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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 14 November 2015
BUSINESS 24 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2015 Ethnic business owners recognised In its 27th year, the annual Ethnic Business Awards Gala was an opportunity once again to celebrate multicultural endeavour. Taking out one of the top prizes was Cedar Meats Australia, owned and run by a family who fled war-torn Lebanon to create a new life in Australia. Joseph Kairouz and his brother worked in the meat industry to support their 10 siblings, and today the Brooklyn-based business employs more than 400 people, exporting to the US, EU and China. Hosted at Adelaide's Hilton Hotel on Friday, it was a glittering ceremony attracting hundreds of guests, amongst them Greek Consul General Andreas Gouras, South Australian Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis MP, and Treasurer and federal Member for Cook, Scott Morrison MP. Founder and chairman Joseph Assaf gave a moving speech, emphasising the vital role played by ethnic communities in the development of Australia as a nation. "Just as diversity and ad- versity breed opportunity and success breeds success, so this great country gives birth to global role models. Citizens that make not only Australia proud, but national all over the world," said Mr Assaf. "The good management of our diversity, of our minorities, is so important because it guarantees us a peaceful, prosperous and harmonious future.” Successful migrants and first generation Australians were recognised across three categories, including small business, medium to large business and Indigenous business. Darwin's Halikos Group was named a finalist in the Medium to Large Business Category. A migrant from Greece in the early ‘60s, in 1987 John Halikos started a small operation called Halikos Roofing Pty Ltd. Twenty-eight years later and the company has grown into seven specialist operations, employing more than 350 people. Another Greek Australian, Christos Partsioglou, was selected as a finalist in the Small Business Category, for Xocolatl in Kew East, which specialises in desserts and handmade chocolates. Each winner was awarded a hand-crafted crystal trophy and a $10,000 cheque from National Australia Bank, with all finalists enjoying luxury accommodation, travel and transfers. The 2015 Ethnic Business Awards will be broadcast on SBS One on Saturday 14 November at 3.30 pm. To check for additional broadcast times, visit www.ethnicbusinessawrds.com DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Business summit prepares to tackle the big issues In a bid to explore the big issues facing business in Australia, the AFR Workforce & Productivity Summit will be taking place next month. Hosted at Melbourne's Sofitel hotel, some of the nation's most insightful and influential figures will be coming together in a series of keynotes, interviews and group discussions, including Medibank Private CEO George Savvides and Michael Vavakis, Lend Lease's group head of HR. L-R: Andreas Gouras, Greek Consul General South Australia; George Diakomichalis, Kalymnos Pastries (sponsor); Kay Halikos; John Halikos (finalist); Christos Partsioglou (finalist), Jenny Partsioglou. One of the most urgent and important policy issues facing Australians today is the need to boost productivity growth; an issue that is proving to be complex, challenging and divisive. If the right steps are not implemented for the future at government, industry and business levels, Australia's living standards could be at stake. Topics for discussion L-R: The Hon. Christopher Pyne MP; Senator the Hon. Concetta Fierravanti Wells; Takeshi Takada (winner); Joseph Kairouz (winner); Derek Flucker (winner); The Hon. Scott Morrison MP; The Hon. Tom Koutsantonis MP; Joseph Assaf AM. Greek teen the youngest person to create functional life-size robot Dimitris Hatzis, 15, wins first prize at this year’s Industrial Informatics Festival with ‘Troopy’ Jackman and can imitate human movements as well as communicate in fluent English. The Greek teenager who won the second prize for designing and building a 3D home printer from scratch last year has exceeded his own expectations. Dimitris Hatzis has been declared the youngest person to build a 3D-printed life-size functional robot at this year's i2fest. The robot, named Troopy, is inspired by the 2011 sci-fi film Real Steel starring Hugh The boy from Kavala has been part of InMoov, an open source project run by French sculptor and designer Gael Langevin since 2014. The InMoov project provides a design which is "replicable on any home 3D printer with a 12x12x12cm area". Dimitris spent over 1,400 hours planning, experimenting, printing, and assembling the robot over the course of a year. It took the student 475 printed parts using about a kilometre of ABS plastic to form the life-sized droid. "Every new robot is an im- proved model of the previous one," Hatzis explains in a press release. "This is why the robot hasn't yet morphed into its final form and maybe never will; it is constantly being improved and updated." Meanwhile, it was announced that only six creators in the world, including Langevin, were able to complete the challenge. Hatzis was the youngest. The boy's latest achievement was recognised by the US Embassy in Athens, which congratulated the youngster on his achievement. "Dimitris now belongs to a very small group of scientists around the world," the statement noted. Source: Futuristic over the two-day summit include 'Global megatrends shaping the future of work'; 'Tapping the growth and productivity potential of parents and carers, older workers, youth, and the long-term unemployed'; 'Are our education and training paradigms in sync with the needs of the future workplace?'; and 'Recruitment, retention and performance management in the future world of work', among others. More than 200 business leaders, policy-makers, academics and stakeholder groups are expected to attend what will be the year's highest-level independent forum on productivity and workforce participation. The AFR Workforce & Productivity Summit will take place on 8-9 December 2015 at the Sofitel Melbourne. AHRI Members are entitled to bring a colleague for free when registering a full price ticket. Use the code AHRI when registering to activate the offer.
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