Vasilis Vasilas’ interview with John Glynatsis, who runs Saltwater Seafoods at Revesby

As it was Good Friday recently, it is only fitting to highlight a Greek seafood shop, as it will be teeming with customers for fresh seafood. 

Vasilis recently interviewed John Glynatsis, who runs Saltwater Seafoods at Revesby, and his father, Nikitas, who owned Saltwater Seafoods in Maroubra in the 1990s and has worked in the seafood shop industry for three decades. 

Nikitas’ story captures the hardship of the migrant experience; as his parents, siblings and he migrated to Australia in 1964, it was long after they arrived here that his father became very ill and then tragedy struck when he passed away. 

Being the eldest son in the family, Nikitas worked very hard (and so many jobs) to help out his family, so his story is about courage. 

Nikitas’s story is also about hope and determination to overcome adversities, as he succeeded in all facets of life, whether having a wonderful family or running his own business. 

Vasilis highlights the importance of family when he visited Saltwater Seafoods. As he explains, ‘What I loved about being at John’s shop was the three generations of family there: there was John and his wife, Elizabeth; John’s parents, Nikitas and Anthoula, helping out; and, as it was school holidays, John and Elizabeth’s children were there too. 

It was wonderful to see the hard work and strong spirit a family puts into their work.’

Source: https://www.facebook.com/SYNDESMOS-CONNECTING-PEOPLE-FROM-LESVOS-393246219501/

Vasilis Vasilas’ interview with Georgiou family celebrating their 40th year of operation this year is Olympic Hardware in Lakemba

Celebrating their 40th year of operation this year is Olympic Hardware in Lakemba, run by the Georgiou family. Is there a more Greek name than ‘Olympic’? Tasos Georgiou named the shop after his beloved soccer team, Sydney Olympic, who started their NSL campaign that year too. 

Tasos and his son, Steliy, recount a great story about receiving correspondence from Australia’s Olympic Committee stating not to use the Olympic Games’ rings as a company logo as they were patented; they even had an issue with the name Olympic.

Tasos reaction was, ‘They can have the rings but who are they to tell me not to call my shop, Olympic- I am more Greek than them.’ 

Steliy has worked with his parents, Tasos and Georgia, ever since he finished high school in 1986, making this truly a great family business.  

After forty years, Tasos, Steliy and Georgia have acquired the invaluable experience and knowledge to provide a high-quality hands-on service to their customers- that’s what keeps them coming back!

We would like to wish Olympic Hardware a happy 40th and even happier returns.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/SYNDESMOS-CONNECTING-PEOPLE-FROM-LESVOS-393246219501/

VASSY Took Home the WDM Award for Best Electronic Vocalist


Singer, songwriter, and producer, VASSY, has recently been awarded the Best Electronic Vocalist at the World Dance Radio Awards (WDM). The World Dance Radio Awards took place on Wednesday, March 5, 2017 at the sold out Estadio Azteca in Mexico city where VASSY appeared alongside some of the biggest names in dance music; David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki, Nervo, Alan Walker and Cedric Gervais, in front of 100,000 exhilarated Mexican fans. It was no surprise to see VASSY’s infectious energy fuel the crowd, upholding the talented songstress’s reputation as the queen of EDM. Fans from all over the world voted for VASSY making her the first ever vocalist to win a WDM award as well as the only female solo artist to win at this year’s awards ceremony.


VASSY’s career rose into the spotlight in 2014 with her Multi-Platinum and 12 X worldwide Platinum collaboration “BAD,” with David Guetta and Showtek, which garnered her an IDMA award for Best Vocal Performance in 2015. VASSY proved to be a true triple threat when the following years she released her collaboration with Tiësto and Kshmr on the No. 1 electro-house Multi-Platinum single, “Secrets,” which met massive successes, adding more awards and platinum certifications under her belt. Since then, VASSY has been taking over festival arenas with Tiësto during his 2016 Ultra, Electric Zoo and Tomorrowland sets, proving she’s unstoppable. Her latest high-energy dance-floor solo record “Nothing To Lose,” co-produced by Tiësto, hit No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Club Charts and on U.S. Dance Radio, as well as vaulted into the Top 10 of the Billboard Dance/Mix Show charts within the first three months of its release.


In addition to her hit dance collaborations, VASSY’s catchy lyrics and distinctive vocals have been featured in campaigns for Victoria’s Secret, Target, Sketchers, Nike, and Pepsi commercials, as well as in Disney’s official trailer for Oscar-winning movie, Frozen, the film Admission starring Tina Fey, and television shows including Grey’s Anatomy, Ugly Betty and Pretty Little Liars. VASSY’s productions range across the musical spectrum; from dance to pop and reggae, while you can also enjoy her indie side on her latest acoustic album release, “VASSY Unplugged.”

Muli-Platinum and Gold recording artist of many talents, VASSY, knows how to individualize herself against the tide of followers. Originating from Australia with Greek heritage, VASSY’s vocal roots lie in an array of different genres. As a singer, songwriter, and producer, her music speaks for itself and her progressive popularity in dance music is massive. Conquering the DJ world with her authentic sound has lead to a worldwide No. 1 hit with David Guetta & Showtek on their track “BAD,” which is certified 7 times double platinum, as well as winning an IDMA Award for Best Featured Vocalist Performance in 2015. “BAD” has had over 600 million views on Youtube, downloaded 2 million times and streamed via Spotify over 280 million times. 

In 2015 she collaborated with Tiësto and KSHMR on their track, “Secrets,” hitting over 80 million Spotify plays and 130 million Youtube views. “Secrets” went straight to number 1 in 20 countries, reigned atop the Billboard Club Charts and Beatport charts, and earned an IDMA Award for Best Electro Progressive/House track in 2016. VASSY joined forces once again in 2016 with Tiësto on her #1 standalone hit single, “Nothing To Lose,” a high-energy dance-floor friendly masterpiece. Co-produced by the legendary Tiësto, this progressive house-gem is bound to fuel the urge to get up and dance. 

Filled with uplifting original lyrics and momentous energy, the record quickly hit No. 1 on U.S. Dance Radio, No.1 on the Billboard Dance Club charts, and vaulted into the Top 10 of the Billboard Dance/Mix show charts.

In addition to her success in dance music, VASSY’s songs have been featured everywhere including, Target, Nickelodeon, Sketchers, Victoria’s Secret, Pepsi commercials, Grey’s Anatomy, and even Disney’s Oscar-winning film, “Frozen,”. VASSY’s captivating voice is soulful and enchanting, and will lure you into any track she sings. 

The versatile artist has also ventured into indie-pop on her No. 1 Billboard Dance Club song “We Are Young,” channeling a vivacious tone that will put you in high spirits. VASSY’s effortless dexterity as both versatile singer and songwriter is undeniable.

Even with her music career taking flight, VASSY has always prioritized her philanthropic work with charity groups and civil rights organizations. She is an active equal-rights ambassador for the NOH8 campaign, a spokesperson for environmental organization Green IT, works with Studio Samuel Foundation helping girls in Ethiopia, and supports youth through Playground of Dreams. 

Be it through her music, volunteerism giving back to the communities, VASSY’s goal is to inspire people to fight for their dreams. Whether she’s singing, writing, or producing music, VASSY has an immensely credible portfolio to admire.

Greek Community Annual Anzac Day lecture by Tom Tsamouras and former NT Minister and MP Peter Toyne


Greek Community Annual Anzac Day lecture by Tom Tsamouras and former NT Minister and MP Peter Toyne. 

The Battle of Vevi and the Lost Anzacs. The Anzacs were reformed for the second and last time in history for the first Battle in Greece in WW2 facing the advancing Nazi military machine 76 years ago

The first action during the Second World War on Greek soil between the German and Hellenic forces was on the little village of Vevi in the municipality of Florina. 


This began on 11th April 1941 and marked the first of numerous clashes during which Hellenic and ANZAC forces fought side by side! After the “Battle of Vevi”, a small number of soldiers from the two Australian battalions that fought there, were reported missing in action and their bodies have never been found. 

Information by locals to Australian Brigadier Keith Rossi in 1981 about the possible grave site of these missing men has led to many people from Greece and Australia researching about the possible grave site of their remains. Tom Tsamouras, a school teacher from Newcastle and Peter Toyne, former MP from the NT, are two researches who have spent years trying to locate the resting place of these men.

Ευχές για την εορτή του Πάσχα

ΕΚ ΜΕΡΟΥΣ ΤΗΣ ΔΙΕΥΘΥΝΣΗΣ, ΣΑΣ ΕΥΧΟΜΑΣΤΕ ΟΛΟΨΥΧΑ ΧΡΟΝΙΑ ΠΟΛΛΑ ΚΑΙ ΚΑΛΗ ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΗ, ΜΕ ΥΓΕΙΑ ΚΑΙ ΧΑΡΑ ΣΕ ΟΛΟΥΣ



Τι σημαίνει η λέξη

Το όνομα Χριστός παράγεται από το χριστός = κεχρισμένος, ο φέρων το χρίσμα (στην αρχαία ελληνική από το ρήμα: χρίω). Χρησιμοποιήθηκε ως επιθετικός προσδιορισμός της λέξης Ιησούς (Ιησούς Χριστός).

Άρχικά, η λέξη “χριστός” προσδιόριζε οτιδήποτε έχει επαλειφθεί με μύρο ή αλοιφή και χρησιμοποιήθηκε για να μεταφραστεί η εβραϊκή λέξη masiha= Μεσσίας (μεταφορικά: χριστός, ο αλειμμένος με ειδικό έλαιο, που προέβλεπε ο εβραϊκός νόμος για τους ιερείς).

Έτσι η ελληνοεβραϊκή φράση Ιησούς Χριστός δηλώνει τον κεχρισμένο από το Θεό, τον Σωτήρα (πβ. Ιωάνν. 1,41: ευρήκαμεντον Μεσσίαν, ό εστίν ερμηνευόμενον τον Χριστόν). Η λέξη Ιησούς προέρχεται από την εβραϊκή Yesuah και είναι συντετμημένη μορφή του Yehosuah (μτφ: ο Γιαχβέ είναι σωτηρία). Το όνομα Χρίστος είναι η φυσική κατάληξη της λέξης Χριστός (με αναβιβασμό τόνου)

Η ελληνική λέξη Χριστός (: αλειμμένος) είναι η πιο δημοφιλής λέξη στον πλανήτη, επειδή ονομάστηκε έτσι ο ιδρυτής της Χριστιανικής θρησκείας (Cristo, Christ, Crist, Христос, Kristu…)

Πάσχα
Η λέξη Πάσχα προέρχεται από την αραμαϊκή pascha εβραϊκή pesah που σημαίνει “πέρασμα, διάβαση”.
Η λέξη περιέγραφε “τη δεκάτη πληγή κατά των Αιγυπτίων, όπου, σύμφωνα με τη βιβλική παράδοση ο άγγελος προσπερνούσε τις πόρτες των Ιουδαίων, που ήταν βαμμένες με αίμα αρνιού και δε σκότωνε τα πρωτότοκα παιδιά τους, (πβ, εξοδ 12, 23)” οι Χριστιανοί γιορτάζουν την ανάσταση του Σωτήρα και τη διάβαση από το θάνατο στη ζωή.

Σταυρός
Η λέξη σταυρός αρχικά δήλωνε τον όρθιο πάσσαλο ή οτιδήποτε χρησιμοποιούσαν για να στηρίζουν κάτι. Παράγεται από το ρ, ίστημι θ. -στα. Στα Λατινικά αποδόθηκε και με τη σημασία του in-staurare (: αποκαθιστώ κάτι στην αρχική του θέση). Στην Καινή Διαθήκη αντί για τη λέξη σταυρός χρησιμοποιείται, εναλλακτικά και η λέξη “ξύλον” (π.χ. κρεμάσαντες επί ξύλου, Πραξ. 5,30)

Αβγό ή αυγό
Η ορθή γραφή είναι το αβγό. Από την κράση τά ωά (πληθ. του αρχ. ωόν ) ταωγά (με ανάπτ. μεσοφ. [γ] για αποφυγή της χασμωδίας) tauγa (τροπή του φθόγγου /o/, μεταξύ δύο α, σε ημίφωνο u για αποφυγή της χασμωδίας) μεσαιων. [t-avγa] τ’ αβγά αβγό. (βλ. Γ. Χατζιδάκη, Μεσαιωνικά και Νέα Ελληνικά, τόμος Β΄, σ.322, Ν.Π.Ανδριώτη, Ετυμολογικό Λεγικό της Κοινής Νεοελληνικής, Γ.Μπαμπινιώτη, Λεξικό της Νέας Ελληνικής Γλώσσας,).

Οβελός και οβελίας
Ο οβελός είναι η σιδερένια ράβδος, η σούβλα, στην οποία περνιώνται κομμάτια κρέατος για ψησιμο. Με τη λέξη Οβελίας δηλώνεται το αρνί που ψήνεται στη σούβλα, παρόλο που αρχικά προσδιόριζε οτιδήποτε ψήνεται στη σούβλα. Από τη λέξη οβελός παράγεται και η λέξη οβολός που καλείστε να προσφέρετε στην εκκλήσία ή και αλλού.

Σούβλα
Η σούβλα προέρχεται από τα Λατινικά (subula< suere, συρράπτω, συναρμόζω). Η λέξη από τους πρώτους Χριστιανικούς αιώνας μαρτυρείται ως όργανο βασανιστηρίων και, τελικά, θα επικρατήσει εκτοπίζοντας την ελληνική λέξη “οβελ. Παράγωγα: σουβλάκι, σουβλερός, σουβλί, σουβλιστό.

Μαρία η Μαγδαληνή
Το επίθετο Μαγδαληνή προσδιορίζει την καταγωγή της. Καταγόταν, δηλαδή, από το χωριό Μάγδαλα. Το mighdal, στα εβραικά, σημαίνει “πύργος”.

Θωμάς
Ένας από τους Δώδεκα μαθητές του Χριστού, που έμεινε γνωστός ως άπιστος. Στην αραμαϊκή η λέξη Te’omà σημαίνει ο “δίδυμος”.

Λάζαρος
Eξελληνισμένο αρσενικό όνομα, που προέρχεται από το εβραϊκό «Ελεάζαρ», το οποίο σημαίνει «ο Θεός τον έχει βοηθήσει».

Λάμπρος
Eλληνικό αρσενικό όνομα, που προέρχεται από το επίθετο «λαμπρός» (φωτεινός, ακτινοβόλος), με αναβιβασμό τού τόνου, και έχει την ίδια με αυτό έννοια.

Λαμπρινή
Eλληνικό θηλυκό όνομα, που προέρχεται από το ουσιαστικοποιημένο επίθετο «Λαμπρή» (το Ελληνορθόδοξο Πάσχα), και σημαίνει «αυτή που ανήκει στην Λαμπρή ή σχετίζεται με την Λαμπρή ή προέρχεται από την Λαμπρή».

Πασχάλης
Eξελληνισμένο αρσενικό όνομα, που προέρχεται από την εβραϊκή λέξη «πασάχ» (διάβαση, πέρασμα), και σημαίνει «πασχαλινός, πασχαλιάτικος». Στον θηλυκό τύπο το συναντούμε είτε ως «Πασχαλία» είτε ως «Πασχαλίνα».

Αναστάσιος
Aπό την σύνθεση τής πρόθεσης «ανά» (επάνω, προς τα επάνω) και τού ρήματος «ίστημι» (στήνω, σηκώνω, τοποθετώ) δημιουργείται το ρήμα «ανίστημι», το οποίο σημαίνει «στήνω όρθιο, σηκώνω προς τα επάνω, εγείρω, ανασταίνω». 

Από το ρήμα «ανίστημι» προέρχεται το ουσιαστικό «ανάστασις» (ανάσταση), και από αυτό το κύριο όνομα «Αναστάσιος», που σημαίνει «αυτός που ανήκει στην ανάσταση ή σχετίζεται με την ανάσταση ή προέρχεται από την ανάσταση». Ο θηλυκός τύπος απαντά ως «Αναστασία».

Ανέστης
Aπό την φράση «Χριστός Ανέστη» (ο Χριστός αναστήθηκε), η οποία αποτελεί ελληνορθόδοξο παραδοσιακό χαιρετισμό που επί σαράντα ημέρες, μετά την Λαμπρή, απευθύνουν σε κάθε συνάνθρωπο οι πιστοί, προέρχεται το ελληνικό αρσενικό όνομα «Ανέστης». Ο τύπος «ανέστη» (τρίτο ενικό πρόσωπο αορίστου) ανήκει στο ρήμα «ανίστημι» (βλ. παραπάνω).

Βάιος
Eλληνικό αρσενικό όνομα, που προέρχεται από το υποκοριστικό «βαΐον» (κλαδάκι φοίνικα) τού ουσιαστικού «βάις» (κλαδί φοίνικα). Στον θηλυκό τύπο το συναντούμε ως «Βαΐα». Σύμφωνα με ορισμένους ερευνητές, το ελληνικό ουσιαστικό «βάις» προέρχεται από το κοπτικό «μπάι», ενώ κατ’ άλλους συμβαίνει το αντίστροφο.

Γιατί βάφουμε κόκκινα αβγά το Πάσχα;

Σύμφωνα με την Ορθοδοξία μας βάφουμε κόκκινα αυγά για τους εξής λόγους:
Τα βάφουμε κόκκινα, γιατί συμβολίζουν το Αίμα του Χριστού που έδωσε για την σωτηρία του κόσμου.

Η παράδοση λέει ότι, κάποια μέρα μετά την Ανάσταση του Κυρίου μας, η Αγία Μαρία η Μαγδαληνή πήγε στον Τιβέριο Καίσαρα και του ανακοίνωσε με πολύ θάρρος ότι αναστήθηκε ο Χριστός και όλα τα γεγονότα περί της Ανάστασης του Χριστού.
Εκείνη την ώρα κάποιος κρατούσε δίπλα από τον Καίσαρα ένα καλάθι αυγά. 

Ο Τιβέριος Καίσαρας, βέβαια, έδειξε απορημένος και λέει στην Μαγδαληνή ότι, εάν αυτό που λέει, είναι αλήθεια τότε τα αυγά, από άσπρα που είναι, να γίνουν κόκκινα.

Έξαφνα τα αυγά έγιναν κόκκινα και έμεινε άναυδος ο Καίσαρας. Έτσι κατά την Παράδοση αυτή τα αυγά βάφονται κόκκινα.
Το γεγονός αυτό μαρτυρείται στο Ρωσικό Μοναστήρι της Αγίας Μαρίας της Μαγδαληνής που βρίσκεται στα Ιεροσόλυμα. 

Το Ρωσικό Μοναστήρι της Αγίας Μαρίας της Μαγδαληνής χτίστηκε το 1885 από τον Ρώσο Αυτοκράτορα Αλέξανδρο τον Γ’ και τους αδελφούς του εις μνήμη της μητέρας του αυτοκράτειρας Μαρίας και το οποίο βρίσκεται στη Γεθσημανή.

Μέσα στο Ναό του Μοναστηριού και πάνω από το Ιερό Τέμπλο του Ιερού Βήματος, υπάρχει μεγάλη τοιχογραφία όπου παρουσιάζεται η Μαρία η Μαγδαληνή μπροστά στον Τιβέριο Καίσαρα και του χαρίζει ένα κόκκινο αυγό.

