Delays due to leaves on tracks Heres the science behind those Dart

first_img https://jrnl.ie/3044184 ‘Delays due to leaves on tracks’: Here’s the science behind those Dart delays According to Iarnród Éireann “…mulch is to rails what ice is to roads.” Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland Share71 Tweet Email Source: Iarnród Éireann/Twitter Tuesday 25 Oct 2016, 6:30 AM This mulch is to rails what ice is to roads. It reduces the adhesion between wheel and rail – hence the phrase “low rail adhesion”. The leaf mulch can also affect the operation of track circuits.So trains must make the same journey at slower speeds, and brake much sooner before approaching a train station so that they can stop in time (much like a car on wet roads).“If you’re a regular customer, you can probably sense the wheel “slipping” on a train if you’re travelling through an area that’s affected.This is why minor delays are more prevalent at this time of year, particularly in the early morning and early evening.The BBC recently conducted an investigation into the phenomenon on ‘Bang Goes The Theory’ where they demonstrated the effect leaves can have. Source: BBC/YouTubeIn order to keep leaves off the tracks, Iarnród Éireann keeps trees near tracks cut back; uses various machinery at night to clear the tracks; invested in ‘traction gel applicators’ which improves the grip between the wheel and rail interface; and equipped passenger trains with on-board sanding systems which will dispense sand when wheel slip is detected.They added:“…We will continue to work throughout the period affected to minimise delays on services, and apologise for the inconvenience caused.”Iarnród Eireann’s infrastructure manager in the East Region Michael Danaher goes further into the issue in this video by the company: Source: Iarnrod Eireann/YouTubeFor the latest service information and news from Iarnród Éireann, follow their Twitter account.Read: WIN: Free trips for 100 groups with TheJournal.ie and Irish RailRead: Journeys with TheJournal.ie: Ireland’s oldest gay sports club encourages people to get Out and About Short URL 19,342 Views Oct 25th 2016, 6:30 AM IF YOU TAKE the Dart regularly, you will probably have been delayed at least once by leaves on the tracks.Although this sounds like it’s just an excuse, it actually is a very dangerous occurrence that many railway systems across the world have to tackle.A large amount of wet leaves on railways can seriously affect train performance and punctuality in a number of ways – and as we’re in the thick of autumn at the moment, you can be certain to ‘expect delays’ in the coming weeks. By Gráinne Ní Aodha Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland The science behind the delaysAs Iarnród Éireann deals with leaves on tracks this time of year, they’ve released a statement explaining to people why the tree-debris is so dangerous:“When leaves fall on to the line, particularly in damp or wet weather, the rolling action of passing wheels compresses them, causing a greasy ‘mulch’ to cover the rail. 20 Comments Update: Significant delays on the 0735 Connolly / Belfast due to leaf fall and resulting low rail adhesion.— Iarnród Éireann (@IrishRail) October 21, 2016 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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My son said to me well need to put up a Christmas

first_img A corridor in Edel House. Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/TheJournal.ieAt its capacity the emergency homeless shelter for women and children has enough space for 10 family units and 18 units for single women.As O’Riordan pointed out, it has been at maximum capacity now for three years and there is no sign of any reduction in numbers.Good Shepherd, which runs the shelter, also provides other outreach services for people at risk across Cork and other counties in Ireland. One of the common areas in Edel House. Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/TheJournal.ieAccording to the charity’s 2015 annual report, 325 women and children were resident at Edel House at some stage last year. In that time, the service had to turn away 375 women and 281 children.“I’ve been working in homeless services for 25 years now and I’ve never seen it as bad,” says Ger Spillane, regional manager for the South West with charity Focus Ireland.I spend most of my time in the South West area and while there would have been isolated incidents of family homelessness it was certainly nothing like it is now.Focus Ireland works with families like Laura’s to try to help them out of homelessness as quickly as possible, before the situation becomes too damaging for children involved.“While homelessness is bad enough for adults, it’s crippling for children in terms of long-term outcomes,” says Spillane.They have poorer education, poorer attainment and they have poorer long-term health; it affects their self-esteem, it affects their confidence and all that does is add up to wider or more long-term social problems.Laura’s main worry is about the effect staying at the hotel is having on her children. She wants to get them into their own home as quick as possible.“They’re gone very quiet in themselves,” she says.I suppose they’re just kind of accepting it and going along with it but they don’t know whether they’re coming or going – like myself.Why the rise in homeless families?With the collapse of the property market in 2008 and Ireland entering a recession, the construction industry ground to a halt for a number of years. File photo of stalled construction in 2009. Source: /Photocall IrelandWhile the economy is gradually moving back towards relative prosperity, the lack of quality, affordable homes has put a huge strain on the property market.House prices and the cost of rent in Ireland have risen hugely over the past few years. The latest quarterly Daft rental report shows that rents rose nationwide by an average of 11.7% in the year to September.What started out as primarily a Dublin problem has since spread to other urban centres. Rents in Cork rose by 14% in the year to September.This is coupled with a serious lack of social housing in the country, with waiting lists having soared across the country over the past few years.As prices continue to rise, more and more families are being pushed out of the market and into homelessness. Homeless families protesting outside hotel accommodation in Dublin city last July. Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/TheJournal.ieSpillane works with at-risk people in Cork, Limerick, Tipperary, and Clare and he says that the patterns are the same wherever you go.“We would have seen traditionally with a lot of people addiction issues but now we’re seeing people who don’t have these issues,” he says.People who would have never seen themselves as homeless are becoming homeless because they can’t afford the rent.Laura used to have addiction issues but has been in recovery now for three years. She says her situation is becoming increasingly hard to handle, but that it is important to stay positive for her and her family.“Being in recovery now I would never go back to that life,” she says.But I suppose I’m in a 12-step programme now and I just have to accept what comes and keep hoping.SolutionsGer Spillane believes that the government needs to increase protections in the private rental sector, and to incentivise landlords to take in tenants at risk of homelessness.As well as this, Focus argues that instead of housing families in B&Bs or private hotels, they should moved into their own houses as quickly as possible.This would not only greatly benefit the family, it would cost the state less in long-term than unstable hotel accommodation.“Someone living in their own home it is essentially their own home. A hotel room or bed and breakfast will never be somebody’s home,” says Spillane.Valerie O’Sullivan, director of service for the housing section of Cork City Council, told TheJournal.ie that additional homes for families would be provided in the next two years in Cork city.“These units will be self-contained and supported by services with the aim of bringing families out of homelessness as quickly as possible,” she said.O’Sullivan also said that planning development was progressing in increasing the number of social housing units in Cork and that construction was beginning this month on 400 new social housing units.Back in the hotel room, Laura says that she would love to have her own home to celebrate Christmas with her boys, but she’s not holding out too much hope.She’s more concerned about having a place by March, when her baby is due.“I’m full on anxiety wondering will I get a place,” she says.Picturing myself in a hotel room with a baby and everything. But please God it won’t [be the case], please God I’ll get somewhere before then. By Cormac Fitzgerald Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Cork city. Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/TheJournal.ieFamily homelessnessLaura and her children are homeless and have been since July. Anti-social behaviour in the area where she lived forced Laura to move out of her home over fears for her family’s safety.They lived with a friend for a number of months, but the house was overcrowded and about three weeks ago the family moved out and checked into the hotel.Cork City Council pays for the cost of the hotel, while alternative accommodation is sought for the family.This is a situation that is common in Dublin, where latest figures show that there are 1,026 families living in homeless accommodation in the capital.It’s also an increasing problem in other urban centres around the country, which have seen a consistent rise in the numbers of homeless families and children over the past two years.Family homelessness in Ireland didn’t use to be a major issue, but in recent years an increasing number of families have been presenting as homeless for a variety of reasons.In the South West region alone (which comprises of Cork and Kerry), the number of homeless children has gone up by close to 500% in two years: from 23 in October 2014 to 97 in October of this year. The increase in homeless families and children in the South West region over the past two years (from September 2014 to September 2016). Source: StatistaA large number of these are staying in private hotels or B&Bs in Cork city. The only emergency accommodation for women and children in Cork city – Edel House – is at max capacity and has been for some time.“Before 2013, [for people] to be here more than three months was exceptional, now it’s not so exceptional,” says Tony O’Riordan CEO of Good Shepherd Cork, which runs Edel House.We have had people here nine or 10 months, which is a long time to be in an emergency centre.O’Riordan said that since 2013 the shelter has been full on a near-constant basis.“The second half of 2013 is when the housing crisis hit here properly, and since then we’ve been at our fullest,” he says.As the stays become longer with nowhere for people to move onto, it becomes harder and harder for people to retain their hope.Hoping for the bestSpeaking over the phone from her hotel room, Laura tells TheJournal.ie that she still has hope in getting a new home for herself and her two boys.“I’m in a situation where I have to accept where I am at the minute and just hope for the best,” she says.It would be great to get our own place but I’m not sure if it’s there for us.She says that a room may become available for her in Edel House. While Laura would take this room, she says she doesn’t want her children to have to stay there too long. Edel House. Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/TheJournal.ieEdel House sits on Grattan Street near the centre of the city.The shelter is made up of a number of bedrooms, common rooms, a kitchen, play areas and a reception and staff area.Colourful drawings adorn the yellow walls inside, and there is main common room with a television where people gather in the evenings. 34,476 Views 95 Comments Nov 27th 2016, 8:15 PM Laura’s name has been changed to protect her and her children’s identity.Our #Homeless Ireland 2016 series continues all of this week on TheJournal.ie.Read: Dunnes Stores sent warning letter from Dublin City Council over gates outside Grafton Street storeRead: Woman at risk of being made homeless brings court action against Dublin City Council ‘My son said to me we’ll need to put up a Christmas tree this year… please God we’ll have a house first’ Family homelessness has shocked Ireland – we visit the South West to find children living in hotels and B&Bs.center_img http://jrnl.ie/3082413 Image: Shutterstock/Gajus Sunday 27 Nov 2016, 8:15 PM Image: Shutterstock/Gajus TWO YEARS AGO, TheJournal.ie published an extensive study of homelessness in Ireland. Since then the issue has gained traction and is of huge national concern.This week, we are examining homelessness beyond the capital. What is the situation around the whole of Ireland? And what is being done to improve it?LAURA* LIVES IN a hotel room in Cork city with her two sons.She’s five months pregnant, a single mother, and a recovering alcoholic.The room has a double and a single bed for the three of them.Each day she gets up with her two young boys (aged 12 and 10), gets dressed and sends them off to school.There are no cooking facilities at the hotel, so most nights the family eat out, which Laura can barely afford.Two weekends ago, the Cork Jazz Festival took over the city and the hotel they were staying in was booked out. The family had to move to another one, and then back again when the weekend was finished.“It’s looking like this is okay again for next week,” Laura tells TheJournal.ie.But I was looking at trying to book ahead the following week and it’s looking like it’s booked out so we’ll probably have to move again.Laura says that the family are finding life at the hotel tough – especially the children.“It’s hard for the kids… they’re finding it difficult,” she says.“They’re looking for their own house. It’s horrible really. We’re just stuck in the hotel room every night.My son, God love him, said to me ‘Mam we’ll need to put up a Christmas tree this year for Christmas’, and I was saying ‘please God we’ll have a house first to put the tree into’. Short URL Share840 Tweet Email last_img read more

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Watch as buses a police car and a salt truck pile up

first_imgWatch as buses, a police car and a salt truck pile up on an icy Canadian hill Thankfully nobody was injured. Source: Colin Creado/YouTubeTHERE WERE NO injuries, but two buses, a number of cars, a police car and even a salt truck all crashed when a hill in Montreal became iced over.Video of the incident, which happened yesterday, shows drivers attempting in vain to avoid the crashes.The vehicles slid down Cote du Beaver Hall and into the each other yesterday, somehow avoiding any injuries. Share8 Tweet Email2 Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3122850 13 Comments Can’t see this video? Click here.The video shows a bus slide into a group of cars, before being hit by a pickup truck. Another bus then hits this pile-up. A taxi manages to avoid the crash by skidding into the opposite side of the road.A police car then spins and hits the bus with its rear end. It is then hit by a salt truck.Local reports say that the two inches or so of snow was expected, but the street hadn’t been treated.Witness Colin Creado told the CBC that he watched the incident from his office.“You would have thought … they would have salted the area or at least cordoned it off, because that road is pretty steep,” he said.Read: Oscar-winning director won’t be sent to the US to face child sex chargeRead: Sergeants and inspectors vote overwhelmingly to accept pay deal 15,840 Views center_img Tuesday 6 Dec 2016, 12:35 PM City buses, police vehicle and salt truck collide on slippery roads in Montreal this morning. Submitted by Willem Shepherd. pic.twitter.com/1tXTnE37ew— CBC Montreal (@CBCMontreal) December 5, 2016 Dec 6th 2016, 12:35 PM By Paul Hosford Source: CBC Montreal/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Colette Fitzpatrick to become TV3 news new senior anchor

