Australian Medical Scientists Protest Hefty Budget Cuts

first_imgMELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA—Chanting “cures not cuts,” some 7000 medical researchers took to the streets in five Australian cities this week to protest a steep cut—about 20% per year—to medical research spending anticipated in the federal government’s 2011 budget, set for release next month. “I am gravely concerned, and I urge the government to think twice about this. This would have potentially long-lasting and devastating effects on Australia’s medical research future,” Suzanne Cory, president of the Australian Academy of Science, said at a press conference on Tuesday. The federal government is struggling to balance its budget after disastrous floods and a cyclone earlier this year and major commitments such as a $45 billion (AUD $43 billion) national broadband network. But after Cabinet ministers leaked news of plans to slash $419 million (AUD $400 million) over the next 3 years from the $746 million (AUD $710 million) it doles out each year through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), scientists fought back with a social media campaign. Defending the cuts, health minister Nicola Roxon this week told local journalists that the government is scrutinizing every dollar spent on health: “Research is not exempt from that examination,” she said. 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Like most medical researchers, University of Sydney malaria and bacterial meningitis researcher Nicholas Hunt says his “lifeblood” is 3-year NHMRC project grants. Although he has a tenured position, losing grant support would force him to close his lab and leave his two postdocs without jobs. His four Ph.D. students, including two from Malaysia who each will pay about $110,000 to earn degrees in Australia, would be unable to complete their training in his lab. “It will make countries wonder about sending research students to Australia,” Hunt says. Deep cuts could spark an exodus of talent. Statistical geneticist Peter Visscher was lured to Queensland Institute of Medical Research from a tenured position at the University of Edinburgh. “I came with the confidence that here’s a state and a country that believes in research,” he says. If the government follows through with its plan, “there is a real risk some researchers will leave,” Visscher says. “Singapore will probably snap up my best postdocs, and they do all the important work. Once good people are gone, they’re likely gone for good.” The cuts would be a reversal of fortune for medical researchers. Australian medical research had been enjoying a renaissance after a 2000 review that probed, among other things, why the nation had struggled to retain medical researchers and had experienced limited success in building a biotech industry. The findings prompted the creation of fellowships to lure top-flight researchers and program grants to spur collaborations between researchers in academia and industry. The 2000 review “dragged us up from where we were 12 to 14 years ago,” says Doug Hilton, director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research here. “It’s time for another road map for medical research.” But he says researchers need a stable 2-year funding period to articulate that plan. Researchers hope to meet with government officials soon to resolve the crisis.last_img read more

Social Sciences Face Uphill Battle Proving Their Worth to Congress

first_imgAnyone attending yesterday’s congressional hearing on funding the social, behavioral, and economic (SBE) sciences at the National Science Foundation is likely to have come away thinking that NSF had dodged a metaphorical bullet aimed at decimating support for those fields. But appearances can be deceiving. The hearing, by the research panel of the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology examined NSF’s $255-million-a-year research portfolio in those disciplines. It’s a perennial target for some legislators, who have argued that the research is frivolous or worse. But there was no mention yesterday of a report issued last week by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) that ridiculed many of the grants NSF has awarded to scientists working in those fields. In addition, only one of the four witnesses said they favored zeroing out the entire SBE directorate, one of Coburn’s suggestions, arguing that the private sector could fill the gap. The chair of the panel, Representative Mo Brooks (R-AL), explained that “the goal of this hearing is not to question whether the social, behavioral, and economic sciences produce interesting and sound research, as I believe we all can agree that they do.” Instead, Brooks said he wanted to examine national priorities across all scientific disciplines and whether the federal government needed to support these fields. 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But Brooks may have been pulling his punches. In comments to ScienceInsider after the hearing, Brooks expressed serious doubts about the value of the social sciences. The freshman legislator said he “understands the value of basic research” because his constituents in and around Huntsville, Alabama, make up “one of, if not the most, highly educated districts in the sciences.” Brooks did say that “my priorities would be to protect basic research in the sciences as much as possible, even to the extent of cutting entitlements, in order to generate enough funding for basic research.” But his definition of the term “basic research” turns out to be synonymous with the so-called hard sciences, and to exclude the social sciences. Q: Do you support Coburn’s call to eliminate the SBE directorate?M.B. : No, I have no predisposition on which direction to head. But if I had to prioritize, I think that basic science generates more economic activity, which in turn helps supports all the other things we want government to do, than do the social sciences. Q: So SBE, in your opinion, is not funding the same kind of basic science that the rest of NSF funds?M.B. : I don’t know what you mean by the rest of NSF. But with respect to the hard sciences, I have a priority with respect to them. Q: What do you mean by the hard sciences?M.B. : Physics, math, materials development, and, although this may be outside NSF’s portfolio, advances in health care. That’s hard science to me. And you can see more tangible results there. So the social sciences have a greater burden of proof. Brooks acknowledges that the science panel, as an authorizing committee, has little sway over decisions made by the powerful Appropriations Committee, which approves the annual budgets for each federal agency. But his position does provide him with a platform. His predecessor on the research subcommittee when the Democrats controlled the House, for example, led a successful fight in 2007 against criticism of specific NSF grants in the social sciences. So it will be worth watching to see if Brooks chooses to take a visible stand on the issue.last_img read more

