California man finds Verizons unlimited FiOS is capped at 77TB

first_imgIt wasn’t too long ago that bandwidth caps were a complete non-issue in most US cities. Connections simply weren’t fast enough for even power users to reach the cutoffs. That has changed with the rise of cable and fiber internet connections capable of hundreds of megabits per-second.Verizon’s robust FiOS fiber connections have long been advertised as “unlimited,” but one California man recently found out that isn’t the entire truth. Verizon apparently starts to get twitchy when you cross 50TB of usage in one month. This fellow topped out at a staggering 77TB of data in the month of March alone. You would have to use in excess of 100GB per-hour to hit that number.The man, known only by his DSLreports screen name “houkouonchi,” received a phone call from a Verizon representative seeking to find out what his connection was being used for. Verizon employs an army of technicians that watch for signs of network abuse, denial of service attacks, spam, and other terms of use violations. They likely suspected houkouonchi of… well, all of these.As for what houkouonchi was using all that bandwidth for — it’s basically all the things Verizon tells you not to do. Houkouonchi is in IT, and is currently running a rack of seven servers from his basement over the FiOS connection. His server flock has been steadily increasing in size since 2008. It began as a modest 8TB array, but has now blossomed to 209TB of local storage.He runs VPN, video streaming, and p2p file sharing services for friends and family over the residential connection. He also admits to obtaining a lot of video content from Usenet. As if that wasn’t enough, he hosts game servers and what used to be the only LA mirror.Houkouonchi moved from a 150 Mbps symmetric business connection in January to a 300/65 Mbps residential package. This change might be what brought his usage to the attention of Verizon’s techs. Houkouonchi says he changed packages because the residential service was a better deal after pricing changes — $200 per-month versus $340 per-month for the business-class plan.After informing the Verizon rep that his excessive usage came from running servers, houkouonchi was told he was in violation of the terms of service. Verizon is now requiring houkouonchi to upgrade to the business tier again or be disconnected in July. It’s really not a bad deal, and he’s planning to make the switch. Passing that much data through colocation centers would cost a regular user thousands of dollars. If anything, Verizon should advertise this as a FiOScap. Make it a challenge!last_img read more

Australia deputy PM who had affair with staffer finally bows to pressure

first_imgAustralia deputy PM who had affair with staffer finally bows to pressure and resigns Barnaby Joyce’s position became untenable when a claim of sexual harassment was made against him. Friday 23 Feb 2018, 7:09 AM 11,117 Views By AFP 15 Comments Short URL Share25 Tweet Email1 Feb 23rd 2018, 7:10 AM Barnaby Joyce has finally stepped aside after weeks of scandal. Image: Lukas Coch AAP/PA Images Barnaby Joyce has finally stepped aside after weeks of scandal. AUSTRALIA’S SCANDAL-HIT deputy leader Barnaby Joyce announced today he was quitting and moving to the backbench amid claims of sexual harassment and controversy over an affair with a now-pregnant former aide.Joyce, whose National Party rules alongside Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Liberals, has been front-page news in Australia for two weeks since it emerged he had left his wife of 24 years for his younger former media adviser, who is now expecting their baby boy.The 50-year-old had insisted he would ride out the storm but his position became untenable today when a sexual harassment complaint against him, which he denies, was lodged with the party by an unnamed woman.Joyce said at a press conference in Armidale, his rural New South Wales seat, that he would step down as Nationals leader and deputy prime minister at a party meeting on Monday.“It’s incredibly important that there be a circuit-breaker, not just for the parliament, but more importantly, a circuit-breaker for Vikki (his partner), for my unborn child, my daughters and for Nat (his wife),” he said.This has got to stop. It’s not fair on them. It’s just completely and utterly unwarranted, the sort of observation that’s happened.Joyce, who has also been criticised for living in an apartment rent-free with now-partner Vikki Campion after splitting with his wife, was due to be the acting prime minister this week with Turnbull meeting US President Donald Trump in Washington.But he opted to take leave.With Foreign Minister Julie Bishop also out of the country, the role has been assumed by Senate leader Mathias Cormann, who said ahead of Joyce’s decision that any harassment claim must be taken seriously.“Any allegation of sexual harassment is a very serious allegation,” he told reporters. “I understand that a formal complaint has been made, and that complaint is being investigated.”Joyce called the claim “spurious and defamatory” and said he wanted it investigated by the authorities.“I have asked that that be referred to the police,” he said, while admitting it had been “the straw that broke the camel’s back”.It’s quite evident that you can’t go to the despatch box with issues like that surrounding you. Image: Lukas Coch AAP/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Riveted AustraliaThe daily media headlines on the scandal have riveted the Australian public and sparked debate about workplace culture amid the global #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.But it has also highlighted the perilous state of the coalition government, which just a few months ago survived a crisis over lawmakers’ dual citizenship that threatened its wafer-thin parliamentary majority.Last week a furious Turnbull, who relies on the smaller National Party to govern, savaged Joyce for “a shocking error of judgement”, leading his deputy to fire back that the prime minister was “inept”.In a statement from Washington, Turnbull thanked Joyce for being “a fierce advocate for rural and regional Australia”, while insisting the Nationals-Liberal coalition was “undiminished” by the scandal.But Labor opposition leader Bill Shorten called it “fundamentally damaged” and accused Turnbull of “an atrocious lack of judgement”.“The fact that this scandal has dragged on for 16 days has been damaging to the government, but more importantly, the country,” he said.Joyce’s decision to quit came with colleagues reportedly growing increasingly frustrated with his handling of the love-child scandal.Joyce had opted to give several media interviews this week, at a time when he was expected to be on leave and out of the spotlight, prompting two of the party’s backbenchers to publicly call on him to resign.Junior Nationals minister David Gillespie has indicated he would be a candidate for the vacancy, while reports said Veterans Affairs Minister Michael McCormack had significant backing.The new Nationals leader will automatically become deputy prime minister, under a coalition agreement between the two major parties of the centre-right.© – AFP 2018Read: Australia deputy PM at centre of affair scandal slams prime minister as ‘inept’Read: Australia bans sex between ministers and their staff after deputy PM’s affairlast_img read more

