Jennifer Doulos mum of five still missing while husband accused of owing

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Jennifer Doulos, 50, was reported missing on 24 May.The Connecticut mother of five was last seen driving her black SUV that day. Her estranged Greek American husband Fotis Doulos, who allegedly owes $1million ($AUD1.4 million) to his mother-in-law, claims that the children’s nanny whisked all his children to an apartment owned by his mother-in-law Gloria Farber, 85, in New York City. He is accusing her of holding his children under armed guard.The estranged couple have been in and out of court since Jennifer filed for divorce in June 27, with the husband submitting court documents to regain custody of his children from his wife.His mother-in-law, in turn, filed a motion requesting that his financial records in real estate be opened up after alleging that he owed her and her late husband $1million after they loaned him $1.5 million for his business in 2004.last_img read more

Magnitude 41 earthquake shakes central Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Overnight central Greece has been shaken by an earthquake measuring 4.1.The earthquake, which was reportedly felt in parts of Athens, struck at 12.54 am on Thursday in Elateia.The focal depth was 13.6 km with a focal point of 8 km west-southwest of Atalanti according to the Geodynamic Institute at the Athens Observatory, and hit 21 km north of Leivadia, 52 km southeast of Lamia and 100 km north of Athens.So far no injuries or damages have been reported.When it comes to earthquakes, Greece is located in a complex boundary zone between the African Plate and the Eurasian Plate, making such events more common than the average.One of the strongest reported earthquakes to take place in Greece happened in 1956 in the Dodecanese, measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale and resulting in 53 deaths.last_img read more

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first_imgThe tremendous growth of our online audience in recent years shows the value our community sees in our journalism, and we want to continue our mission to deliver the best local journalism to the diaspora in the years to come.As part of our effort to enhance the reader experience, we would really appreciate your feedback by taking 5-10 minutes to complete the online survey that is currently on our site in both the Greek and English languages. Your valuable feedback will help shape the future of our newspaper that has always striven to be relevant and as close as possible to the needs of the Greek community. The survey gives you the chance to tell us what you think and to have your say on what you’d like to see.READ: ‘Our aspiration is for Neos Kosmos to be a quality global voice for the Greek diaspora’We need your input as a valued reader and are eager to hear more about your preferences so that we can deliver great content and enhance your digital experience and access to the latest local news via your smartphone, tablet and desktop. The results will be assessed and used to improve our services, content and experience online, which we know is already deeply valued by our audiences for its essential role in keeping the Greek community around the world informed, entertained and connected.Please complete the survey by 30 July. All the information you provide is confidential and used only to improve our services, content and experience online. None of the information will be provided to a third party.CLICK HERE TO START THE SURVEY Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

WHATS ON Guide Greekinspired events across Australia 25 July onward

first_imgNSWTOWARD AN ARCHAEOLOGY OF CULT IN A GREEK COLONY IN THE WEST: NEW EXCAVATION IN THE MAIN URBAN SANCTUARY OF SELINUNTEOn Wednesday 7 August see the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens’ (AAIA) sisiting Professor Clemente Marconi present research from new excavations he has directed at Selinunte, one of the most important archaeological sites of the Greek period in Italy. Of particular significance are the finds in the area around Temple R, built for a goddess c.580 BCE. This new research makes it possible to fully reconstruct, for the first time, the biography of a temple in Selinunte, and to reconstruct a significant part of the ritual activities in this area of the sanctuary. Taking place at the AAIA Boardroom, Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia (Room 480, Level 4, The Madsen Building, The University of Sydney).  To book, visit DOUKAS & THE D-STRINGSGeorge Doukas brings his nine-piece ensemble to Camelot Lounge (Marrickville Rd & Railway Parade, Marrickville) on Sunday 11 August. The D Strings is an ensemble that combines the velvet sound of the string quartet with the edgy tones of bouzouki and baglama. Mix that with two vocals, piano and a rhythm section and you have a sound which is truly unique. They will be performing a mix of original music, traditional Greek, Rembetika and a taste of Gypsy Jazz Greek-style. Doors open 7.00 pm for an 8.00 pm start.MUGA PRESENTS: SPASTA 2019Macquarie University Greek Association (MUGA) is hosting a Greek taverna night on Friday 16 August at Koutouki (138 Norton St, Leichhardt). Kicking off at 7.00 pm, there’ll be delicious food and drink served up, along with live music to add to the atmosphere. To book, visit COOKING CLASSCelebrate Mediterranean flavours with an authentic Greek cooking class. Hosted by Sophie Stokes from ‘In Sophia’s Kitchen’ you will be transported to Greece on a plate, preparing a range of dishes in the morning. Then you will get to sit down together to enjoy the fruits of your labour overlooking beautiful ocean views. It will be a delicious celebration of food and in turn, Greek culture. Taking place on Sunday 18 August at The Corner Pantry (Shop 5/11 Beach St, Harrington) from 10.00 am-1.00 pm. To book, visit HOPONTOPOFUS BIG GREEK COMEDY NIGHTDo you remember the Wog Rock Cafe in Hamilton in the ’90s? Carlos Hopontopofus became an icon in his outrageous one-man comedy floor show, and now he’s back! Performing at Dixon Park Surf Lifesaving Club (20 Ocean St, Merewether) on Friday 30 August, it’ll be a brilliant night of great comedy, authentic Greek cuisine and dancing to the grooves of DJ Honeypuff. To book, visit SATAVERNA NIGHT AT THE CRETAN ASSOCIATION OF SAGet your parea together for a tavern night this Saturday 27 July at the Cretan Association of South Australia (220 Port Rd, Alberton) at 6.30 pm. Attendees will enjoy a three-course meal along with entertainment throughout the night, featuring Michael Papacharalambous on the klarino, Angeliki Papacharalambous on vocals, Stan Nalbandidis on the keyboard and Jim Kalatzi on bouzouki. Adults $35.00, Children (under 12) $15.00. To book a table, email [email protected] GREEK LECTURE SERIESThe LOGOS Australian Centre for Hellenic Language and Culture continues its lecture series on Tuesday 20 August at Flinders at Victoria Square (182 Victoria Sq, Adelaide) from 6.00-8.00 pm. Free to attend.* If you know of any Greek events taking place across the country, including those organised by Greek community groups, please forward details to [email protected] VICOPEN SEMINAR: GREEK FOLK SONGS: THE BRIDGE OF ARTAThis Thursday, 25 July head to the Greek Centre (168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne) to see Dr Stephie Nikoloudis give a free lecture on Greek folk songs. Stars at 7.00 pm.ANNUAL GREEK FESTIVAL DANDENONG 1959-2019The Greek Orthodox Community of Dandenong and Districts is celebrating 60 years this weekend since the community was established in the area, from 1959-2019. Taking place at St Panteleimon Greek Orthodox Church (19 Herbert St, Dandenong), it’s set to be a huge two-day festival from Saturday 27-Sunday 28 July. Go along and enjoy a traditional Greek panigiri with an abundance of food, music, dancing, and lots of children’s entertainment. Free to attend.POMONA BY ALISTAIR MCDOWALLActress Artemis Ioannides stars in the Australian Premiere of Pomona by UK playwright Alistair McDowall and directed by Gary Abrahams. On now until 11 August at Red Stitch: The Actors’ Theatre (Rear 2 Chapel St, St Kilda East), Pomona is a dark and genre rich horror story, gripping from start to finish. A powerful modern thriller that asks what lies beneath the veneer of contemporary civilisation and what price must you pay to find it. For tickets, visit‘THALASSA’ ART EXHIBITIONStella Zicopoulos-Greig’s latest solo exhibition of oil paintings ‘Thalassa’ explores the artist’s cultural identity and lifelong relationship with the sea. As a child of Greek migrants, her own memories of the sea and the long voyage from Greece to Australia had a profound influence on her artistic practice, further reinforced by her family’s annual summer holidays spent at the beach. These personal and symbolic memories continue to inform the narratives and technical compositions of Stella’s highly abstracted and gestural oil paintings. More recently, she has been exploring the compositional motif of ‘two-thirds of sky’ within the surface of her paintings, presenting the horizon line as a force which connects, disrupts, and creates discord within the picture plane. See her work first-hand. ‘Thalassa’ is on show now until 10 August at G3 Artspace (64 Parkers Rd, Parkdale). Free admission.GREEK DANCING WITH RUSHRMIT United Society of Hellenes is hosting Greek dancing lessons for people of all ages and backgrounds, taking you from the bare basics to different styles around Greece. Schedule: Friday 26 July: Cretan Dances, 9 August: Lakonian Dances, 23 August: Island Dances. Taking place at RMIT (Building 8, Level 3, Room 10, Wales Cor, Melbourne). Free to attend.MY BIG FAT GREEK FESTIVALJoin St Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church (22 Marsden Crescent, St Albans) for their annual festival this weekend, Sunday 28 July at 11.00 am. There’ll be live Greek music and dancing, and delicious food. There will be lots for the kids to do, including an animal farm, photo booth, kids karaoke, the kids ‘zorba till you drop’ competition, games, a baloonologist, and face painting. Free to attend.THE PHILHELLENES LIVECatch The Philhellenes performing at The Post Office Hotel (229-231 Sydney Rd, Coburg) on Saturday 3 August from 9.00-11.00 pm. They will play a mixture of traditional repertoire from Asia Minor and songs composed by Greek refugee musicians from the region, such as Dalgas (Antonis Diamantidis), Panos Tountas and Kostas Skarvelis. For more information, visit MUSIC OF MANOLIS HIOTISMelbourne Rebetiko Ensemble returns to Kew Court House (188 High St, Kew) next month, Saturday 10 August for a musical tribute to Manolis Hiotis. Considered one of the greatest bouzouki soloists of all time, Hiotis was famous for popularising the string instrument’s modern sound. He was a rebetis and revolutionary who drove the music of the working class into the salons of the rich, embedding it into the wider popular culture of Greece. On from 8.00-9.40 pm. For tickets, visit STREET GREEK FOOD WALKING TOURTake part in a guided walking tour of Melbourne’s original Greek Precinct, Lonsdale Street on Saturday 17 August from 2.00-5.00 pm. Learn about the migration of Greeks to Melbourne, and the food and culture they brought with them. Savour the taste of Greece and sample Greek coffee and loukoumades, souvlaki from one of the most iconic Greek restaurants, browse and learn about the differences among Greek cakes and biscuits on display and sample a traditional Greek dessert and drink. To book, visit GREEK GRAMOPHONE EXPERIENCEJoin Wayne Simmons and Con Kalamaras on Sunday 18 August at the Merri Creek Tavern (111 High St, Northcote) at 4.00 pm for a unique live performance delving into the rich history of Greek music that was recorded in 1920’s and 40’s Greece. You could call it abrasive, coarse and unrefined, or you could call it an historical, artistic, and social commentary on a rapidly changing country. This performance is a collection of works that paved the way for generations to come, no glitz, no plate smashing … just a collection of brutally honest and achingly beautiful songs. Bring an open mind and heart … your world will change.LA TROBE LECTURE: GROWING UP ‘GREEK’ IN THE 50s AND 60sLa Trobe University’s Greek Studies (Department of Languages and Linguistics) and the Dardalis Archives of the Hellenic Diaspora in conjunction with the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (168-170 Lonsdale St, Melbourne) present a lecture by Dr Konstandina Dounis on ‘A Parallel Universe: Growing up ‘Greek’ in the 50s and 60s’ on Wednesday 21 August at 7.00-8.00 pm. Free to attend.COOKING CLASS: GREEK PROVINCIAL FAREExpand your repertoire and knowledge of Greek cuisine with Niki Louca’s delicious selection of provincial dishes. On Saturday 31 August at The Neff Market Kitchen (Stall 90, Cecil St, South Melbourne) (11.00 am-1.30 pm), Niki will show you how to make prawn saganaki, kalamari krasato, spanakorizo, and to finish, traditional rizogalo. $120 p.p. includes lunch/dinner and a recipe pack. 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Fiona BarbouttisMartin proves sports and politics do mix

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The often-spoken phrase ‘sports and politics don’t mix’ is used as a warning to keep both worlds apart so as not to damage the purity of athletic pursuits.However newly-elected Liberal federal member for the Sydney seat of Reid, Fiona Barbouttis-Martin embraces how her family has achieved success in both pursuits.The Greek Australian federal politician is the daughter of George Barbouttis who played for Pan Hellenic, now Sydney Olympic and was a member of the Socceroos squad in the early 70’s.Speaking to Neos Kosmos from Canberra, Barbouttis-Martin revealed how sports and politics go hand in hand in her family.“I love soccer. I grew up watching soccer every weekend and some weeknights. I lived and breathed soccer,” she said. “It’s in my blood quite literally. We are very proud Australians but also very proud Australians with Greek heritage as well. My grandfather, my pappou was actually involved in politics. He was an alderman, a local councillor in Newcastle so I think maybe the politics is there from way back. So politics and soccer is in the blood. Does that sound like a real Greek?”READ MORE: Exclusive Interview: How will Arthur Sinodinos handle Donald Trump?Fiona Barbouttis-Martin (far right) with her sisters and father George.Barbouttis-Martin feels strongly about her Greek heritage and feels it will be a guiding force during her political career.“My grandfather and grandmother migrated from Kastellorizo, they came to Australia to escape war,” she said. “They came across at different times but my grandfather came to Australia in 1926 and went to Newcastle. So in many ways their migrant stories, what they went through, the sacrifices they made and the story of survival informs me and shapes me. So I think that will help me make informed decisions that will ultimately protect this wonderful, beautiful country that we live in.”Since Barbouttis-Martin was sworn in after her victory in Reid she has attended a number of Greek functions such as the Saint Sophia Cathedral Restoration Appeal to raise funds for the church that opened on 27 May 1927 in Paddington as the first Greek Orthodox Church in Australia. Barbouttis-Martin revealed how helping support the fundraising effort had a profound effect.READ MORE: Was there an ‘ethnic vote’ in the 2019 election and did it make a difference?“I’m pretty confident that my pappou would have visited that church,” she said. “It’s a historical building and has been recognised by the national trust. It wasn’t just about going to church; it was much more than that and provided a lot of support for Greeks who just migrated to Australia. A lot of Greeks went to that Cathedral to find accommodation, to learn to speak English and to work out where to get a job. It’s very important to keep the Greek story and history alive.”Before she was born, Fiona’s father George Barbouttis, was a talented defender who Socceroos legend Johnny Warren once described as the most talented Greek Australian player he ever saw play. He was close to signing for PAOK and Panathinaikos but homesickness stopped him from joining the former, while making a dream move to the latter was thwarted by one of the world’s greatest ever footballers.“I went to Greece in 1970 where PAOK Thessaloniki were interested in me and I had signed a contract,” he told Neos Kosmos. “It was my first trip away from home and I felt very lonely and I decided to come back home. Then in 1973 I had three months with Panathinaikos. I trained every day with the top players like Domazos but the coach Ference Puskas said ‘you can stay but we are not interested in paying a transfer fee’ so I had to come back.”READ MORE: Malaxos and Barbouttis families reuniteBarbouttis was also part of the Socceroos squad that was in preparation for Germany 1974 but wasn’t selected.“Heartbreaking wasn’t the word,” he said about missing out on being part of Australia’s first ever World Cup appearance. “At one point I was on the bench for the Socceroos when Wolverhampton Wanderers visited Australia but I had an appendix attack and didn’t get on the field. Then in 1973 when the team was announced by Rale Rasic I missed out because of my fitness and he chose Ivo Rudic. So I gave the game away from that reason. I then got married and had three daughters.”One of those daughters is Fiona Barbouttis-Martin and, ahead of her first maiden speech in parliament, George Barbouttis revealed how her recent election win outweighed any of his sporting achievements.“I thought being selected in the Australian squad in 1970 and 1971 was a great honour bestowed upon me,” he said. “But my daughter’s selection in parliament is much, much greater. That’s how proud I am that my daughter is a member of parliament after a very short campaign which was five weeks. All the family got behind her during that time and supported her by handing out leaflets, letter box dropping and on the day of the election we were all in the booths.”Meanwhile, Greek Australian senator Arthur Sinodinos believes Barbouttis-Martin’s political career will benefit from having a sporting background.“It shows that Fiona comes from a family of high achievers,” he told Neos Kosmos. “It’s wonderful that she decided to be of service to the public in this way and she will build on her already considerable achievements. I’m looking forward to reading a very good chapter in the Fiona Martin-Barbouttis story.”last_img read more