Daily Archives: May 14, 2015

To Young Endeavour της Αυστραλίας στο Βόλο

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Το STS Young Endeavour στο λιμάνι του Βόλου

Επίσκεψη του Εκπαιδευτικού Ιστιοφόρου του Ναυτικού της Αυστραλίας

Στο λιμάνι του Βόλου κατέπλευσε το ιστιοφόρο του Αυστραλιανού Ναυτικού STS Young Endeavour, στις 4 Μαΐου 2015, και παρέμεινε στην περιοχή μέχρι τις 6 Μαΐου.

Το πλήρωμα του Young Endeavour αποτελείται από 12 άτομα του Βασιλικού Ναυτικού της Αυστραλίας και εκπαιδεύει Αυστραλούς νέους που επιβιβάζονται σε διαφορετικά σημεία του ταξιδιού για 18-60 ημέρες κάθε φορά.

Το Young Endeavour πραγματοποιεί το γύρο του κόσμου για πρώτη φορά μετά από 20 περίπου χρόνια, θα επισκεφθεί πέντε ηπείρους και το ταξίδι θα διαρκέσει συνολικά 12 μήνες. Μετά τη συμμετοχή του στις εκδηλώσεις για την Εκατονταετία από τη Μάχη της Καλλίπολης, το Young Endeavour θα εκπροσωπήσει την Αυστραλία στους αγώνες μεγάλων ιστιοφόρων του 2015 στη Βόρεια Θάλασσα.

Στις 5 Μαΐου, ο πρέσβης της Αυστραλίας στην Ελλάδα, κ. Τζον Γκρίφιν, και ο καπετάνιος του ιστιοπλοϊκού, πλωτάρχης Γκάβιν Ντο, παρέθεσαν δεξίωση στο Young Endeavour, στην οποία παρευρέθησαν μέλη της τοπικής αυτοδιοίκησης, της τοπικής κοινωνίας και εκπρόσωποι του Λιμένα Βόλου.

Πηγή: Νέος Κόσμος

Aυστραλία:Παραιτήθηκε η Βάσω Μώραλη από την SBS

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Η κ. Μώραλη έκανε γνωστή την παραίτησή της από την Ελλάδα

Μετά από 3.5 χρόνια στο “τιμόνι” του ελληνικού προγράμματος

«Η διευθύντρια του ελληνικού προγράμματος της Ραδιοφωνίας SBS, Βάσω Μώραλη, υπέβαλε την παραίτησή της, προκειμένου να συνταξιοδοτηθεί. Η παραίτησή της έγινε αποδεκτή».

Με αυτή την είδηση, μέσα από το ελληνικό πρόγραμμα ανακοινώθηκε η παραίτηση της κ. Μώραλη, η οποία ήταν επικεφαλής του τα τελευταία τριάμισι χρόνια.

Στην ίδια ανακοίνωση, αναφέρθηκε ότι «η Ραδιοφωνία SBS ευχαριστεί την κυρία Μώραλη για τις υπηρεσίες της και της εύχεται κάθε καλό για τη συνέχεια».

Σύμφωνα με όσα έγιναν γνωστά, για την ώρα, επικεφαλής του προγράμματος θα είναι εκ περιτροπής (κάθε μήνα) ο Θέμης Καλλός και η Ντίνα Γερολύμου.

Η κ. Μώραλη έκανε γνωστή την παραίτησή της από την Ελλάδα, όπου βρίσκεται εδώ και λίγους μήνες μαζί με τον σύζυγό της, Κώστα Γιωτάκη.

Πηγή: Νέος Κόσμος

Sydney:Proposed Mustafa Kemal statue causes ire

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“Mustafa Kemal is not a suitable subject for commemoration in modern Australia,” says Panayiotis Diamadis.

An open letter to Hume City Council by Panayiotis Diamadis.

Mayor Adem Atmaca and councillors,

As an Australian genocide scholar, I write to you regarding the statue of Mustafa Kemal (also known as Atatürk) proposed for your city. In brief, Mustafa Kemal is not a suitable subject for commemoration in modern Australia.

Beyond Kemal’s role in the killing of Anzacs on the Gallipoli peninsula, he is an inappropriate subject for such an honour given the inspiration he provided to Adolf Hitler and his National Socialists (Nazis). In his landmark book Atatürk in the Nazi Imagination, Dr Stefan Ihrig, Polonsky Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute in Israel, demonstrates why Hitler called Kemal his “shining star”.

Between 1919 and 1924 Mustafa Kemal was responsible for the second phase of the genocides of the indigenous Armenians, Assyrians and Hellenes of Anatolia (modern Asiatic Turkey). This included systematic massacres of genocide survivors returning home after World War One.

Kemal’s responsibility culminated with the state-sanctioned destruction of the city of Smyrne (Izmir) in September 1922, and the subsequent expulsion order Kemal issued: all non-Muslims were deported from the territory controlled by his forces.

The Nazi-affiliated Heimatland newspaper gave one-eighth of its space each week, from 1 September to 15 October of 1923, to features on Kemal. Papers throughout the country would refer to Kemal’s Turkey as Germany’s “role model.”

“If we want to be free, then we will have no choice but to follow the Turkish example in one way or another,” the right-wing military man and journalist Hans Tröbst announced in Heimatland.

Those “bloodsuckers and parasites,” Hellenes, Assyrians and Armenians, had been “eradicated” by the Turks, Tröbst explained in Heimatland. “Gentle measures – that history has always shown – will not do in such cases.” The Turks had achieved “the purification of a nation of its foreign elements on a grand scale.” He added that “almost all of those of foreign background in the area of combat had to die; their number is not put too low with 500,000.” Shortly after his articles appeared, Hitler invited Tröbst to give a speech on Turkey to the Nazi militia, the SA.

From 1923 on, Hitler consistently praised Kemal in his own speeches as well. Berlin, like Constantinople, was cosmopolitan and decadent. Munich, the site of Hitler’s beer-hall putsch, was the place for a German “Ankara government.”

Having completed the destruction of the indigenous non-Muslim population, Kemal turned his sights on other non-Turks. In the late 1920s, Kemal’s government conducted the massacre of Alewites/Alevis in the Dersim district.

In 1934, Kemal’s government organised and conducted a pogrom against the remaining Jewish community of eastern Thrace (European Turkey), known as the Trakya incidents.

When Hitler seized power in 1933, the official Nazi party newspaper Völkischer Beobachter cited Kemal’s victory as the “star in the darkness” that had shone for the beleaguered Nazis in 1923, after the putsch’s failure. Turkey was “proof of what a real man could do” – a man like Mustafa Kemal or Adolf Hitler.

For the above and many other reasons, any monument to Australian-Turkish friendship cannot include any reference to Kemal.

Councillors, far more preferable would be a monument to the Anzac prisoners of war held in captivity across the Ottoman Empire during World War One or to the anonymous migrants from across Anatolia who settled in the City of Hume following the abolition of the White Australia Policy in the late 1960s.

*Dr Panayiotis Diamadis is a lecturer of genocide studies at the University of Technology, Sydney.

source:Neos Kosmos

Αντίστροφη μέτρηση στη μπασκετική Μαδρίτη

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Μπορεί την Τετάρτη η Μαδρίτη να είχε βάλει τα… ποδοσφαιρικά της, από σήμερα όμως φορά τη μπασκετική της εμφάνιση καθώς οι τέσσερις κορυφαίες ομάδες για φέτος της Ευρώπης έχουν δώσει ραντεβού.

Οι περισσότεροι μαδριλένοι ξύπνησαν στεναχωρημένοι από τον αποκλεισμό τη Ρεάλ στο Champions League, ωστόσο η ομάδα μπάσκετ της βασίλισσας μαζί με τον εκπρόσωπο της Ελλάδας Ολυμπιακό, τη ΤΣΚΚΑ και την Φενέρμπαχτσε του Ομπράντοβιτς, αναμένεται να τους κάνουν να ξεχάσουν γρήγορα.

Η συνέντευξη Τύπου στην Casa De Coreos (στις 13:15) μας βάζει για τα καλά στο κλίμα εν όψει των ημιτελικών της Παρασκευής. Ομιλητές θα είναι οι τέσσερις προπονητές, τέσσερις παίκτες των ομάδων (Σπανούλης, Τεόντοσιτς, Νεμάνια Μπιέλιτσα, Φελίπε Ρέγες) και ο εκτελεστικός διευθυντής της Ευρωλίγκας, Τζόρντι Μπερτομέου.

Νωρίτερα θα γίνει η απονομή των βραβείων στα μέλη της καλύτερης πεντάδας, Βασίλη Σπανούλη, Νεμάνια Μπιέλιτσα, Μίλος Τεόντοσιτς, Φελίπε Ρέγιες και Μπόμπαν Μαριάνοβιτς, ενώ ένας εξ΄ αυτών, θα βραβευθεί και ως πολυτιμότερος παίκτης της σεζόν, βάσει της ψηφοφορίας των προπονητών, δημοσιογράφων και φιλάθλων.

Παράλληλα, θα απονεμηθούν τρία ακόμα βραβεία, αυτά του καλύτερου ανερχόμενου παίκτη, που είναι ο Μπόγκτναν Μπογκντάνοβιτς, του καλύτερου αμυντικού, Μπράιαντ Ντάνστον και του πρώτου σκόρερ (βραβείο Αλφόνσο Φορντ), Τέιλορ Ρότσεστι.

Παράλληλα στην κεντρική πλατεία Sol, στο πλαίσιο του φιλανθρωπικού προγράμματος κοινωνικής δράσης της Ευρωλίγκας, «One Team», τα μικρά παιδιά θα έχουν την ευκαιρία να φωτογραφηθούν με τους Μπρεντ Πέτγουεϊ (Ολυμπιακός), Κάιλ Χάινς, Βίκτορ Χριάπα (ΤΣΣΚΑ Μόσχας), Ογκούζ Σαβάς (Φενέρμπαχτσε) και Σαλάχ Μειρί (Ρεάλ).

Από το απόγευμα και μετά η προετοιμασία των ομάδων μπαίνει στην τελική ευθεία. Στις 17:30 έχει οριστεί η προπόνηση του Ολυμπιακού, ενώ θα ακολουθήσει η ΤΣΣΚΑ Μόσχας στις 19:00. Η Φενέρμπαχτσε θα προπονηθεί στις 20:40 και η Ρεάλ στις 22:15.

Πηγή:in.gr

Αυστραλία: Απέλαση ή ευθανασία αντιμετωπίζουν οι σκύλοι του Τζόνι Ντεπ

Αυστραλία: Απέλαση ή ευθανασία αντιμετωπίζουν οι σκύλοι του Τζόνι Ντεπ

Πριν λίγες ημέρες ο Τζόνι Ντεπ μετέβη στην Αυστραλία, για τα γυρίσματα της πέμπτης συνέχειας των «Πειρατών της Καραϊβικής», συνοδευόμενος από τους πιστούς του «φίλους», τον Πίστολ και τον Μπου.

Αυτό όμως εξόργισε τον υπουργό Γεωργίας Μπάρναμπι Τζόις, ο οποίος έστειλε τελεσίγραφο 50 ωρών στον διάσημο ηθοποιό να στείλει πίσω στις ΗΠΑ τα δύο Γιορκσάιρ-Τεριέ. Σε διαφορετική περίπτωση, ο Τζόις απείλησε ότι τα δύο σκυλιά θα θανατωθούν.

Ο αυστραλός υπουργός υποστηρίζει πως ο Ντεπ, που έφτασε στη χώρα με το ιδιωτικό αεροσκάφος του, «ξέχασε» να λάβει την απαραίτητη άδεια και πέρασε τους δύο σκύλους στη χώρα κρυφα.

«Αποφάσισε να φέρει στη χώρα μας δύο σκύλους, χωρίς να λάβει τα απαραίτητα πιστοποιητικά και την απαιτούμενη άδεια. Ουσιαστικά, τα έφερε στη χώρα κρυφά. Γνωρίζουμε πως τα έφερε στη χώρα γιατί τον εντοπίσαμε να τα πηγαίνει σε κέντρο περιποίησης κατοικίδιων ζώων» είπε ο Τζόις, προειδοποιώντας:

«Είτε θα τα στείλει πίσω στην Καλιφόρνια, είτε θα τους κάνουμε ευθανασία. Έχει στη διάθεσή του 50 ώρες».

