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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 16 March 2019
NEWS 8 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 16 MARCH 2019 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Greek people leaving a legacy behind END OF AN ERA Leaving a legacy for being the first university Chancellor of Greek heritage to be appointed in Australia, current Chancellor of Victoria University (VU) George Pappas AO will be stepping down from his role after almost 10 years of service. Born in Rhodes, Pappas (nee Georgios Papageorgiou) emigrated to Australia in 1952 and studied economics at Monash University graduating with First Class Honours followed by an MBA with Distinction at Harvard Business School. In 2010, succeeding Justice Frank Vincent AO, QC, Pappas became VU's fourth Chancellor. Prior to that he was known as a prominent businessman with a successful career trajectory as a corporate adviser in Australia, Japan and the US and had gained wide ranging experience across the commercial and government sectors. Throughout his term as a Chancellor, the business focus he brought to the post helped establish the university as an influential forum on the debate over the state's economic future. Proud of his heritage, Pappas established a scholarship helping students of Greek descent to attend Victoria University, as a way of giving back to the Greek community as well as honouring his parents and providing others with the opportunity to further their education. Briefs DRUG CHARGES Self-proclaimed “serial entrepreneur” Sam Karagiozis, 27, was charged with drug trafficking offences after it was alleged that he played a key role in directing an organised crime syndicate that dealt with dark web sites, bitcoin accounts and businesses used as covers for the distribution of drugs. Specifically, he was charged with trafficking about 30 kilograms of drugs that included cocaine, MDMA and methamphetamine. All up, he faces 14 offences relating to drugs. He remains bail-refused. JUSTICE FOR JEAN Scottish man Michael Porter, 35, is trying to get justice for his mum whom he believes was murdered on Crete. His mum, 53-year-old Jean Hanlon, was found dead just four days after sending a text message to a friend. The message said, “Help me.” Her body was found at Heraklion harbour on 9 March, 2009, and police attributed the death to an accidental drowning however her son still feels uncertainty as to what had happened to his mum. Mr Porter has been told that the case will remain closed unless new evidence emerges, however he feels that there are many unanswered questions regarding the circumstances of her death. A post-mortem conducted at her family’s insistence found many injuries to the body, including facial wounds, shattered ribs and a punctured lung. Mr Porter has produced a video to mark the 10th anniversary of his mum’s death, and he is turning to a Greek TV show known as “Light in the Tunnel” in the hope of getting answers. MODEL FREED Greek model Eirini Melissaropoulou, aged 21, was acquitted by the High Court of Hong Kong after being held for 16 months on charges of trying to smuggle 2.6 kilos of cocaine into the country. The model had been arrested in 2017 for drug smuggling, but on Wednesday she was unanimously acquitted and allowed to catch a flight back to Greece. The young model said that she was not aware that there was a hidden pocket sewn into her backpack carrying the cocaine. She court heard that she had been framed by a Romanian friend with whom she had travelled to Hong Kong via Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. The fact that her fingerprints were not found in the pocket surrounding the area on her backpack where the drugs had been hidden was the one piece of evidence that help prove her innocence. She had previously passed through two airport security systems carrying the same backpack, however had been stopped at the third entrance in Hong Kong. BEST CITIES Time Out has rated Melbourne as the second-best city of the world. People were asked about eating, drinking, culture, nightlife, relationships, community and how happy they were with their city. Melbourne came just behind the Big Apple at number 2, punching way above its weight.The index was based on a survey of more than 30,000 people in 48 cities around the world, including ratings by Time Out’s editors and city experts. Findings included a whopping 84 per cent of Melburnians stating that they felt ‘happiness’ in the 24 hours before being asked to rate their joy. GREEK ANIME Greek mythology is the inspiration behind Netflix’s new anime series – Gods & Heroes. There are a number of Greeks involved in the production, including Charley and Vlas Parlapanides, writers of Netflix’s live-action Death Note film. The writers said in a statement: The main character will be voiced by Jason O’Mara (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), and he’ll be joined by Chris Diamantopoulos (Silicon Valley), Melina Kanakaredes (The Resident) and Elias Toufexis (The Expanse) among others.Netflix’s media release states that the series “tells the story of a young man who, cast aside by his people, learns that he is the illegitimate son of Zeus.” STATUE DEBACLE A row erupted between Kostas Varotsos and Greek Culture Minister Myrsini Zorbas after she reportedly asked him how he would feel about the prospect of sending his glass statue of Dromeas (Runner) to Skopje in exchange for the statue of Alexander the Great that stands at Macedonia Square, North Macedonia. The artist opposed the idea but the Ministry of Culture denied that such a conversation had taken place. Mr Varotsos said he still has intellectual rights to the sculpture and is thankful to be alive to protect it. told Neos Kosmos. Across her many achievements, Mrs Spiteri-Tsolakis herself is most proud of the role she has played in changing the lives of women and children who have been subject to family violence. George Pappas Pappas' successor in the role will be former Victorian Premier Steve Bracks. Following a transition period, with the position filled temporarily by Deputy Chancellors Wayne Kayler-Thomson and Gaye Hamilton for six months each, Steve Bracks will take up his appointment at the start of 2021. OUTSTANDING LEADER Faye Spiteri-Tsolakis was among the outstanding female leaders recognised on International Women's Day, inducted in the 2019 Victori- Faye Spiteri an Honour Roll for Women. A passionate advocate for social change, the Greek Australian was singled out for her "compassion and leadership" in changing the lives of women, migrants and refugees. Having served as Vice President for the majority of her tenure on the Fronditha Board, Mrs SpiteriTsolakis was appointed as the aged care provider's president in 2018 – the first female at the helm in the organisation's 40-year history. An accomplished strategist with extensive experience in various Speros Vryonis leadership roles, it is not the first time she has been recognised for her achievements. In 2001 she received the Victorian Premier's Award for her work overseeing the introduction of the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 legislation and its accompanying education campaign. "For me, gender parity is about putting a stake in the ground, as a leader, on something you believe in, and then working hard to make sure that it's taken up and the organisation moves it forward," she RIP SPEROS VRYONIS Greek-American historian Speros Vryonis died, aged 90.The Memphis-born academic, writer and professor was the son of Greek immigrants from Cephalonia. He received his BA from Southwestern College, Memphis, Tennessee and went on to earn a postgraduate degree and PhD from Harvard University for a thesis on "The internal history of Byzantium during the time of troubles, 1057-81". He taught and directed at numerous institutions and was appointed director of the Alexander S Onassis Centre for Hellenic Studies at New York University in the late 1980s. He was also the director of the Speros Basil Vryonis Center for the Study of Hellenism at Rancho Cordova, California.He had an extensive bibliography. Books include "The Decline of Medieval Hellenism in Asia Minor and the Process of Islamization from the Eleventh through the Fifteenth Century" (1971), "The Mechanism of Catastrophe: The Turkish Pogrom of September 6-7, 1955, and the Destruction of the Greek Community of Istanbul" (2005), and "Byzantium and Europe" (1968).
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