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HIQA serves closure notices to Louth disability services as sites deemed unfit

first_img Feb 17th 2017, 7:38 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/sylv1rob1 Image: Shutterstock/sylv1rob1 HIQA serves closure notices to Louth disability services as sites deemed unfit for purpose The facility at Drumcar has been the subject of a number of HIQA inspections in the past. 17 Comments Share Tweet Email2 CONCERNS HAVE BEEN expressed over the quality of care received by those at a State-run residential facility after HIQA ordered that half of the units were not fit for purpose.The John of God facility in Louth has been the subject of a number of unannounced inspections in recent years where assessors have found a number of failings. And in a move to address serious issues at the facility, HIQA will now close half of its living facilities.A statement given to RTÉ by HIQA said the move was taken because of “ongoing serious concerns for the safety and care of residents”. It said it had taken the action in a bid to “safeguard the residents”.Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams said he is “gravely concerned” following the HIQA decision to close half the units at the premises at Drumcar.Speaking following an RTE report which highlighted the consistent difficulties, Adams said that, in recent years, he had raised concerns about what he had described as “the inappropriate use of residents’ money for medical aids and examinations and the suspension of respite services on the site last summer”. The latter had caused great distress, he added.center_img By Garreth MacNamee Friday 17 Feb 2017, 7:38 AM http://jrnl.ie/3244401 Short URL 10,328 Views Once again, St John of God has failed people with disabilities in county Louth. The HSE must act to ensure that the safety and comfort of residents is guaranteed.A number of failings had been identified by HIQA over the course of a number of inspections with the last one occurring in May 2016.The centre, which is run by St John of God Services, is home to 22 adult male residents with intellectual disabilities. Over the course of the inspection, the centre failed 14 out of 18 tests.In the case of the man whose money was used to buy furnishings for the centre, the report said he had no independent representative or next of kin. It said his finances had not been managed appropriately.Inspectors were informed during feedback that a review would be completed with a view to repaying the resident for the items.Another major concern identified was free access, through unlocked interconnecting doors, from the adult centre to an adjoining respite service where children were accommodated. HIQA said this posed a risk to vulnerable persons. The issue was addressed by the person in charge during the inspection.Back in 2015, HIQA published a report into the facility which detailed a litany of failures which could mostly be attributed to staffing levels.There were concerns about a resident who had sustained a number of falls. An assessment found they required a sit-stand hoist but this never materialised and the resident had another fall this year. Again, there was no suitable intervention put in place.In another instance, where a resident was assessed as requiring a hoist for safe transfer, documentation stated that “four attempts were made to assist a resident off the floor.”Incidents of injury and harm between residents, including hitting out and biting,occurred on an almost daily basis and was observed by staff, one inspection report found.Read: Is everything ok with the government’s proposed regeneration of Dublin’s north inner city?>last_img read more

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Man who lifted 11yearold girl from green area near her home has

first_img File image. Image: Shutterstock/ARENA Creative By Ruaidhrí Giblin https://jrnl.ie/3279072 Man who ‘lifted’ 11-year-old girl from green area near her home has jail term cut He successfully appealed his sentence with the Court of Appeal holding that it was “excessive”. Short URL Image: Shutterstock/ARENA Creative 31,937 Views Mar 9th 2017, 3:24 PM File image. The consequence for the victim could have been far more serious.Mr Justice Mahon, who sat with Mr Justice George Birmingham and Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan, said the court was satisfied that the sentence of 17 years was excessive in all the circumstances.Martin was resentenced to 14 years imprisonment with the final three suspended.Such a sentence reflected the gravity of the crime and provided for the protection of children from Martin for a considerable period of time.‘I’m not going back to prison’It was hoped he would rehabilitate himself to a point where the risk of reoffending was minimal, Mr Justice Mahon said. Furthermore, the sentence would act as a deterrent to others.Importantly, Mr Justice Mahon said, the suspended period would remain operative for five years. Martin was required to enter into a good behaviour bond for a period for five years post release.As the conditions of the bond were being read to Martin he said: “I’m not going back to prison. I’ll do everything the court asks me”. He undertook to be so bound.Counsel for the Director of Public Prosecutions, John William Fennelly BL, said the appropriate sentence was adopted.  Fennelly said it was a serious case and there were “red flags” in Martin’s prior record and in a psychological report.It was a case of a very young child being lifted from a green area next to her hall door. He said the court had to have regard to the vulnerability of young children in cases such as that.Fennelly said Martin had a “very bad record” and was as culpable for the crime as anybody else would have been having regard to what the court heard was “intellectual challenges”.He said a letter of apology on the day of the trial might not be as mitigating as other forms of remorse might be.Read: Religious groups still owe €1.3 billion for institutional child abuse > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A MAN JAILED for falsely imprisoning an 11-year-old girl he “lifted” from a green area next to her home has had his 13-year jail term reduced to 11 on appeal.Michael Martin (37), who was living at Shandon Court, Yellow Road, Waterford City when the incident occurred, had pleaded guilty to false imprisonment of the girl along the roadside near Oldtown, Cullohill, Co Laois on 4 March 2015.He was sentenced at Portlaoise Circuit Criminal Court to 17 years imprisonment with the final four suspended by Judge Keenan Johnson on 5 November 2015.Martin successfully appealed his sentence today with the Court of Appeal holding that it was “excessive in all the circumstances”.He was accordingly re-sentenced to 14 years imprisonment with the final three suspended for five years.Giving judgment in the three-judge court, Mr Justice Alan Mahon said three young children, all siblings, were playing on a green area next to their family home on the outskirts of a village in Co Laois when Martin arrived at the location in a silver Nissan vehicle.Martin initially asked for directions before exiting the vehicle, approached one of the children – a girl aged 11 – physically picked her up off the ground and placed her feet first into the Nissan vehicle through the driver’s door onto the passenger seat.“The girl’s quick thinking 10 year old brother ran towards the vehicle and grabbed hold of the driver’s door and attempted to open the door,” Mr Justice Mahon said.Martin then proceeded to drive away “with the boy still holding the driver’s door”.While Martin’s attention was distracted by the boy’s “brave efforts to open the door”, his sister opened the passenger door and got out of the vehicle.The children then ran home and told their father.Eventually, the vehicle was tracked to Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny and Martin was arrested.He admitted stealing the Nissan but denied any involvement in the offence initially.He was identified as the driver of the vehicle at an identification parade but continued to deny involvement. His fingerprints were found in the car as well as fibres matching the girl’s clothing.He had been on bail at the time of the offence in respect of an earlier robbery.Victim impact A moving victim impact statement was provided to the sentencing court in which the victim’s father emphasised that his daughter’s innocence had been stolen, she had lost her confidence, his family’s life had been permanently altered as a result of the offence and the victim was afraid to go anywhere on her own and was fearful of everyday things.The sentencing judge picked 20 years as the headline tariff before mitigating it to 17. The judge had remarked that he would impose a life sentence on Martin to protect society but that measure was not available to him due to jurisprudence.In total, Martin had 92 previous convictions including one for sexual assault (12 month sentence in 2000) and one for abducting a 14-year-old girl (four year sentence with two suspended in 2004).In mitigation, he had pleaded guilty, he had difficult psychological background and had tendered a letter of apology.Martin had poor education, problems with relationships, sexual and physical victimisation and mental health problems. “His general cognitive ability was assessed as being in the extremely low range of intellectual functioning”.His barrister, Kevin White BL, submitted that the Circuit Court judge erred in imposing an overly punitive sentence which amounted to “a form of preventative detention”.It was submitted by White that the lack of violence was a factor which ought to assist Martin.However, Mr Justice Mahon said the girl was subjected to violence .She was manhandled by Martin, lifted off the ground and roughly deposited in the vehicle through an open window. That was “real and terrifying violence by any measure albeit relatively short lived”.“To the extent that no greater violence was visited on the victim, only very limited mitigation should accrue,” Mr Justice Mahon said.Certain mitigating factors identified by Martin’s lawyers – the absence of serious violence, sexual assault or use of a weapon and the shortness of the episode – “cannot truly be described as mitigating factors”.Mr Justice Mahon said the abduction of a child is an offence of the most grievous nature. It invoked an understandable sense of horror in most people, especially parents of young children.“Certainly the bravery and quick thinking of the victim’s 10-year-old brother prevented what might otherwise have been a dramatically more serious event.”It was “reasonable to assume” that without the boy’s intervention “the victim would have been removed to another location, for what purpose we cannot say, but certainly not for any legitimate reason,” Mr Justice Mahon said. 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Heres what happened when I asked every TD in Ireland if they

first_imgIf I had to pick just one (which is unfair) it would be “Irreplaceable.” Apart from the general good advice from Beyoncé that we should move “to the left, to the left,” it would behove us all as elected members of the Dáil that we should never for a second get to thinking we’re irreplaceable. Add us: dailyedge That said, I always felt “Bills, Bills, Bills” from Beyoncé’s days in Destiny’s Child was a good allegory for what has faced the Irish working class. Enda Kenny really is a good for nothin’ type of brother. Here’s what happened when I asked every TD in Ireland if they liked Beyoncé “Enda Kenny really is a good for nothing type of brother.” Short URL Share Tweet Email5 Finian McGrath Source: justice.ieThe Independent TD acknowledged that Beyoncé was “very talented,” but concluded that she just wasn’t for him. Different strokes, etc.No. I’m not a huge fan even though my daughters are. It must be an age thing. She’s very talented but I just don’t get her. I’m an old fashioned rock n roller.Tom NevilleThe Fine Gael TD told us that he’s more of a hip-hop aficionado, but respects Beyoncé nonetheless.Yes I think Beyonce is a great singing and performing talent. I listen more to hip hop so my favourite would be Bonnie and Clyde from Jay-Z, which features Beyonce.Carol Nolan Source: Sinn FéinThe Sinn Féin TD for Offaly was matter of fact in her response.I do like Beyonce and my favourite song is Halo.Jonathan O’Brien Source: Sinn FéinBut her party colleague Jonathan O’Brien went above and beyond. 248,154 Views By Amy O’Connor I am republican, but Beyoncé is the only queen I have time for. Of course I like Beyoncé. (1) Yes(2) Listencenter_img Mar 12th 2017, 1:00 PM https://dailyedge.ie/3274798 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Catherine Martin Source: Green PartyAn assistant to the Green Party TD sent us the following comment:She does like Beyoncé and she has picked “Halo” as her favourite song. She was going to go with “If I Were I Boy”, but has been informed that Eamon Ryan already selected that.Great minds, eh?Helen McEntee Source: Fine GaelThe Fine Gael TD is such a Beyoncé fan that she saw her in Croke Park last summer.I do like Beyoncé, I was even at her concert last July. My fave song is “Irreplaceable”. LAST WEEK, I was sitting at my desk, minding my own business, when it occurred to me that I didn’t know what any of our politicians thought of Beyoncé.Do they like her? Do they know who she is? Do they engage with her music? Do they own ‘I CAME TO SLAY merchandise?Politicians were getting away with keeping their views on Beyoncé to themselves and it was up to me to get to the bottom of it.On Monday afternoon, I set about contacting all 158 TDs. In my e-mail, I explained that I was getting in touch with every TD to collate their views on Beyoncé. I posed three questions: Kate O’Connell Source: TwitterA spokesperson for the Fine Gael TD said “she loves Beyoncé and her favourite song is Run The World (Girls).”Good choice.Willie O’Dea Source: Fianna FáilWillie O’Dea likes Beyoncé and doesn’t care who knows it.Good Afternoon Amy. Yes I like beyonce and my favorite song is Halo.Sean Ó Fearghail Source: Fianna FáilKeep Crazy in Love. You can have Halo. The Ceann Comhairle told us that he’s more of a a fan of Beyoncé’s forays into country music.Yes I do.  My favourite song is Daddy Lessons from the Lemonade album.Fiona O’Loughlin Source: Fianna FáilThe Fianna Fáil TD for Kildare South responded to my query on International Women’s Day and picked a song for the day that was in it.To be honest,  Beyonce is only on the slightest periphery of my radar, and I don’t have strong feelings on her either way. I note that one of her songs is called Run the world (Girls) so on International Women’s Day, as a female TD, I would have to say that’s my favourite song of hers!Frank O’Rourke Source: Fianna FailThe Kildare North TD can see your halo.I like Beyonce, my favourite song is Halo………………!!!Jan O’Sullivan Source: Jan O’Sullivan/TwitterLabour’s Jan O’Sullivan listens to Beyoncé with her baby granddaughter. Beyoncé: bringing generations of women together since 1997.Yes, I like Beyoncé. My favourite is 7/11, I dance to the video with my 1 year old granddaughter and we have a great time.Maureen O’Sullivan Source: Maureen O’Sullivan/TwitterThe Dublin Central TD admitted to being unfamiliar with Beyoncé’s oeuvre. That’s okay, Maureen. We won’t hold it against youI don’t know any of Beyoncé’s songs!!!John Paul Phelan Source: Fine GaelThe Fine Gael TD told me that he didn’t like Beyoncé, but only because he doesn’t get the chance to listen to much music.The answer is no. I just don’t get to listen to music much. Sad life I lead!Thomas Pringle Source: Thomas PringleThomas Pringle was one of the few dissenting voices and seemed to ponder if there was a place in society for non-Beyoncé fans.Lol. The answer to the question is no I don’t like Beyoncé. Well I’m not sure if I do or not I’ve never listened to her stuff. Should we all like Beyoncé? It seems from your question that it would be surprising if we didn’t.I advised him to listen to Beyoncé before rushing to judgment. He did not respond.Maurice QuinlivanSinn Féin’s Maurice Quinlivan straight up trolled me and gave three Adele-themed answers.Well played, Maurice. Source: Amy O’Connor/DailyEdge.ieBrendan Ryan Source: Brendan Ryan/TwitterLabour’s Brendan Ryan is not as enamoured with Beyoncé as he once was.I’m not a big fan of Beyoncé anymore. I felt she was at her most musically creative when part of Destiny’s Child.Eamon Ryan Source: Green PartyThe Green Party leader confirmed that he was a fan of Beyoncé and said his favourite song was…If I Were A BoySean Sherlock Source: dfaLabour’s Sean Sherlock expressed his admiration for both Beyoncé’s work as a solo artist and as one third of Destiny’ Child.Yes I like Beyoncé. My favourite old school Beyoncé song is Survivor (with Destiny’s Child). Solo wise I would say Crazy in Love.Brendan Smith Source: Fianna FáilFianna Fáil’s Brendan Smith seemed appalled at the notion that someone wouldn’t like Beyoncé. We hear you, Brendan.OF COURSE, WHO DOESN’TAs for his favourite song…HALONiamh Smyth Source: Niamh Smyth/TwitterThe Cavan-Monaghan TD is a Single Ladies fan.Yes I like Beyoncé. Single Ladies is my favourite song.Peadar Tóibín Source: Sinn FéinThe Sinn Féin TD declined to commit one way or the other and replied, “Yes and no,” when asked if he liked Beyoncé.Like many of his colleagues, he went with Crazy in Love as his favourite song.Miscellaneous responsesFine Gael’s Leo Varadkar was unable to answer my questions due to his “busy diary”.Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams could not comment due to “time constraints”.A spokesperson for Frances Fitzgerald advised me that they would bring the query to the attention of the Tánaiste and her officials, but I never heard back :(I received automatic acknowledgments from Mary Lou McDonald and Micheál Martin, but no response.Conclusion? Politicians may have their differences, but there is one uniting force: Beyoncé. Source: GiphyDailyEdge is on Snapchat! Tap the button below to add! Sunday 12 Mar 2017, 1:00 PM 119 Comments Do you like Beyoncé?If you answered YES, what is your favourite Beyoncé song?If you answered NO, why don’t you like Beyoncé?Within an hour or so, I had contacted all members of Dáil Éireann. I didn’t know what to expect or how many, if any, would reply to my query. This was as much an exercise in finding out what they thought of Beyoncé as it was in seeing who would actually take the time to respond.All in all, 37 TDs replied to my query.Here are the full, unedited responses.John Brassil Source: Fianna FáilBrassil, a Fianna Fáil TD from Kerry, seemed only delighted to be asked.Hi Amy what a pleasant questionnaire of course I like Beyoncé my favourite song is Halo.Declan Breathnach Source: Fianna FáilThe Fianna Fáil TD from Louth sees a lot of himself in Beyoncé’s music.Like most people I’m a huge fan of queen B, to paraphrase Kanye she’s “one of the best of all time”. After a long day in the Dáil, putting my feet up and treating myself to some old school Destiny’s Child is one of my favourite ways to unwind. ”Survivor” would have to be my favourite song of hers, what an anthem! It almost describes the life of a politician “I’m not gon stop, I’m gon work harder, I’m a survivor”Colm Brophy Source: Colm Brophy/TwitterThe Fine Gael TD for Dublin South West counts himself as a member of the Beyhive.The answer is yes I do like Beyoncé and my favourite song is Crazy in Love.Tommy Broughan Source: Tommy BroughanTommy Broughan, the Independent TD from Dublin Bay North, was diplomatic in his response and declined to single out a particular Beyoncé song as his favourite.Many thanks for your email. Yes I do like Beyoncé. I would find it difficult to pick my favourite song as I enjoy all her music. I very much enjoyed Beyoncé’s former group Destiny’s Child music as well.Pat Buckley Source: Sinn FeinSinn Féin’s Pat Buckley was critical of Beyoncé and her clothing line Ivy Park’s manufacturing practices.I’d like her a lot better if she paid the Sri Lanka women who sew her clothing line a decent wage while she enjoys a personal wealth of over a quarter of a billion dollars.Last year, it was found that the activewear line, which is co-owned by Beyoncé and Sir Philip Green, was being made in the MAS Holdings factory in Sri Lanka, a factory that isn’t exactly known for paying its workers high wages.Seán Canney Source: Seán CanneySean Canney, an Independent Alliance TD from Galway East, kept it short and sweet.1) Yes. (2) Single Ladies.Barry Cowen Source: Fianna FailBarry Cowen, a Fianna Fáil rep for Offaly, was the first TD to respond to my query. He described himself as being “indifferent” to the singer.Can’t say I dislike Beyoncé but am somewhat indifferent I suppose.  As regards favourite song by her, can only think of ‘if I were a boy’ so that may qualify as the one.Sean Crowe Source: Sinn FeinThe Sinn Féin TD isn’t too pushed on Beyoncé.Not particularly. I’m not too familiar with her songs.Paschal Donohoe Source: Paschal Donohoe/TwitterA spokesperson told me that the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform is apparently a “big Beyoncé fan”. No surprise given his love of Kanye.His favourite song?Crazy in LoveRegina Doherty Source: Regina Doherty/BlogspotThe government chief whip is responsible for getting TDs in formation, so no surprise that she’s a fan.Yes. Irreplaceable.Alan Farrell Source: Alan Farrell/TwitterThe Fine Gael TD prefaced his answers by saying, “This is a strange one.”I neither like her nor dislike her.He cited At Last as his favourite Beyoncé song. (As in, the Etta James song.)Michael Fitzmaurice Source: Michael FitzmauriceMichael Fitzmaurice, Independent TD for Roscommon-South Leitrim, wasn’t too familiar with Beyoncé and was therefore unable to comment.I don’t know much about Beyonce so unfortunately I cannot comment good, bad or indifferent.Charlie Flanagan Source: Fine GaelIn a twist I did not see coming, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan not only likes Beyoncé, but actually saw her perform in Central Park. He also had not one, but three favourite Beyoncé songs.Amy, as it happens I’m a big Beyoncé fan. Fave songs Drunk in Love, Halo & If I were a boy. Saw her Central Park New York – memorable !!You think you know someone.Sean Fleming Source: Fianna FáilThere was no beating around the bush from Fianna Fáil TD Sean Fleming.Yes. Single ladies.Josepha Madigan Source: Josepha Madigan/TwitterOr from Fine Gael’s Josepha Madigan for that matter.last_img read more

