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Family begin campaign to fly seriouslyill Kerryman home from Canada

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first_img Short URL 46,993 Views Tuesday 28 Mar 2017, 6:10 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Niall Hurley/Go Fund Me He stressed that the local community in Calgary have been an amazing support for the family.We cannot say enough good things about the people here in the hospital and the people that started to help Niall by visiting, sending cards and prayers and texting our family non-stop.The Irish Cultural Society and the Irish community in the city are also helping out with mounting costs.“The Irish community here are amazing in the way they come together as a team when times call for it. It means so much especially when people are away from home.”In the latest post on the GoFundMe page, Ian hinted at his brother’s progress:“…just leaving the hospital. Niall’s voice seems a little louder tonight. Also he is saying that his double vision is improving which is huge progress.”The GoFundMe page is to fund Niall’s return trip home, where he will require both a doctor and a nurse to accompany him on the journey. So far the campaign has raised over $3,000 of the target figure of $10,000 (€9,100).Read: Fundraiser to be held in Vancouver as bid to get critically-ill Irishman home nears targetRead: Carlow teen thanks public after raising €600,000 for cancer treatment following emotional video http://jrnl.ie/3309085 9 Comments center_img Family begin campaign to fly seriously-ill Kerryman home from Canada Niall Hurley, a 28-year-old carpenter from Tralee, was planning to return home when he suffered from a brain aneurysm and a stroke. Share336 Tweet Email4 THE FAMILY OF a man who fell ill days before travelling home from Canada have begun an online donation campaign to get their son back to Co Kerry.Niall Hurley, a 28-year-old carpenter, was preparing to return to Tralee on 16 February having been on a two-year work visa in Calgary, Alberta.But four days beforehand, Niall blacked out. He was taken to the Foothills Medical Center by ambulance and an ependymoma brain tumour was discovered in the cerebellum part of his head.He underwent brain surgery for 10 hours, and is currently receiving therapy. According to Dr John Kelly, the doctor who operated on Niall, his recovery could take up to two years.Niall’s brother Ian, who is a permanent Canadian resident, told TheJournal.ie that their parents Barbara and Kevin have been at their son’s bed-side for almost six weeks.Mom and Dad are great. They are doing shifts at the hospital to ensure one of them is with Niall 24 hours a day. Mar 28th 2017, 6:10 AM By Gráinne Ní Aodha Image: Niall Hurley/Go Fund Melast_img read more

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Television debates make voters ponder

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first_imgThe third week of the Greek election campaign started with two television debates, which saw the leaders of the two major political parties stake their claims for support from the Greek electorate.Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis and PASOK leader George Papandreou faced off on Tuesday night in what proved to be a livelier televised debate than many people expected.It was the second and last election debate before Greek voters go to the polls on October 4 but, in contrast to Monday’s discussion, when the leaders of six parties took part, only Karamanlis and Papandreou were present .The other difference was the presence of only a moderator yesterday rather than the six journalists who took part on Monday. The format allowed the two party leaders to address each other with three-minute or one-minute statements and responses to the other’s position. As on Monday, the economy was the subject on which the two leaders began their discussion.“We have to tackle the public debt now, so tougher measures are not needed in the future,” said Karamanlis. “We have two difficult years ahead of us and we have a tough uphill road ahead of us on one hand and wishful thinking on the other.”Papandreou posed a different type of dilemma to the electorate.“Either we have a government that wastes money on patron-client relationships or a government that will conduct some housekeeping,” said the PASOK leader. “The dilemma is which government will bring the average Greek family to its knees and which government will give hope of prosperity.”In an effort to kill off questions about how PASOK would fund planned rises in public sector wages and pensions, Papandreou said he would collect up to 3 billion euros in uncollected taxes, from tax dodgers, by absorbing more European Union funds and by making use of public property that is sitting idle.The PASOK leader also offered to send Karamanlis PASOK’s party’s platform in response to charges that the opposition had only adopted vague positions.The two leaders then clashed on issues such as education reform, work experience programs and the viability of pension funds before moving on to the issue of corruption.“There is bureaucracy, legal complexity, corruption and a lack of transparency,” said Papandreou. “What has the government done to improve public administration? Let me remind you of the cases that have dominated over the last six years: structured bonds, Cosmote, Vatopedi, Siemens and others.”“We referred any case that appeared to the justice system,” responded Karamanlis. “The biggest scandal in recent years is the case of the 1999 stock market bubble,” added the prime minister, referring to an incident that happened while PASOK was in power.The environment and foreign policy were the final topics of debate. The second televised debate ended with a brief final statement from the two leaders.“I am determined to take the country forward with a state that respects its citizens,’ said George Papandreou, asking for support that would give PASOK a clear parliamentary majority. “The country can progress on the road of development but we need to solve some of our chronic problems, mainly by sorting out public finances,” said Costas Karamanlis, who ended by challenging Papandreou to another debate, although PASOK later appeared to reject the proposal.No clear winner emerged from the first televised debate among the leaders of the six parties in Greece on Monday night, which lasted over three hours.The six political leaders had to answer a total of 36 questions posed by six journalists on six broad themes. One of the highlights of the night came when, in a departure from previous debates, the leaders, who had to answer a total of 36 questions posed by six journalists on six broad themes, were also given the opportunity to ask one another one question.Karamanlis and Papandreou posed their questions to each other. Karamanlis asked Papandreou to be more specific about how he would fund an increase in public spending, which the government claims would cost some 10 billion euros while Papandreou asked about the government’s failure to stamp out corruption. The leader of the Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS), Giorgos Karatzaferis, was asked repeatedly to answer questions about immigration, while Communist Party leader Aleka Papariga and Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) representative Alexis Tsipras had to respond to queries about economic policy and public demonstrations. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Labour market reforms to cut wages and measures protect jobs

