The Panasonic Lumix GF1 is held in justifiably high regard by micro four-thirds loving shutterbugs, but in many ways, the new GF2 is a different beast all together, tossing away many of the previous model’s features to shave down millimeters from the device’s footprint.The big difference between the GF2 and GF1 is the GF2 ditches many of the manual controls for a touchscreen that controls almost everything. The mode selector dial and the drive-mode lever on the top are now gone, as well as most of the back panel’s buttons: you’re now meant to do all of this stuff through the touchscreen. In fact, the only buttons that ended up being kept is the D-pad, playback and quick menu buttons.AdChoices广告For those of us who love the speed that manual controls bring to a smaller camera — this is why I love Canon’s PowerShot G-Series so much — the omission of a lot of the GF1’s better knobs and buttons is a bummer. To tempt us, Panasonic is boasting that the GF2 has an updated Venus Engine image processor which allows for a maximum ISO of 6400 and an HD video mode that allows shooting 1080i and 720p at 60 frames per second, as well as a stereo microphone. Don’t expect a new sensor, though: it’s the same 12.1MP affair from the GF1.It’s sad: even the kit lens is worse, trading in the 20mm f1.7 lens for a 14mm affair at f2.5. Bummer.To be honest, there’s not much to recommend here over the GF1, unless you absolutely love touchscreens and the thinnest gadgets possible. The GF2 will be going on sale in January, for an unknown price.Read more at Panasonic
If you’ve ever wanted to give the gift of lolcats, or wished you could share viral videos with your friends over the holidays, QRapping Paper is designed to let you do it. This special wrapping paper is covered with Quick Response (QR) codes on the outside that, when scanned with a smartphone or another QR scanner, will direct you to Web videos to get you in the spirit of the season. Among the selections are drunken carolers, someone’s fruitcake smoothie, and more.Each 20″ by 30″ sheet of QRapping paper will cost you $19.99 retail, so it’s definitely not the cheapest way of wrapping a gift, but just imagine the fun your gift recipient will have when they get this present under the tree – and how much time they’ll spend scanning QR codes instead of opening the actual box.
Ah, control + alt + delete. CTRL + ALT + DEL for short. On the Mac, it’s a little more complicated: Command + Option + The Media Eject Key. Still, they all do the same thing… they reboot your computer without yanking the cable out of the wall or hammering a physical button.You probably never gave the actual provenance of Control + Alt + Delete much thought. Clearly, it’s a shortcut birthed by some coder or another in the early days of computer lore, but you probably assumed that the guy who actually invented Control + Alt + Delete had his name forgotten by history because ultimately no one cared.AdChoices广告You’d be wrong. In fact, the inventor of the Control + Alt + Delete keystroke combination didn’t have his name forgotten by computer history at all. He’s just better known for other things. His name is David Bradley, and he’s one of the inventors of the original IBM Personal Computer.In the above video, you can hear David Bradley give a fascinating interview with Bill Gates in which he explains how he came up with the idea for the reboot keystroke. According to Bradley, he originated the idea for a keyboard-based shortcut for rebooting a system because he grew weary of waiting for the Power-On Self Test, or POST, to finish during each reboot. What Bradley wanted to do was come up with a way for a system to reboot itself without power cycling the hardware, necessitating going through the lengthy POST process.That’s how Control + Alt + Delete was born, except it wasn’t Control + Alt + Delete at first. It was Control + Alt + Escape. Why was it changed? Control + Alt + Esc was the kind of keystroke that would be easy to accidentally hit with one hand, rebooting the system and losing all of a user’s work.Eventually, Bradley changed the left-side Escape to a right-side Delete (necessitating two hands to perform a keyboard reboot) and history was made.Read more at Hack-a-Day
