Farmers furious at SuperValu ‘stunt’ which gives away free carrots and potatoes The IFA has taken exception to a new promotion which gives away free carrots and potatoes. Share Tweet Email4 “This distorts the market for everyone,” Healy said, “regardless of whether your product is on promotion or not.”Healy added he is seeking an urgent meeting with SuperValu to address these concerns.In response to a request from TheJournal.ie, a statement from SuperValu said: “The current promotional offer, designed as part of our ongoing effort to encourage customers to cook with Irish produce, has been planned and agreed in consultation with our suppliers.The entire cost of this promotion is funded by SuperValu.“SuperValu sources from over 2,200 Irish suppliers, equating to an annual economic contribution of €2.19 billion. We are committed to working with our suppliers to build long-term sustainable partnerships.”Read: SuperValu wins the Christmas supermarket warRead: SuperValu warns of supply shortages after Unilever’s Brexit pricing row spreads to Ireland 74 Comments Image: Brian Lawless PA Archive/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jan 27th 2017, 7:58 AM Short URL Buy Half Price Round Roast & Get SuperValu Rooster Potato 2kg & SuperValu Carrots 850g bag FREE! Available until 28/01 while stocks last. pic.twitter.com/RSW7ClrcJl— SuperValu Ireland (@SuperValuIRL) January 26, 2017 42,604 Views THE IRISH FARMERS Association (IFA) has accused SuperValu of acting “unethically” with one of their special offers, which gives customers 2kg of potatoes and 850g of carrots for free when they buy a round roast.The beef in question is already promoted at a discounted price, and the IFA believes it is another example of why political intervention is needed to ensure farmers are getting a “fair share” of the consumer price.In response, SuperValu said that they fund the cost of this promotion themselves, and they remain committed to work with their suppliers “to build long-term, sustainable partnerships”.IFA President Joe Healy said: “In this case, there isn’t even a consumer price to get a share of. It demonstrates the need for a clear ban on below-cost selling of food. He also said that retailers “cannot pretend” such price promotions do not have serious consequences for the sales of other competing fresh products such as broccoli and cauliflower. https://jrnl.ie/3207993 Source: SuperValu Ireland/Twitter By Sean Murray Friday 27 Jan 2017, 7:58 AM Image: Brian Lawless PA Archive/PA Images This sort of stunt is a race to the bottom. Farmers have little or no market power and they will ultimately bear the brunt of this type of unethical price promotion.
Short URL Feb 14th 2017, 7:55 AM By Garreth MacNamee http://jrnl.ie/3238581 25,477 Views Image: AP/Press Association Images 97 Comments Share22 Tweet Email4 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘Nudity isn’t a problem’: Playboy magazine is bringing back pictures of naked women The magazine had gone less than a year without publishing nude women. Image: AP/Press Association Images The magazine became famous for its ‘playmates’ Source: Joe Coomber/PAHe said the idea behind the magazine was that while these topics were popular in people’s minds, they were almost never spoken about in public or discussed over dinner or drinks at cocktail parties around the country.Hefner added: “Nonetheless, many misinterpreted that message or missed it entirely, choosing instead to focus on the magazine’s unapologetic portrayal of nudity and its revolutionary approach to sex, including conversations about the act itself. And this is the ultimate irony, given that sex is figuratively the big bang behind your existence, my existence, all of conscious existence and civilisation itself.”The decision to get rid of nudes came after a top editor of the magazine met with its founder Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion, according to chief executive Scott Flanders.Playboy’s then revamped print edition still included photographs of women in provocative poses.They just won’t be nude anymore, Flanders told The New York Times, adding that such pictures have become “passe” in the internet age.“You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And so it’s just passe at this juncture,” he said.Read: Playboy covering up nudes has nothing to do feminism and more to do with dwindling sales >Read: Most older people are having sex on a regular basis > ICONIC MAGAZINE PLAYBOY is to bring back pictures of naked women after admitting getting rid of the steamy photos was a mistake.The magazine, which was launched in 1953, decided last year that they were to stop printing nudes as the proliferation of internet pornography made Playboy’s nude photos “passe”, according to their chief executive at the time.However, in a quick U-Turn, Hugh Hefner’s son Cooper, who is now the magazine’s chief creative officer, said that the decision to remove nudity from the magazine was a mistake.In a statement, he said “I’ll be the first to admit that the way in which the magazine portrayed nudity was dated, but removing it entirely was a mistake. Nudity was never the problem because nudity isn’t a problem. Today, we’re taking back our identity and reclaiming who we are.”In a piece he wrote for the magazine’s website, Cooper Hefner said Playboy was always about “promoting a healthy conversation about sex while also encouraging dialogue on social, philosophical and religious opinions”. Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, 7:55 AM
What is the name of this sheep? Leper in the Backfield 1.6 million Apr 15th 2017, 8:30 PM The man on the right is the current Dr Who. What’s his name? Share Tweet Email2 Which of these WON’T you remember Troy McClure from? Here Comes the Coast Guard Answer all the questions to see your result! Which one is Dec? Share your result: TheJournal.ie Pub Quiz 2017: Round 7 This week: TV. “P” is for Psycho New Great British Bake Off host Noel Fielding was a lead on which comedy show? 2001 The Black Lion 2003 Peter Capaldi Matt Smith The Wolfpack The IT Crowd The Smartest Pig In Cleveland Share 2000 1.4 million Share your result: Morkman The Late Late Toy Show was Ireland’s top programme last year. How many people watched? The President’s Neck is Missing Share Chris 1.7 million Tweet Moleman When did Glenroe end? The Wolfhound Monkman Left Short URL Tweet Del Boy took his fall at a cocktail bar. Where did he and Rodney normally drink in Only Fools and Horses? The Verdict Was Mail Fraud Top Dog! David Tennant Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Right Share What is the name of the pub in Emmerdale? What are ewe doing? You scored out of ! 1.5 million Pawsitively perfect. Saturday 15 Apr 2017, 8:30 PM The Mighty Boosh Steve This man became an internet sensation after an appearance on University Challenge. What’s his surname? You scored out of ! The Nag’s Head Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaddd. Flippin’ good! Shell of a bad effort. PHONES AWAY (UNLESS you’re reading on it), funny team names in.Let’s move on to television.See earlier rounds here. Fargo Share You scored out of ! The Horse and Hound The Fast Show Chris Ecclestone The Wellpack The Queen’s Arms You scored out of ! Share your result: 2002 Share your result: Sean Tweet The Boatjacking of Supership 7 Fintastic! 38,303 Views Tweet The Woolpack Almost purrfect! 25 Comments The Revenge of Abe Lincoln Share Share your result: Turtle-y awful! Tweet You scored out of ! Little Britain Clever Cat! By Paul Hosford Alien Nose Job http://jrnl.ie/3338513 Muckman They Came to Burgle Carnegie Hall
