We dont have the money for this Dublin mother pleads for funding

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 23rd 2017, 7:45 PM “The people of Ireland have been absolutely amazing but we need to reach more people if we are to save Robyn.”Currently in Ireland, the Whitehall, north Dublin, family is “back and forth all the time” to the US in their bid to overcome Robyn’s illness. Source: Robyn’s Life Trust/YouTube“At the moment she’s on targeted medicine, specific to her tumour,” says Bernadette. “This other one is like a vaccine, I have to go back over there again to firm it up, but it’s probably the only thing if we can get her back into remission. But she is slowly improving.”The financial fear of not being able to keep up with Robyn’s treatment is “just constant” she says.It’s in and out and in and out, and if we’re looking at getting anything further we have to consider whether we’ll have the money there to get the next thing.But Bernadette has never given up, much like her daughter.“I’m always hopeful,” she says.Robyn just wants to forget about it. When we’re done with hospital, when we’ve left, she avoids anything to do with her illness.”If you would like to donate towards Robyn’s treatment you can do so via her website here, or her GoFundMe account hereRead: St Vincent’s Healthcare Group to review plans for National Maternity HospitalRead: ‘It robs you of your very being’: Life with the invisible illness Robyn Smyth Source: robynslifeTHE MOTHER OF a 12-year-old Dublin girl is pleading with the public to help provide the funds needed to continue her daughter’s cancer treatment.Robyn Smyth was first diagnosed with a rare form of the disease known as neuroblastoma when she was just three years of age in 2007.Although she successfully battled the disease once, four years later, in 2013, Robyn relapsed.Neuroblastoma occurs where a solid tumour forms from nerve cells known as neuroblasts. Ordinarily these cells evolve into functioning nerve cells. In the case of neuroblastoma, they become cancer cells instead. At present, the disease affects just 10 children in Ireland each year.Running out of options in Ireland, Bernadette’s parents went abroad for treatment to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in the US state of Michigan.Robyn is now in her fourth cycle of battling the disease. For two years now, her parents have struggled to keep up with the stratospheric medical costs involved in fighting her cancer.“It has always been an issue, constantly using up the money and continuing treatment,” says Robyn’s mother Bernadette. Source: robynslifeIt comes in and then it’s out just as quick, Robyn relapsed in January which meant we had to do all the tests again. She has been through so much.Bernadette explains that “there’s only one other trial to prevent relapse, and the price that was quoted, we don’t have the money for that”.We were quoted mad money before, like we were told it could be €750,000, but that was a good while ago when we thought Robyn was close to remission. 35,008 Views ‘We don’t have the money for this’ – Dublin mother pleads for funding for daughter’s cancer treatment 12-year-old Robyn Smyth has been battling a rare form of cancer known as neuroblastoma for the past nine years. http://jrnl.ie/3352165 center_img Sunday 23 Apr 2017, 7:45 PM Share Tweet Email4 By Cianan Brennan 31 Comments Short URLlast_img read more

