Turkey censors the The Pacific’s Melbourne based episode

L-R Mama Karamanlis (Zoe Carides) Baba Karamanlis, (Tony Nikolakopoulos) and Stella (Claire Van Der Boom) with US Marine Robert Leckie (James Badge Dale).
Turkish television station will censor a scene from The Pacific which features Greek Australians relaying the burning of Smyrna (Ismir) to US Marine
The Pacific a 10-episode HBO miniseries about World War II will air in Turkey minus a scene featuring dialogue about “Turks torching Smyrna” after recapturing the Aegean city from the Greek Army.
The Pacific, which focuses on the U.S. Japanese conflict during World War II, will be aired starting April 18 in Turkey without the deleted scene, the hybrid business/financial and entertainment channel CNBC-e has announced.
The scene occurs in the third episode of the series and features a Melbourne based Greek woman, played by Australian actor, Zoe Carides, talking to an American soldier, telling him the Turks “invaded and torched Smyrna” in 1922.
Smyrna a Greek city in the then Ottoman Empire. The channel said it has notified HBO of its decision to delete the scene.
A great fire took place in Smyrna in September 1922, lit by Nationalist Turks were the ones who started the blaze, this is disputed in the Turkish media and is a matter that has turned into a dispute.

Some Turkish columnists have agreed with CNBC-e and official Turkish line, denying the fire in Smyrna (now İzmir) was lit by the Turks and blame the retreating Greek army.
Others, however, say the fire started after the recapture of the city by the Turks.
“The fire started Sept. 13, four days after the city’s liberation,” wrote Engin Ardıç, a columnist for daily Sabah. “It grew and spread Sept. 14 and reached the 1st Kordon on Sept. 15 and 16.”
There are official accounts by American, British and Australian consular officials and military officers at the time, which describe scenes of devastation and wholesale slaughter of Smyrna’s Greeks by the Turkish nationalist army.
The episode screens tonight on Channel 7 at 8:30pm
(source: neos kosmos)

£300,000 Bouzianis leads London Greek art sale

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Frau mit Tisch und Stuhl by Georgios Bouzianis
The 2010 Greek art market starts here, as Bonhams hopes to build on its successful 2009
The biggest work ever to appear at auction by the major Greek expressionist painter Georgios Bouzianis, entitled Frau mit Tisch und Stuhl, is expected to sell for £200,000-300,000.
The artwork, measuring 138 x 105 cm, will go under the hammer at Bonhams’ 16th Greek Sale at New Bond Street. The sale takes place on Tuesday, May 18.
According to Bonhams, a mixture of paintings and sculpture by some of the most famous 19th century, modern and contemporary Greek artists will be offered in its biannual sale.
The Bouzianis painting will feature among 145 lots, with prices ranging from £2,000-300,000.
Billed as the first Greek Sale of 2010, Bonhams will be hoping for a remarkable performance following the £7m in sales it achieved in 2009 which placed the auction house at the forefront of the UK’s Greek art market.
Other important lots in the sale include Matins by Nikiforos Lytras (estimated at £200,000-300,000) and a beautiful seascape by Ioannis Poulakas, entitled Sailing Ship and Steamer (estimated at £150,000-200,000).

Trieste: A tribute to the poet Nikos Gatsos

The Centre of the Hellenic Foundation for Culture in Italy presents “a tribute to the Greek poet Nikos Gatsos” – Poems set to music by Manos Hadjidakis, Mikis Theodorakis and Stavros Xarhakos in collaboration with the Center for Modern Greek Studies of the University of Trieste and the Greek Community of Trieste. The event will take place on Friday, April 23, 2010, at 17:30 hrs, at the Giubileo-Filoxenia events hall of the Greek Community of Trieste. The event is organized by Mrs. Maria Kassotaki, lecturer at the Center for Modern Greek Studies of the University of Trieste, in co-operation with the HFC Centre in Italy.

The programme includes:

1. Introduction: A presentation of the period “Poets of the generation of the 30’s” – the generation to which Nikos Gatsos belongs – by the philologist Professor D. Mammis.
2. Presentation of the poet’s life and work by the philologist Martina Bradaschia.
3. A brief historical presentation and recitation of poems set to music by the philologist Martina Bradaschia. Then follows interpretation by the contralto Elena Albertelli. Piano: Federico Consoli.
Friday, April 23, 2010, at 17:30 hrs,
Giubileo-Filoxenia events hall of the Greek Community of Trieste

Athens’ Historic Panathenian Stadium reopens to visitors

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Athens’ historic Panathenian (Kallimarmaro) Stadium, the venue of the first Modern Olympic Games in 1896, has reopened for visits by the public after being closed for restoration at the beginning of 2000 and reopening briefly for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, during which the Classical Marathon finish and the Archery finals were hosted there.
The legendary stadium, dating back to 330 BC, has traditionally hosted athletic events and been a center of attraction for millions of visitors from all over the world, and is one of the most important monuments in Athens and all of Greece, and this led the Hellenic Olympic Committee to decide to reopen the Stadium as a visitors’ destination.
The Stadium is now open to visitors throughout the year, from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. between March and October, and from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m between November and February, with guided tours, while the ticket price has been set at three (3) euros.
The guided tours include information on the Stadium’s rich history, architecture, construction and restoration, its location, and landmark events for athletics and Greek civilization, and especially its Olympics history.

