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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 20 April 2019
NEWS 8 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 20 APRIL 2019 Briefs REPARATIONS Greek Parliament met to discuss the long-standing issue of war reparations as a result of crimes committed by Nazi Germany in World War 2. Greek left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told lawmakers on Wednesday that the country will soon send a note verbale to Germany repeating its demand for war reparations. The decision comes following a presentation of a relevant report by a House committee. DOUBLE DEMERITS Police are advising motorists to obey the road rules during the Easter holiday. There will be stiff penalties enforced with double demerits from 18 April to 22 April in New South Wales, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Motorists caught speeding, illegally using their mobile phone, not wearing seatbelts and riding without a helmet will incur double demerits and hefty fines. In NSW, motorists can lose 10 demerit points and pay a $337 fine for using their telephones while driving. RIP TOULA YIANNI Toula Yiannis passed away on Sunday causing sadness to fans who enjoyed her performances in Melbourne’s local theatre scene. Apart from her appearances on stage, she received an award for her performance in the TV series, The Slap, based on the book by Greek Australian author Christos Tsiolkas. PULITZER PRIZE Greek photographer Alkis Konstantinidis, 35, won a Pulitzer Prize for Breaking New Photography. He was one of a group of Reuters photographers to receive an award for photos of migrants from Central and South America crossing the US border. It is not the first time that Konstantinidis has been honoured for his work. He had also received a Pulitzer Prize for his amazing coverage of the Greek refugee crisis in 2016 along with Alexandros Avramidis and the late Yannis Behrakis. NATURE STUDY Aegean farmers from Greece and Turkey arrived in Britain some 6,000 years ago, according to a study published on Monday in the journal Nature. The genetic samples of ancient remains show that there was little interbreeding between the newcomers and the darker-skinned hunter-gatherer inhabitants of the British isles. University College Evolutionary Genetics Professor Mark Thomas co-wrote the study, says that an explanation for the lack of trace of the original inhabitants may be that the hunter-gatherers were relatively few in number. SAVING LIVES Two Greek cardiologists managed to save a 54-year-old woman’s life during a flight from Lisbon to Zurich. Doctors Giorgos Angelopoulos and Nikos Spiliopoulos rushed to the aid of a woman suffering from a heart attack during a TAP flight. The two doctors from Aigio, a port town on the Gulf of Corinth, were returning to Zurich after attending a medical conference in Lisbon. Using minimal equipment the two experienced cardiologists sprang into action, working in unison to resuscitate the Swiss woman. They stabilised her condition. The patient was immediately transported to a hospital. NY’S GREEK MARCH New York city dressed in white and blue on Sunday 14 April, in honour of the 198th anniversary of Greece’s independence from the Ottoman Empire. The annual Greek parade, which was held on the Fifth Avenue, was attended by thousands of Greek Americans and representatives of close to 100 organisations. Schools, associations and federations, communities and bands all gathered to march for Greece. For the first time, no representative of Greece’s political leadership was present as the organisers only chose to invite local government official. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Young dancers brought Greek spirit to the markets. It was a Big Fat Greek Day at Preston Markets 'Big Fat Greek Day' was a roaring success at Preston Market on Sunday. For the third consecutive year, the popular event recreated themes from the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding adding a fun and entertaining twist. Entertainment on the day included performances presented by the Manasis School Of Greek Dance & Culture, pop-up food stalls and cooking demonstrations as well as lots of free work- shops, an animal farm and a photo-booth. Agios Ioannis College took care of the music alongside Kaliroy & Band and Acoustiki. A little Evzone stands beside a fierce Greek warrior. As Greek as it gets. It could be Exarhia, but it was Preston markets. The angels towered over people from all walks of life. Manasis dancers performed for the crowds. The kids enjoyed face painting, bunnies and fairies. The spirit of Easter prevailed.
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