Stepson suing stepmother for share of Lotto win had his signature on

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email1 Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland Jan 31st 2017, 7:20 PM No Comments A WOMAN BEING sued over a one sixth share of a €3.38m Lotto win by her stepson has told the High Court that the winning ticket was hers and did not belong to a syndicate.Mary Walsh told the court she was the “sole winner” of the lottery prize and the first she heard about her stepson David Walsh claiming a €560,000 share of the €3.38 million lotto win on 22 January 2011 was in a solicitors letter sent on her stepson’s behalf in mid 2013.Giving evidence before Justice Richard Humphreys on what was the fifth day of the action, Walsh said she had played the lotto regularly.She said she bought tickets on behalf of a four person syndicate at the barber’s she and her late husband Peter Walsh operated, a ticket for her husband and her own ticket.She said that it wasn’t until late on the Sunday night following the draw when she realised that she was the owner of one of two tickets that had won the previous night’s lotto jackpot.She told her counsel Michael Delaney SC after she checked the numbers online she woke her husband Peter, who at the time was suffering from cancer and told him:I think I have won the lotto.“He said that’s grand and went back to sleep,” she said.Walsh said that her win was confirmed after she contacted and spoke with an official with the National Lottery the following morning.SignedFollowing advice she said she received from the National Lottery official about gifting any winnings to family members she said she got several relatives of theirs to sign the back of the ticket.This was so they would not have to pay tax on the win.The signatories included Peter Walsh, her son Jason who she gave €300,000, her son Tony who she gave £380,000 (about €456,000) and Kevin Black a nephew of her husband who she gave €100,000.She said David Walsh, who also signed the back of the ticket was offered the option of having €200,000 from the lotto win or the former home that she and her late husband shared at Knocknagreena, Ballinasloe and opted for the house. David Walsh denies that.The transfer of the property, which has been valued at €135,000, was completed in December 2011 around the time Peter Walsh died.She said that David Walsh never spoke to her about the lotto being won by a syndicate and the first she heard about that claim was in a solicitor’s letter she received in mid 2013.Under cross examination by Dervla Browne SC for David Walsh, Mary Walsh said she told the official at the National Lottery on the day that she had the win confirmed that the winning ticket was hers.Counsel had put it to her that two National Lottery communications issued shortly after contacted them described the winners as “seven person syndicate” from Co Galway.50-50Walsh did accept that she was also sent information by the lottery with instructions for syndicates on how to claim the prize.She did accept that as far as she was concerned the win was 50-50 between her and her husband.Mary Walsh also accepted that a sworn statement filed on her behalf to revenue in 2012 was done so she could extract probate did not include certain details including the number of Peter Walsh’s children’s or details about joint bank accounts they had held together.The form, which could be viewed by anyone claiming an interest in the late Mr Walsh’s estate, was completed in order to obtain a €50,000 which was in a bank account in Peter Walsh’s name.She accepted details were omitted, including that Peter Walsh had four children from his previous marriage and details about assets they had held jointly.She said details were “not material” because Peter Walsh had left her everything in his will, which was signed in 2007.She denied the affidavit contained lies and that any omissions were made “in error” and that she didn’t accept that she had anything to hide from Peter Walsh’s four children.It was she said “common knowledge” within the family she had won the lottery.GiftShe also accepted that David was to be gifted the house was not contained in the file of a solicitor who had handled that transaction. She said that it had been mentioned to the lawyers and should have been included in correspondence exchanged between David Walsh’s on her behalf. Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall IrelandShe had reservations about giving David the house and did not feel he deserved it because he had been estranged from his father for about year before the win.He had only resumed contact three weeks before the lotto win following a request from one of their relatives. She said she went along with her husband’s wishes to give him the houseIn his action David Walsh (52), of Knocknagreena, Ballinasloe claims he is entitled to a one sixth share of the windfall.He claims that as his signature is among six signatures on the back of the ticket and Mary Walsh and the estate of his late father hold the €560,000 in trust for him.Mary Walsh (66), of Perssepark, Ballinasloe, who is being sued personally and as personal representative of Peter Walsh’s estate, denies David Walsh was part of a syndicate that won the €3.38 million prize or that she holds €560,000 in trust for him.The case continues.Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing.  Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland Tuesday 31 Jan 2017, 7:20 PM By Aodhan O Faolain Stepson suing stepmother for share of Lotto win had his signature on back of ticket Mary Walsh says she was told by the National Lottery to let family sign the ticket. 29,250 Views Short URLlast_img read more

On the brink of war in 1939 Winston Churchill found the time

first_imgOn the brink of war in 1939, Winston Churchill found the time to write a scientific paper on alien life A newly discovered essay by Churchill, “Are We Alone in the Universe?”, was published this week. WAR CORRESPONDENT, STATESMAN , astronomer.Stargazing may not be what Winston Churchill is best remembered for, but a treatise he wrote on extraterrestrial life has revealed his scientific acumen six decades later.Between ruling Britain and helping the Allies win World War II, Churchill was among the first to theorise about other regions of the Universe in which conditions may be conducive to harbouring life, it has been revealed.Excerpts from his essay “Are We Alone in the Universe?” were brought to light on Wednesday in the science journal Nature.“I am not sufficiently conceited to think that my sun is the only one with a family of planets,” Churchill wrote in the document which astrophysicist Mario Livio laid hands upon last year at the US National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri.There must be many other planets, he concluded, of “the right size to keep… water and possibly an atmosphere”, and “at the proper distance from their parent sun to maintain a suitable temperature.”This later became known as a star’s “habitable zone”.To qualify, a planet has to orbit its star at a distance far enough so that water does not evaporate in the solar heat, and near enough that it does not freeze beyond the rays’ reach.Water is considered an essential requirement for life, however primitive.Churchill first drafted the paper in 1939, when Europe was on the brink of war, and revised it in the late 1950s while visiting his publisher in a village in the south of France, said Livio.As far as could be determined, the work has never been published or subjected to scientific or academic scrutiny.“What is extraordinary is his train of thought, he thinks about the problem like a scientist,” Livio told AFP of the find.‘Goldilocks’ zoneThe concept of habitable zones originated in the 1950s, the same decade in which Churchill finished his essay.A war correspondent and soldier turned politician, Churchill was also known for his love of science.He wrote essays and articles in the 1920s and 1930s on topics including evolution, cell biology and fusion power.Later as a politician, he regularly consulted scientists and was the first British prime minister to employ a science adviser, according to Livio.The government under Churchill funded laboratories, telescopes and technology development that spawned many discoveries.Until now, astrophysics was not known to have been one of his fields of scientific interest.“At a time when a number of today’s politicians shun science, I find it moving to recall a leader who engaged with it so profoundly,” Livio wrote in Nature.The hunt for potentially habitable planets elsewhere in the Universe began decades after Churchill’s musings on the topic.In 2015, researchers calculated that our Milky Way galaxy alone may be home to billions of planets orbiting in their host stars’ so-called “Goldilocks” zone.The Paris-based Extrasolar Planets Encylopaedia has so far compiled a database of over 3,500 planets around other stars, a few dozen in the habitable sweet spot.© – AFP 2017Read: Winston Churchill spoke of his “longing” for a united IrelandRead: This Irishman was at Churchill’s right hand during WW2… so why is he only being celebrated now? Saturday 18 Feb 2017, 7:20 AM 10,107 Views Short URL By AFP Image: PA Wire/PA Images Share Tweet Email1 7 Comments Feb 18th 2017, 7:20 AM Image: PA Wire/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Australian government to consider shark cull after death of 17yearold

first_imgAustralian government to consider shark cull after death of 17-year-old Laeticia Brouwer was surfing with her father when she was attacked. By AFP Share Tweet Email3 35,490 Views Wednesday 19 Apr 2017, 3:30 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 70 Comments Image: Western Australia Police THE GOVERNMENT IN Australia is considering new proposals to address shark attacks, including culling, after the death of a 17-year-old girl on Monday afternoon.Laeticia Brouwer was on holiday and was surfing with her father near Wylie Bay that afternoon when she was attacked.The girl had lost a leg and was bleeding heavily when she was pulled from the water and rushed to hospital in the Western Australian town of Esperance. Her mother and two younger sisters witnessed the attack from the beach and alerted emergency services.“Father and daughter were surfing out where the waves were breaking and that’s where the attack occurred,” Acting Senior Sergeant Ben Jeffes told reporters. “The father obviously tried everything he could to save his daughter.“He’s brought her to shore and then the family contacted emergency services.”Speaking today, Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg said he would consider new proposals to address attacks by sharks around the country’s coast, BBC reports.“In light of the recent shark attack the Commonwealth would welcome any proposal to put human life first,” he said.This could include the newest drum line technology, shark exclusion nets, culling or other measures which WA [Western Australia] sees fit.‘Something she treasured’Family spokesman Steve Evans read a statement saying “the ocean was her and her family’s passion.Surfing was something that she treasured doing with her dad and her sisters. We can take some comfort that Laeticia died doing something that she loved.Local authorities closed Wylie Bay beach until further notice and people were urged to stay out of the water.The fisheries department was patrolling the area yesterday and spokesman Russell Adams said a great white was likely responsible for the attack.“Since 2000 all fatal attacks in WA have been caused by great whites, so you could assume safely it was a great white but we can’t say for sure,” he told reporters.A man lost his left arm and right hand when two great whites attacked him at Wylie Bay in October 2014.Brouwer was the third person killed by a shark off Western Australia in the past 12 months.A 29-year-old man died in June following an attack at Falcon Beach, near Mandurah, and the same month a great white killed a 60-year-old woman near the state capital Perth.Experts say shark attacks are increasing as water sports become more popular and bait fish move closer to shore.- © AFP 2017 with reporting by Michelle Hennessy.Read: 17-year-old girl killed by shark off Australian coast> Apr 19th 2017, 3:30 PM Image: Western Australia Policelast_img read more

These are the fake suicide belts worn by the London Bridge attackers

first_img Share Tweet Email 22,313 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article These are the fake suicide belts worn by the London Bridge attackers All three of the attackers wore the leather belts. Image: Met Police 92 Comments By Paul Hosford Short URL Met Police Commander Dean Haydon, who is leading the investigation, said that the tactic was new in the UK, but the fakes were realistic. POLICE IN LONDON have released pictures of the blood-soaked fake suicide vests worn by the London Bridge attackers.The attackers – Khuram Shazad Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba – were shot and killed last Saturday night after they drove a van through pedestrians on the London Bridge and stabbed others nearby, killing eight and injuring scores of others.During the attack, they wore suicide belts designed to make the public and police believe they would detonate themselves if approached.All three of the attackers wore the leather belts. Each had three disposable water bottles covered in masking tape attached to the belt. The belts were still attached to the suspects when they were shot dead. Jun 11th 2017, 11:06 AM Anyone who saw them on the night would have thought they were genuine. It is hard to speculate what the motive was for wearing the belts. It could be that they had plans to take the attack in to a siege situation or it might be that they saw it as protection from being shot themselves.“It makes the bravery of those police officers and members of the public who tackled the terrorists even more remarkable. The belt would have been visible to them and if you are fighting back or aiming a shot at someone wearing the device you would clearly be very aware that you could be caught in an explosion.”Police recovered a number of items from the van:13 wine bottles with rags wrapped around them and believed to be filled with a flammable liquidTwo blow torchesA few offices chairs and a suitcaseGravel bagsOfficers have so far spoken to 262 people from 19 different countries in connection with the attacks. Of these, 78 are significant witnesses. 18 people have been arrested.They believe there will be many others who witnessed the incidents who have yet to speak to police, and are asking them to come forward.Read: London attack: Men ‘tried to use 7.5 tonne lorry’ Sunday 11 Jun 2017, 11:06 AM Image: Met Policelast_img read more

Talks between INMO and government to return to Labour Court as union

first_img Mar 11th 2019, 7:46 AM Image: 30 Comments By Cormac Fitzgerald 20,612 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share354 Tweet Email2 Image: Talks between INMO and government to return to Labour Court as union rejects new nurses’ deal The negotiations come after nurses went on general strike for a number of days last month. Updated Mar 11th 2019, 6:08 PM TALKS BETWEEN THE government and nurses have been referred to the Labour Court after nurses’ unions rejected government draft contracts as “unreasonable”.It follows an extraordinary general meeting of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation this afternoon to decide what steps to take in the ongoing nurses’ dispute.  Negotiations ended without a deal last night, when representatives for the nurses and midwives said there remained “a very large gap” between their side and the Government.Talks come after nurses went on general strike for a number of days in February, protesting against what they call a recruitment and retention crisis in the sector.The government initially refused to budge on its position over wage increases for nurses, before the Labour Court intervened to avert further strikes. As part of that recommendation, negotiations are ongoing between all sides on a new contract for nurses. Balloting on the proposals had been expected to start today, but INMO chiefs decided to postpone the start of balloting by two weeks, in line with a decision that members would not be balloted without what the union felt was a satisfactory contract.Following the latest breakdown in talks, discussions have once again been referred to the Labour Court.The Court is expected to examine the disputed clauses of the new draft contract, and the HSE, the Department of Health, and the Department of Public Expenditure are expected to attend.“We are deeply disappointed with the government’s attempt to stretch the limits set by the Labour Court in these contract talks,” INMO general secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha said.“The government’s contract proposals are unacceptable to us and would only worsen the recruitment and retention problems.“We believe that the government’s proposed contract goes far beyond the Labour Court recommendation and will be making this case firmly to the Court on behalf of our members.”INMO general secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha previously told RTÉ Radio One’s Today with Sean O’Rourke that they were “very disappointed” that their employer only met with them this week following the Labour Court recommendation last month.“We engaged all over the weekend and on a couple of evenings last week with the employer, with the view to getting a contract that would actually improve recruitment and retention,” Ní Sheaghdha said.“The contract that was presented was way outside of the scope of what the Labour Court had instructed and we sought to get it back into that space over the weekend,” she said, adding that “at the moment, we’re at a point where it still isn’t there”.“There isn’t any indication from our end that this contract would be acceptable to our members,” she said.The union’s executive council is expected to meet again on 20 March.With reporting by Hayley Halpin and Stephen McDermott Short URL Monday 11 Mar 2019, 6:08 PMlast_img read more

