Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram James Gargasoulas, the man who rammed down pedestrians in Melbourne’s Bourke St, was thought of as a bit “crazy” from a young age with some revealing that he displayed sociopathic tendencies from his school years.ABC’s Four Corners profiled the man, showing his long history of criminal behaviour from his school days with problems stemming from a childhood defined by violent punishments from his single father in the opal mining town of Coober Pedy.Gargasoulas and his brother, Angelo, did not have a happy upbringing. His brother states that Gargasoulas struggled at school, attending special education classes and getting picked on by other students. At age 14, he smuggled explosives into school to get back at those giving him a hard time. His problems, however spiralled out of control after he started smoking weed.Speaking to the ABC, Angelo described his brother as a man capable of “extreme violence, especially towards women”.“I’ve seen him drop a woman onto the floor, drag her by the hair, knock a woman unconscious, completely,” Angelo said.In the hours leading to the Bourke St attack that led to the killing of six people, Angelo was also stabbed by his brother.Questions by his own brother are raised as to why Gargasoulas had not been locked up sooner. “It could’ve saved so many lives. It could’ve saved so much drama,” he said.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Hellenic Medical Society of Australia (HMSA) recently hosted a medical educational evening for its professional members entitled ‘Brain and Pain’.Doctors from various specialities as well as general practitioners packed out a function room at the QPO restaurant to be informed on the latest updates on the brain and on the topic of chronic pain management.HMSA president A/Professor Marinis Pirpiris introduced the evening and welcomed the generous sponsors of the evening Servier Pharmaceuticals and Delphi Bank. MC Dr Arthur Kokkinias (HMSA Secretary) in turn warmly introduced each of the keynote speakers of the evening.The ‘brain’ part of the evening was presented by Professor Dennis Velakoulis, neuropsychiatrist and director of the Neuropsychiatry Unit at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He updated the audience on the latest developments of psychiatric presentations of neurological disorders and on genetic and neuroimaging developments. A potpourri of disorders and information was enjoyed by all.The second speaker Dr Nick Christelis, an anaesthetist and pain management specialist, director of Pain Specialists Australia, gave a presentation on the latest developments on the all important topic of chronic and neuropathic pain management. Chronic pain affects and costs our society billions of dollars annually in health care and in lost productivity. Evidence is scant with regard to best practice and ideal interventions.An important link between the two talks was the presented research evidence that psychological aspects of pain assessment and pain management are paramount in achieving optimal outcomes.The presentations were followed by a barrage of questions from the audience highlighting the interest generated by the speakers.HMSA functions have become famous in the local medical community for their warmth, liveliness and congeniality. Doctor members of a variety of medical interests and backgrounds come together to share their Hellenic heritage in a social and educational setting. While HMSA meetings are a unique opportunity for an exchange of ideas and perspectives between GPs and a variety of specialists which in the medical world is a rarity.Upcoming public educational events for 2019 will include a heart awareness seminar, an adolescent mental and physical health seminar (to be held at Alphington Grammar School), an HMSA dementia seminar in conjunction with Fronditha Care (to be held at Oakleigh Grammar School) and a paediatric update on basic life support at the Greek Community school in Bentleigh on 18 June.Doctors who have yet to become members of HMSA are invited to do so at www.hmsa.org.au
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Toxicology reports of Sinead McNamara, 20, the Instagram model found hanging on board the luxury superyacht of Mexican billionaire businessman Alberto Bailleres in Kefalonia, show that there was no alcohol or drugs in her blood.The model died in Kefalonia, finishing her final day on the luxury US$140m Mayan Queen IV. She reportedly died while being flown to hospital.The billionaire owner had left the Mayan Queen IV 48 hours prior to her suicide.The coroner had ruled the death a suicide but the family called for further investigation. The new toxicology tests show that there were no substances in the young woman’s body.READ MORE: Sinead McNamara called her family ‘in tears’ over brawl with crew member moments before she was found deadPiraeus coroner Elias Bogiokas told Proto Thema that nothing was found to shed further light on the issue.The Mayan Queen IV docked in the port of Argostoli at Kefalonia on August 28. The passengers of the boat disembarked a few hours after arriving and left for the island’s airport where they took off on a private plane. The body of the girl was found hanging by a rope a little before 2 am on Wednesday.Many media outlets had highlighted a strange post she had uploaded on her social media accounts where she said her head was about to explode.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram After more than three decades of the Ethnic Business Awards, the Foundation launched on Wednesday with broad community support and the graces of both sides of politics as a platform towards securing the future of the Awards well into the 21st century.A number of distinguished guests, including the former Federal Coalition Minister for Defence, Christopher Pyne, former Federal Labor Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Kate Lundy and former Australian Governor-General, Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery all paid tribute to the hard work of Ethnic Business Awards Founder and Chairman, Joseph Assaf AO. Neos Kosmos, as a longtime supporter of the Awards, was one of a few media outlets invited to the launch.Giving their respective addresses, Kate Lundy mentioned the Awards represented “being a unified society at a time when it’s easy, very easy to be divided,” while Christopher Pyne reaffirmed the position that “nothing has been spared to make sure of its success,” comments all of which were met with applause.“I’m humbled,” said Mr Assaf, who founded the annually-held Awards back in 1988.“Society is like an orchestra, different people playing different instruments to produce a symphony, a harmony. This is the family of the awards; the judges, the board members, the nominees…they all together to produce these fantastic awards. Without them there is no harmony.”Guests watched on as a highlights reel looked back at successive prime ministers giving televised addresses at the Awards over the years, with footage of Australian leaders from Scott Morrison and Julia Gillard to John Howard and Paul Keating.Mr Assaf, who was awarded the Order of Australia in 2010 for distinguished service to multiculturalism, was keen to renew his own commitment to the Foundation, telling guests that they give him “the courage to continue doing exactly what every migrant has been doing over the last 50 years or more.“The whole purpose of the Award was to create role models to other migrants.”With three categories, anyone can nominate an eligible business and businesses can self-nominate via www.ethnicbusinessawards.com. Nominations for this year’s Awards close on 5 August.