Olympic Torch for sale on Ebay

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The 2010 Olympic torch relay has barely started,
and already somebody has put one of the 12,000 torches being used up for sale on eBay.
The starting bid is $2,500 US, and has attracted one bid in three days. The auction ends Saturday at 1:44 p.m.
It seems somewhat unpatriotic for a Canadian to turn around and sell their torch mere days after the Olympic flame reached Canada. But as it turns out, the seller probably isn’t Canadian — the torch is being sold from Athens, Greece.
The seller’s eBay name is Douramakos, and states that they have been selling Olympics memorabilia for 25 years.
“This is one of the first torches used in the torch relay in Greece,” reads the eBay listing.
“The gas canister was taken out from all torches by the organizers after each torch bearer finished their run.”
It is a fairly detailed listing — Douramakos has put up 15 photos of the torch.
You can find it by searching “2010 Olympic torch” on the eBay site.
Torches are one of the most prized collectibles from the Olympics. Some are quite valuable — an Olympic torch from the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary is worth about $10,000 US.

Source: Calgary Herald

Pirates take Greek ship toward Somali coast

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A Greek cargo ship hijacked this week was being taken toward the Somali coast, but its crew members were unharmed, the ship’s operating company said on Saturday.
“The master of the vessel has reported that the crew are unharmed and the vessel is sailing towards the Somali coast,” Athens-based Meadway Shipping and Trading Inc said in a statement.
“The company is currently doing everything in its power to ensure the situation is resolved quickly.”
Meadway Inc said the cargo ship, Delvina, was hijacked early on Thursday northeast of the Comoros Islands in the Indian Ocean. It had been sailing from Ukraine to Mombasa in Kenya.
Greek port police on Friday said the Delvina was captured 280 nautical miles east of the Tanzanian coast.
The company gave no details on the crew, but the European Union’s naval mission to the region said it numbers 14 Filipinos and seven Ukrainians.
Another Panamanian-flagged Greek ship, Theophoros I, was attacked early Thursday in the Gulf of Aden but the pirates were driven off.
The Theophoros I continued its route to Hong Kong escorted by two warships of the anti-piracy international force in the area.
Greek authorities said the crew used high-pressure hoses against the pirates, but a Turkish military official said later the Turkish warship Gediz averted the attack.
A military statement said five pirates were trying to attack the Theophoros, which belongs to Greek company Good Faith. The Turks seized weapons including a rocket launcher, it added.
The incident happened 125 kilometres (about 80 miles) off the coast.
(source: AFP)

Spotlight on Anastasia Tubanos

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Anastasia Tubanos is a TV/new media producer, host and interviewer from Toronto, Canada. She is known for her web series, Your Greek News, BSGcast, WHIRtv and Your GEEK News.

Born in Toronto, and raised in the suburb of Newmarket, Ontario by her Korean mother and Greek father, Anastasia is a graduate of Ryerson University’s prestigious Journalism program. She specialized in Television Broadcast, which, combined with her writing for tech publication the Web Host Industry Review, led her into the field of New Media/Online Journalism.

Anticipating the popularity of web video, in 2005 – hot on the heels of the birth of YouTube – Anastasia helped launch one of the first weekly video podcasts on the web, WHIRtv, fulfilling the roles of host and producer.

A year later, Anastasia launched Your Greek News, a video podcast for the Hellenic Community abroad, where she produced and hosted the weekly show. As Anastasia’s concept, she has taken Your Greek News from a web show to a full-fledged Television program, and it can now be seen airing 30-minute episodes on MEGA Cosmos Canada, where it represents the Canadian Content for the station.

In 2007, Anastasia launched BSGcast, the definitive Battlestar Galactica aftershow, and Your GEEK News, the award-winning entertainment news web series as co-host and producer. She also joined the Naked Wine Show as producer in 2008.

Anastasia has contributed as a reporter and co-host for the Globe and Mail, Webnation on CP24 and Discovery, Woman.ca, Galacticast, G4TechTV’s Call for Help and The Auction Network. As an interview aficionado, Anastasia has also had the pleasure of chatting to Hollywood actors, C-Level executives and Tech personalities including Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Mary McDonnell (Battlestar Galactica and Oscar nominee for Dances with Wolves), Christine Cushing (Food Network), Jimmy Wales (co-founder of Wikipedia) and Matt Mullenweg (founder of WordPress).

Anastasia is a classically trained pianist, an avid reader of memoirs, a hot yoga addict and loves to travel. She is currently training for the Niagara International Marathon in October 2009 and is fervently planning out her journey to India in November.

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You can also visit her website AnastasiaTubanos.com

“Soccer is my religion, but this is just the beginning.’’

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Khalil Popal, a 21 year old Afgani refugee living in Sydney, signed a soccer contract with Greek club Panthrakikos F.C. last month, making him the first-ever Afghan-born person to play first-division soccer in Europe. A high school graduate from the state of New South Wales Australia, Popal has been playing football for 14 years.

Until he was 12, Popal lived in war-torn Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, where, because of the danger he wouldn’t attend school and television & radio were luxuries. “Because we had no soccer ball and because we had to play inside, we would take a T-shirt, roll it up and tie it together tightly with string to make the ball, while we used shoes for the goals.’’Khalil describes.

His family escaped to Australia in 2001, where Popal was recruited in the youth leagues and competed in Futsal competitions.

He spent 2007 playing for Brazil’s Futsal Olympico and Atletico Mineiro clubs, and eventually made the Australian beach football team.

In August this year, Popal was flown over to trial with Panthrakikos’s second-division side, after they viewed the resume that he had sent them. He impressed club officials so much they immediately signed him up to the first-division team.

He is travelling to the Asian Beach Football Championships in Dubai this week where the team has the chance to qualify for the world championships, also in Dubai a week later.

On conclusion of his beach football duties, Popal will return to Greece, where he has media crews anxiously waiting to talk to him. He has signed a preliminary one-year contract with Panthrakikos, where he will get a car, accommodation and a six-figure salary.

Popal featured in the McDonald’s advertisement for the 2006 World Cup and the BBC is planning to make a documentary on his life.

“It’s not possible for me to balance two balls on one foot, so it’s the green and gold who I am proud to represent.’’ Popal says about his Australian citizenship.

Sources: blacktown-advocate.whereilive.com.au, khalilpopal.blogspot.com

«The Legend of Jimmy the Greek», run Tuesday night (11/10)

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ESPN’s “30 for 30” documentary series concludes its initial, six-week run Tuesday night with “The Legend of Jimmy the Greek,” a look at Jimmy Snyder, the famed Vegas handicapping expert who became much more famous as a member of CBS’ “The NFL Today” cast.
Snyder helped turn gambling into a more mainstream concept for sports fans as a pop culture figure with enormous reach.
But Snyder had a dark side to his personality, presumably related to family tragedy in both his childhood and adult lives.
Then Snyder lost everything after publicly expressing his theory on the perceived superiority of black athletes.
This film, by Fritz Mitchell, a young researcher on “The NFL Today” in the Greek’s era, is dark and slow moving at times, but will fill in younger viewers on the phenomenon behind a sports media name they probably have heard but know little about.
Thus far the series has had a dark tone overall, and has skewed heavily toward the first decade of ESPN’s 30-year window.
Happier, more recent subjects are promised in 2010.
The series resumes Dec. 12 with a two-hour look at the University of Miami football program that follows the Heisman Trophy presentation.

