first_imgAccording to the study, those with the gene are twice as likely to have a history of one-night stands. Prone to one-night stands? Blame your parents. Or, more precisely, blame your genes. A new study published on November 30th has linked dopamine receptor DRD4 to infidelity. The gene is a doozy–it’s also been linked to alcoholism and gambling–also, according to Fox News, the love of horror movies and liberalism are also linked to the gene (no, the study wasn’t published by Karl Rove). Postdoctoral fellow Justin Garcia said of the study in a recent press statement,AdChoices广告What we found was that individuals with a certain variant of the DRD4 gene were more likely to have a history of uncommitted sex, including one-night stands and acts of infidelity. The motivation seems to stem from a system of pleasure and reward, which is where the release of dopamine comes in. In cases of uncommitted sex, the risks are high, the rewards substantial and the motivation variable–all elements that ensure a dopamine rush.last_img read more

first_imgIf you just so happen to have an old motorcycle lying around, it turns out there’s a lot you can do with it with just a bit of elbow grease and a lot of creativity. A number of designers have created a wide range of useful objects using nothing more than old bike parts.The designs include a turntable made from a cylinder head and brake parts, bowls made from wheel spokes, a brake lever corkscrew, and an iPod dock made from tail lights. The recycled creations were made as part of an exhibition put on by Triumph Motorcycles and the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. Hit the jump for more images.AdChoices广告Via Design Boomlast_img

first_imgPersonally I have never been a fan of Google Chrome, preferring Firefox and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 (well, when I am forced to use it by some 3rd party software).However, it seems that January was a good month for the search engine giant as its Chrome browser took 10 percent of the market share, which in turn helped Safari and Firefox close the gap over the domination of Internet Explorer.AdChoices广告The latter has seen a 4 percent drop in the last 10 months (resulting in a low of 56 percent of the browser market), but as Firefox has not been able to capitalize on this downfall this has left the smaller browsers, such as Chrome, to take a nice slice of the proverbial pie.Mind you, with FireFox 4 due out later this month (along with some new nifty features such as tabs that can reside in the Windows title bar and support for IndexedDB, Google’s success could be short-lived.Read more at Infoworldlast_img read more

first_imgExcited about the iPad 2? Get over it. The iPad 3 is where it’s really at. An anonymous-type Apple staff told Cult of Mac, “For the iPad 2 don’t get your hopes up too high. That’s all I’m going to say. They’ve had a number of problems along the way, and the third-generation iPad is the one to make a song and a dance about.”Sort of disappointing news ahead of tomorrow’s Apple Special Event in San Francisco, huh? The “problems along the way” part of the comment certainly matches up with the recent rumor that Apple had to drop a number of features, including the SD card slot and hi-res display due to unspecified “engineering issues.”That’s it, I’m taking an extended lunch tomorrow. Oh well, if those other rumors are to be believed, we won’t have to wait that long after all.last_img read more

first_imgThough most of the world didn’t know it, tablet computers existed long before the iPad. They were clunky, ran Windows, and required a stylus; but they were tablets nonetheless. Then Apple came along and revolutionized the category. Now, less than two years later, a new tablet revolution is about to take place–only this one will be led by content providers Amazon and Barnes & Noble.Up to this point, Apple has seen little serious competition. Despite hyped launches of numerous Android tablets, none have gained much of a foothold. Even deceptive sales figures that compare shipped Android slates to sold iPads still show Apple’s device holding onto over half of the market.Much of the problem stems from Android’s separation of software and hardware. Makers of previous Android tablets couldn’t profit off of the Android ecosystem, and they don’t have any meaningful content to sell after the initial purchase. So they’re left trying to beat Apple on hardware alone, while struggling just to match the iPad’s $500 starting price. It’s been a losing battle.Now here come Amazon and Barnes & Noble, who are able to attack from a different angle. This new game is based not on hardware, but on price. As their digital goods can be prominently featured on their tablets, they can afford to sell their devices either at cost or for a small loss. When you walk out of Best Buy with a Galaxy Tab, your financial relationship with Samsung is over. When you walk out with a Kindle Fire, it’s just the beginning of a beautiful friendship with Amazon.This subsidization of content will allow the tablet market to explode with new buyers. Millions of people who have never owned a tablet before will be buying a Kindle Fire or a Nook Tablet. What was previously the iPad market will finally be accurately described as a tablet market.The ramifications will stretch beyond just the short term. Customer expectations are a powerful force, and they will play a big part here. Most people don’t care why one tablet is able to be sold cheaper than another. All they’ll know is that the Kindle Fire costs $200, the Nook Tablet is $250, and everything else is expensive. If a tablet is over $300 and it isn’t called the iPad, customers won’t give it a second look.Manufacturers will be left desperately searching for a way to compete on price. After the Motorola purchase is finalized, perhaps Google will feel pressured into making their own subsidized tablet. Apple is still in the power position, but even they may decide to offer the previous year’s iPad at a lower price point. Within a year or two, the iPad could be sitting on the high-end range of tablet prices, much like Macs sit in the more costly tier of the PC section.When that happens, we’ll be able to look back at this holiday season as the second big turning point in the evolution of tablets. It won’t happen as loudly or dramatically as the iPad’s entrance did in early 2010, but it will be nearly as important. It will be remembered as the point when competitors stopped trying in vain to outdo the iPad, and started — successfully — to undercut the iPad.¡Viva la revolúcion!last_img read more

