Daily Archives: January 29, 2015

Neymar nets 2, Barca beats Atletico 3-2 to reach Copa semis


Neymar scored twice to lead Barcelona past nine-man Atletico Madrid and into the Copa del Rey semifinals with a 3-2 victory in a game that went from pulsating to unseemly at Vicente Calderon Stadium on Wednesday.

Barcelona advanced 4-2 on aggregate to set up a meeting with Villarreal or Getafe after an incident-filled match that saw three beautiful goals, questionable refereeing decisions, an own goal and a sending off at halftime. Not to mention Atletico’s Arda Turan losing his temper and tossing his shoe at a linesman.

Barcelona entered with a 1-0 cushion from the opening leg, but Atletico’s Fernando Torres needed just 39 seconds to score and set off an electric first half.

Lionel Messi started the first of two counterattacks for Neymar to strike right back in the ninth minute.

The match swayed again when Atletico’s Raul Garcia converted a penalty on the half-hour mark, but Miranda’s own goal put Barcelona back in control before Neymar pounced again on another Messi-led break before halftime.

Atletico’s self-destruction continued when Gabi Fernandez earned a second yellow at halftime for arguing with the referee following a scuffle between the teams. Turan was fortunate three minutes after the restart to only receive a yellow for throwing his shoe at the linesman. Mario Suarez then was ejected in the 84th for his second booking.

All that produced a rare sight in the second half: a Diego Simeone-coached Atletico without any fight left in them, down three goals and eventually two men.

“I am proud of my players, they were extraordinary in the first half,” Simeone said. “In the second half the team played as I asked them to, trying to not let them score and without any aspirations to score either. I thought it was the most opportune decision for my team.”

After failing to beat Atletico in six meeting last year, when the Madrid team won the Spanish league and reached the Champions League final, first-year coach Luis Enrique has led Barcelona to three wins over Simeone’s side.

It was Barcelona’s seventh consecutive win since a loss at Real Sociedad had put Luis Enrique under intense pressure to turn things around.

“The season is long with many ups and downs, we are in a good moment, with a lot of confidence and playing well,” the coach said.

Torres stunned Barcelona with his early goal when he skillfully controlled a long ball, used one touch to open an angle around Javier Mascherano before firing a long strike in off the post.

But Barcelona responded with a blistering counterattack when Messi dribbled by Mario Suarez and passed for Luis Suarez, who in turn played Neymar free to beat goalkeeper Jan Oblak with an angled shot.

Juanfran Torres drew a foul by Mascherano that the referee judged inside the area but televised replays showed to be outside, allowing Garcia to score from the spot.

But the home crowd fell silent when Miranda directed Sergio Busquet’s off-target header into his own net in the 38th.

Atletico clamored for another penalty when Antoine Griezmann volleyed Siqueira’s cross into Alba’s arm. The referee was unmoved and seconds later Messi was crossing for Alba to knock the ball down for Neymar to coolly put past Oblak.

After the glut of goals in the first half, the game suddenly descended into a series of ugly incidents.

Messi was booked for booting a ball into the stands. Then Torres and Neymar exchanged heated words as the teams left the pitch at halftime, an argument that sparked a shoving bout between several members of both benches.

Gabi sunk the hosts’ chances with his sending off, and Turan almost followed his captain when his temper boiled over after a tackle left him without a shoe. With no foul call forthcoming, the Turkey midfielder angrily tossed his shoe over the head of the linesman.

Villarreal visits Getafe with a 1-0 lead on Thursday, while Espanyol visits Sevilla up 3-1. Athletic Bilbao also hosts Malaga after their scoreless draw.


Nathan Tinkler wants $5m for Jets bail out


OWNER and chairman Nathan Tinkler believes Football Federation Australia still owes him $5million for bailing the Newcastle Jets out more than four years ago.

After sacking five Jets players and three members of the coaching staff on Wednesday, Tinkler told the World Game website on Thursday that he would meet the FFA’s January 31 deadline to settle the club’s debts – which he estimated were about $500,000 – but only on his terms.