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first_imgOne of the most contentious pieces of legislation that the government will have to pass as part of the package of structural reforms ordered by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund was tabled in Parliament on Thursday night.Greek Lbour Minister Loula Katseli tabled the labour reform legislation in the Greek parliament.Under the legislation, businesses would be allowed to set aside the collective contracts that exist in a variety of sectors if they run into financial problems and offer their employees in-house deals instead.Employers would be allowed to pay lower rates than those stipulated in the collective labor deals, although monthly salaries could not dip below the national minimum wage of 740 euros.The draft law also makes it easier and cheaper to fire employees as collective contracts contain strict clauses on how many workers employers can sack and what compensation they must pay them.It also foresees freezing the gross monthly salaries at government corporations will be capped at 4,000 euros, while monthly salaries over 1,800 euros will be slashed by 10 percent.It also provides for wages in the private sector to be lowered below the levels set in their private sector collective agreements.The government argues the measures are intended to curb common abuses in the public sector, with questionable bonuses frequently added to workers’ monthly pay.Prime Minister George Papandreou said the measures could slow job losses through the recession, predicted to continue in 2011.“We either save jobs, or businesses will close and more people will be out of work,” he told parliament.“We will get through the tunnel with the fewest losses possible, so that we can return to growth as easy as as can.”But opposition parties strongly denounced the labour amrket reforms.Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras said, that the government is changing with the living standards of Greek citizens’ ‘without dialogue, without consent, without serious thinking and with increasing internal frictions”.Samaras added that “ND is in favour of reforms, but not makeshift reforms”. He called for “structural changes that will bring competitiveness, recovery and hope”.Communist Party (KKE) leader Aleka Papariga called for the political system to be toppled saying that “at this point there is a necessity for a specific opposition strategy that leads the people to challenge and topple the system and not to quack remedies that recycle and intensify the problems”.“We are dealing with a dangerous govenrment to which the lot was cast of taking brutal measures and ignoring the people,” Papariga added.Alexis Tsipras of Left coalition Syriza, has accused the government of legitimising the most barbarian policy in Greece, adding that Mr Papandreou should step down as quickly as possible.Other political leaders also expressed their opposition to the latest government decisions.Prime Minister George Papandreou has called for meetings with the political leaders early next week in the run up to the crucial European Summit on December 16-17 in Brussels.Source: Kathimerini, Associated Press, Athens News Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Beirut Hellenic bank wins Best of the Best award

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Beirut Hellenic Bank has won ‘Best Term Deposits – Long Term’ and ‘Best DIY Super Savings Account’ in Money magazine’s annual ‘Best of the Best’ awards announced on Thursday. Money’s annual financial guide and awards help Australians find the best financial products in various categories. “The Bank always strived to lead the market in 2011 by delivering the best interest rates for savers and passing on interest rate rises as fast as we could to our customers,” said Beirut Hellenic Bank Managing Director, James Wakim. “Learning that we were judged as Australia’s best in two key savings categories is a great honour for Beirut Hellenic Bank and will only make us work harder in 2012 to ensure we continue to provide our customers with market leading financial products and service,” said James Wakim.For the ‘Best Term Deposits – Long Term’ category, winners were ranked by the average of the current rate and the historical six-month effective interest rate for a $25,000 balance and one-year term. ‘Best DIY Super Savings Account’ category was decided by the winners being ranked by their interest rates for a balance of $50,000. Bonus – but not promotional – rates were taken into consideration and accounts had to be available to a trust. “Beirut Hellenic Bank aims to be Australia’s leading multicultural financial institution and providing superior customer service and banking products is the only way to get there,” continued James Wakim. “I am delighted to receive these two awards on behalf of Beirut Hellenic Bank and can promise customers that 2012 will see us strive to continue to lead the market in these categories and others,” concluded James Wakim.last_img read more

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Potential threeparty coalition emerges

