MAD Video Music Awards 2013

Για 10η συνεχή χρονιά, παρουσιάστηκαν χθες τα Μουσικά Βραβεία, MAD Video Music Awards, που διοργανώνει το τηλεοπτικό μουσικό κανάλι MAD στην Ελλάδα.

Για άλλη μια χρονιά η elite των Ελλήνων Καλλιτεχνών έδωσε το παρόν και οι συνεργασίες εντυπωσίασαν το κοινό. Μεταξύ άλλων στη σκηνή είδαμε τους: Μέλισσες, Demy, Onirama, Stan, Τάμτα, Vegas, Ήβη Αδάμου, Κώστα Μαρτάκη, Νικηφόρο, Παντελή Παντελίδη, Έλενα Παπαρίζου, Αντώνη Ρέμο, Σάκη Ρουβά και την Ελένη Φουρέιρα.

Τα αποτελέσματα της βραδιάς:
– Βίντεο κλιπ ποπ: Demy (Πόσες χιλιάδες καλοκαίρια)
– Βίντεο κλιπ dance: Έλενα Παπαρίζου ft Courtney ft Playmen (All the time)
– Βίντεο κλιπ ποπ – ροκ: Γιώργος Σαμπάνης (Ώρα μηδέν)
– Βίντο κλιπ λαϊκό: Αντώνης Ρέμος (Τα Σάββατα)
– Βίντεο κλιπ urban: Stan (Καλοκαιρινή δροσιά)
– Fashion icon σε βίντεο κλιπ: Ελένη Φουρέιρα (Πιο έρωτας πεθαίνεις)
– Βίντεο κλιπ της χρονιάς: Σάκης Ρουβάς (Τώρα)

– Καλύτερο τραγούδι: Κωνσταντίνος Αργυρός (Ποτέ ξανά)
– Ντουέτο – Συνεργασία: Έλενα Παπαρίζου ft Courtney ft Playmen (All the time)

– Πρωτοεμφανιζόμενος καλλιτέχνης: Παντελής Παντελίδης
– Συγκρότημα: Μέλλισες
– Γυναίκα καλλιτέχνις: Έλενα Παπαρίζου
– Άνδρας καλλιτέχνης: Σάκης Ρουβάς
– Καλλιτέχνης της χρονιάς: Αντώνης Ρέμος

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Inside the occupation of Greece’s public broadcaster ERT

Every desk in the newsroom is taken. The long, fluorescent-lit room is buzzing with the audio from the wall of television screens monitoring different news networks and from journalists shouting in Greek, taking phone calls, preparing scripts and monitoring online feeds. A light cloud of nicotine and tobacco hangs over the place; almost everyone is a chain smoker, and no one can be bothered with going outside anymore.

“It’s just one more rule we have to break,” we were told. They were only half-joking.

Looking around the headquarters of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (more commonly known as ERT), one would never guess that the corporation was technically defunct, all the staff unpaid volunteers. Yet since June 11 the workers of ERT — journalists, technicians, musicians, and the administrative and cleaning staff — have been occupying the building in defiance of the government.

Labelling Greece’s only public broadcaster a “haven of waste” in the midst of an economic crisis, the government gave only about six hours’ notice before ERT was taken off-air. Television transmissions cut to black, leaving a “no signal” warning on screens. Satellite channels and radio stations also ceased broadcast.

There had been no debate in Greek parliament. Out of the three parties in the coalition government — New Democracy, PASOK and Democratic Left — only one supposedly had any idea of what was to come. Both PASOK and Democratic Left claimed that although they supported the idea of restructuring ERT, they had not known it would be so suddenly shut down by decree from Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.

Refusing to accept such an undemocratic move, the staff of ERT chose to stay within the building and keep working. They continue to produce content, providing it via an online livestream with support from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

The occupation was a week-old when we first arrived at ERT’s Athens headquarters in Aghia Paraskevi. A flustered-looking receptionist checked our identification and issued us with “press accreditation” — flimsy pieces of paper with ERT’s logo printed on them, our names handwritten on and stuck to our clothes with paper clips.

Journalists in the foreign news department stay at their desks late into the night, watching out for statements from political leaders.

We were led through the gantry, up to the second floor and through the functional old-fashioned corridors to the foreign news department where stressed-out journalists were slumped over desks littered with crisp packets. That’s where we met Maria Kontaxi, the chief editor of the department.

“I’m sorry about this,” she said, gesturing to the mess. “I’m very tired.”

Maria started working at ERT 27 years ago, at the age of 18. Her entire career as a journalist had been built in this network. Now, with a simple government decree, it was gone. But just like all her other colleagues, she comes back to work day after day, playing her part in keeping ERT broadcasting 24/7.

“This is more than a job. This is our home,” she told us.

It’s a sentiment shared by everyone in the building. No one is getting paid, and no one knows if they will be re-employed under the government’s plans to relaunch the network as a leaner, semi-privatized outfit. Over 2,700 people lost their jobs when ERT was shut down, and the government has indicated that it wants the new public broadcaster to be about one-third its current size.

Despite all this uncertainty, though, things are running as smoothly as possible. The janitors are coming back voluntarily to help tidy up workplaces. The hair and makeup artists are back in the studios to help the anchors get ready. The canteen in the heart of the building is conducting a brisk business. No one is getting paid, but no one is going home.

Boxes of snacks, donated by a snack food company as a show of solidarity, were left in ERT’s foyer for the occupiers.

They are not without their supporters. One afternoon a van pulls up in front of the building, and men begin to offload boxes and boxes of crisps and cheese sticks. It’s a donation from a snack food company, their way of standing in solidarity with the occupiers.

Just a cluttered corridor down from the foreign news department musicians wander outside the large music studios with their instruments in cases strapped to their backs. On top of its newsgathering operations ERT also has two orchestras — one a symphony orchestra playing classical music, another a more modern/folk orchestra — and a chorus. Together these musical ensembles form about 25 percent of Greece’s orchestras, but they too were disbanded with the shutdown of ERT.

When asked about his thoughts on the closure, principal guest conductor Michalis Economu only had one word to say: “Disaster.”

The ERT orchestra, along with other supportive musicians and bands, perform nightly for their supporters outside.

As part of the occupation, the musicians are also continuing with their work, attending rehearsals and performing every night on a stage erected outside the ERT building for their crowd of supporters. “We play music that we think people would like to hear. We play what we think will move them,” said principal cellist Vassilis Likos, who has been with the orchestra for two decades.

“It was a shock,” said guest conductor Miltos Logiadis. “The way they [the government] did it and spoke to people who work here was a shame. They talked as if the employees were the bad guys. But it’s not true. It’s politicians who’ve done all this.”

It’s not difficult to tell that the insult of being referred to as a corrupt, wasteful organization has been very keenly felt within the walls of ERT. Although no one denies that there has been nepotism and favoritism, employees claim that it’s been part of Greek politics for a long time, and nothing to do with regular staff. In fact, the very spokesperson who had announced the shutdown had himself been an ERT employee in 1995, when his father had been a member of parliament.

Greece’s coalition government has only been in power for about a year, but ERT’s closure has sparked off yet another political drama. After failing to reach an agreement over ERT, the Democratic Left chose to leave the coalition.

While this has dealt a blow to the government, it has not dissolved it. The remaining two parties, New Democracy and PASOK, will continue the coalition after coming to a compromise: in line with the ruling from Greece’s State Council, ERT will resume broadcast as soon as possible with a staff of 2,000 (including the orchestras) until a new streamlined public broadcaster can be formed.

It sounds like a partial victory for ERT, yet no one is satisfied. “Yes, they say the orchestra can come back, but on what terms?” asked cellist Claire Demeulenaere. “What will our salary be? 300 euros a month? What sort of contract will we be given?”

The lack of clarity has led to unwillingness to end the occupation. The Finance Ministry has called for an evacuation of the building, so as to initiate procedures to give the staff their severance packages and resume broadcast with a smaller staff. ERT’s union rejected this call and the workers remained inside.

The crowd outside ERT’s headquarters is their best defense against any potential police intervention.

It is a stand-off that could drag on. ERT’s employees certainly hope it does anyway; they’re not sure what else they can do. It’s tense within the offices and the studios. Rumors that the government could be sending the police to force them out of the building are rife. As a form of defense, ERT journalists are appealing to the Greek public to gather outside their building, creating a human barricade like they had done when the government first made its announcement on June 11.

Crowds of varying sizes assemble outside ERT every evening, waiting for updates, listening to the concerts and cheering on speakers. It’s difficult to say if ERT will be able to mobilize as many people as it did on the first day. As the blogger who goes by the name @ypopto_mousi said, the Greek people are tired, and it’s difficult to recreate the demonstrations of 600,000 to 700,000 that thronged Syntagma Square back in 2011. “They come for the first two or three days, then wonder, ‘Why are we here?’” he said. “It’s much easier for the authorities to disperse us.”

As the long weekend wears on rumors of a police raid continue to grow. Everyone thinks it’ll happen, but no one knows exactly when. But the concerts continue every night, and the journalists keep on with their live programming, refusing to let the network fade completely to black.

“It’s very difficult to make music when people are so sad and so terrified,” said Logiadis. “But what can we do? Take up arms? Our weapons are our instruments, and we will try with that.”

There’s a revolution occurring in cancer treatment, and it could mean the end of chemotherapy

When it comes to taming tumors, the strategy has always been fairly straightforward. Remove the offending and abnormal growth by any means, in the most effective way possible. And the standard treatments used today reflect this single-minded approach — surgery physically cuts out malignant lesions; chemotherapy agents dissolve them from within; and radiation seeks and destroys abnormally dividing cells.

There is no denying that such methods work; deaths from cancer have dropped by around 20% in the U.S. over the past two decades. But as effective as they are, these interventions can be just as brutal on the patient as they are on a tumor. So researchers were especially excited by a pair of studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine last week that showed a new type of anti-cancer drug, which works in an entirely different way from chemotherapy, helped leukemia patients tally up to an 83% survival rate after being treated for two years.

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The report was only the latest to emerge since 2001, when imatinib, or Gleevec, the first drug to veer away from the take-all-comers approach on which cancer therapies have been built, accomplished similar improvements in survival for patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST).

Could the end of chemotherapy be near?

“It’s a question we are all asking,” says Dr. Martin Tallman, chief of the leukemia service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. “I think we are definitely moving farther and farther away from chemotherapy, and more toward molecularly targeted therapy.”

