MacBook Pros to be as thin as Air by Christmas

first_imgEven if you don’t like Apple products, it’s hard not to appreciate the beauty of the MacBook Air laptop. It is super thin while remaining quite powerful. It certainly puts most, if not all 11 and 13-inch laptops that have gone before it to shame in sheer performance.The design aesthetics introduced with the MacBook Air have garnered a lot of good press and feedback from users, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the MacBook Pro range might be heading in that direction too.AdChoices广告There’s a rumor making the rounds that Apple is working on a new 15-inch and 17-inch laptop that takes on the look of the MacBook Air to a large extent. These laptops may be MacBooks, but are more likely revamped MacBook Pros.If true, it would mean Apple is going to make its complete line-up of laptops as thin as Air, while at the same time dropping the optical drive completely. The only question would then be, what happens to the 13-inch MacBook Pro if it is in effect almost the equivalent of the 13-inch MacBook Air?It has also been suggested that we should expect to see these new MacBook Pros in time for Christmas. That would be quite a short update cycle seeing as the last Pro refresh only happened in February. However, if the MacBook Air is surprising even Apple with its popularity, I wouldn’t be surprised if the company fast-tracked another redesign, would you?More at MacRumors and TUAWlast_img read more

MIT drug could kill nearly any viral infection

first_imgAntibiotics are wonderful things — in certain cases, of course. While they’re incredibly useful at combating harmful bacteria in our bodies, they are completely ineffective against viral infections. Even in the case of something as comparatively harmless as the common cold there’s not an antibiotic around that can stop it in its tracks.That’s how it’s been for decades, but now a group of MIT researchers has developed a new drug that may radically change the way viruses are treated. Dubbed DRACO (Double-stranded RNA Activated Caspase Oligomerizers), the new antiviral agent seeks out RNA in cells that have been modified by a virus. While DRACO’s design allows it to penetrate any cells, the presence of virus-generated RNA makes the cells unique from any healthy cells found in humans or animals. If DRACO doesn’t see that modified RNA,  it leaves a cell alone — otherwise, it binds itself to the cell’s RNA and initiates the self-destruct sequence.So far, testing has been performed on cultured human and animal cells, and DRACO’s results were extremely positive against infections ranging from polio to various rhinoviruses. Live mice have also been tested,  and subjects that had been infected with the dreaded H1N1 influenza virus were completely cured following treatment with DRACO. Researchers have now begun testing on other viruses in mice.Along with its potent broad-spectrum offense against viruses, DRACO also offers another significant advantage over the handful of existing antiviral agents. Whereas its precursors are fairly susceptible to viral resistance, DRACO is not. Stanford professor of microbiology and immunology Karla Kirkegaard says that with DRACO “it’s hard to think of a simple pathway to drug resistance.”While it might not be as “Star Trek” cool as printable organs or an actual medical tricorder, there’s no denying DRACO’s awesome potential.More at MITlast_img read more

William wants to sell you a SmartDog this Christmas

first_imgWhat’s got Aibo so excited? He’s probably heard that is working on a high-tech pooch of his own and plans to hawk it in stores this holiday season.Based on what the gadget-obsessed star said recently, this isn’t going to be just another cyberpet that can come when you call it or flash brightly-colored LED disco lights while your iPod cycles through a playlist.No, Will plans on making his pet a bit more functional than that. In fact, it sounds like he wants it to be more of a four-legged Siri. You should be able to tell it to make album download purchases, ask it when the next Giants game is, or check the weather forecast. Or why is inventing things.Inspiration struck when he was browsing the aisles at Harrods, whose clever employees had placed a stuffed animal, a wireless speaker, and a MiFi hotspot in close proximity to each other. The lightbulb went on, and Will took all three home for an impromptu DIY session.After cramming the MiFi into the head and the speaker into the belly, Will jammed his iPhone into the frankenbeast’s mouth and declared it his latest prototype. Surely this is exactly the type of thing that made the Intel board of directors confident that was the right choice for its imaginary “director of creative innovation” position.However this plays out, let’s all just hope this new SmartDog doesn’t come with free copy of the musical travesty that is Geekin’.last_img read more

