Share17 Tweet Email1 ‘A team like Munster coming in for me, I was a bit star-struck really’ Welsh-born James McCarthy was recruited by the Munster academy of the start of the season and has made a big impression already for Ireland U20s. 13 Comments http://the42.ie/3858108 By Ryan Bailey Sunday 18 Feb 2018, 7:15 AM Feb 18th 2018, 7:16 AM Short URL IN A QUIET corner of Buccaneers RFC, James McCarthy catches his breath. Takes it all in. His neck is a little sore, the after-effects of being hit by Bundee Aki. But he says he’ll be fine for next week. Just a bang. It’ll take more than that for him to miss Wales. James McCarthy has scored three tries during this year’s U20 Six Nations. Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHOTall and lean, McCarthy is of athletic build. You can see why he’s a winger. Speed and quick feet are two of his biggest strengths. Just ask France or Italy. He was a decent footballer, too. But rugby is now his priority. That’s why he’s here, away from family and friends.McCarthy has only just turned 19. He looks it. Limerick is now his home, and has been for the last six months. It has been difficult to settle in at times but he has no regrets. His team-mates — both at Munster and Ireland — have helped the process. He knows it was the right move.Less than a year ago, McCarthy received a call. He had only recently scored a brace of tries for Wales U18 Schools against Ireland in what was to be his last appearance for the country of his birth. The IRFU wanted him and a place in the Munster academy was on offer.“I’d never think in a million years they’d be interested in me but I couldn’t really say no,” he tells The42. “A team like Munster coming in for me, I was a bit star-struck really.”McCarthy was highly-rated within the Welsh system. He was their rising star and a member of the Newport Gwent Dragons academy. But when Munster came calling, it was an opportunity too good to turn down. His father is Irish and although he was born and raised in Newport, strong connections with the province have always remained on both sides of the family.A trip over to Limerick confirmed this was what McCarthy wanted. Munster’s high performance base was like nothing he had seen back in Wales and the opportunity to combine rugby and academic studies next door in University of Limerick appealed to both player and parents.“I decided to go for it.”Wales’ loss, Ireland’s gain.Whirlwind is one way of describing what followed. He doesn’t really know how to sum it up, and who could blame him. He hasn’t really thought about it either; how far he has come, or just where he has come from to get to this point. But here he is, fully immersed in the Irish system and rapidly becoming one of the stars of the U20s side. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOMcCarthy has just taken it all in his stride. A Six Nations debut ended with the disappointment of defeat but that campaign opener in Bordeaux wasn’t without its positives. His try-scoring performance was one, and he followed it up against Italy at Donnybrook.“It’s been good,” he smiles. “The Six Nations is a good learning curve for me especially because I’ve been able to score a few tries. As a team we’ve got a lot we can improve on but, yeah, it’s been good.”McCarthy was man of the match in the round two win over Italy, thanks in part to his first-half double which set Noel McNamara’s side on their way to a first championship victory of 2018. The second of which was an eye-catching chip, chase and finish in the far corner.It appeared the teenager had overcooked his kick but showed his speed off the mark to make up the ground to take advantage of a fortunate bounce. The leaping finish required athleticism and bravery, and got people talking.“It is a bit weird seeing all the stuff on social media about my performance,” McCarthy admits.“So it’s all a new world for me but I just have to keep my head down and get on with it.”He’s done a pretty good job so far, and certainly is now highly-regarded by Munster, who were extremely keen to bring McCarthy to the club through the IRFU’s Exiles pathway. It seems he’s made a big impression in a short space of time.McCarthy has trained with Johann van Graan’s senior squad in UL regularly and has had discussions with Felix Jones to identify areas of his game where he can improve and work on with the academy coaches.“When I was first asked to train with the seniors, I was nervous. But then just kept telling myself to do the basics right and it’s fine then. Keith Earls has been helping me out, and I’ve doing one on ones with Andrew Conway and Ronan O’Mahony. They’ve been helping me a lot.” Source: Bryan Keane/INPHOA product of Caerleon Comprehensive and Newport High School Old Boys, McCarthy gained a rich rugby education through the Welsh underage system but only took the sport up at the age of 12. Football had occupied his formative years, and at one stage he was even part of the Bristol Rovers academy.“I wasn’t too bad,” he says.It was on a rugby pitch where he truly excelled though. An invite to attend a club session from one of his teachers because he was a ‘quick footballer’ was ultimately the start of this remarkable journey to where he is now, training opposite Joe Schmidt’s Ireland in front of 3,000 fans at Dubarry Park.“Since that day my teacher stuck me on the wing, I’ve loved it.”As a young Welsh winger, Shane Williams was someone McCarthy naturally looked up to and, more recently, Scarlets winger Liam Williams has provided the inspiration.“I just love how he plays. Just get your hands on the ball and run.”Simple.But like all players of that ilk, McCarthy is having to work hard in the gym. He’s been told to bulk up and is drinking a post-session protein shake as we chat. He has put on weight since arriving in Ireland but there is some way to go. He noticed that against Bundee earlier.“It’s a big step-up and I’m still getting used to it. Back in Wales I would have only done one or two days in the gym where here it’s every day and so professional. It’s hard but I can see the benefits already.”His rugby is coming along, too. Training with the senior squads accelerates that development process — see Jordan Larmour’s rise — but McCarthy knows it’s on the U20s stage where he can really stand out. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOHe’ll need to get his head right for Friday, though. It’ll be different. It’ll be difficult. He shared the same dressing room with those guys as recently as last April, four of them were in the same club in Newport and another was in McCarthy’s class in school. He would have been in that Welsh team coming to Donnybrook this week had he not been courted by the IRFU’s head of international talent ID, Joe Lydon.“It’ll be good I’m sure, but I’m more focused on my team and us winning. They were all really supportive of my move. They’re all still my friends.”They’re all chasing different dreams now. Schmidt is on the far side of the room briefing print media. The conversation revolves around Wales. That’s where McCarthy wants to get to. Suddenly, it doesn’t feel a million miles away.“It’s always in the back of your mind,” he adds. “It’s hard not to think about playing for Ireland, but obviously just take one step at a time and that’s with the U20s.“If I can shine in this and work hard back with Munster, then who knows what will happen.”McCarthy knows better than anyone that unexpected opportunities can lie around the corner. It just comes down to seizing the right one.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! 36,133 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘It’s really positive for their development’: Cullen and Lowe praise Leinster’s young gunsLansdowne back to winning ways and Garryowen power past UCD Follow us: the42.ie
11,502 Views 82 Comments Wednesday 21 Feb 2018, 7:56 AM http://jrnl.ie/3862989 ‘We’re failing children’: One in seven kids lost to homelessness, poverty or neglect Barnardos wants €250 million to be invested in public services to help children in need. Share128 Tweet Email1 Source: Barnardos Ireland/YouTubeONE IN SEVEN children in Ireland is lost to homelessness, poverty or neglect, according to children’s charity Barnardos.A new campaign, Lost Childhood, highlights the ways in which children can be forgotten about or neglected.Barnardos wants €250 million to be invested to help the 173,000 children in Ireland who are living in poverty or unable to access services such as healthcare.Speaking about the campaign on RTÉ Radio 1′s Morning Ireland, Barnardos CEO Fergus Finlay said the situation for many children has worsened in recent years.“When I started working in Barnardos 12 year ago times were really tough and difficult, difficult for Barnardos and difficult for the people we worked with and so on, but there were no homeless children then — there are 3,000 homeless children now.You can’t gainsay the fact that children are kind of the forgotten scandal in Ireland and what really bothers me is that we’ve been here so many times before, we been through so many generations that have said, ‘We’re never going to let this happen again.’ Feb 21st 2018, 7:56 AM By Órla Ryan “We’ve seen so many scandals, we’ve seen so much hurt, so much pain. Now we’re living through another generation which is failing its children,” Finlay said.Barnardos has proposed the following measures:A dedicated child and family public health nurse system with guaranteed home visitsGreater availability of timely community and public-based family support servicesExtending the Early Childhood Care and Education scheme for an additional year, opening it to all two year oldsFree school books to all primary school childrenFully staffed primary health care teams across the country, at a ratio of one for every 1,500 childrenGuarantee that no child spends more than six months in emergency accommodation and substantially increase the building of social housingRead: Minister says it’s ‘absolutely deadly’ that more people have availed of free dental and eye examsRead: Dublin councillor with MS: ‘I was on a walking stick at the age of 32 … now I’m planning to run the marathon’ Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL
Image: infomatique By Christina Finn 17,337 Views Share59 Tweet Email DUBLIN’S SHERIFF STREET area is set to get a facelift and be “rebranded”.As part of the government’s new initiative to boost the Dublin’s north inner city, the area is to get a €5 million funding injection.A report, drafted by Kieran Mulvey, formerly of the Workplace Relations Commission, aims to turn the area, which is just a stone’s throw from some of the multi-national banks and businesses in the IFSC, from a “run down, no-go” area to a “modern and attractive” place for people to work and live.What’s in the plan?There are commitments for there to be no signs of dereliction, with good street lighting, trees and greenery.In order to achieve this, calls for establishing a ‘Docklands Tax’ appear to have made some impact.Novel ways to eradicate derelict sites are to be explored, including the possibility of a levy on unused sites in the area, as well as dedicated contributions from Nama, IFSC businesses and the Central Bank (which is due to open in the region soon).A combined contribution of €10 million over a three-year period to a “renewal fund” would revitalise the urban landscape, said Mulvey.While there are calls for more social housing in the area, the report highlights five areas for large-scale infrastructure investment:Mountjoy Square and Mountjoy Square ParkAldborough House, Portland Row Convent Lands on Sean McDermott StreetRutland Street Lower Derelict site adjacent to Belvedere Youth Club 60 Comments Sheriff Street lifting bridge Image: infomatique There’s a plan to ‘rebrand’ the north inner city as ‘Dublin’s North Central Quarter’ A regeneration plan for the area was launched this week. Sunday 19 Feb 2017, 7:40 AM Short URL Feb 19th 2017, 7:40 AM Mountjoy Square Source: Google MapsBig refurbishment plans Mountjoy Square Park is one of five historic Georgian squares in Dublin, and the report’s author calls for it to be restored to its original design.Aldborough House, the second largest private residence built in the 18th century in Georgian Dublin, outside of Leinster House, is now in private ownership.Mulvey states there are plans to refurbish the iconic building, however he said if this is not achieved, consideration should be given for it to be acquired by government. Aldborough House Source: Google MapsNew pedestrian cycle and transport routes are to be developed, with a push to get businesses to locate in the area.The report finds there is a deep sense among locals of being “left behind” during the Celtic Tiger period, with a lot of “false promises” made.Councillor Éilis Ryan criticised the report and said the focus of “narrative changing” is deeply disappointing.Job opportunities in the area She said jobs and the inequality those living in the area face should be the focus.During the launch of the report this week, a local man told Taoiseach Enda Kenny about the discrimination he faced living in the area, particularly when applying for a job.Kenny said the report highlights the need to break the cycle of unemployment by ensuring the large multinationals located in the area give back.He said corporate social responsibility efforts need to be made, whereby targeted career pathways are offered to post-primary students in the area.Above all, Mulvey said locals need to feel the north inner city is an important part of the capital.Read: ‘No one should have to deal with that’: Taoiseach slams discrimination shown to north inner city man>Read: Moriarty Tribunal will cost another €10m this year, despite taking place 20 years ago> Sheriff Street lifting bridge http://jrnl.ie/3245460 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
THERE WERE MAJOR delays on some of the major routes in and around Dublin this evening, with reports of a vehicle on fire on the N11 Wexford to Dublin road, delays in the city centre and delays on the M4 in Dublin and Kildare.Earlier this evening, a truck broke down just after O’Connell Bridge on D’Olier Street in the city centre, and a broken down bus on the North Quays also caused traffic delays.AA Roadwatch said motorists are being urged to take care on their approach to J6 Bray/Fassaroe after reports of a fire on the N11 road.Further afield, there were reports of an overturned lorry on the A3/N54 Clones/Cavan road on the Fermanagh side of the border where drivers are also urged to take care on approach.A serious collision at Abbeyfeale has seen the N21 Limerick to Tralee road closed in both directions. Diversions are in place.There are reports of debris on the off ramp of the M7 Limerick/Dublin road northbound at J21 Borris, and on the M4 Sligo/Dublin road eastbound between J12 Kinnegad and the M6 merge.Read: Man wins damages after claiming Dublin Bus ruined his family trip to IrelandRead: ‘Senseless’: Fáilte Ireland’s decision to shut down its Dublin Airport tourist office criticised By Sean Murray 11,452 Views Share Tweet Email A fire on the N11 at Bray and a broken down truck on D’Olier Street delaying the Friday commute Further afield, there are traffic delays in Limerick and Monaghan this evening. 3 Comments Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie Friday 10 Mar 2017, 7:35 PM http://jrnl.ie/3281904 Mar 10th 2017, 7:35 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
United snatch draw at the death as Zlatan scores from the spot He hot a penalty in the 94th minute to rescue a draw at Old Trafford. Tuesday 4 Apr 2017, 10:50 PM Short URL Apr 4th 2017, 10:50 PM Image: Martin Rickett Share Tweet Email 20,722 Views By The42 Team Image: Martin Rickett Johnson: I always knew I could be number one… once Tiger stopped playingFighting for fairness, Ireland stand together on a landmark day for women’s football ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC HIT a stoppage-time penalty as Manchester United managed a draw at Old Trafford against Everton.Phil Jagielka put the visitors ahead in the first half, before Ibrahimovic had a goal disallowed after the interval as he was deemed offside.Late into added time Ashley William’s blocked Luke Shaw’s shot with his arm, and was sent off before Ibrahimovic made no mistake in finding the back of the net.It prevented Everton from leapfrogging United into fifth place in the table, with Manchester City four points better off in fourth before they visit leaders Chelsea on Wednesday.Ibrahimovic was back in the side following a three-game domestic suspension and had a header incorrectly ruled out for offside in the 71st minute, when it appeared United would follow Saturday’s 0-0 draw against West Brom with another frustrating home stalemate.Williams made a timely early challenge to thwart Ibrahimovic before Jesse Lingard – preferred to Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial in a wide attacking role by Mourinho – sliced wide from 20 yards in the 13th minute.Ronald Koeman added some of the experience his defeated Merseyside derby line-up lacked in the form of Kevin Mirallas and Gareth Barry and the former England midfielder’s lofted pass was chested down by the Belgium winger in the 21st minute, who drew a save from David De Gea at his near post.Everton led from the resulting corner as Jagielka outmuscled Marcos Rojo to prod Williams’ looping header through De Gea’s legs. United were almost level after half an hour, when Joel Robles acrobatically pushed out Daley Blind’s curling free-kick and Ander Herrera clattered the rebound against the crossbar from a tight angle.A rasping drive from Herrera forced Robles to tip behind in the 39th minute and Jagielka concluded a fine individual half in stoppage time with an immaculate challenge to halt Marcus Rashford after Ibrahimovic’s flick released him into the area.Mourinho sent on Pogba in place of Blind at the interval and the world’s most expensive player was quickly into the thick of the action. After Barry was booked for cynically barging over Rashford in full flight, Ashley Young – now operating at left-back after the half-time reshuffle – whipped in a free-kick that flicked off Romelu Lukaku and Pogba guided a header against the crossbar.Young was booked for a rash foul on Miralles and his robust approach appeared to result in an injury, meaning Shaw entered the fray to cheers from the Old Trafford faithful.Ibrahmovic thought he had United back on terms with 19 minutes to play as Robles failed to keep his header out but was spared as a marginal offside call fell in the visitors’ favour.Robles did not convince entirely under increasingly direct United attacks, and Fellaini fired over under pressure from Barry when the goalkeeper’s punch failed to clear 73rd-minute danger.Luke Shaw was then the unlikely hero for Jose Mourinho.Four days on from being labelled United’s fourth-choice at left-back and having his professionalism questioned by Mourinho, Shaw was introduced to play.The England left-back drilled goalwards in stoppage time, with Ashley Williams sent off for handling the shot on the goalline before Zlatan Ibrahimovic converted from the penalty spot.