first_img Short URL White powder sent to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle being investigated as ‘racist hate crime’ The pair are due to marry on 19 May. Thursday 22 Feb 2018, 6:12 PM 29,438 Views By AFP 44 Comments Officers are also investigating an allegation of malicious communications which relates to the same package, and it is being treated as a racist hate crime.The Evening Standard reported police were examining whether the incident was linked to a package containing white powder that was sent to Britain’s parliament on 12 February.The couple are due to marry in Windsor on 19 May.When their relationship was first revealed in 2016, Harry issued a strongly-worded statement against media harassment of his mixed-race girlfriend.Harry’s communications secretary Jason Knauf said at the time that Markle had been the subject of “a wave of abuse and harassment.”“Prince Harry is worried about Ms Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her,” Knauf said then.© – AFP 2018Read: Ukip in turmoil as two top figures quit party after leader refuses to step down >Read: Begging clampdown urged ahead of royal wedding > Share126 Tweet Email1 Image: Lisa Ferguson/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 22nd 2018, 6:12 PM A PACKAGE CONTAINING white powder and an allegedly racist message sent to Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle is being treated as a hate crime, UK police have said on.Officers from the Metropolitan Police’s counter-terrorism command were called in after the package was received on 12 February at a sorting office in St James’s Palace in central London.“The substance was tested and confirmed as non-suspicious,” police said in a statement.Enquiries continue and there have been no arrests, it added.Contacted by AFP, Prince Harry’s press service at Kensington Palace declined to comment on the report.“Police are investigating after a package containing a substance was delivered to St James’s Palace on Monday, 12 February,” the police statement added. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at a reception in Edinburgh. Image: Lisa Ferguson/PA Images Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at a reception in Edinburgh. http://jrnl.ie/3867032 last_img read more

first_img 77 Comments Short URL Sunday 29 Jan 2017, 8:30 PM Jan 29th 2017, 8:30 PM http://jrnl.ie/3206776 Anonymous Share1129 Tweet Email18 center_img 21,924 Views THE PROUDEST DAYS of my life were, without doubt, the days my three children were born. I was a natural at being a father. I embraced each and every moment and gave my all. I was an involved, hands-on dad from day one.My family was complete. I was so happy. We led a normal, happy, busy life. I worked hard and we had a decent enough lifestyle. The children were happy. They did the normal activities and they did well at school. However, my world fell apart when I started to notice personality changes in my wife.Relationship breaking downOn a daily basis, I began to see serious bouts of paranoia, false allegations, pathological jealousy and impulsive decision-making. I was desperately worried for my kids, my wife, my family unit. Everything I had was slipping away. It was frightening.It started with little things and progressed to more sinister accusations. The more I tried to appease her, the more she started to accuse me. It seemed to be a vicious circle. She was “seeing” my car, where my car had never been. “People” were telling her “things”. She couldn’t leave the house to go to the local shop as “people” were coming up to her and telling her to “wake up and smell the coffee”.I knew it all to be false. I was frightened. She began telling me that the kids were “afraid of me”. I was beginning to feel a bit beside myself. I was questioning my own sanity and reality. It affected me very badly.Starting to speak outI was of the opinion that everything would be okay. After all, there were services there to help in difficult times. Didn’t I have close family members? I believed that speaking about my problems would be a step in the right direction. Little did I know that the wheels of a very sinister smear campaign were very much in motion.I went to see the family GP. I had a good relationship with him and I trusted him. I told him of my worries and concerns and how it was all impacting on our lives. He looked at me and his words sent a chilling feeling through me. “I know all about it,” he said, “She’s very upset. What are you going to do about it?”I was in a daze. What was going on? My wife had obviously been to see the GP and managed to smear, defame and demonise me. Why was my insight not considered? Was I not also his patient? It was all very unsettling.My story was minimised, trivialised and rubbished by a health professional, a supposedly caring individual. Where was his duty of care towards me?My support system had fallen apartIt was time to involve family members. I couldn’t possibly cope by myself. I had a great relationship with my siblings. I needed someone to confide in. I needed advice, help, guidance and most of all someone to listen.I began to notice that my family members were pulling away from me. My work colleagues were amazing and still are though. My workplace has always been my sanctuary, my oasis of calm where I have functional relationships with adults.My personal life was in tatters but the support I got from my work colleagues was truly inspirational. It kept me going. I looked forward to going into work where I knew I had the support of kind, caring individuals.Eventually, I involved social workers Source: Shutterstock/Oleksandr RybitskiyI believed they would help to bring normality back. How wrong I was. They spoke to my wife and reported back. I had to run from the family home as I couldn’t take it. I was devastated.It felt like I was in some kind of twilight zone, a parallel universe. My children were distraught. My wife brought it through the courts. I became an instant “visitor” to my children. I lost all I had. I was literally reduced to the shirt on my back.The courts exacerbated the situation by siding with my ex-wife. I tried and tried to have more access to my children. I was denied at every juncture. I witnessed abominable prejudice, bias and downright abuse in the family courts. I decided I had to keep fighting.Many other men in similar circumstances were giving up on their children or giving up on life itself. I decided to sack my solicitor and represent myself. It couldn’t be any worse. I refused to play the game and fund an abusive, biased system that was designed to heap abuse on men or fathers and, indirectly, innocent children.I was engaging with other men in similar situations. Their stories bore remarkable similarities: supervised visits with their children (no overnights), assessments, loss of assets and practically kangaroo courts. There seemed to be a pattern. Most of these fathers were experiencing the same thing.Negotiating the system’s hoopsI had been made