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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 30 March 2019
NEWS 10 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 30 MARCH 2019 Briefs 30-YEAR JAIL TERM Saeed Noori, 37, was jailed for at least 30 years on Thursday for mowing down 16 pedestrians at Melbourne’s busiest intersections before Christmas 2017. Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Hollingworth on Thursday passed the sentence for the horror he caused at 4.40pm on 21 December, 2017, when he drove his mother’s car into the intersection of Flinders and Elizabeth streets as dozens of people crossed the road. Greek Australian grandfather of three Antonio Crocaris, 83, was just one of the many people injured that day. However, unlike the others, his injuries proved fatal and he died in hospital just eight days later. Despite saying “Allahu Akbar” (In Allah’s Name) following the incident, Noori was not charged with terrorism offences and pleaded guilty to one charge of murder, 11 charges of recklessly causing serious injury and five of reckless conduct that endangered life. A longtime user of ice, Noori had not used the drug for two days before the incident and had previously experienced drug-induced psychoses. He had also been diagnosed with mental health problems. LABOR’S PLEDGE More than 500 members of the Greek and Cypriot community had the opportunity to meet and greet Commissioner of the Cyprus Republic, Photis Photiou at the hall of the Cyprus Community of Melbourne and Victoria on Wednesday. Opposition leader Bill Shorten was present. He said: “I wanted to be here and I know that there is an election in 45 days or 52 whenever they have it. And I absolutely want you to vote Labor. For those of you who voted Labor thank you and I hope that the rest of you will do it because Labor supports and rewards the hard work and the achievement of the Cypriot community. There is also another reason I am here. I wanted to be here is because it is great to be here. This is a good gathering to be, and to announce that if Labor is elected we will match the Victorian government, Daniel Andrews’s contribution with also half a million dollars for the project the Community has embarked on.” HAGIA SOPHIA MUSEUM The 6th century Hagia Sophia, one of the marvels of modern architecture, was the main seat of the Greek Orthodox Church until the siege of Constantinople – now Istanbul – in 1453. It then became a mosque and is has been a museum since 1935. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed the desire to turn the Hagia Sophia monument into a mosque following the elections on Sunday, March 31. UNESCO sources cited by the Greek media, however, state that such a change in the world heritage-listed buildings operation would require approval by the Paris-based organisation. SPACE OLYMPICS IN ATHENS The 44th Scientific Assembly will take place in Athens from 16-26 July 2022 after the Greek nomination prevailed among the other candidates – Warsaw, Lausanne and Prague.The Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), aims to promote international Space Research and Technology and its peaceful exploration, and was voted for Athens during the first round of the 42nd COSPAR Congress in Pasadena, California. More than 3,300 space scientists from around the world attended it. The conference, known as “Space Olympics”, is held every two years in a different continent. In Athens, there are expected to be more than 4,000 international space experts from international educational centres and research facilities.The Office and Space Research and Technology of the Academy of Athens prepared the 2022 bid that was also actively supported by the Ministries of Digital Policy and Tourism, the City of Athens as well as other science and research facilities of Greece. Support from the diaspora was also plentiful. End of an era Last photo of the Press Club family. PHOTO: FACEBOOK THEODORA MAIOS It's the end of an era for popular award winning restaurant Press Club, one of the many restaurants Greek Australian restaurateur George Calombaris has owned and operated since 2006. The pioneering modern Greek restaurant, which opened its doors for the first time on 4 October 2006 – also the owner's 28th birthday – was named after the historic building's former occupants The Herald and Weekly Times. George Colombaris expressed his feelings on the restaurant's Facebook page: "These will be the hardest words I have to write. I am DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM emotional. I can't stop crying but I know good things have to come to an end. @thepressclub has given me everything. Not just me but also thousands who have experienced it. @thepressclub was a dream to put Hellenic ideas on the map. To love the past and to always look forward. Yes, it's the end. And also the beginning. I am an Aussie. I am a Hellene. We never stop dreaming, thinking and creating. We make mistakes. Lots of them. @thepressclub will always be in my heart and soul – 12 years of memories. More than a restaurant; it's a place that creates stories, innovation, love and life. We've had the privilege to welcome over 600,000 guests, travel our menu across the globe and together, become a family. Now, it's time for a new chapter and to write a whole new book," wrote Mr Calombaris announcing that on 29 June 2019 the restaurant's team will serve their final menu before entering an exciting phase of reinvention. "We are incredibly proud of the past and now more than ever, inspired by the future. There will be exciting events over the next few months to celebrate signature dishes and host special guest chefs to celebrate their part in the journey. Join us in what has been and share the excitement for what is to come. Thank you for your support. To the next chapter." EXCELLENCE Accolades and awards were plentiful for the Press Club. The Age Good Food Guide had dubbed it the Best New Restaurant in 2008, along with the Chef of the Year award. The restaurant has a two hat status. "It's all about food in the middle of the table that's shared between friends and family; that's the Hellenic way, the Hellenic spirit," George Calombaris said in a past interview with Neos Kosmos after three of his establishment were voted amongst the best 500 restaurants in Australia, (according to the 2017 Australia's Top Restaurants Awards, compiled by The Australian Financial Review). Canberra restaurant gutted in arson attack Owners of popular Greek restaurant Olive in Canberra have been left shaken after both of their eateries were reportedly targeted in a suspected arson attack in the early hours of Wednesday morning. One of the sites was completely gutted as a result. "Mawson's pretty much to the ground, there's nothing left of it," Dimitri Yianoulakis, whose family owns and operates the restaurants, told ABC Local. "I don't know how to break it; we've got christenings, we've got weddings to do. "It's like someone's just chopped off our legs." Mr Yianoulakis, who said that he has given police CCTV footage of the attacks, is adamant that it was "a targeted attack". "… I'm not going to lie, someone's obviously targeted our business and caused major "The second fire was at a restaurant in Mawson. The fire was extinguished by ACT Fire and Rescue, however the premises was extensively damaged. "The third incident involved a vehicle fire in Lathlain Street, Belconnen. This fire was also extinguished by ACT Fire and Rescue and the vehicle has been taken for further forensic analysis." Greek restaurant Olive was damaged in suspected arson attack. PHOTO: FACEBOOK (OLIVE AT MAWSON) damage there's no ifs or buts," he said. "We're devastated, I don't know how somebody can do this. "We're pretty much distraught, the whole family." Officers are investigating the attacks as arson, a spokesman for ACT Policing con- firmed to the ABC. "ACT Policing is investigating a number of suspicious fire incidents that occurred overnight," he said. "The first fire was identified at a restaurant at Hawker. It was extinguished by a witness with a handheld extinguisher. The Greek Australian family has been in the hospitality industry for over 30 years, and before the fires, had their eye on opening a third eatery in Gungahlin. Mr Yianoulakis says that they were "very much loved in the community" so couldn't understand why they would be targeted. "We're not hated," he said. "I hope justice prevails." Anybody with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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