Interview Ruth Negga on racism fame and the chance of winning an

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THR cover: How interracial romance #Loving became the most relevant movie this election season https://t.co/rdnD6P84IL pic.twitter.com/lRPHWFr7RG— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) October 19, 2016 Mildred Loving and Richard Loving. The couple’s story is told in the new Jeff Nichols film Loving, in which Mildred is played by Ruth Negga. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesMILDRED AND RICHARD Loving were a couple blessed with an unusual surname – one that was the exact antithesis to how their union was treated by the law.Childhood sweethearts and neighbours in the rural Caroline County in Virginia, the pair didn’t give their different races much of a thought growing up. Mildred was Black and Native American, while Richard – older than her by six years, and even quieter than his softly-spoken wife – was white.But five weeks after their 1958 marriage, in the heat of the country’s civil rights fight, their state’s anti-miscegenation laws – introduced to prevent marriage between people of different races – were brought to their door in the dead of the night.Reluctant activistsAt about 2am, the town sheriff and two of his officers burst into the Loving family home, telling them they were under arrest. The couple were brought to jail, then later put on trial and told they had to stay out of the state for 25 years. All because they each were of a different race.“I didn’t realise how bad it was until we got married,” said Mildred of their situation.An unassuming couple, they did not set out to be activists or civil rights heroes – they simply wanted to live their lives together at home with their young children. After five years of living in what was described as “hand-to-mouth exile” in Washington, they returned home for a visit, and were arrested.The reluctant activists took their case to court, a long-running battle that would become a landmark moment in the civil rights fight in the USA.When the photographer Grey Villet visited their home in 1966 to cover their story for Life magazine, he found a normal couple living among friends and family who cared not about the colour of their skin.Life magazine brought the Loving’s story out of Virginia and into homes nationwide, contributing to the national debate about interracial marriage. At the time, 18 states forbade marriages between ‘Negroes’ and white people, a law which the Lovings’ lawyers believed needed to be challenged all the way to the Supreme Court.Now the Lovings’ story, and their quiet, fierce battle for equality is told in Loving, the new film from Jeff Nichols (Midnight Special). Ruth Negga plays Mildred, with Australian actor Joel Edgerton as her husband.“I fell madly in love with Mildred” Peggy Loving, the daughter of Richard and Mildred Loving, and Ruth Negga attend the premiere of Loving in October. Source: Evan AgostiniRather than focusing on the courtroom drama, Nichols instead concentrates on the personal lives of the Lovings: the impact of the anti-miscegenation laws on their daily life, and the cruelty with which they’re treated by local police officers.But alongside the cruelty and racism, he also brings us their love story. It’s not bombastic, or showy, it just simply is.Looking at archive footage of the real-life couple, you are struck by how completely Negga inhabits the role of Mildred, down to her inflections of speech. In a film that’s light on dialogue, but heavy on meaningful looks and touches. Negga tells Mildred’s story in how she carries herself, both alone and with her husband.“I fell completely, madly in love with Mildred Loving and Richard Loving when I saw the documentary footage of them,” Negga tells TheJournal.ie.That documentary, The Loving Story, was directed by Nancy Buirski, one of the movie’s producers. “The pair of them, something radiates off screen from them,” says Negga of the 16mm black-and-white footage.It’s love but it’s also grace, kindness, dignity, warmth, all of these lovely things that I think we’re all truly aspiring to, really, in our hearts of hearts, and they just had it in waves.For Negga, it was a “privilege” to play Mildred, who died in 1998. Though she and Richard were a quiet couple, Negga points out that “weren’t without depth either”.“Mildred was a very shy woman but shy often gets confused for submissiveness,” she points out. “And I don’t think that’s true at all – she had this extraordinary sense of self, she very much owned her space and owned her own mind.”It was that sense of self, says Negga, which helped Mildred Loving keep focused as the legal battle for equality dragged on.“I think that’s what led to her perseverance in this case, it took them nine years and she had this tenaciousness which I have huge admiration of,” says the actress. Irish-Ethiopian actress Ruth Negga is up for an Oscar tonight – so we revisit this interview she did with TheJournal.ie earlier this year, where she spoke about racism, fame, and the story behind the film Loving. This article was first published on 23 January 2017.“I think that marrying who you want to is a right that no man should have anything to do with. It’s a God-given right, I think,” Mildred Loving. 29,591 Views Saturday 25 Feb 2017, 9:30 AM Source: Hollywood Reporter/Twitter Share34 Tweet Email2 Interview: Ruth Negga on racism, fame, and the chance of winning an Oscar The Irish-Ethiopian actress has had a stellar year – and her latest film, Loving, touches on a subject very close to her heart. center_img Negga herself is the daughter of an Ethiopian father and Irish mother, and grew up from the age of four in Limerick.“I become very territorial about my identity because it’s been hijacked by so many people, with their own projections,” she told Vogue late last year.I’m very careful to say I’m Irish-Ethiopian because I feel Ethiopian and I look Ethiopian and I am Ethiopian. But there are 81 languages in Ethiopia, and I don’t know any of them.Loving’s release comes in the wake of a turbulent year for race relations in the USA in particular. But it also comes as debates about identity, race, immigration and free speech play out across the world, including here in Ireland.What was it like to play Mildred Loving and be absorbed in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, while also reflecting on racial issues today, I ask Negga.“That’s a really good question. A lot of people say it’s interesting that it was only 50 years ago and I think, well, have a think about it: how far have we come – race is still a question, I mean now at least it’s being talked about but for so long everyone didn’t.It was this tinder subject that no one wanted to talk about because it would ignite something. And it has, it has ignited conversation and it has ignited debate, and while that’s terrifying it’s taken an awful long time.The film also got her thinking about the impact the law has on people’s private lives.“Thinking about talking about who has the right to legislation, who you want spend… marry, you know, and love. I think those are incredible things that we think that we’ve achieved,” she says.But the idea of “achievement” isn’t what we should be focused on, she argues.“I don’t know if anything gets ‘achieved’ does it, it has to be – we’re a work in progress, so are the things we do, all our actions are too, and so I think once we talk about achievement, a sense of complacency creeps in and for me that’s always dangerous because that assumes, I feel, [that we are] very self-satisfied and we shouldn’t, because we have to be vigilant to hate and unacceptance of one another.”“I didn’t think it would ever happen to me” By Aoife Barry Feb 25th 2017, 9:30 AM http://jrnl.ie/3177495 The 35-year-old lives in London, and is a familiar face to Irish audiences – we’ve seen her in Breakfast on Pluto, Love/Hate, and the Misfits. There’s an enormous amount of pride in Negga’s achievements, and even more so to see her being touted as a possible Oscar winner (the nominations are tomorrow, 24 January).But what is it like to be watching her own career go stratospheric, where a Vogue cover, high-profile US media appearances and critical acclaim are all now just part of the job? (Her acting in Loving is getting major kudos – the New York Times review of Loving described her as “a revelation”).“It’s beautifully strange, peculiar… and I mean those things, I love those words and I always try and use them in the context that I feel them, and they’re great things. This is something that I didn’t ever think would ever happen to me,” is Negga’s considered response.She’s been a professional actress for over a decade, so to see things paying off is special. But she also seems conscious that these are but dreams for most actors. So if you don’t make it to Vogue or Oscar level, that’s alright too, seems to be Negga’s message.“I think that you’re always working, striving for something… but sometimes it’s OK if you don’t get there,” says Negga.You’re striving for the Oscar or you’re striving for the cover of Vogue but you don’t think you’re going to get there, you don’t think it’s going to happen, so when it does it’s something really beautiful. And I’m very grateful and terribly flattered about it.Watch a clip from our interview with Ruth Negga: Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeLoving is released in Irish cinemas on 3 February.Read: Irish actress Ruth Negga has made the cover of Vogue magazine> 19 Comments Short URLlast_img read more