The twisted killer of Eleni Pachou loses jail appeal

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A KILLER has failed in a bid to have his prison sentence cut for the brutal murder of a former work colleague at a restaurant.
Juan Crispin, 38, claimed the 20-year minimum term he must serve under a life sentence for the murder of Eleni Pachou was excessive.
But judges at the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh said the sentence was “entirely appropriate” even for a first offender.
Lady Paton, hearing the appeal with Lord Carloway, said: “It was a truly appalling and despicable crime with many aggravating features, not least that an accomplished young woman lost her life in a nightmare attack.”
She said Crispin had tricked his former colleague into a late-night meeting at Di Maggio’s in Glasgow’s Byres Road area in May last year “when there was no one nearby to help or protect her”.
Greek national Ms Pachou, 25, (foto) died after suffering 17 stab wounds. More than £1300 had been taken from the safe.
Crispin’s former lover, Marion Hinshelwood, 44, said he had planned the robbery as he was desperate for money.
Cleaner Hinshelwood, of Dowanhill, Glasgow, pled guilty to the culpable homicide of the victim on the basis that she had provided the knife. She was jailed for four and a half years.
(source: daily record)

WHAT has direct marketing to do with the Trojan War?

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The Direct Marketing Association of Malaysia (DMAM) is using the Trojan Horse as a symbol for the DMAM Awards, to be held in Petaling Jaya on Dec 4.
Its president Sreedhar Subramaniam says in a statement that the Trojan horse, instrumental in the Greeks’ victory over the Trojans, was adopted as the theme for this year’s awards because it is, like direct marketing, “an effective weapon.”
Arc Worldwide Malaysia is organising the DMAM Awards this year. According to its creative director Valerie Chen, the Trojan horse is a great example of creativity and effectiveness.
“The intriguing packaging, brilliant strategy, critical customer insight, and beneath-the-radar modus operandi makes it the perfect weapon, or direct marketing piece if you will,” she says.
The call-for-entries direct mail campaign saw 200 or so three-dimensional, 2ft-high cardboard Trojan horses being sent to creative directors or senior personnel at agencies as well as to clients. A small envelope illustrated with a picture of Greek warriors can be found in a compartment within the horse, and it bears the letter of invitation.
“Using a dimensional Trojan horse was necessary in creating impact and capturing the attention of a target audience who is exposed to plenty of creative work and who is typically very hard to impress. We also had to get them excited enough to participate in this year’s DMAM awards show,” says Arc creative director Theresa Tsang. Besides this eye-catching call-for-entries pack, Arc has also created an entertaining website (www.mytrojanhorse.com) with a “movie trailer-like intro which sets up the Trojan horse parallel nicely,” Tsang says.
In 2005, the last time Arc was given the task to organise the DMAM Awards, the theme was The Greatest Show on Earth. The call-for-entries pack then came in the form of a dimensional circus caravan personalised with an individual circus troupe name for each agency and client.
The entry deadline for this year’s DMAM Awards is Nov 16.
(source: the star)

Hot New Reality Show, “Perfect Catch” set in the beautiful Greek Isles

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Eight sexy and single contestants will be island hopping the Greek Isles in search for their “Perfect Catch”.

The host of the show will be Carmen Electra, who will lead them on this quest for love.  Carmen is in awe of Greece’s islands. She states, “The Greek islands are just beautiful.  If you’re going to find sexy gorgeous people anywhere in the world it has to be there.  Everyone is beautiful!  I couldn’t choose a favourite as I loved them all and can’t wait to back one day.”

The group of four males and four females have come from all around the globe to participate in the contest.  They will visit six islands competing to find their ideal match. The show will brag sites of the most precious gems of the Agean, including Mykonos, Paros, Rhodes, Santorini, and the like. The player who will succeed in catching the perfect mate will win a $50,000 prize. 

You can Tune onto E! to watch “Perfect Catch” on Sunday nights.  Lets see what romance will sizzle under the sun of the Greek isles…

Greek Cultural Center Presents "MOMMY MOTHER MOM"

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The Greek Cultural Center* is presenting its first production of the theatrical season 2009-2010 with a Greek comedy “MOMMY MOTHER MOM” written by George Dialegmenos and directed by Ioanna Katsarou. The play is opening today November 6th in Astoria, Queens and will continue until December 20th, 2009.

The cast includes:”

Christos Alexandridis
Yiannis Amouris
Kristina Siapkara
Konstantina Psomopoulos

Starring Louisa Papazaharias as the Mother (photo left).

