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Greek Bishop tunes out for Jesus documentary February 28, 2007

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One of Greece’s most senior clerics dismissed yesterday as “archaeological make-believe” a new documentary by “Titanic” director James Cameron which claims that Jesus had a wife and a son, citing evidence from his alleged burial site.

“What we are dealing with is a well-made piece of archaeological make-believe to promote a film and nothing more,” said Bishop Anthimos of Thessaloniki.

Oscar-winner Cameron suggested that research for the documentary “The Lost Tomb of Christ” shows that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had a son, Judah, who was buried with him. The film is likely to reignite controversy about the idea of Jesus’s resurrection.

“Christianity comes under attack from time to time, especially during Lent, as happened last year and the year before with the ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and the Gospel of Judas,” said Anthimos.

Check the movie site:  http://www.jesusfamilytomb.com


Poisonous exotic fish in Med February 28, 2007

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An exotic fish which has started slipping into the eastern Mediterranean from its native waters in the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean is extremely toxic and should not be eaten, marine experts warned yesterday.

The silver-stripe blaasop, which is silvery-gray with black spots, a white belly and a bright silver stripe along its side, contains a poisonous substance in its liver, skin and reproductive organs which can cause fatal muscle paralysis and breathing or circulation problems if eaten by humans, according to researchers at the Rhodes Hydrobiological Station.

The Hellenic Center for Medical Research sent an urgent notice to all the country’s port authorities to warn professional and amateur fishermen about the toxic qualities of the fish. “This fish is a source of poison for human beings if eaten, with a high risk of fatality,” the notice said.

According to the director of the Rhodes station, Andreas Sioulas, the silver-stripe blaasop (Lagocephalus sceleratus) belongs to a group of fish called the “Lesseps migrants” because they slipped into the eastern Mediterranean through the Suez Canal, whose construction was overseen by Ferdinand de Lesseps.

The silver-stripe blaasop, which can reach over a meter in length, was first spotted off Rhodes in the summer 2005 but there has been a sharp increase in its presence in the eastern Mediterranean since then, Sioulas said. “At least 10 samples have been found this month alone,” he said.

The fish is a delicacy in some ports in the Indian Ocean but the locals know how to remove the parts containing the poison, Sioulas said. There have been 10 reported deaths of people known to have eaten the silver-stripe blaasop in the eastern Mediterranean, eight in Egypt and two in Israel.

Rivers to get toxin sensors February 28, 2007

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The banks of the three largest cross-border rivers in northern Greece, the Nestos, Strymonas and Axios, are to be equipped with electronic sensors which will measure water pollution levels and warn regional authorities when they become dangerous, experts said yesterday.

This electronic warning system is to be installed along the Nestos and Strymonas by the end of this year and along the Axios by the middle of 2008, Aristotle University Agronomy Professor Giorgos Zalidis said. The system will be connected to regional authorities’ offices, which will be informed immediately if pollution levels rise so they can take the necessary measures, he said.

Of greatest concern are accidents or leaks from manufacturers whose premises are located along one of these rivers. The Axios has suffered the most such accidents to date.

The first phase of the project, for the Nestos and Strymonas, is expected to cost 1.1 million euros.

Major European business forum to be held in Greece February 28, 2007

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The EFQM Forum 2007, one of the year’s top events for the European business community, will be held in Athens in October.

The Hellenic Management Association (EEDE) and the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) are organizing the pan-European business excellence conference for the first time in Greece. The venue of the Athens Concert Hall will host a series of high-level events October 1-3.

EFQM is a non-profit network consisting of national partner organizations, one in each of the 24 participating countries, with EEDE being the Greek participant. The network’s aim is to promote and highlight the principles of quality management and of business excellence across Europe.

The conference, titled “Building High Performing Organizations in Europe: Driving to Excellence,” is expected to attract more than 1,000 entrepreneurs, professionals and high-level managerial staff from the public and private sector and from as many as 40 countries in Europe. Participants can listen to a variety of lectures presented by internationally recognized experts.

Another first for the forum this year will be the CEO Summit, in which about 200 chief executive officers of Greek and European companies will discuss the major issue of the optimal practices for the creation of high-performance enterprises.

The forum will also include the ceremony for the EFQM Excellence Awards 2007, the supreme distinction for business excellence in Europe. It will be followed by the EFQM Excellence Awards for Greek companies.

This event, one of the most significant for business in Greece, is supported by top Greek businesspeople and managers who participate as members of the honorary and the organizing committees of the forum.

For more information, call 210 8019444 or log on to the websites of EEDE www.eede.gr and EFQM www.efqm.org

Cyprus Louis profits increased February 28, 2007

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Cyprus’s largest hotel and cruise operator Louis increased its profit attributable to shareholders by 56 percent in 2006 despite last year’s war in Lebanon, it was announced yesterday.

Net profits rose to 12.5 million Cyprus pounds (21.7 million euros) in 2006 from 8 million (13.9 million euros) in 2005. Company turnover increased by 16 percent, reaching 182.1 million pounds (316.2 million euros). Louis attributed improved profits to better cruise and hotel operations in Greece, while forecasting a “significant” spike in net revenues for 2007, mainly assisted by the sale of the Nicosia Hilton. The group estimates the planned sale will leave a 9-million-pound clear profit.

Fourlis’ IKEA boost in Greece February 28, 2007

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Fourlis, which owns the Greek franchise of Swedish home furnishing giant IKEA, said yesterday its net profit last year rose 51.5 percent, boosted by one-off capital gains and strong furniture sales.

Fourlis, which also sells electrical appliances and sportswear, said it made a net profit of 27.4 million euros, up from 18.1 million euros in 2005. It is to propose a 0.18-euro-per-share dividend for 2006 vs 0.15 euros in 2005.

Greek ports presentation for investors February 28, 2007

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Greek ports presentation for investors this Friday

The Institute of Port Development (IPD) is organizing a one-day event this Friday titled “Hellenic Ports 2007” in the conference room of the Piraeus Port Authority (OLP).

The event’s aim is to highlight the comparative advantages of the country’s ports and the capacity to receive foreign investments for port development. “Hellenic Ports aims to approach all those involved with investing in ports and to show them the prospects of Greek ports. We want to highlight how economy can evolve around them,” the President of IPD, Nikos Samaras, said. He added that port growth should not come at the expense of the environment or the people living nearby.