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Were in crisis Wexford mayor fights to fix the countys mental health

first_img‘We’re in crisis’: Wexford mayor fights to fix the county’s mental health problems Mayor Frank Staples wrote to the Minister for Health outlining his concerns for his community. 11,289 Views Sunday 18 Jun 2017, 8:45 AM 9 Comments IN FEBRUARY OF this year, Mayor of Wexford Frank Staples wrote to the Minister for Health asking for a 24 hour, seven-days-a-week mental health unit for his county.“Wexford is in crisis,” he wrote to the Minister for Health Simon Harris.Frank says just before sending the letter, he received news that there had been another death by suicide in Wexford. Just before speaking to TheJournal.ie this week, he got word that another member of his community had taken their life.“My town cannot face any further tragedies, we cannot allow our brothers and sisters, our children, our communities to be felt in despair at their darkest times. We need action,” the letter said, which was released to TheJournal.ie under the Freedom of Information Act.Frank says he’s spoken to health minister Simon Harris about the current state of mental health services in Wexford – and although Frank acknowledges the state funding provided over the past five years into mental health services, he says there’s a huge gap.“The focus has completely centred around developing a Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm support service system with no provisions in place for after 5pm or the weekend.”“If I stopped people on the street and asked them where they would go if they were suicidal, most of them wouldn’t know,” Frank told TheJournal.ie, saying how dangerous that could be for vulnerable people.He says there are almost no supports for young people in Wexford, and parents and young people have discussed this with him in the past. Source: Shutterstock/Africa StudioAccording to the National Suicide Research Foundation, almost 13 people per 100,000 of the Wexford population took their own life in 2015, which is almost a third above the average of 9.7.The county’s only acute mental health care unit St Senan’s in Enniscorthy, was closed several years ago, and now patients are reverted to Waterford Regional Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry, which is understaffed and struggling to cope with demand.Instead of hoping for State action, Frank started a community-based campaign ‘Ask’ to get people to open up about how they’re feeling.The driving force behind the campaign has been Frank’s own battle with depression and his journey to overcome it by speaking up.Speaking frankly“I’ve been told I’m the first bipolar mayor in the country,” he says, though he wonders whether that’s accurate. The first openly-bipolar mayor maybe.And open discussion of mental health has been at the core during his tenure as mayor.After he was first appointed almost 12 months ago, he made it a promise to direct his focus on mental health issues in the county. He remembers conducting a radio interview soon after, and out of nowhere he was asked ‘have you ever contemplated suicide?’“Well it hit me like a hammer,” he said. But he opened up on-air then, and many times afterwards. Since then, he’s been a voice for an open discussion on mental health, receiving calls from locals about their own personal struggles.“Talking about my own mental health is like talking about the weather now,” he says, adding that he hopes his experience is proof that talking about your problems does help lift the load on people.‘Are you ok?’ One of the ASK campaign posters that was inspired by a similar campaign in Australia. Source: ASKFrank and his team’s ‘Ask’ campaign is aimed to work in two strands.First are the campaign posters, depicting a person taking off a mask, or their public face, and revealing how they’re truly feeling underneath. The first strand of this campaign encourages people in difficulty to take off their ‘masks’ and ask for help.The second strand is more about other’s awareness, and encourages people to be mindful of those around them that may be struggling with their mental wellbeing by asking – ‘Are you ok?’Local businesses and bus companies are displaying posters as part of the campaign and community support groups have been organising events to raise money. By Gráinne Ní Aodha Jun 18th 2017, 8:45 AM center_img Share1456 Tweet Email3 http://jrnl.ie/3448224 Bus companies are offering to help the ASK campaign’s message. Source: ASKAlthough this campaign is only in Wexford at the moment, Frank says that his team would be delighted if other councils wanted to roll out something similar in their local areas, and would be happy to help with that.Next week is Frank’s last week as Wexford’s mayor, but he says that his new-found free time will allow him to focus more time on the ASK campaign.But he says there’s still a need for a 24/7 Mental Health care unit – linked to Wexford General Hospital – to be established so that people have somewhere to turn to during their darker days, and says he remains committed to that.TheJournal.ie asked the Department of Health was asked whether there were plans to begin a 24/7 mental health unit in Wexford, and are still waiting for a reply.Read: Children’s lives ‘at risk’ over lack of nationwide out-of-hours mental health servicesRead: Kerry has one of Ireland’s highest rates of suicide – will the government’s ‘action plan’ help? 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My little sisters right now are chained up Court hears 911 call

first_img A 17-YEAR-OLD girl who had just escaped her home called police dispatchers and revealed in a high-pitched voice the abuse that had gone on for years.“My two little sisters right now are chained up,” she said in a recording played today during a hearing to determine if her mother and father stand trial for a raft of abuse charges.“They will wake up at night and they will start crying and they wanted me to call somebody,” she said of her siblings. “I wanted to call y’all so y’all can help my sisters.”The girl’s mother, Louise Turpin, dabbed her eyes with a tissue as the 911 call was played in Riverside County Superior Court.David and Louise Turpin have pleaded not guilty to torture, child abuse and other charges. They are being held on $12 million bail each.The 911 call in January was the start of a new day for their 13 children, some of whom didn’t even understand the role of police officers when they showed up at the house in response to the call.Officers freed two children who were shackled to beds and arrested the parents in a case that drew worldwide attention to severe neglect at the Perris, California, home that looked neatly kept from the outside.Inside, police discovered something completely different.The house reeked of human waste, and the evidence of starvation was obvious, with the oldest of 13 siblings weighing just 82 pounds. The children were locked up as punishment, denied food and toys and allowed to do little except write in journals, prosecutors said.Children were isolated from each other and locked in different rooms in small groups.They did not have access to televisions or radios but expressed themselves in the hundreds of journals that investigators seized from the home where they were schooled.After they were freed, the children, who ranged in age from 2 to 29, were immediately hospitalised and eventually released.Their current whereabouts are unknown. A spokeswoman for the county’s social services department declined to discuss the case.Jack Osborn, an attorney appointed to represent the seven adult children, said earlier this year they were “doing well”. They have participated in music therapy programmes, made crafts and world-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma held a special concert for them. They communicated with their younger siblings over Skype.“They’re happy, they are wanting to move forward, they do not want to dwell on the past,” he told the Riverside Press-Enterprise newspaper in February.“They do not want people to think of them only as a possible victim, but as young adults setting off on their lives.”Osborn did not respond to an email from The Associated Press this week.Prosecutors planned to have sheriff’s deputies testify at today’s hearing, but none of the children was expected to take the stand.David Turpin’s attorney, David Macher, said he was “looking forward to the hearing,” but declined to comment further. Louise Turpin’s lawyer did not immediately respond to request for comment. By Associated Press ‘My little sisters right now are chained up’: Court hears 911 call made from girl who escaped home David and Louise Turpin have pleaded not guilty to torture, child abuse and other charges. They are being held on $12 million bail each. Louise Anna Turpin, second left, talks with an investigator as her husband David Allen Turpin, right, looks on during a court appearance in Riverside, California. No Comments Short URL Image: Watchara Phomicinda via AP Jun 20th 2018, 10:02 PM center_img http://jrnl.ie/4082742 Share82 Tweet Email1 67,295 Views Wednesday 20 Jun 2018, 10:01 PM Louise Anna Turpin, second left, talks with an investigator as her husband David Allen Turpin, right, looks on during a court appearance in Riverside, California. Image: Watchara Phomicinda via AP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Detention and warrant for former Siemens executives

