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A new concept of Democracy November 6, 2006

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In the 5th century B.C. in Athens, Greece, there arose a new concept of governing, participation by common citizens.

“We are called a democracy, for the administration is in the hands of the many and not the few . . . ”

said Pericles, leader of Athens during its golden age era.

“We alone regard a man who takes no interest in public affairs not as harmless, but as a useless character”

continued Pericles.

Women were not allowed to vote at that time.

Electra series in the capital November 6, 2006

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Athens Concert Hall plans to host events such as an opera, a play, a screening and a lecture in 2007

Celebrated Agnes Baltsa returns to Athens to appear as Clytemnestra, in Richard Strauss’s psychological opera ‘Electra.’ The opera will be staged at the Athens Concert Hall in March 2007.

In an effort to refresh the link between the legend of Electra and modern European culture, the Athens Concert Hall recently presented a series of events centered on the emblematic character of Euripides and Sophocles.

Electra will be at the core of the music hall’s February to March season after Theodoros and Yianna Angelopoulos agreed to sponsor the “Electra” series. The series comprises Richard Strauss’s opera of the same name, a staging of the play by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, a screening of Michalis Cacoyannis’s award-winning film and a lecture delivered by theater critic Costas Georgousopoulos.

Athens Concert Hall president Christos Lambrakis underscored the international character of the series, explaining that all the performances would have surtitles in English and that there would be a drive to attract foreign audiences to the events. “We did not want to repeat yet another program of successive events,” said artistic program director Nikos Tsouchlos. “We made a conscious choice to present a combination of events, where one would shed light on the other,” he explained.

Richard Strauss’s opera, the libretto to which has been penned by von Hofmannsthal, premiered in 1909, a time when the myths and history of ancient Greece were especially popular in the West. Strauss and von Hofmannsthal cast the classic tragedy in a modern light with an Eastern feel. This change of perspective was what has made “Electra” a par excellence psychological opera that was deeply influenced by modern, at the time, perceptions on neurosis and other psychological factors affecting the behavior of human beings.

The events series will begin on February 27 with Georgousopoulos’s lecture and followed on March 3 by the screening of Cacoyannis’s 1962 film, starring Irene Papas.

The Athens production of the opera on March 1, 4, 7 and 10, will be directed by Michael Hampe. Agnes Baltsa will return to the Athens Concert Hall in the role of Clytemnestra, while the title role will be performed by Nadine Secunde. The music will be performed by the Athens State Orchestra, conducted by Johan Arnell.

Von Hofmannsthal’s theater play on April 20-25, is not as well-known as Strauss’s opera, which came later. The play is a free adaptation of Sophocles’ tragedy with clear references to Freud’s theories of psychoanalysis. The production is directed by Thomas Moschopoulos, the translation is by Coralia Sotiriadou, the sets are by Dionysis Fotopoulos and the cast is led by Amalia Moutousi and Anna Mascha.

Athens Concert Hall, 1 Kokkali street and Vasilissis Sofias avenue, tel 210 7282333.

Celebrated brass band at the Half Note November 6, 2006

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Boban Markovic and his band perform in Athens until Friday
The outrageously festive, brass-led soundtrack of Emir Kusturica’s film “Underground” remains a memorable piece of work for many listeners.

The more melancholy, by comparison, score that backed another Kusturica film, “Arizona Dream” also made lasting impact. Both soundtracks, penned mostly by Goran Bregovic, starred one of the Balkan region’s most exciting brass bands, the Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar. The band is currently performing at the Half Note Jazz Club in Athens through Thursday.

The Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar has been a domestic favorite in the regions of the former Yugoslavia for decades, long before it started gaining fame abroad, through a combination of its exhilarating material, the overwhelming success of Kusturica’s films and its breakthrough onto the world music circuit which brought international musical attention to these previously neglected regions.

From as far back as 1961, the Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar has ranked as one of the major highlights at the Guca Festival, an annual brass-band event held in provincial Serbia, which, in more recent years, has begun attracting numerous foreign visitors.

The orchestra, whose work is based on the Roma musical tradition from central Europe and the Balkan peninsula, is today double-fronted by the father-and-son team of Boban and Marko Markovic.

Their work, which blends jazz, folk and other regional styles, all amounts to frenetic-sounding music for celebration. The upcoming performances at the Half Note Jazz Club are sure to stir a frenzy.

