SAE meets Greeks of Hungary and Slovenia

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Dr. Olga Sarantopoulos, Secretary of World SAE visited the Greek Community of Budapest, Hungary, following an invitation of the President of the Self Governing Greek minority of Budapest, Spyros Agardi. The SAE Secretary traveled to Hungary to attend a meeting with medical doctors of Hellenic descent living in the country. Addressing the Hellenic scientists, Dr. Sarantopoulos encouraged them to establish their own organisation of specialists of Hellenic origin and join the Global Network, as well as the World Hellenic Biomedical Association, organisations of Greek scientists who live abroad, which cooperate closely with SAE and the Greek Ministry of Health. She also conveyed the wishes of SAE President Stephanos Tamvakis and the members of the SAE Board.Dr. Sarantopoulos visited the Hellenic school, housed in the building of the Self-Government of the Greek minority near the Parliament House and met with the director of the school Evangelia Tsarouchis, a leading figure in the foundation of the Greek school in the city of Budapest. Mrs. Sarantopoulos’ also met with the surviving veterans of the Greek Civil War.The meeting took place in the hall of the first Greek organisation that was founded by the refugees in Hungary. Mrs. Sarantopoulos thanked those people whose great efforts and many sacrifices kept Greece alive in Hungary. “While the past has left deep wounds, you made a fresh start in this country that welcomed you, you created a second home without ever forgetting your homeland Hellas” she said.last_img read more

Victorian politicians speak up for Modern Greek

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The 2010 Antipodes Festival was launched over the weekend with the Glendi celebrations attracting thousands of people to the heart of Melbourne. Lonsdale street was dressed in blue and white in a proud display of Greek culture with the next generation of Melbourne’s Greek community taking centre stage in all aspects of the Glendi. Co-chairs of the Antipodes Festival, Mr Leonidas Vlahakis and Ms Tammy Iliou, and president of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, Mr Bill Papastergiadis, welcomed the thousands who braved the threatening weather to go to the Glendi. Victorian Premier, Mr John Brumby, opened the festival on Saturday night paying tribute to the contribution of the Greek community to Australian society and the social fabric of multicultural Australia. Mr Brumby reiterated his support for the inclusion of the Greek language in the national curriculum. “It would be unthinkable if Greek is not accepted as a language of national importance,” he said drawing wide applause by the thousands of Greek-Australians who attended the Glendi. Mr Brumby congratulated the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria for making the Antipodes Festival “one of the most popular and successful festivals in Australia.” The inclusion of the Greek language in the national school curriculum, currently under review, was the main focus of most speakers’ addresses on Saturday night.The Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria is circulating a petition in favour of keeping Greek among the languages being taught in schools across the country. Victorian Leader of the Opposition, Mr Ted Baillieu, greeted the crowd in Greek and spoke strongly in favour of keeping Greek in schools.“Greek is too precious to lose,” he said while adding that he has written to the Government asking to include Greek in the national curriculum. Federal Shadow Minister for Innovation, Ms Sophie Mirabella (nee Panopoulos), representing the Federal Leader of the Opposition, Mr Tony Abbot, also spoke in Greek and urged the attendees to sign the petition. Minister for Finance Mr Linsday Tanner, delivered a message on behalf of Prime Minister Mr Kevin Rudd, praising the Greek presence in Australia and the ties that unite the two countries.Among the officials participating at the launch was the Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle;Victoria’s Parliamentary Secretary for Planning, Jenny Mikakos; Labor MP, John Pantazopoulos; Victoria’s Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Mr Nick Kotsiras; Federal MPs, Mr Petro Georgiou and Ms Maria Vamvakinou; the mayor of Whittlesea, Ms Mary Lalios; and the Consul-General of Greece, Mr Christos Salamanis.last_img read more

Locals see red over defaced Leonidas

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram He may have been Greece’s favourite war-time hero, and been the inspiration behind the catch-cry “this is Sparta” but King Leonidas had no choice but to sit back and take the mockery that was bestowed upon him after Grid Maps put a defaced picture of his statue on their front cover. The image of a defaced King Leonidas on the cover of the 2010 – 2011 edition of the Brunswick Grid Maps, has offended many in the Greek community and the traders of Sparta Place, Brunswick, Victoria. The image sees the King Leonidas statue – which graces the entrance to Sparta Place – wearing a pair of iron glasses and two colourful buttons. Chris Paikopoulos, president, Pallaconian Brotherhood of Melbourne and Victoria, Leonidas Inc told Neos Kosmos that many members of the Greek community, particularly the Spartan community, were offended because this statue is also a war memorial. “There is a plaque attached to it which clearly states that it’s a war memorial,” explained Paikopoulos, “it’s dedicated to all people who lost their lives dying for freedom. So to deface a war memorial is a pretty offensive thing.” But a spokesperson from Grid Maps said the statue was already defaced when the picture was taken, however, Paikopoulos said there are constantly members of the Pallaconian community who spend a lot of time in the area said they had never seen the statue defaced in this manner, prompting him to believe the picture may have been photo shopped by Grid Maps.Traders of Sparta Place also confirmed that they had never seen the statue defaced with glasses and buttons. Paikopoulos said some of the respoinsiblity should lie also with Metlink as “being a semi-government organisation (they have) a moral obligation to remove (the defaced images) when they’ve been photographed”. When Neos Kosmos contacted Metlink, they were told that Metlink does not work in association with Grid Maps. Although the Metlink logo appears on the guides themselves, Metlink said that it’s purely there to ensure to members of the community that the public transport information is correct. A spokesperson from Metlink said that “they have no say over the productions, design or any control over images used” for Grid Maps. However, Paikopoulos will still be petitioning to Metlink to have all the Grid Maps recalled and all defaced images of King Leonidas on any collateral to be recalled.last_img read more

10th anniversary of Open Mind Fiesta

first_imgThe annual Open Mind Fiesta will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and has relocated to High Street, Preston for the occasion. The family-friendly event will feature fun activities for the community in commemoration of Mental Health Week which starts on Sunday 9 October. Supporting the event will be the Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria, whose ‘Stop the Stigma’ campaign aims to educate the public on mental health issues and to show support for the one in five Australians with mental illness. The event will take place on High Street, Preston on Sunday 16 October between 11.00 am and 5.00 pm. It is a free festival and will feature live music performances, craft stalls, community groups, children’s activities and plenty of food. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Commonwealth shares the wealth for centenary

first_imgCommonwealth Bank will be sharing the celebration of its centenary this year along with the Castellorizo Association of Western Australia and nine other community organisations also celebrating their 100th year anniversary. Ten community organisations will each receive grants of $10,000 as part of the Commonwealth Bank’s Centenary Staff Giving Back initiative, a program which enabled the bank’s staff to make suggestions on how they thought the bank could make a difference to Australian communities. 100 years ago, the Castellorizo Association was the very first regional fraternity to be formed anywhere in Australia and whose roles involved addressing the social and cultural needs of Castellorizians, as well as catering to the private and public concern of the wider Greek community in Western Australia. Spokesperson Jim Manifis says the organisation plans on using the grant to fund their own centenary celebrations planned for May 2012, which will include a conference, during which members of the community will be able to “share their stories and discuss the past, present and future of the association”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

St Johns College celebrates special friends

first_imgSt John’s Greek Orthodox College invites students’ family and friends for a special event called the Grandparents and Special Friends Morning. Junior school students will be providing entertainment with some lively performances in the school’s gymnasium. Following the performances, sweet treats will be served in the atrium. Make you pop in to what is sure to be a cheerful event. The event will be held on Thursday 21 June on 8:45 am at St John’s, 21-27 Railway Place, Preston. RSVP by Monday 18 June to the school’s secretary on (03) 9480 5300. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Greeces minimum wage to rise

first_imgThe first part of a government plan to increase the minimum salary is expected to be implemented in October, taking the level up to 654 euros per month for all private sector workers. The government’s election pledge to raise the minimum monthly salary to 751 euros will not be fulfilled before the second half of 2016. The Labour Ministry is currently planning for two regulations, which will bring the salaries paid to young workers up to the same level as those received by older workers, as well as the minimum salary of menial workers to that of office employees. That way, if parliament clears both measures, no worker should get less than 654 euros per month.These interventions are expected to be finalised by the end of the week. Currently the minimum salary of under-25s stands at 510 euros, which is seen growing to 586 before climbing to 654 euros – the current minimum salary of menial workers.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

A tree cannot grow without its roots

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A tree simply cannot grow without its roots, just as a cultural identity cannot grow without its adherents. As time moves forward and ties to Greece move further away, it is now time to call upon third and fourth generation Greek Australians to step up to the plate and, under the idea of Nikos Kazantzakis, ‘save’ the ‘circle’ of Greek culture for its sustenance in an Australian future. Recent discussions surrounding the survival of Greek culture in the Australian diaspora have indicated that connections with cultural heritage are becoming increasingly difficult. Bill Papageorgiou, a 21-year-old student from Melbourne, believes that “in a modernised Australia, it is sometimes hard to connect with cultural traditions from another time and place”. As the diaspora in Australia moves further from its ties to a physical Greece, 24-year-old student Steph Anna also believes that “things are considerably different for modern generations trying to sustain ties to Greek cultural heritage in Australia”. Furthermore, 21-year-old Elektra Sassoulaki believes modern generations “are not being shown that their physical distance from Greece is completely irrelevant to their connections to their Greek culture”. There is no doubt that cultural circumstances for current generations are considerably different. In 2015, outlook perspectives on culture are very disparate compared with those of first generation migrant settlers, thus it is increasingly difficult to connect with traditional beliefs, values, traditions and a more traditional heritage. So, what do you do if your existence in the diaspora means you are so far deep into the third generation that sometimes it feels hard to become connected with your heritage? When speaking Greek at home begins to dwindle away and life is so naturally overridden with Australian tendencies, that your heritage gets somewhat left behind? Discussions with young Greek Australians have led to the conclusion that creating a sustainable future for the Greek Australian identity is all about re-situating cultural perspective to adhere to the modern tendencies of current and future generations. Many discussions were inclusive of the idea that Greek cultural heritage became more appealing at a university level, where students were exposed to contemporary sides of Greek culture. Explored below are contemporary Greek realms which can help modern generations connect with their culture. Contemporary Greek Film: Film is one of the most interesting ways to expose oneself to the many facets which comprise Greek culture. Ultimately, Greek films stand as a theatrical allegory for critiquing and presenting to the audience Greek culture as a whole. In contemporary Australia, The Greek Film Festival runs annually in the cities of Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth. Films in the festival range from comedy to pseudo-documentaries, romances and historical films, which all cast their light of differing perspective on Greek culture. The festival is one of the most contemporary ways to engage oneself with Greece from afar. The films are also accompanied by English subtitles. Recommended films: Wasted Youth, Soul Kitchen, What if. Contemporary Greek literature: Literature provides an insightful view into themes which commonly surround the notion of Greek identity. Reading is one of the simplest ways to learn about Greece, Greek culture and other Greek diasporas, and modern literature does so in an interesting and contemporarily engaging way. Begin by delving into the works of some of Greece’s most prominent contemporary authors, who also have their works translated into English. Read the English version and then try your hand at the Greek, either way you are still exposing yourself to notions of Greek heritage in a modern format. Recommended authors: Nikos Kazantzakis, Odysseus Elytis. Contemporary Greek Australian arts: Whilst you may not know it, Greek Australians play a prominent role across many fields of contemporary art, all providing their own Greek touch to Australian artistic realms. Checking out these artists, curators and prominent figures can help you understand that Greek culture is indeed present in the contemporary state of Australia and can help you tie the two identities. Greek Australian art figures: Michael Zavros (art), Barry Keldoulis (curator), Ben Fuog (art), Gina Kalabishis (art), Napoleon Perdis (makeup), Alex Perry (fashion), Olympia Valance (acting). Contemporary Greek music events: There is no doubt about the passion of Greek music, and delving into the depths of this realm is something that will have you more than passionate about Greece. Engaging with modern Greek music means many things. Not only can you engage in Greek concerts, gigs and club events when the time comes around, but this is the perfect way to have fun with your culture and others who share your culture. Contemporary Greek artists: Antonis Remos, Anna Vissi, Mihalis Hatzigiannis, Sakis Rouvas and C-Real. Contemporary Greek Australian artists: Sienna Wild; a young, modern, fiery indie rock band!Contemporary club events: Kinisi (a host to constant Greek nights and gigs), university organised events through NUGAS and individual university Greek clubs. The Neos Kosmos weekly community guides on page 22 are also the perfect place to find out which Greek music events are on in Australia. For Greek Australian student Anna, the sustainable future of Greek culture in Australia is extremely important because it connects her to everything she knows. “It connects me to my grandparents, our religion, our history and our country. Losing my cultural heritage would be like losing a part of me, it would be forgetting where I came from and the struggles my grandparents went through to get me here.” For Bill, “the maintenance of Greek Australian heritage is owed to the past, to the present and to the future life of Hellas”. No matter which way we look at the Greek diaspora, sustaining our culture is the only way into the future. So it is now time for modern generations to delve into the passion of their contemporary culture, to experience not only one of the most blessed feelings in the world, but to plant firm roots that will help our culture grow as strong and as vital as ever, and ‘save’ its presence in the far future.last_img read more

