The cold snap is over It will be a balmy 13 degrees

first_img Source: Met Éireann/Twitter http://jrnl.ie/3122122 Becoming milder as southerly winds freshen. Rain in the west by morning, slowly spreading countrywide but patchy further east. Highs 12or13C— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) December 5, 2016 RECENT WEEKS HAVE been very cold, but Ireland is going to be a lot warmer today with highest temperatures set to reach 12 or 13 degrees.There’ll be plenty of rain about, but the unseasonably warm weather will persist until this evening, and will remain for the next few days.Wet and foggy conditions will be found throughout the country this morning but temperatures will remain in the low teens, according to Met Éireann.They do point out, however, that outbreaks of rain will develop in western coastal counties which will become more widespread throughout the day. 12,395 Views By Sean Murray The cold snap is over: It will be a balmy 13 degrees today And it could get even warmer tomorrow. 7 Comments Met Éireann said: “Very misty and damp again tonight with occasional rain. Temperatures falling no lower than 9 or 10 degrees.Little change tomorrow with low cloud and poor visisbility; further outbreaks of rain through the day also. Highest temperatures of 13 to 15 degrees in fresh southerly winds.Read: It’s going to be foggy AND freezing across the country this morningRead: Much of the country is waking up to very cold conditions this morningcenter_img Image: Brian Lawless PA Archive/PA Images Image: Brian Lawless PA Archive/PA Images Share65 Tweet Email1 Tuesday 6 Dec 2016, 8:01 AM Short URL Dec 6th 2016, 8:01 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Health Minister slams false and unfounded claims from antivaccine campaigners

first_imgFactCheck: No, the reported side effects of the HPV vaccine do NOT outweigh the proven benefits> 9,198 Views Image: Shutterstock/MAGNIFIER Share Tweet Email1 http://jrnl.ie/3361692 By Christina Finn Apr 28th 2017, 6:20 AM Friday 28 Apr 2017, 6:20 AM Health Minister slams ‘false’ and ‘unfounded’ claims from anti-vaccine campaigners Highlighting the particular case of the HPV vaccine, Harris said he is very concerned about the fall in the uptake rate, which is heading below 50%. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/MAGNIFIER HPV stands for Human Papillomavirus, and is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections, with almost all men and women contracting it at some point in their lives.According to the HSE, 80% of women contract HPV, usually in their late teens or 20s.The HPV vaccine used in the school programme is called Gardasil, and protects against four out of 170 types of the virus: numbers 6, 11, 16, 18.HPV vaccine “There is no scientific evidence that the HPV vaccine causes any long-term illness. However, this misinformation has led to a significant drop in uptake rates of the HPV vaccine. This means that a large cohort of girls are now at risk of developing cervical cancer later in their lives,” said the Wicklow TD.“This is a clear and present danger. We know what can happen from our own fairly recent experience. The scare surrounding the MMR vaccine in the 1990s resulted in a large reduction in uptake rates for this vaccine,” he added.When there was an outbreak of measles in Dublin in January 2000 more than 100 children were hospitalised, he said, adding that 13 children required intensive care treatment, while there were three measles related deaths.The minister is not the only politician to voice his concerns about the campaign against the vaccine.Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell recently told the Oireachtas Health Committee that forty women will die of cervical cancer as a result of the falling uptake in the HPV vaccine.Impact on society Harris said that despite the availability of free and effective vaccines, the small number of people making the choice not to vaccinate themselves or their children are having a wider impact on society.People need to be aware that a personal decision not to vaccinate has a wider public impact. Such a decision may put their own life and that of their child at risk, and it may also put at risk other vulnerable individuals that they come into contact with – people with a reduced immunity such as sick and elderly vulnerable patients, pregnant women or small babies who have not yet completed all their vaccinations.However, despite warnings about the HPV vaccine, Harris said he was glad to say Ireland’s uptake rates for many vaccines in the Primary Childhood Immunisation Programme are close to the World Health Organisation (WHO) uptake target of 95%.Despite this figure, the minister said there was no room for complacency.“Due to the success of our programme, many vaccine preventable diseases have become so infrequent that we have lost the collective memory of how serious some childhood illnesses can be. We cannot become victims of our own success,” he concluded.Read: ‘Forty young Irish girls will die of cervical cancer as a result of falling HPV vaccine rates’ says Fine Gael TD>Read: ‘Ireland needs assurances about Sellafield safety as UK withdraws from EU nuclear safety group’> HEALTH MINISTER SIMON HARRIS had harsh words for anti-vaccine campaigners yesterday whose comments he said are putting the lives of children and adults at risk.At the launch of the Irish vaccines report yesterday the minister said some people have misconceived ideas associated with the risks of vaccines.Highlighting the particular case of the HPV vaccine, Harris said he is very concerned about the fall in the uptake rate, which is heading below 50%.Harris said the decline is partly due to a campaign of misinformation about the vaccine – claims he states are “false” and “unfounded”.Anti-vaccine campaigners One campaign group that has come to prominence in recent years is Regret, which questions the safety of the HPV vaccine, claiming it caused illness in 400 Irish teenage girls and young women after they took it. 77 Comments last_img read more