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! 50 Comments Follow us: the42.ie https://the42.ie/3324507 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3324618 41 Comments FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL FRONTRUNNER Emmanuel Macron attacked far-right leader Marine Le Pen over her economic policy and plans to scrap the euro last night in an unprecedented debate between all 11 contenders ahead of this month’s election.The discussion was at times chaotic and dominated by the anti-capitalist and virulently anti-EU smaller candidates who made their first major appearance ahead of the first round of the two-stage vote on 23 April.The most telling clash between the frontrunners came at the end of the first section when 39-year-old Macron took on what is considered one of Le Pen’s vulnerabilities – her plans to scrap the euro and revert to the franc.“What you are proposing, Madame Le Pen, is a reduction in French people’s spending power because, by withdrawing from the euro, for savers, workers, it’s a reduction in spending power,” he said.Polls show only a third of French voters support scrapping the euro, many of them anxious about the impact of a devaluation which would hit their savings and spur inflation.The clash and Macron’s more combative performance could point to the tone and shape of the campaign ahead, with Macron and Le Pen having emerged as the clear frontrunners.Macron accused her of wanting to start an “economic war” with France’s neighbours and denounced her nationalist stance, which he said had torn the continent apart in the past and filled graveyards near his hometown Amiens in northeast France.With just 19 days until the first round of voting in a rollercoaster contest, the debate could influence the momentum of the campaign, with around a third of voters still unsure of how they will vote.Polls show far-right candidate Le Pen and centrist independent Macron in a dead heat at around 25% heading into the first round on 23 April. Macron is seen easily winning the second round on 7 May.‘Unfettered globalisation’Le Pen put in a steady performance under fire, warning about the closure of factories, and the danger of Islamists and immigrants eroding France’s national identity.“I consider that in this election our civilisation is at stake,” she said at the start of the debate, promising to restore order and combat “unfettered globalisation”.When questioned about legal problems surrounding her National Front party including campaign financing and the use of expenses at the European parliament, she said she considered herself to be “politically persecuted”.Socialist candidate Benoit Hamon scoffed at her defence, saying it was “amusing to see you playing the victim while spending your time attacking immigrants”.For the second time, Hamon found himself eclipsed by his rising far-left rival Jean-Luc Melenchon, who put in another assured performance, according to a poll published by BFM television after the debate.One candidate who needed to shine was conservative Francois Fillon, whose campaign was almost derailed by criminal charges over claims he paid his wife hundreds of thousands of euros for fake parliamentary jobs.He concluded by saying that if voters did not want the ”chaos proposed” by Le Pen or “the continuity” represented by Macron, then they should vote for him.Unlike the first debate, yesterday’s featured all of the candidates ahead for the first time in French history.They included fast-talking autoworker Philippe Poutou, who featured widely on social media after taking on Le Pen and Fillon over their legal problems in unusually blunt language.“With Fillon, the more you look the more corruption and cheating you find,” he said.Communist firebrand Nathalie Arthaud vowed to protect French workers from being “strangled by the capitalist system”, while anti-EU nationalists such as Francois Asselineau, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan and Jacques Cheminade enjoyed rare airtime.‘Race to the bottom’?It was the first time that all candidates had debated before the first round of a presidential election in France with many observers sceptical about whether the format would help inform voters.Writing in Le Monde before the debate, Michel Noblecourt, noted that President Francois Hollande — who decided in December not to seek re-election — warned that the “dangerous” innovation in French politics risked “a race to the bottom”.The final result of an election that is being watched closely around the world is still seen as highly unpredictable.Dissatisfaction and outright hostility towards mainstream politics is high in France and surveys show around a third of voters plan to abstain.- © AFP, 2017Read: Le Pen ignores summons over allegations she misused European Parliament fundsRead: Le Pen’s personal assistant charged in ‘fake jobs’ scandal By AFP Wednesday 5 Apr 2017, 7:38 AM Share Tweet Email 16,085 Views Image: Domine Jerome/ABACA/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 5th 2017, 7:38 AM ‘Are you really going to scrap the euro?’ Le Pen clashes with rivals in first presidential debate The chaotic debate featured 11 presidential hopefuls. 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Fatal Alabama tornado: 7 members of one family and four children among victims The four children who died in the tornado were aged 6, 8, 9 and 10. Share16 Tweet Email2 Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Mar 5th 2019, 10:52 PM Tuesday 5 Mar 2019, 10:52 PM THE NAMES OF the 23 people killed in the deadliest US tornado in nearly six years were released by the coroner today, revealing that one extended family lost seven members.Among the victims were four children, including 6-year-old Armando Hernandez Jr, who was torn from his father’s arms; and 10-year-old Taylor Thornton, who was visiting a friend’s home when the twister struck.Jimmy Lee Jones, 89, perished along with his wife of six decades, Mary Louise, and one of their sons.“Just keep those families in your prayers,” Lee County Coroner Bill Harris said, two days after the disaster. Meanwhile, the search for victims in and around the devastated rural community of Beauregard continues; seven or eight people are still missing.“We’ve got piles of rubble that we are searching just to make sure,” said Opelika Fire Chief Byron Prather Jr. “We don’t think we’ll find nobody there, but we don’t want to leave any stone unturned.”About the victims Dozens of volunteers help sort donated supplies for those affected by the tornado. Source: firstname.lastname@example.orgAJ had taken shelter in a closet with his father and older brother when the tornado hit, said Jack Crisp, the boy’s uncle. The punishing winds tore the family’s home apart, Crisp said, and pulled both boys from their father’s arms.“He had them squeezed tight, and he said when it came through, it just took them,” Crisp said. “It just demolished the house and took them.”The boy’s father and brother both survived.Jackie Jones said she and her siblings rushed to her parents’ house after the storm passed and nobody answered the phone. “They usually answer on the first ring,” she said.The siblings found the home reduced to its foundation. One of their two brothers who lived at the house survived and was taken to a hospital. But Jimmy Lee and Mary Louise Jones, married for more than 60 years, had died along with their 53-year-old son Emmanuel.The body of David Wayne Dean, aged 53, was found by his son in a neighbour’s yard after the twister demolished his mobile home. “He was gone before we got to him,” said his sobbing widow, Carol Dean, who was at work at Walmart when the storm hit. https://jrnl.ie/4525990 2 Comments By Associated Press Short URL 13,175 Views My life is gone. He was the reason I lived, the reason that I got up.About the tornado Source: AP/PA ImagesIt was the deadliest tornado to hit the US since May 2013, when an EF5 twister killed 24 people in Moore, Oklahoma.The tornado brought winds estimated at 170 mph and carved a path nine-tenths of a mile wide in Alabama, scraping up the earth in a phenomenon known as “ground rowing,” the National Weather Service said.It traveled a remarkable 70 miles or so through Alabama and Georgia, where it caused more damage. Ninety people were injured in the Beauregard area, authorities said.President Donald Trump said he will visit Alabama on Friday to see the damage. “It’s been a tragic situation, but a lot of good work is being done,” he said at the White House.Many of the people living in the area are senior citizens who moved to the country after retiring from textile mills or an old magnetic-tape manufacturing plant that closed years ago, it was reported.Government teams surveying storm damage confirmed that at least 20 tornadoes struck on Sunday in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
No union that is temporary or closed to the transmission of life can ensure the future of society.What has the Pope himself been saying? Pope Francis signalled a more tolerant approach from the Church with his 2013 statement:If someone is gay and is searching for the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge him? Martin, who is the leader of the Church in Ireland, said the week’s events would also allow for the exploration of the kinds of challenges and realities of modern family life in Ireland.“Only two weeks ago I met with a mother whose daughter has just come out and said she’s a lesbian,” the Archbishop said.That particular mother… Her question for me is like she says ‘I love my faith and I love my daughter’. And I suppose as a mother church we too love our faith, we love the teaching of our church and all it stands for but we also love our people.Martin also stressed that the Amoris Laetitia would be the guiding document of the week’s events. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeSpeaking in the wake of 2015′s same-sex marriage referendum, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said the Church needed a “reality check”.He told RTÉ News:“I think really that the church needs to do a reality check, a reality check right across the board, to look at the things it’s doing well, to look at the areas where we really have to start and say, ‘Look, have we drifted away completely from young people?’It’s very clear that if this referendum is an affirmation of the views of young people, then the church has a huge task in front of it to find the language to be able to talk to and to get its message across to young people, not just on this issue, but in general.What are LGBTQI campaigners saying? Former President Mary McAleese has been among the high-profile Church members to criticise its official stance.Speaking in 2014, in advance of the marriage equality referendum, she said that homosexuality was “not something that is perceived as something that is intrinsically disordered” these days and that things written by figures like former Pope Benedict were contradictory to the understanding of most Catholics today.She said that the issue of homosexuality was “not so much the elephant in the room but a herd of elephants” for the Catholic Church and that she did not like the ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’ attitude the Church has towards gay people. Former Irish President Mary McAleese. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesWriting in support of the We Are Church Ireland petition calling for a change in the Church’s official language, former TV3 political editor Ursula Halligan argued:“Why does the hierarchical Catholic Church continue to use such horrible language in its catechism and official documents about LGBTQI people?If a business or company were to use such language, they would be publicly reprimanded and penalised by the state. The hierarchical church needs to wash its mouth out before speaking about LGBTQI people. Short URL Image: SIPA USA/PA Images 35,195 Views Jun 17th 2018, 10:31 AM We need to acknowledge the great variety of family situations that can offer a certain stability, but de facto or same-sex unions, for example, may not simply be equated with marriage. http://jrnl.ie/4070360 Image: SIPA USA/PA Images By Daragh Brophy MANY OF THE questions for the two Archbishops launching the Pope’s official itinerary in Ireland this week focused on the Catholic Church’s stance on the LGBTQI community and whether people in same-sex relationships would be welcome at high-profile Church-run events later this summer.Pope Francis will spend two full days in Ireland on 25 and 26 August this year to coincide with the Church’s week-long World Meeting of the Families. Half a million tickets are being made available for his mass at Dublin’s Phoenix Park.The question of whether LGBTQI couples who are members of the Church would be welcome at the event first came under focus earlier this year after it emerged pictures featuring same-sex partners were removed from a reissued booklet about August’s event sent to parishes.A US-based bishop’s welcome to same-sex couples was also edited out of a video promoting the World Meeting of the Families – a move described by Association of Catholic Priests here as being “very damaging” to the event.Earlier this month the group We Are Church Ireland launched a petition calling on Pope Francis to change theological language which they described as “gravely insulting” to LGBTQI people.So what does Church teaching on homosexuality actually say? The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that Sacred Scripture has presented homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity and that tradition has always declared that ”homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered”.It continues: 160 Comments Source: Vatican.vaAnd how about same-sex marriage? The Amoris Laetitia says regarding “proposals to place unions between homosexual persons on the same level as marriage” that there are “absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family”.It is unacceptable that local Churches be subjected to pressure on this issue, the document adds.Elsewhere, it is stated:There is a failure to realize that only the exclusive and indissoluble union between a man and a woman has a plenary role to play in society as a stable commitment that bears fruit in new life. They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.The Catechism, which is regarded to contain the essential and fundamental content of the Catholic faith, continues:“The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial.“They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.The Amoris Laetitia, a 2016 exhortation by Pope Francis which Irish Archbishops have said will be the guiding document of the World Meeting of the Families, makes several statements in this area too.Regarding family members who experience same-sex attraction it states that the situation is “not easy either for parents or for children”.“We would like before all else to reaffirm that every person, regardless of sexual orientation, ought to be respected in his or her dignity and treated with consideration, while ‘every sign of unjust discrimination’ is to be carefully avoided, particularly any form of aggression and violence.”It continues:Such families should be given respectful pastoral guidance, so that those who manifest a homosexual orientation can receive the assistance they need to understand and fully carry out God’s will in their lives. Share269 Tweet Email Related Read Sunday 17 Jun 2018, 10:30 AM 11.06.18 ‘Of course’ LGBT couples welcome to volunteer says Archbishop: ‘It’s also a Catholic event’ Explainer: What does the Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality actually say? Archbishops launching the Papal visit were met with questions about LGBT members – but what’s the official position? Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: ABC News/YouTubeMore recently a survivor of sexual abuse in Chile who was a guest at the Vatican in April said he had discussed his sexuality with Pope Francis. The man, who is gay, said the Pope had told him:It doesn’t matter. God made you like this. God loves you like this.Contrarily, media outlets in Italy reported that Pope Francis recently spoke to the Italian Bishops’ Conference about gay men studying for the priesthood, and, according to one bishop, said:“If in doubt, better not let them enter.” (Meaning that if they are gay they should not be allowed join the seminary).As CNN noted, this would put the Pope more in line with his predecessor Benedict who said that men with ”deeply rooted homosexual tendencies” shouldn’t be allowed study for the priesthood.What have bishops here said? Asked at this week’s Maynooth briefing on the Papal visit whether same-sex couples were welcome to volunteer at the World Meeting of the Families, Archbishop Eamon Martin said:I’ve absolutely no idea that anyone would be asked about their sexual orientation in becoming a volunteer. But I imagine that all of those who attend the World Meeting of the Families as visitors as participants … the difference here is we don’t necessarily reveal our particular sexuality when we’re coming along to any event and I imagine it’s the same for the World Meeting of the Families.Asked again if they were welcome, he said:“Of course. At the world meeting of the families this is a gathering of people to whom everyone is welcome. I know the families who are going there would be the last to say that they are perfect in any way“Even in terms of living up to the teaching of the Church, we all struggle in that. As a bishop I struggle in that. I’m welcome, I hope, at the World Meeting of the Families, but so is everyone where they are at in their particular journey of faith.It’s also a Catholic event, the World Meeting of the Families is an event of the Catholic Church. So I don’t think we make any apologies for the fact that the Catholic Church has a very clear teaching on marriage and the family.
No Comments By Sean Murray Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio https://jrnl.ie/4807166 Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The 9 at 9: Friday Here’s everything you need to know as you start your day. Updated Fri 8:50 AM EVERY MORNING TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #ALDI: German supermarket chain Aldi has said the ongoing beef dispute is causing availability issues in its stores, with some products to go on sale processed at facilities in the UK rather than Ireland. 2. #DAHLAN: A Palestinian politician is set to pursue a defamation case against Facebook in the Irish High Court. 3. #JOE SHOW: Democrats were united on some things, such as their disdain for Donald Trump, but clashed on issues like healthcare and immigration as Joe Biden starred in the latest debate in the White House 2020 race.4. #DENIED: DUP leader Arlene Foster has refuted reports that her party would accept customs checks in the Irish Sea after Brexit. 5. #HEATHROW: Police in London arrested five people over plans to shut down Heathrow Airport with drones. 6. #BUDGET 2020: Minister Paschal Donohoe has said he’s still considering whether to give everyone a “carbon cheque” to offset a potential tax hike.7. #JOBS: Over half of government departments have used unpaid interns in recent years. 8. #INVESTIGATION: A pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in Shannon after a coffee spill in the cockpit, an investigation has found.9. #FOUND: A 67-year-old Irishman with dementia was found safe and well after he was reported missing in the Costa del Sol. Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio Friday 13 Sep 2019, 8:50 AM Short URL 15,576 Views Fri 7:49 AM
Six out of 10 citizens believe that immigration is having a negative impact on society and diluting Greek national identity, according to the results of a new survey.The survey results come as the Greek government finalises draft legislation foreseeing the granting of citizenship to thousands of second-generation migrants.According to the opinion poll, carried out by Public Issue last week on a sample of 500 citizens, 59 percent of respondents believe that immigration is harming the country, up from 47 percent in 2008, while 57 percent think migrants are tainting national identity, as compared to 47 percent in 2008. The economic crisis also appears to have influenced public opinion, with 45 percent complaining that migrants are depriving Greek citizens of jobs, up from 39 percent in 2008. The proportion of the public that blames immigrants for rising crime levels remains steadily high, at 75 percent.The poll highlights an apparent shift to the right, with 72 percent maintaining that the government’s immigration policy is not strict enough, as compared to 63 percent in 2008. There also appears to be a conviction, among the overwhelming majority of respondents (88 percent), that a limit should be set on the number of immigrants allowed to remain in the country, with six in 10 complaining that there are already too many migrants in Greece.As for the government’s draft law, which foresees the naturalisation of 250,000 children of migrants born in Greece and of thousands more migrants who have been living here legally for more than five years, public opinion appears to be split down the middle. The poll shows that 45 percent of respondents are in favor of citizenship and voting rights being granted to second-generation and long-term migrants, while the same percentage also oppose these proposals. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s main opposition leader Antonis Samaras said last weekend that the Papandreou government has mishandled the economy and had implemented the wrong mix of policies, whilst addressing the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair. The socialist government has told several lies, the International Monetary Fund and European Union memorandum was not the only solution for Greece, but they were forced into it because they turned a debt crisis into a borrowing crisis.Speaking at his first major annual policy speech, the leader of New Democracy said “tough austerity policies could have been avoided had the government acted in time”. However, he qualified that his policies wouldn’t breach promises made by the Greek state to overseas lenders. “The socialist government has told several lies, the International Monetary Fund and European Union memorandum was not the only solution for Greece, but they were forced into it because they turned a debt crisis into a borrowing crisis,” he said. Samaras said the government should have borrowed on the bond markets in January to secure enough cash for the year at a fair rate. Samaras referred to PASOK’s “seven lies”. One of these, he said, is that the agreement with Greece’s creditors – offering austerity measures in exchange for 110 billion euros – was “supposedly inevitable”. Samaras proposed seven reforms, including the reduction of taxation once Greece emerges from the stewardship of its creditors and a gradual reduction of social security contributions. Source: Kathimerini, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram One of the great challenges we face in life generally is that we don’t know what we don’t know. This is no more so than in business where there exist a number of tax breaks, subsidies and benefits that are often not well publicised. As a small business owner, knowledge of what is available can be of enormous assistance to the effective running and growth of your small business. Qualifying Small Business Entities have access to approximately a dozen concessions across Capital Gains Tax, Income Tax, GST and Fringe Benefits Tax. The principal qualification is an aggregate turnover of less than $2 million; so that’s where you start. If the annual sales in your business are under the threshold and you’re not aware of the concessions available, then you should be. If you’re looking at purchasing a business or selling yours then you REALLY should be. Messing up the tax or GST side of a business purchase or sale can cost real money. I wonder, though, how many people there are working really hard to grow their businesses that are missing out on tax concessions that they are rightly entitled to but are completely unaware of. I’m not the first person to say that you make your money on assets when you buy them and not necessarily when you sell them. By that I mean it’s difficult to make a gain when you pay too much for something. That something could be a property, a share in a company, a work of art or a business and I firmly believe it. Since the introduction of the Small Business Entity regime and its predecessor you can also save money when you sell if you do it right and that saving is on Capital Gains Tax and the number can be large. A gain on sale can be exempt from tax if you’ve owned the business for 15 years. If that’s not the case you may qualify for the 50 per cent active asset exemption. That can be in addition to the normal 50 per cent exemption if the asset has been held for greater than a year and in combination may mean you only pay tax on 25 per cent of the gain.Small Business entities can be eligible to deduct certain expenses immediately. They’re entitled to a deduction for prepaid expenses when larger business isn’t. They pay GST quarterly rather than monthly and have much simpler depreciation rules than their larger counterparts. You should seek advice from a qualified tax accountant, or visit a Yellow Brick Road branch where we can arrange to have someone explain it in more detail. * Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark on email@example.com with any queries you may have or check www.ybr.com.au for your nearest branch.
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is set to decide in the coming days on whether to reshuffle the Cabinet after PASOK leader and coalition partner Evangelos Venizelos, fresh from the party’s congress over the weekend, declared that he was ready to put active Socialist politicians in the government.When the tripartite coalition was formed after the June elections, Venizelos avoided putting front-line PASOK politicians in the Cabinet, choosing instead figures that were associated with the Socialists. On Monday night, though, he indicated that his party was ready to put front-line MPs into the government.“Of course political figures should participate in the government if we agree on policies,” Venizelos said in an interview on Mega TV.There have been rumors of an imminent reshuffle for the past few weeks but Venizelos’s latest comments, which came after he emerged strengthened from PASOK’s congress, suggest that Samaras will be forced to either proceed with changes or put the speculation to rest with a firm denial.Kathimerini understands that not all of the prime minister’s advisers are convinced that a reshuffle would be a good idea, especially given that personnel from key ministries cannot be changed as that would risk upsetting the implementation of Greece’s fiscal adjustment program. Other aides see the reshuffle as an opportunity to replace ministers and deputy ministers that are considered to be performing below par.One of the scenarios that has been suggested is that Venizelos will become part of the government, taking up the post of deputy prime minister and possible foreign minister.The PASOK leader has already identified lawmakers within his party that would be suitable for cabinet roles. These include Yiannis Maniatis, Evi Christofilopoulou and Paris Koukoulopoulos, who have previous cabinet experience, as well as several deputies who have not served in government before.PASOK is due to pick the general secretaries of its central political committee and political council this weekend.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
If you’ve travelled to Greece, you’ll remember catching a glimpse of a stray cat or dog in an alleyway. You may have even stopped to take a photo of one against a whitewashed wall during your island holiday. But the reality of life for these street animals is far from idyllic. Even if they survive the scorching heat of summer and the severe drop in temperatures during winter, they still have to contend with their biggest threat of all – people. “Looking into animal welfare issues in Greece is not for the meek,” says Chrisanthy Efstathiou, one of the organisers of the Penny Marathon, a 42-kilometre run held every year in Athens to raise awareness of the plight of stray cats and dogs. “Trying to help these animals is a harrowing experience. You often feel alone and desperate and there is a huge sense of despair because there is no support and no light at the end of the tunnel.” In addition to the casual Greek practice of dumping a cat or dog onto the street when the owner has a change of heart, Chrisanthy says it is just as common to come across stories of abuse and neglect, with animals chained up to a post in the middle of nowhere without food, water or shelter or left on an apartment balcony for an entire lifetime. But there’s also the relaxed attitude that many Greeks have towards poisoning, shooting and torturing these animals. “It’s not fiction,” adds Chrisanthy. “These people then post their photos on Facebook as a way to document their trophy killing. It is sickening and disturbing but this is the reality.” There are strict laws that exist in Greece for animal abuse violations. “I think this is one of the avenues we can use to create some change,” says Marilia Karamani, one of the founders of Filozoiki Oikonomiki Voitheia, a group run by (and for) Greek animal welfare volunteers. “The laws are there, we just now need to convince the authorities and the community that this abuse is a crime that needs to be punished. The system needs to be used as a legitimate way to get justice, however long it takes,” she explains. In addition to promoting legal recourse, Marilia believes there needs to be a greater emphasis on promoting what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour towards companion animals. “When it comes to neutering or spaying an animal, a Greek will fight you tooth and nail that it is against nature, and then they’ll dump their pet once a litter is on its way. This can mean 20 new pups or kittens on the street just from this one animal in one year.” As is the case with many animal shelters around the world, Greek shelters (many of which are set up by volunteers and self-funded) are filled to the brim with animals looking to find a home. “Greeks are more likely to buy a so-called full-breed from a puppy mill. We need to promote the benefits of stray adoption and to understand that we have a moral responsibility to give these unwanted animals a chance at life,” notes Marilia. Chrisanthy and Marilia are among hundreds of animal welfare volunteers across Greece who fill the void that is government incompetence and community indifference. These volunteers sacrifice their time, energy and their small income to help. The Penny Marathon, which will take place on 14 July this year in both Athens and Sydney, is a way to acknowledge their struggle and contribution and raise awareness of the issues faced by Greece’s stray, abused and neglected cats and dogs. For more information and to make a donation, log onto ‘The Penny Marathon 2012’ on Facebook. The marathon is proudly supported by KAE International Euromovers, Lea’s World Travel and Neos Kosmos. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Government took its case for lower taxes to Germany, where Development Minister Nikos Dendias met German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and Economic Affairs and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel.“We discussed a lot about the issue of taxation: how the Greek economy could operate in a framework with fewer taxes and with powerful growth tools that could help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the funding they need to grow,” said Dendias after his meeting with Schaeuble, which he described as “very cordial.”The talks with the German officials came two weeks before Greek ministers are due to meet troika representatives in Paris, where the issue of taxes is certain to be raised.During Dendias’s talks in Berlin, it was agreed that Germany’s public investment bank KfW would provide another 30 million euros for a second fund being created by the Institution for Growth in Greece (IfG). KFW has already committed 100 million for IfG’s first fund, which will provide loans to businesses. The second fund, targeted at SMEs, will also be boosted by 30 million euros from France’s Caisse des Depots, 50 million from the European Investment Bank and 40 million from the Onassis Foundation.Dendias was assured by German officials that Berlin would support Greece’s request to be allowed to use European Union structural funds to refinance business loans even though the European Commission is skeptical about the plan.Source: Ekathimerini
