New EU roaming allowances Heres what phone companies will be charging from

first_img By Cliodhna Russell Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/haveseen Source: Shutterstock/Svitlana SokolovaVodafoneIn a statement to TheJournal.ie, Vodafone said that it will be implementing a full ‘take your home tariff abroad’ policy for mobile customers with no changes to other tariffs or package plans.This means that with the EU regulation we are not increasing prices, our tariffs stay exactly the same and customers will be able to use their tariffs with no additional cost in EU regulated countries.ThreeThree lost customers when it upped bills by up to €5 a month and brought in new terms and conditions. Under these, Three customers could continue to use all you can eat data (up to 60GB) at home but it was no longer a core part of the contract, instead being described as a ‘service benefit’.The ‘core’ part limit (which ranged from just 2 to 7GB depending on the customer’s plan) meant customers traveling in the EU would be hit with charges when they went over that core allowance.Three’s plan sparked an investigation by telecoms regulator ComReg into use of ‘core’ and ‘benefit’ categories.The EU Commission said, “There is no loophole by which part of the domestic data allowance could be regarded as gift or side benefit and would therefore not count when traveling abroad.”Three has since changed tack and will no longer allocate data into core and benefit for roaming. It also plans to offer a minimum of 5GB of roaming data for customers paying €20 per month.A spokeswoman for the network said, “Three will be applying the EU roaming regulation fair-use policy to ‘all you can eat data’ for customers when roaming in the EU.”Customers will be charged €9.20 per GB once they go over their allocated roaming allowance.Meteor and Eir Meteor and Eir currently offer 1GB of EU data roaming to bill pay customers, something they started last year.A spokesperson said their customers will be able to use their minutes and texts anywhere in the EU from 15 June and “depending on their tariff, customers will be able to use all or a chunk of their data allowance while roaming in the EU”.We are currently communicating with customers via text to advise them of their allowances.The spokesperson said that customers will receive a text when they land in their destination letting them know how to check what data is available for roaming.“We will also send customers a text alert to let them know when they have used their available data allowance. When our customers receive this alert, we also pause their data session, and present them with the same options to continue browsing just like at home.”From yesterday, Meteor also started reducing the credit period on pre-pay plans from 30 days to 28 days.Virgin MediaAt a recent press conference, Virgin Media explained that customers on the Unlimited Plan will receive unlimited texts, calls and 5.5GB of data when roaming in the EU, while customers on the limited plan will get the same allowance they do at home – 250 texts, 250 call minutes and 1GB of data.It said their average customer uses 2.7 GB per month and that if customers go over their allowance while roaming, they’ll be charged €7.70 for every extra GB used, 1c for every text and 3.2c per minute of calls.iDCarphone Warehouse-owned iD has 19 plans in total, 15 bill pay bundles with varying amounts of data, minutes and texts that customers choose and change each month, in order to build their own plan, and four pre pay options for €15 per month.Of the 15 bill pay options, 13 allow for minutes, texts and data used while roaming to be deducted from the monthly allowance, as they would if used while in Ireland.Two of its billpay bundles – it’s 7GB plan and 30GB plan – will only allow customers 5.6GB and 6.3GB of EU roaming data, respectively.Of the four options for prepay customers, three will give 100% of the usual call, text and data allowance given to customers at home.But the 30GB prepay plan will restrict customers to 3.3GB of data within the EU. This is allowed under the new EU rules as the plan only costs €15 per month.Read: ’Don’t have the wool pulled over their eyes’: Comreg to investigate Three over roaming charges> 46,054 Views Jun 9th 2017, 6:45 AM 36 Comments Share142 Tweet Email12 center_img http://jrnl.ie/3407779 THE NEW EU roaming allowances sounded extremely positive when first announced with promises of ‘roam like at home’ flexibility.According to the EU Commission, travelers are meant to be able to “call, text and surf on their mobile devices when abroad in the EU for no extra charge on top of the price they pay at home”. However, the reality isn’t quite as straightforward.Overall it seems that texts and calls aren’t going to be the big issue – most providers seem happy to offer them at the same rate or in the same volume as included in your package here – the sticky issue is data.However, some networks are claiming their customers will, in fact, be able to roam like at home from 15 June – with customers able to use the data they’re entitled to here in the EU at no extra cost.The deal As part of the EU’s plan, customers can make calls and send texts without extra fees – but it’s not so simple for the data. Data restrictions were agreed between the European Commission and mobile networks to help phone networks because of the wholesale charges operators charge each other for network access.Data allowances can be restricted to as little as 3GB per month under the EU rules and customers can be charged up to €9.50 per gigabyte in fees beyond their allowance.In cases where an operator is providing an all you can eat service, the company can limit data volumes to twice what the customer would be able to buy with the value of their contract.Anyone who is on a €20 a month bill can be capped at 4.2GB of roaming data per month, even if that plan gives unlimited data at home.However, if you’re on a two year contract where you get your phone for free as part of it, the mobile operator can deduct the phone cost from the calculation. If you’re paying €60 a month and have an iPhone 7 – that could eat up half of your allocation.And once customers go over their allowance, they’ll be hit with the roaming charges of around €9.50 per GB. Friday 9 Jun 2017, 6:45 AM New EU roaming allowances: Here’s what phone companies will be charging from next week The new rules will be a huge improvement for customers – but don’t be fooled by the ‘roam like at home’ slogan. Image: Shutterstock/haveseen Short URLlast_img read more

