Image: DPA/PA Images Image: DPA/PA Images By AFP Apr 30th 2017, 7:00 AM http://jrnl.ie/3355956 Sunday 30 Apr 2017, 7:00 AM 14,937 Views GERMANY RECORDED A sharp rise in politically-motivated crimes by foreigners includingjihadists and Kurdish militants last year, a trend branded “unacceptable” by Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere this week.Some 3,372 such cases were recorded last year, up 66.5% from 2015, according to the latest crime statistics unveiled by deMaiziere.They include “criminal offences carried out in the name of foreign extremists of the so-called IS, or the (outlawed Kurdish militants) PKK”, said the interior minister.Germany was hit by a string of jihadist attacks last year, with the deadliest being last December’s assault on a Christmas market in Berlin.A Tunisian suspect had rammed a truck into the crowded market in the attack claimed by the Islamic State organisation that killed 12.But beyond jihadist attacks, Germany has also seen a rise in violence pitting its sizeable minority communities of Turks and Kurds, as Turkey was increasingly split over President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rule.Overall, the number of politically driven crimes was also up in Germany, reaching 41,549 such offences in 2016, 6.6 percent more than a year ago.- © AFP 2017.Read: Leftist protesters clash with police as German anti-immigration party meets in Cologne> 23 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email Germany sees massive rise in politically-motivated crimes by foreigners These crimes include offences carried out by Islamic State extremists. Short URL
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share18 Tweet Email Short URL By Fintan O’Toole http://the42.ie/3451419 30,264 Views Image: INPHO 26 Comments Image: INPHO Jun 19th 2017, 10:01 AM Monday 19 Jun 2017, 10:01 AM THE DRAW HAS been made this morning for Round 2 of the All-Ireland football qualifiers with Mayo and Donegal amongst the teams discovering their opening backdoor assignments.After a second successive Connacht semi-final loss to Galway, Mayo will have home advantage when they meet Derry, victors over Waterford in Dungarvan on Saturday.Donegal will entertain Longford as they seek to bounce back from an emphatic loss to Tyrone in yesterday’s Ulster semi-final.Meath have been handed a home tie against Sligo after they exited teh Leinster stage at the hands of Kildare in Tullamore on Saturday night.And finally Clare’s next tie will be away to Laois – winners over Wicklow on Saturday – in a match that is a repeat of last year’s qualifier tie between the counties.Times and venues will be confirmed later for games that will likely take place on Saturday 1 July.The draw in full is:All-Ireland SFC qualifier draw Round 2(First named team has home advantage)Meath v SligoMayo v DerryLaois v ClareDonegal v Longford Here’s the latest All-Ireland football qualifier championship draw The Round 2A pairings are now known.
Share11 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4531197 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Stephen McDermott Gardaí fail to notify GSOC about more than half of taser discharges within required 48-hour period The requirement was introduced by gardaí in 2010 to help GSOC gather evidence. Image: Shutterstock/devonx Short URL 12,425 Views 13 Comments Image: Shutterstock/devonx Sunday 10 Mar 2019, 8:30 AM GARDAÍ FAILED TO report more than half of incidents where a taser was discharged within the required timeframe, figures seen by TheJournal.ie show.Records released by the Garda Ombudsman (GSOC) under Freedom of Information reveal that 37 out of a total of 77 such incidents between 2016 and 2018 were reported to its office within 48 hours.The office must be notified by Gardaí within 48 hours any time a firearm, taser or incapacitant – such as pepper spray – is discharged.The requirement was introduced in 2010 to ensure that GSOC can gather any evidence about potential wrongdoing while it was still fresh.However, last year was the first in three years that GSOC was notified about taser discharges on time more often than not, with 19 out of 29 reports received within the required timeframe.This figure was up from 13 out of 25 taser discharges in 2017, and from five out of 13 taser discharges in 2016.In some instances, gardaí were not notified until weeks after a taser was discharged.Last year, a discharge by the Special Detective Unit on 14 September was not reported to GSOC until 2 October.In 2017, a taser discharged by gardaí in Waterford on 13 February was not reported to GSOC