Monthly Archives: February 2016

Battle of Crete and Greece Commemorative Council formed in Victoria


The council already has a series of plans for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Crete.

The 75th anniversary of the Battle of Crete will be marked in 2016 in Victoria by a series of events planned by the Battle of Crete and Greece Commemorative Council.

The Council was formed recently in Melbourne and is an initiative of the indefatigable leadership of the Pancretan Association of Melbourne and the Cretan Brotherhood of Melbourne, under the guidance of the Cretan Federation of Australia and New Zealand.

Its purpose is to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Crete in Australia in such a way that will preserve and promote the shared history and the links between Australia, New Zealand and Greece, raise awareness of the importance of the Battle of Crete and to remember and honour the fallen and the remaining veterans.

The council has the support of a cross-section of the Greek Australian Communities, the Greek authorities in Australia, veterans’ associations, prominent politicians, researchers and authors and veterans’ descendants.

Some of the events planned include a photographic exhibition, a schools’ competition, lectures and seminars on the Greek involvement in World War II, the Greek campaign and the Battle of Crete, parades, olive tree plantations, plaque and memorial unveilings, commemorative services, wreath-laying ceremonies and book launches.

The Battle of Crete and Greece Commemorative Council welcomes the community’s involvement in the commemorations of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Crete and beyond, and would like to hear from any interested parties, especially veterans’ descendants, youth organisations and readers in history with a special interest in military history, Cretan Greek history and WWII history.

The composition of the council is as follows:
Larry Irwin (chairman); Tony Tsourdalakis (secretary); Ms Christina Simantiraki, Consul General of Greece in Melbourne; Mr Stephen Blair, Consul General of New Zealand in Melbourne; Mr Michael Houdalakis, president of the Cretan Federation of Australia & NZ; Mr John Nikolakakis, president of the Pancretan Association of Melbourne; Mr Jim Papadimitriou, president of the Cretan Brotherhood of Melbourne; Lt. Colonel David Blackwell, vice president of the Victorian Returned Services League; Mr Chris Widenbar, from the Shrine of Remembrance; Mr Mark Dalton, Department of Veteran Affairs; Mrs Mel Johnson, secretary from the 2nd/2nd Field Regiment; Mr Peter Cooksley 2nd/1st Machine Gun Battalion; Mr Peter Ford, president of the New Zealand-Crete Association; Mr Steve Kyritsis, president of the Hellenic RSL Sub branch; Mr Leonidas Vlahakis, board member of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne; Mr Peter Andrinopoulos, secretary of the Australian Hellenic Memorial Foundation; Mr Ange Kenos, president of the Essendon RSL Sub branch; Mr John Pandazopoulos, former minister of multicultural affairs and former president of the World Hellenic Inter-parliamentary Union; Mr Lee Tarlamis, former member of parliament and president of the Lemnos Gallipoli Committee; Mr Jim Claven, author and historian; Dr Peter Ewer, author and historian; Mrs Dina Gerolymou, author and journalist; Mr Paul Sougleris, representing the Peloponnese Federation of Victoria.

source:Neos Kosmos

Champions League: FC Barcelona Aim to Extend Dominance, Manchester City Look For Revival


Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar have scored a combined 91 goals this season for FC Barcelona and they will be favorites heading into the clash against Arsenal.

FC Barcelona, who have not tasted defeat in 32 matches, will be aiming to extend their dominance in their Champions League clash against Arsenal.

Arsenal and Barcelona resume their decade-long rivalry in the Champions League this week. (Five-Star Chelsea Punish Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur Knocked Out)

It’s been a one-sided tale. (Latest Football News)

It started in 2006 when Barcelona came from behind against 10 men to score two late goals and win 2-1 in the final in Paris. Arsenal hasn’t reached the title match since.

Barcelona won 6-3 over two legs in the 2010 quarterfinals, and 4-3 on aggregate in the last 16 in 2011.

There’s rarely a dull moment when these two entertaining and attack-minded teams meet, with those five matchups averaging almost four goals a game. And this year could be no different considering the scintillating way Barca is playing.

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar have scored a combined 91 goals this season, helping the Catalan team establish a club-record 32 matches without a loss heading to London.

No team has successfully defended the Champions League trophy but Barca is in prime shape to do so, even though coach Luis Enrique knows the potential of Arsenal heading into the first leg at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.

