Ο Γιώργος και η Καίτη μετά από 12 χρόνια όταν είχαν τραγουδήσει το ντουέτο τους “Θα μείνει μεταξύ μας” συναντήθηκαν ξανά στο στούντιο αυτή την φορά για να διασκευάσουν το υπέροχο και διαχρονικό λαϊκό τραγούδι “Να σε ζηλεύουν πιο καλά”. Οι δύο καλοί φίλοι και συνάδελφοι χάρηκαν πολύ αύτη την δεύτερη τους μουσική συνάντηση στο στούντιο και την μοιράζονται μαζί σας με αγάπη.Στίχοι: Βασίλης Παπαδόπουλος Μουσική: Θεόδωρος Καμπουρίδης Ενορχήστρωση – Παραγωγή: Κώστας Λαινάς Σκηνοθεσία :Αντώνης ΣωτηρόπουλοςΚυκλοφορεί απο την GABI Music
Pacific wins two weightlifting medals at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games
Athletes from the Pacific have won two medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow – both in weightlifting.
Veteran Papua New Guinean weightlifter Dika Toua won a silver medal in the Womens 53kg event.
Samoan weightlifter, Nevo Ioane Vaipava won bronze in the 62kg class.
In the leadup to the men’s event, it was billed as the ‘Battle of the South Seas’ with Tuvalu’s Lapua Lapua expected to be 26 year-old Vaipava’s main challenger.
However, the gold medal was won by Cyprus’ Dimitris Minasidis with a total lift of 276kg ahead of Sudesh Peiris of Sri Lanka, 3kg behind.
With a total lift of 271kg, Vaipava managed to hold off a challenge from PNG’s Morea Baru.
In women’s competition, Diki Toua was considered favourite for gold as the three medallists from the Delhi Games in 2010 were all absent from Glasgow.
But 16 year-old Nigerian schoolgirl Chika Amalaha won the gold with a total lift of 196kg to Toua’s total lift of 193kg.
India’s Santoshi Matsa picked up the bronze with lifts totalling 188kg.
30 year-old Toua started weightlifting in 1996, following a family tradition after her aunt also represented Papua New Guinea. She has competed at four consecutive Olympic games since her debut as a 16 year-old at Sydney in 2000 when she became the first female weightlifter to represent PNG.
Toua’s best result in Olympic competition is a sixth-place finish at the 2004 Games in Athens.
In her athlete biography, the mother-of-two says her most memorable sporting achievement was winning a silver medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
After two days of competition, New Zealand has bagged eight medals.
India currently has ten, Malaysia two and Singapore, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh one.
Athletes from 13 Pacific nations are competing at the Glasgow Games with Fiji represented for the first time since Melbourne in 2006.
Fiji was banned from the Commonwealth Games in 2009 after refusing free and fair elections.
The ban was lifted in March, giving Fiji just four months to prepare for the Games.
Laura Coles claims Commonwealth shooting gold
Laura Coles has won gold in the women’s skeet to claim Australia’s first shooting medal of the Commonwealth Games.
The 27-year-old exercise physiologist shot 14 out of 16 targets in the gold medal shoot-off against Wales’ Elena Allen, who missed three shots to finish with silver on Friday.
Andri Eleftheriou from Cyprus won the bronze medal shoot-off. Australia’s Lauryn Mark made it to the semi-final, finishing sixth.
Nicholas Karanikolas is a Greek origin Turkish citizen living permanently on the island of Imbros and recently appointed to the municipal police.
Karanikolas submitted his application for this position last April and the new mayor of the island, Cetin Unal, decided he be appointed to the position in March 2014.
The policeman speaking to the Turkish newspaper Zaman said that his colleagues treat him nicely and is like a family and added that so far he has not faced any difficulty due to his origin.
“I am very happy to work in the Municipality. God bless our mayor”, Karanikolas said to the turkish newspaper.
The mayor of the island said that the appointment of Nicholas promotes the Greco-Turkish friendship and added that the Greek population of the island appreciates very much the fact that a Greek in origin was appointed to the police.
