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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew wins 2019 ECOS Environmental Award (video)

WASHINGTON – His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of over 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide, received the 2019 ECOS® Award for exceptional leadership in environmental protection on August 2 at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul, Turkey. It was presented to His All Holiness by Earth Friendly Products President and CEO, Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, and Manatos & Manatos President, Mike Manatos. The Ecumenical Patriarch received this prestigious award in honor of his lifetime of environmental advocacy and global influence on environmental protection. His life’s work to protect the environment earned him the title “Green Patriarch” from the then-Vice President of the United States and fellow world leader in the environmental movement, Al Gore. In 2008, Time Magazine named Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew one of its 100 Most Influential People in the World for “defining environmentalism as a spiritual responsibility.” He famously said that “to commit a crime against the natural world is a sin.” Mike Manatos said, “We are honored and humbled that this pioneer in environmental protection through faith has received the ECOS Award. We are excited to also announce the establishment of the ‘Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Environmental Scholarship’ — a $1,000 scholarship, sponsored by ECOS® and Manatos & Manatos, that will be given each year to a student from his childhood home of Imroz, Turkey, who writes the best essay on the importance of protecting the environment.” Vlahakis-Hanks said, “His All-Holiness is truly one of the greatest environmental advocates in the world today, with a tremendous influence that is building greater awareness of the urgent environmental crises we face and clarifying our moral obligation to create real change for our planet.” Earth Friendly Products®, the maker of ECOS® environmentally friendly cleaning products, established the annual ECOS® Environmental Award to recognize world leaders who are creating powerful impacts to protecting our environment and the health of the earth’s citizens. This is the third year that the award has been given; previous recipients include Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and California U.S. Senator and candidate for President of the United States Kamala Harris. 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: Pvasiliadis Let's block ads! (Why?)

New PM reaffirms commitment Eldorado Gold’s investment in Greece to proceed

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with the president and managing director of Eldorado Gold George Burns at the Maximos mansion on Friday, ANA reports. According to the prime minister's press office, the Greek government reaffirmed its commitment to Eldorado Gold's investment in Greece to proceed with full respect to the environment and the creation of job positions. 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 Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek Health Minister meets British ambassador to Athens Kate Smith

Greek Health Minister Vasilis Kikilias on Thursday met with British Ambassador to Athens Kate Smith, and discussed the strengthening of the two countries’ collaboration on issues of mutual interest, according to ANA.  Kikilias and Smith agreed to sign a cooperation agreement focusing in sectors of the primary healthcare system, in preventative care, as well as in the exchange of technical know-how in tackling corruption in the health sector, and in the evaluation of services provided by state hospitals. 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: Michael W. Pendergrass  pixabay.com Let's block ads! (Why?)

Cyprus Antiquities Department on collapse of Venetian Walls in Nicosia

Cyprus Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, wishes to express its deep grief and disappointment over the latest collapse of a section of the Venetian walls of Nicosia, a  Monument listed in the First Schedule of the Antiquities Law since 1935. The collapse of this extensive section of the Quirini bastion follows the partial collapse of the curtain wall which occurred in the Ledra Palace area last March. This continuing destruction testifies to the deplorable state of preservation of the Venetian Walls in the occupied part of the city of Nicosia, after years of neglect on the part of the illegal regime in the north. This negligence towards the cultural heritage of our shared common cultural heritage can only be perceived as criminal. It is emphasized that the Nicosia Walls, which feature a circular fortification with eleven heart-shaped bastions spaced at equal distances and three gates, were designed by the then famous Italian engineer Giulio Savorgnano. They constitute a prominent fortification work of the Venetian period in Cyprus and they are considered to be a model for the asteroid city, defining European fortification architecture up until the 18th century. Given their importance, it is imperative to safeguard them through the implementation of protective measures in order to preserve them for future generations. The Department expresses its hope that the damage will be repaired promptly and towards this aim, we express our support to the efforts of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage and our willingness to contribute to the restoration of the Medieval Walls, with both expertise and staff. 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: NicosiaRepublicCyprus Let's block ads! (Why?)

