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Agreement gets US and UK backing Cyprus February 3, 2007

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The U.S. and Britain backed the right of Cyprus to make international agreements with other countries but said the oil and gas row highlighted the need to move forward with a Cyprus solution.

A statement made by the British High Commission to state television said it would be regrettable if the search for oil were to deepen the divide between the two communities on the island.

“We hope an early solution to the Cyprus problem will allow all Cypriots to benefit from Cyprus’ mineral wealth and the UK supports all efforts to that end,” the High Commission said.

“In the meantime the legal personality of the Republic of Cyprus and its rights under international law are not in doubt”.

The US Embassy in Nicosia said there existed the sovereign government of the Republic of Cyprus and there existed an entire island that has acceded to the EU with the acquis suspended in the north.

“It’s important that whatever sort of development occurs in the offshore area on the continental shelf be done in a way that enhances prospects for reunification rather than creating greater animosity between the two sides,” said the statement. “This dispute demonstrates once again why it is important for the Cyprus to be resolved as soon as possible.”

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Marcos Baghdatis cruises to Zagreb final February 3, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Tennis Squash.
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Second seeded Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis cruised through to the final of the Zagreb Open ATP tournament on Saturday, beating Austrian qualifier Aleksander Peya 6-4 6-3.  

Peya started strongly, holding his serve until the last game of the first set when Baghdatis took a 5-4 lead and then broke him.   

The Cypriot raised his game in the second set, playing some superb tennis and soon putting the match beyond Peya’s reach by breaking his two serves.    

“I am satisfied because I played some really good tennis this week,” said Baghdatis. “Today I was really focused on every point and I want to finish the work tomorrow.”  

In the second semi-final later on Saturday, home favourite and top seed Ivan Ljubicic faces fourth seeded Russian Mikhail Youzhny. The Croatian won the event last year.

The first submersible ring to Cyprus February 3, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Telecoms.
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The Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (CYTA) and Mediterranean Nautilus Ltd, signed an agreement on Wednesday for the construction of a new ring from Cyprus to Sicily, with the name “Minerva System”.

The Minerva System will introduce a ring to Cyprus by adding a Branching Unit and a new segment to the MedNautilus main system in addition to the upgrading of the existing cable to Cyprus.

It will use a dedicated express fibre pair along the ring with 10 Gb/s DWDM wavelengths and will connect Cyprus and Italy on a dedicated direct link bypassing Turkey, Greece and Israel. From Sicily to Europe the Minerva will be connected to the MedNautilus Pan European network, a CYTA statement said.

Minerva will be ready for service during the 3rd quarter of 2007 with the first phase ready for service during the second quarter of 2007.

Nikos Timotheou, CYTA CEO, said that “with the construction of Minerva, CYTA’s East Mediterranean hub will be further enhanced, enabling it to provide reliable telecommunications connectivity at competitive prices, to serve the island’s requirements as well as those of neighbouring countries.”

Stefano Mazzitelli, MedNautilus Chairman and Telecom Italia Sparkle CEO, expressed hope that with the new topology, ”CYTA will be able to provide our services also to neighbouring countries.”

Francesco Nanotti, MedNautilus CEO, added that ”Minerva is part of our expansion plan in the Eastern Mediterranean and we hope to introduce services to other countries in the region within 2007.”

Cyprus Motorshow 2007 opens February 3, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Racing & Motors.
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The biggest ever Motorshow in Cyprus opened at the Cyprus State Fairs Authority grounds.

Chairman of the Cyprus State Fairs Authority Loris Tryfon said that Motorshow 2007 is the largest show in the history of specialised exhibitions that have been organised by the Authority and by far the biggest Motorshow ever to have taken place in Cyprus.

A total of 45 exhibitors, 35 of which are car exhibitors, are participating in this year’s exhibition in a 13-thousand-square-metre exhibition area. There will also be exhibits pertinent to the show’s subject, namely hi-fi systems, insurance companies, four-wheel and two-wheel motorcycles, electric cars, banking institutions, IT companies, car accessories, garage equipment, including a Cypriot car designer.

There will also be a special area for the display of old cars presenting an historic interest under the auspices of the Cyprus Federation of Classic Vehicles and also the Cyprus Automobile Association (FIPA). Motorshow 2007 will remain open until 4 February.

Cyprus inspires art instructors February 3, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Hellenic Light Americas.
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“Against the Wind II” is an exhibition of paintings created by award winning artists, Lance Hunter and Sylvia Nitti, while they were on a leave of absence from Northeastern State University last year.

The oil and watercolor paintings were created during the couple’s nine-month stay on the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus. The influences of Greek culture and the color, texture and light of the island are apparent in many of the images. The exhibition showcases contemporary images of the female form juxtaposed and layered with images from Cyprus. Evocative nudes and figures from classical mythology also are featured. The original version of this exhibition had a successful debut at Kypriaki Gonia Gallery in Larnaca, Cyprus, in June 2006.

A Cyprus inspired painting by Hunter is featured in the current issue of International Artist magazine. The oil painting, “A Woman’s Touch,” is featured in the December/January 2007 issue as one of 10 finalists selected in an annual international art competition sponsored by the publication. International Artist magazine is distributed globally with editorial offices in the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada and Singapore.

Hunter has exhibited his paintings and drawings in galleries in Europe and in major cities in the United States including New York, Chicago, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Portland, St. Louis, Houston and Philadelphia. His work was selected to exhibit in the 135th Annual International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society in Manhattan. His paintings have been selected for awards in the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors in New York and the Eastern Washington and Texas Watercolor Society’s Annual Exhibitions. A watercolor of his daughter is featured on the title pages of the book “Splash 8: Watercolor Discoveries,” a popular anthology of contemporary watercolors published by Northlight Books.

In Oklahoma, Hunter painted “Our Future,” a large mural on the exterior of the Youth Central building in downtown Muskogee before leaving for Cyprus. Upon returning to the United States, he was commissioned to paint a portrait of Judge David Peterson for the Tulsa Law Library.

Nitti is a Greek Cypriot artist that has exhibited her artwork in Europe and in numerous national exhibitions in the United States. These include the National Pastel Exhibition of the Pastel Society of New Mexico and the 16th National Exhibition of the Eastern Washington Watercolor Society. Her work was also selected for the 74th Grand National Exhibition of the American Artists Professional League in New York and for “Pastels U.S.A.” 17th Annual International Exhibition in California. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her vibrant mixed media work combining watercolors and pastels.

Nitti is an adjunct instructor in the art department at NSU teaching drawing and pastels. Hunter is an assistant professor at NSU teaching figure drawing, painting and watercolor classes. The couple resides in Tahlequah with children Brooke and Chase.

Food, music at Polk’s Greek Festival February 3, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Greek Diaspora Festivals.
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The Polk County Greek Festival takes place in Winter Haven this weekend.

There will be food, dancing, music, attic treasures, jewelry, church tours, boutique.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $2 donation (good for all days). Ages younger than 12 free.

The site is St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, 1030 Bradbury Road.

Discovering Ancient Spartan and Greek History February 3, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Culture History Mythology.
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The second issue of the celebrated Sparta Journal magazine > Markoulakis Publications, publishing the Sparta (ISSN 1751-0007) periodical.

Markoulakis Publications have produced the second issue (volume 2 no. 2) of the printed and online educational periodical entitled Sparta. The periodical is accessible for review purposes for all visitors to their website: www.sparta.markoulakispublications.org.uk.

Sparta’s current issue will provide the ancient Greek history enthusiast an extensive guide about the artistic re-construction of Ancient Greek warfare and weapons by David Milner.

An introduction of Plato’s philosophical thoughts towards ancient Sparta’s constitution.

An article discussing Sparta’s political and military decision to make the heroic stand Thermopylae. An original article which uses the prophecies of the Delphic Oracle as its source, and, finally, a paper, which presents the early causes of the Peloponnesian War by Robert Montgomerie. All content will be put on the website once the issue is published.

The periodical is available for subscribers in both print and electronic versions. To view the subscription rates and prices, visitors should go to the Sparta website and follow the Subscribe & Order link. This will direct them to the subscribers’ choices and prices. The website electronic payments use Paypal.

Sparta (ISSN 1751-0007) is an incorporated title with the Journal of Laconian Studies (eISSN: 1749 5814) and the former Sparta’s Journal (ISSN 1747-0005). The free electronic version Sparta’s Journal is available on the Sparta website under the Volume’s Archive link.

The website also offers a great number of free monthly articles, news and announcements as well as a Weblog Carnival focusing on Spartan and ancient Greek history.