“We are talking about a game that lasts 180 minutes,” Enrique said. “It will be complicated, because it’s a rival that can cause us problems.”

Arsenal has exited at the last-16 stage for the past five years and has never won the tournament.

Here’s a look at the other three matches this week:

Juventus vs Bayern Munich

There will be some familiar faces for Juventus and Bayern Munich when two giants of European football meet on Tuesday.

Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic scored 39 goals in 74 appearances for Bayern from 2012-2014, winning two Bundesliga titles and scoring in the Champions League final win against Borussia Dortmund in 2013. He resumed training Saturday following a month out injured.

It will be a return to Turin for Arturo Vidal and Kingsley Coman, who joined Bayern from Juventus last summer.

Bayern has won the team’s last three meetings but is without defenders Holger Badstuber, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez.

PSV Eindhoven vs Atletico Madrid

PSV, the 1988 European champion, is in the Champions League knockout stage for the first time since 2007 and faces 2014 runner-up Atletico Madrid. PSV tops the Dutch league, while Atletico is second in La Liga.

PSV is doing everything it can to ensure veteran midfielder Andres Guardado is fit for Wednesday’s clash with Atletico Madrid. The Mexico star, one of PSV’s best players this season, has been sidelined since late January with a hamstring injury.

“I’m assuming he will be playing,” said coach Phillip Cocu, who is without suspended captain Luuk de Jong.

Fernando Torres has broken out of another long scoring slump— this one lasted four months— with goals in Atletico Madrid’s back-to-back wins in the Spanish league.

Dynamo Kiev vs Manchester City

This is Man City’s third appearance in the knockout stage, and easily its best chance of reaching the quarterfinals. In the last two years, City has faced Barcelona and was convincingly beaten both times.

City manager Manuel Pellegrini is frustrated by having to face Chelsea in the FA Cup three days before playing Kiev in Ukraine, and rested key players to focus on the Champions League. In a congested fixture schedule, City may have one eye on a League Cup final against Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

Dynamo’s appearance at this stage marks the first time the Ukrainian club has made it past the group stage for 16 years. Creative spark Andriy Yarmolenko is still recovering fitness after two months out with the leg injury he suffered against Maccabi Tel Aviv in the last match of the group stage.

Sanctions forcing the game to be played behind closed doors were lifted, following an appeal by Dynamo.

Newcastle:Bogey Hole closed indefinitely pending results of geotechnical report


THE Bogey Hole is without a confirmed re-opening date, while the NSW Department of Primary Industries waits for the results of a geotechnical engineering report it said would be delivered “soon”.

A department spokesperson said DPI Lands commissioned the report following Newcastle City Council’s concerns about the stability of the terrain above the convict-built swimming pool.

“The results of this report are expected soon and the department will advise the community shortly thereafter on any work required to make the Bogey Hole safe,” the spokesperson said. “Members of the public should respect the exclusion in place and stay away. Attempts to enter the site are highly irresponsible and a potential danger to the public.”
DPI Lands closed access to the landmark in December.

Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth makes maiden Newcastle visit


“SURE is majestic,” a cyclist at Queens Wharf said of the berthed Queen Elizabeth on Monday, in a line seldom overused in Newcastle.

The youngest of Cunard’s signature liners sailed into the harbour at 7am, a 91,000-tonne conversation starter measured in football fields and Titanics.
Onlookers drove, walked and rode to Nobbys to clap and cheer and fill their camera phones with the ship’s 16 gleaming decks and the sweep of its bow.
At Queens Wharf at 10am, Newcastle lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes presented the company with the keys to the city.

“It’s my great pleasure now to bestow the keys to the city on the Queen Elizabeth,” Cr Nelmes said.

According to tradition, the keys entitle the ship to “parade” through the city at will. A troupe of bellboys in Cunard red livery marched through an Air Force guard of honour. Onlookers clapped.

David Jones, of Cunard’s parent company Carnival, said the 2000 passengers were delighted by Novocastrians’ “warm” response.

The Queen Elizabeth’s visit comprised one day of 120 on its world tour, and passengers had paid up to $33,800 for the privilege.
Onboard, the ship’s main lobby is a three-level cathedral of marble and wood, discreetly adorned in the block-letter Cunard font.

Corridors painted with the ports of the world lead to glass shopfronts of duty free Dior, Absolut and Tag Heuer.

A cruise ticket buys nightly entry to the 820-seat theatre, where private boxes come with champagne and fondue strawberries.

A crew of more than 50 nationalities caters to passengers’ every need – from the croquet deck to the library to the royal spa – with unerring Cunard presentation and manners.

Those to have dined in the Britannia restaurant include the actor Sir Ben Kingsley, journalist and presenter David Frost – who died onboard of a heart attack in 2013 – and Her Majesty herself.

World War II veterans Frank Hall, 93, and Kevin Murphy, 95, were special guests at a ceremony on the ship’s aft deck on Monday to honour Williamtown’s 450 Squadron.

The two men, both based in Victoria, sailed from Sydney Harbour aboard the original Queen Elizabeth in February 1941 to join the war.

“It was unreal,” Mr Hall said.

“You didn’t know where you were going or when you would come back.”

Mr Murphy remembered finding his room on the luxury liner refitted with bunk beds, and how the men fought boxing bouts to keep themselves entertained.

The squadron landed in Egypt, and served throughout the Mediterranean.

Etihad Stadium set to host Greece friendly with Australia

Etithad Stadium is back in line to host the Socceroos and Greece in June.
Melbourne was set to be frozen out of the two-game series against the 2004 European champion after negotiations between the Victorian Government and Football Federation Australia stalled.
But talks have resumed in recent weeks and have advanced to a point where, while not over the line, there is a confidence the second game of the series will be played at Docklands on June 7.
It is a game that would be almost certain to sell out given Melbourne’s huge Greek population and helps to establish a blockbuster couple of winter weeks for the Socceroos.
A grudge match against England is slated for Newcastle or Sunderland on May 27, before Ange Postecoglou’s men return to Australia to face Greece in Sydney on June 4 ahead of the Melbourne game.
It all serves as vital preparation for the start of the final round of World Cup qualifiers, which begin in September.
Talks broke down with the FFA after the Victorian government’s reluctance to commit too much funding to an event they did not have exclusivity for.
Other political considerations were that Sydney would get game one of the series, while the fact Melbourne has the third largest Greek population in the world also means the incoming tourism value of the game would not be high for the local economy.
It means FFA will likely not secure the financial windfall it may have initially hoped for, but to have the game in Melbourne is a far greater look for the sport than if it were to be played in Newcastle, as was potentially to be the case if the Etihad Stadium option fell through.
Greece has not qualified for Euro 2016 in France, but is still expected to bring a near full-strength squad Down Under.
More than 95,000 fans packed the MCG for the last clash between the two nations in 2006, a farewell game for the Socceroos before the World Cup in Germany.

Ένα ακόμη ελληνικό όνομα σε κορυφαίο ινστιτούτο της Αυστραλίας


Ο Άρθουρ Αθανασίου πρόεδρος του Φορολογικού Ινστιτούτου

Θα μπορούσαμε να χαρακτηρίσουμε ως μία ακόμη μεγάλη επιτυχία του ελληνόφωνου κόσμου της παροικίας της Μελβούρνης το διορισμό του Άρθουρ Αθανασίου στην προεδρία του Φορολογικού Ινστιτούτου (Tax Institute) για το 2016.

Μετά τους διορισμούς, του Στίβεν Σαπουντζή στην προεδρία του Δικηγορικού Συλλόγου Βικτώριας (Law Institute of Victoria), του Πωλ Αναστασίου στην προεδρία του Νομικού Συλλόγου της Βικτώριας (Victorian Bar Association), και της Άντριας Τσαλαμανδρή στο Ειρηνοδικείο Βικτώριας.

Σύμφωνα με τον κ. Αθανασίου, στόχος του Ινστιτούτου για την φετινή χρονιά είναι να διατηρήσει τον εκπαιδευτικό του χαρακτήρα και να συνεχίσει να συνεργάζεται με την κυβέρνηση και το Θησαυροφυλάκιο.

“Το 2016 πρόκειται για μια σημαντική χρονιά και λόγω των επικείμενων εκλογών, αλλά και για το φορολογικό σύστημα αφού υπάρχουν ενδείξεις ότι θα υπάρξουν σημαντικές μεταρρυθμίσεις εκεί” αναφέρει σε ανακοίνωσή του μετά την ανάληψη των καθηκόντων του.

