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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 30 May 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 30 MAY 2015 25 GREECE Theon Sensors to supply Australian defence market Night vision technology tailored for local conditions Greek global market leaders in night vision systems for military and security applications, Theon Sensors, has announced that it will be supplying night vision technology for the Australian defence market. In line with the company's announcement last year, Melbourne-based Aquaterro and APT Engineering will assist in developing, producing and maintaining the technology for local conditions. The agreement will see Aquaterro establish a local technical assembly facility to maintain all of Theon's night vision products, including weapon sights, monoculars and binoculars. They will also assist in the assembly and qualification of two ne products - a dedicated nightvision binocular, and a clipon night vision device. The new tools have been designed to meet the specific needs of the Australian defence market. President of Theon Sensors, Christian Hadjiminas, told Neos Kosmos that the company is pleased to be working with Australia in implementing its Pacific strategy and hopes the venture will be another step in developing ties between Greece and Australia. "The local venture, in association with Aquaterro in Melbourne, will put an emphasis on adapting all of Australian Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane with Ron Weinzierl, business director of APT Engineering, and Federal Member for Latrobe Jason Wood. Theon's products to the Australian armed forces requirements. Theon is proud to deploy its global strategy out of Australia where the large Whinging Brits complain about refugees in Kos The past week has seen the arrival of over 1,200 Syrian and Afghan refugees on Kos - much to the dismay of British holidaymakers who have made the island their regular summer holiday retreat. With the refugees having made the trek from Turkey on overcrowded dinghies to escape the ongoing terror in Syria, UK newspaper the Daily Mail preferred to focus on the Brits' concerns over the refugees' presence ruining their holiday. Journalist Hananah Roberts reported: "Anne Servante, a nurse from Manchester, had come to Kos expecting a relaxing break with her husband Tony, a retired plumber. Instead, her summer break has turned into a nightmare as penniless migrants who are in Greece to claim asylum sit outside their restaurant and watch them eat." The nurse went on to describe the scene as "disgusting", "dirty" and "messy", while another couple holidaying on the island with their grandchildren said, "we Refugees wait outside the Kos police headquarters seeking temporary travel documents earlier this week. PHOTO: AP/PETROS GIANNAKOURIS. have never been before but we don't like it. We won't be coming back if it's like a refugee camp again next year". In the meantime, while tourists complain about their 'ruined' holidays, the refugees await the necessary travel documents to move on to mainland Greece and Europe in unsanitary conditions, staying in abandoned hotels and on the floor of a police station. Aside from Kos, hundreds of asylum seekers have arrived on Crete, Lesbos, Chios and Farmakonisi in recent weeks. As the main European entry point for people seeking asylum after Italy, the Daily Mail reported that in the past two months alone almost 6,000 migrants have arrived on Kos, with a total of 30,000 across the Greek islands. Greek diaspora community is thriving and contributing to the growth of the Australian economy," he said. The first products are ex- pected to be complete within the next four months at Aquaterro's facilities, where APT Engineering will produce the key components. Theon has production facilities in Athens, and offices in Abu Dhabi and Singapore and has plans for a co-production in India. EU adopts Migration Agenda Greece and Italy first in line for EU migration management plan The EU Commission has committed to taking a number of measures in response to the huge migration influx, signing the first common Migration Agenda measures this week Rome and Athens have appealed to the other 26 European member states for solidarity, with 30,000 refugees having arrived on Greek shores alone in 2015. Following the loss of life in the Mediterranean last month, EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said that "refugee settlement is a shared responsibility that cannot depend solely on Greece and Italy". Some 40,000 additional refugees from Syria and Eritrea are expected to arrive on the shores of the two countries over the next two years. The first part of the EU's Agenda defines immediate measures needed to prevent human tragedy and to deal with emergencies, while the EU Commissioner for Migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos. PHOTO: EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET. second draws up a new strategic approach to manage migration better. For the time being the only eligible candidates covered in the agreement's first measures relate to refugees from Syria and Eritrea, and only apply to Greece and Italy. "Today, the Commission has shown that it can act quickly and resolutely to better manage migration," said Mr Avramopoulos. The Agenda proposals have encountered resistance from countries like Germany, France and Spain, which are likely to receive the most migrants under the new measures.
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