Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Thugs Clash with Roma in Kalamata Hospital Raid

Source: IBTimes.UK

Members of Greece’s neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party have clashed with a group of Roma in a raid on Kalamata Hospital in the southern Peloponnese.

The extremists, led by MP Dimitris Koukoutsis, swooped on the hospital hunting for foreign nurses. Earlier this year, four women from Bulgaria were forced to leave the Panarkadiko hospital in Tripoli, Peloponnese, after dozens of Golden Dawn members evicted them.

This time, however, they were confronted by Roma who had taken to the hospital a 22-year-old victim of a racially motivated attack. Violence broke out between the two groups but was broken up by police.

Koukoutsis accused the Roma of “involvement in delinquency” and said Golden Dawn would not regard them as equal citizens until they gave up crime. He said delinquency was “in their DNA”, according to ENET website.

Hospital director Yirgos Bezos said that Golden Dawn’s raid on the hospital was “unacceptable.

The row came days after a leading member of a Roma settlement in Komotini, northern Greece, threatened Golden Dawn with a provocative video on YouTube.

In the footage, two Roma men wield guns, axes and chainsaws and dare the neo-Nazi party to launch a raid on their camp. “You will have to send a lot of guys to my camp,” says one man.

Addressing Nikos Michaloliakos, chairman of Golden Dawn, the unnamed Roma leader brags about having many “crazy guys” watching his back.

“Michaloliakos, round up your mongrels,” says the man.

Greece Records Negative Inflation

Source: GreekNewsAgenda

Greece recorded its first negative inflation rate in 45 years in March 2013, according to data released by the Hellenic Statistics Authority on April 9.

The consumer price index fell to -0.2%, from 0.1% in February, reaching thus its lowest reading since 1968.

Deflation came despite a 26.9% increase in heating oil prices and a 12.3% increase in electricity rates, while medicines recorded the biggest drop, averaging at 14.6%.

The deflation process is expected to continue for the remainder of the year, with inflation seen coming in at zero at the end of 2013.

Revised data on Greek international commercial transactions, including petroleum products, from 2004 to 2012 released by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) on March 28, show an unprecedented increase in Greek exports since 2004.

In particular, exports have increased by 57% in the period 2009-2012, thus accounting for 13.8% of the GDP in 2012 compared to 7.6% in 2009.

Furthermore, the Panhellenic Exporters Association (PEA) analysis shows a 109.4% increase in exports, a small rise in imports (8.8%) and a significant improvement of the Greek trade balance (-32.7%) compared to 2004. The top three sectors with trade surpluses are: tobacco and beverages, animal and vegetable oils & fats, and raw materials.

It should be noted that the data revision was based on the implementation of an Action Plan, between ELSTAT and Eurostat in order to enhance external trade statistics and harmonize them with EU requirements.

‘Einstein parents’ say no to kids’ vaccination

Source: The Daily Telegraph

ALMOST 80,000 Australian children are not immunised against deadly diseases, and the highest number live in Sydney’s west.

Experts say the “baby Einstein” demographic – parents who take an intensive interest in their children’s education and health, eat organic food and use alternative medicines – is responsible.

Sydney’s west has an immunisation rate of 90 per cent for five-year-olds but last financial year was home to 3600 children who were not fully immunised. In wealthy Manly, Mosman and eastern Sydney, however, fewer than 85 per cent of children are immunised in some age groups.The figures are contained in a National Health Performance Authority report.

The World Health Organisation says immunisation rates for measles must be above 93 per cent to prevent its spread. Immunisation expert Julie Leask says parents who perform extensive research and are often suspicious of medicine are more likely to object to vaccination.

“I think what these figures say is … you can’t rely on herd immunity in your region,” the University of Sydney academic said.

Australian Medical Association president Dr Steve Hambleton said the removal of an $18.50 government incentive for doctors to chase up unvaccinated children would exacerbate the problem.

New data on immunisation rates in smaller areas shows the Richmond Valley on the north coast, home to the anti-immunisation Australian Vaccination Network, has the lowest immunisation rate in the country. Only 82 per cent of one-year-olds are fully immunised, falling to just 80 per cent for two-year-olds and 75 per cent of five-year-olds.