Capcom managed to successfully reinvigorate the Street Fighter franchise in 2009 with the launch of Street Fighter IV and subsequent updates. But the series has a very long history, and to celebrate the 25th Anniversary Capcom has decided to release a highly desirable collection.The Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Collector’s Set will include an 8-inch light-up statue of Ryu, a 64-page hardback art book, a replica of Ryu’s belt, and a certificate proving your set is authentic. However, it’s the disc content that really makes this set worthwhile, and there’s 15 discs packed full of Street Fighter material.11 of those discs will be bursting with audio including music from the original Street Fighter right through to Street Fighter X Tekken. There’s even a disc full of fan remixes and fan originals.Two of the remaining discs are Blu-ray and include a new documentary focusing on the fans and the history of the games. There’s all the Street Fighter IV and Super SFIV anime movies, the complete Street Fighter animated series, and Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie.The final two discs are for the games, which include Street Fighter X Tekken, Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition, Super Street Fighter II Turbo Remix, and Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition. For both SFXT and SFIVAE you also get all the costume DLC and character packs.That’s a lot of content, so the asking price of $149.99 isn’t too surprising. The only choice you need to make is whether you want it on Xbox 360 or PS3. After that it’s just a case of pre-ordering it from the Capcom Store if you are in the US, and then waiting for the September 18 release date.It’s unclear if this collection will be heading to Europe.Read more at Capcom-Unity, via Eurogamer.net
Rare earth minerals is a term applied to 17 elements that are found in relatively small quantities and therefore require extensive mining to recover. They aren’t actually rare, just hard to get lots of from any one location without a lot of work. Rare earths are also becoming increasingly popular as they are required in devices such as LCD TVs, monitors, smartphones, laptops, tablets, and electric cars.The main source of rare earth minerals at the moment is China, which accounts for 97% of the market. But the Chinese government has just announced that its reserves are running out, mainly due to illegal and excessive mining.China had already imposed limits on how much it would export to other countries, which obviously angered the country’s trade partners. But now it seems the limits may not mean anything for much longer if the reserves are gone.If the rare earth exports dry up then their price will increase rapidly. In turn, that would also mean any device relying on them would suffer a price increase. Nobody wants that to happen, but is there a solution if China’s mines really have run dry?The short answer is “yes,” and it will happen on two fronts. The first is developing mining operations in other areas of the world that have rare earth mineral deposits big enough to be worth investing in. Two such locations have been discovered recently, one in a tiny village in Nebraska, the other in the Pacific Ocean.The second thing that needs to happen is manufacturers relying less on these minerals. That is already starting to happen with research and development. Toyota, for example, has already figured out how to make an electric motor without using them.Depending on how little rare earth minerals China has, prices could increase dramatically in the short term. But hopefully it won’t take too long to setup a supply chain outside of the country and keep the minerals flowing.Read more at BBC News
Walt Disney set a new standard for animation. Years later, Pixar did it again. And after all the technological advancements, and all the finely crafted animation work we’ve seen, you’d think that it would take some incredible new leap to impress us. And yet this video of quick, repeating images, generated entirely by black lines passing over a set pattern, is dazzling in its simplicity.The optical illusion is called a moiré, and it’s created when one pattern is laid over another, producing an interference that looks like movement. If both the pattern and the transparency were regularly spaced black lines, it would look as though wider black bands were scrolling across. But when the base pattern is cleverly made, the same transparency can be used to generate remarkably impressive moving images like the ones seen above.Since a moiré animation only requires two patterns to cross over one another, the same effect can be created by having the viewer move, instead of the transparency. In the video below, fish appear to swim along the surface of a table as the camera pans around the room, even though both the pattern and the transparent screen remain still.There’s no 3D modeling software, no cameras, and no electricity involved, but the effect is stunning. It’s such an elegant idea it will make you wonder why we don’t see moirés everywhere. The world has a lot of boring hallways that could be improved by moving images of running cats or, better yet, Pac-Man eating pellets.