Opening on November 6th, with English supertitles, and every Friday, Saturday at 8:00pm and Sunday at 7:00pm. until December 20.  For more information, tickets purchase & reservations please call at 718-726-7329 or via e-mail at [email protected] You can also visit: www.greekculturalcenter.org

* The Greek Cultural Center, Inc. (GCC) is a non-profit organization that opened its doors in 1974. Offering productions in theater, music, folk dance, shadow Puppet Theater, and workshops for all ages, the GCC constantly and consistently strives to ensure that each member of the Greek American community has the opportunity to express themselves creatively through their own inclinations and aptitudes, be educated and informed about culture, and explore their roots and traditions. Every member of the Greek American community has the chance to learn through the arts, reinterpret traditional themes from a contemporary perspective, and understand the position of their language and Hellenic identity, while strongly encouraging the exchange of art and culture with other ethnic groups within the diverse community of New York. The GCC’s activities are continuously enriched and improved to better reflect the needs of our community, as well as maintain the educational and social value of art in society.

Hottest Greek Mum Shares her Beauty Secrets

Eleni Ratnayka won the third prize, the Ovarian Cancer Award, at the International Mrs World Australia competition last month. Eleni is a 25 year old Greek Cypriot and entered the competition –which is exclusively for married women- as she is married with two children.

– How long have you been modeling for?
– Since I was 19-20 years old. I did modeling for Grand Prix, Auto Salons, and many other companies. It has always been interesting &
different.

– How old are your children?
The one is 4 and is called Tarren and the other is 4 months old andcalled Kalen.

-How did you manage to get back to modelling after 4 months (since thebirth of the 2nd child)?

– I went back to work straight away. I never dieted.I never exercised.
I was just lucky. Even the second time I didn’t get any stretch marks or have any weight issues, so I just continued.

– That’s fantastic! So where exactly are your parents from?
– My mum’s from Cyprus and my Dad’s from mainland Greece and I was born over here. I have only visited Cyprus, not Greece yet.

– I wish you all the best in all your future endeavours. Do you mind my asking you your age?
– I am 25 years old.

– And how do you find balancing work and family commitments?
-A little bit hard. My husband’s family is overseas. And my Mum works.
Also my husband works all day too. I manage to squeeze it (work) in here & there amongst my household duties. I can’t stop working; there’s no point in wasting time.

Do you speak Greek at all?
– I understand Greek and can read it, can speak it but not fluently and I don’t speak it at all at home

– To whom would you like to dedicate the award you received?

-The award I won is for everyone that helped by donating and also for those that have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer


– You’ve mentioned you work with youth in your Melbourne suburb- what
is it exactly that you do?

-I mentor youth and would like to lead the young on the right path


–  How important do you think a woman’s appearance is? Especially one with children?

– A women’s appearance is really only important to how the individual feels about how comfortable they are in their own skin and have a choice to modify their appearance with make-up etc which can help them feel better,although in reality you are judged by others upon your physical appearance. After having children it’s important to take care of yourself but as long as you feel good and are healthy then trying to look almost perfect is not necessary. Some people as celebrities have babysitters, nutritionists, personal trainers and can afford to get back into shape and others are naturally able to bounce back to shape with no diet and exercise as myself


– Do you prefer Greek or Sri-lankan food?

– At home I cook all types of food and so we not only enjoy Greek and Sri Lankan food although I think Sri Lankan is my preference


– What do you hope to achieve by winning the Ovarian Cancer award?
– By winning the ovarian cancer award I hope to spread awareness of this cancer further and to help those diagnosed and surviving


– What are your current projects? Any future projects?
– I’m still deciding on my future and what I prosper to continue with


– Any culture conflicts in the family (Greek Sri-lankan)?

-Their are no culture or religious conflicts, my husbands Buddhist and I’m orthodox but we just believe in giving and being good people and thats the most important aspect of any religion I believe.

– Thanks so much for your time, Eleni and all the best!