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International Award for Technical University of Crete

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) Professor of the Technical Univresity of Crete has recently been awarded by the world’s leading professional association IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), the “IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers,” a distinction bestowed to IEEE members who have made significant contributions to the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems.  The award is being sponsored by the Intelligent Transportation Systems Society, a society within IEEE who attracts mostly civil and mechanical engineers who apply intelligent systems technologies on traditional transportation disciplines. Markos Papageorgiou is professor at the Department of Production Engineering and Management and head of the Dynamic Systems and Simulation Laboratory at the Technical University of Crete. He was awarded for his valuable scientific contribution in model construction and traffic flow control. The awarding ceremony took place on the sidelines of the 11th International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (October 12-15) in Beijing, where Papageorgiou delivered a lecture on the topic.


Greece supports Cyprus

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   Meeting her Cypriot counterpart Markos Kyprianou in Athens on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis relayed Greece’s support for Cyprus President Dimitris Christofias’ efforts to solve the Cyprus issue. The meeting was held just two days before the round of a new phase of negotiations between Christofias and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat. Bakoyannis particularly emphasised Cyprus’ capacity as a member of the EU and the European dimension the solution must have, stressing that this should ensure the safety and prosperity of Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots without including “vague interventionist rights.”  Athens News Agency: Support for Christofias in Athens; Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Cyprus – The Parameters of the Problem and the Solution; Statements of FM DoraBakoyannis and her Cypriot counterpart, Markos Kyprianou, following their meeting

Rebetika: The Greek Blues

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   British music journalist Peter Paphides writes about the music of rebetika, “the Greek blues” in the Times (UK). Rembetika as a genre has often been compared to the American blues, due to its underground roots and its themes of exile, loss of family, substance abuse, unrequited love, imprisonment and death. Paphides makes special mention to legendary rebetika musician Markos Vamvakaris, “the Robert Johnson of rebetika, with a back story just as mythical as Johnson’s crossroads encounter with the Devil” and to famous composer Manos Hadjidakis. Hadjidakis assimilated rebetika melodies and lyrics into his own music, setting about to create a music “that Greece could call its own, using rebetika, traditional rural folk songs and Byzantine influences.  Times Online: Rebetika – I guess that’s why they call it the Greek bluesWorld Media on Greece – Culture and Education ; Secretariat General of Information: