Anyone going in there will have a huge shadow over them Niall

first_img Monday 25 Mar 2019, 8:12 PM By Sinead Farrell “The rush of the appointment, the unanimous decision of the board to tell us all late on a Saturday night in the middle of some serious scrutiny on the CEO during that time that this was best for the Aassociation and it was a great move and everybody should back it.“We’re not buying it, I’m not buying it and I think that’s an ill-conceived decision that needs to be looked at again in my opinion.It’s a role I think, if it stays in its current remit, it’s for a gillie.”Prior to the news of Delaney stepping down as CEO, the 51-year-old came under significant pressure after revelations of a €100,000 loan provided to the FAI two years ago came to light.The Sunday Times reported that Delaney had provided a loan to the FAI due to a cashflow issue arising within the association.Delaney claimed that the money was repaid in full in June 2017, and that it was the only occasion on which he issued the association with a loan.Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: The former Ireland international says the role is “for a gillie.” https://the42.ie/4560730 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article I don’t think it reads as a CEO role at all, I think it reads as half a CEO role and anyone going in there will have a huge shadow over them because the departing CEO hasn’t departed at all and it would make life very difficult.“Quite frankly, I think it’s a little bit of a charade, given the scrutiny that was in place over the last week.”Under absolutely no circumstances will I be applying for the job.””Anybody going in there will have a shadow over them because the departing CEO hasn’t departed at all”Niall Quinn pulls no punches on the FAI’s decision.#MONENG #Euro2020 #VMSport pic.twitter.com/39T3vqYfIH— Virgin Media Sport (@VMSportIE) March 25, 2019 NIALL QUINN HAS ruled himself out of applying to succeed John Delaney as Chief Executive Officer of the Football Association of Ireland at present.Delaney stepped down from the position on Saturday to take up a new role as Executive Vice-President within the Association.Chief Operating Officer Rea Walshe has been appointed as interim CEO by the FAI board while the recruitment process begins to fill the role permanently.But the former Ireland international, businessman and ex-chairman of Sunderland insists he will not be putting himself forward for the role, and has criticised the outline of the job description. “Under absolutely no circumstances will I be applying for the job given the current remit of where this job sits,” he said on Virgin Media Sport. 65 Comments ‘Anyone going in there will have a huge shadow over them’ – Niall Quinn rules out applying for FAI CEO job John Delaney stepped down from the position on Saturday. Short URL Share262 Tweet Email Mar 25th 2019, 8:12 PM 31,667 Views The former Ireland international says the role is “for a gillie.” Image: Virgin Media Sport Twitter Page. Subscribe Image: Virgin Media Sport Twitter Page.last_img read more

Budget deficit up to 15513 billion euro

first_imgThe Greek state budget deficit widened to 15.513 billion euro in the seven months from January-July 2011, lower than the revised target of 16.465 bn euro under the Medium-Term Fiscal Strategy, the finance ministry said on Thursday. The deficit continues to be higher than the budget deficit for the same period in 2010, however, when it was 12.449 bn euro.The figures were given in a finance ministry report on the execution of the budget adapted to the new requirements of the Medium-term programme, which called for measures to make up a considerable shortfall in budget revenues before it was passed by Parliament in July. They showed that total budget revenues, from both regular sources and the Public Investment Programme, fell short of the revised budget target by 87 million euro. Total spending was also reduced by 1,049 million euro. Net budget revenues totalled 26.847 bn euro, down 6.4 per cent from the same period in 2010, reflecting a larger than expected economic recession in the country and non-repeat of 2010 revenues, as well as lower income tax revenues as a result of more favourable tax laws and lower incomes, as well as bigger tax refunds. The Public Investments Program’s revenues were down 8.1 per cent or by 103 million euro in the January-July period. The finance ministry, in a statement said a shortfall in revenues was expected to be effectively dealt with in the remaining five months with the performance of tax measures included in laws executing the Medium-term Fiscal Strategy.Regular budget spending rose 7.1 per cent from 2010, reflecting higher interest payments, increased subsidies to pension funds, higher payments for unemployment benefits and higher payments for state hospital debt. Primary spending rose 4.7 percent, or by 1.350 billion euro, while Public Investments Program spending fell by 37.6 per cent or 1.581 billion euro.Source: Athens News Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greek Australians honoured on Australia Day

first_imgOver 440 Australians received awards as part of the Australia day festivities. Among the large number of Australians on the list, eight notable Greek Australians have been recognised for their contribution to Australian society and have been awarded high honours as part of Thursday’s Australia Day Awards ceremony. Those included in the Australian Day Honours were: Christopher Xenephon Stathy, for service to the water industry in South Australia; Jack George Kyros, deceased, for service to the Greek community of Western Australia; Helen Kalis, for service to the community in Tasmania; Loula Kostos, for service to the Royal Children’s Hospital as a volunteer; Peter James Prineas, for service to conservation and the environment in New South Wales through executive and advocacy roles; Helen Poulos for service to children in hospital and to their families; Lydia Lassila, for service to sport as a Gold Medallist at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games; and Emanuel Andrew Petrelis, for service to the Greek community of Western Australia, to business, and to education. The Australia Day Honours List is a public recognition of people who provide outstanding community service, and whose achievements enhance national identity, Australians who demonstrate the qualities of positive role models who are not only worthy of respect but encourage ambition. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Food n Groove

first_imgFood ‘n’ Groove, a celebration of world music, food and dance. Bring a blanket and the family for a great day of live music and dance, kid’s rides, vintage cars, market stalls and mouth-watering global cuisine. There will also be information and demonstrations based on local and home-grown, sustainable food options. Helen and Steve, NSW contestants from My Kitchen Rules will be hosting one of the many cooking demonstrations. Bring your own reusable water bottle and try out the free, innovative filtered water refill station. Visitors are also encouraged to bring a can of non-perishable food to donate to the Bay City Care community program. When: Saturday 27 October – This free, family event starts at 11:30 am and runs until 5:00 pm. Where: Bexley Park For more information call Justin Sheining on 9562 1872 or see www.rockdale.nsw.gov.au. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Turkey government desecrates the Church of Agia Sophia

first_imgThe Federation of Pontian Associations of Australia has called upon the Australian government and the international community to protect Anatolia’s indigenous Christian heritage. The announcement follows an incident two weeks ago where Muslim prayers were held in the 13th century Orthodox Church of the Holy Wisdom (Agia Sophia) in Istanbul, Turkey. According to the Federation, this is the second time in recent years that the Turkish government has converted a unique Christian church into a mosque. The first incident occurred in the Church of Agia Sophia in Nicaia, Bithynia, where the Seventh Ecumenical Council assembled in 787CE. The Federation has openly denounced the “desecration of another of the few remaining Christian places” in Pontos, the Black Sea region of Anatolia. “Turkey cannot continue to desecrate Christian sites and expect to be treated as a European state,” Federation President Nikolaos Chrissostomidis stated. “How can we expect to build bridges when the Turkish government not only desecrates our most holy sites but continues relentlessly to deny the genocide of our people?” The Turkish government’s actions have also caused controversy among progressive academic circles in Turkey. Engin Akgiourek, Professor of Byzantine Art at the University of Istanbul, said that with this decision “the Erdogan government continued the Ottoman conquest of Trebizond”, and shows “cultural diversity is not tolerated in Turkey”. The Federation and its members have urged Turkey to reverse their decision and prevent further damage to what is becoming a fragile relationship. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Early elections would be suicide says Samaras

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Antonis Samaras warned that Greece would be committing “political suicide” and risking a “return to chaos” if it fails to elect a new president early next year and has to hold early national elections instead.Samaras’s speech at the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) focused on three main themes: Greece’s economic recovery, tax cuts and the danger of failing to elect a successor to President Karolos Papoulias in March. Samaras used the presidential issue as a platform for an attack on SYRIZA, which he accused of craving instability.“Greece is gradually finding its feet… but there are those who would do whatever they can so nothing changes,” the prime minister said in reference to the opposition party. “They are not even afraid to play with the Constitution.“They failed to bring down the government from the sidewalks so now they will try with the presidential election.”Samaras insisted that a growing number of people believe the government’s candidate will be able to attract the minimum number of 180 votes needed in Parliament to be elected. Nevertheless, he argued that a failure to achieve this target would be disastrous for Greece.“An early trip to the ballot box would be political suicide,” said Samaras, describing as “dangerous” those who “want to lead the country into the worst possible situation at the worst possible moment.”“Who wants to take this risk? And to achieve what? A return to chaos?”Samaras said that Greece should seek to be a beacon of stability when so many countries in the wider region are suffering serious problems. “In Greece, which is so close to the volcano, instead of protecting our stability, safeguarding the security offered by the European Union and NATO, are we going to risk elections, a new round of instability and new friction with our partners?”The prime minister also argued that with the first signs of growth emerging, Greece’s public debt would soon be deemed sustainable.“Although debt is still high, it has started to ease marginally and the drop will soon be even greater when measured against gross domestic product,” he said.Samaras also pledged to cut the cost of electricity for businesses and to create, with EU backing, a special economic zone in Thessaloniki to help keep firms from moving to neighboring Balkan countries, where labour costs and overheads are cheaper.The New Democracy leader also announced significant taxation plans. First on the list was his declaration that the consumption tax on heating oil would be reduced by 30 per cent. He said the heating fuel benefit would remain in place, which should mean that those receiving the handout this winter pay no more than around a euro per litre for their fuel.The prime minister also pledged that the unified property tax (ENFIA) and solidarity tax on incomes would be reduced. More details are expected in the 2015 national budget, which is due to be drafted over the next few weeks. He further indicated that taxpayers owing money to the state would be granted more instalments in which to pay it back. The latter is still being discussed by the Greek government and the troika, with the former aiming for an agreement on 72 to 100 instalments.Samaras said that it his ultimate aim to reduce the top income tax rate to 32 per cent and for business to pay no more than 15 per cent.Source: Ekathimerinilast_img read more

Turkey says even birds need its permission to fly over the Aegean

first_imgTurkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is prone to provocation and he’s done it again. Yesterday he warned that not even a bird will fly over the Aegean without Ankara’s permission.According to a report in Eleftheros Tipos, he was asked about the 18 islands that have been “lost” to Greece in recent years.Aavusoglu said that since the crisis over the Imia islets in 1996 there have been no changes in the legal status of the Aegean.“Nothing has changed in the current regime as well as in the legal status of the islands. We will not allow it. Not even a bird can fly over the Aegean without permission from Turkey. Not a single piece of rock will be given away.“ Eleftheros Tipos reported.“Not only during our own rule, but before that there has been no change in the status of the Aegean. We will not allow this. Even in the case of research we will not give permission, not even to a bird in the Aegean,” he also told a Turkish radio station.The foreign minister also said Turkey would make no concessions in the Aegean and Cyprus, and it would initiate gas exploration ”around” the Eastern Mediterranean island.“Turkey has vowed to stop Cyprus from drilling for gas and oil in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), insisting there can be no development of the island’s natural resources without the participation of the Turkish Cypriots in the island’s Turkish-occupied north,” Eleftheros Tipos reported.“In the last few months we have prevented drilling and we drove the Italians away. We will not allow anyone to take away the rights of Turkish Cypriots,” he is reported as saying. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