The 9 at 9 Saturday

first_img EVERY MORNING, brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #VULTURES: Families have told how they have coped with their mortgages being sold to vulture funds.2. #WEATHER: It will be exceptionally cold for the next week.3. #SUPPORT: A judge has extended a woman’s sentence suspension so she can join a support scheme.4. #ROADS: A woman has died in a two car crash in Laois.5. #PSC: The government is seeking tenders for the design of generation two of the controversial public services card.6. #GREEN WITH ENVOY: The US is examining filling the role of special envoy to Northern Ireland.7. #THANKS BUT NO THANKS: The head of Permanent TSB is refusing to appear at the Oireachtas Finance Committee next week to discuss the sale of loans to vulture funds.8. #KILKEE: Warnings have been sounded that coastal rescue services in Kilkee, Co Clare will be stretched by tourist numbers during the summer.9. #MAPPING: Researchers are looking for evidence of the first Irish settlers under the sea. Saturday 24 Feb 2018, 8:55 AM The 9 at 9: Saturday Here’s what you need to know as you start your weekend. By Paul Hosford 7,395 Views Feb 24th 2018, 8:55 AM No Comments Image: Shutterstock/Gecko Studio Image: Shutterstock/Gecko Studio Share1 Tweet Email Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Truck drivers protest outside Leinster House over tyre levy

first_img Thursday 8 Dec 2016, 6:50 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Darragh Peter Murphy Short URL 45 Comments 15,940 Views center_img Truck drivers protest outside Leinster House over tyre levy Industry groups said the move will cost drivers upwards of €15 per tyre. TYRE DEALERS GATHERED outside Leinster House today calling for government plans to impose tyre levies on motorists and hauliers to be scrapped. for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Dennis Naughten has written to the tyre dealers about the proposed levy, which will see private motorists pay €2.80 (€3.18, including VAT) per new tyre.The Independent Tyre Wholesalers and Retailers Association (ITWRA) and the Irish Tyre Industry Association (ITIA) say the levies will see additional charges of upwards of €15 per tyre for hauliers.They also say the levies could affect up to 1,000 jobs.“That’s what the levy will actually mean for motorists, hauliers and others,” tyre industry spokesman Tony O’Brien told“The tyre industry is worried that it could drive some business over the border, where there is no such levy.And transport companies coming back through the UK might fit their new tyres there instead.“We would say there is already a recycling levy. It’s a €1 tyre levy which the tyre industry carries itself. This will hit the private motorist and hit all parts of industry.For the private motorist, they’re going to pay €3-plus on each new tyre, but the juggernauts and transport companies are going to pay a lot more. File photo of discarded car tyres in east London. Source: PAIllegal dumpingThe government has licensed a new entity, Repak End of Life Tyres (Repak ELT), to oversee waste tyre regulations. The body is set up to use the money generated by the levies to fund waste management and clean up millions of tyres stockpiled in illegal dumps, warehouses and farms across the State.Yet tyre dealers also say the levies could lead to more illegal dumping, as hauliers resort to buying tyres on the black market.In November 2015, when the scheme was first mooted, Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen criticised the decision to place a full producer responsibility initiative on waste tyres and “thereby give an effective monopoly on waste tyre disposal to Repak”.He warned that the scheme and associated levies would fuel evasion and lead to a surge in black market activity, and result in job losses.Read: Record temperatures in Phoenix Park and Donegal todayRead: Hundreds turn up to Dáil protest to demand action on cystic fibrosis drug Dec 8th 2016, 6:50 PM Share Tweet Email1 last_img read more

