Daily Archives: June 2, 2015

Chelsea beat Sydney Fc 1-0 in front of record crowd

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Chelsea lived up to their promise of putting on a show, beating a fast-finishing Sydney FC 1-0 in an entertaining clash in front of a record football crowd at ANZ Stadium.

It was Loic Remy’s first-half howitzer that separated the sides in the end as the Sky Blues discovered just why Jose Mourinho’s side is EPL champions after an eye-catching display.

Chelsea created – and squandered – a string of chances but it was certainly a treat for their legion of fans to see them in action just a week since lifting the EPL trophy.

But the visitors survived a scare in the 88th minute as Sebastian Ryall had the ball in the back of the net only for it to be ruled out for a handball in the build-up.

Playmaker Eden Hazard proved just why he won the EPL’s player of the Year award showing some sublime touches and moments of magic to thrill the massive crowd of 83,598.

The whopping figure beat the figure (83,127) that attended the Manchester United-All-Stars match in 2013 but fell just short of the reconfigured ground record of 83,833 for last year’s NRL grand final.

Mourinho stuck true to word and started his strongest possible line-up with Hazard, Remy, John Terry and Diego Costa all on the team-sheet.

And it was the latter that crafted the first chance on six minutes, embarking on a sensational dribble past three defenders which Vedran Janjetovic just kept out with his legs.

Rhyan Grant was having a torrid time trying to deal with the elusive Hazard and the Belgian crafted the next chance, getting to the byline and crossing for Remy whose effort skimmed the post.

But Remy’s next contribution on the half hour mark was more decisive, lighting up ANZ Stadium.

He cut in from the right flank and as he got to the top of the box curled a thunderous curling shot into the far top corner.

The world-class goal led to a flurry of chances at both ends in the space of a couple of minutes.

First the Sky Blues went close as first Chris Naumoff was denied by Petr Cech before Alex Brosque looked to have scored with the rebound but for an acrobatic goal-line clearance by Branislav Ivanovic.

Down the other end Jeremie Boga fired over from Hazard’s lay-off while Costa then had his shot tipped around the post by Janjetovic.

An ankle injury forced Costa off just before the break and the cracking tempo slowed in the second half.

Remy had Janjetovic scrambling with a low drive which went just inches wide of the post while Terry Antonis stung Cech’s palms with a pile-driver.

Only some terrific defending from Alex Gersbach denied Remy his second midway through the half as he headed his goal-bound effort off the line.

Substitute Andreas Christensen and Nemanja Matic also drew saves from Janjetovic late on before Ryall looked to have snatched an equalizer only to be cruelly denied by the referee’s whistle.

It meant the Sky Blues had to be content with a second 1-0 defeat against EPL opposition in the space of three days after going down to Tottenham on Saturday night.

Sydney FC 0

Chelsea 1 (Remy 30’)

Crowd: 83,598 @ ANZ Stadium

source:a-league.com.au

Creditors Prepare ‘Final’ Text of Greek Bailout Deal

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In sign that their patience is running out, international lenders are hashing out a deal to present outright to Athens

Greece’s international creditors late on Monday were preparing the text of a final bailout deal to present to the Athens government, in a sign that lenders are running out of patience after months of stalled talks.

Officials from European institutions and the International Monetary Fund sent a draft text on the economic overhauls that Greece needs to implement to unlock bailout financing to a meeting in Berlin of key European leaders, said people familiar with the matter.

Leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President François Hollande, IMF head Christine Lagarde and European Central Bank President Mario Draghi gathered in Berlin on Monday night to try to work out what one official involved in the talks called a final offer to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Monday’s flurry of diplomatic activity could mark a turning point in the monthslong standoff between the eurozone, the IMF and Mr. Tsipras’s government, led by the left-wing Syriza party. After four months of stalemate, the creditors’ drafting of an effective ultimatum could be the start of a drive to reach a breakthrough within days.

After balking at accepting painful belt-tightening measures during months of fruitless talks, Mr. Tsipras now could be presented with a take-it-or-leave-it draft agreement, posing a stark dilemma for his government.