Φέτος, το Ινστιτούτο θα εστιάσει το ενδιαφέρον του σε δύο θέματα: Το πρώτο θα είναι προώθηση της ψηφιοποίησης του φορολογικού δικτύου και το δεύτερο η επέκταση των εκπαιδευτικών προγραμμάτων του Ινστιτούτου.

Το Ινστιτούτο θα προσπαθήσει να υπάρξει συνεχή και σωστή ροή δεδομένων προς την Εφορία μέσω του συστήματος SBR (ή Standard Business Reporting) που είναι η ψηφιακή καταγραφή είτε μέσω διαδικτύου είτε με ηλεκτρονική αρχειοθέτηση των επιχειρηματικών αναφορών.

Σε περίπτωση που εφαρμοστεί κάτι τέτοιο, τότε η επικοινωνία κυβέρνησης – επιχειρήσεων θα γίνει άμεση. Η κυβέρνηση θα μπορεί να μοιράζει τις πληροφορίες για τις επιχειρήσεις στις κυβερνητικές υπηρεσίες και το κόστος της συναλλαγής αυτής θα μειωθεί σημαντικά.

Σύμφωνα με τον κορυφαίο φοροτεχνικό της Πολιτείας, αναμένονται πολλές μεταρρυθμίσεις και το Ινστιτούτο θα βρίσκεται στην πρώτη γραμμή των συζητήσεων με την κυβέρνηση και τον επιχειρηματικό κόσμο.

Το Ινστιτούτο προσφέρει μάλιστα και ένα μεταπτυχιακό πρόγραμμα το οποίο θα διδάσκεται από κορυφαίους πανεπιστημιακούς της χώρας ειδικευμένους στη φορολογία και θα επιτρέψει τους σπουδαστές να προχωρούν στην πρακτική εφαρμογή (και κατανόηση) του νόμου παρά σε μια πιο στεγνή θεωρητική προσέγγισή του.

Ο κ. Αθανασίου είναι διαπιστευμένος στο Φορολογικό Δίκαιο, και ειδικεύεται στην επίλυση των φορολογικών διαφορών μικρών και μικρομεσαίων επιχειρήσεων με την Εφορία και της Υπηρεσίας Εσόδων του Κράτους. Κατείχε υψηλές διοικητικές θέσεις στους τομείς των μεταφορών και της αυτοκινητοβιομηχανίας. Εμφανίζεται τακτικά στα μέσα μαζικής ενημέρωσης, κάνει παρουσιάσεις σε ειδικά φορολογικά σεμινάρια και ομάδες συζήτησης.

Το Φορολογικό Ινστιτούτο είναι ένας ιδιαίτερα σημαντικός οργανισμός που αποστολή του είναι να προσφέρει νομικές υπηρεσίες στις συναλλαγές των φορολογουμένων με την κυβέρνηση, το Θησαυροφυλάκιο και την Εφορία. Συγκροτήθηκε το 1943 για να συνδράμει στο έργο των φοροτεχνικών και των υπευθύνων για τις αλλαγές στην Φορολογική Νομοθεσία. Αποτελεί έναν δυναμικό φορέα με 14.000 μέλη.

Πηγή:Νέος Κόσμος

Rare albino kangaroo spotted in South Australia


What’s thought to be a rare albino kangaroo has been spotted on the side of a road in South Australia.

A rare albino kangaroo has become a social media star after being spotted at the Big Bend on the River Murray in South Australia.

Albino animals usually have a shorter life-span as their easy-to-spot appearance makes them vulnerable.

Their white skin also makes them susceptible to sun damage and skin cancer, and they have a genetic predisposition towards sight and hearing issues – making it harder for them to fight off prey.

The photo of the unusual kangaroo was taken south of Swan Reach by Rosemary Faehrmann, who posted the image on her houseboat firm’s Facebook page.

“I jumped out of the car with the camera and the roo stopped at the same time and looked back at us to see if we were chasing it I think,” Ms Faehrmann said.

“It just stood their looking for a minute and I fired off a couple of quick shots on the camera and then it took off further down the fence line.”

The image has been shared on Facebook more than 7000 times and has had more than 8000 likes since it was posted earlier this month.

“It went crazy, we’ve had a reach of over a million people on our page, and the South Australian Tourism Commission has shared on their pages here in South Australia and also in the UK, Germany and India,” she said.

“We’ve had some really great response actually.”