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Council criticises uncontrolled burning as Irish Air Corps drops 42000 litres on

first_img Feb 27th 2019, 3:14 PM Short URL By Ceimin Burke Updated Feb 27th 2019, 10:50 PM Wednesday 27 Feb 2019, 10:50 PM 16 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4515754 Share123 Tweet Email2 @DubFireBrigade Hollywood Village is out of control 😰 only just heard the brigades passing by now. Wishing them a safe night 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/Smh8DOWbXy— Catherine Curley (@CathDearg) February 26, 2019 Wicklow’s Chief Fire Officer Aiden Dempsey told East Coast FM that the blazes have threatened property and they weren’t started accidentally.A spokesperson for gardaí said the fires were controlled planned burns and the gardaí and Fire Services were put on notice of this prior to the burning.- With reporting by Rónán Duffy THE WICKLOW UPLANDS Council has criticised “uncontrolled burning” that has seen the Irish Air Corps deployed to fight wildfires burning along the Dublin-Wicklow border. There have been blazes at Hollywood, Bohernabreena, Kippure and Lacken since Monday and the Wicklow Uplands Council has criticised the manner in which the fires have been lit. Landowners are permitted to burn and cut vegetation up until tomorrow, but the council has criticised the manner in which some burning has taken place this week. “The current permissive season for the burning and cutting of upland vegetation ends on 28 February. There is a perception among some that burning within the permissive season is ‘controlled’, while outside the season is ‘uncontrolled’. This is not the case,” the group said in a statement.The unusually dry weather this week has seen a number of fires being lit around the uplands but in some cases these fires are not controlled and are damaging to the environment and a threat to public safety and property. Wicklow Uplands Council explains that burning is carried out to clear vegetation and to regenerate new vegetation growth for livestock. It adds, however, that this should be carried out in the correct way:As controlled burning is carried out on a small scale, and on a rotational basis, it results a mosaic of vegetation type and structure which in turn supports greater biodiversity.These are low intensity fires which do not damage the underlying soil structure. Controlled burning should always be followed with an appropriate grazing regime to reduce the need for future burns.“Lighting a fire and walking away is not controlled and results in extensive environmentally damage.”Earlier today, the Minister of State for Defence, Paul Keogh, announced that he had approved the deployment of the air corps to assist in combating the wildfires. An AW139 helicopters using a ‘Bambi Bucket’ to pick up water. Source: Twitter/IrishAirCorpsIn an update this evening, the Irish Air Corps said it dropped over 42,000 litres of water, mainly in the Kippure and Glendoo area.  Two of the Air Corps’ AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters have been deployed in a bid to extinguish the burning gorse.The helicopters are equipped with ‘Bambi buckets’ which are capable of dumping over 1,200 litres of water in one drop. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 32,104 Views Source: Catherine Curley/Twitter Council criticises ‘uncontrolled burning’ as Irish Air Corps drops 42,000 litres on Wicklow fires Firefighters have been battling blazes along the Wicklow-Dublin border since Monday.last_img read more

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Aer Lingus will offer special rescue fares to passengers affected by WOW

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4564484 Thursday 28 Mar 2019, 8:13 PM 35 Comments Share339 Tweet Email4 66,140 Views Mar 28th 2019, 8:21 AM Source: Shutterstock/Vytautas KielaitisIRISH AIRLINE AER Lingus has confirmed that is offering special rescue fares to passengers affected by the collapse of Icelandic airline WOW Air. WOW Air announced in a statement this morning that it had ceased operation, cancelling all flights and disrupting thousands of passenger’s travel plans. The budget airline advised passengers to check available flights with all other airlines. “Some airlines may offer flights at a reduced rate, so-called rescue fares, in light of the circumstances,” WOW Air said.Aer Lingus confirmed today that it was offering some rescue fares to affected WOW Air customers who were due to fly between now and 11 April.“Following WOW Air’s cessation of trading, Aer Lingus can confirm that it is offering impacted WOW Air passengers special rescue fares, in accordance with our voluntary agreement with International Air Transport Association (IATA), and subject to availability on the Aer Lingus network,” an airline spokesperson said.People looking to avail of the rescue fares are told to contact Aer Lingus.EarlierThe 10.45am flight from Dublin Airport to Keflavik in Iceland was cancelled. The 9.30am inbound flight from Iceland was also cancelled as a result of the collapse. Following the announcement, the Commission for Aviation Regulation has issued advice to passengers.WOW Air had been struggling financially for months. Talks of a takeover between the budget airline and Icelandair broke down in recent days, the second time Icelandair had cancelled plans to buy the no-frills airline. The first was in November last year. Founded in 2011, the airline targeted Iceland’s location in the middle of the North Atlantic to offer a low-cost service between Europe and North America.However, it began to experience financial trouble in recent years due to heightened competition and rising fuel prices and had been searching for an investor for months.On Monday, the airline said it was in talks to restructure its debt with its creditors after Icelandair ended brief negotiations.WOW Air was left needing €37 million to save the company.The airline had reduced its fleet in recent months from 20 to 11 aircraft, eliminating several destinations – including those to the United States – as well as cutting 111 full-time jobs.With reporting from © – AFP, 2019  Aer Lingus will offer special rescue fares to passengers affected by WOW Air collapse The budget airline had advised passengers to check available flights with all other airlines. By Cónal Thomas Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Kilkenny AllIreland winning hurling captain Joyce to make AFL debut

