Angry farmers fear new sheep inspections will put pregnant ewes at risk

first_img FARMERS HAVE EXPRESSED their concern at State sheep inspections, which are scheduled to take place during lambing season.Farmers have said that the process of gathering sheep for them to be counted and inspected may place undue stress on more vulnerable animals such as pregnant sheep, and have criticised the timing of the inspections.Recent sub-zero conditions and just a few days notice before inspections have also caused problems for farmers preparing for the recently introduced inspections.The Irish Cattle and Sheep Association’s national sheep chairperson John Brooks said that this was “absolutely” a problem and it “shouldn’t have to happen” at this time of year. https://jrnl.ie/3852311 By Gráinne Ní Aodha Feb 15th 2018, 6:02 AM 11,943 Views Short URL Thursday 15 Feb 2018, 6:01 AM It should be carried out in the field without having to gather the sheep up – it’s a huge welfare issue.The inspections are part of the government’s newly introduced Sheep Welfare Scheme, which gives grants to farmers as long as they comply with inspections.Under those rules, inspectors will “verify compliance by examination of applicants’ animal remedies, feed and mineral supplement records and where applicable flock register and dispatch dockets to ensure animal treatments and other requirements are in accordance with the scheme”.It added that farmers will be notified a “maximum of 48 hours in advance” and “ewes must be penned for inspection”. Image: Birgit Urban via Shutterstock 45 Comments ‘Angry’ farmers fear new sheep inspections will put pregnant ewes at risk Sheep farmer representatives plan to meet with government officials to discuss their problems with the inspections. Share45 Tweet Email1 Image: Birgit Urban via Shutterstock Source: ShutterstockBrooks said that when gathering young lambs and heavily pregnant ewes to place them in pens for them to be inspected, you “run the risk of injuring” those vulnerable animals.“We’re going to schedule a meeting with the Department of Agriculture,” he told TheJournal.ie, adding that the government understood farmers’ issues, but this was just a reminder to give vulnerable animals consideration.Sinn Féin’s agriculture spokesperson and Leitrim-Sligo TD Martin Kenny said that he had been contacted by a few “angry” farmers over the timing of these sheep inspections.He said that farmers “are being forced to gather all their sheep both on lowlands and the mountains and pen them up for the Department to inspect them”.“Surely, the Minister and his Departmental officials know that we are heading into lambing season and sheep are heavily pregnant and vulnerable at this time of year?“It is recognised that stress to sheep is a major cause of sheep aborting lambs and also causes difficulties and complications during the lambing process.He added that “severe weather” over the last number of weeks has caused problems for farmers; added to this is the fact that they’ve only received a couple of days notice of when sheep need to be gathered.“I understand that farm inspections are part of the Department’s remit, but now is not the time to be inspecting heavily pregnant sheep. The Minister and his Department must use some common sense and stop these inspections until lambing season is over.”The sheep chairperson at Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) Sean Dennehy said that at this time of year 2.5 million ewes prepare for lambing.“There is a provision in the Farmers’ Charter of Rights that ‘with inspections involving sheep, the Department will take account of the circumstances and follow agreed protocols in relation to penning at lambing time’.The Department has to take account of this unique situation and adopt an approach that is both practical and flexible.The Department of Agriculture didn’t respond to a request for comment at the time of publication.Read: Farmers are calling a fodder crisis …but the government says there is sufficient supplyRead: ‘Nobody should live in fear due to lack of garda resources’: 45% of all agricultural crime not reported to gardaí Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Chelsea apologise profusely to Johnson over abuse

first_img https://jrnl.ie/3117963 By AFP Updated at 18.22GARY JOHNSON RECEIVED a public apology from English football giants Chelsea over the sexual abuse he suffered as a young player from late scout Eddie Heath in the 1970s.The club — who had been heavily criticised after Johnson claimed he was paid £50,000 by them not to go public with his allegations — issued a statement praising Johnson’s courage in talking about the traumatic experience.“It is clear that Gary Johnson suffered unacceptably while in our employment in the 1970s for which the club apologises profusely,” read the statement.Johnson is one of around 350 people to have told British police they were victims of abuse by football coaches in a mounting scandal that has rocked the sport.Chelsea also explained they had felt with the original agreement with Johnson a confidentiality clause was normal procedure but had revoked it after the slew of allegations of sex abuse across English football had emerged in the past fortnight.Johnson has told them through his lawyers that there were other cases of abuse at the club while Heath was employed there but had been unable to find any other players.“We certainly have no desire to hide any historic abuse we uncover from view” and are “fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all children and young people who are in our care or attending our premises”. Source: Dave HowarthEx-Chelsea football star Alan Hudson said it was “common knowledge” that Heath was a paedophile.“It was common knowledge that Eddie Heath was a ‘nonce’ (slang for paedophile),” Hudson wrote on Facebook, cited by British tabloid newspapers.“I was around and it was common knowledge that Mr Heath was a danger to us youngsters, but luckily for me, he never came near me, almost as if I had a sixth sense.”Players from other London clubs he worked for, Leyton Orient and Charlton, have also come forward about his predatory behaviour.Jimmy Scott, former skipper of Orient where Heath worked during the 1950s and 60s, said he had retorted he would punch him when he was propositioned whilst a former trainee from Charlton, where he worked in the early 1980s, claimed in The Times he had ‘touched up’ two of his team-mates.- ‘Insular’ -Former Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe said he didn’t believe the Football Association (FA) were in a good position to investigate how their predecessors had dealt with the matter.Sutcliffe, sports minister in the Labour Government from 2007 and 2010, said there was concern during his tenure about how the FA dealt with governance of the sport and with youth development.The 63-year-old said it would be preferable if an independent body, such as the Department for Culture, Media and Sport looked at the issue rather than the FA investigating itself.“What I’ve seen in football over the years is that they’re very narrow, very insular, and may not do a proper job even though with the right intentions,” he said.According to reports, a former employee of Southampton Football Club accused of abusing young players in the 1980s is still working in the sport.BBC’s Radio 4 said it understood the employee, who faced allegations from four former players, left Southampton after concerns were raised about his conduct with youth team members, but went on to work for other clubs one of which asked that he leave as well.He was accused of inappropriate behaviour by a former Southampton youth player — the fourth one to come forward but who wished to remain anonymous — on the same programme on Saturday.The club said Friday it had been contacted by police “following information supplied to us in relation to historical child abuse within football”.Former Southampton manager Lawrie McMenemy — in charge from 1973 to 1985 and winning the FA Cup as a Second Division side in 1976 beating Manchester United — – said he was ‘shocked and disgusted’ by the claims of grooming and sexual abuse.“Certainly if I’d known that was happening in my time — and I don’t think it did happen in my time — I would have got it killed straightaway,” he told the BBC.“If I thought for one minute that sort of thing was happening, I’d have acted … certainly I’d have gone straight to the police.”Former England captain and Southampton star Alan Shearer also urged footballers to come forward with allegations of sexual abuse, saying he was “shocked and deeply saddened” by the recent revelations.Comments are closed for legal reasons© – AFP 2016Read: Ex-football coach Barry Bennell charged with 8 offences of child sexual assault No Comments Share Tweet Email 35,802 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Dec 3rd 2016, 6:24 PM Image: PA Wire/PA Images Image: PA Wire/PA Images Saturday 3 Dec 2016, 6:24 PM Chelsea apologise ‘profusely’ to Johnson over abuse Around 350 people have told British police they were victims of abuse by football coaches in a mounting scandal that has rocked the sport. Short URLlast_img read more