Rejecting the deal could plunge Greece into default, capital controls and a potential exit from the euro. Accepting it could split Syriza, which won election in January on a promise to stop and reverse the austerity that Greece’s lenders have forced the country to accept as the price of emergency loans since 2010.

Officials from Greece’s creditors have said not enough progress has been made in talks with Greece’s government so far, with key differences persisting on thorny issues such as pension and labor-market overhauls as well as on the size of the country’s primary budget surpluses—which exclude interest payments—over the next few years.

The draft agreement aims to set out overhauls Athens needs to accept to access its next slice of financial aid of up to €7.2 billion ($7.9 billion).

Greece is under pressure to agree to creditors’ policy demands as it runs dangerously low on cash. Athens is believed to have enough left to repay a €300 million loan to the IMF on June 5, but probably lacks the money to pay a further €1.25 billion of IMF loans in mid-June unless it raids pension funds.

Earlier on Monday, Germany signaled a tough stance on Greece’s bailout package, doubling down on demands for broad economic overhauls ahead of the top-level Berlin meeting.

Ms. Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said Greece has to agree to a “far-reaching reform package.” The finance ministry echoed the call, saying Greece must overhaul its labor market, change its service sector and pursue privatization.

“The aim of these individual measures is to restore Greece’s debt sustainability,” German Finance Ministry spokesman Martin Jäger said.

Ms. Merkel and Mr. Hollande held a conference call with Mr. Tsipras on Sunday, the second time in four days the three spoke by phone.

In public, Greece continues to reject its creditors’ demands for painful pension cuts and short-term fiscal-austerity measures.

“The lack of an agreement…is due to the insistence of certain institutional actors on submitting absurd proposals and displaying a total indifference to the recent democratic choice of the Greek people,” Mr. Tsipras wrote in an article published Sunday in the French newspaper Le Monde.

But European officials familiar with the talks say the Athens leadership is showing more flexibility in private discussions on pensions and other difficult issues, signaling it knows it will have to make hard concessions.

The officials say a deal will require turning those signals into concrete policy measures, including curbing pension costs that are straining Greece’s budget. And even once a policy package is agreed, Mr. Tsipras could face a rebellion from parts of Syriza over concessions that go against the party’s ideology and election promises.

A failure of the talks with creditors could force Greece to leave the euro, Europe’s common currency, economists say.

Watching closely is the public in Germany, where politicians and news media have questioned the wisdom of putting billions more taxpayer euros on the line for Greece and have criticized the Tsipras government’s aggressive negotiating style.

Mr. Juncker, who heads the European Union’s executive arm, said in a German newspaper interview published Monday that a Greek exit from the euro “is not an option” in part because it would damage international faith in the currency.

Mr. Juncker’s chief of staff, Martin Selmayr, said in a talk in Berlin on Monday that Greece leaving the euro would lead to the country going bankrupt, which would in turn touch off a crisis that Europe would probably need to address with development aid.

“For the German taxpayer, it won’t be cheaper, guaranteed,” if Greece were to leave the euro, Mr. Selmayr said. There is no alternative to reaching an agreement with Athens, he added, “because the alternative would be even worse than to make compromises now.”

source:wsj.com

Newcastle weather: why it was so cold this morning

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NO, it wasn’t just you – Tuesday really was colder than normal.

Weatherzone meteorologist Rob Sharpe said the Hunter shivered through its coldest June 2 in at least 12 years on Tuesday as temperatures in the region dropped unusually low.
But the Hunter had plenty of company wishing for warmer climates, with a mass of cold air forcing temperatures down from southern Queensland to Tasmania.

“Sydney had its coldest day this early in the season since 1987 and Adelaide had its coldest since 1986,” Mr Sharpe said.
At Nobbys temperatures swooped down to 6.9 degrees at 7am, Mr Sharpe said, lower than the 10.3 degrees at midnight.

You could be forgiven for distrusting the mercury though, with the apparent temperature at the same time a frosty 3.2 degrees.