first_imgLenovo has been busy working on Android smartphones and tablets, but they’re going to start putting ARM to work on another mobile platform: Windows Phone.Leaked images first appeared about a month ago, showing what looked like a Lenovo LePhone S2 — an Android device — running Windows Phone 7.5. At the time there had been no official announcement from the company, but LePhone Product Manager Yue Chen has now confirmed that Windows smartphones are definitely in the Lenovo product pipeline. Chen also stated that Lenovo has a “very clear release schedule,” though she didn’t share specifics — only that the first Windows-powered LePhone models will arrive during the second half of 2012.When the first Windows LePhones hit shelves next year, they’ll likely be sporting some serious hardware. Lenovo just took the wraps off the LePhone K2, a slick Android number with a dual-core Qualcomm chip running at 1.5GHz, a 4.3-inch IPS display, a gigabyte of RAM, and an 8MP rear camera. With clock speeds heading north of 2GHz next year, you can bet Lenovo will pack plenty of power into its first Windows phones.The actual phones won’t be the only interesting thing to watch for here. Lenovo is one of the few remaining high-profile Android device makers that has yet to sign a patent licensing agreement with Microsoft — or at least to have such a deal publicized. Other companies with similar ties to Redmond — like Samsung and Acer — who produce both Windows Phone and Android devices have already signed on, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to read news of a Lenovo-Microsoft pact in the coming months.More at WM Power Userlast_img read more

first_imgEver woken up the day after a killer party and everyone but you knows you messed up last night? HTC CEO Peter Chou might be that guy when he wakes up, unless he intentionally showed off the new M7 smartphone just a few days before the official launch.Typically, in the days just before the launch of a major addition to a product line, you’ll find that most companies lay low now that everything is ready for the announcement. It’s not exactly wild speculation, but the invitation to the HTC press event on February 19 didn’t explicitly say what to expect from the announcement. A smartphone that everyone assumed was codenamed M7 has been talked about for a little while now, geared to be this year’s hero phone from HTC. There’s been a few leaks and blurrycam shots, but not a lot of official talk. That is, of course, until Peter Chou walked on stage during the HTC new years celebration and lead his staff in a video recorded cheer for the new phone.While it’s certainly still possible that M7 is a codename and not the actual name for the phone, seeing HTC’s CEO start a chant using the name of the phone gives it away pretty clearly. During the festive shouting, Chou also pulled out a white and black version of the phone and announced that he was conducting some tests. Immediately after this announcement he started taking photos, and shortly after that the video of this event ends. This was obviously not supposed to be a public event, so it’s highly likely that Chou wasn’t aware he was being recorded. All the same, when you are the head of a smartphone manufacturing company and you stand on a stage surrounded by people you know for a fact have Android phones with the ability to push to YouTube in seconds, an accident like this is bound to happen.As for the phone itself, rumors say this phone will have a 4.7-inch 1080p display with a 1.7Ghz Snapdragon S4 Pro and 2GB of RAM. Add in a 13MP camera in the back and a 2.1MP wide frame camera in the front and you’ve got yourself a pretty solid phone. If HTC is, in fact, about to release a beefier Droid DNA that is a little easier for most people to actually hold and use with one hand, the M7 will be a force to be reckoned with this spring.Via Engadgetlast_img read more