Η Παράδοση θέλει τα αυγά που βάφονται κόκκινα την Μ. Πέμπτη αντέχουν 40 ημέρες εκτός ψυγείου, χωρίς να παρουσιάσουν καμία αλλοίωση;

Η Παράδοση θέλει τα αυγά που βάφονται κόκκινα την Μ. Πέμπτη και τα διαβάζει ο ιερέας την Κυριακή του Πάσχα, αντέχουν 1 χρόνο εκτός ψυγείου, χωρίς να παρουσιάσουν καμία αλλοίωση;

Orthodox Easter in Australia and worldwide

Many Orthodox Christians in Australia celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday. The Orthodox Christian date for Easter Sunday is often observed at a later date than the Easter date observed by many western churches. The day is known as Pascha, as well as the Sunday of the Resurrection.

Roasted Lamb RackLamb is a popular Easter dish served among many Orthodox Christians in Australia. ©iStockphoto.com/Brett Mulcahy.

Orthodox Easter DayRoasted lamb is served on Easter Day. ©iStockphoto.com/Tatyana Nyshko

What do people do?

Many Orthodox Christians in Australia celebrate Pascha according to the Easter date in the Julian calendar. Easter is the most important event in the church calendar. The Easter Sunday church liturgies are joyous as they celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection, according to Christian belief, as well as spiritual victory.

Many Orthodox Christians in Australia fast during Lent prior to Easter. Easter Sunday is a time for families and friends to get together for a festive meal, where meat and dairy products can be eaten again. Lamb and tsourekia (or tsoureki), which is a type of Easter bread, are popular Easter dishes in many Greek Orthodox communities in Australia.

Traditional Easter egg games are also popular. Each person takes a dyed red egg and tries to crack other challengers’ eggs. This game symbolizes Jesus Christ breaking from his tomb. The person whose egg lasts the longest is assured good luck for the rest of the year. Some people bring dyed Easter eggs to church to be blessed at the Easter liturgy.

Special egg painting workshops for pysanky (special type of Easter eggs) are held in some cities, such as Sydney, prior to the Orthodox Easter date. These beautifully decorated eggs are customary in some eastern European countries such as Ukraine. Many people are banned from setting off fireworks during the Easter celebrations. Fireworks can only be used by a licensed pyrotechnician in many places, such as the state of Victoria.

Millions of Orthodox Christians worldwide, including about six million in North America, observe Easter, also known as Pascha, each year. It is estimated that there are more than 250 million Orthodox Christians in the world.

In Lebanon, many Orthodox Christians attend a church liturgy at Easter, whether it is on Sunday morning or midnight liturgy between Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. On Easter Sunday, many families hold a special lunch consisting of turkey or chicken stuffed with nuts and served with rice. The afternoon is spent visiting friends and family members. Many homes have maamoul (cookies) on a plate with other delicacies such as chick peas covered with sugar and sweet almonds.

In Bulgaria, many worshippers celebrate outside churches after midnight liturgy, carrying candles to symbolize the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Painted eggs are cracked or smashed and richly-painted Orthodox churches are filled with clouds of incense and choir songs.

In Greece, Easter Sunday is also a widely celebrated occasion. Lambs are roasted on a spit and the provision of wine is abundant. The roasted lamb is served in honor of Jesus Christ, who was sacrificed and rose again on Easter. Lamb is the most traditional Greek Easter food. Red-dyed eggs are cracked against each other and the person with the last remaining uncracked egg will have good luck. Easter Sunday is a time of festivity and people eat, chat or dance throughout the night.

On the island of Crete, many villages prepare for a bonfire effigy of Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus Christ, as described in the New Testament of the Bible. In the lead up to the bonfire event, people gather sticks and branches to prepare to burn the effigy.

Around the world, many Orthodox churches, including the Greek and Russian Orthodox churches, hold Easter liturgies during the Easter period according to the Julian calendar. Families unite and join in Orthodox Easter activities, festivities and traditions.

Public life

The Orthodox Christian date for Easter Sunday is not a federal public holiday in Australia. However, it is held on a Sunday, which is a non-school day and non-working day for many Australians. Sunday trading hours still apply in areas where there is Sunday trading, particularly in major cities.

Countries that officially observe the Orthodox Easter period include: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Lebanon, Republic of Macedonia, Romania and Ukraine. There are no federal Orthodox Easter public holidays in countries such as Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. However, it is a time for families and friends of the Orthodox Christian faith to gather together and to celebrate the Orthodox Easter period.

Easter is not a federal holiday in Jordan, although many Orthodox Christians are pushing to make it an official holiday. There have been petitions calling for the government in Jordan to make Easter an official public holiday. Jordan has a population of about six million people, and about six percent consists of Christians while about 92 percent consists of people of the Sunni Muslim faith.

In Lebanon – a country with a population of nearly 60 percent being Muslim and about 39 percent being Christian – Easter Sunday and Good Friday are public holidays.

Background

Many Orthodox churches base their Easter date on the Julian calendar, which differs from the Gregorian calendar that is used by many western countries. Therefore the Orthodox Easter period often occurs later than the Easter period that falls around the time of the March equinox.

There are different types of Orthodox churches in Australia, including the Coptic Orthodox Church and the Greek Orthodox Church. There are many Greek Orthodox Christians in Australia. The federal government’s 2006 census recorded that there were 109,980 Greece-born people in Australia, with the largest numbers in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, and Queensland. The census also showed that 100,460 Greece-born Australians are of the Eastern Orthodox faith.

In 325CE the Council of Nicaea established that Easter would be held on the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the March equinox. From that point forward, the Easter date depended on the ecclesiastical approximation of March 21 for the March equinox. Easter is delayed one week if the full moon is on Sunday, which decreases the chances of it falling on the same day as the Jewish Passover.

Although the Council of Nicaea established the Easter date for churches around the world, not all Christian churches observe Easter according the Gregorian calendar. Many Orthodox churches still observe Easter in accordance with the Julian calendar.

In the Orthodox circles, tensions exist between New Calendarists – those who use the revised Julian calendar for calculating the feasts of the ecclesiastical year – and Old Calendarists – those who continue to use the traditional Julian calendar. The calendar question reflects the dispute between those who wish to synchronize with the modern Gregorian calendar and those who wish to maintain the traditional ecclesiastical calendar based on the Julian calendar.

There have been a number of proposed Easter date reforms. In 1997 the World Council of Churches proposed a reform to solve the Easter date difference between churches that observe the Gregorian calendar and those that observe the Julian calendar. So far, this reform has not been implemented.

Symbols

The Easter egg is hard-boiled and dyed red to symbolize the blood of Christ. It was an important symbol connected with spring fertility rituals in many early civilizations. Many Greek Orthodox Christians rap their eggs against their friends’ eggs and the owner of the last uncracked egg is considered lucky.

The Orthodox custom of decorating the round Easter bread with red eggs at the four edges of the cross on the bread dates back to around the 12th century. Another important symbol associated with Easter is the lamb. It is often depicted with a banner that bears a cross, and it is known as the Agnus Dei, meaning “Lamb of God” in Latin.

Easter celebrations in Orthodox Christian communities usually include a spit-roast lamb dinner and a display of hard-boiled eggs, dyed red to symbolize the blood of Christ. The egg was an important symbol in the mythologies of many early civilizations and was also connected with the springtime fertility rituals. Many Greeks rap their eggs against their friends’ eggs and the owner of the last uncracked egg is considered lucky. The red eggs are usually prepared on Holy Thursday in countries such as Greece. According to tradition, the Virgin Mary dyed eggs red to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ and to celebrate life. A traditional Easter dinner may consist of red-dyed eggs baked into a braided loaf of bread, spit-roasted, herb-perfumed baby lamb, and assorted vegetables.

One of the most common Christian symbols associated with Easter is the lamb. It is often depicted with a banner that bears a cross, and it is known as the Agnus Dei, meaning “Lamb of God” in Latin. The symbol’s origin relates to the Jewish Passover. In ancient times the Jews sacrificed a lamb in the course of the festival. The early Christians associated the sacrifice of the lamb with Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. They connected the joyous Passover festival, which celebrates the liberation of Jewish people from years of bondage in Egypt, with the liberation from death represented by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Orthodox Good Friday

Millions of Orthodox Christians around the world commemorate Good Friday, also known as “Great Friday”. The atmosphere of the day is solemn and it is observed as a day of mourning to remember the events leading up to Jesus Christ’s crucifixion.

Many Orthodox churches retained the Julian calendar after the Gregorian calendar was introduced in Europe in 1582. Therefore they often follow a different Easter date compared with many western churches. Easter holidays, such as Good Friday, are “moveable feasts” as these dates change according to calendar calculations.

The crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ is remembered on Good Friday. ©iStockphoto.com/Richard Goerg

What do people do?

On Good Friday, many Orthodox Christian churches hold special liturgies with readings from the Gospels of the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. In countries such as the United States, some Orthodox churches hold evening liturgies throughout Holy Week, with some special afternoon liturgies for children on Good Friday. Church activities may include: a family retreat with children’s activities; discussion groups; the wrapping of the red eggs to be distributed on Easter Sunday; and a Lenten lunch. Many adult Orthodox Christians observe Good Friday with fasting, prayer, cleanliness, self-examination, confession and good works.

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America celebrates the Passion of Christ, or the last moments of his life according to the New Testament in the Bible, on Good Friday. This liturgy is long, but its content is dramatic. The liturgy also includes participation in prayers and the historical sequence of the events, as related in the Gospels and hymns.

In Greece, Good Friday is a day of mourning so many people may avoid household chores. A ritual lament called the “Procession of the Epitáphios of Christ” mourns the death of Christ on the cross with a symbolic decorated coffin carried through the streets by the faithful. Families attend their church to decorate the Epitaph (Bier of Christ) with flowers. In the morning of Good Friday, Christ’s burial is reenacted in many churches and in the evening the Epitaph procession takes place.

Public life

Good Friday is officially observed in countries such as Cyprus, Greece, Lebanon and the Republic of Macedonia. Some embassies are closed in these countries on Good Friday but travelers and expats will need to check first with their own embassies. Many public offices, schools and banks will also be closed.

There are no federal Orthodox Easter public holidays in countries such as Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. However, it is a time for families and friends of the Orthodox Christian faith to gather together and to celebrate the Orthodox Easter period.

Background

In the early Church Good Friday was called “Pascha of the Cross” because it marked the beginning of that Passover. It is part of the Easter period which is observed by both Orthodox and western churches alike, although the Easter dates may differ.

The Council of Nicaea established the Easter date for churches around the world in 325CE but not all Christian churches observed Easter according the Gregorian calendar after it was first introduced in 1582. Many Orthodox churches still observe Easter in accordance with the Julian calendar. Therefore the Orthodox Easter period occurs later than the Easter period that falls around the time of the March equinox.

In the Orthodox circles, tensions exist between New Calendarists – those who use the revised Julian calendar for calculating the feasts of the ecclesiastical year – and Old Calendarists – those who continue to use the traditional Julian calendar. There have been a number of proposed Easter date reforms. In 1997 the World Council of Churches proposed a reform to solve the Easter date difference between churches that observe the Gregorian calendar and those that observe the Julian calendar. So far, this reform has not been implemented.

Symbols

Good Friday commemorates the moments leading up to and including the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, as told in the New Testament of the Bible. The most common symbols in observing Good Friday are the cross and crucifix and traditions include the venerations of the cross and the preaching or singing of the Passion of Christ.

In Greece, many flags at homes and government buildings are set at half mast to mark the mournful day. The icon of Christ is taken off the cross in churches and is then wrapped in linen and placed in a great casket covered in flowers symbolizing the tomb of Christ. The bier is then taken through the town or village, with people lamenting the death of Christ.

Orthodox Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday is the day between Jesus Christ’s crucifixion (Good Friday) and his resurrection (Easter Sunday), according to Christian belief. Many Orthodox Christians commemorate the burial of Christ on this day.
Orthodox Holy SaturdayMany Orthodox churches contemplate the mystery of Jesus Christ’s descent into Hades. He was placed in a tomb after he died. ©iStockphoto.com/Tim Kimberley

What do people do?

Holy Communion can be received on Holy Saturday morning in some Orthodox churches in countries such as the United States. Some churches hold a midnight liturgy between Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday.

In Greece, Holy Saturday is filled with the anticipation of celebrating Easter Sunday. In some areas, people begin to gather in the churches and squares in cities, towns and villages by 11pm for the Easter liturgies. Many people carry large white candles and the church bells toll as the priests announce “Christ is Risen!” at midnight between Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. Fireworks are set off and the each person in the crowd responds with set joyous responses. After this, everybody goes home for a meal – the fasting period is over. If their candles are still burning, a cross is made in the doorway with the soot to protect the house for the coming year.

An Easter liturgy is also held on Saturday night in many Russian Orthodox churches. Worshippers congregate in a darkened church. As midnight approaches, worshippers light candles and church bells announce the resurrection of Christ at midnight. An intensely joyful Orthodox liturgical chant can be heard throughout the streets in some parts of Russia until the conclusion of Easter liturgy at dawn.

In Lebanon, which also observes the Orthodox Easter, it is traditional that on the afternoon of Easter Saturday people visit seven churches to be blessed at each of them. Some people place a piece of dough in a tree on Saturday night, believing it will be blessed by Christ. On Sunday evening they place small pieces of that dough in other food containers so that these will also become blessed.

