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The story of how Ireland took the Taekwondo world by storm

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first_imgThey’ve already been competing for a number of years at national level. They have been competing at smaller international opens and this would be the next level to step out on a world stage.”Ryan, who is Secretary General of the Irish Taekwon-do Association, explains that this sudden high degree of success was no accident.“They have to be properly conditioned athletes now with the level the competition you’re at. It’s bout after bout the same day, you’re only getting a short rest between fights. Often, I’ve seen kids that are very introverted and shy coming into a Taekwon-do class at the age of seven and eight, but by the time they’re 14 or 15, are totally different characters and full of self confidence. That’s a huge part of it — the positive effects it can have on their personality. And once you see those changes, you can work with an awful lot of people if they’re willing to put in the physical effort.”Much to the disappointment of those who love it, despite the Irish team’s consistent success of late, the sport receives minimal government funding and is hindered by a lack of coverage in mainstream media. Moreover, while it cannot compete in terms of numbers with the big three — rugby, GAA and soccer — it has still become increasingly popular in recent years and the Irish national team are reaping the benefits.“We had our national championships at the University of Limerick a week ago and there were 800 competitors taking part in that. I was only looking back on the stats of that from five years ago, we’ve actually doubled in size in terms of how many people are turning up to compete in our national championships. He continues: “The reason it’s so big — a World Cup is an open event. It’s an opportunity for those not selected yet for the national team to get high-level development. By Paul Fennessy 13 Comments 34,827 Views If you go back 10 years, we wouldn’t have dreamed of having the level of success we’re having now. It’s down to systems we would have put in place over the last number of years, we’ve gotten far more clued in on coach education and how we’re training our athletes.“It’s about looking at other Irish sports like rugby as well and how successful they’ve been. It’s much the same thing. We’re educating ourselves all the time and saying ‘how can we build on it from one campaign to the next’. Looking at the level of the competitors coming through right from the young kids aged seven and eight, it’s quite exciting for us as coaches, because we can see the level of talent coming through getting better and better.”Ryan cites 2006 at the World Cup when the situation began to change significantly for Irish Taekwon-do. Before then, the country had been somewhat peripheral on the international stage, but suddenly, the medal tallies at various competitions began to increase substantially. The ITA coaches on the podium at the World Cup.This success has continued quite steadily over the past decade with the most recent ITF World Cup in Budapest being a prime example of how far the team has come.Ireland returned home with over 40 medals, placing second overall out of 58 countries and 1,852 competitors — an outcome that bodes well for the forthcoming World Championships, which take place in Dublin (Citywest Business Campus to be exact) next October.Of particular encouragement at the World Cup was the performance of Ireland’s female participants, indicating how a once male-dominated sport is becoming increasingly popular for women and young girls to pursue. The Irish team have enjoyed plenty of success in Taekwon-do in recent years. The Irish team have enjoyed plenty of success in Taekwon-do in recent years. It’s not just about the training, it’s about nutrition plans and trying to get everything in balance, strength programmes and all that sort of stuff. You can see with the results that we’re getting that it is working.“It wasn’t an overnight thing. We started a plan about 10 years ago and now, we’re coming into a period of Irish Taekwon-do where we’re starting to see the fruits of that.”Ryan estimates that there are somewhere between 7,000 and 8,000 athletes participating in the ITF version of the sport nationwide — not to be confused with the WTF version of the sport, which is less popular in Ireland and which he was not overly impressed by at the 2016 Olympics. I watched a little bit of it. It’s not doing us any favours. When I compare it to WTF taekwondo a couple of years ago, it has lost an awful lot of its flair and its style.“I was watching the matches in the Olympic cycle. Every match seemed to be a stalemate, with people nearly afraid to take a chance to get a score and it kills off the excitement. I know it’s something they’re trying to tackle at WTF level. They’re having a lot of meetings at a high level to try to reinvigorate the sport and make it more exciting because it’s not a spectacle any more.” Irish female athletes are enjoying increased success in Taekwon-Do of late.WTF is a South Korean innovation of the sport while ITF is popular in North Korea, with the former breaking away from the latter in 1972. There has often been talk of the organisations coming together since then, largely in a bid to boost the sport’s popularity, but Ryan feels there is little hope of the issue being resolved anytime soon owing to “politics and propaganda”.The 34-year-old Clare native, who competes in the sport as well as coaching it, says that while most athletes enjoy what they do rather than looking on it as a “chore,” also emphasises the “significant sacrifice” required to rise to the top level.While it is recognised through Sport Ireland and the Irish Martial Arts Commission, Taekwon-do receives no significant government funding. Competitors are self-funding through club initiatives and personal means.Therefore, simply being able to persevere in the sport is no mean feat. Going abroad for various competitions alone can cost “a couple of thousand,” and that’s without accounting for the cost of training, buying specific food for nutrition and physio sessions, among other expenses. http://the42.ie/3114733 Luckily, a lot of the top-level athletes are given extra training by their instructors at no extra cost, because they do it for the love of the sport,” Ryan adds.To succeed in Taekwon-do, great discipline is also required. While many in clubs around the country just compete in it casually, serious competitors are expected to train five-to-six days a week, sometimes twice a day, while early-morning starts are commonplace.It’a a tough ask, especially when you consider how athletes invariably work or go to school or college while simultaneously trying to reach the pinnacle of the sport. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The story of how Ireland took the Taekwon-do world by storm Stephen Ryan chats to The42 about the Irish side’s considerable recent successes in the sport. Sunday 4 Dec 2016, 9:00 PM Dec 4th 2016, 9:00 PM Share830 Tweet Email2 “BEING INVOLVED IN a high level can be difficult at times, because you’re away from your family,” Stephen Ryan tells The42.“I’ve a young son who’s 10 months old and a very understanding wife, who allows me to spend time on what I’m passionate about.“She’s involved in it as well. If she wasn’t, I’m sure I’d be single a long time ago.“It can be tough at times when your away from family but then you just reflect on how positive the whole thing is, and what a positive effect you’re having on so many people at a national team level and within your community.”Taekwon-do may not register on the consciousness of many sports fans in this country, but for a select few, such as Ryan, it is not just a hobby to practice in their spare time but almost a way of life.From the age of seven onwards, aspiring athletes devote themselves to the sport. They are taught not just skills, but values. “The tenets of courtesy and integrity” are just as important in the sport as athleticism and a winning mentality, according to Ryan.When the experienced coach speaks of a Taekwon-do ‘community,’ he means it. Personal development, he explains, invariably tends to go hand in hand with athletic prowess, particularly in relation to the younger members of the clubs around the country.“To become a top-class athlete is achievable for an awful lot of people if they’re willing to put in the hard work,” he says. You have to be willing to sacrifice you’re social life to a certain extent,” Ryan admits. “When you’re training and when you’re in competitive season, that has to be put aside. For younger people who see friends that are not involved at a high level in sports heading out, it can be difficult to make those kind of sacrifices.“It’s not something you can do on your own. It very much has to be the family, the athlete and the club all working together. But we have a lot of people at the moment willing to put that effort in.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Follow us: the42.ie Usain Bolt wins record sixth IAAF World Athlete of the Year award>From Junior E to All-Ireland senior club finalists: The meteoric rise of Foxrock-Cabinteely> We had a senior women’s team that won the team sparring event and the six of them won all their matches in every round, they didn’t lose one bout,” Ryan adds. “It was the first time we had a senior ladies team win a sparring event.” Short URLlast_img read more

