I no longer have confidence in you Theresa May sacks UK Defence

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4615678 May with her former Defence Secretary. The United States is adamantly opposed to Huawei’s involvement because of the firm’s obligation under Chinese law to help its home government gather intelligence or provide other security services when required.British media reported that Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill — the country’s most senior civil servant — gave those present an ultimatum to deny responsibility for the leak.Williamson was one of the first to do so, calling it “completely unacceptable”.© – AFP 2019 May 1st 2019, 6:50 PM 35,667 Views pic.twitter.com/beAQiM8gyn— Gavin Williamson MP (@GavinWilliamson) May 1, 2019 Source: Gavin Williamson MP/Twitter Share18 Tweet Email1 PM letter to Gavin Williamson pic.twitter.com/ZJbMm9t2Bn— Beth Rigby (@BethRigby) May 1, 2019 By AFP Source: Beth Rigby/Twittercenter_img May with her former Defence Secretary. Image: PA Wire/PA Images 23 Comments Wednesday 1 May 2019, 6:50 PM BRITISH PRIME MINISTER Theresa May has sacked Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson following a probe into the leak of news that Britain had conditionally allowed China’s Huawei to develop the UK 5G network.“The Prime Minister has this evening asked Gavin Williamson to leave the government, having lost confidence in his ability to serve in the role of Defence Secretary and as a member of her Cabinet,” said a spokeswoman from her Downing Street office.May said in a letter to Williamson that the investigation “provides compelling evidence suggesting your responsibility for the unauthorised disclosure” from the 23 April meeting of the National Security Council.“No other credible version of events to explain this leak has been identified,” she added.Williamson denies that he or his department was the source of the leak. ‘I no longer have confidence in you’: Theresa May sacks UK Defence Secretary over Huawei leak Gavin Williamson denies being the source of the leak. Image: PA Wire/PA Images Short URL Britain’s already splintered government was rocked by the scandal over who leaked news that May was to let Huawei develop Britain’s 5G network.The bitterly disputed decision was reportedly made at the 23 April meeting.National Security Council discussions are only attended by senior ministers and security officials who first sign the Official Secrets Act that commits them to keep conversations private or risk prosecution.But The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported that May approved granting Huawei permission to build up “non-core” elements of Britain’s next-generation telecommunications network. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Opinion Children need to learn about LGBT issues in school it will

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4626281 May 14th 2019, 7:00 AM Opinion: ‘Children need to learn about LGBT issues in school – it will reassure them and combat fear’ Robin Stevens grew up in a generation were ‘gayness was erased’. Her books have shown her that young readers want to read about LGBTQ+ lives – and she wants to see more of this explored in schools. Robin Stevens 16,340 Views 143 Comments Tuesday 14 May 2019, 7:00 AMcenter_img Short URL Share22 Tweet Email ONE OF THE nicest parts of my job as a children’s author is hearing from the kids who love my books. All of the messages I get are wonderful, but some of them particularly stay with me – none more so than the letter from a child who wanted to know whether Bertie and Harold, two characters from my 1930s series, The Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries, would get married, and if so, when?It was such a hopeful, friendly message – she loved them and she was firmly of the opinion that they should be married – but the letter itself felt astonishing. I was hearing from a person who couldn’t imagine a world where two men couldn’t get married if they wanted to.That day I understood what it really meant for children to grow up with marriage equality. After all, anyone eight or younger in Ireland in 2019 will only have the very dimmest memories of a world without equal marriage – it is now simply part of a generation’s concept of how things are.I’m 31 (not particularly old in the grand scheme of things, although children think it’s ancient), and how things are in 2019 leaves me feeling slightly dizzy. I was born five years before homosexuality was decriminalised in Ireland (and fifteen years before it was decriminalised in all parts of the country of my birth, America).I grew up in the UK in a school system under Section 28, a law that prohibited the ‘promotion’ of homosexuality to children. I never read a children’s book with LGBTQ+ characters, and sex education at my school was almost entirely restricted to heterosexual partnerships.Going on to live through the introduction of the 2013 Equal Marriage Act in Britain, the 2015 Irish marriage referendum, and, barely a month after Ireland’s vote, the Supreme Court ruling on equal marriage in the USA, has felt astonishing and genuinely miraculous – to say that nothing in my childhood prepared me for this is an understatement.My generation, and the generations before us, are the result of childhoods where gayness was as erased as the government, the church, teachers or authority figures could manage.They tried so hard, but here’s the thing: it didn’t work. It fixed nothing. It saved no one. We gained nothing. We simply lost – lost years of contentment, lost happy relationships, lost pride in ourselves and confidence in our choices.The cost is something that my queer friends – that all of us – are still counting, and something that I never want another generation to bear. This is why hearing that The Oireachtas Committee on Education has strongly recommended that the compulsory sex education curriculum is updated to include LGBTQ+ relationships, is so exciting. It means that, unlike me and my friends, children today will be able to grow up knowing about all types of family structure.They’ll hear at the moment they need to – and not many years too late – that they’re valid and important and good whatever their gender or sexual identity is. There is a fear (and I know this fear comes from the generational lack of LGBTQ+ education) that this is all too ‘adult’ for young children to grasp.‘All children want is for someone to tell them that they’re OK’But the truth is that there’s nothing inherently mature about being LGBTQ+.A little girl with a crush on a girl is having the same vague romantic feelings as a girl with a crush on a boy. Children growing up with two mums or two dads, or trans parents, are as utterly uninterested in thinking about the mechanics of these relationships as the children of one cis mum and one cis dad.All children want is for someone to tell them that they’re OK – and all children need is to hear that being different isn’t the same as being bad. I know from personal experience what a difference talking openly about LGBTQ+ issues can make to children. My books are mystery stories aimed at kids 8+. I try to fill them with people that seem true to life – and that’s always included LGBTQ+ characters.Up until now, they’ve been minor parts of the stories, but in my latest book, Death in the Spotlight, I showed one of my teenage heroines coming out as a lesbian. Daisy’s crush on one of the suspects in the case is less important than the main murder plot, and as mild and full of angsty longing as her best friend Hazel’s heterosexual pining in previous books – but it felt deeply important to me to write.It’s part of who this character is, and I wanted to show that to my readers. I was hoping for positive responses, but what I was not expecting was the outpouring of joy from young fans. Since the book was published in October last year my inbox has been full of kids’ coming-out stories.Children thank me at signings, and one little girl was so thrilled at reading the scene that she screamed and fell down the stairs (she’s fine, don’t worry). Daisy has clearly become the kind of queer role model that my friends and I never had when we were children, and the pride that my fans take in her visibility proves to me how much characters like her – on TV, in films, in games and in books – are necessary.Children need to be taught about all of the possibilities of LGBTQ+ identities, and shown that LGBTQ+ people can be good parents, sportspeople, film stars, doctors, politicians – and detectives. Education reassures, it supports and it combats fear, and we need education as much now as we ever did.We live in a world where misinformation about members of the LGBTQ+ community is rife and easily accessible, a world where marriage equality is not yet a reality for many people, including (and as a British person I feel deep shame about this) Northern Ireland. But I believe that educating children about LGBTQ+ issues at school and in wider life will help show them that a much brighter future is possible.Robin Stevens was born in California and grew up in an Oxford college, across the road from the house where Alice in Wonderland lived. She spent her teenage years at Cheltenham Ladies’ College, reading a lot of murder mysteries and hoping that she’d get the chance to do some detecting herself (she didn’t). Robin is now a full-time author, and her books, the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries and The Guggenheim Mystery, are both award-winning and bestselling. She will appear at the Authors for Oceans event and her own solo event at The International Literature Festival Dublin on Sunday 19 May. For tickets, click here. By Robin Stevens Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Mayo legend Andy Moran announces retirement from intercounty football

first_img Image: James Crombie/INPHO Short URL Mayo legend Andy Moran announces retirement from inter-county football ‘I left the WhatsApp group last night and it sounds silly, but that was the toughest moment of it all.’ https://the42.ie/4783233 46,020 Views MAYO LEGEND ANDY Moran has announced his retirement from inter-county football. Moran revealed the news to Richie Sadlier on Second Captains’ Player’s Chair. “My career is finished as of yesterday, to be honest”, Moran revealed. “We had a conversation with James [Horan] yesterday and let him know it was finished, so I am now refocusing.“My mind is clear now, I can think what is my next step and what I want to get into. I left the WhatsApp group last night. I have had some great memories and made some great friends, and it sounds silly, but that was the toughest moment of it all.” Moran won eight Connacht senior titles with Mayo, and he came exasperatingly close to All-Ireland success, ultimately losing six finals in 2004, 2006, 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2017. He also won a National League title with Mayo earlier this year.  Aug 26th 2019, 6:40 PM Monday 26 Aug 2019, 6:40 PMcenter_img By Gavin Cooney 40 Comments He was the Footballer of the Year in 2017, the same year as he won a second All-Star award to go along with his recognition in 2012. More to follow Share231 Tweet Email Image: James Crombie/INPHO Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

