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New flight from Stansted to Greece May 14, 2007

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A new flight between London Stansted and Preveza in Greece will be introduced during the summer season by activity holiday firm Neilson.

Preveza is located in north-western Greece and the new flight, operated by Titan Airways will provide access to locations such as Sivota, Vassiliki and Nidri.

Neilson is offering holidays that include a variety of sports and activities. Example prices include £685 per person for a seven-night break at the Seaside Hotel in Ortakent, including accommodation, flights, transfers, and activities such as dinghy sailing, windsurfing, mountain biking and yachting instruction classes.

Pete Tyler, managing director of Neilson, commented: “Active holidays are going from strength to strength. An increasing number of people are looking to incorporate an ‘experience’ into their holiday, such as sailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing and we are responding to this by introducing more flights this summer.”

Last month Satellite Travel announced that it too was introducing summer flights between Stansted and Preveza, in addition to existing flights to the Greek destination from Gatwick, East Midlands and Manchester.

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Greek and Chinese Olympic traditions May 14, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Hellenic Light Americas, Olympic Games.
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Dr. Heather Reid, associate professor and chair of philosophy at Morningside College, is one of only 16 scholars world wide invited to participate in the first event of a comparative study of Greek and Chinese athletic traditions, from ancient times to today, in honor of the upcoming 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

The study, ”From Athens to Beijing: West meets East in the Olympic Games,” includes one public event and three scholarly conferences in St. Louis, Beijing, China and Olympia, Greece. The conferences are designed to provide a comparative analysis between the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and provide understanding on how to implement multiculturalism in the future Olympic movement.

Reid’s paper ”Contests of Unity: Ancient Olympic Games and the Shared Search for Truth” was presented at the first conference in St. Louis in April, and will be included in the study. The paper compares the emergence and functions of philosophy and the Olympic Games in pre-classical Greece.

Two academic publications, each in English and Chinese, will be produced following the conferences, with summaries of the publications distributed to the International Olympic Committee, the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games and Olympic journalists. Results of the conferences will also be distributed widely through the media and the World Wide Web.

Funding for the project is provided by Costamare Shipping Company S.A. in Athens, Greece, and the Center for International Studies, the Department of Anthropology, and the Hellenic Government-Karakas Foundation Endowed Professorship in Greek Studies, all based at the University of Missouri in St. Louis.

Reid has received international recognition for her expertise on the philosophical foundations of the Olympic Games and is the author of ”The Philosophical Athlete,” published in 2002 by Carolina Academic Press, Durham, N.C. She currently serves as president of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport (IAPS) and is at work on a book about philosophy and athletics in the ancient world.

It’s all Greek at Paniyiri in Australia May 14, 2007

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Brisbane’s Greek spectacular Paniyiri will explode onto the city, bringing with it all the flair and excitement of Greece and Greek culture.

The south-east’s 25,000 strong Greek community will be out in force to celebrate their Greek heritage and to invite everyone to try the wonder world of ancient Mediterranean tradition. The food of the gods will be available over the festival with a variety of Hellanic delights available such as honey puffs, halloumi and dolmades.

Over the six day of events, the sounds of the Bouzouki and Baglama will resound and the irrepressible Effie will be her annoying, high pitched self.

Award-winning chef, George Calombaris, who took home the Young Chef of the Year Award 2004 from The Age Good Food Guide, will be cooking up a mass of fragrant and succulent Greek dishes.

Paniyiri is a testament to Greece, demonstrating the hospitality of the Greek people and the manta that life should be lived to the fullest.

For full details visit > http://www.ourbrisbane.com/whatson/paniyiri/

Where: Main events held at The Greek Club and Musgrave Park
When: May 14-20
Cost: Various

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A Greco-Roman holiday May 14, 2007

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Putting their art and French club lessons to the test, 12 Spearfish High School students and their trip sponsors recently made their way through Greece and Italy over the Easter holiday, as part of a 12-day European trip that included several stops.

“Our ultimate goal was to expose the students to the world. What we learned in 12 days of travel was life-changing for these students. It allowed them to see the world in a broader view, to see that things can be done in different ways and that it’s OK. Global exploration is important for students,” said trip sponsor and Spearfish High School Art Teacher Bonnie Dutton.

On their last full day in Greece, they visited three gorgeous Greek Isles. This is a day, which also happened to be Easter Sunday and according to Dutton, is a holiday celebration bigger than Christmas in the United States. The group enjoyed a three-course Easter dinner on a luxury liner, in a fine dining room. Following local tradition, each person at the table took one of the highly polished, fabulously shiny Easter eggs displayed in the middle of the table and proceeded to knock it against their neighbor’s egg until one broke. The last one at the table with an unbroken egg was the winner. They saw many whole lambs roasting for Easter dinner on the various islands and they observed several Easter services during the holy week.

Read this Black Hills Pioneer, SD, article > A Greco-Roman holiday

Earlier date for the Vavel Comics Festival May 14, 2007

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Popular event’s shift prompted by coinciding Biennale > Held annually in the early autumn over the past 12 years, the upcoming festival, at Technopolis in Gazi, has been rescheduled for June 14 to 17.