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Poll Do you think people should be charged for excessive use of

first_img By Cliodhna Russell Poll: Do you think people should be charged for excessive use of water? Coveney wants a charge for excessive usage. Mar 2nd 2017, 9:29 AM http://jrnl.ie/3266597 27,163 Views Poll Results: 192 Comments Short URL Yes No Vote Image: Shutterstock/MilsiArt Share270 Tweet Email2 Image: Shutterstock/MilsiArt No  (4526) Yes  (12132) HOUSING MINISTER SIMON Coveney has said he will not legislate for the water charges to be abolished if the agreement doesn’t include a charge for excessive usage.The majority of those on the Oireachtas joint committee on the future funding of water services have indicated that they’re in favour of abolishing domestic charges and are opposed to charging for the excessive use of water.So in today’s poll we’re asking, do you think people should be charged for excessive use of water?  Thursday 2 Mar 2017, 9:29 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance author Robert Pirsig dies aged

first_img 36 Comments Apr 25th 2017, 9:47 AM Share216 Tweet Email7 11,574 Views https://jrnl.ie/3356966 Short URL Source: William Morrow via APThe book was praised as a unique and masterful blend of narrative and philosophy and was compared to Moby Dick by New Yorker critic George Steiner, who wrote that Pirsig’s story “lodges in the mind as few recent novels have”. Writing in The New York Times, Edward Abbey was unsure how to categorise the book.“Is Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance a novel or an autobiography?” he wondered.In this case the distinction seems of no importance; maybe it never was. Call the book, as Pirsig himself does, an inquiry. Therein lies its singular energy and force.Pirsig’s response to his unexpected success was to step away from it. He avoided interviews and took 17 years to complete Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals, the sequel to his best-seller.“It is not good to talk about Zen because Zen is nothingness,” he told The Guardian in 2006.If you talk about it you are always lying, and if you don’t talk about it no one knows it is there.A native of Minneapolis, Pirsig was a prodigy who at age 9 scored 170 on an IQ test and six years later graduated from high school. Army service in Korea at the end of World War II exposed him to Eastern thought and culture and profoundly influenced him.He studied philosophy at the University of Minnesota, traveled to India and back in the states honed an enigmatic teaching style at Montana State College and at the University of Illinois, sometimes refusing to grade papers or asking students to grade each other.At the same time, he suffered from anxiety so paralysing that one day he was in a car with Chris and lost his way, needing his son to guide him home.“I could not sleep and I could not stay awake,” he told The Guardian.I just sat there cross-legged in the room for three days.Pirsig is survived by his wife, Wendy; son, Ted; daughter, Nell Peiken, and son-in-law, Matthew Peiken, along with three grandchildren.Chris was killed by a mugger in 1979, and later editions of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance would include an afterword about him. The author told The Guardian his son had not cared for the book.“He said, ‘Dad, I had a good time on that trip. It was all false,’” Pirsig explained.It threw him terribly. There is stuff I can’t talk about still.Read: Immigrants being vilified in same way as Irish in US after Famine – Obama >Read: Support for an independent Scotland is plummeting > Tuesday 25 Apr 2017, 9:47 AM ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ author Robert Pirsig dies aged 88 The book became a million-selling classic and cultural touchstone after more than 100 publishers turned it down. ROBERT M PIRSIG, whose philosophical novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance became a million-selling classic and cultural touchstone after more than 100 publishers turned it down, has died at the age 88.Pirsig’s publishing house, William Morrow, announced that he died at his home in South Berwick, Maine yesterday. He had been in failing health.Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was published in 1974 and was based on a motorcycle trip Pirsig took in the late 1960s with his 12-year-old son, Chris.Like a cult favorite from the 1950s, Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, the book’s path to the best-seller list was long and unlikely. It began as an essay he wrote after he and Chris rode from Minnesota to the Dakotas and grew to a manuscript of hundreds of thousands of words.After the entire industry seemed to shun it, William Morrow took on the book, with editor James Landis writing at the time that he found it “brilliant beyond belief”.Pirsig’s novel was in part an ode to the motorcycle and how he saw the world so viscerally traveling on one, compared to the TV-like passivity of looking out at the window of a car.Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance ideally suited a generation’s yearning for the open road, quest for knowledge and scepticism of modern values, while also telling a personal story about a father and son relationship and the author’s struggles with schizophrenia.A world traveler and former philosophy student, Pirsig would blend his life and learning, and East and West, into what he called the Metaphysics of Quality.“But some things are better than others, that is, they have more quality,” he wrote. By Associated Press But when you try to say what the quality is, apart from the things that have it, it all goes poof! There’s nothing to talk about. But if you can’t say what Quality is, how do you know what it is, or how do you know that it even exists? If no one knows what it is, then for all practical purposes it doesn’t exist at all. But for all practical purposes it really does exist. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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French elections Macron on the way to overwhelming majority

