Daily Archives: August 28, 2015

Παπαγάλος στην Αυστραλία τραγουδάει… «Σαν πας στην Καλαμάτα»

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Οι παπαγάλοι κοκατού της Αυστραλίας είναι έξυπνοι και παιχνιδιάρηδες… 

Στην Ωκεανία οι Έλληνες ξεπερνούν το εκατομμύριο, οι κοκατού πιθανά τα 100 εκατομμύρια, αλλά δεν είναι λίγοι όσοι μιλάνε -και τραγουδάνε- ελληνικότατα, χάρη στην αγάπη και τη φροντίδα των ομογενών…

Απολαύστε έναν από αυτούς, στο βίντεο του Παναγιώτη Ροτζιώκου:

Πηγή:tilestwra.com

Newcastle Airport terminal expansion update: We’re officially open!

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Today our $14.5 million terminal redevelopment, of which $11.1 million was funded by the NSW Government’s Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund, was officially opened by Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter and Central Coast Scot MacDonald.

The opening marked the end of the 12-month build which expanded and refurbished the Newcastle Airport terminal. The completed works include:

  • the extension of the terminal building by 50%
  • a brand new departure lounge and arrivals hall
  • dedicated facilities for customs, immigration, and quarantine to facilitate international services, and
  • six new food and beverage outlets.

The local design and construction team, Schreiber Hamilton Architects and Hansen Yuncken, have designed and built a vibrant space that will meet the growing needs of Newcastle Airport.

When we asked our CEO, Peter Cock, what the official opening represented to him he said that unveiling the stunning finished product is very satisfying.

He then went on to say “We now have an airport that complements the spirit of our region. It’s bright, modern, and ready for the future.

“The completion of this project begins an exciting period for our business and for the region.

“The Newcastle Airport you will experience today really sets the benchmark for regional aviation in the terms of design, build, and customer service. The building we have today will connect our region to the rest of Australia and beyond and is an airport our region deserves,” concluded Peter.

You know what Peter, we agree with you. Double thumbs up from us.

source:newcastleairport.com.au

Socceroos: Mile Jedinak ruled out as Socceroos forced to make changes

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 27: Mile Jedinak of Australia reacts to the referees decision during the Asian Cup Semi Final match between the Australian Socceroos and the United Arab Emirates at Hunter Stadium on January 27, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

Australia skipper Mile Jedinak is out of the Socceroos FIFA World Cup qualifying clashes against Bangladesh and Tajikistan after failing to recover from a hamstring injury in time for the trip to Perth.

Jedinak was due to fly out of the UK on Sunday to meet up with the squad, but a hamstring injury while playing for Crystal Palace in the League Cup has put an end to his involvement.

“Mile picked up a hamstring injury that will keep him out for a short period of time so he won’t be making the trip for the games against Bangladesh and Tajikistan,” Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou revealed today.

Jedinak is joined by Tomi Juric and Robbie Kruse on the sidelines and the trio will be replaced by Italian based attacker Chris Ikonomidis, striker Ben Halloran and Brisbane Roar midfielder Luke Brattan.

“Tomi (Juric) and Robbie (Kruse) have had recent injuries and after speaking to our medical staff we believe they are better served staying with their clubs to regain match fitness and not undertake the travel so they are available for matches in the next window,” Postecoglou added.

“It gives Chris, Ben and Luke Brattan a great opportunity to come into the group and impress.

“The players will start arriving into Perth on Sunday night as we prepare for two important matches during this stage of World Cup Qualification.”

source:theworldgame.sbs.com.au

Τον δάγκωσε κροταλίας στην προσπάθεια του να βγάλει selfie!

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Ένας 36χρονος άνδρας από το Λέικ Έλσινορ της Καλιφόρνια κινδυνεύει να χάσει το χέρι του ως αποτέλεσμα του δαγκώματος ενός φιδιού, με το οποίο είχε προσπαθήσει την περασμένη Δευτέρα να βγάλει… μία selfie!