It’s the difference between carpet bombing and “smart bomb” strategies for leveling an enemy – in this case a fast-growing mass of cells that can strangle and starve surrounding normal tissues. Targeted therapies, as they are called, are aimed at specific pathways that tumor cells use to thrive, blocking them in the same way that monkeying with a car’s ignition, or it’s fuel intake, can keep it from running properly. The advantage of such precise strategies is that they leave healthy cells alone, which for patients means fewer side effects and complications.

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“The field is moving toward using the right drugs at the right time in the right patients,” says Dr. George Demetri, senior vice president of experimental therapeutics at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. “We’re moving toward a more precise understanding of cancer, and being able to tailor therapies toward an individual’s cancer.”

In the case of the NEJM studies, researchers were able to target an active receptor on immune cells responsible for enticing them to grow out of control, blocking the protein and essentially shutting down two different type of leukemia tumors.

(MORE: Young Survivors)

Already, patients diagnosed with GIST can avoid chemotherapy altogether, thanks to Gleevec. “No patient diagnosed with GIST should be getting chemotherapy today,” says Demetri. Patients who develop certain types of lung cancer or melanoma caused by a cancer-promoting mutation known as BRAF are also starting to replace toxic chemotherapy agents with new, more precise medications designed to thwart the BRAF pathway. And a study presented at the most recent meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology showed for the first time that a chemotherapy-free regimen led to a higher survival rate after two years than traditional chemotherapy for acute promyelocytic leukemia, a cancer of the bone marrow.

The refined approach does have a weakness, however. Cancer cells, like bacteria and viruses, are wily enough to bypass roadblocks to their survival, and often mutate to overcome the effects of targeted drugs. That’s the case for a small percentage of patients on Gleevec. But even that shortcoming isn’t insurmountable. With growing knowledge about the molecular processes that drive tumor biology, researchers are able to design medications that thwart cancer cells’ attempts to bypass medications. It’s all about staying one or two steps ahead of the cancer, and already, researchers are testing drugs that address Gleevec resistance and hoping to widen the resistance gap. “The field is moving so fast that there are new drugs already being developed to tackle new resistant clones,” says Tallman. “[Resistance] is a concern, yes, but it doesn’t negate our excitement about the future.”

(MORE: Inside America’s Drug Shortage)

Working in the doctors’ – and patients’ – favor is the fact that cancers aren’t monolithic entities composed of the same abnormal cell copied thousands of times over. Individual tumors may be composed of different types of aberrant cells, possessing a variety of mutations that are susceptible to different drugs. And this cast of cells can be ever-changing over the course of an individual patient’s battle with the disease.

While such heterogeneity and unpredictability could, on one hand, make tumors too daunting to tackle, they also represent an opportunity to employ an entirely new way of fighting tumors. Traditionally, if a tumor developed resistance to a chemotherapy agent, doctors would have abandoned it completely and moved on to another drug or another treatment strategy. But now they are able to biopsy tumors and perform more sophisticated genetic and molecular tests that help them to decide, for example, that the bulk of a tumor remains susceptible to a targeted therapy while only a small portion has become resistant. They can then either remove the resistant portion surgically or add another targeted therapy to tackle just that portion while keeping the patient on the original regimen that will still treat the remainder of his cancer. “That’s a new concept,” says Demetri. “That didn’t exist before targeted therapies.”

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For patients, these types of creative strategies could mean gentler, more tolerable cancer treatments, and more years of living cancer-free.

Combinations of drugs may become the norm, much as they have become the standard for treating HIV infections. So far, says Dr. Scott Kopetz, associate professor of gastrointestinal oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, refined targeted therapy cocktails appear to work best for blood cell and immune cell cancers like chronic leukemias that tend to be more homogenous from the start, making them susceptible to the newer drugs. Solid tumors such as those in the breast, prostate and lung generally contain a wider variety of genetically different cells even at diagnosis, which makes them more challenging – although not impossible – to treat with targeted drugs. “Where there is a lot of genetic heterogeneity, such as in most solid tumors, there is more headwind we have to fight against, more opportunities for rapid resistance to develop,” says Kopetz.

That means that for the time being, chemotherapy may remain part of the cancer doctor’s arsenal – and even these agents are being revamped to cause fewer side effects. New ways of encasing the toxin in fat-based bubbles or linking it to nano-particles that deliver the drug just to the tumors while bouncing off of healthy cells are making regimens more tolerable.

Increasingly, though, chemotherapy may become the treatment of last resort, rather than the first wave as some basic truths about cancer are being knocked down and rewritten. For instance, it may not be as helpful to treat cancers by where they originate – in the breast or prostate or lung – but rather by the processes that fuel them. That’s why a targeted drug developed to treat melanomas is now used to suppress lung cancers, and why genetic and molecular analyses of tumors are becoming more critical to match the right medications to the right cancers.

“Many, many fundamental concepts in cancer are being challenged now based on new information,” says Tallman. “Of course that is leading to major shifts, paradigm shifts in treatment approaches, and ultimately, I think, better care patients and better outcomes.”

Giannis Adetokunbo, 18, has N.B.A. scouts buzzing about his ball-handling,

Source: NYT

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A Hunger for a Better Life May Lead to the N.B.A.

Giannis Adetokunbo, 18, has N.B.A. scouts buzzing about his ball-handling, court vision and decision-making. He played until recently for a small Greek club.

