Πανελλήνια θλίψη: Πέθανε η σπουδαία τραγουδίστρια Πόλυ Πάνου

Βαθιά θλίψη και μια δυνατή αίσθηση απώλειας προκαλεί η είδηση πως σήμερα έφυγε από το ζωή η κορυφαία Ελληνίδα τραγουδίστρια Πόλυ Πάνου σε ηλικία 73 ετών.

Στις αρχές του μήνα είχε γίνει γνωστό ότι νοσηλεύεται σε βαριά κατάσταση.

Η σπουδαία φωνή του ελληνικού πενταγράμμου δεν άντεξε και σίγησε σήμερα.

Σχετική ανακοίνωση εξέδωσε το νοσοκομείο Υγεία όπου νοσηλευόταν δίνοντας μάχη με τον καρκίνο.

Η σορός της Πόλυς Πάνου θα τεθεί σε λαϊκό προσκύνημα από τις 09.30 της Δευτέρας στο παρεκκλήσι του Α΄Νεκροταφείου ενώ στις 15:00, στην εκκλησία του ίδιου χώρου θα ψαλεί η νεκρώσιμος ακολουθία.

Στη συνέχεια η σορός θα μεταφερθεί στο Νεκροταφείο του Κόκκινου Μύλου όπου και θα ταφεί σε οικογενειακό τάφο.

Golden Dawn threat to quit creates doubt

Source: Ekathimerini

Greece may face the possibility of snap elections if Golden Dawn MPs resign en masse from Parliament, an option that party leader Nikos Michaloliakos refused to discount on Thursday.

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras may face the choice of having to choose between a series of by-elections or going to a national ballot if the far-right party’s 18 lawmakers quit their seats.

There would be a number of constitutional peculiarities involved if Golden Dawn walks out. Firstly, one of its MPs is from a state list, which means he has not been elected directly but has been awarded a seat in Parliament based on his party’s share of the national vote. Opinion is split on whether ballots would have to be held around the country to decide which party would gain this seat.

There would also have to be by-elections to replace the remaining MPs and Samaras fears this might be destabilizing for the country.

SYRIZA indicated on Thursday that it would aim to increase its presence in Parliament if by-elections are held and then push for general elections. “SYRIZA will turn these elections into a referendum on Nazism and the [EU-IMF] memorandum and into a stepping stone so that there can be national elections and a new parliamentary majority,” said leftist MP Dimitris Papadimoulis.

Michaloliakos refused to say if his party would quit but stressed that Golden Dawn could not be held responsible for the “political turmoil” that would follow such a move.

The predicament for Samaras came as the government was put on alert by a statement issued by the Association of Special Forces Reservists (KEED) on Wednesday. The group called for the government to resign and be replaced by a caretaker administration that would suspend any commitments Greece had under its bailout terms. The tone of the statement suggested a direct intervention in the democratic process but KEED issued a statement Thursday denying that it had any intention of encouraging a coup.

Nevertheless, the statement prompted an emergency meeting of ministry and judicial officials at the Supreme Court. Government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou described the issue as “troubling” but said that “the overwhelming majority of men in the armed forces are dedicated to democracy.”

Εκπληκτικό ντοκιμαντέρ απο το National Geographic για την γέφυρα Ρίου-Αντιρρίου

Γέφυρα Ρίου-Αντιρρίου ή επίσημα Γέφυρα Χαρίλαος Τρικούπης

Είναι πιθανότατα το πιο σημαντικό έργο της σύγχρονης Ελλάδας.

Κανείς όμως δεν μπορούσε να φανταστεί πόσο δύσκολη ήταν η υλοποίηση του οράματος του Χαρίλαου Τρικούπη.

Δείτε το εκπληκτικό ντοκιμαντέρ του National Geographic…

Phone records back up criminal gang charges against Golden Dawn

Source: Ekathimerini

An investigation into the phone records of Golden Dawn members has revealed information that could lead to charges being brought against at least three of the neofascist party’s MPs, judicial sources revealed on Thursday.

Supreme Court deputy prosecutor Charalambos Vourliotis has been probing the phone records to find evidence that would allow party members and MPs to be tried for being part of a criminal organization, which carries stiff prison sentences. To proceed with such charges, there needs to be evidence that the violent attacks and other criminal behavior, such as extortion and bribery, were carried out according to a fixed pattern.

Wiretaps carried out by the National Intelligence Service (EYP) indicate that at least three Golden Dawn MPs were in direct contact with members allegedly involved in illegal activities, sources said.

Authorities are also considering probing bank accounts as part of their investigation.

The effort to pinpoint and remove any influence that Golden Dawn may have within the police force continued on Thursday with raids by internal affairs officers on precincts in western Attica. The police stations in Peristeri and Aegaleo were searched following complaints that officers there failed to investigate attacks on immigrants.

Internal affairs also searched the headquarters of the police’s anti-terrorist unit (EKAM) but sources said nothing suspicious was found.

Peter Andre Foundation has launched

I’m delighted to tell you that the Peter Andre Foundation has launched! As you all know, I have a personal reason for wanting to raise money for research into cancer and raise awareness of this terrible disease – and to save more lives in the future.

Losing Andrew has been devastating for me and my family but through my Foundation and your support we can change the odds for people diagnosed with cancer in the future.

The main message of the Foundation is: know your body, know what’s right for you. So my Foundation will raise vital funds which will go towards Cancer Research UK’s ‘Cancer Awareness Roadshow’.

Early diagnosis of cancer saves lives. Most deaths from cancer are caused by the disease spreading around the body. So if cancer is diagnosed early, before it’s had time to spread or grow too big, it’s nearly always easier to treat successfully.

The roadshow is making a difference in communities across the UK by talking to people about cancer and raising awareness of the disese. There are four mobile units currently based in North West and North East England, London and Scotland. I am delighted that my Foundation will fully fund the London unit this year, and in the years to come.

The cancer awareness nurses onboard the Roadshow units help people to understand more about the importance of spotting cancer early and how positive lifestyle changes can help to reduce the risk of cancer. They also work alongside local health partners to signpost people to nearby services, and encourage anyone with concerns about a change to their body to go straight to their GP. The Roadshow is reaching thousands of people every year with information that could one day save their life.

Cancer doesn’t have to be a death sentence. The number of people in the UK who survive the disease has doubled in the past 40 years and Cancer Research UK pioneers life-saving research to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

This is a disease which affects each and every one of us so I would encourage you all to donate to this amazing cause. Please help me to make a difference and click here to show your support.

For more information, including an interactive signs and symptoms app, visit http://www.spotcancerearly.com

I’m so excited about the launch of this Foundation. It means so much to me and my brothers and we’ll be doing all we can to help people understand how important it is to know their body and to go straight to their doctor about anything unusual. I do hope you’ll support us along the way.

President of Cyprus Nicos Anastsiades Visits Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America welcomed yesterday at the Archdiocese Headquarters the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, who is visiting New York for the United Nations General Assembly.

The President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades with His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America (photo Dimitrios Panagos/GOA)

President Anastasiades was accompanied by his wife, the First Lady of Cyprus Andri Anastasiades, the Ambassador of Cyprus to the United States George Chacalli, the Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the UN Ambassador Nicos Emiliou, Government Spokesman Christos Stylianides, the Director of the President’s Diplomatic Office Nicos Christodoulides and his associate Pantelis Pantelides, the Consul General of Cyprus in New York Koula Sofianou and Panikos Papanikoloaou, past president of the Cyprus Federation of America. His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela and Fr. Alexandros Karloutsos also attended the meeting on behalf of the Archdiocese.

During the meeting, Archbishop Demetrios outlined for President Anastasiades the efforts of the Archdiocese and the Greek American community in support of Cyprus throughout the years, and especially after the recent economic crisis which hit the people of Cyprus. In turn, the President expressed the gratitude of the people of Cyprus for all the help and relief assistance and presented an overview of the efforts of his government to overcome the crisis and reach a just and fair solution to the problem of Cyprus.

New Greek state radio station goes on air

Talk shows, music programs and hourly news bulletins make up the schedule of a new public radio station, Proto Programma, which began broadcasting on Thursday.

The radio station, which replaces those of defunct state TV and radio broadcaster ERT, is primarily staffed by former ERT employees and transmitting on the 95.6 FM frequency, among others.

Meanwhile, the Council of State is expected to deliver a decision on Friday on an appeal by the union representing ERT workers, POSPERT, regarding the government’s closure of the public broadcaster on June 11.