Hellas Melbourne to be honored by FIFA

On the 11th of May, “Hellas Melbourne” will be honored in a special ceremony in London, held by FIFA, as the top team in Oceania, whilst a few days later, on the 25th of May, its football team will be playing its first match in Singapore, whereby they have been invited to take part along with other groups from the wider Asian territory.
As the President of Hellas, Elias Athanasakis, stated to Neos Kosmos, the invited guests of FIFA, including himself and veterans Jim Armstrong, Paul Trimboli, will be departing for London on the 9th of May and will be present at the greatest moment of the greatest team of Australian Football.

An Exhibit about the Greek Community of Tarpon Springs

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The City of Tarpon Springs will open a new permanent exhibition at the Heritage Museum, The Greek Community of Tarpon Springs, on Thursday, February 25, from 6 to 9pm. Greek Consul General Antonios Sgouropoulos will say a few words at the opening ceremonies. The General Consul holds degrees in Political Science, Law and Literature from universities in Greek and Great Britain. His previous posts have ranged from Romania to Serbia, the United Nations, and assignments in the NATO and Prime Minister’s Cabinet in Athens. Former Florida Congressman Mike Bilirakis and Tarpon Springs Mayor Beverly Billiris also will attend.

Tarpon Springs maintains a rich and powerful heritage. The Greek Community of Tarpon Springs explores the history and culture of the Greek community, such as domestic traditions, foodways, religion, and celebrations. It also includes a special focus on the sponge industry and other maritime traditions, as well as music and dance.

A series of public programs will enhance the exhibit. Programs are free unless otherwise noted:
• Wednesday, March 3 & Thursday, March 4, 7-9pm & Saturday, March 6, 12-2pm
Greek violin/nisiotika workshop with Michalis Kappas, Cultural Center
• Friday, March 5, 8-10pm
Music of the Dodecanese Islands, Kalymnian House, 26 W. Morgan St., $3
• Sunday, March 6, 12-2pm
Laouto (lute) workshop with Panayiotis League, Cultural Center
• Saturday, March 20, 2-4pm
Sponge Industry Traditions: Divers, Merchants, Boat Builders, Heritage Museum
• Friday, March 26, 8-10pm
Greek Regional and Popular Music, Kalymnian House, 26 W. Morgan St., $3
• Sundays, 2-4pm, April 11 & 18, Cultural Center, & April 25 & May 2, Heritage Museum
Bouzouki workshops with George Soffos

The Greek Community of Tarpon Springs is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

National Hellenic Student Association Gathers in New Jersey

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The Spring General Assembly, namely the NHSA Convention Spring 2010, will be held on April 23th-25th, 2010, in Atlantic City, NJ, in conjunction with the 19th Hermes Expo International and the SAE USA Youth Mentorship Fair. The Convention will be bringing together more than 30 student representatives of 20 different NHSA member-Chapters (HSAs) with the aim of promoting Hellenic culture, sharing educational experiences and networking. The convention is key to the continuation of the organization’s projects.

The NHSA Convention Spring 2010 will mark the second assembly of the members of HSA since the reestablishment of the organization in Connecticut, during March 2009.

After an exceptional Fall Convention hosted by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, the National Hellenic Student Association is holding its Spring Convention in conjunction with the 19th Hermes Expo International (Atlantic City, NJ) and the SAE Youth.

Utah’s Greek Community Honors Prominent Family

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Utah’s Greek community is honoring a family for their contributions to Salt Lake City.

The Katsanevas family immigrated to America from Greece. And while you may not know them personally, their prominent businesses are well known in Utah .
Crown Burgers, for instance, is one of them.
Their story is, as they say, a dream come true to be living in America.
Their story in America dates back to 1947, when Mike brought his young family to the U.S. and later to Salt Lake City in 1954, where they have made their home ever since.
They started in America with nothing, arriving at the end of World War II. “That was my first pair of shoes, when I was 11 years old. It was a real treat,” says Mike’s son Louie Katsanevas (foto).
But a few years of poverty here turned to success through a lot of hard work and their culture of hospitality.
“When I came here, at first, it was tough,” says Louie. “I couldn’t speak English, I had to learn and I had to work. It was tough at first, but the next few years everything came naturally. You make friends, you start work, get married, have kids and a family.”
Sunday at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral, the Katsanevas family was honored for 55 years of contributions they have made to the Greek community and also Utah.
“Our grandparents came here and worked terribly hard and left for us a good family name,” says grandson Ted Sargetakis. Granddaughter Angie Katsanevas says she’s grateful for her heritage.
“I am proud of being a Greek girl. I’m very proud of how we were raised. I’m very proud of the strong culture we have behind us,” she says. The New York Times recognized Crown Burgers last year as one of the best burgers around. According to the next generation, the family’s success is not from their hamburgers — it’s their heritage, traditions and culture.
“Greeks are known for their hospitality and truly, regardless of what industry you are in, as a Greek, hospitality comes first,” Michael says. “And when people come first, success follows.”
That success is more than the family members who immigrated here nearly 60 years ago ever dreamed of.
“I have a really nice family, extended family, immediate family. I live the life of my dreams in America,” Louie says.
The Greek community honors one family each year for overcoming the obstacle of immigrating, finding success in the U.S. and continuing to honor their Greek traditions.
Beyond Crown Burgers, the Katsanevas family is involved in beauty salons, a jewelry store and other small businesses.
(source: ksl)

