Lessons from Greece lecture on labour law and a special Anzac Day Lecture‏

European Labour Law in Times of Crisis: Lessons from Greece

Venue: The Ithacan Philanthropic Society’ at 329 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne (click for map).

by Keith Ewing, Professor of Public Law at King’s College London.
Date: 7pm Thursday 2nd May, 2013
Entrance: Free Public Lecture
This lecture will address the austerity measures introduced in Greece following the intervention of the ‘Troika’.

Professor Ewing will examine some of the changes introduced in the light of the financial crisis and consider their legality in the light of the obligations of the Greek government under the Greek Constitution, and the European Convention on Human Rights.  He will also comment on the legality of the conduct of the EU institutions and the compatibility of their conduct with the EU Treaty.

Keith Ewing is Professor of Public Law at King’s College London. Before then he worked at the universities of Edinburgh (1978–83) and Cambridge (1983–89) and has also held visiting positions at various institutions overseas, including the universities of Sydney and Queensland. He is the President of the Institute of Employment Rights (a trade union funded think tank), and Vice President of the International Centre of Trade Union Rights.

Addressing The Lemnos Heritage of Gallipoli and the Forgotten Foundations of Anzac, 1915-1918

Venue: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street (click for map).

by Dr John Yiannakis.
Date:  Thursday 25 April 2013, 7pm 
Free Public Lecture

Despite the island of Lemnos being just 100 kilometres from the Gallipoli peninsula and having played a crucial role in the eight month Dardanelles campaign, the island is virtually unknown to most Australians.

While much has been written about Gallipoli, Lemnos is not included in this discourse having been marginalised over time.

As the Gallipoli centenary approaches, a research project seeking to demonstrate the importance of Lemnos to the entire venture and to contribute to the island’s (re)inclusion in the conceptualisation of the Anzac campaign at Gallipoli is proposed.

What social, political, economic and technological effect did the arrival of 20th century technologies have on the people and structures of a remote Greek island that still functioned as an 18th century rural subsistence community?

What sorts of relationships developed between the locals and the foreigners, notably the Anzacs?

Did the Australian presence disrupt Lemnian society?

Dr John Yiannakis was born and educated in Perth. For many years he lectured in Modern and Ancient History at Tuart College where, from 1998 to 2001, he was Head of the Social Sciences Department. More recently, Dr Yiannakis has worked as a Research Fellow at Curtin and Murdoch Universities. He is currently working on a funding proposal to investigate Lemnos as a counterworld to Gallipoli during the Anzac campaign of 1915.

2013 Greek History and Culture Seminars

The free seminars aim to provide an opportunity for members and friends of the Greek Community to delve into the long and fascinating history of Greece and Greek Culture, aspects of which have formed the foundation of Western Civilization.

Click here to view the full program of Season 1 of the 2013 Greek History and Culture Seminars.

Study: Traffic-Related Pollution Increases Likelihood For Childhood Cancers

Source: CBS

A new study from the American Association for Cancer Research has established a possible link between traffic-related air pollution and several kinds of childhood cancers.

The research, which was presented in Washington, D.C., on April 8, found that increased exposure to traffic-related pollution during pregnancy brought about a higher rate of contracting acute lymphoblastic leukemia, as well as two other childhood cancers.

Julia Heck, an epidemiologist at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health, oversaw the study. She was able to specify a link to germ cell tumors, which are cancers that are found in the testicles, ovaries, and other organs. Heck was also able to find a link to eye cancer.

The research looked at 3,590 children from the California Cancer Registry who had been born between 1998 and 2007. The results from those children were then compared to the results of more than 80,000 randomly selected children in the California registry. According to the study, Heck and her team found the correlated increases to be concrete.

“The main reason for undertaking this study was that we know much more about the causes of adult cancers than we do of the causes of childhood cancers,” Heck told Fox News. “We studied pregnancy exposures because the fetus is likely to be more vulnerable to environmental factors during that time, and we also know that certain childhood cancers originate in utero.”

Billions in Gonski funds unlocked for NSW after Julia Gillard and Barry O’Farrell reach an agreement.

Source: TheDailyTelegraph

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has reportedly reached an agreement with NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell on Gonski

PRIME Minister Julia Gillard has reached an agreement with NSW on the Gonski reforms.

The Daily Telegraph understands that Ms Gillard and Premier Barry O’Farrell will hold a joint press conference this afternoon to announce that they have reached an agreement on unlocking billions of dollars for NSW schools.

It comes just four days after the Council of Australian Governments meeting in Canberra, where Ms Gillard was unable to support a single state or territory to support her Gonski reforms.

Ms Gillard has asked the NSW government to commit $1.7 billion to the new funding model and the Commonwealth will pay $3.3 billion.

It represents a 35 per cent funding increase for NSW schools.

NSW has been considered the most likely Coalition government to sign up for the reforms.

Under the model, every Australian primary student would get $9271, secondary students would get $12,193 each and there would be extra money in six loadings for disadvantage, size and location of the school.

The Commonwealth will provide $2 for every extra $1 invested by the states and a premium indexation rate of 4.7 per cent if the states commit to grow their school budgets by 3 per cent a year over the next six years.

Ms Gillard said the Commonwealth’s contribution would be partly funded by a $2.3 billion cut to higher education, leading to criticism of “robbing from Peter to pay Paul”.

Ελληνοαυστραλοί βουλευτές στη Λήμνο

Το απόγευμα της 20ης Απριλίου 2013, στο περιθώριο των εορτασμών της 98ης επετείου από την απόβαση των ANZAC στη χερσόνησο της Καλλίπολης, πραγματοποιήθηκε συνάντηση στο Δημαρχείο στην οποία συμμετείχαν εκπρόσωποι της ομογένειας, οι Ελληνοαυστραλοί βουλευτές Lee Tarlamis, ο οποίος κατάγεται από τα Τσιμάνδρια, και John Pantazopoulos και ο Αντιδήμαρχος Λήμνου Δημήτρης Μπουλώτης.

Οι Ελληνοαυστραλοί βουλευτές εξέφρασαν τις ευχαριστίες τους προς τους τοπικούς φορείς για τη διοργάνωση των εκδηλώσεων και συζήτησαν τις αμοιβαίες ενέργειες ανάμεσα στο Lemnos Gallipoli Comitee της Αυστραλίας και το Δήμο Λήμνου για την ανάδειξη του ρόλου της Λήμνου στα γεγονότα εκείνης της εποχής, ιδιαίτερα ενόψει των εορτασμών της εκατονταετηρίδας το 2015.

Συγκεκριμένα συζητήθηκε η πρόοδος της συνεργασίας με το Australian War Memorial και η βοήθεια που μπορούν οι βουλευτές να προσφέρουν, η δημιουργία αναπαράστασης στρατοπέδου της εποχής, η κατασκευή μνημειακού αγάλματος, η δυνατότητα αδελφοποίησης του Port Phillips με το Δήμο Λήμνου και κυρίως η προοπτική σύγκλισης στη Λήμνο συνεδρίου για τους ΑNZAC τον Ιούλιο του 2013.

Τέλος προτάθηκε η παρουσία της Λήμνου σε συνεργασία με τον ΕΟΤ στο Τουριστικό Road Show της Αυστραλίας το Μάρτιο του 2014 και λοιπές δράσεις οι οποίες θα εντάξουν οριστικά τη Λήμνο στο επίσημο πρόγραμμα των εορτασμών του 2015.

Πηγή: lesvosnews.gr