The two Greeks battled it out in the Australian Open finals

Kyrgios victorious over Kokkinakis

The two Greeks battled it out in the Australian Open finals, but it was world number one, Nick Kyrgios that clinched the winning sets

The 17-year-old Nick Kyrgios finished his grand slam campaign with a 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 win over his 16-year-old doubles partner Thanasi Kokkanakis at Rod Laver Arena last weekend.
The half Greek half Malaysian youngster has made headlines all throughout this week, finally getting his dream world number one status in the Juniors and securing another grand slam title.
Kyrgios did not drop a set all tournament and fired down two thundering aces on three of the set points Kokkanakis held in the first set to keep that perfect record intact.
Kokkinakis, who reached the final after getting a wild card entry into the tournament, said he was satisfied with his performance. “It’s an unbelievable feeling to play in front of Rod Laver and receive the trophy by Pat Rafter,” referring to two of the country’s greatest stars. Kokkinakis, who is from Adelaide said. “Nick was almost unbeatable, as he did not lose a set in the tournament. He deserved to win.”
Currently No.840 on the ATP tour, Kyrgios is hopeful some Futures and Challenger tour success can accelerate his career path in the coming 12 months whilst also pursuing the other junior grand slams at Paris, Wimbledon and New York.
Kokkinakis on the other hand will have to miss the next few months due to another stress fracture in the L4 and L5 vertebrae in his back.
“I know I can recover. I’m young. I have plenty of time. I can recover and come back and do well later on in the year,” he says.
The final was a patriotic affair, with both representing their country on it’s national day.
With their Greek heritage on show too, Kyrgios also boasted that their final was about wanting “to show that Greeks can play tennis”.

Eurovision 2013: Αποκλειστικό: Ανατροπή της τελευταίας στιγμής για τον ελληνικό τελικό της Eurovision

Οι υποψήφιοι τραγουδιστές για τον ελληνικό τελικό της Eurovision αναζητούν το τραγούδι, με το οποίο θα διαγωνιστούν.

Τόσο οι ίδιοι, όσο και οι συνεργάτες τους τις τελευταίες μέρες, έχουν ακούσει πάρα πολλά τραγούδια προκειμένου να επιλέξουν το πιο «δυνατό».

Μάλιστα, γνωστοί συνθέτες και στιχουργοί έχουν στείλει στην δισκογραφική εταιρεία την δική τους πρόταση.

Ένας από αυτούς είναι και ο Κώστας Μηλιωτάκης, ο οποίος έστειλε στην Panic Records ένα τραγούδι για την Θωμαΐδα Απέργη.

Αυτό δημιούργησε ντόρο, καθώς όλοι υποστήριζαν ότι ο συνθέτης καιι η Αγγελική Ηλιάδη θα είναι αντίπαλοι στον μουσικό διαγωνισμό, αλλά αυτό δεν θα συμβεί, αφού σύμφωνα με αποκλειστικές πληροφορίες του, το τραγούδι που έστειλε ο πρώην αγαπημένος της Αγγελικής Ηλιάδη… απορρίφθηκε από τους υπεύθυνους της δισκογραφικής εταιρείας.

Εμείς, επικοινωνήσαμε με Panic Records και μας επιβεβαίωσαν την πληροφορία.

«Ο Κώστας Μηλιωτάκης την προηγούμενη Κυριακή είχε στείλει ένα αγγλόφωνο τραγούδι για την Θωμαΐδα Απέργη, το οποίο απορρίφθηκε, αφού δεν ταίριαζε στο ύφος της νεαρής τραγουδίστριας.

Μάλιστα, την Τρίτη επικοινωνήσαμε μαζί του και τον ενημερώσαμε για την απόφαση που πήραμε».

Σύμφωνα με τις ίδιες πληροφορίες , η Θωμαΐς Απέργη θα διαγωνιστεί στον ελληνικό τελικό της Eurovision με ένα κομμάτι τζαζ, το οποίο αντιπροσωπεύει την τραγουδίστρια, αφού με αυτό το στυλ το οποίο την γνωρίσαμε.

