Mary Dimakis, Oldest Greek-American, Dies at 109

Source: Miamiherald

In 1903, the year Mary Dimakis was born, the Wright Brothers put the first plane in the air, Henry Ford rolled out the Model A and the first World Series game was played.
Dimakis, the oldest Greek-American living in the United States, died Oct. 5 at her home off Coral Way.

She was 109.

At the time of her death, she was also one of the oldest living Greeks in the world, according to The National Herald.

She was born Sept. 9, 1903 in a Greek community in Turkey, but her family fled to New York in 1920 shortly after the start of the Greco-Turkish War.

She moved to Miami in 1921 with her husband, Nicholas Ponticos, a fruit shipper.

She and her husband hunkered down through the 1926 hurricane and saw first hand the building of the Biltmore Hotel and the Freedom Tower.

She was among the pioneers who founded Miami’s first Greek community in 1927, around Northeast First Avenue and 15th Street. Together, they had a daughter, Evelyn.

Ponticos died in 1935, and five years later she married James M. Dimakis, a land developer.

Mary Dimakis was a pioneer member of St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Miami, which was built in 1948. That same year, Dimakis and other Greek families established their presence in The Roads neighborhood by moving near the church.

A housewife her entire life, Mary Dimakis took pride in the traditional Greek baking she learned from her mother, which meant using lots of olive oil, real butter, nuts and honey.

Sydney – Greek Film Festival 2012

When: Tuesday, 16 October – Sunday, 4 November
Where: Palace Norton St., 99 Norton Street, Leichhardt
How much: $18/15/80 for 5 film pass

The 19th Annual Greek Film Festival opens at the Palace Cinema on Norton Street, with more than 30 films being shown over a two-week period. With the hefty selection ranging from drama, comedy, and action to documentaries and short film, it can be hard just to pick what to watch. Here’s a selection of five to get you started.

1. Dead Europe

A deep and intense drama based on Melbourne writer Christos Tsiolkas’s novel and from the producers of Shame and Animal Kingdom, Dead Europe sees the old continent plagued by the virus of death. An Australian of Greek descent, Isaac (Ewen Leslie), takes his father’s ashes back to his ancestral home in Greece, where he uncovers a buried family secret. Drawn far down into the underbelly of Europe, he discovers a cemetery of dark revelations, set to tear his family apart.

2. J.A.C.E.

In the terrifying, chaotic, wacky, and eye-opening J.A.C.E., a seven-year-old orphan witnesses a massacre that wipes out his entire family then falls into the hands of a gang of ruthless child traffickers. Taken to Athens, Jace spirals into a dark world of abuse, murder, and fear as he desperately seeks out a sense of belonging.

3. Paradise

Amid the chaos, garish floats and vivid colours of the Patras Carnival, four couples try to find their own paradise. Directed by Panagiotis Fafoutis Paradise has its basis in love and the need for companionship, with its characters reaching out to be real.

4. Tied Red Thread

With Greece’s dark and bitter post-World War II civil war as a backdrop, Tied Red Thread, directed by Kostas Haralabous, is a film about personal pain and sacrifice and the blood that ties families together.

5. Children of the Riots

When 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos was killed by police in 2008, thousands of young people took to the streets for a riot that lasted three weeks and turned Athens into a city ablaze in violence and chaos. Children of the Riots sees those that witnessed the boy’s death and resulting conflict reflect on what they saw and how the events changed them.

Apple’s App Stores crash failing to allow connections, app listings or update programs purchased

Source: News

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Services at Apple App stores in many countries, including Australia, crashed. Picture: Trevor Pinder

THE WORLD’S biggest smartphone application store crashed in several countries including Australia late today, refusing to let users purchase or update phone apps.

Apple’s App Store appeared to first experience problems around 4pm AEDST for many users, failing to allow connections to the store, to show app listings or to deliver updates to programs already purchased.

The outage also affected users in the United States, United Kingdom, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Kuwait.

Apple did not comment on the outage but users who phoned support lines were told the problem would be fixed within 24 hours.

Apple’s software developers had not been advised of major maintenance to the App Store, though the company did recently make efforts to remove a bug from its in-app processing protocol.

ST NECTARIOS Church’s striking gold iconography is looking as breathtaking than ever

Source: http://inner-west-courier.whereilive.com.au

Breathtaking revival

Father George Liangas at St Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church, Burwood.

Father George Liangas at St Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church, Burwood.

ST NECTARIOS Church’s striking gold iconography is looking as breathtaking than ever.

The former methodist church, in Railway Parade, Burwood, was built in 1879 and had two of its icons updated, the nativity birth of Christ and the resurrection of Christ.

Father George Liangas said they had started to peel. People just walk in, sit down and pray and if we can help those people and enhance their experience a bit just by visually improving the iconography, then thats the key, Fr George said.

The beauty of this church is that it combines the gothic architecture and byzantine iconography.

The $24,000 updated icons were done on canvas and are waterproof.

The Greek community has worshipped in the heritage-listed church since 1970 which has been profiled in Australian historical books due to its links to migrants of the 50s and 60s.

Father George has been as assistant priest at the now Orthodox Greek Church since March.

Australian audiences are flocking to the Greek Film Festival to get a firsthand account of life in the motherland

Source: NeosKosmos

Action! 19th Greek Film Festival

Action! 19th Greek Film Festival

Throughout history, people have looked towards the arts to gain a better understanding of major events. Whether it be war or natural disasters, artists have a unique way of grasping the reality and human side of the social, economic and political happenings through their plays, films and music. And now, with Greece under the spotlight, thousands of Australians are set to take part in the 19th Greek Film Festival to get a better understanding of the political and economic unrest and the reality of life for Greek citizens. And with the media’s portrayal of the current crisis leaving a negative view through print and television reports, Australians are hoping Greek films in this year’s festival will shed some light on the human element of the situation.

Nia Karteris, chair of the Greek Festival of Sydney, says the Greek Film Festival is taking the negative portrayal of Greece and turning it into a positive by promoting cinema to the masses. She says that the Australian public – not just the Greek community but non-Greeks – are interested in seeing the human side of the crisis and the reality of life in Greece. “[The Greek Film Festival] shows the reality of what is really happening because what they are reading and what they are seeing on mainstream media is not true to the facts,” explains Karteris adding it “gives [the public] the opportunity through the eyes of the camera to see the reality of the life of people of their age in Greece and how the crisis is impacting their life”.

Penny Kyprianou, director of the Greek Film Festival in Melbourne echoes this sentiment. “People are interested to see how these filmmakers are interpreting what’s going on in Greece,” she says. “We are seeing the current situation making its way into a lot of filmmakers’ scripts and we’ve even got a couple of documentaries that are talking specifically about the situation at the moment, the rioting and those aspects of the crisis.” The documentary Children of the Riots is one such example. Directed by Christos Georgiou; the documentary centres on the death of 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos.

He was killed by police while on a seemingly safe pedestrian street with his friends on a Saturday night. His death prompted thousands of young people to take to the streets in riots that lasted three weeks, setting Athens ablaze and consuming a nation in violence and chaos. Three years later, the children who witnessed his murder and took part in the riots, reflect on their lives, and the changes following their close involvement in the social conflict.

Whereas the feature length documentary Krisis, is a time capsule of Greek life during the IMF crisis through the perspective of 14 of Greece’s leading journalists and photojournalists who all take different angles to highlight Greece’s most crippling financial crisis. Mainstream interest in Greece has seen audiences at the Greek Film Festival grow in numbers over the past two years. But not only with Greece at the forefront of everyone’s consciousness, the calibre of movies being delivered by Greek directors and the sudden increase in Greek Weird Wave cinema, has seen an interest in Greek cinema by aficionado’s worldwide.

Both Karteris and Kyprianou agree that the quality and calibre of films that are coming out of Greece has definitely increased. “There are far more dramas and stronger documentaries and there’s a shift from the traditional comedies that people may have remembered from previous years, and what they have coined as the new Greek Weird Wave is in my opinion breaking the convention of what people may expect from Greek cinema and it’s far more exciting,” Kyprianou tells Neos Kosmos.

“It’s not representing a stereotype or this perfect representation of Greece. “19 years ago you would see the same directors, now you are seeing younger people who are really identifying with the camera and the subject,” says Karteris, “films that aren’t scared to tackle the hard issues, or aren’t mainstream blockbusters.”

And the fact that traditional funding in Greece has dried up for artists due to the economic crisis has forced filmmakers to opt for an independent route to explore their art. Without the boundaries of production houses they have become more free to express their opinions and views. The audience at the Greek Film Festival have also shifted, and Karteris – who has worked on the Greek Film Festival as a volunteer for 19 years – says when it started the medium age for the audience was 60 plus, and was made up of first generation Greeks; now it’s the younger second, third and even fourth generation Greeks taking part.