Former Sinn Féin councillor waterboarded and threatened to chop up man court

first_img Short URL Friday 28 Apr 2017, 4:04 PM 29,821 Views By Daniel Hickey Former Sinn Féin councillor ‘waterboarded and threatened to chop up man’ court hears The two men had met after Jonathan Dowdall had advertised a motorbike for sale on DoneDeal.ie. Jonathan Dowdall Apr 28th 2017, 4:04 PM http://jrnl.ie/3364371 No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Updated 7.10pmA FORMER SINN Fein councillor waterboarded and threatened to kill a man who he believed was trying to defraud him, the Special Criminal Court heard today.Footage recorded on a mobile phone was shown to the court of Jonathan Dowdall (38) wearing a balaclava and holding a tea-towel to the man’s face before pouring water over his head.The court heard that Dowdall believed the victim, Alexander Hurley, was pretending to be a barrister and that he was seeking Dowdall’s bank details in order to defraud him.The two men had met after Dowdall had advertised a motorbike for sale on DoneDeal.ie.Dowdall, with an address at Navan Road, Dublin 7 and his father Patrick Dowdall (59), of the same address, had both admitted to falsely imprisoning Hurley by detaining him without his consent at Navan Road, Dublin 7 on 15 January, 2015.Both men had also pleaded guilty to threatening to kill Hurley at the same place on the same date.USBToday Detective Inspector William Hanrahan, of the Special Detective Unit, summarised the facts of the case.He told prosecuting counsel Vincent Heneghan SC that on March 9th last year gardai were searching Jonathan Dowdall’s house on the Navan Road, in relation to a separate matter, when they found a USB flash drive.When gardai examined the flashdrive, they discovered that it contained footage of a man imprisoned in Dowdall’s garage, the court heard.The victim, Alexander Hurley, was located by gardai on May 28th last year, and he gave a statement about the incident.The court heard that on 1 January 2015, Hurley contacted Jonathan Dowdall through DoneDeal.ie about a motorcycle Dowdall had advertised for sale.Hurley expressed interest in the motorbike and on January 12th he met with the Dowdalls in their house, where he was shown the motorbike.Later he was contacted by Jonathan Dowdall. They discussed the purchase. Hurley said that he was waiting for a loan from the Credit Union.On 15 January, Hurley got a phonecall from Jonathan Dowdall, who invited him to dinner at his house that evening.Hurley told the guards that he thought the invitation was a “bit unusual” but that Jonathan Dowdall insisted Hurley attend, saying that his father had enjoyed his company.That night, Hurley went to the house.PetrifiedHe told the gardai that as soon as he arrived he was pushed into the garage and backed into a swivel-chair by Patrick Dowdall.He was “petrified”, he said.He was tied to the chair with cable-ties and told by Patrick Dowdall that he was a “lying bastard from the sewer”.Patrick Dowdall told Hurley that if he wanted to get out alive he better tell Jonathan what he wants to hear.Hurley, the court heard, was left alone in the garage and he heard the Dowdalls discussing what to do with him.They said they would feed him to the dogs, chop him up and store him in a BMW if he didn’t tell the truth.When they returned, Jonathan Dowdall was wearing a balaclava and he asked Hurley to tell the truth and called him a thief.A person appeared at the door with a bucket of water and a tea-towel.Jonathan Dowdall put the tea-towel over Hurley’s face and poured a full bucket of water over his head, the court heard.“I thought I was being drowned,” Hurley said. “I couldn’t breathe.”Another bucket of water was poured over his head and he was told he had one more chance to tell the truth.He was told he was not a barrister, that he was a fraudster, and that he would be chopped up and brought to Tyrone.The court heard that he was told he was a “stupid dumbfuck to mess with the head of the IRA” and that Jonathan Dowdall was a “good friend of Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald”.He was told if he contacted gardai he would be killed.Patrick Dowdall threatened to pull off his fingers one by one with a pliers.Bank detailsHurley told the guards that the Dowdalls were asking him why he had sought Jonathan Dowdall’s bank details and that the father and son were concerned Hurley was trying to defraud them.The entire ordeal, the court heard, lasted for three hours.Three video clips, recorded on a mobile phone, were shown to the court.The first of three clips, from 12 January 2015, showed Hurley trying on motorcycle gear in the Dowdalls’ garage.In the second and third clips, from 15 January, Hurley was seen bound to a swivel-chair in the garage. The swivel-chair had been pushed to its side and Hurley’s head was on the floor.The video showed Jonathan Dowdall hold a tea-towel over Hurley’s face and pour a bucket of water over his head.The former councillor repeatedly asked Hurley, “What were you going to do with my bank details?”Hurley said that he had applied for a loan.Jonathan Dowdall said, “I’m going to cut you up piece-by-piece.”“Please don’t hurt me,” Hurley said.The court then saw Jonathan Dowdall use an electric razor to shave Hurley’s head. He asked again, “What were you doing with my bank details?”He told Hurley, “It’s all over Facebook you’re one of the biggest conmen going.”Jonathan Dowdall held Hurley down and poured another bucket of water over his head.Later, the swivel-chair was lifted up.Patrick Dowdall was heard saying, “I’m going to start with the little one and work my way up to your thumbs.”The court heard that neither Jonathan nor Patrick Dowdall have any previous convictions.Michael O’Higgins SC, for Jonathan Dowdall, and Michael Bowman SC, for Patrick Dowdall, told the court that their clients wanted to apologise for the violence and threats inflicted on the injured party.The court heard that Jonathan Dowdall, a married man with four children, is a qualified electrician who in 2007 went into business himself, securing contracts with Bank of Ireland and G4S, a security company.O’Higgins said that he is “a man who lives for his family and has invested very heavily in his family”.The barrister said that after meeting Hurley his client he had searched online and discovered that a number of complaints had been made regarding transactions with Hurley. There was a reference to a man who had sold a car and was paid by Hurley in a Euro cheque but the cheque had bounced.O’Higgins said that Dowdall was under huge pressure and that his business depended on a good credit rating.He wanted to frighten Hurley, the court heard, into not using his bank details.The court also heard that Hurley’s profile on LinkedIn showed the official logo of the Law Library and stated that he was a barrister since July 2011.Detective Inspector Hanrahan agreed with O’Higgins that Hurley is not a barrister.Hurley has two convictions for fraud.In a victim impact statement, read to the court by Heneghan, Hurley said that it was a “brutal and heinous act of crime” and that his “life has turned into a tower collapsing”.He said that he has lost his job and his friends and that the “psychological injuries will never heal completely.”Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy, presiding, sitting with Judge Sinead Ni Chulachain and Judge James Faughnan, remanded the Dowdalls in custody until 19 May, when they will be sentenced.WelcomeIn a statement this evening, Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald said that she welcomed the conviction of Dowdall.“The details of the attack perpetrated by him are deeply shocking,” she said. “I hope the sentence delivered by the courts reflects the seriousness of the offence and the trauma endured by the victim.Jonathan Dowdall left Sinn Féin some years ago. He subsequently worked with, and supported, a political opponent of Sinn Féin in the Dublin Central Constituency.With reporting from Sean MurrayComments are closed as the matter is before the courts Jonathan Dowdall Share Tweet Email3 last_img read more