iPhone 4 sa sortie donne des indices sur le futur iPad 2

first_imgiPhone 4 : sa sortie donne des indices sur le futur iPad 2États-Unis – Les nouvelles fonctions de l’iPhone 4 permettent de deviner quelles seront les futures orientations que prendra l’iPad 2. Apple en aurait-il trop dit ?Les caractéristiques de l’iPhone 4 se retrouveront forcément, tout du moins en partie, sur l’iPad 2. Selon Gizmodo.fr, Steve Jobs a vendu la mèche en estimant que le smartphone ne serait pas le seul appareil à être équipé d’une caméra frontale et qu’il vendrait “des dizaines de millions d’appareils FaceTime cette année”. Une manière de dire que les prochains produits d’Apple seront, pour la grande majorité, équipés eux-aussi d’une caméra. À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Autre élément : l’écran haute densité “Retina” devrait également faire son apparition sur la seconde génération d’iPad. Présent sur l’iPhone 4, on voit mal comment les prochaines tablettes tactiles de la marque à la pomme pourraient bénéficier de caractéristiques graphiques inférieures à celles du dernier iPhone. De plus, la densité de pixels de l’iPad 2 devrait être voisine de celle de l’iPhone 4 et, par conséquent, pourrait avoisiner les 2660×1774 pixels. Avec toutes ces nouvelles caractéristiques, l’iPad première génération serait déjà dépassé.Le 9 juin 2010 à 12:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Energies renouvelables elles ont le vent en poupe en Espagne

first_imgEnergies renouvelables : elles ont le vent en poupe en EspagneEspagne – Le développement des énergies renouvelables a permis à la péninsule ibérique de produire 38% de son électricité en 2010. Cependant, la variabilité de cette production nécessite la mise en place d’un réseau suffisant pour ne pas gaspiller les excédents obtenus.Les conditions météorologiques peuvent entraîner d’énormes variations dans le rendement des énergies renouvelables. Ainsi, en Espagne, elles ont pu fournir jusqu’à 54% de l’électricité à certaines périodes de l’année, leur contribution descendant à seulement 0,5% dans les périodes les plus creuses. Si la voiture électrique tend à se développer comme on peut l’espérer, les surplus énergétiques éventuels ne seraient pas gaspillés mais pleinement utilisés.Projets et objectifs ambitieuxEn 2011 doit également débuter la construction du projet de Gérone, qui permettra d’ici 2014 de relier les réseaux espagnols et français. Ainsi, la production de l’énergie espagnole pourra être deux fois plus distribuée au reste du continent européen. Le président de Red Eléctrica, l’entreprise chargée du transport de l’électricité en Espagne, a évoqué le nouveau projet de connexion transfrontalière actuellement à l’étude. Celui-ci repose sur la mise en place d’un câble sous-marin traversant le golfe de Gascogne, dont le but sera d’acheminer en France les excédents de la production éolienne espagnole. Malgré les investissements énormes que nécessite la mise en place des énergies renouvelables, l’Espagne doit poursuivre ses efforts pour parvenir à obtenir son indépendance énergétique. Les objectifs fixés par le protocole de Kyoto imposent en effet au pays la production de 20% de son énergie finale par le biais des énergies renouvelables et ce, d’ici 2020.Le 18 septembre 2010 à 18:21 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Hôpital 900 accidents médicaux par jour en France

first_imgHôpital : 900 accidents médicaux par jour en FranceLe Point vient de révéler les chiffres alarmants de l’Enquête nationale sur les événements indésirables liés aux soins (ENEIS). 900 accidents médicaux se produiraient chaque jour en France.Depuis 2004, année de la dernière Enquête nationale sur les événements indésirables liés aux soins (ENEIS), aucune amélioration n’a été enregistrée concernant les erreurs médicales à l’hôpital. C’est le constat inquiétant de la nouvelle ENEIS, qui a été menée avec plus de 8.000 patients dans 114 établissements différents. Elle recense entre  275.000 et 395.000 “événements indésirables graves” (EIG) par an. Selon les auteurs de l’enquête, au moins la moitié de ces accidents seraient évitables, car ils sont dus à des erreurs médicales.Sont pointés du doigt : des mauvaises prescriptions médicamenteuses, des actes chirurgicaux manqués, un déficit de communication entre professionnels de santé, une supervision insuffisante des collaborateurs en milieu hospitalier, des défaillances humaines… Ces manquements à la prise en charge sont responsables d’hospitalisations prolongées, de séquelles et même de décès.Le 26 novembre 2010 à 14:48 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Une nouvelle source de lumière voit le jour

