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September 2014, Hellenic Voice

Greece Ready to Launch Oil


Exploration Tenders this Fall

he Greek government expects bids from oil companies on oil


exploration projects in 20 regions in the Ionian Sea and south
of Crete to be submitted by March 2015. This will be followed
by at least a three-month period of evaluating the bids in order to award
the projects by mid-2015.
The timetable of oil exploration projects was unveiled on Monday,
while Environment, Energy and Climate Change ministry officials,
who noted the strong interest by oil companies for the projects during
a roadshow last week in London. The official attributed this interest on
strong evidence of significant energy reserves, following seismic research
made in the regions and the consistency showed by the Greek state in

promoting these projects. Under the timetable presented, the ministry


will launch an international tender for the projects this fall. Ministry
officials said that there was no reaction whatsoever by any neighboring
countries during the process of seismic research and the publication of
sea regions. The states revenues, beyond taxation (20 pct) and regional
tax (5.0 pct) will also include rights according to the size of the field.
The tender, according to sources, will exclude off shore companies and
the participation of one company in more than one regions. A ministry
analysis of seismic research made so far estimates state revenues from
Patras Gulf, Katakolo and Ioannina to around 6.0 billion euros (reserves
of 100 million barrels at an average price of 90 dollars/per barrel).

Iraklio Will Kick off El Greco


Year Exhibitions in Greece

he island of Crete, birthplace of the


Renaissance master Domenicos Theotokopoulos who is better known by
the nickname El Greco, is to kick off a round
of exhibitions in Greece for El Greco Year.
The Greek tribute to the painter, marking the
400th anniversary since the old masters death,
started with the inauguration on June 20 of
the exhibition Domenikos Theotokopoulos
between Venice and Rome at the Historical
Museum of Crete in Iraklio.
The exhibition is dedicated to the painters
Italian period and opened to the public on
June 21, running until October 25. After this
date it will be transferred to the Benaki Museum in Athens, which helped organize the
exhibition, where it will run from November
21 until March 1, 2015.
The exhibition takes the two paintings on
permanent display at the Historical Museum
of Crete as its focal point View of Mt. Sinai

and the Monastery of St. Catherine and The


Baptism of Christ to recreate the broader artistic milieu. Relevant works from 16th century
Cretan icon painting are on display, as well as
similarly themed works by Western artists. The
human milieu surrounding Theotokopoulos
will be recreated in parallel, with his noted
patrons, and the major artists he became associated with during his time in Italy, at a time
when the recognition, support and protection
of prominent personages was essential to an
artists survival and advancement.
The exhibition presents major paintings
and engravings from museums and private
collections in Greece and abroad. Events on
Theotokopoulos will also be held in other
museums in Greece, among them the National
Gallery, the Alex Mylonas Museum - Macedonia Museum of Contemporary Art and
the Byzantine & Christian Museum, whose
planned exhibition Domenicos Theotoko-

Corruption, Graft in Greece Still Widespread,


As per Ernst & Young Global Fraud Survey

ncidents of corruption and graft in Greece remain widespread according to 72 pct of Greek
company executives participating in the Ernst & Young 2014 Global Fraud Survey Overcoming
Compliance Fatigue: reinforcing the commitment to ethical growth. Most Greeks, however,
consider that there is a commitment on the part of managements to stamp out the trend and that
penalties have been imposed on those exhibiting delinquent behavior.
On the plus side, Greeces executives rank second worldwide (along with those of the UK) in terms
of not underestimating the dangers from cyber crime, considering that this poses a significant threat
for their business. Worldwide, about 40 pct of those responding consider corruption and bribery to
be an extensive occurrence in their country, while managements are struggling to cope with longterm threats and also emerging threats, such as cyber crime.
The survey was carried out between November 2013 and February 2014, and involved 2,719 interviews in the local language with senior decision-makers in a sample of the largest companies in
59 countries and territories. The polling sample was designed to elicit the views of executives with
responsibility for tackling fraud, mainly CFOs, CCOs, general counsel and heads of internal audit.

