From Saturday the 5th of December 2020, the WA state Government requires that everyone attending a place of worship must register their details upon entering. This will be a requirement across many business across the community.

The purpose is to enhance the ability to trace individuals should there be any new cases of Corona Virus.At all Greek Orthodox Churches in WA everyone entering the church building will be required to either:
1. Scan the QR code at the front door using the SafeWA app
OR
2. Give their name and phone number for manual registration to a volunteer who will be set up at the front door of the church.

Everyone must comply to the above as there are significant Government penalties for non-compliance.We ask that children and grandchildren pass on this message to their elderly relatives who do not have access to email or social media.

People visiting the Archdiocese offices in Perth will also need to register their names upon entry.Please click on the links below for more information.Government Announcement - https://www.wa.gov.au/government/announcements/maintaining-contact-registers-requirement-keep-wa-safeFAQ - https://www.wa.gov.au/government/publications/covid-19-coronavirus-contact-registers-businesses-and-venues-frequently-asked-questionsSafeWA App Information - https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/covid-communications/covid-19-coronavirus-safewa

 

This fact sheet, in Greek, provides useful information about grief and trauma support services for those impacted by COVID-19 in the aged care sector. The services are available for residential aged care residents, home care recipients, their loved ones and aged care staff.

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Grief and Trauma Support for Australia's Aged Care Sector

The Australian Government is investing $12.4 million in a Grief and Trauma Response Package to ensure support is available for those affected by COVID-19 across the Aged Care Sector.

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Professor Van Coufoudakis was born in Greece and won a scholarship to the USA in his teenage years and became an outstanding scholar. Dean Emeritus of the College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University-Purdue University; and Rector Emeritus, University of Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus. He is also a director of the American Hellenic Institute Foundation. He resides with his family near Sarasota in Florida.

Each year before Christmas he writes to friends throughout the world of his observations of the USA and US-Greece relations. The following excerpts are from his 2020 letter.

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Dear Friends,

This unprecedented year, is almost over and so is Mr Trump’s presidency. We survived the year without serious problems. We cancelled our rescheduled trips to Cyprus and Greece, and limited our lives in splendid isolation by Lido beach. Sarasota’s superb cultural life came to an abrupt end in March and is unlikely to return any time soon... The impact of the pandemic is real and the grim statistics included people we knew in various cities, many of whom were younger and had no pre-existing conditions. We also survived hurricane ETA in mid-November which made land fall some 60 miles north of us. It flooded Lido Key but our building was not damaged... Looking back at this lost year, I missed traveling. It is probably the first time in the last forty five years that I did not go anywhere…

The economic impact of the pandemic is very serious here in Florida given the State’s service economy. The continuing incredible lines in area food banks are a clear indication of what happens to people in a minimum wage economy during a crisis.

In the political arena, Mr Trump worried our political system by attacking the credibility of our institutions and political procedures. It is ironic that an American president, in four years, successfully did what we accused the Russians of trying to do since the 1930’s... However, Mr Trump’s conduct would not have been possible without the support and toleration of the Republican Party. The Republican leadership is even more guilty than Mr Trump for the damage done to our society and its institutions.

President-elect Mr Joe Biden inherits a divided country where some of the worst elements of American society feel empowered and legitimized. Republicans abandoned consensus politics starting with Newt Gingrich and the takeover of their party by the Tea Party… We have seen the cumulative consequences of these actions during Mr Trump’s presidency. Even though… a second Trump term is over, the consequences of his actions will linger on for years to come. I am sorry for the legacy we are leaving to the successor generation. Let us hope he goes home (unfortunately some 150 miles east of us...) without any more trouble.

I have spent the year reading, doing limited writing, and participating in various internet presentations on topics of interest to me. I am pleased to report that my last major project, an edited volume on the Greek American community, should be out sometime in the first half of 2021. I should also indicate that during the pandemic my cooking skills improved immensely.

If and when life returns to “normal”, we hope to welcome many of you back to the white sands of Lido Key and the Gulf of Mexico. Chez Coufoudakis is ready!

Stay safe, have a good holiday season and a healthy 2021.

Van Coufoudakis
December 9th 2020
Sarasota, Florida USA

Perspective on Greek-origin politicians in the USA and Australia
The US has 6 out of 535 in the House of Representatives and Senate in the US Congress or just over 1% of the total federal members whereas Greek-Americans comprise under 1% of the US population.

Australia has three Greek-Australians out of 227 in Federal Parliament so only slightly more than in the USA and less than the 2% of Greek-Australians in Australia’s population. This may seem better and there appear relatively few outcomes in favour of Greek-Australian issues. In particular greater support of Greek language education and in assisting Greece in the face of the ongoing spate of refugees in Greece from the Middle East.

For more influence the future lies on Philhellenes to support Greek-Australian causes since we only account for about 2% of the population in Australia and about a 0.3% in the US.

The powerful Jewish-American and Jewish- Australian lobbies serve as models for Hellenic causes in both countries.

The Greek lobbies in both countries have failed to date  because they don’t or can’t mobilise the Philhellenes.

The following tribute by the AHI on the passing of the late US Senator Paul Sarbanes of Maryland exemplifies an outstanding contributor to US federal politics from 1971 to 2007 (Link December 2020 : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Sarbanes).

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 7, 2020 - No. 151
AHI Mourns Passing of Former U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes

The American Hellenic Institute has issued a statement on the passing of former U.S. Senator Paul S. Sarbanes of Maryland:

“The American Hellenic Institute deeply mourns the passing of former U.S. Senator Paul S. Sarbanes,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said.

“Senator Sarbanes exemplified Hellenic ideals to the fullest extent. He excelled as a public servant, valued the importance of education, culture, and the arts, and was a true champion of the Rule of Law.  These were values instilled in him as the son of Greek immigrants. 

“Without Senator Sarbanes’ strong advocacy, and the respect he garnered during his service and a leader in Congress, the community’s effort to impose an arms embargo on Turkey, following Turkey’s illegal invasion and occupation of the Republic of Cyprus in 1974, would not have been a success.  Together with the late founder of AHI, Eugene T. Rossides, we were proud to work with then-Congressman Paul Sarbanes on this most substantial policy achievement. We will forever be grateful for his staunch and unwavering support for the Greek American community’s policy issues, especially during his tenure serving on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“Senator Sarbanes will always be remembered fondly by the American Hellenic Institute and its members for his devotion to AHI, the Rule of Law, and to Hellenism for which we are deeply grateful and from which we all benefited. We were honored to present him with the Hellenic Heritage National Public Service Award in 1992. He also keynoted and addressed several AHI forums, conferences, and events and contributed to AHI’s one-hour documentary, ‘Cyprus Still Divided: A U.S. Foreign Policy Failure.’

“Our deepest sympathies and condolences are with Congressman John Sarbanes, who carries Senator Sarbanes’ legacy, and the entire Sarbanes family. May his memory be eternal.”

 

 



 

 

 
 
 
 

 

American Hellenic Institute Weekly E-News 9th December 2020
The following weekly report from the American Hellenic Institute (AHI) applauds the passage of the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report by the U.S. House of Representatives, December 8, 2020, that mandates sanctions on Turkey and authorizes funding for military facilities at Souda Bay, Crete. AHI looks forward to its anticipated passage by the U.S Senate and eventual enactment.

Souda Bay is the site of a U.S. military installation, U.S. Naval Support Activity (NSA) Souda Bay, which operates as a base for planes, ships, and submarines. It covers 110 acres and sits on the larger Hellenic (Greek) Air Force Base on Crete's northwest coast. About 750 members of the military and civilians are on the installation, which supports both U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force reconnaissance missions, along with other joint missions of the Navy and Air Force and operations involving several nations. (Link December 2020 : https://www.tripsavvy.com/souda-bay-crete-1525598).

The conference report authorizes $50,180,000 in funding for military construction at Souda Bay, Crete.

“Regarding Greece, AHI has elevated the importance of military facilities located at Souda Bay in foreign and defense policy circles in Washington and has championed increased investment in NSA Souda Bay,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said. “We are pleased the legislation will authorize significant funding for military construction at Souda Bay, demonstrating its importance to Washington policymakers.” 

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AHI Weekly E-News 9th December 2020
AHI Advocacy in Action

Table of Contents

1.  AHI Applauds House Passage of Legislation that Mandates Sanctions on Turkey, Enhances Souda Bay

2.  AHI Highlighted in To Vima Feature on President-elect Biden

3.  AHI Applauds Secretary of State Pompeo’s Public Rebukes of Turkey

4.  AHI Mourns Passing of Former U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes

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AHI Offers Virtual Internships To College Students, And Recent Graduates

AHI Applauds House Passage of Legislation that Mandates Sanctions on Turkey, Enhances Souda Bay

Washington, DC—The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) applauds the passage of the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report by the U.S. House of Representatives, December 8, 2020, that mandates sanctions on Turkey and authorizes funding for military facilities at Souda Bay, Crete. AHI looks forward to its anticipated passage by the U.S Senate and eventual enactment.

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AHI Highlighted in To Vima Feature on President-elect Biden

Washington, DC—To Vima, a leading newspaper based in Athens, Greece, highlighted the American Hellenic Institute’s (AHI) role to educate President-elect Joe Biden on issues concerning Greece and Cyprus since the 1974 invasion of Cyprus in a feature article titled, “The Unknown Story of the ‘Hellenization’ of Joe Biden,” To Vima published the feature on December 4, 2020.

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AHI Applauds Secretary of State Pompeo’s Public Rebukes of Turkey

Washington, DC—AHI applauds Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s public criticisms of Turkey for its provocations during his participation at a virtual NATO ministerial meeting on December 1, 2020.

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AHI Mourns Passing of Former U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes

The American Hellenic Institute has issued a statement on the passing of former U.S. Senator Paul S. Sarbanes of Maryland:

“The American Hellenic Institute deeply mourns the passing of former U.S. Senator Paul S. Sarbanes,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said.

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