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Pamela Anderson fronts MAC AIDS Fund drive in Athens June 23, 2006

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‘Baywatch’ star raises awareness in Athens on cosmetic company’s campaign

‘I feel privileged and empowered to help raise funds and awareness,’ says Canada-born Pamela Anderson of her involvement in the campaign.

With its operating mantra, “All Races, All Sexes, All Ages,” MAC cosmetics is known for pushing the limits of the global beauty industry. The same is true when it comes to its efforts in fighting AIDS, for which the company is currently collaborating with Pamela Anderson. Local fans of both the curvaceous actress and the company’s gamut of makeup choices will get a chance to meet the star and support a good cause early next week, as Anderson is expected in Athens on Sunday for a series of events organized by the MAC AIDS Fund, the hip company’s charity leg. Since the fund’s establishment in 1994, MAC’s charity campaign has raised more than 65 million dollars.

Canada-born, former “Baywatch” sensation and Playboy cover-girl record holder, Anderson is known for her involvement in charity, including working with children and supporting associations such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

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Computer illiteracy June 23, 2006

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According to a new survey, about 37 percent of people living in the European Union have no computer skills, with Scandinavians being the most computer-literate and Greeks the least, a survey showed on Tuesday.

The study, which was done by Eurostat, showed that the Greeks had the highest percentage of people with no basic computer skills. Denmark and Sweden showed the lowest percentage of people with no basic computer skills.

The study by the EU statistics agency Eurostat showed 65 percent of Greeks, 59 percent of Italians and 57 percent of Hungarians have no basic computer skills, compared with 10 percent in Denmark and 11 percent in Sweden. Britons and Germans also lead the EU’s 25 nations in computer literacy, with only 21 and 25 percent of their citizens lacking computer skills.

The study also showed that while the youth were pretty familiar with a computer, only 10% of people between the ages of 16-24 having no basic computer skills, the elderly are not that familiar with the computer with 65% of people between the ages of 55-74 having no basic computer skills.

The survey, which included people aged 16 to 74 years old, showed 11 percent of those with higher education could not use the computer. Among 16 to 24 year olds, some 10 percent lack computer skills, while 65 percent of people ages 55 to 74 are unable to use the computer.

The Greeks Abroad > This week’s highlight June 23, 2006

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St. Augustine: The Old City puts on its annual Greek Landing Festival on Friday and Saturday.

A tribute to the 1768 arrival of the first Greeks in North America, the festival is at the St. Photios National Greek Orthodox Shrine on 41 St. George St. St. Photios has a chapel filled with Byzantine-style frescoes and a museum with exhibits that tell the story of the first Greek colony in America.

Among the activities planned are folk music and a craft fair. Greek food will be sold. Admission is free.

For details, visit www.stphotios.com or call 904-829-8205. For general information on travel to St. Augustine, go to www.visitoldcity.com or call 800-653-2489.

Books > Greek Holocaust book presented June 23, 2006

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A book on the Holocaust in Greece was presented at the U.S. Capitol.

“Holocaust of the Greek Jewry: Monuments and Memories” details the stories of Greek Jews, 86 percent of whom died in Nazi concentration camps. The book also describes the activities of non-Jewish Greeks who risked their lives to save Jews.

The Greek Embassy in Washington organized Wednesday’s presentation, attended by legislators, diplomats, State Department officials, Jewish leaders and members of the Greek-American community. The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece published the book with the support of the country’s Education Ministry and the General Secretariat for Youth.

Athens to host Euroleague Basketball Draw in September June 23, 2006

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Another historic capital will enjoy the privilege of launching an exciting new season following the announcement on Friday that the Euroleague Basketball Draw for 2006-07 will take place in Athens, Greece on September 14, 2006. Athens, of course, is also the place where a Euroleague champion will be crowned at the Final Four in spring of 2007. The Euroleague Basketball Draw highlights several events scheduled for Athens over five days in September. 

The ULEB Cup Draw for 2006-07 will be held earlier the same day, September 14. On the day before the draws, the general assemblies of both competitions will meet. Over three days after the draws, the annual referees clinic and meetings between head coaches and the refereeing department are planned. Also announced on Friday were a series of deadlines and meetings that will start the summer. The deadline for clubs to complete pre-registration for both the Euroleague and ULEB Cup is June 30. A few days later, on July 6 in Barcelona, the ULEB General Assembly will meet in the morning, to be followed in the afternoon by the Euroleague Basketball Board. The next day, July 7, the Euroleague Basketball Assembly will meet, also in Barcelona.