until 9 March, while another discharge by the Armed Support Unit in the east of the country on 17 April was not reported until 13 June – nearly two months later.Figures released by GSOC also showed that the overwhelming majority of instances where pepper spray was discharged by a garda were not reported within 48 hours.Between 2016 and 2018, 323 out of 1,607 – or roughly one in five – instances where pepper spray was discharged was reported within the required timeframe.Although the figure rose significantly last year, just 243 out of 646 pepper spray discharges were reported in 2018.In dozens of instances, it was months before GSOC was notified.One discharge by gardaí in Cork’s Anglesea Street station on 2 February, 2017 was not reported until 22 August, while another instance on 10 September involving gardaí in Fethard, Tipperary was not reported to GSOC until 2 October, 2018 – over a year later.A spokeswoman for GSOC said there was still “much to be done” to improve figures, but said figures had improved last year due to a closer working relationship between the ombudsman and gardaí.She added that the ombudsman also provided regular training to all newly trained firearms officers, including specialist units such as the Emergency Reponse Unit, which had also helped to improve figures last year. Mar 10th 2019, 8:30 AM
Ruth Maguire Image: Ciara Wilkinson Mar 18th 2019, 10:00 AM Updated Mar 18th 2019, 2:50 PM GARDAÍ HAVE SAID a body has been found as part of their search for a missing mother-of-three.Ruth Maguire (30), from Newcastle, Co Down, had last been seen close to midnight on Saturday night in the county Louth village.She was part of a group of 32 women on a hen party.Searches began yesterday and resumed again this morning to try to find Ruth. Among the groups involved in the search were Irish Coastguard Rescue helicopter, the Mourne Mountain Rescue who are searching scrubland, Bangor Coastguard with their specially trained search dog and Belfast coastguard as well as Dundalk sub-aqua search and rescue.The Garda Under Water unit was also requested to attend the scene.In a statement, gardaí said the body of a woman had been discovered in the water at Carlingford Lough this afternoon.Searches have now been stood down, and gardaí thanked the public, volunteers and the Coast Guard for its assistance in this case. With reporting from Elaine Keogh Body found in search for missing mother-of-three in Louth Ruth Maguire hadn’t been seen since Saturday evening. Short URL 96 Comments Ruth Maguire By Sean Murray Image: Ciara Wilkinson Monday 18 Mar 2019, 2:50 PM 253,838 Views Share747 Tweet Email3 https://jrnl.ie/4548629 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Tuesday 26 Jun 2018, 9:37 PM 8,234 Views Image: Laura Dale via PA Images Uber has about 40,000 drivers and 3.5 million customers in the British capital. Image: Laura Dale via PA Images Short URL http://jrnl.ie/4093900 4 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article UBER HAS WON a legal bid to restore its operating licence in London after a judge overturned an earlier decision and granted the ride-hailing app a 15-month permit.The capital’s transport authority stripped the American firm of its licence last September amid safety concerns, but Uber appealed the decision and was allowed to continue operating while the case was heard.At a hearing, its lawyers convinced England’s chief magistrate that it had mended its ways with a raft of reforms.“It has provided evidence to this court that it is now a fit and proper person,” Judge Emma Arbuthnot wrote in a 13-page ruling granting the new licence.However, the judge agreed with transport officials’ decision to block the renewal last year, noting “a rather gung-ho attitude of those running the business in the very recent past”.“The attitude of the previous managers… appeared to me on the evidence to be that of grow the business come what may.”Shorter licence termBut Arbuthnot said she had considered “the new governance arrangements” put in place and was persuaded that a shorter 15-month licence term would allow Transport for London (TfL), the authority, to judge Uber’s changes.Tom Elvidge, General Manager of Uber in the UK, welcomed the decision.“We will continue to work with TfL to address their concerns and earn their trust while providing the best possible service for our customers,” he said in a statement.The company has about 40,000 drivers and 3.5 million customers in the British capital.TfL’s concerns included how it obtained drivers’ medical certificates and how criminal record checks were carried out.