Be part of the geek culinary revolution with Modernist Cuisine at Home

first_imgFor the past decade, there’s been a not-so-quiet revolution taking place in the culinary world. Where once French chefs dominated the scene with their high cuisine, the old guard has started to give way to a number of food geeks whose passion for cooking burns as bright as their Bunsen burners. Out of this movement has come a group of chefs that have begun to explore and question the actual science behind the building of flavors in some of the world’s favorite dishes. People like Nathan Myhrvold, Chris Young, and Maxime Billet have brought their intellect to bear on revealing the “secrets” behind the building of exquisite flavors, with one of the results being the seminal set of books called Modernist Cuisine.If you have a food geek in your home, or are one yourself, then you know the soulful longing that takes place when looking upon the five-volume set of culinary manuals that was released last year. However, with a street price of $450, this set isn’t for the casual home cook who simply wants to learn some new techniques. Realizing that there exists a broader group of people that are interested in the science of food, Myhrvold and his team decided to create a new version of their book that focuses more on the everyday cook by streamlining the information from the Modernist Cuisine set. The result is Modernist Cuisine at Home, a 453-page cookbook that comes with a companion manual that will teach you some of the fundamentals of scientific cooking.Being released this October, MCH will retail right at $115. While this is certainly not as cheap as your mother’s Betty Crocker cookbook, it will allow you to get your foot in the door of the modernist cuisine movement. Myhrvold claims that while this new tome is definitely smaller, he and his team didn’t skimp or cut corners but rather created a different experience all together. Comparing the two sets, you could consider the larger 5-volume grouping to be a text book of sorts, while the MCH is a more functional cookbook that you can pull off the shelf for inspiration.If you are looking to learn how to make a new version of the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, the Modernist Cuisine series may not be for you. However, if you want to know the temperature and science behind the process in which connective tissue in beef goes from stringy and tough to succulent and juicy. It sounds like a must-have for geek foodies everywhere.You can check out a table of contents of the new book and read more about Modernist Cuisine at Home at its parent site.last_img read more

GM creating 10000 new jobs bringing IT inhouse

first_imgNew jobs in any economy around the world right now is good news, and the US got exactly that late last week when General Motors announced it was creating 10,000 new positions to be filled over the next 5 years.The reason for the sudden increase in staff requirements? GM has decided to stop outsourcing its IT operations and bring them in-house. Alongside turning the company into a global brand and operation, CEO Dan Akerson wants to take the current in-house IT operations from 10 percent to 90 percent in-house, meaning thousands of new jobs at GM locations around the world.The first 500 of those new jobs will be in Austin, Texas at a new IT innovation center that opened last week. We can expect at least three more such centers to be opened alongside plans to update GM’s computer and accounting systems worldwide.To fill those centers GM needs skilled workers. The jobs on offer include software engineers, project managers, and a range of other IT professional roles as the company tries to revolutionize its IT operations from the inside.If GM’s new focus on tech works, it will not only see new jobs created in the short term, but should allow the company to innovate more quickly and keep up with the rest of the auto industry. With Google pushing the driverless car hard, hybrid and full-electric vehicles looking like the future, and energy-conservation becoming ever more important, it looks like GM is making the right moves to have the talent in-house to innovate in those and many other areas.More at BusinessWeeklast_img read more

Android malware mimics Play performs DDoS attacks sends text spam

first_imgThose of you with an Android device should be on the lookout — the security firm Dr. Web is warning users of a new trojan that disguises itself using the Google Play icon. Dubbed Android.DDoS.1.origin, the malware creates an application icon that looks just like the Google Play icon. When opened, the malware actually opens Google Play, helping disguise the malicious activity taking place in the background.Once Android.DDoS.1.origin is running, it attempts to connect to a remote server and sends the device’s phone number down the pipeline. If successfully connected, the device is now compromised, and remains in a state awaiting commands from whoever is on the receiving end of the phone number. The cyber hooligans can then make the compromised device send SMS messages, or perform DDoS attacks on a specified target.Aside from having your device compromised and responsible for a DDoS attack, the criminals controlling the device could also run up SMS and data charges depending on how frequently they send messages and perform DDoS attacks. Of course, the frequency and intensity of this malicious activity could affect the performance of a compromised device, based on simple processor and memory allocations and usage.At the moment, Dr. Web reports that how the trojan spreads is unclear, but is most likely spread through social media tactics, getting users to download the code themselves in some manner.As one might expect of a security company, Dr. Web notes that users running Dr. Web products for Android will be protected from the trojan. If you aren’t cool with that, just pay attention to what you download, or don’t enable the feature that allows you to download apps that didn’t come from the Google Play store.via Dr. Weblast_img read more

Parents awarded €9000 after school refused their sons lifesaving allergy medicine