Ukip leader Nigel Farage (right) with Mark Reckless. Image: PA Wire/PA Images http://jrnl.ie/3327251 Share2 Tweet Email A MEMBER OF the Welsh Assembly is leaving UKIP to join the Conservative party grouping – three years after going in the opposite direction.Mark Reckless had been the Conservative MP for Rochester and Strood until defecting to UKIP in 2014. With the eurosceptic party, he retained his seat in a by-election.However, he lost that seat in 2015 to Conservative Kelly Tolhurst.Last year he was elected as an assembly member for South Wales East for UKIP.Today, however, he announced he would leave the party to sit with the Conservatives. The Tories are the opposition in Wales.Reckless will not be a member of the party, but will vote with them, the party said.Reckless said he was leaving as it was “job done” for the party.I leave UKIP positively, having achieved our joint aim, a successful referendum to leave the EU. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 12 Comments By Paul Hosford Thursday 6 Apr 2017, 2:55 PM Apr 6th 2017, 2:55 PM Welsh MP who left the Tories for UKIP leaves UKIP for the Tories Mark Reckless said he was leaving as it was “job done” for the party. Ukip leader Nigel Farage (right) with Mark Reckless. Short URL For me it is job done now that article 50 has been triggered. I campaigned all my adult life for us to leave the EU. Now we are, under a Conservative government. I support Theresa May, and her team of Brexit ministers, to deliver.Reckless’ defection follows that of Douglas Carswell from the party, which has five seats in Wales, along with 20 in Europe. Carswell’s decision left the party without an MP.UKIP Chairman Paul Oakden said Reckless should give up his seat.We are disappointed to hear that Mark Reckless has decided to leave UKIP in order to join the Conservatives in the Welsh Assembly.“It is now incumbent on Mark Reckless to relinquish a position he has only by virtue of a UKIP mandate. The position should go to the next UKIP candidate on the regional list.”Read: Varadkar dismisses ‘total victory’ of anti-water charges movement as ‘bad policy’ 7,445 Views Image: PA Wire/PA Images
He stopped paying his mortgage so he could sing at Trump rallies – and now he’s feeling a little disillusioned Just two months after the election, Kraig Moss, aka the Trump Troubadour, isn’t feeling quite so positive about Donald Trump as he did before. http://jrnl.ie/3321822 Source: ABC News/Twitter Kraig Moss performing a a Trump rally in Appleton, Wisconsin, in March 2016 Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesHE TRAVELLED FROM rally to rally with his guitar in tow, crooning pro-Donald Trump tunes and hailing the then Republican candidate as the answer to the US heroin epidemic that took his son’s life.Though his songs earned him the moniker “the Trump troubadour”, these days Kraig Moss has stopped singing for the president: the US leader’s push for a health bill that would have restricted access to opioid addiction treatment for thousands of people left the 58-year-old mired in doubt.When Moss strums his guitar now, it’s to sing sorrowful ballads in memory of his son Rob, who died of a heroin overdose in 2014 at the age of 24.Trump “is the one that pioneered the idea that we have a heroin epidemic in this country” says Moss. “I feel on that subject very let down – because that’s what drove me in order to want to do everything I did; make all of the sacrifices I did to follow him around.”Moss had stopped making mortgage payments so he could trail the Trump campaign; now he is about to leave his house in the small upstate New York town of Owego for a mobile home.But he said he has no regrets: “I’m not ashamed of what I did, mostly because I know I’ve gotten at least one person, one young adult to stand up at a party and probably say, ‘You know what? That stuff kills – I’m out of here’.”I know there’s young adults that have that attitude now because of the talks that we have had.Potential for change? If you cannot view this video, click hereDespite his disappointment in the first two months of Trump’s tenure, Moss said he thinks the president “still has potential”.“He’s got to come down to real life and… remember the little people who got him into office,” Moss said.But the former construction worker wonders what Trump – who cast himself as a hardline dealmaker who alone could uplift America – can really get done from the White House.I’m concerned that the same complications that presented itself through health care will present themselves with the immigration and the same complications might arise with his business plans.The Republican bid to repeal and replace former president Barack Obama’s signature health care law ended in crushing defeat, after dissent within Trump’s own party stymied his efforts.It is too early to tell whether Republicans will launch another fight to kill Obamacare.Meanwhile Moss, who has been separated for years, finds himself alone mourning his child’s death. His house is nearly empty – save for the living room, which is littered with piles of photos and t-shirts bearing the likeness of his son, three years after the young man’s death.After the campaign catapulted him into the public eye, Moss began receiving contributions from people nationwide to pay for a memorial stone – but he does not yet have the heart to get one.Moss said following the Trump campaign granted him a way to keep his son alive.“I did not realise it until these people just offered to pay” for the memorial, he said. “It’s like, that is a final closure.”I don’t know if I am ready for that.© – AFP, 2017Read: At least 254 dead, including 43 children, as toll from Colombian horror mudslide continues to climbRead: Hollywood star Doris Day finds out she’s 95 on her 93rd birthday Share Tweet Email2 29 Comments 40,095 Views Apr 8th 2017, 9:00 PM “Trump troubadour” says he lost trust in Pres. Trump over health care push: “I feel like I’ve been lied to.” https://t.co/VfevxFNAMF pic.twitter.com/N0TtgfPGa1— ABC News (@ABC) March 26, 2017 By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Saturday 8 Apr 2017, 9:00 PM
‘Lives were brutally taken’: Appeal on 10th anniversary of killing of soldiers in Co Antrim Sappers Mark Quinsey and Patrick Azimkar were killed outside the Massereene army barracks on 7 March 2009. By Hayley Halpin Lives have been brutally taken and the lives of their loved ones changed forever. It is up to us all to work together to ensure that the tragedies of our past do not become the tragedies of the future. “There are people in the community who know exactly what happened and who was involved. A decade has passed and with that allegiances change and people’s circumstances alter. It is never too late to come forward,” he said. The Azimkar and Quinsey families are facing yet another year without their loved ones and they deserve to see those involved brought to justice. Anyone with information should contact detectives in the PSNI major investigation team on 101. Alternatively, people can anonymously call UK Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 10 Comments 11,210 Views Short URL Thursday 7 Mar 2019, 8:02 AM https://jrnl.ie/4528033 Share20 Tweet Email Brigadier George Norton looking at the flowers left outside Massereene Army base in 2009 Source: Paul Faith via PA ImagesDETECTIVES IN NORTHERN IRELAND are appealing for information to help solve the murder of two soldiers at the Massereene army barracks in Co Antrim in 2009. Today marks the 10th anniversary of the atrocity, which also saw the attempted murder of three soldiers and two civilians. Sappers Mark Quinsey and Patrick Azimkar were shot dead outside the barracks on Saturday, 7 March 2009. Two of their colleagues were also injured in the attack, as were two civilians delivering pizza to the base.Another soldier, who was close by, narrowly escaped injury. To date, the PSNI’s investigation has resulted in 4,062 investigative actions, 1,858 witness statements, 33 searches and 14 arrests. One person has been convicted for offences involved in the murder by providing the phone used to make calls claiming the attack. However, the killers have not been caught. Police at the scene of a shooting at Massereene Barracks in Antrim the day after the day Source: Paul Faith via PA Images“Our thoughts today are very much with the families of Sappers Mark Quinsey and Patrick Azimkar whose ongoing grief, pain and hurt must be unimaginable,” Detective Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray said. “It is also a poignant day for those who were injured and maimed and now live with the physical and psychological scars of that fateful attack,” he said. The PSNI is today appealing that anyone who has information about the attack and those who carried it out would come to the police with information which may open up new lines of enquiry.“Today, on the 10th anniversary, I would appeal to those who know anything about the events of that night to come forward to police,” Murray said. Geraldine and Mehmet Azimkar, parents of Sapper Patrick Azimkar Source: Stefan Rousseau via PA Images Mar 7th 2019, 8:02 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook deploys new transparency tools to protect EU elections The State’s ethics watchdog raised concerns that foreign based organisations could influence elections in Ireland. Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Share18 Tweet Email1 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Ceimin Burke 23 Comments FACEBOOK HAS ANNOUNCED changes to the way political advertisements are handled on the social media site ahead of the upcoming European Parliament elections.The social media giant said it is introducing a range of new tools to help prevent ads on the platform from being used for foreign interference, and to increase transparency around all forms of political advertising. The tools were already implemented in countries that held elections in the past year, including the mid-term polls in the United States, and votes in Brazil and India.Google implemented similar rules last month while in the run up to Ireland’s Eighth Amendment referendum last year both of the tech firms were prompted to tackle ads that attempted to interfere with the vote.In the weeks before polling day Facebook banned all referendum related ads from advertisers based outside of Ireland. Google went further and prohibited all advertisements pertaining to the vote. The new tools will be rolled out on both Facebook and Instagram. Here’s some of the key measures: Friday 29 Mar 2019, 2:16 PM Mar 29th 2019, 2:16 PM All EU advertisers will need to be authorised in their country to run ads related to politics and issues.All ads related to politics or issues must be clearly labelled, including indicating who is paying for the ad. Businesses or organisations will also have to provide their contact details.All political or issue ads that have not been properly registered will be blocked from mid-April.An Ad Library tool will store all political ads for seven years. Clicking on “See Ad Details” will reveal the number of times the ad was viewed and demographics about the audience reached including age range, location and gender.Despite the measures Facebook concedes that it will not be able to entirely prevent abuse.“We’re up against smart, creative and well-funded adversaries who change their tactics as we spot abuse, but we believe that they will help prevent future interference in elections on Facebook,” Richard Allen, the company’s vice president for Global Policy Solutions, said.In its annual report last year the Standards in Public Office (SIPO) raised concerns that foreign based organisations could influence the outcome of an election or referendum in Ireland by funding political advertising or digital campaigns.With reporting by AFP https://jrnl.ie/4567031 5,218 Views
Vicky Phelan apologises to Leo Varadkar after referring to him as ‘a gay man’ during criticism Phelan made the comments in an interview with The Irish Times. Campaigner Vicky Phelan. By Rónán Duffy Short URL What I said, you know I was trying to make the point that the issues faced by the women are wide-ranging. They involve input from a wide-range of players from the Department of Health, HSE, legal profession, medical profession and the Attorney General’s office.“And the inertia on behalf of one player can hold everyone up and that’s exactly what has happened in the last 12 months,” she added.Phelan’s criticism of the Taoiseach related to his pledge that women affected by the scandal would not have to go to court.A non-adversarial system such as this has not been established yet, in part because of the difficulties if the labs involved do not wish to take part in mediation.Varadkar has previously acknowledged this difficulty and said he regretted “not being clearer” in his pledge.Late last year, the government promised to establish an independent statutory tribunal to deal with claims arising from the CervicalCheck scandal. Apr 25th 2019, 3:22 PM Thursday 25 Apr 2019, 3:22 PM Share Tweet Email2 Campaigner Vicky Phelan. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie 83 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4606545 VICKY PHELAN HAS apologised after referring to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as “a gay man” when criticising him over the CervicalCheck scandal.Phelan made the remarks in an interview with The Irish Times on the one-year anniversary of her speech outside the High Court when she received damages due to incorrect smear test results.Phelan has been an outspoken critic of the government’s response to the CervicalCheck scandal and has been particularly critical of Varadkar.Earlier this year, she described the Taoiseach as being “all talk and no action” while also praising Health Minister Simon Harris.Speaking to the Irish Times, Phelan delivered more criticism of Varadkar, saying he “just doesn’t get it”.“The classic example is him going on Six One News saying no woman would ever have to go into court, and look what’s happened. That’s still the case and not only that, the tribunal has not yet been established in order for that not to happen.”“I don’t think he gets it at all. And it’s not just because he’s a gay man, I just don’t think he gets it,” Phelan added.Following up on these comments after the interview’s publication, Phelan told RTÉ’s Today with Miriam that she apologised to the Taoiseach and claimed she was “taken out of context”.“I’m critical of the government in general, I think some of what I said was taken out of context and I would like to apologise to the Taoiseach for the comment in today’s article,” she said 75,505 Views
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram When Angela Mallis first held her newborn baby girl in her arms 17 years ago maternal instinct told her there was something wrong. After vigorous testing during the first six months of her life, Priscilla was eventually diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis: the most commonly inherited, life-shortening condition affecting Australians. Yet Angela, let alone her family and friends, had never heard of it. Cystic Fibrosis, or CF as it is commonly referred, is a degenerate disease of the body’s secretory glands causing the production of abnormally thick mucus that congests the lungs resulting in chronic infections and digestive problems. “Every day is a struggle for Priscilla to take up to a dozen tablets and sustain the energy necessary to lead a normal life,” Angela said. However, she is determined not to let the fear of her daughter’s condition worsening keep her from allowing Priscilla to complete her bucket-list this year. Up until now, existing treatments have only attempted to treat secondary manifestations of the disease, however a promising new drug claims to target the underlying ion-transport defect in CF sufferers preventing further organ damage. Denufosol is currently undergoing its final trial stage in the US and has seen patients experience a significant decrease in mucus accumulation and improved lung function performance within just a few months of treatment. Angela, whose life was more recently shaken by her eldest son’s battle with lung cancer, is elated by the prospects of the new drug but remains disheartened by lack of CF awareness. “Deterioration is internal and so it’s hard for people to see how truly debilitating CF is,” she said, adding “sometimes I feel like if we shaved all their heads maybe then they’d get more attention.” CEO of Victoria’s Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Stephen Murby, said that despite his foundation’s efforts over 98 percent of people discover they are carriers after the diagnosis of their newborn child. “Every four days a child is born with CF in Australia
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek schools in Victoria received $22,300 in the latest grants offering by the Victorian government this week. Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras announced this week a total of $140,000 in grants to 85 community languages schools across Victoria. The schools that received the funding are: AHEPA Victoria; Greek Orthodox Community of Frankston Inc.; Greek Orthodox Community of Oakleigh; Greek Orthodox Community of Oakleigh District; Greek Orthodox Community Parish of St Anathasios; Greek Orthodox Community of St Nicholas Yarraville; Greek Orthodox Community Parish of Coburg and Pascoe Vale; Omiros College; St Anthony Greek School; and two schools of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne Victoria. “Learning languages other than English is important for developing an international perspective and building relationships with other nations,” Kotsiras said. The funding, offered through the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship’s (OMAC) education grants program, will support voluntary after-hours community language schools. They will support and improve the quality of teaching and the professional development of staff. The grants will also go towards new materials, resources and operational costs. “Community language schools build new generations of multilingual speakers while enhancing Victoria’s reputation as Australia’s multicultural capital,” Kotsiras said. For more information about the OMAC’s grants programs go to www.multicultural.vic.gov.au
Plans to erect a memorial plaque on the site of the famous ‘charge at 42nd Street’ by ANZAC troops during the Battle of Crete, have moved forward, with the Municipality of Chania identifying a plot of public land for the memorial. The municipality has confirmed its official support to the project, which commemorates, a significant but not widely known action, in which Australian and Kiwi troops pushed back the German advance on May 27 1941, buying precious time for allied troops to be evacuated from Crete. The action took place near the village of Tsikarion, near Souda Bay. The site has never had any kind of signage to show the momentous events that occurred there. Last year a charitable trust was set up in Australia – ‘The Friends of 42nd Street’ – to coordinate fundraising for the project by Ms Glenda Humes, eldest daughter of Aboriginal Anzac, Captain Reg Saunders MBE, who took part in the charge, and who was protected by Cretan villagers for a year after the allied surrender. Ms Humes told Neos Kosmos that she was delighted to receive the news from Chania. “It’s crucial to find an appropriate site on public land, and we’re very grateful for the efforts of the municipality. “We can now go forward with confidence on fundraising here and in New Zealand, to realise the project.” Melbourne-based plaque maker, Dr Ross Bastiaan AM, who has been approached by project organisers to create the bronze, told Neos Kosmos: “This is excellent news. It’s always very important to have the local authorities involved from the outset. This validates the project hugely.” Dr Bastiaan, a periodontist, has made and installed more than 160 Australian military history plaques in more than 20 countries. His works include memorials at the Menin Gate in Belgium, the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea, and at Sandakan in Borneo. He has created a number of memorials previously in Greece, including at Sfakia, Chania, Rethymno and the Greek National War Memorial at Heraklion. The ‘Friends of 42nd Street Trust’ is keen to discuss sponsor arrangements with organisations and individuals wishing to support this initiative in any way. For further details contact Glenda Humes on 0439 790797. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Documents that Greek Australians are required to submit to the Greek Tax Authority – in order to prove that they do not reside in Greece and in order to avoid any additional taxes – have changed. This is pursuant to the recent tax law No. 4141/2013, published in the Government’s Gazette No. 81 Α/05.04.2013, So, article 43 of the above law, states the following: “The individual who declares that he is a foreign resident and acquired actual income in Greece, must submit together with his annual tax return in Greece, a statement from the Tax Authority of the country of his residence, stating that he is a ‘tax resident’ of this country or a copy of the Notice of his Tax Assessment or, in lack thereof, a copy of the tax return which was submitted to that country. The statement is issued by the competent tax authority or any other public, municipal or any other recognized authority.” What does this practically mean? Although any interpretation of these provisions is premature before the issuance of the relevant Minister’s Ruling, the following could be noted: 1. The documents are required only for those who declare actual income in Greece. In simple terms, this refers to those who receive rents, income from business, etc. Those who just have under their names a property in Greece (house, plot, etc) or an undivided interest share on a property, without any income, do not have to submit this documentation; only those that receive rents from this property. 2. Greek Australians are not required to submit their Australian tax return (necessarily) to the Greek Tax Authority. They should submit a statement from the Australian Tax Office verifying that they are Australian ‘tax residents’ instead. It appears that the protests of our fellow Greek Australians have been taken into consideration. In any case and given the fact that the deadline for the submission of the tax certificates for the fiscal year 2011 has been extended to June 28 2013, we will have to wait for the Minister’s Ruling in order to obtain a clear picture as to the actual documents that will eventually be required. * John Tripidakis, LL.B.(Athens), LL.M. (London) is an Australian registered foreign (Greek) lawyer, entitled to practice foreign (Greek) law only. For more information visit www.greeklawyers.com.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
The most significant community organisation of the Greek Australian community was, not that long ago, born and raised on a voluntary basis. It was volunteers who started Fronditha Care and Australian Greek Welfare Society (AGWS), and today, it’s volunteers who lend their helping hand to these organisations. National Volunteer Week, from 12 to 18 May, is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia, and an opportunity for communities to highlight the role that Australia’s 6.4 million volunteers play. And the value that volunteers add to the Greek Australian community is far more important than just economic value. It’s the vital social benefits that make volunteers priceless. They add value to the lives of the people they support, they help build trust and connections within communities; they enhance community well-being and make them stronger and more resilient.Voluntary service is a fundamental principle of community organisations like Fronditha Care and AGWS. Paraskevi Tsingas, AGWS Senior Coordinator of Volunteer Work Force Development, says the contribution of volunteers is priceless. The number of those who approach AGWS willing to volunteer increases from year to year, with many of them on the waiting list.“AGWS volunteers play a vital role in providing companionship as well as linguistically and culturally appropriate support and activities to Greek residents of aged care facilities as well as socially isolated Greek speaking people living at home,” she tells Neos Kosmos.Today, AGWS care is supported by over 200 volunteers, the majority of them over 60 years of age. “I am so grateful to our community. The response of volunteers is amazing in all areas. Many people are interested in becoming a volunteer, but unfortunately not all of them can get a position due to limited numbers. “Volunteerism is the foundation of our organisation, that’s what it’s based on,” Ms Tsingas tells.Jacob Fronistas, treasurer for Fronditha Care, who has been involved with the organisation for 34 years and was once its youngest board member, says it’s only been in the last few years that young people started joining the board. “It’s been mainly the elderly who have volunteered their time and services. It’s still older people in all those community organisations that try to keep the organisations going, while the younger generations are not interested, haven’t got time, passion or commitment,” Mr Fronistas says. At AGWS, the official volunteers program is now 25 years old. But since it was first founded 45 years ago, AGWS – just like Fronditha Care – was always supported by volunteers.