Its like theyre treated like slaves Exploitation in the hospitality sector

first_img‘It’s like they’re treated like slaves’: Exploitation in the hospitality sector Over 400 respond to workplace survey highlighting exploitation within the industry. Share Tweet Email2 23,537 Views Image: Shutterstock/Sergei Domashenko 70 Comments Saturday 25 Feb 2017, 10:00 PM Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Sergei Domashenko AN INVESTIGATION INTO how hospitality workers are being treated in the west has led to over 400 people coming forward to share their experiences.Last month, ran an investigative piece which dealt with a number of abuses being suffered by staff in hotels and bars across the west with a particular focus on Galway.Sinn Féín senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh launched a survey which attempted to highlight the difficulties facing workers in the sector. The results are expected to be revealed at the start of next month.However, early indications have shown how the feedback was “bigger than expected” and a number of serious incidents like sexual assault and sexual harassment have been reported.Speaking to, Ó Clochartaigh said: “We’ve had over 400 respondents all from the Galway area. The reaction has been much bigger than we anticipated and it appears there are issues across the board.“There are some fairly serious allegations being made against a number of employers. There are accusations of sexual assault and harassment in the findings. There is also a huge underreporting of incidents. That seems to be a big problem,” he added.Last month, employee advocate Eva Mitchell told how she had been gathering statements from workers in the hospitality industry who feel they have been unfairly treated.SurveyÓ Clochartaigh, with the help of Mitchell and SIPTU, has sent out a survey to workers in the region asking them to share their experiences. SIPTU is supporting the initiative and will look to reorganise workers in the sector in the coming months.“It’s come to the point where enough is enough. The hours are illegal under EU law a lot of the time, payslips and tips are being retained and the casual sexual harassment is now bordering on assault for some of the women working,” Mitchell told“I know everyone can have a bad experience with a boss or a personality clash. But it’s now got to the stage where most people I have spoken to have an issue with some aspect of their employment.“If it’s not getting their tips, it’s something else like not getting a payslip. Then there are people who leave and who don’t get their holiday pay. There comes a point where you hear these horror stories and you just have to say no.“I’m out of the industry now, so I won’t have to deal with situations like these. But frankly, a lot of people are being forced to work for free. It’s like they’re treated like slaves. It’s disgusting how some people are being treated.”The public meeting which intends to reveal the results of the survey is to take place on 6 March at the Clayton Hotel in Ballybrit, Galway at will this week start looking at the problems which affect workers across a myriad of industries nationwide. It is our intention to highlight exploitation within industries which traditionally are not well-represented by unions. If you have been abused or mistreated at work and wish to get in touch, you can do so by emailing workersrights@thejournal.ieRead: Over 300k belonging to criminal gang discovered in woman’s home following search >Read: 5,600 enquiries, 20,000 hours of CCTV footage – Garda Adrian Donohoe’s murder is still unsolved > Feb 25th 2017, 10:00 PM By Garreth MacNamee Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Gardaí to monitor public transport in bid to seize alcohol from underage

first_img Share Tweet Email1 19 Comments Thursday 16 Mar 2017, 6:05 AM Image: Sam Boal Image: Sam Boal GARDAÍ WILL BE launching a serious crackdown against teenage drinkers this St Patrick’s Day and will be paying particular attention to those bringing alcohol onto public transport.Each year, there are concerns over teenage drinking and it was decided to tackle the problematic behaviour at source and confiscate alcohol from those planning on drinking on the streets.Officers from both the north and south central districts have been approaching off licences in the city warning them of their duties not to sell to those who are underage or to those they suspect of buying alcohol for minors.As usual, you will be unable to buy alcohol in city centre off licences until 4pm. There will also be a heavy public order unit presence at usual flashpoints including Grafton Street, Henry Street and Parnell Street.Heavy presenceOver 1,100 gardaí will police the capital on the day including members of the public order unit as well as uniformed officers and armed detectives.Senior gardaí were urged this week to ensure that there is an increased garda presence. Other pleas, made by members of Dublin City Council at the Joint Policing Committee on Tuesday, include that gardaí maintain a high visual presence before, during and after the parade.The news comes as it emerged that private security guards will help gardaí keep the peace in Temple Bar on Friday, after Dublin City Council opted to repeat the ‘robust policing’ approach it adopted in the area last year.There will be manned barriers in and out of the area, and Merchant’s Arch will be restricted to one-way traffic.There’ll also be a crack-down on on-street drinking, to make sure it’s kept to a minimum.“There was an increase in Garda and private security in the area to manage the safe movement of pedestrians,” a Council spokesperson said in a statement. By Garreth MacNamee center_img Access to the area was controlled when required by the provision of manned access barriers at approximately 40 access points.Drinkaware has warned against excessive drinking before the Patrick’s Day celebrations kick off. They urged people to keep track of how much they are consuming. They also urged consumers to pace their drinking.A recent Healthy Ireland report stated that 14% of drinkers feel they should cut down on their alcohol consumption.Drinkaware wants people to drink bottles instead of pints, finish a glass of wine before pouring another and to have a glass of water while drinking as alcohol dehydrates the body.Read: Murder investigation launched into death of Irish woman in India >Read: To our commenter community: Making your space a more inviting place > Gardaí to monitor public transport in bid to seize alcohol from underage Patrick’s Day drinkers Over 1,100 gardaí will police the capital on the day. Mar 16th 2017, 6:05 AM 13,374 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Unions agree to talks with Bus Éireann management but pickets stay put