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Parents awarded €9,000 after school refused their son’s life-saving allergy medicine The boy suffers from severe allergic reactions after ingestion of wheat-based foods followed by physical exercise. Oct 22nd 2016, 6:42 PM 38,003 Views It is the view of the Board that it is a matter for you, as parents to take the necessary steps to satisfy yourselves the relevant teachers who have volunteered to administer the medication (in this case an adrenaline injection) in the event of an allergic reaction are in attendance and available in school on any given day or occasion. Saturday 22 Oct 2016, 6:42 PM A SCHOOL REFUSED to allow a nine-year-old boy’s allergy medication into the school while in a dispute with his parents, according to a complaint submitted to the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).The boy, who was in second class from 2014-2015 when the incident happened, suffers from wheat-dependent exercise-induced anaphylaxis which triggers a severe allergic reaction after ingestion of wheat-based foods followed by physical exercise.Therefore, he must have access to an emergency anaphylaxis medical kit, containing adrenaline auto-injectors, inhaler and anti-histamines.But the parents of the boy submitted a complaint against their son’s Gaelscoil after they apparently refused to accept the boy’s emergency medical kit on the school premises for nine school days (five days of which the boy was absent from school).The WRC’s adjudication officer found that he had been discriminated against and awarded the family €9,000 – saying that the ”emergency medical kit contained life-saving medication so it was a serious breach of the Acts”.Prior events Source: Shutterstock/RemizovThe parents had formally notified the principal and board of management of his medical requirements, and for three academic years this kit was kept in the school office without difficulty.But at the start of the 2013-2014 academic year, the parents were handed an indemnity form where they were to required to agree to see whether one of the three members of staff trained to administer the emergency medicine were working that day.The parents maintain that this was very onerous as not every member of staff is always standing outside.The parents questioned if none of the three teachers were there for the full day, were they expected to bring their son home in those circumstances.In November 2013 the Board wrote to the parents with the following: The school will endeavour to accommodate you in every reasonable way in the unlikely event that none of the volunteering teachers are not in attendance/available.In shock, the boy’s father accepted the kit back but approached a member of the Board of Management to express his dismay.What followed was a series of back and forths between the parents of the boy, the school and educational departments. In the meantime, the boy said he wanted to go to school – but his parents were reticent as the emergency kit would not be in the school.On 29 August 2014 (the second day of the academic year), they gave him anti-histamines and his father took the day off work so that could stay outside the school in case anything went wrong.The parents knew that the staff were due to receive training that afternoon so they assumed that the school would accept the emergency kit the following Monday (1 September).Due to a family bereavement the boy was absent from school from 1 to 4 September.When the complainant’s father presented the emergency medical kit to the vice principal on Friday 5 September she refused to accept it as the board of management was updating its policies.The boy’s parents said that this incident upset their son as he had his school uniform on and was at the school when he was told he couldn’t attend. He wanted to see his friends as he had been at a funeral the previous three days. His parents say he remained upset for the rest of the weekend. Source: Shutterstock/Rawpixel.comOn Monday 8 September the vice principal again refused to accept the emergency kit. The school principal came on the scene reiterated this position.The boy’s mother pointed out that this was unreasonable as it had taken four months to agree the previous policy but the emergency kit was still kept in the school.The principal replied that it was the mother who had asked for the letter of indemnity to be changed, but the parents replied that this is only one word and it should not take six working days to sort out.DecisionIn the Gaelscoil’s defence, they said that there are four other families with children with similar disabilities, and were all treated in the exactly the same way.They were asked to arrange for an appropriate medical practitioner to address the staff who volunteered to administer the medication and to sign an appropriate indemnity form.The WRC’s adjudication officer found that the boy had been discriminated against on the grounds of disability, and that the school had not ‘rebutted’ adequately. The family were awarded €9,000 in compensation as the boy’s “emergency medical kit contained life-saving medication so it was a serious breach of the Acts”.The adjudication officer also requested that the Gaelscoil redraft their policy on storing medicine and requested that they engage with Anaphylaxis Ireland on this.Read: Hundreds gather in Dublin to protest Jobstown teen’s guilty verdictRead: FBI investigating cyber attacks that crippled Twitter, Netflix and Amazon last night Image: Shutterstock/TinnaPong Image: Shutterstock/TinnaPong By Gráinne Ní Aodha Share577 Tweet Email6 Short URL 35 Comments last_img read more

Poll Do you agree with the verdict in the gay cake row

first_img 307 Comments Poll: Do you agree with the verdict in the gay cake row? The owners of Ashers Bakery were found guilty of discrimination. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Yes (9353) The proposed cake design Poll Results: No (11870) By Órla Ryan The proposed cake design 39,979 Views center_img YesNoI’m not sureVote Share33 Tweet Email Oct 25th 2016, 10:15 AM THE COURT OF Appeal in Belfast yesterday ruled that a bakery was guilty of discrimination for not making a cake that supported gay marriage.The owners of Ashers Bakery took their case to the appeals court after a Belfast District Court ruling in 2015.Co-owner Daniel McArthur said the refusal to bake the cake was made on religious grounds. Some Northern Ireland politicians have argued that the rulings impinge on the rights of business owners to exercise their religious beliefs.The judgement noted the cake was “to mark the end of Northern Ireland Anti-homophobic Week” and was later made by a different bakery.We want to know: Do you agree with yesterday’s ruling? I’m not sure (1548) Short URL Tuesday 25 Oct 2016, 10:15 AMlast_img read more

