On Beirut stop of Mideast mission Ban again urges immediate Gaza ceasefire

17 January 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking in Beirut on Saturday, again urged an immediate ceasefire to end the 22-day Israeli offensive in Gaza, calling on both sides to stop the fighting first and work out the details later in a bid to halt what he called an “unprecedented” level of violence. “We have no time to lose. I demand, again, an immediate ceasefire,” Mr. Ban said in an address to the Lebanese National Assembly.“Both sides must first stop the fighting now. We cannot wait for all the details, the mechanisms, to be conclusively negotiated and agreed, while civilians continue to be traumatized, injured and killed,” he stated. The Secretary-General arrived in Beirut as part of his ongoing visit to the region to help find a diplomatic solution to the crisis, which began on 27 December when Israel launched a military operation in Gaza with the stated aim of ending Hamas rocket attacks against Israel. Three weeks of violence have already claimed over 1,000 lives, including many women and children, and wounded over 5,000, in addition to causing widespread destruction and tremendous suffering for Gaza”s 1.5 million Palestinian residents. “The level of violence in Gaza is unprecedented in recent decades,” he noted, citing the high numbers of casualties, the fact that hospitals are struggling to cope and that public infrastructure has been destroyed. “There are no safe places,” he added, recalling that even UN shelters have not been able to provide sanctuary to civilians trying to flee the fighting, having come under fire several times in recent days. Mr. Ban, who already met with officials in Cairo, Amman, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Ramallah and Ankara, said the goal of his mission is to boost diplomatic efforts to achieve an immediate ceasefire, as called for by the Security Council last week in resolution 1860, and to ensure that urgent humanitarian assistance be provided, without restriction, to those in desperate need. The Security Council”s call for a ceasefire has so far gone unheeded. The UN General Assembly last night, following a two-day emergency meeting on Gaza, joined its voice to the Council by demanding full respect for resolution 1860, including its call for an immediate, durable and fully respected ceasefire, leading to the full withdrawal of Israeli forces and unimpeded provision of humanitarian aid.Yesterday Mr. Ban conferred with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in Ramallah, and called on Israel to unilaterally cease hostilities.“There is no time to lose, I would even strongly urge [the] Israeli Government and leadership to declare unilaterally, so that there will be a relief for humanitarian workers and [the] people of Gaza,” he told reporters after meeting with Mr. Fayyad.“We are very close to have an agreement to a ceasefire,” he added, urging those involved in negotiations to wrap them up as soon as possible. “That is what I will continue to work on over the coming few days.”Speaking to the press after his talks with President Abbas, Mr. Ban said that more days of fighting will only lead to “more casualties, more losses of human lives, more destruction. I would urge again that a unilateral declaration of a ceasefire would be necessary.” In his address today, the Secretary-General also lauded the progress made in Lebanon over the past year, with the election of President Michel Suleiman, the formation of a Government of national unity and the launching of a national dialogue.“But this process is as fragile as it is vital,” he cautioned. “I urge you to nurture it, and not allow short-term factors to deter you from shaping solutions that will stand the test of time.” He also noted that the Gaza conflict is not unlike the 2006 war between Israel and Hizbollah in which many innocent lives were lost. “I urge all parties in Lebanon and in Israel to continue to show restraint during this tense time in the region,” he said. Following recent incidents of rocket launches from Lebanese territory into Israel, and Israel”s return of fire, the Secretary-General has voiced his concern over any escalation of tension along the so-called Blue Line that separates Israeli and Lebanese sides, at a time when fighting continues in Gaza.“Further attacks across the Blue Line would put at risk the stability brought about by resolution 1701,” he told Lebanese lawmakers, referring to the Security Council resolution that ended the 2006 war. While in Lebanon, Mr. Ban also visited the UN Interim Force there – known as UNIFIL – where he met with Force Commander Major-General Claudio Graziano and his staff, and received a briefing on the situation in UNIFIL”s area of operations and the work of the peacekeepers in collaboration with the Lebanese Armed Forces.“UNIFIL and the Lebanese Armed Forces have together created a new security environment in south Lebanon,” he noted during the visit. “This provides a window of opportunity for achieving a permanent ceasefire and long term solution to the conflict. For this to be successful, it is important for the parties to stay committed to the process towards the full implementation of resolution 1701.” In remarks to the press during his visit to UNIFIL, Mr. Ban cautioned that the current situation in southern Lebanon “though calm, is still fragile.” read more

Quick response to cholera saved lives in Haiti but challenges remain –

11 November 2010Timely response by the Government of Haiti and humanitarian agencies to the cholera outbreak in the country saved lives, with more than 11,000 patients having been treated in hospitals since cases were first reported last month, the United Nations said today. “The initial swift and effective response launched by the national authorities, combined with the stocks and expertise that humanitarian organizations already had in-country, has without doubt saved lives,” said Nigel Fisher, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Haiti.Government efforts have been focused on providing clean water, particularly in the central region and the greater Port-au-Prince area, and on purifying water supplies in all departments.The humanitarian community has deployed water and sanitation experts to support Government teams verifying water quality around the country. Nearly half a million water tablets, soap and oral rehydration salts are being distributed, targeting areas where cholera has already been detected. Cholera treatment centres – an essential first line of response – are now open in 15 urban centres across the country, including seven in Port-au-Prince.“A major effort has already been made, but the sheer quantity of relief items that need to be delivered in the days and weeks ahead is going to require more logistical and financial support for the Government by all humanitarian agencies and donors and very close coordination. Without this, the epidemic could outrun our efforts,” Mr. Fisher emphasized.The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has, meanwhile, distributed nearly 7,000 hygiene kits since the beginning of this month, targeting pregnant women and people living with HIV/AIDS.More than 3,500 pregnant women and 720 people living with HIV/AIDS based in Miragoâne, Les Cayes, St. Marc and Gonaïves have received the kits, which contain basic personal hygiene items and chlorine to prevent cholera, in addition to flashlights and blankets.“We are currently focusing on the Department of Artibonite in central Haiti, particularly the city of Gonaïves, where flooding caused by Hurricane Tomas is feeding fears that the cholera epidemic may spread,” said Igor Bosc, UNFPA Representative in Haiti. “We have strengthened our presence in Haiti’s fourth largest city, alongside the Directorate for Civilian Protection, in order to better coordinate the humanitarian response.”Mr. Bosc said that UNFPA will also strengthen the Jérémie maternity facility in Grand’Anse in south-western Haiti to protect pregnant women from cholera. The agency was already delivering hygiene materials and reproductive health kits to the clinic.The kits include a wide range of items, such as supplies for home and institution childbirth, oral and injectable contraceptives, male condoms, emergency contraception, supplies for the prevention of sexually transmitted infections, supplies needed in case of miscarriage and other complications, as well as supplies for vaginal examinations, Caesarean section delivery and blood transfusions. read more

Insufficient funds Fighting the scourge of fraud through credit and debit cards

TORONTO – Cybersecurity expert Tom Keenan’s rationale for recommending consumers use credit cards over debit cards has nothing to do with any technological advantage.It’s now standard in Canada for both type of cards to use chip and PIN to authenticate transactions, a widely-adopted global security practice, says the University of Calgary professor and author of “Technocreep.”“It’s saved hundreds of millions of dollars in bank fraud in Europe,” Keenan says. “Europeans had this technology first.”Rather, his preference largely has to do with the fact that any fraudulent activity on credit cards doesn’t automatically put bank accounts in the red, whereas with debit the damage has already been done until the matter is resolved.“You’re starting from the position of disputing a charge as opposed to going to your bank and saying, ‘Wha-wha-wha? My account is empty,’” he says. “So which position would you rather be in?”Consumers using credit cards, however, do have to be wary of running up a high-interest balance, whereas with debit the money comes right out of your account.But being at a loss of funds while waiting for a debit fraud issue to be rectified can put some consumers in a very stressful financial situation, says Tara Zecevic, Equifax Canada’s vice-president of fraud prevention and identity management.“There’s an immediate impact.”The Canadian Bankers Association says on its website that when customers are the victim of debit card fraud, “banks will immediately look into the matter and get the money back to the customer as quickly as possible, which can usually happen within a few days or even before the customer knows it’s gone.”Beyond time considerations related to claim disputes, Concordia University associate professor Mohammad Mannan says another advantage of using credit over debit is stronger consumer protection measures.“With credit, you have almost zero liability,” says Mannan, whose research interests include online banking and PIN security.The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada says your maximum liability must be $50 if your credit card is issued by a federally regulated financial institution, and, in the case of Visa, MasterCard and American Express, these credit card companies have zero liability policies.But with debit fraud liability policies, Mannan says, “it’s not as straightforward as credit cards.”The Canadian Code of Practice for Consumer Debit Card Services says that “cardholders are not liable for losses resulting from circumstances beyond their control.” But in all cases where a debit cardholder contributes to unauthorized use, the code says the cardholder will be liable for the resulting loss.That can include voluntarily disclosing a PIN, including writing it on the card, or keeping a poorly disguised written record of a PIN in proximity with the card. Failure to notify your issuer within a reasonable time about a lost, stolen or misused debit card also falls under unauthorized use.Interac says this code is embedded in the Interac rule framework, and applies to financial institutions who offer Interac Debit, Interac Flash, cross-border debit and Interac Online services.Specific terms for Interac’s liability policy are outlined in financial institution client agreements, including time frames for reporting cards that have been lost, stolen or misused, says Interac spokeswoman Teri Murphy.“Financial institutions do reimburse for losses that occur beyond an individual’s reasonable control,” Murphy says.“If you don’t protect your PIN, if you do have a Post-it Note on the back of your Interac debit card that has your PIN, that’s a different circumstance.”Biliana Necheva, a spokeswoman for the Canadian Bankers Association, said in an email consumers are refunded if they have been a victim of credit or debit card fraud.Mannan cautions that people who choose to use credit exclusively over debit must be cognizant of paying off their debt in a timely matter, given that interest rates for credit cards typically hover around 20 per cent.“I pay my bills on time so I’m not paying interest,” he says.Certified financial planner Jason Heath of Toronto’s Objective Financial Partners says that if someone is worried about spending and overusing a credit card, they should consider setting a card limit that’s in line with their targeted monthly budget.“That way you literally can’t spend too much,” Heath says.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter. by David Hodges, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 9, 2017 11:23 am MDT Last Updated Mar 9, 2017 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Insufficient funds: Fighting the scourge of fraud through credit and debit cards read more

