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‘300’ and ‘Pirates’ are top 2007 MTV movie nominees May 1, 2007

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This June, the Spartans will try to give the pirates nothing but take from them everything.

The Greek war epic “300” and the swashbuckling “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” will be vying for top honors at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards this summer.

With five and four nominations, respectively, they’ll compete in the best movie category against each other and “Blades of Glory,” “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.”

“300” also garnered nods for the six-pack bearing Gerard Butler for best performance, Butler versus the Uber Immortal for best fight, Lena Headey for breakthrough performance and Rodrigo Santoro for best villain. Giving Butler a run for his money are Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley for their performances in “Pirates,” while Bill Nighy got a nod for best villain.

As usual, the MTV movie awards will have a couple unconventional categories, including best kiss and best summer movie yet to be released. The awards ceremony will air live on Sunday, June 3 with the irreverent Sarah Silverman as host.

Software turns the mobile into a phrasebook May 1, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Learn To Speak Greek, Telecoms.
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Software developer CoolGorilla has unveiled an application that can turn a mobile phone into a translation device.

The software is available in French, Spanish, German, Greek, Italian and Portuguese, and has a collection of commonly used words and phrases. After entering an English word the phone will display the translated text and use the device’s speaker to utter the phrase.

The software can be downloaded directly to the handset at a cost of £3 per language. It is being sold by Lastminute.com or direct from the developer at Coolgorilla.com or Coolgorilla.mobi. 

More languages are expected later in the year, including cross translators that could translate French into Italian, for example.

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

http://www.coolgorilla.mobi

http://www.lastminute.com

Source > VNUNet.com

List of Greek millionaires in London revealed May 1, 2007

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The Sunday Rich List recently highlighted the wealth of some of the public faces of the Greek community of the UK however another layer of millionaire/billionaires has now emerged in an Evening Standard report by City Editor Chris Blackhurst, the London Greek News reports.

Leading the pack of the undercover millionaires is Phillipe Niarchos the son of late tycoon Stavros Niarchos who left on his death an estimated 3 billion UK pounds. Married to Eugenia Livanos Niarchos is valued at 850 million UK sterling but may easily exceed this.

Hot on Niarchos heals is another secretive shipping tycoon John Chandris valued at 700 million UK pounds the head of the Chandris organisation and carrying 500,000 passengers on his companies fleet of ships.

In the list is a well known figure in the Greek Cypriot community Haris Sophoclides who gave the Labour Party 1 million UK pounds and has close links with John Prescott, his wealth is valued at 100 million UK pounds. Harry is currently the President of the World Federation of Cypriots and the Greek Brotherhood the UKs representative body for Greek Cypriot organisations in the UK.

The Sunday Times Rich List highlights the rising value in the Cypriot Haji-Ioannou stock with a position as 21st richest Britain with an approximate value of 1.290 billion pounds UK or 2.4 billion US dollars. The rise in the Haji-Ioannou stock of 563 million pounds UK in a year is a result of the boom of the Easyjet shares in which the family own around 35 per cent of the business.

Chris Lazari the largely reclusive private business man is now ranked at 40th with a rise of 300million UK sterling to a value of 1.3 billion UK, the rise largely down to the rise of commercial property in London.

The surprises are the slump in the Andy Panayiotou stock from 81stlast year to 104th this year with a value of 715 million UK sterling a drop from last year from 725 million UK sterling. The rise of John Christodoulou to the stellar rating of 82nd richest man in the UK with a value of 835 million UK sterling further highlights his Yianis Groups aims to be a premier property group with the recent acquisition of the Marrtiot Hotel in the Docklands. The Greek mainlanders in the guise of shipping tycoons Michael Lemos, John Goulandris make a strong showing with the index mostly dominated by Greek-Cypriots with major businesses in the UK like Theo Paphitis 557th and Tony Yerolemou at 375th.

According to the London Greek News statement, they are aware of another 20 individuals of Greek extraction with wealth in excess of 50 million UK pounds many of whom prefer to keep their names out of the public eye.

AllWebMenus new vesion released May 1, 2007

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Greek company Likno Software announced the launch of AllWebMenus version 4.2.648, the most versatile system available for your web site navigation needs.

The new version of AllWebMenus brings you a full set of optimized existing and new features and properties, which make cross-browser menu-making easier for the professional and amateur web developer.

AllWebMenus resolves all existing DHTML incompatibilities across the major DHTML-enabled browsers (IE, Firefox, Netscape, Opera, Mozilla, Safari, Konqueror, etc.) and offers peace of mind to the professional web developer by producing truly cross-browser navigation menus. This process is transparent to the web developer who enjoys the design of cool navigation menus without bothering for the technicalities lying behind their creation.

