Month: September 2019

GOG puts over 500 titles on sale offers Torchlight for free

No Comments

first_imgGOG.com is the place to go if you remember playing a game as a kid and would love another playthrough on your modern PC. Chances are, GOG has it available to buy, and not at an extortionate price, either.Today GOG gets even better because the DRM-free games service has kicked off its 2013 #noDRM Summer Sale. The best deal in that sale? Action RPG Torchlight is completely free for the next 48 hours. On top of that, over 500 games are being offered at a discounted price with many of them 50 percent off.Filtering through more than 500 games deciding which ones you want to buy isn’t a quick task, and that’s probably why the #noDRM Summer Sale is set to run until July 5th. You can take your time and cherry pick all the games you want without fear of missing out.It’s hard to actually pick out the highlights in this sale as there quite literally is something for everyone. GOG has split the selection down into bestsellers, action/shooter, adventure, indie, RPG, and strategy/sim categories to try and help, though. Mac gamers haven’t been left out and can pick up such classics as Theme Hospital, Stonekeep, and The Witcher 2 all at 50 percent off. And then there’s the bundle deals with up to 90 percent off.As a regular customer at GOG there is one feature of their system I rely on when such a sale is running — if you login to your account before looking at the long list of games on sale it highlights which titles you already own ensuring there’s no double purchases. A simple, yet very useful feature.last_img read more

Locket pays you just for unlocking your Android device

No Comments

first_imgEarning a little cash for doing next to nothing sure sounds good, doesn’t it? If you’re willing to hand over control of your Android lockscreen to a new app called Locket, you can earn money just by swiping to unlock.Locket says that the ad space on your Android lockscreen is the the most valuable around, which makes sense. You can’t access your fancy, multi-hundred-dollar smartphone’s functionality without first swiping past it, after all. Join Locket’s captive audience, and you’ll get paid for the same action you’re already doing anyway.The difference, of course, is that your custom background will be replaced by an advertisement. You don’t have to interact with it, however. If you’re interested and want to take advantage of a special offer or watch a brief trailer, swipe to the left. Not so keen on what’s being pitched? Swipe to the right to access your phone like you normally would.Now, you’re not going to get rich using Locket. You’ll earn one cent for qualifying swipes — but there’s a maximum of three per hour. At three cents per hour, it would take you 14 days of constant maxxing out to earn ten bucks. Since very few people unlock their phones 24 hours a day, 7 days a week it’s going to take much longer in the real world.Still, money is money. It’s not like that hilarious cat picture is putting any extra coin in your pocket, and even if you only earn $5 in three months it’s still enough to pay for a couple of beers at happy hour four times a year. Even if you’re not interested in the money, someone else will be. You can also choose to donate your earnings to charity instead of cashing out.Yes, Locket has the potential to be an annoyance. If you can sit through ads while you watch tv or flip through them while you read a magazine, however, it ought to be easy enough to adjust on Android. And at least Locket will compensate you for your participation.last_img read more

Fan creates free cutesy Game of Thrones retro platformer

No Comments

first_imgThe HBO series Game of Thrones is famous for its sweeping visuals, high-quality special effects, and droning yet rhythmic theme music. A fan-made video game version of Game of Thrones is quite the opposite. The PC game, created by Spanish game designer Abel Alves, is a retro-style 8-bit platformer. Interestingly, it’s still recognizable as GoT, and even follows a rough outline of the story.The game starts out with a steep vertical climb up the Wall with the player taking on the role of John Snow. Over the course of the game you also play as other characters, like Daenerys. The gameplay is classic platforming, where you move from left to right across the level, defending against various enemies in the process. It even has a chiptunes version of that rhythmic theme music.The controls are straightforward. The left and right arrow keys move you side-to-side, and the up arrow jumps. The Z and X buttons are the regular and special attacks, respectively. It seems responsive, but there is the occasional bug. It’s freeware, though, so you shouldn’t complain much.The developer isn’t charging anything, but HBO is probably still going to be upset. Not only is the game using characters from Game of Thrones, it has dialog and screenshots from the series. A cease and desist is probably being drafted right now. So if you’ve got a hankering for some platforming at King’s Landing, better act fast. The game is just 68MB in size and PC-only.last_img read more