Ms Faehrmann said while she sees kangaroos on a daily basis, she had never seen a white one before.

“There’s quite a few around in wildlife parks, Bordertown, Cudlee Creek, places like that have them in captivity where they can be protected, but in the wild they have a bit of a harder time surviving,” she said.

“So seeing them in the wild is more unusual definitely.

“I was quite excited about it and I thought surely other people will be excited as well and they have been.”

Golden Dawn MPs thrown off committee after verbal blitz on minister


Two Golden Dawn MPs, Ilias Kasidiaris (photo) and Nikos Pappas, were thrown out of Parliament’s Defense and Foreign Policy Committee on Wednesday after accusing Defense Minister Panos Kammenos of being a “traitor” for using the armed forces to help the country deal with the refugee crisis.

Parliament’s security guards were called to eject the lawmakers after their sustained verbal attack on the minister, which Kasidiaris filmed.

The video later appeared on the Internet. Kammenos, along with military chiefs, had been briefing deputies about the response to the refugee crisis.

One of the members of the committee, New Democracy’s Dora Bakoyannis, called it “one of the blackest days for the parliamentary process.”

PASOK’s Odysseas Konstantinopoulos labeled the two MPs’ behavior “Nazi-like.”

It is not clear if further action will be taken against Kasidiaris for filming the committee, whose session took place behind closed doors for national security reasons.

Real Madrid beat Roma with away goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Jese


Real Madrid beat Roma 2-0 in their Champions League last-16 first leg at the Stadio Olimpico, with away goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Jese giving them the upper hand.

Ronaldo, who hadn’t scored an away goal in any competition since Nov. 29, put Real Madrid up 1-0 in the 57th minute with a curled effort that deflected past Roma goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

Real dominated possession in the first half, pinning Roma back in their defensive third for large chunks of the game, but couldn’t find a way through.

Roma did look dangerous on the counter-attack on several occasions, with Mohamed Salah and Stephan El Shaarawy forcing the action when the Italian side broke free of their own half.

Real’s best chance of the first half came when Ronaldo flipped the ball to Marcelo in the Roma penalty area, but the Brazilian’s curling first-time strike went just wide of the far post.

El Shaarawy nearly put Roma ahead before half-time when he collected a long pass just past midfield and ran at Keylor Navas’ goal only to be denied at the last second by a retreating Dani Carvajal.

Roma came out the stronger of the two teams after the break, once again finding plenty of space on the counter. Radja Nainggolan’s effort from 18 yards was deflected away and El Shaarawy almost got to the ball as Navas came off his line to sweep away.

However, Real Madrid soon got the upper hand as Ronaldo chased down a through ball from Marcelo, cut back and hit a curling effort that beat Wojciech Szczesny after deflecting off Alessandro Florenzi.

The goal was Ronaldo’s 33rd in the Champions League on the road over the last six seasons.

A desperate Roma weren’t done, though, with Salah’s pace continuing to open up opportunities to run at Real Madrid’s goal. The Egyptian nearly played substitute Edin Dzeko in with a curling cross after a run down the right flank.

Minutes later, Dzeko laid the ball off to William Vainqueur following a goalmouth scramble, but the midfielder’s well-struck volley blazed wide.

Dzeko again got in on goal in the 80th minute, but his quick turn and shot hit the side netting.

Roma players felt hard done when the referee did not point to the spot following a late Carvajal tackle on Florenzi in the Madrid penalty area.

Substitute Jese scored the clinching goal when played through in the 86th minute, firing beyond Szczesny into the bottom corner, and Zinedine Zidane’s team were able to kill off the remainder of the match.

The win marked Real’s first away win in their last nine attempts against Italian sides, with their last win on Italian soil a 3-0 victory against Roma in 2004.

The two teams meet again at the Santiago Bernabeu on March 8 to determine who will advance to the quarterfinals.

Amputated legs found in Newcastle dump

Recycling yard where organic waste is turned gas

Recycling yard where organic waste is turned gas

New South Wales Police have confirmed two human legs that were removed during surgery have been found in a waste dump near Newcastle.

A man working at a waste management centre in Wallsend found the legs sticking out of a pile of garbage yesterday afternoon.

It’s believed the legs were removed during a legitimate surgery and dumped, along with syringes and blood vials.

NSW police have referred the matter to the department of health.

The Environmental Protection Agency is investigating this matter, a NSW Health spokesman