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Conference on cultural and heritage tourism August 17, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Shows & Conferences, Tourism.
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HELEXPO, the official organizer of expositions and trade shows in Greece, and the Alexandreion Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki are co-organizing an International Conference on Cultural and Heritage Tourism from 16-19 November, 2006 in Thessaloniki.

The conference will take place during the International Tourism Trade Show “PHILOXENIA” giving the opportunity for delegates to participate and benefit from both events. The conference will take place in the state-of-the-art facilities and installations of HELEXPO. Participation in the conference is free of charge and participants will have the opportunity to visit the trade show and attend many other parallel events.

The City of Thessaloniki represents a major economic and cultural centre in Greece offering numerous opportunities for sight-seeing, shopping and entertainment. During the conference, the Municipality of Thessaloniki will also be organizing several additional cultural events in the context of the DEMITRIA Festival, named after Saint Demetrius, the Patron Saint of the City.

The surrounding area of Thessaloniki is also rich in attractions of every kind, including archaeological sites of the Macedon Dynasty such as Pella, Vergina and Dion, the unique Word Heritage sites of Mt Athos “Agion Oros”, the holy State, full of Monasteries, and Mt Olympus, the hosting mountain of the twelve Gods of Ancient Greece.

Further details will be soon available at the websites of the Department of Tourism Management, of the Alexandreion Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, www.tour.teithe.gr, and HELEXPO, www.helexpo.gr

Movies > Greece is the word for film August 17, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Movies Life Greek.
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Travellers who enjoy all that world cinema has to offer should take a flight to Greece for the 47th annual Thessaloniki International Film Festival this winter.

Taking place across ten days between November 17th and 26th, the festival showcases 150 international and Greek films every year and has previously featured work by Ken Loach, David Cronenberg, Claude Chabrol and Bernardo Bertolucci. Screenings are held in the Olympion Cinema Complex in Thessaloniki and a range of other events, including live music concerts and art exhibitions, take place in venues nearby.

This year’s festival will see particular focus being laid on films from Brazil and China, as well as those centred on the issues surrounding teenage life. Part of the festival will also solely feature work from filmmakers based in Greece.

Filmmakers can also take part in competition events, where their chosen visual work competes with others for the accolade of the best film of the contest.

See the Thessaloniki International Film Festival website for more details.

Heat wave set to start tomorrow August 17, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Environment, Greece News.
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Temperature to reach 42C

The temperature in some parts of Greece is expected to reach 42 Celsius (107 Fahrenheit) next week because of a heat wave that is due to hit the country tomorrow, the National Meteorological Service (EMY) said yesterday, as seven brush fires raged around the country, Kathimerini newspaper reports.

Western Greece and Macedonia are due to feel the effects of the heat wave first. The temperature in those areas is set to reach 38C (100F) tomorrow, rising to 40C (104F) by Saturday. This heat will reach the rest of the country on Sunday. The temperature is set to reach 42C in some parts by Tuesday.

“Despite the rise in temperature, the situation will be bearable in Attica until Saturday due to northerly winds,” the head of forecasting at EMY, Dimitris Ziakopoulos, said. “But caution will be needed on Monday and Tuesday when the thermometer will show over 40C.”

The City of Athens said yesterday that it is offering residents access to 26 air-conditioned centers in various parts of the capital between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. from tomorrow. More information is available by calling the City of Athens on 210 3722001.

Officials will also be on the alert for an increased risk of forest fires, especially after the unusually high number of blazes yesterday.

Proud Greeks Abroad > Greek immigrant honoured August 17, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Greek Diaspora.
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Greek immigrant who bore gifts for Rovers honoured in Australia

A man who had a key role in luring Collingwood great Bob Rose to Wangaratta Rovers was one of the three latest inductees into the club’s Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

“Manny” Cochineas didn’t play a match for the Hawks, but filled various roles such as benefactor, committeeman and consultant as well as playing a major role in luring Rose to the W.J. Findlay Oval in one of football’s greatest coups.

Cochineas was joined in the Hall of Fame by former player, coach and official Len Hill and another old coach and club games record-holder Tony Pasquali.

Cochineas was born in 1899 on the tiny Greek island of Kythera and migrated to Australia with sponsorship from an uncle.

After working in Sydney as a waiter he moved to Wangaratta in 1928 and opened a café in Murphy St.

Through hard work he built a successful business and eventually became associated with the Hawks at the time they wanted to join the Ovens and Murray league.

Read more at > Greek immigrant who bore gifts for Rovers honoured

Latin and Greek Word Elements August 17, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Learn To Speak Greek.
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English is a living language, and it is growing all the time. One way that new words come into the language is when words are borrowed from other languages. New words are also created when words or word elements, such as roots, prefixes, and suffixes, are combined in new ways.

Many English words and word elements can be traced back to Latin and Greek. Often you can guess the meaning of an unfamiliar word if you know the meaning.

Many English words and word parts can be traced back to Latin and Greek. The following table lists some common Latin roots.

Greek Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes
The following table lists some common Greek roots.

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Tarpon Springs: Greek heritage comes alive August 17, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Greek Diaspora.
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Tarpon Springs has evolved from industrial city to tourist stop with surprising grace. Its small population (20,000), clear water and rich cultural background give visitors the feel of an old European city.

First settled in the 1880s, Tarpon Springs became the site of a thriving sponge industry when the area’s Gulf waters were found to be chock-full of the aquatic animals. Greek sponge divers started arriving in 1905. Shops opened up along the docks to accommodate the souvenir-seeking crowds, and tourism gradually replaced the sponging industry, which declined in the 1940s when the sponges began to die out because of a bacterial disease. Since then, the sponge beds have had a chance to replenish, and harvesting sponges again is a booming trade.

Visitors to Tarpon Springs can stroll along the Sponge Docks, where tourists can look over sponging and shrimping boats and browse through stores that opened in the 1940s. Antique and gift shops offer everything from Greek statues, vases and linens to T-shirts, seashells and, of course, sponges.

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Snorkeller, journalist and cameraman are freed August 17, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Cyprus Occupied.
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Journalist Sotiris Papadopoulos and cameraman Tasos Demetriades of TV channel Antenna were arrested by Turkish troops on Monday in occupied Famagusta, but were freed yesterday the Cyprus Mail reports.

The two members of the media had been in Famagusta to cover the story of Nicos Michael, a 45-year old Greek Cypriot, who was abducted last Sunday by four Turkish soldiers while snorkelling in the Kappari area off the east coast, in Greek Cypriot controlled waters.

Michael was also released yesterday and handed a £70 fine by north authorities.

The Union of Cyprus Journalists (UCJ) condemned the arrest, describing it as “yet another illegal act of abuse and arbitrary behaviour by the occupation regime”.

A UCJ press release read, “The Famagusta town is a not military zone, and nobody can forbid journalists to photograph it”.

Government Spokesman Christodoulos Pashardis also denounced the arrest of the two men representatives, as well as the abduction of Michael.