Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The anticipated Work and Holiday Visa agreement (subclass 462) between Australia and Greece, that will enable approximately 500 people from the two countries, aged 18-30 years, to work for a period of up to one year, is to be signed in early May during the Australian visit of the Greek Minister for Tourism Olga Kefalogianni.This was confirmed on Monday by the Deputy Foreign Minister of Greece Mr Kyriakos (Akis) Gerontopoulos, at his press conference at the Hellenic Museum in Melbourne.In the same interview Mr Gerontopoulos announced that the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad had resumed, albeit on a small scale, its summer camp hospitality programs for diaspora children.Referring to the World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE), Mr Gerontopoulos said that efforts are being made to make SAE work in the near future on a completely different basis as well as for the organisation to become “self-financing “. He also stated that in the last few years the amount of state money given to SAE were minimal.For the amount of money spent for SAE up until 2010, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Greece said that the finances of the organisation were audited and that the auditor’s report was handed over to Mr Leandros Rakintzis, the General Inspector of Public Administration in Greece. ” If something has to be stated it will be stated once the process is completed”, he said. During his press conference at the Hellenic Museum in Melbourne, Mr Gerontopoulos expressed his support for granting voting rights to the Hellenic diaspora. However, he added, this should be done after consultation, in order to find an acceptable system that is supported by a broad majority in the Greek Parliament and not only by the parties forming the government. “I am one of those who believe that Greece will benefit if our diaspora obtains the voting right. The right to elect and to be elected.”, he said.On the matter of signing an agreement between Greece and Australia in order to avoid double taxation Mr Gerontopoulos noted that “Athens wants and seeks such an agreement but Canberra does not seem to be interested.” The Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister stated that the Greek consulates in Australia are not sufficiently staffed because of the crisis, and he went on to say that the Greek Department of Foreign Affairs will examine the issue of the understaffed Consulates of Greece in Australia as well as the issue of having a Commercial Attache in Melbourne. He also acknowledged that perhaps there were some ” failures ” in the latest price increase of consular fees. But, he added, the consular fees remained did not increase for a number of years and noted that the Greek people have been burdened at the same time with many and often unfair weights.Kyriakos Gerontopoulos when told that the Greek Australian community in Melbourne was impressed by the fact that he travelled to Australia with a very small contingent (himself and two advisors), and that he is staying in low cost reputable hotels he responded by saying that “In these times anything else would have amounted to a provocation.”The Deputy Foreign Minister did not fail to mention during his press conference that he was particularly impressed by Melbourne’s Greek community’s Independence Day Parade last Sunday. While in Melbourne the Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister of Greece met with Bishop Ezekiel, visited Greek schools and the state Parliament where he met with Greek Australian parliamentarians and other officials and he attended a special function in honor of Greece’s Independence Day. He also visited the Hellenic Museum and met with the Board of Helelnic- Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.After Melbourne Mr Gerontopoulos traveled to Canberra, where he laid a wreath at the “Hellenic Memorial” on March 25, and visited the “Hellenic Club” and the Home for the Aged of the Greek Orthodox Parish and Community of St. Nicholas. At Federal Parliament the Deputy Foreign Minister met with Senator Sinodinos and other Greek Australian federal parliamentarians. In Sydney Mr Gerontopoulos met Archbishop Stylianos, the Board of the Greek Orthodox Community of New South Wales, New South Wales Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Arts George Tourism, as well as Sophie Cotsis, MLC and local government Greek Australian Councillors. He also visited St Spyridon College and attended a Greek flag raising ceremony at the neighboring municipalities of Hurstville / Kogarah.The Deputy Foreign Minister of Greece was also present and spoke at the Australian launching of The Hellenic Initiative on Wednesday 26 March.