Opinion Donald Trump had a chance and he blew it

first_img 86 Comments Larry Donnelly IT ONLY FEELS like an eternity.That’s a strange sentiment for those of us who live for campaigns and elections to be expressing as 8 November, when Americans will decide who will be their next president, rapidly approaches.Yet it’s one I’ve heard repeatedly in recent weeks from fellow inveterate political watchers on both sides of the Atlantic.Getting to this point has been a long, hard slog.The race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for the White House, sadly, has been light on issues and heavy on personalities. Katy Perry speaks at a rally in support of Clinton in Las Vegas Source: John LocherLeaving aside one’s own ideological belief system, this is most unfortunate, given the myriad challenges facing the United States and the reality that the way it faces up to them at home and abroad will have profound ramifications for the rest of the world.Now, Hillary Clinton has a solid lead and it is probable that she will prevail on Election Day.Notwithstanding the larger-than-life personas of the two candidates, the reasons why she, as the Democratic nominee, is in pole position actually transcend them.In the past decade or so, Democrats have developed a major advantage in presidential elections. As more and more Latinos have become active participants in the process, the collective complexion of the electorate in a presidential election year has darkened.The party has long had an edge with younger voters. Because young people and racial minorities are far more likely to cast ballots for the nation’s highest office than for any other, more than 50% of eligible voters will turn out.This means one thing: advantage Democrats. Source: Evan Vucci/PA WireRepublicans, meanwhile, have become increasingly dependent upon a diminishing constituency: white voters who are either just about getting by or really struggling economically.Thus far, the party has failed to simultaneously cater to these voters and to cultivate any support in minority communities.They have also lost some backing from financially better off, more highly educated white voters, who’ve been put off, at least in part, by the party’s social conservatism and nativist tendency.That said, Republicans still fare well in midterm elections – when the electorate is older and whiter and turnout is around 40%. The GOP currently controls the US Senate and House of Representatives, as well as a majority of governorships and state legislatures.In light of the mathematics of the Electoral College and the way the system operates, this is a recipe for Democratic dominance of the presidency.The more populous and diverse states are destined to be blue; the more sparsely populated and homogenous states are nearly certain to be red.Who is Evan McMullin, the outsider who could top the presidential poll in Utah?As such, this year’s path to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for any Democratic presidential nominee was always going to be very wide and the path for any Republican presidential nominee correspondingly narrow.This rather dreary and boring assessment of American presidential politics was broadly shared by experts across the spectrum in the run-up to this year’s election. But a couple of things in 2016 demonstrably upset the apple cart. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesOne was the upstart challenge of Bernie Sanders, whose insurgent candidacy manifested the truths that Hillary Clinton is deeply unpopular, even in her own party, and that all Americans aren’t totally allergic to democratic socialism, once they look past the label on the bottle and see what’s inside.The second was the rise of Donald Trump, which almost nobody, even those who recognised the potent blend of pessimism and isolationism presently in the ascendancy in the US, saw coming.What makes his capture of the Republican presidential nomination most remarkable is that he won it despite taking past and present stances on numerous issues that are directly at odds with the party’s socially conservative, economically laissez-faire, outward-facing and interventionist platform.Her unpopularity and his unique appeal – together with the complicated reasons behind both – gave rise to the realistic possibility that Donald Trump could win the presidency, regardless of the aforementioned advantages enjoyed by the Democrats.But he blew it.Trump blew it because he is deeply flawed, as a man and a candidate.He had a potentially winning message, yet is a terrible messenger. He went way too far at several junctures of the campaign, when a more considered approach could have vaulted him into the lead.It would have all had to go right for him, and all would have had to go wrong for Hillary Clinton. But the chance, albeit slim, was there. Source: Andrew Harnik/PA WireRealistically, all he can do now is double down on his ‘America First’ rhetoric in the hope that he can pull off a win in Ohio and make constant entreaties to the base in order to hold as many of the states that Mitt Romney won in 2012 as possible.It still won’t be enough – barring something unforeseeable and unprecedented in the next 10 days.All that Hillary Clinton must do to win the presidency is continue to follow her and her advisers’ (overly) cautious instincts and stay on message.Some Democrats believe that she will win by a landslide. With the party’s well-oiled “get out the vote” machine, that could happen, but the margin is more likely to be convincing than epic.The Democrats have an excellent chance of retaking the US Senate, though the House still appears a bridge too far.The final stretch of the 2016 race for the White House will be fascinating for those of us who find the closing act of an American presidential campaign irresistible – the posturing of the candidates and their running mates, the battleground states that will be visited, the content and tone of the final appeals to voters, the surrogates that will be trotted out.But I suspect everyone else will breathe a sigh of relief that the whole sorry affair is nearing its denouement.Larry Donnelly is a Boston attorney, a Law Lecturer at NUI Galway and a political columnist with and Donald Trump says he’d ‘love’ to fight Joe BidenPoll: Should Donald Trump withdraw from the US Presidential race?More: Trump lives to fight another day but he needs an awful lot of luck to become the next POTUS Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share127 Tweet Email Short URL Wednesday 26 Oct 2016, 9:30 PM Oct 26th 2016, 9:30 PM By Larry Donnelly 228 Views Opinion: ‘Donald Trump had a chance and he blew it’ I suspect everyone else will breathe a sigh of relief that this whole sorry affair is nearing its denouement, writes Larry Donnelly. 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Irelands Six Nations simmers into action today against pressurising Scots

first_img Saturday 4 Feb 2017, 8:00 AM Ireland’s Six Nations simmers into action today against pressurising Scots Joe Schmidt and his side begin their campaign at Murrayfield this afternoon. Scotland v Ireland, MurrayfieldKick-off 2.25pm, RTE/ITVTHE BUILD-UP to these big Six Nations games can often be a bit of a bore, with both teams doing their best to say absolutely nothing at all.Joe Schmidt and Ireland have largely kept up their side of that bargain in the past few days, but Scotland have broken ranks. Conor Murray at yesterday’s captain’s run. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOCaptain Greig Laidlaw helped to set the tone when Scottish journalists teed him up to laud Ireland’s November win over New Zealand, with the scrum-half opting against the offering the mandatory plaudits and, instead, pointing out that the All Blacks had made mistakes.“There was a clear difference why Ireland won the first game – because New Zealand’s error count was so high,” said Laidlaw.“[New Zealand] made a lot of mistakes in the game, missed a lot of lineouts and didn’t give themselves a platform to launch attacks into the game.“The key difference in the second match was they reduced their error count and were more aggressive in defence. Those were what we feel were the two main differences. We can take some stuff, some learnings out of that.”Interesting, definitely interesting.The latest Johnny Sexton saga has cast a shadow over this week too, with the Leinster man having been ruled out on Tuesday due to what Ireland describe as tightness in his calf.That injured calf means Sexton cannot play, so up steps Paddy Jackson.The tradition here is for the opposition team, Scotland in this case, to insist that the replacement player is just as good as the first-choice option, and perhaps even better in some ways.“I think Ireland will miss Sexton a little bit, if I’m being honest,” said Laidlaw, however. Paddy Jackson delivers the tactical instructions. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOHis head coach, Vern Cotter was happy to pile in too.“Paddy has got the nod and he will have pressure on him,” said les yeux de glaces.” He will have to make decisions. If we can contribute to him making a few bad ones then we’d like to be able to do that.”It might not be explosive pre-match trash talk, but we must welcome the Scots’ media approach this week.Hell, hooker Fraser Brown – Keith Earls’ enemy – even went as far as to say Ireland cheat when it comes to some of their set-piece play.“What the Irish do probably is cheating, but you could say that about every prop, hooker or front row who plays the game,” said Brown knowingly. “It’s not really cheating unless you get caught doing it and then you just try changing it a little bit.”The Scots are clearly motivated for this fixture and possess a degree of confidence, but then Ireland have their own belief built on their November achievements.“I think we’re confident we’ve put ourselves in a position to produce a performance,” said Ireland captain Rory Best. ”Obviously, there are a lot of factors that will contribute as to whether we do that or not and 15 men in Scottish jerseys will dictate most of that.“We’ve had a good two weeks’ preparation. We generally prepare well and it’s just making sure we channel that in the right way and we have to make sure we do channel it in the right way tomorrow.“Coming to Murrayfield, a lot of the times in Scotland, we know they’ll come out and there will be a lot of emotion. One of the great things in world rugby is the Flower of Scotland and the emotion that evokes in them.“For us, we need to make sure that we don’t lose those early battles, we don’t lose those moments early in the game because they are more emotionally charged than us. Best practices his lineout throwing. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“We have to make sure that we appreciate we’re playing for Ireland, we’re pulling on a green jersey and, look, we have to be 100% disciplined but we also can’t be afraid to let out a little emotion ourselves.”Certainly, the opening exchanges this afternoon should be very feisty and it’s unlikely to let up for the 80 minutes.Bad blood between Munster and Glasgow, as well as the hangover from lots of tetchy moments during this fixture in Dublin in last year’s Six Nations, should fuel that fire.While Sexton isn’t in the Ireland squad to take on the Scots, there are lots of other excellent players.Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose get a chance to bring their Leinster centre partnership into the Test arena, while CJ Stander, Sean O’Brien and Jamie Heaslip could wreak havoc from the back row.Conor Murray is quite possibly the best scrum-half in the competition, and there may be a new cap for his Munster team-mate Niall Scannell of the bench in a further point of interest.The biggest surprise of the week in terms of Ireland’s selection is that old favourite Tommy Bowe is back in the mix, having been named in the 23 shirt.As the 32-year-old wing gets set for his first Ireland appearance since 2015, his Ulster team-mate Best welcomed him back.“I think for anyone coming back from serious injury it shows that perseverance. I think along the way a lot of people had written him off.“You get an injury like that and you are in your 30s, it is not just bad form, you’re done and that is what he had to contend with. It has been a long long time for him and at Ulster you would see him and the roller-caster of emotion he has been through. Bowe is back in the Ireland squad. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“I am just delighted to see him. He was a massive loss for us at the World Cup when we had already lost a few through injuries, well to lose one like him was a big loss and it was probably over-shadowed by everyone because there was so many losses.“To see him back and taking the field is a testament to the hard work he has put and the dedication he has put in to be as good as he was going to be and coming back and it is great for us to see.”What odds of a Bowe try sealing the deal for Ireland this afternoon?It would certainly be a nice way for Schmidt’s men to get the ball rolling. After a slightly more interesting preamble than is often the case, bring on the rugby.Scotland:15. Stuart Hogg14. Sean Maitland13. Huw Jones12. Alex Dunbar11. Tommy Seymour10. Finn Russell9. Greig Laidlaw (captain)1. Allan Dell2. Fraser Brown3. Zander Fagerson4. Richie Gray5. Jonny Gray6. Ryan Wilson7. Hamish Watson8. Josh StraussSubstitutes:16. Ross Ford17. Gordon Reid18. Simon Berghan19. Tim Swinson20. John Barclay21. Ali Price22. Duncan Weir23. Mark BennettIreland: 15. Rob Kearney14. Keith Earls13. Garry Ringrose12. Robbie Henshaw11. Simon Zebo10. Paddy Jackson9. Conor Murray1. Jack McGrath2. Rory Best (captain)3. Tadhg Furlong4. Iain Henderson5. Devin Toner6. CJ Stander7. Sean O’Brien8. Jamie HeaslipReplacements:16. Niall Scannell17. Cian Healy18. John Ryan19. Ultan Dillane20. Josh van der Flier21. Kieran Marmion22. Ian Keatley23. Tommy BoweReferee: Romain Poite [FFR].Subscribe to The42 Rugby Show podcast here: Android Feb 4th 2017, 8:00 AM 15 Comments From free kit to big-money deals: Irish rugby’s history of jerseysCarolan’s U20s make it two wins from two for Ireland in Scotland By Murray Kinsellacenter_img iTunes Share1 Tweet Email1 Short URL 15,332 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

The 9 at 9 Saturday

first_img EVERY MORNING, brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #NORTH KOREA: North Korea has test-fired another ballistic missile and US President Donald Trump is not impressed, saying the move disrespects China’s wishes.2. #BREXIT: EU leaders are meeting in Brussels today, where they’re expected to approve a deal that would see Northern Ireland automatically rejoin the Union in the event of Irish unity.3. #MOUNTJOY: Senior officers at Mountjoy Prison have had CCTV and security systems set up in their homes after receiving death threats from gangland prisoners.4. #BREAKTHROUGH: A world-first trial in Cork has found that a single injection could help patients recover after heart attacks.5. #NMH: Mediator Kieran Mulvey has told the Irish Independent the Sisters of Charity can’t sell the land on which the new national maternity hospital is set to be built because it is tied up in financial and legal agreements.6. #AIR CORPS: An Air Corps whistleblower has claimed members’ exposure to toxic chemicals has caused deaths and chronic illnesses for them and their families, according to the Irish Examiner.7. #TERRORISM: Sweden has introduced a number of measures to crack down on terrorism, including surprise inspections at workplaces.8. #COURT: A Meath man who got “swept up in” a handover of cocaine has lost an appeal against the severity of his three-year jail term.9. #ROAD SAFETY: Motorists are being urged to take care on the roads this weekend, and to bear in mind the new mechanisms at the disposal of gardaí to test for illegal drugs. No Comments Image: Shutterstock/JeniFoto By Órla Ryan 9,690 Views Saturday 29 Apr 2017, 8:48 AM Short URL The 9 at 9: Saturday Here’s everything you need to know as the bank holiday weekend kicks off. Share Tweet Email Apr 29th 2017, 8:48 AM Image: Shutterstock/JeniFoto Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Eamonn Casey did much good but revelations about son were profoundly upsetting