Like bombs Bankrupt companys air bags still out there

by Tom Krisher, Dee-Ann Durbin And Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press Posted Jun 26, 2017 3:43 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 26, 2017 at 7:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This July 6, 2016, file photo, shows the logo of Takata Corp. at an auto supply shop in Tokyo. Drowning in a sea of lawsuits and recall costs, Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. is expected to seek bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the United States early Monday, June 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File) ‘Like bombs’: Bankrupt company’s air bags still out there Takata’s lethally defective air bags proved to be the company’s undoing Monday. But it could take years to get the dangerous devices off the road in the U.S. and around the world.Crushed by lawsuits, fines and recall costs, the Japanese auto parts supplier filed for bankruptcy in Tokyo and Delaware and will sell most of its assets for $1.6 billion to a rival company. A small part of Takata will continue to manufacture replacements for the faulty air bag inflators.The problem, though, is that 100 million of the Takata inflators worldwide have been recalled, 69 million in the U.S. alone in the biggest automotive recall in American history. It will take the industry years to produce that many replacements.In the meantime, millions of car owners are forced to nervously wait for someone to fix a problem blamed for at least 16 grisly deaths worldwide, 11 of them in the United States. Many owners have been put on waiting lists by their dealers until the parts arrive.“The big problem is the air bags are still out there. They’re like bombs waiting to explode,” said Billie-Marie Morrison, the lawyer for a young Las Vegas woman grievously injured by an exploding air bag in March.In fact, the last batch of U.S. repairs is not scheduled to begin until September 2020, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is overseeing the recall.“I don’t think I have any options,” lamented Marv Muller, the owner of a 2009 Subaru Impreza. “It’s really bad.”Muller, a recruiter in New York, received a letter in January saying his car needed to have its passenger air bag repaired. He contacted a Subaru dealer, only to be told it didn’t have the parts.He was put on a waiting list and told he would have his car repaired in June. It hasn’t happened yet.In the U.S., more than 16 million inflators have been repaired so far, or 38 per cent of the total. In Japan, 70 per cent have been replaced, according to Takata. That’s partly because Japan won’t renew vehicle registrations unless recalls have been completed.Because of the type of chemical propellant used by Takata, the defective air bags can inflate with too much force and spew deadly shrapnel at drivers and passengers. Takata sold the inflators to 19 automakers, including Toyota, Subaru, BMW, Honda, Ford and Nissan.Takata’s bankruptcy filing clears the way for most of its assets to be taken over by Key Safety Systems, a Chinese-owned company based in suburban Detroit.Takata President Shigehisa Takada said that with the company rapidly losing value, fiing for bankruptcy was the only way it could carry on.“We’re in a very difficult situation, and we had to find ways to keep supplying our products,” Takada said.Victims and their families fear the bankruptcy filing could leave little money left over to compensate them. Earlier this year, Takata pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges and agreed to pay $1 billion for concealing the defect for years. The penalties include $850 million in restitution to automakers, $125 million for victims and families and a $25 million criminal fine.“Filing for bankruptcy is going to protect Takata financially, but it’s not going to protect drivers who have been injured or are going to be injured,” Morrison said.Morrison’s 19-year-old client Karina Dorado was injured when the air bag in her 2002 Honda Accord deployed during an otherwise minor crash. Morrison said Dorado underwent several operations to repair neck and vocal cord injuries, but her voice will never sound the same.Dorado’s car was found to have a defective Takata air bag that had been taken from another vehicle.That illustrates another one of the headaches for regulators and automakers, who may never be able to trace all of the inflators that need to be repaired.Lawmakers say the U.S. government needs to do a better job of ensuring the vehicles are fixed. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, pointed out that the Trump administration has yet to appoint someone to lead NHTSA.In a statement, NHTSA said it has been assured by Takata that the bankruptcy won’t disrupt the flow of repair partsThe safety agency is also making sure older cars are fixed first, since the chemical Takata used in the air bags, ammonium nitrate, degrades over time, especially in hot, humid climates.That worries Angela Dickie, 47, of Charleston, South Carolina, who owns a 2012 Volkswagen Passat with a Takata air bag.While her vehicle is not as old as the 2001-03 model year vehicles that are considered a priority for repairs, it still makes Dickie nervous to drive it. She said Volkswagen also refused to provide her with a rental car while she waits for a repair.“By the grace of God I drive the vehicle every day, just like every other person that has these vehicles, because we don’t have an option,” she said.__AP Writers Marcos Martinez in Miami , Ken Ritter in Las Vegas, Joseph Pisani in New York and Elaine Kurtenbach in Tokyo contributed to this report. read more

Police dig up garden of doublemurderer Christopher Halliwell in hunt for other

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Christopher Halliwell was found guilty of murdering Becky Godden (picured) Credit:PA / Wiltshire Police  Becky Godden Ahead of his trial for the murder of Miss Godden, Halliwell hinted he would admit to her killing if he were not pursued for other crimes.He told police: “I don’t want to keep coming back every couple of years on different charges.”He added: “If I can clear this up in the next few hours, will everything else be forgotten?”Miss O’Callaghan’s mother, Elaine Pickford, has voiced corncerns that there may have been other murders.Other unsolved cases in areas nearby include Melanie Hall, who disappeared aged 25 in 1996 after leaving a nightclub in Bath; Sally Ann John, a 24-year-old prostitute who went missing from Swindon’s red light district in 1995, and Thi Hai Nguyen a Vietnamese immigrant went missing in Swindon in 2005. Specialist police officers have begun excavation work at the former home of double murderer Christopher Halliwell, it is understood.The 53-year-old taxi driver, of Swindon, Wiltshire, murdered Becky Godden, 20, in January 2003 and Sian O’Callaghan, 22, in March 2011.He was handed a rare full life sentence – meaning he will never be released – at Bristol Crown Court last year after being convicted of Miss Godden’s murder.Following his sentence, police said they were working with other forces and the National Crime Agency to identify potential further victims of Halliwell. Detective Chief Inspector Jeremy Carter, who is leading the investigation, said: “Searches are being conducted in the gardens and garages of two properties in Broad Street over this coming week.”Whilst we do not have plans, at this stage, to search inside the properties there will be some disruption to the occupants.”I would like to make it clear that those living at the addresses have no involvement in the investigation and we thank them for their understanding and patience.”Although we are unable to comment on the nature of our inquiries, we can say that we acting on intelligence received.”Superintendent Charlie Armstrong added: “We understand that this activity may cause concern for the local community and residents can expect to see a police cordon in place within the alleyways in Broad Street for the next five days.”This should not impact upon other local residents. Officers will continue to patrol the vicinity and will be available for anyone who has any concerns relating to the searches.”Halliwell abducted office administrator Miss O’Callaghan as she walked home following a night-out in Swindon and dumped her body in Uffington, Oxfordshire.He then confessed to killing another woman, a prostitute he had picked up from Swindon, had sex with and strangled in January 2003.The father-of-three led police to a field in Eastleach, Gloucestershire, where Miss Godden’s remains were discovered. Detective Superintendent Sean Memory said after Halliwell was found guilty that he was “open-minded” about the possibility of other victims.”I would appeal to Christopher Halliwell, actually, if he wants to speak I’m willing to speak with him,” he said.”He has clearly demonstrated he is very forensically aware. I can’t link him directly to any offences however there is an eight-year gap between the two murders and I have no evidence to suggest Becky was actually the first one.”Wiltshire Police started excavation work based on new information within the gardens of two properties in Swindon town centre on Monday. Work at the addresses in Broad Street is expected to last for five days. last_img read more

Borko Ristovski to SL Benfica

Borko Ristovski ← Previous Story Ondrej Zdrahala signs for Orlen Wisla Plock Next Story → IN MEMORIAM – Branislav Pokrajac The Macedonian goalkeeper Borko Ristovski will join SL Benfica according Portuguese “O Jogo”.The 36-years old member of FC Barcelona Lassa stayed without EHF CL trophy with the Spanish champions, but new challenges are ahead of him.Ristovski, the biggest Macedonian handball start alongside Kiril Lazarov, played also at Rhein Neckar Lowen, VfL GUmmersbach, US Creteil, RK Vardar, RK Metalurg…

Over 15 million viewers tune in for AllIreland football final

first_imgOVER 1.5 MILLION sports fans tuned in at the peak of yesterday’s Sunday Game Live coverage of the All-Ireland final on RTÉ Two, TV figures have revealed.Meanwhile, an average of 1,041,000 viewers watched the game that saw Dublin claim their second All-Ireland SFC title in three years.The figures represented a 74% share of those watching television at the time.In addition, a peak audience of 1.542 million viewers watched the game.Murph’s Sideline Cut: No choice for football-mad Mayo… they’ll be back once again>Jack McCaffrey: ‘Dublin win is a testament to the character of the lads’>last_img

America will respond to any North Korean attack with overwhelming and effective

first_imgAmerica will respond to any North Korean attack with ‘overwhelming and effective’ force Aboard the USS Ronald Reagan, Mike Pence told troops he was there as “storm clouds gather on the horizon” of Northeast Asia. Share Tweet Email Image: Eugene Hoshiko/PA Apr 19th 2017, 7:02 AM http://jrnl.ie/3346383 Short URL 63 Comments THE UNITED STATES will counter any North Korean attack with an “overwhelming and effective” response, Vice President Mike Pence vowed, as he stood on the deck of a massive American aircraft carrier docked in Japan.Donald Trump’s deputy is in the region to reassure allies fretting over Pyongyang’s quickening missile programme, and its apparent readiness to carry out another banned nuclear test in its quest to develop an atomic weapon that can hit the US mainland.Pence, whose visit started in South Korea the day after the failed launch by North Korea of what analysts said could have been a new missile, said the threat from the isolated regime was growing.Aboard the USS Ronald Reagan, the vice president told troops he was there as “storm clouds gather on the horizon” of Northeast Asia.“North Korea is the most dangerous and urgent threat to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific,” Pence said.But, “we will defeat any attack and meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response.”Pence’s comments come after a senior North Korean official warned the regime had no intention of dialling down its missile programme, pledging weekly tests and threatening “all-out war” if the US took any action against it.That kind of rhetoric has unnerved allies in Japan and South Korea, who would be at the sharp end of any North Korean response.Seoul, the South Korean capital, is just a stone’s throw away from the military demarcation line that splits the Korean peninsula and is within easy range of North Korean long-range artillery.The Ronald Reagan, whose home port is Yokosuka, Japan, is part of the Seventh Fleet and is regularly deployed around the western Pacific.Another part of the Seventh Fleet, the USS Carl Vinson, is expected to be sent to the Sea of Japan (East Sea) as a show of force against the North Korean regime.- © AFP, 2017Read: What does a UK election mean for Ireland? It could be good news you know… By AFP 15,695 Views Image: Eugene Hoshiko/PA Wednesday 19 Apr 2017, 7:02 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Im here today to stand up for my son Hundreds turn out

