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Olympic Flame handed from Greece to Beijing

(ATHENS NEWS AGENCY) The Olympic Flame was turned over to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games organisers on Sunday 30 March afternoon during an internationally televised ceremony at Athens’ venerable Panathinaiko Stadium, the site for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, essentially inaugurating the reverse countdown for the closely watched upcoming Summer Games. (The Beijing Olympic Torch Relay 2008: torchrelay.beijing2008.cn/en  ; Beijing 2008 Olympic Games: en.beijing2008.cn  ) Continue reading


The Olympic Flame Arrives in the City of Athens

(CITY OF ATHENS)  Memories of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games are being revived as the torch carrying the sacred Olympic flame arrives in the City of Athens tomorrow, Saturday, March 29, as part of its journey to Beijing. Seven torchbearers will represent the City of Athens in the historic Olympic Torch Relay, which was launched on March 24 in Ancient Olympia. Faithful to the principles of Olympism, Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis will run together with Paralympian Athanasios Barakas. Continue reading

Greece: Independence Day Celebrations

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   Greece’s 187th anniversary of the March 25th Greek Revolution against the Ottoman Empire was celebrated with military, security forces and school parades across the country. The anniversary coincides with the Feast of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary. President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias declared himself “confident about the future of the nation,” and added that Greek people “have so many gifts and are ready to make any sacrifice in order to ensure freedom and national independence.” Athens News Agency: Messages on March 25th Anniversary ; Secretary General of Information: About Greece, History of Modern Greece Continue reading

New Park and Football Stadium in Athens

(CITY OF ATHENS)  Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis and Panathinaikos Football Club representative Yiannis Vardinoyiannis today signed an amended agreement for the construction of sports facilities at Votanikos, as approved by Athens City Council  Following the signing of the agreement, the following statements were made:     Continue reading

Agreement for New Football Stadium in Athens

(CITY OF ATHENS) Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis today announced details of a new agreement on the construction of sports facilities at Votanikos involving the City of Athens, the special purpose company Double Regeneration Votanikos – Alexandras Avenue SA and Panathinaikos Football Club. (GREEK FOLLOWS) Continue reading

Athens Mayor announces Greenery Charter

(CITY OF ATHENS) Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis today presented the City of Athens Greenery Charter, which comprises three new environmental initiatives. The aim of the charter – the first such document in Greece – is to expand, improve and protect green spaces within the City of Athens. Continue reading