Sunday rest? No Open for Business.

poulos before El Greco was approved by the


Central Archaeological Council on June 17.
The Byzantine & Christian museum exhibition will focus on the influence exerted on
the artist by the social and artistic environment of his native Crete and how this formed
his character and personality. It will start on
November 19, 2014 and run until March 31,
2015, featuring a series of artifacts and works
of art held by archaeological museums and the
antiquities services.
Among the paintings to be included are the
artists Luke the Evangelist and The Adoration of the Magi from the Benaki Museum,
the Dormition of the Virgin loaned by the
Syros Cathedral, St. John the Baptist from
the Fine Arts Museum in Valencia, Spain and
St. Francis of Assisi and Fra Leone from the
Pinacoteca Brera in Milan, in addition to 24
other works of art on loan from Italy, Spain,
Austria and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

130,000 Ventures
Shut Down Since
the 09 Recession
As many as 130,000 commercial
enterprises shut down during Greeces
six-year economic recession while no
more than 45,000 new ones opened, which
translates into a net loss of some 85,000
businesses. At the same time an estimated
575,000 small and medium-sized Greek
enterprises were forced to stop operating,
while 265,000 new ones were started.
At least 230,000 employment posts,
including traders-employers, self-employed
and salary workers disappeared from
the sector, while total employment in
commerce has dropped to levels unseen
since 1999 reports Kathimerini.

Tourism, Culture
Ministers Work
Out a Joint Plan
Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni and Culture
& Sports Minister Konstantinos Tassoulas agreed
on a number of joint actions aimed at promoting
the Greek tourism product and cultural heritage.
In their meeting at the Culture ministry building,
they underlined that through coordinated actions
tourism can give extroversion to culture and on its
part, culture can provide value added to tourism.
They decided to utilize the archaeological
museums nationwide in the promotion of tourism,
highlight the archaeological sites and promote them
to attract visitors and ensure accessibility for people
with disabilities. The creation of a framework aimed
at attracting international film productions that
will promote the Greek culture was also discussed
and underlined that modern Greek art will also
have to be further promoted.

Luxury Home Construction


Booms in a Nation in Crisis
ATHENS, Greece - Owners of luxury
homes that are rented out to tourists for
the summer season many of whom have
legally registered this activity are expected
to see a turnover in the area of 100 million
Euros this year, with conservative estimates
bringing tax revenues from such activity to
20 million Euros at least.
Some three months ago tourism authorities
estimated they would issue 500 permits for
such leasing, however demand by property
owners for inclusion in this category has
exceeded every expectation. The Greek

National Tourism Organization has already


issued 1,800 such licenses and stickers, and
more are to follow. These homes, most of
which belong to the super-luxury category,
have a total capacity of about 14,000 beds.
The comparison with last year is staggering:
Only 35 such permits were issued in Crete
last year, while since the start of this year
the number of permits issued has reached
389. In the Cycladic islands the number has
soared from 29 in 2013 to 526 to date. In
both regions there are also dozens of still
outstanding applications.

Athens, Thessaloniki Among Seven


Regions with Shops Open on Sunday

he city centers of Greeces two largest cities, Athens and


Thessaloniki, will be among the seven Greek regions
where shops will be allowed to open on Sundays, on
a pilot plan, according to a Development Ministry decision
signed recently. The other regions where the measures will apply
include some of the countrys top tourist destinations such as
the islands of Rhodes, Mykonos, Santorini, Kos and Syros or
the peninsula of Halkidiki in northern Greece along with the
Pikermi and Rafina districts in Attica.
The measure, which was due to be published in the government gazette, is among the prior actions demanded of Greece

under the memorandum agreements for the bailout loans, which


stipulated that the ministerial decision had to be issued by July
7, 2014 and state the areas where shops have the option to stay
open every day of the week, regardless of size and without the
approval of the regional authority.
Its implementation will be among the actions to be monitored
by the next troika review and, judging by the results of the pilot
implementation of the measure in the above regions, the issue
of Sunday opening for all shops in the spring of 2015 will be
re-examined, not ruling out full deregulation of shop opening
hours throughout the country._ by Sotiria Nikolouli.

