First geeks get their Cr48 Chrome OS netbooks did you get yours

first_imgIf one geek got a laptop this morning, you can guarantee a few hundred more were probably sent out too. Did you get one yet?As soon as the first images and video get posted we’ll be sure to get them up on the site.UPDATE: First video appears of an unboxing:Read more at HN Google announced its first Chrome OS netbook earlier this week as part of a pilot program. If you live in the U.S. you could put your name down for one of the netbooks, called the Cr-48, and then cross your fingers and hope for the best.While we expected supplies to be severely limited, manufacturer Inventec apparently shipped 60,000 units to Google. Hopes were high that everyone who signed up in the first few hours may actually get one. And now there is confirmation that Google has already shipped some units out.AdChoices广告Software developer Simon Sarris has posted on Hacker News that he received his Cr-48 this morning. He said:I submitted the application to test drive a Chrome Notebook a couple days ago. The laptop came this morning. The packaging was very simple: One laptop, one battery, one cord, one large single piece of paper with instructions, and one business card from Intel letting me know that if I cracked the computer open that is what I would find.last_img read more

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hiybbprqag How Google Caught Bing

first_imgWhen Google-created pages with those terms started popping up in Bing searches, it was clear that the company was on to something. Google hasn’t quite outline how it caught Microsoft–nor did it spill plans for recourse (in fact, Google likely hasn’t copyright it’s results, so there’s probably not all that much it can do), but we did catch a glimpse of how the search giant caught Redmond–hiybbprqag. And mbzrxpgjys. And a number of other random search queries–one-hundred in total. As we told you yesterday, Google recently told the world that it caught Microsoft in the act of stealing search results, most likely by collecting data from Google searches performed within the Microsoft toolbar. Microsoft, for the record, issue the simple statement, “We do not copy Google’s results.”last_img read more

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Street View adds parks shows off NYCs High Line and Japans public

first_imgGoogle Street View has unwittingly caught bunches of public drinkers from spring 2011 in Tokyo’s Koganei Park, as the park was added to a new Street View feature that gives users tours of major world parks.In the park, the photography was done during the spring cherry blossom season, which is generally around April or May. During the season, the Japanese hightail it to the country’s many public parks and throw parties for hanami – literally, “watching flowers” – in celebration of the blossoms’ beauty. Hanami is also synonymous with drinking for many, so plenty of the Tokyoites pictured above are indulging in adult beverages on their blankets and tarps. Drinking in public is perfectly legal in Japan, provided you’re of age.Privacy concerns surround Street View worldwide, but an especially strong Japanese preference for privacy ensures that faces captured by the cameras are blurred.Google has used its ‘Street View Trike,’ a tricycle mounted with 360-degree cameras that’s more agile than the famous Street View cars, to photograph parks and tourist landmarks in 22 countries around the world. The official Google blog post celebrating the release highlights Koganei alongside the new High Line urban park in New York City and the Kensington Gardens in London. Check out the video below to see a preview of what the High Line park looks like on Street View, and how it could help you plan a visit there.Two more parks in Denmark and Spain join the aforementioned three as a collection in Google’s Maps Gallery called Parks of the World. Other collections include local businesses, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and even the Amazon river by boat.Read more at the Official Google Bloglast_img read more

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Galaxy Note 2 reveal set for August 29 Galaxy Note 101 up

first_imgSamsung just sent out invitations for an event on August 29, and now a company spokesperson has made it known what’s going to be revealed: it’s the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The unveiling will take place at Samsung Unpacked in Berlin, just two days before IFA 2012 kicks off. The Galaxy Note should arrive on shelves right around the same time as the iPhone 5, which Apple may very well be revealing on September 12.Little is actually known about the successor to the most popular phablet on the market, but there have been rumors aplenty. It’s widely thought that the Galaxy Note 2 will feature an even larger display — 5.5 inches compared to 5.3 on the original, a blazing-fast quad-core Exynos processor clocked around 1.6GHz, LTE connectivity, Jelly Bean for a butter-smooth Android experience, and a rear-facing camera that can compete with DSLRs (though top-end point-and-shoots are probably a better comparison).Those details will either be confirmed or shot down on the 29th, but another Samsung device may arrive in the meantime to tide us over: the Galaxy Note 10.1 (pictured above).The big brother to the Note is being pre-sold by Negri Electronics for $750, which is $250 higher than what some earlier reports pegged the SRP at. Negri is selling a carrier-unlocked version of the Galaxy Note 10.1, so that — along with the requisite early adopter premium — helps to explain the higher price. The tablet features a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 chip, 16GB of internal storage and microsSD expansion, 5MP rear-facing camera, HSPA and GSM connectivity, and a 7000mAh battery. Its 10.1-inch, 1280×800 display plays nicely with the included S-Pen, as you’d expect from a Galaxy Note.More at Reuters and Engadgetlast_img read more