‘Wholesale change’In court, Uber argued it had instituted “wholesale change” to these and other areas.Measures adopted include the appointment of new non-executive directors, limits to driver hours, a new telephone support line, and better insurance policies, it said.“We accept TfL’s decision in September was the right decision on the evidence at the time,” Uber’s lawyer Tom de la Mare told the judge.“That acceptance has led to wholesale change in the way we conduct our business.”London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the judge had “vindicated” his officials’ initial decision and Uber was now “on probation”.“After years of operating poorly in London, Uber has now accepted that TfL’s action in refusing to renew their licence was totally justified.“Their 15-month licence has a clear set of conditions that TfL will thoroughly monitor and enforce.”Consumer watchdog SumOfUs greeted the u-turn with dismay.“Uber’s new directors threw its old bosses under the bus today, and persuaded a judge that the gig economy giant has turned a corner for good,” said its campaigner Eoin Dubsky.“Uber is still a shady corporation and shouldn’t have been granted a new licence until it can show drivers are treated fairly.”Steve McNamara, general secretary of Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association, echoed the criticism.“Cab drivers are going to be hearing this in absolute disbelief,” he told AFP outside the court, calling the ruling “a travesty”.“We’ve had two days of evidence, Uber has admitted an absolute catalogue of errors,” he added.“The magistrate has said ‘be good boys, don’t do it again and I’ll give you a licence’.”Other casesIn a separate case, Uber is also appealing against an employment court ruling that would give its drivers the right to paid holidays and the national minimum wage.The London licence has been one of a number of headaches for Uber and its new chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi, who took over last August after founder Travis Kalanick was ousted following a series of scandals.Its self-driving car programme in the United States suffered a blow with a deadly accident in March.Uber also faces being banned in Turkey after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier this month that the app was “finished”, following an intense lobbying campaign from Istanbul taxi drivers.© – AFP, 2018 Judge restores Uber’s London licence for 15 months after it was revoked last September The capital’s transport authority stripped the American firm of its licence last September amid safety concerns. Share2 Tweet Email Jun 26th 2018, 9:37 PM Uber has about 40,000 drivers and 3.5 million customers in the British capital. By AFP
Sylvia Dalais, Christina Betmilik, David Mavroudis, Luiza Zervos and sisters Dimmy Kotronakis and Elizabeth Kotronakis were the six Greek Australians who lost their lives in Australia’s worst overseas terror attack and were remembered as part of memorials all over the world to mark the ten year anniversary of the Bali bombings. Friday marked the ten year anniversary of the bombings in Kuta, Bali which killed 202 people – 88 of which were Australian. The mother of the two Kotronakis sisters and their sister Maria went to Bali to commemorate the deaths of Maria’s twin sister Dimmy, 27, and older sister Elizabeth Kotronakis, 33. The two girls were in Bali celebrating the wedding of their sister, who was also in Bali with her then husband Kosta Elfes. The sisters died in the now infamous Sari Club alongside the two Greek Australians Christina Betmalik, 29, of Croydon Park, and Louiza Zervos, 33, of Marrickville, who were bridesmaids at Maria’s wedding. The group had been out for dinner when Maria and her former husband, then newlyweds, turned in for the night, while the other four women went out to the Sari Club. After the tragic incident, more than 800 mourners packed into Blacktown’s Hellenic Orthodox Church for the sisters’ funeral weeks after the tragedy. All over Australia – and all over the world – tributes flew in abundance for the 202 lives that were lost that fateful day. In Bali, thousands of family members and friends of the deceased, survivors and politicians have flocked to the commemorative monument that lists the name and country of each and every person that lost their life that day. A service was held Friday in Kuta, Bali to remember the fallen, and was attended by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, former prime minister John Howard, along with Opposition Leader Tony Abbott. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
