Jobs boost for Limerick as medtech company announces 100 new posts

first_imgJobs boost for Limerick as medtech company announces 100 new posts BD are investing €21 million to build a new research and development facility in the city. By Sean Murray Share Tweet Email3 100 NEW JOBS have been announced in Limerick, with medical technology company BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) set to open a new research and development facility in the city.The company will invest €21 million to renovate the former UniGolf facility in the National Technology Park, to the east of Limerick city near the University.Minister for Finance, and local TD, Michael Noonan said the announcement made him “very proud of Limerick”.The company also has locations in Drogheda and Dublin. Its site in Dun Laoghaire has been in operation since 1969.Its Irish operations involve the manufacture of medical devices, such as syringes and pen needles.The Limerick centre of excellence for research will focus on product and software development, clinical research instrumentation and prototype development.The chief medical officer at BD, Ellen Strahlman, said that the company was looking at collaborating with local universities to hire the best research and development professionals.“Limerick will be very important for our strategic growth,” she added.Noonan said that the announcement was the latest “in a series of quality job announcements in Limerick” and that it is “a further endorsement of the people of Limerick”.Read: Major jobs boost for Dublin as 700 new jobs announced in IT and manufacturingRead: “I felt like I had a mountain to climb”: How these young Dubliners got back to work Image: Shutterstock/Patryk Kosmider Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 8,153 Views Image: Shutterstock/Patryk Kosmider Short URL Friday 9 Dec 2016, 9:12 AM Dec 9th 2016, 9:12 AM 12 Comments last_img read more

I remember throwing myself on top of the coffin saying no you

first_img Lorraine Reilly and her husband Warren. Image: RTÉ Investigates Please see attached correspondence from the Coroner in relation to this case. This lady has since the inquest, contacted this office looking for copies of her medical records, which have been supplied…. Obviously, I am concerned that the coroner’s directive to carry out a review, will be discoverable. Can you please advise what is the best way to address this.Following a review being carried out, it was sent to relevant staff in the hospital. Prompting this reply from one doctor:“I believe a simple account of the chronology of the event ought to be sufficient.“May I humbly suggest that much shortened versions sticking completely to the facts and indeed this rather prolonged version… both be submitted to the appropriate person in the clinical indemnity scheme and let them choose which one if any would be appropriate to return to [the coroner].I don’t see any place in the correspondence with [the coroner] where a copy of this is required to be given to the parents of the deceased baby… 11 Comments Lorraine and Warren were shocked at the correspondence.“We just couldn’t believe what we were seeing, it was blatantly obvious that they were trying to cover their tracks,” Lorraine told RTÉ Investigates.In a statement, the HSE Saolta Health Care Group – which has responsibility for Portiuncula Hospital – said:Some of the internal communications identified from 2011 are very concerning and we do not condone the actions/views of others to which you refer… in particular the failure to include and communicate with Lorraine and Warren Reilly.Baby AshaIn 2008 – at 30 weeks pregnant – Lorraine started to experience pain and so went to Portiuncula Hospital. The midwife informed her that she was likely in the early stages of labour and told her to wait as there was no bed available for her at the time.About an hour passed, and Lorraine said she was in a lot of pain.“I needed to go to the toilet so I got in and I had a massive bleed,” she told RTÉ Investigates.Then they cleared a room for me, and they got me in straight away, there seemed to be four or five midwives then in very quickly with me and they started scanning trying to get a heartbeat then for Asha and I knew by their faces already that there was no heartbeat anymore.Lorraine had suffered a massive placental abruption and baby Asha was delivered stillborn.“She was brought out to me by one of the nurses and given to me in the waiting area outside the theatre and I just sat with her and talked to her constantly and cried,” said Lorraine.Suppose we just wanted to cuddle her and take in everything before we had to say goodbye, we took photos and we just spent as much time as we could with her.Second childLorraine and Warren believed that they were just unfortunate with what had happened. Two years later Lorraine was pregnant again.She returned to Portiuncula Hospital when she was at her full-term and in labour.After a midwife showed concern over the baby’s heartbeat, a consultant was called who asked that Lorraine be transferred to theatre for a caesarean section.However this didn’t happen and Lorraine was only transferred to the theatre when the consultant arrived.That night baby Amber was delivered. However she had been without oxygen for an unknown amount of time and was very sick.“I remember looking at her and I turned around the Warren and I said we cannot lose another baby, I said this can’t happen again,” said Lorraine.Baby Amber was transferred to the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin where she died six days later.Lorraine said she and Warren were devastated.I remember just throwing myself on top of the coffin, just over her and I’m saying no, you can’t take her now because I can’t do this again, I can’t do this a second time.Lorraine and Warren believed at the time that they had been doubly unlucky and tried as best as they could to get on with their lives, only finding out years later what had happened.ReviewThe HSE review into their care identified serious failings on behalf of the hospital.Baby Asha’s review identified – among other things – a failure to recognise the signs of placental abruption and a failure to intervene to deliver the baby.Baby Amber’s review concludes there was a failure to identify and respond to abnormal CTG tracings and a failure to follow the guideline in place for the management of a vaginal birth after caesarean.In a statement to RTÉ the HSE Saolta Health Care Group said they have written to Lorraine and Warren Reilly “… to apologise unreservedly and fully for the failures of care delivered to Lorraine that contributed to the likely preventable deaths of Asha and Amber.”After being supplied with the reviews into their children’s care, the Reillys called for the HSE to take real action on all of their recommendations.“A lot of these is actually what was in Amber’s review in 2011 and they obviously were not implemented,” said Lorraine.So now we have to make sure that they are implemented and we’re going to fight and we’re just going to be a nightmare for them because we’re just not going to let it go.RTÉ stated that in the coming days the review team is to sign off on its final overall report on maternity practices at Portiuncula Hospital.Read: HSE: Complacency over vaccines could cause death in IrelandRead: Should drink drivers get an automatic ban? Doctors will be debating that today Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘I remember throwing myself on top of the coffin saying no, you can’t take her because I can’t do this again’ RTÉ Investigates reports on problems in care at Portiuncula Hospital. Share81 Tweet Email Short URLcenter_img Image: RTÉ Investigates By Cormac Fitzgerald 22,764 Views Lorraine Reilly and her husband Warren. Monday 24 Apr 2017, 11:40 PM Apr 24th 2017, 11:40 PM INTERNAL EMAILS AT Portiuncula Hospital show how staff weren’t fully transparent with the parents of a child who died soon after birth.RTÉ Investigates revealed tonight on Claire Byrne Live failures in care in the maternity services at the hospital in Ballinasloe.The programme spoke to a number of families affected by the care at the hospital. One couple, Lorraine and Warren Reilly, lost two children at separate times around their birth.Following the news in January 2015 that the HSE was reviewing the care of a number of babies in Portiuncula, Lorraine and Warren approached the health executive with their own cases.It was in a meeting with the HSE that the couple first learned that a review had already been carried out by the hospital over the circumstances of Lorraine’s second baby’s death in 2011.The cases around the care of their children were added to the HSE’s list of reviews in 2015.The couple in recent weeks received their reports from the HSE review.They received an unreserved apology for the failings in care provided at Portiuncula Hospital. The reports pointed out failings of care during both of Lorraine’s pregnancies.In 2011, the Reillys applied under Data Protection legislation to Portiuncula Hospital for all documentation relating to them and their children.Among this documentation was an email sent from a staff member to the hospital’s insurers, the States Claims Agency, in relation to the death of the Reilly’s second baby, Amber. The email stated:last_img read more

Brian always believed in us We slowly started to believe in him

first_img 22,614 Views ‘Brian always believed in us. We slowly started to believe in him as the tournament went on’ Colin Hawkins recalls his memories of the 1997 FIFA U20 World Cup. Jun 13th 2017, 9:30 PM The 1997 side are presented to Lansdowne Road before Ireland’s World Cup qualifier against Lithuania. Source: ©INPHO“But I was happy with the way I was used, Brian was clever in the way that he used me. He knew that I was struggling with the heat.”Those boiling conditions of 30 degree afternoon heat took its toll on Hawkins more than most, who admits he’d falter even in mild sunshine when playing.Tales are told of how Kerr had trained his players in Limerick in sweaty saunas while wearing zipped up jackets in order to to replicate the humid climate that was to come in south-east Asia. But it could not prepare the players entirely.“It was psychologically draining,” says Hawkins of the Malaysian heat. “Like having something heavy on your chest.“I was probably the one player who struggled most with the heat. If it’s eight degrees and sunny I’ll still struggle. If it’s cloudy and 20 degrees I might be alright. It was something that I wasn’t used to and something that I had never experienced before.It was difficult. I’m sure the South American teams loved it because they are used to the sun and the heat. I don’t think anyone would have struggled as much as I did, but you go out and football is football.”Alongside Dave Worrell, Hawkins forged a partnership which solidified Ireland’s defensive shape, offering an anchor for players like Micky Cummins at right back to aid Trevor Molloy and Damien Duff in attack.One instance of his defensive awareness saw Hawkins clear the ball off the line heroically against Spain when Ireland held a tight 1-0 lead in the quarter-finals, with goalkeeper Derek O’Connor later praising the defender for his quick thinking.They put a lot of pressure on for the last 20/25 minutes”, said O’Connor. “I had one or two saves to make. I should’ve actually held onto one – I blame myself – but the defenders were brilliant. Colin Hawkins got back on the line and cleared it. So he really saved me.“We’d do anything for each other on the pitch. That’s the team spirit we had.” Hawkins’ goal line clearance against Spain in the quarter-finals.Hawkins repeatedly makes time to single out the managerial partnership of Kerr and Noel O’Reilly. They were a duo which every single player then and now states as the reason why the team achieved the success it did 20 years ago.Sending a team to an international tournament was no easy feat. The expectation that Ireland would suffer bruising defeats against world football’s top young teams meant optimism was not in high supply outside the camp.But it was Kerr and O’Reilly, Hawkins says, who transmitted an inspiring message: there was no logical reason why Ireland could not compete. With the right preparation, game-plan and tactical setup, nothing could hold them back.With expectations so low as underdogs, they had absolutely nothing to lose.“Brian and Noel instilled in us the idea that we weren’t just there, like the old cliche, to just make up the numbers”, he says.“We were here to do the best that we can and see how far that took us — which it turns out was the third place play-off.“Brian managed it well. We were there for a month and there were only 18 players, so it’s not like you had a 23 man squad and you could chop and change the whole lot. And you also want to keep some continuity in the team when you’re winning games as well.“You don’t want to take players out when they are doing well and getting you wins. I think Brian and Noel managed the squad well considering the size for the six or seven games. That number of games in the space of a month is very difficult.”I think the management did a great job in keeping us grounded. We put a lot of energy into the games but we also had evenings off and the next day our focus would turn to who we were playing and how we would be playing.“When we got out of the group the focus was always only on the next game and preparing for that game.“Brian knows football and he knows how to manage players in situations. He instilled a belief in us that we can achieve something here. He always believed in us and I guess we slowly started to believe in him more and more as the tournament went on. Hawkins alongside Trevor Molloy (right) playing for St. Patrick’s Athletic in 1999. Source: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHOBefore Malaysia, Brian would have been around the League of Ireland for a long time. You don’t coach at that level and not be a motivator, it’s something that he was born with.“You go out and do the best you can but he made us realise that if we keep all of these games tight we were in with a chance.”But some of the team’s fondest memories are off the pitch too. Kerr recognised the need for his players to enjoy themselves when away from the training pitch and gave them a degree of freedom to relax, bond and switch their minds off.“We would have all been hanging around the same meeting rooms having games of cards. Noel O’Reilly used to love pulling out the guitar and having a bit of a sing-song after games.After a few of the games we would be invited back to an Irish bar and would have had Irish stew, a sing-song and a pint of Guinness. It wouldn’t have been a drinking session, more of a get-together to re-group after a good result and prepare for the next game. By Aaron Gallagher Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mars bars, diarrhoea, Connect 4 and a once in a lifetime triumph: an oral history of Malaysia ’97Boys of Summer: We celebrate Ireland’s golden generation and their golden moment Share64 Tweet Email1 center_img Brian Kerr. Source: © INPHO/Patrick Bolger“Ireland is such a small country. We would have all been growing up playing against one another at schoolboy football or in the Kennedy Cup. So we all would have known each other and because of that we all got on so well.There were no airs or graces, no-one thought they were better than what they were. We all just went out and worked hard for the team.”True to form Hawkins is reluctant to talk about his own outstanding performances. Alongside Duff, Mickey Cummins, Thomas Morgan and Robbie Ryan he was an integral but unsung cog in the machine that was the Republic of Ireland in Malaysia.But, as he himself admits, it was never about individuals.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! IN THEIR WORDS and in their eyes you can still sense the level of solemn respect Brian Kerr commands from his players 20 years on.It is the first gathering of the squad from the 1997 U20 World Cup. Better known as the only Irish football team ever to win World Cup medals, Kerr says giddily, as he welcomes all comers to the Gresham Hotel on O’Connell Street.Further enquiry confirms both these facts to be true: this is the only Irish team to have secured World Cup winners’ medals and this is the first and only time the squad has ever met up together since going their separate ways in Dublin Airport following their return from Malaysia.Mars bars, diarrhoea, Connect 4 and a once in a lifetime triumph: an oral history of Malaysia ’97It was a heroes’ welcome, recalls defender Colin Hawkins.His parents told him they would see him back at home in Galway after he had touched down in Dublin. What they had failed to tell him was of the reception that awaited the 19-year-old in Terminal One.“It was unbelievable. My family had said to me ‘yeah we’ll see you when you get back’,” he tells The42 ”It would have been dark when we got off the plane because it was late at night, but I could just make out all of my family there at the airport..They didn’t tell me they were going to be there. They said they would see me when I got home and we would have a couple of drinks in the house. I thought ‘grand’, and then when I got off it felt like the whole of my estate was there with my family and everyone else’s family.” Hawkins in an Ireland shirt. Source: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHOHawkins played in all seven of Ireland’s games in Malaysia. An opening day defeat to Ghana did not prove fatal, as Kerr’s side would go on to defeat the United States and draw with China to reach the knockout stages.Wins over Morocco and then Spain in the quarter-finals set up a semi-final date with holders Argentina, managed by current Colombia manager José Pékerman. It would prove a step too far however, with Bernardo Romeo’s second-half winner bringing the curtain down on the Boys of Summer’s dream.But not before an encore. Ireland regrouped to put the demons of their opening day defeat to bed by beating Ghana in the third-place play off, thanks to a 33rd-minute winner from a stylish but relatively unknown winger called Damien Duff, who’d turned 18 years old just months before.Hawkins’ father was there every step of the way and even travelled to Malaysia to support his son. But it was only upon arrival back in Ireland that it really hit home what the side had achieved.“When you saw people at the airport who didn’t have any direct ties to the squad — that’s when we realised how big it was,” says Hawkins.“I think we were in our own little bubble over there where we realised that we were doing well and achieving good things.“But we didn’t have all of the fans around us because we were on the other side of the world. It wasn’t like it was somewhere in Europe where we might have had loads of Irish fans travelling over.”Almost like when they say you missed Italia ’90 if you weren’t in Dublin?“Yeah,” says Hawkins.  ”I think if you really wanted to feel the impact of the tournament you would nearly have wanted to be in the local area near one of the lads’ homes. I’m sure people in the estate where I grew up were having a great time — I came back and they were having street parties!”We knew we were doing well but we didn’t realise until we came back and saw people at the airport and the next day with the open-top bus tour. Then it really hit home of how big it was for everyone else. We were just focussed on the tournament.”There was even an open-top bus tour back in Galway for Hawkins, so massive was his achievement both as part of the team and through individual performances anchoring defence. An utterly modest persona is reminiscent of his selfless and determined performances in central defence.Tipped by many to be a mainstay in Ireland’s backline in the years that followed Malaysia, Hawkins would, like so many of his 1997 team-mates, never represent their country at senior level.There are 102 caps in this room,” Kerr had said at the beginning of the reunion.“I think the spare two belong to you,” he joked pointing a finger at Glen Crowe.Aside from Duff, who would collect a century of caps, Crowe was the only other player from the 18-man squad to pull on the green jersey at senior level.Hawkins went on to achieve untold success in the League of Ireland, joining Kerr’s former club St Patrick’s Athletic shortly after the tournament and picking up back-to-back Premier Division titles in 1998 and 1999. Hawkins tackles former Dublin inter-county footballer Jason Sherlock playing for UCD in 1997.He would secure two more league winners’ medals, one at Bohemians in 2003 and another at Shelbourne in 2006, admitting that what Ireland achieved in 1997 offered a platform on which to build his career.I think it was an important first step in my career. It instilled a belief in me that you can go on and do great things in football and play at a high level.”Described by many as an unsung hero of ’97, he is modest in his assessment of his own performances where others are quick to sing his praises.“I thought I did alright,” he says.“I didn’t score in the tournament, so I didn’t contribute in that way but I’d like to think I worked hard and helped from a defensive point of view.“Trevor Molloy scored, Dessie Baker scored, Neale Fenn scored. So I couldn’t have any complaints of why I wasn’t playing, because I was struggling with the heat and wasn’t scoring like the other lads in the early games. 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High Court challenge brought over decision to expel teen for bringing knife