first_imgKilkenny All-Ireland winning hurling captain Joyce to make AFL debut A great achievement for the St Kilda 21-year-old. Kilkenny hurling, Wexford schools football and now an Aussie Rules life in Melbourne Friday 29 Jun 2018, 3:00 PM Joyce linked up with St Kilda in 2016. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOHaving not played Gaelic football at club level, Joyce caught the eye of AFL scouts in action with his school, was soon invited for trials and interest from Melbourne-based St Kilda’s emerged at the 2015 AFL Draft combine.He moved to Australia in October 2016, and has worked his way through the ranks successfully since then.Wishing the big little brother @JoyceD97 the very best of luck on his senior debut for @stkildafc at the weekend. He is now mammy’s favourite son. Some achievement for a @KilkennyCLG player in his 2nd season. #proudbrother. pic.twitter.com/xJ2dA8trj9— Kieran Joyce (@joycek87) June 28, 2018 Share275 Tweet Email2 https://the42.ie/4098716 Image: St Kilda official website. Short URL Image: St Kilda official website. By Emma Duffy “It’s been a big journey for me, so to get here, there’s been a lot of hard work over the last year, but hopefully it’s the first of many.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Lifting the title in 2014. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOThe debut comes as a major Aussie Rules breakthrough for Joyce, who has been in action of late for St Kilda’s reserve team Sandringham in the Victorian Football League.“It’s all paying off,” he told saints.com.au, adding that his Mam was making the trip over to watch. 10 Comments Best of luck to @JoyceD97 making his Senior debut this weekend for St Kilda, some achievement in his second year. I’d say you learned the “shutdown” roles from @joycek87 #baller pic.twitter.com/L0XJnhYQNN— Jackie Tyrrell (@MrJackieTee) June 28, 2018 28,723 Views Kilkenny’s Darragh Joyce will make his AFL debut on Sunday, St Kilda finalised team for game against Melbourne. https://t.co/T3bDpGRbwf— Fintan O’Toole (@fotoole13) June 29, 2018 Follow us: the42.ie Jun 29th 2018, 9:55 AM KILKENNY ALL-IRELAND WINNING captain Darragh Joyce will make his AFL debut this Sunday as his St Kilda side face Melbourne.Joyce, who skippered the Cats to All-Ireland minor hurling glory in 2014, was named in the extended St Kilda squad yesterday for their Round 15 tie at the MCG.Selected amongst eight interchange players with four to be omitted as the final squad was announced today, the Rower-Inistioge clubman made the cut and secured his start.“In exciting news for Saints fans, Darragh Joyce’s years’ worth of hard work have paid off as the Irishman runs out in the red, white and black for the first time on Sunday,” the team news statement reads.“Joyce earns his debut on the back of a string of impressive VFL performances, and the 21-year-old 194cm defender comes in for the omitted Logan Austin.” – Originally published at 09.55 The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us!last_img read more

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Defence budget to be cut

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece will cut military spending by 15 percent in 2010 and by 10 percent through to 2015 in a bid to reduce the Greek deficit. The decision was announced after a meeting between Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, his ministers of defence and foreign affairs, and top military officials. Greece could save in excess of 1 billion euros as a result of the cuts, according to the Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis. “The money (saved) will be used for social programs,” said Greek Defence Minister Vangelis Meimarakis. last_img