The fragmentation of the Federation of Greek Orthodox Communities of Australia into three conflicting groups was confirmed at the meeting of its members held last Saturday in Melbourne. Members who attended the meeting told Neos Kosmos that the Federation “continues to pay a heavy price for the misguided ecclesiastical choices of its leadership”. According to sources, previous decisions made by the Federation have caused issues such as the community of Adelaide and Newcastle failing to support the choices of the leadership of the Federation in church matters and the communities of Wollongong and Clayton trying to impose their own spiritual leader. They also stated that the Greek Community of Sydney – the only member of the Federation that returned to ecclesiastical legality – does not participate in debating ecclesiastical issues, abstinence that has upset the balance within the Federation. The fractions within the Federation has created an “inner war” between themselves, preventing the Federation as a body to dedicate its time and resources to community issues such as education, the promotion of Greek culture and language and elderly care. During the meeting elections for the new Board of Directors were conducted. The following were elected: President: Nick Manos Vice President: Dionysus Tsoukalas Secretary: Argiro Kassoudaki Treasurer: Ilias Mavrogiorgis Members: Panagiotis Zafiris and Giannnis Lesses. Mr Manos will replace Theofanis Maras, president of the Federation and the Greek Community of Adelaide for many years, who resigned from his position last October. New president of the Greek Community of Adelaide will be elected in February. The position that was left vacant after the resignation of the elected president of the organisation, Nikos Portelos. Mr Portelos is temporarily replaced by Evangelos Bogias. According to community sources, the resignation of Mr Portelos will be discussed at the upcoming regular board meeting. A new president will be elected as well, to lead the community to the General Meeting in May. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A fugitive who was allegedly part of a gang that carried out more than two dozen armed robberies, including one in which four policemen were shot and injured, has been arrested in Athens.The 37-year-old, who was not named, was arrested earlier in the week in Peristeri, western Athens. There were two warrants for his arrest and he had already been convicted, in his absence, to a jail sentence of two-and-a-half years for forgery and smuggling.The suspect and three others, who are already in custody, are alleged to have carried out 29 armed robberies in Attica and other parts of the country. In May last year, they allegedly shot at policemen pursuing them, leading to four officers being injured.Source: Kathimerini.
For more than thirty years, Brunswick Street has been the bustling backdrop of Melbourne’s café and bar scene. However, with changes in the industry, such as licensing fees and higher rental prices, venues are being forced to shut their doors. Since 2010, at least thirteen venues on Brunswick Street have closed, including Cherry Lounge, St Jude’s Cellars and the Cue Club, with at least six more currently on the market for sale, as reported in The Age. One of the main issues affecting Brunswick Street, according to chief executive of Restaurant and Catering Australia, John Hart, is that there are rent premiums, which make it difficult for business owners to make the profit needed to stay open. Co-owner of Greek restaurant Piraeus Blues on Brunswick Street, Lazaros Thomaidis agrees that rent prices have become an issue for business owners. “Rentals are out of whack with reality,” he tells Neos Kosmos. “The first step will be a sort of reality check for landlords. We fully understand and respect they have a lot of money invested, but to make operators want to stay there they’ve got to make it a little more reasonable for everybody to be able to conduct their business,” he says. Customer confidence has also plummeted over the years, with fewer people frequenting the area, particularly during the week. “People would always come to the area, so when you see that even Brunswick Street is quiet you start to think ‘what’s going on?’,” owner of Alpha Ouzeri, Vasilios Zografos tells Neos Kosmos. “We’ve seen a drop in numbers this winter. We had regular customers that would come twice a week. That’s not as common anymore. And they’re looking to not spend as much,” says Mr Zografos. According to national hospitality booking agency Dimmi, Victoria is the only state in Australia to have seen a decrease in bookings, the average person spending $54 – a reduction of $7 compared to last year. Mr Zografos has noticed the change. “People are looking to cut their expenses – instead of eating out, people will eat at home.