Ιερέας δάγκωσε και έκοψε το αυτί άλλου ιερέα για μια θέση πάρκινγκ!

Απίστευτο και όμως αληθινό. Ένας συνταξιούχος ιερέας, 81 ετών δάγκωσε και έκοψε το αυτί ενός άλλου συνταξιούχου ιερέα, επειδή… του πήρε τη θέση στάθμευσης.
Το απίστευτο περιστατικό συνέβη στο Περθ της Αυστραλίας, έξω από τον οίκο ευγηρίας όπου κατοικούν οι δύο ηλικιωμένοι.

Όλα ξεκίνησαν όταν άρχισαν να διαπληκτίζονται για μία θέση πάρκινγκ με αποτέλεσμα γρήγορα να πιαστούν στα χέρια. Ο 81χρονος Χένρι Μπερν, σε μία κίνηση που θύμισε Μάικ Τάισον, δάγκωσε και έκοψε το αυτί του 80χρονου Τόμας Κάμερον Σμιθ.

Έπειτα, ζήτησε από το θύμα του να… σηκώσει από το έδαφος το κομμένο αυτί και να το βάλει στην τσέπη του!

Χρειάστηκε να περάσει αρκετή ώρα για να καταλάβει ο 80χρονος ότι αυτό που σήκωσε από το έδαφος ήταν ένα κομμάτι από το αυτί του! Τότε το τύλιξε σε μία πετσέτα και πήγε στο νοσοκομείο, όπου υποβλήθηκε σε επέμβαση συγκόλλησης.

Ο 81χρονος συνελήφθη και του επιβλήθηκαν περιοριστικά μέτρα.

Sydney FC start coach search

Source: SkyNews

Sydney FC chief executive Tony Pignata is adamant his club’s reputation as a transit lounge for coaches won’t affect their search for a quality replacement following Sunday’s shock resignation of Ian Crook.

Citing the building burden of pressure and scrutiny, magnified by the acquisition of Italian superstar Alessandro Del Piero, Crook stepped down after just six games, revealing it was affecting his health.

Sydney have slipped to eighth in the 10-team competition following two disastrous results – a 7-2 away loss to Central Coast followed by Saturday’s 3-2 home defeat by Melbourne Victory, where they let a two-goal lead slip.

Sydney are now searching for their seventh head coach in eight seasons but Pignata was confident Crook’s concerns about the role would not scare off potential replacements.

‘Ian wanted to make the decision, he felt he had to make the decision, we respect that, but does that impact on future coaches? I don’t think so,’ Pignata told AAP.

‘I think everyone will say that they want to have a chance and sometimes you feel you can bring something different, so I don’t think that (reputation) will have an impact.’

Assistant coach Steve Corica will act as a caretaker coach starting with Friday’s away game to fellow stragglers Brisbane.

Pignata, football director Gary Cole and chairman Scott Barlow will initiate the hunt for Crook’s successor, with the club eager to appoint someone quickly.

The list of Australian or locally-based candidates to replace Crook, who may stay on at the club in a development role, could include former national coach Frank Farina, Miron Bleiberg and former Sydney coach Branko Culina.

Another potential contender could be two-time Melbourne Victory A-League title-winning coach Ernie Merrick, who Cole knows from his time at that club.

Del Piero’s name has been mentioned in a player-coach capacity, but it seems more likely the marquee star would recommend someone else, perhaps Italian compatriot and former Chelsea coach Gianluca Vialli.

Crook was adamant he had not been forced out by the club and had actually contemplated resigning several weeks ago.

‘People look at two things. I’m sure they will go were you pushed?’, the answer 100 per cent is no, this is 100 per cent my decision,’ Crook said.

‘But number two, they will say was it because of last week and last night’s result?’

‘They were probably the straw that broke the camel’s back, but I’ve got to admit now that probably for me the catalyst was when we beat Western Sydney.

