MONTREAL — Justin Trudeau’s Liberals went looking for a donation from an unlikely source — the interim leader of the sovereigntist Parti Quebecois.The unusual pitch — a Liberal Party of Canada letter dated May 2 and signed by the prime minister — came in the mail to Pascal Berube’s constituency office in Matane, Que.Berube shared the personalized letter seeking a contribution on Twitter.“I have never seen such a thing. Never,” Berube said in an interview.“Usually political parties will first target their own members for donations … but to do that in a general way, I’ve never seen such a thing.”Berube’s hometown is located in the federal riding of Avignon-La Mitis-Matane-Matapedia, which is currently represented by Liberal MP Remi Masse.Other sovereigntists from elsewhere in the province — who’ve said they’ve never supported the federal Liberals — reported on social media that they too had received the Liberals’ letter. Some wondered aloud where the Liberal Party of Canada would’ve found the PQ’s mailing list.The Liberal party told The Canadian Press that the letter was circulated across the country, and that respecting and protecting people’s privacy is a top priority for the party.“Parties and their leaders often use funding letters like this one to reach out to more Canadians to raise donations for a major campaign,” the party said in a statement. “This letter has been circulated across the country and in both official languages.”In Ottawa, Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, a Quebec Liberal MP, said it shows the party is open and transparent when it seeks funding from PQ members.Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez said the party manages the list, but sometimes mixups with names do occur.“It happens quite rarely, otherwise you’d ask the question more often,” Rodriguez told reporters.For his part, Berube said he declined the Liberals’ request, adding he’s already donated to the Bloc Quebecois.Lia Levesque, The Canadian Press
22 January 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced “grave concern” about the situation in Guinea, which has been rocked by demonstrations in recent days, urging the Government to investigate killings and prosecute those responsible, including security forces. “The Secretary-General calls on the Government of Guinea to exercise maximum restraint on its security forces, and urges the parties to engage in dialogue in order to find a peaceful resolution to the dispute,” a spokesman for Mr. Ban issued a statement.Saying Mr. Ban is “gravely concerned at the excessive use of force resulting in the loss of life in clashes in Guinea,” the statement strongly urged the Government “to carry out investigations into the killings with a view to bringing those responsible to justice, including members of the security forces, and to take the necessary measures to ensure the safety of all citizens throughout the country.”Mr. Ban also voiced hope that a planned visit by leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to Guinea “will take place as a matter of urgency.”
by Posted Nov 9, 2016 8:25 am MDT TransCanada There’s been some positive reaction from the Canadian energy patch, following the U.S. presidential election.The CIO at Auspice Capital believes in time exports of our oil and gas will grow, especially if the Keystone XL pipeline project is revived.However, Tim Pickering says we can’t stop working on increasing tidewater access.“Open up pipeline access, whether it’s to Energy East or the west — some positive developments on that recently, and I think we need to continue down that path regardless of whether Keystone may get approved because more pipeline to the U.S. doesn’t solve everything for Canadian crude,” he said.Pickering thinks volatility on the markets will continue for quite some time, because of uncertainty over what kind of President Donald Trump will be.“We still need to go and do the right thing and that’s increase our ability to market our energy beyond the United States and this just serves as another reminder of that.” Trump victory could be good news for Canadian energy business AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAnother home goes up in flames leaving 6 persons homelessFebruary 16, 2017In “latest news”Fire destroys four bedroom house in Parfaite HarmonieApril 7, 2015In “Crime”Enterprise home destroyed by fire, arson suspectedMay 11, 2018In “Crime” A four-year-old boy was rescued after he set his aunt’s Bartica, Region Seven residence alight while playing with a lighter on Monday.The Lot 114 3rd Avenue Bartica house owned by 42-year-old, Michelle Garraway was completely destroyed at about 11:15h.The interior of the house after the fire was containedInews understands that Garraway left the child asleep in one of the bedrooms in the one storey wooden house.However, sometime later she smelled smoke and went to inspect. It was then that she saw the bedroom engulfed in flames but quickly managed to save her nephew.The duo, exited the house and the fire tender was called to the scene. However by that time, it was too late and the entire house was completely destroyed.When questioned, the child told Garraway that he was playing with a lighter and accidentally set a mattress on fire. The matter is being further investigated.
