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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 01 December 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 1 DECEMBER 2018 7 NEWS Greek researcher receives UNESCO medal for contribution to nanoscience Director of Research at the National Centre for Scientific Research (NCSR) Demokritos Dr Androula Nasiopoulou, was recognised for her valuable her contribution to the development of nanoscience and nanotechnologies by receiving an UNESCO medal. In the ceremony that took place in Paris, Dr Nasiopoulou was amongst other leading scientists, public figures and organisations that contributed to the development of nanoscience and nanotechnologies. Dr Nasiopoulou is currently the head of the Nanostructures for Nanoelectronics, Photonics and Sensors research department in for a peaceful world, for the profit of all societies," Nasiopoulou said, stressing the importance of caution when dealing with nanostructures, since their properties are not yet fully known and of aiming for societal benefits in all research. Dr Androula Nasiopoulou PHOTO: DIMOKRITOS Demokritos while presiding the General Assembly of the European Institute of Nanoelectronics in Grenoble. "As scientists we should stay committed and engaged that Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and its innovative applications stay within the spirit of UNESCO for sustainable development for all, against poverty and "Through miniaturisation, microelectronics have made devices faster and cheaper and revolutionised computing and communication systems which has been somewhat consolidated with field of Nanotechnology, fostering applications in all fields of life, including new medical applications, new drugs and drug delivery systems," she explained. Greece home to best beach in the world Navagio Beach in Zakynthos has taken out the top spot amongst 50 beaches worldwide There's no denying Greece is synonymous with beautiful beaches, and this week it was further cemented by online travel agency Flight Network. The Canadian-based website ranked 50 of the world's best beaches for 2018, announcing Navagio Beach in Zakynthos as number one. Each beach was ranked based on the responses of over 1,200 travel editors and journalists, bloggers and agencies. Assessed across three categories, Navagio, also known as Shipwreck Beach, managed to achieve a perfect score out of 10 for sheer untouched beauty, and eight out of 10 for remoteness, and for its sand and water quality. "It's something out of a dream," said journalist Erin Miller when describing the popular Greek beach. "The crystal clear waters lap against this small beach with the bones of an old ship rusting away in the sand. It's quite literally a once-in-alifetime kind of beach." Located in a secluded cove in the Ionian, Navagio beach can only be accessed by boat. Well-known around the world for its picturesque crystal waters, it is surrounded by towering golden cliffs. Making up the top five in second place was Australia's Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island, Hidden Beach on El Nido island in the Philippines was third, Praia do Sancho beach on the small Yanis Varoufakis during his inaugural speech after he was elected top candidate for the ‘Democracy in Europe Movement’. PHOTO: AAP VIA EPA/CLEMENS BILAN Varoufakis turns to German politics The former finance minister has entered the European politic scene, joining the ‘Democracy in Europe Movement’ (DiEM 2025) party Navagio beach in Zakynthos. PHOTO: WIKIPEDIA COMMONS island of Fernando de Noronha an hour off the coast of Brazil was ranked fourth, and Tulum Beach in Quintana Roo, Mexico was fifth. According to Flight Net- work, the extensively researched list was compiled to help travellers decide where to invest their time. Australians are investing more in Greece Australia's Ambassador to Greece Kate Logan had a meeting last week with Greece's Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Yiannis Dragasakis to discuss trade relations between the two countries. Mr Dragasakis highlighted that the Greek government is currently implementing a strong reform program to boost growth, while business environment and opportunities for foreign investors. The Comprehensive Strategic Growth program will also aim to modernise public administration and limit bureaucracy when it comes to legal documentation and issuing permits. Ms Logan agreed that the successful result of the ongoing free trade agreement negotiations between the EU and Australia will help trade between Greece and Australia improve, especially regarding Greek exports and the penetration of Greek products into the Australian marketplace. Meanwhile, she noted that potential investors come mainly from tourism, logistics and real estate. Mr Dragasakis continued to say that making Greece attractive to investors with a more long-term plan in The Australian Ambassador to Greece Kate Logan with the Greek Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Yiannis Dragasakis. PHOTO: DRAGASAKIS.GR mind is a priority, as "venture capital creates new jobs that will contribute to the reform of the economy as a whole, with emphasis on extroversion and innovation". Yanis Varoufakis' influence on the financial situation of Greece may have been viewed as mostly negative, however that doesn't seem to stop him from pursuing his ideals. On Sunday, he was chosen as e a candidate to join the European Parliament with the German branch of the 'Democracy in Europe Movement' (DiEM 2025) that he initiated across Europe, with the elections taking place in May 2019. In statements he made regarding his decision, Varoufakis pointed out that it was more of a symbolic gesture to become a candidate in German, in order to prove that there's no conflict between south and north, Germany and Greece or progressive and more conservative members. However, as he says, the attacks made toward him by former German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble in 2015 had nothing to do with this, stating that the Greek citizens were more under pressure by their own Government than they ever were by foreign nations. This decision will not de- ter Varoufakis from running for a position within the Greek parliament as well, with his newly formed MeRA25 party. Within the coming weeks, he will be running a pre-election campaign all across Europe in order to increase support for his New Green Deal, and through this, Varoufakis hopes to ease tensions across the continent and find support in his idea that Germany should not be held accountable for the debt of other nations. The European Central Bank will be funding this campaign. The chances of Varoufakis actually entering the EU parliament are actually quite high, considering two parties in the 2014 European elections managed to do so by getting a mere 0.6 per cent of the votes. The conservative ecofriendly ODP and Die Partei that was founded by the creators of a satirical magazine both managed to elect representatives in the EU. With this in mind, it's difficult not to see Varoufakis with his own seat in the room. Progress on talks to revise school books in Greece and FYROM Following a meeting in Thessaloniki on Friday, senior officials from Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) have revealed progress is being made on talks surrounding the revision of school history books. The one-day meeting was attended by foreign ministers and Cabinet trade officials from Greece, FYROM, Bulgaria and Albania. The talks come under the agreement that could see FYROM change its name to North Macedonia, as part of efforts to end decades of tension and hostility between the Balkan neighbours. According to AP, similar initiatives regarding the revision of schools books have been planned between Greece and Albania, and FYROM and Bulgaria.
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