Spain wins again, beating Italy 4-0 at Euro 2012

first_imgJust like clockwork, Spain’s “tiki taka” passing game tore Italy apart. PhotosThe World Cup champions controlled the play on Sunday in the European Championship final, as they usually do. They moved the ball up the field with short pass after short pass, as they usually do.But, incredibly, they also managed to score a whopping four goals, something they don’t usually do.It all added up to a 4-0 win over Italy and a third straight major soccer title for Spain. “We won being true to our playing style, and by moving the ball the we way we moved it we knew how to take charge of the match,” said Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas, the team’s captain. “What we do is difficult but we make it look easy.”Casillas and Spain striker Fernando Torres also made their own histories. Torres became the first man to score in two European Championship finals, and Casillas played in his record 100th victory in international soccer.Spain’s other goals on Sunday at the Olympic Stadium came from David Silva, Jordi Alba and Juan Mata.”We were superior to Italy,” said midfielder Xavi Hernandez, perhaps Spain’s most influential player over the last four years. “We played a complete game and perhaps the best of the entire European Championship. We made history.”Four years ago at Euro 2008, Spain ended a 44-year drought of major titles, beating Germany 1-0 in the final to start a run that has been unmatched by any other team in history.advertisementAlthough they lost to the United States in the semifinals of the Confederations Cup in 2009, snapping a record 15-game winning streak, the Spanish have been nearly impossible to beat in competitive matches.A year after that game against the Americans, Spain opened the 2010 World Cup with a loss to Switzerland. But they then went on a tear, winning their next six games to finally claim a World Cup title and undoubtedly shed for good the “underachiever” tag.In all that time since Euro 2008, Spain has won with flair, using its short passing game – dubbed “tiki taka” by the Spanish media and adopted by the team – to dazzle scrambling opponents.”Tonight, there was no contest,” Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said. “They were too superior, so the bitterness at losing this final is only relative.”Against Italy, Spain was the favorite, but was also primed to be beaten after being held to a 1-1 draw by the Italians in their opening Group C match. Spain, which has been experimenting with a lineup that excludes a recognized striker, needed a penalty shootout to reach the final after a 0-0 tie with Portugal in the semifinals.”They’ve been playing at a very high level for years,” Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said. “And even though they didn’t use any traditional striker, they were able to give weight to their attack.”The controversial lineup, which Spain coach Vicente del Bosque again employed on Sunday, is akin to playing in the Super Bowl without a running back. Sure, you can still score touchdowns, but you give up on the chance for a game-breaking play.Still, the midfielders and the defenders got the job done in the first half. Silva headed in a high shot in the 14th minute off a pass from Cesc Fabregas. And Alba added another in the 41st, picking up a beautiful through ball from Xavi and shooting past Buffon.”The game was ours after the first goal, but the truth is that we played one heck of a game,” Fabregas said.Italy’s task was tough enough with 11 players, and it became impossible with only 10 after the 64th minute. All its substitutes were used when midfielder Thiago Motta, who had only been on the field for seven minutes, was taken off with an injury.Torres, who came on for Fabregas in the 75th minute, then added the third goal with a relatively easy finish and Mata really put the game away in the 88th, knocking in a pass from Torres.”The second goal by Jordi hurt them, and then the third finished them off,” said Casillas, who made a point-blank save on a shot from Antonio Di Natale at the start of the second half and twice tipped crosses out of danger just before the Italians could get their heads to the ball.With every save, and of course with every goal, the huge group of Spain supporters cheered and screamed. The red-shirted fans dominated one corner of the stadium, filling up more than six sections of the Olympic Stadium. On the opposite side, the blue-clad Italians were far outnumbered, with dozens of empty yellow seats poking through the mass of supporters.advertisementAlso in the stands were several heads of state. Italian Premier Mario Monti, along with other EU leaders, had said they would not travel to Ukraine for the tournament because of the politically tainted jailing of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. But that didn’t stop him from attending the final in Kiev.Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy also attended the match, and got to watch as his players celebrated with confetti and fireworks when they lifted yet another major trophy. “I don’t believe it,” said Alba, who has played only nine matches for Spain, “but little by little it is sinking in.”last_img read more

Rockets GM says team is ‘obsessed’ with dethroning Warriors

first_imgHouston Rockets’ Chris Paul, right, steps over Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) after losing the ball out of bounds during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Oakland, California.  AP/Ben MargotAfter the first 31 games of the 2017-2018 NBA season, the Houston Rockets are tied with the Golden State Warriors as the number 1 seed in the Western Conference with a 25-6 record.With the arrival of Chris Paul this off-season, the team’s lethal offensive repertoire just got even deadlier, with some claiming it’s already at par with the reigning NBA Champions.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Jokic leads Nuggets to first win in Portland since 2013 Malditas save PH from shutout MOST READ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims The Rockets defeated the Warriors 122-121 in a highly competitive game on opening night last October and are scheduled for two match-ups in January. Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Although the playoffs won’t start until April, Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey has made it clear that beating the Warriors “is the only thing we think about.”“I think I’m not supposed to say that, but we’re basically obsessed with ‘How do we beat the Warriors?’” the proud executive told ESPN Radio’’s Ryen Rusillo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“Last year the Spurs knocked us off, so we’re very worried about the Spurs, they’re always one step ahead of every organization and guard us better than anyone. But we calculated it—it’s like 90 percent if we’re gonna win a title, we’ve gotta obviously beat the Warriors at some point. So we’re extremely focused on that. A lot of our signings and what we do during the year is based on that.”This off-season, Morey admitted to ESPN’s Zach Lowe that the team would be  “[upping] our risk profile and [getting] even more aggressive” with finding the right personnel for Mike D’Antoni’s up-tempo offense, which resulted in trading for Chris Paul. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PHlast_img read more

Premier League: Stoke relegated after 10 years, West Brom cling on

first_imgStoke City’s 10-year stay in the Premier League ended on Saturday following a 2-1 home defeat by Crystal Palace in a dramatic penultimate round of matches.Yet never-say-die West Bromwich Albion kept their hopes alive of pulling off one of the great escapes with a last-gasp 1-0 win over top-four aristocrats Tottenham Hotspur.West Brom took their wholly unlikely unbeaten run under caretaker manager Darren Moore to five matches with a stoppage-time winner from Jake Livermore.Then the Baggies enjoyed yet another incredible reprieve when a Southampton victory at Everton in the late game, which would have confirmed their relegation, was prevented by a 96th minute equaliser for the home side in a 1-1 draw.Though Southampton were left fuming that the goal had been scored after the allotted four minutes of added time, the point still moved the Saints out of the drop zone on goal difference ahead of Swansea City, who lost 1-0 at Bournemouth.It leaves the battle for survival in the final week even more fascinating, with Swansea hosting Southampton in a critical match on Tuesday.The drama!Commentary of our late, late winner on WBA Radio…How did you all celebrate? #WBA Bromwich Albion (@WBA) May 5, 2018West Brom jumped on to 31 points, leapfrogging doomed Stoke on 30, with both sides having one game left in the final week while Southampton and Swansea are both on 33 with two games left.At the other end of the table, Tottenham’s defeat left them fourth on 71 points and gave Chelsea new hope that they might steal the fourth Champions league spot if they can move onto 69 points by beating Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.advertisementBurnley fans were left celebrating too as Everton’s draw ensured the seventh-placed Clarets will be playing in the Europa League next season, the first time they have been in European competition since the 1966-67 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.The day began with Stoke’s faint hopes were briefly revived in the early kickoff as Xherdan Shaqiri’s deflected free kick just before halftime put them ahead against Palace.Yet Roy Hodgson’s resurgent side, dominant after the break as Stoke were gripped by nervy caution, equalised after a sharp counter-attack through James McArthur before a Ryan Shawcross mistake let in Patrick van Aanholt for the 86th-minute winner.Despite overseeing a 13-match winless streak, Stoke’s worst run in a top-tier season for 34 years, manager Paul Lambert saluted the effort of his players.”This club has to bounce right back up,” he said. “The club is too big not to. It will regroup and it’s got the right infra-structure in place to do it.”Albion’s revival is beggaring belief, even if their chances of the most miraculous survival are still minimal.Their relegation after weeks of defying the prophets of doom seemed assured as the game against Spurs went into added time but Livermore forced the ball over the line from close range in a manic finish.FULL TIME: #EFC 1-1 #SaintsFCMark Hughes’s men are denied victory by the last kick of the game. FC (@SouthamptonFC) May 5, 2018Less than three hours later, it seemed their heroics could be all in vain as Nathan Redmond’s header for Southampton at Goodison put the Saints, who later had Maya Yoshida sent off, in sight of the three points that would condemn Albion.Yet though referee Jon Moss had added on only four minutes, there were just over 95 minutes on the clock when Tom Davies’ strike deflected in off Wesley Hoedt.”I am the one up here but it is we as a football club — the supporters, staff and officials — and through hard work and commitment that the results are coming,” said Albion’s folk hero Moore.Both Bournemouth, who beat Swansea with a Ryan Fraser goal, and Crystal Palace ensured their safety for another season and West Ham United look set to join them after a deserved 2-0 victory at Leicester City.last_img read more

