An idyllic Greek island Symi might be the last place you’d expect a horror film The Judas Curse to be set

Symi chosen to host horror film

The Judas Curse will be directed by Navin Dev and will be shot in October

Symi chosen to host horror film

An idyllic Greek island Symi might be the last place you’d expect a horror film to be set, but Symi has taken on the role. Indie horror film The Judas Curse will begin filming on the island in October, and was inspired by, and specially written for, the mysterious ruins in the ancient hilltop village of Horio.
It will be directed by up-and-coming horror director Navin Dev, famous for Red Kingdom Rising (2013). The Judas Curse will be styled on the original nail-biting thrillers of the ’70s, including The Exorcist and The Omen, and will include a supernatural theme throughout.
For the filmmakers, the movie is a strong investment in the quiet island that has felt the hardships of the Greek economic crisis.
“Greece is going through a very difficult time at the moment and I wanted to do something to help,” says screenwriter James Collins.
“We can’t change the world, but by bringing a series of film projects to Symi we can help boost tourism and give local young people the chance to learn some skills that might lead to a career in the film industry.”
A recent survey in the UK showed that 19 per cent of British people are influenced by films and television programs when choosing a holiday destination. A further 20 per cent said they were likely to choose a holiday in the future based on films and shows they have watched.
Symi’s mayor and the community are very supportive of the project and hope to see a tourism boost from the movie’s release.
The plot centres around a son visiting the island to tie up his family’s belongings. When his father dies investigating an ancient myth, he leaves behind a mystery that only his son will be able to unlock. When a 2000 year old curse is unleashed, bodies start piling up, turning a soul searching trip into a nightmare.
The film is being financed by a crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter which will run throughout August. Among the rewards on offer is an executive producer credit, which includes the donor and one other being flown out to the island location, spending five nights in a luxury hotel.
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If enough funds are raised, the film will be released next year.

Father John Daskalakis celebrates 50 years of priesthood in Australia


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


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


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

Greek Carer Support Group – Seeking Members

Source: daru

ADEC is planning to start a Greek Carers Support Group in the Western Region and is looking for carers from the Greek community to join.

The aim of the group is to provide support for people caring for someone with a disability.

The group plans to undertake a number of activities, including sharing experiences with each other over lunch, having guest speakers come to answer any questions or concerns the carers may have and also going on social outings to give the carers a break from their caring role.

The first meeting is  Tuesday 27 August from 11:00am – 1:00pm at Migrant Resource Centre North West, 45 Main Road West, St Albans.

For more information or to join, contact Effie Meehan on Mondays between 10:00am and 3:00pm on:
T: 9480 1666

Greek winger Charis Mavrias signs three-year Sunderland contract for undisclosed fee

Source: heraldsun

Paolo Di Canio

Greek winger Charis Mavrias has become Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio’s (pictured) 11th signing of the current transfer window. Picture: Scott Heppell/AP Source: AP

SUNDERLAND have signed Greek international winger Charis Mavrias from Panathinaikos for an undisclosed fee.

The 19-year-old, who has won two cups for Greece, has signed a three-year contract.

He has become manager Paolo Di Canio’s 11th signing of the current transfer window.

Mavrias made 70 appearances for Panathinaikos, scoring six goals, and became the second-youngest player to appear in the Champions League when he turned out at the age of 16 years and eight months in 2010.

Although the transfer fee was undisclosed, reports in the British media suggested Sunderland had paid around STG2.5 million ($4.39 million) for Mavrias’ services.

Sunderland lost their opening league fixture 1-0 at home to Fulham at the weekend and host Arsenal on Saturday.

George Lucas spends millions on Starbucks

George Lucas with wife Mellody Hobson. AP Photo/Entertainment Fusion Group/Ryan Miller

George Lucas with wife Mellody Hobson. AP Photo/Entertainment Fusion Group/Ryan Miller

George Lucas has gone from Star Wars to Starbucks. AFP Photo

George Lucas has gone from Star Wars to Starbucks. AFP Photo

MOVIE mogul George Lucas has bought up $US10 million ($A11.16 million) worth of shares in coffee chain Starbucks, the company where his wife Mellody Hobson is a director.

The Star Wars creator’s GWL Living trust purchased 141,573 shares in the beverage giant for $US70.60 earlier in August.

The investment will mean his partner Hobson, who has sat on the Starbucks board since 2005, will have to sign a Form 4 with America’s Securities and Exchange Commission to protect herself from allegations of insider trading.

Lucas has plenty of money spare to invest after selling his LucasFilm company and the rights to his Star Wars movie franchise to Disney for $US4 billion in 2012.

The director married Hobson in June. They welcomed a child, Everest Hobson Lucas, via surrogate earlier in August.

Fundraising Event for Bear Cottage at St Nicholas Church Hall, Marrickville on the 27/10/13







What is bear cottage?


A little bit about Bear Cottage

Bear Cottage is the only children’s hospice in NSW, one of only two in Australia, and the only one in the world affiliated with a children’s hospital. It is a very special place that’s dedicated to caring for children with life-limiting conditions and their families.

Planning began for Bear Cottage almost 20 years ago, when Dr John Yu and Dr Michael Stevens from The Children’s Hospital at Westmead decided to enhance the hospital’s palliative care program.

Located on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, in Manly, Bear Cottage is like a home away from home – as far removed from a hospital environment as possible. Here staff do not wear uniforms, no medical procedures are carried out in the bedrooms, the children’s rooms are designed to like a normal bedroom, and we even have a family pet, Frankie, our adorable Labrador. That said, Bear Cottage is set up to provide excellence in paediatric medical care 24 hours a day, and our affiliation to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead means we have access to some of the best medical resources in the world.

The facility was established entirely through community support, at a cost of $10 million, and was officially opened on St Patrick’s Day, 17 March 2001,

Bear Cottage does not receive any recurrent government funding and so continues to rely on donated funds and community support to raise over $2.9 million required to operate each year.


Who benefits from Bear Cottage?

Bear Cottage provides support, respite and end of life care for children with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

We care for children from across Australia, regardless of where they receive their primary care, although the majority of families that access the service are from NSW. The children who visit Bear Cottage will range from newborn infants to 18 years of age; however accommodation is also available for parents, as well as siblings, of the children staying.

When these families are told that their child’s life will be cut short, their everyday existence takes on a monumental change. As they embark on such a terrible journey, there are limited options available to help them get through each day, and answer the many questions that arise. Having Bear Cottage available to them for care and support enables these families to focus on the important things, such as spending quality time together and making every moment count.

Most families staying at Bear Cottage will come for respite; with the average length of stay is around one week to ten days. Families are generally able to visit Bear Cottage around 4 times a year for general respite, however for end of life care this can be open ended.


The Facts and Figures

Estimates suggest there are well over 5000 children aged 0 – 19 years across Australia requiring palliative care. In the last year alone we have cared for well over 200 children with a life-limiting illness. There have been 16 children this year that have come to Bear Cottage for end-of-life care – where they can be surrounded by love and support, in a happy, safe environment, right until the end. And in the last 10 years we have supported around 600 families, both current and bereaved, as they go through their heart wrenching journey.


Why is Bear Cottage special?

Whilst staying with us, our families can do as little or as much as they like. We have staff and volunteers on hand to do the cooking and cleaning, allowing families to forget about the stresses of everyday life, if just for a short time. We are fully medically assisted, so our nurses are available 24 hours a day to administer medications and support and guidance; and Frankie, our resident dog, is always around for a cuddle. We have full-time play and music therapists, and volunteers are there so mum and dad can spend time together or with their other children – often something that is forgotten when you’re caring for a terribly ill child.

Bear Cottage is there for every child, parent, or family who needs us, and they will never have to pay a cent. With one, and sometimes both parents, giving up work to care for their child, many of our families are simply not in a financial position to pay for anything that is not absolutely necessary.

By having Bear Cottage available to them at no charge means they can take a break and re-charge their batteries, safe in the knowledge that their child is being cared for by the best staff available. They can enjoy time with one another without having to worry about the housework and cooking. Most importantly though, they can spend quality time together and create special memories that will last long after their child has passed away.


Goals for Bear Cottage – 2013

It currently costs more than $2.9 million a year to keep the doors open at Bear Cottage. With no recurrent government funding, we rely entirely on community support to raise these funds.

Our goal for 2013, as with every year, is to raise sufficient funding to keep Bear Cottage available for the very special kids and their families that rely on it. We also aim to give the children that visit Bear Cottage as many special memories as possible – because although we can’t add years to their lives we can add life to their years.

All funding makes an incredible difference to Bear Cottage and the children that come here. It allows us to continue providing vital services such as:

  • paying for daily medication for patients
  • funding important kid and parent camps
  • providing a play therapist for the children
  • ensuring that vital equipment is available for treatment and care
  • help fund families to stay at Bear Cottage for respite and end of life care
  • help pay for a specialised paediatric palliative care doctor

For many people, Bear Cottage is perceived as a sad place. But for those families who visit here, the staff who work here and the volunteers and community who support us, it is an incredibly special and happy place, where lasting memories are created.

Source: Bear Cottage

Labor Maria Vamvakinou is promising ‘A New Way’ if re-elected on September 7

Maria Vamvakinou’s family values

Labor Maria Vamvakinou is promising ‘A New Way’ if re-elected on September 7, but Melburnian MP Maria Vamvakinou says it’s Labor’s traditional values we should vote for Maria Vamvakinou.

Vamvakinou's family values

“If we think only about ourselves, that short-changes us as individuals and lessens us as a society, it keeps us all back. We need to work together.

In the backroom of the Federal Member for Calwell’s constituency office, her team are busy.
Knocking up election placards, volunteer Louie Josef feels the single wooden posts might need extra strengthening in the wild and windy parts of the electorate, which stretches from Taylors Lakes to Craigieburn.
With a science degree – Louie, a recently-arrived refugee (under the humanitarian program) from Iraq – is more than qualified to handle the critical mechanics of old-time electioneering.
Maria’s right-hand staffer Marianthi Kypuros is at her desktop – managing the usual heavy load of constituency enquiries, while another volunteer, Janet Curtain, is handling the diary, ensuring that her boss can get the most interactions in the weeks ahead with the people who will decide Calwell’s election fate.
Maria and I head across busy Pascoe Vale Road, past the Hume Global Learning Village to the Broadmeadows shopping centre; the mall serves up a perfect slice of life for this outer metropolitan suburb.
Women in hijabs with prams hurry past, joining the morning shoppers as I pry into where Maria’s political education began.
“It was in high school. In 1975 I was at Princes Hill in Carlton. It was an exciting place to be, very multicultural,” she says.
“My father worked constantly. In the early years he was at General Motors and then a labourer – it was a typical migrant’s story. Dad had two jobs – day and night.
“He used to work at Myers as a cleaner for many years so we only saw him for about an hour a day.”
Exposed at an early age to the circumstances that had forced the Vamvakinou family to leave Greece, Maria says informal history lessons were part of everyday life.
“I learned a lot about the Depression, about poverty and the German occupation of Greece, the Jewish Holocaust. They were the stories I was brought up with in the ‘sixties, directly from my parents and my uncles and aunts.
“My mother, who never had the opportunity to be educated and was taken out of school at grade 4, never really wanted to leave her village in Lefkada.”
Like most politicians from a migrant background, the Vamvakinou family’s journey to becoming Australian defined a curious daughter’s political path, and a natural inclination to the left.
“I was always actively interested in what was going on around me. I’m in politics because I don’t mind my own business, that’s the best way I can describe it.”
For Vamvakinou the traditional values of the Australian Labor Party offered the only course to deliver a responsible, caring society. And it’s those values that she says still define the difference between Labor and the Coalition.
“We’re not a party of the individual, we’re a party of the collective,” says Maria.
“We’re a party that looks at how to help lift people out of disadvantage – a party that has a commitment to social justice – these are the values that drive our polices. Giving everyone a fair go, and giving those who perhaps are not fortunate to be born into an opportunity.”
With a comfortable majority at the 2010 federal election – Vamvakinou won 49,580 votes to the Liberal’s 22,556 in first preferences, and 61,000 to 26,500 in two candidate preferred – it’s highly unlikely that Maria’s heading anywhere other than Canberra after September 7.
“It’s a traditionally safe Labor seat, but I don’t take anything for granted,” she says.
“I’ve seen changes in the political climate that I find worrying. Younger people – are they less interested than my generation? Probably yes. People are viewing political allegiances differently today.”
A typical working class suburban electorate, Calwell has a diverse constituency of older migrants and new emerging communities.
“The aging of the Australian community is reflected very strongly here,” says Vamvakinou.
“Their issues are good aged care. I have the biggest Italian-speaking constituency in Victoria, a lot of the old Greek and Yugoslav migrants and they’re all in their seventies and over.
“I’m one of the second generation that has to think about what I’m going to do with my elderly father if he needs to go into a nursing home. Am I too busy to look after my parents?
“These are the things my generation in this electorate are dealing with, who may not necessarily be voting Labor, because my generation is also shifting, but ultimately they’re making these decisions – and government needs to respond.”
Vamvakinou’s electorate also embodies another contentious issue on the current political agenda.
The home of Ford Australia – which will close its production line in 2016 – Calwell reflects the debate around the terms of any Australian government’s support for the automotive industry.
“We’re committed to investing in the automotive industry because we believe it has a future and we believe that we need to sustain it.”
Vamvakinou points to the North Innovation and Investment Fund as proof of Labor’s commitment to supporting manufacturing in the area after Ford is gone.
To be provided jointly by federal and state governments – with the lion’s share coming from Canberra – the fund will see $25m pumped into the area over three years to help businesses diversify.
“We’re putting money into helping people grow,” says Maria.
With Labor extolling the virtues of ‘A New Way’ – the party’s election slogan that neatly consigns the party’s recent destructive internal wranglings to history – will the electorate forgive Labor’s sins over the past three years?
“I’m a realist, I don’t think it’s going to be easy for people to forget a lot of what happened, things that were difficult for us as a party,” says Maria, who actively supported Kevin Rudd through thick and thin – as PM, after his removal, and then in his resurrection.

Asked what mistakes Julia Gillard made that led to her downfall, Vamvakinou says it all stemmed from Rudd’s removal as prime minister in 2010.
Does she have empathy with Julia Gillard?
“I don’t want to speak about Julia as an individual because she operated within a collective. The mistake we made as a party is we took it for granted that people would not have a view about the removal of Kevin Rudd.
“The public’s reaction was that they were appalled, people in the party didn’t give enough weight to that reaction. We never recovered from it. We’re not immune from being judged.”
One judgment of Vamvakinou’s is that Gillard took the party on a journey that revisited old ground with some unhelpful socialist vocabulary – the notion of class struggle.
“I wasn’t comfortable with that approach, and I come from that background. There was a return to the political battleground of Labor decades ago,” says Maria.
“Evoking that kind of language wasn’t an appropriate thing to do, to a community that hadn’t heard that kind of language for quite a while.
“That doesn’t mean that class struggle in Australia has disappeared and that the rich aren’t getting richer and the poor aren’t getting poorer. But the language of today needs to be different. Things have changed. You have to find different ways of addressing the same issue.”
And Julia Gillard’s legacy? “She did an incredible thing: she became Australia’s first female prime minister. Education, disability – these are major reforms and are significant achievements.”
How hopeful is Maria that on 7 September, the Labor Party – seemingly destined just weeks ago for political oblivion – will be returned?
“I’m cautiously optimistic,” she says. “It’s going to be close and it’ll come down to a handful of seats. The electorate are looking for some stability in terms of their value systems.”
And if the electorate turn to Mr Abbott for that stability?
“For my community I think it would be very damaging if an Abbott government is returned. The reality is, they’re likely to make savings and cut programs – and usually those savings are in areas that people like my constituents benefit from.”
For the undecided, Maria’s message is to go beyond individual gain but to look to the bigger picture.
“I think undecided voters should think very carefully, consider what’s on offer for their community.
“If we think only about ourselves that short-changes us as individuals and lessens us as a society, it keeps us all back. We need to work together.”
As a mother of older children, Maria’s last comments are ones no doubt shared by parents of all political persuasions.
“I have an 18-year-old and 20-year-old and they’re the ‘me generation’. I don’t like that whole focus on ‘me, me me’,” she says. “You want them to understand that it’s not only about them, it’s about everybody – family, grandparents, friends.
“In Greek tradition the extended family is the model for a community – it’s not about individualism, it means we look out for each other.”

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