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  • Are robots going to take all of our jobs

    first_img POLICY MAKERS ARE “flying blind” into another industrial revolution, according to a new study.The question of automation of a number of industries hangs over many workers, but a study from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) in the US suggests the world isn’t ready for it.“Policymakers are flying blind into what has been called the fourth industrial revolution,” said Tom M Mitchell, the E Fredkin University Professor in the Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science, and Erik Brynjolfsson, the Schussel Family Professor in the MIT Sloan School of Management, co-chairs of the NASEM study.They say that policy makers around the world need to take wider and more accurate stats from workforces. Failure to do so could, at best, result in missed opportunities; at worst, it could be disastrous.The study and a related commentary are published in the journal Nature.The future effects of IT and AI will likely larger than have already been seen, the NASEM report says, but it’s hard to say definitively if technology will expand or shrink the workforce.“There is a dramatic shortage of information and data about the exact state of the workforce and automation, so policymakers don’t know answers to even basic questions such as ‘Which types of technologies are currently having the greatest impacts on jobs?’ and ‘What new technologies are likely to have the greatest impact in the next few years?’” Mitchell said.“Our NASEM study report details a number of both positive and negative influences technology has had on the workforce,” Mitchell said. Are robots going to take all of our jobs? Maybe. 89 Comments By Paul Hosford Apr 23rd 2017, 10:30 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Sunday 23 Apr 2017, 10:30 AM 11,783 Views Short URL Share Tweet Email2 These include replacing some jobs by automation, creating the opportunity for new types of freelance work in companies like Uber and Lyft, and making education and retraining courses available to everyone through the internet. But nobody can judge today the relative impact these different forces have made on the workforce, or their net outcome.The NASEM panel recommended that to prepare students for a constantly changing workforce, schools should focus attention on those uniquely human characteristics that could differentiate people from machines in the workplace, and emphasise training in fields expected to drive the future economy.Read: Amazon gives us a clearer look at how its drones are going to worklast_img read more

  • Know Your Sport Take our weekly quiz

    first_img The teams went to different venues Answer all the questions to see your result! 1997 Katie Taylor will face Rose Volante in a world-title unification clash on Friday night. Where is Taylor’s opponent from? ©INPHO/Bryan Keane Well now. There’s not much we can say about that. Do you even like sport? 31,015 Views Share your result: Stephen Ward has announced his international retirement. How many senior caps did he earn for Ireland? 54 Tadhg Beirne Nigel French/PA Wire/PA Images Niall Scannell India Which Munster player is set to make their Six Nations debut against Wales on St Patrick’s Day? One year ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson And finally, Dr Crokes will contest the All-Ireland football club final this weekend. When did they last win the title? Emma Byrne Six weeks Dave Kilcoyne ©INPHO/Lorraine O\’Sullivan ©INPHO/Billy Stickland Wales are looking to clinch a Grand Slam this weekend for the first time since what year? You scored out of ! Paul Scholes has resigned as Oldham Athletic manager. How long was he at the helm before his departure? 45 ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne Barrington Coombs/PA Wire/PA Images Aine O’Gorman ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson 2011 Two referees showed up The questions just didn’t suit you this time. Maybe try against next week. ©INPHO/Donall Farmer Share ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne Which former Ireland star will become the first woman inducted into the FAI’s Hall of Fame? Why was there confusion over the All-Ireland Freshers 1 hurling final between LIT and UL? ©INPHO/James Crombie 7 Comments Lizzie Kelly Gold There was a clash of jerseys and neither had a spare kit You scored out of ! ©INPHO/Jeff Fusco Brazil 2014 2012 Tweet Friday 15 Mar 2019, 5:00 PM 2017 Keiren Westwood ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan The dressing room doors were locked 2010 Tweet By Sinead Farrell ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne Tweet ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan Two weeks Bronze Olivia O’Toole ©INPHO/Bryan Keane ©INPHO/Alex Davidson You scored out of ! Short URL 2001 Bryony Frost Lisa O’Neill 63 Jane Barlow/PA Wire/PA Images 50 ©INPHO/Presseye/Andrew Paton Not too bad at all. If you’d paid a little more attention you could have won the gold. Know Your Sport? Take our weekly quiz How closely were you paying attention to the sports headlines this week? 2011 Top of the pile, you really were paying attention this week. Which of these players did not make the Ireland squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia? One month Mexico Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Rachael Blackmore Silver Who became the first female jockey to ride a Grade One winner over obstacles at Cheltenham this week? Share Alan Judge Share your result: David Meyler ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo Share Tweet Mar 15th 2019, 5:01 PM Share your result: Share your result: Share9 Tweet Email You scored out of ! Claire Scanlon ©INPHO/James Crombie James Collins Wooden Spoon ©INPHO/Bryan Keane Share Argentina Billy Holland Subscribe Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

  • Three children hospitalised after suspected chemical leak at Letterkenny swimming pool

    first_img 29 Comments Short URL Saturday 20 Apr 2019, 1:17 PM FIVE PEOPLE INCLUDING three children have been taken to hospital following an incident at an indoor swimming pool in Letterkenny, Co Donegal.It’s understood they became ill at around 12pm following a suspected chemical leak at the Aura Leisure Centre in the town.The alarm was raised and emergency services including local fire and emergency services and the HSE were called to the scene.The five individuals were subsequently taken to Letterkenny University Hospital, where their conditions are not thought to be life threatening. In a statement, a spokeswoman for the Aura Leisure Centre expressed gratitude to emergency services for their response.It read: “A minor incident occurred at Letterkenny Pool this morning. In line with our safety policy our emergency procedures were put in place immediately, and purely as a precautionary measure the ambulance services were alerted.“We are grateful for their prompt response. We have no further comment to make at this time.”A garda spokeswoman said that gardaí had attended the scene to assist with traffic.A spokesman for the HSE confirmed that an incident had taken place, but that it has now been stood down. Three children hospitalised after suspected chemical leak at Letterkenny swimming pool The conditions of those affected is not believed to be life threatening. Apr 20th 2019, 1:17 PM Share Tweet Email2 By Stephen McDermott 27,433 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

  • Love rival trial Seven days of deliberation and no verdict

    first_img‘Love rival’ trial: Seven days of deliberation and no verdict The six men and six women will continue considering their verdict tomorrow. By Eoin Reynolds Tuesday 30 Apr 2019, 6:54 PM Share7 Tweet Email1 Patrick Quirke arriving at the Criminal Courts of Justice yesterday Apr 30th 2019, 1:34 PM Image: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.iecenter_img No Comments Patrick Quirke arriving at the Criminal Courts of Justice yesterday Image: Leah Farrell/ Short URL 30,485 Views Updated Apr 30th 2019, 6:54 PM THE JURY IN the trial of a farmer who denies murdering his alleged love rival will return to the Central Criminal Court for their seventh day of deliberations tomorrow.The six men and six women have been considering their verdict since last Tuesday and have spent a total of 18 hours and 24 minutes deliberating behind closed doors.Shortly after 1pm today the registrar at the Central Criminal Court asked the foreman if they had reached a verdict. He replied: “Not yet.”At 4pm Justice Eileen Creedon sent them home and asked them to return tomorrow.Patrick Quirke (50) of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Bobby Ryan, a part-time DJ going by the name ‘Mr Moonlight’.Ryan went missing on 3 June, 2011 after leaving his girlfriend Mary Lowry’s home at about 6.30am. His body was found in an underground run-off tank on the farm owned by Ms Lowry and leased by the accused at Fawnagown, Tipperary 22 months later on 30 April, 2013.The jury of six men and six women have been considering the evidence put before them during a 13-week trial which was followed by a week of closing speeches from barristers for the defence and prosecution.The prosecution claims that Quirke murdered Ryan so he could rekindle an affair with Lowry (52).The defence says the prosecution has failed to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt and that Mr Quirke should be acquitted.In her charge last week Justice Creedon told the jury they must not be influenced by emotion, sympathy, anger or disgust, and they must treat circumstantial evidence against the accused with care.Comments have been closed for legal reasons. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

  • Ireland can remove the chill factor from defamation laws and protect citizens

    first_img Irish defamation laws can be used by the rich and the powerful to prevent news media from reporting on stories in the public interest. #ChangeTheAct #JournalismMatters #WorldPressFreedomDay2019— NewsBrands Ireland (@newsbrandsirl) May 3, 2019 10,927 Views Share4 Tweet Email5 12 Comments May 5th 2019, 7:31 AM Source: NewsBrands Ireland/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Neville Cox A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER of laws in Ireland can be seen as existing to vindicate or defend the rights of citizens. Defamation law, however, seeks to engage with the potentially tricky business of rights balancing.On the one hand, there is the right to freedom of expression for the person or entity accused of defamation.On the other, there is the right to a good name (and possibly the right to privacy) of the person who is the subject of the allegedly defamatory publication. Both of these rights are protected under the Irish constitution – indeed the right to a good name is listed, in Article 40.3, as one of the very few rights which the state will, ‘in particular’ protect and vindicate. Similarly, both these rights are deemed to be protected under the European Convention on Human Rights. Thus a defamation law, or a judge in a defamation case, must seek to draw an appropriate balance between these competing rights. The difficulty, however, is that there is simply no obvious or tangible answer to the question of how this balance should be drawn, and one must be careful when one is presented with allegedly clear answers in this regard, because of the likelihood that the entity presenting the answer has a personal agenda that favours one of these rights over the other.  There is no doubt, in other words, that the right to freedom of expression is hugely important and, at its best, a cornerstone of democracy that can facilitate lights being shone in inappropriately dark places. On the other hand, a good deal of argument to the effect that defamation law should be weighted in favour of freedom of expression comes, inevitably, from media outlets who clearly have a vested interest in protecting themselves from the impact of defamation actions. Similarly, the right to a good name is a very important thing.The reality is that the publication of false information about someone who has the capacity to injure their reputation can be incredibly destructive – destructive to someone’s psychology, to their business interests and to their families. On the other hand, it is also clearly the case that people with power have used the threat of defamation actions as a way of ensuring that stories, even true stories, about them never saw the light of day. The European Court of Human Rights traditionally appeared to favour an expansive protection of the right to freedom of expression, especially where public interest material was at stake and accepted that this must, invariably, mean that the rights to a good name of public figures, and especially politicians would be limited. In more recent years, however, it has strongly asserted the value of a good name especially where the relevant publication has the capacity to impact on the private life of a person or persons. Thus it expects a defamation law simultaneously not to chill or punish public interest speech, but also to vindicate a citizen’s right to good name and respect for private life. The difficulty is that it is not clear how a law can achieve both of these things effectively – because it is not clear how the societal claim to access to ‘public interest’ material should be balanced against the individual claim to a right to a good name. The obvious suggestion is that it is only when a statement is true that it should be protected.This, however, reveals what, in my view, is the most important choice facing legislators as they consider reform of Irish defamation law.  As things stand, a plaintiff must prove that there has been publication of a defamatory statement in which [s]he has been identified. Critically, [s]he need not prove that the statement is false – rather ‘truth’ is a defence that must be proved by the defendant. This is impossible for many media defendants who will assert the truth of a story but, because it is based on information provided by a confidential source who is not prepared to have his or her identity disclosed much less testify to the truth of the information, they will not be able to prove its truth.In other words, if the law were to resolve the rights balancing issue by reliance on the existing defence of truth, it would still mean that there would be an obvious chill on the publication of much public interest material (and this is why courts and legislatures around the world have sought to develop various kinds of defences based on fair and reasonable publication on a matter of public importance).   If, however, ‘falsity’ were to become an element of the tort (to be proved by the plaintiff) rather than a defence (even if only in cases involving public interest publications) then this would be a radical, but possibly beneficial change.There is at least an argument to make that it would, in general, be less difficult for a plaintiff to prove falsity than it would be for the media defendant working off confidential sources to prove truth.This alone may suggest that it would be an approach that would involve a more effective balancing of the competing rights in this area.Neville Cox is Professor in Law, Dean of Graduate Studies, Trinity College Dublin. ***The Department of Justice and Equality began a public consultation on current defamation laws (the Defamation Act 2009) in 2016. In its submission, Journal Media described defamation actions one of the most “serious dangers to media organisations” due to the “unpredictable level of awards, the very significant legal costs and the lengthy process of defending an action”. Calling for the introduction of a requirement on a claimant to prove serious harm had been done prior to even taking a defamation case, as is the case in England and Wales, CEO Adrian Acosta wrote: “The ease in bringing a defamation claim against a publisher ­ in contrast to the cost, time and resources required to defend such a claim ­ creates an imbalance that incentivises financial settlements. This lack of balance also acts as a deterrent to possible resolutions without a drawn out legal process.”Journal Media also made submissions about case management, the level of awards and user-generated content. You can read that submission in full here. Short URL Sunday 5 May 2019, 7:30 AM This week, Newsbrand Ireland – an umbrella group representing many of Ireland’s newspaper titles – launched a campaign to mark World Press Freedom Day. It is urging for reform of Ireland’s defamation laws, which it says are among the most restrictive in Europe and throughout the English-speaking world. It also calls for a ‘serious harm’ test; a cap on damages; and the abolition of juries for defamation cases. Currently defamation suits are the only civil actions for which juries are used. Neville Cox Ireland can remove the chill factor from defamation laws – and protect citizens’ good names If ‘falsity’ were to become an element of the tort (to be proved by the plaintiff) rather than a defence, then this would be a radical, but possibly beneficial change. writes Neville Cox, Professor in Law. last_img read more

  • Melania Trump and Laura Bush hit out at separating of families at

    first_img By Associated Press 42,514 Views Short URL Jun 18th 2018, 7:16 AM File photo of Melania Trump. Share32 Tweet Email Monday 18 Jun 2018, 7:16 AMcenter_img US FIRST LADY Melania Trump “hates” to see families separated at the US border and hopes “both sides of the aisle” can reform the nation’s immigration laws, according to a statement from her office about the controversy.Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for Mrs Trump, said: “She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart.” She said Mrs. Trump “hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform.”While the statement suggested the matter was an issue for Congress, Democratic lawmakers and others have pointed out that no law mandates the separation of children and parents at the border. A new Trump administration policy, which went into effect in May, sought to maximise criminal prosecutions of people caught trying to enter the US illegally. More adults were being jailed as a result, which led to their children being separated from them.A former first lady, Laura Bush, joined the debate, calling the separation policy “cruel” and “immoral” and said “it breaks my heart.” She compared the separation of the children to the internment camps for Japanese-Americans in World War II.“The reason for these separations is a zero-tolerance policy for their parents, who are accused of illegally crossing our borders,” Mrs Bush said in a column in The Washington Post. “I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel,” she wrote. She said “the US government “should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso”.For both, it was an unusual entry into a fierce political debate.Mrs Trump didn’t refer specifically to the Trump administration’s “no tolerance” policy, which was leading to a spike in children being separated from their families. Government statistics indicate that nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May. Mrs Trump’s spokeswoman issued the statement after several days of images of crying children appearing on television and online.President Trump said on Friday, “I hate the children being taken away,” but he also falsely blamed Democrats for a law requiring it.In an effort to rebut criticism of the administration, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen yesterday repeated in a tweet the department’s view: “We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period.” In a separate tweet, she accused the news media and others of misreporting the issue and called on those seeking asylum to do so at ports of entry rather than crossing illegally. 60 Comments Image: Craig Ruttle/AP Photo File photo of Melania Trump. Image: Craig Ruttle/AP Photo Melania Trump and Laura Bush hit out at separating of families at US border For both, it was an unusual entry into a fierce political debate. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