The UK Parliament has been suspended So what happens next

first_img Share5 Tweet Email Image: Don Hammond/PA Images As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Tue 6:16 AM 33 Comments The UK Parliament has been suspended. So what happens next? After MPs rejected an early election once again, parliament has been suspended. https://jrnl.ie/4802371 THE UK PARLIAMENT is closed. After rejecting Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s second attempt to force a general election, parliament was suspended in the early hours of this morning. There were angry scenes in the House of Commons as the procedure took place. Rebellious MPs sang, chanted and attempted to block Speaker John Bercow from entering the House of Lords.  Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeThis past week saw a group of cross-party MPs seize control of the Commons to force through a bill aimed at blocking a no-deal Brexit, veteran Tory MPs ejected from the Conservative Party and Jacob Rees-Mogg lie supine across Commons leather. So what happens now?MPs are due back in parliament on 14 October for what’s known as the Queen’s Speech, which officially opens the House of Commons once again. Three days later on the 17th, EU leaders will gather for a crucial summit in Brussels. It should become clearer at this point if Johnson intends to take Britain out of the EU with a deal or without a deal. Johnson had promised MPs a vote on his Brexit strategy scheduled for 21 and 22 October.But, of course, there is the Benn Bill, which was passed into law yesterday. That bill is designed to extend Article 50 and prevent the UK from leaving the EU without a deal. It would push the current Brexit deadline of 31 October to next year at the earliest.One of the conditions of the bill is that Johnson must either seek MPs’ approval for a withdrawal deal or their approval for a no-deal Brexit by 19 October. Neither of those seem likely outcomes. Related Read Image: Don Hammond/PA Imagescenter_img If Johnson has done neither of these by then, he must request a Brexit extension from the EU until 31 January 2020, the bill states. Johnson, however, has said that he’d rather be “dead in a ditch” than demand an Article 50 extension. He has also said he’d follow the law, though. All in all, after a week of rejections, ejections and rebellions, today is the beginning of the calm before the proverbial. In the meantime, the Labour Party is gearing up for its annual conference which will take place in Brighton from 21 to 25 September. Two days later on the 27th, the Conservative Party will descend on Manchester for its assembly.Amidst all that, it’s being suggested the UK and EU could still do a deal, with the return to the table of a Northern Ireland-only backstop providing a possible solution to the impasse – coupled with an expanded role for Stormont.  02.08.19 Cast-iron and vital, or an anti-democratic bureaucracy: what is the Irish backstop? 24,882 Views By Cónal Thomas Short URL Tuesday 10 Sep 2019, 7:15 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Supreme Court appoints two corruption prosecutors

first_imgThe Supreme Court has appointed two top judicial officials as “corruption prosecutors” in a bid to plow through a plethora of cases of alleged graft and mismanagement of public money.Athens First Instance Court prosecutor Eleni Raikou is to hold the post in the capital while appeals court prosecutor Argyris Dimopoulos is to take the job in Thessaloniki. Raikou played a key role in getting former Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos to face justice for millions of euros in kickbacks he is alleged to have pocketed from defense contracts. Raikou’s new job will be to bring to task other state functionaries found to have mismanaged state money. Dimopoulos will do the same in Thessaloniki, where former Mayor Vassilis Papageorgopoulos was jailed for life in February for embezzlement.Both are to play a key role in speeding up existing corruption probes and will be able to recruit a team of prosecutors to flank them.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

2 million for Demis enterprise startup

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Digital enterprise WeTeachMe, founded by Greek Australian Demi Markogiannaki and her partners, is $2 million richer after splitting the winnings of the inaugural Big Pitch, a private funding competition for technology ideas. WeTeachMe, a platform that combines course-provider software with an online marketplace for short courses, walked away with a prize of $2 million, while ECAL, a calendar-based event marketing platform with high-profile sporting teams as clients, took $2.5 million.Five million dollars was up for grabs in the SiliconValley-styled pitching competition The Big Pitch, launched by Melbourne venture capital fund Oxygen Ventures, the investment vehicle of internet entrepreneur Larry Kestelman. Five finalists pitched live at an evening event on Tuesday at Federation Square in Melbourne in front of an audience and an expert panel that included Dodo founder Larry Kestelman, Network Ten executive general manager Russel Howcroft and BlueChilli founder Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin.WeTeachMe and ECAL were among five finalists from more than 350 formal entries.On Tuesday night, the fast-growing and unique start-up company that Ms Markogiannaki co-founded 18 months ago with partners Cheng Zhu, Kym Huynh and Martin Kemka was awarded for its hard and pioneering work, as a digital platform that helps people to find and book classes and events. The service takes the stress out of paperwork by automating booking and administration processes, making it easy for customers to find and book courses. WeTeachMe is currently on track to have listed over 50,000 courses by the end of 2014. For the young company the award comes as the first funding they ever received, originally making ends meet with founders’ personal savings. For Demi Markogiannaki, who started her career as a journalist at Neos Kosmos, the success takes on a different dimension taking into consideration that she arrived in Australia only five years ago, where she completed post graduate studies in Global Μedia Communications at the University of Melbourne. The name of the 30-year old Greek was recently included on the list of the Top 50 Female Entrepreneurs Under 40 in the magazine Shoestring Startups. For more information, visit www.weteachme.com/last_img read more

