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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 09 March 2019
NEWS 8 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 9 MARCH 2019 Briefs MISSING HAYLEE Beautiful Haylee Glouftsis, 15 years old, tragically taken from her family in a car accident on March 1. Loving daughter of Chris and Jasmine. Much loved grand daughter of George and Katina and Charlie and the late Lindley, niece and cousin. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral service at The Transfiguration of the Lord at the Greek Orthodox Church (45 Poplar Street, Thomastown) on Tuesday, 12 March at 11.00am. WEALTHIEST GREEKS The Forbes World’s Billionaires List is out for 2019 and casts the spotlight on the world’s richest. The wealthiest Greek on the list is Philip Niarchos, who climbed to 804th position from 859th last year. The oldest son of the late shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos, has a net worth valued at $2.8 billion. Spiro Latsis, who has been managing the family fortune since shipping tycoon John S. Latsis died in 2003, rolled in at 838th position though he is worth $2.9 billion. Down at 1116th spot with a paltry $2.2 billion is Swiss-based Greek Aristotelis Mistakidis. Vardis Vardinoyannis, aged 86, is worth $1.7 billion. HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS Recent permission that allowed for the construction of tall buildings around the Acropolis caused an uproar. So much so that the Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy, responsible for the city’s urban planning, issued a statement on the implementation of height restrictions for buildings constructed around the area to be no taller than 17.5 metres in height. This decision came in response to public outrage as citizens signed petitions to stop two constructions currently underway. Following the ministry’s decision to implement height restrictions, KAS is currently reviewing the design of the buildings that are currently under construction. NASA BARBIE Greek NASA scientist Eleni Antoniadou has received worldwide recognition and honours for her groundbreaking work on lifesaving therapies for artificial organ transplants, and she’s about to add another to her shelf – a Mattel Barbie Doll created in her image. The toy company announced a series of dolls to celebrate the 60th anniversary of International Women’s Day on March 8 and to also honour the role of females in all facets of life. It is hoped that the dolls will inspire young girls to follow their dreams by giving them role models that focus on diversity and inclusivity. The company pointed to Antoniadou’s “achievements in the fields of regenerative medicine and bioastronautics, with an interest in stem cell therapies to regenerate body parts and 3D bioprinting for space applications. TURKEY HONOURED The 2021 Thessaloniki International Trade Fair falls on the bicentenary of the Greek War of Independence from the Ottoman Turks, and Greek media reports have shed light on plans for Turkey to be the country of honour at the large event. Protothema.gr revealed a document showing the Syriza government’s official proposal for the 2021 Thessaloniki Trade Fair with plans for Turkey to be the country of honour. The proposal had been tabled during Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on 5 February as a sign of good faith and as a move of reciprocity when the Greek PM asked for the reopening of the Theological School of Halki. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Greek and Australian officials agree that the Greek Festival of Sydney is an important investment to enhance multiculturalism. PHOTO: SUPPLIED $400,000 for the Greek Festival of Sydney CON STAMOCOSTAS An announcement by the State Liberal Government that they will contribute $400,000 to the Greek Festival of Sydney shows how important the cultural event is to NSW says event Chair, Nia Karteris. Over 100,000 people gathered in Darling Harbour Sydney over two days to see the best of Greek culture, with superstar singer Eleonora Zouganeli, on her first visit to Australia the highlight. But it was the huge announcement by the Liberal party and Australian Multiculturalism Minister Ray Williams that they will be funding the festival to the tune of $400,00 for the next four years that was also a high point. Greek Festival of Sydney Chair, Nia Karteris lauded the government for their investment which she said provides not only a massive boost to the cultural event but also to the wider community. "That is something that they (NSW Government) now have accepted and realised," she told Neos Kosmos. "That it's a financial economical increase for them in tourism and for instilling Greek Culture and arts into mainstream NSW. The Greek Orthodox Community of NSW is 121 years old. It's older than establishment of Federation and throughout the years it's played major roles in the forefront of political stories and issues that have to do with migration and multiculturalism. "We continue to instil into the government of our culture and the importance of the Greek community as a whole within NSW." With funding assured over the next four As a Greek community we showed that we are there to have a good time and that’s what we did without incident over the two days. years Karteris is aiming to use that money to give international and local Greek artists an opportunity to showcase their talents on a bigger scale."Definitely," she said. "Knowing well ahead that you'll be able to incorporate that grant of 100,000 per year for the next four years allows the festival to grow and be able to initiate new projects. "What we would like to see is the national theatre of Greece tour again in Australia that plays a major role. It also allows us to be able to give local artists a bit more opportunities' to be able to produce bigger projects. "The Greek Festival of Sydney needs half a million dollars to run per year and this significant funding will go a long, long way to make sure that we can promoting the best that we can for the Greek community and the wider community for Greek cultures and arts."Now in its 37th year the Greek Festival is one of Australia's largest and longest running annual cultural events and Karteris believes it's success is down to the hard work behind the scenes."Having over 100,000 people attend the event is a credit to everybody involved," she said. "Yes I am the chair but there is this huge team behind me. We have thousands of volunteers stall holders, board of directors and various communities. We get a lot of funding from sponsorship they are very important and local government plays a major role. Everybody at property NSW was also an enormous support over the two days."As a Greek community we showed that we are there to have a good time and that's what we did without incident over the two days." What they said RAY WILLIAMS, MINISTER FOR MULTICULTURALISM" The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is continuing to support the Greek Festival of Sydney, now in its 37th year. The festival's achievements are a recognition of the hard work and sacrifices made by the Greek Orthodox community of NSW, which is now the oldest and largest organised Greek community in our country. This funding will also assist Greek Australians to share their culture with the broader NSW community and pass on traditions to younger generations." MARK COURE MP, MEMBER FOR OATLEY "This funding will ensure there is a strong future for the Greek Festival of Sydney and the event will benefit small businesses and the local tourism economy. For many years my community have enjoyed attending different festival events across an eight-week program. We are lucky to enjoy such a world-class event at our doorsteps, with the Festival leading the way as one of Australia's top cultural festivals." HARRY DANALIS, PRESIDENT OF THE GREEK ORTHODOX COMMUNITY OF NSW "This is great news for the Greek community. The funding will also support us to attract interest from artists and performers from Australia and around the world."
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