first_imgFor many people, Roku was the first piece of hardware to use a simple UI to bring the web to your TV. Now that we’ve sort of reached critical mass, where nearly everything we connect to the TV has at least one service that tries to do the same, Roku has released the third generation of their hardware with an improved UI and some interesting new features.The world of web connected set top boxes grows more cluttered by the day. Game consoles now double as streaming STBs, while many companies try to release home theater plugins to offer their attempt at bringing the web to your TV. Roku was one of the first on the scene, and they have worked hard to be one of the best at what they do, without feeling the need to bolt on a bunch of extra stuff.Despite the desires of the tech enthusiast, Roku doesn’t have a web browser, for example. Their focus is specifically on delivering streaming content in an inexpensive package, and they do that really well. The Roku 3 plans to hit shelves with very few external changes, but a lot of little updates on the inside.While the shape of the Roku 3 box is a little different, it still maintains that basic tiny cube shape with an incredibly simple remote control. The new remote features a headphone jack for private listening, so anything you are streaming through the Roku 3 you can choose to listen to with just the remote. Syncing the audio and video this way will be a neat trick, something we’ve seen already with the Wii U. While Roku doesn’t explicitly describe how this works, it’s likely that we’re not far from a teardown that will expose the feature a little more.Roku’s user interface is being adjusted to support the volume of channels that the service has gained over the years. The current UI places everything in a straight line and becomes tedious to use if you have more then 10 or 15 channels installed. A grid UI will take its place, making it easier to navigate across a larger set of channels. The faster hardware in the Roku 3 promises to make this experience nice and fluid as well. A software update will be available for existing Roku Best Price at Amazon owners that will update their units to this new experience.For $99, it’s still pretty hard to find something better than the Roku setup. As Smart TVs try to add features that replicate the simple interface of the Roku service, there’s still very little out there that compares. Roku plans to make their latest hardware available to everyone online and on shelves in April.last_img read more

first_img Updated at 7.50pmTHE NUMBER OF families homeless in Dublin has risen sharply in the last two years, new figures show.The total number of adults and children in homeless families is now three times what it was two years ago – 1,101 in October 2014, compared to 3,486 in October 2016.The figures were compiled by the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive for the city’s councillors.Mike Allen, director of advocacy at Focus Ireland, said in a statement released to highlight the figures:“It is terrible to see that during the last year the number of children who are homeless and living in emergency accommodation in Dublin has increased by 57% from 1,343 to 2,110.”“The Government has to change”The issue of homelessness was also highlighted on RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke, which featured a 21-year-old mother who’d just registered herself homeless.Joy, and her three-year-old daughter, Carly, are now living in a hotel.She said: “I’m only young, I come from a well-respected family and I never thought I’d see the day when I’m in a hotel room… with a Christmas tree the size of my arm. Image: Eamonn Farrell/ Source: Simon Coveney/Twitter Nov 23rd 2016, 7:47 PM Wednesday 23 Nov 2016, 7:47 PM Massaging the figuresMeanwhile, a homeless charity has criticised Housing Minister Simon Coveney for a Tweet saying that anybody who needed shelter would be accommodated. “The system has been in freefall for months with in excess of 160 people sleeping rough,” Inner City Helping Homeless CEO Anthony Flynn said.In a statement this evening, Coveney highlighted a number of arrangements in place for people who are homeless in the city.“The Dublin Region Cold Weather Plan commenced operation at the start of the month and will be subject to ongoing review,” he said.“This time of year can be very difficult for rough sleepers as the temperatures can dip very quickly.“The Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) has a comprehensive plan in place.“This annual proactive measure is undertaken each year as winter approaches with the emphasis  to have a variety of additional options for people who generally do not / or cannot avail of existing services,” he said. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article File photo Image: Eamonn Farrell/ 13,144 Views Short URLcenter_img 85 Comments By Sean Murray File photo anybody seeking shelter from the cold tonight will be accommodated – I know it’s freezing out there— Simon Coveney (@simoncoveney) November 22, 2016 I’ve seen people with studio apartments for €1,300… that’s not right, you can’t live in those conditions. The Government has to change, it really does. They have to do something about it. Currently the DRHE are in the process of making preparations to open additional facilities to accommodate rough sleepers. 210 beds will be provided in Dublin. It is essential that we have sufficient beds to meet any increased demand during cold weather. In addition to this the Civil Defence will provide an additional 20 beds as a response to extreme cold weather.Responding to the figures highlighted today by Focus Ireland, a spokesperson for DRHE said it was important to highlight that people do move out of homelessness.“In the first 9 months of this year, 1,236 adult individuals moved to tenancies,” the spokesperson said.The DRHE also highlighted the phone number to call for people in need of emergency accommodation in Dublin:For access to emergency accommodation contact FREEPHONE 1800 707 707 from 2pm, this includes an out-of-hours service until 1am (including weekends)With reporting from Darragh Peter Murphy and Daragh Brophy. This story was updated at 7.50pm after amended figures were released.Read: ‘Scary and so out of the ordinary’: Students at NUI Maynooth ‘more afraid’ after random attackRead: New counselling rooms for homeless people open in Dublin today Number of adults and children in homeless families in Dublin trebles in two years Meanwhile, Minister Simon Coveney has been highlighting arrangements in place for people who are homeless in the city. Share1007 Tweet Email last_img read more