An Australian man has been caught in the crossfire as Greek police captured far-left extremist Nikos Maziotis – one of the country’s top fugitives – after a shootout in central Athens.
“Nikos Maziotis has been arrested,” a police source said on Wednesday, adding that a police officer had been injured in the shooting near the tourist district of Monastiraki.
Maziotis and a policeman were injured during the shootout accoridng to media reports.
According to early reports, two male tourists – an Australian and a German – were also lightly hurt in the exchange of fire, the police source said.
Maziotis himself, a leading member of defunct militant outfit Revolutionary Struggle, was more seriously injured, state television Nerit reported.
“I saw a man being taken away with his hands behind his back, he was bleeding profusely,” a witness told reporters at the scene.
“I believe he was wearing a wig,” she added.
Media reports said Maziotis was armed with a handgun and a grenade, which he threw at the police but failed to explode.
Maziotis, 42, and his companion Panagiota Roupa – also a one-time member of Revolutionary Struggle – had been conditionally released from prison in 2012 and subsequently disappeared.
They have a four-year-old son who was born in an Athens hospital a few months after his parents were imprisoned in 2010.
Revolutionary Struggle, which first emerged in 2003, was once deemed by authorities to be the country’s most dangerous far-left organisation and is on EU and US lists of terrorist groups.
The United States put a bounty on the group after it fired a rocket at the US embassy in Athens in 2007 without injuring anyone.
New Greek TV’s featured Greek of the Week is Emmy-Award winning journalist Vicki Liviakis!
Liviakis is a KRON 4 news anchor based in San Francisco and has always wanted a career in journalism. She describes, “My father was a TV repairman and his brother was a rocket scientist. My mother’s family loved to perform – on Broadway and at The Met. Because I lacked the talent to sing – I used my voice to tell stories, to inform and sometimes even move people”.
The intelligent Greek-American journalist was born to Greek parents and grew up in Sacramento, California. Her father’s origins are from a small village outside of Hania, Crete, while her mother is from Kalamata and Corinth. The acclaimed news anchor explains how her ethnicity influences her daily life, “I never altered my given name – Vicki Liviakis. Like any ethic name it can create an opportunity to educate. I’m always happy to explain its roots from the island of Crete”. Her favorite places in Greece are Santorini, Crete and Hydra. She views Greece as, “a special place to refresh your body, mind and soul”.
Liviakis, a mother of one son, had an all-American childhood with a Greek twist. Her father coached Little League, while her mother was the PTA President, but also served as the President of the Orthodox Church community and taught Sunday School. Of her tight-knit family she declares, “My Papou lived with us in his later years and he loved his krasi!”
The stunning news anchor graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and studied Social Science, Political Science and Journalism. Liviakis began her journalism career in radio, working as a news director and host. She then broke into television as a freelance reporter, host and anchor.
Liviakis’ very successful career includes winning two Emmy Awards for Best Entertainment Program for The West and for Best On Camera Performance for a PBS title. She has been honored with a plethora of other awards, including six Associated Press Awards and Best Documentary and Best Mini Series Awards from the Radio-Television News Directors Association. The American Women in Radio and Television honored Liviakis for her Outstanding Contributions to Broadcasting.
The talented news anchor has traveled around the globe reporting on a wide range of international events. Liviakis views herself as, “A journalist and witness to living history and a storyteller. I discovered long ago that fact is stranger than fiction, and truth is the most powerful tool in the telling of a compelling story”. Vicki Liviakis’ offers her best piece of advice for anyone trying to fulfill their dream, “Do what you love, love what you do. The rest takes care of itself”.
St. Photios stands as a tribute to the first permanent colony of Greeks who arrived in America with fellow immigrants from Corsica and Italy on June 26, 1768. They were recruited by Scottish physician Andrew Turnbull and his partner, who received grants from Great Britain to help develop settlements in newly acquired Florida.