first_img Short URL By AFP Jun 11th 2017, 5:29 PM Updated at 7.56pmFRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL Macron’s party topped the first round of voting in today’s parliamentary elections, putting him on course for an overwhelming majority to implement his programme of ambitious reforms.Estimates based on partial results showed Macron’s year-old Republique en Marche (Republic on the Move, REM) and its ally MoDem on 32.2-32.9%, ahead of the right-wing Republicans on 20.9-21.5%. The far-right National Front (FN) was seen third with 13.1-14%.Seat projections showed Macron’s camp going on to win between 390 and 445 seats in the 577-member National Assembly after next Sunday’s second round – continuing his centrist revolution which has left France’s traditional parties in tatters.Both the Republicans – who had hoped to upstage Macron in the parliamentary election — and the Socialists of Macron’s predecessor Francois Hollande appeared set for steep losses.DisappointmentMarine Le Pen’s FN party was left disappointed as she struggles to rebound from her bruising defeat by Macron in the presidential run-off, with the party’s result largely unchanged from the first round of the 2012 vote.Turnout was markedly down on Sunday compared with the last parliamentary election, reflecting a degree of fatalism among Macron’s opponents in the face of his advance as well as a degree of election fatigue, experts said.Around 49% of the electorate cast a ballot – one of the lowest levels in such an election in decades.The results showed Macron continuing to impress the French, a month after being elected France’s youngest-ever president on 7 May.Since then he has won praise for appointing a balanced cabinet that straddles the left-right divide and taking a leading role in Europe’s fight-back against US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from a global climate accord.If the seat projections are confirmed next week he will have a strong mandate to push through the ambitious labour, economic and social reforms he promised on the campaign trail.Few MPs are expected to be elected outright today.If no candidate wins over 50%, the two top-placed contenders go into the second round — along with any other candidate who garners at least 12.5 percent of registered voters.More than 50,000 police were on patrol during the vote, with France still jittery after a wave of jihadist attacks across Europe.© – AFP, 2017Read: In the age of Trump, two American newspapers are flying the flag for hard news journalism http://jrnl.ie/3438061 48 Comments French elections: Macron on the way to overwhelming majority Macron has enjoyed a smooth start in the five weeks since he beat far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. Share25 Tweet Email Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images 31,255 Views Sunday 11 Jun 2017, 5:29 PMlast_img read more

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I owe this place my life Inside Dublins only charity offering free

first_img‘I owe this place my life’: Inside Dublin’s only charity offering free hot Sunday dinners to the homeless TheJournal.ie spent a morning last week at Merchant’s Quay Ireland’s Sunday service. 20 Comments I was drinking very heavily. When I say drinking very heavily, I was drinking literally 24/7. I wasn’t eating, I wasn’t sleeping, just drinking.One night during his weeks of heavy drinking, James attempted to take his own life. However, a garda found him and he was taken to the Mater Hospital.The following day, James returned to MQI and linked in with its mental health team.James now attends MQI on a daily basis to avail of its services. He regularly makes use of the charity’s night beds. “I owe them my life because if [MQI] wasn’t here I probably wouldn’t be here,” he said. James spoke to TheJournal.ie this week as the homeless emergency accommodation figures for February were released, which show that there are now a combined total of 10,264 people homeless and living in emergency accommodation in Ireland, a significant rise of 277 people from January.Merchants Quay IrelandMerchants Quay Ireland (MQI) is an outreach and support service for homeless people and drug users in Ireland. Its day centre is located on the quays in the south inner city.MQI provides homeless outreach and drug rehabilitation services at every level of addiction. Its day centre provides food, medical and counselling support for at-risk and homeless people.In recent years, MQI extended its day service into the evening, offering evening meals, crisis support, information and assistance to homeless people and rough sleepers between 5.30pm and 8.30pm. MQI’s Night Café also provides yoga mats for up to 65 people to sleep on each night who have not been able to source a place to stay. In 2017, MQI’s Night Café provided emergency shelter for 1,913 individuals.  The MQI day centre Source: Hayley Halpin via TheJournal.ieTheJournal.ie has previously visited Merchants Quay’s Night Café and Merchants Quay’s day service to chat to staff and service users about how the services are ran.MQI also runs a dinner service on Sundays. This is the only place in Dublin for people who are homeless to get a free hot meal on a Sunday.The Sunday service, which costs over €200,000 a year to run, also provides an opportunity for MQI staff to engage with individuals and support them with crisis help and referrals. In recent weeks, the charity has claimed that the Sunday service receives insufficient State funding and that the demand for the service keeps growing. “Because it’s such a vital service, because there isn’t a service like this in the whole of the city, as an organisation we feel like we have to safeguard it,” MQI head of fundraising and communications Carol Casey told TheJournal.ie. “It’s hugely important and without voluntary funding it wouldn’t exist, it’s as simple as that.” Sunday morning visit With that, TheJournal.ie spent some time at MQI’s Sunday service last week. By 10.45am, there was already a large group of clients waiting to attend the service, which opens every Sunday at 11am. The front door of the building used to be where service users came into the building to attend the day centre, but last year that was moved around to the side of the building, to alleviate long queues from the quays. As we entered through the front door, staff members were seen working away at the main reception. From there and along a corridor, we entered the common area. This is where the drop-in day centre is held during the week. It’s also where the Sunday dinner service is run.  Staff and volunteers serving a Sunday roast dinner to people queuing up Source: Hayley Halpin via TheJournal.ieAt this stage, it was just minutes after 11am and all the circular tables in the room were already full with clients sitting, chatting and eating their meals.Other service users were lined up at the food counter, where two staff members served them hot roast dinners. The mid-week day service at MQI offers a variety of facilities and services for people. Showers, a doctor, hot meals, a dentist, a nurse, a needle exchange, various therapy and counselling classes are all on offer. A stripped down version of these services are available on Sundays – hot meals, showers, the availability of fresh clothes and, if needed in crisis situations, one-to-one consultations with case workers. Andrew Rooney, MQI’s communication officer, and Casey walked us through the Sunday service. “What strikes me about the Sunday service is that it’s so busy. You’ve got a big queue there of people [outside] but there’s crowd control going on. There’s only 50 allowed in at a time,” Casey said. An MQI case worker, Shane Hogan, added that service users are generally allowed to stay for around 30 minutes, due to how busy the service is. Hogan told TheJournal.ie that the clientele attending the Sunday service ranges from people aged 18 up to people in their 70s, sometimes. The charity has recently raised concerns that staff are now seeing people who have accommodation but cannot afford to cook in their own homes. “Homeless clients who wouldn’t be able to access their hostels during the day would be coming in for their dinner,” Hogan said. “Then you’d have the older clients who might have their own homes but mightn’t have the greatest cooking facilities or the accommodation they’re in mightn’t have cooking facilities,” he said. Casey and Hogan gave examples of clients have their own accommodation but can’t afford to buy food. Casey said: One of the clients was talking to the fundraising team a couple of weeks ago and she just said I can’t afford electricity. She had a flask with her and she was taking hot water home.Hogan added that he often sees clients filling up bottles of milk to take home with them. Social aspectAs mentioned above, MQI is the only place that people can avail of a free hot meal on Sundays in Dublin. However, during our visit, it became evident that this isn’t the only reason droves of people head to the service. For many, Sunday can be a particularly long and lonely day. “The social aspect can be undervalued. People are lonely, it’s a very isolating situation to be homeless in the city and for rough sleepers particularly, they can go an entire day and nobody will say hello to them,” Casey said. “Then, they come in here and they’re welcomed by staff because we make it our business to know people’s names and to reach out to them and make them feel at home,” she said. There’s something nice about sitting at a table with a couple of people, with a knife and fork and plate. It’s just basic dignity. It’s not the same as being handed a bowl of soup and a sandwich. James, the service user mentioned earlier, told TheJournal.ie that the Sunday service “means a lot” to him. “A lot of people are carrying bags seven days of the week. There’s not a lot of places open on a Sunday, so it’s good to be able to get that weight off your shoulders, literally,” he said. “Sunday is one of the longest days when you’re in a homeless situation.It’s good to be able to come in and sit down, chat with other people and get a hot meal. Just being able to mix with other people and the staff here, they’re fantastic.MQI’s Sunday service is run by a team of both staff members and volunteers.Will Kavanagh began volunteering every other Sunday at MQI’s kitchen two years ago. “I wanted to do something. It was at the time [homelessness] was in the papers, it was so obvious. Do you just make your monthly donation of x amount and that’s it or do you try do something different? I said no, I’d try volunteer,” Kavanagh told TheJournal.ie, as we sat in an office room on the ground floor. Commenting on what sort of an atmosphere is in the service on Sundays, he added: “People know each other, there’s nearly a community feel to it. Loads of people here know each other and they group together.” As noted above, MQI has recently claimed that the Sunday service receives insufficient State funding and that the demand for the service keeps growing. Since he began volunteering at MQI, Kavanagh said he hasn’t seen the numbers attending the Sunday service diminish. “I certainly haven’t seen it diminish. I haven’t seen an improvement. It’s awful really, isn’t it? But I’m doing my bit, everybody else has to do their bit,” he said. During his chat with TheJournal.ie, Hogan reflected on what would happen to service users if the charity couldn’t sustain funding for the Sunday service. “They’d have nowhere else to go. If you’ve got no money or if you’re in your own accommodation and the funds are kind of tight, you might not have the money to pay for the food, so where are you going to eat, where are you going to go?” he said. Tents belonging to homeless people lined up on the banks of the royal canal in Dublin Source: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ieAs noted above, homeless emergency accommodation figures for February show that there are now a combined total of 10,264 people homeless and living in emergency accommodation in Ireland, a significant rise of 277 people from January.The numbers taken over the course of one week in February show that there were 6,480 adults and 3,784 homeless children living in emergency accommodation in the State. This is an increase of 117 adults and 160 children living in emergency accommodation. The number of homeless families living in emergency accommodation rose by 93 last month. The overall increase brings the combined total to 10,264, breaking the symbolic figure of 10,000 people. With thousands of people homeless in Ireland, many of those are located outside of Dublin. As well as its Dublin centre, the charity has long-term rehabilitation and detox centres in Carlow and provides numerous other services.MQI launched its 2017 annual report last September (this is the latest annual report available). It outlined that in 2017, MQI helped 10,417 people with needs spanning homelessness, addiction and mental health. The charity again saw a huge increase in the number of healthcare interventions it provided in 2017, with the total almost doubling in two years. It provided 8,224 healthcare interventions last year, up 8% compared with 2016. Meanwhile, 419 people were supported by its mental health team, a 33% increase on 2016. James represents just one of those 10,417 helped in 2017. He avails of MQI’s services seven days a week. When asked what he would do on a Sunday if MQI wasn’t open for its dinner service, he took a long pause. “…To be honest, I don’t know. I could never imagine it not being open on Sundays, you know?”Since teaming up with MQI’s mental health team a year ago, James has made significant progress. “I’m doing good,” he told TheJournal.ie. I owe this place a lot, a hell of a lot, my life, actually. In my eyes, I owe them my life.“Like I said, I owe [MQI] my life because if they weren’t here, I probably wouldn’t be here.”If you need to talk, please contact: Sunday 31 Mar 2019, 12:05 AM File photo Source: Shutterstock/Srdjan Randjelovic“IF IT WASN’T for the staff here I probably would be dead.” James* became homeless in July 2017 at the age of 39 following the breakdown of a relationship.“It was her house, she was the main tenant from the council. She told me I had to move out,” he told TheJournal.ie. From there, James moved into a hostel in Dundalk for a month, but he soon found himself on the streets of Dublin. He began availing of the services at Merchants Quay Ireland (MQI). However, last year, he fell into a period of heavy drinking. He said:  By Hayley Halpin https://jrnl.ie/4561838 Share284 Tweet Email1 Mar 31st 2019, 12:06 AM Samaritans 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.ieAware 1800 80 48 48 (depression, anxiety)Pieta House 1800 247 247 or email mary@pieta.ie (suicide, self-harm)Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19)Childline 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s) *Names have been changed to protect the identities of Merchant’s Quay Ireland service-users. For more information on Merchants Quay Ireland, visit www.mqi.ie. Donations to the charity can be made here. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 19,876 Views last_img read more

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Indecently assaulted and no one helped

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Every day after work, Kate Kyriacou boards an Adelaide train to get home. Last week, something happened to her that shocked her to the core. She was sexually assaulted, along with another two women, on a peak hour train ride home and not one person intervened to help.“I was on my way home from work,” Kyriacou, chief of staff at Adelaide’s Sunday Mail told Neos Kosmos. “I sat down on the train and a man got on opposite me and stretched out his legs so they were either side of my legs and pinned my legs where I was sitting to make it hard for me to get up and walk away,” she said. She said the perpetrator then began to lean forward and touch her legs and also tried looking up her skirt.“Just as I was about to say something he got up and walked away and somebody else sat in that seat. When he came back, he sat down across the aisle to me where two other ladies were sitting, and he did the same thing to the lady that he did to me with his legs and she got off the train not long after that. “He turned to the girl next to him and moved over so she was squashed between her and the window and he started touching her legs trying to make it look accidental when it was obvious what he was doing. Then he leaned over and asked her for the time and when she checked her watch he started touching her chest,” she said. Kyriacou decided enough was enough and spoke up about it. “I told him to leave her alone and to stop touching her as she was looking very uncomfortable and very upset. I worded it so people would understand that he was being inappropriate.” After she spoke up to the man, he began abusing her, swearing at her and threatening to beat her up and whilst this was going on, the rest of the train went about their business. Not one person helped her.“I should have called the police after he had walked away. I think at the time it’s hard to know how to react. I think I thought if I called the police he would have got off at the next stop and it would have been wasting their time but as they’ve said to me since I should have just called.” Sophie Diamandi, lecturer at University of South Australia in sociology, told Neos Kosmos “there’s a lot of apathy in society, particularly in a confined space like on a train”. “I think people are fearful of their own safety. That doesn’t actually condone not speaking up and trying to stop it but I think people are generally fearful of intervening due to concerns about their own safety,” Diamandi said.“Often in these situations it is about (the perpetrator) exerting power over other individuals. And we know sexual assault is about power and not about sex. “Unfortunately people that experience that sort of assault start questioning ‘is it the way they dress, is it the way they look, is it something that they did,’ so often they get into self blame which they shouldn’t of course as it has nothing to do with the way they dressed, said or behaved to bring on that sexual assualt.” A spokesperson from the Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure (DTEI) said “enhancing safety for passengers is a priority for the (South Australian) Government as (they) increase (their) efforts to encourage greater use of our public transport system”. DTEI works closely with the South Australian police to ensure passenger safety through a range of ongoing inititiatives that include: plain clothed and uniformed transit police circulating the rail network; the roll out of CCTV cameras at stations, interchanges and on trains and trams; increased lighting at stations; security guards; and a $37 million program to refurbish our 3000/3100 series railcars includes security enhancements to existing CCTV, more cameras and a live CCTV feed to the driver’s compartment. These railcars also have a emergency call button enabling passengers to communicate with the driver to ensure the police are notified, if required, immediately. With a background in crime writing, Kyriacou is often vigilant in public places. Although she doesn’t feel scared on public transport, she did find the whole incident confronting when it happened. “The thing that upset me more than anything is understanding that people don’t want to get involved,” said Kyriacou. “I certainly don’t want anyone to get hurt on my behalf, but when I spoke up if someone else had said to leave her alone, all of the sudden it’s two voices against this man and he would have backed down a lot more.” Diamandi agrees. “Try and be a united force to confront the perpertrator, because once people do speak up it can be quite empowering so long as they’re not putting themselves or others at greater risk. Unfortunately you don’t know if the person has a weapon in those situations,” she said. But Diamandi does believe that a lot of this has to do with education. “I think every member in society needs to take responsibility for acknowledging and educating our children, women and men so that people understand why it happens and how it happens and what they can do to try and protect themselves as much as possible from it occuring. “I do believe an extensive community education program across all sectors of the community is really important because we know that issues like interpersonal violence, family violence and domestic violence occurs across all cultures and classes and age groups. “It’s important that we educate our children to help them understand how they might protect themselves from being at risk. Or how we might educate adolescents or even adult women who might find thesmelves in a domestic violence situation. “We have been able to put this out in the agenda now and really try to addresss some of those issues and get a deeper understanding around the dynamic on why these assaults occur. We need to understand it has always been prevelant in our society and we need to start acknowledging that it is a real community issue and a real social problem in our society.”last_img read more

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Draft bill on higher education passed in principle

first_imgAppeals by the main opposition New Democracy party for consensus, combined with a proposal for a roll-call vote requested by the Popular Orthodox Rally (Laos) party, and compromise proposals by two high-profile Pasok deputies, led to a clause for rectors’ elections. The amendment agreed to by Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulos led to final consent by ND, following earlier stated support by Laos and deputies of those affiliated with the new Democratic Alliance grouping. Following the final reading, the rectors of tertiary education institutions will be elected by all the members of the academic faculty from a list of 2-3 people that will be set up by a relevant council on each occasion. Students’ participation in the election of rectors will not be anticipated. After a statement by ND that it votes in favour of the bill, in principle, the Laos party withdrew its proposal for a roll-call vote. A willingness by the main opposition party to support the bill on conditions, was expressed on Tuesday by the party’s rapporteur Aris Spiliotopoulos. Moreover, the education minister accepted ND’s proposal regarding the election of rectors by the faculty senate, but not the part regarding student participation. In regards to the university asylum status, she merely reiterated that “with the present clause, asylum is abolished … Of course, a proclamation that academic freedom constitutes a basic principle of the operation of universities remains.” Radical Left Coalition leader Alexis Tsipras decried that “what happened will be written in the annals: deputies of ND backing Syriza’s unconstitutionality objection and in the end voting in favour of the bill, in principle.” Tsipras reiterated that the bill is “clearly right wing orientated and neoliberal”. Democratic Alliance leader Dora Bakoyiannis said her party had already committed to voting in favour of the bill, stressing the necessity for the lifting of the situation, consolidated in universities, within the framework law of 1982; mainly with the establishment of student asylum and the introduction of petty politics into academic life. Earlier, a protest took place outside Parliament by opponents of the draft law, mostly leftist and out-of-Parliament leftist groups. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Malaysian newspaper apologises to Xenophon

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Malaysian newspaper, New Straits Time, has apologised to Senator Nick Xenophon for wrongly accusing him of making an anti-Islamic speech in parliament. The story quotes an extract from a 2009 speech made by Senator Xenophon condemning Scientology; but it claims the speech to the Australian Senate was about Islam and uses a quote with the word “Islam” substituted where Senator Xenophon in fact said “Scientology”. The Senator said he was “gobsmacked” by the story that questioned his impartiality as an observer of a demonstration in Kuala Lumpur over the weekend. He told AAP the story was a “complete lie” and he was seeking legal advice regarding it. The story also stated that in the speech, Senator Xenophon “came out openly in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issue” [sic] while in Malaysia, homosexuality is illegal. However – while the senator supports same sex civil unions – the only mention in that speech of gay rights issues is that a former Scientology member “was instructed by the organisation to disconnect from her sister because her sister was gay and therefore, according to Scientology, dangerous, perverted and evil”.last_img read more

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Government to leverage surplus for debt relief