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram New Democracy, PASOK and Democratic Left are poised to agree on the formation of coalition government Tuesday after holding “constructive” talks yesterday. Anti-bailout SYRIZA and Independent Greeks have rejected the chance to join the administration.Conservative chief Antonis Samaras met with the leaders of all the potential coalition partners after receiving the mandate to form a government from President Karolos Papoulias.Samaras’s overtures were turned down by SYRIZA’s Alexis Tsipras and Panos Kammenos of Independent Greeks but PASOK’s Evangelos Venizelos and Fotis Kouvelis of Democratic Left suggested that there was enough common ground to form an alliance.Kathimerini understands that PASOK will seek an active role in the administration and could put forward several of its officials for ministerial roles. Also, Venizelos is not opposed to the idea of Samaras leading the new government as prime minister. Samaras, meanwhile, has suggested that 30 percent of the Cabinet should comprise non-political figures.Venizelos insisted that SYRIZA should be brought into the coalition talks. He proposed a discussion between ND, PASOK, SYRIZA and Democratic Left to be hosted Tuesday by Papoulias.“We agreed that the country must have a government immediately. Ideally we should have a government by tomorrow night,” Venizelos said. The ideal scenario, he said, would be “a government of shared responsibility involving four parties.”Venizelos said the focus should shift to finding “as broad a coalition as possible.” He described the stance of SYRIZA as “anti-democratic and threatening.” He accused Tsipras of “trying to create the conditions for the failure of the government, the failure of the country.”Tsipras ruled out the possibility of his party entering a coalition after talks with Samaras and called on the conservative leader to honor his pledge to renegotiate Greece’s debt deal with foreign creditors.“I didn’t hear from his lips yesterday any reference to renegotiation; I only heard vows to honor commitments, to honor signatures,” Tsipras said, referring to Samaras’s speech on Sunday. He said he told Samaras that further cuts to salaries and pensions would be “catastrophic” for the country.Tsipras added that Samaras should swiftly form a government, noting that the next 10 days ahead of an EU summit were critical. But he made it clear that he would not join a coalition. “We must be in opposition as we represent opposite camps,” he said. He added that he was certain SYRIZA would be vindicated in its opposition to Greece’s debt deal, the memorandum. “We are certain that we will be vindicated by developments in Greece and Europe,” he said, adding that “the memorandum cannot offer hope to Greece or Europe.”SYRIZA’s refusal to join the government means that Democratic Left holds a key role. New Democracy and PASOK have enough seats to form a government on their own but the addition of the leftists would give it a slightly wider public appeal. It would also deflect some of the criticism that the new government would simply be more of the same, as PASOK and ND have governed Greece almost exclusively since 1974.In a statement after his meeting with Samaras, Democratic Left leader Kouvelis suggested that his party might be ready to join the coalition.He emphasized the need “for a government, and a progressive one, to lead the country out of deadlock” in a speech that did not once refer to leftist SYRIZA, which he had insisted should form part of a coalition after the previous election in May.Kouvelis called on other political parties to respond to seven conditions for cooperation that he had set out ahead of the elections.The seven positions, which Kouvelis first presented on June 10, are: cleaning up the political system, disengaging from the EU-IMF memorandum by 2017, overhauling Greece’s productive capacity, reorganizing agricultural development, ensuring citizens’ safety, tackling illegal immigration, and supporting and broadening social security and certain steps on foreign policy issues.Among the proposals made by Democratic Left are: the introduction of a law allowing the assets of government members and senior civil servants who have served since 1974 to be inspected, scrapping ministerial and parliamentary immunity, reduction in MPs’ wages and end to pensions for parliamentarians, halving of state funding for parties, introduction of proportional representation, freezing of wage and pension cuts, canceling of law lowering minimum wage, restoring collective contracts, increasing the tax-free threshold and taxing the Church of Greece’s assets.During a meeting of the party’s central committee earlier in the day, the majority of party members favored Democratic Left taking an active role in the government rather than just supporting it in Parliament.With all the votes counted in Sunday’s elections, support for New Democracy stood at 29.66 percent, compared to 26.89 for SYRIZA. PASOK was third with 12.28 percent, followed by Independent Greeks on 7.51, Golden Dawn on 6.92, Democratic Left on 6.26 and the Communist Party on 4.5 percent.In terms of seats in the House, this share of the votes translates into 129 for New Democracy, 71 for SYRIZA, 33 for PASOK, 20 for Independent Greeks, 18 for Golden Dawn, 17 for Democratic Left and 12 for the Communist Party.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Australia prepared for European crisis fallout

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Australia has called for Greece to form a new government quickly to restore confidence in the debt-laden economy. Acting Prime Minister Wayne Swan has welcomed New Democracy’s victory in Sunday’s election but said economies in the eurozone are still facing challenges and stability needs to be restored. “We certainly need a boost to growth (and) we also need longer term fiscal consolidation,” he told reporters in Canberra. “But I think Australians can be assured that we are in the strongest position of any developed economy to cope with any fallout from these events in Europe. “Our economy is 10 per cent larger than it was prior to global financial crisis,” he said Mr Swan said he was hopeful that a government would be formed quickly in Greece but warned there could be further fallout in Australia from the European debt crisis. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Julia Gillard is in Mexico for the G20 leaders’ summit. At the summit, Ms Gillard said: “what happens in Europe does matter to the economy of Australia because Europe is the single biggest economic zone in the world”.last_img read more

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Napthine declares pride in Greek community

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first_imgPremier Denis Napthine told Neos Kosmos this week that Victoria’s Greek community were continuing a tradition of nation building, with a new generation adding to the social and economic growth of the state. On walkabout at a wet and blustery Antipodes Festival last Saturday, Dr Napthine spoke for the first time as Premier about his support for multiculturalism. “It’s one of our greatest assets – in terms of our quality of life but also in terms of our businesses. “The multicultural community gives us enormous advantages in doing business not only locally but internationally,” said the Premier. Dr Napthine acknowledged the role Greek immigrants had played following the years of mass migration, describing the Greek community as “one of the major players in the transformation of Victoria into a very modern 21st century society”. “The Greek community have made an enormous contribution to our arts, culture, and our business life.” Asked what his government would be doing to assist Greek Australian pensioners, many of whom voiced concerns last year about concessions not keeping pace with the cost of living and spiralling aged care costs, the Premier said he was “very aware” of the issues facing the community and the importance of providing culturally appropriate services. Reflecting his own personal experience of cultural diversity, Dr Napthine said he was proud of his nieces and nephews who are of Greek and Chinese backgrounds. “My sister married a Greek, and another sister married someone of Chinese Australian background, so my family has a great multicultural history.” Whilst rain and gusting winds kept some away from last weekend’s Glendi, the Premier, along with Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott, spent time sheltering beside the stalls which lined Lonsdale Street, before the festival’s official opening by Prime Minister Julia Gillard. “I love the souvlaki and the music,” said the Premier, “but I’m here really to experience the Greek enjoyment of life. “Greeks probably show the way in terms of how they enjoy life and they really do know how to party. Greeks do it ten times better than Australians.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Xenophon unhappy with the Greens

