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Rampling Reads Cavafy

Charlotte Rampling(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  Renowned English actress Charlotte Rampling (Order of the British Empire) and Polydoros Voyatzis hosted an evening of poetry and prose at the Athens French Institute Auditorium on October 8.  Rampling and Voyatzis red extracts from Margerite Yurcenar’s books and from Constantinos Kavafis poems, in French and in Greek.

Greek Beautiful Minds

Papadimitriou(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias honoured Dr. Constantinos Daskalakis, a 28-year-old postdoctoral researcher, who was recently awarded the 2008 Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) for his work “The Complexity of Computing a Nash Equilibrium.”  Daskalakis’s dissertation provides an algorithmic perspective on Game Theory and the concept of the Nash equilibrium. In fact, Daskalakis examines whether rational individuals can arrive at a state where no single one of them would be better off switching strategies unless others did so as well.  Such a state is called ‘Nash equilibrium’, in honour of the brilliant mathematician John Nash, who defined it, and is traditionally used in Game Theory. Daskalakis managed to show that in complex systems the Nash equilibrium is computationally unachievable in some cases, answering an algorithmic question that has been open since John Nash’s definition of the concept in the 1950s.  A graduate of the National Technical University of Athens with a degree in electrical and computer engineering, Daskalakis is an assistant professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a member of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

Cavafy in Russian

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  The world of Constantinos Cavafy has just opened up to Russian lovers of poetry, thanks to a new book of his verse in translation. This exciting journey has been made possible with the publication of a beautifully crafted edition “Constantine Cavafy: Complete Poems,” translated by Sonia Ilinskaya. The latter began her work on Cavafy in 1967 and is credited with introducing the Alexandrian poet to the broader Russian public. The publication of the new volume was carried out with the support of the Greek Ministry of Culture and the National Library of Greece, as part of the activities of the Faculty of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies at Lomonosov Moscow State University. It is also noteworthy that the Hellenic Foundation of Culture in Alexandria is hosting a tribute to Cavafy until February 28, including exhibitions of drawings and paintings, a book-fair with Cavafy’s poets in translation (in 25 languages), film screenings and poetry readings, aiming to present the impact of the work of the Alexandrian poet worldwide.

Thinking about the Greece’s Energy Agenda

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   Focusing on Greece’s energy agenda for the present year and the complexity of the international energy environment, Dr. Constantinos Filis, head of Russia & Eurasia Centre at the Athens-based Institute of International Relations (www.cere.gr), underlines that in the 2007 the groundwork was laid for the implementation of three energy projects of major importance for Greece: the Burgas-Alexandroupoli oil pipeline; the Interconnector Turkey-Greece-Italy (ITGI); and the South Stream natural gas pipeline.  If these projects see completion, Greece will emerge as an oil and natural gas conduit-another link in the European hydrocarbon supply chain originating in the Caspian basin, if not a Southeast European energy hub- and will enjoy a correspondingly enhanced geostrategic role. Greece’s national security will also be bolstered, as will its energy security – depending on the quantities of energy that can be secured for supplying the domestic market – and, over time, the stability of the wider region.  Greece’s Energy Agenda for 2008 by Dr. Constantinos Filis, The Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee, Internet Journal, Volume 18; Secretariat General of Information: Greece – Major Think Tanks 

Record Price for Greek Art

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   Some of the top names in the recent Greek Sale that took place at Sotheby’s in London on April 17 included Constantinos Volanakis, George Iakovides, and Nikolaos Gyzis. More specifically, Iakovides’ “Grandpa’s New Pipe” earned first place, sold for €664,535, a record sale for this artist at an auction. Once again, the increasing interest in Greek art works on an international level has been demonstrated. The total turnover of the auction reached an overwhelming €11,866,665. Kathimerini daily: Iakovides work goes under the hammer for record price at Sotheby’s sale in London;    Continue reading