first_imgUne nouvelle source de lumière voit le jour Des physiciens de l’université de Bonn ont mis au point une nouvelle source de lumière. Proche du laser, elle pourrait permettre, à terme, de fabriquer des puces informatiques encore plus performantes.  Avec du temps et beaucoup de créativité, Jan Klärs, Julian Schmitt, Frank Vewinger et le Professeur Martin Weitz, de l’université de Bonn sont parvenus à créer une espèce de “superphoton”. Une nouvelle lumière en somme, selon leur étude publiée dans la revue Nature. Les physiciens pensaient que cela était impossible mais ils ont réussi à fabriquer un “condensat de Bose-Einstein” avec des photons. Ils se forment lorsque certaines particules se refroidissent. Une manipulation délicate car les photons ont tendance à disparaître lorsqu’on les refroidit. À lire aussiUn internaute fabrique un impressionnant sabre « laser » enflamméLe principe consiste à utiliser des miroirs sur lesquels sont projetés des faisceaux lumineux. Les photons qui les composent entrent en collision avec des molécules de colorant dissoutes qui, peu à peu finissent par refroidir la lumière. Les photons atteignent ainsi une température identique à celle de la pièce où ils se trouvent sans qu’il y ait de déperdition énergétique. Les physiciens ont alors augmenté le nombre de photons en stimulant au laser leur solution de colorant. C’est comme ça qu’une phénoménale concentration de corpuscules lumineux est apparue, une sorte de “superphoton”. Proche du laser, ce condensat offre la particularité de pouvoir produire des ondes courtes (comme les UV), chose impossible avec un laser classique.  Ce nouveau laser offre tout un éventail de possibilités. Les puces informatiques, par exemple, sont taillées au laser. Si la longueur est très courte, la gravure sera plus fine. Théoriquement, il deviendrait même possible de placer sur la même surface de silicium (base des puces électroniques) des circuits encore plus complexe. Cela donnerait alors naissance à des puces high-tech d’une nouvelle génération.Pour Martin Weitz, cette nouvelle lumière pourrait être exploitée directement à partir de la lumière solaire. Si un système permettait cela, des cellules photovoltaïques beaucoup plus petites pourraient voir également le jour. Le 26 novembre 2010 à 19:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Un patch électronique pour surveiller la condition physique dun patient

first_imgUn patch électronique pour surveiller la condition physique d’un patientUne équipe de chercheurs américains a mis au point un minuscule patch épidermique capable de surveiller les signes vitaux d’un patient grâce à des capteurs électroniques. Le nouveau système électronique épidermique (Epidermal Electronics System ou EES) est une véritable révolution. Doté d’une souplesse, élasticité et densité équivalente à celle de la peau, il adhère à l’épiderme comme un tatouage temporaire et assure un suivi rigoureux de la condition physique d’un patient en dehors de l’hôpital. À lire aussiL’effrayante maladie de l’homme-arbre dont la peau se change en ”écorce”Composé de capteurs, diodes lumineuses et microtransmetteurs, l’ESS est capable de capter les signes vitaux d’un sujet sans lui procurer la moindre gêne. Les mesures du rythme cardiaque ou encore de l’activité cérébrale et musculaire sont transmises à un ordinateur sous la forme d’un algorithme informatique. Contrôler sans dérangerPour les médecins, ce nouveau patch électronique représente un outil précieux. Ils pourront désormais surveiller les fonctions corporelles de leurs patients sans avoir à utiliser les appareils actuels lourds et encombrants consistant à fixer des électrodes sur la peau avec un gel visqueux. “Ces machines sont utiles dans certaines situations cliniques, mais dans le quotidien, elles restreignent le mouvement et provoquent une irritation de la peau” explique John Rogers, chercheur à l’Université de l’Illinois.
”Notre but était de mettre au point une technologie électronique pouvant s’intégrer à la peau humaine d’une manière qui est mécaniquement et physiologiquement invisible à l’utilisateur” poursuit le chercheur. De 40 micromètres d’épaisseur, le minuscule circuit électronique est intégré dans un film de polyester prévu pour faire adhérer le système à la peau. Le principe d’application est simple : le patch déposé sur le corps du patient est légèrement humidifié pour dissoudre la feuille de protection puis doit être laissé sécher à l’air libre. De nouvelles perspectivesSi la première génération de patchs médicaux a été conçue pour surveiller les signaux électrophysiologiques associés aux fonctions vitales, les chercheurs prévoient de concevoir une nouvelle lignée disposant d’autres fonctions. “D’autres perspectives sur la fonctionnalité de ces appareils peuvent déjà être envisagées : la surveillance des ondes du cerveau, la stimulation des contractions musculaires, l’activation de sons chez des personnes atteintes de maladies du larynx, ou encore l’émission de chaleur favorisant la guérison des blessures” conclut John Rogers.Découvrez cet étonnant système électronique épidermique en vidéo sur MaxisciencesLe 12 août 2011 à 14:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Vol drogue harcèlement une enquête explosive sur les Apple Store américains