15

Hellenic Voice, September 2014

Editorial Viewpoint

Give God His, But...

recent commentary in the National Herald by its religious editor and Boston
Correspondent Theodore Kalmoukos,, advocates severe punishment of the
clergy that get involved with the finances of their parishioners. A glaring
transgression of this kind prompted Kalmoukos to write this analytical viewpoint,
that of a priest by the name of Demetrios Dokos, one of those who did just that
and who is now in the hands of justice, the District Attorney having investigated his
case for a whole year. As the writer points out, everyone is innocent until proven
guilty, but he also asserts that a cleric entrusted with the divine mysteries cannot
find himself being accused of financial improprieties. Furthermore he says, their acts

Master Classes
Of Greek Wine
Is Taught in US

arly on in the recent re-emergence


of the Greek wine sector, it was a
given that Greek native varieties
would have to be a hand-sell, and who better
to do that than this nations passionate and
innovative culture of sommeliers, lead by
the Court of Master Sommeliers and their
educational arm, the Guild of Sommeliers.
For 2 weeks earlier this year, Matt Stamp MS,
Director of Education for the Guild, conducted the popular Master Class series, this
time with Greek wine, which included stops
in Boulder, Chicago, San Diego and Seattle.
Standard Greek varieties (and we use the
term loosely) like Assyrtiko, Moschofilero,
Agiorgitiko and Xinomavro were mixed in
with emerging varieties like Malagousia,
Savatiano, Liatiko, Robola, and Vidiano,
which are just the tip of the iceberg, for what
is really exciting is that many of the close to
400 native Greek varieties are still yet to be
discovered by trade and consumers alike.

should be problematic to the Church and those in authority within it. And speaking
of authority, Kalmoukos must be forgetting, though he cites certain instances of such
transgressions, that there are many more committed actually by those who are in
authority, authority not gained by endorsement but taken by deception and bribery,
who must consider themselves above the law and whom the law or its enforcers
refuse to acknowledge. These are the big fish, who no on dares accuse for the fear
of reprisals, for they are as vindictive as they are greedy. But this is the state of the
Church since the last decade of the past century and no ones willing to lift a finger
against them.

Jamie Dimon
of JPMorgan
Has Cancer

A Swarm of 24,000 Bees Have Been


Removed from Williamsburg Street
WILLIAMSBURG, NY Tens of thousands of bees swarmed a Williamsburg street,
frightening locals and closing down a portion of the block while police scooped them up.
The 24,000-strong swarm landed on Montrose Avenue between Lorimer and Leonard streets
just after 12 p.m. after likely originating from a nearby hive, said an NYPD beekeeper who
responded to the scene.
There were no broken branches, so I think they originally landed on the tree and started
migrating down to the ground where the queen was, and they just clustered up over there,
said Det. Anthony Tony Bees Planakis. Onlookers stood gawking at the swarm when police
arrived, with someone placing a food container over the bees to cover them up, he explained.
Swarms are relatively docile at first, but stuff like that will really tick them up, Planakis said.
Locals said they first noticed the swarm that morning. We were worried about people
getting stung, said Esteban Lopez, who called
the police. Planakis proceeded to vacuum up
Williamsburg
the bees, using a queen from another swarm to
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removed by
draw them in. He removed the entire swarm
Detective
by 2:30 p.m. and transported them to an
Planakis
apiary in Connecticut. Planakis said this
was the first reported swarm in the area and
predicted that nearby hives will soon follow.
We had a bet and I said it would start up
the week after Mothers Day, the NYPDs
resident beekeeper said. I may be wrong,
but in 38 years Ive never been wrong._ By
Megan Cerullo

Greek Director Teaches


Sophocles Tragedy to
Women in Afghanistan

ntigone to women in Afghanistan. The documentary was shot one


year ago in Kabul and depicts the lives of women who are playing
with fire, risking their lives for their love of theater.
I felt connected with Afghanistan. I watched what happened and at some
point I saw a photo of two actors performing Moliere in Afghanistan. First as
an actor and second as a director, I was very interested and started exploring,
Papathanassiou said. The head of the theater department at the University of
Kabul and I decided to start seminars on Ancient Greek theater because there
were no books on Ancient Drama in Afghanistan. After a long search for books,
and while I did research on the Internet, I read about a girl who got the first
prize in a theater festival in Afghanistan. I wanted to meet her. However,
this meeting never happened. A few
days before I arrived in Afghanistan,
I learned that the actress had mysteriously died.
In Kabul, being a woman and an
actress is not far from being seen as
a prostitute. All girls who have dared
to perform in a play, fear for their
lives. Actresses who are well-known in
Afghanistan for playing on television
and cinema, receive letters from the Taliban threatening to kill them.
During her stay at the university, the Greek director taught 200 male and 8
female students of which only one dared to play Sophocles Antigone. The others
decided not to be involved and, more importantly, not announcing publicly
that they want to become actors. The film is expected to premiere on September
4, 2014 at Danaos cinema in Athens, Greece.

