Τετάρτη, 27 Μαΐου 2015


South Africa as we know has many Political, Social and Economical Problems.
Many European South Africans have always been ashamed and despondent about the country they have called home… but… there are times when news like this breaks out and gives South Africa hope that we can be on par with the rest of Europe and the world.

This article, part of the “Stellenbosch Medical Journal” makes me proud of the success the Medical Field has achieved this year! One of the Nursing staff who was part of this surgical team is a Hellene by the name of ElisabetGeorgakopoulou.

In a ground-breaking operation, a team of pioneering surgeons from Stellenbosch University (SU) and Tygerberg Hospital in the Cape performed the first successful penile transplant in the world.

The marathon nine-hour operation, led by Prof André van der Merwe, head of SU's Division of Urology, was performed on 11 December 2014 at Tygerberg Hospital in Bellville, Cape Town. This is the second time that this type of procedure was attempted, but the first time in history that a successful long-term result was achieved.

This procedure could eventually also be extended to men who have lost their penises from penile cancer or as a last-resort treatment for severe erectile dysfunction due to medication side effects. As part of the study, nine more patients will receive penile transplants.

Medical progress

"South Africa remains at the forefront of medical progress," says Prof Jimmy Volmink, Dean of Stellenbosch University's Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS).

"This procedure is another excellent example of how medical research, technical know- how and patient-centred care can be combined in the quest to relieve human suffering. It shows what can be achieved through effective partnerships between academic institutions and government health services."


Van der Merwe was assisted by Prof Frank Graewe, head of the Division of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery at SU FMHS, Prof RafiqueMoosa, head of the FMHS Department of Medicine, transplant coordinators, anaesthetists, theatre nurses, a psychologist, an ethicist and other support staff.  The patient, whose identity is being protected for ethical reasons, has made a full recovery and has regained all function in the newly transplanted organ.
 'Rapid recovery'
"Our goal was that he would be fully functional at two years and we are very surprised by his rapid recovery," says Van der Merwe. The end result of the transplant was the restoration of all the patient's urinary and reproductive functions.  "It's a massive breakthrough. We've proved that it can be done – we can give someone an organ that is just as good as the one that he had," says Graewe. "It was a privilege to be part of this first successful penis transplant in the world."

"Western Cape Government Health (WCGH) is very proud to be part of this ground- breaking scientific achievement," says Dr Beth Engelbrecht, head of the WCGH. "We are proud of the medical team, who also form part of our own staff compliment at Tygerberg Hospital.

"It is good to know that a young man's life has been significantly changed with this very complex surgical feat. From experience we know that penile dysfunction and disfigurement has a major adverse psychological effect on people."

Pilot project

The procedure was part of a pilot study to develop a penile transplant procedure that could be performed in a typical South African hospital theatre setting.

"There is a greater need in South Africa for this type of procedure than elsewhere in the world, as many young men lose their penises every year due to complications from traditional circumcision," explains Van der Merwe.

Three years ago the 21-year-old recipient's penis had to be amputated in order to save his life when he developed severe complications after a traditional circumcision. Although there are no formal records on the number of penile amputations per year due to traditional circumcision, one study reported up to 55 cases in the Eastern Cape alone, and experts estimate as many as 250 amputations per year across the country.


"This is a very serious situation. For a young man of 18 or 19 years the loss of his penis can be deeply traumatic. He doesn't necessarily have the psychological capability to process this. There are even reports of suicide among these young men," says Van der Merwe.

"The heroes in all of this for me are the donor, and his family. They saved the lives of many people because they donated the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, skin, corneas, and then the penis," says Van der Merwe. Finding a donor organ was one of the major challenges of the study.
The planning and preparation for the study started in 2010. After extensive research Van der Merwe and his surgical team decided to employ some parts of the model and techniques developed for the first facial transplant.
"We used the same type of microscopic surgery to connect small blood vessels and nerves, and the psychological evaluation of patients was also similar. The procedure has to be sustainable and has to work in our environment at Tygerberg," says Van der Merwe.

So with all this to consider…a successful Surgical Process was a Success.

We are proud of the whole surgical team!

They have made a difference in the world and we are proud to have had a fellow South African Hellene involved in the first penis transplant procedure.

.......By EfiKanavou for Sella Sella Messinia Blog News Nemesis


Σάββατο, 23 Μαΐου 2015


Two days ago I was sipping on a ‘Café Latte’ when I overheard a woman on her phone discussing Finance to a colleague on her mobile. Now, as you know…although I’m interested in World Economics  …my knowledge is minimal and although I assume that I have an understanding …I’m probably fooling myself…and… I haven’t got a clue!
I approached this woman and asked if she could help me understand the womans role in Finance. She graciously offered to send me an article about an experience she had not too long ago…
Although a lot of the information here still leaves me in the dark about Finances and the Economy. It still makes it… a good read for those who understand Finances better.
I appreciate Mrs Denice Paige’s contribution and although she wrote with a Feminist outlook…it’s worth reading.
This I dedicate to my friend Vassilis Argyropoulos! Who will probably have a better understanding than I will ever have.
“I got a call yesterday from a German TV station, asking me for ideas for a program on “Is the economy becoming female?” The two women reporters were particularly interested in the hypothetical question, “If there had been more women on Wall Street, would the financial crisis have occurred?” I’m afraid I gave them rather a more complicated and subtle response than would fit into a TV sound bite, and one that goes deeply into our assumptions about economic life.
The story they wanted—preferably with great visuals!—was about how (as they see it) women’s greater communicative and social “soft” skills are more suited to contemporary business needs than men’s (as they see it) propensities to greater aggression and risk-taking. This drives me nuts, for two reasons.
The first reason is the reification of stereotyping, or as many feminists like to call it, “essentializing” involved in this story. I’ve been quite fascinated with work on the cognitive psychology that underlies stereotyping. It seems that our brains have a strong tendency to group things together for easy processing, and we then tend to think that what is easy is also true. One way to make gender issues easy is to insist on treating males and females as a single group, resolutely denying that any observed differences in behavior come from anything but warped socialization. “Sameness” is an easy concept. Another easy out is to think of males and females as nearly different species due to differences in genetics and hormonal influences from the womb—the “Mars versus Venus”
approach. “Difference” is an easy concept.
In fact, research done on issues such as social intelligence, risk-taking, or leadership styles usually find only fairly small differences, on average, in adults or older children. Researchers in psychology summarize these using d-values (differences in means divided by the pooled standard deviation), which give an idea of how important cross-gender variation is relative to within-gender variation. A d-value of around .20, for example, which is in the ballpark of many d-values found, means that 54% of the scores for one gender exceed the median (50th percentile) score for the other (Hyde, 2005). If you sketch the corresponding distributions, they largely overlap. These are hardly “Mars versus Venus” findings. Researchers in psychology are often cautious, as well, in making conclusions about the roles of biology and socialization—as well as their interplay, as culture shapes human physiological development—in creating any difference.  (One notable exception, however, seems to be in behavioral and experimental economics. In what I have read, d-values do not seem to be generally reported by economists, with the emphasis being put, instead, on the statistical—versus substantive—significance of gender differences found.) “Broadly similar but also a bit different on average” seems, unfortunately, to be a non-easy concept. And, unfortunately, overlapping bell curves is not exactly the sort of visual image that the TV reporters were looking for.
The second reason the suggested story line drives me nuts is that it ignores a deeper level at which gender beliefs and gender stereotypes have in fact strongly shaped behavior in the areas of business and finance.
Many stories coming out of bond-trading rooms and other realms of high-flying commerce attest to a frequent macho, swaggering, risk-loving, aggressive atmosphere, often alluded to in the media as being testosterone-soaked. I see no need to question the veracity of these stories, having often experienced an only slightly more subtle variant of this atmosphere in academic economics seminar rooms. And certainly a tendency by many financial market actors to take excessive risks, while showing a distinct lack of care for the adverse results of these decisions on clients or anyone else, is a big piece of the financial crisis story.
The essentialist story about what causes this atmosphere attributes it to the participants being mostly male. The more subtle alternative I’d like to suggest, however, is that it is the culturally ascribed masculinity of the financial sector that explains both the predominant maleness of its participants and a one-sided emphasis on stereotypically masculine behaviors. Beginning with the Classical economists, markets have been thought of as mechanical, populated by autonomous agents driven by self-interest, competition, and a drive for achievement—all areas of life associated with masculinity. Agents have often also been thought of as guided by (masculine) rationality (though, with evidence of social-emotional herd behavior, more people are coming to doubt that now). Meanwhile, considerations of human personal relations, care, cooperation, the nurturing conservation of life, and emotion—explicitly excluded from economic life by an approach that tried to emulate physics—were read off onto the feminine-stereotyped realms of home and family. These “soft” considerations have often been perceived as both foreign to (impersonal, rational) market behavior, and unnecessary due to the presumed “self-regulating” nature of markets. Women, stereotyped as the carriers of all those denigrated considerations, have been also, in consequence (and to the benefit of male consolidation of power), considered unsuitable and unnecessary in such environments.
What is actually underlying the financial crisis, then, is not a story of too many testosterone-driven men and too few caring women. Instead, we should be in shock, wondering about why in the world we ever dreamed that human-made markets did or could ever function using only one-half of human-shared capacities. We, as a society, came to believe that emotions and social phenomena don’t play any role in commerce and finance, and that care and caution about outcomes could be thrown to the wind in these realms, by WHOEVER is in charge.”
(Author: Denice Paige)
By: Efi Kanavou



Παρασκευή, 22 Μαΐου 2015


In the past couple of months South Africa has been faced with on going violent attacks. These ‘Xenophobic’ or as we call it ‘Afrophobic’ has just gone too far.
I can't stand idly by and read more stories about loadshedding, (Electricity Outages) while my fellow South Africans are shedding the lives of enterprising foreigners. As a white Greek South African, I know what it's like to be discriminated against. I also know what it's like to have to feel like a target for criminals because of something completely beyond my control.
As a Greek South African and yes as a foreigner - I’m not 'taking the job' of another South African, by being employed legally. Nor are all the apparent victims of these senseless and despicable attacks, who are self-employed entrepreneurs who've faced far greater hardships than the desperate people who are now trying to simply take what foreigners have built up.
I know I'm preaching to the choir here. I just hope that we can all, in our own way, do what we can to spread a strong message that xenophobia is NOT ok; it is NOT funny; and it shouldn't be something to only be used by racists of all colours to say 'I told you so, look at this bunch of blood-thirsty hooligans'.
To the foreigners feeling even more isolated than ever in a foreign land, Wherever that may be in the world…even those residing and working in Greece…my apology here on behalf of those targeting you would be meaningless. All I can offer is my word that not all beings of the human race feel like those that are persecuting you, and we appreciate that you're just trying to work towards a better life for yourself however you can ... just like we all are, ultimately.
I call on to all Governments all over the world…to speak out against Xenophobia in a clear way that these agitators will understand, at  the grass roots levels in local communities, that It is perfectly ok to disagree with your very own electorate, and until you are brave enough to make unpopular decisions with your own supporters you're not going to be deserving of the leadership positions they have elected you to.
When the rage is turned away from us, maybe fellow human beings can see more clearly that it's not hatred that drives racism ... it's fear and anger, willing to hit out at anybody and anything which is painted as “The Other”.
Let's take the one truth that is constructive away from the xenophobic violence - all citizens in the world are lost and in need of leadership - and start introducing positive leadership into our own lives rather than just reacting mindlessly with fear and anger as well.
To those lost in XENOPHOBIC violence around the world –may your bloodshed… not be in vain…may the world eventually listen up and do something to STOP this.
..... By Efi Kanavou...





Παρασκευή, 15 Μαΐου 2015


Δεν έχω ποίημα για να πω… στέρεψε το μυαλό μου.
Οι λέξεις πήγαν διακοπές… χάνω  τον εαυτό μου!

Γιατί όταν αρχίζει η ποίηση με της ψυχής τα μάτια,
οι φράσεις στήνουνε χορό μες του χαρτιού τα πλάτια!

Και ο εαυτός μου πάλλεται σας της χορδής κιθάρα,
και μες το φυλλοκάρδι μου γεννιέται μια λαχτάρα.

Να μην ξεχάσω το χαρτί, να χω μαζί την πένα.
Να γράφω πάνω στις γραμμές, καλές και όμορφες στιγμές

Στης ζωής μας την αρένα......

Της κυρίας Καλογεροπούλου Παναγιώτας για το ΣΕΛΛΑ ΜΕΣΣΗΝΙΑΣ BLOG NEWS NEMESIS

Mε επιφύλαξη κάθε νόμιμου δικαιώματος. Χωρίς την έγγραφη άδεια του ποιητή δεν επιτρέπεται η ανατύπωση του ποιήματος ή μέρους του ή αποθήκευση σε κάποιο σύστημα διάσωσης και γενικά η αναπαραγωγή του παρόντος έργου με οποιαδήποτε τρόπο ή μορφή, τμηματικά ή περιληπτικά, στο πρωτότυπο ή σε μετάφραση ή άλλη διασκευή.

Τετάρτη, 6 Μαΐου 2015


Τεράστια επιτυχία σημείωσε η εκδήλωση του Ομίλου Φίλων Τριπυλιωτών Αρκαδικού ποταμού, στο ομώνυμο πάρκο του Ομίλου που βρίσκεται στην περιοχή της Τριπύλης και συγκεκριμένα μεταξύ Δάρα & Σελλά( Σελλαίικο ποτάμι).  Η Πρωτομαγιάτικη γιορτή στο πάρκο, τείνει σταδιακά να γίνει θεσμός και από ότι δείχνει η τάση συμμετοχής, σε λίγα χρόνια θα γίνεται το αδιαχώρητο!Εκτιμάται ότι η ανταπόκριση του κόσμου στο κάλεσμα του ομίλου, υπήρξε παραπάνω από την αναμενόμενη, καθώς ξεπέρασαν τα τριακόσια άτομα!! Η οργάνωση και εκτέλεση της εκδήλωσης από την πλευρά του ΔΣ, του ομίλου, ήταν ομολογουμένως άψογη. Είναι προφανές, ότι η ομαδικότητα, ο προγραμματισμός,  η αλληλεγγύη και στόχευση, αποτελούν την   κουλτούρα που σταδιακά έχει αποκτήσει ο όμιλος σε όλες τις εκφάνσεις και λειτουργίες του. Είναι προφανές και χρήζει τον έπαινο της   προσπάθειας που κατέβαλαν τα μέλη του ομίλου,  των συζύγων αυτών, τόσο πριν αλλά κα κυρίως  κατά την διάρκεια της εκδήλωσης, καθώς ξεπέρασαν τα όρια αντοχών τους, στην εθελοντική προσφορά που κλήθηκαν να παράσχουν την εν λόγω ημέρα της Πρωτομαγιάς, έτσι ώστε  να εξυπηρετήσουν άψογα και αγόγγυστα τις ανάγκες τις απαιτήσεις της εκδήλωσης και του  κόσμου που κατέκλισε φέτος το πάρκο!  
Τα ψητά αρνιά και σαλάτες  που προσέφερε δωρεάν ο όμιλος στους επισκέπτες, συνοδεύτηκαν  και από  πολλά ψητά που έγιναν κατα την διάρκεια της εκδήλωσης,  απο  μεταφερόμενα  μπάρμπεκιου τα οποία  έφεραν οι επισκέπτες στο πάρκο. Είναι αυτονόητο ότι τα άφθονα  εδέσματα, το  άφθονο κρασί και των  αναψυκτικών, συμπλήρωσαν το παζλ του φαγητού, προκαλώντας τόσο κέφι και χαρά που δεν άργησε η στιγμή να αρχίσουν τα τραγούδια και οι χοροί.  
......Ενα ιδαίτερο χαρακτηριστικό της εκδήλωσης ήταν ότι πλήθος συντοπιτών μας παρευρέθησαν οικογενειακώς στο πάρκο, καθώς γεμισε απο παιδιά και αρκετά σκυλιά το πάρκο, απολαμβάνοντας την ανείπωτη ομορφιά της Τριπυλιώτικης γης και ασφαλώς και του ποταμού.....
Ιδιαίτερη τιμή και χαρά για τον όμιλο φέτος, αποτέλεσε το γεγονός ότι ανάμεσα  στους συμμετέχοντες,  παρευρέθηκαν ο κ. Ιωάννης Κατσούλας δημοτικός σύμβουλος,  μαζί με προσωπικότητες της πόλης των Γαργαλιάνων , οι οποίοι δήλωσαν, ξετρελαμένοι με το περιβάλλον, αλλά και ότι  θα δώσουν δυναμικό παρόν σε επόμενη εκδήλωση είτε αυτό είναι περπάτημα στα μονοπάτια,  είτε είναι Ρίβερ πάρτι.
Επίσης παραβρέθηκαν : ο κ. Τσακανίκας Γεώργιος  ,  ο γιατρός κ. Σαμαρτζής (δημοτικός σύμβουλος ),  ο πολιτικός μηχανικός κ. Ιωάννης Ηλιόπουλος, η δικηγόρος κ.Σοφία Σταθοπούλου,  ο Λυκειάρχης κ, Ευάγγελος Αντωνόπουλος, ο γνωστός στην περιοχή μας ιερομένος Παπα- Κόκκινος,  οι επιχειρηματίες,  κ.Κακούτης και Αριστομένης Βρεττός και πλήθος άλλων επωνύμων. Αξίζει να τονιστεί ιδαίτερα ότι στην εκδήλωση συμμετείχαν και οι πάρεδροι της Τριπύλης. Τα κεφαλοχώρια όπως του  Σελλά (κ Ντέντε) και του Ραπτοπουλου ( κ. Μανωλόπουλου), συμμετείχαν αμφοτερα οι κύριοι Ντέντες και Μανωλόπουλος. Τέλος δυναμικό παρόν είχαμε ακαι απο το πανέμορφο Καλογερεσι, Τριπύλα και Ροδιά.   
Ο κ. Πρόεδρος του Ομίλου Τάκης Αδαμόπουλος, στην σύντομη ομιλία του καλωσόρισε τους παρευρισκομένους και ευχαρίστησε θερμά όλους τους συντελεστές της εκδήλωσης ( μέλη του ΔΣ) καθώς επίσης  και τον κύριο Χριστόπουλο από του Δάρα, για την εξαίρετη δωρεά της γης που εγκαταστάθηκε το πάρκο.
Είναι αξιοσημείωτο ότι,  αρκετός κόσμος, τόλμησε να βουτήξει στο ποτάμι, αψηφώντας το γεγονός ότι ακόμα είναι αρκετά κρύο το νερό.
Ο πρόεδρος του Ομίλου κύριος Τάκης Αδαμόπουλος, ο (Α) Γραμματέας Βασίλειος Αργυρόπουλος και σύσσωμο το ΔΣ του ομίλου, ευχαριστεί θερμά όλους τους συντοπίτες που επέλεξαν να γιορτάσουν μαζί μας το έθιμο της Πρωτομαγιάς, στο υπέροχο και ειδυλλιακό τοπίο του ομώνυμου πλέον πάρκο των Φίλων Τριπυλιωτών ΑΡΚΑΔΙΚΟΥ ΠΟΤΑΜΟΥ 
Στα παρακάτω βίντεο μπορείτε να δείτε στιγμές ,  να ακούσετε ομιλίες και δηλώσεις παρευρισκομένων  αλλά και τραγούδια από το γλέντι της  Πρωτομαγιάτικης μέρας στο Πάρκο του ομίλου! 













H μεγάλη οικογένεια των Αργυραίων, στα σκοτεινά χρόνια της τουρκοκρατίας, στην περιοχή της Τριπύλης,   δεν ήταν και τόσο μεγάλη όσο εξε...