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‘Love Builds’ charity fundraising drive launched December 18, 2006

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The construction of a shelter for paraplegics in the Kipseli district in Athens is the goal of the “Love Builds” nationwide campaign launched jointly on Monday by Solidarity, a non-governmental organization associated with the Church of Greece, and the Transport and Communications Ministry.

Those wishing to assist in raising the necessary funds for the construction of the shelter can do so by sending an SMS message with the word “ΑΓΑΠΗ” (AGAPI which means love in Greek) to 4578.

The first SMSs were sent symbolically by Transport Minister Michalis Liapis and Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens, who attended a special event held at the Nerantziotissa metro station.

Internet use on rise in Greece December 18, 2006

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Greeks may not be as familiar with surfing the Internet as most of the Europeans, but the numbers using the worldwide web are constantly increasing, according to the results of a survey conducted by AGB under the auspices of the Information Society Observatory released on Thursday.

More specifically, 25 percent of the Greek population surfs the web for information, while 61 percent use it as a work tool, 64.1 percent for e-mail and chatrooms, and a smaller proportion for on-line purchases, travel and entertainment.

According to the survey results, use of the Internet by women is relatively small (24 percent of the total Greek users) compared with men (76 percent).

Use of the Internet by persons above 50 years of age is also relatively small (8 percent), compared with users in the 25-34 age bracket (41.3 percent and 35-44 age group (26.8 percent).

An overwhelming 90 percent of the net users go online on a daily basis, mainly from home (59.9 percent) and from the workplace (36.9 percent).

As for mode of Internet connection, an increase was ascertained in ADSL connections from the home, although Greece remains behind with respect to high speed connections (above 512 kbps) in comparison with other European countries and the U.S.

Jewish Museum’s Travelling Exhibition December 18, 2006

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The exhibition “Hidden Children in Occupied Greece,” of the Jewish Museum of Greece, explores the issue of the hidden Jewish children during the occupation, by means of sixteen stories of children from all over Greece.

After the great success of the original exhibit, the Museum decided to produce a travelling form with a view to presenting it in various cities in Greece and abroad.

It opened on December 11 at the Greek Embassy in Washington, D.C., where it was officially inaugurated by Greece’s Tourism Minister Fani Palli-Petralia.

Conference in Dedication to Greek Top Quality Olive Oil December 18, 2006

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This year’s two-day Scientific Conference of the Foods Department of the Union of Greek Chemists (EEX) is dedicated to Greek top quality olive oil.

The conference is held within the framework of the established annual theme “Days of Foods Chemistry”.

The EEX conference is taking place in cooperation with the Chemistry and Technology Foods Laboratory of Thessaloniki University’s Chemistry Department, the General State Chemistry Laboratory, the Greek Lipid Forum and the EEX’s Central and Western Macedonia Department, on December 16-17 at the Ceremony Hall of the old building of the Philosophy School of Thessaloniki University.

‘Nonda’ Retrospective at Benaki Museum December 18, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts Events Greece, Arts Exhibitions Greece.
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A major retrospective exhibition of work by Greek sculptor and painter, Epaminondas Papadopoulos, better known on the international art scene simply as ‘Nonda’, opened at the Pireos Street Anex of the Benaki Museum in Athens.

Entitled “Nonda: Six Decades of Art 1940-2000”, the exhibition features 150 paintings, sculptures, drawings and other objects created by the artist and will run until February 18.

Working from his base in post-war Paris in the 1950s, Nonda was counted among the avant-garde artists making up the Ecole de Paris and made a name for himself in Greece with nudes that shocked the society of that time.

An expressionist painter, Nonda was also a trail-blazer in the creation of public art installations and the use of unconventional materials, such as blood, charcoal and sand. Among the highlights of his career that made him known to a broad audience in Paris was his participation in the Pont Neuf exhibitions in the 1960s, including his construction in 1963 of a ‘Trojan Horse’ that he lived in throughout the duration of the exhibition.