Athens to host 2007 Final Four June 23, 2006

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The world’s foremost ancient and modern capital of sport, Athens, has been chosen to host the 2007 Final Four, Euroleague Basketball CEO Jordi Bertomeu announced on Monday in the Greek capital.

The event that culminates the season with the crowning of a Euroleague champion will take place in 18,000-seat OAKA Olympic Indoor Hall from May 4 to 6, 2007. The announcement marks the arrival of European basketball’s signature club event to a city that is central to the Euroleague mission.

Athens boasts three Euroleague teams, more than any other city: AEK, Olympiacos and Panathinaikos. Since the end of the Olympic Games, OAKA has once again become the home court of perennial power Panathinaikos. One of the biggest crowds ever in European basketball history, 18,000 fans, filled sold-out OAKA last spring for the final game of the Euroleague playoff quarterfinals. Athens becomes the sixth city to host the Euroleague Basketball Final Four, following those played in Bologna, Barcelona, Tel Aviv and Moscow, as well as the next one in Prague, the Czech Republic, from April 28 to 30, the first time the event is being held in a non-Euroleague city.

Mr. Bertomeu was joined by (at that time, now she is Foreign Minister) Athens Mayor Dora Bakogianni and Panathinaikos president Pavlos Yanakopoulos for today’s announcement and press conference at the City Hall of Athens. “The Final Four is a very important event for the city,” Mrs. Bakogianni said. “Athens will have a great responsibility to organize it, but at the same time, this is a great opportunity to confirm our organizational capacity as shown during the 2004 Olympic Games”.

“Since the founding of the Euroleague in the summer of 2000, Greece and its clubs have had a very important role in our organization,” Mr. Bertomeu said. “Greece is a basketball country, which guarantees we’ll have great atmosphere in the stands. I want to thank the mayor, because without the city’s great help, this agreement would not have been possible. The choice of Athens as host confirms our policy of alternating between cities with and without teams in the Euroleague.”

“Panathinaikos is proud to collaborate with the Euroleague and our city hall for such a great event,” Mr. Yanakopoulos said.

OAKA Olympic Indoor Hall will host the 2007 Final Four
 
Athens has been a headquarters for world-class basketball tournaments over last 20 years. The city held its first major basketball event, the 1985 Euroleague title game, at Peace and Friendship Stadium, where Cibona won its first title by beating Real Madrid 87-78 behind 36 points from the late legend Drazen Petrovic.

The summer of 1987 marked the start of a golden era for Greek basketball as Athens hosted the 1987 European Championships. The Greek national team started the tournament as unknowns, but stars Nikos Galis and Panagiotis Giannakis soon became national heroes by winning the gold medal against all odds before a passionate home crowd, marking a big change in European basketball. Athens has most recently been the scene of global basketball’s biggest change, too, as Argentina became the 2004 Olympic champion in the OAKA arena. Argentina became the first South American country to win gold by beating Italy 84-69 in a title game that featured many Euroleague players. Luis Scola of Tau Ceramica was the key factor for the champions, with 25 points on 10 of 13 two-pointers and 11 rebounds in that game. The tournament ended the dominance of the United States, ushering in a new era for world basketbll. Among other major events, Athens also hosted the 1993 Euroleague Final Four, in which Limoges won the title in dramatic fashion, and the 1995 European Championships, in which Yugoslavia downed Lithuania 96-90 in arguably one of the best title games ever as Sasha Djordjevic made 9 triples on his way to 41 points. The 1998 World Championships also took place in Athens, with Yugoslavia winning it all again.

Safina beats Daniilidou to reach Den Bosch final June 23, 2006

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Russian second seed Dinara Safina secured a place in the Ordina Open final after beating Eleni Daniilidou of Greece 6-3 3-6 6-4 on Friday.

“She really made it tough for me today,” the 20-year-old told reporters after a match that lasted almost two hours.

Having dropped the second set, the world number 17 came back strongly in the third with five aces to finish the match with a flourish, breaking the Greek in the final game.

Safina said she was still trying to adjust her game to grass after reaching her first grand slam quarter-final at the French Open.

“At the beginning it was a little bit difficult for me but now it’s better and better,” said the younger sister of former men’s world number one Marat Safin.

Safina looks likely to meet fellow Russian and top seed Elena Dementieva if the 24-year-old world number eight wins her semi-final against local favourite Michaella Krajicek.

“It’s going to be another tough match and I know she will be hungry for it because last time I beat her,” said Safina, whose mother coached Dementieva as a child.

Defending men’s champion Mario Ancic of Croatia plays sixth-seed Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, while Florent Serra of France faces Czech Jan Hernych.