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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 20 February 2016
NEWS 4 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 20 FEBRUARY 2016 St Anna Greek school joins SGM campaign The school community of St Anna on the Gold Coast has reunited in 2016, to commence a new year of Greek language learning. Principal John Carras says he is looking forward to the year ahead and the imminent Speak Greek in March campaign. "We all believe in the importance in encouraging our children to attend Greek school. We should aim to make Greek fashionable. Let's be proud of our heritage and let us all speak Greek in March," he said. Since its establishment in 2004 by His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, St Anna has continued to go from strength to strength and ensure that Greek culture is alive and thriving in Queensland. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Bring Greece game to Melbourne Premier asked to ensure blockbuster is played in Victoria GEORGE STOGIANNOU Students excited to be back at school. The Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria has sent a formal request to Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, that he intervenes to ensure that Melbourne hosts one of the two matches between the Socceroos and the touring Greek National Football team, scheduled for June this year. A St Anna pupil demonstrating her skills outside the classroom. The power of the idea CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 "The dome is a terrarium, a container of human experience, constantly growing," the artists said in an issued statement. "Standing on this threshold, we can explore both inside and out. We can travel anywhere, learn anything. It is the ideal place to explore the conception of an idea." The ‘birth of an idea’ is the main theme of Ideation, a work of art that reflects Nick Azidis’ aspiration to create "something political, something dangerous, something that would trigger inspiration in audiences to look at the world with a more holistic spirit". Focusing on the things that connect rather than divide people, the artists aim to send "a positive message of the interconnectedness of all things, with an underly- ing ecological message that we ignore these connections at our peril". This will be put forth by a series of images projected on the dome, showcasing "the changing nature of knowledge and patterns of growth that exist everywhere in nature". Fingers of hands, tendrils and roots of stalks and bulbs, synapses of brains, lightning strikes, electricity, rivers, deltas, solar systems, the nervous system and musical harmonies will all be part of this inspired and inspirational light show that will unfold before the eyes of visitors to the State Library of Victoria. For more information, head to www.whitenightmelbourne. com.au/event/ideation/ For the full program of events featured in Melbourne's White Night, visit www.whitenightmelbourne.com.au/program The request is in response to media reports that Melbourne may lose the game to another city, because of a reported breakdown in negotiations between the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) and representatives of the Victorian government. Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne president Bill Papastergiadis told Neos Kosmos that the premier had yet to reply to his letter. "At the moment, we've had no response from the premier. We're not letting the issue go. It would be farcical for this game not to be played in Melbourne and it's an issue we're going to pursue." Papastergiadis says that as far as he knows, "the FFA Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne president Bill Papastergiadis with young South Melbourne Hellas players. want it to happen. That's what we know. The issue is getting the Victorian government to come to the party. Apparently the reason they gave is that they don't think it will generate sufficient international or interstate interest. We're going to continue to pursue it". Neos Kosmos understands that the Victorian government is continuing its negotiations with the FFA on the matter, with the financial plan being the sticking point at present. Neos Kosmos approached the FFA for comment but a spokesman said they were unable to provide any because no decision had been reached on the cities to stage the matches against Greece. Meanwhile, the Office of John Eren, minister for tourism and major events, emailed the following statement to Neos Kosmos which gives some hope that the government is still keen to stage the event in Melbourne. "Victoria has a world-class calendar of the biggest and best sporting events, but it's important to ensure our events deliver maximum economic benefits in this state. "The Greek national team has an enormous following and a proud history with Melbourne, and we look forward to welcoming them back to Victoria for a blockbuster that provides jobs and growth to the economy." Campaign to end soft Victorian sentencing gains momentum Father of murder victim Mersina Halvagis has joined the fight It has been almost 19 years since George Halvagis' daughter Mersina was murdered in Fawkner cemetery while visiting her grandmother's grave by serial killer Peter Dupas. But the horrendous memory of her death has resurfaced for the family following news of Karen Chetcuti's murder last month, leading Mr Halvagis to join the campaign against soft sentencing in Victoria. "It's just too close to home,'' Mr Halvagis said of Ms Chetcuti's death in an interview with the Herald Sun. "Every time this happens I can hear my daughter's voice ... nobody should have to go through this.'' Mr Halvagis will be attending a rally in Blackburn South later this month in memory of Ms Chetcuti, organised by her classmates, with the aim of raising awareness of problems with Ms Checuti's murder, is a convicted rapist. George Halvagis PHOTO: AAP IMAGE/JULIAN SMITH. within the justice system. Like Dupas, who carried a shocking criminal record at the time of Mersina's murder, it has come to light that Michael Cardamone, charged Mr Halvagis says he is committed to ensuring this never happens again, but is adamant "it will take the families of the victims working together to make a difference". Among the many people taking part in the Broken Hearts memorial walk and fundraiser is Justice Party campaigner Derryn Hinch. The Broken Hearts memorial walk and fundraiser will start at Aurora School, formerly the Blackburn South High School, on Sunday 21 February.
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