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Man remains critical after shooting in Dublin housing estate

first_img Image: Paul Hosford/TheJournal.ie Tuesday 6 Dec 2016, 7:20 AM 17,606 Views Dec 6th 2016, 7:20 AM Share19 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3122078 5 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Michelle Hennessy Image: Paul Hosford/TheJournal.ie A MAN REMAINS in hospital this morning after being shot in a housing estate in west Dublin last night.The shooting occurred just after 8pm at Parslickstown Green, Mulhuddart. The victim, named by sources as Charlie Cooper, was shot at least four times by a gunman.Gardaí said the gunman fired a number of shots through a rear kitchen window, injuring the 38-year-old. The victim fled from the house and was chased down by his attacker and shot again.The gunman is then believed to have left the scene in a car.Cooper was treated at the scene by Dublin Fire Brigade paramedics and taken to James Connolly Hospital where he remains in a critical condition this morning.Local Sinn Féin councillor Paul Donnelly said people in the area were shocked by the incident.“We haven’t had anything like this in Mulhuddart for quite a long time, things had been fairly quiet in the last few years.”Donnelly said there are a lot of young families in the Parslickstown area and a large number of older people living next to the crime scene.“It’s the callousness of this attack, that he was fired on and then they chased him down and fired on him again and I was told they hung around for a few minutes. He didn’t seem to be in any hurry to take off, which is very worrying.”The scene is preserved for a technical examination and gardaí at Blanchardstown are asking witnesses, or anyone with information, to contact them on 01 666 7000.Read: Man shot several times in west Dublin>Read: Three potential shooters being investigated over murder of ‘serial killer’ Mark Desmond> Man remains critical after shooting in Dublin housing estate Charlie Cooper was shot at least four times by a gunman at Parslickstown Green last night. Short URLlast_img read more

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Every point counts as Leinster take aim at JJ Hanrahan and Saints

first_img 14,890 Views By Sean Farrell Share Tweet Email ‘I’m giving thought to everywhere’: Move abroad still among options for Jamie HeaslipWe’ve revamped the Score Centre on the The42 app Updated at 08.00THERE IS NO Champions Cup pool more delicately poised going into this weekend’s pivotal third round of games than Pool 4.Top meets bottom when Leinster visit Northampton at Franklin’s Gardens tonight (19.45, BT Sport), yet only two points separate the sides.“So literally every little thing matters, every point does count and we have to make sure we realise that,” said Leinster head coach Leo Cullen after naming his team early before flying to England.“We’re going out to win the game, clearly, but when you’re in the situation you need to make sure you can get what you can out of it.” Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOA win would be more than welcome. Leinster haven’t experienced victory on the road in Europe since Ian Madigan kicked seven penalties in Castres in 2014. Six defeats and a draw have followed since.However, there’s no better example of a good salvage job well done than Leinster’s last outing in Europe, when they fought back late on to claim a losing bonus point despite being overpowered for an hour in Montpellier. Cullen had a wry smile as he cast his mind back to a case study of what can go wrong when the foot eases off the pedal. It was his last season as a player and he’s pondered the different paths his final lap might have gone.“This fixture, three years ago when we put 40 points on Northampton over there and then to lose the following week, and just the knock-on effect that had.“We had a bonus point (position) towards the end and Jamie Elliott got that breakaway try to deny us a bonus point which meant all of a sudden we had to play away in a quarter-final against Toulon — which happened to be my last game of European rugby I’m afraid.” Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOLeinster will have to claim these valuable points without Jonathan Sexton of course, but Robbie Henshaw and Sean O’Brien have returned from the injuries that kept them from facing the Wallabies for Ireland.In Sexton’s place, Joey Carbery will get another big chance to shine in the number 10 jersey, but it’s the solid choices of a game manager that Cullen has demanded first and foremost from the Athy man. He’s no Johnny Sexton, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing for the eardrums of those closest to him:“He’s not as grumpy as Johnny, that’s for sure,” joked O’Brien.They’re different types of players, they’re different people. For a young guy he’s extremely calm and composed.“He’s directed us around well this week and in previous weeks too. He’s an excellent player, he has a bit of everything.“He’s a long way to go still, I think, to being the finished article, but he has a lot of very good attributes and he’s a great lad as well.” Source: James Crombie/INPHOCaptain Isa Nacewa will have the kicking tee to ease some pressure from Carbery’s shoulders and outside him will be – with Jared Payne on the long-term injured list – the duo likely to form Ireland’s midfield in the Six Nations: Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose.Northampton will have a familiar face tasked with unlocking the partnership, Kerry’s JJ Hanrahan giving the midfield a playmaking presence alongside the power of Luther Burrell. That’s as much young Irish midfield talent you would dare hope for in an inter-provincial clash, never mind a seismic Friday night Champions Cup match. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOWhile Saints coach Jim Mallinder has had to hold heavy hitters like Dylan Hartley and Teimana Harrison in reserve – not to mention George North after his worrying concussion last weekend – Cullen has selected a team full of pace and energy in a bid to start fast and further dent the hosts’ confidence.The head coach insists internationals Zane Kirchner and Mike McCarthy were fit and available, but he has instead gone without a recognised second row among the replacements (though Rhys Ruddock and Jack Conan have operated there) and given the excellent and very in-form Adam Byrne his European debut.“It’s great to see Adam and his development this year. He came through a number of years ago and just got an unlucky run of injuries. He broke his leg, came back and broke his other leg. So he  was a bit stunted in development, but he works really hard and I’m delighted with the way he’s progressed this season. He’s fully deserving of his opportunity.”Having suffered in last year’s tournament, Leinster have an excitement opportunity as a collective tonight: to grab control of Pool 4. Northampton Saints:15. Ben Foden14. Ken Pisi13. Luther Burrell12. JJ Hanrahan11. Jamie Elliott10. Stephen Myler9. Nic Groom1. Alex Waller2. Mikey Haywood3. Paul Hill4. Michael Paterson5. Courtney Lawes6. Jamie Gibson7. Tom Wood (captain)8. Louis PicamolesReplacements:16. Dylan Hartley17. Ethan Waller18. Gareth Denman19. Api Ratuniyarawa20. Teimana Harrison21. Tom Kessell22. George Pisi23. Ahsee TualaLeinster:15. Rob Kearney14. Adam Byrne13. Garry Ringrose12. Robbie Henshaw11. Isa Nacewa (captain)10. Joey Carbery9. Luke McGrath1. Jack McGrath2. Sean Cronin3. Tadhg Furlong4. Devin Toner5. Hayden Triggs6. Sean O’Brien7. Josh van der Flier8. Jamie HeaslipReplacements:16. James Tracy17. Cian Healy18. Michael Bent19. Rhys Ruddock20. Jack Conan21. Jamison Gibson-Park22. Ross Byrne23. Rory O’LoughlinThe42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Short URL https://the42.ie/3128463 Friday 9 Dec 2016, 8:00 AM 21 Comments Follow us: the42.ie ‘Every point counts’ as Leinster take aim at JJ Hanrahan and Saints Pool 4 is extremely tight as it kicks off the pivotal Champions Cup back-to-backs. Dec 9th 2016, 8:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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All that money was properly accounted for Delaney defends FAI dealings with