first_img @DermotLeary With Bus Eireann Staff on the Picket line in Athlone. Centre of Ireland holding Strong.— DermotoLeary NBRU GS (@DermotLeary) April 4, 2017 Image: Unions agree to talks with Bus Éireann management – but pickets stay put During the last round of talks both sides accused each other of not being ‘flexible’ enough. 83 Comments Tuesday 4 Apr 2017, 4:33 PM Apr 4th 2017, 4:33 PM Source: DermotoLeary NBRU GS/Twitter General Secretary Dermot O’Leary said: By Gráinne Ní Aodhacenter_img 11,784 Views NBRU members and other staff across Bus Éireann are extremely frustrated with the apparent lack of urgency around the requirement to resolve this debilitating transport dispute.He added that the union’s members had decided to remain on picket lines during the Workplace Relations Commission talks process.Siptu organiser Willie Noone said that this was because some members had “been dismissed from their jobs in recent days”. Image: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share33 Tweet Email1 To expect our members to return to work without resolving this situation or reversing the cuts that the company has already imposed on other workers is not reasonable or acceptable.Bus Éireann is facing insolvency, losing approximately €50,000 a day. In order to save the company, management is proposing cuts to drivers’ pay, an end to some bus routes, cuts to overtime pay and some job losses.Unions strongly oppose most of these measures.The strikes began when management implemented these measures without the agreement of the unions. Management say they were under time pressure to get their accounts in order and that unions weren’t open to compromise.Minister Shane Ross and other government members have repeatedly said they’re not getting involved as they don’t have the funds to solve the problem.Read: Fears of more disruption as NBRU may be sued over ‘wildcat’ strikeRead: Wildcat strike was planned through Whatsapp but union claims it’s still in control UNIONS REPRESENTING WORKERS at Bus Éireann have agreed to attend talks at the Workplace Relations Commission, but say that pickets will remain in place.Both sides had previously engaged in talks, but they fell through with unions and management accusing each other of not being flexible enough to reach a deal.Union Siptu say that members remain resolute to their position and will not accept unilateral changes to their terms and conditions of employment.The NBRU say they remain opposed to the closure of routes, and are looking for a review of the salaries of management in Bus Éireann.They’re also calling for Minister for Transport to get involved in the dispute and find a resolution. The State partly funds the bus service, which is vital in rural Ireland – providing city services in Cork, Galway, Waterford and Limerick. Short URLlast_img read more

Parents told to ensure no overnight Scouting Ireland trips go ahead without

first_img Wednesday 27 Feb 2019, 7:06 PM Image: Leah Farrell 63 Comments 33,036 Views Short URL Parents told to ensure no overnight Scouting Ireland trips go ahead without safe number of supervisors Tusla says an ‘immediate review’ of the current standards around the supervision of children should be undertaken. Feb 27th 2019, 1:41 PM By Christina Finn Image: Leah Farrell Share23 Tweet Email3 Updated Feb 27th 2019, 7:06 PM MINISTER FOR CHILDREN Katherine Zappone has said this evening that parents should seek assurances that no overnight scouting trips take place without adequate numbers of trained supervisors.Earlier today, the minister told the Dáil that Tusla has written to Scouting Ireland, calling for an “urgent review” into the manner in which the organisation manages child protection concerns and disclosures.The letter also called for Scouting Ireland to “consider the viability” of continuing with overnight trips. In total, Tusla issued eight recommendations, including calling for an urgent board of management “without delay”. Since this afternoon, the minster has met with the Chief Social Worker within her department and other senior officials. Zappone said Scouting Ireland’s future is dependent on the organisation acting on each of eight recommendations made by Tusla in its correspondence. Scouting Ireland has been instructed to co-operate with a Tusla review of child protection concerns as well as the handling of disclosures from children. Training It has also been outlined that Scouting Ireland will be directed to work with Tusla to define a robust framework for the supervision of children – while all volunteers must be trained on child safeguarding. Scouting Ireland must meet the Children First experts in Tusla within the next week, and the organisation must look at all key personnel responsible for safeguarding within the organisations and make sure they fulfil all the required criteria. The minister said the CEO of Scouting Ireland will be the main point of contact for Tusla regarding Children First policy, adding that the issue of the safeguarding and protection of children must be elevated to board level within Scouting Ireland. In relation to the overnight trips, Zappone said parents must seek assurances that there are adequate numbers of trained supervisors on the trip, adding that Scouting Ireland must ensure that each of these supervisors knows the exact steps to take if a child comes to them with a concern or if something happens.“Parents who seek these assurances and ask sensible questions are behaving reasonably and responsibly,” he said. Helpline In terms of the final recommendation, the minister has asked Tusla to open a helpline tomorrow – independent of Scouting Ireland.The helpline 086 6040337  opens from 10am to 4pm. “I wish to commend the child safety and protection officials in Tusla who engage everyday with organisations, groups and companies working with children to ensure robust safeguarding procedures are in place. They remain committed to working with Scouting Ireland,” concluded the minister. Since last year, Scouting Ireland has been conducting an internal probe into claims of historic abuse, and most of the cases identified dated between the 1960s and 1980s. Zappone said in November that her understanding was that those alleged abusers were no longer working at the organisation, and that the CEO of Scouting Ireland confirmed to her that reports have been made to An Garda Síochána and Tusla.Those who have already come forward must be properly supported and counselled, Zappone said, adding that the same level of support must be offered to any further victims who come forward. The chairperson of the Oireachtas Committee on Children, Fine Gael’s Alan Farrell said today’s news is a very worrying turn of events. Farrell said he will be writing to Scouting Ireland to request that the organisation appears before the committee as soon as possible. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

David Davis says Mays Brexit deal is dreadful but if UK could

first_imgDavid Davis says May’s Brexit deal is ‘dreadful’ but if UK could pull out of backstop it’s ‘rescuable’ Davis also said that in a way, Theresa May’s deal is worse than the UK’s current membership of the EU. Short URL Sunday 10 Mar 2019, 5:33 PM As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: “It’s a dreadful deal… on many, many counts” but it is “rescuable” former #Brexit Secretary David Davis tells #Marr— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) March 10, 2019 THE FORMER BREXIT secretary David Davis has said Prime Minister Theresa May’s draft Brexit deal is “dreadful” and, in a way, worse than the UK’s current EU membership.“Frankly this deal is worse than current membership in one sense because we can’t get out of it,” he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show. He said that it was “a dreadful deal on many many counts”, but added that if the UK could leave the backstop whenever it chooses, that it might be “rescuable”. “I would love to be able to vote for it, if she gets the ability to pull out,” he said. 58 Comments By Gráinne Ní Aodha 30,067 Views center_img The issue here is the negotiation strategy has gone wrong and it’s gone wrong because the government has abandoned the one thing you can do and it’s to walk away if you don’t like the deal. We’ve given that away. Mar 10th 2019, 5:33 PM Source: BBC Politics/Twitter Throughout this whole process, I’ve been trying to get the Prime Minister to keep the thing rescuable, and at one point in July decided it wasn’t. Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement was rejected by the House of Commons by 230 votes in January this year – the largest defeat for a modern British government. After this defeat, which MPs said was based on an opposition to the backstop, May pledged that she would return to the European Union and ask for the changes needed to get her deal passed. Among the suggestions requested by the British side was a time limit on the backstop, or the power to withdraw from the backstop without the EU’s approval.The backstop locks the UK, including Northern Ireland, into a customs deal and other regulations in order to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland. It’s been a bone of contention in the Brexit debate.Speaking on the Marr Show, Davis said that EU leaders were “shocked” after the deal was rejected, and “that the language changed”:“The tenor of the language changed. Mr Varadkar’s language changed, Mr Juncker’s language changed, Mr Tusk’s… and then all of a sudden, three Cabinet ministers said ‘You’ve got to take no-deal off the table’, ‘You’ve got to have an extension’, and then it went back to being hard again.”Davis also said that he’s not hoping for a no-deal Brexit, but that it needs to be kept as a viable option “because it’s what keeps bringing the European Union back”. Share146 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

New study makes strong link between use of potent cannabis and psychosis

first_img Share246 Tweet Email15 56 Comments New study makes strong link between use of potent cannabis and psychosis A new study published in The Lancet has found how cannabis use affects the incidence of psychosis. 51,173 Views By Stephen McDermott Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article INDIVIDUALS WHO USE cannabis every day are three times more likely to suffer from a psychotic disorder than those who don’t use the drug at all, a new study has revealed.The study, which examines how cannabis use and strength affects the incidence of psychosis, found that the odds of having the disorder among daily users of the drug were 3.2 times higher than among non-users.It also found that users of high-potency cannabis were approximately 1.6 times more likely to have a psychotic disorder than those who never used the drug.The study, published today in The Lancet Psychiatry journal, claims to be the first to show the impact of cannabis use on population rates of psychosis, and highlights the potential public health impact of changes to the legal classification of cannabis.To carry out the study, researchers compared more than 2,000 people between the ages of 18 and 64 at 11 sites in Europe and one in Brazil between 2010 and 2015, in order to understand the risk factors associated with the disorder.Of these, 901 patients had presented to mental health services following their first episode of psychosis, while a further 1,237 were studied as “healthy matched controls”.Comparing the two groups, researchers collected information about participants’ history of the use of cannabis and other recreational drugs.They used published data on levels of delta-6-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the psychoactive compound in cannabis – to evaluate the potency of cannabis used by participants.They also separated cannabis used by participants into two categories: cannabis classed as high potency, where its THC content was over 10%, and cannabis classified as low potency (under 10%).No longer availableThe research found that daily cannabis use was more common among patients who had their first episode of psychosis (266 of 901 participants), compared to the “healthy” control group (84 of 1,237 participants).Meanwhile, high-potency cannabis usage was more likely among patients who had their first episode of psychosis (334 of 901 participants) than those in the “healthy” control group (240 out of 1,237 participants).The study also discovered that psychosis was five times more likely among those who used high-potency cannabis on a daily basis, and estimated that one in five new cases of psychosis across the 12 sites in the study were linked to daily cannabis use.In two sites, Amsterdam and London, high potency cannabis was found to be a strong predictor of psychotic disorders.In Amsterdam, four in 10 (43.8%) new cases of psychosis were estimated to be linked to daily cannabis use, and five in 10 (50.3%) new cases were linked to high potency use.Meanwhile, rates of psychosis in London were 21% among daily users, and 30.3% among those who used the drug with high rates of THC.The researchers suggested that if high potency cannabis was no longer available, the incidence of psychosis in Amsterdam would be expected to halve from 37.9 to 18.8 per 100,000 people per year, while in London, it would fall from 45.7 to 31.9 per 100,000 people per year.At-risk individualsDr Marta Di Forti of King’s College London, the lead author of the study, claimed the findings were consistent with other studies linking high cannabis potency with adverse effects on mental health.“As the legal status of cannabis changes in many countries and states, and as we consider the medicinal properties of some types of cannabis, it is of vital public health importance that we also consider the potential adverse effects that are associated with daily cannabis use, especially high potency varieties,” she said.The research follows observational studies which have supported a causal link between cannabis use and psychosis, although none has previously shown that patterns of cannabis use can influence rates of psychosis on a national level.Commenting on the findings, Dr Suzanne H Gage of the University of Liverpool suggested that the findings indicated that a new approach to treating psychosis among cannabis users was required.“Given the changing legal status of cannabis across the world, and the associated potential for an increase in use, the next priority is to identify which individuals are at risk from daily potent cannabis use, and to develop educational strategies and interventions to mitigate this,” she said.People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny suggested that regulating cannabis for recreational use would allow Irish users to consume the drug more carefully.Kenny’s Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regulation Bill is currently moving through the Dáil, although the government delayed the Bill with a money message last year.“We need to have a grown-up conversation about this,” he told“There are forms of unregulated street cannabis that have very high forms of THC, which can be sold by people who are sometimes unscrupulous.“Regulation would take it out of their hands and allow users to make a choice about the strength of cannabis they use, even if it wouldn’t stop varieties with high levels of THC.”He added that the findings did not affect his call for the legalisation of cannabis for medicinal use, which contains low levels of THC. 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Gardaí believe man found in Dublin park met violent death

first_img Saturday 23 Jun 2018, 7:14 PM Jun 23rd 2018, 10:53 AM An incident room has been set up at Tallaght Garda Station following the discovery.The area is sealed off and the Garda Technical Bureau are carrying out an examination of the scene while a post mortem is being carried out by the Deputy State Pathologist. Source: Sam BoalWitnesses or anyone who was in the park yesterday evening or early this morning has been asked to contact Tallaght Garda Station on 01 666 6000.Additional reporting by Cliódhna Russell Updated Jun 23rd 2018, 7:14 PM GARDAÍ BELIEVE THAT a man whose body was found in a park in Dublin met a “violent death”. Source: Sam BoalThe body of the man in his 20s was discovered in Jobstown Park on the Cheeverstown Road in Tallaght shortly after 6.30am.It’s understood that the remains were found by a person walking their dog. 30 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img 50,421 Views By Órla Ryan Gardaí believe man found in Dublin park met ‘violent death’ The body of the man, who was aged in his 20s, was discovered shortly after 6.30am. Short URL Share45 Tweet Email last_img read more

Justice has never been served Accusers voice their anger at Jeffrey Epstein

first_img‘Justice has never been served’: Accusers voice their anger at Jeffrey Epstein in court A judge ruled that the women involved in the case should have their voices heard in court. By Associated Press 15,865 Views Alleged victim of Epstein Teala Davies, right, with lawyer Gloria Allred outside court. Alleged victim of Epstein Teala Davies, right, with lawyer Gloria Allred outside court. Image: Louis Lanzano UPI/PA Images IN A NEW York courtroom today, 16 women who say they were sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein expressed their anger at the deceased billionaire and labelled him a “coward” and a “manipulator”. “He robbed me of my dreams, of my chance to pursue a career I adored,” said Jennifer Araoz, who has accused Epstein of raping her in his New York mansion when she was a 15-year-old aspiring actress.The hearing was convened by US District Judge Richard Berman, who presided over the case after federal prosecutors had Epstein arrested last month.The question before the judge was whether to throw out the indictment because of the defendant’s death, a usually routine step undertaken without a hearing. But the judge offered Epstein’s accusers an extraordinary opportunity to speak in court.US financier Epstein was found dead on 10 August in a federal jail in Manhattan as he awaited trial charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors.A coroner ruled that he died by suicide.Over the years, the financier was known to have met with politicians, socialites and celebrities, including Donald Trump before he was president and Bill Clinton. Britain’s Prince Andrew, meanwhile, has said he had no knowledge of Epstein’s behaviour.‘Justice has never been served’In opening the session, the judge called the 66-year-old Epstein’s suicide a “rather stunning turn of events”.He defended his decision to let the women speak, saying: “Public hearings … promote transparency and provide the court with insights and information that the court might otherwise not be aware of.”In addition to the women who spoke in court today, statements from over a dozen others were read in court by their lawyers.Repeatedly, the women described themselves as survivors and said they hoped coming forward would help other women.“He is a coward,” said Courtney Wild, who has said she was sexually abused by Epstein in Florida at 14. “Justice has never been served in this case.”“The fact I will never have a chance to face my predator in court eats away at me,” Araoz said.Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who has said she was a 15-year-old working at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club when she was recruited to perform sex acts on Epstein, told the court: “My hopes were quickly dashed and my dreams were stolen.”Sarah Ransome, who said Epstein pressured her into sex when she was in her early 20s, encouraged federal prosecutors in their effort to go after those who helped the financier in his pursuit of victims, saying, “Finish what you started. … We are survivors, and the pursuit of justice should not abate.”Several of the women chose to testify anonymously, including one who said she was 15 when she was flown to Epstein’s New Mexico ranch. While molesting her, he was also “explaining to me how beneficial the experience was for me and how he was helping me grow,” she said.With reporting from Sean Murray Share6 Tweet Email center_img Tuesday 27 Aug 2019, 9:30 PM Aug 27th 2019, 9:30 PM 21 Comments Image: Louis Lanzano UPI/PA Images Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Defrocked priest fired by South Australia Police

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A Greek priest appointed as a chaplain by South Australian Police has been dismissed just seven days into his job after senior police became aware of information affecting his “suitability” for the position. Reverend Prokopios Kanavas was appointed as a voluntary SAPOL chaplain on January 28 and had his status withdrawn on February 4. He did not undertake any official duties as a chaplain.During the assessment of Mr Kanavas’ application, standard and appropriate police clearance procedures were followed, Acting Deputy Commissioner Graeme Barton told Neos Kosmos in a police statement. The Autocephalic Greek Orthodox Church for America and Australia also supported his application. However, soon after appointing Mr Kanavas, who is currently based at the St Nicholas parish, Thebarton, as part of the Autocephalic Greek Orthodox Church, police uncovered information, which led to his subsequent dismissal. The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem last year sent a letter to the head of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in South Australia, Bishop Nikandros, making serious allegations about Mr Kanavas, which led to him being defrocked in 2008. The letter, the contents of which cannot be revealed for legal reasons, was distributed nationally throughout churches. It said Mr Kanavas, who represents himself in Adelaide as an Archimandrite, was ordained and served within the Jerusalem patriarchate as a deacon and that the Synod of the patriarchate deliberated on July 24, 2008, and defrocked him, at which time he reverted back to a lay person. He then joined the Greek Army, later joining another faction of the church, was again ordained and made his way to Adelaide last year.Bishop Nikandros of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of South Australia told Neos Kosmos that when a priest is defrocked, letters sent between Orthodox churches worldwide is not extraordinary. “This was not a secret letter, it was read in South Australian churches and published in the official newspaper of the Greek archdiocese of Australia; To Vema Tis Ekklesias, so people would know that he was not a priest of the Orthodox Church,” Bishop Nikandros said.The bishop said he could not understand why police hired Mr Kanavas considering his record, which was publicly documented.However, the Greek Orthodox community of South Australia (GOCSA) obviously did not care about Mr Kanavas’ past, he added, since head of the GOCSA Theo Maras defended the priest in an article in the Sunday Mail. “I express great sorrow that the Greek Orthodox community of Adelaide takes such a serious matter with such lightness,” the bishop said.Mr Kanavas refused to speak to Neos Kosmos and has never commented or taken action against the grave accusations made in the letter. “I wonder why Mr Kanavas remains silent about that official letter?” Bishop Nikandros said. “He never denied the allegations or pursued legal action after the letter was made public.” General manager of the GOCSA Nick Kyriazopoulos told Neos Kosmos the community is currently working through evidence of the allegations. “At this stage we’re trying to get to the bottom of it,” he said. “We’re working our way through evidence that was allegedly sent.” He said the document from the Archdiocese allegedly sent through was “disappointing”. “We have supported Father Prokopias from the day he arrived here,” Mr Kyriazopoulos said.last_img read more

Outstanding Greek Australians honoured

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram At least seven Greek Australians will have the pleasure of putting AO, AM or OAM after their names, having been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List this year. Following on from the Australia Day awards, the awards aim to highlight excellence in humanitarian work or community work, and excellence in industry. This Monday, former Federal Liberal Party parliamentarian, Petro Georgiou was awarded with the Officer of the Order of Australia award (AO), an award only 28 people received. Mr Georgiou was honoured for ‘distinguished service to the Parliament of Australia, to multiculturalism and human rights advocacy, and to the community’. He was extremely influential in changing the Liberal Party stance on refugees and asylum seekers, making the Howard government soften mandatory detention cases and ensure those held long term get their cases reviewed regularly. Now a Member of the Order of Australia, John Nicolakis AM has been honoured for his tireless work for the Northern Territory’s Greek community. He spent more than 17 years as the president of the NT Greek Orthodox Community and is involved in organising the annual Greek Glendi Festival, which was held over the weekend. Also awarded in the same category was Constantine Dionysios Vertzayias, who was selected thanks to his service to the NSW Greek community and his support of the Greek language. Three Greeks were awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia, including the only Greek Australian woman. Mrs Angeliki Kay Alexiou OAM, who sadly passed away before she could receive the award, was nominated for her ‘service to women’s health and to the community’. She helped establish the Adelaide Women’s Community Health Centre (Hindmarsh) and the Rape Crisis Centre in the 1970s. A famous face in the Greek Australian literary world, Kyriakos (Kitia) Amanatidis OAM was nominated for his ‘service to the Greek Australian community, as an author and educator and through a range of cultural organisations’. A Neos Kosmos regular, Mr Amanatidis says he has no idea who nominated him, but is thankful nonetheless. “It is pleasant I suppose at a personal level, but more broadly, I think it’s important that in that list there should be names [of] Greek origin,” he told Neos Kosmos. “We are a vibrant community, very active in various aspects of life and therefore if some of the members are recognised it is a reflection on the whole.” When asking him what part of his career he’s most proud of, Mr Amanatidis mentioned his work for the periodical, Antipodes. Started in 1974, it is still being published today and gives Greek Australians the opportunity to publish their literature. The awards also gave thanks to exceptional military service and emergency service. Queensland paramedic, Nicholas Constantine Lentakis, received an Ambulance Service Medal for his outstanding contribution to the workplace reform process at both state and regional level, including an extensive education program. 582 Australians received Queens Birthday honours this year which were all nominated by people of the community. Governor General Quentin Bryce says the Australian Honours System was a chance to promote philanthropy and good will. “They elevate the concept of giving to others,” she said. “They heighten our respect for one another, and they encourage Australians to think about the responsibilities of citizenship in our democracy.”last_img read more