New RCMP Detachment Integrated Design Team to host Trade Meet Greet on

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has announced that there is an opportunity for interested local trades, carpenters, safety personnel, and labourers to meet with the new RCMP Facility ‘Integrated Design Team’.According to the City, over the past couple of months, the team has been busy identifying the remainder of the design team members, consisting of mechanical, electrical and structural engineers, as well as primary trades in electrical and mechanical disciplines.This meeting will provide an opportunity for local tradespeople and site personnel to meet the Integrated Design Team. The Team consists of Unitech Construction Management, KMBR Architects, and City representatives.While the primary trades have been identified, the City says there will be various scopes of work associated with the project, which may provide opportunities for local sub-trades and personnel to get involved.The Trade Meet & Greet will be taking place on Wednesday, June 5 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Council Chambers in City Hall.last_img read more

Modi, a ‘boxer’ who punched Advani, says Rahul Gandhi

first_imgBhiwani (Har): Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a “boxer” who entered the ring to fight unemployment but ended up punching his “coach” and veteran BJP leader L K Advani.The Gandhi scion used the boxer analogy at a poll rally in Bhiwani, which is known as India’s boxing nursery and has produced famous boxers including Vijender Singh, who is fighting the Lok Sabha polls as a Congress nominee in the national capital. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghHe accused the “boxer PM” of sidelining Advani, saying the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader was “punched in the face” by Modi. “A boxer Narendra Modi, who boasted of his 56-inch chest, entered the ring to fight unemployment, farmers’ issue, corruption and other issues,” the Congress chief said. “For the last five years, this boxer has hit India’s poor, weaker sections, farmers and now people are saying they do not want this boxer. He failed to understand who is he fighting against,” said Gandhi, accusing Modi of “betraying” the people of the country. “Narendra Modi’s coach Advani ji, other team members like Gadkari were there… Modi entered the ring and the first thing he did was to deliver a punch on Advani’s face,” he said, adding that the prime minister had “insulted” the senior BJP leader. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadAfter punching Advani, this boxer knocked out small shopkeepers with demonetisation and Gabbar Singh Tax, said Rahul Gandhi referring to the Goods and Services Tax (GST). “Entire country knows how adversely these decisions hit them,” he said. The “boxer PM” did not stop here, and delivered a punch to the farmers who were seeking a hike in crop MSP as well as a loan waiver. “After this, the people were left bewildered at what this boxer was doing because he had no idea what he had to fight against,” said the Congress chief said.last_img read more

Senior military official in Chad for talks on future of UN mission

12 November 2008A top United Nations military official is in Chad today for consultations with Government officials on the next stage of operations to bring stability to strife-ridden eastern Chad and the northeast of the neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR). Both countries have been beset by widespread fighting and civilian displacement in recent years owing to rebel activity and a spill-over from Sudan’s Darfur conflict. Lieutenant-General Chikadibia Isaac Obiakor, Military Adviser of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), is scheduled to discuss the future of the UN Mission in CAR and Chad (MINURCAT) after the withdrawal next March of EUFOR, the European military force now entrusted with protecting civilians and refugees in the area.Gen. Obiakor is also expected to travel to Abeche and Farchana in north-eastern Chad to visit UN and EUFOR operations there. MINURCAT, which includes a multi-dimensional UN presence and EUFOR, was set up by the Security Council in September 2007 in response to the dire humanitarian situation in the two countries.At present the UN component comprises some 270 uniformed personnel, including 45 military observers and 226 police officers, supported by 272 international civilian personnel, 139 local civilian staff and 70 UN Volunteers. read more

UN climate change talks open in Cancún with call for balanced concrete

29 November 2010The United Nations Climate Change Conference opened today in Cancún, Mexico, with the world body’s top official on the issue calling for a balanced and concrete outcome to meet one of today’s biggest challenges. “You are gathered in Cancún to weave together the elements of a solid response to climate change, using both reason and creativity as your tools,” Christiana Figueres, Executive Director of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), told the gathering.The UNFCCC is an international treaty which considers what can be done to reduce global warming and to cope with whatever temperature increases are inevitable. Some countries have approved an addition to the treaty, the Kyoto Protocol, which has more powerful and legally binding measures.The meeting is taking place just days after the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) found that concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have today reached their highest level since pre-industrial times. Ms. Figueres said a solid outcome in Cancún is urgent given the WMO’s findings as well as because the poorest and most vulnerable need predictable and sufficient assistance to face a serious problem that they did not cause.“The task is not easy, but it is achievable,” she told delegates attending the two-week meeting, which is the sixteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 16) to the Convention. Participants are expected to conclude agreements related to issues such as technology transfer, mitigation and adaptation, and funding.“I urge you to resolve these issues with priority so that a balanced outcome in Cancún can be achieved,” she said.“Looking at what you have achieved over the past months, I am convinced that you can compromise to find your way to a concrete outcome in Cancún,” she added. “That outcome needs to be both firm and dependable and have a dedicated follow-on process for future work.”Ms. Figueres also highlighted a number of “politically charged” issues that need to be tackled, including the need to avoid a gap after the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol ends in 2012 and the importance of having clarity on the continuation of the Protocol. Cancun read more

School district delays classes again citing malware attack

DOTHAN, Ala. — A public school system in Alabama has delayed classes a second time because of continuing problems from a computer malware attack.Houston County school officials say students now won’t return to class until Aug. 12. That’s 11 days behind the original schedule and a week later than the first delay.Education officials won’t say what type of attack hit the southeast Alabama school system. But phones and computers aren’t working properly.Officials also haven’t said whether payroll or student information was affected. But Ashford High School posts on its Facebook page that workers can’t view their pay information online so statements have to be printed.The school board says law enforcement is involved, and network engineers are trying to get equipment running again.The Associated Press read more

Annan pays tribute to memory of UN development official killed in Uzbek

In a message to a memorial service for Richard Conroy, who was among those killed when a passenger airliner crashed on 13 January in the Uzbek capital Tashkent, the Secretary-General described him as possessing a rare blend of qualities that epitomized the characteristics needed to represent the UN in the field.”When I met Richard on a visit to Uzbekistan a year and a half ago, I was impressed by his commitment to the United Nations’ goals and ideals, his expertise in the work for development, and his knowledge of the region,” the Secretary-General said in a message delivered by UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown.”But I was equally struck by his integrity and engagement, his warmth and generosity of spirit, and his infallible good cheer,” he added. “Richard’s smile was special, and I know he often used his sense of humour to ease tensions and encourage those around him in daunting situations.”The Secretary-General recalled that when Mr. Conroy took up his duties in Uzbekistan in 2001, two weeks after the 11 September terrorist attacks in the United States, he was immediately plunged into one of the most challenging periods in the history of the region.”Thanks to his energy and determination, we were able to open the Friendship Bridge to Afghanistan, allowing crucial humanitarian assistance to flow in from the Uzbek border town of Termez to the Afghan people in their hour of need,” he said, hailing the official’s ability to ensure the success of that endeavour.”A citizen of Australia and the United Kingdom, Mr. Conroy, 56, joined UNDP in 1990 and served in China, Sri Lanka and India before assuming his post in Uzbekistan. read more

UN food agency chief calls on US Congress to prevent emergencies by

While thanking the United States for its “miraculous” support in keeping 12 million people alive in Sudan’s Darfur region and East Africa, the head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has called on the US Congress to take preventive measures ahead of time to head off major humanitarian emergencies.“Priority has to go to the hungriest people in the poorest places, before they become victims of emergencies,” WFP Executive Director James Morris, told the House of Representatives Committee on International Relations’ Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations in a session yesterday.This would not only save lives but greatly reduce the costs of humanitarian intervention, he said, noting that in Africa alone WFP anticipates it will need to respond to the needs of an unprecedented 50 million people this year.“If I count just our urgent needs on the continent – those where rations have been or are about to be cut – we are looking at a shortfall of more than $1.4 billion. Tens of millions of very poor, very hungry people are counting on us to find that money before it is too late,” he added.Mr. Morris, who oversees the world’s largest humanitarian organization, which fed 97 million poor people in 82 countries last year, expressed deep gratitude to the US Government, WFP’s single-largest donor, for “coming to the rescue” after it was forced this month to cut food rations in half for close to 3 million people in Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region.“WFP – and the people caught in these terrible crises – have much to thank the United States for,” he declared. “In Darfur and East Africa, food aid worth $552 million from the United States is keeping 12 million people alive. Truly, your support is miraculous.” Other donors, including the European Commission, Canada and Denmark, have also stepped forward and the Government of Sudan recently announced a donation to WFP of 20,000 tons of cereals, he noted.But he stressed that the situation in Darfur was still critical and WFP remained strapped for cash. Despite donor generosity, the agency was only 57 per cent funded for emergencies like Darfur and East Africa in 2005. He urged donors to manage risks ahead of time, creating more flexible tools and funding streams to respond as soon as emergencies developed. Mr. Morris said the key to breaking the escalating cycle of humanitarian crises was focusing efforts on children – the world’s future – and their mothers. WFP estimates that helping the roughly 100 million poor children who are not currently reached by any assistance would cost some $5 billion a year.He noted that that was about the same amount of money as Congress appropriated for the 2005 fiscal year for 7 million American women and infants through the Women, Infants and Children Programme. “If that investment in America’s poor mothers and children was worth making, why not reach out to all who need our help?” he asked.Adequate food and nutrition are also essential weapons in the war against AIDS to help the sick tolerate harsh AIDS drugs and extend their lives. “Without a healthy diet, their fight to survive this plague is being fought with one hand tied behind their backs,” he said. read more