Irelands largest windfarm begins powering 50000 homes

first_img Mar 23rd 2017, 5:25 PM 117 Comments By Gráinne Ní Aodha Ireland’s largest windfarm begins powering 50,000 homes The windfarm is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 100,000 tonnes each year. Short URL Source: EnergiaIRELAND’S LARGEST WINDFARM at Meenadreen in south Donegal, has begun to supply power to homes and businesses across Ireland.The windfarm contains 38 turbines and is capable of producing enough electricity to power 50,000 homes. 39,431 Views center_img Thursday 23 Mar 2017, 5:25 PM https://jrnl.ie/3303352 Source: EnergiaIt is the culmination of years of development work and construction, which started in 2014, took 26 months to complete.Energia Renewables has invested €145 million to develop the windfarm, bringing its total investment in wind farms developments to over €500 million.Meenadreen is expected to reduce Ireland’s carbon dioxide emissions by 100,000 tonnes each year. Source: EnergiaEnergia Renewables say they supply 25% of Ireland’s wind power to Irish homes and businesses.Peter Baillie, Managing Director of Energia Renewables, commented, “Since 2008 Energia has invested over €350 million in developing and constructing new windfarms. We are very proud to have delivered this large-scale project and to finally see it start supplying energy to homes and businesses around the island of Ireland.”Read: ‘It’s a disaster’: Family affected by windfarm’s turbine flickerRead: The distance from a wind turbine to a house should be 10 times its height says new bill Share1630 Tweet Email10 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Denis OBrien loses defamation case against Sunday Business Post

first_img Short URL Updated Mar 1st 2019, 4:13 PM DENIS O’BRIEN has lost his legal case against the Sunday Business Post newspaper.The businessman has taken a High Court action claiming defamation against the newspaper over articles published across six pages of the newspaper on 15 March 2015.The court heard from three witnesses – O’Brien, journalist and former deputy editor at the SBP Tom Lyons, and its former editor Ian Kehoe – during the trial.Lyons and Kehoe denied defaming O’Brien in those articles over the course of their testimony.The 11 jurors began deliberating yesterday afternoon but could not reach a verdict by the evening.This afternoon, the jury said they didn’t believe it was possible to reach a unanimous verdict after over five hours of deliberations.Mr Justice Bernard Barton told the jury: “There are circumstances, and this is one of them, where a court can accept a majority verdict.”He said there were very strict conditions attached, with a majority of at least nine jurors needed to reach a decision.When they returned just after 4pm, after deliberating for over seven horus, they returned a majority verdict that O’Brien hadn’t been defamed.Following a submission by Michael McDowell SC for the Sunday Business Post, O’Brien will pay the costs involved in this case. Judge Barton thanked the jury for their service, and exempted them from further service for a period of 10 years. Speaking outside the court, Lyons said it is a “great day for Irish journalism”.“We stood up to him. We fought for a full month. We stuck to our guns, and we told the truth, did the right thing and thankfully the jury came down on our side,” he added.Kehoe said the “easy thing” to do would have been to “cave and not fight these cases”, but they’d “fought it at every step of the way”. The Sunday Business Post welcomed the verdict and said the issues raised in this action are “of critical importance for the media in Ireland”.CEO Siobhán Lennon said the newspaper prides itself on “its independence and objectivity”. “Now more than ever a strong, independent and objective media is essential to a functioning democracy,” she said.“The case highlights the extent to which Ireland’s defamation laws place significant constraints on all Irish media outlets in their efforts to provide robust, objective and fair scrutiny of all the stories that matter to Irish democracy. We believe it is time for action to reform the relevant defamation laws and to ensure that the media are liberated from unreasonable pressures which currently exist.”Comments are closed for legal reasons Friday 1 Mar 2019, 4:13 PM Denis O’Brien arriving at the High Court earlier this week. 46,463 Views Share395 Tweet Email6 Mar 1st 2019, 12:54 PM By Sean Murraycenter_img Denis O’Brien loses defamation case against Sunday Business Post O’Brien has taken a case against the Sunday Business Post over a set of articles published in March 2015. No Comments https://jrnl.ie/4518864 Denis O’Brien arriving at the High Court earlier this week. Image: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ie Image: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Man 20s arrested over shooting incident outside school in west Dublin

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4575859 Where it is necessary to offer specific counselling support to any individual pupils, in relation to yesterday’s incident, this will be provided.Gardaí are still appealing for witnesses to the incident.Anyone who was in the vicinity of the school between 3pm and 3.40pm yesterday is urged to come forward.Similarly, anyone driving along the Blanchardstown Road North who may dashcam footage, or anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area in recent days are asked to make contact.People with information can contact Blanchardstown Garda Station on 01 666 9700, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any garda station. With reporting from Adam Daly GARDAÍ IN BLANCHARDSTOWN have arrested a man in his 20s over a shooting outside a school yesterday afternoon.At 3.40pm yesterday, around the time that classes for the day were finishing at Riversdale Community College in the Corduff area, shots were fired outside the school on Blanchardstown Road North.Security sources told TheJournal.ie that a number of shots were fired during the incident and that the intended target was “extremely lucky” not to have suffered any injuries. Following the incident, a number of searches were carried out by armed gardaí on addresses in the area.More searches were carried out this afternoon by investigating gardaí, and this led to the arrest of the man today.He is being detained at Blanchardstown Garda Station under Section 30 of Offences Against the State Act 1939, and can be detained for up to 72 hours. The Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB), the patron of Riversdale Community College, told TheJournal.ie that “all school activities are proceeding entirely as normal and will continue to do so”.DDLETB said that it is currently providing advice to the teaching staff on how they, in turn, can provide support and advice to pupils. 10 Comments Share22 Tweet Email1 Apr 3rd 2019, 8:19 PM 14,062 Views Short URL The school in Blanchardstown Image: Google Maps Wednesday 3 Apr 2019, 8:19 PM The school in Blanchardstown Man (20s) arrested over shooting incident outside school in west Dublin Gardaí arrested the man after carrying out searches in the Corduff area this afternoon. Image: Google Maps By Sean Murray Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