There have been many methods and products to help you escape from an encounter with a shark, from underwater shark cattle prods, to magnetic repellents. Whether or not these methods truly work, there is one underlying common thread: the sharks still see you and know you’re there. Now, however, with a new camouflage wetsuit, the sharks may not even know you exist.Scientists from the University of Western Australia and designers from Shark Attack Mitigation Systems, collaborated to create two new wetsuits that are designed to act as something of an invisibility cloak to sharks. Rather than employing fancy technology like cattle prods or magnetic pulses, the two suits simply use nature to their advantage. The suit seen above, dubbed Elude, sports a color and pattern that takes advantage of sharks’ color blindness, so ideally a shark just won’t even notice you’re in the vicinity. The second suit, seen below — dubbed Diverter — features white and dark blue stripes in an attempt to mimic nature’s own color scheme and pattern that is intended to ward off predators.In theory, the design of the suits are sound. The Elude suit makes sense because, obviously, if a shark doesn’t know you’re there, then you can’t be targeted. The Diverter suit, however, is slightly more complicated, but is founded on an idea just as sound. In nature, certain colors and patterns are a prey’s only protection. Bright orange stripes may alert a predator to stay away from a fish because those colors mean the fish is poisonous. This is the theory the Diverter follows.Currently, the designs have been tested around tiger sharks, but have not yet been tested worn on humans. However the initial results were reportedly so promising that the suits were already put up for sale. If the lack of human testing, or testing on only one kind of shark (though it is a shark that is known to be aggressive toward humans), seems a little worrisome, the suits are continuing testing this summer with great whites.
“Now I want to do the same for the professional sport and I hope those who have supported me along the way will come along with me. I’m excited for the road ahead.”Hearn, who has been closely following Taylor’s progress for the last four years, said: “Today marks a significant day for our sport with the news that Katie is joining the professional ranks. Oct 27th 2016, 10:16 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Eddie Hearn/Twitter 25,330 Views By Ryan Bailey Source: Katie Taylor/Twitter Taylor has been weighing up her options since relinquishing her Olympic title in Rio and has agreed terms with Eddie Hearn’s company.After dominating the amateur ranks for over a decade, during which she won five World titles, six European crowns and an Olympic gold, the 30-year-old will now look to make her mark in the pro game.“When I first dreamt of Olympic gold, female boxing was practically unknown,” Taylor said.“Now because of my journey and the incredible supporters who came along with me, female boxing is as much part of the fabric of the Olympics as its male counterpart. Share439 Tweet Email3 Signed and sealed! Katie Taylor turns professional and will make debut next month The Bray boxer’s debut fight will be live on Sky Sports. KATIE TAYLOR HAS signed a professional contract with Matchroom Boxing and will make her debut at London’s Wembley Arena on 26 November.The Bray boxer’s first pro fight will be shown live on Sky Sports, with her opponent yet to be announced.Taylor will also be on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s IBF heavyweight title defence in Manchester on 10 December. Add us: the42.ie 39 Comments Today marks the end of an amazing amateur campaign but the start of an exciting new chapter as a pro. Ready to conquer! @MatchroomBoxing— Katie Taylor (@KatieTaylor) October 27, 2016 Thursday 27 Oct 2016, 10:16 AM https://the42.ie/3048873 “She is one of the most decorated amateur boxers of all time and a public icon in Ireland. I met Katie for the first time last week and was fascinated by her desire to not just win World titles but to break down the barriers of women’s boxing, she is an incredible role model.“Boxing is a sport open to all but it’s also an entertainment business. Anyone who has watched Katie fight knows how exciting she is and anyone who hasn’t is really going to enjoy her journey on Sky Sports. I’m really excited by this challenge and we are committed to giving Katie the opportunities she needs to achieve her dreams.”The42 is on Snapchat! Tap the button below on your phone to add! Short URL Excited to announce the signing of 6 time European champ,5 time World champ & Olympic gold medalist @KatieTaylor – debut Nov 26 @SkySports 💥 pic.twitter.com/qomtLiEyxx— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) October 27, 2016
THE NATIONAL RIFLE Association is facing a corporate backlash as companies take a closer look at their investments, co-branding deals and other ties to the gun industry following the latest school massacre.A handful of companies have ended discount programs with the NRA as the group aggressively resists calls for stricter gun control after a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida high school last week.The moves came as petitions circulated online targeting companies offering discounts to NRA members on its website. #BoycottNRA was trending on Twitter.Members of the NRA have access to special offers from partner companies on its website, ranging from life insurance to wine clubs. But the insurance company MetLife discontinued its discount program with the NRA yesterday. Car rental company Hertz and Symantec, the software company that makes Norton Antivirus technology, did the same.“We have notified the NRA that we are ending the NRA’s rental car discount program with Hertz,” the company tweeted. Sunrise Tactical Supply in Coral Springs, Florida, where gunman Nikkolas Cruz was said to have bought the firearm he used. Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesInsurer Chubb said it is ending participation in the NRA’s gun-owner insurance program, but it provided notice three months ago. The program that provided coverage for people involved in gun-related incidents or accidents had been under scrutiny by regulators over marketing issues.Those defections arrived after car rental company Enterprise Holdings, which also owns Alamo and National, said it was cutting off discounts for NRA members. First National Bank of Omaha, one of the nation’s largest privately held banks, announced that it would not renew a co-branded Visa credit-card with the NRA.Other companies, including Wyndham Hotels and Best Western hotels, have let social media users know they are no longer affiliated with the NRA, though they did not make clear when the partnerships ended.The swiftness of the corporate reaction against the NRA has differed from that of past shootings, including the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that claimed 26 lives and the killing of 58 people in Las Vegas last fall, said Bob Spitzer, a political scientist at SUNY Cortland and a scholar on gun politics. Spitzer said the reaction was likely a reaction to the student mobilisation that followed the Florida shooting, but he said it was too soon tell how significantly it will sway the country’s wider gun debate“If this is as far as it goes, it probably won’t have any measurable effect. If other companies continue to (cut ties) it can start to have an adverse public relations effect,” Spitzer said. “Usually what happens is that the storm passes, and the NRA counts on that.” Source: DPA/PA ImagesSpitzer noted that it was not the first time big business has been pulled into the gun debate. In 2014, Chipotle asked customers not to bring firearms into its stores after gun-rights advocates brought military-style rifles into one of its Texas restaurants. A year earlier, Starbucks Corp. made a similar statement after the Newtown, Connecticut, shooting.Larry Hutcher, a lawyer who specialises in commercial law and litigation, said companies are reacting to a perception that public opinion is shifting on gun regulation. Polls show growing support for gun control measures, including 97% backing for universal background checks in a Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday.“It’s based on the fact that these companies and their marketing officers are reading the tea leaves. It makes economic sense to get on the side of the majority of Americans,” said Hutcher, co-managing partner of Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP.NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said this week at the Conservative Political Action Conference that those advocating for stricter gun control are exploiting the Florida shooting.President Donald Trump has aligned himself with the NRA, suggesting some teachers could be armed so that they could fire on any attacker. However, Trump has also called for raising the minimum age for purchasing semi-automatic rifles, a move the NRA opposes. By Associated Press Share46 Tweet Email Read: Armed policeman at Parkland school ‘never went in’ to confront shooter Feb 24th 2018, 2:46 PM Saturday 24 Feb 2018, 2:46 PM Image: Wilfredo Lee 23,503 Views Short URL 91 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3869973 Image: Wilfredo Lee Companies distance themselves from the NRA after latest school shooting The moves came as petitions circulated online targeting companies offering discounts to NRA members. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Short URL The 5 at 5: Tuesday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… No Comments Feb 27th 2018, 4:46 PM 10,071 Views Image: Shutterstock http://jrnl.ie/3875019 Share1 Tweet Email Tuesday 27 Feb 2018, 4:46 PM Image: Shutterstock By Gráinne Ní Aodha EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five biggest stories of the day.1. #BEASTLY: The country is to be hit with “continuous snow” as polar Siberia air clashes with the incoming Storm Emma over the coming days. People are being advised on how to keep pets safe, ensure they’ve essential medicines, and how to travel safely to work (if offices are still open in the next few days).2. #BELFAST TRIAL: During interviews with police, Ulster rugby player Stuart Olding denied accusations he forced a woman to perform oral sex on him, a court heard today.3. #FERMANAGH: A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a house fire in Fermanagh in which three people died.4. #DO YOU EVEN GO HERE: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has been criticised for saying the Irish border issue could be solved in the same way that people travel across different boroughs of London.5. #GOING, GONE: The head of Enet, the last bidder involved in the competition to roll out the government’s National Broadband Plan, has suddenly resigned.Comments have been closed for legal reasons. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
24,835 Views By AFP Image: Shutterstock/cynoclub Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 13th 2017, 2:31 PM Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3284825 File image of a ski slope in the French Alps. 13 Comments Share Tweet Email Man killed after horrific collision on slopes of French Alpine resort The Italian died and a British tourist was left seriously injured. A 52-YEAR-OLD Italian skier died and a British holidaymaker was left seriously injured after a violent collision on a gentle blue piste in a French Alpine resort at the weekend, emergency services said.The Italian was knocked unconscious and could not be revived after he skied into the 33-year-old Briton yesterday in Les Deux Alpes in an area used both by beginners and more experienced downhillers.The British skier was taken to a nearby hospital in Grenoble where he is being treated for head injuries, the mountain rescue service in the local Isere region said.The French Alps have been hit by a series of avalanches in recent weeks following heavy snowfall.© – AFP 2017Read: Death toll after fire at Guatemalan children’s shelter rises to 40Read: Dutch PM says he won’t apologise to Turkey over escalating diplomatic row Monday 13 Mar 2017, 2:31 PM File image of a ski slope in the French Alps. Image: Shutterstock/cynoclub
Oughterard, Co Galway Image: Google Maps Since September 2018, international protection applicants have been placed in hotels and B&Bs due to this pressure on Ireland’s asylum system. The average daily rate across direct provision centres is €35, according to the Department of Justice & Equality. The average cost for emergency accommodation is €100 per person per night, TheJournal.ie recently reported. So far, the Department has spent over €12 million on emergency accommodation. Until new Direct Provision centres come on-stream, the Department’s Reception & Integration Agency (RIA) will continue to contract hotels and B&Bs, it has said. There are currently over 1,100 international protection applicants living in emergency accommodation with 30 hotels and B&Bs in 12 counties contracted by RIA to provide bed and board.A number of issues for people living in emergency accommodation highlighted by TheJournal.ie include difficulties accessing GP services, delays in PPS numbers being allocated in order to receive weekly payment, lack of educational access for children and unsuitable accommodation.Meanwhile, the Department has struggled to maintain existing Direct Provision stock. In July, Hatch Hall direct provision centre in Dublin – which accommodated 200 people – closed ahead of its redevelopment into a five-star hotel. Established in 1999 in response to a sharp increase in the number of people seeking asylum in Ireland, direct provision has been repeatedly critcised by migrant rights groups due to the length of time people remain in centres while their asylum applications or appeals are processed, the conditions of centres as well as the psychological effects on those living in these centres. It’s estimated that over 60,000 asylum seekers have been placed in direct provision centres since its introduction. Oughterard, Co Galway 15.05.19 Courtown community ‘not consulted’ over decision to move Direct Provision residents to local hotel 25,090 Views Thu 5:18 PM 50 Comments By Cónal Thomas 12.08.19 Asylum seekers told not to bring food to rooms ‘under any circumstance’ by Dublin hotel ‘There’s an absence of information’: Calls for clarity after 700 people attend meeting about Galway direct provision centre Locals are concerned about what it would mean for the town if the building accommodates asylum seekers. https://jrnl.ie/4806351 A LACK OF communication from the Department of Justice & Equality has “allowed a vacuum to develop” around its sourcing of accommodation for asylum seekers, Galway TD Catherine Connolly has said. There has been anger in Oughterard, Co Galway recently regarding ongoing refurbishment works at the Connemara Gateway Hotel which has been closed for a number of years. Locals have expressed concerns covering a spectrum of issues about what it would mean for the town if the building becomes accommodation for asylum seekers. At a public meeting last night of political representatives and community members – attended by approximately 700 people – locals vented their frustration over a lack of consultation regarding the building. Locals have also complained that Oughterard does not have the infrastructure to support international protection applicants in the area and have accused the Department of secrecy regarding the hotel. A process to evaluate offers from premises is currently underway to find suitable locations for direct provision centres in the region, the Department confirmed to TheJournal.ie.“Following the most recent tender process, an evaluation of offers is underway. We cannot confirm the location of new centres at this time,” a spokesperson said. “When the evaluation and commercially sensitive aspects of the process are completed, the Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) will begin engagement with local communities and their political representatives.”Local councillors have also said nobody in Oughterard knows if the search for locations for asylum centres is related to the work that is underway at the hotel.The Department also recently issued a €65 million tender for new direct provision centres for Co Kildare, Co Wicklow, Co Meath and Co Louth to provide accommodation and services to international protection applicants.Since 2018, the Department has struggled to open new centres due to arson attacks at hotels in Moville, Co Donegal and Rooskey on the Roscommon-Leitrim border.Locals have consistently raised concerns that communities are not properly consulted by the Department ahead of contracts being signed with private business owners. Galway TD Catherine Connolly described last night’s meeting, in which a number of anti-migrant remarks were made, as “one of the most difficult meetings” she had attended.Connolly has now called for clarity from the Department regarding the situation in Oughterard. “The Department of Justice are not covering themselves in glory, they’re not learning from debacle to debacle,” Connolly told TheJournal.ie.