This year’s New York Comic Con kicked off yesterday (we kicked off NYCC with our friends at Hasbro), and New York City is now flooded with people dressed up in costumes and carrying bags full of swag, either going to or coming from the convention floor.Though NYCC isn’t as big as San Diego Comic-Con, it’s still an enormous show with much to see. Stepping into the convention center can quickly become overwhelming, with people packed shoulder-to-shoulder, and giant, colorful signs pointing you in every direction. NYCC has done us all a favor and compiled a quick survival guide for the show, and in that guide, all guests are urged to shower and wear deodorant, because guests not doing so has become too big of a problem to ignore.The first two steps in the survival guide are fairly normal tips: download the NYCC app so you can be kept abreast of the show’s events, and then carefully plan your day’s itinerary so you can maximize your visit to the con. The third step, though, is something you wouldn’t expect to see on an official comics convention survival guide — until, that is, you’ve been to a comics (or gaming, or any other) convention: shower and wear deodorant.You’d think the convention show-runners wouldn’t have to remind their attendees to take care of themselves like a normal human being should, but if you’ve ever been to a big con, you know not everyone adheres to basic human hygiene.This happens for a few reasons: either some people are just gross, some people do as much as they can at the con and cut out hygiene time to maximize that efficiency, and other people’s bodies are susceptible to the rigors of being packed tightly into a hot space with fellow humans.Whatever the case may be, NYCC urges everyone to take care of themselves so their pungent odors don’t ruin the fun for everyone else. At a con, there isn’t much worse than waiting two hours for a panel and being stuck between two people who smell like a trash can left out on the street during the summer.[Image credit: numb on Flickr]
9,482 Views By Sean Murray BLACK FRIDAY IS only just behind us, and Minister Denis Naughten is urging online retailers to take advantage of the opportunities presented by Cyber Monday.While Black Friday has now become an annual event featuring sales in shops across the country, Cyber Monday is its online equivalent. Online retailers – big and small – attempt to attract business on the day.Research from Core Media suggests that today is set to the busiest ever for online shopping in Ireland, with spending expected to be around €53 million.The Minister for Communications wants Irish businesses to seize the opportunity for international sales this Cyber Monday.Naughten said: “Around the world, people are getting ready for Christmas by getting online. Irish companies offer world-class products and services, found nowhere else.“Cyber Monday is the perfect day for them to capture the interest of new customers around the world, and I encourage all our small businesses to take full advantage of this.”He added that the government’s recent budget provision for the ‘Trading Online Voucher Scheme’ can see businesses avail of grants of up to €2,500 to help them sell products online.He added that Cyber Monday is a “significant opportunity” for Irish companies with an online presence to “expand their market and create more jobs”.Core Media’s research suggests that one in eight adults will purchase something online today, while internet traffic is expected to surge 20%.According to their research, consumers are becoming “more familiar” with the concept, and this is leading to a surge in interest on the day.While Black Friday is associated with a surge of consumer spending, retailers in Ireland have been shown not to benefit hugely from the sales phenomenon.Commenting on last year’s sales, the head of Retail Excellence Ireland, Lynn Drumgoole, said: “Black Friday led to a quieter October as consumers postpone spending, and a weaker post Christmas sales period.”So, what are you thoughts? Will you be buying online this Cyber Monday? Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: John Stillwell PA Wire/PA Images Nov 28th 2016, 10:30 AM ‘Seize the moment’: Minister tells businesses to make the most of Cyber Monday Research suggests Irish consumers will spend €53 million online today. Share4 Tweet Email No (946) Monday 28 Nov 2016, 10:30 AM Image: John Stillwell PA Wire/PA Images YesNoVoteRead: ‘Have they no conscience?’ Frances Black lets rip at pubs selling pints for €1Read: It’s official: Black Friday is destroying the December sales Poll Results: Yes (319) http://jrnl.ie/3106145 Short URL 12 Comments
By Sean Murray Much has been made of the unsecured Android device from which he sends an awful lot of his tweets – particularly the early morning and evening tweets – which he carries around the White House despite “the protests of some of his aides“.He has professed his love for the phone in the past, but security experts have raised fears that the phone could be vulnerable to hacking.Nevertheless, that Android phone remains his device of choice and most of his tweets originate from that phone.Procrastinating?The early riser is said to religiously watch news networks on TV before looking through the morning newspapers with his meetings starting at 9am.The Washington Post has drawn attention to Trump’s habit of tweeting during times he’s supposed to be attending meetings.When defending his daughter, Ivanka, whose clothing line was dropped by department store chain Nordstrom, at around 10.51am, he was due to be participating in his daily intelligence briefing.They point out that he’s often tweeting while he is due in meetings, such as when he was due to speak to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, German chancellor Angela Merkel, the CIA director and the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (although we’ve already heard that chat didn’t go so well).He prefers to work most of the day in the Oval Office, before watching some more TV.He is also said to read 10 letters sent to him by members of the public in the evening, which are chosen by his aides.He has swapped Trump Tower for the White House but, so far, there is no indication as to whether he gets more or less than the “four or five hours sleep” he claimed he got while on the campaign trail.This schedule doesn’t actually differ that much from Obama’s routine, who told NBC News back in 2009 that he would wake at 6.30am most mornings and would often stay up past midnight but Trump’s use of Twitter to make political and personal points marks a departure from his predecessor.The tweet effectWhile the US President posting on Twitter is not exactly a new thing – Obama’s personal and White House Twitter account sent out thousands tweets over his eight years in office – Trump’s tendency to attack opponents and media outlets from his personal account in a public forum is unprecedented. 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Trump/Twitter 28,201 Views The views of Trump are nothing else if not influential, and sharing his take on events so regularly has a myriad of consequences.Before he took office, the Washington Post released an extension for web browsers that allow people to read the take of paper’s fact-checkers on Trump’s tweets as they are reading them.They now do a weekly series on what they think Trump got wrong on Twitter that week.Trump’s tweeting habit isn’t just personal, it’s big business too.The US President’s tweeting habit is so prodigious that companies are already finding ways to make money from it, while one post in December was enough to drop the market value of a US military contractor by €1.8 billion (curiously its share price has improved sharply since Trump’s inauguration).While we usually get a good idea what Trump is thinking from his press conferences and speeches – which can often provoke a lot of debate themselves – his tendency to tweet so regularly and so bluntly offers a platform that other world leaders shy away from.It is virtually unthinkable to imagine Enda Kenny using his Twitter page in a similar manner, while UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s account take a similar approach Kenny in posting simple updates from their day-to-day roles as leaders of the country.Trump’s rhetoric is controversial, his tone often argumentative and his medium for getting it out there widely available.And we’re only a month in. He’s only getting started.Read: ‘What has he been smoking?’ – Donald Trump suggests there was a terror attack in SwedenRead: ‘Uranium, jerks and a nuclear holocaust’ – the most bizarre moments from Trump’s press conference http://jrnl.ie/3248950 The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2017 The crackdown on illegal criminals is merely the keeping of my campaign promise. Gang members, drug dealers & others are being removed!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2017 Source: Dan Merica/Twitter Mornings with Donald Trump: Watching TV news and Tweeting non-stop from his unsecured Android Famed as an early riser, Donald Trump’s days usually involve Twitter and lots of it. Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter Image: Susan Walsh AP/Press Association Images/Twitter His early tweets range from the personal to the political with some common themes cropping up. My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2017 FWIW: This is the first workday of Trump’s presidency where POTUS has not tweeted before 8:15a pic.twitter.com/XLkL2kLW3U— Dan Merica (@merica) February 13, 2017 Short URL Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter FOR THE MOST powerful man in the world, it’s been a busy month.In the 31 days since he was inaugurated as US President, there has been an intense scrutiny placed on everything the Trump administration has done, from the travel ban to the Russian leaks.Political leaders are subject to such debate no matter what they do, but Trump’s use of Twitter differs vastly from his predecessor.On Twitter, he calls out opponents, criticises the media, defends the actions taken by his administration and makes declarations on what he plans to do.But these aren’t just personal thoughts. They matter. When it’s the US President saying it, it makes a difference.Officials in the US State Department have pondered just how literally they should take his tweets, and if they should form part of official US foreign policy.“I have never hesitated to take anything that POTUS said in speeches, press conferences, and other remarks as anything but policy,” a midlevel diplomat wrote in December.Given the president-elect’s penchant for using (Twitter) in a much more spontaneous context than most other [US government] officials, how should foreign service officers regard those statements?It has been seen that Twitter has been the place where Trump has announced some major policies.China has been taking Trump very literally from his tweets, and businesses have already begun to carefully monitor what is said on the platform, while other businesses are making money from it.It is little wonder, then, that his daily schedule revolves around this regular habit and with plenty of eyes on his latest update.“Oh, he’s up”According to the New York Times, Trump has a fairly steady schedule.He gets up at 6am every morning, and it’s usually not long before he starts tweeting.In terms of his tweets, Trump posts early and often.In his first week in the White House, his first tweets were all sent before 8am, with three coming before 7am.Over the past month, that’s stayed fairly constant.So much so, that people were shocked on 13 February, the first morning he didn’t tweet early. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter Feb 21st 2017, 6:01 AM The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017 Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter 40 Comments Share66 Tweet Email Don’t believe the main stream (fake news) media.The White House is running VERY WELL. I inherited a MESS and am in the process of fixing it.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2017 Tuesday 21 Feb 2017, 6:01 AM The spotlight has finally been put on the low-life leakers! They will be caught!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 16, 2017
Donald and Ivanka Trump, pictured on 1 February Source: Evan VucciIVANKA TRUMP HAS followed her father by resigning as a director of two Irish companies that own and operate the US President’s hotel and golf resort in Doonbeg, Co Clare.Donald Trump resigned as a director of TIGL Enterprises Ltd and TIGL Management Ltd last month – just weeks after he told media that he “couldn’t care less” about the resort following complications with planning permissions.His resignation was also consistent with his previous indication that he would be stepping back from running his business empire to avoid conflicts of interest and concentrate on his new role as President.Last week, the Companies Registration Office (CRO) received documents from the two companies stating that Ivanka Trump had also resigned as a director.The 35-year-old businesswoman and former model has no formal role in the White House but is seen as a trusted and key adviser to her father. Her husband, Jared Kushner, also serves as a senior adviser to Trump.She promised to distance herself from family companies in advance of her father’s inauguration last month, writing on social media: “I will no longer be involved with the management or operations of the Trump Organisation.”Ivanka Trump has served as Executive Vice President of her father’s company, which has diverse interests that include hotels and golf courses across the globe, as well as a winery and modelling agency.Two of the president’s other children, Eric and Donald Jr, remain as directors of TIGL Enterprises Ltd and TIGL Management Ltd.Last month, accounts for TIGL Enterprises Ltd revealed that accumulated losses at the company had doubled last year to more than €5 million. President Trump remains the firm’s sole shareholder.He acquired the resort in 2014 for around €8.7 million. It was valued at €23 million by the businessman just one year later in financial disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission.The company incurred a loss of €2,578,838 during 2015, bringing its total accumulated losses to €5,128,639 since it was established by Trump in January 2014.TIGL Management Ltd reported accumulated profits of €146,938 in 2015 and had a cash balance of €253,597 at the end of the accounting period.Read: The Eiffel Tower is to get a glass security wall in response to France’s terror threatRead: Report shows ‘toxic’ culture of bullying at National Museum of Ireland By Darragh McDonagh 41 Comments Feb 9th 2017, 10:33 PM Ivanka Trump steps down as director of Doonbeg golf resort Trump himself resigned as a director of the two companies operating Doonbeg last month. 35,088 Views http://jrnl.ie/3232164 Share31 Tweet Email Thursday 9 Feb 2017, 10:33 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Short URL Tuesday 26 Feb 2019, 2:34 PM UKRAINE HAS DROPPED a singer who won a competition to perform on its behalf at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest over claims she was politicising the competition.Anna Korsun, who performs as Maruv, was dropped by the country’s public broadcaster UA PBC last night following claims the 27 year-old could not agree terms.The singer narrowly won Ukraine’s national finals on Saturday to perform at Eurovision 2019 in Israel in May.Among UA PBC’s terms of victory was a ban on the winner of the competition from giving concerts in Russia, which annexed the Ukranian peninsula of Crimea in 2014.However, this put Korsun on a collision course with the broadcaster, as she was scheduled to perform in Moscow in April.After hours of talks on Monday, it was announced that Korsun had been dropped, as singer and broadcaster each accused one another of politicising the contest.The UA PBC said Korsun would not agree to act as “a cultural ambassador of Ukraine” or as a “spokesperson for the opinion of Ukrainian society in the world”.“The current situation surrounding the national selection this year has signs of politicisation,” it added in a statement.Korsun took to Instagram in response, saying she had refused terms which required her to play a political role at Eurovision.“I’m not ready to perform with slogans, turning my appearance at the contest into a promotion for our politicians,” she said.“I’m a musician, not a tool in the political arena.”The singer also claimed that the clause banning her from performing in Russia was not the “main point” of disagreement.The broadcaster’s terms, she claimed, could force her “to dance at the birthday of some deputy prime minister”.The terms prohibit any interviews without the broadcaster’s consent or any improvisation on stage, while giving her no financial backing, the singer added.It is now unclear who will represent Ukraine at this year’s contest.Korsun previously sparked controversy earlier this month, following the semi-final of Ukraine’s Eurovision heat, when she made comments on the Russian-backed insurgency in eastern Ukraine.“Unfortunately, the national heat for Eurovision 2019 has already become part of Russia’s hybrid war against Ukraine,” deputy prime minister Vyacheslav Kyrylenko wrote on Twitter.“An artist who tours in the aggressor state, plans to do so in the future, and sees nothing unacceptable in this, cannot be a representative of Ukraine,” he added.With reporting from AFP. Feb 26th 2019, 2:34 PM https://jrnl.ie/4513900 Share59 Tweet Email Anna Korsun (centre), who performs under the name of Maruv, was dropped by the Ukranian broadcaster on Monday night Image: AP/PA Images 26,478 Views 17 Comments Anna Korsun (centre), who performs under the name of Maruv, was dropped by the Ukranian broadcaster on Monday night By Stephen McDermott Image: AP/PA Images ‘I’m a musician, not a tool’: Ukraine drops Eurovision entrant after accusing her of politicising contest Anna Korsun won Ukraine’s national Eurovision finals on Saturday. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
From inception up until the setting up process, how did you start your business? Seven years ago I began towing for someone else and went back to doing mechanical repairs. My interest in cars saw me building race cars and I needed a form of transport for my vehicles. It was then that I decided to get my own tow truck. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Car enthusiasts/drivers then started knocking on my door and I thought, why don’t i become an owner/driver. This in return would provide me with the flexibility to work various hours. This helped me balance business, family and pleasure.Did your Greek Australian background help you or impede you during your early days?It certainly didn’t hinder my expansion! In fact, it was a great help, as a lot of the car enthusiasts were of a Greek background. The word then spread to friends and family which helped them with the language barrier. I have found that Greeks generally build a level of trust when communication is achieved.What would you say stands out as the comparative advantage of your business over the competition?Efficiency, reliability, quality of service provided and most importantly, customer satisfaction. Every vehicle which I tow, I treat as if it was my own, and take great care and pride when loading and unloading. Even when I’m fully booked, I make the effort to meet customer needs. Various trustworthy colleagues are also called upon when available.How is business currently?Business is booming for I have built a reputation over the years and have a solid network of clients. This ranges from a variety of mechanics, different panel beaters, workshops, businesses and organisations which are dealt with on a daily basis. This also includes the general public through referrals. Word of mouth is also a great form of free advertising.What is your vision for the future of your business?My vision is to maintain my level of quality, expertise and service that I am renowned for. Everyone from big business, prestige cars, show cars and not forgetting the all important average “Joe Blow”. Meanwhile I want to continue keeping my family happy. Family always comes first.Do you have any tips for young entrepreneurs? Like any job or business you need to enjoy what you are doing. You must be motivated and have a passion for what you do. If you do not have these qualities when running your business or in your job, this will show and will negatively impact on the service that you provide. In order to succeed, you need to work hard and efficiently. Build up that reputable service. I recommend starting with a cheaper truck, see how your clientele grows, as there is a lot of competition out there. Word of mouth is very important and will help you expand your business and open new opportunities. Finally, don’t give up!
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram NameCallie Kalimniou, 22, Law/Economic student at Latrobe University and active participant in Greek community affairs.Your greatest achievements and how you reached them Helping to organise the Pan Hellenic Games as the national secretary of SAE Oceania and Far East. It is a work-in-progress which will be a great success in bringing together young Greek-Australians from all parts of Australia.Goal(s) for the future My goal is to live life to the fullest and do what I can to make the world a better place.Best moment of your life Attending the Greek Youth Parliament in 2002 was the best moment of my life.One word that describes you best Tenacious.Person you most admire and why I would say my great grandmother, who is 103 and is the greatest inspiration in my life.Most embarrassing momentLet me consult my list. The list is endless but I won’t say.If I could say anything to the Greek community… I would say to be kinder and more considerate to your fellow human being because kindness has its own rewards.Favourite place to go or hang out at I love to spend time at home sweet home.Song that I can’t get out of my head at the moment Eisai Nini Akoma-Effie Thodi.Favourite Greek food I really love honey drenched Loukoumades.I can’t live without… Please see above.If I was Kevin Rudd for a day I would… Try not to look so much like Mr Sheen!
The new-look Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) will take on a more advisory role, under changes to multicultural policy made by the Coalition government. The government’s new Multicultural Victoria Bill passed the Lower House this week and is expected to meet no resistance in the Upper House, paving the way for significant changes to the way multicultural policy is done in Victoria. The government says the changes will improve the speed and efficiency with which multicultural policy decisions are made, while the opposition has flagged concerns over lack of community consultation and excessive new bureaucracy. The main changes to the VMC are structural, with the government establishing eight regional councils that will be chaired by Commissioners and will report back to the VMC. Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nick Kotsiras says this will result in gathering opinions from a more diverse range of voices from across the state. “Each of those councils will be made of local, grass-roots community people who will know the area. So instead of having 12 people from Melbourne, hopefully eight of those will come from across Victoria,” Mr Kotsiras told Neos Kosmos. The regional councils will report to the VMC, which in turn will take its findings to a ministerial interdepartmental multicultural services advisory committee, which will be responsible for advising the minister on multicultural policy. Mr Kotsiras says this is aimed at streamlining the bureaucratic process, but the opposition is concerned that it’s creating an unnecessary extra layer of bureaucracy that renders the VMC an advisory body, rather than a policy-making one. “Much of the important legwork, the important administrative work goes to a new set of bureaucrats in the Department of Premier and Cabinet,” Opposition Leader and Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs Daniel Andrews told Neos Kosmos. “Our fear would be that that group of… public servants will be a very small piece, in a very big department,” he said. According to Mr Kotsiras, the restructure increases the independence of the Commission by giving it the power to investigate issues without direction from the minister, and therefore giving it power to criticise government decisions. “[The VMC] is now the voice of the community and not the voice of the government,” Mr Kotsiras said. “The Commission can now investigate any systemic failures in services and request information from departments, then come to me and working together with me, overcome those failures,” he said. The flip side to this is that the VMC has effectively lost all its policy-making functions, for no good reason, Mr Andrews said. “I think the Victorian Multicultural Commission before these changes… was a solid Commission, a