Many people flock to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, which is believed to be the site of Jesus Christ’s burial, on Holy Saturday. They come to this place to experience an annual event, which is deemed as a miracle, known as the Holy Fire. According to many Orthodox Christian sources, this fire occurs annually at the same place and time, and in the same manner. The Holy Fire liturgy is broadcast live in countries such as Greece and Russia.

Public life

The Easter period is officially observed in countries including: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Lebanon, Republic of Macedonia, Romania and Ukraine. There are no federal Orthodox Holy Saturday public holidays in countries such as Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. However, it is a time for families and friends of the Orthodox Christian faith to gather together and to celebrate the Orthodox Easter period.

Background

Holy Saturday is the day between Jesus’ death and his resurrection. Many Orthodox churches contemplate the mystery of Jesus Christ’s descent into Hades, the world of the dead. According to the story of Christ’s death and resurrection, death is defeated from within. It is the day of watchful expectation when mourning is transformed into joy. Holy Saturday is part of the Easter period observed by both Orthodox and western churches alike, although Easter dates often tend to differ between the churches.

The Council of Nicaea established the Easter date for churches around the world in 325CE but not all Christian churches observed Easter according the Gregorian calendar after it was first introduced in 1582. Many Orthodox churches still observe Easter in accordance with the Julian calendar. Therefore the Orthodox Easter period occurs later than the Easter period that falls around the time of the March equinox.

In the Orthodox circles, tensions exist between New Calendarists – those who use the revised Julian calendar for calculating the feasts of the ecclesiastical year – and Old Calendarists – those who continue to use the traditional Julian calendar. There have been a number of proposed Easter date reforms. In 1997 the World Council of Churches proposed a reform to solve the Easter date difference between churches that observe the Gregorian calendar and those that observe the Julian calendar. So far, this reform has not been implemented.

Symbols

The tomb of Christ is an important symbol on Holy Saturday – it is no ordinary grave because it does not represent a place of corruption, decay and defeat. It is life-giving, a source of power, victory and liberation.

During Holy Saturday it is customary for the clergy and people to hold candles during the singing of the Lamentations and at the procession of the Epitaphios, an icon most often found as a large cloth, embroidered and often richly adorned,. This practice is rooted in ancient Christian burial practices. Candles are lit to symbolize the victory of Christ over death, and to express as well the church’s belief in Christ’s resurrection.

In many Russian Orthodox churches, the darkened church on Holy Saturday symbolizes the despair of a world without faith in Jesus Christ. Historically, the eve of Holy Saturday was considered a haunted time when satanic creatures tormented townsmen. People were afraid to go out after dark, but persevered to attend a liturgy because the church was considered a safe haven. As midnight approaches, candles are lit and, at midnight, church bells ring as a symbol of Christ’s resurrection.

Orthodox Easter Monday

Many Orthodox churches around the world observe Easter Monday, which is the day after the Orthodox Easter Sunday.
Orthodox Easter MondayPainted eggs are an important tradition during the Easter period. ©iStockphoto.com/Bob Drapella

What do people do?

In countries such as Greece, the Orthodox Easter Monday is a much more relaxed day when people can wind down or prepare to resume their work or study schedules. For some, it is a reflection of the events that occurred during Holy Week. Easter Monday is a day to finish leftover Easter meals that were not eaten the day before. The menu may include: lamb, spanokopita (spinach pie), dolmadakia (stuffed vine leaves), and loukoumathes (honey balls).

Easter Monday is also referred to as “Bright Monday” or “New Monday” in many Orthodox churches. “Bright Monday” falls on “Bright Week”, which is a seven-day period that begins on Easter Sunday. For many Orthodox Christians, the fast and the time of mourning is over and it is a time to be joyous and happy.

Public life

Easter Monday is observed as an official holiday in countries including: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, and Ukraine. Schools, banks and public offices may be closed on this day. Some embassies are closed in these countries on Easter Monday so travelers will need to confirm with their own embassies.

There are no federal Orthodox Easter public holidays in countries such as Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. However, Easter Monday is a time for families and friends of the Orthodox Christian faith to relax and reflect on the past week.

Background

In 325 CE the Council of Nicaea established the Easter date for churches around the world. However, in 1582 the Gregorian calendar was introduced and many western churches decided to observe the Easter period according to that calendar over the centuries. Many Orthodox churches still observe Easter in accordance with the Julian calendar, therefore they often follow a different Easter date compared with many western churches.

In the Orthodox circles, tensions exist between New Calendarists – those who use the revised Julian calendar for calculating the feasts of the ecclesiastical year – and Old Calendarists – those who continue to use the traditional Julian calendar. There have been a number of proposed Easter date reforms. In 1997 the World Council of Churches proposed a reform to solve the Easter date difference between churches that observe the Gregorian calendar and those that observe the Julian calendar. So far, this reform has not been implemented.

Symbols

One of the most common Orthodox Easter symbols is the dyed red to symbolize the blood of Christ. The egg was an important symbol in the mythologies of many early civilizations and was also connected with the springtime fertility rituals. Many Greek people rap their eggs against their friends’ eggs and the owner of the last uncracked egg is considered lucky. The red eggs are usually prepared on Holy Thursday in countries such as Greece. According to tradition, the Virgin Mary dyed eggs red to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ and to celebrate life.

One of the most common Christian symbols associated with Easter is the lamb. It is often depicted with a banner that bears a cross, and it is known as the Agnus Dei, meaning “Lamb of God” in Latin. The symbol’s origin relates to the Jewish Passover. In ancient times Jewish people sacrificed a lamb in the course of the festival. The early Christians associated the sacrifice of the lamb with Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. They connected the joyous Passover festival, which celebrates the liberation of Jewish people from years of bondage in Egypt, with the liberation from death represented by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Open Seminar: Metaphors for Political Power from the Sumerian to the Seleucids

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28/3/2017

Greek History and Culture Seminars

In the Garden of Gods: Metaphors for Political Power from the Sumerian to the Seleucedes

Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides, senior lecturer in Classical Studies at Monash, will present a lecture entitled “In the Garden of Gods: Metaphors for Political Power from the Sumerian to the Seleucedes”, at the Ithacan Philanthropic Society, on Thursday 6 April 2017 at 7:00pm, as a part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne.

“My presentation, drawing on chapter four of my recent book In the Garden of the Gods, discusses the appropriation of eastern cults by Seleucus I Nicator and his son Antiochus in their struggle to establish their dynasty,” says Ms Anagnostou-Laoutides. “I examine the roles of Zeus and Apollo, the foremost divine protectors of the Seleucids, against near eastern royal traditions. I argue that the founding members of the dynasty had an intimate knowledge of Babylonian traditions that celebrated Šamaš, the Sun god, as protector of royal legitimacy and Marduk as warrantor of military supremacy and that they employed these traditions meticulously to promote their claim to kingship.”

By encouraging the identification of Marduk and Nabû with Zeus and Apollo respectively, Seleucus and Antiochus mirrored the father-son relationship of the gods.

She will also examines the importance of royal gardens under the Seleucids in connection with “sacred marriage” and akītu (New Year) ceremonies which the Hellenistic kings embraced enthusiastically.    

Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides holds degrees in Classical Studies from Aristotle University, the University of Leeds and the University of Kent at Canterbury as well as in Ancient History from Macquarie University. She has published extensively on various aspects of ancient mythology and religion and their appropriation in ancient political agendas. Her most recent book is In the Garden of the Gods: Models of Kingship from the Sumerians to the Seleucids (London and New York: Routledge, 2017). Recently she was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship on a project that examines Platonic inebriation and its reception in late antiquity and the Middle Ages.  

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When: Thursday, 6 April 2017 at 7.00pm

Where: Ithacan Philanthropic Society (Level 2, 329 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne)

FREE Admission

More info: greekcommunity.com.au/seminars or +61 3 9662 2722

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Level 3, 168 Lonsdale St., Melbourne, Vic. 3000

Phone: +61 3 9662 2722, Email: info@greekcommunity.com.au, 

GREECE OZTAG Australia 2017


GREECE OZTAG Australia would like to wish all Oztaggers traveling to Coffs Harbour for the 2017 Oztag State Cup A happy and safe journey. It is raining so be safe… and Good luck to All teams.BIG SHOUT OUT TO SOUTHS…📯

This year we do have a few players and Coaches from Greece Representing there region.. Wishing you all Good luck.

PLAYERS TEAMS

RENEE Kalotinis, ST GEORGE WOMENS OP

PAULA Galatoulas, HURRICANES WOMENS 20s

ALANA Kipriotis, SOUTHS MIXED OPENS

MONTANA Ojeda, EAST RYDE 20S MIXED

JADE EVANS, SOUTHS MIXED OPENS

TAYLAH Middleton, HURRICANES WOMENS 20s

KATE Macpherson, SOUTHS MIXED OPENS

SAMANTHA Glumac, HURRICANES MIXED OPENS

MARIA Posantzis, ACT WOMENS 20S

GEORGE Filipipoulos, ROOSTERS MENS OP

PAUL KERR, ROOSTERS MENS OP

DEAN KOVELIS, EAST RYDE MENS OP

CHRIS Brosnan, ROOSTERS MENS OP.

TERRY Pizanias, ST GEORGE 20s Mens

ANDREW Karabatsos, ST GEORGE 20s Mens

CAIN Homann, ST GEORGE 20s Mens

CHRISTOPHER Nicholls, ROOSTERS MENS Op

CHRISTIAN Galbovski, ROOSTERS MENS OP

ANDREW Buckingham, SOUTHS 30S MENS

PETER Kalaizis, SOUTHS MENS OP

THOMAS Giatsios, SOUTHS MIXED OP

JAMIECosti, HOMEBUSH MIXED OPENS

GEORGE Panagiotopoulos, EAST HILLS MENS OP

PETER Constantionou, SOUTHS 30s MENS

JAMES Mina, ST GEORGE 20S MENS

COACHES

JIM PIZANIAS ST GEORGE 20s MENS

MATT RIAD SOUTHS

AZZI NUSANTARA SOUTHS TRAINER

INJURED PLAYERS

EMILIO Khatis, ST GEORGE 20S MENS

ASHOURINA Odisho, SOUTHS MIXED OPENS

MICHAEL Buckingham, SOUTHS MIXED OPENS

JORDAN CHONGY ST GEORGE 20S MENS

GOOD LUCK TO ALL OUR PLAYERS…

10-year-old Helen Karapidis was abducted 22 December 1988 from her Marrickville home


10-year-old Helen Karapidis was abducted 22 December 1988 from her Marrickville home complex grounds by members of the Wood Royal Commission pedophile network.  

This child trafficking network included government social workers, Aunties and Uncles program staff, Hillsong architect Ian Longstaff who redesigned their Young St, Waterloo church building, David Young who, with Ian, collected kids to attend ‘Youngies’ youth club, and convicted pedophile and Hillsong staff member John Baxter.  

Helen attended Hillsong Kids’ Club. She knew her abductors, which explains why she disappeared so.

Hillsong founding pastor Frank Houston was a convicted pedophile who sought and trafficked children to the Sydney VIP pedophile ring based in Kings Cross boy brothels. Houston was named multiple times to the Wood Royal Commission. These children were sought by Hillsong from low socioeconomic families with single mothers, parents in trouble with the law, and who had been brought to the attention of the Department of Children’s Services.

Helen Karapidis was ritually murdered days following her abduction, during an evening church service, in a secret room that overlooked the congregation at Hillsong Church Young St, Waterloo. 

Two children aged 6 and 8 witnessed Helen Karapidis’ ritual murder and reported this to police. The children later won a NSW Victim Compensation claim in court on the basis of witnessing Helen Karapidi’s murder in Hillsong Church. The children also witnessed several other children murdered at that same church.

Police did not investigate the child witnesses’ testimonies, did not conduct forensic investigations at Hillsong Church at Young St, Waterloo. Instead, police targeted the child witnesses and their mother. Case discussion notes from a meeting held regarding this case at the Children’s Hospital in Camperdown, Sydney, and attended by the Department of Children’s Services, stated: ‘Officer John Hesslop said we have concerns about containing the mother.’ Police also targeted Helen Karapidis’ father and tried to frame him for Helen’s abduction. This never stuck…because it was a lie.  

60 Minutes reporter Mike Munroe left Channel 9 after the network failed to air this story. The 60 Minutes team recorded psychiatrist Dr Anne Schlebaum interviewing the 2 witnesses. Royal Commissioner James Wood then slammed Dr Schlebaum and dismissed her report which supported the child witnesses. Judge Patricia ‘Patty’ Bergan was promoted to Supreme Court after tearing apart genuine victims, witnesses and their testimonial evidence at the Wood Royal Commission. 

The mainstream media contributed to the cover up of Helen Karapidis’ murder at Hillsong Church by refusing to report the truth, and by lying in print about the case and reporting terrible untruths about Helen’s father.  

One of the child witnesses to Helen’s ritual murder at Hillsong Church is spending this Christmas in prison. He was recently arrested immediately after his mother spoke with Helen Karapidis’ family and told them for the first time what became of their little girl. He was charged for defending himself after a gang of thugs attacked him. When the victim’s barrister phoned NSW Police for information pertaining to the charges, NSW police allegedly told the barrister to fuck off…  

Will keep you posted regarding how the police handle this case. It may be time for us to send the NSW Police Commissioner Scipione a few Christmas cards…

It is anniversary time for the greatest perversion of justice Australia has never seen or heard. 

Trump Picks Greek-Australian Andrew Liveris to Lead Manufacturing Council

US PRESIDENT-elect Donald Trump named Australian-born Andrew Liveris to head up an “American manufacturing council” that will be tasked with bringing industry back to the US.
Mr Liveris, who is the current chairman and chief executive of Dow Chemical Co, will head the Manufacturing Council, a private sector group that advises the US secretary of commerce.

Trump made the announcement during a rally in Battle Creek, Michigan, where he introduced Liveris, 62, a dual US-Australian citizen after he accepted the appointment.

The panel to promote US manufacturing will be “tasked with finding ways to bring industry back to America,” Trump said.

Liveris praised Trump’s economic plans, saying: “You’re paving the way … with your policies to make it easier to do business in this country – not a red-tape country but a red-carpet country for American businesses.”

Liveris told the audience that Dow would soon bring a new research-and-development centre to Michigan.

Andrew Liveris, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dow Chemical Company, speaks at a rally for President-elect Donald Trump.

Andrew Liveris, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dow Chemical Company, speaks at a rally for President-elect Donald Trump.Source:AP

Mr Liveris is also a friend of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and spent Easter Sunday at his Point Piper mansion this year. He and his wife Paula bought a $8.5 million home in the exclusive Sydney suburb, which is near the PM’s home.

Mr Liveris is Darwin-born and the son of Greek immigrants. He attended the University of Queensland, and is described as an “extraordinary networker” by Australia’s Ambassador to the US, Joe Hockey.

Records also show that Liveris has donated to both Republican and Democrat campaigns in the past.

In 2012, Liveris personally donated more than $US40,000 ($A53,699) to groups supporting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Democrat President Obama.

Trump takes victory lap in Michigan, slams Boeing

US PRESIDENT-elect Donald Trump named Australian-born Andrew Liveris to head up an “American manufacturing council” that will be tasked with bringing industry back to the US.

Mr Liveris, who is the current chairman and chief executive of Dow Chemical Co, will head the Manufacturing Council, a private sector group that advises the US secretary of commerce.

Trump made the announcement during a rally in Battle Creek, Michigan, where he introduced Liveris, 62, a dual US-Australian citizen after he accepted the appointment.

The panel to promote US manufacturing will be “tasked with finding ways to bring industry back to America,” Trump said.

Liveris praised Trump’s economic plans, saying: “You’re paving the way … with your policies to make it easier to do business in this country – not a red-tape country but a red-carpet country for American businesses.”

Liveris told the audience that Dow would soon bring a new research-and-development centre to Michigan.


Andrew Liveris, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dow Chemical Company, speaks at a rally for President-elect Donald Trump.

Mr Liveris is also a friend of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and spent Easter Sunday at his Point Piper mansion this year. He and his wife Paula bought a $8.5 million home in the exclusive Sydney suburb, which is near the PM’s home.

Mr Liveris is Darwin-born and the son of Greek immigrants. He attended the University of Queensland, and is described as an “extraordinary networker” by Australia’s Ambassador to the US, Joe Hockey.

Records also show that Liveris has donated to both Republican and Democrat campaigns in the past.

In 2012, Liveris personally donated more than $US40,000 ($A53,699) to groups supporting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Democrat President Obama.

During this year’s election, he refused to endorse Hillary Clinton or Trump.


Andrew Liveris and wife Paula. Picture:
While he believed Trump “has an audience”, he thought Clinton was “the better candidate”.

Liveris was also forced to repay $US300 ($A399) on flowers he boguht for Ms Clinton, who was the Secretary of State on New Year’s Eve in 2012.

Mr Liveris has also previously been a member of the invitation-only Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), a collaboration focused on women and poverty.

In January 2014, Liveris was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia for “services to international business”. He also received two honorary doctorates, from The University of Queensland and Michigan State University.
TRUMP TEAM DISMISSES CIA REPORT

Donald Trump’s transition team is dismissing a report that the CIA believes Russia tried to intervene in the U.S. election because it wanted Trump to win. A Friday night statement released by the transition team notes that the CIA “are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.” U.S. intelligence officials have accused Russia of hacking into Democratic officials’ email accounts in an attempt to interfere with the presidential campaign. The Washington Post, citing anonymous U.S. officials, reported Friday that the CIA has concluded that Russia aimed specifically to help Trump win the presidency.

The transition team statement says: “The election ended a long time ago. … It’s now time to move on and ‘Make America Great Again.”’


President-elect Donald Trump introduces Andrew N. Liveris.

TRUMP’S NEXT TV INTERVIEW

CBS Sports says it will interview President-elect Donald Trump during Saturday’s Army-Navy game in Baltimore.

Trump is attending the annual football game between the rival military academies.

CBS Sports says Trump will be interviewed by Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson during the third quarter of the game.

Transition officials said earlier this week that Trump will sit on Navy’s side of the field for one half of the game, and on Army’s side for the other. President Barack Obama attended the game in 2011. President George W. Bush also attended the game while in office.


Former New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani. Picture: Chris Pavlich
GUILIANI PULLS OUT OF TRUMP’S TEAM

President-elect Donald Trump says Rudy Giuliani is taking himself out of consideration for a position in his administration.

Giuliani, a loyal Trump supporter throughout the campaign, was an early front- runner to be secretary of state. But he faced questions about his overseas business ties and Trump began looking at other candidates, including Mitt Romney.

In a statement, Trump says Giuliani would have been an “outstanding” Cabinet secretary in several roles. He says he respects the former New York City mayor’s decision to remain in the private sector.

Reince Priebus, Trump’s incoming White House chief of staff, says Giuliani was vetted by the transition team for possible conflicts and “passed with flying colors.” Trump is yet to announce his pick to lead the State Department.

Goldman Sachs COO Gary Cohn talks on his phone as he waits for the start of a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York.


Goldman Sachs COO Gary Cohn talks on his phone as he waits for the start of a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York.

TRUMP EYES WEALTHY WALL ST BANKER

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to pick Goldman Sachs President Gary Cohn for an influential White House economic post.

That’s according to two people informed of the decision.

The 56-year-old Cohn would lead the White House National Economic Council. The posting would require him to leave his $21 million a year job as president and chief operating officer at Goldman.

Trump repeatedly vilified the prestigious Wall Street bank on the campaign trail. Yet with the choice of Cohn, he’s now named three of its alumni to key positions in his upcoming administration.

The people informed of the decision spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the expected move.

Source: nees.com.au