“It’s the coldest this early in the season [at Nobbys] in at least 12 years.”
Cooranbong hit 8 degrees at 5am, its coldest since midnight, while Scone dipped below zero from 4am until warming back up to freezing point at 7.30am.
Mr Sharpe said winds were pushing a build-up of colder air towards the coast from the Hunter’s west.

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“The reason it was so cold this morning is we’ve had the strongest cold front for the season move through yesterday,” he said.

“It’s pretty widespread.”

Mr Sharpe said he expected temperatures to increase over the next few days, with highs anticipated to reach the 20 degree mark by Sunday.

source:theherald.com.au

Aussie student proves existence of plasma tubes floating above Earth

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AN AUSTRALIAN scientist has discovered that giant, invisible, moving plasma tubes fill the skies above Earth.

It’s a finding that was initially met with a considerable degree of scepticism within the field of astrophysics, but a University of Sydney undergraduate student Cleo Loi, 23, has proven that the phenomenon exists.

By using a radio telescope in the West Australian outback to see space in 3D, Ms Loi has proven that the Earth’s atmosphere is embedded with these strangely shaped, tubular plasma structures. The complex, multilayered ducts are created by the atmosphere being ionised by sunlight.

“For over 60 years, scientists believed these structures existed, but by imaging them for the first time, we’ve provided visual evidence that they are really there,” said Ms Loi, of the Australia Research Council Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO).

“We measured their position to be about 600km above the ground, in the upper ionosphere, and they appear to be continuing upwards into the plasmasphere.

“This is around where the neutral atmosphere ends, and we are transitioning to the plasma of outer space.

“We saw a striking pattern in the sky where stripes of high-density plasma neatly alternated with stripes of low-density plasma. This pattern drifted slowly and aligned beautifully with the Earth’s magnetic field lines, like aurorae.

“We realised we may be onto something big.”

The breakthrough came when Ms Loi used the remote telescope, the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), to map large patches of the sky in a new way.

By separating the signals from tiles in the east from the ones in the west, the astronomers gave the MWA — a set of 128 antenna tiles spread over 9sq km in the desert — the power to see in 3D.

“This is like turning the telescope into a pair of eyes, and by that we were able to probe the 3D nature of these structures and watch them move around,” Ms Loi said.

“We were able to measure the spacing between them, their height above the ground and their steep inclination. This has never been possible before and is a very exciting new technique.”

Ms Loi told news.com.au that her research was initially dismissed as being based on imperfections in the telescope images.

“They had never seen this type of thing before. No one had looked at the data in this way before,” she said.

“A lot of the people were pretty convinced is was some problem with the imaging, that it was nothing to get excited about.

“But, I guess being a student and being a bit stubborn, I was so curious, so mystified.

“I was careful about what had happened, and that’s how everyone came to be convinced that it had to be something else.

“We found that the ionisation patterns in the ionosphere are quite structured. They flow in these tubular structures that are aligned with the Earth’s magnetic field. And they can then move of their own accord.”

Ms Loi said the drifting plasma tubes could distort astronomical data, especially satellite-based navigation systems. It may also mean we need to re-evaluate our thinking about how galaxies, stars and clouds of gas behave and what they look like.

Ms Loi’s supervisor Tara Murphy said her work was impressive.

“It is to Cleo’s great credit that she not only discovered this but also convinced the rest of the scientific community. As an undergraduate student with no prior background in this, that is an impressive achievement,” said Dr Murphy, also of CAASTRO and the School of Physics at the University of Sydney.

“When they first saw the data, many of her senior collaborators thought the results were literally ‘too good to be true’ and that the observation process had somehow corrupted the findings, but over the next few months, Cleo managed to convince them that they were both real and scientifically interesting.”

source:news.com.au

Ανάβει φωτιές στη ΝΔ το τηλεφώνημα Μερκελ σε Σαμαρά

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Η πενταμερής συνάντηση του Βερολίνου για το ελληνικό ζήτημα αρχίζει και ξετυλίγει το κουβάρι για πιθανές πολιτικές εξελίξεις εκτιμούν στη ΝΔ, με δεδομένο ότι πλέον οι δανειστές μιλούν ανοιχτά για την πέμπτη αξιολόγηση, άρα και τη συνέχιση όσων δεν ολοκληρώθηκαν από τον περασμένο Δεκέμβριο, άλλα κυρίως, ότι η κυβέρνηση βρίσκεται μπροστά σε ένα νέο τελεσίγραφο να αποδεχθεί ή να απορρίψει το σχέδιο τους.

Μέσα σε αυτό το κλίμα, είναι προφανές ότι η μπάλα εκτός από το γήπεδο της ελληνικής κυβέρνησης, βρίσκεται και στην πλευρά της αξιωματικής αντιπολίτευσης για τη στάση που θα κρατήσει στη Βουλή όταν και θα τεθεί προς επικύρωση η νέα συμφωνία.

Ίσως δεν είναι τυχαίο ότι για δεύτερη φορά – αυτή τη φορά από το εξωτερικό – μεταδόθηκε η πληροφορία ότι ο Αντώνης Σαμαράς έγινε αποδέκτης ενός ακόμα τηλεφωνήματος από την Γερμανίδα Καγκελάριο Άνγκελα Μέρκελ ζητώντας του το προφανές, δηλαδή να υποστηρίξει η ΝΔ με την ψήφο της στη Βουλή το πακέτο συμφωνίας.

Από το επιτελείο του προέδρου της ΝΔ διέψευδαν για ακόμα μια φορά ότι υπήρξε τηλεφωνική επικοινωνία μεταξύ Μέρκελ-Σαμαρα με το συγκεκριμένο περιεχόμενο, όπως μετέδωσε μέσω Twitter ο οικονομικός συντάκτης των New York Times Τόμας Λάντον, οτι δηλαδή “ίσως η Μέρκελ θέλει μια ελληνική συμφωνία. Φήμες λένε ότι έχει καλέσει στο τηλέφωνο τον κ. Σαμαρά προκείμενου να τον πείσει να υποστηρίξει τη συμφωνία που θα φέρει ο κ.Τσίπρας ενώπιον του Κοινοβουλίου”.

Προ ημερών σε ανάλογη διάψευση είχε προχωρήσει η λεωφόρος Συγγρού – με επίσημη ανακοίνωση όμως – όταν η HuffPost είχε μεταδώσει την πληροφορία – με ρεπορτάζ τη Δευτέρα 18 Μαΐου – ότι ο Αντώνης Σαμαράς είχε δεχθεί το τηλεφώνημα από την Άνγκελα Μέρκελ, το βράδυ της Πέμπτης 14 Μαΐου, διαψεύδοντας όμως τότε ότι το τηλεφώνημα είχε γίνει στις …18 Μαΐου!

Μέσα στην εβδομάδα δεν αποκλείεται να υπάρξει σύγκλιση των κομματικών οργάνων στη ΝΔ προκείμενου να σταθμίσουν τα νέα δεδομένα, ενώ παραμένει στο τραπέζι ακόμα και το ενδεχόμενο από πλευράς Αντώνη Σαμαρά να αναληφθεί πολιτική πρωτοβουλία συνεννόησης και με άλλους αρχηγούς κομμάτων – όπως τον Ευάγγελο Βενιζέλο και τον Σταύρο Θεοδωρακη – που μπορεί να φτάσει μέχρι και στην υποβολή αιτήματος στον πρόεδρο της δημοκρατίας για σύγκλιση του Συμβουλίου Πολιτικών Αρχηγών.

Πηγή:huffingtonpost

NSW parliament welcomes the new Hellenes

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Stephen Kamper (centre right) with supporters including former NSW premier Morris Iemma.

Billy Cotsis celebrates three of the state parliament’s newest recruits.

Never before has NSW parliament seen this many Greek names. When the 56th parliament officially came together recently, three Greek surnames were added to the list of representatives. As each member rose to deliver their inaugural speech, Neos Kosmos decided to find out more about these new additions to the political scene.