first_imgThe investigation into charges of bribery and money-laundering by German electronics giant Siemens to win a major telecommunications contract reached a crucial juncture last week when two former Siemen Hellas executives were remanded in custody and an international arrest warrant was issued for another.Former Siemens executives Prodromos Mavridis and Emmanouil Stavrianou were in custody following extensive questioning before the Special examining magistrate Nikos Zagorianos in Athens. Both Mavrides and Stavrianou have denied any wrongdoing in the 1997 case, in which prosecutors have also charged other former Siemens Greece staff over alleged bribes for contracts with the Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation (OTE), the then state-controlled telecommunications group. Greek prosecutors also issued an international arrest warrant for former Siemens Hellas CEO Michalis Christoforakos who failed to appear appear before the investigating prosecutors to respond to the charges.His lawyer said that health reasons did not allow him to travel from Munich to Athens. He also submitted a petition seeking a few days’ extension for his appearing before the magistrate, given he had traveled to Munich for the German authorities’ investigation into the Siemens bribery scandal. A third Siemens executive Alexandros Athanassiadis was charged but released following the payment of a bond.The special examining magistrate Nikos Zagorianos is investigating several major contracts signed in 1997 between Siemens and OTE to install digital technology at the latter’s telephone substations.Christoforakos and Mavridis are alleged to have been behind the creation of a slush fund, which were used to bribe politicians and public officials to secure lucrative state contracts.The first seven defendants in the case gave deposition to the Special examining magistrate Nikos Zagorianos. They include six former high-ranking executives of Siemens Hellas, the German multinational’s subsidiary in Greece, and a former OTE top executive. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Asbestosis sufferer sues Dunlop

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A Greek Australian man is suing Goodyear Dunlop tyre factory after being diagnosed with asbestosis after working at the company for ten years. John Melissinos, 71, who worked at the Thomastown factory in High St from 1975 to 1985, is now in poor health due to the medical condition. Mr Melissinos had been exposed to and inhaled substantial quantities of asbestos in the course of his employment as he removed and applied asbestos lagging to steam pipes and oil tanks, and during its use in the tyre-manufacturing process. He had also been exposed to asbestos from brake pads, and in the process of removing asbestos debris from the factory floor, his lawyer Claire Setches from Slater and Gordon said.Ms Setches said her client now suffers from asbestosis, breathlessness, shock and anxiety, and a significantly-increased risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma.“He now also has to cope with a multitude of costs – including medical, hospital, nursing, pharmaceutical costs, and travel costs as he makes his way to appointments and treatments,” she said.“What’s more, he will need to rely on the kindness of his friends and family for the rest of his life, as he moves into his senior years with a serious lung condition,” she added.Many people were not aware that Goodyear Dunlop had used asbestos products in the tyre-manufacturing process, the lawyer said.“Many workers who’ve worked in similar roles to Mr Melissinos would have been unknowingly and unwittingly exposed, as uncontrolled removal of asbestos occurred in their day-to-day work,” Ms Setches said. “Goodyear Dunlop knew, or ought to have known, its employees were at danger of inhaling asbestos and developing serious lung disease as a consequence, but it failed to take any precautions.”Mr Melissinos hopes others who worked in tyre-manufacturing would take heed. “Most people have no idea that asbestos was used in the tyre industry. I would urge any former workers to speak to their doctor and lawyer as soon as possible,” he said.While not everyone exposed to asbestos develops lung cancer or other lung conditions, it is vital any ex-employees of the Thomastown factory put their names on the firm’s asbestos register, Ms Setches said.“Slater and Gordon’s register builds a database of workplaces where asbestos has been used, and is a comprehensive reference point in the event that workers develop an asbestos-related disease,” she said. “If in the future, workers are diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, it means we can move quickly to identify how and where the exposure happened.”last_img read more

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Business profile Max Ouzas Prestige Cars

first_imgIn 1981, Max Ouzas opened a family business that would deliver quality used prestige vehicles to Australians. A family business through-and-through, Max works alongside his son Stefanos, nephew Bill. Even his wife Julia will help out from time to time, ensuring this business remains a tight-knit family affair. There was no question in Stefanos’ mind that he would enter the family business. His mother told him as a young boy he would follow his dad Max into work, spending his school holiday’s answering the phones and washing cars – to the point he’d ask the salesmen for five cents for following up on potential clients for them. It was a natural progression for Stefanos to follow in his father’s footsteps. And now, as his father is reduces a few of the responsibilities – although he still comes in every day – Stefanos has stepped up to the plate and now oversees more of the day-to-day running of the company. “My role is day-to-day running and managing the business,” explains Stefanos. “I am still involved in selling and buying and along with all the paperwork.” Prestige vehicles are a luxury, but buying a prestige quality used vehicle makes that luxury even more attainable for the everyday Australian. And being in the business for so long, and with so much experience, Stefanos is able to find the perfect car to suit your needs. “Finding out what they need out of a vehicle is our job,” Stefanos told Neos Kosmos. He says within five minutes of conversing with a client, he can usually tell what car would suit them. To find out what car is suitable for each individual Stefanos says they ask their customers about their needs. “We ask things like, is it only them in the car? Is it going to be a family vehicle? Do they have kids, grand kids? Are they single? Is it to be driven every day, only on the weekends, or at night? How big do they feel like they want to go – do they want to go up to a four wheel drive or a two door sports car? “Once you get that you find out a bit more about their personality, because every car is different in it’s own way and you know every brand. One will suit them more than the other.” Stefanos says what sets them apart is being a tight-knit family business with years of experience that gives them the credibility to offer this kind of advice. And it all comes down to customer service. “Being a small business and a family business it’s really important to us that everyone is satisfied at the end of the day. “Every client has to feel special and they are to us. We value every single one of our clients that buy a car. Like I tell everyone, I don’t want to sell you one car, I want to sell your whole family cars so I want to establish that relationship and keep it going.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Cancer patients in Greece line up for drugs

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Hundreds of cancer sufferers and carers lined up outside pharmacies across the country Tuesday after an agreement between caretaker Health Minister Christos Kittas and pharmaceutical companies led to fresh supplies being channeled to the National Organization for Healthcare Provision (EOPYY), the country’s main healthcare provider.According to a statement released by EOPYY, the process of sending out orders for the anti-cancer medicines was completed Tuesday and pharmacies were being stocked with the drugs. It was expected that pharmacies would be fully stocked in the next two days, EOPYY said. Cancer patients can telephone the hotline 184 from noon Wednesday for information about where to procure their drugs while most pharmacies in Attica will not close at lunchtime, as is usual on Wednesdays, but will stay open until 7 p.m.The head of EOPYY, Gerasimos Voudouris, told Kathimerini that he hoped people would not besiege pharmacies unless they have an immediate need for the drugs. “It is crucial that people remain calm,” he said. “Those who need their drugs on Thursday or Friday can go tomorrow [Wednesday] but those who do not need them until Monday can leave it for another day so we avert a rush,” he said.Meanwhile, unionists representing the country’s pharmacists are refusing to provide medicines on credit until EOPYY settles debts of some 250 million euros for prescriptions issued in March.Following talks with Finance Minister Giorgos Zannias, Kittas said that 70 million euros which has been secured for the repayment of EOPYY’s debts for March would only be released to pharmacists if they resume giving out medicines on credit.As the deadlock in the health sector continues — and after hospital suppliers suspended deliveries to six major institutions Tuesday over 150 million euros in unpaid debts — a second prosecutor was asked to bolster a probe into the shortage of crucial medicines. Athens Court of First Instance prosecutor Antonis Eleftherianos is to help prosecutor Popi Papandreou probe possible criminal charges against pharmacists and pharmaceutical firms that have failed to provide medicines to patients with serious illnesses.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Greek Parliament passes new austerity package with tiny majority

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The coalition government narrowly passed an omnibus bill containing structural reforms and austerity measures shortly after midnight on Wednesday. A total of 153 out of 300 MPs approved the measures, which pave the way for Greece to receive its next tranche of bailout founding – 128 deputies voted against the package, while 18 voted «present». The vote, however, came at a cost for the coalition as it lost several MPs. PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos ejected six lawmakers from his party for voting against the package. This included former minister Costas Skandalidis, who was rumored to be mounting a leadership challenge. The move reduces the number of PASOK lawmakers to 27. One MP was ejected from New Democracy, reducing the conservative party’s tally of deputies to 126. Addressing Parliament a few hours before the vote, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras appealed to MPs to back the package, noting that Greece’s future in the eurozone was at stake. “Today we are voting on whether we stay in euro or we return to isolation,” he said. Samaras admitted that cuts to salaries and pensions were unfair but insisted that they they would be the last and any “future adjustments” would be limited to curbing tax evasion and waste. He said the changes being pursued by his government constituted “a revolution.” The key goal remained the release of a 31.5-billion-euro tranche of rescue funding, he said, noting that only 3.2 billion euros of this amount that would go toward serving Greece’s debt. Socialist PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos struck a similar note, saying that Greece had two options. “One is dramatically difficult, the other total disaster,” he said. The Socialist leader lashed out at the leader of leftist opposition SYRIZA Alexis Tsipras, accusing him of “investing in the country’s political death” by calling for new elections. Earlier Tsipras had repeated demands for snap polls, noting that the coalition had reneged on its promises. Tsipras said the government’s efforts to secure an extension for fiscal adjustment were redundant. “The only extension we need is for the rope with which we will hang ourselves.” The leader of the junior coalition partner Dmocratic Left, Fotis Kouvelis, for his part, defended his party’s opposition to changes to labor laws. “Some insist that labor reforms are a secondary issue. That is not so. Labor laws are a road map for Greece after the crisis.” “We don’t want to be part of rebuilding the country after a collapse,” he said. Before the party leaders’ speeches there had been a different type of drama in Parliament. Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras retracted a proposed amendment to include parliamentary employees in cuts to civil service salaries, after the employees threatened to strike, though he said the bill would be resubmitted. Earlier in the day, left-wing SYRIZA and right-wing Independent Greeks caused upheaval in Parliament by calling for a snap vote on whether the austerity package was constitutional while a larger number of coalition MPs had been absent from the House. The vote went ahead despite SYRIZA’s attempt to withdraw it after coalition deputies returned to Parliament to avert a possible challenge. Between 70,000 and 100,000 people gathered outside Parliament from about 6 p.m. to protest ahead of the vote. The peaceful protest was broken up later when rioters clashed with police. Molotov cocktails were thrown and officers responded with tear gas and water cannons. Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court deemed that proposed reductions to judges’ wages were unconstitutional. The Court of Audit had also deemed the measures to be in violation of the Constitution. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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One in four unemployed

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Just over one in four people aged between 15 and 74 are now unemployed, according to jobless data released on Thursday. The unemployment rate crossed the 25 percent threshold in August, to reach 25.4 percent, according to the Hellenic Statistical Authority (Elstat). This represents a 0.6pt jump on the previous month and a full seven point increase on the same month last year, Elstat said, in its Labour Force Survey for August. Young people are hardest hit, with 58 percent of those under the age of 25 registered as without work, up from 45 percent a year ago. Unemployment remains higher among women (29 per cent) than men (22.7 per cent). In real terms, the data translates into a total of 1,267,595 persons without work, an increase of 36,597 people in one month alone. This means that since August of last year, 351,666 people have joined the dole queues, an increase of 38.4 per cent. The same data puts the number of people employed at 3,726,663 and the number of economically inactive people – meaning those without work but not seeking work – at 3,375,297. The regions of Epirus and Western Macedonia, where the jobless rate reaches 28.5 per cent, remains the country’s unemployment blackspot, while Crete (19.6 per cent) has replaced the Aegean for the lowest unemployment rate. At 25.9 per cent, the rate in Attica is slightly above the national average. Source: Athens News/dmculast_img read more

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Prison security to be beefed up

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece is to hire more prison guards, place barbed wire at all jails and install bulletproof windows at guard posts as part of efforts to step up security at its penitentiaries.Justice Minister Antonis Roupakiotis announced on Wednesday a raft of measures in the wake of 11 prisoners escaping from Trikala jail in central Greece last week.Authorities said yesterday that they found another two unexploded hand grenades outside the prison, where guards and the escapees’ accomplices fired hundreds of shots at each other.He said that one of the prisons in Trikala, Domokos or Malandrino would be transformed into a maximum security jail, where hardened criminals and prisoners who had tried to escape would be interned.Roupakiotis said that the Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) would also be checking prison guards financial details for signs of anything suspicious.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Ethnic seniors get funding boost

first_imgSeniors of ethnic groups will soon receive $233,000 in Victorian government funding to help encourage participation in activities and remain active, announced Minister for Health and Ageing, David Davis. More than 50 groups and agencies around Victoria will also receive grants from the participation for culturally and linguistic diverse seniors. These grants will not only promote activity amongst the elderly community of Victoria, but increase support for isolated seniors from CALD backgrounds. “Australian Institute for Health & Welfare data shows nearly a third of all Victorians aged over 65 are from a CALD background, “said Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Nicholas Kotsiras. Mr Kotsiras said that he was contented to see that these grants had been spread among over 25 different ethnic groups. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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PRONIA celebrates National Volunteer Week