first_img‘All that money was properly accounted for’ – Delaney defends FAI dealings with Fifa €5m payment The FAI CEO rejected suggestions he is a friend of Sepp Blatter and welcomed a 48-team World Cup. http://the42.ie/3193212 Follow us: the42.ie Wednesday 18 Jan 2017, 7:26 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article FAI CEO John Delaney. Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO Share Tweet Email FAI CEO John Delaney.center_img Jan 18th 2017, 7:26 PM 18,340 Views 6 Comments Keane tight-lipped on future but hints at Championship return‘If the club want to sack me, so be it’ FAI CEO JOHN Delaney has stated the €5 million that the soccer body received from Fifa in the wake of Thierry Henry’s controversial handball in 2009 was ‘properly accounted for’.Delaney made the revelation today when speaking to the Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport.The soccer chief admitted it ‘was obviously a contentious matter’ but defended their handling of the matter.“In terms of the Fifa €5 million, it was obviously a contentious matter. A committee decided that it wouldn’t be discussed in this house.“That was a decision made maybe a year or two ago when deputy (John) O’Mahony was chairperson.“What I will say is that all that money was properly accounted for and signed off by our auditors. €1 million initially was given in revenue and subsequently the €4 million in a later year was given but we issued a detailed statement at the given time.”Delaney expressed his disappointment at the wave of scandals that have engulfed Fifa in recent times and rejected any suggestions that Sepp Blatter was a friend of his.“Yes, we were all disappointed with how events turned out in Fifa. I wouldn’t describe Sepp Blatter as a good friend of mine in any way or whatever description you gave, Deputy O’Mahony. I think that would be more than on the public record.“We voted for the new President Gianni Infantino, who’s bringing in some reforms in Fifa at the moment. I’m hopeful that more reforms will come.“The brand of Fifa was very much damaged by the events and I think they will unfold still over the next period of time as certain cases take place.”Addressing last week’s announcement that a 48-team World Cup would be in place from 2026 on, Delaney revealed his support for any initiative which would increase Ireland’s chances of qualification.“For countries like ourselves, it’s difficult to get to major tournaments and it’s important that we do. First of all to celebrate like we did last summer with our great supporters, to do well for a sense of national pride.“So in theory I and the FAI would be supportive of increasing the number of teams to 48. But we have meetings in Uefa next Monday and Tuesday under the top executive programme to find out how that affects Uefa .“So at the moment European positions are 13 at a World Cup, so 13 countries from Europe get to the World Cup, so how many extra slots would that mean for UEFA?“If I was being really frank with you, any opportunity that gives Ireland a greater opportunity to get to a World Cup, in theory or in principle I would support.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Short URL By Fintan O’Toolelast_img read more

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Trump has ordered the withdrawal of the US from the controversial TPP

first_img Jan 23rd 2017, 6:20 PM PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP has just signed a memo withdrawing the US from the controversial trade deal known as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).In the past hour, the new US leader signed a number of documents which will also see a federal government hiring freeze and an order limiting funding of foreign NGOs backing abortion.The Trans-Pacific Partnership was a trade agreement among twelve of the Pacific Rim countries designed to boost trade in the region.The 70-year-old property tycoon had outlined a list of priorities for his first 100 days and executive actions to be taken “on day one”, on half a dozen issues from trade to immigration, national security and ethics, in a push to “reform Washington and rebuild our middle class”.“My agenda will be based on a simple core principle: putting America first,” said the president, whose victorious campaign tapped the anger of working-class Americans who feel left behind by globalisation, singling out trade deals such as the TPP as key culprits.“On trade, I am going to issue our notification of intent to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a potential disaster for our country,” said Trump in a video message prior to his inauguration.Read: ‘Where there should be aspiration, there is sanction’ – Gardaí on their new ethics rules >Read: Open library or open longer? Rural plan criticised for launching in library soon to have staffless hours > 110 Comments Image: Pablo Martinez Monsivais Trump has ordered the withdrawal of the US from the controversial TPP trade deal He has also signed an order limiting funding of foreign organisations backing abortion. Image: Pablo Martinez Monsivais Short URL Share614 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3201294 By Garreth MacNamee 43,266 Views Monday 23 Jan 2017, 6:20 PMlast_img read more

