Daily Archives: April 1, 2016

Western Sydney Wanderers beat Central Coast Mariners 4-1 to return to top of A-League ladder


Western Sydney striker Brendon Santalab has tormented Central Coast Mariners again as the Wanderers moved to the top of the A-League ladder with a 4-1 home win.

In the final regular-season game at Parramatta Stadium before it is knocked down and rebuilt, Santalab bagged a goal in each half to give himself four goals in three matches against the Mariners this season.

Santalab, Romeo Castelen, Mitch Nichols and Mark Bridge caused plenty of headaches for debutant Mariners goalkeeper Adam Pearce and his side, which still has not kept a clean sheet this season.

The Wanderers might yet play another game at their home fortress if they finish high enough to host a finals match, but if not, they gave their fans in the 14,855-strong crowd plenty to remember.

Dutch international Castelen blasted a 20-metre right foot drive into the roof of the net after eight minutes and went close on a number of other occasions.

The Mariners briefly enjoyed parity after Spanish international Luis Garcia’s diving header from a Mitch Austin cross hit the back of the net in the 21st minute.

Santalab restored the home side’s lead 15 minutes later when he fired home from close range after Pearce pushed out a Castelen shot.

The Mariners created the odd chance after the break but the Wanderers continued to dominate, racking up a 20-8 advantage in the shot count.

An unmarked Santalab made it 3-1 when he headed a Scott Neville cross past Pearce in the 52nd minute and Nichols netted from close range near the end to complete the scoring.

The loss means the Mariners are now certain to record their lowest tally of wins in a season, boasting just three with one round to go.

The Wanderers, meanwhile, now sit atop the table on 45 competition points, but with Melbourne City (2nd on 44 pts), Brisbane (3rd on 44 pts), Adelaide (4th on 43 pts), and Perth (5th on 40 pts) still to play this weekend.


Επίθεση Λιβέρη στον Τραμπ από το Πέρθ


Και Πάσχα στο σπίτι του Τέρνμπουλ στο Σίδνεϊ.

Σκληρή επίθεση εναντίον του υποψήφιου για το χρίσμα των Ρεπουμπλικάνων για την προεδρία των ΗΠΑ, Ντόναλντ Τραμπ, εξαπέλυσε από το Περθ ο ομογενής Ελληνοαυστραλός Κροίσος, Ανδρέας Λιβέρης.

Ο κ. Λιβέρης, που υπήρξε σύμβουλος των προέδρων Κλίντον και Ομπάμα, χαρακτήρισε «επικίνδυνο τον Τραμπ για τις ΗΠΑ και τον κόσμο».

Αξίζει να σημειωθεί, ότι το Πάσχα των Καθολικών ο κ. Λιβέρης (ο οποίος είναι και επικεφαλής του Hellenic Initiative) το πέρασε στο σπίτι του Αυστραλού πρωθυπουργού Μάλκολμ Τέρνμπουλ στο Σίδνεϊ, δηλώνοντας, πάντως, ότι ο ίδιος, ως ορθόδοξος, θα κάνει Πάσχα τον Μάιο «με τον παραδοσιακό ελληνικό τρόπο».

Ο Ανδρέας Λιβέρης από το 2004 ηγείται ενός παγκόσμιου βιομηχανικού κολοσσού. Είναι ένας δισεκατομμυριούχος, είναι σύμβουλος του προέδρου των ΗΠΑ Μπαράκ Ομπάμα σε θέματα Εξωτερικού Εμπορίου. Είναι Έλληνας τρίτης γενιάς, αλλά δηλώνει πρώτα απ’ όλα Έλληνας.

Η διαδρομή Καστελόριζο-Ντάργουιν-Μίσιγκαν ήταν πολυετής και δύσκολη. Ο παππούς του έφυγε το 1910 από την εσχατιά της Ελλάδας, το Καστελόριζο μαζί με τη γυναίκα του και τον μικρό του γιο και εγκαταστάθηκε στο Ντάργουιν της Αυστραλίας που, μάλιστα, τότε είχε μόλις 300 κατοίκους.

Ο Ανδρέας Λιβέρης, είναι επικεφαλής του πολυεθνικού αμερικανικού κολοσσού Dow Chemical με τους 45.000 εργαζόμενους. Η εταιρία του συγχωνεύθηκε πρόσφατα με την DuPon, δημιουργώντας έναν μεγαλύτερο κολοσσό, αλλά ο ίδιος δηλώνει ότι του χρόνου θα αποσυρθεί.

Ο Λιβέρης ήρθε στην Αυστραλία με το ιδιωτικό αεροσκάφος της Dow Chemical, αξίας 85 εκατομμυρίων δολαρίων (ένα Gulfstream 650 jet), ενώ υποχρεώθηκε να πληρώσει στην εταιρία του $399 τα οποία είχε πληρώσει για να αγοράσει λουλούδια στη Χίλαρι Κλίντον.

Πηγή:Νέος Κόσμος

Κυνηγοί κροκοδείλων και μαργαριταριών οι πρώτοι Έλληνες του Ντάργουιν


Στη φωτογραφία ο ομογενής Γιώργος Χαρίτος μαζί με Αβορίγινες έχει πιάσει έναν κροκόδειλο κοντά στο Ντάργουιν στην δεκαετία του ’50

Η ιστορία των Ελλήνων της Northern Territory παρουσιάζει ξέχωρο ενδιαφέρον.

