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All Santorini’s Astra (Stars) October 10, 2006

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Hugging the postcard-perfect cliffs of Santorini like a particularly pretty limpet, the Astra’s Apartments provide a level of satisfaction that would be surprising in a five-star big-city hotel, let alone a hideaway perched on a quiet corner of a Cycladic island.

With high white ceilings, arty ornaments and candles on every available surface, a giant his’n’hers whole-body shower, a four-poster bed and an outrageously comfortable sofa in the separate lounge, these are rooms to spend time in. Some suites have private pools (there is a communal infinity pool, too), and all the terraces have stunning views, so you can relish the beauty of the deep-blue caldera and, at night, the twinkling lights of nearby villages. 

ASTRA Apartments & Suites
P.O.Box 45, Imerovigli, 84700, Santorini, Cyclades Islands, Greece
Tel: 22860 23641, Fax: 22860 24765

Related Links > www.astra-apartments.com; or http://www.astra.gr 


Greek Tragedy in Chinese October 10, 2006

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This week, Chinese theatre company 912 Theatre presents a special Chinese adaptation of Antigone, a Greek tragedy by Sophocles.

Directed by Loh Kok Mun, the story begins with the death of two brothers, Eteocles and Polynice, who took turns to be king of Thebes until both were killed by the other’s hand in a struggle for the throne.

However, because Polynice had fought against Thebes for the throne, he is denied a proper burial. So it is that Antigone, nephew of the brother takes it upon himself to ensure his uncle gets a proper burial.

The play will be shown at the MCPA Theatre (third floor, Chinese Assembly Hall at Jalan Maharajalela in Kuala Lumpur) at 8.30pm on October 13 and 14 and 3pm on October 15. Tickets are RM15 apiece. For more information or to book tickets, please contact the following numbers: 017-8889189 or 016-3751163.

Greek TV channels apply new technology October 10, 2006

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Mega Channel and Alpha TV, two of the largest TV channels in Greece have found a reliable upgrade that’s a flexible, cost-effective answer for transitioning to an automated playlist, the 360 Systems Image Server 2000.

Both stations needed the capability to playback local content through an automated system at an affordable price point with industry-proven reliability. This was the first move in the station’s roadmap to migration from tape to server-based technology.

Bon Studio, the integrator/installer, chose the 360 Image Server because of its combination of reliability, versatility and attractive pricing.

“Our client, MEGA Channel, uses the Image Server 2000 PAL-formatted unit with a Graphical User Interface as a play-to-air server for advertising content,” explained George Kazelidis, Managing Director of Bon Studio, Greece. “Alpha TV finds the Image Server’s flexibility ideal for a number of applications. They use its playlisting program to air ads, trailers and handle continuity.”

360 Systems’ Image Server is becoming increasingly popular worldwide as an affordable solution that enhances efficiency across the entire broadcast workflow. Other European customers include Vital TV and Echo TV in Hungary who developed a scheduling application that’s customized and optimized for their three Image Servers.

360 Systems’ Image Server 2000 is a new generation of video server that offers broadcast quality and reliability at a reasonable price. Its extensive feature set makes it an excellent choice for VTR replacement, satellite ingest, and as play-to-air servers.

Related Links > http://www.360systems.com 

Rugby: European clubs’ championships in Malta October 10, 2006

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Next week the Malta Rugby Football Union is hosting the Fira-Aer, European Clubs Championships 2006 – 1st Round Group South.

In this group the Malta A development side will cross swords with Croatia Club Champions Nada Split RFC, Greek Club Champions Athens RFC and Slovenian side RFC Bezigrad Olimpya. The matches will be held at Marsa Rugby Football pitch between 13 and 15 October.

There will be two semi-finals on Friday between Malta ‘A’ and RFC Bezigrad Olimpya at 1pm and Nada Split Vs Athens RFC at 3pm, while on Sunday there will be a third and fourth place play-off at 1pm and the final between the winners of the previous day will kick off at 3pm, followed by an official presentation at Ryan’s Irish Pub in St Julians.

Athens RFC won the Hellenic league last year with an impressive 10 wins and no losses. The team managed by Adrian McMahon spent long hours training and motivating his players to become the best side in Greece.

The winners of this group will gain entry to the second round of the European clubs championships which includes various European Regions.

This is the first event of season 2006/7 organised by the Malta Rugby Football Union and is a very important step towards the development of local players. Matches such as these give the experience required by players to make the jump from ‘Club’ rugby to ‘Test’ rugby. Most of these players are fighting for a place in the next internationals that are to take place on 28 October against Latvia in Riga and 4 November against Croatia in Malta.

Admission to the Euro Clubs Championship is free and the general public is invited to attend this interesting European Clubs Championships that is the first official Fira-Aer European fixture to be held in Malta. 

Our fresh statistics October 10, 2006

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Fresh statistics for HomeboyMediaNews blog as on 11th October,2006 >

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Euro Coins Genesis exhibition in Cyprus October 10, 2006

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The Euro Coins Genesis exhibition tells the story of the competition to design the euro coins introduced in 2002.

It also shows the designs for the European and national images on the euro coins that reached the final stage of the competition organised in 1997-98, including those which were not chosen.

The design of the national sides differs widely among countries but usually depicts the reigning monarch where there is one, national symbols, architectural sites or historic personalities. Each country decided on its own selection procedure for the national side, provided it included the twelve stars symbolizing the Union as well as the date of minting.

The designs on display at the exhibition have been provided by the national mints or government departments involved in the national selection process of the 12 countries of the euro area. It also includes the recently chosen national sides of Estonia, Lithuania, Slovak Republic and Slovenia.

The Euro Coins Genesis exhibition in Nicosia is organised by the European Commission, represented at the opening ceremony by Mr. Marco Buti, Deputy Director-General of Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs.

The inauguration of the exhibition will be held on Wednesday at the Central Bank of Cyprus, at 18:00 and will run until December 8, 2006.

The beginning of a new era? October 10, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Business & Economy, Energy.
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Greek engineering company Metka, a member of the Mytilineos Group, said that it had signed a strategic cooperation agreement with France’s Alstom.

The company said that Mytilineos’ CEO, Evangelos Mytilineos, Metka’s President Ioannis Mytilineos and Alstom CEO Patrick Kron have signed the agreement.

Metka and Alstom will cooperate on new power plants and environmental projects, and if their bids are successful, they will execute the projects together. The companies also intend to cooperate in the field of supporting services to power plants, such as revamping and retrofitting works, as well as specific manufacturing agreements of parts for gas and lignite power plants.

This agreement covers power projects in Greece as well as the broader southeastern Europe region, such as Cyprus, Albania, Bulgaria, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Slovenia and Romania.

Metka will lead in power plant and service projects in Greece with Alstom’s assistance and using its equipment whenever feasible.

Metka said that in view of the privatization of the energy sector in Greece and the energy developments in the southeast European region, the two companies are well positioned to offer complete packages of products and services for the construction of reliable, environmentally friendly new power plants.