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram With the date that troika officials are to return to Athens still unclear, the government is believed to be focusing on exploiting the leverage afforded by a larger-than-expected primary surplus to push its goal of launching negotiations on debt relief.As foreign auditors await further progress by Athens on a series of economic reform commitments, and with differences of opinion within the troika about how Greece should cover its funding needs, it is unlikely inspectors will return to Athens before a Eurogroup summit on February 17, Kathimerini understands.But, according to sources, the Greek government is less concerned about a possible delay in the troika’s return and is anticipating some kind of “gift” from Germany, the European Union’s paymaster, in return for its achievement of a large primary surplus. Sources indicate this “gift” could be the launch of talks on debt relief in April, a month before crucial local and European Parliament elections. If debt talks do begin in April, this could give Prime Minister Antonis Samaras an edge over leftist SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras, whose party rejects the terms of the country’s foreign loan agreements but is leading in opinion polls. In statements to reporters in Rome at the end of last week, Tsipras said Greece’s debt must be reduced by at least 60 percent to become sustainable.While Samaras and Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras push for talks on debt relief privately, their public statements have focused more on Greece’s primary surplus, which is expected to exceed 1.5 billion euros.Meanwhile the country’s troika of foreign lenders wants to see progress on a range of reforms, including the removal of barriers to competition and a streamlining of the civil service.In a related development, Stournaras told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that Greece’s funding gap for 2014 is around 5 billion euros or 11 billion euros for the next two years. He added that Greece did not need a third rescue package.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Corée du Nord un système de santé en ruines dénoncé par Amnesty

first_imgCorée du Nord : un système de santé “en ruines”, dénoncé par Amnesty InternationalCorée du Nord – Le titre du rapport d’Amnesty International publié jeudi fait état d’un système de santé “en ruines”. Il rend compte des pratiques médicales désastreuses rencontrées dans ce pays.L’ONG s’est basée sur des témoignages d’expatriés et de professionnels de la santé pour construire un rapport édifiant.On savait la Corée du Nord affamée. Depuis la grande famine des années 90, elle compte beaucoup sur l’aide internationale. Néanmoins, bien souvent soumise aux enjeux géopolitiques, celle-ci n’est pas suffisante. Certains habitants doivent donc se nourrir d’écorces d’arbres, de racines et d’aliments pour cochons. C’est déjà une catastrophe humaine mais à cela s’ajoute un système de santé plus que défaillant. À lire aussiG8 : Nicolas Sarkozy veut “réguler le web”Pyongyang réfute les accusation, ajoute que son système de santé, basé sur le régime communiste, fonctionne bien et qu’il est gratuit. Non, disent les témoins. Certaines opérations chirurgicales se font sans anesthésie, les seringues ne sont pas stérilisées et les épidémies sont aggravées par la malnutrition. En outre, les soins sont loin d’être gratuits. Les médecins se font rétribuer en cigarettes, alcool ou nourriture pour les consultations et réclament des espèces pour les opérations.Avec ce rapport, Amnesty International montre à quel point la Corée du Nord a besoin d’aide. Il y a urgence à agir.   Le 16 juillet 2010 à 11:44 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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La plateforme Jiwa devient française

first_imgLa plate-forme Jiwa devient françaiseFrance – Le site Jiwa, placé en liquidation judiciaire, a trouvé un repreneur. C’est la société française Digiteka, spécialisée dans la distribution et la monétisation de contenus numériques, qui a décidé de relancer la plate-forme musicale.Le modèle économique de Jiwa n’était pas rentable, malgré ses 400.000 membres. Si bien que la plate-forme d’écoute musicale en streaming a mis la clé sous la porte en juillet dernier. L’entreprise française Digiteka, spécialisée dans la distribution et la monétisation de contenus numériques, a décidé de reprendre le flambeau : “Nous souhaitons relancer le site mi-novembre/début décembre, sous réserve de finaliser les accords avec les ayants droit. Le site proposera une offre haut de gamme payante, mais aussi un modèle économique un peu innovant”, souligne le président Charles Ganem. Jiwa exploitait un catalogue de 4,8 millions de titres.Le 28 octobre 2010 à 12:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Lordinateur pourrait nuire à la fertilité des hommes

first_imgL’ordinateur pourrait nuire à la fertilité des hommesAlors que certains médecins recommandent aujourd’hui aux hommes de ne pas mettre leur téléphone portable dans la poche de leur pantalon, afin de préserver leur fertilité, une nouvelle étude démontrerait aujourd’hui qu’utiliser un ordinateur en le posant sur ses genoux pourrait être également dangereux pour leur capacité de reproduction.Cette nouvelle étude, concernant la fertilité des hommes en lien avec l’utilisation des nouvelles technologies, a été publiée dans le journal Fertility and Sterility, par des chercheurs de l’université américaine de New York. Ainsi, l’étude démontrerait qu’utiliser un ordinateur en le positionnant sur ses genoux pourrait avoir un impact considérable sur la fertilité des hommes, et cela-même si les utilisateurs se munissent d’une coque ou housse de protection.Pour parvenir à cette conclusion, les chercheurs ont demandé à 29 hommes d’utiliser un ordinateur sur leurs genoux avant de prendre ensuite la température de leur zone génitale, une hausse de température dans cette zone nuisant à la qualité du sperme masculin. L’étude a montré qu’après moins de 15 minutes d’utilisation de l’appareil, la zone génitale des hommes avait atteint une température trop importante, avec une augmentation de 2,5 degrés, explique Magicmaman.Le 11 novembre 2010 à 11:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Orange et Bouygues se concentrent sur la Galaxy de Samsung

first_imgOrange et Bouygues se concentrent sur la Galaxy de SamsungOrphelins de l’iPad, Orange et Bouygues se rattrappent sur la Galaxy. Les opérateurs ont dévoilé leurs tarifs concernant la tablette Internet de Samsung.Orange et Bouygues veulent vendre une tablette Internet pour les vacances de Noël. Devant le refus d’Apple de commercialiser l’iPad autrement que par les agences agréées, les deux opérateurs se sont rabattus sur la Galaxy Tab et espèrent pouvoir rivaliser avec le dernier terminal de la firme à la pomme à la fin de l’année. Ainsi, Orange propose de nombreux forfaits avec un prix de 299 euros pour la tablette. Du côté de Bouygues, la Galaxy est vendue au prix de 249 euros. Auparavant, SFR avait déjà levé le voile sur ses offres avec un terminal proposé à 299,90 ou 399,90 euros. Nu, le terminal est disponible à 699 euros.Le 11 novembre 2010 à 12:44 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Convoi radioactif après lAllemagne la Belgique

