Daily Archives: January 24, 2014

Calombaris’ Twitter spat with Heart



George Calombaris involved in a Twitter spat with Heart’s CEO.

Calombaris’ Twitter spat with Heart.

Greek Australian chef George Calombaris has swapped harsh words with Melbourne Heart’s CEO Scott Munn after the Victory’s 5-0 loss against Wellington Phoenix last week.

It all started when Munn surprisingly tweeted to Calombaris – Melbourne Victory’s number one ticket holder – “in some cultures 5 is a lucky number” followed by a screen grab of the score.

Melbourne Heart managed their first win after a 19 game losing streak last week, winning 3-1 against Newcastle Jets.

Calombaris responded to Munn’s bizarre taunt, saying, “can’t believe ur [sic] a CEO of a club and u [sic] take the piss out of another. Fish rots from the head down.”

The behaviour of Munn in his position has baffled many in the sport, with Calombaris also tweeting back, “Worry about your back yard. 1 win and your [sic] a mouth.”

source: Neos Kosmos

Vandi may host Eurovision solo


Greek singer Despina Vandi may be set to host the Greek finals of the Eurovision contest in May 2014 solo, according to rumours circulating throughout Greek media sources.
Vandi and Greek actor Giorgos Kapoutzidis were the presenters of the Greek Eurovision broadcast last year, and it was initially assumed that they would repeat their joint performance this year as well.
It appears that no written agreement has been signed so far by the host and the national broadcaster NERIT, yet both Vandi and Kapoutzidis have expressed their eagerness to co-host again.

source: Neos Kosmos

Chrysochos bested in quarter final


Petros Chrysochos out of the Australian Open Juniors tournament.

Cypriot tennis young gun, Petros Chrysochos has stunned in the Australian Open Juniors reaching the quarter finals but bested in the end.

The 17-year-old Larnaca born player made it into final 16 of the junior grand slam, after smashing Australian teen Omar Jasika 7-6 6-3, this week.

At a world ranking of 40, he’s exceeding his expectations, taking down Korea’s Chan-yeong Oh in the first round in two sets, beating Slovakia’s Alex Molcan after falling in the first set and breezing through the third round in just two sets.

Yet, in the quater final he was paired up with French youngster Quentin Haly, world number 7 in the juniors and a favourite to win.

The Frenchman didn’t put a foot wrong and managed to win the match in just two sets, 6-3 6-4.

Yet, for the Cypriot, his top 16 finish will see him well through the year, when he tries to up his ATP ranking and ferry himself through to the professional level.

Kokkinakis, Kyrgios to enter Davis Cup

Tennis young guns Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis were named in Australia’s five-man squad to play in France from January 31, the first time Australia has been part of the main Davis Cup group since 2007.

Kyrgios is in the box seat to partner with Lleyton Hewitt in the singles, having made his Davis Cup debut against Poland when Australia won its way back into the world group.

The two teenagers will join Hewitt, his doubles player Chris Guccione and Jordan Thompson to make a team.

source: Neos Kosmos

Greece to face South Korea, Nigeria and Bolivia


Dimitris Salpigidis during a friendly against Licehtenstein.

Greece will face South Korea in a pre-World Cup friendly game on March 5 in Piraeus, the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) confirmed this week.

The match will kick off at 7 p.m. at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium and will be a dry run for the national team ahead of its game with Japan on June 19 in Brazil.

EPO has also confirmed a friendly with Portugal on May 31 in Lisbon, while a few days earlier it will play a charity game in Piraeus with the team that won Euro 2004 on the 10-year anniversary of the Greek triumph in Portugal.

On June 1 the national squad will reportedly travel to the US where it will play World Cup warm-up games against Nigeria and Bolivia. Then on June 7 it will fly to Brazil ahead of its first game in Group C of the World Cup against Colombia on June 14.

Greece coach Fernando Santos will arrive in Athens on Monday to start checking out his players in domestic league and cup games as well as in European competitions for the following four weeks.

Source: Kathimerini.

U-NITE match highlights round 16


Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory in another U-NITE match for Australia Day.

After licking its wounds, Melbourne Victory will be roaring for a win against Sydney FC on Australia Day.

Melbourne Victory’s fifth annual U-NITE blockbuster at Etihad Stadium will see Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory give a bit of their limelight to multiculturalism in round 16.

The Australia Day bash will include a clash of continents as Unite FC, an elite Melbourne Horn of African youth team, takes on the Victorian Asian All-stars.