Meeting on Modern Greek language by SAE Oceania

The campaign for the inclusion of Greek in the national curriculum currently under consideration by the Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is gaining momentum as a plethora of Greek Australian organisations are intensifying their efforts.
State and Federal politicians from both major political parties have also added their voices to that of the Greek communities advocating for the cause.
The Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) for Oceania and the Far East is organizing a meeting Friday April 23rd in Melbourne to discuss the coordination of actions for the inclusion of Modern Greek in the new language instruction program being promoted by the Australian government.

Deputy FM Spyros Kouvelis visiting Chicago

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Deputy Foreign Minister Spyros Kouvelis was scheduled to hold meetings with state and municipal officals, as well as with members of the Greek American community in Chicago on Wednesday evening and on Thursday.
After his visit to New York, where he represented the government in celebrations marking the March 25 national anniversary and had several contacts, Kouvelis is beginning his programme in Chicago, meeting Greek American businessmen.
He will then be speaking on the issue of the Greek economic crisis and the eurozone during a dinner. He will next be meeting the Coordinator of SAE of the US Region Theodoros Spyropoulos and other expatriate officials in the state of Ilinois.
On Thursday, Kouvelis will meet with Greek American academics and economists of the region, as well as with presidents of the state’s biggest expatriate agencies, with journalists, with expatriate politicians and with the city’s mayor.

Dupas fails in court bid to stop retrial

Accused killer, Greek-Australian, Peter Dupas has failed in a High Court bid to avoid permanently being retried for the 1997 stabbing murder of Mersina Halvagis at Fawkner Cemetery.
Dupas had appealed to the High Court against the Victorian Court of Appeal’s refusal to grant a permanent stay of the trial.
Dupas’s counsel, Christopher Boyce, argued that his client should never be retried for the murder because publicity surrounding the case, and Dupas’s convictions for two other murders, created an unacceptable and unavoidable risk of a miscarriage of justice.
Mr Boyce said the case was ”extreme or singular” and despite the passage of time or a judge’s instructions to a jury, there would remain ”a significant likelihood that any conviction would be affected by prejudice”.

Mr Boyce said that since Dupas was convicted of murdering Northcote psychotherapist Nicole Patterson in 2000, ”there had been a sustained media campaign” that ”publicly indicted” Dupas when the evidence that would later be used against him was almost non-existent.
”There was no case really quite like this one,” Mr Boyce said.
But High Court judge William Gummow said Dupas’s appeal rested on a possibly false assumption that people still read newspapers in large numbers, and raised questions, which were contradicted by the constitution, about the capacity of juries.
After adjourning briefly, the court unanimously dismissed the appeal. If Dupas’s appeal had succeeded, it would have made it more difficult to prosecute anyone accused of crimes that attracted a large amount of media attention.
Dupas was convicted of Ms Halvagis’s murder in July 2007, but the Victorian Court of Appeal last year quashed his conviction and ordered a retrial.
Ms Halvagis’s father George and mother Christina, Ms Patterson’s mother, Pam O’Donnell, and senior police who investigated Dupas were in the court and embraced after the ruling.
(source: voice of greece)

Greek Language in the «Land of the Dragon»

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A book fair on antiquity can make opposites attract when it brings together the epitomes of ancient civilizations — Greece from the West and China from the East. For this year’s Thessaloniki Book Fair, the seventh in the series, Greece has invited China to join 22 other countries during the four-day event, which will kick off Thursday in the north of the country.
Greek and Chinese publishers, authors and bookdealers will compare notes with their counterparts from other countries in such publication domains as literature, architecture, agriculture and – last but not least – culture.
Greek Culture Minister Pavlos Geroulanos is scheduled to officially inaugurate this year’s book fair with the theme of “Antiquity and Us.”
Fair organizers expect that the China stand will become a major attraction with its contemporary as well as ancient publications on literature, culture, economy and science.
The book fair hosts each year invite a country as their guest of honor. For this year, the hosts expect to promote understanding and exchange through discussion and debate.
Already in Greece for this year’s book fair are some 200 Chinese writers, publishers and scholars who will share their insight into the world they all share, namely their writings.

A special Sino-Greek professional publishing exchange forum will be held in Athens as well as in Thessaloniki.
Eight publishing houses from Greece and China will participate in the forum to discuss and analyze case-by-case international cooperation in the realm of culture. Other events include a Chinese – Hellenic dialogue and a China literature night.
The dialogue will focus on the theme of “ancient civilization and modernization,” while the screening of seven China-made films, including a 3-D documentary on contemporary arts and crafts, will be given during the literary night.
Participants from both Greece and China believe that publications serve as a medium of culture and civilization. Publications in their various forms help strengthen understanding, interaction and cooperation among countries.

Greece and China have started cooperation in translating each other’s literary works. Translated works will be on display at the China stand to demonstrate this cooperative outcome.
The 2010 book fair will also provide Greece and China an opportunity for comparing notes on the latest ideological developments in their respective regions and in the world as a whole.
Oriental names may sound exotic to Western ears, but when book fair visitors listen to and see what Chinese writers and artists have brought to Greece, they may understand the thought behind works of Chinese authors, painters and sculptors like Ru Xin, Zhang Yuyan, Yu Dan, Chen Qi, Bi Feiyu, Cao Wenxuan, Chen Shixu, Huang Beijia, Liu Ye, Xu Lei and Sui Jianguo.

Greek Studies in China
A characteristic of the cultural rapprochement between the two countries, especially in the past few years, is the fact that the Greek language is constantly gaining ground in China and vice versa, more and more Greeks, defying the obstacles, are “initiated” to the secrets of a particularly difficult language.
In Beijing, for example, at the Chair of Greek Studies of the University, students can discover the wealth of Greek Literature with the valuable contribution of their teachers.

Likewise, substantial work for the promotion of the Greek language is being done at the Shanghai International Studies Universities, also known as SISU, founded in 1949 and a major Educational Institution of China, as well as one of the universities of “Project 211”, an initiative of the Chinese government as a national priority for the 21st century, focusing on supporting around 100 Higher Education Institutions. The University of Beijing, is actually operating under the direction of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China and Shanghai Municipality.
The invaluable heritage of the Greek language, helping the image of Greece travel around the world throughout the years, was captured on a DVD – reprint of an earlier printed edition – entitled “You speak Greek – over 6.000 words are being used in English, but you just don’t know this!” The DVD marks a major communication effort of the Beijing Press and Communication Office towards the academic community of China and the social “elite” – tourists visiting Greece.

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles: A Greek Brings Holywood & Bollywood Together

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Watch the Interview with IFFLA President and Executive Director Christina Marouda

The indian Film festival of Los Angeles opened yesterday at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood with the movie “Cooking with Stella”. The story is about a cook in the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi who had the job for 30 years. Attendees of IFFLA’s opening night included, Dilip Mehta, Kunal Nayyar, and Lisa Ray among others. Until Sunday, which is the closing night of the festival, indie films, Bollywood musicals, revealing documentaries, visually stunning animation, environmental films, and comedies will be featured at the Arclight.

The festival was not founded by an Indian, or an Indian American but by a Greek with love for Indian movies, Christina Marouda. IFFLA is a nonprofit organization devoted to a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing films, honoring entertainment industry performers and business executives, and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora.

Greek Community Elects Representatives in Toronto

On Sunday April 18, after ten years, elections were held in order for the new President and the new executive board of the Greek community in Toronto to be appointed. All 20 candidates from Professor George Gekas’ group were elected, and 15 out of 21 candidates were elected from the party of Ms. Eleni Zoumpanioti. Independent candidate Makis Andrikopoulos was reelected as a member of the executive board. (In the pict. Ms. Eleni Zoumpaniotis congratulates professor Gekas right after the announcement of the final results by the president of the elections committee Mr. Christos Vogiatzis).