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Italian police recover ancient Greek temple June 14, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Archaeology Greece.
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Italian police have recovered an ancient Greek temple dug up in southern Italy by a construction crew who had dumped or looted the prized artifacts and begun to pour cement over the ruins, authorities said Tuesday.

After receiving information about the discovery during construction work on a tourist resort on the coast of southern Calabria, police used helicopters to locate the site near the town of Crotone, said art squad officials from the Carabinieri paramilitary police.

More than 50 artifacts, including columns and mosaics, had been excavated from the site and used to decorate another hotel complex nearby, while other pieces had been placed in a dump to be reused as construction material.

When police located the site last week, workers were preparing to lay the foundations of the resort hotel on the remaining ruins, said Gen. Giovanni Nistri, the head of the art squad. “It would have been the final tombstone for this temple,” Nistri told a news conference in Rome.

Police identified two suspects for possible prosecution for failing to alert authorities about the find, damaging the site and for illegal possession of archaeological artifacts, Nistri said. The two were not arrested.

Italy is full of archaeological treasures, many undiscovered, and developers are required to report any finds. Countless public and private works have been scrapped or delayed over the years as state archaeologists descended on building sites, and it is not uncommon for developers to fail to report a discovery and plow through ancient treasures.

In Rome, plans to build a third subway line have been delayed for decades, and in 1999, the construction of a parking garage caused outrage after workers sliced through a Roman villa during hurried preparations for the Holy Year celebrations and mosaics and ceramics from the ruins turned up in a garbage dump on Rome’s outskirts.

The discovery of the Greek temple is of “extraordinary historic and artistic value” and experts believe it may be part of a larger ancient settlement, the Carabinieri said in a statement. The ruins are “one big puzzle” for scholars, as the area was previously thought to be devoid of such important public buildings, said archaeological superintendent Giovanni Guzzo.

The temple mixes two styles of Greek architecture, combining the austere Doric with the more graceful decorations of Ionic. It was probably built between the fourth and third centuries B.C. by the Bruzii, an Italic population that lived under Hellenistic influence, which at the time extended across southern Italy, Guzzo said.

He said that over the next months archaeologists will work to enlarge the 165-by-65-foot dig. They will also try to reconstruct how the original temple must have looked by piecing together the remains scattered and damaged by the developers.


Church’s Greek festival kicks off tonight in Norwalk June 14, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Greek Diaspora Festivals.
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The spirit of the Mediterranean will come alive this weekend at St. George Greek Orthodox Church when the parish hosts its 27th annual Greek festival.

The festival will include nine amusement rides, games, arts and crafts, authentic Greek food, pastries, music and dancers in traditional costume. It begins today and ends Sunday at the 238 West Rocks Road church.

“It’s a family event,” said the Rev. Nick Dassouras, church pastor. “There will be fun times, and you can definitely educate yourself about different traditions and cultures.”

The church will be open throughout the festival for visitors to look around. Vendors will sell religious icons, art and jewelry. A ceremony from 7:30 to 8 p.m. tomorrow will open the weekend festivities, with several elected officials expected, Dassouras said.

Chris Bellos, who is heading the festival efforts, said proceeds will go to the parish. “We are trying to keep with tradition and open the community to anyone and everyone,” Bellos said.

Larissa’s Antchouet given doping ban by Greek federation June 14, 2007

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Larissa’s Gabon striker Henri Antchouet was banned for two years by the Greek Football Federation (EPO) on Thursday after testing positive for a banned substance following last month’s Greek Cup final.

Antchouet was the hero of the match after scoring the winner for Larissa as they beat Panathinaikos 2-1 but EPO said the outcome of the final would not be affected.

EPO’s disciplinary committee said in a statement it was banning Antchouet from all competitive and friendly matches and suspending his license as a professional footballer in Greece. It added that Larissa would not be punished. The banned substance was not named by EPO.

ECA stresses importance of fair play June 14, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Games & Gadgets.
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At the annual meeting of the European Casino Association held on June 6-7 in Loutraki, Greece, members and policy makers agreed on the importance of casinos in the provision of fair and controlled gambling services.

The ECA’s 2007 annual meeting kicked off with a speech by Chairman Constantinos Zacharopoulos, who welcomed the extensive work being carried out by the ECA and its local member, the Hellenic Casino Association, in sharing best professional practices across Europe.

The ECA European Dealer Championship, held for the first time in spring 2007, was one of most recent initiatives to promote best practices. Others include the adoption of the ECA Code of Conduct for Responsible Gambling in spring 2006, which led to a continuing co-operation with the European Association for the Study of Gambling.

“As a public representative, I am delighted to see that the ECA and HCA take their social responsibility very seriously,” said Zacharopoulos. “It is important that this socially responsible approach to casino games continues and, to this end, it is central that national regulators maintain control of their markets, thus enabling them to monitor and, where necessary, enforce such behaviour by operators.”

Firewind release a new single June 14, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Music Life Greek.
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The following message was posted on Firewind’s official website >

Hard-working Greek melodic metal sensation Firewind will be releasing their 2nd single in Greece off the band’s latest album “Allegiance”, which stayed in the Greek album charts for nine weeks! With the album’s first single “Falling To Pieces” Firewind managed to reach position # 11 in the official Greek single charts and brought some real Metal to the chart-lists for no less than eleven weeks!

On July 2nd, 2007 Firewind will now unleash the power-ballad “Breaking The Silence” (feat. Tara Teresa on duelling guest vocals), a song set to continue this wake of success. A new video clip for “Breaking The Silence” has already been shot with director Patric Ullaeus from Revolver Company Sweden (Dimmu Borgir, Within Temptation, etc.) and will be premiered soon!

Here is the exact tracklist for single release: Firewind (feat. Tara Teresa) “Breaking The Silence” CD-Single:
01. Breaking The Silence (feat. Tara Teresa)
02. Healing Tool
03. Till The End Of Time [live]
Breaking The Silence (feat. Tara Teresa) [Video Clip Enhancement]

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Donald plans wedded bliss in Greece June 14, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Golf.
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Luke Donald aims to give wife Diane the perfect present at their wedding in Greece next Saturday, the US Open trophy.

England’s top golfer, No 9 in the world, met his ideal birdie while at college in Chicago. She is American but her family hail from Greece, so the couple will head to the Aegean island of Santorini straight after Donald holes his final putt at Oakmont.

Donald said: “Winning a Major title would be a nice wedding present to Diane and to myself. I couldn’t think of a better one. The wedding has been the big date in my diary for over a year, but the US Open is a big deal too. It would be perfect if I can make it a double celebration. I certainly feel I have a real chance because my game is well suited to US Open-style courses. I’m known as one of the straightest hitters out here and avoiding the rough at Oakmont is half the battle.”

Athens Restaurant and Pizza June 14, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Greek Taste World.
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Want a quick trip to Greece for some good Greek food, the atmosphere to go with it, and don’t want to spend a lot of money?

One doesn’t have to go very far to get it. Athens Restaurant and Pizza, located in the Prospect Plaza Shopping Center in Frederick, is the quickest way to get there and you don’t have to pay for airfare and a hotel room.

There ís much more on the menu at Athens. With the type of food they offer, one bite of anything on their menu sends you on a mind excursion to Greece.

It’s a lot cheaper than the price of a plane ticket to Greece.