Litigation likely in Parthenon Marbles campaign

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Campaigners for the reunification for the Parthenon sculptures say they’ll consider suing the British government to force the marbles’ return to Athens. The strategy was floated by Greek American litigation lawyer Michael Reppas at the International Colloquy on the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles, held at the Hellenic Centre in London this week. Mr Reppas, who heads up the American Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures, said litigation should play a role in the restitution campaign. “Litigation obviously has the ultimate goal of resolving conflicts. There is a definite resolution, there is a verdict,” he said. “A successful litigation obviously results in this particular case, in those sculptures being returned.” He said a number of legalities around possession of the sculptures could be challenged in court, including the British Museum Act of 1963. “In my opinion, litigation is an essential component of the campaign and should be more than just a threat,” Mr Reppas said. Timed to coincide with the third anniversary of the opening of the Acropolis Museum in Athens and the lead-up to the London Olympic Games, the conference was the first of its kind and brought together reunification committees from Australia, South Africa, America and the United Kingdom. Prominent South African lawyer George Bizos, who famously acted as legal counsel to Nelson Mandela, said there was a growing wave of international support for the restitution of the marbles. “There is a EUNESCO resolution about properties of this nature. The United Nations is likely to intervene. The International Court in The Hague will sooner or later have to make a decision as to whether the protocols should really be made applicable for the return of the artefacts and the works of art. “It may take time but I think that the people that claim these tremendous symbols of their civilization will eventually prevail,” Mr Bizos said. Despite the strength of the legal case, Mr Bizos said campaigners would rather achieve a negotiated outcome with the British Museum. “A legal case can be made out but we’d rather have a friendly negotiation to achieve the same result,” he said. The Australian Committee for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles was represented by Emanuel Comino, who delivered an impassioned address. “There were tears in my eyes and I was ready to march down the streets of London with a placard,” one conference attendee said, following Mr Comino’s presentation. Held across two days, the conference included a visit to the British Museum on Wednesday, where a visual campaign was launched in the forecourt. Organisers say they do not expect restitution to be achieved quickly, but are buoyed by the recent swell in public support, prompted by the attention that has been drawn to the issue by advocates including Stephen Fry. The high-profile actor has called for the marbles to be restored to Athens, saying it would be a “classy” thing to do, and an act of “grace and decency”. His view was supported by a vote following a televised debate held at London’s Cadogan Hall, where audience members voted 384 to 125 in favour of restitution. Despite this swing, the British Museum remains adamant that the sculptures will stay put. “In Athens they can be part of a Greek story and in London they can be part of a world story,” Museum Director Neil MacGregor said last year. The Parthenon marbles were taken from Ottoman-ruled Greece by Lord Elgin in 1802, while he was British Ambassador to Constantinople. The collection, which totals about half the Parthenon’s frieze, fifteen metopes, seventeen pedimental fragments, as well as a Caryatid and a column from the Erechtheion, has been on display in the British Museum since 1816. Restitution campaigners say they’ll continue to hold an international conference each year until the Parthenon marbles are returned to Greece. George Bizos said he’s confident they’ll eventually prevail. “I have no doubt. I’m an old man, it may not be in my lifetime but world opinion is being directed to that end.”last_img read more

Economou slams local government referendum

first_imgThe states are resisting this because local government has always been a state responsibility and it makes sense. (Nick Economou)Monash University lecturer and author Dr Nicholas Economou has warned against changing the Australian constitution as proposed by federal Labor’s local government referendum. The referendum, due to be held in conjunction with the federal election, will ask voters whether or not they agree to the financial recognition of local government in the constitution, amending section 96, which deals with financial assistance to the states. Victoria’s Coalition Minister for Local Government, Jeanette Powell, picked up on Economou’s comments published in the Herald Sun and regional Victorian press this week, to challenge what she described as “federal Labor’s myth that the referendum represents only a harmless minor amendment”. Dr Economou described the referendum as “another one of those Whitlam ideas that the current Labor government has resurrected”. The Monash professor added that he did not accept the arguments being put forward that the referendum involved just minor tinkering. “The proponents of the ‘yes’ argument say it’s making a minor alteration to the constitution, but the fact is, if something gets mentioned in the constitution it opens up a head of power to the federal government,” said Dr Economou. “The states are resisting this because local government has always been a state responsibility and it makes sense.” Mrs Powell said such comments “from an experienced political scientist… support the Victorian Coalition Government’s concerns that the referendum will cause legal uncertainty and could impact on the states’ authority over councils.” The minister has called on the federal government to abandon the referendum question, which she said would cost Australian taxpayers $55 million. Meanwhile Victorian regional councils have warned that they may miss out on crucial federal funding if electors do not vote ‘yes’ in the referendum, if it goes ahead. Moorabool, Golden Plains and Hepburn Shire Councils have all urged residents to support the recognition of local government in the constitution. Moorabool Shire Council mayor Pat Toohey told reporters that the referendum raised serious funding issues for local communities. “It’s about the recognition of local government… whereby the federal government can legally directly fund local government for needed road and community infrastructure,” Cr Toohey said. “The community has got to look past the political spin.” The Australian Local Government Association believes changes to the constitution, if a ‘yes’ vote won the referendum, would secure direct funding from the federal government. Maroondah Council has contributed more than $31,000 to a national campaign by the association to convince people to vote yes. Dr Economou said Australian history shows Australians would be unlikely to vote yes in the referendum. “The pattern of referendums [in Australia] is, if a question goes up, which includes a significant amount of power going to Canberra, it always gets ‘no’,” he said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