Ο άνδρας βρήκε το επικίνδυνο φίδι, μήκους ενάμισι μέτρου, στο ράντσο της οικογένειάς του και σύμφωνα με το protothema, θεώρησε καλή ιδέα να βγάλει μία αναμνηστική φωτογραφία με τον κροταλία τυλιγμένο στο λαιμό του. Το ερπετό φυσικά αντέδρασε με τον μόνο τρόπο που μπορούσε, δαγκώνοντας τον παράτολμο άνδρα στο χέρι.

Παρόλο που ο Γκόμεζ μεταφέρθηκε άμεσα στο νοσοκομείο για να του παρασχεθεί το αντίδοτο, η ποσότητα του δηλητηρίου που είχε ήδη περάσει στο αίμα του ήταν μεγάλη. Όπως δήλωσε η μητέρα του στον τηλεοπτικό σταθμό KCBS, αν και η ζωή του γιου της δεν κινδυνεύει, υπάρχει πιθανότητα να χάσει το χέρι του αφού το δέρμα γύρω από την περιοχή του δαγκώματος έχει αρχίσει να σαπίζει.

Αν και αποφάσισε να δημοσιοποιήσει την ιστορία του γιου της για να του δώσει ένα μάθημα, εκθέτοντας την απερισκεψία του στον κόσμο, η μητέρα του 36χρονου νιώθει τυχερή που ο γιος της τη γλίτωσε τόσο φτηνά, αφού το φίδι θα μπορούσε να είχε δαγκώσει τον Γκόμεζ στον λαιμό, σκοτώνοντας τον ακαριαία.

Πηγή:madata.gr

Mediterranean migrant crossings top 300,000 in 2015, says UN

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The number of refugees and migrants risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean to Europe has soared past 300,000 this year, and some 2,500 more have died trying, the UN said Friday.

Nearly 200,000 people had landed in Greece since January, while another 110,000 had made it to Italy, UN refugee agency spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said, compared to some 219,000 last year.

source:ekathimerini.com

EU ‘snubbed’ Greek plan to tackle refugee crisis

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As Greece fends off criticism for its handling of a burgeoning refugee crisis, sources in the Hellenic Police and Coast Guard have told Kathimerini that a plan was jointly presented to the European Union’s border agency, Frontex, more than two months ago.

Kathimerini understands that a team of Greek officials visited Frontex headquarters on June 18 and presented a plan for strengthening patrols at sea and on land on Greece’s porous Aegean border with Turkey, a major transit point for refugees from the Middle East trying to reach Europe.

The plan called for officers to be transferred from the Greek police and other European forces to help patrol borders and process arrivals. It also requested fingerprinting equipment and vehicles to speed up identification and transportation on the island of Lesvos, one of the islands bearing the brunt of the influx.

The sources told Kathimerini that although Frontex approved the proposal, it was unable to get other European governments to endorse it. The agency is said to have told Greek officials to start implementing the plan, promising to cover the cost of the Greek police officers’ transfer. It was also suggested that Frontex has already disbursed 100,000 euros to this end, though this was refuted by government sources.

An official at the Ministry for Citizens’ Protection on Thursday said that the issue will be addressed during a visit by Frontex chief Fabrice Leggeri to Athens next week.

Meanwhile in a related development, outgoing Alternate Minister for Migration Policy Tasia Christodoulopoulou on Thursday said that she expects Greece to be in a position to receive 30 million euros in European Union funding to deal with the influx within the next few days. She said the agency required by the European Commission to manage the funds is ready but is still waiting for some decisions to be published in the Government Gazette before it can become operational.

source:ekathimerini.com

At least 50 decomposing bodies of migrants found in abandoned truck in Austria

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Vienna: As regional leaders met on Thursday to tackle Europe’s refugee crisis, a gruesome discovery unfolded a short drive from the Austrian capital. An abandoned truck was found with at least 20 — and possibly up to 50 — decomposing bodies of migrants piled inside.

It was the latest tragedy in a year that has seen tens of thousands of people risking all to seek a better life or refuge in wealthy European countries. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the Vienna conference she was “shaken by the awful news,” and summit participants held a minute of silence.

“This reminds us that we in Europe need to tackle the problem quickly and find solutions in the spirit of solidarity,” Merkel said.

