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Η “χρυσή Βίβλος” του Community Shield: Τους έκανε 13 η Άρσεναλ

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Κάτοχος του αγγλικού σούπερ καπ για 13ή φορά στην ιστορία της είναι Άρσεναλ, η οποία είναι τρίτη στις κατακτήσεις.

Η Άρσεναλ επικράτησε με 3-0 της Μάντσεστερ Σίτι στον τελικό του “Γουέμπλεϊ” και κατέκτησε το 13ο Community Shield της ιστορίας της. Τα γκολ για τους “κανονιέρηδες” πέτυχαν οι Καθόρλα, Ράμσεϊ και Ζιρού. Ο Τζόελ Κάμπελ μπήκε αλλαγή στο 86ο λεπτό.

Τον πρώτο τίτλο της χρονιάς πανηγύρισε η Άρσεναλ, επικρατώντας της Μάντσεστερ Σίτι στον τελικό του Community Shield στο “Γουέμπλεϊ” με 3-0. Οι “κανονιέρηδες” ξεκίνησαν με τον καλύτερο δυνατό τρόπο τη σεζόν και οι καινούργιοι παίκτες που αγωνίστηκαν έδειξαν θετικά στοιχεία.

Δυναμικό ξεκίνημα

Το ματς ξεκίνησε πολύ καλά για την ομάδα του Βενγκέρ, η οποία έδειξε να παίρνει από νωρίς το ρόλο του “κυρίαρχου του παιχνιδιού”. Μόλις στο 21ο λεπτό ο Σάντι Καθόρλα με σουτ από το ύψος της μεγάλης περιοχής έγραψε το 1-0, δίνοντας το προβάδισμα στους “κανονιέρηδες” και έβαλε σε σκέψεις τον προπονητή της Σίτι, Μανουέλ Πελεγκρίνι.

Οι “Πολίτες” στα επόμενα λεπτά έδειξαν να θέλουν να “ανέβουν” για να ισοφαρίσουν, κάτι που λίγο έλειψε να κάνουν στο 40ο λεπτό, ξεδιπλώνοντας μια πολύ όμορφη αντεπίθεση.

Ωστόσο, όχι μόνο δεν μπόρεσαν να το κάνουν αλλά αντ’ αυτού οι παίκτες της Άρσεναλ που έκοψαν έβγαλαν γρήγορη αντεπίθεση και ο Άαρον Ράμσεϊ την ολοκλήρωσε με τον καλύτερο τρόπο, στέλνοντας τη μπάλα στα δίχτυα του Βίλι Καμπαγιέρο στο 42′. Ο Ουαλός μέσος συνέχισε από εκεί ακριβώς που το “άφησε” την προηγούμενη σεζόν.

Δεύτερο ημίχρονο, “μια από τα ίδια”

Στην επανάληψη η Σίτι βγήκε με την πρόθεση να πιέσει για να πετύχει το γκολ που θα την ξαναέβαζε στον αγώνα. Σε κάποια σουτ που επιχείρησαν οι “Πολίτες” είδαν τον Στσέσνι να διώχνει τη μπάλα και να δίνει σιγουριά κάτω από τα γκολπόστ της Άρσεναλ.

Στο 61ο λεπτό ο Ζιρού με “κανονιά” έξω από τη μεγάλη περιοχή (η μπάλα κόντραρε σε παίκτη της Σίτι) έγραψε το 3-0 στέλνοντας τη μπάλα στα δίχτυα της εστίας του Βίλι Καμπαγιέρο. Κάπου εκεί το παιχνίδι “τελείωσε”.

Τα επόμενα λεπτά οι δύο ομάδες έδειχναν σαν να περιμένουν το τελευταίο σφύριγμα με τις φάσεις να είναι λιγοστές. Ο Τζόελ Κάμπελ μπήκε ως αλλαγή στο 86′ στη θέση του σκόρερ Άαρον Ράμσεϊ, αλλά δεν πρόλαβε να κάνει πολλά στο διάστημα που αγωνίστηκε.

Το τελικό 3-0 έδωσε στην Άρσεναλ το 13ο Community Shield της ιστορίας της και παράλληλα άφησε αρκετές ελπίδες στους φιλάθλους της για ακόμη μεγαλύτερα πράγματα τη φετινή σεζόν.