first_img By Eoin Lúc Ó Ceallaigh 8,739 Views Feb 18th 2017, 8:00 AM iTunes Source: SOUTHERN SPAIN in January, you will find the roads packed with cyclists who migrate to train in the warm winter weather of the Mediterranean.The teams stay in hotels, have nutritious food prepared for them daily, and have their bodies and bikes looked after with meticulous detail.As the An Post-Chain Reaction cyclist Matthew Teggart puts it, “We get the easy job, we just have to ride the bikes.”Spend a few days with the An Post-Chain Reaction team in their winter training camp in Calpe, Spain however, and you would have to wonder how “easy” a job it is.The team, which was started by legendary Irish cyclist Sean Kelly, acts as a developmental team for young or new riders, making the majority of the team under 22-years-old.It’s hard to see how a young rider leaving home to live abroad in the hopes of making it as a cyclist could ever be considered easy. But, like other sports, you have to really love it to give it everything.The four Irish cyclists in this year’s An Post-Chain Reaction team — Matthew Teggart, Conor Hennebry, Damien Shaw and Sean McKenna — are all men who love cycling.They all joined the team from completely different backgrounds, from finishing a degree in UCD to fighting fires in Mullingar, but are determined to make something of their cycling careers.An Post-Chain Reaction is a Continental cycling team, two tiers below the World Tour teams that dominate the major events every year. Many of the riders on this year’s roster have set their sights on reaching that level at some stage.For now though, the team will compete across Europe, including in the 65th edition of Ireland’s own An Post Rás later this year, the route of which was announced in the GPO earlier this week.The four Irish guys under Kelly’s mentorship will all be hoping to get on the team for the race, setting their sights on at least a stage win during the race which will comprise of the following stages:Stage 1, Sunday 21 May: Dublin to Longford (146.1 kilometres)Stage 2, Monday 22 May: Longford to Newport (142.9 kilometres)Stage 3, Tuesday 23 May: Newport to Bundoran (149 kilometres)Stage 4, Wednesday 24 May: Bundoran to Buncrana (151.8 kilometres)Stage 5, Thursday 25 May: Buncrana to Dungloe (181.2 kilometres)Stage 6, Friday 26 May: Dungloe to Donegal (132.1 kilometres)Stage 7, Saturday 27 May: Donegal to Ardee (167.3 kilometres)Stage 8, Sunday 28 May: Ardee to Skerries (129.4 kilometres)Subscribe to The42 Rugby Show podcast here: Saturday 18 Feb 2017, 8:00 AM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 3 Comments All Black legend Dan Carter sorry for drink-drivingKnow Your Sport? Take our weekly quiz Climb to the top: The team built to produce Ireland’s next generation of cycling stars With four Irish riders on their roster, An Post-Chain Reaction are targeting a big 2017. Share Tweet Email last_img read more

first_img Share21 Tweet Email Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By AFP George W Bush isn’t impressed with Trump’s criticism of the media Influential Trump aide Steve Bannon is fond of referring to the media as the “opposition party.” 29 Comments 23,092 Views Monday 27 Feb 2017, 11:01 PM Image: Press Association FORMER US PRESIDENT George W Bush offered a tacit criticism of his successor Donald Trump today, in rare public comments regarding politics and the media.The 43rd president – who had his own battles with the press while in office – rejected Trump’s assertion that the media are the “enemy of the American people.”“I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy. That we need the media to hold people like me to account,” Bush, who did not vote for Trump, told NBC’s Today program.Trump’s inflammatory remarks have been criticised as authoritarian, but the media remains a popular whipping boy for his supporters.Amid wave after wave of leaks from his White House and probing reports on his campaign’s links with Russia, Trump has repeatedly decried the media as “fake news.”Influential Trump aide Steve Bannon is fond of referring to the media as the “opposition party.”Bush responded to that sentiment by saying “power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive, and it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power.”Bush also described Trump’s comments as undercutting America’s efforts to promote democracy and the free press abroad.© – AFP 2017Read: Louis Walsh’s brother crash lands helicopter safely in New JerseyRead: Trump proposes a massive $54 billion increase in US military spending Image: Press Association Feb 27th 2017, 11:01 PM last_img read more