first_img No Comments The Four Courts building in Dublin Image: Graham Hughes via Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 8 Apr 2019, 5:36 PM 19,816 Views By Aodhan O Faolain Share2 Tweet Email2 center_img The Four Courts building in Dublin A HIGH COURT challenge has been brought over a decision by a three-person committee set up by the Department of Education to uphold the expulsion of a secondary school student for bringing a knife to school.In proceedings brought through his mother, the boy claims the decision is flawed on grounds including that a member of the committee was a past pupil of the school he was expelled from.The parties cannot be identified for legal reasons.The second-year student was expelled from the secondary school he attended, located in the south of the country late last year.The teen appealed that decision to the Department of Education which appointed a three-person committee under Section 29 of the 1998 Education Act (known as a Section 29 Committee) to consider the appeal.The committee upheld the school board’s decision.‘Very serious matter’At the High Court today, Derek Shortall Bl for the teen said his client had been expelled over what was “a very serious matter”.Counsel said that his client’s mother attended the appeal and was assisted by an independent advocate.Counsel said it is their case that the teen was not afforded fair procedures at the hearing by the committee.The advocate was ruled out of order at the hearing by the committee member when the advocate attempted to raise questions about that member.Counsel said there was a “community of interest” between one of the committee members and the school. The committee member was a past pupil of the school, counsel said.The advocate says that during the hearing the committee member treated both the teen’s mother and the advocate himself with total disrespect, was argumentative, disparaging, disrespectful, offensive and was wholly disinterested in submissions concerning fair procedures.The advocate also said he was accused by the committee member during the hearing of failing to have the students interests in mind, of having delayed matters, and was accused of making false statements.The advocate further claims that at the hearing the committee member also allowed the school to present its case before the teen’s mother was finished hers.That particular member should never have been part of the committee and should have voluntarily stood down before the hearing commenced in January, counsel said.In his action against the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Science, and the three-person committee, the teen seeks an order from the High Court quashing the decision to disallow his appeal.He also seeks various declarations including that there was reasonable apprehension and suspicion of perceived bias in respect of the committee as one of its members was a past pupil of the school, and that the member should have stood down when asked to do so by the pupil’s advocate.He further seeks to have his appeal against his expulsion remitted back to the Department for a fresh reconsideration.The teen’s secondary school is a notice party to the proceedings.Permission to bring the challenge was granted, on an ex parte basis, by Justice Seamus Noonan today.The Judge made the matter returnable to a date later this month.Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing. Image: Graham Hughes via Short URL High Court challenge brought over decision to expel teen for bringing knife to school The second-year student was expelled from the secondary school he attended late last year. Apr 8th 2019, 5:36 PM last_img read more