The Greeks escaped oppression in their homelands only to find themselves toiling under deplorable conditions as indentured servants in New Smyrna, south of St. Augustine, where they were promised tracts of land in exchange for their hard work. Though many perished, hundreds who survived fled to St. Augustine in 1777.
The English allowed them to worship in Casa Avero, a home built in 1749. The Avero House was purchased by the Greek Orthodox Diocese in 1966, and in 1972, it was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The shrine has been established as a living memorial “…to the first Greek settlers on the American continent and to all the Greek Orthodox pioneers whose love of freedom and desire for a better life for themselves and their children brought them to this New World.” (Shrine Newsletter, Sept. 2013).
St. Photios is filled with photographs, historical documents and artifacts. The chapel is a real gem in which religion is brought to life through art and architecture. Archways gracefully yield one to another.
Walls and ceilings are frescoed by artist Geroge Fillipakis, with Byzantine-style scenes from the life of Christ, the apostles, and the saints. The paintings are heavily embellished with 22-karat gold leaf.
It is easy to see why the St. Photios Chapel is referred to as “The Jewel of St. George Street.”
ANKARA – Negotiations resume for the solution of the 40-year-old problem in Cyprus. Since last February, bilateral talks which had come to a standstill have been accelerated. Both sides at the table have a certain level of motivation now. Turkish Cypriots, in fact, are in favor of maintaining the negotiations with a positive approach. In this respect Derviş Eroğlu, the president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC), had declared that a five-step roadmap on the future of the negotiations had been offered to Greek Cypriots last week.
Opening of three borders in Nicosia and a “transition period” were some of the issues composed in which the agenda of the last meeting, held with Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiadis.
As a matter of fact, Turkish Cypriots’ desire to show goodwill has been appreciated. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is one of those who praised the efforts coming from the Turkish side. Claiming the future of the negotiations is promising, he said “It is now understood that progress is in everyone’s interests. That was not the case before” and remarked that he got the impression there is a desire for the solution in Turkish representatives after he had talked with them.
Hence, a new project which materialized between the two sides’ commerce chambers this week, is a clue for the ongoing situations being promising. The project aims to promote dialogue and cooperation in business through societal integrity and mutual trust. “The project, being carried out by the two chambers, in our view will increase dialogue, trust and cooperation between the business communities throughout Cyprus.” said Michaela Di Bucci, the head of the EU Commission Unit Task Force for the Cypriot Community.
On the other hand, the negative approaches on the Greek side for the negotiation process are palpable as well. The speaker of the Hellenic Parliament Evangelos Meimarakis, said that Greek Cypriots should try to put their own arguments in the process. “We should do our job, we have to have our own plans and try through our arguments to convince the international community,” he told reporters after a meeting he held with Mr. Anastasiadis on last Thursday.
At this stage, it is obvious that the bipartite effort has turned into ex parte, and Greek Cypriots’ push forward sounds dubious. Thus, what president Eroğlu had said in his interview with Daily Sabah in May, becomes more significant.
While he had been complaining about reluctance from the Greek side, he had said “We proposed the removal of all land mines from the island as such a measure. Such a tangible measure would increase safety for people on both sides of the island; however, the Greek Cypriot side did not accept our proposal.” “Another suggestion was for cruise liners to dock at ports on both sides of the island. If GSM operators were able to provide services for both sides of the island, that would be a confidence building measure for us. These recommendations are formed with the purpose of making life easier for people on both sides of the island. However, the Greek Cypriot side has not yet taken any concrete steps towards these recommendations,” had remarked Eroğlu, pointing out progress was prevented by the Greek Cypriots.
In this case, for the next meeting of leaders, it becomes vital that the Greek Cypriot side must take concrete steps for the solution of this 40-year-old problem on the island. Otherwise, it will influence not only this problem but Turkey’s EU bid will be affected as well.
A retired NYPD cop whose high-school ring was stolen more than 40 years ago was shocked to see the keepsake again — in a package mailed to his doorstep from a Greek island he’d never heard of.
