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Argentina v Holland: five things to look out for in the World Cup semi-final

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Will the South Americans suffer without Ángel Di María? And can Robin van Persie rediscover his early tournament form?

How will Di María’s absence affect Argentina?

While Ángel Di María was Real Madrid’s best player in the Champions League final, he has been more fitful for Argentina. He scored the extra-time winner against Switzerland but had been having a torrid time before curling the ball past Diego Benaglio and the midfielder has performed in fits and bursts. All the same, Argentina would rather Di María had not suffered the thigh injury against Belgium that has ruled him out for the rest of the tournament. Enzo Pérez, the Benfica midfielder, is an able deputy but Di María is a special player on his day and still had time to become one of Argentina’s driving forces. Holland will be pleased not to see him.

Van Persie’s form

Robin van Persie began the tournament with the header to end all headers, that staggering swan-dive improvisation that sent the ball looping over a baffled Iker Casillas and Holland on their way to a momentous 5-1 crushing of Spain. Then came an emphatic finish in the win over Australia, at which point it seemed that Van Persie was going to take the World Cup by storm after a disappointing season for Manchester United. However, it has not quite worked out like that – well, not yet at least. After impressing during the group stage, Van Persie has been below par in Holland’s two knock-out games. He was ineffective against Mexico in the second round and was replaced by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who played a key part in the late Dutch revival, and he was also underwhelming against Costa Rica, missing a good chance as the minutes ticked away. When Van Persie tucked away his penalty in the shoot-out, he looked relieved. Yet while Holland need him at his best against Argentina, it would be monumentally stupid to write him off and part of the problem for long spells against Costa Rica and Mexico was that both sides defended deep, negating Holland’s speed on the break. There could be more space to exploit against Argentina – and that is when Van Persie could come into his own.

Higuaín and Lavezzi’s movement

Gonzalo Higuaín has never quite convinced in an Argentina shirt and there were many wondering whether he was worth his place leading into the quarter-final against Belgium. He had not scored and his impact had been minimal. But he managed an instinctive, deadly strike that beat Thibaut Courtois, a goal that showcased Higuaín’s poise and class, demonstrating that he can be the difference between failure and glory for Argentina. It also lifted the load on Messi, who was increasingly having to do it on his own as his fellow forwards floundered in their search for lift-off in Brazil. Obviously Messi is more than capable of deciding any match in Argentina’s favour with one imperious swish of his left foot but leaving it all to him is a high-risk strategy given that he will probably be confronted by at least two players when he receives the ball. And he will receive the ball a lot. Messi, of course, can wriggle his way out of the tightest of clinches but what if Holland do find that they have found a way to nullify him? When there was a lack of movement in the first half of Argentina’s opening game against Bosnia-Herzegovina, Messi struggled. When his team-mates moved and occupied the Bosnian defenders more in the second half, Messi scored a solo stunner. That is why it is crucial that Higuaín and Ezequiel Lavezzi, both excellent players in their own right but support acts in this scenario, are on song. Make room for Messi and one way or another, Argentina will probably reach the final.

 

Holland’s defence without Vlaar

 

Ron Vlaar has been a rock for Holland, marshalling their defence and using his experience to guide the younger players around him, so it will be a huge blow if a knee injury keeps him out on Wednesday night. It will not be the end of the world and there hopes of reaching the final would not disappear with Vlaar, but their defence could have a shakier feel without the 29-year-old. Despite playing for an Aston Villa side not exactly known for its solidity, Vlaar has put his domestic travails to one side and excelled in Brazil, particularly against Spain, when he denied Diego Costa an early goal with a perfectly timed last-ditch tackle. Holland could do with him being passed fit.

 

Would Van Gaal do it again?

 

Bad news for supporters of Liverpool and Manchester City: it appears that Louis van Gaal is never, ever wrong. And even when the Manchester United-bound manager is wrong, he gets it right in the end anyway and then he’ll tell you in painstaking detail why he was right, why you’re an idiot and why he was right, so there. First he stuck two fingers up to the 4-3-3 advocates by making his three-man defence work, then there was the water-break tactical switch against Mexico and finally and most famously, there was his decision to mess with Costa Rica’s heads by bringing on Tim Krul for the penalty shoot-out. Krul’s penalty record is not particularly special. Essentially he is a bigger man than Jasper Cillessen. But that was all part of the bluff: it made Costa Rica think that Krul was going to be the hero. Penalties are about technique but you also have to keep your nerve, so Van Gaal’s psychological trick worked a treat. But would he do it again or was it a once-in-a-lifetime ruse? The game might be up: the world has seen Van Gaal’s hand and Argentina might not be flustered as easily. If the game is winding its way to a shootout, it will be fascinating to see if Krul is told to warm up – and then if we are treated to the sight of him acting up again and bawling in Messi’s poker face as the Argentina star prepares to take his penalty.

Doing national service for Greece

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Melbourne born Pavlos Tsapournis was personally honoured by the Greek Minister of Defence for choosing to do national service in Greece.

When 19-year-old Melbourne born and raised Pavlos Tsapournis, who is doing his national service in Greece in the Aegean island of Samos, was asked by the Greek Minister of Defence Dimitris Avramopoulos why he decided to come and serve in the army all the way from Australia, he responded: “It is my duty to the motherland, Minister.”

The Greek Minister was so impressed by the action and the response of the young man that he contacted the parents of the soldier in Melbourne by phone in order to congratulate and thank them for the way they raised their son.

Pavlos’ Melbourne- born and resident elder brother also served in the Greek army.

source: Neos Kosmos

Το 2015 θα ολοκληρωθεί το Αυστραλιανό μνημείο στην Κρήτη

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H Glenda Humes με την αδερφή της Dorothy Burton στην Κρήτη τον περασμένο Μάιο όταν παρέδωσαν την αναμνηστική πλακέτα στο Δήμο Χανίων. Φώτο: Mike Sweet

Θα «στεγάσει» την αναμνηστική πλακέτα «42η οδός» που δωρίστηκε πρόσφατα από την Αυστραλία στο νησί.

Το μνημείο που θα στεγάσει το «δώρο» της Αυστραλίας στην Κρήτη την αναμνηστική πλακέτα «42η οδός», θα ολοκληρωθεί πριν από την 74η επέτειο της Μάχης της Κρήτης το 2015. Η αναμνηστική πλακέτα που μετέφερε από την Αυστραλία η Glenda Humes, η μεγαλύτερη κόρη του αξιωματικού, Reg Hunt, που πολέμησε στην Κρήτη, αυτή τη στιγμή στεγάζεται στο Ναυτικό Μουσείο Χανίων και εκτίθεται στο πλαίσιο της έκθεσης του Μουσείου που έχει ως θέμα της τη Μάχη της Κρήτης.
Οι διαδικασίες για την εξεύρεση χώρου κοντά στα Τσικαλαριά του Νομού Χανίων, για την ανέγερση του μνημείου, έχουν ολοκληρωθεί και αυτή τη στιγμή εκκρεμεί η μεταβίβαση του χώρου αυτού στο Δήμο.

Σύμφωνα με τον αντιδήμαρχο Χανίων, κ. Δημήτρη Λειψάκη, οι δημοτικές Αρχές εργάζονται πυρετωδώς προκειμένου να ολοκληρωθεί και η διαδικασία μεταβίβασης ενώ παράλληλα δεσμεύτηκε ότι ο Δήμος θα συμβάλλει και οικονομικά στις εργασίες ανέγερσης του μνημείου. Ο κ. Λειψάκης ανέφερε, επίσης, ότι στόχος των δημοτικών Αρχών της περιοχής είναι το μνημείο να ολοκληρωθεί πριν τις εκδηλώσεις για τη Μάχη της Κρήτης το 2015, οπότε τα αποκαλυπτήριά του θα γίνουν κατά τη διάρκειά τους.
Η εν λόγω πλακέτα δείχνει το σημείο όπου έλαβε χώρα η ιστορική μάχη μεταξύ των συμμάχων και των γερμανικών δυνάμεων την 27η Μαΐου 1941 και στην οποία συμμετείχαν και Αυστραλοί και Νεοζηλανδοί στρατιώτες.

Γνωστή η οδός στους ξένους ως 42nd Street, κοντά στα Τσικαλαριά, δεν είχε ποτέ μέχρι τώρα σηματοδοτηθεί. Η προσπάθεια για την αναγνώριση της σημαντικής αυτής μάχης ανήκει στην πρωτοβουλία της Glenda Humes, η οποία και ηγείται του οργανισμού Friends of 42nd Street Trust που τα τελευταία χρόνια με τη συνδρομή όχι μόνο χορηγών, αλλά και οργανισμών Κρητών της ομογένειας, κατάφερε να θέσει τα θεμέλια για την αναγνώριση αυτής της ιστορικής μάχης.