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Australian man miraculously escapes after holding his head barely above water for

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first_img http://jrnl.ie/3231746 34 Comments Thursday 9 Feb 2017, 5:52 PM The first thing I thought is ‘I told (my wife) I wouldn’t die first’.Miller, who is married with young children, said he went “into an almost robotic state and thought ‘just count to 60, move my arms, readjust’”.Just try and be calm, be logical. Like I watched a cricket climb across a piece of grass for two hours. 46,092 Views Share511 Tweet Email3 Source: Facebook Source: 9NewsAN AUSTRALIAN MAN has had a lucky escape after a digger he was driving overturned and rolled into a muddy dam.45-year-old Daniel Miller was trapped after the mechanical tracks of the excavator he was driving shifted unexpectedly forcing both him and the machine into the water.Miller had been tending to plants on his Charlotte Bay, New South Wales, property when the accident occurred, just after 2.30pm Australian time on Tuesday afternoon.Subsequently, the roll-bar from the vehicle pinned him beneath the surface of the water as he tried to make his escape.He remained in that position, with his head barely above the surface of the water, for five hours.“I didn’t have time to jump clear so I kind of rode the machine down hoping I would be alright. I hit the water and went under. The next thing I feel is the roll bar come across my back, the dam was very soft, very muddy,” he told Australian station 9News.“I thought I have to get the surface, so I pushed my arms up into the mud and grabbed a mouthful of air. Feb 9th 2017, 5:52 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Cianan Brennan I was thinking about how my family is going to find me face down in the dam dead on my property, so that wasn’t going to happen – not without a fight. Source: Facebook Source: FacebookFinally, Miller’s cries for help brought a neighbour to his assistance, and emergency services were duly able to dig him out.He survived, miraculously, with only minor back injuries and a case of hypothermia.His wife, Saimaa, doesn’t see his survival as a coincidence though. Source: Facebook“It was literally sheer mental strength and determination to survive that got him through,” she said in a Facebook post.As well as being fit, strong and healthy. Nothing to do with luck. Legendary effort from a legendary man.Read: Supermacs are hiring… someone to taste their chicken sandwichesRead: Driver thinks he’s being stopped for speeding – has cat stuck in engine grille Short URL Australian man miraculously escapes after holding his head barely above water… for five hours 45-year-old Daniel Miller escaped with his life after the excavator he was driving pinned him almost beneath the surface of a waterlogged dam for five hours.last_img read more

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Irish woman to appear in court on Wednesday charged with the murder

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first_img 54,619 Views Share Tweet Email2 Sunday 19 Feb 2017, 12:18 PM Cathrina Cahill has been charged with the murder of her fiancé David Walsh Image: Facebook http://jrnl.ie/3247706 Feb 19th 2017, 12:18 PM No Comments Irish woman to appear in court on Wednesday charged with the murder of fiancé in Sydney 25-year-old Cathrina Cahill made no application for bail in court this morning.center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Image: Facebook A 25-YEAR-OLD Irish woman is set to appear in court charged with the murder of her fiancé, 29-year-old Irishman David Walsh, this Wednesday.Cathrina Cahill was due to appear before a court in Parramatta, around 23km west of Sydney, at 9.30am local time this morning.The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Cahill did not appear at the bail court this morning, and chose not to appear via video link.She will remain in custody and is now due to appear before Burwood local court during the week.David Walsh, who was a father of three young girls, was stabbed to death at his home in the early hours of Saturday morning.He was pronounced dead at the scene after emergency services were called to a house on Watson Road in Padstow, south-west of Sydney.The local community in Walsh’s hometown of Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, was left in a state of shock yesterday following the news.Local councillor Johnny Mythen told TheJournal.ie that the news has left the community reeling.“We’re all just in a state of total shock,” Mythen said. “It’s sent ripples through the whole area.He was a decent, hard-working young chap from a decent, hard working family, who’ve been like that all of their lives.Comments have been closed as legal proceedings are ongoingRead: Community in shock as fiancée charged with murder of David Walsh in SydneyRead: Irish woman charged with murder of Irish man who was stabbed to death in Sydney Cathrina Cahill has been charged with the murder of her fiancé David Walsh By Sean Murraylast_img read more

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37 dead after Turkish cargo plane hits village in Kyrgyzstan