Transport News Brief – Monday 4 February 2008

Low Emission Zone barks now, bites later The London LEZ started at one minute into the morning of Monday 4 February, affecting all trucks over 12 tonnes running into the zone, which covers 610 square miles (1,580 sq km) of Greater London. For practical purposes it is virtually anywhere inside the M25. Transport for London says truckers operating in the area have 28 days to meet its emissions standards or show that they have taken ‘all reasonable steps to comply.’ This move follows months of industry warnings that neither new trucks nor retrofit emissions kit for old ones are as readily available as TfL expected. During this ‘warning period’ operators won’t be fined, but after 28 days they’ll get penalty charge notices and they will need to show that they have ‘made all reasonable progress’ to get their trucks ready. “This strikes a fair balance between ensuring the benefits are delivered whilst giving those operators who are taking steps to meet the emissions standards a warning and the opportunity to comply,” said Nick Fairholme, head of the London Low Emission Zone. From 7 July the LEZ will also hit buses and coaches, but TfL says the 28 days ‘grace’ period will last for the life of the scheme. Unlike London’s congestion charge zone, which is lifted in the evenings and at weekends, the LEZ is in force 24 hours a day, every day. Heavy vans and light trucks will be hit from 2010. More from 132 new exhibitors at the CV Show CV Show organisers say they already have 132 new exhibitors signed up for the biggest and most successful business-to-business transport and logistics show in Europe. They expect this number will rise before the show opens on 15 April. Last year’s show attracted over 600 exhibitors and 27,000 visitors. “This is due to the enormous range of products and services covered by van, truck, trailer and support service businesses,” said David Sedgely, CV Show chairman. “For three days the NEC really does become the hub of the UK transport industry, with firms using the CV Show as the main platform to sell or launch new products and services. Whatever sector of the industry you operate in, this is one event you can’t afford to miss.” To make life easier, visitors can register on-line at for free, queue-beating and fast-track tickets and an advance copy of the show guide. “Do it now, don’t miss it!” More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or Dyson body-swap helps beat LEZ charges Vehicle recovery outfit Cedars Assist of south-east London mainly works within the M25, inside the new LEZ, running a 26 strong fleet. The firm has recycled old but serviceable recovery bodywork and lifting gear to help avoid £200 a day charges on three older trucks in the LEZ. Recovery vehicle specialist Roger Dyson moved the old kit onto newer truck chassis that will meet the emissions standards within the zone. This allows the vehicles to keep working until 2012, when the recovery equipment and replacement chassis will simultaneously reach the end of their working lives. More from Roger Dyson on +44 (0)1 905 775 808 or AA warns of fuel price protests The Guardian on Monday February 4 reports, both in the paper and on its web site, that ‘Motorists’ organisations will hold a crisis summit over the cost of petrol tomorrow and are expected to warn the government that it faces more fuel protests. The AA, RAC Foundation and the Freight Transport Association and others are expected to discuss “consolidated action,” trying to persuade Alistair Darling, the chancellor to scrap a planned, two pence fuel duty hike for 1 April. . Edmund King, president of the AA, said the government faced fuel protests if it did not cut fuel prices. The Guardian says it is the first time such a broad coalition of the mainstream motorist and haulier organisations has been convened over fuel prices. King said the group’s aim would be to persuade the government to drop the next duty hike. That 3.5% planned rise, part of the ‘fuel duty escalator’ comes on top of a roughly 20% retail price rise for diesel over the last 12 months. King also said more than 700 businesses have signed a letter asking the chancellor to scrap the April increase, which the FTA says will cost hauliers £170m. More from Green priority for fleets Lloyds TSB Autolease says research shows that 31% of truck operators now want to tackle ‘green’ issues this year. The firm says that though this is a big change, there is still a lot of confusion among truckers about what they can do. So Lloyds aims to use the CV Show as an opportunity to show how it can help operators cut carbon footprints and increase efficiency at the same time. The firm will show three low emission vans on its stand 11-319 at the CV Show. These are the new Fiat Doblo Cargo van in electric form; the Modec electric van and a Ford Transit T280 with Connaught hybrid pack. “Our research shows there is a real appetite for change in the sector,” says Grahame Negus, head of Lloyds TSB’s specialist commercial vehicle unit. “There is also a real need for practical advice and wider choice.” More from Lawrence Hamilton on +44 (0)1 614 477 251 or Volvo wants help to cut CO2 Volvo Trucks is challenging its hauliers to cut CO2 emissions by 20% within the next two years. The firm says this is part of its climate strategy, which aims at carbon-neutral production. “Our emissions can be rapidly reduced through a number of measures, such as reduced fuel consumption, more efficient logistics, the use of biofuels and the replacement of old vehicles,” says Volvo Trucks’ boss, Staffan Jufors. More from Lennart Pilskog on +46 (0)3 166 4926 or £5 VED hike on the way The UK Driver and Licensing Agency says it will raise the first registration fee for all vehicles from £50 to £55. The 10% price rise takes effect from 1 April 2008 and follows a public consultation. More from Ray Smith Group Tail Lift Parts still available says it has seen an increased demand for Ray Smith Group parts since the group went into administrative receivership last December. “Our stock levels did get a little low at one point but we have been working tirelessly during the last several weeks to re-establish supply chains,” said David Conman, managing director. “We are now seeing orders from new suppliers coming through, so we’re encouraging all our customers to continue placing orders with us for the full range of RSG parts and we will continue to offer the necessary technical support.” More from David Conman on +44 (0)1 482 504 444 or Isuzu to get heavy at CV Show Isuzu says it’s long-awaited medium and heavy truck models will make their debut at the CV Show in April. The firm will take its biggest CV Show stand, 6-050 to show its new ‘Forward’-Series, an entirely new 4×2 rigid, heavy truck range, at 11, 12, 15 and 18 tonnes gvw. All have Isuzu’s newly developed cab, in day or sleeper form. This new cab is already successful in Japan, America and Australia. Initially the new range will have the firm’s four and six cylinder diesels, using EGR technology to meet Euro 4 emissions. All the new range will get a three-year, unlimited mileage warranties, an industry first according to Isuzu. UK customers will be able to take delivery of 11 and 12 tonne models in the late Spring this year, with 15 and 18 tonne models deliveries starting a few months later, in the Autumn. More from Keith Child on +44(0)1 920 463 962 or Green Citroëns for Green Motion Citroën dealer Evans Halshaw just did a deal with Green Motion to supply 18 Citroën vans and cars. Green Motion says it is Europe’s first environmentally-friendly van and car hire outfit. The vans in question are C2 Enterprise 1.4HD models, which Citroën says is the UK’s most fuel-efficient van, with the lowest emissions. Through this year Green Motion plans to expand its network through franchise deals. It also plans to take its fleet from around 100 to about 2,500 and expects Citroën to play a big part in that expansion. More from Phil Reed on +44 (0)2 086 684 048 or Vishay PM Onboard’s new van weighing system Vishay PM Onboard plans to show VanWeigh, on its stand 10-120 at the CV show this Spring. The firm says this is the latest addition to its overload protection systems portfolio. “VanWeigh is a simple-to-fit, low maintenance and cost effective way of drivers and fleet managers controlling the loading conditions of their vehicles,” says the firm. Developed specifically for the 3.5 – 7.5t GVW market sector, this is an “affordable system” to help avoid fines, points or loss of a driving licence. Other benefits include reduced wear and tear and increased fuel efficiency. “Accidents involving overloading can also be potentially detrimental to warranty, insurance and go against the duty of care policy.” More from Althea Taylor on +44 (0)1 274 771 177 or New 500kg lift from Ratcliff Ratcliff Palfinger says it will show a new, modular 500kg capacity Flexi-Lift on its stand, 18-030 at the CV Show in April. The firm says that the UK’s growing heavy van and light truck fleet has created a big demand for 500kg capacity tail-lifts so it has developed the new lift, the RQ527. This comes in a choice of platform depths and has options such as non-slip surface, hinged ramps and safety gates. Overall Ratcliff Palfinger says it has the widest range of tail-lifts available in the UK, and is now the world’s second biggest tail-lift maker. It says it caters for the needs of all market sectors and expects the CV Show stand to reflect its position in the market. More Sally Gething on +44 (0)1 707 382 800 or Popular specialist skip loader returns One of the UK’s best-proven specialist skip loader designs has returned to the market. A new firm, SkipLoader Limited, of Stanton, Suffolk, has begun production after buying the assets of Retech. It expects to sell well to specialist operators, like the scrap metal business, where the hostile operating environment demands premium engineering. The SkipLoader system offers additional clearance and manoeuvrability over conventional designs and can handle and stack bins without increasing the travelling height. The first, a 26 tonner, has just gone to work with Hertfordshire-based metal merchants, Robert Gibbs. Mounted on a Volvo FM six-wheeler, it joins a 35 strong truck fleet, many of which have original Retech skip handling gear. SkipLoader is now building two more 32 tonne units to work on four axle truck chassis. More from Adrian Graves on +44 (0)1 284 787 438 or ‘Hugely significant’ Manheim deal for Lombard During the second full week of trading in 2008, Lombard Vehicle Management sold 225 vans through three separate Manheim Auction centres, at Haydock, Glasgow and Gloucester, on three consecutive days. At each, Lombard had exclusive use of the auction centre for the day under Manheim’s Centre-for-a-day deal. Because of the numbers of used vans on the market and the seasonal factors, “the result was hugely significant,” said James Davis, group commercial sales manager for Manheim. Lombard now aims to sell a minimum of 250 vans at a monthly exclusive auction at Haydock. More from Maddy Phelps on 44 (0)7 720 299 163 or HiQ takes Maxus vans Fast-fit firm HiQ has taken 25 LDV Maxus vans to help grow its business. The firm does tyres, exhausts, batteries, brakes, suspension, steering, servicing and MoT tests. The first batch of 25 vans are long wheelbase and high-roof models. As the firm expands its fleet service activities through 2008 it is likely to take more vans and LDV is clearly keen that it will do the business again. More from Hazel Crawford on +44 (0)1 902 714 957 or Johnston offers customers at CV Show 2008 an exclusive discount Johnston Sweepers Customer Support will offer a 20% deal on servicing costs to customers visiting the firm’s stand, 19-030 during the 2008 CV show. This will and cut the price of a service by between £100 and £250 at any of Johnston’s seven nationwide service centres. The details are at The firm will also mail the all its mainland UK customers and will have the details available be on the CV Show stand. Johnston believes its network of six regional service centres is unique to the UK sweeper industry and plans this deal to help show the benefits. Each centre offers local service support and parts supply as well as technicians to give advice and technical support. More from Joyce Hack on +44 (0)1 306 874 564 or On-board weighing goes digital for reliability. Avery Weigh-Tronix says it will show its underbody and skip weighing systems to the transport industry for the first time at the CV Show in April on its stand 17-150. The firm says the new digital load cell technology will make on-board weighing more reliable and is a first for the UK. “More and more organisations are realising that accurate on-board weighing is fast becoming a necessity,” said Chris McAllister, market manager for transport and logistics. “Overloading a vehicle is legally an absolute offence, which means that the haulier is responsible. Equally with fuel prices increasing and margins tight, you do not want to err too much on the side of caution and significantly under-load.” Avery Weigh-Tronix believes its system will cut downtime by up to 80% and says that it is also quick and easy to maintain. More from David Spencer on +44 (0)1 785 255 146 or Continental back to 2008 CV Show Following its hugely successful return to the CV show in 2007, Continental Tyre Group will be back in 2008 with a range of new products and services for commercial vehicle operators on its stand 7-131. The firm will show a new trailer tyre for regional work – the 385/65R22.5, as well as new steer and drive tyres in 295/80R22.5 and 11R22.5 sizes for construction or off-road jobs. The ContiRe retread range’s new 315/80R22.5 drive tyre for regional work will be on show for the first time. Other innovations on the stand will include a new Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, a tyre management package available from ContiEuroService Fleet Management and the new ContiNetwork dealer network, due to be announced soon. More from Belle Moss on +44 (0)2 074 948 050 or New parts sales boss at Imperial Imperial Commercials, which says it is one of the UK’s leading commercial vehicle dealer groups with a turnover of £200m, has given Michael Heeley the new job of group parts sales director. He joins from Daf Trucks where he had been UK parts sales manager for over four years. Imperial holds a parts stock worth £7m and sells some 3,800 new trucks and vans a year through 25 dealer points handling Daf, Hino, Isuzu Trucks, MAN, Renault Trucks, Fiat Professional and LDV vans. More from Simon Small on +44 (0)1 622 812 961 or New truck and trailer magazine to launch at CV Show Campbells Commercial Vehicle Marketing Group says it will launch a new monthly transport title, Professional Truck and Trailer Magazine. Campbells’ plan a preview issue in March and the first regular issue available for the CV Show in April. “It’s not very often that a new independent monthly truck magazine is launched but if the reaction from the industry is anything to go by, it was certainly needed,” said John Fife, the new magazine’s editor. Campbells said that since it successfully launched Professional Van and Light Truck in 2003 to its 12,500 subscribers, it planned a sister magazine on trucks and trailers. The Group expects the new magazine will settle to a rather higher circulation, going to between 13,000 and 15,000 subscribers. More from Matt Eisenegger on +44 (0)1 772 433 303 or And finally New Scientist Feedback says an entry for the year 1815 in the Encyclopedia of Dates and Events states that “Olber discovered comet bearing his name.” “Now there’s a coincidence,” observes Tony Holkham. More from Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Male crime writers eclipsed by golden age of female authors brought back