Stan Ostapiak, 69, hadn’t seen his 1962 Seward Park HS class ring since it was swiped at his Queens wedding reception in 1972.
“It was just total shock,” Ostapiak told The Post from his Staten Island living room Monday.
“I’d had never been to Greece. I’d really like to know how it got there.”
The blue-stoned, gold-metal ring was discovered and returned by Vasilis Polyretis, of Naxos, Greece.
He was going through his late father’s belongings when he found the ring, which was engraved with the “S.J.O.”
Polyretis had no idea how his father had come across the ring, but he wanted to do the right thing by S.J.O.
He decided to do some detective work and contacted the school’s alumni president, Martin Kane.
Two weeks ago, Kane, reached out to Ostapiak and his wife, Elaine, telling them the ring was found more than 5,000 miles away.
“It’s the only thing I had left from high school,” Stan said about the bling.
“I was disappointed. I had no prom. That’s all I had.”
The Grecian “ring bearer” packed up the long-lost keepsake after hearing from Kane, and mailed it out.
“We’re just happy to have it back!” said Ostapiak’s wife, Elaine.
“We couldn’t believe it, almost 42 years later. It’s going to make for a memorable anniversary in October.”
Ostapiak had first given the ring to his wife when they became engaged in 1970.
She had kept the memento on her key chain.
But at their wedding in the fall of 1972, her purse was stolen — with Stan’s class ring inside.
“I was very upset because that was my husband’s ring that he had given to me and it signified so much,” Elaine said.
Now that the ring is finally back, Stan can restore it to it’s rightful place, he noted with a wink.
“I’ll give it back to my wife,” he said.“I’ll ask her to go steady with me again.”
The couple e-mailed Polyretis in Greece to thank him, and said they would send a copy of The Post showcasing his good deed.
“We’re just incredibly thankful for his efforts. This couldn’t have been possible without him,” Stan said.
This 345 year old Bible has travelled far and wide to find its way into a discarded pile of books at Lifeline, Wahroonga.
The intricately illustrated King James Bible, printed in 1669, was discovered by Lifeline’s Carole Stannard and volunteers while they were rummaging through donations for a used book fair.
“We don’t know who dropped off the Bible but it was originally from London, printed by John Bill and Christopher Barker, who were printers to the king’s most excellent majesty from 1669,” she said.
“We sold a similar Bible for $1400 at a silent auction that we hold, and this year’s auction will have 33 items including a 19th century encyclopaedia,” she said.
Antiquarian bookseller and valuer Peter Tinslay, who appraised the book, said there were no doubts about it being genuine.
“It’s not in bad condition, a little foxing. It’s been rebound and trimmed quite close to the upper margin,” he said.
The Bible which has more than 150 detailed illustrations will now go under the hammer this weekend.
“It lacks the title page which affects the price considerably,” Mr Tinslay said.
“In terms of value I’d say it is worth around $600 to $800 with the missing title page, but if the title page were still intact then I’d say its value would be around $1000 to $1200,” he said.
Mr Tinslay said the book may not appeal to all serious collectors but it still had historical value.
“It wouldn’t be a good investment to buy a book without a title page, but someone might like it because of its age,” he said.
“A lot of the collections you buy here have come from the UK, someone has usually brought them out and then passed them through the family and eventually when someone dies and no one wants it, then it gets out into the market,” he said.
Highly collectible Bibles include misprinted versions, which can go for astronomical prices.
Mr Tinslay said a “wicked” reprint of the King James Bible published in 1631 by Barker and Lucas from the royal printers is one of the rarest and most well documented versions.
“The wicked Bible is quite rare because it had something like ‘Thou shalt commit adultery’ and while I’ve been in the book business for 40 years, I’ve only ever seen one and that was about 30 years ago,” he said
He said the erroneous version ended up causing mayhem.
“There was an obvious mistake and it had a limited run because they realised very quickly, which is why the wicked is the most famous out of the old Bibles and why it also caused a lot of sensation at the time,” he said.