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  1. 1. Issue 10, September 2012. Copyright: Skills & Enterprise Development Academy OLYMPICS How did Ireland fare at the London Olympics? Page 2 EVENTS SEDA students turn into frightening zombies! Page 3 STAFF Meet SEDA’sTeacher Rosa’s class in Dublin Castle. Check out more pictures sent in by SEDA students on pages 10-11. multilingual genius - SEDA students have teacher Jane Brennan Page 5 Olympic fun in London LIVINGDozens of SEDA students travelled to Britain last month to enjoy the London Olympics. Some Don’t get fleeced:of them have shared their stories with SEDA News. scams and how to T he Olympic Games in London Dilma Rousseff, the President of Brazil, to many students who enjoyed the games was last month attracted millions of London. Rafael Fradique. avoid them people and among them were “I had worked with Record before I came “The trip to the Olympics was amazing,dozens of SEDA students who took advan- to Ireland, and they asked me to join their though quite tiring because we travelled Page 7tage of Dublin’s proximity to the host city crew in London,” Denis said. “I think they a lot between the different cities,” he toldand travelled to Britain to see the Games. picked me because of my English skills. My SEDA News. “Me and my friends only wentFor most of the students it was an exciting course in SEDA helped me a lot. I could eas- to football matches, although I wish I hadholiday, but at least one had a very differentexperience – Denis Miranda took the time ily communicate with everyone in London and I was one of the few people in my TV seen other sports like swimming and athlet- ics”. FESTIVALSout of his studies at SEDA to work at the crew who spoke English well so I often acted Rafael said he travelled along with threeOlympics as a cameraman. as an interpreter for the rest of the guys”. more SEDA students and another friend. Oktoberfest, Arthur’s Denis was employed in the crew of TV They visited Manchester, Cardiff and alsoRecord – a Brazilian TV network which watched a game of football at London’s Day, Culture Night, “A big party”had exclusive rights to broadcast this year’s Wembley stadium. GAA final and more!Games. The SEDA student covered train- But for most SEDA students the Olym-ing sessions of Brazil’s national team in the Continued on page 4Crystal Palace and also witnessed the visit of pics was a fun-filled holiday. Among the Pages 8 & 9
  2. 2. 2 NEWSA word from Irish athletes win five medalsthe editor at London Olympics Welcome to the September issue of SEDA Ireland’s Olympic team won five medals when 26-year-old boxer Katie Taylor from News! at last month’s Olympic Games in London, Bray, co Wicklow, beat her opponent, the four of them in boxing. Russian Sofia Ochigava, to gain a gold This month marks the end of summer in medal. Irish boxer John Joe Nevin won Ireland, so get ready for longer nights and cold- er weather. But then if you’ve experienced Irish The country’s biggest triumph came silver, while boxers Paddy Barnes and Mi- summer, chances are, you won’t even notice chael Colgan got bronze. Another much of a difference, at least not for a while. It bronze medal was achieved by the may be November or December before you’ll Irish equestrian Cian O’Connor in start feeling seriously colder, so there’s no need showjumping. to worry just yet! Our main story is last month’s London The Irish Paralympic team Olympics, or more precisely SEDA students’ did even better than the country’s adventures there. Many of our readers enjoyed Olympians, winning eight gold, the Games, but a special thanks goes out to Ra- fael Fradique, Carlos Akiyama and Denis Mi- three silver and three bronze med- randa who shared their stories and photos. als. This year’s Paralympic squad Also last month a number of SEDA stu- became the most successful Irish dents were spotted walking around the cen- Paralympic team in the last 25 tre of Dublin covered in blood and with their years, with cyclist Mark Rohan entrails sticking out, acting like a bunch of winning the gold medal twice. zombies. Now this wouldn’t be a story at all if it happened on a Tuesday night or Wednesday Ireland has participated in morning, right after last orders in Dicey’s, but, every single paralympics since the funny enough, they were doing it on a sunny Saturday afternoon... We couldn’t let this one first one in Rome in 1960. Its most pass and covered the “zombie apocalypse” – a successful year was 1984 when the big cheers to Carolina Danieletto who supplied team brought home an impressive the gory photos! 66 medals. In this month’s paper we also interview the New visa for students who Ulster Bank to pay ever-smiling SEDA teacher Jane Brennan. Have you ever wondered why Jane smiles so much? It could be because she knows so many languages €25 for customers’ came to Ireland before 2005 – ten and counting! Check out the article about SEDA’s multilingual genius on page 5. As part of our series on SEDA students from different countries and backgrounds we interview one of the school’s mature students, troubles 68-year-old Luis Fernando Salazar. Luis only Non-EU students who have been living course of study. Ulster Bank has announced a compensa- stayed in SEDA for a month, but is fondly re- and studying in Ireland since before 2005 tion scheme for its customers who were af- membered by students and staff alike. It is hard can now get a special extension visa for up • The eligible student will be permitted fected by a month-long IT crash during the to believe that the trip to Ireland was Luis’ first to 2 years. The new rule was announced to work for a maximum period of 40 hours summer. time away from home in nearly 20 years. He by Ireland’s Naturalisation and Immigra- per week without being required to hold a told SEDA News that he greatly enjoyed this experience, especially learning together with so tion Service (INIS) last month. According work permit. Because of the technical difficulties at the many young people. to regulations adopted by INIS in January bank some 600 000 clients could not access Another story we cover this month is the 2011, non-EU students can only stay in Ire- • The eligible student will be required to their accounts online or use the ATM and nasty business of scams which many foreign land for a maximum of 7 years if they are maintain private medical insurance. had to queue outside bank branches. The students in Ireland fall victims to. In this issue doing a degree course and 3 years if they are bank has vowed to compensate them for the you can read about fake job offers and fake (or learning English. But INIS has made special • The eligible student will be required to inconvenience by a scheme which consists of: stolen) bank cheques which some SEDA stu- provisions for those who exceeded the 7 reside in the State without drawing on pub- dents have got in their post. More scams will be year timeframe on the date of introduction. licly funded social assistance programmes • A €25 payout to personal current exposed next month. (e.g. supplementary welfare allowances, account holders forced to use branch bank- As usual on pages 8 and 9 we have the low down on all the interesting shows and events To be eligible for the special extension medical card, jobseeker supports etc.) ing more often than normal during the crash; (mostly beer festivals) that are happening in visa the student has to show that they reg- • Ulster Bank vowed to waive fees, Dublin this month and next. And on page 12 istered their residence and began studies • The eligible student will not be permit- charges and surcharge interest for three you’ll get another dose of essential Irish slang in Ireland on or before 31 December 2004. ted to apply for reunification with family months; that will get you talking like a native. And if The student must also prove that he or she members who are resident outside the State. • It will also cover out-of-pocket ex- you’re feeling competitive then you can try and lived in Ireland continuously since 2005 penses incurred during the period, topped answer questions on Irish food and drink on and show one P60 certificate that has been • The eligible student must be of good up by 20pc extra (but the maximum top-up the same page. The winner will get a cool prize! acquired within the previous three years. character and must demonstrate that they is €120); Those granted the Student Probationary Ex- are law abiding. • Savers will get some extra interest I wish you a very pleasant read and, re- member, if you have any photos, food recipes, tension will get a stamp 2 and their status on their deposits. essays, ideas, comments or criticism you can will continue to be that of a student. But the At the conclusion of the two year pro- always get in touch on following residency conditions will apply to bationary period the eligible students can But the offer was criticized by many cli- the probationary period: apply for a Stamp 4 permission to reside in ents, consumer groups and even politicians. Ireland. Questions on the Student Proba- Labour Party senator Lorraine Higgins said SEDA News editor • The eligible student will not be required tionary Extension can be addressed by e- the compensation scheme was “insulting and Viktor Posudnevsky to be registered or enrolled in an academic mail to derisory”.SEDA News, copyright: Skills & Enterprise Development Academy (SEDA). EDITOR AND LAYOUT: Viktor Posudnevsky.FINAL REVIEW: Carol Cregg. CIRCULATION: 1000 copies. ADVERTISING & EDITORIAL:
  3. 3. NEWS 3Zombie 3800 people get Irish citizenship 3,800 people from 115 countries were granted Irish citizenship during a specialapocalypse ceremony at the Dublin Convention Centre on August 30. Because of the large number of “new Irish” the ceremony had to be held in three separate time slots. The participants had to pledge their loyalty to the Irish Statehits Dublin! after which they were given their certificates of naturalisation. Ireland’s Minister for Justice Alan Shatter presided over the ceremony and welcomed the new citizens to “the Irish fam- ily”.Blood-soaked SEDA students took part in the Dublin Gas andZombie Walk last month electricity prices on the rise Bills for electricity and gas are set to rise as Ireland’s energy regulator approved new hikes in tariffs. The Commission for Energy Regulation granted Bord Gais, the country’s The living dead are coming to get you! biggest gas provider, permission to raise pric- es by 8.5%. The new rates will be implement- ed next month and will be the third price rise for residential gas customers in a year. Bord Gais says it had to raise rates for households because of the increase in wholesale gas pric- es. Ireland imports 99% of its gas from the UK. Electricity will also get more expensive as ESB/Electric Ireland, the biggest electric- ity provider in Ireland, has announced an increase of 5.9%. The new rates will also be implemented from next month. Other gas and electricity providers, such as Airtricity orAll the pictures were taken by Carolina Danieletto. Check out more Flogas, are expected to follow suit on page 11. Pieces of flesh sticking out, gaping wounds, kids and even pets along. The parade was fol- Almost 4000 are homelesssliced eyeballs and blood everywhere... Around lowed by a team of cleaners who tidied up10 000 people dressed as zombies walked from the streets and mopped up the blood left bySt Stephen’s Green Park to Temple Bar in Dub- the zombies.lin last month, and some of these living deadwere SEDA students! You can try and recog-nize someone you know in the pictures sent to The event was hugely popular, with thou- sands of photos uploaded on Facebook and virtually all of Ireland’s media covering it. in Irelandus by Carolina Danieletto who was also a zom- There was an after party in The Button Fac- Almost 4000 people were homeless in Ire-bie on the day. tory and all the zombies had a great time. land and 59 men and women were sleeping The Dublin Zombie Walk is an annual The parade also raised money for the Irish in the streets when the last Census was car-flashmob-style event which attempts to raise Cancer Society and Barnardos. It is only the ried out in 2011. The Census also found thatmoney for charity. The Walk was announced second time the zombie parade was held in 503 children under the age of 18 were with-on Facebook and this year it was held on Au- Dublin, but the earliest Zombie Walk ever out a permanent home on the night. Four outgust 4. The day was warm and sunny and a took place in 2001 in Sacramento, California. of ten homeless people were in emergencygood crowd turned up for the parade. Organis- If you missed the event last month don’t shelters, with nearly 1,000 in long-term ac-ers say they started the Walks in order to at- worry as Halloween is just around the cornertract young people and get them fundraising, (it is celebrated on October 31) and there will commodation. Others were in transitional orbut the event is now popular with people of be plenty of zombies, ghosts, witches, vam- mixed accommodation. Almost three-quar-all ages – there was even a 70-year-old zombie pires and other frightening creatures walking ters were male and more than 60pc were intaking part! Many people also brought their around the streets of Dublin fairly soon! This zombie came all the way from Alcatraz the Dublin region.Ryanair boss calls passenger an “idiot” Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary called “When flying from Alicante to Bristol yes- said: “Mother pays £200 for being an idiot a 35-year-old mother-of-two an “idiot” terday, I had previously checked in on-line and failing to comply with her agreement after the woman complained that she had but because I hadn’t printed out the Board- at the time of booking... Thank you Mrs to pay the Irish airline 300 euro for print- ing Passes, Ryanair charged me €60 per per- McLeod but it was your f***-up”. Ryanair’s ing her family’s boarding passes. Suzy son!!! Meaning I had to pay €300 for them to terms and conditions, to which every cus- McLeod from Britain paid the charge for print out a piece of paper! Please ‘like’ if you tomer has to agree before booking a flight, herself, her husband and their two chil- think that’s unfair.” The post got over half a state that there is a penalty charge of 60 euro dren after she had failed to print their million “likes” in just two weeks. But com- if the passenger does not print their own boarding passes. The woman later made menting on McLeod’s complaint at a press boarding pass. a complaint on Ryanair’s Facebook page: conference Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary
  4. 4. 4 NEWSNow you can buy or rent Jobs and careers eventsyour books in SEDA in Dublin this month From this month course books for all turned to the school (provided the book is in Two career and employment fairs will programmes. There will also be informationlevels are available in SEDA. Students have good condition). Books are available to buy take place in Dublin at the end of Septem- on starting your own business in Ireland asthe option of either buying or renting the or rent from the reception. ber. Career Zoo is coming to The Conven- well as career workshops and seminars.books for the duration of their course. Rent- “Since January this year we have been tion Centre (Docklands, Dublin 1) on Sat- Visitors to the Jobs Expo will get the op-ing a book costs just five euro, and the stu- trying to implement a system of mandatory urday, 22nd September (10 am to 6 pm) portunity to meet employers recruiting fordent can have the book for as long as they books for every student,” said SEDA’s direc- and Jobs Expo will take place in Croke Park roles both in Ireland and abroad (the Worklike. But those wishing to rent are also re- tor of studies Carol Cregg. Stadium (The Hogan Suite) on Friday and Abroad Village). There will also be emigra-quired to pay a deposit of 25 euro. The de- “It’s better for students as it is very easy Saturday, September 28 and 29. Admission tion and visa advice providers, start yourposit will be given back once the book is re- to lose photocopies, while the book stays to both events is free, but online registration own business experts, free CV, careers and with you for the duration of the course and is required on and www. interview skills guidance at the event’s Ca- you can take it home with you when you fin- reer Clinic as ish your studies”. Career Zoo, a regular event in Dublin, is well as post- “It is also better for the environment as one of Ireland’s biggest fairs for profession- graduate and less paper and ink is wasted on photocop- als and graduates looking to advance their professional ies. In order to make the system work better careers. Visitors will be able to speak to lead- qu a l i f i c at i on we now have books available in SEDA, and if ing employers who are hiring for jobs in Ire- providers and you cannot afford to pay for a book then you land now, talk to course providers and find a host of semi- can rent one. Great news!” out about various upskilling and conversion nars.SEDA students have Olympic fun in London From page 1 English footballer Sir Bobby Charlton: “In also impressed with po- “The atmosphere at the venues was Manchester while everybody was celebrat- lice officers who wereawesome, like a big party,” Rafael contin- ing after the match, I saw Sir Alex Ferguson, very friendly and gladlyued. “Everybody was celebrating, doing Manchester United manager, and Sir Bobby posed for pictures. Ithe “wave” even if their team was losing. Charlton, the legendary England and Man- was really happy to haveOutside the venues it was even better. Af- chester United player, leaving the stadium visited the Games andter the matches, there would always be a surrounded by security. They passed right I brought back manybig celebration with music. The games were in front of me and I almost bumped with Sir photos and even morevery well-organized and safe. The British Bobby Charlton. I am a Manchester United wonderful memories ofdefinitely know how to hold a big event. fan, and it was completely out of this world! the British capital”.The queues weren’t too long and all the staff I’ll never forget it!”were very friendly. Even the London Un- Work experiencederground, which was supposed to be over- Amazing organisationloaded, didn’t have long delays. In the streets But another SEDAwe could see policemen everywhere and the Carlos Akiyama is another SEDA stu- student Denis Mirandavolunteers were very helpful”. dent who had a great time at the Games. didn’t have much time Carlos’ cousin lives in London and when he to see the actual Games SEDA students at the Olympic Games in LondonBumping into Sir Bobby Charlton was planning his trip he found out that three as he worked as a camer- presenters. It was a great experience and it of his friends would be in Britain during the aman for the Brazilian TV network Record. will look amazing on my CV”. But Rafael’s most lasting memory was Games. “I got to London by ferry and train Denis said he was based in the Crystal Pal-a chance encounter with the legendary and succeeded in getting tickets to see two ace where his country’s national team was Denis said he now plans to apply for competitions: Greco-Roman training. camera jobs at the 2014 football World Cup wrestling, and women’s foot- which will take place in his native Brazil. ball, which was taking place “If somebody got injured or if something With his English skills and experience of in Coventry,” Carlos said. “The else happened I had to be there to film it,” working in London behind his belt, getting organisation of the Olympics Denis said. “So I couldn’t leave to see the a job at the World Cup shouldn’t be a dif- was amazing, with so many games, but I got to shoot interviews with the ficult task! people welcoming visitors and greatest Brazilian athletes.. I also got to work showing them around. I was with some of my country’s most famous TVCarlos Akiyama is making friends with London po- Rafael Fradique got to see a game of football in Man- Denis Miranda (right) worked as a cameraman for licemen (and women) outside an Olympic venue chester and even bumped into Sir Bobby Charlton! Brazilian TV during the Games