Οι συνθέσεις των δύο ομάδων:

Άρσεναλ: Στσέσνι, Ντεμπισί, Κοσιελνί (46′ Μονρεάλ), Τσέιμπερς, Γκιμπς, Αρτέτα, Γουίλσιρ (68′ Φλαμινί), Ράμσεϊ (86′ Κάμπελ), Αλέξις (46′ Τσάμπερλεϊν), Καθόρλα (70′ Ροζίτσκι), Σανογκό (46′ Ζιρού)

Μάντσεστερ Σίτι: Καμπαγιέρο, Κλισί, Μπογιατά, Νάστασιτς, Κολάροφ (76′ Ρίτσαρντς), Φερνάντο, Τουρέ (60′ Ζικουλίνι), Νάβας (85′ Σινκλέρ), Νασρί (46′ Σίλβα), Γιόβετιτς, Τζέκο (60′ Μίλνερ)

Οι τροπαιούχοι

20 φορές Μάντσεστερ Γιουνάιτεντ

15 φορές Λίβερπουλ

13 φορές Άρσεναλ

9 φορές Έβερτον

7 φορές Τότεναμ

4 φορές Τσέλσι, Μάντσεστερ Σίτι, Γουλβς

2 φορές Λιντς, Μπέρνλι, Γουέστ Μπρομ

1 φορά Μπλάκμπερν, Μπόλτον, Μπράιτον, Κάρντιφ, Ντέρμπι, Χάντερσφιλντ, Λέστερ, Νιούκαστλ, Νότιγχαμ, Σέφιλντ Γουένσντεϊ, Σάντερλαντ, Άστον Βίλα, Πόρτσμουθ, Γουέστ Χαμ

Οι κατακτήσεις

1908 Μάντσεστερ Γιουνάιτεντ

1909 Νιούκαστλ

1910 Μπράιτον

1911 Μάντσεστερ Γιουνάιτεντ

1912 Μπλάκμπερν

1913 Δεν διεξήχθη*

1914 Δεν διεξήχθη λόγω του Α’ Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου

1915 Δεν διεξήχθη λόγω του Α’ Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου

1916 Δεν διεξήχθη λόγω του Α’ Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου

1917 Δεν διεξήχθη λόγω του Α’ Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου

1918 Δεν διεξήχθη λόγω του Α’ Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου

1919 Δεν διεξήχθη λόγω του Α’ Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου

1920 Γουέστ Μπρομ

1921 Τότεναμ

1922 Χάντερσφιλντ

1923 Δεν διεξήχθη*

1924 Δεν διεξήχθη*

1925 Δεν διεξήχθη*

1926 Δεν διεξήχθη*

1927 Κάρντιφ

1928 Έβερτον

1929 Δεν διεξήχθη*

1930 Άρσεναλ

1931 Άρσεναλ

1932 Έβερτον

1933 Άρσεναλ

1934 Άρσεναλ

1935 Σέφιλντ Γουένσντεϊ

1936 Σάντερλαντ

1937 Μάντσεστερ Σίτι

1938 Άρσεναλ

1939 Δεν διεξήχθη λόγω του Β’ Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου

1940 Δεν διεξήχθη λόγω του Β’ Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου

1941 Δεν διεξήχθη λόγω του Β’ Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου

1942 Δεν διεξήχθη λόγω του Β’ Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου

1943 Δεν διεξήχθη λόγω του Β’ Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου

1944 Δεν διεξήχθη λόγω του Β’ Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου

1945 Δεν διεξήχθη λόγω του Β’ Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου

1946 Δεν διεξήχθη λόγω του Β’ Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου

1947 Δεν διεξήχθη λόγω του Β’ Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου

1948 Άρσεναλ

1949 Πόρτσμουθ, Γουλβς**

1950 Δεν διεξήχθη***

1951 Τότεναμ

1952 Μάντσεστερ Γιουνάιτεντ

1953 Άρσεναλ

1954 Γουλβς, Γουέστ Μπρομ**

1955 Τσέλσι

1956 Μάντσεστερ Γιουνάιτεντ

1957 Μάντσεστερ Γιουνάιτεντ

1958 Μπόλτον

1959 Γουλβς

1960 Μπέρνλι, Γουλβς**

1961 Τότεναμ

1962 Τότεναμ

1963 Έβερτον

1964 Λίβερπουλ, Γουέστ Χαμ**

1965 Μάντσεστερ Γιουνάιτεντ, Λίβερπουλ**

1966 Λίβερπουλ

1967 Μάντσεστερ Γιουνάιτεντ, Τότεναμ**

1968 Μάντσεστερ Σίτι

1969 Λιντς

1970 Έβερτον

1971 Λέστερ

1972 Μάντσεστερ Σίτι

1973 Μπέρνλι

1974 Λίβερπουλ

1975 Ντέρμπι

1976 Λίβερπουλ

1977 Μάντσεστερ Γιουνάιτεντ, Λίβερπουλ**

1978 Νότιγχαμ

1979 Λίβερπουλ

1980 Λίβερπουλ

1981 Άστον Βίλα, Τότεναμ**

1982 Λίβερπουλ

1983 Μάντσεστερ Γιουνάιτεντ

1984 Έβερτον

1985 Έβερτον

1986 Έβερτον, Λίβερπουλ**

1987 Έβερτον

1988 Λίβερπουλ

1989 Λίβερπουλ

1990 Λίβερπουλ, Μάντσεστερ Γιουνάιτεντ**

1991 Άρσεναλ, Τότεναμ**

1992 Λιντς

1993 Μάντσεστερ Γιουνάιτεντ

1994 Μάντσεστερ Γιουνάιτεντ

1995 Έβερτον

1996 Μάντσεστερ Γιουνάιτεντ

1997 Μάντσεστερ Γιουνάιτεντ

1998 Άρσεναλ

1999 Άρσεναλ

2000 Τσέλσι

2001 Λίβερπουλ

2002 Άρσεναλ

2003 Μάντσεστερ Γιουνάιτεντ

2004 Άρσεναλ

2005 Τσέλσι

2006 Λίβερπουλ

2007 Μάντσεστερ Γιουνάιτεντ

2008 Μάντσεστερ Γιουνάιτεντ

2009 Τσέλσι

2010 Μάντσεστερ Γιουνάιτεντ

2011 Μάντσεστερ Γιουνάιτεντ

2012 Μάντσεστερ Σίτι

2013 Μάντσεστερ Γιουνάιτεντ

2014 Άρσεναλ

* Διεξήχθη αναμέτρηση μεταξύ επαγγελματιών και ερασιτεχνών.

** Ο αγώνας έληξε ισόπαλος και ο τίτλος μοιράστηκε.

*** Ο αγώνας ήταν μεταξύ της αγγλικής αποστολής για το Μουντιάλ 1950 και μιας αγγλικής αποστολής για τουρνουά στον Καναδά.

Πηγή:contra.gr

Liverpool 4-0 Borussia Dortmund

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Brendan Rodgers hails Philippe Coutinho as ‘just magical’ as Liverpool cruise to a 4-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in their final pre-season game

The young Brazilian was a constant threat to the German side throughout Sturridge opened the scoring as Liverpool dominated Dortmund in 4-0 win Lovren scored soon after from a corner on his first Anfield appearance Phillippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson completed the rout after the break.

Liverpool concluded their preparations for the new campaign with a victory and performance that suggests life without Luis Suarez might not be so daunting.

Inspired the craft and dancing feet of Philippe Coutinho, a player whom Brendan Rodgers refers to as his team’s ‘brain’, Liverpool flattened Borussia Dortmund 4-0 to show they are primed to burst out of the blocks when the real business begins next week.

Southampton will be the opposition in seven days’ time and new Saints boss Ronald Koeman, who was sat in the Anfield Directors’ Box with former Liverpool stalwart Sammy Lee, will have been given plenty to think about ahead of the opening game.

Brendan Rodgers need not fear. If he wondered who would provide Liverpool’s magic after the sale of Luis Suarez, at least he still has ‘David Blaine’.

That, thanks to Daniel Sturridge, is the moniker of Philippe Coutinho. According to the England striker, Coutinho is a magician with a ball at his feet and after watching the Brazilian tear Borussia Dortmund to shreds, Rodgers was only too happy to embrace that theme.

Replacing Suarez like-for-like is something Rodgers admits is impossible but he has an idea of how to keep Liverpool a creative, vibrant, attacking force and — judging by this swaggering display — Coutinho is crucial to that master plan.

Deployed in a central role just behind Sturridge and flanked by Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling, Coutinho was the architect of a friendly victory that sent Liverpool bounding into the new campaign, as he provided the assist for Sturridge’s 10th-minute opener and scored one of his own.

Dejan Lovren — who excelled on his debut following his £20million move from Southampton — and Henderson also found the target but afterwards Rodgers reflected on ‘a successful pre-season’ while reserving a eulogy for Coutinho.

‘He is so gifted and the fans appreciated it because of the level of the opponent,’ said Rodgers. ‘His ability is just magical. His ability to get out of tight situations, his view of the game. That’s his best position too — playing between the lines, he tempts defenders out.

‘You saw that with the ball he played around the corner for the first goal. It’s about sustainability with him now. He’s lit up this country with his quality. We are now going on to a big stage in Champions League and he will have chance to show that there, too.’

Dortmund looked short of condition and presented far less of a challenge without star names Marco Reus, Ilkay Gundogan and Mats Hummels, but that could not detract from Coutinho’s quality.

The weight of his passing, speed of thought and ability to deliver the perfect ball really impressed. It was no wonder that when he was replaced in the 71st minute the Kop gave him a standing ovation.

Liverpool will look to renew his terms during the coming campaign — no problems are envisaged and he still has four years on the deal he signed when arriving from Inter Milan in January 2013 — and Rodgers believes Coutinho is now about to really make his mark.

‘He will show at that (Champions League) level that he is a top player,’ said Rodgers. ‘I see him over the next four or five years becoming a real talent in world football.

Curious to think, then, that Brazil overlooked him for the World Cup. where his guile and invention could have made a difference. Instead, he was forced to spend his summer watching helplessly from afar.

‘I felt anger (at not being selected),’ Coutinho said. ‘Not because I’m selfish, but I could have offered something. I will use this anger and push myself to my limits. I saw how Luis (Suarez) was a maniac in training. At this point, my body and mind feel like clay. I will mould it the way I envision.’

The other high point for Rodgers, who revealed that Lazar Markovic has a tendon problem that threatens to keep him out of next Sunday’s Premier League opener against Southampton, was the way Lovren eased into the centre of Liverpool’s defence.

Liverpool shipped 50 league goals last season but Lovren showed enough to suggest that, of all the signings Rodgers has made, he could be the most crucial.

‘Dejan was just what I’ve been looking for since Jamie Carragher left,’ said Rodgers. ‘He is a dominant No 1 centre half, who reads it well, with good guidance of the back four. His qualities of range of passing too. He was excellent.

‘I’m delighted with the result as they have been one of Europe’s top teams. We got four really good goals and could have had a few more. We’ll be ready (for Southampton). We will have a behind-closed-doors game this week and I’m looking forward to next weekend.’

As well he might if Coutinho is in a similar, spell-binding mood.

Source: daily.co.uk

 

 

 

Aυστραλία: Αλλάζουν πάλι τα δεδομένα στην υπόθεση με την παρένθετη μητέρα

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Το ζευγάρι των Αυστραλών που κατηγορείται ότι εγκατέλειψε το βρέφος που απέκτησε με παρένθετη μητέρα επειδή έπασχε από σύνδρομο Ντάουν, αποκάλυψε ότι ήθελε να πάρει μαζί του στην Αυστραλία και το αγοράκι.

Μιλώντας δημόσια για πρώτη φορά, ο Ντέιβιντ και η Γουέντι Φάρνελ επέμειναν ότι η ταϊλανδή παρένθετη μητέρα δεν τους έδινε τον Γκάμι, ο οποίος σήμερα είναι επτά μηνών.

Το ζευγάρι, το οποίο επέστρεψε στη χώρα του με την δίδυμη αδελφή του Γκάμι, είπε ότι θέλει να πάρει και τον μικρό.

Αρχικά, η παρένθετη μητέρα υποστήριξε ότι το ζευγάρι εγκατέλειψε σκοπίμως τον Γκάμι εξαιτίας των προβλημάτων υγείας που αντιμετωπίζει –πάσχει και από συγγενή καρδιοπάθεια.

Αλλά σε συνέντευξη στο Associated Press, η Παθαραμόν Τσάνμπουα, 21 ετών, φαίνεται να αναδιπλώνεται λέγοντας: «Δεν άφησα τον Γκάμι να επιστρέψει μαζί τους, αυτή είναι η αλήθεια κι αυτό γιατί θα τον έβαζαν σε ίδρυμα».

Σε μία φορτισμένη συναισθηματικά συνέντευξή του στο αυστραλιανό τηλεοπτικό δίκτυο Channel Nine ο Ντέιβιντ Φάρνελ είπε: «Δεν εγκαταλείψαμε τον γιο μας. Η Παθαραμόν μας είπε ότι αν επιχειρήσουμε να τον πάρουμε μαζί μας, θα καλέσει την αστυνομία και θα προσπαθήσει να πάρει και το κοριτσάκι μας και θα κρατήσει και τα δύο μωρά.»

Η υπόθεση πήρε πρόσφατα περίεργη τροπή όταν έγινε γνωστό ότι ο Ντέιβιντ Φάρνελ είχε καταδικαστεί τη δεκαετία του 1990 για σεξουαλική κακοποίηση ανηλίκων.

Ο ίδιος, πάντως, επέμεινε χθες ότι η κόρη του δεν κινδυνεύει από εκείνον.

Η παρένθετη μητέρα, η οποία έχει άλλα δύο παιδιά, είπε ότι το ζευγάρι της ζήτησε να κάνει άμβλωση όταν ήταν τεσσάρων μηνών έγκυος και έμαθε πως ο Γκάμι έπασχε από Ντάουν.

Εκείνη αρνήθηκε λόγω βουδιστικών πεποιθήσεων. Στη Ταϊλάνδη είναι παράνομη η άμβλωση όταν το βρέφος έχει πρόβλημα υγείας.

Ο Φάρνελ αρνείται ότι ζήτησε από την παρένθετη μητέρα να κάνει άμβλωση αλλά εκφράζει την οργή του απέναντι στο πρακτορείο που είχε αναλάβει τη διαδικασία γιατί δεν πραγματοποίησε εγκαίρως εξετάσεις για να διαπιστωθεί η κατάσταση του βρέφους και όταν το έκανε ήταν πια αργά για άμβλωση. Αν το γνώριζαν νωρίτερα, λέει ο ίδιος, προφανώς θα επέλεγαν την άμβλωση.

