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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)
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EPP Group Convenes

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  Recent European election results, the forthcoming challenges of the newly-elected European Parliament, the Swedish Presidency’s priorities and the European Parliament’s relations with the national parliaments constitute the focus of the EPP Group Study Days which is taking place in Athens from June 29 to July 2. The meeting will be attended by Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis, the Presidents of the European Parliament Hans-Gert Poettering and the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, several Commissioners, as well as by many MEPs and politicians from EU countries. EU Commission Vice President for Justice, Freedom and Security Jacques Barrot will also be in Athens and will have meetings with Greek officials to discuss ways to tackle illegal migration.

Greece through the Lens of Jacques Lacarrière

lacarriere3(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   100 photos of the great French Hellenist, Jacques Lacarrière (1925-2005) will be showcased at a photo exhibition at the Benaki Museum from December 4 to January 4, 2009.  Writer and traveller Lacarrière was one of the most astute observers of Greece. Always accompanied by his ‘Leica’ camera, he travelled to Greece often (1947-66), collecting material for several of his travel books. The exhibition runs within the “Photo Festival of Athens 2008.” Benaki Museum: Jacques Lacarrière- “Greece through his lens

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