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Παναθηναϊκός: «Ξέρουμε τι πρέπει να κάνουμε» δήλωσε ο Γιάννης Αναστασίου

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Αισιόδοξος για τον αγώνα ρεβάνς με την Σταντάρ Λιέγης την Τρίτη στη Λεωφόρο στο πλαίσιο του γ’ προκριματικού γύρου του Champions League εμφανίστηκε ο Γιάννης Αναστασίου.

Ο προπονητής του Παναθηναϊκού τόνισε ότι οι παίκτες του ξέρουν τι πρέπει να κάνουν για να περάσουν το εμπόδιο των Βέλγων μετά το 0-0 του πρώτου αγώνα.

Εξήγησε επίσης ότι ο Μέντες έκανε κανονικά προπόνηση και ο Πέτριτς έμεινε προληπτικά εκτός, ενώ αναφερόμενος σε πιθανή ενίσχυση του ρόστερ, ξεκαθάρισε ότι οι αποφάσεις θα ληφθούν μετά το τέλος του αυριανού ματς.

Αναλυτικά όσα είπε στη συνέντευξη Τύπου ο Γιάννης Αναστασίου:

Για το πώς βλέπει το παιχνίδι: «Μετά από ένα περίεργο ματς στην Λιέγη, δείξαμε ότι θα μπορούσαμε να πάρουμε την νίκη, κάτι που το πίστευα. Αύριο ξέρουμε τι πρέπει να κάνουμε για να πετύχουμε αυτό που θέλουμε. Αυτή η ομάδα έχει πολλά να δώσει. Δείξαμε πέρυσι εντός συνόρων τις δυνατότητες μας και θέλουμε το ίδιο και στην Ευρώπη. Είναι αρκετά δύσκολο το παιχνίδι αλλά ξέρουμε τι πρέπει να κάνουνε. Αν τα κάνουμε δεν θα έχουμε πρόβλημα».

Για την απουσία του Εζεκιέλ: «Πριν το ματς ήμασταν προετοιμασμένοι στο να μην παίξει ο Εζεκιέλ. Στόχος μας είναι να είμαστε έτοιμοι σε κάθε σενάριο. Όποιος και να παίξει ξέρουμε τι να κάνουμε. Από εμάς θα εξαρτηθεί. Προσπαθούμε πάντα να παίξουμε το παιχνίδι μας, αλλά είναι ένα πονηρό παιχνίδι, αλλά εμείς στη Λεωφόρο παίζουμε πάντα το παιχνίδι μας από το πρώτο λεπτό».

Για το αν θα θεωρηθεί αποτυχία ένας πιθανός αποκλεισμός:
«Δεν θέλω να το πιστεύω αυτό. Θα σας απαντήσω αύριο μετά το παιχνίδι».

Για το τι περιμένει από την Σταντάρ:
«Αυτό θα σας το πει ο προπονητής της Σταντάρ. Σε τέτοια παιχνίδια όλες οι ομάδες μπορούν να κάνουν την ζημιά. Πρέπει να είμαστε συγκεντρωμένοι, είμαστε η ομάδα που δεν δέχθηκε γκολ από την Σταντάρ. Πρέπει να μετουσιώσουμε τις ευκαιρίες σε γκολ για να έρθει η νίκη».

Για το πώς θα προσεγγίσει το ματς:
«Σε αυτό το επίπεδο στόχος είναι να μην δεχθείς γκολ αλλά δεν σημαίνει πως θα παίξεις αμυντικά. Υπάρχει και η επιθετική άμυνα. Όταν εδώ κάνουμε το παιχνίδι μας, μπορούμε να κοιτάξουμε τον οποιοδήποτε στα μάτια».

Για την κατάσταση των Μέντες και Πέτριτς:
«Ο Μέντες έκανε κανονικά προπόνηση και ο Πέτριτς είναι καλά. Προληπτικά έμεινε εκτός».

Για το αν υπάρξουν περαιτέρω μεταγραφές:
«Το σημαντικό είναι να τελειώσει το ματς αύριο. Αν τελειώσει όπως θέλουμε υπάρχουν περιθώρια. Έχουμε ένα ρόστερ 25 παικτών και σε πρώτη φάση είμαστε καλά. Όσο αυξάνονται οι υποχρεώσεις, χρειάζεται και ενίσχυση. Μας ενδιαφέρει το αυριανό παιχνίδι και μετά αν χρειαστεί να κάνουμε κάτι, θα είμαστε έτοιμοι για να το κάνουμε. Να είστε σίγουροι για αυτό.