«Δεν νομίζω ότι κανένας γονέας θέλει έναν γιό με αναπηρία. Οι γονείς θέλουν τα παιδιά τους να είναι υγιή και ευτυχισμένα» είπε ο Φάρνελ, καταλήγοντας ότι τότε ήταν που η παρένθετη μητέρα προσφέρθηκε να κρατήσει εκείνη το αγοράκι κι ας είχε πρόβλημα υγείας.

Πηγή:in.gr

Κρατούσε το πτώμα του συζύγου της 9 μήνες και τάιζε τα πουλιά

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Κρατούσε στο σπίτι το πτώμα του συζύγου της, το οποίο ήταν σε αποσύνθεση, για εννιά ολόκληρους μήνες  προκειμένου να το… ταΐσει στα πουλιά! Ο λόγος για την  54χρονη Ίλα Σόλομον από τις ΗΠΑ η οποία δήλωσε στις αρχές ότι η αποτρόπαιά της πράξη ήταν επιθυμία του αποθανόντος συζύγου της, Γκέιβαν.

Παρά τους ισχυρισμούς της Σόλομον ότι ο 88χρονος βετεράνος του Β΄ Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου είχε πεθάνει μόλις πριν πέντε ημέρες, ο ιατροδικαστής έφερε στο φως την ανατριχιαστική αλήθεια.

«Απλά πιστεύω ότι κάποιος που έκανε τόσα πολλά για τις Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες θα πρέπει να έχει το θάνατο που θέλει και αυτό ήθελε ο άντρας μου. Να φαγωθεί από τα πουλιά και να γίνει κομμάτι του κύκλου της ζωής», τόνισε η Αμερικανίδα στο κανάλι newsnet5, συμπληρώνοντας: «Το καλύτερο θα ήταν να τον βγάλω έξω ή να πεθάνει στον κήπο για να τον φάνε τα πουλιά, ωστόσο απεβίωσε μέσα στο σπίτι».

Μετά το θάνατο του Γκέιβαν, η Ίλα παρέλειψε να ενημερώσει -ως όφειλε- τις αρμόδιες αρχές, αφήνοντας απλά την πλαϊνή πόρτα ανοικτή, με την ελπίδα να μπουν μέσα στο σπίτι της τα πτηνά. Υποστήριξε πως ο άνδρας της ήθελε να ταφεί βάσει μιας παραδοσιακής ινδικής τελετουργίας, κατά την οποία οι σοροί γίνονται τροφή για τα πουλιά.

«Βλέπω ότι υπάρχει μια πραγματικά μεγάλη ανάγκη για παροχή συμβουλών αντιμετώπισης της θλίψης και έτσι σκεφτόμουν να γίνω σύμβουλος θλίψης», κατέληξε η Σόλομον.

Η 54χρονη περιμένει από τις αρχές να της ανακοινώσουν εάν διώκεται για εγκληματική ενέργεια.

Πηγή: madata.gr

Tony Abbott acknowledges disappointment of voters and starts to tighten up government management

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THE groaning burden of buyer’s remorse has been acknowledged by the Abbott government, and the Prime Minister last week began steps to placate his political customers.

Opinion polls and stark anecdotal evidence has made clear that while voters are not ready to switch to Labor, they are not happy with the Coalition product they bought at the last election. The Tony Abbott era has not been the clean, efficient transition they hoped.

It hasn’t been simply a matter of switching off the turmoil of six years of Labor, and the absence of an untroubled changeover has troubled many voters.

Here are seven issues contributing to that buyer remorse.

1. THERE GOES THE KNIGHTHOOD

Tony Abbott’s surprise decision to revive Australian knighthoods and damehoods immediately became the subject of national mockery which the Prime Minister seemed to take personally.

More important, Mr Abbott’s move to deliver something he hadn’t promised at the election highlighted things he did promise but which hadn’t arrived.

Labor called them broken promises and the Government’s credibility was knocked about. The Prime Minister appeared more interested in creating a modern versions of medieval British aristocracy than dealing with current problems of ordinary families. And to many, that was confirmed in May.

2. THE BUDGET LEAD BALLOON

The May Budget arrived as a shock for families who had been told their household expenses would be eased but who instead faced extra costs on health care, motoring and tertiary education, lower tax concessions, and the prospect of having to work for 50 years before qualifying for the aged pension.

There were immediate questions about the fairness of the Budget, the lack of pre-Budget consultation with premiers and industry peak bodies, and the attempts to bring voters along with the Government’s fiscal thinking.

It remains a big problem for Tony Abbott. History shows Budgets eventually get passed, but some with greater political pain — and unnecessary pain — than others.

3. AND BABY MAKES THREE

Mr Abbott has stuck by his paid parental leave policy in the face of the bulk of opinion the money should be used to help defray high child care costs, the greater barrier to women returning to the workforce in a child’s early years.

The pressure forced Mr Abbott to lower the income threshold from $150,000 to $100,000 but not to dim his determination to get the measure passed.