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram John Xypolitos has been found guilty of the 2003 murder of his former girlfriend’s 17-year-old son, Gary Adams.Mr Xypolitos, 56, went to extrodinary lengths to cover up the killing, dismembering the teenager’s body and disposing them in all around Melbourne.In his closing address to the jury, Crown prosecutor Andrew Tinney, SC described in graphic detail the premeditated thinking behind the murder. SC Tinney pointed to the evidence given by an undercover police man, who Xypolitos opened up to.“Just ask yourselves, how on earth would you cut off the head of a dead person with a hacksaw?” Mr Tinney said.“What was involved in doing that? What degree of force? How long did it take? How much blood would there be? And to remove the legs. He spoke of removing the limbs as though it was, well, pulling off the petal of a flower.”After killing the teenager, Mr Xypolitos placed him in a small plastic children’s swimming pool to be able to clean the remnants of blood on the ground.“He clearly had already decided that he was going to cover up what he had done, but what he needed to do was to make sure that he limited the amount of blood that would end up on the floor of the shed,” SC Tinney said.“What does that say about the accused? What does it say about the feelings he had for Gary Adams? What does it say about the truth, the real truth about this brutal attack by him on that defenceless boy with the hammer? What does it tell you?”Mr Xypolitos had been living with his former partner, Jo-Ann Adams, and Gary, her only child, on a property in Cranbourne when the teenager went missing on December 5, 2003.Xypolitos had lied to Adams saying Gary had been at home in the afternoon and left saying he wouldn’t be home for dinner. Gary was never seen again.It took 10 years for Xypolitos to be charged and buried some of the teenager’s remains in his mother’s backyard.Mr Xypolitos has pleaded not guilty on the basis of self defence after he says the teenager attacked him with a screwdiver. He was remanded for a pre-sentence hearing on Thursday.Source: The Age
Where you would once go for “one night in Heaven”, the nightclub that housed so many Greek singers, Greek nights and NUGAS events will be turned into a Creative Hub in December. Heaven’s second iteration – at Pirie Street’s St Pauls complex – has been shut down once and for all, after the club itself stopped operating last year.The state government’s new incentive will see more than 200 artists, musicians and entrepreneurs expected to pack the former Heaven nightclub building on Flinders Street each day. The Planning Department has lodged plans for the old St Paul’s church building on the Pulteney St corner.The hub will offer a range of memberships options for individuals and groups, as well as sponsored fellowships and scholarships; it will open 24/7 but amplified music will stop after 11pm; the government expects 200 members to use the hub each day, and more in the lead-up to major arts festivals; the hub will span over two levels and make use of the former nightclub’s stages and dressing rooms, and; there will be no structural changes to the local heritage-listed building but $150,000 will be spent on basic improvements such painting, wiring and plumbing. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
In the last 10 days foreign suppliers have again started asking for the full cost of commodities exported to Greece to be paid in advance by their local representatives, in a picture reminiscent of the state of external trade from late 2011 to the 2012 elections.The head of the association of trade representatives and distributors of Athens (SEADA), Ioannis Papageorgakis, told Kathimerini that suppliers in Italy, Germany, Belgium and Denmark are demanding the full payment for goods in a lump sum. Suppliers are still accepting bank letters of guarantee but it is widely known that Greek banks’ funding of commerce has been limited.While the phenomenon has not grown to the extent observed in 2011-12, it is still generating problems both in commodity imports for final consumption and in importing raw materials, thereby threatening local production.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