ERTs demise impacts SBS

first_imgThe closure of ERT has had a definite impact on Australia’s media landscape, with SBS now having to source content from Athens based network Antenna Pacific for its World Watch international news service. Radio will also be affected as content from ERT was used as part of the Greek language program on SBS. Although the radio program features heavily on Australian news for its listeners, some content from ERT was used to provide Greek Australians with news from the Hellenic Republic. Greek is one of 74 languages on the SBS Radio network, with a daily two-hour program broadcast between four and six in the afternoon, on analogue radio and digital platforms. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Dalaras Night with Makis Voutsinas

first_imgOne of Sydney’s premier Greek musicians, Makis Voutsinas, is visiting Brisbane for one night only performance. Dalaras Night with Makis Voutsinas, backed by Nick and Mike Paras, will be hosted at The Greek Club. Included in the ticket price are mezedes, served with slow cooked lamb, lemon potatoes and Greek salad.Bookings are essential. Tickets: $50 per person.When: Saturday 29 March, doors open at 7.00 pm with dinner at 8.00 pm Where: The Greek Club, 29 Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane 4101 For more information and bookings, contact (07) 3844 1166 or visit Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Footage of Greek Easter liturgy becomes viral

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram For most Greek Orthodox Christians, the most popular time to be in Church is on the night of Holy Saturday, when the Easter Divine Liturgy culminates in celebratory chanting and fireworks.But for the parishioners of the Church of Panagia Evangelistria in Chios, nothing beats the Holy Saturday morning liturgy, when the ‘first announcement’ of the Holy Resurrection is celebrated, with the customary tossing of laurels to the parishioners. This is largely due to the colourful personality of local vicar, Father Christophoros Gourlis, who is known for his enthusiastic performance of the custom.This time round, a crew from Australia flew in to document the event, and Father Christoforos did not disappoint. After the reading of the Epistle, he stormed out of the Holy Sanctuary, leaping towards the congregation and throwing around bunches of laurels, while the other members of the church were shaking the chandeliers and making loud banging noises to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ.Smart phones in hand, churchgoers made sure to record the performance and share it through social media, making it viral in no time.But the event was not all flash and joy. Father Christoforos took time to remind the congregation of the two soldiers who remain in captivity in Turkey and asked all present to join him in a solemn prayer.THROWING CLAY JUGS IN CORFUThe crew filming Father Christoforos in Chios was not the only Australian media outlet focusing in Greek Easter customs.The ABC website run a feature story on one of the country’s most iconic traditions – the throwing of water-filled clay jugs in Corfu.The event takes place on Holy Saturday, after the first announcement of the Holy Resurrection, in the centre of Corfu town, where families gather in their balconies and throw red clay jugs, filled with water down to the streets, which are roaring with the thunderous sound of collective clay-breaking.Thousands of tourists gather each year to observe this tradition and get sprayed with water and shards of broken clay. Some even take home pieces of the broken jugs, as they are considered to bring good luck.The exact origin of the custom is not known. Some think it dates back to Ancient Greece, though most believe that it hails from the days of Venetian occupation and stems from the Venetian custom of throwing away old things on New Year’s eve.last_img read more

Turkeys tourism sees record breaking increase leaving neighbouring Greece light years behind

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Proving last year’s predictions wrong, international tourists were not deterred by president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s polarising internal and external politics with arrivals breaking all records between January and March 2018.In spite of the leader of the pro-Kurdish party being imprisoned alongside another 13 of the party’s elected deputies, more than 80 mayors of Turkish cities and hundreds of journalists journalists also jailed, not to mention regular waves of political asylum seekers streaming into Europe, arrivals of foreign visitors have actually grown by 34.9 per cent reaching 5.13 million.Turkey has received 1.3 million more tourists compared to the same period in 2017, according to data from the local Tourism and Culture Ministry. Taking into consideration the fact that Turkey separates the arrivals of foreign tourists from those of Turkish nationals living abroad who visit Turkey regularly the increase translates into a whopping 50.5 per cent.Meanwhile, Greek tourists visiting Turkey has also seen a good 16.2 per cent increase, regardless of the tensions between the neighbouring countries.It is worth noting that 76.1 per cent of Turkey’s income (excluding GSM roaming and marina service expenditures) was obtained from foreign visitors and only a 23.9 per cent was obtained from Turkish citizens living abroad.Turkey’s top five source markets in the first quarter came from China, Russia, Britain, Germany and Italy.At the same time, tourism income in Turkey increased by 31.3 per cent and reached to US$4.5 billion, during the first quarter of 2018 alone, Tornos News reports.last_img read more

Une pilule de troisième génération microdosée remboursée à 65

first_imgUne pilule de troisième génération micro-dosée remboursée à 65%France – Desobel Gé 20, une pilule contraceptive, sera la première pilule faiblement dosée remboursée par la Sécurité Sociale.Commercialisée par Effik depuis le 22 janvier dernier, la pilule sera remboursée à hauteur de 65%. Il s’agit de la deuxième pilule de troisième génération à être remboursée mais de la première pilule faiblement dosée : 20 microgrammes d’œstrogène contre 30 pour Stéderil par exemple.À lire aussiContraception masculine : bientôt un bouton pour contrôler l’éjaculation ?Il s’agit d’un évènement important puisque ce type de pilule est utilisé par 50% des femmes utilisant ce genre de contraception. De plus, leur prix est en général assez élevé.Il faut cependant souligner les cas de thromboses nerveuses profondes dues à certaines pilules du même type. Cette maladie peut entraîner une embolie pulmonaire. Pour la Desobel Gé 20, les experts n’ont toutefois pas émis de remarque quand à un danger cardiovasculaire.Cette nouvelle pilule doit être prescrite par un gynécologue et est commercialisée au prix de 2,90 euros la plaquette. Le gouvernement espère, avec cette mesure, réduire le nombre d’IVG.Le 1 février 2010 à 11:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more