first_img MATHS WEEK KICKED off at the weekend and as is our annual tradition here, we’re setting you a puzzle a day with all answers published on site on Sunday morning.Get puzzling!TODAY’S Q: A kayaker paddles up the Liffey and can paddle at 9 km/h in still water. However, the Liffey is flowing towards the sea at 5 km/h. The very moment he passes under Butt Bridge, 2.5 km upstream, a kayaker passes Heuston Bridge heading downstream.The canoeists meet after 10 minutes.Which kayaker is the stronger paddler?All answers will be published on TheJournal.ie on Sunday morning.The maths gene? It all adds up to a myth>Maths Week: Your Monday puzzle>Maths Week: Your Tuesday puzzle>Maths Week: Your Wednesday puzzle>Maths Week: Your Thursday puzzle> Oct 21st 2016, 8:30 PM Friday 21 Oct 2016, 8:30 PM Maths Week: Your Friday puzzle Figure it out. Short URL 31 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Semmick Photo Share25 Tweet Email7 center_img http://jrnl.ie/3035245 15,593 Views Butt Bridge on the River Liffey. Image: Shutterstock/Semmick Photo Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Butt Bridge on the River Liffey. By Fora Stafflast_img read more

first_img 45 Comments Nov 3rd 2016, 12:41 PM With increasingly precarious employment, short-term contracts, having to spend longer in education, etc., many young people would be unable to afford to get married, buy a house, have a baby, etc – thus delaying these things is a rational choice that has been caused by the underlying economic changes. This article is part of our Change Generation project, supported by KBC. To read more click here.IN THE 2011 CENSUS, 44% of people in the 30-39 age bracket classed themselves as single.The split was almost half and half between men and women, slightly weighted towards men at 54%.The data show that between the ages of 30 and 39 the number of people ticking the ‘single’ box on the census form drops off quickly every year, with the rate slowing down after the age of 40.Being single or as-yet-unmarried in your 30s has long been presented as some sort of doomsday situation (particularly for women) in popular culture, but with more people getting married later in life or not getting married at all, things are changing.The equality effectIn Ireland, the census shows there was a 15% increase in the number of people over the age of 15 reporting as single between 2002 and 2011.Research carried out in the 1990s on ”always single” women concluded that that they faced “extensive stigma” from friends, family and strangers.But the author of that study, Dr Anne Byrne, told theJournal.ie that some things have changed since then and there is more acceptance in Irish society for those living as single women and men. However, Dr Byrne says both men and women face similar pressures to conform to societal customs: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Singles are happier than married couples?In the United States, there are more single people than ever before, with 50.2% of those aged 16 and over identifying as such in 2014, compared to 37.4% in 1976.Social psychologist Dr Bella DePaulo addressed this year’s American Psychological Association annual convention, where she spoke about the positives of staying single: By Jennifer Ryan “Living single allows them to live their best, most authentic, and most meaningful life,” she says. http://jrnl.ie/3047123 Image: Shutterstock/Blazej Lyjak Young men are subject to the same kind of peer pressures as young women concerning their single status but have greater autonomy to ‘be themselves’. It is the force of convention that is most at work here – being ‘different’ to the peer group is still not tolerated.Economic factorsDr Bernadine Brady, from the School of Political Science & Sociology at NUI Galway, says economic factors are also at play.She told theJournal.ie that while some younger people may be single by choice, others are delaying marriage and babies because they cannot afford them until later in life. I think there’s far more pressure on women to be married by a certain age than on men. And I also think the rural/urban divide plays a huge role too. So I think the issue is more complex than it appears on the surface. Image: Shutterstock/Blazej Lyjak Share126 Tweet Email 32,036 Views Do the 44% of Irish people who are single in their 30s suffer stigma? Times have moved on from research in the 1990s which found society less understanding. The preoccupation with the perils of loneliness can obscure the profound benefits of solitude. It is time for a more accurate portrayal of single people and single life — one that recognizes the real strengths and resilience of people who are single, and what makes their lives so meaningful.DePaulo refutes the notion that single people lack meaningful relationships and says studies have shown that they have stronger relationships with family members, friends and co-workers, while married couples become insular.While economic factors such as the challenges of finding a well-paid job before marrying are often cited as reasons for remaining single, DePaulo argues that increasing numbers of people are staying unattached because they want to. Opportunities for education, paid work and economic independence, improved reproductive control, combined with the ideological support of the women’s movement for sexual and economic equality, have benefited all women. The seismic shift in women’s lives in Ireland from the 1960s onwards, is part of the reason for the changes in attitudes to single women and men.There is still, however, “a strong convention, social preference and expectation in society to be ‘coupled’ or ‘in a relationship’ despite our advocacy of equality for all persons,” she says.The role of gender Unmarried and in her 30s, Dr Lisa Moran from NUI Galway says she is not sure whether being single at this age is normalised yet and she believes, “there is a definite insider/outsider distinction at play.”Dr Moran told theJournal.ie that it is different for men and women, and where you live is another factor. Thursday 3 Nov 2016, 12:41 PM Short URLlast_img read more

first_img http://the42.ie/3229802 BERNARD O’BYRNE has claimed ‘five or six’ sports federations have colluded in advance of Thursday’s vote to elect the next president of the Olympic Council of Ireland.O’Byrne, the current Chief Executive of Basketball Ireland, will be on tomorrow’s ballot alongside acting OCI president Willie O’Brien and Swim Ireland’s Sarah Keane.But speaking to Ger Gilroy on Newstalk’s Off The Ball this evening, O’Byrne painted a picture of a tainted, corrupt process.“I know there are other deals done in advance of it. I haven’t done any deals. I’ve declared who I’m going to vote for for the officerships”, he said. 15,981 Views Feb 8th 2017, 8:07 PM Short URL Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO By Eoin O’Callaghan Wednesday 8 Feb 2017, 8:07 PMcenter_img No Comments O’Byrne is one of three people in the running to succeed Pat Hickey as OCI president. Source: James Crombie; ©INPHO/James Crombie/INPHOHe was then pressed by Gilroy on what he meant by ‘deals’.“Five or six federations went into a room and carved up the positions between them, that they were all going to vote for each other. ‘You have the presidency, you have the vice-presidency, you have a place on the Executive’”, O’Byrne said.I thought that was very bad in terms of openness and transparency because immediately when six people go into a room to do that you’re excluding the other 27. Why on earth would you do that? Why would you not call a general meeting and say, ‘Look, can we have a chat and see what we can work out?’ But, no. It was dark rooms, smoke-filled corridors”.For legal reasons, O’Byrne would not confirm what federations were present in the room but said such behaviour and those responsible for it were well-known.“Everybody knows it. One of them that was at the meeting told me. That’s the reason I know. They were actually in the room. That shouldn’t happen. That absolutely shouldn’t happen and I wouldn’t go near it”.O’Byrne also claimed that he was approached about becoming OCI treasurer as a compromise.“I was sounded out – did I want the treasurership? It was a very short answer. And it was left at that. ‘We have our preference for presidency, would you like the treasurership?’ – that type of thing. Somebody else might describe that as good electioneering and good tactics. What it isn’t is open and it’s not transparent”.Comments have been disabled for legal reasonsPat Hickey says it was an ‘honour’ to lead OCI during 28 years as presidentOCI reverse decision to ban media from presidential elections Share24 Tweet Email OCI presidency candidate claims ‘five or six’ sports federations have colluded ahead of vote Bernard O’Byrne has attacked the lack of transparency and openness before tomorrow’s ballot. Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3246563 By Cliodhna Russell Read: Germany bans children’s doll that can be used as ‘spying device’> Feb 17th 2017, 11:10 PM Source: NIFRS/Twitter 20 Comments 15,467 Views Share Tweet Email4 center_img Firefighters used phone app with sheep noises to save lamb stuck in drain But not before they tried out their own sheep impressions. FIREFIGHTERS IN NORTHERN Ireland ended up downloading an app with sheep noises to rescue a lamb that was stuck in a drain.The Fintona firefighters first attempted to lure out the two-week-old lamb by making sheep impressions before turning to technology.The lamb had managed to find its way into a manhole and then several metres down a narrow horizontal pipe which was several feet underground.It turned around and came back up the pipe with the noise of the app, but not far enough to grab it.A local sheep farmer saved the day by providing a trained sheep dog, which went up the pipe and retrieved the lamb and brought it to safety.A Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) have posted about the task on social media saying, “When we’re round the tea table it’s the ones like these we tend to talk about.” Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Friday 17 Feb 2017, 11:10 PM 2 week old lamb rescued from drain in Fintona https://t.co/yLqoSZH6PS ##NotABAAAAdDaysWork #FarmSAFE #StopandThinkSAFE #Animalrescue pic.twitter.com/4juju2uQGF— NIFRS (@NIFRSOFFICIAL) February 17, 2017last_img read more

first_img Poll Results: YesNoDon’t knowVote http://jrnl.ie/3282643 No (8083) 23,250 Views THE IRISH GOVERNMENT has proposed to allow boats from Northern Ireland to fish very close to Irish shores.It is planning to amend the Sea Fisheries Act to allow fishing vessels registered in Northern Ireland to fish up to six nautical miles of the Republic of Ireland’s coast.The bill is being put through in light of Supreme Court judgement that found Northern Ireland vessels were fishing for mussels in Irish waters, as the amendment would now make their actions legal.The reason is so that Ireland would bring its laws up to sync with the 1964 Voisinage arrangement, which allows boats from both countries fish in each others waters.However, some senators yesterday expressed concern with elements of the bill.So, what do you think: Should Northern Ireland boats be allowed to fish off the Republic of Ireland’s coasts? By Cormac Fitzgerald 92 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Stephen B. Goodwin Image: Shutterstock/Stephen B. Goodwincenter_img Short URL Saturday 11 Mar 2017, 10:32 AM Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Don’t know (757) Poll: Should Northern Ireland boats be allowed to fish off the Republic of Ireland’s coasts? The Government is planning to allow boats from Northern Ireland to fish very close to Irish shores. Yes (3621) Mar 11th 2017, 10:32 AM last_img read more

first_imgSeven students and teacher killed in Japanese avalanche A group of 52 students and 11 teachers were on a three-day outing when disaster struck. 12,369 Views File image – Mountains in Tochigi, Japan. File image – Mountains in Tochigi, Japan. Image: Shutterstock/beibaoke Short URL Updated at 12.55pm AN AVALANCHE IN Japan has killed seven Japanese high school students and a teacher on a mountain-climbing outing, and injured 40 more.More than 100 troops were deployed in a major rescue mission after the avalanche hit ski slopes in Tochigi prefecture north of Tokyo.Television footage showed rescuers climbing the mountainside as ambulances stood by.A total of 52 students and 11 teachers from seven high schools were on a three-day mountaineering expedition when disaster struck.A warning had been issued for heavy snow and possible avalanches from yesterday until today in the area, with the local weather agency forecasting snowfall of some 30 centimetres.In the latest update seven students and one teacher, mostly from Otawara High School in Tochigi, were found with no vital signs, an official with a prefectural disaster task force told AFP.In Japan, deaths in such circumstances are not announced officially until doctors can confirm them.Officials earlier said eight students had no vital signs.Some 40 people have been injured, including two students in serious condition, the prefectural official said.“All the people have been carried down from the mountain and they are now being transported to hospital,” he told AFP.Final day The avalanche struck in the town of Nasu 120 kilometres north of Tokyo on the final day of the excursion, Tochigi authorities said, adding that soldiers were brought in at the request of the prefecture’s governor.Local media cited experts as saying it was likely a surface avalanche, caused by a heavy snowfall accumulating on a previous deposit of slippery snow.“This (outing) is an annual event and we never had a major accident before,” one of the teachers told Jiji Press.I am really shocked.The ski resort had been closed for the season, according to the operator’s website, with the lift stopped and no skiers at the site.But some of its facilities were made available for the high school mountaineering trip organised by local physical education authorities.© – AFP 2017Read: ‘Just getting on with it’: Laptop ban comes into force at Middle-East airports >Read: Korean Air crew to ‘readily use stun guns’ on troublesome passengers > Share4 Tweet Email1 http://jrnl.ie/3308732 center_img Mar 27th 2017, 12:50 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/beibaoke Monday 27 Mar 2017, 12:50 PM By AFP 6 Comments last_img read more