Για το αν ανησυχεί με την εμπειρία που δεν υπάρχει στο ρόστερ:
«Δείξαμε με μεγάλους αντιπάλους πως μπορούμε να ανταπεξέλθουμε. Δεν με τρομάζει η εμπειρία ή η ωριμότητα. Ξέρουν τι πρέπει να κάνουν. Η Σταντάρ έχει νέους παίκτες, οπότε είμαστε στο ίδιο επίπεδο».

Ζέκα: «Καλύτεροι στις τελικές προσπάθειες»

Τους παίκτες του Παναθηναϊκού εκπροσώπησε ο Ζέκα:

-Έχεις βρεθεί σε ανάλογη κατάσταση και έχεις πανηγυρίσει μια πρόκριση, τότε το εκτός έδρας αποτέλεσμα κόντρα στην Μάδεργουελ ήταν καλύτερο, υπάρχει πίεση στους παίκτες; «Όχι νομίζω ότι έχουμε πετύχει ένα καλό αποτέλεσμα. Ο στόχος μας είναι η νίκη. Ξέρουμε τι πρέπει να κάνουμε και με ποιον τρόπο. Δεν υπάρχει πίεση, αντίθετα υπάρχει μεγάλη όρεξη».

-Περιμένεις η Σταντάρ να αγωνιστεί διαφορετικά αύριο;
«Πραγματικά δεν ξέρω πως θα εμφανιστούν, Δεν μας ενδιαφέρει κιόλας αλλά μας νοιάζει πως θα παίξουμε εμείς. Αν είμαστε αυτοί που πρέπει δεν θεωρώ ότι θα έχουμε πρόβλημα.Ένα γκολ για αυτούς θα είναι ένα βήμα πρόκρισης σε αντίθεση με εμάς που τότε θα χρειαστεί να πετύχουμε δυο».

-Συγκριτικά με το πρώτο παιχνίδι που πρέπει να βελτιωθεί ο Παναθηναϊκός;
«Νομίζω ότι θα πρέπει να βελτιωθούμε στις τελικές προσπάθειες για να πετύχουμε γκολ. Στο Βέλγιο το πρώτο μέρος δεν ήταν το αναμενόμενο που μπορεί να περιμένει κάποιος από τον Παναθηναϊκό. Δεχτήκαμε κάποιες ευκαιρίες και θα μπορούσαμε να είχαμε φάει κάποιο γκολ. Στο δεύτερο μέρος όμως ανεβήκαμε, πιέσαμε τον αντίπαλο και είχαμε εμείς τις ευκαιρίες για κάποιο τέρμα που όμως δεν ήρθε».

-Ποιος είναι το μήνυμα που στέλνεις τον κόσμο;
«Να συνεχίσουν να κάνουν ακριβώς ότι έκαναν την περασμένη σεζόν. Ήταν φανταστικοί και μας υποστήριξαν και στα καλά και στα άσχημα και εμείς τους υποσχόμαστε ότι θα κάνουμε ότι μπορούμε για να πάρουμε την πρόκριση».

Πηγή: in.gr

Louis van Gaal’s new system suits Manchester United, says a rejuvenated Wayne Rooney

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Wayne Rooney says Louis van Gaal has taught Manchester United‘s players a new way of looking at football – in just three weeks, writes David McDonnell in Miami.

United signed off from their US tour with a 3-1 win over arch rivals Liverpool in Miami’s Sun Life Stadium to win the International Champions Cup.

Rooney, who scored five goals on United’s tour, was voted player of the tournament and praised Van Gaal for the new philosophy and system he has installed.

Van Gaal has been working with United for just three weeks, but their record of four wins and one draw during their Stateside trip suggests the players have already bought into the Dutchman’s methods.

“It’s been a good few weeks, we’ve got a new manager who wants us to play a different style of football,” said Rooney.

“We’ve had to adapt. We’ve had some good results against top opposition so we can be pleased.

“I think the system suits the team, not only myself. The manager came in and had a look at the players we’ve got. He’s done what he thinks is best suited for our team.

“He’s a tough manager but he’s been great since he came in. He’s given us all a different way of looking at football, which we haven’t had before. It’s been great for us and hopefully that will continue.”

MORE: 5 things we learned from United’s International Champions Cup win

Rooney said the success of the tour, culminating in the win over old foes Liverpool, was the perfect confidence boost for United ahead of the new season, which starts in 11 days.

“We wanted to win games and play well, and obviously we’ve done that,” said Rooney.

“We’ve won a trophy as well. It’s always nice to beat Liverpool. We’re happy with the work we’ve done out here, now we go on to Valencia [United’s final pre-season friendly on August 12] and then the season starts.”

source: mirror.co.uk

Manchester United 3 Liverpool 1: Rooney scores as Red Devils win International Champions Cup

 

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Wayne Rooney set Manchester United on their way to a comeback win over arch rivals Liverpool to win the International Champions Cup, writes David McDonnell in Miami.

Two goals in as many minutes saw United come from behind in the muggy heat of Miami’s Sun Life Stadium and maintain their unbeaten run under new boss Louis van Gaal.

Rooney, handed the captain’s armband for the first time on United’s tour of the US, rose to the challenge to inspire van Gaal’s side to a deserved win.

United were trailing 1-0 to a Steven Gerrard first-half penalty before two goals in as many minutes after the break – the first from Rooney – saw them run out winners.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers had warned van Gaal he would find managing in England harder than anything he had experienced in Holland, Spain or Germany.

But it was the Dutchman’s side who emerged triumphant in this all-Premier League Stateside clash, with the start of the new season just 11 days away.

United’s five-game tour of the US, which has taken in games in Los Angeles, Denver, Washington, Detroit and Miami, has seen van Gaal’s side win four and draw one.

That unbeaten record is all the more impressive given van Gaal has only been working with his players for a little over three weeks and has introduced a whole new system in that time.

United suffered a blow in the eighth minute when Antonio Valencia was forced off with an injury, replaced by Luke Shaw.

With Rafael, Michael Carrick and Danny Welbeck already injured, van Gaal can ill-afford to lose any more of his players to enforced breaks.

Liverpool took the lead in the 14 minute through a clinically-dispatched Steven Gerrard penalty, after Phil Jones had brought down Raheem Sterling with a clumsy challenged.

Jones protested at the decision, but replays of the incident showed he did bring down Sterling, even if he may have managed to get the faintest of touches on the ball.

Thereafter, Liverpool were the better side, their energy and guile in stark contrast to United’s sluggishness and lack of enterprise or invention when in possession.

United received a let-off in the 25 minute, when Phillipe Coutinho showed wonderful speed and movement to fashion a shooting opportunity from the edge of the box.

Coutinho unleashed a goal-bound shot but United keeper David De Gea was equal to the effort, diving full-stretch to his left to keep the ball out with a strong left-handed save.

Liverpool could have had another penalty 10 minutes from the break when Ander Herrera tripped Sterling from behind, with replays suggesting ref Mark Geiger had got the decision wrong.

United were unable to plunder an equaliser, with United front pair Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez putting no pressure whatsoever on Liverpool’s back-four.

But van Gaal’s side turned the game in their favour with two goals in as many minutes in the second-half, the first coming via a wonderful finish from Rooney.

Herrera showed great persistence and tenacity in keeping the ball under pressure, then funnelling it out wide to Hernandez on the right.

Hernandez slung in a dangerous cross that eluded everyone expect Rooney, who applied a superb first-time finish to send the ball back into the far corner.

Liverpool were still reeling from that goal when they conceded again a minute later, Juan Mata’s shot taking a deflection off Mamadou Sakho and beyond Simon Mignolet.

United thought they were 3-1 up when Rooney put the ball in the net after Ashley Young’s looping shot bounced off the top of the bar.

The ref initially gave the goal, but made the correct decision in disallowing it after TV replays showed the ball had hit the stanchion and gone out of play before bouncing back in.

Rooney was furious in the 75 minute when Martin Skrtel swung his right boot into the United striker’s chest with a wild challenge that went unpunished.

The ref and his assistant on the side nearest the incident failed to spot the transgression, which left Rooney winded on the turf, before he recovered to vent his anger.

Rooney was booked for bringing down Sterling late on, before sub Jesse Lingard made it 3-1 with a thunderous finish two minutes from time.

Teams:

Man Utd (3-4-1-2): De Gea; Jones, Smalling, Evans (Blackett 46); Valencia (Shaw 8), Fletcher (Cleverley 46), Herrera (Lingard 79), Young; Mata (Kagawa 69); Rooney, Hernandez (Nani 69)

Liverpool (4-1-2-3): Mignolet; Kelly, Sakho (Toure 74), Skrtel, Johnson; Gerrard (Lucas 63); Henderson, Allen (Can 63); Coutinho (Peterson 77), Lambert (Ibe 63), Sterling

source: mirror co.uk

Tony Abbott dumps controversial changes to 18C racial discrimination laws

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The Abbott government has backed down on controversial plans to water down the Racial Discrimination Act.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said it was a ‘‘leadership call’’ to bin the proposed changes to Section 18C of the act, which had been roundly criticised by ethnic community leaders and was unpopular with the wider public.

“Leadership is about preserving national unity on the essentials and that is why I have taken this position,” Mr Abbott said.

Mr Abbott said it was a “complication” in the current environment and “we’re just not going to proceed with it”.

‘‘I’m a passionate supporter of free speech and if we were starting from scratch with section 18C we wouldn’t have words such as offend and insult in the legislation. But we aren’t starting from scratch. We are dealing with the situation we find ourselves in and I want the communities of the country to be our friend not our critic,” he said.

“I want to work with the communities of our country as team Australia here.”

The announcement was made under the cover of Mr Abbott’s Tuesday press conference on terror laws with Attorney-General George Brandis.

Senator Brandis had led the government’s bid to wind back 18C, famously proclaiming that people had the ‘‘right to be a bigot’’.

Before last year’s election, the Coalition had promised to repeal section 18C, which became known as the “Bolt laws” after News Corp columnist Andrew Bolt was prosecuted under the existing legislation for two comment piece on white-skinned Aboriginals.

Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act makes it unlawful to: “offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or a group of people” because of their race or ethnicity”.

The Attorney-General’s draft bill proposed a new section that would make it: “unlawful for a person to do an act … that is reasonably likely to vilify another person or a group of persons or intimidate another person or group of persons”.

The proposed law would have removed protections against offending, insulting or humiliating someone.

But the public storm led to months of delays and reports of angst at cabinet level over the changes.

Last week, Fairfax Media revealed the Coalition’s plan to water down race hate laws had been rejected by a large majority of respondents to a government review.

More than 76 per cent of 4100 submissions opposed the proposal. Just 20.5 per cent of submissions were in favour of the changes, according to documents obtained under freedom of information laws by Simon Rice of the Australian National University. Three per cent called for a complete repeal of all racial discrimination protections.

Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson tweeted after the announcement: ‘‘Disturbed to hear the government has backed down on 18C and will keep offensive speech illegal. Very disturbed.’’ Mr Wilson, an Abbott appointee and former analyst with the Institute of Public Affairs has been vocal in his support for changes to the racial discrimination laws, saying they prevent equality.

Fellow commissioner Tim Soutphommasane also responded soon after the announcement, but supported the decision, saying the federal government had “listened to the community’s concerns”.

source: smh.com.au

 

Love you to Death

 

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Vicky Soteriou, 44, was found guilty of plotting with her lover to kill her husband, Chris Soteriou. Photo: AAP/Michelle Draper.

Helen Kapalos introduces Megan Norris’ book with the testimony of Chris Soteriou, a husband who escaped a brutal attack from his wife’s lover.

It’s a murder plot that’s barely conceivable as a work of fiction, only that this crime-thriller is a real-life story and every bit as intriguing.

It is a story that many in the Greek community will be familiar with already, and possibly fixated by. It is told through the eyes of the central character Chris Soteriou, a well-to-do Greek Cypriot, who incredibly survived a brutal stabbing at the hand of his wife’s lover.