Its 2017 this is expected Crane drivers the latest workers to push

first_img Image: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ie Short URL By Fora Staff Take me to Fora 24,810 Views 68 Comments Monday 1 May 2017, 8:00 AM May 1st 2017, 8:00 AM Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Share Tweet Email Image: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ie ‘It’s 2017 – this is expected’: Crane drivers the latest workers to push for major pay rises Unite is looking for a 10% pay increase for workers. A UNION REPRESENTING the bulk of Ireland’s crane drivers has put in a large pay claim on behalf of the construction workers.Trade union Unite represents 140 crane operators, which it says amounts to 85% of the crane drivers working across the country.Last week, it sent a draft industry agreement to the Construction Industry Federation, which represents most of the building industry’s largest companies, as well as to several smaller firms.The union did not release the submission it sent to the CIF. However, speaking to Fora, Unite regional officer for construction, Tom Fitzgerald, said that the organisation is looking for wage rises of around 10%.“At the moment there is an industry agreement that crane drivers are paid a minimum of €16.69 an hour,” he said, adding that some get as much as €22 or €23 an hour depending on the circumstances. https://jrnl.ie/3364644 Crane drivers want a wage hike Source: FlickrFitzgerald said that the union is not offering incentives, such as increases in worker productivity, in return for the proposed increased pay.“(Companies) will get the continued undisrupted service of skilled individuals. It’s 2017, there is no basis for any conversation other than pay progression. Workers expect it and employers expect it.”Asked if he thought that construction companies could afford such wages increases for crane drivers, Fitzgerald said that businesses in the sector could as they have reported increased profits over the last few years.“There has been nine years of pay stagnation. This is absolutely overdue,” he said.“We hope that they (the construction industry) will agree but we have legislated for the prospect of industrial action if required.Improving economyUnite, which has a large UK operation, has also recently submitted pay claims for crane drivers in the UK.Over 50 crane drivers who are Unite union members there rejected an offer of a 3% pay rise from their employer, building firm HTC Wolffkran. The union is now balloting its UK members for industrial action.Many Irish industries have already faced industrial action as the economy recovers and workers seek wage increases.Sign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ie “We believe that crane drivers should be earning between €25 and €27 an hour,” he said.“We took the highest rate in terms of what crane drivers (currently) earn and added 10% to it.“The reason why it is 10% is because then they would match the highest rates in the construction sector, which are for workers in mechanical grades, like plumbers and welders.”Could killHe added: “We don’t believe that the level of skill and responsibility they need merits anything like €17 per hour, it should be substantially higher. Every time a crane operator does a lift they could kill someone. Any error has serious ramifications.”The Construction Industry Federation did not respond to a request for comment when contacted by Fora. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Women on State boards on the rise as talent bank boosts numbers

first_img Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, 6:03 AM Short URL THE NUMBER OF women on State boards has increased by 2.2% in the last three years.In July 2014, the Department of Justice approved new measures to promote gender balance on State boards, by launching a pilot project to develop a ‘talent bank’ of women who would be prepared to serve on state boards.These women were made available to ministers and other nominating bodies when positions were being appointed.40% targetPreviously, the representation on State boards stood at 36.2%, falling short of the 1993 target set at a minimum of 40%.The latest figures from government show the current average across all State boards stands at 38.4%.A government spokesperson said that some boards have reached their target and have 40% of women on their boards.Yesterday, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald briefed her Cabinet colleagues on the improvements made and informed them that some boards which hit the target of 40% are to be given a new target of 45%. The new target aims to encourage momentum and progress.Addressing the Central Bank’s women’s networking event on Monday, Fitzgerald said targets for gender balance at board level is not new.She said she would continue to remind ministers and nominating bodies to be alert to the need for gender balance in such appointments. Share4 Tweet Email 6,538 Views Image: Shutterstock/Blend Images Image: Shutterstock/Blend Images Mar 8th 2017, 6:03 AM center_img Enda Kenny: ‘No nuns broke into our homes to kidnap our children – we gave them up’>Read: Vera Twomey has finally arrived at the Dáil after her 260km trek for her daughter> By Christina Finn https://jrnl.ie/3275585 19 Comments Women on State boards on the rise as ‘talent bank’ boosts numbers A target of 40% female representation has been set for State boards. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Gardaí believe missing teenage girl may be in Donegal

first_img Short URL Mar 14th 2017, 2:39 PM Share Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3287025 Tuesday 14 Mar 2017, 2:39 PM No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 26,946 Views GARDAÍ HAVE ASKED for the public’s assistance in finding a 17-year-old girl who has been missing from the Limerick area since last month.Tara Cox, who was last seen on 24 February, is described as 5’3″ in height, with light brown hair, blue eyes and of medium build. It is believed she may be in the Letterkenny area of Donegal.Anyone with information is asked to contact gardaí at Henry St on 061 212 400, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.Read: First casualty of Coast Guard helicopter crash named as Captain Dara Fitzpatrick By Órla Ryan Gardaí believe missing teenage girl may be in Donegal Tara Cox was last seen in the Limerick area on 24 February. last_img read more