“The volunteer is the one who knows all the programs and what happens at AGWS through the training they undertake, and they become the ambassador who passes on this knowledge. And that is even more emphasised in the community where not all of our members speak good English,” Ms Tsingas explains.Having the reputation that AGWS enjoys within the community helps the organisation that is never short of volunteers. It’s the feeling of belonging to AGWS and the joy of giving that play the main role in the dedication of AGWS volunteers. “One lady recently told me ‘I came here to give, and then I wonder – did I come to give or to take?’,” Ms Tsingas says. Similarly, Fronditha Care has always had volunteers support. It wasn’t until the first aged care opened up in 1983 in Clayton that staff was employed. For six years, from 1977 to 1983, all the work was done by volunteers. Today, Fronditha Care has around 200 registered volunteers. “There are different levels of volunteers at Fronditha. Those who are on the board, who ensure that the organisation is run properly. People in the auxiliaries, also very important to Fronditha – they are the ones who are involved in doing a lot of fundraising. “Then we have a group of volunteers who visit aged care facilities, spend hours with the elderly, talk to them, play tavli, do activities with them.“The elderly look forward to their visits. It’s a very important thing, that keeps the elderly active and it actually enhances and improves their quality of life. Volunteers play a very important role at Fronditha and no money can buy these things. They are there for the love of the elderly,” Mr Fronistas said. A special morning tea was held on Friday to celebrate and acknowledge Fronditha Care volunteers who have helped during the years. On 22 May, AGWS will honour its volunteers on the occasion of National Volunteers Week. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Police in Patra have arrested eight people and are seeking another four in connection to alleged bogus marriages that were used to help migrants obtain residence permits.One Greek man, four Greek women, two Nigerian men and one Nigerian woman were arrested in the port city.Police are also on the lookout for another Greek man and men from Nigeria, Afghanistan and Senegal.The gang allegedly paid Greek women up to 500 euros to marry illegal immigrants or to claim that they were the fathers of their children.The suspects face charges of forming a criminal gang, fraud and making false declarations.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
The European Stability Mechanism has so far charged Greece about 1 percent on the funds released from the 86 billion-euro ($98 billion) bailout that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras won in August. Those costs aren’t locked in for the life of the loan though, ESM chief financial officer Christophe Frankel said in an interview.“We can’t guarantee that the rate will remain at such a low level,” Frankel said. “We know that what we charge today is not what we will charge tomorrow and of course is very different from what we may charge in five years or 10 years time.”The prospect of “very different” interest rates adds an extra dimension to the challenges confronting Tsipras as he embarks on a second term in office. Unless he can get the Greek economy moving and the debt falling before European borrowing costs start to rise, his efforts at stabilizing the country could face an additional headwind.“If market interest rates ever start to move up, we should be prepared for either new fiscal backlashes and/or new bargaining about the so-called additional service charges from the ESM,” said Carsten Brzeski, chief economist at ING-Diba in Frankfurt. “This is as good as it gets.”Euro-area firewallCreated in 2012, the ESM was the euro area’s flagship effort to build a buffer between the currency zone and the sovereign debt crisis that at its height forced five of the bloc’s 19 nations to seek bailouts. The firewall fund borrows on behalf of the entire euro area and offers rescue funding for nations that have lost access to the markets.Greece is a prime example. The country’s 10-year yields soared to 44 percent in 2012 and more recently to 19.6 percent in July, when it wasn’t clear if Tsipras would be able to secure another infusion of rescue funds. The debt was yielding 7.7 percent on Wednesday while similarly dated bonds issued by the ESM traded at 0.87 percent.Bowing to bailout conditions gives Greece a way to access cash when its shut out of the market, and so far, low costs have been a consistent bailout perk. The ESM’s current rates are even lower than the price it pays to borrow on the long-term markets. The bailout fund sold 3 billion of 30-year bonds on Oct. 13 with an implied yield of 1.785 percent. Its short-term bills are currently trading at negative rates.The loan charges are particularly low now because the European Central Bank has pushed rates to record lows and the initial mix of debt that the ESM uses to fund its bailout program was tilted toward short-term debt. Like most of the euro area’s bailout programs, Greece’s latest program began with a hefty lump sum payout – in this case a 26 billion-euro disbursement. The ESM used a mix of bill and bond sales to raise the cash, and it also issued floating-rate notes to be set aside for bank recapitalization.Costs can changeGoing forward, the shortest debt will be rolled over into a mix of longer-term debt. This is likely to push rates up, and market conditions also could see the ESM’s borrowing costs rise. At the same time, the funding costs will be lower than if the ESM were trying to borrow at terms that exactly matched the length of the loans it offers to Greece.“From one day to another, the cost of funds can change,” Frankel said. “It does not change every day but it may change from time to time depending on new issuance or bonds coming to maturity.”Greece’s loan fees on the new bailout are the same as the ESM charges to other countries that have received bailouts – so far, Spain and Cyprus. Older euro-area bailouts came from the ESM’s temporary predecessor, the European Financial Stability Facility. Both bailout funds are aiming for an average debt maturity of between five and eight years, the same range sought out by sovereign borrowers.Frankel said bailout countries won’t be getting any rude surprises.“We are very clear and very cautious in mentioning any rate, because there are a lot of reasons why the rate could go up in the future,” Frankel said. “It could also go down – for the time being, this is always what we have experienced by the way – but it could go up again in the future.”Source: Bloomberg, Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The walls of Athens’ buildings are travelling to Canberra, in order to narrate the story of the city and its people as it has unfolded in these past six years of severe austerity. No, this is not a case of demolition and transport of actual walls of bricks and concrete; it is photographs of said walls that will appear, as part of the ‘Murals of Athens’ exhibition opening on Wednesday 2 December at the ambassador’s residence, featuring 23 pictures of Athens’ street art. These modern murals describe, in a unique way, how the ongoing financial crisis and the imposition of the austerity memorandum have affected life in Athens, forcing the economy to collapse, the social fabric to become torn, the society as a whole to asphyxiate. The exhibition also serves as a farewell from the ambassadorial couple, as Haris Dafaranos ends his run as Greece’s ambassador to Australia. His wife Eva Dafaranos is the curator of the art show; in the exhibition’s brochure she describes the featured artworks as “a testament of how artistic creativity can deliver in difficult times. A generalised expression of disappointment, triggered by the pitiless austerity measures for six years now, has evolved into a peaceful creative artistic movement which reclaims space and transmits a permanent and vivacious series of social messages, together with slogans, wall paintings and graffiti”. “Serving, in a certain degree, the political and economical establishment, does not deprive you of the constitutional and human right to critical thinking”, Mrs. Eva Dafaranos says, stating the importance of “telling things as they are and judging the errors of political choices, as seen through the values of humanism and national dignity”.Talking to Neos Kosmos, Mrs Dafaranos described the process and thinking behind this original art show. “I thought that a photo exhibition, depicting the collective feeling of the citizens of a metropolis, in the midst of an financial crisis of unprecedented harshness and psychological pressure, through street art would be unique, in terms of artistic aesthetics, transferring intense messages,” she says, hoping that the exhibition will make the viewer feel sympathy and solidarity to the people of Greece. Among the works displayed is Pavlos Tsakonas’ solemn Praying Hands, based on Albrecht Durer’s homonymous drawing that caused great sensation when it was unveiled in 2011, on the wall of ‘Vienna’ Hotel at Peiraios Street, as well as Antonis Fikos’ Wasted Love series of street art, featuring sad angels, drawn in a technique that brings to mind Byzantine iconography. Mrs Dafaranos singles out these works, along with the tribute to ‘Loukanikos’, the legendary stray dog that followed protesters during the anti-austerity demonstrations and clashes with the police. One would argue that this theme – a symbol of anti-establishment riot – would not normally be associated with someone who is part of the upper levels of politics. “Serving, in a certain degree, the political and economical establishment does not deprive you of the constitutional and human right to critical thinking,” she objects, stating the importance of “telling things as they are and judging the errors of political choices, as seen through the values of humanism and national dignity”.THE ATHENIAN PSYCHEMrs Dafaranos remembers first seeing these works as she drove past them, travelling through the city. “It is hard to me to imagine the public space of Athens, tomorrow, without these examples of street art,” she says. “It has become part of the city’s culture, reflecting the Athenian psyche.” According to her, crisis-ridden Athens is a city in pain, even if the better-off north and south suburbs are standing still and fail to understand the problems of 1.5 million unemployed. There are two sides of Athens, she says. “On the one hand, there is the one where human pain prevails, where one-third of the population has become poor, the Athens of soup kitchens and mobile clinics, where social outcasts are looking for food in the trash. And on the other hand there is a strong emergence of social solidarity.” This is also reflected to the works featured in the exhibition. As she states in the brochure: “It is not the art of loss of hope.” When asked why she chose this way to bid farewell to Australia, Mrs Dafaranos answers that there is no better way “to evoke strong feelings of philhellenic sympathy to modern Greece than this original and direct kaleidoscope”. As for an exhibition that would feature her own experience in Australia, it would have as its theme “the melancholy caused by the Antipodes, as the edge of Earth, down and under. And also, the need to have a cultural ‘backpack’ in order to stand; this would be the Greek soul and culture – films, music, food, a glass of ouzo, a group of friends, communication via phone or internet. Third, it would be about the decision to stay here for the rest of your life, the migrant factor; the ‘alone, but not lonely’ approach; setting down roots, establishing relationships, the blossom of a family, the great respect to the older generation of titans and my great respect for the new generation. Finally, the Australian touch. The beautiful nature, the landscapes, animals and flowers. All this would be on the canvas, or in a short film”.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has officially launched his new political party, MeRA 25.Launched on Monday in a theatre hall in Athens, the 57-year-old said the grassroots party will seek to “bring realistic hope” to Greece, with the aim of releasing the debt-ridden country from “debt bondage”.“We will not mince our words,” Varoufakis said during a press conference.“[Our alliance] will be people of the left and liberalism, greens and feminists.”The party is an extension of the DiEM25 (Democracy in Europe Movement 2025) co-founded by Varoufakis in February 2016 and present in seven European countries.With Greece having the highest debt to GDP ratio in the eurozone at 180 per cent of GDP, MeRA 25’s first proposal is to drastically restructure the debt.While the government is currently promoting the idea of a clean exit from the bailout program at the end of the summer, Varoufakis is adamant that this will never happen.An economist, Varoufakis was the Greek finance minister when the Alexis Tsipras-led Syriza party first assumed power at the height of the financial crisis between January and June 2015.While he is blamed by many in Europe for his handling of negotiations with the EU for the severe austerity measures Greece and its people have had to pay with their bailout loan, it is thought his party may appeal to those citizens dissatisfied with the current prime minister.
Psychiatrie : les patients pourront recevoir des soins sans consentementFrance – Le projet de loi sur la psychiatrie, annoncé en 2008 par le président de la République, est passé en Conseil des ministres hier. Il prévoit des soins “sans consentement” pour les patients ne pouvant pas décider eux-mêmes de leur hospitalisation. Dorénavant, les psychiatres de ville pourront délivrer des soins sans consentement aux patients victimes de troubles qui les rendent incapables de décider s’ils nécessitent ou non une prise en charge. Selon les déclarations de Roselyne Bachelot : “Les psychiatres des villes pourront délivrer des soins sans consentement, sous la responsabilité du médecin de l’hôpital qui suit le patient”.70.000 personnes sont chaque année victimes de ce genre de trouble. Cette loi doit ainsi permettre “une meilleure prise en charge” et assurer une sécurité accrue, tant pour le patient que pour son entourage.En ce qui concerne les sorties d’essai, la ministre de la Santé et des Sports a déclaré qu’un “collège de soignants (constitué de deux psychiatres et d’un cadre infirmier) aura pour mission de fournir un avis écrit au préfet sur les sorties d’hôpital pour les patients en hospitalisation d’office ou hospitalisés en unité pour malades difficiles”. De plus, le patient sera gardé en observation 72 heures à l’hôpital avant que “le médecin ne décide s’il est soigné sans consentement à l’hôpital ou en ambulatoire”. Le 6 mai 2010 à 14:37 • Emmanuel Perrin
France : l’obésité et le surpoids en recul chez les enfantsFrance – Si l’on en croit les résultats de l’enquête de la Drees (statistiques des ministères sociaux), la fréquence du surpoids et de l’obésité chez les jeunes enfants aurait reculé.Le surpoids et l’obésité, qui touchaient 14,4% des jeunes enfants entre 1999 et 2000, n’en touchent plus que 12,1% entre 2005 et 2006. Une baisse que le ministère de la Santé considère comme importante, même s’il tient à préciser que “la prévalence du surpoids et de l’obésité chez l’enfant, si elle demeure encore trop élevée, est l’une des plus faibles des pays industrialisés”.Pour autant, tous les enfants ne sont pas égaux devant cette baisse, puisqu’elle a été moins significative chez ceux résidant en zone d’éducation prioritaire. Une information qui montre bien les inégalités entre enfants en fonction de leurs origines sociales. Des différences qui sont également géographiques, puisque l’AFP révèle que si les Pays de la Loire comptent peu d’enfants en surpoids, la région Île-de-France en compte plus que la moyenne. La lutte contre l’obésité continue et doit se poursuivre dans l’ensemble des foyers. Une activité physique est alors fortement recommandée, et à préférer aux jeux vidéo.Le 23 septembre 2010 à 11:55 • Emmanuel Perrin
Attention aux régimes amaigrissantsL’Agence de sécurité sanitaire alimentation, environnement et travail (Anses), a passé au crible quinze régimes (dont les célèbres Dukan et Atkins) et souligne dans un rapport publié aujourd’hui les nombreux risques que ces régimes font courir à la santé des personnes qui les suivent.Régimes Atkins, citron détox, californien, chrononutrition, Dukan, Cohen, Mayo, Fricker, Montignac, Weight Watchers ou encore soupe au chou… Trop riches en protéines, ou encore trop pauvres en glucides, ces régimes étudiés par l’Anses induisent de dangereux déséquilibres alimentaires. Un constat établi grâce à des expertises scientifiques. À lire aussiAlpha-foeto-protéine : définition, rôle, comment analyser les résultats ?Ainsi, pour plus de 80% des régimes, les apports en protéines sont supérieurs aux apports nutritionnels conseillés (ANC), note l’Anses. C’est le cas du régime Dukan, notamment, qui en a fait sa marque de fabrique. Mais en ce qui concerne les apports en fibres, ce régime induit des apports dix fois moindres comparés aux ANC.Pour Chrononutrition et Atkins, ce sont les apports lipidiques qui dépassent ces apports conseillés.De plus, plusieurs régimes (Mayo, Montignac phase 2 et Fricker 3, par exemple) ne couvrent pas les besoins en calcium. Deux phases du Dukan, a contrario, en sont beaucoup trop riches.Concernant l’apport en vitamines C et D, celui-ci est souvent trop faible. Les carences sont montrées du doigt. Parmi les risques que ces régimes font courir à la santé, l’Anses cite la diminution de la masse minérale osseuse, les fractures et la réduction en acides gras poly-insaturés indispensables. L’Agence craint également les risques de cancer colorectal avec des régimes pauvres en glucides complexes et en fibres.L’Anses préconise de consulter un médecin avant de se lancer dans un régime amaigrissant, surtout en cas d’obésité. Pour elle, “rien ne peut remplacer en termes de santé une alimentation équilibrée, diversifiée”.Le 25 novembre 2010 à 09:48 • Emmanuel Perrin