first_img Crowds gathered this morning in Limerick as part of the Enough is Enough march. Image: David Lane Monday 3 Apr 2017, 4:10 PM Frustrated parents from Tipperary out this morning as part of the nationwide march #EnoughIsEnough ..@mattiemcgrathtd @SeamusHealyTD pic.twitter.com/pGRXpfGR44— Fiona O’Neill (@From_Fiona) April 3, 2017 Source: Martin Kenny/Twitter Crowds gathered this morning in Limerick as part of the Enough is Enough march. Frustrated parents talk to @SimonHarrisTD about waiting lists for services for children with special needs @dghealthservice @EnoughIre pic.twitter.com/cxrjai1FYh— Lorraine Dempsey (@LorDempsey) April 3, 2017 In some areas, the marches were supported by local politicians, while protesters in Wicklow raised issues they had with Health Minister Simon Harris. The main protests were held Cork, Dublin, Limerick, Sligo and Galway, with other demonstrations held in Tullamore, Wicklow and Clonmel as well as other places. Short URL 20,515 Views 24 Comments ‘I’m here today to stand up for my son’: Hundreds turn out across the country calling for better children supports Demonstrators marched through cities and towns demanding more from the HSE. A great turnout at #EnoughIsEnough march today calling for improved public health services for all children #Sligo pic.twitter.com/7yeF446jCS— SligoTravellerGroup (@SligoTraveller) April 3, 2017 Apr 3rd 2017, 4:10 PM http://jrnl.ie/3321954 Source: SligoTravellerGroup/Twitter Share1193 Tweet Email2 Image: David Lane Source: Lorraine Dempsey/Twitter By Cormac Fitzgerald Source: Ken Campbell/Twitter Speaking to RTÉ, one of the march organisers Tanya Fletcher – who has two children with special needs – gave her reasons for bringing together the demonstrators.Fletcher – whose son (9) and daughter (5) both suffer from autism, ADHD and have learning disabilities – said her children had not received any support throughout their lives and she had watched her son “deteriorate before [her] eyes”.“I couldn’t sit back anymore and watch my kids along with anybody else’s kids and families go through the heartache that we went through, so that’s why we started the campaign,” she said.Read: ‘They made me realise that… I’m not worth nothing’: The positive effects of mentoring at-risk youthsRead: Child offenders will no longer be detained in adult prisons HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE marched in cities and towns across Ireland this morning to protest against the lack of HSE-funded services available for children and young adults.Marching under the ‘Enough is Enough’ banner, parents and guardians called for a reduction in waiting list times, better-funded services and more supports for children with disabilities and special needs.One mother – Trina Murphy – told RTÉ News that she had marched in Cork to highlight the lack of supports available for her son, who has autism.“I’m here today to stand up for my son, basically,” Murphy told RTÉ.“My son has autism and we have no services, no help from the HSE – the same as most people here today. That’s why people have turned out here today in the lashing rain.It’s us making our voices heard collectively because one voice isn’t working… so we’ve come together across the country to say enough is enough, we are our children’s voices for their future.Demonstrations were organised for towns and cities across Ireland, with the marches starting at HSE offices, or political or medical centres in the areas. Source: Fiona O’Neill/Twitter Great turnout at the Enough is Enough protest in Sligo this morning despite the weather. Time for the minister to act. #EnoughIsEnough pic.twitter.com/7M67sXP6GT— Martin Kenny (@Martin_Kenny) April 3, 2017 “Enough is Enough… Special Needs Matter… Our Children Matter..!!” #galway #EnoughIsEnough @SimonHarrisTD @FineGael #Dail #vinb #rtept pic.twitter.com/xt0pQ7Yf5i— Ken Campbell (@1KenCampbell) April 3, 2017 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Scammers are calling and emailing people asking for NotreDame donations

first_img By AFP Apr 18th 2019, 7:16 AM FRAUDSTERS ARE TAKING advantage of the Notre-Dame fire to fool donors into handing over cash believing they are helping to rebuild the gutted Paris cathedral, officials have warned.The French Heritage Foundation, which has so far collected more than €13 million from individual donors to help restore the gothic landmark, said any phone or email appeals were fake.“A number of scams have been flagged to us both in France and abroad,” the foundation said, insisting it issues no appeals by phone, mail or email for donations. “All of these initiatives are fraudulent.”The foundation is accepting donations through its website (don.fondation-patrimoine.org), its Facebook page, PayPal, a Paris metro station and by SMS for those in France.Culture Minister Franck Riester warned people to be vigilant of websites claiming to support the reconstruction of Notre-Dame, which suffered heavy damage in Monday’s blaze.French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild the monument by 2024, when France hosts the summer Olympics.© – AFP 2019 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 29 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4597727 Thursday 18 Apr 2019, 7:16 AM Share103 Tweet Email1 13,251 Views Short URL Scammers are calling and emailing people asking for Notre-Dame donations The French Heritage Foundation is accepting donations only through its website; it’s so far collected €13 million.last_img read more

Government extends tourist visas for parents of Australians

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Federal Labor Government is extending tourist visas for parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents to enable them to visit their family in Australia for longer, Member for Hotham Simon Crean said. “The Hotham electorate is a diverse area and is home to many people who have close family overseas,” Mr Crean said. “I know that there are many families in Hotham who wish to spend more time with their parents from overseas and these changes will help them to do that. “The Federal Labor Government understands that many people are patiently waiting in the queue for a parent visa. We want to provide more generous tourist visas to enable regular extended family visits. “The Government will grant five-year tourist visas with a 12-month stay on each entry to suitable applicants who have applied for a parent visa outside Australia, providing more generous conditions for regular extended family visits. “Such visits provide important social benefits, particularly to children and grandchildren in Australia.” Mr Crean said the Government will also consider tourist visas of up to three years with a 12-month stay on each entry for people not currently in the parent visa queue. The changes are expected to be in place by the end of this year. To be granted a tourist visa, applicants must meet Australia’s health and character requirements, have access to adequate funds, have health insurance to cover any healthcare costs during their stay, and intend a genuine visit to Australia. Tourist visa holders will be subject to a visa condition limiting applications for further visas while they are in Australia and will be expected to spend some time outside Australia between visits to their families.last_img read more

Firsttime festival draws the crowd

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram They may not have smashed the Guinness World Record for the longest Zorba Dance but the Being Greek festival smashed crowd attendance with over 20,000 attending the first-time festival last Sunday in Sydney. Organiser Billy Billiris – along with Anthony Bouteris, Nick Galanopoulos and James Poulos – had so much praise for all the Greek Australians who got involved and helped transform Carss Park in Sydney into a massive Glendi showing Australians of all ages what true Hellenic spirit and entertainment looks like. “At one point there was 14,970 people at 4:00 pm alone in the park – it was just a crazy success,” Mr Billiris tells Neos Kosmos adding that he and his fellow organisers didn’t expect such an overwhelming outcome in their first year. There were over 40 stalls, entertainment by Mary Coustas’ alter ego Effie, DJ Krazy Kon, FIX live band and kids entertainment – it was no surprise that the event ran an hour and a half overtime. Established by the Greek Orthodox Community of Koragah, and organised alongside The Very Rev Sophronios, Mr Billiris says the most important aspect of the day was the amount of families in attendance. He says that although the event was marketed towards the next generation of Greek Australians, families of first, second and third generations all enjoyed a day of dancing, feasting and entertainment. Mr Billiris adds that the cultural exhibitions played an important role on the day. “The [various Greek] associations that had stalls spoke about their history, their immigration to Australia and I think that’s important because a lot of the next generation came yesterday and many rediscovered their history, culture and found out what their parents and grandparents went through when they came to Australia which is important in keeping Hellenism alive.” Over 2000 people danced the Zorba in a bid to break the Guinness World Record, and although they didn’t, Mr Billiris says it was “wonderful to see that unity of Hellenism in such a symbolic dance as the Zorba”. And now, he says the committee has already started the plans for the 2013 Being Greek Festival and it will be “bigger and better next year”. “We are different to other Greek festivals; we marketed it to the next generation and that’s who we wanted to inspire.”last_img read more

Excellent in Greek

first_imgIn recognition of their hard work and dedication to their Greek heritage, Victoria’s best students of Greek language have recently been awarded with the Premier’s VCE Awards.Katerina Pandelidou, Year 12 student of Northcote High School and Theodora Siganou, Alphington Grammar School Year 12 student, have been awarded for demonstrating outstanding achievement in the Victorian Certificate of Education.Pandelidou and Siganou were awarded alongside 282 others who were considered as the state’s best and brightest young minds.With both students being newly arrived immigrants from Greece, their excellence in Greek doesn’t come as a surprise. What is surprising though, is that in the few years that the two spent in Australia, in an unknown environment with a different education system, surrounded by a new language and friends, they succeeded and excelled.Theodora Siganou, of Alphington Grammar, migrated to Australia with her family only four years ago, from the town of Halkida. Her English is now, as well as her Greek, immaculate. “It was hard to start. For both me and my sister, it was hard to get used to a different language, customs and everything else, but everyone was great to me. My school, friends, teachers, they all helped me and were very supportive. It has been really great,” Theodora tells Neos Kosmos. For Theodora, the VCE Premier’s Award came unexpected, but not for her parents who took pride in Theodora’s achievement. For those whose mother language is not Greek, Theodora says it is speaking the language at home that could help preserve their Greek language and heritage.“I think parents should speak Greek to their children at home. The schools do everything they can, the teachers can help them and support them – but if parents don’t speak at home, I don’t think kids will understand Greek as well as they would otherwise.”Amongst the 282 top students in VCE subjects awarded for their achievements was also Northcote High student Katerina Pandelidou.Born and brought up in Greece, surrounded with both Greek and English speaking people, Katerina had the best of two worlds. The Pandelidou family returned to Australia only two years ago, but the new environment didn’t stop Katerina on her way to excellence. “It was very hard for me to adapt to my new environment. But I am doing well with the support of my family and my teachers.“Even though I was brought up in Greece and Greek is my mother tongue, I had to work really hard to excel in Greek units. Achieving great results in my other subjects was also difficult for me but I tried my best,” Katerina told Neos Kosmos. Now in Year 12, education is Katerina’s first priority as she believes it is the only way to ensure her future. The Premier’s VCE Award, she said, came as an acknowledgment of her efforts. “Northcote High School is a great school, with many inspiring teachers. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my Greek teacher Mrs Soti Zorba. “It is very important to preserve the Greek language and culture in the diaspora since we are all responsible for passing the Greek tradition from generation to generation and keeping the Greek identity alive,” Katerina said. The school with the most awarded students was Melbourne Grammar School with 14 VCE awards, the selective-entry Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School got 10 and Methodist Ladies’ College received nine. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Giants sweep away Tigers to win World Series

first_imgSan Francisco Giants owner Bill Neukom, right to left, Pablo Sandoval, Brian Sabean and Bruce Bochy hold the Commissioner’s Trophy after winning the World Series. DETROIT — Finally pressed in the World Series, the San Francisco Giants finished off a most unexpected and stunning sweep.Marco Scutaro delivered one more key hit this October, hitting a go-ahead single with two outs in the 10th inning that lifted the Giants over the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in Game 4 on Sunday night.Nearly eliminated over and over earlier in the playoffs, the Giants sealed their second title in three seasons when Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera looked at strike three right down the middle for the final out.On a night of biting cold, stiff breezes and some rain, the Giants combined the most important elements of championship baseball — great pitching, timely hitting and sharp defense.Series MVP Pablo Sandoval and the underdog Giants celebrated in the center of the diamond at Comerica Park after winning six elimination games this postseason.“Tonight was a battle,” said Giants star Buster Posey, who homered. “And I think tonight was a fitting way for us to end it because those guys played hard. They didn’t stop, and it’s an unbelievable feeling.”last_img read more

Vivek Oberoi deletes offensive tweet on Aishwarya Salman Abhishek after NCW notice

first_imgVivek Oberoi speaks on Sonam Kapoor’s reaction to his tweet (on exit polls), “…Aap apni filmon mein thoda kam overact karein aur social media pe thoda kam overreact karein. I’ve been working in women empowerment for 10 yrs now. I don’t think this is hurting anyone’s sentiments” pic.twitter.com/pOWAwO29N6 — ANI (@ANI) 20 May 2019 Vivek Oberoi has deleted the offensive meme he had retweeted on May 20 that made fun of his ex-girlfriend Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, her husband Abhishek Bachchan, actor Salman Khan and Vivek himself. The tweet also had a picture of Aaradhya Bachchan, the daughter of Abhishek and Aishwarya.Vivek Oberoi received a notice from the National Commission for Women (NCW) that asked him to delete the tweet and apologise to the woman (Aishwarya), or that the NCW will approach Twitter to have it deleted. It is to be noted that Vivek Oberoi has deleted the tweet but only apologised for his “reaction” to people objecting to it, and not for the meme itself. He still stands by his “I have done nothing wrong” statement.”Sometimes what appears to be funny and harmless at first glance to one, may not be so to others. I have spent the last 10 years empowering more than 2000 underprivileged girls, I cant even think of being disrespectful to any woman ever,” said Vivek Oberoi on Twitter on May 22, adding, “Even if one woman is offended by my reply to the meme, it calls for remedial action. Apologies tweet deleted.”After backlash from netizens and Bollywood biggies like Sonam Kapoor, Madhur Bhandarkar, Urmila Matondkar and many others, and also from news editors, anchors and sportstars like Jwala Gutta, Vivek Oberoi first had a defensive reaction to his tweet. Sonam Kapoor had called out Vivek Oberoi, calling his meme tweet, “Disgusting and classless.”Vivek Oberoi spoke about Sonam Kapoor’s reaction to his tweet to ANI, addressing the actress as: “Aap apne filmon mein thoda kam overact karein aur social media pe thoda kam overreact karein (overact less in your films, overreact less on social media). I’ve been working in women’s empowerment for 10 years now. I don’t think this is hurting anyone’s sentiments.” The meme in question made fun of Bollywood stars’ dating life in connection with the Lok Sabha Elections 2019. It was first tweeted by a guy named Pavan Singh who has since deleted it. The meme called Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai’s dating life as ‘Opinion Poll’, Vivek Oberoi and Aishwarya Rai’s dating life as ‘Exit Poll’, and Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s marriage as ‘Result’. Similar memes hit the Internet with the love stories of actor Ranbir Kapoor and his cousin Kareena Kapoor.With the despicable tweet, the actor got into trouble for seeking cheap publicity for his film PM Narendra Modi, in which he plays Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The controversial biopic was supposed to release in April 2019 but was postponed after a stay on it in keeping with the Election Commission of India’s Model Code of Conduct. The PM Narendra Modi biopic will now release on May 24, 2019, a day after the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Results.Vivek Oberoi tweet on Salman Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan.TwitterSometimes what appears to be funny and harmless at first glance to one, may not be so to others. I have spent the last 10 years empowering more than 2000 underprivileged girls, I cant even think of being disrespectful to any woman ever.— Vivek Anand Oberoi (@vivekoberoi) 21 May 2019last_img read more

Tiger beaten dead in Bagerhat

first_imgProthom Alo file photoA Royal Bengal Tiger was beaten to death by villagers at Gulichakhali village in Morelganj upazila of Bagerhat on Tuesday morning, reports news agency UNB.The tiger entered the village crossing the Bhola river and attacked a local farmer Masud, 30, while he was working at his paddy field around 7:00am, said east Sundarbans divisional forest officer (DFO) Md Mahmudul Hasan.Hearing his scream, locals rushed in and beat up the tiger, leaving it dead.At least six people were injured while saving Masud from the grip of the tiger.On information, a team of forest officials recovered the tiger’s body.last_img

Alleged gunfight kills 2 in Sundarbans

first_img.Two men were killed in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Kalagachhia Khal of Sundarbans’ Satkhira range in Shyamnagar upazila of Satkhira early Thursday, reports UNB.The deceased were members of a robber gang, claimed the law enforcement agency.The deceased are Saheb Ali, 35, chief of Saheb Ali Bahini and his second-in-command Habibur Rahman, 28, the RAB said.Acting on secret information, the RAB team conducted the drive in the area, said lieutenant colonel Jahidul Kabir, commander of RAB-6.Sensing the presence of the force, the robber gang opened fire on them, forcing the them to fire back, triggering the gunfight.After an-hour-long gunfight, the team arrested two robbers with bullet injuries and recovered three arms and 32-round bullets from the spot.The injured were taken to Shyamnagar Upazila Complex where physicians declared them dead.Two constables — Arif and Shakil — were injured in the gunfight, Jahidul added.The law enforcement’s versions of the events were, however, not verified independently as no versions of those incidents were available immediately either from any witnesses or from any members of the victims’ families.According to the human rights group, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), a total of 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfires or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies in 2018.In January 2019, the number of such killing was 23, the rights body said on its website.last_img read more

Thoughts on fire

first_imgChromatic Statement is a group show of four women artistes from Delhi who work intensively in their own styles and present their creative statement through impressive canvases painted in their own colours be it monochromatic approach by Manju Narain or using selected colour palette like Anita Trehan and Neera Dabar or like Neeru Suri’s sculptural representation. This show, to be held from February 21 to March 20 presents the unseen thoughts and emotions which can only be expressed by an artistic hand with a sensible handling of artistic techniques exploring various mediums. The exhibition is to be held at Studio 55 at Sunder Nagar in the Capital. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Creativity is a matchless quality which comes from within. It is a special thing human beings are blessed with. Human urge to express deep thoughts is inevitable and through the ages art has been the best way to present those extraordinary views. The nature and things around us always inspire us to enrich our thoughts.Manju Narain is a sensitive and introspective artiste with a penchant for the unusual and thought provoking images. Her works depicting strange innocent beings wistfully brings about illustrative fairytale creatures, trapped silently within claustrophobic gardens and troubling mazes, as if striving for some means of escape and true expression. Manju’s attempts to express her genuine reactions and observations are her own personal path towards Catharsis. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixNira Davar uses mystique colours to create her own dreamland. Her approach colourful yet subdued representation of thoughts. Her works are full of energy and charm. Soothing and gentle forms without much of sharp contrast her canvases are very welcoming.Anita Trehan played with human forms using a selective colour palette. Her mature presentation reflects a skilful forte of an artist. She takes the viewers in a special journey towards unknown mindscape of human beings through her canvases leaving a lot of space for imagination and intuition.Neeru Suri depicts various moods and forms of women, which is very close to her heart. Metal is her favourite medium to work with and she loves to explore a woman’s life and her different roles and represent it in her own form experimenting imagination.Chromatic Statement brings a collection of works which are meaningful, thought provoking and igniting.When: Feb 21 to  March 20Where: Studio 55, 55, Sunder Nagarlast_img read more

Suicide bombers kill 11 in Pakistani capital

first_img 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The peace process has proceeded in fits and starts but seemed to get a boost on Saturday, when the Pakistani Taliban announced they would implement a one-month ceasefire after the military pounded their hideouts with airstrikes.The militant group was quick to distance itself from Monday’s attack. A spokesman for the organization in a telephone call to an Associated Press reporter said the group was not involved in the assault and restated his group’s commitment to the ceasefire.But the attack highlighted the difficulty in negotiating a peace deal with a multi-faceted group like the Pakistani Taliban, made up of varying factions. Analysts say that while some in the group may want to negotiate a peace deal, other factions may not, making it difficult to enforce a peace deal across all the factions. The cease-fire did not include other groups, such as al-Qaida, that operate in Pakistan.__Associated Press writer Ishtiaq Mahsud in Dera Ismail Khan and Asif Shahzad contributed to this report.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Witnesses spoke of attackers wielding automatic weapons running into the narrow alleyways in the sleepy capital’s court complex, hurling grenades and opening fire indiscriminately on lawyers, judges and court personnel.One lawyer described it as a scene from hell, with blasts and firing all around. “My colleague was shot, and there was no one to help him. When I reached him, he was bleeding and crying for help,” said Momin Ali.There were conflicting reports on how many attackers were involved in the incident and if any of them had managed to escape from the police. It also remained unclear if anyone had been arrested, how the attackers penetrated so deep into the city and whether a specific person in the complex was the intended target.Initial reports suggested two men wearing explosive vests rushed into the court complex, threw hand grenades and started shooting, then blew themselves up, said Islamabad Police Chief Sikander Hayat. He put the death toll at 11.“It was certainly an act of terrorism,” Hayat said. One of the attackers blew himself up outside the office of the lawyers’ union president and the other outside the door of a judge’s office, he added. The explosions sent lawyers and judges running in fear for their lives as police stormed in. Police subsequently searched the entire complex and found no additional attackers, said Hayat.Other officials and a lawyer on the scene said there were more than two attackers. Police official Jamil Hashmi said there were about six to eight attackers who spread into different areas of the court complex.“One of the attackers entered a courtroom and shot and killed a judge,” Hashmi said.Lawyer Murad Ali said he saw several attackers walking toward a courtroom, brandishing weapons.“They had automatic weapons. They had hand grenades,” he said. “I saw them shooting a female lawyer.”His hands were splattered in blood that he said came from helping remove four dead bodies. Another lawyer, Sardar Gul Nawaz, said the attackers had short beards and wore shalwar kameez, a traditional Pakistani outfit of baggy pants and a long tunic.The dead included two judges and five lawyers, said Dr. Altaf at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in Islamabad where the dead and wounded were taken. Altaf, who spoke to television reporters and only gave his family name, said most of the victims had bullet wounds. He said 25 were wounded, five of them critically. Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   The area where the attack occurred is a warren of walkways filled with judges’ chambers, lawyers’ offices and restaurants and businesses catering to the legal community. The walkways are filled with copying machines for clerks and clients to make copies of legal documents, and prisoners wearing chains can often be seen walking through the complex on their way to and from court. Families of suspects on trial also often stand around the area, waiting for their loved ones to appear in court. Some spots in the complex have metal detectors, which are often not used.Pakistani television showed images of the area with windows blown out, walls torn and lawyers in traditional black suits carrying what appeared to be lifeless bodies and wounded from the buildings. Policemen with weapons raised ran through the area and searched offices.Body parts and blood mingled with pieces of shattered glass littered the ground outside the courtrooms and attorney’s offices. The police cordoned off the complex, which was taken over by commandos from the police anti-terrorist force.The attack was a shock to Islamabad, which has mostly been spared the frequent bombings and shootings prevalent in other parts of Pakistan such as Peshawar near the tribal areas or the port city of Karachi. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help ISLAMABAD (AP) – A group of armed men, including two suicide attackers, stormed a court complex in the Pakistani capital on Monday in a rare terror attack in the heart of Islamabad that killed 11 people and wounded dozens.No one immediately claimed responsibility for the assault, which came just days after the Pakistani Taliban announced a one-month ceasefire, raising questions about the group’s ability to control its various factions. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been trying to negotiate a peace settlement with militants in the northwest who have waged a bloody war against the government for years. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

Gen X on Top

first_img Gen X Millennials NAMB 2017-08-10 Joey Pizzolato August 10, 2017 617 Views Share Gen X on Topcenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News, Origination Millennials may not dominate as much of the housing market share as previously thought in smaller markets, according to a recent survey conducted by The Association of Mortgage Professionals.The survey, which questions its members on a monthly basis in order to determine trends in the mortgage industry. For this particular study, different generations were defined as such: millennials, under 35 years old; Gen Xers, 36 to 52 years old; Baby Boomers, 53 to 71 years old; and Greatest Generations, over 72 years old.The findings showed that Gen Xers actually made up most of the market share, at 36 to 75 percent. Over a quarter of respondents reported that they comprised anywhere between 50 and 75 percent, opposed to millennials, which were accountable for less than 25 percent in over half the mortgage businesses surveyed.Further, millennials aren’t as interested in high down payments as Gen Xers. Forty percent of respondents reported former preferred down payments of 3 percent or less, while the latter were partial to down payments of 10 to 20 percent.“There’s a big focus on millennials, but in reality, the majority of borrowers are still over 36 years old,” said Fred Kreger, CMC and President of NAMB. “For small mortgage businesses strategizing on getting a bigger piece of the pie in a shrinking market, it’s important to consider that most of today’s business comes not from millennials, but from non-millennial Borrowers.”One thing respondents could agree on was that potential borrowers wanted a more streamed line process, which translates to digital mortgage processes. In fact, fewer than 20 percent said they had clients that desired more paper. Further, forty percent said that they didn’t feel like smaller mortgage lenders were in direct competition with each other. Rather, they felt like the Big Five banks were their largest competition.last_img read more