Ιδιαίτερο ενδιαφέρον παρουσιάζει η έρευνα με αντικείμενο την ιστορία των πρώτων Ελλήνων της Northern Territory, που διεξάγει ο καθηγητής, Γιώργος Φραντζής, από το Ελληνικό Τμήμα του Πανεπιστημίου Charles Darwin (CDU) και η οποία θα χρησιμοποιηθεί από το Τμήμα για την επόμενη πενταετία.

Η ιστορία των Ελλήνων της Northern Territory παρουσιάζει ξέχωρο ενδιαφέρον και είναι σε πολλά σημεία διαφορετική απ’ αυτή των Ελλήνων των νότιων Πολιτειών της Αυστραλίας. Εκεί οι πρώτοι Έλληνες, εκτός των άλλων, ασχολήθηκαν με κυνήγι κροκοδείλων καθώς και αλιεία μαργαριταριών και σφουγγαριών!

Πηγή:Νέος Κόσμος

Hunter speed cameras generating $4 million a year, concerns over mobile camera activity


UP TO SPEED: Veteran Newcastle driving instructor Phil Burns at the Tudor Street red light speed camera in Hamilton, which generated $408,000 last financial year. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

MOTORISTS on Hunter roads are forking out a whopping $10,000 a day in speeding fines issued by speed cameras, generating a hefty $4 million a year for the state government.

UP TO SPEED: Veteran Newcastle driving instructor Phil Burns at the Tudor Street red light speed camera in Hamilton, which generated $408,000 last financial year. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Herald analysis of the latest Office of State Revenue data reveals that this financial year, motorists have already paid more than $300,000 in speeding tickets per month.

With four months still to go before the end of the financial year, the figure puts it on track to come close to the $4.38 million sum paid by motorists in 2014/15.

The sting has ignited a fresh round of the revenue-raising versus safety debate, with a veteran Newcastle driving instructor claiming the speed cameras are counter-productive and “do more harm than good”.

“It’s outrageous,” Newcastle Driving School owner Phil Burns said of the windfall.

“In many cases, these cameras are actually causing accidents – they force people to slow down suddenly and you get rear-end collisions.

“Often it’s non-locals who don’t know where the cameras are that panic and hit the brake.”

The biggest cash cow on Hunter roads is the Gateshead camera on the Pacific Highway, situated in a school zone.


Manchester United news: Jose Mourinho ‘offered Valencia job’ as United face missing out on manager


The La Liga club sacked Neville after a miserable four-month spell that saw him relieved of his duties on Wednesday, with Valencia languishing down in 14th in the La Liga table and 20 points off the top four, where they had hoped to challenge after appointing the former United defender.

Valencia appointed Neville’s assistant, Pako Ayestaran, as his temporary replacement, but The Sun reports that talks with Mourinho actually began over a month ago with a view to the Portuguese returning to Spain.

53-year-old Mourinho has been holding out for the United job since being sacked himself by Chelsea in December after the Blues made a terrible start to the season. With Louis van Gaal under pressure to salvage United’s season in the form of a top four finish, speculation remains over the Dutchman’s future, and recent reports suggest Mourinho is simply waiting in the wings before taking the role on next season.

However, the Independent understands that Mourinho is yet to receive any official offer regarding the United job, and the relationship between Mourinho’s agent, Jorge Mendes, and Valencia owner Peter Lim, suggests that a move to the east coast may not be as farfetched as it appears.

It’s added that Lim would be willing to pay Mourinho up to £15m-per-year and give him a £100m transfer budget in order to rebuild a team that has failed both Nuno and Neville this season.


Australia:State Of Our Schools Survey finds positive Gonski effect, but overworked teachers


The latest snapshot of Australia’s education system has shown Gonski funding has had a positive impact, but suggests teachers have been lumped with extra duties.

The Australian Education Union’s (AEU) 2016 State Of Our Schools Survey of more than 9,000 respondents shows significant resources are flowing into most states.

AEU deputy federal president Maurie Mulheron said 67 per cent of principals reported their schools were receiving Gonski funding, compared to 34 per cent in 2015.

The previous federal government struck an agreement with the states to put in place the needs-based funding scheme devised by expert consultant David Gonski.

The AEU report shows half of the schools receiving Gonski funding in 2016 would get more than $100,000, with 27 per cent receiving more than $400,000.

Mr Mulherson said the funding was having a direct impact on supporting students, “in terms of additional literacy support, numeracy, one-on-one support for students with learning difficulties, additional speech pathology”.

However, Mr Mulherson said there were also inconsistencies in the administration of the funding in different states.

“Each state has got some different challenges and that’s why we’re saying that we need the Prime Minister to show national leadership and push for the Gonski original plan to be implemented in full for all states and territories,” he said.

Mr Mulheron also said there were enormous concentrations of disadvantage among schools in outer suburbs of the big cities and in depressed rural areas but Gonski funding is not being supplied equally to these areas.

Teachers being lumped with extra duties

The AEU said the report also highlighted some serious problems in the system, including teachers being required to cover administration work that was previously done by state and territory education departments.

“We’re hearing from principals that they’re doing too much of the administrational, clerical, business side of things, which is taking them away from the important teaching and learning,” Mr Mulheron said.

The report also found principals were finding it difficult to staff schools, with more than half reporting that maths and science classes were not being taught by adequately qualified teachers.

NSW Secondary Principals’ Council deputy president Chris Presland said the uncertainty of government policy was one of the factors making it difficult to keep staff.

“We’ve got some fantastic programs, which are effectively funded through the Gonski funding, we’ve got people employed that are doing some great work with our kids,” he said.

“But, we can’t commit them to long-term employment because we don’t know what commitment the federal government is going to honour in terms of the future of funding.

“To the credit of the State Government … they have committed to funding the Gonski programs in schools as long as they can.”