Daily Archives: December 30, 2014

Βρέθηκαν δεκάδες σοροί και συντρίμμια της πτήσης της AirAsia

Βρέθηκαν δεκάδες σοροί και συντρίμμια της πτήσης της AirAsia

Ένα από τα αντικείμενα που εντοπίστηκαν: Πολυεθνική δύναμη ψάχνει ίχνη του αεροπλάνου στη θάλασσα μεταξύ Σιγκαπούρης και Ινδονησίας

Τουλάχιστον 40 σοροί και αντικείμενα που βρέθηκαν στη θάλασσα της Ιάβας προέρχονται από το αεροσκάφος της AirAsia που είχε εξαφανιστεί την Κυριακή με 162 επιβαίνοντες, όπως ανέφεραν οι επικεφαλής της έρευνας που περνά με τον δραματικότερο τρόπο στην επόμενη φάση.

Η περισυλλογή των σορών έχει ήδη ξεκινήσει. Όσες έχουν βρεθεί μέχρι στιγμής, δεν φορούσαν σωσίβια.

Στην ανακοίνωσή των ευρημάτων, οι συγγενείς που έχουν συγκεντρωθεί στα δύο αεροδρόμια (στη Σουραμπάγια της Ινδονησίας και στην Σιγκαπούρη) ξέσπασαν σε κλάματα. Τα συνεργεία θεωρούν πιθανότερο πως το αεροπλάνο βρίσκεται στο βυθό της θάλασσας.

Το πρωί της Τρίτης, τηλεοπτικά κανάλια της Ινδονησίας μετέδωσαν εικόνες αντικειμένων που εντοπίστηκαν στη θάλασσα. Οι υπηρεσίες διάσωσης της χώρας επιβεβαίωσαν πως τα αντικείμενα είναι συντρίμμια της πτήσης.

Ανεπιβεβαίωτες ακόμη αναφορές θέλουν να έχει θεαθεί και «σκιά» στο βυθό που ίσως να είναι το κυρίως σώμα του αεροσκάφους -τα νερά σε εκείνο το σημείο είναι σχετικά ρηχά.

Τα αντικείμενα βρέθηκαν νοτιοδυτικά του Βόρνεο, προς την πλευρά διαδρομής που είχε ακολουθήσει το αεροσκάφος.

Στη δημοσιότητα είχαν δοθεί εικόνες που έδειχναν αντικείμενα να επιπλέουν, κάποια πιθανώς σωσίβια. Ορισμένα φαίνονταν σαν πόρτες του αεροσκάφους και ένα άλλο έμοιαζε με φουσκωτή σκάλα έκτακτης ανάγκης.

Αξιωματούχος της ινδονησιακής αεροπορίας ανέφερε σε συνέντευξη Τύπου πως εθεάθησαν «περίπου δέκα μεγάλα αντικείμενα, και αρκετά μικρότερα λευκά που δεν μπορούσαμε να φωτογραφίσουμε». Ενδιάμεσα, ο επικεφαλής της έρευνας Χένρι Μπάμπανγκ Σοελίστιο είχε δηλώσει στους δημοσιογράφους «βέβαιος κατά 95%» πως τα αντικείμενα είναι συντρίμμια της πτήσης.

Παράλληλα, το βρετανικό BBC είχε μεταδώσει, επικαλούμενο τον επικεφαλής της ινδονησιακής ομάδας έρευνας, πως στάλθηκε ομάδα για να ελέγξει αναφορά για καπνό από το νησί Λονγκ, νότια του νησιού Μπελιτούνγκ. Τα νησιά βρίσκονται εντός της ζώνης έρευνας που έχει καθοριστεί βάσει της τελευταίας επιβεβαιωμένης θέσης του αεροσκάφους.

Κάθε αναφορά τη Δευτέρα για εντοπισμό στοιχείων σε σχέση με την πτήση QZ8501 -αντικείμενα και κάτι που έμοιαζε με κηλίδα πετρελαίου- είχε διαπιστωθεί αβάσιμη το πρωί της Τρίτης.

Στα πλοία και τα αεροσκάφη Ινδονησίας, Μαλαισίας, Αυστραλίας (με ένα ερευνητικό αεροσκάφος) και Ταϊλάνδης που συμμετέχουν στην έρευνα έχουν προστεθεί το αμερικανικό αντιτορπιλικό Σαμψών και μία κινεζική φρεγάτα, τα οποία ήδη βρίσκονται καθ’ οδόν.

