Avramopoulos addressed the FYROM name issue

Source: AMNA/Athens News

Foreign minister sends message of hope

Avramopoulos addressed the FYROM name issue, Greek-Turkish relations, and the crisis at the UN General Assembly

The economic crisis does not affect Greece’s stabilizing role in the wider region, Greek foreign minister Dimitris Avramopoulos assured the UN General Assembly on Friday in New York.

He also called on Skopje to abandon its intransigence on the FYROM name issue, warning that populism and nationalism are the worst combination for advancing national interests and for stability in the region.

On Greek-Turkish relations and the Cyprus issue he called on Turkey to demonstrate their respect for international law and abandon its threat of a ‘casus belli’ against Greece as well as its threats against Cyprus, which he warned undermined the confidence-building efforts.

Lastly, Avramopoulos closed with a message of hope, saying “We will make it because Greece is larger than its geographical size and more precious than its present fiscal reality… We will make it because Greece is not about asking. Greece is about offering. Let us not forget, that Greece is a value that is in the hearts and minds of people irrespective of nationhood, race and religion. And that gives us the moral power, the support and the encouragement, along with our partners in Europe, to give and to win this fight.”

List of politicians being investigated for corruption made public

Source: Ekathimerini

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is expected to make an official statement on a brewing political scandal after a list containing the names of more than 30 politicians that were investigated for corruption by the Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) was leaked.

The list, which includes the name of 11 former ministers, 10 former deputy ministers and 12 former or current MPs, has been passed to prosecutors, who are preparing to investigate allegations ranging from tax evasion to gaining wealth from illegal activities.

The allegations against each of the politicians on the list have not been made public.

The list, which has been published on the Internet, contains the names of:

Nikolas Tagaras – New Democracy MP for Corinthia

Panos Kammenos – Leader of Independent Greeks

Elpida Tsouri – former PASOK MP and deputy minister

Yiannis Kourakis – former PASOK MP and deputy minister, Mayor of Iraklio

Yiannis Anthopoulos – former deputy minister, PASOK

Tasos Mantelis – former minister, PASOK

Yiannos Papantoniou – former minister, PASOK

Yiannis Sbokos – former MP, PASOK

Nikitas Kaklamanis – New Democracy MP, former Athens Mayor

Aris Spilitiopoulos – New Democracy MP, former minister

Apostolos Fotiadis – former deputy minister, PASOK

Giorgos Voulgarakis – former minister, New Democracy

Fevronia Patrianakou, former New Democracy MP

Nikos Konstantopoulos –former leader of Synaspismos

Eliza Vozemberg – New Democracy MP

Panayiotis Fasoulas – former PASOK MP, ex-Mayor of Piraeus

Akis Tsochatzopoulos – former minister, PASOK

Fotis Arvanitis – former PASOK MP

Dimitris Apostolakis – former deputy minister, PASOK

Evangelos Meimarakis – parliamentary speaker, former minister

Michalis Liapis – former minister, New Democracy

Christos Verelis – former minister, PASOK

Kostas Liaskas – former minister, PASOK

Giorgos Orfanos – former minister, New Democracy

Spilios Spiliotopoulos – former minister, New Democracy

Petros Mantouvalos – former New Democracy MP

Athanasios Nakos – New Democracy MP

Alexandros Voulgaris – former New Democracy MP

Marina Hrysoveloni – Independent Greeks MP

Leonidas Tzanis – former deputy minister, PASOK

Antonis Bezas – former deputy minister, New Democracy

Michalis Halkidis – former New Democracy MP

Michalis Karchimakis – former PASOK MP

The name of parliamentary speaker Evangelos Meimarakis had leaked last week in a press report, prompting an angry reaction from the conservative politician.

In an attempt to prove that allegations of money laundering are unfounded, Meimarakis published his source of wealth (pothen esches) declarations dating back to 1989, when he was first elected to Parliament. His last declaration, in 2010, shows savings of 290,000 euros.

The claims against Meimarakis are being investigated by the Supreme Court.

Independent Greeks leader Panos Kammenos and former Education Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos, whose names appear on the list of supposed suspects, both issued statements saying they have nothing to hide.


Up for rent: Island of Dreams

Source: Ekathimerini

The island of Pezonisi, also known as Nisi ton Oneiron (Island of Dreams), is set to become the first island to be leased to the private sector for tourism development following a decision by the Eretria municipality.

The 6.6 hectare island is located off the coast of Eretria, on the southwestern coast of Evia. The island already has a hotel infra-structure consisting of 52 rooms and 46 bungalows as well as other facilities, but has not been in operation for years.

A tender for the 25-year lease of the island is expected to be announced soon by the local council. According to reports, the annual lease will be set at over and above 100,000 euros.

According to sources, a Greek-American has already expressed interest in leasing the island for 20 years and investing some 3 million euros to refurbish the existing structure.



In the city of Alexander and Cleopatra

Source: Thedailystar

clockwise from top left: Library of Alexandria, Al-Haramlik Palace, Inside Alexandria National Museum, View of the Mediterranean from Montazah Royal GardensKarim Waheed

When Alexander the Great arrived here, around 331 BC, I reckon he saw and experienced what I did — brilliantly clear sky, the deep blue Mediterranean and the ever-soothing breeze it brings. Anyone in his/her right mind would immediately fall in love with this place. Naturally, the conqueror did too and thus founded a city by the sea and named it after himself.

Around 48 BC, Julius Caesar arrived here, then Egypt’s capital. It was here where the Roman general met Cleopatra and fell in love. The modern world may know Cleopatra as the ‘ultimate seductress’ [largely, thanks to Hollywood], but ancient accounts say otherwise. Greek historian Plutarch insisted that while she was not as striking as legend would have us believe, she possessed an “irresistible charm”.

This “irresistible charm” is what characterises Alexandria, the second largest city in Egypt.

What sets Alexandria, or Al-Iskanda-riyyah [in Arabic], apart from the rest of Egypt is its Greco-Roman character. The Greeks embraced the Pharaonic traditions and left a heritage that proudly shows off that identity. All this was later assimilated into the Islamic Egypt. This fusion is apparent everywhere. Take the ubiquitous Greek key pattern on street dividers with palm trees and oleander bushes, for example.

What to see
This is an archaeology/ history/ art/ food/ photography enthusiast’s paradise. For me it was “so much to see, so little time”. There are the obvious tourist attractions. However, if you’re adventurous, you’ll find yourself in places and spot things that are not listed in brochures but are awe-inspiring nevertheless.

The Corniche: Alexandria’s main artery, running along the Mediterranean. Perfect place for a waterfront stroll. The breeze…the shimmering blue sea…the wide sidewalk. There are many restaurants and cafes [both traditional and hip] on the Corniche where you can relax, smoke shisha, have Turkish coffee or enjoy fresh seafood.

Montazah Palace: The summer palace of the kings. Initially built [in 1892] as a hunting lodge — the Salamlek Palace — by Khedive Abbas II. The larger Al-Haramlik Palace and royal gardens were added by King Fuad I in 1932. The architecture combines Turkish and Florentine styles. The palace has two towers, one rising distinctively high above, and long open arcades facing the sea. President Anwar El-Sadat renovated the original Salamlek Palace as an official presidential residence. The expansive royal gardens [on 150 acres] are open to the public. If you want romance and ambiance, this is “the” place to be.

Library of Alexandria: Not the largest and most significant library of the ancient world, which was lost in antiquity, but a commemoration of it. And a grand commemoration it is! This colossal library and cultural centre — officially inaugurated on October 16, 2002 — is located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It’s an attempt to rekindle the brilliance that the original library represented. The Library of Alexandria or ‘Bibliotheca Alexandrina’ is trilingual — containing books in Arabic, English and French. The architecture is striking. The main reading room stands beneath a 32-metre-high glass-panelled roof, tilted out toward the sea like a sundial. The walls are of grey granite, carved with characters from 120 different scripts, including Bengali. To me, it looked like an alien spacecraft. The complex also houses a conference centre; specialised libraries for maps, multimedia, the blind and visually impaired, young people and children; four museums; four art galleries for temporary exhibitions; 15 permanent exhibitions; a spherical planetarium; and a manuscript restoration laboratory. I felt like a kid in a candy store.

Alexandria National Museum: Located in a restored Italian style building on Fouad Street, the museum houses about 1800 artefacts. The first floor is dedicated to the Pharaonic period. On display are several notable statues, including portraits of Menkaure [builder of the third pyramid in Giza], Akhenaten [Amenhotep IV] and the female pharaoh Hatshepsut. The second floor displays artefacts from the Greco-Roman period, during which Alexandria flourished, such as figurines of Greek women and a majestic bust of the bearded god Serapis. Also on this level are finds from underwater excavations conducted around Alexandria. The top floor displays Coptic and Islamic treasures. There are icons of Christ and the Virgin Mary, carved tombstones and clothes embellished with silver and gold thread work. Notable among the Islamic objects are 162 coins minted in Alexandria, incense burners, chandeliers and pottery.

Fouad Street: A walk down this street, considered one of the oldest in the city, can take you from one era to another without the hassles of time travelling. To my surprise I saw buildings — practically rubbing each other’s shoulders — flaunting Ottoman, neo-Hellenic and Florentine influences.

There’s more. There’s the Citadel of Qaitbay — a 15th century fortress located on the Mediterranean coast, built upon/from the ruins of the Lighthouse of Alexandria. There’s Abul-Abbas Mosque in the Bahari area — Alexandria’s largest and one of the most important Islamic monuments. Arguably, the best kofta kebab and the freshest seafood…koshari [a mix of rice, lentils, chickpeas and macaroni topped with tomato sauce and fried onion] that is as popular in Egypt as kachchi biryani is here…List of attractions can be endless.

Alexandrians are generally laid back and high-spirited. This city sleeps late. In summer, apparently it doesn’t sleep at all.

Like all cities, Alexandria has its blemishes — accumulated trash on some street corner, crazy driving, frustrating traffic… These flaws were not a deal breaker for me though; I’m from Dhaka. If anything, I felt more connected…the city of Alexander and Cleopatra, with its uber exotic facade, seemed more accessible.

Greek club inks deal with brothel

Source: Foxsports


Greek club Voukefalas came up with an imaginative way of securing additional funds.

A Greek soccer team has found a novel way to drum up money in these tough economic times: by going right to the oldest profession.

Voukefalas, a minor-league club from Larissa, have signed a shirt sponsorship deal with a local brothel.

“When we announced to the players that our sponsor would be a brothel, they wanted to know about bonuses,” the club’s president Giannis Batziolas told local radio station NovaSport FM. “The proposal was made strictly for economic reasons. As soon as the offer was made, we couldn’t turn it down.”

Batziolas added that the Soula brothel was an entirely legal business, valued at some two million euros.

Greek soccer has been hard hit by the economic downturn in their country, and Voukefala are not the only club to turn to unusual sponsors. Another club, Paleopyrgo, signed a deal with a local undertaker.

“It was a matter of survival. The owner of the funeral home is a friend and we agreed,” Paleopyrgo general manager Lefteris Vasiliou also told NovaSport FM.

“The previous season was very difficult for us with the economic crisis. We did not have a sponsor for the last three years.

Their jerseys, adorned with a black cross, have become hot sellers.

Η Τάμτα και οι Μέλισσες τραγούδησαν για την Παγκόσμια Ημέρα Αντισύλληψης!

Η Τάμτα και οι Μέλισσες τραγούδησαν για την Παγκόσμια Ημέρα Αντισύλληψης!

Με αφορμή την Παγκόσμια Ημέρα Αντισύλληψης πραγματοποιήθηκε η συναυλία που διοργάνωσε σε συνεργασία με το MAD η Εκστρατεία Ενημέρωσης για την Αντισύλληψη «Διάλεξε Στάση: Αντισύλληψη ή Ανασφάλεια;»

που τελεί υπό την αιγίδα της Α’ Μαιευτικής και Γυναικολογικής Κλινικής του Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών, υπό τη διεύθυνση του καθηγητή κ. Αριστείδη Αντσακλή. Η Εκστρατεία Ενημέρωσης για την Αντισύλληψη και η συναυλία πραγματοποιήθηκαν με την ευγενική χορηγία της Bayer.

Η Τάμτα με τους Cabin 54 και οι Μέλισσες τραγούδησαν live μπροστά σε ένα ενθουσιώδες κοινό που κατέκλυσε τον προαύλιο χώρο του Mall στο Μαρούσι. Τη συναυλία παρουσίασαν η Μαίρη Συνατσάκη και η Άννα Πρέλεβιτς, που τόνισαν, ως πρέσβειρες της καμπάνιας, την ανάγκη ευαισθητοποίησης και ενημέρωσης των νέων για τα θέματα αντισύλληψης.