The former billionaire maintains he paid a $5 million fee when he acquired the Jets’ A-League licence and replaced Con Constantine as owner in September 2010.

The Newcastle Herald reported in May 2012 that Tinkler had paid FFA a $3.5 million acquisition fee, not $5 million, when he took the controls from Constantine.

‘‘Is there also a deadline for me getting my $5 million back from the FFA. Is that a deadline too?’’ Tinkler told the World Game.

‘‘That would be good. That would really help. FFA is at me for about $500,000, and I am at them for $5 million.

‘‘If they want to set a deadline to resolve those two issues, then I will be more than happy to resolve it by Saturday.’’



Australia and South Korea set to serve up classic final

The first Asian Cup held in Australia has already exceeded expectations and now the stars have aligned to produce what promises to be a classic final.

Both sides will feel confident of emerging victorious in Saturday’s clash between the host nation and South Korea at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium when the best attack in the tournament comes up against the best defence.

The delicious contrast in styles is the perfect ending to a tournament that has been full of unexpected twists and turns from the world’s most populated and diverse region.

For the Australians, the final represents a chance to finally win a major international soccer title, an anomaly for a sports-mad country that has succeeded in almost every other sport in the world.

“It is a massive game. We made the final four years ago which was great for our nation,” the Australian coach Ange Postecoglou said.

“We have been in Asia for a while now and we haven’t won anything in the men’s game, but this gives us an opportunity at a national level to achieve something.”

Victory for South Korea would give the Taegeuk Warriors their first Asian Cup title since 1960 and the country something to celebrate after a grim year on and off the sporting field.

“The players are desperate to win this tournament,” defender Park Joo-ho said. “A lot of people at home really want us to win this tournament after 55 years.”

Despite reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2002, South Korea have struggled to reproduce that sort of form since.

They were eliminated in the group stage at two of the last three World Cups and before this year, had not made an Asian Cup final since 1988.


However, with the recently recruited Uli Stielike now in charge of an ambitious team, things are starting to look up.

The former German international is looking at a longer-term goal of restoring South Korea as Asia’s best team and has started by plugging up holes in the defence.

In their five matches at the Asian Cup, South Korea have yet to concede a goal, with first-choice keeper Kim Jin-hyeon keeping four clean sheets.

They won each of their three group games, against Oman, Kuwait and Australia by a solitary goal but found their range in the knockout matches, beating Iraq 2-0 in the semi-finals after star forward Son Heung-min netted twice in the 2-0 quarter-final win over Uzbekistan.

Stielike, in an attempt to reduce the pressure on his young squad, said Australia were favourites, playing down the significance of their pool match win because both teams had already qualified and the Socceroos rested several key players.

“We will have to work to be the same Korea. This is our target,” he said.

“For the rest, we have to take whatever is coming and try our best. We are realistic enough to understand that in the first game we didn’t play the best Australia team.”

Australia’s goals are more immediate. For all the progress they have made since ditching Oceania and joining Asia in 2006, the trophy cabinet remains bare.

They’re also trying to win over an Australian public that mostly prefers other football codes, so have adopted an all-out attacking style.

With Tim Cahill leading from up front, the Socceroos have piled on 12 goals in the tournament, four each in the group matches against Kuwait and Oman then two more in the quarter-final against China and semi-final with United Arab Emirates.

“It’s going to be special moment for all of us,” Cahill said. “But the mindset is to win, and to win the right way and by playing football and what we believe in. It’s going to be a big night.”


