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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 27 July 2019
NEWS 10 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 27 JULY 2019 Handmade spanakopites, meatballs, Cypriot koupes, quiches, semolina cakes and cupcakes were piled high for guests at Fronditha Care's Templestowe Fundraising Auxiliary Group High Tea. The plethora of handmade Greek delicacies, all painstakingly made by the auxiliary's members, were the main focus of the sold-out event, hosted on Sunday 14 July at Box Hill's Marwal Centre. $7250 was donated by the generous guests of the High Tea via ticket sales, general donations and raffle ticket sales. All funds will go towards implementing a "virtual forest" at the facility, which is a program designed specifically to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia. The immersive experience is an initiative by Dementia Australia, and allows users to change aspects of the scene with a hand movement or change seasons with a clap. It will add a new interactive element to the already unique lifestyle and activity program on offer at all Fronditha Care facilities. Templestowe Auxiliary President Tasia Koutsoheras said she was overwhelmed with the support from the community, and the generosity of the Greek community who want to see the elderly age with dignity. She also thanked the members of the auxiliary who all volunteer their time and expertise in these events. Fronditha Care President Faye Spiteri commended the auxiliary for their tireless work over the years. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Fronditha’s ‘virtual forest’ for dementia sufferers Fronditha Care’s High Tea was a resounding success. Greek Welfare Centre welcomes Archbishop Makarios The Greek Welfare Centre's (GWC) Community Services, an arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, received His Eminence Archbishop Makarios on his first official visit to the Centre on Monday 22 July at the organisation's Regional Office located at The Millennium Centre at Brighton Le Sands. Archbishop Makarios was warmly welcomed by members of the Administrative Committee, the director, staff and volunteers as well as by a large group of young children and their parents from Briefs IMMIGRATION MUSEUM NAME CHANGE On July 19, a small report appeared in the Herald Sun on the proposed name change for the Immigration Museum to Museum of Shared Humanity. The Immigration Museum began life as the Hellenic Archaeological and Immigration Museum in 1997. In 1998, the Immigration Museum opened in the beautifully restored Old Customs House on Flinders Street. As the former administrative centre of Melbourne’s immigration and customs, it is the perfect home for a museum filled with the real stories of people who have migrated to Victoria. In addition to its work in documenting immigration history, the museum also hosts various travelling exhibitions and provides educational programmes. It comprises of the Immigration Discovery Centre where people can search for their roots and the Tribute Garden that honours migrants from more than 90 countries. The focus is about to shift. On the Immigration Museum website, it is noted the museum’s recent LOVE exhibition showed that the in- stitution is “moving away from stories exclusively about immigration to exploring the idea of human connection” adding that the museum will be “a global counterpoint to intolerance and racism.” SMOKING BAN IMPLEMENTED Greece’s newly-elected government has committed to implement a law, banning smoking in enclosed public places. This law is of course not new; it has existed since 2008 but in over 10 years never took effect. If Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is successful, it will see smoking banned in cafes, restaurants and clubs, hospitals, educational institutions and sporting facilities. The New Democracy leader is not the first Greek PM to have vowed to implement the law; other governments have taken a similar stance, but did not take the necessary steps, for which Greece has been criticised by the European Commission. The matter was raised in 2018 by EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis during a speech in Athens. He showed a picture of Syriza’s Pavlos Polakis, Greece’s then Vice-Minister for Health, smoking in a public space. JUDGES WILL NOT BE RETURNING TO MASTERCHEF Network 10 has announced George Calombaris will not be returning as a judge on MasterChef Australia in 2020, and neither will his co-judges Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan. Though the move comes after calls for Calombaris to be sacked over his company’s wages scandal, the network has claimed the decision is unrelated, and due to a failure to reach a satisfactory “commercial agreement”. According to reports all three judges on salaries over $1 million, decided to leave the show after the network refused to increase their pay by more than 40 per cent. “Despite months of negotiation, 10 has not been able to reach a commercial agreement that was satisfactory to Matt, Gary and George,” said Chief Executive Officer Paul Anderson.” It was revealed last week that Calombaris’ company MAdE Establishment had underpaid around 515 staff over $7.8 million. As part of an agreement with the Fair Work Ombudsman, the celebrity chef was ordered to pay a contrition payment of $200,000. Since the news was made public, over 22,000 people signed a petition calling for Calombaris to be sacked as a judge from MasterChef. Despite union demands that he be dumped, Network 10 declared their support. Meanwhile on Monday, Calombaris was dropped from a West Australian tourism campaign. diately contacted emergency services. An ambulance crew arrived but it was impossible to revive the man. CRACKDOWN ON MYKONOS RESTAURANTS FRENCH MAN’S STABBING AT HERAKLEION A 44-year-old French woman has been arrested in Crete following the murder of a 53-year-old French man found stabbed to death with a pair of scissors. The couple were on their holidays on the island and had rented a room at the Tsoutsoura, a village on the south coast of Crete. The man was found stabbed in the chest in his rented rooms in the early hours of Tuesday and was discovered by the owners of the rooms for rent who imme- Greek authorities have been cracking down on Mykonos restaurants over the last few months after numerous tourists took to social media to complain about the exorbitant prices. A recent post on social media by US army soldier Francisco Tajeda, 38, whose party was charged $935 for a calamari, tomato juice and six bottles of beer, and who were not given a menu before hand, was just one of many complaints. Over the last several months there have been many raids with around 50,500 expected to be taken over a several-month span. The Independent newspaper reports that undercover policemen will be targeting hotels and restaurants on the island at the behest of the finance ministry. The Times of London reports that a few dozen businesses have already been closed down on the island. A restaurant owned by ‘Salt Bae’ chef Nusret Gokce was shut down for several days following failure to issue receipts amounting to $30,000. Private club Moni, closed for 48 hours, as well as club Rambo following tax infringements. HALLOUMI BURGER ADDED TO BURGER KING Halloumi’s popularity is continuing to grow worldwide as UK’s Burger King recently added the Halloumi Burder, described by its website as a “buttery brioche bun with freshly cut crisp lettuce, onions, tomatoes and creamy mayo.” Known as the Halloumi King, the burger debuted in Sweden last year and it is hoped that the fast-food chain will slowly begin to offer this burger to other countries. Cyprus tells Sweden to stop ‘defaming’ its halloumi cheese Despite the meatless status of the burger, it is still not an option for vegetarians as the “product is cooked in the same oil as chicken and fish”. It is hoped that the Halloumi King will make its way to the US so that US diners can enjoy the Cypriot taste sensation. the GWC's playgroups. They sang nursery rhymes, threw rose petals before his eminence, who responded by sprinkling rose petals on the children's heads and offering them small icons. GWC Director Steve Magdas spoke of the early years and the struggles that the GWC has had to face. "The essence of GWC Community Services is to serve with the compassion of Christ," Mr Magdas said." Every effort is made to ensure that every task undertaken by the staff is motivated by love and respect for the in- dividual, but at the same time with understanding and appreciating the principles given to us by science and sociology. "You are our Leader and Father. It is our desire and principle for GWC to function within Greek Orthodox ethos, framework and ideals." Archbishop Makarios thanked everyone present, and said the work of the GWC "is unique not only because we serve people, but because we serve within the context of the Church, and the person within the embrace of Church takes on special value, as the human being is the image of God for us. "What we offer as an organisation to children, parents, the elderly, is not merely humanistic support. What the Church wants from us is to offer Holiness…" For us, the Orthodox Church, we ensure that the government programs are accompanied by a fundamental purpose that is eschatological, which means that we help people to overcome their problems by having faith in Christ. "That is why I do not consider Archbishop Makarios sprinkles rose petals on a child’s head. you to be simply a welfare organisation, but a 'Workshop of Holiness'," Archbishop Makarios said.
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