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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 07 September 2019
8 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 7 SEPTEMBER 2019 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Briefs MELBOURNE DEPARTURE Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis has been appointed by Australia’s Greek Orthodox Archbishop Makarios, as the inaugural Bishop of Brisbane. It is the second time he has made history in Australia; Bishop Iakovos was the first ever Australian-born to be ordained as an Orthodox Bishop. Writer Dean Kalimniou took to Facebook to pay tribute to the Bishop, in honour of his new appointment. “His Grace is a humble, softly spoken, self contained man with a keen sense of humour and a rare appreciation of the original Star Wars trilogy. Our loss here in Melbourne is Brisbane’s gain, where spreading his wings, undoubtedly he will accomplish amazing things. Άξιος!!” Mr Kalimniou wrote. The bishop will begin his service in the Fourth District of the Australian Archdiocese as of 1 November, 2019. ERDOGAN’S MAPS United States Ambassador to Athens Geoffrey Pyatt expressed Washington’s support for Greece following the new provocative action by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, photographed at the National Defence University of Istanbul in front of a map showing Turkey’s borders extend halfway into the Aegean Sea. The map, titled ‘Turkey, Blue Homeland’, showed Turkey’s maritime borders extending 462,000-square kilometres into the Aegean, including Greek islands. “I wouldn’t worry too much about the maps. Greek sovereignty is unquestionable and certainly recognised by the United States,” Mr Pyatt said in response to journalist questions on the sidelines of a press conference on the US participation at the 2019 Thessaloniki International Fair. GREECE’S MYTILINEOS Mytilineos has announced that METKA EGN, its subsidiary, has signed a 10year electricity supply contract with Coles, Australia’s second-largest supermarket chain with more than 2,500 stores nationwide. The electricity, derived exclusively from renewable interview with The Observer. Critics of such a request state that it would be akin to acknowledging the British Museum’s claims of ownership. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan photographed in front of a map depicting half of the Aegean Sea all the way to Crete as belonging to Turkey. sources, will be produced annually to power Australia’s electricity system through photovoltaic parks in New South Wales. These three parks providing energy will be exclusively owned by METKA EGN, and will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 180,000 tonnes per year thanks to their exclusive use of solar energy. The construction of these parks is scheduled to begin immediately so that the facilities can start supplying Coles and the grid in July 2020. The Coles network will cover 10 per cent of its energy needs by purchasing 70 per cent of the power generated by the three METKA EGN projects with a total capacity of 120MW. METKA EGN, owned by Mytilineos, is an international provider of clean energy solutions, and committed to reducing carbon emissions. Its partnership with Coles marks the group’s dynamic entry into the Australian market, allowing its presence in all five continents. DIASPORA’S EDUCATION Deputy Minister of External Affairs Antonis Diamataris and Deputy Education Minister Sophia Zaharaki discussed issues pertaining to education and diaspora Greeks. The meeting took place at the Ministry of External Affairs in Athens and focused on the process of the appointment of teaching staff to schools abroad, including their evaluation and their training prior to their placement. Mr Diamataris stressed the importance of the books on the curriculum being modified for students that speak Greek as a second language and said that he is very pleased with the updates adding that there is still room for minor but essential improvements, as several teachers working in diaspora schools have pointed out. He also touched on e-learning and expressed his hopes that Greece will be able to offer online education in Greek within the next one to two years. Meanwhile, Ms Zaharaki rehashed the ministry’s commitment to strengthening Greek language learning in the diaspora and the promise to place more Greek teachers at schools abroad. She also said that the Ministry of Education plans to appoint teachers to diaspora schools much earlier this year, allowing them more time for training and to organise their personal affairs. YANNI’S NEW RELEASE Legendary artist Yanni released a new song last week, titled ‘Ladyhawk’. He revealed to his fans that the song is named in honour of his daughter Krystalán and the special connection he shares with her. “This song was inspired by love. I was playing the piano for my daughter, who I call Ladyhawk because she is my guardian angel. She watches over me,” Yanni said. “We have an amazing connection and I am very fortunate to have a daughter like Krystalán, my Ladyhawk.” He went on to reveal how he was inspired to compose the song. “I was playing ‘Butterfly Dance’ for her, which is a song I wrote as a kid … I saw her getting teary-eyed … Her emotions really