first_imgConvoi radioactif : après l’Allemagne, la BelgiqueMoins d’un mois après l’envoi d’un convoi de déchets radioactifs retraités en Allemagne, un nouveau départ a lieu depuis La Hague, cette fois à destination de la Belgique. Le train doit partir jeudi. Greenpeace compte une fois de plus manifester mais ne prévoit pas de bloquer le convoi comme cela avait été le cas début novembre.Dans la nuit du 1er au 2 décembre, un nouveau train chargé de déchets radioactifs va quitter La Hague pour la Belgique. Greenpeace, qui a communiqué l’information, prévoit de mener des actions de manifestation mais pas de bloquer ce convoi.Le porte-parole de Greenpeace Belgique, Eloi Glorieux, indique que le convoi devrait “arriver jeudi soir à Dessel-Mol (nord de la Belgique)”. Des militants de Greenpeace devraient manifester à Mol jeudi en fin d’après-midi, a-t-il précisé.Pour l’heure, des scientifiques testent le sous-sol argileux de la ville belge afin de vérifier qu’il est possible de stocker ces déchets radioactifs pour des milliers d’années. Ceux-ci seront enfouis à 220 mètres de profondeur.”Pour nous, le vrai problème, c’est la production de ces déchets”, a ajouté Greenpeace.L’Organisme national des déchets radioactifs et des matières fissiles enrichies (Ondraf) a, par ailleurs, annoncé qu’au total, neuf transports de ce type seraient nécessaires entre 2010 et 2013.Le 30 novembre 2010 à 12:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Le CCNE ne se prononce pas concernant la recherche sur les cellules

first_imgLe CCNE ne se prononce pas concernant la recherche sur les cellules souches embryonnairesInterrogé sur la question de la recherche sur l’embryon et les cellules souches embryonnaires, le Comité consultatif national d’éthique (CCNE) n’a donné aucune réponse, mais plutôt quelques pistes de réflexion.La recherche sur les cellules souches embryonnaires est un sujet très épineux en France. Celle-ci ouvre la voie à de nouveaux traitements et de nouvelles découvertes tandis qu’elle touche également à la conception de la vie humaine puisqu’elle se pratique sur des embryons. Interrogé sur le sujet et la position de ce type de recherches en France, le CCNE n’a pas souhaité émettre d’avis positif ou négatif mais plutôt donner quelques pistes de réflexion. Ainsi, le président du Comité consultatif national d’éthique, Alain Grimfeld explique : “Nous ne sommes plus dans une situation binaire où il suffit d’appuyer sur un bouton ‘oui’ ou un bouton ‘non'”.Cet avis n’est pas suffisant pour Xavier Lacroix, philosophe et théologien qui explique à propos du texte remis par le CCNE : “Le texte laisse ouvertes des questions dont nous pensons qu’elles ne peuvent être laissées ouvertes” telles que l’interdiction du principe de la recherche sur embryon, rapporte l’AFP. De son côté, le CCNE a également souhaité se saisir d’une nouvelle thématique sur le sujet : la recherche sur les cellules souches adultes reprogrammées qui ne manqueront pas également de soulever plusieurs questions. Le 20 octobre dernier, un projet de loi de révision des lois de bioéthique a été présenté en Conseil des ministres. Ce dernier prévoit notamment que l’interdiction de la recherche sur l’embryon et les cellules souches embryonnaires soit maintenue, tout en mettant en place un système d’autorisations comme c’est le cas aux États-Unis (voir notre article).Le 2 décembre 2010 à 18:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Mexique 4 morts de la grippe H1N1

first_imgMexique : 4 morts de la grippe H1N1Selon les autorités locales, quatre personnes seraient mortes de la grippe H1N1 au Mexique alors que l’OMS a formellement annoncé en août dernier la fin de la pandémie.C’est dans l’Etat de Chihuahua au Mexique, à la frontière avec les Etats-Unis, que les quatre décès sont survenus. Hier, César Duarte, le gouverneur de l’Etat mexicain a néanmoins estimé que la situation était sous contrôle. En effet, il semblerait que le virus ne vienne cette fois-ci pas du Mexique, foyer de la pandémie en 2009 où près de 1.250 personnes étaient décédées, mais des Etats-Unis.À lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?”C’est confirmé que la femme décédée à Chihuahua venait de l’Etat de Texas aux Etats-Unis. Les personnes infectées à Ciudad Juarez (ville située dans le Chihuahua) sont également toutes liées à des voyages aux Etats-Unis ou ayant eu des contacts avec des Américains”, a expliqué à la presse César Duarte. Ces dernières semaines, trois personnes sont déjà mortes et près de 415 ont été infectées au Venezuela.Selon Miguel Angel Lezana, directeur du Centre national de Surveillance épidémiologique du ministère fédéral de la Santé, ces nouveaux cas ne sont pas une surprise. Celui-ci a même indiqué à la télévision Milenio que les prochaines années devraient voir un regain de la maladie, précisant néanmoins qu’il n’y avait pas d’alerte pour l’instant.Le 29 mars 2011 à 09:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Fukushima entre 6 et 9 mois pour reprendre le contrôle de la

first_imgFukushima : entre 6 et 9 mois pour reprendre le contrôle de la centraleTepco, l’exploitant de la centrale nucléaire accidentée de Fukushima au Japon, a annoncé hier qu’il espérait une mise à l’arrêt de ses réacteurs d’ici six à neuf mois.Une baisse sensible de la radioactivité sur le site de Fukushima est attendue d’ici trois mois seulement, estime l’opérateur Tepco, qui pense que l’arrêt des réacteurs de la centrale ne se fera pas avant six à neuf mois. Une annonce faite par le président de Tepco en personne, Tsunehisa Katsumata, qui s’est adressé à la presse ce week-end. À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéCe responsable, qui envisage de démissionner, a expliqué que la suite des opérations de maintenance allait désormais se dérouler en deux temps, rapporte LeMonde.fr. Pour commencer, les réacteurs de la centrale et les bassins de stockage du combustible usé doivent être refroidis (cela pourrait durer trois mois). Ensuite, les réacteurs doivent être mis à l’arrêt de manière définitive. Une dernière étape qui permettrait de rétablir la sécurité sur le site ainsi que la stabilité de la centrale nucléaire, et faire baisser le taux de radioactivité enregistré.Le responsable a toutefois ajouté qu’il n’était pas en mesure de dire quand le combustible pourrait être retiré de la centrale ni préciser le coût de l’ensemble des mesures visant à stabiliser la situation.La semaine dernière, les autorités japonaises ont porté la gravité de l’accident nucléaire à 7, niveau maximal et identique à celui de Tchernobyl survenu en 1986. Les réacteurs de Fukushima Daiichi ont été gravement endommagés par le séisme de magnitude 9 et le tsunami dévastateur qui ont frappé le nord-est du Japon le 11 mars dernier.Tsunehisa Katsumata a estimé qu’il s’agissait-là de “la plus grave crise de l’histoire de cette entreprise”, créée il y a 60 ans.Le 18 avril 2011 à 09:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Sony pas de retour à la normale avant la fin mai