  • Christian Brothers to pay outstanding €68 million to redress scheme

    first_img 17,317 Views Short URL 48 Comments Sep 6th 2019, 10:34 PM THE CHRISTIAN BROTHERS is to pay its outstanding €6.8 million to the redress scheme for survivors of institutional abuse.The religious organisation today formally notified the Department of Education and Skills of its intention to pay the money to the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund.The money is expected to be paid in a series of monthly transfers between now and December.The first tranche of €1.8 million was transferred this week to Caranua, an independent State body that was set up to support people who, as children, experienced abuse in residential institutions in Ireland.Survivors receive grants to help them avail of mental health, educational and housing support services.Caranua and Children’s Hospital Speaking today, Education Minister Joe McHugh welcomed “the clear confirmation from the Christian Brothers of its plan to complete its pledge”.“I particularly welcome the fact that this plan has now been put into operation, with the first tranche of €1.8 million having been transferred this week. Friday 6 Sep 2019, 10:34 PM This confirmation provides both funding and much needed clarity for Caranua to allow it to continue its supports for survivors.Th remainder of the Christian Brothers’ fund will be split as follows: €6.3 million is to be paid to the redress fund and €429,000 to the National Children’s Hospital.When the current plan is completed, the Congregation of Christian Brothers will have contributed €30 million to the fund.Under the provisions of the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act 2002, any amount in excess of €110 million in the fund is to go to the funding of the National Children’s Hospital. File photo Image: Shutterstock/Kzenon File photo Share32 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Kzenon By Órla Ryan Christian Brothers to pay outstanding €6.8 million to redress scheme The majority of the money will go to the fund, while €429,000 is to be paid to the National Children’s Hospital. last_img read more

  • EKEME referred to Auditor General

    first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram La Trobe University has referred matters concerning the National Centre for Hellenic Studies and Research (NCHSR/EKEME) to the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO). La Trobe University decided to close down EKEME at the end of last year. The university then announced its intention to replace it with a new Research Centre for Contemporary Greek Studies. According to well informed sources, the university has sent VAGO an extensive file with matters that include financial as well as administrative issues regarding EKEME that it is asking to be investigated. However, when contacted by Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE) a spokesperson for VAGO refused to either confirm or deny if an investigation was being conducted. The same spokesperson clarified that it is common practice for VAGO not to comment on such matters with the exception of only a few cases. But La Trobe University has confirmed that the matter has been referred to VAGO. NKEE is in a position to know that one of the cases referred for further inquiry concerns the funding by the Australian Research Council of a Linkage Project that was proposed by EKEME. The project under the title Speaking Greek in Diaspora: language, contact survival and maintenance was to compare and contrast the way Greek is spoken in Australia, Brazil and Greece. One of the Chief Investigators of this Linkage Project was the then Director of EKEME, Dr Anastasios Tamis. The Australian Research Council had approved the funding in the amount of $487,353 to be paid out in yearly installments starting in 2007 and ending in 2011. One of the prerequisites to secure funding for Linkage Projects from the Australian Research Council is to assure financing from other collaborating and/or partner organisations. In this case as partners were presented the Greek Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs, the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate General of Greece in Melbourne. The Project was cancelled after the Australian Research Council suspended all funding after finding EKEME to be in breach of its funding agreement presenting “flawed, misleading and deceptive” information. This information relates to Dr Tamis speaking on behalf of the Greek State. The Ambassador of Greece in Australia George Zois confirmed to NKEE that the project revealed procedural improprieties and that is why the Greek government ceased all funding of EKEME. “Indeed the University made as aware of these improprieties and that’s why we stopped funding EKEME,” Mr Zois said. However, he clarified that the issue was not as to whether the Greek State was informed of this Linkage Project but rather that Dr Tamis was appearing to be representing the Greek State. La Trobe University proceeded with an extensive academic review of EKEME for the last five years in October 2008. The findings of the review were seriously critical of the academic work produced in EKEME as well as of the administrative practices followed by the Centre in general and of its then Director Dr Tamis more specifically. The review board had also found financial inconsistencies and recommended further investigation. La Trobe University based its decision on this review to shut down EKEME and to replace it with a new Centre.NKEE contacted Dr Tamis who stressed that the “file on EKEME has closed” and that there is no issue for any further investigation of EKEME. “As far as I am concerned the file of EKEME has closed, the Chancellor for La Trobe University has confirmed that this is the case” said Dr Tamis. He went on to say, “It is a common practice for any university department, or school, that closes  to send the relevant files to VAGO.” However, a spokesperson for La Trobe University disputed Dr Tamis’ assertion and stressed that the referral of matters to VAGO regarding EKEME is done for specific  purposes and is “definitely not a common practice”. Meanwhile, the week before last the University advertised the position of Director for the new Research Centre for Contemporary Greek Studies that will be under the auspices of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University. As highlighted in the position description some of the aims of the Centre are “to be the leading Australian Centre for Academic research into matters relating to contemporary Greece and people of Greek heritage wherever they might live; to use its research activities to contribute to the teaching of Contemporary Greek Studies delivered by the Greek Studies program in the School of Historical and European Studies.”The position of the Director will attract a remuneration package of over $150,000 including superannuation. It will be a full time position for a fixed five year term. As one of the primary objectives of the position described for the director is to to place the Centre “in the position to ensure its research and financial success beyond its initial 5 year establishment phase.”last_img read more

  • Rego up and public servants to be axed

    first_imgThe Victorian Government will raise the cost of car registration and dramatically cut the number of public servants by 3600 in a bid to shore up its budget bottom line. The treasurer Kim Wells released his budget update on Thursday and says the budget is expected to be in surplus by $147 million by this financial year. But the cut to public servants mean the government has broken an election promise that their will be no job losses in the public sector. Source: The Age Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