first_img‘Irish people were not as comfortable with the English as they are today’ Journalist and author Colin Young chats to The42 about Jack Charlton’s place in Irish football’s history. Share Tweet Email1 Source: Paul Dougherty/YouTubeYoung agrees with Quinn’s portrayal of Charlton as a unifying figure in a time of enormous strife for the country at large.I don’t think he was apprehensive about taking the Ireland job. It is written in my book and others that it kind of came by accident and he certainly didn’t apply for the job or anything like that, but once he got it, I don’t think he had any qualms about politics and religion and that sort of stuff.“I travelled to Ireland around about that time as well — not many people did it. Things that you take for granted now, two flights a day from Newcastle with Ryanair, that just didn’t and wouldn’t have happened back then. The Troubles were at their height and to a certain extent, the games against Northern Ireland lay testimony to that.I don’t think Jack ever worried about that side of things. He had one conversation in his whole time as Ireland manager about politics and religion and realised he was way out of his depth.“The best thing he could do was just manage the football team to the best of his ability, not get involved or embroiled in any of the stuff that is going on in the background. But by being the way he was, by being successful and by being the first Protestant manager, by being very Geordie, which is actually quite close to Irish people and Irish culture, people embraced him and it was never really an issue.But undoubtedly, one of the things I came across with people in the book such as Niall Quinn — some of the people I would have loved to have interviewed are some of the politicians that Jack got involved with, because they jumped on the bandwagon to a certain extent, but they also recognised the power that he had over certain people.“He was a real source of good, as Niall said, one of the founder members of the Peace Agreement. He undoubtedly brought down a hell of a lot of barriers where Irish people realised English people are not that bad, and vice versa.”After leaving the Ireland job aged 60, Charlton had offers to return to management. Both Celtic and Wales were reportedly keen on appointing the World Cup winner at various points, but ultimately for Charlton, nothing quite seemed as attractive as managing the Boys in Green. Source: CuChoileain/YouTubeAnother factor in the experienced coach’s thinking was the fate of the legendary former Celtic manager Jock Stein, who suffered a heart attack on the bench during a 1985 Scotland-Wales World Cup qualifier at Ninian Park and subsequently died in the stadium’s medical room. Charlton did not want to ‘die in the dug out,’ as his close friend effectively had.I suspect, once he had got to the age of 60, semi-retired, taking a few months or weeks off, once he got into that lifestyle again with the hunting and the fishing and the fact that it’s highly unlikely he would have had to have paid for much in Ireland after the success he had, I guess he just got sucked into retirement and very much enjoyed it. And he’s definitely one to enjoy life and not be troubled by things,” Young adds.The journalist and author began work on his Jack Charlton biography about a year ago before its publication last September, after encouragement from the legendary manager’s son John, who was having trouble getting the star’s autobiography with former Irish Times soccer correspondent Peter Byrne reissued.Charlton contributed the foreword to the new book and met up with Young on a number of occasions prior to its release.While suffering from bad memory loss in recent years, rumours of Charlton’s ill-health are untrue and at 82, as far as Young is aware, the footballing legend is fine “apart from general flu-type old men illnesses” that he occasionally suffers from.Moreover, for all the wonderful memories that Young and Charlton provide over the course of the book’s 200-plus pages, its most poignant image is arguably reserved for the prologue.Jack and (his wife) Pat Charlton were only the seventh and eighth people to be presented with honorary Irish passports.“Irish president Mary Robinson presented them to the pair at Áras an Uachtaráin.Every country needs inspiration and leadership, heroes and heroines,” President Robinson told them, ‘…and you, in your time, provided it.’“Jack and Pat then travelled to a reception hosted by Tanaiste, Dick Spring at Iveagh House, where the official presentation of the documents was made.The couple received their Irish passports on Sunday, December 8, 1996 less than a year after his resignation as Ireland team manager. ‘This is one of the best days of my life, maybe even the best,’ Jack declared. ‘I am conscious of the honour which has been conferred on Pat and myself, and we both feel privileged and proud.’”Jack Charlton: The Authorised Biography is published by Hero Books. More info hero.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Saturday 10 Jun 2017, 8:00 PM Jack Charlton with An Taoiseach Albert Reynolds in 1993. Image: INPHO 17 Comments Short URL Jack Charlton with An Taoiseach Albert Reynolds in 1993. http://the42.ie/3435936 Marriage of Fancy Dan and Plain Jane brings out the best in the Boys in Green>Saudi Arabia apologise after not observing minute’s silence for London victims> Image: INPHO Jun 10th 2017, 8:00 PM By Paul Fennessy A press conference called to announce the appointment of Jack Charlton as manager of the Republic of Ireland on 12 February 1986. Source: INPHOCharlton became, and remains to this day, by far Ireland’s most successful manager ever. He oversaw two World Cup qualifications (1990 and 1994) as well as getting the team to the European Championships once (1988) although they were desperately unlucky to miss out on the same competition four years later — the Irish side exited at the Euro ’92 qualification stages despite not losing a game, as England finished one point ahead of them.But beyond the mere football results, Charlton was a hugely important figure within the context of Irish history. Frequently pictured with politicians such as Albert Reynolds, an English World Cup winner agreeing to take the Ireland job when the Troubles were at their height was a bold and controversial move that ultimately paid off handsomely.Niall Quinn — not only a legendary player on these shores but also one of football’s great storytellers — best summarises Charlton’s profound impact on Irish life at a deeper level than a mere sporting milieu.Jack Charlton started the Peace Process and he was responsible for the start of the Celtic Tiger era in Ireland,” the former Arsenal, Man City and Sunderland striker says. “And he did it just by being himself.”Quinn continues: “If you go back to when he took the job, it was unthinkable for an English manager to come into our game in Ireland and do what he did. Why?Because English people weren’t comfortable coming to Ireland, so it was a big step for him. And Irish people were not as comfortable with English people as they are today and there was an underlying suspicion of them. We were brought up to believe that as kids. I was 14, 15 when the hunger strikes were going on and there were black flags outside houses in the street and everybody in Ireland said Margaret Thatcher was the devil. That was only five years before Jack came, and it had not cleared up by any stretch of the imagination.“It was a risky move for him but one that he took absolutely full on and embraced from day one. He dealt with any political suspicions really well, and in his way. He was blunt and won the people over, not by launching a PR campaign, but by just being himself. Look at the way he asked for a light after he’d been given some shocking abuse by the crowd in Belfast (during a Northern Ireland-Republic of Ireland World Cup qualifier).It calmed them down because he was laughing it off and dealing with it as only he could.” “Once the (successful) Iceland tournament had taken off and he got his ideas in place and people started to have a laugh and enjoy his company, which undoubtedly a lot of the players did, (his tenure gained momentum).The man is unique in terms of his take on life and his enjoyment and basically ‘the craic,’ he loves it. I think he just saw that as a strength. If the sports scientists had been around back then, I’m pretty sure he still would have decided that he was right and if you wanted to have a couple of pints after a game, (you could) crack on.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Updated at 22.48TOMORROW WILL BE a significant day in Irish football for two reasons.Firstly, the Boys in Green take on Austria in a vital World Cup qualifier with a win likely to greatly enhance Martin O’Neill’s side’s chances of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.In addition, Sunday will represent 22 years to the day since what is generally remembered as the beginning of the end for Irish football’s golden period.Like their modern counterparts, Jack Charlton’s team had begun their qualification campaign for Euro ’96 campaign remarkably well. A 1-0 home defeat of Portugal put them top of their group and looking well set to reach the tournament in England.It was hoped that the humiliating 0-0 draw away to Liechtenstein was a freak one-off result — after all, luck had totally deserted Ireland that day, as they failed to score despite 40 attempts on goal and 16 on target. Source: sp1873/YouTubeIt was the next game, however, when the alarm bells truly started to ring. Remarkably, it was the same venue, date and opponents as tomorrow — just as they are now, Ireland were favourites then against Austria, but an ageing side could not hold their one-goal lead, and the visitors ran out deserved winners, registering three goals in the final 20 minutes. Source: sp1873/YouTubeDespite still reaching and ultimately losing a qualification play-off against Holland at Anfield, Ireland never really recovered from that initial damaging Austrian loss and Jack Charlton ultimately stepped aside as manager in the wake of the Dutch defeat, just under a decade after taking the job.In football terms alone though, Jack Charlton had done so much for Ireland, who had never qualified for a major tournament before his appointment was officially announced on 12 February 1986.Prior to the Geordie coach’s arrival, the Boys in Green reaped the benefit of some superb players over the years and had come close to qualifying on more than one occasion. There had been several promising moments under Charlton’s predecessor, Eoin Hand. Nevertheless, despite the considerable strides made under Hand and John Giles before him, the reign of the former ended in deeply dispiriting fashion.The Irish side were beaten 4-1 by Denmark, meaning they finished second from bottom in their 1986 World Cup qualifying group. Hand resigned, having come so close in the previous World Cup qualification campaign where Ireland missed out to France on goal difference. Suddenly, it felt as though the Boys in Green were as far away as ever in their bid to reach the promised land of a major tournament.Charlton, however, after a surprise and in many ways farcical appointment process, brought with him a gameplan that would revolutionise international football.Indeed, in ‘The Charlton Years’ documentary, the English manager claims his side effectively invented pressing, though they called it “putting people under pressure,” a term Fifa supposedly ignored as they did not want to acknowledge Ireland’s fundamental role in this increasingly popular strategy, at least according to the Ashington native. Niall Quinn was a key player for Jack Charlton’s Ireland team. Source: INPHOPlaying with such intensity, coupled with a long-ball game tailored towards two tall, physically imposing and somewhat interchangeable strikers in Niall Quinn and Tony Cascarino made Ireland a force to be reckoned with across Europe.What was also vital though was ironically an aspect of the Englishman’s management that he would partially be criticised for in retrospect.Once he took over, Charlton sensed morale was low in the Irish squad. One problem, he believed, was the lack of cohesion within the team. After training, players would seldom spend time together, instead preferring to meet up with their families for any spare hours they had. Charlton changed this bad habit, arranging cinema trips and various other methods of team bonding. Star players were no longer calling the shots, with each squad member treated as an equal. The former England international’s relatively lax attitude to alcohol also ensured players enjoyed the international break.I’m sure that sports scientists and the medics would have a field day if they tried to get hold of the Irish players dietary requirements during some of those periods, but what Jack recognised early on was that there were clearly splits in the camp and that had a detrimental effect on the team and on the squad and the fact that so many world-class players prior to him taking over had basically failed to get Ireland to a major tournament,” Colin Young, author of ‘Jack Charlton: The Authorised Biography,’ tells The42.“There was undoubtedly a rich vein of players playing at the highest level, who for some reason, were not entirely performing so well for their country and within the camp were some very strong characters who ruled the roost a little bit too much. The football and playing for Ireland almost took second place.Jack, from day one, the first friendly he took over, he observed it, and the second friendly, it never happened again in terms of players turning up, going and joining their families and not staying at the team hotel. Choosing after training when they were in the vicinity of the squad and the hotel — all those things stopped.“And one of the things he undoubtedly recognised, as John Anderson who he was at Newcastle with said, was he wanted a club environment for the Irish team. He went out of his way to ensure that representing Ireland the week of international football was enjoyable.He liked to drink himself. He enjoyed doing it as a player and never saw the real harm in it. Him and Billy Bremner would go for a couple of pints on a Friday night at their local in Leeds the night before a game at Elland Road.“Once Don Revie found out, he called them into the office and said: ‘What are you playing at?’ And Jack said: ‘Look, I’m just sat with Billy, game of cards, couple of pints and we’re home by half-past 10.So he let him get on with it. And Jack very much took that man’s attitude to drink, man’s attitude to preparations and so on and said: ‘I want the Ireland camp to be enjoyable for those that come in so that they want to come in and be part of this adventure’. 25,042 Views Follow us: the42.ielast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Inspired by the cosmopolitan atmosphere and leisurely pace of restaurants in Thessaloniki, a new Mediterranean tapas bar called Upps of Ivanhoe launched on October 29.Owner, architect and former Northcote deputy mayor, Mr Peter Tsitas saw a growing demand in the suburb for a sophisticated and trendy place to catch up with friends, wanting to bring something new to the area that would be accessible to all residents. “I believe in providing access to everyone, and to those with limited mobility,” Mr Tsitas told Neos Kosmos. “Why shouldn’t disabled people or people with limited mobility be able to go everywhere? That’s my philosophy.” To make this possible, Mr Tsitas remodelled his late father’s fish and chip shop and fitted it with a chair lift, giving access to the upper area of the restaurant to those less mobile. Located in the heart of Ivanhoe shopping centre, the upper area of the restaurant boasts the centre’s first rooftop garden, with views of the city skyline, the Dandenongs, and on a clear day even the You Yangs. The venue was bursting at the seams with over 150 people attending the opening, launched by local member and shadow minister for families and payments and disability reform, MP Jenny Macklin. The art deco building retains references to its past, but also brings an updated industrial style, complete with steampunk-style copper lighting and a bespoke mechanical dumbwaiter to the first floor.“Ivanhoe is a suburb synonymous with art deco architecture, and Upps embraces its own 1920s history as well as that of Upper Heidelberg Road and the art deco history of the suburb,” Mr Tsitas said. In its short couple of days of operation, locals have already embraced the new addition to the centre and look forward to using the rooftop bar in the warmer months. “What we emphasised is the contribution this will make to the local community. It’s one of its kind here and hopefully it will be something that filters through.”last_img read more

first_imgMore than 190 million Valentine cards are given each year and more than $13.2 billion is spent on that day worldwide. One hundred-ninety-six-million roses are specially produced for the 14 February, while a respectable 14 per cent of women sends flowers to themselves, not to mention a surprising 53 per cent of women in a relationship who would consider ending it if they didn’t get something for Valentine’s Day. Let’s pretend we didn’t see the percentage of women that buy flowers for themselves, and read through this again: “Fifty-three per cent of women in a relationship would consider ending it if they didn’t get something for Valentine’s Day?” Is Valentine’s Day such an important celebration for women that it would determine the course of a relationship when the polls prove that only 13 per cent of men take an interest in it? Valentine’s Day isn’t exactly a ‘manly’ celebration. This red, heart-shaped, floral and teddy bear-ish day with the smell of chocolate dominating the air is usually dreaded and bemoaned by the boys, with 62 per cent saying they honestly forget it even exists. How do the Greek Australians feel about it, though? We went on and asked:“I’m usually swamped with work. I hardly ever have time to rest, let alone make plans on what could be a random weekday,” Apostolos, 37, tells Neos Kosmos.“OK, this time it’s on a Saturday. We could spend the night at home if she wants.”“The panic-attacked hordes of people out there will most likely give us a headache. The lines will be too long and I’m no teenager,” he clarifies. Michalis, 27 and single, is not very enthusiastic either. “It’s a waste of grey matter. Just like that stupid 50 Shades of Grey film that’s sold-out on this stupid day. What’s wrong with humanity?”Jim, 31, married, isn’t Valentine-friendly at all and hold his reservations, to say the least.“Since when are we Greeks into Valentine’s Day celebrations? This is all commercial crap,” he says.“If you love your woman you show it every day. Be a good partner, husband and father. Be there like a man. No teddy bear can replace that.”He seems to have a point.Niko, on the other hand, is a 22-year-old single student who actually believes in the existence of the day. “I think the day has very interesting roots in both theology and history, however, like most religious celebrations it seems to have become rather commercial, and even though in Greece the day was not associated with romance it now has been superseded by the globalised Valentine’s Day,” he tells.“I’m not very keen on celebrating but for me it depends on the girl and how serious I am about her,” says Vange, 23, in a relationship.“If she’s into celebrating, I will probably make dinner arrangements so we can enjoy something we both like. Food.” Theo, 28, also in a relationship, shares his own fun point of view.“My girlfriend is in Greece at the moment, so I won’t celebrate. Not that we’re actually into this love thing.” “There are some interestingly good sales going on Val’s Day we try not to miss, like those ‘get a spa treatment for two, pay for one’ ones. Or dinner discounts,” he says.“Who knows? I might end up grabbing a mate and pretend we’re a gay couple!”How do the girls in our community feel about Valentine’s Day celebrations, though? Are they really so into it?“I’ll be watching the Simpsons Halloween specials with a friend of mine. Need to avoid all the happy couples,” says Areti, 23 and single. “You don’t need one day in the year to show how much you care, however, at the same time I think the idea of everyone expressing their love openly together as a whole is sweet and sets a nice atmosphere.”“I’m torn with the idea,” she confesses.Elektra, a 21-year-old single woman, appreciates the sentiment of the day but believes people in relationships shouldn’t be waiting for a ‘special occasion’ to show their partners how much they love them. “I believe it shouldn’t be taken too seriously in terms of spending a whole lot of money on your significant other.”“I’m more the type to appreciate something simple or even a bit silly,” she tells.Nikolina, who is 33 and in a relationship, is not particularly into this celebration, as opposed to her Australian boyfriend.“Valentine’s Day to me is a good excuse to eat more chocolate, I suppose.” “I’m not keen on celebrating, but I’ll get in trouble if I forget. Comes with dating an Aussie,” she adds.“Commercialism crap at its best,” says married Penny, 32.“It’s designed to encourage spending. I’ve told my husband to never, ever buy me a Valentines present.”“I usually, however, buy my daughters a little something because their generation is totally caught up in it,” she explains.“Like any other day, I tell my daughters I love them because that’s who I am, not because a Hallmark holiday dictates it.”Tina, 34, who is also married, says she and her husband are not doing anything different this day.“We’ll do what we’re usually up to on any other day of the year.” “We prefer going out to dinner, trying different restaurants, probably something a little bit fancier,” she explains.Zoe, 34, married and mother to a son, thinks Valentine’s Day is “a bunch of bull”. “Yes. It is. Completely unnecessary.“I show my husband love every day and he does the same,” she says, stressing that there are no ‘commercial’ days for them. “If you need to celebrate your relationship, why not celebrate your first date anniversary or wedding anniversary?”Vasilia, 32, is also a married mum.“It’s hard to celebrate when you have three kids. If you feel like offering your significant other a present or a token of love, any day would do.” “This is just a commercial celebration for florists, jewellers and pastry makers,” she insists.“I like to celebrate it. I usually give a token gift,” says Helen, 34.“We used to go for dinner but that’s a little impossible now with a baby. I’ll make a special dinner at home on the day with wine and so on.”“I believe that we should have many Valentine’s Days in our lives. One a week would be great!”Christina, 31, in a relationship, really enjoys it, too.“I do celebrate Valentine’s Day. For my partner and I, it’s an excuse to get away and spend some time together with no technology or interruptions.”“We like to go away to the coast or somewhere nice to stay for a night or two. This gives us some quality time together,” she adds.Χρόνια Πολλά!*History lesson of the day: Valentine’s Day actually stems from the story of Saint Valentine, a Roman priest who was executed by Emperor Claudius II on 14 February AD270, for performing illegal marriage ceremonies on the Roman battlefield. The emperor believed love and connubial pleasure made the soldiers want to stay alive for their wives, therefore afraid of death and war. Saint Valentine is not an urban legend, neither was he invented by Hallmark cards, as many may think. This celebration has become increasingly popular in Australia over the years, but how does the Greek community feel about it, since the Greek Orthodox Church has denounced this day? The Catholic Church, though, has three more Valentine’s to celebrate. English poet Geoffrey Chaucer was the first to associate the saint with courtly love in his Parliament of Foules poem. It wasn’t until budding entrepreneur Esther Howland decided to move the tradition of handwritten V cards one step forward that printing Valentine’s Day cards turned into a business in 1847. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Themi Adamopolou, formerly the bass player of iconic 1960s rock group The Flies, became a missionary after a dramatic conversion to Christianity, but his latest journey – challenging the Ebola disease in Africa – is perhaps his most important act to date. The Ebola virus has killed at least 3,900 people in his adopted home of Sierra Leone.Until recently, he refused to leave his Holy Orthodox mission in the country, preferring to stay at his post to help people protect themselves from the virus, rather than taking a much-needed break in Australia.Father Themi has also taken on a new quest – offering support to white African albinos, who are outcasts in African society. He is taking care of group of albinos at his mission, demanding equal rights, jobs and scholarships, to help them fight discrimination.Albinism is a congenital lack of the melanin pigment in the skin, eyes and hair which protects from the sun’s ultraviolet. As well as social discrimination across Africa, albinos are vulnerable to medical complications At its inaugural meeting recently, attended by more than 300 people, the Sierra Leone Albino Association (SLAA) said albinos in the West African country were “facing stigmatisation, marginalisation and harassment”.Since late-2007, more than 60 albinos, including children, have been killed, their limbs hacked off and sold to witch doctors who concoct charms their clients believe will make them rich and powerful. Indicative of the Sierra Leone government’s poor record on the issue, it still has no records indicating how many albinos live in the country.Amnesty International’s Solomon Sogbandi said the formation of the SLAA was a vital step forward to “provide an enabling environment for their cause and act as a pressure group on government to ensure their social and human rights are enhanced”.When he heard of their plight, as ever, Father Themi couldn’t stand aside. “No, they are not Europeans visiting our mission in Sierra Leone, they are indigenous Sierra Leoneans who happen to be albinos,” says Father Themi.“Albinos not only suffer severe social isolation, discrimination and provocations, but also experience associated physical ailments – extreme skin sensitivity to the sun’s rays leading to infections and even cancer. They may also be afflicted with low vision or blindness. In Tanzania they’re actually hunted and killed for witchcraft purposes.”With the SLAA launched, Father Themi is finally on his way back to Australia, touching down on August 21. But the trip isn’t simply a rest. With fundraising events for his projects in Sierra Leone taking place in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, the work goes on. For more details on Father Themi’s work and his Australian fundraising events (Brisbane 22 August; Melbourne 12 September, Sydney, TBC) go to www.paradise4kids.org* THEMI’S JOURNEY Themistoclese Anthony Adamopoulo was born in 1945 in Alexandria, Egypt into a Greek family, but anticipating developments in Egypt at the time, his parents made the decision in 1956 to migrate to Melbourne.Arriving in Australia before his teens, Themi attened Williamstown High School. Gifted academically, he won a scholarship to Melbourne University, where he began a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in 1964.During the 1960s, Themi became a founding member of a rock band called The Flies, deferring his studies to pursue a career in the music industry and gaining intense local and interstate popularity. After completing a Masters of Education, Themi went on to teach, but after reading the Gospels countless times, he sold everything he had, gave it to the poor and began a walk from Melbourne to Brisbane “seeking God’s will”.Accepted into the Greek Orthodox Church, Father Themi took up theological studies in Australia before heading to the USA where he completed a Master of Theological Studies. He returned to Australia, and in 1986 was one of the founding lecturers at St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College in Sydney. His work in Africa began in Kenya in the mid- 1990s.last_img read more

first_imgΤο γεγονός ότι οι νέες γενιές βρίσκουν όλο και πιο δύσκολο να πλησιάσουν τη σημερινή τιμή των σπιτιών και η κτηματαγορά τους «πετάει» έξω αδιάφορα, δεν εμποδίζει αρκετά μεγάλο αριθμό συμπολιτών μας να χρεώνονται και να χτίζουν κατά πολύ μεγαλύτερα σπίτια από αυτά στα οποία πέρασαν τα παιδικά τους χρόνια.Τα σπίτια, όσο και αν φαίνεται περίεργο, με τη ραγδαία αύξηση του πληθυσμού και τις τιμές των σπιτιών να ακολουθούν -σφυρίζοντας αδιάφορα- την ανιούσα, ζητούν όλο και περισσότερο χώρο.Και όχι μόνο αυτό, αλλά ποιοτικά υλικά που πριν μερικές δεκαετίες, διεκδικούσαν μόνο ελάχιστες από τις μανσιόν του Τούρακ και του Μπράιτον. Δηλαδή, κουζίνες πολυτελείας με μαρμάρινες ή πέτρινες επιφάνειες, πολυτελείς επενδύσεις κουφωμάτων και, φυσικά, ό,τι το καλύτερο και πιο αναπαυτικό για το πάτωμα, όπως τα καλύτερα χαλιά και μάρμαρα.Πολλοί από τους σημερινούς νέους δεύτερης γενιάς, αν κοιτάξουμε ανάμεσά μας, που όταν ήταν παιδιά ζούσαν σε σπίτια του Ρίτσμοντ ή του Περάν, με άλλες τρεις ή τέσσερις οικογένειες μαζί, σήμερα διεκδικούν την απόκτηση πελώριων σπιτιών που ορισμένοι από τους χώρους τους είναι απλώς για το θεαθήναι.Οι καιροί, βέβαια, άλλαξαν και ό,τι ήταν «φυσικό» και «σύνηθες» χθες, σήμερα φαντάζει αδιανόητο και απωθητικό.ΤΙ ΛΕΝΕ ΟΙ ΑΡΙΘΜΟΙΣύμφωνα με έρευνα οικονομολόγων του CommSec, η έκταση του πατώματος ενός μέσου σπιτιού που χτίστηκε το 2015-2016 ήταν 231 τετραγωνικά μέτρα, δηλαδή κατά 0,7% περισσότερο από ό,τι τον προηγούμενο χρόνο.Η Αυστραλία, σύμφωνα με τους ίδιους μελετητές, κτίζει τα μεγαλύτερα σπίτια στον κόσμο και μόνο οι ΗΠΑ προηγούνται στην κούρσα αυτή.Το ενδιαφέρον είναι ότι οι τάσεις αυτές στην πέμπτη Ήπειρο δεν σχετίζονται με τα χαμηλά επιτόκια, όπως θα υπέθετε κάποιος, υποστηρίζουν οι οικονομολόγοι της ComSec.Στο ερώτημα «γιατί ένας μεγάλος αριθμός νέων οικογενειαρχών δεν μπορούν να αγοράσουν σπίτι σήμερα», η απάντηση που δίνουν ορισμένοι είναι ότι «τα θέλουν όλα δικά τους». Καλά αυτοκίνητα, μπρέκφαστ σε ακριβά στέκια και απαιτητικές εξόδους.Τις τελευταίες εβδομάδες ο ομογενής οικονομολόγος Στίβεν Κουκούλας, δέχτηκε σκληρή κριτική στα μέσα κοινωνικής δικτύωσης, όταν εξέφρασε την άποψη ότι η πρόσβαση στην απόκτηση στέγης δεν είναι χειρότερη σήμερα από ό,τι ήταν για την περασμένη γενιά, η οποία είχε χαμηλότερο εισόδημα και ήταν επιφορτισμένη με πολύ υψηλότερα επιτόκια.«Ποτέ δεν ήταν εύκολη η απόκτηση ιδιόκτητης στέγης και ούτε πρόκειται να είναι μελλοντικά. Σήμερα όμως παίρνεις πολύ περισσότερα για τα χρήματα που πληρώνεις» είπε ο κ. Κουκούλας, αναφερόμενος στο μέγεθος και την ποιότητα των νέων σπιτιών.Όσον αφορά το μέγεθος των σπιτιών, τα στοιχεία της CommSec δείχνουν ότι η Αυστραλία έχει χάσει την πρώτη θέση που αφορά το μέγεθος των σπιτιών.Από το τέλος του 1990 η μέση κατοικία στην Αυστραλία ήταν μεγαλύτερης έκτασης από αυτή της ΗΠΑ. Από το 2013, εντούτοις, η ΗΠΑ έχει ξεπεράσει την Αυστραλία στο θέμα αυτό, αλλά η Αυστραλία εξακολουθεί να προηγείται κατά 7% της Ν. Ζηλανδίας και του Καναδά.ΣΥΡΡΙΚΝΩΣΗ ΤΩΝ ΔΙΑΜΕΡΙΣΜΑΤΩΝΑντίθετα από τα σπίτια που μεγαλώνουν και απλώνονται σε βάρος της αυλής και των λουλουδιών, τα διαμερίσματα που χτίζονται σήμερα είναι όλο και πιο μικρά, ιδιαίτερα στους χώρους των υπνοδωματίων που σε μερικές περιπτώσεις μόλις και χωρούν ένα κρεββάτι.Πιο συγκεκριμένα, ενώ τα διαμερίσματα που χτίζονταν το 2000, ήταν κατά μέσο όρο 140 τετραγωνικά μέτρα, σήμερα πλησιάζουν τα 130.Ο επικεφαλής του CommSec, Craig James, δίνει την εξήγηση ότι «αυτό οφείλεται, κατά πάσα πιθανότητα στο γεγονός ότι υπάρχει ανάγκη για περισσότερα σπίτια, προκειμένου να στεγαστεί ο ταχύτατα αυξανόμενος πληθυσμός της Αυστραλίας.Εν τω μεταξύ, τους οικονομολόγους αλλά και την Αποθεματική Τράπεζα Αυστραλίας, φαίνεται να απασχολεί το γεγονός ότι η πληθώρα των διαμερισμάτων που χτίζονται σήμερα, ενδέχεται να προκαλέσει κάθετη πτώση των τιμών στην κτηματαγορά, τα επόμενα χρόνια.Δεν εκλείπει βέβαια και η άποψη ότι αυτό δεν πρόκειται να συμβεί, για το λόγο ότι οι νέοι, αλλά και πολλοί από τους ηλικιωμένους ζητούν να αγοράσουν μικρότερα σπίτια. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In a bid to remember and commemorate the writer and philosopher that was Nikos Kazantzakis, the Ministry of Culture has declared 2017 as the ‘Year of Nikos Kazantzakis’. Sixty years since his death in 1957, the International Society of Greek Writers & Artists has developed a World Literary Competition named Kazantzakia, and submissions are now open. Those interested in taking part are required to submit an original selection of unpublished work that can range from poetry, storytelling, lyrics, photography, painting or a report, all of which are required to relate back to Kazantzakis and play a role in the promotion of his memory.Submissions will be examined and judged by a five-member evaluation committee that will be comprised of well-known writers with relevant experience. Winners will be announced and awarded at an official ceremony at the City of Athens Cultural Centre on March 18, just days before World Poetry Day, thanks to the support of the Municipality of Athens, O.P.A.N.D.A.The winner and runner-up of the poetry category will also have their work published in the following issue of Literary Anthology, which will also be dedicated to Kazantzakis.COMPETITION DETAILS: – Poems should not exceed 30 lines (two minutes required recitation time) – Stories should not exceed six pages – Submissions accepted in the following languages: Chinese, Spanish, French, English, German – Work submitted should not be under review currently for another publication and should remain unpublished throughout the duration of the competition – Each project can be sent with an alias name written on the top right of each page of your submission via email to somateiodeel@gmail.com – Include a separate document with full contact information (name, email address, mailing address, and phone number) and a short biography of maximum 250 words, including previously published works with the manuscript email submission – PDF formatting will not be accepted.The Kazantzakia 2017 deadline is January 31, 2017. For more information, visit somateiodeel.blogspot.com.au/last_img read more

first_imgThe much-awaited design of the new Frankston Railway Station has been completed following two years of detailed planning and consultation, and a national design competition. Genton Architecture will be building a safer, more accessible and more user friendly train station for the south-eastern Victorian suburb.In the 2011 census, Sandhurst had the highest proportion of people speaking Greek at home with Frankston City also presenting a significantly-sized population of Greek speakers.“It will be a true gateway to the Peninsula, and a place the community can be proud of,” Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan and Member for Frankston Paul Edbrooke agreed.That work will deliver a new bus interchange, wider footpaths, fresh landscaping, and road improvements to reduce congestion. Rebuilding Frankston station is the centrepiece project of the Victorian Government’s $63 million investment in the redevelopment of the Frankston station precinct, which includes major improvements to Young Street between Wells and Beach streets. The redevelopment will be a further catalyst for the transformation of the area into a modern, safe, and thriving place of business and activity. Construction of the new station to serve the bayside suburb, will begin later this year, with work to improve Young Street already well underway. “Frankston has been fighting for this investment and we’re delivering it – a new station, a safer community, and a better place to live. “After years of hard work, it’s so exciting to see our new station. I can’t wait to see work start later this year,” Member for Frankston Paul Edbrooke concluded.More information on the design will be available at the Frankston Revitalisation Hub opposite the station, and online at www.transport.vic.gov.au/frankston-station-precinct-redevelopment Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgThe very first recorded ‘tablet’ made of wax and displaying a child’s Greek homework from 1,800 years ago is to be exhibited at the British Library this year.The artifact, will go on display as part of the Writing: Making Your Mark exhibition between 26 April and 27 August 2019.The ancient tablet, which has been made famous due to a depiction which resembled a laptop, was discovered in Egypt, and showed to perfectly preserved lines carved on wax with a stylus in Greek.The ‘tablet’ features a great example of handwriting, spelling exercises and times tables done as homework by a child estimated to be at the age of eight or nine.According to Tornos News, the tablet will be exhibited for the first time, after having been in storage for the past 40 years.The ancient tablet, which contains remarkable examples of handwriting, spelling exercises and times tables, has been in storage for the past 40 years. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgThe entire world watched at the end of last year while a cleaning lady from Greece was being sentenced to 10 years in prison for lying about her primary school certificate in order to get hired.The 53-year-old woman from the city of Volos in Thessaly forged her certificate adding that she had completed one more year.Following the announcement of her sentence there was national and international uproar as public opinion found the conviction to be unreasonable and harsh.This time, a cleaner hired by a state hospital in Ioannina was sentenced to eight years in jail for the exact same thing, local media reported on Thursday.The woman repeatedly attempted to avoid trial for medical reasons that were dismissed as fake. She has reportedly appealed her conviction and a new trial has been scheduled for March 2019. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgTempête Xynthia : les agriculteurs indemnisésFrance – Bruno Le Maire, le ministre de l’Agriculture, a déclaré que les agriculteurs victimes de la tempête Xynthia toucheraient des indemnités en provenance du Fonds national de lutte contre les calamités agricoles.Le ministre a fait cette annonce sur RMC ce matin, il a ajouté : “[Ce fonds] a un avantage, je peux le débloquer tout de suite, il me faut juste le recensement exploitation par exploitation pour évidemment être le plus équitable possible”.D’après lui, l’indemnisation devrait être mise en place “dans les jours qui viennent”. “Il y a de l’argent dans ce fonds, donc il y a de quoi faire face aux difficultés financières de ces exploitations”, a-t-il ajouté.Selon Jean-Michel Lemétayer, président du syndicat agricole FNSEA, il y aurait “d’énormes pertes” dans le secteur de l’agriculture et de la pêche.Le 1 mars 2010 à 13:21 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgQuatre individus décédés d’une nouvelle infection nosocomialeUn nouveau type d’infection nosocomiale est apparu dans les hôpitaux de Provence et a d’ores et déjà été à l’origine de quatre décès. La particularité de l’infection est qu’elle résiste aux antibiotiques.Les infections nosocomiales sont la bête noire des hôpitaux français qui tentent chaque jour autant que possible d’éviter que leurs patients contractent une maladie durant leur séjour hospitalier. Les hôpitaux de Provence dont les établissements de l’Assistance Publique des Hôpitaux de Marseille (APHM) doivent aujourd’hui faire face à un nouveau type d’infection, l’acinétobacter baumanii.Cette infection a déjà touché 14 patients, tous étant dans des services de réanimation, et en a tué 4. Elle a notamment la particularité de résister aux antibiotiques et de ne toucher que les individus dont les défenses immunitaires sont jugées “faibles”. Si l’infection semble aujourd’hui ne frapper qu’en Provence, le directeur général de l’APHM explique au quotidien La Provence qu’elle peut toucher l’ensemble des établissements hospitaliers français. Elle se caractérise par une capacité de contagion importante, s’infiltrant par les plaies ouvertes, des tubes respiratoires ou des cathéters explique Sud-Ouest. Des mesures d’isolement et de dépistage ont été mises en place tandis que Xavier Bertrand, le ministre de la Santé, a tenu mercredi une réunion de coordination afin de faire face au problème.Le 24 février 2011 à 17:35 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgProtéger les forêts pour préserver le cycle de l’eauA l’occasion de la Journée mondiale de l’eau organisée hier, l’Organisation de l’ONU pour l’Alimentation et l’Agriculture (FAO) a appellé à une meilleure protection des forêts afin d’éviter les pénuries d’eau qui pourraient affecter plus d’un milliard de personnes d’ici à 2025.Dans quinze ans, ce sont 1,8 milliard de personnes qui pourraient être touchées par des pénuries absolues d’eau, tandis que les deux tiers de la population mondiale seraient menacés de pénuries potentielles. C’est ce dont a alerté le FAO à l’occasion de la Journée mondiale de l’eau qui se tenait hier. À lire aussiRétention d’eau : symptômes, remèdes, causes, que faire en cas d’oedème ?”Les forêts font partie des infrastructures naturelles de tout pays et sont essentielles au cycle de l’eau” souligne sur le site de l’organisation, Eduardo Rojas-Briales, sous-directeur général du Département des forêts. Alors que l’année 2011 est celle de la forêt, la FAO appelle les gouvernements du monde entier à intensifier leurs efforts pour protéger ces espaces naturels qui piègent et stockent de l’eau, jouant “un rôle important dans l’alimentation en eau de millions d’habitants des mégapoles de la planète”. Aujourd’hui, un tiers des plus grandes villes du monde, telles que New York, Singapour, Djakarta, Rio de Janeiro ou Madrid, doivent une grande partie de leur eau potable aux forêts qui “réduisent les effets des inondations, préviennent l’érosion du sol, régulent le niveau de la nappe phréatique et assurent à la population, aux industries et à l’agriculture une alimentation en eau de bonne qualité” expliqueEduardo Rojas-Briales.Plus de forêts pour une meilleure protection La FAO appelle ainsi à la mise en place de “pratiques adéquates de planification et de gestion forestières”, afin d’augmenter les superficies boisées et ainsi améliorer une protection des sols et des eaux aujourd’hui assurée par quelques 330 millions d’hectares de forêts à travers le monde. Des espaces qui contribuent également à réduire les risques d’avalanches, à la stabilisation des dunes de sable, à la protection du littoral, mais aussi à la lutte contre la désertification et la salinisation. Le 23 mars 2011 à 17:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgHP : 1.000 TouchPad bradées écoulées en 5 minutesComme prévu, le site de vente en ligneRue du Commerce a mis en vente ce mercredi matin 1.000 TouchPad à prix cassés. En moins de dix minutes, toutes les tablettes HP ont été écoulées, alors que des dizaines de milliers d’internautes ont tenté leur chance.Ce matin, à 7h précises, 1.000 tablettes TouchPad ont été mises en vente sur le site Rue du Commerce. Bradées, les tablettes de HP étaient proposées pour seulement 99 ou 129 euros, selon la version 16 ou 32 gigaoctets. Une dizaine de minutes plus tard, toutes les tablettes étaient écoulées. À lire aussiMicrosoft : une tablette Xbox Surface de 7 pouces ? Alors que le site de commerce en ligne enregistrait 80.000 visiteurs uniques, plus de la moitié d’entre eux ont demandé une mise en panier de la TouchPad. “On fait franchement de notre mieux, mais vous êtes quand même 44.000 à avoir demandé une mise en panier Touchpad. Dont un Japonais”, écrivait ce matin le site de vente en ligne sur sa page Twitter (lien non disponible). La vente flash a fait bien plus de déçus que d’heureux, alors qu’elle était sans doute la dernière chance pour les consommateurs français de s’offrir la tablette abandonnée par HP. Il ne leur reste donc plus qu’à se défouler sur le punching-ball (lien non disponible) virtuel mis en ligne par Rue du Commerce !Seuls les Etats-Unis auront le privilège de voir une dernière série de tablettes commercialisée. HP a en effet décidé de lancer une dernière production, pour répondre à une très forte demande, a annoncé la firme il y a quelques jours (voir notre article). Le 7 septembre 2011 à 17:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgUn problème de vidéo sur la Xbox 360Microsoft a confirmé la chose: il y a bien un souci concernant la lecture des vidéos sur le nouveau Dashboard de sa console.La Xbox 360 connait des jours heureux depuis l’arrivée du Kinect, qui a largement contribué à redorer le blason de la console de Microsoft. Reconnaissance des mouvements, commandes vocales pendant les jeux et même sur l’interface du Xbox Live, où il est également possible bénéficier de nombreux services, notamment la VOD.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? Le problème qui est apparu alors, touche essentiellement la qualité des vidéos 720p qui serait moindre par rapport à l’ancienne version de l’interface. Les utilisateurs qui ont l’habitude de regarder des films via ce service ont du être surpris de voir des couleurs fades sur leur téléviseur. Il semblerait, selon Larry Hryb de Microsoft, que le géant américain était déjà au courant du défaut de sa nouvelle version, et préparerait une mise à jour correctionnelle pour bientôt. Mais, au-delà des problèmes de couleur, un autre souci faisant passer la vidéo 1080p en 720p serait apparu…Reste à savoir si Microsoft va également corriger ce point dans sa mise à jour.Le 22 janvier 2012 à 12:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more