US vice president had secret plan to meet the North Koreans but

No Comments

first_imgUS vice president had secret plan to meet the North Koreans – but they cancelled last minute The US has accused North Korea of never being serious about the meeting. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 21 Feb 2018, 8:04 AM Feb 21st 2018, 8:04 AM At the last-minute, DPRK officials decided not to go forward with the meeting. We regret their failure to seize this opportunity.‘Murderous regime’Ayers characterized the offer as the North having “dangled a meeting in hopes of the vice president softening his message, which would have ceded the world stage for their propaganda during the Olympics”.“As we’ve said from day one about the trip: this administration will stand in the way of Kim’s desire to whitewash their murderous regime with nice photo ops at the Olympics,” Ayers said.Perhaps that’s why they walked away from a meeting or perhaps they were never sincere about sitting down.Analysts say the North’s Olympic diplomatic drive sought to loosen international sanctions against it and undermine the alliance between Seoul and Washington.Even as the US warned against falling for Pyongyang’s Olympic charm offensive, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un issued an invitation via his sister Kim Yo Jong, who was attending the Games, for a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.But on his return trip from the Games, Pence said there was “no daylight” between the US, South Korea and Japan on efforts to isolate Pyongyang economically and diplomatically until it abandons its nuclear and ballistic missile program.Washington calls it a campaign of “maximum pressure”.Mintaro Oba, a former State Department diplomat specializing in the Koreas, tweeted that “it’s entirely possible that North Korea scheduled the reported secret meeting with VP Pence fully intending to cancel so that they could play the blame game”.“Sudden cancellations/withdrawals are a well-established part of the North Korean playbook,” added Oba, now a speechwriter in Washington.Complete denuclearisation firstGlobal alarm at the rapid advance of nuclear-armed North Korea’s weapons technology rose further last year when the regime tested its Hwasong-15 ballistic missile – theoretically capable of hitting the mainland US – in a challenge to Washington, which has threatened to “utterly destroy” the regime in the event of an attack.President Donald Trump and the North’s leader Kim Jong Un have engaged in a series of personal insults.But as tensions rose between the North and Washington, the Games triggered a rapid reconciliation between the two Koreas, who are still technically at war.“The president made a decision that if they wanted to talk, we would deliver our uncompromising message. If they asked for a meeting, we would meet,” Ayers said, referring to Trump.He also made clear that until they agreed to complete denuclearisation we weren’t going to change any of our positions or negotiate.Woodrow Wilson Center vice president Aaron David Miller, a former advisor to Republican and Democratic diplomatic chiefs, highlighted the Trump administration’s conflicting messages on whether to talk or not with the North Koreans.“Has the locked and loaded fire and fury Trump Administration come to conclusion that it’s time to stop talking about North Korea and to start talking to them?” he asked. © – AFP 2018Read: Journalist apologises for saying Dutch excel at Winter Olympics as skating is ‘important mode of transport’Read: US warns against falling for North Korea’s charm offensive as Kim offers olive branch to South Mike Pence attended the beginning of the Winter Olympics MIKE PENCE AND North Korean officials had planned to meet secretly during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, but Pyongyang scrapped the talks after the US vice president denounced abuses from the “murderous regime,” US officials said today.Pence did not interact with the North Koreans even though he was seated in the same box as them at the opening ceremony of the Games on 9 February – nor did he shake hands with the North’s ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam during an earlier leaders’ reception.The North Koreans, who had sent Kim Yong Nam and leader Kim Jong Un’s sister Kim Yo Jong to the Games, backed out of the planned meeting after Pence announced Washington would soon unveil its “toughest and most aggressive sanctions” against Pyongyang.During his Asian tour, he also denounced the North’s nuclear drive and sought to shore up ties with regional allies – and longtime North Korean foes – Japan and South Korea.Pence, who led the American delegation to the Games, said at the time he traveled with the father of late former prisoner Otto Warmbier to the South to “remind the world of the atrocities happening in North Korea”.“North Korea would have strongly preferred the vice president not use the world stage to call attention to those absolute facts or to display our strong alliance with those committed to the maximum pressure campaign,” Pence’s spokesman Ayers said.State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said only a “brief meeting” with leaders of the North Korean delegation had been on the table.“The vice president was ready to take this opportunity to drive home the necessity of North Korea abandoning its illicit ballistic missile and nuclear programs,” Nauert said in a statement. Mike Pence attended the beginning of the Winter Olympics Image: David J. Phillip/PA Images 8,297 Views Image: David J. Phillip/PA Images https://jrnl.ie/3862998 Share47 Tweet Email By AFP 9 Comments last_img read more

This mother and son team just won a major award for Ireland

No Comments

first_img Source: Corleggy Cheeses/Twitter Another Irish winner at the cheese awards was Macroom Buffalo Cheese, which picked up a Gold Cheese Award.Macroom Buffalo Mozzarella is made by Johnny Lynch at his farm in Cill na Martra near Macroom in West Cork. Johnny Lynch with the Macroom buffallo mozzarellaLynch has the only milking herd of buffalo in Ireland, and started producing the cheese in 2015.Supported by Udaras na Gaeltachta, Lynch has a herd of 200 buffaloes on his 140-acre farm.Other Irish cheesemakers to win gold status at the awards include St Tola Ash Log, made by Inagh Farmhouse Cheese, and Supervalu Signature Tastes Gubeen.Read: We finally know why there are holes in Swiss cheese 18,377 Views 15 Comments AN IRISH HANDMADE cheese made by a mother and son team in Cavan has been ranked in the top 2% in the world, after scooping a Super Gold award at the World Cheese Awards in Spain. Silke Cropp with the award winning cheese Source: Conor McCabe Photography LtdCorleggy hard raw goats milk cheese is made by Silke and Tom Cropp in Belturbet in Cavan.It was one of only 66 of the 3,021 cheeses on show at the awards in San Sebastian to attain Super Gold status.When it comes to making beautiful cheese, patience is a virtue, according to Silke.She said: “We believe in the slow food philosophy. It takes time for wonderful cheeses to develop and now expert judges have ranked us to be among the finest cheeses in the world. Dec 3rd 2016, 12:00 PM This mother and son team just won a major award for Ireland at the World Cheese Awards Corleggy hard raw goats milk cheese is now ranked in the top 2% in the world. http://jrnl.ie/3115409 Share Tweet Email4 We are overwhelmed by all the lovely messages of congrats & best wishes for getting Super Gold Award #worldcheeseawards @guildoffinefood…. pic.twitter.com/eVceY7TDSi— Corleggy Cheeses (@CorleggyCheese) November 18, 2016center_img Saturday 3 Dec 2016, 12:00 PM Here it is folks! The World Champion Cheese – Kraftkar from Tingvollost in Norway #WorldCheeseAwards @IntCheeseFest pic.twitter.com/ijMK2xWWre— Guild of Fine Food (@guildoffinefood) November 16, 2016 We feel that the aroma and taste strike a perfect balance between rich and mild. While highly commended, it did not win the title of World Champion Cheese. That honour was granted to Norwegian blue cheese Kraftar.Kraftar was then heralded as “the best cheese ever made” in a follow-up champion of champions awards. Source: Guild of Fine Food/Twitter Short URL By Sean Murray Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Israeli soldier sentenced to 18 months for shooting dead injured Palestinian