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The curious case of how a British cop went undercover among Irish

first_img Share1147 Tweet Email3 Mark Kennedy being interviewed on Channel 4 News in 2012. Saturday 11 Feb 2017, 9:00 PM We also know that British undercover police officers were operating in this State yet the Irish government has so far refused to request the inclusion of their activities in that investigation. Why is that?Murphy said the “political policing” targeted left wing and environmental activists, breaching their right to privacy in this State, which is enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights.“It is incomprehensible and unexplainable why that request has not been made unless the Irish Government is saying its protection of British spies in Ireland takes priority over the wish of these people for answers and justice,” said Murphy.“We have more than enough political policing in this State already without allowing British agents to have a free run here too.”The Dublin South-West TD said those affected are now seeking answers and justice.Mark Kennedy was not just one bad apple. He was part of a system of political policing and abuse of rights. As well as him, we know of at least three other undercover British police officers who operated in this State – Jim Boyling, Mark Jenners and John Dines. There are a huge number of unanswered questions here.He said the Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald had already confirmed that gardaí were aware of Mark Kennedy’s presence in Ireland.Murphy asked the Taoiseach on what basis and on whose authority did he have permission to operate in Ireland and questioned if the government knew of other undercover officers.He claimed that there have been 56 convictions or prosecutions overturned in Britain as a result of Kennedy’s involvement.The deputy called for the report commissioned in 2011 by the Garda Commissioner into Kennedy’s activities to be published.The Taoiseach confirmed to Murphy that the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan will meet with the Northern Ireland Secretary of State, James Brokenshire in Dublin next week to discuss the matter.However, he said the minister has not seen the garda report which investigated the relevant and related issues.The security forces here would be very concerned about agents from another country operating in this jurisdiction. We have had incidents of that in the past.Kenny said the minister will make a further statement following that meeting.Read: Mary Robinson says she was “bullied” into stepping down as President earlyMore: Roscommon town prepares for refugees by building a wall… of welcome Mark Kennedy being interviewed on Channel 4 News in 2012. Image: Channel 4 News Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3230569 Feb 11th 2017, 9:00 PM The curious case of how a British cop went undercover among Irish protesters “Mark Kennedy was not just one bad apple. He was part of a system of political policing and abuse of rights.”center_img “He had multiple intimate relationships with women using his false identity as an environmental activist called Mark Stone.”IT SOUNDS LIKE something straight out of a James Bond movie but that is a line from this week’s Dáil transcripts.During a Leaders’ Question session, the house was informed that an undercover British agent – infamous following an inquiry in the UK – also operated in Ireland.While the fresh revelations went somewhat under the radar on Wednesday (because of the explosive nature of Brendan Howlin’s contribution to the whistleblower debacle), AAA-PBP TD Paul Murphy told the chamber that the “the security forces here would be very concerned about agents from another country operating in this jurisdiction”.The Taoiseach was told a British citizen, Mark Kennedy, has been exposed as a “secret member of the national public order intelligence unit” in the UK.The story of Kennedy has been widely reported about over the years – in both the Guardian and the Daily Mail.In 2011, details of Kennedy’s double life during which he embedded himself with environmental activists for more than seven years, began to emerge.The Guardian reported that Kennedy visited more than 22 countries taking part in protests against the building of a dam in Iceland, touring Spain with eco-activists, and penetrating anarchist networks in Germany and Italy.However, the story has now landed on Irish shores.Murphy told the Dáil this week:[Mark Kennedy] was in Ireland and it is admitted he was in Ireland on multiple occasions. He participated in the Shell to Sea protests in the Taoiseach’s constituency. He organised meetings here in the run up to the protest in Gleneagles at the G8 in 2005. He was arrested by the gardaí in Dublin on 3 May 2004… 83 Comments 62,443 Views Image: Channel 4 News He had multiple intimate relationships with women using his false identity as an environmental activist called Mark Stone.While travelling the world, it’s claimed Kennedy had many sexual relationships with women within the activist movements. Source: Channel 4 News/YouTubeIt resulted in some of these women taking legal action against the police. Subsequently, the Metropolitan Police in the UK published a full apology for ‘totally unacceptable behaviour’ of undercover officers entering into such affairs with women.A settlement was also reached between the police force and the women.The Police Inspectorate in the UK also carried out a review into the cases, and called for better oversight of those that carry out covert work.The Telegraph reported Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt said sorry five years after the women first launched legal action following the unmasking of Mark Kennedy. Source: Cops Campaign/YouTubeOn Wednesday, Murphy told the Dáil that a woman who was involved in a protest group was in a relationship with Kennedy while he was operating in Ireland.He highlighted the case of Sarah Hampton, a US citizen who met Kennedy on these shores in 2005.Outlining what was said in Dublin this week, Murphy read out her statement, in her own words:Finding out that Mark was an undercover police officer brought about a deep depression that seemed impossible to navigate, there were times I almost gave up completely. The process of seeking justice on this case has felt at times belittling, intimidating and downright scary. … I felt I had been raped. I never consented to sleeping with a police officer.Murphy told the Dáil that Hampton was granted an apology last month by the Met Police.Pitchford InquiryFollowing these revelations, there were calls for a full investigation.The Pitchford inquiry was launched in 2015 following scandals involving officers and women who said they were tricked into relationships.In Belfast earlier this week, campaigners took a legal case over the failure to include Northern Ireland in Lord Justice Pitchford’s inquiry.According to the Belfast Telegraph, Jason Kirkpatrick was granted leave to seek a judicial review of the government’s refusal to widen the probe beyond England and Wales.His lawyers argued that officers attached to the Metropolitan Police and the National Public Order Intelligence Unit secretly travelled to Belfast for spying purposes without PSNI knowledge.Following the court case in the North this week, and pointing out that a woman in Ireland had also been victim of undercover police officers entering into sexual relationships with women, Murphy said he wanted the Taoiseach to formally request that the inquiry now be extended to Ireland as well.We know the German government has written to the British government seeking the inclusion of the actions of the so-called spy cops in Germany, and we know the Scottish government has done the same. 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Documentary on Irelands barber culture From trendy city spots to mobile shops