Hassan El Ali, from the Syrian city of Aleppo, said smugglers can easily be contacted “face to face, but also through Facebook and Twitter.” The 31-year-old who was camped on Serbia’s border with Hungary said migrants used word of mouth to find “hidden pages and forums about how to cross the border between Hungary and Serbia.”

Hungary on Thursday deployed more police on its porous border, but refugee activists said the effort appeared futile in a nation whose migrant camps are overloaded and barely delay their journeys into the heart of the EU.

Police reported a single-day record of 3,241 detentions Wednesday, 700 more than the previous day, as they launched a new initiative to channel migrants to one of the country’s five camps using special trains. Under police escort, about 600 asylum- seekers boarded a train to be delivered directly to at least two migrant camps.

Others continued to cross Hungary’s 109-mile (174-kilometer) border with Serbia on foot.

At the Vienna summit, Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann had just finished telling other European leaders that there was an urgent need to crack down on human traffickers when news came of the grisly discovery on the highway.

Participants fell silent for a minute in tribute, and Faymann invoked the tragedy as showing the need for quick solutions to deal with the torrent of migrants.

“Today, refugees lost the lives they had tried to save by escaping, but lost them in the hand of traffickers,” Faymann said.

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz floated elements of a five-point plan that foresees setting up safe havens in the migrants’ home countries where those seeking asylum in the EU could be processed and — if they qualify — be given safe passage to Europe.

Beyond safe havens, possibly protected by troops acting under a U.N. mandate, the Austrian plan to be submitted to EU decision-makers foresees increased controls on Europe’s outer borders and coordinated action against human smuggling. It also calls for refugee quotas for each of the EU’s 28 members — something that many countries have opposed.

“Never before in history have so many people fled their homes to escape war, violence and persecution,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said. “And given the large number of unresolved conflicts in our neighborhood, the stream of refugees seeking protection in Europe will not abate in the foreseeable future.”

Amnesty International alleged that EU indecisiveness was partly to blame for the latest migrant tragedy.

“People dying in their dozens — whether crammed into a truck or a ship — en route to seek safety or better lives is a tragic indictment of Europe’s failures to provide alternative routes,” the rights group said a statement. “Europe has to step up and provide protection to more, share responsibility better and show solidarity to other countries and to those most in need.”

On Wednesday, the bodies of 51 migrants were found in the hull of a wooden boat off Libya by a Swedish rescue crew. The Swedish ship Poseidon was already rescuing 130 migrants from a raft when it got a call to assist the nearby wooden boat. The Swedes rescued 439 survivors from the boat and then found the bodies below deck.

source:firstpost.com

 

The barbarian invasions…?

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When talking of invasions, barbarians and refugees, let us consider who is the true barbarian

“The situation is dire. Waves and waves of illegal immigrants are flooding our shores. We are dealing with an invasion. We are not safe anymore.”

This is the manner in which a cousin from Samos expressed his feelings about the flood of refugees reaching the shores of that island, along with many others, in their thousands recently. Those refugees are fleeing the continuing conflict in Syria and Iraq that has caused thousands of civilian deaths and displaced millions, in what is possibly the largest humanitarian catastrophe of our present age.

In Kos, it is reported that refugees may possibly outnumber residents. As the already beleaguered Greek state struggles and not particularly succeeds in accommodating floods of people fleeing war, this is leading to social disruption, racism and, on the part of some desperate and hungry refugees, crime. One can see why the plight of 2,000 refugees, including women, babies and small children, who were locked in a football stadium without access to food, water or bathroom facilities last week on Kos can exacerbate already present feelings of desperation and frustration on the part of refugees already brutalised by war, leading to the riots and acts of violence on that island.

The Greek state and the largely sympathetic Greek people currently have neither the resources nor the capability to accommodate, even for a short period, the sojourn of these refugees. The refugees (for they are not, as is insensitively claimed, ‘illegal immigrants’) in turn will do whatever they can to secure the resources they need to feed their families. If it was your infant child that was compelled to sleep on a piece of cardboard in the open air, as is depicted in the picture accompanying these words, most plausibly, you would be willing to act in a similar fashion.

