Starbucks sells a lot of coffee, and along with that coffee comes a lot of cups. Unfortunately, the company’s thin paper cups aren’t accepted by most recycling facilities. But a recently conducted pilot program suggests that the billion or so paper cups sold by Starbucks each year can be recycled into new cups.The test took place over six weeks and saw the Mississippi River Pulp company take Starbucks’ paper cups, recycle them, and then turn them into new ones. Currently MRP is the only pulp mill in the country that has done this successfully. The news is all part of Starbucks’ goal of making sure all of its cups are either recyclable or reusable by 2015.“This innovation represents an important milestone in our journey,” Jim Hanna, Starbucks director of Environmental Impact, said in a statement. “We still have a lot of work to do to reach our 2015 goal, but we’re now in a much stronger position to build momentum across the recycling industry. Our next step is to test this concept in a major city, which we plan to do in collaboration with International Paper and Mississippi River in 2011.”Meanwhile, in New York, Starbucks is testing out a different type of recycling project, by seeing whether or not old cups can be turned in bath tissue and paper towels. A similar project will start next year in Chicago, where the company will attempt to recycle cups into usable napkins.Via the New York Times
Although I personally can’t think of anything I care about less than the music, thoughts and opinions of a pouting fifteen year old boy, I’m obviously in the minority, since Justin Bieber has taken the Internet by storm and has one of the biggest Twitter followings in the world. Twitter followers only go so far, though: when the Canadian teen recently attempted to upload his new song “Pray” to his YouTube account, his video was yanked down by his own record label, Universal Music Group. Despite the fact that he’s a major pop star, Bieber seems to not understand who actually owns his music, or the intricacies of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Upon discovering that his video was yanked, Bieber immediately took to his Twitter account, expressing his displeasure eloquently: “”yo youtube…how u gonna block my own song?!?!?!”AdChoices广告Of course, contractually, it isn’t Bieber’s song at all… he’s not welcome to simply upload it anywhere he wants. Still, Bieber continued, claiming that he would go pirate his own song on Facebook if YouTube wouldn’t have him:“dear youtube…we started this journey and now u r cheatin on me with this vevo chica…i see how it is…i will be over here with facebook.”YouTube responded with their own tweet, saying: “sorry about the upload pain around ‘Pray’. That’s between you and your label but we love you [both] so let’s figure this out!” Of course, going to his label and arranging an official promotion is what an adult does, so Bieber just got petulant, re-uploaded the video and announced on Twitter: “no one keeps my music from my fans. nobody.” Read more at Gearlog
You might be aware of a little hullaballoo going on over in Egypt these days, as the government attempts to squelch massive discontent and a series of riots uniting every class and religion of Egyptian society. One of the main tools the Egyptian government has employed to try to stem the tide? They took the whole country offline, making it impossible for protestors to get foreign coverage, as well as coordinate their protests online through mediums like Facebook or Twitter.Obviously, this is the sort of cause that even the most apolitical internet dork will feel outraged about: a government just completely shutting down pretty much the most important venue for free speech ever. Luckily, some of those dorks — namely, the ones over at Google — are doing something about it: they’ve just unveiled speak2tweet, a service that will allow Egyptian to tweet and hear tweets via telephone.Google put together the service working with a small team of engineers from Twitter and recently acquired company SayNow. It’s super simple to use: anyone can tweet by leaving a voice mail on one of several international phone numbers (+16504194196, +390662207294, or +97316199855). Messages left at the number are instantly tweeted with the hashtag #egypt, no web connection required. You can also listen to those Tweets by dialing the same number.This is pretty neat. I’m not sure how many Egyptians will use this service, but it’s always nice to see a company as big as Google take a stance against oppression.Read more at Google
Protecting a web user’s privacy choices is a hot-button issue, and it’s at the heart of the Do Not Track discussion. Mozilla got the DNT ball rolling, Opera quickly offered up its support, and even Microsoft embraced the emerging standard in Internet Explorer 10. Others, however, remained aloof. Google, for example.With its own array of privacy protection options (like the Keep My Opt-Outs extension), Google didn’t seem all that interested in offering Chrome users support for Do Not Track. That came as a surprise to many observers, particularly because you’ll find Google’s name among the list of participating advertisers who agreed to participate in the Digital Advertising Alliance’s “Self Regulatory Program for Online Behavioral Advertising.”Whatever the reason might be, Google has seen the light and DNT support is now taking shape in Chrome. It’s available as an option under Chrome’s privacy settings, but for now all that the checkbox does is spawn the alert box you see above. That’s not much of an issue, however, because many online advertisers have yet to implement support for the beacon anyway.It’s worth noting that Do Not Track isn’t really aiming to do anything new in terms of privacy protection — it’s just making the process easier to manage. Advertisers, of course, fear that they’ll lose out on valuable data — and that’s part of the reason Microsoft’s decision to enable Do Not Track in Internet Explorer’s Express settings caused such a fuss. According to Mozilla‘s original proposal, the DNT option must be explicitly enabled by a user. Advertisers, therefore, felt that Microsoft was overstepping its bounds.Microsoft’s position has been to protect user privacy first and offer the choice to opt-in to behavioral ads later. If the list of reasons the DAA offers up for leaving tracking enabled really are benefits, there will actually be people who want to turn DNT off, right?More at PC World