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Supercomputer built with Raspberry Pi and Lego

first_imgThere’s just something about the Raspberry Pi that inspires the most wonderful kinds of geekery. We’ve seen the tiny, inexpensive, open Linux PC used in all sorts of projects, but this Raspberry Pi supercomputer is one of the best. Why is it the best? Lego. That’s why.Professor Simon Cox from the University of Southampton led the team that assembled 64 Raspberry Pi Best Price at Amazon systems and installed them into a custom rack mount built using Lego. The mounting system was designed by Cox’s 6 year-old son James. The completed rig runs a custom variant of Debian Wheezy Linux, which has been published so you can build your own supercomputer.The machine is known as Iridis-Pi, and is running off of a single 13 amp power socket. Each Raspberry Pi node uses MPI to communicate over Ethernet via a series of fast switches. In addition to the 64 processors you’d expect, the Iridis-Pi has 1TB of total storage. The final cost (not including the switches) was about $4,000, which isn’t bad for a massively parallel supercomputer of sorts.Cox hopes that this sort of open system will encourage young people to embrace high-performance computing to study engineering and scientific problems. Cox has been helping his son experiment with free Python programming tools on the Iridis-Pi over the summer, which young James seems pretty enamored with.You can start wiring together Raspberry Pi boards for a relative pittance. Each ARM-based Raspberry Pi costs just $35. It’s not going to match any of the authentic supercomputers out there, but you can’t beat the price and the experience.Instructions on how to build your own can be found at the University of Southampton, via PhysOrglast_img read more

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26 people injured after top of bus crashes into a London bridge

first_img Short URL A bus has crashed into a bridge on St Loys Road Tottenham. pic.twitter.com/hlwcw4Pn4A— Tony Hardiman (@TonyHardiman1) October 22, 2016 Saturday 22 Oct 2016, 12:30 PM Oct 22nd 2016, 12:30 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3040660 The Brigade was called at 0405 and the incident was over at 0544. 26 people injured after top of bus crashes into a London bridge Crews helped release three people who were trapped on the upper deck of a double-decker bus. 22 Comments Crews helped release three people who were trapped on the upper deck of a double-decker bus.Five passengers were taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service and 21 people were treated at the scene. Source: Tony Hardiman/Twitter 22,473 Views Crews assist 3 passengers from a bus after this collision in #Tottenham https://t.co/cHIVmQcgwu pic.twitter.com/MJsGbuxmLl— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) October 22, 2016 TWO FIRE ENGINES, a fire rescue unit and 15 firefighters were called to a collision involving a bus and a railway bridge on St Loys Road in Tottenham early this morning. By Gráinne Ní Aodha Crews from Tottenham and Edmonton fire stations attended the incident along with London Ambulance Service, Metropolitan Police and Network Rail.Read: ‘Your children will be next’: Rally to take place after Jobstown teen’s guilty verdictRead: London City airport declared safe after tear gas incident Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Source: London Fire Brigade/Twitter Share12 Tweet Email2 last_img read more

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Photos show Irish forces saving 140 lives in the Mediterranean

first_img Dec 3rd 2016, 1:06 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 3 Dec 2016, 1:06 PM Share Tweet Email Short URL By Paul Hosford http://jrnl.ie/3117915 MEMBERS OF THE Irish Naval Service rescued 140 immigrants in the Mediterranean this morning.The crew of the LÉ Samuel Beckett assisted in the rescue and transfer of 140 migrants from a rubber vessel to the MS Aquarius, during a search and rescue operation conducted 23 nautical miles northwest of Tripoli.The rescue operation began at 8.30am and all migrants were transferred to the MS Aquarius by 9.50am. Once on board the MS Aquarius the 140* migrants received food, water and medical treatment where necessary.LÉ Samuel Beckett is currently awaiting furthers tasks in the area of operations. Source: Irish Defence Forces via FlickrThe LÉ Samuel Beckett departed Naval Service Headquarters in Haulbowline, Cork to assist the Italian Authorities with humanitarian search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean on 23 September.Read: Bogus taxi found taking passengers to Dublin Airport seized 9,019 Views Photos show Irish forces saving 140 lives in the Mediterranean LÉ Samuel Beckett is currently awaiting furthers tasks in the area of operations. 57 Comments last_img read more

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Over 100000 people who work in Ireland are still living in poverty

first_img Wednesday 1 Feb 2017, 3:36 PM By Sean Murray Feb 1st 2017, 3:36 PM Share Tweet Email 98 Comments Over 100,000 people who work in Ireland are still living in poverty New figures have been released today by the CSO. Short URL NEW FIGURES RELEASED by the Central Statistics Office have shown that just over one in six people in Ireland are at risk of poverty, and that 105,051 people living in poverty in Ireland are actually in employment.The Annual Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC) was published today, and showed that over a million people in Ireland experienced some form of deprivation in 2015, which can range from not being able to afford a roast each week to not being able to afford to heat your home.While Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar welcomed the figures as a whole as conveying a ”wealthier and more equal country”, advocates from Social Justice Ireland said that poverty and deprivation figures “represent a huge challenge to government and society”. Source: RollingNews.ieThe SILC is the State’s official source of data on household and individual income, as well as providing a summary of key poverty indicators. This full set of data is for 2015, and compares these figures to 2014.The survey hails “statistically significant” increases in the annual rates of income which rose to an average of €19,772, which was 6% higher than last year.The CSO deemed anyone to have an annual income of less than €12,000 to be at risk of poverty. When adjusted for inflation, 61% of people were below the mean income of €23,301.The number of people at risk of poverty (16.9%) and in consistent poverty (8.7%) did not change significantly, however.The figures also show that more than 750,000 people in Ireland live on less than €230 a week.Ireland’s Gini co-efficient, which is an international benchmark for income equality (with the lower figure the better), recorded a score of 30.8%, down from 32% in 2014.In terms of those at risk of poverty, half of these people experienced some form of deprivation in 2015.Throughout the financial crash and beyond, figures of poverty have remained static with a large proportion of the population remaining at risk. Graph showing poverty and deprivation rates by year. Source: CSO IrelandMichelle Murphy, research and policy analyst at Social Justice Ireland, told TheJournal.ie that “despite the increases in income, there are still over 790,000 people living in poverty in Ireland and that is unacceptable”.She highlighted the importance of social welfare in addressing poverty, adding “without social welfare payments, 46.3% of Ireland’s population would be living in poverty”. Murphy said that this underlying issue suggested a “deeply unequal distribution of income” in Ireland.Also responding to the figures, CEO of poverty charity Turn2us Simon Hopkins said: “It is devastating that so many people are both living in poverty and vulnerable to it.”St Vincent de Paul social policy officer Caroline Fahey said that significant progress would need to be made to tackle child poverty in particular, or too many children will continue to “spend their childhood going without basics like secure housing, healthy food and suitable clothing”.Minister Leo Varadkar, however, said that the figures “demolish the argument made by some on the left that the gap between rich and poor is widening.”These numbers prove that the economic recovery is taking hold, is having a positive impact on incomes and is reducing inequality.Varadkar did admit, however, that the figures also show that “we have a long way to go.”He said: “Consistent poverty remains much higher now than it was in 208 at the outset of the financial crisis. There are still too many people struggling to make ends meet.”He concluded that the government would do its utmost to ensure that the economic recovery is experienced in all regions by all families, households and individuals.Read: 750,000 people are living in poverty in Ireland – on under €218 a weekRead: FactCheck: Is Willie O’Dea right to say Ireland has the highest child poverty rate in the OECD? Image: Shutterstock/Champion studio Image: Shutterstock/Champion studio 21,418 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3217012 last_img read more

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Concern for teenage boy missing since Monday

first_img Share137 Tweet Email By Órla Ryan Short URL Image: Garda Press Office 17,070 Views 6 Comments GARDAÍ ARE SEEKING the public’s help in tracing a teenage boy who has been missing from Naas in Co Kildare since Monday.Richard Wall (16) is described as having thick black hair and brown eyes, being of slim build and 5’9” in height. When last seen he was wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans and a grey hoodie.Anyone with information is asked to contact Naas Garda Station on 045 88 4300 or any garda station.Read: Search teams will attempt to lift wreckage of Rescue 116 today Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Concern for teenage boy missing since Monday Richard Wall (16) was last seen five days ago in Naas. http://jrnl.ie/3318356 Apr 1st 2017, 8:41 AM Image: Garda Press Office Saturday 1 Apr 2017, 8:41 AMlast_img read more

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Ordinary people and not judges should police our politicians powerful privilege

first_img 334 Views By David Kenny Share19 Tweet Email Assistant Professor of Law, Trinity College Dublin Monday 3 Apr 2017, 8:30 PM LAST FRIDAY, DENIS O’Brien lost a High Court case in which he claimed that the Dáil Committee on Privilege and Procedure (CPP) – which has responsibility for overseeing the use of privilege by members of Dáil Éireann – had failed to vindicate his constitutional rights.This outcome was not surprising, but it was significant.O’Brien’s constitutional challenge sought to overturn some of the foundational principles of the constitutional order. Had he prevailed, it would have radically changed the relationship between courts and the Oireachtas.Slim chance of victoryHowever, it was always going to be an uphill struggle for the plaintiff as few areas of constitutional law are more clear than the one he took aim at. The courts are very slow to get involved in policing the internal workings of the Houses of the Oireachtas, and the constitutional rules in respect of privilege are particularly strict.The Constitution says that a member of the Oireachtas “shall not, in respect of any utterance in either House, be amenable to any court or any authority other than the House itself”. That is, the only body that can hold parliamentarians accountable for parliamentary speech is the parliament itself, and the courts cannot be involved.The backgroundIn 2015, deputies Catherine Murphy and Pearse Doherty made statements in the Dáil which purported to disclose some details of the businessman’s banking arrangements. O’Brien, at the time, had an on-going High Court action seeking to stop RTÉ from broadcasting these details and a temporary injunction had been given by the court.The deputies would have violated the injunction if they had made the statements outside of the Dáil. However, in the event, they were protected under Oireachtas privilege.O’Brien claimed that their statements were inaccurate and harmed his rights to privacy and good name, and interfered with his court action by revealing the information he sought to suppress.The CPP, having assessed the statements made, decided that the deputies did not abuse their privilege. The Standing Orders of the Dáil prohibit members from discussing pending court cases in a manner that would interfere with them, but the Committee found these rules were not breached in this case.O’Brien believed that the Committee made an incorrect decision, and that this procedure did not adequately vindicate his rights. He sought relief from the courts.Traditional view wins outIn asking the courts to review the CPP in this way, O’Brien sought to overcome this constitutional hurdle and overturn the long-held understanding of the role of the judiciary in reviewing the Oireachtas.His argument centred around the existence of the court injunction, claiming these privileged statements interfered with and sought to circumvent an order of the Court and to frustrate ongoing judicial proceedings. This, he argued, should not be allowed.In the end, however, the traditional view prevailed, and Justice Una Ní Raifeartaigh in the High Court dismissed the claims.The judge noted that the statements by the deputies were not made with the intention of frustrating or interfering with a judicial process, which would have violated the standing orders of Dáil Éireann.Instead, it so happened that by revealing the information, which they thought to be in the public interest, a court process was frustrated and rendered moot.But moreover, the judge held, the Constitution was abundantly clear that the courts simply cannot intervene in any matter related to privilege, either to pass judgement on the comments themselves or to assess the procedures or processes of the CPP in reviewing them.The judge affirmed that the courts “simply do not have a role in policing parliamentary utterances”, even if O’Brien’s rights may have been violated by the comments.She noted that it might be possible in truly exceptional circumstances that courts could perhaps intervene – if the entire constitutional order was in jeopardy, say – but that this case did not present such circumstances.The High Court finding may well be appealed, but it seems very unlikely that the result will change; it is the clearly correct resolution of this case.Any other result would have upturned one of the most important facets of our constitutional order. For our parliament to work, there must be freedom for representatives to speak without fear of legal consequences.Justice Ní Raifeartaigh conceded that “parliamentary speech can potentially be damaging and dangerous to individuals the subject of the utterances”.In her judgement she added:One can readily imagine hypotheticals, such as, for example, the impact of the identification in the Dáil or Seanad of a person charged with a serious sexual offence who is legally entitled to anonymity during court proceedings and who is subsequently acquitted. One can produce many other hypothetical examples of the potential damage, hurt and danger that could be caused to persons by reason of the revealing in public of deeply sensitive personal information of various kinds.But our Constitution values parliamentary speech above almost all else, including, potentially, the good name and privacy of citizens.It does this because a functioning parliamentary system demands that parliamentarians can speak and debate freely, can raise any issues of public importance, and can reveal even private information or make potentially defamatory claims when it is in the public interest to do so.The originsThe drafters of our constitution decided that the only way to ensure this is to put comments made in parliament completely beyond the reach of courts. Anything short of this will inhibit parliamentary speech for fear of legal consequences. The Constitution puts faith in our parliamentarians to use this very significant power responsibly.This is not to say that there is no consequence for parliamentarians who abuse this power. The CPP is empowered to investigate and punish abuses of privilege and violations of the rules contained in the Standing Orders. The Committee – made up of members of parliament – will be best placed to judge whether use of privilege goes too far or is irresponsible.O’Brien felt that he was the victim of a significant wrong, and was unhappy that there was no remedy available to him. He sought that in court. But, if a parliamentarian decides it is in the public interest to speak, and their colleagues on the CPP agree, there is no other remedy available.This is the price we pay for the protecting the structure of our constitutional democracy.If we are unhappy with how our representatives use the vast power that the Constitution vests in them, we have the power to voice our dissatisfaction at the ballot box, or insist on changes to the parliamentary rules or the even Constitution itself.The responsibility for policing the use of privilege lies not with our judges, but with our elected representatives, and, ultimately, with us.David Kenny is an assistant professor of law at Trinity College Dublin. Read: Denis O’Brien to take his time pondering an appeal after ‘disappointing’ court rulingMore: Denis O’Brien loses High Court case against Dáil committee Short URL 25 Comments Ordinary people – and not judges – should police our politicians’ powerful privilege For our parliament to work, there must be freedom for representatives to speak without fear of legal consequences, writes David Kenny. 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DDay for tower