Sick and tired Why Irelands nurses are leaving in their droves

first_img Saturday 14 Jan 2017, 7:10 AM Short URL Image: Leah Farrell/ By Garreth MacNamee 31 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article NEARLY 14,000 Irish-qualified nurses and midwives have left Ireland for other health services since 2010 as morale within the sector has been described as one of “dejection”.The figure was derived by the number of certificates of verification handed to nurses and midwives. This is a document which is given to foreign healthcare providers to prove they have received the appropriate qualification.The figure means the nation is losing, on average, 2,000 highly-qualified healthcare workers every year.And according to the heads of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) and the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO), the mass exit comes as no surprise.General Secretary of the INMO, Liam Doran, told that the disrespect shown to his members by management has forced the hand of thousands of people.“There has been cut after cut here. In all my time here, I have never seen such low morale and dejection than what we are seeing now. It’s been a cumulative effect. We’ve had the recruitment embargo for one. That’s forcing people to do more work with fewer resources. ‘Sick and tired’: Why Ireland’s’ nurses are leaving in their droves ‘Recruitment freezes, a lack of respect and better options elsewhere’. Share Tweet Email2 General Secretary of the INMO Liam Doran Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ieAn Irish nurse is highly sought after due to the four years of education they receive prior to receiving their degree. Most nations have a three-year course.“In the UK, for example, they’re offering at least the same pay, bonuses are better, working hours are better, so are the staff levels,” Doran added.John Duddy, who is president of the IMO, said he is seeing a number of experienced nurses leave hospitals due to the poor conditions.Duddy, who is a neurosurgeon at Cork University Hospital, gave en example of a nurse who just had enough.He was working in the intensive care unit in CUH with “a very experienced nurse who had worked in the US and who is very knowledgeable”. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieThe nurse was talking to a patient and had said in passing that it was her last day. Duddy enquired as to whether she was going on holidays. She turned to him and said ‘no. This is it. I’m leaving. I’ve had enough’.Duddy added: “You see this more often these days and it’s always the same couple of issues. The first one is that they have to arrive 45 minutes early so they can queue up and get a car spot. Then the other major complaint is that when they have an idea which can improve the service, they tell management and management completely ignores it. It becomes far too frustrating for them and I can understand that.”Offers While the country loses its best and brightest to other shores, Liam Doran believes more concessions must be made to Irish nurses to firstly keep them in Ireland and secondly, keep them in the public sector.At the moment, Irish nurses who work in private hospitals and clinics can earn substantially more than their public counterparts, according to Doran.“The health service should write to every fourth year nursing student and offer them a permanent job. They should send the message that the nurses and midwives are valued. Offer them security straight away. That’s what I think. The disrespect has gone on too long and it needs to stop. The cuts went too deep and the country is paying for that now,” Doran added.Read: Obama to Biden: ‘I had to quote an Irish poet and Seamus Heaney was taken’ >Read: Complaints to Ulster Bank after wages not paid on time > People are burning out and saying ‘I can’t do this anymore’ and you can’t blame them. Nurses and midwives are durable people but there’s only so much they can take.The INMO announced last month that 90% of its members had voted in favour of industrial action. The turnout was 62%.Nurses and midwives say that they are understaffed and overworked, and that these conditions make it impossible to care properly for patients.Doran attacked hospital management and the Department of Health for what he described as the “abject failure” of the system to protect and value its staff. Nurses, according to Doran, can leave Ireland and get snapped up by a foreign recruiter in an instant. Jan 14th 2017, 7:10 AM 17,362 Views Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ielast_img read more

Gardaí arrest 44yearold man in connection with Balrothery shop robbery

first_imgGardaí arrest 44-year-old man in connection with Balrothery shop robbery Cash was taken and a woman was assaulted in the incident which occurred late last night. By Gráinne Ní Aodha 2 Comments A  MAN HAS been arrested in connection with a robbery at premises in Balrothery, Co Dublin in which a woman was assaulted.At around 9.20pm last night, a man entered a shop in Balrothery demanding cash and threatened a female member of staff. The woman was assaulted in the incident but did not require any medical attention.The man, who was wearing a balaclava pulled down over his face, left the premises on foot with a sum of cash.Enquiries by gardaí led them to search a house in Balbriggan where a 44-year-old man was arrested. He is currently being detained at Balbriggan Garda station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 as amended.Local gardaí were assisted by members of the Armed Support Unit in the arrest; investigations are ongoing.Read: Pedestrian in his 30s killed after being struck by car in Laois last nightRead: Malahide jewellery shop robbery leaves female staff member in hospital Image: 16,989 Views Sunday 22 Jan 2017, 11:38 AM Image: Jan 22nd 2017, 11:38 AM Share Tweet Email Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Irish company signs meat deal with Subway worth up to €850 million

first_img Share Tweet Email1 Wednesday 1 Feb 2017, 8:58 AM 58 Comments IRISH-BASED DAWN Farms has signed a deal to export up to €850 million worth of meat to Subway stores across Europe.Dawn Farms, which supplies cooked and fermented meat ingredients to the foodservice and manufacturing sectors, will supply the cooked sandwich meats to more than 4,000 stores across Europe, including the UK until at least 2024.Headquartered in Naas and with manufacturing operations in Ireland and the UK, Dawn Farms is one of the largest suppliers of cooked and fermented meat for pizza, sandwich, ready meals and snacks in Europe.Their CEO Larry Murrin said the deal came about due to continued investment.“In our negotiations with the Subway organisation, they have recognised Dawn Farms’ continued investment in product innovation, our strengths in supply chain consistency and food security, and our vigilance in relation to competitiveness.”Mike Attwood, Purchasing and Supply Chain Director of EIPC (the Franchisee owned procurement organisation for SUBWAY restaurants in Europe) said they were “delighted to continue the very successful relationship” with Dawn Farms.Subway is the largest food chain in the world, with more than 44,000 restaurants worldwide.Read: 7 truths the world needs to know about Irish stew Short URL By Paul Hosford Irish company signs meat deal with Subway worth up to €850 million The company makes cooked and fermented meat. Image: PA Archive/PA Images Image: PA Archive/PA Images Feb 1st 2017, 8:58 AM 29,389 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Gunman shot seven people at a pool party in the US after