SocDems say Ellie Kisyombe will run in election after correcting the chronology

first_img Kisyombe will be seeking election on 24 May. Image: Short URL Image: Kisyombe will be seeking election on 24 May. 75 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share78 Tweet Email3 Saturday 4 May 2019, 12:41 PM By Rónán Duffy SocDems say Ellie Kisyombe will run in election after ‘correcting the chronology of her backstory’ A independent review for the party has given the green light for the local election candidate. SOCIAL DEMOCRAT ELLIE Kisyombe will be allowed to run under the party’s banner in the upcoming local elections after an independent review into her candidacy. The party announced the results of the review this afternoon and said Kisoymbe agreed to make changes to her campaign literature to “properly reflect her history and circumstances”.The review came after an article in The Sunday Times reported that Kisyombe, who is in the Direct Provision system, gave details in media interviews that did not match her official record.The newspaper outlined how she first arrived in Ireland on a student visa in 2011, before travelling to the UK where she then applied for asylum. The articles states that she then applied for asylum in Ireland before being arrested in the UK in 2014 suspicion of illegal entry. The SocDems’ website had said that Kisyombe “came to Ireland from Malawi in 2011 and has spent several years living in Direct Provision”. In media interviews she had not made reference to her asylum application in the UK. The apparent discrepancies led to the independent review by the Social Democrats and the the resignation of a number of members who were unhappy with the review.This afternoon, the party said in a statement that her candidacy in the Dublin North Inner City Ward will continue.“The National Executive of the Social Democrats has completed the independent review process into the candidacy of Ellie Kisoymbe for Dublin’s North Inner City constituency.” Following a number of recommendations arising from the review, the candidate has undertaken a series of commitments including revising her campaign literature to properly reflect her history and circumstances. The candidate has also corrected the chronology of her backstory to the satisfaction of the National Executive at this time. “Following the completion of the independent review, and subsequent undertakings from the candidate, the National Executive of the party are happy for the candidate’s campaign to proceed for the 2019 Local Election in the Dublin North Inner City constituency,” the statement added. May 4th 2019, 12:41 PM 40,612 Views last_img read more

Late drama at Croke Park as Galway win by one to book

first_img Roisin Leonard was the last-gasp hero at Croke Park. Share3 Tweet Email Short URL 5 Comments Sunday 25 Aug 2019, 3:43 PM Aug 25th 2019, 3:43 PM 14,218 Views Late drama at Croke Park as Galway win by one to book first All-Ireland final spot since 2005 Róisín Leonard was the hero as the Tribe edged out Mayo in the battle of the Connacht rivals. By Emma Duffycenter_img Reports from Croke Park Roisin Leonard was the last-gasp hero at Croke Park. Galway 2-10Mayo 2-9IT CAME RIGHT down to the wire, but Galway came out on top by the minimum to book their spot in their first TG4 All-Ireland senior final since 2005.Mairéad Seoighe’s double was key in the end at Croke Park but Róisín Leonard was the last-gasp hero, her late, late free-kick ensuring the Tribe came out on top by one point.After falling at the final hurdle far too many times before, Tim Rabbitt’s side finally booked their All-Ireland final spot. Galway last lifted the Brendan Martin Cup in 2004, with Cork and Dublin claiming every title since then.Mayo, who’ve had a remarkable journey themselves, will feel hard done by however, considering the drama that unfolded at the death to break hearts all around.After recalling some of their big guns in Aileen Gilroy, Fiona Doherty and Dayna Finn, Peter Leahy’s side probably started liveliest at HQ but early nerves saw them register three wides in the first four minutes.Then, Galway struck first blood through a Seoighe — who’s heading for the AFLW next season — goal, after good work from Louise Ward in the build-up.The Green and Red had a goal chance of their own in the interim, but were kept out with a good save from Lisa Murphy, before they hit their first score with eight minutes on the clock, Sinead Cafferky the player to split the posts. Roisin Leonard and Sarah Conneally kept the dream Galway start going, before Rachel Kearns had the ball in the back of the net in the Hill end following a brilliant hand-off by Éilis Ronayne. Seoighe then bagged her second goal to make it 2-2 to 1-1 with 15 minutes on the clock. Grace Kelly lifted the Mayo charge from there, registering two more scores, but Galway powered on as Olivia Divilly’s darting runs created more opportunities, which the Leonards and Seoighe duly pounced on inside.  Mayo’s Niamh Kelly is tracked by Louise Ward. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOSinead Burke led the Galway defence brilliantly, but it was Mayo who hit the last three points of the half — the Kelly sisters combining and Kearns splitting the posts in between — to leave it 2-5 to 1-6 at half time.Conneally grabbed Galway’s first of the second half but Mayo bit back immediately, a sublime goal from Niamh Kelly levelling proceedings. The Moy Davitts star went on a gliding individual run, tearing the Galway defence asunder, before rattling the net to make it 2-6 a-piece. The score remained that way for 14 minutes, despite two further Mayo goal chances being kept out and Galway hitting the post twice — one a Megan Glynn goal chance and the other a Leonard free, until Sarah Rowe struck straightforward free. Glynn responded immediately from play at the other end. Kearns and Leonard then exchanged well-taken scores, before substitute Gaughan edged Mayo one up through a free.Just as the clock turned 50, Galway had a goal disallowed. Divilly brilliantly played Leonard in, but the latter was adjudged to over-carry before hitting home. From there, the nerves kicked in as the clock ran down, both sides kicking some uncharacteristic wides with the scoreline 2-9 a-piece.That was until Leonard stepped up with just over one minute on the clock, her free from the ground from inside the 45 sailing over the bar to give Galway what looked like the win. The game didn’t finish up without drama, however, Kearns dancing towards the goal and appearing to double-hop before going to ground just outside the square. But referee Seamus Mulvihill awarded the Tribe a free out to boos around the ground. Scorers for Galway: Mairead Seoighe (2-1), Sarah Conneally (0-2), Roisin Leonard (0-4, 1f), Tracey Leonard (0-1, 1f), Megan Glynn (0-1), Leanne Coen (0-1)Scorers for Mayo: Rachel Kearns (1-2) Sinead Cafferky (0-1), Grace Kelly (0-3, 2f), Niamh Kelly (1-1), Sarah Rowe (0-1, 1f), Natasha Gaughan (0-1, 1f) Galway1. Lisa Murphy (Kilkerrin Clonberne)2. Sinéad Burke (Ballyboden St Enda’s)3. Nicola Ward Kilkerrin (Clonberne)4. Sarah Lynch (Naomh Anna Leitir Móir)5. Orla Murphy (Claregalway)6. Barbara Hannon (Dunmore McHales)22. Shauna Molloy (St Fursey’s)8. Louise Ward (Kilkerrin Clonberne)9. Áine McDonagh (Moycullen)10. Olivia Divilly (Kilkerrin Clonberne)13. Tracey Leonard (Corofin)12. Mairéad Seoighe (Clonbur)14. Sarah Conneally (Dunmore McHales)11. Megan Glynn (Claregalway)15. Roisín Leonard (Corofin)Subs19. Leanne Coen for Aine McDonagh (38)17. Lucy Hannon for Sarah Conneally (44)18. Mairead Coyne for Barbara Hannon (52)Mayo1. Aishling Tarpey (Foxrock Cabinteely, Dublin)4. Éilís Ronayne (Davitts)6. Ciara McManamon (Burrishoole)3. Danielle Caldwell (Castlebar Mitchels)5. Kathryn Sullivan (Castlebar Mitchels)22. Dayna Finn (Kiltimagh)7. Ciara Whyte (Kilmoremoy)8. Clodagh McManamon (Burrishoole)29. Aileen Gilroy (Adamstown)10. Sinéad Cafferky (Kilmovee Shamrocks)12. Niamh Kelly (Moy Davitts)13. Sarah Rowe (Kilmoremoy)18. Fiona Doherty (Moy Davitts)14. Rachel Kearns (Cl McHale Rovers)15. Grace Kelly (Moy Davitts)Subs20. Lisa Cafferky for Fiona Doherty (37)9. Emma Needham for Kathryn Sullivan (40)24. Natasha Gaughan for Sarah Rowe (47)21. Allanah Duffy for Clodagh McManamon (52)17. Noirin Moran for Ciara Whyte (54)Referee: Seamus Mulvihill.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Follow us: Emma Duffy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Students protest closing of Greek studies at UNSW

