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Greek engineers assist Albania to inspect quake-damaged buildings

AP reports from Tirana that Albania’s prime minister on Monday hailed the work of Israeli engineers who have come to the country to help in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake that destroyed thousands of buildings. The Israelis are among scores of foreign engineers and experts who have come or will be headed to the country to assist determine whether buildings left standing can still be inhabited or to help construct buildings to replace those that were destroyed. On Sunday, Rama was in Istanbul to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish and Arab businessmen to solicit help. Turkish engineers are already in Albania to prepare for the construction of 500 homes. Other countries sending engineers include Greece, Italy, the United States, France, Bulgaria, and Romania. The 6.4-magnitude earthquake on November 26 killed 51 people and injured more than 3,000 others. More than 11,000 buildings were damaged and an estimated 13,000 people made homeless. Many have found shelter in hotels, public buildings, tents, with relatives or in neighboring Kosovo. The government said Monday that out of roughly 6,000 buildings checked with scores of structural engineers, some 2,450 could not be used for living or working and 460 had to be demolished. Forty-three buildings already have been demolished. 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: Marmelad Let's block ads! (Why?)

Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens honors American sculptor Lynda Benglis

The Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens celebrates the work of American pioneer sculptor Lynda Benglis in an exhibition titled “In the Realm of the Senses“ which runs through March 15, 2020, according to int.ert.gr. Since the 1960s Lynda Benglis has received widespread critical acclaim for her impressive ideas projected into three dimensions. Her sculptures are simultaneously playful and visceral, organic and abstract. Benglis began her career on the cusp of Post-Minimalism, pushing the traditions of painting and sculpture into new territory. Her art encompasses diverse materials: from beeswax, latex and polyurethane foam to later innovative work with plaster, gold, vaporized metals, glass, ceramics and paper. Throughout, Benglis has maintained a fascination with process. Flowing forms, sensual surfaces, vivid hues and erotic elements pervade her abstract yet provocative treatment of the body and nature. It is the artist’s first solo museum show in a country that has played a major role in her life and vision: Greece. Spanning half a century from 1969 onwards, the select survey of thirty-six sculptures will display a wide spectrum of Benglis’s materials, imagery and ideas. Describing the artist’s first wax reliefs as early as 1968, the New York gallerist and critic Klaus Kertess said that “skin, pull, sensuousness” ranked among her primary concerns. Such intense corporeal sensations extend to the present – as Benglis’s sculptures constantly shift between fixity and movement, nature and flesh, with both grace and provocative boldness. Among the media the artist uses are: wax, bronze, aluminum, marble, latex, ceramics and glass, while the themes include “fallen paintings” (the iconic Baby Contraband), “knots”, “lagniappes”, “torsos”, “pleats” and “fountains”. Visual conversations arise between textures (liquid to waxy and metallic), colours (San Marcos’s monochrome bronzy sheen versus the multi-hued papers made over wire) and orientation (horizontal flow opposing the totemic vertical beeswax pieces). The guest curator is the distinguished writer, critic and art historian, Dr. David Anfam. 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: Tilemahos Efthimiadis Let's block ads! (Why?)

Finance Minister at NY Capital Link forum: Greek economy returning to normalcy

The dynamic restart of the Greek economy was the principal focus of Greek Finance Minister Christos Staikouras's address to American investors at Capital Link's 21st Annual Invest in Greece Forum in New York City on Monday, ANA reports. He included, among others, the following: closing fiscal gaps; achieving fiscal targets; reducing property tax; abolishing the remaining capital controls; overturning ineffective labor market laws; promoting a systematic solution to NPLs in banks; restarting major infrastructural works and privatizations; paying off the most expensive part of the IMF loan; passing a law to improve the investment climate; regulating the e-games market, and passing a comprehensive taxation reform that will accelerate economic development.  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?)

New project will form first ever archive of Greek-American music (video)

The new “Greek Music in America Archives Project,” funded by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2019-2020, will be the first-ever comprehensive and publicly-accessible collection of Greek music recorded in America or recorded in Greece by American companies, from 1896 to 1985, according to greekreporter.com. Comprised of analog discs, audiotapes, piano rolls, cylinders, and associated ephemera such as record catalogs, sheet music, images, and other media, this would be the first such time such a resource has ever been compiled. The endeavor is a cooperation between Florida Cultural Resources, Inc. and the Archives of Traditional Music (ATM) and Indiana University. The director of the ambitious project is Tina Bucuvalas, who organized it in consultation with archivists and music specialists. The millions of members of the Greek diaspora naturally brought the music of their homeland with them to their new nations. Music was a big part of most social occasions, bringing people together in song and dance. It was such a priceless component of Greek communities that it formed a kind of cultural glue. Greek music record production became a natural outgrowth of this need for Greek-Americans to keep the memories of their homeland alive. Along with its preservation through live performance and record production, there continued to be permutations of Greek music, as the new land offered new and diverse influences to it. Even though nostalgia for the homeland was predominant – and therefore most music recorded in America was traditional – sometimes new styles also came into the mix. From 1896 to 1942, more than 1,000 records featuring Greek music came onto the market in the U.S. and thousands more have been released since that time, as new recording techniques made it possible to record sound with greater acoustic fidelity. The new project is comprised of three parts: 1) surveying current holdings in the Archives of Traditional Music or materials relevant to the GMAAP; (2) acquiring about 1000 recordings not already in the ATM; 3) cataloging newly acquired materials using the Folklore Collections Database of the National Folklore Archives Initiative.  Along with Bucuvalas, the team is made up of archivist/folklorist Andy Kolovos, who has expertise in archiving folklife and audio materials, as well as knowledge of collections nationwide and recorded Greek music connoisseurs Meletios Pouliopoulos and Steve Frangos, who will acquire the collection. Consultants and advisors for the project will include Dick Spottswood, an expert in ethnic music recordings; ethnomusicologist Michael G. Kaloyanides, knowledgeable in Greek urban and rural genres; as well as ethnomusicologist Panayotis League, who is an expert in traditional Greek island music.  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  Source: Florida Division of Cultural Resources Let's block ads! (Why?)

