Subject: This week in Greek News
Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2007 04:31:30 +0100


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1.-  Scandals and labor unrest shift Greek public opinion to the left - Two mainstream parties lose ground; ND retains lead, while the left climbs to 15%, poll shows
The two mainstream parties in the country, ruling New Democracy and main opposition PASOK, appear to have lost ground since the September general elections, according to results of a recent poll, published on Sunday in an Athens daily. In one of the main findings, ND and PASOK together pooled 63.3 percent of respondents' preference if elections were to be held now.
Specifically, ND garnered 33.2 percent' PASOK 30.1; the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) 8.2 percent; the Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) 6.8, and the Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.OS) party 3.7 percent.

2.- Preparations continue in earnest ahead of adoption of euro
As Cyprus edges closer to the change of its legal tender - from the pound to the euro - government officials and other independent authorities are stepping up their efforts to ease the change-over for ordinary people as well as the business world.
The Cyprus pound will become obsolete as of January 1st, 2008, as the legal tender of the Republic of Cyprus, making the country the 13th European Union member to join the euro-area. Malta will also adopt the euro at the same time.
Near midnight on December 31st, the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank are hosting special events to mark the occasion.

3.- Tarpon Springs' 102nd Epiphany Celebration
The village of Tarpon Springs Florida, founded by Greek sponge divers more than a century ago is ready to have its 102nd Epiphany Celebration, on January 6, 2008. More than 30,000 people are expected to attend the blessing of the waters ceremony and watch the dive for the cross in Spring Bayou.
Archbishop Demetrios will preside over the ceremony in the largest Greek Orthodox Epiphany celebration in the United States, if not the whole world.
The event is a 4-day long religious celebration by Greek Orthodox followers that includes a morning service at the St. Nicholas Cathedral, dive for the cross in Spring Bayou, releasing a white dove of peace, Greek foods, music and dancing. hl

4.- A Review of the Orthodox Church Events in 2007
By H.E. Spyridon, former Archbishop of America
Orthodox church events in 2007 were marked by a particularly heavy atmosphere that reached its peak with the sudden illness of Archbishop Christodoulos, primate of the Church of Greece. The death of the former Archbishop of Cyprus, Chrysostomos II, which came to pass a few days before Christmas, concluded the year. 
The first issue to be considered is that concerning the Patriarchate of Jerusalem where the situation continues to be fluid.

5.- M.P. Panos Beglitis gives interview on Foreign Policy issues
Panos Beglitis, the main opposition PASOK party's foreign policy and defence rapporteur, said in an interview with the ANA-MPA on Friday that foreign policy is the "sick man" of the Karamanlis administration's tenure.
Beglitis blames the government for a turn to an "antiquated conception of Atlantism" and for abandoning European orientation in foreign policy.
On the question of a possible visit to Ankara by the prime minister, he believes that for such a visit "to be effective for the national interests of the country, good and careful preparation is required, as well as planning and it cannot take place for communication reasons."
Referring to the issue of the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Beglitis said that "the solution of a composite name in the framework of a double name is not acceptable" and "it does not constitute an honourable and reasonable compromise."

6.- Ambassador Mallias warmly received in Rhode Island --- State's three Greek churches come together to host reception for Greek Ambassador to US on his first official visit to Rhode Island
More than 125 guests turned out on December 2nd to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox to welcome Greece's Ambassador to the United States Alexandros P. Mallias on his first official visit to Rhode Island.  The event was sponsored by parishioners of the state's three Greek Orthodox Churches-the Annunciation Church, the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church of Pawtucket and St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church of Newport. 
Emmanuel Mihailides service as the Master of Ceremonies and Father George Economou, pastor of the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, delivered the invocation.  Father Andrew George of the Annunciation Church offered the benediction. 

7.- "Journey to Greece 2008"
The AHEPA and the University of Indianapolis, Athens Campus, have joined forces to offer an unforgettable experience to young people, announced Supreme President Ike Gulas.
"Since Journey to Greece was re-launched in 2006, interest and participation continues to grow," said Gulas. "We believe that by working in tandem with the University of Indianapolis we are able to provide all the students an opportunity to immerse themselves in Greek culture, while gaining an unforgettable educational experience," added Gulas. "Education is a key element of AHEPA's mission and we're pleased to be fulfilling it through this unique program."

8.-  SS. Constantine and Helen holds 20th Annual Oratorical Sights and Sounds Youth Festival
The parish of Saints Constantine and Helen of Palos Hills, Illinois gathered its young people on Saturday, November 17, 2007 to share their God given talents of Song, Prose, Iconography, Oratory, Art, Photography, and more, as part of the community's 20th Annual St. John Chrysostom Oratorical / Sights and Sounds Youth Festival which showcases and honors the God given artistic abilities of the Community's youth. 

9.- St. John the Divine Chapel in Jacksonville, Florida Recognized for Design Excellence
A one of a kind chapel design by Papadatos Partnership, LLP of New York, NY, was awarded for Design Excellence by the Society of American Registered Architects.  This chapel is part of a proposed twenty-acre Master Plan for St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church in Jacksonville, Florida.

10.- Cyprien Katsaris to perform in New York City in 2008
The great French-Cypriot pianist Cyprien Katsaris will make his only east coast appearance on Tuesday April 29th 2008 at the Piano Salon at Yamaha Artist Services on Fifth Avenue.

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