the book, you also deal with pre-event nerves. How rare are athletes who really thrive under the pressure and what enables them to adopt that mentality?Everyone’s different. Everyone has their own way of dealing with that pressure of that one-off moment. Matthew Pinsent [who won four consecutive Olympic gold medals in rowing for Britain] was really interesting on that. He remembers being on the mini-bus for one of his Olympic finals praying it would crash. He just wanted any way out of that race. You look at it from outside and think ‘this is a guy oozing confidence, he is super assured and super successful’. Whereas in that moment, he wanted to be anywhere else but there.For some people, it is thriving on that pressure and expectation, but I think they are a rarer breed. I think people like to see themselves a bit as the underdog to take the pressure off their shoulders, which is what you sometimes hear coaches speaking about in press conferences. ‘There’s no pressure on us, the pressure is on the opposition.’But if you’re one of those athletes that really loves the pressure, you’re probably going to be one of those athletes that goes on to be incredibly successful. I’m thinking of Katherine Grainger, a five-time Olympic medallist in rowing, who said: ‘I absolutely loved it. I wanted to have that pressure and tag of being the favourite, because I knew that’s what got the most out of me.’Another interesting area you delve into is the difference between athletes and coaches. Do you think the qualities that make someone a successful elite athlete can almost be a hindrance towards them becoming a great coach?This is the theory that good athletes make bad coaches and vice versa. The best coaches out there are often the ones that weren’t quite good enough and didn’t make it.I can’t think of a top coach who was also a top athlete. The skill set is so different. Having that intuitive feel for a sport, the ability to go out and relish every occasion under any circumstances — as a coach, that’s not what you need.You’re dealing with a team or individual who is probably completely different to you. You have to be able to explain to them this is how it is from the ground up and this is how you invent the wheel. If you have a natural feel for your sport, it would make you an extremely high-quality athlete, but probably a low-quality coach, because how do you go about working with people who aren’t like you?I think the best coaches have something you can’t really put your finger on. I spoke to a boxing coach about Rob McCracken, the performance director of British boxing and the coach of Anthony Joshua. He said: ‘I can write down everything Rob says when he’s in the ring with one of his boxers. I can say exactly what he’s said and it won’t have the same effect. The reason is that he’s Rob McCracken and I’m not.’So you cannot put your finger on what separates the great coaches and I was lucky in my career to know Jürgen Gröbler, the most successful Olympic coach of all time. He’s won a medal at every Olympics since 1972 [with the exception of 1984], so he knows what he’s talking about. Could I tell you he is so successful because of x? No. There’s just that little sprinkle of stardust that some coaches are able to get out of their athletes and others can’t, which is why sport is so exciting — sometimes you can’t put your finger on why it’s working.‘Mind Games – Determination, Doubt and Lucky Socks: An Insider’s Guide to the Psychology of Elite Athletes’ by Annie Vernon is published by Bloomsbury Sport. More info here.Gavan Casey and Murray Kinsella are joined by Andy Dunne to get stuck into last weekend’s Champions Cup semi-finals.: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Apr 28th 2019, 10:01 AM Share Tweet Email2 Subscribelast_img read more

17 people arrested during day of action in Cork city

first_img One of the checkpoints yesterday. Image: An Garda Síochána Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article SEVENTEEN PEOPLE WERE arrested by gardaí as part of an operation in Cork city yesterday.The arrests were in relation to a number of incidents including suspected possession of images of child sexual abuse, assault, burglary, theft, and drugs and immigration offences.A man in his 40s was arrested in the Ovens area in relation to suspected possession of images of child sexual abuse. He was detained at Gurranabraher Garda Station and has since been released. A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).Five people were arrested for immigration offences and have since been returned to Spain.Three people were arrested on foot of bench warrants and were brought before the courts.Eight people were arrested for drugs, burglary and theft offences. They have all since been released and a file will be prepared for the DPP.A total of six premises were searched under warrant, which resulted in the seizure of small quantities of suspected MDMA, cocaine and cannabis (subject to analysis).The operations conducted were carried out by local gardaí alongside detectives, the Immigration Unit, Drugs Unit, Roads Policing Unit, Dog Unit and the Armed Support Unit.‘Day of action’ The arrests were made during an Operation Thor ‘day of action’ in the Cork city area. Four checkpoints were conducted on Wellington Road, Middle Glanmire Road, South Link Road and North Ring Road. Over 2,000 vehicles passed through the checkpoints and 10 road traffic offences were detected.Community Policing Units were out giving advice to cyclists about bicycle safety and crime prevention. Gardaí also spoke to members of the public about how they can keep their homes more secure.A talk was also held with a fast food chain which has restaurants throughout the city on topics such as dealing with anti-social behaviour, crime prevention, substance abuse, safety awareness and personal safety.The purpose of these ‘days of action’ is to prevent crime, disrupt criminal activity and enhance community engagement. 17 people arrested during ‘day of action’ in Cork city Eight people were arrested for drugs, burglary and theft offences. Sep 6th 2019, 8:04 PM By Órla Ryancenter_img Friday 6 Sep 2019, 8:04 PM One of the checkpoints yesterday. Image: An Garda Síochána Short URL Share7 Tweet Email3 32,551 Views 13 Comments last_img read more