Love you to Death takes us back to the night where events unfolded, at the popular Greek eatery Alpha Ouzeri on cosmopolitan Brunswick Street. It’s a Greek party with all the trimmings. Chris is celebrating his 44th birthday, a surprise gathering organised by his loving and seemingly attentive wife Vicky, who continually promises her unsuspecting husband this is the night he will get lucky. He is expecting a perfect end to his night, unaware he is stepping towards his planned murder.

He describes the moment he was confronted by his attacker, grabbed from behind by his jacket collar and brutally stabbed seven times, the attack beginning with a cold blade drawn across his throat, then several deep stab wounds to his chest and abdomen. The events are recounted as a surreal horror movie, only that Chris never expects to wake up. He then takes us through the moment where he was convinced he was about to slip away from consciousness forever and the warm voice of a stranger, a passing doctor, calling him back. And this is where his nightmare begins.

The book is a gripping read, and startling in detail, as chilling incidents of this morbid crime are revealed. It is literally a page-turner. Author Megan Norris does a remarkable job of navigating through the landscape of friends, family and neighbours all caught up in this tangled modern Greek tragedy and gives us an inside account of the once tightly held street community where Chris and Vicky and their twins lived in Watsonia North. It traverses through neighbourly BBQs, family arguments and the troubled relationship between Chris and his in-laws.

The neighbours also feature heavily as almost de-facto family members and some even become quite crucial to the police case, as one watchful neighbour in particular is able to provide police with photos, exact dates and times that Vicky’s lover Ari Dimitrakis was in the area, and his apparently strange stalking behaviour.

We are told that Vicky was obsessed with the psychological thriller Perfect Stranger the narrative which is centred on an extra-marital affair and murder plot, and she is depicted as a ruthless, avaricious professional housewife obsessed with her body and looks. Her parental skills are also questioned.

But it’s the courtroom melodrama which really brings the sordid details of this crime to life, and Megan Norris walks us through each scenario as the defence teams for Vicky Soteriou and Ari Dimitrakis run a compelling case that captured the attention of national media. The only thing missing from the storyline is hearing from Vicky herself. The only time we hear her side of the story is in the police interview and it appears there are few friends on the ground willing to speak on her behalf in the book.

The only friend mentioned in any detail is Katina Heaslip, who Vicky appears to have convinced at one point that Ari carried out the stabbing against Chris as an act of revenge. Needless to say, that friendship, like Vicky’s marriage, unravelled permanently once the truth was revealed about Vicky’s double life.

If you want the nitty-gritty details about this case, this book won’t disappoint you. I’ll be amazed if it doesn’t enrage you in parts. It’s sad and tragic and unfortunately it’s all too real.

source: Neos Kosmos

Little to change in Greek national team

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Claudio Ranieri ready to take the reins. Photo: AP/Massimo Pinca.

Former Monaco manager and new Greece coach Claudio Ranieri says he likes the spirit of the team.

The Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) presented Claudio Ranieri as the new Greece coach for the next couple of years, after the Italian manager signed his contract in Athens on Friday.

“I liked the spirit of the team and there is not that much I wish to change in it for now,” said Ranieri, who starts his first coaching stint at a national team.

“Although I also had some other proposals, as soon as I met with the [EPO] president [Giorgos Sarris] I got a good feeling. I had already known the Greek national team and I decided this would be a very good move, to come here and undertake the team following the invitation by the president,” added 63-year-old Ranieri, who takes over from Fernando Santos.

The former Monaco manager said that his target obviously is qualification to the Euro 2016 finals, and that he is not planning to have any Greeks in his coaching staff.

Sarris stated that “this is an opportunity for us to go to a higher level and I am adamant he will make it. EPO will do everything possible to support him.”

Greece has been drawn in the same Euro 2016 qualifying group as Romania, Finland, Hungary, Northern Ireland and the Faroe Islands. In its opening game Greece hosts Romania on September 7.

source: Neos Kosmos

Minister of Macedonia-Thrace, George Orfanos welcomes White Tower’s Paul Mavroudis and WHIA’s John Pandazopoulos

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L-R: John Pandazopoulos, George Orfanos and Pavlos Mavroudis. Photo Supplied.

Thessaloniki Association of Melbourne ‘The White Tower’ president Paul Mavroudis, and World Hellenic Interparliamentary Association president, Victorian MP John Pandazopoulos, visited the Minister of Macedonia-Thrace, George Orfanos in Thessaloniki, and discussed the preparations for the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the sister city relationship of Melbourne with Thessaloniki.

The expected visit of the Mayor of Thessaloniki Yannis Boutaris in Melbourne in November is also part of this anniversary.

source: Neos Kosmos

 

Greek and Aussie unions collaborate

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Private sector employees march in Athens condemning Sunday trading. Photo: AAP/NEWZULU/NICOLAS KOUTSOKOSTAS.

The ACTU has passed a resolution to express solidarity with the Greek labour movement.

The Greek labour movement has a friend in the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

This week, the ACTU passed a resolution to show solidarity with the Greek union movement, after the union’s board spoke with Greece’s left wing main opposition party Syriza senior spokesperson, Kostas Isychos.

The conversation led to the ACTU extending a hand to Greece’s labour movement, encouraging affiliates to make contact with them to seek advice over problems Australians have faced before, including the privatisation of public assets.

ACTU president Ged Kearney says Greeks are finding hope under the labour movement.

“The labour movement in Greece is playing a critical role in resisting attacks on jobs, services and the Greek people’s way of life,” she tells Neos Kosmos.

“It is the role of unions to speak up on these issues and passing the resolution on Greece at the ACTU Executive is a way Australian unions can support our colleagues in Greece.”

Mr Isyhos gave the union a first hand view of the crisis in Greece, detailing the rapid rise of the neo-Nazi party and the effect austerity measures are having on everyday Greeks.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions says Greeks need to be backed by a strong labour movement to prevent harsh and unfair measures coming into effect.

“The ACTU is deeply concerned about the impact austerity measures are having on the lives of Greek people, as well as the rise of extreme political parties.”

The ACTU says it is committed to supporting countries in crisis and aims to pass on its knowledge and experience to those facing changes in labour law and conditions.

Greece is in the process of cutting 15,000 civil service jobs, while military personnel have seen a 10 per cent cut to their wages since 2012.

Recently, Greek parliament passed a bill that allowed store owners to operate on Sunday, especially in tourist areas. Public and private sector workers took to the streets campaigning for a 40 hour week.

Since June this year, Greece sits at an unemployment rate of 27.6 per cent, while for the young, unemployment is at 56.3 per cent.

source: Neos Kosmos

Young Greek Australians reluctant to leave home

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Moving out as a married man – 27 year-old Jonathan Angelopoulos (second from right) with his family on his engagement day.

Young Greek Australians in their late 20s the least likely to fly from the home nest, study finds.

Results of a new Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) research report, presented at this week’s AIFS conference in Melbourne, showed family background and gender are key factors in determining when young people leave home.

The study of 146,000 young people shows just over 40 per cent of those in their late 20s from Greek, Chinese and Italian backgrounds have left home, compared to more than 60 per cent of those from Australian, British and Irish backgrounds. Greek Australian males, followed by females are the most reluctant young adults of all to leave home, according to this study.

Deputy Director of AIFS, Dr Daryl Higgins told Neos Kosmos that, in terms of ethnicity, men of Greek background and then Greek women tend to stay at home longer. The ones who were most likely to have left were those of Anglo-Saxon background.

Apart from family background and gender, other key factors that help explain differences in why people stay at home or leave, are the type of family, ethnicity and weather they live in the country or the city, Dr Higgins said.

“The study was part of an Australian Census Longitudinal Data set, so rather than just looking at a snapshot, we are actually looking at the same people in 2006 and than again in 2011. From previous studies, we know that cultures such as Greek, Chinese, Italian are all those where family is a big priority, where there is a sense of obligation for looking after family, a sense of reciprocal expectations and they are what’s often called collectivistic cultures; whereas Anglo-Saxon cultures are more likely to be seen as individualistic, with less emphasis on family obligations.”

The results also showed a gender gap in the age people are leaving home. One in five young men – compared with one in 10 young women – are still at home in their late 20s.

“We can make jokes about home cooking and having your washing done, but we also know there is a lot of realities that press in on the lives of young Australians – they may be trying to study, they may be struggling to find work, trying to save up for mortgage – and there can be cultural differences around these expectations,” Dr Higgins said.

In what was the first time the Australian Bureau of Statistics released Australian census longitudinal data set, another important finding showed that gender plays a role in some young adults that see their home as a revolving residence.