good Commission…[that] had the broadest range of responsibilities – not just advocacy, but the administration and the development of policy.” The opposition has also raised community concern that the creation of new regional bodies might impede the work of existing ethnic organisations. “There are already very, very hard-working and well-established ethnic community councils right across our regional areas and Melbourne suburbs. There is a bit of concern out there that these new arrangements could cut across a lot of the good work that’s done now,” Mr Andrews said. He says existing ethnic organisations have also raised concerns with him about the lack of consultation by government prior to presenting the bill to parliament. The government, however, dismisses this claim stating that it did four years of consultation while in opposition. “I travelled Victoria, I spoke to everyone and as a result I came up with this policy,” Mr Kotsiras said. “This is made up because of the consultation with the committees, asking them ‘what would you like to see?’ Our policy that I took to the last election wasn’t me sitting in a room, working out what to put down on paper, it was about listening to people,” he said. The VMC restructure has also seen all previous Commissioners stood down with the option to reapply, though former chairman George Lekakis has accepted a new role overseeing the welfare of international students. The Opposition Leader paid tribute to Lekakis in Parliament on Wednesday. “There is no stronger supporter in our great state of the cultural diversity, the harmony and the respect that set us apart, than George, and on behalf of the Labor Party I commend him for his leadership and the role he played,” Mr Andrews said. The multitudes of multicultural goodwill from the Coalition, however, have been cast into shadow by comments about the Muslim community made on Facebook by Liberal MP Bernie Finn. According to the Herald Sun, Mr Finn wrote that he failed to understand “how concerns about a religion that seems to sanction decapitation can be construed as racism”. Mr Finn was lambasted in Parliament over the comments, the opposition branding the comments as racist “dog whistle” politics. Premier Ted Baillieu declined to respond to Mr Finn’s comments as he had not seen or heard them. The Multicultural Victoria bill will progress to the Upper House in early May. 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Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The voting of the new managing committee of the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia (GOCSA) last Sunday was fraught with infighting and complications after outgoing President Vassilis Elovaris was accused of money fraud by nominee Ioannis Lesses. The accusation followed an article that appeared in The Advertiser titled ‘Home’s funds not used for service’ that claimed the GOCSA was not using the government money intended for Ridleyton Greek Home for the Aged for the right purposes. Elovaris responded to these claims in a statement stating the accusations were “completely false and without foundation” The outcome of the election was announced on Wednesday night, but immediately following, a member of the community demanded a recount. The recount proved that the first outcome was correct.Nikos Portellos is newly elected president of GOCSA, Evanglos Boyias is the vice president, Argyros Kassouthakis is the secretary and Panagiotis Tsonis is the treasurer. Having vice president Boyias elected in the new managing committee may present problems for an agreement to be formed with GOCSA and the Archdiocese as Boyias is well-known within the Greek community of having a hard stance against merging the two. The fear within the community is that GOCSA will take a step back not only in forming an agreement but in having a committee quite entrenched with an old school mentality that may prevent GOCSA moving with the times.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Cas and Jonesy are ready to go; next Friday is the last opportunity for friends and lovers of dangerous expeditions to wish good luck to James Castrission and Justin Jonesy who in mid November will attempt the unprecedented. They are on a mission to ‘cross the ice’ in the coldest place on earth, the Antarctic. A farewell party for the boys will go on in their home town of Sydney. The event will take place at the Aurora Bar and Lounge where the boys will gather with family and friends to share a beer to say goodbye. The trip will consist of the boys travelling 2200km on foot for 3 months.The expedition starts on November 2011 and they are hoping they will be back safe and sound in Jan 2012. Cas and Jonesy (know by their nicknames generally) have taken many expeditions. They ‘crossed the ditch’ which saw them kayaking 3318km across the Tasman Sea overcoming extreme weather conditions, lack of food and sleep deprivation. This expedition was the first of its kind and was the longest Trans oceanic kayaking expedition undertaken by two expeditioners. Cas and Jonesy say this is a childhood dream for them and that by attempting this expedition they wish to inspire others to follow their own adventures. The ‘cross the ice’ expedition will help raise money for the ‘YouCan’ national fund-raising campaign, to build specialised youth cancer centres in Australia. The event will take place on Friday 30 September at 6:30pm at Aurora Bar and Lounge, the cover charge is a donation to the ‘YouCan’ fundraiser. All the money raised at the farewell will go towards the ‘YouCan’ national fundraising campaign. Donations can also be made on www.casandjonesy.com.au.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Children across Europe are being driven into poverty by harsh government austerity and youth unemployment is soaring, threatening to create “lost generations” that could fire up a new continental crisis. Global charity Caritas said on Thursday that around three out of every 10 children in Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Italy and Spain are in or have been pushed to the brink of poverty. Greece said its youth unemployment had now exceeded 60 per cent. Spain’s is above 50 per cent and Portugal has just topped 40 per cent. Think tank Bruegel said the problem extended well beyond the debt-laden peripheral euro zone economies and could come back to reverse Europe’s slow recovery from financial crisis. In a report, Caritas said euro zone countries that have received international loans – plus Italy, which hasn’t – are creating a huge class of poorly-educated and poorly-fed young people with low morale and few job prospects. “This could be a recipe not just for one lost generation in Europe but for several lost generations,” Caritas said, citing the European Union’s own statistics. While these countries’ future workers may suffer a loss of morale, qualifications and prospects, those that struggle through are likely to take their talents elsewhere. Those with qualifications are already leaving in droves to seek work elsewhere, particularly in Germany where the number of Spanish and Greek job seekers almost doubled during the first half of 2012. Bruegel economist Zsolt Darvas said the relentless rise in youth unemployment not only destroyed morale at an important age of development but also threatened to reignite an economic crisis that appeared to be easing. “This is not just a problem for these (peripheral) countries. This is a European problem,” he said. Thirteen of the European Union’s 27 member states have youth unemployment above 25 per cent. Austere governments Since 2010, Greece, Ireland, and Portugal have received billions of euros in loans from the EU and the International Monetary Fund in return for spending cutbacks and tax rises. Spain has had its banks bailed out. In all four and Italy, the increasing rate of children close to poverty coincides with the height of the crisis in 2008 and then rises. Caritas say children are becoming more impoverished due to cuts to welfare, unemployment benefits, rising value-added tax and increased fuel costs. “It has become an established fact that children are more at risk of poverty than any other demographic,” Deirdre de Burca from Caritas said. Figures from the European Commission show that in 2011 over 30 per cent of those aged 17 years or under in Spain and Greece were at risk of poverty or exclusion, a four percentage point rise since 2005. In Portugal that figure was 28.6 per cent in 2011. In 2005 Portugal had a similar number of underprivileged children but that figure had dropped to 25.5 per cent in 2006. It was linked by the charity to the change there to the growing number of families evicted for not paying mortgages. More broadly, Caritas reported a growing number of children coming to school hungry in Spain, Portugal and Greece. In 2010, 37.6 per cent of children were at risk of poverty or exclusion in Ireland and 28.9 per cent in Italy. Figures for 2011 are not available Children are defined as nearing poverty and exclusion if they live in families with 60 per cent or less the median income or have parents with little or no employment or lack basic essentials such as protein-rich foods, heating and clothes. Caritas said governments must ask themselves what these trends will mean for children in the long run. Studies show children from poor households are more likely to under perform at school and to struggle to find or keep a job. “They are looking at a future where the prospect of unemployment is stretching out ahead of them,” de Burca said. Source: Reuters
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Many Australians dream of owning a business, and I am approached often for my opinions. Here’s a few questions to ask yourself before becoming a business owner: What is the demand? A business can only succeed if it meets a demand. So your first job is to ascertain the aggregate demand for your goods and services. You can get information from business intelligence services, government agencies and industry bodies. You must understand demand before opening your doors. What do I bring? Can you do the same as your competition, cheaper or faster or better? Will you work for less, do you have better technology, better employees, newer systems, greater innovation etc? Are you meeting excess demand with a me-too idea? All successful business people know what they bring to the market and they capitalise on it. So, you should know exactly why the market will deal with you and not your competitors. Know what makes you different and what it’s worth. Do I have the money? There are well defined cash flow dynamics in business – they operate around the average billing cycles and payment cycles. You should be able to chart the peaks and troughs of your cash flow so you can match outgoings to payment cycles and not run out of money. Having charted these dynamics, you can work out when and why you will need outside capital, in the form of a bank loan or other facility. Credit should always be planned in advance and you can get an accountant to do this as part of your planning if you don’t fully understand it. The worst position is to reach a critical point where you drop prices to push sales, thus reducing your profit margin. Advanced planning for capital avoids this disastrous spiral. Can I build a team? The idea of the business owner being a lone genius, doing all the thinking, is a dangerous fantasy. All successful business owners have a team of people who can add to their business goals. And these people must be rewarded and given incentives to keep them going. In general, a business owner first needs excellent people to cover the finance, operations and sales roles. That leaves you as the leader. Am I a business owner? Ask yourself: can I rise early, work myself to a stand still, spend all night doing paperwork and never take a holiday? Can I carry every decision on my own shoulders? Can I live a life when I’m never off the clock? If you prefer life to be predictable and you like a 40-hour week, perhaps proprietorship is not for you. The business life is a wonderful challenge and a great way to contribute to society. However, I would advise anyone wanting to go into business to start with one simple rule: know your purpose. Business can be a hard, lonely, exhausting road and you’ll need to know why you’re doing this before you start the journey Good luck. * Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Markonmark.email@example.com with any queries you may have or check www.ybr.com.au for your nearest branch.