first_img Short URL Share53 Tweet Email 25,627 Views Colette Fitzpatrick to become TV3 news’ new ‘senior anchor’ The move will see Fitzpatrick “take the helm at 3News Ireland” according to the company. Tuesday 7 Feb 2017, 9:51 PM By Cianan Brennan http://jrnl.ie/3228181 Colette Fitzpatrick Source: Mark Stedman/Rollingnews.ieTV3 PRESENTER COLETTE Fitzpatrick is set to be promoted to ‘Senior Anchor’ of the channel’s new news programming.With the acquisition of UTV Ireland late last year, TV3 rebranded its now three-channel output.The station’s news programming has now been united as 3News Ireland, of which Fitzpatrick “will take the helm” in “a full-time new role exclusive to TV3″.She will now present the station’s flagship news bulletins at 12.30pm and 5.30pm each weekday effective from March.Fitzpatrick already presents three news bulletins each week, together with a role as co-presenter of midweek’s Pat Kenny Tonight.It’s believed that Fitzpatrick will be quitting her morning presenting duties with Newstalk, where she has co-presented Newstalk Breakfast with Shane Coleman and Paul Williams since September.Newstalk could not be contacted for comment at the time of publication.3News Ireland officially launched on 9 January, with new station Be3 taking to the airwaves on the same date as UTV Ireland’s successor.Read: ‘Nobody’s going away to the Bahamas’: Celtic Media’s sale to INM worth ‘less than €4m’Read: This town has the highest rate of empty shops and offices in Ireland 34 Comments Feb 7th 2017, 9:51 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Outstanding achievement High Court ruling paves the way for blind people to

first_img 7,310 Views Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland Mar 31st 2017, 3:32 PM Friday 31 Mar 2017, 3:32 PM 5 Comments Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3317109 A HIGH COURT ruling which paves the way for blind people to be given the opportunity to vote secretly for the first time has been labelled an “outstanding achievement” which will increase equality.CEO of the National Council for the Blind in Ireland (NCBI) Chris White said that the High Court had yesterday ruled “in favour of democracy”.White was responding to yesterday’s decision by the High Court in favour of blind man Robbie Sinnott who had taken a case against the state.Sinnott took the case against the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government in 2014, asking the State to introduce measures that would enable him as a blind person to vote in secret.The case had received a positive result in November when the state introduced regulations to provide for secret voting for blind people during referenda.However, Sinnott had argued for changes which would allow visually impaired people to vote in secret in local, general and European elections as well as in referenda.Yesterday, he scored a key victory when Mr Justice Tony O’Connor ruled that the minister had a duty to provide a secret ballot if possible for all voters “as far as is reasonably practicable”.“Trusted friend”Until now, visually impaired people have only been able to vote with a “trusted friend” of with assistance from a presiding officer who could mark the ballot paper on their behalf.However, this system denies the visually impaired person the right to cast a secret ballot. The blind person can also have no way of knowing that the person assisting them had marked the ballot paper in the way that they had requested.In other countries there is tactile ballot template to allow blind people to cast their vote in private. This device is placed over the ballot paper and includes Braille and embossed numbers, with a cut-out square over the slot where the ballot is marked.Accessible voting is also possible through telephone and internet voting in some countries.Speaking to TheJournal.ie following yesterday’s ruling, White commended Robbie Sinnott for taking the case to against the State.“He’s a very brave and very courageous person,” said White.center_img By Cormac Fitzgerald He should be absolutely applauded for standing up for a whole community.Speaking yesterday, Sinnott, who is a founding member of the Blind Legal Alliance, said that the ruling was “very important”.“Visually impaired people make up 5% of the Irish population, which constitutes a large minority of people in this country,” he said.That makes today’s victory very important, given that we must frequently overcome serious barriers to access even our basic rights.Sinnott was supported in his efforts by the Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC) and the NCBI.White said that representatives from the Department will return to the High Court on 23 April to explain to the judge how they will implement his ruling.Read: The DPP is concerned about possible interference in upcoming Jobstown trialRead: Man who defrauded 82-year-old woman over ‘roofing job’ gets suspended sentence Share45 Tweet Email1 Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland ‘Outstanding achievement’: High Court ruling paves the way for blind people to vote in secret The High Court ruled yesterday in favour of a man who had argued for his right to vote in private. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Syria airstrike Donald Trumps 180 degree shift on attacking the Assad regime

