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Crossing the Aegean Sea from Sounio to Santorini on kayaks

Eight days, ten islands, 160 nautical miles and one message: We love life-We protect the sea. With this slogan Angelos Christofidis, founder and rower of South Evian Gulf team and the volunteer rower Constantinos Diliakos will attempt to cross the Aegean Sea with their kayaks, ANA reports. "This year's rowing endeavor will start from Cape Sounio and will conclude at Santorini. It is a cry of agony for the future of the Aegean, of the Mediterranean and of the seas all around the world" Christofidis noted. The two rowers will try to cross the southern Aegean through the west Cyclades islands complex as they will follow the itinerary Sounio-Kea-Kythnos-Serifos-Sifnos-Kimolos-Polyaigos-Folegandros-Sikinos-Ios and finally the island of Santorini.  RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: agreekadventure.com Let's block ads! (Why?)

Young refugee student in Leros island teaches Greek language to kids online

Like other teenagers his age, at 13, Sabri Madi relies on social media and the internet to connect with the world. On platforms like Facebook, the Palestinian boy catches up on the latest with friends and family across Europe and the Middle East. They are among the nearly 900 followers of the “Learn Greek” page Sabri set up in February to share news from his daily studies at LEDU – an informal education center set up by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and partners on the Greek island on Leros in 2017, greekcitytimes.com reports. Sabri arrived on the island on a rickety boat from Turkey in December last year with his mother Ghada, 41, and his younger sister Sojoud, 11. His father had gone missing in Gaza in 2011 and daily threats against the family had ultimately forced them to leave for Europe. Scraping together enough money to send only three, the family decided it should be Ghada and the youngest two – Sabri and Sojoud. Soon after their arrival in Greece, Sabri began day classes at LEDU and quickly became fascinated with the Greek language and its grammar. “I love the sound of Greek words,” notes Sabri, “I learn them very quickly.” Sink (o nerohytis), apron (y petseta), fork (to pirouni), pot (y katsarola) and pan (to tygani), are among the latest additions to his budding Greek vocabulary and shared with his social media followers. The young Palestinian believes that refugees arriving in Greece must make an effort to learn the language and he is determined to help them. At LEDU Sabri takes joy in learning English and math, working with computers, creating art, and playing sports, but his favourite subject is Greek. Every new word which makes an impression, popular Greek phrases and the rules of grammar, are instantly uploaded to his Facebook page. He also helps his cyber friends follow his lessons by translating and transcribing his newly acquired knowledge into Arabic and making sure he gets the pronunciation just right. His page is followed mainly by Arabic-speaking refugees and asylum-seekers in Greece, who often do not have access to regular Greek language courses. The likes and comments he receives show that Sabri’s efforts and initiative are appreciated. LEDU, Leros Education Centre, is managed by UNHCR’s partner NGO ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth, with funds from the European Commission. It aims to enhance the skills of refugee students, aged six to 18 years old, in order to obtain again, or for the first time, a basic connection to the educational process. LEDU also offers homework support to some 30 children who attend one of the four primary public schools that operate on Leros. They are among 150 school-age refugee children currently on the island. Through a series of activities including football, volleyball, even aerial yoga, refugee children have the opportunity to play, interact and express themselves in a friendly and safe environment. A social worker also offers psychosocial support to children and their families, through regular meetings. An achievement that the LEDU team is particularly proud of is the close relationship they have established with the local community as well as authorities on Leros. “LEDU is now part of the island’s school community: we are invited in all social events organized by the Municipality, while we often organize joint activities with other public schools on Leros, where both refugee and local children have the opportunity to play, learn and have fun together,” says Palyvou. When Sabri finishes classes at LEDU and after updating his Facebook audience, he likes to explore Leros — a small island of about 8,000 people in the South Aegean complex of Dodecanese — which he already knows like the back of his hand. UNHCR recently helped Sabri, Sojoud and their mother to move to an apartment in Athens under the EC-funded ESTIA programme. For his mother Ghada, where they will live is not as significant as reuniting the family in one safe place, but for now they are separated between Greece, Gaza, and Egypt. “Even more than my country, I miss my children,” comments Ghada. “What I would like most is to gather them all around me so we can become a family again, living in peace.” In the meantime, as Sabri prepares to start junior high school from September, he continues to apply his sharp digital skills to keep the whole family connected through social media as well as by teaching them the Greek he has learned at LEDU. Source: unhcr.org/gr RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Robert Powell Let's block ads! (Why?)