Book Review

amie Dimon, the Greek American chief


executive of JPMorgan Chase, has throat
cancer and will begin treatment shortly
at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center,
he said in a note to the banks employees and
shareholders early in July. Doctors discovered
the cancer at an early stage, Mr. Dimon, 58,
said, noting that his condition was curable.
After a series of tests, he said the doctors
confirmed that the cancer had not spread
beyond the original site and the adjacent
lymph nodes on the right side of his neck.
Mr. Dimon assured employees at JPMorgan,
the nations largest bank, that the prognosis
from the doctors was excellent._ By JESSICA
SILVER-GREENBERG _

From the Good Life to


a Nightmarish Isolation

Nightmares in the Saudi Arabian Desert


By Alexandra Symeonidou
Amazon eBooks, Translation from the Greek

Dimon:
Cancer to end
his career?

or one who has read the first few chapters of


Nightmares the notion is that heres a young
woman who lived her life to the fullest, who
indulged in a lifestyle not too may people get to
enjoy in a lifetime as a privileged individual who
earned her keep being a stewardess for Arabyia,
the Saoudi Arabian airline. After all, how many
in her line of work-perhaps outside the opulence
practiced by rich Saudi Arabs, (or is there any other
kind?)-can claim having enjoyed their flying days to that degree.
Inexperienced perhaps but well educated in French and English
Literature at the University of Aix-en-Provence in France and working for the Greek Toursit Board in Paris, Alexandra Symeonidou
may have not been ready for this extremely adventurous if not
dangerous life. After all, she had done it all in that promised land
of black gold. She had been chosen to accompany the Saudi King
on trips to the US and Spain, she had been onboard the flight with
the president of Sudan when he met his Egyptian counterpart,
and I mean up close and personal as per her description.
That wasnt all of course, because Ms Symeonidou speaks
of extravagant parties where pricey gifts were lavished on the
foreign girls that made up the the ranks of flight attendants, in
exchange for their favors. The result of these parties, I assume
was the meeting with Samy, the affluent Saudi Arabian official
with whom she decided to bond in a blissful union. Was it bliss-

ful ignorance or was it wishful thinking what led


her to believe that this was going to be a mach
made in heaven. She envisioned a life of riches,
traveling across the globe with her prince, not
once stopping to think of the ramifications of a
union with a man of his religion who consider the
woman as a non-entity. Not once did she consider
her life resembling a monastic one, confined in
strict quarters and dressed up covered from head
to to in the Moslem tradition. But the promises
Samy made to her about paradise were all empty.
No sooner that they returned from a wedding
celebration in Greece, did her misery consumed
her. What more, now that her eyes had opened to reality, she was
with child, Samys child.
What ensues is a visit by her mother who helps her do the
impossible: I am not going to delve into what develops from here
on, for it is best that you read the book in order to discover how
all this has unravelled. The only thing that I will mention is that
Ms Symeonidou, has also published three translations to Greek
from the French poet Racines plays, To my best knowledge
however, theres one more book under the subject of her Saudi
Arabian misadventurous biography and I dare say that it must
be also written-in Greek naturallyin the same simple language
in which this book was translated. Since there is no translators
name, I venture to say that the translation is her own-and most
likely her editing as well, which I couldnt call perfect, since
many prepositions in parts of the text are missing, but luckily
no typos to speak of.

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September 2014, Hellenic Voice

As The World Churns

BY BOB NICOLAIDES bobn2919@gmail.com

laim to fame: NicolaidesBaraitser syndrome


(NBS) is a rare genetic condition caused
by de novo missense mutations in the
SMARCA2 gene and has only been reported in 44
cases worldwide.[1] NBS is a distinct condition and
well recognizable once the symptoms have been
identified. It goes without saying that the namesake
who gave his nome de plume to this syndrome isnt I,
to be sureEtymologically speaking, , homophone and
homosexual do share a common Greek prefix homo, meaning same: Homophones sound the same
(the same phone as in telephone or phonograph) and
homosexuality is attraction to the same sex. However,
Steve Nicolaides,producer
by the same process that gives us phone for telephone,
of the Deep End
just plain homo is often used for the entire meaning
homosexual. (Or, in Canada, as short for homogenized milk. Im not even kidding.).