first_img File photo of a market in Casablanca. 9 Comments 13,073 Views By AFP SHANTIES HAVE MUSHROOMED on the rooftops of historic apartment buildings in Casablanca, as the Moroccan city’s once-prestigious centre crumbles below.Clotheslines, satellite dishes and tangled cables have sprouted on the deteriorating facades of the buildings, constructed nearly a century ago under French rule.What was once a feted blend of Moroccan and European architecture is falling apart under the weight of an expanding urban population and neglect.The city “was once at the forefront of world architecture,” architect Rachid Andaloussi says.But today its early 20th-century residential buildings have been “abandoned by landlords tired of seeing them deteriorate”, says Andaloussi, the head of Casamemoire, an association to protect the city’s architectural heritage.And a housing crisis in the traffic-clogged economic hub has led Moroccans with nowhere else to live to cobble together makeshift homes on rooftop terraces.“They’ve squatted in public infrastructure, factories – and now they’ve moved on to the terraces,” Andaloussi says.Building themselves shelter from corrugated iron, bits of wood and plastic bags, they have come to occupy what were once emblematic architectural spaces.Casablanca, known by the Spanish translation of its Arabic name Dar al-Bayda (“White House”), greatly expanded under the French protectorate from 1912.North Africa’s first skyscraperFrench architect and urban planner Henri Prost presented his first plan for the Moroccan city in 1915.In the 1920s and 1930s, Prost and mostly fellow French architects built the city that has become the country’s economic heart.They created the city’s unique style by blending traditional Moroccan elements like mosaics, stucco and sculpted cedar wood with the European trends of Art Deco and Art Nouveau.Their work includes the Lincoln Hotel, an Arabesque Art Deco building that was built in 1916 and used by American spies during World War II. But it closed in 1989 and today stands largely in ruins.The Liberty Building, also called “The 17th Floor”, was North Africa’s first skyscraper when it was built between 1949 and 1951.And the Wilaya, a former town hall, is an example of the mixed architecture typical of many administrative buildings under the French protectorate.Architect Driss Kettani says the Casablanca city centre was once a “feat of architecture and urban planning”, “with its wealth of neo-Moorish, Art Deco and Modernist architecture”.“What was a few decades ago the indisputable heart of the city has today suffered from a lack of maintenance,” Kettani says.‘Extraordinary potential’Tenants in these buildings often pay “ridiculously low” fixed rents, and landlords can only remove them if they pay a huge relocation fee.Neither the tenants nor the owners pay for the upkeep of the buildings.The city’s old core is also threatened by real estate speculation, as developers look to buy historic properties to tear them down and build modern apartment blocs instead.Urban planner Mostafa Kheireddine explains that Casablanca’s housing crisis stems from a booming population from successive migration flows to the city in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.“Over the years, it experienced pressure on the urban planning sector that was unprecedented in the history of Morocco’s cities,” he says.As all of Morocco’s social tensions came to the fore in 1980s Casablanca, “quality urban housing was not given priority,” Kheireddine says.But times are changing, raising hopes of an urban revival.The authorities have started upgrading the city centre after what Kettani calls “a realisation of the extraordinary potential of this part of the city”.The opening of a tram line has given the area’s buildings added value.And wealthier Moroccans are increasingly buying apartments in the Art Deco buildings, as they become fashionable and the area gentrifies.© – AFP 2017Read: Moroccan state TV broadcasts makeup advice for women for disguising evidence of domestic violenceRead: Thousands attend funeral of fishmonger whose gruesome death in a rubbish truck provoked outrage Sunday 2 Apr 2017, 9:15 AM Apr 2nd 2017, 9:15 AM center_img File photo of a market in Casablanca. Image: AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar In Casablanca, locals are building shanty towns on the rooftops of historic apartment buildings A housing crisis has led Moroccans to cobble together makeshift homes. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar Short URL Share1 Tweet Email2 last_img read more

first_img 9,122 Views Share8 Tweet Email Tuesday 20 Jun 2017, 7:15 AM 30 Comments Jun 20th 2017, 7:15 AM FRENCH POLICE HAVE taken into custody four members of the family of a radicalised Islamist who was killed when he rammed a car loaded with guns and a gas bottle into a police van on the Champs-Elysees, according to a judicial source.The ex-wife, brother and sister-in-law of Adam Dzaziri were detained yesterday afternoon after police questioned them at the family home near Paris.The assailant’s father was also “taken into custody during the evening”, the source said.31-year-old Dzaziri, who was on a jihadist watchlist, rammed the car into a police van on the Champs-Elysees yesterday but inflicted no casualties, in the latest of a string of attacks in Paris, sources said. The assailant died in the incident.The attack occurred just a short distance from where a jihadist shot dead a police officer two months earlier.Interior Minister Gerard Collomb confirmed that a car hit the leading vehicle in a line of police vans as they headed down the Champs-Elysees, near the Grand Palais exhibition hall.“The security forces have been targeted in France once again,” he said.Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said the car, a white Renault Megane, caught fire.Video showed a thick orange smoke pouring from the car after the impact as the vehicle sat in the middle of the prestigious avenue which is lined with shops and cinemas.Police sources told AFP that they found a Kalashnikov assault rifle, two handguns, ammunition as well as a gas bottle in the car.The “arms, explosives… could potentially blow this car up,” Collomb said. Sources previously told AFP that there were multiple gas bottles in the car.No police or bystanders were injured in the incident.Reporting by © – AFP, 2017Read: ‘Some kind of penalty may be necessary’ – new campaign may mean fines for blocking footpaths >Read: Parents gather to discuss effect of ‘incredibly stupid’ Poolbeg incinerator > Short URL Image: Apaydin Alain/ABACA By Daragh Brophy Paris police van attack: Four family members of assailant detained A man rammed a car loaded with guns and a gas bottle into a police van on the Champs-Elysees. Image: Apaydin Alain/ABACA Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img Short URL THE TAOISEACH HAS said the government will have to consult with the Central Bank before continuing to provide loans under a scheme for first-time buyers.It emerged yesterday that a directive had been issued to local authorities telling them to stop considering applications for the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan Scheme because all of the €200 million fund had been allocated.Under this scheme a first-time-buyer could apply for a home loan to purchase a new or second-hand property, or to build their own home. First-time-buyers could borrow up to 90% of the market value of the property at a reduced interest rate.Leo Varadkar was questioned about the scheme by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin today who said the government had always indicated that a second fund would be created “very quickly” after this had run out.He asked why the Department of Housing did not make a public announcement about halting the scheme.“People are still applying,” he said.  Tuesday 5 Mar 2019, 4:35 PM Why can’t the minister and the government just be honest with the people?Martin said this was an example of “low income people being let down again”.In response, the Taoiseach said some 575 people had been helped by the scheme and a further 1,000 had been approved but have yet to draw down the funding.He told Martin that the government will now consider increasing the €200 million cap, but he said the money “has to be found”.Varadkar also said there will have to be consultation with the Central Bank before any expansion of the scheme. He pointed out that these are loans are being offered to “people who were turned down by banks and building societies” and that they are being given at a reduced interest rate.The Taoiseach said the government will have to ask the Central bank whether it is “comfortable with us offering more of these loans”.  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Leo Varadkar said the government is considering increasing the €200 million cap but said the “money has to be found”. By Michelle Hennessy Leo Varadkar said the government is considering increasing the €200 million cap but said the “money has to be found”. Image: Oireachtas Image: Oireachtas 41 Comments Share166 Tweet Email1 Mar 5th 2019, 4:35 PM 15,231 Views Taoiseach says he has to consult Central Bank before extending loan scheme Micheál Martin accused the government of letting down people on low incomes down. last_img read more