Check out this video on Ivi Adamou live at Greek Final for Eurovision 2013

Εurosong 2013 – A Mad Show!

Οι 4 υποψήφιοι για την εκπροσώπηση της Ελλάδας στο διαγωνισμό της Eurovision παρουσιάζουν τα τραγούδια τους LIVE και το κοινό αποφασίζει:

Θωμαή Απέργη (Panik Records)
Αγγελική Ηλιάδη (Platinum Records)
Alex Leon feat. Giorgina (Panik Records)
Koza Mostra μαζί με τον Αγάθωνα Ιακωβίδη (Platinum Records)

Μαζί τους , σε special Eurovision acts:

Ήβη Αδάμου
Ελευθερία Ελευθερίου
Κώστας Μαρτάκης
Ελένη Φουρέϊρα

Και για 1η φορά μαζί στο ίδιο stage με τους Έλληνες καλλιτέχνες οι μεγάλοι νικητές της Eurovision:

Dima Bilan
Alexander Rybak
Marija Serifovic

Καθώς και οι μοναδικές Ελληνίδες νικήτριες:

Vicky Leandros
Έλενα Παπαρίζου

Για πρώτη φορά παρουσιάζουν η Δέσποινα Βανδή & ο Γιώργος Καπουτζίδης.

Η προπώληση των εισιτηρίων ξεκινάει την Παρασκευή 8 Φεβρουαρίου. Αγόρασε το εισιτήριο σου στα καταστήματα ΓΕΡΜΑΝΟΣ & στο για να ζήσεις από κοντά την μεγάλη γιορτή της Eurovision στην Ελλάδα! (Η τιμή των εισιτηρίων είναι 20 ευρώ)

18 Φεβρουαρίου στο Gazi Music Hall, Ιερά Οδός 7-11
Εurosong 2013 – A Mad Show!

Dolphins form life raft to protect mate

Source: News

A pod of dolphins form life raft to help dying friend

RESEARCHERS have for the first time recorded dolphins forming a ‘life raft’ to protect a dying member of their pod.

In the footage, about 12 dolphins can be seen working together to support the injured female in her final moments, taking it in turns to carry her above the water to keep her from drowning.

The Cetacean Research Institute in South Korea recorded the video while following a group of 400 long-beaked dolphins in the Sea of Japan.

New Scientist reports that they noticed 12 of the dolphins working closely together for about 30 minutes, and most stayed with the injured dolphin until it took its last breath and sank out of sight.


Superstorm has NSW in its sights

Source: TheDailyTelegraph

Daring flood rescue caught on video

A young child and two women are airlifted to safety after their car became trapped in fast-rising flood waters in the Australian state of Q…


A toddler rescued by helicopter from floodwaters in Biloela. Picture: Channel 7 Source: The Daily Telegraph

Flood rescue

A camera on a rescuer’s helmet captured the heart-stopping, and dangerous, operation. Picture: Channel 7 Source: The Daily Telegraph

MORE than 2000 passengers have been left stranded at sea a result of the state’s recent rough weather.

P&O Cruise liner the Pacific Jewel was due back in Sydney early tomorrow morning, before being told to slow her course in order to avoid the rough weather.

“Weather maps suggested the boat might hit heavy swells, so in order to maintain the safety and comfort of our passengers the boat will now dock a day later instead,” a spokesman told The Daily Telegraph.

Were you on the cruise or do you know someone who was? Let us know

Fellow mega-cruise liner the Pacific Pearl was also due back to Sydney was due to head off for a New Zealand cruse today, but will now stay in port overnight until the front has passed to the south.

Earlier, home and business owners gathered at Brelsford Park in Coffs Harbour, in the city centre, to make sandbags in a bid to protect their properties from flooding.

Nerves are running high at homes along Coffs Creek which runs through the centre of the Mid North Coast holiday town.

Long-time resident Bill Lulham said his home had flooded twice before when the river burst it banks.

He said it was too early to tell if it would flood again.