Among the new features found in AllWebMenus version 4.2.648 are:
– Optimized cross frame support
– Improved the Compilation Engine.
– Added support for www1, www2, …, www9 in ServerSide Menus.
– Bug fixes from previous version.

For more information on the features of the latest version of AllWebMenus please visit: http://www.likno.com/whatsnew.html

AllWebMenus v4.2.648 costs $59.95 for a single-user license and is available for Windows 95/98/ME/2000/NT/XP. The produced menus are functional in all DHTML-enabled browsers. The price also includes free customer support by our highly trained and friendly personnel that has earned Likno Software an extremely high reputation. The trial version can be downloaded from the Likno Software site, at http://www.likno.com/download.html. For more information please contact us at support@likno.com

Greek Likno Software, creators of AllWebMenus, is a leading software development company that over the past years has managed to establish itself in the international community of web developers as a leader in JavaScript / DHTML technology through its advanced software and services. Presently, Likno Software has also managed to become actively competitive in the Imaging market sector through the development of its innovative software and its advanced features.

Greek AirSea Lines aims to set up service in UK May 1, 2007

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Athens operator wants to repeat Greek islands success with flights from London

Greece’s AirSea Lines is planning to introduce seaplane services to the UK and is holding talks with local stakeholders and businesses with a view to operating between London and Wales, and Cumbria in the north of England. Further expansion is also planned on the European mainland, it says.

The Athens-based company, which runs a seaplane operation throughout the Greek islands, plans to operate up to 10 de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otters in the UK. It will offer flights to relatively inaccessible regions, landing the aircraft on lakes, estuaries and in bays “where little infrastructure is required and where there will be minimal impact on the local surroundings”, it says.

AirSea Lines Vice-President Walter Stark says: “We have satisfied all stringent environmental criteria in Greece with regards to landing on lakes and bays, therefore we can’t foresee any problems doing the same in the UK.”

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

Personalities > Queen Sofía of Spain May 1, 2007

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queensofia.jpg  Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain, Sofia de Grecia y Hannover, was born in Athens on 2nd November 1938, the first child of King Paul I and Queen Federica of Greece, and belongs to one of the oldest Royal households in Europe.

Having spent part of her childhood in Egypt and South Africa when the Greek Royal Family was forced into exile during the Second World War, Doña Sofia returned to Greece in 1946, and then went on to complete her secondary education at boarding school in Germany. She returned home again for further studies, where she specialised in archaeology, paediatrics and music. She was a reserve member on the Greek sailing team in the 1960 Olympic Games held in Rome.

Her marriage to Juan Carlos de Borbon y Borbon of Spain took place in Athens on 14th May 1962. They now have three children, Princess Elena, Princess Cristina and Prince Felipe, the current heir to the Spanish throne, and eight grandchildren.

In addition to her Royal duties and official visits with the King, the Queen devotes much of her time to social and welfare activities: she is Executive President of the Queen Sofia Foundation, a humanitarian foundation which was set up in 1977 with initial capital personally donated by the Queen. She is also Honorary President of the Foundation Against Drug Addiction, and of the Royal Trust for the Disabled. Doña Sofia also takes part international projects to help the disadvantaged and women in rural areas.

Queen Sofia holds honorary Presidency of a number of cultural and musical institutions, including the Queen Sofia Higher School of Music, is an honorary member of the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the Royal Academy of History, and has been awarded honorary doctorates from a number of foreign Universities. She is fluent in five European languages.

Source: © typicallyspanish.com

Greek Ilios (sun) shines in Canada May 1, 2007

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You don’t have to hop on a plane or jump onto a boat to get an authentic taste of Greece, you just have to head down the road and stop at Ilios Restaurant on North Terminal Avenue.

The restaurant offers a true “celebration of food and drink” and boasts delicious and unique Greek cuisine. It will celebrate its one year anniversary this month. Owner and chef Chris Zmeis celebrates his Greek heritage through Ilios’s varied menu that includes a roast lamb recipe acquired from a village in northern Greece.

Those looking for something extra special can try Ekmek, a unique and traditional Greek dessert that is hard to find. The desert consists of shredded filio in Metaxa and honey with custard on top, finished off with homemade whip cream.

Ilios is also known for its service with a smile and affordable prices. Zmeis describes Ilios as a “good family spot” where every customer is special and valued by the experienced restaurant staff. The casual, cozy and friendly atmosphere is complemented by the restaurant’s open and airy solarium and a large patio, perfect for summer dinners.

Ilios is open from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily and also delivers. Reservations are recommended for weekends. The great food is accompanied by live jazz, performed by the James McRae Trio, the trio plays every Tuesday at the restaurant.

Since it opened its doors, Ilios has been a member of the Chamber. Membership allows him and his business to get involved with the community Zmeis said, as well as receive support from other Chamber members.

To make a reservation, call Ilios at 754-1122.