As we move deeper and deeper into a physical keyboard free existence, someone should stop and try and make all of these digital keyboards useful. Whirlscape thinks they are the right people for the job, with big dreams of putting their Minuum keyboard on smartphones, game consoles, maybe even Google Glass one day.Virtual keyboards suck. There are some that suck less than others, and I’m sure you’re reading this right now thinking about how your keyboard is good enough and everyone should just switch to yours. I hate to break it to you, but you’re wrong. You aren’t wrong because your opinion is wrong, but at the end of the day there are currently no virtual keyboards that would work well on every platform. Even if you manage a solution to handle smartphones and tablets at the same time, which of the current sampling Apple is the closest to something that passes as usable, those same solutions don’t work anywhere else.We live in a world with 20-inch touchscreen tablet PCs, game consoles with web browsers, and living room streaming champions like Roku putting motion sensing remotes in everyone’s hands. Even if you were to make a keyboard that supported all of these platforms, there’s no way all of these companies would allow a single typing platform. If it were to exist, however, Minuum keyboard looks like an actual candidate for the job.Minuum isn’t a radical new approach to typing, and that’s why it works. You’re essentially looking at a four row virtual keyboard that has been smashed into a single row. Add in some intelligent error correction, language interpretation, and a typist that uses complete sentences, and you’ve really got something. On the surface, that’s what Minuum is. You can type on a screen and still see 70% of what is going on, instead of the current crop of keyboards that eat up most of your viewable space.It’s kind of funny when you consider how we moved away from physical keyboards to give us larger screens, and we use those larger screens for less accurate keyboards that take up roughly the same space as the physical keyboard when we are using it. Minuum gives you more space to work with, and their goal is to work on as many things as possible moving forward.When I say everywhere, I’m not just talking about Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and any other mobile operating system. Whirlscape has larger targets than that for the future. Their Indiegogo campaign shows rough examples of how Minuum would be used on game consoles, through gesture driven environments like the MYO arm controller, and even how you would use Minuum in an environment like Google Glass. Their goal is to be everywhere, and offer a better typing experience while they are doing it. The whole concept is to remove the traditional bulky virtual keyboard and replace it with something that functions the same way without taking up so much space. If they pull it off, it could seriously affect how virtual keyboards are designed moving forward.Their IndieGoGo campaign is simple. They need a little cash up front to pay developers, and if you contribute to the campaign you’ll get an early look at the software. How much your contribute offers additional access pathways, including having your commentary on the software considered first and foremost.This is one of those projects that would be amazing to see work just like the video, and only time will tell if that’s what we will see here.
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http://jrnl.ie/3862766 By AFP Short URL A Syrian Red Crescent volunteer inspects a site that was targeted by rockets fired by warplanes of the Syrian government in the rebel-held town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta. Image: Samer Bouidani/dpa/PA Images Tuesday 20 Feb 2018, 9:29 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article SYRIAN AND RUSSIAN air strikes today slammed into the Eastern Ghouta enclave, leaving more than 100 civilians dead for the second straight day and putting another hospital out of service.In a major twist for Syria’s complex seven-year war, Damascus also sent pro-regime fighters to the northern Afrin region, where they came under fire by Turkish forces attacking the Kurdish-controlled enclave.On the outskirts of Damascus, air strikes, rockets and artillery fire have battered the Eastern Ghouta enclave in apparent preparation for a government ground assault.At least 250 civilians have been killed since the escalation began on Sunday, among them dozens of children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.Bombardment on today killed 106 civilians, including 19 children, the Britain-based war monitor said.It was the second straight day that the civilian death toll topped 100, after 127 were killed Monday in Eastern Ghouta’s bloodiest day in four years.Strikes put a key hospital out of service, further limiting the little medical aid that besieged civilians could access.“The Arbin hospital was hit twice today and is now out of service,” said Moussa Naffa, country director in Jordan for the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), which supported the clinic.The Observatory blamed Russian warplanes, saying Moscow carried out its first strikes in three months on Eastern Ghouta.The rebel-held region is nominally included in a “de-escalation” deal meant to tamp down violence, but President Bashar al-Assad is apparently preparing troops for an imminent ground assault to retake it.The United States said it was “deeply concerned” about the escalating attacks on the enclave.“The cessation of violence must begin now,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said, criticising what she called the “siege and starve tactics” of the Assad regime.Six hospitals hitEastern Ghouta is home to more than 400,000 people living under crippling government siege, with little access to food or medical resources.The United Nations said six hospitals had been hit in the region in the past 48 hours, in addition to the one in Arbin.At least three were out of service and two were only partially functioning, said the UN’s regional humanitarian coordinator for Syria, Panos Moumtzis.“It’s beyond imagination what is happening in East Ghouta today,” he said.The untold suffering is intolerable and residents have no idea whether they will live or die. This nightmare in East Ghouta must end and must end now. Feb 20th 2018, 9:29 PM 12,530 Views Share144 Tweet Email 27 Comments A Syrian Red Crescent volunteer inspects a site that was targeted by rockets fired by warplanes of the Syrian government in the rebel-held town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta. Hours before the Arbin hospital was bombed, a doctor there spoke of the casualties they had been treating.“February 19 was the one of the worst days that we’ve ever had in the history of this crisis,” Abu al-Yasar told AFP.He described treating a one-year-old with blue skin and a faint pulse, rescued from under the rubble.“I opened his mouth to put in a breathing tube and I found it packed with dirt,” said Abu al-Yasar.He pulled out the dirt as fast as possible, put in the breathing tube and managed to save the baby.This is just one story from among hundreds of wounded.‘No words’The bloodshed prompted the UN children’s agency UNICEF to issue a largely blank statement saying “we no longer have the words to describe children’s suffering.”Syria’s main opposition group condemned the government onslaught as a “bloodbath” and a “war crime”, saying it may pull out of UN-backed peace talks in protest.Eastern Ghouta is mostly held by two hardline rebel groups that often fire rockets and mortar rounds into residential neighbourhoods of east Damascus.Today, at least nine people were killed and 49 wounded by rebel fire on the capital, state media reported.Al-Watan newspaper, which is close to the government, said the bombing campaign “comes ahead of a vast operation on Ghouta, which may start on the ground at any moment.”The army already waged a ferocious five-day air assault on Eastern Ghouta earlier this month that left around 250 civilians dead and hundreds wounded.Turkey shells regimeSyria’s conflict erupted in 2011 with protests against Assad, but the ensuing war has carved the country into various zones of control among rebels, jihadists, the regime, and Kurds.Turkey has been waging an air and ground offensive against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia in the Afrin enclave for the past month but today the stakes were ratcheted up.Hundreds of Syrian pro-government forces entered the region for the first time since 2012 to face off against Turkey alongside Kurdish forces that Ankara views as an offshoot of its own internal insurgency.But they quickly came under shelling by Turkish forces, who said they had fired “warning shots” at the “pro-regime terrorist groups”.© – AFP 2018Read: Israel’s PM vows further action after ‘serious blows’ to Iran and Syria following airstrikesRead: Israel launches ‘large-scale’ air raids against Iranian targets in Syria US ‘deeply concerned’ as 250 civilians killed in two days of bombing by Russian and Syrian forces Bombardment on today killed 106 civilians, including 19 children, according to a war monitor. 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THE VICTIM OF last night’s shooting in Dublin remains in a critical condition in Beaumont Hospital this morning.The 36-year-old man was shot while sitting in a car outside a house at Moatview Gardens in Coolock at 8.15pm. It is understand he was shot a number of times, sustaining a serious head injury.He was found in a garden on the residential street after neighbours heard the shots.The injured man was taken to Beaumont Hospital where he remains in a critical condition in the intensive care unit.Speaking to reporters outside Coolock Garda Station today, Superintendent Gerard Donnelly said the scene has been preserved and a full technical examination will take place today.“No motive at this stage has been identified for this shooting,” he said, adding that gardaí wished to appeal for witnesses or anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the area between 7pm and 8.30pm last night.Anyone with information is asked to contact Coolock Garda Station on 01 666 4200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any garda station.- With reporting by Michelle Hennessy.Read: Man seriously injured in Dublin shootingMore: Four people dead after explosion in Leicester 20,180 Views Moateview Gardens, Coolock Victim of Coolock shooting remains in critical condition as gardaí appeal for witnesses The man was shot in the Coolock area of Dublin yesterday evening. 9 Comments By Hayley Halpin Share12 Tweet Email Moateview Gardens, Coolock https://jrnl.ie/3872327 Feb 26th 2018, 7:27 AM Monday 26 Feb 2018, 7:27 AM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, said it accepted the findings of the report and has started implementing a number of measures designed to protect children at the centre.RegretChief operations officer at Tusla, Jim Gibson, said: “While the report demonstrated evidence of good practice and care, it is with regret that we acknowledge shortcomings in a children’s residential centre in the south region.”Gibson said that Tusla remains committed to improving the care and safeguarding of children in the centre.The agency has said it has reinstated child protection review meetings and also ordered that no new admissions are accepted until it is satisfied it can deliver the care needed.A number of other strategies have also been put in place to address the crisis at the centre.Read: 76 dead after plane carrying Chapecoense Real soccer team crashes in Colombia >Read: Eric Bristow sacked by Sky Sports for suggesting sex abuse victims not ‘proper men’ > 37 Comments Share39 Tweet Email Nov 29th 2016, 12:32 PM By Garreth MacNamee Short URL Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland Children experienced “significant harm” at state-run care home HIQA inspection found that the centre has been going through a period of crisis for a long period of time. Systems of communication, risk management, monitoring and supervision were ineffective. This resulted in children sometimes experiencing significant harm and frequently being placed at risk of significant harm. 9,020 Views Tuesday 29 Nov 2016, 12:32 PM Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland http://jrnl.ie/3108823 CHILDREN EXPERIENCED SIGNIFICANT harm at a Tipperary care home as the centre went through “a significant period of crisis”, according to a new report.A number of failings in relation to the safeguarding of children, safety, care of young people and child protection were found at the centre after a HIQA inspection in September.The report added that these issues were “compounded by a failure to maintain effective management systems to ensure the service was safe”.The failings led to children at the centre coming to significant harm. Residents at the care home were also placed at frequent risk due to the crisis, according to the report.The HIQA report added: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Short URL Feb 24th 2017, 9:46 PM 22,945 Views Share Tweet Email3 Friday 24 Feb 2017, 9:46 PM NEARLY 100 STAFF at a hospital in southern Italy have been questioned in connection with a widespread absenteeism scandal, including a doctor who skived off to play tennis, police have said.During a two-year investigation which involved the use of hidden cameras, police gathered evidence of a well-run system at the Loreto Mare hospital in Naples where certain employees clocked in on behalf of 94 absent colleagues.Two social workers alone were found to be holding 20 staff cards which they would use to clock in at the entrance to the hospital for the absentees.A total of 55 people have been placed under house arrest by the city’s prosecutor – a neurologist, a gynaecologist, nine radiologists, 18 nurses, six administrative workers, nine maintenance technicians and 11 social workers, police said.Among those milking the system were officials who were in charge of keeping staff registers up to date, including one who skipped work to go and work as a chef at a nearby hostel.© – AFP, 2017Read: ‘Thanks to books, I feel free’: The man with the most degrees in historyRead: Irish rugby fan arrested in Italy after ‘trying to grab soldier’s machine gun’ Doctor who skipped work to play tennis among staff investigated in mass absenteeism scam The two-year investigation was conducted by police into the hospital. 14 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By AFP http://jrnl.ie/3258118 Image: Shutterstock/hikrcn Image: Shutterstock/hikrcn
Short URL Detective Superintendent Tony Howard of the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau at Dublin Castle this afternoon. http://jrnl.ie/3203051 By Garreth MacNamee Detective Superintendent Tony Howard of the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau at Dublin Castle this afternoon. 20,960 Views Share60 Tweet Email Jan 24th 2017, 4:32 PM SPECIALIST GARDAÍ DISRUPTED “an imminent attack” in the capital today after they seized a substantial amount of guns and ammunition in west Dublin.At least one assault rifle, one sub machine gun, several handguns and a number of semi-automatic pistols were uncovered when officers raided a warehouse in the Greenogue business park in Rathcoole.Detective Superintendent Tony Howard of the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB) praised the work of officers and said today’s seizure was “testament to all the work done behind the scenes”.Addressing the media, Howard said that many of the guns which were seized were loaded at the time and that officers had stopped an “imminent attack” from occurring. He said that “without a doubt, lives were saved”.ArrestsThree men were arrested in relation to the seizure. One man was detained at the scene and two other men were arrested nearby. They are all Irish and are aged in their 40s and 50s.Howard would not confirm that the guns belonged to the Kinahan cartel but said it is one avenue of investigation. In the past week, a number of high-ranking members of the Kinahan cartel have arrived back in Ireland. Two were spotted in an Italian restaurant while one was observed by gardaí on Dawson Street.“There are very few groups which have ability to amass this amount of firearms, and not just the amount, this type of calibre also,” Howard added.Officers are also investigating the link between this capture and confiscation €37.5 million worth of cannabis in Dublin Port late last week.Detective Superintendent Howard said his officers had searched one of the units at the Greenogue facility as part of their investigation into organised crime.He said his department, like many others within An Garda Síochána, is committed to stopping those carrying out what he described as the “ruthless killing” of people in the State.‘The Whatsapp is whopping away’ – Ruth Negga’s Limerick family on Oscar nomination >Six die in helicopter crash close to site of Italy avalanche > ‘It has saved lives’: Gardaí uncover cache of loaded guns in west Dublin warehouse Three men have been arrested and are being questioned at different garda stations. 25 Comments Tuesday 24 Jan 2017, 4:32 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
IN IRELAND WHERE we come from is very important to us. Our local village, town and county identify us for our lifetime.In recent years the government, in an attempt to “streamline” administration at local authority level, sought to propose changes to some county boundaries.There have been a few around the country, most notably in Waterford and Kilkenny.Changing boundariesIn my locality a proposal to extend County Westmeath into County Roscommon caused a lot of anger and a huge public campaign.It was proposed that an area of approximately 30 square kilometers of south County Roscommon would become part of County Westmeath. Once that proposal became known there was a huge public outcry in County Roscommon and a protest group was set up.But there is far more at stake than just identity.The financial consequences The area at the centre of the proposal is on the outskirts of the town of Athlone. Source: Shutterstock/DolfinVikThe area at the centre of the proposal is on the outskirts of the town of Athlone. It’s made up of Monksland and its hinterland, and it is a thriving industrial and commercial centre.It yields huge commercial rates payments to Roscommon County Council and it is also the fastest growing area in County Roscommon in terms of population.So, there are big financial implications too.Too many unanswered questionsBut apart from the finances, the possible implications of this change would reach into almost every area of society. There are so many unanswered questions.Would it mean the redrawing of the county boundaries? Would it mean the redrawing of the provincial boundaries?There are implications for the HSE areas, and many other aspects of administrative, social and cultural life. For instance, what would happen to the Roscommon GAA clubs in the area proposed for change? These were just some of the questions that people were asking.The Commission asked for submissions and over 30,000 were submitted from County Roscommon alone objecting to the proposals. Thousands of people attended a series of public meetings.The reportThe Commission, in a report published last November, said that the boundaries should be left as they are, but there is a major proviso that Roscommon and Westmeath County Councils “co-operate on joint initiatives where an expanding Athlone is concerned.”The big worry for those connected with the campaign is that the report also says that:Should this not happen within a four-year period then the committee recommends that the boundary be extended in order to achieve coherent sustainable development for Athlone.This means that the committee can re-ignite this proposal if it feels that the co-operation between the local authorities has not been satisfactory. So it certainly has not been put to bed.What we need is certainty on this issue. The people of Roscommon have made it crystal clear how they feel. It is up to the government and the Minister to allay their fears.Michael Fitzmaurice is an Independent TD for Roscommon-Galway.Zero-hour contracts: ‘Clare has to live with her parents and can’t afford to go to the doctor”>Big Little Lies: ‘No woman just lets domestic violence happen. But maybe we do’> http://jrnl.ie/3349495 Changing our county boundaries: ‘There is far more at stake than just identity’ Taking the richer parts of some counties and pushing them into other counties will hurt communities, writes Michael Fitzmaurice TD. Apr 22nd 2017, 9:00 AM Share Tweet Email1 367 Views Short URL 48 Comments Roscommon-South Leitrim Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice TD Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 22 Apr 2017, 9:00 AM By Michael Fitzmaurice TD
‘Every day they would have a kiss and he told her he loved her’ Emotional scenes as car crash victim Gary Kelly laid to rest. Short URL Gary and Delia. Image: Facebook Gary and Delia. http://jrnl.ie/3314181 THE GRANDFATHER OF Gary Kelly (18) told mourners today how the teenager used to kiss his teenage sweetheart, Delia Keary (18) goodbye every day at the school gates and tell her that he loved her.Bobby Stack worked as caretaker at Rice College in Ennis, Clare, where Gary and Delia sat their Leaving Cert last year and it was Stack’s task each day to stand at the gates to make sure students left safely from the school.Addressing mourners at the end of Gary’s funeral mass at St Peter and Paul Cathedral in Ennis today, Stack said: “Everyday, Gary would come out first and then Delia would come out and they would have a kiss and he told her he loved her.”Last Friday, the two teens were on their way to Killarney for a weekend away and died after being involved in a car accident with a truck in Limerick.Stack said: “Delia was a beautiful girl and was something special. They were meant to go together. I know it is an awful thing to say. Gary loved her so much. For a young lad, Gary put so much love into that woman and she returned it tenfold.”Bobby also revealed that after the family received Gary’s clothes back from the emergency services, they came across a card in his pocket from Delia.Bobby said that Gary – an apprentice electrician – took this card with him everywhere. He said that the card reads:To Gary, from the love of your life, Delia, the 23rd of January 2016. To the man I love. I can’t believe I found you. I am always there for you and you are always there for me. No one in the world can make me feel this way and my love for you keeps growing more and more each day.Bobby told the packed congregation: “For a young man and a young woman, they found love. Some people go through this life and do not know love, but my God, this fella knew what love was.” He said that Gary and Delia “had something special, they were like an old married couple”.He said that the two were couple of the year twice at Rice College, quipping “this meant an awful lot to them”. Many of the mourners yesterday were Gary and Delia’s former classmates at Rice College and were wearing the dark blue school uniform.Bobby said that Gary also showed love on a daily basis to his mother, Kim.He said: “Every morning before going to work, he always told his mother, Kim, ‘I love you’.”Stack told mourners: “We are broken hearted.” He thanked the emergency services for the work they did.TributesIn his tribute to Gary, Fr Jerry Carey said that he sat with Gary’s parents, Kim and Shane over the past couple of days and asked them what were Gary’s interests “and the answer I got was ‘Delia, Delia, Delia’.Fr Carey recalled a story from when Gary didn’t go to school one day and after several phone calls from anxious parents, it emerged that he was in Dublin with Delia because she needed an outfit for the Junior Cert disco.Fr Carey said that the two “are wedded together forever in our memory”. He said: “Whenever you saw one, you saw the other, whenever you heard one, you heard the other.”Laminated cards with a photo of the couple on their grad night were made available at the mass with the words ‘Together Forever – Gary and Delia’.At the end of the mass, friends from their Leaving Cert year last year sang a song in tribute to the one with the words ‘Say my name like it’s the last time, Live today like it’s your last night. We want to cry but we know it’s alright, ‘Cause I’m with you and you’re with me’.‘An appalling loss of life’: Tributes paid to young couple killed in car crash Wednesday 29 Mar 2017, 8:56 PM 50,019 Views Image: Facebook By Gordon Deegan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 18 Comments Mar 29th 2017, 8:56 PM Share168 Tweet Email1
Jun 23rd 2017, 1:15 PM The government confirms it sold around 28.75% of AIB for €3.4 billion Paschal Donohoe did not rule out returning to Cabinet to receive backing to sell further stakes in AIB if the opportunity arises. 133 Comments Updated at 1.20pm THE STATE HAS sold approximately 28.75% of its shares in AIB for €3.4 billion, Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe confirmed this afternoon.The flotation of AIB shares is the largest flotation in Europe this year.Shares began trading at 8am this morning. They sold for €4.40 each.Shares were purchased by 350 different financial institutions, with 10% of shares allocated to ordinary investors.Three quarters of the shares overall are being held by sovereign wealth or long-term investors, Donohoe said, with a “large concentration” of these being in the US and UK.The state now has an option to sell a further 3% stake in the coming weeks, which would raise a further €400 million.The transaction valued the bank at €12 billion.Donohoe did not rule returning to Cabinet to receive backing to sell further stakes in AIB if the opportunity arises.I am bound by the Programme for Government and [it] makes very clear that we can sell 25% of a bank, plus a transaction on top of that in case we need to make decisions in relation to the stabilisation of the price. 28,213 Views http://jrnl.ie/3459358 Image: DPA/PA Images Share138 Tweet Email3 Image: DPA/PA Images By Hayley Halpin Short URL If opportunities were to occur that I believe offered long-term value for the tax payer, I would go back to cabinet and present options to them in relation to that.He said that this transaction shows a clear pathway exists to the Irish taxpayer and citizen to “regaining back all of the money that went into supporting AIB”.Our country has gone through such a difficult path in relation to stabilising the Irish economy and moving it to recovery. The status of the Irish banking system, and all that needs to be done to support it, was at the very heart of that and at times called for much justifiable anger for the taxpayer.Speaking this morning, Donohoe said:“The successful completion today of AIB’s IPO represents a significant milestone in the Government’s long-held policy to dispose of our banking investments, returning them to the private sector over time. The offer was very well received and attracted high demand from investors everywhere it was marketed, reflecting the strength of AIB’s investment story and prospects, and the attractions of Ireland’s vibrant and growing economy.“This successful IPO has created a strong platform for the State to recover all the money it has invested in AIB and to further dispose of our banking investments for the benefit of the Irish people.”The government had owned a 99.9% ownership of Allied Irish Banks.AIB received the biggest bailout of all the Irish banks still trading, with the government injecting €21 billion into the bank during the financial crisis.With reporting by Paul HosfordRead: Government urged to use €3.8 billion from AIB sale to ‘build homes, hospitals and schools’ Friday 23 Jun 2017, 1:15 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
IRISH FERRIES HAS cancelled 6,000 summer bookings due to a delay of the delivery of its new ship.The company made the announcement this afternoon, citing “extraordinary circumstances beyond its control”. It says that shipbuilder Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft & Co.KG (FSG) has delayed the delivery of the ship.“Because of the uncertainty caused by this additional delay, Irish Ferries has no option but to cancel all the planned sailings to France for W.B. Yeats this Summer, with the ship now likely to commence sailing with Irish Ferries on Dublin / Holyhead as scheduled in September. Irish Ferries is contacting affected customers this afternoon to inform them of the cancellations, offer them alternative travel options, and apologise for the disruption to their travel arrangements.”The cancellations will hit 6,000 bookings, with Irish Ferries advising customers of the alternative options, including direct sailings on its Oscar Wilde ship or sailing to the UK and then to France.Customers who choose the latter option will be reimbursed the cost of their fuel requirements from the port of arrival in the UK to the port of arrival in France.For customers who choose neither option, a full refund is available.Irish Ferries was previously forced to cancel July sailings for the W.B. Yeats when they were informed in April by FSG, of the initial delay. Around 2,500 bookings were impacted by the earlier cancellation.A statement said:“Irish Ferries very much regrets the inconvenience these cancellations cause our customers and hopes that as many as possible will choose to be accommodated via the company’s alternative arrangements and continue with their holiday plans. As valued customers of Irish Ferries, we are offering each affected customer a €150 voucher which can be used on any of our Ireland-France routes next year.” Tuesday 12 Jun 2018, 3:11 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 25,372 Views File Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Share308 Tweet Email11 http://jrnl.ie/4066830 File Short URL By Paul Hosford 76 Comments Jun 12th 2018, 3:11 PM Irish Ferries cancels 6,000 summer bookings as new ship is delayed again Irish Ferries was previously forced to cancel July sailings for the W.B. Yeats.
The Pan Hellenic Games originally planned to take place in Melbourne in February 2009 have been rescheduled for November 27-29, 2009. The dates were decided at the national meeting of the SAE Oceania and the Far East in Sydney on March 29-30.Planning for the Games is proceeding although funding has not yet been finalised.Dimitrios Kanellakos, secretary of SAE Oceania and head of the Pan Hellenic Games Committee said ‘”Now that the dates have been finalised, we can go ahead and start looking for accommodation, sporting grounds and organise the various activities,” he said. “So far the Aquatic Stadium is the first option for a stadium. We hope to finalise this as soon as possible.”While the Victorian chapter of SAE has the responsibility for organising the games in Victoria, the lines of communication between the national office of SAE Oceania and the local organisers do not appear to be working well.Although Neos Kosmos English Edition was sent a press release announcing the dates on Tuesday, members of the local organising committee were not informed until Wednesday night.Funding for the Games is currently being negotiated.The organisers of the games in Victoria were not successful in securing funds from the Greek Government but have secured $50,000 funding from SAE Oceania.Whether the cultural program which was originally envisaged for the Games will proceed depends on the financial support the organisers are able to gain from government and the Greek community, according to organising committee spokesperson Helen Kaliminou.“The cultural games may not go ahead as proposed if funding is not forthcoming,” she says. “But we are hoping to secure support and sponsorship from the Greek community as a whole, from the government and the Victorian Multicultural Commission (who we have applied to for funding).” Of support from the Greek Government, she said, “At this stage we are getting some assistance but not monetary.”Organising committee members will meet with James Merlino, Minister for Sport, Recreation, Youth Affairs this week to inform him of the event and seek further support. The Pan Hellenic Games, a mini version of the Olympic Games for young Greeks, aims to unite Hellenes from throughout Oceania in the spirit of friendly sporting competition (state vs state). The games have previously been held in Sydney and in Adelaide. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Four Greek Australians have been singled out and personally thanked for their service to the Greek community in Victoria.Sophia Borobokas, John Chrisomallis, Irene Papaioannou, Vasilia Tsousis all received a Multicultural Award of Excellence for their meritorious service to the community.Mrs Papaioannou was specifically honoured for her work in Preston, while Mr Chrisomallis was awarded for his work in the Whittlesea Elderly Citizens Club.Mr Chirsomallis was one of the founding members of the then Greek Community of Lalor, Epping and Thomastown, which was set up in 1972.Its main aim was to teach young Greek children of the community the language and in its early years the school taught over 400 students.Now as the president of the Elderly Citizens Club, Mr Chrisomallis has been able to keep the club open seven days a week to make sure the older members of the community have a place, or at least a ‘cafeneio’ to meet at. The award came as quite a surprise, but Mr Chrisomallis says the recognition is very flattering.“After so many years of volunteering, it’s nice being noticed for helping the community,” he tells Neos Kosmos. “It’s true that it makes you happy and it pushes you to keep going, to keep contributing.”His nomination was backed by Whittlesea councillor Kris Pavlidis, who attended the awards night at Government House. As an organisation, the Greek Orthodox community of Gippsland was also singled out. The Greek and Cypriot community has supported the young and elderly in the region, and has kept traditions alive with special social events and cultural days.In its 15th year, the awards honoured a total of 73 individuals and 17 organisations in 10 categories.Chairperson for the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Chin Tan says the awards rightfully congratulate the efforts of those who go out of their way to ensure Victoria is an inclusive state.“The awards recognise the hard work that is taking place in numerous communities, small and large across Victoria, by people and organisations that are committed to the success of multiculturalism,” Mr Tan said. “Over 24 multicultural communities from all over the state were represented in the dynamic pool of award recipients.”Multilingual radio station SBS was also honoured for its work keeping multicultural communities informed.SBS Radio is broadcast in 74 languages, including Greek, and produces 334 unique hours of programming each week from every state in Australia.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Alpha Bank agreed on Thursday to sell the Hilton Hotel in Athens to the consortium comprising Greece’s TEMES (the owner of Costa Navarino in the Peloponnese) and Turkey’s Dogus Group.The two sides reached a deal on a price of 142 million euros, with the sole pending issue being the regulating authorities’ approval, Kathimerini reports.The sale of the emblematic luxury hotel in the capital, that this year will complete 53 years of operation, forms part of Alpha’s restructuring plan.Its new ownership will not affect its operation by the Hilton chain.
Climat : le Giec appelé à se réformerUne enquête remise à l’ONU par le Conseil inter-académique (IAC) prône une profonde réforme du Groupe intergouvernemental d’experts sur l’évolution du climat (Giec). Ces derniers mois, le groupe a été mis à mal par plusieurs polémiques concernant notamment des erreurs commises dans son dernier rapport.Composé de quinze académies des sciences de différents pays, l’IAC évoque la nécessité d’une réforme mais ne remet pas en cause les évaluations du Giec quant au réchauffement climatique et aux impacts que ce dernier pourrait avoir sur la planète.Le groupe “doit réformer fondamentalement sa structure de direction et renforcer ses méthodes de travail pour faire face à des évaluations climatiques de plus en plus complexes”, estiment les enquêteurs. Toutefois, ils assurent que les méthodes utilisées pour réaliser les rapports périodiques qui servent de base aux négociations internationales sur le changement climatique ont été “dans l’ensemble couronnées de succès”. Pour Harold Shapiro, président de l’IAC, les erreurs commises par le Giec, notamment au sujet de la fonte des glaciers de l’Himalaya, “ont entamé sa crédibilité”.Le groupe a également difficilement traversé l’affaire du “climategate”, qui avait éclaté juste avant que ne s’ouvre le sommet de Copenhague en décembre dernier. Une récente enquête menée en Angleterre à ce sujet a toutefois blanchi au début de l’été les chercheurs de l’université d’East Anglia mis en cause.”Un fonctionnement sous le microscope du public comme celui du Giec nécessite vraiment une direction forte, la participation continue et enthousiaste de scientifiques distingués, une faculté d’adaptation et un engagement à l’ouverture, si la valeur de ces évaluations pour la société doit être maintenue”, a souligné Harold Shapiro. À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Le rapport de l’IAC recommande notamment, afin de renforcer la structure de gestion du Giec, la création d’un comité exécutif dont trois membres devraient être extérieurs au groupe et dont le directeur serait susceptible de prendre des positions à tout moment entre la publication des rapports. L’IAC insiste également sur la nécessité de n’assortir les conclusions des rapports de probabilités que “lorsque les faits sont suffisamment évidents”.Les conclusions de cette enquête devraient être examinées lors de la 32e session plénière du Giec, qui se tiendra en octobre à Busan, en Corée du Sud. Le 31 août 2010 à 17:26 • Emmanuel Perrin
Aides au photovoltaïque supprimées, les constructeurs inquietsLe gouvernement projette de suspendre pour quatre mois les aides aux projets photovoltaïques. Le décret qui doit en décider doit être finalisé cette semaine. Des emplois pourraient être supprimés.La suspension des aides aux nouveaux projets de pose de panneaux photovoltaïques (voir notre article) inquiète sérieusement les constructeurs, notamment ceux de parcs solaires. Le moratoire de quatre mois qui va paraître et le blocage de tous les projets en cours se feront en dépit de tous les investissements réalisés par les entrepreneurs du secteur. En mettant un terme à tous les efforts fournis jusqu’ici pour développer les énergies solaires, le gouvernement entraîne, à très court terme, la destruction de plusieurs milliers d’emplois dans un secteur pourtant en plein essor.Le seul espoir des acteurs de la filière est de voir le gouvernement tenir compte des propositions qu’ils mettent en avant depuis plusieurs mois. Même si les entreprises sont d’accord pour que les tarifs de leurs prestations baissent tout en étant encadrés, ils craignent que le moratoire entraîne la mise en place de quotas et d’appels d’offres. Ces systèmes anticoncurrentiels risquent de ne bénéficier qu’à une ou deux grosses entreprises au dépens des PME du secteur qui seront obligées de mettre la clef sous la porte.Le 7 décembre 2010 à 09:39 • Emmanuel Perrin