Six students and one faculty member represented the University of Guyana in Europe at the Second World Congress on Undergraduate Research held in Oldenburg, Germany, from May 23-25, 2019.The Undergraduate World Congress presents an opportunity for global dialogue across many different fields of inquiry. Students from Universities around the world congregated at this seminal event to share their research, discuss global issues and create international research partnerships; they were also afforded the chance to enjoy and explore the northwest of Germany.The Undergraduate World Congress is a product of the Council for Undergraduate Research of which The University of Guyana is a member.This organisation is comprised of individual, institutional, and affiliate members from around the world, whose mission is to promote high-quality and collaborative undergraduate research, scholarly, and creative activity opportunities for faculty and students.The UG students had their abstracts selected from a pool of over 8,000 abstracts for the World Congress. The student representatives were: Shikema Dey and Nerissa Persaud, two second year Associate Degree in English majors from the Faculty of Education and Humanities, whose research focused on the Discussion of Suicide in Guyana:The insiders’ perspectives (documentary); Shemain Robinson, graduate from the Faculty of Social Sciences, research was on The Challenges faced by orphanage direct care workers;Jomesha Stewart, graduate from the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, researched the Tolerance of two grafted tomato plants to diseases; Jason Jaikisson, graduate from the Faculty of Health Sciences, research focused on Estimating organ dose for a standard chest x-ray at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation; Benita Davis, graduate from the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences, focused on An examination of physicochemical water quality parameters in the vicinity of the Kaieteur National Park;and Kwesi Elliot, graduate from the Faculty of Natural Sciences, focused his research onThe use of keywords dynamics as a means of user authentication.Commenting on the university’s participation in the World Congress on Undergraduate Research, Vice Chancellor (acting) Professor Michael Scott said, “This is a truly watershed moment in the University of Guyana’s 55 year history. The entire UG Community is elated and justly proud of this global recognition of our undergraduate research scholarship”. He further congratulated the researchers (four females and two males), head of the delegation Assistant Director Undergraduate Research, who accompanied them and also their research supervisors, for a job well done. He also encouraged the team to “keep going forward andupward to greater accomplishments.”The students who attended the World Congress in Germany were extremely grateful for the opportunity to present their research and to represent the University. Jomesha Stewart noted that, “It was an honour to have research that has piqued the interest of individuals on the team of the WorldCUR 2019. I am grateful and quite ecstatic about being given the opportunity to share my research with scholars from various countries of the world.” By the same token, Benita Davis, highlighted that, “the aim of the World Congress for Undergraduate Research is to bring together the world’s best undergraduate research that addresses the major challenges the global community is facing today. Therefore, it was an honour and a privilege to represent the University of Guyana on a global stage”.Jason Jaikissoon called attention to the fact that, “Guyana is now one of five South American countries to participate in the event, with more than 117 international universities”, he is pleased that he was able to demonstrate the quality of research done at the University of Guyana and also for the chance to network for possible collaboration with other universities for future medical research at the University of Guyana.The students were accompanied by Ms Pamela Rose, Assistant Director, Undergraduate Research. Ms Rose also made a research presentation titled, “Implementing an Undergraduate Research Office: Insights from undergraduates”. In giving her praise to the