first_imgClose to two thirds – 66 percent – of the members present at the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV) Extraordinary General Meeting will need to vote in favour of the Lonsdale St Hellenic Cultural Centre proposal on Sunday in order for the construction plans to go ahead. If we don’t build the cultural centre, as proposed, we run the risk of losing the biggest grant ever and setting the community back 20 years.The GOCMV is proposing to build a 13 storey tower on its current Lonsdale Street site, using four stories as a cultural centre and renting out the remaining nine stories as a source of revenue. The proposed cultural centre will house a multimedia centre, community rooms, and a Hellenic archive. In the largest grant ever bestowed to a community group in Victoria, the state government granted $2 million to the GOCMV to be used for the construction of the Antipodes Centre for Greek Culture in the traditional Greek heartland Lonsdale StreetGreek Community President Bill Papastergiadis emphasised the importance of using the money for the purpose it was designated, saying “if we don’t build the cultural centre, as proposed, we run the risk of losing the biggest grant ever and setting the community back 20 years”. Along with this grant the state government has committed to $1.5 million to the reburbishment of the Lonsdale St property as part of the cultural precincts rejuvenation project.Mr Papastergiadis told Neos Kosmos they have received strong support from members about the proposal. “What’s important to note is that leaving aside a few individuals, 30 of Victoria’s major community groups and organisations have written to us expressing their unanimous support for this project,” he said. “We would say those organisations represent tens of thousands of Greek Melburnians and that reveals the level of support of all the key organisations”.However, former GOCMV Treasurer Con Dikeos and long time critic of Mr Papastergiadis said he, and a “significant proportion” of members, are opposing the proposal on the basis that only 21 days notice had been given for public discussion on the matter. Mr Dikeos emphasised that members were notified by the GOCMV to make the decision to sell adjoining church properties in order to finance the cultural centre. Mr Dikeos told Neos Kosmos that 21 days was “not enough time for public discussion on such a major proposal.” However, the proposal has been in the public domain for two and a half years Mr Papastergiadis said, also highlighting that his team ran their election campaign on this proposal and were unanimously elected.The cost of the construction is estimated at $12.5 million, and forward projects suggest that $1 million of revenue annually wil be generated through the commercial leasing of nine levels of the building. Mr Dikeos believes the financing of the project to be a rush job, however Mr Papastergiadis said consultants providing the final figures for this project are those retained by Victorian government. “How much more independent can we make it? It’s not like we’ve gotten our mates to come up with the figures,” he said.Mr Dikeos believes that “more importantly, it [the proposal for a cultural centre], hasn’t been presented for public discussion”. He said that “any attempt to ram through something within 21 days of public consideration, discussion and adoption is very suspicious”.The Greek Community is proposing to sell five to six of their long term properties, (houses now rented out), to assist in funding the centre to ensure financial risk in development is minimal, Mr Papastergiadis said. Mr Dikeos said members are disappointed that a number of properties adjoining churches, that have been effectively financed and donated by the people of these local areas, are now being sold. “The Greek community’s role is there to protect their interests and their interests are being undermined,” he said.The most simple and effective solution would be to access the $2 million state government grant and perform a modest extension to the current building adding the necessary refurbishment, Mr Dikeos argued. However, Mr Papastergiadis said the city is dominated by buildings which obtain the benefit of their size through rent and it would be to the Greek community’s detriment to not capitalise on available space when everyone else has. “The building next door is 35 stories, across the road is 38 stories, and we’re stuck on three, why not get the benefit to build upwards and secure economic freedom and prosperity?”, he said. A spokesperson for the Greek Community said they contacted Con Dikeos to discuss the proposal, however the call was never returned.The EGM will be held on Sunday 5 December, at 2 pm, at the Main Pavilion East, Meat Market, 5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Thessaloniki suburbs still crawling with rubbish

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Fifteen days since POE-OTA, the federation of municipal workers’ unions, ended its strike action, many neighbourhoods across Thessaloniki are still choked with trash. Adding to the city’s woes, Mayor Yiannis Boutaris on Tuesday warned that 900 sanitation workers, of a total 1,500, will have to leave the service if the Interior Ministry fails to renew their eight-month contracts in the next 20 days. Although most of the garbage has been collected from the city’s main avenues in the wake of the near three-week strike, heaps of trash are still piling up in many of the suburbs, such as Toumba. City officials say the problem is caused by a shortage of garbage trucks. The municipality needs at least 40 vehicles, but at the moment only 26 operate in the city and four of these have broken down. Officials yesterday said trash collection should be back to normal on Wednesday. Meanwhile, reports on Wednesday said cleaning vehicles in the municipality of Thermaikos are out of operation due to a fuel shortage. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Govt condemns Golden Dawn leaders Holocaust denial

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The government and Jewish community condemned the leader of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn for saying there were no gas chambers in Nazi concentration camps.Nikos Michaloliakos, whose party won almost 7 percent of the vote in the May 6 election, also challenged the view that six million Jews were killed in the Second World War.“There were no ovens, this is a lie … there were no gas chambers either,” Michaloliakos said on Sunday in an interview on the private Mega television station.Golden Dawn, whose members give Nazi-style salutes, won 21 seats in the election. Michaloliakos said the number of six million Jewish victims was an “exaggeration” and that “many people from different nations” died in German concentration camps, just like many Japanese died in US camps.“I most categorically condemn such views, which distort history and offend the memory of millions of Holocaust victims,” said government spokesman Pantelis Kapsis.About 70,000 Greek Jews perished in Nazi concentration camps in the Second World War, most from the northern city of Thessaloniki.“The election of Nazi nostalgics is a heavy blow for Greek democracy. It is an insult to the history of Greece,” said a statement from the Central Council of Jews in Greece (KIS), who today number about 5,500. “The Greek people do not forget that they have mourned hundreds of thousands of victims of the Nazis, amongst them, tens of thousands of Greek Jews. We honor their memory and we resist any attempt to bring oblivion, or to falsify actual events and to revive intolerance.”Denying the Holocaust is not a punishable crime in Greece, as it is in other European countries such as Germany and France. Source: Reuters, Athens News, AMNAlast_img read more

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Ministry applies for open mall funding

first_imgThe creation of so-called open shopping malls could be the best possible solution for the local retail sector’s current dire problems, especially in the historic center of the capital, which has been pummeled by the economic crisis.The idea that was first proposed about a year ago by the National Confederation of Greek Commerce (ESEE) has now reached a mature stage, but what is missing is the funding.According to sources, the General Secretariat for Commerce has submitted a program to that end for funding from the European Union-subsidized National Strategic Reference Framework of up to 6 million euros and is awaiting its approval by the competent administrative authority. This amount is far smaller than what the Development Ministry had originally planned for; however, if the project proves a success in one municipality, particularly if that is in the City of Athens, the government will attempt to have the funding increased.The objective is to highlight and make the most of the city’s commercial centers as unified shopping attractions with a potential that would combine cultural interest with recreation, purchase benefits and quality of service. In other words, it will provide local authorities and trade associations the opportunity to cooperate to offer consumers conveniences similar to those at conventional shopping malls such as Golden Hall or The Mall Athens — both in the northern suburb of Maroussi — such as parking lots, children’s facilities, direct updates for special offers and discounts, rewards for purchases through extra discounts, artistic and cultural events, and so on.As far as Athens is concerned, the plan currently under consideration is for the creation of an open mall at Monastiraki, near Plaka, on the popular downtown shopping strip Ermou Street, or even in a broader area that would stretch from Plaka to Omonia Square.ESEE is dealing with an unprecedented decline in consumer spending and has warned that the center of Athens will be deserted unless serious measures are taken. Empty stores on Stadiou Street amount to 42 percent, while even the upmarket district of Kolonaki over one in three (33.7 percent) of shop spaces on popular Tsakalof Street now stand empty.According to shopkeepers, it’s not just the economic crisis and the decline in disposable incomes that are to blame, but also the flourishing illegal street trade and demonstrations that have deterred consumers from visiting the city center and led to turnover plummeting in the last few years. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Vic ALP commits funding

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Victorian State Opposition leader, Daniel Andrews, is committing $400,000 for the provision of services to new arrivals from Greece, by the Australian Greek Welfare Society in collaboration with the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria. The announcement is the culmination of extensive discussions of the leadership of the Labor Party with community organisations and individuals, about the needs of the new arrivals and the ability of community organisations to respond effectively to these needs. While primary responsibility for settlement funding rests with the Commonwealth government, Daniel Andrews believes that the state government can contribute, within its budgetary constraints, toward easing the burden of financially strapped community organisations. Mr Andrews told NKEE if the Labour wins the November state elections will provide funding for the full time employment of a social worker stationed at the Greek Australian Welfare Society. “Labor recognises that an increase in families arriving in Victoria from Greece is putting pressure on Greek service organisations. “Australian Greek Welfare and the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne provide tremendous support to this proud community, but their work is largely self-funded. “I have met with leaders of the Victorian Greek community and representatives of Australian Greek Welfare to discuss this issue. “Victorian Labor will provide more funding to Australian Greek Welfare so they can better assist Greek migrants to settle in Victoria.” The Director of the Greek Australian Welfare Society, Ms Voula Mesimeri, deems the commitment of the Labour Party “very exciting news”. “We welcome with glee the commitment of the opposition” she told “Neos Kosmos”. The past two years the Australian Greek Welfare Society relied on volunteers to provide much needed services to the new arrivals from Greece. The provision of government funding for the full employment of a social worker will enable our organisation to work with and help the new arrivals to settle quickly and become productive members of our society in our society and become. We commend highly this initiative from the leader of the opposition”.last_img read more

