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Sepultura live in Greece + gold in Cyprus March 22, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Music Life Live Gigs.
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March 27th 2007, Ydrogeios Club, 33, 26th October Street, Thessaloniki, tel 2310 516515

March 28th 2007, Gagarin 205 Club, Athens >

In the meantime, Sepultura’s “Dante XXI” album has been certified gold in Cyprus, according to a posting on the group’s official web site. The band is on the road in Europe at the moment and will be presented with the gold disc on March 30 in Nicosia, when the tour hits Cyprus.

Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser said: “We just got an gold album for ‘Dante XXI’ in Cyprus!! It’s the first award we have since the ‘Roots’ days… Awesome… Thanks, Cyprus. See you soon on stage!!!

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Larnaca celebrates Europe March 22, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Cyprus Larnaca.
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The Cypriot resort of Larnaca is to celebrate the creation of the EU with a host of events on Wednesday May 9th.

A united Europe was first proposed on May 9th 1950 and since then has seen the EU grow into a large body that includes many of the continent’s countries and people.

This makes it a truly cosmopolitan body that includes people from all races and religions and is represented by a flag, a motto, a currency and an anthem. And it is this unity that will be celebrated across Europe, including the holiday hotspot of Larnaca in Cyprus.

A variety of events and parties are scheduled to take place in venues close to the coast of Larnaca, making it a great place to enjoy a spring break while celebrating the creation of a united Europe.

Europe Day will be celebrated in such a way that it will bring all the countries and all the people that make up Europe closer together according to the European Commission, least of all in Larnaca, which will be leading the celebrations in Cyprus.

Related Links > http://www.larnaka.com

Taste the good life > strawberry festival March 22, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Cyprus Larnaca.
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Each year, Derynia plays host to a massive strawberry festival celebrating the area’s most popular product.

Just a short distance from the sun-soaked destination of Larnaca, it’s no surprise that the Cypriot resort is well-known for its annual harvest of strawberries. And with spring being the perfect time to harvest the plump fruit, the month of May is the perfect time to pay homage to it.

As such, Derynia will be alive with celebrations that spill out onto the streets of the town and include craft fairs, live entertainment, children’s activities and plenty of partying. But most importantly, visitors to Cyprus will have the opportunity to enjoy strawberries from the region in a variety of forms, including puddings, cakes, snacks and drinks.

This makes the western coast of Cyprus a great destination for those looking to spoil themselves with a luxurious and treat-filled spring break.

The date for this year’s strawberry celebration is pencilled in for the second week of May and with the strawberries being harvested fresh from the fields, kicks off in the early evening.

Related Links > http://www.deryneia.com/index.shtm

Baghdatis receives first round bye in Miami March 22, 2007

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Marcos Baghdatis received a bye in the opening round of the Sony Ericsson Open at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park in Miami and will face either Argentinean Juan Martin Del Potro or Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden in the second round.

The seventeenth seeded Cypriot could then potentially meet Russian Mikhail Youzhny in the third round of the tournament.

Baghdatis and Youzhny so far met twice and each player won once. The young Cypriot defeated Youzhny this year in the quarterfinals of the Open 13 tournament in Marseille after three long sets 2-6 7-6 (7) 7-5. However, the sixteenth seeded Youzhny defeated Baghdatis in the opening round of the Wimbledon in 2005, 6-2 3-6 6-1 6-4.

Baghdatis will yet again have a difficult task defending the 35 points he earned in Miami last year reaching the third round where he lost to Nikolay Davydenko of Russia. Baghdatis fell from thirteenth to sixteenth place in the ATP Race with 91 points after this early exit at Indian Wells, while he still managed to maintain the eighteenth positon in the ATP Rankings with 1345 points.

Cyprus to face Greece in first rugby international game March 22, 2007

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Cyprus, the most recent member of the European Rugby Federation, will take on an experienced Greece side this Saturday in the first rugby international to take place on the island.

The two sides will be competing for the Independence Cup, an esoteric Hellenic affair, at the Kiniras Stadium in Paphos at 2.30pm.

Cyprus will be playing against a side that has been a member of the European Federation for four years, and are currently the leading their a very tough regional group. The Greek squad arrive on Friday night at 8.20p.m. at Larnaca airport and will be greeted by the Cyprus Rugby Union President, Costas Mastoroudes and his welcoming committee, who will accompany them to their accommodation in Paphos.

The Greeks will not announce their team until Saturday morning, and like all international rugby sides, will be drawing on members that play the game overseas. International rules allow players to represent a country if they can show nationality deriving from a grandparent; or citizenship; or have 3 years residential qualification.

The Cyprus National side will be drawn from a training squad of 22, and will rely heavily on the three main Cypriot clubs; Paphos Tigers, Limassol Crusaders, and the Nicosian Barbarians. Cyprus will be led by Jonathan Pettemerides, currently of the once mighty exiles side; London Welsh, and formerly of one-time English league champions; Bath. Playing at number 8, the captain will be the lynch-pin of the pack; a position that requires speed and an appetite for tough tackling.

In addition, we have Andrew Binikou and George Agathocleous, who play their rugby in South Africa for College Rovers in Durban, and Michael Maratheftis and Felix Frixou from north of England league sides, Burton and Derby.

The rest of the team will be drawn from the following: Lawrence Vassiliades, Peter Hunter, Kostas Christou, Greg Loucaides, Andy Webster, Tony Thoma (Vice-captain), Chris Thoma, Marios Shattaoulas, Dinu Florendun, Vladimir Mijhalov, Alexi Pavlou, Gary Thompson, Warren Dean, Chris Christophi, and Panayiotis Loizides.

The game, will be strictly refereed by John Stavrou (S.A.R.F.U.) and his touch judges,  John Holland (Rugby referees co-ordinator for Cyprus, and R.F.U.), Andreas Fragkopouls (G.R.F.U); the fourth official being, Keith Elliot (R.F.U.). On the morning of the game there will be an official photo-op at 10am at the Coral Beach Hotel where the team, management and officials, will be present. Later at the stadium, at 12noon, a further opportunity to film the team accompanied by all the officials of Cyprus Rugby Federation.

Great efforts have been made to bring rugby to the island and this match will act as an excellent measure as to how far it has progressed and give fans an opportunity to witness the game played at a high level.

Make sure this is an event to remember; and if it is your first game, prepare to be surprised. Rugby is not for the faint hearted. Admission is 2 pounds for adults and one pound for children.

Related Links > www.cyprus-rugby.com  and  www.rugby.gr

Sony PS3 hits Cyprus stores March 22, 2007

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Hard-core gaming fans eager to plug into the latest technology will be queuing on today to buy the new PlayStation 3 (PS3).

For most ordinary consumers, today will be the first opportunity to test Sony’s next generation video game console. It’s been five months since the Sony’s PS3 hit the US and Japanese markets and now the much talked about unit makes its debut in Cyprus and the rest of the world.

To date, the PS3 has weathered much flak from gaming media over launch delays, its price tag and “backward compatibility” issues in Europe and Australia. But with the PS3 now on sale at key stores, the consumer can finally see the power of the new console that will retain the mantle of its well-respected predecessor, the PS2, which is now in its seventh year in the market.

The PS3 is intended to fulfill the vision of Ken Kuturagi, the father of the original PlayStation, who in the mid-1990s alluded to the console as a Trojan horse that would eventually unload media content to all points of the home.

Equipped with a 60 gigabyte hard drive and a Blu-ray DVD reader, the PS3 commands high-powered processing that is expected to take the gaming immersion experience to the next level. The PS3 also aims to be a far more connected device than its predecessors with advanced online competition modes.

Earlier this month, Sony unveiled Home, a virtual community space that PS3 users can connect to through the internet and develop their online presence. Labelled by some as Sony’s answer to the PC-oriented online community Second Life, Home is expected to launch in the September quarter.

Despite its bells and whistles, the PS3 had been dogged by a compatibility issue but Sony have been quick in fixing this problem. Sony said last month that the PS3 model to be launched in Europe would lack a chip used in the earlier models introduced in Japan and North America in November last year. The function of the chip would be replaced by software, making the console cheaper to produce but taking away the almost full backward compatibility enabling PS2 games to play on PS3.

Sony’s website http://faq.eu.playstation.com/bc lists games that should work. “If your game is not listed here, emulation is not yet supported on PlayStation 3,” it says.

In order to play the old games, the new PlayStation 3 owners will first need to install software, called firmware, on their new device. The software can be downloaded from the internet or obtained on a disc from the customer service unit.

“We will be adding additional titles to this list in future firmware upgrades,” said David Reeves, President of Sony Computer Entertainment. But Reeves reiterated that Sony will not put much effort in making old PS2 titles available on PS3, but rather focus on developing new services and entertainment features exclusively for PS3.

The new firmware for the PS3 enables several other features on the PS3, including a programme to use the PS3’s powerful Cell processor to participate in a protein research project from Stanford University, as well as support for Bluetooth wireless keyboards and mice and an optional full on-screen keyboard.

Greek-English Dictionary in a single click March 22, 2007

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Babylon is launching in Greece and Cyprus

Babylon Ltd., the leading provider of single-click translation and dictionary software, announced today the release of a new Greek English bi-directional dictionary.

Millions of Babylon users around the globe will now be able to click on any term from any desktop application and receive immediate results to and from Greek in a small pop-up window on their screen.

The Babylon’s Greek-English bi-directional comprehensive Dictionary contains more than 110,000 words, phrases, abbreviations and acronyms. It includes terms from a vast variety of subjects, such as Medicine, Electronics, Zoology, Business, Computers, Religion, etc., and features both the American and British forms of spelling.

Alon Carmeli, VP Marketing and Sales: “The need for an English-Greek dictionary has increased significantly over the past few years along with the growth of internet penetration in Greece, Cyprus as well as among Greek immigrants around the world.”

For downloading Babylon translation software please visit Babylon’s web site: http://www.babylon.com

If you already have Babylon, download the Greek dictionary: http://www.babylon.com/category/10/Greek.html

Babylon is the leading provider of single-click translation and information access solutions. Babylon 6 is desktop software that is available for private individuals as well as corporations. Babylon also offers add-on premium content from world-renowned dictionary publishers, including Oxford University Press, Britannica, Merriam-Webster, Larousse, Vox, Langenscheidt, Pons, Van Dale, Melhoramentos and Taishukan.

Babylon 6 offers single click results from Wikipedia encyclopedia in 13 languages. Babylon 6 is also working with Windows Vista. The Babylon user base exceeds 35 million desktop installations. For more information about Babylon, visit www.babylon.com.