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Greece among the largest investors in FYROM May 7, 2007

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Greece has the largest investment capital in the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia, FYROM, according to data provided by Greek media.

There are 3,500 Greek companies in Southeast Europe. The Greek bank offices number 1,000. Greece has invested 12 billion euro in the region. Greece, thus is the largest investor in FYROM, Albania, Serbia and Montenegro, while it’s the second largest foreign investor in Bulgaria and third in Romania.

Remember Thin Lizzy? May 7, 2007

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Eh? Uumm, whom?! Yep!

Thin Lizzy from the 70’s! Yep! The rock legend!

Some of their greatest hits include > «Boys are back in Town», «Don’t believe a word», «Emerald», «Jailbreak», «Parisienne Walkways», «Whiskey in the Jar».

Thin Lizzy live in Athens, Greece, May 30, at the Gagarin Club and in Thessaloniki, 31 May, Hydrogeios Club, 33, 26th October Avenue.

Tickets 35 euro
Ticketshop 210 2005050, Ticket House 210 3608366, Ticket Point 210 3840020, Metropolis 210 3808549. www.ticketshop.gr

Be there!

Related Links >

Gagarin Club, 205 Liosion Street, Athens, http://www.gagarin205.gr

Refresh your memory at > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thin_Lizzy 

And here’s my favorite Thin Lizzy song >

No joking around at Yurovision, local indie circuit’s flipside event May 7, 2007

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yurovision.jpg  The poster for the upcoming Yurovision music contest

The country will be tuning in to Eurovision fever this week, that is, if interest in the event ever really fades in Greece before and after the annual European pop song contest. The show, to be staged in Helsinki on May 12 this year, has exceeded previous confines and has become part of mainstream culture in recent years, at least in Greece.

Three days before the upcoming Eurovision song contest, one of the Greek capital’s leading alternative music stores, Vinyl Microstore is organizing Yurovision, the well-informed outlet’s own indie-music version of the glitzy pop contest at the Gagarin club. Though the alternate event’s title seems to stem entirely from Eurovision, another element is also at play, Yuri, the music store’s friendly canine mascot.

Commenting on Yurovision, its organizer insisted that the event was not intended as any anti-Eurovision offensive. “With the Eurovision competition in mind, we thought about inviting young artists and groups to present their work,” explained Nektarios Pappas, head at Vinyl Microstore.

Participation exceeded all expectations. A total of 45 songs were submitted. But the real surprise lay elsewhere. “We were greatly impressed by the quality of the entries. This is a very positive indication of where the local alternative scene stands today,” noted Pappas.

The tricky task of trimming the submissions down to a finalists list featuring 12 songs was given to a four-member panel of well-known local music critics and radio producers, Argyris Zilos, Christos Daskalopoulos, Dimitris Politakis and Christos Karras.

“We didn’t want to set up an evening that mocks the original contest,” Pappas explained. “Eurovision itself is not a problem. What really makes an impression is the attention we’ve paid to it here in Greece over recent years,” he added.

This attitude reflects the spirit inherent in the 12 songs culled for Wednesday’s Yurovision final. Judging by their songs, the finalists are certainly not joking around.

Related Links >
Vinyl Microstore, 34 Didotou Street, Kolonaki, Athens, http://vinylmicrostore.gr/index.php

Gagarin Club, 205 Liosion Street, Athens, http://www.gagarin205.gr

Enjoy the show, with no heels May 7, 2007

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Hellenic Festival to raise public awareness in effort to prevent more damage to Herod Atticus Theater

herod_atticus.jpg  Towering heels, heavy stage props, high decibels, chewing gum and garbage cause great damage to the ancient theater. This year, the public is being asked to change its habits.

There’s a new motto in Athens this summer: No more high heels at the Herod Atticus Theater. Women might make up the bulk of audiences, purchasing most tickets for cultural events, but it turns out that they are also responsible for a number of problems at this particular venue.