Held annually early in the autumn over the past 12 years, the Vavel International Comics Festival, which rates as one of the capital’s most successful and popular events, will be held well ahead of its customary period this year. Organizers have announced that the festival, now 12 years old, will take place between June 14 and 17 at the Technopolis complex in the downtown Gazi district in Athens. The change of date was prompted by the upcoming Athens Biennale, to be held at the same venue in the autumn.

Date changes aside, this summer’s comics festival will once again feature a schedule loaded with worthy offerings. They include a tribute to the celebrated French cartoonist Phillipe Drouillet and two in-depth seminars focused on the art behind comic-making and script techniques. These events will be held in collaboration with the Aegean University.

As has become customary at the festival, outdoor concerts and theatrical performances have been included on this year’s agenda, on a daily basis.

One of France’s best known cartoonists, Drouillet’s work has been widely translated around the world. The tribute to Drouillet, a multifaceted artist and the recipient of the French state’s prestigious Commandeur des Arts et Lettres award, will also include definitive excerpts from his entire body of work, which includes paintings, sculpture, furniture design, digital processing, as well as the artist’s props for major-budget films, such as «Star Wars,» «The Ring» and «The Name of the Rose.»

Another highlight on the festival’s agenda will be a retrospective on the Hungarian artist Ferenc Pinter. Born in 1931, the aging artist remains active today. Pinter, who left Hungary following the failed revolution in 1956 and settled in Italy, is world-renowned for his cover-art adorning classic literary works as well as illustrations.

«The Neighbors are Laughing,» a satirical project by six Turkish artists, jabs at the neighboring country’s political and social reality of today with both harsh and fun-loving humor. A recent prize-winner in Italy, cartoonist Paolo Cossi, whose work is smartly designed with plots that bring to life Italian tradition, will also feature at the Athens festival. The makers of Bittercomix, a pioneering South African comic, will also be presented at the Athens festival.

«Urban Myths,» featuring the work of more than 35 Greek cartoonists, will represent the festival’s core. Also included on the festival’s agenda is a short-film festival with screenings of over 30 award-winning projects. Entrance to the festival will be free.

Greek rugby rises a division May 14, 2007

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Greek National Team survives Slovakia’s second-half surge for 20-17 win and European promotion

Rugby may remain a virtually unknown sport in this country, yet, despite a lack of public support, the National Team is making good progress. At the weekend, a 20-17 victory over Slovakia in Thessaloniki saw the Greek team promoted to Division 3C of the European league.

The National Team narrowly missed out on being promoted to the higher-tier division last season after losing to Finland in home and away games. Greece built a seemingly insurmountable 20-0 lead, but Slovakia launched a major offensive to reduce the deficit to just three points by the end of the encounter.

“We played very well in the first half and then went off the boil after the break, but we did just enough to get the job done,” noted Greece’s Michalis Pelekanos. “Last year, it was disappointing when we were beaten by Finland at home and away to miss out on promotion, but this makes up for it. This is absolutely fantastic. A great day for Greek rugby,” he continued.

Pelekanos, the National Team’s former captain, enjoyed one of his best games for the Greek team. Other leading performers who made a massive contribution to Greece’s win included George Tsatzaronas, who started at inside center before switching to outside half, as well as flanker Levan Ivansvili, 18-year-old wing Billy Katzalos, and prop Petros Trifonidis.

Under pressure in the scrum from early on, Greece did well to build a comfortable lead considering the fatigue that set into the National Team’s play in the second half. The team suffered a major setback in the second half when Angelos Seitas, the new captain, was injured and had to be taken to hospital.

His absence seemed to affect the Greek team as Slovakia narrowed the deficit to just three points with twenty minutes of play remaining. Greece, however, managed to freeze Slovakia’s challenge thanks to sound defensive play.

The Greek team’s opening try came from Trifonidis who capitalized on a fine break from Pelekanos. Chris Fiotakis added a second try by collecting a loose ball on the halfway line and outpacing the Slovakian defence. Both tries were converted by England-based full-back Alex Mendoros.

Paint balls, rubber bullets and other gear for the Greek police May 14, 2007

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Officers to get rubber bullets, paint balls; force mulls filming protesters

Greek police may soon be equipped with rubber bullets and paint guns as the Public Order Ministry presses ahead with plans to adopt more aggressive tactics when demonstrations turn violent. The government is considering using techniques already being implemented in several European countries, including the firing of rubber bullets and paint balls to disperse demonstrators, sources said.

Paint balls, plastic capsules filled with liquid pigment, explode on impact, marking demonstrators and making it easier to identify them for arrest. However they cause sharp pain on impact and can result in skin burns if fired at close range.

Plastic bullets are a far riskier proposition, having caused serious injuries, including blindness, and even deaths in the past. The projectiles must be fired, from a special gun, from at least 50 meters to ensure that they do not cause serious bodily harm.

According to sources, the Greek police is to order a batch of 100 guns capable of firing both paint balls and plastic bullets. Several countries, including Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, Germany and Russia, systematically use these techniques, and others.

“Measures taken by other countries to tackle politically motivated violence can also be taken here,” government spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos said last week.

Greece is said to be particularly interested in the “German model,” which includes the use of hidden cameras to videotape rowdy protesters with the aim of securing their conviction. There are no reports of Greek police considering the use of electric stun guns.