Share Tweet Email 7,205 Views Monday 31 Oct 2016, 3:18 PM TURKISH POLICE HAVE arrested the editor-in-chief of the newspaper Cumhuriyet, which has openly voiced its opposition to President Recep Erdogan.The newspaper, which had published revelations embarrassing for the government, said at least a dozen journalists and executives were detained in early morning raids.The detentions come after authorities fired more than 10,000 civil servants at the weekend and closed 15 pro-Kurdish and other media outlets, the latest purge since July’s failed military coup aimed at ousting Erdogan.Cumhuriyet’s editor Murat Sabuncu was detained and police were hunting for executive board chairman Akin Atalay, the official news agency Anadolu said.CrackdownThe Istanbul prosecutor said an investigation had been launched into allegations the secular daily’s output was “legitimising” the attempted putsch.The newspaper said it would “fight until the end for democracy and freedom” in a statement on its website headlined: Short URL 11 Comments We will not surrender.“Cumhuriyet is a newspaper and being a journalist is not a crime,” it added. “Believing in its journalism, it continues and will continue its publication.”Cumhuriyet said an arrest warrant was also issued for former editor-in-chief Can Dundar, who was sentenced to jail in May for allegedly revealing state secrets in a high-profile case that triggered alarm about the state of press freedom in Turkey.The newspaper had accused the government of seeking to illicitly deliver arms bound for Islamist rebels in Syria. Erdogan had warned Dundar he would “pay a heavy price”. Turkish journalists protested in April of this year. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesDundar is now believed to be in Germany after he was freed earlier this year pending appeal.He described Monday’s actions as the “storming of the last fortress” on Twitter as Turkish media said his house in Istanbul was also raided.The International Press Institute said an arrest warrant was issued for one of the rights group’s board members, Kadri Gursel, who also wrote for Cumhuriyet.Read: Man appears in court charged with possession of gun, silencer and ammunition >Read: Garda sergeants and inspectors accuse Government of spreading misinformation > Oct 31st 2016, 3:18 PM By AFP ‘We will not surrender’: Outrage as editor of Turkish newspaper arrested Murat Sabuncu has been accused of “legitimising” the attempted putsch earlier this year. http://jrnl.ie/3055779 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
HAVING FOUGHT HARD every step of the way from Dundalk to the Ireland U20 squad, Tadgh McElroy was on the verge of fulfilling a dream and going to the World Cup to wear the green jersey with pride last year.But at the very last moment, his dream was snatched away.The dynamic hooker hadn’t finalised his plans for after the 2017 World Rugby U20 Championship in Georgia and the IRFU gave him an ultimatum. McElroy had a superb U20 Six Nations last year. Source: James Crombie/INPHOReigning Europen and Premiership champions Saracens had made an offer to McElroy, but the IRFU wanted him to sign for Connacht – his home province Leinster having opted for another player to take the hooker spot in their academy set-up.“It was horrible,” says McElroy, who is now part of Saracens’ academy and impressing for the English side. “Basically, there were rumours that I had signed for Saracens, but I hadn’t signed for anybody. I hadn’t signed a thing.“I went to the airport to meet the squad and I was told I had to sign for Connacht that day or I was not getting on the plane.“I rang my agent and he told me not to make a decision, ‘We will have a chat, this is crazy.’ I said I totally agreed and that my head was in a shambles and I couldn’t make a decision.“They said, ‘If you don’t sign today, you ain’t coming.’ I told them I really wanted to go, had trained hard and was in a good place, but they said, ‘We’re only taking players that will be playing in Ireland.’“I told them I wasn’t turning my back on anyone, I just wanted to go and enjoy the campaign and do my best before coming back and making my decision. They said, ‘You’ve already signed for Saracens,’ but I just said I hadn’t signed a thing.“They told me I wasn’t coming. I said, ‘If that’s your decision, it’s very immature, but I’ve got to respect your decision.’ I went home. It was crazy. I was upset and annoyed. I wanted to be out there with the boys.”It was a very difficult experience for a young man who had played for Ireland at U18 and U19 levels before excelling in last year’s U20 Six Nations, scoring three tries as he started all five games.Making it even more difficult for McElroy were false rumours that he was opting out of playing for Ireland because he wanted to play for England instead – qualifying for them through his London-born grandmother.“There were a lot of lies going around, a lot of stuff that wasn’t true,” says the Dundalk man. McElroy in Saracens colours. Source: Saracens“I was there to go and play for Ireland, but I wasn’t picked to go at the end. There’s only so much you can do. My bag was packed and I was ready to go.“It was only the following week that I said to my agent that I’d sign for Saracens. What had happened put the final nail in the coffin.”Ireland’s loss has certainly been Saracens’ gain, with McElroy quickly settling into the club and making his first-team debut in the Anglo-Welsh Cup, with a maiden start against Exeter at the beginning of this month following two substitute appearances.The 20-year-old has been extremely close to Sarries’ Premiership matchday squads too, acting as their 24th man a handful of times. The club has already offered him a one-year contract extension to his academy deal and life is good for McElroy.“I couldn’t go to any other club where I have people like Jamie George, Christopher Tolofua and Schalk Brits giving me tips, going through my analysis with me, telling me what I need to focus on,” says McElroy.“I can’t get that anywhere else and I’m extremely lucky to be here with some of the best players in the world.”Dundalk RFC is where it all started for McElroy at the age of eight, his father Stanley – a major influence on his career – having previously played for the club.Ireland U18 Clubs coach Wayne Mitchell, who now works with the IRFU’s Exiles branch, brought McElroy to a tournament in France in 2014 and McElroy was back again a year later as the U18s travelled to Gloucester for the Three Union Festival.A small handful of players from that group have gone into provincial academies, including Liam Coombes and Ciarán Frawley, but McElroy felt he always had to work harder coming out of the youths game, rather than the schools system.“I’m proud as punch to be from Dundalk and I’ll always be a Dundalk player,” says McElroy of his hometown club. “I’ve never played for Dundalk’s senior team but someday I will, that’s a goal of mine to go back and do it, they helped me so much. McElroy is learning huge amounts from Jamie George. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOWhen McElroy finished school, he was hoping for a move to a higher level in the club game and although it was heartbreaking to leave Dundalk, he was “blown away” when Mike Ruddock called him with an offer to join Lansdowne FC.“Getting tips from Mike, playing in the AIL and training with the first team in Lansdowne got me physically ready for the Ireland U19s season because you’re playing against men rather than underage rugby.”2017 brought McElroy into the national U20 team set-up under Nigel Carolan and he was one of the most impressive Irish players during last year’s Six Nations campaign.And yet, McElroy says he feels he could have offered more.McElroy had been part of Leinster’s sub-academy at the start of the season but had what he describes as a “misunderstanding” with one of the S&C coaches, which saw him leave the set-up.