Why would you continue to perpetuate something that is wrong New mural

first_img Share Tweet Email2 By Cormac Fitzgerald ‘Why would you continue to perpetuate something that is wrong?’: New mural challenges Ireland’s drug laws A new piece of art went up in Trinity College this week. Art has always been political and always will be political.In terms of his latest piece, Caslin said he has been affected personally by addiction, which is what motivated him to focus on it.“I would have had friends and family that would have had suffered addiction in different guises so I would have lived through addiction or experienced addiction through my lifetime,” he said.In terms of the current approach, Caslin said it has failed repeatedly to address the social issue of addiction, and that a new one was needed.“Since the first drug intervention policy came in in this state, we have had 16 successive governments that have allowed addiction to be completed through the court system and through the criminal justice system,” he said.“So for 16 successive governments and 50 years it has not worked.“If you look out and any street that is in any city centre in Ireland, it has not worked. It is fundamentally not capable of solving the drug addiction issue that is in Ireland.Caslin said the piece is to start a conversation around moving away from this and towards a more compassionate, humane approach.“It just makes sense to move in that direction,” he said. “Like, why would you continue and perpetuate something that is wrong?”If I was within my classroom where I work every single day and I did something wrong and continued to do it wrong, it wouldn’t make any sense.Read: This powerful new mural by artist Joe Caslin just went up in Trinity’s Front SquareRead: Renowned artist Joe Caslin is transforming Trinity’s front square to advocate for kinder drug laws 22,975 Views Sunday 11 Jun 2017, 6:15 AM THE ART PIECE towers above the Front Square in Trinity College.Four drawn characters span the height of the Trinity building – a man and three women.Two of the women hunch down. One woman stares in the direction of the other, who herself stares out into square. Above them, the third woman pulls on the elbow of a man, who is turned away from her.The giant mural is the latest piece of work from Offaly street artist Joe Caslin.It is the first of three pieces of the The Volunteers, the second and third of which will be be unveiled later this year.The three pieces will have as their central theme volunteerism and the people who volunteer.A poem by Erin Fornoff – We will let no life be worth less – accompanies the piece. A video around it is due to be released next week.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Caslin – who works as a teacher in a Tullamore – said that the project had been “about two and half years in the pipeline”.He said it was part in response the the 1916 centenary and the commemorations of the volunteers involved in the Easter Rising.“I was looking at how and what similarities are between then and now,” Caslin told TheJournal.ie.“And there was this kind of striking piece that stood out and it was the idea of volunteerism.“100 years ago there were these people that took it upon themselves to look at a huge social issue at the time and take it upon themselves to take up arms and to become volunteers and to change our country for the better. The unidentified man with his back turned represents the medical establishment shirking its responsibilities, as it has historically played less of a role than the criminal justice system in tackling drug addiction.While part of the piece is to honour those involved in assisting and advocating for those caught up in drug addiction, Caslin said it has a strong political message. It is a call out for the transferring of drug addiction from a criminal justice issue to a medical one.“It’s a call to arms to the wider general public to look at volunteerism and how imperative it is and how important it is,” he said.“But also how they can interact with the social issues. The piece itself is to provoke and to create a discussion around certain themes.And this theme is the movement of drug addiction away from the criminal justice system and into a primary healthcare approach.Socially engaged artWhile The Volunteers is his newest work, Caslin’s previous pieces too have focussed on prevalent social issues in Irish society.Perhaps his most famous work was the mural advocating for same-sex marriage which appeared on George’s Street in 2015.Another series of works – Our Nation’s Sons – looked at the issues facing boys and young men in the state.For Caslin, it’s important that his art is socially engaged – that it reflects and deals with the issues of the times in which we live.“I would consider myself political but not in a political party type of sense,” he said.I believe that the project is a social awareness project, slightly more than political. Sometimes politicians dance around the most necessary social issues that need to be engaged with or looked at.center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 21 Comments Jun 11th 2017, 6:15 AM So I looked at how volunteerism was set up in Ireland and I look at the huge work that is done right across the island by volunteers.Caslin said that he then looked at what the most prevalent and pressing social issues in Ireland today are – what issues the volunteers of 100 years ago would be fighting if they were alive today. He said he settled on three:Drug addictionMental healthDirect provisionEach issue will have a piece dedicated to it.Drug addiction Aside from the man in Caslin’s Trinity College art piece, the characters are all real life people.The standing woman is Fiona O’Reilly – managing director of SafetyNet, a primary care service for people who are homeless.In the centre of the piece is Rachel Keogh, an advocate recovering from heroin addiction. The third woman is Senator Lynn Ruane, who recently introduced a bill to the Seanad that would decriminalise drug possession. https://jrnl.ie/3434198 Short URLlast_img read more