His new passport says he is Greek, but Giannis Adetokunbo has lived a struggling immigrant’s life. He has peddled goods on city streets to feed himself and his brothers. While other families ferried off on island vacations, his often changed apartments in search of cheaper rent.

N.B.A.

After catching the attention of N.B.A. scouts, he began a weight program to add muscle to his lean, 6-foot-9 frame.
Yet Adetokunbo, 18, stands out from the hundreds of thousands of immigrants trying to survive in Greece. He was born here. He speaks Greek fluently. He completed Greek schooling. He recently became a Greek citizen.

Adetokunbo (pronounced a-det-o-KOON-bo), a 6-foot-9 son of Nigerian parents, also plays basketball. Very well. That is what N.B.A. scouts say. They flocked to Greece and buzzed about his ball-handling, his court vision and his decision-making.

Analysts at DraftExpress.com and HoopsWorld.com, among others, predict that Adetokunbo’s name will be called, perhaps mispronounced, in the first round of the N.B.A. draft on Thursday. If Adetokunbo eventually develops into anything like his favorite player, Kevin Durant, some N.B.A. team will be happy it took a chance on such a mysterious prospect.

“From the time I started in basketball, my dream was to be a big star, to have a big future in basketball,” he said.

Other Greek stars worked their way up through youth national teams and joined top professional clubs like Panathinaikos and Olympiacos. Adetokunbo, essentially stateless before he received his passport in May, has never played above Greece’s second division. He grew up at a tiny club called Filathlitikos, which took him in six years ago, back when he still shared a bedroom with his three brothers and preferred soccer.

He has signed to play in Spain next season, unless an N.B.A. team has different plans for him after the draft. Passport in hand, he also has begun playing with the Greek national under-20 team.

But before N.B.A. scouts located the 500-seat Filathlitikos gym in Zografou, a densely settled Athens suburb, Adetokunbo sometimes put basketball aside to help his family.

Like other immigrants to Greece, his parents struggled to find work. Adetokunbo and his older brother, Thanasis, would help out by hawking watches, bags and sunglasses. In doing so, they jeopardized their roster spots because they were missing practices. They also missed meals.

“Sometimes, our fridge was empty,” said Adetokunbo, who turned 18 in December. “Some days, we didn’t sell the stuff and we didn’t have money to feed ourselves.”

The good days brought “just enough,” he said, to make the rent, pay a water or electric bill, or buy food.

Immigrants in Greece, particularly dark-skinned ones, have been targets of abuse in recent years by far-right nationalists frustrated by the country’s economic problems.

Filathlitikos helped Adetokunbo’s mother find work, and Spiros Velliniatis, the coach who persuaded the Adetokunbo brothers to try basketball, said he and others chipped in to help the family on occasion.

“You’re in front of Mozart and he has no food, what do you give him? You have a dilemma,” Velliniatis said. “The answer is not a violin. The answer is a loaf of bread.”

The young maestro kept growing. Annual team photos in the Filathlitikos gym show that Adetokunbo was several inches shorter than his teammate and older brother, Thanasis, as recently as two years ago. Thanasis, 20, is a 6-foot-7 forward with N.B.A. aspirations of his own.

Scouts arrived for Giannis this season, as well as N.B.A. executives, including the general managers Sam Presti of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Danny Ferry of the Atlanta Hawks and Daryl Morey of the Houston Rockets. The Toronto Raptors’ new general manager, Masai Ujiri, a Nigerian, visited while he was working for the Denver Nuggets.

Danny Ainge, the Boston Celtics’ president for basketball operations, watched Adetokunbo collect 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks in a victory over Volos on March 30. Ainge’s assistant at the time, Ryan McDonough, who is the new general manager of the Phoenix Suns, was also there.

Adetokunbo played on two Filathlitikos teams. With the men’s team, he was primarily a small forward and averaged 9.5 points and 5 rebounds. He shot 31 percent from 3-point range. He was the point guard for the club’s youth team, which was among the best in Greece.

“He’s on the right track,” Kornel David, then the Suns’ director of international scouting, said after watching Adetokunbo play in April. “Guys who are 6-9 with that kind of skill set, especially at that age, there’s not many running around.”

In the last men’s game of the season, with promotion to the top division on the line, Filathlitikos lost, 89-81, in triple overtime. Adetokunbo scored 4 points, with 9 rebounds. After the final buzzer, he sat on the bench and sobbed.

Even if he is drafted, it is possible Adetokunbo will need another season in Europe. At around 200 pounds, he says he needs to become stronger.

His contract with Zaragoza in Spain’s top league, beginning next season, is worth a total of $325,000 over three years, with a club option for a fourth season, at another $325,000. It includes N.B.A. and Euroleague buyouts each season, beginning this summer.

Watching a video clip with his brother, Thanasis, a 6-foot-7 forward with N.B.A. dreams of his own. Their brother Alex, 11, is a budding point guard.
Wherever he ends up, Adetokunbo’s parents and younger brothers are probably going with him. His younger brothers Kostas, 15, and Alex, 11, are avid basketball players. Kostas is a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, and Alex already shows excellent ball-handling skills as a point guard.

Adetokunbo said he was proud that he could support the family. His parents, Veronica and Charles, have struggled to find work in recession-battered Greece.

His mother said: “I’m telling him, Giannis please go, we will come later. He says, ‘No, you’re coming with me.’ He wants to take care of the family, and he wants us beside him.”