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first_imgSouth Australian Senator Nick Xenophon is considering advising his supporters to put the Liberal or Labor parties ahead of the Greens at the September 7 poll, making it harder for Australian Greens Senator Hanson-Young to be returned. Mr Xenophon made his intention public after a reported Bob Brown request for him to direct his preferences in the Senate to the Greens. He stated that there was an overwhelming reaction of his supporters against the Greens and the request of their former leader. If Mr Xenophon directs his preferences to the major parties, this might alter the overall balance in the senate. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

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Olympic Flame Lit in Ancient Olympia

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The countdown to the Rio 2016 Games formally began Thursday morning (Greek time) with the ceremonial lighting of the Olympic torch in southern Greece.The Ancient Flame will travel through Greece before reaching Brazil on 3 May. Some 12,000 people will carry the flame on its journey to the Maracana Stadium for the Opening Ceremony on 5 August 2016.During the Lighting ceremony, that was successfully organized by the Hellenic Olympic Committee, the Olympic Flame was lit by the sunrays in the hands of the High Priestess Katerina Lehou, a ceremony honored by the presence of the President of the Hellenic Republic as well as the President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach.The High Priestess passed the Flame to the first torchbearer, world champion in gymnastics, Lefteris Petrounias, who opened the Torch Relay for Rio. Giovane Gavio, Olympic medalist in volleyball representing Brasil, was the second torchbearer.The ritual of the dance of the priestesses, inspired by the choreographer Artemis Ignatiou, was presented to the musical composition of Giannis Psimadas. The priestesses and the dancers impressed the audience, wearing traditional costumes designed by Eleni Kyriakou.Thousands of people from Greece and abroad watched the Lighting Ceremony and applauded the performers who excelled themselves.The minister of the Interior Panagiotis Kouroublis, the Minister for Sport Stavros Kontonis, the IOC Vice Presidents, Nawal El Moutawakel, Zaiqing Yu, the IOC honorary member Lambis Nikolaou, the President of the Organizing Committee of “Rio 2016” and the IOC member, Carlos Nuzman, the HOC Secretary General Manolis Katsiadakis, the President of the International Olympic Academy Isidoros Kouvelos, the deputy of the Greek Parliament, Dora Bakoyianni, the President of the Union of Centrists, Vassilis Leventis and many HOC members. The 1st torchbearer, Lefteris Petrounias, after passing the flame to the 2nd torchbearer, said: “This is the biggest moment in my career and I feel very proud. I want to thank the Hellenic Olympic Committee for this honour and all the Greeks for the warm welcome. I hope live up to their expectations and make everyone happy in Rio”.Katerina Lehou passes the FlameIn his speech, the IOC President Thomas Bach underlined: “The Flame is an ancient symbol of peace and harmony, a symbol of the power of humanity to come together despite our differences. This will be the legacy of the Olympic Games for Brazil and for the world. The torch relay will spread the message of our shared humanity to all people of the beautiful country of Brazil, a nation that is built on the idea that its strength comes from uniting all of its cultural richness. Brazil is unique in its diversity. Let the celebration of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in this vast and wonderful country show the world the true meaning of unity in diversity.”The President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee Spyros Capralos said: “This Flame is the strongest bond bringing together the games of antiquity with the games of the modern era. It sends messages from the older times which remain most contemporary even today. In the course of thousand years of humanity, what has remained unchanged is the constant appeal of sport and the timeless values of Olympism. These values go beyond people, history and borders; today, they are more significant than ever before, especially for the youth, our hope for the future and those to whom you addressed yourself, Mr. President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, with the renewal of the Olympic movement through the Agenda 2020.President of Democracy Prokopis Pavlopoulos arrives in OlympiaThe Flame holds a very special place within the heart of Greek people. We feel that it carries along its long journey a piece of our home country. Its very special messages will be sent with the Torch Relay, about to start very soon from Greece and carry on in Brazil.”On behalf of the organizing city, Carlos Nuzman said: “The fundamental meaning of the Olympic Games is the lesson that there are no rights or wrongs when we work for the generations to come. No one can build the future alone. We are humbly grateful to President Bach and the International Olympic Committee for their guidance, their help and their support. The contribution of every single person in the IOC – staff, honorary members and members – was vital. And we thank them for being with us through this amazing journey. They believed in dream and they later helped us to build it We are here, for the kindness and the hard work of the Hellenic Olympic Committee. The more we come to Greece, the more we feel at home. Thank you my friends.”The Mayor of Ancient Olympia, Efthymios Kotzas, said in his speech: “Today, more than ever before, at a time where wars still leave people without a country and athletes without a flag, the message of the Olympic Games for peace and brotherhood among people, is substantial and compelling. History’s challenges did not blow out the Olympic Flame. The revival of the games 120 years ago opened a new chapter for humanity, a hopeful prospective for every human being on this planet”.last_img read more

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A Greek Christmas

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As the countdown to the end of the year begins, preparations for Christmas and the holiday season are taking shape. Many Greeks in the Australian diaspora still don’t feel very festive in the summer, as their memories of Christmas tend to feature cold weather. In Greece, Christmas (or Christougena) lasts for around a month. The festive season starts on 6 December, which is the Feast of St Nicholas day. The Christmas season officially lasts until 6 January (Feast of Epiphany). Children will visit their neighbours singing carols (or kalanda in Greek) that have been passed down from generation to generation. The Christmas holidays (from work and school) typically involves families gathering together. Some families escape the big cities and visit their vacation house in regional areas or on the islands. It is not uncommon for Greek families to own a vacation house in another part of the country, unlike here in Australia, where it’s something usually restricted to the wealthy. The reason that so many families do have vacation homes in Greece is simply because the homes were passed down in families. A son or daughter who may be gifted their parents’ home in the town where they grew up may not wish to live there. They may have already established a life and career in one of the big cities (Athens, Thessaloniki or Patras). Rather than selling the home (because of a slow property market and sentimental reasons), they will return to the house during their holidays. Visits would typically be during the summer holidays and at Christmas time. Unlike here in Australia, where gifts are opened on Christmas Day (usually very early in the morning if there are kids involved), in Greece gifts are exchanged on Christmas Eve. Saint Vasilis is Greece’s answer to Santa Claus, and he delivers presents to children on Christmas Eve. Also on Christmas Eve, families will bake a special festive loaf of bread called Christopsomo, literally ‘Christ Bread’, featuring a sign of the cross imprinted on it before it goes in the oven. The bread is shared among the family on Christmas Day.Christmas Day is reserved for a meal with the family. Rather than turkey, families will share a leg of lamb on a spit (souvla), with vegetables and rice, followed by special festive cakes, melomakarouna and kourapiedes. Laughter and eating is accompanied by music and dancing. It is truly a joyful time to spend with loved ones. Families in the diaspora who wish to bring some traditional Greek customs into their Christmas celebration may prepare a typical Greek Christmas lunch, and dig out the recipe for Christopsomo! There is one you can try at www.greekfood.about.com/od/greekchristmasrecipes/r/Greek-Christmas-Bread…Orthodox Churches all over the world will offer a Christmas Day service that everyone is welcome to attend. Most of all, the true spirit of Christmas, celebrating love and family, as well as the life of Jesus, can be achieved equally as joyously both here and in Greece. I hope yours is truly special. Kala Christouyenna! * As a special Christmas gift to the Neos Kosmos community, I am delighted to offer either of my books for just $10 each. Buy just one or both of them for a total of $20. The books make a beautiful Christmas gift, with a unique taste of Greece for the child in your life. www.melinamallos.comlast_img read more

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Applications are open for the International Cavafy Summer School

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first_imgIn summer 2019, the International Cavafy Summer School will once more bring together prominent academics, scholars, and young researchers of the work of C. P. Cavafy, one of Modern Greece’s most distinguished and internationally recognised poets. The summer school is organised by the Cavafy Archive and the Onassis Foundation, and will take place at the Onassis Library on 8-14 July. Under the theme “Cavafy’s Orient/ations”, topics will focus on the multiple topographies and cultural dynamics of Cavafy’s poems.Cavafy’s Orient/ationsThe International Cavafy Summer School is an annual scholarly initiative of the Cavafy Archive and the Onassis Foundation, the first of its kind, devoted entirely to Cavafy and the impact of his work. It is addressed to Ph.D. candidates, postdoctoral researchers, and early-career scholars. The first summer school took place in 2017, focusing on the concept of “Cavafy in the World”, while the second one, in 2018, explored the theme “Cavafy and Antiquity.”The 2019 edition, titled “Cavafy’s Orient/ations” will focus on the multiple (geographical, aesthetic, historical, etc.) topographies and cultural dynamics of Cavafy’s work and will approach the Cavafy phenomenon within its broader geographical and historical range. Its purpose is to explore the varied and sometimes contradictory or unexpected interconnections and interpretations of Cavafy’s work as well as to re-examine some of the more traditional definitions of his work.Some of the questions to be examined include: the poet’s place in-between East and West; the significance of his native Alexandria as part of both ancient and modern empires; Cavafy measured in relation to discourses of Orientalism; colonial and post-colonial ways of reading Cavafy; the shift between regional geography and globality in Cavafy’s reception; and Cavafy’s own orientations in their multiple range (poetic, historical, erotic).The summer school’s aim is to enrich participants’ knowledge about Cavafy and his work, opening new directions and comparative approaches in the context of Cavafy studies. Invited scholars, all experts in their fields, will lead comprehensive morning seminars and will also take part in the presentations of participants’ work, in one or more of the afternoon workshops.The twelve participants (Ph.D. candidates, postdoctoral researchers, and early-career scholars) will be invited to present their work in the afternoon workshops, to engage in creative dialogue with the invited scholars, and to take part in conversations that will develop over the six days of the school. Participants will be recorded and portions of their talks will be made public on the Cavafy Archive official YouTube channel. Additional events will also be scheduled.The working language of the International Cavafy Summer School will be English. There are no tuition charges or other fees for participants, while all room and board expenses will be covered by the scool, thanks to the support of the Onassis Foundation and the Cavafy Archive. Students and early-career researchers can also apply for grants to cover their travel expenses in whole or in part. The summer school will take place on 8-14 July, and participation application must be submitted by 31 January 2019.The International Cavafy Summer School 2019 will be led by Stathis Gourgouris (Columbia University) and Takis Kayalis (University of Ioannina). In addition, the seminars will host a number of invited speakers: Hala Halim (New York University), Peter Jeffreys (Suffolk University), Alexander Kazamias (Coventry University), Vassiliki Kolocotroni (University of Glasgow), Aamir R. Mufti (UCLA), and Yiannis Papatheodorou (University of Ioannina).The Cavafy archiveOnassis Foundation acquired the Cavafy Archive in the end of 2012. The Archive consists of approximately 4.000 manuscripts, photographs and personal items of the poet, while its collections comprise original poems, translations, commentary on poems, the poet’s correspondence, and his notes. Its aim is to safegueard these items and to promote C.P. Cavafy’s work. Working towards this end, numerous projects and events take place in Greece and abroad, for the wider public and particularly the younger generations, creatively utilising the potential of new technologies.Created by the Center for Neo-Hellenic Studies and owned by the Onassis Foundation, the Cavafy Archive website contains all of Cavafy’s major works in the translation of Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard (edited by G.P. Savidis), plus select alternative translations. It also contains a wealth of unpublished material from the poet’s Archive, plus a Cavafy Companion section and up-to-date information on Cavafy’s seminal presence in today’s world, as seen through the web.For more information and application guidelines, visit this page.[source: Greek News Agenda] Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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HACCIJust Gold partner up to turn the brain drain into a brain

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first_imgHACCI, a business body for the Hellenic Australian Community, has announced an alliance with Just Gold Digital Agency to showcase Hellenic Australian innovation and entrepreneurship to audiences around the globe.The collaboration with Just Gold is expected to help strengthen bilateral trade relationships between Greece, Australia and the diaspora – HACCI’s main goal. As a multifaceted organization, HACCI works with business, Greek and Australian governments and the community at large. It gives members a forum to meet, interact and exchange knowledge and ideas through hosted and co-sponsored functions, events, investment seminars, trade delegations and conferences.Just Gold is the agency that connects Greece, Cyprus and Australia. The agency gives life to ideas, projects and existing brands using a #digitalfirst approach. The goal will be to create a holistic digital communication strategy that would allow HACCI to achieve a greater online reach.Just Gold CEO Kyriakos Gold is pleased with the alliance. “We must redefine what brain gain means for Greece,” he said. “HACCI hosts game changing events featuring brilliant minds and exquisite speakers with rich experience throughout the year. We are ready to take these events to the world.”With over half a million Greeks having left Greece looking for opportunities around the globe during the last decade, the potential is enormous.“We cannot expect all of those professionals to go back,” Mr Gold said. “We must redefine ‘brain gain’ and what success for Greeks and Greece looks like, focusing on the interactive relationship of global digital audiences of Hellenic background. Our goal is to drive investment and knowledge connecting them with Australia, Greece Cyprus and the world.”HACCI Chair Georgegina Poulos is also pleased to be teaming up with Just Gold. By working together HACCI and Just Gold hope to deliver their message to global audiences, building synergies and an online community. “Our key focus areas are to continue to attract new members and subscribers, establish new corporate partnerships and strategic alliances,” she said.HACCI will co-design a new communications strategy with Just Gold, who will also manage the online community that will complement HACCI’s activities, bringing like-minded businesses and professionals together in the digital space to share knowledge, experience and explore further synergy opportunities. Just Gold will develop online audiences for existing structures and HACCI activities and give local, national and international audiences. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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La mode responsable peine à se faire une place sur le marché

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first_imgLa mode responsable peine à se faire une place sur le marché françaisFrance –  L’Institut français de la mode (IFM) vient de publier une étude sur le lent développement de la mode responsable en France. Si elle est aujourd’hui un “objet marketing mal identifié” par les consommateurs, la donne devrait changer au cours des années à venir.Si les consommateurs prennent de plus en plus conscience de leurs responsabilités sociales et environnementales, la mode éthique et écologique peine à se développer dans l’Hexagone. Ce marché émergent ne représente aujourd’hui que 1,5% des ventes. Toutefois, il devrait s’imposer au cours de la prochaine décennie, estime l’IFM.Contrairement à l’alimentation, au logement ou au transport, la mode est “synonyme de plaisir, de choix, de désirs pour de nouveaux produits que la nécessité n’impose pas” souligne l’étude, laissant entendre qu’une mode responsable est un concept qui peut sembler contradictoire.Sous ce concept peuvent être entendus à la fois les produits biologiques, le commerce équitable ou le commerce éthique, les produits partage, dont une partie du prix est reversé à une association, ou encore les modes de production respectueux de l’environnement. Si 21% des personnes interrogées disent avoir déjà acheté des vêtements biologiques ou éthiques, 27% d’entre elles sont plutôt sceptiques vis-a-vis de ces produits tandis que 38% ne savent tout simplement pas de quoi il s’agit.Si 70% des sondés estiment que le concept de mode responsable peut justifier des prix élevés, les marques restent timides bien que 83% des entreprises interrogées par l’IFM pensent que cela pourrait améliorer leur image.La tendance de la mode responsable a, d’après l’IFM décollé en 2008-2009, mais il faudra attendre au moins cinq ans pour qu’elle se développe et parvienne à engendrer 5 à 15% du chiffre d’affaires de l’habillement, contre 1,5% aujourd’hui.Le 23 janvier 2010 à 13:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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La région RhôneAlpes sacrée région la plus plus verte de France

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first_imgLa région Rhône-Alpes sacrée “région la plus plus verte de France”France –  D’après un classement publié au début du mois par le magazine Terra Eco, la région Rhône-Alpes monte sur la première marche du podium des régions les plus vertes de France. De leur côté, la Haute-Normandie, la Picardie ou encore le Nord-Pas-de-Calais sont considérés comme les plus mauvais élèves.En matière de développement durable, c’est dans le sud de la France que les régions sont les plus vertueuses. Rhône-Alpes est en effet la région la plus verte, suivie du Midi-Pyrénées et du Limousin, d’après le bilan de Terra Eco.Plusieurs critères tels que l’économie, la politique sociale et environnementale, les pratiques agricoles, le nombre de chercheurs ou la part des espaces protégés, ont été pris en compte pour établir ce classement qui épingle la Haute-Normandie, la Picardie, le Nord-Pas-de-Calais et la Champagne-Ardennes, désignées régions les moins vertes de France. “Globalement, les régions du Nord-Est de la France partent avec quelques handicaps. Les régions qui ont opté pour des pratiques agricoles intensives après-guerre se retrouvent aussi en situation délicate du point de vue environnemental” souligne Terra Eco.L’enquête précise toutefois que les écarts qui séparent les premières et dernières régions sont relativement “faibles”. Ainsi, 19e du classement, le Nord-Pas-de-Calais se trouve pénalisé par “un développement économique longtemps guidé par l’État et ancré sur des industries polluantes comme le charbon et la métallurgie”. Parallèlement, il s’agit de la première région à avoir créé un parc naturel régional et à s’être engagée dans un plan de développement durable.Autre information surprenante : le Limousin, désignée comme la troisième région la plus verte de France, est celle qui consacre le budget le plus faible à l’environnement (0,8% de son budget global en moyenne sur les cinq dernières années).Le 14 mars 2010 à 14:56 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Internet Explorer moins de 60 de parts de marché pour un navigateur

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first_imgInternet Explorer : moins de 60% de parts de marché pour un navigateur en perte de vitesseMonde – Selon les dernières estimations de Net Applications, Internet Explorer représente aujourd’hui 59,95% de parts de marché sur le terrain des navigateurs internet. Toujours leader, l’outil de Microsoft continue à perdre du terrain, face à des concurrents plus en forme que jamais. En avril 2009, 67,77% des internautes surfaient grâce à IE et en mars dernier, le cap des 60% de parts de marché n’avait pas encore été franchi puisque 60,65% des internautes continuaient à l’utiliser. Celui qui a longtemps été incontournable car toujours sur la première marche du podium, ne cesse de confirmer son essoufflement. Aux deuxième et troisième rangs, Mozilla Firefox (24,59%) et Google Chrome (6,73%) grappillent des centièmes et attendent la destitution de leur aîné. Le 4 mai 2010 à 13:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Google Street View la Cnil durcit le ton

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first_imgGoogle Street View : la Cnil durcit le tonFrance  – Échaudées par l’affaire Street View, plusieurs Cnil (Commissions nationales de l’informatique et des libertés) ont décidé de mener l’enquête. Une analyse des informations récupérées par Google est en cours.Depuis que Google a reconnu que ses voitures avaient récupéré des informations confidentielles “par accident”, les Cnil ont décidé de mettre leur nez dans les affaires du groupe américain afin de déterminer les causes exactes de cette “erreur”. À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Mis en demeure par la Cnil française, le géant de l’Internet a dû confier début juin ces informations privées afin de comprendre comment les voitures utilisées dans le cadre du logiciel Street View ont pu collecter des informations privées telles que les courriers électroniques et les mots de passe d’utilisateurs. Il est fort possible que depuis deux ans, Google enregistre ces informations à l’insu du monde informatique. L’autorité française affirme avoir été la première à pouvoir observer les dossiers de l’entreprise, et ce depuis le 4 juin. L’Espagne, l’Allemagne, les États-Unis, le Canada et l’Australie devraient suivre la Cnil dans ses investigations. Google risque des sanctions allant de l’avertissement à de lourdes amendes.Le 18 juin 2010 à 12:20 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Vaccination les efforts doivent se poursuivre