first_imgSony : pas de retour à la normale avant la fin mai ?Un porte-parole de Sony cité par Bloomberg indique que le rétablissement complet prendrait au moins trois semaine, après le piratage géant des services PlayStation Network, Qriocity et Sony Online Entertainment du géant nippon.Quand Sony relancera-t-il ses services en ligne ? C’est la question que les joueurs se posent depuis que des pirates ont pillé des millions de données personnelles sur les serveurs du groupe japonais, fin avril. Initialement, le géant nippon devait rétablir ses services le week-end dernier, mais il a finalement préféré prolonger ses tests de sécurité pour ne pas risquer de perdre des informations supplémentaires.Si pour le moment aucune autre date n’a été donnée, un porte-parole de Sony, Shigenori Yoshida, a déclaré à Bloomberg que le retour à la normale ne se ferait pas avant le 31 mai. Les services étant inaccessibles depuis le 20 avril, la remise en route du PSN aura nécessité six semaines, note Gizmodo.Au total, près de 100 millions de comptes utilisateurs dans le monde ont été piratés dont environ 5 millions dans l’Hexagone, selon un responsable de Sony France.Le 10 mai 2011 à 12:42 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Bactérie tueuse les concombres à nouveau soupçonnés

first_imgBactérie tueuse : les concombres à nouveau soupçonnésLa bactérie mortelle E. coli entero hémorragique (Eceh) a été détectée hier sur les restes d’un concombre retrouvé dans la poubelle d’une famille malade, dans une ville du centre de l’Allemagne.Retour à la case départ. La piste du concombre, abandonnée le 31 mai dans la traque à la bactérie tueuse Eceh, revient. Pour la première fois, les autorités sanitaires allemandes affirment avoir trouvé sa trace… sur un concombre retrouvé dans la poubelle d’une famille allemande de Magdebourg, qui a été contaminée. Toutefois, “on ignore pour l’instant si c’est le concombre qui a infecté la famille ou si ce sont eux qui, étant malades, ont infecté le concombre”, a déclaré le porte-parole du ministère de la Santé de l’État de Saxe-Anhalt, Holger Paech, cité par l’Associated Press. L’origine et le foyer de la bactérie tueuse n’ont donc toujours pas été identifiés. À lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?Pendant ce temps, le bilan continue de s’alourdir. Au moins 26 morts sont à déplorer d’après l’Associated Press et il faut s’attendre à de nouvelles victimes, selon le ministre fédéral de la Santé. Au total, plus de 2.700 personnes ont été contaminées et Europe 1 précise que 800 personnes environ ont développé la forme grave de la maladie, le syndrome hémolytique et urémique (SHU), et sont actuellement entre la vie et la mort. La souche de la bactérie E. coli sème la zizanie en Europe depuis deux semaines à présent. La contamination se traduit principalement par des diarrhées hémorragiques qui peuvent être mortelles lorsqu’elles se compliquent. Le 9 juin 2011 à 09:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Loryx dArabie de retour après avoir frôlé lextinction

first_imgL’oryx d’Arabie de retour après avoir frôlé l’extinctionL’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN) a indiqué que l’oryx d’Arabie, une antilope du désert certainement à l’origine du mythe de la licorne, est de retour après avoir frôlé l’extinction de justesse.Selon un communiqué de l’UICN, l’Oryx leucoryx, une antilope du désert, a été réintroduit avec succès à l’état sauvage. Tout d’abord remis en liberté à Oman en 1982 puis en Arabie Saoudite, en Israël, aux Emirats arabes unis et dernièrement en Jordanie, la population d’oryx compte désormais un millier d’individus. Apparu dans la péninsule arabique, l’animal possède deux cornes effilées mais, de profil, ne semble en posséder qu’une seule. Il s’agirait là de l’origine du mythe de la licorne, explique l’UICN.À lire aussiLa harpie féroce, l’un des plus grands et plus puissants rapaces au mondeL’oryx d’Arabie sauvage a évité de justesse la disparition après que le dernier a été abattu  en 1972. Après 40 ans d’efforts pour reconstituer cette population en captivité, l’oryx quitte enfin la liste rouge des espèces en danger que l’UICN vient de remettre à jour. Il reste toutefois un animal à surveiller puisqu’il est classé en tant qu’espèce “vulnérable”. “Avoir sorti l’oryx d’Arabie de la quasi-extinction est un exploit majeur, comme on aimerait qu’il se répète pour d’autres espèces menacées”, déclare la directrice générale de l’Agence de l’Environnement d’Abu Dhabi, Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak. A dire vrai, il s’agit même d’une première mondiale.La liste rouge de l’UICN répertorie 59.508 espèces végétales et animales. Il s’agit du plus grand manuel sur la biodiversité disponible bien que seule une fraction des espèces existantes dans le monde y soit répertoriée. Selon la dernière mise à jour qui vient d’être réalisée, 797 espèces se sont complètement éteintes dont 64 à l’état sauvage. On en compte 3.801 autres en “danger critique d’extinction”, 5.566 en “danger” et 9.898 sont classées comme “vulnérables”. De plus, 4.533 espèces restent “quasi-menacées”, ce qui signifie qu’elles seront menacées si aucune mesure de conservation n’est prise. Reste 25.853 espèces qui occupent la catégorie “préoccupation mineure” et 8.996 ne peuvent faire l’objet d’une évaluation faute d’informations suffisantes.Le mois dernier, la revue scientifique britannique Nature indiquait que les méthodes de mesures qui avaient été utilisées entraînaient une surestimation de la perte de biodiversité attendue à l’avenir. Selon elle, l’extinction des espèces due à l’action de l’homme se faisait à un rythme au moins deux fois plus lent qu’on l’estimait jusque là, rapporte Sciences et Avenir. L’UICN indique avoir pris note de l’étude mais confirme la validité de ses méthodes, même si elles comprennent des incertitudes, a déclaré un de ses porte-parole à l’AFP.Le 17 juin 2011 à 13:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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