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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 19 October 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER 2019 21 YOUR SAY PEOPLE & PLACES Young robotics geniuses George Sembelides from Greece and Koosha Kayani from Iran were the dream team at the Australian RoboCup Junior competition. The two Year 8 students from Glen Eira College showed their passion for robotics and technology by winning first place at the Australian open. They blitzkrieged to the winning spot, beating another 40 teams in their category. This is not the first time that the team have bulldozed to first place, having recently won the top spot at the Victorian State Competition in August. Sembelides first got involved in robotics when aged 12, under the guidance of Glykeria Fotiadou, a teacher at the 1st High School of Komotini. Robotics has already taken him places, and he took part in the World Robotics Olympiad of 2017-2018 as part of an Erasmus exchange program. The next stage of the competition will take the champs to the International at Bordeaux France in 2020. YOUR WORDS. YOUR VOICE. Here’s what our readers on Facebook thought about: Mario Boukas And they rubbished the Greek economy. Look who’s laughing now. IMF compares Australia to Greece Anna Hathis Mario Boukas, but it needed to be rubbished because it was rubbish. And still is. But we can now take a bow in Australia. Tom Skolarikis Mario Boukas, it’s great to see the Greek economy recovering and I sincerely hope it does boom in the coming years. It absolutely has to. But the headline of this article is misleading. The suggestion that the Australian economy is ‘worse’ than Greece’s is not only not what the IMF said, it ignores a whole raft of factors that you and I would take into consideration if we were to entertain the idea of moving back over there. Such as: 1. Would you consider opening a business in Greece considering the exorbitant tax rates (including 24 per cent VAT)? 2. Would you be satisfied with the opportunities to work (for both you and your kids) considering the record unemployment rates? They’re still the highest in the EU. 3. Would you be happy to retire there based on the current pension rates? Sophia Menoudakis Anna Hathis, it might be rubbish to you, but they all live better than you. How does that work? George Sembelides from Greece and Koosha Kayani from Iran, robotics winners. Ancient Greece brought to life The students of St Panteleimon Greek Orthodox Church Dandenong held a presentation dedicated to the wonders of Ancient Greece. Sixth grade students impressed their parents, grandparents and wider community at large with their amazing performance. It was a creative way for them to learn more about Greece’s history and feel a sense of pride for their heritage. Teacher Eleni Valkani organised the impressive presentation. Harry Sevastopoulos The IMF is a joke of an organisation. The only thing Greece has going for it as far as Australians are concerned is the cheap lifestyle. Connie Niko Australia is going down. It owes billions to the IMF and China! We have no trades - our trades deals are stuffed - no manufacturing - no exports - only imports - people aren’t spending - interests rates have dropped - rich are taking tax cuts - the lower income earners are doing the heavy lifting! Good luck!!! Pontians ask Scott Morrison to intervene A great opportunity for the students of Dandenong to feel proud of their heritage. The stage design was remarkable. Photo of the week: Treloar Monument and humanity The Treloar Monument, in Ballarat, spearheaded by Pontiaki Estia, has been warmly received by the people of the town. They see it as symbolising the need for displaying compassion to all refugees. Coins, and the refugee badge pictured are being left in the cup held by the refugee girl, Lemona, by locals.Pontiaki Estia and the people supporting it, have managed to use their own personal history to touch the hearts of all Australians and to make a poignant point about the need for solidarity and compassion for the vulnerable in these troubled times, which transcends ethno-linguistic boundaries. This is our community at its very best. Andy Phil Turkey has a criminal record in crimes against humanity. Turkey has committed genocides of the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian populations in Asia minor, now called as Turkey. They have occupied Kurdish land and the suppress a population of 20 million denying them their Kurdish identity. During World War I, Turkey was a German ally. At Gallipoli, they have slaughtered all British, Australian and New Zealand prisoners of war. During World War II, although Turkey was neutral, it was helping Germany. They have committed ethnic cleansing in Cyprus after they invaded and occupied the 37 per cent of the Island and country member of the European Union. Furthermore, Turkey is acting aggressively against Greece and Cyprus and it has the worst relationships with all its neighbouring countries. In addition to that, it supports muslim terrorist fanatic organisations in Libya, Egypt and Syria. Now as we speak, it has invaded northern Syria and has started a Kurdish genocide and ethnic cleansing by using with the Turkish army, ISIS members to fight and kill not only Kurdish, Muslim and Christian fighters but innocent people as well. Anna Hathis Scumoses, can’t go to the USA without wanting his pastor to hold his hand, let alone know what to do about Turkey... lol Steven Frilingos What what about stopping the current invasion of Greece? Who is speaking up against that? Δεσποινα Χρονοπουλου Yes. Stop the Turkish invasion. Let’s all sign a petition. 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