The 5 at 5 Wednesday

first_img Share Tweet Email EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know as you head home for the day.1. #JOB LOSSES: Bus Éireann’s CEO warned an Oireachtas committee that the entire company will be insolvent by the end of the year if drastic action is not taken.2. #APPEAL: Gardaí have renewed their appeal for information on the death of Garda Adrian Donohoe on the 4-year anniversary of his death.3. #BUILD THAT WALL: Donald Trump will take a first step toward enacting his pledge to “build a wall” on the Mexican border by issuing an executive decree today.4. #ADULT CHAT: Minister Michael Ring will not be meeting with models from Babestation TV when they come to Co Mayo this Thursday.5. #RADIO STAR: Comedian Al Porter is Today FM’s new lunchtime presenter. Jan 25th 2017, 4:51 PM http://jrnl.ie/3204835 Image: Shutterstock/bikeriderlondon Image: Shutterstock/bikeriderlondon 3 Comments The 5 at 5: Wednesday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… 7,091 Views Wednesday 25 Jan 2017, 4:51 PM Short URL By Gráinne Ní Aodha Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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These are all the Irish cities that are hiking business rates this

first_img Image: Sasko Lazarov Take me to Fora Get the top business news from Fora delivered to your inbox: Short URL These are all the Irish cities that are hiking business rates this year Many councils have opted to increase commercial levies to shore up their budgets. 15,704 Views http://jrnl.ie/3202116 18 Comments Sunday 29 Jan 2017, 8:15 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email1 Jan 29th 2017, 8:15 AM By Fora Staff Image: Sasko Lazarov BUSINESSES IN URBAN hubs across Ireland face commercial rates hikes of up to 5% this year as many councils try to shore up their balance sheets with the extra revenue.However a Fora analysis of the main metropolitan areas shows a wide range of approaches as the economy recovers, with several local authorities opting to keep rates on hold for traders.Commercial rates are a property tax on business premises, and they account for a large chunk of Irish city and county councils’ annual incomes. These rates are paid by the business that either owns or leases a commercial building.They are calculated using a multiplier – set by the council – to a value for the property determined by the Commissioner of Valuation.Businesses can appeal the valuation to an independent tribunal, which they can also appeal to the high court, however this process doesn’t affect the council’s multiplier – which is set as part of the authority’s voted budget.Going upDublin City CouncilAs part of its approved budget for 2017, elected members of Dublin City Council (DCC) voted to increase commercial rates by 0.78% in a move to help address the council’s budget shortfall.Last year, TheJournal.ie reported that DCC was facing a €15 million budget deficit and an increase in commercial rates was mooted to help balance the books.The budget noted:“All sources of funding are important, however, commercial rates are especially important. Dublin City Council services support commercial activity and so it is appropriate that commercial entities makes a contribution for their trading environment. This contribution must be appropriate and not at a level which dampens trade and removes potential for growth.”This is the first rate increase to commercial property rates by DCC councillors since 2009 and changes are effective of the January 2017. Source: Dublin City CouncilDún Laoghaire-Rathdown County CouncilIn its annual budget for 2017, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council also opted to increase commercial rates this year.The council said it needed to fund additional services and counteract extra costs in 2017, which led to a 1.5% increase in commercial rates.It said “all available options were examined” when trying to meet the need for a bigger budget.The council also noted that commercial rates had previously gone down by 8.5% since 2010. This reduction in rates has resulted in a €5 million decrease in its revenue from commercial rates.However, in a bid to offset the burden of the increase on small businesses, an SME Support Grant has also been created.Under the scheme, businesses with rates bills below €10,000 per year will be able to shave 4% off the amount due. This group represents 72% of all businesses in the council area. DLR County Council income Source: DLR County CouncilCork City Council The council has increased its commercial rates by 1.25% for 2017.The rate hike is the first increase in eight years and is lower than the 2.9% increase originally put forward by council staff.The hike was approved by the city council to help offset its funding shortfall for the new year.According to a spokeswoman for Cork City Council, the increase in commercial rates would address half the authority’s €1.6 million funding deficit. Cork City Council income Source: Cork City CouncilThe rest of the shortfall will be made up in higher car parking fees and reduced spending on tourism promotion and housing.A rates incentive scheme to address commercial rates arrears has also been introduced by the council. Ratepayers that have an annual rate liability below €4,000 and pay on time are entitled to a 3% reduction on their 2018 fee.Limerick City and County CouncilFor 2017, the Limerick council has approved a 5% hike in commercial rates for businesses in both the city and county.The increase was brought about after a big drop in commercial rates income over the past few years. This year, the council is expecting just over €51.6 million from rates – €7.65 million less than it was taking in during 2011.Excluding Housing Assistance Payments (HAP), roughly one-third of all income for the local authority comes from commercial rates. Limerick City and County Council income Source: Limerick City and County CouncilThe council has also in place a SME rebate scheme to help smaller businesses to pay the rate.Under the plan, businesses paying €20,000 or less in rates would be entitled to rebates of up to 9%. This accounted for around 90% of the rated properties in the council area, it claimed.The council employs a separate scheme for tourism businesses that provides a 4% rebate for the firms whose rate charges are higher than the SME-related cap.No increasesHowever not all councils covering metropolitan areas plan to hike their commercial rates this year, with both Fingal and south Dublin councils deciding against increases.Fingal County Council has the lowest rate factor of all four Dublin local authorities, while it also has the highest compliance rate in the country for commercial rates at over 96% in 2015.Waterford and Cork County councils are also not increasing commercial rates for 2017.Up and downDue to a lack of parity between the rates for Galway City and County Council and Ballinasloe Town Council, rates cannot be increased in the county until Ballinsloe’s rate has been brought in line. This year, both councils have committed to bridge the gap by 50%.Similarly, Louth County Council is currently amending its commercial fees system to move towards a common rate for the region.Rates for businesses in both Dundalk and Drogheda have been reduced for 2017, while commercial levies are rising for those firms based outside the two hubs.Written by Killian Woods and posted on Fora.ielast_img read more