The Panathenian Stadium (stadium of all the Athenians), also known as the Kallimarmaro (meaning ‘beautifully marbled’) Stadium, is the only major stadium in the world constructed entirely of white marble, and indeed of the world-renowned white “Penteli marble” from nearby Mt. Penteli, the same marble that was used 2,400 earlier for the construction of the Parthenon on the Acropolis.
In antiquity it was used to host the athletic part of the Panathenian Games organised in honor of Athens’ patron goddess Athena.
The site of the Panathenian Stadium was originally a small natural valley, between the two hills of Agra and Ardyttos, over the Ilissos River. The earliest Stadium consisted of a “dromos” or flat track for running events, with a rectangular “theatron” surrounding it for seating, and open at the north end, with wooden seating.

It was restored by Lykourgos in 330-329 BC for the athletic competitions of “Panathinea”, the greatest festivities in ancient Athens, entirely in Pentelic marble. Between 140 and 144 AD, Herodus Atticus again restored the Stadium, giving it the form that was found in the 1870 excavation: the horseshoe construction with a track 204.07 meters long and 33.35 meters wide. It is believed that the Stadium had a seating capacity of 50,000 people.
The last restoration was in 1895 for the first Modern Olympics the following year, with funding provided by the Greek benefactor George Averoff based on designs by architects Anastassios Metaxas and Ernst Ziller. The Stadium was built long before dimensions for athletic venues were standardised, and its track and layout followed the ancient “horseshow” model, with a seating capacity of 80,000 on 50 rows of marble steps, while it currently holds 45,000 spectators.

The Stadium is the finishing point for the contemporary Marathon race which was held each October. This is a modern re-enactment (first held during the inaugural modern Olympic Games, staged in Athens in 1896) of the run of the Athenian hoplite (heavily armed soldier) Pheidippides who, in 490 BC, sped from the battlefield at Marathon in northeastern Attica, where the Athenians and their allies the Plataians had just defeated the superior forces of the Persian King Darius, to announce to his fellow citizens that the victory was theirs. He than died immediately from exhaustion. The official distance of the route from the ancient bridge at Marathon to the Stadium is 42.2 km (26.2 miles), which was codified for the 1924 Olympic Games held in Paris.

More recently, the Kallimarmaro Stadium was selected as the main motif for a high value euro collectors’ coin, namely the “Panathenian Stadium commemorative coin” minted in 2003 in honor of the Athens 2004 Olympics. The Stadium is also depicted on the flip side of all the Olympic medals awarded during the 2004 Games and the following summer Olympics of Beijing in 2008.

Archbishop of Cyprus visits Theological School of Chalki

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Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos II visited on Monday the Theological School of Chalki, in the framework of his official visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
He was welcomed by the Bishop of Moschonisia and Halki’s Abbot Apostolos. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew guided Chrysostomos to the School.
Welcoming the Archbishop, Apostolos described his visit as an historical one, since this is the first visit of a Primate of the Cyprus Church at least in the last 100 years.
He also said that Chrysostomos’ visit underlines the very close bonds between the two Churches, while he also noted the fact that many Cypriot clergymen were educated there.
On his part, the Cypriot Archbishop noted the School’s great contribution to the Church of Cyprus, since until today many of its graduates offer their services to Cyprus’s Church.
He also expressed the wish that the School will soon reopen.

Marina & The Diamonds: New single

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Off the back of her brilliant performance at the NME Awards as well as the release of her top 5 debut album The Family Jewels, Marina and the Diamonds, AKA Greek/Welsh 24 year old Marina Diamandis, is to release her new single I Am Not A Robot on April 26th 2010 through 679/Atlantic Records.
IANAR was originally included in the release of last year’s The Crown Jewels EP and the accompanying video by Rankin is among one of her most loved by fans. A firm crowd favourite, Marina commented: “I’ve decided to release ‘I am Not A Robot’ as my next single, as people seem to empathize and relate with the song, regardless of gender or age”
The single release will feature remixes by the likes of LA afro-beat/world music act Fool’s Gold as well as sprawling New England indie collective Passion Pit.
Marina’s debut album The Family Jewels will be released in the US on May 25th 2010 through Atlantic Records/Chop Shop.

Greek air traffic controllers delay strike

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The union for Greek air traffic controllers delayed Monday a strike set for later this week to avoid adding to the woes of passengers caught in the air travel paralysis caused by a volcanic ash cloud.
“In light of the situation, we do not want to add to the discomfort of the passengers”, the head of the EEEKE union, Angelos Sotiropoulos, told AFP.
The union will decide at a later date when to hold the strike originally set for this Thursday and Friday.
Air traffic controllers last week had decided to hold a two-day strike to protest against the Greek government’s austerity plan to dea with the country’s debt crisis and the reorganisation of the civil aviation service.

Flight Update for Greece: Forecasted volcanic ash cloud movement may mean closure of airports in Greece tomorrow

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The calculation of ash cloud movement on Monday at 20:00 EEST by the National Environmental Research Institute in Aarhus University, Denmark, shows that the airspace in Greece and at all Greek Airports, including Athens and Thessaloniki airport, will be affected by the volcanic ash cloud by 1500 UTC ( 1700 Local) tomorrow the 20th of April.
On Monday, the 19th April all Greek Airports remained open and are currently only effected by disruptions for air traffic from/to Athens International Airport to certain European airports. Aegean has already cancelled 16 flights to European destinations for tomorrow and Olympic airlines has cancelled two flights, so far.

The official site of International Airport of Athens, Eleftherios Venizelos, in a statement today, warns passengers to contact their airlines for flight information, as most of European airports are closed, and most of the flights are experiencing delays or are cancelled.
Although, with the recent decision of the European Union transport ministers on Monday, who agreed to start gradually easing flight restriction, this potential closure could be avoided. Under the agreement, the area immediately around the volcano will remain closed but ministers called for the “progressive and coordinated” opening of airspace in a second zone further from the volcano.”From tomorrow morning we should see more planes flying,” EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas told a news conference after the ministers’ held a video conference. He said the agreement would go into force at 0600 GMT on Tuesday, adding: “There will be no compromise on safety.”

Spyros Kouvelis’ speech at the Cypriot Federation of America Convention

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“Our stance is clear. After the so-called elections in the occupied regions of Cyprus, the discussions for a just, viable and functional resolution of the Cyprus issue, must continue” stated the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Spyros Kouvelis, during his speech at the Cypriot Federation of America Convention, held in Queens, New York.
Mr. Kouvelis conveyed a message from the Prime Minister of Greece addressed to the attendants and expressed the gratitude of the Greek government for their struggle, both for their birthplace and Hellenism subsequently. Speaking of the current situation in Greece, he repeated that “despite the difficulties and hardships that our country is currently going through, rest assured that we will make it and better days will follow”.
At the conference of Cypriots abroad, MP of New Democracy, Ioannis Tragakis, addressed a salutation on behalf of the bipartisan delegation of the Greek Parliament, located in the U.S. city for the celebrations of the Diaspora. The delegation is composed of Elpida Tsouri (president of the Special Permanent Committee of Greeks Abroad of the Greek Parliament), Chryssi Arapoglou and Ioannis Diamantides from the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK), Ioannis Tragakis and Spyros Taliadouros from New Democracy party, Grigoris Psarianos from SYRIZA and Kyriakos Velopoulos representing LAOS
Speeches were made at the convention by the Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, Nikolas Emiliou, and the ambassadors of Greece and Cyprus in Washington, Vassilis Kaskarelis and Andreas Kakouris respectively, who informed the attendants on issues regarding developments on the Cyprus issue.

The conference, during which the Archibishop of America, Demetrios also made a speech, dealt mainly with issues regarding the national issue, but also the mission of the Cypriot Federation of America. The President of the Cypriot Federation of America, Panikos Papanikolaou, as well as the President of the International Coordinating Committee Justice for Cyprus (PSEKA), Phillip Christopher, and other members of Cypriot bodies in the US and members of the Federation, presented the work which has been done over the past few years and suggested ways to support the activities for the promotion of national issues.
During the conventions of the Cypriot Federation, veteran members of the Federation, Aris Dimitriou, who will be one hundred years old this coming November, and the treasurer of the Federation, who has been in this position for many years, Nikos Neokleous, for their long contribution to the struggle for Cyprus and the Diaspora.
On Monday Mr. Kouvelis will have a private meeting with the Archbishop of America Demetrios, and in the evening (Greek Time) he will be meeting with the Under-Secretary General of the UN, John Holmes.
On Tuesday he will be visiting the Saint Demetrios Astoria School and later he will make a speech at Columbia University.
On Wednesday he will depart for Chicago.

Justification a century later

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One hundred and more years have passed since their Grandfathers who lived in Asia Minor obtained a life and property insurance policy in the U.S. Company New York Life, which operated since 1882 in the Ottoman Empire.
Today 2850 Greek beneficiaries started to receive funds from the insurance policy of their ancestors, starting at 800 dollars up to 5000 Euros each. “It is an unprecedented event. It is proof of the brilliant minds of the people of Asia Minor, who held the trade of Asia Minor in their hands and insured their lives and merchandise.” highlighted Efthimios Arzoglou, the President of the Panhellenic Federation of Associations of Asia Minor, in a press conference.