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first_img Saturday 3 Dec 2016, 8:15 PM Share Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ie Dec 3rd 2016, 8:15 PM Read: 8 glasses per passenger and fancy food at 35,000 feet – what it’s like to chef for an airlineRead: Paddy Power, Topaz and others stung for sending spam emails and texts PAUL BRERETON’S JOB sounds like one of the most exciting in the world. The Dublin native spends much of the year jetting across the globe, looking for the best rare gems and diamonds.When he finds some he likes, he either contracts a local craftsman to forge some jewellery, or flies the minerals back to Ireland where he and his staff make diamond rings.Despite the glamorous-sounding nature of the job, Brereton (39) makes an effort to talk it down as much as possible.“You go to some of the most amazing cities in the world, but you don’t get to see them,” he tells Fora.“It isn’t a social experience, you go there to do work and then you come home.You mostly spend your time at trade shows and visiting people at hotels.While some would view that as a missed opportunity, Brereton is happy enough travelling across Ireland instead.“Often, when you travel around the country and people hear your surname, they will say something like, ‘my grandmother bought her ring from you’,” he said.People have been buying from us for generations, and it is very powerful when you talk to people like that, it’s very humbling.Brereton worked in Bank of Ireland for a few months before getting a position with investment firm Susquehanna.The position was a good one and unusual at the time, with Brereton taking responsibility for actual trading – a job that a 24-year-old would rarely be able to get in Dublin. John Brereton jewellers general manager Paul Brereton Source: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ieHowever, after spending a few years there, Brereton decided to leave for the shop that bears his family name, John Brereton jewellers. He now runs the firm’s three stores with his father and uncle and serves as the business’ general manager.“My brother and sister hadn’t shown much interest (in joining the shop),” he says. “A lot of people whose families ran businesses in the 70s and 80s, the children didn’t want to work as hard as their parents, so they would go – and often end up working as hard at something different.But it is a good business. It had taken three generations to build up and I didn’t want to see all that hard work disappear.Brereton followed in the family footsteps, graduating as a gemologist in 2006, and is now looking to modernise the family business.What do you do and how long have you done it for?Brereton’s is one of the city’s oldest jewellers, starting life more than 100 years ago. The company’s oldest store on Capel Street has actually been around for longer than that, dating back to 1855.“The store was running as a pawn brokers before we bought it. When we did, the name of the person with the licence had to be above the door so we bought it in 1916 and it became Brereton’s,” Paul Brereton says.The family focused on running the Capel Street store for years, and the business stayed at one outlet until 1976, when it opened a second shop on Chatham Street.A decade later it added a third, starting a store opposite the General Post Office on O’Connell Street, the rebel headquarters during the rising in the year that the first store opened.The company next decided to expand in 2010, closing its store on Chatham and snapping up a prime spot on Dublin’s central shopping boulevard for €5 million during some of the worst days of country’s financial meltdown. Brereton’s on Grafton Street Source: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ie“It was not a time when people were buying commercial property, but it was a corner site on Grafton Street, where there were only three owner-occupiers left. When the opportunity presented itself, it was a no-brainer,” Brereton says.The business is now trading well, reporting a profit of about half a million euro between its three stores in 2015, and has just relaunched its website to make a push into online sales.What are your costs and how do you make money?Brereton’s is one of Dublin’s better-known jewellers, selling a range of items including watches, bracelets, necklaces and diamond rings.“I travel all over the world trying to find the best-quality stones and jewels; I went to three different continents to find the best-quality stones at the right price,” Brereton says.He adds that the company looks to avoid conflict diamonds, a term that refers to stones mined in war zones and used to fund conflicts, traditionally associated with African countries like the Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone.Brereton says that the firm only uses diamonds sourced through the Kimberley Process, an international initiative to try and cut down on blood diamonds, although some critics have said that conflict stones do manage to slip through.“With the Kimberley Process, there is a setup so that stones have a certificate of where they came from, and that stays with them so that if there is some of a change in where they came from, they can’t get into the supply chain,” Brereton says.Unsurprisingly, the diamonds are “far and away” the company’s biggest spend, but the firm also spends a decent chunk of money on its staff. Brereton’s employs over 30 people and has a workshop in each of its stores. One of Brereton’s diamond rings Source: Brereton Jewellers“90% of the diamond rings we sell are made by hand in our shops,” he says. “With other jewellery it would be about the reverse, about 10% is made by us.The four goldsmiths that we have about 30 to 40 years’ experience each, between them alone we would have about 150 years experience and they can do unbelievable things.”What is your market?Brereton says that the firm sells to “the entire family”, but the family will likely have to be at least a little well off. You won’t find much priced under €1,000 on a quick flick through the company’s catalogue – and many of its rings are priced at many multiples of that.Brereton acknowledges that the image of jewellery shops as haunts of the wealthy can be a hard one to shake but added that many customers are not looking to drop three months’ salary in one go.“Someone could spend €8,000 on a piece and then you could have a piece for €80. (Repeat business) is definitely important, we try to structure it so that someone will go in and buy something small and as they progress will buy a ring from us,” he says.While the company has no immediate plans of expanding outside the capital, Brereton is looking to tap into a new market by revamping the business’s online offering in what sounds like a fairly torturous process.“People have high expectations of what a site should deliver for image quality,” he says.“Because we are selling our own stuff, not other brands, we have to photograph each piece in four different directions, edit it and upload it. We have launched with 500 items on the site and we have 15,000 to get up there, so it’s a daunting task,” he says.What is the competition?Some of the country’s most famous jewellers, such as Appleby and Weirs and Sons, are just a hop and a skip away on Grafton Street. Brereton’s also has to try and mix it with online-only jewel sellers, who don’t have the same overheads as their high-street rivals.Brereton is coy on how much it costs for him to buy the stones and what the company’s markup and turnover are, although he insists that margins aren’t as high as some people think.“There is a preconceived idea that margins are high, but not any more because of selling over the internet. We have to be competitive with our pricing,” he says.If we can be within 5% of online retailers then we are doing a good job. http://jrnl.ie/3115393 Take me to Fora Image: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ie 32,357 Views By Fora Staff Meet the Dublin jeweller who travels the world in search of flawless diamonds As part of Fora’s How My Business Works series, we profile John Brereton jewellers. Weir & Sons Source: Google Street viewBrereton acknowledges that the company will have a tough time matching the price of an online retailer or a company that is supplied by a multinational, so he says that the firm needs to emphasise its heritage and expertise.“We try to get the cheapest rings possible, but you have to justify the price. With a ring that you buy online, what if you want it resized?People buy it and then don’t have a comeback if they have an issue. Here you can walk in and talk to someone.What is your vision?Brereton says that the new website is “everything” for the company’s future plans at the moment.The company has set a goal of online sales of €200,000 in the 12 months after the revamp, rising to €500,000 in year two. It’s a figure that Brereton expects to keep expanding in the future as people continue to move towards shopping online.Asked if he thinks online sales will outstrip sales in-store at Brereton’s in the coming years, he says:Definitely, especially the way we are positioning ourselves. We are looking to be ready for the next stage in retail.Brereton has no plans to upset the apple cart and is determined to carry on the work of his family, adding that you “learn to love” the industry.“I studied gemology; I can take what I learned and apply it the next day which is very interesting,” he says.“I have to keep pushing the business to be as competitive as possible. I don’t to be the one that messes up after four generations.”This article is part of Fora’s weekly series examining the nuts and bolts of businesses. If you would like to see your company featured please email news@fora.ie.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ie Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Short URL 23 Comments last_img read more