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article We ask for God’s wisdom as we face the challenge of our very troubled world. We pray for the lives of the wounded and for the souls of those who have passed. And we hope that as long as America stands for justice, then peace and harmony will, in the end, prevail. Friday 7 Apr 2017, 10:29 AM Apr 7th 2017, 10:29 AM Haley later walked this back, declaring Assad a “war criminal” and insisting that the Syrian people themselves reject him.Spicer said there is no “fundamental option of regime change”. Sean Spicer Source: Evan VucciWhat did he say during the campaign?During last year’s election campaign, Trump made it clear his priority would be the battle against Isis, rather than Assad.“I don’t like Assad at all, but Assad is killing ISIS,” Trump said in one of his three debates against Democrat Hillary Clinton.In one of the more surprising moments of the series of televised debates, he also said he disagreed with now-Vice President Mike Pence on Syria and regime change.The moderator asked:If you were president what would you do about Syria and the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo? And I want to remind you what your running mate said. He said provocations by Russia need to be met with American strength and that if Russia continues to be involved in airstrikes along with the Syrian government forces of Assad, the United States of America should be prepared to use military force to strike the military targets of the Assad regime.Trump responded:Okay. He and I haven’t spoken, and I disagree. I disagree. Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women, and children. It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack. No child of God should ever suffer such horror. Source: CNBC/YouTubeAnd before the campaign?Trump’s past positions on Syria were being shared on Twitter this morning, in the wake of the overnight attacks.Here’s how he felt about the Assad regime, and the Obama administration’s approach to it, back in 2013, long before he declared he would be running for the White House himself: There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention, and ignored the urging of the UN Security Council. Tonight, I call on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria, and also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types. More: US points finger at Assad after suspected chemical attack kills dozens in Syria > How has Trump’s policy shifted?In comments last week, Trump’s chief spokesman Sean Spicer said of the situation in Syria:There is a political reality that we have to accept in terms of where we are right now. https://jrnl.ie/3328441 Share144 Tweet Email Years of previous attempts at changing Assad’s behavior have all failed, and failed very dramatically. As a result, the refugee crisis continues to deepen and the region continues to destabilise, threatening the United States and its allies. Syria airstrike: Donald Trump’s 180 degree shift on attacking the Assad regime “Very bad things will happen” if the US attacks Syria, Trump tweeted back in 2013. Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched. It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons. 98 Comments By Daragh Brophy We lost a lot of opportunity the last administration, with respect to Assad.Trump’s top diplomat Rex Tillerson, in comments last week, said the “status of president Assad will be decided by the Syrian people” – tacitly aligning the US with Russia’s plan to allow the Syrian leader to seek re-election.Nikki Haley – the US ambassador to the United Nations and increasingly the voice of US foreign policy compared to the taciturn Tillerson – underlined this choice.“You pick and choose your battles,” she told reporters.And when we’re looking at this, it’s about changing up priorities and our priority is no longer to sit and focus on getting Assad out.  42,502 Views Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeDONALD TRUMP’S DECISION to attack a Syrian airbase overnight – the first targeted strike against the Assad regime by the US – represents a dramatic shift in policy for his administration.In a brief televised address delivered hours after the UN Security Council failed to agree on a probe into this week’s apparent chemical attack, Trump confirmed the action to the American people.Trump’s visceral reaction to the suspected sarin attack prompted a swift and massive response, with the US firing 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Shayrat Airfield at 1.40am Irish time. Goodnight. And God bless America and the entire world. Thank you.- With reporting from AFPRelated: First US targeted missile strike on Assad regime kills six Syrian soldiers >Also: ‘Aggression against a sovereign state’: Putin responds to Trump’s Syria strikes > Short URL What happened in the last few days?At least 80 people were killed in a suspected chemical weapons attack on the northern town of Khan Sheikhoun this week.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said those killed in Tuesday’s attack included thirty children and twenty women.In his first statement, Trump criticised his predecessor Barack Obama’s “weakness and irresolution” in failing to punish previous Syrian chemical attacks in 2013.However, no senior figure appeared on camera to denounce the attack in its immediate aftermath. Secretary of State Tillerson ignored questions from reporters, and Trump went ahead with an address to building workers without mentioning it.The language used by both Trump and his top officials changed significantly in the last 24 hours or so, however.“What Assad did is terrible. What happened in Syria is truly one of the egregious crimes,” the President said while travelling to Florida on board Air Force One yesterday.I think what happened in Syria is a disgrace to humanity, and he’s there, and I guess he’s running things, so I guess something should happen.Trump’s comments came as Secretary of State Tillerson called explicitly for “a political process that would lead to Assad leaving”.He added:Assad’s role in the future is uncertain and with the acts that he has taken, it would seem that there would be no role for him to govern the Syrian people.A US official said the Pentagon was presenting the White House with a range of possible military options it could take in response to the attack. Rex Tillerson Source: Lynne SladkyHow did he announce the attacks?Here is a transcript of Trump’s remarks last night, after ordering the massive missile strike against the Syrian base:My fellow Americans: On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.last_img read more

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Taxi group suggests village drivers could be the answer to rural transport

first_img 71 Comments Share8 Tweet Email3 Feb 27th 2019, 6:21 AM Wednesday 27 Feb 2019, 6:20 AM Image: Shutterstock/Irina Fischer Taxi group suggests ‘village drivers’ could be the answer to rural transport problem A subsidy will be required to make it attractive for drivers to offer the service. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4514711 VILLAGE TRANSPORT DRIVERS could be the answer to the rural transport problem, the Oireachtas Transport Committee was told today. The Taxi Dispatch Operators Representative Association (TDORA), which represents taxi companies in Carlow, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Waterford, has proposed a new rural transport scheme that would step in where hackney services have failed.The group proposes that the service would operate in surrounding village areas, at a maximum distance each way of 15 kilometres. The taxi driver representatives stated today that the area surrounding a local village would be defined under the law as being, a maximum of 1,000 people.Under the current legislation rural areas are not being catered to by local hackneys, with only 13 local area hackney groups operating nationally, the committee members were told.SubsidyA subsidy will be required to make it attractive for drivers to offer the service and forpassengers to use the service, the committee is to be told, with the chairman of the group set to outline that without a subsidy, there will be insufficient passengers to make the service viable.The level of subsidy needed per journey can be determined by a consultancy study at a later date, but it is proposed the scheme could be used by licensed publicans.There has been much debate about the lack of rural transport in Ireland, particularly in light of the introduction of the new drink-driving legislation.Minister of State Jim Daly has made similar proposals, calling for an ‘Uber-style’ scheme for rural Ireland. He envisages that under his plan, people would be allowed to operate taxi services within 15 kilometres of their home, using their own cars.In 2017, the National Transport Authority (NTA) banned ride-sharing company Uber from operating in the country, stating that its model was not appropriate for Ireland.Drink-driving legislationKerry’s Danny Healy-Rae was particularly critical of the drink-driving legislation, stating that it would cause rural isolation and force the elderly who wish to socialise in the local pub to stay at home. Taxi drivers said that under their plan, passengers would be required to share the journey with others, with the vehicle being capable of carrying seven or eight passengers.Similar to hackneys and taxis, all Village Transport drivers would be vetted and licensed by the gardaí and the vehicles would be subject to the NTA rules on suitability, NCT tests and be wheelchair accessible.It is proposed that bookings could be made through an app, though the committee will be told that any plan must also take into account that some of those the service is intended to help, would not use smart phones.Also appearing before the committee today, officials from the National Transport Authority (NTA) said that grant aid should be given to a number of taxi and hackney services in rural areas, stating that public transport is failing to meet the travel demands for people in rural Ireland.The agency recognised that there is currently a lack of taxi services in rural communities.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has previously said he is open to liberalising licensing rules for taxi and hackney drivers in rural Ireland. By Christina Finn Image: Shutterstock/Irina Fischer Short URL 21,569 Views last_img read more

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Chinese delegation will visit Roscommon meat plant today following mediation with protesters