D
G

uring a simple ceremony on August 4, District Attorney for Manhattan Cyrus


Vance Jr. handed Greeces Ambassador Christos Panagopoulos at the foermers
office, five ancient Greek coins which the US is returning to their rightful owners
remote descendants
reek Presidencys visual identity designed by Beetroot Design Group won a bronze
in the category Brand implementation of European Design Awards as announced
at a ceremony in Cologne.a couple of months ago. The worldwide Kite-surfing
competition for the International Cup taking place at the Greek owned Palm Royale Soma
Bay in Egypts Red Sea with Greece participating,
ended early in June Do you know where the Miss
Benelux Contest of the combined Belgium, Holland
and Luxenbourg beauty pageant was held this year? It
may surprise you, but its is true that it was held at the
same spot as the kite-surfing, the Palm Royale Soma
Bay on the Red Sea which is part of Egypt, with the
hotel complex the ownership of Kyriakos and Stella
Kyriazi. Fourteen beautiful women from these three
north European nations vied for the title in an event
held September 11th...

eorge Stephanopoulos recently garnered one


more honor in that he will be from here on
the head anchorman ABC News.... Paraskevi
Kolovos along with her coleagues in the scientific group Costas Zapas:
of Harvard achieved the regenaration of a damaged Frankenstein on film
ceratoid coat through a new method with
the help of vlastic cells. The team was able
to transplant these human cellules on blind
mice with tremendous success..Vasos
N. Papagapitos is co-President at Travel
Dynamics International Rising Tennis
star Nick Kyrgios is the Aussie Helleene
who eliminated seeded Rafael Nadal at
Wimbleton. His dad is Greek and his mom
from Indonesia ....It is unfortunate
that Lee Zeldin and not George Demos
will be running against Tim Bishop on
the Republican ticket in the upcoming
elections. George who ran in the primaries
on the GOP ticket lost to Zeldin.
Actor Theo James: Greek background

oull have to pardon the French youre about to read, but it isnt
mine. It belongs to the author on Jon Haggins, who wrote a
book purportedly to serve Greek Tourism and gave it the title
Searching for Wild Ass.The trip for a complete staff accorded this
author that also resulted in a video for Haggins show, was arranged
by former GNTO director Chryssanthos Petsillas whose choice leaves something to be
desired. Even the Minister of Tourism was sawyed to bless the trip, but the way I see it, this
is probably the reason that current Tourism director opted out from attending the sale of the
book reception at the combined offices of GNTO and Press and Communications office. But
my question is, who writes a book for tourism and gives it such a ridiculous name?....This is
not ony a disservice, but an insult as well

he Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a delightful movie about a group of young


adults from the US spending the summer on the island of Santorini.John Kapelos
has a role in The Deep End of the Ocean,a social drama about an Italian American
family whose middle child disappears in a hotel in Chicago and is found nearly ten years
later living in the neighborhood as the son
of a Greek man. There is Greek dancing and
many twists in this gripping story produced
by Steve Nicolaides whos no relation to me
Helen Koutas was the Graphics artist for
the movie Gravity Costas Zapas an author
and film director, born in Athens, Greece has
been named by Cineuropa as one of the most
outstanding directors of contemporary auteur
cinema and by the Guardian as one of the
main protagonists of the burgeoning Greek
new cinema wave. His feature film Minor
Freedoms was coproduced by Lars von
Triers production company Zentropa and his
first novel was published in 2001 to critical
acclaim in Greece. His book, Frankenstein
REC is soon to become a feature film by
Grammenos: Clarinet whiz
Minus Pictures.Theodore Peter James
Kinnaird Taptiklis is the birth name of actor
Theo James who stars in the
movie Divergent