first_imgDáil to bring in 30-second moment of reflection after the daily prayer The Dáil prayer will continue to be read in English and Irish. Short URL A moment of silence at the start of proceedings provides that opportunity and brings the chamber closer to the diverse, equal and fair Ireland which it is elected to represent. THE DÁIL IS bringing in a 30-second moment of reflection after the daily prayer.The Oireachtas Committee on Procedures and Privileges decided yesterday that the Dáil prayer, which is said at the beginning of business each day, should continue to be said in English and Irish.An additional moment of silence will then follow.Before TDs take their seats each day, the Ceann Comhairle is tasked with reading the prayer to the chamber.There have been many debates about whether it is appropriate in a modern parliament, with many suggesting that it should be scrapped.A number of politicians, and a government minister, have long campaigned for moment’s silence, stating that it would be more appropriate.Moment of silence In January, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone told TheJournal.ie a moment silence would be “much fairer than spoken prayer”.She said this reflection would be open to politicians of all faiths, and those of none.“In the interest of equality I fully support a moment of silence where every deputy can reflect, pray or be still ahead of their work on behalf of the people of Ireland,” she said.In 2012, a 30-second period of reflection was included in the Seanad before the prayer.When asked about the development last night, the minister said: 8,323 Views Share73 Tweet Email I welcome this positive step but I am conscious there is still work to do to ensure the Oireachtas is inclusive of all our people, including those of all beliefs and those of none.According to a Claire Byrne Live/Amárach Research poll from earlier this year, 42% of people said each Dáil session should not begin with a prayer, while 42% said it should.A total of 16% said they don’t know.Ireland is not the only parliament to begin each day with a Christian prayer. Australia, Canada, South Africa, the UK and the US have similar procedures to ours.The Dáil prayer: We’re not the only parliament to have one>Read: Cash savvy members of the public exchange €1.3m worth of old Irish punts> Mar 30th 2017, 10:17 AM center_img http://jrnl.ie/3314647 In a time of huge challenge at home, in Europe and worldwide it is important all politicians can reflect on the actions they take on behalf of the Irish people. By Christina Finn 61 Comments Thursday 30 Mar 2017, 10:17 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


first_imgOpinion: ‘The British General Election changed everything’ The astonishing performance of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party has far reaching implications, not just within Britain but beyond, writes Owen Worth. By Owen Worth Jun 15th 2017, 6:30 AM Thursday 15 Jun 2017, 6:30 AM AT FIRST GLANCE the British General Election result might not appear that significant. A strategic error by the ruling party backfired, leaving them requiring support from the nearest ideological party to them in parliament in order to survive in office.Yet, the astonishing performance of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party has far reaching implications, not just within Britain but beyond.Since the end of the Cold War we have witnessed a significant increase in what can be termed “radical civil society”. Movements and groups that are transnational in objective and have looked to challenge the fabric of “globalisation” and the nature of “corporate” or “neoliberal” capitalism.Yet, whilst this new left has flourished in terms of its protest politics, it has not managed to convert this mobilisation at the political level, particularly within big influential core states.Jeremy Corbyn represents the very heart of this new leftThe fact that his campaign drew so much attention from all corners of the world is testament to that.As many opponents have been quick to argue, Corbyn did not “win” this election. Labour’s resurgence might equally be down to May’s dreadful campaign as much as the Corbyn factor, but two significant aspects occurred that suggest something more profound. They are also inter-related.The mobilisation of the young vote that overwhelmingly backed Corbyn was a significant development of the election. The increase of up to 30% of turnout for the age groups of 18-30 has shown that this new left has gained significant traction.The second was that Corbyn managed to make gains despite the huge onslaught levelled against him by Fleet Street. The printed press has long played a pivotal role in British elections. The Sun for example has backed every “winner” since 1974.The ferocity of the attacks of Michael Foot, Tony Benn and Neil Kinnock were such that New Labour prioritised the backing of owner Rupert Murdoch in order to gain power.Re-engaging with progressive politics Source: Shutterstock/Victoria M GardnerCorbyn’s re-engagement with socialism and new with progressive politics saw the Sun, Mail, Express et al unleash succession after succession of smear attacks that would have derailed preceding campaigns.Yet, the decline of print circulation and growth of new media has seen new avenues where the narratives from Fleet Street can be challenged and contested. The long Murdoch/Rothermere influence might just – it seems – be slipping.The other factor for the Corbyn team has to be their position within the parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) itself. The refusal to serve in the shadow cabinet by many members of the PLP, combined with the vote of no confidence that led to his second election last summer, left Corbyn with a very difficult job in parliament. However, it also has to be said that he did not help himself in this regard.His inability to offer a coherent response to Brexit in parliament threatened to derail his support base. The multicultural, internationalist stance taken by a large bulk of his support were disappointed in the weak approach taken over Article 50.Needs to build on the euphoriaYet, the open, inclusive alternative approach to Brexit outlined in the manifesto contrasted with to the narrow jingoist “hard Brexit” of the Conservatives seemed to pacify these concerns. What the Corbyn team needs to do now is to build on this moment of euphoria and on the successful manifesto put forward in order to consolidate its position.Another concern with Corbyn is that whilst there has been no end of advice and suggestions from the field of economic, politics and social policy he has not acted on them. Now he is in a more secure position, it is time that these are engaged with in far greater depth.The vultures will continued to circle to condemn him and there are several that will continue to see this as a flash in the pan and of no lasting significance. For those that are serious about building a challenge to the dynamics of neoliberal capitalism this moment must be seen as a change to act.Owen Worth is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Limerick and a Co-Director of the Conference of Socialist Economists (CSE).‘Some parents have to open the coffin every two hours to put in ice-packs so remains stay cool’>Column: ‘It’s not fair to ask the public to subsidise uneconomic wind farms’> Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3443961 Share147 Tweet Email Owen Worth Lecturer in International Relations, UL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 242 Views 47 Comments last_img read more


first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Sonya McClean Thursday 22 Jun 2017, 6:24 PM Share668 Tweet Email2 He just joined the protest because he felt he was standing up for himself, his wife, his child and the community and the reward he gets is to indict him with a crime which is up there with rape, murder and robbery.“All he is doing is holding a banner walking up the road, with some old dears from Tallaght,” Dwyer said, before he added that it was “an injustice that this would constitute a false imprisonment”.He added that Superintendent Daniel Flavin agreed during the trial that carrying a banner is “the essence of peaceful protest”.Dwyer told the jury that the charges laid against Donaghy were “ludicrous, unfair and wrong” and suggested that if he were to be charged with anything because of his behaviour that day it should be a public order offence that could be dealt with by his local district court.“If your grandfather did as he did, he is just as likely to find himself in the same position as Frank Donaghy”, Dwyer said, before he added that if the jury acquitted his client it would be “delivering justice for yourself, your family and future generations”.“It would be an injustice, contrary to our notions of liberty and democracy that he should be convicted of false imprisonment. He is just an ordinary man. It is absolutely disgraceful the way the State have treated him.“He was a labourer, he bled, sweated and toiled. He is entitled in his retirement to sit down by a politician’s car, within reason, and he is entitled to hold a banner and slow down the progression of a politician.”“Not enough to hang him with guilt”Counsel for another accused Scott Masterson (34) said that it would be unfair to simply lump her client, who was peacefully protesting, into a situation with others who were “engaged in acts of violence and extraordinary abuse and insult”.Roisin Lacey SC, defending Masterson said her client’s mere presence at the protest was “not enough to hang him with guilt”.She said it was a spontaneous, unplanned protest and it was “manifestly clear” that Masterson was not involved in organising people on the day.“He was not encouraging others in violence, nor was he directing others present to do anything like that,” Lacey continued, adding that Masterson was not commanding or influencing others.She suggested that any woman, like herself or members of the jury would find it “abhorrent to be called a bitch, cunt or slut. But this was not Masterson”.“He was not armed as others who were armed with missiles. None of this can be laid at the door of Mr Masterson. He has nothing in his hand, not armed with anything to incite fear,” Lacey said, before she added that it wasn’t her client’s motive to be there to be violent.She said it was accepted during the trial that people at an event such as this protest at Jobstown could be there for different motives.“There can be a hijacking of what is intended to be a peaceful protest. It is accepted that people could be there with ulterior motives” she said.“Dawn raid”Counsel also criticised the behaviour of the gardaí when she said her client was arrested during “a dawn raid” on his home while he was making school lunches for his four and nine-year-old daughters.She said the girls, who were present at the time, were very distressed to witness their father being handcuffed.“Why was he handcuffed?” Lacey asked the jury after referring to previous garda evidence that people are usually handcuffed for their own safety and that of others present.“Was he going to stab himself with the butter knife he was using to make the sandwiches. Was he a flight risk? Was he going to grab the lunch boxes and survive on cheese strings?” Lacey asked.She said being treated like this in front of his children, Masterson was “unjustifiably treated as a violent criminal”.Lacey suggested that this behaviour of the gardaí towards her client was indicative of the force’s actions throughout the case, “Is it cracking a nut with a sledge hammer? Is it all over the top?”She said the peaceful protesters on the day didn’t want this political treachery to go unchecked.“We should be grateful to people like Mr Masterson, who have taken part in peaceful protest, to stand up for all our beliefs, peacefully and within the law,” Lacey said.Counsel suggested that when her client’s daughters look back on the morning of their father’s arrest they may be able to put aside their distress and see someone with political principles who was prepared to stand up.“Is he to be condemned for that? I think not, and I urge you not to,” Lacey said.Paul Murphy of Kingswood Heights, Tallaght; Kieran Mahon of Bolbrook Grove, Tallaght; Michael Murphy of Whitechurch Way, Ballyboden, Dublin; Frank Donaghy of Alpine Rise, Tallaght; Michael Banks (46) of Brookview Green, Tallaght and Scott Masterson of Carrigmore Drive, Tallaght have all denied the charges.The trial continues before Judge Melanie Greally.Comments have been closed for legal reasonsRead: Gardaí made ‘unwise and inappropriate’ decisions at water charges protest, court hearsRead: Barrister tells Jobstown jury their political views “have to be left outside the jury room” Image: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ie 19,956 Views A ‘peaceful protester’ could be facing a life sentence if found guilty, Jobstown trial hears Closing statements were made by counsel for some of the accused in the Jobstown trial today. No Comments Counsel for Frank Donaghy said it would be an “injustice” for him to be convicted of false imprisonment in court today. Short URL Counsel for Frank Donaghy said it would be an “injustice” for him to be convicted of false imprisonment in court today. Image: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ie THE TRIAL OF six men accused of falsely imprisoning the former Tánaiste Joan Burton has heard that a peaceful protester is charged with an offence that could potentially result in a life sentence.Solidarity TD Paul Murphy (34) and five other men have pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to falsely imprisoning Burton and her adviser Karen O’Connell by restricting their personal liberty without consent at Fortunestown Road, Jobstown, Tallaght on 15 November, 2014.In his closing arguments to the jury Padraig Dwyer SC, defending Frank Donaghy (71), who only got involved in the protest when he spotted the gathering after going to get petrol, said the man didn’t deserve to be labelled a criminal for his actions that day.Dwyer said it was unfair that his client had been sitting through a lengthy trial facing a charge of false imprisonment which could potentially result in a life sentence.“It is completely unfair to say that he should take responsibility for anyone else’s actions. https://jrnl.ie/3458761 Jun 22nd 2017, 6:24 PM last_img read more