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As part of National Volunteer Week, PRONIA honoured its core members in a special ceremony on 22 May at the Ithacan Philanthropic Society Hall ‘The Ulysses’ in Elizabeth Street right in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.PRONIA president George Spiliotis awarded the volunteers with certificates of recognition, showing the organisation’s appreciation for their selfless work benefiting the community.Anyone wishing to become a volunteer and join PRONIA, can contact Paraskevi Tsigka on (03) 9388 9998.Athanasios Patsouris PRONIA’s VolunteerNikki Efremidis Manager Aged & Coordinated Care Serviceslast_img read more

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Building excellent public services for all

first_imgThe dates for Victoria’s State election have been issued and the rival parties have already taken it to the road, selling their policies and trying to win over the voters. Neos Kosmos, keeping up with tradition, will cover this contest from all aspects, seeking through to the Greek heritage candidates and communicating their pleas to the voters. They will have the chance to express in their own words what they represent and offer to their constituents and the wider community of Victoria.Steve Dimopoulos is allowed to feel right at home in Eaton Mall; everybody in the most Greek strip of land in Melbourne knows the sitting member for Oakleigh in Victoria’s state parliament, who will recontest the seat as the Labor candidate in the state elections on Saturday 24 November.In 2014, Dimopoulos managed to secure Oakleigh with a safe margin of 16 points (after the distribution of preferences) a fact that is indicative of his close and long-standing relationship with this electorate.This margin justifiably gives him the frontrunner’s position in the contest. However, the decision of the Andrews government to abolish taxi licenses, compensating their owners not for all but only three for each owner, has infuriated some voters in Oakleigh and it remains to be seen how this will affect Labor’s prospects in the upcoming election. Nevertheless, it remains very difficult for the Liberal Party to win this seat, considering that Labor’s influence in Oakleigh has “sank” only twice in the history of the seat, in 1992 and 1996, when Labor suffered the largest election defeat in its history in state elections in Victoria.As with the other Greek candidates, Steve Dimopoulos was given the opportunity to present his case to the voters of Oakleigh.Which do you think are the most important issues for your constituents?The key ones is the cost of living, population growth and congestion. Life has become harder for people generally over the last twelve years. There has been wage stagnation nationally. Everybody from the Reserve Bank to the Business Council of Australia recognises that. As we cannot impact on personal income tax, Centrelink payments or GST, we are making sure that families and individuals have good public services. We can take the burden away of having to pay for private services if they do not choose to.So good public schools in every community, free TAFE, almost free three year old and four year old kinder, are policies that contribute to good quality of life, including the best ambulance response times Victoria has ever seen. That is not by accident, this is because of our government’s investment.The electricity prices and power prices in general are very high. We made a whole bunch of decisions last year to bring them down though. Apart from the $50 incentive to get on that energy compare website which is proven to lower prices because you compare with the market, if we are re-elected we will abolish standing offers. So in every single occasion the customers will get the best deal because they will be informed. Also we are expanding the supply of energy, by making a whole bunch of investments in wind and solar and other renewable energy policies.We are trying to create a society and a community where families and individuals are supported through excellent public services that people should rely on, from schools, to ambulance, to community spaces, to public transport.By improving public transport you also impact on congestion and quality of life. People see the pressures of population growth. We should have started getting ready decades ago, as governments generally. We didn’t. The Andrews government though, is actually working on relieving people’s pressure. Ιt won’t happen immediately. People talk about the governments not having long term commitments. We do and we’ve proven that. The busiest train corridor is in my electorate, the Cranbourne line, busiest in the whole of Victoria. We are putting high capacity trains on this line as of April next year, we had a lot of crossings removed and we are upgrading the signalling. We are going to get 11,000 more people on the train between 7-9 in the morning peak and also in the evening peak.What do you offer to the Greek community within your electorate? Labor supports the Greek community through supporting building projects in individual communities in my electorate and elsewhere, including churches, community halls, including the Greek Community of Melbourne building. We have increased Greek festival funding, funding for the teaching of the Greek language here in Victoria and introduced bi-lingual Greek English kindergarten programs. We funded Greek aged care facilities and much more. That’s a fact and some of these funds have already being distributed.But I would also like to comment on the issue of the taxi license owners and recent attacks from the opposition’s shadow minister for Public Transport, David Davies.If David Davies actually wanted to do something for the taxi licenses holders, rather than actually playing them in a political sense, which is a disgusting attribute that he has and he has done it with other groups in the past, he would have done two things.He would not have opposed the $2 levy on every ride that we put up to raise the money for the compensation scheme.Secondly, he had the power in the Upper House, the Liberal and the National party have more MPs in the Upper House than the Labor Government has. We did not control the Upper House. He could have made an arrangement with the crossbenchers to have increased the compensation scheme that he says now is inadequate. I read his speech; it was 2,300 words on the Commercial Passenger Vehicle bill. 2,300 words! He didn’t add the eight words that counted, ‘I move an amendment to the compensation scheme’; yet he is out there on the streets, outside my office and in many other venues with vulnerable Greek and Turkish and other taxi license holders saying ‘you have not got enough money and it is not fair, and I will fix it’ while he has had the opportunity in the parliament of Victoria in the Upper House to fix it. So when he says about a review, I not only don’t believe him, I find it galling and objectionable given his history on this very issue.For what reasons do you think the voters should give you their vote?I believe people should vote for me for two reasons: I represent a party that has not wasted one day in office, working hard to improve the lives of working people, families and pensioners. We have improved the public health system, ambulances, hospitals, schools, public transport, we have recruited more police and we have built the strongest economy in Australia including creating 400,000 additional jobs.I am not only the member of parliament for the Greek centre of Melbourne, I live here and I was raised here. I worked in Oakleigh for many years both for a former politician, as a councillor and Mayor for the City of Monash and as a small business owner in Oakleigh. I know and love the Greek community of Oakleigh and it’s been part of my life for my whole life. I listen to people, I work hard and I have an ambition to keep working to improve the lives of people who have worked so hard for so long to help build the incredible success story that is modern Australia. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Cyprus serial killer accused of rape as decomposed child body is identified

first_imgSuspected Cyprus serial killer Nicos Metaxas, 35, is alleged to have raped a 19-year-old girl who was lured by the suspect with the promise of modelling work.The victim, a foreign woman, was raped early in 2017 in the suspect’s car. They met because he promised to give her the photographs he had shot. He is suspected to have filmed himself raping the victim on his mobile phone. It is alleged that the victim informed the suspect’s wife of the incident.READ MORE: Cyprus serial killer appears before court as child’s body is recovered from lakeMeanwhile, police found a fifth body decomposing in a suitcase in the man-made lake near the shaft where the suspect dumped a number of bodies. The latest body is that of Elena Natalia Bunea, the eight-year-old daughter of Romanian woman Livia Florentina Bunea, 36.Investigators have said that they have two written confessions from the suspect. He met his women online and has only confessed to killing seven, including two children. Most of his victims worked as housemaids on the island and disappeared between September 2016 and July to August 2018. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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LiOS4 est lancé par Apple