“I loved the Six Nations, I loved every minute with the boys. But I didn’t feel like I hit my full potential. A lot of people don’t know this, but I wasn’t training with Leinster for the two months before that, I was just training with Lansdowne and doing my bit at home.”He pays tribute to Ruddock, Lansdowne and his father for helping him to be in shape for the U20s even without provincial involvement.“My Dad does a huge, huge amount that no one sees, ” says McElroy. “He does a lot to keep me in shape, getting my diet right. He doesn’t get enough credit because he’s been big in all of this.”Still, a fine Six Nations campaign had McElroy in good stead for the U20 World Cup, but he wasn’t offered a chance to return to the Leinster set-up as they opted to bring his fellow U20 international Ronan Kelleher into their academy system.McElroy says there were “no bridges burned” when he left the sub-academy and he doesn’t hold any ill feeling towards his native province at all. McElroy describes Mark McCall as ‘very professional’. Source: James Crombie/INPHOHis agent at Navy Blue instead presented him with offers from Saracens and Connacht’s academies and when the IRFU had left him in a difficult position, he took a few more days before deciding that his future lay with the back-to-back Champions Cup winners.The Saracens academy train full-time with Mark McCall’s senior team, meaning McElroy is learning from many of the very best players in the world on a daily basis.“We train with the first team week in, week out,” explains McElroy. “We do units together, have breakfast and lunch together and the only thing we don’t do all together is the gym because there are is large numbers of guys, so we’re split into groups.”Saracens place a huge emphasis on the person as well as the player, and their ‘personal development programme’ has been a contributing factor in creating a very happy squad culture under McCall.For McElroy, his off-field development has involved studying to be a gym instructor through an online Setanta College course.“Saracens pride themselves on being like a family and you really do feel part of that atmosphere. Sarries makes you a better person on and off the field. They’ve got me into doing my uni work.“Anyone who knows me knows I wouldn’t be big into uni or going to uni, but now I’m loving it and I’m passing all my grades and keeping up to date with that, as well as getting my opportunities with rugby.”In terms of the rugby, McElroy is being pushed to improve every day. The ‘A’ League is his “bread and butter” and he has even played in the Saracens Storm’s back row when they have had injuries there, impressing with big carrying and tackling workloads.“Coming over, I was expecting high standards but over here 100% is not good enough,” says the hooker. “Saracens talk about the next 5% and they judge themselves on that extra 5%. We say that when it’s too hard for the opposition, it’s just right for us.“The standard in training is through the roof. I’ve seen a week go by and literally two balls be dropped – it’s counted. McElroy wants to play senior international rugby. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO“It’s crazy and the guys work really hard but off the field, the big guys like Will Skelton, Liam Williams, Jamie George – they’re all down to earth and they like helping the academy guys out.”Having already exceeding his expectations for his first season with Sarries by featuring in the Anglo-Welsh Cup, McElroy is hoping to continue his upward trajectory and, while remaining realistic, he is targeting a Premiership debut sooner rather than later.McElroy says he hasn’t heard from the IRFU since the debacle before the U20s trip to Georgia and though he is Dundalk through and through, he isn’t against the idea of playing for his grandmother’s country of birth if he is not wanted by Ireland.“A lot of people were talking about England last year because my mam’s mam is English. At the end of the day, if Ireland don’t want to pick me and another country does, I want to play at the highest level I can.“To be honest, what happened just put fire in my belly to train harder. I’m lucky to have come out the other side and I want to prove a few people wrong.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Dundalk man McElroy excels with Saracens after U20s World Cup dream was shattered The 20-year-old hooker is thriving in his first season with the Premiership giants. Saturday 17 Feb 2018, 10:00 AM 34,081 Views Short URL From delivering pizzas to delivering medals: Tadhg Beirne’s momentum has been hard-wonIreland are firm favourites but Schmidt warns of new Welsh strengths https://the42.ie/3855829 Follow us: the42.ie Share569 Tweet Email3 By Murray Kinsella Feb 17th 2018, 10:01 AM 32 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Warner Bros company hit out at Dublin start-up ‘like a ton of bricks’ over Scooby brand name ScoobyBox has had to change its brand name to BusterBox after trademark issues with a Warner Bros company. Short URL Share86 Tweet Email2 37 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3868070 Image: BusterBox Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Hayley Halpin Saturday 24 Feb 2018, 7:45 AM Feb 24th 2018, 7:46 AM Image: BusterBox DUBLIN START-UP ScoobyBox owners have spoken of the “devastation” of having to change its brand name after being hit with a legal warning from a company owned by US-based entertainment firm Warner Bros.The start-up, owned by Gary Redmond, Liam Brennan and Paul Carrick, offers a monthly subscription service to people where they can sign up to receive monthly boxes of toys and treats for dogs. The company appeared on RTÉ’s Dragon’s Den in April 2017.On 27 July 2017, the dog product business received a letter from a solicitor on behalf of Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc threatening to legally oppose its use of the ScoobyBox name on the grounds of trademark issues with the Scooby-Doo brand.Hanna-Barbera Productions is a subsidiary of Warner Bros.The production company owns the trademarks Scooby, Scooby-Doo and Scooby Snacks. These trademarks are listed in the Irish Trade Mark Register and the EU Trade Mark Register, according to the solicitor.In the letter, the solicitor outlined that its client was “concerned by the existence” of the start-up’s application for trademark status on the ScoobyBox name.“The Mark applied for ScoobyBox includes the term Scooby as its distinguishing and dominant element. The end term Box is merely descriptive of the product within which you may deliver dog products. Thus, the Mark applied for is highly similar to our client’s earlier trademarks as registered,” the letter said. The Scooby Doo live musical in London Source: EMPICS Entertainment via PA Images‘We didn’t mean to infringe’Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Redmond explained that the trio chose the name ScoobyBox after one of the co-founder’s grandfather’s dog named Scooby.“It had nothing to do with the Scooby-Doo character. He grew up with the dog and the company was named after the dog’s memory,” Redmond said.When the start-up initially set out to choose a brand name, Redmond said they looked at the list of registered trademarks under Ireland’s Patent Office. He said they found no listing of the Scooby trademark.However, once the company received the solicitor letter they came to the realisation that Scooby was, in fact, a listed trademark in the EU.“We didn’t mean to infringe, but we did,” Redmond said.