first_img 53 Comments Share Tweet Email Tuesday 2 May 2017, 8:38 AM Image: K.C. Alfred 18,296 Views Image: K.C. Alfred San Diego police officers stand in front of a La Jolla apartment after a shooting on Sunday. Source: Gregory Bull/APAt 6:06 p.m., a caller told police two people had been shot at the La Jolla Crossroads complex on Judicial Drive. Several other callers reported hearing gunfire and people screaming.VictimOne victim, 34-year-old Thomas Blea, gave thanks to a security guard at the apartment complex who quickly hustled him and two other victims to safety.“That guy saved us a lot of time. Getting us to the fire department in a safe zone,” said Blea as he sat with his leg bandaged in a wheelchair outside the hospital. The guard’s name has not been released.Rikky Galiendes, a student at the University of California, San Diego, said he heard between eight and 10 gunshots, looked outside his sixth-story apartment and saw a bleeding man running near the pool below.“The whole thing was really emotionally draining — seeing blood everywhere, seeing bodies on the ground, hoping they survived, seeing bloody footsteps you know of people who ran away,” Galiendes said. “There was just so much blood.”A police helicopter and officers on the ground arrived about 7 minutes after the first call. The pilot reported seeing multiple victims down and directed officers to Selis, who he said appeared to be reloading his weapon.Selis was killed as he fired his .45-caliber handgun at a sergeant and two officers, Zimmerman said.Selis shot three black women, two black men, a Latino man and a white woman, police said. San Diego police officers pass in front of a La Jolla apartment after a shooting on Sunday. Source: Gregory Bull/APSix of the shooting victims were expected to survive, Zimmerman said. Another man was taken to the hospital after he broke his arm running away.Selis, a father who worked as a mechanic at a Ford dealership, filed for federal bankruptcy protection in October 2015, listing $14,000 in assets and $108,000 in liabilities, according to court records.Investigators have not found any notes or evidence in his internet search history to suggest that Selis planned the shooting, Ahearn said.“There was nothing obvious or public that this was his intention,” he said.Griffin, who helped carry a woman shot in the legs to safety, woke up Monday in a panic thinking he was still at the pool.“I was shaking. I started crying,” he said. “My eyes got really, really big as if they were going to pop out of my head, and I kind of rolled over off the couch, onto the floor as if the gunman were still active.”Read: Temperatures to hit 20 degrees in some parts of Ireland today >Read: This Dublin tech firm is hiring (and the perks include a meditation and yoga room) >center_img Short URL By Associated Press Gunman shot seven people at a pool party in the US after breaking up with girlfriend The man shot seven people who were celebrating a birthday in San Diego at the weekend. A GUNMAN DISTRAUGHT over a recent breakup calmly reclined in a pool chair as he shot strangers at a birthday party and phoned his ex-girlfriend so she could hear the gunfire and screams, San Diego police said.Before police fatally shot him, Peter Selis killed one woman and wounded six other people in a rampage that turned a birthday party into bedlam as shots echoed among upscale apartment towers, people ran for their lives and the wounded lay bleeding by the pool.All but one of the victims were black and Latino and Selis was white, but police don’t think race played a factor.“These victims were just in his vicinity when he committed this terrible tragedy,” police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said. “What started as a celebration of a friend’s birthday party turned into a tragedy of just epic proportion for all those in attendance.”Selis, 49, was despondent and depressed over a recent breakup, though family and friends interviewed by police had no hint of any sinister plot.As children splashed in the pool Sunday, a family soaked in a hot tub and others ate chips and hot dogs, the gunman stood out from the crowd of about 35 as he sat by the pool gate wearing a heavy black jacket on a hot day, said Demetrius Griffin, a guest at the party. Demetrius Griffin, who was a guest at a Sunday poolside birthday party at which a gunman despondent over a recent breakup opened fire. Source: Julie Watson/APThe shooting began after the man celebrating his 50th birthday approached Selis. Griffin assumed his friend, who was always welcoming, invited the man to join the fun.Instead, he pulled a gun from his waistband, shot the party host twice in the torso and then opened fire on the party.“It was very eerie, to say the least,” Griffin said. “He didn’t stand up. He didn’t say anything. He just opened fire.”Griffin briefly froze and then dropped to the ground as six rounds sent people scattering and dropped others on the pool deck.After shooting two people, Selis, a resident at the complex, called his ex-girlfriend to tell her what he’d done.“Selis stayed on the phone talking to his ex-girlfriend as he continued to fire his weapon,” Zimmerman said. “It is apparent that Selis wanted his ex-girlfriend to listen in as he carried out his rampage.”During the brief call, Selis told the woman that he had shot two police, the police were arriving and then “made some reference to ‘shooting it out’ or something along those lines,” Assistant Police Chief Brian Ahearn said. The woman heard two more gunshots before the line went dead, he said. May 2nd 2017, 8:38 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Losses at Carphone Warehouses Irish arm soared to €12m last year