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I remember a Paddys Day visit by Haughey when four Irish were

first_img‘I remember a Paddy’s Day visit by Haughey when four Irish were put on a London-bound flight in handcuffs’ It took Trump’s sledgehammer assault on travel and the right of refugees to seek shelter for us to take notice, writes Ray O’Hanlon. Friday 3 Feb 2017, 6:30 AM Ray O’Hanlon Feb 3rd 2017, 6:30 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3217155 Share109 Tweet Email center_img 19 Comments By Ray O’Hanlon Short URL I WAS IN Manhattan on 9/11. Ever since that day I have not envied any American president. The burdens of the office would keep anyone awake 24/7.Barack Obama would stay up late reading. Donald Trump stays up late tweeting. They are very different men. But not entirely so. The idea of Obama being some kind of goody two shoes Walter, and Trump being Dennis the Menace, will only take you so far.Obama was no shrinking violet when it came to wielding power. But he would do so quietly. Sometimes very few noticed. Like those who never heard or saw the drone overhead in the desert night sky.Extra scrutiny applied by ObamaIt took Trump’s sledgehammer assault on travel and the right of refugees to seek shelter in the land of the free, to make Americans see that the seven Muslim majority countries on Trump’s banned list were actually borrowed from his predecessor.Obama and his team had singled them out for special attention, extra scrutiny, “extreme vetting” to borrow a two word term from the new President, who likes to keep his terms short.There was no outright Obama travel ban, no de facto wall built in the face of the frightened and desperate, seeking to escape Syria or Iraq. Obama, in this context, was Trump lite. He only applied the brakes on admitting people from the seven countries. Trump switched off the engine. For the time being at least.It is the case that none of the 9/11 hijackers came from any of the seven nations on the Trump/Obama list. And yes, no Muslim majority country where the Trump organisation does business has been singled out for the President’s very busy fountain pen. But, hey.Trump sells newspapersIt is probably better for bodily and mental health not to get too worked up over all this. At one level, as a journalist, I see Donald Trump as the mouth that keeps on giving. The man has done more for the “failing” New York Times than all the brightest minds in that paper have been able to do this past decade or more.On another level, as an American citizen (the naturalised version) I have to accept the fact that Donald Trump is my President. As a naturalised citizen – and unlike the natural-born variety – I had to pledge to bear arms to defend the United States. I would have been happy enough with one on 9/11. But the pen sufficed.But I don’t have to defend the policies of any president. And I don’t feel inclined to defend much of what Donald Trump has done thus far.It’s a dangerous time for the undocumentedAs a citizen, of course, I am relatively secure in any critical position. One can only imagine how the undocumented or illegal are feeling less than two weeks into what could well be the longest four years of their edgy lives.During his campaign, Trump pledged to unleash the federal authorities on the eleven million who live in the shadows. And his eye was cast well beyond “criminal aliens”. This is a perilous hour for the undocumented, the Irish undocumented included.If Trump is to make a serious move in the direction of mass deportations, it will likely begin sooner rather than later. Trump is not a man who does later.Haughey presented the shamrock despite deportationsI remember a St Patrick’s Day visit to the US, many years ago, by then Taoiseach, Charles Haughey. By coincidence, or maybe not, the then Immigration and Naturalisation Service decided to mount a series of raids in Boston and New Hampshire.Agents led six young Irish women out of a Boston bar in handcuffs. Four Irishmen were picked up on a construction site in New Hampshire and put on a London-bound flight in prison garb and cuffs. The shamrock presented by Haughey to President George HW Bush looked a little limp that year.For Enda Kenny’s sake, hopefully President Trump will declare St Patrick’s Day 2017 a holiday free from all harm, a green-tinged Saturnalia. Don’t bet on it.Ray O’Hanlon is Editor of the New York-published Irish Echo. A native of Dublin, O’Hanlon has reported from three continents in a newspaper career spanning 38 years. His book, The New Irish Americans (Roberts Rinehart, 1998), was the recipient of a Washington Irving Book Award. ‘A country that invaded and destroyed my dad’s home is now telling people like him they are not welcome’>‘Trump is a bully. And we have to stand up to bullies’ – Mary Robinson> 74 Views last_img read more

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Kellyanne Conway facing probe after promoting Ivanka Trumps fashion line on live

first_imgBut to Washington traditionalists, Conway’s direct pitch from the White House for a product line sold by the president’s child seemed a jaw-dropping – and possibly illegal – misuse of presidential prestige.Democrat Elijah Cummings and Republican Jason Chaffetz – both lawmakers on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which Chaffetz chairs – led calls for Conway to face rebuke.“Conway’s statements clearly violate the ethical principles for federal employees and are unacceptable,” the congressmen said in a letter to the federal ethics chief, Walter Shaub, requesting that he recommend “appropriate disciplinary action” against her.“What she did was wrong, wrong, wrong,” said Chaffetz on Twitter. Friday 10 Feb 2017, 9:57 AM http://jrnl.ie/3232494 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 32,171 Views By AFP Senior Trump aide, Kellyanne Conway. What she did was wrong, wrong, wrong. Here is our bi-partisan letter to the White House and OGE. #Donteverdothis https://t.co/zqeYhcttMB— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) February 9, 2017 Kellyanne Conway facing probe after promoting Ivanka Trump’s fashion line on live TV “I’m going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody. You can find it online,” Conway said. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A KEY AIDE to Donald Trump was facing possible investigation yesterday after pitching the clothing line of the president’s daughter Ivanka on television.Top lawmakers from both camps denounced it as a major ethics breach and urged “disciplinary action.”Speaking with the White House seal clearly visible over her shoulder, Kellyanne Conway gave Ivanka Trump’s clothing a rave review during a Fox interview early yesterday, urging shoppers to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff.”“This is just a wonderful line,” she said. “I own some of it. I fully – I’m going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody. You can find it online.”Conway was clearly channeling the anger expressed a day earlier by the president himself, when he tweeted that Ivanka had been “treated so unfairly” by Nordstrom, an upscale department store chain that dropped her fashion brand.center_img Source: Jason Chaffetz/Twitter Image: Carolyn Kaster AP/Press Association Images The Office of Government Ethics, which Shaub heads, separately said it had been “receiving an extraordinary volume of contacts from citizens about recent events.”Without mentioning Conway by name, it said it was reaching out to the appropriate government agencies who would decide whether to pursue the matter – the established protocol when the OGE learns of “possible ethics violations.”‘The law is clear’Conway said the Trump team was “aware” of the lawmakers’ letter and was “reviewing that internally.”She also told Fox News she had spoken with the president about the incident and that he “supports me 100 percent.”“All I can say, at some point in your life, you ought to have a boss who treated me the way that the president is treating me today.”White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump’s aide had been “counseled” over the issue, without providing more detail.“Kellyanne Conway’s White House Infomercial,” as it was dubbed in a scathing New York Times editorial, again fanned debate over the unprecedented level to which the new president – despite his protestations to the contrary – has mixed politics, business and family, raising questions about conflicts of interest.For Noah Bookbinder, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a watchdog group which filed a separate complaint, “the law is clear” on such matters.“This is just another example of what looks like a disturbing pattern of this administration acting to benefit the businesses of the president’s family and supporters.”Boycott callsSince his election in November, Trump has targeted a series of American multinationals by name (General Motors, Ford, Boeing, Lockheed and others) for moving production overseas or for allegedly overcharging the government.But his tweet targeting Nordstrom marked the first time he had complained directly about the business interests of one of his adult children. The tweet appeared both on Trump’s personal account and on that of the presidency, @POTUS. Conway with Trump on inauguration day. Source: Evan Vucci AP/Press Association ImagesThe Nordstrom group, with 350 stores in the United States and Canada, has repeatedly denied any political motive to its dropping of Ivanka Trump’s clothing line, saying it was motivated purely by “performance” considerations. Sales had fallen, particularly in last year’s second half.But products carrying a Trump brand, including Ivanka’s, have been boycotted by critics of the new president, leading to his complaint of a political motivation behind Nordstrom’s move.TJX Companies, which operates the clothing store chains TJ Maxx and Marshalls, told AFP it had instructed store employees no longer to display Ivanka Trump products separately.“The communication we sent to TJ Maxx and Marshalls in the US instructed stores to mix this line of merchandise into our racks, not to remove it from the sales floor,” a spokesperson told AFP.© – AFP, 2017Read: Trump attacks ‘terrible’ Nordstrom for dropping Ivanka’s clothing lineRead: City mayor confirms there was no massacre at Bowling Green Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter Senior Trump aide, Kellyanne Conway. Image: Carolyn Kaster AP/Press Association Images Short URL 76 Comments Share305 Tweet Email Feb 10th 2017, 9:57 AM last_img read more

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First Dates Irelands Alice on dating I get a little tired of

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, 8:30 PM http://jrnl.ie/3239274 By Alice Marr Share161 Tweet Email 28 Comments First Dates is easily the most human dating show we’ve ever seen, although admittedly most of us watch its fly-on-the-wall intimacy through our fingers. First Dates Ireland waitress Alice Marr writes us a guest column about love, romance, first dates and Valentine’s Day.I’M NOT A dating expert. But from the eclectic assortment of dates I have been on, and all of the moments in the First Dates restaurant, I like to think I have picked up a few ideas about the dating world.When it comes to how to behave with your date, as much as it sounds cliché, I really put an emphasis on being yourself. Do you ever notice that you find yourself attracted to people who are really at ease and comfortable in their skin, no matter what they might look like? Confidence and self-assurance is sexy.So instead of putting all this energy into being who you think your date might want you to be, find ways to express the best parts of you. I would never complain or moan much on a date as who really wants to hear that. I tend to focus on the positive and on the real.But don’t delve too deeply into the personal. There will be plenty of time for that if the relationship grows.Embrace it, but be chillFrom working on First Dates, I’ve learned that everyone gets nervous. No matter who you are, in that moment when you are waiting to meet your possible match, you’re bound to be nervous.I would recommend getting something you know you will take your time drinking, so that you don’t accidentally drink a lot before getting to the main course. It’s lovely to have a drink or two as you ease into the date, but I would cap it there. We all know how we can get after having that one drink too many.Low expectations Source: Shutterstock/Kaspars GrinvaldsThere are many people we may initially find attractive. But with time how many end up being compatible with us? When heading out for a date I would keep expectations to a minimum.Yes, sometimes you can hope it will all go fantastically and you will never look at anyone else again, but sometimes being realistic is a necessity.Try to enjoy yourself, have a laugh and see where it may or may not go. Sometimes it is just really fun to date and keep it relaxed without being enveloped in expectations.Decoding body languageYou can read a lot about a person by their physicality, the distance they create between themselves and you, as they connect with you and focus on you. Watch out too if every exterior stimuli is distracting them.Everyone is different so obviously this is not a blanket statement. But if they are interested you can tell by how they are interacting with you verbally and physically.While I am on a date there are certain indications that lead me to believe that the date isn’t working. If the other person seems to be paying me very little attention and not connecting with me, I think it either means that they are just not that interested or that maybe they are a little too interested in themselves. Both of those are warning signs for me not to pursue this any further.I want to meet someone who is intrigued by meThis may seem harsh but sometimes in dating you have to be cut throat, so that you can foresee the car crashes before they happen.When you know you don’t want to see the other person again, in my experience the best way to deal with it is clarity. Say directly that you don’t want to pursue it anymore. This way there are no mixed signals and other than mild rejection, any major hurt is avoided.Mind gamesIn those exciting times when the date goes well (yay) I would try to gauge the possibility of us meeting again before we part. In the past I have allowed time pass and waited to see if they are interested enough to want to meet again. But at this stage I get a little tired of the games that we play when we are interested in someone.Of course, you don’t want to come on too strong. It’s best to keep some of your cards close to your chest. But when you are both hitting it off, there is no reason to be afraid of saying that you’d like to see each other again.So there you go, a little insight into Alice’s world of dating. This is what works for me, but as we know, every date is unique and comes with a different set of rules.Alice Marr is a waitress on First Dates Ireland. She is currently in her final year studying Drama and Theatre in Trinity College Dublin and plans to continue acting after graduation. First Dates Ireland airs Thursdays at 9:30pm on RTÉ2.Column: ‘My mum was dying. Her heart was failing. She was bedridden until she got a new heart’>The Burning Question*: Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?>center_img First Dates Ireland’s Alice on dating: ‘I get a little tired of the games that we play’ If you’re in a relationship Valentine’s Day can be really fun and smug. But if you’re not, here is Alice from First Dates on how to find your boo. Alice Marr 3,607 Views Short URL Feb 14th 2017, 8:30 PM last_img read more

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Flights from Dublin Airport to US cancelled as Storm Stella hits the

first_img 14 Comments Flights from Dublin Airport to US cancelled as Storm Stella hits the east coast Thousands of flights have been cancelled and schools closed in the US, as the storm drops snow and sleet across the region. Tuesday 14 Mar 2017, 9:06 AM Image: NOAA via AP OBTPS will be closed 3/14 due to winter storm Stella. RT ALERT to follow. pic.twitter.com/2RgaNdb1HE— David Cittadino (@OBSupCittadino) March 13, 2017 A NUMBER OF flights from Ireland to the US have been cancelled today, as the east coast braces itself for Storm Stella to hit.Various flights from to and from Dublin Airport to New York, Newark and Boston have all been grounded as the storm batters cities up and down the coast.Thousands more flights have been cancelled and schools closed in the US, as the storm drops snow and sleet across the region.Enda Kenny – who is currently in the US for St Patrick’s Day – has also had to change his travel plans as a result of the storm.Stella – the most powerful winter storm of the season – was forecast to dump up to two feet of snow in New York and whip the area with combined with winds of up to 96 km/h, causing treacherous whiteout conditions.The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a 24-hour blizzard warning from midnight last night (4am this morning Irish time) for a region stretching north into Connecticut and south into New Jersey that includes New York City.The storm however affects a densely populated area from Maine to Virginia, and as far west as Ohio.More than 6,800 US flights were cancelled for yesterday and today, with airports in New York, Boston, Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia hardest hit, according to the tracking service FlightAware. Airline passenger Carlos Sierra, of Honduras, checks the weather on his mobile phone as he waits to rebook his connection flight. Source: Alan DiazIn Connecticut, the governor announced a statewide travel ban, as residents across the affected region were urged to stay off the roads.The forecast postponed the first meeting between President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington until Friday.In New York, UN headquarters announced it would close, a disruption for the thousands of delegates expected to attend a women’s conference.In the financial markets, much of Wall Street was expected to work from home with low trade volume anticipated, due partly to Wednesday’s decision from the Federal Reserve on whether to raise interest rates.In Washington, the National Park Service warned that the cold could wipe out up to 90 percent of the capital’s beloved cherry blossoms.One popular meme on social media was a clip of actor Marlon Brando in his famous cry of “Stella!” from the steamy 1951 film “A Streetcar Named Desire”. Short URL Mar 14th 2017, 9:06 AM Satellite image showing the east coast of the US. Image: NOAA via AP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By AFP 20,953 Views Source: David Cittadino/Twitter http://jrnl.ie/3286149 Satellite image showing the east coast of the US. Share Tweet Email3 Blizzard conditionsSchools will close in New York, parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, as well as in the US capital and northern Virginia.In New York City, home to 8.4 million people, Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a state of emergency from midnight last night.Trump, facing the first major weather event of his presidency after a mild winter, said he had spoken to Homeland Security and that the Federal Emergency Management Agency was ready to provide assistance.“Everybody in government is fully prepared and ready,” he said.Let’s hope it’s not going to be as bad as some people are predicting. Usually it isn’t.But de Blasio wasn’t taking any chances, with 16 to 24 inches of snow forecast and accumulation as quick as two to four inches an hour.“High end could be as much as 24 inches which would therefore put this in the category of one of the biggest snowstorms in recent memory,” he said.In 2016 New York experienced the biggest snowstorm in the city’s history, with a record 27.3 inches falling in Central Park in 24 hours. That storm paralyzed parts of the Northeast and left 18 people dead.The Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions, said it would close all three of its locations today.© – AFP 2017 With reporting from Cormac FitzgeraldRead: Snowstorm changes Enda Kenny’s US plansRead: Here is the crystal bowl of shamrock Enda Kenny will give Donald Trumplast_img read more

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A Brexistential crisis So what happens now

first_img Short URL By Gráinne Ní Aodha Friday 29 Mar 2019, 6:38 PM A Brexistential crisis: So what happens now? The best answer to that question is: “F**k knows. I’m past caring. It’s like the living dead in here.” SO, WHAT IN heavens happens now?Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement, negotiated over a period of two years between her officials and the EU, has been rejected for the third time in three months.Despite intense lobbying by the Prime Minister’s team, the deal was defeated by a majority of 58; her deal was previously defeated by 230 votes, and then by 149 votes. As her deal is defeated, the default leave date is now 12 April.If her deal had been approved, the UK would have left the EU under the terms in the Withdrawal Agreement by 22 May, the day before EU elections begin. After her vote was rejected by 344 MPs, May said exasperatedly: “I fear we are reaching the limits of the process in this House”.So what are the options, and how likely are they?More indicative votesOn Monday, April Fools’ Day, the UK parliament will hold a second day of indicative votes; the last round of votes held on Wednesday resulted in the parliament rejecting all 8 options put forward. Source: Commons Press OfficeBut some of those options – such as a Customs Union which was only rejected by six votes – may have a chance of being approved by MPs now that May’s deal has been rejected.It was negotiated with the European Union that if May’s deal was rejected, the UK would have to decide what was to happen next.After the result in the House of Commons, European Council President Donald Tusk said that he was calling an emergency meeting of EU heads of state on 10 April. It’s intended that the UK will suggest what should happen next to the EU, and the European Council’s 27 leaders will discuss whether to approve that option on 10 April (with the UK due to leave the EU two days later, remember). Source: Frank AugsteinAnother extensionThe option to extend Article 50, which would mean delaying the date the UK is due to leave the EU, has already been taken (Brexit day was meant to be today).But UK and EU politicians are worried about the consequences of a no-deal Brexit, so in order to avoid that, they might give the UK another longer extension in order for them to get their House in order.Another extension would most likely mean that the UK would remain in the EU during the European elections that are being held between 23 and 26 May (Ireland’s election is on 24 May). Theresa May has said that this would almost certainly mean that the UK would have to take part in European elections.The EU has said that this would have to happen because if the UK were to remain in the EU but not take part in the election, there’s a fear that they could be vulnerable to legal challenges taken by citizens in the UK who want to exercise their right to vote. A disagreement between Brexit demonstrators at Westminster today. Source: Kirsty O’ConnorIf they did take part in the European elections, Nigel Farage has indicated that he would run as a Brexit Party candidate, as would other pro-Brexit advocates. This would mean a stronger pro-Brexit presence in the European Parliament, which neither side wants but could well happen.The Withdrawal AgreementRenegotiating the Withdrawal Agreement is the suggestion made by some of those who have been voting against the deal: including the DUP, former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab, and ERG member Steve Baker. They are calling for the backstop specifically to be renegotiated, with Baker saying that there were many elements to the Withdrawal Agreement that were bad, but claimed that the backstop “means we’ll indefinitely be trapped”.The likelihood is quite low though. Leading figures of the European Union have said that the negotiation is finished, and they can only provide legal assurances on what has already been agreed.“The European Council has agreed unanimously that the Withdrawal Agreement will not be re-opened,” Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said in the immediate aftermath of the deal being rejected, repeating comments Theresa May made to the House of Commons minutes before.It’s also possible that the Withdrawal Agreement could be put forward for a fourth vote next week… 58 Comments 28,749 Views Share96 Tweet Email1 Source: Nigel Farage/Twitter Based on conversations I’ve had, feels as though May will give it one more try next week and if that fails she will ask for a long extension and possibly call a general election. She would come under huge pressure to quit though— Gordon Rayner (@gordonrayner) March 29, 2019center_img Source: Gordon Rayner/Twitter As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: We will fight them again, and we will beat them once more. #BrexitBetrayal pic.twitter.com/5tEnnxMJh9— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) March 29, 2019 Theresa May told parliament after her deal was rejected that she would still push for an “orderly exit” on 22 May; Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn then pushed her to accept that her Brexit deal isn’t good enough to pass, and should be left to one side.She didn’t really do that.Instead, one of the likely scenarios being put forward is that if a customs union gets a majority in the House of Commons on Monday, May could put her deal back to a vote – with an amendment that a customs union could be included as part of it.It would then be for the European Council to approve a deal with a customs union, an option which they would be happy with as the EU wants as close a relationship as possible with the UK.General election, second referendum, and revoking Article 50 If a longer extension is granted, a general election and a second referendum are increasingly likely, as the UK establishment would have the time to organise them. Source: Commons Press OfficeEarlier in the week, May promised that she would step aside if her deal was passed today, sparking talk of who her successor could be. If there was a Tory leadership, it could take up to 6 weeks from start to finish.A general election could also be called: this could rearrange the numbers in the House of Commons enough so that there would be a clear majority for a type of Brexit. If a snap election was called, it would take around two months to organise.In 2017, a snap election was held on 8 June after Theresa May called for it on 18 April (it was this election that lost May her majority in the House of Commons and led to a coalition with the DUP…)After an online petition gathered almost 6 million signatures, questions have also been raised on whether the British government could revoke Article 50, thereby undoing the entire Brexit process.A European court has already decided that the British government has the power to do this, but May has so far refused to entertain the idea, saying that it would weaken people’s trust in democracy if she were to unilaterally reverse what the majority of the British public voted for. No dealA “no-deal scenario on 12 April is now a likely scenario”, the European Commission has said in a statement after the vote.Despite the majority of MPs voting against a no-deal Brexit, the default position is currently that on 12 April at 11pm, the UK will leave the EU without a deal. There are a number of serious ramifications of that, for Ireland especially.And even in a no-deal scenario, the UK would still have to hold negotiations with the EU eventually about its new relationship, so even in the walk-away scenario, they would still need to hold negotiations to try to strike a deal. Mar 29th 2019, 6:38 PM https://jrnl.ie/4567546 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Greeks hopeful with Papandreou

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Just as he had promised in his pre-election campaign, Greece’s new Prime Minister, George Papandreou, and his Pan-Hellenic Socialist Party (PASOK) colleagues have hit the ground running since claiming victory in the October 4 polls, and their work ethic and determination seems to be making a big impression on their constituents.“The way Mr Papandreou is handling his first days in office [is] reminding me a lot of (US President) Barack Obama, he has given the people of Greece renewed hope that we can have a bright future,” said Maria Papastamatiou, a 42-year-old advertising executive.Ms Papastamatiou, who has voted PASOK all her life, believes that the new Prime Minister is the right man to lead Greece.“What we need in this country is strong and responsible leadership, and so far Mr Papandreou is showing he can be the man for that job,” Ms Papastamatiou added.The likeness to Barack Obama is also evident to Emily Kotsolia, a 24-year-old Greek American airline hostess, now living permanently in Athens.“I was back home in the US last November for the elections and the way Mr Obama sparked the interest of the whole country it was amazing, now here Mr Papandreou, with his optimism and positive messages, I feel is doing the same for the young people of Greece,” said Ms Kotsolia. Others too have been impressed by Mr Papandreou’s first days.“So far I have been impressed by his speeches and comments and what appears to be a desire to make a difference. “The truth is though we will not be able to tell just how successful or productive all this will be for some time, but I live in hope that Mr Papandreou will set Greece off in the right direction,” said Dimitris Vogiatzis, a 31-year-old accountant.The PASOK leader’s attempt to reach out to all Greeks, regardless of political affiliations, has also made an impression.“Although I voted for the Greens party, I was hopeful that PASOK would beat New Democracy and I was happy to see Mr Papandreou offer members of the Greens party an opportunity to participate in his government, particularly when it comes to issues relating to the environment,” said Despoina Platanaki, a 21-year-old marketing student, who has also been impressed by Mr Papandreous and his cabinet ministers walking from their ministries to parliament.“I noticed that Mr Papandreou and a number of the new ministers were walking to and from parliament in an effort to do their bit for the environment, combined with PASOK’s decision not to print off large runs of political posters and Mr Papandreou consistently talking about climate change, I feel these small moves are sending the right message to the Greek people,” Ms Platanaki added.last_img read more

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Gillard suffers at first poll of 2012

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Opposition leader Tony Abbott is basking in the glory that he is the preferred PM of Australia in the first Newspoll for 2012.This is the lowest start in the polls Labor has ever experienced with the Coalition leading the government 54 – 46 in the two-party preferred stakes. The PM’s approval rating fell from 36 per cent last month to a low 33 per cent while Mr Abbott’s preferred rating stayed solid at 40 per cent meaning if Australia were to go to the polls, the Coalition would comfortably win.The survery was taken over three days starting from Friday last week, a day after the Australia Day protests from the Aboriginal tent embassy.Labor MPs will gather this weekend to discuss ideas for the party for the new year while Mr Abbott will address the National Press Club outlining the Coalition’s parliamentary attack for the year. Speculation is mounting that previous PM Kevin Rudd may be making a leadership challenge some time this year. last_img read more

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New Diasporas journey mapped

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A web documentary project focusing on stories of Greek people who have chosen to live abroad because of the economic crisis is appealing for support to realise its global ambitions. The New Diaspora project – which involves expatriates uploading video clips, photographs and stories – is the brainchild of Amsterdam-resident, film maker and online activist Nikos Stamboulopoulos. Born and raised in Athens, Stamboulopoulos studied film making in London and worked in Greek TV and advertising for more than a decade. Dissatisfied with the country’s downward trajectory, he left in 2009. “The way things were done there was depriving me of the chance to be creative and live my life as I wanted,” he says. “Too much fear and hatred in the hearts of people. I chose to move to Amsterdam, a place that looks like a toothpaste commercial in comparison to the misery in the centre of Athens.” New Diaspora set itself the challenge of raising $US 66,000 by May 3, to meet some of its costs through a crowdfunding appeal online, but looks likely to fall short with less than $US 3000 raised to date. Nevertheless, Stamboulopoulos told Neos Kosmos this week that his plans for building a global online community to submit videos and participate in a documentary production is still on track. “So far, New Diaspora has been an entirely self-funded project, and that translates to certain restrictions regarding the locations of our documentaries. “If we don’t reach our target, we’ll have to leave Australia, the US and Canada out of our plans for this year, and settle with any user-generated content we can get for free instead.” While fundraising to cover some of the production’s costs was crucial to achieve its global reach, said Nikos, time was also a factor. “Fundraising takes time, which is the only thing we can’t afford to waste. This migration wave is already happening, and we want to record every single aspect of it.” The decision to seek individual donations he says, was made to avoid “corporate interests and political compromises”. This week, while the online appeal had raised less than he hoped, Stamboulopoulos was sounding upbeat. “I probably sound crazy, but I still believe we have a chance to reach our goal. The New Diaspora online community is growing rapidly and so is international media attention. “People from all over the world are sending us messages of support. Most are Greek, which basically means they are not going to decide anything until the very last moment…” Nikos says his documentary series that will evolve from the New Diaspora project will categorise common themes of the diaspora’s experience – cultural shock, nostalgia, employment prospects, stereotypes and discrimination. “New Diaspora is an open community, where expatriate Greeks can share their own creative content and opinions, from wherever they are. “Our aim is to intervene in the public debate concerning what’s happening in our homeland. Also, to redefine our common identity and offer an alternative perspective on the international image of Greeks.” Stamboulopoulos says he’s keen to encourage creatives of all kinds, wherever they are in the world, to join the New Diaspora project, and while he can’t offer fees as yet, the door is open. “We’ve had positive feedback and contributions from every Greek community around the world. Maybe New Diaspora is not yet as well known in Australia as it is in Western Europe, but I’m sure it eventually will be.” New Diaspora’s founder says that whilst the project focuses on the more recent wave of economic migrants from Greece, he’s committed to giving space to the opinions of what he calls “the veterans” who left Greece in the years of mass post-war migration and their offspring. “In a connected world with so few degrees of separation, Greeks abroad can relate to a common cause with the speed of light. And that’s exactly why we are doing this. “New Diaspora is not meant to be just a virtual fireplace to tell our stories, but an active network that discusses ideas and proposes solutions for all that matters to us. Who knows? With our homeland in distress, perhaps one day expatriate Greeks can be the cavalry that arrives out of nowhere to save the day.” New Diaspora – a web documentary movement can be found at www.newdiaspora.comSTOP PRESS: The cut off date for the New Diaspora crowdfunding appeal has been extended until 17 May 2013.last_img read more

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Eurovision votes buck the trend

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Sweden’s Mans Zelmerloew was crowned the 2015 Eurovision winner with the help of generous points from Australia and Greece on Sunday.Australia’s first (and sadly last) chance at voting saw 12 points awarded to Sweden, while Greece gave its 12 points to third placed Italy.It was one of the first times Greece shied away from its usual 12 points to Cyprus, known for voting with a political angle rather than for song choice. It didn’t shy too far away though, with Greece giving Cyprus its second place with 10 points.Cyprus also bucked the trend and gave its 12 points to Italy, with Sweden and Greece getting its 10 and eight points repressively. Interestingly, both the Greek and Cypriot acts were performed by Cypriot nationals, with Maria Elena Kyriakou for Greece and John Karayiannis for Cyprus. Australia’s votes were very on trend with the eventual final rankings. All of its 10 votes were for the top 10 artists, with Sweden, Russia and Italy getting Australia’s 12,10,8 points respectively.Sadly Greece nor Cyprus were handed a bone by the Australian vote, despite many Greek Australian fans casting votes in the early morning of Sunday.The fan vote only accounts for 50 per cent of the final vote for the countries taking part. A national panel decides on the other 50 per cent, a measure recently enacted to stop block voting by political allies.After being given a place in the song contest as a special one off thank to our love of the competition, Australia’s Guy Sebastian took to the stage and charmed audiences, managing a very respectable fifth place.It was awarded 12 points by Austria and Sweden, while the UK and Norway gave us 10 points.Greece and Cyprus awarded Australia five and four points respectively. last_img read more

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FECCA Scholarship Programme announced

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Scholarships are available for individuals who are keen to engage with the multicultural sector, and who are otherwise unable to attend the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) conference later this year due to financial reasons.FECCA is seeking expressions of interest for the Scholarship Programme to attend, and actively participate in the 2017 National Biennial Conference Celebrate. Reflect. Advance: Our Multicultural Australia in Darwin from 8 -10 October 2017.Successful recipients will receive free registration to attend the three-day conference. They will have access to all conference sessions (excluding the gala dinner), explore issues of interest, discuss their emerging ideas with experienced actors in the sector, network, and establish connections for the future.Applications are encouraged in particular from:-Women -Those who have recently entered Australia on humanitarian visas -Unwaged or those with valid concession cards (particularly Aged Pensioners) -People living with disabilityTo submit an expression of interest submit a maximum 300-word or three-minute video expression of interest explaining why you are the ideal candidate for the Scholarship Programme, how you would benefit from participating, and how you would apply the experience in your future activities. Send this in an email with the subject line: FECCA 2017 Scholarship Program Expression of Interest to alia@fecca.org.au. All expressions of interest must be submitted by 5.00pm Wednesday 16 August AEST. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Dr Alia Imtoual at alia@fecca.org.au or (02) 6282 5755. For more information on this Conference, please visit: www.fecca2017.com.aulast_img read more

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Morrison government bans Milo Yiannopoulos from entering Australia

first_imgGreek-Irish “cultural libertarian” Milo Yiannopoulos (born Milo Hanrahan, but also known as Milo Andreas Wagner) has been banned from entering Australia.Fairfax publications revealed that the visa application of the right-wing provocateur was rejected because of fears that he would “incite discord in the Australian community or in a segment of that community.” The move that is likely to infuriate his supporters and please critics angered by his ridicule of Islam, atheism, feminism, social justice and political correctness.In October 2017, leaked emails revealed that Yiannopoulos had repeatedly solicited neo-Nazi and white supremacist figures on the alt-right for feedback and story ideas in his work for the website Breitbart. The leaked emails also showed that his book, Dangerous, and many of his Breitbart articles were ghost-written by a Breitbart colleague.In June last year, Paypal suspended Yiannopoulos for using the payment system to send $14.88 to a Jewish journalists. The number 1488 is used by neo-Nazis because 14 represents the mantra of securing a future for white children and 88 is representative of “Heil Hitler”.In recent years, other figures banned from entering Australia included WikiLeaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning, far-right Gavin McInnes and conspiracist David Icke, Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Contribute to the Multicultural Legislative Review 2019

first_imgThe Department of the Premier and Cabinet, through Multicultural Affairs has launched a review of the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission Act 1980, the key piece of legislation specific to our State’s multiculturalism.Since the Act came into effect in 1980, South Australia’s population and multicultural landscape has changed significantly. The review provides an opportunity to establish a foundation for the development of new multicultural policy that reflects the state’s cultural, linguistic and religious diversity. This review will also inform the development of culturally-responsive government services.The Government is seeking stakeholder and community feedback. Multicultural Affairs will advise the Government of your recommendations and the changes you wish to be made to the legislation.READ MORE: ‘The Old Greeks’, a multi-media exploration of migrationHow to have your sayThe consultation period opened on Monday 15 April, and concludes on Monday 3 June 2019.A discussion paper has been developed to support consultations with stakeholders and the community. The discussion paper suggests ways to improve and modernise the legislation and presents a series of questions for consideration and feedback.A series of community forums will be held in Adelaide and Regional South Australia. These forums are a chance for all members of the community to attend face to face engagement sessions.Community forums dates and locations are:• Port Pirie – Tuesday 30 April 2019• Adelaide – Thursday 2 May 2019• Berri – Tuesday 7 May 2019• Mount Gambier – Monday 20 May 2019• Adelaide – Tuesday 23 May 2019• Murray Bridge – Thursday 30 May 2019Multicultural Affairs will also be inviting key stakeholders to attend a consultation workshop.READ MORE: Greek Australian actress Olympia Valance named ambassador for multiculturalismTo register for a forum, complete the online survey, join the online discussion and download a copy of the discussion paper visit www.yoursay.sa.gov.au/multiculturalreview Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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ISIS member plotted to attack Anzac commemoration at Gallipoli

first_imgTurkish authorities have arrested a suspected Islamic State member that they believed plotted to attack an Anzac commemoration at Gallipoli, where hundreds of Australians and New Zealanders gather each year on 25 April.Turkish police allege that the attack was in retribution to the mass shooting by a white supremacist at Christchurch mosques in New Zealand.Last month, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had cited the Gallipoli campaign in his pre-election campaign. In scathing comments, Mr Erdogan warned Australian and NZ citizens who came to Turkey with anti-Muslim sentiments that they would be sent back in coffins, and he also criticised Anzacs for their role in Gallipoli.Police say that the suspect, a Syrian national, was detained in Tekirdaq, and was among several Islamic State members that have been detained. Two SIM cards are central to the case against him.Local Turkish media have released a name and a blurry photo of a 25-year-old believed to be the suspect of the planned attack.The threat was assessed as serious, but Turkish police have yet to release further details about the nature of the planned attack. It was due to take place at a special service at the memorial at the area where the failed 1915 military campaign by Anzac and allied forces took place at Gallipoli.READ MORE: The Greeks that fought with the Anzacs for their new countryTurks banned from visiting Anzac commemorations at GallipoliTurkey has heightened security at commemorative events amid fears for an attack. Turkish nationals, including bus drivers and tour guides, are forbidden from the peninsula for the service.“It’s actually not unprecedented for the Turkish authorities to recommend that Turkish nationals not attend the service, it’s happened in previous years,” Australia’s Veteran Affairs Minister Darren Chester told ABC News Breakfast.“I’m sure there’ll be a very solemn, very respectful commemorative event on the peninsula which will be well attended by visitors from mainly Australia and New Zealand.”READ MORE: Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s scathing comments about Anzacs Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Rougeole lépidémie saccroît dans les groupes dâge sujets à complications

first_imgRougeole : l’épidémie s’accroît dans les groupes d’âge sujets à complicationsFrance – L’Institut de veille sanitaire (InVS) a fait état d’une “augmentation significative” du nombre de personnes touchées par l’épidémie de rougeole parmi les moins de 1 an et les 20-29 ans. “C’est un constat préoccupant car les complications sont plus sévères dans ces groupes d’âge”, a souligné l’institut. Depuis le début de l’année 2009, deux personnes touchées par la maladie sont en effet décédées suite à des complications. L’Institut de veille sanitaire rappelle que le vaccin contre la rougeole est fortement recommandé, notamment chez les plus jeunes sujets.En décembre 2009, l’épidémie aurait connu une léger regain d’activité après deux pics épidémiques en février et juin 2009. Le nombre de cas annuel aurait d’ailleurs doublé par rapport à 2008 : selon un bilan provisoire, 1.525 personnes atteintes de rougeole auraient ainsi été recensées par l’InVS. 1.313 seulement connaissaient leur statut vaccinal et, sans surprise, 83% n’étaient pas vaccinées.Le 11 mars 2010 à 10:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Apple voudrait développer son propre service de navigation

first_imgApple voudrait développer son propre service de navigationLa firme à la pomme serait en train de concevoir son propre service de navigation pour ses terminaux iOS. En attendant, les utilisateurs d’iPhone ou iPad doivent recourir à GoogleMaps.Selon BusinessMobile.fr, Apple serait à la recherche de nouveaux ingénieurs pour renforcer son équipe de développement iOS. La firme à la pomme chercherait des candidats ayant déjà une expérience du développement de logiciels de navigation. Ces offres d’emploi publiées par Apple ont mis la puce à l’oreille des médias.Par ailleurs, la firme de Cupertino avait racheté l’été dernier la société Poly9, spécialisée dans la cartographie pour Internet. Un élément supplémentaire qui vient alimenter la nouvelle rumeur selon laquelle Apple souhaiterait aussi concurrencer Google sur le système de navigation. Il ne veut plus dépendre de ses services (Maps).La navigation est l’une des applications les plus utilisées par les utilisateurs de smartphones à l’heure actuelle.Le 20 décembre 2010 à 18:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Concours les plus belles images scientifiques primées

first_imgConcours : les plus belles images scientifiques priméesLa dernière édition du concours “Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge” vient de récompenser les plus belles images qui ont représenté la science.Des résultats scientifiques peuvent-ils être une oeuvre d’art à la fois ? Les images sélectionnées par le “Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge” prouvent que c’est possible. Organisé depuis 2003, par la National Science Foundation et le magazine Science, il s’agit d’un concours qui récompense les images qui ont le mieux représenté la science. Sont notées à chaque fois l’esthétique, l’exactitude et l’innovation.Cette année, ont retrouve parmi les clichés gagnants le modèle 3D le plus détaillé qui soit du VIH, une infographie montrant comment les champignons influent sur notre vie au quotidien, ou encore une image très nette de nanoparticules d’or.Les vainqueurs de cette compétition auront droit à un article dans le prochain numéro du magazine Science.En attendant, découvrez quelques unes des meilleures images sur Maxisciences.Le 18 février 2011 à 14:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Téléphonie mobile vers un plafonnement des engagements

first_imgTéléphonie mobile : vers un plafonnement des engagements ?L’UFC-Que choisir réclame une nouvelle fois que la durée des engagements des forfaits mobile soit plafonnée. L’association de défense des consommateurs prône une limite de douze mois, afin d’encourager la fluidité du marché. Aujourd’hui, 75% des abonnés à la téléphonie mobile ont souscrit à des engagements de vingt-quatre mois avec leurs opérateurs. Or de si longs abonnements ont pour effet de bloquer le marché, regrette l’association. Elle milite alors en faveur d’un plafonnement des abonnements, pour qu’ils ne puissent plus dépasser une durée de douze mois. Une mesure qui permettrait de relancer la concurrence, et donc de dynamiser à nouveau le marché.À lire aussiFin de l’internet “fixe” illimité ? Orange démentDans un communiqué cité par le Figaro, l’UFC-Que choisir souligne que les abonnés ne sont pas attachés à leur opérateur et le prouvent dès qu’ils en ont l’occasion. D’après un récent rapport de l’Arcep, 791.000 utilisateurs de téléphones mobiles ont changé d’opérateur tout en demandant à conserver leur numéro au premier trimestre. En outre, “l’observatoire trimestriel du marché mobile de l’Arcep laisse apparaître une percée des opérateurs virtuels (MVNO), qui parviennent, après plusieurs années à 5%, à s’arroger 8,4% du marché”, souligne l’association.Une redynamisation du marché qui pour l’UFC est “la conséquence de l’opportunité pour certains consommateurs de résilier leur forfait mobile sans frais suite à l’augmentation annoncée des tarifs en raison de la hausse de TVA”.L’association souligne par ailleurs qu’un plafonnement des durées d’engagement s’avère nécessaire alors qu’un quatrième opérateur, Free, s’apprête à entrer sur le marché. “Sans un réservoir de clients potentiels suffisant, sa viabilité pourrait être compromise”, prévient le communiqué.Le 12 mai 2011 à 17:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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A bord dun thonier des scientifiques inventent la pêche durable de demain

first_imgA bord d’un thonier, des scientifiques inventent la pêche durable de demainMardi, des scientifiques se sont embarqués sur un thonier équatorien pour deux mois. Leur but : observer méthodes de pêche et comportement des différentes espèces marines, afin d’élaborer des techniques plus sélectives et moins destructrices de l’écosystème.Si le thon rouge est menacé par la mode des sushis, d’autres espèces (thon obèse, mais aussi requins et tortues), pourtant non ciblées, sont victimes des dommages collatéraux de la pêche au thon listao (ou bonite à ventre rayé). C’est pour chercher à éviter ces prises accidentelles que des chercheurs de l’International Seafood Sustainability Fundation (ISSF) ont pris place sur un thonier senneur équatorien, avec tout un matériel.À lire aussiLe WWF achète une licence de pêche pour protéger les requins en Australie”Une des choses que nous faisons, c’est de mener des études comportementales à l’aide de balises acoustiques et de télémesure. L’objectif global est d’explorer quelques options possibles pour réduire la mortalité des thons obèses et celle d’autres espèces ‘indésirables’, tout en maximisant les captures de bonite à ventre rayé”, a déclaré le Dr Kurt Schaefer, directeur de l’équipe.L’étude des différences de comportement entre poissons recherchés et autres espèces – en étroite collaboration avec les pêcheurs, plein d’expérience pratique – devrait permettre d’élaborer de nouvelles méthodes et nouveaux engins : pêche à des moments différents de la journée, à des profondeurs spécifiques, utilisation plus ciblée de dispositifs de concentration des poissons (filets à mailles sélectives), etc.Le 14 mai 2011 à 11:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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