Daily Archives: February 17, 2014

Arnott’s Tim Tam turns fifty


TIM TAMS are celebrating 50 years of delighting the tastebuds of Aussie mouths, having burst onto the biscuit scene in 1964.

Back then, Arnott’s Tim Tam Original biscuits were the only options. Now, pretty much every flavour combination you can think of exists, from Tim Tam White to Tim Tam Honeycomb, and Tim Tam Dark Rum & Raisin.

As a result of this flavour innovation, Australians devour around 400 million Tim Tam biscuits each year — that’s 45 million packs.

To keep up with demand, Tim Tam original biscuits are produced at around 3000 biscuits per minute, which equates to approximately 60 biscuits per second. Their chocolate coating, which is made from three different types of chocolate, is produced at a rate of 20 tonnes per 24 hours.

It’s something the creator of Tim Tams, Ian Norris, could only have dreamt of. As Arnott’s Director of Food Technology for forty-two years, it took Mr Norris six years of trials to create the Tim Tam Original.

“The whole success of Tim Tams, and why it is so good, is the flavour of the crème in combination with the chocolate and the biscuit,” Mr Norris said at the time.

Mr Norris guarded the Tim Tam recipe so closely that he allegedly died without telling his family the exact concoction of cream, biscuit and chocolate needed to make Tim Tam’s so delightful. That secret is safely guarded within the walls of the Arnott’To celebrate the 50th Anniversary, Arnott’s and Qantas are launching a year of togetherness. They’re giving Australians the chance to reconnect with someone they love anywhere in the world via the ‘50 flights in 50 days’ on-pack promotions factory.

source: news.com.au


Greek women in top 40 entrepreneurs list


Demi Markogiannaki

Former Neos Kosmos journalist Demi Markogiannaki was ranked number 32 in the Top 50 Australian Female Entrepreneurs Under 40 by Shoestring.com.au

Former Neos Kosmos journalist Demi Markogiannaki was ranked number 32 in the Top 50 Australian Female Entrepreneurs Under 40 by Shoestring.com.au for her company WeTeachMe. Greek Australian Emma Petroulas from the company Nudge Accounting was ranked 41 in the list.
Markogiannaki is one of the four founders of WeTeachMe and is a sales and business development guru. She grew WeTeachMe’s course offerings to over 10,000 courses over 12 months.
WeTeachMe help clients grow revenue, save time, and reduce costs. It’s also a marketplace to list, discover, and book in-person courses. Through a platform, course providers can reach thousands of learners using a portfolio of classes, seminars, and other educational events and activities. The site now lists more than 10,000 in-person courses Australia-wide, covering a wide range of subjects – from creative writing, photography and baking to sustainable gardening, music and floristry.

source: Neos Kosmos

Arcadians commemorate Kolokotronis’ death anniversary


The Arcadians of Melbourne gathered to pay respect to the leader of the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire.

The Arcadians of Melbourne gathered at the Greek Orthodox Monastery of Axion Esti in Northcote, to lay wreaths on the anniversary  of the death of the general and  leader of the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire, Theodoros Kolokotronis (3 April 1770 – 4 February 1843).

source: Neos Kosmos

Greek clubs tired but relieved for NPL


Heidelberg United back in the top tier. Photo: Kimberley KiKi Grace.

Eight Greek sponsored clubs have been selected in the new NPL and we see Heidelberg United back in the top tier.

The future seems bright for the National Premier League (NPL), with Victoria finally settling on a program and releasing the licenses to successful clubs, months after the initial due date.

Eight Greek sponsored clubs will join 22 clubs in the Victorian NPL -split into two tiers, NPL and NPL1.

VPL greats Bentleigh Greens, South Melbourne, last year’s winners Northcote City and Oakleigh Cannons are all booked for the top NPL league, while some suburban local teams like Box Hill United, Brunswick City and Kingston City all join in the lower NPL1.

The new system will see the return of Heidelberg United in the top ranks after it was relegated last season and has been battling ever since to return. “It was obviously disappointing for us to be relegated the year before but we always had intentions of making our way back into the premier league in 2014,” Heidelberg secretary, John Lioupas tells Neos Kosmos.

“In light of the fact the NPL was going to go ahead regardless, we felt like we needed to be in a good position to do that.

“We’ve achieved a couple of the objectives, one was to win promotion and two to get into the new competition.”

The uncertainty that has surrounded the Victorian NPL roll out has left many clubs tired and frustrated. While they are happy to see progress, it’s hard not to notice the fatigue and indifference that has come from the drawn out and messy process.

It took seven months to get the Football Federation of Victoria (FFV) to listen to the concerned clubs’ calls for a review of the initial NPL proposal, and escalated to court proceedings which eventually got the FFA involved.

It’s been a headache many clubs would like to forget.

“We’ve had a lot of obstacles along the way that have pretty much been created by our governing body the FFV,” Mr Lioupas says.

“Luckily and thankfully the FFA has got a bit more of a concept around logic and they’ve come in at the right moment to at least put things on the right track.”

“It’s a positive step.”

For South Melbourne’s Tom Kalas, one of the two main campaigners for the dissenting clubs, the announcement of the new structure this week was a huge relief. “The structure of the NPL in Victoria is basically what we designed back in August /September last year,” he tells Neos Kosmos. “We’re very, very pleased that’s what’s being implemented.”

Starting on March 14, the new season will see Victoria go head to head with classic VPL teams and for the first time regional teams.

The fixtures at least will be much more interesting for the clubs and the fans. With regional teams up against local greats, and the chance to play nationally, the new league won’t be short of blockbuster games.

“Now there’s a national flavour,” Mr Kalas says.

“The premiers (winners) of the year go straight to the finals (nationally). There’s no finals series in Victoria, there will be finals around Australia to determine the national champion.”

Mr Kalas revealed South Melbourne and Ballarat Red Devils are in talks to see if they can secure the first fixture together, showing just how keen the regional teams are in competing in a state wide competition.

This year is the last year for the NPL rollout, and will see Northern NSW, Victoria and Western Australia join the ranks of the eight Federations already in the NPL for the first time.

The FFA says they want to see integration between the NPL and the A-League, whether it is via player pathways or eventually relegation and promotion, that could give lower league clubs some much needed limelight.

“This year we will see youth teams from some Hyundai A-League clubs compete in their respective NPL competition to ensure that our most talented players maximise their development opportunities by being able to play competitive football twelve months a year,” FFA CEO David Gallop said at the NPL launch this week.

The opening game of NPL 2014 season will be in South Australia on Friday 21st February between two of Australia’s most successful football clubs in West Adelaide and Adelaide City.

The National Premier Leagues 2014 Finals Series will begin on the weekend of 20/21 September with the National Premier Leagues 2014 Grand Final to be played on the weekend of 4/5 October.

Fixtures and confirmation about promotion and relegation frameworks for seniors in Victoria will be released on February 26 and NPL rules of competition will be released on March 4.

Full list of clubs selected for the NPL in Victoria: NPL: Ballarat Red Devils, Bentleigh Greens, Dandenong Thunder, Goulburn Valley Suns, Green Gully Cavaliers, Heidelberg United, Hume City, Melbourne Knights, Northcote City, Oakleigh Cannons, Pascoe Vale, Port Melbourne Sharks, South Melbourne and Werribee City. NPL 1: Avondale Heights, Bendigo Amateur Soccer League, Box Hill United, Brunswick City, Dandenong City, Eastern Lions, FC Bulleen Lions, Kingston City, Moreland Zebras, North Geelong Warriors, Richmond, Springvale White Eagles, St Albans Saints, Sunshine George Cross, Surf Coast and Whittlesea Ranges.

source: Neos Kosmos

Government under fire as car manufacture in Australia ends


Jimmy Mastrandonakis – president of the Victorian branch of the Australian Workers Union, which represents thousands of workers in the auto component supply industries. Photo supplied.

Toyota’s announcement that it is to stop making cars in Australia in 2017 was met with dismay this week – the final nail in the coffin of an industry that is being consigned to history.

That history began in the 1920s, when Ford – who had been importing vehicles like the Model T – first leased premises in Geelong to begin construction for the Australian market.

Around the same time, Adelaide car body maker Holden – which started as a saddle making business in the 1850s – joined forces with US automotive giant General Motors.

GM Holden became a company whose story would be forever linked to the lives of many first-generation Greek migrants who found their first employment with the car maker.

As the great US automotive companies established their Australian manufacturing plants, they nurtured a nationwide network of parts makers and suppliers, and the vehicles they created became part of our national identity – from the FJ and FX Holden to the Falcon GT-HO and Chrysler Valiant.

Toyota appeared later on the landscape, with the first Land Cruiser imports arriving for the Snowy Mountains hydro scheme in the late 1950s. In 1963, Toyota’s cars were rolling out of their production plant in Port Melbourne.

Today Toyota’s 4,000 employees are left pondering if the Coalition government’s stated vision, of creating thousands of new jobs in new industries to replace the old, can truly be realised.

Toyota’s workers are of course not alone. With Ford closing its operations in 2016, and Holden to shut up shop a year later, the thousands of direct lay-offs are the tip of an iceberg.

Tens of thousands of workers in the automotive supply industries – and the companies they work for – are faced with the task of reinventing themselves and the products they supply.

Toyota’s hands – like those of the other stricken car makers – have been forced by constantly reducing sales of locally produced models over the past six years.

This despite interventions from government – such as the $2 billion dollars given to Holden over the past 12 years to keep the Detroit-based company in Australia.

The Abbott government said enough was enough – in line with what its critics see as a self-defeating obsession with political ideology: allowing market forces to rule supreme at the cost of Australia’s traditional manufacturing industries.

Meanwhile, the unions, who have been implicated by Treasurer Joe Hockey as partly the cause of Toyota’s pull out (an accusation formally refuted by Toyota), are outraged by what they see as a government intent on decimating traditional manufacturing industries – with no credible plan for large-scale job creation.

“There’s a sense of resignation. We’re talking thousands and thousands of people involved – from little workplaces through to large ones. Now they have to consider their options.”

Mastrandonakis says the government’s track record in creating new jobs is laughable.

“If you look at the jobs they’re talking about – the majority of them are part-time casual jobs which will not fill any vacuum whatsoever. They consider a person who works four hours at Coles as employed. It’s ridiculous.”

As the AWU’s Metro Melbourne organiser, Mastrandonakis believes the Coalition’s stance has been at least partly responsible for Toyota’s announcement. “Toyota has been a very successful company in Australia. They’ve exported 80 per cent of their cars, and that’s been a huge bonus for Australia,” he says. Mastrandonakis believes that investment in new technology was key to sustaining Australia’s car manufacturing industry, and quite simply – the Abbott government doesn’t get it.

“We’re a small country fair enough, but it’s all about investment in new technology. If Toyota was willing to spend a huge amount of money on new technology, why as a country couldn’t we chip in, if that is going to create tens of thousands of jobs?

“We’re one of the only two countries in the G20 that doesn’t produce cars now. The other one is Saudi Arabia. It’s a joke.”

The union directly involved with Australia’s car manufacturing workforce is the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union.

AMWU national division secretary Mike Nicolaides told Neos Kosmos that the government’s philosophy – of the market governing the nature of Australia’s engineering and manufacturing industries – was out of kilter internationally.

“Their position seems to be ‘we get out of the way, and let the market rip’. That’s pretty naive,” says Nicolaides.

“That’s not an attitude that will let you have a diversified, modern economy and it’s certainly not the approach that middle European countries or North America have taken to diversify their engineering economies.

“It’s the sort of laissez faire approach that gave us the Global Financial Crisis.”

The debate over what conspired to make Toyota bring the curtain down on car making in Australia, the Coalition government’s reluctance to step in, and the nature of the federal government’s industry policies will continue – to the next election and beyond.

What politicians of all persuasions can agree on is that the absence of car manufacturing in Australia from 2017 is more than a dent to national pride. It is a tragedy for those whose livelihoods depend upon it.

source: Neos Kosmos

Farantouri back in Australia


Maria Farantouri and Charles Lloyd present The Greek Project.

The ‘voice of resistance’ during the Greek military junta of the late ’60s, Maria Farantouris is teaming up with saxophonist Charles Lloyd to perform in the unmissable event The Greek Project, presented by the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and The Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture.

Farantouri’s voice has been described as “a present from the gods of Olympus”. And over the past half century, saxophonist Lloyd has charted a remarkable trajectory as one of the most influential and inventive musicians in jazz history.

This critically-acclaimed project – also featuring lyra master Socratis Sinopoulos and pianist Takis Farazis – explores the subtle connections between jazz and traditional Greek music to create hauntingly beautiful new sounds.