“Boys are less likely to leave home, they leave later but they are also more likely to return at some point,” Dr Higgins said.

Alex Marcou, final year student of Science and Law at Monash University, is 24 and still living with his parents.

Having studied for six years, Alex says he is planning to move out from his parental home once he has a job.

“It suits me to stay at home. It’s an attractive idea to share place with roommates – some of my mates live on campus and I’m pretty jealous of them. They say that once you get your independence life is very different, so I’m looking forward to moving out but at the moment I can’t afford it.”

Another interesting finding of the study highlighted the role that metropolitan versus rural and regional areas have in decision making.

“Those who are in metropolitan areas are more likely to be the ones staying at home. Part of the explanation may be the high prices of housing in inner city areas. If you have grown up in middle class family in areas with well established infrastructure and close to university or work, that’s a very strong motivation to stay living with your parents,” Dr Higgins told Neos Kosmos.

Alex Marcou is an example of this.

“I live close to university so it’s very convenient to stay at home.”

“Of course, I see – especially with Greeks – why they don’t want to leave. The family is very tight. Then, there is mum’s cooking and cleaning, everything,” he says.

“Though I wouldn’t stay home because of that – I can always come over for a dinner.”

Neos Kosmos facebook page was buzzing this week with numerous comments of our readers who saw the study findings.

Many comments supported that staying at home is the best way for young people to prosper and afford a home, while others mentioned ‘too good fasolada’ and the luxury of living rent free and with Greek mothers doing everything for them as a second important reason.

“Living at home is rent free, we don’t have to pay board. Easier to save while being at home. The cooked meals are a bonus as well,” Thomas Arvan wrote.

Several comments also outlined the guilt trip that Greek parents put them on once they decide to leave.

“Massive guilt trip from family when you want to move out, especially before marriage,” Adam Alembakis wrote.

And there were Greek mothers who made it clear their boys are welcome for as long as they want to stay.

Toni Dimas said: “It doesn’t matter if they are 20 or 30 or whatever age, our job as parents is to make sure our kids have a roof over their heads and it doesn’t matter if it’s my roof for as long as they need rent free!”

At the age of 27 and employed, Jonathan Angelopoulos fits perfectly in the findings of the AIFS study.

Senior estimator at constructions company and engaged, he tells Neos Kosmos several reasons played a role in him staying at parental home.

“Before I got engaged I was saving for a house that my fiancé and I have together. Secondly, I wasn’t earning the funds I am earning now – if you move out earlier whatever you earn literally goes to your amenities, your rent. But most importantly – I actually enjoy my parent’s company,” Jonathan says.

“We had a pretty traditional upbringing and are quite conservative in our customs and traditions – I aspire to do that with my children as well – but I actually enjoy the company of my parents. I’m also involved in some of their business, so it’s convenient being at home.”

For Jonathan, who will be moving out after his wedding day in January, it’s a tight Greek family connection he will miss most once he is out.

“With my grandmother living next door to us, our house was always like a coffee shop. One thing I will miss is having that sort of busyness in the house.”

With opinions that living with parents delays adulthood and lacks responsibilities, Jonathan doesn’t agree.

“Through time, you should be able to pick up a couple of things. Rubbish bins go out on Sunday. When the clothes is out on the line and dry, bring it in.

“It doesn’t come down to – ‘oh, you have to be independent’. You learn independence automatically when you have to.”

And when his Anglo-Saxon friends question him about why is he still at parental nest, Jonathan simply says:

“You are renting because you moved out; I own a house because I stayed at home.”

source: Neos Kosmos

 

Dr DIAMADIS TALKS TO SYMBAN RADIO AUSTRALIA ABOUT THE ANZAC HERITAGE PROGRAMME

Δρ. Παναγιώτης Διαμάντης, υφηγητής του Πανεπιστημίου Τεχνολογίας του Σίδνευ. Ο κ. Διαμάντης μας ενημερώνει για το πρόγραμμα περιήγησης ιστορικών τοπίων στην Ελλάδα που θα δίνει την δυνατότητα στους επισκέπτες να εξαιρευνούν την κληρονομιά των Αυστραλών ‘Ανζακς – ANZAC Heritage programme.

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