Στο περίπτερο του Διάλεξε Στάση, τα νέα κορίτσια και αγόρια ενημερώθηκαν για τις επιλογές της αντισύλληψης που έχουν από την ομάδα της εκστρατείας και περιηγήθηκαν στην ιστοσελίδα http://www.your-life.gr – το πρώτο ολοκληρωμένο διαδραστικό portal με αναλυτικό υλικό σχετικά με όλες τις μεθόδους αντισύλληψης και τη σεξουαλική συμπεριφορά, το σώμα και την ερωτική και σεξουαλική ζωή γενικότερα. Επιπλέον, πληροφορήθηκαν για το μοναδικό πλεονέκτημα που τους παρέχει το site και που είναι κάτι μοναδικό για τα ελληνικά δεδομένα: δίνει τη δυνατότητα στις νέες κοπέλες να θέσουν ερωτήματα στους γυναικολόγους του http://www.your-lifeg.gr και να λάβουν έγκυρες απαντήσεις εντός 48 ωρών σχετικά με ό,τι τις απασχολεί γύρω από τη σεξουαλική τους υγεία.

Fans της Τάμτα είχαν επίσης τη δυνατότητα να γνωρίσουν την αγαπημένη τους καλλιτέχνιδα από κοντά, έχοντας κερδίσει σε διαγωνισμό που είχε τρέξει από τη σελίδα κοινωνικής δικτύωσης του Διάλεξε Στάση (https://www.facebook.com/yourlifegr?ref=ts), που αριθμεί ήδη πολλά μέλη.

Αποσπάσματα από τη συναυλία θα προβληθούν από το MAD TV.

Η Τάμτα δήλωσε: Χαίρομαι που αποτελώ μέρος αυτής της προσπάθειας που κορυφώθηκε με τη συναυλία, αλλά πρέπει και θα συνεχίζεται μέχρι οι νέες κοπέλες στην Ελλάδα να μάθουν ότι οφείλουν και μπορούν να προστατέψουν το σώμα τους και τη ζωή τους μέσω της σωστής ενημέρωσης για τους τρόπους αντισύλληψης, προλαμβάνοντας μια ανεπιθύμητη εγκυμοσύνη ή ένα σεξουαλικώς μεταδιδόμενο νόσημα. Το your-life.gr είναι ένας κατατοπιστικός οδηγός για όλες τις επιλογές που μπορούν να έχουν.

Η Μαίρη Συνατσάκη δήλωσε: Μόνο η σωστή ενημέρωση για τις επιλογές μας στο σεξ μπορεί να μας οδηγήσει στις σωστές αποφάσεις. Ας συμβουλευτούμε το your-life.gr, ας ρωτήσουμε τους γιατρούς του site για ό,τι μας απασχολεί, ας μιλήσουμε με τον γυναικολόγο. Ας διαλέξουμε τη μόνη σωστή στάση. Την Αντισύλληψη.

Η Άννα Πρέλεβιτς δήλωσε: Αυτό που γιορτάσαμε στις 26 Σεπτέμβρη είναι η ευκαιρία μας στη γνώση για την αντισύλληψη. Μια ευκαιρία που δεν πρέπει να στερούμαστε. Διάλεξε αντισυλληπτικό χάπι. Διάλεξε στάση. Αντισύλληψη και όχι ανασφάλεια.

Λίγα λόγια για την Παγκόσμια Ημέρα Αντισύλληψης

Η Παγκόσμια Ημέρα Αντισύλληψης είναι μια παγκόσμια καμπάνια με όραμα έναν κόσμο όπου κάθε εγκυμοσύνη είναι επιθυμητή. Η αποστολή της είναι να βελτιώσει την ενημέρωση σχετικά με την αντισύλληψη για να βοηθήσει τους νέους να παίρνουν υπεύθυνες αποφάσεις για τη σεξουαλική και αναπαραγωγική τους υγεία.

Έρευνα, στην οποία συμμετείχαν 14.500 νέοι ηλικίας 15-24 ετών από 29 χώρες από όλον τον κόσμο, κατέδειξε τις κυρίαρχες τάσεις σε θέματα αντισύλληψης και σεξουαλικής συμπεριφοράς, συγκρίνοντας στοιχεία που συγκεντρώθηκαν κατά τα τρία τελευταία έτη. Σύμφωνα με την έρευνα, ανησυχητικό είναι το ποσοστό των σεξουαλικών επαφών χωρίς προφυλάξεις στην Ευρώπη, όπου παρατηρείται αύξηση 110% σε σχέση με τα προηγούμενα έτη. Εξίσου ανησυχητικά υψηλά παραμένουν τα ποσοστά των νέων που δηλώνουν ότι είχαν σεξουαλικές επαφές με καινούριους συντρόφους χωρίς να χρησιμοποιήσουν κάποια μέθοδο αντισύλληψης.

Από τα βασικά ευρήματα της έρευνας είναι τα εξής:

-Από τις 208 εκατομμύρια κυήσεις ετησίως, σε παγκόσμιο επίπεδο, ποσοστό μεγαλύτερο του 41% είναι ανεπιθύμητες

-215 εκατ. γυναίκες παγκοσμίως δεν καλύπτουν τις ανάγκες τους με κάποια σύγχρονη μέθοδο αντισύλληψης

-Τα 2/3 των σεξουαλικώς μεταδιδομένων νοσημάτων (ΣΜΝ) διαγιγνώσκονται σε νέους κάτω των 25 ετών

-1 στα 20 έφηβα κορίτσια θα νοσήσει από κάποια βακτηριακή μόλυνση που θα προκληθεί μετά από σεξουαλική επαφή ενώ οι λοιμώξεις αυτές παρατηρούνται ολοένα και σε μικρότερες ηλικίες

Παρά το γεγονός ότι πολλοί από τους νέους που έλαβαν μέρος στην έρευνα παραδέχονται ότι έλαβαν σεξουαλική διαπαιδαγώγηση στο σχολείο, το ποσοστό αυτών που θεωρούν ότι δεν είναι καλά ενημερωμένοι σχετικά με την αντισύλληψη είναι εκπληκτικά υψηλό. Τα αυξημένα επίπεδα του ποσοστού που δεν λαμβάνει κάποια μέθοδο αντισύλληψης στην Ευρώπη, οφείλονται σε λανθασμένες αντιλήψεις και μύθους για τις αποτελεσματικές μεθόδους αντισύλληψης όπως είναι η διακεκομμένη συνουσία, το μπάνιο ή το ντους μετά την ερωτική πράξη και η σεξουαλική πράξη κατά την έμμηνο ρύση.

Greek-Australian production, DREAM OF A SHADOW of Greek migrants to Australia


We would like to announce the release of the new Greek-Australian production, DREAM OF A SHADOW, a drama series about the new wave of Greek migrants to Australia.

DREAM OF A SHADOW tells the story of the protagonist Spiros Cheliotis who has recently emigrated from Greece with a new dream. Co-starring are well known Greek actresses Joanna Pilihos, and Sunny Hatziaryiri, Nikitas Ballas, a member of our own Greek community as well as new immigrants Stratos Attalithis and Themis Tzanis.

The cast includes other members of our local Greek community such as Christina Kato, George Papadakis and Michael Manthalis. The cast also features popular models/actresses Hollie Nilsson, Tanya Jani, Rebecca Catalina and Monica Eklund as well as many young and upcoming actors from Greece and Australia.

The four member Production team comprises Director of Cinematography, Tasos Kontovasis, Artistic Director Christina Kato and of course Nikita Ballas and Spiros Cheliotis, the two writers and composers.

The main sponsor of the series, DREAM OF A SHADOW, is Melbourne’s well known cafe Vanilla Cakes & Lounge situated in Oakleigh, where filming will be undertaken. The official sponsor and coordinator of communication is none other than the nation’s most awarded and loved OPA! magazine.

The intent of the drama series is to highlight the difficulties (or challenges) confronting recent Greek immigrants in their new country.  It projects a positive image of Greeks widely as having a love for life, decency, humanity, creativity and invention, Thereby discarding the negative and insulting stereotypes of Greeks being cheats and lazy.

DREAM OF A SHADOW further explores the ideal that the Greek charm will win through irrespective of the adverse developments in Greece, and how at anytime, Greece may shine again and win the sympathy of foreigners.

The Greek people have many talents, first and foremost, imagination.

The challenge is therefore to create a new foundation from which they can express themselves and that this can only be achieved with a new vision.  By building new dreams, the Greek people can triumph again if they can succeed in maintaining a healthy balance between reality and fantasy.

The script focuses on the history of Spiro (Spiros Cheliotis), a new Greek immigrant who manages to become famous; mesmerizing Australian society with effortless charisma, whilst struggling to not be damaged and altered by the ephemeral glory that suddenly seduces him.

The title of the series, DREAM OF A SHADOW refers symbolically to the very human condition, that of our indecisiveness between reality and fantasy.

Filming commenced in Athens on 14 September 2012 with great success by Tassos Kontovasi and Christina Cato. The production of the series has now been taken over by the famous Greek director Marina Leontaris in Melbourne, and is scheduled to commence shooting in late October.

For more information contact the communications coordinator at OPA!  Keep informed of any changes in the production schedule at facebook.com /DreamOfAShadow where photographs from the shooting will also appear.

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