A difficult decision undergoing a double mastectomy

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Cancer. It seems almost impossible to either hear or read this six-letter word without a pause. The interpretation itself might result in quite a few renderings. Such a small word can be found in an abundance of shapes and sizes. It can trigger implacable emotions, rising from the darkest places of one’s heart. A shadow even, tiny as a grain, is not to be taken with a grain of salt. There is barely a dry eye in its presence. Don’t we all have a story to share? Sometimes, the ending is abrupt. Without a ‘pause’. Just a full-stop. Cancer can strike anyone at any age, even a young, healthy woman, and strip her of her breasts. But this is a small price to pay compared to survival. Maria Kyriacou, had a double mastectomy, followed by an ordeal of reconstructive surgeries and massive complications. Instead of losing her faith, she reinvented herself, put on a smile and carried on even stronger. Neos Kosmos contacted Maria, hoping her story will inspire and encourage other women who might be in these very painful shoes, as well as their families.“I often joke I got cancer for Christmas,” says Maria. “It was during the holiday season in 2009 when I was 35. I’d been feeling fatigued for about 8 months, but kept thinking it was because I had two kids under two years of age. I had gone to my GP, but none of the tests proved conclusive. Eventually I found a lump. The expression on the mammogram technician’s face and the doctor coming in and out of the scanning room several times gave it away.” Her first thoughts and deepest concerns following the diagnosis were if she was going to be here to raise her children. “I’d lived a very full life, even though I was relatively young. I’d travelled and worked in many different countries, and so didn’t feel I had missed out on those kinds of experiences, but I had a one and two-year-old. I couldn’t bear the thought that they’d grow up motherless,” she explains. Maria was initially told only one breast had to be removed, but she took the curt decision to undergo a double mastectomy. “It’s important to note that a bilateral mastectomy is not necessarily the right choice for all women with breast cancer, even if it was – eventually – the right choice for me. It’s a very personal decision where you have to weigh up many factors.” Her next line might come somewhat as a surprise to many but she makes sure we get her drift. “I wasn’t precious about removing my breasts. I felt very grateful for being able to breastfeed my children, having been diagnosed very soon after my son stopped breastfeeding. Now I felt I needed to do everything I could to give myself the best chance of survival, to be around. To see them grow. After researching the facts, discussing it with my doctors and family, I was adamant that I wanted a double mastectomy.” Maria admits she was also influenced by the recent death of a beautiful aunt whose cancer had returned in her remaining breast, years after having a singular mastectomy. She had also read it was easier to have symmetry in terms of reconstruction. “I don’t think an immediate reconstruction is a good idea,” Maria quickly goes on to add. “All women should consult their surgeons, as I am not qualified, but your cancer treatment is guided by the pathology from your removed breast/s, so how can you make such an important decision before knowing your stage of cancer? It was a disaster for me.” Her surgeon, right after her decision to undergo a double mastectomy, hit her with what seems to be a rather inconsiderate line – to put it nicely: “You don’t want to wake up flat.” Maria is not the only woman who has been referred to a plastic surgeon right after the diagnosis. “My feeling is, you’ve just been told you have cancer. Are you really in the best position to make such a serious and expensive decision? After my pathology from the removed breasts came back, it was clear I would also require radiotherapy. This affected the implants inserted during the immediate reconstruction, which needed to be removed. It was unnecessarily stressful on top of dealing with the anxiety of cancer. In hindsight, I should have waited.” Complications with reconstruction meant her chemotherapy was delayed. “I considered that much more important than new breasts. My cosmetic result hasn’t been good either due to the issues that arose from the first attempt at reconstruction. It was a huge waste of energy and money. I eventually found a micro-surgeon and had a DIEP flap, where they take your baby belly and create new breasts – that was one of the positives,” she says, grinning, which makes one wonder what it must take for a person to have both strength and courage, not to mention a strong sense of humour, in spite of the load. “This is a very precarious question, as I personally feel cancer patients can feel suffocated by the ‘courageous and strong’ label. You hear it so often when you’re sick, but I always felt there was no other choice but to keep going.” This has always been her father’s simplest and most useful advice through life. To keep going. ‘If I can get through one more chemo, I’ll be closer to the end. If I ignore my radiotherapy burns, they’ll heal soon enough and I’ll be able to pick my baby up again for a cuddle,’ she kept thinking. “During treatment, cancer narrows your focus to the present. It’s afterwards that you need your bravery,” Maria tells Neos Kosmos. Moreover, she feels women lack appropriate and sufficient awareness regarding the matter and what comes afterwards. Emotionally that is. “I was very strong during my year of treatment, for example I didn’t cry when I was diagnosed and rarely through my treatment but it hits you afterwards, like PTSD. After the initial shock of finding a handful of hair on my pillow, losing my hair didn’t bother me so much. There are things you are told about, but don’t quite grasp until after you’ve had treatment. Going into early menopause is very difficult, as it makes you feel fatigued and hot, which is a pain when wrangling two young children. I also developed osteoporosis due to the drugs I need to take. I sometimes say that in my mind I feel 21, but my body feels like a granny’s,” she confesses while laughing. A cancer patient needs support. Going through such an experience alone shouldn’t be an option, regardless of the extent of one’s strength. Her family and friends, especially her mother, were there for every procedure, actually nursing her through recovery, motivating her to push through the pain and the emotional roller-coaster of cancer treatment. Adopting a very healthy diet helped too – not to mention being treated by an incredible oncology breast surgeon. If anything, she feels her bravery and strength is evident in her post-cancer life. “As I get further away from it, and get used to my new body, I sometimes forget I even had it.” However, she still has very regular check-ups, which can throw her back into the cancer patient mentality. “I’ve had many scares of a recurrence this year and until your scans all come back clear it’s terrifying. People think you should be over it, but they don’t understand that your body and psyche still has regular reminders of your experience. You’re forever changed, not only in negative ways. I don’t want to waste a minute of my life and I’ve become much more assertive. I won’t put up with unnecessary stress or nonsense anymore. I love and respect my life so much more.” As dealing with breast cancer becomes part of a family’s daily routine, we asked her to share a word of advice for our male readers. “Just be kind and patient with her. Don’t take her reaction to what she is going through personally. It’s very important for these men to be offered counselling as it can be more difficult for them in a way. You’re focused on getting through treatment but they feel helpless. And we know men like to fix things.” A lot of women in their 30s or even at an earlier age are diagnosed with breast cancer, aggressive most of the time, resulting in undergoing a mastectomy. Some of these women, unlike Maria, are childless, others are single. Maria derived strength from her family. Not every story is similar though. There is a considerable number of women, on the other hand, who dive into depression, even if their chances of survival are high, for fear that they will lose their female identity and be unable to experience motherhood. No better choice but to conclude this piece with Maria’s honest and inspiring words toward them. “This is a very difficult reality and I empathise wholeheartedly, although I won’t pretend I have the answers for women struggling with fertility. I think cancer-specific counselling is very important and women can get a referral from their oncologist if they feel they’re struggling with these issues. I still feel very feminine despite having had a mastectomy and being in menopause. As women, we are defined by so much more than just the sum of our body parts. As women who’ve experienced cancer, and have an insight into how precious life is, we have so much to offer.”last_img read more