students, she expressed, “Seven UG students being part of a global community of undergraduate researchers from 35 countries, six continents, 92 universities and 100academic disciplines is both a rewarding and a productive experience. The exposure to research excellence, creative inquiry and networking opportunities has inspired them and increased their self-confidence.The Office for Undergraduate Research was established in the latter half of 2016 as an initiative of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor at the University of Guyana. The mission of the Office is to promote and facilitate the engagement of students in research and other creative activities; to demystify research and increase knowledge about its nature and methodologies; and to obtain competitive advantages to pursue opportunities in the workforce and for postgraduate or professional study. 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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCAPE top performers attribute hard work, dedication to their successAugust 24, 2017In “Featured”CSEC TOP STUDENTS: Donlee Castello wants to become a politician to improve peoples’ livesAugust 15, 2019In “Featured”Visually impaired UG student receives Laptop from President GrangerSeptember 22, 2015In “Business” Omesh JhagrooOmesh Jhagroo, 37, has proven that it is never too late to achieve your dreams.Being completely blind, he has defied all odds and secured five passes at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations.“This is a great achievement. I feel wonderful of myself and very proud to know that, even though I lost my sight, I have achieved this,” Jhagroo told INews.As a teenager, Jhagroo did not make it far in high school due to complications with his eye.Though he was not yet fully blind, the young lad had difficulties seeing, and this impacted his schooling.“Due to my eye problems, I had a lot of struggling,” he recalled.He lost his sight completely at age 25, and after so many years, Jhagroo decided to retake the exams.With help from the Guyana Society for the Blind, he finally achieved his dreams.“As long as you put your mind to it, you can make it,” Jhagroo stressed.
African Gold Group has announced that SENET (Pty) Ltd has been awarded the contract to deliver an updated definitive feasibility study for the Kobada Gold Project in Mali. The company pointed out that SENET is one of the leading project management and engineering firms in the field of mineral processing in Africa. “It has delivered over 24 projects and studies in West Africa alone, and has a proven track record in taking projects from feasibility study through to production.”“Our vast experience in Africa has proven that no two projects are quite the same, therefore our approach has been to cater to our client’s specific requirements,” said Darren Naylor, Managing Director of SENET. “We are excited to be awarded this study on such an exciting project, specifically one in Mali where we have been involved in several early stage projects. We are very excited to be given the opportunity to take this study through to engineering design of the mine, process plant and infrastructure. SENET’s has a proven track record in delivering projects on time and within budget and is looking forward to developing a mutually beneficial relationship with AGG.”For almost three decades SENET has provided project management, multidisciplinary engineering, procurement and logistics management, and construction services to the mining and mineral processing industry. “We are very pleased to have SENET on board,” says Danny Callow, Chief Operating Officer of AGG. “SENET has time and again delivered projects in remote countries, with logistical and cross-border challenges and this is the type of expertise we require to take Kobada to the ‘ready for construction’ phase. SENET has a reputation for delivering projects on time and within budget and this is why we have appointed them on this project.”SENET will oversee and consolidate studies from a number of industry experts to fast-track the Feasibility Study, which already indicated significant upside potential, to enable AGG to start production on the exciting Kobada concession. The Feasibility Study is expected to be completed by April 2020.
Ramat Hasharon’s chairman wrote in the lase chapter that “We are a part of the EHF Challenge cup for 5 years and respect the rules and regulations. We expect the other teams to respect them as well!! We never involved politics with sports as this is not our role and we educate our players to do the same. We ask that you examine these issues and advise of the steps you think needed in order to keep the rules and positive attitude”. Israel Hayom newspaper published (link: https://www.israelhayom.co.il/article/634131 ) that Ramat Hasharon complained to the EHF for many issues: 1. “The technical meeting took place on the tribune of the hall instead of an office and was managed poorly”. 2. “We didn’t receive the match reports printed from the delegate – neither at the beginning nor at the end of the game (until now even such report did not reach us)”. 3. “Before the game we noticed that there are no flags of our country hung in the hall. We approached the delegate which kindly explained that the host teams are not obligated to hand our flag. We think that it is not correct! We gave the Athens team the utmost respect when they played in Israel and we expected the same courtesy!”. 4. “The temperature at the hall during the game was much less than the 18 degree that the host team is obligated to. It was very cold!!!”. 5. “Before and during the game the hall was covered with cigarettes smoke that made berating difficult. We think that in such an important sport events it should prohibit! (even as part of the regulation)”. 6. “During the game the Greek fans waved Palestine flags (attached pictures)”. 7. “At the end of the game the AEK Athens players dance with the Palestine flag!” AEK Athen handballRamat Hasharon ← Previous Story HANDBALL, FUN AND FRIENDS – Edition 21 in Granollers! Next Story → RK PPD Zagreb present Artur Karvatski In the second match they came to Athens and discovered that there was no Israeli flag. They asked the local management to raise the flag but they refused. Thru the match, the local crowd raised PLO flags and after the 35:25 for A.E.K, the local players celebrated with that flags. According to the Israel Hayom’s article, The EHF checking now what are the facts in that strange situation at the EHF Challenge Cup’s finalist – that will play with the Russian Dynamo-Victor in the quarter finals. If A.E.K will beat them – they will meet the winner between AM Madeira Andebol SAD from Portugal and Dicken from finland – in the semi final. SGS Ramat Hasharon started to play in the EHF Challenge Cup on 2014/15 and collected four european seasons before they met A.E.K Athens in the last 16.
← Previous Story PETAR NENADIC SHOW: Telekom Veszprem going for trophy in Cologne! Next Story → MADNESS – RK Vardar from -7 to the final! The Hungarian Telekom Veszprem will once again try to catch the most wanted trophy in the world of handball – the one in VELUX EHF Champions League.The new national champions beat PGE Vive Kielce 33:30 (13:13) in the first semi-final of the VELUX EHF CL Final4 at Lanxess Arena in Cologne.This is how Veszprem’s playmaker Mate Lekai saw the match…Mandatory Credit © Jozo Cabraja / kolektiff
The FASTER cable will connect the US west coast with two locations in Japan. Source: NECSIX MAJOR COMPANIES, including Google, are joining forces to build a superfast internet cable under the Pacific Ocean.The Trans-Pacific cable, which will be called FASTER, will connect the US to two landing locations in Japan and is expected to cost $300 million (€224 million).The cable will deliver speeds of up to 60Tb/s, and will connect Chikura and Shima in Japan to the west coast of the US. It’s expected that the cable will be extended to major cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle as well as beyond Japan and other Asian locations.The construction of the cable will begin immediately and is expected to be completed and ready-for-service during the second quarter of 2016.The six companies involved include Google, which is working with a number of Asian telecom companies like China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, KKDI and SingTel.Google already offer its own fibre broadband service in the US called Google Fibre, which delivers speeds of up to 1,000 Mb/s.Read: Worried your online accounts are under threat? Here’s how you can keep them safe >Read: The chances of you following a bot account on Twitter is higher than you think >
Source: WikimediaAMERICA HAS MORE prisoners than anywhere else in the world.Currently there are 2.2 million prisoners in America. That is 1.6 million more than in Russia, 2.1 million more than the UK and 600,000 more than China.Nearly two-thirds of prisoners who are released from American prisons will re-offend within three years. However, there are some who shouldn’t be there.For inmates who are in prison in the wrong, there is a non-profit organisation that fights their corner: The Innocence Project.The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University to assist prisoners who could be proven innocent through DNA testing.To date, they’ve exonerated 300 people, including 18 who had served time on death row.The average length of time a person who is exonerated has served is 13 years. Source: innocenceproject/YouTubePaul Cates of The Innocence Project says that the project is designed to encourage reform in the US criminal justice system.“Our mission is to use DNA evidence to exonerate people and reform the system to prevent injustice.“We try to look at the criminal justice system through a scientific lense. We know through the exonerations that there is a flaw in the system.”Cates says that misidentification is a problem in the system that leads to innocent men and women being in prisons.“By far the biggest cause of wrongful conviction is misidentification. Scientists have determined more effective and accurate identification methods, but we’re trying to have a standard set on scientific evidence.“As such, there is no set standard for states to use in terms of what can be used as scientific evidence and what can’t.”That push for a scientific standard one of the key goals for the Innocence Project.They say:For each cause of wrongful conviction, there are straightforward, proven remedies that make the system more accurate: police can change how they administer lineups to reduce errors; forensic science standards and oversight can increase the reliability of evidence; recording interrogations can reduce false confession.In a review of Innocence Project cases that went to DNA testing and were then closed over a five-year period, DNA testing proved innocence in about 43% of cases, confirmed the prosecution theory in about 42% of cases, and was inconclusive or not probative in about 15% of cases.In more than 40% of all DNA exoneration cases, law enforcement authorities identify the actual perpetrator based on the same DNA test results that overturned the wrongful conviction. However, given the nature of the criminal justice system, getting an exoneration is not an easy road, says Cates.“We have 70 people on staff, including seven staff lawyers and we have anywhere from 250 to 300 open cases at any time.“They are incredibly difficult and we only take on cases where we feel DNA evidence can exonerate someone.”Read: The State of Texas may have executed an innocent man – but won’t pardon him
PHONE PROVIDER EIRCOM has said that there have been 30 incidents so far this year of cable theft.The company told TheJournal.ie that over 8,000 metres of cable have been stolen in 2014.Last year, some 60,000 metres of the company’s cable valued at €240,000 was stolen. This year’s haul would be valued in the region of €30,000.“These thefts do result in loss of service to customers but we always work hard to restore service as quickly as possible,” a spokesperson said. “There are a number of cases pending against the culprits.We would strongly urge anyone who has any information relating to metal theft to contact their local garda station.”Irish Rails has suffered some thefts this year – one along the DART line, which caused services to be cancelled, and another on the Limerick to Galway line.There have also been eight instances of cable theft reported by the Luas. A spokesperson said around 350 metres of earthing cables have been taken so far this year.They also pointed out that the cost of replacing the cables often far exceeds the cost to companies to replace them and repair any damage done by thieves.In May, gardaí warned businesses of a rise in metal theft, with over 2,500 incidents reported each year. That same month, they found 1,000 stolen beer kegs in a search as part of a metal theft day of action.According to gardaí, copper, aluminium and lead are the main targets for thieves.While copper prices are stabilising because of increased supply, market prices for aluminium and lead are both on the increase due to falling production levels. Other metals that are increasingly in demand are platinum, palladium and rhodium present in catalytic converters of vehicles.- With additional reporting by Clíodhna Russell.Read: Gardaí discover 1000 stolen beer kegs>Read: Businesses warned of rise in metal theft>
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram George Michael’s estate can finally be divided following court paperwork issued on 30 May, however the star did not leave any of his $124 million fortune to his 45-year-old boyfriend Fadi Fawaz or 60-year-old Kenny Goss, his lover of almost 15 years.The will, released more than two years after the star’s death, split the majority of his estate between sisters Yioda and Melanie who get the lion’s share, including two London homes. He also left a horse racing stud farm to his dad, Kyriacos.The remainder of his wealth is to be split between seven of his friends and relatives, which include Wham! co-star Shirlie Kemp and record producer David Austin. Yioda will decide how the items will be divided.Other items of interest have been donated to The Mill Charitable Trust, including artworks, antique and a piano once owned by John Lennon.The star tragically passed away from heart disease on 25 December 2016, and was found by his on-off boyfriend, hairdresser Fadi. They had started dating in 2012. Since the star’s death, Fadi has been living at the star’s house near Regent’s Park and the Sun reports that he has ignored legal letters from George’s family because he states that the star gave him permission to live there before his death.
