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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 15 June 2019
COMMUNITY 10 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 15 JUNE 2019 The National Union of Greek Australian Students (NUGAS) Victoria held their AGM at the end of April to elect a new committee for the 2019/2020 term. Boasting a membership base of over 2000 members, NUGAS as a Greek youth organisation remains both strong and active within the Greek community. In light of the recent elections, the newly elected committee both recognises and congratulates the efforts and achievements of the previous committee – in particular President George Vasilopoulos, Vice President Anastasia Dolkas, Secretary George Nikolakopoulos, Treasurer Quy Fatouros, Education Officer Jordan Moshcovitis, Marketing Officer Danie Mellas and Cul- Briefs GARGASOULAS ON FOUR CORNERS James Gargasoulas, the man who rammed down pedestrians in Melbourne’s Bourke St, was thought of as a bit “crazy” from a young age with some revealing that he displayed sociopathic tendencies from his school years. ABC’s Four Corners profiled the man, showing his long history of criminal behaviour from his school days with problems stemming from a childhood defined by violent punishments from his single father in the opal mining town of Coober Pedy.Gargasoulas and his brother, Angelo, did not have a happy upbringing. His brother states that Gargasoulas struggled at school, attending special education classes and getting picked on by other students. At age 14, he smuggled explosives into school to get back at those giving him a hard time. His problems, however spiralled out of control after he started smoking weed.Speaking to the ABC, Angelo described his brother as a man capable of “extreme violence, especially towards women”. ”In the hours leading to the Bourke St attack that led to the killing of six people, Angelo was also stabbed by his brother. Questions by his own brother are raised as to why Gargasoulas had not been locked up sooner. “It could’ve saved so many lives. It could’ve saved so much drama,” he said. PRESPES AGREEMENT VIOLATION A tourism campaign for North Macedonia clearly violating the Prespes Agreement sparked media controversy this week. The promotional tourism website, using the motto ‘Timeless Macedonia’, supplies information to prospective visitors, much of which revolves around ancient Macedonia. Greek press sites around the world criticised the site causing North Macedonia to officially correct its motto.The site claimed to be “Macedonia’s official tourism website” which links today’s citizens of North Macedonia with the region’s ancient past, which is a violation of the Prespes Agreement. Meanwhile the geographic descriptor of ‘north’ was nowhere to be found on the site until Friday when it was changed. The controversial agreement signed by North Macedonia and Greece was seen as an opportunity to resolve the long-standing name dispute between the two neighbours. While North Macedonia did make notable changes to begin with, such as changing signage, removing statues of Alexander the Great and changing its name, there have since been some provocative moves. Many people have expressed their concern on the website’s Facebook page, claiming that the page is deceptive and calling on the administrators to alter its name to North Macedonia. HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Greece had violated the human rights of five unaccompanied minors aged from 14 to 17 years. The minors entered Greece in 2016 in the hopes of going to Germany and Switzerland where their relatives were. Police guards arrested them as they attempted to cross the Greek-North Macedonia border and they were held in custody at various police stations. The ECHR ruled on Tuesday that Greece had not granted protection to three of the five, as only two had been granted asylum. The other three were believed to have received “degrading treatment” in violation of Article 3 of the European Convention of Human Rights. Greece must now pay 4,000 euros to one asylum applicant and 6,000 euros to the other four, as well as 1,500 euros jointly for their costs and expenses. EARTHQUAKE STRIKES GREECE Central Greece was shaken by an earthquake measuring 4.1. The earthquake, which was reportedly felt in parts of Athens, struck at 12.54 am on Thursday in Elateia. The focal depth was 13.6 km with a focal point of 8 km west-southwest of Atalanti according to the Geodynamic Institute at the Athens Observatory, and hit 21 km north of Leivadia, 52 km southeast of Lamia and 100 km north of Athens. KARIDA BREAKS HER SILENCE Widow Viktoria Karida spoke on Greek national television about losing her Greek Australian husband John Macris, who was murdered in Voula, south of Athens. The interview was the first time that the model spoke about the murder that took place in the affluent coastal suburb last year. During the interview with SKAI hostess Tatiana Stefanidou, Karida appeared heartbroken and said she has not yet come to terms with her partner’s death. “I have kept his clothes and from time to time I wear them so that I can smell him on me. I dream of him and every night I leave a piece of dark chocolate next to our bed, as that was his favourite, and I still think he is with us,” she said.The model, in tears throughout the whole interview, also said that she feels her husband Macris is always watching over their children although “they still can’t understand why their daddy is not coming back”. Karida explained how hard it is to “not break down”, stating that she knows that her husband would want her to stay strong for the kids.When asked if she would move to Australia with her children, Ka- rida said that she faces a dilemma about leaving Greece and moving closer to her in-laws. “There are times when I think I need to leave this house and leave behind the bad memories of the night Giannis was murdered but at the same time, I feel that this is our family home and I want to stay here because all of our memories are here. So I really don’t know what I will end up doing,” she said. GREECE MORE PEACEFUL The Sydney-based Institute for Economics and Peace published its “Global Peace Index” for 2019. Greece has climbed fourteen spots compared to 2018. Rankings are based on 23 different factors such as terrorism, military expenditure, crime, homicides, etc. Greece ranked 65th out of 163 countries and is considered to be ‘high’ in the peace rankings. The most peaceful country was Iceland, whereas 13 countries managed to earn a ‘very high’ ranking. Despite enjoying a good ranking, Greece was still ranked one of the lowest in Europe due to a number of issues such as tense relations with Turkey, incidents of domestic unrest and vandalism. MR BEAN IS IN GREECE English comedian/screen- writer Rowan Atkinson is visiting the island of Crete for his summer holidays. Local site ekriti. gr reports that the actor, famous for portraying Mr Bean, checked into a hotel at Elounda bay, a northern coast of the island of Crete in the region of Agios Nikolaos. The area is known for its high-quality resorts, beautiful beaches and archaeological sites. Mr Atkinson enjoys visiting the Aegean islands and has visited Greece before with trips to Ithaca and Kefalonia. He also owns property on the island of Andros. BRITISH TRAVEL WARNINGS The British Foreign Office has included warnings for summer holiday destinations such as Greece, Cyprus, Australia and Spain. Brits have been warned to be cautious in 225 destinations around the world for a number of reasons ranging from balcony falls to terrorism and sexual dangers. For Greece, the warnings are focused on a number of issues. Brits, who make more than 3 million visits to Greece per year, are warned to be wary of travel restrictions due to the passport checks in place from 7 April, 2019; they are warned of the dangers of mosquitos due to a numer of cases of West Nile virus; and they are warned about cash restrictions; while terrorist threats are not ruled out. New NUGAS committee DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM tural Officer Peter Asmanis. Following the AGM, the new committee is marked with many eager members who are keen to carry on the well-established role that NUGAS plays in the community, with the new executive team as follows: Anastasia Dolkas (President), Jacqueline Abraam (Vice President), Kallie Karamanlidis (Secretary), Andrew Malessiankos (Treasurer), Stefanos Hatzakis (Education Officer), Eryn Dessiniotis (Marketing Officer), Tania Koumanelis (Cultural Officer). Follow the NUGAS Victoria page on Facebook to be aware of the group's activities https://www.facebook.com/nugasvic/, or alternatively follow NUGAS on Instagram @nugasvic. NUGAS new committee members for the term 2019/2020.
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