  5. 5. SEDA STAFF 5 Get to know Jane: SEDA’s multilingual phenomenonTen and counting! Seriously, that is how many languages JANEBRENNAN can understand. The friendly teacher tells SEDA News sheis obsessed with linguistics and plans to write the next big English (orFrench) course book for schools. day. The students are fantastic and it’s such a Where are you from and how did you fun place to work in! Everyone’s always real- What dostart working in SEDA? ly happy and friendly. All the teachers work you like to do really hard and everybody works together. when you’re I am from North Dublin, Dublin 5, and I’m a big people person and I’m happy that not working orI started working in SEDA last February, so I get to meet people from all over the world. learning lan-I’ve worked here for 18 months already – Actually after talking to some Brazilian stu- guages? When she’s not learning languages or teaching at SEDA Janetime flies when you’re having fun! Before I dents I have started studying Portuguese. Brennan loves to cook, bake and travel.came to SEDA I had been teaching French I’m a beginner, but I can already understandprivately for about 5 or 6 years, preparing a lot! I love to cook and I love to bake! I spend tiful walk. But I think one of the nicest plac-Leaving Cert students who wanted help with almost every weekend baking breads, cook- es in the world is Howth because of the gor-their exams. After that I did a course to be What other languages do you speak? ies, fudge and other stuff. And I try to cook a geous scenery, seals in the harbour and soan English teacher and started here. At the proper dinner every day. I’m a vegetarian, so on. It’s really cold though, so I would advisemoment I teach beginners, elementary, pre- I speak English and French fluently and it’s a bit difficult: I can’t just buy something to wear warm clothes! I honestly think theintermediate and intermediate levels. as I said I’m a beginner in Portuguese. I also in a takeaway, I usually have to make dinner Irish Sea is one of the most beautiful sights have a bit of German and recently I got a di- myself. But it’s great fun and one of my fa- in the world. Did you live in France to learn French? ploma in Irish sign language for deaf people. vourite things to do. I’m also obsessed with Hopefully in future I may do some inter- cooking programmes on TV. What about France? Which cities and Yes, I did. I lived in the South of France preting work with the deaf. I’m also learning places would you recommend to visit there?for a while which was lovely. I also have a Russian at the moment. What’s your favourite food?BA in French from Trinity College Dublin. I can read most European languages and If you have the time go to the South ofAfter getting my degree I went straight into understand them, but I can’t speak them I love Mexican food. I really like food France! It’s just 3 hours on the train fromMasters in Trinity again and I studied Me- all. I have a thing about languages and am that is really spicy! Paris – very easy to get to. You can go todieval Languages. I did Old English, Latin, a little bit obsessed with them! I know, I’m a cities like Avignon or Nice. I lived in Aix-Old French, Middle English, Middle French massive nerd! What kind of music are you into? en-Provence near Marseille, which is also aand really loved it! lovely place to visit. All the Provencal cities I’m actually going back for another Mas- Did you travel much to learn all these I love classic rock and folk music like are so beautiful! The people are very friend-ter’s next year! This time I will study Applied languages? Neil Young – he’s my favourite. I went to ly, but they generally don’t speak anythingLinguistics. I am doing this course because Bruce Springsteen’s concert in Dublin re- but French. So I would advise to have atI eventually want to write language books. I haven’t travelled to as many European cently which was amazing! He’s my idol. least a few words in French before you go toMy life plan is to write the next big English countries as I would like. But I’ve been to the South of France. It’s great to visit in theor French language course book for schools America a few times because my sister lives Which places in Dublin would you rec- summer, but it gets very very hot – about 40– that’s what I want to do! there. I’ve been to France more times than ommend students to visit? degrees! So the lovely time to go would be I can count – it’s my favourite place in the September and October. You would get the What do you like about working in world! I’d love to live in France my whole A lovely place to go is Clontarf – it’s in nicest weather.SEDA? life, especially in Paris, which is an amazing Dublin 3 and you can get the DART there. city. There is a lovely seafront, there are also The best thing is the people I meet every many restaurants and shops, and it’s a beau
  6. 6. 6 YOUR STORYIt’s never too late to learn,says 68-year-oldSEDA student LuisLuis Fernando Salazar (68) and his friend Maria da Graca Balsanti Camargo(62) came to Ireland from Brazil to do a course in English. Luis is a retired en-gineer and the journey to Dublin was his first foreign trip in almost 20 years.He tells SEDA News about his experience and the enjoyment of studying withyounger course mates. Tell me a bit about yourself. What do why I decided to do a course in Ireland. didn’t travel for a longyou do in Brazil? time. I used to stay on What did you think of your course in my couch all the time I am from Sao Paulo and I am an engi- SEDA? watching TV. I rarelyneer. I graduated as a metallurgical engineer, left the house, so mybut I have worked for insurance companies I was very happy with the course and I family found it hardall my life. At the moment I am retired, but really enjoyed the company of young people. to believe I was seri-I still do some work for a large international For an older person like me it’s very good ous about going tocompany. My job is to visit the ships that to sit in class with young people and to hear Ireland.dock in Santos, a big port in the state of Sao about their problems, find out what theyPaulo, and examine the machinery that was think about various things. It’s very inter- What did you do Young at heart: Luis and Maria in Dublindamaged at sea. I have a son who is also an esting! From now on I intend to take more outside of classes? was also surprised by the good will that theengineer and a daughter who is a lawyer. She trips and visit other places. Last time I went Irish people have to help for the largest bank in Brazil. abroad was 19 years