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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 06 July 2019
NEWS 8 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 6 JULY 2019 Briefs SPACE COLLABORATION The Hellenic Space Agency (HSO) signed collaboration memoranda with France-based Thales Alenia Space & Greece-based Thales Hellas, and with US-based Worldview Enterprise Inc., respectively, at the Digital Policy, Telecoms & Information Ministry on Monday. The Athens Macedonia News Agency reports that the HSO’s agreement with Thales will boost Greek industry and the country’s scientific sector. Thales is one of the leading space and defence companies in the world and Worldview is a leader in stratosphere technologies and Greece is entering these growth and stratosphere sectors dynamically. GREECE’S PASSPORT Greece has once again made it into the top 10 most powerful passports. New research produced by the Henley Passport Index has revealed the Greek passport is the 6th most powerful globally, allowing visa-free access to 183 countries, alongside the UK, USA, Norway (down from fifth), Belgium, Canada and Ireland. Remaining at the top of the rankings are Japan and Singapore, with citizens permitted to visit 189 countries visa-free. A close second is the South Korean passport, which dropped from the top spot with 187 countries, together with Germany and Finland, which is up from third. The Australian passport also made it into the top 10, coming in ninth, alongside New Zealand, Iceland and Lithuania. AIRBNB’S BOOST While Airbnb may continue to face opposition for shaking up the rental market, according to figures released this week by the online rental platform, it has given the Greek economy an undeniable boost. According to the figures, the platform injected US$1.4 billion (AU$2 billion) into the Greek economy last year. Meanwhile a survey conducted by Airbnb among owners’ revenues and travellers’ reports revealed great benefit for local neighbourhoods, with the platform helping to promote local places to visit outside of the usual popular tourist sites, as well as local eateries and bars. According to the travellers surveyed, 42 per cent of their spending took place locally in the neighbourhood that their Airbnb rental was located, while 50 per cent said that the money they had saved by using Airbnb as opposed to staying in a hotel, was then injected into the neighbourhoods and cities that they visited. Also, the more convenient the rental, travellers on average extended their stay by 4.3 days. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Family-owned Greek restaurant Stalactites awarded Lord Mayor’s Commendation Melbourne Greek food institution Stalactites has been awarded the Lord Mayor's Commendation for 2019. The well-known business has been owned by the Konstandakopoulos family for over 40 years, passing through three generations. The family took to Facebook to announce the news and express their gratitude. "We are proud to announce we have been awarded the Lord Mayor's Commendation this year," reads the post. "It is an honour to be recognised for our longstanding service to @CityofMelbourne and we will continue to keep serving our delicious, muchloved Greek food to Melbournians for generations to come!" Hundreds of long-time customers of the eatery liked the post, and commented their congratulations, including many who live interstate and say they look forward to visiting the restaurant while in Melbourne claiming it serves up the "best Greek food". Located in the original Greek PHOTO: FACEBOOK (STALACTITES RESTAURANT) precinct of Lonsdale Street in Melbourne's CBD, Stalactites first opened its doors in 1978, and is famous for both its stalactite-inspired ceiling and 24- hour opening hours. The restaurant was closed for two months in 2013 as it underwent a vast million dollar renovation designed by Melbourne’s Greek community mourns the passing of North Balwyn parish priest Father Nicholas Vrettakos Orthodox faithful in Melbourne are in mourning following the death of Father Nicholas Vrettakos, the parish priest at the Presentation of Our Lady to the Temple Church in North Balwyn. Archbishop Makarios announced the passing of the priest, who served the community for a number of years, late Thursday night. At the news of his passing, well-known lawyer and writer, Dean Kalymniou took to Facebook to express his condolences. "I first met Father Nicholas Vrettakos about 20 years ago when I assisted him for some time on the religious segment on radio station 3AB. Humble, approachable and pragmatic, he served without fanfare and we all loved him," wrote Kalymniou. "His death is a loss for the entire Greek community of Melbourne. Kalo sou paradeiso, Father. " According to Archbishop Makarios, Father Vrettakos "went peacefully". May his memory be eternal. Chaulk architects and undertaken by building firm Liquid Lines, who were behind the refurbishment of Stokehouse and Vue de Monde. Father Nicholas Vrettakos. PHOTO: FACEBOOK (GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AUSTRALIA) Archbishop Makarios set to visit Melbourne on 3 August Greek Orthodox faithful in Melbourne are anticipating the arrival of the newly enthroned Archbishop of Australia, Makarios who it has been confirmed will be visiting early August. Archbishop Makarios greeting parishioners on his enthronement day. PHOTO: GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AUSTRALIA Archbishop Makarios is expected to arrive on Saturday 3 August at 11.00 am. A number of churches around Melbourne are expected to organise buses to transport parishioners who would like to be present at the airport to welcome the Archbishop. Since his arrival Down Under, it will be the first city that he will visit outside of Sydney. While his full program has yet to be released, his agenda is sure to include visits to a number of Orthodox churches to meet with clergy members and parishioners, as well as taking part in meetings with other stakeholders of the Greek and wider Australian communities.
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