“They came down on us like a ton of bricks,” he said.ScoobyBox made efforts for a number of months to come to a resolution with Hanna-Barbera Productions.However, having taken extensive legal advice, the ScoobyBox team realised that the challenge to retain their right to use the Scooby name would be too expensive for them, and they said they were left with no option but to change the company name.The ScoobyBox team sent Hanna-Barbera Productions a letter informing it that they would cease use of the word Scooby in its brand name by 20 February. The start-up has been rebranded as BusterBox.“We had to immediately cancel our domain and our email address,” Redmond said.“It’s going to cost us about €5,000 to change over. We had to get new artwork and a new domain, which was expensive because it’s a premium domain,” he said.It was just devastating after building our brand up and getting our name out there on television. All we can do is try to keep positive.Speaking of the reception the company has received after it announced its name change, Redmond said: “The subscribers are keeping positive and are being very supportive. They’ve been great.”Venturing overseasOver the past number of months, the Irish start-up has begun to spread its business into the UK market.Redmond said that while the company’s brand name has posed a number of difficulties over the past year, it will not deter the team from progressing its expansion overseas.“It’s all still a go but it’s a disappointment at the start of the year when we’re trying to expand our brand overseas. It’s just a set-back but we’ll get there,” Redmond said.Read: KFC forced to destroy chicken as delivery fiasco rumbles onMore: Snapchat lost €1 billion in value just after Kylie Jenner tweeted she doesn’t use it anymore 23,918 Views
Short URL Tuesday 27 Feb 2018, 8:41 PM Feb 27th 2018, 8:41 PM Image: Michelle Hennessey 56 Comments PROTESTERS MARCHED A coffin to Permanent TSB headquarters in Dublin today to voice their opposition to the sale of mortgages to vulture funds.PTSB, which is 75% State owned, has defended its plan to sell off a book of non-performing loans known as Project Glas.The proposed sell-off of 18,000 properties, including 14,000 private dwelling homes, has become the subject of a political battle in the last week.Today, the government agreed to support Fianna Fáil’s bill to regulate vulture funds.Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said he will work with Fianna Fáil’s finance spokesperson Michael McGrath, though he said significant redrafting of the bill will have to be carried out for it to have the “desired effects”.In addition, the minister said he has asked the Central Bank to review their code of conduct for how financial institutions deal with those in mortgage arrears. Protesters at the door of PTSB HQ today. Source: Michelle HennesseyTD Michael Collins told TheJournal.ie that the coffin carried to the bank today represents the people who have lost their lives and the families in mortgage arrears that have been sold off to vulture funds.Speaking to reporters today, Donohoe said he was aware of the concerns homeowners had about the possible sale of their mortgages.Treating mortgage holders fairly“I understand and want to recognise the worry this is causing people at the moment. I am determined as minister for finance that everybody is treated fairly and for these reasons a review of a code of conduct is appropriate,” he said.Donohoe said the bill to regulate vulture funds “will have an effect on the regulatory environment that is there at the moment” and will have a “positive effect”.Under the current regulations, it is only the intermediary, or middle man, that works between the mortgage holder and the vulture fund that falls under Central Bank regulations. The loan body or vulture fund itself which owns the mortgage is not regulated.The regulatory reach of the Fianna Fáil bill will now extend to vulture funds. The minister said he is satisfied the new rules “does not constitute any interference in our banks”. Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe Source: Sam BoalThe minister told reporters today that the regulatory framework put in place in the past, when he was not a minister in the department, “was appropriate then”.However, he pointed out that he always said he would keep the matter under review.Having looked at the current regulations with “an open mind”, Donohoe now believes the rules should now be strengthened.Changing the regulations“I have reviewed it and decided a change like this will be of help,” he said.Due to the impending sale of the PTSB loan book, McGrath said his bill should be expedited through the Dáil.The minister said it will be “quicker” for government to amend the Fianna Fáil bill rather than government introducing their own “from scratch”.“I am committed to move forward with this bill as quick a way as possible,” said the minister.In relation to the review of the code of conduct, Donohoe said he has asked the Central Bank to get back to him as soon as possible on the matter.Lending institutions such as banks and building societies are bound by the Central Bank’s code of conduct.It was first introduced by the Central Bank under the Central Bank Act 1989 and sets out that financial institutions must adopt specific procedures when dealing with borrowers experiencing arrears and financial difficulties.Critics such as Sinn Féin have argued that the code should be put on a statutory footing. A department source said this is not possible due to the need to amend the code on a constant basis, with at least four amendments being made to the code since 2009.The minister said he could not indicate today if the code would be amended in the future as that is up to the Central Bank to determine. However, Donohoe said he is committed to ensuring the best regulatory environment is in place before the PTSB sale is completed.“Every act I take has consequences, all decisions made by me as minister of finance have consequences,” said Donohoe, who said he has to strike a balance ensuring the bank’s balance sheets are healthy, while also ensuring that mortgage holders are protected.Harris on PTSB home loan sale: ‘It’s time to see a bit of humility from our banks’>Minister concedes homeowners who engaged with PTSB may not have deals honoured> Share379 Tweet Email22 Protesters deliver a coffin to the door of PTSB, as government agrees to regulate vulture funds The Central Bank is to review their code of conduct for how financial institutions deal with those in mortgage arrears. By Christina Finn Protesters bringing a coffin to the door of PTSB today. Image: Michelle Hennessey Protesters bringing a coffin to the door of PTSB today. 35,346 Views http://jrnl.ie/3875628 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
152 prisoners escape from Brazilian jail after setting fire to cellblock 52 inmates remain at large following the jailbreak yesterday in the town of Bauru. Jan 25th 2017, 7:27 AM http://jrnl.ie/3203668 Short URL Wednesday 25 Jan 2017, 7:27 AM 7 Comments By AFP Source: Shutterstock/BackgroundStoreBRAZILIAN POLICE ARE hunting for 52 inmates who broke out of a jail yesterday in the latest unrest to hit the country’s overcrowded prisons.Inmates set fire to one of the cellblocks before escaping from the Penitentiary Progression Centre, a semi-open prison in the town of Bauru, northwest of Sao Paulo, according to the national prisons authority.The revolt broke out in protest after a prison guard confiscated a mobile phone from an inmate it said.“The prisoners started a commotion and some took advantage of it to flee,” a source in the prisons authority told AFP.Inmates set fire to the roof of the cellblock, but firefighters soon put out the blaze, the source said.The prisons authority said separately in a statement that 152 inmates fled and 100 were captured by military police.More than 130 prisoners have been reported killed in Brazil this year, many of them beheaded, in a series of bloody prison riots blamed on drug gangs.© – AFP, 2017Read: The man who hacked nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence gets 9 months in jailRead: Trump takes first step towards building Mexican wall Share12 Tweet Email 6,589 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Get our daily news round up: By Garreth MacNamee Here’s What Happened Today: Sunday A Louth helicopter crash, Enda’s referendum pledge and spooky Brazilian ghosts – it’s the Fix. Mar 12th 2017, 8:00 PM 4 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3283943 Share Tweet Email INTERNATIONAL Joni Sledge passed away today. Source: ©Suzan/allaction.co.uk#USA: The music industry lost an icon after Joni Sledge passed away at the age of 60.#GUATEMALA The death toll following a fire at children’s shelter reached 40.#BRAZIL: The country’s president has moved out of his mansion because he believes it is haunted by ghosts.PARTING SHOTEver wondered what your elected representatives think of Beyonce? Well, wonder no more. Thanks to the Daily Edge, you can find out which TD thinks Single Ladies is a belter and who thinks she was better in her Destiny’s Child days. You can read the piece in all its magnificence here. Source: SIPA USA/PA Images Sunday 12 Mar 2017, 8:00 PM IRELAND Taoiseach Enda Kenny (centre) is given a guided tour of the Irish Memorial in Philadelphia by local resident Joe Donovan. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesTwo men were injured after a helicopter crashed in Louth.Enda Kenny revealed that there is to be a referendum which would allow Irish emigrants vote in presidential elections.A man in his 30s was stabbed to death in a house in Galway.New figures showed how over 100 animals died at Dublin Zoo over a two year period.A wanted criminal who was disqualified from driving was found drunk behind the wheel in Waterford.A cyclist died near the Phoenix Park after being knocked off his bike.It emerged how the Kinahan cartel has lost €42 million since the feud began.A new opinion poll showed how Sinn Féin has leapfrogged Fine Gael in popularity. 16,532 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share47 Tweet Email1 Saturday 24 Jun 2017, 6:45 PM File photo. Coast Guard rescue helicopter 25,719 Views Short URL File photo. Coast Guard rescue helicopter Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie 3 Comments Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie Jun 24th 2017, 6:45 PM By Sean Murray A 14-YEAR-OLD boy is in a critical condition, after a yachting incident off the coast of Cork earlier today.A spokesperson for Valentia Coast Guard told TheJournal.ie that they were called to the scene off Skibereen this morning.It is believed the boy was struck in the head by a sailing boom.With the aid of Rescue helicopter 117, he was airlifted to Cork University Hospital.His condition is currently described as serious.In a separate incident, Howth Coast Guard was called to assist after a 53-year-old sustained serious head injuries while kitesurfing off the coast of Dublin at Sutton.A nurse helped to treat him at the scene, and was joined by the Coast Guard who assisted in transporting the man to a nearby hospital.At present, his injuries are also described as serious.Read: A statue of the late Terry Wogan was unveiled in Limerick todayRead: ‘I don’t think my election as Taoiseach actually made history. It just reflected it’ http://jrnl.ie/3462399 Boy (14) airlifted to hospital after yachting incident off Cork coast In a separate incident, a man in his 50s required the help of the coast guard after a serious kitesurfing incident.
By Murray Kinsella 28,060 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Schmidt to consider Ireland selection options for six-day turnaround to Cardiff Dan Leavy or Sean O’Brien could come into the mix after an injury to Josh van der Flier. 67 Comments Monday 11 Mar 2019, 7:55 AM Share14 Tweet Email1 A SIX-DAY TURNAROUND to this Saturday’s clash with Wales means Ireland will have what Joe Schmidt termed “a very truncated week.”Speaking after yesterday’s 26-14 victory over France in Dublin, the Ireland boss said he was unsure whether his squad would take to the training pitch on Tuesday or Wednesday as the face into their bid to prevent Warren Gatland’s Welsh side from securing a Grand Slam. Schmidt has a shortened week of preparation. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOThe narrow recovery timeframe may also prompt a handful of changes from Schmidt on the selection front, even if Ireland delivered their most cohesive performance of the championship against les Bleus, sullied only by conceding two late tries.Rob Kearney was a late withdrawal from the game due to calf tightness but Schmidt said the fullback has “a really good chance” of being fit to feature against the Welsh, although Josh van der Flier is a greater concern after suffering a leg injury versus the French.If van der Flier is ruled out, the make-up of the starting back row in Cardiff will be of major interest. The trio of Jack Conan, Peter O’Mahony and CJ Stander performed strongly yesterday after the starting number seven had been replaced by Conan, with Stander moving to the openside.Schmidt name-checked Sean O’Brien and Dan Leavy as possible options at openside against Wales, while he also hinted that hooker Sean Cronin could be set for a return to the squad after being omitted for round four.“There’s a couple of guys who have been in and around the squad,” said Schmidt yesterday. “Obviously Dan Leavy was up in Belfast, Rob Kearney should be right to train on Tuesday.“Sean O’Brien, Sean Cronin, Rob Herring – there’s a number of guys who we’ll get back this evening and go through and have a look at how they all shape up.“There’s obviously a few guys in the backs as well but the midfield combination worked well today with Bundee [Aki] and Garry Ringrose, those guys have played together a fair bit. Dan Leavy hasn’t featured for Ireland in this Six Nations. Source: James Crombie/INPHO“The back three, certainly the wingers, have been one of the more consistent fixtures so far in the Six Nations.“Andrew Conway came in late, but whether we have a look at freshening that up. And front-row wise, Andrew Porter was with us in the warm-up.“Tadhg Beirne, we’ll see how he is on Tuesday but there’s those sorts of options that we’ll just have a look at.”With a relatively condensed timeframe to prepare, Schmidt said Ireland won’t be wasting much of their week considering the prospect of denying the Welsh their Grand Slam in Cardiff. “It’s funny, people might talk about that but for us, we want to finish as well as we can in the Six Nations,” said Schmidt. “It’s less about where Wales are positioned.“We know that if we could get a win we would go past them in the championship on the ladder at the end of the day, but at the same time, it is just another game.“And as boring as it is, in terms of a six-day turnaround you can’t really think too much about championships or anything else.”Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Subscribe https://the42.ie/4534150 Mar 11th 2019, 6:01 AM