first_imgVol, drogue, harcèlement: une enquête explosive sur les Apple Store américainsAprès le reportage d’Anne Poiret sur les conditions de travail entourant la confection de l’iPhone 5, l’image d’Apple risque encore de s’écorner un peu plus avec la parution, sur le Web, d’une enquête réalisée par le site Gizmodo et portant sur les habitudes des employés de plusieurs Apple Stores très particuliers. Surprise garantie.Vol, destruction de matériel, vente de drogue, utilisation de donnée privée ou encore pression psychologique ou à connotation sexuelle…Voici quelques-unes des révélations de l’enquête réalisée par le site Gizmodo et parue ce jour, qui résume les différentes correspondances reçues par le site depuis une autre enquête réalisée en juin dernier. En voici quelques thématiques décortiquées :Destruction de matérielLes “Genius” qui travaillent dans les Apple Store aiment leurs produits. Ils les aiment tellement qu’ils n’hésitent pas à jouer au football avec, d’après les déclarations de plusieurs employés anonymes interrogés par le site source. Ils y expliquent qu’au-delà de la partie de football, les employés ont également essayé de voir qui était le plus solide entre un iPhone et un iPad, sous la forme d’un simple jeu, que ces produits soient des modèles apportés par des particuliers pour réparations ou autre. Une habitude qui aurait été prise par ces “Genius”, tout rang professionnel confondu, et sans la moindre espèce de respect envers ceux qui les apportent comme avec ceux qui les ont confectionnés chèrement chez Foxconn.Vol de matériel et utilisation de données personnellesLes employés changent à loisir leurs matériels personnels qu’ils pourraient trouver obsolète, en y appliquant des coupons de réduction et en se servant dans l’inventaire au su et à la vue de tous, d’après certains mails reçus par le site. Et quand Sam Biddle demande si cette pratique ne dérange pas ses supérieurs, son interlocuteur répond : “Absolument pas au magasin. En général, ils sont sur leurs smartphones en train de s’envoyer des textos, aux toilettes ou au rez-de-chaussée, parlant de leurs vies tragiques et jouant à Angry Birds…”.Un autre point concerne l’attitude peu professionnelle face à un public en détresse, matériel à la main. Certains échanges font part que lorsqu’une cliente “attirante” arrivait en magasin, le comportement des employés et responsables du magasin changeait du tout au tout, avec, en toile de fond, la volonté de faire apparaître un sourire sur son visage. Un autre témoignage fait état d’une femme ayant laissé son ordinateur pour réparation, et dont les photos personnelles ont été regardées par des membres du magasin, rien de technique ici ! Un employé se souvient également que c’est en regardant les données personnelles contenues sur un ordinateur qu’il s’est rendu compte que le client était allé sur un site pornographique.Vente de DrogueD’après cette enquête, dans certains Apple Store, on trouve des iphones, des iPads, des iPods…Et de la drogue ! Il existerait donc, au sein de certaines enseignes, un système organisé d’achat et de vente de stupéfiants : un témoignage relate qu’un homme venait par l’arrière de la boutique et distribuait de la drogue aux employés, pour que certains en consomment, pendant leur travail ! Un employé explique même qu’un jour un sachet de cocaïne a été trouvé une fois dans un Mac…Étrangement et rapidement, cet élément a disparu ! Harcèlement sexuel, comportement mal placéÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Attouchement douteux et répétitifs de certains responsables, affabulations difficiles à mettre en cause…La pression psychologique et physique serait également monnaie courante dans divers Apple Stores, selon les documents recueillis par Gizmodo. Ce qui rejoint également le point précédent et la manière très “spéciale” de s’occuper de ses clients.Nicole, employée dans un magasin Apple et interrogée par Gizmodo, fait parvenir une lueur d’espoir à l’ensemble de cette histoire en expliquant que cela l’étonnerait que ce genre de pratiques ait lieu dans la majorité des magasins de la Pomme croquée. Mais à cette allocution, le mail d’un employé fait refléter une triste réalité :”vous n’avez pas idée des miracles que nous devons opérer sur certains ordinateurs et produits pour 16 dollars par jour. Je ne regrette pas ce que j’ai fait”.Le 21 décembre 2012 à 12:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Une dent humaine créée à partir de cellules souches issues durine

first_imgUne dent humaine créée à partir de cellules souches issues d’urineDes scientifiques chinois sont parvenus à créer une dent humaine en utilisant des cellules souches prélevées dans de l’urine. Avec des études supplémentaires, ceci pourrait permettre de parvenir à “la régénération totale des dents humaines”, estiment-ils.C’est un nouvel exploit technique utilisant des cellules souches que viennent de réaliser des chercheurs chinois de l’Institut de biomédecine et de santé de Canton. Selon l’étude publiée dans la revue Cell Regeneration, ils ont réussi à fabriquer une dent humaine à partir de cellules recueillies dans un milieu inattendu : l’urine. Une fois récupérées, ces cellules ont été reprogrammées pour devenir des cellules souches, autrement dit des structures capables de se différencier en n’importe quelle autre cellule. Puis celles-ci ont été cultivées de telle sorte qu’elles se transforment en cellules épithéliales et en cellules mésenchymateuses qui sont à l’origine de la fabrication des différents composants de la dent. Passé ce stade, les cellules ont été mélangées avec d’autres issues de tissu conjonctif de souris et cultivées pendant deux jours.Une dent avec tous ses composants Ensuite, le mélange a été implanté dans la couche externe d’un rein de rongeur. Au bout de trois semaines, les chercheurs ont alors constaté que l’ensemble contenant les cellules avait commencé à développer une structure ressemblant bel et bien à une dent : “La structure semblable à une dent contenait de la pulpe dentaire, de la dentine et de l’émail”, expliquent les chercheurs chinois. Néanmoins, elle était un peu plus molle qu’une dent normale. Une différence due selon les auteurs, au fait qu’elle n’a pas été utilisée au cours de son développement.Au vu de tels résultats, les chercheurs chinois estiment que ces travaux ouvrent la voie à une potentielle “régénération totale des dents humaines”, avec l’avantage que le receveur ne rejettera pas les cellules générées puisqu’elles seront issues de sa propre urine. Cette technique pourrait alors être utilisée afin de remplacer une dent perdue, pour des raisons de santé ou à cause d’une mauvaise hygiène dentaire par exemple.Incisives ou molaires, une grosse différenceNéanmoins, si c’est une avancée, cette prouesse est loin de convaincre tous les spécialistes. En effet, Mark Bartold de l’Université d’Adelaïde en Australie consent que ces travaux sont prometteurs mais il souligne que l’on ignore encore les facteurs qui contrôlent la forme et la taille des dents. Un vrai problème selon lui si l’on veut vraiment fabriquer des dents de cette façon. “Il ne faut pas être un génie pour se rendre compte qu’il existe une grosse différence entre les incisives et les molaires”, explique t-il cité par le New Scientist.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Cela va être très difficile parce que nous ne comprenons pas vraiment ce qui est impliqué dans ce développement”, souligne t-il. Selon lui, il serait donc compliqué de régénérer réellement des dents si l’on ne peut produire les différents types qui existent dans notre mâchoire. Une difficulté reconnue par les chercheurs chinois mais ceux-ci estiment que leur technique pourrait tout de même permettre de remplacer une dent manquante. L’urine, “l’une des pires sources” ? D’autres spécialistes eux, critiquent la source utilisée par l’équipe chinoise. En effet, pour Duanqing Pei et ses collègues, l’urine est “la source la plus pratique”. Un avis que sont loin de partager tous les scientifiques. Pour le professeur Chris Mason, chercheur à l’University College de Londres, l’urine constitue au contraire “probablement l’une des pires sources”, avec “très peu de cellules” et une “très faible” possibilité de les reprogrammer en cellules souches. De plus, des cellules d’urine présenteraient selon lui, un risque de contamination bien plus élevé qu’avec d’autres sources de cellules. Mais ces travaux constituent tout de même un point de départ intéressant. “Le grand défi ici est que les dents acquièrent une pulpe avec des nerfs et des vaisseaux sanguins dont il faut être sûr qu’ils s’intègrent pour obtenir une dent permanente”, a t-il conclu cité par BBC News. Le 31 juillet 2013 à 18:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Futuramas 10 Best Background Characters