Tertiary course offers roll in

first_imgThe moment Year 12 graduates have been waiting for finally arrived for Victorian and South Australian students this week as university offers were released. Forty-two tertiary offers were extended to the 2010 Alphington Grammar graduates out of just over 50 students in total completing VCE. RMIT and the University of Melbourne continue to be the preferred destinations of students, following the trend from the last two years, the school’s Development Manager Judy Fetter told Neos Kosmos. Ms Fetter said the range of courses and destinations the school’s students have selected and been offered is impressive. “They have all benefited from an extensive career counselling program (which starts in year 10) and carefully evaluates their strengths and interests and helps guide them to achieve their best tertiary placement at their preferred destination,” she said.“Alphington Grammar caters for a wide selection of students with different interests in the Sciences, Building/ Engineering, IT, Business, The Arts and Health Sciences and consistently gains successful outcomes as students move to the Tertiary sector.”In South Australia the top 10 highest achievers at St George College were accepted into a range of university courses. John Babadimas, Gerry Palaktsoglou, John Paitaridis and Dimitri Rozaklis were all accepted to study a double degree in Engineering. John Matsis got into a double degree in Law and Anthony Dalagiorgos was accepted into a bachelor of construction management and economics. Kosta Partou and Spiros Biris were offered placements to study applied science, human movement and health studies, while Chloe Hockey got into Media Studies.Andrew Georgiou has been offered a placement for a Bachelor Sport and Recreation Management.However, for those who missed out on a first round university offer it isn’t the end of the world, according to businessman Mark Bouris. “Whilst higher education is important, it’s the lessons you learn through life experiences that are the most valuable,” Mr Bouris said. In the final edition of Neos Kosmos for 2010, we ran Year 12 academic results of Greek day schools in South Australia, Victoria and Sydney, however results were yet to be released in Western Australia. St Andrew’s Grammar school in Perth have since reported eighteen students who sat four or more Stage 2 or 3 subjects, enabling them to qualify for an ATAR in 2010, according to the school’s principal Simon Midson. Wesley Moss achieved the highest ATAR at St Andrew’s Grammar with 96.50. He was awarded a Curriculum Council Certificate of Excellence for achieving 10 A grades in his Year 11 and 12 subjects. His best scoring subject was an outstanding 87.7 percent in Mathematics 3C/D, Mr Midson told Neos Kosmos. “All of our Year 12s achieved Secondary Graduation meaning that 100 percent of graduates have met the requirements for a WACE (Western Australian Certificate of Education),” Mr Midson said. Fourteen of the eighteen students have been offered a University place, the principal confirmed. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Fire razes mastic gum trees on Chios

first_imgNearly 13,000 hectares of arable land and forested areas, including hundreds of valuable mastic trees, have been razed by a wildfire that burned into its third day on Chios.Authorities are trying to assess the damage on the eastern Aegean island from a blaze that began in the early hours of Saturday, possibly by an arsonist, and continued to threaten villages and crops Monday.The European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) estimates that the fire has consumed a total of 12,740 hectares so far, dealing a massive blow not just to the island’s agricultural economy, but also to the world supply of Chios mastic, a resin used in a variety of food and cosmetic products which has protected designation of origin status.Yiannis Madalas, head of the company behind Mediterra SA, a Chios Mastic Growers Association company, estimated Monday that the areas hit by the wildfire account for around 53 percent of the island’s total yield.“Some 3,000 families live off the gum trees, which are the main source of income in the south of Chios, while many more supplement their incomes with mastic production,” Madalas told Kathimerini.Madalas said that it takes an average of five to seven years before the Pistacia lentiscus begins producing the golden resin.Chios produces between 20-25 percent of the world’s mastic crop, mainly around the village of Pyrgi, which was badly hit by the blaze.Meanwhile, two firefighters were injured Monday while battling a blaze in the eastern Peloponnese, which was heading south from Troizina toward the popular seaside resort of Ermioni. The mayor of Troizina, Yiannis Sabanis, told Skai TV Monday that the blaze was out of control, confirming that three fireman had been injured but were in no serious danger.The fire service was also last night battling blazes on the northeastern flank of Mount Pilio in central Greece.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Nearly twothirds of Greek youths are unemployed

