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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 13 April 2019
NEWS 10 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 13 APRIL 2019 Briefs GREECE TO THE MOON Greece is one step closer to exploring the moon, following the signing of an historic agreement with NASA on Monday. The Joint Declaration of Cooperation was signed by representatives of the Hellenic Space Organisation (ELDO) and NASA on the first day of the 35th Space Symposium in Colorado by signatories ELDO CEO Georgios Mantzouris and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. Also present, were Greek Minister for Digital Policy Nikos Pappas and ELDO Chairman Christodoulos Protopappas. FIRST THREE-PERSON BABY Greek and Spanish fertility doctors have worked together to produce a baby from three people. The boy was born on Tuesday, weighing 2.9kg and both the mother and the baby are said to be in good health. The experimental form of the IVF uses an egg from the mother, sperm from the father and another egg from a donor woman. It helps families affected by mitochondrial disease, passed on from mother to child, as the newborn has a tiny amount of DNA - related to mitochondria - from the donor woman. The mother, 32, had battled with infertility and had endured four unsuccessful IVF cycles. Athens Institute of Life President Dr Panagiotis Psathas said that “a woman’s inalienable right to become a mother with her own genetic material became a reality.” The Greek team worked with Spanish centre Embryotools, and an announcement has been made that eight embryos are ready to be planted in the other 24 women taking part in the trial. CALLAS PERFORMS Tupak Shakur was one of the first artists to perform again in a post-mortem performance in 2012. Since then, Michael Jackson, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbinson and many other deceased stars have managed to “perform” from the grave. Technological wizardry will now bring Maria Callas to life with a conjured performance on 13 April at the USC’s Bovard Auditorium, Los Angeles. Fans of the diva will see her reincarnated in a 105-minute long show where the holographic diva will be backed by a full, live orchestra. DOLPHIN DEATHS An escalation in dolphin deaths in the Aegean Sea since February has been noted by Greece’s Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation. Members of the institute believe that Turkey has unwillingly played a role in more than 15 dolphin deaths found in the Sea since February. Anastasia Miliou, the head of research, says that the surprising number of dead dolphins coincides with one of Turkey’s largest military exercises, which took place in the Aegean Sea between February 27 and March 8. More than a hundred vessels were in the region, and many of them used sonar signals - harmful to dolphins - during the exercise. CAGE IN CYPRUS Oscar-winner Nicolas Cage will be shooting a multimillion dollar film production in Cyprus. The sci-fi action film, Jiu Jitsu, is directed by Dimitri Logothetis and will include a cast of well-known Hollywood actors such as Frank Grillo, Alain Moussi, Rick Yune, Marie Avgeropoulos and JuJu Chan. It is based on the comic book of the same name. Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (Invest Cyprus) announced the production, stating that it has come about following coordinated efforts to attract important players from the film industry to the island. Invest Cyprus notes that the production “is crucial for the development of the Cypriot Audiovisual industry and for the Cypriot economy as a whole as it is a significant investment with multiple benefits that will promote our country around the world”. AUSTRALIAN ELECTIONS Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the election date for 18 May. The poll will decide whether the Coalition government wins a third term in office or will be replaced by Opposition Labor. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Kids enjoyed the presentation at Coburg library. Cultural diversity at Coburg library As part of Cultural Diversity Week the City of Moreland and in particular the highly popular Coburg Library hosted a series of events celebrating the many cultural and faith-based backgrounds which make up Moreland. On Monday 1 April, Coburg Library hosted a 'Greek Cultural Evening', highlighting the large and consistent Hellenic presence within the city since the early migration, including the participation of Manasis dance school. Dancers and musicians, dressed in traditional folk costumes presented dance and music from many regions of Greece. In addition to the dance performances, Manasis director/instructor Dimosthenis Manasis delivered an informative and engaging presentation of key historical events, details about the folk costumes being worn, and played a traditional Greek bagpipe known as the gaida. The events culminated with a Zorba dance where Greeks and non-Greeks alike joined in the dance. There was plenty of dancing between the bookshelves at Coburg Library. Manasis dance costumes were an interesting spectacle to behold. Cretan Brotherhood luncheon The Cretan Brotherhood of Melbourne and Victoria held its annual Venizelos luncheon on Sunday. The event first began in the 1990s when the Cretan group started fundraising for a statue of Eleftherios Venizelos to be erected in its yard. The group was successful in raising funds for the statue that has stood on its property since the mid-1990s, but it has continued hosting the luncheon in honour of the great statesman Eleftherios Venizelos as a way of raising awareness about this important historical figure. Eva Gotsis, Vice President of the Cretan Brotherhood of Melbourne and Victoria, speaks of the importance of remembering the charismatic leader. "He was a great man, not just for Crete but for all of Greece," she told Neos Kosmos. "He was instrumental in The luncheon included the screening of a documentary about Eleftherios Venizelos’ life. Young dancers of the Cretan Brotherhood. aligning Crete with the rest of Greece because prior to that, Crete was an entity of its own." Mr Venizelos first blitzkrieged onto the international scene following his significant role in the autonomy of the Cretan State and later in the union of Crete with Greece. Last year, the Australian group received a visit from the Eleftherios Venizelos Research Foundation in Chania. Such visits and interactions are important for the group to keep the ties with Crete alive. "We celebrate this connection," Ms Gotsis said, adding that the Australian group promotes books that highlight his life. On Sunday, the group laid wreaths, screened a documentary for members, had books on display and for sale from the Venizelos Museum in Crete and enjoyed dances from the youth dance group.
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