Checks on Chinese ownership needed Xenophon

first_imgIndependent Senator Nick Xenophon has written to Treasurer Scott Morrison to ask whether Australian security agencies have been consulted over the possible $10 billion sale by the NSW government of AUSGRID − the state-owned corporation which supplies electricity to 1.6 million homes and businesses across Sydney, the Central Coast and the Hunter regions. The State Grid Corporation of China is one of two bidders expected to lodge an offer by the 25 July deadline.“Any sale to a foreign government-owned company should raise significant national interest concerns on this basis alone,” Senator Xenophon wrote in his letter earlier this week. “Can you please advise whether advice has been sought from ASIO and Defence in relation to any concerns that they may have about this proposed transaction,” he added − a reference to the lease of Darwin Port to the Chinese-owned Landbridge Group, who won control of the northern port for 99 years, under a $506 million lease agreement with the NT government last year.Senator Xenophon said the nature of the national electricity market made the AUSGRID sale an issue of national significance, despite it being a state asset, and that the linkages between state power systems meant that issues in one state could have “a domino effect” on others.The SA senator has said he intends to re-introduce a bill to amend the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act in a bid to strengthen the national interest test and increase the transparency of foreign investment decisions. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Two Greeks bridge the gap between Greece and Australia

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Last month marked the beginning of a new era for the advancement of stronger ties between Greece and Australia when Greek environmentalist and expert on renewable energy, sustainable development and international business partnerships, Spyros Kouvelis, visited Adelaide with his business partner Christina Deligianni-Kouveli, to participate in a range of mentoring programs run bynew Australian business Innovyz.Adelaide-based Innovyz provides end-to-end support to help innovators build and grow companies that bring their innovations to market through a nine-month program. Their Innovyz Special Projects initiative additionally assists organisations who develop industry, create policy, and have major commercialistaion projects.“I was invited to participate as a mentor in their program, funded by Green Industries SA to support and promote new entrepreneurship programs,” the Greek former Shadow Minister on Environment, Energy and Planning and former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs told Neos Kosmos.“We conducted a series of meetings with leaders of companies who are currently at a beginner’s stage and are looking to expand their activity to global markets. We worked closely together and explored the possibility for their products to be attractive and a viable proposition for global and European markets and our aim was to guide their activity and technology in the direction that will allow them to have a more targeted development,” explains Mr Kouvelis, who is also Senior Advisor for the United Nations Environment Program and has previously served as Program Director of the World Wide Fund for Nature.“The program that Innovyz administers is excellent because the ideas and projects on offer are both solid and functional. “I feel that both parties gained invaluable knowledge from those meetings and that the chemistry in the room was extremely productive. “At the same time, we found that there is mutual interest and benefits for both Greece and Australia to implement those programs and we hope that in return we gave back to those eight businesses the tools and strategies they needed to take their ideas to the next level. “The possibility of future cooperation between Greece and Australia could also translate into an open forum, where companies can enter partnerships between Australia, Greece and the rest of the European region,” explains Kouvelis.Mentoring one of the start-ups, (L-R) Christina Deligianni-Kouveli, John Dagas, and Spyros Kouvelis talk with Dr Franziska Doerflinger and Dr Vinay Pagay from Athena Irrigation Technologies (Adelaide University viticulture research).Chief Operations Officer of Innovyz, John Dagas said it was an honour to have Mr Kouvelis and his team “share with us their knowledge and experience that correlates with innovation, development, and the circular economy and their contribution was certainly invaluable in terms of assisting those businesses that wish to take their idea to the next level.” During their five-day stay in Australia, Mr Kouvelis and Ms Deligianni-Kouveli held a series of meetings with senior political and business leaders, such as the three founders of Innovyz – Stuart Douglas, Philip Vafiadis, and Brett Jackson, as well as Shobaz Kandola, Advisor to the Minister for the Environment, Vaughan Levitzke, CEO for Green Industries SA, and South Australian Treasurer, Minister for Finance, State Development, and Mineral Resources and Energy Tom Koutsantonis.“The executives with whom we made the initial contact displayed an understanding of the overall need for sustainable development, a project which we are already running in Greece in collaboration with Cambridge,” says Kouvelis.