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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 7 January 2017
NEWS 2 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 7 JANUARY 2017 GCM to assist in promoting Greek medical tourism The Community is looking to facilitate a conference in Melbourne in November Despite the economic crisis, Greece is continuing to make a name for itself in the health and medical fields, and is fast becoming a popular destination for medical tourism. On a recent trip Down Under, renowned Greek Australian fertility specialist and director of Greece's largest fertility clinic Genesis, Dr Konstantinos Pantos, met with members of the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) board to discuss potential ways to further the campaign to boost growth in the field. A popular idea proposed was the prospect of organising and hosting a conference in Melbourne as a forum for Greece to exhibit its many achievements to the broader Australian community. Among those joining Dr Pantos on the day were GCM president Bill Papastergiadis, general secretary Costas Markos, GCM treasurer and president of the Hellenic Medical Society of Australia, Associate Professor Marinis Pirpiris, and board members Michael Karamitos and Chris Sikavitsas. Following on from the December 30 meeting, a follow-up Skype meeting took place on Tuesday between Dr Pantos and orthopaedic surgeon and mayor of Amaroussion Dr George Patoulis, who is also leading the campaign, with director of the Greek Centre Jorge Menidis and Mr Markos. They reaffirmed their Blessed waters Celebrating Theofania 2017 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM GCM treasurer Associate Professor Marinis Pirpiris with Dr Konstantinos Pantos. agreement that stronger medical, academic and trade networks, particularly in medical tourism, between Greece and the wider diaspora would be a goal that all parties will actively work towards developing and nurturing. "At the GCM we are hap- py and thrilled to cooperate with Dr Pantos and to organise the meeting in Melbourne later this year to show some of the medical achievements in Greece," said Professor Pirpiris. Dr Pantos was extremely satisfied by the enthusiastic and positive response he received in Melbourne, which came just after the successful conference the doctor held in New York for the further promotion of medical tourism in Greece. If all goes to plan, the conference is expected to take place later this year in November. PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES. True to tradition, the Greek Orthodox Community of Australia celebrated the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist, with events held in all the major Australian cities. The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia organised services for the commemoration of the Epiphany all across Victoria. Many Greek Australians celebrated Theofania in beaches and waters all over Australia, enjoying the summery weather. In Melbourne, celebrations were a little uncomfortable after the recent water contamination following the flooding deterred several would-be swimmers. While thousands gathered in Rye, the hundred attendees at the otherwise closed Frankston beach saw only a few young men agree that the pay off was worth taking the health risk. Stelios Kardas, 37, retrieved the cross in Rye, while of those braving the ban to jump in for the cross in Melbourne's south-east, 28-year-old The- ognosios Dimitriou was the one to snatch the cross. The majority of faithful, Greek community and state officials are expected to arrive at Princes Pier, Port Melbourne tomorrow, Sunday 8 January to enjoy celebrations at the historic location that was many Greek migrants’ first view of Australia. Stelios Kardas PHOTO: KOSTAS KAKALIAS/ CONSTANTLY FLASHING Theognosios Dimitriou PHOTO: KOSTAS DEVES NEOS KOSMOS Published since 1957 Published by Ethnic Publications Pty Ltd (ABN: 13005 255 087) of 169 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122. Printed by Rural Press Printing, Ballarat. No. 5830 Contacts Reception Phone: (03) 9482 4433 Fax: (03) 9482 2962 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising Phone: (03) 9482 4433 Email: email@example.com Web: www.neoskosmos.com letters Email: firstname.lastname@example.org NEOS KOSMOS - English Publisher: Editor-in-chief: Editorial director: Journalists: Address: Level 1, 169 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122 Mail: PO Box 6068 Hawthorn West, Victoria 3122 Subscriptions Phone: (03) 9482 4433 Email: email@example.com Fax: (03) 9482 2962 Letters should not be more than 200 words and they must indicate your full name, address and a day time telephone number for verification. By submitting your letter to us for publication you agree that we may edit the letter for legal, space or other reasons and may, after the publication in the paper, republish it on the internet or in other media. Christopher Gogos Sotiris Hatzimanolis Nelly Skoufatoglou Anastasia Tsirtsakis, Nikos Fotakis Contributors: Zoe George, Gerard Papasimakopoulos, Theodora Maios, Tony Anamourlis, Zena Hughes, Christos Iliopoulos Proofreader: Angela Costanzo Graphic design: Peter Kelidis, Nicole Denton Greek Orthodox church to be sued after woman slips on wet leaf The 70-year-old is claiming damages, including the cost of past and future medical expenses Springvale's St Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church is being sued based on claims by a 70-year-old parishioner that she slipped on a wet leaf at the premises. According to a report by the Herald Sun, Penelope Liakopoulos said that the church was negligent in its failure to remove the leaf from the foyer of the premises, or should at least have warned her over its presence. In the statement that was lodged with the Country Court, Ms Liakopoulos claimed that as a result of the incident she fractured her right wrist. Described as a traumatic experience, she was required to undergo surgery and has continued to endure aftereffects such as ongoing pain and restricted movement and is claiming damages, including past and future medical expenses. Ms Liakopoulos says the church has a duty of care to parishioners to avoid exposing them to such potential risks, and that they failed to do so. She says the church should have an anti-slip coating on the floor of the building's entrance, and have a system in place for inspecting floors "for slip hazards such as the leaf", or preventing them from entering the premises. In an interview with Neos Kosmos, St Athanasios parish priest Father Efstathios Ladas said he did not know exactly what had happened, but added that Ms Liakopoulos is clearly seeking compensation through her allegations. Father Ladas says that the church's solicitor and insurance company are currently handling the matter.
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