he Last Vespers for


Manos Hadjidakis, 20
years later, a musical
tribute on 20th anniversary of
the death of the eminent Greek
composer Manos Hadjidakis
was held, June 13 at the
Center of the Archdiocesan
Cathedral of the Holy Trinity
Artistic Director, vocalist and
narrator Yanna Katsageorgi
presented a unique evening
Kyrgios: His feat eliminating Nadal
with five extraordinary artists
performing his poetic and unconventional songs as the composer intended them to be
performed. Yanna was joined by sopranos Julie Ziavras, Alexandra Skendrou, pianist
Panos Chrisovergis and guitarist Spiros Exaras. The concert is a reminder of the legacy
left by Manos Hadjidakis, an artist whose whole life was an act of resistance to injustice and
repression. His social conscience, civic responsibility, creativity, free spirit and kindness
are values that are necessary more than ever at this critical juncture in Greek history.
The tribute included some of his most beloved songs from Pornography, Absurd, Captain
Michael, Big Pink, Blood Wedding, Street of Dreams, Reflections, Immortality, Ballads of
Athena Street and more.Aphroditi Daniel invites
you to her event Stin Yghia Mas..Xenitia which is
happening Sunday, October 12, at 5:30 at the Melrose
Ballroom in Astoria.The same venue will be used
Melrose Ballroom-for Giannis Ploutarchos concert
which will be taking place from September 19 through
the 28 -check hour of concert.

rites Terry Poulos about his latet


fundraiser in July: Perfect weather, perfect company, perfect night! And $880
raised for Greek Film Fest Chicago! Thank you thank you to all who came to
support the Filmhellenes organization, and special thanks to Maria Dollas with Eurocircle,
Jenny Stavropoulos with HPSI, and Stacey Loukas at Sportscorner and Wrigley Rooftops
for helping make this event a success. We were honored to be joined by Billy Zane Sr. and
his daughter Lisa Zane, and ever-rising Hollywood producer George Furla, relative of the
Galanis family. It aint easy doing a Greek film fest in Chicago without all the East or West
coast celebs, but with Arts hard work and determination, and a little help from his friends,
traight from Robert Sietsimas pen: If you dig back
we Chicagoans do our best. . As part of ATTs 2014 Euripides summer series, American
far enough in culinary history, you could say the
Thymele Theatre directed by Stephen Diacroussi presented its New York Euripides Summer
Greeks invented cheesecake. Historian Thucydides
Festival with five free, fully staged performances of Euripides Andromache in three different
recounts how 2,400 years ago he and his pals were in the
stages in New York City from July 28-August 2.The Libation Bearers, the second play
habit of kneading honey
in Aeschylus trilogy, was presented by The Next Stage
into fresh feta and
WORD OF THE MONTH:
Ensemble players at the Monmouth County Library
baking it over hot coals
Ecstacy-!
Headquarters in Manalapan, NJ on Thursday, August 7.
in an outdoor brazier!

Lisa Zane: Guesting at fundraiser

17

Hellenic Voice, September 2014

Advisory
Council
For HPW
New Hyde Park-. The organization of Hellenic
Professional Women has now established an
Advisory Board which is comprised of some
highly respected leaders in the Greek-American
Community. The function of this Council will be
to lend its expertise towards the mission of HPW,
which in turn is to inspire as well as help advance
women in business at all levels.
Members of the Advisory Council are Lorraine
Chrisomalis-Valasiadis, MD, Obstetrics and
Gynecology, Yanna Darilis, executive producer,
director and host of New Greek TV, Evangeline
Douris, HANAC chairwoman, Nicole Malliotakis,
New York District 64 Assembly member, and
Gregory Pappas, founder and chairman of the
Greek American Foundation.
Founded in 2007, Hellenic Professional Women,
Inc, is a not-for-profit organization supporting the
advancement of women in business at all levels.
It fosters empowerment through relationshipbuilding and programs for professional growth

Greeces AEGEAN Cops theBest


Regional Airline in Europe Award

reeces Aegean Airlines, a member of Star


Alliance, continued its winning success
at the 2014 World Airline Awards held,
as part of Farnborough International Airshow
2014, on 15th July 2014, scooping the award for
the Best Regional Airline in Europe. 2014 Skytrax
World Airline Awards are based on 18.85 million
completed customer surveys, with more than 100
customer nationalities from over 160 countries
participating, voting AEGEAN for its high quality
services delivered to its passengers. AEGEAN wins
this award for the 4th year in a row and for the 5th
time since 2009.
Mr. Eftichios Vassilakis, Vice Chairman of
AEGEAN, said in accepting the award: I would
like to thank as well as to congratulate everyone
at AEGEAN for this great distinction. It is of great
importance for a Greek airline to be honored with
the award for Best Regional Airline in Europe
for the 4th consecutive year and to receive the
acknowledgment of passengers worldwide. We are

