Saturday November 1, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
18o C
13o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
On crime, poetry, corruption

Crime and insecurity

It has become quite obvious by now that crime is rampant throughout the country. The statistics that show an increase in crime are inaccurate in that they do not show the unreported crimes, which exceed the reported ones. In the small town of Xirokambi near Sparta in Laconia, crime was unheard of in the past. Half the homes did not even have proper locks on their doors.

In the last few years, this town of 1,500 people has had some forms of theft or assault including an armed house invasion and an armed hold-up of its post office. If you add up the yearly occurences, the crime rate far exceeds that of major urban centres in the United States. Most people do not report the daily thefts and break-ins to the police because the force consists of one officer in town and he really can't do much unless it is a "serious" crime that requires more officers to be brought in from outside. I am shocked by the crime rates in these small towns, never mind the major urban centres. If Greece wants to attract tourists and investment, having a skyrocketing crime rate and constant unrest is not a good advertising model. The government must beef up its policing and take control of the illegal migrant problem. The courts also have to be streamlined so that justice is dispensed fairly, and in a timely fashion.

If the state of affairs continues or worsens, it may be time for citizens in these small towns to band together and form protection committees in order to make them less attractive to criminals. Inevitably, this is where we are heading unless some control of the situation is regained.

Anthony Doukas
Canada


The Dead Avocado Society, market prices and my cat

Poets need inspiration. We need ideas, we need passion to drive us

The result of vegetables going up in price is a drop in demand. They are said to be price elastic. The trouble with vegetables is that as they get older, they deteriorate in quality. They become worth less and less, until they are fit only for the cat and she's not too keen on avocado pear. However healthy and rich in nutrients it may be, once it qualifies for a pension from the OAED it's had it. It's a dead avocado. You can see this for yourselves at the laiki every week.

On a more technical level, in economics it is called price elasticity. Price elasticity of demand (PED or Ed) is a measure used in economics to show the responsiveness, or elasticity, of the quantity demanded of a good or service to a change in its price. More precisely, it gives the percentage change in quantity demanded in response to a 1 percent change in price (holding constant all the other determinants of demand, such as income). (Wikipedia)

Since poetry seems to be in fashion this week, here is my short offering:

Much to his Mum and Dad's dismay,
Tony ate himself one day.
He didn't stop to say goodbye,
Just took a yoghurt in the eye.

He pushed poor Greece right off the cliff,
Which put his Uncle in a tiff:
He built up debts he couldn't pay
With nothing saved for a rainy day

His credit by this time was gone
Dallaras wouldn't even sing a song
For all the bonds in far Hong Kong
So kiss my ass, so full of self,
With luck will stay there on the shelf,

With apologies to Monty Python.

P.S. I asked a friend of mine, director of a distinguished City firm in London, what his advice was on a small pension I get from the UK. He advised me to keep it in Sterling, saying I would be a Drachma billionaire in no time!

John Foss
Athens


Dis-investing

If it were easy to dis-invest from Greece, we'd have done it yesterday! The constant bureaucracy, constant changes in these pathetic tax laws, constant lack of policies by local island mayors who are utterly useless, the never-ending corruption, the small-minded and jealous locals. Greece as an invest locale? Zimbabwe is a better choice.

Lionel Luthor

ekathimerini.com , Tuesday March 13, 2012 (20:24)  
The judiciary’s responsibility
Findings raise eyebrows
Countering Turkish swagger in the Eastern Mediterranean
Time is running out in Afghanistan
Ministry swap halts talk of reshuffle as reforms eyed
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Friday appointed Nikos Dendias as defense minister, replacing outgoing Dimitris Avramopoulos, who assumes the European Commission’s immigration portfolio ne...
Turkish-Greek cooperation in Aegean helps stem flow of migrants
Closer cooperation between Greek and Turkish coast guard authorities has led to 11,000 undocumented migrants being prevented from entering Greek borders and returned to the neighboring count...
Inside News
Disposable income of households fell 10.3 pct in one year
The reduction of Greek households’ disposable incomes in 2013 compared with 2012 amounted to a total of 14 billion euros, the biggest since the start of the crisis according to data released...
Banks unhappy with bad loans bill
Bank officials are expressing serious reservations about the efficiency of the government’s bill regarding nonperforming corporate loans, arguing that the target set by the Development Minis...
Inside Business
BASKETBALL
Spanoulis played Zeus for Olympiakos against Neptunas
Captain Vassilis Spanoulis helped Olympiakos narrowly avoid an upset on Friday as it defeated Euroleague debutant Neptunas Klaipeda 85-81 in overtime in Lithuania to preserve its perfect sta...
BASKETBALL
Obradovic watches Greens thrash his Fenerbahce
The second homecoming of former Panathinaikos coach Zeljko Obradovic, now at Fenerbahce, was not as emotional as last year’s, but it was certainly was the night of an emphatic triumph for th...
Inside Sports
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Spanoulis played Zeus for Olympiakos against Neptunas
2. Disposable income of households fell 10.3 pct in one year
3. Banks unhappy with bad loans bill
4. State debtor numbers grew in September
5. Reform plan among conditions
6. Ministry swap halts talk of reshuffle as reforms eyed
more news
Today
This Week
1. Archaeologists find underground vault at Amphipolis tomb
2. Man shot dead, woman injured in Vathis square attack
3. Cyprus’s Georgiades bets on economy for Irish-style bailout exit
4. Greek retail sales rise for third month in a row
5. Germany’s 10-year bonds decline before euro-area inflation data
6. New defense minister to be appointed without reshuffle
Today
This Week
1. Austria’s creative bookkeeping beats Greece on secret debts
2. End of reason, end of humanity
3. Clean bill of health for Greek banks from stress tests
4. Samaras pledges action after flash floods in Athens
5. Eurobank, National Bank restructurings eliminate capital gap
6. Athens flood damage assessed, compensation payments to begin
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.