first_imgDOZENS of people across Co Donegal are facing substantial fines and being forced to pay arrears for failing to have TV Licences.Fourteen cases were dealt with at Letterkenny District Court this week.Some defendants faced fines of more than €200. The cases – and others before other district courts in the county – are a result of a clampdown in the spring as TV Licence Inspectors called at hundreds of homes where there was no record of a licence being held.Judge Paul Kelly was given several different excuses by the defendants – who we have decided not to name – for failing to have the licences.The prosecutions were brought by An Post.We understand a new wave of inspections are underway in the county.Under new government proposals every home in the country will be required to have a TV license whether or not people have a television.The new rules are expected to be in place next year.DOZENS FACING FINES FOR DODGING TV LICENCE FEE was last modified: September 5th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:District Courtdonegaltv licencelast_img read more

Vale Phaedon Georgitsis your star will always shine

first_imgPhaedon Georgitsis, a popular Greek actor from the Golden Age of Greek Cinema, died in Athens on March 1, aged 80.The famous actor had been suffering from brain cancer for several years.His appearance in iconic films in the Sixties and Seventies has ensured that he’ll always be remember. He performed in dozens of films, 13 of which were produced by Finos Films.Iconic films included The Red Lanterns, Mermaids and Lads (Gorgones ke Manges), Blood on the Land and Marijuana Stop! Born on January 26, 1939, Georgitsis was drawn to the cinema from a young age and pursued a career in acting despite opposition from his father, a naval officer, who wanted his son to pursue a military career. He managed to get into the prestigious Karolos Koun Drama School and the rest – for most Greeks – is history.After a bright career, he created a theatre in Koropi upon his retirement. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Costa Ricans rank 2nd in the world for wellbeing just behind Panama

first_img Facebook Comments Costa Ricans are once again ranked among the world’s most fulfilled people, according to a new report from Gallup.The 2014 State of Global Well-Being Rankings placed Costa Rica second in the world, just behind Panama. Costa Rica outscored countries like Switzerland (4), Chile (6) and Denmark (7). Latin America scored well in the rankings, holding six of the top 10 spots.The rankings, measure whether or not people are “thriving” in at least three areas described as social, purpose, physical, financial and community.The report’s methodology defined the categories as:Purpose: Liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals.Social: Having supportive relationships and love in your life.Financial: Managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security.Community: Liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community.Physical: Having good health and enough energy to get things done daily.Costa Rica came in second place, behind Panama, with 47.6 percent of Ticos “thriving” in three or more categories. Panamanians ranked No. 1 in two categories, with 60 percent saying they are happy with their daily purpose in life and 52 percent saying they are in good physical condition.Costa Rica scored especially well in the social (2), physical (2) and purpose (3) categories, but lagged behind in the financial area (50). The country has struggled with a persistent 20 percent poverty rate during the last 20 years, and unemployment is over 10 percent.The United States came in at 23, while Canada was 24. Afghanistan came in last at 145 with zero percent of those surveyed thriving in at least three of the categories.The rankings are the result of 146,000 interviews with adults across 145 countries and areas conducted between Jan. 1, 2014 and Dec. 31, 2014.Ed. note: For some reason, this kind of good news just makes us want to dance: Related posts:Gallup: Central America is the world’s happiest region, despite sky-high homicide rates in some countries Costa Rica, Latin America home to some of world’s happiest people, surveys say Puerto Rican independence front and center at CELAC With COP21 talks in Paris moving forward after attacks, Latin America climate-change policies remain unclearlast_img read more