first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Thousands of Melburnians and visitors to Victoria’s capital braced wild winds and rain last Saturday to take part in the 2013 Lonsdale St Greek Festival and to hear Greek popstar Mihalis Hatzigiannis perform. The weather forecast predicted that Melbourne was set for some tumultuous rains, but nothing could have prepared organisers for what was to follow. But the Greek strong crowd took it in their stride when the festival was officially launched by Victorian Premier Denis Napthine and with the president of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria declaring that nothing could stop the Greeks, especially not the weather. Prior to the official launch, the Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard, with umbrella in tow, ventured around the street and met with festival goers. Opposition leader Tony Abbott did the same alongside the Victorian Premier before all the distinguished guests took to the main stage for the launch. Also on the main stage were the Leader of the Victorian Opposition Daniel Andrews, Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis, Lord Mayor of Melbourne Robert Doyle and the Ambassador of Greece to Australia Haris D. Dafaranos. The Prime Minster also spent time with Hatzigiannis backstage, and posed for photos with students of the Greek Community’s Language Schools. “The presence of Ms Gillard and Mr Abbott reflects the esteem with which the Greek Community of Melbourne is held and its contribution to the fabric of our multicultural nation,” said Mr Papastergiadis. In her speech, Ms Gillard noted that the Greek influence on the fabric of Australia “helped us build a model of citizenship-based multiculturalism which the world admires – and no wonder the people who invented the very idea of citizenship are among the most enthusiastic of all our migrant communities to become citizens of this country,” the Prime Minister told the crowd. After mentioning her grandfather fought alongside the Greeks in the Salonika Front in northern Greece, she went on to congratulate the Greek community and the Hellenic RSL on their work to revive the joint military heritage, specifically the role of Lemnos as a Gallipoli campaign base and Australia’s support for Greece in the Greek campaign and the Battle of Crete. Just after 8:15 pm Hatzigiannis took to the stage to the delight of thousands of fans huddled under umbrellas to see him. There were rumours circulating that he might not have been performing because of the bad weather conditions but he proved on the night the show really must go on as he belted out hit after hit. But it was when all had gone home for the night that things took a turn for the worse. Early Sunday morning strong winds destroyed a major section of the Antipodes Festival precinct. The Qatar Airways Marquee collapsed, along with more than 15 stalls. The Fix pop-up bar was also destroyed when 35 km/h winds hit the CBD. Stalls lost valuable items relating to their involvement at the Festival, while others lost irreplaceable items of cultural importance, which of course impacted on them being able to continue their involvement at the festival. Despite this setback, the festival soldiered on in day two with a stellar line up. They set a record number of participants for the Zorba till You Drop contest, with the winner Elli Baharakakis earning herself a return trip for two to Greece thanks to Qatar Airways and a four day Greek island cruise courtesy of Touchdown Tours. Feeling generous, the sponsors awarded the runner up Christina Jonas the same prize, making both girls incredibly happy. A highlight was the collective dance performance on Sunday afternoon, when Melbourne’s Greek dancing groups joined in one huge procession from one stage to another, ending in one of the most colourful and collective performances ever seen at the Lonsdale Street Festival. And then – to everyone’s surprise – the Cretan Lyra king Psarantonis did a surprise performance flanked by his son George Xylouris and Jim White from The Dirty Three. “Despite the weather conditions, the weekend was full of music and movement. The persistent presence of a crowd – even during high winds and rain- highlights the fact that it has become a milestone event in the Greek community and more broadly in Melbourne. Lonsdale Street remains the beacon of Greek Australian history and culture in Melbourne. The Antipodes Festival and the GOCMV are proud to continue and further these,” said Tammy Iliou, Co-chair of the Antipodes Festival. In Sydney, GreekFest broke attendance records as thousands poured into Darling Harbour to experience a taste of Greece last weekend. The shores of Darling Harbour were a sea of blue and white as Greeks and Philhellenes celebrated two days of music, food, dancing and the best of local and international live entertainment. International superstar and highlight of the weekend’s entertainment Mihalis Hatzigiannis delivered the ultimate performance and the crowd was not disappointed. Sydney was aflutter with cooking demos from last season’s My Kitchen Rules contestants Helen and Steve, dancing from a dozen different dance groups, music from some of the best local talent, and even a life jacket fashion parade hosted by Fat Pizza’s Paul Fenech; there was plenty to keep the audience entertained. “These results would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of everyone involved, from the sponsors, stall holders, volunteers, artists and everyone working behind the scenes to make this festival one of the most successful ever. It is a testament to the efforts of the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW,” said Festival Chair Nia Karteris Officially launched by The Hon Tony Burke, the Darling Harbour festivities are only a part of what’s to come in the next six weeks of the Greek Festival cultural program. * Turn to our social pages on pages 26 and 27 for more pics from the 2013 Lonsdale St Greek Festival.last_img read more

first_imgGlissement de terrain en Colombie : au moins 37 mortsHier dans la soirée, le président colombien Juan Manuel Santos a décrété l’état de catastrophe naturelle à Bello, dans la banlieue de Medellin, où un glissement de terrain survenu dimanche a fait 37 morts et une centaine de disparus. Un bilan provisoire.”Nous avons récupéré 37 corps mais les recherches sont quasiment arrêtées en raison des pluies”, a déclaré hier soir le porte-parole du département d’Antioquia, où se situe Bello, une banlieue de Medellin (Colombie). Trente-cinq maisons ont été englouties dimanche par un glissement de terrain. Une centaine de personnes sont encore portées disparues.À lire aussiCes effrayantes images démontrent l’impressionnant pouvoir de la natureParlant de “tragédie annoncée” en raison des pluies diluviennes qui frappent le pays depuis des semaines et de la précarité de nombreuses habitations dans les localités populaires entourant   Medellin, le président Santos a promis, lors d’une visite sur place, des aides à la location et la construction de nouveaux logements pour les sinistrés. Il a  décrété hier l’état de catastrophe naturelle pour une durée de 30 jours, susceptible d’être étendue à 90 jours.Selon les autorités, avant que ne survienne le drame de Bello, au moins 176 personnes avaient déjà trouvé la mort et 1,5 million ont été sinistrées cette année à cause des intempéries. Le 8 décembre 2010 à 14:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgCamas-Washougal — The Camas-Washougal Community Chest is seeking grant applications from local nonprofit organizations for 2012.Grant applicants must demonstrate how their project or program benefits Camas and Washougal and meets needs such as education, youth activities and aid to people with special needs, among other things.Grant applications must be postmarked no later than Dec. 15. You can find applications and detailed instructions for applying at CWCC hopes to raise $70,000 to support community grants in 2012. It has awarded 18 grants totalling almost $58,000 in 2011, serving an estimated 15,000 people, officials said.For more information, contact CWCC Vice President Mike Nerland at 360-833-5412 or

first_imgThousands of residents lost power and vehicle crashes slowed the evening commute Monday as heavy rainfall and thunderstorms struck Clark County and other parts of the Portland metro area.The first storms moved in late Monday afternoon. Around 4:30 p.m., the Bonneville Power Administration lost its feed with Clark Public Utilities, causing an estimated 14,325 customers to lose electricity in Camas and Washougal, Clark Public Utilities spokeswoman Erica Erland said. She said the outage was weather-related. Customers started to get their power back just after 7 p.m.About half an inch of rainfall was recorded Monday evening at Pearson Field, said Steve Pierce, a Salmon Creek resident, Columbian weather blogger and president of the Oregon chapter of the American Meteorological Society. “That’s a good amount of rainfall for one day in the month of June,” Pierce said. Although rain and thunderstorms aren’t unheard of in the spring, Monday’s thunder, lightning and downpours (and reports of marble-sized hail in Oregon) were more than what forecasters expected, he said. During the storms, the Washington State Patrol reported several vehicle spin-outs on highways around the county, Trooper Will Finn said.Just after 5:30 p.m., a tractor-trailer crashed on state Highway 14 eastbound near Evergreen Boulevard. As the tractor-trailer traveled uphill in the right lane, its driver apparently noticed too late that traffic had stopped, Finn said.last_img read more

first_imgAlaska is bringing back the bear to license plates.Download AudioThe Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Alaskans next spring will be able to choose license plates of blue and gold that reflect state flag colors or a new version of plates last offered in 1976 that feature a grizzly bear.Outgoing state Rep. Peggy Wilson sponsored a measure last session to bring back the grizzly plates. House Bill 293 passed unanimously in the final days of the 2014 session.The old grizzly plates had red lettering, beige mountains and a brown bear on its hind legs on a white background.The new plates feature a darker bear on a fading blue background with a silhouette of the Alaska Range.last_img

first_imgMiyapur: The locals of Gayatri Nilayam and Perfect Towers approach road Miyapur are irate road restoration works have been kept pending for two months. After facing a lot of distress and agony, the locals demand that the GHMC take up and complete the works at the earliest. A local resident shared, “The road was dug up for drainage work and it’s been almost two months now. There is a dump which is posing threat to vehicles especially in the night. It has become more difficult now as even due to a small drizzle, the road gets slushy and waterlogging happens, which makes the problem even worse. We request the authorities to order the completion of this incomplete road and relieve us from this agony.”last_img

first_imgVirender Sehwag and his wife Aarti Sehwag.Virender Sehwag/TwitterLegendary Indian opener Virender Sehwag’s wife Aarti has filed a complaint against her business partners alleging that they forged her signature to get a loan of Rs 4.5 crore. The former Indian cricketer’s wife is a partner in an agro-based company and has accused eight of her partners. According to reports, they took a loan from a Delhi-based creditor without informing her.The complaint filed by Aarti stated that “accused persons approached the creditors without any consent and knowledge of the complainant…and availed loan of Rs 4.5 crore from them.”The accused also influenced the creditor by taking Virender Sehwag’s name. She further accused them of forging her signature on the agreement and issuing two postdated cheques to the creditor. The firm failed to repay the loan amount.”Due to the default, the creditors invoked the arbitration clause and filed a complaint in the court. During the proceeding, it was shocking for the complainant to see her signature and partite agreement, which she had never signed,” the complaint read.According to ANI, the police have registered an FIR under sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly), 468 (forgery), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.last_img read more

first_imgBrigitte Trogneux, the wife of French presidential election candidate Emmanuel Macron casts her ballot during the the second round of 2017 French presidential election, in Le Touquet. Photo: ReutersWhen they first met, he was 15, she was a married 40-year old teacher coaching him in a school play. Set to enter the Elysee presidential palace as First Lady, Brigitte Macron will keep coaching her husband, but on a bigger stage now.Newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron’s wife, now 64, has been constantly by his side during his campaign, managing his agenda, editing his speeches and advising him on his stage presence.For his victory speech after winning the first round of the election two weeks ago, Macron brought his wife onto the podium and thanked her, to long applause.“Brigitte, always present, and even more now, without whom I would not be me,” an emotional Macron said as hundreds of his supporters shouted her name.Both complete unknowns when Macron was appointed economy minister in Socialist President Francois Hollande’s government in August 2014, Brigitte Macron, born Trogneux, resigned from her teaching job a year later to help her ambitious young husband.At the economy ministry, she was a discreet presence during meetings with officials in the modernist Bercy building by the Seine in eastern Paris.“She spends a lot of time here because her view matters to me, because she brings a different atmosphere, that is important. My life is here, you cannot work well if you are not happy,” Macron said in his last staff meeting after he resigned from the Hollande government in August 2016.He would not declare his presidential bid until three months later, on Nov. 16, 2016, but by then he had already started making the relationship with Trogneux – nearly 25 years his senior – an integral part of his public persona.In the months leading up to his official candidacy, the French public discovered Trogneux in a series of cover stories in the popular society magazine Paris Match, including, in August 2016, one of the couple on the beach, the petite blonde looking svelte and tanned in a one-piece bathing suit.“Lovers’ holiday before the offensive,” read the headline.In a November 2016 TV documentary on France 3, just days after Macron declared his bid, the couple shared video footage of the youthful Macron in the school play at which they met, and footage of their 2007 wedding ceremony.“Thanks for accepting us, a not quite normal couple,” Macron is heard saying in a video of the ceremony, attended by Trogneux’ then adult children. He was nearly 30, she 54.French cartoonists and satirical radio and TV programmes regularly mock the couple’s age difference, portraying Macron as a schoolboy taking instructions from his teacher.Macron supporters say these jokes are misogynist, saying that nobody would bat an eyelid if the age difference – the same as between U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife Melania – had been the other way around.Trogneux, takes the mockery in her stride and has joked that if he wanted to run for president, he better do it soon, while she still looked presentable.“He needs to go for it in 2017 because by 2022, his problem will be my face,” she was quoted as telling a friend in Nico­las Pris­sette’s book “Emma­nuel Macron en marche vers l’Élysée”Born Brigitte Trogneux April 13, 1953, the youngest of six children in a family of wealthy chocolate makers in the northern town of Amiens, she married a banker with whom she had three children.In 1993, in the Providence Jesuit college where she taught French and drama, the young Macron acted in a play under her supervision. The next year, the two rewrote a play together, adapting it to include more roles.“Little by little, I came totally under the spell of the intelligence of this young boy,” Trogneux told France 3 TV.As rumours started to fly about the relationship, Macron left Amiens to complete his last year of high school at the prestigious Lycee Henri IV in Paris, a traditional breeding ground for the French elite.“You cannot get rid of me. I will come back and I will marry you,” Macron told Trogneux according to his biographers.Asked about what role Trogneux would play at the Elysee if he were elected, Macron has said that he will propose that within the first weeks of his presidency a formal, albeit unremunerated, role is established for the French First Lady and that she will have her say in how that role is defined.“She will have an existence, she will have a voice there, a view on things. She will be at my side, as she has always been, but she will also have a public role,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgLawyers for the Coalition for Excellence and Equity in Higher Education, which represent Morgan State University, Coppin State University, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Bowie State University have been engaged in a legal battle alleging unlawful duplication of their programs by traditionally White Institutions since October 2006. The legal wrangling has reached the mediation phase between the two sides, and still very little is known by the general public in reference to what’s really at stake for the state’s historically Black colleges and universities. A town hall style meeting on the plight of the state’s HBCU is planned for 6 to 8:30 p.m., May 13 on the campus of Coppin State University. Veteran award-winning journalist George Curry is set to moderate the discussion at the school’s James Weldon Johnson Auditorium to shed light on the historic lawsuit.“I think the goal is to educate the public, the broader community as to what this case is all about and what its implications are for the future of historically Black colleges and more generally of Maryland higher education,” said Dr. Earl Richardson, former president of Morgan State University, one of the participants in Coppin’s town hall event. Richardson was president of Morgan when the Coalition lawsuit was filed against MHEC in 2006. He says the Black community needs to be stirred to action over the plight of HBCU during this primary election year.“Now is the time to force the hand of the candidates force the hand of the elected officials,” Richardson said. “It’s within your (politicians) power to resolve this issue now. It’s been in the courtroom simply because of your refusal to address what is obviously a major example of discrimination and segregation,” he added.Veteran defense attorney A. Dwight Petit, a former member of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents will also participate in the town hall meeting.“We need to continue to put pressure on the state,” Petit said. “The governor’s office has called the shots the attorney general’s office is carrying out those shots and the Board of Regents as well as the Secretary of Higher Education…(We need) to bring this matter to a complete and just result without it having being returned back to the federal courts,” Petit added.State Senator Joan Carter Conway – a vocal advocate for HBCU – who has attempted to pass anti-duplication laws through the legislature for nearly a decade will also participate in the meeting at Coppin.Michael Jones, from Kirkland and Ellis, one of the law firms representing the Coalition is also scheduled to attend the town hall meeting.Prince George’s County Delegate Aisha Braveboy, chair of the state’s legislative Black Caucus and a candidate for Maryland Attorney General has also been invited to participate in the event at Coppin.But, perhaps the invitee with the highest profile is former Maryland Lt. Governor and former chairman of the Republican National Committee Michael Steele. Steele, who has been a staunch supporter of HBCU wrote in a commentary on The Grio website last October: “With so many of the civil rights battles behind us, and the satisfaction that comes from the success of African-Americans in business, politics, sports and entertainment, it is no surprise that the assault upon the integrity and historic purpose of our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) has been little noticed by mainstream media and, more sadly, the black community itself.”last_img read more

first_imgBy Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFROThe District of Columbia is launching a number of events in honor of national Pride Month, which both celebrates and raises awareness about the LGBTQ community.(Twitter Photo @CapitalPrideDC)D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and her administration on June 9 will lead the Capital Pride Parade, which steps off from 23rd and P streets northwest at around 3:30 p.m. The 1.5-mile parade route winds through DuPont Circle and heads into Logan Circle before terminating on the 14th Street corridor at S St. N.W.The parade is expected to include more than 180 groups, including floats, vehicles and entertainment.Additionally, D.C. Black Pride will hold a pool party from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Penthouse Pool Club at the Yards, 1212 4th St. S.E. Admission is $10.D.C. Black Pride is a program operated by the Center for Black Equity. The center is a group of Black pride organizers promoting a multinational network of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community organizations.On June 10, the commemoration continues. Capital Pride Alliance will host  the Capital Pride Festival, which offers a single day of food, drinks, entertainment, music and more. The festival runs from noon to 10 p.m. and will be held on Pennsylvania Northwest between 3rd and 7th streets. The alliance is also organizing an opening party, brunch, block party and more.The District joins other cities and states nationwide that are observing the month-long celebration in June. Other cities include Chicago, Boston and New York City.The celebrations pay homage to the Stonewall Riots that touched off in June 1969 and are widely seen as the birth of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement. The Stonewall Inn, a New York City bar that supported the LGBTQ community, was raided by police, but patrons fought back and ignited a movement.last_img read more

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Travel Alert Winter’s back with a vengeance, 100s of flights cancelled << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, March 13, 2017 center_img Posted by Share NEW YORK — A powerful nor’easter could bring blizzard conditions and more than a foot of snow to some parts of the Northeast, proving that winter is not done yet.The National Weather Service issued a blizzard watch from late Monday night through Tuesday evening for New York City and parts of northern New Jersey and southern Connecticut, while winter storm warnings and watches were issued for the remainder of the Northeast.Meteorologists said the storm could dump 12 to 18 inches of snow on New York City with wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph.Mayor Bill de Blasio urged residents to avoid unnecessary travel and help keep the roads clear for sanitation crews and first responders.“We’re preparing for a significant storm on Tuesday, and New Yorkers should also prepare for snow and dangerous road conditions,” de Blasio said.Light snow is expected to begin late Monday night and intensify overnight into early Tuesday morning. The heaviest snowfall is expected Tuesday morning through the afternoon, with snowfall rates of as much as 2 to 4 inches per hour.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passenger“This would certainly be the biggest snowstorm of the 2017 winter season in New York City,” said Faye Barthold, a weather service meteorologist based on Long Island.Boston also could get 12 to 18 inches, with isolated amounts of up to two feet across northeastern Massachusetts.In Philadelphia, crews began treating some area roadways on Sunday. The city could see 6 to 12 inches of snow. The weather service said there is a chance the snow could change over to a wintry mix or rain for a time Tuesday morning, which could limit total snowfall amounts.Farther south, in the nation’s capital, where the National Cherry Blossom Festival is scheduled to start Wednesday, snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches are expected.According to USA Today, airlines have cancelled more than 725 flights for Monday and another 815 for Tuesday as a pre-emptive precaution. Other airlines are making contingency plans, like Emirates, which will be taking on extra fuel in case it needs to divert to other destinations.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthWith file from The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P La Traviata will transform Sydney for three weeks from 24 March In an effort to boost Australian tourism, Opera Australia has embarked on an AUD11.5million elaborate outdoor spectacle called ‘La Traviata’.The “floating Opera” although not the first in the world will allow visitors and residents from 24 March the opportunity to watch opera performances against one of the world’s top backdrops, Sydney Harbour, the Herald Sun reported.The Performers will take to an open-air 25 meter “shimmering” stage on the harbour, with a giant crystal chandelier that will be suspended in the air giving the illusion that it is floating above the stage.Opera Australia Artistic Director of Opera Australia Lyndon Terracini said the backdrop will have views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and the city skyline.“Everyone loves to look at the outside of the Sydney Opera House, so why not have that as the backdrop of a wonderful production,” Mr Terracini saidWith statistics by the Australian Bureau of Statistics indicating a drop of 0.2 percent in international visitors, it is hoped the spectacle will boost visitor arrivals.Tourism NSW is confident that with arrivals from China increasing 19.4 percent last year to 542,000 the event will only further increase visitors from this region. An Opera Australia spokesperson said the spectacle will be one of the iconic events that Australia will be known for overseas. “We are confident it will grow to an annual event and it will attract people from all over the world,” the spokesperson said. The spectacle will run for three weeks at the Royal Botanical Gardens and can be watched by up to 3000 guests.last_img read more

first_img Zespri operating revenue exceeds NZ$3B for first t … Staff of New Zealand kiwifruit marketer Zespri have moved into the company’s new head office in Mount Maunganui following the completion of the first phase of the new redevelopment.The new three-level office sits alongside Zespri’s former headquarters on Maunganui Road and can accommodate 340 staff. It features activity-based work zones spread across four work neighborhoods.It will also act as a hub for the kiwifruit industry, bringing together Zespri teams who had previously been working at three sites across Tauranga and fellow industry organizations New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers (NZKGI) and Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) who have ground floor offices in the new building.Zespri acting chief people officer Dave Courtney says the new head office marks an important step in starting a new chapter in Zespri’s story. “Today’s a really special day not just for our Zespri team but for the broader kiwifruit industry,” he said. “We achieved some great things in our old office and have some fond memories from our 23 years there, including the way our industry came together to work through some challenging times, but we’ve clearly outgrown it.“Our new office provides a fantastic and modern working environment that connects us both with the significant kiwifruit growing region of the Bay of Plenty, but also with our global markets who are represented in the names of some of our new meeting rooms,” Mr Courtney says.Zespri had invested over NZ$40 million in the design, build, fit-out and furnishing of the new complex, with the second phase of the building’s construction to commence shortly. This is expected to be completed by the end of the year with an official opening of the new building to occur in early 2020.The next phase of work includes the final demolition of the previous 1970s-built head office and the construction of an additional wing to house several meeting rooms featuring the latest interactive technology and a demonstration kitchen. The neighbouring council-owned park would also be redeveloped and landscaped, providing another green space for the local community to enjoy.“We’re looking forward to the completed building complex being a space that our community can enjoy and that the whole kiwifruit industry can come together in to celebrate future milestones and entertain visiting government, trade and media delegations,” Courtney says.“We see it not only as our new home, but a home for the wider industry, and we’re committed to working together to continue to deliver positive results for our growers and our communities in the years ahead.” April 08 , 2019 You might also be interested incenter_img Sinclair launches compostable labels for fresh pro … NZ: Seasonal labor shortage declared for Bay of Pl … NZKGI hails success of labor shortage declaration … last_img read more

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