Sunday, 19 May 2024
Paris
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During the event, which was attended by representatives of dozens of countries and a large crowd, a message was broadcast from the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, while the French Minister of Sports and Olympic Games, Amelie Oudea-Kastera, as well as the Greek Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Giorgos Kotsiras, were present. . The event closed with a concert by the Greek composer Dimitris Papadimitriou. Welcoming the event, Mr. Mitsotakis said that it is an initiative that has the character of an appeal in favor of the ideas of Olympism, human dignity, democracy and peace. Unfortunately, as he noted, this global celebration, which is the Olympic Games, is affected today more than ever by war and violence, the climate crisis, intense divisions and social inequalities. At these critical moments, the Olympic Games call us to reflect on the fundamental principles of Olympism, the ones that inspired two enlightened personalities of the 19th century, the French humanist Pierre de Coubertin and the Greek intellectual Dimitris Vikelas, to proceed in 1896 with the revival of the Olympic Games , promoting the values ​​of peace, tolerance, solidarity and respect, as underlined by the Greek Prime Minister, pointing out that the Olympic Truce is at the heart of these values. He emphasized that the Olympic Truce can become a global vision for a better future without racial and religious discrimination, without gender discrimination, without violence and with more dignity and solidarity. "Let's call today from here, from the headquarters of UNESCO, to all warring parties to lay down their arms during the Olympic Games," concluded the Greek Prime Minister. "The Olympic Truce served the great ideals expressed by the Olympic Games: Competition with ethics and respect for the opponent. Respect for effort and human dignity", said Mr. Koumoutsakos, welcoming the event, noting that "our troubled times need all these ideals". According to him, the flame started its journey from ancient Olympia, where three thousand years ago the Greeks not only conceived but also put into practice the idea of ​​the Olympic Truce. As he added, the goal was to ensure the safety and care of athletes and spectators in a peaceful environment. For his part, Mr. Kotsiras, during his speech at the ceasefire event at UNESCO, underlined that "in a time of intense uncertainty, with two wars raging in our wider region, in Ukraine and the Middle East, the Olympic ideals of mutual respect, team spirit and peaceful coexistence continue to be a compass to a better world." "The idea of ​​the Olympic Truce and the need to observe it remains more relevant and more urgent than ever. As the Olympic Flame has already arrived from Greece and is traveling from city to city in France, a symbol of unity and friendship between peoples, we appeal for a cessation of hostilities around the world during the Olympic Games. Guided by the values ​​of Olympism, let's take a first hopeful step towards peace", concluded the Hellenic Foreign Minister.
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Badosa wrote on social media Sunday that the pair “decided to amicably part ways” after being a couple since last year. “We have shared a journey filled with love and learning, and it is as friends with immense mutual respect that we now choose to move forward on our own paths,” Badosa posted. “We are grateful for the support of our friends, family, and all who have been part of our story. As we transition into this new chapter of our lives, we continue to wish each other nothing but the best in all our endeavors.” Badosa is a 26-year-old who was born in New York City but represents Spain and has been ranked as high as No. 2. She is currently No. 101 after a series of injuries that have limited her tournament appearances lately. Her record is 6-9 this season. The best Grand Slam showing of Badosa’s career was a run to the quarterfinals at the 2021 French Open. “The tennis level is there, but I need to recover emotionally,” Badosa said after a first-round loss at the Madrid Open on April 24 in her most recent match. “Every week is a disappointment. I’ve been at the top and it’s tough to see myself at the bottom right now.” Tsitsipas also dropped his first match in Madrid, although he did win the Monte Carlo Masters and was the runner-up at the Barcelona Open before that. He is a 25-year-old from Greece who has been ranked as high as No. 3 and is now No. 7. Tsitsipas twice has been a finalist at Grand Slam tournaments, finishing as the runner-up to 24-time major title winner Novak Djokovic both times — at the 2021 French Open and at the 2023 Australian Open.
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Athens
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2024
The historic sailboat is expected to arrive in Marseille on May 8, from where the torch relay will begin throughout France, until the opening ceremony of the top event, scheduled for July 26. Belem was built in 1896, the year of the first modern Olympic Games! Its arrival in Marseille, a city founded by the Greeks around 600 BC, is expected on May 8, while before that, the historic ship will travel through the Corinth Canal, a 19th-century engineering feat built with the contribution of French banks and engineers.  Upon its entry into the old port of Marseille, it will be accompanied by 1024 vessels. Simultaneously, recreational activities will take place. The next day will mark the start of the Olympic relay race in the city, with scheduled stops at the Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Garde and the Stade Vélodrome.  Then it will cross the country, "visiting" the Antilles and French Polynesia, and will arrive in Paris, where the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games will take place, scheduled from July 26 to August 11. The Olympic Flame was lit on April 16 in Ancient Olympia and was handed over on Friday to the French organizers during a special ceremony at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens.
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Ancient Olympia
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2024
Just outside the site of the ancient Olympic Games, hooting owls break the nighttime silence at a white marble monument containing what’s left of a singular Frenchman’s heart. Baron Pierre de Coubertin was the driving force behind the modern Olympics, and as head of the International Olympic Committee oversaw the last Games to be held in Paris, exactly 100 years ago. On Tuesday, the flame that will burn at this summer’s Olympics — the French capital’s third — is to be lit among the ruined temples and sports venues of Olympia in southern Greece. The 5th century B.C. temple of Zeus in ancient Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games, is seen under the stars, early Tuesday, April 9, 2024 in a night-time image made following special permission by the Culture Ministry. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) And its first stop on the relay that culminates in the July 26 opening ceremony will be at this cypress-ringed memorial to Coubertin, where the torchbearer will light an altar in his honor. That happens at every lighting ceremony, but this year it will have a special resonance, according to Spyros Capralos, head of the Greek national Olympic committee. “We pay respect to the (monument) of Coubertin every time ... the flame goes first there,” Capralos told The Associated Press. “And now, 2,800 years after the first Olympic Games, we are happy that the (Games) are returning to Paris, birthplace of Pierre de Coubertin.” The French aristocrat’s efforts, inspired by the ancient games and his wish to invigorate a contemporary sports culture, led to the inaugural modern Games being staged in Athens in 1896. The seat Coubertin used at the renovated ancient marble stadium in the Greek capital is still preserved, with his name carved on it. Before he died in 1937 and was buried in Lausanne, Switzerland, Coubertin left special directions for his heart: It was to be removed and placed inside the monument erected in his honor ten years earlier just outside the ruins of ancient Olympia. The Olympic rings are seen behind the double face marble statue known as Hermes in the marble Panathinean Stadium, venue of the first modern Olympics in 1896, in Athens, early Friday, April 5, 2024. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) The future King Paul of Greece performed the ceremony in March 1938, following a blessing by black-robed Greek Orthodox priests. The grove is now part of the International Olympic Academy, an institute established to promote education on the history and principles of the modern Games. Born in 1863, Coubertin was the second president of the IOC — after Greece’s Demetrios Vikelas — serving from 1896-1925. His tenure included the games held in Paris in 1900 and 1924. On a personal level, his life was marred by family tragedy that might explain his single-minded dedication to the Olympics. His son suffered severe brain damage at a young age, and his daughter struggled with mental health issues throughout her life. Coubertin had no other children, and two close nephews were killed in World War I. (AP) The Olympic Flame lighting ceremony ahead of the Paris Olympic Games will take place at the ancient site of Olympia on April 16th in a public event that will be televised live around the world. The high priestess at the ceremony will be Mary Mina, who will hand over the flame to the first torchbearer, Greek Olympic rowing champion Stefanos Ntouskos. It will then be carried by some 500 torchbearers on a 2,000-kilometer journey across Greece, culminating on April 26 at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, the site of the first modern Olympics in 1896. The torch will then set sail to Marseille from Piraeus on board the three-masted Belem, a ship classified as a historical monument since 1984. The torch will be used to light the Olympic Flame when it arrives in France on May 8th, which is just over two and a half months before the Games begin on July 26th.  
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Athens
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2024
Greece, signalling its intention to contribute actively to the international challenges of the global climate crisis, is taking initiatives to support the protection of the oceans and hosting the 9th international "Our Oceans Conference" (OOC-9), which will be held in Athens on April 16-17th, 2024, at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, "Our main goal is for this conference to produce tangible results. Not only to discuss environmental protection, but also to proceed with tangible actions and commitments," Hellenic Minister of Foreign Affairs George Gerapetritis said at a recent press conference. Greece will accompany the hosting of this international organisation with 20 commitments for the protection of Greek seas and the sustainability of economic activities. Commitments will be announced on the day of the conference, and some will be immediate, while some will extend to 2030. The first ones already announced concern the immediate passing of legislation establishing two large national marine parks in the Ionian and the Aegean, which will be among the largest in the Mediterranean.
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Athens
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2024
One son is expensive enough, he says, especially the cost of ferrying him around his remote corner of northeastern Greece where the number of children has plummeted in recent years. Most afternoons he drives 13-year-old Nicholas 50 km (31 miles) to play soccer with the few other children scattered across the region. If Nicholas needs a paediatrician, it is even further. “To have a family these days, you need to become a hero,” Giannakidis said on the sideline of a recent soccer practice. “To have a second child, more money must come into the house.” As much of Europe struggles with tumbling birthrates that experts say threaten long-term economic wellbeing, Greece is a stark example of how hard it will be to reverse the trend. In 2022, it recorded the lowest number of births in 92 years, according to most recent data, driven by the debt crisis that led to years of austerity, emigration, and changed attitudes among the young. Preliminary unofficial data indicate another drop in 2023. Greece’s fertility rate is one of the lowest in Europe: some villages have not recorded a single birth in years. The government is planning in May to unveil new measures to boost birthrates, officials told Reuters. The plan includes cash benefits for families, affordable housing for young people, financial incentives for assisted reproduction, and incorporating migrants into the workforce, according to officials drafting the initiatives including the family minister. The full size and cost of the plan is not yet clear. However, similar measures have fallen flat in other EU countries in recent decades, and demographers expect little difference in Greece. Even those behind the plans have doubts. “If I were to tell you that any given minister at any given ministry ... can reverse the trend, it would be a lie,” Sofia Zacharaki, Greece’s minister for social cohesion and family affairs, told Reuters. Still, she said, “We need to keep trying.” Streets devoid of children Giannakidis’ village of Ormenio and the wider Orestiada municipality - one of the country’s poorest - reveal the magnitude of the problem. The population of Orestiada, a crop-growing area bordering Turkey and Bulgaria, shrank 16% between 2011 and 2021, census data show. Ormenio used to be full of children, but now two thirds of the 300 residents are over 70, said village president Stratos Vasiliadis. Nicholas, the only 13-year-old in Ormenio, spends much of his weekends playing video games alone. He wants to leave at 18. “I might send him to my sister in Germany to study,” his father said. The silence that blankets Ormenio is occasionally broken by church bells that peal over shuttered businesses and an empty playground, and by the mobility scooters elderly men drive to the cafe for games of backgammon. Most of the church pews are unoccupied at Sunday mass. Trains that pass through Ormenio used to bring visitors but today haul tanks bound for Ukraine. A newly extended border fence in the area, part of the conservative government’s toughening immigration policy, keeps undocumented migrants out. “We used to gather at weddings, at baptisms. Now we meet at funerals,” said 61-year-old Chrysoula Ioannidou. “There are very few births.” Vasiliadis’ brother Thodoris, a speech therapist, organises art workshops for 20 or so children from surrounding villages. He said isolation had stunted their social skills. One boy’s stutter worsened because he had no friends to talk to, he said. Another cycles the village’s empty streets alone. Ormenio’s situation is mirrored to varying degrees across Greece and the EU, where governments including France, Italy, Norway and Spain have spent billions of euros on pro-child measures  - often to little avail. Greece’s economy has rebounded in recent years, but falling birthrates are, according to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, a “national threat” and a “ticking time bomb” for pensions. Priority policy Even before the incentives planned for May, the government created a birth allowance and tax breaks on baby items, and extended private sector maternity benefit. These have shown little sign of working. “This is one of the most serious problems we face not only in Greece but in the EU as a whole,” Finance Minister Kostis Hatzidakis told Reuters. “It is our priority ... whatever it takes.” Part of the government’s challenge is to overcome the trauma of the debt crisis. Just a few years ago, as protests raged over the government’s austerity policies, youth unemployment was over 60%. It remains around 25%. Hundreds of thousands of young Greeks left. Those that remain are often priced out of the property market due to inflation and soaring rents. Many live with parents into their 30s. Orestiada municipality suffered heavily. A sugar factory that provided hundreds of jobs shut down and is fenced off in an overgrown lot. Scores of other businesses are boarded up. The nearest primary school to Ormenio, which serves 17 villages, is thinning out. The whole first grade - four children - can fit in their teacher’s morning embrace. Next year there will be none, headmaster Dimitris Rossidis said. “The future doesn’t look bright,” he said. First grade teacher Nektaria Mouropoulou says she would like to have a family but she earns 1,000 euros ($1,083) a month, a third of which goes to renting a tiny flat. She crosses into Turkey to buy cheaper gasoline, and her mother helps with bills. “When you’re in your 30s and earning 1,000 euros, of course you’ll think whether to have a family,” she said, adding that politicians were missing the point. “That they’ll give 20 euros for the first child, or 50 or 100, doesn’t solve the problem.”
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Athens
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2024
Interunity Group, the leading shipping services company, presented the first edition of the IG Cycling race - THERMO2024, at an event held at the Hotel Grande Bretagne on Wednesday,   March 13th, 2024. A new sporting challenge, a demanding race, which will be held on June 1st on the imposing mountain range of South Pindos. The cycling race will raise significant amounts with the aim of supporting the charity ELPIDA - Association of friends of children with cancer, as well as the charity Common Seas, in the context of the leading Maritime Exhibition Posidonia 2024. More than 100 athletes will take part in the endurance cycling race and will have the opportunity to ride two demanding routes, in the mountains of South Pindos, of unparalleled natural beauty. The routes of 83km and 163km reach peaks of approximately 1400 meters and approximately 4000 meters of elevation gain, in the heart of Greece. The race will start and finish in the picturesque village of Thermo, three hours from Athens. This new sports institution supports two charitable organizations, which the Interunity Group has in its heart: ELPIDA - Association of friends of children with cancer, and Common Seas. The primary charity of the event, the Hope Association of Friends of Children with Cancer, was founded in 1990 by a group of dynamic women, with the aim of developing a framework of treatment and support for children suffering from cancer, as well as their families. Common Seas leverages the collective experience of people, governments and businesses to become the catalyst for finding and developing local, national and international solutions to tackle marine plastic pollution and improve ocean sustainability. Dimitris Nikolakis, from Interunity Group, and one of the founders of IG Cycling, whose contribution made the dream of creating this race a reality, said: “We have high expectations and believe that THERMO2024 will be a great event. It's definitely a race for strong nerves, but it's all about pushing the limits and fulfilling our dreams. Apart from the unique experience of the stunning beauty of the South Pindos mountains, what we are most looking forward to is joining together with friends from the global shipping community, raising awareness and raising as much money as we can for 2 very important charities. We are grateful for the significant help we have had from all our sponsors and their contribution to the creation of this race, which we hope will be the first of many to come.” The sponsors of the IG Cycling – THERMO2024 event are: SOKANA, Lexus, KPI Ocean Connect, Marshall Islands Registry, Faros Marine Services, Navigator Towage and Agencies Worldwide, Fleetwork, M&F Chartering, Aspida Travel, AVRA, Semeli Estate, EZA, Physio, Top Cycles, Kassimatis Cycling, We Insurance, Bike Sale & Academy , Cubic Marine Logistics, Hermes Harisiadis. The event was honored with their presence: Panagiotis Antonopoulos Deputy Regional Governor of Sports of Western Greece, Vasilios Diamantopoulos President of the Hellenic Cycling Federation, Spyridon Konstandaras, Mayor of Thermo, Peggy Filippou ELPIDA - Association of Friends of Children with Cancer, Aliki Lampropoulou Common Seas.   About IG Cycling IG Cycling - THERMO2024 is a cycling race in the heart of Greece, organized by the Interunity Group. It is a new institution, for cycling enthusiasts and for those for whom love of fellow man and solidarity are fundamental values, especially within the maritime community. This race will give them the opportunity to experience the thrill of cycling on different racing routes and raise significant amounts for environmental, children's and social charities. IG Cycling and its team consists of people with great technical and organizational experience in similar events in Greece and abroad. Its aim is to showcase Greece, its natural beauty, its people and its hospitality and to provide a high level of service to all participants, with standards on a par with cycling events taking place across Europe. www.ig-cycling.com About Interunity Group Interunity Group is the leading services group in the shipping industry, being a family of companies. The group includes IMC, a leader in ship management with a long tradition in specialist gas, chemical and product tankers, as well as container ships and MPP vessels, SOKANA, a global commercial ship management company and Burlington Asset Services (BAS). , which provides specialized risk management services to important institutions in the maritime space.  
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2024
Clean Monday is not only a religious observance but also a cultural event that celebrates the onset of spring, embracing renewal, cleanliness, and spiritual reflection. Clean Monday falls on the Monday of the 7th week before Orthodox Easter Sunday, varying each year according to the date of Pascha (Easter). Historical and Cultural Significance The name "Clean Monday" refers to the leaving behind of sinful attitudes and non-fasting foods. It is a day of joy, outdoor activities, and a return to simpler, more natural ways of living, in line with the Lenten period's emphasis on simplicity and moderation. Historically, Clean Monday is tied to ancient celebrations of spring, echoing pagan festivals that celebrated the rebirth of nature. Over time, these traditions were woven into the Christian faith, symbolizing spiritual rebirth and preparation for Easter. One of the most picturesque customs of Clean Monday is the flying of kites. Families and friends gather in open spaces, hills, and near beaches to fly kites of various colors and sizes, symbolizing the human spirit's attempt to reach the heavens. This tradition is accompanied by laughter, competition, and the joy of being outdoors after the winter months. Food plays a central role in Clean Monday celebrations. The day is marked by a special meal that adheres to the Orthodox Christian fasting rules, which means abstaining from meat, fish, dairy products, and eggs. The Clean Monday feast typically includes a variety of Lenten dishes, such as "lagana" (a special flatbread baked only for this occasion), "taramosalata" (a spread made from fish roe), olives, octopus, and a wide array of pickled and fresh vegetables. These dishes are not only a nod to the fasting period but also celebrate the bounty of the earth, aligning with the themes of renewal and simplicity. In addition to kite flying and feasting, Clean Monday is a time for outdoor picnics, musical and dance performances, and other communal activities that bring people together. In many parts of Greece, traditional dances and songs add to the festive atmosphere, with locals donning traditional costumes and engaging in folk dances.
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Athens
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2024
Where the Greeks will have a Clean Monday Starting with the carnival destinations, which traditionally star with high occupancy, Patras, Xanthi, Skyros, Rethymnon, Naoussa, Kastoria, Tirnavos, Kozani, Ioannina, Kefalonia, Rhodes, Amfissa, Kalamata, Galaxidi and Corfu will attract Greek visitors from every corner of the country, the president of the federation of tourist offices in Greece Lysandros Tsilidis notes. The 3-day carnival always has increased traffic mainly in the areas where the carnivals are held with great success, notes Mr. Tsilidis and adds that the main characteristic of the 3-day carnival is the fact that the visitors come from the urban centers near the carnival areas. At the same time, organized travel once again prevails in the planning of travelers and for this reason travel agencies pre-purchased seats on ships and planes in order for consumers to buy budget packages. From the above, it can be concluded that the carnival destinations do not "drop a pin" from the visitors, as occupancy exceeds 90% in open accommodation. At this point, Mr. Tsilidis speaks of an increase in sales this year in excursion packages of more than 10%, compared to 23, when last year there was a 30% increase compared to 2022. Regarding the prices of the packages given to Greek travelers, they were competitively priced and for this reason there was a great response, explains Mr. Tsilidis. Specifically, a 3-day stay in Patras starts from 115 euros per person (2 nights - transport and accommodation). A five-day stay in Xanthi starts from 135 euros per person, a 5-day stay in Skyros costs 310 euros, in Rethymno 3 nights will cost 375 euros per person, while in Kastoria for 2 nights the person will spend 175 euros.   Clean Monday Vs March 25th Given the great appeal of the well-known traditional carnival destinations, it is interesting to see how the destinations of the Central Greece region will move over the two or three days. Speaking to APE-MPE, Sofia Flega, president of the hoteliers in Karpenisi, notes that the three-day period of March 25 shows better mobility than that of the Carnival, and this is because the area does not have any special event to attract carnival excursionists. Moreover, the fact that both 3 days are consecutive does not help, as Mrs. Flega mentions. In any case, occupancy in the accommodations on Halloween will be recorded at 80%, while for the three days of March 25, occupancy will reach 90%, always for Karpenissi. Regarding the available prices of the accommodation, the double room starts from 70 euros. Remaining in the region of Central Greece, Evia due to its proximity to Athens will move with very good occupancy, as the president of the Edipsos hoteliers reports to APE-MBE, especially with regard to the three days of Halloween. As Mr. Roumeliotis explains, occupancy will exceed 80%, since a carnival parade with 35 floats will take place in Loutra of Edipsos, an event that will attract many visitors. For March 25, however, things are not expected to have the same momentum, since the picture of pre-bookings does not reveal a corresponding picture. Of course, hope is transferred to last-minute reservations, as Mr. Roumeliotis mentions. However, there will be rooms available for those who decide to travel to Evia at the last minute, with prices starting at 40 euros for a double room. On the same wavelength and one of the most popular carnival destinations, Rethymno, where the accommodation occupancy is at 100% for the three days of the Carnival and locals and visitors will experience the magic of the Rethymnon carnival, as the tourism consultant emphasizes to APE-MPE of the municipality, Kostas Falangas. The Rethymnon carnival is an institution, as early as 1914, the year in which there are reports of events. As it is characteristically mentioned: "the first elements of humorous events, carnivals of another era, which has left its nostalgic aroma diffused to still smell", says Mr. Fallangas. With the preparations of the hotels being at their zenith in view of the new tourist year, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino hotel, which has already been open since February, has occupancy that reaches 100% for the two 3 days of Carnival and March 25, with the Greeks to have a significant share in the hotel's traffic. In fact, the hotel receives a large number of golfers from Northern Europe, also due to the fact that direct flights to Kalamata airport have started. The rest of the Costa Navarino units open in April and early May. After the festive 3 days and the escapades of the Greeks, foreign visitors to Greece will take over, as from the beginning of April the country's tourist resorts open one after the other and until Easter there will not be a tourist business that will not be open to country. The messages for 2024 are positive and everyone hopes that the new tourist season will be another year in which Greek tourism will be the protagonist of the positive news.
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Athens
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2024
Thousands of citizens will have fun with dancing, singing, acrobatics, the traditional merry-go-round at the Carnival events organized by the Athens Chamber of Commerce, the Municipality of Athens and OPANDA. The venue will be the historic center of the city - Syntagma, Plaka, Monastiraki - as the aim of the chamber is the revival of carnival events in the "Quarter of the Gods". "We want to see again in the streets of Plaka carnival-goers having fun with their souls, as was the case in the past. Let's once again make the most beautiful corner of Athens the center of the capital's carnival events and let this celebration be from now on a pole of attraction for residents and visitors, something that will also stimulate entrepreneurship", is the message of the president of the Athens Chamber of Commerce Yannis Hatzitheodosiou. The municipality of Athens will culminate this three-day Halloween celebration with a series of events, in neighborhoods and in the city center. For Saturday (16/3) activities for young and old have been planned in various parts of Athens. Children will create their own paper war collage in the Art Gallery, participate in an educational experiential program in Agios Georgios Square in Kypseli and have fun at the Halloween celebration on the pedestrian street at the junction of Gennai Kolokotroni and Matrozou. The Philharmonic Orchestra of the Municipality of Athens will flood the Kallidromi with its melodies, the percussion ensemble Bloco Swingueira with Brazilian rhythms and dance will perform a carnival route from the Peripheral Filopappou to Merkouri Square, while cultural clubs will revive customs in other parts of the city. In Zappeio, there will be a children's Halloween celebration and a revival of the Plakiot Carnival by the Athens Chamber of Commerce. On Halloween Sunday (17/3) young and old carnival goers will participate in two big celebrations in the center of the city. In the morning (11:30), children will go wild in their carnival costumes at Zappeion, where group games and pantomime, stilt walkers, circus artists, mascots and many surprises await them. In the afternoon, the Athens Chamber of Commerce revives, with the support of OPANDA, the traditional carnival in the streets of Plaka with a large carnival procession, which will start at 17:30 from Syntagma Square, with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Municipality of Athens and other musical and dance forms to set the rhythm. Following the route through Ermou and Evangelistria streets, Mitropoleos Square and Pandrossou Street, the parade will end at Monastiraki Square. This will be followed by a series of spectacular acts with acrobats, impressive dancers, Brazilian dances, as well as superFire & Pyroshow and supermagic show. The event will be presented by Ioanna Maleskou and Thanos Vagios. On Clean Monday (18/3) the focus will be, as always, on the Hill of Philopappos, for the Athenians to celebrate Koulouma with music and dance and to fill the Attic sky with colorful kites. The Philharmonic Orchestra of the Municipality of Athens will welcome the public from 11 am, while at 12 noon the music group "Charisma" and Isidoros Pateros will take the stage. "Throughout the weekend of March 16 and 17, the streets and squares of the city turn into an endless colorful merry-go-round, with parties for children, musical meetings with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Municipality of Athens, carnival routes with the flavor of tradition. On Clean Monday, March 18, you are all invited to Filopappos Hill to traditionally celebrate Koulouma with music, dance and Lenten food", said the mayor of Athens, Haris Doukas.   The program of events in detail Saturday, March 16 11:00 Athens Municipality Gallery Collage with confetti in the Art Gallery. Halloween museum educational program for children aged 4 to 6 years. Young visitors will observe Rika Pana's works in the exhibition space and create their own paper war collage. 11:00 Agios Georgios Kypselis Square "Carnivalize, play, tumble" - Children's educational experiential program. 11:00 Gennaiou Kolokotronis & Matrozou Children's Halloween celebration. Music, dancing, Halloween competitions for the best costume, theatrical performances, games and many surprises for the little carnival-goers. 11:30 Kallidromiou Street Musical tour of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Municipality of Athens 12:00 Regional Filopappou-Troon-Dorieon-Merkouri Square Carnival route with the percussion ensemble Bloco Swingueira with dance and rhythms from Brazil. 12:00 Papadiamanti Square-Halepa-Agios Andreas Lamprini Square Carnival route of the revival of lesbian skating with the participation of lesbian skaters from the Lesvos Farmers' Union "Agios Dimitrios" and the Cultural Association of Traditional Dances and Cultural Activities "O Molyvos". Sunday, March 17 11:30 Zappeio (courtyard area) Children's Halloween celebration with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Municipality of Athens. Music, dance, stilts, balloon construction, face painting, circus artists, group games, pantomime, mascots and many surprises for the little friends. 17:30 Syntagma Square and Monastiraki Square Revival of Plakiotiki Carnival. Action of the Professional Chamber of Athens with the support of OPANDA. Carnival parade from Syntagma Square and carnival spree in Monastiraki Square. * The event will take place simultaneously in Syntagma Square, in the surrounding streets and in Monastiraki Square. Clean Monday, March 18 Filopappou Hill 11:00 Musical walk by the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Municipality of Athens. 12:00 Concert by the band "Charisma" and Isidoros Pateros. 11:00 Park for Children & Culture (former K.A.P.A.P.S.) Traditional feast with music, dances and Lenten dishes from the Cultural Association of Ano Ampelokipi. With the support of OPANDA.  
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Athens
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2024
The decision by its new owner, Cypriot businessman Andreas Christodoulides, who bought it along with another Onassis Olympic Airways-era plane, which is now in Lavrio, where it is being restored, is to showcase an era of modern Greek history. “These airplanes are historic for Greece and Hellenism, the Olympic airplanes should be remembered by the world and our children and our grandchildren,” he says. His goal was to buy them for the public to view and appreciate. A great admirer of Onassis, Christodoulides said he bought the planes so that the Greeks would not forget – “so that the world remembers Elliniko [Athens’ former airport), Olympic and Onassis.” “I feel proud of Greece… it is as if I have bought the Acropolis, and I am putting it somewhere for Hellenism to see.” Christodoulides has for the last 18 years been the owner of Zela Aviation, while about two years ago, when he returned to Greece from London after 38 years, he founded its subsidiary, Zela Jets.
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Athens
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2024
The “4th Women In Digital Forum”, the conference made “institution” for Women in Tech, STEM and Digital is coming on March 7th, 2024 in the form of a different and inspiring event, combining dialogue about the present and the future, with a glittering celebration of what has been achieved to date. In a world driven by Technology, the “4th Women In Digital Forum”, will seek to amplify voices, reduce differences and shape the appropriate dialogue framework for the rightful place of women in business, public sphere, and society. Riper, stronger and richer, the 4th Women In Digital Forum will highlight every point of view and proposal to break down barriers, in a quest for an inclusive community, where every woman can thrive and make a meaningful impact. Through critical discussions, engaging panels, workshops and networking opportunities, Smart Press aims to create a supportive ecosystem that propels women forward in their digital careers. Join as we explore the limitless possibilities in the digital world and showcase the diverse talents and perspectives women bring to the table. Participants include Hellenic Labor Minister Domna Michailidou.  Visit womenindigital.gr for more details and registration.  
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