first_imgThe British Library is working to bring forgotten male crime writers back into print, after they were eclipsed in their own Golden Age by women who were simply better.The British Library’s classic crime project, which sees long-lost novels rediscovered and published for a new generation, features a disproportionate amount of men, the managing editor behind it said.But the discrepancy is not down to modern day sexism, but a rare quirk of publishing history which made 1930s Britain arguably the only time and genre where women firmly ruled the roost. I think the brutal truth is that the top four or five writers in this period were women. They’re in a league of their ownRobert Davies As such, the best-selling and most-acclaimed writers of the day were women, leaving their male rivals swiftly falling out of print and the public consciousness.The British Library project is now helping to correct that imbalance, bringing lesser-known works back to readers’ bookshelves.The works, which are designed with vintage covers and have been bestsellers, are sold by the library, with profits ploughed back into its archival and exhibition work.Speaking at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in Dubai, Robert Davies, who is responsible for the project, said he had previously been challenged over the number of men on the classics list.The current catalogue shows just three out of 38 books written by a woman, and all of those from one author, Mavis Doriel Hay.But, he said, the reason was simple: those male writers were “next tier” in their own day, overshadowed by the so-called “crime queens” including Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers, Marjorie Allingham, Ngaio Marsh, Josephine Tey, and Gladys Mitchell.”It’s something I’ve been challenged about in the past, that so many of the writers we publish are men,” he said.”That’s not because of sexism, that’s because the women’s writers were often still in print and retained their popularity.”It was actually their male contemporaries who dropped out of view.”It might be unique in this genre, that the women writers are the ones who survived.”He added: “I think the brutal truth is that the top four or five writers in this period were women. They’re in a league of their own.”I don’t think there was a weird sexism against male writers in the period. It was just that the best had been kept in print and the next tier had been forgotten about for too long.”Martin Edwards, author and president of the Detection Club, said the success of British female writers in the 1930s was exceptional, with even the United States at the time still largely dominated by male authors.”In those days, once you were out of print you’re out of print,” he told an audience. “Books sank out of sight pretty quickly.”Really, it was the quality of what they were writing. There are clear reasons as to why those books [by women] found fame, why they had high sales and why they deserved it.”The British Library’s next project, called “Foreign Bodies”, will see them republish forgotten international works of crime fiction.Some of the classics may go on to television adaptations, Davies added.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

President honours Martyrs of 1823 Rebellion

President David GrangerThe 1823 Demerara Rebellion is one of the most significant events in the dismantling of the slave mode of production in the Caribbean President David Granger said in commemoration of the event on Monday.The President was among Ministers of Government, diplomats and other specially invited guests gathered at the 1823 Monument to commemorate the 195th observation of the 1823 Demerara Rebellion.August 20 is designated as Demerara Martyrs Day. “This day and this ceremony remind us that freedom was not an imperial gift but was won through the sacrifice and martyrdom of our ancestors,” the president said.More than 200 Africans were massacred during what is considered the largest rebellion in Guyana.More than 11,000 Africans from across 55 plantations along the East Coast of Demerara during the rebellion which began on August 18, 1823.“The Demerara Revolt was repressed but it ignited the flame of freedom. The revolt role in the passage of the Emancipation Act, 10 years after in 1833, is undisputed”.The invitees gathered at the eventThe president noted August is a month of solemn remembrance and commemoration. The month is a reminder that the freedom from enslavement gained 180 years ago was paid for by the martyrdom of our ancestors.August 1, Guyana commemorated the Emancipation of slavery. On August 3, the country commemorated the 1834 rebellion at La Belle Alliance, Essequibo. The month of August is also the commemoration of the 1795 Maroon rebellion on the West Demerara. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHistoric national commemoration ceremony planned for 1823 Slave RebellionAugust 17, 2016In “Local News”African, Guyanese culture displayed at Freedom Day celebrationAugust 1, 2013In “Local News”1823 Monument unveiledAugust 6, 2013In “Other Stories” read more

