US Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey Pyatt visited Washington this week with a delegation of Greek investors to discuss US-Greek ties at the Atlantic Council Headquarters.The visit was part of the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative in partnership with the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and the Athens Exchange Group.The Greek delegation included Greek Alternate Finance Minister George Chouliarakis, Atlantic Council Nonresident Senior Fellow Katerina Sokou and American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce President Simos Anastasopoulos.The discussion focused on ways to improve relations and foster closer ties between the two countries. Following Greek uneasiness concerning the US influence in Greece following the fall of the military junta in 1974, there has been a huge improvement in attitude with a Kapa research poll recently showing that 73 per cent of Greeks would prefer to move forward with the US as an ally.READ MORE: British Foreign Office warns against travel to Greece, Cyprus, Australia and other placesDuring her intervention, Ms Sokou addressed relations following the 7 July Greek elections when the conservative opposition New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis is expected to become Greece’s next Prime Minister.“Ambassador Pyatt, we are seeing an improvement of the bilateral relations of Greece and the US during your time in Athens and likely one of the best US-Europe relationships right now,” Ms Sokou said.“Do you expect this to continue after the snap elections that have been called for on 7 July, if New Democracy comes to power, as is projected? And I am asking that, bearing into account that New Democracy presents itself as the party that traditionally has been pro-Western, pro-European in its approach to these issues, but also because they didn’t support the Presses Agreement. Do you expect them to abide by the agreement when they come to power? And what can the US do to help normalise relations between Greece and Northern Macedonia while keeping in mind Greece is a pillar of stability?”READ MORE: Attackers splashed paint at home of US Ambassador in AthensAmbassador Pyatt responded that he has “absolute confidence in the positive trajectory of the US-Greece relationship” and had no doubt at all that it would continue to develop should Mr Mitsotakis become the new leader. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Born in Ikaria in 1934, 85-year-old Nik Chapley (Tsapaliaris), who migrated to Australia after WW2, is today considered one of the most successful businessmen in Australia, however his life journey was not always paved with rose petals.“I remember the beautiful but also hard years back in Ikaria, the war that broke and forced us to flee the island, the three years spent in the Sahara Desert as refugees and the long hopeful journey to Australia. Despite the hardships though, if I had my time again, I would not change anything in my book of life, because those experiences were the ones that shaped me and made me the man I am today,” says Mr Chapley, who managed to scale to the top despite the hardships.The early yearsThe first few years were relatively prosperous for the Chapley family.The family patriarch, Spiros, a shoemaker by trade, had already left Ikaria and settled in Australia where he worked hard so that he could provide for his wife and his two young children that he had left behind.“My father didn’t like Australia or maybe he just loved his island too much, therefore, his initial plan was to work Down Under for a few years and, once financially stable, to return to Greece,” says Mr Chapley.When World War II broke out, things took an unexpected turn for the family and Spiros was no longer able to send funds back to Ikaria.Fearing the worst, Nik’s mother decided to take her two children and flee the island in a small boat.They ended up in the Sahara Desert as refugees under the Red Cross Care Scheme (1942).“We spent three very difficult years there. I will never forget the hunger, the poverty and the inhumane conditions that we had to endure. The greatest lesson I learnt there is that the worst thing that can happen to a human being is to become a refugee and lose their own sense of self and dignity,” says Mr Chapley who returned to his little village in Ikaria in 1945.READ MORE: Sea between Ikaria and Samos an ancient ships’ graveyardBack in IkariaPost WW2, Greeks all over the country and particularly the islanders, were struggling to stand on their own two feet.The financial struggles and extreme poverty were impossible to overcome, so the young mother would often write letters to her husband begging him to let her join him in Australia with their two young boys.“Our father used to write back saying Australia was not the place for us, and he was adamant that we stay in Ikaria until he returned. Our mother continued to work as a seamstress, spending most of her days visiting neighbouring villages in an attempt to exchange the clothes she had made for some oil, bread or vegetables,” says Mr Chapley who remembers the day that he and his brother reached the point where they had absolutely nothing to eat.“Our mother was absent for three days and had left us with our grandmother. As we got hungry we decided to unlock the food chest she kept in the kitchen only to find that there was not one single grain of rice left for us to eat, so we literally turned it upside down, collected the rice powder that had accumulated in between the wooden slats and boiled it to share with our grandmother.”When the young mother returned, she convinced Spiros it was time for them to join him in Australia.The family reunited on January 28, 1949.14-year-old Nik and his brother started working at their father’s little deli in rural Australia.Nik would wash dishes while reading the dictionary in an attempt to learn how to speak English.In 1969, on Christmas day, he married 16-year-old Stamatiki and together they had three children.After years of setting up eateries in rural Victoria, the first one being the very popular Wattle Café, the family sold up everything, and in 1979 they moved to South Australia.The two brothers bought their first supermarket in Adelaide, but their joy was overshadowed by the death of their father, who suffered a heart attack and died inside his shop at the age of 60.Spiros never returned to Ikaria.READ MORE: Ikaria: The island of long lifeMr Nik keeps abreast of the latest news of the day.Reaping rewardsFast forward to today, and the Chapley family is considered one of the most successful Greek families in Australia.One of ‘Mr Nik’s’ (as his staff lovingly call him) supermarkets, Frewville Foodland IGA, has been awarded the World’s Best Supermarket (International Retailer of the Year) by the Grocers Alliance (IGA), for three consecutive years and it is considered Australia’s first certified organic supermarket, with one of the largest range of fresh produce in South Australia.There is even a health-and-wellness section and live music instore, including a piano and guitar, showcasing local talent.“My brother and I have always done business together and we continue to do so, but we also like to venture and do things separately. We are certainly proud of how far we have come and what we have achieved, but at the same time we are most grateful to our staff, because they are the most important asset in our business. Our relationship with them is based purely on respect and honesty, therefore – awards aside – it is most rewarding and motivating to see that everyone who works with us loves what they do as much as we do,” says Mr Chapley who employs more than 1000 people in his three supermarkets.“I don’t believe there are any secrets to success rather than treating every person with respect and remaining humble and disciplined along the way.“No matter what anyone might have, if it is not shared and enjoyed with others, then it’s not worth having,” concludes Mr Chapley. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram EU member states are exploring the future of British nationals living in their countries should the UK not secure a deal until 31 October, thus automatically withdrawing from the European Union. There is concern as to what this would mean for EU national living in Britain as well as Brits abroad.Greeks in the UKUK Prime Minister Theresa May reassured Greece that nearly 150,000 Greek nationals living, studying and working in the UK would not be affected by the Brexit.In an interview with Greek Ta Nea daily newspaper, she said that the contribution of Greeks was invaluable and the rights of Greek citizens have been “guaranteed” in all Brexit scenarios.READ MORE: Brexit and Alcibiades: Populism, demagoguery and fake newsThe UK PM also said she had made telephone contact with new Greek prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and that his desire to want to make Greece a successful and outward-looking nation was in harmony with British values. “In particular, the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and I have agreed on the importance of expanding our cooperation on trade and security,” Mrs. May said.READ MORE: Greece braces for no-deal Brexit tourism waveBrits in CyprusCypriot lawmakers on Friday unanimously passed legislation safeguarding the right of UK nationals and citizens of Northern Ireland and their families to move and reside freely in Cyprus in the event of a no-deal Brexit. According to the law, UK nationals will be allowed to continue residing on the island with residence documents and not have to leave the EU without a withdrawal agreement. The implementation of the law would take into account the reciprocity principal and would swing into effect on the provision that the UK government takes similar measures for the benefit of Cypriot nationals.
Dr Greenwood, the surgeon who visited Greece last year to treat the Mati fire victims, has managed to save a 33-year-old man using a world-first skin transplant technique that he developed himself.The Director of the Adult Burns Unit at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH), used the composite cultured skin (CCS) technology that he developed in the skin engineering laboratory at the RAH and managed to save Burra burns victim Glenn Ogg, who survived burns to 95 per cent of his body after a house fire in early December 2018.In mid-January, the first batches of the CCS were ready and Mr Ogg began undergoing the surgeries to completely close his burn wounds.He became the first to benefit from Dr Greenwood’s new technique.The award-winning surgeon said the new skin, developed with scientists Bronwyn Dearman and Amy Li, was grown in a specially designed bioreactor.Mr Ogg also benefited from another cutting-edge technology known as Biodegradable Temporising Matrix (BTM), also developed in Adelaide.“BTM works by not only ‘holding’ the burn wounds in a healthy condition, but improving them, for the five weeks it takes to grow CCS and was pivotal in the early survival and progress of the healing of Glenn’s wounds.”Dr Greenwood noted that in many similar cases patients do not survive, and when they do they usually depend on a ventilator for months, often experiencing severe kidney failure from tissue injuries.READ MORE: GCM President donates $40,000 to the Mati fire victims on behalf of the Greek Australian communityIn a comparable case reported in the UK, a patient spent more than 40 days in the ICU and left hospital after a year still unable to walk.But thanks to Dr Greenwood, just nine days after the accident Mr Ogg was out of ICU and off the ventilator with normal kidney function. He walked 28 days after the fire and has made a remarkable recovery in less than six months.Dr Greenwood made special mention of Burra Hospital, Medstar Retrieval Service, the RAH’s emergency department, intensive care unit and burns unit teams that helped see Mr Ogg out of ICU.“Every aspect of how these two technologies work together has seen Glenn not only survive but make a remarkable recovery in less than six months,” he said.Born in Lancashire, Dr Greenwood first studied medicine at the University of Manchester in 1985. He specialised in chronic wounds management and in 2001 began working at the RAH as the Director of the Adult Burns Unit. In 2002 Dr Greenwood led the Burns Unit in Darwin, which treated 67 patients in the aftermath of the Bali terrorist bombing. He personally attended to 47 of the patients in a marathon 36-hour shift.In 2008 he became an Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide’s School of Medicine.READ MORE: Renowned plastic surgeon returns to Australia after treating fire victims in Greece“Professor Greenwood is an inspiration to all. His dedication to the advancement of science and technology is applaudable and so is his passion for saving and improving people’s lives,” says Greek Australian Professor, Dr Filippos Lisgos who has been working as a GP in Australia and Greece, and is currently a lecturer at the University of Adelaide’s Medical School.“We, as fellow doctors and Australians, are very proud of Dr Greenwood’s achievements and his tremendous contribution towards the advancement of medical sciences.“Not only is he a brilliant doctor, but Professor Greenwood is also an incredible human being who is here to remind us the importance of giving back to the world.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The murder of renowned American biologist Suzanne Eaton, 60, on Crete has shocked public opinion as more details come to light.Suspect Giannis Paraskakis, 27, had initially told investigators that he was unaware about the whereabouts of the biologist, however his story had numerous contradictions. He confessed to the crime and gave details that point to a slow and torturous death.“I saw her at around 3 in the afternoon, jogging in her tracksuit,” he said.“There was nobody else on the road. I wanted to find a woman to have sex with; that’s why I was out driving in my car. I stunned her by hitting her with the car. I wanted to immobilise her. When she fell to the ground, bleeding, she turned and looked at me. That’s when I decided to run her over again. I went into reverse and the wheels of the car drove over her. Her ear was cut and she screamed in pain.”It was then that he decided to take her to the shelter, a World War II bunker. “I remembered that I had a beach umbrella in the car. I took off the cover and covered the car boot so there would be no blood stains. I put her inside and threw the ear. She was alive and fought,” he said.READ MORE: 27-year-old Greek suspect blames murder of scientist Suzanne Eaton on porn addictionAfter driving 10km to the scene where she left her last breath, he pulled her out of the car and raped her three times.“She reacted, but I held her tight. We almost fought and I gripped her neck to keep her steady,” the suspect said.“I regret it. I don’t know what I did.”Police reports state that the woman struggled for her life until the end and was raped even after her body had gone into rigor mortis. Police had found traces of her DNA on his car’s wheels, despite the fact that he had gone to great lengths to remove traces of the crime from his car in the days following the killing. Traces of the scientist’s blood were also found on his shoes despite the fact that he had gone to a relative’s house following the crime to wash his clothes.READ MORE: Greek man allegedly confesses to the murder of Suzanne Eaton on CretePrevious crimesLocal media reports that the suspect had a history of attacking women. Action had been taken against him by another woman that stated that the suspect had struck her and injured her with his car at Gerani. Defence lawyer Pantelis Zelios said that his client had admitted to hassling women in the past. Mr Zelios wonders why the police didn’t act on alleged complaints.Paraskakis was lead to Trikala prison on Monday.