UK eases rules, gives students more flexibility for work visas

first_imgInternational students in the UK will soon enjoy more flexibility in switching over to work visas, with new immigration rules set to be introduced from January 11. As per the new rules, foreign students can switch over to Tier-2 visa (or skilled worker visa) as soon as they complete their course. According to current norms, they must wait until they obtain a degree to apply for the Tier-2 visa. This gave students only a small time frame to find a job while still in the UK.For example, students opting for higher education, such as a PG degree, had to wait for their thesis to be marked or a degree to be awarded after completing their course before they could apply for a work visa.“The new rule will enable them to apply for a Tier-2 visa a few months earlier than what would otherwise have been possible,” explains a newsletter by EY-UK, one of the big 4 business consultancies.Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img read more

Makedonas to headline Greek fest

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek singer Kostas Makedonas will perform for free at the 2014 Lonsdale St Festival, on Saturday 8 February. The popular singer will be accompanied on stage by Orchestra Emmetron and Katerina Eugenikou. Born and raised in Thessaloniki, Makedonas’ journey in music began at the age of 10 with classical guitar lessons and continued through his school years at the forefront of his school music performances. As a university student studying economics, he continued to perform in various musical settings throughout Thessaloniki. His debut album No Idea (Δεν Έχω Ιδέα) with music by St. Kraounakis and lyrics by L.Nikolakopoulou was released in 1988 and since then Makedonas has experienced a continuous upward trend in the music scene as one of the most sought after musicians, working with almost all the big names of Greek music. His collaborative efforts include names like Alkistis Protopsaltis, Eleni Vitali , Christos Nikolopoulos, Yannis Markopoulos , Mikis Theodorakis, George Zika , Mimis Plessas, Dimitra Galani , Manolis Mitsias , Aliki Vouyiouklaki , George Dalaras , Harris Alexiou , Marinella , Glykeria , Pantelis Thalassinos, and countless others. He has 12 solo albums and has collaborated in over 40 other artists’ albums. His debut performance in Australia will include some of his biggest hits and tributes to many of the great Greek composers. The 2014 Lonsdale St Festival will be held on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 February and is an initiative of the Greek Community of Melbourne. Kostas Makedonas will also be playing at the Enmore Theatre on Saturday 1 February. For tickets and information visit read more

Princess Piers WWI connection remembered

first_imgOne hundred years ago, before the influx of Greek migrants touched down at Princess Pier in Melbourne, thousands of Australian families gathered to farewell their male family members making the trip up north to help the Allied forces. Thousands of Australian men would have said their last goodbyes at the pier before they settled at the base in Lemnos, Greece, before the tragic voyage to Gallipoli. Princess Pier was where the first Australian contingent of troops set off to the Great War, and it was where hundreds gathered 100 years later to mark the moment and remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country. At an Anzac Centenary commemorative ceremony at the pier on Sunday, Greek Australians joined the crowd to pay their own respects and share the Greek connection to a huge part of Australian history. The Lemnian connection was represented in a stall set up by the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee (LGCC), where passersby were able to see photos of nurses and other personnel on the island and get a small history lesson on the lesser-known Greek connection.Christina Despoteris, executive member of the LGCC, says the stall was packed with people keen to find out more about Greece’s connection.“There were lots of people – lots of interest,” Ms Despoteris tells Neos Kosmos. “We had pictures of nurses on the island, we had pictures of the hospital there, pictures of soldiers, and they came and had a look at those.” For Ms Despoteris, the day marked the start of the commemorative period, that will span four years just as the war did. For many who saw their loved ones off at Princess Pier in 1914, they were blissfully unaware of how long the war would span and how bloody it would eventually become.The island of Lemnos still holds a special place in Australian history. More than 100 Australian soldiers are buried there, while some of the first Greek migrants to travel to Australia were in fact Lemnians.“Lemnos is slowly becoming acknowledged as part of the history of Gallipoli. Our role is to encourage and to make sure that more and more people know of it,” Ms Despoteris says.Each of the 17 ships of the first convoy farewelled at Princess Pier had its own stall at the event, giving crowds the chance to learn of the soldiers who were on board and their fate. For the LGCC, the event was a chance to fundraise and garner interest in the forthcoming statue, to be erected midnext year. The group sold out of their fundraising badges, raising more than $600 for the statue.Commissioned by sculptor Peter Corlette, the bronze statue depicts two figures, one a nurse standing tall, looking after a seated soldier.The statue will be erected at Albert Park, linking it to the nearby Princess Pier legacy. The committee is also organising a photographic exhibition, displaying a myriad of photos from the island during the war, with the hopes it will tour the country during the centenary commemorations. For more information, and to donate to the statue, visit Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more