first_img Share15 Tweet Email1 Mar 22nd 2019, 7:01 AM Short URL Friday 22 Mar 2019, 7:00 AM 80 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4552394 Opinion: Can Irish media users identify trustworthy news sources? A recent Irish survey found that social media users are among the most media-savvy consumers of news, writes Niamh Kirk. Political LeaningMuch of the hype around fake news, conspiracy theories and disinformation campaigns have focused on fringe right-wing conservatives.Distrust of mainstream media is a common theme among alt-right commentators for example. This research indicates that people who said they had a right-wing leaning were found to have slightly lower levels of literacy than those who say they lean left.TrustNews literacy is also associated with the levels of trust in the news.  Amid the debate about the quality of information on social media, the impact on the audience and the efforts of social giants to tackle disinformation – this indicates that those with higher levels of trust in news on social media have lower levels of news literacy.Previous research has found that users often do not recognise news brands on social media. This raises questions as to what social media companies can do to support users in making informed choices about what they click on or scroll past.Be media smartIn 2016 the BAI launched a Media Literacy Policy which “sets out a range of skills to help people to navigate current, new and emerging content platforms.”“The survey findings and wider concerns about disinformation underscore the need for media literacy to help people be informed about the media they consume,” said BAI chief executive Michael O’Keeffe. It is European Media Literacy Week 2019  and Be Media Smart is a public awareness campaign running across media platforms to encourage people of all ages to ‘Stop, Think, and Check’ that the information they see, read or hear is reliable.Be Media Smart is an initiative of Media Literacy Ireland, which is an independent network of volunteer members, facilitated by the BAI, working together to enhance Irish people’s understanding of, and engagement with media. Niamh Kirk is a Media and Journalism Researcher in DCU, School of Communications and FuJo Institute examining journalism, digital networks, information flows and transnationalism.  center_img Niamh Kirk 10,310 Views By Niamh Kirk AHEAD OF THE European and Local elections in May, there is a renewed focus on media literacy – something that is critical to citizens making informed decisions.This week is European Media Literacy Week, an initiative by the European Commission aiming to highlight the importance of media literacy and promote media initiatives and projects across the EU.With heightened concerns regarding the quality of information available to citizens and declining levels of public trust in the fourth estate, media literacy initiatives seek to empower and inform citizens.The 2018 Reuters Digital News Report survey, funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, examined levels of news literacy among Irish online news consumers as part of a wider survey of general news attitudes and preferences.  Respondents were asked four questions to measure their knowledge of journalism production and distribution.The multiple choice questions asked respondents to identify the state-funded media outlet, the financial status of the newspaper industry, the person who writes a press release, and how algorithms shape social media newsfeeds.It found that only about 3% of news consumers were wholly informed about news production, getting all four questions about journalism correct.About 33% were fairly news literate regarding some aspects of journalism, getting two of the four questions correct.About one-third of people got half, or more of the questions correct showing higher levels of news literacy.The results indicate that men have slightly higher levels of literacy than women and younger people tend to be only slightly more literate than older age groups.Higher income, higher education and higher engagement with news on a daily basis are also factors shaping higher levels of news and media literacy.PlatformsHowever, the research shows that where people get their media also affects media literacy.The overall highest news literacy was among users of news websites and apps (40%) and radio (30%), while the lowest literacy levels were among consumers of printed magazines and newspapers (both 23%).News websites and apps have an enhanced capacity to be transparent about the news production process with features like tracking changes to articles and linking to public sources used.However, there are still questions around how explicit news websites are when it comes to sourcing, such as citing that the article was provoked by a press release or through political communications.   Social media is often viewed as problematic in terms of news literacy.However, the survey found that social media users are slightly more literate (29%) than newspaper and magazine readers, as well as rolling TV viewers (28%) and TV bulletin viewers (26%). Online SourcesOnline readers of established news brands show higher levels of news literacy, particularly readers of the Guardian (53%) and The Irish Times (47%) as well as digital born brands like TheJournal.ie (42%).Additionally, dedicated regional newspaper readers are among the most media literate news consumers (43%).But just 28% of Sky news online users had high levels of news literacy. Online tabloid readers, in particular, showed lower levels of news literacy compared to digital broadsheet readers.The high percentage of media literate consumers of The Guardian might in part be explained by the outlet’s dedicated media analysis section that critically evaluates and investigates the industry.Similarly, in the effort to build subscribers during financially challenging times, The Guardian increased transparency regarding their news production processes and enhanced engagement between the audience and news producers.It was the first British title to have a readers’ editor.Amid all the initiatives to support news consumers, it is worth remembering that providing readers with a window into newsrooms can lead to a better understanding of how journalism is produced. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


first_img 31 Comments Share7 Tweet Email3 Image: RollingNews.ie Image: RollingNews.ie Thursday 11 Apr 2019, 11:30 AM 26,610 Views Short URL By Alison O’Riordan https://jrnl.ie/4587302 ‘Border Fox’ Dessie O’Hare jailed for seven years for assault and false imprisonment Mr Justice Tony Hunt said today that the violent side of O’Hare’s personality is a source of continuing concern. Apr 11th 2019, 11:30 AM FORMER INLA MAN Dessie O’Hare, who was known as ‘The Border Fox’, has been jailed by the Special Criminal Court for seven years for his involvement in a gang, which evicted a man and his family from their home.Presiding judge Mr Justice Tony Hunt said today that the violent side of O’Hare’s personality is a source of continuing concern and his threat to society had not completely abated.The three-judge court previously heard that O’Hare told gardaí that he was employed by businessman Jim Mansfield Junior at the time.The employee pleaded with O’Hare to be given a few days for him and his family to leave their property voluntarily but the defendant refused, saying: “Get out right now”.O’Hare (62), of Slate Rock Road, Newtownhamilton, County Armagh, admitted last January to assaulting John Roche, causing him harm, at The Towers, Garter Lane, Saggart, County Dublin on 9 June 2015.He also pleaded guilty to falsely imprisoning Martin Byrne at Rathcoole and Saggart on the same date.The non-jury court was asked to take two counts of falsely imprisoning Mr Byrne’s wife and son into consideration.O’Hare was jailed today for three years for assaulting Roche and 10 years with three suspended for the rest of his life for falsely imprisoning Byrne. The sentences are to run concurrently.Byrne was employed by the late Jim Mansfield Senior, the father of Mr Mansfield Junior, for almost 20 years and provided security for him and his extended family.Byrne and his family had been living in a town-house at The Towers, which was owned by his employer Mansfield Junior and became the subject of a dispute.Business parkByrne went with Mansfield Junior to a meeting on June 9 at a business park, where O’Hare and former Republican paramilitary Declan “Whacker” Duffy were present.When Mansfield Jnr left the room, five other men came in and Byrne was prevented from leaving. He was told in “no uncertain terms” that he and his family had to vacate The Towers that day and was driven to the complex by the men.Following this, John Roche was assaulted by O’Hare and the other men.In 1988, O’Hare was sentenced to 40 years imprisonment for falsely imprisoning and assaulting Dublin dentist Dr John O’Grady, causing him grievous bodily harm, but was released under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement in 2006.The former terrorist also has convictions for firearm offences as well as assaulting a garda.O’Hare gave little reaction before he was led away by prison officers. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


