Ghanaian Football Star Becomes Global Alliance For Clean Cookstoves Ambassador

first_imgThe Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves announced today that Ghanaian football legend Stephen Appiah will become the Alliance’s newest Ambassador.Appiah will join a distinguished group of current Ambassadors, including Academy Award-winning actor Julia Roberts, chef Jose Andres and musician Rocky Dawuni.The announcement comes at the conclusion of a successful Ghana National Clean Cookstoves and Fuels Conference, during which more than 100 government, business and NGO representatives gathered to continue progress toward the goal of 100 million households adopting clean cooking solutions by 2020. Stephen Appiah was able to join the Alliance for this important convening in Accra.In announcing Appiah as an Alliance Ambassador, Executive Director Radha Muthiah said, “Today, in this country that is so passionate about football – and in a World Cup year, no less – I couldn’t be more thrilled to announce that Ghanaian soccer legend Captain Stephen Appiah will become our newest Alliance Ambassador for clean cooking. Stephen represents the first athlete and sports star to take on the pressing issue of household air pollution. I have no doubt that he will be a strong advocate who will spur action in Ghana and around the world, and I look forward to working closely with him in the future.”Stephen Appiah is best known as the former captain of the Black Stars, the Ghanaian national football team. He led Ghana to its FIFA World Cup debut in 2006, and he also played for the team that won the Under-17 World Cup in 1995. Later in his career, he played for Ghana’s oldest football club, Hearts of Oak, and for well-known European clubs including Juventus and Fenerbahçe. He is respected worldwide for his inspirational leadership both on and off the field.Today in Ghana, Appiah is involved in a variety of charity work focused on giving back to society and inspiring young football players.“I am delighted to have the opportunity to fill the role of Ambassador for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves,” said Appiah. “For me, it’s very simple – cooking should never be a hazard to the health and wellbeing of families. If cooking kills, then I don’t want to eat. I hope to be able to use my voice in this role to raise awareness about this important issue and encourage governments, businesses and other organizations to make clean cookstoves a priority.”The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a public-private partnership hosted by the UN Foundation to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women and protect the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. The Alliance’s 100 by ’20 goal calls for 100 million households to adopt clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels by 2020. The Alliance is working with its public, private and non-profit partners to help overcome the market barriers that currently impede the production, deployment, and use of clean cookstoves in developing countries. Find out more here.last_img read more

StarStudded Salute To MusiCares Person Of The Year Lionel Richie Planned For

first_imgThe Recording Academy will unite four artists across the country, pop, and R&B music communities to salute four-time GRAMMY winner Lionel Richie on the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards.Luke Bryan, John Legend, Demi Lovato, and Meghan Trainor will take audiences on a musical journey through the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year’s songbook, spanning Commodores-era classics to memorable hits that earned Richie a GRAMMY Award for Album Of The Year in 1984. As part of the segment, Richie will also take the stage to join the artists in performing a special collaborative rendition of one of his all-time classics.Entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J will host the GRAMMYs for the fifth consecutive year. Taking place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Additional performers will be announced shortly.Bryan, Lovato, and Trainor will each make their GRAMMY debuts this year.Four-time GRAMMY winner Lionel Richie is the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year. MusiCares, The Recording Academy’s affiliated health and human services charity, provides emergency financial assistance and addiction recovery resources for music people in need. Since it was established in 1989, MusiCares has provided more than $40 million in direct financial assistance, and helped nearly 80,000 people. Learn how you can support music people in need at read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Like many, Grace Dove is fascinated with the post-apocalyptic narrative.“I feel like in some way it could happen, and I think a lot of people think about that,” Dove said. “What would happen if the grid shut down? How would people react? And especially, who would they turn to?”Hailing from the Canim Lake Band and growing up in Prince George, B.C., Dove believes she has the answer to that last question. “I truly believe that Indigenous peoples have a lot to offer, and I think that if that ever did happen, they would be running to us to help,” she said.‘Every role matters’Dove’s latest film, How It Ends, tells the story of a man in search of his pregnant fiancée in the aftermath of just such an apocalypse.The Secwepemc actor rose to international prominence when she appeared alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in the critically acclaimed 2015 film The Revenant. Since then, she’s taken it upon herself to authentically represent her people and their stories on the big screen. Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Somalia UN envoy voices concern about parliamentary infighting

According to media reports, a scuffle broke out in Somalia’s Parliament on Wednesday as lawmakers disputed the election of the legislature’s new Speaker. The brawl, which saw some parliamentarians engage in fist-fighting, reportedly sent three to the hospital.“This clash is particularly ill-timed, coming at a moment when the entire region, and indeed the international community as a whole, is scaling up attention and support for Somalia to advance the recent gains on the security and political tracks,” said Augustine P. Mahiga, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, who also wished those injured a speedy recovery.Mr. Mahiga noted that the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) would continue to support efforts “to seek a peaceful resolution to the controversy among parliamentarians” and help the country’s Government find a solution to the impasse. “UNPOS stands ready to facilitate with good offices to end this distracting quarrel, which serves to help neither Somalia nor the Somali people and is detrimental to the peace process,” he stated.The political developments in Somalia come against the backdrop of a major improvement in the country’s security, especially since August, when the insurgents of Al Shabaab were forced to withdraw from the capital, Mogadishu, under pressure from forces supporting the transitional Government and the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM). 6 January 2012The United Nations envoy for Somalia today expressed deep concern over the country’s ongoing political disputes warning that, if not resolved, the country could miss a rare window of opportunity to end its 21 years of conflict. read more