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first_img 12,410 Views At least 30 people were killed when a Turkish cargo plane crashed in Kyrgyzstan, Russian state media reports https://t.co/q3IhqfLdoE pic.twitter.com/RUmiiX8t8B— CNN (@CNN) January 16, 2017 Share4 Tweet Email Jan 16th 2017, 7:33 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 16 Jan 2017, 7:33 AM Photos of #TK6491 which appears to have crashed into homes. https://t.co/ruXKEgxv4i #aviation #Kyrgyzstan pic.twitter.com/NqwnlNfDZp— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) January 16, 2017 https://jrnl.ie/3188766 By Associated Press Source: CNN/Twitter Kyrgyz Emergency Ministry officials work among remains of a crashed Turkish Boeing 747 cargo plane Image: Vladimir Voronincenter_img More than a thousand rescue workers were working on the scene by late morning in the residential area where 15 houses have been destroyed, Deputy Prime Minister Mukhammetkaly Abulgaziyev said.The cause of the crash was not immediately clear. Kyrgyz Emergency Situations Minister Kubatbek Boronov told reporters that it was foggy this morning at Manas when the plane came down but weather conditions were not critical. Kyrgyz Emergency Ministry officials work among remains of a crashed Turkish Boeing 747 cargo plane Short URL Until 2014, the US military operated a military installation at the Manas airport, using it primarily for its operations in Afghanistan.Turkish media reports say the plane belonged to an Istanbul-based cargo company and it had departed from Hong Kong.Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called his Kyrgyz counterpart, Erlan Abdildaev, to offer Turkey’s condolences, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said.Read: Eight men hold as much wealth as half the planet combined> 10 Comments A CARGO PLANE crashed in a residential area just outside the main airport in the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan this morning, killing at least 37 people according to the Emergency Situations Ministry.The Turkish Boeing 747 crashed just outside the Manas airport, south of the capital Bishkek, killing people in the residential area adjacent to the airport as well as those on the plane.Reports of the death toll range from 31 to 37 people, according to emergency officials and the presidential press office. Images from the scene showed the nose of the plane stuck inside a brick house. 37 dead after Turkish cargo plane hits village in Kyrgyzstan It’s reported that most of those killed were villagers on the ground. Image: Vladimir Voronin Source: Steve Herman/Twitterlast_img read more

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Indefensible immoral shocking Coveney on the separation of children at US borders

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first_img Short URL ‘Indefensible, immoral, shocking’: Coveney on the separation of children at US borders Official data shows more than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents or guardians since early May. 83 Comments TÁNAISTE AND MINISTER for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said the separation of children from parents at US borders is “indefensible, immoral and shocking”.“This kind of leadership gives licence to other countries to follow inhumane policies towards vulnerable refugees. Is this making America great?” Coveney said in a tweet.US president Donald Trump vowed yesterday that the US would not become a “migrant camp”, as pressure mounted on him globally to end the separation of immigrant families on American’s southern border.While top administration officials stood by Trump’s policy of “zero tolerance” towards unauthorised border crossers and insisted children were being held in humane conditions, criticism swelled from rights groups and within the president’s own Republican Party.Trump has stood defiantly even as Democratic politicians accused authorities of keeping children in “cages” separate from their incarcerated parents and Amnesty International likened the practice to “torture.”“The United States will not be a migrant camp, and it will not be a refugee holding facility,” Trump said at the White House.“You look at what’s happening in Europe, you look at what’s happening in other places, we can’t allow that to happen to the United States,” he said. “Not on my watch.”Official data shows more than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents or guardians since early May, when the administration said it would arrest and charge all migrants who illegally crossed the Mexican border – even if they were seeking asylum.Since children cannot be sent to the facilities where their parents are held, they are separated from them.Irish actionLabour Party leader Brendan Howlin TD has called on Coveney to raise the issue of children being separated from their parents at US borders directly with the US Secretary of State.“I think people across the world and in the United States are appalled at the implications of this policy, which sees young children being separated from their parents,” Howlin said.US First Lady Melania Trump has said she “hates” to see families separated at the US border and hopes “both sides of the aisle” can reform the nation’s immigration laws.“It is good to hear the First Lady voice her opinions on the issue in stark contrast to the dishonest and disingenuous commentary being offered by the president,” Howlin said.“I’m calling now on our Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney to raise the issue directly with the US authorities. Image: Leah Farrell via RollingNews.ie 12,772 Views Tuesday 19 Jun 2018, 9:30 AM https://jrnl.ie/4078343 center_img By Hayley Halpin Jun 19th 2018, 9:31 AM There is no ambassador in Ireland to be called in, so direct contact with the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is required. In addition to this obvious and inexcusable cruelty that this policy is imposing on individual families, it is also further tainting the reputation of the United States.‘Utter atrocity’ A Republican-led Congress is drafting legislative options to address the crisis, with possible votes later this week.“Some in the administration have decided that this cruel policy increases their legislative leverage. This is wrong,” said Republican Senator Ben Sasse, an occasional Trump critic.“Americans do not take children hostage, period.”Amid the outcry, independent investigative news organisation Pro Publica published audio obtained from inside a US Customs and Border Protection facility in which children are heard wailing.“I don’t want them to stop my father,” a distraught girl’s voice can be heard, as others cried in the background. “I don’t want them to deport him.”With reporting by © – AFP 2018 Share642 Tweet Email Image: Leah Farrell via RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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I was extremely impressed Mick McCarthy singles out Ireland U21 duo for