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first_imgVaccination : les efforts doivent se poursuivreMonde – L’OMS vient de publier un nouveau rapport indiquant les bons résultats des campagnes de vaccination de ces dix dernières années. L’Organisation mondiale de la santé insiste sur l’importance de la poursuite de cette prévention vaccinale.L’Organisation mondiale de la santé vient de rendre public son état des lieux de la vaccination mené autour du globe. Ces dix dernières années, les campagnes massives ont permis de sauver la vie de nombreux enfants, principalement dans les pays en voie de développement. Cependant, 20% des bébés qui naissent chaque année dans le monde ne reçoivent pas les vaccins prévus lors de la première année de vie. Ce taux représente annuellement 24 millions d’enfants qui, n’étant pas protégés, risquent de mourir de maladies pourtant évitables. Grâce à la vaccination et pour la première fois en 2009, le taux de mortalité infantile est passé sous la barre des 10 millions. Aujourd’hui, l’OMS recommande de poursuivre les recherches pour élaborer des vaccins contre le virus du sida, le paludisme et la tuberculose.Le 16 octobre 2010 à 12:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Hypertension le manque de sommeil pointé du doigt

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first_imgHypertension : le manque de sommeil pointé du doigt Le Comité français de lutte contre l’hypertension artérielle (CFLHTA) souhaite alerter les Français. Les troubles du sommeil sont plus fréquents chez les hypertendus que dans le reste de la population.Le CFLHTA vient de publier les résultats d’une étude réalisée sur 3.718 adultes de plus de 35 ans et vivant en métropole. Elle révèle que les troubles du sommeil sont plus fréquents chez les hypertendus que dans le reste de la population : ronflements, apnée du sommeil, somnolence diurne… D’autre part, quatre hypertendus sur dix déclarent dormir moins de huit heures par nuit. Or, c’est durant le sommeil que la tension artérielle baisse naturellement chez tous les individus. Si le temps de sommeil est suffisant, la tension artérielle se régule donc mieux.À lire aussiLe jaune d’œuf nuirait presque autant que le tabac à nos artèresLe CFLHTA compte lancer une campagne d’information le 14 décembre, à l’occasion de la journée nationale de lutte contre l’hypertension, pour alerter la population sur les risques du manque de sommeil. Le thème sera : “Hypertendus, dormez-vous bien ?”.Plus d’infos sur Comitehta.orgLe 4 décembre 2010 à 11:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Les antilopes saïgas du Kazakhstan menacées

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first_imgLes antilopes saïgas du Kazakhstan menacéesLe Fonds mondial pour la nature (WWF) indique que les antilopes saïgas qui peuplent le Kazakhstan ont perdu plus d’un million de leurs congénères en seulement 20 ans. Aujourd’hui il ne reste que 50.000 de ces antilopes, une espèce menacée.Les antilopes saïgas vivent dans les steppes situées dans la partie ouest de la Mongolie et jusqu’à la partie russe de la mer Caspienne. Avec la mort d’un millions d’individus, le nombre d’antilopes s’est considérablement réduit.À lire aussiVoilà à quoi ressemblent les cris de petits rhinocérosUn premier moratoire avait été mis en place par le Kazakhstan pour mettre fin à la chasse aux antilopes saïgas. Celles-ci étaient en effet capturées pour servir à la préparation de remèdes de médecine chinoise. De plus, 12.000 des 80.000 animaux restants sont morts d’une pasteurellose au printemps dernier.Enfin, l’AFP indique qu’avec l’essor de l’agriculture dans ces régions et les conditions climatiques difficiles, les bêtes sauvages voient leur habitat menacé et souffrent des hivers glaciaux et des étés sans eau.Les troupeaux d’antilopes, véritablement décimés, bénéficient aujourd’hui d’une protection qui a été mise en place par le gouvernement kazakh et qui doit se prolonger jusqu’à 2020.Le 23 janvier 2011 à 20:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Une école galloromaine découverte sous un parking

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first_imgUne école gallo-romaine découverte sous un parkingLors de fouilles préalables à un chantier de travaux publics à Autun, en Saône-et-Loire, des archéologues ont découvert d’importants vestiges, peut-être ceux d’un édifice dédié à l’éducation des élites, dont parlent certains textes anciens.De larges murs de soutènement, des sols et les restes de vastes galeries à colonnades : tels sont les vestiges qu’a livré le sous-sol du centre-ville d’Autun (Saône-et-Loire), à l’endroit où un parking, construit sur l’emplacement d’une ancienne scierie, doit aujourd’hui laisser la place au chantier de construction d’une médiathèque. Les archéologues, qui sont tombés sur ce site lors de sondages préventifs préalables aux travaux, n’ont à ce jour exploré que 10% de sa superficie totale.À lire aussiLe pharaon Toutânkhamon n’était sans doute pas celui que l’on croitSelon Yannick Labaune, responsable du service municipal d’archéologie, il pourrait s’agir des  restes des ‘écoles méniennes’, citées dans des textes anciens mais encore jamais retrouvées, et dont l’historien latin Tacite disait qu’elles accueillaient “les plus nobles rejetons des Gaules” : ce serait alors la plus vieille ‘université’ de France, datant du Ier ou du IIe siècle.”Il faut imaginer deux espaces de 50 m sur 20, entourés de colonnes et de galeries couvertes. (…) pour la Gaule romaine, on n’a pas de bâtiment équivalent”, commente Antony Hostein, maître de conférence en histoire romaine à l’université de Paris I. Très attendue par les archéologues, la décision de surseoir – ou non – aux travaux immobiliers prévus, afin de continuer les fouilles, revient au service régional de l’archéologie, et devrait intervenir fin 2011 ou début 2012. Le 19 juin 2011 à 14:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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