first_img Thursday 16 Mar 2017, 3:00 PM 37 Comments Short URL Image: Joe Shaughnessy/ 16,178 Views Eamonn Casey ‘did much good’ but revelations about son were ‘profoundly upsetting for Church’ President Michael D Higgins was among the mourners at the funeral today. The remains of Eamonn Casey were taken to the Galway church yesterday evening. Image: Joe Shaughnessy/ Share Tweet Email1 By Sean Murray The remains of Eamonn Casey were taken to the Galway church yesterday evening. THE FUNERAL OF former Catholic Bishop Eamonn Casey took place this afternoon, with the homily from Bishop Brendan Kelly praising Casey for his good work while also acknowledging the “suffering” caused by the revelation that he had fathered a son.President Michael D Higgins was among the mourners in attendance for the well-known figure, who was one of the most recognisable faces from the Catholic Church in Ireland.Casey played a major role in the charity Trócaire and was a prominent figure during the Pope’s visit to Ireland.He gained notoriety in the media through a variety of incidents, such as when he witnessed the riot at the funeral of Oscar Romero in El Salvador in 1980, and when he was arrested for drink driving in 1986. Source: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ieCasey was most famous, however, for the scandal that led to his resignation as Bishop of Galway in 1992. It had emerged that he had fathered a child with an American woman, Annie Murphy, in 1974.HomilyThe homily of Bishop Kelly drew attention to these incidents from Casey’s life, and began by saying that those in the service of God must acknowledge that they themselves are sinners.“Eamonn Casey had a long life as priest and bishop,” he said. “He did much good… There are those of us who remember, with gratitude, his kindness and encouragement when personally we most needed it.Then 25 years ago, the emergence into the light of other hidden realities in his life, beginning with the fact that he had a son, Peter, were profoundly upsetting for the Church and for people in general.Kelly did say that the funeral of Casey was neither the time nor the place to delve further into the details of these revelations, but added: “Yes, we are all sinners, but irresponsibility, infidelity and sin are particularly shocking in the lives of those who preach the gospel.”While Casey had sought forgiveness and apologised on many occasions, Kelly acknowledged that damage had been done by his actions.But people had been hurt and wounded… wounds that do not always heal easily or quickly. We remember those people too today. We acknowledge their suffering. We pray for continued healing and peace for them.The funeral took place at the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and Saint Nicholas in Galway city.Read: President Higgins leads wealth of tributes to ‘pioneering’ bishop Eamonn CaseyRead: Controversial bishop Eamonn Casey has died aged 89 Mar 16th 2017, 3:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Upsetting and humiliating AIB ordered to pay €4000 to Syrian dentist over

first_img 37 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Leah Farrell via Tuesday 9 Apr 2019, 4:44 PM By Gordon Deegan Share329 Tweet Email4 Apr 9th 2019, 4:44 PM center_img Image: Leah Farrell via ‘Upsetting and humiliating’: AIB ordered to pay €4,000 to Syrian dentist over account refusal The discrimination case was taken before the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC). THE WORKPLACE RELATIONS Commission (WRC) has ordered Allied Irish Bank (AIB) to pay a Syrian dentist €4,000 over its refusal to open up a bank account for him as he was Syrian.The successful discrimination case was taken on behalf of the Syrian refugee by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) and the man told AIB in a letter that he found its refusal to open up a bank account for him in November 2017 as “upsetting and humiliating”.The IHREC told the WRC that in the days after the refusal, the bank aggravated the discrimination by offering the dentist €250 in compensation and offering him to open a bank account.The IHREC described the bank’s offer to open a bank account for the Syrian man “as an empty exercise in PR”.The IHREC stated: “That is no more than the treatment he was always entitled to and utterly beside the point.”The WRC found that AIB discriminated against the man on the grounds of race under the Equal Status Act.In the case, the Syrian man was granted refugee status here in July 2017 after the man came to Ireland as part of the country’s Refugee Protection Programme.The man is currently in the process of re-qualifying as a dentist here and on 16 November 2017, he went to an AIB branch to open a bank account.In his evidence, the Syrian stated that a female bank official told him “we don’t open bank accounts for Syrians at the moment” and she pointed to the word “Syria” which is recorded on the Travel Document as his place of birth.The dentist said that the bank official said that she was sorry over the war in Syria and that he could try another bank.The man wrote to the AIB to notify the bank of its treatment of him.An AIB Regional Manager wrote back on 1 December 2017 to apologise for the “poor customer experience” the man encountered on 16 November and offered to open a bank account.The bank’s policies restrict staff from opening new accounts for Syrian residents, as Syrian residents are on the UN Sanctions List, but those restrictions don’t apply in the dentist’s case as he has been granted refugee status in Ireland.The dentist wrote back stating “it is very important to me that robust systems are properly in place to ensure that no other Syrian, or indeed no other refugee, would have a similar negative experience”.‘Does not discriminate’In its submission to the WRC, AIB stated that “it does not discriminate against refugees”.It stated that “it accepts the Irish Refugee Travel Documents as an acceptable form of proof of identity for customers opening accounts and has opened numerous accounts for customers with refugee status in Ireland who used that documents”.AIB also told the WRC that while it accepts and always accepted refugee travel documents as proof of identity, “since becoming aware of this incident, the Bank has updated its website to specifically refer to the fact that travel documents are accepted”.The bank also stated that the bank official’s error “was regrettable, but thankfully isolated” and the bank “is not aware of any similar incidents arising in any other of its branches”.The bank also stated that refresher training was provided to all relevant staff in the Dublin Region in the service area concerned.The bank told the WRC that within three days of being notified of the incident, AIB offered to open an account for the Syrian man and this this offer is still in place.AIB state that there was no ill intention towards the man or Syrian nationals whatsoever. It stated that the bank official believed that she was complying with the bank’s procedures.‘Experience of humiliation’The Syrian man at the centre of the case said today said that he took the case for simple reason – “the experience of humiliation, and being rejected, and having the door slammed in your the face because of something you were born with – such as race – or something forced on you, such as being a refugee; I do not want this experience to happen to others.”He added: “I know people who were rejected by banks but they did nothing for many reasons – one is that they do not know how to deal with this situation or what to do. Therefore, they just stay quiet and drop it. If you do not hear about such cases, that does not mean that they do not happen, they do.He concluded: “The reason why I’m pleased is that the adjudicator took it seriously and directed the bank to take serious steps in order to prevent such an incident from happening, by engaging with IHREC, and I see this as a wise decision.”Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, Emily Logan stated: “Financial institutions need to ensure that customers are protected from any form of discrimination by putting in place appropriate training mechanisms and clear guidelines, and ensuring staff are aware of them. As a lawful resident of Ireland, this man had the right to open a bank account subject to the usual banking conditions, irrespective of his nationality.Logan added: “The Commission welcomes this outcome from the WRC following our legal support for his case. We will be engaging with the bank over the next six months to ensure that appropriate actions are taken.She added: “The Commission is aware that this is not an isolated incident and we are aware of other people who have experienced similar incidents, and we would ask all service providers to pay attention this outcome.”A spokesman for AIB stated: “While AIB does not comment on individual cases, we do welcome and support customer applications from people with refugee status, and have trained our staff to help applicants through the account opening process.” Short URL 35,031 Views last_img read more