Αυστραλία: Πληθαίνουν οι φωνές για διαγραφή μέρους του ελληνικού χρέους

Αυστραλία: Πληθαίνουν οι φωνές για διαγραφή μέρους του ελληνικού χρέους

Ολοένα και πληθαίνουν οι φωνές στην Αυστραλία για διαγραφή μέρους του ελληνικού χρέους. Κορυφαίοι οικονομολόγοι, πολιτικοί και σχολιαστές υποστηρίζουν πως μια τέτοια κίνηση δεν θα έσωζε μόνο την Ελλάδα, αλλά και την Ευρώπη. Η οικονομική εφημερίδα The Australian Financial Review δημοσιεύει σήμερα άρθρο γνώμης του Μάρτιν Γουλφ όπου, μεταξύ άλλων, υποστηρίζει ότι «το συμφέρον της Ευρώπης επιβάλλει να βρεθεί μια συμφωνία αποδεκτή από όλους, που θα προβλέπει και διαγραφή μέρους του χρέους το οποίο σήμερα δεν είναι βιώσιμο».

Ο ίδιος, σημειώνει πως αν οι δανειστές επιμένουν σε «ανένδοτη στάση και σπρώξουν την Ελλάδα εκτός ευρώ οι συνέπειες δεν θα είναι καταστροφικές μόνο για την ελληνική οικονομία αλλά και για την ευρωπαϊκή». Εξάλλου, με αναλυτικό άρθρο γνώμης στη μεγαλύτερη σε κυκλοφορία ημερήσια εφημερίδα της Αυστραλία, τη Herald Sun, ο ομογενής πρώην υπερ-υπουργός της πολιτείας της Βικτόριας, Φάνης Θεοφάνους, ζητά τη διαγραφή μέρους του ελληνικού χρέους.

«Είναι ο μόνος τρόπος για να αποφευχθεί μια ελληνική τραγωδία, να μην αποσταθεροποιηθεί η Ευρώπη και να μην πληρώσουν βαρύ τίμημα οι λαοί της» σημειώνει ο κ. Θεοφάνους. «Εξάλλου» αναφέρει «η ίδια η Γερμανία μετά τον Β’ Παγκόσμιο Πόλεμο είχε μια ανάλογη αντιμετώπιση». Ο κ. Θεοφάνους υποστηρίζει ότι «η νευρικότητα των Ευρωπαίων για τη νίκη του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ δεν είναι δικαιολογημένη» και συμπληρώνει: «Η στροφή προς τα αριστερά είναι καλύτερη για την Ευρώπη από την εναλλακτική λύση, που είναι στροφή προς τους νεοναζί». Εκφράζει δε την ελπίδα «οι Γερμανοί, οι Ευρωπαίοι και η τρόικα να έχουν τη διορατικότητα και να πάρουν τις σωστές αποφάσεις για την Ελλάδα με τη νέα κυβέρνησή της» γιατί διαφορετικά «το τίμημα θα είναι βαρύ για όλους».

Υπενθυμίζεται ότι την περασμένη εβδομάδα σαράντα Αυστραλοί οικονομολόγοι, υπέγραψαν δήλωση καταδικάζοντας το πρόγραμμα αποκατάστασης του ελληνικού χρέους, ως μη βιώσιμο. Ο κατάλογος περιλαμβάνει επτά καθηγητές των Οικονομικών, μεταξύ των οποίων και ο καθηγητής John Hewson, από το ANU (Εθνικό Πανεπιστήμιο Αυστραλίας και πρώην αρχηγός του Κόμματος των Φιλελευθέρων της). Την δήλωσή τους αυτή την υπέγραψαν στη συνέχεια και οικονομολόγοι από τη Βρετανία, τον Καναδά και την Κίνα.


Αυτή είναι η σέξι βασίλισσα του πατρινού καρναβαλιού

Αυτή είναι η σέξι βασίλισσα του πατρινού καρναβαλιού [εικόνες]

Η 23χρονη Aναστασία (Νάσια) Στεφανίδη είναι η νέα βασίλισσα του Πατρινού Καρναβαλιού για το 2015 καθώς επελέγη ανάμεσα σε 19 υποψηφιότητες.

Η Νάσια Στεφανίδη γεννήθηκε και μεγάλωσε στην Πάτρα και είναι φοιτήτρια στο Τμήμα Πληροφορικής και Μέσων Μαζικής Ενημέρωσης του Πύργου. Εκτός από τις σπουδές της, η Νάσια ασχολείται με το μόντελινγκ -έχοντας καταφέρει να κερδίσει τρείς τίτλους σε διαγωνισμούς ομορφιάς στο παρελθόν- και την διαφήμιση.

Η… πρασινομάτα Νάσια με το σαγηνευτικό βλέμμα από μικρή είναι μπολιασμένη στην καρναβαλική ατμόσφαιρα της μεγάλης γιορτής της Πάτρας με δεκάδες συμμετοχές σε πληρώματα.

Η Νάσια Στεφανίδη ως Βασίλισσα του Πατρινού Καρναβαλιού 2015 θα εμφανιστεί στις επόμενες εκδηλώσεις και βέβαια πάνω στο άρμα της θα μοιράσει χαμόγελα με τη γλυκιά της παρουσία στις μεγάλες παρελάσεις του τελευταίου Σαββατοκύριακου του Πατρινού Καρναβαλιού 2015.

Το άρμα της Βασίλισσας

Το άρμα της Βασίλισσας αποτελεί καρπό των καλλιτεχνών του Καρναβαλικού Εργαστηρίου. Το άρμα, το μεγαλύτερο που θα παρελάσει, διαστάσεων 12μ (μήκος) Χ4,5μ (πλάτος), με υλικό κυρίως πολυεστέρα αλλά και φελιζόλ, είναι επηρεασμένο από την Ανατολή (οριεντάλ) αλλά και με αρκετά ινδικά στοιχεία.

Ένα κτίριο σαν κάστρο, ελέφαντες, καμήλες, άλογα πλαισιώνουν το πολύχρωμο άρμα (μωβ, κίτρινο, χρυσό κλπ), ενώ κυρίαρχο στοιχείο του άρματος είναι μια σκάλα, στην κορυφή της οποίας θα βρίσκεται όρθια η Βασίλισσα.

Πηγή: iefimerida.gr

Σούπερ ρεβάνς Κυπέλλου σε Λεωφόρο και ΟΑΚΑ

Σούπερ ρεβάνς Κυπέλλου σε Λεωφόρο και ΟΑΚΑ

Οκληρώνεται σήμερα, Πέμπτη, η φάση των «16» του Κυπέλλου Ελλάδας με τα τελευταία εισιτήρια να κρίνονται σε Λεωφόρο και ΟΑΚΑ. Εκεί ο Παναθηναϊκός υποδέχεται την Ξάνθη (19:00, ΟΤΕ Sport 4) στη ρεβάνς του 1-1, ενώ η ΑΕΚ φιλοξενεί την Κέρκυρα 17:00 (ΟΤΕ Sport 2), που θέλει επίσης να υπερασπιστεί το 1-1 του πρώτου ματς. Live από το sports.in.gr

Οι «πράσινοι» την τελευταία διετία έχουν το απόλυτο στα ματς του Κυπέλλου στα πέντε παιχνίδια που έχουν δώσει στη Λεωφόρο.

Όσον αφορά την ενδεκάδα του «τριφυλλιού», πιθανότατα θα παραμείνει κάτω από τα δοκάρια ο Κοτσόλης, όπως γίνεται σε όλα τα ματς Κυπέλλου.

Την τετράδα στην άμυνα θα αποτελέσουν οι Μπούρμπος, Ταυλαρίδης, Σίλντενφελντ, Νάνο. Στη μεσαία γραμμή οι Λαγός, Ζέκα, Πράνιτς, αναμένεται να έχουν μπροστά τους τον Πέτριτς και επιθετικό δίδυμο θα είναι οι Μπεργκ, Καρέλης. Δεν αποκλείεται να αιφνιδιάσει ο Αναστασίου χρησιμοποιώντας τον Ζέκα δεξί μπακ (πάνω στον Λουσέρο) και βάζοντας στα χαφ εσωτερικό δεξιό τον Χρήστο Δώνη, αλλά αυτό το σενάριο δεν συγκεντρώνει πολλές πιθανότητες.