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram More than 100 students protested on Tuesday outside the library lawn of the University of New South Wales (UNSW). The protest is the second one to have taken place to express objection to the University’s planned decision to close down its Modern Greek Department as of 2011. The University claims low enrolment numbers to the program for the impending closure. This is strongly disputed, however, by University students as well as Greek community figures. The UNSW Hellenic Society is accusing the University of avoiding any form of negotiations with interested parties. “The university has refused to communicate with students, current and future, and refused to work with the Greek community to arrive at a win-win outcome,” James Theodoropoulos, President of the Hellenic Society of UNSW said in a statement sent to Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE). “Discontinuing Modern Greek is yet another example of the declining academic and education standards at UNSW,” he added.Greek community leaders had a meeting on Thursday September 10 with the Dean of Arts and Social Sciences Faculty, Professor James Donald who reiterated his resolve to close down the Department. Among the people present in this meeting was the President of the Greek Orthodox Community of New South Wales, (GOCNSW) Harry Danalis. According to Mr Danalis, the UNSW Dean proposed that after 2011 only Greek classes for beginners could be available for a period of two semesters. Additionally, a Greek mythology class will continue to be taught. Yet, all intermediate and advanced courses will be suspended. The Greek delegation asked Professor Donald to reconsider the decision and to grant them more time in order to try and raise enrolment numbers through targeted campaigns in the Greek community. They even pledged to guarantee the financial viability of the program until enrolment numbers increase. “He was adamant, however, and he told us straight out that he is running a business and that he is convinced that the Greek program is not viable either in terms of numbers, money or research,” Mr Danalis said referring to the exchanged arguments during the meeting.The President of the GOCNSW did concede that for the last few years there has been a steady drop in the number of enrolments. “If we don’t take interest in promoting the teaching of the Greek language to our children and grandchildren the days are numbered for the existence of similar programs in Universities throughout Australia,” Mr Danalis pointed out. A pending issue to be resolved between University authorities and Greek community leaders is the allocation of $1 million that sits in the Modern Greek Department trust fund. Suggestions were discussed at the meeting including the establishment of several post doctoral fellowships, but no decisions have been made.last_img read more

Industrial designer wins prize for street furniture

first_imgYoung Greek industrial designer Aris Stathis won the  first prize in the ‘Athens Bench Mark’ competition for best design of street furniture. Stathis won a prize of 5000 euro for his design inspired by a bike rack. 500 entries from all over the world were received for the ‘Athens Bench Mark’ competition which was conducted solely on the internet. The competition was organised by the City of Athens to come up with new and original designs for street furniture. The Mayor of Athens Nikos Kaklamanis announced that 1000 new park benches will be installed across Athens paid for by private sponsors. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Get inspired through the FFTN

first_imgIolanthie Gabrie, Ruby Slipper Consultants, has this to say about the recent Food For Thought Network (FFTN) Inspiring People Series: “As a Generation Y woman from a diverse multicultural background, I’ve been aware of networking entrepreneur Varvara Ioannou’s Food For Thought Network for some time. This year celebrates a decade of the FFTN, which promotes diversity in our communities. FFTN has created a true gem with the new Inspiring People Series, which premiered on March 22 at Melbourne’s Multicultural Hub. A buzzing crowd congregated to hear from several leading women in our community, including: Jill McCabe (Director of the Office of Women’s Policy), Nigisti Mulholland (inspiring ex-guerrilla fighter-come-nurse hailing from Eritrea), Lynda Morakis (Qantas Pilot) and Michelle Errichello (world -class paralympian athlete aiming for London Paralymic gold). The forum for the evening was a mixture of formal and casual, with each lady initially telling their life story before joining a panel discussion ably lead by Varvara Ioannou. Some of the interesting topics brought to the table included 100 years of International Women’s Day, cultural expectations and how life changes ‘while you’re making plans’ and great challenges in life and business. Overall, the event was well-organised by the FFTN community, and exceeded expectations. It was terrific to see a variety of generations and cultures present, as their very presence realises the FFTN goal of celebrating diversity. I can’t wait for the next FFTN event, which should be a unique event full of inspiration from our multicultural community.For a complete review and discussion of the FFTN’s Inspiring People Series, visit the Ruby Slipper blog: For more info about the FFTN: Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Easy fit for Greek students in Australian schools

