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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 3 October 2015
4 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 3 OCTOBER 2015 NEWS Let’s dance to the same tune CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 "It's an event for all the Greek organisations in Victoria, and in two weeks we sold 600 seats and we could have sold double that number." Mr Papastergiadis said the event was "an opportunity to launch a debate on the future of the Greek community. To continue the discussions we started earlier this year for the next steps we should take together as a community. The ball comes on the back of a series of consultative meetings instigated by GCM over the past year with community organisations, aimed at establishing a united approach to funding resources and activity that benefit the Greek community as a whole. The GCM president is expected to announce a slate of ambitious initiatives at the ball which will require a 'whole of community' approach to succeed. How clubs can better utilise the Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture is an issue Papastergiadis says is vital as part of a new relationship between the clubs and GCM. "Clubs are using our centre for functions and meetings and I'm interested to explore how we can better GCM president Bill Papastergiadis sharing ideas with Melbourne’s Greek community leaders earlier this year. service members of clubs in this way. "This is about what GCM can do to help, and it's also about what projects we can collectively fund. Working together we can do things “This is about what GCM can do to help, and it’s also about what projects we can collectively fund. Working together we can do things that by ourselves we haven’t a chance of doing.” that by ourselves we haven't a chance of doing." "We're a small part of our community and the aim is to work closely with all Greek organisations for the common good," he said. "We want to be together, cooperate and work together for our future." Democritos president Thanasis Salahas, who was part of the discussions that resulted in the return of the Grecian Ball, says the event could be the catalyst to create a shared vision. Mr Salahas says his own club, the Kalavrita Brotherhood, had gone through difficult times, but was on the up after a handful of committed members were able to redirect the organisation's energies. Asked his view on recent sell-offs of assets by other clubs, Mr Salahas said community organisations should consider their original founders' intentions. "It's a problem, we let things go down too far," said Mr Salahas. "We need to find a formula so that the money can stay within the Greek community. We have to find new ways." The 2015 Grecian Ball's sponsors include Hunter and Gatherer (Agora Group), EEAMA, Kinisi Club - Kon Tangalakis. Stars International Reception Centre, 3XY, Ta Nea, Steve Koukouvitakis. Grave in Greece honoured Alexander the Great’s best friend CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 But Peristeri said there was no evidence Hephaestion was actually buried at the tomb in Amphipolis, east of Thessaloniki, whose excavation grabbed headlines, provoking speculation that it might belong to Alexander himself, who lived from 356-323BC. Another archaeologist, how- ever, who was not involved in the excavation, rejected Peristeri’s identification as "totally unfounded". Panayiotis Faklaris, associate professor at the University of Thessaloniki, told the Associated Press the tomb more likely belonged to some prominent ancient citizen of Amphipolis. "There is no historic or scientific basis" for what Peristeri claimed, he said. "Hephaestion had no connection with Amphipolis." The discovery caused con- troversy from the outset. Other experts criticised Peristeri for digging too fast and creating unjustified expectations that the tomb was unplundered. The monument contained twin marble statues of sphinxes and young women, had a painted frieze - parts of which survive - and, according to Peristeri, was topped with a large marble lion now standing a few kilometres away. Peristeri has offered no explanation of one of the find's strangest features - that it sheltered at least five skeletons, including an elderly woman and a baby. She argued on Wednesday that fragmentary inscriptions link the monument with Hephaestion, and said an Alexander-era coin found in the monument - which she thinks was filled with earth generations later to protect it from vandals - confirms it was built in 325-300BC. Alexander led an army of Greeks to conquer a vast empire stretching as far as modern Pakistan. Ancient writers say he considered Hephaestion to be his alter ego, making him the second most powerful man in the empire. When Hephaestion died, Alexander is recorded to have granted him hero's rites, declared mourning throughout the empire and had him cremated in Babylon at enormous expense. Source: AP MICHAEL SWEET Senator Nick Xenophon has written to former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, calling on him to return appearance fees for a company associated with a 'land banking scheme' that left hundreds of Australian investors out of pocket. A Senate committee hearing in Melbourne on Thursday heard from the promoter and victims of the scheme. Land banking involves selling options on sites of potential future land development. One of the schemes promoted by 21st Century Group brought Mr Schwarzenegger to Australia to take part in its '2013 National Tour' - a series of seminars that brought the company significant publicity - and investors. In August, Australia's corporate and securities regulator ASIC announced it had begun proceedings in the Federal Court against companies associated with the 21st Century Group in relation to five land banking schemes in Victoria and Queensland, which the companies promoted without a financial services licence. The regulator has asked the court to appoint external managers to each of the schemes so that their opera- tions can be investigated. Investors reportedly could lose upward of $20 million from the schemes that Schwarzenegger is believed to have been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to promote. "It's clear that there are many investors in these schemes that invested as a result of celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger coming along to these seminars and being a part of it," Senator Xenophon told reporters. "I think Mr Schwarzenegger has a moral obligation to have done his due diligence and at this stage he ought to be giving back the money he made from these seminars to the many, many people who have complaints about the investments they made." Senator Xenophon said celebrities needed to bear a degree of responsibility when investment schemes they endorse go wrong. "I'm not in any way suggesting Arnold Schwarzenegger was aware of the history of this company, but now that many innocent battlers who invested in these schemes have been hurt, he should do all he can to assist. "Schwarzenegger needs to come back to Australia to explain his involvement in these property-spruiking seminars," he said. X-man takes on The Terminator ‘Hasta la vista baby’: Nick Xenophon wants Arnold Schwarzenegger back in Australia to help victims of scheme the movie star promoted DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Arnold Schwarzenegger in Sydney earlier this year promoting his latest Terminator film. PHOTO: AAP/DAN HIMBRECHTS.
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