Όπως ανέφερε χαρακτηριστικά η κ. Humes το μνημείο θα αποτελέσει όχι μόνο πυξίδα για τους απογόνους των Αυστραλών και Νεοζηλανδών στρατιωτών, αλλά είναι, παράλληλα, ένας τρόπος αναγνώρισης για όσους πήραν μέρος σ’ αυτήν τη μάχη, και θα θυμίζει το ρόλο και την αυτοθυσία τους στις επερχόμενες γενιές.

Πηγή: Νέος Κόσμος

Αυστραλία:Tο χάσμα της ανισότητας διευρύνεται

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O δισεκατομμυριούχος Harry Triguboff

Το 20% των οικογενειών με το χαμηλότερο εισόδημα έχουν συνολικά $54 δις περιουσία ύψους $54δις, ενώ οι εφτά πλουσιότεροι κάτοικοι της Αυστραλίας.

Η περιουσία των επτά πλουσιότερων Αυστραλών υπερβαίνει αυτή του 1.73 εκατομμυρίου νοικοκυριών συνολικά, τα, δε, νέα μέτρα της κυβέρνησης, αν τελικά εφαρμοστούν θα διευρύνουν το χάσμα αυτό, σύμφωνα με τη Στατιστική Υπηρεσία.

Στοιχεία της εν λόγω υπηρεσίας αποκαλύπτουν ότι 20% του χαμηλότερου εισοδήματος οικογενειών έχουν συνολικά 54 δις περιουσία, ενώ η περιουσία των εφτά πλουσιότερων κατοίκων της Αυστραλίας ανέρχεται σε $56 δις.

Πιο αναλυτικά, πρόκειται για την Gina Rinehart (η περιουσία της οποίας ανέρχεται σε $22 δις), Frank Lowy (6,9 δις), James Packer ($6 δις), Anthony Pratt & Family $5,6 δις), Ιvan Glanseberg ($5,6 δις), Harry Triguboff ($4,95 δις) και Wing Mau Hui ($4.82 δις).

Η εν λόγω μελέτη, η οποία φέρει τον τίτλο «Ανισότητα Πλούτου και Εισοδήματος στην Αυστραλία», αποκαλύπτει πώς κυβερνητικές πολιτικές στην Αυστραλία -όπως, για παράδειγμα, η μείωση του φόρου στους μεγαλοεισοδηματίες-, έχουν συμβάλει στο να αυξηθεί η περιουσία των πλουσίων και να διευρυνθεί το χάσμα μεταξύ πλούτου και εισοδήματος στην Αυστραλία.

Υπογραμμίζεται, επίσης, ότι το χάσμα μεταξύ πλουσίων και φτωχών οικογενειών θα πάρει ακόμη μεγαλύτερες διαστάσεις αν εφαρμοστούν τα νέα κυβερνητικά μέτρα που ανακοινώθηκαν στον οικονομικό προϋπολογισμό.

Πηγή: Νέος Κόσμος

Golden Dawn targets Greek Americans

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Richard Ledes, director of the documentary Golden Dawn, NY.

 

A witch-hunt with a chiefly anti-Marxist slant has been launched by the New York arm of Golden Dawn against Greek expatriate professors, luminaries, activists of the American left, as well as other distinguished members of the Greek American community. In an act of ‘retaliation’, as they themselves called it, against the ‘criminals’ and their ‘conspiracy’, the Greek American Golden Dawn published personal details, phone numbers and addresses of whomever they put in their sights.

According to the post on their website, the neo-fascists decided to target the particular Greeks and Greek Americans because they ‘dared’ to give their opinions about Golden Dawn in the documentary Golden Dawn, NYC. They dub it, ‘a propaganda film against Golden Dawn pretending to be a documentary’ and attack all those who speak against the group in it. They don’t restrict themselves to slander however. They proceed to publish personal details, asking that their readers call them and take to task all those who dared speak out.

The documentary by Richard Ledes which triggered the targeting of members of the Greek community is a 30-minute film which records the opinions of people in the street during the parade of the 25th of March, as well as the opinions of distinguished Greeks of New York about Golden Dawn and its rise, about the threats that they themselves have received, and about how Greek Americans have handled the group’s efforts to create a branch in the US, beyond the internet presence of ‘Golden Dawn America’.

It is worth noting that the documentary also presents at length the efforts of the filmmaker (who is of Greek descent) to record the opinions and positions of Golden Dawn members in New York. Yet they refuse to talk, either as a small group on the street or in response to his repeated requests by phone.

Now, without a public face, unwilling to state clearly who they are and what they want after refusing to take part in the documentary, anonymously and with half-truths, they are targeting the distinguished members of the Greek American community via an extensive post on their website. One which is clearly intended to ‘warn’ average people against ‘daring’ to express their opinions against Golden Dawn.

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Among those targeted by the anonymous Golden Dawn members is, first and foremost, the director of the documentary, Richard Ledes, because he dared to produce it, as well as the well known businessman and father of the director, George John Ledes, whose ‘Greekness’ is questioned by the neo-fascists because his picture “indicates other racial origins,” and of course, because he has business dealings with Jews.

Father Alexandros Karloutsos is the biggest surprise among those targeted. The priest is condemned for being “an outspoken supporter of the Samaras regime” who lives in an upmarket suburb, marries celebrities and collects money for the Archdiocese.

AHEPA president Nikolaos Karakostas is targeted – indeed his phone number and email are published – because he does business with Jewish ‘Zionists’, because he “lashed out at Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus’ (sic) criticism of Israel” and of course because he lives in an expensive suburb (incidentally, the class hatred of NY Golden Dawners is all too clear and potentially shows a leaning towards Marxism – they should keep an eye on that).

Dean Sirigos, a journalist with the National Herald, the historic paper of the Greek American community, is among those listed because he is “on the Samaras and Zionist payroll” and “claims 30 per cent of Greek Americans are descended from or are illegal immigrants”.

The information they published is already in the hands of extreme American Nazi organisations who have been making threatening phone calls to those targeted. According to sources the president of AHEPA in particular has even received such calls at his home in the middle of the night.

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Nikos Alexiou, Despina Lalaki and Peter Bratsis are targeted for being leftists and academics (“who have never worked a real job in their lives” – teaching at
university is obviously an unknown concept for the Golden Dawners of New York). In particular Nikos Alexiou is criticised for being an atheist (an “admitted Anti-Christian”). Ms Lalaki’s address is made public, as is the amount of rent she pays as well as the number of the Onassis Foundation where she works. The authors of the post ask readers to call and “ask why the self proclaimed anti-capitalist and philo-turk is taking a grant from an organisation based off one of the wealthiest capitalists who ever lived, Aristotle Onasis (sic).” They also take offence at the fact that her brother works at a company that has signed a contract with the Greek state (Teva Pharmaceuticals). Mr Bratsis’ address in Astoria is also published and information is given about the areas he frequently visits – “He can easily be found on the streets of Astoria eating in his favourite restaurants”.

The photographer Ioannis Delatolas is targeted for being the “appointed leader of ANTARSYA US” and a homosexual – he doesn’t hide either – while it is insinuated that he either turns tricks or is a secret agent: “A flaming homosexual who claims he makes his money as a photographer, his real source of income in order to pay the approximately 1,800 euro per month rent is unknown.”

A thrilling figure of the American left, the poet, historian and intellectual Dan Georgakas is also targeted, but it is clear that the only information they have about him is from Wikipedia. The charges levelled at Georgakas, as with the lawyer Eric Poulos, who is condemned for having … lost a case, ‘suffer’ somewhat from a lack of catty gossip by the group, in contrast to the others.

The well-known and award winning researcher and academic, professor at the University of Columbia Neni Panourgia is not only labelled a “supporter of November 17” but her address in New York is made public (together with how much she pays for rent) while she is also condemned for … spending her summers in Greece where she has a country house. In the Richard Ledes documentary, Ms Panourgia talks about previous threats she had received.
The anonymous and brazen attack on the respected members of the Greek American community for daring to speak openly in the documentary is one of the most worrying recent incidents of Golden Dawn thuggishness. More concerning than the 30-year old photographs and photo-editing that is presented as ‘reportage’ as if the real and current information ran out. Unfortunately it went unnoticed in homeland Greece, which was focused on the ‘revelations’ regarding carrots by the Elmer Fudd of Greek journalism.

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At the same time that Golden Dawn is changing its image within Greece in the face of the manoeuvring of the Samaras government, abroad it still appears with all its thuggish characteristics. The Greek community in the US, as in Australia, have succeeded in showing much clearer the origin and character of their own Golden Dawn branches, fighting them with the Truth.

* This article was first published in The Press Project.

source: Neos Kosmos

Qantas scraps carbon surcharge on domestic flights, but airfares won’t fall!

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Qantas Airways has officially abandoned a “carbon surcharge” on its domestic and regional fares in anticipation of the likely repeal of the carbon tax.

However, the move is unlikely to result in lower airfares because the airline said the competitive nature of the domestic aviation market meant it had not been able to recover the cost of the carbon tax through price increases as originally intended.

In February 2012, Qantas announced its intention to raise domestic ticket prices as a result of the carbon tax. It said fares on Qantas and QantasLink flights would rise by $1.82 to $6.86, depending on the length of the sector.

“The surcharges are calculated based on estimated average fuel consumption, carbon emissions and passenger numbers for flight sectors in each zone,” the airline said at the time.

Rival Virgin Australia put in place a carbon surcharge of $1.50 to $6 depending on the sector length the same month as Qantas, but it has since told investors it was also unable to recover the carbon tax bill costs due to the strong domestic competition.

Qantas forecast its carbon tax liability would reach $118 million in the 2013-14 financial year. Virgin had a $48 million carbon tax bill in the 2012-13 financial year.

The abandonment of Qantas’s ineffective carbon surcharge comes as Deutsche Bank analyst Cameron McDonald said domestic demand had reached two-year lows.

“The demand-supply mismatch is very much evident, with passenger growth lagging the long-term average growth for over two years since December 2012,” he told clients. “However, the forward fares are trending up into July and August.”

Mr McDonald said the apparent pick-up in airfares will need to be monitored to see if the price increases stick, but it appeared to be a sign that now the capacity battle was over, the airlines were moving toward more stable airfares and focusing on filling more seats. He said Qantas fares were 30 per cent higher than Virgin’s in economy class in the domestic market, while Qantas’s business class fares sold at a 20 per cent premium to Virgin.

source: smh.com.au

World Cup 2014: Brazil in shock after 7-1 humiliation against Germany in semi-final

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Brazil’s dream of winning the World Cup on home soil was shattered on Wednesday morning when it suffered a humiliating 7-1 loss to ruthless Germany in an extraordinary semi-final in Belo Horizonte.

The carnival atmosphere that had swept over the samba nation during the tournament gave way to a state of shock and disbelief as Brazil suffered its heaviest ever defeat.

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari apologised to the entire nation and said it was his fault the team lost one of the most incredible World Cup matches ever played.

“The blame for this catastrophic result can be shared between us all, but the person who decided the line-up, the tactics was me. It was my choice,” Scolari said.

“We tried to do what we could, we did our best – but we came up against a great German team. We couldn’t react to going behind. Not even the Germans can tell you how this happened – but it is because of their skills and you have to respect that.

“My message for the Brazilian people is this. Please excuse us for this performance. I’m sorry that we weren’t able to get to the final – and we’re going to try to win the third place match. We still have something to play for.”

Germany played superbly but was aided by a woeful Brazilian defence, which conceded five goals in a devastating 18-minute burst in the first half.

An unmarked Thomas Mueller got the first from a corner after 11 minutes before Miroslav Klose struck to become the World Cup’s all-time leading scorer with 16 goals.

Toni Kroos grabbed two in three minutes before Sami Khedira added a fifth in the 29th minute as boos rang out around the Mineirao stadium and young children in the crowd started to cry.

German substitute Andre Schuerrle struck twice more late in the second half before Oscar scored a last-minute goal that was of little consolation to the five-times world champions.

“This is the worst defeat that Brazil has ever had, but it happened,” Scolari said.

“Life goes on, my life will go on, we have to look into those details (of the match) and see what we can do differently.”

Germany now has the chance to win the World Cup for the fourth time. It will play the winners of Wednesday’s semi-final between Argentina and the Netherlands in Monday morning’s final in Rio de Janeiro.

