Sydney Olympic FC Press Release

Sydney Olympic Football Club Ltd expresses its delight and appreciation with the decision by the City of Canterbury to grant long term tenure agreements to it and to Bulldogs Rugby League Club Ltd for the use of Belmore Sports Ground, Peter Moore Field and Tasker Park for a period of 21 years.

In Council’s recently released Public Notice titled ’Belmore Sportsground/Peter Moore Field — Tasker Park’, it has made public that its decision to grant a lease to the Bulldogs is on the condition that “among other things [it is] obliging the lessee club to in turn grant to Sydney Olympic Football Club Ltd both a partial sublease…of office space within the grandstand…and a periodic licence” for use of the Club for its football fixtures.

The Board is excited with the decision of Council and expects the finalisation of the agreements to the Bulldogs and Olympic to bring all three closer together as members of the culturally diverse City of Canterbury.

Sydney Olympic FC Director Chris Tsioulos expressed his personal delight at the news.

“It’s great to see,” he said. “Belmore has been the home of Sydney Olympic for years, but now we can be sure it will be our home for the next 21 years.”

Tsioulos was quick to point out that the hard work of the Board, in cooperation with Council and the Bulldogs, was crucial to securing the lease.

“It hasn’t been a walk in the park,” Tsioulos grinned, “but our relationship with Canterbury Council and with the Bulldogs is much more positive and stronger as a result,” he stated.

“Our Club now has long-term, 21-year agreements for the use of improved facilities at Tasker Park, Peter Moore Field and of course Belmore Sports Ground, and that’s a great thing.”

The Public Notice from the City of Canterbury can be found online here:–belmore-sportsgroundpeter-moore-field.asp

Rhodes, one of the most auspicious wine regions

Rhodes, situated in the southeast Aegean practically in the shadow of Asia Minor, is one of Greece’s most auspicious wine regions. Its climate is highly favorable to viticulture: rain is plentiful during its short winter, absent during the entire growing season. Consistent cooling winds mitigate soil temperature during the worst heat of the summer. It has also entirely escaped Phylloxera.

There is reason to believe that the island was the first stop in the westward migration of wine culture from Asia Minor: before the Greeks, Rhodes had been inhabited by the Phoenicians, who were more than likely the first to introduce the wine to the island. By the 7th century BC Rhodes had become an important exporter of wine to the rest of the ancient world. As a result of its significant role in the production of Malmsey (Malvasia), Rhodian winemaking continued to thrive through the Middle Ages, surviving centuries of Ottoman rule with exceptional privileges, faring poorly only under inhibitive Turkish administration in the late nineteenth century. Although a brief, thirty-year period, 1912-1943, spent under Italian rule had surprisingly little reviving effect on its wine industry, it was during this time that the framework was established for what would eventually become one of Greece’s most impressive cooperatives.

Rhodes was fortunate in being spared Phylloxera. The varietal composition of its vineyards, therefore, has been largely preserved, even in spite of increasing augmentation with Western cultivars. Two varieties performing secondary roles elsewhere in the Aegean are particularly well-adapted to Rhodes. Mandilariá (known locally as Amorgianó), a blending grape in Crete and suitable for mono-vinifaction only in the most talented hands on Santorini, ripens easily on Rhodes’ lower-elevation vineyards area to favorable alcohol levels and to the full development of fruit and aroma. It is the sole variety permitted under the island’s red OPAP appellation. Due to the favorable climate, the aromatic Athiri, which occupies higher vineyards, and is traditionally blended with the strong, but volatile Asyrtiko on Santorini and which is increasingly vinified alone elsewhere, has always naturally achieved sufficient strength on Rhodes. Likewise, it is the sole variety permitted under the island’s white OPAP appellation.

Rhodes has a third appellation for sweet Muscats. The law, which includes a Grand Cru designation, requires the use of both the traditional Moschato Aspro and Trani Muscat, the latter having been introduced more recently to the island. Although the Muscats are grown at low elevation, a prioritization of the natural elevation of alcohol over acidity, and represent a small percentage of plantings, they are an important part of the face of Rhodian wine.

The island’s largest producer is the Cair cooperative. Like many other Greek cooperatives, they are the champions of the local appellations. They are one of Greece’s most respected cooperatives. one of the few that stayed on top of trends in the domestic market during the the last two decades. Cair produces not only first rate Mandylariá and Athiri, but has also extended its varietal pallette with red blends featuring Xynómavro (grown at what must be its lowest latitude), Cabernet, Grenache and Syrah.