A lot of concern among EU states over prospect of Article 50

first_imgDoes an extension increase the chances for the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement? Source: BBC Politics/Twitter 81 Comments By Gráinne Ní Aodha 33,699 Views Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: He added that the political declaration could be made “more ambitious” if a majority in the House of Commons wanted that.If the reason for an extension is neither of the above, Barnier asked what the purpose would be: “…How can we ensure that, at the end of a possible extension, we are not back in the same situation as today?”Extending the uncertainty without a clear plan would add to the economic cost for our businesses but could also incur a political cost for the EU.Coveney also warned that “it’s important that the British government gets the message from EU countries that while … there is an openness to an extension of Article 50 that EU leaders will be demanding in the context of a persuasive plan to accompany that extension”.He said this is to ensure “we can all move forward with some confidence that the outstanding issues relating to the Brexit process can be resolved”.Barnier said that the European Council, which is made up of the leaders of the EU’s 27 countries and is due to convene this Thursday and Friday, will need to assess what is in the best interest of the EU.“Voting against a no-deal does not prevent it from happening,” he continued, adding that it was “for the British government to decide what the UK wants to do next”.Everyone should now finalise all preparations for a no-deal scenario. On the EU-side, we are prepared.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met with European Council President Donald Tusk at Government Buildings in Dublin this morning; meanwhile, Tánaiste Simon Coveney is in Brussels and has held meetings with UK Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington and Michel Barnier, among others.With reporting by Hayley Halpin https://jrnl.ie/4550531 Short URL Image: Sam Boal via RollingNews.iecenter_img Michel Barnier: “Everyone should now finalise all preparations for a no-deal scenario”EU’s chief #Brexit negotiator says leaders are ready to consider a delay to Brexit, but MPs “voting against no-deal does not prevent it happening”https://t.co/0AC7mqcItP pic.twitter.com/EEaYcO1XPR— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) March 19, 2019 Mar 19th 2019, 4:36 PM Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney Image: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ie ‘A lot of concern’ among EU states over prospect of Article 50 long extension, Coveney warns EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier earlier said that EU member states should prepare for a no-deal Brexit. Updated Mar 19th 2019, 9:32 PM TÁNAISTE SIMON COVENEY has said there is a lot is concern among EU member states about the prospect of a long extension of Article 50, as the British Prime Minister Theresa May is on the cusp of asking to delay the date by which Brexit must happen, currently set for 29 March.His comments come after the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier said that EU member states should prepare for a no-deal Brexit.If MPs vote for Theresa May’s draft Brexit deal this week, May said that she would ask for an extension to Article 50, and delay the Brexit date by three months until 30 June.But to do this, the UK must get the permission of the EU’s 27 countries. EU leaders have said previously that without a clear reason for leaving, the request to push that date out wouldn’t be likely to be accepted by the EU.Speaking after Cabinet this evening, Coveney said that “there is a lot of concern among EU member states and partners about the prospect of a long extension to Article 50″.“The disruptive effect of Brexit for another nine months or another whatever period of time is something that I think people will need convincing on,” Coveney said.He said that if there is a request for a long extension, “there will need to be a very persuasive plan” to go with that which would explain why that’s needed and how the UK will use the time to “conclude the outstanding issues that haven’t been able to be agreed in London in the context of the Brexit process”. Coveney also said it has been “very clear” that there is “absolutely no appetite” to reopen the Withdrawal Agreement” from the EU.Making similar comments at a press conference today, Barnier said: “EU leaders will need a concrete plan from the UK in order to be able to make an informed decision.”He added that the “key questions” for the EU would be: Tuesday 19 Mar 2019, 9:32 PM Will the UK request an extension because it wants a bit more time to rework the Political Declaration? Share287 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Three men to appear in court as part of Drogheda feud investigation

first_img Saturday 11 May 2019, 5:57 PM By Gráinne Ní Aodha Image: Google Maps Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 14,307 Views Share2 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4630307 No Comments center_img Drogheda courthouse. Image: Google Maps Drogheda courthouse. Short URL GARDAÍ INVESTIGATING AN ongoing feud in Drogheda have charged three men this afternoon.The men were arrested yesterday following the discovery of a burnt out car by gardaí, and will appear before a special sitting of Drogheda District Court today at 6pm.Three men were arrested for criminal damage: one man is being detained in Drogheda Garda Station, and the other two are being held at Dundalk Garda Station.The feud in Drogheda has been ongoing since last summer. There have been 74 feud incidents since June last year and in the last week there have been five petrol bomb attacks. A man was also shot last month as part of the ongoing violence.Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said last week that 25 new recruits from the training college in Templemore will be sent to Drogheda in June as part of a crackdown on the gang feud.These investigations were carried out as part of Operation Stratus.Gardaí have said that a number of incidents have been reported since Operations Stratus launched, including firearms offences, possession of drugs, petrol bomb incidents, criminal damage offences and general road traffic offences.- with reporting from Conor McCrave and Cormac Fitzgerald May 11th 2019, 5:57 PM Three men to appear in court as part of Drogheda feud investigation The men will appear before a special sitting of Drogheda District Court today at 6pm.last_img read more