first_img 14 Comments Share17 Tweet Email3 “The costs associated with this initiative, being early lease termination premiums, onerous lease provisions, fixed asset impairment and redundancy costs, have been treated as exceptional items (of) €3.65 million.”The company also said that its accumulated losses of €50.6 million “reflects an ongoing competitive marketplace, impacting trade margin during the financial period and provisions in respect of the property realisation plan”.“The directors have reviewed budgets and cash flow projections and they believe with the financial support from Dixons Carphone plc, the company has adequate financial resources to meet current and foreseeable working capital requirements.”The company employed 729 people during the year, down from 749 the year before leading staff costs to fall from €19 million to €18.1 million.In the directors report, Carphone Warehouse also said: “The company is conscious of the effect of wage inflation on its business and the need to ensure that this is controlled.”Carphone Warehouse did not respond immediately to a request for comment.Sign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Apr 8th 2017, 7:15 AM By Fora Staff Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Losses at Carphone Warehouse’s Irish arm soared to €12m last year The retailer has spent lots of money on its new ’3-in-1′ stores.center_img Saturday 8 Apr 2017, 7:15 AM LOSSES AT THE Irish arm of Carphone Warehouse jumped from about €2.5 million to almost €12 million last year, new figures show.Accounts for Carphone Warehouse Ltd, the Irish subsidiary of the UK-based retailer, show that the firm reported a full year loss of just under €12 million in the year to the end of April 2016.This compared to a loss of €2.5 million in the 57 weeks to the start of May 2015.The change in year-end reporting was so that the company could align with the Dixons Carphone group.While the company’s cost of sales dropped, from €90.2 million to €85.3 million, turnover also fell, from €123.7 million to €114.1 million.Operating expenses rose slightly, from €35.3 million to €37 million.The firm reported an operating loss of €11 million, which rose to a full year loss of about €12 million when some interest payments and charges on intercompany loans were included. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieThis pushed up Carphone Warehouse Ltd’s accumulated losses, which rose from €38.6 million to €50.6 million.3-in-1 storesThe company did incur exceptional costs during the year. Carphone Warehouse agreed a merger with Dixons in 2014, and during the 2016 financial year the newly formed business launched a major roll out of its ’3-in1′ store concept across Ireland and the UK.According to the directors report: “This involves merging the remaining PC World and Currys stores and inserting a Carphone Warehouse, reducing the overall UK and Ireland store portfolio by 76. Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Take me to Fora Short URL 11,727 Views last_img read more

More than 80 cases now before High Court over swine flu vaccine

first_imgMore than 80 cases now before High Court over swine flu vaccine A solicitor handling many of the cases said the slow process is “very frustrating” for his clients. Short URL 27,814 Views Share320 Tweet Email3 Image: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No Comments THE SOLICITOR HANDLING many of the cases involving people who allegedly developed narcolepsy after receiving the swine flu vaccine has said more than 80 cases have now been lodged before the courts in relation to Pandemrix.In 2009, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared a swine flu pandemic. The Irish government and the HSE purchased over eight million Pandemrix vaccines, which were made by Glaxosmithkline (GSK).Many people received the vaccine before its use was suspended in Ireland in 2011 after concerns were raised about negative side effects including a link with narcolepsy and other sleep disorders.The British Medical Journal published an investigation last September which noted that serious safety concerns were raised in 2009, nearly two years before the vaccine’s use was stopped in Ireland.Legal proceedings in two more cases were issued during the week. One case, involving a woman, is listed for trial on 8 October next. The other case involves an underage boy.The defendants in both cases are the Minister for Health, the HSE, GSK and the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA).The proceedings were lodged by Michael Boylan Litigation. The Dublin-based law firm is handling the vast majority of the 80-plus cases. ‘Enormous task’ Solicitor Michael Boylan told the firm is “going through an enormous task” of finding and searching documents for relevant information.“We’re having to spend hundreds of thousands on IT experts and a team of document reviewers going through piles of documents,” he added, on the documents his team had sourced.&nbspIn February, the Sunday Business Post reported that the government had spent €2.1 million discovering documents for a test case brought by Aoife Bennett, a 28-year-old woman who allegedly developed narcolepsy from the Pandemrix vaccine. Bennett’s case is considered a lead case for the other related legal actions.‘A very stark disease’ Boylan said he believes the government has spent closer to €3 million at this stage.Narcolepsy is a very stark disease and many people have late diagnosis. It’s just terrible, it really is terrible,” he added. When asked about the situation in the Dáil by TD Clare Daly last Tuesday, Health Minister Simon Harris said the State Claims Agency is dealing with the cases in question, adding that it “would not be appropriate” for him to comment.“The discovery process is being actively case managed by a judge of the High Court. There have been several High Court motion hearings to date.“The matter has been listed again before the High Court in October 2019 where a test case will be raised by the plaintiff.“The Department of Health and the HSE continue to comply with all orders made by the courts and at no stage has the State failed to comply with a discovery order of the High Court,” Harris contacted the department, the State Claims Agency, the HSE and GSK for comment.The HSE said it was a matter for the State Claims Agency, which declined to comment.The department and GSK also both said they cannot comment on ongoing litigation. Comments are closed due to ongoing legal proceedings.  Sunday 7 Apr 2019, 7:05 AM By Órla Ryan Image: Apr 7th 2019, 12:06 AM last_img read more