A Plea For More Frisbee Data From A US Ultimate Coach

The few dabbles with this kind of data are intriguing. The chart next to this paragraph, which was put together by Sean Childers and is also in Carl’s piece, shows the chances of scoring from different parts of the field. It’s no surprise that the closer you are to the end zone, the better your chances of scoring are. But see that bow in the 40 percent range? Sean’s data — limited as it is — suggests that a team is just as likely to score from 50 yards outside the end zone in the middle of the field as it is from the sidelines 35 yards away. That’s actionable intelligence and confirms what I’ve gathered from years of experience — when you’re stuck on the sideline, bad things happen. (That’s why my advice to our defense against Great Britain was so focused on sideline strategy.)I would love to have other hunches of mine confirmed or disproved in this way. Am I justified in thinking that passes that “break the mark,”2Usually a defense tries to funnel offensive flow to one side of the field. Breaking the mark means that the offense is throwing passes to where the defense doesn’t want it to. no matter how small, have a cumulative effect of loosening up the defense, the way that Barcelona’s incessant tiki-taka style creates enough small cracks that eventually a big scoring opportunity emerges? It’s midway through the first half against Great Britain and they are scoring too easily. As a coach of the U.S. under-23 men’s Ultimate Frisbee team, I’d scouted the British team in an earlier game. Now, after watching the first 5 points of our semifinal match at this summer’s world championships, my fellow coaches and I gathered the team’s defensive line in a huddle: Their handlers are really comfortable throwing the around breaks, so let’s shift our marks to the backfield and make them throw the inside flick to a tight window. (For the 99 percent of you who didn’t get that: Basically, let’s position our defense in such a way that the only option for their throwers is a difficult forehand throw to a well-covered receiver.)The strategy happened to work: Deprived of easy, short passes, the British team began to take riskier and riskier long throws. Eventually, the percentages tilted in our favor, and we won by 3 points. We were on our way to a gold medal.That strategy, though, was basically put together on improvisation and a hunch. As my colleague Carl Bialik writes elsewhere on FiveThirtyEight, there isn’t much data in ultimate to help coaches like me.I can imagine a day, maybe at the 2025 world championships, when a brilliant coaching insight1And/or lucky guess. would emerge from a data set, displayed in a crisp chart on my iPad 12 (hologram edition). It would show which spots on the field the other team’s main throwers have trouble completing passes to. Another would reveal, say, that one of our players has a much higher completion rate along the forehand side than the backhand side. “Let’s run plays to that side of the field for him,” we, the brilliant coaches, would say.But having more data in my coaching arsenal is only the first step. Players don’t always absorb data-driven feedback easily.This isn’t unique to ultimate. Even in basketball, the players like Shane Battier who explicitly embrace analytics and can probably speak the language of usage rate and points per possession are rare.So coaches have to adjust their language. Players can better process “he doesn’t want to go right” than execute on “when positioned within 3 feet of the left elbow, your matchup’s shooting percentage decreases by 32 percentage points.” When I was playing top-level ultimate, I was much more effective on the field when the only thing running through my head was “screw these guys — let’s beat ’em.”But the job of a coach is to bridge the gap between a player’s lizard brain and the stat sheet. I’d love the challenge of having to translate analytics into simple language that gets my players out-performing, not over-thinking. Quick movement from FC Barcelona and Seattle Sockeye What about my intuition that after five or six passes, an offense is usually so tired that it’s better to try to score in one long pass than to continue grinding away 3 yards at a time? You may notice that those two hunches might actually be at odds with each other. This is why we need the data! Send in the nerds.CORRECTION (Dec. 16, 9:22 a.m.): An earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to Great Britain’s ultimate team as the English team throughout. Read more: Ultimate Frisbee Is In The Dark Ages Of Analytics — And It Wants To Escape read more

Injured Andre Russell out of rest of the World Cup

West Indies allrounder Andre Russell has been sidelined from the remainder of the World Cup with a knee injury. Top-order batsman Sunil Ambris, who hit a career-best 148 in the tri-series in Ireland last month, has been approved by the ICC as Russell’s replacement.Russell has had a history of knee issues, and was seen limping heavily during his 2 for 4 against Pakistan in what was only his second ODI since the 2015 World Cup. Although he returned for the game against Australia, his knees didn’t make it through his second spell. He bowled only two overs against England and then six overs against Bangladesh. His wonky knees then ruled him out of the game against New Zealand in Manchester, where Carlos Brathwaite replaced him and nearly powered West Indies home with a stunning century.Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo were among like-for-like replacements for Russell in West Indies’ reserves, but they have opted for a possible opener in Ambris, who was the second-highest scorer in the tri-series against Bangladesh and Ireland, with 278 runs in four innings at an average of 92.66 and strike rate of 101.83.Ambris could cover for Evin Lewis, who had hurt his hamstring in the field in the first over of the match against New Zealand and consequently limped off the field. He returned to bat at No. 8 and bagged a three-ball duck.West Indies have won just one of their six matches, meaning they are unlikely to qualify for the semi-finals. They next face one of the tournament favourites, India, at Old Trafford on June 27.West Indies’ updated squad: Jason Holder (capt), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wk), Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Sunil Ambris, Oshane Thomas (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAndre Russell out of India T20Is; Jason Mohammed named replacementAugust 2, 2019In “Sports”How Andre Russell’s knees hold the key to West Indies’ World Cup hopesJune 14, 2019In “latest news”Russell returns to West Indies ODI squad for first time since 2015July 17, 2018In “latest news” read more

AmCham Guyana says companies must be held accountable for damage to

Chairman of AmCham Zulfikar AllyThe need for companies to make an effort to reduce their carbon footprint, observe health and safety policies, and be held accountable by the countries they operate in was on Wednesday emphasised by Guyana’s American Chamber (AmCham), President Zulficar Ally.Ally was at the time speaking during a conference at the Marriott Hotel, organised to discuss health and safety in the Private Sector. According to Ally, companies will be expected to lift their standards when it comes to health and safety and they should be held accountable for that.He stressed the need for companies to not only limit the effects their operations can have, but also make an effort to reverse the damage. Besides the environmental damage, Ally noted the effect irresponsible operations can have on a business’s reputation.Ally also noted that with the changing economic dynamics in Guyana, companies that want to benefit must lift their standards in these areas. At present, AmCham Guyana is hosting a health, safety, security and environment conference at the Marriott Hotel.The one-day event, held under the theme “preparing for sustainable development”, featured an appearance from Exxon Guyana’s Production Manager Mike Ryan. The Manager endeavoured to give an account of his company’s health and safety policies, stressing that ExxonMobil puts the safety of its workers above business and profits.The need for Guyana to get adequate systems in place to regulate the oil and gas sector was also emphasised at the event, this time by AMCHAM’s Trinidad and Tobago chapter.Making these pronouncements was Trinidadian AMCHAM President Patricia Ghany. She warned about the effects of oil spills and other dangers of the sector when appropriate regulations and regulators were not set up. Ghany’s warnings, however, also included an offer of assistance from her organisation to its local counterparts.Guyana’s state of readiness is a sore issue, considering the fact that first oil is next year and only a single piece of legislation related to the sector has been passed. This legislation is the Natural Resources Fund Bill, which was signed into law by President David Granger earlier this year.The bill to create a Petroleum Commission is yet to pass in the House, while a national oil spill strategy and local content policy are still works in progress. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt must hold investors to int’l standards – US AmbassadorSeptember 1, 2019In “latest news”AmCham Guyana membership reaches 61 in first yearAugust 31, 2019In “Business”Harvey Gulf opens office in GuyanaJuly 11, 2019In “Business” read more

Bis 20wheel Rexx haul truck up for the challenge at Gold Fields

first_imgRexx, the 20-wheel mine haul truck designed and built by Bis, has been drafted in for a challenging assignment at the Granny Smith gold mine in Western Australia, Bis says.The Gold Fields-owned mine, near Laverton, identified the dual powered 20-wheel dump truck as being suitable for the task of helping shift thousands of tonnes of waste material out of the Wallaby Pit to a stockpile 15 km away.Bis CEO, Brad Rogers, said the campaign not only capitalised on Rexx’s strengths, including its versatility and range, but also provided a challenging environment to further test the truck in different conditions.“Rexx is performing extremely well at the mine, proving its ability to come out of the Wallaby pit with a 160-t payload,” he said. “As part of the testing during the trial, Rexx has also completed numerous hill starts fully loaded, on the incline.”Rogers said the work at Granny Smith provided a “perfect demonstration” of the range capability of the new truck, with Rexx required to complete round trips of 30 km from the pit to the stockpile location.He added that Rexx has more than four times the distance capability of competing dump trucks and an on-demand power system that lowers fuel consumption. The vehicle also has the capacity to carry enough fuel for at least two 12 hour shifts, eliminating downtime needed for refuelling.Granny Smith General Manager, Andrew Bywater, said: “We are embracing innovation and technology across our mining operations and this is a great example of how we can work with our business partners to create advances in the industry. We see this as a real opportunity to explore potential improvements in trucking efficiency, and are encouraged by what we have seen to date.”The work at Granny Smith follows extensive testing at Glencore’s Murrin Murrin mine where Rexx proved its ability to deliver up to a 30% reduction in operating costs, compared with conventional dump trucks.The truck has also operated fully loaded in pits below the water table and handled the sticky and boggy conditions with ease, Bis said.Rogers said the versatility of Rexx, including interchangeable bins, had sparked interest not only in the resources industry – internationally and in Australia – but with potential customers across a range of sectors including construction and civil.“Rexx is the latest example of how Bis finds the best and inventive ways to haul, transport, handle, process and deliver our customers’ critical commodities,” he said.Bis has been shortlisted for the Australian Financial Review Most Innovative Company awards, which is set to be announced in August 2019.last_img read more