Hero US college student saved lives by tackling gunman before he was

first_imgHero US college student ‘saved lives’ by tackling gunman before he was killed Police have no motive for yesterday’s shooting. Share11 Tweet Email3 Police arrested Trystan Andrew Terrell on murder charges. Source: APTerrell is facing two counts of murder and four counts of attempted murder.As he was being led into a police station following his arrest, a television reporter asked him what happened.“I just went into his classroom and shot the guys,” he said.The latest in a string of mass shootings in the US came just days after a teenage gunman opened fire on a synagogue in Poway, California, killing one person and injuring three others.According to government figures, 40,000 people were killed by firearms in the United States in 2017 — two thirds of them suicides — the highest annual toll in five decades.© – AFP 2019 35,884 Views May 1st 2019, 10:41 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 1 May 2019, 10:41 PM By AFPcenter_img Riley Howell (right) was killed after tackling the shooter. Riley Howell (right) was killed after tackling the shooter. Image: Matthew Westmoreland/PA Short URL A 21-YEAR-OLD student gave his life to save others by tackling a gunman who was shooting up a university classroom, according to police in the US.Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said the authorities were still trying to find a motive for yesterday’s attack at the University of North Carolina, which left undergraduate Riley Howell and another student dead.Trystan Terrell, 22, a former student, was arrested following the shooting at the school’s Charlotte campus, which also left four wounded.Putney said he had spoken to Howell’s father about the youngster’s heroism.“When I spoke to the father — one father to another — I told him personally, I wished I had words,” he said.“What I did tell him is, we’re committed to the work, we’re going to get to the bottom of it. We assured him we’re going to find out the why,” Putney said. “We’re going to give them closure.”The officer said Howell, an environmental studies major from Waynesville, North Carolina, had taken the assailant “off his feet.”“(He) did exactly what we trained people to do,” Putney said.“You’re either going to run, hide and shield or you’re going to take the fight to the assailant,” he said.Having no place to run or hide, Howell chose the last option open to him.“But for his work, the assailant may not have been disarmed,” Putney said. Unfortunately, he gave us life in the process. But his sacrifice saved lives.The other slain student was identified as Ellis Parlier, a 19-year-old computer science major from Midland, North Carolina.Three of the four injured students remain hospitalised.One of those still in hospital was identified by the Charlotte Observer newspaper as Rami Al-Ramadhan, a 20-year-old engineering student from Saudi Arabia. Image: Matthew Westmoreland/PA 16 Comments last_img read more

Couple fall to death taking selfie on 40metre wall in Portugal

first_img By Cliodhna Russell General view of Ericeira beach and houses Wednesday 13 Jun 2018, 8:00 AM Couple fall to death taking selfie on 40-metre wall in Portugal It’s believed they dropped their phone and fell down while leaning over to retrieve it. Jun 13th 2018, 8:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 116,537 Views Image: Shutterstock/Carlos Caetano 48 Comments Short URL A COUPLE FELL to their death from a wall overlooking a popular beach in Portugal, apparently losing their balance after taking a selfie.It happened at the coastal town of Ericeira, which is ringed by cliffs and a 40-metre high wall.The couple are believed to be from Britain and Australia. There are numerous reports of their ages, Portugal’s Correio da Manhã newspaper reports that the woman was 30 and the man was 40.Rui Pereira da Terra, head of the rescue service in Cascais port near Lisbon, told AFP news agency:“Everything seems to indicate that the fall happened when they were probably trying to take a selfie. It seems they dropped their mobile phone and fell down while leaning over to retrieve it.Another local paper, Jornal de Notícias, said fishermen came across the bodies about 6.30am.It was not the first time that tourists had fallen off the wall.Additional reporting by AFP General view of Ericeira beach and houses Image: Shutterstock/Carlos Caetano Share341 Tweet Email7 last_img read more