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram “‘How do I succeed?’ ‘What can I do to fit in?’ As a teacher I am faced with these questions every day,” explains teacher Sophie Stamatelatos from South Oakleigh College about students arriving from Greece before they start the new school year. “The advice I give to newly arrived students from Greece is no different to the advice I give to students of all backgrounds and to my own children at home, and that is don’t be afraid to develop a strong work ethic. Chase those dreams and don’t let go but understand that anything you want badly enough involves work.” About 40 per cent of the students at South Oakleigh College are from Greece and in the past six months, the teacher said, there have been about 30 new arrivals. She said the best way to get involved in the school and the Australian educational way of life is to immerse yourself in every opportunity that comes your way. “Whether it’s participating in the Greek Parade, dancing the zorba for Harmony Day, volunteering for a leadership role or taking part in a maths competition, you don’t know what talent lies within you unless you try.” The College places a large focus on leadership and mentoring roles. The Student Representative Council organises many fundraising and social activities including Harmony Day. The Peer Support Program involves forty Year 10 students mentoring Year 7 students, helping them make the transition to high school. School house captain Nick Trepca, who is of Greek background and a recent arrival to Australia, encourages all students to participate. “Students should not be afraid to show leadership. You don’t know what you can achieve if you try,” he tells Neos Kosmos. The school encourages all students, not only new arrivals, to be proud of their culture. This year students will be taking part in the Greek National Day Parade and student competition on Pontos, and visiting Fronditha in Clayton. In 2011, Sophie Stamatelatos and her Year 8 class won the best film in the Antipodes Student Film Festival. L.O.T.E co-ordinator Phyllis Dimakakos and her students won a free trip to Crete where they performed a play on the theme ‘Migration’. Both teachers want their students to hold the Greek flag with pride, respecting everything Australia has to offer and remembering the sacrifices of their ancestors. As part of Harmony Day this year, students wore traditional costumes, performed songs and dances and shared food from different cultures. A broad range of cultures was celebrated including those from Greece, New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Vietnam, India and Philippines. English/EAL teacher Mr Ioannidis said: “We’re currently studying the theme ‘Identity and Belonging’ in English. I’m so proud of all my students. The Greek students danced the zorba and played a rebetiko song and my Cook Island and Filipino students sang traditional songs. “It was encouraging to see so many students respecting the culture of other countries. The Student Representative Council and the teachers involved have done a brilliant job in bringing unity and culture to our College.” English and learning coach co-ordinator, Chris Melki-Wegner, organised a visit to the college from the author of the novel Chasing the Valley. They conducted writing workshop classes to develop the creativity and narrative techniques of the Year 7 and Year 8 students. Students were given a tool box of skills to produce and publish a narrative piece which will be distributed amongst all students at the school. These skills helped one student achieve the highest mark possible in the University of New South Wales Writing Competition in the Year 12 category, beating both public and private schools. “It is important to read and critique the work of other students. By reading the work of others in English and Greek I can improve my writing,” stated Year 8 student Katherine Demosthenous, who has a love and talent for creative writing. * South Oakleigh College will be holding an open night Thursday 27 March at 7:00 pm at the college, Bakers Rd, South Oakleigh. For any details please ring Year 7 Transition Co-ordinator, Mark Picone on (03) 95792322.last_img read more

New deadline for Greek property

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram People with properties in Greece must register them in the newly updated National Titles Registry (Ktimatologio). The development of the Hellenic National Titles Registry – a private company owned by the state – aims at the creation of a modern, fully automated real estate property record, whose details are of an evidentiary nature, ensuring the best publicity and security of transactions. The registration of property is a gradual process and has not yet covered the entire country. At regular time intervals, Ktimatologio invites people from different parts of Greece to register their properties. This time the invitation is extended to people with properties in six cities in Macedonia. People with properties in Edessa, Katerini, Kozani, Poligyros, Florina and Thessaloniki, are now required to declare it in the new National Titles Registry (Ktimatologio). Greeks living abroad, with properties in the aforementioned regions will have to declare their assets to the new National Titles Registry in the next four months, starting from Monday 26 August. For the City of Thessaloniki the starting date is September 11. The deadline – within which interested property owners in these areas must ensure that their property is correctly reported – is two months for residents of Greece. For Greeks abroad that period is extended to four months. All beneficiaries with assets in these areas must communicate with their representatives in Greece, in order to ensure that the documents sent to them by the Hellenic National Titles Registry properly describe their properties. If a description is not correct, the objection has to be submitted within the deadline. This is for those who have already declared their properties. If you own the property in the above mentioned areas and you haven’t registered it yet, you may still do so, filling in the Land Register statements, following clear instructions. For those who are not able to follow this process themselves, it is advised to consult a person who knows how to interpret real estate contracts and how to prepare correctly the statements required. Apart from the above mentioned areas, each property owner in any other part of Greece should make sure that it has declared and properly recorded his assets, or that the process of land registering has not yet begun in their region. If the property is not declared to the Titles Registry, the owner loses the right to the property and is only entitled to compensation. The inauguration of the new Titles Registry marks the transition from the old regional system of “Registrations and Mortgages” to the new national system. In particular, the books kept by the competent mortgage office serve as archives, while all transactions are now executed by the Titles Registry, and the registrations of properties are performed in the National Cadastre (Registry) Information System (NCIS). For more information in both English and Greek, visit and fill in the Expatriates Communication Form for further enquiries.last_img read more

Greeks pay most property levies in EU

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Real estate owners and buyers in Greece have to pay the highest property tax contributions in Europe, while one in three Greeks say that they will not be able to pay the new Single Property Tax to be imposed from January, amid reports of an amended bill that will raise the tax-free threshold against strong opposition by government MPs.According to a report submitted on Tuesday to the European Parliament by the International Union of Property Owners (UIPI), Greece is the only country in Europe in recent years to impose an annual property tax (FAP) equal to up to 2 percent of the property value, the special tax paid via electricity bills and the annual council tax on properties (TAP) ranging between 0.025 and 0.035 percent, not to mention the various other charges determined freely by local authorities.On top of that, there is a tax on the capital gains reaped in case of a sale, equal to 20 percent, while Greece has the second-highest transfer tax in the European Union, amounting to 10 percent, against an EU average of 4 percent, according to the report.While in most European countries taxation focuses either on transactions or on ownership, Greece taxes both, and heavily at that.According to an Alpha Bank analysis, the new Single Property Tax will amount to 1.5 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, meaning Greece will have the eighth-highest property taxation among all member states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).Meanwhile a survey by the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry, conducted on October 20-23, found that one in every three citizens will not be able to pay the new Single Property Tax as proposed by the government and put to public consultation. The rate of people who responded they would definitely fulfill their property tax obligations next year amounts to no more than 53 percent.This comes as the survey, conducted every month, found that the level of pessimism among Greeks reached the highest point this year – 70 percent, from 68 percent in September. Optimists accounted for just 15 percent, from 18 percent in September.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Melbourne becoming the Greek church capital