Global Tailings Review moves into main research phase ahead of early 2020

first_imgDr Bruno Oberle, Chair of the Global Tailings Review has announced the scope of the review and the next steps including his intention to visit local communities living near tailings storage facilities. The review will be divided into three phases. The first, a research phase, includes engagement with communities living and working near tailings storage facilities and will evaluate current best practices from the mining sector and other industries. This research will inform drafts of the international tailings standard and a related report which will be published at the end of the summer.The second phase will centre around a broad consultation on these draft documents. It is expected that there will be regional meetings and an online consultation in order to canvas as many views as possible. In the final phase, Dr Oberle will consider the consultation responses and develop an international standard for tailings storage facilities and a report by the end of 2019. The report will outline broader recommendations to support uptake and implementation of the standard. The standard and report will be published in early 2020.The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) co-convened the Global Tailings Review to establish an international standard for the safe management of tailings storage facilities that can be applied to all tailings dams wherever they are located and whoever operates them. Broadly the review will evaluate current global good practices in the mining industry, and beyond, as well as evidence and lessons learned from catastrophic failures of tailings storage facilities at Brumadinho (2019), Mariana (2015), Mount Polley (2014) and others to develop the standard.Over the next two months, Dr Oberle will visit tailings storage sites around the world, collecting feedback from a wide range of groups, including local communities and workers. This week, Dr Oberle will travel to Brazil to meet people affected by the recent tragedy at Brumadinho, where a tailings dam failure resulted in 243 fatalities with 25 people still missing, and by the 2015 Samarco incident that caused 19 deaths and widespread environmental destruction.Implementation of the new international standard will be mandatory for all ICMM company members, and the co-convenors of the review will also work to encourage non-ICMM members to implement the standard.Dr Oberle stated: “Engaging with people from civil society, academia, business and multilateral institutions has helped me to set out an ambitious work plan for the independent Global Tailings Review. I feel that it is important that I witness the impact of the tragedy at Brumadinho and listen to affected communities. I will be doing this as my first priority. After this, I will prepare a draft report and standard which will be published by the end of the summer. There will be widespread consultation on these draft findings in September and October. The responses from this will inform and strengthen the final standard and report before their publication early next year.”A more detailed scope of the review has also been outlined as follows:Classification of tailings storage facilities (TSFs):What classification systems already exist for TSFs and what are the perceived strengths and weaknesses of each?What relative weights are afforded to the consequences of failure in each of these classification systems and how does that translate into requirements for emergency planning and preparedness?What are the public reporting / disclosure requirements associated with each classification system to regulators and other stakeholders (including local communities and investors)?Broadly speaking, how effective have these classification systems been in preventing the failure of TSFs or mitigating their effects?What would a consequence-based TSF classification system look like, that could be practically applied irrespective of geographic location or the existing requirements of classification systems, and would be resilient to climate change?What would the requirements for independent review (see below) or emergency planning and preparedness look like for each classification category?Independent review of TSFs:What independent review processes already exist for TSFs (e.g. independent tailings review boards, independent geotechnical review boards, engineers of record) and under what circumstances are these applied?What testing, monitoring and inspection regimes apply to TSFs, how do these relate to the design of the TSF (e.g. upstream, downstream, centreline), and to the requirements for independent review?What are the perceived strengths and weaknesses of existing independent review processes and testing and inspection regimes?What would the requirements for independent review look like for each classification category (see above)?Behavioural, cultural, and structural factors:What are the cultural, behavioural and incentive barriers within companies that block better management of tailings storage facilities (TSFs)?What structures and mechanisms for learning and accountability exist in our own industry and other industries and what could we learn from them?What are the formal and continuing education requirements, as well as training, that are available for those who manage TSFs, both within companies and externally?What are the structural causes of and possible remedies for the shortage of experts (inadequate indemnification, consultant industry consolidation)?How could companies better engage with communities about the possible consequences of failure, to encourage better preparedness?Since the release of ICMM’s position statement on tailings governance, what changes have been instituted relating to the governance of tailings storage facilities, and is change management being better managed?How can company tailings experts be more “empowered” through internal governance structures, and should a more rigorous “competent persons” approach be considered, similar to ore reserves sign off?What changes should be considered to enable significant risks relating to tailings storage facilities to be elevated to senior management, e.g. Executive Committee level?last_img read more

National Groups Wolff Mining partnering with Hastings Deering on Cat autonomous drills

first_imgBuilding on the success of their semi-autonomous tractor system (SATS) technology, Wolff Mining (Wolff) have further strengthened their partnership with Hastings Deering in the forthcoming deployment of autonomous drills. Wolff, which is now part of the National Group, provides a range of automated and innovative solutions such as large scale semi-autonomous bulk dozer push and blast hole drilling, contract mining services, excavator pre strip fleets, civil earthworks, site clearing and rehabilitation works.Wolff has an established partnership with Caterpillar and Hastings Deering through the deployment of Cat’s Command for Dozing module in a mining production environment. This deployment was additionally recognised by the wider mining community and resulted in winning multiple awards, including Contract Miner of the Year at the 2018 Australian Mining Prospect Awards.“Our range of Cat autonomous drills offer enhanced safety and cost effectiveness through high precision drilling. This can offer various benefits to the mining value chain such as improved accuracy, consistency and utilisation rates” suggested a representative from Hasting Deering. “High-precision satellite guidance capabilities ensures that every blast hole is drilled exactly to the designed coordinates and desired floor elevation. Automated drilling functions ensure consistent operation that maintains drill operation within ideal operating parameters, resulting in maximum bit life, reduced costs for consumables, longer machine life and lower maintenance costs. The machine never has an off day, performing at a level of consistency that promotes advanced logistics planning and improves sequencing of the drill operation in advance of digging and loading operations.”last_img read more

Gregor Planteu is the new Forum Club Handball president

The former director of RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko, Gregor Planteu, is the new president of Forum Club Handball, the body of the TOP European handball teams. That is the conclusion of Assembly which took place in Hamburg during World Championship 2019 final weekend.The former president, Xavier O’Callaghan left the function after his appointment in FC Barcelona plans of brand development in USA.The vice-president of the FCH will stay Dierk Schmaeschke, while the second one will come from the Swiss team Kadetten Schaffhausen – Peter Leutwyler.Forum Club Handball represents 47 TOP handball teams from 22 countries. ← Previous Story #Handball19 BLOG by Zika Bogdanovic: “Denmark, you deserve everything” Next Story → Igor Anic to leave RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko forum club handballGregor Planteu handball read more