Though there has been talk about prohibiting them in the past, high heels continue to cause damage to the ancient theater. This year however, women wishing to try their acrobatic skills on 10-centimeter spikes by walking up or down the theater’s narrow steps will be requested to change their habits.

The Central Archaeological Council (KAS) has decided to take a number of measures and the Hellenic Festival has been asked to raise public awareness by informing the public through its program, advertising material and tickets.

But the problem is not only high heels. Archaeologists back up their arguments that chewing gum is equally guilty by pointing to last year’s collection of 27 kilos of gum, mainly from the upper tier.

Apart from prohibiting the use of mobile phones, the making of illegal recordings, smoking and the consumption of food and soft drinks, the pre-recorded list featuring the voice of Alexis Kostalas will now include the two latest enemies, high heels and chewing gum.

KAS did not decide on more radical measures, given that the focus of efforts will be on educating the public. There was talk, however, about excessively high decibel levels, the setting up and dismantling of stage props, nails hammered by technicians into ancient parts of the theater and refuse clogging manholes.

A few years ago, archaeologist Alexandros Mantis found himself experiencing a true nightmare, when the ancient theater flooded at the same time that Prince Charles was being shown around the Acropolis by Evangelos Venizelos, then minister of culture. From now on, a representative of the Culture Ministry’s department of ancient monuments will be present when stage sets and props are erected or dismantled.

However, the sheer volume of stage sets remains an issue. Suffice it to note that the National Greek Opera’s opening production of this year’s Athens Festival, “Carmen,” includes a car.

Other longstanding issues still to be resolved include the Hellenic Festival’s debt to the Archaeological Resources and Expropriation Fund, with respect to the fees paid by those performing at the ancient monument. This year’s fees have been set at 2,000 euros per performance and 500 euros for each rehearsal. The problem, however, is the outstanding debt of 814,022 euros up to last year.

While a ban on high heels may prove to be inevitable, all this talk simply illustrates the Ministry’s inability to effectively manage its affairs. This may be even truer now that the Hellenic Festival has been placed under its supervision.

Greece’s Michaniki wins high-speed rail works project May 7, 2007

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Greek construction company Michaniki said that it has won a 150.5 million euro new order for railway infrastructure and roads in northern Greece.

The contract was signed today and relates to the infrastructure for a new high-speed railway line in the Peloponnese as well as the reconstruction of the local road network.

The order incorporates all of the land preparation for the rail link, railway bridges, long tunnels, storm water drains and all of the small technical works for the surrounding roads.

The works are scheduled to be completed in 30 months from now.

Police take porn DVDs out of circulation May 7, 2007

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Officers from the Attica police’s vice squad raided kiosks in central Athens early yesterday and on Saturday to seize thousands of adult DVDs that were being given away with five newspapers.

Acting on the instructions of an Athens prosecutor, the officers also raided press distribution agencies and other small shops in the city center that sell newspapers.

The policemen seized a total of 16,673 DVDs with pornographic content. Charges will be filed against the five newspapers, which were not named.

Action was taken following instructions from Supreme Court prosecutor Giorgos Sanidas last month. Sanidas asked his colleagues to clamp down on newspapers that give away adult films in order to boost their circulation.

Five new jails to be completed by next year May 7, 2007

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Five new jails will be completed and ready to house hundreds of inmates by the beginning of next year to defuse the current “explosive” situation in the Greek penal system, Justice Minister Anastassis Papaligouras indicated yesterday.

Writing in Sunday’s daily Kathimerini in the wake of an uprising by prisoners at jails around Greece, Papaligouras said that the main problem that must be solved is overcrowding, which has led to more than 10,600 people being kept in facilities for just 6,800.

He said the government would build seven new jails. Two, in Trikala and Domokos, have already been built. Two more, in Grevena and Thebes, are set to open this summer. Another two, in Serres and Drama, are due to be ready in the fall and a new jail in Hania, Crete, will be completed early next year.

Papaligouras said the current prison conditions are poor because previous socialist governments had only built one new jail in 15 years. The Socialists said they drew up the plans and secured the funding in 2003 for the new jails being built now.