Calls to join old church rejected

first_imgMembers of the Greek Orthodox Community of Sydney and New South Wales rejected the proposal by the Federation of the Greek Orthodox Communities of Australia to join the Afxentian faction of the True Orthodox Christians (παλαιοημερολογίτες) of Greece.At an Extraordinary General Meeting held two Sundays ago 83 percent of the members rejected the proposal and mandated the Committee of Management to renegotiate the return of the Community to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, the canonical spiritual authority of Australia.Community president Harry Danalis told Neos Kosmos the “resolution of the sweeping majority is the expression of their strong desire for unity”.Mr Danalis said “the membership longs for an end to the ecclesiastical division that has afflicted the Greek Community of Australia in past decades”.“Our members believe that no effort should be spared in our attempt to re-establish a working relationship with the canonical spiritual authority, namely the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia” he said.Asked, whether the Committee of Management are prepared to engage in new dialogue with the Archdiocese, Mr Danalis responded with an “yes”.“The General Meeting has given us a strong mandate and we intend to use all avenues opened to us in order to return to the auspice of the Archdiocese” he added.The president of the Federation of Greek Communities, Theo Maras, likened the refusal of the Greek Community of Sydney to join the ΓΟΧ as “testament to the democratic function of the Federation”.Mr Maras dared the prophecy, that “by next spring or winter things may be different” suggesting that circumstances beyond their control may force members of the Greek Community of Sydney to reconsider last Sunday’s decision.True Orthodox Christians are known by the acronym ΓΟΧ (Γνήσιοι Ορθόδοξοι Χριστιανοί). The “Afxentian” faction is one of the multitude of factions that operate within the fragmented True Orthodox Christians Church of Greece. Following lengthy negotiations with the Federation of the Greek Orthodox Communities of Australia last November the faction established the Holly Metropolis of Australia and Oceania in Adelaide led by Bishop Iakovos.The Metropolis operates in parallel with the new calendar adherent Autocephalic Greek Orthodox Church of Australia, despite the refusal of the Hellenic State, of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and of other ecclesiastical jurisdictions to recognise it as a legitimate ecclesiastical authority.This co-existence has forced the Hellenic State to review a court determination that orders the state to recognise and register sacraments (weddings and baptisms) conducted by clerics serving in the Metropolis of ΓΟΧ of Australia and Oceania, provided these clerics are properly ordained.Neos Kosmos understands that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic has referred the matter to the Legal Council of State for opinion, before formalising its instructions to the Greek diplomatic delegations to Australia to either recognise and register sacraments conducted by ΓΟΧ clerics or discard them as void. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Conman accuses Fraud Office of conspiracy

first_imgAlleged conman Loizos Michaels is accusing the Serious Fraud Office of conspiring to build a case against him. The Greek-Australian restaurateur is on trial in the Auckland District Court for a raft of charges relating to losses of more than $3 million. Michaels, 45, is claiming the SFO has coached witnesses to tell the same story of deception they have alleged against him in 31 charges. The Crown has called more than 50 witnesses. Many have told of Michaels boasting of his family connections to the Cyprus based Louis Cruise line and close links with an Asian casino operator. “You can make everything fit into that square hole. That’s what you’re doing and it’s not true,” Michaels told the Auckland High Court. “One common denominator…SFO. I’ll leave it at that.” Michaels is the only witness giving evidence in his defence. His image in the community was one associated with criminals. Members of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang were frequent patrons of the Auckland-based restaurant run by Michaels. Michaels said he didn’t know who the gang members were at first, but they shared things in common “like our children and so forth”. “Everybody was welcome at Platos,” he told the court. “I wasn’t there to judge them.” Under questioning from defence lawyer Peter Kaye, Michaels has repeatedly denied telling several people he had links to a range of criminal networks, including the Japanese Yakuza and Cypriot mafia. Michaels also spoke of falling behind on lease payments for his struggling Greek restaurant, which were often paid in cash and funded with his own money or by his family in Melbourne. “It was a struggle, and all the adverse media didn’t make it any better.” He said the Serious Fraud Office had told him not to speak to anyone, and had turned family, friends and suppliers against him. Court proceedings continue. Source: One News and TVNZ Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Petrol price increases ahead

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Around this time of the year Australian motorists have always been slugged with petrol price increases, more so this year than any other. The industry also predicts that prices are set to go higher before the school year kicks in. Figures from the Australian Institute of Petroleum show the national average price of unleaded petrol rose 6 cents to 158.1 cents a litre in the week to January 5, 2014. The price hike, according to fuel company spokespeople, is due to a combination of rising gasoline prices in Singapore, which is $US119.20 a barrel (as compared to West Texas Crude at around US$92 a barrel), and the depreciation of the Australian dollar, which has made imports more expensive. Wholesale prices at the terminal gate are 148.3 cents a litre, up 14 cents over just the past two months and up 2 cents over the past week. However, the discounting cycle in most capital cities should hit its low point later this week before the price rises again next week. This week the US price at the bowser was $3.29 per US gallon (4 litres) which is equivalent to an exchange rate adjusted .88 cents Australian per litre. A year ago in January 2013 the Australian price per litre was $1.41, while the American gallon was $3.26 or roughly .77 cents Australian per litre on the adjusted exchange. So, why is petrol double the price in Australia? Simple – consecutive federal governments continuously ‘invent’ reasons to rip-off motorists with high taxes, something the American people would not tolerate.last_img read more

Eurobank and National eager to tap markets

first_imgEurobank and National are rushing to make the most of the favorable climate for Greece in global markets, as the former is beginning the process of its share capital increase this week and the latter is expected to open the book for its new five-year bond on Tuesday.Eurobank announced on Friday that its offering for the 2.86-billion-euro increase will take place from April 25 to 29. Last week major shareholder Hellenic Financial Stability Fund (HFSF) picked a group led by Canada’s Fairfax as anchor investors in the bank’s offering, while about 10 percent of the new shares will be offered to Greek investors.National Bank will on Tuesday start building the book for its bond issue, through which its aims to draw 750 million euros. The process ends on Thursday and National hopes to obtain an interest rate that will be up to 50 basis points below the 4.95 percent rate that the Greek sovereign bond got earlier this month. Merrill Lynch, Citi, Goldman Sachs and HSBC have undertaken the issue.Last week National saw its plans for a share capital increase of 2.5 billion euros approved by the HFSF.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Living costs force pensioners overseas