Men film themselves laughing following violent rampage in Dublin city centre

first_img Tuesday 2 Apr 2019, 6:20 AM THREE YOUNG DUBLIN men filmed themselves laughing and showing their bloodied fists after a “violent rampage” of assaults on bystanders in the city centre, a court has heard.Gardaí arrested Harry Walsh (18), Gordon Robinson (20) and Darragh Smith (20) after viewing CCTV of seven separate incidents of violent disorder and assaults on eight members of the public.Yesterday Judge Melanie Greally imposed a five-year sentence on Robinson and a four-year jail term on Smith, with the final 12 months of each sentence suspended.She adjourned Walsh’s sentence until July.Video footage extracted from Robinson’s phone, which was played in court, showed the three men laughing together after their final assault.Garda Brian O’Reilly pointed out visible damage to Robinson’s and Walsh’s hands in the clip, which was addressed to a fourth youth who had been in their company at the start of the offending. This man is currently before the courts for his role.Walsh, of Woodfield, Knocklyon, Robinson, of Allenton Avenue, Tallaght, and Smith, of Brehons Chair, Kellystown Road, Rathfarnham, all pleaded guilty to violent disorder and assault causing harm at Camden Street, Harcourt Street and Montague Street between 3am and 4am on 3 November, 2017.Walsh also pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to criminal damage of a €1,000 Samsung phone belonging to one of the assault victims at Camden Row on the same date.He has five previous convictions, including assault causing harm and driving offences, while Robinson and Smith have none.Gda O’Reilly told Ronan Kennedy BL, prosecuting, that one man suffered a shattered eye socket and fractured cheekbone, another man’s jaw was broken and a third victim had teeth knocked out.He said another injured party was left face-down unconscious on the ground and a different man suffered cracked ribs.Judge Greally noted that the three assailants had raised €11,000 between them as compensation for their victims. She directed that this be used to offset any medical expenses incurred, with the remaining balance then divided equally among the injured parties.She described the incident as an hour-long “violent rampage” and that due to its extreme nature, she had to impose custodial sentences.She noted that Smith did not engage in the more serious violence, but added that it was “clear all three were operating as a unit with common intent to injure unsuspecting people”.The judge said Robinson was instigator in many of the offences.Comments are closed for legal reasons. The men were sentenced on Monday. Short URL 45,033 Views The men were sentenced on Monday. Image: Sasko Lazarov via RollingNews.ie https://jrnl.ie/4571769 Share6 Tweet Email3 center_img By Aoife Nic Ardghail Men film themselves laughing following ‘violent rampage’ in Dublin city centre Video footage from one of the attacker’s phones showed the men laughing together after one of their assaults. No Comments Image: Sasko Lazarov via RollingNews.ie Apr 2nd 2019, 6:20 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

GOCMV elections on January 17

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne Victoria (GOCMV) elections have been deferred to January 17 as a result of a compromise agreement reached between opposing sides of the GOCMV. The elections were scheduled for yesterday, (Dec 13), however the threat of an injunction order saw the opposing sides of the GOCMV board managed to secure a compromise deal. As reported last week in Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE) Mr Paikopoulos, Mr Vournazos, Mr Pezaros and Mr Soublis had sent a letter raising issues about the conduct of the annual general meeting (AGM) last month and calling for a new AGM to be held.The issues raised include claims of “unconstitutional irregularities” in the election of the Election Committee that has the responsibility of conducting the elections, as well as irregularities in the counting of the ballots and in dealing with any objections and grievances.The GOCMV Board responded by seeking legal opinions from two lawyers whose advice indicated that there was not sufficient grounds to postpone the elections and reconvene the AGM.It decided to proceed with the elections.However disgruntled Community members applied for an injunction order but before the hearing on Thursday a compromise solution was agreed to as a way of preventing the GOCMV becoming caught up in the courts.The compromise solution saw both sides agree to the following:The postponement of the elections to January 17The counting of the votes be conducted by the Victorian Electoral CommissionThree members of the Electoral Committee resign to allow three new members to be chosen from the ranks of the opposing sideThe Opposition forces will drop their opposition to proposals for Alphington Grammar should the GOCMV Board agree to put those proposals for to a general meeting.That the GOCMV membership roll be as accurate as possible by including when members joined the GOCMV and the receipt number for their having signed up or renewed their membershipThat there be no new nominations for elections to the BoardThat the legal action for an injunction be withdrawn and all sides will meet their own legal costsThe press release issued after the agreement said; “In the best interests of the Greek Community, we have agreed without going to court to defer the election to 17 January 2010 and to reconstitute the electoral committee in a bipartisan way.”The media release highlighted that the two sides have “put aside any differences on Alphington Grammar and support the current projects.” The statement added, “We believe this represents a new start for the Community and hopefully lead to more cooperation on the big issues confronting the Greek Community.” The statement was signed by Mr Paikopoulos, Mr Kounelis and the GOCMV President, Mr Papastergiadis.last_img read more

Farmers blockade for second week

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The farmer blockades across Greece continued for the second week in support of their call for continued agricultural subsidies.Twenty eight road blocks have been maintained by the protesting farmers across Greece.However Greek Prime Minsiter George Papandreou has ruled out any additional handouts for farmers.“We are not going to give any subsidies. We will not spend money so that the farmers actions stop and the tractors leave the blockades. “We have a Stability Plan and we have the trust and self-belief to implement it. We will not even waste one euro,” the Greek Prime Minister said speaking from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.The Agricultural Development Minister Katerina Batzeli met with farmers from the various blockades across Greece earlier in the week without success. However Batzeli has put a proposal to the PanHellenic Coordinating Committee, which represents the farmers in central Greece and Macedonia, calling for a four month process of dialogue to resolve the issue raised by farmers.Batzeli has also made proposals designed to promote agricultural associations and cooperatives and to decrease the gap between the whole and retail costs for agricultural products.The Minister is due to meet with farmer representatives today (Friday) to find a compromise solution which will lead to the dismantling of the blockades. A further twist was added to the story when the The European Commission (EC) said last week that it had launched an investigation into whether 425 million euros paid out to farmers in 2008 and 2009 as compensation for damages actually constituted state subsidies, which would violate European common market regulations.The EC gave the government a month to provide more details about the payouts made by the Hellenic Agricultural Insurance Organisation (ELGA), which oversees the compensation to farmers. “It cannot be ruled out that the compensation paid by ELGA in 2008 and 2009 under the compulsory insurance scheme constitutes state aid,” the Commission said in a statement. If it transpires that theses payments were state subsidies, the government will be obliged to recover the 425 million euros from farmers or face the European Court.last_img read more

Greek Queenslander returns home

first_imgResidents of disaster struck Emerald, in Queensland’s central highland region, are returning to their homes, after worsening floods forced evacuations over Christmas and New Year’s. Local resident George Moisidis said the flood ravaged area, which received up to 160 mm of rain, is returning to normal. Mr Moisidis told Neos Kosmos his house was lucky to escape damages. “The flooding was bad, the weather was very strong, but my house is higher above ground so it didn’t have any damage,” he said. Mr Moisidis, who works for a farm further north of Emerald, said some of the crops, mainly grapes, were ruined, though most survived the ordeal. “In one town on another farm, they lost all their grapes, but here there is not much damage,” he said. “Rockhampton is very bad, it’s worse down there and there’s so much rain. Most people here are back in their houses; everything is normal,” he said. “I still feel very safe here; things are looking up.” Mr Moisidis’ neighbour and friend Jim Bechaz described the flooding as “a bit of a drama,” with supermarkets, hospitals and ambulances all unable to function. On the Western side of Emerald, Coles supermarket was one metre under water while Woolworths supermarket experienced floodwaters 30 cm high. The supermarkets are currently in the process of restocking and were expected to re-open this week. “You couldn’t get to the local hospital, you couldn’t drive there, you couldn’t get out of the airport from the Eastern side, if you were on the southern or western side you were stuck; the only way to the airport was by chopper,” Mr Bechaz said, adding that ambulances and doctors services were temporarily posted in different locations, though could not gain access to many areas due to roads being closed. The Capricorn Highway was reopened after 9am on Monday, as floodwaters receded. Mr Bechaz, who moved all his furniture onto his roof on New Year’s Eve to avoid flood damage, said the scene was “like World War III”. “There were choppers everywhere, with big bags to do food drops, especially in lots of outlying areas,” he said. “They’ve had to fly in supplies, they can bring stuff in from Townsville and from the north, but that’s the only way to come in”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Ready to sign says Greece

first_imgGreece is ready to sign a Work and Holiday Visa agreement but is waiting on the Australian government to deliver the paperwork. In an interview with SBS’ Greek program this week, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece Akis Gerontopoulos, Minister responsible for the Hellenic Diaspora, said the Greek government is “ready to sign”. “From now on it’s an Australian issue – if Australia brings us the agreement we will sign it”. This is the second time within the past three months that the Greek government had made public its desire to speed up the signing of an agreement with Australia. As reported in Neos Kosmos in May, Federal Labor MP Maria Vamvakinou raised the issue in Greece during a meeting with Mr Gerontopoulos’ predecessor Kostas Tsiaras. The then Deputy Foreign Minister of Greece indicated to Ms Vamvakinou that the Greek government would be in a position to sign off the agreement before September 2013. Work and Holiday Visas will give the opportunity to approximately 500 young people between 18 and 30 to be able to work either in Australia or in Greece while officially they are on holidays. Apart from Work and Holiday Visa’s, Mr Gerontopoulos told SBS’ Greek program that he is sceptical about the future of the World Council for the Hellenes Abroad (SAE) stating very few people participated in the public dialogue of a bill drafted by former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece Dimitris Avramopoulos and former Deputy Foreign Minister Kostas Tsiaras. The anticipated bill is to attempt to restructure SAE which is an advisory body to the Greek government for issues that touch upon the lives of the Greek diaspora. “Only a few tens of Greeks abroad or their organisations commented in a two month period,” said Mr Gerontopoulos adding, “I am very sceptical because the response is not what I expected. It is better to delay the creation of a new SAE so that we can get as great a response as possible, so that more Greeks can participate” The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs also addressed the issue of granting to the Greeks living abroad voting rights for the Greek elections. “I am clearly in favour of our diaspora obtaining the right to vote, however we have to proceed in such a way so that we can create an interest” he said, citing the example of Germany where from the approximately 400,000 Greek national who live there only 25,000 participate in the elections for the European Parliament. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Athens foreign archaeological institutes honoured

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Ambassador of Australia to Greece Ms Jenny Bloomfield, alongside the Australian Archaeological Institute of Athens director Alexandros Cambitoglou, held a reception at the ambassador’s residence to honour the 17 foreign archaeological institutes in Athens. Ms Jenny Bloomfield congratulated the presidents of the foreign archaeological institutes in Greece for their significant work in promoting the Greek history and cultural heritage around the world. She made a special mention to the contribution of Professor Cambitoglou and to the outstanding work of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens (AAIA), as well as the promotion of Greek studies in Australia. Present at the reception were presidents and representatives of the 17 institutes, former Minister of Culture Tatiana Karapanagioti and representatives of the Greece Ministry of Culture and Sports. Athens hosts 17 Foreign Archaeological Institutes which promote and facilitate research by scholars from their home countries.last_img read more