Alki David, Greek Billionaire and Hollywood


Maverick, Helps Spread the Voice of America
BEVERLY HILLS, CA--(Marketwired ) - Alki David, CEO of streaming TV provider FilmOn
Networks, announced that his platform will begin to televise content from Voice of America (VOA),
the largest international broadcast produced by the U.S. government. Under the historic agreement,
FilmOn.com will become the first global IPTV provider to carry VOAs highly acclaimed English
language news and features content, which will be available by PC, tablet and smartphone.
This is an exciting partnership that will make available some of the most socially and politically
important content that America has to offer the world, David said. Under the new arrangement,
FilmOn will broadcast a channel exclusively dedicated to VOAs English-language programming,
plus an additional channel, VOA Persian News Network, which will transmit in Irans official
language, Farci. VOAs highly successful programming ranges from flagship news shows such as
The Correspondents to hit entertainment programs like Border Crossings, a music magazine show
that features interviews with stars such as Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.
FilmOns agreement with VOA follows hot on the heels of agreements it has signed with an
impressive stable of broadcasters around the globe, including Euronews, ABC in Australia, Deutsche
Welle in Germany, TVE in Spain and France 24.

Mimis Montes, a Man Whose Poetry Flows


Across Zakynthos, Along with his Business

here does Mimis Montes (pen


name for Dionysios Kalos) found
the time to fill book upon book of
poetry and prose-satyre since his retirement less
than a dozen years ago, is something that our
several conversations at one of his properties,
a caf called Pentakamaro in Alykes, on the
island of Zante never solved. A builder by
trade, he switched his energy to poetry and
prose writing while at the same time using his
entrepreneurial skills to build a small empire
of diverse properties that begin with one or two
bedroom apartments that annually are snatched
away by the tourists who spend summer amid
the seaside lure and the mountain splendor. The
apartments are just one phase of his venture, with
a restaurant called Maestro complementing the
undertaking which is rounded off by the addition
of a supermarket and bakery, a souvenir shop
that offers beachwear and other tourist needs,
coupled with an ATM machine that makes it
all available instantaneously.
The intriguing part for me however is, how
a man who runs such a well-oiled cluster of
businesses manages to write the tomes of poetry
that he did! I walked away from the meetings
with this amazing individual with four of his

books, all full of poems-and stories- that cover


life in its every aspect, from the pranks of carefree
youths having the time of their life, to current
situations encompassing the political climate
and its consequences for Greece.
The tomes, all autographed by the author for
me, bear the titles Poetry & Life, (2007,) Poetry &
Satyre (2010,) Poetry & Greece (2011,) and Stories
of Alykes of Zakynthos, (2014,) an interesting
anthology of narrative tales, written in his
amusing and witty style, interspersed with words
local only to Zakynthos, for which explanations
are provided. Particular impression made to me
The Wretched and The Fish in which a plain old
woman quotes from Pythagoras,
, and One Thunderstruck Love,
in which I assume that Mimis himself is involved
and dates a beautiful gilrl only to lose her when
he admits that he is friends with the man who
killed her father.
The eighty-year-old Montes was born in
Alykes where he spent his entire life. He served
in the wartime Greek Navy and as a resuly he has
traveled extensively across Greece. His creativity
did not become apparent until a very mature
age upon which, along with his poetry writing
he also created a wealth catering to tourism.

well aware of the fact that there is always room for


improvement in order to maintain our passengers
devotion and trust in the future. This continuous
distinction of AEGEAN is yet more proof of the
fact that Greece has companies adequate to stand
in the highly competitive environment and to offer
high quality services and to attract tourism of
similar level.
AEGEAN has a secure grip on this award as Best
Regional Airline in Europe, being a repeat winner
again in 2014. With the awards voted for by airline
customers worldwide, they represent the voice of
passengers, and as a truly global survey are regarded
as a benchmark of airline excellence. Mr. Edward
Plaisted, CEO of Skytrax stated.
Furthermore Mr. Edward Plaisted stated: This
award recognizes the front-line service quality
being delivered by Aegean Airlines staff across
all customer-facing areas, both in the airport and
onboard environment, and it is their success that we
are honoring today with this award. Aegean Airways