Athens municipality and government discuss major upgrades in Greek capital

The foundations of more productive coordination and cooperation between the government and Athens municipality, to address the complex problems in the country's capital and improve the quality of life in Athens, were laid at a Thursday meeting between newly elected mayor Kostas Bakogiannis and several ministers, ahead of Bakogiannis' assumption of duties soon, ANA reports.  Greek Ministry of Development and Investments discussed the need of a supportive policy framework for local entrepreneurship and coordination with the Municipality of Athens on issues of the currently active National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) 2014-2020 and preparation for NSRF 2021-2027. In this context, Bakogiannis proposed that the Municipality should set-up a specific development program, a practice already implemented in other European capitals. The new municipal authority's plan to implement the "model neighborhood" was discussed, for the rebirth of Athens' 129 neighborhoods. A series of interventions, from immediate implementation to long-term planning, were discussed, and in this context emphasis was placed on a long-awaited change in the Exarcheia district, and on a series of projects and actions to rebuild and upgrade the area, and ultimately change its image via a realistic and sustainable project in view of new perspectives and opportunities. 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: Michael Rivera Let's block ads! (Why?)

1st Energy Ministerial Meeting in Athens promotes environmental co-operation

Full support for Cyprus' and Greece's stance on regional energy issues and for the expansion of security and environmental co-operation is the outcome of the 1st Energy Ministerial Meeting, held in Athens on Wednesday, and participated by Greece, Cyprus, Israel, and the United States, ANA reports. Greek Environment and Energy Minister Costis Hatzidakis welcomed Cypriot Energy, Commerce and Industry Minister George Lakkotripis, Israeli Energy and Water Resources Minister Yuval Steinitz and the US Deputy Foreign Minister for energy sources Francis Fannon. The energy ministers also decided to enhance co-operation beyond energy on environmental issues, and also addressed cyber-attacks and other security threats.  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: Nzeemin Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek shipping expands dominance in European Union and the world

ATHENS – Riding high, Greece’s shipping industry now accounts for 53 percent of vessels in the European Union despite being one of the smaller countries, and 21 percent worldwide, showed the annual report of the Union of Greek Shipowners, said the business newspaper Naftemporiki. Essentially tax-free and having successfully repulsed by every government to rein them in – including former Premier and Radical Left SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras who promised to “crush the oligarchy” and make the rich pay a 75 percent tax – the shipping tycoons said they do have some challenges to meet. Those include restricted borrowing sources, and political pressure for better environmental specifications for vessels although they’ve been able to ward off any attempt at tighter government regulations over the years. The report came 15 months after data showed they continued to build up the world’s biggest fleet by far, despite their country’s 9 1/2-year-long economic crisis – which they escaped – and as they preferred to fly flags of convenience from other countries so they could avoid taxes. Allied Shipbroking, a Greek company, reported then that the shipowners bought another 65 vessels at a cost of more than $900 million from January-March out of 414 ocean-going ships sold during that time. Data show that Greek-owned companies acquired 45 dry bulk carriers, 15 tankers, six container ships, and one liquefied gas carrier, Kathimerini said in a report about the growing acquisitions. The second biggest buyers after the Greeks were the Chinese who invested $607 million dollars in 53 ships, followed by the Germans who bought 43 vessels for some $272 million as the Greek fleet, which prefers to use flags from other countries so it can avoid paying taxes to its homeland, still ruling the waves. A large part of the investments Greek shippers made in used vessels was funded by the sale of older or other types of ships, by ship-breaking revenues and through borrowing, the paper said, Greek tycoons who control the world’s largest shipping fleet – and are untaxed in their country during a crushing economic crisis – have seen the worth of their holdings soar to $99.589 billion, as estimated by VesselsValue. 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: fdecomite Let's block ads! (Why?)

Internationaler Katzentag – Hauskatzen auch in Hellas heimisch

Der 8. August ist internationaler Katzentag, und die verschmusten Vierbeiner werden auch in Hellas als Haustier gehalten – wenn auch nicht so häufig wie in anderen Ländern. Dem deutschen Online-Portal „Statista“ zufolge befindet sich in 13 % aller Haushalte Griechenlands eine Katze. In Deutschland erreicht dieser Anteil 22 %, in der Schweiz 28 % und in Österreich 29 %. Platz 1 in diesem Ranking nimmt Rumänien ein: Dort sind es 47 % der Haushalte, in denen eine Katze ein Zuhause findet. Foto (© GZ / Jan Hübel) Die Katze gilt als beliebtes Haustier, sie ist anschmiegsam und von Natur aus sauber. Doch werden ihr auch die Eigenschaften eigenwillig, unnahbar und schwer erziehbar zugesprochen. Das Wesen der Katze hat schließlich auch für Sprichwörter, märchenartige Interpretationen und mythische Verklärungen gesorgt. Beispiele sind die Redewendung „Alles für die Katz“, die Figur „Der gestiefelte Kater“ oder die „Grinsekatze“ aus Alice im Wunderland. Neben der klassischen Hauskatze haben auch Rassekatzen wie die Perserkatze, Maine Coon, Siam- oder Kartäuserkatze viele Anhänger.Der heutige Aktionstag wurde von der „International Fund for Animal Welfare“ ausgerufen und soll alljährlich die artgerechte Katzenhaltung in das Bewusstsein der Menschen rücken. (Griechenland Zeitung / Leonie Meyer) Let's block ads! (Why?)

New 6th century BC finds by excavation works on Despotiko island in Greece

New finds that complete the picture on the buildings' architecture around the Apollo temple on the uninhabited island of Despotiko, west of Antiparos island revealed excavations and restoration works that were held recently on the island, according to ANA. The excavation focused on areas surrounding the temple as well as on buildings outside of it while very important were the finds of the short research on the islet Tsimintiri. The surprise of this year's excavation was discovered on Tsimintiri. The islet is located between Antiparos and Despotiko and in the ancient years it was united with Despotiko and probably with Antiparos. In 2011, four buildings were found and this year the search continued at the northeastern part of the islet. Under the dense vegetation and very close to the coast were located five big buildings. The size, the construction and the position of the structures indicated that the buildings were probably connected with the operation of the port. The works were carried out between 3 May and 5 July. The site of Mandra contains an extensive sanctuary complex dedicated to Apollo that reached its apex during the Late Archaic period and the 6th century BC in particular.  When the 2018 excavation works on the uninhabited Despotiko island in the Aegean were concluded, archaeologists spoke of priceless findings that tell more about life in Ancient Greece. Despotiko is a small island west of Antiparos, and is a popular tourist destination. Excavations on Despotiko commenced 20 years ago and continue as real archaeological treasures are unearthed. Last year’s works ran from May 28 to July 6, under the direction of archaeologist Yiannos Kouragios, of the Cyclades Ephorate of Antiquities that belongs to the Ministry of Culture. Archaeologists and students from Greek and foreign universities took part in the excavations. "This year's excavation focused on the areas surrounding the main temple and Buildings Z and R," the Ministry of Culture said in a statement on Monday, according to ANA. "The results of the season were particularly illuminating in terms of topography and how the ancient temple was laid out," it added. Photo Source: Antiquities Ephorate of Cyclades  The principal findings so far are the Apollo sanctuary and surrounding buildings, along with many antiquities, all dating from the archaic period. Last year’s excavation concentrated on areas around the sanctuary and Buildings Z and P. Its results were especially enlightening for the topography and organization of the archaic sanctuary. Research continued in the area south of the archaic temple, where the auxiliary facilities of the sanctuary are being developed, the so-called Eastern Complex. Photo Source: Antiquities Ephorate of Cyclades  By 2017, 12 spaces of a total area of 180 square meters had come to light. This year, another large space of visible dimensions of 12 x 3 meters was partially unveiled, having a floor made of large-scale splitting boards. It is probably a courtyard, archaeologists believe. The excavations unearthed numerous ceramic artifacts of the archaic and classical periods — objects such as vases, basins, bottles, lamps, pots and amphorae. Metallic objects were also found, all estimated to date to the 6th century BC. Photo Source: Antiquities Ephorate of Cyclades  The results from the investigation of the different construction phases of the complex were important. Underneath the westernmost rooms, an earlier two-story building of rectangular shape with visible dimensions of 8 x 3.20 meters was discovered, dating back to the 6th century BC. Photo Source: Antiquities Ephorate of Cyclades  Inside the room researchers located — in their original position — a quadrilateral grid and a cooking pot. In addition, earlier floors were revealed in many areas and the thresholds of the original entrances that had been sealed were detected. Photo Source: Antiquities Ephorate of Cyclades  It became evident that there were buildings on the site before the erection of the archaic temple in the middle of the 6th century BC. Also, north of Building E, a new building was found. It was labelled Building T (dimensions: 7.80 x 7.45 meters) and it consists of two rooms with independent entrances and a yards in front of each room. Research on Building P has been completed. It includes a rectangular ground plan of 14 x 5 meters and consists of four rooms. Its construction is placed in the late 6th century BC, but the main phase of its use must be placed in the 5th century BC. Considerable attention was also given to Building G. Since it appears that it was imperative to replace and expand its enclosure, excavated sections immediately west of it revealed a new building — an earlier construction — which was named Building Y. This construction has a nave-like floor plan measuring 7.70 x 6.10 meters with an entrance on the south side. Its walls are very sturdy, about one meter thick. Photo Source: Antiquities Ephorate of Cyclades  Like every year, last year’s findings were impressive. More than 15 lamps and 15 fragments of vases with engraved inscriptions (APL, APOL) were found, fragments of amphorae and red-colored craters, everyday vases such as basins, bowls, pans, bottles, and many metallic objects (a bronze lance, nails, russets, hooks, etc.). From last year’s discoveries what stood out were the fragment of the head of an archaic kouros, a fragment from the ankle of a kouros and scraps of two piths with embossed decoration, one depicting a warrior and the other a dance show. The restoration work lasted four weeks and the Apollo sanctuary has regained its third dimension. The visitor can see the size and its grandeur even from across the coast of Antiparos island. Along with the restoration work, masonry maintenance works were carried out in the M and N buildings. Photo Source: Antiquities Ephorate of Cyclades  This year's excavations were funded by Athanasios and Marina Martinou, the Levendis, Kanellopoulos and Latsis Foundations, and the College Year in Athens/DIKEMES. Let's block ads! (Why?)

