MEG Energy reports 48 million loss despite 56 bitumen price increase

CALGARY — Oilsands producer MEG Energy Corp. is reporting a larger-than-expected first-quarter net loss despite a rise in revenue as its average price for blended bitumen rose by 56 per cent compared with the fourth quarter of 2018.The Calgary-based company says it lost $48 million or 16 cents per share in the three months ended March 31, compared with a profit of $141 million or 47 cents in the same period a year ago.Analysts had expected a loss of 13 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Revenue came in at $919 million, compared with $721 million in the year-earlier quarter, beating analyst expectations of $651 million.MEG’s loss included a net foreign exchange gain of $78 million and a loss on hedging contracts of $230 million.Its net earnings in the first quarter of 2018 included a $318-million gain on the sale of its half interest in the Access Pipeline, a net foreign exchange loss of $108 million, and a loss on hedging of $76 million.MEG bitumen production was 87,100 barrels per day in the first quarter, down from 93,200 bpd a year earlier (and its capacity of 100,000 bpd) due to the Alberta government’s production curtailment program that began Jan. 1, the company said.However, it said sales averaged 89,800 bpd as it shipped stored barrels to take advantage of higher prices. Companies in this article: (TSX:MEG)The Canadian Press read more

UNESCO to help Iraq reconstruct revered AlAskari shrine in Samarra

26 June 2007The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Government of Iraq have concluded an agreement on reconstructing the Al-Askari Holy shrine in Samarra, badly damaged by attacks last year and earlier this month. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Government of Iraq have concluded an agreement on reconstructing the Al-Askari Holy shrine in Samarra, badly damaged by attacks last year and earlier this month. “The commitment of the Iraqi authorities and the international community to work together on the reconstruction of this highly symbolic site is a reason for hope,” said UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura. “Respecting cultural heritage is one of the fundamental principles of the reconstruction process for a country such as Iraq, and a decisive step towards national reconciliation.” The shrine was attacked on 22 February 2006, triggering a wave of sectarian violence across the country, and then again on 13 June. Work will start “as soon as security conditions are guaranteed and will continue over a period of ten months,” UNESCO said in a news release. The Iraqi Government is expected to provide $3 million of the $8.4 million project, with the rest coming from the UN Development Group Iraq Trust Fund. The Al Askari shrine is one of the holy sites of Shi’ite Islam. It is home to the tombs of Ali Al Hadi, the tenth imam, who died in 868, and his son Hassan al-Askari, the eleventh imam, who died in 874. The 2006 explosion caused the collapse of the shrine’s Golden Dome and of the Ali al-Hadi shrine. The explosions of 13 June destroyed two 36 metre high minarets of the Al-Askari shrine, UNESCO noted. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Amman by Mohamed Djelid, Director of the UNESCO Iraq office, and Hak Al-Hakeem, advisor to Iraq’s Prime Minister for Reconstruction and Environment Affairs. read more

TSX rises on higher commodities

The Toronto stock market was higher Thursday amid rising commodity prices and positive U.S. economic data.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 44.1 points to 12,652.92 while the TSX Venture Exchange dipped 0.73 of a point to 1,229.47.The Canadian dollar was up 0.07 of a cent to 101.48 cents US.U.S. indexes rose as weekly applications for unemployment benefits hit a five-year low and U.S. home construction surged last month.But the Dow industrial average was pressured by earnings disappointments in the banking sector and further Dreamliner woes for aircraft maker Boeing Inc. The blue chip index was up 53.85 points to 13,565.08.The Nasdaq composite index gained 13.06 points to 3,130.6 and the S&P 500 index rose 5.46 points to 1,478.09.Builders broke ground on U.S. houses and apartments at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 954,000 in December, up 12.1 per cent from November. The report capped off the best year for U.S. home construction since the real estate meltdown.“There is no denying that the housing market recovery is solidifying, and we expect construction activity to ramp up to the one million annualized threshold by the end of this year,” said TD Bank economist Michael Dolega, adding the improvement in the housing sector is good news for the jobs picture.“The strengthening housing recovery appears to have shown up in construction employment, which rose 30,000 in December. With sectoral employment down over two million off its 2006-07 peak, we expect the construction sector to add more than half-million jobs over the course of this year.”Weekly unemployment benefit applications in the U.S. fell 37,000 to a seasonally adjusted 335,000. That’s comparable to numbers seen just after the recession began.The weekly numbers are subject to a lot of seasonal volatility, but the overall trend suggests an improving landscape.Boeing shares lost further ground, down 0.9 per cent per cent after American and European authorities grounded the company’s 787 Dreamliner, its newest and most technologically advanced airliner, until the risk of battery fires is resolved. The plane makers stock dropped 3.4 per cent the day before.Japan’s two largest air carriers voluntarily grounded their 787s on Wednesday following an emergency landing by one of the planes in Japan.On the earnings front, Bank of America was dragged down by mortgage settlements in the fourth quarter, though it had already warned its shareholders of that. But it fell well short on revenue expectations and shares edged down three per cent.Citigroup registered a big earnings miss, with earnings per share of 69 cents ex-items against the 96 cents that analysts had expected and its shares were down 2.8 per cent.The consumer discretionary sector led TSX gainers, paced by strength in auto parts companies. Linamar Corp. (TSX:LNR) gained 69 cents to $26.10 while Magna International (TSX:MG) climbed 86 cents to $53.The base metals sector was up 0.5 per cent as March copper on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose five cents to US$3.65 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) rose 23 cents to C$21.14.The chief executive of mining giant Rio Tinto PLC and another senior executive are stepping down after the company announced huge writedowns from its Alcan aluminum business and an acquisition of a coal company in Mozambique.The company disclosed that it will take an impairment charge of approximately $14 billion in its 2012 results to be published on Feb. 14, including about $3 billion on the acquisition of Rio Tinto Coal Mozambique, and $10 billion or more on the value of Rio’s aluminum assets, primarily Alcan. Its shares were off 11 cents to US$54.92 in New York.Oil prices headed higher, building on Wednesday’s gain of almost $1 after the U.S. Energy Information Administration said crude supplies declined by one million barrels last week. Analysts polled by Platts expected a 2.5-million-barrel climb.The February crude contract gained $1.05 to US$95.29 a barrel and the energy gained 0.4 per cent. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) advanced 27 cents to C$29.01.Prices were also supported by an attack on a natural gas plant deep in the Sahara desert in Algeria. Islamist militants are holding dozens of hostages.The tech sector gained 0.35 per cent with CGI Group (TSX:GIB.A) ahead 38 cents to $24.54.Telecoms were generally higher with BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) up 23 cents to $42.89.The gold sector was the only TSX decliner, down a slight 0.3 per cent as February bullion erased early losses to gain $3.30 to US$1,686.50 an ounce. Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K) faded eight cents to C$9.41.Looking ahead to Friday, traders waited for China’s growth data to help assess the strength of the global economy. China will release fourth-quarter growth data for 2012 as well as overall GDP figures for the year.In other corporate developments, Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX:SLF) and the Malaysian state investment company are teaming up to purchase 98 per cent of a Malaysian life insurance company. Sun Life and Khazanah Nasional are purchasing the CIMB Aviva Assurance life insurance company as well as CIMB Aviva Takaful for a total shared cost of $586 million. Sun Life shares gained 28 cents to $28.22.H&R Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:HR.UN) plans to acquire Primaris Retail REIT (TSX:(PMZ.UN) in a cash and stock deal valued at some $2.8 billion. Primaris owns 35 properties across Canada, including shopping centres in Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec and Ontario comprising some 14.7 million square feet. H&R units lost 47 cents to $23.32 while Primaris units added 18 cents to $26.69.European bourses were higher as London’s FTSE 100 index rose 0.39 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX was up 0.49 per cent while the Paris CAC 40 advanced 0.67 per cent. read more

French man to go on trial for abusing boys including Sri Lankans

The French media reported that the trial will commence on Monday.The French man had made contact with the boys through the internet and abused the boys after visiting the countries claiming he was doing humanitarian work. (Colombo Gazette) A French man is to go on trial in France for abusing young boys, including boys in Sri Lanka.Thierry D, aged 53 has been accused of sexually abusing 66 young boys in Egypt, Tunisia and Sri Lanka.