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first_img Short URL By Paul Fennessy Monday 9 Sep 2019, 5:23 PM “So I kind of trust myself and [the coaching staff] — we know who the best players are and they should be playing. I’d like to have the dilemma, of course I would — if they were playing in Champions League games and Premier League games, but at the moment, they’re not.” Originally published at 13.05The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! 23 Comments Follow us: the42.ie Share Tweet Email1 ‘I was extremely impressed’ – Mick McCarthy singles out Ireland U21 duo for praise Aaron Connolly and Jayson Molumby both caught the eye in Tallaght on Friday. 27,285 Views center_img Aaron Connolly has impressed at underage level for Ireland. Image: TGSPHOTO/Paul Dennis/INPHO Sep 9th 2019, 1:09 PM Updated at 17.25MICK MCCARTHY SAYS he would be tempted to call up a few Ireland U21 players in normal circumstances, as they impressed in the win over Armenia on Friday night at Tallaght Stadium.The Ireland boss and his coaching staff were at last week’s game, as Stephen Kenny’s side made it two wins from two in their qualification campaign.McCarthy suggested the fact that his side’s upcoming friendly with Bulgaria coincided with the U21 team’s important qualifier away to Sweden was the main reason why he was reluctant to promote some of their players.“Have they got a qualifier tomorrow? Then why on earth would I call them in? I just think that would be wrong of me. The 21s want to qualify for a competition,” he said.Jayson Molumby — the Brighton youngster currently on loan at Millwall — earned the man-of-the-match award for his eye-catching display in midfield.Another Brighton player, Aaron Connolly, also earned widespread praise for his performance, after setting up Troy Parrott’s match-winning goal and regularly tormenting the opposition full-back with his pace and trickery down the wing.I was extremely impressed, certainly by Connolly – I thought he was the pick of the bunch,” McCarthy said. “Molumby as well. Having a soft spot for centre-backs, I liked the both of them [Conor Masterson and Dara O’Shea]. They were both competitive and both can play, both can pass the ball.“But certainly Connolly, he was the one that caught the eye. Connolly and Molumby, I thought, were excellent.”McCarthy added that it would ultimately be more beneficial for the players to be involved in the competitive fixture against Sweden, rather than in tomorrow night’s friendly with Bulgaria.“I’m not sure that if I play them in a friendly against Bulgaria, it will tell me that they can compete in a game against Georgia away, or Switzerland away, or Denmark at home.“It’s a competitive game against Sweden and I’m sure I’ll learn more from that than I would in a friendly.I hope they play, certainly, playing in their teams [at club level]. I hope they give me that dilemma, that problem when they are playing.“But I keep going back to it — I’m not sure that Georgia away, Switzerland away, Denmark at home, they’re big games. And of course, it’s always the case that if I was to do that and they didn’t play well, that question would be asked. Aaron Connolly has impressed at underage level for Ireland. Image: TGSPHOTO/Paul Dennis/INPHO https://the42.ie/4801452 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Statue could harm FYROMs EU ambitions

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Authorities in Skopje erected a huge bronze statue of Alexander the Great in the city centre, a move certain to aggravate a long running dispute with Athens over the official name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia that has barred the tiny Balkan country from joining the EU and NATO. The 11-metre-high statue, which weighs around 40 tons, was raised onto a 10-metre-high pedestal in the heart of Skopje, to cheering crowds. Last Monday commenting on news about preparations to raise the statue of the ancient Greek warrior in Skopje, Foreign Minister of Greece Mr Stavros Lambrinidis suggested that authorities in FYROM should “concentrate on building bridges rather than erecting walls and statues”. Lambrinidis, while visiting Luxembourg for a summit of peers from the EU and Balkans, told his FYROM counterpart, Antonio Milososki that “instead of trying to rewrite history we should try to write the future”. The European Union’s Enlargement Commissioner, Stefan Fule, also reacted to the plans late on Monday, warning FYROM that taking action considered by Greece as “provocative” could harm its ambitions to join the bloc. Speaking on A1 television channel in Skopje, the Czech commissioner condemned the decision to erect the giant monument depicting Greece’s ancient hero – a move Athens has described as a “usurpation” of its history. “Seriously, if you have a neighbour… and there is an issue between the two of you, whatever the nature of that issue is, if you are trying sincerely to solve it, I guess you would avoid doing anything that your neighbour might call a provocation,” Fule said. “This is simple logic.” Greece objects to FYROM using the word ‘Macedonia’ in its name without a geographical qualifier – the country borders with Greece’s northern province of Macedonia – and has blocked Skopje’s accession to NATO and the EU until the rows are resolved. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Teens take up drink and drugs

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The number of teenagers who have taken up smoking, drinking alcohol and experimenting with drugs has increased in the past five years, according to a new study by the Athens-based University Research Institute for Mental Health. The study showed a substantial rise since 2006 of youth taking up the bad habits. Two in five Greeks under the age of 15 claim to have smoked at least once, with one in three admitting to drinking alcohol and 7.2 per cent of those surveyed saying they had tried cannabis, which was significantly higher than 2006’s survey results which showed only 3.7 per cent had tried it. Of the youth surveyed, 42 per cent had smoked at least once in their lives, with one in 10 admitting to smoking around six cigarettes a day. One in three admitted to drinking alcohol at least once a week. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Unilever shifts production to Greece

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram British-Dutch firm Unilever announced on Tuesday that 110 of its products that are currently imported to Greece from elsewhere in Europe will soon be produced in this country, in a much-needed boost for the local economy. The move, which will cover the needs of the domestic market, will transform its local arm, Elais-Unilever Hellas, into a strategic pillar for the multinational group. Furthermore, not only will imports be reduced, but other industries will also have a stab at becoming sustainable as those 110 product codes will not be produced by Unilever’s Greek plants but outsourced to other Greek companies, the head of Elais-Unilever Hellas, Spyros Desyllas, explained. He was speaking during a presentation to the media of Elais-Unilever Hellas’s new logistics and distribution center that went into operation this year at Schimatari, north of Athens. FAMAR and Papoutsanis already produce Lux soap bars for Unilever, and procedures for cooperation with other firms, concerning Unilever’s cosmetic, detergent and personal hygiene products, are expected to continue up to the end of the first quarter of 2013. The move will not include food products. Up until today, most of these products have been manufactured at Unilever plants in France, Germany and other European countries. The new development will result in an increase in Unilever’s turnover from domestic production climbing from 55 percent to 60 percent in 2013. “We never had the dilemma as to whether we should stay or leave. The history and the continuity of our investment program confirms that. Greece was, is and will be a pillar of growth for Unilever,” the head of Elais-Unilever Hellas stated. He went on to explain that the parent company’s reason for this decision is that production has recently become a little more competitive in Greece, while shipping costs will also be reduced. Already Elais-Unilever Hellas exports products to 19 countries, with a turnover of 30 million euros, which corresponds to 7.5 percent of its total turnover. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Mirabella out of cabinet consideration

