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Lighting the way to 2010 Youth Olympic Games

The official ceremony for the Lighting of the Olympic flame that will burn at the inaugural Youth Olympics Games in Singapore will take place today (July 23) at Ancient Olympia.
In the presence of International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge and Minister of Culture Pavlos Yeroulanos, the priestess will stand in front of the 2,600 year-old Temple of Hera and by using a concave mirror will light a silver torch with the sun’s rays.
As soon as the flame is lit, the Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame will begin travelling in five cities across the globe: Berlin, Dakar, Mexico City, Auckland and Seoul.
Yesterday, a successful rehearsal was conducted and hundreds of tourists, visiting the site where the Ancient Olympics were held from 776 BC to 393 AD, witnessed the event. The first ever Youth Olympic Games will be held from August 14 to 26 in Singapore.
Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism: The Archaeological site of Olympia
(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)

PM George Papandreou: Economic crisis “a crucial national threat”

 

 (GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   Prime Minister George Papandreou, addressing a cabinet meeting on Sunday, termed the economic and monetary crisis “a crucial national threat”.    Papandreou, however, expressed optimism over the favourable outcome of the struggle being waged by the government, calling on all Greeks and the mass media in particular to say “no to panic .”
The major changes that have been scheduled for 2010, which he termed a year of great changes and reforms, must be turned into practice as a precondition for this.
The prime minister made a positive assessment of the first 100 days of the country’s governance which, as he said, “we assumed in a deep and multifaceted crisis with a large size debt and deficits that were bequeathed to us by the previous government.”
He added that the economy alone was not at the root of problems, but the country’s way of governance as well.
Papandreou further said that during the first 100 days the “government stood at the level of its historical responsibility which is to have the citizen as its first concern,” adding that apart from changes in regional administration, great reforms and changes are also required in central administration.
He stressed that the changes will meet with great resistances but expressed certainty that they will have the approval of the Greek people.
Papandreou said that at the end of the coming week the stability and growth programme will be announced, as well as the proposals for government and legislative work that will be following in the near future.
He said he would be giving a press conference at the Zappion Mansion in the middle of the week and would be announcing the main conclusions on governance so far and priorities for the coming period, while calling on ministers to do the same in their field of responsibility.
 The prime minister also announced the creation of a “prestigious advisory committee” on the modernisation and operation of the government and institutional bodies with the principle “the citizen first” always being the target.
He stressed that the new architecture of self administration is part of the government’s overall planning so that on November 14, 2010, local administration elections will be held for the new strong municipalities and the regions.
Papandreou added that the “implementation of the great vision of the world of local administration will begin,” terming this task extremely difficult and for which the consent of all is required and that the government shall seek.
He further pointed out that resources for local administration will be secured in the framework of taxation policy and added that with the electoral law which will be voted in Parliament “a decisive blow will be dealt at black political money”.
Papandreou also referred to the government’s struggle for transparency and expressed satisfaction for the positive response met by his initiative to request from the President of the Republic to convene a meeting of party leaders.
Lastly, the prime minister also referred to the bomb attack that occurred in front of the Parliament building on Saturday, stressing that “no one and with no action can intimidate the country’s political world” and underlined that “we are not going to let such an action pass like this.”

The Olympic Torch Relay Lit up Enthusiasm

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) The Canadian Press reports on the burst of excitement brought in Messolonghi by the 2010 Winter Olympic torch relay.

The stop in Messolonghi was the sixth of 35 and the town was chosen in part because it’s the birthplace of Kostis Palamas, co-author of the Olympic Hymn .
After the flame was lit in Olympia, the relay took off towards northern Greece for an eight-day run, organised by the Hellenic Olympic Committee. Over the course of its journey in the birthplace of the Games, it travelled 2,180 kilometres. Today the flame arrives in Canada and a special welcome ceremony is to be held in the city of Victoria. City of Messolonghi: Olympic Light Enthusiastically Greeted

Campaign to Return the Parthenon Marbles to Athens

» London

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) Having won a place on the fourth plinth in the north west of Trafalgar Square, as part of the “One & Other Project,” nineteen year-old Sofka Smales decided to dedicate her time and space to promote the cause of the restitution of the Parthenon Marbles.  On September 12, she stood on the plinth and explained why she thought that the cause was worthy. “I have always felt that the Parthenon Marbles should rightly be returned to their country of origin. Especially now, that a first class museum has been built to house them,” said Smales. Link to the organiser of the event, the British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles

International Campaign to Return the Parthenon Marbles to Athens: http://www.parthenonuk.com/  & www.parthenoninternational.orgwww.elginism.comwww.marblesreunited.org.ukwww.acropolisofathens.gr

» Paris

The right for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece is highlighted in an article in France’s Le Monde newspaper (Le Parthénon mérite ses marbres) by author and honourary professor of Sorbonne University, Henri Godard who calls on the Louvre Museum to set a “good example”, by being the first to return to Greece pieces of the ancient monument, the Acropolis.  In his article, Godard maintains that the construction of the New Acropolis Museum weakens every argument of the past concerning those who refuse to return pieces, which have been removed from the Parthenon.   Voice of America: French Calling for Parthenon Marbles