AHEPANUGAS business breakfast

first_imgAHEPA Youth and NUGAS Victoria are teaming up to host their second business breakfast with a focus on ‘Building Your Career Brand: How to Stand Out’. The breakfast will see some of Australia’s leading professionals from a variety of industries come together, giving young people the opportunity to pick their brains and acquire some tips on how to make their dreams for the future a reality.The panellists will cover various topics including: how you can stand out, self-differentiate, secure employment and succeed in the workplace.The event will be held at Crown’s Palladium, with a panel including former premier of Victoria, Honorary Jeff Kennett, leading Asia Pacific digital marketing and branding strategist Constantine Frantzeskos, and George Pappas, founder of BCG Australia and Chancellor of Victoria University.A ticketed event, tickets are currently available for purchase online starting from $45, with all tickets including a full Crown signature breakfast.The AHEPA NUGAS Business Breakfast will be held on Tuesday 31 March, 2015 and will run from 7.30 am to 9.30 am at the Crown Palladium. To book tickets, visit www.trybooking.com/GQTZ Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Zorba the Greek at the Hellenic Museum

first_imgThe Oscar-winning film, directed by Michael Cacoyannis, will screen at the Hellenic Museum this Sunday as part of its Summer Cinema Festival 2015. The film is a classic not only for the mesmerising music composed by Mikis Theodorakis or the script based on the book by Nikos Kazantzakis. The characters, played by Alan Bates (Basil), Anthony Quinn (Alexis Zorbas), Irini Pappas (widow) and comedian Sotiris Moustakas (village idiot), practically come alive on screen and dance us into the legends of Crete. Basil, a half Greek, half British writer with a very tight upbringing finds he has a small inheritance on the island of Crete, and travels to the island determined to re-open an old lignite mine and cure his writer’s block. At the port of Piraeus in Athens he becomes acquainted with robust peasant Alexi Zorbas. They become inseparable and after many adventures and realisations, Zorbas ends up changing the Englishman’s life forever.For more information phone: +61 3 8615 9016 and for bookings visit www.eventbrite.com.au/e/zorba-the-greek-tickets-14954549460When: Sunday 8 March. Gates open with cafe and bar at 6.00 pm and screenings start just after dusk, around 9.00 pm Where: Hellenic Museum, 280 William Street, Melbourne, Victoria Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

BoxTown Project

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Just about a year ago, three friends formed BoxTown Project (BTP), an Athens-based video production company producing ads, short films and documentaries where their love for wheels and Greece is more than evident. Melbourne-born Angelos Giotopoulos, Scottish Bob Page and US-raised Peter Boudouris joined their commonly driven creative impulses to produce some very artistic fixed-gear shorts and films about the Athenian street-culture. Apart from a distinctive and unique aesthetic that identifies them as one of Greece’s most promising production businesses, BoxTown Project’s videos deliver some very interesting perspectives about current affairs in Athens and Greece in general. “We met in Athens, and over a period of time realised we had similar creative impulses, as we would always end up talking about ideas for photo shoots or short films, and we started building short video clips just for fun. This is how we began to feel our way through the process,” Bob Page tells Neos Kosmos.“Our first real attempt at documentary filmmaking led to the film Melathiou: a sunny street for shady people, which explored the fixed gear bike scene that was centred around VCA (Vicious Cycles Athens).“BoxTown came into existence during the filming of that project,” he explains.For Angelos Giotopoulos, on the other hand, BoxTown was always there, it just hadn’t been named and the practical side of it never got up and running. “Over the years of being friends, it was unavoidable,” Pete Boudouris adds.“I think we like grasping themes and ideas that we can have fun with and trying different things. BTP isn’t all about fixed gear.”“We are just part of a really close fixed gear community in Athens and have an ongoing project with the riders of the TDA crew,” he goes on.BTP came into the international spotlight with one of their latest videos entitled SYRIZA: The State of Greece, a short documentary that set out to explore the recent changes in the Greek government and its implications for the Greek people and the European community. All participants live and work in Athens and have witnessed first-hand the very public decline of Greece’s economy and global reputation, while some do not have the right to vote in Greece despite their lengthy residence. Amongst them, Greek Australian businessman Nicholas Geronimos, Glaswegian sound-engineer and entrepreneur Stephen Flemming, journalist Giorgos Frantzeskakis and the UK owners of Vicious Cycles Athens. The BoxTown team shot the video in an attempt to convey the people’s rising hope after the elections, though the participants can’t help but question the ideology of the SYRIZA government. “In the weeks surrounding the Greek elections there was a tangible positive buzz in the air, accompanied by a lot of questions and conjecture,” Bob says. “Everyone was talking about the possibilities and pitfalls ahead. It was a small leap for us to decide to explore the subject in a film. This time though we wanted to apply our new-found skills and production values to the piece.”The film about SYRIZA was decided upon in a split second, according to Angelos Giotopoulos, as the BoxTown team felt it was a current and crucial piece that needed to be told through the eyes of the expats living in Greece. “It was a personal approach not only for us but for the interviewees who needed to be heard,” he confesses. “As expats they are not given the opportunity to vote, so this was an opportunity to voice their opinion. We had no agenda, we just let them narrate our documentary.”Some contributors to the SYRIZA documentary absolutely can vote here and the fact that the majority could not became apparent later on in the filmmaking process. We put together a list of people we considered informed and diverse, although not having a female perspective is an omission BoxTown still regrets. “It wasn’t pre-planned – more of a happy accident in terms of adding layers of interest,” Pete says. “We knew from the outset that as a fledgling production company it would be impossible for us to interview any of the major political players but we felt that as expats we had a unique perspective that we hadn’t seen covered in the media.”Both the participants and the BoxTown team feel optimistic about the radical changes the Greek political scene is undergoing; the deeper they look, however, the harder it is to maintain that feeling. The stamina of people living and working in Greece has plummeted, therefore they find themselves grasping any option that seems capable of offering a way out from the harshness of the austerity measures, whether that is the leftists’ SYRIZA or, most disappointingly, the extreme right. The leading party’s decision to form a coalition government with ANEL (a far right-wing party) was indicative of the cracks in its leadership, as ANEL opposed to SYRIZA’s decision to offer immigrants living in Greece citizenship.“Hopefully, a positive outlook is enough to turn things around, at least internally in Greece,” says Bob, despite his fears about the new government’s credibility.“It’s diverting the public’s opinion. And feelings.”Angelos stresses the fact that all people living in Greece are constantly hoping for change, a long-awaited change, which seemed as if it was going to happen, though the way SYRIZA has been priming the pump, it might end up shutting whatever window was left open for Greece. Both Angelos and fellow Greek Australian Nicholas Geronimos, who takes part in the video, are firm believers Greece won’t exit the eurozone.“The question is if SYRIZA can come home with the goods, whatever goods that may be,” Angelos says, contemplating the failed efforts by Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis to reach an agreement on reforms to Greece’s bailout program. “We are hoping we can live with dignity and support one another in our attempt to progress with an intelligent future for Greek society,” he adds, choosing to focus on how more and more people from other parts of the world are changing their way of thinking.The BoxTown Project trio has just released a slightly more stylised fixed gear short that they are excited about, titled Last Man, which shall be followed by some music videos for local bands.“We have a good list of projects to keep us creative and productive. I believe this is what we all need to be doing,” Angelos says.And he couldn’t be more right, as times of crisis have always been a springboard for creativity.* For more information and to watch Boxtown’s short documentaries, check out their vimeo channel here www.vimeo.com/boxtownprojectlast_img read more

And the 2017 Emerging Cultural City is … Athens

first_imgCrisis-ridden Athens still manages to shine. Last week it was acknowledged with a Leading Culture Destinations Award. In a ceremony held in London, Athens was named the 2017 Emerging Cultural City of the Year “for managing to maintain a thriving cultural scene despite the country’s protracted financial crisis”. “Our city is attractive, safe and open to innovation,” said Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis, who received the award on behalf of Greece. He took the opportunity to reaffirm the city’s commitment to cultural excellence, pointing out that it has also been named UNESCO’S World Book Capital for 2018. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Greek air fleet hailed as best of NATO for 2018

first_imgGreek pilots were named the best among those that belong in the NATO-affiliated nations, after a great showing of their capabilities in Albacete of Spain. In fact, this is the second year in a row that Greece has won this award and more specifically the award for the Best Warrior in the World.The competition took place at the Air Base Los Blancos during the 3rd Air Training Series for the 2018 Tactical Leadership Program from 10 September all the way to 4 October.Three hundred and thirty one squads from NATO participated in the program, and completed simulations of missions on the national and NATO levels in order to help all personnel become more accustomed to the procedures, with Greek pilots projecting their exemplary skills. They were voted as Best Warriors by the participating Fighter Operators. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Apple contraint de casser les prix de liPad

first_imgApple contraint de casser les prix de l’iPadÉtats-Unis – Une rumeur court sur la Toile : le nouveau jouet de Steve Jobs ne convient pas au grand public.La marque à la pomme se verrait contrainte de revoir sa gamme de prix. Les consommateurs ne seraient pas convaincus par la tablette iPad : d’une part, ils trouvent son prix inabordable, d’autre part, ses caractéristiques sont controversées.À lire aussiiPad Air 2 : Keynote confirmée, tout ce que l’on sait sur la future tablette AppleEn effet, les prévisions sur les ventes de l’iPad ne sont pas à la hauteur des espérances d’Apple : la demande n’afflue pas. Si le buzz a fonctionné, le concept lui n’a pas vraiment séduit la clientèle visée. La campagne marketing, pourtant suivie et attendue, a déçu les consommateurs : le prix de la tablette tactile est excessif. Pour motiver l’acte d’achat, la marque se verrait contrainte de le revoir à la baisse.De plus, la nouvelle création est dépréciée : les caractéristiques et les défauts du “gros iPhone” n’ont pas satisfait le grand public. Entre l’iPhone et l’iPod Touch, l’iPad fait l’objet de rumeurs : Apple serait en train de réviser le projet, contraint notamment d’y incorporer un capteur photo et vidéo. L’excellent coup marketing du produit a pourtant suscité de l’intérêt auprès d’autres distributeurs. La concurrence est bel et bien décidée à suivre Apple, et à intégrer le marché des tablettes tactiles. Mais Steve Jobs ne veut pas seulement en faire partie, il veut aussi le développer : reste a savoir s’il sera prêt à jouer la guerre des prix afin d’en rester le leader.Le 10 février 2010 à 10:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Climat les thèses de Claude Allègre réfutées par lAcadémie des Sciences

first_imgClimat : les thèses de Claude Allègre réfutées par l’Académie des SciencesFrance – L’Académie des Sciences a remis ce jeudi 28 octobre à la ministre de la Recherche Valérie Pécresse, un rapport sur le réchauffement de la planète et l’impact de l’activité humaine sur ce changement climatique. Ce document réfute les thèses défendues par Claude Allègre, l’un des membres de l’Académie.L’Académie confirme en effet dans son rapport adopté à l’unanimité par ses membres, que l’augmentation du CO2rejeté dans l’atmosphère, engendrée par les activités humaines, est bien la cause principale du changement climatique. “Plusieurs indicateurs indépendants montrent une augmentation du réchauffement climatique de 1975 à 2003. Cette augmentation est principalement due à l’augmentation de la concentration du CO2 dans l’atmosphère”, lit-on dans les conclusions de l’étude.Le rapport est donc en totale contradiction avec les idées soutenues par l’ancien ministre de l’Éducation Claude Allègre. Membre de l’Académie des Sciences, ce dernier contestait en effet dans son livre L’Imposture climatique, la thèse largement adoptée par les climatologues internationaux quant au lien existant entre changement climatique et émissions de CO2dont l’Homme est responsable. Dans son livre, M. Allègre met en cause les travaux du Giec (Groupe d’experts intergouvernementaux sur le climat), s’insurgeant contre la mobilisation internationale autour “d’un mythe sans fondement”. Il assure que les nuages ou l’activité solaire ont des impacts plus déterminants sur le changement climatique que l’augmentation du CO2, dont il dément le lien avec le réchauffement planétaire. Or, “l’activité solaire, qui a légèrement décru en moyenne depuis 1975, ne peut être dominante dans le réchauffement observé sur cette période” assure l’Académie. Les conclusions de cette dernière ayant été adoptées à l’unanimité, il semble que Claude Allègre ait finalement changé d’avis. “Il a le droit d’évoluer”, s’est contenté de déclarer à ce sujet le président de l’Académie, Jean Salençon. Pour la ministre de la Recherche Valérie Pécresse, qui avait réclamé en avril dernier cet état des lieux, “la polémique est close”.Le 28 octobre 2010 à 16:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Hépatite C de nouveaux espoirs de guérison

first_imgHépatite C : de nouveaux espoirs de guérisonDe nouvelles découvertes et de nouveaux médicaments visant à traiter l’hépatite C laissent espérer les chercheurs spécialisés que le nombre de guérisons pourrait augmenter de 50%.Actuellement 230.000 individus sont touchés par la forme chronique de l’hépatite C en France. Une partie de ces individus ne survivront pas à la maladie, ce qu’essayent de changer aujourd’hui les chercheurs. Plusieurs nouveaux traitements sont ainsi mis au point et étudiés tandis que deux nouveaux médicaments doivent faire leur apparition sur le marché sous le nom de Boceprevir et Telaprevir, deux antiviraux, explique Le Figaro. Ces deux nouveaux médicaments ont pour but de traiter les individus touchés par le virus “de génotype 1” soit un malade sur deux.Les chercheurs pensent ainsi que si ces nouveaux médicaments sont associés au traitement par interféron pégylé et ribavirine utilisé actuellement, le taux de guérison des malades touchés par l’hépatite C pourrait augmenter de 45 à 70%. Et Le Figaro d’expliquer que si une infection au virus de “génotype 1” de l’hépatite C passe souvent inaperçue, il arrive que le corps ne parvienne pas à l’éliminer, ce qui entraine la multiplication du virus dans le foie, la fibrose ou la cirrhose. Il n’existe aucun vaccin contre l’hépatite C aujourd’hui et le virus se transmet par voie sanguine. La meilleure défense reste le dépistage et le traitement précoce qui divise par 7 le risque de cancer.Le 30 novembre 2010 à 17:21 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les antidépresseurs boosteraient la production de neurones