European Commission to investigate whether Insurance Ireland is operating a cartel

first_imgEuropean Commission to investigate whether Insurance Ireland is operating a cartel Insurance Ireland said it is confident its practices are fully compliant with competition law. Tuesday 14 May 2019, 11:28 AM 87 Comments By Michelle Hennessy 36,769 Views Short URL May 14th 2019, 11:28 AM Image: Shutterstock Image: Shutterstock Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION has opened a formal investigation into Insurance Ireland’s data pooling system.The investigation will assess whether the association is operating a cartel with the conditions of access to its data pooling system. The Commission will look at whether these conditions restrict competition, which would be a breach of EU rules.“Insurance is essential for all car drivers in Europe,” said Commissioner Margrethe Vestager today.“We are investigating whether companies wishing to offer their services on the Irish motor insurance market may have been unfairly prevented from accessing a data pool managed by Insurance Ireland for its member companies.“This could potentially reduce Irish drivers’ choice of motor insurance policies at competitive prices.”The launch of this anti-trust investigation follows inspections carried out in July 2017 in the Irish motor insurance market. Antitrust investigations are designed to assess whether agreements of decisions of associations are anti-competitive.‘Effective competition’Insurance Ireland is an association that brings together a number of insurance firms in Ireland. It manages a database called InsuranceLink which contains information provided by member companies about insurance claims.The Commission said the stated purpose of the system is to facilitate the detection of potentially fraudulent behaviour by claimants and to ensure the accuracy of information provided by potential customers to insurance companies and/or their agents.“The Commission does not question that data pooling arrangements can contribute to effective competition. The participation in and access to a data pool by insurance service providers may directly benefit consumers in terms of ensuring more suitable products and competitive prices.”The investigation will assess whether the conditions imposed on companies wishing to access this database may have put these companies at a competitive disadvantage on the Irish motor insurance market in comparison to companies that already have access to it.If proven, the practices may breach EU competition rules which prohibit agreements between companies that prevent, restrict or distort competition within the EU single market.Insurance Ireland has noted the decision to open a formal investigation and said it is important to note that the commission has not reached any conclusions or made any findings. “Insurance Ireland understands that the investigation is focused on the InsuranceLink database, which is a secure database that holds claims information as a tool to assist in fraud detection. InsuranceLink is accessed by Insurance Ireland members and non-members and has been in operation since 1988,” it said in a statement.“Insurance Ireland is cooperating fully with the European Commission in its enquiries and is confident its practices are fully compliant with competition law.” Share155 Tweet Email5 last_img read more

Fake gun and €60000 worth of cocaine seized in Cork

first_imgFake gun and €60,000 worth of cocaine seized in Cork Gardaí have yet to make any arrests following the sezures and the investigation is ongoing. File photo. Image: Eamonn Farrell/ Friday 13 Sep 2019, 9:13 AM File photo. By Ceimin Burke GARDAÍ IN COUNTY Cork have seized an imitation firearm and approximately €60,000 worth of cocaine.The drugs and the imitation weapon were found shortly after 9pm yesterday when Gardaí from the Mallow District Drugs Unit, Regional Support Unit and Regional Dog Unit, carried out a search of a house in the Newmarket area.During the course of the search, Gardaí seized suspected cocaine and an imitation firearm which will both be sent for analysis.No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. Share7 Tweet Email center_img 4 Comments Fri 9:13 AM Image: Eamonn Farrell/ 12,483 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Greek the third most common language spoken in home