The Triantafyllos family, long time traders and purveyors of wine and distilled products, became négociants in the 1960′s. In the 1970s they opened what can be described as a prototypical boutique winery under the name Emery in the village of Embonas. Their products have been in the vanguard of quality for almost thirty years, making the family old hands in this relatively young segment of the industry. To this day they are still at the acme of quality Aegean production, focused exclusively on the mastery of the difficult native varieties. Their Athiri and Mandelariá wines are more elegant—but also more fragile—than the lower-elevation versions produced by KAIR, but their fearless approach is known to result in resounding successes. Vintage after vintage, they have received great accolades for their Granrosé from Dimitina, a local clone of Mandelariá. They have the distinction of being the first in Greece to produce and market a Methode Champenoise sparkling wine, a brut and demi-sec, both made from Athiri.


Athens of the world

54 cities worldwide was embraced the name Athens. It’s worth to be noted that no other city in the world has given its name to so many.

However, noteworthy is the fact that no institutionalized relationship or link has developed between these cities today.

The World of Athens has undertaken the networking of all these towns, bearing the name “Athens”, the “Athens of the World.”

The aim is to bring those cities closer together and to know their story.

The Athens …

Athens, Attiki, Greece

Athens Alabama, USA

Athens Arkansas, USA

Athens California, USA

Athens Ohio, USA

Athens Georgia, USA

Athens Illinois, USA

Athens Indiana, USA

Athens Kansas, USA

Athens Lexington Kentucky, USA

Athens Louisiana, USA

Athens Somerset Maine, USA

Athens Calhoun Michigan, USA

Athens Mississippi, USA

Athens Missouri, USA

Athens New York, USA

Athens Ohio, USA

Athens Pennsylvania, USA

Athens Tennessee, USA

Athens Texas, USA

Athens Vermont, USA

Athens West Virginia, USA

Athens Wisconsin, USA

Athens Ontario, Canada

Athenstedt, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

Athens of Ayrshire – Troon, Scotland

Athens of Cuba – Matanzas, Cuba

Athens of Egypt-Alexandria, Egypt

Athens of Finland – Jyväskylä, Finland

Athens of Florida – DeLand, Florida, USA

Athens of Indiana – Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA

Athens of Latin America – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Athens of Minas Gerais – Juiz de Fora, Brazil

Athens of North America – Boston, USA

Athens of Sicily – Catania, Italy

Athens of South America – Bogotá, Colombia

Athens of the Bodrog – Sárospatak, Hungary

Athens of the East – Madurai, India

Athens of the Middle Ages – Florence, Italy

Athens of the North – Edinburgh, Scotland

Athens of the South – Nashville, USA

Athens of the Southern Hemisphere – Dunedin, New Zealand

Athens of the West (early 19th c.) – Lexington, U.S.

Athens of the West – Berkeley, California, USA

Athens on the Isar – Munich, Germany

Athens on the Spree – Berlin, Germany

Athens on the Torysa – Prešov, Slovakia

Brazilian Athens – São Luís, Maranhão, Brazil

Czech Athens – Krnov, Czech Republic

Lusa Athens – Coimbra, Portugal

Sardinian Athens – Nuoro, Italy

Serbian Athens – Novi Sad, Serbia

Siberian Athens – Tomsk, Russia

Athens of the South – Tampa, Florida, USA


Greek jobless up to record 26 per cent

Source: TheAustralian

A man reads a newspaper in Athens

Greece’s unemployment rate rose to a record 26 per cent, more than one fourth of the workforce. Source: AAP

GREECE’S unemployment rate rose to a new record of 26 per cent in September, underscoring the economic plight in the country as it heads toward a sixth year of recession.

The Greek Statistical Authority said on Thursday that 1.295 million people – more than one-fourth of the workforce in this nation of 10 million – were recorded as unemployed in September.

Unemployment rose from 25.3 per cent the previous month and 18.9 per cent a year earlier.

Greek unemployment has surged to the highest since the 1960s as a result of harsh austerity measures imposed in return for vital international rescue loans.

The conservative-led coalition government is finalising a major tax reform bill, one of international rescuers’ several conditions for continued payments.

It has promised to try to stem the country’s recession, despite being forced last month to introduce another round of deeply unpopular austerity measures that are part of Greece’s bailout commitments.

These measures include raising 3 billion euros ($A3.74 billion) in extra tax revenue.

A draft of the new tax bill presented to the conservatives’ two centre-left coalition partners late on Thursday calls for cuts in corporate tax rates from 40 to 33 per cent, a move meant to provide relief to employers struggling to cope with the crisis while maintaining a sufficient flow of tax revenue.

The draft also lowers the top income tax rate from 45 to 40 per cent, but it expands the number of people who would have to pay that rate by including all incomes over 40,000 euros a year.

The tax bill must be submitted to parliament for approval by Tuesday, two days before Greece is due to receive a new 34 billion euro rescue loan instalment.


The world’s sexiest accents

Source: News

Sevilla flamenco fashion

Models present flamenco dresses during the Moda de Sevilla at the Triana bridge in Sevilla, Spain. Picture: AFP

IN THE pursuit of love, the right accent can be as attractive as a bright smile or dreamy eyes.

But not all accents are created equal.

So what are the world’s sexiest accents? Here are our top 10, scroll down to see the winner.

Do you agree with this list? Leave a comment below.


Famous tongues: Fernando Lamas, Gabriela Sabatini

A South American melting pot, Argentina has a proud, pouty tone. With its own pronunciation of Spanish letters, it’s a hard-to-get dialect, but with an undeniable attraction.


Famous tongues: Tony Jaa, Tata Young

With five tones, those with this fragile accent can turn any language into a song of seduction. Thai is mostly monosyllabic, resulting in extra emphasis in multi-beat foreign words and then the last letter being left off, leaving captive listeners wanting more.


Famous tongues: Nikki Minaj, Billy Ocean

The Caribbean island of Trinidad offers a melodic mix of pan-African, French, Spanish, Creole and Hindi dialects that, when adapted for English, is hypnotic.

Brazilian Portuguese

Famous tongues: Alice Braga, Anderson Silva

NYE in Brazil

A couple watches fireworks light the sky on the famous Copacabana beach / AFP

With its French influence, this accent is more colourful than its European counterpart. The drawn-out vowels sound like a holiday.

US Southern

Famous tongues: Matthew McConaughy, Britney Spears

Being in a rush isn’t sexy, and when you throw in the warmth and friendliness of the US Southern accent, what’s not to like?

Oxford British:

Famous tongues: Hugh Grant, Sienna Miller

Proper, dignified and scholarly, the Oxford British accent promises upward nobility. Sexy from the mouths of Hugh Grant, Jude Law and Kate Winslet, just avoid thinking of the Queen or the Duke of Edinburgh when you hear it.


Famous tongues: Colin Farrell, Andrea Corr

The lilting, charming Irish accent is irresistible in its lightness and breathlessness. It can swing from vulnerable to threatening, restoring your faith in the world.


Famous tongues: Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz

A smouldering accent, the words don’t matter: if it comes from Spanish lips, it sounds sexy.


Famous tongues: Audrey Tautou, Gerard Depardieu

Cannes Film Festival

French actress Audrey Tautou speaks during the press conference for the film “Therese Desqueyroux” presented out of competition at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 27, 2012 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT

French is paradoxically erotic. Condescending and disinterested, but at the same time elegant and charming, this accent still gives its speakers a, shall we say, je ne sais quoi.


Famous tongues: Monica Bellucci, Alessandro Del Piero

Firey and romantic, the Italian accent keeps listeners hanging on through the long, drawn out words and the rapid-fire syllables. Its cadences make it fascinating and irresistible.

Το Νέο Τραγούδι Της Μαρίας Καρλάκη Είναι Εδώ !


Η Ταλαντούχα Μαρία Καρλάκη Επιστρέφει με νέο άκρως ρυθμικό κομμάτι και έρχεται να μας ξεσηκώσει όλους στο ρυθμό του.

Πρόκειται για μια μοναδική ρούμπα που θα σας συναρπάσει με την μουσική της και ακόμα περισσότερο με το στίχο της αφού όπως λέει και ο τίτλος του τραγουδιού “Είμαι Για Μένα” !

Η Μουσική Και Οι Στίχοι Ανήκουν Στην Ίδια αλλά και στον Πάρι.
Δυναμώστε Την Ένταση Και Χορέψτε Στο Ρυθμό Του “Είμαι Για Μένα”

Μαρία Καρλάκη “Είμαι για μένα”.
Στίχοι: Μαρία Καρλάκη-Πάρις.
Μουσική: Πάρις-Μαρία Καρλάκη.
Ενορχήστρωση-Μίξεις: Μιχάλης Παπαθανασίου- Δημήτρης “funkyfly” Σταματίου- Διονύσης Σταματόπουλος.
Φυσικές Κιθάρες: Φοίβος Ζαχαρόπουλος.
Στούντιο: Prism studio.
Φωνητικά: Θοδωρής “Ted” Ζωγράφος- Μαρία Καρλάκη.

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