Announcing the Programme for the MMIT Conference 2015 – Social Media & Libraries.

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We are delighted to announce the full programme for the MMIT Conference 2015 – see below.

The conference theme is social media & addresses areas such as altmetrics, current research, marketing and communications, and delivering services via social media. 

Join us in Sheffield from Monday 14th- Tuesday 15th September 2015. 

Delegates will engage in a series of workshops and seminars on social media themes and the conference will also showcase current research and innovations in these areas through lightning sessions and presentations from researching practitioners. There will also be a student forum where Masters and PhD students will highlight their research.

Our keynote speakers are Marie Kinsey, Professor of Journalism Education at the University of Sheffield; PhD researcher and public library advocate, Lauren Smith of walkyouhome; and Brian Kelly, Innovation Advocate at Cetis, a national centre based at Bolton University. Phil Bradley is our after dinner speaker.

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Eurogroup Copains En Vacances

Suddenly, I started feeling withdrawal symptoms by not seeing anymore on a daily basis the main protagonists of the Greek Crisis negotiations and I was wondering what they were doing these days without having to attend their regular  “critical”  meetings in Brussels.  Interestingly enough, most of them  decided to spend their holidays locally, in good old and beautiful Europe!
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Christian Lagarde chose to spend her holidays elegantly at the hotel Conti in the beautiful area of  Villeuneve-des-Avignons,  South of France.

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Angela Merkel with her spouse chose to go for Trekking at Solda, South Tyrol. Trekking is always recommended for those people who are taking serious decision.

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Wolfgang Schäuble is  a regular on  Sylt island, a holiday resort for the super rich Germans.

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Alexis Tsipras went  on the island of Erikousa, a small island close to Corfu for few days with his wife Betty.

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In the meantime, the Eurogroup signed the third bailout, around 85 billions Euro. Soon the whole “island” of Greece will be on sale with thousands of migrants who are arriving daily in a state of despair!

Summer in the City

August is here and summer is at its peak! It’s time to dedicate this post to the people who are staying in the city this summer and singing along with Mungo Jerry “In the Summertime”!

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“In the summertime when the weather is hot

You can stretch right up and touch the sky”

IMG_4783“When the weather’s fine
You got women, you got women on your mind
Have a drink, have a drive”
Go out and see what you can findIMG_3300“If her daddy’s poor just do what you feel”

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“If her daddy’s is rich take her out for a meal”

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IMG_4794IMG_4790IMG_4269 Summer in Astana 2015

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Summer in Bath 2015

“In the Summertime
We love everybody but we do as we please
When the weather’s fine
We’re always happy
Life’s for livin’ yeah…”

The European Union, not the Greeks, is as usual on holiday

In his new book ‘Purity’ Jonathan Franzen writes “I think it helps to start with people who are in an unstable, untenable position, an anxious making or a stressful position, because then you know that something has to change”. Exactly this is what the Greeks did after five years of hardship, crisis and humiliation. They elected a new government. Purity was what they needed mostly and subsequently a bit of breath from the harsh austerity measures.

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Καλημέρα Μιράντα /Good morning Miranda. Central Athens,Greece.

Obviously, the European leaders (see German) needed a change but they were based on what Prince Tancredi, a character in the Leopard, a famous novel set in 19th century Sicily, reckoned “if we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change”. In Creece a lot of things have changed since the start of the Greek crisis. The new Greek government had a new proposal in order to tackle the crisis inside the Eurozone but nothing was enough for the Eurogroup and European leaders who were guided by the supreme (German) leaders. The new Greek government(the change) had to follow the same 5 years program and to confront the same problems. Athens still cannot repay its debt and it is in a deeper recession and neither the eurozone and the European Union as a whole find any resolution as bailout follows bailout.  Merkel and Schauble are repeating the magic word “rules”  to their electorates in whatever concerns the Greek crisis, which of course these rules and laws can be bend and be quite flexible behind the doors of the meeting rooms in Brussels where there is no recording of any discussion. As consequence, the euro’s future itself remains uncertain.

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Marathon Bay. Marathon, Athens, Greece

It’s interesting to quote Ernesto Gallo and Giovanni Biava in their article about Greece and Europe “The Greeks have been often derided as “lazy” or “corrupt” when the key responsibilities lay elsewhere. The current EU has benefited from extremely low interest rates (still 0.05%), but will hardly survive without a political union. In addition, the rest of the world is moving fast. The United States has promoted a much coveted deal with Iran, also with the support of Moscow, as President Obama has recognised. Russia has hosted the summits of the BRIC states and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), which is opening to Pakistan and India. The European Union, not the Greeks, is as usual on holiday.”

In my recent visit to Greece, one week ago, the misery was depicted at every turn in the Athenian roads. The banks were under capital control with maximum withdrawal amount of 60 euros and big queues of old people in front of the ATMs. Most of the shops in the high streets of central Athens were closed down with the only survivors the Chinese “one euro” shops. And my compatriots, I think, are beyond any horror, terror, humiliation. They are tired and subdued. They had enough, they voted “no” to the austerity measures because they are in the same stage as the character in the scene of the film Network – Mad as a Hell- who says: I don’t care about the depression and the inflation and the Russians… The air is unfit to breathe, the food unfit to eat… I’m human being, my life has a value!

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Greece is in disintegration. But it’s always the sea, the sea and the sun will soothe my compatriots for a while…

Greek Crisis in the European Parliament at last! Repatriation of Democracy

At the moment the European Parliament debates the Greek crisis

where it has to be from the beginning and not behind closed doors.

The debate is taking place among the European leaders elected

democratically by their own people and not by Banks CEOs.

Some of the speeches of the parliamentarians so far.

Donald Tusk, president of the European Council,

“Our inability to find agreements may lead to the bankruptcy of Greece and the insolvency of its banking system.

“I have no doubt that this will affect Europe, also in a geopolitical sense.”

“As Plutarch once said: “to find fault is easy, to do better may be difficult”… let us prove him wrong.”

Alexis Tsipras, Greek Prime Minister

“This is not exclusively a Greek problem, this is a European problem and European problems require European solutions”

“I’m not one of those politicians who claim that foreigners are to blame for all of Greece‘s woes.”

“Our proposals for financing our obligations & restructuring our debt will not burden European taxpayers.”

Guy Verhofstadt, the leader of the liberal group in the European Parliament

He outlines his plans for reforms.

  1. End the clientelist system in Greek politics i.e. party cronyism and rewarding loyalists with jobs.
  2. Downsize the public sector.
  3. End privileges – privileges of the military, the orthodox Church, the Greek islands and the political parties.

Almost right! Shame he didn’t take part in the Troika’s reforms which the word “reforms” was translated as a pipeline which sucked money from Greece (the Greek loans) back into the Banks!

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Greeks Deserve Respect

Love my compatriots. They are really tough lot! Despite all the terror from all the sides -the Creditors and all the Greek mass media- bullying them constantly with banks shut for a week and perhaps more and with no really light at the end of the tunnel, I can say, more hardship is yet to come, they decided to stand up against any terror.

The first results of the Referendum ( the question was : do you accept the austerity measures of the Eurozone ):

61 % No

38 % Yes

There will be more drama and more hardship to come but for tonight : JUST RESPECT!
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Greece and the Propaganda of Fear

Greek crisis is  at its worst at this moment that I’m writing this post. Last Friday Tsipras rejected the disastrous offer of the eurogroup and  later that day announced a referendum of NAI/yes, OXI/no in order the Greek 2000people to decide by themselves if they want or not the austerity measures of the eurozone. The latter question is exactly what must be answered by the Greek people on the Referendum on July 5th. Manolis Drettakis, politician and  professor of economics, explains the issue of the referendum and the interference of the creditors-manipulation of the questions and spread the fear – in the internal affairs of Greeks  at his article  at

http://www.efsyn.gr/arthro/pragmatiko-noima-kai-oi-synepeies-toy-nai-i-toy-ohi.

Prof. Drettakis’ article makes obvious the staggering misinformation and manipulation of every Government act throughout this six months of its governance. This astonishing phenomenon of  propaganda doesn’t happen only lately and only from the creditors side but from almost all the MME in Greece which belong to the Greek oligarchs and they are in threat from this new leftist government. This propaganda against the government started days if not months before the election of  Alexis Tsipras’ government. The first day of Tsipras’ election, I remember, there were websites belonging to mass media Oligarchs portraying Tsipras as a traitor of Greece? He was never part of any corrupted government in the past – the main cause of today’s disaster. The same vicious war is against  the finance minister Yanis Varoufakis. I assumed their only fault was that they were fresh people in the government, not corrupted and they were trying to dismantle the old ruling class and the corruption which has  penetrated  every level of the Greek ruling class/elite.

The Referendum is looming on July 5th and Greece is in default as was announced by the IMF which didn’t extent the days by providing liquidity to the Greek Banks in order the Greek people exercise their democratic rights without fear. Now they were pushed against the wall, they are frightened of not having any money-only 60 euros per card/day is permitted. Tsipras encourages them to vote ΟΧΙ/NO and argues that with NO he will be able  renegotiate the austerity measures and to ask the haircut of the debt which isn’t viable something that IMF accepted with a letter ( see :  http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/jul/02/imf-greece-needs-extra-50bn-euros ) yesterday.

The atmosphere in Greece is far from normal. There is Dihasmos/Division among Greek people and a lot of animosity among them. The NOs and YEs are half and half as the polls are predicting so far.

My thoughts are every minute with them and hoping for the best resolution. I know that the Greeks are resilient and great fighters and they will survive as they always do throughout the centuries.

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P.S. : There is a lot of support for the Greek people at the moment –

– A British man, Thom Feeney launches crowdunding campaign to pay Greece debts at  http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/30/briton-crowdfunding-campaign-greece-debt-thom-feeney.

– A lot famous academics such as Prof Stiglitz, Thomas Piketty as I had mentioned in my previous post at : https://pinelopi.wordpress.com/2015/06/06/a-plea-for-sanity-greece.

A lot of American-Greeks such as  Nia Vardalos,  Arianna Huffington and more to come support the Greek people.

Nia Vardalos was sharing a letter by the Greek government at

http://wire.novaramedia.com/2015/06/in-defence-of-greece-6-myths-busted/

Arianna Huffington posts on her timeline the following photo which  is worth a 1000 words

German Debt Agreement of 1953, when creditors, including Greece, forgave much of German debt.

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