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first_imgAfter a pledge by Tony Abbott to include Sophie Mirabella in his frontbench team, the shadow minister pressed the ejector seat on Thursday as speculation mounted over her ability to hold the seat of Indi. The Liberal MP pulled herself out of contention for a cabinet spot after having spoken to the prime minister-elect. With vote counting continuing in her regional Victorian seat and Independent candidate Cathy McGowan in the lead by more than 1000 votes, Ms Mirabella said: “It is now time that our new Prime Minister has absolute freedom to select his new front bench. “As my own future in the Parliament is not assured, I have asked that I not be considered for selection.” Ms Mirabella held the innovation, industry and science portfolio in opposition and was expected to keep the role. Her loss will make it even more difficult for Mr Abbott to create gender equality in his ministerial lineup. Apart from Deputy Liberal Leader Julie Bishop, Indi’s sitting member was the only woman in the shadow cabinet. Meanwhile, her nemesis Cathy McGowan admitted to “an outbreak of hope” on Thursday although has not claimed victory. The Independent candidate’s election chances received a boost last week with the discovery of an extra 1003 votes in her favour following an accounting error by the electoral commission. The ‘Monopoly’-like dividend could be crucial in the final analysis. Given the close margin a recount that could not start until the end of next week is likely. Stalked by her critics for expressing controversial views on Muslim women wearing hijabs, asylum seekers and the ‘stolen generations’, in 2004 Mirabella had 62.6 per cent of the vote in Indi. That support has dropped to less than 50 per cent. Yesterday Tony Abbott thanked his former shadow minister for her “tireless efforts” in bringing the Coalition to power. “I pay tribute to Sophie Mirabella and thank her for her magnanimity in ensuring the continuing vote count in Indi does not hinder formation of the new ministry,” he said in a statement. “I have valued Sophie’s friendship for over a quarter of a century. She has been a trusted colleague and a senior member of my shadow cabinet. “Her relentless pursuit of the Gillard/Rudd governments’ carbon tax broken promise and her support for our manufacturing industries was an important factor in the Coalition’s election victory last Saturday.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Melbourne now home to Greek treasures

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first_imgEight thousand years of Greek civilisation are now on display at Melbourne’s Hellenic Museum, as on Wednesday Victorian Premier Denis Napthine officially opened the exhibition ‘Gods, Myths and Mortals: Greek Treasures Across The Millennia’, on loan from Athens’ Benaki Museum.In the presence of Ms Irini Geroulanou, deputy director of the Benaki Museum, and former Greece Minister for Culture and Tourism, Mr Pavlos Yeroulanos – great-grandchildren of the famous Benaki Museum’s founder, Antonis Benakis – a priceless Greek collection that will call Melbourne home for a decade opened its doors to the audience, with artefacts such as a more than 2,000 year old luminous golden wreath and a famous gold kylix as its crowning treasures.The chair of the Hellenic Museum, Harry Stamoulis, acknowledged the support of the Benaki Museum, Greek state, Victorian government and all those involved in bringing the priceless collection to the Hellenic Museum, enabling his late father’s dream – to have a showcase of Greek culture in Melbourne, through the Hellenic Museum – come true.The Hellenic Museum was founded in 2007 by Melbourne businessman Spiros Stamoulis and is housed in one of the city’s most elegant colonial buildings, the Royal Mint.Addressing the large audience at the crowded Hellenic Museum, Premier Denis Napthine congratulated the organisation of the collaborative exhibition and stressed the point that Melbourne is the capital city of Hellenism in Australia and perhaps in the wider Greek diaspora.“The theme of the exhibition is a journey, and that journey is a Greek history,” Premier Napthine said. Deputy director of the Benaki Museum Ms Irini Geroulanou introduced the nature of the collaboration with the Hellenic Museum, and thanked the teams of both the Hellenic and Benaki Museum, its curators and conservators.“This collaboration means a lot to us, as Benaki Museum is fond of organising exhibitions and sending exhibitions all over the world. There are a lot of Greeks here in Melbourne, and with this collection we are giving them the opportunity to learn all these charming stories that are in Greek civilisation,” Ms Geroulanou said.Made up of 200 pieces on loan from the Benaki Museum, the collection is a snapshot of the main collection of the Benaki Museum.“The exhibition we brought to Melbourne is a small Benaki, it’s like a snapshot of Benaki Museum, that tells a charming story of Greek civilisation and shows its continuity and its relation with other civilisations.” Close to 15 items of the Benaki Museum permanent collection, that hardly ever leave the museum’s glass boxes, were sent to Melbourne to feature at the Hellenic Museum exhibition for the next ten years.“We thought that we shouldn’t keep everything for ourselves. So we didn’t send ‘spare parts’, we sent very good pieces.“There were people crying when the objects were leaving for 10 years. It was very emotional,” Ms Geroulanou said.Featuring treasures that bring 8,000 years of Greek civilisation to Melbourne’s doorstep, the collection includes pieces from each major period of Greek history, from the Pre-Historic era through to the formation of the modern Greek State: from neolithic pottery to Minoan figurines; from Byzantine icons to post-Byzantine secular art and costumes; and Neo-Hellenic art and weaponry, including ornate swords and pistols belonging to Greek revolutionary heroes Kolokotronis and Mavromichali.Hellenic Museum CEO John Tatoulis said the exhibition is a journey through time, which provides a holistic experience of Greek art and Greek treasures across millennia. The fact that Benaki Museum is the only one of its kind in Greece, spanning thousands of years of Greek history regardless of theme or era, was a determining factor to initiate the collaboration with Benaki, he said.Apart from the main collection, as part of the collaboration with the Benaki Museum in the years to come, the Hellenic Museum will also host smaller exhibitions, featuring Benaki’s Chinese, Islamic, Coptic and other collections.Addressing the audience at the official launch of the opening of the exhibition, former Greek minister for culture and tourism, Pavlos Yeroulanos, said that the legacy of Greek people is their commitment to build on the values their ancestors gave to the world.“Our legacy is not our DNA. Our legacy is our commitment to preserve and to create, to build on the values that our ancestors gave to the world: all the values that we Greeks believe in today and through history; feeling proud of our contribution no matter how big or how small. No culture might ever reach what our ancestors gave to the world. But we have created everything in between that links us to them.“We are proud of our culture not as fragmented accounts of moments of brilliance but as a brilliant continuum of creativity and influence. That is what Benakis believed in. And that is what his museum is all about”. Benaki Museum was founded in 1930 by a Greek of the diaspora, Alexandrian Antonis Benakis. A visionary, Antonis Benakis started collecting Islamic art while still in Egypt. Upon his return to Greece in 1925-30 he started collecting Greek art. Proud of her family and the legacy of her great-grandfather Antonis Benakis, Ms Geroulanou told Neos Kosmos it wasn’t the family connection that brought her to Benaki Museum.“I never met Antonis Benakis which means that I was never influenced by his character and his passion. On the contrary, I heard stories that he wasn’t the best of fathers, nor the best of grandfathers – as is normally the case with people so passionate about other things that they don’t have time for their family,” Ms Geroulanou says with a laugh.“I actually fell in love with the Benaki Museum through its director, Professor Angelos Delivorias. Although my family was a bit sceptical, Professor Delivorias trusted me and since the age of 24 I have been involved with the museum.”To this day, the Benaki Museum remains one of the Greek museums that receives the most donations from the public. Museums from around the world approach Benaki Museum on a daily basis, and single items from its collections are sent to exhibitions abroad.The ten-year collaboration with the Hellenic Museum is a precedent for both museums. The exhibition ‘Gods, Myths & Mortals: Greek Treasures Across The Millennia’ is on display at the Hellenic Museum, 280 William Street, Melbourne, Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. For more information, visit www.hellenic.org.au*A previous version of this article stated that Antonis Benakis was believed to be one of the first Greeks to go to Oxford. This was quoted by Pavlos Yeroulanos during an ABC Radio interview with John Faine but could not be verified. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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This far and no further

