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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 22 June 2019
COMMUNITY 10 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 22 JUNE 2019 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Food, drink and friendship for a good cause. Pankoaki Brotherhood high tea for children with kidney disease Members of the Pankoaki Brotherhood gathered over the weekend for a special high tea to raise funds for a worthy cause, Kidney Health Australia. The champagne flowed, accompanying delicious sandwiches, freshly baked scones and speciality cakes that were lovingly prepared and served up by volunteers. The high tea was a chance to support the fundraising efforts of committee Briefs LANGUAGE TESTING The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) on Monday welcomed the decision by the Coalition Government not to pursue plans to make testing stricter for people seeking Australian citizenship. The Morrison Government had previously planned to make testing tougher and include an English test and questions on Australian values. FECCA Chairperson Mary Patetsos said stricter language testing was not necessary. “FECCA welcomes this decision because while there are many valid requirements around citizenship testing, stricter language testing is not necessary or required,” she said. RAPE CHARGES Assistant Commissioner Peter Bravos, 52, is facing charges relating to incidents allegedly committed against two victims in 2004 and 2006. On Friday, Prosecutor Nick Papas QC presented a brief of evidence against the senior police officer to Darwin Local Court Judge John Neil. It was decided that there was a prima facie case against Bravos, who has been granted bail. The case will now proceed to the Supreme Court. “I’m satisfied that the evidence is sufficient for him to be put on his trial for those four counts,” the judge said. Only a small portion of the brief was read aloud by Mr Papas, with the material including a statement from one of the victims who said she “felt the body weight on top of her” when she was allegedly attacked at Darwin’s Esplanade. “I felt something hold up my dress … and I remember feeling something cold inside me,” Mr Papas read. The trial date has yet to be fixed. RIP STELIOS The great Greek composer and bouzouki player, Ste- lios Vamvakaris passed away on Monday, aged 72. The son of rebetiko legend Markos Vamvakaris was born in Piraeus on 2 March, 1947. For Stelios his father was a huge influence in his life. He started learning to play the bouzouki at just seven years old, and would accompany Markos when performing. At 17, he joined his father on stage and started writing his own material, before going on to make his recording debut in 1977. The musician went on to have an illustrious career, collaborating with great musicians the likes of Yiannis Papaioannou, Vassilis Tsitsanis and Stratos Payioumtzis, along with a host of others. Stelios was also one of the first to explore the common roots between Greek and American blues, leading him to collaborate with John Lee Hooker and Louisiana Red. MANSLAUGHTER Melbourne man John Spencer White, 63, will serve at least three-and-a-half years in prison for shooting artist John Christianos twice before dumping his body in a wheelie bin and leaving it in a Melbourne storage locker for 17 years. White was jailed for a maximum of six-and-a-half years on Thursday. Christianos’ remains were discovered in Oakleigh South last year, before White admitting to the 2001 manslaughter. White had hired the artist to paint portraits for Memorabilia Headquarters, his sporting collectables store, and the two had been friends since they met in 1999. White had given Mr Christianos a place to live as he battled alcohol and mental health issues. White told the police that he had acted to protect himself on 11 June, 2001, after Christianos threatened White with a knife. He panicked and shot Christianos twice with a WWII handgun. After that he stuffed the body headfirst into a bin and placed it in a storage facility where he kept memorabilia. Chris- tianos’ body was found in July 2018 when workers came to clean out the storage area after White stopped paying storage fees for the facility in 2004. Justice Elliott had said that White had lived a life caring for others and that his killing of Christianos was “completely out of character” though he acknowledged that obtaining and using the gun had been an unlawful decision. EU SOLIDARITY The European Council said that the EU will closely monitor Turkish drilling activities and would respond if necessary. The statement of its draft conclusion from a meeting on Thursday reads that the group is also prepared to respond to drilling activities “in full solidarity with Cyprus,” Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades met with European Council President Donald Tusk ahead of the summit meeting to discuss the situa- tion as well as brief him on Turkey’s plans to resettle the town of Varosha in the fenced off region of occupied Cyprus. Turkey, however, sent a second drill ship to the area near the peninsula of Karpasia in northern Cyprus on Thursday where drilling activities are expected to begin in July. The departure of the Yavuz from the port of Dilovasi, outside Istanbul, is indication that Turkey is not willing to comply to the European calls. At the launch ceremony for the vessel, Turkish Energy Minister Fatih Donmez said that the external factions cooperating with the Cypriot government should not have the ‘illusions’ that their calls would yield results. Donmez sais that the Yavuz would be in the area for three months and will operate a borehole at a depth of 3,300 metres. The Associated Press reports that the area of operation of Yavuz would be at a distance of 40 miles from Fatih, the first drill ship sent to the area. member George Papadopoulos, who together with his son Nick will be participating in the Kidney Kids Kar Rally. Kidney Kids, an initiative of Kidney Health Australia, offers support for children suffering from kidney disease and gives them the chance to attend a special camp with their family, during which all necessary medical staff and equipment are readily available to ensure a pleasant stay. Mr Papadopoulos and his son will depart Melbourne on 7 August, driving from Melbourne to Port Macquarie and then all the way to Rockhampton, returning home on 18 August. Those wishing to donate to the cause can do so through the Pankoaki Brotherhood by calling 0425 740712. All donations will be issued with a receipt from Kidney Health Australia. An ejoyable Saturday night in Brunswick. PHOTOS: KOSTAS DEVES Celebrating 43 years of Pontiaki Estia The Pallaconian Brotherhood's venue in Brunswick was full to the brim on Saturday, as people of all ages turned out to celebrate 43 years of Pontiaki Estia. Of course no Pontian celebration is complete without plenty of music and dancing with the Pontiaki Estia dance groups taking to the floor, presenting 28 different dances from 11 areas of Pontos. A host of musicians per- formed on the day, including Yiannis Pilalidis, Dimi Tsom- banopoulos, Konstantine Kostidis, Alexandros Pilalidis, Stefan Levoyiannis and Despi Levoyiannis.A sure highlight was the presence of musicians, brothers George and Kostas Zapounidis who made the trip Down Under from Greece to perform for the anniversary. The musical legacy in their family stems back to their two grandfathers who both played the Pontic lyra, a tradition that was continued by their father and now the two brothers. The post also went on to ac- knowledge and thank Dean Kalimniou for his academic contribution throughout the years, and who after winning $2,000 on the Saturday night, donated all of his prize winnings to the George Devine Treloar memorial to be unveiled in Ballarat this September. Congratulations to Pontiaki Estia for 43 years of hard work, ensuring the continuation of Pontian traditions in Australia; a journey that continues with a fresh vision and new horizons.
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