Go back to the enewsletterAir Italy has unveiled its fully new onboard Business Class product and service this week to coincide with the celebration of its inaugural Milan–Los Angeles flights.Featuring stylish and contemporary tableware, cutlery and chinaware, the new Business Class product is being rolled out with a number of service innovations, including dine-on-demand for the rapidly expanding airline’s Business Class customers.“We are extremely delighted to begin the rollout of our new Business Class product and service as we simultaneously celebrate the launch of our new service from Milan Malpensa to Los Angeles,” said Air Italy Chief Operating Officer, Rossen Dimitrov.“Featuring newly designed contemporary tableware, inflight dining menus, cutlery and chinaware that have all been specially crafted to meet our travellers’ high expectations, we are confident that this new product will elevate their experience on board our aircraft.”“At the same time, we will also be introducing our dine-on-demand service, meaning our customers can choose what they want to eat, and when they want to eat from our new menus, which are also being unveiled today.“All of this will make for an even more sophisticated and memorable travel experience in Business Class with Air Italy – and it will very shortly be followed up by the rollout of our new Economy Class product and service.“We look forward to welcoming passengers on board and offering them a true taste of Italy.”With the new dine-on-demand service, passengers can choose from the extensive à la carte menu, and create and enjoy at any time and in any order their very own dining experience.Starting from the launch on the first Milan-Los Angeles flight, the new onboard business product and service will be rolled out across Air Italy’s fleet and network over the coming weeks.Go back to the enewsletter
The Ospreys prop Paul James was fortunate to remain on the field after flooring the Romanian hooker Marius Tincu with a punch, while the home coach, Sean Holley, was concerned at marks around the eyes of some of his players. “It is the second week in a row this has happened,” he said, in a reference to the 12-6 defeat at Leicester. “I am not saying it is eye-gouging, but it is something that has increased in the game in the last year or so.”At one point, the Ospreys captain, Ryan Jones, pointed at his eyes and looked at the referee after the replacement lock Ian Gough had, as it were, pointed the finger at the flanker Gerrie Britz for skulduggery at a ruck. Was Jones suggesting the referee needed to see an optician or that Gough had been gouged? “No comment,” he said, repeatedly.The Ospreys need to pull their collective finger out. Five penalties from the 19-year-old fly-half Dan Biggar secured victory here, but the virtually silent reaction from the crowd at the final whistle told its own story. They have in Holley probably the most enterprising young coach in Wales, but he does not wield the clout of Gatland in a top-heavy region.Ospreys: Byrne; Vaughton, Bowe, A Bishop, Williams; Biggar, Webb; James (D Jones, 53), Bennett (Hibbard, 75), A Jones, AW Jones (Gough, 72), Evans, R Jones (capt; Smith, 80), Holah, Tiatia.Pens: Biggar 5.Perpignan Porical; Plante, Sid, Manas, Candelon; Mélé (Durand, 11), Cusiter; Freshwater (Pulu, 59), Tincu (Guirado, 59), Mas (capt; Freshwater, 70), Olibeau (Guiry, 62), Kairelis (Vilaceca, 59), Perez (Vaki, 73), Britz, Chouly.Pens: Porical 3.Sin-bin: Plante, 29; Perez, 40; Vilaceca, 76.Referee: W Barnes (England). Attendance: 10,761. First published on Sun 19 Oct 2008 19.01 EDT Share via Email The Ospreys were expected to be among the high fliers in the Heineken Cup but they have yet to start flapping, failing to score a try in their first two games.Wales’s leading region may mix the bulk of the national side with a supplement of Test players from overseas, but having signed up an array of individual talent, the management keeps banging on about the overriding importance of the team ethic. The directors’ programme notes on Saturday were stuffed with corporate jargon, clotted with words such as core, values, transparency, honesty, trust and loyalty.The aim is to establish an esprit de corps, but there is no joie de vivre. Players who are expressive for Wales seem constrained, lacking swagger. There were mitigating factors against Perpignan, with a number of backs injured and opponents happy to concede penalties. But even when they had a man advantage, on three occasions, the Ospreys lacked invention.Like Wales they are run by a New Zealander, but while Warren Gatland is the head coach at national level, Andrew Hore has an overseeing role at the Ospreys and comes from a conditioning background, rather than coaching. He has built a model of rigidity, exemplified in the two-match ban given to Gavin Henson this month for skipping a training session. Henson’s ban ended early when he was recalled to the bench on Saturday morning after a back spasm forced out James Hook. The Ospreys did not have another fit and registered back but Henson remained on the sidelines throughoutthe match, even though his side only took the lead for the first time with 11 minutes to go.Perpignan led for 22 minutes either side of half-time, after Jérôme Porical kicked his third penalty, despite losing two players to the sin-bin in the third quarter, which reduced them to 13 men for two minutes. 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