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PM George Papandreou in 100 Top Global Thinkers

Prime Minister George Papandreou has been included in this year’s edition of the Foreign Policy magazine Top 100 Global Thinkers for 2010.
Papandreou ranks 79th and, according to the special report on the December issue of the magazine, was selected “for making the best of Greece’s worst year.”
Billionaire philanthropists Warren Buffett and Bill Gates top the list this year followed by IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn and World Bank President Robert Zoellick while US President Barack Obama is in third place.
Nicholas Christakis, a Harvard University social scientist, of Greek origin, is also included in the list, in 83rd place.
(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)

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59 Latin Americans in Greece

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   Following the visit of Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Theodore Kassimis in Latin America two months ago, 59 children and teenagers of Greek origin, aged 13 to 25, from Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile arrived in Athens on January 17. They were hosted by the Secretariat General for Greeks Abroad. 

Retrieved Artefacts @ New Acropolis Museum

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   Some 75 artefacts, including the magnificent 6th-century vessel known as the Euphronios crater, will be presented at an exhibition which will be inaugurated at the New Acropolis Museum (www.newacropolismuseum.gr) in September. The artefacts present a special interest because they constitute artefacts of Greek and Roman origin that were found on Italian soil, and were subsequently illicitly exported abroad. Eventually, American museums (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles) returned the artefacts to Italy and were later displayed in Rome as part of the “Nostoi: Capolavori ritrovati” (Greek for ‘Homecomings’: Italian for recovered masterpieces) in the beginning of 2008. The same exhibition – the retrieved artefacts – will be hosted by the New Acropolis Museum. The opening is scheduled for September 23 and the exhibition will run until the end of 2008. Together with the artefacts offered by Italy, the exhibition will also comprise artefacts displayed in foreign museums and private collections which have recently returned to Greece permanently. The New York Times – Arts: Nostoi: Recovered Masterpieces

Greeks in the World: Storm Chaser & Adventurer

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   George Kourounis, born in Hull, Quebec of Greek origin, is a reporter- though the word does not describe exactly what he does. Kourounis is a storm chaser and a renowned globaladventurer. He has been filming tornadoes, storms and all types of extreme natural phenomena for 11 years. In January 2005, after filming inside the smoking crater of the active Erta Ale volcano in Ethiopia, he became the first person to have ever filmed from the inside of 3 of world’s most fearsome forces – inside a tornado, the eye of a hurricane and inside an active volcano. His efforts have been seen around the world on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Explorer, BBC-TV, CNN. Kourounis is also the host and co-creator of “Angry Planet”, a television series that focuses on his experiences with extreme weather and other natural phenomena, airing in over 35 countries worldwide.  Secretariat General of Information, Global Greeks: Media