ago! Every weekend I visited different places in Ireland and Europe. I went to France and What are your plans for the future? Why do you need English? How did your family react when you England, visited London. Since I was a teen- told them you were going away to learn ager my dream was to see the British Mu- I want to continue improving my Eng- I have to speak English in order to com- English? seum and I am happy I finally fulfilled it. lish, but I would like to go to another coun-municate with the crew on the ships that I try – maybe Britain or USA. It’s been 19visit. I learned English on my own in Brazil When I told my daughter that I was go- What did you think about Ireland? years since I went to USA. I want to visitand I have a huge vocabulary because I read ing to Ireland to learn English she didn’t I loved Ireland! I feel that Irish people New York and San Francisco again. I knowEnglish books since I was a teenager. But I believe me! She said: I will only believe it are more kind and attentive than the Eng- a language school in San Francisco and I’mfind it very hard to speak in English. That is when you actually go there. That is because I lish. The English are way more reserved. I planning to spend a month there. It’s never too late to learn English!Our student writing competition continues! SEDA News publishes some of the entries we got for our student writing competition. The competi- tion is now in its final round! To enter just write about your first impressions of Ireland and send you text to
  7. 7. LIVING IN IRELAND 7Don’t get fleeced! Scams and how to avoid themThere are many scams that target foreign students in Ireland and SEDA News explains some of the most common ones. In thisissue we will talk about fake job offers and stolen cheques, while more scams will be exposed in next month’s newspaper.The Adams family seeks an au pair Cash a cheque and get your share... Many scammers offerfake jobs to students in an before the bank gets you A type of scam that often affects foreignattempt to obtain money students in Ireland involves fake or stolenfrom them. This summer bank cheques. Students get an envelopeSEDA student Mayara which contains a signed cheque, sometimesMontanari uploaded her for several thousand euro, and a letter offer-CV on a website for au ing them a job as an au-pair or a housekeep-pair opportunities and er. The letter says the student can cash thesoon got an e-mail from cheque at a bank and keep part of the mon-a London-based couple ey for themselves as an “advance payment”.who introduced them- Fraudsters often send fake or stolen The student then has to meet the sender andselves as Dr Justin and bank cheques to unsuspecting students give them the rest of the money, after whichAmanda Adams. The e- they can start the job. clerk may not see it the minute the chequemail read: “My wife and But this unusual way of offering some- is lodged, but soon enough this becomes ap-I work with the World one a job is just another scam, says SEDA parent and the bank goes after the personHealth Organization. We student support worker Netania Gomes. who cashed the cheque.are posted over here from Want to work as an au-pair in London earning £1800 a “I’ve dealt with several stories like this in- The scammers cannot cash the chequesthe USA after series of month plus £200 a week as pocket money? Be careful – volving cheque for two or three thousand themselves for fear of being caught so theytraining. We are originally it’s a scam! euro,” said Netania. “One of our students use unsuspecting students to do it for them.from Queensland, Aus- thought he was smart so he decided to cash would have to pay for her flight and travel “It may seem like a crazy scheme to maketralia. I am a Medical Doctor by profession the cheque and keep all the money to him- expenses. “Dr Justin Adams” wrote that the money, but it probably worked a few timesand my wife one of the Executive secretary self. But the next day the bank called him payment would have to be made directly if they’re still doing it,” said Netania Gomes.[sic] of the World Health Organization”. and said his account was frozen until he to the UK Home Office which would then According to her, several students brought “The Adams family” said they liked Ma- paid the money back. The reason was that process the girl’s travel documents and such cheques to SEDA after getting them inyara’s CV and offered her a monthly salary the cheque was not valid”. visa. He asked Mayara to contact the Office the post, and the school handed the chequesof 1,800 GBP and 200 GBP a week on top All the cheques sent out to students in by sending an e-mail to: ukba-homeoffice- over to gardai.of that as pocket money to look after their this fashion are fake or stolen. The bank children. She would also be provided At this stage the SEDA student beganwith live-in accommodation, a laptop com- to have doubts about the job and soughtputer and internet connection, the e-mail advice. She spoke to Tiago Mascarenhassaid. In return she would have to work just at SEDA student support. “You could see30 hours a week. Mayara was thrilled with straight away that it was a scam,” Tiago told The €5 recipethe proposal and replied to the e-mail, say- SEDA News. “The offer was too good toing she would be happy to move to Lon- be true and the e-mail and phone numberdon. The next day she got another e-mail were obviously fake”.from the family which read: “Dear Mayara, According to him, the number was not Every month SEDA News brings you recipes of tasty dishes a proper British phone number, but instead Hope you are doing great today. We are a “redirect” number, which would redirect which you can cook for as little as 5 euro (or even less!)so happy to read from you again. I trust you all calls to Nigeria, where the scammer wasdon’t know how much your mail means to obviously based. The e-mail of the “UK Irish breakfast gin to get tinged with brown. Fry on both sides. Remove from pan, but save grease.our family. We shall be looking forward to Home Office” was also fake as it was reg-welcome you to your new home... We love Ingredients: istered on the free webmail server london. Melt butter in pan. Crack eggs into pan, beingyou and will do anything within our reach com. All the real Home Office e-mails end careful not to break yolks. Place tomato slices,to make sure that you come and work for 6 thick slices bacon with mushrooms, and bread in pan. Fry gently, stir-our family. Feel free to call me on the num- 2 tablespoons butter or margarine “We get many reports from our stu- ring mushrooms and tomatoes occasionally.ber below anytime okay [sic]. 4 eggs dents about scams like this one,” said Tiago Keep everything separate. Turn bread over to 2 small tomatoes, sliced Have a blissful day over there”. brown on both sides. Mascarenhas. “We advise them not to enter 1 1/2 cups whole mushrooms into correspondence with these people and 4 slices prepared soda bread When egg whites are set, but yolks are still The e-mail contained a British phone delete their e-mails”. runny, divide everything between two plates andnumber which Mayara could ring in case Fake job offer scams are exposed serve immediately.she wanted to speak to the family in per- Directions: on many websites, one of them is www.son. But the e-mail also said that Mayara Lay the bacon slices in a single layer in a large Share your recipes! E-mail: frying pan. Fry over medium heat until they be-