Protest at Greek Embassy in DC on alleged abuse of Santorini donkeys (videos)

Animal rights activists on Thursday held a rally outside the Greek embassy in Washington, DC to call for an end to Santorini’s donkey rides, according to greekreporter.com. The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) termed the practice as “notoriously inhumane,” pointing to a damning eyewitness investigation by the group’s German chapter. In a press statement, PETA says that video footage revealed that donkeys and mules are used as “taxis” in Santorini’s scorching heat, forced to transport tourists — many of whom are overweight—up more than 500 steep steps to the old town of Firá, even though a cable car has been operating nearby for decades. Many animals were tethered in the blazing sun without access to water or shade—and some were even forced to continue working at night, hauling bags of trash. Animals who are too old or weak to work are often even abandoned to die, PETA says. “It’s a disgrace that gentle donkeys are being marched into the ground as they’re worked day in and day out with no relief from the hot sun,” notes PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA is galvanizing Greek authorities to step up and stop this abuse.” The protest is the third of several PETA demonstrations taking place this week at Greek embassies around the globe, the group said in a press release. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Norbert Nagel Let's block ads! (Why?)

Travel Report: Chios, a wonderful and unspoiled Greek island

Chios is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful islands in Greece. It has a special identity, and over the last few years, it has welcomed more and more international visitors, Maria Athanasopoulou notes in a recent travel report in greekcitytimes.com. The island has been known since Homer’s years. It has a long history, which visitors can explore through its numerous monuments. According to testimonials, Chios is the homeland of Homer. This highlights the particular historical importance of the island. Chios is world famous for the production of Mastic and when holidaying here, you should definitely visit Mastichohoria and learn more about this unique product. Mastic is used for the production of liqueurs, loukoumia, cosmetics as well as many other local products. It is not a small island so you will need some days to get to know the area well. It would be useful to rent a car as some distances on the island are not short and probably the schedule of public transport will not be convenient at all times for you. Get to know the island by taking a stroll through its picturesque harbor. There is also the coastal road of the capital of the island. Along this street, you will find many cafes, restaurants, and bars. Chios is a cosmopolitan island and its vitality will surprise you! You can also walk to the island’s castle. If you wish to go for a stroll in the city of Chios, walk to Aplotaria and its shopping district. A place that you should definitely visit, too, is Kampos. It is an area with distinct architecture. The elegant mansions of Kampos are unique from an architectural point of view. It is worth walking in the narrow streets and taking lots of photos. After Kambos, get to know the Medieval Villages, such as Mesta and Olympoi. These villages are constructed with a special architectural system, as they were designed to protect their inhabitants from pirates in the past. The houses are almost joined to the level of the first floor, and there are narrow paved roofs which embrace the balconies of the homes. The island has many stunning beaches, including Mavra Volia, Karfas, Komi, Agios Isidoros and Tracheli, but you will discover many more as you go along. Several museums of the island and its archaeological sites are also interesting. In Chios, there are many monasteries and the most famous from all is Nea Moni. Many people visit these monasteries every year. Chios’ local gastronomy can excite even the most demanding foodie. Try the white cheese of Chios, the local wines and the honey of the island. Overall, Chios is a special island. Wonderful, rich in history and at the same time cosmopolitan. The beauty of the island cannot be imprinted with letters and words: You have to travel here to experience it! Maria Athanasopoulou is the founder of Respond on Demand, a company promoting Greek tourism to travel agents abroad and co-founder of Top Tourism, a non-profit company promoting Greek tourism and culture. She is also an ambassador for Greece to the World Food Travel Association.  RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Visit Greece Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek chef enters Guinness World Record by cooking 3,378 burgers in an hour

Greek Chef, Akis Petretzikis has broken the world record and entered the Guinness World Records for making 3,378 burgers within an hour, greekcitytimes.com reports. The record was broken in Thessaloniki on the last stop of the ‘Coca-Cola & Akis Food Tour Festival’, where the food festival visited 5 cities from the 4th to the 13th June 2019, to promote the burger classic ‘Burger AP’ along with the coca-cola soft drink. Coca-Cola and Akis, in cooperation with the Bodossaki Foundation, offered 60,000 meals to citizens who needed it as part of the food tour. The previous record for the most amount of burgers made within an hour was 2,200 with Akis and the team beating it by 1,178 to raise the total count to 3,378 burgers. Participants not only ate a delicious free burger paired with a coca-cola, but they also took part in breaking the world record. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: pixabay.com Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek civil service staff changes and holidays suspended ahead of elections

Hirings and other staff changes in the civil service are suspended and requested holidays revoked ahead of general elections on July 7, the Ministry of Administrative Reform said on Friday, according to ANA. From June 11 to the swearing-in of the new government, any issuance of orders related to hiring, appointment, transfer, or promotion of personnel is suspended, the Ministry's order noted, excepting those signed or published in the Government Gazette before June 11. In addition, all requested time off between June 11 and July 7 is revoked. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Γιώργος Βουδούρης Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek island of Lesvos goes retro for Gen Next Party in Australia

When you combine a range of Lesvian associations, a brilliant Lesvos disc jockey, island food and Mytilenean House , you get one big party and many happy faces, greekcitytimes.com notes in the following article: Lesvos is, of course, the third largest Greek island, the fourth if you include Cyprus, with a rich history culturally in Greece and in the diaspora. NSW is arguably the home of the islanders outside of Lesvos, with an estimated three thousand people with some form of heritage from the island. To service these numbers, there are several organisations that have co-existed, including: Mytilenian Brotherhood of Sydney NSW, the Progressive Community of Agiasos and the Antissan Association, as well as Pan- Lesvian Federation of Australia.  With music being pumped by Stantheman, one of top disc jockeys in Sydney and a crowd favourite over the years for the broader community, this Saturday will be an event to remember. “It’s been a busy year for the Mytilenean Brotherhood, and every other association connected to Lesvos. To have all the groups together under one roof is really special,” said the President of the Mytilenean Brotherhood, Peter Psomas. Mytilenean House will be packed and it shows a united island with plenty of good times ahead, added Dimitris Barmakellis, President of the Pan-Lesvian national federation and Vice-President of the Mytilenean Brotherhood. Jim also stressed that the hard work of those who have come before in the previous generations and that “we need to keep supporting each other, unifying all the Lesvians and bringing the next generation of people together.” Greg Georgantis who is from the Agiasos’ Younger Generation, a subcommittee of the Progressive Community of Agiasos, is looking forward to seeing the kids, younger generation in attendance. “One of the reasons I am involved is to create a sense of belonging, especially for the younger people.” Mytilenean House will be rocking as many revisit the hits of the past and an expected gathering of 300 – 400 people from Lesvos and other parts of the Greek world. Trish Loukas from the Antissan Committee explained to Greek City Times, it will be somewhat like “reliving our youth at the place where it all started – Mytilenean House! Get ready for a big night of dancing and reuniting.” Lesvos NEXT GEN 70s 80s 90s PARTY, featuring DJ Stantheman When: Saturday, June 15, 2019, from 7:30pm Where: Mytilenean House – 225 Canterbury Road, Canterbury Lesvos Island combined Associations proudly presents the next Geners big party get together. 70s 80s 90s PARTY TIME Mytilenean Brotherhood House 7.30pm to 1.00am (18 years and over only) Entry $25.00 Includes Finger Food For Bookings please call Greg Georgantis 0418 404 944 Jim Barmakellis 0420 996 377 Peter Psomas 0402 207 546 Trish Loukis 0414 674 775 Jack Leondios 0434 548 915 RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Ggia Let's block ads! (Why?)