British farright figure Tommy Robinson to run in EU elections

first_img Image: PA Wire Short URL Thursday 25 Apr 2019, 4:46 PM Image: PA Wire By Rónán Duffy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 23,608 Views Share Tweet Email1 134 Comments British far-right figure Tommy Robinson to run in EU elections Robinson was the founder of the anti-Islam English Defence League. BRITISH FAR-RIGHT figure Tommy Robinson says he is running in the upcoming European elections in the UK.Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was the founder of the anti-Islam English Defence League and was recently banned from Facebook.The social media giant said in February that it had banned Robinson for repeatedly “using dehumanising language and calling for violence targeted at Muslims”.In a post today on his website, Robinson said “the elites have tried to silence my voice” and that he is running for the European Parliament as a way to “fight back”.Last year, Robinson was jailed for 10 months for contempt of court after filming four men in an ongoing trial and broadcasting the footage online.The men were subsequently convicted of gang-raping a teenage girl.Robinson had garnered a large following on social media before his arrest which grew when he was incarcerated.Recently, he spoke on stage outside the House of Commons during pro-Brexit rallies that were held there on 29 March.Robison says he will be running in the UK’s North West England region which has 8 seats.  https://jrnl.ie/4606858 Apr 25th 2019, 4:47 PM last_img read more

Turkey votes in pivotal test for Erdogan against charismatic and crowdpulling rival

first_img Sunday 24 Jun 2018, 2:05 PM Share11 Tweet Email 9 Comments 7,565 Views By AFP Turkey votes in pivotal test for Erdogan against charismatic and crowd-pulling rival Critics accuse Erdogan of trampling on civil liberties and displaying autocratic behaviour. Jun 24th 2018, 2:05 PM TURKS ARE VOTING in dual parliamentary and presidential polls seen as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s toughest election test, with the opposition revitalised and his popularity at risk from growing economic troubles.Over 56 million eligible voters were for the first time casting ballots in both elections, with Erdogan looking for a first round knockout and an overall majority for his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to extend his 15 year grip on power.But both these goals are in doubt in the face of an energetic campaign by the secular Republican People’s Party (CHP) candidate Muharrem Ince, who has rivalled Erdogan’s charisma and crowd-pulling on the campaign trail, and a strong opposition alliance in the legislative polls. Muharrem Ince, casts his vote at a polling station at Saffet Cam Middle School in his hometown Yalova Source: Depo Photos/ABACA“I hope for the best for our nation,” said Ince as he cast his ballot in his native port town of Yalova south of Istanbul, vowing to spend the night at the headquarters of Turkey’s election authority in Ankara to ensure a fair count.Voting in Istanbul along with his son-in-law and Energy Minister Berat Albayrak, Erdogan said he expected turnout to be strong in an indication of “how mature democracy is in Turkey”.The CHP said it had recorded violations in particular in the southeastern province of Sanliurfa. But Erdogan insisted there was no major problem. In a later tweet, Ince vowed to protect every vote “with my life”.‘Far tighter than expected’ Erdogan has overseen historic change in Turkey since his Islamic-rooted ruling party first came to power in 2002 after years of secular domination. But critics accuse the Turkish strongman, 64, of trampling on civil liberties and displaying autocratic behaviour.He remains the favourite to hold on to the presidency – even if he needs a second round on 8 July – but the outcome is likely to be much tighter than he expected when calling the snap polls one-and-a-half years ahead of schedule.Although Erdogan dominated airtime on a pliant mainstream media, Ince finished his campaign with eye-catching mass rallies, including a mega meeting in Istanbul attended by hundreds of thousands. Muharrem Ince attends a mass rally in Istanbul Source: Can Erok“Even if the odds are on the incumbent’s side, the race is likely to be far tighter than many expected,” said Ilke Toygur, analyst at the Elcano Royal Institute and adjunct professor at University Carlos III in Madrid.The stakes in this election are particularly high as the new president will be the first to enjoy enhanced powers under a new constitution agreed in an April 2017 referendum strongly backed by Erdogan.As he cast his vote, Erdogan said the changes marked a “democratic revolution”, although his opponents regard the most recent phase of his rule differently. Turkey’s President Erdogan shakes hands with supporters after casting his ballot Source: Lefteris PitarakisThe president had for the last two years ruled under a state of emergency imposed in the wake of the 2016 failed coup, with tens of thousands arrested in an unprecedented crackdown which cranked up tensions with the West.Erdogan, whose mastery of political rhetoric is acknowledged even by critics, has won a dozen elections but is now fighting against the backdrop of increasing economic woes.Inflation has zoomed well into double digits – with popular concern over sharp rises in staples like potatoes and onions – while the Turkish lira has lost some 25% in value against the US dollar this year.“At each election, I come with hope. But this year I have a lot more faith, but we’ll see,” said voter Hulya Ozdemiral as she cast her ballot in Istanbul.‘For Turkey’s future’The votes of Turkey’s Kurdish minority will be especially crucial in the parliamentary poll. If the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) wins seats by polling over the 10% minimum threshold, the AKP will struggle to keep its overall majority.But in a situation labelled as blatant unfairness by activists, the HDP’s presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtas has campaigned from a prison cell after his November 2016 arrest on charges of links to outlawed Kurdish militants.After casting his ballot in his jail in the northwestern region of Edirne, Demirtas wrote on Twitter: “I wish that everyone uses their vote for the sake of the future and democracy of the country”.Voting already closed last week for Turkish citizens resident abroad, with just under 1.5 million out of just over three million registered voters casting their ballot, a turnout of just under 49%.High security is in place across the country, with 38,480 police officers on duty in Istanbul alone. As is customary in Turkey on polling days, sales of alcohol in shops are also prohibited.Polling stations were due to close at 3pm Irish time, with the first results expected late in the evening.- © AFP 2018  http://jrnl.ie/4089164 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Hong Kong activists block routes to airport after violent clashes in metro

first_img THOUSANDS OF HONG Kong pro-democracy activists have blocked some routes to the city’s airport today after another night of violent protests marked by fires, tear gas and police beatings.Operators of the Airport Express train said it suspended services this afternoon, while black-clad protesters – hiding from CCTV cameras under umbrellas – built barricades at the airport bus station and attempted to stop traffic on the main road leading to terminals.Today’s action is the latest in three months of frequently violent protests sparked initially by opposition to a proposed law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, but which morphed into a broader anti-government movement.Outside one airport terminal today, protesters set off fire extinguishers, piled luggage trolleys into makeshift road barricades and smashed surveillance cameras before being driven away by police. Source: AP/PA ImagesMany protesters relocated to the airport’s nearest town, Tung Chung, where they used fire hoses to flood the metro station, sprayed graffiti on its walls, and also burned a Chinese flag.There were no immediate reports of major flight delays, but many outbound travellers were forced to abandon vehicles in the gridlock and drag their luggage along the airport road.The airport is covered by an injunction banning protesters from entering, imposed after a shutdown in August which ended in ugly clashes. Source: AP/PA ImagesBut protesters have routinely ignored legal moves to ban their actions since the anti-government movement sprang to life.‘I’m determined’City sanitation workers have been clearing debris and removing graffiti after a night of pitched battles between protesters and police.Hours earlier, a huge fire burned in the city’s commercial district as chaos ripped through the centre of a city usually renowned for its stability and prosperity.“I’m really, really tired. I think many Hong Kong people had a sleepless night yesterday,” said 18-year-old student protester called May.“But I’m determined to go today.”Demonstrators yesterday hurled petrol bombs at government buildings and police, who responded with tear gas and water cannon laced with chemical dye before making mass arrests inside the city’s underground metro stations.Video footage captured by local media showed elite police charge a crowd cowering inside a train carriage – with one man, drenched in pepper spray, crying in anguish on his knees as he tried to protect his female friend. 21 Comments Sunday 1 Sep 2019, 12:31 PM Source: World News Tonight/Twitter Hong Kong activists block routes to airport after violent clashes in metro station Video footage yesterday showed police pepper spraying protesters in a train carriage. 9,933 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sep 1st 2019, 12:31 PM By AFPcenter_img Image: AP/PA Images Image: AP/PA Images Officers made 40 arrests at one station.Anger at police tactics swirled across social media.“The police are a licenced mob,” Kwok Ka-ki, a pro-democracy lawmaker, told AFP.Decrying the “horrifying” police raid on the train carriage, Amnesty International called for a probe into police conduct.“Violence directed at police… is no excuse for officers to go on the rampage elsewhere,” Man-kei Tam, director of Amnesty International, Hong Kong said in a statement.‘Seriously threatened’Police said officers also fired two warning shots into the sky after being attacked by a group of “violent protesters who attempted to once snatch police pistols”.“Escalating violence and (the) progressively lethal weapons of protestors, the safety of police officers and… the public is seriously threatened,” police said in a statement.Thirty-one people were admitted to hospital with injuries following the clashes, including five who remain in a serious condition. Source: AP/PA ImagesMeanwhile, the Chinese state news agency Xinhua yesterday posted a video on Twitter of armed Chinese riot police holding “anti-riot drills in Shenzhen”, a city which borders Hong Kong.Beijing has also unleashed a mix of intimidation, propaganda and economic muscle in an attempt to muzzle the movement, which it views as a direct challenge to its rule.Police on Friday rounded up several high profile pro-democracy activists and politicians in sweeping arrests that rights groups said was taken directly from Beijing’s playbook.More than 900 people have been arrested since June in connection with the protests.- © AFP 2019. Short URL METRO STATION STANDOFF: Shocking video shows riot police in Hong Kong storming a metro station, using batons and pepper spraying protesters inside train cars, as pro-democracy protests continue for a 13th week; several people were arrested. https://t.co/OsHRaQ4h56 pic.twitter.com/KJ06oiBIBm— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) August 31, 2019 https://jrnl.ie/4791259 Share2 Tweet Email last_img read more

A Pyrrhic victory for Modern Greek

first_imgThe announcement made by the Federal Government this week to include Modern Greek in the National Curriculum was fuelled by “political” motives, says Professor Michael Tsianikas, head of the Greek department, Flinders University. A statement released on Monday by Federal MP Steve Georganas and Federal MP Maria Vamvakinou announced the inclusion of Modern Greek in the National School Curriculum but although Professor Tsianikas says this is a “very positive outcome” for the Modern Greek language in Australia, he says that the future of the language is still under threat. Professor Tsianikas was quick to point out to Neos Kosmos the challenges the Greek language faces: challenges that could potentially threaten the life of Modern Greek being taught in Australia. “I believe that the current decision to include Modern Greek in the curriculum – which is a very positive outcome – is just a political one and the government made it under the pressure of more then 25,000 signatures.” In the statement Mr Georganas congratulated the efforts of the Greek community for lobbying the Federal Parliament however, Professor Tsianikas found that when he asked members of the community to help his bid to lobby to principals to ensure the Modern Greek program stayed alive in government primary and secondary schools, his pleas fell on deaf ears. “Over the last few years, I was asking all associations here in South Australia, if they have any connection with any programs in government schools and if they could visit the principal and talk to them about the Modern Greek program and support the program with fundraising and the answer was nothing,” he said. Having qualified teachers is another issue Modern Greek faces, and all languages being taught in Australia. “If you don’t have the proper teachers how are the students going to learn and love the language? he asks. Australia faces a shortage of qualified language teachers: principals in government schools around Australia are choosing to close down language programs that don’t have adequate teaching staff, says Professor Tsianikas. The decision to include Modern Greek in a schools curriculum depends solely on the principal. And with over 150 languages currently in the education system, the budget is very limited. Without receiving any pressure or information from the community, the principals of government schools are free to make their own decisions. He points out that although the Greek language is safe in Greek Orthodox Colleges, they need to be more accessible to the general Australian society – in the same way Catholic colleges do in Australia – and to cease to rely on people with a Greek background enrolling, in order to ensure their future. Italian is one of the languages that is being prioritised by the Federal Government, along with Chinese Mandarin. And although the numbers of people speaking Italian in Australia have declined like the Greek language has, Professor Tsianikas says it’s because the Catholic education sector are more organised and open their education to the general society allowing the language to prosper. Professor Tsianikas says that the decline in the Greek language in Australian society and the rise of Asian languages, such as Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, Indian, Japanese and Vietnamese – adds to the logic used by principals when choosing a language for their school. The added financial incentive received from the Federal Government to pursue Asian languages, Professor Tsianikas believes also threatens the Modern Greek language in primary and secondary government schools. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the number of people speaking the Greek language in Australia is on the decline. There is a six per cent drop from 1996 – 2006 from around 269,000 people speaking Greek in 1999 to around 252,000 in 2006. Meanwhile, Asian languages, such as Chinese, Indian, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese and Vietnamese , are on the rise. “One after the other the [government] schools will say goodbye to the Greek program because numbers are falling and the challenges for the Asian languages are so high and the Australian government are investing a lot of money, around $62 million over the last three years. So the school principals will easily shift from the Greek language or any other languages to an Asian language.” Professor Tsianikas points out the commercial relationship Australia has with Asian countries in lieu of Greece such as financial exchanges between the countries; international students; and the social fabric of Australia leaning more towards an Asian society then a Greek one. “[Asian] societies are going up in Australia and they are using their languages more than any other languages so it’s clear to me that the Indian, the Chinese, the Vietnamese and Korean language is the most obvious choice for Australia to go for,” he says. “If you want to look at it realistically,” explains Professor Tsianikas, ” then … we need to develop different strategies. “I believe we have to say goodbye to the dream that the Greek language will be highly respected in Australia or taught by all sorts of school in all sorts of systems. I think the Greek language will develop in various sectors, in various schools and we have to concentrate our efforts and support the language in these sectors.” Professor Tsianikas highlights the importance of the second and third generations supporting Greek Orthodox colleges and community schools that endeavour to teach Modern Greek and emphasises the need to ensure that their enrolments each year remain high, if not, these sectors are “immediately threatened”. As a positive, Professor Tsianikas says that Modern Greek, as a language, was being supported in primary school and this could be the key to the language’s survival. “It’s not a simple issue; we are happy [the Federal Government has] decided to include Modern Greek, for me it’s a good decision, but a political decision that doesn’t really mean anything.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

PASOK boss distances party from partners

first_imgPASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos distanced his party from its two coalition partners, conservative New Democracy and Democratic Left, while also heralding an overhaul of the Socialist party, which suffered heavy losses in recent elections.Addressing his 33 MPs ahead of the expected opening of Parliament, Venizelos drew clear dividing lines between PASOK and its partners. “We are cooperating with New Democracy but that does not mean we identify with them, either in terms of politics or values,” he said, blaming ND for harming the country through its strong opposition to Greece’s first bailout and leaving PASOK to bear the burden of the country’s recovery on its own.Venizelos also condemned Democratic Left for trying to attract PASOK voters to join the leftists ahead of the June and May elections.Democratic Left leader Fotis Kouvelis, for his part, emphasized the need for growth-oriented measures to be implemented without delay to combat a deepening recession. Speaking to reporters after talks with President Karolos Papoulias, the leftist leader said he was confident that, in talks with European leaders in Brussels, Greece’s head of state would emphasize the multiple problems caused by the “ineffective and relentless” measures of the memorandum, referring to the country’s loan deal with creditors.Meanwhile Alexis Tsipras, the leader of leftist SYRIZA, which came second in this month’s elections on a pledge to abolish the memorandum, suggested that the result of the polls, which involved at least half of voters backing anti-bailout parties, made it clear that Greeks expect the country’s creditors to make concessions. “They have high expectations,” he said.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

GerontopoulosBloomfield discuss holiday visas

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Australian Ambassador in Athens, Ms Jenny Bloomfield met last week with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece Diaspora Mr Kyriakos Gerontopoulos. The Ambassador discussed with the Minister responsible for the Hellenic Diaspora strengthening bilateral relationship between the two countries and Mr Gerontopoulos raised the issue of the proposed reciprocal agreement between Greece and Australia in relation to the working holiday visas.As Neos Kosmos stated in May, the issue of the agreement was also raised recently in Athens by the federal member of Calwell, in Victoria, Maria Vamvakinou. According to Ms Vamvakinou, Kostas Tsiaras, Mr Gerontopoulos’ predecessor, had indicated that the Greek government would be in a position to sign off the agreement before September 2013.last_img read more

4th Athens Democracy Forum draws to a close

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The 4th Athens Democracy Forum (ADF) kicked off on Wednesday with some strong opinions by American economist and op-ed columnist for The New York Times Paul Krugman, who declared that Greece would be better off outside the eurozone.The statement was in response to a question posed by executive editor of Greek newspaper Kathimerini Alexis Papachelas, to which he added: “the question is academic… it won’t happen.”The Nobel Prize-winning economist went on to say that European elites are strongly committed to maintaining the integrity of the euro area, and that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ reluctance to remove Greece from the equation, had depleted the debt-hit country’s bargaining power, reports Kathimerini.Day two of the forum saw the country’s former Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis go head to head in a heated debate with Google’s Global Head of International Relations, Ross LaJeunesse. In the panel discussion on the relationship between democracy and enterprises chaired by Krugman, matters got heated when Varoufakis characterised European inter-governance as a “cartel”. He said this prevented the adoption of policies that would alleviate the effects of the European crisis, and that such policies would be adopted if Europe was more democratic. However, the former minister really struck a chord when he said that the era of Google and Apple had led to “shrinkage of competition and huge concentration of economic and political power”.LaJeunesse didn’t shy away from responding with a host of benefits that Google’s services offered to democracy, among which he noted the decentralisation of power. On Thursday night after participating in a discussion panel with Roger Cohen of the New York Times and European Commissioner for Migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, executive director of Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth was presented with the first City of Athens Democracy Award. Roth was recognised for his contribution to democracy thanks to his lifelong commitment to human rights. The conference will draw to a close today, with the second part of the event moving on to the Costa Navarino luxury resort in Pylos. There, participants will have the chance to enjoy a jam-packed weekend of philosophical walks, guided archaeological and historical tours to the landmarks of the region, and olive oil tastings. A panel discussion on Architecture and Democracy is also scheduled to take place, and will be moderated by Roger Cohen, featuring Krugman; urbanist Charles Landry; urbanist, author and architect Patrik Schumacher of Zaha Hadid Architects; and the University of Crete’s emeritus professor of archaeology, Petros Themelis.The ADF is organised by The New York Times in cooperation with the United Nations Democracy Fund, the City of Athens and Kathimerini.For more information on the ADF, visit www.athensdemocracyforum.comlast_img read more