At the The Half Note Jazz Club, 17 Trivonianou Street, Mets, Athens, tel 210 9213360.

Seattle Sonics sign Greek centre November 6, 2006

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The Seattle SuperSonics have signed Greek free agent centre Andreas Glyniadakis to help ease their front court injury problems.

To make room on the roster for the former AEK Athens and Panathinaikos player, Seattle waived guard Kareem Rush.

The 7’1″ (2.15m) Glyniadakis was with the Atlanta Hawks during the pre-season and averaged 3.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in five pre-season games. Glyniadakis was originally a second-round draft pick of Detroit in 2003, but has yet to start an NBA game; he has played in Greece for the majority of his career, although he did play in the NBA Development League last season.

He was in Greece’s initial World Championship preparation squad but didn’t make the trip to Japan.

Supermoto finale in Athens > Who’s the winner? November 6, 2006

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Ales Hlad clinched a victory and a second place finish in the two races that made up the eighth and final round of the FIM Supermoto season on Sunday November 5th – the Grand Prix of Greece.

The Slovenian finish second to Matthew Winstanley in race one, before taking the chequered flag ahead of Marcel Goetz in race two to move up into sixth place in the championship standings.

Germany’s Bernd Hiemer, who had sealed the championship title in the previous round in Italy, finished the two races in sixth and fourth place respectively. 

FIFPro player of the year > Who’s the new star? November 6, 2006

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Ronaldinho was named FIFPro world player of the year for the second straight time.

The FC Barcelona midfielder won the award after a vote by fellow professionals. FIFPro is the international players’ organization. The Brazil international was to be presented the award at a ceremony Monday in Athens, Greece, but it was canceled after a dispute between the Greek Government and an English commercial partner involved in organizing the event.

“We are really sorry about this,” FIFPro said in a statement. “FIFPro will hand over the awards to the winners themselves in their own environment, the clubs, as soon as possible and in a way that will show the most respect for the winners.”

Ronaldinho led Barcelona to the Champions League title last season, beating Arsenal 2-1 in the final. The Brazilian has been criticized for a slow start this season at Barcelona, and was also blamed after Brazil was beaten by France in the World Cup quarterfinals.

Besides Ronaldinho, the rest of FIFPro’s World IX included goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon; defenders Fabio Cannavaro, Gianluca Zambrotta, Lilian Thuram and John Terry; midfielders Zinedine Zidane, Andrea Pirlo and Kaka; and forwards Samuel Eto’o and Thierry Henry.

Cyprus has new religious leader November 6, 2006

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Bishop Chrysostomos of Paphos was elected as Cyprus’s new Archbishop yesterday after weeks of acrimony and bickering between the powerful religious leaders on the island.

Chrysostomos, 65, has been in charge of the Church’s affairs for the last four years after his 79-year-old namesake fell ill. Chrysostomos is only the island’s second Archbishop since Makarios, who was also the Cypriot President, died in 1977.

The complicated and fractious election process to find a new Archbishop began on September 24. Chrysostomos gained 73 votes out of 31 clerics and 100 lay representatives that took part in the crucial third ballot. His opponent, Bishop Athanassios of Limassol gained 57 votes. One ballot was spoiled. Athanassios had been the favorite to win the vote but Chrysostomos was boosted by the support of the eliminated candidate Bishop Nikiforos of the Kykkos Monastery. Previous rounds of voting had been marred by protests at the elimination of some candidates amid allegations of vote rigging.

The Church in Cyprus is the island’s largest landowner and has a number of business interests. Chrysostomos has vowed to stamp out any corruption within the Church.

The newly elected Archbishop of the Church of Cyprus, Chrysostomos, was born on 10 April 1941, in Tala village, in Paphos district on the west of the island. Having finished elemetary education, he joined the Holy Monastery of Saint Neofytos, in Paphos.  He then attended Paphos Gymnasium (secondary school) and graduated in 1963. On November 3, 1963, he was ordained deacon by the then Bishop Trimithountos Georgios.
In the next five years, he served as trustee of the Monastery. In 1968 he enrolled in the Theological School of the University of Athens and graduated in 1972.
In October 1972, he was unanimously elected Abbot of Saint Neofytos Monastery and in November the same year he was ordained Abbot by the late Archbishop Makarios III.
On 25 February 1978, he was elected Bishop of Paphos. In February he was ordained Bishop of Paphos.