Oil ease up to US86 as storm pounds US East Coast shuts

by Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press Posted Oct 30, 2012 9:41 am MDT Oil ease up to US$86 as storm pounds US East Coast, shuts businesses, refineries AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The price of oil recovered slightly Tuesday, rising above US$86 a barrel even as a massive storm pounded the heavily populated U.S. East Coast, reducing demand for fuel by keeping drivers off roads, closing businesses and silencing activity in New York City and other metropolitan areas.By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for December delivery was up 50 cents to US$86.04 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Crude oil prices fell 74 cents, or 1.3 per cent, to finish at US$85.54 a barrel Monday. The Nymex will be closed again Tuesday because of the storm, but electronic trading continues.The biggest refineries in the northeastern United States shut down or throttled back sharply on Monday as the storm came ashore in New Jersey and hurled seawater at New York City, closing U.S. financial markets.Analysts said the impact on demand, with power outages and the shutdown of major cities, could be significant. That impact on oil prices would only be offset partially by a drop in oil supplies, as some oil imports would be cut off.Oil analyst Stephen Schork said in an email commentary that “with lower Manhattan in the dark, roads from Connecticut to Delaware closed and refineries shut, the lack of implied demand is overshadowing … potential supply disruptions from Sandy.”Oil prices got some support from rising equities in Europe, boosted by some encouraging company earnings reports.In London, Brent crude, which is used to price international varieties of oil, was down three cents a barrel at US$109.41.In other energy futures trading in New York, wholesale gasoline fell 1.01 cents to US$2.631 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), natural gas lost 5.5 cents to US$3.748 per 1,000 cubic feet and heating oil was down 0.99 of a cent to US$3.0774 a gallon.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) read more

Windies confident ahead of World Cup opener on Friday

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’About time we win a World Cup’ – HolderFebruary 27, 2018In “latest news”Don’t despair! …Cricket great Clive Lloyd says Windies have talent to dominate in futureJuly 9, 2019In “latest news”Windies skipper Holder tries to make sense of defeat to BangladeshJune 18, 2019In “latest news” File: Jason Holder celebrates a wicket (Getty Images)After stunning New Zealand in their final warm-up encounter, Jason Holder and his West Indies team are a confident group heading into their opening game of the World Cup, on Friday May 31, against Pakistan. Sharing his sentiments during a media conference post the warm-up victory, Holder was a happy captain, to see his team score 421 runs and successfully defended.“That performance should give the entire group a lot of confidence, I thought we batted really well and we kept the momentum going through the innings,” Holder said. “Credit to the way Shai played, I thought Chris was outstanding at the beginning, getting us off to a good start, and Evin batted beautifully as well…and then Russell played a really good knock as well.The West Indies captain, Holder added: “We had the foundation up front, I think we hit every target that we set to hit and the beautiful thing is that we had set batters in most of the time and wickets in hand to launch at the end. We have put so many smiles on people’s faces back home in the Caribbean and for me, I just want to continue to do that. I think we’re at our best when we play with freedom and a smile.”Holder was also pleased with the bowling performance. Carlos Brathwaite was the leading wicket-taker with three wickets, while left-arm spinner Fabien Allen also bowled well to take two wickets in the middle overs – both coming via stumpings. “I thought the bowlers were outstanding as well. To defend on such a good wicket and a small field it can be difficult and we went both sides of the park last time against South Africa. It was good to see the bowlers come back and show a lot more discipline.The plans worked well against the New Zealanders and we want to carry this sort of performance and this level of focus into the tournament,” Holder said. West Indies will travel to Nottingham for their first World Cup match against Pakistan at Trent Bridge on Friday May 31. First ball will be 5:30am local time.West Indies World Cup squad reads: Jason Holder (capt), Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wk), Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas.West Indies Match Schedule (First ball for all matches is 5:30am local time) May 31: vs Pakistan – NottinghamJune 6: vs Australia – NottinghamJune 10: vs South Africa – SouthamptonJune 14: vs England – SouthamptonJune 17: vs Bangladesh – TauntonJune 22: vs New Zealand – Manchester (8:30am EC Time/7:30am Jamaica)June 27: vs India – ManchesterJuly 1: vs Sri Lanka – Chester-le-StreetJuly 4: vs Afghanistan – LeedsSemi-FinalsJuly 9: 1st vs 4th – ManchesterJuly 11: 2nd vs 3rd – BirminghamThe FinalJuly 14: Semi-final Winner 1 vs Semi-final Winner 2 – Lord’sJuly 15: Reserve Day read more

Eyewitness Haitians…

…mysteryThere are all sorts of red herrings being dragged across the trail of the disappearing Haitians in Guyana. The SN finally editorialised about the phenomenon – which they’d studiously ignored up to then – to claim that some of them are en route to USA. Now, your Eyewitness has said it before, but will now have to say it again: Why, in God’s name, would the Haitians join a Copa flight originating in Panama and come to Guyana to then trek through our mud trails to get to Brazil, travel through that country’s highway into Colombia, and then return to Panama to proceed up the rest of Central America to get to the USA??Haitians may be poor, but they aren’t stupid!! Another red herring is the Govt insisting that Haitians HAVE to be allowed entry to stay up to six months, because Haiti’s part of CariCom. That’s just not true. In addition to a return ticket – which they evidently have – they’ve got to show enough money to live in Guyana for that time. But from what we’ve learn from reports on their movement, most of them barely have enough money to buy food while being transported Ato other locations!! Something’s not regulah!!The Ministry of Citizenship was carved out specially for Winston Felix, who’s a former Commissioner of Police. There were always questions about this move…but we’ll leave that for now. However, it strains your Eyewitness’s credulity to snapping point when Felix insists he doesn’t see anything suspicious about those busloads of Haitians arriving and never leaving!!And the suggestion that they used their voodoo powers to teleport themselves is preposterous! They could’ve done that right in Panama — or Haiti for that matter — without forking over US$1700 for the Copa flight!Even if the PPP were politicking about the Haitians being given ID cards and even passports, didn’t Felix wonder if some of his staff might be on the take and were supplying those documents? Didn’t he hear his Commander in Chief declaring there were bad apples in the GPF, and calling for them to be weeded out? But what has thrown your Eyewitness for a loop is the nonchalance Felix has displayed in “explaining” that Guyana is “just” being used as a jumping-off point for other destinations!Don’t the logistical capabilities, shown by the persons who receive the Haitians and arrange for their transportation to hotels and then to our borders, suggest to Felix that this is an organised operation?? And that since both Suriname and Brazil demand visas, which are unavailable in Haiti and Panama, the Haitians are entering these countries illegally, since they certainly get visas here??Increasing our borders’ porosity isn’t good for our security, no?…and the race questionYou regular readers know your Eyewitness regularly waxes lyrical about Haiti’s historical role in overthrowing the yoke of slavery against an imperial power, France. And their success put the fear of the devil in the planter class in the British West Indies, certainly speeding up the plans to abolish slavery here. But what does that have to do with “racism”, if we call for us to control our borders?? Or have health concerns with cholera and AIDS ravaging Haiti?Was Barbados “racist” for, earlier this month, reinstating the requirement for Haitians to get visas to enter “Little England”?? The Bajans were quite candid in explaining the Haitians were raising their people’s ire!! But what does this have to do with Felix turning a blind eye to his staff in immigration being corrupted by the human smuggling bands that are bringing these people in?? Doesn’t he care that the EU came down hard on Suriname for facilitating that trade into French Guiana?And will soon be doing the same with us??…and French GuyanaFrance runs its overseas territories as “departments,” with social services at the same level as France’s. This attracts impoverished immigrants from Brazil, Suriname and Haiti.The Haitians are the worst off – and yet they keep coming. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLetter: State sponsored Human trafficking in Guyana?June 14, 2018In “Letters”Golden Jaguars go down to Haiti in final warm-up match; off to Minnesota for Gold Cup debutJune 12, 2019In “latest news”Caribbean News Round-upNovember 1, 2015In “Regional” read more

Belzona reinforces crusher foundations at Brazil copper mine

first_imgBelzona has used its own concrete repair and rebuild composite to keep a primary crusher operational at a copper mine in Brazil.A common cause of wear in the mining industry can be vibration. This can cause eventual fatigue, resulting in cracks and a loss of material in operational equipment. It can also lead to premature failures in areas such as concrete foundations and their anchoring systems.“Generally speaking, concrete can be considered too brittle and weak to absorb such constant impact and vibration transferred from the equipment,” Belzona said. “Once the concrete has failed, anchor bolts in the foundations can loosen, further aggravating the effects of the vibration on the foundation.”A copper mine in Marabá, Brazil, found this to be the case with its primary crusher, according to the company, with the base of the primary crusher needing to be rebuilt due to weakening caused by vibration. The 3,000 t/h primary crusher weighs 336 t, is 9.5 m high and 5.6 m wide, contributing further to the amount of stress being put on the foundations, Belzona said.“Being one of the biggest copper crushers in South America, and with copper being traded at around $6,000/t, every hour of shutdown can result in a loss of almost $20 million,” the company said.A solution was required that could rebuild the foundation and bases of the primary crusher, while being able to withstand high dynamic and impact loads without shattering and breaking, according to Belzona. “Excellent mechanical properties and a fast curing time were also critical in ensuring the primary crusher would return back to service in as little time as possible.”The solution used was Belzona 4111 (Magma Quartz), a high-performance concrete repair and rebuild composite.Using an impact hammer drill, the first two layers of concrete were removed to reach the steel reinforcement structure.“Particularly with concrete repairs, surface preparation is critical in its success,” Belzona said. ”The substrate needs to be free from contamination, free from excess moisture and any loose material needs to be removed.”The area was cleaned and degreased with solvent and compressed air was used to remove the entire repair area of loose debris and dust. A conditioner was then applied to ensure an optimum bond between the substrate and repair materials.The perimeter of the repair area was initially built up, later acting as a mould for a slurry mix of Belzona 4111. The material was able to level evenly to recreate a foundation at the base of the primary crusher, according to Belzona.“The implemented solution offered resistance to high vibrations and dynamic loads due to its high mechanical strength. The system adhered to both metal and old concrete allowing for a homogeneous load distribution, without weak spots during the anchoring/grouting procedure and service,” the company said.The assembly of the machine to the structure commenced in as little as four to six hours after application, according to Belzona, with a full return to service possible in some 16 hours.“The fast turnaround time allowed the copper mine to continue its processes without a majorly disruptive or costly downtime,” the company concluded.Specialising in erosion, corrosion and chemical protection, Belzona calls itself a world leader in the design and manufacture of repair composite materials and protective coatings for machinery, equipment, buildings and structures.last_img read more

ROLI ROLI Veszprem with 6 from Flensburg

← Previous Story Battles for EHF CL Final4 in Flensburg and Nantes Next Story → Barca too strong for Nantes – Final4 ticket is in the hands! Telekom Veszprem Rhapsody of Roland Mikler at “Flens Arena” brought Telekom Veszprem close to the goal of the goals – placement at VELUX EHF Champions League Final4. The Hungarian goalkeeper was outstanding in the second half of the match to help his team making convincing success which gives them a big advantage before the second match at Veszprem Arena next week.Andreas Nilsson was TOP scorer in the winning team with six goals. SG Flensburg-Handewitt – Telekom Veszprém 22-28 (15-15)Flensburg: Glandorf 5, Jöndal 5, R. Lauge 3, L. Svan 3, S. Hald 2, Jeppsson 1, Gottfridsson 1Veszprém: A. Nilsson 6, Mackovsek 3, Lékai 3, Nagy L. 2, Tönnesen 2, D. Manaszkov 2, Gas. Marguc 2, Strlek 2, M. Ilic 2, Mahé 2, P. Nenadic 1, D. Gajic 1 read more

YOUTH WCh 2019 Portuguese buzzerbeater for win against Serbia

← Previous Story AFTER ONLY FEW DAYS IN POLAND? Andreas Wolff is the new PGE Vive Kielce captain Next Story → Elverum to host derby against PSG Handball at Hakons Hall in Lillehammer Youth World Handball Championship 2019 – Day 2.ICELAND – BRAZIL 30:26GERMANY – TUNISIA 36:15SERBIA – PORTUGAL 21:22TABLE:PORTUGAL 4ICELAND 4GERMANY 2SERBIA 2BRAZIL 0TUNISIA 0EGYPT – FRANCE       24:28 (12:14)CHINESE TAIPEI – SWEDEN      18:48 (9:22)CANADA – HUNGARY      13:41 (6:18)STANDING:France 4Hungary 4Egypt 2Sweden 2Canada 0Chinese Taipei 0PHOTO: Filip Viranovski / WCh 2019 read more

Priest dies from Ebola in Spain as death toll exceeds 1000

first_imgIn this photo taken yesterday, a health worker as he examines patients for Ebola inside a screening tent, at the Kenema Government Hospital Source: Michael DuffAN ELDERLY SPANISH priest infected with Ebola died in a Madrid hospital today, five days after being evacuated from Liberia, a hospital spokeswoman said.The 75-year-old Roman Catholic priest, Miguel Pajares, had been treated in Spain with an experimental US serum called ZMapp after being flown to Madrid on August 7.He contracted the virus at the Saint Joseph Hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia where he worked.Experimental drug use Source: AP/Press Association ImagesMeanwhile, a World Health Organisation panel has said it is “ethical” to use experimental drugs in the fight against Ebola.Liberia, one of the hardest hit by the killer virus, said it had requested samples of an experimental drug and that supplies would be brought into the country “by a representative of the US government” later this week.No cureThere is currently no available cure or vaccine for Ebola.The deadly outbreak has until now been limited to Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, all in west Africa where ill-equipped and fragile health systems are struggling to cope.But countries around the world are taking measures to prevent the tropical disease reaching their shores.The WHO has had to draft guidelines for the use of experimental medicines at a meeting in Geneva and is to present its conclusions on Tuesday.Ethical thing to do? Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe use of an experimental drug called ZMapp on two Americans and the Spanish priest infected with the virus while working in Africa has opened up an intense ethical debate.The drug, made by private US company Mapp Pharmaceuticals, has shown promising results but is still in an early phase of development and had only been tested previously on monkeys.ZMapp is in very short supply, but its use on Western aid workers has sparked controversy and demands that it be made available in Africa.“Is it ethical to use unregistered medicines to treat people, and if so, what criteria should they meet, and what conditions, and who should be treated?” WHO assistant director-general Marie-Paule Kieny said ahead of Monday’s meeting.“What is the ethical thing to do?”Where is the serum being used? Source: AP/Press Association ImagesMapp Pharmaceuticals said it had sent all its available supplies to West Africa.In responding to the request received this weekend from a West African nation, the available supply of ZMapp is exhausted.“Any decision to use ZMapp must be made by the patients’ medical team,” it said, adding that the drug was “provided at no cost in all cases.”The company did not reveal which nation received the doses, or how many were sent, but Liberia said it had requested samples which would “be brought in the country by a representative of the US Government later this week”.“The White House and the United States Food and Drug Administration have approved the request for sample doses of experimental serum to treat Liberian doctors who are currently infected with the deadly Ebola virus disease,” the Liberian presidency said.‘Everyone is afraid’ Source: Michael DuffThe disease has killed 1,013 people since early this year, according to latest figures from the WHO, which says it is worst outbreak since Ebola was discovered four decades ago.In Liberia — where Ebola has already claimed more than 300 lives — a third province, Lofa, was placed under quarantine on Monday after similar measures in Bomba and Grand Cape Mount.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf also banned state officials from travelling abroad for a month and ordered those outside the country to return home within a week.While impoverished Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone account for the bulk of the cases, the latest outbreak has spread further afield. Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, has so far counted two deaths and a number of suspect cases.Numerous countries have imposed a raft of emergency measures, including flight bans and improved health screenings.Ivory Coast flight ban A large billboard promoting the washing of hands to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIn the latest such move, the Ivory Coast announced yesterday it was banning all flights from the three hardest-hit nations.And it said in the past few days it had turned back around 100 Liberians trying to flee across the border into Ivory Coast, which has not reported any Ebola cases.Niger, which also has yet to confirm any cases, has put in place an “emergency plan” to train health workers and boost checks at borders, airports and stations. Togo has also strengthened health screenings.Sierra Leone evacuations Source: Michael DuffJapan’s foreign aid agency said today it was evacuating two dozen staff from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.China’s ambassador to Sierra Leone Zhao Yanbo said that seven doctors and one nurse who treated Ebola patients had been put in quarantine, but would not be drawn on whether they were displaying symptoms of the disease.In addition, 24 nurses in Sierra Leone, most from the military hospital in the capital, have also been quarantined, according to Yanbo and hospital director Sahr Foday.Foday said a senior physician at Freetown’s Connaught Hospital had contracted Ebola but was responding well to treatment. The nation’s sole virologist, who was at the forefront of its battle against the epidemic, died from Ebola last month.- © AFP, 2014Read: Rwanda tests German student for Ebola>last_img read more

Heres what will happen in LoveHate season 5

first_imgSource: RTÉTHE FIRST OFFICIAL details of Love/Hate’s fifth season have been released today, as RTÉ One launches its autumn schedule.We also got this new image of Nidge, Fran, Aido and Elmo – looking frankly meaner and less silly than they ever have before. Even cuddly Elmo looks a bit fierce.So what’s in store for Nidge and the boys? (Minor) spoilers ahead.The last season ended on a bizarre note, with Nidge losing the plot in a police cell.  We learned earlier this year that the fourth and fifth season were written as one 12-episode unit, twice as long altogether as those that went before. So there’ll hopefully be plenty of time to wrap up all the loose ends Season 4 left dangling.Nidge has apparently got over the attack of wild paranoia that saw him lose the head at the end of the last season, and is back in control of his criminal empire. He’s delighted that he managed to dodge prison despite Det Insp Moynihan’s best efforts.But it’s not all rosy in the garden of, eh, criminal gang activity. He’s had to take out a massive loan from an Irish drug dealer based in Spain.It was hinted earlier this year that significant parts of the new season could be filmed in the Mediterranean, so presumably Nidge will be taking some trips over to see his benefactor.And as part of the deal, he’s had to take on a new character – Pauley, played by Irish actor Johnny Ward. Here’s Ward’s official talent agency photo: Source: Maureen V Ward Talent AgencyMeanwhile, the end of season four saw Siobhan finally crack and begin informing on the gang to gardaí. That hasn’t changed, and she’ll apparently be working closely with Det Insp Moynihan in an attempt to bring Nidge’s empire crashing down.And finally, there’s Fran.He’s likely to be the biggest threat to Nidge this season, given that he came dangerously close to mounting a leadership putsch last time around. There’s going to be nothing short of “conflict and betrayal” between the two, according to the official launch.We also learn that he’s going to become “increasingly violent, erratic and resentful of Nidge’s authority”… which is really just to say, Fran is Fran.There’ve been more spoilers leaked online – including what appears to be the death and funeral of a key member of the gang – but we’re not going to get into that, as it’s far from confirmed. (Remember all the talk about Darren coming back from the dead? Yeah.)So what else can we say? We’re very excited. Long live the Nidgeweasel.More: In case you’d forgotten, here’s what happened at the end of Season 4>Read: The internet’s best responses to Love/Hate season 4>last_img read more

Poll Should bonus points be awarded for Leaving Cert science subjects

first_img No (2644) BONUS POINTS ARE already offered for Leaving Cert maths, but now there are calls for this incentive to be extended to science subjects.The American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland has called for more supports to be put in place to encourage students to take these subjects, something they hope will help stem the skills shortages in the tech and sciences industry.Since 2012, a bonus of 25 points for students with a grade D3 or above in Higher Maths is awarded, prompting more students to sit the exam.We want to know what you think: Should bonus points be awarded for Leaving Certificate science subjects? Poll Results: YesNoI don’t knowVotecenter_img I don’t know (223) Yes (2507)last_img read more

Lunchtime Fix 7 things you need to know

first_imgWHAT’S THE STORY?1. HOPING your county makes it to the All-Ireland hurling or football final? As TheJournal.ie broke recently, the trains may be completely off those days – and now Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe is hanging back from intervening in the potential strike. Source: GAAbanter.ie2. OH Lordy. “Weak” economic data from Germany, France and Italy has frightened economists everywhere this morning. This is the graph that has them all freaking out. (Should we panic yet?) Catch up on all of today’s top news> Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter Source: Aoife Barry/Twitter 3. THE tense situation in Ferguson, Missouri – where an unarmed black teenage boy was shot dead by police at the weekend – continues to simmer. Tear gas and smoke bombs were fired on protestors who threw Molotov cocktails overnight, and reporters were put in jail. Source: Jeff Roberson/AP/Press Association Images4. TWO of the three people who went missing with their yacht in west Cork last night have been found safe after swimming ashore to Long Island, off the coast from Schull. Sadly, the third person on the boat died and their body has now been recovered. Source: GoogleMaps5. THE emergency department at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin had to be closed for hours this morning after a patient blocked themselves into a room and set a mattress and curtains on fire. Source: stock emergency room via Shutterstock6. IF you’re in Dublin and heading out for lunch, keep an eye out for some of the gorgeous street art tributes popping up to actor Robin Williams… Source: I’m from Ireland but more importantly I’m from Dublin via Facebook7. NO, the new minister for the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has not started Irish lessons yet, okay? New Arts Minister Heather Humphreys asks the next generation about literacy… https://t.co/YRNjwZHR05— Aoife Barry (@sweetoblivion26) August 14, 2014center_img Q2 #GDP in the #euro area so far, signalling 0.0-0.1% growth in the currency union. Italy and Germany drop to bottom pic.twitter.com/oes5aGNAiV— IHS Markit PMI™ (@IHSMarkitPMI) August 14, 2014 Hello there. You’re looking well pic.twitter.com/46GRpr21x4— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) August 14, 2014 Source: Markit Economics/Twitter Bonus lunchtime treat: Have you seen our new TheJournal.ie Politics Twitter account? Get yourself over here…last_img read more

A day in the life Behind the scenes in Irelands World Cup

first_img Tania Rosser refuels at lunchtime. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO Lunch is a mixture of hot foods and cold salads, all made using fresh ingredients. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO13.00 to 13.50 – Down timeWith a break after lunch to allow the players to digest before heading for the training pitch, there is a period of down time. These blocks throughout the day are also beneficial for the players who need to visit physiotherapist Ulrik McCarthy Persson.“Really, it starts after breakfast and I try to hit treatments throughout the day,” explains McCarthy Persson, who lectures in physio in UCD. “There would be blocks throughout the day, depending on where they fit in, so we intersperse them between the events.” McCarthy Persson treats scrum-half Rosser. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOWhile Ireland have been relatively fortunate with injuries during this competition, McCarthy Persson admits that many players tend to carry minor ailments and aches throughout the 17-day schedule.“I would say that probably about 50 or 60 per cent of them may always have some kind of niggling. In tournaments like this, with so many games, there is a large portion of people needing to recover from bruises, strains, little things like that.”For some players, their interaction with McCarthy Persson – who had a stint with Ireland’s men’s team under Eddie O’Sullivan – is simply about aiding recovery, but others are more “high-need” and require two or three visits to the physio each day.13.50 Pre-training outlineBefore their 14.00 training on the pitch, the squad gather briefly in the team room to go through the content of the session and what the coaches want to get from it. Each session is planned to the minute, with an allocated time frame for each block. McWilliams outlines the content of the pitch session. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOAgain, Doyle concludes the meeting with a concise motivational message, urging his players to “show me these things and you’ll get selected.” The tone is set as Ireland head for the pitch.14.00 – Pitch sessionThe players make the three-minute walk to one of Marcoussis’ many superb pitches, where cones, bibs, tackle bags, water, recovery drinks, spare studs, spare laces and a limitless supply of all other necessaries is already laid out.This is the work of the squad’s bagman, Andy Weir, an Ulsterman who has been with the Ireland for the last three years but will step away following this tournament. His security firm and duties with Ulster’s U19, U20 and Raven sides will keep him more than occupied. Weir loads his truck, which he drove to Marcoussis all the way from Belfast, with water for training. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOWeir operates behind the scenes, ensuring everything is in its right place and planning for all sorts of emergency situations. On match days, he does his best to make sure “the changing room is set up more or less exactly the same as we would have in Ashbourne.”A Bangor clubman, Weir is a believer in having the “highest standards” and a visit to his room in Marcoussis backs that statement up, given the impressive lengths he has gone to to prepare the kit, back-up kit and back-up back-up kit for all eventualities. Weir readies the recovery drinks and protein shakes for post-training consumption. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“If every single person does their piece right, there’s no stress,” says Weir. “Nobody has to worry if this or that is done, we all have confidence in each other.” A neat snapshot of this Ireland set-up.On the pitch, Earls leads the players off with a series of physical ‘primers’, involving rubber bands, one-legged jumps and a range of other exercises. Music blasts out of a set of portable speakers and Earls urges her charges to get their “game faces on”. Earls demonstrates what she wants from the players in the ‘primers’ section. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOThe training session itself lasts a strict 40 minutes, with workload management essential at this late stage of the tournament and with fatigue levels already pushed towards the limit by an accumulation of games.A block of touch rugby serves as a warm-up, but also allows the coaches to enforce the messages and content of their analysis earlier in the day, encouraging the players to carry out what they have already discussed in terms of shape in attack. Scrum-half Larissa Muldoon spins away a pass. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOFrom there, Ireland split into backs and forwards, with the latter heading for the scrum machine with former Munster and Connacht prop Bracken, while the former work on their catch/pass with McWilliams.The squad then come together to go through their attacking plan and defensive structure, with the coaches running two teams against each other. Finally, a short block of contact allows the players to work on their skills around the collisions.On the sidelines, communications manager Maria Boland is recording video footage, part of her busy day behind the scenes with the Ireland squad. Her duties also include dealing with media requests, of which this World Cup has seen an increasing amount. Boland records some of the session for IRFU video content. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“I’m up in the morning to deal with any media requests or breakfast morning radio,” outlines Boland. “We schedule any interviews or requests for just before or after lunch or just before or after dinner, when everyone else is together.“I’ve been doing content for the website as well, so a video or two a day and then some training footage.”Meanwhile, Browne is behind the goalposts with a camera of his own, recording the training session for yet more analysis. With crucial selection decisions to be made in the evening, such footage can prove a decisive factor as the coaches review the day’s work. Browne sets up the tripod to record the session. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO15.30 – Ice baths or gym sessionFollowing the pitch session and immediately-consumed recovery shakes, 11 of the squad head for the on-site gym for a short workout. These are players who have accumulated less game time, or who missed out on the gym following the Kazakhstan fixture.“It’s basically a CNS-stimulation gym session,” says Earls, CNS being the Central Nervous System, and while the programme is mainly focused on the upper body, the S&C expert explains that it will stimulate growth hormone throughout the body.Box jumps, weighted push-ups, single arm rows, curl and presses and the much-loved plank rotations are all involved. Again, Earls is constantly communicating, offering technical advice and motivation: “Positivity, work together, encourage your partner!”She asks the players to sing as they plank, and a tuneful version of Hakuna Matata rings out in the Marcoussis gym. Jenny Murphy shivers through an ice bath. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOMeanwhile, the remainder of the squad has headed back to two of the rooms at their accommodation block, where ice baths have been prepared by team doctor Brigid Collins and manager Gemma Crowley.Collins and Crowley are two of the backroom staff who buzz about camp throughout the day, ensuring the operation runs smoothly. Collins also works with Kildare GAA, while former Ireland international Crowley is joining the 2015 Rugby World Cup organising committee.The pair, who have a strong bond with the players, have organised enough ice – Crowley has turned to the local McDonald’s for extra supplies – to allow the squad to go through one of their daily recovery processes. Back row Paula Fitzgerald braves the cold in the name of recovery. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO16.30 to 18.30 – Down timeThe players have another block of down time following their training session[s], with many taking the opportunity to visit McCarthy Persson, others returning to their rooms to zone out, while some get stuck into even more analysis.Each individual is different in their interaction with game footage, with certain players constantly looking to do as much reviewing and planning as possible in terms of analysis, while others operate better with limited exposure to the footage. Nora Stapleton and Grace Davitt, both wearing recovery Skins, carry out some analysis. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOMany players like to do their analysis in pairs, working with players who are usually close to them on the pitch – midfield players work together, back rows buddy up and front rows examine scrum footage as a unit.Meanwhile, other squad members take the chance to switch off and relax, while the messers in the group take advantage of the lull to pull off their latest prank. Somehow, someone ends up in the river that runs through the Marcoussis complex and plenty of others get caught in the crossfire of a series of water balloons. Wing duo Ashleigh Baxter and Alison Miller relax in the sun as second row Sophie Spence gets physio. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO18.30 – DinnerThe third main meal of the day consists of lots of cooked vegetables, salads, pork steaks and mousse for dessert. The players can eat quite a large meal at this time of the day, with their training now completed. Ireland eat in their multi-purpose team room, with good luck messages on show on the wall in the background. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO19.15 – Management meetingThe entire management team convene on the balcony outside the team room after dinner to run through the planning and logistics for the next day of training, as well as the 3rd/4th place play-off against the French.Crowley chairs the meeting in her role as lead organiser, while Doyle has the final say on all matters to do with the team and their training. Timing, recovery, transport, squad morale and other topics are all covered and agreed upon in the 20-minute meeting.20.00 – Squad meetingThe day’s activity ends with a final meeting for the entire squad, in which the management briefly outline some of the newly-agreed-upon planning details, before head coach Doyle refocuses the players’ minds on the upcoming task against France.He poses tactical and technical questions to gauge the understanding of the day’s analysis work, with the players providing feedback on what they feel requires more work in the following day’s training. Ireland can finish on a high against France tomorrow in Paris.Fifteen minutes later, the Friday’s schedule comes to an end. The next morning, the players and management will go again, striving to finish their World Cup campaign on a high note.All images ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan.Women’s rugby makes major progress and Ireland have played their partIreland hopeful that World Cup journey has inspired female players ONE OF THE most impressive aspects of Ireland’s campaign in the current Women’s Rugby World Cup has been the sheer professionalism of Philip Doyle’s squad.The players and management all have day jobs, but their mindset and actions in recent years have belied their status as amateurs in the sport. Wins over the US, New Zealand and Kazakhstan were the results of superb preparation, while Ireland can secure third place in the tournament by beating France tomorrow [KO 3.30pm Irish time, TG4].In order to get an insight into the planning, monitoring, communication and intelligence that goes into Ireland’s routine, TheScore.ie went behind the scenes at the squad’s Marcoussis base, 25 kilometres south of Paris.The following article recounts Ireland’s training yesterday, Friday 15 August, and reflects some of the consistent elements in their schedule, without necessarily being the routine Ireland operate under every day.********************08.45 – Monitoring and mobilityThe first port of call for Ireland is strength and conditioning coach Marian Earls’ mobile monitoring station, where the players run through a series of physical tests and fill out a sheet to account for their psychological state heading into the day.Sleep is a major factor in a tournament such as the World Cup, with Earls advising the players to get at least eight hours a night, which may not always happen. As a result, 20-minute top-up naps in between sessions during the day are also part of the schedule. Sharon Lynch and Vikki McGinn weigh in. Source: ©INPHO/Dan SheridanOnce the players are awake and up in the morning, they head for Earls’ monitoring area on the balcony outside the team room in Marcoussis, where the Wicklow native guides them through a well-worn routine.“They come in and take their body mass, do a sit and reach test, knee to wall, shoulder mobility and abductor squeeze,” explains Wicklow native Earls. “Then we compare their scores to normative scores we have for them. Hannah Casey performs the sit and reach test. Source: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan“We have the four weeks leading into the tournament and then the average scores since we got here. If they don’t match their normative scores, they would complete a three-minute ‘primer’ activity before going into our formal mobility session.”Once each player has completed that range of tests, they fill out a form that helps Earls to assess how the squad feel about their own fatigue and recovery progress. Out-half Nora Stapleton at the knee to wall station. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“We have some psychological readiness scores, so we have categories like ‘slept well’, ‘looking forward to today’s activity’, ‘vigorous and energetic’, ‘muscle soreness’, ‘appetite’,” outlines Earls.“They’re all graded out of five – five is strongly agree, one is strongly disagree. I’ll get through those sheets during breakfast time and pinpoint anyone that needs to talk to me or talk to the physio.” Jenny Murphy helps Claire Molloy to assess her shoulder mobility. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOThe entire process is designed to allow Earls to monitor each player’s wellness, as well as feeding into how heavy a workload each individual will take on for the training day to follow.Earls, who will begin work with the Connacht men’s set-up just 10 days after the World Cup ends, points out that the ideal scenario is no player missing a pitch session, even if some may need extra physiotherapy before training. Fiona Hayes and Ashleigh Baxter fill out their forms. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOWhen those processes are finished, the entire 26-player squad gather in the team room and carry out a mobility session, loosening their muscles and activating their bodies for the day.This 15-minute block of mobility is “guided” by Earls in order to ensure the most efficient use of time. Ireland go through their mobility session in the morning. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO09.30 – BreakfastFollowing the monitoring and mobility, the players sit down for their first meal of the day. Breakfast usually consists of hot foods like eggs, bacon and mushrooms, as well as cereals and fresh fruit.Marcoussis’ on-site staff have already set places and laid out the food before the players arrive to eat, while Ireland’s bagman Andy Weir has left each player’s Omega-3 fish oil capsules, probiotics and any other tablets they require neatly at the tables. The Irish squad sit down for breakfast. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOAll the while, in the background, the Irish coaching staff are buried in their computers carrying out analysis of the defeat to England and planning to face France. This process has been underway since the morning after the semi-final, and is painstakingly detailed.Performance analyst Len Browne, who works in UCC and also with the Cork footballers among other teams, often puts in 15-hour days of analysis, chopping game tape into accessible compilations for the coaches to use [for example, ‘France starter plays’]. Philip Doyle, Len Browne and Peter Bracken busy analysing game tape. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOHead coach Philip Doyle, attack coach Greg McWilliams and scrum specialist Peter Bracken also rack up long hours of analysis, studying the strengths and weaknesses of France, as well as reviewing what needs to improve from the English loss.Analysis is a huge part of this Ireland set-up’s working, reinforcing the intuition and knowledge of the coaches, while allowing them to prepare intelligent game plans for each specific opponent.10.30 – Hydration deadlineOn what Earls terms “post-game day two and post-game day three,” each player must provide a urine sample, with the S&C coach testing them for an accurate reading of hydration levels. Each player must provide a sample to test for hydration levels. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOEarls uses a refractometer to carry out analysis of each sample, performing this during the first block of squad meetings of the day. On this occasion, she tells the players that their hydration levels aren’t “acceptable” and reminds them to consume adequate amounts of fluids, alternating between water and Lucozade. Earls analyses the urine samples for hydration levels. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO10.30 to 11.15 – Unit meetingsAt 10.30, the backs meet with McWilliams in the team room, while the forwards are forced out onto the balcony with Doyle, Bracken and Brown, centre Grace Davitt joking that they can handle the cold.These unit meetings allow the backs and forwards to go through analysis specific to their areas of expertise, and also offer an insight into Ireland’s constant desire for improvement.“The key thing is that when we’re looking back over the England performance, it’s never easy, I’ve been there as a player,” begins McWilliams – who is joining Yale University in the US as full-time Director of Rugby after the World Cup – as he addresses the backs. McWilliams and the backs analyse their weaknesses against England. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“However, there are some things we have to look at and take on board for the next game to make us better. So when we’re watching it, we’re watching analytically, not emotionally. It’s important that we look at some of the good things and bad things. I want you to tell me more so than me telling you.”Out on the balcony, the forwards go through the French line-out, maul and scrum, with Browne playing video clips of each on a wide screen. Doyle and Bracken encourage the players to engage in the analysis, solving problems themselves. The forwards huddle up on the balcony as Doyle guides them through the French line-out. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOInside, McWilliams guides the backs through the areas they need to improve upon after defeat to England. The likes of Lynne Cantwell, Davitt, Vikki McGinn and Niamh Briggs all speak up to voice their own opinions and solutions too.“The great thing is that in life, as long as you’re learning, it’s being beneficial, as hard as this is to take,” says McWilliams as the players pore over footage of the England clash.11.30 to 12.15 – Team meetingAfter a short break where the players are reminded to take on more fluids, the entire squad sits into the team room and general team analysis is carried out. McWilliams talks the players through the French defence, while Doyle outlines les Bleues attack.“Everyone stand up and move places, please,” asks the head coach when he takes over from McWilliams, refocusing the players before his presentation.‘Goose’ Doyle explains that his concentration is often entirely on the opposition attack, allowing him to concentrate solely on how Ireland will halt it. On the flip side, attack coach McWilliams can centre his analysis and prep work on the opponent’s defensive system. Doyle talks the players through the French attack, prompting suggestions on how to negate it. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOBoth coaches are entirely precise in their communication, boiling their message down into concise, memorable bullet-point form and allowing the players to come away with a clarity of understanding.“We owe it to ourselves and to our supporters to give a good performance,” says Doyle – who retires as Ireland head coach after this World Cup – as the meeting comes to a close.12.30 – LunchAs with breakfast, lunch consists of simple foods like pasta, chicken, roast vegetables and a wide range of salads. Again, Earls reminds players to keep their hydration in focus by taking on liquids with their meal.last_img read more