Why Mykonos matters

first_imgMykonos is not Greece … “we host two million visitors per year and a decent size of the Greek GDP emanates from the island,” enthused Nicholas Theodoridis who spends half the year working at Vegera down by the port of the main town (Akti, Kampani). The economy and the culture are different here.For people like Nicholas, Mykonos is not just a workplace or a temporary home, it’s a family. The family of Mykonos, a sentiment echoed by every person I met on the island over summer. It is a sentiment that was enthusiastically explained to me by Dora Tsavdaridis, who owns Oracle Mykonos, before I arrived.Working on a new documentary with London-based filmmaker Basil Genimahaliotis called Mykonos: The Other Side,” I gained an insight into the island that I had previously overlooked as a cultural destination. The island has a number of layers, appealing to the sense and sensibilities of just about any type of visitor. The most appealing though was the sense of family for those 10,000 or more who work through the warmer months, which doubles the wintertime population.Everyone here seems to look out for one another. Billy Cotsis (L) with bestselling author Jeffrey Siger (second from right).On a visit to Hair Lab my hairdresser Anna Moskalova, a permanent Mykonian resident for two decades, explained to me how the owner of the shop has become like a mother. “Kuria Maria Kontogiannis is more than just my boss, we have a great relationship and bond.” Indeed, as they took me on a tour of the picturesque alleys that are littered with hundreds of stores open until the early hours, we were soon joined by her friends and introduced to other store owners. Everyone working in Mykonos Town seems to know each other. There is an unwritten rule, ‘look after your fellow workers in summer.’ I asked Anna if she knew my friend and dancer Tekno. “Oh, Tekno Manos! He has been coming here for that many years, he will eventually earn a Greek pension!”When I caught up with Tekno at both Super Paradise where he dances with his shirt off by day, and at Queen Bar where he gets the crowd going fully clothed by night, he agreed with Anna. “Twenty-four years I have been coming here. We are all family and I will keep coming for years to come.” Queen Bar is one of those small spots that initially appears innocuous, and then all of a sudden springs to life around midnight as the drinks flow, the trumpet player blows and on one such occasion, a four-metre tall dancing figure makes a stunning appearance to dazzle the crammed crowd. Mykonos is not all about parties. Yes I was shocked by the €1000 Euros for a table to see Remos play at Nammos a few kilometres from Mykonos Town; not to mention the amount of money shirtless guys will spend at Tropicana on champagne to impress the ladies, and boys. I was also shocked by the €9 some fork out to buy tzatziki (slight exaggeration), as I had been warned by the quite charming Stephanos from Loukas Hotel. What didn’t shock me was the beach side culture where you can go for a swim. Perfect for those keen to read a book, enjoy a cocktail, and take a few selfies to show their friends back home how much money they are spending. Actually, I was seriously concerned by the pressure placed on one’s thumbs by the amount of selfies being taken.Once you get the other side of the island you can find the stunning Kalo Livadi which only has two beach bars, Solymar and Nemo (yes, they found him). My actor friend Anta Paparapti who was helping us with the filmshoot explained that Livadi is her favourite place. “It is beautiful, quieter, and the sea is amazing for a swim.” Here you can swim with the freedom of knowing you won’t be consumed by the same hordes as Nammos, Platis Gialos, or Ornos with all the parties and frenetic activity.My friend Paul-Nicholas Trahanas who was travelling with his friends inadvertently kept bumping into us in Mykonos Town.Aside from the usual groan for being bumped, he always had recommendations that stood out. “Billy, make sure you get to Delos.” Delos was recommended by all those who live and work in Mykonos; “and get to the Xilarakia Taverna near Panormos, the place is mental, packed, awesome food and has no electricity!” Best of all, the view from the hill of the beach. When our crew ventured that way for a feast and realised that the queue was 45 minutes, we took in the view and a chance to chat to more people we kept bumping into including a group from Canberra who made the point that the spot was awesome and they were keen to wait it out. Having spoken with the group the day before in Mykonos, they were impressed by the contrast away from main hub.Back in the main hub, one cannot help be charmed walking through the alleys. On an evening where I was lost until the early hours, Basil made friends with two workers painting the street pathway with the traditional white, the colour of the island. Some will tell you it has to do with leprosy from a bygone era, others that it keeps the ants away. The workers were painting at 2.00 am, telling Basil, “it’s too hot during the day, we don’t mind working late.” It certainly is a good office environment. What struck me about all of employees on the island; how hard they work and the long hours.How many times in Australia have we felt tired working in an office after an eight hour shift (any more pointless meetings, people?) or that hard day on a building site? After collecting our holiday entitlements, long service when we earn it, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, penalty rates and the rule that says go home when you finish your shift, we can certainly feel tired! In Mykonos, like all the islands, you are working 10 -14 hours per day, six days a week. Anna reminded me that she had to work almost 16 hours the other day as they were overwhelmed, “and I love being there, I love my work.” Most will work their day in two shifts, enough time to allow them to get some time on the beach in the afternoon.On one such afternoon, we bumped into Nicholas’ partner Maria Tassou at a nearby beach. Maria runs the Ada Kamara Boutique situated at Riga Ferraiou 4 which is a flagship store for one of the best designers in Greece, Ada Kamara, who studied in Paris and earned her stripes in Asia. We visited the boutique later that day and met Ada who took the time to tell us about her latest collection and the fact that Mykonos has welcomed her and inspiring designs.In the neighbourhood of where Ada has her store (Matogiannia), one can find Karolina, a real character from Boston, selling her paintings of Mykonos, and Loukas Doukas. The Constantinople-born Loukas whose shop sells beautiful scarves from Bali, lived Down Under and spends half his year in Bali and the other half in Mykonos. Not far from there, you will find one of the best outdoor movie theatres in the world: Cine Manto. The Sydney-born Nicholas made sure we had an introduction to internationally renowned filmmaker Andonis Theocharis Kioukas and his wife Thalia who own the venue. What makes this a unique place is the setting. Unless you follow the signs, you may not find the entrances. Set amongst a number of trees, yes, trees, which are rare on the barren island, you will find a bar, a restaurant, the cinema, paintings of Mexican-born Louis Orozco and plenty of other talented artists. Adonis is one of the country’s finest film directors and producers and oversees Qkas Productions. Dressed in white, he is the archetypical Mykonian. Through Adonis we met Louis whose paintings adorn the garden wall and his talented granddaughter, Jasmine. The next evening we had the pleasure of listening to her play at SIC near the water. SIC is another venue with a tree in its courtyard and the place where we met drag queen, Gege Show Silva from Brasil. This energetic and gorgeous woman was happy to put on a show and extend the hand of friendship. Gege has been coming and working on the island for a number of years and it has become home during the season of madness!If you walk around long enough you will see the same faces. Coming across Georgina Karella, CEO of Urban Skin with her Mykonos site located at the five-star Andronikos Boutique Hotel, which is owned by the charming and dedicated Markos Andronikos, another Mykonian. Georgina, originally from the island, is one of those interesting people who bases herself here over summer as a break from her Kolonaki, Athens business.The other side of Mykonos will always entail shopping. On the advice of Nicholas, we ventured into Harry JWLS jewellery store owned by an Aussie of Lesvian heritage. Harry Mestros provided an insight into his life-altering story. Around 2012, Harry decided to change his life from working in the corporate world earning a decent living to take a chance with his creative vision. Setting up a small display of his handcrafts at Elysium, he never looked back, eventually locating a shop that he redesigned in the heart of the town. Little Venice. Photo: Visitgreece.grEvery day and every night in the gay-friendly Mykonos can be unique. I had only ever experienced the party side. This trip exposed other elements. We even found time to catch the ferry over to Delos. Keeping in mind that in years gone by, I would always return to the hotel too late to even think about catching the 10.00 am boat to the ruins of Delos and the chance to meet the ancient Gods. Speaking of spirituality, the island had something I never even contemplated: hundreds of churches. The figure may actually be close to two thousand, and there is a reason for that. You will need to watch our documentary to learn why!We also learnt that Ano Mera, the largest village on the island, is technically the largest township in the Aegean. Ioanna, from very appetising (highly recommended) Fisherman Giorgos & Marina, told me that, “Ano Mera is spread out, from the platea you are in, it stretches out for a big distance.” One of the other highlights you will find on the island is the amount of famous people and writers. After a catch-up with my friend and best-selling author Alexandra Symeonidou who has just released her fourteenth book, and whose son and brother manage the Imar Gallery, we met up with a favourite author of mine, Jeffrey Siger. The author of Murder in Mykonos and another eight titles including forthcoming novel set in Lesvos; it was a real treat to meet Jeff.It’s not every day you can meet the guy who has written the book which I literally read on the plane over to Europe, Mykonos After Midnight. We met with Jeff and his partner Barbara, who spends half the year on the island, at the stunning Rhenia Hotel in Tourlous. Our company included a number of Americans as well as the hotel owner, Mykonian Andreas Fiorentinos, formerly Deputy Secretary General of the Greek National Tourism Organisation.Nicholas, being the good company and gentleman he is, ensured we met as many of his ‘family’ as possible across the island. From the engaging owners of Vegera Cafe Bar Restaurant, Apostolis Koutsoukos and Dimitris Kontizas, who took the chance to convert a jewellery store to the inspired restaurant it has become to Elena Kosma who manages the place, and to almost everyone in town. We spent many a lunch time listening to the cool tunes spun by a DJ, eating well and watching the crowds go by as well as catching up with the likes of archaeologist Christiana Loupou, who spent many years on Lesvos.For us trying to discover the other side of the island for our new documentary, we were captivated by the family aspect, the Mykonian culture ,and the economic heartbeat which is breathing life into the Hellenic economy.*Billy Cotsis is the producer of the 2018 documentary, ‘Mykonos: The Other Side’. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Turkey allows construction of Orthodox church for the first time since 1923

first_imgThe go-ahead for the construction of the first Orthodox Church to be built in Turkey since 1923, has been given by Istanbul’s municipal authorities.In yesterday’s edition of the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet the mayor of Bakirkoy, Bülent Kerimoğlu, told reporters that licenses have been issued and a new church with the capacity to accommodate 700 worshipers will be completed in two years. Even though former Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu had approved a new church in Istanbul for the Assyrian population, plans had not moved forward.With works commencing at the end of the February the Syriac Orthodox Church is expected to serve close to 17,000 believers residing close to Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport. The church is also expected to have a cafe area and parking.“In spite of coming from different religions, ethnic roots … everyone’s hearts beat for our Turkey,”  Yusuf Çetin, the Metropolitan of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Istanbul and Ankara told Anadolu Agency.“We’re proud of living under the Turkish flag in this land.”There are around 25,000 Assyrians living in Turkey, an ethnic group whose origins lie in ancient northern Mesopotamia and speak a dialect of Aramaic, one of the oldest languages in the world, with the majority based in Istanbul. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Les mineures italiennes privées de mammoplastie

first_imgLes mineures italiennes privées de mammoplastieItalie – Le gouvernement de Silvio Berlusconi vient de faire adopter un projet de loi interdisant aux mineures de faire l’objet d’une mammoplastie. Les jeunes Italiennes sont de plus en plus nombreuses à s’offrir une nouvelle poitrine grâce à la mammoplastie. D’après le journal Le Repubblica, environ 25.000 femmes ont recours à ce type d’intervention chirurgicale chaque année en Italie. Un phénomène qui inquiète le gouvernement de Silvio Berlusconi, ce dernier étant pourtant réputé pour son intérêt pour les formes féminines. L’interdiction a pour but d’informer les jeunes filles sur les risques et les effets indésirables d’une telle opération. La secrétaire d’État à la Santé, Francesca Martini, a déclaré à ce sujet : “C’est une loi nécessaire pour la protection de la santé des femmes. Nous ne sommes pas toujours conscients qu’il s’agit d’une vraie opération, avec ses risques et ses contre-indications, ce n’est pas comme un massage ou changer la couleur des cheveux”. Le parlement doit encore valider le projet de loi qui prévoit un “registre national des implants mammaires” qui viserait à limiter les opérations à bas coût réalisées par certains médecins peu scrupuleux.  Désormais, seules les jeunes filles souffrant de malformation auront le droit de subir une opération mammoplastique, à visée réparatrice.Le 2 mars 2010 à 11:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Espèces protégées Ikea écope dune amende de 30000 euros

first_imgEspèces protégées : Ikea écope d’une amende de 30.000 euros Aix-en-Provence, France – Le groupe suédois Ikea a été condamné jeudi par le tribunal correctionnel d’Aix-en-Provence pour destruction d’espèces protégées. Le géant de l’ameublement devra verser 30.000 euros d’amende.Plusieurs associations de défense de l’environnement ont porté plainte contre la filiale française d’Ikea, l’accusant d’avoir détruit, sans dérogation préfectorale, plusieurs espèces animales et végétales protégées. Une destruction engendrée par la construction d’une plateforme logistique sur un terrain du port de Marseille situé à Fos-sur-Mer.Plusieurs espèces de fleurs, d’oiseaux, d’insectes et de lézards auraient subi les travaux de cette plateforme alors que l’avis favorable qu’Ikea avait obtenu du Conseil national de la protection de la nature (CNPN) ne concernait qu’une seule espèce d’orchidée. Le groupe s’était en effet engagé à compenser la destruction des fleurs.Pour sa défense, Ikea a assuré n’avoir découvert les autres espèces qu’une fois les travaux enclenchés et n’avoir pas pu faire marche arrière. “C’était à Ikea de démontrer qu’il n’y avait pas d’espèces protégées sur le site” a alors rétorqué le procureur Ludovic Pilling. Et d’ajouter que s’engager à protéger la nature, “ce n’est pas qu’un coup de tampon de la préfecture en plus ou en moins”.Comme l’avait requis le Parquet, c’est finalement une amende de 30.000 euros que le groupe a été condamné à verser jeudi. L’avocat du géant de l’ameublement, Me Laurent Dolfi, a précisé qu’Ikea ressentait “un réel sentiment d’injustice”, mais n’a pas indiqué s’il comptait faire appel du jugement.Le 4 juin 2010 à 18:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Ariane 5 une fusée devrait décoller jeudi avec deux satellites

first_imgAriane 5 : une fusée devrait décoller jeudi avec deux satellitesKourou, Guyane française – Le quatrième lancement de l’année d’une fusée Ariane 5 devrait avoir lieu jeudi 28 octobre, a annoncé la société Arianespace. La fusée européenne doit placer en orbite deux satellites de télévision.C’est de 21h51 à 23h01 GMT que sera ouverte la fenêtre de tir jeudi. La fusée Ariane 5 sera lancée depuis la base de Kourou, en Guyane française. Elle emportera avec elle pour le placer en orbite, le satellite W3B. Construit par Thales Alenia Space pour l’opérateur Eutelsat, il a pour visée “d’accompagner l’essor de la télévision numérique en Europe centrale et dans les îles de l’Océan indien”, tout en augmentant l’accès “auhaut débit et l’interconnexion des réseaux d’entreprise et de téléphonie GSM” en Afrique, a expliqué Arianespace. À lire aussiGrâce à un satellite éteint, des scientifiques découvrent des structures cachées sous l’AntarctiqueLe second satellite, baptisé BSAT-3b et construit par l’Américain Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems, offrira des liaisons de télévision directe au Japon. Les deux satellites devraient être opérationnels pendant quinze ans au moins.Cette mission sera la 53e effectuée par une fusée Ariane 5 depuis sa création. D’ici à la fin de l’année 2010, deux autres tirs sont prévus pour mettre en orbite quatre nouveaux satellites géostationnaires.Le 27 octobre 2010 à 12:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Le RoyaumeUni converti à lEPR

first_imgLe Royaume-Uni converti à l’EPRLes autorités britanniques ont donné leur feu vert pour la construction de nouvelles centrales nucléaires. Les problèmes subsistants ayant été résolus, rien ne s’oppose désormais à l’implantation de ces centrales qui utilisent la technologie EPR.La Direction de la santé et de la sécurité (HSE) et l’Agence de l’environnement viennent d’annoncer que les problèmes concernant la sécurité des instruments et des systèmes de contrôle du réacteur EPR étaient résolus. Cette étape désormais franchie, une évaluation du réacteur qui doit se terminer en juin prochain est maintenant en cours.”Les réserves concernant les contrôles et l’instrumentation étaient l’un des points les plus sensibles en termes de sûreté nucléaire, et il était vital qu’elles soient réglées”, a déclaré le patron d’EDF Energy, la filiale britannique d’EDF.L’EPR est donc en pôle position par rapport au réacteur concurrent : l’AP1000 de l’Américain Westinghouse (groupe Toshiba). Les autorités britanniques émettent également des réserves concernant la structure de “l’îlot nucléaire”, la partie la plus dangereuse d’une centrale.Le 17 novembre 2010 à 15:21 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

La censure sinstalle sur Facebook

first_imgLa censure s’installe sur FacebookDepuis le lancement de sa nouvelle messagerie, le réseau social est accusé de censurer le contenu des courriels de ses utilisateurs. Vous souhaitez envoyer un lien torrent à vos amis ou leur parler des sites parodiques Lamebook et Failbook ? Il vous faudra alors passer par votre messagerie habituelle, et non pas par Facebook Messages.Le site Wired et Le Monde se sont aperçus que ces contenus étaient bloqués par le réseau social. Facebook a récemment lancé son nouveau service de messagerie qui unifie courriels, SMS, chat grâce à une adresse, dans une volonté de centraliser les échanges électroniques entre les internautes. Mais la différence avec ses nouveaux concurrents tels qu’Hotmail ou Gmail, c’est que Facebook applique des restrictions sur le contenu des courriels échangés.Un lien pointant vers le site de téléchargement The Pirate Bay, même si le contenu est libre de droit, sera bloqué, par exemple. Un message s’affichera à l’écran pour avertir l’utilisateur que son courriel ne sera pas envoyé.Ce contrôle accru des informations par Facebook fait craindre des dérives bien que le réseau social ait plaidé l’erreur. Le 25 novembre 2010 à 09:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Une grave épidémie de dengue frappe le Pakistan

first_imgUne grave épidémie de dengue frappe le PakistanJeudi, les autorités pakistanaises ont alerté que le pays était actuellement en proie à une épidémie de dengue d’une ampleur inédite. La maladie a déjà touché 12.000 personnes et fait 126 morts en moins d’un mois.Dans un pays déjà meurtri par les conflits armés, l’épidémie constitue un véritable désastre que les autorités ne parviennent pas à enrayer. Depuis près d’un mois, le Pakistan est victime d’une prolifération massive de dengue, une infection virale transmise par les moustiques qui a déjà touché 11.584 personnes, dont 10.244 ont été localisées dans la région de Lahore, capitale culturelle et principale ville de l’est. Alors que cette maladie frappe chaque année entre 50 et 100 millions d’habitants dans le monde, il s’agit ici d’une épidémie d’une ampleur tout à fait inédite et particulièrement meurtrière. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?D’après les chiffres communiqués par les autorités locales, 126 morts ont déjà été recensés mais le bilan pourrait considérablement s’alourdir dans les prochains jours. A Lahore, les hôpitaux sont débordés par l’afflux des malades et des tentes ont dû être dressées autour pour continuer d’accueillir les habitants. Plus de 1.100 malades de la dengue y étaient soignés jeudi, et plus de 10.000 avaient été renvoyés se reposer chez eux, selon un membre des services de santé locaux. Face à la gravité de la situation, le Sri Lanka et l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) ont envoyé des équipes en renfort.Ce sont en fait les pluies prolongées de la mousson et des températures anormalement hautes pour la saison qui expliqueraient, d’après les autorités, la propagation rapide de la dengue. Une maladie qui cause de la fièvre, des douleurs musculaires et articulaires, voire des hémorragies mortelles et pour laquelle il n’existe aucun vaccin. “Cette épidémie est devenue une calamité”, a expliqué à l’AFP Saad Azeem, un policier de 45 ans, qui a récemment vu son père de 79 ans succomber à la maladie. Sur place, les habitants critiquaient ainsi l’inefficacité du gouvernement, incapable selon eux de mettre fin aux coupures de courant et de prendre des mesures pour limiter la prolifération des moustiques porteurs de la maladie, rapporte l’AFP. Le 29 septembre 2011 à 10:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Le prix Nobel de Médecine attribué à 3 chercheurs dont le français

first_imgLe prix Nobel de Médecine attribué à 3 chercheurs dont le français, Jules HofmannCe lundi, le comité Nobel a remis à Stockholm le prix de Médecine 2011 à trois chercheurs Bruce Beutler, Jules Hofmann et Ralph Steinmann qui se sont illustrés dans des travaux sur le système immunitaire. Ce n’est pas un mais trois scientifiques qu’a décidé d’honorer l’Assemblée des Nobel de l’institut Karolinska en Suède. Lundi à Stockholm, le jury de cette récompense très réputée a annoncé les lauréats du prix Nobel de Médecine : il s’agit de l’Américain Bruce Beutler, du Français Jules Hofmann et du Canadien Ralph Steinmann. Tous trois ont “révolutionné notre compréhension du système immunitaire en découvrant les principes clefs de son activation”, a indiqué l’Assemblée dans un communiqué. À lire aussiCes instruments médicaux de l’ancienne époque vont vous effrayerAinsi, la moitié du prix est attribuée à Bruce Beutler et Jules Hoffmann, auteurs de découvertes sur le système immunitaire inné (la première ligne de défense). En effet, les deux scientifiques ont dévoilé les protéines qui permettent à l’organisme de reconnaître des microorganismes contre lequel il doit se défendre qu’il s’agisse de bactéries, virus, parasites ou encore de champignons. C’est cette reconnaissance qui permet d’activer l’immunité innée, le premier niveau de défense du système immunitaire. D’ailleurs, le chercheur Jules Hoffmann vient tout juste de recevoir la médaille d’or du CNRS pour ces mêmes travaux. L’autre moitié du prix revient donc à Ralph Steinman qui lui a découvert en 1973 le rôle des cellules dendritiques impliquées dans l’immunité adaptative, second niveau de défense permettant d’avoir une réponse adaptée en fonction de l’agent pathogène à combattre. Ces découvertes “ont révélé comment les phases innées et adaptatives de la réponse immunitaire était activées”, précise le communiqué de l’Institut Karolinska, fournissant du même coup “un nouveau regard sur les mécanismes des maladies”. Il ajoute cité par Sciences et avenir : “Leurs travaux ont ouvert de nouvelles voies pour le développement de la prévention et de la thérapie contre les infections, le cancer et les maladies inflammatoires”. Le 3 octobre 2011 à 13:17 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Le grand requin blanc une créature fascinante et méconnue

first_imgLe grand requin blanc, une créature fascinante et méconnueÀ l’occasion de la Semaine européenne des requins, organisée par des ONG, le plongeur et photographe Patrice Héraud, lors d’une conférence à l’Aquarium de La Rochelle, dimanche 16 octobre, a présenté le grand requin blanc sous un jour réaliste, bien loin des clichés d’Hollywood. Filmé pour la première fois en 1965 seulement, encore méconnu, notamment en termes d’effectifs mondiaux, le grand requin blanc traîne encore et toujours une réputation de monstre sanguinaire. C’est pour mieux le faire connaître au public que  Patrice Héraud, qui l’a filmé en milieu naturel depuis 20 ans, a parlé de cet animal menacé à l’occasion d’une conférence à l’Aquarium de La Rochelle, dans le cadre d’un évènement organisé à l’initiative de plusieurs ONG, la Semaine européenne des requins.”Je ne suis pas un scientifique”, a t-il ainsi précisé, “ce que je peux raconter, ce sont les centaines d’heures passées auprès de cet animal”. Et pour cause, Patrice Héraud a photographié le squale à de nombreuse reprises en Afrique du Sud et en Australie, par 20 à 40 mètres de fond, parfois même hors cage de protection malgré la “fâcheuse tendance de l’animal d’arriver toujours par l’arrière”. “J’avais l’impression d’être une allumette dans une boîte quand je voyais passer le corps de ce requin énorme”, s’est-il souvenu, effrayé, bien sûr, mais plus fasciné que jamais par cette “machine merveilleuse” attiré par “un filet d’huile de poissons et de déchets”.”Au niveau photo, c’est un animal vraiment parfait”, a encore confirmé le photographe qui poursuit ses explorations à l’aide d’une cage spécialement conçue. Conquis par le “seigneur des océans”, Patrice Héraud a ainsi pris sa défense, à l’heure où la réputation de l’animal continue de le devancer : “on a peur de ce qu’on ne connaît pas, et le requin blanc, on ne le connaît pas”. 66 attaques en 10 ans À lire aussiUn requin mako filmé en pleine attaque par une caméra embarquée (Vidéo)”Quand il attaque un homme, c’est qu’il le confond avec un animal”, a ainsi assuré le photographe, qui ne demande pas qu’on “aime le requin, mais qu’on le respecte” alors que plus de 70 millions de requins (toutes espèces confondues) seraient victimes de la pêche chaque année, relève l’AFP. Comparé à cela, le grand requin blanc n’aurait été responsable que de 66 attaques entre 2000 et 2010 sur un total de 715 attaques de squales. Le Grand requin blanc, loin d’être uniquement une “mâchoire” ou un “mangeur d’hommes” surgi tout droit des “Dents de la mer” ou d’un de ses avatars hollywoodiens, est avant tout “une merveilleuse machine qui va disparaître”, a déploré Patrice Héraud. Le 22 octobre 2011 à 18:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Des débris emportés par le tsunami japonais dérivent jusquen Amérique

first_imgDes débris emportés par le tsunami japonais dérivent jusqu’en Amérique Depuis le sinistre japonais de mars dernier, une seule peur obnubilait les esprits : la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima hors de contrôle, faisant oublier les conséquences de la catastrophe. Pourtant, des milliers de débris sont toujours à la dérive dans l’Océan Pacifique.Ce sont au total près de 20 millions de tonnes de débris qui dérivent dans l’océan depuis le tsunami qui a frappé le Japon le 11 mars dernier. Aujourd’hui, ils commencent même à apparaître de l’autre côté du Pacifique, sur les côtes américaines et canadiennes. Il y a un mois et demi déjà, un voilier russe a découvert, à 3.100 kilomètres des côtes japonaises, un bateau de pêche à la dérive depuis le tsunami. Le bateau était immatriculé à Fukushima, la zone la plus sinistrée par la catastrophe. À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueMais ce n’est pas tout ce que l’équipage russe a vu durant son voyage entre Honolulu à Hawaï et Vladivostok en Russie : pendant plusieurs jours, il a observé des télévisions, un réfrigérateur, des bouteilles de plastique ou encore des bouées de filets de pêche frôler le voilier avant de repartir à la dérive. Des déchets qui venaient “sans erreur possible” de la péninsule nippone selon le Centre international de recherche sur le Pacifique de l’Université d’Hawaï. Néanmoins, les chercheurs de cette organisation estiment que les premiers débris du tsunami n’atteindront Hawaï que dans environ un an et les côtes ouest américaines dans trois ans, rapporte le Télégramme. De plus gros débris pourraient ainsi faire leur apparition, tels que de gros bateau voire même des maisons. La catastrophe n’est donc pas finie et ses conséquences écologiques semblent encore plus sous-estimées.Le 31 décembre 2011 à 14:28 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

EtatsUnis des températures record au mois de mars

first_imgEtats-Unis : des températures record au mois de marsLundi, des scientifiques américains ont annoncé que les Etats-Unis avaient connu le mois de mars le plus chaud depuis le début des relevés de températures en 1895. Un record qui serait due en partie aux températures élevées enregistrées dans l’Est du pays. C’est un nouveau record de températures de battu, cette fois-ci aux Etats-Unis. Lundi, des spécialistes de la National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ont en effet indiqué que le mois de mars avait battu des records de chaleur dans le pays. Il aurait même été le plus chaud depuis que les relevés de températures ont commencé à être faits en 1895. La température moyenne a atteint 10,6 degrés au mois de mars, soit près de 5 degrés au-dessus de la moyenne du mois de mars au XXe siècle, a ainsi souligné l’agence météorologique nationale citée par l’AFP.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Chaque Etat a enregistré au minimum un jour de record de chaleur durant le mois, et des records de température pour un mois de mars ont été enregistrés dans des centaines d’endroits différents, a t-elle ajouté. Au total, 25 Etats situés à l’est des montagnes Rocheuses ont connu leur mois de mars le plus chaud depuis 1895, et dans 15 autres Etats, ce mois a été l’un des 10 mois de mars les plus chauds jamais enregistrés.Néanmoins, les données communiquées ne prennent en compte que la partie continentale des Etats-Unis et excluent Hawaii et l’Alaska. Ce dernier a d’ailleurs connu à l’inverse des autres Etats du pays des températures plus fraîches que d’habitude, assistant à son dixième mois de mars le plus froid depuis que les températures sont relevées. Mais ce record ne concerne pas que le mois de mars. La température moyenne enregistrée au cours des trois premiers mois de l’année 2012 a elle aussi atteint un niveau record, à 5,5 degrés, soit plus de 3 degrés au-dessus de la moyenne historique, a encore expliqué la NOAA. Le 10 avril 2012 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more