Never before have the white-washed Greek villages cascading down hillsides and the sparkly waters of the Aegean been more accessible. Even as the country deals with a financial crisis, its tourism industry is filled with new developments that allow travellers to enjoy a hassle-free vacation at affordable rates.Here’s what’s new in Greek transport:NEW FERRY ROUTEMainland Greece and Turkey have officially become connected by ferry for the first time.A special ceremony was held on Sunday at the Turkish port in Çeşme to launch the new ferry service on the ‘Kaunas’ between the Çeşme District and the Lavrio Port in Athens.The route takes seven hours, with a one-way ticket starting from 55 euros, and runs six days a week departing from Lavrio on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and from Çeşme on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.According to reports, the new ferry route was scheduled to commence on 2 June, but was delayed due to bureaucratic obstacles. It is expected to boost tourism, as well as creating a more affordable pathway for cargo carrying vehicles from Turkey to Europe.“The line will not only boost the region’s economy but it will also provide significant convenience for expatriates as well as tourists,” Bülent Ipek, Board Chairman of the Turkey-based company Aegean Seaways told Daily Sabah.NEW AIRPORTMykonos is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination each year, and Fraport Greece has announced it will be investing in the island to keep up with demand.Fraport Greece is investing 25 million euros (AU$40.5 million) to build a new airport on the island.To fit in with its surroundings, the building will be designed keeping in mind the aesthetics of traditional Cycladic island architecture and character, according to a report by ANA.If all goes to plan, the new airport will be completed sometime in 2021.It will be larger than the current airport, extending from 10,000 to 12,000 square metres, and will have 16 check-in desks and seven boarding gates.According to a presentation by Fraport Greece, they expect to see two million passengers come through the new airport in 2026 – a significant increase from the 1.3 million people who currently come through the airport annually.READ: Jetting off to Greece soon, or planning to? Here’s how to avoid hidden costsNEW FARESEllinair, an airline belonging to the Mouzenidis Group, has announced three new ways for passengers to travel economy according to their budget:Economy Basic (ticket, hand luggage and a briefcase within cabin);Economy Classic (Basic and 23-kilo luggage);Economy Comfort (Classic but with additional comfort such as lounges, luggage priority and a fast-track service).Each service can be purchased separately and passengers can add onto the Basic option even after their ticket has been issued to allow for additional flexibility.NEW FLIGHTSRyanair announced that it would include two new flights connecting Greece to Hungary and Poland on its schedule. The new routes are from Preveza-Aktio to Budapest every Monday and Kavala to Poznan in Poland every Wednesday.The airline estimates that it will transport 5.6 million passengers in 2019 and support over 4,200 jobs in Greek airports.Ryanair spokesman Chiara Ravara said the new flights would help boost regional tourism in Greece.NEW AIRCRAFTAegean Airlines is making long-term plans to give the carrier increased flexibility. In an effort to strengthen its position, management discussed the funding of new aircraft delivery with the provider’s creditors. Competition with its main rivals in the domestic market (Sky Express, Volotea) has peaked.NEW SERVICESNatives of Chania, Kalamata and Preveza living in London had reason to celebrate this year when British Airways increased its flights last month from London Heathrow to Greek airports from two to three per week. These remain into effect until early October.READ: You can get paid to live on an idyllic Greek islandNEW EXPRESS TRAINThe wait ended in May as the highly anticipated express train on the Athens-Thessaloniki line was launched.Now, instead of taking five hours to get from one city to the other, passengers will be able to reach their destination in just three hours and 55 minutes.The express trains feature all necessary amenities to ensure a convenient and relaxed trip, including WiFi.The routes are initially being carried out by three TRAINOSE trains coaches, set to be overhauled by EASTY. The ultra-modern express trains will run daily, with two stops – one in Lianokladi and the other in Larissa.NEW E-TICKETSThe Greek Ministry of Culture announced an upgraded e-ticket that would include a number of new sites and museums across Greece, improving the overall tourist experience.The sites to be given e-ticket access include Ancient Olympia, the Archaeological Site of Aigai-Vergina, the National Archaeological Museum, Delphi, as well as Thessaloniki museums and landmarks such as