“Different people are saying different things,” he said.

“I hope it doesn’t.”

Parts of Coffs Harbour Airport are also flooded with incoming planes having to make several attempts to land in strong winds.


Bill Lulham watches Coffs Creek on the rise in Coffs Harbour. Picture: Bradley Hunter Source: The Daily Telegraph

A total of 40.2 mm of rain has fallen in Coffs Harbour since 9am while the region has experienced wind gusts of 48km/h.

Many shops remain closed and sandbagged in the centre of town while water is leaking through the roof of the local shopping centre.

Flooding has prompted police to close the Pacific Highway just south of Grafton earlier today.

The closure could hardly have come at a worse time for tens of thousands of motorists returning home after the school holiday break.

Police said a diversion was in place via Clarenza.

The Gwydir Highway is also closed at the Gibraltar Ranges and is expected to remain that way until this evening at least.

“The situation is changing quickly so motorists are advised to avoid travel if possible,” police said this morning.

Spokesman Phil Campbell said rescues were under way near Lismore and in the Tweed region of the far north coast, both to save people trapped in cars that have become stranded on flooded roads.

The SES has received more that 700 calls for help in the past 72 hours, most of which have been since yesterday morning from residents in northern NSW, parts of which have recorded more than 500mm of rain since the start of the weekend.

“Many of those relate to localised flash flooding and leaking roofs but we’ve got winds gusting to 107km/h now and that’s bringing down trees and branches and causing a bit of property damage,” Mr Campbell said.

“Nothing too major yet but it’s still early days.”

“One of the biggest concerns for us is the large number of holiday-makers returning home after the long weekend. It’s going to be a very difficult and potentially very dangerous commute.”

Flood rescue teams have already been deployed to areas expected to bear the brunt of a low pressure system moving south from Queensland, and Mr Campbell said hundreds of other volunteers were on standby.


Local Coffs Harbour residents start bagging up sand bags in preparation of the floods. Picture: Bradley Hunter Source: The Daily Telegraph

Weatherwatch meteorologist Don White said the middle of the system was still in Queensland but would soon cross the border, gaining velocity as it moved further south.

Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie and the Hunter Region will be among the worst-hit today, with Sydney expected to cop its worst weather tonight and early tomorrow morning.

Mr White said low-level flooding was likely throughout coastal NSW.

Parts of the Blue Mountains were likely to record some of the highest falls around Sydney.

But there is some good news – the fact the wet weather system is gaining speed means it is likely to pass quickly rather than staying in one place and dumping torrential, continuous rain for days on end, as has been the case in Queensland.Earlier, Jetstar grounded all flights to Ballina, the Gold Coast and Brisbane from Sydney Airport due to high winds this morning.

Hundreds of travellers remain in the packed terminal waiting for information on the conditions but staff say there is no indication on when they will be able to fly.

Flash flooding, heavy rains and destructive winds are also set to intensify in NSW, as wild weather attached to ex-cyclone Oswald isolates almost 2000 people in the state’s north.

The Bureau of Meteorology said Oswald, which was looming over southern Queensland early today, is forecast to slowly move into northern NSW later in the morning before surging rapidly south-southeastwards.

A severe weather warning has been issued for much of the state, including Sydney, the Northern Rivers, the mid North Coast, the Hunter, the Northern and Central Tablelands and the Illawarra, with people being warned of flash flooding and gusts of up to 140km/h.

Yesterday, a toddler was put in a bag and winched to safety as raging floodwaters threatened to sweep him and two women from the back of their ute.

The rescue, captured on camera by the heroic rescuer who was lowered down to the stricken vehicle at Biloela, central Queensland, came on a day of drama as a huge storm cell battered the Sunshine State and dumped torrential rain on most of the country’s east coast.

After the terrified boy was lifted to the helicopter hovering above, footage showed him being taken out of the waterproof bag minutes before the two women were rescued.

National Rain Radar

Elsewhere in Queensland, an elderly man’s body was found in floodwaters at Burnett Heads and there were fears for two other people who went missing during the day.

And the wild weather isn’t confined to north of the border – northern NSW and Sydney have been put on alert as the huge storm cell, formerly tropical cyclone Oswald, surges south.

That was the message from the SES, busy preparing for an onslaught of destruction.

NSW is on red alert for flash flooding, damaging winds of up to 130km/h and huge seas similar to those that have caused havoc across Queensland – including reports of up to six small tornadoes – since the low pressure system made landfall on Cape York Peninsula six days ago.

SES spokesman Phil Campbell said the worst of the weather for Sydney was expected to arrive this evening between 5pm and midnight, bringing damaging winds of more than 100km/h, heavy seas and flash flooding.

“If it’s Brisbane’s turn to cop it (last night) then it’s Sydney’s (tonight),” he said.

However the focus early today will be the north coast and northern rivers where the SES yesterday flew in 53 flood rescue specialists in readiness with “quite a lot” more on standby in Sydney.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman yesterday called for army helicopters to help in Bundaberg, where 300 homes and 100 businesses were expected to be inundated by floods overnight. Some homes had only just been rebuilt following devastating floods two years ago.

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said officers had recovered the body of an elderly man at Burnett Heads but, with next of kin yet to be advised, he would not reveal further details.

In Gympie, a 27-year-old man is missing after being swept away trying to cross the swollen Widgee Creek. A man and a woman he was with were rescued. There are also fears for a woman who drove into floodwaters at Pacific Haven near Maryborough.

Five small twisters tore roofs from houses, brought down powerlines and uprooted trees as they ripped into Bargara, Burnett Heads and Coonarr near Bundaberg, leaving some 20 people injured. Another tornado was reported at Mooloolaba.

More than 60,000 homes were without power across southeast Queensland late yesterday, with that figure expected to rise.

Bundaberg was cut in half when two bridges were closed as the Burnett River rose to 7.2m, but mayor Mal Forman said it was expected to peak at 9m tomorrow, resulting in the worst flooding since 1984.

Two helicopters saved a couple who were left clinging to a log in rising water after their boat capsized at Pacific Haven, southeast of Childers, which had been cut off. The woman was winched to safety, while the man was able to wade to the bank and return to their home.

The aircraft carried out another rescue in the same town of an elderly man with mobility issues and his wife, who were both winched to safety from their home.

In NSW, the SES fielded more than 210 calls for assistance yesterday, including a person trapped by rising water in a caravan at Crookwell and two people trapped in cars in separate incidents at Tenterfield and Orange.

The Fire and Rescue NSW helicopter was also called to rescue campers stranded by rising water near Grafton shortly after 11am.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for heavy surf and coastal erosion for Sydney, northern rivers, mid-north coast, Hunter and Illawarra regions.

More than 200mm of rain was recorded in the 24 hours to 9am yesterday at Upper Rous River in the far north.

Το νέο τους single ‘Εγώ Μπορώ και Μόνη’ απο τους ΜΠΛΕ



Οι ΜΠΛΕ υποδέχονται την νέα χρονιά με μια ευχάριστη έκπληξη!

Το νέο τους single ‘Εγώ Μπορώ και Μόνη’ δεν μπορεί να το αγοράσει κανείς από πουθενά !

Διατίθεται μόνο δωρεάν (free download) από το επίσημο site τους,

Γιάννη Πλούταρχου με τίτλο ” ΚΑΤΩ ΑΠ΄ ΤΟΝ ΙΔΙΟ ΗΛΙΟ ” κυκλοφορεί στις 4 ΜΑΡΤΙΟΥ


Σύμφωνα με Δελτίο Τύπου της δισκογραφικής εταιρίας Heaven Music, η νέα δισκογραφική δουλειά του Γιάννη Πλούταρχου με τίτλο ” ΚΑΤΩ ΑΠ΄ ΤΟΝ ΙΔΙΟ ΗΛΙΟ ” κυκλοφορεί στις 4 ΜΑΡΤΙΟΥ.

“Να ΄ΣΑΙ ΚΑΛΑ” και “ΔΕΝ ΜΕ ΠΑΙΡΝΕΙ” , είναι τα 2 νέα τραγούδια από το πολυαναμενόμενο νέο CD, τα οποία ήδη ακούμε από το ραδιόφωνο και έχουν αποκτήσει ξεχωριστή θέση στις καρδιές μας από την πρώτη στιγμή!!!

Μια ακόμη δισκογραφική δουλειά, που όπως όλα δείχνουν θα αγαπηθεί πολύ από τους θαυμαστές του αγαπημένου μας καλλιτέχνη και θα μας χαρίσει, ένα ακόμη υπέροχο ταξίδι στα μονοπάτια της μουσικής …

Εκοψαν για καυσόξυλα και την ελιά του Πλάτωνα!

Source: TaNeaOnline

Ηλικίας 37 ετών το δένδρο που έκοψαν από την Ιερά Οδό

Δέντρο, ετών… 37, ήταν αυτό που έκοψαν άγνωστοι στην Ιερά Οδό και όχι η περίφημη Ελιά του Πλάτωνα, διευκρινίζει με ανακοίνωσή της η Γενική Διεύθυνση Αρχαιοτήτων και Πολιτιστικής Κληρονομιάς.

Το ελαιόδεντρο, το λεγόμενο «Ιερή Ελιά του Πλάτωνα», το οποίο βρισκόταν έως το 1976 στην Ιερά Οδό, μεταξύ των αριθμών 89-91, ξεριζώθηκε στις 7 Οκτωβρίου του 1976, όταν προσέκρουσε λεωφορείο στον κορμό του, σύμφωνα με την ανακοίνωση.

Ό,τι απέμεινε από τον αρχαίο κορμό, μεταφέρθηκε σε κτίριο του Γεωπονικού Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών όπου φυλάσσεται σε ειδικά κατασκευασμένη προθήκη.

Με ενέργειες του ίδιου πανεπιστημίου, στη θέση του παλαιού ελαιόδεντρου φυτεύτηκε νεότερο, το οποίο είχε τη μορφή τριών κορμών, διαμέτρου 30 εκ. περίπου έκαστος.

Ο ένας από αυτούς τους κορμούς, ο οποίος είχε εν τω μεταξύ απονεκρωθεί, αφαιρέθηκε την 6η Ιανουαρίου 2013 από αγνώστους.

Οι δύο ζωντανοί κορμοί παραμένουν ανέπαφοι.

Από τους λαθροϋλοτόμους δεν γλίτωσε τελικά ούτε η ρίζα της ελιάς του Πλάτωνα: στη θέση της, τις τελευταίες ημέρες, έχει απομείνει το ανασκαμμένο έδαφος (φωτογραφία επάνω). Την ώρα που η Πίνδος λεηλατείται από την αλβανική μαφία του ξύλου – τα τελευταία χρόνια έχουν αποψιλωθεί στον Γράμμο τουλάχιστον 3.000 στρέμματα δάσους -, στο κέντρο της Αθήνας κάποιοι ξερίζωσαν χθες την ελιά του Πλάτωνα για να την κάνουν… καυσόξυλα.

Κάτω από αυτό το δέντρο στην Ιερά Οδό, κοντά στο Γεωπονικό Πανεπιστήμιο, θρυλείται πως ο μεγάλος έλληνας φιλόσοφος δίδασκε τους μαθητές του τον 5ο αιώνα π.Χ.

Η γηραιά αυτή ελιά βρισκόταν στο συγκεκριμένο σημείο μέχρι και το 1978. Τότε, ένα λεωφορείο είχε πέσει πάνω της και έσπασε τον κορμό της. Ο κορμός μεταφέρθηκε στο Γεωπονικό Πανεπιστήμιο, όπου ακόμη και σήμερα βρίσκεται σε ειδική προθήκη.