New York City Greek Film Festival to take place between October 17-23

NEW YORK – Maria Tzompanaki, Director of the New York City Greek Film Festival (NYCGFF), Ambassador of Crete’s Culture, and renowned actress, released a “Save the Date” for the upcoming Film Festival which is set for October 17-23 this year. The text of the Save the Date message follows: The New York City Greek Film Festival has the pleasure of announcing, to the readers of The National Herald and to all Greeks, the dates of its upcoming edition: October 17-23. The lavish program, which is comprised of more than 40 films, a record number for the 13 year-old institution, will unfold at FiaF’ s welcoming venues, in the heart of Manhattan. It is worth noting that this year, apart from the Greek features, documentaries and shorts, the festival launches a new section with international productions of Greek interest- meaning films with Greek elements no matter the country of their origin. Furthermore, a purely international section of short films from all over the world will be introduced, exclusively on the Festival’s website. The Festival also has the honor of presenting, in collaboration with notable Greek archeologists and in world premiere, a digital exhibition of listings from the sublime history of world’s greatest Greek of all times: Alexander the Great. An exhibition already hosted at the Hellenic Institute of Venice. In the 14th century, Trapezuntine Emperor Alexios III Komnenos commissioned a manuscript for his private library recounting Alexander the Great’s achievements. Compiled by the era’s most able copyists, the manuscript is also enriched with 250 illuminations narrating the entire life course of the magnificent warrior. The main goal of this unique initiative is to showcase the Macedonian ruler who spread the Greek spirit and the Greek culture throughout the then-known world, to portray the man who was loved and honored like no other Greek. Within this context, an exhibition of Alexander the Great-themed engravings, carved by important artists from Xotaris Gallery, will also take place. In addition, this year’s Festival has also organized a special tribute to women, and more precisely on the topic of Women’s Abuse in modern society. A musical performance presented by the notable artist Maro Theodorakis, with female Greek New Yorkers performing songs especially written for women by renowned composers, is scheduled within this framework. In short, the festival is an entire week of arts and culture, highlighted by outstanding images and including films, tributes, and exhibitions, as well as opportunities to meet and chat with filmmakers who will be present for the screenings of their works. Also on tap, surprises and ceremonies honoring filmmakers, and parties celebrating film. Looking forward to welcoming you all! Maria TzompanakiDirector of NYC Greek Film FestivalAmbassador of Crete’s CultureActress 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 Let's block ads! (Why?)