PORTUGAL Sporting beat Benfica in local derby

6.ABC Braga311182:836 14.Boa Hora200249:562 11.SC Horta210158:664 4.Benfica320184:777 12.Maia-Ismai300372:973 The first big derby of the season in Portugal has been seen in Round 3, when Sporting CP beat Benfica SL 30:28 in local derby. The home team is defeated despite 9 goals of Serbian left back Petar Djordjic.Frankis Carol was TOP shooter in Sporting’s jersey with seven goals.Now, only two teams have 100% from three matches, the reigning champions FC Porto Sofarma and Sporting.Here are the results of Round 3:SL Benfica : Sporting CP, 28:30 (11:15)ABC UMinho : FC Gaia / Empril, 32:26 (11:13)Boavista FC : Águas Santas Milaneza, 27:29 (12:10)FC Porto Sofarma : Vitória FC, 32:18 (15:13)ADA Maia ISMAI : Artística de Avanca Bioria, 23:32 (11:13)SC Horta : CF Os Belenenses, 27:38 (12:20)Boa Hora FC / ROFF : Madeira SAD, 26:27 (15:13)STANDING: Benfica SLportuguese handballSporting CP andebol 1.Porto3300101:689 10.Aguas Santas210161:644 9.Avanca210158:504 8.Gaia310292:1015 7.Boavista310279:875 3.Belenenses3210112:838 13.Vitoria300369:1013 2.Sporting330097:759 5.Madeira320177:837 ← Previous Story SEHA Gazprom League 19/20: Motor beat RK Vardar! Veszprem routine win over Zagreb, Tatran’s success in Nasice Next Story → Antonio Garcia Robledo to join HBC Nantes read more

Calls for students to study careerrelevant subjects

first_imgWITH THE LEAVING Certificate results out today, questions are being raised about whether students are being encouraged enough to take subjects that will lead to careers.The American Chamber of Commerce, which represents major US employers in Ireland, welcomed the proposal from the Irish University Association that bonus points be extended to students that study at higher level as well as those who are taking subjects that are relevant to future study options in university.CareersThe Chief Executive of the American Chamber Mark Redmond said that the introduction of bonus points for maths has been one of the key successes of recent years, resulting in an almost 70% increase in students sitting the paper.He called for further reform of the points system, stating:We should now seek additional ways to encourage students to choose subjects that will support their future careers. New proposals that are being considered such as providing more points for subjects based on their relevance to third level courses, and expanding the range of grades for which points are awarded, are welcome developments.He added that there should be more supports put in place to encourage students to take on the subjects that will help stem the skills shortages in the tech and sciences industry.“Unfortunately we continue to see high failure rates in the science subjects, which are key skills for many of the modern foreign direct investment companies located in Ireland. As the lessons of Project Maths continue to be learned, they should be adapted and applied to support students studying in the sciences also,” said Redmond.BusinessThe Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (ISME) says that more needs to be done to encourage school leavers to open their own business, stating that it is not all about going to work for large corporations.They called on the Government include entrepreneurial education in the school syllabus, in order to promote the “enterprise culture” in Ireland.They called on teachers and policy-makers to encourage students to consider starting their own business rather than simply focusing on attaining employment.“All the evidence suggests that a practical approach to business subjects and an exposure to entrepreneurship from an early stage, would lead to an increase in graduates and school-leavers establishing start-ups,” said Mark Fielding, ISME CEO.“While the perennial cry from big business lobbyists is for more maths and science in schools, to satisfy their multinational masters, the importance of entrepreneurship in the regeneration of the Irish economy must not be overlooked,” he added.Meanwhile, Labour Labour Senator Susan O’Keeffe has said more still needs to be done to encourage girls to take up science, technology, engineering and maths subjects, stating that just one quarter of these subject related jobs, such as those with Google and Twitter, are currently filled by women. Fine Gael Cork North Central Senator, Colm Burke, has  said that now is the time for young people to again consider a career in construction.Read: In numbers: The Leaving Certificate results>Read: The results are out: How students got on with the Leaving Certificate>last_img read more

Postmasters say that moving motor tax to post offices would save €27

first_imgTHE IRISH POSTMASTERS’ Union (IPU) is calling on the government to move the provision of Motor Tax renewal to post offices.The IPU is citing a report by Grant Thornton on the future of the Post Office Network which found that moving the renewal of Motor Tax to Post Offices could save the taxpayer €27m over five years.It would have an overall benefit of €63m when the additional business it would bring to Post Offices is factored in.The report estimated that there is a transaction cost of €15-€20 for Motor Tax renewal in the current system. Postmasters are offering to deliver it for €2 per transaction.Ciarán McEntee of the IPU said Post Offices are “committed to expanding the range of government and consumer services they provide” and are “ideally positioned to do this with a network of 1,150 Offices across the country”.“Many people do not realise the ever-increasing range of services available through the Post Office. As well as the standard Postal Services and Welfare Payments; Post Offices now provide Passport Express, NTMA savings, Property Tax, Garda Fixed Fines, Dog Licenses and banking services.“We know there is strong support for keeping Post Offices at the heart of the community and Postmasters want to work with government, financial service providers and customers to provide the products and services that will make this happen.”A cross-departmental Working Group was established by the Cabinet last May to identify what additional public services could be provided through Post Offices.Read: Post offices could link up with credit unions to provide banking servicesRead: Postmasters distance themselves from campaign to ‘Name and Shame’ TDslast_img read more

29yearold man due in court over Dublin hitandrun

first_imgA 29-YEAR-OLD man has been charged over a hit-and-run that killed a pedestrian on Saturday.The collision happened in Swords, Dublin, at 3.10am when the 50-year-old man was struck by a car and fatally injured. The car left the scene but a 29-year-old was later arrested.Gardaí had also been appealing for anyone in the vicinity of North Street at the time to contact them, looking particularly to speak to two female who took a lift in a dark coloured Volkswagen Golf in the Swords area that morning.Today, the man who was arrested over the collision will appear in the Central Criminal Court at 10.30am.Read: Man arrested in connection with fatal Swords hit and run>Read: Gardaí anxious to speak with two females in relation to hit-and-run>last_img read more