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Federal government data shows that the number of Australian citizens claiming the age pension while living overseas has increased by 30 per cent between 2007 and 2012. The high cost of living in Australia and the subsequent inability to make ends meet seems to be the main cause of this new wave of Australian pensioners moving abroad. Italy is the number one destination with 17,050 Australian pensioners, followed by Greece with 11,401 pensioners, while many opt to move to New Zealand, Spain, the Netherlands and Asian countries.The figures also revealed that 2.3 million Australians are entitled to an age pension, of which 3 per cent live overseas. In the meantime, the future is not looking so bright for pensioners, after the budget announcement of $2.1 billion in pension payment cuts and with the retirement age expected to be raised to 70 by 2035.According to the Fair Go for Pensioners Coalition committee member, Theo Nomikos, the qualifying age for pensioners should not exceed 65 years of age, so that employability is ensured for younger generations. He also points out that it is difficult for a pensioner to live merely on the age pension, without any more benefits.“It is sad to see people who have grown up here, worked and contributed all their life having to leave the country,” Mr Nomikos tells Neos Kosmos. A research study, conducted by the University of South Australia and investigating how people plan to fund their retirement, indicates that for a large number of current and near future retirees their savings and the age pension are not going to be sufficient to support their lifestyle.“If they are faced with the situation of being unable to fund their retirement in Australia, they might be tempted to go back to the old country where they have family and friends and they have better prospects for their future,” says university researcher Peter Winwood.Australia’s national social security system provides the elderly – who have exceeded a certain age and meet designated requirements – with the benefit of an age pension, which is based on government funds rather than the employee’s or the employer’s contributions.Pensioner and former trade unionist George Zangalis outlines the significance of the age pension for the elderly and explains that many southern European migrants who arrived and worked in Australia after World War II are not entitled to superannuation benefits.“Let’s not forget that the age pension is not a gift to pensioners, but rather an obligation of the state. Money comes from the taxes they pay as citizens,” says Mr Zangalis.He also explained that many Greek pensioners who visit their countries of origin choose to extend their stay for some months, as it is not worth paying for an expensive flight overseas just for a couple of weeks.Figures published in the Melbourne daily Herald Sun in May indicated that 7,313 disability support pensioners (DSP) living overseas cost Australia $99.9 million a year. The front page story sparked debate among ethnic communities as it implied that taxpayers are financing holiday lifestyles for these pensioners.Greece appeared to be the country where most Australian disability pensioners live abroad, a number of 1,242 recipients, while Turkey, New Zealand and Croatia are also popular destinations.Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews had told News Corp that he was in the process of investigating the residency requirements for pensioners who fall into this category.However, as he told Neos Kosmos: “The vast majority of people who are on DSP are abiding by the law and in rare cases I have asked the department to provide clarification on the residency requirements for DSP. The thousands of overseas DSP recipients doing the right thing have nothing to worry about.”last_img read more

Lukas leaves cancer at the station

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Amazingly, it’s been nine months since little Lukas Rosenbaum was in America, getting cancer treatment thanks to the generosity of the Greek Australian community.Now Lukas has overcome another hurdle, his three month scan for cancer. That means in the nine months that Lukas has been back at home, all three scans have been clear.No one is happier than mother Irene Rosenbaum (nee Strouzas).“In terms of the MRIs he’s doing really well, he remains clear. It’s fantastic news,” she tells Neos Kosmos. “So we are one step closer to nearly beating this thing.”Currently, Lukas is in his two year risky period, where the cancer can return at any time. Past the two year mark, things look a lot better.He is slowly making progress with his eating, after his nasal tube was removed. He still cannot eat solid food and is fed by a tube in his stomach, but Lukas is beginning to seek help with his understandable aversion to food. During the height of his sickness, Lukas wasn’t able to keep food down. He was scared to eat anything solid fearing his stomach would get upset and has developed a fear of new tastes. Amazingly, his aversion to food doesn’t include cooking. “He loves cooking, he loves preparing the food, he’s just really scared to put it in his mouth,” Irene says.“At least with this we can deal with it.”The family is a lot closer to getting back into a normal routine, with Irene now able to get back to work, even if it’s part time. Lukas is flourishing at kinder, and on track to start school next year, a big step in his development.“It’s something I never thought I’d see,” Irene says.“When he got diagnosed I used to look at all the kids walking home from school and wonder if I would ever see my child go to school.” Before the routine of school sets in, Lukas and his family will have the opportunity to accomplish one of Lukas’ dreams. An avid train aficionado, Lukas has had his wish granted by the Starlight Children’s Foundation and will be jumping on board The Ghan train to tour Australia. The family will embark on the three day journey from Adelaide to Darwin in November.“He is particularly excited to sleep on the train and see where the toilets are,” Irene says with a laugh. The story of little Lukas touched the Greek community last year. In less than two months, $245,000 was donated to the family to fund life saving treatment in Texas, USA.Lukas had 30 radiation treatments, four blood transfusions, lost his hair all over again just before Christmas in the battle to kick medulloblastoma, a rare form of brain tumour. Now the family is looking to restore a bit of normality to their lives.last_img read more

Ministry plans to remove sex education from school curriculum

first_imgThe Greek Education Ministry plans to remove sex education from the school curriculum, according to reports.The decision is based on a recommendation by the ministry’s Institute of Educational Policy (IEP) to scrap the chapter on human reproduction from biology textbooks used at first year high schools across the country, Ta Nea daily said.The Greek Association of Bioscientists has issued a statement criticising the decision, the newspaper said.Source: Ekthimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Extended summer opening hours at museums hailed a success

first_imgAs the country’s museums and archaeological sites prepare to revert to a reduced winter timetable on Saturday, Culture Ministry officials yesterday hailed as a resounding success the enforcement of an extended timetable at most of the country’s sites over the summer.“The measure proved itself a success,” Culture Minister Costas Tasoulas said of the extended 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. timetable that was put into effect at 33 selected museums and archaeological sites across the country. “New initiatives that succeed should not only be continued but broadened,” the minister said, noting that another 13 sites would be added to the extended itinerary next summer.The extended hours appear to have had a positive impact on state revenues too, with the ministry’s Archaeological Receipts Fund recording an increase of 16.7 percent in takings in the period from January through September, reaching 39.5 million euros compared to 33.9 million in the same period last year.The increase followed a 23.5 percent rise in the number of visitors to Greek archaeological sites and museums in the first eight months of this year, with 8.94 million visitors this year compared to 7.24 million in the first nine months of 2013.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more