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A Greek bake sale in Ipswich March 12, 2008

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The Melissa Society of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Greek Orthodox Church of Ipswich, will host a bake sale on Saturday, March 22, beginning at 10 a.m.

The bake sale will feature Greek and American pastries and homemade baked goods.

The bake sale will be held in the inside corridor outside Family Dollar, 15 Market Street, Ipswich, MA, USA. A portion of the proceeds raised from the bake sale will be donated to the Ipswich Food Pantry.


The Upper Darby Greek Festival next May March 12, 2008

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If you can’t travel to Greece, Greece will come to you… at least for four days, May 15, 16, 17, and 18, at the annual Upper Darby Greek Festival.

Come out and enjoy the best in Greek gourmet foods, dance to live music and watch the colorful dance groups perform in their authentic costumes. You can believe it. The Upper Darby Greek Festival does indeed capture the richness of the Greek culture in a family environment.

Everyone is invited to attend the free, annual Greek Festival, sponsored by the Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Community, located at Powell Lane and Marshall Road in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, USA.

Taste the best in Greek food such as souvlaki, gyro, shiskabob, mousaka, pastitsio, pita, and many more. There will also be the mouth-watering Greek pastries such as baklava and kataifi. Also there are amusements for the young and the “young at heart”, arts and crafts, exquisite handmade jewelry lines, varied clothing and other Greek imports.

The times for the four day festival are >
Thursday May 15th from 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Friday May 16th from 5:00pm to 12 midnight
Saturday May 17th from 11:00am to 12 midnight
Sunday May 18th from 12 noon to 9:00pm

So come out and share the warmth and hospitality of Greeks everywhere. Head for the Upper Darby Greek Festival on May 15, 16, 17 and 18 to hear the live Bouzouki music, taste stuffed grape leaves, eat some sweets and most importantly have some fun!

Cypriot leaders to meet on March 21 March 12, 2008

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Newly elected Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat will meet on March 21 to try to relaunch talks to reunite the island, a United Nations spokesman said on Wednesday.

“The date of the meeting has been set for March 21st,” Jose Diaz, a spokesman for the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Cyprus, told Reuters.

Christofias was elected last month, pledging to end a stalemate in talks between the Greek and Turkish communities on the eastern Mediterranean island, which remains a hurdle to Turkey’s aspirations to join the European Union.

Cyprus was divided in 1974, when Turkish troops invaded its northern third in response to a brief coup by Greek-Cypriot extremists at the urging of the military then ruling Greece.

Reunification talks stalled in 2004 when Greek Cypriots rejected a U.N. blueprint, which was accepted by the Turkish Cypriots.The two sides agreed in 2006 to look at an incremental approach to negotiations, but that too has stalled because of disputes over its agenda.

Christofias’s predecessor, Tassos Papadopoulos, last met with Talat in September 2007. The meeting reaffirmed a deadlock in negotiations.

Bank of Cyprus among the world top banks March 12, 2008

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The Bank of Cyprus has been declared as Cyprus’ best bank for a second consecutive time, in Global Finance’s World’s Best Developed Market Banks 2007 report.

According to a Bank of Cyprus’ press release, the winners were those banks that attended carefully to their customers’ needs and accomplished enviable results while laying the foundations of future success.

In securing the award for Cyprus, the Bank of Cyprus fulfilled criteria such as growth in assets, profitability, geographic reach, strategic relationships, new business development and innovation in products.

All selections were made by the editors of Global Finance, after extensive consultations with bankers, corporate financial executives and analysts throughout the world. Global Finance is a well-known magazine with 50,000 subscribers and more than 250,000 readers in over 158 countries.

Cavo Sidero resort’s case to be heard at Greek courts March 12, 2008

Posted by grhomeboy in Architecture Infrastructure, Environment, Tourism.
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Hundreds of Cretan residents and environmentalists protesting plans for the construction of a huge tourism complex on the island’s unspoilt northwestern coast will have their joint appeal against the project heard by the country’s highest administrative court tomorrow.

Protesters claim that the Cavo Sidero project, that would comprise five holiday villages, a string of luxury hotels and three golf courses, would damage the environment and be a heavy drain on water resources.

Campaigners had lobbied the government to boycott the project by British property development company Minoan Group Plc (formerly Loyalward Limited), writing letters to 11 different Ministries, but authorities have encouraged the 1.2-billion-euro investment.

Residents of Crete, much of which already suffers periods of drought in summer, say the plan would be devastating for the arid island. Even local farming cooperatives have joined the protest, complaining that they already struggle with dwindling water resources.

“The more time goes by, the more people begin to realize what is actually being planned for the area and start doubting the benefits of this initiative,” said Nikos Kyfonidis, President of the Ierapetra Ecological Group. Kyfonidis doubts the validity of an agreement that has allowed Minoan to lease some 2,600 hectares for 80 years, saying that “new evidence throws into doubt the credibility of this controversial contract.”

The cause of local residents and environmentalists has been embraced by several foreign academics. Oliver Rackham, a Cambridge University ecology professor, told Britain’s Guardian newspaper that the project was “grotesquely unsuited to… one of the most arid places in Europe.” “The development is unsustainable because of the huge amounts of water that will be needed,” Rackham said.

Minoan Group’s Chairman Christopher Egleton insists that the resort will be built on only 1 percent of the site, will be “fully sustainable” and will benefit the local community in the long term.

Me? Not me! I’m not fat! March 12, 2008

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Drive to slim down expanding waistlines

More than half of Greek children are overweight, according to figures released yesterday by the Ministry of Health, which said it was launching a campaign to stem the growing number of fat youngsters in the country.

The Ministry’s statistics show that 54 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 11 are overweight, while the figure drops slightly to 40 percent for those between the ages of 12 and 17. The consumption of fast food has soared by almost 1,000 percent since 2000 as the vast majority of children do not eat dinner under the watchful eyes of their parents.

The Ministry will launch a marketing campaign, including television advertisements, that will also involve high-profile athletes visiting schools, to encourage youngsters to adopt a healthier lifestyle involving more exercise.

A Pre-Announcement March 12, 2008

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HomeboyMediaNews blog is happy and proud to announce to all readers that it has secured its own domain name, homeboy.gr [ http://homeboy.gr

Soon we shall be migrating to our NEW blog [still using the WordPress platform] and we shall move all our existing content to our new blog. Don’t worry though, everything will be done in a smoothly and secured way and nothing will be lost or missed.

We shall keep you up-dated of all developments and more news will be posted on time. For the time being, keep reading us at the existing blog [which, by the way, will not be deleted for goodness sake!]

Taking this opportunity, we would like to express our sincere graditute for reading and promoting us as well as for all your support.

We will keep in touch, so do keep an eye on our Editorials.