“We were also pleasantly surprised by the Treasurer’s willingness to discuss and explore further cooperation between Greece and Australia.”The two parties also discussed the possibility of open discussions between Greece, Australia, and organisations with whom Kouvelis’ team is already collaborating with on issues regarding sustainable development and the implementation of United Nations strategies and objectives. In fact, what seems to have made a particular impression on the former minister and specialist in environmental issues is the fact that South Australia is staking a large proportion of the state’s economic development on green technologies. “In my opinion, we can all work together towards forming and developing a closer relationship and bond between the two countries, which would result in an increase of employment for people here as well as in Greece, where companies are already producing exceptional work on sustainable development issues and green economy. Nevertheless, they don’t receive the support required to take the next step. “Greece is innovative to the extent that it is required to comply with the relevant European legislation and its restrictions, but lacks implementation and results, whilst South Australia appears to have developed to a greater extent, therefore the two countries have potentially a lot to learn from each other. “On the other hand, developing a relationship between South Australia and a European country such as Greece will bring to the fore the best features of both worlds; the already developed European environmental legislation and the high level and demand of entrepreneurship in Australia. The possibility of cooperation between Greece and South Australia seemingly has a green light from Australia. “Australia is very advanced and on par with Europe’s requirements in terms of quality and legislation, therefore there is high potential for Europe to open its markets to Australia,” says Dagas. “The companies which we work with may have their headquarters in South Australia, but the innovations could come from anywhere in the world as there are no local restrictions. “Our goal is to connect with innovative companies across the globe and our next program on circular economy will include Europe, Asia, and the United States,” continues Dagas, who believes that the shift in South Australia towards innovations on sustainable development, entrepreneurship, innovative technologies, and international business partnerships, is the result of the dramatic closure of local manufacturing industries in recent years. “Our goal is to form a strong bond between the two countries and tap into a competitive business environment within the European markets, in order to initiate partnerships with companies in Europe and expand to the entire planet commencing with Australia and Greece. “If the place of our ancestors can act as the strong link between the two places, then that would be a win-win for both sides,” says Dagas.According to Mr Kouvelis, increased entrepreneurship translates to more jobs for Greek citizens, both within and outside of Greece. “Australia has a geographical advantage because, whilst it is a considerable distance from Europe and America, it is very close to China. With China’s large market and not being able to produce everything, Australian businesses and their ideas could very easily be applied and absorbed rapidly and effortlessly in the manufacturing industry of China.”Spyros Kouvelis and Christina Deligianni-Kouveli will be returning to Adelaide next week to participate in a conference held on circular economy.“We look forward to returning, and our aim on this occasion will be to assess the progress made on the issues and suggestions that were put on the table, and to investigate further the development of green industries, which in South Australia appear particularly developed,” says Ms Deligianni-Kouveli.“Our objective is to link the two countries and make Greece the bridge which will connect Australia with the rest of Europe.”last_img read more

Google supprime deux applications à distance

first_imgGoogle supprime deux applications à distance États-Unis – Google a utilisé son bouton de suppression d’applications à distance pour éliminer deux fonctions proposées par un chercheur. Un temps jugées néfastes pour les utilisateurs, ces applis seraient juste des programmes inutiles.Pour la première fois, Google a désinstallé à distance des applications figurant sur les mobiles d’usagers Android. Normalement, la firme américaine se réserve ce droit si les “applis” n’obéissent pas au contrat d’engagement passé avec Google, si elles hébergent un virus ou si les données de l’utilisateur sont menacées. Les applications supprimées par Google sont deux programmes lancés par un chercheur qui voulait réaliser des études en proposant ces programmes via une fausse présentation : “Ces applications ont été volontairement mal renseignées afin d’encourager les utilisateurs à les récupérer, mais elles n’ont pas été conçues pour être détournées, et n’avaient pas la permission d’accéder aux données privées de l’utilisateur ou aux ressources du système autres que la permission Internet”, explique Rich Cannings, responsable de la sécurité chez Android. M. Cannings conclut en précisant que “dans la mesure où ces applications étaient relativement inutiles, la plupart des utilisateurs les avaient désinstallées peu de temps après les avoir téléchargées.”Le 28 juin 2010 à 11:42 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Nouveaux iPod iOs Apple TV la pomme prépare une rentrée riche en