By Cormac Fitzgerald Short URL Jun 18th 2018, 7:51 AM https://jrnl.ie/4076361 10,006 Views No Comments Monday 18 Jun 2018, 7:51 AM The 9 at 9: Monday Here’s everything you need to know as the week gets started. EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #WICKLOW: Garda crime units have received information that a row between two drug gangs in the North Wicklow area has escalated, leading to calls for extra resources.2. #MIGRATION: US first lady said that she “hates” to see families separated at the US border and hopes “both sides of the aisle” can reform the nation’s immigration laws.3. #OSAKA: At least three people have been killed and dozens injured following a strong earthquake around metropolitan Osaka in western Japan.4. #REFERENDUM: Up to and including polling day on the 25 May, Dublin City Council received 279 complaints regarding posters for the Eighth Amendment referendum.5. #FINES: The government is set to increase the on-the-spot litter fine from €150 to €250, under plans being considered by Minister for Communications Denis Naughten.6. #COLOMBIA: Conservative Ivan Duque won Colombia’s presidential election yesterday after a campaign that turned into a referendum on a landmark 2016 peace deal with FARC rebels that he pledged to overhaul.7. #WEATHER: The week is set to be mostly cloudy with some spells of rain, but there’s a good chance of warm weather for next weekend.8. #RYANAIR: Budget airline Ryanair has called for a pre-10am booze ban at airports after a group of Irish-based holiday-makers forced an Ibiza-bound Ryanair flight from Dublin to divert to Paris Saturday morning.9. #CLARE: A man has been killed and two other people injured in a road crash in Co Clare. Share2 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
94 Comments By Hayley Halpin http://jrnl.ie/4096053 Seven complaints rejected over Late Late Show panellist suggestion to ‘bin’ cyclists Three panellists were invited to state what things they would “bin” for the New Year. Wednesday 27 Jun 2018, 9:18 PM The broadcaster is of the view that the main editorial goal was to amuse the audience, partly through comic exaggeration, and the segment was not a serious discussion on road use or traffic safety nor was it meant to reflect a position of the broadcaster or the show on the issue of cycling safety in general. SEVEN COMPLAINTS MADE against RTÉ’s The Late Late Show after a panellist said they would “bin” cyclists have been rejected by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.During a segment of the programme on 12 January, three panellists were invited to state what things they would “bin” for the New Year and one of the panellists nominated cyclists.One complainant claimed that the programme promoted mistaken myths against cyclists and that the programme presenter encouraged and magnified this “hate speech”, aimed at dehumanising people who cycle.The complainant claimed that cyclists were referred to as simply “blocking the roads”, as sheep, cows and farm animals.They said they believe that this segment of the show was offensive to people who cycle and would promote violence and aggression against cyclists.Another complainant claimed that the comments in the programme referring to “arrogant cyclists” and those cycling side-by-side, while meant to be light-hearted, could encourage frustration and anger against vulnerable road users, which they said is dangerous and irresponsible.Responding to the two above complaints, RTÉ said that “this was a comedic and light-hearted segment in which guests were asked to nominate their ‘pet hates’ and this editorial context was made clear to the audience”.“One of the panellists wished to put ‘arrogant cyclists’ into the bin and her primary concern was ‘three or four cyclists abreast on a country road’,” RTÉ said. Jun 27th 2018, 9:18 PM Short URL Image: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ie In relation to the first complainant, RTÉ said that “the comparison of cyclists with farm animals was in the context of cyclists three or four abreast blocking the roads”.“The broadcaster regrets the presenter’s error in referring to cyclists two abreast and acknowledges that this practice is not illegal. The broadcaster refutes the claim made in the complaint that one of the panellists inferred that cyclists should not be treated with consideration.“The broadcaster maintains that none of the panellists condemned all cyclists nor was there any encouragement to cause harm to cyclists.”RulingIn its ruling published today, the BAI said that it decided to reject the complaints.The Committee was mindful of the provision set out in the Code of Programme Standards, in which persons and groups in society shall be represented in an appropriate and justifiable way and shall not be treated in a manner which prejudices respect for human dignity. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ie 24,279 Views The members noted that Principle 5 has specific regard for the fact that certain individuals or groups may be considered as vulnerable and, as such, may require additional protection from discrimination.The BAI said it was the opinion of the Committee that the complaints, as submitted, “did not adequately demonstrate that cyclists should be considered as a vulnerable group and did not, therefore, warrant the additional protection provided for in Principle 5 of the Code”.Five other similar complaints in relation to this segment of the show were made and rejected by the BAI.One other complaint in relation to RTÉ Radio One’s Liveline was also rejected by the BAI’s Compliance Committee.The Executive Complaints Forum of the BAI considered and rejected 16 other complaints.These rulings were made at meetings held on 7 March and 18 April. Share10 Tweet Email
https://jrnl.ie/4786946 We’ve had population growth, but we haven’t had the kind of investment in the parallel things you need, you’re playing catch up the whole time. You’ll have typically the highest class sizes in the country in places like this, because the distribution of teaching posts is based on historical models.“This won’t be unique to north Kildare, you could say it’s typical, Fingal is the most rapidly developing area in the country,” she adds.And so you’ll see the same pattern there, and you see the same pattern on the fringe of Galway, on the fringe of Cork. So they’re each unacknowledged regions, if you like.Only a handful of people pass Murphy in the mid-morning sun, with all of the commuters having come through a few hours earlier. She gets a ‘keep up the good work’ from one.Seven Dublin-bound trains come through in the morning and eight return the opposite direction in the evening. They use the Phoenix Park tunnel, reopened to commuter trains three years ago now. The packed car park in the station.Murphy says the system isn’t fit for purpose and that the mothballed Dart Underground plan would have been the “missing piece” to relieve rail capacity issues.“There’s a lot of railway traffic. And there’s going to be big investment in electrifying this line into Heuston,” she says, gesturing to the platform.Now the Phoenix Park tunnel is kind of a Victorian tunnel. And it’s great it’s being used, but it’s not the answer. You have all these people going in, then you have them getting on to the Luas but you need that capacity on the Luas for something else.Part of the Social Democrats’ manifesto ahead of the recent local elections was to see spending on public transport being equal or greater to spending on roads.It also sought 10% of the transport budget to be set aside for cycling infrastructure, increasing to 20% in the medium term.Climate issuesMurphy says that “owning a car is expensive” and the goal must be a situation where people can choose not to have one.She agrees that attitudes are changing around climate issues and says this was clear on the doorsteps back in May.“I know canvassing can annoy people at times. But in actual fact, it’s very useful to get that whole of community response that you get during a canvass, because you kind of get an idea what the trends are: what people are concerned about.And they are concerned about the future from a range of perspectives. And it’s not only one generation that’s concerned about it, increasingly you’re seeing an older generation using the younger generation as a reference point. There are two charge points at the station, one is currently out of service. Source: Thejournal.ieMurphy says she sees three main things for politicians to address when it comes to climate action: transport, housing/construction and agriculture.On addressing the housing crisis, she says it’s about more than just social housing.Affordability is the critical issue, affordability. We’re always going to have a mix of housing. But you also have to have an ability for people to buy, or to buy even part of the equity in their home. And essentially, you can’t have people living such precarious lives as they’ve been living.She cites “routine” cases of being asked for help in finding a school place for a child after the family have been forced to move.“They happen as a consequence of lack of security of tenure, the lack of security of housing provision and it’s one of the areas that you’ll find that is cross-generational in terms of concern.”ResentmentMurphy says there’s bubbling anger about government policy not just on housing but on “a list” of issues. She says it’s being somewhat “masked” by Brexit but would come out during an election campaign.This is a very poor government, it’s got away with murder because Brexit is a curtain that’s hiding a lot of the discontent, and the discontent is around, you know. The whole of issues like housing, like climate, like healthcare, like the Public Services Card, like broadband, you could write a list. And really, essentially, it (Brexit) has masked the other issues. Short URL Sunday 1 Sep 2019, 10:00 PM By Rónán Duffy Murphy at Hazelhatch station in Celbridge. Image: TheJournal.ie 46 Comments Sep 1st 2019, 10:00 PM WHILE PERHAPS A useful shorthand, the term ‘commuter belt’ also seems vaguely insulting.It reduces people and their homes down to their proximity to their place of work, something which clearly shouldn’t be the case.But if applies anywhere, north Kildare perhaps can’t deny it as a label, having seen some of the biggest population growth in Ireland in recent years.The area is also the base of operations for Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphy TD.Murphy’s constituency office is in Leixlip but she speaks to TheJournal.ie at a packed car park at the Hazelhatch train station in nearby Celbridge.The station may be the nearest stop for many on the way to Dublin but it’s still a good 30 minutes’ walk from the town itself, hence the large car park. Murphy agrees that calling somewhere a ‘commuter town’ may be somewhat reductive, but says that it at least references one of the major concerns of people living in the area.“You have to acknowledge that it’s there but also that these are people’s communities and people’s homes,” she says.“They’re not economic units, they’re people, you know, and they tend to be, in some respects, seen as economic units. Share142 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Murphy at Hazelhatch station in Celbridge. In 2013, I produced climate legislation and in actual fact, there were no Greens in the Dáil at the time when that happened. They just got dumped out because they’d been in government and that may well have been unfortunate timing for them.Election timeMurphy and her co-leader Róisín Shortall are the only SocDem TDs after party co-founder Stephen Donnelly first left the party and later joined Fianna Fáil.Donnelly was reported to have been more amenable to supporting a government in the post-2016 election period and it’s a question that’s likely to come up again for the party when the next general election does happen. Particularly if the party does manage to increase its share of Dáil seats.Other opposition party leaders Mary Lou McDonald, Brendan Howlin and Eamon Ryan have all spoken to TheJournal.ie recently about whether they’d consider being part of a future coalition government.What of the Social Democrats?“Well, the very first thing is that our approach to government is that we’ll be going into a general election as an independent political party, there won’t be any pacts or anything like that with other parties. And we haven’t had those conversations with them.”I think we’re firmly of the view that it has to be a whole of government approach. You know, it can’t be just this silo-based approach to government, like when the Greens went into government they looked at areas like the environment. It has to be whole government approach.She explains that all parties in a coalition government much approach all issues from a similar viewpoint and that having separate focuses doesn’t work.“I think you have a government of conflict,” she says.Murphy claims, for example, that Fine Gael is about “outsourcing” responsibility and that her party could not approach government from this mindset.“There really needs to be a stronger interventionist approach, whether that be in the project management of very big sites or whether it’s on the delivery of specific numbers of social houses and local authority houses.There’s got to be integrated symmetry between the parties in government. And we’d love that opportunity if that opportunity arises.Labour and the leftIn his interview with TheJournal.ie, Howlin described the Social Democrats as a “practical party of the left” that Labour voters should consider giving a preference to.He added that he saw no philosophical or policy divisions between the parties and that the obstacles to greater cooperation are mainly historic and based on personality.A veteran of previous mergers of the Irish left, Murphy scoffs at suggestions that the parties would be better served working more closely together.“Lookit, we’ve been here before, there’s history here. I remember the amalgamation of Democratic Left and the Labour Party. That was going to be greater than the sum of the two parts. And it didn’t end up being greater than the sum of the two parts.“Sometimes people like choice,” she adds.“And the thing about it is that we’re offering a choice, and it is different, there’s a cultural difference. And you can’t escape the fact that the Labour Party have a history, not just one history but a history of promising one thing and delivering something else. That is a significant issue for us.“I think if we’ve got hard things to say to people in terms of what can’t happen, we should say them rather than promising things and signing a big commitment outside of Trinity College in relation to third-level fees. And then in actual fact, then they agreed to the exact opposite.”TheJournal.ie was speaking to Murphy as party of a series of interviews with party leaders on the political response to the climate emergency. Shortall and Murphy launching their party manifesto in June. Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ieThe SocDems won 19 local council seats in May having had six councillors going in. Those councillors didn’t win under the party banner five years previously, with the party only forming in 2015.Murphy says they were very pleased with the result, having targeted 20 seats. She adds they could have had more but lost out in some competitive wards where the Green Party performed strongly.“They did extraordinarily well,” Murphy says of the Greens. “And as I say, good luck to them.”Asked how her party can woo voters who share concerns about green issues, the former independent TD says she has been producing environmental policies for years. Image: TheJournal.ie Catherine Murphy interview: ‘This government has got away with murder because of Brexit’ The Social Democrats co-leader spoke to us about commuter gridlock and her party’s view on working with Labour. 42,891 Views
The Queen of Greek Blues, Roza Eskenazi, will be showcased in a tribute presented by the Australian Hellenic Council of New South Wales and Out of The Blue Music. The story of Roza – her life, her music and her legacy – will be highlighted in a day of performance, song and dance. Mary Giannisis, secretary of the Australia Hellenic Council of New South Wales told Neos Kosmos one of the motivations to put on such an extravaganza was to educate the younger generation about the amazing life of Roza Eskenazi. “The idea started with the recent release of the documentary My Sweet Canary about the life or Roza Eskenazi and we thought it would be a great idea to talk and celebrate her life so the younger generation know who she is.” As part of the event, Dr Panayioti Diamandi will be presenting a talk on the extraordinary life of Roza Eskenazi. Georgette Giatis, from the band Out of The Blue, will be singing Roza’s songs accompanied by Peter Kalandranis, guitarist, bouzouki player and lute also from the band Out of the Blue. Special guests include Daniel Weltlinger on violin and an eight-piece band bringing the songs to life. There will also be a folk dancing group performing on the day. Giannisis says the importance of celebrating her life comes from the fact Eskenazi was “such a big name yet we still don’t know who she is, about her life”. “Her songs continue to be sung today, and played today by legends like Haris Alexiou,” explains Giannisis. “She was uneducated from a poor Jewish family and she was multilingual she sang in various languages – Greek, Turkish, Arabic, Armenian, Spanish, Ladino (which is mixture of Judao-Spanish). She even ran a successful restaurant,” says Giannisis. With a Jewish background herself, Eskenazi was instrumental in securing the safety of her family and others in Thessaloniki during the Nazi occupation of Greece, when Jewish Hellenes were being transported to Auschwitz. “The fact that she achieved so much, coming from that background, is an inspiration to all woman. For her time, it’s such a wonderful achievement and that’s the message we want to get out there. She really was a truly amazing woman.” The story of Roza – her life, her music and her legacy will take place at the Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Rd Marrickville, NSW on Wednesday 7 December. Tickets are $40.00 and $30.00 for pensioners. For more information, contact Mary Giannisis on 0413 301 949. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A violent brawl that broke out between a group of Greeks and migrants on the southern Aegean island of Rhodes in the early hours of Saturday morning resulted in at least three serious injuries, police said.Two Afghans were taken to a local hospital with stab wounds to the stomach and back while two local men sustained facial injuries, probably inflicted by a large knife. Another four islanders believed to have been involved in the brawl, which took place near the village of Paradisi, on the island’s west coast, were in police detention while officers were seeking one more who remained at large. Source: Kathimerini
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram With pressure mounting from international creditors for a series of so-called prior actions to be implemented, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is expected to focus on streamlining the bloated civil service sector as well as containing strike action on various fronts.According to sources, the troika is keen for the government to press ahead with a plan to put 25,000 civil servants into a so-called mobility scheme which would see most of them dismissed and a minority being transferred to understaffed sections of the public service. Sources at the Maximos Mansion said Monday that a recent wave of early retirements would likely satisfy creditors’ demands for cutbacks in the state sector. The troika has pushed for layoffs however.It is expected that authorities will focus on the dismissal of employees found to have seriously breached the code of conduct.Another thorn in Samaras’s side is the labor unions. Labor Ministry sources on Monday refuted reports that the government is considering making changes to labor regulations that would make it more difficult for unions to call strikes. Two of the three coalition partners, PASOK and Democratic Left, voiced objections following a report in Sunday’s To Vima newspaper that suggested Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis of New Democracy wants to make changes that would require strikes to need the support of the majority of union members, while giving management the right to enforce a lockout if employees do not return to work.The government has been heavy-handed against strikers, issuing civil mobilization orders against Athens metro workers and seamen, but it has taken a softer stance against farmers who are seeking concessions.In a bid to force the government’s hand, farmers, who have gathered at road junctions across Greece, said on Monday that they would hold one-hour protest marches every day. Source: Kathimerini
More than 100 state-run kindergartens and primary schools are to be shut down over the summer and almost 30 more will be merged, saving the government 228,000 euros a year. The Education Ministry said this week a total of 118 schools would be closed and 29 merged, while two new kindergartens and three elementary schools would be opened. The Ministry decides each summer what changes to make to schools but this year saving public money has also played a role in the decision-making process. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Thousands of Greek Australians marked Oxi Day last week with commemorative services around the nation. In Melbourne, hundreds gathered at Axion Esti monastery to start proceedings last Sunday to show their respects to the Greek soldiers who fought the Italian assault after October 28, 1940 during WWII.The church service was led by Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis, before the crowd moved out to watch a wreath-laying ceremony at the monastery’s cenotaph. Greek Consul General of Melbourne Christina Simantiraki was joined by president of the Greek community of Melbourne and Victoria, Bill Papastergiadis, Pan Cretan Association president George Nikolakakis and the president of the Union of Communities, Quarters Kostas Kontis in laying wreaths at the site. On Tuesday, the day of the anniversary of Greece’s entry into WWII, Melbourne’s RSL Hellenic Sub-Branch led the wreath laying service at the Australian Hellenic Memorial in the Domain Gardens, after a service was held at Agios Eustasios church in South Melbourne. Greek Consul General Ms Simantirakis, and Brigadier Keith Rossi, WW2 veteran and representing the RSL, addressed the assembled crowd, which included dignitaries, politicians from both sides of politics and students from Alphington Grammar.In Sydney, Greek Australians gathered at the ANZAC Memorial in Hyde Park to host a memorial service, something that has never happened on that site before. The Greek Ambassador to Australia Haris Dafaranos joined the Consul General of Greece in Sydney, Dr Stavros Kyrminis, in laying wreaths at memorial. During the service, 646 stars were scattered with the names of Australian and New Zealand soldiers who died on Greek land during the war. A reception hosted by the Greek Community of NSW followed, with the young Greek Australian community students reciting poems and performing traditional dances.The events were preceded by the Being Greek Festival presented by the Greek Orthodox Parish and Community of Kogarah, which was used to commemorate Oxi Day celebrations.The Greek Orthodox Parish and Community of St Ioannis in Parramatta hosted their own liturgy on Sunday, while the parish’s Greek school held a national day concert.In the Gold Coast, Father Romanos led a liturgy at St Anna’s Greek Orthodox church on Sunday to commemorate the anniversary. The Queensland Greek Consul General, Jim Raptis, took part in the service alongside the Greek community and representatives of AHEPA. Many younger members of the community felt compelled to dress up in national costume, and led the crowd in singing the Greek national anthem.