According to the latest update issued from the Victoria Regional Office of the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, severe thunderstorms are no longer affecting the Melbourne Area.The immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.Wind gusts of 98 km/h were recorded at Airey’s Inlet and 94 km/h at Mt Gellibrand with this line of storms.The State Emergency Service advises that people should: * Keep clear of fallen power lines. * Keep clear of creeks and storm drains. * Don’t walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water. A more general severe thunderstorm warning remains current for the Central, Mallee, South West, Wimmera and parts of the Northern Country and North Central districts.Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 217. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
A new independent school catering to the influx of inner-city families has been given a ‘generous’ offer to build on a property site owned by Stamoulis Property Group.The Fishermans Bend site held by the Stamoulis Property Group is already divided to become a triple-storey town house development, but the property also contains a heritage art deco building at the old Symex soap factory that is being looked at to house the school.Private developer Harry Stamoulis hopes the school will help the pricey real estate on his site and cater to nearby residents by making the area more community friendly.The business behind the Sandridge School signed an agreement with the property group on “very generous terms” to occupy part of the space at Fishermans Bend, but needs to find $2 million to get itself up and running by its 2016 start date.The school is marketed as ‘secular’, teaching students about citizenship and entrepreneurship, and will use not-for-profits to run programs in the curriculum. The Stamoulis Property Group has said it will refurbish the school site, keeping it in tune with the surrounding development but staying true to its heritage.If the school is successful with its crowd-funding campaign, it will use the money to fit out the renovated building. It hopes to welcome 200 year seven and eight students next year, becoming one the first secondary schools to cater to families living in the CBD.Fishermans Bend is expected to house 80,000 people over the next 40 years, while surrounding areas have seen a steady influx of residents.More information on the crowd funding campaign can be found on the Sandridge School website and at www.pozible.com/project/188874Source: The Age Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The date of 15 August, or Dekapentavgoustos in Greek, is a unique day for the Orthodox Church, celebrated with liturgies and festivals known as panigyria countrywide.The Dormition of the Virgin Mary (Κοίμησις Θεοτόκου) is the biggest day on the Orthodox summer calendar for the diaspora as well, often referred to as Small Easter.It is devoted to the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, while those named Panagiotis, Despoina, Maria and Panagiota celebrate their nameday on the same day.The Megalohari (Great Grace) Church of Tinos island and the Panagia Soumela Monastery in northern Greece draw in most of the country’s faithful this time of the year.Every location in Greece has its own Virgin Mary church, hence its own specific ritual and gathering. Ekatontapiliani, Kosmosotira, Xozoviotisa and Spiliani are just some of the names that this religious tradition has given to the churches of the Virgin Mary across Greece.The temples become the focal attraction for hundreds of locals and visitors who gather to adore the icon of the Virgin Mary and walk in processions in her honour.In certain places, the holiday lasts for three days, involving a holy procession of the Virgin and special prayers, culminating in an offering of local traditional foods and dances in the central town squares.In contrast to the last two weeks of August, when these celebrations take place, in the first two weeks of August the religious devote themselves to fasting and meditation in preparation of the August 15 celebration in honour of Mary.