No Comments

first_imgIsraeli soldier sentenced to 18 months for shooting dead injured Palestinian A video of the shooting was shared widely online. Short URL By AFP http://jrnl.ie/3250543 Share38 Tweet Email AN ISRAELI MILITARY court has sentenced a soldier to 18 months in prison for shooting dead an injured Palestinian assailant.Judge Maya Heller handed down the sentence a month after Elor Azaria, 21, was found guilty of manslaughter for killing Abdul Fatah al-Sharif as he lay on the ground in the southern occupied West Bank in March last year.Prosecutors had demanded a three to five year sentence but the panel of three judges decided such a punishment would be too severe.Heller said they had taken into account mitigating factors including the “harm suffered by his family” and the fact he was in “hostile territory” when the shooting occurred.She added, however, that he had not expressed remorse for his actions. Image: Ariel Schalit Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 15,465 Views Feb 21st 2017, 11:51 AM Sergeant Elor Azaria inside an Israeli military court in Tel Aviv. Image: Ariel Schalit Sergeant Elor Azaria inside an Israeli military court in Tel Aviv. Supporters of Israeli army medic Elor Azaria hold his photo and shout slogans outside the Israeli military court in Tel Aviv, Israel. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe March 2016 shooting in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron was caught on video by a rights group and spread widely online.It showed Sharif, 21, lying on the ground, shot along with another Palestinian after stabbing and wounding a soldier, according to the army.Azaria then shoots him again in the head without any apparent provocation.He has already spent 10 months in detention at an Israeli military base and it was not immediately clear if today’s sentence includes time served.In January, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyaju had said he favoured a pardon for Azaria.“This has been a hard and painful day for us all. first and foremost for Elor and his family,” Netanyahu wrote on his Facebook page.“I support giving a pardon to Elor Azaria,” he added.- © AFP, 2017Read: Netanyahu wants pardon for Israeli soldier in manslaughter case> Tuesday 21 Feb 2017, 11:51 AM 100 Comments last_img read more

Dissident republican caught at Busaras with four blocks of TNT and detonators

No Comments

first_imgDissident republican caught at Busaras with “four blocks of TNT” and detonators The incident last June saw Busaras evacuated the Special Criminal Court heard yesterday. Share3 Tweet Email 14,494 Views No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 31 Jan 2017, 7:25 AM Short URL Source: William MurphyDUBLIN’S MAIN BUS station, Busaras, had to be evacuated after a dissident republican was caught on board a service to Derry with 1.6 kilos of high-grade explosives and three detonators, a court was told yesterday.Patrick Brennan (53) was arrested last June by officers from the gardaí’s Special Detective Unit (SDU) at Busaras, in Store Street, in central Dublin, following a tip-off.Earlier this month, Brennan, of Clondalkin, Dublin 22, pleaded guilty to possessing four 400-gramme blocks of TNT and three electric explosive detonators on 16 June 2016.At the Special Criminal Court yesterday, Detective Sergeant Padraig Boyce from the SDU told how Brennan had been under surveillance “as part of an on-going investigation” into the activities of IRA members in the Dublin area.Boyce said that on the day of the arrest, the married father of six was observed leaving his house at around 4.50am before immediately getting into a taxi.The taxi took the accused to the bus station in Dublin’s city centre, where he waited for around fifty minutes before boarding the Bus Eireann 5.55am service to Derry, the three-judge court was told.At all times, Brennan had a blue canvas bag in his possession and this bag was placed in the seat next to him when he was arrested under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act aboard the bus by three SDU officers.Boyce told prosecution counsel Ronan Kennedy that gardai had made a “significant discovery” after Brennan was detained.He said: “In the base of the bag there was four blocks of Trinitrotoluene, commonly known as TNT, and three electronic detonators in good condition strapped to the TNT.”On discovery of the explosives, “the surrounding area was evacuated and the army was called”, Boyce said.Brennan, who had been jailed for four years in 2005 for IRA membership, was the sole passenger on the bus at the time of his arrest, Boyce added.Car bombsBoyce told Kennedy that he believed the quantity of explosives could have been used in the construction of “six to eight” separate car bombs.He said: “From devices that have been recovered intact, 200 grams (of explosives) have been used.”And although the explosives weren’t armed, Boyce said the TNT had been “lethally packaged” and could have been detonated by a “static charge” whilst being moved.On hearing Boyce’s evidence, Mr Justice Tony Hunt said that he would have “breathed a sigh of relief” if he had been told he had been travelling on a bus that had four blocks of TNT on board.Diarmaid McGuinness SC, defending, said his client was a diabetic who, because of his medical condition, was also registered blind.McGuinness said he hoped the court would take into account the guilty plea when sentencing although his client – who has 13 previous convictions, mostly for road traffic offences – had accepted that any sentence imposed by the court “will likely be severe”.Justice Tony Hunt, presiding, with Judge John O’Hagan and Judge Anne Ryan, remanded Brennan in custody until 6 February.Comments are disabled for legal reasonsRead: Woman who earned €20k from offering illegal and dangerous tanning injections avoids jailRead: Man jailed for breaking into home in middle of night and raping former sexual partner By Peter Doyle Jan 31st 2017, 7:25 AM http://jrnl.ie/3214285 last_img read more