John Nicolaou received the COTA Victorian Senior Achiever Award at the 2013 Victorian Senior of the Year Awards presented at Government House last week. John was nominated by Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre – the Northern Federation of Ethnic Senior Citizens Clubs – and supported by Jenny Mikakos MP for his volunteer work with older Victorians from CALD backgrounds and in particular with those from the Greek community. John has been president of the Reservoir Greek Elderly Citizens Club, which has more than 200 members, for many years. While he undertakes many tasks in association with this role, one of the simplest and most positive initiatives has been his establishment of walking groups – he has set up more than 30 of these groups. He has been actively involved with the Darebin Ethnic Community Council for 10 years and the Northern Federation of Ethnic Senior Citizen Clubs president for 14 years, and has served on many council committees. John is a motivated and active volunteer, working to overcome isolation and mobility issues facing older residents. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
SYRIZA spokesman Gabriel Sakellaridis has announced that Greece will meet its debt repayments in June.The announcement came just days after interior minister Nikos Voutsis appeared in a television interview, stating that repayment money owed in June “will not be given and is not there to be given”.Mr Sakellaridis also refuted the possibility of imposed capital controls, which would restrict money transfers and access to savings.However, for debt repayments to go ahead, Greece must reach a deal with its creditors within the coming days to unlock bailout funds, which Mr Sakellaridis claims will soon be achieved.“That is the government’s intention and the target we have set,” he said. “By the end of May, the start of June, to be able to have a mutually beneficial agreement.”Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis backed up the message when interviewed by the BBC, stating that “Greece has made enormous strides at reaching a deal”.“It is now up to institutions to do their bit. We have met them three-quarters of the way, they need to meet us one-quarter of the way,” said Mr Varoufakis. Greece’s statements on its commitment to meeting its debt obligations has been received with cautious optimism in Germany.Following Mr Sakellaridis’ comments, Reuters reported a senior German official saying, “I find it encouraging, if it is true, that the Greeks signalled yesterday their desire to repay the 300 million euros to the IMF on June 5”.“I think there is reason to believe that we will not be talking about a default situation around June 5, neither before or immediately thereafter,” he added.With Greece’s last loan received in August, reaching an agreement with its creditors to hand over the final instalment of its bailout loan of €7.2 billion is essential in meeting its June repayment of €6.74 billion, or risk defaulting on its loans.Source: BBS, Reuters Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An opulent underground monument in northern Greece that caused a stir when excavated last year may have been a symbolic grave – but not the final resting place – of the closest friend and general of ancient warrior-king Alexander the Great, the excavator claimed on Wednesday.Archaeologist Katerina Peristeri said she believes the vaulted structure, decorated with sculptures and a mosaic floor, “was a funerary monument for Hephaestion”.The Macedonian nobleman grew up with Alexander and died in Persia in 324BC, pre-deceasing the king by less than a year and driving him into a frenzy of grief during which he ordered a series of monuments to be built for Hephaestion across his newly-won empire.But Peristeri said there was no evidence Hephaestion was actually buried at the tomb in Amhipolis, east of Thessaloniki, whose excavation grabbed headlines, provoking speculation that it might belong to Alexander himself, who lived from 356-323 B.C.Another archaeologist however, who was not involved in the excavation, rejected her identification as “totally unfounded.” Panayiotis Faklaris, associate professor at the University of Thessaloniki, told the Associated Press the tomb more likely belonged to some prominent ancient citizen of Amphipolis.“There is no historic or scientific basis” for what Peristeri claimed, he said. “Hephaestion had no connection with Amphipolis.”The discovery caused controversy from the outset. Other experts criticized Peristeri for digging too fast and creating unjustified expectations that the tomb was unplundered.The monument contained twin marble statues of sphinxes and young women, had a painted frieze – parts of which survive – and, according to Peristeri, was topped with a large marble lion now standing a few kilometers away.Peristeri has offered no explanation of one of the find’s strangest features – that it sheltered at least five skeletons, including an elderly woman and a baby.She argued Wednesday that fragmentary inscriptions link the monument with Hephaestion, and said an Alexander-era coin found in the monument – which she thinks was filled with earth generations later to protect it from vandals – confirms it was built in 325-300 B.C.Alexander led an army of Greeks to conquer a vast empire stretching as far as modern Pakistan. Ancient writers say he considered Hephaestion to be his alter ego, making him the second most powerful man in the empire.When Hephaestion died, Alexander is recorded to have granted him hero’s rites, declared mourning throughout the empire and had him cremated in Babylon at enormous expense.Source:AP
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A photo posted recently on National Geographic’s Instagram account, capturing the Athenian skyline under a full moon and with Acropolis as a backdrop was guaranteed to vow audiences around the world.Having attracted over 1.2 million likes, the impressive image earned a place among the magazine’s online community most popular photos for 2018.National Geographic photographer, Muhammed Muheisen, took the picture on 22 December from a rooftop at the Greek capital during the last full moon of the year.“The last full moon of 2018 rises above Propylaea, the monumental gate of the ancient Acropolis hill, next to the 2500 BC Parthenon temple in Athens, Greece,” notes the photo’s caption, credited to the 37-year-old Jordanian.Muheisen, a two-times Pulitzer prize winner, uploaded a time-lapse video on his personal account showing him setting up the camera during the day to capture the stunning image.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram “I am so pleased to be able to welcome you all to St James’s Palace this afternoon,” said Prince Charles, in perfect Greek, at an event held in London last week for Greek students and business people.The reception was for the Prince’s Trust International launched in 1976 to support vulnerable young people. And, since it first began, the charity has helped more than 950,000 youth get their lives back on track in the UK.Prince’s Trust International was established in Greece in 2015 to offer programmes to 18-to-30-year-old people struggling with the economic crisis. The 5-year-goal of the trust is to help 2,200 young people in cities around Greece. He said that the success of the Prince’s Trust makes it imperative for him to find ways to help young people in the crisis-struck country where youth unemployment is at 39 per cent. “It is, after all, the land of my grandfather,” he said.He concluded his speech, in the same language which he had begun. “Together, we can help the young people of Greece to build a brighter future for themselves and their country,” he said, in perfect Greek.