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A day after reports in the Turkish press indicated that Turkey’s seismic vessel Barbaros will withdraw from Cypriot waters next week, fueling hopes of a possible resumption of Cyprus talks, fresh reports over the weekend suggested that the Barbaros is heading for Greek territorial waters.A Turkish maritime order, or Navigational Telex (Navtex), that was issued illegally in October to dispatch the Barbaros to Cyprus’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) will not be renewed, according to the reports. However, a new Navtex is to be issued for January 1 to 10, dispatching the Barbaros to the area between the Dodecanese islands of Rhodes and Kastellorizo for participation in an anti-submarine exercise.Although the prospect of the Barbaros entering Greek territorial waters is regarded as unlikely, diplomatic sources were not ruling out such a scenario.The Barbaros has been within Cyprus’s EEZ since October 20 when it entered the area amid Turkish protests over Cypriot authorities launching licensed oil and gas drilling activities in the area.The violation by the Barbaros prompted Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades to pull out of the latest round of United Nations-mediated negotiations aimed at reunifying the divided island.Initial reports in the Turkish media quoted Turkish-Cypriot negotiator Ergun Olgun as saying that the Barbaros would withdraw from Cyprus’s EEZ on December 30, following the completion of its exploration activities. According to the reports, Olgun said the move would pave the way for the resumption of stalled talks.Source: Kathimerini
Greece’s lenders urged the government to come to an agreement swiftly as Athens proposed the extension of the country’s bailout program by nine months, until March 2016.A Greek official speaking on the sidelines of a summit in Brussels between leaders from the European Union and Latin America said that the government would consider an extension of the program if lenders also agreed to provide funds from the European Stability Mechanism and buy the Greek government bonds that the European Central Bank purchased on the secondary market through its SMP scheme.The ECB holds a total of 27 billion euros in SMP bonds and Athens believes that withdrawing them will reduce its funding needs over the months to come.Greece also wants its lenders to make available again some 11 billion euros that had been destined for bank recapitalization but which Athens had to return to the ESM in February.However, ahead of a late night meeting between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, the government and its creditors had yet to settle differences over issues such as Greece’s primary surplus targets for the coming years. A government official rejected reports that Athens had agreed to creditors’ demands for a 1 percent of GDP surplus target for this year. Athens has proposed 0.75 per cent.Ahead of the tripartite meeting, Merkel stressed that Greece must reach a deal with its creditors and stop seeking a political agreement to bypass reforms. “The message will be: You’ve got to continue negotiations with the three institutions,” she said.Hollande emphasized the lack of time. “We must now move quickly, we must not relent, we must not allow solutions that would be bad for Greece, for the European Union and for the eurozone,” he said.European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas made it clear that creditors were waiting for Greece to make the next move. “For this final push, the Commission is of the view that the ball is now clearly in the court of the Greek government,” he told a news briefing in Brussels.Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem said Greece and its creditors can still reach a deal in time for the next meeting of eurozone finance ministers on June 18. He said only a few issues remained to be solved but noted that Greece’s revised proposals were inadequate. “We are still open to serious alternatives, but the alternatives of the last couple of days have not been of a high enough standard,” he said. In talks last week with Tsipras and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, “we made quite clear that there is room to put in alternative measures,” he said, adding however that “the bottom line is that it has to add up, because Greece has to become financially independent again.”Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Rev. John D. Romas held together the small congregation of St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Lower Manhattan, destroyed on 11 September 2001, by the collapse of the World Trade Centre.The priest had moved his services to SS. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Brooklyn until the reconstruction of the old church and shrine was completed. The construction of the new church did not begin until last year, at a site overlooking the National September 11 Memorial from an elevated park, designed by Santiago Calatrava to evoke the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.Unfortunately, Father Romas won’t be present to perform the first liturgy. After battling pancreatic cancer, he died on January 24, as announced by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of New York.He was ordained in 1984 and had been leading St Nicholas since 1987 and until 11 September 2001, when Archbishop Iakovos appointed him the pastor. Parishioners worshiped on the ground floor of a modest four-story building at 155 Cedar Street. On the exterior, about the only indication of any religious function was a small bellcote at the parapet.St Nicholas Church downtown had been a spiritual retreat for office workers on weekdays and a parish church on Sundays for about 40 to 50 worshipers who commuted to Lower Manhattan from Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, New Jersey and Westchester County. That made Father Romas at times the public face of the broader redevelopment effort.Father Romas was survived by his wife, Lorraine Papachristou to whom he was married since 1952. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram It is one of the least known and most mystifying aspects of the Ancient Greeks attitude towards mortality; small pieces of golden foil, engraved with ritual words aimed to safeguard the deceased during their passage to the world of Hades. Found in tombs, these golden tablets, called ‘lamellae orphicae’ (Orphean tablets) were buried with the deceased, serving as passports by confirming their identity and purity and allowing them to move easily between the mortal and divine realms, protecting them from any evils that might haunt them along the way.And there were a lot of evils. For the ancient Greeks, the afterlife was a long journey and the Underworld was a complicated place, divided in various areas designed to ‘accomodate’ the deceased, according to their behaviour during mortal life. The worst resided in Tartarus, a cosmic pit where the gods’ enemies, not least among them the Titans, were sent, while the best were expected to spend eternity in the Elysian Fields. Among the heroes of Ancient Greek mythology, none was more associated with the world of Hades than Orpheus, who went to the Underworld and came back alive, hence the name ‘lamellae orphicae’ given to these tablets by the 19th and early 20th century archaeologists. Yet, none of the 30 to 40 golden tablets found across the Greek-speaking Mediterranean, mention Orpheus himself. Rather, the texts provided instructions for how to properly behave in paradise and acted as amulets protecting the people with whom they were buried. What’s even more remarkable is the fact that these engraved foils vary in length, which led archaeologists to believe that initiates from different classes were followers of Orpheus, as scribes charged by the letter.