Stephen Kamper,
Member for Rockdale
Having spent my childhood watching my own father do his taxes with the Kamper family – firstly with Mr Kamper and then his son Stephen – I had a good working knowledge of the subject I was interviewing. Stephen is not your average Labor parliamentarian. In his own words, he tells Neos Kosmos about his background in small business, overseeing “one of the biggest suburban accounting firms in NSW [as a single office].” It is this business acumen along with a passion for the area he has lived in and worked in his entire life, Rockdale, that he hopes will make a lasting contribution to the people he represents and the Labor Party.

The enthusiasm I heard from Stephen’s voice is the same you will hear from Courtney and Eleni. NSW parliament seems to have unearthed three more people who are born to represent. Stephen told me that he was “still pinching myself, it is such a privilege to be there, to represent the people of my electorate”. Here is someone who exudes passion. He has never thought about leaving the area, as he fondly recalled childhood memories and how he wants to make Rockdale what he remembered as a boy – a destination for people to live in, work and visit.
It’s worth pointing out that Stephen is a proud grandfather, a pappou. Yet if you meet the tall, solidly built man you could swear he is years younger than he actually is. Stephen told me has four grandchildren!

Eleni Petinos,
Member for Miranda
Eleni Petinos is one of the youngest members of any parliament in Australia. At just 28 years of age, she is a role model for other young people. Taking on the seat of Miranda on behalf of the Liberal Party, a seat which had previously been with Labor, she had to work hard to win the seat and intends to do her best for the electorate.
Prior to the March election, Premier Mike Baird had been full of praise for the emerging star, saying that “Eleni is an incredibly hard worker, a Shire girl through and through, and I believe she will be a wonderful advocate for the people of Miranda”.
Miranda required a three per cent swing away from Labor, and after succeeding in a relatively close party ballot for pre-selection, Eleni rarely strayed away from her goal of being the member. With a background in tax law and as an adviser to NSW Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, as well as being born and raised in the Sutherland Shire, she is more than ready for a leading role in parliament.
Eleni told parliament her maternal grandfather, Nicholas, “boarded a ship in Greece and docked in Melbourne in 1955. He came to Australia in search of a better life with a single suitcase to his name. It was two years later that he patiently waited at the port in Sydney, with only a photograph, searching for his soon-to-be-wife Chrisoula.”
Parliament also heard about the journey of her paternal family which “commenced in 1961 when my father Alexander, then six, came to Sydney with his parents and two younger siblings”. The family moved to Sylvania, living in the same premises as the fish shop they owned.

Courtney Houssos,
Upper House
The Shire has occasionally been seen as the end point of Sydney, a type of country town within the confines of a big city. With that in mind it is interesting to note that Courtney Houssos was born in Forster, a country town three-and-a-half hours from Sydney. When I spoke to Courtney I was once again struck by the fact another young person was entering parliament, this time in the Upper House, and just like the other new additions, she was excited.
At 33 years of age, and with a young daughter, Courtney will be sitting in parliament as a representative of all of NSW. Her connection to the Greek world comes from her spouse, George, whom she met ten years ago. She has grown fond of her Greek ‘heritage’, with the Houssos family taking an instant liking to Courtney, who also converted to the Greek Orthodox religion. She singled out Father Leslie at Leichhardt for being an inspiration. She married in Greece; not only did she fall in love with George, but she fell in love with Greece.
Courtney has a long history in the Labor Party, spending a decade organising for Country Labor. This gave her a grounding in the party and in learning how to work with a wide range of constituents. Her term will expire in 2023, which differs to Stephen and Eleni who will be up for re-election in 2019. Courtney hopes that she can help with the connectivity between rural and urban NSW.