Adetokunbo’s parents arrived in Greece in 1991 and settled in Sepolia, a no-frills neighborhood about two miles north of the Acropolis. They were the only black family for blocks. Veronica earned money baby-sitting, and Charles was a handyman for an electrical company.

But the work was rarely steady. They had to change apartments several times, although they managed to stay in Sepolia so the children would not have to switch schools. They once were evicted for failing to pay their $455 monthly rent, Veronica said.

When they began playing basketball, Giannis and Thanasis took turns using one pair of sneakers. Soon, their athletic prowess impressed everyone. Their mother had been a high-jumper and their father had briefly played professional soccer. The boys earned first-place medals at school and church competitions in everything from table tennis to volleyball.

“They loved competition,” said Alex Matsagas, 18, who was a classmate of Giannis’s. “That’s how they made it through. They were fighters.”

But first, Velliniatis, who was helping Filathlitikos find talent, had to persuade them to try basketball.

“He said, ‘Play one month, just for fun, maybe you’ll like it,’ ” Thanasis said. “I loved it. My brother was like: ‘No, please, don’t play basketball. Come with me and play soccer.’ He wanted us to be together in every sport we played. Then he started coming and playing. And that was it.”

The Adetokunbo brothers qualified for Greek citizenship under current law, Giannis’s agent, Giorgos Panou, said. They met residency requirements, completed school, speak Greek fluently and passed citizenship tests. But the process is difficult.

Hellenic Basketball Federation officials, among others, also lobbied on their behalf. Giannis Adetokunbo is seen as a cornerstone of future Greece national teams. On the passport, his last name is spelled “Antetokounmpo.” Thanasis Adetokunbo, who is weighing offers from European clubs and will still be eligible for the N.B.A. draft next year, says he hopes for a national team call-up.

Filathlitikos Coach Takis Zivas said it was hard to predict which position Giannis Adetokunbo would play in the future because he is still growing. Even if he’s not a playmaker, “he’ll think like one,” Zivas said.

Lost Diggers of Vevi evidence to be handed over to Australian Defence Force

Vevi dossier on its way to ADF

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Newcastle teacher Tom Tsamouras.

26 Jun 2013

Source: Michael Sweet

Following the announcement by Greece’s Minister for Macedonia and Thrace, Theodoros Karaoglou – that up to 30,000 euros has been earmarked for a dig at the alleged site of Australian soldiers buried anonymously in northern Greece in WWII – researchers in Australia will now present a dossier of evidence to the Australian Defence Force.

Unrecovered War Casualties – Army (UWCA) is the ADF unit responsible for investigating alleged burial locations of Australian service personnel overseas. Despite the Greek authorities’ vocal support for the dig, UWCA has not yet received an approach from the Greek Army to facilitate a preliminary investigation or a formal request for assistance.

The Greek minister, who confirmed that the Greek Army had prepared detailed plans to excavate the site, said that he would authorise the expenditure personally.

“We think we know where the tomb of these soldiers is, and we’re seeking a permit to dig there,” said Mr Karaoglou.
“We want to find this grave and I believe the Australian government will agree with us to go ahead. We want to honour these soldiers.”

Vevi, 16 kilometres south of the Yugoslav border, was the site of the first engagement between Australian and German troops during the Greek campaign in WWII.

Allied casualties for the Battle of Vevi are estimated at some 60 killed-in-action, with 28 Australian soldiers dead. 480 British Commonwealth troops were taken prisoner.

A group of amateur researchers in NSW and Victoria say there is significant evidence that up to 20 Australian troops who were killed in the battle were buried in anonymous graves and have never been recovered.

In 1991 Victorian veteran Brigadier Keith Rossi was shown the alleged site on a visit to Vevi to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Greek campaign.

One of the researchers, Newcastle-based Greek Australian school teacher Tom Tsamouras, who has been instrumental in pinning down the alleged location of the unmarked burial site at Vevi told Neos Kosmos this week that the task of confirming the site was nearing completion.

“My task was to locate the site where they might be buried, based on the information from Brigadier Keith Rossi and other local reports.

“I believe we have now found the site and we have photographs of it.
“We also have documentation from the Greek military who have written a detailed report on what is required for a 15-day preliminary dig involving a two-acre area,” said Mr Tsamouras.
The Greek army’s report is currently being translated into English.

Mr Tsamouras has been assisted in his efforts by Greek lawyer Evangelos Ioannides, who lives near Vevi and who raised the matter originally with the Greek authorities.

Records of the Diggers killed in action and buried after the Battle of Vevi in April 1941 – and the names of those most likely to have been unrecovered – has been compiled by Victorian researchers Maria Cameron and Carl Johnson. This information will be added to the dossier going to UWCA.

Meanwhile, Tsamouras is involved in cross-referencing the anecdotal and other evidence regarding the site, bringing together reports over the years made by Vevi residents.

Mr Tsamouras says that the dossier of evidence could be provided to UWCA within weeks.

“They will consider this information and decide whether it is worthy of a preliminary dig,” said the NSW researcher.

“If they need more information, then we may have to provide more evidence or do it alone, with the assistance offered by the Greek authorities.

“If we have to do ourselves and we find evidence of human remains, UWCA are obligated by law to conduct a proper dig.”