Πηγή:in.gr

Iστορικός αγώνας στο Μοντεβιδέο: Νασιονάλ – Παναθηανϊκός

Παναθηναϊκός, Ενημέρωση για Παναθηναϊκό, Παναθηναικος, Panathinaikos24

Σαν σήμερα πριν από 43 χρόνια, ο Παναθηναϊκός αντιμετώπισε την Νασιονάλ στο Μοντεβιδέο στην ρεβάνς του 1-1, για τον τελικό του Διηπειρωτικού Κυπέλλου.

Το πρώτο παιχνίδι μεταξύ των δύο ομάδων είχε γίνει στις 15 Δεκεμβρίου στο στάδιο Καραϊσκάκη και είχε λήξει με τελικό σκορ 1-1. Οι «πράσινοι» μερικές ημέρες αργότερα ταξίδεψαν στην Ουρουγουάη για τον επαναληπτικό αγώνα, αλλά εκεί τελικά δεν κατάφεραν να κατακτήσουν το τρόπαιο αφού ηττήθηκαν με 2-1.

Οι παίκτες της Νασιονάλ ήταν γνωστοί για το αντιαθλητικό τους παιχνίδι και το ίδιο τελικά έγινε και στον αγώνα εναντίον του Παναθηναϊκού. Το τέλος του αγώνα πάντως βρήκε τους Ουρουγουανούς να πανηγυρίζουν, αφού ο Αρτίμε με δύο τέρματα στο 34′ και στο 74′ έδωσε την νίκη με 2-1 στην ομάδα του. Για το «τριφύλλι» είχε μειώσει στο 89′ ο Φυλακούρης.

Στις κερκίδες του «Σεντενάριο» είχαν βρεθεί και 300 φίλοι του Παναθηναϊκού, οι οποίοι και παρακολούθησαν την μοναδική ελληνική ομάδα που έχει αγωνιστεί ποτέ σε τελικό Διηπειρωτικού Κυπέλλου.

Νασιονάλ: Μάνγκα, Μπρούνελ, Μάσνικ, Ουμπίνια, Καστίγιο, Μπλάνκο, Κουμπίγια, Εσπάραγκο, Μανέιρο, Αρτίμε, Μαμέλι.

Παναθηναϊκός: Οικονομόπουλος, Μητρόπουλος, Αθανασόπουλος, Ελευθεράκης, Καψής, Σούρπης, Δημητρίου, Καμάρας, Αντωνιάδης, Δομάζος, Κουβάς.

Πηγή: Panathinaikos24.gr

Melbourne City thrash Jets 5-2 in A-League

Koren scores against Newcastle

Melbourne City coach John van `t Schip expects marquee man Robert Koren will become even more dominant following his hat-trick in the club’s 5-2 victory over Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium.

The Slovenian international had previously played just 49 minutes in two A-League games for City due to injury.

He made up for lost time on Tuesday.

Koren scored in the ninth minute and then added another two goals mid-way through the second half to headline City’s fourth win of the season.

“He’s an important player, that’s why we got him in,” van `t Schip said.

“He’s a midfield player, who as you saw today, can also play higher.

“It’s not his favourite position – it’s playing from the midfield and making runs.”

Leading into the game City had failed to win in six trips to Newcastle, but City dominated the Jets from the early exchanges, Aaron Mooy scoring the opener from a penalty after just three minutes.

Damien Duff won the penalty after beating Jets stopper Allan Welsh down the right side, Welsh then bringing down the former Irish international from behind with a clumsy challenge.

Mooy turned provider in the ninth minute when he won the ball in midfield and released James Brown down the right flank.

Brown’s cross bounced off Jets defender Adrian Madaschi and Koren swooped with a clinical finish.

The Jets’ problems deepened in the 24th minute when they failed to clear a Patrick Kisnorbo header from a corner. The ball fell to Duff who slotted the goal past a diving Jets goalkeeper Ben Kennedy.

“We couldn’t match them and we were a yard off the pace the whole game,” Jets coach Phil Stubbins said.

“To concede the goals we did, and in the manner we did, in that opening 10 minutes is certainly not good enough.

“I don’t know if I put my hand up for that or if the players put their hands up for that, but we’re 3-0 down before we even start playing.”

After half-time Stubbins switched to a back four, but the goals kept flowing.

David Williams and Duff combined to lay on Koren’s second goal in the 63rd minute as City moved to 4-0, before the Jets gave their crowd of 9,935 something to cheer about when striker Edson Montano headed home his third goal for the campaign.

Despite the goal City powered on with Koren snaring the hat-trick after being teed up by Mate Dugandzic in the 74th minute.

Jeronimo scored a late consolation goal for the Jets in the 79th minute, but the game was long over for the struggling Novocastrians.

source:dailymail.co.uk

Breaking News: Indonesian search and rescue teams retrieve 40 bodies

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Indonesian rescuers searching for a missing AirAsia plane carrying 162 people pulled bodies and wreckage from the sea off the coast of Borneo on Tuesday as relatives of those on board broke down in tears on hearing the news.