GOCMV AGM results indecisive

first_imgA climate of chaos and heated discussion and disagreement were evident at the annual general meeting of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria held yesterday at the church hall at St Dimitrios in Prahran.The proposal by GOCMV President Bill Papastergiadis for the GOCMV President to only be able to serve two terms failed to get 75 percent required to pass and the defeat of the proposals to overturn the expulsion of Mr Paikopoulos, Mr Mourikis and Mr Avgoustakis and the Tsitas proposal to establish a committee to oversee the development of Alphington Grammar and Bulleen.The counting of the votes for the election of the electoral committee had not been completed at the time Neos Kosmos went to print.The GOCMV President Bill Papastergiadis was positive in outlining the achievements of the committee during his term as President. He claimed securing $2 million from the State Government for the cultural centre at the GOCMV Building in Lonsdale Street, $2 million funding from the State Government for the construction of six classrooms at Alphington Grammar. $300 000 from the Andrianakos family for the construction of the multipurpose hall and $50 000 from the Argyropoulos family to fund scholarships at Alphington Grammar as major achievements. He also assured members that planning permission had been gained for the construction of the multipurpose hall and for the classrooms and that the construction of these facilities will commence in 2010. Former GOCMV President George Foundas took the floor and said that the $2 million for the cultural centre had been allocated by the Bracks Government and that the construction of the multipurpose would be detrimental to the school because it would be built on the site of a number of houses adjoining the school which had recently been purchased by the GOCMV.It was striking that there was not a Treasurers report at the meeting. The explanation for a Treasurers report was not required because the audited financial reports had been circulated to members.The audited financial statement reveal a loss of $50 000 for the financial year 2008 – 2009. However the loss is closer to $120 000, according to a number of current Board members.In other news, 49 people have nominated to stand for election to the GOCMV board in December.Bill Papastergiadis has announced the 18 people who will be standing with him as part of his ticket.The Papastergiadis team includes Bill Anevlavis, Nick Koukouvitakis, Tammy Iliou, John Mitsakos, Costa Markos, Leo Vlahakis, Kostas Tsoumbakos, Jorge Menidis, Theo Markos, George Kallianis, Dimitri Iakovakis, Paul Kounnas, Nick Parthimos, Vasso Zangalis, Theo Andrianakos, Nicole Iliopoulos, George Koletsis and Jim Bosinakis.While Con Dikeos has not yet announced his team sources close to Dikeos have indicated that one can expect to see George Foundas, Eugenia Grammatikakis and Jenny Krasopoulakis as part of his team. The Dikeos ticket should be announced later this week.There is also speculation that the large number of nominees will see the formation of a third ticket.Additional reporting by Ross Karavis. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Celebrating Bonegillas Greek past

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An exhibition paying homage to Greek migrants who were housed in Block 19 at Bonegilla has been given $13,000 by the Victorian Government. The Bonegilla Migrant Experience exhibition will pay tribute to the 300,000 plus displaced people and migrants from the end of World War II to it’s closure in 1971. Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras said that this exhibition “is important to preserve the memory of post-war Greek immigrants whose first experience of Australia was the Bonegilla migrant settlement centre”. The heritage listed attraction was Australia’s biggest and longest running migrant reception centre, this camp was built “originally to promote assimilation was really the birth place of multiculturalism,” Kotsiras said. “Bonegilla is part of all our heritage and can be a great learning and tourism centre for all Australians to enjoy.” “It was through Bonegilla that many Greeks, other immigrants and displaced persons, went off to work on great engineering projects like the Snowy River hydro-electric project as well as other sectors of the economy.” The Bonegilla Migrant Experience celebrates the tremendous contribution our migrant communities have made to Australia.last_img read more

ND confident of coalition deal

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram New Democracy expects to be able to form a coalition government with Pasok, allowing the two parties that dominated politics for decades to share power despite a major anti-establishment election vote.ND leader Antonis Samaras has promised to negotiate less punishing terms for the country’s bailout, after only narrowly beating Syriza, which ran a campaign scrap the austerity deal entirely.A senior ND official expected agreement soon on a new cabinet with the Pasok and possibly the moderate Democratic Left.Speaking late on Monday, he said a deal would be reached on Tuesday that would involve more than a symbolic involvement by Pasok in the government.“They will participate actively,” said the official, who declined to be identified.“Political leaders should be aware of the fact that this government is Greece’s last chance to remain in the eurozone,” the centre-left daily Ta Nea said in an editorial.“The Greek people are ready to reward the parties that manage to ease austerity and punish those that raise voices of dissent,” it said.The comment underscored the widespread expectation that a new government will be able to negotiate an easing in the tough conditions of the bailout despite resistance from Germany.The greatly weakened Pasok, which finished third in Sunday’s vote, has yet to commit to supporting Samaras, but its leader, Evangelos Venizelos, said talks must be wrapped up by Tuesday – signalling a deal would be agreed by then.The Democratic Left, which opposed the bailout, has also suggested it will offer conditional support to a government led by Samaras.Venizelos met with the head of the Democratic Left, Fotis Kouvelis, shortly after 10am to gauge support for a three-way alliance with their traditional ND rivals.“I am optimistic that this time they will agree to form a government,” a Greek banker who declined to be named told Reuters. “They have realised that there is no margin of error or further delays. A third election would be a disaster.”With ND taking a 50-seat bonus under the electoral law for coming first, a New ND-Pasok alliance would have 162 seats, a majority in the 300-seat parliament. Adding the Democratic Left would give it 179 seats. Source: Reuterslast_img read more