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram With two new churches opening in the past two weeks and more in the pipeline, Melbourne is cementing its place as the Greek Orthodox Church capital of Australia and the wider diaspora.On Sunday, North Altona’s church The Dormition of Our Lady conducted its first service, with Archbishop Stylianos, Bishop Ezekiel and Bishop Iakovos leading proceedings. It’s the second church to open in just two weeks, with the Holy Epiphany Church in Frankston ringing its bell for the first time the Sunday before. Victoria is now home to 44 Greek Orthodox Churches, the most in any state of Australia. NSW comes in second, with 38 churches, while South Australia has 15 under the auspices of the Archdiocese.Per capita, Melbourne hosts the most Greek Orthodox Churches outside of Greece, considering the small population (around 5.8 million).New York State in the USA might boast 62 Greek Orthodox churches to its name thanks to its strong Greek American community, but considering the total population (19.6 million) its church numbers aren’t as impressive as Melbourne’s.The parish priest of the new Altona church, Father George Frangos, says with the growing urban sprawl and the changing dynamic of Greek Australian suburbs in the state, we’ll be seeing more churches popping up for years to come. The Altona church is proof of that, as it has been built to cater to a growing Greek community in the outer western suburbs. “It’s quite a large area, there’s probably about 9,000 registered Greek Orthodox (parishioners) according to the data under our parish,” he tells Neos Kosmos. “And regular visitors of our parish are about 500 families.”It’s one of the larger churches of the state, with the capacity to house almost 700 parishioners.Like many of the Greek Orthodox churches in Australia, the Altona church utilises both Greek and Australian influences. All the marble work has been hand-made in Greece to the church’s specifications, while the rest of the church is made with Australian materials. What the Altona church and the newly minted Frankston church show is that there is a growing need for the work the church does.Father Frangos says it’s a testament to the cultural and religious ties the Greek community has. “In adverse timeframes we see that other denominations (particularly Christian denominations) are starting to decline in numbers, but we’re seeing the Orthodox Church still gaining ground and thriving,” he says. Yet, with many of its current faithful ageing, the future of the church is in doubt in Australia.As a generation shift happens and with Greek proficiency levels diminishing in the second and third generation of Greek Australians, will the church still be relevant in the community? Will the 118 Greek Orthodox churches in Australia still bring in the crowds?Father Frangos sees the Archdioceses opening up to new parishioners outside of the Greek Australian community to fill the gaps. “What we’re seeing is the Orthodox faith is starting to open up to everybody,” he says.“So in anticipation of others joining our church from mixed marriages or those who have an interest within our church and our faith, we’ll see a growth and demand for it.”In visiting America, where the Greek community is much older and where the generational shift has already happened, Father Frangos says there’s no need to worry. “I’ve experienced it first hand, and although the majority of the people in the churches don’t know much Greek, they still maintain their cultural and religious traditions,” he says.“The churches are absolutely packed even just on a normal Sunday.”What might also be a problem for the church in future years is meeting demand as the old priest guard retires. The theological colleges will have to find a way to increase enrolments, while the Archdiocese will need to look at better promoting the priesthood career.last_img read more

Major effort under way after floods in Serres

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Local authorities, residents and members of the armed forces in Serres, northern Greece, worked together in an effort to limit the damage caused by the Strymonas River, which broke its banks on Sunday, flooding thousands of hectares of farmland.The floodwaters wrecked dams and flood defences, according to local officials, who said the structures were unable to withstand the rising water level, which reached 36.36 meters.According to Agni Douvitsa, the mayor of Visaltia, one of the hardest-hit areas, some 500 cubic meters of water per second was gushing into local Lake Kerkini. Authorities have been on standby for the possible flooding of Lake Kerkini after the Strymonas, which flows from Bulgaria, broke its banks over the weekend.“The flooding is constant,” Douvitsa told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency. “The water is destroying whatever is in its way,” she said, noting that large swaths of farmland have been destroyed. “And the worst is yet to come.”The mayor said that local authorities had closed off all country roads and had blocked access to the worst affected areas to ensure people’s safety. “Because if the volume of water increases even further, then we’ll lose them,” he said.The regional vice governor of Serres, Yiannis Moisiadis, said authorities were now focusing on protecting villages, farms and workshops. He estimated the regional flood damage at around 7,000 hectares. Moisiadis is due in Athens on Tuesday for talks with Alternate Minister for Agricultural Development Vangelis Apostolou for talks on the impact of the floods.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

ECB continues to fund banks

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Early on Tuesday, for the third working day in a row, the European Central Bank decided to further extend the amount of money available to Greek lenders in the form of emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) by an undisclosed amount, although the deposit outflow has clearly eased.ECB President Mario Draghi reportedly reassured Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday night that Frankfurt would continue to support the Greek credit system at least until June 30, when the bailout program ends. Bankers estimate that Tuesday’s ELA extension amounted to about 1 billion euros, taking the limit close to 88 billion euros.Bank officials estimated that withdrawals on Tuesday amounted to between 100 and 200 million euros, the lowest of the last three weeks.Bank sources say that the agreement between Athens and its creditors will have to be completed by Thursday for the ECB cash flow to continue, otherwise Frankfurt may pull the plug on its funding.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Australian dollar affected by Greek debt talks

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As Greece’s debt talks with its international creditors remain at a standstill, the Australian dollar has continued to drop, buying 77.37 US cents shortly before 9:00am (AEST).Neighbouring New Zealand’s currency was affected little however, buying 69.02 US cents at 8am in Wellington. Following a recent meeting involving European finance ministers, plans have been announced to meet again over the weekend in a final attempt to reach an agreement. With a Grexit still a looming possibility, investors are being cautious, as Greece’s departure from the Eurozone could have serious consequences for the rest of Europe and global economy. While fears of financial turmoil loom, overnight the main global equity markets saw little change.Local stocks are expected to follow a similar trend with the SPI 200 0.1 per cent lower at 5,556.Source: ABClast_img read more