Melbourne’s leading ethnic radio station 3ZZZ is preparing to host its annual radiothon. Taking place over 15 days from 10-25 October, it is the station’s main fundraising event. Listeners and supporters of the program are being encouraged to phone in and contribute as much as they can. “This kind of support is critical to the operation of the station, which for over 25 years has provided an invaluable service to Victoria’s ethnic communities,” 3ZZZ Greek radio host George Zangalis told Neos Kosmos. 3ZZZ has also announced that it will be relocating from its Fitzroy location, to a new premises in Brunswick by the end of the year. To enquire about making a contribution to the radiothon, contact the 3ZZZ office on (03) 9415 1928. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In Australia, a heart attack occurs every 10 minutes. Disturbingly, more than 50 per cent of heart attack deaths occur before a person reaches hospital. Why? Because people wait too long to respond to the warning signs.Every second counts. The quicker you respond by calling an ambulance, the more chance of reducing damage to the heart muscle and surviving.That’s where Markos’ story is important, highlighting not only his experience with a heart attack, but the process of recovery and the positive impact of cardiac rehabilitation programs.The 81-year-old Coburg resident suffered a heart attack in September 2013.Recounting details of his attack, he recalls becoming “very dizzy”. “I broke out into a cold sweat. Next thing I knew, I was in the Royal Melbourne Hospital where I underwent open heart surgery. “After returning home, I began to feel that the heart attack was a sign from above,” he says.Eager to recover, Markos started participating in the Australian Greek Welfare Society’s (AGWS) Greek Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, which he says played an vital role in getting him where he is today. He first attended the Greek Cardiac Program in Brunswick in November 2013, with a referral from the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and has been a regular participant ever since. “This is my favourite time of the week by far; the cardiac health talks are always informative and useful to me. I cannot wait for the weekly exercise component of the program; I always manage to complete it and that alone makes me feel able, confident and competent,” Markos says.These are feelings which he says he has not felt since 1992, when he fell into a bout of depression following his retirement. “My heart began to hurt from that point onwards as I felt that I had lost everything – my life had no meaning.”He admits to not taking care of his diet, and that he became very tempted to start smoking again. “I became couch-bound and felt very alone. After my heart attack I felt as if I had lost even the last resources of self-worth I had left. In 1958 I said goodbye to my country forever, in 1992 I lost my identity, and two years ago I felt that I had even lost my heart.”It was the Greek Cardiac Program that not only managed to help the state of Markos’ health, but also brought him out of his shell and rebuilt his confidence.“Through this program I have made new friends, true friends … Angelo, Peter, Lonny … and have gained vast knowledge about my condition. I feel that I have finally taken control of my life,” he explains. The 81-year-old now supports new participants by welcoming them and making them feel comfortable by sharing their personal heart attack stories. “It becomes therapeutic. Thanks to this program my life feels meaningful and purposeful again as I belong somewhere, and that is no exaggeration.”Early recognition of the warning signs is key to survival and cannot be stressed enough. As with Markos, attending a cardiac rehabilitation program can provide you with the best possible chance for your recovery and heart health.For a free Warning Signs of Heart Attack Action Plan (in Greek), call the Heart Foundation on 1300 36 27 87. If you require an interpreter, call 131 450 and ask for the Heart Foundation. For more information about the Australian Greek Welfare Society Greek Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, call (03) 9388 9998.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram At 35 years of age, social commentator Alexandra Tselios runs opinion site The Big Smoke, and is interviewed most days of the week across Australia. We work fervently to tailor our power in a way that connects people with the energy, vibrancy, and thrills of culture.As CEO and one of the founders of the popular culture institution, she has also managed to make her platform one of the most successful op-ed go-to destination for readers, alongside working with not-for-profit think tank and online newspaper Plus61J which explores the political and social ties between Australia and Israel.Did she ever imagine the success that would follow? “Yes,” she replies, explaining that she had a clear vision from the early stages of the inception of the idea and whatever she enveavours she tries to be focused on the goal and the simple, direct steps that will lead to it. Together with editor Greg Gerding she runs a sister site in the US, The Big Smoke America. The Big Smoke (TBS) also runs Next Gen programme, publishing Australian students aged 8-18 mentored by TBS writers. “We see The Big Smoke company as a capital city for the 21st century,” Tselios asserts, and this statement is actually her business motto in creating a unique urban vehicle connecting writers, readers, and brands across Australia and overseas.“We’re all about cutting through the noises and mazes to have a distinctive cultural impact and connect people with things they’ll love.”With an aim to provide a single platform that acts as a stage for the voicing of varied, topical and interesting opinions, Tselios and her team draw from a pool of writers that consist of generally not journalists, although some write for a living. Editorial-wise, they have chosen to sometimes publish content they may not agree with.“We draw on some of the finest minds in the country – young and old, emerging and famous. Our contributors come from all walks of life – comedians, barristers, students, politicians, business owners, academics – the list is almost endless. We don’t censor, we provide a platform for debate. We cater towards discerning readers who want to access ideas differently,” she explains.When did your journey into writing and journalism begin? Well, when I was younger I worked an office job and started a little music magazine just for fun. I started reaching out to musicians I loved (mostly from the US and UK) and they actually replied to me and let me interview them! So I started to produce this free little magazine and got it distributed across music stores in Sydney and then eventually through friends in San Diego, London and a music store in Berlin. Then I started getting people writing in, so people were actually reading it. It was a great experience, and was less around the content and more that I realised – if you just ask you will be surprised at how people want to create with you. That has been how I have built everything. In fact, the music magazine is how I met Greg Gerding from San Diego who is now the editor-in-chief for TBS USA.As a founder and as CEO of The Big Smoke, you oversee the leading opinion site in both Australia and the US. How do you manage? I just make it work. Thinking about how much there is to do, what the market conditions are like, the obstacles I will inevitably face, would be overwhelming so I don’t [go] there. I am fairly disciplined with how I view my days and how I value my time. So I just deal with things a bit at a time. And every day I deal with something amazing and something I have to fix – I just make it work. The Big Smoke is dedicated to promoting the arts, creatives, and entertainment because we know that if these things flourish, everyone else will too.What is it like being a social commentator? It is weird, because you don’t think anyone would care but actually they do. There is a weird climate now where seemingly anyone can be a commentator, so we have people discussing issues they have no experience in or no true understanding of the complexities [of the issues]. I feel fortunate because when I discuss issues it is often based on the writers we publish, and I get to use their articles as reference points which facilitates my unique perspective. Also, I am inquisitive by nature, I want to figure things out and get my head around it – so discussing it, debating it and unpacking it helps.When did you develop an interest in politics? I have always loved politics, when I was a kid I was quite aware of the power of our political structure, and in particular [I was] interested in the complexities around how it both helps our society but also hinders our growth in other ways. Politics is a fascinating game, and I love watching how people respond to it – the public and also the individuals who find themselves gaining some level of power.You have said “the biggest lesson I’ve learnt is to stop asking ‘How do I monetise my site?’ and to instead ask ‘How can the ecosystem I have created become of value to brands?’- can you expand on this? That is very wise, where did I say that? I think the media is scrambling to make things work and it’s a tough climate, but that’s where the opportunities are. We have created something that is far more nuanced than just publishing articles and hoping people press ‘like’; and because of that I feel differently about the clients we work with – I want to see our platform help them reach their commercial goals and we have done that successfully and continue to adapt with the shifting trends and changes in how technology connects audiences with ideas, products or people. I think about this daily, it’s what I think about when I go to sleep – how can we do better, how can we impact more, what will happen in market next. Is it true that you hired an 81-year-old to head your marketing team? Would you say this is part of your method of treating your company as a modern 21st century society? I don’t care about age! The Big Smoke is actually a company full of young people, however, just like a healthy society it has its representation of all ages. I don’t judge based on someone’s age, or sex, or nationality but based on their capabilities. Roger Pugh is the head of native advertising for The Big Smoke Media Group, and has had a long established career in advertising across Australia, USA and the UK. He is best known for bringing to market the Toyota Oh! What a Feeling campaign and works with not only the Big Smoke’s millennial copywriters, but with B2B and B2C brands to ensure that advertising still gets cut through despite the changing technologies around us. I met him while working on a political project where we did a site on the US elections. Roger also does satire and the more I learnt about him the more I thought he had the most amazing brain for understanding how brands need cut-through approach. So, he heads up all these 20-something writers for multi-channel digital reach. It’s quite a phenomenal vehicle actually; how it all works together.Where do you attribute your success? My parents are both amazing and I grew up very close to my grandparents on my dad’s side; they are marvellous people and just made me believe I could do anything. I attribute a childhood growing up with people who had massive dreams, then sort of got to a point and went ‘oh well, it’s easier to just get a day job and not think about those dreams anymore’. Watching this drives me, and I am fascinated by the idea of comfort over a life you [have] created. But to be fair, I am just very internally motivated. It’s not something I have had to force. I see things through, and I perhaps take on more than I can chew at times but somehow make it work. I want to know that I made a difference to the lives of the people in my company, the brands we work with and the readers we impact. It’s never a one-off goal, it’s evolving and never ends. It’s exhausting, but it’s entirely fulfilling. I am very fortunate to be building with some of the most remarkable humans.
Neos Kosmos was honoured last night at the annual HACCI Excellence Awards Gala, an event held to acknowledge the best and brightest of the Hellenic-Australian community. Recognised as the premier business and community awards for the Hellenic Australian community, the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Excellence Awards acknowledge and reward organisations and individuals that have achieved excellence in seven distinct areas of endeavour.Dimitrios and Christopher Gogos were the recipients of the Bank of Sydney Award for Business Excellence, in recognition of the ongoing contribution that Neos Kosmos has been making to the Greek community, throughout six decades of continuous publication.Dimitrios Gogos was presented with the Bank of Sydney Award for Business Excellence, in recognition of Neos Kosmos’ ongoing contribution to the Greek community.A migrant from Chios, Dimitrios, also known as Takis, arrived in Australia in 1950 and has made a significant mark in the community, through his involvement in a series of organisations and initiatives. He was also an active member and executive of the Greek Orthodox community of Melbourne and Victoria as well as the secretary of the Pan-Hellenic association Orpheus, which developed cultural events and services in support of newly settled Greek immigrants. His work led to the establishment of a Modern Greek Department at the University of Melbourne while he was a founding member of the Antipodes Festival. But his outstanding contribution to the community is the newspaper he founded in 1957. For 61 years, Neos Kosmos has been telling the stories of the people within the Greek Community, fighting for social justice and for democracy. Taking up the mantle from his father, Christopher Gogos is steering Neos Kosmos into the digital age.The full list of recipients of the HACCI Excellence Awards, that were held last night at the Plaza Ballroom in Melbourne, reads as follows:The Spiros Stamoulis Award for Lifetime Achievement : Dimitrios Alexopoulos and Cathy AlexopoulosThe Bank of Sydney Award for Business Excellence: Dimitris Gogos, Neos KosmosThe Award for Sporting Excellence, awarded by Heidelberg United Football Club: Peter FilopoulosThe Award for Community Service, awarded by Pronia: Anastasios StathopoulosThe Award for Professional Excellence, awarded by Moore Stephens: George DonikianThe Chris Saristavros Award for Young Achievement: Kelly EuripidouThe Award for Women of Influence, awarded by Emirates: Suzi DafnisThe recipients of the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Excellence Awards for 2018.The Awards ceremony was part of a glamourous night that included a gourmet dinner and top quality entertainment including acts like Strofes Band, Gertrude Opera, George Kapiniaris and the 14-year-old Greek Australian prodigy Jason Mavroudis, culminating to an authentic Greek glendi on the dancefloor!“I wish to congratulate all of tonight’s award nominees and recipients. I stand here tonight extremely proud as a Hellenic Australian, as I am sure you are too, having heard our award winners’ outstanding achievements, success and contributions made in their respective fields and to the wider community,” said HACCI Chair Georgegina Poulos.A more extensive report, featuring photos from the glamorous event, will be featured in Monday’s Greek edition of Neos Kosmos. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Contraceptions hormonales : des effets secondaires sur la libido ?Allemagne – La pilule contraceptive, tout comme les autres formes de contraception hormonale, occasionnerait une baisse de la libido selon une étude publiée dans le Journal of Sexual Medicine.Les chercheurs de l’université de Heidelberg en Allemagne ont suivi 1.000 jeunes femmes étudiantes en médecine. 90% d’entre elles prenaient la pilule comme moyen de contraception. Il est ressorti de cette enquête que les femmes qui utilisaient une contraception hormonale avaient davantage de difficultés sexuelles que celles qui utilisaient un autre moyen de contraception. Le coauteur de cette étude, Alfred O. Mueck, a cependant indiqué que les mécanismes biologiques pouvant expliquer le lien entre hormones et désir n’étaient pas clairement établis. Les hormones contenues dans certaines contraceptions diminuent le taux de testostérone dans le sang. Cette hormone est susceptible de jouer un rôle dans la libido des femmes a expliqué Kim Wallen de l’Université Emory. Il a notamment rappelé qu’une autre étude publiée dans le New England Journal of Medicine dès 1978 mettait déjà en avant un dysfonctionnement de la libido au milieu du cycle hormonal pour les femmes qui prenaient la pilule. En France, la pilule est le moyen de contraception le plus utilisé devant le préservatif et le stérilet.Le 13 mai 2010 à 12:29 • Emmanuel Perrin