Future Kindles and iPads might be more resilient thanks to bendy silk

first_imgBack when the public’s attention first started getting drawn to e-paper a first year, one of the biggest perceived barriers to entry was its unyielding rigidity. One of the advantages of paper, after all, is how resilient it is: you can bend it, fold it and crumple it without the data contained on it being destroyed. Try doing that with your Kindle.Of course, as the likes of the Kindle and the iPad have shown, bendability isn’t everything. People cope. They buy special bags and just make sure to treat their e-readers like the gadgets they are not, and not like pulp. Even so, the quest for bendable and even foldable e-paper continues, and while we’ve seen prototypes of bending e-paper before, today’s iteration coming from a researcher in Taiwan is particularly neat, in that it’s a flexible e-reader display made out of silk.Here’s how it works. Taiwanese researchers take what is called liquid silk and turn it into an insulating membrane that is then used to make the TFT, or thin-film transistor, display found in both e-readers and LCD panels. The advantage of the process is much more resilient e-reader panels. It’s not going to make your Kindle or iPad foldable, but it does mean that snapping the display in two will be less of a worry, since they’ll have some “give” to them (the same can’t be said for your e-reader’s equally fragile electronic innards).Best of all, though? It’s viable. In fact, it’s cheaper tech than the current process for making TFT screens, with the component cost for the silk working out to just three cents per device. I seriously doubt anyone’s going to make a truly bendable or foldable e-reader anytime soon… at least not one with a bendable display. Even so, it’s nice to see any tech come out that will make our future e-readers and tablets a little less vulnerable.Read more at PC Worldlast_img read more

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Motorola Droid Bionic spotted in leaked Best Buy ad

first_imgThis leaked Best Buy ad reportedly contains the Droid Bionic in its glorious newly redesigned casing. The flyer, which conspicuously omits the launch date and instead simply says “coming soon,” does show us a much larger Droid Bionic that’s bigger and more rectangular than the version of the Bionic we saw at CES at the beginning of the year.The flyer does disclose that the Droid Bionic will feature a “superfast” dual-core processors, HDMI on-board, wireless syncing with PCs, and cameras on the front and the rear for video chat and photography. The flyer does not, however, include details that most sales flyers would, like pricing, the pixel resolution of those two cameras, or the type of processor under the hood. It is, however, emblazoned with the Verizon Wireless logo and the 4G LTE logo.None of this is news, we knew that the Bionic would get a new form factor, and we knew that it would have a dual-core processor under the hood and dual cameras. However, This Is My Next is convinced that this really is a promo flyer for the Droid Bionic, and it wouldn’t be too surprising if it were: Motorola has been letting out information low and slow about the Bionic in hopes to drum up interest in their long-delayed, often-leaked device.What is interesting and new about the ad is that it’s started a whole new round of speculation about when the Bionic will land in Verizon stores. Android Community thinks it’ll be out next month, around early August, and CNet is saying the same thing. Verizon Wireless and Motorola will only say “summer,” or “Q3.” Slowly but surely, we may actually be inching towards a release.Read more at This Is My Next and Android Communitylast_img read more

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Amazon in talks to start booksondemand subscription service

first_imgAmazon already dominates book sales, whether they be paper or digital. It also has a very firm grasp on the e-reader market with millions of Kindles already sold. But Amazon is apparently not satisfied with just selling digital books to Kindle owners, it wants to offer a subscription service for them too.If you use Netflix to stream videos for a monthly fee, Amazon believes you’ll pay a subscription to gain access to a large library of digital books too. The e-tailer is thought to be in talks with several book publishers trying to sign them up to such a service.In return for paying each publisher a healthy fee, Amazon would be able to offer access to potentially thousands of titles as part of a rental/download service. Users would pay a monthly subscription for the privilege of access, or potentially it could form part of the existing Amazon Prime $79/year service.This isn’t a new idea, and it’s one publisher O’Reilly is already seeing a lot of success with through its Safari Books Online service. However, Safari is aimed squarely at the technology market and costs either $27.99 or $42.99 per month depending on your level of access. I’d expect Amazon would have to be a lot cheaper, closer to Netflix pricing in fact, if such a subscription service was to take off.More at WSJ, via TNWMatthew’s OpinionAs a Kindle owner I do find that the price of Kindle editions is on the high side for the books I want. I’m sure this is more down to the publisher than it is Amazon who would happily sell digital books cheaper if it meant higher sales and more revenue.With that in mind, I would definitely consider a subscription service if it was priced like Netflix and offered up access to all Kindle books. That second prerequisite is key. I don’t believe such a service would work if you could only access some books. It also wouldn’t work if new releases aren’t included, unless of course they could be purchased at a discount or arrived on the service within say, a month of the release.last_img read more

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Conductive ink turns a paper poster into a jukebox

first_imgPaper is steadily falling out of the mainstream as people favor tablets and other electronics to read and write with over the tree-cannibalizing printing presses. However, a new technology called Listening Post might just bring the sexy back to paper.It’s an inexpensive brand of interactive technology in a poster format, but with a special sort of conductive ink that can be used to create electronic circuits. The image above is an example of a Listening Post poster that has a series of thumbnail images you can physically press to play a piece of music.Embedded into the poster is the aforementioned conductive ink married with small circuit boards holding speakers and memory. The concept was being demoed at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas as a way for people to demo bands playing locally. People could not only listen, but purchase tickets via the poster. This would be a great (read: inexpensive) way for bars and local music houses to drive audiences in (or scare them away).Imagine going into your local coffee house and seeing a poster of all the bands playing in the coming month. You can explore the coming attractions right there, rather than writing down and researching what you might be interested in later. Unless, of course, the hypothetical non-Listening Board coffee shop is using QR codes to let people know about coming attractions.Researchers have also toyed around with postcards featuring music clips embedded into its inky circuitry. Just think, musicians could hand out sample cards on the streets with and advertisement for a local showing—all in one marketing.via BBC Newslast_img read more

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Live coverage of Apples 2012 WWDC keynote Next gen MacBook Pro and

first_imgIt’s that day again, the one when we can finally stop speculating about Apple’s 2012 lineup and learn everything we want to know about the new MacBook Pros, the refreshed Mac Pros, the latest version of iOS, and all sorts of other iProducts. The build up to this event has been as rumor-packed as ever, with speculation and leaks about an update to the two-year-old Mac Pro, Retina display MacBook Pros running Nvidia’s Kepler GPU, incredible new maps in iOS 6, and all sorts of similarly exciting possibilities.The event kicks off at 1PM (Eastern), after which this post will be updated continuously until it ends. We’ll be closely following the on-scene coverage from PCMag, Engadget, Ars Technica, Time, GDGT, and The Verge.It’s 1PM (10AM PST). The event has started, and Tim Cook is on stage… get ready for the 23rd WWDC.First up, the numbers: WWDC sold out in 43 minutes, there are 100 sessions and 100 hands-on labs, Apple has over 1000 engineers,  there are over 400 million accounts in the App Store, the App Store has over 650,000 apps, over 225,000 tablet apps. There have been over 30 billion apps downloaded from the App Store, and over $5 billion paid out to developers. (Basically, apps are serious business.)Now it’s demo time, there is a talk about how apps touch people’s lives — helping the bling navigate, helping children learn, and so forth. Big picture: apps make for accessibility, regardless of who you are or what you need from your device.With that heartfelt stuff out of the way, it’s time for the innovation. Here comes Phil Schiller…First up — the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro! Not surprisingly, the systems will get upgraded to Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors (up to 2GHz, Core i7). Expect to see systems with up to 8GB RAM. And, as leaked prior to the event, SSD sizes will go up to a maximum of 512GB. That means up to 500Mbps read speeds. (That’s going to cost you…) They will have the Nvidia (Kepler-based) GPUs as well, just like we heard earlier today.Also, systems get USB 3.0! (Down with the Thunderbolt tyranny!) There will be a single, blue USB 3.0 slot on the MacBooks.FaceTime (front-facing) cameras will be updated as well, allowing for FaceTime HD. They will shoot in 720p.The 11-inch MacBook Air will still start at $999, while the 13-inch model will start at $1199. All but the $999 model are $100 cheaper then they were previously.Now, meet the next generation MacBook Pro! It’s super thin at just 0.71-inches, Apple dropped the optical drive, and it weighs 4.46 pounds. And yes… it has the Retina display. This thing looks like everything Apple fans were dreaming of.That Retina display operates at an incredible 2880 x 1880. That’s 220 ppi. Existing apps will either have to be redone or get pixel doubling in order to work at the new resolution.The new MBP’s processors will go to up 2.7GHz, and, of course, they will be Intel’s Ivy Bridge. Nvidia’s Kepler GPUs will power that crazy display, and they will have up to 768GB of SSD storage and up to 16GB RAM. Apple says the battery life will be up to 7 hours.As for ports, those were upgraded too. There is a new, thinner MagSafe (v2.0), USB 3.0, 2x Thunderbolt, SD, and, wait for it, full-on HDMI! That’s another first for Apple.They are talking through the design now — the system had to be completely redesigned to work. The glass cover on the display was dropped, the lid was redesigned, there are dual mics, new speakers, and more. The thermals were redesigned, and there is even a new, asymmetrical fan design that will seem quieter then the old model to human ears.And the price for the new MacBook Pro? It starts at $2199. That will get you the 15.4-inch Retina display, 8GB RAM, 256GB Flash storage, a GeForce GT 650M with 1GB, and a 2.3GHz quad-core processor.The MacBooks will be available for ordering today. (Presumably they will be in Apple stores later this week.)Now it’s time for Craig Federighi and OS X. Specifically we’ll be talking about Mountain Lion. There are a lot of numbers being thrown around, but basically OS X has been doing very well lately, as has the Mac App Store, which distributes Lion, and iCloud. Mountain Lion will have over 200 new features, 8 of which will be discussed today. First up is iCloud…Using a new developer SDK it will be possible to store documents in the cloud. Docs from Keynote, Pages, etc., will go there. Reminds and Notes will cloud-sync as well. Docs updating on the iPhone will sync and update with those on your computer… you know the drill.Also, the notification center will be updated, sort of like Growl, but also with an iOS type feel to it. Next, OS X will get dictation.And Safari will be updated for faster javascript rendering and a multi-use main address bar. iCloud Tabs will sync your browser tabs across devices. There will be a be a new Tab View, and faster, smoother scrolling using Core Animation.It’s demo time. Let’s all take a breath.A new technology hitting OS X Mountain Lion is Power Nap. This feature keeps Macs up-to-date while they are sleeping. It handles Mac App store updates, OS X updates, and backups while the computer is sleeping.Next is AirPlay Mirroring. This means wireless screen-sharing. There will also be GameCenter for OS X. This will work Mac-to-Mac as well as Mac-to-iOS.And those all are just the start… There is a new Chinese input mode, rename from title bar, Offline Reading List, and over 1700s APIs.Mountain Lion, like Lion before it, will cost $19.99 for the upgrade. And that’s not just for Lion users, everyone on Snow Leopard and new will pay the same price.Now it’s Scott Forstall and iOS 6.He’s starting off with the, rather impressive, numbers: 365M iOS devices, 80% of users are on iOS 5 (take that Google!), 700B notifications are pushed daily, over 1.5 trillion notifications have been pushed in total. iMessage sends over a billion messages a day. there have been over 10B tweets from iOS 5, and so on.First on the iOS 6 docket is Siri. The voice assistant can now handle sports scores. It’ll also get you restaurant data using OpenTable and Yelp so you can get restaurant recommendations based on what’s nearby. Also you’ll be able to ask Siri about movie times and what’s playing in your area. Basically Siri is taking a bite out of the web’s push towards semantic search.Siri also gets Auto integration with most of the big names: BMW, GM, Mercedes, Audi, and so on, as well as more languages (Mandarin and Cantonese), and Siri is coming to the iPad.The next big reveal is Facebook integration into iOS. It will be easy to do all your Facebook tasks from your iDevice, probably not unlike you use Twitter now. And in iOS 6 Siri will work with Facebook.iOS’ phone app is being updated as well. If you can’t take a call (or if you miss it) you’ll be able to quickly reply with a text or set a reminder to call that person back. There will be canned messages for super quick, one-button reply messages or you can do a custom message if you have more to say.iOS will also get a do-not-disturb mode, which will limit distractions and not bother you unless the same person calls over and over.And FaceTime will work over cellular, instead of just WiFi.Mobile Safari will work sync with iCloud Tabs, as noted previously. Safari will be able to handle online photo uploads (using web forms) and you’ll be able to share Photo Streams in iOS 6. Using shared Streams you’ll also be able to comment on other people’s streams.With the updated Mail.app you’ll be able to set people as your VIPs. There also the ability to open password-protected documents and there is finally pull-to-refresh!And there is a new app: Passbook. It will store all your digital passes and QR codes in one place: think Fandando, airline boarding passes, Target coupons, Starbucks, and so on. The apps are live, so they update, say, if your flight changes.Another new feature is single-app mode, which only let’s a single app operate at a given time. This would be ideal for a teacher who is giving a test on the iPad and doesn’t want Safari to be active.And, as predicted, all new Maps in iOS 6. Apple is handling all their own map tools, including 100M listings, traffic tools, and more. That 3D map tool we heard about before the event, it turned out to be real, and it’s called Flyover. It’s 45-degree views, and it looks stunning. The Maps UI is enhanced as well, with new info cards, satellite view, and more. There is also turn-by-turn navigation built in.And that’s all just the start. iOS will work with hearing aids soon and there will be Game Center challenges, Lost Phone mode, and more.iOS6 comes this Fall. It will be compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, 2nd gen iPad, the 3rd gen iPad, and the 4th generation iPod touch.Tim Cook is back on stage… what else could there possibly be? Is there a “one more thing”? Will a blogger in the audience collapse from exhaustion? Nope, that’s it!The WWDC 2012 Keynote is over! Wow, that was pretty huge. Thanks for reading.[image credit]last_img read more

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Chrome bug filed after developer woken at 3am by the sound of

first_imgGoogle Chrome can restore your last browsing session when you start it back up, and that’s normally a good thing.There are times, however, when session restore isn’t what you want — like when you’re drifting gently off to sleep and a background tab starts broadcasting exceptionally spooky audio. Nothing messes with your head when you’re starting to doze off like Hollywood’s go-to ambient horror/suspense sounds (except maybe the sound of a Minecraft zombie moaning).If, like the Chrome user who filed this particular issue on the Chromium project, you enjoy watching a suspenseful or scary show in your browser before bedtime, you might prefer it if Chrome didn’t flick on the audio switch until you actually wanted it to.There’s every chance Windows will perform an update in the middle of the neight, restart your machine, and Chrome starts playing that show again without your consent.Chromium developers almost certainly agree this isn’t great, and it’s highly likely that they’ll implement some kind of mechanism to prevent it from happening in future — none of them want Chrome turning your lovely dream sequences into Monkeybone-ish nightmares, right? There are other times when a restored tab’s audio might not be welcome. You don’t, for example, need to let everyone in the department know that you were watching the video for Call Me Maybe the last time you had your headphones plugged in at your desk.There are a couple of ways Google could put the kibosh on rogue audio in Chrome. The simplest way might be to prevent any plug-ins from springing in to action until a user actually interacts with the browser. Chrome already supports click-to-play, and session restore seems like a perfect situation to make it the default behavior. The

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Geek deals Dell 17R 17inch laptop with Geforce 650M 8GB RAM for

first_imgThere are three specs guaranteed to quickly jack up the price of your laptop: the processor, graphics card, and screen. It’s also nearly impossible to upgrade one of those components without the others. But it’s a good day when you can upgrade all three of them and still come out with big savings.This Dell Inspiron 17R Special Edition reads like the who’s-who list of 2012. You get a quad-core Core i7, 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 650M graphics, 8GB of RAM, and 1TB hard drive. The expansive 17.3-inch display serves up 1080p resolution, giving you the double whammy of a large screen with plenty of pixels.Being a Special Edition model, it gets a slick black anodized aluminum chassis and standard backlit keyboard. Ports and connectivity are plentiful with four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, media card reader, webcam, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and more. We’ve always been a fan of the no-cost in-home service you get with the one-year warranty, along with 90 days of 24×7 phone support.We typically start seeing these higher-spec laptops with Core i7, discrete graphics, and the like around the $900 mark, but with smaller screens and fewer features. This large-screened, feature-packed behemoth coming in at only $849.99 is a great value for the shopper who demands a lot from their laptop.Dell Inspiron 17R Special Edition laptop with GeForce GT 650M for $849.99 + free shipping (reg. $1119.99 | use coupon QTWX865?GK0V1K) Our other top deals:Roku 2 XD 1080p streaming player for $59.99 + free shipping (reg. $79.99)Turtle Beach Ear Force XP300 Wireless gaming headset for $99.99 + free shipping (reg. $169.95)Asus VG248QE 24-inch 3D LED-backlight LCD monitor with 144Hz refresh rate for $239.99 + free shipping (reg. $309.99)last_img read more

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KFC stores across the UK were closed today because of a chicken

first_img Short URL KFC stores across the UK were closed today because of a chicken shortage The company blamed ‘teething problems’ with a new distributor. Share152 Tweet Email2 Feb 19th 2018, 11:03 PM Source: KFC UK & Ireland/Twitter 19,751 Views 36 Comments Monday 19 Feb 2018, 11:03 PM FAST-FOOD FANS were in a flutter today after many of the 900 KFC outlets in the UK. and were forced to close because of a shortage of chicken.The company apologised to customers, blaming “teething problems” with its new delivery partner, DHL.KFC first apologised for the problems on Saturday. In an update today, it listed almost 300 stores as open, but did not say when the rest might join them.It said those branches that remained open were operating a limited menu or shortened hours.“We know that this might have inconvenienced some of you over the last few days, and disappointed you when you wanted your fried chicken fix — we’re really sorry about that,” the company said in a statement. Source: KFC UK & Ireland/TwitterDHL, which recently took over the KFC contract from Bidvest Logistics, said that “due to operational issues a number of deliveries in recent days have been incomplete or delayed.”When DHL announced in October that it had won the KFC contract alongside logistics firm QSL, it promised to “re-write the rule book and set a new benchmark for delivering fresh products to KFC in a sustainable way.”Read: McDonald’s US to cut chocolate milk and cheeseburgers from Happy Meal menu >Read: Supermac’s is hiring hundreds of people as it opens half a dozen new outlets > The Colonel is working on it. pic.twitter.com/VvvnDLvlyq— KFC UK & Ireland (@KFC_UKI) February 17, 2018 http://jrnl.ie/3861159 By Associated Press Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Michael D Higgins praises people who are working to provide essential services

first_imgMore than 120 Defence Forces personnel and 60 4×4 vehicles have been deployed to help emergency services and local authorities deal with the adverse weather conditions. Civil Defence vehicle in Phoenix Park, Dublin Source: Philip McGavinGardaí and transport workers, among others, have also been going the extra mile to help people. http://jrnl.ie/3878372 14,669 Views Mar 1st 2018, 9:41 AM Source: DubFireBrigade/TwitterUpdated 3.05pm PRESIDENT MICHAEL D Higgins has praised emergency services personnel and others who are working despite the national status red snow-ice warning.Higgins said he wanted to extend his “deepest appreciation to all those who continue working under these conditions, for all our citizens, to keep the roads clear, maintain essential services and provide support to those in need”.He also paid tribute to “all those, in statutory and voluntary organisations around the country, who are helping and stand ready to assist their fellow citizens”.Emergency services such as ambulance and fire services are working as normal, supported by organisations such as the Defence Forces, the Civil Defence and the Order of Malta.Earlier, the National Ambulance Service (NAS) stated that media reports which said ambulance and fire crews would be taken off the road due to the bad weather were “not correct“.“We are providing an emergency ambulance service as normal. If you require the assistance of the Ambulance Service then please call 112/999,” the NAS said in a statement. Source: AmbulanceNAS/TwitterFire services are operating as well, with crews saying they will be on duty throughout the inclement weather. Source: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter Source: Iarnród Éireann/Twitter Thursday 1 Mar 2018, 3:05 PM Michael D Higgins praises people who are working to provide essential services during storm A status red snow-ice warning is in place for the entire country. C Watch on duty from 0900 to 1800 today, we’re providing our full fire & ambulance emergency response, call 999/112 if you need help. 📽️ Our North Strand ambulance leaving on a call today #RedWeatherWarning #EmmaAndTheBeast #sneachta #StormEmma #RedAlert #StatusRed pic.twitter.com/su47IbSJbQ— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) March 1, 2018 Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweetcenter_img Our crews are on duty throughout #BeastFromTheEast #StormEmma .pic from ballyvolane station. If you need us the only number to call is 999/112. Stay safe. pic.twitter.com/uhyunNAu7h— Cork City Fire Brigade (@CorkCityFire) February 28, 2018 Short URL By Órla Ryan Share245 Tweet Email1 Source: corkcityfirebrigade/Twitter 40 Comments Speaking on RTÉ Radio 1′s Morning Ireland earlier, Damian McCallion, National Director of Emergency Response for the HSE, said he wanted to “correct some misinformation that has been in some of the papers”.Our ambulance service, provided by the National Ambulance Service and Dublin Fire Brigade in Dublin, will continue to operate through this really difficult period. Clearly they will be constrained.“They will have to triage calls very carefully, in terms of where they respond to given the time it may take, so we would ask people really to consider the importance of the call when contacting emergency services over the next 36 hours.”Hospitals McCallion said hospitals will “offer emergency and critical work today”, and will liaise with employees to make arrangements for essential staff to be in work.He urged employees to “keep in close contact with your manager” in terms of arranging transport or accommodation where needed.Health Minister Simon Harris earlier confirmed that HSE staff will not have to make up the hours they take off this week due to the bad weather.With reporting by Christine BohanRead: LIVE: Status Red warning nationwide as Ireland braces for blizzard conditionsRead: HSE staff won’t have to work back emergency leave taken during storm Crew clearing Malahide platform, and delighted to welcome customer who wanted to help in the effort! #BeastFromTheEast pic.twitter.com/63csJiLBvp— Iarnród Éireann (@IrishRail) March 1, 2018 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Shocking and indefensible 1 in 14 priests in Australia accused of child

first_img By AFP Feb 6th 2017, 7:30 AM ‘Shocking and indefensible’: 1 in 14 priests in Australia accused of child abuse The St John of God Brothers had 40% of its members accused of abuse. Image: Shutterstock/Creativa Images 15,259 Views http://jrnl.ie/3224627 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share596 Tweet Email1 160 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Creativa Images Monday 6 Feb 2017, 7:30 AM Short URL JUST OVER 7% of Catholic priests were accused of abusing children in Australia between 1950 and 2010 but the allegations were never investigated, according to “shocking and indefensible” data shown today during an inquiry into paedophilia in the church.The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard that 4,444 alleged incidents of paedophilia were reported to church authorities and in some dioceses, more than 15% of priests were perpetrators.Australia ordered the Royal Commission in 2012 after a decade of growing pressure to investigate allegations of child abuse across the country, with the inquiry now in its final phase after four years of hearings.“Between 1950 and 2010, overall 7% of priests were alleged perpetrators,” said Gail Furness, the lawyer leading questioning at the inquiry in Sydney.“The accounts were depressingly similar. Children were ignored or worse, punished. Allegations were not investigated. Priests and religious (figures) were moved,” she added.“The parishes or communities to which they were moved knew nothing of their past. Documents were not kept or they were destroyed. Secrecy prevailed as did cover ups.”The average age of the victims at the time was 10 for girls and 11 for boys.Of the 1,880 alleged perpetrators, 90 percent were men.The St John of God Brothers religious order fared the worst, with just over 40 percent of members accused of abuse.The commission has spoken to thousands of survivors and heard claims of child abuse involving churches, orphanages, sporting clubs, youth groups and schools.The church in Australia set up the Truth, Justice and Healing Council to coordinate its response.“These numbers are shocking, they are tragic, they are indefensible,” its chief executive Francis Sullivan told the commission.“This data, along with all we have heard over the past four years, can only be interpreted for what it is: a massive failure on the part of the Catholic Church in Australia to protect children from abusers.As Catholics we hang our heads in shame.The inquiry has embroiled Australia’s most senior Catholic cleric George Pell, now the Vatican’s finance chief, who was questioned over his dealings with paedophile priests in Victoria state in the 1970s.Pell was also accused of historic sex abuse claims when he was the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney in 2002, but was later cleared of any wrongdoing. He has denied all allegations.Since being set up, the commission has made over 300 referrals to police but so far there have only been 27 prosecutions with 75 cases pending.- © AFP 2017Read: ‘It allowed him to prey on vulnerable children’: Survivor and priest criticise church response to abuseRead: Management at St Patrick’s Cathedral apologise to victims of child rapist Patrick O’Brienlast_img read more

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US trying to pressure North Korea into dismantling nuclear weapons

first_img Wednesday 26 Apr 2017, 10:52 PM 13,270 Views Share92 Tweet Email Donald Trump Source: Carolyn Kaster/AP/Press Association ImagesTHE UNITED STATES today said it wants to bring North Korea back to the “path of dialogue” over its nuclear weapons programme and will use diplomatic measures and additional sanctions to increase pressure on the regime.After briefing senators in a highly unusual meeting at the White House, Pentagon chief Jim Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats issued a statement that toned down military rhetoric and urged the international community to help find a solution to North Korea’s nuclear programme.President Donald Trump aims to “pressure North Korea into dismantling its nuclear, ballistic missile, and proliferation programs by tightening economic sanctions and pursuing diplomatic measures with our allies and regional partners,” the statement read.“We are engaging responsible members of the international community to increase pressure on the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) in order to convince the regime to de-escalate and return to the path of dialogue,” the statement added, using North Korea’s official name.The latest move comes as tension soars on the Korean peninsula following a series of missile launches by the North and warnings from the Trump administration that military action was an “option on the table”.No easy options Still, Pentagon officials have stressed to Trump there are no easy options for military interventions in North Korea. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Source: Wong Maye-E/AP/Press Association ImagesSeparately, a senior administration official told AFP the US is considering adding North Korea to its list of countries that are designated as “state sponsors of terrorism”.“We are looking at a broad range of options obviously across all elements of national power,” the official said on condition of anonymity.North Korea had previously been considered a state sponsor of terrorism after the bombing of a South Korean flight in 1987 but then president George W Bush removed the designation in 2008.Iran, Syria and Sudan remain on the list.- © AFP 2017Read: Trump’s plan to slash corporate rates to 15% could pose ‘competitive challenge to Ireland’Read: Woman ‘isn’t angry’ at people who shared Facebook video of her husband killing baby http://jrnl.ie/3360511 33 Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By AFP US trying to pressure North Korea into dismantling nuclear weapons Officials said they want to bring North Korea back to the “path of dialogue”. Apr 26th 2017, 10:52 PM last_img read more

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How tiny woolly hats are making a difference in the lives of

first_img 4 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3319775 Share95 Tweet Email5 By Nicky Ryan 17,906 Views Short URL IN THE CORNER of a quiet charity shop on Camden Street on Dublin’s southside, a small group of knitters meet twice a week to churn out thousands of tiny woolen hats.These intricate creations serve an important purpose – each goes on top of an Innocent smoothie bottle, and in return the company donates 30 cent to a programme run by Age Action called Care and Repair.This allows older people to get free DIY jobs at home for small jobs they might not have the mobility for anymore – fixing a lock or change a lightbulb, for example.One veteran knitter, Dolores ‘Dello’ McArthur, told us that she plays her part even though she doesn’t fall into this class.It helps senior member of society, but that doesn’t include me, because I’m a recycled teenager.She added that this kind of knitting group serves an important purpose – it can help older people get out of the house and allow them to easily play a valuable role in society.Watch the full video report above. If you want to get involved – regardless of your level of knitting experience – or find some new knitting patterns, visit TheBigKnit.iecenter_img Subscribe for more videos Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 2 Apr 2017, 9:00 PM How tiny woolly hats are making a difference in the lives of older people The knitted creations raise money for charity and allow older people to meet up and work together. Apr 2nd 2017, 9:00 PM last_img read more

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Spotlight on New Zealand gun laws after mosque shooting

first_imgThe semi-automatic weapons he sold were usually bought by “helicopter guys shooting pests, deer and out of control goats from choppers”, he said.Gun laws were previously tightened in New Zealand in the wake of another mass shooting in 1990, but attempts to push through further reforms have been unsuccessful. The country’s prime minister was flanked by her coalition partner and deputy prime minister Winston Peters when she told reporters that measures had been agreed to change gun control laws.Peters’ party has previously opposed changes, but he said he now backs the prime minister fully.“The reality is that after 1pm on Friday our world changed forever and so will our laws,” he said.Comments are off as a person has been charged in relation to this incident. – With reporting from AFP. Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images No Comments The country’s prime minister has said measures have been agreed by her cabinet to tighten gun control laws. Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images By Michelle Hennessy https://jrnl.ie/4549040 10,697 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Spotlight on New Zealand gun laws after mosque shooting The owner of the company that sold weapons to Brenton Tarrant said it was a legal, “ordinary sale”. NEW ZEALAND’S GUN laws are under intense scrutiny in the wake of the Christchurch mosque massacre in which 50 people lost their lives.Australian man Brenton Tarrant, an avowed white supremacist, legally purchased the semi-automatic weapons he used to shoot dead 50 Muslims, including a three-year-old boy.“We can’t ignore the galling fact he came to New Zealand to buy firearms he couldn’t get in Australia,” Police Association president Chris Cahill said.The country’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern earlier said her cabinet has decided to tighten gun laws, with details to be announced next week. She said the measures could include a ban on some semi-automatic rifles and a weapons buy-back scheme.Currently anyone over the age of 16 and considered to be “fit and proper to possess firearms” can get a general A-category licence in New Zealand. This allows them to buy firearms including the AR-15 which was reportedly used by the Chiristchurch gunman. This gun is also frequently the weapon of choice in mass killings in the United States.According to New Zealand police data from 2017, the year Tarrant obtained his licence, there were 43,509 applications for a firearms licence with a 99.6 percent approval rate. Around 250,000 people possess firearms licences in the country of under five million.Chris Cahill has called for a ban on easily-modified semi-automatic weapons and the creation of a national gun registry.“As it stands now, we have no idea who’s buying weapons and where they’re keeping them or how many they have in New Zealand,” he said.‘An ordinary sale’David Tipple, whose Gun City company legally sold four weapons to Tarrant said he did not feel any sense of responsibility for the tragedy. Source: Vincent Yu/PAHe said Tarrant was “a brand new purchaser with a brand new licence”.“It was an ordinary sale,” he told reporters, adding that he could continue to sell weapons to anyone with the correct credentials.Andrew Taylor, owner of Shooters Supplies on the western outskirts of Christchurch, closed his store for the weekend after the shootings. He has also removed large-capacity magazines as well as AR-15s and similar weapons from the shelves. Related Reads The country’s prime minister has said measures have been agreed by her cabinet to tighten gun control laws. Share55 Tweet Email Monday 18 Mar 2019, 5:46 PM Short URL Mar 18th 2019, 5:46 PM 16.03.19 71 year-old who jumped into gunfire to save others is first named victim of New Zealand attacks 17.03.19 Man whose wife was killed in NZ terror attack says he forgives gunman, as death toll rises to 50 last_img read more

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Crash report Pilots followed all Boeing procedures but still couldnt stop nosedive

first_img Rescue workers at the crash site. By AFP Short URL Apr 4th 2019, 11:51 AM A preliminary report finds that the crew of the Ethiopian Airlines jet that crashed last month performed all the procedures recommended by Boeing but could not control the plane.https://t.co/814m9u0as6 pic.twitter.com/pDl165ef5P— AP Graphics (@APGraphics) April 4, 2019 The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that pilots had shut off the anti-stall system, but switched it back on because they could not regain control, citing people briefed on the preliminary findings.Dagmawit did not give details of what happened in the cockpit during the fateful final minutes of the flight, but said takeoff “appeared very normal” and that all the crew had the requisite qualifications to operate the jet.The head of the accident investigation bureau Amdiye Ayalew said the full probe would take six months to a year, but that there had been no sign of “foreign object damage” to the aircraft.“Within this one year we’ll analyse whether other problems are existing on this aircraft,” he said.‘Proud’ of pilotsThe head of Ethiopian Airlines Tewolde GebreMariam said he was proud of the efforts of the pilots in trying to stop their jet from crashing.“We are very proud of our pilots’ compliances to follow the emergency procedures, and high level of professional performances in such extremely difficult situations,” he said in a statement. A media tour of Boeing’s assembly facility in Washington. Source: Ted S. Warren/PA ImagesMeanwhile Boeing, seeking to win back public confidence in the planes, has released photographs of its chief executive, who joined a test flight of a 737 MAX with the company’s updated anti-stall system.Boeing last week gathered hundreds of pilots and reporters for a presentation on proposed MCAS changes — including the system no longer repeatedly making corrections when pilots try to regain control.The company is anxious to win approval for a remedy that could get the planes back in the air.But the FAA, which faced harsh questioning last week at a congressional hearing regarding its oversight of Boeing, said it expected the plane maker to submit the proposed fix “over the coming weeks” after it undertakes additional work.The FAA said on Monday that Boeing needed to undertake more work on the proposed fix before it could be submitted for review.© – AFP 2019 Rescue workers at the crash site. Image: Mulugeta Ayene/PA Images Source: AP Graphics/Twitter 13,079 Views THE CREW OF the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed last month killing 157 people, repeatedly followed procedures recommended by Boeing, but were unable to regain control of the jet, according the investigators’ report released today.The initial report, unveiled by Ethiopian Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges, cast further doubt on the system controlling the Boeing 737 MAX 8 model, which has been grounded worldwide for almost a month.“The crew performed all the procedures repeatedly provided by the manufacturer, but was not able to control the aircraft,” said Dagmawit Moges, unveiling results of the preliminary probe into the crash.The report recommends “the aircraft flight control system shall be reviewed by the manufacturer,” she said.“Aviation authorities shall verify that the review of the aircraft flight control system has been adequately addressed by the manufacturer before the release of the aircraft for operations,” she added.The release of the report came after the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced a review of the certification of the automated flight control system on the 737 MAX. Boeing is reviewing the report.The Ethiopian Airlines flight was headed to Nairobi on a clear morning on 10 March when it plummeted nose-first into a field outside Addis Ababa just minutes after take-off, having reportedly experienced erratic steep climbs and descents.Citizens from over 30 countries were on board.Anti-stall systemSimilarities quickly emerged between the crash and that of an Indonesian Lion Air 737 MAX 8 flight in October last year which killed 189 people.Scrutiny has centred on an anti-stall system, developed specifically for the latest versions of the planes, that has given pilots problems.Dagmawit did not make specific reference to the automatic anti-stalling system, but did mention a “repetitive nose-down” movement of the aircraft.The Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) is designed to automatically lower the aircraft’s nose if it detects a stall or loss of airspeed.Boeing issued a bulletin reminding operators of emergency guidelines to override the anti-stall system after the Lion Air crash. Crash report: Pilots ‘followed all Boeing procedures’ but still couldn’t stop nosedive The initial report said that the pilots were not able to control the aircraft. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4576496 19 Comments Image: Mulugeta Ayene/PA Images Share2 Tweet Email1 Thursday 4 Apr 2019, 11:51 AMlast_img read more

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Varadkar regrets if tone on Waterford mortuary was taken up the wrong

first_img Friday 3 May 2019, 5:48 PM May 3rd 2019, 5:48 PM https://jrnl.ie/4619147 Varadkar regrets if tone on Waterford mortuary was taken up the wrong way Last week concerns were raised about dead bodies being left on trolleys in the corridors of the mortuary. 20,067 Views Image: Eamonn Farrell Image: Eamonn Farrell Short URL Waterford Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane has called for a full independent inquiry into the claims about dead bodies being left to decompose on hospital trolleys at the hospital.“If it was the case that bodies were decomposing on trolleys or left on the floor of a mortuary, that is a scandal that cannot be left go unanswered,” he told RTÉ Radio One today. Cullinane said the Taoiseach ”cannot brush under the carpet” what the pathologists alleged was happening at the mortuary, adding that it needed to be properly investigated. center_img Share91 Tweet Email1 87 Comments I have reported multiple structural deficiencies in our health service over 26 years-verbally, in writing, in the media and in the Seanad. I have NEVER done it via an incident report. Inappropriate mechanism. Taoiseach please apologise to the pathologists.— ProfJohnCrown (@ProfJohnCrown) May 3, 2019 Source: ProfJohnCrown/Twitter TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR has said he regrets if he struck an adversarial tone when speaking about the concerns raised about the mortuary at Waterford University Hospital. Last week concerns were raised about dead bodies being left on trolleys in the corridors of the mortuary, leading to closed-coffin funerals, and exposing the public visiting hospitals “to the odours of a postmortem room”.However, Varadkar said on Tuesday that he wasn’t sure if the claims were true, adding that it was a “strange story” and there was “no evidence” to support the allegations from those who made them. Since the news broke last week, the South-South West Hospital Group and Waterford University Hospital said that it hadn’t received a complaint from the public or an incident report from staff members in relation to the mortuary.These concerns were first raised in an October letter signed by four consultant pathologists.Speaking at an event in Westmeath today, the Taoiseach did not withdraw the remarks he made earlier this week, adding that there are two different accounts of conditions in the mortuary. Two different accounts“The only thing I said was there were different accounts, and I did not want to be calling any staff member dishonest or questioning the veracity of what they said.”He said he is always in favour of people bringing forward concerns to management.Yesterday, Health Minister Simon Harris said the pathologists were “carrying out their duty”, adding that the Taoiseach “as is his trademark, was asked a question and he gave a very honest appraisal of the situation, that factually he didn’t have all of the evidence or all of the information”.Varadkar’s comments come as one of the country’s top consultants and former senator, Professor John Crown, called on the Taoiseach to apologise to the pathologists.  By Christina Finn Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Two truck drivers found not guilty of murdering man at petrol station

first_img Image: Sasko Lazarov/Rollingnews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 16,208 Views Two truck drivers found not guilty of murdering man at petrol station in Cork Ludovit Pasztor died following the incident in Fermoy in February 2017. By Olivia Kelleher Short URL May 14th 2019, 1:27 PM https://jrnl.ie/4634062 Share1 Tweet Email Tuesday 14 May 2019, 1:27 PM TWO TRUCK DRIVERS have been cleared of the murder of a Hungarian father of two who was struck with an iron bar during a row at a petrol station in Fermoy, Co Cork in February 2017.Marcin Skrzypezyk (31) and Tomasz Wasowicz (45) were found not guilty of the murder of Ludovit Pasztor on 21 February 2017, at the Amber Petrol Station, Carrignagroghera, Fermoy.The men, who are Polish nationals, went on trial at the Central Court Criminal sitting in Cork on 29 April last.The court heard that a dispute had broken out between the two accused, Mr Pasztor and his friend Mariusz Osail on the evening of the 21 February, 2017.The jury of eight men and four woman was told that Ludovit Pasztor had gone to his friend Mariusz Osail’s house in Fermoy that evening where they drank a lot of alcohol.Between 9.30pm and 9.45pm they went to the Amber Petrol Station in Fermoy and purchased eight cans of Carlsberg.The two accused were working for a haulage company at the time. They were complying with tachograph rules which allow individuals to log a certain number of hours driving before requiring them to have a rest period.The two men got out of their trucks to go to the toilet. Pasztor and Osail were passing and heard the pair conversing in Polish so they went over to speak to them. The conversation became acrimonious.Siobhan Lankford, SC, prosecuting said that Pasztor and his friend went back to the house and got two bars from a dismantled trampoline.Lankford said Pasztor and Osail returned to the petrol station and there was a physical altercation between the four men.Mr Pasztor and Mr Osail were disarmed of their iron bars. Mr Pasztor got hit in the altercation and subsequently died.Tom Creed, SC for Marcin Skrzypezyk, said in his closing address to the jury, that the two truckers were minding their own business when Pasztor and his friend arrived back to the station armed with iron bars.“Two people come to two others sitting in their truck minding their own business having a chat almost like they were sitting at home having a chat,” he said. “People come banging on the door with iron bars and call them out. An attack happened and in the ensuing melee one of the assailants got struck and died. “That leaves open the possibility that he was using reasonable force to protect his friend. The prosecution have to prove beyond reasonable doubt that he was not using reasonable force — if you are not so satisfied you must acquit.”Pasztor moved to Ireland in 2010. He was employed in Kepak Meats in Watergrasshill and later in Silver Pail Dairy in Fermoy.Skrzypezyk, who previously lived in Macroom in Co Cork, and Wasowicz, who previously resided in Portarlington in Co Laois, returned from Poland to answer the charges.The case, which was presided over by Justice Carmel Stewart, lasted for over two weeks. The jury cleared both men of murder and manslaughter after two hours and seventeen minutes of deliberations.Justice Stewart thanked the jury for their diligence particularly given that the trial involved interpreters. The jurors were excused of jury service for ten years.The two men hugged friends and family when the not guilty verdict was returned. They are expected to return back to Poland.Pasztor’s wife and daughter were consoled in the courtroom by a friend when the verdict was delivered. You are entitled to protect yourself and you are entitled to protect someone else. In here we call it self-defence. They (two men armed with iron bars) tore into Tomasz like animals. He (Skrzypezyk) picked up a bar from one attacker or on the ground and struck a couple of blows, he thought, on the shoulder. Image: Sasko Lazarov/Rollingnews.ie 12 Comments last_img read more

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Greece celebrates 1821 National Day with style

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Celebrations marking Greek National Day of Independence were held throughout Greece on Wednesday, with the main military parade in central Athens and local school parades in all parts of the country.Official proceedings in Athens started with Archbishop Ieronymos leading a commemorative church service at the church of Agios Dionisios in Kolonaki in the presence of Greek President Karolos Papoulias, Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis and other senior political leaders and officials.Tens of thousands of school students  took part in commemorative parades throughout Greece. In Athens, the Parade took place in front of the Monument for the Unknown Solider in Syntagma while in Thessaloniki it took place on Alexander the Great Avenue. The Greek President , Karolos Papoulias, in a statement issued after the parade, said that “today we are celebrating the greatest day of the modern Greek nation, when, as a people, with hope, passion and a vision as their sole weapon, they rose up for their liberty.”The message of the 1821 uprising, Papoulias stressed, was that when the Greeks are all united by an ideal and a purpose, they succeed in their goal, adding that this message was exceptionally timely today in the face of the global financial crisis.“We will overcome this crisis as well, with determination, and with the thought that we have overcome other crises as well and they did not bring us to our knees,” the president said.“It is certain that this economic crisis will not bring us to our knees, despite the fact that many strata of the Greek society are going through hard times,” Papoulias said while expressing optimism that the future will be better.Greek Prime Minister, Costas Karamanlis, said in his statement that Wednesday’s anniversary was a day of national remembrance but also of contemplation.He said that now the country was facing the impact of an international financial crisis of unprecedented depth and extent, and could only follow the road of those who were being honoured today, those who did their duty and turned over a free and proud homeland to the future generations.“The duty of our generation is to turn over to our children a stronger Greece, a more just and human society. All together, with unity and solidarity, we can succeed in this,” Karamanlis added.George Papandreou, assured the nation that “we deserve, and can do, better”, noting that “we serve the timeless values and principles such as freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and social solidarity”.The PASOK leader claimed that it was certain that “we can create a well-governed state” that “protects the citizens and his rights”.last_img read more

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Xenophon gets behind Telstra bill

first_imgIndependent senator Nick Xenophon has said he will back government legislation paving the way for Telstra’s participation in the national broadband network (NBN), according to Sky News reports.  His support follows the government’s release of a full summary of the NBN business plan, ending days of political stand-off. Senator Xenophon told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday that he would now support a government bill before the Senate. The bill aims to separate Telstra’s wholesale and retail arms and establish a framework for the giant telco’s participation in the NBN. Senator Xenophon said he had come close to rejecting the bill but changed his mind following the intervention of Prime Minister Julia Gillard. “There are some amendments that will be moved and I have a letter from the prime minister … which sets out the process of scrutiny,” he said. That scrutiny includes a new joint parliamentary committee on the NBN, which will assess the roll-out process and report back to parliament every six months. If required, representatives from the Productivity Commission, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Australian Communications and Media Authority will be able to give evidence to the committee. Ms Gillard said the summary of the business plan would show that broadband prices would fall over time as the market became more competitive and the rate of return for the government would be higher than the long-term bond rate. It would also show the NBN now was estimated to cost $35.7 billion, not $43 billion as originally expected. Senator Xenophon said he hoped the Telstra legislation could be passed by the upper house before parliament rises for the long summer break on Thursday. “That’s what I’ll be working on,” he said, adding that failure to pass the bill ran the risk that a deal Telstra made with the government over the NBN could fall over. “I want this to get through the parliament this week. If this falls over we will lose a historic opportunity to sort out this mess of a vertically integrated Telstra which has not been in the interests of consumers and not in the interests of businesses,” Senator Xenophon said.Senator Xenophon said he would not characterise the government’s decision to release the summary as a backdown, preferring to call it a compromise. Ms Gillard said the government and NBN Co decided what to put in and leave out of the summary document. “Clearly we are not putting anything into the public domain that would cause market uncertainty,” she told reporters. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Pancretan scholarships

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Three bilingual colleges of the Greek language in Melbourne are the recipients of three year scholarships from the Pancretan Association of Melbourne, following an official launch last Sunday.The scholarships are a way to enhance and contribute to the promotion of the Greek language in Australia. The association has offered the scholarships to St Johns Greek Orthodox College in Preston, St Anargiri Greek Orthodox College in Oakleigh and the Greek Community’s Alphington Grammar School. The scholarships will commence in 2012 and will end in 2015 and will be offered to year 10 to 12 students studying Modern Greek. By doing this, the Pancretan Association of Melbourne, hopes to influence other Greek community groups and organisations to get on board and support the Greek language in Australia by offering scholarships to the students. At the launch, President of the Pancretan Association of Melbourne, Antonis Tsoudalakis said “every member of the Pancretan Association of Melbourne should feel proud, the same way that I am feeling. “I feel proud that due to the hard work of the current executive committee, all the previous committees and our members, our association is in a position to support our schools financially and in particular the students that wish to study our Greek Language, our Heritage and our Culture. I feel proud that our Association is the first organisation in our community to offer such Scholarships to our Greek colleges. This way we also fulfil one of the Associations objectives which it was formed to preserve, promote, enhance and educate our second, third and subsequent generations of our language and our culture. He said that these scholarships are historic as they are “an investment to our youth, our students and our schools hence why these Scholarships are costing the association between $30,000 to $40,000”.last_img read more

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