The navy said 40 bodies had been recovered as dusk fell.

The plane has yet to be found and there was no word on the possibility of any survivors.

“My heart is filled with sadness for all the families involved in QZ8501,” airline boss Tony Fernandes tweeted. “On behalf of AirAsia, my condolences to all. Words cannot express how sorry I am.”

Pictures of floating bodies were broadcast on television and relatives of the missing gathered at a crisis centre in Surabaya wept with heads in their hands. Several people collapsed in grief and were helped away, a Reuters reporter said.

“You have to be strong,” the mayor of Surabaya, Tri Rismaharini, said as she comforted relatives.

“They are not ours, they belong to God.”

A navy spokesman said a plane door, oxygen tanks and one body had been recovered and taken away by helicopter for tests.

About 30 ships and 21 aircraft from Indonesia, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and the United States have been involved in the search of up to 10,000 square nautical miles.

The plane, which did not issue a distress signal, disappeared after its pilot failed to get permission to fly higher to avoid bad weather because of heavy air traffic, officials said.

It was travelling at 32,000 feet (9,753 metres) and had asked to fly at 38,000 feet, officials said earlier.

Pilots and aviation experts said thunderstorms, and requests to gain altitude to avoid them, were not unusual in that area.

The Indonesian pilot was experienced and the plane last underwent maintenance in mid-November, the airline said.

The aircraft had accumulated about 23,000 flight hours in some 13,600 flights, according to Airbus.

Online discussion among pilots has centred on unconfirmed secondary radar data from Malaysia that suggested the aircraft was climbing at a speed of 353 knots, about 100 knots too slow, and that it might have stalled.

CLUES WHEN THINGS GO WRONG

The plane, whose engines were made by CFM International, co-owned by General Electric and Safran of France, lacked real-time engine diagnostics or monitoring, a GE spokesman said.

Such systems are mainly used on long-haul flights and can provide clues to airlines and investigators when things go wrong.

Three airline disasters involving Malaysian-affiliated carriers in less than a year have dented confidence in the country’s aviation industry and spooked travellers across the region.

Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 went missing on March 8 on a trip from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew on board and has not been found. On July 17, the same airline’s Flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.

On board Flight QZ8501 were 155 Indonesians, three South Koreans, and one person each from Singapore, Malaysia and Britain. The co-pilot was French.

U.S. law enforcement and security officials said passenger and crew lists were being examined but nothing significant had turned up and the incident was regarded as an unexplained accident.

Indonesia AirAsia is 49 percent owned by Malaysia-based budget carrier AirAsia.

The AirAsia group, including affiliates in Thailand, the Philippines and India, had not suffered a crash since its Malaysian budget operations began in 2002.

source: reuters.com

STUDIO 3 NEWCASTLE 2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Ολοκληρώθηκε η εκκένωση του Νόρμαν Ατλάντικ-Νεότερα

Ολοκληρώθηκε η εκκένωση του Νόρμαν Ατλάντικ-Νεότερα

Τραυματισμένοι οι τελευταίοι επιβάτες που παρέμειναν στο σκάφος, αποβιβάζονται με τη βοήθεια διασωστών.

Δέκα νεκροί ο μέχρι τώρα απολογισμός

Το πλοίο “Νόρμαν Ατλάντικ” κατασκευάστηκε το 2009 και ναυλώθηκε από την ελληνική ΑΝΕΚ, ενώ παλαιότερα ανήκε σε ιταλική εταιρεία. Έφερε Ιταλική σημαία, ήταν χωρητικότητας 26.900 τόνων και εκτελούσε το δρομολόγιο Πάτρας-Ανκόνας. Η καταστροφική φωτιά, ξέσπασε τα ξημερώματα της Κυριακής σε κατάστρωμα αυτοκινήτων και εξαπλώθηκε αστραπιαία. Το πλοίο εξέπεμψε σήμα κινδύνου ενώ έπλεε 44 ναυτικά μίλια βορειοδυτικά της Κέρκυρας. Η αποστολή εκκένωσης του πλοίου και διάσωσης των επιβαινόντων διήρκεσε σχεδόν δύο ημέρες με τον αριθμό των νεκρών να εξελίσσεται σε θρίλερ.
Οι αρχικές αναφορές δίνουν ως ώρα που ξέσπασε η πυρκαγιά τις 6.30πμ., ενώ οι ιταλικές Αρχές επιμένουν ότι ξεκίνησε στις 4.30πμ. Το “Νόρμαν Ατλάντικ” μετέφερε 422 επιβάτες, 56 μέλη πληρώματος, και περισσότερα από 200 οχήματα. Εκ των επιβαινόντων, 234 καθώς και 34 μέλη του πληρώματος είναι Έλληνες. Ο αριθμός των επιβατών και των μελών του πληρώματος που δημοσίευσε η ναυτιλιακή δεν συνάδει με τον αριθμό των διασωθέντων και των νεκρών,
κάτι που έχει αναστατώσει τις οικογένειες των επιβατών και του πληρώματος.
Οι επιβάτες είναι 26 εθνικοτήτων σύμφωνα με τη λίστα που έδωσε στη δημοσιότητα η εταιρεία- συγκεκριμένα 234 Έλληνες, 54 Τούρκοι, 22 Αλβανοί, 22 Ιταλοί, 18 Γερμανοί, 1 Ρουμάνος, 2 Ρώσοι, 6 Αυστριακοί, 2 Ούγγροι, 10 Ελβετοί, 1 Κροάτης, 8 Γεωργιανοί, 5 Σύροι, 1 Σουηδός, 1 Καναδός, 2 Ουκρανοί, 1 Αιγύπτιος, 2 Αφγανοί, 1 Μαλτέζος, 7 Βούλγαροι, 3 από την ΠΓΔΜ, 2 Βρετανοί, 3 Ολλανδοί, 3 Βέλγοι, 9 Γάλλοι, 2 Ιρακινοί. Από το πλήρωμα εέβαιναν 22 Ιταλοί και 34 Έλληνες.
Το βράδυ της Κυριακής, ήταν μια εξαιρετικά δύσκολη νύχτα, καθώς οι δυσμενείς καιρικές συνθήκες έκαναν την προσπάθεια των επιβατών να κρατηθούν στις σωσίβιες λέμβους να μοιάζει με μάχη. Βροχή, χαλάζι και άνεμοι ταχύτητας 55 μιλίων την ώρα, αναχαίτιζαν συνεχώς τις προσπάθειες της ακτοφυλακής και του στρατού.
«Το πλοίο έχει πάρει κλίση και ρυμουλκείται. Κινδυνεύουμε. Ούτε ταινίες δεν έχουν τέτοια φωτιά», είπε ο επιβάτης Νίκος Παπαθεοδοσίου, μιλώντας τηλεφωνικά με δημοσιογράφους.
«Είμαστε έξω στο κατάστρωμα, έχουμε ξεπαγιάσει, πνιγόμαστε από την κάπνα» είπε το μεσημέρι στo Mega o επίσης επιβαίνων Γιώργος Στυλιαράς.
«Το καράβι ακόμη καίγεται, τα πατώματα βράζουν. Άλλοι τρέμουν, άλλοι βήχουν από τον καπνό. Ο καπετάνιος λέει ότι αναμένεται ρυμουλκό για να τραβήξει το πλοίο. Το θέμα είναι ότι μέχρι τότε δεν ξέρουμε αν θα αντέξουμε» συνέχισε.
«Μύρισε καπνός στην καμπίνα. Φορέσαμε ζεστά ρούχα και βγήκαμε έξω. Υπάρχουν πολλά παιδάκια και ηλικιωμένοι. Είμαστε ο ένας κοντά στον άλλο και προσπαθούμε να ζεσταθούμε», η Ράνια Φυραίου είπε στο Mega ενώ κάποιος πίσω της φώναζε «Αν δεν πνιγούμε, θα πεθάνουμε από το κρύο. Καίγονται αυτοκίνητα. Τα βλέπουμε να καίγονται. Οι σωσίβιες λέμβοι του πλοίου των Μινωικών που έχει φτάσει, δεν μπορεί να πλησιάσει λόγω του κακού καιρού».
Επιβάτες που διασώθηκαν, καταγγέλλουν ότι δεν υπήρξε επαφή με το προσωπικό του πλοίου και μόνοι τους άνοιξαν τα κουτιά των σωσιβίων. Καταγγελίες για δεξαμενές λαδιού που δεν πληρούσαν τις προϋποθέσεις ασφάλειας πέφτουν βροχή από διασωθέντες.
Στο μεταξύ, ο πρωθυπουργός, Αντώνης Σαμαράς, βρισκόταν σε συνεχή επικοινωνία με τον Ιταλό ομόλογό του, Ματέο Ρέντσι, συντονίζοντας την επιχείρηση. Τα στρατεύματα των δύο χωρών καθώς και η ιταλική ακτοφυλακή, κλήθηκαν να φέρουν σε πέρας την πιο δύσκολη επιχείρηση διάσωσης των τελευταίων ετών. Στις προσπάθειες συμμετείχε και μία λέμβος του αλβανικού λιμενικού. Ένα C-130, ένα Super Puma μαζί με 5 πολεμικά ελικόπτερα προσπάθησαν να διασώσουν επιζώντες αλλά ο πυκνός μαύρος καπνός και οι άνεμοι σε συνδυασμό με τα πανύψηλα κύματα τα ανάγκασαν να προσγειωθούν.
«Ο δυνατός άνεμος έφερνε τον μαύρο καπνό μέσα στο χειριστήριο του ελικοπτέρου. Επίσης, πολλοί επιβάτες φοβόντουσαν να σκαρφαλώσουν στη σκάλα των ελικοπτέρων διάσωσης, εξαιτίας της δύναμης των κυμάτων και του αέρα», δήλωσε ο ταγματάρχης Αντόνιο Λανέβε στην κρατική ιταλική τηλεόραση.
Εμπορικά πλοία που έπλεαν κοντά στο σημείο της τραγωδίας, έσπευσαν να σχηματίσουν τείχος, προσπαθώντας να εμποδίσουν τα τεράστια κύματα που «σφυροκοπούσαν» τις λέμβους και το φλεγόμενο Νόρμαν Ατλάντικ.
Ύστερα από 16 ώρες μάχης με τις φλόγες, η φωτιά σβήστηκε γύρω στις 8.30μμ (1930 GMT), όμως ο τοξικός καπνός από τα καύσιμα και τα πλαστικά συνέχισε να μαυρίζει την ατμόσφαιρα. Ο υπουργός Ναυτιλίας, Μιλτιάδης Βαρβιτσιώτης, και η Ιταλίδα υπουργός Άμυνας, Ρομπέρτα Πινότι, δεσμεύτηκαν πως θα διασωθούν όλοι οι επιβάτες και τα μέλη του πληρώματος. Και οι δύο δήλωσαν πως πρόκειται για μία από τις δυσκολότερες και πιο περίπλοκες αποστολές διάσωσης των τελευταίων ετών.
Οι περισσότεροι επιβάτες που περισυνέλλεξε η αποστολή, βρίσκονται στην πόλη Λέτσε της Ιταλίας και στο Πρίντεζι όπου και περιθάλπονται. Σύμφωνα με την αναφορά του ιταλικού λιμενικού, το πρώτο πτώμα που περισυνελέχθηκε την Κυριακή ανήκε σε άντρα, ελληνικής καταγωγής. Πρόκειται για τον Γιώργο Ντούλη, ο οποίος πήδηξε από το φλεγόμενο φέριμποτ με τη γυναίκα του Θεοδώρα. Η δεύτερη νοσηλεύεται στο Πρίντεζι, καλά στην υγεία της αλλά σε κατάσταση σοκ.
Η ιταλική ακτοφυλακή κάνει λόγω για 10 νεκρούς, ενώ οι ελληνικές αρχές επιβεβαιώνουν οκτώ. Τέσσερα πτώματα βρέθηκαν ανοικτά του Νόρμαν Ατλάντικ το πρωί της Δευτέρας και άλλα τρία εντοπίστηκαν το απόγευμα της ίδιας μέρας. Δεδομένου του ότι το πλοίο έκανε σταθμό στην Ηγουμενίτσα, ενδέχεται κάποια μέλη του πληρώματος, όπως και επιβάτες να κατέβηκαν εκεί.
Αυτή τη στιγμή το Νόρμαν Ατλάντικ βρίσκεται 13 ναυτικά μίλια από την Αλβανία, αν και πρόκειται να ρυμουλκηθεί στο Πρίντεζι ή στο Οτράντο, αφού ασφαλιστούν οι δεξαμενές καυσίμων και τα καλώδια.
Ο Κάρλος Βισέντι, γενικός διευθυντής του ομίλου Vicenti, στον οποίο ανήκει το πλοίο, κλήθηκε να απαντήσει τις φήμες περί βλάβης σε βασική πόρτα ασφαλείας σε περίπτωση πυρκαγιάς.

«Οι επιθεωρητές βρήκαν πράγματι μια μικρή βλάβη στην πόρτα 112, στη γέφυρα Νο 5, η οποία, σύμφωνα με τις αναφορές, ήταν και η εστία της πυρκαγιάς» είπε ο Βισέντι.
«Επισκευάστηκε αμέσως και το πλοίο, σύμφωνα με τους επιθεωρητές ήταν κατάλληλο για αναχώρηση».
Τόσο η ασφαλιστικές όσο και οι Αρχές των δύο χωρών, ερευνούν την υπόθεση και τις συνθήκες κάτω από τις οποίες το πλοίο κρίθηκε ασφαλές, όπως και τα αίτια της πυρκαγιάς.

Πηγή: Νέος Κόσμος

Australia:Taking on the supermarket giants

Taking on the supermarket giants

A range of new and more established Greek products on the shelves at Coles.

It’s unbelievably hard to get a Greek product to last on the supermarket shelf, so don’t take them for granted.

Ever been excited to see a Greek product you know and love hit your local supermarket, only to see it disappear within a month?
This is sadly becoming the norm as Greek importers find the going tough when trying to enter the supermarket game.

For many, a way in is working with just a select number of stores, capitalising on stores located in areas populated with a lot of Greek Australians.

Currently big Greek brands like soft drink company Loux and Ion confectionery have hit the shelves around Victoria, getting some shelf space
in the ethnic food section of Coles.

But as supermarket giants make room for their own home brands and local distributors fail in keeping up with supermarket demands, it’s becoming harder and harder to keep the products on the shelves.

Only the brands that have a world recognisable name, a lot of marketing money in their arsenal and an understanding of supermarket expectations live to tell the tale.

John Vasilopoulos, a former Coles employee with more than 40 years experience working as a district assistant manger and local importer himself, has seen many Greek products come and go. He’s brought many successful Greek brands to Coles, including Minerva Olive Oil, a product that is still on the
shelves today despite strong competition.

In his time at Coles, Mr Vasilopoulos says the main reason Greek importers fail to crack the supermarket industry is because they underestimate the costs involved and what the supermarket expects.

“If you go in there and you’ve got a million dollars and you say, ‘listen, I want to build this to the number one or the number two seller in your stores’ and you put a million dollars on the table then maybe they can talk to you,” Mr Vasilopoulos says.

“It takes money to do this sort of thing.”

Considering it costs upwards of $20,000 to just place a product in the supermarket catalogue, many importers are shocked at the up-front costs.

Most products can’t rely on word of mouth to be moving off the shelves. They all require strong marketing campaigns, which is why multinational companies with huge cash flow can grab so much of the market share.

Marketing sadly isn’t the forte of many Greek companies, and with most of the cost slugged from the importers, it’s easy to be spat out of the market.

Mr Vasilopoulos says that around one in two Greek brands fail to get traction in supermarkets.

“I say to the importers, you need to know your own strength, because it takes a lot of money to get (established). If you don’t promote and you don’t sell you will disappear,” Mr Vasilopoulos says.

He says importers should have a clear idea about what they are willing to spend, what they expect to do with their brand for 12 months and should be able to answer a lot of questions at the supermarket’s range review.

“The first thing you need to know is the range review which happens every 12 months. The supermarket reviews who is selling, who is bringing in new lines, what their costings are, how many cartons the importer can bring.”

An unavoidable problem is the increase of supermarket home brand products. Shelf space is now much harder to sustain, when supermarkets are pushing their own home brand products.

“They now say, OK, we’ve got Greek Ioli water there but with that space we can put our home brand products and make five times the sales and five times the profit,” Mr Vasilopoulos says.

“We’ve got home brand suppliers weeding out all the third place suppliers.”

It’s a tough market to break, which is why many importers rely on the Greek Australian community to support their products. While many have come and gone, some are still doing a huge trade.

Misko pasta (a subsidiary of Barilla) has maintained its presence, despite it being moved from the pasta section of Coles to the ethnic food section in some supermarkets.

The deli products have had a roaring trade for years, with kalamata olives and feta a staple in many Australian households. But to make sure those products we love and enjoy remain on the shelves, Mr Vasilopoulos says it pays to ask the store managers to bring back products.

“If they can’t find Luzz or Misko or feta go and ask the manager. If they get a hundred queries Coles or Woolworths might look into it.”

A range of new and more established Greek products on the shelves at Coles.

It’s been a very strong year for Greek exports to Australia, with a 31 per cent rise since the same time last year. The October figures for this year show that the value of Greek imported goods to Australia amassed $165 million, just $3 million shy of the 2013 yearly total despite there being two months of figures to go.

The biggest imports remained pharmaceutical products (up 36 per cent to $26 million), vegetables, fruit and nuts (up 20 per cent to $22 million) and aluminium (up 25 per cent to $15 million). The food and drink industry was one of the strongest and biggest exports to Australia, with new exporters keen to enter the market.

Alcohol was a popular new export, with a number of new exporters getting into the trade, with a 2 per cent rise in new distributors in the last year.

There were also big increased in exports in fertilisers, games and sporting equipment, fabrics, ceramics and wood. The Greek state commissioner for trade in Australia,

Vaianos Oreopoulos-Kelenis says the industry is showing improved health.

“It’s impressive by any country’s standards,” he told Neos Kosmos. “We can see an empowerment of the export trade of Greece.”

Over the past six years, the amount of exports hitting Australian shores from Greece has more than doubled.

source: Neos Kosmos

AirAsia QZ8501: ‘Six bodies’ found in missing plane search

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Six bodies have been found and at least three recovered during the search for missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501, Indonesian officials and media say.

The bodies were spotted along with debris floating in the Java Sea off the Indonesian part of Borneo, in one of the search zones for the plane.

One official said the debris was 95% likely to be from the missing aircraft.

The Airbus A320-200, carrying 162 people from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore, disappeared on Sunday.

The search operation is now in its third day, with the area widened to cover 13 zones over land and sea.

During a news conference by the head of the operation, shown live on Indonesian TV, pictures of the debris were shown including a body floating on the water.

Relatives of passengers on the plane watching the pictures were visibly shocked.

Later, reports from officials and media in Pangkalan Bun, a nearby town in Central Kalimantan province, said six bodies had been found and at least three recovered.

AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes tweeted to the families: “My heart is filled with sadness for all the families involved in QZ 8501. On behalf of AirAsia my condolences.”

Search operation head Bambang Soelistyo said he was 95% certain the objects shown were from the plane, adding that a shadow was spotted under water which appeared to be in the shape of a plane.

All resources were now being sent to the area where the debris was found, and all objects or bodies found would be taken to Pangkalan Bun, he said.

Mr Soelistyo added that ships with more sophisticated technology were being deployed to check whether larger parts of the plane were submerged beneath the debris.

Indonesian civil aviation chief Djoko Murjatmodjo, quoted by AFP news agency, said “significant things” such as a passenger door and cargo door had been found.

He added that the objects had been found 160km (100 miles) south-west of Pangkalan Bun.

At least 30 ships, 15 aircraft and seven helicopters joined the operation when it resumed at 06:00 local time on Tuesday (23:00 GMT Monday).

source: bbc.com

European shares and bonds tumble amid fresh fears over Greece

The Greek benchmark gauge plunged 8.4 per cent and as much as 11 per cent, the most among 18 western-European markets.Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

The Greek benchmark gauge plunged 8.4 per cent and as much as 11 per cent, the most among 18 western-European markets.Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

 

Investors take fright as Athens vote prompts snap election with anti-austerity party leading polls.

European shares and periphery euro zone bonds tumbled after the Greek parliament rejected the government’s presidential candidate, setting the stage for an election that anti-bailout party Syriza could win.

Greece’s prime minister Antonis Samaras failed to get enough support for his nominee, Stavros Dimas, and will now call a national election for January 25th.

European markets reflected uncertainty about Greece’s future in the euro zone under a possible Syriza government.

Stocks in Athens plunged as much as 11 per cent to a two-year low and yields on government bonds spiked sharply. Italian and Spanish markets also took heavy hits as investors made a dash into ultra-safe German debt

“A Greek accident has become a potent risk. But mostly for Greece itself,” said Holger Schmieding at Berenberg Bank in London.

“Of course, the tail risk of Grexit poses questions for Europe. But if that tail risk were to materialise, we see no significant probability that any other country would want to follow.”

With many in the market still taking a Christmas break, futures markets pointed to a 0.1-0.2 per cent dip from record highs for Wall Street when trading resumes, while in Russia the rouble’s rebound reversed as it dropped as much as 6 per cent.

It had all looked much brighter in Asia overnight. Gains of 1.5 and 1.8 per cent respectively in Australia and Hong Kong had lifted MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan 1 per cent.

Tokyo’s Nikkei bucked the trend, sliding 1 per cent as reports of a suspected Ebola case in Japan spooked a market still on track for about an 8 per cent gain this year.

In Malaysia, shares in AirAsia posted their biggest one-day drop in more than three years after one of its aircraft went missing on its way to Singapore from Indonesia.

US markets were readying to open following some robust data from the Midwest region but it was the uncertainty in Athens that dominated sentiment.

Greek 10-year bond yields jumped above 9 per cent and forced up yields on the bonds of other heavily-indebted euro zone governments, such as Italy and Spain.

Syriza wants to wipe out a big part of Greece’s debt and cancel the terms of a bailout from the European Union and International Monetary Fund that Greece needs to pay its bills.

“With the will of our people, in a few days bailouts tied to austerity will be a thing of the past,” Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras said after the vote. “The future has already begun.”

The euro, perhaps surprisingly, was little moved by the result but at $1.2190 it was not far from the $1.2165, post-August 2012 low hit the previous week.

The dollar stood firm at 120.40 yen but lacking momentum to challenge a seven year high of 121.86 hit earlier in the month after rising roughly 15 per cent against the yen this year.

Investors will be concerned about whether the US economy will be strong enough in 2015 to offset signs of slowdown in powerhouse China and the euro zone.

There is also uncertainty about the impact of the 45 percent drop in oil prices over the last six months on many of the larger producers that depend on oil revenues.