Google : Androïd séduitÉtats-Unis – Selon une étude, Androïd est présent sur 4% des smartphones. Un démarrage très positif pour le système d’exploitation de Google.L’étude de ChangeWave, un cabinet d’analyses, révèle qu’à ce jour Androïd anime 4% des smartphones sur le marché. Un vrai point positif pour Google puisque cela représente une augmentation de 200% par rapport à septembre ! Cette augmentation s’est faite au détriment de l’iPhone qui perd 4 points dans les intentions d’achat. Désormais, 21% des personnes souhaitant acquérir prochainement un téléphone intelligent se dirigeront vers Androïd, soit 15 points de mieux que lors du dernier sondage, réalisé le trimestre précédent. De plus, un nouveau canal de vente est apparu (google.com/phone) où il sera possible d’acheter un téléphone équipé du système d’exploitation de Google avec ou sans forfait partout dans le monde. Le 19 janvier 2010 à 12:11 • Emmanuel Perrin
L’épaisseur du cerveau : un rempart contre la douleur ?Canada – L’augmentation de l’épaisseur du cerveau réduirait la sensibilité à la douleur, selon les résultats d’une étude publiée dans la revue de l’American Psychological Association. Des chercheurs de l’université de Montréal ont fait cette découverte en comparant l’épaisseur du cortex (substance grise) d’adeptes et de non adeptes de la méditation zen, affirmant que cette pratique renforce la région centrale du cerveau, qui régule la douleur. “La pratique assidue de la méditation Zen semble avoir un effet sur l’épaisseur de certaines régions du cortex et l’augmentation de l’épaisseur corticale aurait pour effet, selon toute vraisemblance, de diminuer la sensibilité à la douleur”, explique l’auteur principal de cette étude, Joshua A. Grant, doctorant au département de physiologie de l’université de Montréal. “Nous avons découvert une relation entre l’épaisseur corticale et la sensibilité à la douleur. Nos résultats corroborent ceux d’une étude antérieure sur le rôle de la méditation zen dans la régulation de la douleur”. Dans le cadre de cette recherche, les scientifiques ont recruté dix-sept adeptes de la méditation et dix-huit non adeptes qui, en outre, n’avaient jamais pratiqué le yoga, ni souffert de douleur chronique ou de troubles neurologiques ou psychologiques. Joshua Grant et son équipe ont mesuré la sensibilité à une douleur d’origine thermique causée par l’application d’une plaque chauffante sur les mollets des participants et ont ensuite pris des clichés d’imagerie par résonance magnétique structurelle de leur cerveau. Selon les résultats des examens d’IRM, les régions centrales du cerveau qui régulent les émotions et la douleur étaient significativement plus épaisses chez les adeptes de la méditation que chez les autres. “Les postures souvent douloureuses associées à la méditation Zen pourraient contribuer à l’épaississement du cortex et à une meilleure tolérance de la douleur” explique Joshua Grant, soulignant au passage que la pratique de la méditation pourrait être utile d’une manière générale dans la prise en charge de la douleur, pour la prévention de la perte de matière grise liée au vieillissement et pour toute affection caractérisée par une altération de la matière grise tels que les accidents vasculaires cérébraux. Le 25 février 2010 à 18:38 • Emmanuel Perrin
Grève des médecins : pas de consultations le 11 mars prochainFrance – Quatre syndicats de médecins ont appelé à la grève jeudi 11 mars prochain pour dénoncer un “système de santé sans pilote et à la dérive”. Ils demandent également une révision à la hausse des honoraires.MG France, Union généraliste, Union collégiale et le SNJMG (Syndicat national des jeunes médecins généralistes) ont appelé à la grève le 11 mars prochain. Ils prévoient également une journée sans télétransmission des feuilles de sécurité sociale le 8 mars et certains ne répondront plus directement aux appels téléphoniques dès 19h à partir du 1er mars.Les médecins généralistes demandent la revalorisation de leur profession en tant que spécialité, comme le prévoit normalement la loi. Cette révision autoriserait l’augmentation du prix de la consultation à 23 euros, contre 22 actuellement.Le 11 mars, les infirmiers-anesthésistes sont également appelés à la grève pour lutter contre la dévalorisation de leur profession.Le 26 février 2010 à 11:54 • Emmanuel Perrin