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Charity dance for multiple sclerosis

first_imgHeld by Greek Youth to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis and Brainstorm, a Greek Charity Dance will be held on Saturday 1 November in Marrickville. Tickets: $65 adults, $35 children, with three-course meal and unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks included. Entertaining the crowd will be Greek dancing groups, DJ, special guests Nikita Ellenis, Tommy Tsonis, and Harris the bouzoukli. When: Saturday 1 November at 7.00 pm Where: Westside Reception Lounge, 265 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville For more information and tickets, contact John on 0432 796 968 or Emanuel on 0410 553 608. Pre-sold tickets only. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Athens condemns Albanians confiscation of property belonging to ethnic Greek families

first_imgGreece has condemned Albanian authorities for their decision to confiscate property in the south of Albania belonging to ethnic Greek families.Approved by Prime Minister Edi Rama, properties in the areas of Himara (Himare), Avlona (Vlore) and Examilia (Ksamil) have been sold off, in part motivated by tourism development.This week, the Greek Foreign Minister issued a statement, officially condemning the decision taken by Albania’s Council of Ministers, referring to the action as a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights. It also said it was a violation of previous court rulings.“Such actions are not consistent with the declared European aspirations of Albania and are contrary to its relevant obligations,” the statement said, alluding to Albania’s ambitions to join the European Union.The Omonoia organisation, which is representing the ethnic Greeks in the region, said that it would endeavour to protect the rights and interests of the minority by using all legal means at its disposal, reported Kathimerini.Bilateral relations between the neighbouring countries are still tense following the killing of Konstantinos Katsifas, an ethnic Greek man, who was shot by Albanian police in October. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Découverte des exoplanètes qui orbitent à lenvers

first_imgDécouverte : des exoplanètes qui orbitent à l’enversC’est un véritable retournement des théories de la formation planétaire qui vient de se produire. Les astronomes ont en effet été surpris de découvrir six exoplanètes (parmi un échantillon plus large en comprenant vingt-sept) orbitant dans le sens opposé à celui de la rotation de leur étoile hôte. Une situation à l’opposé de ce que l’on peut observer dans notre système solaire et surtout, une remise en cause sérieuse et inattendue des modèles de formation planétaire actuellement en vigueur. “Nous lançons une véritable bombe dans le champ des exoplanètes” a déclaré Amaury Triaud, un étudiant en thèse à l’Observatoire de Genève qui a dirigé la plus grande partie de ces campagnes d’observation avec Andrew Cameron et Didier Queloz.Les astronomes pensent que les planètes se forment dans les disques de poussières et de gaz qui entourent les jeunes étoiles. Ces disques, dits protoplanétaires, tournent dans le même sens que leur étoile et l’on supposait jusqu’à maintenant que toutes les planètes formées dans le disque étaient plus ou moins en orbite dans le même plan et qu’elles se déplaçaient sur leur orbite dans le même sens que celui de leur étoile. Les planètes du système solaire agissent notamment de la sorte.Après avoir combiné de nouvelles données avec d’anciennes observations, l’équipe a découvert que six exoplanètes de cette longue étude, dont deux nouvellement découvertes, avaient un mouvement rétrograde : elles tournent autour de leur étoile dans la “mauvaise” direction. “Ces nouveaux résultats défient réellement la pensée conventionnelle qui veut que les planètes doivent toujours être en orbite dans la même direction que celle de la rotation de leur étoile”, précise Andrew Cameron de l’Université de St Andrews.Depuis la découverte des premiers Jupiters chauds [une catégorie d’exoplanètes, ndlr], il y a quinze ans, leur origine est restée une énigme. Ces planètes ont une masse équivalente ou supérieure à celle de Jupiter, et leur orbite est beaucoup plus proche de leur soleil. Elles se formeraient loin de leur étoile et migreraient par la suite vers l’intérieur du système afin de se mettre en orbite beaucoup plus près de leur soleil. De nombreux astronomes pensent que cela est dû aux interactions gravitationnelles avec le disque de poussière au sein duquel ces planètes se sont formées. Ce scénario ce déroule sur quelques millions d’années et aboutit à une orbite alignée avec l’axe de rotation de l’étoile “hôte”… ce qui ne rend pas compte des nouvelles observations.Pour prendre en considération les nouvelles planètes rétrogrades, une théorie alternative de migration suggère que la proximité des Jupiters chauds de leur étoile n’est absolument pas due aux interactions avec le disque de poussière, mais à un lent processus d’évolution impliquant une lutte acharnée de forces gravitationnelles avec des planètes plus distantes ou des compagnons stellaires, s’étendant sur des centaines de millions d’années. Ces perturbations propulsent ainsi une planète géante sur une orbite allongée et inclinée. Cette planète va alors subir les effets de marées, perdant de l’énergie à chaque fois qu’elle s’approche de son étoile. Elle pourrait finalement se retrouver positionnée proche de son étoile, sur une orbite pratiquement circulaire, mais dont l’inclinaison est aléatoire. “Un effet secondaire spectaculaire de ce processus est qu’il pourrait anéantir une planète semblable à la Terre dans ce système planétaire”, déclare Didier Queloz de l’Observatoire de Genève. Des compagnons plus distants et plus massifs ont d’ores et déjà été détectés dans le cas de deux des nouvelles planètes rétrogrades découvertes, ce qui pourrait potentiellement être la cause de ce bouleversement. Ces nouveaux résultats pourraient déclencher une recherche intensive de nouveaux corps dans d’autres systèmes planétaires. Le 25 avril 2010 à 14:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Innovation quand technologie rime avec luxe