Rural Connections
Courtney’s inaugural speech highlighted the need for parliament to help those in the country who are balancing work, family and numerous other responsibilities. Most people in big cities are fortunate that factors such as bad weather or the closure of one or two big businesses have minimal impact. In rural NSW this can be a huge problem, especially in times of drought or extreme heat.
Stephen Kamber can trace his own heritage back to Kozani, back then a rural town in Greece, when his pappou arrived in Sydney in 1923. This is unique as very few Greek immigrants of that era were coming from mainland Greece. His father was born in Broken Hill, the Outback; and then moved during his teenage years to Redfern, where he would help many of the newly-arrived Greek migrants, such as Angelo Cotsis, due to his obvious fluency in English.

Party Pride
Courtney was keen to point out to parliament that the Labor Party has been around for 124 years; Stephen was quick to point out to Neos Kosmos how the Labor Party has a long history and one that he has been proud to be associated with. He told me how every morning he gets excited to visit his electorate office, just waiting to begin the day by assisting others.
And I get the same sentiment from Eleni, who is just as proud to be with the government as they begin their new term with a strong mandate from the people of NSW.

Future visions
Neos Kosmos asked each MP – if we were to speak to them again in 2023 – what would be some of their achievements?
Eleni Petinos: To help the people of NSW to build the F6 motorway, successful upgrades to St George Hospital at a cost of $300 million and $60 million to Sutherland Hospital and the implementation of a NAPLAN-style test to help tackle childhood obesity. I would advocate for comprehensive tax reform linked with expenditure restraint to help build budget resilience.
Courtney Houssos: Support working families and ensure workplace flexibilities for all; ensure that there is real level of connectivity between rural NSW and Sydney, including infrastructure. Government can play an important role in building bridges between the two. I am also keen to ensure fair workplace practices, universal and accessible health care and quality local education.
Stephen Kamper: To make Rockdale the best place in Sydney; help to encourage a return of government tenancies, support the retail community in growing and ensure that the community has the amenities and infrastructure to support it. I will also fight to bring St George Hospital up to modern standards and will support an end to domestic violence. I have been surrounded by strong women such as my mother, siblings, my wife Magda and daughters and can’t comprehend how anyone could hit any woman.

Inspirations
Finally, each member was asked – who or what was the inspiring moment that led to them joining their respective parties:
Stephen Kamper: My father took me to hear Gough Whitlam speak in 1972. It was the ‘It’s Time’ campaign and that stuck with me: a family moment in the presence of the soon to be prime minister at the age of eight.
Courtney Houssos: At the age of 21 at university, John Howard was reducing funding for students and tertiary education; making it harder for young people to get a tertiary education. I joined the campaign to stop these reductions.
Eleni Petinos: (telling parliament) Foundations both past and present intrinsically inform ideology. It is my values that shape the way in which I will represent Miranda and our state. Eleni was inspired by the values of culture and a tireless work ethic that was on display by her family. She witnessed significant barriers and bureaucracy as her father is a small business owner, she has seen the “regulatory burden that came with it. It is this experience that showed me from an early age that the government should not stifle free enterprise”.
What seems to be evident is that there is a healthy respect for each other amongst the new representatives. This is especially pleasing as the Greek community should be proud of these new faces as they are joined by incumbent Sophie Cotsis, who has been representing the people of NSW in the Upper House since 2010. She was re-elected at the election and her term will conclude in 2023.
With such dedicated representatives, the people of NSW – and our own Hellenic community – will no doubt be served with distinction and pride.

Billy Cotsis is a freelance writer and short film director.

source:Neos Kosmos

The history of the Parthenon Marbles

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“They are the essence of Hellenism,” says Emanuel John Comino of the Parthenon Marbles

Emanuel John Comino, founder and chairman of the first committee in the world for the return to Greece of the Parthenon Marbles to give a free lecture

The Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria is holding an open seminar led by Emanuel John Comino, founder and chairman of the first committee in the world for the return to Greece of the Parthenon Marbles.

Comino, who has spent the last 39 years travelling Australia and the world, presenting lectures and arguing the case for the return of the marbles, will expand on the meaning of the marbles return to the Hellenes.

“I will fight on as long as I live,” Emmanuel John Comino says, “until England promises to send the marbles back to Greece.