After two days of falls, oil prices rose after Libyan officials said a fire caused by fighting at a main export terminal has destroyed 800,000 barrels of crude, more than two days of output.

“Libya, and all the other problems, warrants some kind of risk premium,” said Jonathan Barratt, chief investment officer at Sydney’s Ayers Alliance.

source: irishtimes.com

Debris is from missing AirAsia flight QZ8501, Indonesia confirms

A photo taken from an Indonesian search and rescue aircraft over the Java Sea of debris from AirAsia flight QZ8501.

A photo taken from an Indonesian search and rescue aircraft over the Java Sea of debris from AirAsia flight QZ8501. Photo: Bay Ismoyo/AFP

 

The operation to recover the bodies of passengers and crew aboard the ill-fated AirAsia flight QZ8501 has begun after the wreckage of the plane was found during an aerial search on Tuesday afternoon.

Djoko Murjatmodjo, Indonesia’s director general of civil aviation, announced on Tuesday afternoon that debris spotted in water near where the plane lost contact was from the missing jet.

Three bodies had already been evacuated from the aircraft, the Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) said, shortly after the plane’s wreckage was found.

The operation will now concentrate on recovering the passengers, locating the black box and lifting the plane from the sea floor, after which the National Transportation Safety Committee would commence its investigation of the cause of the crash.

The head of search and rescue, Sulistiyo, grimly announced at about 2.45pm local time (6.45pm AEDT) that evidence had been mounting for almost four hours of the location of the downed jet.

He said the plane’s emergency door had been identified, as well as what looked like the shadow of the plane’s body under the water.

“We are now officially announcing that on the third day of the search, we found the debris,” Sulistyo said.

The plane is lying on the ocean floor at a depth of 25m to 30m, which will allow recovery authorities to utilise divers, Sulistyo said.

In the future, if they need more sophisticated equipment, they can do it, Sulistyo said, but Pangkalanbun would be designated the new centre for the operation.

As a live broadcast of the announcement was played to families in the room at Juanda airport, Surabaya, the tears flowed. Many held their heads in their hands or simply sat in stunned silence, holding each other and crying. One victims’ family member fainted as the presentation was drawing to a close.

Footage shown on television – and to the families – depicts Barsarnas crew being lowered from a helicopter to the water’s surface.

Several family members fell unconscious in the family’s room and one was rushed out, screaming hysterically, as the impact of the announcement sank in.

The hysterical scenes were prompted by the screening on live television inside the family’s room of a floating, near-naked body. News station TVOne later apologised for decision to air the image.

Haidar Fauzi, the father of a missing stewardess Khairunisa Haidar Fauzi, said he had seen the report and was “well prepared” for his daughter to be found dead.

“Now, even if there is hope, she’s a stewardess, she’s cabin crew. She would have rescued a passenger before saving herself,” he said.

Soelistyowati, an aunt of two the passengers on board, said: “We are in shock. We were faced with the possibility of a tragedy [before the confirmation]. But, even with the news of the wreckage found, their big sister and us still hopes she somehow managed to survive.”

An aircraft from Basarnas spotted the debris after 4pm AEDT near Pangkalanbun off the island of Borneo, a Basarnas spokesman, Andriandi, said. The area is quite close to where the plane first lost contact.

The news of the floating debris came after Indonesian authorities virtually doubled the search area on Tuesday morning to 156,000 square kilometres.

The final communications between the pilot of flight QZ8501 and air traffic control revealed the Airbus 320-200 captain, Iriyanto, had requested permission at 6.12am local time on Sunday to turn left to avoid a storm.

The request was granted and the plane turned left seven miles. The captain then requested to be able to climb saying: “Request to higher level,” according to AirNav standards and safety director Wisnu Darjono, as quoted by the Jakarta Post.

The air traffic controller responded: “Intended to what level?”, to which Iriyanto indicated he wanted to go to 38,000 feet. However there were six planes in the area at the time and so QZ8501 was told it could only go to 34,000 feet.

“But when we informed the pilot of the approval at 6.14am, we received no reply,” Mr Wisnu said.

To address concerns of the families about a lack of hard information, the agency has established a three-way video link between the Basarnas crisis centre in Jakarta, the Juanda airport families’ room and the department of transport situation room, also in Jakarta.

“That will hopefully ease the minds of the families because they can see directly what’s going on in Basarnas, so they’ll know that everybody is working hard in the search for their loved ones,” Mr Hernanto said.

AirAsia has offered families, and some journalists, a flight over the area on Wednesday, at the request of the families.

“They believe that, while the search and rescue [agencies] are working hard to try to locate the aircraft, they believe that with their presence, with their praying of the next of kin, that will help the search and rescue team to quickly find and locate the aircraft,” an AirAsia spokesman said.

source: smh.com.au