As refugees who have fled the region during past conflicts have told me, no one wishes to leave their countries unless they absolutely have to. The refugees who make their way to Greece, after first having lost their homes and having to pay people smugglers a small fortune in order to find a place on overcrowded and unseaworthy vessels, do so, not in the hope of staying in Greece or subjecting Greece to Islam (which is ridiculous since a large percentage of them are Christians fleeing religious persecution), but in search of temporary succour in their quest to reach the more developed, democratic and safe Western world they have heard so much about.

The hysterical claims by many frustrated Greeks, however, to the effect that Greece and more broadly Europe is facing a barbarian invasion that will have untold social and economic ramifications upon the continent, require closer scrutiny.

A millennium and a half ago, much of Europe was ruled by the Roman Empire, a state that had reached an unprecedented level of material wealth, bureaucratic and ideological conformity. Arguably, the longevity and internal cohesion of that empire rested upon a gradually-realised consensus that Roman rule was justified. Such a consensus was the product of a complex conversation between the central government and its far-flung peripheries. It follows logically that those immediately without that periphery would, if not adopt, at least become familiar with the Roman way of life and in times of crisis, when there own customs, institutions and resources failed them, to seek refuge and or to avail themselves of the benefits of Romanity.

The Gothic refugee crisis further illuminates the point. In the summer and autumn of 376, tens of thousands of displaced Goths and other tribes arrived at the border of the Roman Empire on the Danube River, seeking asylum from the Huns who were attacking them. The Gothic leader, Fritigern, appealed to the Roman emperor Valens for asylum across the Danube in Roman territory. Valens agreed, stipulating however that the weak, old, and sickly must be left on the far bank to fend for themselves against the Huns.

Rome was unable to supply the Goths with either the food they were promised or land. Instead, they were herded into a temporary holding area surrounded by an armed Roman garrison. There was only enough grain left for the Roman garrison, and so they simply let the Goths starve. When Fritigern appealed to Valens for help, he was told that his people would find food in the distant city of Marcianopolis. When they arrived there, they were denied entry and assassination attempts were made against their leaders. Consequently, the Goths embarked upon plundering expeditions that led to a war in which they were able to kill Valens, plunder most of the Balkans to an extent that they did not recover for centuries and extort protection money from the Romans.

Similarly 100,000 of the beleaguered Slavic peoples, seeking refuge from the Turkic Avars, who in turn were being persecuted by other nomadic tribes, poured into Thrace in the late sixth century, taking over Roman cities and gradually making their way down to the Peloponnese, where they settled in large numbers.

In the first instance, failure by the Romans to accommodate Gothic refugees adequately, address their needs or find a solution to their humanitarian catastrophe led to the wholesale sack of the Roman Empire and untold misery. A similar set of circumstances took place in the US in the aftermath of Cyclone Katrina, proving that this is not a phenomenon of civilisation but rather, one of the human condition.

In the second instance, which was occasioned by Roman inability to police their borders owing to wars with the Persians, a campaign of gradual assimilation (punctuated, of course, by bouts of violence on both sides) seemed to pay dividends, as these populations gradually assimilated within the Empire, although not without strife or occasional disharmony.

There are lessons that Greece and Europe can learn from the ‘barbarian invasions’. They can and will happen, regardless of how much we attempt to ‘turn back the boats’ and the more inept or indeed callous the treatment of those on the periphery seeking to get in (recently a visiting Polish dignitary advised the Italian mayor of Lampedusa, where the refugee crisis from Libya has reached cataclysmic proportions, to merely let the refugees drown), the more violent in their desperation they will become, with unforeseen consequences for their host societies and for humanity in general as refugees become ‘barbarians’ and are thus dehumanised.
When Rome was the world, the world was Rome, and the rest of the globe was largely isolated from the effects of the refugee crises of late antiquity. Now, when the ‘West’ spans the globe, the after-shocks of the mass movement of population, caused partly by the mismanagement of world affairs by the West itself, is a global responsibility.