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras vowed this week not to implement reform measures beyond those already agreed with Greece’s creditors.Speaking on Greek radio, the beleaguered PM warned hardline SYRIZA rebels that he would be forced to call early elections without a parliamentary majority, and proposed an emergency party congress could be held in early September.Tsipras faced a SYRIZA central committee session on Thursday, with many hardliners angry at acceptance of bailout terms more onerous than those voters rejected in the July 5 referendum.Under pressure from the lenders to go beyond the two packages of ‘prior actions’ already passed by the Greek parliament, Tsipras is faced with having to raise the retirement age and cut back on tax incentives for farmers.“I know well the framework of the deal we signed at the eurozone summit on July 12,” Tsipras told Sto Kokkino radio. “We will implement these commitments, irrespective of whether we agree with it or not. Nothing beyond that.”In a setback for his efforts to restore more economic stability, the Athens stock exchange is likely to stay closed for at least a week as Greek banks adapt their IT systems to enforce limits on trading.The ECB has given the go-ahead to reopen the exchange without restrictions for foreign investors, but with limitations for local investors to avoid further capital outflows.Meanwhile, the challenge of piecing together a third bailout deal became harder this week, with doubts emerging whether the International Monetary Fund will participate.At a two-hour meeting on Wednesday, the IMF’s board was told that Greece’s high debt levels and poor record of implementing reforms disqualify the country from receiving a third IMF bailout, according to a report in the Financial Times.As a result, while the IMF will participate in discussions over the bailout, the fund will not reach a final decision on whether to take part until Greece agrees to new reforms and eurozone countries agree to debt relief.This raises doubts over whether Athens and the lenders will be able to reach agreement by the proposed 20 August deadline – the date on which Greece is due to repay €3.5 billion to the European Central Bank.Sources: Reuters, Australian Financial Reviewlast_img read more

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Greek domestic tourism drops

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Hoteliers and travel agencies have experienced a drop in bookings from domestic travellers this summer compared to this time last year, reports Kathimerini.The slump, which has been attributed to the impending increase in taxes, is expected to extend right through to August, when the majority of Greeks are known to take time off. Though those in the travel industry have their fingers crossed for a last-minute change of heart, this could be based on false hope, with taxes set to spike at the start of the month. Those lucky enough to take a holiday are doing so for shorter periods of time, and are looking to reduce their regular holiday spending budget with special offers and discounts.According to head of Halkidiki hoteliers Grigoris Tasios, reservations being made by nationals have dropped from between seven to 10 days to just five days this season.last_img read more

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Greeces youth unemployment the highest in the EU

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first_imgEven though the ends of 2017 saw Greece show the biggest decline in general population unemployment in the European Union dropping from from 23.3 per cent to 20.7, it still remains the highest.According to the latest Eurostat data released on Wednesday in Brussels, Greek unemployment still sits at the top of the EU executive’s statistics agency list. Meanwhile, youth unemployment went up to 40.8 per cent in Greece in October from a 40.3 per cent in September, totalling 990,000 registered unemployed people below the age of 35.At 20.8 per cent in September 2017 Greece has almost triple the amount of unemployment compared to the general 8.7 per cent recorded within the Eurozone in December 2017 and the 7.3 percent in the EU. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Harvard nabs archive of Greek poet Nikos Gatsos

