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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 04 May 2019
NEWS 10 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 4 MAY 2019 Briefs VANDALISM OF STATUE A statue of Alexander the Great, erected on 17 April, was vandalised on Tuesday, less than a month after its unveiling. Slogans were painted on the pedestal of the statue that stands at the corner of Amalias and Vasilissis Olgas avenues, near the ancient site of the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Vandals wrote that the warrior king was a killer. The statue by Greek artist Yiannis Pappas (1913-2005) is a stunning bronze sculpture that stands at 3.5 metres in height and 3.8 metres in length. Created in 1993, it features Alexander as a teenager rather than a mature conqueror, riding his horse Bucephalus.It had been donated by the sculptor to the Municipality of Athens and had been unveiled in a lowkey ceremony. VAROUFAKIS WITH DIEM25 Yanis Varoufakis, Greece’s former finance minister, is in Germany, campaigning for a new Europe with DiEM25 (Pan-European Democracy in Europe Movement 2025), which hopes to win votes for the European Elections at the end of May.The group calls itself “European Spring” and consists of Europeans across national borders. There are political parties in seven countries standing with the group, and Varoufakis is standing as a candidate in Germany. He hopes that in this way, he can guarantee that there is no conflict between northern and southern Europe. However, Germany also does not have a threshold clause, unlike Greece that requires a candidate to garner 3 per cent of votes in order to be represented in Parliament. He told Deutsche Welle that being voted to get into European Parliament would be a symbolic act and that he would resign a few months after as an MEP. He mainly just wants to campaign and drum up support for a new Europe. EASTER DEATH Greek Easter was celebrated with family, feasting and fireworks around the world. For some, however, the celebrations were marred by injury and death. The Greek fireworks’ tradition after the midnight mass dates from the 19th century and frequently causes accidents, such as the death of a 54-year-old cameraman filming the fireworks in Kalamata, Peloponnese. The practice is illegal without an official permit, however locals flout the ban with homemade explosives. MELBURNIAN IN EU ELECTIONS Greek-Australian Melbourne native Alia Papageorgiou is running in the European Elections. She hopes to enter European Parliament as a candidate for Greece. European elections take place in all 28 EU member states every four years and this year they take place from 2326 May, just a little over a week after Australia’s own elections. The European elections shape the future of the entire European continent and its policies. Ms Papageorgiou is running with the Green party in Greece - Green Solidarity (Πράσινοι Αλλυλεγγύη) who look at the opportunities found in Greece’s future through a more sustainable and environmental outlook. Each country’s representation in the European Parliament depends on their population In European elections parties put forth their lists that will appear exactly the same in each electorate and ballot around Greece on 26 May the same day as municipal elections.Want to know more about the European elections? Visit https:// www.european-elections. eu/how-elections-work CANNES FILM FESTIVAL Oscar-nominated Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos was selected to be a member of the jury at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival in May. Organisers announced on Monday that the Greek director would be on the jury along with US actress Elle Fanning and Italian director Alice Rohrwacher. The 72nd Cannes Film Festival is set to run from 14 May through to 25 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Large crowds attended Holy Week services at St Anna’s Greek Community on the Gold Coast. Little girls played tsoungrisma with the red eggs on Sunday, 28 April, at a luncheon that followed the service. Your Greek Orthodox Easter We asked our readers to submit photographs from their Easter celebrations and we received pics from around Australia, Canada and Greece Happy little myrh bearers and the altar boy Lefteri at Agia Triada Church, Footscray. PHOTO: ANTONIO VANIKIOTIS The Epitaph at Saint Nektarios Church, Montreal, Canada. PHOTO: BILLY MARKOGLOU From the service at Springvale church, blessing the relics of St Athanasios on 1 May. PHOTO: KOSTAS ALAVERAS. The beautiful dome at Red Hill church. PHOTO: ELIAS ERACLEOUS.
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