UNICEF Campaign for Combating Child Trafficking

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   UNICEF’s awareness campaign for combating child trafficking – “The international economic crisis and child trafficking in the world” – was launched at the Foreign Ministry on July 16. Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis and the President of the Hellenic National Committee for UNICEF,  Lambros Kanellopoulos, presented the campaign.  “The basic message of the campaign we are launching today is that we – particularly those of us living in the prosperous regions of this world – have a duty to stop this economic crisis from becoming a crisis of values,” Bakoyannis said in her speech.  The UNICEF initiative, which is being carried out in collaboration with the Foreign Ministry, is the second part of a major campaign that includes the broadcasting of specially made radio and television spots throughout the country. 

PRZYZNANIE W WARSZAWIE NAGRODY DLA DIMITRIS’A DIMITRIADIS’A, BYŁEGO PRZEWODNICZĄCEGO KOMITETU SPOŁECZNO EKONOMICZNEGO

dimitriadisBusiness Center Club – największa organizacja przedsiębiorców w Polsce, zrzeszająca ponad 1200 członków – zorganizował 3 kwietnia w warszawskim Centrum Olimpijskim uroczystość, podczas której wręczono nagody przedstawicielom biznesu. Oprócz uhonorowanych przedsiębiorców z Polski, BBC wyróżnił również Dimitris’a Dimitriadis’a, który do 2008 roku pełnił funkcję Przewodniczącego Europejskiego Komitetu Społeczno-Ekonomicznego (Εuropean Economic and Social Committee).

Europejski Komitet Społeczno – Ekonomiczny stanowi pomost w komunikacji pomiędzy unijnymi organami a społeczeństwem obywatelskim, czyli pomiędzy pracodawcami a pracobiorcami oraz różnymi grupami interesów (konsumenci, przedstawiciele organizacji ochrony środowiska itp).

W ramach konsultacji Europejskiej Polityki Społeczno – Ekonomicznej  ze społeczeństwami obywatelskimi państw członkowskich Business Center Club przyznał nagrodę dla Dimitris’a Dimitriadisa, odznaczając go za wkład w promowaniu europejskiej przedsiębiorczości.

 ΒΡΑΒΕΥΣΗ ΣΤΗ ΒΑΡΣΟΒΙΑ ΔΗΜΗΤΡΗ ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΑΔΗ, ΠΡΩΗΝ ΠΡΟΕΔΡΟΥ ΕΥΡΩΠΑΪΚΗΣ ΟΙΚΟΝΟΜΙΚΗΣ ΚΑΙ ΚΟΙΝΩΝΙΚΗΣ ΕΠΙΤΡΟΠΗΣ

Το Business Center Club – η μεγαλύτερη επιχειρηματική οργάνωση στην Πολωνία, πού συσπειρώνει στους κόλπους της 1.200 περίπου μέλη – πραγματοποίησε στις 3 Απριλίου στο Ολυμπιακό Κέντρο της Βαρσοβίας εκδήλωση βράβευσης της επιχειρηματικότητας.

Πέρα από τους Πολωνούς επιχειρηματίες που τιμήθηκαν, το BCC βράβευσε και τον Δημήτρη Δημητριάδη, ο οποίος και διετέλεσε μέχρι το 2008 Πρόεδρος της Ευρωπαϊκής Οικονομικής και Κοινωνικής Επιτροπής (Εuropean Economic and Social Committee)

Η Ευρωπαϊκή Οικονομική και Κοινωνική Επιτροπή αποτελεί τη γέφυρα επικοινωνίας μεταξύ των κοινοτικών οργάνων και της κοινωνίας των πολιτών, δηλαδή των εργοδοτών και εργαζομένων αλλά και των διαφόρων ομάδων συμφερόντων (καταναλωτών, εκπροσώπων περιβαλλοντικών οργανώσεων κλπ).

Στο πλαίσιο αυτό των διαβουλεύσεων της Ευρωπαϊκής Οικονομικής και Κοινωνικής Πολιτικής με τις κοινωνίες πολιτών των κρατών μελών, εντάσσεται και η βράβευση του Δημήτρη Δημητριάδη από το Business Center Club, που τον τίμησε για την συμβολή του στην προώθηση της ευρωπαϊκής επιχειρηματικότητας.

UN: Reopen Halki Seminary

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)

The United Nations’ Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has invited Turkey to reopen the Greek Orthodox Theological School on the island of Halki, after the Turkish authorities’ decision to close the Halki seminary in 1971.  The Committee has also called on Turkey to return confiscated properties and promptly to execute all related judgements by the European Court of Human Rights. Furthermore, the Committee noted its concern over the particularly serious situation of the Greek minority and calls urgently upon Turkey to redress such discrimination as well as respect human rights. The Theological School of Halki, established in 1844, was a prestigious centre of culture and civilisation. During its years of operation the school counted many internationally renowned scholars.