‘First win (of the season), inaugural derby, big crowd and I went home in the car afterwards and I felt completely flat.

‘At that particular time I thought it was the right time, but I stayed in there because I didn’t want to quit and the one reason I’ve done it now is because I think whoever comes to the job needs to have the time.’

After a long discussion with his wife on Saturday night, Crook texted Pignata at 1.30am on Sunday morning before revealing his decision six-and-a-half hours later.

‘For me it’s not about quitting, it’s about doing the right thing for everybody because the club have been fantastic to me,’ Crook said.

He broke the news to most of the players at a recovery session on Sunday.

‘I think Crookie deserves respect. 11 new players. Short time. Great man,’ Sydney’s Dutch defender Pascal Bosschaart tweeted.

Sydney remembers fallen diggers

Source: SMS

More than 1000 people gathered in central Sydney to remember the nation’s fallen soldiers, 94 years after the end of World War I.

Two focal points of the usually busy city stopped in unison to observe a minute’s silence at 11am (AEST) on Sunday, marking the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month when guns fell silent in 1918.

A little over 1000 people gathered at the Cenotaph in Martin Place while a smaller group of about 100 came together at Darling Harbour to pay their respects to the fallen.

At Martin Place, a minute’s silence was observed following the playing of the Last Post by an army bugler and the laying of wreaths.

Official guests included NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell, Opposition Leader John Robertson, Governor Marie Bashir, federal senator Matt Thistlethwaite representing Prime Minister Julia Gillard and federal opposition frontbencher Malcolm Turnbull.

Also present was Australian Defence Force (ADF) Corporal Daniel Keighran, who this month was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery during a firefight in Afghanistan in 2010.

“I will remember my mates who have passed away, and my family who were involved in the wars through the years as well,” Corp Keighran told reporters.
Many in the crowd – including ex-servicemen, tourists and passers-by – wore poppies as a mark of respect.
The ceremony was punctuated by a vice-regal salute by the Navy band, an affirmation of the Ode of Remembrance and the singing of the hymn, I Vow to Thee, My Country, by the crowd.
Master of ceremonies John Gatfield paid tribute to the men and women who have died in battle.

“Remembrance Day is to remember the sacrifice of those who died or those who suffered in Australia’s cause in all wars and in other conflicts,” he said.
At Darling Harbour, the service began with prayers in a small marquee outside the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Families and ex-servicemen came together to remember in particular those who took part in Operation Jaywick, one of World War II’s most daring raids in which a special unit of Australian commandos destroyed seven enemy ships.

Wreaths were laid by members of the World War II Commando Association and the Australian Commando Association, and the families of Sergeant Brett Till, who died in Afghanistan in 2009, and World War II commando Horrie Young, on the original Japanese fishing vessel used in the mission.

Ken Gurran, who served in the 2/11 commando squadron in World War II, said the service was “terrific”.
“It has real meaning,” he told AAP.
“A deep soulful meaning, because you start thinking about your mates that are no longer with you.”

Australian economy gets a wake up call

Source: ABCNews

The looming “fiscal cliff” in the United States is a key risk to the global economy.

The Reserve Bank of Australia trims its growth forecasts as it warns that the mining boom will peak earlier than expected, reports ABC’s Peter Ryan.

The Reserve Bank has marginally downgraded its growth outlook for the Australian economy and says the resources boom will peak earlier than expected.

In its quarterly statement on monetary policy released Friday (PDF), the RBA has put growth in the year to June 2013 as “a little weaker” at below 2.75 per cent before picking up to nearly 3 per cent in 2014.

The previous forecast had tipped growth as much as 3.5 per cent by June next year.

“Most of this revision to the outlook is accounted for by a change in the profile for mining investment which is now forecast to peak a little earlier and at a lower level than had been earlier expected,” the RBA says.

“This change reflects the reappraisal of spending plans in the coal and iron ore sectors as well as a reassessment of the profile for spending on some large and complex LNG projects.”