  • Firefighters battle flames in northern Peloponnese

    first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Nearly 50 firefighters and 20 trucks were battling a fire that broke out on the outskirts of Kounina in Aigialia, northern Peloponnese.According to a report on Skai the fire started in the early hours and was fanned by strong winds to spread to inaccessible parts of the region.The fire service said that the areas most at risk of forest fires are southern and southeastern Greece as rain is expected in other parts of the country.Source: ekathimerinilast_img

  • The teacher inspiring her students to make IT happen

    first_imgWhile technology can often be a male-dominated field, educator Tina Photakis is proving otherwise to her students as this year she is the recipient of the EdTechSA/ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Making IT Happen Award.Selected by the EdTechSA Committee, comprised of educators across South Australia, Mrs Photakis, who has served as committee president since 2015, was recognised for her outstanding and ongoing contribution to the promotion of digital technologies in learning.“In conferring this award, the EdTechSA Committee acknowledges Tina’s remarkable energy and enthusiasm to connect educators on a local, national, and international level,” said the committee.“Her passion for making global connections, facilitating professional learning for others, and commitment and enthusiasm to ensuring that EdTechSA remains a world leader in educational technology learning and community are the primary reasons for awarding her this award’.”EdTechSA supports learning and teaching with digital technologies from early childhood settings through to secondary learning environments.Mrs Photakis is currently a teacher at Cowandilla Primary School where she has successfully embedded digital technologies throughout all her teaching subjects which include ICT, Modern Greek, Drama, Music and Geography.Previously awarded 2011 Educator of the Year by the committee, Mrs Photakis’ commitment is evident not only in her growing collection of awards, but her pursuit of personal professional development, having attended annual ISTE conferences in the US for the last seven years.Since 2004 she has been an online coach with the Oracle Foundation International ThinkQuest competition, and in 2005 her team took out second place winning a trip to San Francisco.Said to have a knack for recognising international forward thinkers, Mrs Photakis has ensured that the South Australian education sector is kept up-to-date; organising state EdTechSA and national ACCE conferences featuring a broad range of speakers involved in education and technology from across the globe.“Tina approaches her work in a very professional manner; she takes a lot of time to make sure that the association, the conferences, guest speakers and the international bodies are well informed,” her husband Peter Photakis told Neos Kosmos.“I think she would have thought [the award] was a bit of a surprise, an honour, and in one way or another she didn’t really expect it, but she deserves it. She’s a person that puts her heart and soul behind the cause.”As well as joining the ranks of a distinguished group of education leaders around the world, the Making IT Happen Award has also given Mrs Photakis greater recognition within ISTE, a one-year ISTE membership, and an invitation to the awards celebration at the 2017 ISTE conference in June to be held in San Antonio.Since the program began in 1995, more than 500 innovative educational leaders have been awarded. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

  • Womens festivals in the Hellenistic Period

    first_imgLocal historian Dr Kate McLardy is fascinated by the Thesmophoria and the Adonia: two women’s festivals that took place in the Hellenistic Period.The Thesmophoria was an annual autumn festival in honour of the goddess Demeter, and was celebrated by married Athenian women citizens.The Adonia was a festival more widely celebrated by women from all backgrounds and statuses, and was an annual event involving dancing and singing, the planting of quick-growing plants, and other rituals in honour of Adonis, the short-lived consort of Aphrodite.On Thursday 14 June, Dr McLardy will present a lecture at the Greek Centre focusing on how these festivals can be reconstructed.She considers both their evolution over time and place and, crucially, the impact that these festivals would have had on the women who celebrated them.She utilises surviving literary as well as epigraphic, archaeological and iconographic evidence.Dr McLardy stresses the importance of recognising that rituals such as the Thesmophoria and the Adonia were multifaceted and require broad study in order to comprehend how ancient women’s rituals really worked within their historical contexts.Her research draws from a number of different disciplines in order to shed new light on these festivals by considering them from different perspectives.Her theoretical model emphasises the experience of the ancient participants, and through the functions of the festivals she seeks to identify the effect such events had on ancient Greek women and their broader communities. The Greek History and Culture Seminars series is organised and hosted by the Greek Community of Melbourne, and provides the opportunity for everyone to experience the long and fascinating history of Greece and Greek culture in its various forms and stages.All seminars are free and open to the general public.* Dr Kate McLardy recently completed her PhD at Monash University. Although a Classicist, her MA was in Ancient History and she did honours in Egyptology as well as Classics which sparked her interest in interdisciplinary methods of examining the Classical evidence.‘Women’s Festivals in the Hellenistic Period: An Interdisciplinary Approach’ will be presented on Thursday 14 June at the Greek Centre (168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC) at 7.00 pm. Attendance is free. To find out more, visit Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