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H1N1 on the rise in Greece

first_imgThe spread of swine flu across Greece has been incredibly swift, with more than 200 cases confirmed in laboratory tests in the past week alone, an expert report revealed.520 people have been confirmed as having contracted the H1N1 virus in Greece, according to the report by the Hellenic Center for Infectious Diseases Control (KEEL).The report adds that the total number of Greek cases is probably much higher than this, as the aforementioned figure refers only to the results of the laboratory tests that are conducted on selected suspect cases.Meanwhile, there are fears that the rate of the flu’s spread will increase when tourist arrivals peak. In the meantime, Greek schools are expected to open as scheduled in the fall, though Education Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos said authorities “are ready to address any eventuality.”The rise of swine flu saw the the leader of main opposition PASOK, George Papandreou, accused the Karamanlis Government of a lack of serious planning, coordination and an inadequate public awareness campaign.Reacting to the criticism, Health Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos accused the opposition leader of “petty politicking”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Family law changes to impact children

first_imgChanges have been made to family law by the Gillard government, drawing criticisms that it could leave children vulnerable by jamming the courts with reopened cases, according to the Chief Justice of the Family Court.The government’s bill will allow past cases that have been heard but has not been concluded to be reopened with new evidence. Chief Justice Diana Bryant has critiqued the move in a submission to the Senate committee examining the legislation, saying this would put children at “extra risk” by delaying the delivery of reasons for judgment. “Cases involving actual violence or abuse or the risk of harm to children are precisely those cases that need to be brought on quickly, heard in a timely manner and finalised so that appropriate protective arrangements can be put in place,” Chief Justice Diana Bryant said. The Senate inquiry has also pointed out more flaws to the bill, such as the streamlining of the characterisation of harmful behaviour from what was previously a heavily detailed list, potentially opening the law to abuse in future cases. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Fixed interest

first_imgThe events of the past month have showered us with important financial issues: sovereign debt, government default, downgraded credit ratings, market panic and credit market liquidity. For most readers, these really come down to interest rates. However, I’d like to argue a broader point that affects everyone, and that is the issue of what is happening to superannuation and its reliance on equities markets. We should be looking at this because the superannuation industry is as large as the mortgage lending market, with around $1.2 trillion loaned/invested. Respected economist Chris Joye has been writing about this lately and the thing that leaped out at me was the OECD figures for pension/super funds which showed that Australian super funds had the highest reliance on equities of any developed country. Aussie super funds, according to OECD, have more than 50 per cent of funds under management in global and domestic shares. The USA is slightly over 40 per cent and Canada is a little more than 30 per cent exposed to equities markets. One of the most important aspects of any good investment portfolio is diversification. That is, you don’t put all your money in property, shares, cash or art. You allocate your portfolio so that when one asset class is having a rough time, another will be on a growth cycle. So why are Australians not as educated about the fixed interest markets as they are about equities? Fixed interest is the obvious foil to the volatility of equities. Fixed interest basically covers corporate and government bonds: the bond issuer pays you either a fixed interest rate for a set amount of time (2, 3, 5, 10 years) or they are paying a floating charge, not unlike a variable rate mortgage. Either way, you receive the interest payment as income. Fixed interest investments are low on volatility, they offer certainty of returns and they are a ‘first ranked’ debt. If the borrower gets into trouble, bond holders are the first to be paid. How well do they perform? One of Chris Joye’s graphs shows asset class ‘risk and return’ from 1982 to 2010. Aussie equities accumulated annual returns of 13.3 per cent over this time but they had volatility of 19.7 per cent. Australian 10-year bonds’ return was 11.7 per cent, with volatility of just 8.7 per cent. And global equities returned 10.4 per cent and had volatility of 14.7 per cent. This risk-return profile not only suits many Australians when it comes to their nest egg, but it could also act as a balance against equities in a portfolio. So think about diversification and have a look at fixed interest for your super allocations. But don’t take my word for it – getting expert advice is probably the best investment of all. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Seventy new visa overstays a week

first_imgAmidst talks of immigrants illegally coming into Australia, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship recently released figures on immigrants who may have arrived in the country legally but who have overstayed their visas and are now living in Australia legally.There are now around 60,000 illegal immigrants who cannot be located by immigration authorities and almost 70 new illegal visa overstayers go missing every week. The number of immigrants who fail to leave the country once their visas expire has jumped by 3530 in just one year. A breakdown of the numbers by country reveals authorities are seeking 7930 Chinese, 5090 Americans, 4640 Malaysians and 3650 British. Thousands of others including 3500 Indians, 2760 Koreans, 2620 Indonesians, 2410 Filipinos, 1860 Thais, 1690 Vietnamese, 1460 Germans, 1280 Japanese, 1260 French, 1240 Irish and 1090 Fijians are also at large.Immigration officials calculate overstayer numbers twice a year, in June and December, but the figures do not show how long they have been in the country unlawfully.A spokesman for the department said the “vast majority” of overstayers remained in Australia illegally for only a short period, usually less than six months. “Many people who overstay their visas in Australia depart voluntarily without the need for departmental involvement.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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European Parliament condemns lack of transparency in Cyprus deposit tax decision

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The European Parliament has heavily criticized eurozone officials, accusing them of a lack of transparency over their decision to enforce a deposit tax in Cyprus.“We regret the lack of transparency and democratic accountability in the original solution proposed by the Commission, IMF and the ECB for Cyprus,” said European Parliament President Martin Schulz on behalf of the majority of political group leaders in the European Parliament Conference of Presidents – EPP Joseph Daul, S&D Hannes Swoboda, ALDE Guy Verhofstadt, Greens/EFA Rebecca Harms and Daniel Cohn-Bendit, ECR Martin Callanan.“Eurozone finance ministers also must take responsibility for this original solution for the Cyprus banking sector. The proposed solution was taken behind closed doors in the early hours of the morning without proper reflection on the consequences for ordinary people. Yet the ‘blame-game’ on whose proposal this was only serves to undermine confidence in the EU.”The European Parliament leaders said that deposits of less than 100,000 euros should be exempt from any tax.“A fairer and sustainable solution for the Cypriot people must be found,” they said in their statement. “We need a European solution to the Cyprus problem, not an external one. Ordinary people’s savings should not be used to bail out the banking sector.“The eurozone banking system is undergoing a radical overhaul with the establishment of a banking union and a single supervisory mechanism. The situation in Cyprus underlines the need for these to be put in place as soon as possible. Direct EU supervision over eurozone banks will be key in ensuring that similar crises as the one in Cyprus would be avoided.”Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Chocolate price to rise

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Hershey and Mars, which together account for about two-thirds of US chocolate sales, are hiking prices. Hershey cited the rising cost of cocoa, dairy and nuts when it announced an 8 per cent increase in the average wholesale price of its candy this summer. Those higher costs weighed on the chocolate maker’s most recent earnings, which fell 4 per cent.Hershey CEO, John Bilbrey, said in an interview with CNBC earlier this month that shoppers wouldn’t see a price increase this year because his company negotiated prices for its holiday items well in advance. However, consumers would notice an impact next year.Mars, a privately-held company, said this summer that its prices would rise by about 7 per cent because of a need to support its marketing spending and “manufacturing capabilities.” The company said that it last increased prices in 2011.GLOBAL SWEET TOOTHPeople in the developing economies of Asia and Latin America are acquiring a taste for chocolate. While North America and Western Europe still account for more than half of global chocolate sales, demand is growing faster in emerging markets. That’s raising concerns that demand for cocoa beans, the key ingredient in chocolate bars, will outstrip supply.Chocolate sales in Asia are forecast to grow by 23 per cent over the next five years and by almost 31 per cent in Latin America, according to London-based research firm Euromonitor International. That compares with growth of 8.3 per cent in North America and 4.7 percent in Western Europe over the same period.Those forecasts helped push the price of cocoa beans as high as $3,371 a ton in September, the highest level since March 2011. The price has since fallen back to $2,923 a ton, but it is still 23 per cent higher than it was two years ago.SUPPLY PROBLEMSWest Africa is the world’s biggest cocoa producing region and accounts for about two-thirds of the global crop. Unlike large, modern farms in the US and other developed economies, about 80 to 90 per cent of the world’s cocoa crop comes from small, family-run operations, according to the World Cocoa Foundation, a trade organisation.The small-scale production makes it more challenging to introduce modern farming techniques that boost productivity from season-to-season to faster match demand. The WCF, which is backed by companies including Mars and Hershey, is sponsoring farmer training to encourage more efficient use of water resources and better soil management to improve crop yields.West Africa is also at the centre of the Ebola outbreak. But concerns that cocoa production would be hampered by the virus’ spread have proven overblown, so far.The Ivory Coast, which produces about 40 per cent of the world’s cocoa crop, has yet to register a single case of Ebola, despite sharing a western border with Liberia and Guinea, two of the nations at the centre of the epidemic.FOOD HIKESChocolate-covered bacon, anyone? It might be a hit to more than just your waistline. Bacon prices have climbed 7 per cent this year after a fatal virus swept through the nation’s pig herds. Coffee prices jumped after a drought in Brazil damaged the crop. Milk prices have also risen.The retail price of chocolate has climbed to an average of $5.93 a pound in 2014 from $4.92 five years ago, according to estimates from the National Confectioners Association, an industry group that represents candy and chocolate makers.In total, Americans will spend about $1.5 billion this Halloween filling bowls with chocolate, according to the NCA. That makes the last day of October the industry’s most important holiday for sales – ahead of Easter, Christmas and even Valentine’s Day.The timing of Halloween could make this week a big treat for candy companies.“We’re optimistic on Halloween because it falls on a Friday this year,” said Larry Wilson, vice president for customer relations at the NCA. People “will celebrate it later into the night, and they’ll celebrate it all weekend.”For consumers, that party will cost a little more next year.Source: APlast_img read more