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The archive of the 20th century poet and lyricist Nikos Gatsos will be held at the Harvard Library in the US. The Harvard Library has a illustrious collections of Greek literature and the new acquisition will be available to its students and scholars around the world.Nikos Gatsos (1911-1992)  was a leading light of the post-war generation of Greek poets on whom he had a profound influence. His poetry combined surrealism, symbolism and sadness. His work is considered alongside his colleagues and friends, the Nobel laureates Odysseas Elytis and George Seferis.Panagiotis Roilos, the George Seferis Professor of Modern Greek Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard, was behind the acquisition.“Nikos Gatsos was one of the most prominent figures of the European avant-garde. His long poem Amorgos, which was published in 1943, during the occupation of Greece by the Germans and their allies, was almost instantly hailed by both critics and poets as an emblematic work of Greek surrealism,” reports The Greek Reporter  (US).“The Gatsos archive will be a major addition to Harvard’s archives on European modernism and of course to its unique collection on Greek literature and culture. I cannot stress enough the potential educational and research value of the archive for several scholarly areas, including Greek and broader European cultural history, comparative literature, Greek world literature and translation studies.”Gatsos’s poems and lyrics have been widely translated. He won the Athens City Prize for his life achievements in 1987 and in 1991 he was made a Deputy Member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Barcelona for his contribution to the promotion of Spanish literature in Greece.Harvard’s Gatsos archive includes manuscripts, typescripts, notebooks, correspondence, books, photographs, and musical recordings.It includes:18 letters from Odysseas Elytis50 years of postcards from friend Nana MouskouriRecord albums signed by composersCassette tapes of “songs in progress”The script of Elia Kazan’s America (with annotations by Kazan)Annotated typescripts by George Seferis, Archibald MacLeish, Australian writer Desmond O’Grady, and Charles Haldemanlast_img read more

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LiPad arrive en France

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first_imgL’iPad arrive en FranceFrance – L’iPad débarque ce vendredi dans l’Hexagone. Son lancement avait été retardé d’un mois en raison de son important succès aux États-Unis.Apple lance demain sa tablette internet iPad en France. Suite au succès rencontré aux États-Unis, les dirigeants de la firme à la pomme avaient décidé de retarder son exportation en Europe. Ils s’attendent aujourd’hui à un net succès concernant leur nouveau produit destiné, comme l’iPhone, à devenir incontournable. À lire aussiExposition Toutânkhamon : 3 choses que vous ignoriez (peut-être) sur le pharaonLa France n’est pas l’unique destination que l’iPad s’apprête à conquérir demain : l’Australie, le Canada, l’Allemagne, l’Italie, le Royaume-Uni, la Suisse, l’Espagne et le Japon feront eux-aussi connaissance avec le dernier né d’Apple. L’iPad est une tablette servant à surfer sur Internet, écouter de la musique, lire, regarder des vidéos et jouer à des jeux vidéo. En France, son prix d’entrée est de 499 euros et peut monter jusqu’à 799 euros selon sa capacité de stockage et sa connexion internet. Il sera en vente dans les deux Apple Store français (Paris Louvre et Montpellier) ainsi que dans les magasins agréés par Apple.Le 27 mai 2010 à 12:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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LEsa et la Nasa sassocient pour explorer Jupiter et Saturne

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first_imgL’Esa et la Nasa s’associent pour explorer Jupiter et SaturneAprès Mars, les agences spatiales européenne et américaine s’associent afin de mettre au point des missions d’exploration des planètes Jupiter et Saturne. Un des objectifs prévus est d’estimer l’habitabilité de ces deux planètes géantes.L’agence spatiale européenne (Esa) et l’agence spatiale américaine (Nasa), se retrouvent autour de projets de missions initialement mises au point séparément. Elles ont donc décidé de collaborer pour envoyer des engins en direction des deux plus grosses planètes du système solaire, Jupiter et Saturne, rapporte Futura-Sciences.À lire aussiApollo 11 : À quoi la conquête spatiale ressemblera-t-elle dans 50 ans ?D’un point de vue pratique, les deux agences comptent toutefois lancer des missions séparées afin de pallier toute défaillance d’un des deux engins. Il est également probable qu’en fin de mission, chacune des deux agences réoriente son appareil vers d’autres satellites, notamment Io et Callisto.Le Jupiter Europa Orbiter de la Nasa a pour objectif premier Europe, une lune de Jupiter qui possède un océan liquide salé en sous sol. Les scientifiques souhaitent évaluer son habitabilité et y trouver des sites potentiels d’atterrissage pour une éventuelle mission en surface. La sonde américaine devrait emporter tout un arsenal de mesure : on devrait retrouver un altimètre laser, un radar  capable de traverser la glace et des spectromètres allant de l’infrarouge à l’ultraviolet sans compter les diverses caméras associées.Côté européen, on s’occupe de la mission Jupiter Ganymède Orbiter qui concerne la seule lune du système solaire à posséder un champ magnétique : Ganymède. Là encore, un océan liquide est à explorer. Les instruments à embarquer n’ont pas encore été définis mais on devrait retrouver les mêmes outils que la Nasa, un instrument de mesure du champ magnétique en plus.Le 10 février 2011 à 18:25 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Le kiosque numérique alternative aux marchands de journaux