first_imgNouveaux iPod, iOs, Apple TV : la pomme prépare une rentrée riche en nouveautésÉtats-Unis – La conférence de rentrée d’Apple était attendue hier. Son programme était en effet chargé, puisque la firme à la pomme a présenté trois nouveaux iPod, la mise à jour d’iOS et son Apple TV.Comme les rumeurs le suggéraient, il n’y aura pas de correctif pour l’antenne de l’iPhone 4. La mise en service de l’iOS 4.1 permet de corriger de nombreux bogues touchant notamment le Bluetooth et le capteur de proximité, ainsi que d’introduire Game Center sur iPod Touch, une plate-forme qui permet à plusieurs personnes de jouer simultanément.À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ? Attendue, l’Apple TV a surpris le public. Le petit boîtier noir tient dans la main et ne comporte qu’une prise optique, une sortie HDMI et un port micro USB. Grâce à un branchement Ethernet ou au Wi-Fi, il permettra de regarder en streaming des films loués entre 2,99 euros et 3,99 euros (en haute définition dans ce dernier cas). Enfin, trois nouveaux iPod seront lancés prochainement : un Shuffle à 49 euros proposant 2 Go de stockage, un Nano équipé d’un écran tactile multipoint de 1,5 pouces et d’une radio FM (159 euros pour le 8 Go, 189 euros pour le 16 Go) et un iPod Touch ressemblant de plus en plus à un iPhone, avec un écran Retina et le système d’exploitation iOS 4.1. Trois versions de 8, 32 et 64 Go sont proposées, pour respectivement 239, 309 et 419 euros.  Le 2 septembre 2010 à 11:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Sécurité sociale procès dun médecin généreux mais hors la loi

first_imgSécurité sociale : procès d’un médecin généreux mais hors la loiFrance – Mercredi 8 septembre, un médecin qui fraudait la sécurité sociale pour offrir à ses patients des soins remboursés à 100% a été jugé.Lorsqu’un patient est en “ALD” (affection de longue durée, comme un cancer, par exemple), il bénéficie de soins pris en charge à 100% par la Sécurité Sociale, à condition que ces soins concernent la maladie en question. Pour les autres traitements, il est remboursé au tarif normal.Au moment de la prescription, les médecins doivent donc diviser les médicaments en deux catégories. Cependant, au nom de l’accès aux soins, le médecin du Val de Marne mettait tous les médicaments dans la case “remboursement total” de ses ordonnances et ce, pour une quarantaine de ses patients en ALD.   Cela serait presque l’histoire de Robin des Bois si la Sécurité Sociale était riche. C’est pourtant loin d’être le cas, vu la profondeur de sa dette. La fraude a été découverte et le médecin assigné en justice. La Sécurité Sociale estime que son préjudice s’élève à plus de 4.000 euros, entre la fraude et les frais de justice. Le procès a eu lieu, le verdict est attendu pour le 6 octobre. Le 9 septembre 2010 à 11:20 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Toshiba présente deux téléviseurs proposant la 3D sans lunettes

first_imgToshiba présente deux téléviseurs proposant la 3D sans lunettesJapon – Le constructeur japonais Toshiba a levé le voile sur deux de ses téléviseurs 3D. Avec une date de sortie prévue avant les fêtes au pays du soleil levant, les deux appareils pourraient rapidement caracoler en tête des ventes, étant les premiers du genre à ne pas nécessiter de lunettes pour bénéficier d’images en trois dimensions. Au mois de décembre, Toshiba proposera aux Japonais ses deux téléviseurs 3D. La particularité de ces deux appareils est que le téléspectateur n’a pas besoin de lunettes spéciales pour découvrir ses programmes préférés en trois dimensions. Mesurant 12 et 20 pouces, les deux téléviseurs provoquent des réactions partagées parmi les spécialistes. Si l’effet tridimensionnel rendu est vraiment satisfaisant, il nécessite néanmoins de se positionner exactement dans l’axe de l’appareil. Malgré cette contrainte, plusieurs entreprises sont prêtes à installer cette technologie sur leurs appareils, comme Nintendo avec sa console 3DS ou Sharp, qui l’envisage sur plusieurs appareils de sa gamme prévus pour 2011. En attendant, Toshiba proposera ses téléviseurs à partir de 1.440 euros au Japon, avant de s’attaquer au marché international.Le 6 octobre 2010 à 13:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Intoxication alimentaire en PoitouCharentes 500 personnes touchées