Three Christian hostages in Syria killed by Isis

first_imgAccording to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Islamic State militants appear to have killed three Christian captives in Syria. The men were captured in February when Isis overran a series of Assyrian settlements in north-east Syria.Kabur river villages that were populated in the early 20th century by Assyrian Christians fleeing Turkish genocide, were raided.A video released by the Islamic group shows one of the men delivering an Isis threat.Islamists vow to kill over 200 Assyrian Christians held hostage if the militants’ demands and ransom are not met. Isis has demanded a ransom of US $100,000 for each prisoner.“We condemn this latest act of barbarism in the strongest possible terms,” an Assyrian activist network said in a statement.“The systematic ethno-religious cleansing of Assyrian/Syriac/Chaldeans continues. They are helpless. They are children. They are women. They are somebody’s father and brother. We plea and beg of the international community to intervene immediately. We have been driven out of our ancestral lands. We have been killed and crucified. The international community must act now to save lives of others kidnapped.”Source: The Guardian Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Women inspiring women

first_imgTickets for the event are $50 per person including a two-course lunch and beverages with local entertainment and door prizes.For more information please visit or call 04 03034527. When: Sunday 6 March, 11.30 am-3.30 pm Where: Manningham Function Centre, 699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram On Sunday 6 March, the Food for Thought Network, in partnership with the Manningham City Council, presents an extended International Women’s Day luncheon.Topics on the day will cover many diverse perspectives on raising awareness about the issues women face in Australia’s multicultural society, while providing opportunities for networking and social action.The speakers will hold a broadened talk on stereotypes and how that affects social engagement and interaction, sometimes leading to discriminatory assumptions. Marking 15 years since the establishment of the organisation, its founder and chair Varvara Ioannou has launched yet another inspirational dialogue featuring a number of high-calibre women.Emeritus Professor and president of the Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs will provide the keynote address, followed by a discussion with Mayor Jennifer Yang, human rights activist Tasneem Chopra, Seven Women’s CEO Stephanie Woollard and gender equality advocate Maria Dimopoulos.“Our 2016 anniversary is celebrated with a first-class event not only in terms of the speakers, but because of the content, the support from the local council, as well as the philanthropic aspect of it,” says chair Varvara Ioannou.“We take pride in having created a community organisation for women with a multicultural appeal, which has never excluded men from its functions.” One of the multiple dimensions of the organisation is how people with power can make use of that privilege to help others succeed in life and contribute back to the community. Food for Thought, having a strong development focus, supports the education and goals of a young, inspirational woman every year. “Our event sponsoree this year is Alexandra Douros, a remarkable 18-year-old Doncaster resident who is blind and has cerebral palsy and received a very high Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 92.”“Any funds raised at the event will go towards the purchase of a Braille laptop and scanner that Alexandra will need for her studies,” the chair continues.Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs has combined an academic career with international commercial legal practice and worked with governments and international organisations on human rights law. Professor Triggs has focussed her presidency on the implementation in Australian law of the human rights treaties to which Australia is party, and to work with nations in the Asia Pacific region on practical approaches to human rights.Tasneem Chopra – author, consultant and curator – is also chairperson of the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights, where she works tirelessly to address the challenges Muslim women face in Australia. As an Australian Muslim of Indian-Kenyan heritage, she has put much energy into conquering stereotypes that affect minorities. Tasneem has been named by The Age as one of Melbourne’s most influential ‘Movers and Shakers’ and The Australian listed her as one of 100 Emerging Leaders. Stephanie Woollard is the founder and director of Seven Women, an award-winning social enterprise which helps train marginalised and socially isolated women in Nepal, helping them to improve their quality of life. She believes that having a realistic understanding of the causes of poverty and culture in developing countries is essential in the field of international development and a crucial ingredient for bringing peace and tolerance in a globalised world. Maria Dimopoulos is nationally and internationally recognised as an expert on gender equality and violence against women, with particular expertise in working with multicultural communities. Much of her work has been aimed at promoting and enhancing a gendered approach in the ongoing complex legal and political reform processes and in ensuring the meaningful inclusion of diverse women’s voices and perspectives in those reform processes.Jennifer Yang was first elected to Manningham City Council in January 2011 and is the current mayor for 2015/16. Jennifer is a passionate advocate for a diverse range of community issues, particularly in the areas of services for senior citizens, young families, migrants and special needs groups. She is the multicultural committee member for the Municipal Association of Victoria and an executive committee member for the Australian Local Government Women’s Association (Victoria). Jennifer also sits on a number of other committees, including the National Australian Chinese Women Association.last_img read more

Greek tourism gets a boost from major travel operator

first_imgGreece’s tourist industry is getting ready for yet another blockbuster summer and travel giant Thomas Cook wants a starring role.It has announced it will put $150 million into strengthening its position in the Greek travel industry with the creation of a number of hotels and boutiques.Four new hotels have already opened in Rhodes, Chania, Kos and Hersonissos, but another nine are set to follow by 2019.Thomas Cook chief Peter Fankhausen says the future for travel business is bright for Greece.“Greece has grown fast in the last two years to become Thomas Cook’s second-biggest destination. Since 2016, we have opened up new regions to our customers including northern Greece and added new airline routes into the country and its beautiful islands”, said Fankhausen at the opening of a new hotel in Crete today.Greece’s minister of tourism, Elena Kountoura also attended the opening and welcomed the investment, hailing her country’s attractions in the process.“Greece is a globally attractive destination 365 days a year, emerging as an outstanding choice for unique, truly authentic travel experiences in the Mediterranean and Europe,” she said.“We support and welcome new investment projects in the dynamically growing Greek tourism sector that enhance the experience and the overall quality of our tourist product.“Our strategic partnership is important in further promoting new Greek destinations and expanding our year-round tourism offering, focusing on the benefits yielded for the local communities through sustainable tourism growth”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Yahoo des comptes de messagerie piratés

first_imgYahoo! : des comptes de messagerie piratésChine – Cette semaine, la firme Yahoo! a détecté plusieurs dysfonctionnements au niveau de différents comptes de messagerie. En Chine, des pirates ont en effet réussi à détourner plusieurs courriels.Yahoo! s’est rendu compte que son service de messagerie présentait des anomalies au niveau de l’utilisation de certains comptes e-mails. Une quinzaine de personnes, dont des journalistes, ont ainsi vu les paramètres de leur compte de messagerie Yahoo! pris en main par des pirates, afin que les messages reçus soient directement réorientés vers une autre adresse électronique inconnue. Yahoo! a rapidement détecté les anomalies concernant son service, et a alerté les victimes potentielles de la fraude, les invitant à contacter son service de messagerie.  La toile connaît une semaine noire, des dysfonctionnements ayant également affecté Google en Chine hier. Gmail ayant déjà connu ce type de piratage informatique, Google et Yahoo! travaillent ensemble afin de lutter contre la cyber-criminalité. Le 31 mars 2010 à 11:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more