Από την άλλη πλευρά, μια πιθανή ενδεκάδα για την ομάδα του Ραζβάν Λουτσέσκου είναι ο Κυριακίδης στο τέρμα και στην άμυνα από τα αριστερά προς τα δεξιά οι Γουάλας, Γούτας, Λισγάρας, Μπέρτος. Ομπόντο, Παπαστεριανός στα χαφ, με τον Κλέιτον μπροστά τους. Σολτάνι αριστερά, Λουσέρο δεξιά και ο Καπετάνος στην κορυφή.

Στο ΟΑΚΑ η Ένωση είναι φαβορί για την πρόκριση καθώς της κάνει και το 0-0. Ο Ταραϊνός Δέλλας δεν έχει αποκαλύψει την 11άδα του σημερινού αγώνα. Ωστόσο οι Ανέστης, Μπακάκης, Λαμπρόπουλος, Σαρρής, Γιόχανσον, Μάνταλος, Αραβίδης θα πρέπει να θεωρούνται σίγουροι.

Από εκεί και πέρα παίζεται μια θέση στα αριστερά της άμυνας με τον Πεταυράκη να έχει περισσότερες πιθανότητες να αρχίσει αντί του Σοϊλέδη, αν και ο τελευταίος έκανε πολύ καλό παιχνίδι τη Δευτέρα με τον Παναιγιάλειο.

Αν ο Ανάκογλου δεν κατορθώσει να ξεπεράσει τον τραυματισμό του δίπλα στον Γιόχανσον θα είναι λογικά ένας εκ των Τζανετόπουλου, Ρόβα.

Μπροστά οι Μπαρμπόσα, Πλατέλλας, Μπρέτσεβιτς διεκδικούν τις δύο θέσεις. Ολα είναι ανοικτά και δεν αποκλείεται τελικά ο Κροάτης να μείνει στον πάγκο και στην περίπτωση αυτή ο Αραβίδης να παίξει στην κορυφή της επίθεσης, όπως έγινε και στο τελευταίο παιχνίδι πρωταθλήματος.

Η πιθανή ενδεκάδα της Κέρκυρας είναι Σέτκους στο τέρμα και στην άμυνα από τα αριστερά προς τα δεξιά οι Ντιόγκο, Ντιμιτρόφσκι, Βενέτης, Γκόμες, Καρντόσο, Ανδρεόπουλος, Ζορμπάς, Χαβίτο, Κοντός, Μαρκόφσκι.


Γράμμα στον Αγ.Βασίλη επιστράφηκε σε 3χρονη, λόγω ανεπαρκούς διεύθυνσης

Γράμμα στον Αγ.Βασίλη επιστράφηκε σε 3χρονη, λόγω ανεπαρκούς διεύθυνσης

Τα ταχυδρομεία της Ιρλανδίας έλαβαν 140.000 γράμματα από μικρά (ενδεχομένως και μεγάλα) παιδιά προκειμένου να τα προωθήσουν στον Αγιο Βασίλη. Και τα πήγαν περίφημα, με εξαίρεση το γράμμα που έστειλε η 3χρονη κόρη του Άλαν Κάμπελ. Το γράμμα επέστρεψε, «λόγω ανεπαρκούς διεύθυνσης».

Όπως αναφέρει το BBC, το γράμμα αντίκρυσε πρώτη η 8χρονη αδελφή της μικρής, η οποία το πήγε στον πατέρα της.

Το δικό της γράμμα έφτασε κανονικά στο χωριό του Αγιου Βασίλη, οπότε το μικρό κοριτσάκι είχε μια εύλογη απορία: γιατί το δικό μου πήγε και της αδελφής μου δεν πήγε;

Ο πατέρας της οικογένειας διαμαρτυρήθηκε στα ταχυδρομεία, τα οποία ζήτησαν συγγνώμη και υποσχέθηκαν έρευνα για το περιστατικό.