the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Byzantine Culture, the Rotonda and the White Tower.Furthermore, visitors to the Acropolis who have purchased tickets online from etickets.tap.gr will be able to gain immediate entry through newly-introduced fast lanes. Ticket machines will be installed at the site for faster access.Compiled by Anastasia Tsirtsakis and Mary SinanidisREAD: Greek island of Santorini has similar make-up to Mars, study reveals Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Poet and journalist Dimitris Troaditis is set to present an insightful lecture at the Greek Centre this month, delving into the emergence and promulgation of radical anarchist ideas in Greece between 1874-1940.Presented as part of the Greek Community of Melbourne’s (GCM) free Greek History and Culture Seminar series, Troaditis will outline an alternative perspective of subversive and radical ideas in Greece – one which rescues the anxieties of ordinary people, and that can only be uncovered if you dig like a grave robber under the deep geological layers of grand narratives. Because it is there that scattered ‘ceramic’ fragments of struggles, which have passed, can be found.During the lecture, Troaditis will draw from his book on the subject, to shed light on the stories that have been lost in the dusty pages of official records. He will highlight social and revolutionary struggles that, as is the case with any narrative that blurs the image of a national and sovereign narrative, remain systematically obscured by official historiography. These are the stories of the history and the actions of the first anarchist, libertarian and Utopian socialists who appeared from the middle of the 19th century onward in Greece.This historiography seems groundbreaking, given history as a method involves the fundamental attribute of authority; the requirement to tell in retrospect, to periodise and explain based on its current aspirations, the living experience of the protagonists. In this endeavour, history usually claims parables of validity higher than its own sources. Beyond the other difficulties, the attempt of history as presented here also contains a critical methodological problem, as it must find those forms of narrative that will not fall into the usual methodological claims of sovereignty.Troaditis was born in Athens in 1959. Towards the end of the 1970’s and early 80’s he participated in a shadow theatre and musical group. He studied journalism and worked at various publishing houses and bookshops in Athens, before relocating permanently in 1992 to Melbourne, where he has worked as an editor and journalist. As a poet, he has released six poetry collections. The most recent titled ‘Sideways Glances’ was launched in June at the GCM’s Greek Writers Festival 2019, of which Troaditis was a member of the organising committee. Many of his poems have been published in a variety of literature journals and blogs both in Greece and Australia, in Greek and English.He is the administrator of the website ‘The Sieve’, and organisers poetry readings. He has also been involved in a number of poetry translations, and has also translated countless political and historical articles, most of which have appeared on ‘Neither God nor Master’. He is also a member of various international institutes and research groups involved in labour, radical and social history.When: Thursday 18 July at 7.00 pmWhere: Greek Centre (Mez, 168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC) Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Young Greek Australian truck driver Coen (Costas) Fraser is being hailed as a ‘hero’ after he swerved to avoid a car parked on the road.The tragic accident resulted in two deaths at Sturt Street, six kilometres out of Truro, South Australia, on Thursday. Experts attribute the blame to gale-force winds that created a dust storms, diminishing visibility, and resulted in the accident.Fraser managed to see the vehicle parked on the highway, however swerved to avoid it and hit a truck coming from the opposite lane.Despite the fact that both trucks were driving at a slow speed at 45km/hour, the flammable material on one of the two enveloped the vehicles in flames causing the death of the two drivers.Fraser was just a few months shy of his 27th birthday and on the verge of creating his own truck driving business.READ MORE: Greek Australian Arthur Frangis killed in hit-and-run accidentCoen Fraser, a few months short of his 27th birthdayIn the aftermath of the collision, police officers allegedly searched for evidence of fatigue at the family truck company despite the fact that they were told that he was working on his own account and the truck involved did not belong to the company.The South Australia Road Transport Association (SARTA) expressed objections to what was described as a “heavy-handed” treatment of the family by police authorities, with SARTA director Steve Shearer stating that Fraser’s mother and uncle were subjected to a raid on their premises, were not informed by officers of their son’s death and were treated “like terrorists”.Mr Shearer objected to the fact that the police allegedly treated “these individuals who have just lost their son and nephew, as if they are criminals. And it is not acceptable.READ MORE: Greek Australian father of five dies tragically in crash“It is neither necessary nor reasonable. It is unconscionable and we are extremely angry.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Deputy Minister of External Affairs Antonis Diamataris and Deputy Education Minister Sophia Zaharaki discussed issues pertaining to education and diaspora Greeks.The meeting took place at the Ministry of External Affairs in Athens and focused on the process of the appointment of teaching staff to schools abroad, including their evaluation and their training prior to their placement.Mr Diamataris stressed the importance of the books on the curriculum being modified for students that speak Greek as a second language and said that he is very pleased with the updates adding that there still is room for minor but essential improvement, as several teachers working in diaspora schools have pointed out.ALSO READ: Experts explore the prospects and challenges of the Greek Language in AustraliaHe also touched on e-learning and expressed his hopes that Greece will be able to offer on-line education in Greek within the next one to two years.Meanwhile, Ms Zaharaki rehashed the ministry’s commitment to strengthen Greek language learning in the diaspora and the promise to place more Greek teachers at schools abroad.She also said that the Ministry of Education plans to appoint teachers to diaspora schools much earlier this year, allowing them more time for training and to organise their personal affairs.ALSO READ: Ode to the Greek language in Australian Parliament [VIDEO] Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Police have charged Bradley Edwards, 34, for the murder of Ioli Hadjilyra, 26, whose body was found dumped in a north Brisbane Park last week.Edwards was arrested on the corner of Flix Street and Lutwyche Roade in Lutwyche at noon on Tuesday after members of the public alerted the police.He was charged with murder and appeared at Brisbane Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday morning. The matter was briefly mentioned and was adjourned for a mention again on 8 October.Edwards did not appear in court.READ MORE: Police seek suspect for questioning in death of Ioli HadjilyraMs Hadjilyra’s body was found last Wednesday by council workers conducting routine maintenance underneath the rail lines at Kalinga Park. Parts of her garments had been removed and her body was found to have “unexplained bruises and bleeding”, and police could not rule out that she may have been sexually assaulted.READ MORE: ‘Passionate artist’ Ioli Hadjilyra, a ‘free spirit’, considered moving to Cyprus before police found body dumped in Brisbane bushAn Australian-Cypriot dual citizen and talented artist, Ms Hadjilyra’s sketches were found scattered near her body. Attempts had been made to disguise her body.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Australian producers of feta cheese may very well have to rename their supply, as negotiations continue between European Union and Australian officials.The EU is seeking to protect iconic food items, such as feta, as well as drinks known to be produced in a particular EU region. If their request is successful, producers Down Under might have to rebrand, specifying that it is ‘Australian feta’.“We are looking at the exclusivity of the Greek cheese (feta) and we nevertheless have to take into account the Australian market and producers,” EU lead negotiator Lionel Mesnildrey said earlier this month.Other cheeses being discussed in negotiations are Italian Gorgonzola and French Gruyere, which has its origins in Gruyere, Switzerland.READ MORE: Australia will not be able to use the ‘name’ feta for cheese that has not been produced in GreeceAlso undecided is the stance on spirits the likes of ouzo and grappa.In August the Australian Ministry for Trade announced a list of 408 products, including 172 foods and 236 spirits, that the EU wants to protect as Geographical Indications (GIs).This status would mean a price premium would be added that would go directly to helping producers.“The price premium is more than twice, so there is more income that contributes to preserving jobs in rural areas (and) attracting new generation farmers, which is an issue in the EU,” Mr Mesnildrey said.The trade deal currently being negotiated is rather significant, given the EU is Australia’s second-largest trading partner, third-largest export destination and its second-largest services export market.Producers have until 13 November, 2019 to make a submissions about why certain terms should be exempted from GI status.READ MORE: Health benefits of Greek feta revealed, as researchers decode its ‘DNA’ for first time