Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Widow Viktoria Karida spoke on Greek national television about losing her Greek Australian husband John Macris, who was murdered in Voula, south of Athens. The interview was the first time that the model spoke about the murder that took place in the affluent coastal suburb last year.During the interview with SKAI hostess Tatiana Stefanidou, Karida appeared heartbroken and said she has not yet come to terms with her partner’s death.“I have kept his clothes and from time to time I wear them so that I can smell him on me. I dream of him and every night I leave a piece of dark chocolate next to our bed, as that was his favourite, and I still think he is with us,” she said.The model, in tears throughout the whole interview, also said that she feels her husband Macris is always watching over their children although “they still can’t understand why their daddy is not coming back”.READ MORE: Greek police look at whether former bikie boss car bomb was ordered by Australian connectionsKarida explained how hard it is to “not break down”, stating that she knows that her husband would want her to stay strong for the kids.When asked if she would move to Australia with her children, Karida said that she faces a dilemma about leaving Greece and moving closer to her in-laws. “There are times when I think I need to leave this house and leave behind the bad memories of the night Giannis was murdered but at the same time, I feel that this is our family home and I want to stay here because all of our memories are here. So I really don’t know what I will end up doing,” she said.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) welcomed the announcement of Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece, Terens Quick and the Minister for Immigration of Australia David Coleman about the implementation of the bilateral agreement for the Working Holiday Visa between Australia and Greece. This visa allows young people to visit each country respectively with the right to work. The reciprocal agreement was implemented on 1 July, 2019.It has been a long journey; the arrangement has been in the works since May 2014, and was ratified by the Greek Parliament in December 2015 by law No 4353/2015 (National Gazette No 173, Issue A, 14-12-2015).Minister Quick noted that it is a positive outcome after many years of uncertainty while Mr Coleman stressed that “Australia enjoys a great friendship with Greece and there has been much interest from Greece in participating in the Work and Holiday visa program. This announcement will provide more opportunities for work and cultural exchange between our nations. The Morrison Government is committed to the working holiday program which provides regional areas and farmers with access to more workers.”Kicking off, the bilateral agreement will make it easier for 500 young Australians between 18 and 30 years to work and study in Greece and vice versa for 12 months.Greek nationals need to perform specified work in regional areas to be eligible for a second working visa. They can then extend their visas to a third year if they provide six months of regional work in the second year.The agreement takes the number of countries participating in the Working Holiday Maker programme to 43.For the visa to be granted, applicants must not have previously participated in a program for the Youth Mobility (Work and Holiday) or in a program for Work Holidays in Greece.A tertiary degree, or the successful completion of at least two years of undergraduate university studies is a prerequisite.Personal expenses will not be covered, which means applicants must have enough financial resources to support themselves, as they cannot be employed by one employer for more than six months, unless the appropriate permit is granted.During their stay in Greece, applicants are not allowed to take part in studies or training for more than four months during the 12 month period.As the main purpose of the program is recreation, the work should be linked to this in some way. Note that candidates cannot work as an au-pair while on this visa.To apply candidates require the following:Signed application for the letter;Valid copy of passport;Formal declaration that the reason is to visit Australia for holidays for 12 months without accompaniment by dependent persons;Formal declaration of not having participated in any such programme before;Formal declaration that there is no criminal record for the applicant;Formal declaration that the applicant has sufficient funds to issue her/his tickets and cover her/his first expenses for at least one month (those funds are stipulated at 3,000 euros and are reciprocal for both countries);Copy of degree of education;Certified copies of other degrees (if obtained in other countries, they should be accompanied by a certificate of their formal recognition by Hellenic NARIC (ΔΟΑΤΑΠ) or in the case of students, a formal document that certifies the continuation of their studies after the successful completion of two years of studies;Certificates of English as a foreign language (at least B2 level);30 euro fee for the application.Youth interested in participating in the program can apply to the Embassy of Greece in Canberra or to the Consulates General and Consulates of Greece in Adelaide, Melbourne Sydney and Perth.To find out more and to apply visit:For Greek nationals: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/work-holiday-462/first-work-holiday-462For Australian nationals wanting to visit Greece: https://www.mfa.gr/australia/en/greece/greece-and-australia/work-and-holiday-visa.html
The European Union will cut funding to Turkey by 145.8 million euros next year, as the first sanctions over Turkey’s illegal drilling activities on Cyprus’ EEZ were revealed.A well-informed EU source also revealed that more measures would include the re-evaluation of the European Investment Bank’s activities in Turkey and a suspension of meetings between EU-Turkish officials.The full list of sanctions against Turkey by the European Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS) will be presented to the EU member states representatives on Wednesday. Final decisions would be taken by EU foreign ministers next week.The European Commission said that Turkey’s plans for a second drill off Cyprus was unacceptable and violated the sovereignty of an EU member state.European Commission vice president Frederica Mogherini called on Ankara to show good neighbourhood relations by refraining such actions and acting in accordance with the international law.READ ALSO:Cyprus: dangerous row over gas exploration dates back to British colonial meddlingOn its part, the Turkish occupied territory’s self proclaimed ‘Foreign Ministry’ on Tuesday described the EU’s approach as one of a ‘courtroom’ in clear violation of international law as it did not deliberate to reach a solution with advantages given to one party contrary to the principle of impartiality. The announcement added that permits have been granted to the Turkish-Cypriot authority and that its self-imposed government was recognised by Turkey.“These announcements speak of the sovereign rights of Greek Cypriots to natural resources, but the rights of Turkish Cypriots are ignored by the same sources,” the announcement added.Apart from the UK and France, Russia and Egypt have also called on Turkey to cease its illegal drilling in Cyprus’ EEZ following the arrival of a second drillship, the Yalvuz, on the northeastern coast of Cyprus on Monday. The Russian Foreign Ministry called on Turkey to show restraint, adding that such activities do not contribute towards finding a solution to the Cyprus problem.READ ALSO: EU states ‘solidarity’ with Cyprus but Turkey sends second drill ship to commence drilling in JulyDespite international calls, top Turkish officials have declared that they will continue to drill in what they believe to be their own continental shelf. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram