Varadkar to attend first ever summit between EU and League of Arab

first_img TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR will attend a summit between the European Union and the League of Arab States which begins later today in Egypt.Co-chaired by EU Council President Donald Tusk and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, this will be the first ever summit between leaders from the two regions. Representatives of 28 EU member states and 21 members of the Arab League are to look at issues such as regional peace and stability, migration, human rights, counter-terrorism, trade, economic development and climate action.The summit begins this evening with an opening ceremony and plenary session, followed by an official dinner. It continues tomorrow morning with two more plenary sessions, and will conclude after lunch with the closing ceremony. Varadkar will make a formal statement during the plenary sessions, taking the opportunity to highlight Ireland’s priorities and perspective on a range of foreign policy issues. He is also set to hold a series of bilateral meetings with EU and Arab leaders. “This is the first time that leaders from EU member states and the Arab League have come together in this format to discuss shared priorities. Ireland has strong links with a number of Arab League states, through trade, our peacekeeping efforts in the Middle East and our significant expat communities in the Gulf. Also, we will soon open new embassies in Amman and Rabat,” Varadkar said, speaking in advance of the summit.  Sunday 24 Feb 2019, 6:00 AM 30 Comments Varadkar to attend first ever summit between EU and League of Arab States He is also set to hold a series of bilateral meetings with EU and Arab leaders. Short URL Although we do not agree on everything, this summit will provide an important opportunity for open dialogue on how we can enhance the Euro-Arab partnership and take on regional challenges, including cooperation on migration, security and counter-terrorism.Brexit talksBritish Prime Minister Theresa May is due to meet with EU leader Donald Tusk ahead of the summit today, but a Brexit breakthrough should not be expected, according to officials. Tusk did not meet May when she was in Brussels earlier the week for talks with EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker.“There will be no deal in the desert in Sharm el-Sheikh, this is a summit between the EU and the Arab states,” an EU source told reporters in Brussels.Another official said: “It’s an opportunity where everyone can talk, but don’t expect a deal there.”Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that “while Brexit is not on the agenda for the summit, the event will provide me with the opportunity to discuss the latest developments with many of my EU counterparts who will be in attendance”. With reporting by AFP Share8 Tweet Email center_img Image: Pignatelli/Euc/Ropi via PA Images 7,596 Views Image: Pignatelli/Euc/Ropi via PA Images Feb 24th 2019, 6:01 AM By Hayley Halpin Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Why in Gods name does it take the death of a 29yearold

first_img Source: Sky News/Twitter By Christina Finn Related Reads Apr 24th 2019, 6:51 PM 22.04.19 Friends of Lyra McKee put red handprints on dissident republican group’s office 26 Comments Image: Sky News/Screengrab Updated Apr 24th 2019, 7:52 PM A STANDING OVATION and a loud applause erupted at Lyra McKee’s funeral today when the priest openly challenged politicians at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley, Tánaiste Simon Coveney, DUP leader Arlene Foster and Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald were all in attendance this afternoon. Fr Martin Magill initially commended political leaders for gathering together in Creggan on Good Friday, but then asked: “Why in God’s name does it take the death of a 29-year-old woman with her whole life in front of her to get to this point?”Those attending the funeral today stood and applauded his words. Seeing people stand around them, politicians in the pews then also stood and applauded. Since the death of Lyra, who was shot in Derry last Thursday, pressure has been mounting on political parties to restore power-sharing at Stormont.  ‘Why in God’s name does it take the death of a 29-year-old woman to get to this point?’ – priest challenges politicians on NI stalemate It’s been over two years since the Northern Ireland institutions collapsed. With no functioning government, 30,516 Views “Why in God’s name does it take the death of a 29-year-old woman?”Catholic priest Martin Magill questions why it took Lyra McKee’s death to unite political leaders in Northern Ireland.Follow live updates from the service in Belfast here:— Sky News (@SkyNews) April 24, 2019 23.04.19 Lyra’s family: ‘A warm and innocent heart, she was the greatest listener, someone who had time for everyone’ Standing ovation breaks out at Lyra McKee’s funeral when priest challenges politicians about Northern Ireland stalemate. Share Tweet Email In a clear concise way he has said what I have heard all over Ireland, people want the Executive and the Assembly up and running, people want equality and they want good government they can have confidence in.  Wednesday 24 Apr 2019, 7:52 PM Standing ovation breaks out at Lyra McKee’s funeral when priest challenges politicians about Northern Ireland stalemate. Image: Sky News/Screengrab It’s been over two years since the Northern Ireland institutions collapsed. With no functioning government, the North is effectively being run by unelected civil servants who are operating with limited resources.Since the tragic death of Lyra, critics have called on politicians to get back around the table for talks. Responding to comments made by Fr Magill today, McDonald said she agreed with him, adding that the murder of Lyra “is outrageous”.  Political leaders should be working together.She added that Sinn Féin wants to see the full restoration of the institutions of the Good Friday Agreement and “wants to be in government making decisions on issues which impact on the lives of local people”.“We have told the British Prime Minister and the Taoiseach that the current situation of stalemate of no Executive or Assembly is untenable and cannot continue.“Sinn Féin is ready to play our full part in a serious and meaningful talks process which removes obstacles to power-sharing, delivers rights, and restores the Assembly,” she said in a statement. McDonald called on the UK and Irish governments to meet “with urgency” through the British Irish Intergovernmental Conference, in order “to provide solutions to the outstanding rights issues, which are at the heart of sustainable power sharing”.Arlene Foster also issued a statement this evening following talks with Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley and Tánaiste Simon Coveney. “For our part I want to ensure we can get down to business,” she said.“We all need to come to the table in a spirit of wanting to restore the Assembly and dealing with the issues which matter most to people.”Bradley has said she intends to hold discussions with Stormont’s party leaders this week in a bid to restore power-sharing.Yesterday, Coveney met Northern Ireland political parties to discuss the current political situation. 19.04.19 ‘They must be brought to justice’: Leaders of NI parties issue joint statement condemning killing of Lyra McKee Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Debutant Little stars but Ireland fall just short of famous England win

first_img Short URL May 3rd 2019, 12:44 PM 13 Comments Ryan Bailey reports from Malahide THE SCORECARD WILL show an agonising four-wicket defeat, one which will sting for quite a while given Ireland had chances to pull off a stunning upset here, but this was much, much better from Graham Ford’s side.The performance, at least, provides a springboard to build a crucial summer of cricket on and while the wait for a first victory over a Full Member nation in four years goes on, there was enough encouragement to suggest there are green shoots of recovery moving forward. Little took four wickets at Malahide. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesThere are still serious question marks over the batting and ultimately it was the first innings that cost Ireland in this One-Day International, but in Josh Little they have a potential star of the future.On debut, the 19-year-old produced a mesmerising display of aggressive, yet controlled, fast bowling to take four England wickets and turn what seemed like a procession for the visitors into a gripping contest.In the end, England — the number-one ranked team and favourites for next month’s World Cup — were able to rely on their depth to dig them out of a hole and escape Dublin in tact, getting across the line with three overs to spare.An unbeaten half-century from debutant Ben Foakes sucked the life out of Ireland’s second-innings charge after Little, Tim Murtagh and Boyd Rankin had left England sweating in Malahide.Little was one of three ODI debutants on the Ireland side, and certainly, the injection of youth provided by the left-arm seamer and Mark Adair was a welcome fillip for Ford’s side.The teenager has been earmarked as a raw talent for some time, representing Ireland at the U19 World Cup before making his Twenty20 debut last summer, but this was a real coming of age performance from the former schoolboy hockey international.He bowled with real venom and accuracy to firstly have James Vince caught superbly by the sprawling George Dockrell at midwicket and then showed his natural pace by getting one to climb on England captain Eoin Morgan, who gloved behind to Gary Wilson.Defending 198, Ireland’s tails were up. When Murtagh trapped Joe Root in front and Little claimed his third by accounting for Dawid Malan, England were in real trouble at 66 for five, only for Foakes, David Willey and then Tom Curran to take the game away from Ireland.Foakes and Curran shared an unbeaten stand of 98 to get their side across the line with three overs remaining.The hosts had chances, too. Their failure to review a not out call when Foakes, who finished on 61, was struck in front by Murtagh proved crucial, as replays showed the umpire’s decision would have been reversed, while Lorcan Tucker shelled a chance at deep point as the sun set on Ireland’s hopes. Ford will again look to his side’s efforts with the bat and wonder what if. Their sub-200 total proved, as expected, to be below par despite their best endeavours with the ball and in the field. They need to address that area of their game as quickly as possible. Still, few would have given the home side a chance at the halfway mark — they went out to 12/1 with the bookies — as a new season failed to bring about renewed fortunes for Ireland’s misfiring batting order.  24,326 Views Debutant Little stars but Ireland fall just short of famous England win The 19-year-old fast-bowler took four wickets as Ireland fought back at Malahide. By Ryan Bailey Share12 Tweet Email England celebrate the wicket of Kevin O’Brien. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesUp until the innings break, it had been another deeply frustrating showing on the big stage, the loss of key wickets in the middle overs again completely undermining the solid base provided by openers Paul Stirling and William Porterfield, who had put on 50 for the first wicket.The initial signs were encouraging. Stirling punched a couple of exquisite boundaries off the front and back foot to get Ireland up and running, but the procession wasn’t long in coming, with Liam Plunkett’s four-wicket haul doing the bulk of the damage.Most disappointing was the ease in which Ireland rolled over to eventually be dismissed for 198 with 11 balls of the innings unused, and that they did get to that total was again courtesy of a late-order rearguard action spearheaded by Adair and George Dockrell.Their 46-run partnership steadied a sinking ship and in hauling Ireland up towards the 200 mark, gave Ford’s side a fighting chance in the field, a lifeline the bowlers seized with remarkable tenacity.Still, the second half of this game should not completely conceal the continued failings of the top and middle order. Once Porterfield followed Stirling to the sheds, debutant Tucker, Kevin O’Brien and Wilson all fell for single-digit scores to leave Ireland floundering.It all felt very familiar, and it certainly doesn’t take an educated eye to figure out the root of the problem either. Ireland’s last nine ODI totals — 161, 260, 114, 219, 124, 183, 198, 209 and now 198 — highlight what is becoming a growing trend, rather than an exception to the norm.And in Porterfield, Wilson and O’Brien they have three top-order batsmen who are averaging 12, 15 and 20 respectively in this format of the game in the last 12 months. Porterfield’s 17 here, by way of example, was his second-highest score since March 2018, while Wilson — just back after an eye injury which kept him out of the winter tours — hasn’t passed 40 in each of his last 15 innings in all formats.There was also an element of misfortune in the manner of Andrew Balbirnie’s controversial dismissal. On 29, the Pembroke batsman looked set to anchor Ireland’s innings again, but after attempting a sweep shot off legspinner Joe Denly, was stumped by Foakes. Archer clean bowls Ireland’s Adair. Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHOBalbirnie had planted his back foot in the crease but, having gathered sharply down the legside, wicketkeeper Foakes waited for Balbirnie to overbalance and his toe to come off the ground before breaking the bails. By the letter of the law, third umpire Aleem Dar had to give the Ireland batsman out, but the ‘Spirit of Cricket’ debate raged.Ireland were now 111 for six and although Adair provided momentary resistance, notably clearing his front leg and swatting Curran into the far stand for back-to-back sixes, Jofra Archer returned for his second spell with a 90.3 mile per hour yorker to put an end to that.For a player who wasn’t even in the squad until yesterday when Stuart Thompson pulled up with a shoulder injury, former Warwickshire all-rounder Adair proved all his worth with a quick-fire 32, before taking the new ball for Ireland.It was Little, however, who stole the show to give the home side a sniff of a famous win, only for England’s added firepower to prove the difference. Still much work to do, but this was a solid start to the international season. One-Day International, Malahide:Ireland 198 all out (Stirling 33, Adair 32, Plunkett 4/35, Curran 3/35)England 199/6 (Foakes 61*, Curran 47*, Little 4/45)England win by four wickets, full scorecard available here.Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Friday 3 May 2019, 7:35 PM Subscribe Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Plans lodged for 495 buildtorent apartments at former Chivers factory site in

first_img Saturday 11 May 2019, 10:30 AM Plans lodged for 495 build-to-rent apartments at former Chivers factory site in Coolock The apartment plans were lodged directly with ABP under fast-track planning laws. AN APPLICATION HAS been lodged to build just under 500 build-to-rent apartments at the site of the former Chivers Factory in Coolock. The application for 495 apartments, a crèche, cafe, gym and associated site works was lodged with An Bord Pleanála on the last day of last month. The application was lodged by English company Platinum Land, which is headed up by Irish brothers Maurice and Andrew Gillick, and is the latest in a string of applications for build-to-rent properties in the capital. The apartment plans were lodged directly with ABP under fast-track planning laws introduced in late-2016 which allow proposed developments of over 100 units to bypass city planners. Dublin city councillors were lobbied last year and in May voted to re-zone the site from use as enterprise and employment creation to residential use.It was originally planned that about 350 apartments would be built on the site, but that number has now increased significantly. A decision on the application is expected in mid-August.Ramping up construction The proposed development is the latest in a string of applications under the Strategic Housing Development fast-track planning laws, introduced in June 2017 by Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy. Thousands of apartments and units of student accommodation are either in the consultation phase or have been given the green light across the city in recent months. However, as a recent investigation by Noteworthy,’s new investigative journalism platform, shows, fewer than 40% of SHDs that have been given the green light have actually begun construction.Officials in the Department of Housing warned that the slow rate of development could “undermine” the entire initiative, a key part of the government’s Rebuilding Ireland plan.The Chivers Factory Site, on Coolock Drive, Coolock in Dublin 17 was snapped up the Gillick brothers’ Irish development company Veni Vidi Vici in 2011, from the receivers of developer Liam O’Carroll, who had previously owned it. It was in operation as a factory for jam and jelly makers Chivers for decades, before it closed in 2007. May 11th 2019, 10:30 AM Image: DCC 61 Comments Share24 Tweet Email1 center_img By Cormac Fitzgerald Short URL 20,851 Views The factory site and surrounding area. The factory site and surrounding area. Image: DCC Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Sleeping too much or not enough may have bad effects on health

first_img Jun 16th 2018, 8:16 AM Image: Shutterstock/wavebreakmedia 20,420 Views Share135 Tweet Email2 We observed a potential gender difference between sleep duration and metabolic syndrome, with an association between metabolic syndrome and long sleep in women and metabolic syndrome and short sleep in men.Based on common definitions, participants were considered to have metabolic syndrome if they showed at least three of the following: elevated waist circumference, high triglyceride levels, low levels of ‘good’ cholesterol, hypertension and high fasting blood sugar.The prevalence of metabolic syndrome was just over 29% in men and 24.5% in women. The authors suggest that as the prevalence of metabolic syndrome in Korea is high, it is critical to identify modifiable risk factors such as sleep duration.Previous study The authors used data from the Health Examinees (HEXA) study, a large-scale community-based study conducted in Korea between 2004 and 2013, which included information on sociodemographic characteristics, medical history, medication use, family history, lifestyle factors, diet, physical activity, and reproductive factors for women.As part of the HEXA study, samples of plasma, blood cells, genomic DNA and urine were collected, and participants underwent physical examinations by medical professionals. Sleep duration was assessed by asking the question: ‘In the past year, on average, how many hours/minutes of sleep (including daytime naps) did you take per day?’Although the biological mechanisms that underlie the association between sleep duration and metabolic syndrome remain unclear, several potential processes have been reported.These include elevated levels of hormones which increase appetite and caloric intake or reduce energy expenditure in people who sleep less than seven hours per day, which may lead to increased waist circumference and development of obesity.The authors caution that the cross-sectional, observational nature of this study does not allow for conclusions about cause and effect.Estimates of sleep duration were based on self-reporting data rather than objective measures and may reflect time spent in bed, actual time spent asleep or time people believed they slept. Also, as the study did not distinguish between daytime naps and nighttime sleep, their impact on health could not be assessed separately. Sleeping too much or not enough may have bad effects on health Fewer than six and more than 10 hours of sleep per day are associated with conditions such as increased blood pressure. SLEEPING TOO MUCH or not enough may have a negative impact on a person’s health, according to research.Fewer than six and more than 10 hours of sleep per day are associated with metabolic syndrome – a group of conditions including increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels – a new study has found.The research, which involved 133,608 Korean men and women aged 40-69 years, has been published in the journal BMC Public Health.Researchers at Seoul National University College of Medicine found that compared to individuals who slept six to seven hours per day, men who slept fewer than six hours were more likely to have metabolic syndrome and a larger waist circumference.Women who slept fewer than six hours were also more likely to have a larger waist circumference.Sleeping more than 10 hours per day was associated with metabolic syndrome and increased levels of triglycerides (a type of fat that the body converts excess calories into), in men.It was associated with metabolic syndrome, larger waist circumference, higher levels of triglycerides and blood sugar as well as low levels of ‘good’ cholesterol (HDL-C) in women.The researchers found that nearly 11% of men and 13% of women slept less than six hours, while 1.5% of men and 1.7% of women slept more than 10 hours.Potential gender difference Claire E Kim, lead author of the study, said: “This is the largest study examining a dose-response association between sleep duration and metabolic syndrome and its components separately for men and women.“Because we were able to expand the sample of our previous study, we were able to detect associations between sleep and metabolic syndrome that were unnoticed before.center_img Short URL Image: Shutterstock/wavebreakmedia By Órla Ryan 14 Comments Saturday 16 Jun 2018, 8:15 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Pontiaki Estia Arm wrestle for the future

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Victorian Pontian organisation Pontiaki Estia recently clocked its 33rd anniversary yet instead of celebrating its longevity the Pontian association seems to be engulfed in an intergenerational battle. The new board which was elected in March this year is mainly comprised of second generation Australian Pontians. And it is this board which is actively pursuing the sale of the organisation’s 4.5 acre property in West Sunshine. Proponents of the sale argue that this would better serve the needs of Pontiaki Estia as they seek to relocate to other premises. The President of the board Nikos Krikelis, in his speech at the 33rd Anniversary Ball of the organisation outlined these goals. “Changing times do bring about new needs, that are sometimes unfamiliar and difficult to accept. The current executive committee does not hide its intentions. In fact we have made them clear from the beginning. We believe in securing the future of this Association, so that tomorrow it exists and is ready to cater for the next generation,” Mr Krikelis said.He went on to say, “We want to establish a new cultural centre that caters for young and old, with a function room, offices, a dance studio and a space for exhibitions equipped with the latest technologies. For us to do this there is a need to relocate to a new premises.”“ We are aware of the challenges that lie ahead, and we will not be frightened or discouraged,” he added.This move, however, has met active resistance from the older generation of members and especially from its founding members such as Stathis Tsitaridis. Mr Tsitaridis has also served as the first President of Pontiaki Estia. Speaking to Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE) he made clear the rationale behind the campaign mounted against the sale of the property. “We have worked very hard to create this place and we don’t want to see our efforts and dreams go to waste,” Mr Tsitaridis stressed. He suggested that these emotional ties are very important for the founding members of the organisation. Although, Mr Tsitaridis said that he welcomes the “participation of younger generations” into Pontiaki Estia he cautioned that certain younger members had “betrayed the trust” shown to them by older members. He clarified that older members are not seeking to hold the reins of power. He further raised issues of “economic mismanagement” in the organisation and of attempts to alter the character of Pontiaki Estia through the extensive enrolment of new members who he termed as “fake-members”, in other words members who were neither Pontian nor had a significant interest in Pontian culture or affairs. Mr Tsitaridis called on the board to accept a compromise by selling only part of the property. He also indicated that, “regardless of Sunday’s decision we’re prepared to challenge this matter in courts.” By the time this report went to print the outcome of the Extraordinary General Meeting that took place yesterday was not known. The Meeting’s sole purpose was to reach a final solution for the property. When contacted by NKEE former President of Pontiaki Estia and current Board member Litsa Athanasiadis denied Mr Tsiatridis’ claims of economic mismanagement and membership stacking. She underscored that although the contribution of the older members is respected and acknowledged, “we have all worked hard for Pontiaki Estia”. She insisted that the sale of the property was a forward looking vision “into the future of the organisation and rejected the possibility of selling only part of the property as “this would diminish the potential value.” Mrs Athanasiadis suggested that a mini bus service shuttling members to the new location could be a compromise solution. She highlighted the fact that the move was imperative as most members do not live close to the West Sunshine area. Mrs Athanasiadis said that two alternative sites have been located to house the needs of Pontiaki Estia, in North Melbourne and Essendon respectively.last_img read more

The full program of the Lonsdale Street Festival

first_imgDELPHI BANK STAGE | SUNDAY 28 FEBRUARY 12.30 pm:Nestoras College Music Students (music) 1.25 pm: Orchestra by Pantelis Krestas (music) 2.05 pm: Cyprus Folk Dancing Group (dance) 2.30 pm: Nea Vradia Band (music) 3.05 pm: Greek Orthodox Youth of Port Adelaide (dance) 3.25 pm: PolyXeni (music) 4.05 pm: Leventopetha (music) 4.40 pm: Hellenic Cultural Association of Melbourne ‘O Periklis’ (dance) 5.10 pm: Pontiaki Estia + PanCretan Association of Melbourne (dance) 5.40 pm: OPA School of Hellenic Dance – Seniors (dance) 5.55 pm: Balkan Mariachi Halkina Brass Band + Cultural Centre of Florinians ‘O Aristotelis’ (music & dance) 6.30 pm: Greek Community + GOCSA (dance) 6.50 pm: Pallaconian Brotherhood of Melbourne Victoria ‘Leonidas’ (dance) 7.10 pm: Nikos Kapralos (music) 7.30 pm: Magic Mic Singing Competition 8.15 pm: Kinisi Band (music) PROCAL GREEK KITCHEN – SATURDAY 27 FEBRUARY – COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS1.45 pm: Angela Nicolettou (Angela’s Kitchen Cooking School) 3.00 pm: Philip Vakos (Bahari) 4.15 pm: Helena Moursellas (MKR & Taking You Home) 5.30 pm: Mary Valle (Mary’s Kitchen) QATAR AIRWAYS STAGE | SATURDAY 27 FEBRUARY11.30 am: DJs From Rythmos 1.30 pm: Aetos Band (music) 2.40 pm: Lexin Greek School Dance Group (dance) 3.05 pm: Gyftos Lite (music) 3.40 pm: Transfiguration of our Lord Dancing Group – Juniors (dance) 4.05 pm: Nostos (music) 4.40 pm: Transfiguration of our Lord Dancing Group – Intermediate (dance) 5.00 pm: SBS Greek Program broadcasting live 6.10 pm: Sanacori & Melbourne Tarantella Dance Company (dance) 6.45 pm: Loukoumadomania Competition (eating competition) 7.10 pm: Cyprus Community of Melbourne (dance) 7.35 pm: Leventopetha (music) 9.05 pm: Byron and the Gypsy Cats (music) 10.00 pm: DJs From Rythmos (music)QATAR AIRWAYS STAGE | SUNDAY 28 FEBRUARY11.00 am:DJs From Rythmos (music) 1.10 pm: Kiriakidis – traditional music from Drama (music) 1.45 pm: PanCretan Association of Melbourne – Juniors (dance) 2.05 pm: Cretan Brotherhood SubJunior (dance) 2.25 pm: TSC Cosmos Hellenic Dance Group (dance) 2.45 pm: Omiros College (dance) 2.55 pm: Kalimera Kids (dance) 3.10 pm: Pontiaki Estia Juniors (dance) 3.30 pm: Greek Community of Geelong (dance) 3.50 pm: St John’s College Dance Group (dance) 4.05 pm: OPA School of Hellenic Dance – Juniors (dance) 4.15 pm: Cretan Brotherhood Juniors (dance) 4.30 pm: Pegasus Dance Academy (dance) 4.50 pm: Manasis School of Greek Dance & Culture (dance) 5.15 pm: The Byron Experiment (music) 5.45 pm: Santa Taranta (music) 6.25 pm: Cretan Brotherhood Sub Seniors (dance) 6.45 pm: Rebetiko Ensemble (music) 7.40 pm: Galata Express (music) 8.35 pm: Vanilla Band 9.20 pm: DJs From Rythmos (music) Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram TAVERNA MUSIC PROGRAM6.30 pm:Nikos Kapralos7.30 pm: Alistair and Kat 8.30 pm: Thracian Ensemblecenter_img DELPHI BANK STAGE | SATURDAY 27 FEBRUARY1.00 pm: Zorba ‘Till You Drop – dancing competition 2.50 pm: Transfiguration of Our Lord Dancing Group – Senior (dance) 3.10 pm: Tsifteteli Pump (demonstration) 3.35 pm: Anthea’s Rubies (music) 4.15 pm: Manasis School of Greek Dance & Culture (dance) 4.35 pm: Bam Boum Percussion Band (music) 5.15 pm: Cyprus Community of Melbourne (dance) 5.35 pm: Cretan Brotherhood + Greek Community (dance) 5.55 pm: Songs from Taxithi – Helen Yotis Patterson, Maria Mercedes & Artemis Ioannides (music) 6.25 pm: The Phoenix of the Dreamtime – Akrites tou Pontou (dance) 7.00 pm: Official opening 8.00 pm: Alkinoos Ioannidis (headline act) PROCAL GREEK KITCHEN – SUNDAY 28 FEBRUARY- COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS1.45 pm: Spiri Tsintziras (Writing Spirit & Afternoons in Ithaka) 3.00 pm: Kathy Tsaples (Sweet Greek) 4.15 pm: Vikki Moursellas (MKR & Taking You Home) 5.30 pm: Jarrod Smith & Angie Giannakodakis (Epocha & Elyros)TAVERNA MUSIC PROGRAM6.30 pm: Acoustiki 7.30 pm: The Epirus Ensemble 8.30 pm: PolyXeni Featuring three stages of free entertainment, children’s rides and activities, and more than 60 food, drink and craft stalls, celebrate all things Greek this Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 February.last_img read more

Australian election 2016 Coalition closes on victory

first_imgA Coalition government is to be returned in Australia after one of the closest election results in recent history.Despite counting continuing in six seats that remain in doubt (three of which would enable the Coalition to form a majority government), yesterday Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull travelled to Melbourne to sure up further support from crossbench independents in the event of the need to form a minority government.At least one independent, Queensland MP Bob Katter, has agreed to offer “supply and confidence” to the Coalition in the event of a hung parliament. By Friday morning, with 83.1 per cent of votes counted, the Coalition was six seats ahead of Labor on 73 and 66 seats respectively. Seventy-six lower house seats are required to form a majority government. Independent and minor parties have won five seats.It is likely Labor will win the two-party-preferred vote across Australia, with the party’s showing bouyed by voters’ concerns over Medicare.Six electorates – Capricornia, Cowan, Flynn, Forde, Herbert and Hindmarsh – are yet to be called. In most of these seats Labor and the Coalition are split by less than one per cent of the vote, but the latest indications on Friday suggested at least two seats – Forde and Gilmore – will fall to the Coalition.Counting will continue over the weekend and into next week to decide the final results.SWINGS AND ROUNDABOUTS FOR GREEK AUSTRALIAN CANDIDATESJulia Banks takes Chisholm With 81 per cent of the votes counted in the Melbourne marginal seat of Chisholm, Julia Banks, the Liberal’s candidate, defeated Labor’s Stefanie Perri with a remarkable 2.9 per cent swing.Speaking to Neos Kosmos, the former Greek Australian lawyer said she was “very humbled” by the result and “excited about the opportunities ahead”. “I will work hard for the people of Chisholm as their parliamentary representative to ensure that our community is a great place to live so we can look to the future with confidence”. Ms Banks graciously acknowledge the campaign of her Labor opponent, Stefanie Perri, and thanked the retiring member for Chisholm, Anna Burke, “for her service to our community”. Joined by Malcolm Turnbull on Friday, Ms Banks introduced the PM to her mother, who she described as her greatest inspiration.“My mum is my greatest role model, always fighting for equal opportunity and gender and cultural diversity and to be representing the people of Chisholm – the third most culturally diverse electorate in this country – is just such a great honour,” she said.Mr Turnbull responded by saying Australia was “the most successful multicultural society in the world”.“You embody that. This is modern Australia. Our best assets are our people,” he said.Georganas neck and neck in Hindmarsh With a 1.9 per cent swing to Labor and 85 per cent of the votes counted, former Labor MP Steve Georganas is banking on absentee votes to get him over the line against the Liberal’s Matt Williams.Speaking to Neos Kosmos, Mr Georganas, who led by just 68 votes on Friday said: “We’re still in front, and while the postal votes don’t usually favour us, we’re hoping the absentee votes can counteract that. It’s trending as we predicted, the bulk of postal votes have been counted, and now there are over 7,000 to 8,000 absentee votes to count.”Mr Georganas added that the overriding lesson from the 2016 election and Labor’s resurgence was that voters distrust the Coalition’s policies and messages. “It’s shown people are not confident in Malcolm Turnbull, and they didn’t understand what he was talking about and that he has to clarify what he’s doing with Medicare.” With the voting count so tight, a final result may not be declared in Hindmarsh until next Friday.Adios Nic Varvaris A four per cent swing against Liberal incumbent Nicolas Varvaris has ended his one term as Barton’s MP in south Sydney, with Linda Burney the first Indigenous female lower house MP winning for Labor. Ms Burney secured 45,059 votes in comparison to Mr Varvaris’ 32,259 votes.No way back for Sophie Mirabella Sophie Mirabella’s political career may have finally run its course, with independent MP Cathy McGowan strengthening her hold on the former Liberal frontbencher’s seat of Indi. Ms McGowan scored a 4.4 per cent swing against her, according to the 81 per cent of votes counted. Ms McGowan secured 42,970 votes against Ms Mirabella’s’ 35,709 votes.Vamvakinou retains Calwell Veteran Labor MP Maria Vamvakinou has easily retained her seat of Calwell with a 4.5 per cent swing. With 72 per cent of the vote counted, Ms Vamvakinou held 69 per cent of the preference count compared to the Liberals’ John Hsu on 31 per cent.Ms Vamvakinou told Neos Kosmos she was “thrilled to have been returned”, adding that she looked forward to “a productive new term”. “Labor performed strongly and we have shown that the Australian people will not tolerate attacks on their way of life or their standard of living,” she said.Team Xenophon set for Senate threesome Nick Xenophon’s NXT party has picked up three seats on the Senate crossbench and in the Lower House, NXT’s Rebekha Sharkie has unseated former Liberal minister Jamie Briggs in the seat of Mayo.Downplaying earlier expectations that his party would be the decisive crossbench element in a new parliament, Senator Xenophon said: “There will hopefully be three senators from the Nick Xenophon Team, as well as Rebekha Sharkie in the seat of Mayo, and that’s a pretty good set of numbers for (me) to have a fairly powerful say (in parliament).” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Beating the odds of a silent killer

first_imgChristine Constantinou remembers the day she felt a faint pain down the side of her torso, a pain she never expected would warrant a visit to the doctor. But is was when she started losing weight rapidly despite her high-calorie diet that she intuitively knew something wasn’t right. “I really didn’t have many symptoms − that’s the problem with this illness. I started to lose weight and it was inexplicable. I was eating chips and things like that before bed and waking up a kilo lighter,” Christine told Neos Kosmos. With a starting weight of 120kg, she dropped to 80kg, initially attributing it to running after her four grandchildren.But scans and blood tests would soon reveal it was in fact a five centimetre tumour in her pancreas that was the cause.Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at 57, Christine says it was a surreal experience she found hard to comprehend given there was no known family history of the illness. “I didn’t know anything about pancreatic cancer; I didn’t know it was as lethal as it was – I just had no idea about it, really,” she says.The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare estimates about 2,600 Australians are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year, with the incidence rate increasing with age and the average age of diagnosis being 72. The real concern, however, is that early stages rarely cause symptoms, which only surface once the cancer is large enough to affect nearby organs, which is why life expectancy is so low, Only seven per cent of suffers survive at least five years.Christine would become all too familiar with these facts in the weeks to follow, with frequent trips to the specialist and undergoing a 14-and-a-half hour surgery. But nothing could prepare her for the physical and emotional toll it would take.“They would show me these pictures of how they were going to ‘replumb’ my insides. It freaked me out,” Christine says, breaking into tears at the recollection. “When I went to have the surgery that day it was like I was saying goodbye to my husband and my kids … it was just horrible.”Following the surgery, she spent a week in the intensive care unit, followed by another two weeks in hospital before returning home for further recovery.“My husband was really, really good. When we came home he really looked after me, and he used to say ‘oh, let’s go for a walk’ and we’d go walk like two steps and back again,” she says, the memory evoking a mixture of laughter and tears. “But you know what I really remember … when I came home and had a shower and I couldn’t lift the towel to wipe myself.”To follow, Christine underwent six months of chemotherapy, and now, three years on, looks to be beating the odds, proving to be an inspiration to her family, friends and oncologist. “My oncologist thinks I’m amazing that I’ve got this far,” she says. “But he actually said to me ‘when you first came in here with your daughter, I didn’t think you’d get through six months of chemo’ and I did.”It hasn’t been smooth sailing however. Despite following her treatment schedule and making various lifestyle changes, she says she had a couple of scares, one of which saw a lesion appear on her liver 18 months on − a common occurrence for pancreatic cancer sufferers. While she recalls feeling as though she were on “a cancer roundabout”, thankfully all additional tests have since confirmed she is cancer-free.Now Christine is looking to give back to Pancare, with a fundraising dinner dance to help raise much-need funds for research into a cure. Based in Melbourne, along with supporting research into pancreatic cancer, the organisation provides support for both sufferers and their families with free events, and contributes $500 towards patient’s treatment, which, while not a large sum, really does help, assures Christine.“My husband has leukaemia, so we’ve been struggling a bit, and Pancare have always been there and really helpful. I just want to get something happening because people get pancreatic cancer and within six to nine months they’re dead − I don’t know why I’m still here. Only one per cent make it to 10 years, I mean what is that? And there’s no cure and there’s nothing that can sustain your life longer − it’s horrible. And it’s always diagnosed too late because there are barely any symptoms.” But Christine isn’t about to give up hope.The event will be moderated by former journalist George Donikian, along with a host of entertainment including Greek, Cypriot and English music and some great raffle and silent auction prizes.The fundraiser will be held on Saturday 20 May at Ultima Function Centre from 6.00 pm. Cost of attendance is $80 per adult and $40 per child (under 12) and includes a three-course meal and drinks. To make a booking contact Christine Constantinou on 0438 779 989 or email RSVP by 21 April. To donate, visit Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Police locate body believed to be missing man Tony Tsakis 76

first_imgPolice located a body yesterday, Thursday 11 April on Truganina Road in Carnegie.Though the deceased has yet to be officially identified, police believe the body to be that of missing man Tony Tsakis.It was reported the 76-year-old Greek Australian was last seen alive in Carnegie at about 6.30 am on Saturday 30 March.While Mr Tsakis was known to leave his Neerim Road address from time to time and frequent Duncan Mackinnon Reserve in Murrumbeena and the Carnegie area, it was out of character for him to not return home in the evenings.Both police and family members have been concerned about Mr Tsakis’ welfare, as he is known to have a number of health conditions.The death is not being treated as suspicious, and police will prepare a report for the coroner. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Binge drinking les jeunes doivent prendre conscience des dangers de lalcool

first_imgBinge drinking : les jeunes doivent prendre conscience des dangers de l’alcoolParis, France – Face à la multiplication des méthodes d’alcoolisation rapide à la mode comme le binge drinking, les ministres de la Santé et de la Jeunesse souhaitent mettre en garde les jeunes sur les dangers de l’alcool.Ainsi, Roselyne Bachelot et Marc-Philippe Daubresse ont fait savoir cette semaine que plusieurs mesures avaient été prises afin de favoriser cette prise de conscience. À lire aussiL’étrange maladie qui rend ivre sans boire une goutte d’alcoolTout d’abord, les deux ministères ont choisi d’éditer à nouveau la brochure “Alcool, plus d’infos moins d’intox”, afin que les jeunes puissent directement s’informer sur les effets et risques d’une trop grande consommation d’alcool. La diffusion d’un petit film préventif intitulé “Boire Trop” est également prévue pour l’été prochain, afin que les jeunes puissent véritablement se rendre compte des dangers de l’alcool. Le site AlcoolInfoService devrait également voir apparaître d’ici peu une rubrique consacrée à la jeunesse explique Relaxnews, tandis qu’une sensibilisation en milieu scolaire est également prévue.Le 1 octobre 2010 à 10:35 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

La grippe et la gastro se sont bien installées en France

first_imgLa grippe et la gastro se sont bien installées en FranceLe réseau Sentinelles Inserm a fait savoir que les épidémies de grippe et de gastro-entérite s’étaient bel et bien installées en France après le recensement de 433.000 nouveaux cas ces deux dernières semaines pour la grippe et 210.000 individus touchés la semaine dernière par la gastro.Chaque année, c’est la même chose, on ne compte plus les témoignages d’individus dans notre entourage expliquant avoir été touchés par le virus de la grippe ou la gastro. Cet hiver 2010/2011 n’échappe pas à la règle. Les deux maladies ont d’ores et déjà dépassé le seuil épidémique. Concernant la grippe, ce sont 433.000 personnes qui ont été touchées par le virus ces deux dernières semaines, et cela d’après les chiffres récoltés par le réseau Sentinelles Inserm. Quelques cas graves ont été recensés par l’Institut de veille sanitaire et sept décès du virus ont été recensés. Le seuil épidémique de 177 cas pour 100.000 habitants a largement été dépassé alors que la semaine dernière, l’incidence constatée était de 438 cas pour 100.000 habitants. Les régions les plus touchées sont le Nord-Pas-de-Calais, la Basse-Normandie et le Poitou-Charente.Concernant la gastro-entérite, ce virus a touché 210.000 personnes, dépassant alors le seuil épidémique fixé pour la maladie. Un nombre de malades qui ne devrait pas diminuer ces prochains jours, expliquent les médecins du réseau Sentinelles tandis que les régions les plus touchées sont la Champagne-Ardenne, la Haute-Normandie et le Languedoc-Roussillon. Le risque le plus important lié à la maladie est la déshydratation. Ainsi, des brochures destinées aux parents d’enfants malades ont été mises à disposition par l’Institut national de prévention et d’éducation pour la santé.Le 6 janvier 2011 à 18:48 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Vers la création dun parc national de zones humides

first_imgVers la création d’un parc national de zones humidesA l’occasion de la Journée mondiale des zones humides, organisée le 2 février, la ministre de l’Ecologie Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet a annoncé le prochain lancement d’un appel à candidature pour la création du futur parc national de zones humides.C’est au cours du 2e semestre 2011 que cet appel sera lancé par le ministère, afin de sélectionner le territoire qui accueillera ce parc national. Une zone qui devra présenter “un coeur significatif de plus de 10.000 ha” de milieux humides “identifiés pour leur richesse biologique exceptionnelle”, a précisé le ministère dans un communiqué. D’ici à la fin 2011, un groupement d’intérêt public (GIP) chargé de réaliser les études sur le site sélectionné, verra le jour.À lire aussiBiodiversité, Game of Thrones et Mars, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 8 maiLa création de ce parc visant a préserver les zones humides, telles que tourbières, les mangroves, les marais ou les estuaires, qui couvrent 3% du territoire français, est l’un des engagements du Grenelle de l’Environnement. “Les zones humides et les services qu’elles rendent au quotidien méritent d’être mieux connus du grand public”, souligne Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet. “Véritables éponges, elles diminuent les risques d’inondation en périodes de fortes pluies et permettent d’alimenter les cours d’eau en période de sécheresse. Stations d’épuration naturelles, elles filtrent les polluants contenus dans les eaux de ruissellement et améliorent la qualité de nos cours d’eau. Mères nourricières, elles abritent de nombreuses espèces d’oiseaux, d’insectes et de poissons”, explique la ministre de l’Ecologie.En octobre 2010, l’ancienne secrétaire d’Etat à l’Ecologie Chantal Jouanno, avait annoncé que trois grands sites étaient étudiés en vue de devenir le parc national de zones humides. Il s’agissait alors du marais de Brouage, d’une partie de la vallée de l’Allier et d’une zone de la vallée du Doubs. Mais la France compte au total 36 sites bénéficiant du label international Ramsar, une convention datant de 1971, qui vise à lutter contre la disparition des zones humides à travers le monde. Ratifiée par 160 pays, la convention couvre à ce jour plus de 1.900 sites. Le 6 février 2011 à 15:42 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les téléphones sous Android suivent aussi leurs utilisateurs

first_imgLes téléphones sous Android suivent aussi leurs utilisateursA la manière de l’iPhone, les mobiles équipés du système d’exploitation Android récolteraient aussi des données de localisation sur leur utilisateur, selon un chercheur suédois et un spécialiste en sécurité informatique.L’iPhone n’est pas le seul smartphone à pister vos déplacements. C’est ce que viennent tout juste de révéler le Wall Street Journal et le Guardian après avoir interrogé des experts informatiques. Selon l’ancien pirate américain Samy Kamkar et le chercheur suédois Magnus Eriksson, les téléphones équipés du système Android garderaient également des traces des déplacements de leurs utilisateurs.À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Mardi, deux chercheurs annonçaient en effet à la conférence de Where 2.0 aux Etats-Unis qu’ils avaient découvert que l’iPhone enregistrait toutes les données de localisation et les heures de déplacement de son propriétaire. Des informations stockées dans un fichier secret mais facilement accessible à l’aide d’un ordinateur. Si la nouvelle a créé l’inquiétude, Pete Warden et Alasdair Allan n’avaient pas révélé de choses semblables concernant Android. Pourtant, il semblerait que ce soit bien le cas. Les téléphones Android pistent également leurs utilisateurs avec néanmoins quelques différences comparé à l’iPhone.Selon Magnus Eriksson, le système Android stockerait en fait seulement des données sur les 50 dernières antennes mobiles rencontrées et les 200 derniers réseaux Wi-Fi approchés. Des informations qui s’effacent au fur et à mesure lorsque la liste est pleine. C’est donc bien moins que l’iPhone qui semble récolter et conserver un an de déplacements. Par ailleurs, les informations d’Android seraient beaucoup moins accessibles que celles des appareils Apple dans la mesure où l’extraction des données demande une certaine compétence en informatique. De même, les données de localisation ne seraient pas transmises à Google.Pour l’instant, ni Apple, ni Google n’ont accepté de répondre aux accusations ou n’ont commenté ces découvertes.Le 22 avril 2011 à 10:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Une bactérie responsable de la maladie de Parkinson

first_imgUne bactérie responsable de la maladie de ParkinsonUne étude récente menée sur des souris montre qu’Helicobacter Pylori, une bactérie de l’estomac impliquée dans la formation d’ulcères participe également au développement de la maladie de Parkinson. Les résultats de la recherche ont été présentés lors du 111e congrès de l’American Society for Microbiology.La découverte est à présent avérée. La bactérie Helicobacter Pylori responsable d’ulcères, est également impliquée dans le développement de la maladie de Parkinson. Cette pathologie neurologique chronique affecte le système nerveux central principalement chez des personnes âgées de plus de 45 ans.La corrélation entre les ulcères de l’estomac et la maladie de Parkinson est un phénomène observé depuis les années 1960. Il faut toutefois attendre près de cinquante ans pour que les chercheurs parviennent à mettre en évidence la présence plus fréquente de Helicobacter Pylori chez les patients souffrant de la maladie de Parkinson. En outre, les études statistiques menées sur ces patients suggèrent également une légère amélioration de leur état lors d’un traitement anti-bactérien. Actuellement, les recherches menées sur des souris de tout âge infectées par la bactérie ont consisté à suivre leur activité locomotrice et le taux de dopamine présent dans leur cerveau. Selon les résultats de l’étude, les souris présentent 3 à 5 mois après l’infection une baisse significative dans chacun des deux indicateurs observés. La dégradation des systèmes locomoteur et de sécrétion de dopamine correspond à des symptômes caractéristiques de la maladie de Parkinson. À lire aussiUlcère gastroduodénal : définition, symptômes, causes, traitements, de quoi s’agit-il ?Selon les chercheurs, le développement de la maladie de Parkinson serait en partie lié à des produits sécrétés par certains types de bactéries. Helicobacter pylori, par exemple, sécrète un composé semblable au cholestérol, mais qui s’avère être un neurotoxique responsable de la progression de la pathologie. En France, 3,4% des personnes âgées de plus de 75 ans sont touchées par la maladie de Parkinson. 10 000 nouveaux cas 3 500 décès liés à la pathologie sont déclarés chaque année.Le 23 mai 2011 à 18:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Des chimpanzés de laboratoire libérés après 30 ans passés enfermés

first_imgDes chimpanzés de laboratoire libérés après 30 ans passés enfermésEn Autriche, des chimpanzés de laboratoire ont été libérés après avoir passé près de 30 ans enfermés. Ils ont servi de sujets d’expérience jusqu’en 1997 à un laboratoire avant d’être récupérés par une ferme qui a mis en place un programme destiné à leur faire recouvrir la liberté. C’est une histoire particulièrement émouvante qui circule depuis quelques jours sur le net. Elle raconte le formidable évènement qui s’est produit il y a peu dans une ferme d’Autriche : après avoir passé plus de 30 ans enfermés, des chimpanzés de laboratoire ont pour la toute première fois vu la lumière du jour. Une scène filmée par les caméras qui montrent la joie et l’excitation qu’a provoquées cette nouvelle liberté chez les primates. “Ils se sont enlacés comme s’ils disaient “nous sommes enfin libres” puis ils ont ri. Imaginez un peu, vous êtes coincés dans un bâtiment pendant 30 ans et un jour, les portes s’ouvrent. Vous êtes avec vos amis et vous dites “Je le crois pas””, commente Michael Aufhauser, un fervent défenseur du droit des animaux et fondateur de Gut Aiderbichl, le plus grand sanctuaire animal d’Autriche. Un enthousiasme partagé par ceux qui gardaient les chimpanzés et en prenaient soin au quotidien depuis plusieurs années : “Les chimpanzés sont incroyablement heureux. C’est extraordinaire. J’attendais ce moment depuis tellement longtemps”, a déclaré Renate Foidl, gardien du parc autrichien.Les primates avaient été enlevés à leurs mères à la naissance et amenés dans un établissement de recherches en Autriche. Là, ils ont été gardés en isolation par les chercheurs qui leur inoculaient le VIH et le virus de l’hépatite. Des expériences qui se sont finalement achevés en 1997 lorsque la société pharmaceutique à l’origine des recherches a été vendue. Les chimpanzés ont alors été recueillis dans une ferme où les soigneurs ont tenté de les réhabiliter à la vie extérieure, mais la tâche s’est révélée très délicate. Une expérimentation souvent décriéeÀ lire aussiCe chimpanzé a trouvé la technique pour transporter 12 oranges à la foisLes primates avaient passé tellement de temps enfermés qu’ils étaient confus lorsqu’on leur montrait des morceaux de terre et d’herbe et les jetaient systématiquement au loin. Mais finalement le jour de leur libération est arrivé, donnant lieu à cette scène émouvante et relançant le débat sur l’expérimentation animale. L’utilisation de chimpanzés est très controversée au niveau mondiale. Plus tôt cette année, des défenseurs des droits des animaux avaient exigé la libération de 180 chimpanzés de laboratoire dans un sanctuaire. Découvrez en vidéo l’émouvante première sortie des chimpanzés sur MaxisciencesLe 9 septembre 2011 à 15:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

HTC dévoile le Rhyme son smartphone féminin

first_imgHTC dévoile le Rhyme, son smartphone fémininHTC vient de lever le voile sur son smartphone Rhyme. Les particularités de ce nouveau téléphone ne résident pas dans ses aspects techniques mais dans son design travaillé, visant un public résolument féminin.Le constructeur taïwanais HTC vient de dévoiler un nouveau smartphone. Baptisé Rhyme, mais initialement connu sous le nom de Bliss, ce téléphone disponible en trois couleurs, violet, blanc et bleu-vert, sera commercialisé dès le 29 septembre aux Etats-Unis. L’Europe devra attendre le courant du mois d’octobre.À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Doté d’un écran tactile 3,7 pouces, d’un appareil photo 5 mégapixels avec autofocus et Flash LED et d’une caméra frontale VGA, ce smartphone mise avant tout sur son design travaillé, et les différents accessoires dont il pourra être équipé : une station d’accueil, des écouteurs Bluetooth, une petite boule lumineuse qui clignote au moment de la réception d’un appel, ou encore un brassard pour les sportives.Le Rhyme “incarne une toute nouvelle approche du smartphone. Sa conception s’appuie sur le constat que pour de nombreux consommateurs, un mobile doit être personnalisable et capable de les accompagner à chaque instant du quotidien” a affirmé Frédéric Tassy, le Directeur Général de HTC France, lors de la présentation du smartphone. Pour l’heure, le prix du Rhyme n’a pas encore été communiqué, mais il devrait se situer en milieu de gamme.Le 21 septembre 2011 à 15:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Windows Phone un OS mobile arrivé trop tard

first_imgWindows Phone : un OS mobile arrivé trop tard ?Si certains sont prêts à parier sur le succès de Windows Phone, en grande partie grâce aux smartphones Nokia qui en sont et en seront équipés, d’autres affirment au contraire que l’OS mobile de Microsoft arrive trop tardivement pour espérer se faire une place sur le marché dominé par Android et iOS. C’est du moins le cas des experts d’Exane BNP Paribas et des analystes de Berstein.Windows Phone parviendra-t-il à se faire une place sur le marché des OS mobiles, largement dominé par Android et Apple ? Oui, affirment certains experts, comme les analystes d’IDC ou d’Ovum qui tablent pour l’OS du géant de Redmond sur une part de marché de 20% à l’horizon 2015. Mais pour d’autres, au contraire, il est trop tard. À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Pour Exane BNP Paribas et Berstein, dont les analystes ont été interrogés par Reuters, Microsoft a en effet pris trop de retard pour espérer rivaliser avec ses concurrents. Le Lumia 800, premier Windows phone de Nokia, est certes un smartphone de qualité et performant, mais les consommateurs sont trop habitués aux autres OS pour se tourner vers une nouvelle palte-forme, estiment-ils (Sur ce point, cette étude semble se tromper vu l’engouement suscité par le Lumia 800 à travers l’Europe, par exemple)Aujourd’hui, Windows Phone détient seulement 2% des parts de marché, quand Android a dépassé les 50% et l’iPhone en détient 15 à 20%. “Il n’y a plus assez de place pour un 3e écosystème”, affirme Pierre Ferragu, un analyste de Berstein. Mais alors que Nokia commercialisera dès le début de l’année prochaine un nouveau mobile équipé de l’OS de Microsoft, le Lumia 900, seul l’avenir confirmera ou non ces bien pessimistes prévisions.Le 22 décembre 2011 à 20:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Un mystérieux ovni au fond de la Baltique

first_imgUn mystérieux ‘ovni’ au fond de la Baltique Rapportées par le DailyMail, les impressions des plongeurs professionnels qui ont commencé à explorer une volumineuse et énigmatique structure découverte en mai 2011 au fond de la mer Baltique renforcent l’impression de mystère entourant cet objet.  C’est au fond de la mer Baltique – où gisent nombre d’épaves et d’objets en tout genre – qu’une équipe de ‘chercheurs de trésors’ professionnels de la société suédoise Ocean Explorer (souvent abrégé en Ocean X) a détecté au sonar en 2011 une mystérieuse structure de grande taille. Mais semblant être le sommet d’un cylindre métallique en partie enfoui sous le relief sous-marin, celle-ci n’avait jusque là pu être inspectée de près faute de fonds. C’est désormais chose faite. Mais le mystère entourant cet objet, qui semble gésir à l’extrémité d’une ‘piste’ de 300 mètres visible sur le fond marin, n’est pas dissipé pour autant. En effet, c de manière étrange, caméras et téléphone utilisés par les plongeurs d’Ocean X sont tombés en panne à proximité de la structure. “Tout ce qui est électrique – et le téléphone satellitaire l’est – a cessé de fonctionner quand nous étions au-dessus de l’objet. Alors,  nous nous sommes éloignés d’environ 200 mètres, et il s’est remis à marcher, puis, quand nous sommes revenus, il s’est arrêté à nouveau”, explique Stefan Hogerborn, membre de l’équipe cité par le Daily Mail.”Nous avons vécu des choses que je ne pouvais vraiment pas imaginer. J’étais le plus sceptique de l’équipe (…). Je m’attendais à trouver une pierre, une falaise, un affleurement ou un amas de boue, mais ce n’était rien de tout ça, donc, pour moi, ça a été une expérience unique, je dois dire”, avoue son collègue Peter Lindberg. Quant à savoir ce qu’est réellement l’objet, les observations faites n’ont pour l’instant pas permis de répondre. Mais les chercheurs comptent bien ne pas en rester là.À lire aussiUne épave découverte en excellent état dans les profondeurs d’un lac canadien”Je suis cent pour cent convaincu et confiant que nous avons trouvé quelque chose qui est tout à fait unique !”, commenteDennis Åsberg, un troisième plongeur avant d’ajouter : “alors, savoir si c’est une météorite, un astéroïde, un volcan, un sous-marin de la guerre froide (…) ou un OVNI… Honnêtement, ça doit être… quelque chose !”. Pour en savoir davantage et peut-être élucider au moins une partie du mystère, une autre plongée doit avoir lieu dans les prochaines semaines. En plus d’obtenir d’autres images de l’objet, ceci devrait également permettre de voir si le dysfonctionnement des appareils utilisés se reproduit ou s’il ne s’agissait que d’un phénomène passager…Le 30 juin 2012 à 18:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more