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Greek Team for the Athens IAAF World Cup September 13, 2006

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Further to the announcement last month of a provisional line-up, the Greek Federation have declared our National final team for the 10th IAAF World Cup in Athletics, Athens, Greece, 16 -17 September 2006 http://www.athensworldcup2006.gr.

Please note, Olympic women’s 400m Hurdles champion Fani Halkia will now run the flat 400m, and not her specialist event.

Greece as hosts will compete in both the men’s and women’s matches, taking the opportunity provided by the Olympic stadium’s ninth lane.

MEN

100m, 200m – Anastasios Gousis,
400m – Dimitrios Regas,
800m – Efthimios Papadopoulos,
1500m – Panayotis Economou,
3000m – Michalis Gelasakis
5000m – Pantelis Savopoulos
110mh – Theopistos Mavridis
400mh – Periklis Iakovakis
3000m Steeplechase – Alexandros Litsi
Long Jump – Luis Tsatoumas,
Triple Jump – Konstantinos Zalagitis
Pole Vault – Stavros Kouroupakis
High Jump – Dimitrios Sirakos
Discus Throw – Stefanos Konstas
Shot Put – Andreas Anastasopoulos
Javelin Throw – Georgios Iltsios
Hammer Throw – Alexandros Papadimitriou
4X100m – Panayotis Sarris, Ioannis Politis, Aristidis Petridis, Andreas Karagiannis,
4X400m – Dimitrios Gravalos, Pantelis Melahrinoudis, Stylianos Dimotsios, Georgios Doupis

WOMEN

100m – Georgia Kokloni
200m –  Hariklia Bouda
400m – Fani Halkia
800m – Eleni Filandra
1500m – Kalliopi Astropekaki
3000m and 5000m – Maria Protopapa
100mh – Flora Redoumi
400mh – Christina Chatzi
3000m Steeplechase. – Irene Kokinariou
Long Jump and Triple Jump – Chysopigi Devetzi
Pole Vault – Afroditi Skafida,
High Jump – Persefoni Hatzinakou
Discus Throw – Areti Ambatzi
Shot Put – Irene Terzoglou
Javelin Throw – Savva Lika
Hammer Throw – Alexandra Papageorgiou
4X100m – Eleftheria Kobidou, Efrosini Patsou, Evagelia Kavoura, Zoe Neratzidou
4X400m – Styliani Demoglou, Alena -Maria Panti, Hariklia Bouda, Dimitra Dova

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American Idol’s Constantine Maroulis headlines 50th Greek Food Festival September 13, 2006

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Constantine will be performing on Saturday evening, September 30th and Sunday afternoon, October 1 at the 50th Annual Greek Food Festival of Dallas.

Constantine Maroulis, one of American Idol’s most famous finalists, will appear at the Greek Food Festival of Dallas, September 29 through October 1.

Like a visit to Greece, the annual church festival offers a rich, multi- sensory experience of Greek hospitality and culture, with savory cuisine, lively dancing, imported wines, and shopping that rivals Athens’ Plaka. There will be cooking and folk dancing demonstrations, church tours, a children’s area, and live entertainment all weekend. To mark the occasion, Mayor Laura Miller has declared the week of September 25th, Greek Week in Dallas.

Maroulis will perform Saturday, September 30th at 8:30 p.m., and Sunday, October 1, at 2:30 p.m. during the festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 13555 Hillcrest Road at Alpha. It’ll be the first Dallas appearance for the Brooklyn-born performer who, last year, was named “sexiest 30-year old” by People Magazine. Maroulis, currently appearing in the Broadway production of “The Wedding Singer,” will take a brief break from his role as Sammy in order to perform at the festival.

The American Idol with a Greek twist, Maroulis was born into a culture of soulful music and classic drama. The talented and charismatic Constantine James Maroulis realized his passion for music and acting by the time he started high school. He is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music. His repertoire spans rock music, Summer Stock and Shakespeare. He has an album, TV and film projects in the works.

“We’re delighted to present Constantine center-stage during this landmark 50th anniversary celebration,” says festival chair George Naftis. “As a Greek-American community, we applaud Constantine’s talent and accomplishments.”

Festival lunch and dinner tickets cover the price of admission and Constantine’s performance. They can be purchased in advance for $10 and $15, respectively. Tickets for children 12 and under are $7 for lunch and $11 for dinner. Constantine’s performance is also included in the price of general admission tickets: $5 for adults and $3 for children. An a la carte menu includes “A Taste of Greek Dallas,” featuring signature dishes from the city’s best Greek restaurants.

Tickets are available via http://www.greekfestivalofdallas.com , and at the church.

The Dallas festival, one of the oldest and largest in the country, kicks off with a preview night, Thursday, September 28, benefiting Girl Scouts of Tejas Council. The gala evening includes a seated dinner, open beer and wine bar, entertainment, and first-choice shopping in the marketplace. Tickets are $50 each, or $500 for a table of 10. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 972-207-0274.

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Parliamentary Library September 13, 2006

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parliamentarylibrary.jpg  Extensions housed in renovated Public Tobacco Factory

Designed by the architect Nikos Gavalas, the Public Tobacco Factory on Lenorman Street in Athens was built in 1927 and housed small tobacco factories till the early 1990s.