Σύμφωνα με τον Guardian, η αντίστροφη μέτρηση έχει ξεκινήσει και το τελεσίγραφο λήγει στις 16 Μαΐου. Άγνωστο παραμένει πώς θα αντιδράσει ο διάσημος ηθοποιός, αλλά και ποια θα είναι η αντίδραση φιλοζωικών οργανώσεων.

Πηγή:in.gr

Pep Guardiola on Lionel Messi: ‘I compare him with Pele’

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Comparing footballers from different generations makes for great conversation, and it can be done without seeking an answer to who is better than who.

Speaking after Bayern Munich‘s 5-3 defeat on aggregate versus Barcelona in the semifinals of the Champions League, Pep Guardiola did just that, comparing Lionel Messi – the machine he helped create at the Camp Nou – to Pele without being dragged into the endless debate of who ranks at the top.

“He is the best player of all time,” Guardiola said, according to the Guardian. “I compare him with Pele. I am so happy to see this football.”

Guardiola added: “He is back, he is there where I had the privilege to train him. He is definitely back at his best.”

It can be tough to compare two footballers who hail from two completely different eras.

How would Messi have performed at Santos in the 1960s? How would Pele have fared if he had kicked off his professional career at Barcelona in the early 2000s? It’s safe to say that both deities would still have established themselves as one of the greatest footballers the planet has ever seen. Though, trying to reach a consensus on who ranks at the top is near impossible.

For comparison’s sake, Messi’s numbers are still a far cry from the statistics that are sketched next to Pele’s name, but keep in mind that the Argentine phenom’s total appearances fall well short of the Brazilian icon.

source:thescore.com

Russian woman fighting for life after being buried alive by a bear ‘saving her for its next meal’

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A WOMAN is fighting for life in hospital after being attacked and then buried alive by a female bear — possibly hiding her from prey for its next meal.

The Siberian Times reported that post office worker Natalya Pasternak was attacked when she was collecting birch sap in bushland in Russia.

As the bear attacked the mother of two and her dog, a friend escaped to alert emergency services.

It’s believed the bear thought the woman was dead after the attack and sought to bury her, possibly for her next meal.

When emergency workers arrived on the scene the bear once again went on the attack forcing them to shoot the four year old animal dead.

Shortly after, the woman’s hand was spotted sticking out from underneath a pile of leaves.

They then found Natalya alive and conscious, though critically ill.

“Have you killed the bear?’ she managed to ask.

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Local media have reported that she was rushed to Tynda hospital where doctors said she is in a ‘severe’ condition.

She suffered horrific injuries to her head and thighs.

source:news.com.au

Cuba to share lung cancer vaccine with the United States

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THEY’VE been enemies since the days of the Cold War. But Cuba is about to share a medical breakthrough with the US that could save countless lives.

USA Today reported that Cuba launched a world-first lung cancer vaccine, Cimavax, back in 2011 and it is about to be assessed by American health authorities as part of the thaw in relations between the two countries.

The relatively cheap vaccine — it costs about US$1 per shot — is provided to people already diagnosed with lung tumours to prevent the cancer from spreading to other parts of the body, which makes treatment significantly more difficult.

America’s Food and Drug Administration will begin clinical trials on Cimavax soon, as part of an agreement between Cuba’s Centro de Inmunologia Molecular and the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York.

“The chance to evaluate a vaccine like this is a very exciting prospect,” Roswell Park CEO Candace Johnson told Wired.

The vaccine, which is provided free to lung cancer patients in Cuba, is renowned for showing little toxicity, the site reported.

In December the United States announced it would move to renew ties with Cuba, after 55 years of frosty relations and a trade embargo that Cuba says has cost it more than $100 billion.

US President Barack Obama has used executive authority to relax parts of the existing embargo, including restrictions on travel and on sending money to the island.

He has urged Congress to lift the full embargo, in place since 1962, but, with both houses controlled by his Republican opponents, he faces an uphill political battle.

French President Francois Hollande visited Havana this week — the first French President to do so — signalling the European Union’s own interest in normalising relations with Caribbean state.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said he “wouldn’t rule out” a visit by Obama to Havana over the course of the next year.

source:news.com.au

Schaeuble Backs Greek Referendum to Break Bailout Impasse

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German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble favors a Greek referendum on the country’s euro membership as a way to break the months-long stalemate with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s government.