New programme for sustainable investments in infrastructure in Greece

A new programme launched by the European Investment Bank and the National Bank of Greece for investment in green and urban infrastructure under the Infrastructure Fund of Funds (InfraFoF) will help in the sustainable financing of a great many investment plans, government vice-president and Economy and Development Minister Yiannis Dragasakis said on Thursday, according to ANA. The programme combines funds from the European Union, national funds and financing from the EIB and the first contract, worth 650 million euros, will support new investments in renewable energy sources, energy efficiency and urban development across Greece. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Palauenc05 Let's block ads! (Why?)

Ambassador lauds Greek participation in 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit

US Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt on Thursday expressed his contentment with the successful participation of Greek companies in the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit, held on June 10-12 in Washington, D.C, ANA reports. Pyatt led a delegation of 28 representatives sent by 15 Greek companies firms in the biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, agro-food, digital technology, and consulting services sectors to the highest-level investment promotion event in the United States, connecting international companies with U.S. economic development organisations to explore business investment opportunities.  Past SelectUSA participants from Greece have announced investment projects budgeted at 7.8 million US dollars. SelectUSA’s mission is to facilitate job-creating business investment into the United States and raise awareness of the critical role that foreign direct investment plays in the U.S. economy. The United States is the top destination for foreign direct investment in the world, with total stock at more than 4.0 trillion US dollars at the end of 2017. SelectUSA helps U.S. economic development organisations and companies of all sizes find relevant information, make critical connections, and successfully navigate the path to business investment. Past Investment Summit participants have announced 103.6 billion US dollars in new investment projects within five years of attending an Investment Summit, creating more than 167,000 U.S. jobs.  Learn more about the SelectUSA Investment Summit at www.selectusasummit.us. For more on the programme, visit selectusa.gov. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Rennett Stowe Let's block ads! (Why?)

First sanctuary for rescued dolphins opens on Greek island of Lipsi

The world’s first permanent sanctuary for dolphins rescued from captivity was founded by the Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation, according to int.ert.gr. The sanctuary is situated on a small, beautiful bay on the north side of the Lipsi island and its aim is to offer refuge to stranded, injured and formerly captive dolphins, which is part of the initiative to end the exploitation of dolphins in zoos all over the world. “We decided to create the world’s first Marine Life Sanctuary in the Aegean, wishing to achieve a great goal, while at the same time honoring the Greek cultural heritage, as the first country to protect dolphins by law over 2500 years ago!” noted the Archipelagos Marine Protection Institute’s research director Anastasia Miliou. The exploitation of dolphins for commercial gains and the entertainment of children and adults is being attacked by environmental organizations around the globe. However, the International Law prohibits the dolphins’ release in the open seas. The Archipelagos Institute decided to offer a solution. After carrying out extensive studies, the institute elected Vroulia’s narrow gulf to create a sanctuary where formerly captive dolphins could be transported. Under surveillance and in a safe environment, the dolphins will be able to get back their hunter’s instinct so that later on they could be released into their natural environment. “Today, there are 2,913 dolphins in captivity around the world. We want them to be released, because it is scientifically proven that they have a high degree of intelligence and they are suffering in captivity” Ms. Miliou explains, underlining that the Aegean Marine Life Sanctuary in Lipsi will serve as a prototype, with a view to develop others in every corner of the planet”. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Sbork Let's block ads! (Why?)