first_img Sep 4th 2019, 8:35 AM Protesters at another demonstration in Waterford earlier this week. Chinese delegation will visit Roscommon meat plant today following mediation with protesters Mediation between the parties involved earlier this morning lead to the meeting going ahead today. Share2 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4794859 A CHINESE DELEGATION to Ireland will visit a meat plant in Roscommon today after a meeting on Monday was cancelled due to protesting farmers blocking the factory gates. Inspectors were due to visit the Kepak factory in Athleague on Monday with a view to approving the Irish factory to export sheep meat to China. However, a small gathering of protesters blocked the entrance and the inspection was called off. The Beef Plan Movement said the demonstration was not authorised by its central committee, with its Chairman Eamon Corley saying he “recognises the value of the Chinese market” for Irish farmers. Kepak Athleague at the time said the move was a significant “own goal” for Irish farmers and would cost farmers in the west of Ireland if the site was not Chinese export approved. Following mediation between the parties, Kepak Athleague has confirmed the meeting will go ahead with “In an effort to ensure that Kepak Athleague could be audited by the Chinese audit team currently in Ireland and that livestock would be available to facilitate this audit, management met with a mediator this morning,” a spokesperson said. “As a result of this mediation, the Chinese Audit will proceed as 150 cattle and 1,000 sheep sourced from local farmers will now be presented for processing on Wednesday morning.“Protestors have agreed that they will ensure the safe entry to the site – of both the livestock and the Chinese Audit team which will allow the audit to take place.”The company also clarified that the audit could not go ahead due to protesters preventing livestock being brought into the factory for the audit, and that the Chinese delegation itself was not prevented from entering the factory. “During this mediation it was clarified by Kepak that while all cattle were prevented from entering the site on Monday morning, the Chinese Audit team were not prevented from doing so contrary to some reports.”“Kepak have a long track record in dealing with producer organisations (PO) and confirmed that once the protesters have established their own PO as a legitimate entity, the company will be happy to engage with their representatives similarly.“Kepak view this as a positive outcome and appreciate the efforts made by the mediator in the interests of the industry.“Should Chinese export approval be achieved it would be extremely beneficial to local farmer suppliers in the long-term as it will provide access to this fast growing market.” Short URL 15 Comments center_img Wednesday 4 Sep 2019, 8:35 AM Image: RollingNews.ie By Conor McCrave Protesters at another demonstration in Waterford earlier this week. Image: RollingNews.ie 7,134 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Greece praised thanked for Libya evacuations

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece has been praised by the USA and Chinese governments for the nation’s role in evacuating thousands of foreign nationals from Libya, where unrest continues as pro-democracy protesters clash with Colonel Muammar Gaddafi supporters. Following talks with Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas, US assistant secretary for Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Philip Gordon, said Greece had helped a lot, according to Kathimerini. Gordon noted that, as well as the Hellenic Navy dispatching frigates to patrol waters off the coast of Libya, Greece had also played a major role on a humanitarian level, dispatching ferries to evacuate foreign nationals from Libya, including citizens of European countries, thousands of Chinese and smaller numbers of Brazilians and Filipinos. Prime Minister George Papandreou has also received a letter of gratitude from Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao for the assistance Greece offered in the evacuation of Chinese nationals from Libya and their accommodation on the island of Crete, Athens News reports. The Chinese premier cited the “deep and sincere appreciation of the Chinese people” towards the Greek government, stressing “the spirit of mutual assistance demonstrated by the Greek people in times of crisis”. He wrote of the “friendly feelings towards the Chinese people and the spirit of mutual assistance demonstrated (by the Greek people) during particularly difficult times”. On Wednesday, another Greek passenger ferry docked at the Cretan port of Iraklio with over 2,000 Chinese evacuees from Libya. Another Greek vessel, the Ionian Queen, arrived at the same port later in the day with over 650 Filipino nationals on board. Crete’s regional governor, Athanassios Karountzos, and the Philippine Ambassador to Syria, Wilfredo Cuyugan, met in Iraklio this week to discuss the repatriation of the Filipinos as soon as possible. Meanwhile, Greece has welcomed the UN Security Council decision to impose sanctions against the Libyan authorities, placing a ban on the sale of military supplies to Libya, a freeze on the assets of the Gaddafi regime, and prohibition of Ghaddafi, his family and the regime from travelling abroad. Foreign minister Dimitris Droutsas reiterated Greece’s absolute condemnation of the actions of the regime in Libya, as expressed by Prime Minister George Papandreou in Berlin, and called on the Libyan regime to immediately halt the use of violence. Greece, he said, also expresses its support to the people of Libya and, in cooperation with its EU partners, will continue to work towards facing the situation. Droutsas further stressed that Europe has an obligation to continue taking decisive measures aimed at ending the violence. The UN Security Council Resolution also referred the Libya situation to the International Criminal Court where an investigation has opened into the alleged crimes committed in Libya since 15 February 2011. Source: Kathimerini, Athens News, ANAlast_img read more

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Gypsies from Greece on a mission to help their Greek Australian brothers

first_imgThe Greek community in Melbourne received two ‘unusual’ visitors from Greece. Andrew Babikis, the president of the Panhellenic Cultural Association of Gypsies, the flagship organisation of gypsies in Greece – established in 1939 and based in the St Varvara suburb in Athens – and the secretary of aforementioned association, Athanasios Demetriou. Both are in Melbourne on a mission to find their Greek Australian ‘tribal’ brothers who set foot Down Under in 1898. The quest to find their gypsy compatriots in Melbourne has been hailed a success as just a few weeks ago, they managed to come in contact with the self professed ‘king’ of the Greek Australian gypsies Fotis Stirio. Mr Stirio is a fourth generation descendant of Christo Stirio, who reached Australian soil and more accurately South Australian soil, via boat, accompanied by 25 other siblings just before the turn of the 20th century. Mr Babikis and Mr Demetriou told Neos Kosmos that their mission would have been impossible without the help and support of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria’s president Bill Papastergiadis and Bishop Ezekiel, who opened their arms and hearts. While their initial aim was to establish a relationship with the Greek Australian gypsies, the realities of the lives of those naturalised Greek Australian gypsies created a whole different task for Mr Babikis and Mr Demetriou. “What we had seen up until now is that many of our brothers and sisters here, live on the realm of extreme poverty” says Mr Babikis and adds that from his personal experience in Greece, there is a lot of room for improvement. “I am illiterate. A lot of other men and women in my age are illiterate but this ‘weakness’ of ours never stopped us from trying to educate our younger generation and help them in order to have a better chance in life,” he says and adds that education is the key of success for his Greek Australian compatriots. The grim reality that they had seen, led them to organise two open meetings at the hall of St Paraskevi in St Albans offering those in need food supplies. During those meetings they met with more than 200 people and they had the chance to discuss their issues and the prospect of helping the Greek Australian gypsies to create a governing body in order to help them promote their issues and establish a unified voice in the wider community, governments; as well as welfare institutions. “I will not leave Australia in a haste,” said Mr Babikis, “I was promised on behalf of the President Mr Papastergiadis and I thank him wholeheartedly for that, that he will help our brothers to set the founding stone of their governing body. I will stay in Australia for another month until I achieve this. On behalf of Mr Stirio there is a great deal of will and I think we can achieve it,” he concluded. According to latest statistics there are some 3,000 Greek Australian gypsies living currently in Australia, most of them in Melbourne and Sydney. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Greece seen winning fight on money laundering

first_imgGreece is no longer seen as a black sheep with regard to the fight against money laundering and graft, according to official data released by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the head of a watchdog responsible for investigating financial crimes said Monday. Responding to a question in Parliament, Panayiotis Nikoloudis, who is vice prosecutor general of the Greek Supreme Court and president of the National Agency for Combating Money Laundering, said that according to official data due for release later this year, Greece is a “role model” in the fight against money laundering. Nikoloudis said his agency successfully investigated 162 cases in 2011 and seized 223,982,146 euros in illegal money. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Roma youth resistence

first_imgFrom the moment he picked me up, the taxi driver warned me about going to my destination. “You won’t be safe walking around up there,” he protested, insisting that his car would be pelted with stones if he drove into the “gypsy camp”. On top of that, he argued that the assorted debris on the road leading into the Roma settlement at Kato Examilia, outside Corinth, would destroy his tyres.“This is a new generation of Roma. They want different things.”Still, I managed to coax him to drive that bit further, so I could see what I’d come to cover: the first public activity of a newly founded group representing youth from this and surrounding Roma settlements. Called Romani Elpida (Romany Hope), the association decided to mark International Roma Day, which falls on April 8, by taking up shovels and brushes to clean up the rubbish on the road into the settlement.Building rubble, old furniture, clothing and household waste – it has gathered over the years, the result of illegal fly-tipping by non-Roma as well as some Roma. Up to now, appeals to the local municipality to clean up the illegal dump have gone unanswered. “We didn’t want to mark the day with food and dancing. We wanted to do something more basic, something for the health of the people here and also for their dignity. It’s very significant that we ourselves, the Roma, have decided to clean up our own neighbourhood,” said Sofia Souta, the 30-year-old president of the new association, surrounded by children of all ages gathering rubbish into large black bags.“Up to now, there’s been a lot of bad press, too many stories about crime, which gives everyone a bad name. Now we’re trying to show something different, to show people who we really are, something that’s never put across,” Souta continues.About 30 young people have turned out for the spring clean. Among them is Panayiotis, 20, from nearby Zevgolatio. “I came over here to help out so that we can have a better tomorrow,” he says, as he sweeps rubbish off the road, into the path of a mechanical digger sent by the local municipality, which responded to a request from Romani Elpida for help. A large truck was also promised to take away the mounds of rubbish, but it never materialised. For Maria Kratz-Larsen, a Swedish woman living in the area who has run a children’s education project at the Roma settlement in Examilia since 2009, it’s a “historic day”, as it’s the first time the Roma have organised something for themselves.“This is a new generation of Roma. They want different things. And this is what they wanted to do. They wanted to raise awareness, which is what International Roma Day is all about,” she says. Her Children’s Ark project runs a pre-school and offers after-school help to older children from the settlement, which has a population of 150 families or 800 individuals, 60 per cent of whom are children. When the project started, there was no running water in the settlement and children were not being vaccinated. As she explains, some of the children still have it much harder than others, like the ten-year-old girl hugging her leg. “She’s one of our little lambs. Her parents aren’t there for her, so she lives with her grandmother, who takes her into town to beg outside supermarkets, or with other relatives. It remains to be seen whether she’ll continue with school. It will really depend on her,” says Larsen.Elsewhere, a barefoot ten-year-old, Yiorgos, throws pieces of broken glass into a wheelbarrow.Many of those participating in the clean-up operation are wearing orange-coloured football jerseys. They’re among the players of the Roma Athletic Academy (or FC Roma), a team which Larsen’s husband Phillip set up for the settlement’s youths.FC Roma togs out three times a week in the local sports field. Being the newest team, they have to make do with the last available training slot, which is after 8.30 pm. That means it’s midnight by the time Larsen has ferried all the players home. But that – or bad weather – doesn’t stop them from making the effort. This season they joined the regional league, entering the bottom third division, which has 13 teams. After a series of embarrassing losses at the start – the first game ended in an excruciating 10-0 defeat – Roma FC began winning as it its players gelled into a real team.“Since Christmas, we’ve won every one of the ten games we’ve played,” Phillip Larsen explains, which is no small feat considering the team is younger and smaller on average than its competitors.“Our players are mostly aged 14 to 17, while most of the other teams are much older,” he says, adding that the team is the only one in the league that has a clean sheet when it comes to referee bookings. “Ours is the only page in the penalty book that is blank. And we’ll get a reward for that. We’ve proved everybody wrong. All those who were saying the opposite.”For Larsen, the football pitch is that level playing field that allows the Roma kids perform as equals.“Once these kids get the chance to prove themselves, on the pitch, having to abide by the same rules as everybody else, having the same chance as everybody else, they really prove to be fair players, good players, talented (and) very organised. It’s beautiful to see how they can succeed if they just have the opportunity and the support from adults and the community.”All the players say that they want to become professional some day. When asked for which team, one says: “For Greece!”After a couple of hours work, the volunteers call it a day, somewhat disappointed that the mechanical digger from the municipality only stayed for less than hour and the truck that was supposed to take away the rubbish never turned up.When contacted by EnetEnglish, Christos Meletis, the deputy mayor responsible for the environment at the municipality said they will complete the work. Maria Kratz-Larsen really hopes that will be the case. It’s been four years since the Roma first formally petitioned that the municipality clean up the dump outside the settlement. After that official request went unanswered, she had to appeal to the ombudsman.“We just want the rubbish to be taken away. We’re trying to educate the children about the importance of protecting the environment, but they have all this waste on their doorstep. They’re the ones who pay for it in the end.” Source: enetenglish Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Fundraising drive for sick teen

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Emily Karakatsanis is no ordinary 15-year-old girl. Rather than enjoying her carefree teenage years making memories with friends, she spends every day in pain, unable to get through a whole school day.Diagnosed with two rare diseases, Behcet’s Disease and Hyper Eosinophilia, in addition to Mast Cell Activation, Emily is facing a whole host of side affects that impact on her daily life. “She suffers with exhaustion, mouth ulcers, colon ulcers, severe joint pain, breathlessness, dizziness, low blood pressure and migraines with aura,” a close friend of the family’s, Liz Hondrakis, told Neos Kosmos. “Emily struggles to get through a school day and missed two terms of school last year. She is a remarkable young lady with much courage and strength, always putting on a brave face and never feels sorry for herself.” However, without treatment Emily’s diseases could be fatal. Specialists in Australia are yet to determine the best treatment to suppress the diseases and minimise their effects, and so in a desperate search the 15-year-old’s family have taken her to both England and the United States to meet with leading world specialists in an attempt to discover any treatment options available.Yet such trips have led to large out of pocket expenses and with a mounting debt of ongoing travel and medical bills in both Australia and abroad, Emily’s family are finding it tough to manage.“I have witnessed their struggles, determination and their will to stop at nothing – to give the best possible care to their daughter. I would like to do the same,” said Ms Hondrakis. To help assist the family with the costs involved, Ms Hondrakis has organised a fundraising dinner dance at the Oakleigh Grammar School hall, taking place on Saturday 27 June. Cost of entry includes a four course meal and live entertainment throughout the night. For the purpose of the live and silent auctions which will also take place on the night, organisers would greatly appreciate the donation of any items, packages or services.“One hundred per cent of the proceeds will go to Emily’s family to help support them and their quest for helping Emily,” assures Ms Hondrakis.To purchase tickets ($69 pp) or to donate an item or service contact Liz on 0408 900 918 or via email lizah2009@hotmail.com If you are unable to donate an item/service, but wish to make a monetary contribution, you can donate directly to a fund set up in Emily’s name: Account Name: Emily Desiree Boardman Karakatsanis BSB: 193 879 Account No: 432263584 Bank of Melbourne or by visiting gofund.me/BenefitForEmilylast_img read more

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GCM series draws to a close with lesson in hospitality from Homer

first_imgThe Greek Community of Melbourne’s Greek History and Culture Seminar series draws to a close for 2017 next week with a lecture from distinguished academic Professor Nikos Papastergiadis.Taking place at the Greek Centre, he will draw from Homer’s Odyssey with a lecture titled ‘Learning Hospitality from Homer’. The epic ancient work is a renowned poem of a homecoming, but is also a tale about the multiple worlds that Odysseus confronts with insight into the way a world is made – through cunning, reason and art. Throughout his journey Odysseus encounters a variety of forms of hospitality and his efforts to create and restore order produce an unsettling vision of the meaning of hospitality, which will be broken down and explored in the lecture.Currently Director of the Research Unit in Public Cultures at the University of Melbourne, Professor Papastergiadis undertook his studies at the University of Melbourne and University of Cambridge. With Scott McQuire he founded the Spatial Aesthetics research cluster, and has also written extensively on culture, communication and art. His sole-authored publications include Modernity as Exile (1993), Dialogues in the Diaspora (1998), The Turbulence of Migration (2000), Metaphor and Tension (2004), Spatial Aesthetics: Art Place and the Everyday (2006), Cosmopolitanism and Culture (2012), and Ambient Perspectives (2013). He is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and co-chair of the Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture, and Chair of the International Advisory Board for the Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore.Following the lecture, a small celebration will be held to mark the end of the series.‘Learning Hospitality from Homer’ will be presented on Thursday 28 September at the Greek Centre (168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC) at 7.00 pm. Attendance is free. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Climat la Chine se dit satisfaite de lissue du Sommet de Copenhague

first_imgClimat : la Chine se dit satisfaite de l’issue du Sommet de CopenhagueChine – Ayant obtenu que l’aide accordée aux pays en développement pour lutter contre le réchauffement climatique ne dépende pas du processus de vérification des engagements de la Chine en matière de réduction de ses émissions de gaz à effet de serre, la délégation chinoise du Sommet de Copenhague se dit satisfaite de l’issue de la conférence de l’ONU sur le climat.Alors que la majorité des pays présents à la conférence internationale sur le réchauffement climatique s’accorde à parler d’échec, la Chine a atteint l’objectif pour lequel sa délégation s’est rendue à Copenhague.Les pays industrialisés se sont engagés à accorder une aide de 100 milliards de dollars aux pays en développement d’ici 2020 afin qu’ils puissent lutter et s’adapter au réchauffement climatique, un point qui ne peut que satisfaire la Chine. “La prochaine fois, nous pourrons parler du calendrier de versement de cette somme et de la répartition par pays” a déclaré Xie Zhenhua, chef de la délégation chinoise.Le pays se félicite également d’avoir obtenu qu’elle ne soit pas soumise au contrôle international de ses efforts mis en place pour réduire ses émissions de gaz à effet de serre. Si l’aide financière versée aux pays en développement devait dépendre de ce contrôle, le Premier ministre chinois Wen JiaBao avait déclaré lors du Sommet de Copenhague que “la Chine [ne serait] pas obligée de soumettre son action contre le réchauffement climatique au contrôle international” mais qu’elle s’engagerait toutefois à “une transparence accrue”.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?”Si nos efforts se poursuivent, nous atteindrons probablement l’objectif de 20% de réduction cette année” assure Xie Zhenhua, avant de préciser qu’un cadre particulièrement contraignant est en cours d’élaboration pour la période 2011-2015.Quelques jours avant l’ouverture du Sommet de Copenhague, la Chine s’est engagée à réduire de 40 à 45% d’ici 2020 et par rapport à 2005 son intensité carbone, c’est-à-dire les émissions de CO2 produites pour chaque point de PIB du pays.Le 15 janvier 2010 à 15:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Alsace déballer les déchets organiques pour les recycler une première en France

first_imgAlsace : déballer les déchets organiques pour les recycler, une première en FranceStrasbourg, France – L’entreprise Sita, filiale de Suez-Environnement, va se doter d’ici le mois de juin du tout premier bio-déconditionneur de France. Cet équipement est conçu pour  broyer les déchets organiques de l’industrie, des supermarchés, ou encore des cantines, afin de les transformer en méthane puis de les valoriser sous forme d’énergie.Les déchets organiques de l’industrie, de l’hôtellerie-restauration, des cantines ou des hypermarchés alsaciens, qui finissaient jusqu’alors en décharge ou incinérés, faute de pouvoir être séparés de leur emballage, seront transformés en méthane d’ici l’été prochain, grâce au premier bio-déconditionneur français.Ce broyeur séparera les emballages (environ 10% du tonnage) d’une pâte organique vouée à être méthanisée, pour une réutilisation sous forme d’énergie. Cette méthanisation sera dans un premier temps réalisée en Allemagne, puis en Alsace où plusieurs projets sont en cours de finalisation. Comme l’a souligné lors d’une conférence de presse Pierre-Antoine Villanova, directeur général de Sita Alsace : “Cela coûtera moins cher à l’industriel que son mode de traitement actuel et lui permettra d’être en phase avec le Grenelle de l’environnement”. Parmi les objectifs du Grenelle figure en effet l’obligation de parvenir à un taux de recyclage des déchets industriels banals de 75% d’ici à 2012.Ce premier bio-déconditionneur français demande un investissement de 1,2 million d’euros, dont 20% sont financés par l’Agence de l’environnement et de la maîtrise de l’énergie (Ademe). Il devrait pouvoir permettre le traitement de quelque 12.000 tonnes de déchets organiques par an, voire 24.000 si ses horaires de fonctionnement sont doublés.Si l’expérience alsacienne s’avère concluante, Sita devrait installer des bio-déconditionneurs dans d’autres régions françaises. L’entreprise utilise déjà cette technologie en Suisse et en Allemagne depuis une dizaine d’années. Le 7 mars 2010 à 17:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Pollen et pollution les allergiques vont avoir la vie dure

first_imgPollen et pollution : les allergiques vont avoir la vie dureFrance – 30% des Français seraient allergiques au pollen. Mauvaise nouvelle : le redoux prévu dans le milieu de la semaine va provoquer une forte, voire très forte augmentation du risque allergène.Le redoux, prévu dès le milieu de la semaine, entraînera “une explosion des pollens d’arbres, en particulier des aulnes, des cyprès, des peupliers et des frênes”. Les bouleaux devraient également s’y mettre d’ici quelques semaines. Selon le RNSA (le Réseau national de surveillance aérobiologique), “le risque allergique associé sera moyen à élevé, voire très élevé en zone méditerranéenne”Les risques allergènes sont exacerbés par l’arrivée du printemps mais également par la pollution. En effet, “le seuil de sensibilité aux pollens est plus bas en cas de pollution ; et les polluants font exploser les pollens en particules plus fines, qui entrent plus profondément dans le système respiratoire” selon l’AFP. Le nombre d’allergies au pollen a augmenté de façon exponentielle depuis une dizaine d’années à cause de la pollution qui, en plus d’accroître la concentration des pollens dans l’air, entraîne un “allongement de la période pollinique” ainsi qu’un “déplacement du risque allergique”. En effet, certains pollens qui n’étaient présents que dans le nord de la France se sont déplacés vers le sud. S’ajoute à cela le réchauffement climatique.À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Il est conseillé aux personnes présentant des risques d’allergie de ne pas planter dans leur jardin des arbres à risque tels les bouleaux et les cyprès, d’éviter de sortir et de fermer les fenêtres la journée.Il est rare d’arriver à se débarrasser complètement de de type d’allergies, mais il est possible de se faire désensibiliser : le traitement consiste en l’absorption de gouttes quotidiennes durant 1 à 5 ans, mais des contraintes sont à signaler.Le 17 mars 2010 à 10:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Déforestation les pays riches revoient leurs aides financières à la hausse

first_imgDéforestation : les pays riches revoient leurs aides financières à la hausseNorvège – Lors d’une conférence sur la lutte contre la déforestation accueillie ce jeudi par la ville d’Oslo, les pays riches ont décidé de porter leurs aides à 4 milliards de dollars d’ici à 2012. Un engagement qui représente 500 millions de dollars de plus que ce qui avait été promis lors du sommet de Copenhague, en décembre dernier.”Nous avons atteint environ 4 milliards de dollars” de promesses de financement contre la déforestation, a annoncé le Premier ministre norvégien Jens Stoltenberg lors d’une conférence de presse.Lors du sommet de Copenhague, les États-Unis, la Norvège, le Japon, le Royaume-Uni, la France et l’Australie avaient promis une aide sur trois ans de 3,5 milliards de dollars. Pour parvenir à 4 milliards, de nouvelles promesses ont été recueillies, notamment auprès de l’Allemagne qui s’est engagée à verser 350 millions d’euros, mais aussi du Danemark. “C’est une grosse somme mais il en faudra plus sur le long terme parce que les profits liés à la déforestation sont énormes dans certains pays et qu’il faut beaucoup d’argent pour compenser les populations qui y renoncent”, a souligné Erik Solheim, le ministre norvégien de l’Environnement.Les 4 milliards de dollars promis s’inscrivent dans le cadre du plan Redd (Réductions des émissions issues de la déforestation et de la dégradation), qui prévoit de réduire la destruction des forêts de moitié dans les pays pauvres à l’horizon 2020. L’objectif est de mettre entièrement fin à la déforestation à l’horizon 2030.D’après le Groupe d’experts intergouvernemental sur l’évolution du climat (Giec), la déforestation est aujourd’hui à l’origine de 17% des émissions globales de gaz à effet de serre, un taux plus important que celui du secteur des transports. Rassemblés à Oslo, les représentants de cinquante-deux pays tentent ce jeudi de mettre en œuvre un programme de lutte contre cette déforestation qui en plus de contribuer au réchauffement climatique, menace de nombreuses espèces.Selon l’Organisation des Nations unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO), la déforestation a entraîné la perte brute de 13 millions d’hectares de forêts par an entre 2000 et 2010. Un rythme qui semble toutefois prendre la voie d’un ralentissement.Le 27 mai 2010 à 16:44 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Hadopi des failles dans la loi

first_imgHadopi : des failles dans la loi ?France – Les acteurs anti-Hadopi du net ont semble-t-il trouvé des arguments pour contrer la Haute autorité pour la diffusion des œuvres et la protection des droits sur Internet. Selon eux, la commission accuserait les internautes sans preuve.Deux arguments pèsent lourd contre l’application de la loi Hadopi. La Quadrature du Net, qui lutte contre la mise en place de cette dernière, estime que l’énoncé de la loi comporte des ambiguïtés et des manques pour accuser un internaute. Tout d’abord, les logiciels de sécurité labellisés par la commission Hadopi peuvent être contournés par des pirates aguerris. Cette contradiction montre que la logique de cette loi n’est pas parfaite. De plus, la manière de récupérer les données d’un abonné suspecté d’avoir téléchargé illégalement fait aussi débat. La Quadrature du Net souligne que les communications de ces informations se font sans preuve. Reste à savoir comment réagiront les tribunaux face à de tels arguments.Le 7 septembre 2010 à 12:19 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Un iPhone 4 blanc disponible dès le 26 avril

first_imgUn iPhone 4 blanc disponible dès le 26 avril ?Apple devrait commercialiser un iPhone 4 à la coque blanche à partir du 26 avril.Apple veut faire patienter ses clients en attendant la sortie de l’iPhone 5, dont le début de la production est prévue pour la fin de l’année. Selon les informations de Bloomberg, la marque à la pomme a donc programmé la sortie de l’iPhone 4 blanc pour le 26 avril, aux Etats-Unis. Prévu en même temps que l’iPhone 4 classique en juin 2010, sa sortie a été repoussé en raison des difficultés à trouver “un blanc opaque et uniforme” viable avec la chaleur dégagée par le téléphone.Sa sortie va donc devancer celle de l’iPhone 5. Les fans de la firme de Steve Jobs vont donc pouvoir s’en donner à coeur joie dans les prochains mois.Le 18 avril 2011 à 11:56 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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