first_imgLes antidépresseurs boosteraient la production de neuronesPour la première fois, des chercheurs anglais sont parvenus à identifier le mode de fonctionnement des antidépresseurs. Ils stimuleraient la formation de nouveaux neurones en agissant sur les récepteurs des hormones du stress.Avec plus de 385 millions d’euros remboursés par la Sécurité sociale en 2009, les antidépresseurs font partie des médicaments les plus prescrits et vendus en France. Pourtant jusqu’ici, les scientifiques ignoraient encore leur mode de fonctionnement exact au niveau du cerveau. Aujourd’hui, une équipe de chercheurs du King’s College de Londres semble avoir élucidé le mystère. Selon leurs résultats publiés dans la revue Molecular Psychiatry, ces médicaments agiraient sur la neurogénèse par l’intermédiaire du récepteur aux hormones de stress.À lire aussiMini-cerveaux, “gène homosexuel” et allergie, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 31 aoûtContrairement à ce que l’on a longtemps pensé, certaines régions cérébrales continuent à produire des neurones durant toute la vie. Mais chez les patients souffrant de dépression, les scientifiques ont découvert que ce processus de neurogénèse était fortement perturbé. S’ils ignorent encore si cela est un symptôme ou l’origine de la maladie, il paraissait évident que l’un des effets des antidépresseurs était justement de restaurer cette production. Par ailleurs, des études précédentes ont démontré que ces molécules étaient aussi liées aux hormones du stress connues sous le nom de glucocorticoïdes. Pour en savoir plus, Christoph Anacker et ses collègues ont donc décidé de tester si l’antidépresseur Sertraline agissait sur le récepteur des hormones. Ils ont ainsi cultivé en laboratoire des précurseurs de cellules d’hippocampe cérébral avant d’ajouter de la Sertraline. Dix jours plus tard, les scientifiques ont observé dans la culture une augmentation de 25% du nombre de neurones. En bloquant le récepteur aux glucocorticoïdes, ils n’ont constaté en revanche aucune augmentation, indiquant ainsi que ceci serait bien la voie emprunté par les antidépresseurs. “Les hormones glucocorticoïdes et les antidépresseurs agissent tous deux sur le récepteur, mais ils le font de manière différente”, a expliqué Christoph Anacker. Confirmant le rôle du système hormonal du stress, ces résultats pourraient alors permettre aux chercheurs de développer des médicaments contre la dépression plus efficaces et davantage ciblés.Le 19 avril 2011 à 18:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les forêts vierges indispensables à la préservation de la biodiversité

first_imgLes forêts vierges indispensables à la préservation de la biodiversitéProtéger les forêts vierges est indispensable à la conservation de la biodiversité des régions tropicales. Une équipe de chercheurs de l’université de Singapour explique cette nécessité dans une récente étude.Les forêts vierges, dites également primaires, espaces ni exploités, ni fragmentés, ni influencés par l’homme, doivent à tout prix être protégées pour préserver la biodiversité abritée par les régions tropicales. Dans une étude publiée par la revue Nature et rapportée par le site Sciences et Avenir, des chercheurs de l’Université de Singapour évoquent cette nécessité.À lire aussiLa migration de millions de crabes rouges filmée sur l’île de ChristmasLes forêts dégradées ou transformées, comme les forêts secondaires, ne peuvent pas abriter une faune et une flore aussi riche que celle offerte par les forêts vierges. Pour parvenir à cette conclusion, les chercheurs ont examiné près de 140 études sur la biodiversité de forêts d’Asie, d’Amérique latine et d’Afrique. Les impacts de l’exploitation des espaces forestiers ne sont pas les mêmes selon les régions. Mais dans tous les cas, l’influence de l’homme sur les forêts mène toujours à une perte de biodiversité.Comme le notent les chercheurs, les oiseaux sont les animaux les plus vulnérables face aux modifications exercées sur leur habitat dans les forêts tropicales. Les auteurs de l’étude considèrent comme urgente et indispensable la mise en place d’actions en faveur des forêts primaires. Si aucun effort n’est réalisé pour les préserver, ce sont les richesses qu’elles abritent qui disparaîtront avec elles.Le 19 septembre 2011 à 13:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Toshiba un moniteur usb de 14 pouces prochainement disponible

first_imgToshiba : un moniteur usb de 14 pouces prochainement disponibleToshiba commercialisera un moniteur d’appoint USB de 14 pouces qui dispose d’un avantage indéniable : il est autoalimenté.Toshiba commercialisera prochainement un moniteur d’appoint USB de 14 pouces, autoalimenté. Il peut être utilisé avec un ordinateur ou une tablette en tant qu’écran secondaire. Cet écran peut afficher une image en résolution 1366 par 768 pixels.Cependant, la luminosité de l’écran est limitée à 220cd/m² et à un contraste de 400:1 du fait de la connectique (USB) selon Clubic. De même, le temps de réponse de l’écran est de 16 ms, un peu long mais acceptable, surtout pour l’utiliser dans le cadre de la bureautique.L’écran pèse moins de 800 grammes. Son étui de transport fait également office de support. L’écran coûtera 170 euros mais sa date de sortie française n’est pas encore connue.Le 27 octobre 2011 à 19:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Iomega présente deux nouveaux disques durs externes NAS