Both teams have been trained by Melbourne Victory youth coaches in the lead up to the game.

As well as the two matches, more than 35,000 fans will be treated to multicultural entertainment on the stadium’s concourse featuring diverse Melbourne acts including Japanese drummers Wadaiko Rindo, Afro Brazilian entertainers Maracatu Estrela Do mar and a traditional Chinese Dragon dance provided by the Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne.

Last week’s round saw Melbourne Victory fall spectacularly, ending their match against Wellington Phoenix 5-0. In their past five games, Victory have only won one match, but Sydney FC are also in a similar predicament, winless in five. Victory have made some great signings of late, with Socceroos Tom Rogic a possibility of playing tomorrow, while Besart Berisha also signed in the week but won’t be playing for the team till next season.

For another Melbourne team, Melbourne Heart have had some great news in the past week, winning their first match of the season against Newcastle Jets and announcing the club’s been bought by Manchester City.

Their up against tough opponents this round, Adelaide United. They haven’t lost in six matches, winning four – including last week’s 1-0 triumph over Western Sydney Wanderers – to move into fifth position on the A-League ladder.

Third on the ladder Central Coast Mariners are in a derby against Newcastle Jets Saturday. The Mariners will be quite desperate to make some goal-scoring chances, something they’ve struggled with of late, while the Jets will trying to keep the stellar performance last week going to move up into the top six on the ladder.

Surprisingly due to a quirk in the A-League draw this clash is the first time Western Sydney Wanderers and Perth Glory have meet this season. The Wanderers have had some bad luck of late, only just holding onto their second position after three losses in four games. Perth Glory on the other had has been the quiet achiever this season, with one hard earned 0-0 draw last week against leaders Brisbane Roar and two wins before that. International marquee, William Gallas played 45 minutes last round after recovering from injury, and is a strong starting hopeful this round.

source: Neos Kosmos

Thousands at Semaphore Greek Glendi




Dancers entertain the crowds.

With souvlaki and loukoumades galore, and perfect weather, one more annual Semaphore Greek Cultural Festival took place last weekend, welcoming close to 30,000 festival goers through its doors. Journalist George Donikian was the MC at the event, as South Australians converged on the seaside suburb to enjoy Greek food, music and culture.

source: Neos Kosmos

Greek owned Fin Index in $130 million takeover

centric wealth

Wealth planner firm headed by Greek Australians finalising talks to buy rival company Centric Wealth.

A $130 million takeover of a rival wealth planning and advising company will make Financial Index Wealth Accountants’ Greek Australian partners heads of one of Australia’s largest non-aligned financial advisory businesses.
CEO of Financial Index Wealth Accountants Ltd (FIWA), Spiro Paule, Chairman and brother Terry Paule, Chief Information Officer Nick Mylonas and Chief Operations Officer Tony Roussos have started plans to buy out Centric Wealth Ltd.
The companies are, as CEO Paule says, “carbon copies of each other” and will boost the company’s funds under advice up to $7.5 billion if the takeover is successful by its cut off date in March.
He says the two businesses would focus on providing high quality financial advice for clients.
“We are both focussed on providing the best possible advice and solutions to our clients. We will be able to share respective areas of expertise and offer clients and employees a greater level of sophistication and opportunity,” Paule said to the Financial Standard.
Keeping the company independent and non-aligned was still paramount to the business and was a good reason to buy Centric Wealth Mr Paule mused.
It comes after Centric Wealth’s owner Champ Private Equity put the business up for sale six months ago.
Centric Wealth is being backed by major private equity player from the UK, KKR Asset Management which will hold a 30 per stake.
Centric Wealth shareholders would be entitled to receive 8.9 cents cash per ordinary share, with the offer being endorsed as fair and reasonable by the Centric Wealth Board.
For FIWA, the company is still in the hands of its founding partners, brother Spiro and Terry Paule. The duo set up the firm in 1987 to become a financial advice business, effectively making a financial index for clients, hence the name.
In 2001, FIWA merged with three small businesses and it’s success started a common thread, where the Index would re-invest its profits in buying up other businesses to integrate into their model.
In the past 10 years FIWA has acquired 45 businesses, and with Centric Wealth’s acquisition, the company is expected to make that number grow exponentially over time.
CEO Paule says he isn’t looking to take over another business this year with the merger still new but hopes to entice more businesses in 2015.
Source: Data Room, Money Management, Financial Standard

Black Swan up for sale


Black Swan has the largest share of dip production in Australia.

One of the most well-known Greek business of Australia, Black Swan, was put in the hands of Deloitte on June 17, 2013, Deloitte Corporate Finance partner Victoria Brilliant says.

Ms Brilliant says the business has the largest market share for dips and chilled yoghurt dips in Australia. An advertisement for the sale of the business states it creates 20 million tubs of dips for the Australian market each year.

The sale of the company was confirmed to Neos Kosmos and by Black Swan share holder and director Kostas Saristavros.

Source: Neos Kosmos

Και ο Σόρτεν στο «Φεστιβάλ της Λόνσντεϊλ»


Ο αρχηγός της Αντιπολίτευσης της χώρας Μπιλ Σόρτεν (αριστερά) με τον πρόεδρο της Ελληνικής Κοινότητας Μελβούρνης Βασίλη Παπαστεργιάδη παρέστη και στον κεντρικό εορτασμό Αγιασμού των Υδάτων στη Μελβούρνη, πρόσφατα. Φώτο: Κώστας Ντεβές

Μετά τους Άμποτ, Νάπφθαϊν, Ντόιλ κ.α.

Το σύνολο της αυστραλιανής πολιτικής ηγεσίας, τόσο σε ομοσπονδιακό επίπεδο όσο και σε πολιτειακό, θα παραστεί στα εγκαίνια του ελληνικού φεστιβάλ της Μελβούρνης. Μετά τον πρωθυπουργό, Τόνι Άμποτ, και ο αρχηγός της ομοσπονδιακής αντιπολίτευσης κ. Μπιλ Σόρτεν, επιβεβαίωσε ότι θα παρευρεθεί στα εγκαίνια του «Φεστιβάλ της Λόνσντεϊλ», που θα γίνουν το Σάββατο 8 Φεβρουαρίου 2014.

Σε πρόσφατη συνάντηση που είχε ο πρόεδρος της Κοινότητας, κ. Βασίλης Παπαστεργιάδης, με τον κ. Σόρτεν, ο αρχηγός του Εργατικού Κόμματος εξέφρασε την επιθυμία να παρευρεθεί στα εγκαίνια, επισημαίνοντας, ταυτόχρονα, ότι θα ήταν δύσκολο, λόγω των επαναληπτικών εκλογών σε εκλογική περιφέρεια του Κουήνσλαντ.

Το γραφείο του κ. Σόρτεν επιβεβαίωσε ότι, τελικά, θα παρευρεθεί στα εγκαίνια, συνεχίζοντας έτσι την παράδοση της ηγεσίας του Εργατικού Κόμματος να τιμά την Κοινότητα και το Φεστιβάλ.

«Είμαστε πολύ ευχαριστημένοι που και ο αρχηγός της αντιπολίτευσης κ. Σόρτεν, θα παρευρεθεί στα εγκαίνια, συνεχίζοντας την παράδοση της ηγεσίας του Εργατικού Κόμματος να τιμά το Φεστιβάλ μας, όπως, για παράδειγμα, η πρώην πρωθυπουργός κ. Τζούλια Γκίλαρντ» δήλωσε ο πρόεδρος της Κοινότητας κ. Παπαστεργιάδης.

Όπως είναι γνωστό, στα εγκαίνια του Φεστιβάλ θα παρευρεθεί ο πρωθυπουργός κ. Τόνυ Αμποτ, ο πρωθυπουργός της Βικτώριας κ. Ντένις Ναπφθάιν, ο δήμαρχος Μελβούρνης κ. Ρόμπερτ Ντόιλ, ομοσπονδιακοί και πολιτειακοί βουλευτές, καθώς και οι επίσκοποι Δέρβης κ. Ιεζεκιήλ και Μιλητουπόλεως κ. Ιάκωβος.

Πηγή: Νέος Κόσμος

«Θα βάζαμε μία μπουκιά ψωμί στο στόμα των αστέγων»


O πατέρας Ιωάννης Ψάλιος

Έτσι θα χρησιμοποιούσε η Ελληνορθόδοξη Κοινότητα Αγ. Σπυρίδωνα Unley τα χρήματα που της «έκοψε» η κυβέρνηση Άμποτ.

«Με τις $68,000 που μας υποσχέθηκε η προηγούμενη κυβέρνηση θα κτίζαμε μία επαγγελματική κουζίνα προκειμένου να μαγειρεύουμε κάθε μέρα για τους αστέγους της περιοχής» δήλωσε ο πατέρας Ιωάννης Ψάλιος, εφημέριος του ιερού ναού Αγ. Σπυρίδωνα της Ελληνορθόδοξης Κοινότητας Unley, στην εφημερίδα «The Advertiser». H Κοινότητα Unley είναι μία από τις 400 εθνοτικές κοινότητες και φορείς της τοπικής αυτοδιοίκησης της χώρας που επρόκειτο να λάβουν επιχορηγήσεις στα πλαίσια του προγράμματος Building Multicultural Communities Program, που θέσπισε η προηγούμενη κυβέρνηση, αλλά η παρούσα αποφάσισε να το καταργήσει από τον επόμενο Ιούλιο. Το πρόγραμμα Building Multicultural Communities θεσπίστηκε από την Εργατική κυβέρνηση και παρείχε εφάπαξ χρηματοδότηση μέχρι 160.000 δολάρια σε κοινοτικές ομάδες και φορείς της τοπικής αυτοδιοίκησης που εργάζονται για την προώθηση και την ενίσχυση της κοινωνικής συνοχής.

Ανάμεσα σε αυτούς τους συλλόγους-οργανισμούς που χάνουν τις συγκεκριμένες επιχορηγήσεις εκτός από την Κοινότητα Unley που έχασε $68,000 λόγω της κατάργησης του προγράμματος συμπεριλαμβάνονται και οι Ελληνικές Ορθόδοξες Κοινότητες του Αγ. Ραφαήλ στο Athelstone και Γέννησης του Κυρίου στο Port Adelaide που θα χάσουν από $10,000 η κάθε μία και η Ελληνική Ορθόδοξη Κοινότητα Norwood, επίσης στη Ν. Αυστραλία που θα χάνει $9,800.

Μετά την απόφαση για την κατάργηση του προγράμματος πριν από περίπου ενάμισι μήνα η κυβέρνηση δικαιολόγησε τη στάση της δηλώνοντας ότι τα χρήματα αυτά δεν επρόκειτο να χρησιμοποιηθούν για τη βελτίωση των εγκαταστάσεων των συλλόγων, αλλά για να αγοραστούν καφετιέρες και όργανα γυμναστικής. Ο ένας μετά τον άλλο, εντούτοις, οι υπεύθυνοι των κοινοτήτων διαψεύδουν τις δηλώσεις της κυβέρνησης δημοσιοποιώντας πού θα επενδύονταν τα χρήματα της επιχορήγησης.

Πριν μία εβδομάδα, ο πατέρας Σταύρος Ψαρομάτης, εφημέριος του ιερού ναού Προφήτη Ηλία της Ελληνικής Ορθόδοξης Κοινότητας Norwood, δήλωσε στο «Νέο Κόσμο» ότι τα χρήματα αυτά θα χρησιμοποιούνταν για την αγορά ηλεκτρονικών υπολογιστών και ενός εκτυπωτή για τις ανάγκες των μαθητών του ελληνικού σχολείου της Κοινότητας, και τώρα ο πατέρας Ιωάννης Ψάλιος, από την ΔΕλληνορθόδοξη Κοινότητα Unley, δηλώνει ότι τα χρήματα αυτά όντως θα χρησιμοποιούνταν για τη βελτίωση των εγκαταστάσεων της Κοινότητας.

Η ομοσπονδιακή κυβέρνηση αποφεύγει να σχολιάσει το όλο θέμα και ενόψει των επερχόμενων πολιτειακών εκλογών στη Ν. Αυστραλία τον Μάρτιο το…  «μπαλάκι» πέρασε στην αντιπολίτευση της Πολιτείας. Ο βουλευτής των Φιλελευθέρων που εκλέγεται στην έδρα Unley, κ. David Pisoni, που ερωτήθηκε για το αν η αντιπολίτευση προτίθεται να χρηματοδοτήσει την Ελληνική Κοινότητα Unley, αν τελικά το κόμμα του πάρει την εξουσία, δήλωσε ότι το κόμμα του προτίθεται να αυξήσει τις πολιτειακές επιχορηγήσεις σε εθνοτικούς οργανισμούς από $650,000 που είναι σήμερα στο $1 εκατ.

Τέλος, να αναφέρουμε ότι με το πρόγραμμα επιχορηγήσεων Building Multicultural Communities επρόκειτο να χρηματοδοτηθούν οι οργανισμοί με $11,5 εκατ. ποσόν που είχε ήδη εγκριθεί.

Πηγή: Νέος Κόσμος