«Ευτυχώς, είχαμε δει τον Άγιο Βασίλη όταν ήρθε στο Ντάντραμ (σ.σ. ένα εμπορικό κέντρο του Δουβλίνου),  προτού στείλουμε τα γράμματα των κοριτσιών, οπότε ήξερε τι θέλουμε. Τέλος καλό, όλα καλά» είπε ο πατέρας, σε μια προσπάθεια να κλείσει το ζήτημα.

Ο ίδιος, πάντως, αρνήθηκε την προσφορά των ταχυδρομείων να στείλουν ένα «ξεχωριστό γράμμα» στην μικρή του κόρη.

Τώρα πλέον είναι αργά.


Courses for Greek grandparents experiencing family conflict

Courses for Greek grandparents experiencing family conflict

Children have the right to access meaningful relationships in their lives.

The Australian Greek Welfare Society is offering courses for Greek-speaking grandparents struggling to gain access to see their grandchildren.

The Australian Greek Welfare Society (AGWS) is offering a structured six-week course for Greek-speaking grandparents whose children are experiencing separation or divorce, in turn affecting their relationship with their grandchildren.

In 2007 adjustments were made to family law Australia-wide, recognising the rights of children to have access to meaningful relationships despite what happens to their parents’ relationships.

According to educator and trainer for the AGWS, Adonis Maglis, this is a prevalent issue in the Greek Australian community and the instatement of such a law was and is of great significance.

“What this means for the very first time in history is that grandparents have the opportunity to access mediation,” said Mr Maglis.

“This means they can go to a mediation centre and say ‘look our children have separated or divorced, and as a result our relationship with our grandchildren has been interrupted and has become hostile. We want to make sure that this relationship continues’.”

The mediation process allows grandparents to invite the parents for a discussion to organise an arrangement of regular visitation, given there are no issues regarding the health and safety of the child.

If however, the parents are unwilling to negotiate, the grandparents now have the right to obtain a certificate from the mediator and take the matter to court.

Started in 2007 in conjunction with the passing of the new law, the AGWS established a family program offering courses to grandparents after their family counsellor reported an increase in elderly people expressing issues that had to do with their adult children, particularly when their child had experienced a marriage breakdown, and gaining access to their grandchildren.

“This made us aware for the need to actually work with Greek-speaking grandparents who are coming to us because of the language barriers – they couldn’t access services like Lifeline or mediation centres, etcetera,” he said.

Funded by the Department of Social Services, the courses are run twice a year and offer a safe environment where attendees are given information and support services free of charge.

“People can come together in this confidential, respectful environment and learn about communication skills, stress management, conflict resolution, the role of the grandparents in their current context, family law and the rights of the children,” said Mr Maglis.

Since commencing the program, Mr Maglis says he has received an all-round positive response.

Despite some grandparents not being able to resolve their conflict for one reason or another, the program has changed their lives.

“They have this common understanding because it’s the same cultural background. They share a lot, they cry, they tell their story. So we find after the first session they’re actually exchanging phone numbers and so happy that they meet people that they can talk to about whatever’s happening and that they’re not going to be judged,” he said.

Those interested are encouraged to call and express their interest in the course, following which an assessment will be made as to whether the course is suitable for the needs of the grandparent.

In the case that the course is not suitable, other suggestions and offers of help will be made by a professional.

“I would encourage those interested to talk to a professional because sometimes when we try to resolve things within the family – which is a very common thing with the Greeks – every family member has vested interests, they’re emotionally involved, they have opinions, feelings and sometimes may not be the best person to talk to.”

For more information and to enrol, contact Adonis Maglis at the Australian Greek Welfare Society on (03) 9388 9998.

source: Neos Kosmos

Greek Australian scientist may hold obesity key

Greek Australian scientist may hold obesity key

Tiganis has seen effective results in studies on mice to suggest that this process may actually be the cause of weight gain and obesity.

