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Sochi 2014 flag installed on Greek Mount Olympus May 1, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Olympic Games.
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The Eurasia 2007 expedition in support of the Sochi bid for hosting the Winter Olympic Games in 2014 has installed a Sochi 2014 flag on the highest Greek mountain, Mount Olympus, Russian News Agency ITAR-TASS reports.

“The flag has been hoisted at the height of 2,917 meters next to the flag of the Krasnodar territory,” chief of the expedition team and Russian sports tourism champion Konstantin Merzhoyev told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.

The bicycle tour started from the extreme western point of Europe, the cape Cabo da Roca in Portugal, in mid-March. They have passed through former Olympic host cities in Portugal, Spain, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece and Russia.

“While in Greece, we not only collected signatures in support of the Winter Olympiad in Sochi but also took a handful of Olympic soil on Mount Olympus,” Merzhoyev said. The bicycle tour is over, and the expedition will take a vessel to Turkey and farther on to Sochi. The arrival in Sochi is planned for May 14-15.

The Krasnodar division of the Russian Geographic Society organized Eurasia 2007 with support of the Krasnodar territorial committee for youth affairs. Meanwhile, Sochi is preparing for playing host to the Winter Olympic Games if its bid is successful.

Greece at “Arabian Market 2007” fair in Dubai May 1, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Tourism.
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Tourism Development Minister Fani Palli-Petralia inaugurated the Greek pavilion on Tuesday at the “Arabian Travel Market 2007” exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the Middle East’s and Pan-Arab Region’s premier travel and tourism show, which got underway in the morning at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre featuring some 2,600 exhibitors from 64 countries.

UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister Sheikh Muhammad bin Rashid al-Maktum, Ruler of the emirate of Dubai, visited the Greek pavilion, and was given a tour by Petralia.

May Day marked throughout Greece May 1, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Politics.
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May Day was marked throughout Greece on Tuesday with rallies and wreath-laying ceremonies.

Two separate rallies were held in Athens, one organised jointly by the General Confederation of Workers of Greece (GSEE) and the Civil Servants’ Supreme Administrative Council (ADEDY) at the Pedion tou Areos Park, followed by a march to Syntagma Square, which was addressed by Coalition of the Left, Movements and Ecology (SYN) party Alekos Alavanos, while a second was organised by the PAME trade union group at Syntagma Square, addressed by Communist Party of Greece (KKE) leader Aleka Papariga, which was followed by a march to the US Embassy in Athens.

In Thessaloniki, three separate rallies were held, one organised jointly by the Thessaloniki Labour Centre and the Union of Civil Servants’ Organisations at downtown Aristotelous Square, a second organised by PAME, and a third organised by non-parliamentary Left groups.