first_imgNew research has revealed that Greek is the third most common language other than English, spoken at home in Australia. The study of languages that had been established in Australia by 1974, was done by Professor Anastasios Tamis and the University of Notre Dame Australia. It shows that Greek is alive and well in Aussie homes, despite three in four Greek Australians having been born here. The top-ranked language was Arabic, which is spoken by 11.8 per cent of respondents, followed by Vietnamese, which is spoken by 8.4 per cent. Greek came in at 4.3 per cent. The point of difference between the languages, however, is that the numbers of Arabic-speaking and Vietnamese migrants to Australia continues to boom, while the numbers of Greek migrants has stagnated in recent years. In contrast to Greek speakers, only one quarter of Vietnamese speakers were born in Australia. Following Greek are Mandarin with 3.7 per cent, Cantonese with 3.6 per cent, and Italian with 3 per cent. Another study, the Australian Early Development Index shows that among the 47,000 students surveyed, 12 percent spoke English as a second language. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Disability on the increase

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The prevalence of disability within the Greek Australian community dramatically increased between 2003 and 2009, according to new figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Just under one in five Australians born in Australia (18.5 per cent or four million people) reported having a disability in 2009. And while the scale of disability in that demographic fell 1.5 per cent between 2003 and 2009, the prevalence of disability in the Greek-born community jumped over 15 per cent, to nearly 50 per cent. The experience of disability in the Italian Australian community is similar, though the ABS data reflects that nearly 45 per cent of Australians born in Italy were reported as disabled in 2003. By 2009, the figure had risen only marginally. With the close correlation between age and disability, sub-populations in Australia with older median ages can be expected to show higher rates of disability. The ABS report notes that disability varies by birthplace and migrant group. Its findings, which show a noticeable decline in the proportion of people with disabilities who were born in Australia and New Zealand, confirm that disability rates for those born in South Eastern Europe has increased, reflecting the ageing profile of European-born migrants. Nina Xarhakos, Project Officer with Melbourne’s Australian Greek Welfare Society, told Neos Kosmos that in addition to the general problems faced by the ageing Greek community, “many of the migrants of the ’50s and ’60s worked in poor factory conditions, which often lacked proper health and safety standards”. “They frequently engaged in repetitive actions without breaks resulting in RSI (repetitive strain injury), back problems and many other health issues (physical and mental).” According to the ABS, the population of Greek elders in Melbourne will continue to grow until at least 2016, when it is expected to peak at around 30,000.last_img read more

SEKA invites community to meet

first_imgThe Justice for Cyprus Committee (SEKA) in Victoria, is calling an open meeting this Tuesday 11 March, at 7.30pm, at the Cypriot Community of Melbourne and Victoria, 495 Lygon Street, Brunswick. The purpose of the meeting, where all community members and representatives of organisations are invited, is to discuss and plan this year’s July commemorative events in Melbourne, in relation to the 40th anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.The Cypriot issue, an issue of invasion and occupation, is back in the news lately as a result of the resumption in February of the reunification talks between the Cypriot government and the Turkish Cypriot side. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Modern Greek VCE enrolments low

first_imgAccording to the VCAA, Modern Greek studies are not high on the agenda for VCE students, with only 277 students enrolled this year. However, despite the low numbers, it is a slight increase from 2013’s recorded enrolments of 274 students.The most popular languages in 2014 among VCE students were French at 1,869 enrolments, Chinese as a first language with 1,634 and Japanese as a second language with 1,014.With Asian languages high on the government’s agenda and foreign minister Julie Bishop promoting the New Colombo Plan, an initiative granting Australian students the opportunity to study at Asian Universities, it’s not surprising to see two Asian languages in the top three. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Beehive thief on the run

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Police in northern Greece are seeking a 65-year-old man believed to have stolen a large number of beehives from farms and forestland in the regions of Serres and Drama over the past six years.According to police, the stolen beehives are worth some 35,000 euros.Some of the hives were found and returned to their owners.Authorities are also seeking an 81-year-old man to whom the younger man is alleged to have sold much of his loot.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