jump through several hoops by the system: psychiatric and psychological assessment, attending a men’s domestic violence group and supervised visits with my children.All my assessments were clear. The men’s domestic violence group refused to see me, having heard my story. They were shocked that I had been sent along by social workers. It wasn’t enough. The social workers, my ex-wife and, consequently, the family courts, kept the pressure on. It was like they wanted me to break or relinquish all rights to my children.I kept going back to court for more access to my children, only to be met with more and more false allegations. The nightmare was relentless. My children were suffering. I could see it. I could feel it. I was completely powerless. It was killing me inside.I was financially ruined but it was only money. Emotionally, I was running on empty. I pined for access to my children. My children pined for access to a good, decent, loving, caring dad.I stayed the courseI’m proud of how far I’ve come. I now see my children regularly. We have a great relationship. But we still have a long way to go.The system is stacked against any father who dares to challenge the status quo. The system cares little for the children involved. They are merely pawns in a broken, money-hungry, biased and desperately corrupt kangaroo family court system.What was the turning point? How did I manage to stem the tide? I took on my own case and began to show how my children were paramount and central in all of this. I was able to show that the chaos all around me was manufactured.My assessments came back as normal. Professionals were seeing that the stories didn’t stack up and were reporting back. I challenged social worker reports that were replete with lies and false allegations and appealed a Section 47 report (regarding extended access) to the High Court.I won my caseI won my case and was awarded more extended access. I took a successful case against a biased family court judge that resulted in them stepping down from my case.I remained steadfast in telling the truth and, always, kept the best interests of the children at heart. I also took the sound advice of the professionals in the men’s domestic violence group who saw me for that initial assessment. They advised me to seek immediate trauma counselling for emotional abuse. I did. It really made a difference.I still have a long way to go. Daily life is a struggle. I am doing my best to pick up the pieces of my shattered life as I contemplate the prospect of long-term counselling. I am doing my best to help my children, however, I’m aware of the emotional impact it all has on them. That weighs heavily on me.I am one of the lucky onesI now realise that I am one of the lucky ones. I survived the onslaught that is the Irish family law system. I will continue to seek justice for myself and my children in a broken, dysfunctional and abusive system.I am now helping other fathers who are caught in the same inescapable trap. I know how hard and unjust the system is and I am aware that many, many fathers succumb to it.The writer of this piece has requested to remain anonymous. He is a helper in Mens Human Rights Ireland – an advocacy group for men’s rights.Opinion: Men are talking, but are we listening?>Dispossessed dads: ‘Fathers are second-class parents and given limited access to children’>Fathers have rights and they just got a lot stronger this year> By Anonymous ‘I witnessed abominable prejudice and abuse in the family courts. I had to keep fighting for my kids’ Divorced dads have a legal right to their kids, but the emotional maelstrom of marital breakdown and a family court system that favours mothers means it doesn’t always happen. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img 17,738 Views Gardaí seize €850,000 worth of heroin and cocaine in Tipperary drugs raid A man was arrested and is currently being questioned. Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3277786 Image: Garda Press Office Share12 Tweet Email1 By Garreth MacNamee Mar 8th 2017, 7:37 PM center_img The drugs which were seized today. Image: Garda Press Office 23 Comments The drugs which were seized today. Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, 7:37 PM GARDAÍ FROM A number of districts have seized approximately €850,000 worth of heroin and cocaine this morning.Officers serached a house at Reiska, Kilcommon, Thurles early this morning  where they made the discovery. A man has been arrested and is currently being questioned.A garda spokesman said: “As part of Operation Thor, Gardaí from Thurles and Gardaí from other Garda Districts in Tipperary searched a house at Reiska, Kilcommon, Thurles early this morning.“During the course of the search, gardaí discovered a quantity of controlled substances including“One male was arrested and is being detained under the provisions of section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act 1996 as amended in a Tipperary garda station.”Read: WikiLeaks releases over 8,000 documents ‘hacked from CIA’ >Read: Alleged Silk Road administrator takes case to Supreme Court in a bid to avoid US extradition > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img Source: Shutterstock/Zvonimir AtleticAfter first complaining to an air hostess Gaikwad, who represents a constituency in the western state of Maharashtra, then got into a heated argument with the senior flight attendant.“(The steward) said ‘I will complain to (Indian Prime Minister Narendra) Modi’, so I hit him,” said Gaikwad.“Should I have to listen to this abuse?” he added.Politicians from other political parties roundly condemned Gaikwad’s actions while a spokesman for Air India told AFP the airline was investigating the incident.Last year an Indian MP was arrested for alleging slapping an airline official at an airport in Andhra Pradesh after he and his family were prevented from boarding their flight because the gate had closed.© – AFP 2017Read: Westminster attacker was 52-year-old Khalid MasoodPictures: 20,000 people evacuated from area after massive fire at Ukrainian arms depot Share15 Tweet Email2 By AFP AN INDIAN POLITICIAN brazenly admitted that he hit a steward on an Air India flight 25 times with his slipper during a row over a seat.Ravindra Gaikwad, an MP in India’s lower house for the Hindu nationalist Shiv Sena party, claimed that the attendant had insulted him first on the Pune to New Delhi flight.