NSW Health infectious diseases expert Dr Jeremy McAnulty said two children died on the north coast last year during a whooping cough epidemic that infected 24,000 people. Western and southwestern Sydney were also hard hit by a measles outbreak, with 199 cases last year.Naturopath and mother-of-two Genevieve Milton is convinced vaccines can be harmful and decided against immunising her sons.

Husband Darrell, however, is pro-vaccination and admits he is not entirely comfortable with the decision. “I don’t know I totally agree with her but if Gen wasn’t going into this armed with all the information that she obviously has, then I would be more against her,” he said.Mrs Milton believes she can best protect sons Cadel, 4, and Keanu, 21 months, by strengthening their immune system with good nutrition, vitamins and good hygiene.

She says her boys “line up every day for their echinacea and fish oil” and stresses white sugar and flour must be eliminated from children’s diets for a strong immune system to develop.

Brain Drain 120,000 Professionals Leave Greece Amid Crisis

Source: Spiegel

State hospital nurses protesting in Thessaloniki. Many have left the country looking for work elsewhere.

Greece’s sky-high unemployment and shrinking economy are leading to significant brain drain, a new study has found. The number of young scientists leaving Greece has become painfully high, as more professionals abandon their homeland for better opportunities abroad.

More than 120,000 professionals have left Greece since the start of the country’s financial crisis in 2010, according to a recent study by the University of Thessaloniki.

Doctors, engineers, IT professionals and scientists have found it increasingly difficult to find work amid deep cuts to funding of health care and other publicly supported sectors.

“The number of young scientists who emmigrate has reached 10 percent of the country’s potential, and that’s very high,” the study’s director Lois Lambrianides told the Athens newspaper Ethnos on Tuesday.

Lambrianides, professor of economic geography at the University of Thessaloniki, said that the emmigrating professionals tend to leave for other European countries, settle in big cities and end up working in the private sector. She said half of them have multiple degrees from the world’s top 100 universities.

Highest Unemployment in the EU

The study’s release followed a spec of good economic news last week when government figures showed hirings in the private sector outpaced layoffs in March. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said while the economy remains in “critical” condition, the news was a sign of recovery.

Greece has the highest unemployment rate in the European Union, at just over 26 percent. Its economy is in its sixth consecutive year of negative growth, partially the function of deep austerity measures that have been demanded by the country’s main lenders.

The so-called “troika,” comprising the EU, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank, began a new round of talks in Athens last week to evaluate Greece’s progress in reforming its economy and reducing its deficit. The lenders are demanding 150,000 fewer public sector jobs in Greece by 2015.

The leader of the junior coalition Socialist party, Evangelos Venizelos, said Tuesday after a meeting with the troika that the reform of the bloated public sector in Greece was a “test of our credibility.”

“We should not be afraid of reform,” he added. “We need it.”

Προκαλούν με διαφήμιση οι Τούρκοι: «Στη βόρεια Κύπρο δεν έχει κρίση»


Χαλαρώστε – Στη Βόρεια Κύπρο δεν υπάρχουν ανησυχίες για το Ευρώ, είναι το σλόγκαν της τουριστικής καμπάνιας του ψευδοκράτους.

Η οικονομική κρίση της Κύπρου φαίνεται πως λειτουργεί σαν βούτυρο στο ψωμί των Τουρκοκύπριων που δεν έχασαν ευκαιρία να «χτυπήσουν» τον τουρισμό της Κύπρου και να αποπειραθούν να μαγνητίσουν τους «διαφυγόντες τουρίστες».

Καλούν, λοιπόν, τους ξένους να επισκεφθούν τη «Βόρεια Κύπρο» γιατί εκεί θα είναι ασφαλείς… αντίθετα, όπως υπονοούν με το… νότιο τμήμα του νησιού.

«Πολλοί άνθρωποι δεν γνωρίζουν πως το νόμισμα στη βόρεια Κύπρο είναι η τουρκική λίρα.

Τα οικονομικά προβλήματα τα οποία υπάρχουν στις ειδήσεις τώρα περιορίζονται μόνο στη νότια Κύπρο», γράφουν οι Τούρκοι στην ιστοσελίδα τουριστικής προβολής των κατεχομένων.