affected me, and this beautiful theme came out … It simply was born in an instant … I love how it came out and I hope it con- nects with you too.” SERIAL KILLER COSTS The cost of the investigation into Greek Cypriot army officer Nicos Metaxas’ killings is proving to be a headache for the government of Cyprus. The 25-year-old National Guard captain was given seven life sentences for the murder of five foreign domestic workers and two children, daughters of his targeted prey. The Cypriot Finance Committee is meeting on Monday to examine the cost of the investigation that included the use of underwater machinery and other equipment. A large amount of the money will go to Brasal Marine Services, the marine specialist contractor hired during the search to find victims. The cost of services rendered is at €664,490. Fileleftheros reports that the contractor has already received €119,142, taken from the budgets of the Cyprus Police Force and from the Cyprus Ministry of Justice. The rest of the funds will be paid to the company once a funding request submitted on 2 August is approved by the finance committee. PARTHENON SCULPTURES Greece is preparing a formal request for the loan of the Parthenon Marbles from the British Museum for the bicentenary celebrations of Greece’s Independence from Turkish rule. Greek Culture Minister Lina Mendoni confirmed on Tuesday that the government is acting on a proposal first put forward by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in an Main opposition SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras took to social media to criticise the Prime Minister’s “naive initiative” as it “allows the British Museum to appear as the rightful owner” of the sculptures. “As this is a matter of theft, it automatically excludes ownership rights,” Ms Mendoni said, adding that the request would be framed in a way that “safeguards Greek claims”. A British Museum official told The Telegraph that a request by Greece to exhibit the marbles would only be considered if the country relinquishes its ownership rights and acknowledges the British Museum’s ownership. ”No museum or gallery in the world would loan objects unless the other institution that was borrowing them accepted ownership,” the spokesperson said. REOPENING VAROSHA Turkish Cypriot official Kudret Ozersay took a group of journalists last week into Varosha, once a wealthy Greek town bustling with tourists. These days deserted hotels lie in decay alongside the turquoise waters once filled with cheerful holidaymakers. Journalists walked through the shattered glass on a tour through the abandoned town, following Turkish Cypriot announcements that the area could reopen again. “Taking Varosha was not among our targets and part of our plans,” he said. “When the Greek Cypriots started firing, our soldiers followed them and the city came under control without our wish. We closed it to civilians in order to use it later in the negotiations,” Mr Ozersay said. The media were taken to three areas of the town where photographs are forbidden and taking them is punishable with up to 15year jail terms. Turkey’s seventh president Kenan Evren was commander in 1974, and invaded the town made up of hundreds of Greek Cypriot properties. Greek Cypriots had won millions of dollars worth of compensation from the Turkish Cypriot side when they took recourse with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Turkey, however, convinced the ECHR that a solution would be found for these properties domestically, establishing the Immoveable Property Commission (IPC) in 2005 to offer restitution, compensation and exchange for Greek Cypriots. The IPC, however, has not worked efficiently and the ECHR has given the Turkish side until 4 November to submit its remarks following the pile-up of cases concerning Greek Cypriot properties. Turkish Cypriots have resisted working with the IPC. A local court has objected to the return of properties in Varosha following an application from EVKAF, the Turkish Cypriot religious foundation that claims to own the majority of properties in the abandoned city. GREEK-DUTCH RELATIONS Talks between Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte this week showed promise for Greece’s continued growth. The meeting, which took place on Tuesday at The Hague lasted for two hours and touched upon investments and migration, amongst other things. Mr Rutte showed strong interest in investing in Greece, especially in renewables, as well as gas and liquefied natural gas. Meanwhile the Dutch leader also said he would like to boost his country’s exports to Greece, and provide technical know-how in sectors such as agriculture. “The Netherlands is already active in Greece and we will discuss how to support structural reforms in this sector. We want to help and we both have a common interest,” Mr Rutte said. With regards to migration, Mr Mitsotakis referred to the spike in arrivals to the Aegean islands last week, and said that Greece would like to see a fairer distribution of migrants among EU member-states. Mr Rutte acknowledged the leading role that Greece has played in tackling the matter, and agreed with the need for greater support from other EU states.
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