Tony Tiganis makes inroads into body fat storage.

Monash University scientist Tony Tiganis may yet hold the key in the fight against obesity. Tiganis and his team have been researching the connection between two naturally occurring hormones, which he says has given scientists new insights into how the brain regulates body fat.

With obesity rates rising, accelerating obesity related illnesses, the push for a cure is becoming increasingly demanding. In Australia alone, approximately two-thirds of the population is overweight, and roughly one-third is obese, costing the economy in excess of $56 billion annually.

The process conjured by Tiganis relates to leptin – a hormone produced by fat acting to suppress hunger – and insulin – produced by the pancreas in response to the levels of glucose in the blood – after a meal. Both of these hormones convey to the brain the amount of energy stored in the body and how much more is likely to be stored as a result of consumption. Once the energy levels are received by the brain the body converts white fat (storage) into brown fat (energy burn).

Tiganis has seen effective results in studies on mice to suggest that this process may actually be the cause of weight gain and obesity.

“We believe that one potential reason for why we may get fat is that this mechanism of energy balance is altered because the brain does not respond to insulin and lepton and does not effectively promote the conversion of white fat to brown fat.

“In mice we’ve been able to show that if we instruct the brain to convert white fat to brown fat, mice don’t put on weight when they are fed a high fat diet and are metabolically healthy,” Tiganis told Neos Kosmos.

Whilst conclusive evidence is still years away, early signs of a ‘cure’ are positive.

“We’ve generated genetically engineered mice that lack these two molecules, and we found (by injecting insulin and leptin into the brains of the mice) the responses were enhanced and the mice had high levels of brown fat and were resistant to diet induced obesity. So we fed them a high fat diet and they simply didn’t put on weight – and this cannot be explained by changes in their activity. They didn’t move around more, they didn’t eat less, this can be explained solely by the increase in brown fat, the conversion of white fat into brown fat and the increase in anti-expenditure.”

He said factors behind the hormone (and resultant energy) imbalance are multifactorial, but hopes to eventually harness the ability to promote the conversion of white fat to brown fat in the human brain.

One of the stumbling blocks, he said, is the inability to test the human brain according to the same process trialled in mice.

“No-one’s really prepared to give up their brain. So we need to do a lot more work in mice, then we start looking at humans and come up with ways to manipulate this pathway. There’s nothing at this stage to be gained from our studies in terms of helping out individuals,” he said.

With effective obesity drugs still years away, for now Tiganis recommends regular exercise, a good healthy diet and limited carbohydrate intake as the keys to combating fat levels.

source:Neos Kosmos

New Greek FM to address dispute with EU on Russian sanctions

A worker checks the valve of an oil pipe at an oil field owned by Bashneft company northwest from Ufa, in the Republic of Bashkortostan, on Wednesday.

 Greece’s new Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias will attempt on Thursday to clear up a dispute between Athens and the European Council when EU diplomats discuss whether to step up sanctions against Russia over fighting in eastern Ukraine.

The Greek government expressed displeasure earlier this week at the issuing of a statement by European Council President Donald Tusk, which called for further sanctions to be imposed. Athens said it had not given its consent for such a statement and had not been consulted properly.

On Wednesday, a spokesman for Tusk insisted that the proper procedures were followed. “We consulted all member states including a representative of the new Greek government,” he said. “It was our understanding that the statement had been agreed by all Monday evening.”

Athens, however, has a different interpretation of events. “They breached the EU’s rules and tried to present us with a fait accompli before we had even been sworn in,” said Kotzias.

However, sources said that the Greek government is willing to discuss the content of any further action against Russia and was more upset about the process followed. Athens also noted that there are other EU member states that are skeptical about further action against Russia and that any further measures agreed on Thursday may not be drastic.

source: ekathimerini.com