Slovenia without Dragan Gajić at Mens EHF EURO 2016

← Previous Story Jan Pytlick to leave ŽRK Vardar next summer Next Story → Mariusz Jurkiewicz will definitely miss EHF EURO 2016! Slovenia will play without one of the best world’s right wings Dragan Gajić at Men’s EHF EURO 2016 in Poland! This is decision taken by head-coach Veselin Vujović, who decided to give a chance to Gašper Marguč, but also Vid Kavtičnik, who can cover right back position as well.Goalkeepers: Gorazd Škof (Nantes), Matevž Skok (Lubbecke).Wings: Darko Cingesar (Maribor Branik), Gašper Marguč (Veszprem), Luka Žvižej (Celje Pivovarna Laško);Back players: Dean Bombač (Pick Szeged), Klemen Cehte (Al Shabb), Jure Dolenec, Vid Kavtičnik (Montpellier), David Miklavčič (Tremblay), Borut Mačkovšek (Eisenach), Miha Zarabec (Celje Pivovarna Laško), Uroš Zorman (Vive Tauron Kielce);Line players: Blaž Blagotinšek, Vid Poteko (oba Celje Pivovarna Laško), Matej Gaber (Montpellier)Slovenia play in Group C with Sweden, Germany and Spain. Dragan GajićSlovenia read more

Xmas in Australia

first_imgThis will be my first Christmas away from my family and friends. I do have some relatives and a couple of friends here, but my parents, brother and close friends, my cat even, are in Greece, where I lived most of my life as well.Neos Kosmos has many times taken on the topic of immigration. I myself am part of the recent migration flux from Greece to Australia, instigated by the deterioration of the Greek economy and high unemployment rates because of the crisis.Back in Greece ‘awaits’ my house and most of my belongings. Things I bought during 13 years of hard work and studies. Things I was afraid I’d lose throughout the crisis, yet, which I willingly gave up on. I had been thinking to move to Australia, my second home, for a few years now, but it wasn’t until six months ago that I found it in myself to quit my job and book a one-way ticket.I had no job, no savings, no accommodation. I had no idea what to expect, but it was a risk I was willing to take. At 32, I just wanted to be able to breathe again. The frustrating situation in Greece suffocated me, and knowing there was a way out, not just any way out but the Australian way out, was all I needed to take the leap. Telling my family and friends gave me mixed reactions. My folks were bewildered but supportive, my friends ran the gamut of worried to impressed. A special someone decided to erase my existence from his ‘agenda’ for wanting to leave. Unfortunately, the Greek job hunting scene at that point didn’t offer me any safety or motivation to stay.I always thought of Australia as the ideal country to live in; nevertheless, dropping everything you’ve struggled for and succeeded in, even, lays some quite hard paths to explore on your feet. After many painful internal monologues that followed me all the way onto the plane, I looked upon the lives of so many people before me who overcame the fear of loneliness and put it all in for a decent everyday life. George Pappas is said to have come barefoot to Australia in 1814, according to the first official record of Greek arrivals. He married an Aboriginal woman and settled in Sydney. Then seven young men set sail from Hydra in 1829 in a tiny boat. How hard could it be for me in 2014? I was an Australian citizen after all. When I did come though, broke as could be, I immediately got a job at a Greek restaurant, worked up to 16 hours a day to pay for my expenses and submitted nearly 10 job applications every day for months. All the replies I got were discouraging. Ten years of experience in prominent European media, and overall 13 years of work experience, not to mention studies, meant nothing. I had no previous work experience on Australian soil and even though I was a citizen, plus bilingual, it didn’t make a difference. It felt as if I’d cut my own wings coming here. I didn’t lose faith though and here I am. Working as a journalist again, doing what I love.Even when I found myself despairing over the hundreds of emails that denied me an interview for jobs I seemed to qualify perfectly for, I knew that if I got one single break I would be given the chance to a much better quality of life. The Greek economic crisis has shaken the people so badly that the hurdles of the Australian job market and the strictness of the laws, stressful as they can be, seem an easier mountain to climb than the Greek financial ruins. While being here, I realised most Greek Australians who had returned to Greece prior to the crisis are moving back to Australia. Not everyone is set to rediscover their second homeland, though, as there is a great number of non-Australian Greek migrants who keep coming to the ‘lucky country’ in search of work and a better life for themselves and their families. For many others like myself, this shall be their first Christmas away from home. The first lonely Christmas they’ll be wearing a swimsuit instead of a coat. Some have family here, others took the risk of arriving alone on a tourist visa. A few had already found a sponsored job, while some other fellow newcomers I came across are on a student visa, trying to land a job. How are they coping?“I came to Australia 15 months ago. Technically it is my second Christmas here. I was born here, but lived my whole life in Greece,” says Dimitra Vrakas.“As with all new beginnings there are certain difficulties, but this didn’t stop me from coming back to see firsthand what my second home is about. As time goes by, I feel more comfortable with my new surroundings. The only thing that feels different is Christmas. Actually, I don’t feel like it’s Christmas at all. Not with this weather. I’m doing my masters and working part time as a temp to cover my expenses. The challenges and new experiences are so many and intense, I hardly have time to think about Greece. I have some family here and I’m slowly starting to make friends. I like it a lot here. It is a ‘human’ country with a vibrant Hellenic community. I don’t know yet if I want to stay here for the rest of my life. Time will tell,” she explains.“I come from the Greek island of Chios. I am one of those Greeks who came to Australia to experience a different way of life. I have been living in Melbourne for some 11 months teaching at a Greek school. I might spend my first Christmas away from my folks and the island, I might not have the smell of the Greek turkey in the oven, but I won’t miss one thing. Love. I found so much love here, within the Greek community. I can’t wait for the New Year to find me by the beach, wearing sunscreen and flip-flops and feeling grateful for the life I am able to live here, instead of feeling cold by the fireplace, worrying about the future,” Argyro Koutsouradis tells Neos Kosmos.“I came here to give a chance to me, for I was becoming depressed. The only difficulty I came across was the long journey. Unfortunately I’m working at Christmas like every year. I’m a chef. I do miss Greece and especially my family. It hurts when you are away at Christmas, but other than that, everything is better here,” says Vasilis Mataras.“I came to Australia in June 2013. It has been hard for me to get work since I have no Australian experience so I studied building and construction at the University of Swinburne, which was a course funded by the Australian government, which is very helpful with new-starters. The healthcare is also remarkable. However, it is hard not to think of the problems Cyprus faces. The people I grew up with cannot have the same opportunities I am offered as the crisis has turned life into a struggle, where young people don’t see a future. Unable to start and support a family of their own, when they live only to work and be underpaid. The vast majority of Cyprus’ youth is jobless and every day goes to waste with no purpose. I am extremely homesick but I count my blessings every day,” says Haroula Angeli.“I loved Greece so much and tried to re-settle there twice. The first time I left Australia, I managed to stay in Greece for five years and the other one for almost 9. It did not work. I lost my crops over fires and floods and neither the government nor insurance helped me survive. Here I have a fine job in a hotel and my wife works for a small airline company. We are happy and safe. The law protects our labour and we will spend this Christmas by the beach in Broome and catch fish. Even though we are homesick sometimes, nothing compares to leading a normal life,” says Konstantinos Karounis.“I feel lucky. I’m not a citizen but I have family here, so I sold everything and came to Australia with my husband. I have set up my own cleaning agency business and have been doing great for three years now. I miss Greece, but I sure don’t miss the situation and the crisis, so I am more than happy to spend this Christmas in Australia, too. I do know of other newcomers who are facing difficulties and are alone here, though,” Ourania Katopodis adds.“I came here with my wife nearly three years ago. This Christmas we are going to Greece. We want our two-year-old son, who was born in Greece, to spend these holidays at home. We came here and we’re both working 70 hours a week to save money. I had to study at the university, in order to bring my family here on a student visa. It has been hard and we don’t know if we made the right choice. We are making enough money to pay off our mortgage in Greece. We aren’t going out and our goal is to someday go back. We haven’t been able to acclimatise to this way of life and forgive me for saying, most Greek Australians aren’t very supportive of Greek Greeks who just come here to work. As if they forget how they came to Australia,” says Yiorgos Tasoulakos.“For me it’s one word. Paradise. I can’t really summarise it any better. I’ve been here for a year. I can work. I have no worries, not the kind of anxiety that gets you depressed in Greece. I feel like I’m in heaven. It’s going to be the best Christmas,” says Sarantis Fotiadis.It looks like Australia has been a pleasant self-development journey for all of us newcomers, through which not a single day goes by unutilised. One can reap the benefits of their hard work, creativity and passion and still live life at its fullest. I feel that the majority of Greek and Cypriot migrants in Australia all feel as grateful to this fine land for the opportunity for a less stressful reality and a better future, despite temporary hurdles. We are all somewhat homesick, but our stay here is definitely worthwhile and makes us appreciate the good side of life. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Kazzie club celebrates 90th anniversary