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first_imgLe kiosque numérique, alternative aux marchands de journaux ?Les “kiosques numériques” fleurissent en ligne et offrent de télécharger quotidiens et magazines sur tablettes et smartphones. Plus économique, cette alternative propose un nouveau mode de diffusion pour la presse écrite.En difficulté pour écouler leurs magazines et journaux papier, les marchands de journaux vont-ils céder du terrain aux kiosques numériques ? Depuis quelques temps, ces derniers se développent de plus en plus sur les tablettes et smartphones et offrent désormais un large choix de titres de presse.  C’est par exemple le cas du site lekiosque.fr (lien non disponible) qui propose depuis janvier un kiosque en 3D dans lequel l’acheteur peut se promener et consulter la presse mondiale, parmi 550 titres. Moyennant un abonnement de 9,99 euros par mois, l’internaute ayant souscrit au kiosque virtuel peut alors lire sur sa tablette les 10 journaux de son choix parmi une sélection de titres. Ou bien, le lecteur peut s’abonner à un journal ou magazine particulier. Dans tous les cas, l’internaute peut alors consulter autant qu’il veut les journaux qu’il a sélectionnés et qui sont conservés dans sa bibliothèque. Mais Lekiosque.fr n’est pas le seul sur le marché. Il est concurrencé par Relay.com, version numérique des kiosques Relaysoutenue par HDS Digital et le groupe Lagardère. Le site de Relaydispose d’un choix de 450 titres etdonne accès à dix magazines par mois pour un abonnement mensuel de 9,90 euros. Néanmoins, un accès illimité est également possible moyennant 19,90 euros par mois. Autre proposition : celle de huit éditeurs français de presse, cinq quotidiens et trois magazines, qui ont lancé en juin dernier leur propre kiosque, ePresse, sur l’iPad.Un marché en pleine croissance Aujourd’hui, ces “kiosques numériques” semblent donc rencontrer de plus en plus de succès. Ainsi, lekiosque.fr a enregistré une hausse de 50% par mois de son chiffre d’affaires, quand Relay.com a noté une augmentation de 15% par mois. Michaël Philippe, l’un des fondateurs du kiosque.fr précise à l’AFP : “On est convaincus qu’il va y avoir un basculement des modes de lecture, et que ça se fera via un service technologique performant et très simple d’utilisation”.De même, Aymeric Bauguin, directeur général d’HDS Digital explique : “On est sur un marché naissant, qui fait moins de 1% du marché physique. Mais ce sont des rythmes de croissance vraiment très forts. Notre conviction, c’est qu’en numérique, il faut inventer de nouveaux modes de commercialisation pour la presse.”À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Mais outre l’intérêt commercial, cette innovation présente également un intérêt écologique en limitant l’utilisation du papier. Néanmoins, “les kiosques, ça apporte quelques chose mais ce n’est pas de là que viendra le développement numérique, c’est des titres eux-mêmes”, conclut Patrick Bartement, directeur général de l’OJD, l’organisme chargé de contrôler la diffusion de la presse.  Le 13 août 2011 à 13:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Les bébés comprennent certains mots dès lâge de 6 mois

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first_imgLes bébés comprennent certains mots dès l’âge de 6 moisPubliant leurs travaux dans PNAS, des chercheurs américains ont montré expérimentalement que les bébés sont capables de connaître la signification de mots simples dès l’âge de 6 à 9 mois – et non à partir d’un an seulement, comme on le pensait jusqu’à présent.Des chercheurs de l’Université de Pennsylvanie ont testé la compréhension de mots simples chez deux groupes de bébés : 33 nourrissons âgés de 6 à 9 mois, d’une part, et 50 enfants de 10 à 20 mois d’autre part. Lors d’une première expérience, chaque bambin était placé devant un écran où figuraient 2 images représentant des objets simples, tels qu’une pomme et un bras, tandis que sa mère lui demandait : “où est la pomme ?”.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Suivant attentivement le regard des bébés, les chercheurs ont constaté que 26 des 33 enfants les plus jeunes avaient tendance à jeter un regard sur l’image correcte, avec une fréquence n’étant probablement pas le fruit du hasard. Les enfants du second groupe, bien qu’un peu plus âgés, n’ont pas obtenu un score significativement meilleur. Dans un deuxième temps, l’image proposée était contextualisée (exemple : une banane sur une table de dîner). Là encore, même les plus jeunes ont réussi, dans certains cas, à ‘retrouver’ l’objet demandé.”Je pense que cette étude livre un grand message aux parents : vous pouvez parler à vos bébés, et ils comprendront un peu de ce que vous dites. Ils ne vous retourneront pas une répartie spirituelle, mais ils comprennent une partie des choses. Et plus ils en savent, plus ils peuvent s’appuyer sur ce qu’ils savent”, conclut le Dr Daniel Swingley, membre de l’équipe cité par le Telegraph.Le 19 février 2012 à 16:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Auchan Telecom dévoile ses fofaits

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first_imgAuchan Telecom dévoile ses fofaitsL’arrivée de Free Mobile n’a visiblement pas fini de faire bouger la concurrence. Le branche téléphonie mobile du groupe de grande distribution a ainsi lancé une toute nouvelle gamme de prix pour ses forfaits.Il n’y a pas à dire, l’arrivée de Free Mobile a considérablement fait bouger le monde de la téléphonie mobile. Pris de court par les offres agressives du groupe de Xavier Niel, les concurrents ont dû réagir. Et si beaucoup ont choisi de s’aligner sur Free Mobile, Auchan Telecom, la composante dédiée à la téléphonie mobile de l’enseigne de grande distribution a choisi une voie légèrement différente. Elle propose en effet une offre plus ciblée “discount” à des prix très peu élevés alors que ses tarifs de tout illimité sont plus élevés.Sans engagement, la gamme commence à 4,99 euros pour 30 minutes de communication + 300 SMS, 6,99 euros pour 1 heure et 500 SMS, 8,99 euros pour 2 heures et SMS illimités, 13,99 euros pour 4 heures et SMS illimités et enfin 18,99 euros pour appels et SMS illimités. Le tout, sans connexion à Internet… Outre une gamme de forfaits, celle des forfaits donnant accès au Web est la suivante : 13,99 euros pour 2 heures + SMS et Web illimités (dans la limite de 500 Mo par mois), 29,99 euros pour 5 heures (+ 5 numéros gratuits), SMS et Web à 500 Mo illimités et enfin 39,99 euros pour le tout illimité dans la mesure de 1 Go d’utilisation de Web par mois. Une grille tarifaire moins intéressante pour une utilisation intensive, notamment de la 3G, mais d’excellentes offres pour un premier téléphone. Le 8 mars 2012 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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