Daily Archives: January 8, 2014

Sydney Olympic courting three Greek superstars



Sotirios Kirgiakos (L) and Angelos Charisteas (R) still in talks with Sydney Olympic. Photo: EPA/BRIAN STEWART.

Deal signing Euro 2004 champions, Charisteas, Kafes and Kyrgiakos almost complete

Greek national team greats, Angelos Charisteas, Pantelis Kafes and Sotirios Kyrgiakos are set to join national premier league club Sydney Olympic in late January if all things go well, and could be playing on our shores this year.
The three greats are currently out of contract or free agents, and are contemplating an Australian move with aspirations of joining the A-League in the future as marquee players like Alessandro Del Piero and Shinji Ono.
A couple of European clubs are also trying to sign the players and the club won’t know for sure if they will have a concrete signed agreement until the end of the European transfer season in late January.
“All have agreed in principle to come and play,” Sydney Olympic media manager, George Mpilokas, tells Neos Kosmos.
“Negotiations are ongoing. Two of the players are revisiting some opportunities they have with professional contracts within Europe.”
Mr Mpilokas says the club is guaranteed at least one player will be on board for 2014, but the best case scenario would be three marquees they can alternate within the team.
With the national premier league (NPL) rules, the number of plays a marquee player can have is restricted but the club will also have to deal with the busy schedule of these professionals.
“It looks like there will be three or four match stints for the players likely at differing points in the season,” Mpilokas says.
Centre-back for Liverpool, Panathinaikos and the Ranger, Sotirios Kyrgiakos is expected to be the first to arrive at Belmore Oval, perhaps as early as late January.
Central midfielder, Charisteas Kafe is currently out of contract after leaving Greek club Veria in February. His options are being tested, with many offers coming from European clubs so his Olympic venture might be put on hold.
Former striker for Ajax, Werder Bremen and Schalk, Charisteas, is also likely to be snapped up by a European club, having left Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr earlier this year but isn’t closing the door yet.
The club is hoping that the famous stars will enhance the club’s name, now going down a new road with a new board of directors.
Current players will be waiting with bated breath to get a few pointers from the professional stars.
The NSW Greek community will also be jumping on the opportunity to see the Euro 2004 players hit a local pitch and will be filling out the stands. The club has had a strong Greek Australian legacy, spanning over 50 years and was first called Pan Hellenic Soccer Club. It has seen Australian soccer greats like Tim Cahill and Alistair Edwards go through its ranks, while it has signed the likes of Brett Emerton, Jason Polak and Ned Zelic for stints at the club.

Source: Neos Kosmos


Under the stars with Greek film


A scene from A Girl in Black.

The Hellenic Museum and Greek Film Festival announce ‘Summer cinema and Παγωτό’ – pop-up dining by Con Christopoulos

An exciting array of Greek film will be gracing the garden courtyard of the Hellenic Museum as part of their Summer Cinema program. The museum, in collaboration with the Greek Film Festival, will convert the private garden courtyard into an outdoor cinema, complete with pop-up dining and bar by renowned restauranteur Con Christopoulos to accompany audiences at dusk screenings. The Summer Cinema, which includes two afternoon kids’ films, combines a selection of vintage films with pop-up dining and bar to provide Melburnians with a taste of Athens’ famed outdoor cinemas. Through a selection of award-winning films, the program showcases the golden era of movie production in Greece. Films as diverse as noir dramas, children’s classics, tales of adventure, romance and comedy dramas provide some of the finest examples of Greek cinema from the era. The program celebrates the themes of summer – friendship, adventure, and discovery – through the heroes and legends that light up the big screen, bringing timeless tales to entertain Melbourne audiences. All films are subtitled, inviting a wider audience. The beloved actor Nikos Kourkoulos steals the show in three films from the program. In Koinonia, ora Miden (1966), he stars as a disgraced former air force pilot who is appointed to investigate a plane crash in a brisk-paced tale of morals vs money. A Girl in Black (1956), the Golden Globe winner and Palme d’Or nominee, offers one of the finest examples of director Cacoyannis’ early works, with a focus on the inevitably tragic nature of love. Films such as Blood on the Land (1966), a story of family, justice and solidarity; and The Red Lanterns (1963), with its nostalgic, underground atmosphere, portray periods of change in Greece’s history, with the lives of characters representing vast social and cultural developments. The Summer Cinema program includes: Saturday 1 February, doors open 7pm: Koinonia, ora Miden (1966) Saturday 8 February, doors open 7pm: The Red Lanterns (1963) Saturday 15 February, doors open 7pm: Mandalena (1960) Saturday 22 February, doors open 4pm: The Little Runaways (1969) Saturday 22 February, doors open 7pm: A Girl in Black (1956) Saturday 1 March, doors open 4pm: Peppermint (1999) Saturday 1 March, doors open 7pm: Blood on the Land (1966) All films are subtitled. Evening sessions are rated M, with afternoon sessions rated PG. Doors open at 7pm, with pop-up dining and bar. Seating around 9pm, with screenings to start shortly after. For more information and tickets visit https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/summer-cinema-tickets-9779754509

Source: Neos Kosmos

Greek French actress, Adele Exarchopoulos was awarded by the Utah film critics association for her performance in the drama Blue Is the Warmest Color


Adele Exarchopoulos in Blue is the Warmest Color.

Greek French actress, Adele Exarchopoulos was awarded by the Utah film critics association for her performance in the drama Blue Is the Warmest Color

Greek French actress, Adele Exarchopoulos was awarded by the Utah film critics association for her performance in the drama Blue Is the Warmest Color.
In this indie romantic film, Adele plays the role of a young girl who falls in love with an older woman.
The 20-year-old star was sent by her parents to acting classes to cure her shyness, at the age of 9.
Kicking goal after goal, she has also won the Palme D’Or, becoming the youngest winner ever of the Cannes Film Festival award.
Other distinctions include the LA Film Critics Association Award and the National Board of Review Award for Best Actress.

Source: Neos Kosmos

Religion and youth in Australia



Fr Michael Psaromatis

Recent statistics are saying that youths are shying away from the church, yet the Greek Orthodox faith says there’s a resurgence in youth numbers

Youth attendance in Greek Orthodox churches around Australia is seeing a significance rise, say three representatives of churches in Victoria, Queensland and South Australia. All believe in providing services in English and having approachable clergy representatives is a significant factor in retaining youth interest in religion.
Father Michael Psaromatis, parish priest at Saint Andrew Noarlunga, in South Australia tells Neos Kosmos that one third of his parish attending services is made up of youths and young families. He says his church is in an area that is predominately resided by young families forming their own community around the church, and this trend is opposed to what he sees occurring in Greek Orthodox churches situated in the CBD of Adelaide.
“My parish goes against the trend as it’s a younger parish, a younger area; the area is most affordable so majority of my parish are younger families,” Father Psaromatis tells Neos Kosmos.
“There’s a strong sense of community because it’s a smaller parish, I think they’ve established relationships and there’s a common community aspect to it – they go out together, they spend time together, they get together.” He said traditionally, the Noarlunga-based Greek Orthodox church always had a younger priest which makes the youth feel comfortable in dealing with their clergy and plays a big role in retaining the youth. He says “younger priests are more approachable and bridges the gap” between the generations.
Father Nicholas Brown, parish priest at the Dormition of the Theotokou in Brisbane, echoes this sentiment and says of the cause of youth interest: “A lot of us priests getting out there and speaking one on one with the youth, and the priests being more approachable as well”.
“Back in the old days everyone was in awe of the priest but a lot of young people are finding they can have a normal conversation with their priests,” he adds stating matter-of-factly that it’s the “approachability of the clergy that is making the difference”.
Father Brown adds that he believes having bilingual services have made the church more attainable to the youth and second, third and fourth generations.
“I would say definite increase for the simple fact that in Brisbane we do an in English service as well so that’s the main thing that entices our youth to come back into the church, and people that haven’t been in the church for whatever reason for them to come back to,” he says.
Daniel Bellas, a representative of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in Victoria adds “the vast majority of our parishes are bilingual and the way the person is presented to a church they are engaged in different ways to the church in the way they were 20 or 50 years ago.”
Many Greek Orthodox churches have youth groups, bible studies, information sessions, online forums and are even using social media – such as Facebook and Twitter – to promote services.
Yet, recent statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics state that Australians are shying away from religion, especially the youth and the educated. But Mr Bellas believes that even though other denominations have noticed a drop in youth attendance, the Greek Orthodox faith is “bucking the trend” in relation to this issue.
“Each of our parishes has youth fellowship, we had a national youth conference and over 400 people attended,” Mr Bellas tells Neos Kosmos. “We have youth functions and they are always filled, and if you look at our sacraments such as baptisms and weddings they are always well attended by younger people.”
When asked if this is because of religion or tradition in the Greek Australian culture, Mr Bellas stated that the two are “inseparable” and that our “faith is our tradition”.
However, Father Psaromatis said that overall there is a drop in attendance from the past 20-30 years, but he is noticing a significant shift in the past years.
“The honest truth there is an overall drop,” he says, “I think safely we can say in the mid-90s we saw a dip in young people attending, but now I am noticing a slight shift back.
“Because there is a younger clergy coming through it’s assisting in reinvigorating church attendance by the youth and younger families,” he says.
Father Psaromatis adds that having Greek Australian priests who are born and trained in Australia is making a significance difference. He says in previous years, priests would either migrate from or be trained in Greece, and in some cases this wasn’t the most appropriate thing for followers of the Greek Orthodox faith in the diaspora who were growing up in a multicultural, multilingual and multifaithed society.
“Now we’ve come to realise this and by being more accessible we are able to give more answers and to be more open with how we can communicate and converse with the younger generation on matters of faith.”
Mr Bellas agrees, stating that one of the most important things for the Greek Orthodox faith in Australia was the ordination of Bishop Iakovos, who is Australian born and locally educated.
When asked about whether or not being educated plays a role in the drop in faith, Father Psaromatis says this is a double edged sword for the church.
“With regards to education I do think it plays a big role however, it’s a double edged sword as in many cases because in some cases it may promote – in my personal opinion – atheism.

However, I think when you provide someone with a good education – no matter what background you come from – it gives the child the opportunity to select and to ask questions, and if we go from that basis then yes there have been many people who haven’t had that much contact with church and are asking questions and their faith is becoming stronger by their questions being answered. He says the church is now promoting a free will to attend, and says if you are forced to go to church it may be doing more harm spiritually and psychologically.
“If you want to come to church, you need to want to be there,” says Father Psaromatis.
“My personal opinion is the core role of the church is about helping the person in a moment of crisis and joy and that’s what we are here for: salvation. For them to believe in something more than the mundane in the world,” says Mr Bellas.

Source: Neos Kosmos


Diaspora say no to vote on facebook


The issue on whether or not the diaspora should be entitled to vote in Greek elections, has sparked up another debate – this time on social media

The issue on whether or not the diaspora should be entitled to vote in Greek elections, has sparked up another debate – this time on social media. Neos Kosmos’ facebook page was the forum for readers to voice their opinion on whether or not Greeks of the diaspora should be entitled to vote with an overwhelming number saying the vote should stay with Greeks living in Greece.

The debate followed the article “Bakoyannis: Diaspora should vote” which was published online this week in which former Foreign Minister of Greece Dora Bakoyannis, spoke to Neos Kosmos during her private visit in Melbourne. In the article, Ms Bakoyannis declared that the diaspora should be entitled to a vote.

“As a modern European country Greece is obliged to give the voting right to its citizens who live abroad,” Ms Bakoyannis told Neos Kosmos. “The voting right should be given to the Greeks of the Diaspora who retain the Greek citizenship, and they should also have the right to elect their own representatives in the electorate regions where they live.”

Yet judging by feedback on social media, members of the diaspora are jaded by past and present politicians in Greece. The feedback received pointed towards corruption by politicians and a sense of resentment towards Bakoyannis – if Greece was and is in crisis, many wondered how this former politician could afford to travel.

Source: Neos Kosmos

Οργισμένοι πολλοί συμπάροικοι της Αυστραλίας


Ο πρόεδρος του Παγκοσμίου Συμβουλίου Κρητών, κ. Αντώνης Τσουρδαλάκης, με την κ.Ντόρα Μπακογιάννη η οποία δείχνει τα αναμνηστικά δώρα που της πρόσφεραν


Την πεποίθησή της ότι η Ελλάδα θα βγει από την ύφεση το 2014 επανέλαβε η βουλευτής, Ντόρα Μπακογιάννη, μιλώντας σε Κρήτες της Μελβούρνης. Η πρώην υπουργός Εξωτερικών είπε ακόμα ότι η γενιά της είναι η πιο τυχερή γιατί δεν γνώρισε πολέμους αλλά ευημερία.

«Αυτό μας έκανε άπληστους και πληρώνουμε τα λάθη μας. Από την κρίση αυτή θα βγούμε πιο δυνατοί γιατί θα έχουμε μάθει» είπε και πρόσθεσε: «Παράλληλα, θα τιμωρηθούν και όλοι οι επίορκοι και οι διεφθαρμένοι και θέλω να πιστεύω ότι θα εφαρμόσουμε τέτοιους μηχανισμούς που δεν θα επιτρέψουν ξανά τέτοια φαινόμενα» είπε σε εκδήλωση που οργάνωσε η Παγκρήτια Ένωση Μελβούρνης και η Κρητική Αδελφότητα Μελβούρνης υπό την αιγίδα του Παγκοσμίου Συμβουλίου Κρητών στο Κρητικό εστιατόριο «Μύθος» όπου τα μέλη των Κρητικών Σωματείων είχαν την ευκαιρία να την γνωρίσουν από κοντά την ίδια και τον σύζυγό της Ισίδωρο Κούβελα και να ανταλλάξουν ευχές.

Στον σύντομο λόγο της, η κ. Μπακογιάννη ευχαρίστησε τα Κρητικά Σωματεία της Μελβούρνης και ευχήθηκε το 2014 να είναι ένα δημιουργικό έτος γεμάτο υγεία και χαρά για όλους.

Την εκδήλωση τίμησαν με την παρουσία τους και ο δήμαρχος Manningham, κ. Δημήτρης Γρίβας, ο πρόεδρος της Παμμακεδονικής, κ. Δημήτρης Μηνάς, ο πρόεδρος της Πανηπειρωτικής Ένωσης κ. Δημήτρης Βάρνας, ο πρόεδρος της ΝΟΔΕ κ. Αθανάσιος Τσουχαντάρης και ο σύμβουλοι της Ελληνικής Κοινότητας Μελβούρνης κ.κ. Μαρίνος Πιρπιρής και Νικόλαος Κουκουβιτάκης.

Με την εκδήλωση αυτή, ουσιαστικά, ολοκληρώθηκαν οι εκδηλώσεις υποδοχής της κ. Μπακογιάννη στη Μελβούρνη, που είχαν ξεκινήσει μια εβδομάδα νωρίτερα με δεξίωση που της παρέθεσε η Νομαρχιακή Οργάνωση της Νέας Δημοκρατίας στο κρητικό εστιατόριο του Ρίτσμοντ «Κρίταμος». Στο μεταξύ, η συνέντευξη της κ. Μπακογιάννη στο «Νέο Κόσμο» προκάλεσε σωρεία αντιδράσεων στην σελίδα της εφημερίδας μας στο Facebook. Δεκάδες αναγνώστες κατέθεσαν με οργή τις απόψεις τους. Στη συντριπτική πλειοψηφία οι περισσότεροι φέρονται να μην θέλουν να μας χορηγηθεί ψήφος για τις ελληνικές εκλογές!

Επιτέθηκαν όμως με σκληρά λόγια κατά της κ. Μπακογιάννη καταφερόμενοι και κατά του συνόλου του πολιτικού κόσμου της Ελλάδας.

Source: Neos Kosmos