How a poor boy from Ikaria went on to become one of

first_imgBorn in Ikaria in 1934, 85-year-old Nik Chapley (Tsapaliaris), who migrated to Australia after WW2, is today considered one of the most successful businessmen in Australia, however his life journey was not always paved with rose petals.“I remember the beautiful but also hard years back in Ikaria, the war that broke and forced us to flee the island, the three years spent in the Sahara Desert as refugees and the long hopeful journey to Australia. Despite the hardships though, if I had my time again, I would not change anything in my book of life, because those experiences were the ones that shaped me and made me the man I am today,” says Mr Chapley, who managed to scale to the top despite the hardships.The early yearsThe first few years were relatively prosperous for the Chapley family.The family patriarch, Spiros, a shoemaker by trade, had already left Ikaria and settled in Australia where he worked hard so that he could provide for his wife and his two young children that he had left behind.“My father didn’t like Australia or maybe he just loved his island too much, therefore, his initial plan was to work Down Under for a few years and, once financially stable,  to return to Greece,” says Mr Chapley.When World War II broke out, things took an unexpected turn for the family and Spiros was no longer able to send funds back to Ikaria.Fearing the worst, Nik’s mother decided to take her two children and flee the island in a small boat.They ended up in the Sahara Desert as refugees under the Red Cross Care Scheme (1942).“We spent three very difficult years there. I will never forget the hunger, the poverty and the inhumane conditions that we had to endure. The greatest lesson I learnt there is that the worst thing that can happen to a human being is to become a refugee and lose their own sense of self and dignity,” says Mr Chapley who returned to his little village in Ikaria in 1945.READ MORE: Sea between Ikaria and Samos an ancient ships’ graveyardBack in IkariaPost WW2, Greeks all over the country and particularly the islanders, were struggling to stand on their own two feet.The financial struggles and extreme poverty were impossible to overcome, so the young mother would often write letters to her husband begging him to let her join him in Australia with their two young boys.“Our father used to write back saying Australia was not the place for us, and he was adamant that we stay in Ikaria until he returned. Our mother continued to work as a seamstress, spending most of her days visiting neighbouring villages in an attempt to exchange the clothes she had made for some oil, bread or vegetables,” says Mr Chapley who remembers the day that he and his brother reached the point where they had absolutely nothing to eat.“Our mother was absent for three days and had left us with our grandmother. As we got hungry we decided to unlock the food chest she kept in the kitchen only to find that there was not one single grain of rice left for us to eat, so we literally turned it upside down, collected the rice powder that had accumulated in between the wooden slats and boiled it to share with our grandmother.”When the young mother returned, she convinced Spiros it was time for them to join him in Australia.The family reunited on January 28, 1949.14-year-old Nik and his brother started working at their father’s little deli in rural Australia.Nik would wash dishes while reading the dictionary in an attempt to learn how to speak English.In 1969, on Christmas day, he married 16-year-old Stamatiki and together they had three children.After years of setting up eateries in rural Victoria, the first one being the very popular Wattle Café, the family sold up everything, and in 1979 they moved to South Australia.The two brothers bought their first supermarket in Adelaide, but their joy was overshadowed by the death of their father, who suffered a heart attack and died inside his shop at the age of 60.Spiros never returned to Ikaria.READ MORE: Ikaria: The island of long lifeMr Nik keeps abreast of the latest news of the day.Reaping rewardsFast forward to today, and the Chapley family is considered one of the most successful Greek families in Australia.One of ‘Mr Nik’s’ (as his staff lovingly call him) supermarkets, Frewville Foodland IGA, has been awarded the World’s Best Supermarket (International Retailer of the Year) by the Grocers Alliance (IGA), for three consecutive years and it is considered Australia’s first certified organic supermarket, with one of the largest range of fresh produce in South Australia.There is even a health-and-wellness section and live music instore, including a piano and guitar, showcasing local talent.“My brother and I have always done business together and we continue to do so, but we also like to venture and do things separately. We are certainly proud of how far we have come and what we have achieved, but at the same time we are most grateful to our staff, because they are the most important asset in our business. Our relationship with them is based purely on respect and honesty, therefore – awards aside – it is most rewarding and motivating to see that everyone who works with us loves what they do as much as we do,” says Mr Chapley who employs more than 1000 people in his three supermarkets.“I don’t believe there are any secrets to success rather than treating every person with respect and remaining humble and disciplined along the way.“No matter what anyone might have, if it is not shared and enjoyed with others, then it’s not worth having,” concludes Mr Chapley. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Sommeil Le nombre de ronfleurs a doublé en 20 ans et le