The RBA also warned that the outlook for growth is “sensitive to prospects for mining investment and the timing and extent of the anticipated recovery.”

However, the Reserve Bank believes mining exports are still forecast to “grow substantially” given the increased capacity from the current pipeline of investments.

The RBA’s statement sees inflation forecasts largely unchanged with underlying inflation expected to be close to 2.5 per cent over the next year.

Headline inflation could rise above 3 per cent by the first half of 2013 through the combined impact of the carbon price and volatility in fruit and vegetable prices.

The Reserve Bank also highlighted the looming “fiscal cliff” in the United States as a key risk to the global economy.

In a special section of the statement (PDF), the RBA said the automatic triggering of spending cuts and tax increases “would be the largest reduction in the federal budget deficit in a single year since 1969.”

“Such a rapid fiscal reduction would result in annual average growth in the United States 3 to 4 percentage points lower than otherwise in 2013.”

The Reserve Bank believes the threat of such a significant contraction, leading to a recession, means policy makers will ensure it won’t proceed to its full extent.

However, the RBA has signalled that legislative agreement between Republicans and Democrats “will require agreement” to minimise the impact of the fiscal cliff.

The RBA has also downgraded its outlook for global growth to 3.25 per cent in both 2012 and 2013.

The “fiscal cliff” aside, the RBA has noted growth “at a moderate pace” in the United States and signs that China has stabilised.

The Reserve Bank noted that Australia’s cash rate remains appropriate after leaving rates unchanged at 3.25 per cent on Tuesday.

The Australian dollar fell to a low of 103.78 US cents after the statement was released to financial markets after reaching a high earlier in the day of 104.45 US cents.

Ten’s axe falls on Helen Kapalos

Source: Mediaspy

Helen Kapalos will not continue as the Ten Network‘s Melbourne newsreader, after a shock decision aimed at cutting costs at the troubled network.

According to an article by Cameron Houston in The Age, Kapalos was told of her redundancy shortly after wrapping up Friday’s evening news, a day before she was to leave on holiday.

Kapalos’ contract will not be renewed after it expires next March, although it is not clear whether Mal Walden will continue as a single presenter, or be joined by a new co-host.

Her axing has been met with disapproval from several commentators, some of whom felt the dismissal was not handled professionally.

Houston’s piece also suggested that Ms Kapalos’ security pass had been deactivated on Friday night, leading to a tense spat between the newsreader and network management.

Ten’s management is said to have relented, allowing Kapalos to use an office computer before she left for her pre-planned holiday.

So far, Ms Kapalos’ only public statement on her axing has been on her Twitter account, where she wrote “Fall down seven times.

Get up eight. Big love to my supporters.” She ended her tweet by asking her followers to read her new blog, helenkapalos.com.au, which is to be launched today.

Helen Kapalos has been co-anchor of Melbourne’s Ten News at Five since 2006.

Prior to that, she reported for National Nine News and presented the now-defunct late news programme Nightline.

Ten faces tough times ahead, as it struggles to manage a $210 million debt pile due to mature by March next year.

The embattled network posted a near $13 million loss in late October after a year of disappointing programs and managerial turmoil.

MIA: Serbia prepared to mediate in Greece-Macedonia open issues, says president

Source: FOCUS Information Agency

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Thessaloniki. Serbia is prepared to mediate in the settlement of open issues between Greece and Macedonia, said President Tomislav Nikolic in Thessaloniki on Saturday, Tanjug reports, Macedonian MIA news agency reported.

Summing up the visit to Greece and talks with the country’s top officials, Nikolic told a press conference that if such initiative was launched, Belgrade could mediate between Athens and Skopje.

“You can imagine what it would look like if we all cooperated. This would be a supporting pillar of the Balkans, maybe of whole Europe”, said Nikolic.