The Greek Project will be held on Sunday 1 June at 7.30 pm at the Melbourne Town HAll, 100 Swanston Street, Melbourne.

source: Neos Kosmos

Χαλκίδα: Έκανε άμβλωση σε 40χρονη ενώ δεν ήταν έγκυος


xeirourgos613a_470717231Σάλος είχε ξεσπάσει στην τοπική κοινωνία της Χαλκίδας με την υπόθεση γνωστής γυναικολόγου της περιοχής η οποία παρότι καταδικάστηκε σε 29 μήνες φυλάκιση (και χρηματική ποινή  1.500 ευρώ) για σατανική απάτη, εξακολουθεί να ασκεί τα ιατρικά της καθήκοντα μέχρι να τελεσιδικήσει η απόφαση, κατά της οποίας άσκησε έφεση.

Η εν λόγω 60χρονη γυναικολόγος εξαπάτησε με το χειρότερο τρόπο μια 40χρονη γυναίκα, η οποία οδηγήθηκε στο χειρουργείο για άμβλωση ενώ δεν ήταν έγκυος.

Η υπόθεση ξεκίνησε το 2007, όταν η άτυχη γυναίκα και μητέρα τριών παιδιών από την Στενή, επισκέφθηκε το ιατρείο της γυναικολόγου που βρίσκεται στο κέντρο της Χαλκίδας, για να υποβληθεί σε «τεστ Παπ» και κατά την διάρκεια της εξέτασης η γιατρός έβαλε σε εφαρμογή το σατανικό της σχέδιο.

Της αποκάλυψε οτι είναι δήθεν έγκυος με πλαστό υπερηχογράφημα, αλλά η γυναίκα δυστυχώς πείστηκε ότι εγκυμονούσε και της έδωσε 800 ευρώ, για να υποβληθεί σε άμβλωση, μιας και δεν ήθελε να αποκτήσει και τέταρτο παιδί.

Πράγματι οδηγήθηκε στο χειρουργείο ενώ δεν ήταν έγκυος και η απάτη αποκαλύφθηκε λίγους μήνες αργότερα, όταν η γυναικολόγος της είπε ξανά ψέματα ότι περίμενε παιδί, ζητώντας της αυτήν την φορά 750 ευρώ για να της κάνει την ψευτοάμβλωση.

Τότε η 40χρονη υποψιάστηκε ότι κάτι δεν πάει καλά και αφού συζήτησε με τον σύζυγο της, πήγε στο ΙΑΣΩ για εξετάσεις, όπου διαπιστώθηκε τελικά ότι δεν ήταν έγκυος και κατάλαβε ότι είχε πέσει θύμα απάτης.

Στη συνέχεια η 40χρονη υπέβαλλε μήνυση στην γυναικολόγο, η οποία συνελήφθη από την ασφάλεια Χαλκίδας με τα προσημειωμένα χαρτονομίσματα 750 ευρώ, αλλά αφέθηκε ελεύθερη και μέχρι να γίνει το δικαστήριο δήλωνε αθώα και θύμα συκοφαντικής δυσφήμησης.

Τελικά η υπόθεση εκδικάστηκε 7 χρόνια μετά στο Τριμελές Πλημμελειοδικείο Χαλκίδας και η 60χρονη γυναικολόγος εισέπραξε 29 μήνες φυλακή και χρηματική ποινή 1.500 ευρώ, για απάτη, απόπειρα απάτης και για ψευδή ιατρική βεβαίωση.

Πηγή: eviazoom


Η ομογενής Λυδία Ιεροδιακόνου «χάλκινη» στο Σότσι


Χρώμα Ελλάδας είχε το δεύτερο μετάλλιο που κέρδισε η Αυστραλία στους χειμερινούς Ολυμπιακούς Αγώνες του Σότσι.

Το κέρδισε στο ελεύθερο σκι και την κατηγορία “aerials” η 32χρονη ομογενής, Λυδία Λάσιλα-Ιεροδιακόνου.

«Είμαι υπερήφανη για το επίτευγμά μου» είπε η Λύδια μετά την επιτυχία της. Επίσης, είναι η δεύτερη Αυστραλή που κερδίζει χρυσό και χάλκινο μετάλλιο σε δυο διαφορετικούς Ολυμπιακούς.

Μια άλλη Ελληνοαυστραλή εντυπωσίασε στο Σότσι, αν και δεν κέρδισε μετάλλιο είναι η Στέφανι Μαγγίρος από το Σίδνεϊ που έκανε το ντεμπούτο της σε Ολυμπιακούς Αγώνες.

Η Στέφανι είναι η μοναδική Αυστραλή που έφτασε ως τα ημιτελικά της κατηγορίας “snowboard halfpipe” αλλά σύμφωνα με τον αυστραλιανό τύπο είναι «γεννημένη πρωταθλήτρια και το όνομά της θα ακούγεται συχνά στο μέλλον». Εξάλλου το πρώτο της βάπτισμα σε Ολυμπιακούς το έλαβε μόλις εννέα ετών όταν πήρε μέρος στην έναρξη των Ολυμπιακών Αγώνων του Σίδνεϊ.

Η Στέφανι Μαγγίρος θεωρείται η δημοφιλέστερη μεταξύ των Αυστραλών αθλητών στην Ρωσία. Κοντά της ήταν οι γονείς, τα αδέλφια της, ο παππούς και η γιαγιά αλλά πήγε να την θαυμάσει και η προγιαγιά της η οποία ζει ακόμα στα Κύθηρα. Ήταν η πρώτη φορά που η προγιαγιά έβλεπε την δισέγγονή της να αγωνίζεται.

Πηγή: greekreporter.gr

Ρωσικός δορυφόρος τριών τόνων θα χτυπήσει σήμερα τη Γη


Συναγερμός έχει σημάνει στην επιστημονική κοινότητα και όχι μόνο καθώς εντός της ημέρας ο ρωσικός δορυφόρος Kosmos-1220, αναμένεται να συντριβεί στη Γη. 

Πρόκειται για στρατιωτικό δορυφόρο, βάρους περίπου 3.000 κιλών, ο οποίος εκτοξεύτηκε στο διάστημα το 1980, αλλά σύντομα τέθηκε εκτός λειτουργίας και ισχύος.

Αυτό που προκαλεί έντονη ανησυχία είναι ότι οι επιστήμονες δεν γνωρίζουν ακριβώς σε ποιο σημείο της Γης θα πέσει ο δορυφόρος, αλλά εικάζουν πως το πιθανότερο είναι να πέσει σε κάποιο σημείο στον Ειρηνικό. Ωστόσο, ούτε αυτό μπορούν να το πουν με βεβαιότητα.

Έπίσης, αυτό που δεν μπορούν να υπολογίσουν, είναι τι μέγεθος θραυσμάτων θα αφήσει η είσοδος και ανάφλεξή του στην γήινη ατμόσφαιρα.

Όπως αναφέρει και ο Independent, o Zolotukhin (αξιωματούχος του ρωσικού στρατού) είναι μεν καθησυχαστικός και θεωρεί πως είναι σχεδόν απίθανο να δημιουργηθεί πρόβλημα σε κατοικημένη περιοχή, αλλά το επιτελείο του θα είναι σε επιφυλακή.

Από την πλευρά του ο David Eyster, εκδότης του Astronomy δήλωσε στο Fox News ότι «το μεγαλύτερο μέρος του θα καταστραφεί από την είσοδο στην ατμόσφαιρα, αλλά δεν υπάρχει αμφιβολία ότι τμήματά του θα φτάσουν στην Γη. Το καλό είναι πως το μεγαλύτερο μέρος του πλανήτη καλύπτεται από νερό και οι πυκνοκατοικημένες περιοχές είναι απλά ένα μικρό τμήμα της επιφάνειάς του», εκτιμώντας πως δεν θα προκληθούν τραυματισμοί ή ζημιές.

Πηγή: madata.gr

Super League: Το πανόραμα της 25ης αγωνιστικής


Διαβάστε αναλυτικά τα αποτελέσματα της 25ης αγωνιστικής, δείτε τη  βαθμολογία και τα στατιστικά, καθώς και το πρόγραμμα της επόμενης  αγωνιστικής.

Αναλυτικά τα αποτελέσματα της 25ης αγωνιστικής:

Σάββατο 15 Φεβρουαρίου
Skoda Ξάνθη – ΑΕΛ Καλλονής 1-0 Λεβαδειακός – Ατρόμητος Αθ. 1-0 Ολυμπιακός – Πλατανιάς 4-2
Κυριακή 16 Φεβρουαρίου
Αστ. Τρίπολης – ΠΑΟΚ 2-1 Αρης – Βέροια 0-0 Παναιτωλικός – Απόλλων 2-1 Πανιώνιος – ΠΑΣ Γιάννινα 2-0 Πανθρακικός – Παναθηναϊκός 0-2
Δευτέρα, 17 Φεβρουαρίου 2014
Εργοτέλης – ΟΦΗ (19:30 NS1)

Πηγή: pamesports.gr