first_imgL’iOS4 est lancé par AppleÉtats-Unis – Apple commercialise aujourd’hui son nouveau système d’exploitation pour iPhone et iPad. L’iOS4 est disponible en téléchargement sur iTunes.L’iOS4 est l’outil qui permettra aux iPhone et iPad d’être plus performants et de fournir davantage d’options, notamment le multitâche. Néanmoins, l’utilisateur devra en premier lieu télécharger la version 9.2 de iTunes pour pouvoir obtenir le nouveau système d’exploitation. Cette mise à jour permettra aussi d’intégrer les livres électroniques via iBooks. Ce dernier est compatible avec les iPhone 4 et 3G. Cependant, plusieurs fonctions ne passent pas sur les premiers 3G et les clients d’Apple devront se résoudre à posséder un matériel plus récent.Le 21 juin 2010 à 15:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Khroma le plus vieux bébé mammouth du monde se dévoile

first_imgKhroma : le plus vieux bébé mammouth du monde se dévoilePuy-en-Velay, France – Découvert par un chasseur en juillet 2009 sur les berges de la rivière Khroma, près de l’Océan Arctique, le plus ancien bébé mammouth du monde commence à révéler ses secrets. Vieux de 50.000 ans, Khroma était un jeune mâle âgé de seulement un ou deux mois, a révélé son autopsie.Star de l’exposition Mammouths et Compagnie, qui se tient au Puy-en-Velay jusqu’au 15 novembre prochain, Khroma était un très jeune bébé lorsqu’il a perdu la vie. “C’est un petit mâle, beaucoup plus jeune que ce qu’on pensait. Ses dents de lait étaient encore recouvertes de chair et n’avaient jamais servi, il avait vraisemblablement entre un et deux mois” ont découvert le paléontologue français Frédéric Lacombat et son équipe.À lire aussiMammouth : Yuka, le bébé trouvé en Sibérie débarque au JaponEntamée samedi soir, l’autopise du petit mammouth s’est achevée vers 5h30 dimanche à l’hôpital Emile Roux du Puy-en-Velay. Plusieurs grands spécialistes, et notamment Bernard Buigues, à l’origine de la venue de Khroma de Russie en France, l’Américain Dan Fisher et le Russe Alexei Tickanov, ont assisté à cet examen. “C’était une autopsie assez incroyable. Ses organes internes étaient parfaitement conservés, son estomac rempli de lait maternel, ses muscles encore rouges. C’est comme s’il était mort avant-hier”, raconte M. Lacombat.Outre son âge et son sexe, les spécialistes ont découvert que Khroma avait été victime d’une rupture de la colonne vertébrale et d’un déplacement du bassin. Des découvertes qui confirment l’hypothèse selon laquelle il serait mort suite à “un grand traumatisme”, probablement provoqué par une chute.Alors que le bébé mammouth est de retour dans son caisson de verre réfrigéré au musée Crozatier, de nouvelles analyses vont prochainement être réalisées. Les experts entendent retracer la courte vie de l’animal, mais aussi grâce à l’ADN de sa mère, la période prénatale.Le 30 août 2010 à 16:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Des millions danimaux aquatiques retrouvés morts dans lAmazone

first_imgDes millions d’animaux aquatiques retrouvés morts dans l’AmazoneBolivie – Des milliers de poissons et autres animaux aquatiques de l’Amazone ont été retrouvés morts au début du mois d’août dans plusieurs cours d’eau de Bolivie. Les scientifiques estiment qu’il s’agit de la pire catastrophe écologique survenue dans le pays.Les cadavres de six millions de poissons mais aussi de milliers de tortues, de crocodiles et de dauphins des rivières, ont été découverts en Bolivie il y a quelques semaines. Vingt-sept espèces ont été touchées. Une hécatombe qui aurait pour origine une vague de froid alliée à un niveau d’eau extrêmement bas. “Dans les rivières près de Santa Cruz, il y a environ 1.000 poissons morts par 100 mètres de rivière” raconteMichel Jégu, chargé de recherches à l’Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD). Cette impressionnante quantité de poissons morts engendre une grave pollution de l’Amazone, obligeant les villes voisines à trouver une source alternative d’eau potable.Une enquête est en cours pour déterminer l’origine exacte de ce que les scientifiques estiment être la pire catastrophe écologique que la Bolivie ait jamais connue. Mais déjà, ils tiennent pour responsable la vague de froid qui a touché l’hémisphère sud en juillet, provoquant des chutes de neige dans des régions chaudes telles que le Chaco au sud-est bolivien. En juillet, la Bolivie est certes en hiver, mais la température a avoisiné 0°C à l’extérieur et 6°C dans l’eau soit dix degrés de moins que la normale. Cette vague de froid aurait également provoqué la mort de centaines de manchots sur les côtes du Brésil, et de milliers de têtes de bétail au Paraguay.Alors qu’en Bolivie, les pêcheurs ont reçu l’interdiction de travailler dans les eaux polluées, les autorités ne disposent pas de moyens suffisants pour ramasser les animaux morts dans un environnement difficilement accessible. Elle craignent que des riverains se baignent dans l’eau où se décomposent les cadavres, qu’ils la boivent, ou encore qu’ils tentent de revendre les poissons morts sur le marché. Le 1 septembre 2010 à 18:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Android Microsoft attaque Motorola en justice

first_imgAndroid : Microsoft attaque Motorola en justiceÉtats-Unis – Android, l’OS mobile de Google, est devenu l’un des principaux acteurs de son domaine dans le monde. Une bien mauvaise nouvelle pour Windows Phone 7 qui sera bientôt commercialisé. Microsoft attaque donc son rival devant les tribunaux, en l’accusant de plagiat.Windows Phone 7 prépare activement sa sortie. Dans quelques semaines, Microsoft lancera son OS mobile et l’émergence d’Android en fait son principal concurrent. Néanmoins, l’éditeur de logiciels n’entend pas laisser son rival grandir sans rien faire puisqu’il a assigné devant les tribunaux Motorola, qui a équipé plusieurs de ses appareils du produit de Google. Selon Microsoft, neuf brevets n’ont pas été respectés par Android : de la synchronisation du courrier au calendrier, en passant par le niveau de la batterie. “Nous avons la responsabilité envers nos consommateurs, nos partenaires et nos actionnaires de préserver les milliards de dollars que nous investissons chaque année en apportant des produits, des logiciels et des services innovants sur le marché. Motorola doit cesser ses infractions de nos inventions brevetées dans ses smartphones Android,” a ainsi affirmé Horacio Gutierrez, avocat adjoint en charge de la propriété intellectuelle et des licences de Microsoft. Déjà au printemps dernier, HTC avait signé un accord avec l’éditeur de logiciels pour avoir utilisé Android.Le 4 octobre 2010 à 12:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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