first_imgThe Kastellorizian community of Victoria celebrated its 90th year with a successful Gala Dinner Dance on Saturday 17 October, at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis club.Three generations of Kastellorizians gathered to preserve and reflect the culture of the beautiful Dodecanese island.Hundreds of members enjoyed a delicious dinner and celebrity ‘wog’ Effie aka Mary Coustas was there to entertain the guests with her side splitting jokes. The Consul General of Greece in Melbourne, Mrs Christina Simantiraki praised the association’s contribution to the Greek Australian community with a heartfelt speech.Finally, the President of the Kastellorizian committee Nicholas Lolatgis announced that the Kastellorizian of the Year for 2015 is Mr George Pappas, Chancellor of Victoria University. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Austerity takes a toll on Greek peoples health and sees mortality rate

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A scientific study published in British medical journal The Lancet reveals a rapid increase in mortality rates and overall health deterioration among Greece’s population since the offset of the economic crisis.The analysis explores the linkage between abrupt reduction in government health expenditure in the post-austerity era and negative health consequences, while a comparison of health outcomes to those in Cyprus and Western Europe posits Greece as a unique case of austerity-driven health crisis.Among the most concerning findings is the country’s rapid mortality rate increase during the period 2010-2016, with a five-times greater rate compared to the pre-austerity era.Despite a slight rise in mortality experienced elsewhere in Western Europe, no other country suffered a deterioration on this scale, while globally death rates fell during the same period.Importantly, many of the causes of the death on the rise refer to treatable conditions, including HIV, conditions affecting newborn babies and diseases associated with poor diet, alcohol abuse and smoking.According to the researchers, this is likely to reflect an overall “reduced health system performance,” due to the savage cuts on public health expenditure as part of the austerity measures.For instance, HIV incidence doubled from 2010 to 2012, at a rate of 10.4 per 100,000 population, an increase coinciding with the termination of the government syringe distribution programme at the time.Cases of self-harm and adverse effects of medical treatment are highlighted among causes of death that have been consistently on the rise across all age groups, with prominent increases of self-harm observed among adolescents and young adults.Overall, health spending dropped significantly since the start of the austerity programme making Greece’s “ratio of health-care expenditure to GDP[…]one of the lowest within the EU” with the researchers noting:“This reduction has left hospitals with a deficit in basic supplies, while consumers are challenged by transient drug shortages.”Comparing trends of health outcomes in Greece to the trajectory of Cyprus in the post-austerity era, the study reveals that the adverse effects of reduced health spending were less severe than those in Greece, a fact attributed also to Cyprus’ fastest recovery, with cuts followed by a structural reform growth-focused program encompassing the health-care system, in contrast to Greece, where “austerity measures aimed directly at the reduction of the health-care expenditure to GDP ration, without a structured plan for reform.”The authors also refer to the need for updating the health system in light of the major demographic changes, as a result of the mass emigration of young skilled adults due to long-standing unemployment and low wages, as well as the country’s increasing ageing population.On a related note, citing Greece as the second in line country within the EU with the highest number of doctors proportionally, they refer to “the availability of a medical workforce that is not efficiently utilised.”The analysis concludes that the findings of increased mortality rates and overall health deterioration support the need for policy-making to address the unmet health needs of Greece’s population.last_img read more

Schools Out for Class Creator Patrick Ness

first_imgStay on target After only one season, Class creator Patrick Ness announced his departure from the Doctor Who spin-out show.In a storm of tweets (not uncommon for the YA author), Ness over the weekend confirmed that he will no longer write for the BBC program (assuming it even gets a second series).Following Saturday’s BBC America finale, the writer hit Twitter to praise his cast (Katherine Kelly, Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins, Vivian Oparah, Jordan Renzo) and “say a quick thing re: the future of Class.”“This kind of stuff matters very little in the face of the London Bridge attack,” Ness prefaced, citing the recent deadly terror attack in England.“So thank you to everyone who watched and loved it and argued about it and watched it again,” he continued. “You made my heart swell.”It remains unclear whether the show will continue without Ness (who wrote and exec produced all eight episodes); the BBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment. (I wouldn’t hold my breath for another season of alien antics at the Coal Hill Academy, though.)“I fought and fought and fought for the show,” he wrote. “I’d love to be filming right now. But onwards, onwards.”That’s not to say Ness didn’t have a second series planned in his head: “Weeping Angel civil war and PLANET, Quill has a dangerous son, Charlie and Matteusz shirtless wood chopping,” he teased yesterday.“So, yeah, I’m really sad, saddest in my whole career, but it’s the right choice. Much, much, much love.”Aimed at the young adult market, Class premiered last fall in the UK, via online platform BBC Three; it was later syndicated on BBC One. The show made its US debut in April, alongside the tenth series of Doctor Who.Eight episodes may be all we ever see of Class. Which, frankly, wouldn’t be a travesty. But in its honor, I’d like to see someone like Titan Comics pick up the late characters for a stint on the page.April & Co. have already made the leap to paperback in three novels that follow Ness’s vision for the series.All eight chapters, meanwhile, will be available on DVD ($19.49) and Blu-ray ($24.99) on July 11, so you can relive your own school days—with added aliens.Check out our recap of Class finale “The Lost,” as well as our review of the latest Doctor Who episode, “The Lie of the Land.” BBC Officially Cancels ‘Class,’ And I’m SadNo One Else Will Die in ‘Class’ Finale last_img read more