“The younger Greeks in Australia understand their culture and the motherland and they want to be involved,” says Karteris, adding the younger generation choose to travel to Greece to stay connected with their heritage. And this connection between Greece and its diaspora can be seen by looking at the program itself. When the film Dogtooth first screened at the Greek Film Festival in Australia, it hadn’t premiered in Greece.

The same with the film Jerks this year, which will be premiered in Australia before it is viewed by Greek audiences showing the relationship between the two countries. But it’s not only Greek films that are getting a nod at the festival, the Australian movie Dead Europe – based on the Christos Tsiolkas novel – will feature as the closing night film of the program at all four Greek Film Festival’s around Australia.

The Greek Film Festival in Melbourne will also pay homage to the late filmmaker Anna Kannava on Thursday 1 November by launching her novel Stefanos of Limassol. This book has been released posthumously in honour of Anna’s unwavering commitment to life and creativity. The book will be launched prior to the film session and will be available to purchase at the cinema.

A tribute to Theo Angelopoulos will be part of the festival with the screening of Landscape in the Midst. Another highlight of the festival is the Student Film Festival open to all students of Greek in Australia. Now in its third year, students learning Greek from primary, secondary and a university level will showcase their four minute shorts on 4 November. They will be screened and awarded that day.

The 19th annual Greek Film Festival will kick off in Sydney on Tuesday 16 October and Melbourne Wednesday 17 October with a program to tantalise and whet the appetite of all film goers. The festival will also venture to Adelaide and Brisbane to make sure no film lover in Australia misses out on what is sure to be the best line up of film from Greece, and Cyprus and from Greek Australian’s who are making their mark in the film industry. From writers to producers, to actors, everyone gets a nod in this annual love affair with all things Greek and film.

For more information and programs for Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane and to purchase tickets visit www.greekfilmfestival.com.au/index.php

Οι Vegas στα ευρωπαϊκά βραβεία MTV!

Οι Vegas στα ευρωπαϊκά βραβεία MTV!

Οι Vegas, οι οποίοι πήραν τις περισσότερες ψήφους για το «Best Greek Act», θα συμμετέχουν στα ευρωπαϊκά βραβεία MTV!

Τα βραβεία θα γίνουν στις 11 Νοέμβρη στη Φρανκφούρτη και θα τα παρουσιάσει η… Heidi Klum!

Να αναφέρουμε ότι το ο συγκρότημα ρίχνεται στη «μάχη» εναντίον των υπόλοιπων νικητών της Ευρώπης, διεκδικώντας να εκπροσωπήσει την Γηραιά Ήπειρο στην κατηγορία «Worldwide Act».

Από σήμερα μέχρι και τις 30 Οκτωβρίου, οι θαυμαστές έχουν τη δυνατότητα να ψηφίζουν για το αγαπημένο τους act, με τον εκπρόσωπο της Ευρώπης να ανακοινώνεται στις 30 του μήνα και να αντιμετωπίζει τους νικητές από Λατινική Αμερική, Βόρεια Αμερική, Ασία/Ειρηνικό και Αφρική/Ινδία/Μέση Ανατολή.

Το ποιός θα πάρει το «Worldwide Act» θα γίνει γνωστό στις Νοέμβρη! Πηγή:star

Βελτιώνεται η υγεία του Βασίλη Τερλέγκα

Βελτιώνεται η υγεία του Βασίλη Τερλέγκα

Ο Βασίλης Τερλέγκας έχει κάθε λόγο να χαμογελά και να είναι αισιόδοξος, αφού σύμφωνα με τις τελευταίες πληροφορίες, η υγεία του έχει ομαλοποιηθεί και τις επόμενες ημέρες θα πάρει εξιτήριο.

Να αναφέρουμε ότι ο τραγουδιστής υπέστη ξαφνικά έμφραγμα και μεταφέρθηκε εσπευσμένα σε ιδιωτικό θεραπευτήριο των Βορείων προαστίων.

Στο πλευρό του έχει πάντα τους δικούς του ανθρώπους!

Australia is ready to help Greece during the current economic crisis

Source: NeosKosmos

Australia is ready to help Greece during the current economic crisis. This was the message given by Australian Ambassador to Greece Jenny Bloomfield at the opening event of the Greece-Australia Business Council.

She added that Australia is at Greece’s side at this difficult conjuncture and supports the efforts for the economy’s restructuring that is of mutual benefit. The positive sentiment was echoed by Alternative Finance Minister Christos Staikouras who told the business council there is ground for optimism for Greece’s exit from the crisis.

Staikouras referred in particular to the qualitative improvement of the chapter of Greece’s reliability that is being observed lately as well to the satisfactory implementation of the budget despite the great recession. He also referred to positive events such as the gradual return of deposits, the speeding up being observed in the programme on utilising the public sector’s property through a series of tenders that are under way, as well as to efforts for the creation of strong bank formations Central Union of Chambers of Commerce and of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry Constantine Mihalos, addressed the event of the Greece-Australia Business Council titled “Targets, Actions and Business Initiatives”.

“The Greece-Australia Business Council, apart from its contribution to the strengthening of bilateral economic relations between the two countries, can function as an agent of a positive message, with wider importance for our country. It can promote the extroversive, the dynamic, the creative part of Greece. The businesses that dare to open themselves beyond borders, which develop and produce value for themselves, for their associates, for the Greek economy,” said Mr Mihalos.

The Greece-Australia Business Council is a new agency that was created with the aim of contributing to the strengthening of the bilateral economic relations and business cooperation between the two countries “in an era in which Greece is waging the battle for the exit from the crisis and for the restoration of its international image, the founding of this new agency is very important,” Mihalos said.

Bilateral relations between Greece and Australia are currently at a very satisfactory level, with examples of cooperation in such sectors as shipping, food, and renewable energy sources. However, considerable ground still exists for widening and deepening bilateral cooperation in the sectors of the green economy, energy and food trade with emphasis on Mediterranean food products.

Εξαγωγές Κρητικών προϊόντων και σε Κίνα!

Source: KritikaEpikaria

Συνεχίζονται οι εντατικές προσπάθειες και πρωτοβουλίες του Συνδέσμου Εξαγωγέων Κρήτης για την προβολή των Κρητικών προϊόντων και υπηρεσιών και την ενίσχυση της εξωστρέφειας των Κρητικών επιχειρήσεων.

Στα πλαίσια των προσπαθειών αυτών, ο ΣΕΚ προτίθεται να δημιουργήσει ένα “club” εξαγωγών στην Κίνα, για την υποστήριξη των ελληνικών επιχειρήσεων που ενδιαφέρονται να δραστηριοποιηθούν στη συγκεκριμένη αγορά. Αρχικά, με τη συμπλήρωση ενός ερωτηματολογίου, θα καταγραφούν οι δυσκολίες και τα προβλήματα που αντιμετωπίζει μία επιχείρηση κατά την είσοδό της και κατά την δραστηριοποίησή της σε αυτήν την ιδιαίτερη αγορά και κατόπιν θα διερευνηθούν οι τρόποι επίλυσης των προβλημάτων. Σκοπός αυτής της ενέργειας είναι η διεύρυνση της παρουσίας των επιχειρήσεων στην κινέζικη αγορά, με συγκεκριμένο και ολοκληρωμένο στρατηγικό σχέδιο.

Παράλληλα, για την πληρέστερη και αμεσότερη πληροφόρηση των εξαγωγικών επιχειρήσεων της Κρήτης, και εκτός από το διμηνιαίο ηλεκτρονικό ενημερωτικό δελτίο που συντάσσεται και αποστέλλεται από τον ΣΕΚ, προετοιμάζεται αντίστοιχη εβδομαδιαία ηλεκτρονική έκδοση, η «Εξαγωγές εν συντομία», με ειδήσεις, χρήσιμες πληροφορίες και links, παραπομπή σε νέα των μελών του ΣΕΚ κ.α.

Τέλος, άμεσα θα ξεκινήσει το πρόγραμμα «Ενίσχυση του Ανθρώπινου Δυναμικού των ΜμΕ σε θέματα Εξωστρέφειας», σε συνεργασία με την ΕΕΔΕ. Το πρόγραμμα, που είναι επιδοτούμενο, αφορά επαγγελματική κατάρτιση εργαζομένων, επιχειρηματιών ή αυτοαπασχολούμενων και περιλαμβάνει παρακολούθηση σεμιναρίων διάρκειας 40 ωρών, με κύριο γνωστικό αντικείμενο το «Διεθνές Εμπόριο & οι Εξαγωγές στην Πράξη».

Υπενθυμίζουμε ότι τον περασμένο μήνα ο Σύνδεσμος Εξαγωγέων Κρήτης, σε συνεργασία με το Γραφείο Προώθησης Εμπορίου και Επενδύσεων για τις χώρες της Μαύρης Θάλασσας (BSTIP), διοργάνωσε στο Ηράκλειο σεμινάριο με θέμα «Ενίσχυση της εξωστρέφειας των ΜμΕ: Τα πρότυπα τροφίμων και συσκευασίας στην Ε.Ε.». Αντίστοιχο σεμινάριο προγραμματίζεται να πραγματοποιηθεί και στα Χανιά, σε συνεργασία με το Επιμελητήριο Χανίων, ενώ αυτό το διάστημα προετοιμάζεται η συμμετοχή 14 Κρητικών επιχειρήσεων στη Δ.Ε. SIAL 2012, η οποία αποτελεί μία από τις μεγαλύτερες εκθέσεις του κλάδου Τροφίμων & Ποτών παγκοσμίως.

Greek Ambassador Christos Panagopoulos: A new beginning for Greece

Source: TheHill

Although I just arrived in Washington, D.C., as the new Greek ambassador, America makes me feel right at home. This is not only because I have served in the United States twice in my career ― in Boston and in Los Angeles ― but also because there are so many things here that remind me of my home country’s heritage and radiant culture, bringing out the deep affinities of our two nations, our shared values and our strong ties of friendship and alliance.

The Capitol building, with its neoclassical architecture, the themes of the Federalist Papers and the works of the Founding Fathers of America ― all can find many of their roots in Hellenism. The Hellenic spirit has always transcended its geographic borders ― not just in antiquity, but through the Hellenistic era, the Byzantine Empire, the Age of Enlightenment and onwards.

Our destinies have always been intertwined, from the admiration of the Greek people for this nation’s own struggle for independence to the American people’s support for our War of Independence, and the solidarity to the outnumbered Greek Army’s stand against the Axis forces, which resulted in the first Allied victory in WWII. We have fought side by side throughout all the major conflicts in the 20th century, and your famed Liberty ships launched the modern Greek shipping industry. Our mutual history is also linked by the long presence of the Greek American community: a community that came to America in times of hardship and has managed to thrive and excel through hard work, commitment and dedication to their new homeland.

My arrival in America coincides with Greece’s severe economic crisis and our efforts to implement long-overdue reform. This has deeply affected the Greek people: it has led to a dramatic drop in their standard of living, which was never nearly as high as that in other Western European nations.

We are indeed grateful for the support of our European partners, the U.S. and the international community. This support is not free: it comes in the form of loans that we are paying back with interest; it comes at a cost to everyday people, as we are pushing through painful reforms; and it comes as a response to a crisis that is not just Greek or even just European.

To paraphrase John Donne, “No economy is an island.” In this global economy, our fates are intertwined. However, Greece offers the West an island of stability in a volatile and crisis-stricken region. Understanding this, we take our responsibilities very seriously, implementing drastic measures that no other modern country has taken in such a short period of time. We are also making great strides in an ambitious privatization plan, and doing a great deal to attract foreign investment.

Fiscal crisis aside, Greece is a country of many treasures: its sun-kissed beauty, its rich history and culture, and its Mediterranean climate that yields agricultural products of exquisite quality make it unique. Greece offers well developed tourism, shipping, and service industries; a highly skilled and hard-working labor force; natural resources; and above all, the perpetual will of its people to succeed.

Despite the crisis at hand, Greece is proactively pursuing its foreign policy objectives. Focusing on our region, we are striving to bring the countries of Southeast Europe into the Euro-Atlantic family, on the condition that they meet the necessary criteria and respect the principle of good neighborly relations. Just a few days ago, the Turkish foreign minister visited Athens. We still have pending issues, but we maintain close and regular consultations, trying to find common ground. Also, the Albanian foreign minister paid a visit, after we signed, along with Italy, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), to promote energy security in Europe. We have proposed to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia that we sign an MOU to facilitate the resolution of the name issue, trying to break the deadlock caused by Skopje’s lack of any constructive step since the U.N. talks began almost 20 years ago.

In the swiftly changing region of the Middle East and North Africa, we maintain close contacts with the countries in democratic transition, including Egypt, and we are closely monitoring the deteriorating situation in Syria. We are enhancing our cooperation with Israel, to the benefit of stability in the wider Eastern Mediterranean.

Greece has a proven record as a steady and reliable ally that provides critical support to NATO. For example, Greece is taking part in the operation in Afghanistan and provided vital logistical support to the operation in Libya. In the true spirit of cooperation, we are committed to working with you to promote peace and stability, remembering that both countries have given the world democracy, freedom and the inherent value of the individual. I look forward to our future together.

Christos Panagopoulos is ambassador of Greece to the United States