“What did he say, that I hit him with my hand? I hit him 25 times with a slipper,” an unrepentant Gaikwad told ANI news agency in video footage posted on its Twitter page and aired on Indian news channels.Indian media reports said Gaikwad claimed he had a business class ticket but that Air India put him in an economy seat for this morning flight to India’s capital. Short URL Thursday 23 Mar 2017, 8:30 PM Indian politician admits hitting air steward 25 times with slipper Indian media reports said the MP claimed he had a business class ticket but that Air India put him in an economy seat. http://jrnl.ie/3303762 center_img Image: Shutterstock/Nicolas Economou Mar 23rd 2017, 8:30 PM 20 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Nicolas Economou 17,394 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img 27 Comments 26,912 Views Share275 Tweet Email7 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By AFP Saturday 1 Apr 2017, 8:00 AM Short URL German Shepherds can detect breast cancer by sniffing bandages A pair of dogs are now 100% accurate in their new role as breast cancer spotters, according to researchers. Image: Shutterstock/Dobo Kristian Image: Shutterstock/Dobo Kristian DOGS CAN SNIFF out cancer from a piece of cloth which had touched the breast of a woman with a tumour, according to researchers who announced the results of an unusual, but promising, diagnostic trial.With just six months of training, a pair of German Shepherds became 100% accurate in their new role as breast cancer spotters, the team said.The technique is simple, non-invasive and cheap, and may revolutionise cancer detection in countries where mammograms are hard to come by.“In these countries, there are oncologists, there are surgeons, but in rural areas often there is limited access to diagnostics,” Isabelle Fromantin, who leads project Kdog, told journalists in Paris.This means that “people arrive too late,” to receive life-saving treatment, she added.If this works, we can roll it out rapidly.Working on the assumption that breast cancer cells have a distinguishing smell which sensitive dog noses will pick up, the team collected samples from 31 cancer patients.These were pieces of bandage that patients had held against their affected breast.With the help of canine specialist Jacky Experton, the team trained German Shepherds Thor and Nykios to recognise cancerous rags from non-cancerous ones.“It is all based on game-playing” and reward, he explained.After six months, the dogs were put to the test over several days in January and February this year.This time, the researchers used 31 bandages from different cancer patients than those the dogs had been trained on.One bandage was used per experiment, along with three samples from women with no cancer.Saving lives Each bandage was placed in a box with a large cone which the dogs could stick their noses into, sniffing at each in turn – four boxes per test.The exercise was repeated once with each sample, meaning there were 62 individual responses from the dogs in all.In the first round, the dogs detected 28 out of the 31 cancerous bandages – a 90% pass rate, the researchers announced.On the second try, they scored 100% – sitting down in front of the box containing the cancerous sample with their muzzle pressed deep into the cone.“There is technology that works very well, but sometimes simpler things, more obvious things, can also help,” said Amaury Martin of the Curie Institute, citing the many untested stories of dogs having detected cancer in their owners.Our aim was see if we can move from conventional wisdom to… real science, with all the clinical and research validation that this entails.This was the proof-of-concept phase of Kdog.The next step will be a clinical trial with more patients and another two dogs, but the team is still in need of project funding.The team believes that one day dogs may be replaced by “sniffing” machines, possibly armies of electronic diagnosticians dedicated to analysing samples that people far from clinics would send them by the post.In the meantime, Experton said there is little danger of the trained dogs using their new-found skills to accost cancer sufferers outside the lab.“These tests happen within a very specific work environment,” he explained.In a different context, these dogs are unlikely to simply pounce on random people in the street.The team says it is the only one to work with breast cancer detection from skin-touch samples.Other research projects are testing canines’ ability to smell different types of cancer in samples of the skin itself, blood or urine, even the air people exhale.© – AFP 2017Read: ‘Just getting on with it’: Laptop ban comes into force at Middle-East airports >Read: Korean Air crew to ‘readily use stun guns’ on troublesome passengers > Apr 1st 2017, 8:00 AM http://jrnl.ie/3308720 last_img read more

first_imgThe fact that it is going to come up every two years is like opening a sore.She added that O’Reilly was not content with taking Rachel’s life but he also tried to take her character, saying she “hopes to God that he doesn’t get out”.Also speaking on the programme, Rachel’s father Jim Callaly said O’Reilly is a psychopath and would be a danger to the public if released.The couple recounted how O’Reilly re-enacted Rachel’s murder in front of them when he was let back into the house just a few days after carrying out the grisly murder. Rose and Jim Callaly after O’Reilly’s guilty verdict was handed down in 2007. Source: RollingNews.ie“After that day I had no doubt whatsoever that he was the murderer,” Rose said.The couple have both written letters to the Parole Board about O’Reilly’s application and say that it is wrong that they are not allowed to go before the board when O’Reilly can.“I thought several times I would lose my sanity, the devastating effect it had on Rose and our children,” Jim wrote in his letter.He ruined several people’s lives, he’s a very dangerous and devious person and he should never be let out of prison.O’Reilly has never admitted to Rachel’s murder and when asked if it make a difference if he confessed his guilt, Rose said it would.“To me it would, and I can’t put it into words why,” she said. “It would bring me some sort of solace”.Jim believes O’Reilly would only make the admission as part of a ploy to get released from prison.  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 48,464 Views Feb 28th 2019, 3:14 PM Share606 Tweet Email 35 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4517685 Thursday 28 Feb 2019, 3:14 PM Parents of Rachel Callaly call for ‘dangerous and devious’ Joe O’Reilly’s parole bid to be rejected O’Reilly third parole application will be assessed next month. THE PARENTS OF murder victim Rachel Callaly have spoken out about the trauma, her killer husband, Joe O’Reilly’s parole bids cause them every two years.In 2007 O’Reilly was sentenced to life in prison for murdering Rachel at their home in Naul, north Dublin, in October 2004.Callaly was bludgeoned to death and her body was discovered by her mother Rose. O’Reilly has previously made two applications for parole, both of which have been rejected.His third application will be assessed by the Parole Board next month. Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke programme Rose Callaly said it was a “bombshell” when they learned that O’Reilly could have parole hearings every two years.“I always thought it was three years, even that is far too much,” she said. By Ceimin Burke Joe O’Reilly, file photo. Image: RollingNews.ie Short URL Joe O’Reilly, file photo. Image: RollingNews.ielast_img read more

first_imgCarlow trio to fight hefty suspensions in front of appeals committee Turlough O’Brien, Steven Poacher and Brendan Murphy have appealed their bans to the GAA’s Central Appeals Committee. Short URL https://the42.ie/4592132 Carlow’s Poacher, O’Brien and Murphy. Apr 15th 2019, 10:35 AM By Kevin O’Brien Monday 15 Apr 2019, 2:00 PM 14 Comments Image: Inpho Carlow’s Poacher, O’Brien and Murphy. Image: Inpho Updated Apr 15th 2019, 2:00 PM CARLOW HAVE APPEALED the suspensions imposed on Turlough O’Brien, Steven Poacher and Brendan Murphy to the GAA’s Central Appeals Committee (CAC) with their cases likely to be heard this week. Last week, manager O’Brien was slapped with a 20-week ban while coach Poacher and midfielder Murphy each received 12-week suspensions after all three were found guilty by the Central Hearings Committee (CHC) of showing “threatening conduct” towards referee James Bermingham at the end of their Division 3 round 6 defeat to Down.Carlow GAA confirmed to The42 that the trio lodged appeals to the CAC over the weekend in a bid to fight the suspensions which threaten to derail their championship campaign.The three men were initially charged by the GAA’s Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) with allegations of “minor physical interference with a referee” along with the lesser charge of threatening conduct.They sought a hearing to the CHC which took place last week where only the latter charge was proven and they were suspended accordingly. Video footage shows Bermingham being confronted after the one-point defeat to Down on 16 March when a free after the allotted period of second-half stoppage-time clinched the victory for the Ulster side.A draw would have secured Carlow’s survival in the third tier but a final round loss to Laois a week later saw them relegated to Division 4.As it stands, O’Brien’s involvement would be precluded unless Carlow reach the All-Ireland semi-final stage, while Poacher and Murphy would be ruled out until 8 June – the night before the Leinster semi-finals.According to the letter of the law, suspended parties are not permitted to take part in training sessions although this is not always strictly enforced by GAA.If their appeal to the CAC is unsuccessful, Carlow’s final stop would be at the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) which operates independently of the GAA.Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: 17,059 Views Subscribe Share11 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img‘This has gone on for too long’: Gardaí and Dublin City Council in dispute over policing of Google protests Internal correspondence shows how gardaí and DCC disagreed over the management of the protests. Sep 6th 2019, 12:06 AM Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie Share18 Tweet Email2 Demonstrators support Gemma O’Doherty’s protest against Google last month Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie https://jrnl.ie/4796782 Demonstrators support Gemma O’Doherty’s protest against Google last month GARDAÍ AND DUBLIN City Council wrangled over how to monitor protests headed by Gemma O’Doherty outside Google’s offices in Dublin last month, new records show.Internal correspondence seen by TheJournal.ie shows how a garda inspector suggested that the local authority’s busking enforcement unit should police the demonstrations.The issue arose after both gardaí and the council received a number of noise complaints about the protests, with emails between the two showing initial confusion as to how they should be dealt with.The emails were among a volume of correspondence sent to the local authority regarding the demonstrations, which included complaints from a diverse range of people, such as councillors, residents and local businesses.The protests were staged outside Google’s offices on Barrow Street in Dublin, and were initially organised after O’Doherty was suspended from YouTube for violating its policies on hate speech and harassment.They took place daily for a number of weeks, and saw protesters march outside the building and use loudspeakers to chant and shout at passers-by and Google employees.Several counter protests also took place at Barrow Street under the banner ‘Speakers Unicorner’, whose members also chanted and used megaphones.On 13 August, gardaí issued a warning to the protesters, reading out the Public Order Act. It’s understood that protesters were asked to desist from playing loud music, beating drums and using an amplifier.Affect on local residentsInternal council correspondence now shows the extent of local disruption that the demonstrations caused.In a series of emails to council management in late July, Green Party councillor Claire Byrne relayed complaints from residents in Barrow Street and South Dock relating to “an individual with a loud amplified speaker and megaphone outside Google HQ”.Byrne said that while she fully supported the right to peaceful protest, she did not consider the demonstrations peaceful because they were causing so much disturbance.In one email, she said: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Friday 6 Sep 2019, 12:05 AM One [resident] told me she approached [protesters] to ask them to be quiet and she was met with abuse. She also said that the protest has gone on until after 10pm which is after the cut off point. The residents can’t even open their windows in this heat due to the noise, and it’s keeping kids awake. I have also been contacted by taxi drivers as there is disruption to the rank there.In another email, a Dublin City Council area manager told other staff about problems raised by Fine Gael councillor Danny Byrne, who he said was “adamant” that the council should meet with gardaí to discuss the demonstrations.“He says that he has constituents trying to study for exams and cannot do so because of the racket in Barrow Street,” the email read. Staff and security look on as supporters of Gemma O’Doherty protest outside Google HQ on Barrow Street Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieIn late July, a business owner contacted the council to complain about the disruption that the protests had been causing her for three weeks.“We are trying to conduct our business as best we can but in the afternoon we have been subject to this noise pollution,” she said in one email.However, the council responded by saying that it was unable to deal with the issue, as the matter was a legal one. It told the woman to contact her local garda station instead.“I have checked with our environmental health section in relation to noise pollution, who tell me that the use of a PA is classed as a public order offence and needs to be dealt with by An Garda Síochána,” a council staff member wrote.But despite the woman replying to say that she had already contacted gardaí, the council said it was still attempting to clarify matters before it could deal with it.Correspondence from the woman to the council in mid-August shows how the issue had still not been resolved weeks later. It read:We would really like to see an end to this protesting and have use of the footpath once again. This matter has really gone on for far too long.” Street performance bye lawsFurther correspondence also details the extent of confusion between gardaí and the council on how to deal with the noise from protesters and disagreements about who was responsible for policing it.In August, gardaí in Irishtown wrote to the council to suggest that the local authority could use street performance bye-laws to deal with the ongoing noise issue at the protests.Gardaí said that demonstrators were using a microphone accompanied by a speaker to enhance the volume of their “vocal expressions” and were playing recorded music, using musical instruments and singing.The email continued:The Garda Síochána is to enquire as to whether the Street Performers Bye-Laws 2016… have been considered by Dublin City Council in respect of this ongoing issue and whether the Google protesters/demonstrators are acting in a performing role for the purpose of the 2016 Bye-Laws. Short URL 38,119 Views 71 Comments In this regard, I am to inform you that a counter protester has alleged to the Garda Síochána that these protesters are performing on the street without a licence.But a response from a council staff member said that the local authority believed its street performance bye laws, introduced in 2016 to regulate busking, did not apply because the protest was not a performance.The council said that a street performer was defined as anyone who engaged in “performance or exhibition in a public place…with the reasonable expectation or opportunity of receiving donations”.Instead, the council suggested that the matter should be dealt with under Section 5 of the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act, alleging that the protests could be described as “offensive conduct”.“[It is] an offence for anyone in a public place to engage in offensive conduct: between the hours of 12 o’clock midnight and 7 o’clock in the morning next following; or at any time, after having been request by a member of An Garda Síochána to desist,” they said.The council subsequently agreed to monitor noise levels at subsequent protests during a meeting of councillors, staff and gardaí a number of days later. Gemma O’Doherty (file photo) Source: Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ieProtests dwindledO’Doherty has been a controversial figure on social media in recent years, and regularly issues posts criticising Ireland’s media, political parties and immigration policies.She attempted to run in last year’s presidential election, but was unable to secure enough nominations from local councils to get on the ballot.She also ran for the European elections this year in the Dublin constituency, where she secured 6,659 first preference votes, finishing 12th out of 19 candidates.She frequently broadcast on YouTube – which is owned by Google  before being banned after posting a video criticising ethnic minorities in Ireland. The first sanction prevented her from uploading new content for seven days, and the offending video was removed.She continued to post on the site under another username, contravening YouTube’s terms and conditions, leading it to ban her outright from posting any content on the platform and the subsequent protest on Barrow Street.However, the protests have dwindled in recent weeks and O’Doherty has not returned to the platform.By the time of publication, gardaí did not respond to a request for comment when asked whether the council or the force were responsible for dealing with noise complaints involving megaphones and amplifiers at demonstrations.With reporting from Ken Foxe and Daragh Brophy. 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first_imgOne of the largest alleged extortion and loansharking rings was reportedly detected in Thessaloniki, police announced on Wednesday.The alleged “mastermind” of the criminal ring, that numbered a total of 22 suspects, was a 34 year-old man arrested in Athens. Authorities have arrested another eight individuals, including the former’s 29 year-old wife and a lawyer. Charges have been filed against 13 individuals, including a man currently incarcerated in the Larissa prison serving time for manslaughter and extortion.The ring was active in Thessaloniki, at least for the past five years, as well as in Athens, preying on nightclub owners who borrowed money with interest rates of up to 10 percent.Police were led to the ring last September when a search of the house of the 34 year-old after charges were filed against him for using illegal force on a local businessman. The search revealed a dairy that included names of businessmen and private loan agreements. Indicative of the ring’s activities was the fact that in 2009 alone it lent more than 2.5 million euros.The main suspect in the case has paid no taxes since 1995 and allegedly has lent the sum of 514,000 euros to football club Iraklis FC in return for the control of the club’s television rights. The 34 year-old and his wife also allegedly engaged in money laundering by purchasing luxury cars, jewellery and real estate. The value of one of the six private houses they purchased is more than 4 million euros. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgThe number of cigarette smokers in Greece has dropped considerably for the first time in years, according to three relevant reports that suggest a decline between 4 and 9 percent, the health ministry has announced. Despite the fact that the implementation of the anti-smoking law is not regarded as successful it appears that tobacco users have realised the benefits of reducing or cutting smoking altogether, Health Ministry general secretary Antonis Dimopoulos pointed out. The number of smokers using hospital anti-smoking clinics has doubled, while 65 percent of the Greeks have responded that they do not smoke when they go out. The anti-smoking legislation is seen as a positive development by 70 percent of respondents. Based on the available figures, one million euros in the anti-smoking fines have already been collected, while the anti-smoking law violations hotline (1142) has received 23,000 calls since its activation. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgAdministrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the public sector has shed 200,000 employees over the past four years, reducing the state payroll for civil servants by 8 billion euros, as part of the government’s plan to push forward a delayed overhaul of the civil service.Presenting his ministry’s reform plan for the next two years at Zappeio Hall, Mitsotakis said authorities were “moving from quantitative targets to the fulfilment of qualitative reforms in accordance with an agenda which we are setting ourselves.”The aim is to make the best possible use of the available human resources in Greece’s civil service, Mitsotakis said, citing a new system for selecting supervisors and presenting plans for boosting procedures aimed at increasing transparency and meritocracy.“It is the first time that such a complex exercise is being carried out for the evaluation of structures, the drafting of staffing plans and the designation of positions of responsibility,” Mitsotakis told an audience that included officials of the European Commission and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).In the coming days, the ministry is to seek the approval of the Council of State for a series of draft presidential decrees outlining the planned overhaul.Greek labor unions have vehemently protested changes to the civil service that have been demanded by the country’s troika of international creditors over the past four years, chiefly layoffs and a so-called mobility scheme of forced transfers and dismissals. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgThe first of possibly three presidential ballots will take place on Wednesday evening, with the government expecting its candidate, Stavros Dimas, to receive at least 161 of 300 MPs’ votes, which will be well short of the 200 needed to be elected but a basis for the coalition to work from for the final ballot on December 29, when 180 votes will be required.The vote is due to begin at 7 p.m., with all of New Democracy and PASOK’s 155 MPs expected to back Dimas’s candidacy. The independent MPs Katerina Markou, Spyros Lykoudis, Grigoris Psarianos, Christos Aidonis, Giorgos Davris and Panayiotis Melas are also expected to vote for Dimas, taking the total to 161.Sources indicated that the government believes this total could rise to as high as 167 in Wednesday’s first ballot. Two possible sources of votes are Independent Greeks and Democratic Left (DIMAR) but the official line from both parties is that they will not vote for Dimas. As there is not the option of a “no” vote in Greece’s presidential elections, this means they will be voting “present.”A prosecutor ruled on Tuesday that the seven Golden Dawn MPs in pre-trial custody should be allowed to take part in Wednesday’s vote. They are all expected to oppose Dimas’s candidacy. Former Golden Dawn lawmaker Stathis Boukouras, now an independent, will also be allowed to vote. It is thought he might back the government’s nominee although not necessarily in Wednesday’s vote.Speaking from Brussels, PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos stressed the importance of political stability. “Uncertainty as regards the country’s strategic direction provokes negative repercussions for the economy,” he said. His statement came as PASOK tries to differentiate its stance from that of New Democracy ahead of possible snap elections. Venizelos said austerity endured by Greeks must not be in vain. “I will not allow… the achievements of the country and the sacrifices of the Greek people to go to waste.”In the SYRIZA camp, officials avoided speculating on the number of MPs the coalition will garner on Wednesday. Some in SYRIZA said they believed the government has other potential supporters who will not reveal themselves until just before the second or third votes in the coming weeks. Meanwhile SYRIZA spokesman Panos Skourletis accused the government of having “a plan of pressuring, blackmailing and terrorizing Greek society in order to find the 180 [votes].”Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Haris Demas’ article about the Greek Social Security case is not new to me as I was involved in part of the investigation. I clearly remember when over 180 migrants, all of Greek origin, and about five doctors had their homes in Sydney raided in the early hours of 1 April 1978 by the Commonwealth Police. Not knowing what and why it was happening, these migrants were dragged off in front of their petrified families by the Commonwealth Police, to be charged for allegedly defrauding the Social Security Department. Most of these people were receiving an invalid pension due to a physical or psychological incapacity. The charges levelled against them were that they supposedly were involved with some doctors as part of a massive Greek conspiracy to illegally obtain a social security invalid pension. Nearly 1,000 people, all of them Greek-born, were investigated and placed under suspicion by the authorities throughout April 1978 and had their pension or sickness allowances stopped on the simple premise that they were Greek and therefore might have illegally obtained a government payment. The Social Security Department had believed for some time that Greeks were rorting the pension system by paying doctors to grant them an invalid pension via an underworld organisation called the ‘Kolpo’, akin to the Italian Mafia. Although it might not seem such a big deal that the government took these measures back then, something of its equivalent occurring today would be if you heard the news that almost 1,000 people of Middle Eastern background had been rounded up from their homes and taken into custody for investigation and charged with a conspiracy. The media and radio talk back shows would be going ballistic, demanding these people be deported back to where they came from, without asking for any evidence to be provided. That is exactly what happened back in 1978 when journalists from a Sydney tabloid paper just ‘happened’ to accompany the Commonwealth Police when they raided the homes of those Greeks on that April 1 morning, reporting the arrests as a great triumph and coup for our federal law enforcement agency.The media trumpeted how millions of dollars were involved, with Greek invalid pensioners ripping off the system and many of them living in Greece like royalty. Suddenly anyone of Greek origin was looked upon as a cheat and bludger and this stuck until the next batch of newly-arrived migrants, which happened to be those from the Middle East.As someone involved in the investigation, I was appalled at the number of Greek Australians who believed all the media propaganda and were quick to accuse without any proof those who were arrested, or who were receiving a pension payment, of being cheats. There were even instances where Greek interpreters used by the police made fun of the people being interviewed and investigated. Those Greek migrants who were taken in by the police were also made to hold a sign stating ‘Greece’ while being photographed, had all their personal papers and documents seized and checked for clues that might incriminate them. Pensioners were forced to remember why they had withdrawn or deposited paltry amounts of money as low as $20 some years prior. Questions were asked including why they couldn’t speak English seeing as they had been here for 15-20 years, as though it was a crime, even though these people had worked in heavy unskilled labouring jobs, usually with other migrants from their own background. Besides, this was no reason why they could not be trusted. Some of these invalid pensioners suffered greatly. I know of instances