first_img Share1 Tweet Email 10,475 Views No Comments Get our daily news round up: Tuesday 2 Apr 2019, 9:00 PM Here’s What Happened Today: Tuesday Here’s what made the headlines today. Short URLcenter_img By Sean Murray Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 2nd 2019, 9:01 PM NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND There was a freak hail storm in Dublin Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieAt a meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, French President Emmanuel Macron has said “we will never abandon Ireland or the Irish people”. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told a meeting of TDs that the social network is working proactively on child protection issues.Gardaí believe a local feud led to shots being fired outside school in west Dublin this afternoon.Met Éireann has updated its Status Yellow snow-ice warning as temperatures are set to drop to -1 degrees tonight.Claims that children can’t celebrate Christmas at Educate Together ‘incorrect and misleading’.The government is to extend the enforcement of rent pressure zones until 2021.Sport Ireland said the FAI ‘has not sufficiently explained’ the €100k John Delaney loan.Stardust campaigners are moving forward with their “strongest” attempt to hold a new inquest.Paul Reid was named the new director general of the HSE.A settlement has been reached between the children of Seán Quinn and the IBRC.A Trinity College society has said “no bullying or humiliation” took place at an alleged hazing event.INTERNATIONAL Journalists outside Downing Street watching May’s speech Source: Victoria Jones/PA Images#JOINT APPROACH: Theresa May is set to ask for a further extension to Brexit, and will ask Jeremy Corbyn to help agree a way forward.#US CONGRESS: A White House security adviser has detailed “grave breaches of national security” after Trump’s administration reversed security clearance details.#ISIS BRIDE: Shamima Begum has asked for a second chance, and has said she was “brainwashed”.PARTING SHOTYou could be forgiven for not knowing who Nick Boles is before last night, but videos of the now-former Conservative MP declaring his immediate resignation from the party following last night’s indicative votes went viral.Speaking to the BBC today, Boles hit out at the “cowardly and selfish” Cabinet for failing to challenge Theresa May’s approach to Brexit. In a series of strong statements, one that stood out was his claim that the Tory Party “did not really exist anymore”. In his own constituency of Grantham, meanwhile, voters have said Boles has been “part of the great betrayal”, the Guardian reported.last_img read more

first_imgSecond man released without charge after arrest over Vincent Parsons’ murder The father-of-two was discovered with head injuries in Tallaght last month. Sep 9th 2019, 8:25 AM Monday 9 Sep 2019, 8:25 AM THE SECOND MAN arrested in relation to the murder of Vincent Parsons in Tallaght was released without charge last night. The 26-year-old man was arrested yesterday in relation to Vincent’s fatal assault in Tallaght on 24 August. The man was detained at Tallaght Garda Station before being released without charge. A file will now be prepared for the information of the Director of Public ProsecutionsA 24-year-old man was arrested last month in connection with the killing and was released without charge.  The father-of-two was discovered in the Killinarden area of Tallaght with serious head injuries last month. He died two days later in Tallaght Hospital.  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 5,586 Views By Orla Dwyercenter_img Image: Garda Press Vincent Parsons. Vincent Parsons. Image: Garda Press No Comments Share Tweet Email last_img read more

first_imgThe creation of the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Greece Group will allow a “bipartisan approach to issue resolution by politicians of Greek background”, according to ALP member for Dandenong, John Pandazopoulos, who addressed the group’s launch. “The group is made up of members of all political parties and we believe the support of non-Greek MPs is essential in issues of debate that are currently going on, like the national curriculum review and where Greek sits in this,” Mr Pandazopoulos told Neos Kosmos. Greek members of the community now have a defined group they can approach with issues of concern, which did not exist before, Mr Pandazopoulos said. “It’s about us working together and supporting the Greek community in issues of concern it has with any of our governments in Australia, whether it’s national, state or territory. It also allows us to work on issues of importance to Greece and Cyprus, whether it be national issues like building support around the Parthenon marbles or the resolution of the Cyprus issue,” he said. Consul General for Greece, Vassilios Tolios, Oceania President of the Council of Hellenes Abroad, George Angelopoulos, Nationals member for Myall Lakes in NSW; John Turner and Nationals member for Upper Hunter; George Souris, all attended the group’s launch. The launch was preceded by a formal meeting where John Turner and Labor MP Matthew Morris became co-Presidents. The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and the President of the Legislative Council were also in attendance to formally recognise ‘the Friends’ by the Parliament. Mr Souris, a long-term member of the World Hellenic inter-parliamentary Association, told Neos Kosmos it was a great pleasure a NSW Parliamentary Friends of Greece group has been established alongside the Victorian Friends of Greece and Commonwealth Friends of Greece groups. “The importance of ‘the Friends’ is that whenever motions or matters of importance are open for debate there is a ready support group for matters affecting Greece,” Mr Souris said. “As an elected member of the NSW Parliament and of Greek heritage I am proud to have been associated with the formation of ‘the Friends’.”Mr Souris said from time to time the Friends will be involved in hosting official visitors and parliamentarians from Greece. “We will of course become another institution in the rich fabric of Hellenic related organisations that make up our local Society here in NSW,” he said, adding “it is hoped that ‘the Friends’ will provide representation at the various cultural and community events held by the Greek community in the future”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgThe expressed will of Greece and Israel to cooperate for stability, peace and economic growth in the sensitive region of the eastern Mediterranean was reaffirmed again earlier on this week in the talks Defence Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos had during his two day official visit to Israel. According to the state run Athens and Macedonian News Agency (AMNA), Avramopoulos underlined that “this strategic cooperation does not constitute a threat to anyone”, while his Israeli counterpart Moshe Ya’alon noted that “the strategic relationship that has been consolidated between the two countries is not aimed against anyone. It only serves stability in the region of the Middle East and eastern Mediterranean”. The talks focused on sectors of research and technology, the utilisation of manpower and training in the context of the armed forces. Avramopoulos invited his Israeli counterpart to carry out an official visit to Athens, AMNA reported. The defence minister was also received by Israeli President Shimon Peres and Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem. Avramopoulos’ visit completes the Greek-Israeli Interministerial Cooperation Council, which was held on October 8 without the participation of the two defence ministers because the Israeli minister was on a visit abroad. The Greek Defence Minister was accompanied by the Chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff, General Mikhail Kostarakos. Source: Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The wedding of the most wanted Hollywood bachelor George Clooney with his human rights lawyer girlfriend Amal Alamuddin grabbed headlines last weekend around the world, but it their choice of venue that had Greeks proud. The wedding was hosted in Venice, Italy but the was the luxurious Venetian palace that Clooney and Alamuddin chose to celebrate their big day, actually belonged to a noble family of Greek origin.The construction of the palace, built in 1550 by the family of wealthy merchants and seamen of ‘Cochinna’, was assigned to the architect Gian Giacomo de Grigi. Nicolas Papadopoulos (Niccolò Papadopoli), who in 1905 changed his surname to Papadopoli Aldobrandini, was an Italian politician.He came from an aristocratic family of Greek origin and in 1905 got permission to add his name to the last name of his wife, Maddalena Aldobrandini, who was the daughter of a wealthy family of intellectuals.The couple then bought the famous palace, which became known as Palazzo Papadopoli.From its construction until 1837, when it passed to the Papadopoli family, the palace changed several owners who have created impressive libraries and gathered priceless art treasures from across the world.Papadopoulos made ​​renovations and bought two adjacent buildings to create gardens, which was unusual for those times.The Palazzo Papadopoli was one of the first buildings of Venice that had electricity and telephone connection but was also known for its legendary parties.In 1922, the Palazzo passed to Papadopoulos’ heirs, the noble family Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga. The top floor was given to the Institute of Marine Sciences from the 1980s to 2005.In 2007, it was sold to a Swiss company and is now owned by the luxury hotel chain ‘Aman’.Source: Greek Reporterlast_img read more

first_imgAre you ready for a multicultural weekend festival? On Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 November, apart from the Melbourne Cup we have another reason to celebrate. Oakleigh’s Warrawee Park will be oozing with indulging aromas, luring us to taste the strong flavours of Greece, while traditional sounds will undoubtedly make even the most reluctant visitor join the group of folk dancers for at least one spin. Leader of the opposition and shadow minister for multicultural affairs and citizenship Daniel Andrews is to announce on Sunday that Labor will provide a $60,000 grant to Glendi. As one of Australia’s most popular Greek community events, Daniel Andrews, Jenny Mikakos (Shadow Minister for Community Services) and Oakleigh’s Labor candidate Steve Dimopoulos will announce Victorian Labor’s decision to financially support the Glendi if elected. The party recognises the Hellenic community’s huge cultural contribution to the City of Monash and the festival’s importance for preserving the strong connections between different traditions that are infused to the Glendi, keeping the Greeks of Victoria close to people from across the state.The Oakleigh Greek Glendi Festival might have started its humble journey as a students’ parade within Oakleigh Grammar’s school grounds, but it didn’t take long for it to turn into one of the community’s most engaging fiestas. It attracted more than 20,000 attendees in 2013, therefore, this year, the Greek Orthodox Community and District Inc. is to spread the Glendi over two whole days. The festival commences at 12 noon each day and celebrations continue well into the evening. The annual Glendi Parade will take place on Sunday 2 November at 11.00 am, accompanied with public addresses from key local politicians and community leaders.The Oakleigh Greek Glendi – Unity Through Diversity Festival, remains true to its name, trying to celebrate the local community’s rich Hellenic culture, while endorsing and promoting the many other cultural identities that are present in the Australian population through social acceptance and unity. The Glendi will include parades, roving dance performances, stalls, carnival style rides and children’s entertainment throughout Oakleigh’s iconic Eaton Mall and nearby Warrawee Park. This wouldn’t, of course, be possible if it weren’t for the support of the City of Monash and the Victorian Multicultural Commission, along with many politicians as well as other special guests who will be in attendance throughout the weekend. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more