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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?)

Revival of the Hippocratic Oath by Doctors of the East and West

Doctors from the distant Anhui region of China, and representatives of the medical associations and universities of China from Anhui and Shanghai, as well as Italian doctors of Reproductive Medicine, were invited on a special ceremony at the Asclepeion of Kos to take the authentic Hippocratic Oath, an event organized by the International Health Tourism Center. The revival of the Hippocratic Oath is one of the recent initiatives of the International Health Tourism Center, in cooperation with the Hippocratic Foundation that is located in Kos, within the framework of the Center's strategy for the dissemination of the ancient medical knowledge of Greece to today's and tomorrow's doctors of the international community, students from international medical universities, medical associations around the world and health tourism travelers. The President of the International Health Tourism Center, President of Athens Medical Association and President of the Global Institute of Greek Doctors, and New Governor of Attica Mr. George Patoulis stressed that hosting the Chinese and Italian doctors in Kos by their participation in the Hippocratic Oath revival contributes to the realization of the vision of the Health Tourism Center "to make  Hippocrates the emblem and reference point to transfuse the values and deep medical knowledge of Greece to international science."  The President of the International Health Tourism Center and President of Athens Medical Association thanked fellow Chinese doctors from the distant country, who came to Greece on the occasion of the 1st Fertility Festival, organized by the International Health Tourism Center, where they participated in a special session "Fertility from the East to West". Mr. Patoulis stressed that "the marriage of ancient and modern knowledge of the West and East, of traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine, with the collaboration of Chinese and Greek doctors of top scientific level might be among the most important challenges for medical science in the service of the patient and human health in the modern era."  Chinese and Italian physicians expressed their enthusiasm for the official ceremony at the Asclepeion of Kos  . "After what we lived, after what we felt, I will return to our University in Anhui and announce that from now on all our students will take the authentic Hippocrates Oath at Kos. And I am sure it will quickly be adopted by all the universities of China", said Peng Daiyin, President of China Anhui University of Chinese Medicine, and President of the China Education and Research Association of Chunese Medicine of High Education  “The statement of the President of the University of Anhui shows that the International Health Tourism Center has managed in a very short time to bring great successes to our country," commented the Vice President of the Global Institute of Greek Doctors, an obstetrician and Reproductive Medicine specialist, Mr. Constantinos Pantos  Mr. Filippo Maria Ubaldi, Clinical Director of the General Center of Reproductive Medicine of Italy, added that "Every doctor must once in his life come into this place to feel the energy, connect with the past, and understand that everything about Medicine really started here"  The President of the International Health Tourism Center and President of the Global  Institute of Greek Doctors praised the importance of the Hippocratic Oath, which is nowadays, 2,500 years after its writing, adopted from multiple medical schools around the world, as he said and stressed that "the Oath of Hippocrates teaches more classically than any other medical oath the duty and the moral value of the physician's function, as international scholars of international medicine admit." Let's block ads! (Why?)

Medical Tourism: Diagnostic centres to reopen in Greece on Thursday

Diagnostic centres will reopen on Thursday, after a decision by their coordinating body on Wednesday to modify the form of their protest actions against the government, ANA reports. The centres will serve all patients insured by the state social insurance funds but require them to pay the cost of tests and procedures, at the price paid by state insurance fund. They will then provide patients with a receipt so that they can ask for a refund from their state healthcare services' provider EOPYY. The new form of protest will not include vulnerable groups of patients, such as cases where the patient's life is at risk or they face a major health issue, such as cancer. 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: hellenicmedicalsocietyuk.org Let's block ads! (Why?)

Social innovation hub in Athens: ‘Schedia Home’ open and waiting for guests

In a newly refurbished 1860 building located in one of the prettiest neighbourhoods in Athens, the Greek street paper "Schedia" has launched a project that will help older homeless people find formal work, some for the first time in their lives, ANA reports. Situated on the corner of Kolokotroni 56 and Nikis Street in central Athens,  the four-storey 'Schedia Home' building boasts a gallery, retail shop, the 'Schedia Art' workshops, a restaurant and a cafe-bar where visitors can kick back and relax, even come for drinks and dancing. "Some of the people working at 'Schedia Home', almost 30 at this time, are paying social insurance contributions for the first time in their lives. Criteria for hiring were for the applicants to be over 50 years old when it is harder for them to find work," the editor of Schedia Chris Alefantis said to the Athens-Macedonia News Agency (ANA). The staff, many of which previously sold the 'Schedia' magazine on the street, have been trained to cook, wait tables and serve at the bar and also how to make works of art out of paper, he pointed out, noting that all the 80 objects on display, from jewellery to lampshades, are made from unsold copies of the magazine. The menu was designed by acclaimed chef Lefteris Lazarou, with the Schedia staff trained to prepare the dishes by his associate Yiannis Yfantidis, while barman Petros Mytilineos taught them how to make the cocktails. Schedia Home will open seven days a week from 8:00 until 3:00 the following morning, while the kitchen will operate from noon to midnight. The retail shop will stay open during normal shop opening hours. 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: Юкатан Let's block ads! (Why?)