Personal details of 10000 Auschwitz staff members published online

No Comments

first_img 58 Comments Short URL Personal details of 10,000 Auschwitz staff members published online It’s part of a project that will name the staff who worked in death and concentration camps set up in occupied Poland. Image: PA Wire/PA Images Feb 4th 2017, 7:30 AM The gates to Auschwitz. Image: PA Wire/PA Images The gates to Auschwitz. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img http://jrnl.ie/3213308 POLAND HAS PUBLISHED the first online database with the names and other personal details of nearly 10,000 staff who ran the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi German death camp.The database, which the IPN – the Institute of National Remembrance – says contains 9,686 names “is just the beginning of a wide-ranging project” that will cover the staff of other death and concentration camps that Nazi Germany set up in occupied Poland, IPN chairman Jaroslaw Szarek told reporters in Krakow.Around 25,000 names have already been gathered so far.Szarek said the project is in part intended to curb the use by foreign media of the erroneous phrase “Polish death camps” to refer to sites built and run by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland.Warsaw has long called out media for identifying the camps as “Polish” due to confusion caused by their geographical location.But according to Szarek, “it is sometimes the case that this is done in bad faith due to anti-Polish policy.”The new database, available in five languages “is a tool to fight lies”, Szarek said.We’re not expressing an opinion, we’re presenting the cold, hard facts.1.1 million deathsThe ruins of gas chambers, crematoria and barracks at the site bear witness to the killing of around 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, at the camp built in 1940 in the southern city of Oswiecim in occupied Poland.An estimated 232,000 of Auschwitz’s victims were children.The new database came days after the museum at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau camp urged Germans and Austrians to hand over any material that could shed light on the “motivations and mentality” of its wartime staff.Museum director Piotr Cywinski said that the institution was seeking more information about the death camp’s staff as part of efforts to “better understand the influence of populist mechanisms of hatred for human beings”.The new database also presents 350 verdicts against camp staff in war crimes trials after the war, but the documents still need to be translated.The list of names was compiled in large part by Professor Aleksander Lasik, who began his work in 1982 by identifying the Nazi SS staff that ran Auschwitz.Cywinski said the Nazis destroyed many files as they fled the camp toward the end of the war.“We have more documents about the camp’s prisoners than about its staff,” Cywinski added. © AFP, 2017Read: The secretary of Nazi leader Joseph Goebbels has died at 106> Saturday 4 Feb 2017, 7:30 AM By AFP 21,971 Views Share5 Tweet Email last_img read more

Trailer Watch Which movie should you go see this weekend

No Comments

first_imgRottenTomatoes: 6.6/10IMDB: 6.2/10Life Source: Sony Pictures Entertainment/YouTubeWhat we knowIf you’ve seen Alien, then this will look very familiar… a team out in space discover extraterrestrial life on Mars, but (shock!) it turns out this lifeform isn’t out to be best pals. Stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds.What the critics say“The expressions on the spacepersons’ faces here may give a guide to the feelings of Ridley Scott and everyone involved with the 1979 classic Alien when they see it. Life is indebted to Alien, to say the least, although its final, perfunctory hint of a conspiracy doesn’t approach Alien’s powerful satirical pessimism.” – The Guardian“ “Life’s” a thrill when it’s smart, but it’s even more exciting when the characters are dumb — which is ultimately a paradox the film wears proudly, to the possible extinction of the human race.” – Variety Thursday 23 Mar 2017, 8:30 PM What’s it rated? Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share5 Tweet Email2 Short URL Source: Zero Media/YouTubeWhat we knowEasily grossed out? Then this horror film is not for you…What the critics say“The Eyes Of My Mother is a grotesque, depraved genre movie with the skin of an art film pulled tightly over its bones. If Ingmar Bergman had helmed The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, it might look something like this exquisite nightmare.” – The AV Club“Meshing an especially bloody strain of slasher pic with the most whispery of high-art sensibilities, this tale of a young Portuguese-American woman drawn — by way of misused heritage and scarring personal tragedy — into severely psychotic behavior reps an exquisite waking nightmare, its meticulous monochrome imagery caressing the eye even as the filmmaker brandishes a scalpel before it.” – Variety RottenTomatoes: 7.3/10IMDB: 8.4/10Which one would you go see first? Secret ScriptureThe Eyes of My MotherLifeNone of themVote https://jrnl.ie/3296939 What’s it rated? None of them (1665) The Eyes of My Mother (90)center_img PLANNING ON HEADING out to the cinema this weekend?There are a few new movies out, but which is a must-watch, and are there any you should avoid?We take a look.The Secret Scripture Source: Voltage Pictures/YouTubeWhat we knowBased – albeit somewhat loosely – on the book of the same name by Sebastian Barry. Starring Rooney Mara and Vanessa Redgrave as the young and older version of an irish woman who is sent to an asylum, but writes down her story in her ‘secret scripture’ book. Directed by Jim Sheridan.What the critics say“Sheridan, reuniting with producer Noel Pearson (My Left Foot, The Field), shapes the drama with a sure grasp of the injustice that courses through Rose’s story, which will find her not just at St. Malachy’s but also, during her pregnancy, at one of the Magdalene Laundries, Ireland’s horrendous institutional response to “fallen women”. ” – Hollywood Reporter“Young Rose, initially feisty, becomes an unknowable non-entity. We never truly understand her and Mara quickly becomes visibly bored. She also seems annoyed by the other two attractive yet bland participants in her love triangle, both also stuck playing ciphers.” – The Guardian Mar 23rd 2017, 8:30 PM Trailer Watch: Which movie should you go see this weekend? What’s a must-watch, and what’s a miss? We tell you. By Aoife Barry RottenTomatoes: 2.8/10IMDB: 6.9/10The Eyes of My Mother 20,842 Views Secret Scripture (487) Poll Results: 9 Comments Life (1489) What’s it rated?last_img read more

Gardaí investigating murder of Mikolaj Wilk ask driver to come forward

No Comments

first_img Sunday 17 Jun 2018, 1:55 PM 12 Comments Gardaí investigating murder of Mikolaj Wilk ask driver to come forward The father of two was brutally murdered in his home in a rural part of Ballincollig, Co Cork last weekend. Jun 17th 2018, 1:55 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share31 Tweet Email Short URL By Gráinne Ní Aodha A RENEWED APPEAL has been issued for information relating to the murder of Mikolaj Wilk at his home in Cork last weekend.The 35-year-old father-of-two was attacked by men with machetes in a rural area of Ballincollig, Cork, last Sunday morning. The attack lasted up to 10 minutes; his wife Elzbieta was also injured in the attack. Gardaí are still searching for a motive for the brutal murder.In the past week, number of people have come forward with information to date and Gardaí have thanked the public for their assistance.Today, they renewed their appeal for taxi and hackney drivers that were operating in the Maglin, Ballincollig, Ballinora and Waterfall areas on the night of the incident who have not come forward.In particular, they wish to speak to a driver who picked up three women at a pub in the Wilton area through a booking on a taxi app and drove to Waterfall, dropping two of the women along the way.Witnesses, or anyone who can assist with the investigation, are asked to contact Gurranabraher Garda Station on 021 494 6200, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station. http://jrnl.ie/4075491 34,693 Views last_img read more

Laptop seized filled with terror admissions

No Comments

first_imgOne of seven laptops seized in a raid on a suspected hideout in Volos contained published documents, including one in which the guerilla group claims responsibility for sending 14 parcel bombs for foreign embassies in Athens and the offices of European leaders last November, police said. In the suspected hideout of the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire, the laptop seized also contained a document with the chilling admission for the bomb sent to the office of Justice Minister Haris Kastanidis. Another document found supports solitary for the detained members. Six suspects were apprehended on Monday, five of which refused to testify and one denied any involvement in the groups activities. Nine suspected members are already on trial. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Tony Abbott guest of honour

No Comments

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott will be the guest of honour at the 2011 Kytherian Association of Australia Debutante Ball. Both side of politics will be represented at the ball, which will be held on Saturday 18 June. The ball’s aim is to showcase Kytherian youth and also raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Australia.“The ball itself started as a charity and debutante ball in the early 1950s,” George Poulos, Kytherian Association of Australia, told Neos Kosmos. “We have about nine or ten young ladies who come out in the old fashioned English way at 16 years of age. We have quite a large gathering and as Tony Abbott says, it’s a right of passage. It’s a chance for Kytherian youth to come out.” Previous years they’ve had the Governor General attend and Poulos said “if we can attract someone of this calibre (the Federal opposition leader), I think it’s validation of what Greeks and Kytherians have achieved in Australia”.last_img read more

Rally for Cyprus

No Comments

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Justice of Cyprus Coordinating Committee has organised a number of events in July to remember the 1974 invasion of Cyprus by Turkey, ending with the all important Rally for Cyprus on Sunday night. The aim of the rally is “to call attention to and to protest the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, the continuing illegal occupation, the violation of human rights of the people of Cyprus”. On 20 July 1974, heavily armed Turkish troops invaded the northern part of Cyprus, forcing many Greek Cypriots to flee south. By the time a ceasefire was agreed three days later, Turkish troops held three per cent of the territory of Cyprus.The committee is using these events to remember the loss of ancestral homelands to an invading army intent on ethnic cleansing of the northern part of the island of its majority Greek / Cypriot inhabitants and creating a permanent partition.On Wednesday, the committee organised a demonstration outside the Turkish embassy. A small crowd gathered to demonstrate against the Turkish invasion and continuing illegal occupation and to demand the right of return of all refugees to their ancestral homes.At the demonstration the Cypriot refugees from the 1974 invasion continued their resolve and their commitment towards justice and peace in Cyprus. They reaffirmed that the present status quo is unacceptable and that Turkey’s military presence in the island is a flagrant violation of UN resolutions. Last night, there was a candlelit vigil outside Parliament House and later a Frugal Supper was held at the Cyprus Community of Melbourne and Victoria Centre, 499 Lygon Street, East Brunswick. The supper commemorated the hardships suffered by the thousands of Greek-Cypriots who fled their homes and villages as the Turkish army advanced, leaving all their possessions behind. They believed their absence would be temporary, but 37 years later they are still waiting their return. There was a short musical program, speeches by various dignitaries and information regarding the latest developments. The Rally for Cyprus will begin at 1.00 pm on Sunday on Lonsdale Street and will end at the steps of the Parliament of Victoria. Before the rally, a memorial service for the fallen will take place at 10.00 am at Saint Efstathios Church, Dorcas Street, South Melbourne.last_img read more

Parents and friends let their hair down

No Comments

first_imgThe parents and friends committee of St George College are going to paint the town red and party hard at their annual dinner dance. Betty Livaditis, secretary, St George College Parents and Friends Committee, told Neos Kosmos that this is the biggest event that the committee runs. “It’s a committee is a fundraising committee for the school. The events are done outside of school hours and include Greek dances and quiz nights, barbecues and all the funds go back to the school.” The committee has been instrumental in raising funds for the school to help with their infrastructure, buildings, the school bus and events for the children to ensure they get the best education available. Livaditis said “because the community is quite strong, we get a lot of people who have left the school or still have some connection to the school it gives them an opportunity to come back and support the school”. The school dancing group will be performing on the night and DJ Valandi will be providing entertainment. The Parents and Friends Committee St George College Dinner Dance will be held on the Saturday 20 August at the Messinian Hall, 68 Stephens Terrace, Torrensville. Tickets are $25 for adults and children free. Contact Gina on 0403 315 499 or Betty on 0403 984 721 to book your table. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Great interest in new taxi licences

No Comments

first_imgMore than 8,500 applications for taxi licenses have been submitted to the country’s 13 regional authorities in the wake of the government announcing that it plans to liberalise the sector and Transport Minister Yiannis Ragousis insists that he will not give in to cabbies demands to limit the deregulation. The government has put its liberalisation plans on ice following an 18-day strike by the taxi drivers who want the number of licenses that will be issued to be linked to each city’s population. A truce in the standoff was negotiated after regional governors agreed not to issue any new permits until the government has finalised its plans. Attica Governor Yiannis Sgouros announced that all of the 8,500 applications would be rejected, pending the final legislation from the government. “Without the law determining the relevant criteria, how can we accept an application?” said Sgouros. Cabbies are concerned the total liberalisation of the sector would lead to firms or wealthy investors buying up large numbers of licenses and making it difficult for individuals to compete. Sources said that 4,000 of the 8,500 applications have been submitted by just two people. Sgouros was adamant those applications would not be accepted. Ragousis, meanwhile, was also insistent that he would not back down in his bid to deregulate the sector, which suggests that a new clash with disgruntled taxi drivers is not far off. “There will be rules but these will be liberalisation rules, not ones to do with population limits, which the taxi drivers want so nothing changes.” He also suggested that the cabbies’ argument that their profession is “over-saturated” is false. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Deep designs

No Comments

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Last week in Perth, the Australian Institute of Architects gave its highest national award for public architecture to Fender Katsalidis Architects, the celebrated practice that has been responsible for some of the most iconic high-rise buildings in Australia. But this time Nonda Katsalidis was heading in a different direction. MONA – the Museum of Old and New Art and the largest privately funded museum in Australia was designed in collaboration with its founder, the eccentric art collector David Walsh. MONA’s very existence is based upon presenting antiquities and contemporary art from Walsh’s collection. As a self-made millionaire, Walsh set out with MONA to subvert the very notion of what an art museum is. The multi-million dollar gallery opened its doors in January 2011 and two of its exhibits give a taste of its distinctive content. One of its key works, Cloaca Professional, by Belgian artist Wim Delvoye is a machine based upon the human digestive system, which relieves itself at regular intervals, producing excrement.Another work exhibited last year was by Greek-born artist Jannis Kounellis; Untitled comprised a steel frame from which joints of beef hung that slowly decayed. Carved out of a vast sandstone escarpment along the Derwent River, MONA’s giant subterranean sandstone walls provide the backdrop for the often provocative exhibits. Its 6500 square-metre underground gallery space has no windows and extends over three levels. Arriving by ferry from Hobart, the museum’s jetty transforms into a flight of steps cut into the escarpment. According to Walsh, the inspiration for the steps was the path to the temple on the summit of the Greek island of Naxos. MONA drew 600,000 visitors in its first 18 months and won the 2012 Australian Tourism Award for best new development. David Walsh, who made his fortune by developing gambling systems, has described the museum as a “subversive adult Disneyland”. Australian Institute of Architects’ jury chairman Brian Zulaikha praised MONA’s temple-like structure. “This beautiful, poetic and still very functional museum is imposing but it’s not unfriendly. You feel like you’re entering a new world of art.” Nonda Katsalidis told reporters that whilst he had been initially “daunted by the personality of David Walsh, who has got very strong ideas …it had been a pleasure to work with him”. “This museum has actually struck a chord and we’ve won lots of awards for all the participants – the lighting , engineering, and the graphics have won awards. It is very satisfying when the whole team gets this sort of pat on the back,” said Katsalidis. Known for their distinctive sculptural quality, Katsalidis’ buildings often feature diverse materials and textures such as exposed steel left to weather or rough-hewn timber. Nonda Katsalidis is one of Australia’s foremost architects. Born in Athens in 1951 he migrated to Australia as a five-year-old. A graduate of Melbourne University and RMIT, his cutting edge high-rise tower designs have won many awards in Australia and overseas. He established his practice with fellow architect Karl Fender in 1996. Katsalidis is also a developer of some of Australia’s tallest residential buildings such as Melbourne’s Eureka Tower which he also designed.last_img read more

Advanced Greek School in NSW

No Comments

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The intention for the opening of an Advanced Greek School for newly arrived immigrants was announced this week by the Greek Orthodox Community of New South Wales (GOCNSW) in Sydney, in an attempt to support the immigrants who have Greek as their mother language. With the sole purpose of teaching the Greek language at an advanced stage for students whose first language is Greek, the GOCNSW announced that the lessons of Greek language will be in accordance with the approved program of the Ministry of Education of Greece.The staffing of the new Greek school will be mainly by teachers from Greece. The teachers will use the textbooks currently in use in schools in Greece, in order for kids to maintain and to extend their level of Greek. Responding to the needs of the new community members to maintain the level of Greek their children use, the GOCNSW is embarking on the new education initiative, following the example of the GOCMV that has seen two campuses kick off early this month offering Advanced Greek program to over 70 newly arrived students.The announcement of the intention of the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW to establish an Advanced Greek Language School is to be followed within the very near future with the release of a related questionnaire, aiming at gathering information about the number and the location of the newly arrived families from Greece that might be interested in the new school.last_img read more

Greek exporters struggle to break Aussie market

No Comments

first_imgA modest but quietly positive group of Greek exporters filled the Fine Food Australia Greek stand this week, hoping to garner some interest and gain some local importers. The exhibition, one of the largest trade shows for the foodservice, hospitality and retail sectors in Australia, gives international and local distributors and importers the chance to mingle with the industry’s best and hopefully create long-lasting business deals. At the Flavours of the World section, a small Greek and Cypriot contingent set up shop at the four day show in Melbourne. Finishing on Thursday, only nine Greek exhibitors and eight Cypriot exhibitors made the trip, about half the amount that came last year and the year before. The Greek contingent has companies that specialise in everything from olive oil, feta, dairy products and alcohol, while the Cypriot stalls included things like flour, pasta and ice cream. The Cypriot stall even had ice cream for dogs, a new product brought out by Max & Frida under the umbrella of Cypriot ice cream giant Panayiotis Ice Cream.They have to compete against 1,000 exhibitors from all around the world to get the Australian importers’ interest, something even the best products might not be able to do. The reality is the Australian market is a challenging landscape.The Greek state commissioner for trade in Australia, Vaianos Oreopoulos-Kelenis, who has been the exhibitor’s Australian contact, says Greek companies face fierce competition from local brands and well-established international brands. “The biggest challenge is the Australian market itself, it’s a peculiar market, it’s not an easy market at all, because Australia has developed to the maximum, to an optimum level,” he tells Neos Kosmos.Greek brands are fighting to be heard. Even those that have been established here for years are having trouble holding on.“An exhibitor here at the Greek stall, they produce feta cheese and yoghurt of excellent quality, they’ve already incorporated with an importer here in Sydney, but so far in 40 years it has only imported two containers, which is basically zero,” Mr Oreopoulos-Kelenis says. One of the biggest barriers new Greek companies face in trying to enter the Australian market is finding a competent and reliable distributor. Those that are established distributors specialising in Greek products are about 85 per cent owned and operated by Greek Australians, according to Mr Oreopoulos-Kelenis.They understand the products, know the quality and are able to market them expertly to the Greek Australian community.The only problem is, the companies aren’t very willing to take on new brands. They have their set group, and won’t open up the listings if they can’t afford it. That’s where Mr Oreopoulos-Kelenis says the Greek government is trying to help. One of his main roles is connecting new Greek companies and local distributors together, but most times the connection severs because one side isn’t interested. “I have heard a lot of stories of Greek exporters who have sent emails to Australian companies or Australian Greek companies, and they never get a reply,” he says. “If they don’t develop face to face communication it won’t work.”That is why Fine Food Australia is a great way to get a start.Event director Minnie Constan says the stall has been seeing a steady flow of interest, with the new, official agency of the Greek State, Enterprise Greece, overseeing some positive steps forward. “They’re getting a lot of interest, Enterprise Greece is saying they’re doing a considerable amount of business in Melbourne,” Ms Constan tells Neos Kosmos.“It’s to be expected, we love our food in Melbourne.”Touring the site most days, Ms Constan saw the sun-dried tomato stand inundated with interest, as was the company Peachy, specialising in tinned peaches ripened in the Mediterranean climate. She has also seen a spike in demand for imports from Cyprus in the last couple of years. “We’ve had Cyprus in the show for a number of years and I know the export opportunities that have come from being in the show have probably tripled since they started doing it,” she says.While the amount of Australian imports to Greece has dropped by more than 50 per cent, the demand for Greek products in Australia has jumped. According to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the imports from Greece to Australia totalled $170 million, up from $158 the year before. Australia ranks in the top 40 of principal export nations for Greece, quite a considerable feat considering most of the top countries are part of the European Union or are close neighbours. Australia is taking in lots of fruit and nuts, dairy products and aluminium from Greece. Sadly, the demand isn’t the same in Greece. Riddled by a flatlining economy, Greece hasn’t had much demand for foreign products in the last couple of years. Greece’s top imports come from Russia and Germany. Australia ranks a lowly 96. Mr Oreopoulos-Kelenis says our distance and Greece’s economic state are mostly to blame. “The Greek economy is in the phase of recovery, and as you understand, internal consumer demand has collapsed,” he says.“It will take another year at least to recover to the levels of 2006-7.”At least down in Melbourne, the seeds have been sown for new Greek ventures. With the biggest Greek population outside of Greece in Australia, the demand won’t be going away anytime soon. The Fine Food Australia Greek stall companies:Ariston Hellas: specialising in extra virgin olive oil, infused olive oils, balsamic condiments, kalamon and stuffed green olives, preserves. Dimitra Parparas S.A: specialising in olives, pickled peppers, sun-dried tomatoes in oil, fire-roasted red peppers, fire-roasted eggplant puree. Hellenic Breweries of Atalani: specialising in beers including BLUE island, Pils HELLAS, Berlin, Eza z premium pilsener. Intercom foods: specialising in pickled olives, Kalamata olive paste and canned peaches and peach compost. Ioniki Sfoliata: specialising in frozen pastry products including spiral spanakopites and tyropites. Peachy: specialising in tinned peaches. Peza Union: specialising in bottled Cretan olive oil and wine including Nissos PGI wine, Peza PDO wine and Fizz. SHM Hellas and Pilion Dairy Group: specialising in Greek feta and yoghurt and goat’s cheese products.The Fine Food Australia Cypriot stall companies:Chrystosomos Elias & Son: specialising in halloumi cheese. G&I Keses dairy: specialising in halloumi cheese. Johnsof -Pavlos cakes: specialising in grissini, croutons, crisprolls, sweets, biscuits, cakes, rusks; contemporary and organic. Loel Public: specialising in wines, spirits and fruit juices. Mitsides: specialising in flour and pastas. Papaphilipou & Patisserie Panayotis Ice Cream: specialising in ice cream from P & P ice cream, Papaphilipou ice cream, Nostalgia and ice cream for dogs brand, Max & Frida. Papouis Dairy: specialising in halloumi cheese. Pittas Dairy: specialising in halloumi cheese. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

International outcry over Dimitris Koufodinas relocation

No Comments

first_imgThe infamous leader of the disbanded terrorist group ’17 November’ is still causing turmoil even from inside his prison cell; ’17 November’ was one of the most dangerous and lethal terror groups in the western society.From 1975, when it emerged following the collapse of military rule with the killing of the CIA station chief in Athens, until June 2000 when it murdered the British military attaché in Athens, the group had assassinated 23 people including Greek politicians, businessmen and journalists.The Greek government’s decision to move Dimitris Koufodinas from high-security penitentiary Korydallos to an open-air prison that operates as an agricultural facility has infuriated Greek citizens and international officials alike.Following Europe, Turkey and the U.S. have joined the list of countries condemning the relocation of the highly dangerous and non-repentant hitman.Meanwhile, over the past year Koufodinas has been allowed to take prison leave several times, a decision that had put the Syriza-ANEL government under fire more than once.US State department spokesperson, Heather Nauert, took to Twitter to share fears that “in a country with a history of political violence, he [Koufodinas] could exert his appeal to train a new generation of armed guerrillas”.The 60-year-old still has a significant following among members of the radical left who support armed resistance. Koufodinas was also known as ‘Poison Hand’ due to his shooting skills.The U.S. feel that moving him from Athens to central Greece to pick fruits and farm the land after the long list of crimes against democracy he has committed, “doesn’t make any sense”.“We understand convicted Greek terrorist Dimitris Koufodinas was moved to a farm prison with lighter restrictions. He murdered 11, including US personnel, and is inspiring the next generation of terrorists. We condemn in the strongest terms furloughs or any easing of his prison stay,” the tweet continued.A Turkish government spokesperson also commented on the relocation, hinting to Greece’s refusal to extradite eight military officers Turkey has declares as terrorists.“This has once again strengthened our doubts about the functioning of the judicial system in Greece,” they said.“Granting tolerance to a terrorist disrespects the memory of our diplomats who were martyred and their families.”Justice minister Stavros Kontonis responded saying that “The sentence will continue to be served as normal,” explaining that convicts were being moved to other facilities as part of plans to turn the vastly overcrowded Korydallos prison into a jail for defendants awaiting trial.“The transfer does not entail special treatment, a reduction of the sentence or partially unrestricted residence,” Kontonis concluded. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Puberté précoce des polluants mis en cause

No Comments

first_imgPuberté précoce : des polluants mis en causeÉtats-Unis – Des polluants chimiques auraient été détectés dans l’urine de fillettes américaines âgées de 8 à 9 ans. Ils provoqueraient une puberté très précoce et pourraient confronter les filles à un risque plus élevé de cancer du sein durant leur future vie de femme.Cette étude américaine a été menée par les chercheurs du réseau Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Centers (BCERC) auprès de 1.100 fillettes de 8 à 9 ans, vivant dans trois régions différentes des États-Unis.Deux analyses urinaires réalisées à un an d’intervalle ont révélé la présence de trois sortes de polluants chimiques présents dans l’environnement : des phénols, des phtalates, et des phytoestrogènes. Ces substances demeurent dans l’organisme durant plusieurs années et sont stockées dans le tissu adipeux. Leur présence peut entraîner de graves conséquences et notamment provoquer, chez des fillettes, une puberté très précoce survenant à l’âge de 8 ans. Le professeur Charles Sultan, chef de service en endocrinologie pédiatrique au CHU de Montpellier, notifie ainsi au Quotidien du médecin que ces taux élevés de polluants “peuvent perturber le développement pubertaire et entraîner un risque de complication plus tard dans la vie et notamment de cancer du sein”. D’après lui, certaines régions souffriraient même d’ “épidémies” de puberté précoce survenant à l’âge de 8 ou 9 ans. “Si des taux semblables sont rencontrés chez des individus aussi jeunes, ils sont susceptibles d’augmenter avec le temps” conclut-il.Le 14 avril 2010 à 10:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more