  • Greek Australian student lands first place in public speaking competition

    first_imgSpeaking in front of a crowd can be intimidating for most people, but this is not the case for 17-year-old Mirene Magousis.Mirene won first place in the Victorian state Rostrum Voice of Youth public speaking competition, part of a national annual event that Rostrum clubs have been running since 1975, with over 2,000 participating students from 500 schools all over Australia.Representing Good News Lutheran College at the state finals in Melbourne last Sunday, the young talent stood out among 15 or so finalists, with the win also paving the way to the national final to be held in Perth on 28 July.Speaking to Neos Kosmos, Mirene says she is up for the challenge, but most importantly feels satisfied for making it this far, and proud to represent the younger Greek Australian generation in the competition.“The way I see it, it’s not just me representing my school, but I also feel I’m representing Greece in the competition. I am really proud of my Greek descent,” she explains.Her parents hail from Kalambaka, where she was born before coming to Melbourne at a young age.Mirene competed in the Rostrum competition’s Senior Division (Years 10-12) presenting a prepared eight-minute speech along with a three-minute impromptu speech on a given topic at the time.Her performance was assessed based on criteria related to both the impact on the intellect, such as language and content, as well the impact on emotion, including the elements visual impact and audience appeal.When asked to share tips for aspiring participants in the competition, Mirene says “Firstly, have a go and try it. Whether you go up there and do great or horrible, at least you’ve tested your skills and learnt something new.”She adds that when in competition it’s important to make sure that you read the criteria carefully to ensure your speech includes everything you are being assessed on.“Finally, when you do any kind of public speaking, be it in a competition or class or wherever, I would say simply be calm and have confidence in yourself.”Whatever the path she chooses to follow in her studies, Mirene is adamant she will continue being involved in public speaking, reiterating that this has given her the opportunity to feel she is representing Greek Australian youth.“Greece is still alive amongst our youth,” she says. “If I could give a message to the young generation of Greek Australians, I would encourage them to step out there and learn about our culture and proudly represent being Greek.”Mirene with her parents after winning the Rostrum Voice of Youth competition Victorian finals. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

  • Londres bientôt un Fish n Chips écolo

    first_imgLondres : bientôt un Fish n’ Chips écolo ?Plat typique et traditionnel de la capitale britannique, le désormais célèbre Fish&Chips pourrait devenir écolo. C’est en tous cas le défi que l’association Sustainable Fish City a lancé à Londres.Outre-Manche, difficile d’échapper à ce repas que les Britanniques aiment tant et pour cause : les petits restaurants qui vendent des Fish&Chips sont partout ! Proposant un morceau de poisson pané avec des frites arrosées de vinaigre, le tout reposant dans une feuille de papier ou une boite en carton, le Fish&Chips constitue sûrement l’une des collations traditionnelles dans le pays. Mais à l’approche des Jeux Olympiques 2012, le célèbre mets pourrait bien subir une petite transformation, c’est en tout cas ce que souhaite l’association Sustainable Fish City.À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureauLa SFC a ainsi lancé à Londres le défi de rendre le Fish&Chips plus écolo, et cela en ne proposant que des poissons issus de la pêche durable, rapporte Une initiative qui pourrait avoir d’énormes impacts explique le chargé de coordination de cette campagne : “Les Londoniens dépensent plus d’un milliard de livres chaque année pour acheter du poissons. C’est une opportunité rêvée pour investir dans la pêche durable et soutenir les pêcheurs qui protègent les fonds marins”. Si ce défi ne concerne que la capitale britannique pour le moment, l’association compte bien mettre en application son idée dans d’autres pays. L’exemple de Colmans à South Shields pourrait en inspirer plus d’un. Ce restaurant qui ne propose que des poissons d’élevage et qui transforme son huile usagée en biocarburant a été élu “Meilleur restaurant de Fish & Chips 2011”.Le 18 février 2011 à 16:05 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

  • Haïti les intempéries ont fait 23 morts

    first_imgHaïti : les intempéries ont fait 23 mortsLundi, des pluies diluviennes se sont abattues en Haïti, portant à 23 le nombre de morts. La protection civile haïtienne (DPC) fait également état de six disparus.Lundi, de violentes pluies se sont abattues sur Haïti. Un journaliste de l’AFP rapporte que plusieurs rues ont été transformées en véritables rivières, entraînant sur leur passage aussi bien les véhicules que certaines maisons, qui ont cédé à la pression. D’autres artères ont été coupées par la chute des arbres et des éboulements, indique la protection civile.À lire aussiInondations meurtrières dans l’Aude : ce qu’il faut savoirMalheureusement, plusieurs morts sont également à déplorer. A Pétion-ville, à l’est de la capitale Port-au-Prince, 13 personnes sont mortes dans l’effondrement de leur maison ou dans des éboulements, indique la DPC. Sept autres ont trouvé la mort à Delmas, à Carrefour et dans le quartier Christ-roi à proximité de la capitale. Trois autres victimes ont été retrouvées dans les régions Centre et de Nippes, à l’ouest.En tout, 23 personnes sont mortes, six blessées et six autres sont toujours portées disparues. Ces pluies ont obligé les sans-abris à quitter leur campement de fortune. Si les pluies avaient cessé hier matin, les services météo eux prévoyaient des pluies jusqu’à jeudi, indique le site Romandie. Par ailleurs, en République dominicaine, les pluies ont nécessité l’évacuation de 4.000 personnes et de graves dégâts matériels ont été causés. Certaines provinces ont décrété l’alerte rouge, a indiqué le Centre des opérations d’urgence (COE).Le 8 juin 2011 à 10:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

  • La première photo publiée sur Instagram dévoilée

    first_imgLa première photo publiée sur Instagram dévoilée Pour fêter les deux ans d’Instagram, le site internet a dévoilé la première photo publiée. Instagram a fêté mardi 17 juillet ses deux ans. Pour célébrer l’occasion, l’application de retouche photo a dévoilé sur son blog la première image publiée sur le site. L’application a été testée dès juillet 2010 et s’appelait à l’époque Codename. Le site Internet n’a ouvert ses portes au public qu’à partir d’octobre 2010. Sur le blog on découvre donc la première photo prise avec la version bêta. IL s’agit donc de celle d’un chien au pied d’une personne (son maître ?) qui a été uploadée par le PDG du groupe, Kevein Systrom. La firme a par la suite été racheté en 2012 par Facebook pour la modique somme d’un milliard de dollars.Le 23 juillet 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

  • Mr Robot star Rami Malek may be reading your Reddit fan theories

    first_imgIf you’re wondering if you spend an unhealthy amount of time scouring the web for alternate fan theories or poring over Reddit for clues, you’re not alone. Rami Malek has done his time on Reddit and has gone down his own rabbit hole trying to figure out exactly what Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail is…creating.He was also happy to have been able to share the Mr. Robot VR experience at Petco Park. The VR event was Esmail’s idea and, at the time, Malek wasn’t sure why they were taking time away from the show to do it, but after sitting there with fans and experiencing it for the first time, he sees it as a great way to celebrate the show and the fans on the success of the first season.Having had the chance to have a nice intimate (8 other journalists at one table and loads more in the room) chat with Rami Malek during SDCC, I got the feeling that Malek thought he’d be this sort of obscure actor doing this quirky and interesting show, but there’s something about the success that can be a little strange. Like, for example when buses bearing his face drive through a shot. “Sam think’s it’s kind of meta and he’ll let it go,” Malek grins “but every once in a while they just come one after the other and we have to cut.”. Sometimes he feels a little responsible for slowing down the day but then he smiles and realizes his face is on a bus.Some days you’re “that guy” and some days you’re “the guy” with his face on a bus. Malek may have been shooting for the first, but he manages to be that and the second guy, too.He’s also a genuinely nice human being (when one reporting mentioned his busy day, Malek responded with “But you’re busy, too!”) and a dedicated actor. So much so that he likely left a little of his own digestive remains in the fake vomit during a recent scene because it’s hard to make certain sounds without the accompanying results. It may be difficult to watch, but it’s authentic.He’s heard the prison theory and he’s been over on Reddit. While Sam’s told him stuff, he likes to figure things out, as well. To him, the routine “is a way to capture his sanity and try to have some semblance of normalcy”.When asked about the social media and the VR and how he thinks it affects the show, he feels it’s really progressive. Live streaming an episode on Facebook means you may lose viewers on the night the episode airs, but he thinks USA has been really forward-looking in both how they advertise and in picking the show up in the first place.I only got one question, but you know I had to ask about the Red Wheelbarrow and if it was connected to the William Carlos Williams poem. Malek smiled in response and offered, “It might be.”. He definitely paused to choose his words (which left me feeling that it was a “yes”) but he did offer that he thinks it definitely has some allusions to our literature and as a question of what is literal as well. Who knows?Chew on that Reddit. Rami may be reading.last_img read more

  • Comics to read while waiting for season two of Stranger Things

    first_imgUnless you live under a rock and are just now accessing the internet, you have probably heard of Netflix’s new original show, Stranger Things. It’s no wonder the show, created by the Duffer Brothers, has taken the internet by storm, as it has so many things going for it. It’s well acted, directed, and is so good at pushing all of the right buttons in its audience. The combination of a John Carpenter-esque synth score by Survive, that Stephen Kingish brand of creepiness, and Steven Spielbergian fun-that-can-also-make-you-cry, this show is jam-packed with 80’s nostalgia.All that plus it’s broad appeal to horror and sci-fi fans, and anyone that loves to watch Winona Ryder cry made this an unstoppable force on social media. With season one over, and what seems like the entire internet jonesing for season two, here are some graphic novels to fill the void of creepy, emotionally devastating tales to pass the time.Sweet Toothvia VertigoWriter/artist Jeff Lemire (Animal Man) brings a story straight out of the depths of Hawkins Lab with Sweet Tooth. The book follows a young boy with antlers named Gus, who lives alone in the woods, as you do when you have antlers. This is his entire life, until the day he is found by an old man. Alone together, they form a bond, and must face the ugly world that they live in. Unfortunately, the weirdness doesn’t stop there, and the series ventures into almost every unsettling territory that it can. However, it never manages to go too far, keeping it pretty simple, heartfelt and sweet, as far as post-apocalyptic dystopias and horrific plagues come. Sweet Tooth shares a lot of the same spirit as the storyline of Eleven and Doctor Brenner, which is to say that it’s uncomfortable and heartbreaking, but so satisfying in the end. Sweet Tooth has been collected in six trade paperbacks all available here.Paper Girlsvia ImageThis series shares a lot of surface-level similarities with Stranger Things, from the 80’s backdrop to a group of rag-tag kids on bicycles. Where it really finds a connection is seeing how the titular Paper Girls handle the impossible situations they face, not unlike the Hawkins A.V. Club. Everyone loves a good story about creepy monsters popping and punk teenagers being the only ones around to fight them. Written by Brian K. Vaughn (Saga), art by Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), and colors by Matt Wilson, it’s not just extremely well written, but incredible to look at. The series is still ongoing but the first volume is out now and available here.We Can Never Go Homevia Black MaskFocusing on two teenagers on the run, and in way over their heads, the series brings to mind a lot of the segments of Stranger Things that focused on the outcast Jonathan Byers and good-girl turned monster hunter, Nancy Wheeler. Their friendship, and all of the awkward, hormonal teenage angst that came with it, is exactly the kind of relationship that We Can Never Go Home focuses on. The first volume is a really great character study, and you get totally invested in their struggle as they try to find their place in the world. They may not fight a Demogorgon, but there are drug dealers with guns, which are almost as scary. The first volume was written by Matthew Rosenberg & Patrick Kindlon and drawn by Josh Hood and Chris Level is available here.Punk Rock Jesusvia VertigoA little less Joy Division and a lot more Sex Pistols, writer/artist Sean Gordon Murphy’s 2012 series is about a modern clone of Jesus (yeah, that one), who becomes a punk rocker after being raised in a ‘facility’. While the concept sounds fun and is definitely a little out there, the series is extremely grounded in the main character’s struggle with how people perceive him, the expectations they have of and for him, and in turn, the power and influence he has over others. That sounds an awful like everyone’s favorite telekinetic, waffle-loving little girl, doesn’t it?! Growing up is hard to do, especially when everyone wants to turn you into a weapon. Punk Rock Jesus has been released in a single collected edition is available here.The Runawaysvia MarvelIn 2003, writer Brian K. Vaughn (Saga) and artist Adrian Alphona (Ms. Marvel) teamed up to create the Runaways, a series about a band of misfit teenagers. They have all of the drama and angst of your average teenager, with the added pressures of living in the Marvel Universe…meaning that there is the added stress of super powers and time travel. Saying more and you’d hear a spoiler alert. It does, however, have the same genuine, young hearted spirit that Stranger Things manages to capture us with. The kids feel like kids, the parents just don’t understand (cue Will Smith), and even when all seems calm, everyone has something to stress about. Recently announced to be receiving its own live-action television series on Hulu, there has never been a better time for new readers to discover this book. The first series, or 18 issues, is available here.Stranger Things season one is on Netflix now and season two is expected mid-2017.last_img read more

  • Robotic Turtles With Raspberry Pi Brains Are Sniffing Out Land Mines

    first_img Turtle robots aren’t a new phenomenon in the geek world by any means. They’ve been around for almost 80 years now, but engineers are still finding amazing new ways to put them to work.Take the research team at the University of Arizona. They’ve designed this cute little fellow they call C-Turtle to handle a pretty intense — and potentially life-saving — task. It scours the sand in search of land mines.Unlike a lot of the turtle robots you’ve seen, C-Turtle doesn’t roll around on wheels. Instead, it moves like an actual sea turtle would on the sand. It pulls itself along using its front flippers. Its movements aren’t random like your old robotic vacuum, either. C-Turtles learn to crawl with the help of their Raspberry Pi Zero brains and a little bit of algorithmic wizardry.Meet C-Turtle, the landmine detecting robot. VIDEO— BBC Click (@BBCClick) July 22, 2017 A C-Turtle is quite inexpensive to produce. Its body is made out of laser-cut cardboard to keep the cost down. Tack on the Pi Zero and other necessary electronic and mechanical bits and the total rings up to around $70.There’s one obvious downside. The C-Turtle isn’t the most resilient of robots, so they’re pretty much only good for one mine each. Since they’re so cheap to build, however, they’re a very strong alternative to larger terrestrial mine-clearing drones that can handle multiple detonations.Between the C-Turtle and the flying Mine Kafon Drone, maybe the folks working to rid the world of land mines really will be able to achieve their goal of ridding the world of them within the next ten years.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data last_img read more

  • What Looks Different In Android P

    first_imgOnly around 1.1% of Android phones are running Oreo, but, hey… don’t let that spoil the mood. Google’s got another big update in the works, and they’re finally ready to let developers take a look at it!Yes, you can now download Android P and install it on one of Google’s Pixel phones. If you don’t have one, you can always launch it in a VM on your desktop or laptop and play around with the new features. And if you can’t be bothered with that, well… you can read posts like this one and watch some videos instead.So what’s new in Android P? There’s quite a bit, actually, like Wi-Fi-based indoor position tracking and privacy restrictions for background apps. Google’s made a lot of visual changes, too.Image: 9to5 GoogleThey’ve been rounding off some corners, for example, echoing the curves from the Pixel 2 XL’s display. You’ll see them in your notifications, in the quick settings panel, and on settings pop-ups. A semi-transparent background has slid under the launcher, too, and its corners are also rounded (this one’s technically part of the updated Pixel Launcher, not part of Android P itself).The settings app — which was already given a major overhaul in Oreo — has been tweaked again. Google’s drawn bright, colorful circles behind the icons to make things look a little less drab. The round icons show up in quick settings, too, though they’re limited to more subdued gray and blue hues.Access your device’s volume settings and you’ll see the slider appear as a pop-up on the right-hand side, as the power menu does in Oreo. And speaking of the power menu, it looks a little different in Android P, too. Different because Google decided that was a good place to add a screenshot button.Own a phone with an always-on display? When you upgrade to Android P you’ll see how much juice you’ve got left in your battery at the bottom of the screen.The biggest visual change coming with Android P, though, is the notch. The developer preview lets you add a virtual notch to any device to see how it’ll impact the user experience. A bunch of Android OEMs have already shown off phones with notches, including Asus, Huawei, and LG… and Google no doubt thinks that there will be many more who follow the trend.Lead image: Ryan Whitwam/ExtremeTech Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more