Πέθανε η ελληνικής καταγωγής γηραιότερη γυναίκα της Τσεχίας

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Πέθανε η ελληνικής καταγωγής γηραιότερη γυναίκα της Τσεχίας

Πέθανε σε ηλικά 109 ετών η γηραιότερη γυναίκα της Τσεχίας, Ευαγγελία Καράσοβα, η οποία είχε γεννηθεί το 1904 στην Ελλάδα και ήταν μέλος της ελληνικής κοινότητας στη χώρα.
Η Καράσοβα εγκαταστάθηκε στην πρώην Τσεχοσλοβακία το διάστημα 1948 – 1949 και όπως έγινε γνωστό καθ ‘όλη τη διάρκεια της ζωής της χρησιμοποιούσε τη μητρική της γλώσσα.
Ζούσε από το 1950 στο χωριό Ντίβτσι Χράντ, κοντά στα πολωνικά σύνορα και εργάστηκε για το μεγαλύτερο χρονικό διάστημα της ζωής της στον τομέα της γεωργίας. Είχε τρεις γιους και δύο κόρες.
Περίπου 12.000 Έλληνες εγκαταστάθηκαν στην πρώην Τσεχοσλοβακία το διάστημα 1948 – 1949, μετά τον εμφύλιο πόλεμο. Η ελληνική κοινότητα στη Δημοκρατία της Τσεχίας αριθμεί τώρα περίπου 3.500 ενεργά μέλη που ζουν κυρίως στα βόρειο – ανατολικά.
Η Καράσοβα πέθανε στο νοσοκομείο της πόλης Κρνόβ από πνευμονία. «Η μητέρα έπασχε από υπέρταση και ανέπνεε με δυσκολία . Ήταν στο νοσοκομείο από την Τετάρτη και πέθανε σήμερα το πρωί», δήλωσε στο πρακτορείο ειδήσεων CTK, η 78χρονη κόρη της εκλιπούσας, Πολυξένη Καντάσοβα.

Η γηραιότερη γυναίκα της Τσεχίας και μια από τις γηραιότερες γυναίκες της Ευρώπης και του κόσμου, πέθανε προ ημερών σε ηλικία 109 ετών και ήταν Ελληνίδα μετανάστης. Πρόκειται για την Ευαγγελία Καρασόβα (Evangelia Carasova), η οποία είχε γεννηθεί στις 15 Φεβρουαρίου 1904 στην Ελλάδα και ήταν μέλος της Ελληνικής Κοινότητας της Τσεχίας.

Το 1949, λόγω του ελληνικού εμφυλίου πολέμου, η οικογένεια της Καρασόβα μετακινήθηκε, μέσω Αλβανίας, στην τότε Τσεχοσλοβακία. Το ελληνικό επίθετο της οικογένειας ήταν Καράς και άλλαξε μετά την εγκατάσταση στην Τσεχοσλοβακία.

Η Ευαγγελία Καρασόβα ζούσε από το 1950 στο χωριό Ντίβτσι Χραντ (Divci Hrad), κοντά στα πολωνικά σύνορα και εργάστηκε για το μεγαλύτερο χρονικό διάστημα της ζωής της στον τομέα της γεωργίας. Είχε τρεις γιους και δύο κόρες.

Όπως δήλωσαν οι δικοί της καθ ‘όλη τη διάρκεια της ζωής της χρησιμοποιούσε τη μητρική της γλώσσα (ελληνικά) και είχε πάντα την ελληνική σημαία στο δωμάτιό της. Κι αυτό ήταν το καταφύγιό της, στα τελευταία χρόνια, καθώς δεν μετακινούνταν σχεδόν καθόλου, παρά περνούσε ήρεμα τις ημέρες της βλέποντας τηλεόραση (είχε τη δυνατότητα να βλέπει και ελληνικά προγράμματα), με τη φροντίδα της κόρης της, Πολυξένης Καντάσοβα (Polyxeni Candasova) και με συγγενείς και φίλους να την επισκέπτονται συχνά. Παρά τα χρόνια της, όταν ο καιρός ήταν ευνοϊκός, έβγαινε για μικρές βόλτες στη γύρω περιοχή. Ήταν ολιγοδίαιτη και τα αγαπημένα της γεύματα προέρχονταν τόσο από την ελληνική όσο και από την τσεχική κουζίνα και δεν είχε πιει ποτέ αλκοόλ στη ζωή της.