first_img Mar 26th 2017, 11:00 AM By Cliodhna Russell Share215 Tweet Email4 Brady said they spoke to around 30 barbers. Most were Irish but some worked in Norway, Rotterdam and LA.We wanted to get a lot of different takes on the trade and we got some really good characters and really great stories. Short URL Documentary on Ireland’s barber culture: From trendy city spots to mobile shops at cattle markets “We wanted to get a lot of different takes on the trade and we got some really good characters and really great stories.” “YOU MIGHT NOT have any clothes, you might not have an automobile, you might not have an apartment – but you do have control over your hair.”Gruaig is an Irish documentary which explores the barber culture in Ireland.Director Colin Brady told TheJournal.ie that it involved travelling around the country for two years filming different barbers and listening to their stories.“Your stereotypical barber now has beard and tattoos and it’s seen as a really cool rock’n’roll job but we also found guys who did it forever as well as the new guys coming in.“It’s not all about cool and trendy barbers. We wanted to get a variety of different barbers, of different ages and different voices.We also interview a Tipperary barber who travels around in a van cutting farmer’s hair at cattle markets. http://jrnl.ie/3303075 14,465 Views 24 Comments Sunday 26 Mar 2017, 11:00 AM One barber they spoke to was 92 years old and died during filming. Brady said his name was still above the door at the Dublin barber and he used to go into the shop to chat with the customers.We have a lot of observational footage, real everyday stuff – some really funny moments and some sad moments in there too. There are some ups and downs but these are people’s lives and they’re letting us in.“Anybody from this country, or anywhere in the world, would see that it’s not just about barbering, it’s about life and family and the trade being handed down through generations.”Brady said they’re hoping to have the full length documentary in cinemas this summer. Source: Taller Stories/YouTubeRead: After 49 years on the round, Ireland’s oldest ice-cream man stars in short documentary> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Director appointed for Hellenic Centre

first_imgLa Trobe University has announced the appointment of Chair in Greek Studies and Director for the new Research Centre for Greek Studies.The brief announcement in the Dean’s Newsletter to Humanities & Social Sciences Staff, November 4, informs teaching staff that the position has been filled and that the name of the successful applicant will be announced upon approval of the appointment by the University’s Council.“The position of Chair in Greek Studies and Director, Research Centre for Greek Studies has been filled. I will make an announcement once Council has approved the appointment,” writes the Dean of the Faculty that will “adopt” the Centre.The Research Centre for Greek Studies will replace the defunct National Centre for Hellenic Research and Studies (EKEME), that was closed last year following a damning review of its practices and serious doubts about its financial viability.A Review of the National Centre for Hellenic Studies and Research, commissioned by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Tim Brown, recommended among other things “that the University disestablish the NCHSR (EKEME) and replace it with a Centre for Hellenic Studies (provisional title) within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences” (Review Committee of the National Centre for Hellenic Studies and Research, Recommendation 5).The recommendation of the Review Committee was the death knell of EKEME. The Council ordered its closure and announced the replacement of the ten years old EKEME with a new, academically re-oriented Research Centre for Greek Studies.In a hostile public meeting, in October 2008, professor Brown told agitated friends of EKEME the closure of the Centre will not disadvantage the teaching of the Greek language at La Trobe University. Professor Brown, at the meeting, underscored the “commitment” of the university to support the new Centre for the first five years of its existence, after which a review will determine its future.It is hoped that the new Centre will commence operating in 2010, thus negating criticism for “feet dragging” by the university. NKEE understands that the name of the successful applicant may be announced at tomorrow’s staff meeting, together with details about the establishment of the Centre. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Staceys eternal summer

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Stacey Stouraitis’ Manley beach restaurant Ash’s Table is busy year round, but its beachside location sees it double its trade in summer. “Our winter trade is good too but summer trade is full on from 7am until 10:30pm,” owner of eight years, Stouraitis says. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, seats 50 people outside and 50 people inside and only closes on Christmas Day. “We’re consistently busy for weekend breakfasts and brunches and we have some crazy dinner nights. During summer we have like five out of seven nights where we’re full and we’ll turn the restaurant over two, three times, which is a big effort, that’s 300 people in a night, 700 people in a full day,” Stouraitis says. Location is a big part of the restaurant’s appeal, he says. “Manly is about the only place in Australia I’ve experienced where it feels like being on the Greek islands,” Stouraitis says. “You have so many international tourists and visitors here, French, Greeks, Germans, Brazilians, English, Americans, the list goes on. It’s very cosmopolitan and Manly itself is a real hub in terms of restaurants, hotels, bars. It’s a great place for tourists and for families.” Breakfast trade is constantly booming, Stouraitis says, adding that the ritual has become iconically Australian. “It’s a big cultural thing and has become that way, to come out and just see a buzz of people having big breakfasts. I have a lot of staff working for me who are from overseas and the first thing they do when their parents or friends come from overseas is bring them down to witness the Australian breakfast culture,” he says. Local born celebrities like Hugh Jackman and Kylie Minogue who are snapped breakfasting and brunching in Sydney hotspots may have triggered the trend, he adds. It’s definitely an Australian custom though. “I was in Paris a few years ago and I ordered bacon and eggs for breakfast, and the waiter told me they only had croissants, so I said ‘give me five then’! Europeans are amused at us having bacon and eggs followed by muesli and fruit and yogurt, pancakes; it is a cultural thing.” Ash’s Table serves modern Australian cuisine. “It’s rather eclectic though. We do Moqueca, the traditional palm oil based Brazilian seafood curry, we do Italian dishes like pasta and pizza, we do some Asian influenced dishes as one of my sous chefs is Japanese. We have a bit of South American, European, and Anglo. It’s a lot of variety for a lot of different people.” Success comes down to swiftness of service and skill, Stouraitis says. “My dad was really a fusspot and believed fast service was good service. I get complimented heaps on the efficiency of the place and the consistency. Whenever you come in and get eggs benedict or steak, it’s always going to be exactly the same, it doesn’t matter which chef is cooking it, which I like. It’s the same with our coffees, we do great coffee and go through about 70 kg a week.” The restaurant’s menu stand at the front and the specials board that hangs from the ceiling outside are both crucial elements for attracting customers, Stouraitis says. “I don’t do full on advertising, I rely on word of mouth because during the winter. We have faithful locals who will just come to us, then they send people from overseas to come out and see us as well. The word of mouth is important; it’s good to have that reputation amongst customers.”last_img read more

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Facebook fatigue

first_imgUsers of Facebook are starting to tire, according to analysts. Figures from the Inside Facebook blog show that the rate of growth has slowed for the second month in a row.Users are developing “Facebook fatigue” where they can’t seem to keep up or are bothered with keeping their social life through this social media network. Analysts say that these new figures are the first sign of things to come and that the trend is heading to the downfall of Facebook. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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NAB cuts loan rates by 032 per cent

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram National Australia Bank will pass on only 32 basis points of the 50-point cut this week to the official cash rate. NAB group executive personal banking Lisa Gray said her bank moved quickly to give its 800,000 home loan customers certainty. “We will continue to offer a fair exchange of value, balancing rising funding costs, the needs of our existing customers and our ability to continue lending to home owners and business,” Ms Gray said. She said NAB would lower its rates further to beat its major rivals if they passed on the full 50-point rate cut.Source: Herald Sunlast_img read more

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Australia feels Greeces exit woes

first_imgJust under a month before the make-or-break elections on June 17, it is increasingly conceivable that Greece may leave the eurozone, leading other countries to brace themselves for the potential roll-on effects of the weakening of the eurozone. Officials in Australia are watching the growing crisis. The Treasurer, Wayne Swan, yesterday said that Europe was likely to face a ”long and painful adjustment”. The Commonwealth Bank has put in place extensive contingency plans to deal with financial shocks that could follow if Greece leaves the eurozone. While planning will help minimise financial pressure, the implications of a Greek exit would be “material”, warned the bank’s chief executive, Ian Narev. Economists at a German bank recently estimated that a Greek exit would cost the German government about 100 billion euros ($127 billion), or less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the nation’s annual economic output. Similarly, former French finance minister Francois Baroin said earlier this week that a Greek exit would cost Frςance up to 50 billion euros – only a small share of its economic output. Meanwhile, stock markets have declined worldwide on fears that Europe will unravel, European banks have recorded losses on Greek investments, companies are making contingency plans and Europe has prepared rescue funds for other vulnerable nations like Portugal, Ireland and Spain to prevent the spread of the economic contagion. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Paths to Victorian economic growth mapped out

first_img300 of the nation’s most influential economic leaders and policy thinkers came together last month to brainstorm how Victoria can best realise its economic future at the Victoria at the Crossroads conference. The symposium – organised by Victoria University in association with the Committee for Melbourne and The Age – which took place on August 23 and 24, stressed the need to build an adaptable services-based economy in the state, combining investment in infrastructure with education. George Pappas, the influential chair of the Committee for Melbourne and chancellor of Victoria University, told delegates that “there are huge opportunities in the professional services areas – technical, engineering, design skills, accounting and legal skills.” “To make it all work we need the best educational investment we can afford and also infrastructure – [and] we need to stop arguing about who funds infrastructure.” Peter Rohan, head of Performance Improvement at Ernst and Young said that a significant conclusion to come out of the conference, was the need for “a non-political way of prioritising infrastructure.”. The conference’s star turn came from Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard. In her keynote speech, the PM called on Victoria to invest in its human capital. “Victoria has done so much to position itself as a smart economy that builds on its most precious resource – its people,” she said. “Low-skill roles will only make up seven per cent of new jobs over the next five years. The future belongs to well-trained workers in well-managed firms, using the latest technology and supported by high-quality enterprise agreements.” The Prime Minister gave the example of a person with a Certificate III level qualification or higher, earning on average, at least 10 per cent above the weekly wage of people without such qualifications. “In some cases, they could earn up to double. University graduates earn 70 per cent more over their lifetimes than someone who only finished Year 12. “Educational disadvantage is a human failure and an economic failure,” added the PM. George Pappas told Neos Kosmos that the conference had concluded four action points for the state to realise its full potential: 1. To establish a holistic vision for the future – encompassing the social, physical and economic character of the community we aspire to be. 2. To create a non-political way of prioritising infrastructure choices. 3. To integrate future planning on land-use and physical connectivity, and 4, to grow specific sectors which have a competitive advantage such as education, professional services, health, bio-medical and other technology intensive industries. The Committee for Melbourne is due to publish its latest research on infrastructure funding entitled Moving Melbourne shortly. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Suicides murders rise as Greek austerity takes health toll

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram When Greece’s economy took a plunge, murders and disease rates soared, according to a study published that suggests the impact of the European nation’s austerity cuts may be worse than expected. Suicide and murder rates climbed from 2007 to 2009, particularly among men, and unusual outbreaks of malaria, West Nile virus and HIV took clinicians by surprise, said the findings in the American Journal of Public Health. The decline in health came as Greece’s once robust economy collapsed into recession following the global economic crisis of 2007, with unemployment rising from 7.2 per cent in 2008 to 22.6 per cent in early 2012. Greece took out billions in loans to stave off financial collapse and implemented austerity measures that included a major downsizing of the Ministry of Health, where spending fell nearly 24 per cent from 2009 to 2011. For patients, the cuts meant many services that were once free now cost money out of pocket. There were salary freezes and layoffs in the health sector, and many preventive programs were halted. With debates raging in political and economic circles over the true costs and merits of austerity, a team of Greek clinicians and US researchers set out to document the effects of the policies on the health of people in Greece. “We were expecting that these austerity policies would negatively affect health services and health outcomes, but the results were much worse than we imagined,” said lead author Elias Kondilis, a researcher at Aristotle University. Among the general population of some 11 million people, suicide rates rose 16 per cent and murders climbed nearly 26 per cent from 2007 to 2009, said the findings, which draw on Greek government data. Meanwhile, deaths from infectious disease increased 13 per cent in those two years. Among men under 65 who were more likely to face the perils of unemployment, the numbers were higher – a 23 per cent higher suicide rate, a 25 per cent rise in murder rate and a 27.6 per cent rise in deaths from infectious diseases. Normally, preventive measures in developed nations like Greece are successful at keeping diseases such as malaria and HIV to a relatively low incidence, co-author Howard Waitzkin of the University of New Mexico told AFP. But when programs like needle-exchanges for drug users and condoms for at-risk groups were slashed, the disease rates ballooned. Researchers were surprised to see three infectious disease outbreaks in a span of 18 months from July 2010 to December 2011, he said. They included a spate of West Nile virus that infected 197 and killed 35 people, and an outbreak of malaria in southern Greece. Also, there was a 57 per cent spike in newly diagnosed cases of HIV infection, from 607 new HIV cases in 2010 to 954 in 2011. “These aren’t small percentage changes,” said Waitzkin, distinguished professor emeritus of sociology and medicine. The study said Greece initially attributed the outbreaks to environmental risk factors but the fact that public health measures had to be deployed after the fact implies that “the risks of transmission had not been addressed through prevention”. Waitzkin said similar problems were seen in Argentina a decade ago, and the same issues could loom on the US horizon as the American government implements across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester. “The concerns are much broader than simply Greece and these kinds of policies in our view are very dangerous for public health,” he said. According to Angela Mattie, an expert in healthcare management at the Quinnipiac University School of Business, good health is often linked to strong finances. “We know in the United States, for example, that employment status is tied to insurance coverage, which is tied to medical care, and early identification and treatment of disease,” said Mattie, who was not involved in the study. “People in better income brackets are at an advantage.” Source: AFP.last_img read more

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Chemical waste worries Cretans

first_imgThe World Council of Cretans last week expressed its opposition and outrage to the proposed and ‘secretly planned’ destruction of chemical weapons from Syria in the Mediterranean sea areas west of Crete. The response comes as the internationally praised August deal between the USA and Russia, to destroy the Syrian chemical arsenal, failed. The chemicals were meant to be transferred outside Syria by the end of December 2013 and destroyed by June 2014. With the December deadline already missed, discussions now suggest the possibility of chemical waste being dumped in the Mediterranean, in an area between Crete, Malta and Libya. This scenario is becoming likelier since Italy has promised to offer a port for the two Danish and Norwegian ships which will transport the lethal chemical weapons. The president of the World Council of Cretans, Tony Tsourdalakis, told Neos Kosmos that the council condemns this decision that could have a catastrophic impact on the island. “We condemn the decision of the respective government to dump the Syrian chemicals to the South of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea. This is a catastrophic decision of huge proportions, that will not only harm sea life, but will possibly cause health and contamination issues. Most importantly, it will deter tourists from the south coastal beaches of Crete, putting a large dint in the Greek tourist industry,” he told Neos Kosmos. Mr Tsourdalakis said the council believed that responsibility for the preservation and destruction of the chemical weapons lies with the countries of production that supplied the weapons to Syria. “Certainly this was not Greece. The World Council of Cretans – and in particular the 500 Cretan organisations globally and one million Cretans in and out of Crete – express their utmost concerns and condemn these actions. We urge the Greek government, via its role in the United Nations and in light of the fact that it has the European presidency, to request that this dangerous, criminal and unacceptable action ceases immediately.” “We unite our voice with the voice of all Greeks to stop this crime that will certainly affect the health of nearby countries and even more Greece,” he said. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has estimated that about 1,300 tons of chemical weapons, most of which are mustard gas based, will be destroyed via hydrolysis. In the light of concerns over the environmental and health impact of the planned destruction of Syria’s chemical arsenal in international waters west of Chania, intense concerns and opposition were expressed by the Medical Association of Chania. “The procedure to be followed has not been elucidated completely and could possibly pose serious risks to the ecosystem of the region and the bordering regions, such as Chania. In particular, the reported hydrolysis process is not sufficient for complete inactivation of the derivatives of the quantities of chemical weapons of Syria to be destroyed,” it was said in the statement. The Medical Association of Chania urged the United Nations and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Use of Chemical Weapons, the two organisations responsible for the destruction process of those chemicals, to adjust their schedules and to provide ultimate safety in the areas of chemical processing. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Cyprus economy reaches out for Australias helping hand

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Last year, economists found the outlook for Cyprus’ financial state very bad, seeing no new or even reformed model for it. Cyprus took a deep breath and has proved them wrong, in its effort to reconstruct the banking system as well as to create new opportunities. The Cypriots are making a rapid return to growth, inviting investors.The Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency, in close collaboration with the Cyprus High Commission in Australia, organised a mission to the two major Australian cities, Melbourne and Sydney. CIPA showcased a wide range of attractive business options for future investors from the fields of professional services, energy, large scale projects, state and EU funds, privatisation programs, not to mention the casino’s unlimited investment opportunities. Cyprus has always been an attractive land for investors, but now the government has put in numerous measures to ensure the economy’s development. A board of specialists took questions from members of the audience – the event was open to the public – regarding the island’s legislation, investment policy and taxation.Neos Kosmos contacted CIPA’s chairman of the board, Mr Christodoulos E. Angastiniotis, who led the delegation, to get more information regarding investment incentives in Cyprus. Mr Angastiniotis offered a clear and rather attractive point of view on the island of Aphrodite’s emerging opportunities. “Events like this bring us closer together and demonstrate the tireless efforts that are made not just to maintain, but also to strengthen the close ties between Cypriots everywhere,” Mr Angastiniotis said. “Our diaspora, our expats, have always offered a multitude of services to Cyprus with their multidimensional action. Political, economic, cultural and educational action. Actions that keep relations alive, both among expats abroad and between the overseas Cypriots and their homeland,” he added.Cyprus’ government has taken a vast number of new measures to ensure economic growth with a large capital infusion from international investors. These measures have been designed to reboot the economy in the wake of the massive restructuring of the country’s banking sector. “The events that took place in our country in March 2013, as you are well aware, shook the foundations of the Cyprus economy. We became the focus of unprecedented international attention. However, we soon began to reverse the negative situation, correcting distortions and restoring the economy’s competitiveness. All of the troika’s assessments since the Memorandum was signed have been positive, while it has been around a year and a half since the March 2013 events and our country is already back in the international markets,” he explained. More emphasis needs to be given to attracting foreign investment, precisely because it offers opportunities for immediate actions, capable not only of stemming the impact of the crisis, but also creating the conditions for restarting the economy. “We know that our task is not an easy one. Competition in attracting foreign investment is massive in normal times. All the more so in the current context, where our competitive countries have launched a massive effort to exploit the difficult position our country is currently in” Mr Angastiniotis tells Neos Kosmos.A big advantage for foreign nationals willing to invest in Cyprus – according to the president of the republic – is the easily acquired permanent residency status. Moreover, foreign investors who held deposits prior to 15 March, and who lost at least €3m as a result of the resolution of Laiki Bank and the restructuring of Bank of Cyprus, are eligible to apply for Cypriot citizenship. Determined to stimulate interest toward Cyprus’ promising new businesses or companies, the government has reduced the amount of time required to issue planning permission, to a maximum of one month for small projects and three months for large projects.In addition, permits for joint tourist developments such as condo hotels will be given, not to mention that the green light for casinos is now on. Building coefficients have been increased by 30 per cent in residential areas for large commercial developments. The coefficient will be increased by 25 per cent on the outskirts of residential areas for large commercial or office developments. It will increase by 20 per cent in certain tourist zones for large-scale property and from 10 per cent to 15 per cent for areas available for golf courses.“Even though Cyprus-Australia relations have always been excellent on all levels, there is massive room for improvement in the field of attracting investment. And to achieve this, we need your help. We believe that overseas Cypriots can play a substantive role in our efforts to attract investments and project Cyprus as an attractive investment destination,” Mr Angastiniotis told the audience. He highlighted the fact that Cyprus retains significant comparative advantages, which need to be showcased and projected, and there is great growth potential in a variety of sectors, such as research and technology, shipping, tourism, major development projects, medical tourism, the audio-visual industry, renewable energy sources, research and innovation, education and, of course, professional services. Furthermore, the energy and hydrocarbons sector is expected to offer a significant boost to economic growth, in the medium-term as well as long-term.He concluded saying that “the road ahead is a difficult one, but we have a duty to walk it until we reach our final destination, which is none other than economic recovery and the country’s return to growth and progress. We have faced difficulties in the past as well. Like then, we can address them and succeed again. There is vision. There is will and determination”.The Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA), with the knowledge and networking it has amassed over recent years, has taken on the role of central coordinator for all actions aimed at promoting Cyprus, in close cooperation with private organisations and the government. For more information visit www.investcyprus.org.cylast_img read more

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Huffington Post to launch in Oz

first_imgGreek-born Arianna Huffington has announced she will bring her media empire down under after partnering up with Fairfax Media. News website Huffington Post will launch in Australia by the second quarter of the year, after the company establishes an independent team of editors and journalists in Sydney. Founder Arianna Huffington says the Australian addition to the website is a ‘milestone’ for her.“It’s not only a milestone in HuffPost’s global expansion – we are now in 14 countries, on six continents – but a tremendous opportunity to expand our global conversation,” she said in a media release this week.Ms Huffington successfully launched the Greek chapter of the Huffington Post late last year, calling the new venture the “ultimate homecoming”.“When we began our international expansion more than three years ago, I knew that one day HuffPost’s own odyssey – to borrow from one of my compatriots – would lead us to Greece,” she said.Huffington Post’s Australian ‘odyssey’ has taken its time to eventuate. The idea for the Australian website was first announced in 2011, but as other ventures were finalised they took precedence, Ms Huffington told Mumbrella. “It wasn’t planned to go that way but it did because of all the other launches that got to the top of our calendar,” she said.Forty-nine per cent of the Australian Huffington Post website will be owned by Fairfax, while 51 per cent will be in Huffington Post’s hands. The company hopes to break even by the three-year mark and become one of Australia’s most visited news sites in five.Source: Mumbrella, News.com.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Mayoral help for immigrants

first_imgGreek mayors gave their support on Thursday to the government’s emergency plan for dealing with an increased influx of immigrants, as long as their contribution is funded by the state.The pledge followed a meeting between Alternate Immigration Policy Minister Tasia Christodoulopoulou and members of the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece (KEDE), including Athens mayor Giorgos Kaminis.Christodoulopoulou asked local authorities to propose venues and facilities where groups of between 20 and 100 immigrants could be temporarily accommodated. The aim is to quickly identify several such locations around the country to allow the swift transfer of hundreds of immigrants from islands in the eastern Aegean. The minister told Kathimerini she had requested European Union funding for the chartering of ferries to relocate the migrants and would look into securing additional money for facilities proposed by local authorities.The government is also working with the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) to ensure that all new immigrant arrivals undergo tests for potentially infectious diseases, she said.Underlining that most of the migrants arriving in Greece are from war-torn states, and therefore merit protection as refugees, Christodoulopoulou called on authorities at all levels to help tackle the problem. “The dilemmas we face are dramatic and our choices restricted,” she said. “We call on all of you to offer something, and not to create a panic,” she said.Mayor Kaminis said municipal authorities could offer food and seek to borrow military facilities to accommodate the migrants but he stressed the importance of the EU shouldering some of the burden. He also warned against allowing city squares to fill with homeless immigrants again, highlighting the risk of “resurrecting the fascist, racist movement on a political level”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Sky News head Angelo Frangopoulos cancels program that featured farright extremist

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Sky News faced a week of major outrage, after The Adam Giles Show featured an interview with far-right extremist Blaire Cottrell, who shared his opinions on immigration. The former leader of United Patriots Front, a far-right nationalist group, has a criminal history which includes being found guilty last year of inciting contempt, revulsion or ridicule of Muslims. In the interview, he expressed racist views and advocated taking all the white farmers from South Africa and stopping immigration from the rest of the world.Sky News managing editor, Angelo FrangopoulosSky News head Angelo Frangopoulos later admitted that it was a mistake to feature the United Patriots Front leader on the show. “We deeply regret featuring the interview on our channel,” the channel’s chief executive Angelo Frangopoulos said. “It was an error of judgment and we have taken action to ensure our standards, which we are proud of, are maintained.” Frangopoulos, who has been at Sky News since its inception in 1996 , pledged to “ensure the production of weekend programs and guest appearances meet editorial, journalistic and community expectations”.Apart from canceling the Adam Giles Show, Sky News stated that Cottrell, who has stated in the past to be an “avid admirer of Adolf Hitler”, would not be appearing on the channel in the future.Frangopoulos, who is moving on to lead Sky News Arabia in Abu Dhabi, has also announced the replacement of the channel’s news director, Greg Byrnes, by Kaycie Bradford, as he will be moved into the acting program director position. Political editor of Sky News, David Speers, mentioned that this was something that had to be addressed, going as far as to describe Cottrell as a “Neo-Nazi”: “We’re not the first channel to put Cottrell on the air … but that’s no excuse. He should never have been invited on the Adam Giles program last night and someone should have stopped that from happening.”The interview was met with such disapproval that it even forced Victoria’s Minister of Public Transport, Jacinta Allan to immediately order the removal of Sky News from all Metro Train stations around town. “Hatred and racism have no place on our screens or in our community”, she said through her Twitter account to later add that “I’ve got a responsibility as the public transport minister to ensure that passengers aren’t bombarded with what’s really shocking content and messages.”last_img read more

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