The Public Tobacco Factory on Lenorman Street has a new look. The facade’s terracotta and warm mustard paint highlight this exceptional but little-known example of early industrial architecture in Athens.

The restoration of the exterior is just one step in the major project of transferring most of the Parliamentary Library there. Only some 50,000 volumes, strictly related to Parliament, will remain in their original location.

The bulk of the vast collection of Greek newspapers and magazines has been shifted to the new site, along with the publication, microfiche and electronic cataloging, as well as the art and publication conservation departments.

The main axis of the new complex will be the closed-access City Library, which will house some 55,000 of the library’s 800,000 volumes.

Construction is complete and the reading room of the new library, with open access to around 20,000 titles, is due to open to the public by the end of this year, Parliamentary Library Director Evrydiki Abatzi said.

Visitors now have access to three reading rooms at the Tobacco Factory, including the Benaki Library’s reading room, which is temporarily operating at the new site since the Old Parliament building is due for restoration.

The number of visitors has fallen slightly, a Benaki employee explained, probably because the new location is not in the city center: “Many people don’t know that we are just 10 minutes from the Sepolia metro station.”

Restoration work is proceeding in stages.

A study is under way for the uses of the entire 18,500-square-meter complex, which includes an impressive multipurpose atrium.

A massive new investment to revive Drapetsona September 13, 2006

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Land to be reclaimed and beach opened up

drapetsona.jpg  A computer-generated model of the fertilizer factory site in Drapetsona. Some 64 hectares along the seafront will be refurbished and opened to the public. Organized community spaces and public green spaces will comprise half of that area.

An area of 64 hectares around the old fertilizer factory in Drapetsona is to become a residential neighborhood. The seafront is to be transformed by a major private investment project that includes the provision of residential areas, a business center with a direct link to Piraeus and shipping, as well as areas for recreation and tourism, with stores, museums and restaurants.

The project will re-establish the connection of Keratsini and Drapetsona with the sea.

About 9 hectares along the seafront will be spruced up and opened to the public, with about half that area devoted to public spaces.

Budgeted at 430 million euros for the buildings and 137 million for the infrastructure and public spaces, the project will take a decade to implement.

The plan was drawn up on behalf of the principal owner, Protypo Ktimatiki Touristiki SA, a subsidiary of the National Bank of Greece, and is currently under discussion with the remaining owners, AGET, BP Hellas and the state (which owns the seafront).

The Athens Town-Planning Organization has yet to clarify the town-planning status of the area. Meanwhile, a specialist company has cleaned up the area.

If the project goes ahead, it will be one of the largest interventions of its type, starting from scratch, in the urban fabric of the capital.

Experts say the success of the project will determine the dynamics of similar endeavors along the shore from the port of Piraeus to Perama.

In all likelihood, this investment will pave the way for the run-down seaside municipalities of Piraeus, one by one, to restore their seafront areas.

Provision for plentiful green spaces September 13, 2006

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aktivassileiadi.jpg  The site as it will appear from the Akti Vassileiadi shore, with houses in the foreground.

Light tourism, a business center slanted toward shipping, a recreational marine park, stores, restaurants and cultural venues are the key features of the development plan for the area.

Though the plans have not yet been finalized, it is estimated that a total of 352,000 square meters will be built up, with an average building coefficient of 0.6, while 30 hectares will be devoted to public spaces and green areas, of which 8 hectares will be along the seaside.

International shipping center

Following a feasibility study that was conducted by the British consultancy Savills, Protypo Ktimatiki Touristiki (PKT), a subsidiary of the National Bank of Greece, assigned the development study for the 64 hectare area around the fertilizer factory to T. Papayiannis & Associates, with Edaw and Economic Research Associates (ERA) as consultants.

The plan, says PKT, is an endeavor to upgrade the surrounding area.

“At a local level, the objective of the investment is to boost the economic dynamism of Piraeus as an international center, provide an outlet to the sea, and increase quality employment. It also aims at highlighting the potential of the seafront, while providing recreational, cultural and community services,” town planner and PKT consultant Korinna Dagli said.

The study proposes allocating the 352,000 square meters devoted to buildings as follows:

  •  71,000 sq.m. for a business center focused primarily on shipping;
  •  60,000 sq.m. for retail businesses;
  •  98,813 sq.m. for purely residential buildings of various sorts;
  •  29,871 sq.m. for food outlets (such as restaurants and cafes);
  •  35,545 sq.m. for recreation-tourism venues;
  •  40,625 sq.m. for community activities, chiefly relating to culture, education and sport.

Museums

The study proposes creating museums dedicated to the Greeks’ historic connection to the sea and the contribution of people from Asia Minor to the development of Piraeus, an underwater nature center and a college for shipping company staff.

The study makes provision for significant expanses for outdoor activities, organized green spaces, designated community spaces and plots of land for community venues as well as a network of roads, sidewalks, squares and car parks of 21 hectares.