He claimed that those rejecting his prized plan were motivated by anti-Liberal politics. In that case they included almost every The Prime Minister has stuck with his paid parental leave scheme against the bulk of advice employer group, the head of a bank, the audit commission he created, and some of his own backbenchers.

4. THE VIGILANTE GANG WHO COULDN’T SHOOT STRAIGHT

The Government initially failed to deal with the July arrival of a 10-strong Senate cross bench and in particular the three Palmer United Party senators who were guided by mischief making party founder Clive Palmer.

The confusion over the Palmer troops was highlighted by the aftermath of Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull dining with Mr Palmer and a few others in Canberra at the Wild Duck restaurant.

Mr Turnbull then had to duck some wild swings from right-wing Liberal activists in the media — led by 2GB broadcaster Alan Jones and News Corp columnist Andrew Bolt — who saw the meal as a sign of a Turnbull putsch.

However, all they did was bring to the forefront the suggestions Tony Abbott’s leadership — rating poorly in polls at the time — was at risk; that Mr Turnbull was working for a change; the Budget was hugely unpopular. Only the latter was true.

Labor was delighted, but Prime Minister Abbott was reminded even some of his strongest supporters were rattled by the Government’s performance.

5. 18C OF HEARTBREAK

Mr Abbott had promised to modify the Racial Discrimination Act and in particular section 18C which deals with offensive material. It was a promise to a small number of close advisers including Bolt who had been found guilty of breaching it by a court.

The Prime Minister and a small group of backers said it was a free-speech issue. However, community groups, and his own Aboriginal affairs adviser, saw it as a bid to take free shots at minorities.

Attorney General George Brandis supported the removal of 18C but did more than most to keep it in place by claiming we all had a right to be bigots.

The Prime Minister last week bowed to the numbers and took the proposed changes off the table.

6. WHICH ONE’S THE ‘ANY’ KEY?

The Government’s overall competence was portrayed badly after mistaken statements on the important matter of security agencies having access to our digital messages.

In a Sky News interview Attorney-General George Brandis tripped over definitions and appeared to not understand the very measures he would have to oversee. It wasn’t a ‘Gotcha’ interview, just intelligent, valid questioning, and the senator mucked it up.

Interestingly, Communications Minister Turnbull was rushed into calm the waters chopped up by his cabinet colleague, coming to the rescue of Mr Abbott.

There have been other issues on which ministers have not seemed to be masters and mistresses of their duties, but the Brandis example was the most spectacular, reminding some of John Hewson attempting to explain how his proposed GST would affect the price of a birthday cake.

7. IT’S NOT MY FAULT I’M TREASURER

Joe Hockey has told audiences and fellow members of Parliament he is the most disliked politician in Australia. The man who is Treasurer and a high profile hater of wind turbines has also indicated it’s everyone else’s fault.

A friendly biography released recently showed Mr Hockey has leadership ambitions which he feels were betrayed by others including Malcolm Turnbull.

There is not wholehearted agreement with this within the electorate, or within the Liberal Party where Mr Hockey is being seen as something of a sook. Worse, he is being seen as being unable to do his job, which includes optimising the politics of tough economic decisions.

source: news.com.au

DR DIAMADIS TALKS TO SYMBAN RADIO AUSTRALIA ABOUT THE NOVEL MACEDON CHILD OF GOD

O Δρ. Παναγιώτης Διαμάντης, καθηγητής του Πανεπιστημίου Τεχνολογίας του Σίδνευ μιλάει με τον Θωμά Τσαμούρα του SYMBAN RADIO AUSTRALIA για το μυθιστόρημα “Μακεδνώς: Τέκνο Ενός Θεού” που είναι γραμμένο από τον Αυστραλό συγγραφέα Paul Hansen και το οποίο περιγράφει τον κόσμο της Αρχαίας Μακεδονικής μυθολογίας.

Πηγή: studio3newcasle.com.au

Australian visas: System ‘out of control’ says latest report

 

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Minister for Immigration Scott Morrison has called for an urgent briefing on allegations of visa rorts and corruption. Photo: AAP/Gary Schafer.

A new study combined with the publication of internal Immigration Department documents has dropped a bombshell on the Australian government’s immigration program and questioned the integrity of Australia’s visa procedures.

Research undertaken by Monash University’s Centre for Population and Urban Research reveals a visa system open to manipulation and incapable of implementing Australia’s immigration strategy.

The publication of the Monash report coincided with the release of confidential Immigration Department documents by Fairfax Media, who weighed into the government’s record on visa integrity with allegations of corruption, fraud and mismanagement.

The Monash report titled ‘Immigration and Unemployment in 2014’ shows that recent overseas-born arrivals to Australia have “taken almost all of the net job growth” since 2011, and that the Skilled Occupation List that purports to identify priority occupations for Australia’s skilled migration program – is seriously flawed.

The government claims the skilled migration program attracts workers who have skills required by Australia that cannot be supplied by the domestic workforce.