A loving tribute to Nikolaos Tsiaskas

first_imgMy earliest recollection of life is sitting on my grandmother’s porch at pre-school age, working my way through the Grade 1 music book, playing my tiny red accordion that was bigger than me.I quickly realised that music was a big part of my father’s life and as the years went by I saw how inextricably enmeshed he was in the Greek community, firstly by teaching music to the children of Greek immigrants and later by being a member of two Greek choirs.My father Nikolaos Tsiaskas was born in Sidirokastro, Serres on 15 December 1931. He grew up in the heavy presence of Bulgarians in his village during the triple occupation of Greece by the Axis Powers. His family owned fields of fruit, principally γιαρμαδες, pears and other fruit. He would go to other villages with his father selling fruit at festivals. He also sold fruit and παστελια with his father to the Bulgarians at the old train station (το παλιο σταθμο) but unfortunately he lost his father when he was still young. Music played a part in his life at an early age. He would play the harmonica where the Bulgarians gathered and in appreciation they would give him some bread or a few coins.Nikolaos voluntarily started his national service at the younger age of 16 and during his service worked as a mechanic on the army vehicles. When he finished his service he then went to Athens to follow his dream of music. He was accepted into the Athens Conservatoire (ΩΔΕΙΟΝ ΑΘΗΝΩΝ) to study music where he completed his qualification and this is something he was always very proud of. Towards the end of his life when he started reminiscing his earlier years, he would often tell us how long they’d had to study theory before being allowed to start playing the musical instruments.In 1959 he arrived in Australia on the Montserrat for the anticipated ‘better life’ and as many others did before and after him, he settled in Port Melbourne where he disembarked. In the first few years he worked at General Motors Holden and then moved to Toyota which was then called the ‘Standard Company’, where the rest of the family also worked.In 1962 he married his wife Dimitra Kontoni, in the ensuing years the main focus of their lives was sponsoring his mother, brother and Dimitra’s family to come to Australia so they could have an extended family unit and support once again. In the meantime my brother Petros and I (Maria) were born so they also arrived to a small family waiting for them.In 1963 he started playing in a band and he played in a number of different bands during the next 20 years, entertaining the Greek community at weddings, christenings and community dances.In the early 1960’s Nick started giving private music lessons on the accordion and guitar and his number of students kept growing. Before I was old enough to sit music exams, I remember the annual gathering of all his students in a large hall where students of different grades would be grouped accordingly to sit their Australian Music Academy exams.By the late 1980’s dad retired from teaching and started a new phase in his life which was dedicated to singing in the choir for the next three decades. He started as a member of the Greek Australian Choir and later joined the Florinian Choir of which he was a member till 2013 when he retired due to ill health.Like many others of his era, my father had a difficult early life but created his own destiny by coming to Australia, building a new life, a new family and a successful career. He was proud of his heritage and did all he could to not only keep it alive but promote and celebrate it in Australia.We all think our parents will be with us forever because we don’t want to think of life without them and regardless of their age, it’s always too soon when we finally lose them.I’m glad that over the course of his life, by being an active member of the Greek community, he touched the life of many people and contributed to many celebrations through his music.He was always there to support me and I know he loved me dearly, just as I loved him.For the last 28 years my husband Chris Stamelos has honoured the families and respected the ‘departing’ Greek immigrants who have left this life for the afterlife and it’s time that we had a casket that celebrates our Orthodox religion.I’m grateful that in my current line of work as a funeral director with my husband Chris Stamelos, I’m in a privileged position to be able to create something special for my father. To honour him we’ve created a casket that for the first time ever is specifically Greek Orthodox. An image of The Anastasi takes pride of place on the inside of coffin lid, representing the Orthodox belief of resurrection to everlasting life.It’s only fitting that this new casket will be seen for the first time at my father’s funeral but thereafter will be available to all our family clients of Victoria Funerals.To my darling father I say thank you, I love you, farewell and καλο παραδεισο. Your loving daughter, Maria Stamelos.The funeral for Nikolaos Tsiaskas will take place on Friday 19 July at St Eustathios (221 Dorcas St, South Melbourne VIC) at 10.00 am. The viewing will be held at Victoria Funerals on Thursday 18 July at 7.00 pm. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Chronicling the diasporas stories a tribute to Helen Nickas and Owl Publishing

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A few months ago, my dear friend and colleague Helen Nickas quietly informed me that she was officially wrapping up her publishing house, Owl Publishing. Although I knew that she wanted to spend more time with her beloved husband George, as well as with her children and grandchildren, and that she had most certainly earned the right to a more peaceful retirement, I couldn’t help but feel a tinge of sadness.The cessation of Owl Publishing signifies the end of an era. If we can, indeed, talk of a canon of Greek Australian literature, then the plethora of publications – 41 to be exact – that emanated from this extraordinarily fruitful enterprise, have been influential in defining and informing it.It is my fervent hope that this tribute serves as an instigator for further interest and focus by researchers and others interested in our Greek Australian community’s literary activity. To that end, I would like to draw readers’ attention at the outset to Owl Publishing’s comprehensive website that not only gives a list of publications, but an informative consideration of each one, as well as much other information. For now, I would like to pay tribute to this enterprise through an overview of its activities. Let’s go back to the beginning.In June of 1992 I was invited by Helen Nickas to her book launch of Migrant Daughters: The Female Voice in Greek-Australian Prose Fiction which focused on Dina Amanatides, Zeny Giles, Antigone Kefala and Vasso Kalamaras through critical analyses and interviews with the writers themselves. Because it was important to Nickas to publish this manuscript sooner rather than later, she did what many immigrant writers had done before her – she published it herself. However, given her recent permanent university appointment and the security of a solid income, she decided to go one step further and actually set up a viable publishing company. And so, in that same year, Owl Publishing was formally established.In its 27-year history, it has produced just over 40 books. It is important to note that the manuscripts chosen for print were always subject to review by an advisory board, whose recommendations informed Nickas’ final decision. All the associated costs, from inception to final product, were assumed by Owl Publishing. In the early days, the vast majority of writers published were first-generation writers; the second-generation writers were primarily included collectively via anthologies. What characterised every single publication – from the first to the very last – was that of meticulous editing, quality paper, and a beautifully designed and visually striking cover. The range of titles, given that this is a small publishing enterprise, is remarkable: literary studies, poetry, prose fiction, plays, anthologies, memoirs and chapbooks.Following on from Migrant Daughters, the next project, in 1993 was a poetry collection in the Greek language by Hermione Vassiliou entitled Thealle. 1994 was a particularly productive year. Dimitris Tsaloumas had won a number of prestigious mainstream literary awards when Nickas had the idea of producing a recording of him reading his own poems: Dimitris Tsaloumas reads a selection of his poems in Greek and English (2 cassettes and book). This sold out very quickly and I would suspect is now a collector’s edition.However, 1994 will always resonate with me for the other publication of that year. Buoyed by the conference at RMIT on Greek-Australian Women Writers that I had just convened and the recent publication of Nickas’ Migrant Daughters, we decided to collaborate on an anthology of Greek Australian women’s poetry and prose. We actually began the process of so doing in 1992, just after our respective ‘productions’ in this field and found that – rather than a paucity of material as we had been forewarned would be the case – we had an abundance of literary works. For many women writers, our anthology was their first experience of publication anywhere, and for others still, it represented the first time they had dared to call themselves a writer. The whole process of researching, editing and translating was, thereby, immensely gratifying.Two publications also emerged from 1995: To Taxidi, the Collected Poems (in Greek) of Dimitris Tsloumas; and a bilingual edition of the ‘tale for advanced children’, Alexia by Antigone Kefala, translated into Greek and with an introduction by Nickas. 1998 saw the publication of a significant collaboration, Allochthona Topia edited by Nickas and Stephanos Konstandinidis, the latter an academic from Canada, the director of the Centre of Hellenic Studies and Research.This busy decade was brought to an impressive close with a second offering within the realm of literary criticism: Dimitris Tsaloumas, a voluntary exile. Edited and with an introduction by Nickas, it consisted of selected essays, reviews and interviews by academics from throughout Australia, Greece, Great Britain and America. The growing number of titles published gradually led to the formation of the umbrella framework, Writing the Greek Diaspora. It also resulted in recognition in the wider Australian community through positive reviews and inclusion in mainstream literary festivals.RELATED ARTICLE: What does the future hold for ethnic literature?If the 1990s represented a decade of impressive output, Owl Publishing engaged in the production of an even greater number of titles in the new millennium. There was, in 2000, a bilingual selection of the poetry of Antigone Kefala under the title, Poems. Diforos Karpos, published in 2001, entailed 40 poems originally written in English by Dimitris Tsaloumas translated by the poet himself into Greek. This was followed by the publication of a play by Vasso Kalamaras, Olympias: Mother of Alexander the Great (in separate English and Greek editions). Antigone Kefala’s novella The Island came out in trilingual form in 2002, the English text accompanied by a translation into French by Marie Gaulis and into Greek by Nickas who also graced this beautiful publication with a fine introduction. As she had done in 2000 with Antigone Kefala, Nickas decided to showcase the life-long unfolding talents of another first generation Greek Australian woman poet, Yota Krili through a ‘collected works’ edition in 2003 entitled, Triptych. Two highly idiosyncratic publications appeared in 2005. The first of these was a collection of stories by avant-garde Greek Australian prose writer Dimitris Tzoumacas, Merry Sydney, translated into English by Sydney academic Alfred Vincent. The second was The Bird, the Belltower by widely acclaimed photomonteur and poet, Peter Lyssiotis. The text is bilingual, the original English poems translated into Greek by Dimitris Vardoulakis, and is accompanied by a series of original photographic images.A significant turning point was encapsulated in the anthology, Mothers from the Edge published in 2006 and comprising 28 prose pieces by women writers in Australia who have a Greek background or some sort of Greek connection. It was produced in English only, the Greek translation – by Nickas – of selected stories appearing the following year in a separate edition. Mothers from the Edge was very different to any other publication that had preceded it. It entailed original stories commissioned especially for it, all the pieces were in English and the overriding mood was that of an ecumenical sisterhood providing the conceptual embrace.Owl Publishing’s ever-productive association with Antigone Kefala was again revisited with the publication of a visually gorgeous book, Max: the confessions of a cat in 2009. That same year Nickas published her own memoir, in English, entitled Athina and Her Daughters; her own translation into Greek of this important chronicle of the war years in Greece and the post-war migration years in Australia, appearing a few years later.2011 onward saw numerous voluminous publications materialise: my translation of Dina Amanatides’ selected poems, Dreams of Clay, Drops of Dew; a collection of short stories by Vasso Kalamaras entitled Expatriates: Contemporary Australian Tales; in 2015 Nickas and Vrasidas Karalis edited Antigone Kefala, a writer’s journey, that entailed a selection of interviews, reviews and essays on the life and works of Antigone Kefala; George Mouratides’ translation of Nikos Nomikos’ collection, Noted Transparencies. Fathers from the Edge, a companion piece to Mother’s from the Edge, published in 2015 comprised commissioned prose pieces about the relationship between the writers and their fathers. As I state in my doctoral research, this anthology is a highly significant collective text: although these fathers were governed by the patriarchal codes of the times, these stories lift them out of the usual two-dimensional stereotype and place them within a three-dimensional framework.Nickas rounded off her publishing activities with her chapbook series, whose presiding editors were herself, N. N. Trakakis and Peter Lyssiotis. The writers featured in this succession of 16 books are: Dimitirs Tsaloumas, Angela Costi, Peter Lyssiotis, M.G. Michael, N.N.Trakakis, Dina Amanatides, Kyriakos Amanatides, Erma Vassiliou, Helen Nickas, George Vassilacopoulos, Anna Couani, Mark Roberts, Zeny Giles, Dael Allison, Dimitirs Troaditis, Dean Kalimniou, Nikos, Ninolakis, Konstandina Dounis, Dorothy Poulopoulos, Kevin Brophy, Petr Malapanis, Christos Tsiolkas, Toula Nicolacopoulos, Efi Hatzimanolis, Vrasidas Karalis and Antigone Kefala. When all is said and done, I not only admire Helen Nickas for the superb small press that she so ably ran for nearly 30 years – I also feel indebted to her for another very personal reason. For you see, I was one of the writers commissioned to write a story for the anthology, Mothers from the Edge, and then, later on, for Fathers from the Edge. Thanks to Owl Publishing, we – the writers fortunate enough to have been given this rarified opportunity – engaged in a creative process that was cathartic and that granted us the opportunity to document our experiences as a lasting legacy.In her introduction to Mothers from the Edge, Nickas wrote that she perceived all the writers in her anthology as her ‘guests’. In the Greek tradition, as passed down by our parents, it is absolutely vital to receive a gracious host into your own home in return. It has been such a pleasure to have Helen Nickas as my guest, this time, within the parameters of this heartfelt tribute.It is my hope that I, in turn, have been as gracious a host as she was.* Dr Konstandina Dounis is a cultural historian and literary translator with a particular interest in immigrant stories and their impact on the Australian literary canon. She is a member of the Faculty of Education at Monash University. Her email is konstandina.dounis@monash.eduHer research can be found at ARTICLE: Narratives examining the complex relationships between Greek Australian writers and their fatherslast_img read more

WHATS ON Guide Greekinspired events across Australia 28 August onward

first_imgNATIONALTHI AUSTRALIA: RISING TO THE CHALLENGE – GREECE AT THE CROSSROADS OF SOCIAL CHANGEThe Hellenic Initiative (THI) Australia is hosting a special dinner and conversation series this month titled Rising to the Challenge with events to celebrate the success of many NGOs in Greece who, throughout the challenging period of economic and social crisis, remained determined to make an impact through philanthropy, entrepreneurship and innovation. Taking place in Sydney (9 September, Beta Bar, 6.00 pm), Melbourne (10 September, ANZ Centre Docklands, 6.00 pm) and Perth (12 September, Crown Towers Perth, 6.00 pm), the engaging program will raise awareness of the current situation in Greece and highlight the impact of Greek Australian efforts to support those in need and make a difference to lives of people in Greece. Speakers include Andrew N. Liveris AO, global Chairman and Co-Founder of THI; Lena Papalexopoulou, Vice-President of Desmos; and Maria Karra, Co-Founder of Emfasis. To book tickets, visit Proceeds will support THI Australia.VICEXHIBITION ‘POETICS’ BY STAVROS MESSINISMulti award-winning visual artist and poet Stavros Messinis presents selected works from his photography-based series ‘Poetics – Mediated Memories, Sovereign Sun, Regeneration and Beyond’. These series are part of his ongoing exploration of photography’s role in representing reality by experimenting with invented photography techniques and processes. Opens on Friday 30 August from 6.00-9.00 pm. On show until 15 September at Brunswick Street Gallery (Level 1, 322 Brunswick St, Fitzroy). Free entry. GREEKISH VEGAN COOKING CLASSLearn how to make a host of classic Greek dishes that are vegan friendly on Friday 30 August at The Seasonal Kitchen (436-438 High St, Prahran). Learn and cook in a beautiful kitchen, followed by a feast in a private courtyard washed down with a vegan glass of wine. Each class starts with a glass of wine (and the occasional top-up included!) and every participant will also take home a jar of YAY Marinated Feta to get cooking straight away! Class suitable for those avoiding gluten. On from 6.30-10.00 pm. To book, visit WALKING TOURJoin Mary (Mary’s Kitchen) and Kelly (Hellenic Odyssey) on Saturday 31 August from 11.00 am for a guided walking tour of Melbourne’s most popular and energetic Greek precinct, Oakleigh. Bite into a delicious galaktoboureko, crunch into the best koulouri outside of Athens, and savour the taste of Greek olives, dips, feta cheese and much more, all from the passionate traders in this bustling neighbourhood. With each bite you will learn about Greece’s enticing food culture, its history and its healthy essence. A delicious lunch at a traditional restaurant is included, and you will leave having experienced many flavours, taking recipes away with you to create at home. Meeting point: Entrance of Nikos Cake Shop (25 Portman St, Oakleigh). To book, visit‘BEYOND ATTICA: ART OF MAGNA GRAECIA’On loan to the Hellenic Museum (280 William St, Melbourne) from the Koumantatakis family, ‘Beyond Attica: Art of Magna Graecia’ is an extraordinary collection of vases from Athenian black-figure to later red-figure ware from south Italy. Discover the rich variety of pottery techniques and styles of decoration used in the ancient Greek world. On show now. For more information visit CLASS: GREEK PROVINCIAL FAREExpand your repertoire and knowledge of Greek cuisine with Niki Louca’s delicious selection of provincial dishes. On Saturday 31 August at The Neff Market Kitchen (Stall 90, Cecil St, South Melbourne) (11.00 am-1.30 pm), Niki will show you how to make prawn saganaki, kalamari krasato, spanakorizo, and to finish, traditional rizogalo. $120 p.p. includes lunch/dinner and a recipe pack. To book, visit LIVECatch the Bandidas, Pascal Latra, Kat Stevens and Apollonia Xylouris, playing rebetika on Saturday 31 August at Claypots (213 Barkly St, St Kilda) from 9.00-11.00 pm. Free to attend.LECTURE | MODERNISM IN THREE DIMENSIONS: PICASSO’S SCULPTURE VIS-A-VIS ANCIENT GREEK & ROMAN ARTProfessor Clemente Marconi will present a lecture at The Hellenic Museum (280 William St, Melbourne) on Tuesday 3 September, exploring Picasso as a sculptor and his engagement over the years with Greek and Roman art. Despite the artist’s continuous and explicit references to Greek and Roman art in his paintings and graphic work, only a handful of such references can be found in his sculptures. An inescapable conclusion is that it was precisely the artist’s closeness to ancient art that allowed him to drastically subvert tradition and transform sculpture, changing the course of this medium in the 20th and 21st centuries. Cost $20.00 member, $25.00 non-members, drinks and canapes provided. To book (essential), visit 6.00 pm start.LIVE AT THE GREEK: THE PHILHELLENESLive at the Greek is celebrating the life and music of pioneer Panagiotis Toundas with an intimate performance by The Philhellenes. Toundas shaped the musical sound of Greece for decades; not only was he an exceptional composer, he also paved the way for many refugee composers who had settled in mainland Greece. Many of his rebetiko songs were sung by well-known singers, such as Stelios Perpiniadis, Kostas Roukounas, Roza Eskenazi and Rita Abatzi. Catch The Philhellenes on Friday 6 September at The Greek Centre (168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne) at 8.30 pm. Ticketed event.NAXATRAS LIVE                                                                                                                                                                                           Psychedelic Space Rock Revolutionaries NAXATRAS from Greece make their debut in Australia next month, hitting The Bendigo Hotel (Friday 6 September) and Northcote Social Club (Saturday 7 September). A raw blend of spiritual incarnation, soulful Greek jams and hypnotic soundscapes, their extended rhythms pay homage to countless sub-genres including Acid-Folk and 70s Psychedelic/Space Rock. Supporting them on the road is Sydney-based Space Rock quartet COMACOZER. For tickets, visit’S 60 YEAR ANNIVERSARY DINNER DANCEOn Saturday 7 September, the Greek Orthodox Community of Dandenong and Districts is celebrating its 60 year anniversary with a special dinner dance. Taking place at St Panteleimon Greek Orthodox Church Hall (19 Herbert St, Dandenong) from 6.30 pm, food will be by Sardellis Catering and entertainment by Rythmos Band. Tickets: Adults $60, children (under 10) $25. All profits will go towards the hall renovations. For table bookings (10) call Steve on 0411 665 490. Strictly pre-sold tickets.OLIVES & OMADOSOn Sunday 8 September at Kew Court House (188 High St, Kew) see young musicians immersed in Greek musical traditions play an exciting concert of regional dance music. Dance teacher, Joseph Tsombanopoulos plays kaval, clarino, gajda, with Kat Stevens on violin, and George Athanasakos and Paddy Montgomery on strings. On from 2.30-4.30 pm. Tickets: $29/$25. To book, visit For enquiries email or call (03) 9417 1983.UNVEILING: GEORGE TRELOAR MEMORIALCity of Ballarat Mayor Cr Samantha McIntosh and the George Devine Treloar Memorial Committe invite you to the unveiling of the George Devine Treloar Memorial, created by the artist Lis Johnson, at Sturt Street Gardens in Ballarat on Sunday 8 September at 11.00 am. To RSVP, email LECTURE FOR THE GREEK GENOCIDEMelbourne University Greek Association is hosting a commemorative lecture for the Greek Genocide, including those of Asia Minor, Pontos and Eastern Thrace, entitled ‘From Homeland to Diaspora: Romioi in Australia’, on Wednesday 11 September from 7.00-8.30 pm at The Greek Centre (168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne). Delivered by current PhD candidate Themistocles Kritikakos, he will examine the legacies of genocide from the late Ottoman Empire in the memories of diasporic communities. Through his research, Themistocles has investigated a unique period in the early 21st century in Australia when Greek, Assyrian and Armenian communities co-operated in an attempt to attain genocide recognition. Free to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.REWIND 90’S GREEKThe Hellenic Cultural Association of Melbourne ‘O Periklis’ presents Rewind Greek 90’s on Saturday 14 September at The Greek Centre (168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne) from 8.00-11.30 pm. Where better to reminisce the much-loved 90’s baraki scene of Melbourne than in the heart of the Greek Precinct. DJ Kosta Niko will be spinning your your favourite hits. Tickets: $18-$20. To book, visit GOYAA 2019Frisco Disco Melbourne is hosting Club Gooya at Vodka Temple (162 Lygon St, Carlton) on Saturday 14 September. From 9.00 pm-3.00 am enjoy two levels of music, with a line-up of Greek DJs spinning old school and modern Greek hits, as well as 80s, 90s and Euro club anthems. Entry $15.00 on guest list or $20.00 at the door. Group discount bookings and birthdays available. Over 28’s. Dress to impress. For tickets contact Leon 0475 795 407 or Maz Cony 0478 299 920.PALLACONIAN YOUTH: ART & LIVE MUSIC NIGHTThe Pallaconian Brotherhood of Melbourne & Victoria ‘Leonidas’ (253 Albert St, Brunswick) is hosting an art exhibition and live music night on Saturday 14 September from 7.30 pm. Four young artists will have their paintings on display on the night, touching on issues of multicultural identity and migration stories. Performance artists on the night will entertain guests in both Greek and English, inspired by both modern and traditional modes of music. The artwork will also be offered for sale on the night via a silent auction system. Free to attend.LA TROBE LECTURE: THREE GREEK PIONEERS                                                                                                                                                   Dr Dimitri Gonis will present a lecture on Wednesday 18 September about three Greek pioneers: Mick Adams, Vlase Zanalis and Harry Corones. Taking place at the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (168-170 Lonsdale St, Melbourne) from 7.00-8.00 pm, the lecture is hosted by La Trobe University’s Greek Studies (Department of Languages and Linguistics) and the Dardalis Archives of the Hellenic Diaspora in conjunction with the GOCMV. Free to attend.CYPRIOT COOKING WORKSHOP: SHEFTALIES & TASHINOPITESThe Greek Cypriot Youth of Melbourne – Apostolos Andreas (10 St Andrew St, Sunshine West) is hosting a Cypriot cooking workshop on Saturday 5 October from 10.30 am-2.30 pm. All are welcome to join the youth group as they teach you how to make two Cypriot delicacies: sheftalies and tashinopites, including tips and tricks, in this hands on workshop followed by a sit down lunch together. Ticketed event: $30.00 p.p. To book your spot, visit A CLASSIC GREEK TRAGEDY REWORKED FOR MILLENNIAL AUDIENCEWhat is the cost of a woman’s success when it comes at the expense of her family? Agamemnon is about to find out. In this new version of Aeschylus’ classic Greek tragedy, Agamemnon is a pop icon just returned home from her nine-month, round-the-world concert tour. Agamemnon has returned home to take care of unfinished business: dump her former partner Chris, grab her stuff and make off with her new flame, Kass. But Chris has other ideas for their first night together in nine months, hoping for a kind of reconciliation – and at least the chance to process the unresolved grief he holds for the death of their son, Gene less than a year ago. Suddenly memories that Agamemnon has tried so hard to keep buried begin to surface so vividly she could die – and she very well might. This original Australian work is partially told by a lively chorus. On at The Old Fitz (Cathedral St, Woolloomooloo) on now until 21 September. Cost from $35.00. To book, visit NIGHTPhoenix (1 Moncur Street, Woollahra) is hosting a Big Greek Night on Friday 30 August from 7.00 pm. Add a hint of Greek to the end of your week, smash some plates and dance the night away as if you were in the Greek islands. There’ll be delicious Greek food and lively Greek culture! To book a table call (02) 9363 2608 or email HOPONTOPOFUS BIG GREEK COMEDY NIGHTDo you remember the Wog Rock Cafe in Hamilton in the ’90s? Carlos Hopontopofus became an icon in his outrageous one-man comedy floor show, and now he’s back! Performing at Dixon Park Surf Lifesaving Club (20 Ocean St, Merewether) on Friday 30 August, it’ll be a brilliant night of great comedy, authentic Greek cuisine and dancing to the grooves of DJ Honeypuff. To book, visit MODERN GREEKLearn how to prepare authentic modern Greek food on Sunday 8 September at The Essential Ingredient Sydney (146 Foveaux St, Surry Hills) from 9.30 am-12.30 pm. It’s all about shared plates, eating together and eating seasonally locally grown produce. This hands-on class will celebrate this wonderful culture of eating and expose you to the flavoursome cuisine, with a fresh modern twist. Ricardo Zaratustra will be teaching the class and sharing recipes from his years dedicated to working in Greek restaurants in Australia. For more info and book, visit CATHERINE’S FUNDRAISING DINNERSt Catherine Greek Orthodox Church recently purchased a house, which is part of a duplex, next door to the ‘new’ church and is looking to purchase the second house to develop into a hall to service the increasing needs of the parish. To help raise the necessary funds, the church is hosting a fundraising dinner on Sunday 22 September from 5.00-9.00 pm at St Spyridon Church Hall (72-76 Gardeners Rd, Kingsford). Enjoy a three-course meal, drinks, music and dancing, as well as auctions and raffles. Tickets available for purchase every Sunday after the liturgy at a table set up just outside the main doors of the church. For more information and to book your spot, contact Con Theoharides 0405 231 075 or Chryse Mio on 0419 413 108.SAPHILOXENIA TELLS THE POWERFUL STORY OF THE HEROES OF LESBOSThe Greek Orthodox Community of SA Inc. (288 Franklin St, Adelaide) is hosting a fundraiser to help fund the creation of documentary ‘Philoxenia’ on Saturday 21 September from 8.00 pm-12 midnight. The film by Greek Australian director and producer Anne Tsoulis tells the powerful story of the heroes of Lesvos who between May to October 2015 helped rescue some 400,000 refugees landing on their shores. Why tell the story now? We find ourselves in a world where xenophobia is on the rise and Tsoulis wants to address the imbalance by promoting the word ‘Philoxenia’, defined as kindness to strangers and the antonym to xenophobia, and by doing so promote its use in any discourse on migration and refugees. Tables reservations for groups of 8 or 10 people available. To book, visit For those who can’t make the event but would like to contribute, get info or watch the teaser, you can do so onthe Documentary Australia crowdfunding site* If you know of any Greek events taking place across the country, including those organised by Greek community groups, please forward details to Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Elle se rend compte quelle est en train de faire un AVC