One Year on
Kythera Book
Is Launched

he evenings program featured a


presentation by the artist on her work
followed by a book signing and wine
reception courtesy of Eklektikon wines. A portion
of the proceeds of the event will be donated to
cancer research.
In her first monograph publication, Kristina
Williamson explores the intersection of art,
ethnography, and globalization in her close
study of the Greek island of Kythera. In intimate
photographs that cut across genreslandscapes,
portraits, interiorsWilliamson explores themes
of memory and tradition in the faces of those who
stay and the absences of those who leave. Few
young artists have the depth of artistic vision that
informs Ms. Williamsons photography. Her images
are complex and sophisticated psychological essays.
Her photographic record of island life and society is
a study crucial to its history, said Artemis Zenetou,
Executive Director of the Fulbright Foundation in
Greece, of her work.

Vast Tomb from King of Kings Era gives


Rise to Rumors that May Be Alexanders
By Nick Squires, Rome_ Archaeologists in
Greece have discovered a vast tomb that they believe
is connected with the reign of the warrior-king
Alexander the Great, who conquered vast swathes
of the ancient world between Greece and India.
The tomb, dating to around 300 BC, may have
held the body of one of Alexanders generals or a
member of his family. It was found beneath a huge
burial mound near the ancient site of Amphipolis in
northern Greece. Antonis Samaras, Greeces prime
minister, visited the dig on Tuesday and described
the discovery as clearly extremely significant.
A broad, five-yard wide road led up to the tomb,
the entrance of which was flanked by two carved
sphinxes. It was encircled by a 500 yard long marble

Prime Minister Samaras


listen to description of the
tomb from archeologists at
excavation area.

outer wall. Experts believe a 16ft tall lion sculpture


previously discovered nearby once stood on top of
the tomb. They ruled out the possibility that the
tomb could be that of Alexander - the emperor is
believed to have been buried in Egypt after he died
of a fever in Babylon in 323BC.

NJ Greek American Girl Captures


Americas National Teenager Title

a research doctor. Actually, it was more


rowned Americas National
than that! It involved the battle with brain
Teenager 2015 on July 27 2014
cancer of a close family friend, the late
in Nashville, TN, at the 44th
Dr. Rich Hader, former Vice President
National Teenager Scholarship (ANTSO)
of Meridian Health, who lost his battle
was Marielle Marlys, the Greek American
to that scurge. This gave her the idea of
teen who previously had copped the New
creating CURED, which in turn gave her
Jersey title from the same organization.
the patform she needed for the ANTSO
The daughter of Drs. James and Mirta
Marlys:
Marlys of Wall Township, she is an
Americas pageant. Now Marielle organizes a Walk
eleventh grader at the Wall Township
National or a small fund-raiser focused on one
Teenager desease every month.
high school. She is also the grandniece
Marielle is also an active volunteer for
of New Jerseys Greek Spirit TV show
George Burlotos. ANTSO recognizes teenagers for GOYA, (Greek Orthodox Youth Organization,)
their academic integrity and community service. and has helped tirelessly victims of hurricane
Ms Marlys got interested in pageants three years Sandy through it. By capturing the 2015 Americas
ago when she and a friend ambarked on a quest National Teenager title, Marielle will be traveling
to experience something different and meet lots all across America to speak and volunteer with
of people. Her first attempt was at the Junior Miss various organizationsas well as be an Ambassador
Pcean Coity pagenat last year, where she came in for the Boya and Girls Club of America (ANTSOs
a the runner-up. This is when she set her eyes on national philanthropy.) Contestants who competed
thje ANTSO pageant, as she realized that ;you need at ANTSO are among the brightest in the country,
to have a talent, need to be accepted by application having won their state representation through
with a report card and need to have a platform such Academic, community service, interview and onas the one she does through CURED (Caring Until stage competitions.
Aside from medical research Marielle is also
Reaching the Elimination of Diseases.)
The idea of this platform came to Marielle an avid piano player, an instrument she has been
through her interest in the medical research field, playing for the last eight years. She is an honor
by which she hopes to pursue a medical career as student who takes advance placement courses.

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