first_imgSommeil : Le nombre de ronfleurs a doublé en 20 ans et le smartphone serait responsableUne étude britannique vient de révéler que le nombre de ronfleurs avait été multiplié par deux au cours de ces deux dernières décennies. La hausse de l’obésité et l’utilisation de smartphones pourraient expliquer ce fléau qui gâche les nuits de 7 Français sur 10 On a tous en tête la scène mythique des ronflements et des sifflements du film La Grande Vadrouille. Et si cela nous fait rire devant notre écran, avouons qu’on sourit nettement moins dans la réalité. 15 millions de Français sont des ronfleurs et ce trouble du sommeil impacte évidemment et également leurs compagnons de chambrée. Selon un sondage mené en 2011, 1 personne sur 10 envisage de se séparer ou de vivre ailleurs à cause de ce désagrément. C’est dire si le sujet est sérieux. Sans oublier les conséquences sur la santé comme le risque de développer à terme des maladies cardiovasculaires et de l’hypertension. C’est pourquoi les expertsduRoyal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, un hôpital spécialisé en oto-rhino-laryngologie et situé à Londres (Angleterre) ont choisi de se pencher sur la question. Décryptage des résultats de leur étudeDeux fois plus de ronfleurs en 20 ans Dans leur rapport, publié dans la revue Sleep Medicine et relayé par le Daily Telegraph, les chercheurs ont constaté que 7% de la population souffrait, aujourd’hui, d’apnée du sommeil, qui est la forme la plus sévère de troubles respiratoires obstructifs du sommeil contre moins de 4% il y a 20 ans. L’étude qui a suivi 1.239 adultes volontaires a ainsi montré que 4 personnes sur 10 ronflaient au moins 3 nuits par semaine. Les hommes étant les plus touchés.Si les causes habituelles du ronflement sont déjà connues(surpoids, consommation d’alcool, congestions nasales ponctuelles, déviation de la cloison nasale, âge et perte de tonus des tissus…), cela n’explique pas pour autant cette forte augmentation de cas. Obésité et lumière bleue À lire aussiTroubles du sommeil : comment bien dormir et éviter l’insomnie ?Selon les auteurs de cette étude, il faudrait d’abord chercher du côté de l’obésité dont le nombre de cas a presque triplé depuis 1975, selon l’OMS. L’Organisation rappelle que 13% des adultes âgés de 18 ans étaient obèses en 2016 à travers le monde. Et on estime que 20 à 30 % des personnes obèses font (ou ont fait) des apnées du sommeil.  Mais si elle est la principale cause, elle n’est pas la seule. D’après les scientifiques notre mode de vie et notamment l’usage récent, voire la surconsommation, d’appareils connectés pourrait aussi être à l’origine de ce trouble du sommeil. Maurice Ohayon, un des chercheurs ayant participé à l’étude explique que : « la lumière bleue émise par les LEDs, les smartphones, les ordinateurs et les éclairages de rue sont aussi responsables du manque de sommeil, augmentant ainsi le risque d’obésité, de somnolence et de déficience cognitive qui accroissent les probabilités de faire de l’apnée du sommeil ».Le 7 janvier 2019 à 17:36 • Marina Marcoutlast_img read more

The Dream of the 90s Is Alive in Blockbuster The Game

first_imgStay on target Lone Blockbuster Store Still Standing in Oregon25 Wii U game titles leak via Blockbuster Bring the good times home again with Blockbuster: The Game.The cornball party game transports players back to the golden age of video rentals, when Saturday nights meant walls of new releases, shelves of candy, and arguments over whether to choose a rom-com or thriller.“Blockbuster is a movie game for anyone who has seen a movie,” according to manufacturer Big Potato Games. “And like all the best films, it comes in two parts.”First is the Movie Buzzer Battle: Both teams are given a topic (like “movies with dogs”), and players each have 15 seconds to yell out a relevant title (Homeward Bound!), then reset the timer. Continue back and forth (All Dogs Go to Heaven! Oliver & Company!) until the clock runs out.Whoever runs out of time hands the advantage to the other team, who take control for the next round: Triple Charades Jeopardy.A member of the winning team picks six movie cards, strategically keeps three, then passes the rest to their competitor. In three stages, the player must coax their teammates to guess the film via one word, a quote, and a pantomime.“Get your three movies correct and you move onto the other team’s. Collect as many movie cards in round two as you can,” the Big Potato product page said. “The first team to finally collect a movie in all eight genres wins.”Conveniently packaged in a classic Blockbuster VHS box, the game comes with 200 classic movie and 60 category cards, as well as a replica parking lot/game board, on which to place a miniature version of the famous blue-and-yellow sign.The first team to collect a movie in all eight genres—drama, comedy, animation, sci-fi/fantasy, horror, action—wins (via Big Potato Games)Pick up Blockbuster: The Game from America’s favorite retailer Target—available for $19.99. And don’t forget to check your local games shop for a copy of the wistful title.“It’s an all-out race to collect a film from every genre and be crowned the new Blockbuster big-shots,” Target’s website said. “You’ll want to clear a space on your top 10 family party games—this is one that’s sure to bring the entertainment home again and again.”While the Blockbuster brand is mostly retired (from our lexicon, but not from our hearts), one store remains—in Bend, Ore.Continue your trip down memory lane with Geek’s list of 8 Nostalgic Board Games Based on Old Sci-Fi Flicks.More on Geek.com:PS4 Hits Turn Tabletop With ‘God of War,’ ‘Bloodborne’ Board Games‘Kingdom Hearts’ Board Game Is Vital CanonDeepMind’s AI Can Now Beat Humans at More Board Gameslast_img read more

House Wants to Finish Spending Bills by July

first_imgU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin R. Pacheco Here are some new details in the budget and defense budget appropriations process, which kicks off next week when the administration sends its budget request to Capitol Hill:The budget will include the biggest ever request for R&D, according to Bloomberg News, citing an interview with Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.The Navy is already getting pushback from Congress on anticipated plans to retire the USS Truman a decade early, cutting the number of carriers from 11 to 10. “Let me be clear, we cannot allow this critical piece of the United States Naval Force to atrophy,” Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) wrote in a Breaking Defense opinions piece. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) told Breaking Defense the proposal is “mind-boggling.”The House will try to pass all its appropriations bills by June 30, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Wednesday, according to CQ.Hoyer also told CQ he is working with Senate leaders on a deal to raise or eliminate defense and nondefense spending caps. “I think they want to get this work done,” he said, according to CQ. “They don’t want to see a shutdown. They don’t want to see a dysfunctional appropriations process.” ADC AUTHORlast_img read more