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek youth unemployment shot to a record 64 per cent in February, underscoring the dire state of the recession-hit economy despite signs of improving business sentiment.Repeated doses of austerity under international bailouts have almost tripled Greece’s jobless rate since its debt crisis began in 2009, weighing on an economy in its sixth year of recession.Overall unemployment has risen to an all-time high of 27 per cent, while joblessness in the 15-to-24 age group jumped to 64.2 per cent in February from 59.3 per cent in January.“I’ve been looking for a job since 2010 and it has been extremely tough,” said Angeliki Zerva, 24, a physiotherapy graduate. “Most employers do the job with interns and don’t need to hire anyone.”Greek unemployment is more than twice the average rate in the euro zone, which reached 12.1 per cent in March.Athens has cut the minimum monthly wage for those under 25 years by 32 per cent to about 500 euros to boost hiring, but the jobless rate among young people has kept rising, even as some indicators suggest the worst of Athens’ debt crisis is over.The IOBE think-tank’s overall economic sentiment gauge hit a three-and-a-halfyear high in April, it said on Thursday, the same day that the Athens bourse benchmark index .ATG hit its highest level since August 2011.The IOBE mood index based on consumer confidence and business outlook gauges covering industry, construction, services and retail trade rose to 89.2 points in April from 88.1 in March.However, the survey showed consumer pessimism worsened slightly in the face of the economic slump, aggravated by tax rises and spending cuts demanded by Greece’s international lenders, all of which have an impact on jobs.“I once dreamt that I could work in my field but after three years of searching, I have very little hope that I will get a job, any job. It looks almost impossible,” said 23-year-old Evanthia Bouza, who has studied English literature.The country’s economic outlook remains uncertain, despite the progress it has made in recent months to cut its budget deficit and push privatizations, ratings agency Moody’s said in a note last week.“Consumption will continue to decline, led by rising unemployment, wage and pension cuts and weak domestic confidence, resulting in a deferral of spending,” said Moody’s analyst Alpona Banerji, who expects the economy to contract by 5.3 per cent this year.Source: Reuters.last_img read more

Kefalogianni to sign visa agreement

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The long-awaited Work and Holiday visa agreement – allowing 18-30 year old Greeks and Australians to work in each other’s countries up to one year- is to be signed in Canberra on May 16, by visiting Tourism Minister of Greece Olga Kefalogianni and Immigration and Border Protection Minister of Australia Scott Morrison. The Greek Minister of Tourism is visiting Australia in order to sign the agreement and in an attempt to boost even further tourism and the bilateral relations between the two countries. Almost 130,000 Australians travelled to Greece in 2013, a rise of 9.6 per cent.Before her departure from Athens, in a message to the Greek Australian community, Ms Kefalogianni publicly acknowledged the achievements of the community, expressing her optimism that 2014 will be an even better year for tourism, which saw 18 million visitors visit Greece last year, and inviting all Australian to visit Greece, a secure and hospitable country for all visitors, she said.Ms Kefalogianni will be in Melbourne on Monday and Tuesday, will travel to Canberra on Wednesday to sign the agreement and will sign off her Australian trip by visiting Sydney on Thursday and Friday this week.While in Melbourne, Olga Kefalogianni will meet with tourist operators, and will visit the Victorian Parliament, where she will meet with the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, the President of the Legislative Council and Greek Australian MPs. The Tourism Minister of Greece will also meet with the Greek Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI) and the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria. During her visit to the Hellenic Museum she is expected to meet the Premier of Victoria Dr Denis Napthine, while on Tuesday night at the Town Hall of the City of Monash she will launch an exhibition of posters by the National Greek Tourism Organisation EOT, entitled ‘A Journey in Time Through Art’ which is organised by the Embassy of Greece in Canberra. The Greek minister is also scheduled to meet City of Monash Greek Australian local government Councillors. last_img read more