Father John Daskalakis celebrates 50 years of priesthood in Australia

PRIEST MARKS HALF-CENTURY IN AUSTRALIA

WHEN Father John Daskalakis came to Australia in 1963, the Greek Orthodox Church was just starting to establish itself in Sydney.

Picture: BRADEN FASTIER

Fr John celebrates 50 years of priesthood

Epiphany 1972, NSW. Photo courtesy: Fr John Daskalakis.

Father John Daskalakis celebrated his 50th year in Australia recently.During the next 50 years, Father Daskalakis has seen the Archangel Michael Church in Crows Nest being built and the Greek community on the north shore grow.

In latter years, the church set up a Greek language school and community hall in Crows Nest.

Father Daskalakis celebrated his 50 years in Australia recently by being presented with an honorary award from the church’s Archbishop of Australia Stylianos Harkianakis.

But the parish priest admits he knew little of Australia before arriving.

‘‘I passed college and my principal chose me and approached me about coming here,’’ Father Daskalakis said. ‘‘I only knew of Australia from my geography class.’’

He said the church and the Greek community faced challenges during the postWorld War II immigration to Australia.

‘‘It was not easy for them, it was not easy for us,’’ he said. ‘‘We had to start from scratch.’’

Father Daskalakis said the church faced new challenges in the 21st century, but a new school to train new priests would ensure it survived in Sydney.

Baby joy for Jodi and Greek-Australian Braith Anasta

Baby joy for Jodi and Braith

Former Home and Away starlet Jodi Anasta (nee Gordon) is going to be a mum for the first time.

After tying the knot with rugby league player Braith Anasta in a lavish Bali ceremony in October, the couple are now expecting a child.

While Fairfax has reported that Woman’s Day has paid $25,000 for the official details, which will appear in today’s edition, it looks as if New Idea have also got hold of the news and are splashing it across the front of their latest issue, also out today.

Jodi, who was named the face of Myer’s modern womenswear label Piper at the weekend, has turned her life around after a public fall from grace in 2009, following an incident where she was found cowering in a Sydney apartment with alleged bikie gang member Mark James Judge after a suspected cocaine binge.

It was later that year that the former model began dating Greek-Australian Anasta, the pair quickly becoming a hot couple on the Sydney social scene.

Bendigo Art Gallery to host exhibition on ancient Greece

Source: ABC

Victorian community cabinet at Bendigo August 26, 2013

The State Government has announced the Bendigo Art Gallery will host another major international exhibition.

The state cabinet is meeting in Bendigo today and tomorrow and is making a series of local announcements.

There will also be a community cabinet forum this evening.

The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece exhibition will be the third major show at the gallery.

Last year the gallery hosted the popular Grace Kelly exhibition and before that hosted an exhibition on 200 years of wedding dress fashion.

The new exhibition show features pieces from the British Museum’s Greek and Roman collections and will be staged in the second half of 2014.

It will include 100 works, including the renowned Discobolus, a marble statue of a discus thrower, from the second century AD.

The Government says the Grace Kelly exhibition generated more than $16 million for the local economy and next year’s exhibition is expected to generate similar crowd numbers.

The Government is also hosting an event at the Bendigo Hospital, and will launch a new IT sharepoint factory with tech giant Microsoft at La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus.

The venture is expected to create 55 jobs over the next six years, and will have a focus on software development, including providing a resource for local industries.

The Government says the project will also help attract IT students to the university.

Similar projects are to be rolled out in other regional universities such as Deakin in Geelong.

MTV Video Music Awards 2013

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Το MTV έβαλε και φέτος τα γιορτινά του και μοίρασε στους καλύτερους της χρονιάς τους μικρούς του «αστροναύτες»!

30 ολόκληρα χρόνια συμπληρώθηκαν με την φετινή διοργάνωση των MTV Video Music Awards που για φέτος πήγε ένα μικρό ταξιδάκι μέχρι την Νέα Υόρκη (και όχι το Los Angeles) όπου λάμβανε χώρα μέχρι πρότινος! Σε μια φαντασμαγορική βραδιά μεγάλα ονόματα της παγκόσμιας δισκογραφίας παρέλασαν από το Barclays Center του Brooklyn και απέσπασαν το χειροκρότημα του κοινού ενώ παράλληλα βραβεύτηκαν για τα εντυπωσιακά τους video clips!

Οι «σημαιοφόροι» των υποψηφιοτήτων, Justin Timberlake και Macklemore & Ryan Lewis κατάφεραν πράγματι να κερδίσουν και τα περισσότερα βραβεία καθώς πήραν στο σπίτι τους από 4 και 3 μικρά αγαλματίδια του μικρού «αστροναύτη» αντίστοιχα! Κατά πόδας ακολούθησε και ο Bruno Mars με δύο βραβεία ενώ το “Video of The Year”, το σημαντικότερο δηλαδή βραβείο της διοργάνωσης, στο οποίο ήταν επίσης υποψήφιος, απονεμήθηκε τελικά στο “Mirrors” του Justin Timbrelake!

To βραβείο για το ¨καλύτερο τραγούδι του καλοκαιριού” παρέλαβαν οι One Direction για το “Best song ever” μαζί με ένα γιουχάρισμα από το παρευρισκόμενο πλήθος, που δεν έδειχνε να τους ενοχλεί και πολύ καθώς δεν σταμάτησαν ούτε στιγμή να χαμογελούν ενώ το παραλάμβαναν! Τα ειδικά βραβεία “Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award” και “Artist to Watch Presented by Taco Bell®” παρέλαβαν -για άλλη μια φορά- ο Justin Timberlake και ο Austin Mahone αντίστοιχα!

Δείτε αναλυτικά την λίστα με τους μεγάλους νικητές της βραδιάς παρακάτω!

Video of the Year: Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”

Best Hip-Hop Video: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us”

Best Male Video: Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven”

Best Female Video: Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble”

Best Pop Video: Selena Gomez, “Come & Get It”

Artist to Watch Presented by Taco Bell®: Austin Mahone, “What About Love”

Best Collaboration: P!nk feat.Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me a Reason”

Best Video with a Social Message: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lewis, “Same Love”

Best Rock Video: Thirty Seconds to Mars, “Up in the Air”

Best Art Direction: Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu, “Q.U.E.E.N”

Best Choreography: Bruno Mars, “Treasure”

Best Cinematography: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us”

Best Direction: Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z, “Suit & Tie”

Best Editing: Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”

Best Visual Effects: Capital Cities, “Safe and Sound”

Song of the Summer: One Direction, “Best Song Ever”

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award: Justin Timberlake