first_imgWoman ‘feared she was going to be killed by burglars’ as tax inspectors searched TD’s house The woman was in Independent TD Michael Lowry’s home when Revenue officers raided it, a jury has heard. By Sonya McLean A WOMAN WHO was in Independent TD Michael Lowry’s home when Revenue officers raided it was “startled” and feared she was going to be killed by burglars, a jury has heard.Shelia Hanley, an inspector of taxes, searched Lowry’s home on 23 July 2013 on foot of a search warrant, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court was told.She told Michael O’Higgins SC, defending the TD, “It’s obviously an unwelcome surprise. She was sufficiently upset that I gave her a glass of water. She did think we were burglars until she said she heard a woman’s voice.”She rejected the suggestion that the woman, who was unaware officers had entered the house, was crying and saying “Please don’t kill me”.“Certainly not,” Hanley said, before accepting that if the woman had said this, it was never reported to her. She agreed that the woman had been “startled”.She agreed that Lowry’s clothes were searched but couldn’t confirm if his underpants had been, although she acknowledged that her colleagues would have searched all drawers, including ones in the bedrooms.She agreed that she and her colleagues were allowed into the gated premises by a tradesman who had been servicing the boiler.She said she rang the doorbell a number of times but there was no answer. A garda, who was there with her, gave her Lowry’s mobile number and she called it but there was no reply.Hanley said she was the informed that a door at the back of the premises was open and she and her colleagues decided to enter the house. She instructed a member of the team to text Mr Lowry stating; “I am Shelia Hanley. I am a revenue officer. I am at your house. Please attend.”She accepted a suggestion from O’Higgins that if they had not found an open door, she would have made “more strenuous efforts to contact him (Lowry)”.She added she was not under any obligation to wait for Lowry as the warrant entitled her to enter the house and use force if necessary.Hanley also accepted that an officer was probably searching through the cutlery drawer, adding “People keep documents in drawers”.She acknowledged that a “small sheaf” of documents had been recovered from the house and accepted they were “not of evidential value”.Third party It is the State’s case that Lowry’s company, Garuda Ltd, received £248,624 (€372,000) in commission from Norpe OY, a refrigeration company based in Finland, in August 2002.It is alleged that Lowry arranged for this payment to be made to a third party, residing in the Isle of Man, and therefore it didn’t appear in the company accounts for that year, nor did he declare it as income.It is further alleged that the accounts were then falsified in 2007 to reflect that the payment was received in 2006.Lowry (64) of Glenreigh, Holycross, Co. Tipperary, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to four charges of filing incorrect tax returns on dates between August 2002 and August 2007 in relation to a sum of £248,624 received by his company, Garuda Ltd and one charge in relation to failing to keep a proper set of accounts on dates between 28 August 2002 and 3 August 2007.He further pleaded not guilty on behalf of Garuda Ltd to three similar charges in relation to the company’s tax affairs and one charge of failing to keep a proper set of accounts on the same dates.The trial continues before Judge Martin Nolan and a jury of eight men and three women.- Comments are closed as the case is before the courts  https://jrnl.ie/4077267 Michael Lowry Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland No Comments Share4 Tweet Email1 Michael Lowry center_img Jun 18th 2018, 4:17 PM 27,008 Views Monday 18 Jun 2018, 4:17 PM Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


first_img Get our daily news round up: As well as invoking the anger of his parliamentary colleagues and spawning a thousand memes, Jacob Rees-Mogg’s lounging in the House of Commons has now also become something of a landmark after being beamed onto Edinburgh Castle.The anti-Brexit activist group Led By Donkeys projected the infamous image of the reclining politician along with the caption “Lying Tory”.They also created a short film of the stunt which accused the UK government of lying about its Brexit intentions.Click here if you can’t view the video. 11,205 Views Source: Led By Donkeys/Twitter Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday Another bad day for Boris, Beef talks to reconvene and a Jacob Rees-Mogg projection – it’s the evening fix. 1 Comment Thursday 5 Sep 2019, 9:00 PM https://jrnl.ie/4797630 NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Ireland’s Darren Randolph makes a save from Haris Seferovic of Switzerland at the Aviva Stadium. Source: James Crombie/INPHO The Data Protection Commission will seek enforcement action over the government’s refusal to comply with findings about the legality of the Public Services Card.The cabinet believes that a no-deal Brexit will be significantly worse than previously expected, with predictions of thousands of job losses in tourism and the fishing sector, according to the Irish Times.Four people were arrested in connection with the shooting of a man in Lucan. Agriculture minister Michael Creed announced that talks will reconvene between the meat industry and beef farmers.One of Ireland’s best known developers, Gerry Gannon lodged plans for 1,950 apartments in north Dublin.Over 40 residents were ordered to immediately vacate Dublin flats due to fire safety concerns.Seán Cox has moved to the UK to continue his rehabilitation after suffering severe injuries in an unprovoked attack before a Liverpool match 18 months ago.A Norwegian Air jet diverted to Dublin Airport after the crew declared an emergency over the Atlantic.INTERNATIONAL Source: PA Wire/PA Images#BREXIT: Boris Johnson said that he would “rather be dead in a ditch” than seek another Brexit extension from the European Union during an extraordinary speech in Yorkshire today.#JOHNSON: The speech came after Johnson’s brother Jo announced that he’s retiring from politics citing an “unresolvable tension” between family loyalty and the national interest. #USA: After causing widespread damage in the Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian lashed the Carolinas ahead of making landfall in the US.  PARTING SHOT By Ceimin Burke Source: Led By Donkeys/Twitter Sep 5th 2019, 9:00 PM Share1 Tweet Email The Tories are lying. They *want* a No Deal Brexit(Location: Edinburgh Castle) pic.twitter.com/1aOoF2Qa6Q— Led By Donkeys (@ByDonkeys) September 5, 2019 Edinburgh Castle pic.twitter.com/QPznVg8beN— Led By Donkeys (@ByDonkeys) September 5, 2019 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


first_img Short URL By Stephen Maguire Image: Google Maps Wed 6:05 PM 16,853 Views Wednesday 11 Sep 2019, 6:05 PM Buncrana Courthouse, Co Donegal 4 Comments center_img Woman recalls trying desperately to save boyfriend who was shot dead in Donegal in 2012 Andrew Allen (24) had been in bed with partner Arelene Farrelly when a lone gunman called to his house. THE HEARTBROKEN GIRLFIEND of a man who was shot dead at their Co Donegal home has told how she tried desperately to save his life.Andrew Allen died within seconds after a gunman shot three times into the bedroom of the couple’s home at Buncrana in February 2012.Mr Allen (24) had been in bed around 9.30pm on 9 February with partner Arelene Farrelly when the lone gunman called to the house at 26 Links View Park.Ms Farrelly told how herself and Mr Allen were tucked up in bed, he was on his Playstation and she was on her phone while also watching television.In a statement to Donegal Coroner’s Court held at Buncrana Courthouse, Ms Farrelly, who was not present in court, told how she initially heard loud bangs at the front door of the house.She peeked out the curtains and saw a man dressed in a black baseball cap and dark clothing kicking at the door and holding what looked like a sawn-off shotgun in his hand.She told Mr Allen and he told her to call the Gardaí as he struggled to get some clothing on.Seconds later three shots were fired through the bedroom window and Mr Allen slumped to the bedroom floor.Ms Farrelly’s statement read “He said “Arlene, I can’t feel my legs”. The blood was pumping out of him. It was coming out of his nose and his mouth. I tried to turn him in the bed but he was too heavy. He slid down,…I rang an ambulance.”Ms Farrelly ran to a neighbour’s home to get help and Mr Daniel McGonagle rushed to the scene.He said he could not do CPR but Ms Farrelly tried a number of times but Mr Allen did not respond.She eventually stopped and realised that her partner was dead.BuncranaMr McGonagle added that Mr Allen, whom he did not know personally, was turning blue and that his mouth was full of blood. He remarked to another neighbour who arrived in the house – “I think he’s as dead as a Dodo.”He revealed earlier how he had heard gunshots and came out of his house to see a grey or silver-coloured car leaving the scene.He recalled thinking he had seen the same car on the state a few days earlier and remarking that he was parked in a strange manner.In her statement, Ms Farrelly revealed how her partner’s name had been on a list of six people sent in an envelope accompanied by a bullet to the Family Centre in Gobnascale in Derry a few weeks earlier.He stayed most of the time in Buncrana after that.However, she added that his family had been telephoned later to say the threat had been lifted and he was no longer on the list.She added “I know he (Andrew) was involved in drugs years ago but he had no involvement while he was with me.”Dr Stephen McNally, who was based at the Nowdoc Service in Carndonagh on the night of the killing, arrived at the scene and officially pronounced Mr Allen dead.The following day, former State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy carried out a post mortem on Mr Allen’s remains.Her report was read into the court by coroner Dr Denis McCauley.He said Mr Allen had been shot three times – in the right shoulder, the right hip and in the abdomen.The bullet which struck his right shoulder traveled down through his right lung and into his heart and this was the bullet which killed Mr Allen, Dr Cassidy’s report said.She found that Mr Allen died from a gunshot wound to the heart.InquiryGarda Detective Inspector Pat O’Donnell said he was assigned as the chief investigating officer in the case.He said that hundreds of lines of inquiry have been followed and hundreds of people interviewed.He added “It is my professional opinion that Andrew Allen died as a result of an unlawful killing.”He later appealed to anybody with any information on the murder to come forward and to speak to the Gardaí in confidence.The jury of five men and two men only took a short time to agree unanimously that Mr Allen died as a result of a gunshot wound to the heart and that his death was as a result of an unlawful killing.Coroner Dr McCauley expressed his sympathy to the members of the Allen family present in court as did Garda Inspector David Durkin and members of the jury.The Allen family declined to make a comment after the inquest. Buncrana Courthouse, Co Donegal Image: Google Maps https://jrnl.ie/4805253 Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


first_imgThe Greek community needs to act immediately on developing the teaching of Modern Greek and attracting more students and teachers to the language, according to Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne & Victoria (GOCMV) Greek Schools President John Milides. While the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has included Greek in the 11 languages selected as part of the national curriculum, it will not be promoted for a number of years. “First the four Asian languages will be promoted for a few years, then French, German, Spanish and Arabic will be promoted, then in the following three years Greek and Vietnamese will be promoted,” Mr Milides said, adding, “it will take a long time, we can’t sit idle and wait for our turn; we have to energise the community”. Mr Milides believes the community is responsible for stimulating interest in today’s high school and university students. “We can’t just leave it to the parents, we have to develop strategies and human resources,” he said. “With the new initiative in the Greek community we want to promote new ideas without ignoring the past. One of the new ideas is that we are part of the problem if we don’t develop our human resources”. Teachers of Modern Greek in Victoria, along with parents of students learning the language, are invited to a forum highlighting important information about the Australian Curriculum for languages this Tuesday. The GOCMV, the Modern Greek Teachers Association of Melbourne and Victoria with the support of the Education Consul for the Hellenic Republic Charalampos Ladopoulos will hold the forum at the Greek Community Centre, Level 3, 168 Lonsdale St Melbourne, from 7pm on Tuesday May 3, to discuss issues of importance concerning language teachers, schools and students. As part of the discussion teachers and parents will be informed of the recommendations made to the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and to ACARA by the Modern Greek Teachers Association of Melbourne and Victoria, and the Education Committee of the GOCMV. At the end of the forum attendees will be given an opportunity to ask questions in relation to the direction and the need for the learning of Greek in Australia. “We want teachers to know what we’ve proposed to the departments, we want teachers to know policies we propose should change and we want them to be part of the process of developing policies for the future regarding survival of Modern Greek,” Mr Milides said. Subsequent forums will follow, with the next one scheduled for May 22, from 1pm. This forum will be held at Alphington Grammar in Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs. “We’re inviting all teachers of Greek, and teachers who have come from Greece, to come and get to know each other,” Mr Milides said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram On Kathari Deftera, children and teachers arrived at AHEPA Greek school dressed up in colourful costumes, favourite masks and funny hats. In a bustling atmosphere of laughter and joy, children threw streamers and confetti across the hall, thus celebrating the Carnavali. They enjoyed Greek Carnival songs and tasted traditional meatless delicacies, and were introduced to important parts of Greek tradition through a fun and joyful atmosphere.last_img


first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Three Greeks, whose combined wealth is in the vicinity of €6bn – have made it into this year’s Forbes list of the world’s richest people, which is topped once again by Microsoft’s Bill Gates after a four-year break.With a net worth of some $3.2bn mainly from banking and shipping, Spiros Latsis came in 506th place, down from the 412th position he held last year. The son of shipping tycoon John S. Latsis, the 67 year old has been managing the family fortune ever since his father passed away in 2003.The Latsis family holds a major share of Hellenic Petroleum, one of the country’s major oil refining companies, is behind the Athens Mall – which the country’s highest court said recently was built illegally – and is the only bidder in the sell-off of the old Athens airport at Elliniko.Following him, in joint 687th place and $2.5bn, is Aristotelis Mistakidis, the 52-year-old co-director of the Glencore International mining company and art collector Philip Niarchos, 60, the eldest son of shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos.According to Forbes, the ranks of the world’s billionaires have swelled to a record 1,645 including 268 newcomers. Source: enetenglishlast_img read more


first_imgAfter a record year, Bank of Sydney, formerly known as Laiki Bank and Beirut Hellenic, is about to announce record-breaking profits, and the straight-talking Julie Elliott – appointed as CEO a few months after the bank’s reincarnation – is unsurprisingly in an upbeat mood when we meet at BOS’s Spring Street office in Melbourne.Taking time out to speak with Neos Kosmos, Ms Elliott says the secret of success in the highly-competitive banking market is down to the bank’s revitalised mission to be ‘Australia’s true relationship bank’.OK, so what’s behind the marketing line? For Elliott, the measure of a bank is its connection to customers.“Words are cheap, we’re about actions not words. Everyone’s got the words,” says the CEO. “When you have a problem – fraud on your credit card, or money has gone out of your account – you want someone real to talk to, not someone who is reading off a script in a call-centre or overseas.”“We’re funded totally by our own deposits and we’ve grown these deposits to nearly $1.3bn over the course of 2014, so that’s an increase of about 25 per cent,” says Elliott, who began her career as a chartered accountant at KPMG.Reflecting on the (double) rebranding exercise that has transformed the business since shedding its skin as Laiki Bank, Elliott says a key part of the bank’s recent operational upturn is due to the efforts of its 160 staff – many of who are of Greek and Cypriot heritage – and who have embraced change in the company.“Our loan growth has been the strongest that we’ve seen, and all of that’s driven our profitability, but what’s more important to me is our people,” says the former NAB and Westpac executive, who admits that bedding down the Bank of Sydney has taken time.“They’re a lot happier and enjoying being at the bank and enjoying being with our customers.”Ms Elliott, who is out on the road four days a week visiting the bank’s five commercial hubs – and sixteen branches in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide – points out that the role of a branch has changed radically in the past decade.“It’s not necessarily about opening more branches. There’s less cash in society, so we will open new branches, but as points of presence, as opposed to being solely cash dispensaries.”Bank of Sydney’s operations are divided equally between business and retail banking, and its capitalisation – a mark of any bank’s security – might surprise some.“At the moment we’re Australia’s most liquid, most capitalised bank,” she says. “That means we’re very strong and very safe, and it’s my job to keep us this way.”While keen to promote the bank’s commercial growth in the past 12 months, Julie Elliott is also careful to ensure her sensitivity to the bank’s roots is abundantly clear. When asked at one of her first board meetings if she felt the tradition of donating a gold coin for the vasilopita at the official Greek Orthodox blessing at new year should be continued, she was adamant that it must stay.“We’re still very wedded to that Cypriot Greek heritage.” “To me the culture and history is very important, not to be bound by it, but to take you into the future. It’s important for me to take that heritage and build on it.”Bank of Sydney’s plans for 2015 include moving into the mortgage broker market, furthering their involvement in wealth offering, and expanding their online capabilities, but nurturing the bank’s greatest asset – the relationship between banker and customer – will be at the top of Julie Elliott’s agenda.“I believe in the ‘service-profit’ chain of happy people leading to happy customers. That’s what drives our business.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


first_imgGreece was told that it has until Friday to request an extension to the current bailout or face the possibility of losing the pending funds after the second meeting of eurozone finance ministers in the last few days ended on Monday without an agreement between Athens and its partners.Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, however, said the government would continue talks over the next few days, regardless of any ultimatums from its partners. Varoufakis claimed that he had been shown the text of a communique earlier in the day by European Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici which he was happy to sign but that this was later changed during the Eurogroup meeting for a document he could not accept.Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem said Athens had until Friday to request an extension, otherwise the bailout program would expire at the end of February. “Then, that’s it,” he said.“The general feeling in the Eurogroup is still that the best way forward would be for the Greek authorities to seek an extension of the program,” he told a joint press conference with Moscovici and International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde.If a request for an extension is made, Greece can present alternative measures but not roll back previous reforms or take “unilateral steps,” Dijsselbloem said, noting that Greece’s demand for a “bridge” agreement was essentially “just another word” for an extension.The Eurogroup chief underlined the need to “rebuild trust.” He suggested that a new program would not differ greatly from the previous one. “The rules and regulations talk about strict conditionalities. It would still be about fiscal sustainability,” he said.Varoufakis insisted that he was prepared to sign the text he was shown by Moscovici “there and then” but was perplexed as to why this was changed for a communique not acceptable to the Greek delegation. Nevertheless, the Greek finance minister was confident that an agreement could be found soon, allowing for Greece to retain its loan agreement over the next four months in return for certain conditions. The SYRIZA-led coalition hopes this will give Greece and its lenders enough time to negotiate a more comprehensive deal that includes debt relief.“I have no doubt that within the next 48 hours Europe is going to come together and we shall find the phrasing that is necessary so that we can submit it and move on to do the real work that is necessary,” he said.Moscovici, however, stressed that there is “no alternative to the extension of the current program.” He called on the Greek government to request an extension, adding that there would be “flexibility over the short term.” “During the extension, we will have time to work on details,” he said. “We have to be logical, not ideological.”Moscovici suggested that Greek authorities had not provided their interlocutors with details of their proposal in technical-level discussions, notably in relation to the 70 per cent of the memorandum that Greece has indicated that it accepts and the 30 per cent it has rejected.Source: Kathimeirni Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Student members of the Melbourne University’s Greek Association (MUnGA) have donated one thousand dollars to Fronditha Care through their fundraising efforts.The donation was made on Monday 20 April when MUnGA’s former president Christian Raspa, along with the current cultural affiliations officer Jordan Moschovitis, met with Fronditha president Mike Zafiropoulos AM JP.Mr Zafiropoulos expressed his gratitude to the two students, along with the other members of the association, stating “all of us here at Fronditha are very pleased that the younger generation are showing their empathy once again, to an organisation that aims to improve the quality of life of older people in our community,” he said. “It’s very significant that these young people, while putting in the effort to succeed in their studies, can find the time to get involved and help organisations of the community.”Mr Moschovitis responded to the message of thanks, saying “I feel both happy and proud at the same time, that we have the opportunity to offer a little joy to our people, to our grandfathers and our grandmothers.”Last week MUnGA also elected its new committee for 2015/2016, the successful candidates were: president Nick Tzoutzidis, vice-president Tia Kallianis, treasurer John Liacopoulos, secretary Pamela Papadopoulos, cultural and affiliations officer Jordan Moshcovitis, media officer Anna Vass, NUGAS representative Eleni Angeletos, along with general committee members: John Papaemmanouil, Stephen Liondas, Stylianos Nikias, Perry Athanasopoulos, Yiorgios Yiappos, Alexandros Yiappos, Ioanna Yiappos and Arthur Gioulekas.last_img read more


first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Fifty years after his life was saved by Welsh lifeboat crews, a Greek sailor has formerly given thanks in a touching video message.Friday 2 December marked the 50th anniversary of one of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) remarkable missions that took place in 1966, when 100 mph (approx. 160.5 kph) winds hit the seas off Anglesey and resulted in 35 ft (approx. 10.5 m) waves.The Greek cargo ship Nafsiporos happened to be out at sea at the time shaking uncontrollably and its life boat eventually broke loose rendering it useless.Things seemed bleak before RNLI teams based in Holyhead and Moelfre turned up to save the crew.One of those saved on the day, Anestis Rokopoulos, marked the anniversary by formerly thanking those who assisted him via a video message presented at a special event, where five of the brave men who took part in the rescue mission were present, reported Wales Online. “We had no control and no steering. The rocks looked like knives. Then from the depths of the sea came these boats and we said ‘They have come for us’,” recalled 73-year-old Rokopoulos, the memory still fresh in his mind.“My only message is thank you. I am alive only because of these people. I make a family and I make grandchildren only because of these people.”For Graham Drinkwater, Holyhead RNLI’s current lifeboat operations manager, the rescue mission was his first ever at the age of 19.“It is fantastic to hear from Anestis today and his message of thanks means a great deal to us,” Mr Drinkwater said.“To hear that the Greek sailors went on to live long and happy lives makes us all extremely proud.”After the life boat broke loose, the Greek men had to brave the turbulence and climb down a ladder on the side of the boat, while dodging their own hanging life boat to get on the RNLI boat, which was also wildly being thrashed around.Seaman Dic Evans managed to save another 10 sailors on his lifeboat, before the RNLI boat was swept onto the deck of the Nafsiporos and then washed off with severe damages and loss of electrics.“The more you hear about the rescue of the Nafsiporos the more incredible it becomes,” said RNLI community lifesaving and fundraising director, Leesa Harwood.“RNLI lifeboat crew volunteers save lives at sea by heeding the call for help when everyone else is running for cover. Few events in the charity’s history epitomise this attitude better than the rescue of the Nafsiporos and it is right that we celebrate the 50th anniversary today.”All members of the Holyhead and Moelfre crews were awarded medals for their bravery.last_img read more


first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The news did rounds in Greek media all over the world. The Hellenic Parliament announced that it would be lit up in rainbow colours, in celebration of the 2018 Athens Pride March. As soon as the announcement was made, backlash ensued, as conservative commentators from all parts of the political spectrum objected to the Speaker of the House, Nikos Voutsis granting permission for the colours of the LGBTIQ flag to be projected on the historic building.In fact, reality proved to be different than what both sides of the debate had envisioned. When the day to hold the event arrived, only a small part of the building was lit up with the rainbow flag, in a symbolic gesture, much to the disappointment of LGBTIQ activists who were hoping for a more assertive embrace by the country’s legislative body.A photoshopped artist’s impression of the projection, which circulated in media, raising the expectations of LGBTIQ activistsWhat caused further confusion was the fact that the initial announcement came with a photo of how the buiding would look, soaked in rainbow colours. As it turned out, this was a photoshopped ‘artist impression’ of the projection, that bore no relation with the actual one. This did not prevent its diffusion through various media outlets – and most notably Government ones, like the national broadcaster ERT – making it a perfect example of ‘fake news’.Other than that, the 14th Athens Pride march was a great success, with thousands of people gathering at Syntagma square to participate in what turned out to be half-festival and half-civil rights demonstration.last_img read more


first_imgSocial Connector met Outlook à l’heure des réseaux sociauxÉtats-Unis – Microsoft propose aujourd’hui la version bêta de son extension d’Outlook : Social Connector, c’est son nom, permet de voir les dernières actualités de ses contacts sur Facebook et autres MySpace.Outlook intègre à son tour les réseaux sociaux d’Internet. Aujourd’hui, Microsoft lance la version bêta de son extension Social Connector pour Outlook. Celle-ci permet d’afficher les actualités des contacts de l’utilisateur sur les différents réseaux sociaux que sont Facebook, MySpace et Linkedln. Pour ce faire, il faut installer les modules correspondants aux différentes plates-formes Internet. Ceux de Linkedln sont déjà disponibles au téléchargement tandis que ceux de Facebook et MySpace ne seront lancés qu’en juin, en même temps qu’Office 2010. Ainsi, un volet “personnes” fera son apparition sur la messagerie. Seul bémol : certaines entreprises ont déjà livré leurs craintes concernant la productivité de leurs employés suite à cette initiative de Microsoft.Le 18 février 2010 à 11:57 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


first_imgMarée noire du golfe du Mexique : les plages seront propres à la fin de l’annéeGolfe du Mexique – Six mois après que l’explosion de la plateforme pétrolière Deepwater Horizon a engendré la pire marée noire que les États-Unis aient jamais connue, les plages du golfe du Mexique sont encore souillées d’hydrocarbures. Une vaste opération de nettoyage va être lancée afin que le golfe soit libéré du pétrole d’ici à la fin de l’année.Dans l’espoir que les touristes reviennent dans la région meurtrie par la marée noire, les autorités américaines s’apprêtent à entreprendre un grand nettoyage des zones touchées par les 4,9 millions de barils de pétrole qui se sont déversés dans l’océan. Lors d’une conférence de presse, le contre-amiral Paul Zukunft a annoncé que les plages du golfe du Mexique seront propres d’ici à la fin de l’année 2010.À lire aussiLes Kichwas, cette tribu d’Equateur qui se bat pour protéger son territoire et la forêtBaptisée “Deep Clean”, cette opération vise à libérer les plages du pétrole qui les souille afin d’attirer à nouveau les touristes qui jouent un rôle extrêmement important dans la région, et notamment en Floride où le secteur génère chaque année quelque 57 milliards de dollars. Pour le nettoyage, un “Requin de plage” a été mis en service : comme l’explique M. Zunkunft, il “laisse le sable en l’état mais en extrait les galettes de goudron”.Le contre-amiral a par ailleurs précisé que sur les 50.000 personnes mobilisées pour lutter contre la marée noire, 13.000 étaient encore sur place pour tenter de limiter les conséquences de cette catastrophe écologique qui affecte toujours le Texas, la Louisiane, le Mississippi, l’Alabama et la Floride.Le 21 octobre 2010 à 15:53 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more