“Greece can’t be thrown out of the euro,” Thomas Steffen, one of Schaeuble’s deputies, said during a panel discussion in Berlin. “The only thing remaining in the end would be if Greece said itself that it wants to leave the euro voluntarily.”

The German Finance Ministry is supporting the idea of a vote by Greek citizens to either accept the economic reforms being sought by creditors to receive a payout from the country’s bailout program or ultimately opt to leave the euro.

A referendum could bring the conflict to a head after months of inconclusive talks between Greece and its creditors that have exasperated Germany and other euro-area countries. Public support for economic reforms might lead Greece toward a deal, while rejection could set the country on a path to leaving the euro.

“If the Greek government thinks it should hold a referendum, it should hold a referendum,” Schaeuble told reporters in Brussels on Monday. “Maybe it would even be the right measure to let the Greek people decide whether they’re ready to accept what needs to be done.”

Not 2011

Schaeuble’s stance on a Greek plebiscite is a departure from Germany’s position in 2011. Back then, Prime Minister George Papandreou dropped his plan for a referendum after Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy urged him not to hold the vote. A financial backstop for the euro region and policy changes in former crisis countries since then have made contagion risks “marginal,” Schaeuble has said.

Tsipras says he’s not considering leaving the currency bloc and is focused on getting the aid he needs to avoid a default, while Merkel says her “political goal” is to keep Greece in the euro. His government must still submit a comprehensive program of economic reforms, win approval from creditor institutions, secure the endorsement of euro-region finance ministers and then get past parliaments in Berlin and elsewhere before any payment will be made.

“The Greek government is increasingly facing the dilemma that it can’t deliver on its own election promises and this is something the German government of course is also aware of,” Tanja Boerzel, a political scientist at Berlin’s Free University, said by phone. “Then it’s easier to let the Greek people decide in the hope that they vote to stay in the euro.”

Past Deadline

A pro-reform vote would take away Tsipras’s “argument that they’ve promised something else” and that he has an anti-austerity mandate from his voters, Boerzel said by phone.

Tsipras has already passed an end-of-April deadline to submit his reform plan that was set in February when officials agreed to extend the 240 billion-euro ($270 billion) bailout program. While euro-area finance ministers welcomed the progress Greece has made toward qualifying for continued aid at a Monday meeting in Brussels, policy makers are still concerned he may not be prepared to swallow the necessary concessions.

The Greek cabinet has decided against “imminently” holding a referendum or snap elections, Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis said in an interview on Ant1 TV broadcast Wednesday. The Greek government has asked for an extra meeting of Eurogroup finance ministers to be held May 22, he said.

As negotiators work “day and night” to keep Greece in the euro and hold out the prospect of continued aid, Tsipras has no incentive to declare a voluntary exit, Steffen said at the event on May 7. “But if everything fails, if we can’t agree, what will the Greek people say at the end of the day?”

source:bloomberg.com

Real Madrid crash out as Juventus set up Barcelona UCL final

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Champions League holders Real Madrid crashed out of the competition with a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu that saw Italian giants Juventus advance to the final 3-2 on aggregate.

Madrid went ahead in the 23rd minute when Cristiano Ronaldo netted from the spot after a foul on James Rodriguez by Giorgio Chiellini. Juventus protested as the contact looked minimal, but Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson pointed to the spot and Ronaldo beat Gianluigi Buffon down the middle.

Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema went close, while Ronaldo wasted a glorious chance on the counter attack, but the sides went into the half tied at 2-2 on aggregate and with Juventus still needing a goal to avoid losing out on away goals.

Then, in the 57th minute a cross came in and wasn’t dealt with by Iker Casillas. Paul Pogba’s header across the box found Alvaro Morata and the former Madrid striker chested the ball down and hammered an equaliser.

Moments later, Juve had a chance to put the tie to bed as Claudio Marchisio slipped through the defence, but Casillas beat his shot away.

Madrid continued to push for a goal that would seal extra-time, but Gareth Bale headed wide from a very similar position to his 2014 Champions League winner against Atletico and a Patrice Evra push on substitute Javier Hernandez wasn’t punished.

Juventus took off Andrea Pirlo for defender Andrea Barzagli and, after Pogba’s shot was saved by Casillas, the Italians shut up shop to claim their first European Cup final place since 2003.

source: espnfc.com