first_imgIomega présente deux nouveaux disques durs externes NASA la veille de l’ouverture du CES de Las Vegas, la firme Iomega dévoile deux nouveaux modèles de disques dur externes NAS, ou serveurs de stockage en réseau. Le premier, le StorCenter ix2, est idéal pour les PME désireuses de partager et protéger leurs données. Destiné à un usage familial, le second, l’EZ Media and Backup Center, est parfait pour stocker chez soi son propre cloud.Le CES 2012 s’ouvrira demain à Las Vegas, mais déjà les constructeurs ont révélé les nouveautés qu’ils prévoient d’y présenter. Iomega vient ainsi de dévoiler deux nouveaux modèles de NAS, des disques durs externes connectés au réseau local.À lire aussiL’objet Geek du Weekend : le Koubachi Wi-FiLe StorCenter ix2 vise les petites et moyennes entreprises qui souhaitent rendre leurs données accessibles à leur personnel tout en assurant leur protection. Disponible en plusieurs versions allant jusqu’à 6 TB de capacité de stockage, ce nouveau modèle intègre une nouvelle mouture de l’interface Iomega Personal Cloud. Le StorCenter ix2 offre en outre des fonctions de vidéosurveillance, de sauvegarde automatisée dans le Cloud, et permet la synchronisation de dossiers entre deux NAS via Internet. Il sera disponible dès le mois de février à des prix allant de 420 dollars (330 euros) pour la version 2 TB, et 770 dollars (600 euros environ) pour 6 TB.Baptisé EZ Media and Backup Center, le second NAS dévoilé par Iomega est plutôt destiné à un usage familial. Il a pour but de rendre accessibles en streaming les photos, vidéos et musiques stockées sur le disque, et de les partager via divers périphériques.  Il intègre le support pour TimeMachine et Bittorrent, avec des dossiers actifs permettant d’automatiser l’ajout de contenus sur les plate-formes sociales telles Facebook ou YouTube. Côté prix, le premier modèle, qui dispose d’un espace de 1 TB, sera vendu 220 dollars (173 euros). Il faudra compter 300 dollars (236 euros) pour 2 TB, et 400 dollars (315 euros) pour 3 TB. Le 11 janvier 2012 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Un bruit de fond modéré stimule la créativité

first_imgUn bruit de fond modéré stimule la créativitéPubliée dans le Journal of Consumer Research, une étude américaine montre que la créativité d’une personne augmente quand celle-ci est entourée d’un bruit de fond modéré, mais retombe lorsque ce dernier devient trop fort. Un fait qui intéresse les promoteurs de nouveaux produits pour mieux gérer leurs espaces de vente… Une équipe internationale de scientifiques a établi expérimentalement qu’un modeste niveau de bruit ambiant (environ 70 décibels, soit l’équivalent d’une voiture de tourisme circulant sur une route) améliore les performances sur des tâches créatives, mais qu’un niveau élevé de bruit (85 décibels, soit l’équivalent du bruit du trafic sur une route principale) nuit à la créativité en réduisant le traitement de l’information. “Nous avons découvert qu’il y a une relation en ‘U’ inversé (courbe) entre le niveau de bruit et la créativité”, résume Ravi Mehta, de l’Université de l’Illinois cité par Sci-news.À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Une réalité qui s’applique aussi à la réceptivité à des idées innovantes… ou à de nouveaux produits. Car c’est là le but essentiel de la recherche : savoir comment les gestionnaires d’un point de vente doivent aménager au mieux celui-ci pour permettre au consommateur d’être le plus sensible possible aux nouveaux concepts ou produits. Pour les besoins de l’expérience, le bruit testé était bien sûr un brouhaha de voix, comme dans un supermarché…”Il s’agit de recherches auxquelles les gens peuvent se rapporter presque immédiatement : ‘Je travaille dans un café : comment le volume de la musique d’ambiance affecte-t-il ma performance ?’. Nos résultats impliquent que, au lieu de s’enterrer dans une pièce calme pour essayer de trouver une solution [à un problème], marcher à l’extérieur ou entrer dans un environnement relativement bruyant comme un café peut (…) générer des idées créatives”, conclut toutefois le Pr Mehta.Le 19 mai 2012 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Mega le site est bien accessible mais reste très lent

first_imgMega : le site est bien accessible mais reste très lentIl est possible d’accéder et de s’inscrire sur Mega malgré des ralentissements conséquents, probablement dus à un très grand nombre de connections simultanées. Kim Dotcom évoque des milliers d’inscriptions par minute.Le site Mega est bel et bien en ligne, nous avons pu y accéder et nous y inscrire, mais il reste encore extrêmement lent samedi soir à 19h20. Il est néanmoins possible de s’y connecter et de commencer à uploader des fichiers, parfois à une vitesse bonne à rappeler à notre souvenir les modems 56K. On peut tout de même noter que le site est déjà disponible en de très nombreuses langues et que l’interface épurée reste très efficace. Le logo Mega est par contre encore accompagné de la mention Béta.Bref, nous vous conseillons pour l’instant de patienter encore un peu avant d’en profiter pleinement à moins de vouloir vraiment tenter votre chance. Kim Dotcom vient de déclarer sur Tweeter que le site était très occupé et qu’il comptait des milliers d’inscription par minute. Ces ralentissements semblent en tous cas être une bonne jauge du succès du site.Le 19 janvier 2013 à 19:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more