Hellenic RSL President embarks on the legendary Trail

Michael Sweet

Steve Kyritsis, Vietnam veteran and tireless chronicler of Greek Australian duty and sacrifice in war, is about to undertake a new challenge; walking in the footsteps of the Diggers who fought along the Kokoda Track in World War II.
Kyritsis will fly to Papua New Guinea and begin the arduous 94 km trek on 30 June.

Steve’s preparations, like the man himself, have been thorough.
“I get up at 20 to 6 every morning and do an hour’s walk, and I’ve been training, doing longer walks at the weekends for three months now. I think I’m in pretty good shape,” he told Neos Kosmos.

The former infantryman with the 3rd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment, who went to Vietnam when he was 21-years-old, says that mental preparation for the trek is as important as the physical.

“There’ll be a lot of obstacles, but knowing how our Diggers did it back in 1942, facing so much opposition, I think it should be possible to do it, if not comfortably, it should be relatively straightforward.”

The Kokoda campaign consisted of a series of desperate battles fought by Australian forces between July and November 1942 to prevent the Japanese from occupying Port Moresby.

The fighting took place along a rough jungle track that wound through the Owen Stanley mountain range in New Guinea.

After having to retreat in the first phase of the campaign, around 2000 Australian troops were finally able to push back the Japanese to New Guinea’s northern coast, despite being outnumbered.

The Kokoda Trail fighting was some of the most desperate and vicious encountered by Australian troops in the Second World War.

Victory on the Trail ensured that Allied bases in northern Australia, vital in the eventual counter-offensive against the Japanese, would not be threatened by air attack.

At the time many believed that if the Japanese took Port Moresby they would invade Australia shortly after.

At least 625 Australians were killed along the Kokoda Trail in second half of 1942 and over 1,600 were wounded. Casualties due to sickness exceeded 4,000.

During his 10 day trek, Steve will be walking in the footsteps of a number of soldiers of Greek descent who fought along the Trail – many of whom are mentioned in his most recent book, Greek Australians in the Australian Armed Forces WWI and WWII.

“There were at least 193 Greek Australians who served in New Guinea in WWII, and a number of those served in the Kokoda campaign,” says Steve, who will use his own journey along the Trail as part of his research into those men’s connections to the Kokoda legend.

In October 1942 near Eora Creek on the Track, two brothers of the Manusa family from NSW – Guy and Perry, who served in the 2/1st Battalion – were killed in action within days of each other.

Victorian Jack Manol (1921-1985), a private in the inexperienced but immensely courageous 39th Militia Battalion, faced the full force of the first Japanese attack. Manol became part of Kokoda folklore, having been immortalised in a 1942 photograph of Diggers, ankle deep in mud, climbing one of the track’s steep jungle paths.
Australian troops were helped during the campaign by local people who became known as the ‘Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels’. The ‘Angels’ were responsible for ferrying tons of supplies to the frontline and carrying wounded soldiers back to field hospitals.

Kyritsis’ Kokoda journey is the result of meeting military historian David Howell, who works at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance where Steve is a guide. Howell organises regular treks along the Trail with his company Kokoda Historical.

Though a new generation of ‘Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels’ will be assisting some members of the trekking group that Kyritsis is walking with, Steve will be carrying his own pack weighing 15 kilograms.

Asked if his experience in Vietnam would stand him in good stead for Kokoda, with a chuckle Steve said:
“That was a long time ago, but overall the body’s still OK and the survival instinct is still there, but you have to prepare, your mind has to be ready.

“I thought even at my age, my mid-sixties, I should give it a go. It’s an inspiring story.”

Επιστολή διαμαρτυρίας από ελληνικές οργανώσεις της Αυστραλίας για το κλείσιμο της ΕΡΤ

ΑΝΑΚΟΙΝΩΣΗ ΤΥΠΟΥ

Δέκα από τις μεγαλύτερες ομογενειακές οργανώσεις της Αυστραλίας, μεταξύ των οποίων οι Ελληνικές Ορθόδοξες Κοινότητες Μελβούρνης, Σίδνεϊ και Περθ και το Παγκόσμιο Συμβούλιο Κρητών, καταδικάζουν με κοινή ανακοίνωσή τους το κλείσιμο της δημόσιας ραδιοτηλεόρασης και ζητούν την άμεση επαναλειτουργία της ΕΡΤ, η οποία όπως τονίζουν αποτελεί γέφυρα επικοινωνίας της ομογένειας με την μητέρα πατρίδα.
Η ανακοίνωση των δέκα ομογενειακών οργανώσεων έχει ως ακολούθως:

