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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 30 July 2016
NEWS 6 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 30 JULY 2016 Heritage concerns over QVM refurb DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Pallas: Victoria shines as a state of the states Victoria has the fastest annual economic growth rate in the nation, according to the CommSec State of States report released earlier this week. Victoria's economy has grown by 3.6 per cent over the last year, faster than any other state, while also leading the way in population growth, and performing strongly in retail trade, business investment, construction work, and housing finance. Fruit and vegetable stores near Deli Hall will be moved to the market site on Peel Street. PHOTO: FACEBOOK (QUEEN VICTORIA MARKET) Another cause for concern has arisen over the contested $250 million revamp of the Queen Victoria Market, this time regarding the Melbourne City Council's plan for two new high-rise towers. After the plans were released on Thursday, Minister for Planning Richard Wynne visited the 140-yearold institution to express his concerns over the proposal. While he agreed that the market needed to be refurbished, he emphasised that respecting and maintaining the site's heritage was of prime importance, and that any additions should not "overwhelm" the area, reported The Age. The two sites are planned to be built adjacent to the market, with one on the 'Munro site' on the corner of Therry and Queen streets, and the other on Franklin Street, each standing at a minimum height of 30 storeys with the potential to go higher. If all goes ahead, the plan will require that the herit- age-listed sheds currently housing the souvenir and fruit stalls be dismantled, restored, and then replaced. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle on the other hand was full of confidence over the proposal, stating that it was the right way forward for the popular site. Though he acknowledged the minister's concerns, he was adamant it would breathe new life into the market space. Cr Doyle also highlighted that if the council and state government withdrew from the project it could put the opportunity for such a major investment off the agenda for at least another two decades. While matters of heritage are yet to be resolved by Heritage Victoria, if all goes ahead, the market project will follow the council's proposed five-year plan. Aside from the towers, the fruit and vegetable stalls near the Deli Hall will be moved to the market area on Peel Street, with restaurants and takeaway stalls put in their place. Two Greek giants of 20th century mathematics Caratheodory and Metropolis will be the focus at the GOCMV’s next open seminar Monash University's Senior Lecturer in the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics, Dr Anastasios Panagiotelis, will head the upcoming seminar at the Greek Centre with a presentation on two prominent 20th century mathematicians, who also happen to be of Greek decent. Constantin Carathéodory is the first one on the agenda. Born in Germany, where he spent most of his academic career, by the early 1920s he went on to become the Founding Dean of the short-lived Io- nian University of Smyrna. Attendees will then have the chance to hear about Chicago-born Nicholas Metropolis. Having worked on the Manhattan Project, he was instrumental in developing some of the world's first digital computers. Aside from celebrating their lives and achievements, Dr Panagiotelis will also highlight how these two diaspora Greeks connected to their roots through mathematics and science, which have an enduring and vital presence in Greek history and culture. While the seminar is a chance to learn more about these significant figures, it is also a treat to hear from Dr Panagiotelis, who has experience using the Metropolis algorithm first-hand in his own research project. Having undertaken his undergraduate and doctoral studies at the University of Sydney, after completing his PhD he was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship. This then led the academic to carry out his post-doctoral research at the Technical University of Munich's Faculty of Mathematics, which involves the development and application of statistical and mathematical models to problems in business and economics. The open seminar will take place on Thursday 4 August at the Greek Centre, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC at 7 pm. Attendance is free. For further information, email email@example.com. au or call (03) 9662 2722. Pronia tackling elder abuse As the population ages, Pronia is seeking to tackle the growing concern, and taboo, of elder abuse within the community. In doing so, the Greek Australian organisation has or- ganised a workshop in collaboration with Seniors’ Rights Victoria on the prevention of elder abuse. Set to take place at Clayton's Community Centre, the twohour meeting will first of all identify the various types of elder abuse, whilst also offering coping strategies. To conclude, information will be provided on useful services, systems, and networks to help further combat the is- sue and to support victims. The workshop will take place on Wednesday 10 August at the Clayton Community Centre, Youth & Family Services, 8-15 Cooke Street, Clayton, VIC from 10.30 am - 12.30 pm. "The trend is clear – Victoria is fast emerging as the nation's leading economic powerhouse with jobs, construction, retail trade and business conditions all on the rise," Treasurer Tim Pallas said. "The resilience and strength being displayed by the Victorian economy is providing opportunities and jobs across the state, and positioning us well for the challenges that lay ahead." Retail spending in Victoria is also 14.5 per cent above decade-average lev- els, which was supported by home building and robust employment. Victorian construction work is 6.1 per cent higher than a year ago while dwellings under construction are 36.2 per cent above the decade average. The CommSec State of the States report has further reiterated recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Force and the NAB Business Survey which show Victoria is leading the way nationally. The NAB Business Survey showed Victoria's business conditions rose strongly in the June quarter, growing +7 index points to +18 index points, ten points higher than a year ago. Meanwhile, the ABS figures showed strong employment growth in regional areas during the past three months. Across Victoria, there are 147,000 more people in work than in November 2014, with more than 112,000 of those jobs full Multicultural communities urged to seek crisis support In a bid to address growing concerns over suicide, Lifeline Australia is urging people within the nation's multicultural communities to seek crisis support when in need. The charity's CEO Pete Shmigel highlighted that the growing suicide emergency is not something that discriminates, with devastating impacts on friends and families across all cultural groups. "I want to express our sor- row at hearing of the recent events. It's truly heartbreaking to see reports of suicide among our multicultural communities, or indeed any community," said Mr Shmigel. "Whether you're an international student under pressure to perform or someone feeling isolated by cultural, faith, ethnic or linguistic barriers, including the migration and settlement process, Lifeline's 24/7 crisis services are there for you. Our highlyskilled and kind-hearted Crisis Supporters can help you cope with what you're going through and provide appropriate referral services." Just a fortnight ago, Indian citizen Deepak Singh living in Melbourne's west ended his life prematurely due to concerns over his visa arrangements, reported SBS. While there are currently support services available for non-English speakers, Mr Shmigel added that they are urgently working towards becoming more accessible by ensuring services are culturally appropriate and safe. Where such information is disclosed, current data shows that some seven per cent of calls to the charity's crisis line are from people who speak a language other than English at home. "This shows that Lifeline's 24/7 caring and non-judgement services do support people from all walks of life ... However, we're currently exploring opportunities to improve the way we provide support to multicultural communities, including through our nightly online Crisis Support Chat service and proposed Crisis Text service." For crisis or suicide prevention support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org. au/gethelp. A free interpreting service for people who do not speak English is also available through this number (cost of a local call from landlines; additional charges apply for mobiles).
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