Ambassador Pyatt in DC to talk geostrategic alliance of US and Greece (video)

WASHINGTON – United States Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey R. Pyatt traveled to Washington, D.C. with a strong group of Greek investors from Athens to discuss the ever-improving relationship between the United States and Greece. The discussion took place at Atlantic Council Headquarters as apart of the the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative with a partnership with American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and the Athens Exchange Group. One of the focal points of the discussion is the stunning turnaround of Greek popular opinion in regards to Greece’s increasingly close relations to the United States. After decades of Greeks’ general uneasiness with the United States, particularly after the fall of the military junta in 1974, the United States, according to a recent poll done by Kapa Research is preferred by 73% as the partner that Greeks prefer to move forward  with and finally leave the economic depression of the last decade behind. Ambassador Pyatt heads a delegation of Greek businesspeople with George Chouliarakis, Greece’s Alternate Minister of Finance. Another key speaker of the forum, that is moderated by Atlantic Council Nonresident Senior Fellow Katerina Sokou, American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce President, Simos Anastasopoulos. A notable point of the conversation occurred when Ms. Sokou breached the conversation of the continuity of improving US-Greek relations even in the event of a leadership change following the July 7th Greek national snap elections where New Democracy’s Kyriakos Mitsotakis is widely expected to become Greece’s next Prime Minister. Specifically Ms. Sokou said, “Ambassador Pyatt we are seeing an improvement of the bilateral relations of Greece and the US during your time in Athens and likely one of the best US-Europe relationships right now. Do you expect this to continue after the snap elections that have been called for on July 7th, if New Democracy comes to power, as is projected, and I am asking that, bearing into account that New Democracy presents itself as the party that traditionally has been pro-Western, pro-European in its approach to these issues but also because they didn’t support the Presses Agreement.  Do you expect them to abide by the agreement when they come to power? And what can the US do to help normalize relations between Greece and Northern Macedonia while keeping mind Greece is a pillar of stability?” Ambassador Pyatt responded, ” Thanks Katerina, there are a lot of questions loaded up there and I will let party president Mitsotakis of New Democracy speak for their own party’s positions. That being said, to answer your most important question, I have absolute confidence in the positive trajectory of the US- Greece relationship and I have no doubt at all that, that will continue and accelerate in the event that the Greek people select Mr. Mitsotakis as the next Prime Minister. I say that in part based on the conversation that we had just a few days ago, last Thursday, and I think the statement that New Democracy issued after that meeting reaffirmed the party’s strong commitment to the strategic dialogue and the relationship with the United States. So that part I don’t worry about at all.” Mr. Mitsotakis’ New Democracy party has made it a priority to emphasize foreign investment in Greece as a stimulus to the economy and foster robust job growth ahead of the July 7th general election. Read more at thenationalherald.com 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: usembassy kyiv Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek and Russian FMs affirm desire to strengthen bilateral ties

Greece’s Foreign Minister Giorgos Katrougalos and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Thursday stressed the need to further strengthen Greek-Russian relations, greekcitytimes.com reports. The ministers made the statement during their meeting in St Petersburg on the sidelines of the International Economic Forum. Following the meeting, Katrougalos told Greek news agency ANA that “Greece and Russia have had historically good relations and a common belief is that these relations will be strengthened in all areas.” Katrougalos also added that Greece csn serve as a bridge between the EU and the Russian Federation, adding that there can be no European security system without participation of the Russian Federation. The meeting took place in the historic “Konstantinov Palace”, which was renovated and opened in 2003 by then Prime Minister Costas Simitis, as Greece held the European presidency. 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: Andrikkos Let's block ads! (Why?)

Florence + the Machine ending 2019 world tour with show at Athens Acropolis

Popular English indie rock band Florence + the Machine are ending their successful 2019 world tour with a very special show at the Acropolis on Thursday, September 19, greekcitytimes.com reports. The concert, which will be held at the Greek capital’s historical Herodion Theatre is set to be a sell-out as it’s Florence’s first show in Athens in a decade, and the last of her world-spanning tour behind High As Hope, her critically acclaimed fourth album. “Grecian art and mythology have always played a huge part in my work, so I cannot think of a better place for the final show of this record,” Florence noted in a release. The band is currently wrapping an extensive tour of North America that included plays at Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre and headline slots at New York’s Governors Ball and FORM Arcosanti in Arizona. The tour will conclude this weekend with stops in Atlanta, Orlando and Miami. Florence + the Machine formed in London in 2007, consisting of vocalist Florence Welch, keyboardist Isabella Summers, as well as a collaboration of other musicians. Florence’s massively acclaimed fourth album High As Hope was released last year. Most recently Florence debuted their Game of Thrones track “Jenny of Oldstones” which has been streamed over 13 million times to date. 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: Nikthestoned Let's block ads! (Why?)