Many fans at Copacabana Beach, who had been happily singing and dancing with excitement before the game, left before half-time, traumatised by what had just unfolded.

In Germany, the celebrations were in full swing, with hundreds of thousands of people flocking to the avenue stretching from the Brandenburg Gate to the golden statue-topped Victory Column.

Organisers extended the fan zone to 1.3 kilometres in anticipation of the massive crowd who roared with excitement as each goal was banged into the Brazilian net.

“Five goals in 18 minutes. It’s clear that they were shocked and didn’t know what to do,” Germany coach Joachim Loew said.

“We played well in the first half obviously. But it continues. We need to be humble. We don’t want to overvalue this.”

Germany’s win came exactly 24 years to the day since its last World Cup win in 1990, when it beat Argentina in the final. It lost to Brazil in the 2002 final and was knocked out in the semi-finals when it hosted the tournament in 2006.

“We had great hopes in 2006 too and you can feel the pressure that the hosts have in a match like this,” said Loew.

“All 200 million people here want you to get to the final. That can cause your players to tighten up. I feel sorry for him (Scolari). I think I know how he feels.”

source: abc.net.au

World Cup 2014: Brazil humiliated by Germany 7-1 in semi-final

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Germany’s Thomas Mueller celebrates his side’s first goal in the 7-1 mauling of Brazil. Source: AFP

WORLD Cup hosts Brazil have been humiliated in front of their own fans, thrashed 7-1 by Germany in the semi final.

Germany piled on five goals in the first half, including four in just a few minutes, to leave Brazilian fans shattered and weeping.

The Germans added two more in the second half as the Brazilians, without injured star striker Neymar, capitulated.

Oscar scored a late consolation goal for Brazil.

Brazil have never suffered such a big defeat in any international tournament and never put on such a shambolic defensive performance.

In 18 minutes in the first half, Germany scored four goals, three of them in just 179 seconds.

In the goalscoring frenzy, Germany’s Miroslav Klose became the World Cup’s highest topscorer by netting his 16th goal in the competition.

The 36-year-old, appearing in his fourth World Cup semi-final, put Germany on course for Sunday’s final in Rio de Janeiro after Thomas Mueller’s early opener.

Toni Kroos then added two more in as many minutes to incredibly put the Germans 4-0 up before Sami Khedira added a fifth on the half-hour mark.

Klose had matched Brazilian legend Ronaldo’s record of 15 World Cup goals when he scored the equaliser in Germany’s 2-2 draw with Ghana in the group stages.

This is Klose’s second goalscoring record in just over a month after he broke Gerd Mueller’s previous mark of 68 goals to become Germany’s top scorer in a 6-1 pre-World Cup friendly win against Armenia

Klose put Germany ahead 2-0 in the 23rd minute for his 16th career World Cup goal in his fourth tournament. It broke the mark of 15 goals he shared with Brazil’s retired star Ronaldo.

The 36-year-old Lazio striker also scored in Germany’s 2-2 draw with Ghana in a group match.

With 71 goals in 136 matches, Klose is Germany’s highest top scorer, having beaten the record previously held by Gerd Mueller. Germany is up 5-0 after just 35 minutes of the game.

source: theaustralian.com.au

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European court charges Greece over detention conditions

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Overcrowded cells a problem in Greece. Photo: AP.

Greece ordered to pay 6,500 euros in compensation each to two applicants who lodged a complaint regarding the conditions of their detention.

The European Court of Human Rights ordered Greece to pay 6,500 euros in compensation each to two applicants who lodged a complaint regarding the conditions of their detention prior to expulsion from the country.

The applicants, Mariana de los Santos and Angela de la Cruz, both nationals of the Dominican Republic and born in 1962 and 1979 respectively, were arrested on August 10, 2011, for illegal entry into Greece and placed in detention with a view to their deportation at the Thessaloniki department for illegal immigration.

They told the court that their cell was overcrowded and their daily stipend of 5.87 euros did not allow them to purchase regular meals.

Their complaint also referred to the conditions of their detention in Athens after they were transferred to the Aliens Directorate of Attica in September of the same year, saying that conditions were unsanitary as there had been only a single shower and a single toilet for all of the female detainees.

The conditions under which they were held were deemed by the court as inhuman or degrading treatment and in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Source: Kathimerini.