FYROM changes stance on naming issue

first_imgAfter a quarter of a century of strenuous diplomatic relationships, finally a ray of light shines for Greece and its northern neighbour, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. In an interview with the Financial Times, the country’s newly appointed Foreign Minister, Nikola Dimitrov expressed his willingness to concede to Greece’s objections and accept a provisional name, in order for FYROM to join the NATO alliance. “Hopefully political forces in Greece will realise this is a historic opportunity,” Mr Dimitrov said, adding: “I will ask Greece to reconsider what kind of neighbour they want — do they want a stable, friendly country that offers hope for democracy and justice?” This turn of events comes after a long period of turmoil in FYROM, following the end of Nikola Gruevski’s term as prime minister, during which he renamed airports and motorways after Alexander the Great, the warrior king who created an empire stretching from Greece to India. The new PM, Zoran Zaev, has expressed his determination to build good neighbourly relations with Greece, which he considers a “friend” of his country. This change of approach could put an end to a dispute that has plagued the two countries relations, with FYROM insisting on being called, a name rejected by Greece, as it implies a territorial claim to the northern Greek province with the same name, which occupies the largest part of the ancient kingdom of Macedonia. Greece had vetoed the Balkan nation’s application to the alliance in 2008, on historical, cultural and political grounds, but the new FYROM leadership seems to employ a more pragmatic approach, prioritising the need of being in a strong alliance, in order to face the current challenges presented in the field of diplomacy and international security. There has not been any mention a specific name being taken into consideration, but analysts have commenting on the likelihood of a geographic term, such as ‘Upper Macedonia’, instead of an ethnic one. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Honouring the 1974 fallen

first_imgThe Australian Justice for Cyprus Coordinating Committee (SEKA) have hosted a series of commemorative events with organisations and members of the Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities of Australia holding liturgies and wreath-laying ceremonies across the country.Last Sunday New South Wales honoured the fallen of the 1974 coup that led to the Turkish invasion and occupation of 40 per cent of the island of Cyprus by the Attila troops. A memorial service and prayer for the missing person was held at the Cathedral of the Annunciation of Our Lady in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia in Redfern, followed by a Trisagion and a march ending at Sydney Town Hall. There was also an anti-occupation gathering at the Cyprus community club of NSW in Stanmore. Many community and state officials attended the events, including Greece’s Consul General in Sydney Stavros Kyrimis; Sophie Cotsis, MP; and Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Senator Arthur Sinodinos who represented Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Archbishop Stylianos, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of Australia called upon everyone to remember the tragic events of the 1974 Turkish invasion on Cyprus whilst conducting the memorial service for the repose of “all those who fell in battle since 20 July 1974, a date which marred and divided a nation till today.”(L-R) High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus in Australia, Martha Mavrommatis, Archbishop of Australia Stylianos, and Mr Michael Sofokleous Director of the Cypriot President’s Office.SEKA, in association with the Cyprus community of SA, also organised a series of memorial events that began with a memorial service at the Church of St George in Thebarton followed by a wreath-laying ceremony and doxology at the Memorial of the Unknown Soldier, paying tribute to those who went missing during the 1974 invasion.“These events are an expression of our solidarity and support to the people of Cyprus, wherever they may be and a mark of respect to those who lost their lives for liberty,” said Professor Andreas Evdokiou, president of the Cyprus community in South Australia, who at the tender age of 11 years, experienced the tragedy first-hand.The SA commemorative events culminated with a forum discussion on the current position of the Cyprus issue, at the Cyprus Community of SA club rooms in Welland on the evening of Wednesday 19 July, with this year’s official representative of the Republic of Cyprus, Michael Sofokleous, director of the Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades’ office as keynote speaker.Mr Sofokleous was accompanied by High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus Martha Mavrommatis. Together they will attend the commemorative events in Melbourne over the weekend.Melbourne’s Greek and Cypriot Greek communities gathered at the Australian Hellenic Memorial in Domain Gardens for a Trisagion and wreath-laying ceremony on Thursday. The events will conclude tomorrow morning with a protest starting from Lonsdale Street and progressing to Parliament House. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greek passport one of the strongest

first_imgGreece’s economy might be struggling but its passport is in the top ten most powerful passports in the world allowing its holders to travel to 174 countries without requiring a visa.According to the the Official Passport Index, Greece sits on number six alone whereas Singapore and South Korea sit jointly at the top; Japan has pushed Germany from first place and they both vie for the second.Jointly the world’s third most powerful passports belong to Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Italy, France and Spain while the UK has lost a spot, now sitting on number four alongside the US, Luxembourg, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Portugal. Switzerland, Malaysia, Ireland and Canada are all on fifth place.The ranking takes into consideration how many countries can be visited without needing to apply for a visa. By visiting https://www.passportindex.org/byRank.php you can even explore a country’s ranking regarding citizenship by investment and residency by investment standards among other things. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greek Human Rights chief resigns after new LGBTQ and Roma appointments

first_imgGreek National Commission for Human Rights (GNCHR) President George Stavropoulos has resigned from his post and has denounced the government for forcing the appointment of five members of the LGBTQ community and two more from the Roma community. These members will now serve on the GNCHR giving greater representation to their respective communities.In his resignation letter, Mr Stavropoulos stressed that the government had acted in an arbitrary fashion by showing preferential treatment for the LGBTQ and Roma communities as opposed to other groups.He wrote: “The government wants to alter its (body’s) composition but also make it dysfunctional, practically inactive, proceeds unilaterally to a pervasive and uncritical addition of 5 members from a single Community, that of the LGBTQ, and two other members, apart from the existing member, from another, that of the Roma community, in violation of any principle of equality with other rights-protection bodies already members of the NCHR and having only one vote in the Plenary of the Commission.”READ MORE: Greek judge at the helm of the European Court of Human RightsHe alleged that there is a greater representation of specific groups in the body as opposed to the portion of members of other communities that also defended human rights. He states that this compromises the integrity and independence of the commission.He said the overrepresentation of a specific group in the body would compromise the integrity and independence of the GNCHR.Read his letter of resignation.  Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Playstation Phone vrai ou faux un prototype a été mis au point