He assessed Serbia-Greece cooperation as excellent, without any open issues, adding that Greece unconditionally supported Serbia on the EU path.

“It is obvious that Serbia could be the bridge between the east and the west, the north and south. We have reconfirmed what Serbs and Greeks have always nurtured complete understanding and cooperation, relations which have not been disrupted by anything”, stressed Nikolic.
During a recent visit to Macedonia, the Serbian President voiced readiness to mediate in settlement of problems between the Serbian and Macedonian Orthodox churches.

Kαταπληκτκή γαλλική ταινία για την Ελλάδα

Αφιερώστε αυτό το Σαββατοκύριακο, στον εαυτό σας ή μαζί με τα παιδιά σας και τα εγγόνια σας, 50 λεπτά της ώρας για να δείτε αυτη την καταπληκτκή γαλλική ταινία για την Ελλάδα.

Θα ξεχάσετε για λίγο την καταθλιπτική και ψυχοφθόρα επικαιρότητα.

Βοηθά να απαγγιστρωθούμε από το δέος, το σοκ, την ταραχή και τον φόβο που αφειδώς μας ρίχνουν επάνω μας τα MME.

Η ιστορία είναι η κληρονομιά μας.

…και πάντα διδασκόμαστε απο αυτή!

Ένα ιδιαίτερα καλογυρισμένο βίντεο με αθροιστικές πληροφορίες για την χώρα.

…των Ελλήνων…

Μήπως και εμείς οι τωρινοί…”ξαναθυμηθούμε”

….τις άλλοτε εμπνευσμένες- δημιουργικές και ένδοξες ημέρες που όμως τις έκαναν να είναι έτσι,

… οι άνθρωποι που κατοικούσαν και τότε…

στον Ίδιο ευλογημένο τόπο, την Ελλάδα!

Μιχάλης Χατζηγιάννης: «Θέλω ένα παιδί από τη Ζέτα»

Μιχάλης Χατζηγιάννης: «Θέλω ένα παιδί από τη Ζέτα»

Την πιο όμορφη περίοδο της προσωπικής του ζωής δείχνει να βιώνει ο Μιχάλης Χατζηγιάννης ο οποίος σε συνέντευξή του, για ακόμα μία φορά, όπως συνηθίζει τον τελευταίο καιρό, μιλά ανοιχτά για τη γυναίκα της ζωής του, τη Ζέτα Μακρυπούλια με την οποία όπως φαίνεται, έχει ήδη κάνει πολλά όνειρα για να είναι μαζί για πάντα.

«Είμαι σε μία ηλικία που το να έχω οικογένεια είναι κάτι που έχω ζωντανά μπροστά μου» δηλώνει ο τραγουδοποιός ενώ παραδέχεται ότι θέλει να αποκτήσει παιδί από εκείνη. Επίσης, ο Μιχάλης Χατζηγιάννης λέει στη Real:

«Θέλω πολύ να ζήσω το… για πάντα» το οποίο προφανώς απευθύνεται στη Ζέτα Μακρυπούλια μιας και όλο πιο συχνά τελευταία δηλώνει πως θέλει να την παντρευτεί.

Melissa George and her French millionaire want babies

Source: News

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Melissa George cut a stunning figure in the CBD yesterday before grabbing lunch at Potts Point institution Fratelli Paradiso. Picture: Mode Media

PARIS-based Aussie Melissa George is in town to begin shooting Joel Edgerton’s new cop thriller Felony – and the actress cut a stunning figure in the CBD yesterday before grabbing lunch at Potts Point institution Fratelli Paradiso.

The former Alias star, who recently dated hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons following her divorce from Chilean director Claudio Dabed, is now loved-up with French millionaire Jean-David Blanc after they met at a BAFTA’s after-party nine months ago.

The couple are now living together in Paris and are already talking babies though George yesterday dismissed any talk a second marriage was on her horizon.

“Words can’t describe, sometimes, things that feel so right. I wouldn’t want to butcher it by doing that,” George said, adding “I had a marriage, and lots of other things, and they were really, really hard.

“I had to take a break this year.

“I thank God he dropped this man into my life.”

The 35-year-old said the chemistry between her and her internet mogul beau was “instant” and that children were a definite.

“I would love my own kids,” she said. “That stuff is obvious.

“I am going to be a mother, absolutely obvious no matter how, when, what. I really am picking the right father for my child.

“It’s very simple.”

Felony, which stars Edgerton and British screen veteran Tom Wilkinson and is currently shooting in Sydney, was penned by Edgerton and is to be directed by The Slap’s Matthew Saville.

George Lucas film confirms Michael Arndt will write ‘Star Wars VII’

New Star Wars gets its script writer – Michael Arndt

Star Wars

In this handout image provided by Disney, “Star Wars” creator and filmmaker George Lucas meets a group of “Star Wars”-inspired Disney characters Aug. 14, 2010 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. Picture: Todd Anderson

THE author of the new Star Wars movie has been announced: His previous work? Toy Story 3 and Little Miss Sunshine.

Lucas film announced in a blog post that Michael Arndt, who also wrote the script for the upcoming second installment of the Hunger Games series, would be penning the initial drafts for Star Wars: Episode VII.

Producers Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas have begun discussions with Arndt to develop ideas and concepts for the new storyline.

Arndt has reportedly already written a 50-page overview of his vision for the first installment. It has apparently  been distributed among prominent directors and Hollywood identities – such as Steven Spielberg.

The Hollywood Reporter says the new trilogy will focus on the “force-imbued family comprising Anakin Skywalker and twins Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa”.

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People walk past a fountain showing the Yoda character from the Star Wars movies outside of Lucasfilms headquarters in San Francisco. Picture: Jeff Chiu

The gossip magazine claims the trilogy will bring their story “to a close” and feature a “new generation of heroes” with  guest appearances by Mark Hamill and Carrie Fischer to reprise older versions of their iconic characters.

Last month, Disney purchased Lucasfilm for more than $4.05 billion and announced plans to release a new three-film set in the Star Wars series. New television and game projects will also be developed.

Star Wars: Episode VII is due to be released in 2015.

It’s official. On Nov. 9, Lucasfilm confirmed Michael Arndt, the screenwriter who penned “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Toy Story 3,” will write the script for “Star Wars VII.”

The news dropped one day after Vulture reported Arndt had written an extensive treatment, and just hours after this “Star Wars VII” new and rumor update.

George Lucas and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy have begun story conferences with Arndt for “Star Wars VII,” announced Lucasfilm. The film is in pre-production and slated for a 2015 release as part of a trilogy.

Arndt is an Oscar-winning screenwriter, having won Best Original Screenplay for “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006). He was also nominated for an Academy Award for “Toy Story 3” (2010) in the Best Adapted Screenplay category.

Lucas, who had story treatments for the next three films in mind, will serve as creative consultant for the films. Kennedy will serve as the new film’s executive producer.

Lucas and Kennedy, in a video interview with Lynne Hale for Star Wars.com, talked about the early stages of development for “Star Wars II” and future “Star Wars” films.

“I’m doing this so that the films will have a longer life,” Lucas said. “So more fans and people can enjoy them in the future. It’s a very big universe I’ve created and there’s a lot of stories that are sitting in there.”

The main thing is to protect these characters,” Kennedy added. “Make sure they still continue to live in the way [Lucas] created them. And that the universe of ‘Star Wars’ continues to grow.”

“Star Wars VII,” the feature film’s unofficial name, will be the first in a trilogy that returns to the rich universe created by Lucas. The films were announced when the Walt Disney Company announced it would acquire Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion, including the “Star Wars” property.

As much fun as “Star Wars” rumors can be, sometimes they’re even more rewarding when they’re proved true. Stay tuned for more updates.