Authored by immigration experts Dr Bob Birrell and Dr Ernest Healy, the Monash report shows that 380,000 arrivals to Australia since 2011 found jobs while over the same period, net job growth was only 400,000. Dr Birrell has called for the Australian Government’s “out of control” visa system to be “fundamentally reviewed” because of the findings.

Dr Birrell’s research using the latest ABS data, identified that over the past three years skilled migration visas were awarded to thousands of foreign cooks and accountants, despite a surfeit of local candidates being available for the same jobs.

Meanwhile, confidential Immigration Department documents obtained by Fairfax show that many foreign workers who gained permanent residency through the skilled migration program first arrived as students, many of who are suspected of enrolling in fraudulent international education schemes operating between 2006 and 2010.

In October 2009, an internal department report said the Department of Immigration and Citizenship “may have been responsible for granting a record number of student visas to people who may not be considered genuine students as well as granting permanent residence to skilled migration applicants who do not have the appropriate skills being claimed.”

Dr Birrell has called for the recruitment of migrant workers whose occupations are in surplus in Australia or have potential resident candidates, to be halted immediately.

Immigration Department data used in the Birrell/Healy research shows overseas-born cooks and accountants made up the leading occupations granted visas under the permanent entry skill program in 2012-13.

More than 8400 cooks and over 1000 pastry chefs and bakers were given visas under the permanent entry skill program in 2012-13.
In the same period, cooks also made up the largest occupational group given temporary 457 visas, despite cooking having been deleted from the government’s skilled occupation list for more than four years.

The Monash report also highlights how Australia granted visas under the permanent resident skilled program and 457 category to nearly 7000 foreign accountants in 2012-13.

In 2012, 7200 domestic students completed bachelor or higher degrees in accounting, with the Commonwealth Department of Employment declaring that “a more than adequate supply of accountants” existed in Australia.

Dr Birrell says that Australia’s immigration program encouraged rorting of a number of visa categories in order to obtain permanent residency, rather than educational outcomes.

Extracts from Immigration Department documents obtained by Fairfax Media suggest departmental investigators highlighted their concerns over student visa and skilled migration visa rorts between 2006 and 2010, but their warnings were ignored.

In 2009, one Immigration Department report identified “significant concerns” in Victoria’s international educational industry and “in particular, related pathways to permanent residence”.

The report stated: “The department’s investigators reported that foreign students were paying about $50,000 to achieve permanent residency through a ‘significant cottage industry’ involving ‘migration agents, employers and education providers who are linked to a significant level of organised fraud and crime.”‘

In 2011 the then Labor government made changes to try to prevent the rorting of the student visa program

Speaking to Neos Kosmos Dr Birrell said that concessions (including allowing graduates a two-year stay after completing their courses) and visa extensions offered to thousands of foreign students in the mid to late 2000s created a backlog of applicants for residency visas.

Many of these students enrolled in cooking courses and only began to be processed by Immigration in 2011-12.

“This is why cooks and accountants have been the major occupations given visas in that year and following years,” said Dr Birrell.

“In 2012-2013, 142,000 students got another visa, including over 28,000 who were granted tourist visas. Most of these are likely to be working illegally.”

Dr Birrell has called for a reduction in the permanent entry program where there is strong evidence that the occupations are in short supply, and for the number of temporary entry visas issued to be reduced – particularly to working holiday makers who compete with young Australian resident job seekers for entry level jobs.

Peter Jasonides, Managing Director of the Institute of Tertiary and Higher Education Australia (ITHEA), one of the leading vocational training providers for international students in Victoria, told Neos Kosmos: “While recent changes have made it harder for students to abuse visa regulations, more can and should be done to police the student visa and skilled migration programs.

“Our Vocational Education and Training sector regulatory body the Australian Skills Quality Authority is constantly monitoring the quality of operation of colleges throughout Australia.”

source: Neos Kosmos

Greek Australian lawyer narrowly misses award

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William Kontaxis was nominated for the Lawyers Weekly ‘Young Gun Award’

Salvos Legal solicitor, William Kontaxis, was one of six candidates for the illustrious Lawyers Weekly Young Gun Award. Based in New South Wales and born to Greek parents, Kontaxis said the nomination alone was a highlight in his short career.

“It means a lot, a big recognition so early in my career. My managing partner here actually nominated me, his name is Luke Geary.”

“It certainly opens more and more doors, not that I’m looking to leave this one soon, but absolutely nice to be recognised for my talents and hard work.”
Salvos Legal, set up in 2010, comprises two law firms, the first a commercial practice, specialising in commercial and property work. All profits made are set aside for its sister firm, which provides free advice for people in need. Both firms are owned by the Salvation Army.

Kontaxis began his legal career at MBP Legal, where he was involved in tax and intellectual property law, before moving to Salvos Legal, where he is now involved in commercial and general corporate cases.