first_imgIntoxication alimentaire en Poitou-Charentes : 500 personnes touchéesLa préfecture de la Vienne a annoncé que 500 individus avaient été victimes d’une intoxication au mois d’octobre à cause de steaks hachés contenant des salmonelles. Un premier communiqué, diffusé le 4 novembre, faisait état d’une centaine de personnes touchées.Sur les 500 personnes touchées par cette intoxication, la majorité sont des élèves de collèges et lycées. Elle était due à des steaks contenant des salmonelles (voir notre article) et fait aujourd’hui l’objet d’une enquête afin de comprendre comment cela est arrivé. Vingt personnes ont dû être hospitalisées et l’intoxication a également été observée dans des maisons de retraite et maisons privées pour personnes âgées.À lire aussiQuelles sont les maladies médiévales et exotiques qui font leur retour en France ?L’AFP explique que les premiers éléments de l’enquête ont permis d’incriminer un lot de steaks hachés en provenance d’Italie tandis que les premières hypothèses soupçonnent une contamination durant le processus de fabrication, et non lors de son conditionnement ou acheminement en France. L’alerte à l’intoxication a été donnée par un médecin urgentiste à Poitiers, qui a été surpris de voir huit personnes se rendre aux urgences pour les même symptômes. La préfecture explique attendre aujourd’hui les résultats des analyses des autorités sanitaires italiennes.Le 12 novembre 2010 à 16:06 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

A Lyon secteurs privé et public sassocient pour la chirurgie laser

first_imgA Lyon, secteurs privé et public s’associent pour la chirurgie laserPour la première fois en France, le secteur public a la possibilité d’opérer les yeux à Lyon, alors que jusque-là la chirurgie correctrice de la vision au laser était réservée au secteur privé.A Lyon, secteurs public et privé se sont associés concernant la chirurgie des yeux au laser. Ainsi, l’hôpital Edouard-Herriot est aujourd’hui équipé d’un centre de chirurgie réfractive avec laser, qui aura coûté la modique somme de 600.000 euros, explique Metro. Mais pour que cet investissement ne soit pas trop lourd pour le centre hospitalier, un partenariat unique en France entre public et privé a été signé, partageant ainsi la note.À lire aussiGlaucome : définition, traitement, symptômes, de quoi s’agit-il ?Le professeur Carole Burillon, chirurgien ophtalmologiste à l’hôpital explique ainsi : “On démontre que le public et privé peuvent travailler ensemble. Cela peut apporter des patients supplémentaires”. Dans ce nouveau centre, dix chirurgiens privés (ou libéraux) opéreront à leur propre tarif. Mais ils auront alors l’obligation de verser un pourcentage du prix de leur prestation aux Hospices civils de Lyon. Le centre est équipé d’un laser dernière génération, s’utilisant avec la technique Lasik qui ne demande qu’une anesthésie locale pour une intervention du laser de vingt minutes pour les deux yeux. Metro précise que l’opération effectuée par un chirurgien des Hospices civils de Lyon coûte 1.200 euros par œil, et qu’il faut compter une augmentation de 10 à 15% dans les centres privés. Les opérations de ce type, dites de confort, ne sont pas remboursées par la sécurité sociale même si certaines mutuelles les prennent en charge.Le 23 novembre 2010 à 16:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Nucléaire risques de contamination au Japon

first_imgNucléaire : risques de contamination au JaponDepuis les explosions observées à la centrale de Fukushima au Japon, consécutives au séisme de magnitude 8,9 qui a touché le pays vendredi 11 mars, des rejets de vapeur et d’éléments radioactifs se produisent. Ils présentent un risque pour ceux qui vivent aux alentours.”Pour protéger les civils, on dispose de trois armes : l’évacuation, le confinement et l’iode”, a expliqué à l’AFP le Pr Patrick Gourmelon, directeur de la radioprotection de l’homme à l’Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN).Après le séisme, des centaines de milliers de personnes ont dû être évacuées dans un rayon de 3 kilomètres, puis 10 et enfin 20 kilomètres, alors que le nuage véhiculant de l’iode et du césium se déplaçait dimanche soir vers le Pacifique, poussé par des vents nord-nord-est. Les seuls à intervenir sur le site de la centrale nucléaire sont les experts et les pompiers. Ils ont été exposés au risque d’irradiation et risquent d’être malades dans les semaines à venir, voire pire : “Si la dose a été très forte, ils mourront”, précise le Pr Gourmelon.Le reste de la population, exposée à une contamination par les éléments radioactifs, risquent de développer un cancer. En attendant l’évacuation, le confinement est conseillé, si possible en sous-sol, portes et fenêtres calfeutrées avec du ruban adhésif, rapporte l’agence de presse. Les particules ne doivent pas pénétrer dans les poumons et le tube digestif. En cas de contact avec la peau, une douche (sans frotter) suffit. Les médecins rappellent également qu’il faut éviter de se ronger les ongles, de porter ses mains à la bouche ou de fumer.Pour parer les cancers de la thyroïde, les autorités doivent distribuer des pastilles d’iode.”Ce produit très volatile se jette littéralement sur la thyroïde : en essayant de saturer l’organe avec de l’iode sain on prend de vitesse l’iode radioactif qu’on empêche de s’installer”, explique le Pr Gourmelon. Au Japon, il convient de distribuer l’iode quand la population est susceptible de recevoir une dose de 100 milliGray (unité d’absorption, du nom du physicien Louis Harold Gray). En France, le seuil est fixé à 50 milliGray.Le 14 mars 2011 à 10:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les secrets de la peau des reptiles préhistoriques révélés