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American tourist beaten to death on Zakynthos

first_imgAn American tourist was brutally beaten to death outside a bar in Lagana on the Greek island of Zakynthos early on Friday.The victim identified by his family as Bakari Henderson, 22, from Texas, was in Greece for a photo shoot as part of the launch of his new clothing line.“Bakari loved spending time with family and friends, travelling and meeting new people,” read a statement from Henderson’s family.“He was a big thinker and enjoyed coming up with new business ventures.”According to Greek police, on Friday a 34-year-old Greek and a 32-year-old British man of Serbian origin, both of whom are said to be employees of the bar, were arrested.Meanwhile video surveillance obtained from shops nearby the crime scene show the suspects beating the victim well after he was unconscious, reports ANA-MPA.Six other Serbian men were identified from the footage and arrested as part of the investigation, the Serbian Foreign Ministry reporting on Saturday that they would be appearing before a judge.Autopsy results are still pending and officials have yet to release a statement about the possible motive for the attack.Friends of the victim have since set up a GoFundMe campaign, which has raised over US$31,000 (AUD$40,715) to bring his body back to the United States and cover the funeral costs. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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No more school trips abroad for Greek students

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s educational system is in turmoil again, following the recent enforcement of a ban that has been in place since spring and bans educational trips abroad for high school students.Following several failed attempts from teacher and student boards to book educational holidays outside of Greece, the Greek government has released a statement defending its decision.The Education Ministry supports that the ban has been enforced to protect financially disadvantaged children from the “trauma” of not being able to afford to join their school peers on international programs.“The decision was made after government officials realised many Greek families were unable to cover the expense of a foreign educational school trip for their children,” the statement explained encouraging schools across the country to organise educational excursions within Greece.The annual final-year five-day recreational excursions, however, are still allowed both domestically and abroad.last_img read more

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Mediapart lance FrenchLeaks un site inspiré de WikiLeaks

first_imgMediapart lance FrenchLeaks, un site inspiré de WikiLeaksLe pure-player français Mediapart a lancé aujourd’hui le site Internet FrenchLeaks (lien non disponible), une sorte de WikiLeaks à la française, visant à diffuser des documents d’intérêt public. L’objectif de FrenchLeaks est de mettre “à disposition du public les documents ayant servi aux enquêtes de Mediapart sur, par exemple, l’affaire Bettencourt ou l’affaire Karachi, et invite aussi les citoyens à transmettre des informations”, a indiqué Edwy Plenel, le directeur de la publication, à l’occasion d’une conférence de presse donnée ce matin à Paris. Il s’agit ainsi d’une base documentaire, grandement inspirée du site controversé WikiLeaks, même si FrenchLeaks s’intéresse plus à la France et à l’Europe.  “Tout ce qui est d’intérêt public mérite d’animer le débat public”, a dit Edwy Plenel.L’ancien directeur de la rédaction du Monde a ajouté : “Notre site protège l’anonymat et la sécurité des sources et permet ainsi de poster des documents qui seront ensuite avisés par la rédaction et publiés s’ils sont pertinents”. “N’importe qui ne pourra pas poster n’importe quoi”, a souligné François Bonnet, le directeur éditorial.Ces documents, librement accessibles, seront tous téléchargeables et reproductibles. En revanche, les enquêtes journalistiques associées à chaque dossier seront publiées sur le site Mediapart, lui, entièrement payant.Pour le moment, FrenchLeaks donne accès aux enregistrements pirates des conversations entre Liliane Bettencourt, héritière de L’Oréal, et ses conseillers, ou au rapport de l’Autorité des marchés financiers sur EADS.Mediapart, qui souffle ses trois bougies aujourd’hui, enregistre environ 48.000 abonnés payants. Le 10 mars 2011 à 17:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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LISS visible dans le ciel dès ce soir

first_imgL’ISS visible dans le ciel dès ce soirTournant autour de notre planète, la Station spatiale internationale reflète la lumière du Soleil et est à certaines périodes visible dans le ciel la nuit. La Cité de l’espace de Toulouse a identifié les dates et heures des prochains passages spectaculaires de l’ISS.”Un spectacle à ne pas manquer”, c’est ce qu’annonce pour les prochains jours le site Internet Enjoy Space de la Cité de l’Espace de Toulouse. En effet, il semblerait que la période soit en ce moment favorable pour regarder passer dans le ciel la Station spatiale internationale (ISS). Sur le site, les scientifiques ont ainsi identifié pour les internautes les dates, heures de passages ainsi que la direction dans laquelle il faut regarder. Des informations essentielles à quiconque voudrait observer le plus grand objet artificiel jamais placé en orbite par l’Homme.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAComme la plupart des satellites artificiels, l’ISS reflète vers la Terre la lumière du Soleil, lui donnant l’apparence d’une étoile alors qu’elle voyage sur son orbite. “Selon les périodes, la Station est parfois l’étoile la plus brillante du ciel qu’elle parcourt en quelques minutes à près de 28.000 kilomètres par heure”, explique Enjoy Space. La nuit on peut alors assister à un spectacle extraordinaire, à condition de regarder au bon endroit et au bon moment.La Cité de l’Espace a donc décidé de fournir un coup de pouce en calculant elle-même les informations nécessaires pour observer l’ISS. Ainsi, on apprend que la Station spatiale sera visible dès ce soir à Paris à 21h14 et 22h50. Mais on pourra également la contempler à peu près à la même heure de Toulouse, Nice ou encore Montpellier. Par ailleurs, le site fournit pour chaque passage une petite carte du ciel afin de distinguer les constellations et bien identifier l’ISS qui restera visible jusqu’au 29 ou 30 avril en fonction des villes. Il faudra ensuite attendre fin mai ou début juin pour pouvoir observer la Station en Europe selon Enjoy Space.Le 22 avril 2011 à 19:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Les femelles chimpanzés accouchent comme les Humains

first_imgLes femelles chimpanzés accouchent comme les HumainsEn suivant des femelles chimpanzés enceintes, des scientifiques japonais se sont aperçus que leur accouchement se déroulait exactement de la même manière que chez les Humains. C’est d’abord la tête puis les épaules du petit qui sortent en premier et face à la mère.La découverte révolutionne toutes les théories établies jusqu’ici. Au Japon, des chercheurs du Hayashibara Great Ape Research Institute de Okayama sont partis observer en captivité des femelles chimpanzés sur le point d’accoucher. Suivant les primates jour après jour, ils ont alors pu assister à trois naissances. Des observations qui les ont grandement étonnés. En effet, les chercheurs ont découvert que les femelles accouchaient exactement comme les Humains. Autrement dit, le bébé sortait face à sa mère d’abord par la tête, puis par les épaules pour finir par le reste du corps. Une technique que les scientifiques pensaient unique à notre espèce.À lire aussiUne femme donne naissance à un bébé cyclope en EgypteDétaillée dans la revue Biology Letters, la découverte a donc révélé un aspect totalement inconnu de ces grands singes. Jusqu’ici, les théories suggéraient plutôt que cette “position de naissance” était une évolution de l’Homme moderne par rapport à son ancêtre primate. “Les anthropologistes argumentaient que le fait que les bébés humains naissent en faisant face à leur mère avait conduit à un besoin “obstétrique”. Mais nos recherches nous indiquent que ce n’est pas vrai”, a déclaré le Dr Satoshi Hirata, principal auteur de l’étude. Pour deux des trois naissances, les chercheurs se sont en effet aperçus qu’une fois la tête sortie, la mère n’aidait pas le bébé à émerger complètement.Chez les singes, cette position permettrait en fait à la femelle “de soulever en toute sécurité le nourrisson et de dégager ces voies respiratoires tout de suite après la naissance”, ont expliqué les chercheurs dans leur publication. Néanmoins, ces observations sont inédites et n’ont porté que sur 3 naissances. Ainsi, le Dr Hirata et ses collègues n’ont pas exclu que ces cas soient des “exceptions à la règle”. Mais au vu des grandes similitudes lors des naissances, ils ont expliqué que cette forme d’accouchement était sûrement “normale” et indiquée par l’anatomie des chimpanzés.Le 24 avril 2011 à 11:35 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Japon des rejets en mer trois fois plus importants quannoncé

first_imgJapon : des rejets en mer trois fois plus importants qu’annoncéSelon la presse nippone, le total des substance radioactives rejetées en mer serait trois fois plus important que ne l’estimait Tepco, l’opérateur de la centrale de Fukushima accidentée en mars dernier.  C’est une nouvelle préoccupante mais pas si étonnante que cela qu’a annoncée aujourd’hui la presse nippone. Selon les chercheurs japonais, les rejets en mer provoqués par l’accident nucléaire de la centrale de Fukushima entre mars et avril seraient trois plus importants que ce qu’avait estimé son opérateur Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco). À lire aussiLe lac Chagan, ce lac créé par une puissante explosion nucléaire il y a plus de 50 ansEn effet, les bâtiments des réacteurs, qui ont été arrosés massivement pour être refroidis, ont laissé échapper d’importantes quantités d’eau contaminée par les voies souterraines, tandis que des émissions radioactives ont accompagné les explosions d’hydrogène qui se sont produites dans plusieurs bâtiments de réacteurs durant les premiers jours suivant le désastre survenu le 11 mars, rapporte l’AFP. Des particules radioactives sont alors arrivées en mer par divers canaux, tandis que les autres, rejetées dans l’atmosphère, sont également retombées dans l’océan.  Ainsi, début avril, les prélèvements effectués en mer avaient estimé les rejets à 4.700 térabecquerels d’iode et césium radioactifs. Mais une équipe de chercheurs, dirigée par Takuya Kobayashi de l’Agence japonaise de l’Energie atomique, a décidé de réaliser de nouvelles estimations, fondées cette fois-ci sur d’autres données, provenant notamment d’échantillons d’eau de mer pris entre le 21 mars et le 30 avril. Selon les résultats obtenus, la quantité d’éléments radioactifs dispersés dans l’océan Pacifique atteindrait en vérité les 15.000 térabecquerels, laissant craindre une contamination bien plus importante que ce que Tepco n’a laissé entendre.Le 9 septembre 2011 à 20:25 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Le Congo veut planter un million dhectares de forêt

first_imgLe Congo veut planter un million d’hectares de forêtLa République Démocratique du Congo vient de lancer une vaste opération de reboisement qui doit aboutir à la plantation d’un million d’hectares de forêt sur dix ans.Le 6 novembre dernier, Journée nationale de l’arbre, de nombreux personnages politiques et plusieurs centaines de Congolais ont fait le déplacement jusqu’à Yié, à 60 kilomètres au nord de Brazzaville (Congo), pour assister au lancement symbolique de la campagne de reboisement du pays. Cette campagne, baptisée Pronar (pour Projet national d’afforestation et de reboisement) doit permettre au Congo d’augmenter sa superficie forestière sur tout le territoire d’ici à 2020.À lire aussiLes tamanoirs, des animaux plus dangereux qu’ils n’en ont l’airLa plantation de 160.000 arbres (mélange d’essences fruitières et locales) sur un terrain de 100 hectares a déjà commencé. Selon le ministre de l’Economie forestière, Henri Djombo, “l’objectif du Pronar est multiple : atténuer la pression anthropique qui s’exerce sur les forêts naturelles en réduisant la déforestation et la dégradation des sols ; assurer l’émergence de l’économie verte et d’une croissance soutenue ; créer plus de 50.000 emplois en milieu rural”.Les financements du programme d’un montant équivalent à 1,8 milliard d’euros proviendront de l’Etat congolais (300 millions d’euros) et des investisseurs et promoteurs privés, des bailleurs de fonds et des donateurs variés (1,5 milliard d’euros), indique TV5monde. “C’est tout un programme de lutte contre la pauvreté et les changements climatiques. C’est une position que notre pays défend à travers le monde et qui je pense nous honore”, s’est félicité le président Sassou Nguesso. Arsène Guélélé, secrétaire général de l’association Action pour l’Environnement et la solidarité internationale estime quant à lui qu’il est possible de faire davantage encore. “Nous sommes un pays forestier, certes, mais ajouter un million d’hectares est encore peu à mon avis, il faut faire plus”, juge-t-il. En effet, la forêt couvre 65% du territoire congolais (342.000 kilomètres carrés) et 10 % de la superficie du Bassin du Congo, considéré comme le deuxième poumon écologique de la planète avec 220 millions d’hectares derrière l’Amazonie.Le 9 novembre 2011 à 18:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Le Polaroid numérique Z340 est commercialisé

first_imgLe Polaroid numérique Z340 est commercialiséPolaroid ravive l’intérêt pour son appareil photo analogique instantané. Ce dernier vient de passer en version numérique ! A l’ère de la photographie numérique, le Polaroid conserve tout son charme mais il ne peut lutter en terme de qualité d’image et de résolution avec les dernières avancées du numérique. Sauf que Polaroid a annoncé la sortie du Z340 qui combine les avantages de l’instantané et du numérique.Grâce à un système d’impression sans encre, un capteur de 14 mégapixels et un écran LCD de 2,7 pouces, le Polaroid Z340 pourrait bien devenir le compagnon idéal des nostalgiques. Le papier sur lequel peuvent être imprimées les photographies est constitué de trois couches de cristaux qui seront activés par la chaleur.Il ne peut cependant contenir que 10 feuilles de papier. LeZ340est dès à présent disponible au tarif de299,99 dollars, soit 218 euros environ. Le papier coûte19,99 dollars pour 30 feuilles, soit un peu moins de 15 euros.Le 13 novembre 2011 à 14:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Microsoft Bill Gates de retour aux affaires

first_imgMicrosoft : Bill Gates de retour aux affaires ?Un proche de l’ancien PDG de Microsoft a confié qu’il pourrait reprendre du service à la place de Steve Ballmer.Et s’il reprenait sa place ? Le magazine Fortune pense savoir que Bill Gates réfléchirait à faire son retour chez Microsoft. La plupart des analystes demandent en effet la démission de l’actuel patron de la firme américaine, Steve Ballmer. Car si Windows 7 a été un grand succès, le retard pris sur le marché des tablettes tactiles fait clairement tâche chez Microsoft.Néanmoins, le prochain Windows 8 unifiera vraisemblablement les tablettes, PC et smartphones sous un même OS. Mais le manque de stratégie globale depuis le départ de Bill Gates semblent énerver les professionnels du secteur et un retour serait donc très bien vu. Reste que ceci reste une rumeur absolument infondée… pour le moment !Le 13 décembre 2011 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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