first_imgElle se rend compte qu’elle est en train de faire un AVC grâce à un selfieJuanita Branch, une femme de 63 ans, qui explique ne jamais prendre de photo avec son smarphone doit pourtant sa vie à un selfie. Maxisciences vous explique. Mettre à jour sa page Facebook Juanita Branch, une femme résidant à  Fraser, dans le Michigan aux États-Unis explique qu’elle “se moquait des selfies”. Pourtant, c’est bien ce qu’elle décide de faire au mois août afin d’ajouter une photo à sa page Facebook. La soixantenaire décide ensuite de regarder ses autoportraits afin de publier le meilleur. Mais là surprise, une partie de son visage semble distendue, particulièrement au niveau de ses lèvres.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Juanita Branch reconnaît à ce moment les symptômes d’un AVC car elle en avait déjà eu un quelques temps auparavant. “Chaque photo était pire l’une que l’autre et je me demandais ‘Mais qu’est-ce qu’il se passe ?'” Explique la femme à Fox 2 Détroit. Elle décide donc d’aller se regarder dans le miroir et ce qu’elle voit confirme ses suspicions et elle décide d’appeler les urgences. Saine et sauveUne fois arrivée à l’hôpital, les médecins ont pu utiliser l’heure indiquée sur les photos pour identifier le temps qu’il s’était passé depuis le début de l’AVC. Les docteurs ont réalisé qu’ils pouvaient lui donner un fluidifiant afin de traiter l’attaque. “Je vais arrêter de me moquer des gens qui prennent des selfies. Car cela à littéralement sauvé ma vie.” a confié Juanita Branch à Fox 2 Détroit. Après des semaines d’hospitalisations et de quelques heures de kinésithérapie, la sexagénaire est de retour dans sa maison.  Le 10 septembre 2018 à 17:35 • Morsli Paulinelast_img read more