ΕΠΙΣΤΟΛΗ ΔΙΑΜΑΡΤΥΡΙΑΣ
Μελβούρνη 19/6/2013
Η ομογένεια της Αυστραλίας πληροφορήθηκε με λύπη και απογοήτευση την απόφαση της ελληνικής κυβέρνησης να διακόψει τη λειτουργία της δημόσιας ραδιοτηλεόρασης ΕΡΤ και την απόλυση όλου του προσωπικού της.
Η πρωτοφανής αυτή ενέργεια έχει προκαλέσει μεγάλες αντιδράσεις στο χώρο της ομογένειας, μειώνοντας ταυτόχρονα την εικόνα της Ελλάδας διεθνώς και ιδιαίτερα σε μια δύσκολη για την πατρίδα μας περίοδο.
Σύσσωμη η ομογένεια της Αυστραλίας μέσω των αντιπροσωπευτικών της οργανισμών καταγγέλλει και καταδικάζει την ενέργεια αυτή και καλεί την κυβέρνηση να αναθεωρήσει την απόφασή της, να επιτρέψει άμεσα την επαναλειτουργία της ΕΡΤ και να προβεί, αν είναι αναγκαίο, στις απαιτούμενες μεταρρυθμίσεις για την αποτελεσματικότερη λειτουργία της.
Εδώ και χρόνια η ΕΡΤ αποτελεί γέφυρα επικοινωνίας με την μητέρα πατρίδα, συμβάλλοντας τα μέγιστα στην προώθηση του Ελληνικού πολιτισμού, της γλώσσας και των παραδόσεών μας σε όλον τον κόσμο, ενώ είχε αναδειχθεί σε πολύτιμο μέσο προβολής της Ελλάδας ως κοιτίδας σύγχρονου πολιτισμού, τουριστικού προορισμού και επενδυτικού ενδιαφέροντος.
Εκφράζουμε την αλληλεγγύη και συμπαράστασή μας σε όλο το προσωπικό της ΕΡΤ και τους ενθαρρύνουμε να συνεχίσουν τον αγώνα τους για την προστασία των δικαιωμάτων τους και για μια ελεύθερη δημόσια ραδιοτηλεόραση.

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Κλείσανε τις συχνότητες [Video]

Το βράδυ της τρίτης, είχαμε τα γνωστά γεγονότα με το κλείσιμο της ΕΡΤ, και το μαύρο στις οθόνες. Παρακολουθούσα τις εξελίξεις από το κρατικό κανάλι, νομίζω στη ΝΕΤ μέχρι που μαύρισε η τηλεόραση.
Δεν πίστευα ότι αυτό θα γινόταν πράξη με τόση σπουδή, και με τόσο συντονισμένη ενέργεια από την πλευρά της κυβέρνησης, ακόμα δε πριν λήξει και τυπικά το πρόγραμμα της ημέρας στις 12:00!
Το συναίσθημα ήταν περίεργο, και ζαλιστικό….
Πριν “συνέλθω” στην πραγματικότητα χτύπησε το τηλέφωνο, το σήκωσα και ήταν η γιαγιά μου, η 92χρονη κυρά Μαρία (Βασίλενα). Μου είπε ότι κάτι έπαθε η τηλεόραση και να πάω αύριο όταν μπορέσω να δώ τι φταίει…..
Προσπάθησα να της εξηγήσω τα πράγματα, από το τηλέφωνο. Δεν μπορούσε να καταλάβει πολλά και επέμενε ότι η τηλεόραση έχει κάποια βλάβη και θέλει ρύθμιση γιατί κάποια κανάλια παίζανε και τα κρατικά όχι.
Γιαγιά έρχομαι τώρα μια βόλτα από το σπίτι να την κοιτάξω την τηλεόραση, της είπα και έκλεισα το τηλέφωνο.
Μέσα μου πολλαπλασίασα το γεγονός, για όλες δηλαδή τις γιαγιάδες που ήρθαν αντιμέτωπες με αυτή την κατάσταση αυτή τη μέρα……
Όταν έφτασα στο σπίτι η τηλεόραση ήταν στο 1 και έδειχνε μαύρο…
Ορίστε μου λέει, ψάξε να βρεις το κανάλι και να μου το ξαναβάλεις στο 1 όπως ήταν και πριν!
Εγώ θα σου φέρω ένα γλυκό να σε κεράσω….
-Γιαγιά της λέω, όταν ήρθε με το δίσκο με το γλυκό και το νερό, κάτσε να σου εξηγήσω
Της είπα ότι η κυβέρνηση θέλει να ξαναφτιάξει τα κρατικά κανάλια από την αρχή και μπλα, μπλα………………………………………..
Μήπως έγινε χούντα παιδί μου, μού είπε και δεν το ξέρετε; Αυτά η χούντα τα έκανε. Η χούντα, και παλαιότερα είχαν ξαναγίνει στην κατοχή! Ήμουν τότε πιο μικρή από σένα 19 χρονών και όσοι είχαν ραδιόφωνα θυμάμαι που το λέγανε
Όχι, όχι γιαγιά της λέω, μην ανησυχείς! Τα πράγματα είναι διαφορετικά τώρα.
Τα πράγματα είναι χειρότερα τώρα μου φώναξε και άρχισε να μου λέει για τους αγώνες του παππού μου που πολέμησε στην Αλβανία, που ήταν στην Εθνική Αντίσταση, και για την εξορία στη Μακρόνησο στη χούντα. Την άκουγα με σκυμμένο το κεφάλι όταν σύγκρινε τη γενιά μου με τη δική της, και μου είπε ότι φοβάται για το μέλλον μας καθώς και για τα δισέγγονα της σε τι κοινωνία θα ζήσουν…..
Έφυγα προβληματισμένος και ντροπιασμένος……

Δε μου κόλλαγε ύπνος…..

Έβγαλα το τετράδιο, από το κομοδίνο μου και πήγα με ησυχία στο σαλόνι να μην ξυπνήσω τη γυναίκα μου και το γιο μου….

………………………………….