where suicide attempts were made, one unfortunately successful, while others had to borrow money from friends and relatives to survive as they had their welfare payments suspended for many months, while many others had their pensions stopped over several years.The committal hearing of the conspiracy case became the most expensive and longest-running in the English-speaking world and eventually all the charges of conspiracy were dropped some years later. There was, however, a positive outcome for some of those under suspicion, whereby they had their pension payments increased due to their benefits being thoroughly investigated by the Social Security Department, which had not calculated correctly their entitlement years earlier. This event should not be forgotten but should serve as a reminder to us to be careful and vigilant when whole ethnic, racial or religious groups are accused by government authorities of some conspiracy against the state.Unfortunately, stigmatising a group of people based on their physical and or cultural background has become an art in this country during the last 20 years. These events should not be forgotten but also taught in schools as part of Australia’s history.last_img read more

first_imgArchaeologist Dr Dora Constantinidis from the University of Melbourne will present a lecture about the secret of the Amphipolis tomb next Thursday, 10 March 2016.The lecture is part of the Seminar series offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne for the sixth consecutive year.Dr Constantinidis has excavated at many sites in Syria and Greece, including at the ruins of ancient Dion and will use her years of experience to try to answer some of the enigmatic questions this tomb has raised.The funerary monument so far is the largest that has been uncovered in all of Greece and during this lecture the audience will have an opportunity to explore the tomb one chamber at a time.Dr Constantinidis will present some of these discoveries and their probable significance in an effort to reflect on the ultimate question of why man creates such places of commemoration. After specialising in Middle Eastern Archaeology at the University of Melbourne, she went on to investigate the Bronze Age buildings at the site of Akrotiri using digital program (GIS) for her Doctorate at the University of Athens.Dr Constantinidis has returned at the University of Melbourne as a research Fellow in Archaeology, focusing on how computers can assist archaeologists and cultural heritage. Meanwhile, she has developed a new subject: “Heritage Informatics” (FIT5204) which is taught at the Prato campus of Monash University, using Information Technology to record, analyse and help preserve Cultural Heritage for future generations.Her current research in the Computing and Information Systems department is on developing an app for citizen heritage.When: Thursday, 10 March 2015 at 7.00pm Where: Greek Centre, Mezzanine Level, 168 Lonsdale Street, MelbourneMore info: greekcommunity.com.au/seminars or +61 3 9662 2722 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Last week marked the end of an era for the automotive manufacturing industry with the closure of Holden’s car manufacturing plant in Adelaide’s north, after 70 years of operation.Holden rolled its last car – a red Commodore V8 – off the assembly line and hundreds of workers were on hand to mark the occasion in a private ceremony, a bittersweet moment amid feelings of sadness and pride. Holden’s managing director Mark Bernhard thanked the workers in a genuine display of heartfelt emotion, while dozens of Holden fans gathered outside to pay tribute to their much loved brand. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull described the closure of Holden as a sad day for the country, while SA Premier Jay Weatherill described the lockup as a “massive” hit to the South Australian economy.The brand has over the years also been extremely popular amongst Greeks in Australia. “I remember our first family car, a Holden FB, where I would sit and do my Greek homework on a Saturday morning on our way to Greek School,” recalls 54-year-old Debbie Argyropoulos, whose family migrated to Australia from the islands of Ithaca and Lesvos in the early 1950s.“A few years went by and my brother convinced my father to buy another Holden, the legendary two-door Holden Monaro V8 which my then 40-year-old mother drove around with no rear seat belts. That was the car I also learned to drive in,” she reveals.“[Upon] reflection, the closure of Holden marks indeed the end of an era that’s now long gone but will always stay alive in our memories.”Debbie Argyropoulos with her father and their Holden.Over the seven decades of building cars in Australia, Holden produced almost 7.7 million, the largest of any of the local manufacturers, including 2.3 million Commodores.Nick Varigos, now 64, was just three years old when his parents bought their first. “For me, and for most Greek families across Australia, back in those days, a Holden was synonymous [with] freedom,” says Varigos in an interview with Neos Kosmos. “The car was our means to go out and explore Australia while many Greeks were employed at the manufacturing plants and helped provide for their families. “The closure of Holden, a hallmark in the Australian manufacturing industry, brings closure to a massive chapter in our childhood memories,” adds Varigos.Holden’s closure follows Ford’s and Toyota’s progressive cessation of their operations. The second last Holden built was a Commodore ute, which followed a Commodore wagon and a Caprice limousine. Holden will keep all four cars as museum pieces.last_img read more

first_imgNeige : 7 départements en vigilance orangeEn raison de chutes de neige et de risques de verglas, Météo France a placé sept départements en vigilance orange jusqu’à demain soir.Les flocons s’invitent encore dans sept départements aujourd’hui, après un retour hier en fin d’après-midi. La Seine-et-Marne, l’Aisne, les Ardennes, l’Aube, le Loiret, la Marne et l’Yonne sont concernés par l’alerte depuis 6h ce matin. Dans son bulletin national, Météo France indique : “Des chutes de neige vont se produire par l’Yonne et le sud de la Champagne en cours de matinée et s’étendre vers les Ardennes, l’Aisne et la Seine et Marne en cours de journée”.En Île-de-France, la neige tombée abondamment hier soir n’a pas tenu sur les chaussées. Le trafic a donc repris normalement, aussi bien sur les routes (sauf pour les poids lourds sur la N118) que sur les rails.En revanche, le trafic aérien est toujours perturbé. 20% des vols devraient être annulés aujourd’hui à Roissy-Charles de Gaule et à Orly, jusqu’à 13h au moins. La DGAC recommande aux passagers de contacter leur compagnie aérienne avant de se rendre à l’aéroport.Le 23 décembre 2010 à 08:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgNGC 3621, une galaxie à disque purLa constellation de l’Hydre abrite NGC 3621, une galaxie spirale décrite comme étant une galaxie à disque pur car elle n’est encore jamais entrée en collision avec d’autres galaxies.La galaxie NGC 3621 est située à 22 millions d’années-lumière de la Terre. Suffisamment lumineuse pour être vue depuis un télescope de taille moyenne, elle a été observée grâce au télescope spatial de l’ESO au Chili.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESADu fait de sa luminosité et de sa relative proximité, il est aisé pour les astronomes de l’étudier en détail. Cela s’avère très enrichissant, comme l’indique Sciences et Avenir, car NGC 3621 possède une importante variété d’objets célestes : des nurseries d’étoiles, des nuages de poussière et des étoiles pulsantes  à éclat variable (les Céphéides).Sa forme aplatie nous enseigne que cette galaxie n’en a jamais percuté une autre. En effet, dans le cas d’une collision intergalactique, les scientifiques auraient observé un bulbe au centre de la galaxie, ce qui n’est pas le cas.Le 3 février 2011 à 14:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgAlgues dorées : moins toxiques sous la lumière du soleilMise en ligne sur le site du Journal of Plankton Research, une étude américaine met en évidence une diminution, à la lumière solaire, de la toxicité de l’algue dorée, responsable de l’empoisonnement de millions de poissons dans le sud des États-Unis.Au moins 7 millions de poissons tués depuis 1988 le long du fleuve Brazos, plus d’un million de poissons morts dans le lac Whitney sur une période de seulement 3 mois, durant l’année 2005… : les autorités environnementales du Texas  ont toutes les raisons de craindre la prolifération des algues dorées (Chrysophytes), espèce généralement côtière, dans leurs lacs et leurs rivières.  Attaquant les branchies des poissons et les faisant suffoquer, la toxine émise par ces algues ne pardonne pas.À lire aussiTop 5 : quels sont les poisons naturels les plus mortels au monde ?Cependant, au cours d’une étude financée par une subvention du Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, des chercheurs de l’Université Baylor (Waxo, Texas), en collaboration avec d’autres universités de cet état, ont montré que la lumière du soleil est un élément clé dans l’ampleur et la durée de la toxicité de ces algues pour les poissons : plus l’exposition à la lumière naturelle est importante, moins la toxine fait de dégâts.”Ce que nous pensons qui se passe, en termes d’hécatombe de poissons, c’est que la lumière du soleil ne pénètre que peu profondément dans un lac, donc dans ceux où il y a prolifération d’algues dorées, les poissons évoluant à des profondeurs plus importantes peuvent être exposés à davantage de toxines. L’algue dorée est agressive et très remarquable parce qu’elle peut produire ses propres toxines, nager, assurer la photosynthèse et se nourrir d’autres organismes. Si nous pouvons comprendre ce qui stimule et ce qui diminue la croissance de cette algue, nous pourrons être en mesure de le contrôler”, a expliqué le Dr Bryan Brooks, responsable du programme de recherche. Le 19 juin 2011 à 20:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgGoogle + : bientôt 50 millions de membres ?Suite à l’ouverture de Google + au grand public, le réseau social a connu une augmentation de ses membres de 30%. Par ailleurs, il propose désormais de partager ses fameux cercles de contacts avec d’autres utilisateurs.C’est un bond qui va réjouir les dirigeants de la firme de Mountain View. Selon Paul Allen, fondateur de Ancestry.com et “statisticien non-officiel de Google”, le réseau social Google + aurait connu une hausse de 30% du nombre de ses membres en l’espace de deux jours. Une augmentation spectaculaire directement lié à l’ouverture du réseau au grand public. Le 20 septembre dernier, Google + est en effet passé d’une version bêta privée à une bêta publique ouverte à tous, rapporte Clubic.com.À lire aussiLa réaction hilarante de gorilles sous une averse fait le buzz sur Facebook (Vidéo)Selon les estimations, le nombre d’utilisateurs inscrits, de 28,7 millions enregistré le 9 septembre aurait atteint le 23 septembre le chiffre impressionnant de 43,4 millions. Un total qui aurait continué d’augmenter les jours suivants passant à 50 millions, selon l’analyste. Par ailleurs, Google + a lancé une nouvelle possibilité sur son réseau : ouvrir son cercle d’amis et le partager avec d’autres. Chaque membre du cercle peut donc désormais activer l’option “partager ce cercle” afin de communiquer sa liste d’amis présents à d’autres membres de Google +, d’après le site Clubic. Les internautes invités à voir le contenu de ces cercles ont alors la possibilité de suivre tout ou une partie des actualités des profils concernés par la suite.C’est donc en somme un système d’abonnement similaire à celui mis en place par Twitter et ses “followers”, qui n’offre néanmoins pas la possibilité aux abonnés de modifier les paramètres du cercle, qui reste du domaine de ses membres. Avec ce système, des cercles d’influence pourraient ainsi voir le jour. Google y voit un bon moyen d’étoffer le maillage des relations entre les membres de Google + et de favoriser de nouvelles interactions.Le 27 septembre 2011 à 14:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgElectree : le Bonsaï qui charge vos appareils grâce au soleilMis au point par un designer français, ce pseudo bonsaï est muni de panneaux solaires à la place des feuilles pour charger vos équipements qui se branchent en USB : un bonsaï Electree zen et écolo.Voilà un chargeur original qu’apprécieront tous les propriétaires d’iPhone à la fibre écolo. Enfin… pas que, puisque ce bonsaï charge en fait tous les équipements munis d’une prise USB. Mais pour cela, ce petit arbre n’a pas besoin d’être lui-même branché à une prise secteur. Son secret ? Ses feuilles panneaux solaires ! À lire aussiCette île artificielle pourrait fournir de l’électricité à 80 millions d’EuropéensC’est en s’inspirant de la photosynthèse que le designer français, Vivien Muller originaire de Metz, a eu l’idée de concevoir ce bonsaï-chargeur baptisée Electree. Ce produit qui allie écologie, esthétique et fonctionnalité a néanmoins été amélioré pendant 3 années pour aboutir à sa version finale. Avec ses 27 panneaux solaires en silicium amorphe (de 96 mm x 96 mm), l’Electree affiche aujourd’hui 40 centimètres de hauteur et une batterie de 13500 mAh, ainsi qu’une prise USB. Mais si le bonsaï est capable de charger tout type d’appareil du smartphone au caméscope en passant par la tablette, il a tout de même besoin de 36 heures de captation des rayons du soleil  pour acquérir assez d’énergie. Une durée qui va plus ou moins s’allonger en fonction de la météo évidemment. Pour plus d’efficacité, il est donc recommandé d’utiliser l’Electree près de la fenêtre en intérieur… et surtout ne pas l’arroser.Si toutefois il vous intéresse, vous pourrez vous le procurer ici, pour 299 euros. Et pour connaître quelques secrets de sa fabrication, rendez-vous ici.Le 31 décembre 2011 à 12:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more