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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 8 September 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2018 9 NEWS Vanessa Archontidou and Christina Flambouri climb Oceania’s highest summit PHOTO: FACEBOOK It is not the first time the two Greek climbers have made headlines with their mountaineering achievements but reaching the top of Oceania's highest and most difficult peak is noteworthy. The two women conquered the 4,888-metre-high Cartensz Pyramid, in Papua, Indonesia as part of the Seven Summits Challenge. Vanessa Archontidou and Christina Flambouri are on this mission under the auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organisation. The pair has made many personal and professional sacrifices to complete this mission; they have already conquered four more summits in North America, Europe, South America and Africa tackling harsh weather conditions whilst carrying at least 35 kilos of equipment and supplies each. "For us, it's very important to be honest because we know that mountaineering is a sport that some people see as being very competitive," Archontidou said in a previous interview. "How important the team mentality is for us is visible in our last expedition [to Alaska]. We went to Denali, and a few meters under the peak, we decided to hold hands and step on the peak together. "We try to practice four times a week; either indoors or outdoors (...) once a week to go to Parnitha or Hymettus [mountains], close to Attica we were live. So, before going to the office we go to Parnitha where there is a 600-meter ascent called the Little Stairs." Kazzie Mike Zervos to lead fight against discrimination Courage to Care has appointed Zervos as their charity’s first CEO A past vice-president of the Kastellorizian Association of Victoria has been appointed as the first CEO of Courage to Care, a charity initiative under the auspices of NGO B'Nai B'rith, which aims to educate younger generations on the dangers of prejudice, racism and bullying. "I've been so impressed with the passion and professionalism of what I've seen so far, and I'm proud and honoured to be part of this organisation’s future growth and success," said Mr Zervos reflecting on his new role. Courage to Care has been operating as an educational program and travelling exhibition, exposing kids around Australia to the stories of those who saved Jewish lives during the Holocaust. Through the lens of these experiences, participants are invited to consider and even challenge their own attitudes towards discrimination, as well as understand the importance of not being a bystander when witnessing injustice. In Victoria, the program has reached 125,000 students to date, and is also celebrating its recent expansion into adult education, with information sessions currently delivered at the state's Police Academy. The initiative falls under the portfolio of activities developed by B'nai B'rith, the oldest and largest international Jewish community service organisation. While proud of his Greek heritage, being a second generation Kastellorizian, Mr Zervos says that work- ing with an organisation with strong links to the Jewish community sits well with him as the sense of family, honouring history and fellowship reflects his own Greek Australian values. For the last 16 years, Mr Zervos has served in leadership roles at Make a Wish Foundation, Allanah and Madeline Foundation and Guide Dogs Victoria, but he is also a qualified CPA with a corporate career. Determined to put into use the best of both "worlds" - corporate and not-for-profit - his focus will be on strategic direction and raising the profile of the organisation. "I am confident that by communicating the importance of our work, we will gain support. This will be a real team effort," he said. Legal saga over mispronunciation of Greek name Kyriazis as... “Mr Crazy”! A minor traffic case turned into a feud between a Victoria Country Court judge and a man called Vasilios Kyriazis, whose last name during trial was twice mispronounced as "Crazy". It all started in November 2015, when Mr Kyriazis was found guilty for failing to produce his drivers license and comply with an authorised officer's request to give his name and address. Challenging the decision which came with a $750 fine, he represented himself before the County Court on an appeal against his convictions in December 2016. The hearing ran anything but smoothly, with judge Geoffrey Chettle threatening to hold him in contempt of court. In particular, a judicial summary states: "Following a ruling by the judge that the proceeding could be sound-recorded but not videotaped, Mr Kyriazis refused to participate in the proceeding. He was convicted and discharged." But Mr Kyriazis felt disrespected and that he was denied a fair trial procedure, a claim he pursued at the Supreme Court, seeking a judicial review of the decision. As reported by the Herald Sun, Judge Chettle had twice mispronounced Mr Kyriazis' name, calling him "Mr Crazy" during trial, commented "why... we give these people a platform" and said the the case was "ridiculous". Referring to the complain- ant he also said: "If there was an offence of being annoying, vexatious, and a complete pain in the bottom, he could be charged and convicted of that, but there isn't." While in October last year, Justice Kevin Bell found merit in Mr Kyriazis' complaint and judge Chettle guilty of "ostensible bias", the win was not meant to last for long. About a week ago, the decision was reversed by the Court of Appeal, with the summary of judgment stating: "The hearing [before the County Court judge] was remarkable for the level of hostility, anger and aggression directed by Mr Kyriazis (and some of his supporters) towards the Court. The judge for the most part remained calm and patient, although – unsurprisingly – he did occasionally raise his voice in his requests that Mr Kyriazis keep quiet." President Maxwell, Justice Beach and Justice Niall found that in Mr Kyriazis' case all reasonably necessary steps were taken to ensure a fair hearing and that it was not judge Chettle's obligation "to take extra measures to provide assistance to Mr Kyriazis.” "On the contrary, it was Mr Kyriazis who ― for no good reason ― decided to withdraw from his own appeal and who thereafter engaged in what can only be described as disgraceful conduct towards the judge." Dr Tony Weldon OAM, Courage to Care Victoria’s chairman, with the organisation’s newly appointed CEO, Mike Zervos. Judge Geoffrey Chettle. PHOTO: ABC NEWS Multicultural Museums Victoria receives Museums Australia Award for Grandmothers exhibition Multicultural Museums Victoria (MMV) is the recipient of the Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Medium Museums for its inaugural exhibition, Grandmothers which launched in May. Grandmothers MMV was a collaborative exhibition across and between five museums in Melbourne – The Hellenic Museum, the Jewish Museum of Australia, the Chinese Museum, Co.As. It Italian Historical Society & Museo Italiano, and the Islamic Museum of Australia. The museums delivered a unique exhibition each honouring the legacy of migrant grandmothers in Australia which included the a multicultural cook-off, community workshops, live music and curators talks. This joint effort and cultural alliance increased all five ethno-specific museums' reach and visibility and helped a further cultural exchange and the creation of dialogue on diversity that had a universal appeal. "We've been so thrilled with the success of this project and the way it's brought together people of different backgrounds. Watch this space," MMV spokesperson, Director & CEO of the Jewish Museum of Australia, Rebecca Forgasz said.
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