Δεν έχει βλάβη η τηλεόραση σου το ‘πα
είν’ η κεραία, τα καλώδια σωστά
Μην κάνεις έτσι ρε γιαγιά, θα δούμε σώπα…
δεν είναι τώρα όπως τότε, στα παλιά

Έχεις περάσει κακουχίες στη ζωή σου
έχεις γιαγιάκα μου μεγάλη αντοχή
μη φέρνεις σκέψεις άσχημες στη θύμησή σου
πως ήρθε η χούντα πάλι εδώ κι η κατοχή

Μην τους δικάζεις είναι κρίμα!
έχουν πολλές …ικανότητες!
Με μιας διακόψανε το σήμα
κλείσανε τις συχνότητες!

Μου λες, τι βάλαν υπουργό αυτόν το βλάκα;
ήτανε θέμα χρόνου για να γίνει το κακό!
Μα έχεις ANT1, MEGA, SKAI, και τον ALPHA!
είναι το σήμα τώρα πια ψηφιακό!

Έπρεπε “μάζεμα” να γίνει βρε γιαγιά μου
πρώτα διαφάνεια, κι ….εξορθολογισμός…..
Και συ μου λες ότι λυπάσαι τη γενιά μου
-Να σηκωθώ! Να μην περάσει ο ΦΑΣΙΣΜΟΣ!!!

Το πληκτρολόγησα στο λάπτοπ και το έστειλα στον Νίκο τον Δρυμούση, φίλο μου μουσικοσυνθέτη στο Σίδνεϊ. Εκεί είχε ξημερώσει +7 από εμάς.

Πήγα για ύπνο
Το πρωί το βρήκα τραγούδι στο e-mail μου…

Τρία ελληνικά νησιά στους κορυφαίους προορισμούς της ιταλικής Vogue

Σέριφος, Φολέγανδρος και Θηρασιά προτείνονται στο άρθεο ως ιδανικοί προορισμοί για διακοπές.

Τη λίστα ολοκληρώνουν νησιά, όπως η Σαρδηνία, η Στρόμπολη, η Πόντζα (Ιταλία), η Σαμάνα (Δομινικανή Δημοκρατία), το Lofoten (Νορβηγία), η Νήσος των Καγκουρό (Αυστραλία), η Λανθαρότε (Ισπανία), το Καμπομόρο και το Πόρτο Βέκιο της Κορσικής, η Σαλίνα και το Βουλκάνο στο αρχιπέλαγος των Αιολίδων (Ιταλία) και αρκετά της μακρινής Πολυνησίας.

Πηγή: newsit.gr

Ο πληθυσμός της Γης θα ξεπεράσει τα 11 δισεκατομμύρια

Θα τετραπλασιαστούν οι γεννήσεις στην αφρικανική ήπειρο

Ο παγκόσμιος πληθυσμός θα αγγίξει τα 11 δισεκατομμύρια μέχρι το τέλος του αιώνα που διανύουμε, λόγω του αυξανόμενου ρυθμού γεννήσεων στην Αφρική, αναφέρει νέα έρευνα.

Η τελευταία πρόβλεψη κάνει λόγο για περίπου 800 εκατομμύρια (ποσοστό 8%) παραπάνω συγκριτικά με την προηγούμενη πρόβλεψη των Ηνωμένων Εθνών το 2011 που ανέφερε ότι ο παγκόσμιος πληθυσμός θα έφτανε τα 10,1 δισεκατομμύρια ανθρώπους.

Οι ερευνητές ανέμεναν οι γεννήσεις στη φτωχότερη ήπειρο του κόσμου, όπου μια γυναίκα γεννά κατά μέσο όρο 5,2 παιδιά κατά τη διάρκεια της ζωής της, θα έπεφταν πιο γρήγορα απ’ ό,τι τελικά συμβαίνει.

Ο πληθυσμός της αφρικανικής ηπείρου τώρα φτάνει τα 1,1 δισεκατομμύρια και εκτιμάται να ξεπεράσει τα 4,2 δισεκατομμύρια, σχεδόν να τετραπλασιαστεί, μέχρι το 2100.

«Η μείωση της γονιμότητας στην Αφρική έχει επιβραδυνθεί ή και σταματήσει σε μεγαλύτερο βαθμό απ΄ ό,τι είχε προβλεφθεί, με αποτέλεσμα ο πληθυσμός της Αφρικής να αυξηθεί» σύμφωνα με τον καθηγητή του πανεπιστημίου της Washington, Adrian Raftery.

Μελέτη που έγινε την περασμένη χρονιά εκτιμούσε ότι ένα στα τρία παιδιά που θα γεννιούνται το 2050 θα είναι στην Αφρική, γράφει η βρετανική Daily Mail.

Σε άλλες περιοχές του πλανήτη αναμένονται λιγότερο σημαντικές αλλαγές στον πληθυσμό. Η Ευρώπη ενδέχεται να γνωρίσει μικρή μείωση του πληθυσμού της, λόγω του μικρού αριθμού των γεννήσεων, ενώ άλλα έθνη παγκοσμίως μπορεί να δουν μικρές αυξήσεις λόγω της επιμήκυνσης του προσδόκιμου ζωής, αναφέρει ο καθηγητής.

Ο παγκόσμιος πληθυσμός είχε φτάσει τα 7 δισεκατομμύρια το 2011, έχοντας ξεπεράσει τα έξι δισεκατομμύρια το 1999, καταλήγει το δημοσίευμα.

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