first_imgInnovation : quand technologie rime avec luxeAujourd’hui, les concepteurs combinent ingéniosité et design. Les produits qu’ils mettent au point, s’ils sont souvent originaux, sont malheureusement presque toujours hors de prix.De nos jours, le design est devenu incontournable pour vendre un produit. Désormais, les inventeurs rivalisent d’ingéniosité pour rendre leurs “trouvailles” originales. Chez Bang & Olufsen, le caisson de basses est matérialisé par deux haut-parleurs collés l’un contre l’autre, le tout recouvert d’une coque noire, blanche ou en aluminium. Le Beloab 11, c’est son nom, détient une puissance de 200 watts et coûte près de 1.700 euros en finition aluminium (1500 euros environ en noir ou blanc). Côté multimédia, la platine Elipz bénéficie des dernières innovations. Ce centre multimedia s’ouvre en son centre et propose un lecteur Blu-ray, des ports HDMI, un dock iPod, un lecteur de cartes pour 26 modèles et un disque dur. Bien entendu, le Wi-Fi est disponible. Chez les Hollandais d’Ego, le PC Tulipe insiste sur le Design. L’utilisateur choisit le revêtement de son choix sachant qu’il peut coûter entre 5.000 et 350.000 euros. Des diamants peuvent y être incorporés.À lire aussiIsaac Newton : Pomme, biographie, invention, tout savoir sur ce mathématicien de génie Loewe, lui, propose des produits audiovisuels et multimédias pouvant s’intégrer dans les meubles. Les écrans peuvent être faits sur mesure pour un prix moyen de 6.000 euros. Des lampes Led soignent aussi leur aspect. Punto Zero propose des modèles avec un large éventail de choix pour ses clients, allant jusqu’au détail de la fixation. Asus propose un portable à 2.500 euros avec deux enceintes latérales et des composants haut-de-gamme. Enfin, pour 1,2 million d’euros, vous pouvez vous offrir un magnifique lit magnétique qui lévite au-dessus du sol, et peut supporter 900 kilos de charge.Le 2 août 2010 à 13:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Le plus jeune des trous noirs vient dêtre découvert

first_imgLe plus jeune des trous noirs vient d’être découvert Selon les astrophysiciens, le nouveau trou noir qui vient d’être découvert serait le résidu de l’explosion d’une supernova appelée SN 1979C.   Des astrophysiciens ont découvert le plus jeune trou noir connu. Il est apparu il y a seulement 30 ans. Il offre, du fait de sa toute récente apparition, une occasion unique de voir se développer ce type de système. Il permettra en outre de comprendre comment les étoiles géantes explosent et laissent à leur place des trous noirs ou des étoiles à neutrons.”Si notre interprétation est exacte, ceci est l’exemple le plus proche dans lequel la naissance d’un trou noir peut être observée”, indique Daniel Patnaude du centre d’astrophysique de Cambridge, principal auteur de la découverte. Les trous noirs sont des objets massifs au champ gravitationnel tellement puissant que rien, ni même la lumière, ne peut s’en extraire. Celui qui vient d’être découvert serait le résidu de l’explosion de SN 1979C, une supernova 20 fois plus grosse que notre soleil. Son nom provient de l’année de sa découverte par un astronome amateur. Situé dans la galaxie M100 à 50 millions d’années-lumières de nous, ce trou noir est considéré comme relativement proche de la Terre (à noter qu’une année-lumière équivaut à 9.460 milliards de kilomètres).   Le 16 novembre 2010 à 18:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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