“I think the absence of information and the absence of openness is allowing a vacuum to develop which is not helpful and it’s inciteful.”Connolly added that continued secrecy from the department helps neither local communities nor asylum seekers. She said she had attended the meeting understanding that it was about an unauthorised development at the old hotel but that it was a meeting to protest the rumoured plan to accommodate asylum seekers there. Local Social Democrats councillor Owen Hanley said: “There is a fundamental flaw with direction provision. It is an inhumane institution and I continue to argue that the state must abolish direct provision.“But it’s clear that concerns about a lack of consultation and questions over infrastructure have been hijacked by those seeking to fan the flames,” he added. Related Reads Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 12 Sep 2019, 5:18 PM Share11 Tweet Email1 Short URL Image: Google Maps
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Dimitris Christofias, and his wife, Elsi, farewelled the Greek Prime Minister, Costas Karamanlis, and his wife, Natasa, with a private dinner that they hosted at their country retreat at Kellaki near Limassol. It should be noted that the Cypriot President is well known for his culinary skills.
“How is it that I’ve lived 49 years on this planet but never been to the Greek Islands before. So beautiful. Yassou Mykonos I will return,” exclaimed Australian actor Russell Crowe on twitter this week.On a recent trip to the Cycladic island, the actor was taken aback by the beauty of the Mediterranean wondering how he nearly reached 50 years of age without catching sight of the natural wonder. He even wore a t-shirt with the word ‘Greece’ emblazoned on it as he drove around on a quad exploring the island with his friends. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
The Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd is no stranger to the Greek Australian community or to Greece. In November 2008 as Prime Minister he welcomed a delegation of Greek Australian community leaders, where he confirmed Australia’s continued support on the Macedonian and Cyprus issues. In February 2011, as Foreign Minister he visited Greece and he held discussions with the Greek government aiming amongst others at improving the bilateral relationship. During his state visit to Greece Kevin Rudd supported publicly the economic reform program of the then Prime Minister George Papandreou, and referred to the Cyprus issue saying that: “We believe there are great opportunities for new agreements to be reached… we would encourage both Greek and Turkish Cypriots to seize the opportunities which now present themselves to them.” He also acknowledged the strong historical bonds between the two countries stating: “The relationship between Australia and Greece has always been close and it will be close into the future.” Furthermore, he referred to the importance of the Battle of Crete and other battles on the Greek mainland “where many Australian troops fought and died” as “one of the ties that bind our two great democracies”. During that visit he also thanked Greece and the Greek people for their willingness to help Australia face various natural disasters, he was received by the President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias and he addressed the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research in Athens where he talked about Australia’s foreign policy in relation to the Arab spring. Last month, as it was reported in Neos Kosmos, he took part at the 37th Paniyiri of the Greek Community in Brisbane at Musgrave Park. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Students from Clarinda Primary and South Oakleigh Secondary College secured their Greek ties through artistic and cultural performances. Both schools joined forces to dance the Zorba, whilst Clarinda students took part in the play The Gingerbread Man and students from South Oakleigh performed The Four Candles. Meny Zapantis from Clarinda Primary and Sophie Stamatelatos from South Oakleigh organised the event and the coming together of these two schools that value their Greek language program. “This was a very emotional night for all staff involved,” Ms Stamatelatos told Neos Kosmos. “Firstly because of the grandparents who attended the night. We owe so much to this first generation of Greeks. They have taught us about hard work, pride, resilience, respect. Furthermore, our students also pulled at our heartstrings. Not only our current students, who wear their ‘Greekness’ with pride, but our new arrivals from Greece. To have both principals, Debbie Locco, Jean Hellerud and assistant principals Helen Koziaris and Karen Mackay support our programs is also very encouraging. We value their support in every way.” Arnie Ioannidis, an English teacher from South Oakleigh College said: “As an English teacher, I recognize the importance of challenging gifted and motivated students. South Oakleigh College offers Enrichment Programs in various subject areas including English, maths and science. We have been given a $100,000 grant to develop a state-of-the-art TV studio that provides another facet to student learning.”
As part of Term 2 of the 2014 Greek History and Culture Seminars hosted by the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, open lecture Avenger or Revolutionary? Orestes’ Political Lesson from the Eumenides will be given by Dr Dimitris Vardoulakis.Dr Dimitris Vardoulakis is lecturer at the School of Humanities and Communication Arts, at the University of Western Sydney. When: Thursday 21 August at 7.00 pm Where: Ithacan Philanthropic Society building, Level 2, 329 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne For more information, visit www.greekcommunity.com.au or contact (03) 9662 2722 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Generous Queenslanders dug deep into their pockets, helping raise over $9.2 million for the Children’s Hospital Foundation in the inaugural Channel Nine Children’s Hospital Telethon held in Brisbane last Saturday night. Funds raised will go directly to the new Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, which will be the largest children’s hospital and research precinct in the southern hemisphere, set to open on November 20.The telethon was the first of its kind to take place in Brisbane in over 20 years, thanks to the persistence of John Lazarou, public relations director of franchise chain The Coffee Club. The Coffee Club Telethon Ball also took place on the night at the Brisbane Convention and Entertainment Centre, raising just under $180,000 for the charity.The Coffee Club has been raising money for the Children’s Hospital Foundation for the past 20 years, having raised over $8 million in total. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Police are seeking the assistance of the wider community to help locate a missing 13-year-old by the name of Sophia Sotiropoulos. Said to be from the Doreen area, she was last seen leaving an address in Landano Way on Monday 2 March, 2015.Described to be of Caucasian appearance, Sophia is 155 centimetres tall with a medium build, fair complexion, blue eyes and blonde hair with dark roots. Missing for over a month, police along with the girls’ family are very concerned for her welfare and have released an image in the hope someone will recognise her and be able to provide information regarding her whereabouts.Anyone with information is urged to call the police on 000 immediately. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Students at an Athens school celebrated Australia Day this week with sausage rolls, Vegemite sandwiches and lamingtons in a classroom decorated with Australian and Aboriginal flags. The Irene Stroumpas Xantheas Language School in Agios Demetrios, in Athens’ south, hosted an Australia Day event attended by staff, students and their families, along with a representative of the Australian Embassy in Greece. The owner of the school, Irene Stoumpas Xanthes, a Greek Australian originally from Melbourne, says she hosted the event to help her students learn more about Australia. “As a language school owner and teacher, teaching students the culture is as important as the language,” Irene told Neos Kosmos. “My school motto is ‘Language and Beyond’. This year I thought it was imperative and meaningful for my students to learn more things about my home country. That’s why we decided to celebrate Australia Day at my school on the 25th and 26th of January.” Irene Stoumpas Xanthes (C) with two teachers of her language school.To prepare for the event, students at the school, with the help of their teachers, researched information about Australia and prepared various posters about Australian sport, food, the currency, the animals and famous Australians. “We transformed one of our classrooms into an interactive museum. Their work was displayed and the teachers prepared various Australian snacks such as Vegemite sandwiches, sausage rolls and lamingtons for the students to taste.” The two-day event was attended by all 250 students and their parents, along with a representative from the Australian Embassy. “It was a great honour for us when the Australian Embassy in Athens accepted our invitation to visit our school and see the children’s work. Sarah Goodall (deputy head of mission) attended the event representing Ambassador John Griffin, and was amazed at all the work that had been done by the students.” The parents in attendance were all very impressed by their children’s work and labelled the event a big success, while teachers and school-owners from other language schools in Athens also expressed interest in visiting the school’s temporary museum. Irene was also extremely happy with the event, which further reiterated her and her students admiration for Australia. “My students have always loved Australia as there are so many things in my school that are Australian. I have always shared with them stories about my home country. My youngest students, not knowing how far Australia is, have always asked me to organise a school trip to Melbourne. Who knows, maybe one day I will.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram