Opinion – Greece’s proposals to lenders: Full text | News | ekathimerini.com – John Gelmini

English: Alexis Tsipras in a press conference ...

English: Alexis Tsipras in a press conference in Komotini. Ελληνικά: Συνέντευξη Τύπου του Αλέξη Τσίπρα στο ξενοδοχείο Ξενία στα πλαίσια της επίσκεψης του στην Κομοτηνή 13.11.2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Like Dr Alf, I have read the full text of the Greek proposals and agree that they look serious.

Raising corporation tax is a counterproductive measure however, which will do nothing to encourage new business setup in Greece or foreign inward investment.

Being a practical man, I think that the actions of Greek politicians and the people are far more important than any proposals.

Over the years, I have seen countless marketing plans, sales optimization plans, business plans and transformational blueprints but what distinguished the leaders of the pack was the intent and motivation of those who had to make it happen. Leopards do not change their spots and Damascene conversions are rare.

Like my wise late father-in-law, who came from St Louis, Missouri, I want to see the “whites of Tsipras’s eyes” and a bit of messianic fervor from the Greek people, before I am ready to believe a word they say.

Saturday’s meeting of Eurogroup finance ministers echoes these sentiments. Even if the proposals from Greece are accepted by the technocrats, there are concerns about credibility and risk of delivery from Greece. The Prime Minister of Greece is a former student Communist leader and it is hard to see conservatives in Finland and Germany being comfortable that he will deliver on the latest offer on the table. If it were a private or a corporate situation, creditors would be looking for collateral and hard guarantees.

Let’s see whether Europe political elite can fudge a deal today (Sunday).

John Gelmini

Baltic Sea diet reduces risks of obesity, inflammation: study – Global Times

A diet rich in soy and whey protein, found in ...

A diet rich in soy and whey protein, found in products such as soy milk and low-fat yogurt, has been shown to reduce breast cancer incidence in rats. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This is a must-read article from China’s leading tabloid newspaper, citing latest research from Finland. Check it out!

via Baltic Sea diet reduces risks of obesity, inflammation: study – Global Times.

For me there are many similarities between the Baltic Sea and the Mediterranean diet. Let me give you a flavor:

The Baltic Sea diet is based on consuming Nordic ingredients, including a lot of fruits, berries and vegetables, as well as Nordic grain varieties (such as rye, oats and barley), rapeseed oil, fish and fat-free milk. Large amounts of red meat, hard fat and alcohol are essentially avoided.

Earlier this weak, I was alarmed to read in the UK’s Daily Mail the following headline:

Two million eligible for gastric bands… and if they all had the operation, the bill would be £12billion!

This brings me to an open question:

Surely, it would make more sense for policy-makers to promote healthy diet, like the Mediterranean and the Baltic Sea diets, rather than promoting surgical solutions to counter obesity, funded by public healthcare?