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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 26 March 2016
NEWS 10 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 26 MARCH 2016 1821 bar lands in NSW David Tsirekas teams up with Jim Kospetas to spice up Sydney’s Greek cuisine Greek restaurant 1821 is finally set to open in late May, after its entire interior departed Athens for Sydney on Friday. The restaurant will be the jewel of the old Vault Hotel's redevelopment in Martin Place, owned by Jim Kospetas and serving David Tsirekas' five-star culinary delights. The venue, being described as the Greek Rockpool Bar & Grill, is now slated to open in late May, after originally having a mid-2015 launch date. "The fitout costs are climbing. It's been very expensive," Kospetas told the Daily Telegraph, positive that the res- taurant will launch on time. "I don't think we're going to get much change out of $2m. It may even get up as high as $3m. But we're taking Greek food to the next level." Acclaimed Greek designer Dimitris Economou has finished the interiors, which will arrive by container ship shortly. "I employed a designer from Greece and flew him in to design it," Kospetas continued. "The whole essence [of the restaurant] is that we want it designed and built in Greece so it actually is a Greek interior." The restaurant will feature two floors of dining and a basement bar called the RVR (Russian Vodka Room), inspired by the Odessa bunker where a group of ambitious Greeks started the Greek Liberation Movement of 1821. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Dancing to the rescue Study proves people who dance have a 50 per cent less chance of dying from cardiovascular disease A world-first study from Western Sydney University and the University of Sydney has found that dancing can decrease the risk of heart disease in people over 40. The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, draws on data from 48,390 Great Britain residents without cardiovascular problems between 1994 and 2008. Researchers recruited people David Tsirekas (L) and Jim Kospetas. for over a decade to track the impact of dance on mortality from heart disease. The survey included tests about frequency, duration and intensity of dancing and walking over time and the data was linked to the National Death Registry. According to senior author and Associate Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis, from the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre and School of Public Health, dancing is one of the best ways to protect from cardiovascular disease death. "We should not underestimate the playful social interaction aspects of dancing which, when coupled with some more intense movement, can be a very powerful stress relief and heart health promoting pastime," he said. Those who participated and were at least slightly out of breath or sweaty while dancing had 46 per cent lower risk of cardiovascular death over a decade compared to those who lightly, rarely or never danced. Lead author, Associate Pro- fessor Dafna Merom from the Western Sydney University School of Science and Health added that "compared to fast walking, dancing further reduced the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by 21 per cent". "Furthermore, dancers are often dancers for life, so we don't see the drop in and out as much as we do in regular exercise classes." To read the study go to www. ajpmonline.org/article/ S0749-3797(16)00030-1/abstract Migrants’ employment expectations out of reach New migrants are finding it harder than they expected to find suitable work in Australia, and low levels of English and a lack of local experience are the biggest barriers, a new study has found. It also found the lack of support for jobseekers newly arrived to Australia can contribute to exploitation in the workplace. The research, carried out by settlement agency AMES Australia, found job seekers with tertiary qualifications were the least satisfied with employment outcomes, while those who arrived without qualifications were more likely to be satisfied. Sixty-seven per cent of those surveyed in the study had a tertiary qualification before coming to Australia. Despite this, after four years most were working in factories, child or aged care or in customer service. Titled 'Finding satisfying work; The experiences of recent migrants with low level English', the study found women experienced even greater challenges in finding work appropriate to their skills. It found that four years after arriving in Australia, many women with tertiary qualifications and professional experience were working in jobs that did not use their skills. The study, which surveyed English language students from diverse educational and employment backgrounds from 19 different countries, found that participants whose work in Australia drew on their skills and former work experience were more likely to be happy in their jobs than those working in unrelated jobs. It pointed out that the proportion of migrants coming to Australia from non-English-speaking countries is increasing and a significant number of people arrive with low levels of English. Researchers Monica O'Dwyer and Stella Mulder said many migrants had already invested significant time and resources in tertiary education and training and that this was the case in each of the migration streams - including humanitarian refugee entrants. "Most of the people we interviewed said that it took longer than expected to find any work at all in Australia - even at an entry level," the researchers said. "A significant period of unemployment or in highly insecure employment definitely put a dampener on people's expectations of finding work more closely related to their training or experience - even as their English and familiarity with Australian workplace cultures increased," they said. "Others who did not have education and skilled background were more likely to find entry level jobs in Australia that was relevant to their expectations," Ms O'Dwyer said. However, she said not speaking English could put migrants at risk of not accessing basic entitlements in the workplace. "Particularly working in situations, such as in meat factories, where management speak English and the work does not require written and spoken language, there is a risk of exploitation," she said. The study found participants drew on family friends and community networks to find jobs. "This means people were more likely to find entry level jobs, often in very small businesses where there is a big range in employment conditions - ranging from very good to very exploitative," Ms O'Dwyer said. She said there was a major gap in support for migrants once they had completed their 550 hours of federal government-funded English tuition. "Once they are actually out in the labour market, many people on skilled and family visas do not have anywhere to get the support that other new entrants to the labour market would get. "For example, young people can get job searching assistance through Jobactive or through their training or education institution. "It is also very challenging to get appropriate information and support in situations where employers really were exploiting their labour," she said. The study canvased 245 people newly arrived to Australia over four interviews between 2008 and 2013.
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