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first_imgThe key suspect in the controversial land swap involving the Vatopedi Monastery, Abbot Ephraim, was granted permission on Tuesday by a council of appeals court judges to leave the monastic community for medical treatment.Ephraim was released on bail from Korydallos Prison earlier this year but was barred from leaving Mount Athos.Since his arrest last December on charges of money laundering and embezzlement, the abbot had repeatedly appealed for his release on the grounds of ill health. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Half of Greeks contribute to tax evasion

September 21, 2019 | rfunaawx | No Comments

first_imgIt is believed that at least half of all Greeks do not pay the entire amount of taxes that they should, while given the option, nearly one in two would refuse a receipt, thereby contributing to tax evasion by others too, according to a survey by GPO for the National Confederation of Greek Commerce (ESEE).The findings point to the fact that many Greeks still do not see tax dodging as a bad thing, even now that the country is trying to emerge from its deepest financial crisis in recent memory. Crucially, 94.1 percent said they would collect receipts if it were to their own benefit.The 1,600 people and 1,000 enterprises surveyed suggested that over half of Greeks (53 percent) systematically evade paying taxes by hiding their true incomes, although only 16.4 percent admit to doing so, while 46.3 percent responded that they had allowed other people to avoid paying taxes by not getting receipts.Topping the tax evasion list, as the respondents see it, are doctors (according to 88.6 percent of those surveyed), followed by tradesmen (85.4 percent), law and notary firms (75.2 percent), food catering stores (57.9 percent) and fuel stations (44.1 percent). Supermarkets were put at the bottom of the list with 17.7 percent. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Aged care numbers increased for Greek Australians

September 21, 2019 | rkbamvjw | No Comments

first_imgThe federal government has announced 222 new aged care places with a particular focus on Australia’s Greek community. In a joint media release the Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield, and his colleague Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells said there was a need to assist people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds, pledging $19 million in capital grants to assist with the implementation of new services and facility upgrades.With the announcement the Greek community is set to gain 44 new residential aged care places, with a further 178 home care places allocated to assist the elderly wishing to remain at home.“This was a highly competitive round, clearly demonstrating renewed interest in aged care, following recent changes aimed at supporting service viability, reducing their compliance burden and increasing business flexibility,” the senators said. The 2014 Aged Care Approvals Round delivered its highest number in aged care places since 2007. For more information visit: Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greek saga continues

September 21, 2019 | tqujrlgr | No Comments

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As eurozone finance ministers converge in Brussels on Wednesday to further assess Greece’s economic proposals in a bid to move toward a deal, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is to meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi and International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde in the Belgian capital in a bid to overcome lingering obstacles.According to Finance Ministry sources, Greek government officials provided representatives of the country’s creditors on Monday with further technical details on the proposals submitted by the Greek side on Monday.A European official told Kathimerini there are still weaknesses in Greece’s proposals and that time is running out. The official added that Greece’s proposals violate many of the creditors’ “red lines” on value-added tax rates and pensions. Creditors believe the Greek proposal is too heavy on revenue-raising measures, which could push the country back deeper into recession, rather than spending cuts. That formula would widen the fiscal gap, requiring further measures, they argue. According to Germany’s Suddeutsche Zeitung, the IMF believes the EC is being too soft on Greece while some European officials have reportedly accused the Fund of not really wanting a deal. The IMF appears to want cuts to state spending on pensions and changes to VAT accounting for 1 percent of gross domestic product. It also appears to want to push the VAT on cafes and restaurants to 23 percent from the current 13 percent.Another headache for the Greek government is that it must draw up a list of prior actions. The aim is for a staff-level agreement by Thursday. This would allow any deal to be approved at an EU leaders’ summit on that day, paving the way for the measures to be voted on in Greece’s Parliament and then in the parliaments of eurozone countries. The likeliest scenario is that eurozone parliaments will be asked to vote on a disbursement of aid and an extension of the current Greek bailout at the same time.Several European officials indicated on Tuesday that a deal was still possible. “I am convinced that we will reach an agreement,” European Monetary and Economic Affairs Pierre Moscovici told French radio, adding that “work remained to be done” in the areas of VAT and pensions.The Greek government’s chief negotiator Euclid Tsakalotos told ERT that Greece was “closer than ever” to a deal, which he said he expected would include “at least a partial solution” to the country’s debt burden.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

first_imgA desperate appeal for donations of bone marrow has been launched by a Greek-American family to save the life of their six month old son Elias.The baby’s mother Evelyn Argirokastritis posted a heart-wrenching plea on Facebook encouraging people to signup to donate their lifesaving marrow. “My son Elias is in need of a new immune system which he would get with new bone marrow!” Ms Agrirokastritis posted Wednesday. “This little man has had every test done to him. Undergone so many procedures under anaesthesia, was hit with the rarest type of pneumonia and made it though it all!” “He’s a fighter and needs someone to help give him his fighting chance for a long healthy life!”Donors with Greek heritage or similar background will be a closer marrow match to Elias.Anyone outside Greece willing to register can do it hereand if located in Greece through this link. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek police have arrested a 24-year-old man on charges of distributing child abuse material over the internet.Police managed to track the man down at his home located in central Macedonia thanks to a tip-off from the US Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).The NCMEC has been a big help to Greek authorities of late.On Tuesday the Centre assisted police in locating a 43-year-old in Athens, who has been allegedly distributing child abuse material online.last_img

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Migrant families wanting to sponsor their parents to come to Australia for up to 10 years will be able to lodge an application to become a sponsor from 17 April 2019.A dedicated team within the Department of Home Affairs has been set up to manage applications and assist families during the application process.15,000 Temporary Sponsored Parent visas are available each year, giving parents from overseas the opportunity to visit Australia for a continuous period of up to five years.There is also the opportunity to apply for a second visa for another five years after a short period outside Australia, meaning parents and grandparents will be able to spend up to 10 years in Australia.Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman said the Government will deliver on the strong demand for this visa.“There has been strong interest in this visa from the community, and we are preparing for a considerable number of applications straight away,” Mr Coleman said.“The Government is continuing its commitment to deliver this visa, passing it through the Senate last year despite opposition from Labor.“This new visa will ensure family reunions are possible for thousands of migrant families and will deliver great social benefits to families and communities across Australia.”Two parents per household can be sponsored for this visa at a time, ensuring more families across Australia have the opportunity to sponsor a parent.The new visa provides an alternative option to Visitor visas which only allow shorter periods of stay or permanent parent visas which are limited and have lengthy waiting times. Parents are still eligible to apply for Visitor visas and/or permanent Parent visas.Measures have been put in place to strengthen the visa framework, and require Australian sponsors to act as a financial guarantor for any outstanding public health costs incurred by the visa holder whilst in Australia, including hospital and aged care fees. This ensures taxpayers are not required to cover additional costs.Families are encouraged to get their sponsorship application in as soon as possible from 17 April. Approved sponsors will be able to lodge a visa application from 1 July 2019.For more information about the visa, see read more

first_imgPremière : des scientifiques parviennent à changer le parfum des fleursCalifornie, États-Unis – Une rose au parfum de fraise pour la Saint-Valentin ? On pourrait bien vous en offrir une d’ici quelques années, grâce à la découverte des gènes codant pour les essences chimiques qui donnent aux fleurs leur fameux parfum.Les chercheurs de l’Institut des aliments et des sciences agricoles de l’université de Floride sont parvenus à déceler les gènes responsables du parfum des fleurs. Cette découverte pourrait permettre de modifier l’arôme naturel des fleurs. Il serait alors possible de le prononcer davantage, de l’amoindrir ou de le remplacer par une multitude d’autres. “Pendant longtemps, les cultivateurs se sont focalisés sur l’aspect de la fleur, sa taille, sa couleur et combien de temps dure sa floraison, mais son parfum était ignoré”, a noté David Clark, professeur d’horticulture à l’université de Floride.En dix ans, ces chercheurs ont analysé les gènes de 8.000 pétunias. Ils ont notamment découvert que le gène du parfum de l’huile de rose était similaire à celui qui donne ce goût si particulier à la tomate. Ils ont ainsi été capables de créer des tomates plus savoureuses et envisagent de les commercialiser au même titre que les roses transformées.Le 14 février 2010 à 10:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Complémentaires santé une nouvelle taxe

September 20, 2019 | tqujrlgr | No Comments

first_imgComplémentaires santé : une nouvelle taxeFrance – L’État, désireux de réduire le déficit de la Sécurité Sociale, veut mettre en place de nouvelles taxes sur les complémentaires santé.L’un des défis des gouvernements successifs est de limiter les dépenses de l’Assurance Maladie et de rembourser ses dettes.Le gouvernement actuel a choisi d’instaurer de nouvelles taxes dans l’espoir de récupérer 1,1 milliard d’euros. Se verront ainsi ponctionnés les détenteurs de contrats d’assurance vie multi-supports. Au lieu de payer la CSG à la sortie des fonds, il la paieront chaque année. Ensuite, ce sont les assureurs eux-mêmes qui devront contribuer en s’acquittant d’une taxe de 10% sur les sommes qu’ils ont en réserve de capitalisation. Pour finir, les assurances santé, plus communément appelées mutuelles, connaîtront une imposition supplémentaire à hauteur de 3,5%. Ce dispositif concerne les contrats dits solidaires et responsables.Les assureurs sont mécontents d’être autant mis à contribution. En outre, ils craignent que ces mesures ne freinent l’accès des ménages à la complémentaire santé. Le 2 septembre 2010 à 11:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Observation dun nuage en rouleau à Warrnambool

September 20, 2019 | bqfdduvy | No Comments

first_imgObservation d’un nuage en rouleau à WarrnamboolAustralie – Rob Sharrock, un photographe australien spécialisé dans les clichés de mariage, a eu la surprise de tomber sur un phénomène météorologique rare en sortant de chez lui. Un nuage en rouleau ou arcus.Tout photographe vous le confirmera. Un bon cliché est souvent le fruit du hasard. C’est ce qui est arrivé à Rob Sharrock, un photographe de mariage installé à Warrnambool, province de Victoria, Australie. A peine avait-il levé les yeux en sortant de chez lui que l’homme a aperçu un phénomène naturel des plus impressionnants, un nuage en rouleau, également appelé arcus. Ne suivant que son instinct, il a immortalisé le monstre sombre, composé d’air et d’eau tourbillonnants, qui stagnait de façon menaçante au-dessus de sa demeure.La formation de l’arcus provient de l’air froid descendant d’un cumulonimbus qui fait remonter l’air chaud et humide situé au niveau du sol. S’en suit alors un phénomène d’enroulement qui forme un nuage indépendant et instable en dessous du plafond nuageux “normal“. Souvent signe avant-coureur d’un fort orage, il peut parfois s’étirer sur des kilomètres.À lire aussiProduits bio, maquillage et la foudre : les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 6 juinRob Sharrock a conscience de la chance qu’il a eue d’immortaliser ce phénomène rare. “J’ai juste regardé le ciel et me suis écrié ‘Mon Dieu, qu’est-ce que c’est ?’ Il semblait s’étaler sur des kilomètres. C’était vraiment incroyable”, a-t-il expliqué au Daily Mail.Pour découvrir les nuages en rouleaux en images : 20 septembre 2010 à 14:31 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more