There will be free access to the seafront via organized, shared spaces of 8 hectares. The shared outdoor spaces will amount to 46.5 percent of the total area, and the proposed building coefficient will not exceed 0.6. The area will be served by Schistou Avenue (with additional split-level interchanges), and there is a possibility that the area may be served in future by the tram.

Refurbishment, the big challenge for Piraeus September 13, 2006

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The Greek Chemical Products and Fertilizer Company in Drapetsona is one of the most characteristic examples of late industrial architecture in Greece. It went into operation in 1910, and closed definitively in 1999, after a number of ups and downs. Demolition began in stages in 1995, and was completed this year. Still standing are those buildings that have been listed for preservation: eight silos (which the plan proposes to make into a cultural center), the chimney, the glassworks, the Public Power Corporation substation and the slaughterhouse on the bay.

When the factory closed, many experts recommended preserving the majority of the buildings and turning them into a center for the sciences and arts, along the lines of the multipurpose venue in Lavrion.

“The old complex included very interesting buildings and it is a crime that they didn’t preserve them. The area should not have become tabula rasa,” Yiannis Polyzos, head of the Urban Environment Workshop at the National Technical University said. “It is the best piece of land left in the Attica basin. The refurbishment of the area from the port of Piraeus to Perama will be one of the biggest challenges for the capital in the next few years.”

Reversing decline

The project is an attempt to reverse the decline of Piraeus.

“Piraeus has been steadily losing jobs and population for the past 30 years, while Drapetsona and Keratsini have only turned the trend around in the past decade,” Pavlos Loukakis, emeritus professor at Panteion University, said. “This trend will continue due to the weakening of the port of Piraeus by that of Lavrion. It will be difficult to attract businesses. This type of building development will determine whether the entire seafront is upgraded.”

“The reacquisition of land in the city is the biggest battle now for large European cities,” architect Andreas Kourkoulas noted. “Similar steps in Paris and Barcelona have brought about new balances. The investment in the fertilizer factory site is a significant strategic move. The owners and the state must work out how to balance development and business with improving local conditions. The entire zone as far as Perama will gradually be reclaimed by the city. If this venture fails, it will block the rejuvenation process in the area; if it succeeds, it will create new dynamism.”

What did the ancients eat? September 13, 2006

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This and other culinary questions answered by 34 museums around the country in three-day event > The various exhibitions taking place will also focus on the utensils and other gadgets used by the ancients.

A series of exhibitions that took place last year, called “Culture at the Table” and which addressed the culinary history and eating habits of the ancients, was a resounding success. Hundreds of visitors flocked to the museums that participated in the celebrations for European Days of Cultural Heritage, intrigued to learn how much the average household spent in antiquity on foodstuffs, what people ate, recipes and other secrets from various regions.

This year, a similar string of exhibitions will take place on the same theme at 34 museums around the country. Starting on September 22 and running for just two to three days, the Department of State Archaeological Museums and Associations of the Directorate for Museums, Exhibitions and Educational Programs have organized exhibitions and performances, as well as gastronomic events, offering a plethora of information on what ancient and Byzantine Greeks ate and drank, what utensils they used, how they organized seating arrangements and other such details.

How much did chickpeas cost in AD 301? The Epigraphical Museum aims at answering this and other questions in its series of events on September 22.

At the National Archaeological Museum, the program is aimed at primary school children and centers on drinking vessels and the “food of the gods.” There will also be storytelling of ancient myths.

The Numismatic Museum is where those who are fascinated by finance should go, as its displays will detail developments in the cost of food from antiquity to the present, while at the Ancient Agora and the Stoa of Attalos, the menu looks at the culinary habits of Athenians in Classical antiquity.

The Kaisariani Monastery will be offering information on eating habits during Byzantine times, the Jewish History Museum will be offering visitors a taste of Greek-Jewish cuisine, with free samples, and the Museum of Greek Folk Art looks at the herbs and spices that give each recipe is special flavors.

How many different flavors can there be in a feast? The question is answered by the Greek Children’s Museum. In Piraeus, the Nautical Museum does what it knows best and looks at the maritime trade of foodstuffs throughout Greece.

Up north, in Veria, the Byzantine Museum is putting together a three-day event titled “Memories of Taste,” with lectures by recipe guru Evi Voutsina on bread making and vintner Yiannis Boutaris on wine. During the same period, in Thessaloniki, the Museum of Byzantine Culture invites the audience to a photography exhibition on the theme of food and also has a special event lined up for children. The Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki looks at the relationship between food and communication in a new exhibition on the habits and practices of eating.

In Volos, there will be a different twist on the theme, with the Athanassakeio Foundation zooming in on the eating habits of athletes in antiquity. In Amfissa, the theme is art at the table, while in Mycenae it is hardly surprising that they will be looking at the culinary habits of the Mycenaean civilization (this exhibition will run from September 23 to the end of the year). Something similar is being done in Olympia, where the local museum has chosen the “Olympic Games’ Closing Ceremony Dinner at the Prytaneion” as its theme.

In Kardamili, in the southern Peloponnese, the exhibitions showcase the lean diet of the people of Mani, while in Sigri, on the island of Lesvos, visitors will learn everything there is to know about the produce of the land over the ages.