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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 29 July 2017
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 29 JULY 2017 7 NEWS Mathematics first in Europe Student’s gold medal places Greece in 12th place at the 2017 International Mathematical Olympiad Living up to Greece's long tradition of high performances at the International Mathematical Olympiad, a student from Thessaloniki won one of the gold medals at this year's event, held in Brazil. High school genius Vasilis Georgiadis was, in fact, awarded Greece's first gold medal after previous years' contestants had returned home with four silvers and one bronze. Georgiadis, who attends the Mandoulides Thessaloniki School, had been preparing for the competition for years. He managed to solve four of the competition's six themes which include alge- bra, combinatorics, geometry and number theory gathering a score of 28 points. "I [have] had an interest in mathematics from an early age, but I turned to competition two years ago," he said explaining that it was his second time participating in the Mathematical Olympiad. "I prepared at school, but mainly at home where I studied the mathematical problems and solutions of previous competitions," he added. When asked if he will aim for a career in mathematics he replied that his goal is to study at the Department of Electrical Engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Greece’s team of Greece honoured at major tourism event ‘Every Australian should visit Greece,’ says Australian Federation of Travel Agents chief Jayson Westbury Greece stole the spotlight at the 10th National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA) on Saturday. The tourism industry's premier event took place at the International Convention Centre, at Darling Harbour in Sydney, with more than 2,000 industry professionals attending a gala dinner. "Long live the travel agent," said Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) chief Jayson Westbury welcoming guests to the event, which recognises and rewards excellence in the Australian travel industry. But as with any gala dinner of its kind, the AFTA NTIA doesn't only feature talks and awards, but also entertainment. This year it was pop star Rickie-Lee who entertained, and a group of traditional dancers from the Hellenic Lyceum of Sydney. It was part of a special celebration of Greece as a ‘fantastic tourist destination, that any Australian should visit,’ said Mr Westbury, pointing out that more than 30 million tourists will visit Greece in the following 12 months. "We are very happy to be part of this significant event", said Stavros Kyrimis, Greece's Consul General in Sydney. "Greece is a small country with a big embrace." Crisis stricken Greeks somehow find money for botox a 5-year bond for €3 billion, the first sign of exit from the crisis. It is not the first time this has happened. Observers may have had a case of déjà vu, remembering how it was Tsipras' predecessor, Antonis Samaras, who managed the same, albeit in a bit worse environment. Echoing Samaras, Tsipras proudly stated to The Guardian: "The worst is clearly behind us. We can now say with certainty. That the economy is on the up . . . slowly, slowly, what nobody believed could happen, will happen. We will extract the country from the crisis . . . And in the end that will be judged." Yes, but what about Varoufakis, the imaginary people in the arena yelled. "I have made mistakes . . . big mistakes," Tsipras answered, adding that his biggest error may have been "the choice of people in key posts." Trying to dismiss Varoufakis - but not too harshly, he practically identified him with the people Greeks see as their worst enemy: Schauble. "I think he was his alter ego," the PM said of his former minister and his German peer. "He loved him. He respected him a great deal and he still respects him." One can almost taste the bitterness of this delivery, similar to someone seeing their lover in bed with another person. People held their breath in anticipation, and they could count on Varoufakis sparing them from suffocation. The feisty economist reacted like an old British army veteran: with a strongly-worded letter to the paper. "Either I was the right choice to spearhead the ‘collision’ with the troika of Greece's lenders because my plans were convincing, or my plans were not convincing and, thus, I was the wrong choice as his first finance minister," he answered with equal bitterness. "Arguing, as Mr Tsipras does, that I was both the right choice for the initial confrontation and that my Plan B was so vague it wasn't worth the trouble of even talking about is disingenuous, albeit insightful, for it reveals the impossibility of maintaining a radical critique of his predecessors while adopting the TINA (There Is No Alternative) doctrine." Oh yes, Hell, as they say, hath no fury like that of a former minister scorned. We're just glad the pair had no children. Crisis or no crisis, according to recent data the botox industry made a turnover of €2.5 billion last year and is expected to reach €2.9 billion in 2018. In fact numbers show 2.8 botox applications per 1,000 inhabitants, and that was less than a year after Greece's first memorandum, placing Greece in the second place after South Korea in the global International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). "Botox is the fastest-spread aesthetic intervention in the history of beauty," said Andreas Katsambas, head of the dermatological department of the Hygeia Hospital in Athens, while acclaimed plastic surgeon Konstantinos Floros insisted that "botox has brought democracy to aesthetic medicine. "It is the dream everyone can experience, without pain, and at a cost that is always affordable," he added. "Whoever starts doing botox does not stop it, and new customers are constantly coming." At €176 per half a unit, Greek women and men are, able to relax the muscles in the upper part of the face and smooth out the marks of time and worry from their face. Lip injections are also extremely popular among Greek women. Aside from the aesthetic benefits of botox, the treatment has become more popular as a means to block the muscles that control reactions related to negative feelings such as sorrow and anger. Greek island tops list of Europe’s best hidden gems With tourism on the rise each year, people are increasingly looking to find their own piece of paradise that is yet to be overrun by tourists. In a bid to promote some of Europe's own hidden gems, travel site Best European Destinations has put together its own list. Topping the list of 13 destinations is the Greek seaside village of Kokkari on the island of Samos. Peaceful and visually stunning with crystal clear waters, the island has a rich history and is known for the father of mathematics, Pythagoras, the astronomer Aristarchus and the philosopher Epicurus, and is also the home of Hera and the land that hosted Herodotus and Aesop. Samos was an important trade centre in the Aegean and a major naval force in antiquity, linking people with various cultures from the Mediterranean. "Samos is a place of overwhelming vegetation," reads the website. "Everything around the virgin landscape is made of colour and light. Each step one takes is a revelation. Whether in the imposing mountains, such as Mt Kerkis and Mt Ambelos – with alpine winter temperatures and endless rain – or in caves and canyons, the environment of Samos reminds one of the Greek The village of Kokkari on Samos, Greece hinterland in miniature." Ranked second on the list of hidden gems was Italy's Civita di Bagnoregio, followed by Rothenburg in Germany in third place. Italy ranked highly with Positano, Alberobello, and Tellaro also featured, along with Preko and Cavtat in Croatia, Rocamadour and Menton in France, Bohinj in Slovenia, and Faial and Santana in Portugal.
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