TrainOSE adds two trains to the Athens-Thessaloniki routes during Christmas

TrainOSE, Greece's passenger and freight trains operator, on Monday announced an additional schedule to and from Athens and Thessaloniki, in view of heightened demand over the Christmas festive season, ANA reports. As of December 15, every Friday, Sunday and Monday, train service 3500 will leave Athens at 1:26 pm, make a stop at Larissa at 4:14 pm and arrive at Thessaloniki at 5:35 pm. On the same days, train service 3501 will depart Thessaloniki at 4:00 pm, stop at Larissa at 5:19 pm and will arrive in Athens at 8:01 pm. 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: Tobias b köhler Let's block ads! (Why?)

Maßnahmen gegen den „Brain Drain“

Um Karriere zu machen, gehen immer mehr Griechinnen und Griechen ins Ausland. Etwa 500.000 hochqualifizierte junge Erwachsene sind zwischen 2008 und 2017 abgewandert, um ihr Glück fernab der Heimat zu suchen. Diese Zahl stammt aus einem aktuellen Bericht des griechischen Unternehmerverbandes SEV, der gleichzeitig Politik und Wirtschaft dazu aufruft, sich dieser Entwicklung entgegenzustellen. Die Rückgewinnung dieser Generation müsse ein „nationales Ziel“ werden, erklärte der SEV.Der Untersuchung zufolge lässt sich die Massenemigration nicht nur mit der Wirtschaftskrise erklären. Sie deute vielmehr auf die „strukturelle Schwäche“ der griechischen Arbeitswelt hin. Als Gründe für ihr Auswandern nannten junge Hellenen in Umfragen neben geringeren Verdienstmöglichkeiten vermehrt auch Korruption und schlechte Arbeitsbedingungen. Um eine Karriere in Griechenland wieder attraktiver zu machen, schlägt der SEV in seinem Bericht 20 Maßnahmen vor, darunter die Modernisierung von Arbeitsbedingungen oder Förderungen für innovative Startups. Der erste Vorschlag auf der Liste setzt jedoch an anderer Stelle an: Er empfiehlt eine systematische Untersuchung der Abwanderung. (Griechenland Zeitung / jor)   Let's block ads! (Why?)

Four Greek scientists participate in NASA’s ”Touch the Sun” mission

NASA‘s Parker Solar Probe spacecraft, which was launched in August of 2018 in a bid to study the sun more closely than ever before, recently began sending its first data back to Earth, offering valuable information to mankind about our solar system’s only star,  according to greekreporter.com. There are four Greek scientists on the teams that are responsible for executing this important scientific quest, and their contributions are extremely valuable to this latest NASA project. The ”Touch the Sun” mission’s studies will help scientists to better predict space “weather” as well as to understand the behavior of other stars in the universe, apart from our sun. The Greek scientists who have been elected to take part in the mission are in two of the four study groups which are part of this NASA project. Academic-space scientist Stamatis Krimizis, and researcher Olga Malandraki of the Institute of Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications & Remote Astronomy of the National Observatory of Athens are two of the Greek citizens responsible for the Parker Solar Probe mission. The others are Astrophysicist Angelos Vourlidas from Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory and Athanasios Couloumbakos, from the Institute of Research, Astrophysics and Planetology in Toulouse, France. Their work in NASA’s multinational teams will enhance our broader understanding of a series of various aspects of the sun’s functionalities and their importance to human life on Earth. 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: NASA Let's block ads! (Why?)

Archangel Michael Church Greek Language Institute’s new curriculum in New York

As Greek education has been a subject of great interest following the Archdiocesan Education Conference, The National Herald takes a look at the success of the Archangel Michael Church (AMC) Greek Language Institute (GLI) in Port Washington and its new curriculum. Eleni Stavropoulou Capous is currently the Principal of the Archangel Michael GLI which proudly employs teachers that have been trained in Greek higher education institutions, such as the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, or hold New York State teacher certifications. Dr. Vicky Giouroukakis, President of the Greek School Board this year, shared the information about the AMC GLI with TNH. Founded in 1983, the GLI was housed originally at the location of the first church in Roslyn Heights and then moved with the second church in 2012 to a new building at 100 Fairway Drive in Port Washington, NY. The Greek Afternoon School provides comprehensive afternoon classes from Pre-K through the 8th Grade with preparation for the Comprehensive Examination in Modern Greek. The Comprehensive Examination in Modern Greek is a foreign language achievement test that assesses student proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing Modern Greek. In the year 2000, the school had around 80 students. Today, there are over 250 students in grades Pre-K-8 enrolled in the three programs spanning four days. Most of the students typically come from neighboring towns but many also commute from Queens. Until this year, families had a limited choice of programs. This year, the school added two additional programs by demand from the parents, Wednesdays 4:15-7:15 PM or Fridays 4:15-7:15 PM. The one-day programs were implemented to offer families more flexibility and options and to accommodate their busy schedules. The goal of the GLI language programs is to enhance the children’s bond to their ancestry and culture through the Greek language. The school uses the Papaloizos book series (Greek123.com). The curriculum and workbooks used are in accordance with the basic guidelines and regulations of the Archdiocese. The curriculum builds reading, speaking and grammar skills, teaches the origins of Greek traditions and customs, and introduces historic sites and landmarks in Greece. Upon reflecting on curriculum and instruction recently, the Greek School Board (GSB) and Father John Lardas saw a need to modify and enrich the curricula in order to appeal to the new generation of students (2nd, 3rd, 4th generation, some in mixed families where one parent is a non-Greek) with varying backgrounds, needs, interests, and levels of Greek language proficiency. This year, with the support of the priest and Parish Council, the GSB set three initiatives for the language program: a) add more conversation to daily lessons; b) differentiate instruction; c) infuse cultural elements into the curriculum. These initiatives reflect best practices and are supported by research in teaching a foreign language. More authentic conversation through skits, dialogue, role plays, helps students learn to communicate in the target language for real-world purposes. Also important is that teachers individualize learning for each student to meet their language needs. For example, in one fourth grade class, some students who are on a lower grade level are grouped together and complete modified worksheets. The challenge is making instruction engaging and appealing to students who are coming to Greek school after a full-day of instruction at their day school. The teachers try to attend staff development seminars whenever they are offered by the Archdiocese to learn new methodologies for effectively teaching Greek as a foreign language. All the grades receive instruction in Greek culture through various interactive activities in the Greek language that incorporate art, music, and dance. The school hired Vangelis Chaziroglou from St. Demetrios of Astoria to teach language through art and song. Students create beautiful artwork and learn songs with themes that are connected to the main teachers’ lessons through the medium of the Greek language. Nick Mavromihalis teaches dance and uses Greek in his instruction. Children perform these songs and dances at the assemblies, the PTA-sponsored fundraiser called the Glendi, as well as the end of year/graduation programs. The hope is that by infusing cultural components into the curriculum, students will both develop their language skills and gain a deeper appreciation for the rich traditions, customs, arts, achievements of Hellenism. Another component that makes the GLI special is the sense of community that the GLI has created. The church leadership, the Greek School Board, the PTA, the teachers and staff, the administration, all work together in a collaborative spirit for the common goal of educating our children in the Greek language and culture. They know that AMC GLI is a special place for everyone. So far, parents and students are pleased with the results of the new curriculum. With Archbishop Elpidophoros’ new push for Greek schools in the diaspora to open and not close, it is imperative that the members of the Community work for and support our Greek schools in order to maintain the Greek language, culture, and heritage. For more information, contact: [email protected] 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?)

Greek government’s new benefits policy includes easing fostering and adoption

The Greek government's new benefits and support policy for families, young couples and children will be presented at an event to be held at Zappeion Megaron on December 11, under the title 'A Family for Every Child: The New Policy for Fostering and Adoption', as per an initiative of Deputy Labor Minister responsible for Welfare and Social Solidarity, Domna Michailidou, ANA reports. In this context, the government is planning to launch a package of measures for young couples wishing to have a child, as well as for existing parents faced with the daily obligations of parenthood.  A first in Greek legislation is a birth allowance, introduced as a measure of demographic policy, an incentive to boost current and potential parenthood. The parallel goal is to modernize the family benefits policy and adapt it to contemporary needs.  The government is also promoting tax relief measures for all types of families, including families with children with disabilities and big families. 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?)

‘Stranded’ rosy pelicans flown by plane from Cyprus to Lake Kerkini in Greece

Two young rosy pelicans that failed to complete their migration and became "stranded" in Cyprus were transferred by plane to Kerkini Lake a few days ago, ANA reports. The birds were escorted by two representatives of the Fauna Department of the Interior Ministry of Cyprus and were released near the pelicans' rest islet in Lithotopos, Kerkini. 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: shankar s. Let's block ads! (Why?)