The White Tower Melbourne finds a new home

first_imgA multi-faceted community project was gifted to the City of Melbourne on Sunday 27 November, 2016, during the festival for the 32nd anniversary celebrations of the Sister City relationship between Melbourne and Thessaloniki at Federation Square.The replica was created thanks to an initiative of Thessaloniki Association ‘The White Tower’, established in 1961 by a handful of migrants in Melbourne.‘The White Tower Melbourne’ is a replica of the White Tower, Thessaloniki’s most famous landmark, meticulously decorated by 8,000 white laurels, the symbol of highest status and an emblem of prosperity and fame. These flowers were crocheted by ladies in Melbourne’s local community as well as ladies in Athens and Thessaloniki.As of last week, Melbourne’s flower-covered White Tower stands proudly in the foyer of the Greek Centre in Lonsdale Street. This is the first leg of the replica’s tour of honour to the various venues around Melbourne. “It was always my intention that the tower be located, for short periods, at local venues, primarily ones which hosted workshops. It will go to various schools, community halls and will ultimately be housed in a museum or gallery. Originally it was created as a community project, but in the end it has become a major work of art,” Christina Despoteris, former manager and coordinator of the project, told Neos Kosmos.“I thank Bill Papasteriadis, Costas Markos and all at the Greek Community of Melbourne who have embraced the project and have understood from the outset the importance and the significance of such a major project. The tower will remain and stand proudly during the Greek Festival on 25 and 26 February for all the community to admire,” she added.Ms Despoteris has recently been appointed to the Sister Cities Australia (SCA) board as an executive member. SCA is the national organisation responsible for the promotion of the relationship of sister cities that will be responsible for the tower’s tour, its placement and ultimately, its permanent home. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Tempête en France Premier bilan et images de la tempête Xynthia

first_imgTempête en France : Premier bilan et images de la tempête Xynthia57 départements français en vigilance orange et quatre en rouge (Charente-Maritime, Vendée, Deux-Sèvres et Vienne). La tempête Xynthia est l’une des plus violentes depuis celle de 1999.On dénombre déjà 18 morts, de très nombreux dégâts (inondations, des murs effondrés, des arbres arrachés… ) et plus d’un million de foyers privés d’électricité.  Venue du Nord-Ouest de l’Espagne, la tempête remonte progressivement vers le Nord. A cet instant, la Vendée et la Charente Maritime semblent les plus touchées.Durant la tempête respectez ces mesures de sécurité : – Limitez vos déplacements.- Limitez votre vitesse sur route et autoroute, en particulier si vous conduisez un véhicule ou attelage sensible aux effets du vent.- Ne vous promenez pas en forêt, en bord de mer.- En ville, soyez vigilants face aux chutes possibles d’objets divers.- N’intervenez pas sur les toitures et ne touchez en aucun cas à des fils électriques tombés au sol.- Rangez ou fixez les objets sensibles aux effets du vent ou susceptibles d’être endommagés. Voir les premières images de la tempête : 28 février 2010 à 15:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

iPhone 4 Apple en pleine tourmente face aux problèmes de réception

first_imgiPhone 4 : Apple en pleine tourmente face aux problèmes de réception Etats-Unis – Après avoir nié officiellement le problème de réception de l’iPhone 4, Apple devra donner des explications ce soir lors d’une réunion que la firme a elle-même provoqué. Des solutions de sortie de crise sont aussi attendues.Les problèmes de réception de l’iPhone 4 mènent la vie dure à Apple. La firme à la pomme doit s’expliquer ce soir concernant cette anomalie et, pour sortir la tête de l’eau, devra proposer des solutions convaincantes. À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Des rumeurs d’un rappel de tous les smartphones ont circulé, mais il est peu probable que le géant américain opte pour une solution qui lui coûterait 1,5 milliard de dollars. L’autre possibilité serait de fournir gratuitement des coques de protection aux clients, lesquelles permettraient de régler le problème. Apple ferait ainsi oublier la partie émergée de l’iceberg, mais pas le reste de la polémique : cette anomalie d’antenne avait en effet été soulevée par les développeurs de la firme dès le début de l’élaboration de l’appareil, puis par un opérateur. Depuis lundi et la non recommandation d’achat de l’iPhone 4 par l’influente association de défense des consommateurs Consumer Reports, l’action d’Apple en bourse est en chute libre.Le 16 juillet 2010 à 12:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more