  8. 8. 8 GOING OUTSHOWS & GIGS LEONARD COHEN Oktoberfest beer festival:September 11, September 12, Sep- tember 14Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8 Forget Munich, THE DOORS ALIVE in Dublin youThe Academy, 57 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1 Friday 14 September can celebrateThe Doors Alive are widely regarded asthe closest representation of the leg-endary 1960’s rock gods The Doors in the Oktoberfest the world today. Tickets: €15. LADY GAGA twice! Saturday, 15 Sep There will be two Oktoberfests Aviva Stadium in Dublin this month – bothLady Gaga will perform her concertprogramme The Born This Way Ball. The modelled after the original If you like beer definitely check out the Paulaner Dublin Oktoberfest (MansionDarkness and Lady Starlight will open beer festival in Munich, Ger- House, Dawson St, Dublin 2, September 13-16) and the Erdinger Oktoberfest the show. many. (George’s Dock, IFSC, Dublin 1, September 20 – October 7). Free entry! Tickets from €54.65 to €96.00. varian beer hall. There will be bartenders Germany and they will be wearing tradi- The authentic Oktoberfest takes place inWALKING WITH DINOSAURS - THE and barmaids in traditional German dress as tional Bavarian clothes. Around the tent Munich, Germany every year for two weeks ARENA SPECTACULAR well as some real Bavarian music and food. there will be stalls selling authentic German in September and October. The tradition The O2, Dublin Should be fun! food, such as sausages, meat, pastries and started in 1810. Nowadays some 5 million September 16 – September 23 The other festival is being organized by delicacies like Käsespätzle (cheese noodles) people come to the German city to celebrate,Watch the story of the dinosaurs’ 200 Erdinger, also a famous German beer-maker, or Brathendl (roast chicken). All in all there consuming about twice as much litres ofmillion year domination unfold as you and will take place inside the George’s Dock will be over 30 German speciality food pro- beer. But the festival is famous all over thesee them walk, hear them roar and from September 20 until October 7. All the ducers and traders. A traditional German world, with many cities holding smaller ver-come face to face as they fight for sur- main action will be happening inside a beer band Die Alpen-show will play music and sions of it. Dublin is no exception and this vival and supremacy. tent, modelled provide entertainment during the festival. year the city will celebrate the festival twice! after the famous The Erdinger Oktoberfest will be open The events are being organized by rival Ger- The Chippendales Oktoberfest from noon until 12-30 am from Monday to man breweries – Paulaner and Erdinger. Olympia Theatre beer tents, but Saturday, but will close early on Sundays – at The Paulaner version will take place from 19 – 22 September much smaller 8 pm. The capacity in George’s Dock is limit- September 13 to September 16 from 5 pmThe biggest girls night out ever is com- (the original ed to about 1500 people, so on busy days you until midnight (the closing time is 10 pm on ing to Dublin. Tickets€27 / €28. tents in Munich may have to wait until some people leave the Sunday) inside the historic Round Room of can hold up to festival before you are allowed to get in. the Mansion House, which is the residence LIONEL RICHIE 10 000 people!) of the Lord-Mayor of Dublin. Organisers Monday, 24 Sep Erdinger will Find out more on: www.oktoberfest- say the Round Room – a large room where The O2 bring all the (Erdinger version) and www. Ireland’s independence was first proclaimedLionel Richie returns to Europe this au- bartenders and (Paulaner). – will be transformed into an authentic Ba-tumn with his first European tour dates bar maids fromsince 2009, and nearly 25 years since his first solo shows took place. CHRIS ISAAK The day of drinking GuinnessOlympia Theatre (Dame Street, Dub- Thursday, September 27th is Arthur’s Day which honours Arthur Guinness, lin 2) Tuesday 02 October the man who founded Guinness brewery in Dublin.American rock musician will play in Although some tourists may think that The original Arthur’s Day was held in Over 500Dublin’s Olympia theatre in support of Arthur’s Day is a long standing Irish tradi- 2009 to celebrate 250 years since Arthur music eventshis latest album Beyond the Sun. Tick- tion, the festival is actually a very recent Guinness signed the lease to the building will take ets: €44.05. invention of Diageo, the multinational com- that is now Guinness brewery. Now Arthur’s place in all pany that owns Guinness. Day is celebrated every year on the last of Ireland’s Thursday of September. 32 counties. CHERYL This year September 27 - lovely day The O2, Dublin The celebration involves instead of do- for a Guinness indeed! Thursday October 4th. raising a pint of Guinness ing a singleEx-Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole will “to Arthur” at exactly 17:59 show in a big concert hall like the O2 orpresent songs from her new album. (5:59 pm) to mark the sign- Vicar Street, the musicians will perform inTickets are priced from €39.05 including ing of the lease on the Guin- smaller venues – local pubs. All the concerts booking fee. ness brewery building in the will be free! The pubs will be chosen by vote: year 1759. Diageo also brings every person can support their favourite lo- world famous musicians over cal pub on (until Sep- and organises live shows. tember 16) and the bars that get most votesTickets to all these shows are available This year the line up includes will host the shows. So if you want Exam- from Ticketmaster outlets. Example, Tinie Tempah, El- ple, Tinie Tempah or another international To book by phone call: 0818 719 300 lie Goulding, Mika, Fatboy superstar to perform in the Barn House orOnline booking: British rapper Example. Want him to perform in Slim, Texas and Amy Mac- indeed Lowes get voting... The Barn House or Lowes? Then get voting... Donald among many others.
  9. 9. GOING OUT 9A one-night stand SHOWS & GIGS JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTARwith culture The O2 Arena, Dublin 12 October The legendary rock opera written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber comes to Dublin.On Friday September 21st for one night only you can visitmost museums, galleries, churches and historic sites in Ire- JENNIFER LOPEZland for free! The O2 Arena, Dublin This year Culture Night will take place in look inside the Jameson distillery you Friday, 19 October34 towns, cities, counties and islands around can do all that in one evening and Superstar Jennifer Lopez will play her See The Book of Kells, St Patrick’s Cathedral and first ever show in Ireland as part of herIreland. On September 21 museums, galler- it will cost nothing! The same goes Jameson distillery for free on September 21!ies, churches, historic houses, artists’ studios for cultural attractions in other cit- ‘Dance Again’ world tour.and cultural centres will open their doors ies such as Galway, Belfast and Cork gramme in advance. Information about all Tickets from 54.65 euro.late into the evening welcoming people of where you can see the famous Cork City the cultural attractions that will be open toall ages to taste and sample their cultural de- Gaol and Cork Butter Exchange for free the public as well as all the special events in NICKI MINAJlights for free. So if you ever wanted to visit on September 21. Be advised however that the various cities can be found on: The O2 Arena, DublinDublin’s Christ Church cathedral, see the Culture Night attracts thousands of people Monday, 5 NovemberBook of Kells in Trinity College and have a every year so it is best to plan your pro- The author of hit single “Starships” will present songs from her new album Ireland vs GAA final: Mayo vs Donegal “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”. Tickets €49.65 / €54.6 Germany If you’re interested in Ireland’s national sports (which also hap- pen to be the most popular on the island) don’t miss out gaelic ANDREA BOCELLI The O2 Tuesday, 06 November The world’s most popular tenor will per- football senior final on September 23. form with orchestra and choir at the O2 in Dublin. Tickets from €55 to €155. Every September marks the end of All for victory: it has been 60 years since Mayo Ireland senior gaelic football and hurl- went through to the finals and 20 years since WWE RAW WORLD TOUR ing championships. The games, which are Donegal reached this level of the competi- The O2, Dublin overseen by the Gaelic Athletic Association tion. The game should be really exciting to Thursday, November 8th. (GAA), are the two most popular sports in watch! Some of the wrestling superstars com- Ireland and the final matches, which ing to Dublin: John Cena, CM Punk,Next month football fans will be able to take place in Dublin’s Croke Park, Chris Jericho, The Miz, Dolph Ziggler,see one of the world’s strongest teams in attract huge attention. Forget about R-Truth, Zack Ryder, Kofi Kingston, Kellyaction in Dublin’s Aviva stadium. Ger- getting a ticket to see the finals from Kelly, Beth Phoenix and many more!many will play against Ireland in a World the stadium as the 80,000-seater Tickets from €33.50 to €76.00.Cup 2014 qualifying match on October 12. Croke Park is guaranteed to be com-Germany is the toughest team in Ireland’s pletely full. But you can watch the ANTHRAXgroup which also includes Sweden, Aus- game pretty much anywhere – the The Academy, Middle Abbey St.tria, Faroe Islands and Kazakhstan. Tickets atmosphere will be brilliant in any Friday 16th Novemberfor the Ireland-Germany match (October pub with a TV set. The American thrash metal band which12, Aviva stadium) are available from This year the gaelic football fi- was founded in 1981 and gained a and from Ticketmas- nal will play out between Donegal The Sam Maguire Cup is gaelic football’s following along with Metallica, Mega-ter outlets. Prices start from 35 euro. and Mayo. Both teams will be hungry highest trophy deth and Slayer, is coming to Dublin’sOther Events Academy. Tickets from €25. connections with Ireland do not end here – his great grandfather was Irish and the GALWAY INTERNATIONAL OYSTER ASLAN Cuban’s complete name should read Che AND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL Vicar Street (Dublin 8) LATIN AMERICAN Guevara Lynch! In order to honour all these 28 - 30 September 2012 December 27th CULTURAL FESTIVAL historic links with Che Guevara the town of Location: Galway City The Irish band Aslan are celebrating 30 28 - 30 September 2012 Kilkee will host the Che do Bheatha Latin- years together this year and they will Location: Kilkee American Cultural Festival which will also Each Septem- play material from their new album as celebrate Latin-American music, poetry, ber Galway City well as old hits such as Crazy World. What does Che dance, film and food. comes alive with Tickets from 25 euro. Guevara have in com- seafood and oys- mon with the small DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL ters as it celebrates THE DUBLINERS town of Kilkee in the 27 September - 14 October 2012 the Galway Inter- Vicar Street (Dublin 8) West of Ireland? It Location: Various venues in Dublin City national Oyster and Seafood Festival. Some December 29th and December 30th turns out that in 1961 of the festivals’ events are: a seafood trail The legendary Irish folk band will play the Cuban revolution- Dublin Theatre taking in Galway’s finest restaurants, a Taste two dates in Dublin’s Vicar Street just ary visited Kilkee: the Festival is Europe’s of the Sea/Blas na Mara event showcasing before the New Year’s Eve. This yearweather made him stop there while he was oldest specialist thea- Galway’s seafood heroes, the National Oys- marks The Dubliner’s 50th anniversary.on his way from Havana to Prague. Che and tre festival - running ter Opening Competition and the food vil- Tickets from €39.50.his entourage spent one night in Kilkee’s since 1957. This year lage at the festival marquee. There will beMarine Hotel where he met the Irish artist the festival will include many different pro- live bands all weekend and visitors can goJim Fitzpatrick. Impressed by the encoun- gramme strands which incorporate every- on tours of Galway oyster beds and heritageter, Fitzpatrick painted the famous por- thing from music to dance and from cutting workshops. The festival will conclude with Tickets to all these shows are availabletrait of the Latin American freedom fighter edge theatre to the biggest shows on Broad- a parade through the streets of Galway. To from Ticketmaster outlets.which you can now see on T-shirts, badges, way. Check out the programme on : find out more log on to: To book by phone call: 0818 719 300bags and other products. But Che Guevara’s Online booking:
  10. 10. 10 PHOTO ALBUMSEDA students having fun after class Linda Matos and a friend are celebrating after making it safely over Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge in Northern Ireland Been to an interesting place or a new country? Send your photos to: SEDA students throw a house partyMargaret and Judy’s class in Dublin Castle Carlos Akiyama (right) and a friend at the London OlympicsGenesis Guzman and husband Alberto Suarez were the luckywinners of 2 tickets to see Red Bull Cliff Diving competition on Genesis Guzman and her husband Alberto Suarez in the West of Irelandthe Aran Islands last month
  11. 11. PHOTO ALBUM 11SEDA students make friends with gardai The living dead on Grafton Street. This picture was taken by Carolina Danieletto.Congratulations Natalia Alfonso Ancelmo!Goodbye Vivian! Baby zombie. This picture was taken at Dublin Zombie Walk 2012 by Carolina Danieletto.Rafael Muniz Teixeira in ParisSEDA’s Venezuelan students partying Mmmm... Brains! Picture was taken at Dublin Brazilian zombies in Temple Bar! This picture was taken at Zombie Walk 2012 by Carolina Danieletto. Dublin Zombie Walk 2012 by Carolina Danieletto.
  12. 12. 12 IRELAND & THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE The Irish food and drink quiz Our next quiz is about Irish traditional food and drink – see if you can find the right answers! As ever, send in your an- swers to and you could win a prize! 1. Which of the following is NOT a tradi- tional Irish food? a) Coddle b) Colcannon c) Perogi 2. A particularly delicious speciality of the northwest of Ireland is boxty. But what is it? a) A potato pancakeHere are the answers to last month’s quiz: b) Bread made from nettles c) An apple pie 1. It rained all day 2. Brush your teeth after every meal 3. Which of these is NOT a traditional fill- 3. A leap year has 366 days ing for a pie in Ireland? 6. What is sometimes hidden inside a 8. What should you say to your friends be- 4. Don’t let the cat out of the bag a) Apples Barm Brack? fore you have a drink in a pub in Dublin? 5. Turn off the lights b) Rhubarb 6. It’s too dark c) Peaches a) A ring a) Cheers! 7. She really sounds like Mum b) Some cloth b) Good luck! 8. He should be proud of himself 4. Which of these drinks is NOT a stout? c) A coin c) Sláinte! 9. I have been waiting for a cab a) Guinness d) All of the above d) You can say any of these things 10. Her twins were born last month b) Beamish 11. No matter what he says c) Murphy’s 7. A hot whiskey is a traditional winter 12. My mother’s mother is my grand- d) Kilkenny drink in Ireland. Which of these things domother you NOT put into your hot whiskey? 13. Even though I went to bed late I 5. Which of these foods is NOT traditional Send your answers to to eat at Hallowe’en?could not sleep a) Colcannon a) Cloves and you can 14. There are ten students in my class b) Lemon 15. Would you like some coffee? b) Barm Brack c) Sugar win a prize! c) Bacon d) Cream The Craic-tionary SEDA News guide to Irish slang words and expressions In this section we will attempt to make your life in Ireland easier by explaining some of the most common Irish slang words and expressions. Your man OR your woman – any man or woman that you are talking about When an Irishman says “your man” (or woman) about someone he doesn’t mean to say that this person is “yours” or is in any way close to you. It is just an Irish phrase that can refer to any man or woman that is being talked about: Your man over there has a nice hat. What did your woman say? My car broke down. Why don’t you bring it to your man in the garage? Your one OR your wan – any female that is being talked about I was talking to your one when Joe arrived. Your wan over there is good-looking, isn’t she? Gobshite – a person who talks a lot of nonsense (i.e. “shite” (shit) coming out of their “gob” (mouth)) or a stupid and contemptible person. That politician is a loud mouthed gobshite! Stop acting like a gobshite! Gombeen (OR gombeen man) – a mean, underhand and corrupt person; also: moron, eejit. Historically “gombeen” referred to money lenders during the Irish Famine who exploited the starving people by selling much-needed food on credit at extortionate rates. I’m not going to vote for that politician – he’s some gombeen man.