Holiday Working visas with Greece underway

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Australian Government will begin negotiations with Greece about establishing a reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangement, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, announced today.“A work and holiday arrangement recognises the strength of these connections and will further enhance our cultural links between the two countries,” Mr Bowen said.The arrangement would allow young Greeks and Australians aged 18 to 30 years old to enjoy an extended holiday in the guest country. Participants would be able to stay for up to 12 months and engage in short term work and study during that time. The program would have an annual cap on visa numbers.“Negotiating a work and holiday arrangement, which must be reciprocal and agreeable to both governments, can take time to finalise and implement,” Mr Bowen said. “While we recognise the level of enthusiasm by both Greeks and Australians around a successful outcome, we must ensure all key stakeholders are consulted and the necessary administrative arrangements are in place.“This is a significant step, and I would like to thank the Members of Parliament, community leaders and Greek Orthodox community organisations across the country, who have spoken to me about such an arrangement.”*Neos Kosmos will be speaking with community leaders and politicians to seek responses to this and will publish a full comprehensive story in this Saturday’s edition. last_img read more

Talks between ministers farmers break down

first_imgTalks between four ministers and unionists representing farmers who have been pushing for tax breaks and other concessions broke down, prompting producers to herald further protest action.Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras, who met the farmers along with his counterparts holding the labor, agriculture and environment portfolios, said that the government “listened to the farmers’ demands” but noted that the “possibilities, within the constricting fiscal framework, are small.”“Nevertheless, efforts are continuing,” Stournaras told reporters.He said the government aimed to offer farmers a special card that would give them discounts on a special consumption tax on fuel and was also considering introducing legislation that would allow all farmers to retire after 40 years of service.Unionists were less positive. “The government gave us nothing,” said Vangelis Boutas, who heads the association of farmers from Karditsa in central Greece. “For us this is a struggle for survival; we will scale up our action,” he said, referring to the roadside blockades that farmers have been holding for several weeks in a bid to wrest concessions.Last Friday Prime Minister Antonis Samaras met with protesting farmers and expressed satisfaction after talks, fueling hopes of a resolution to the impasse. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Schengen under threat for Greece

first_imgGreece activated the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism on Thursday, agreeing to allow EU border agency Frontex on its frontier with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and to trigger the Rapid Border Intervention Teams mechanism (RABIT) for extra help with patrols in the Aegean.The European Commission confirmed Thursday that it received these three requests from Athens. The action came after a number of unnamed EU officials claimed that there were calls for Greece to be excluded from the Schengen free travel area because of complaints about the way it is handling the flow of migrants and refugees and its failure to live up to commitments made at the Western Balkans Route Leaders’ Summit in October.The EU Civil Protection Mechanism allows Greece to benefit from material support. Alternate Minister for Migration Policy Yiannis Mouzalas said Thursday that Athens had not made the request for assistance earlier because it needed to assess its needs first.“We did not know exactly what we needed and, more importantly, how we would use what we asked for,” he said at a news conference.Greece sent a list containing 23 categories to Brussels. Among the things the government is asking for are 26 ambulances, six water pumps, four diesel-powered generators, 500 large all-weather tents, 100,000 waterproof jackets, 50,000 woolen blankets, 100,000 sleeping bags and 100,000 first-aid kits.The agreement with Frontex will see the border agency provide personnel to help register refugees and migrants at Greece’s border with FYROM, where some 6,000 people have now amassed as a result of Skopje refusing to allow anyone except Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans, who can qualify as refugees, through.The situation in the Greek border village of Idomeni is becoming increasingly tense, with clashes breaking out between refugees and migrants from countries such as Iran, Pakistan and Morocco. A man believed to be from Morocco was fatally electrocuted after touching high-power railway cable when he climbed on top of a train.“There will be a solution soon for Idomeni,” said Mouzalas. “We are trying to convince people to return to Athens.”Frontex officers are expected in the area next week but their job will be to help register those preparing to cross the border.“It is crucial that all migrants entering the European Union are properly registered. Migrants at Greece’s northern border will be checked and those found not properly identified will be registered,” said Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri.The agency says it currently has 195 officers on the Aegean islands. In October, Frontex called on EU member-states to provide 775 border guards for its activities, with 600 to be deployed in Greece. EU members have so far offered 447 officers.Mouzalas rejected claims that the Greek government is unwilling to work with Frontex. He said Athens had rejected the idea of Frontex guards patrolling Greece’s border with FYROM but had repeatedly asked for more help from the agency in other areas.“In May, we asked Frontex for 318 people but less than 100 are currently involved in operations,” he said. “On September 25, we asked for 1,600 people and we have so far not received any response.”Greece has also made a formal request for the deployment of a Rapid Border Intervention Team to provide help on the Aegean islands. “Over 50,000 people have arrived in Greece since November 1,” said the European Commission.“The scale is immense and the Commission is working very closely with the Greek authorities to assist them in this challenge.”Mouzalas added that a so-called “hot spot” would soon be ready on Lesvos and that the Greek army would undertake the construction of two more on Leros and Kos.“There is a temporary hot spot on Chios but we have plans ready for the construction of a permanent one,” he said. “The only island where we are having trouble finding a place is Samos.”Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Screen Australia boosts gender equality and cultural diversity

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason has publicly committed to reform on the gender front, focusing “on female-led creative teams rather than individuals”.In conjunction with national broadcasters, Screen Australia is working on a new benchmark study on cultural diversity in TV drama, which it expects to release in 2016.Screen Australia has put $5 million on the table over the next three years for its Gender Matters program, at a time when it has faced savage cuts across the emerging sector, in documentary and soon in the innovative multimedia and games sector, not to mention the shortage of women directors in television.Gender Matters is a direct response to the status of women in the screen industry, but Screen Australia recognises that there are other groups that are under-represented.While Screen Australia does not want to dilute its gender strategy, it acknowledges it is part of a wider issue about representation by and about minorities. The release describes four new subsidised programs promoting women in the industry as well as individuals with an ethnic background.Moreover, assessment criteria changes are to be made across Screen Australia, aimed at encouraging projects that promote gender and cultural diversity, plus at removing the barriers faced by women who take time out of the workforce.“The guidelines will be prepared and reviewed quickly, so the first call-out can be made at the end of January or early February. Applicants will have six weeks to prepare their proposals, and the whole first round will be finished by the end of the financial year,” the statement explains. Fiona Cameron has confirmed that Screen Australia is already working on this study, and that both the ABC and SBS have agreed to co-operate. While this is a solid base point, it will go wider to explore diversity in commercial FTA and subscription television.Meanwhile, Screen NSW is also to set a formal target by the end of 2018, reflecting the sentiment expressed by the Australian Directors Guild in its announcement just last week.last_img read more

Les glaciers dAlaska fondent moins vite que ne lavaient prédit les scientifiques

first_imgLes glaciers d’Alaska fondent moins vite que ne l’avaient prédit les scientifiquesAlaska – Une étude menée par des glaciologues du Laboratoire d’études en géophysique et océanographie spatiales (Legos) a montré que les glaciers d’Alaska ont fondu moins vite entre 1962 et 2006 que ce qui avait été estimé par les scientifiques.En 44 ans, les glaciers d’Alaska ont perdu environ 42 km3 de glace par an, contribuant à la hausse du niveau des mers à raison de 0,12 millimètre par an et non de 0,17 comme l’avaient prédit des travaux publiés en 2002 par des chercheurs de l’université d’Alaska. Cette fonte est 34% inférieure à ce qui avait été estimé auparavant, souligne l’équipe franco-canadienne qui a mené l’étude publiée dimanche par la revue scientifique Nature geoscience.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Les précédentes recherches n’auraient pas pris en compte les débris rocheux qui constituent une protection pour les glaciers. Protégée du soleil par ces débris, la glace fond en effet moins vite, explique le CNRS dans un communiqué. Aidés par les satellites Spot5 et Aster, les chercheurs ont pu obtenir une “meilleure résolution spatiale” et donc des relevés plus précis, leur permettant ainsi de mesurer les pertes des trois quarts des glaciers d’Alaska.L’étude de 2002 était également basée sur des mesures concernant un nombre limité de glaciers, or la fonte de ces derniers est très hétérogène et il est donc particulièrement difficile de parvenir à une estimation globale.Le CNRS tient à souligner que ces résultats ne peuvent en aucun cas remettre en cause l’importance de l’amincissement et du recul des glaciers. “De plus, l’accélération spectaculaire des pertes de masse depuis les années 1990, correspondant à une contribution de 0.25 mm/an à la hausse du niveau marin, n’est pas remise en cause et s’avère un signe inquiétant pour la hausse future du niveau marin” insiste le centre de recherches.Le 18 janvier 2010 à 16:38 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Antirides les produits de comblement épinglés par lAfssaps

first_imgAntirides : les produits de comblement épinglés par l’AfssapsFrance – L’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé (Afssaps) a mis en garde quant à l’utilisation des produits injectables non résorbables destinés au comblement des rides.L’Afssaps a établi un classement des produits de comblement des rides et souhaite aujourd’hui retirer du marché les substances les moins résorbables.”Moins les produits sont résorbables, plus le risque d’effets secondaires est important”, a indiqué Jean-Claude Ghislain, directeur de l’évaluation des dispositifs médicaux de l’Afssaps.”Nous recommandons d’en rester aux produits résorbables ou lentement résorbables”, a-t-il ajouté. Les produits non résorbables “sont difficiles à maîtriser au fil du temps et franchement non recommandés aujourd’hui”.Les personnes qui ont recours à ce type d’injection sont donc invitées par l’Afssaps à conserver toutes les données administratives concernant leur intervention. Le 12 mai 2010 à 11:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

La Boudeuse les scientifiques réclament à Nicolas Sarkozy la reprise de sa

first_imgLa Boudeuse : les scientifiques réclament à Nicolas Sarkozy la reprise de sa missionFrance – Les scientifiques participant à la mission du trois-mâts La Boudeuse, interrompue au début du mois faute de budget (voir article), ont adressé une lettre ouverte à Nicolas Sarkozy, identique à celle précédemment envoyée au ministre de l’Environnement Jean-Louis Borloo. Ils réclament la reprise de l’expédition lancée dans le cadre du Grenelle de l’Environnement.Criblé de dettes, le capitaine de La Boudeuse Patrice Franceschi et son équipe ont été contraints d’abandonner la mission Terre-Océan qui leur avait été confiée par le ministère de l’Environnement. L’équipage devait, jusqu’en 2012, se consacrer à des études scientifiques concernant la biosphère, le réchauffement climatique, la protection de l’environnement et le développement durable.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Après avoir envoyé une lettre à Jean-Louis Borloo, demeurée sans réponse, trente-trois scientifiques du Muséum national d’histoire naturelle (MNHN), du Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), de l’Institut de recherche et de développement (IRD) et de plusieurs universités participant à la mission, ont décidé de s’adresser cette fois au président. Alors que Patrice Franceschi évoque un endettement massif l’empêchant de poursuivre l’expédition, il assure que le gouvernement n’a pas tenu sa promesse de financement à hauteur de 500.000 euros.”La Boudeuse doit continuer ses expéditions et son programme d’exploration scientifique, qui apportent non seulement des résultats inédits, mais également l’esprit d’aventure qui manque aujourd’hui à la science moderne, renouant ainsi avec la tradition des grandes expéditions naturalistes” soulignent les chercheurs qui demandent la reprise des missions du trois-mâts le plus rapidement possible.Le 17 juin 2010 à 17:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Grotte de Lascaux une visite officielle mal perçue

first_imgGrotte de Lascaux : une visite officielle mal perçuePérigord, France – À l’occasion des 70 ans écoulés depuis sa découverte, la grotte de Lascaux a reçu dimanche 12 septembre la visite du président de la République, de son épouse et du ministre de la Culture. Un geste qui ne rassure pas forcément les spécialistes, inquiets de la lente détérioration du site par un champignon.Évoquant “la fraîcheur, la grâce, le charme, le mystère qui émanent de ce sanctuaire”, Nicolas Sarkozy ne s’est pas ému des pancartes brandies par quelques citoyens au sortir de sa visite de la véritable grotte de Lascaux (Dordogne). Celle-ci, découverte fortuitement par des adolescents en 1940, est en effet fermée au public depuis 1963 pour éviter la propagation des algues vertes qui commençaient alors à en contaminer les parois. Les manifestants présents sur le site évoquaient ainsi un “privilège”. À lire aussiL’Homme préhistorique aurait-il inventé le dessin animé ?Malgré cette (presque) absence de visiteurs, qui doivent se contenter de la reproduction Lascaux II installée en 1983, le site original souffre depuis l’an 2000 de la présence d’un nouveau parasite – un champignon – qui tache de blanc et de noir les précieuses peintures rupestres, créées il y a 17 à 18.000 ans par l’homme de Cro-Magnon. Laurence Léauté-Beasley, directrice du comité international pour la préservation de Lascaux à Oakland (Californie, États-Unis), précise que la cause du mal reste inconnue. Elle déplore que les “sauveteurs” de la grotte, lors de la première contamination de 1963, ne soient pas consultés par le conseil scientifique du site, pourtant inscrit au patrimoine mondial de l’Humanité par l’Unesco. Le 13 septembre 2010 à 12:51 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Réintroduction de caïmans en Colombie écologie ou économie

first_imgRéintroduction de caïmans en Colombie : écologie ou économie ?Colombie – L’opération visant à réintégrer progressivement 7.000 caïmans dans leur biotope d’origine a pour but de disposer de reproducteurs en milieu naturel. Cela permettra à l’entreprise Colombian Croco de diminuer ses coûts de production et d’augmenter les bénéfices générés sur le dos des caïmans.Bien que la Colombie affiche une intention écologique dans cette réintroduction d’animaux en milieu naturel, l’intérêt économique sous-jacent est manifeste. En effet, chaque année, la Colombie exporte 350.000 peaux de caïman vers des pays comme le Mexique, Singapour ou la Thaïlande. Vendues entre 10 et 25 dollars pièce, la peau des caïmans est très prisée et permet la confection de sacs, ceintures et autres accessoires de luxe.À lire aussiL’effrayante maladie de l’homme-arbre dont la peau se change en ”écorce”Pour le moment, 800 reptiles ont été réintroduits. Âgés de 2 ans,certains mesurent déjà entre 75 et 90 cm et iront repeupler les cours d’eau de Barranco de Loba. Cette petite ville bâtie sur les berges du fleuve Magdalena, le plus important de Colombie, s’inquiète de cette initiative. En effet, les caïmans risquent de décimer les populations d’arencas, un poisson qui constitue la base de l’alimentation de la population locale. Les conséquences seraient désastreuses pour cette région de Colombie extrêmement pauvre. De plus, la zone était déjà le théâtre d’affrontements entre les paramilitaires, les FARC, l’Armée de libération nationale (l’ELN) et l’extrême-droite armée (l’AUC), qui cherchaient à s’approprier les mines d’or qui s’y trouvent.Le 26 septembre 2010 à 16:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Outox nadmet pas la décision de lAgence nationale de sécurité sanitaire

first_imgOutox n’admet pas la décision de l’Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaireFrance – Le PDG de l’entreprise à l’origine de la boisson anti-alcool Outox dit contester la décision de l’Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire (Anses). Celle-ci remet totalement en cause les propriétés avancées du breuvage et lui a donné un avis défavorable.Souvenez-vous, Outox, c’est cette boisson vendue comme ayant les pouvoirs de baisser le niveau d’alcool dans le sang de consommateurs, ainsi que de soulager la “gueule de bois” des lendemains de fête. Il y a quelques jours, l’Anses faisait savoir que selon elle, Outox n’avait aucune des propriétés annoncées par son producteur, discréditant donc la démarche marketing de la marque.Pourtant, le PDG de la société Outox, Maurice Penaruiz, conteste les conclusions de l’Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire en expliquant : “Outox est devenu le bouc émissaire des organismes d’Etat”. Pour cet homme, l’Anses n’a aucune compétence en matière de jugement de la boisson dégrisante. A présent il souhaite s’en remettre à l’Autorité européenne de sécurité des aliments pour juger Outox.Le 27 octobre 2010 à 17:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Le Solar Impulse tente à nouveau de rejoindre Paris

first_imgLe Solar Impulse tente à nouveau de rejoindre ParisAprès une tentative avortée samedi, l’avion suisse propulsé à l’énergie solaire essaye une nouvelle fois ce matin de relier Bruxelles au Bourget près de Paris. Il est attendu au 49e Salon international de l’aéronautique et de l’espace.Ce mardi matin, le Solar Impulse a pris son envol à 5h10 de l’aéroport de Bruxelles, en direction du Bourget, où il sera l’invité d’honneur de la nouvelle édition du Salon international de l’aéronautique et de l’espace, qui se tiendra du 20 au 26 juin. Son arrivée est prévue vers 21h00.Samedi, l’avion propulsé à l’énergie solaire avait fait une première tentative, avortée. Le Solar Impulse avait décollé à 18h37 mais avait dû faire demi-tour trois heures plus tard en raison d’un vent défavorable qui le ralentissait.L’avion suisse s’était posé à Bruxelles le 13 mai après avoir décollé treize heures auparavant de l’aérodrome militaire suisse de Payerne. Il s’agissait-là de son premier vol international.À lire aussiQuand le Père Noël s’entraîne pour sa grande nuit dans… la stratosphèreCet avion prototype a l’envergure d’un Airbus (64 mètres) mais le poids d’une voiture (1,6 tonne). Ses ailes sont recouvertes de 12.000 cellules photovoltaïques qui permettent d’alimenter quatre moteurs électriques d’une puissance de 10 chevaux chacun.L’équipe du Solar Impulse, basée à Dübendorf en Suisse, espère tenter un tour du monde en cinq étapes vers 2013 ou 2014.Suivre en direct la progression de l’avion vers le Bourget, sur le site du Solar Impulse. Le 14 juin 2011 à 09:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Antarctique Michel Rocard salarme face au développement du tourisme