The refugees, first and foremost, need our sympathy, not expressions of fear, horror and indignation at their presence. They need to be humanely processed, housed, fed and accommodated fairly and it is in the interests of all developed countries to partake in this endeavour. It goes without saying that effective action to cease the multitude of wars blighting our planet is the one main preventative measure that would nip such crises in the bud.
Finally, when talking of invasions, barbarians and refugees, let us consider who is the true barbarian: he who has everything and denies another who has lost everything his needs, or he who has nothing and must do whatever he can to survive. In this, the finally word goes to the Theanthropos Himself, by way of the Gospel of Matthew:
“For I was hungry, and you gave me to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me to drink; I was a stranger, and you took me in.”

* Dean Kalymniou is a Melbourne solicitor and freelance writer.

Source: Neos Kosmos

 

Panathinaikos dumped out of Europe

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Athens club knocked out by a team from Azerbaijan formed just ten year ago

Supporters of Panathinaikos are calling for the immediate resignation of coach Yiannis Anastasiou after their side was eliminated from the Europa League by a club from Azerbaijan that was established just ten years ago.

A 2-2 draw in Athens on Thursday saw Azerbaijani side Qabala go through on the away goals rule.
PAO fans begun chanting against Anastasiou, almost all the players and club president Yiannis Alafouzos.

Qabala opened the scoring in just the sixth minute when a Dodô headed home from very close range to the bottom left corner following a corner.

PAO equalised in the 34th minute through their star player, Swedish striker Marcus Berg, whose left footed shot from the centre of the box went into the top left corner.

Dodô then scored his second of the night to put Qabala back in the lead as his right footed shot from the centre of the box flew into the top right corner.

PAO then grabbed one back through Nano González in the 78th minute when his right footed shot from outside the box found the net following a set piece situation.

That set up a frantic final ten minutes but PAO was unable to find the winning goal and was eventually booed off the field by the home supporters.

In Denmark, Thessaloniki club PAOK drew 1-1 with local side Brondby, giving PAOK a 6-1 win on aggregate.
In front of just 6630 supporters Brondby never looked like threatening PAOK’s commanding first leg 5-0 lead.

PAOK went ahead through a first half header by Ricardo Costa, only for Brondby to draw level through Elba Rashani, who capitalised on an error by PAOK’s goalkeeper.

In Istanbul Turkish club Fenerbahce defeated Atromitos 3-0 in the second leg of the Europa League qualifiers to go through 4-0 on aggregate.

The Brazilian striker Fernandao scored two goals. The third was an own goal by the Belarusian goalkeeper Andrey Gorbunov.
That leaves PAOK and Asteras Tripolis as the only two Greek sides in the Europa League this season.

Source: Neos Kosmos

Champion’s League: Tough draw for Olympiakos

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Greeks to face Bayern Munich and Arsenal in Champions League

Olympiakos will begin their European Champions League campaign with a home tie against German giants Bayern Munich on Wednesday 16 September.

The Greek Champions were drawn into Group F, alongside Bayern, English Premier League club Arsenal and Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb.

Olympiakos have only ever met Bayern once in Europea competition in the 1980/81 European Champion Clubs’ Cup first round, a 4-2 triumph in Piraeus setting up Bayern’s 7-2 aggregate success.

Arsenal and Olympiakos are in the same group for the fourth time in seven seasons, having also been drawn together in 2009/10, 2011/12 and 2012/13. Each of the six preceding games has been won by the home team. This will be the third time that the final game of the group stages will be Olympiakos versus Arsenal in Piraeus.

Dinamo and Olympiakos have faced off in two previous ties, each winning one. Dinamo overturned a 3-1 away defeat in the 1977/78 UEFA Cup first round courtesy of a 5-1 second-leg triumph and then Olympiakos took belated revenge in the 1998/99 UEFA Champions League group stage, collecting four points with a 2-0 home victory and 1-1 away draw.

Olympiakos defender Dimitris Siovas says the draw is a difficult one but Olympiakos can be the surprise package.

“We were drawn into a tough group, but we have proved in the past that we can respond to challenges. We are strong at home and we will try to make the most of it – that will be key. We have beaten Arsenal before and that is why we can dream of progress – we can snatch second place from them,” Siovas said after the draw.

source: Neos Kosmos