Η Ευαγγελία έζησε μια γεμάτη οικογενειακή ζωή , έχοντας αποκτήσει 5 παιδιά, 20 εγγόνια, δισέγγονα και τρισέγγονα. Η οικογένειά της ζούσε στην Τσεχία και στην Ελλάδα και κάθε καλοκαίρι στο σπίτι της, στο χωριό Ντίβτσι Χραντ (Divci Hrad), συγκεντρώνονταν όσα πιο πολλά μέλη της οικογένειας μπορούσαν, για να γιορτάσουν οικογενειακά και χαρούμενα.

Η Καράσοβα πέθανε στο νοσοκομείο της πόλης Κρνoβ (Krnov) από πνευμονία. “Η μητέρα έπασχε από υπέρταση και ανέπνεε με δυσκολία. Ήταν στο νοσοκομείο από την Τετάρτη και πέθανε σήμερα το πρωί” δήλωσε την Παρασκευή στο πρακτορείο ειδήσεων CTK, η 78χρονη κόρη της εκλιπούσας, Πολυξένη Καντάσοβα (Polyxeni Candasova).

Περίπου 13.000 Έλληνες εγκαταστάθηκαν στην πρώην Τσεχοσλοβακία το διάστημα 1948 – 1949, μετά τον εμφύλιο πόλεμο. Η ελληνική κοινότητα στη Δημοκρατία της Τσεχίας αριθμεί σήμερα περίπου 3.500 ενεργά μέλη. Περίπου 800 Έλληνες μένουν στην Πράγα και πολλοί άλλοι ζουν στη Μοραβία. Η Ελληνική Κοινότητα της Πράγας δραστηριοποιείται με ποικίλες εκδηλώσεις, οι οποίες έχουν στόχο τη σωστή προβολή του ελληνικού πολιτισμού, της γλώσσας και της ιστορίας. Οργανωμένες Ελληνικές Κοινότητες υπάρχουν και στην πόλη Μπρνό (Brno) καθώς και στην πόλη Σούμπερκ (Sumperk).

Στην Τσεχία οι Έλληνες αναγνωρίζονται επίσημα ως μειονότητα της χώρας, με δικαιώματα να ιδρύουν συλλόγους, να χρησιμοποιούν ελληνικά ονόματα, να χρησιμοποιούν ελληνικές ονομασίες χωριών, πλατειών, οδών, να χρησιμοποιούν τη γλώσσα τους δημοσίως και στα δικαστήρια, να μορφώνονται και σπουδάζουν στη γλώσσα τους κ.α.

Greek property taxes for 2014 are 8 times higher than in 2009

Source: Ekathimerini

Owners of real estate in Greece will have to pay eight times more property tax next year than they did in 2009, according to the 2014 draft budget tabled last week in Parliament.

The budget provides for revenues from all forms of property taxation to reach 3.93 billion euros, against revenues of just 526 million in 2009. A year later, in 2010, property tax revenues came to no more than 487 million euros, as it became clear that the Finance Ministry was unable to collect the FAP property tax – as it was then known – which was supposed to be paid by the owners of properties worth 400,000 euros or more. Those with properties valued at under that amount did not have to pay.

In 2011 the tax collected more than doubled to 1.17 billion euros, which soared to 2.85 billion last year with the introduction of the extraordinary levy paid via electricity bills. Direct taxes on properties for this year are expected to reach 2.78 billion euros, according to data presented over the weekend by Stratos Paradias, the president of the Panhellenic Federation of Property Owners (POMIDA).

While levies have risen eightfold, transactions have effectively stopped, rents have nosedived and thousands of properties remain empty.

Desperate Greek citizens ‘are intentionally infecting themselves with HIV’ to qualify for state benefit which is set aside for addicts

Source: dailymail.co.uk

In Greece, HIV carriers are entitled to a state benefit of 700 Euros per month (picture posed by model)

In Greece, HIV carriers are entitled to a state benefit of 700 Euros per month (picture posed by model)

Desperate Greek citizens are intentionally infecting themselves with the HIV, in a bid to qualify for benefits which are given to sufferers of the killer virus, a report has claimed.

A World Health Organization report has revealed what it calls a ‘significant rise’ in the number of sufferers between 2007 and 2009, when the European financial crisis brought the country’s economy to its knees.

The number of reported new infections then continued to soar, from 22 in 2010 to 245 in 2011, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

Shockingly, the research said around half of new cases could be self-inflicted by drug addicts who want to cash in on welfare handouts.

In Greece, HIV carriers are entitled to a state benefit of €700 (£590) per month as well as access to drug substitution programmes which can help battle the illness.

A European Union-funded injection site, the first of its kind in Greece, has also been opened in a run-down part of central Athens in October this year.

Addicts are paid small sums of money for visiting the facility and providing data for anonymous surveys, as well as returning to pick up their HIV test results.

The WHO report cited a piece of work by the country’s Mental Health Research Institute in 2011 which noted ‘the well-founded suspicion’ that some problem drug users ‘are intentionally infected with HIV, because of the benefit that are entitled to approximately €1,400 every two months.’

The claims show the shocking effect of the Greek fiscal meltdown which is filtering down from big business and banks to ordinary citizens.

A World Health Organization report has revealed what it calls a significant rise in the number of sufferers between 2007 and 2009, when the European financial crisis brought the country's economy to its knees

A World Health Organization report has revealed what it calls a significant rise in the number of sufferers between 2007 and 2009, when the European financial crisis brought the country’s economy to its knees

The report also found that the economic crisis could be related to a sharp rise in suicide, which soared by 17 per cent in Greece between 2007 and 2009 and then another 25 per cent in 2010.

As the crisis deepened in the first half of 2011, suicide attempts surged again by 40 per cent.

When the report was compiled in autumn of this year, Greek unemployment stood at 26.9 per cent.

That grim figure is more than the Spanish total which stands at 26 per cent and the next highest, Portugal, at 16.3 per cent.

Despite the existence of a drug benefit being linked to rising cases, drug experts have urged governments to exclude drug-abuse treatment from austerity budget cuts.

Austerity measures imposed by the Greece since their economic crisis have caused disturbances in country. But drug experts have urged the government not to impose cuts on drugs benefits, saying removing support networks could make matters worse

Austerity measures imposed by the Greece since their economic crisis have caused disturbances in country. But drug experts have urged the government not to impose cuts on drugs benefits, saying removing support networks could make matters worse

Thomas Kattau, a Council of Europe official said: ‘There are alarming figures in Greece. So I think it’s very important that vulnerable people are targeted for treatment.’

Kattau said program like the injection-zone had been regarded as successful in Germany, the Netherlands and other European countries, as well as Canada.

He added: ‘The experience in those countries shows they don’t use to the money to buy drugs, but things like hygiene products. So it puts them on a road to recovery.

‘In the end the goal is to stop the spread of HIV-Aids. Every euro invested into drug treatment is an investment to public health and public safety.

Former rockstar turned Orthodox priest, Dr Themis has joined forces with the Red Cross in Sierra Leone

The V. Rev. Dr. Themistocles Adamopoulo, born in Alexandria and raised in Melbourne, is an archimandrite in Freetown, Sierra Leone, within the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa. His work is in mission and charity, using education as a means of bringing people out of poverty.

Eleftherius and Helen Adamopoulo were the parents of a Greek family who lived in Alexandria, Egypt. Eleftherius was an author, successful banker and had a double qualification in Chemistry; and Helen was a headmistress of a school. In 1945, Themistocles was born. Seeing developments that would have dire consequences for foreigners in Egypt, in 1956, Eleftherius and Helen immigrated with their family – including their son, Themistocles – to Melbourne, Australia. Themistocles, because of the social stigma of Greeks at the time, grew up wishing to fit into wider Australian society.

Due to the Adamopoulo’s being Greeks from a non-Greek country, they were considered to be Greeks by Anglo-Celtic Australian society, and outsiders within the Greek community. As such, Eleftherius became a labourer, and Helen worked in factories. However, in a few years, Helen was recognised by Melbourne University, becoming a teacher at Presbyterian Ladies College, and Eleftherius was recognised by local industries, becoming an industrial chemist.

Themistocles went to high school at Williamstown High School, being gifted in academic areas, and getting a result good enough to win a scholarship to Melbourne University. He began a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1964, and then formed a music group similar to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones known as The Flies. This caused a two-year deferment in his university studies while he pursued the music industry, including records, Top 10 songs, a fan club and supporting the Beatles on their Australian tour.

However, he decided that this was not to be a permanent occupation, and returned to university in a Bachelor of Arts course, studying philosophy, political science and history. His readings, and perspectives on human rights, social justice and minority groups, were formed during this period, and are acknowledged by himself to have affected the way he lives his religion today. At 22, he became a tutor at Melbourne University.

However, at the time, he held a strict athiestic view that he later recognised as contradictory. Themi attributes his conversion to anti-establishment ideas that happened in greater society, such as the opposition to the Vietnam War, and to Timothy Leary’s influence in exploring counter-cultural concepts in spiritual terms. This anti-establishment focus was brought to bear on Nietzsche and Marx, and Themi was to look at various religions, looking for truths in them that could be useful in an ideal world. Undergoing a Christian mystical experience, Themi then accepted Christianity as the path to God.

He did not immediately go to the Greek Orthodox Church of his parents, but first held a belief in Christ while looking for the denomination that could best understand his experience. Through reading the Bible and the life of St Francis of Assisi, Themi began to sell his property, give to the poor, and resign from his tutorship in political science. Speaking to one or two Greek Orthodox priests in Melbourne, he asked about God and was told not to inquire into God. Finding this unsatisfactory, he then went to other churches, finding in the Presbyterian church interesting people willing to discuss God and accommodate his previous experiences, people who accepted and greatly respected him. However, he began to ask why he was born a Greek and baptised Orthodox, and looked again at Orthodoxy.

Pity for the state of the Orthodox Church in Melbourne in the early seventies led him to join the Church – there was no teaching of Christ, Sunday schools, youth groups or Bible study groups, but rather joining together as a common identity of Greeks. Themi felt sorry for these people, whom he had already learnt more about the Bible than. He was immediately accepted due to being Greek, and received permission to begin a Sunday school.

Themi, after beginning a Masters of Education, transferred to a Diploma of Education for teaching at technical schools to continue his new-found association and identification with the working class. He went on to teach at Richmond Technical School, Essendon Technical School and Preston Technical School, all in the heartlands of the working class. However, his unwavering and spoken commitment to Christ meant that he was transferred from school to school, finally resigning from Lalor High School due to frustration at the continued restriction of his freedom of speech.

After this, due to the lack of Orthodox seminaries at the time, he took up studies at a Catholic theological school. He was advised by Archbishop Stylianos, the then-new Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Australia, to study at Corpus Christi College, Melbourne. He then went on to study at Holy Cross, Massachusetts, beginning a Masters of Theological Studies and concurrently studying at Harvard Divinity School. After this, he undertook a Master of Theology at Princeton Divinity School, and completed a Ph.D. at Brown University with his thesis entitled Endurance, Greek and Early Christian: The Moral Transformation of the Greek Idea of Endurance, From the Homeric Battlefield to the Apostle Paul, explaining how endurance changed from the Greek philosophical concept of something that one could do on their own, to St Paul’s transformation into endurance being something a gift of God in Christ.

Fr Themistocles, by this time a tonsured monk usually called ‘Br Themi’, returned to Australia and, in 1986, was one of the founding lecturers at St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College, Sydney, Australia; he was also teaching at Macquarie University and University of Sydney.

After considerable time lecturing, Fr Themi began to wish to personally act out his theology, and due to his being born in Africa he decided to return there in 2000, utilising his academic ability at the Orthodox Patriarchal Ecclesiastical School “Archbishop Macarius III” in Nairobi, Kenya.

Ordained and elevated in Kenya to the rank of Archimandrite, he conducted liturgies and preached in various parishes in Kenya, but his primary focus is on teaching people in Kenya to earn a living on their own. With the blessing of Archbishop Makarios, Fr Themistocles established the Saint Clement of Alexandria Philanthropic Education Centre. Through the centre, he set up a school for unemployed women to learn tailoring and dressmaking in November 2001, then a computer school for unemployed youth in 2002; in September of that year, he then set up a pre-school and primary school for children in slum areas, giving them free education, food and clothing.

In January 2003, the Teachers’ College was established. This grew into the Saint Clement of Alexandria Orthodox College of Africa, currently consisting of an education department and a business/information technology department, teaching for minimal cost to break the cycle of depression. Future plans include a nursing and pharmacy school; furthermore, serious negotiations are underway with the University of Thessalonica towards the creation of a Paediatric Medical School within the College. Fr Themistocles envisaged an Orthodox University of Africa.

In January 2008, with the blessing of His Beatitude Patriarch Theodoros of Alexandria and sponsored by the international charity ‘Paradise Kids 4 Africa’ (PK4A), Fr Themi moved from Kenya to Sierra Leone, where he involved himself in similar activities that he had initiated in Kenya. As of 2009, there are 9 building projects in progress, including a missionary residence and 3 places of worship (including the Cathedral of St Eleftherios), as well as providing many feeding programs for the hungry.

Negotiations with the government in March 2008 led to Fr Themi having responsibility for two schools, with a total of 3500 students and 90 staff; and in May, grants were received from two Greek missionary societies, the Orthodox Missionary Fraternity and the Missionary Alliance of St. Cosmas the Aetolian – one grant to build infrastructure for one of the schools, and the other to begin construction of a Teachers’ College. Work began on the Teachers’ College before the end of that month, and construction has begun on housing for the disabled and victims of the war.

A former Australian rock star, who once shared the stage with the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, has joined forces with the President of Sierra Leone’s Red Cross, to help the people of this West African country still recovering from a terrible civil war that lasted 11 years and left over 50,000 dead.

Dr. Themi Adams who, after several years of performing before screaming audiences “Down Under” turned down a life of fame to serve God as a missionary to some of Africa’s most oppressed nations and is based in Sierra Leone’s capital city of Freetown where he runs a mission.

Now Adams is receiving some invaluable help in the form of Edward T. Ngandi, the Former Registrar of Sierra Leone University who brings to the Orthodox Mission in Freetown, Sierra Leone, 30 years academic of experience, including 40 years with the Red Cross with which he is still actively involved as its local president. His organization has been hailed as the most structured in Africa

Ngandi will be passing on his many skills to new volunteers, and will be implementing a new youth recruitment drive to support the Red Cross and the local community.

“He is now working at the Orthodox Mission in Freetown, supporting brother Themi Adams, a one-time trailblazer and now a beloved Greek Orthodox priest, and he has plans to develop future youth leaders to become apart human intervention programs with the Red Cross providing aid to Sierra Leone during natural disasters,” said John Tsambazis, a friend of the ministry.

Recently Edward T. Ngandi took some time out to attend the Australian Red Cross Movement’s 2013 International Meetings in Sydney to talk to Pk4a supporters.

“Over 1,000 delegates from 189 countries came together for a series of high level international talks, humanitarian speakers and seminars, cultural performances, exhibits and outdoor events,” added John Tsambazis.

“On November 11, up to 800 lively Red Cross supporters formed a giant human formation of the Red Cross Red Crescent emblem on the famous Sydney Opera House steps.”

Human emblems have become a Red Cross tradition, and Sydney turned out a proudly Australian Red Cross symbol of humanity and volunteer spirit to share with the world. This was a colorful wonderful way to start the week-long Statutory Meetings.

Australian Red Cross CEO Robert Tickner joined the crowd as they transformed themselves into a giant Red Cross and Red Crescent.

Speaking to the members of Paradise Kids 4 Africa, known by its supporters as PK4A, Edward T. Ngandi, explained, “There are 17 district managers in Sierra Leone overseeing 7,000 volunteers, predominantly comprising of 70% of youths.

“When I was registrar at Sierra Leone University, it was our mandate to train students for community service. The Red Cross was the perfect vehicle for their work experience and for further academic development. I would like to see this happen with the youth at the Orthodox Mission too.”

Dr. Themi Adams has also just completed a large teachers college and mission house in Freetown. It was built to house volunteers and helpers from across the globe and to offer free education for students wishing to go to college.

Overwhelmed with joy at the caliber of the people supporting him and the standard of education he can provide, Adams, who was born in Egypt to Greek parents and raised in Melbourne, Australia, said, “I welcome these initiatives that Mr. Ngandi proposes for the betterment of our society. That is what we are here for — to educate our future leaders, harness good citizens to care for their community, and for them to lead meaningful lives”.

Rev Themi went on to say: “They come from all over the world and walks of life; from football (soccer) stars, to medical practitioners, and educators with great qualifications.

“Over one year of hard work has paid off as we are able to house specialists, doctors and more volunteers inside the mission compound. I can’t express my gratitude to all the supporters who worked tirelessly to fund this project and make it a reality.

Adams added: “This is the best gift we can give to a nation that has gone through a terrible civil war and has a chronic shortage of skilled labor.

“Whilst we attend to the welfare of the local people by providing them with their basic needs like food and clothing, education is the key and can and will lift the poor out of poverty into a future where anything is possible.”

Red Cross veteran, Mr. Ngandi, during his visit to Australia, spoke of his work with the Red Cross, and stated, “Our volunteers have been at the forefront of humanitarian action during recent national disasters, including the Shenge sea accident, the floods at Daru and Pujehun; the storms in Bonthe, Kamakwe, Kono and Koinadugu, among others providing help to the victims of those disasters. Last year’s cholera outbreak.

“The Society’s active First Aid and Community Development volunteers have provided psycho-social support, activated early warning systems, worked in emergency response and long-term recovery, helped reunite separated family members and continued to be a driving force for change at the community level.”

He commended volunteers of the society for the free services they have been rendering to the nation over the past years, adding that the success stories of the society in Sierra Leone would not have been achieved without the commitment of the volunteers. He acknowledged that the number of volunteers in the society is growing rapidly, which according to him, is as a result of the active work done by existing volunteers.

So now, Themi Adams has some invaluable help in his vital ministry and he is excited by the quality that Mr. Edward T. Ngandi brings to his work.

Between them, they will be bringing a shine light to a land that has seen much violence in recent years.

The Sierra Leon Civil War (1991–2002) began on March 23, 1991 when the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), with support from the special forces of Charles Taylor’s National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL), intervened in Sierra Leone in an attempt to overthrow the Joseph Momoh government. The resulting civil war lasted 11 years, enveloped the country, and left over 50,000 dead.

For more information on Themi Adams’ unique ministry, please go to http://paradise4kids.org/