Les autorités européennes saisies à propos du nom App Store

first_imgLes autorités européennes saisies à propos du nom App StoreQuatre acteurs du monde des smartphones ont déposé une demande d’invalidation auprès de l’Office de l’harmonisation dans le marché intérieur de l’UE à propos des marques App Store et Appstore.Après les Etats-Unis, le combat pour les appellations App Store et Appstore, détenues par Apple depuis 2009, se déplace en Europe. Quatre entreprises, Microsoft, Nokia, HTC et Sony Ericsson ont ainsi saisi le Bureau européen des marques afin de faire invalider le monopole de la marque à la pomme sur ces noms. “‘App store’, comme ‘toy store’ ou ‘book store’, est un terme générique qui devrait rester disponible pour que quiconque puisse s’en servir via des magasins qui vendent des applications”, a ainsi expliqué un porte-parole de Microsoft, dans des propos relayés par ZDnet.  Si deux procédures d’annulation, une pour App Store et une pour Appstore, sont en cours auprès de l’Office de l’harmonisation dans le marché intérieur (OHMI), Apple a d’ores et déjà réagi en déposant deux nouveaux dépôts, les 30 et 31 mars 2011. Une bataille qui a déjà lieu outre-Atlantique, où Apple a attaqué Amazon pour avoir utilisé le terme Appstore pour son magasin d’applications Android. Ce à quoi le géant américain du e-commerce a rétorqué que Steve Jobs lui-même avait utilisé ce terme pour qualifier les magasins en ligne de ses concurrents. Le 13 mai 2011 à 17:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

LISS toujours dans lespace après 2020

first_imgL’ISS toujours dans l’espace après 2020 ?Dans un article publié aujourd’hui, Futura-Sciences dément l’annonce de désorbitage de la Station spatiale internationale qui avait été faite hier par un des responsables de l’Agence spatiale russe. Selon le site, les propos de Vitali Davydov auraient été déformés. “La Station spatiale internationale ne sera pas désorbitée en 2020. Son plongeon dans l’océan n’est pas prévu par Roscosmos, les propos de son responsable ayant été “déformés”, selon l’Agence spatiale européenne”. C’est ce que révèle le site internet Futura Sciences dans un article publié ce vendredi, démentant ainsi l’annonce faite du désorbitage de l’ISS prévu pour 2020.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESALe site explique ainsi l’incohérence de cette annonce avec l’actualité spatiale récente en s’appuyant sur deux points. Il évoque d’une part, une rencontre entre les chefs des différentes agences spatiales au cours de laquelle, il aurait été demandé d’étendre au delà de 2020 la durée de vie de la Station Spatiale Internationale, si sa structure tient le coup. D’autre part, Futura Sciences explique également que la durée de vie initiale d’un système spatial tel qu’un satellite par exemple, est fréquemment dépassée. Aucune décision officielle n’aurait donc été prise dans le sens d’une mise en abysse prochaine de l’ISS.C’est ainsi que Futura-Sciences a décidé de “contacter l’Agence spatiale européenne qui a confirmé que rien n’avait été décidé sur le sort de l’ISS et que les propos de monsieur Davydov avaient été déformés”. Néanmoins, pour l’instant, aucune des agences spatiales n’a fait d’annonce pour confirmer ou démentir l’information de désorbitage prévu en 2020.Le 29 juillet 2011 à 18:56 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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