first_img Best Gifts for ‘Futurama’ EnthusiastsMake a Meal of These 11 Real Sci-Fi Recipes Stay on target Futurama is all about its characters, right? The whole 1,000-years-in-the-future thing is just a backdrop for playing character archetypes and dialogue off one another. It allows the writers to tackle social issues or poke fun at trends that are relevant to us now, but with the lens of futuristic absurdism. Characters then, how they carry themselves, what they say, and who (or what) they’re loosely intended to represent mean everything.With that in mind, we wanted to list off some of our favorites. Now, everyone knows Fry, Leela, and the rest of the core cast, so we’re looking at minor characters or one-offs only.MomMom is a stand-in for all the seedy megacorporation CEOs. She’s an aggressive business tactician and frequently butts heads with the Planet Express crew. She’s not too interesting on her own, but she’s the focal point for some of the series’ best episodes. In “A Fishful of Dollars”, Fry learns that his once-meagre bank account has accrued enough interest to make him a multi-billionaire, he becomes consumed with trying to relive his past in the 20th century while Mom tries to rob him of his newfound fortune.It’s one of the more poignant episodes from the series as Fry struggles to let go of his lost past. Mom is the perfect foil for the plucky crew specifically because her goals are singular — make money. And the rest of the crew are, for the most part, concerned about one another.CalculonCalculon is a note-for-note send-up of melodramatic soap opera stars. But as the series progresses, he grows and has some pretty stellar episodes. In “The Honking,” Calculon was used as part of an experiment to take pieces of the world’s most evil cars like the steering will from Adolf Hitler’s car and the windshield wipers from KITT in Knight Rider. While Calculon comes off as a schlocky actor, he’s actually quite talented (at least within the context of the show), and he was so committed to his role that he dies while reenacting Romeo and Juliet during the world acting championships.NixonNixon’s legacy as an American president is weirdly mixed. He presided over every moon landing and opened up relations with China, but then again he did have a scandal so seedy that its name is still the default portmanteau for every major scandal since. And that reputation follows Nixon into the show.In Futurama’s world, presidents and other important historical figures have their heads placed in jars after death so we can continue to seek their advice and wisdom long into the future. Nixon takes advantage of this and runs for president of Earth and reigning from 3000 to well past 3012. Any time the Planet Express crew faces an apocalyptic scenario, they need a comically large check. LikeRobot DevilThe Robot Devil never takes himself too seriously. He’s as goofy and clever as he is evil, but he never goes too far. He’s presented as one of the wittiest, well-read and talented characters in the show. If he wanted, he could probably take over the whole planet and doom everyone to a lifetime of pain and torture. But that’s not really his style.He’s far more concerned with serving poetic justice or competing with others on their terms and trying to come out ahead — crushing their hopes in the process. Given how competent Fry tends to be, it’s a wonder they survive any of their encounters with this conniving fiend. As anyone who’s seen “The Devils Hands Are Idle Playthings” will tell you, just because you live through an encounter with the Robot Devil, doesn’t mean that you’ve won the day.Al GoreAl Gore’s another Futurama character based on a real-world politician, but unlike Nixon, Gore is actually voice by Al Gore. His daughter, Kristin Gore was a writer on the show, and she convinced her father to show up from time to time. Even better? Every time he does, Gore parodies his own real-world political positions. He’ll talk about saving the Earth from global warming by grabbing giant ice cubes from Pluto and dropping them into the ocean (which would cause even more world-ending floods than we currently face) or he’ll get a chance to protect the planet by using his little head-jar as the lynchpin of a key space battle.He has enough self-awareness that Gore’s appearance never feels political — it’s just a stellar running gag that, miraculously, got the cooperation of one of the US most powerful politicians.Hattie McdougalHattie Mcdougal isn’t just a crazy cat lady. She’s *the* crazy cat lady. In every episode she appears, she’s a little off. Usually cross-eyed and lacking the context for the situation, she wanders in as a side character and sticks around because of some perceived slight against one of her many, many cats. It’s a bit of a tired trope, but she’s entertaining enough that it holds up.GunterGunter might be the most tortured character in the show. He’s a laboratory chimp and the test subject for one of the professor’s more interesting experiments — a hat that grants its wearer profound intelligence. With the hate, Gunter capably keeps pace at Mars University, one of the shows’ most prestigious, and runs cerebral circles everyone else around him.The catch, of course, is that Gunter knows that his intelligence only comes from the hat. When he sees his non-enhanced parents for the first time, he’s ashamed to know just how dumb they are. Gunter suffers because he knows he is a fraud, he knows that none of his talent or intellect is real — he’s the breathing manifestation of the impostor syndrome. And it dovetails well with the series as a whole — a show that bounces back and forth between comedy and tragedy uses one of its most tragic characters as a delivery mechanism for both great jokes and pointed observations on life.Hedonism BotHedonism Bot is exactly what you’d expect. He’s an overly indulgent robot that apologizes. His body is that of a rotund man permanently reclining on a divan. He wears olive branch wreaths and constantly eats whole bunches of grapes — a clear nod to the excesses of the Roman and Greeks of old.Throughout the series, Hedonism Bot only ever has one goal — to enjoy life. And to that end, he hosts the wildest parties, attends countless orgies (obviously off-screen), and even funds Fry’s opera in “The Devil’s Hands are Idle Play Things.” In every episode, H-bot is a plot mover, but what makes him memorable is his perfectly times one-liners. After a fire erupts at one of his parties, killing or injuring most of the attendees, he sobs, saying “Everywhere I looked there were piles of bodies… and then the explosion struck.” It’s a little base, but it’s one of the dozens of great lines from the king of needless excess.The GlobetrottersThe Harlem Globetrotters are renowned the world over for their exhibition basketball games. They blend comedy and athleticism, pulling trick shots and fancy ball tricks for laughs… or at least they do in the real world. In Futurama, however, the Globetrotters are the universe’s greatest basketball team, and they threaten to crush any who laugh at their antics.Hailing from the Globetrotter home world, the team challenges Earth to a basketball game in the episode “Time Keeps on Slippin’.” The challenge has “no reason, ” and there were no stakes for the game, “beyond the shame of defeat.” Even so, the professor whips up some genetically super-charged mutants to defend Earth’s honor. But, Farnsworth used too many chronitons (a fictional particle of time), and in so doing created a “chronological wang-dang doodle” that threatened to rip reality apart. At this point, the Globetrotters reveal that they aren’t just the greatest b-ball team ever, but also some of the most talented scientists and mathematicians around.Together, with Farnsworth and literally all of Earth’s money, they fix the tear in reality and save humanity. After, the Globetrotters join on as semi-regular characters, playing interference for the Professor when he gets in over his head.Robot SantaFuturama has loads and loads of great robot characters, and Santa is one of the best. He only shows up in a few holiday episodes, but he’s a wonderful twist on the classic idea of St. Nick. Unlike his terrestrial counterparts, Robot Santa sits on Pluto and, every X-Mas he flies to Earth and goes on a massive killing spree.The story behind this is that at some point between 2000 and 3000 scientists created Robot Santa to make Santa’s job easier. But he judged everyone to be too naughty and, instead of giving a lump of coal… he’d shoot you in the face with a rocket launcher.last_img read more

First Plant to Grow on the Moon Is Probably Dead

first_img R.I.P. lunar cotton seed: The first-ever plant to grow on the moon has most likely died from temperature issues.On Thursday, Chinese scientists confirmed that they remotely turned off power and ended the biological experiment following temperature complications, CNN reported.China’s Chang’e 4 has concluded its biological experiment on the moon, according to the China National Space Administration. The organisms carried by the probe will gradually decompose in a totally enclosed canister, and will not affect the lunar environment, said the CNSA. pic.twitter.com/ThRsHxoCLY— People’s Daily, China (@PDChina) January 18, 2019Earlier this week, China announced that it successfully sprouted the cotton seed on the Chang’e 4 lunar lander, marking a major milestone for greenery in space. This tiny seed, which was located in a self-contained biosphere on the lander, was supposed to help scientists determine if more plants could be cultivated on the moon’s surface.Unfortunately though, this goal was cut short: Xie Gengxin, a Chongqing University professor who created the experiment, told CNN that the biosphere’s temperature became too erratic, causing the seed and other organisms, including fruit fly eggs, to die from extreme cold or heat. It’s unknown what caused the temperature problem, since the experiment was set to last up to 100 days.“Though we have two temperature controlling plates, the temperature was still above 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) around 10.30 a.m. on the moon,” Gengxin told CNN. “As everybody knows, many plants can’t sprout with (that) temperature.”Despite these issues, Chang’e 4’s other mission initiatives are running smoothly, including conducting low-frequency radio astronomical observation, surveying moon landforms, and studying the far side of the moon with high-resolution photography.More on Geek.com:China Sprouts First-Ever Plants on the Moon’s SurfaceChina Reveals Detailed Photo of the Far Side of the MoonCosmonauts Could Be Growing More Veggies in Space Stay on target Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface last_img read more

SPOILERS: Matches set for 12/11 NXT live special

first_imgFacebook Video: Triple H speaks about the condition of Cole and Gargano following TakeOver: Toronto Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Twittercenter_img NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff Results – 8/31/19 (Walter vs. Tyler Bate for the WWE UK Title) The following matches were set up during last night’s NXT TV Tapings at Full Sail University for the next live special on the WWE Network entitled “NXT Takeover: Evolution”, which will take place on December 11:* NXT Title: Adrian Neville (c) vs. Sami Zayn (If Zayn loses, he will quit the WWE)* NXT Women’s Title: Charlotte (c) vs. Sasha Banks* NXT Tag Team Titles: The Lucha Dragons (c’s) vs. The Vaudevillains* The Ascension vs. Hideo Itami & Finn BalorThey also were building to a match between Baron Corbin & Bull Dempsey on last night’s TV Tapings as well, but it was not made official for Takeover: Evolution on the tapings.  Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NXT TakeOver Highlights: NXT Championship, Dream vs. Strong vs. Dunne, Riddle/Dain brawllast_img read more

Official WWE press release on Randy Savage & Hall of Fame

first_img Impact Wrestling leaving Pop TV, New television deal with Pursuit Channel announced Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair Hospitalized Videos Articles WhatsApp Bruce Prichard was already working in consultant role with WWE back in January Twittercenter_img Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Pinterest Google+ Linda McMahon To Leave SBA Job To Head Trump Super PAC Fundraising Vince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer Diagnosis Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Jared Leto Facebook Ric Flair WWE issued the following press release :RANDY “MACHO MAN” SAVAGE™ TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE WWE® HALL OF FAMESTAMFORD, Conn., January 12, 2015 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) announced today that Randy “Macho Man” Savage will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Hulk Hogan™. The posthumous ceremony will take place Saturday, March 28 at SAP Center, as a part of the WrestleMania® 31 Week activities.“Randy Savage was one of the most iconic Superstars in WWE history,” said WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon. “While millions of fans around the world mourned his passing, they will now be able to celebrate his rightful induction into the WWE Hall of Fame.”One of the greatest stars in WWE history and a pop-culture icon known for his incredible athleticism, trademark “Ooh, Yeah” catchphrase and elaborate ring attire, Randy “Macho Man” Savage made his WWE debut in 1985. In 1986, he became Intercontinental Champion, holding the title for more than a year until losing it to Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat™ at WrestleMania III in one of the greatest matches in WWE history. At WrestleMania IV, Savage once again made history by becoming WWE Champion in a tournament where he competed in an unprecedented four matches.At WrestleMania V, Savage lost the WWE Championship to Hulk Hogan, but soon went on to memorable feuds with WWE Hall of Famers Dusty Rhodes™, Ultimate Warrior™ and Jake “The Snake” Roberts™. Savage again made history in 1992 by defeating WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair at WrestleMania VIII to become WWE Champion for a second time. After losing the Championship back to Flair, Savage continued to perform in WWE both in the ring and the broadcast booth until his departure from WWE in 1994. While competing in WCW®, Savage continued to add to his legacy, becoming a multi-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion.Additional WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2015 inductees will be announced over the coming weeks.Tickets for the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at SAP Center go on sale this Saturday, January 17 at 1 PM ET/10 AM PT through www.ticketmaster.com  or by calling 1-800-745-3000. All tickets are subject to service charges and facility fees.WrestleMania 31 takes place at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA Sunday, March 29 live on WWE Network and pay-per-view.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair HospitalizedVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:45/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:42 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015last_img read more

VIDEO: WWE pays tribute to Chyna (Joanie Laurer) on Monday night with a special…

first_img Now Playing Up Next Jaime Miguel Facebook Now Playing Up Next April 26, 2016 at 11:46 am April 26, 2016 at 7:13 am April 26, 2016 at 10:41 am Blac Chyna Peddling Skin Whitening Product April 26, 2016 at 9:11 am Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Twitter Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipPeople Want Chyna Inducted Into The WWE Hall of FameVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next April 27, 2016 at 1:22 pm Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha 9 COMMENTS Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte unknown April 26, 2016 at 11:22 pm And soon TNA will be changing Gail Kim’s name to Taywan to cash in on the media as well. Glen Värîs I can see itcenter_img Mat Thompson CMJunk The sad thing WWE do this great package now she has passed. She was great especially with Eddie which was my favorite run with her. A bit of kindness before the fact may have made a big difference she did shit talk HHH but that always looked more like a call for help/attention to a bigger problem. JFJ WWE = Hypocrites April 26, 2016 at 11:26 am Glen Värîs Have you ever seen other tribute video’s WWE has done for wrestlers who have died? I appreciate the acknowledgment…But that tribute didn’t look to have much effort put in to it. It was like a powerpoint presentation in comparison… Lie Maid Pinterest She was such a force and draw in WW(F)E that WCW tried to create their own Chyna like character named Asya. Asya had nowhere near the impact or significance that Chyna did. People Want Chyna Inducted Into The WWE Hall of Fame Shayne Ritter April 26, 2016 at 11:23 pm Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Google+ WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Sorry but I can only echo CMJunk’s comments, while this was undoubtedly well-meaning it comes across as damage limitation and tokenism after a decade and a half of ostracising Chyna and distancing themselves from her. Ask yourselves what their attitude would be towards her if she wasn’t dead, and you’ll see how hollow this truly is. And again, Chyna WAS a total mess and liability, and we all deemed her as such during her life, so I don’t see how a single fan could possibly get on their high horse when many of them are being just as hypocritical as WWE is by acting like they were on her side. Didn’t hear a ten bell salute either… April 26, 2016 at 5:15 pm Very classy from WWE WWE has posted a video paying tribute to the late Joanie “Chyna” Laurer looking back at her career with the company. This video package aired on Monday night during RAW along with a tribute graphic that opened the show. Comments are closed.last_img read more

Report: WWE has “agreed in principle” to bring Smackdown Live to FOX in October…

first_img Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WhatsApp Facebook ESPN.com is reporting that WWE has an agreement in principle with FOX, described as a “massive” offer, to bring Smackdown Live to the network in October of 2019.WWE representatives declined to comment on the story, while any representatives for FOX were not immediately reached at the time of the report on Monday morning.A report last week by the Hollywood Reporter indicated NBC Universal was interested in retaining Monday Night RAW for “triple the rights fee amount”, all the while declining the option to renew Smackdown Live which airs live every Tuesday on the USA Network.Smackdown Live has been averaging 2.59 million viewers per week in 2018 and has been part of the NBC Universal family on cable since October of 2010, airing first on the SyFy network and then moving to the USA Network in 2016.Back in February, FOX executives attended a Smackdown Live taping in Los Angeles including on-air personality Colin Cowherd. Not long later, Cowherd hinted on air that WWE programming was “coming to a network near you.”We will continue to follow this story as it develops.center_img Twitter Google+ Pinterest WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more