Ωστόσο, στη θέση παρέμενε μέχρι και προχθές η τεραστίων διαστάσεων ρίζα της ελιάς, η οποία υπολογίζεται ότι ζύγιζε 500-700 κιλά και αποτελούσε το 20% του δέντρου. Μάλιστα, κάτοικοι έβλεπαν τα βλαστάρια που είχαν πεταχθεί και την προσπάθεια του δένδρου να ξαναγεννηθεί.

Οπως εκτιμούν οι περίοικοι, κάποιοι εντόπισαν την πολύ μεγάλη ρίζα κατά τη διάρκεια ενός καθιερωμένου παζαριού που πραγματοποιείται στην περιοχή. Επέστρεψαν λοιπόν, την ξερίζωσαν και την πήραν ώρα που κανείς δεν θα τους έβλεπε. Δεν αποκλείουν, πάντως, την πιθανότητα αυτοί που πήραν τη ρίζα να είναι Ρομά, καθώς συχνάζουν στο συγκεκριμένο παζάρι.



Ολοκληρώθηκαν τα γυρίσματα για το νέο video clip του Άγγελου Ανδρεάτου.

Πιο συγκεκριμένα, ο δημοφιλής τραγουδιστής βρέθηκε στη Ρόδο προκειμένου να οπτικοποιήσει τη τελευταία του ραδιοφωνική επιτυχία, που έχει τίτλο «Να Μας Γράφεις».

Κάτω από τις σκηνοθετικές οδηγίες του Μιχαήλ Μαυρομούστακου, ο Άγγελος Ανδρεάτος, περιπλανείται σε εξωτερικούς χώρους και αξιοθέατα του νησιού, ενώ η εναρμονισμένη εναλλαγή εικόνων και χρωμάτων, ντύνουν ευχάριστα την εικόνα!

Επίσης, έκπληξη προκαλεί η παρουσία ενός γυναικείου μοντέλου, με καταγωγή από την Σκωτία…

Δείτε το video clip εδώ:

Συμμετοχή: Lauren Jones
Στίχοι: Γρηγόρης Βαξαβανέλης
Μουσική: Άγγελος Ανδρεάτος
Ενορχήστρωση – Παραγωγή: Παναγιώτης Μπρακούλιας
Label: Legend Digital Single
Σκηνοθεσία : Μιχαήλ Μαυρομούστακος
Δ.φωτογραφίας : Kriss Tsiakiris
Δ.παραγωγής : Λευτέρη Σκιαθίτης
Make up artist nx : Nikolaos Hatziantonis

Nick Xenophon in bid to close gambling app loophole

INDEPENDENT senator Nick Xenophon will introduce legislation to close an online gambling loophole that makes it legal for children to lose money on a poker machine game.

The popular app Slotomania is free to download, but charges players between $2 and $21 for in-game coins.

Like many similar games, Slotomania has the same features of actual poker machines and its customers, many of them children, need to use real money to buy credits.

Created by Playtika LTD, the game is rated 12+ on the iTunes store for “Frequent/Intense Simulated Gambling”.
However, because credits or “winnings” can’t be cashed out, the games are exempt from Australia’s Interactive Gambling Act.

Senator Xenophon said he previously raised concerns about a similar game, DoubleDownCasino, with Communications Minister Stephen Conroy in November 2011.

However, the government’s review of the legislation was inconclusive, with Senator Xenophon then describing an interim report, released in May 2012, as “deeply superficial”.

“The government has known for a long time that there is a serious issue here that needs action, but instead it is still sitting on the fence. That’s why this legislation is urgently needed,” Senator Xenophon said in a statement.
Monash University’s Dr Charles Livingstone, a leading expert on gambling research, has backed calls for a clampdown.

“These games are a disgrace,” Dr Livingstone said.

“They’re identical to poker machines and they are easily accessible by young people – habituating them to electronic gambling, particularly poker machines.”
Dr Livingstone also expressed concerns that children with access to their parents’ credit cards could get addicted to the game.

The amendment proposed by Senator Xenophon will mean that if actual money can be lost on the game it will be defined as a “gambling service” and therefore prohibited.

The South Australian senator says he will be introducing legislation when federal parliament resumes in February.

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