Daily Archives: November 28, 2015

Japan gives green light to commence whaling in the Antarctic


Japan has finally confirmed it will commence whaling in the Antarctic this summer, despite the weight of court decisions and scientific opinion against it.

The Japanese government’s confirmation of its plan to begin killing nearly 4000 minke whales over 12 years came in letters to the International Whaling Commission published on Saturday.

This follows months of wrangling over Japan’s new “scientific research” plan, after the previous program was ruled illegal by the International Court of Justice in a case brought by Australia.

Since then, Japan has faced trouble trying to fit the new plan, called NEWREP-A, within the terms of the international court’s ruling.

A special panel of International Whaling Commission experts said in January that Japan had failed to demonstrate the need for killing whales in order to achieve the plan’s objectives.

The plan also failed to gain the support of the commission’s full scientific committee in May.

Japan’s IWC commissioner, Joji Morishita, said in a letter published by the IWC that his government had “sincerely taken into account” recommendations of the scientific committee.

“As a result of such additional works … the proponent reached to a conclusion that it does not require any substantial changes to the contents of NEWREP-A,” Mr Morishita said.

“The government of Japan therefore made a decision to start NEWREP-A from this austral summer.”

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Details of the plan provided to the IWC said that after serious scientific consideration, it has been concluded that the age of whales could only be obtained through “lethal sampling”.

The Japanese government has also moved swiftly to fence itself off from further action in the International Court.

Last month Japan advised United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, in a special declaration, that it will take a sweeping exception to the court’s jurisdiction.

It said the court’s jurisdiction “does not apply to … any dispute arising out of, concerning, or relating to research on, or conservation, management or exploitation of, living resources of the sea”.

In a separate action, the Federal Court this month fined the Japanese government-funded whaling company, Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha, $A1 million for contempt of court, over whaling in the Australian Antarctic Whale Sanctuary. The whaling company has refused to recognise the action.

Under the new plan, the area that the whalers will hunt minke whales in stretches around most of the Antarctic continent, from east of the Ross Sea to the South Atlantic.

The government’s Institute of Cetacean Research refused to detail the whaling grounds for security reasons, “to avoid violent sabotage activities by anti-whaling groups”.

However the anti-whaling activists of Sea Shepherd said they would not be chasing the whaling fleet this summer, with two of their ships in drydock, and a third, the Melbourne-based Steve Irwin, hunting illegal Antarctic fishers.

With the whaling fleet expected to leave Japan in days, the Australian Marine Conservation Society urged Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to stand up against Japan over the decision to resume hunting.

“Australia was courageous enough to stand up to Japan in the international courts, urged on by the Australian people,” said AMCS director Darren Kindleysides.

“Once again, the Australian government must step up and challenge the Japanese government’s illegal whaling.”

On Saturday, Environment Minister Greg Hunt said Australia strongly opposed Japan’s decision.

“We do not accept in any way, shape or form the concept of killing whales for so-called ‘scientific research’,” he said.

Mr Hunt said Australia is “working with other international scientists at the forefront of developing and applying modern non-lethal methods” of cetacean research.

Mr Turnbull recently told Fairfax Media in Hobart: “Our position is standard, that we … strongly encourage Japan to cease its whaling operations in any time, in any season, in any year.”


Ranieri looking forward to Manchester Utd challenge


The top two teams in the Barclays Premier League meet when Leicester City welcome Manchester United to King Power Stadium on Saturday and Claudio Ranieri, the Foxes manager, is keen to see how his players cope in the spotlight.

Jamie Vardy, the Leicester striker, is hoping to break Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record by netting for an 11th consecutive BPL match when he faces the Dutchman’s former side.

Vardy’s 13 goals have helped Leicester to 28 points and 28 goals from their opening 13 matches.

Ranieri still insists his first target is to reach 40 points but feels his players deserve their current position at the top of the division and looks forward to seeing how they cope with the test of facing United, whom they beat 5-3 in this fixture last season.

“I am very curious about how we respond to these big matches,” he said. “We know that sooner or later we will lose but we just want to show our great character. The spirit of our group is so strong.

“Saturday is a great challenge for us to improve. We have had good matches but we also have weaknesses and we have to cover them. We are top of the table and in this moment we deserve it, but this is another match to understand where we can improve.”

United won 2-1 against Watford thanks to a stoppage-time goal last weekend, but were held to a 0-0 home draw by PSV Eindhoven in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.

Ashley Young is eager to rebound from that draw with a win that would send United into first place.

“We will be looking to keep up the good form we have shown in the league over the last few weeks, and hopefully get the three points,” he said. “There is a lot of disappointment around the place, we have just got to pick ourselves up now and go again at the weekend.”

Matty James (knee) is Leicester’s only injury concern. United are without long-term absentees Luke Shaw (leg) and Antonio Valencia (foot), while Ander Herrera (hamstring) and Phil Jones (ankle) are also ruled out. James Wilson has gone on loan to Brighton & Hove Albion, while Van Gaal gave no update to Michael Carrick’s foot injury.

Leicester City (from): Schmeichel, Schwarzer, Benalouane, De Laet, Fuchs, Huth, Morgan, Simpson, Wasilewski, Albrighton, Drinkwater, Dyer, Hammond, Inler, Kante, King, Mahrez, Schlupp, Dodoo, Kramaric, Okazaki, Ulloa, Vardy.

Manchester United (from): De Gea, Romero, Johnstone, Valdes, Darmian, McNair, Rojo, Smalling, Varela, Blind, Carrick, Fellaini, Lingard, Mata, Pereira, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Young, Depay, Martial, Rooney.