first_imgPlaystation Phone : vrai ou faux, un prototype a été mis au point, découvrez-le en imagesLe Playstation Phone que le constructeur Sony-Ericsson développe depuis plusieurs mois serait enfin prêt, en tant que prototype tout du moins. A la fois smartphone tournant sous Android 3.0 et console de jeux portable, cet appareil devrait être lancé dans les prochains mois. Le site américain Engadget a publié des photos du Playstation Phone et a livré des caractéristiques relativement détaillées de ce nouveau smartphone. Peu après, une rumeur contraire expliquait qu’il ne s’agissait que d’un prototype qui ne verrait jamais le jour. Pourtant réaffirme Engadget, le PSP Phone dévoilé est bien réel et le site affirme en avoir eu confirmation de la part de personnes travaillant sur le projet.Vrai ou faux, si le PSP Phone existe bel et bien, il devrait sortir dans les prochains mois sous le nom de Zeus. Il devrait fonctionner avec Android Gingerbread au moment de sa commercialisation. Véritable téléphone dédié aux jeux, ce Sony-Ericsson serait doté d’un écran coulissant comme il en existe déjà, mais, au lieu de dévoiler un clavier « azerty », celui-ci laisserait apparaître une véritable manette de jeu. Équipé d’une croix multidirectionnelle, de quatre boutons et d’un touchpad, il s’agirait d’un pad équivalent à celui des consoles les plus connues.À lire aussiPourquoi dit-on “allô” quand on répond au téléphone ?Côté technique, le PSP Phone devrait être équipé d’un écran tactile d’une diagonale d’environ 10 cm et utiliserait un processeur Qualcomm MSM8655 à 1GHz, pour 512 Mo de RAM et 1Go de ROM. Sony aurait également prévu d’y adjoindre un lecteur de carte microSD.Le constructeur prévoirait aussi de monter son propre magasin d’applications en ligne en lieu et place de l’Android Market.Découvrez le prototype en images : https://www.maxisciences.com/playstation-phone/les-images-du-prototype-de-playstation-phone_art10056.htmlLe 28 octobre 2010 à 16:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Déchets nucléaires Greenpeace porte plainte contre Areva

first_imgDéchets nucléaires : Greenpeace porte plainte contre Areva Valognes, France – Greenpeace a annoncé avoir porté plainte contre Areva pour le stockage de déchets nucléaires dans un endroit non prévu à cet effet, à savoir la gare ferroviaire de Valognes. Des militants de l’association ont par ailleurs manifesté dans cette gare de la Manche mardi.Greenpeace accuse le groupe nucléaire français d’entreposer illégalement et depuis le 25 octobre dernier des containers de déchets vitrifiés hautement radioactifs au terminal ferroviaire de Valognes. Des déchets nucléaires en partance pour l’Allemagne, assure l’association.À lire aussiNe paniquez pas mais votre avocat est radioactif, révèle une étudeHier, une douzaine de militants se sont rendus à Valognes pour accueillir trois camions de déchets allemands issus de l’usine de retraitement d’Areva de La Hague, afin de mesurer la radioactivité au passage des véhicules, a expliqué Yannick Rousselet, porte-parole de Greenpeace. L’association a alors annoncé avoir déposé plainte vendredi 29 octobre contre Areva pour stockage illégal de déchets nucléaires “dans un endroit qui n’est pas classé Installation nucléaire de Base, comme l’impose la loi de juin 2006 sur les déchets”, a indiqué le militant écologiste.Informé de cette plainte, le groupe nucléaire a immédiatement réagi pour démentir les accusations de Greenpeace. “Nous procédons ainsi depuis plus de 10 ans pour renvoyer les déchets. Et nous avons bien sûr toutes les autorisations nécessaires”, a assuré à l’AFP Christophe Neugnot, le directeur de la communication de l’usine de retraitement d’Areva.Alors que selon Greenpeace, ces déchets qui doivent quitter Valognes vendredi pour Gorleben, dans le nord de l’Allemagne, constituent le “convoi le plus radioactif de l’Histoire”, Areva s’en défend, précisant que le dernier convoi de déchets de La Hague vers l’Allemagne en 2008 était plus radioactif. Comme l’a expliqué M. Neugnot, c’est un convoi de 308 conteneurs de déchets de 400 kilos chacun, issus du retraitement des combustibles nécessaires à la production de la consommation d’électricité de 24 millions d’Allemands pendant un an, qui quittera prochainement la gare de Valognes.Le 3 novembre 2010 à 17:11 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Un iPhone 4 prend feu dans un avion australien

first_imgUn iPhone 4 prend feu dans un avion australienDans un avion en plein vol, au-dessus de l’Australie, l’iPhone 4 d’un passager a soudainement pris feu. Pour l’heure, aucune explication n’est donnée quand à cette combustion. Des tests doivent être menés pour déterminer l’origine de l’incident.Le 25 novembre, un iPhone 4 a soudainement pris feu dans un avion reliant Lismore à Sidney, en Australie. Après avoir fait le tour du web, cette information a été confirmée par la compagnie aérienne Regional Express. À lire aussiiPad Air 2 : Keynote confirmée, tout ce que l’on sait sur la future tablette AppleDans un communiqué, elle indique que le “téléphoneportabled’un passagera commencé a émettre unequantité importante de fumée,accompagnée d’une lueur rouge”. C’est au moment de l’atterrissage que l’incident, qui n’a heureusement fait aucun blessé, a eu lieu, précise la compagnie. La lumière rouge s’est finalement éteinte quelques minutes plus tard, et l’iPhone 4, ou du moins ce qu’il en reste, a été transmis à l’Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), qui doit réaliser des analyses sur le terminal pour tenter de déterminer l’origine de cette surchauffe. Il est fort possible que le problème vienne de la batterie du téléphone.Cet incident ne manquera pas d’entacher un peu plus encore la réputation de la firme à la pomme. Car ce n’est pas la première fois qu’un téléphone Apple surchauffe ainsi. En 2009, plusieurs cas d’iPhone ayant littéralement implosé avaient été signalés dans différents pays. Le 29 novembre 2011 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more