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram David Cameron has urged MPs to back UK airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria, saying that the terrorist organisation is using the sanctuary of northern Syria to launch plots with deadly intent against the British people.In a statement to the Commons the prime minister asked: “If not now, when?” Cameron said the UK could not afford to stand aside from the fight and it was morally unacceptable to leave the US, France and other allies to carry the burden.In a written response to the foreign affairs committee published before he addressed MPs, the prime minister says: “The threats to our interests and to our people are such that we cannot afford to stand aside and not to act. “Throughout Britain’s history we have been called on time and again to make the hardest of decisions in defence of our citizens and our country. Today one of the greatest threats we face to our security is the threat from Isil [Isis].” Cameron says: “The longer Isil is allowed to grow in Syria, the greater the threat it will pose. It is wrong for the United Kingdom to subcontract its security to other countries, and to expect the aircrews of other nations to carry the burdens and the risks of striking Isil in Syria to stop terrorism here in Britain.”He says all seven terror plots in the UK this year have been directed by Isis or inspired by the group’s propaganda. He claims the terror group has an external operations group dedicated to causing mass casualty attacks around the world. He insists the strikes against Isis will be part of a comprehensive political and diplomatic plan to deny the group space and create the circumstances for an end to the civil war in Syria.The aim, he says, must be to close down ungoverned space. Cameron’s case was set out in a 36-page memorandum to the foreign affairs select committee, before he made his Commons statement on Thursday.Cameron said he would not call a vote in the Commons on airstrikes in Syria until he was sure there was a clear majority in favour of action as defeat would be a “publicity coup” for Isis. He told MPs that Britain must judge whether inaction in Syria carried greater risks than action. The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, did not immediately make clear whether he would tell his MPs to back military action in a Commons vote. A shadow cabinet meeting to discuss the issue was scheduled for Thursday afternoon.Corbyn warned of “unintended consequences” if Britain got involved in military action in Syria in the same way it had in Iraq and Afghanistan, and urged the prime minister to make clear whether he was ruling out the use of UK forces on the ground. The Scottish National party’s leader in Westminster, Angus Robertson, said his party’s MPs would not vote for airstrikes in Syria unless they were convinced that there was effective ground support and a fully costed plan for postwar reconstruction.But the chairman of the foreign affairs committee – which earlier this month released a report urging caution over Syria – said he was now ready to back military action. Crispin Blunt said: “It is now my personal view that, on balance, the country would be best served by this house supporting his judgments that the UK should play a full role in the coalition, to best support and shape the politics, thus enabling the earliest military and eventual ideological defeat of Isil.”Source: theguardian.com
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram It has been one of the most outrageous and persistent claims of the Karamanlis devotees: that the former PM was targeted by US intelligence services and was in danger to be assassinated. Now these claims leave the realm of conspiracy theorists and get a serious treatment from Russian media.According to a documentary, broadcast on Russian television, as part of the news programme Vesti, Russian intelligence services had been aware of the plot, after intercepting a communication between CIA agents in 2009. They were discussing a plan to remove then Greek PM Kostas Karamanlis from office by any force necessary, including assassination. The plan would include no less than seven terrorist groups. According to the documentary, Karamanlis became a target of the US because of his pro-Russia stance on foreign policy and economic collaboration. The conservative PM was an advocate for strengthening the ties between Greece and Russia and his policy included the participation of Greece in the Burgas-Alexandroupoli pipeline and the Southern Stream pipeline projects.
Primates : découverte d’une nouvelle espèce de gibbon à crête Allemagne – Des primatologues allemands ont annoncé avoir découvert une espèce de gibbon à crête vivant dans les forêts tropicales situées entre le Vietnam, le Laos et le Cambodge. Ces primates jamais observés jusqu’alors sont reconnaissables grâce à leur chant particulier.Ces singes font partie des espèces de primates les plus menacées au monde. Comme le souligne Christian Roos, à la tête de l’équipe de chercheurs du Centre allemand de primatologie de Göttingen, “cette découverte est une petite sensation”, de grande importance pour la protection des primates.Ces gibbons à crête, baptisés Nomascus annamensis, ou gibbons du nord à joues beiges, sont identifiables grâce à leurs vocalises très particulières. “Une analyse de la fréquence et du rythme de leurs cris ainsi qu’une recherche génétique montrent qu’il s’agit bien d’une nouvelle espèce” expliquent les primatologues dans un communiqué. Ils estiment que ce chant permet aux gibbons de défendre leur territoire, mais aussi qu’il “pourrait être le précurseur de la musique des êtres humains”.Ces primates vivent dans la canopée de la forêt tropicale, au Vietnam, au Laos, au Cambodge et dans le sud de la Chine. La femelle est de couleur jaune-orangé tandis que les mâles ont une robe noire et portent sur la tête une crête que les chercheurs comparent à une véritable “coiffure punk”. Leur découverte porte à sept le nombre d’espèces de gibbons à crête connues. Aujourd’hui, quatre familles de gibbons sont recensées. Toutes sont menacées de disparition par la chasse illégale et la déforestation. Ces petits primates sont également mangés, utilisés par la médecine traditionnelle ou capturés pour devenir des animaux domestiques.Le 23 septembre 2010 à 09:15 • Emmanuel Perrin
Nicolas Hulot : le ministre de l’Environnement idéal ?France – Déçus par la politique environnementale du gouvernement, les Français rêvent à l’aube du remaniement ministériel de voir Nicolas Hulot à la tête du ministère de l’Écologie. C’est du moins ce que révèle un sondage publié par le magazine Terra Eco.Selon ce sondage Opinionway réalisé auprès d’un échantillon de 990 personnes, ce sont 74% des Français qui estiment que le Grenelle de l’environnement lancé il y a trois ans est un échec. Déçue, la population l’est aussi quant à la signature du Pacte écologique lancé par Nicolas Hulot. 71% des personnes interrogées considèrent que le gouvernement n’a “plutôt pas” voire “pas du tout” respecté les engagements de ce texte signé en 2007 par tous les candidats à l’élection présidentielle. Toutefois, le travail de Jean-Louis Borloo, l’actuel ministre de l’Environnement, est bien plus salué, 49% des sondés jugeant sa politique “positive” ou “très positive”. Mais alors que la rumeur le sacre déjà Premier ministre lors du remaniement à venir, il est temps de penser à sa succession.Terra Eco a ainsi proposé une liste de candidats au ministère de l’Écologie. Parmi eux, c’est Nicolas Hulot qui est le plus plébiscité, avec quelque 75% des voix. Il devance ainsi le photographe-réalisateur Yann Arthus-Bertrand qui obtient 26% des votes, mais aussi Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet (16%), Corinne Lepage (16%) et Alain Juppé (12%). La navigatrice Maud Fontenoy est quant à elle sollicitée par 9% des personnes interrogées, quand la secrétaire d’État à l’Écologie Chantal Jouanno obtient 8%, et la ministre de la Santé Roselyne Bachelot 3%.Le 18 octobre 2010 à 16:09 • Emmanuel Perrin
Des scientifiques tentent de créer une étoile miniature en laboratoireAu National Ignition Facility, en Californie, les scientifiques ont pour but d’achever la construction du premier réacteur à fusion durable du monde, capable de créer une étoile miniature sur Terre.Une série d’expériences clés qui ont abouti ces dernières semaines amène les scientifiques à penser qu’ils se rapprochent du résultat final : une réaction de fusion stable et utilisable devrait voir le jour d’ici 2012, selon eux. D’après le centre de recherche, le 2 novembre 2010, ils ont enclenché les 192 faisceaux lasers au coeur du réacteur et ils ont été capables d’atteindre la cible, un récipient en verre contenant des gaz tritium et deutérium. À lire aussiUn time-lapse époustouflant dévoile le ciel nocturne du désert des MojavesCette libération d’énergie s’est élevée à une magnitude d’1,3 million méga joules, un record, et la température du pic de radiation a atteint au coeur du réacteur six millions de degrés Fahrenheit. Notons que la température au centre de notre soleil est de 27 millions de degrés Fahrenheit.Cette expérience n’a pas permis d’obtenir une réaction durable bien que les résultats permettent aux scientifiques d’être confiants à propos du devenir du projet. Les chercheurs s’attèlent ardemment à la réalisation concrète de ce projet depuis l’ouverture du site de recherche en 1997. Ils espèrent voir dans cette fusion autonome, une solution cruciale pour la planète et les problèmes d’énergies. Découvrez en images ce réacteur : https://www.maxisciences.com/scientifique/quand-des-scientifiques-tentent-de-creer-une-etoile-en-laboratoire_art10410.html Le 15 novembre 2010 à 18:36 • Emmanuel Perrin