Αύξηση 162% στις επισκέψεις Αυστραλών στην Ελλάδα


Κατά τους τελευταίους δώδεκα μήνες

Αύξηση 162% (τη μεγαλύτερη από οποιαδήποτε άλλη χώρα) παρουσίασε ο αριθμός των τουριστών από την Αυστραλία που επισκέφθηκαν την Ελλάδα στους τελευταίους δώδεκα μήνες, σύμφωνα με τα επίσημα στοιχεία.

Ακολουθούν η Ισπανία (107%), Ιταλία (91%) και η Ιαπωνία (78%).

Εκτός της εντυπωσιακής αύξησης, όμως, οι τουρίστες από την Αυστραλία που επισκέπτονται την Ελλάδα, ξοδεύουν και τα περισσότερα χρήματα από τους τουρίστες οποιασδήποτε άλλης χώρας.

Κατά μέσον όρο, ένας τουρίστας από την Αυστραλία δαπανά στην Ελλάδα 1420 ευρώ (1820 δολάρια Αυστραλίας) και μένει 12 μέρες, περισσότερο από οποιαδήποτε άλλη εθνικότητα.

Ακολουθούν οι Καναδοί (1207 Ευρώ), οι Αμερικανοί (1098 Ευρώ) και οι Ρώσοι (1005 Ευρώ).

Παρά την πτώση της αξίας του δολαρίου Αυστραλίας, η κίνηση αναμένεται να διατηρηθεί σε υψηλά επίπεδα καθώς έχει υποχωρήσει η τιμή των υγρών καυσίμων και τα αεροπορικά εισιτήρια θα παραμείνουν σχετικά φθηνά.

Πηγή:Νέος Κόσμος

Aυστραλία:Το σχέδιο ενίσχυσης των Ελλήνων νεομεταναστών


Ποιους αφορά, τι προβλέπει!

Σημαντικές ανακοινώσεις θα υπάρξουν σύντομα από την Αυστραλοελληνική Κοινωνική Πρόνοια για το πρόγραμμα ενίσχυσης ατόμων που μεταναστεύουν στη Βικτώρια από την Ελλάδα.

Σύμφωνα με έγκυρες πληροφορίες του “Νέου Κόσμου”, η “Πρόνοια” έχει λάβει το “πράσινο φως” από την πολιτειακή κυβέρνηση της Βικτώριας για την εφαρμογή του προγράμματος, και μπαίνουν και οι τελευταίες “πινελιές”. Χθες (Τετάρτη) υπήρξε μία ακόμη συνάντηση στα γραφεία του οργανισμού στο Brunswick για το θέμα.

Το πρόγραμμα θα έχει τέσσερις πυλώνες που θα αφορούν εκπαιδευτικά προγράμματα, ενημερωτικά σεμινάρια, βοήθεια σε θέματα βίζας και ομαλής εγκατάστασης στην Μελβούρνη.

Θα αφορά τους 6.000-7.000 Έλληνες που έχουν μεταναστεύσει (και παραμένουν) στην Αυστραλία και, σύμφωνα με τις δηλώσεις του αρμόδιου υπουργού Πολυπολιτισμικών Υποθέσεων της Βικτώριας,

Robin Scott, τον περασμένο Ιούλιο, η χρηματοδότηση θα διαρκέσει μέχρι το 2019 και θα κοστίσει $360,000.

Πηγές της “Πρόνοιας” ανέφεραν στον “Ν.Κ.”, ότι ήδη υπάρχει έντονο ενδιαφέρον για το πρόγραμμα, οι αιτήσεις συμμετοχής είναι εκατοντάδες και, εξαιτίας της κατάστασης στην Ελλάδα, το μεταναστευτικό ρεύμα ατόμων με αυστραλιανή υπηκοότητα προς την Βικτώρια από την Ελλάδα θα ενισχυθεί ακόμη περισσότερο. Ο κ. Scott έχει δηλώσει ότι αυτή την στιγμή υπάρχουν 135,000 περίπου Αυστραλοί υπήκοοι που ζουν στην Ελλάδα, και που στην πλειονότητά τους είναι ελληνικής καταγωγής.

Στην χάραξη και εφαρμογή του προγράμματος, σημαντικό ρόλο διαδραματίζει και το Υπουργείο Μετανάστευσης της Αυστραλίας.

Το πρόγραμμα ήταν προεκλογική υπόσχεση του Εργατικού Κόμματος της Βικτώριας και ανακοινώθηκε επίσημα από την κυβέρνηση Andrews στις 7 Ιουλίου 2015.

Πηγή:Νέος Κόσμος

Moscow Wants Turkey to Return Cathedral of Agia Sophia to Orthodox Church


State Duma deputies have supported the idea of the return of Agia Sophia in Constantinople to the Orthodox Church. This was stated by Chairman of Committee on Property, and the coordinator of the inter-factional parliamentary group on the protection of Christian values, Sergei Gavrilov, TSN reports.

Today, when Russian-Turkish relations are undergoing an “endurance trial,” mutually friendly initiatives and proposals are of special importance, Gavrilov says.

“The Russian side deems it possible to return to the question of Agia Sophia, the ancient shrine of the Christian world, located in Constantinople – an ancient Byzantine cathedral associated with the history of the universal Christian Church. We expect a friendly step from the Turkish side – returning Agia Sophia of Constantinople to the Christian Church,” the deputy said.

He added that Russia is ready to participate financially, and to involve the best Russian architects and scientistsin the restoration of the universal Christian monument.

“This step would help Turkey and Islam demonstrate that good will is above politics. Agia Sophia should be returned to Christians,” the parliamentarian said.

Agia Sophia in Constantinople was converted into a mosque and in 1935 Agia Sophia acquired the status of museum. It was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List among the other monuments of Constantinople historic center in 1985.