World Health Rankings, δείτε τις χώρες με τα υψηλότερα ποσοστά θνησιμότητας

Source: Yahoo

Το World Health Rankings είναι ίσως μία από τις πιο μακάβριες ιστοσελίδες που έχουμε δει ποτέ, ασχολούμενη με τα ποσοστά θνησιμότητας κάθε χώρας, τις συνηθέστερες αιτίες θανάτου και άλλα στατιστικά στοιχεία που σχετίζονται με το …θάνατο.

Μόλις επισκεφθείτε την ιστοσελίδα θα δείτε έναν παγκόσμιο χάρτη όπου μπορείτε να επιλέξετε να δείτε περισσότερες πληροφορίες για τη χώρα σας, να περιορίσετε την έρευνα σας ανά ήπειρο ή να δείτε τις χώρες που πλήττονται περισσότερο από συγκεκριμένες ασθένειες, ναρκωτικά και άλλες αιτίες θανάτου.

Όσο για την Ελλάδα, η μέση δάρκεια ζωής είναι τα 79.8 έτη (77.2 για τους άντρες και 82.5 για τις γυναίκες) και οι τρεις συνηθέστερες αιτίες θανάτου είναι τα εγκεφαλικά, οι καρδιακές παθήσεις και ο καρκίνος του πνέυμονα με ποσοστά 21.96%, 18.8% και 9.34%.

Survey uncovers ghosts of Gallipoli almost 100 years after the war

Source: The Advertiser

ALMOST 100 years after thousands of young Australian men died at Gallipoli, a scientific team is trying to unravel what happened. Ian McPhedran reports from Gallipoli.

AS HE watched the Anzac landings on April 25, 1915, from the deck of a hospital ship moored in the Ege (Aegean) Sea off a place called Kabatepe, 22-year-old infantryman Alexander Burton must have wondered what the generals were thinking.

With his comrades from the 7th Battalion fighting for their lives and the higher ground above a narrow, rocky shore that would become Anzac Cove, Burton was recovering from a throat infection, but his absence from the fight was short lived. Just a week later he was ashore in the trenches pushing onwards and upwards towards the Turkish positions beyond the first ridge evading Turkish snipers and shrapnel shells.

The legend of Lone Pine began on day one of the campaign when the Anzacs first reached the ridge top and a few weeks later in May its place in the Anzac legend was assured when Albert Jacka was awarded Australia’s first Victoria Cross. By August, the small battlefield on the second ridge would be well and truly cemented into the Australian story in the blood of young men. Remarkably, seven VCs would be awarded at Lone Pine.
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After three months in the trenches Corporal Alexander Burton, from Kyneton in Victoria, and his surviving mates from the 7th were battle-hardened veterans of a brutal and at times stealthy campaign of trench warfare.

By August, 1915, it was clear that the stalemate along the ridgelines between Lone Pine and Baby 700 could not be sustained. The trenches and tunnels at places like Quinn’s Post were so close that the two sides could almost spit at each other.

An offensive was ordered and, on the morning of August 9, Burton found himself inside an enemy trench alongside Lieutenant Frederick Tubb from Longwood, Corporal William Dunstan from Ballarat and several others. Ironically, Burton and Tubb, as well as a third Victoria Cross recipient from the Boer War, Lieutenant Colonel Cecil Maygar from Kilmore, all enlisted at Euroa north of Melbourne, the site of Ned Kelly’s last stand.

The Turks advanced in a bold bid to re-take the trench and blew up the sand bag barricade, but the three Victorians re-built it and then re-built it again before Burton was blown up and killed by an enemy bomb.

All three men, along with another four, Captain Alfred Shout, Lieutenant William Symons, Lance Corporal Leonard Keysor and Private John Hamilton, were awarded Victoria Crosses for their gallantry at the August battle of Lone Pine, making it the most highly decorated place in Australian military history.

Alexander Burton has no known grave and, like thousands of other Australian soldiers, he lies beneath the dirt of a beautiful Turkish peninsula far, far from home.

According to government historian Dr Richard Reid, the trench that generated the three VCs was located just behind where the Lone Pine Memorial now stands and probably beneath the road that carries hundreds of thousands of tourists to Gallipoli each year.

Corporal Burton’s name appears on the memorial wall at Lone Pine with all 3268 of the 8700 Australians killed at Gallipoli and the 456 Kiwis who have no known grave, including 960 buried under the azure waters of the Aegean Sea. For a fledgling nation in 1915, Gallipoli was a tragedy of biblical proportions.

Today a joint historical and archaeological survey of Gallipoli by the Australian, Turkish and New Zealand governments is using modern technology such as GPS and ground penetrating radar and a bit of good old-fashioned, bush-bashing field work to piece together the story of a disastrous military campaign that forged a young nation’s identity.

Ninety years after the event in 2005, the three governments agreed that until a detailed scientific survey had been carried out the full story of Gallipoli, and the men who fought there, would never be told. So now a dedicated team of 16 scientists and historians is unveiling the terrible story of Gallipoli’s trenches, tunnels, pits and dugouts in painstaking detail.

News Limited was given unprecedented access last week to the spider’s web of trenches and tunnels that criss-cross this stretch of hallowed ground. Now in its third season, the survey is gradually piecing together a complete picture drawing on painstaking field work, historical maps and official documents and the diaries of the men who dug and lived and died in and above the trenches of Gallipoli.

Australia’s ambassador to Turkey, Ian Biggs, said the survey was the first scientific attempt to discover what remains and how that dovetails with the Anzac narrative.

“The site itself is one of great antiquity,” Mr Biggs said. “But it is also fascinating to see how much material from the campaign remains on the ground.”

While the survey team does not do any excavation or digging, it has managed to collect an array of war relics.

Tony Sagona, Professor of Classics and Archaeology at the University of Melbourne, has been the leading scientist on the survey team for the past three years.

The team occasionally finds a bone that might possibly be human and when it does the team leader, retired Rear Admiral and former Repatriation Commissioner Simon Harrington, conducts a small but dignified burial service with a Turkish official in attendance, to lay to rest what could be the remains of a soldier.

“When we find a bone, I think about the poor bloke and how his life was taken away from him,” Mr Harrington said.

“It doesn’t matter which side, it is very sad.”

What were two-metre deep trenches are now mostly 70cm or less indentations and the former network of man-high tunnels that criss-crossed many sites are visible only as slumps where they have given way or caved in. The extent and complexity of the tunnel system has surprised the team, but the amount of lead flying around above ground made life in the open air tenuous, so the only solution was to tunnel towards the enemy and to break out into firing positions.

The most terrifying tunnels are the deeper ones dug beneath enemy tunnels with the object of setting charges and destroying the enemy shaft and anyone unlucky enough to be in it at the time. The Turks did the same from the opposite direction.

Professor Sagona said every piece of material the team collected, down to the tiniest fragment of shrapnel, was recorded and photographed.

So far the count is almost 1000 exhibits. This year the finds have included Roman relics at Lone Pine, dating from 200AD.

“There are some impressive finds,” Professor Sagona says.

Avramopoulos addressed the FYROM name issue

Source: AMNA/Athens News

Foreign minister sends message of hope

Avramopoulos addressed the FYROM name issue, Greek-Turkish relations, and the crisis at the UN General Assembly

The economic crisis does not affect Greece’s stabilizing role in the wider region, Greek foreign minister Dimitris Avramopoulos assured the UN General Assembly on Friday in New York.

He also called on Skopje to abandon its intransigence on the FYROM name issue, warning that populism and nationalism are the worst combination for advancing national interests and for stability in the region.

On Greek-Turkish relations and the Cyprus issue he called on Turkey to demonstrate their respect for international law and abandon its threat of a ‘casus belli’ against Greece as well as its threats against Cyprus, which he warned undermined the confidence-building efforts.

Lastly, Avramopoulos closed with a message of hope, saying “We will make it because Greece is larger than its geographical size and more precious than its present fiscal reality… We will make it because Greece is not about asking. Greece is about offering. Let us not forget, that Greece is a value that is in the hearts and minds of people irrespective of nationhood, race and religion. And that gives us the moral power, the support and the encouragement, along with our partners in Europe, to give and to win this fight.”

List of politicians being investigated for corruption made public

Source: Ekathimerini

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is expected to make an official statement on a brewing political scandal after a list containing the names of more than 30 politicians that were investigated for corruption by the Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) was leaked.

The list, which includes the name of 11 former ministers, 10 former deputy ministers and 12 former or current MPs, has been passed to prosecutors, who are preparing to investigate allegations ranging from tax evasion to gaining wealth from illegal activities.

The allegations against each of the politicians on the list have not been made public.

The list, which has been published on the Internet, contains the names of:

Nikolas Tagaras – New Democracy MP for Corinthia

Panos Kammenos – Leader of Independent Greeks

Elpida Tsouri – former PASOK MP and deputy minister

Yiannis Kourakis – former PASOK MP and deputy minister, Mayor of Iraklio

Yiannis Anthopoulos – former deputy minister, PASOK

Tasos Mantelis – former minister, PASOK

Yiannos Papantoniou – former minister, PASOK

Yiannis Sbokos – former MP, PASOK

Nikitas Kaklamanis – New Democracy MP, former Athens Mayor

Aris Spilitiopoulos – New Democracy MP, former minister

Apostolos Fotiadis – former deputy minister, PASOK

Giorgos Voulgarakis – former minister, New Democracy

Fevronia Patrianakou, former New Democracy MP

Nikos Konstantopoulos –former leader of Synaspismos

Eliza Vozemberg – New Democracy MP

Panayiotis Fasoulas – former PASOK MP, ex-Mayor of Piraeus

Akis Tsochatzopoulos – former minister, PASOK

Fotis Arvanitis – former PASOK MP

Dimitris Apostolakis – former deputy minister, PASOK

Evangelos Meimarakis – parliamentary speaker, former minister

Michalis Liapis – former minister, New Democracy

Christos Verelis – former minister, PASOK

Kostas Liaskas – former minister, PASOK

Giorgos Orfanos – former minister, New Democracy

Spilios Spiliotopoulos – former minister, New Democracy

Petros Mantouvalos – former New Democracy MP

Athanasios Nakos – New Democracy MP

Alexandros Voulgaris – former New Democracy MP

Marina Hrysoveloni – Independent Greeks MP

Leonidas Tzanis – former deputy minister, PASOK

Antonis Bezas – former deputy minister, New Democracy

Michalis Halkidis – former New Democracy MP

Michalis Karchimakis – former PASOK MP

The name of parliamentary speaker Evangelos Meimarakis had leaked last week in a press report, prompting an angry reaction from the conservative politician.

In an attempt to prove that allegations of money laundering are unfounded, Meimarakis published his source of wealth (pothen esches) declarations dating back to 1989, when he was first elected to Parliament. His last declaration, in 2010, shows savings of 290,000 euros.

The claims against Meimarakis are being investigated by the Supreme Court.

Independent Greeks leader Panos Kammenos and former Education Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos, whose names appear on the list of supposed suspects, both issued statements saying they have nothing to hide.

 

Up for rent: Island of Dreams

Source: Ekathimerini

The island of Pezonisi, also known as Nisi ton Oneiron (Island of Dreams), is set to become the first island to be leased to the private sector for tourism development following a decision by the Eretria municipality.

The 6.6 hectare island is located off the coast of Eretria, on the southwestern coast of Evia. The island already has a hotel infra-structure consisting of 52 rooms and 46 bungalows as well as other facilities, but has not been in operation for years.

A tender for the 25-year lease of the island is expected to be announced soon by the local council. According to reports, the annual lease will be set at over and above 100,000 euros.

According to sources, a Greek-American has already expressed interest in leasing the island for 20 years and investing some 3 million euros to refurbish the existing structure.

 

 

In the city of Alexander and Cleopatra

Source: Thedailystar

clockwise from top left: Library of Alexandria, Al-Haramlik Palace, Inside Alexandria National Museum, View of the Mediterranean from Montazah Royal GardensKarim Waheed

When Alexander the Great arrived here, around 331 BC, I reckon he saw and experienced what I did — brilliantly clear sky, the deep blue Mediterranean and the ever-soothing breeze it brings. Anyone in his/her right mind would immediately fall in love with this place. Naturally, the conqueror did too and thus founded a city by the sea and named it after himself.

Around 48 BC, Julius Caesar arrived here, then Egypt’s capital. It was here where the Roman general met Cleopatra and fell in love. The modern world may know Cleopatra as the ‘ultimate seductress’ [largely, thanks to Hollywood], but ancient accounts say otherwise. Greek historian Plutarch insisted that while she was not as striking as legend would have us believe, she possessed an “irresistible charm”.

This “irresistible charm” is what characterises Alexandria, the second largest city in Egypt.

What sets Alexandria, or Al-Iskanda-riyyah [in Arabic], apart from the rest of Egypt is its Greco-Roman character. The Greeks embraced the Pharaonic traditions and left a heritage that proudly shows off that identity. All this was later assimilated into the Islamic Egypt. This fusion is apparent everywhere. Take the ubiquitous Greek key pattern on street dividers with palm trees and oleander bushes, for example.

What to see
This is an archaeology/ history/ art/ food/ photography enthusiast’s paradise. For me it was “so much to see, so little time”. There are the obvious tourist attractions. However, if you’re adventurous, you’ll find yourself in places and spot things that are not listed in brochures but are awe-inspiring nevertheless.

The Corniche: Alexandria’s main artery, running along the Mediterranean. Perfect place for a waterfront stroll. The breeze…the shimmering blue sea…the wide sidewalk. There are many restaurants and cafes [both traditional and hip] on the Corniche where you can relax, smoke shisha, have Turkish coffee or enjoy fresh seafood.

Montazah Palace: The summer palace of the kings. Initially built [in 1892] as a hunting lodge — the Salamlek Palace — by Khedive Abbas II. The larger Al-Haramlik Palace and royal gardens were added by King Fuad I in 1932. The architecture combines Turkish and Florentine styles. The palace has two towers, one rising distinctively high above, and long open arcades facing the sea. President Anwar El-Sadat renovated the original Salamlek Palace as an official presidential residence. The expansive royal gardens [on 150 acres] are open to the public. If you want romance and ambiance, this is “the” place to be.

Library of Alexandria: Not the largest and most significant library of the ancient world, which was lost in antiquity, but a commemoration of it. And a grand commemoration it is! This colossal library and cultural centre — officially inaugurated on October 16, 2002 — is located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It’s an attempt to rekindle the brilliance that the original library represented. The Library of Alexandria or ‘Bibliotheca Alexandrina’ is trilingual — containing books in Arabic, English and French. The architecture is striking. The main reading room stands beneath a 32-metre-high glass-panelled roof, tilted out toward the sea like a sundial. The walls are of grey granite, carved with characters from 120 different scripts, including Bengali. To me, it looked like an alien spacecraft. The complex also houses a conference centre; specialised libraries for maps, multimedia, the blind and visually impaired, young people and children; four museums; four art galleries for temporary exhibitions; 15 permanent exhibitions; a spherical planetarium; and a manuscript restoration laboratory. I felt like a kid in a candy store.

Alexandria National Museum: Located in a restored Italian style building on Fouad Street, the museum houses about 1800 artefacts. The first floor is dedicated to the Pharaonic period. On display are several notable statues, including portraits of Menkaure [builder of the third pyramid in Giza], Akhenaten [Amenhotep IV] and the female pharaoh Hatshepsut. The second floor displays artefacts from the Greco-Roman period, during which Alexandria flourished, such as figurines of Greek women and a majestic bust of the bearded god Serapis. Also on this level are finds from underwater excavations conducted around Alexandria. The top floor displays Coptic and Islamic treasures. There are icons of Christ and the Virgin Mary, carved tombstones and clothes embellished with silver and gold thread work. Notable among the Islamic objects are 162 coins minted in Alexandria, incense burners, chandeliers and pottery.

Fouad Street: A walk down this street, considered one of the oldest in the city, can take you from one era to another without the hassles of time travelling. To my surprise I saw buildings — practically rubbing each other’s shoulders — flaunting Ottoman, neo-Hellenic and Florentine influences.

There’s more. There’s the Citadel of Qaitbay — a 15th century fortress located on the Mediterranean coast, built upon/from the ruins of the Lighthouse of Alexandria. There’s Abul-Abbas Mosque in the Bahari area — Alexandria’s largest and one of the most important Islamic monuments. Arguably, the best kofta kebab and the freshest seafood…koshari [a mix of rice, lentils, chickpeas and macaroni topped with tomato sauce and fried onion] that is as popular in Egypt as kachchi biryani is here…List of attractions can be endless.

Alexandrians are generally laid back and high-spirited. This city sleeps late. In summer, apparently it doesn’t sleep at all.

Like all cities, Alexandria has its blemishes — accumulated trash on some street corner, crazy driving, frustrating traffic… These flaws were not a deal breaker for me though; I’m from Dhaka. If anything, I felt more connected…the city of Alexander and Cleopatra, with its uber exotic facade, seemed more accessible.

Greek club inks deal with brothel

Source: Foxsports

Voukefalas

Greek club Voukefalas came up with an imaginative way of securing additional funds.

A Greek soccer team has found a novel way to drum up money in these tough economic times: by going right to the oldest profession.

Voukefalas, a minor-league club from Larissa, have signed a shirt sponsorship deal with a local brothel.

“When we announced to the players that our sponsor would be a brothel, they wanted to know about bonuses,” the club’s president Giannis Batziolas told local radio station NovaSport FM. “The proposal was made strictly for economic reasons. As soon as the offer was made, we couldn’t turn it down.”

Batziolas added that the Soula brothel was an entirely legal business, valued at some two million euros.

Greek soccer has been hard hit by the economic downturn in their country, and Voukefala are not the only club to turn to unusual sponsors. Another club, Paleopyrgo, signed a deal with a local undertaker.

“It was a matter of survival. The owner of the funeral home is a friend and we agreed,” Paleopyrgo general manager Lefteris Vasiliou also told NovaSport FM.

“The previous season was very difficult for us with the economic crisis. We did not have a sponsor for the last three years.

Their jerseys, adorned with a black cross, have become hot sellers.