“I will continue to work for their restitution or until the day I die. They were and remain an integral part of the Parthenon as a monument to the glory of Classical Greece and the civilisation it gave to the world.

“They are a noble symbol of excellence. They are a tribute to the democratic philosophy. They are the essence of Hellenism.”

When: Thursday 4 June 2015 at 7.00 pm
Where: Greek Centre Melbourne (mezzanine), 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

source:Neos Kosmos

Aυστραλία:Ταξιδιωτική σύσταση για Ελλάδα

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Η Αυστραλία προειδοποιεί για προβλήματα των τραπεζών και πιθανή έλλειψη ρευστότητας.

Προβληματισμό προκαλεί η απόφαση του Υπουργείου Εξωτερικών της Αυστραλίας να εκδώσει ταξιδιωτική σύσταση για την Ελλάδα την περασμένη Παρασκευή, προειδοποιώντας για πιθανά προβλήματα ρευστότητας των τραπεζών. Το υπουργείο προχώρησε σε ενημέρωση της ιστοσελίδας του, στο κομμάτι που ενημερώνει τους Αυστραλούς πολίτες που σκοπεύουν να ταξιδέψουν στην Ελλάδα, προσθέτοντας πληροφορίες σχετικές με την οικονομική προετοιμασία των ταξιδιωτών. Συγκεκριμένα, η σύσταση του αυστραλιανού υπουργείου έχει ως εξής: “Οι Αυστραλοί πολίτες που επισκέπτονται την Ελλάδα θα πρέπει να προσέχουν για ενδεχόμενο αιφνίδιο περιορισμό των τραπεζικών υπηρεσιών στην ελληνική επικράτεια. Φροντίστε να έχετε μαζί σας περισσότερα μέσα πληρωμής (μετρητά, χρεωστικές κάρτες, πιστωτικές κάρτες) και φροντίστε να έχετε μαζί σας αρκετά χρήματα ώστε να καλύψετε επείγουσες ανάγκες και απρόσμενες καθυστερήσεις”.

Η κίνηση αυτή της αυστραλιανής κυβέρνησης εκτιμάται πως είναι συναφής με την αβεβαιότητα που επικρατεί στις αγορές σχετικά με την πορεία των διαπραγματεύσεων της ελληνικής κυβέρνησης με τους δανειστές, με σκοπό την επίτευξη συμφωνίας που θα δώσει την απαραίτητη ανάσα ρευστότητας στην Ελλάδα, με την διεθνή κινδυνολογία για κατάρρευση του τραπεζικού συστήματος να παραμένει έντονη.

Το Υπουργείο Εξωτερικών εξάλλου, ειδοποιεί τους ταξιδιώτες για τις συχνές απεργίες στα μέσα μεταφοράς, οι οποίες μπορεί να επηρεάσουν το ταξίδι τους, καθώς και για τις συχνές διαδηλώσεις και παραστάσεις διαμαρτυρίας, οι οποίες συχνά ολισθαίνουν στην βία, προτρέποντάς τους να μείνουν μακριά από οποιεσδήποτε τέτοιες εκδηλώσεις, ειδικά στις περιοχές της πλατείας Συντάγματος, του Μοναστηρακίου, της Ομόνοιας και των Εξαρχείων.

Ωστόσο, το Υπουργείο δεν προχωρά σε αλλαγή του επιπέδου ασφάλειας των Αυστραλών τουριστών στην Ελλάδα, διατηρώντας το επίπεδο 1: “Συνεχίζουμε να συμβουλεύουμε τους Αυστραλούς να παίρνουν κανονικά προληπτικά μέτρα ασφαλείας στην Ελλάδα. Θα πρέπει να χρησιμοποιείτε την κοινή λογική και να προσέχετε τις ύποπτες συμπεριφορές, όπως θα κάνατε στην Αυστραλία. Ελέγξτε τα Μέσα Ενημέρωσης και άλλες πηγές για αλλαγές στις τοπικές συνθήκες ταξιδιού” σημειώνεται στην ανακοίνωση.

Πηγή:Νέος Κόσμος