“A lot of the work I do is for the Salvation Army generally, and a lot of other not-for-profit clients as well. So just general commercial work, whatever pops up on a day-to-day basis. We have some banking work as well, community sector banking is one large client as well, so I do a lot of banking work for them.”

He became interested in law at a very young age and is the first in his family to venture into a legal career.

“When I was about 12 I think I thought to myself ‘I want to be a lawyer one day’ and it just happened all the way through. There’s no family members as lawyers, so there’s no following on in anyone’s footsteps, it’s just something that I wanted to do and thankfully it’s all panned out.”

His nomination came on the back of his dealings with a large privacy law project, where he worked with two institutional not-for-profit clients, to help them become compliant in new privacy laws.

“In March this year there were large privacy law changes and I set up a team here. There was about five working under me at any one time, holding teleconferences with clients right across the country with different departments and business units, and drafting privacy notices and statements and helping bring their procedure up to date.

“My privacy policies for the two clients are online and easy for anyone to see and the notices themselves are distributed to thousands of Australians everyday, so that’s why the boss thought I was a worthy candidate and we went from there.

“There were other bits and pieces thrown in for colour along the way, but that was the main effort.”

Despite missing out, Kontaxis is grateful for the opportunities he has been given in his short three year career.

source: Neos Kosmos

Nickolas Varvaris deploys Green Army

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Nickolas Varvaris MP (L) at the launch of the Green Army program with Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Naji Najjar, chair of the Georges River Combined Councils Committee and Greg Hunt MP, Minister for the Environment.

Coalition rolls out environmental traineeships – just don’t call it work for the dole.

Young people in the Barton electorate of Sydney will be among the first 17 to 24-year-olds to join the Australian government’s Green Army and become part of what it calls “the largest environmental movement” in Australia’s history.

Federal Member for Barton, Nickolas Varvaris, joined Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Environment Minister Greg Hunt at Carss Bush Park in Sydney last week to officially launch the program.

An initiative of the Department of Environment – the Green Army’s mission is to undertake environment and heritage conservation projects across Australia. The program has been given a budget of $525 million over the next four years.

“The Green Army provides opportunities for young Australians to gain training and experience in environmental and heritage conservation fields and explore careers in conservation management, while participating in projects that generate real benefits for the Australian environment,” said Mr Varvaris.

The Barton MP will see the one of the first Green Army teams established in his own electorate to rehabilitate the Georges River.

Participants who sign up for the Green Army receive an allowance of between $10.14 and $16.45 per hour (less than minimum wage but higher than the Newstart and Youth Allowances), and are promised accredited training in conservation and land management, heritage conservation and trade skills.

At the launch, Prime Minister Tony Abbott described the program as “six months of good work and good comradeship that you can come back and look at in the years ahead and say ‘I did that for my country’.”

Mr Abbott added: “This is not a work for the dole project, I want to stress this. It’s an environmental traineeship.”

Some 2,500 young people are expected to enlist for the Green Army in 2014 to work on 250 projects around Australia. The program is targeting the training of 15,000 young Australians by 2018.

source: Neos Kosmos

Greece:Monastiraki hit by arbitrary interventions

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Only the City of Athens can prevent the deterioration of the square.

As architect Nikos Kazeros was walking through Monastiraki Square in central Athens recently, he noticed a group of workers repositioning the coloured tiles that pave the western side of the square.

“In what order are you repositioning the tiles?” he asked.

“It’s all random,” the men replied.

Their answer came as no surprise. Over the past year, the square has seen a drastically increased number of arbitrary interventions. Public utility employees have repeatedly disrupted the pattern of the paving tiles – a key element in the design of the architects who won the competition organised by the Unification of the Archaeological Sites of Athens SA for the square’s renovation: Nikos Kazeros, Zinovia Kotsopoulou, Vasilia Manidaki, Christina Parakente and Eleni Tzirtzilaki.

But that’s not all. In the part of the square which covers the Iridanos River, the metal grates that have been stolen or destroyed have been replaced with different ones.

Moreover, the wooden benches have grown shabby and need to be replaced, as does the metro ventilation shaft which is covered with graffiti. Sprawling cafes and food businesses on the eastern side of the square have hampered access to Mitropoleos Street, while street vendors selling fresh and dried fruits have set up shop in front of the entrance to the ISAP train and metro station.

Finally, there have been a number of random interventions around the Byzantine Church of the Pantanassa which are out of synch with the overall design.

The revamping of Monastiraki Square, which cost 3 million euros, was completed in 2008. It came with a rule book regulating permissible interventions. The sorry state of the square today suggests that the rules have been mostly ignored.

Only the City of Athens has the power to halt the square’s deterioration. A number of TV commercials have been shot at Monastiraki, and it might be a good idea to use a part of their revenues to ensure the square’s upkeep in line with the original design, unless of course it would be preferable to throw another 3 million euros out of the window.

Source: ekathimerini