first_imgAntarctique : Michel Rocard s’alarme face au développement du tourismeAmbassadeur chargé des négociations sur les pôles Arctique et Antarctique, l’ancien Premier ministre Michel Rocard tire la sonnette d’alarme face à l’augmentation “vertigineuse” du tourisme en Antarctique. Une mode qui pourrait avoir des conséquences désastreuses.A Buenos Aires pour participer à la 34e réunion consultative sur le Traité de l’Antarctique, Michel Rocard s’est déclaré inquiet de l’augmentation “vertigineuse” du tourisme en Antarctique, rapporte le Figaro. Alors que 55.000 personnes voyagent chaque année vers le pôle, un tourisme encore inexistant il y a trente ans, l’ancien Premier ministre s’alarme quant aux impacts de cette nouvelle mode touristique qui menace l’Antarctique d’une grande pollution. “Comment peut-on limiter la pollution produite par le tourisme ?”, s’est interrogé M. Rocard, jugeant les limites aujourd’hui fixées insuffisantes. En 2009, les signataires du Traité de l’Antarctique ont fixé à cent le nombre de personnes pouvant débarquer en même temps sur terre.L’ambassadeur chargé des négociations sur les pôles Arctique et Antarctique s’est en outre interrogé au sujet des espèces menacées de l’Antarctique, et notamment des baleines. Alors que le braconnage est toujours pratiqué par certains pays, “sommes-nous obligés d’augmenter le niveau de protection ?” s’est-il demandé avant d’évoquer le désir de la France de voir le Traité rejoint par de nouveaux signataires. Alors qu’il célébrera demain ses cinquante ans, le traité entré en vigueur le 23 juin 1961, a été à ce jour signé par 48 États. “Il y a beaucoup de gens pour faire le pronostic que nous aurons la pression pour lever l’interdiction des activités minéralogiques en Antarctique (…) Si la France a entrepris le combat pour renforcer l’autorité publique du traité, en élargissant le nombre d’Etats qui l’ont ratifié, c’est précisément pour résister à cela” a souligné Michel Rocard.Le 22 juin 2011 à 19:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Une plante fait de lécho pour attirer ses pollinisateurs

first_imgUne plante fait de l’écho pour attirer ses pollinisateursDes scientifiques ont découvert qu’une vigne de la forêt pluviale des Caraïbes avait développé un système ingénieux afin d’attirer les chauves-souris qui les pollinisent.   C’est une découverte étonnante dont ont fait part des chercheurs anglais et allemands dans la revue Science. Au fin fond de la forêt pluviale, ceux-ci ont identifié une plante capable d’attirer les chauves-souris qui la pollinisent. Plus précisément, cette vigne baptisée Marcgravia evenia aurait développé un système ingénieux qui permet à ces feuilles de renvoyer les pulsations sonores dont se servent les mammifères volants pour naviguer. Un système qui permettrait de localiser plus facilement la plante. À lire aussiPourquoi le son de notre voix nous paraît-il si étrange sur un enregistrement ?L’un des auteurs de l’étude, Marc Holderied de l’Université de Bristol explique : “Nous savions déjà que les plantes pouvaient utiliser les couleurs vives de leurs pétales pour attirer les pollinisateurs. Mais ce que nous avons découvert, c’est l’effet équivalent aux fleurs colorées de l’écholocation. Nous avons aujourd’hui un modèle qui produit un écho, une sorte de balise échoacoustique”.  Un parfait attracteur de chauve-souris Pour en savoir plus, Marc Holderied et ses collègues ont donc ramené la plante dans leur laboratoire afin de mesurer l’intensité de cet effet, en envoyant des pulsations sonores et en regardant comme celles-ci faisaient écho. Puis, ils ont voulu voir comment les chauves-souris y répondaient. Ils ont alors pris un groupe de ces mammifères appartenant à l’espèce Glossophaga soricina qu’ils ont placés dans une pièce noire afin de mesurer le temps que ceux-ci mettaient à localiser la plante. Conclusion : les chauves-souris ont mis deux fois moins de temps à situer Marcgravia evenia que lorsque les chercheurs en ont retiré les “feuilles à écho”.Outre les couleurs des fleurs, les signaux acoustiques semblent donc être des éléments essentiels dans le processus de pollinisation. Et Marcgravia evenia pourrait bien ne pas être la seule plante à utiliser un tel système.  Le 31 juillet 2011 à 11:53 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Facebook compte multiplier ses acquisitions

first_imgFacebook compte multiplier ses acquisitionsLe réseau social Facebook compte faire 20 nouvelles acquisitions de start-up d’ici la fin 2011. De nombreux achats censés lui permettre d’accelérer sa croissance.Facebook est devenue au fil des années une véritable machine de guerre. Le réseau social créé par Mark Zuckerberg compte en 2011 procéder à l’acquisition d’une vingtaine de sociétés Internet et/ou mobile. Depuis le début de l’année, elle en a déjà acquis treize, révèle Vaughan Smith, le directeur du développement de la société dans une interview donnée à Bloomberg et relayée par ITespresso. Un chiffre qui traduit la frénésie d’achats dont est pris le réseau social, alors qu’il n’avait réalisé que dix acquisitions en 2010 et une seule en 2009. À lire aussi”Trash Tag Challenge” : le défi utile qui incite Twitter et Instagram à nettoyer la planèteDe plus, Vaughan Smith a également précisé que si les plus gros rachats tournaient aujourd’hui autour de 60 millions de dollars, ils devraient être bientôt beaucoup plus importants. Cette stratégie est alors motivée par plusieurs facteurs. D’abord le désir d’améliorer le design du site, pour inciter ses utilisateurs à y rester plus longtemps, mais surtout la volonté d’ajouter des services mobiles pour anticiper l’évolution des modes de consommation vers les smartphones, tablettes tactiles et autres netbooks. Dans un marché aussi concurrentiel, Facebook semble donc bien décider à ne rien laisser au hasard… Le 26 août 2011 à 14:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more