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Ecumenical Hellenism program\’s representatives visited U.S.A.

Ecumenical Hellenism program’s representatives visited U.S.A.

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Professor Angelopoulos addressing at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Boston,MA

On the occasion of the one year since the death of Archbishop Iakovos of America, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Church History Professor, Athanasios Angelopoulos along with his collaborator, London’s Westminster University politics graduate Nicolas Mottas, represented the program Ecumenical Hellenism[1] and the Institute for National and Religious Studies of Thessalonika at the first annual memorial service for the late Archbishop Iakovos which took place in Boston on April 9, 2006.

The memorial service for Archbishop Iakovos – which was followed by a parade in Central Boston honoring the Greek Independence Day – were attended by five members of the Greek parliament, the Consul General of Greece in Boston and hundreds of Greeks and Americans from Massachusetts. The memorial service, which was offered by His Eminence, the Metropolitan of Boston Methodios, was followed by a speech from Athanasios Angelopoulos dedicated to Archbishop Iakovos’ memory. More specifically, Angelopoulos mentioned that “the late Archbishop was the proper and the only person who could inspire the presidents of the United States, so that this country co-celebrates along with the Greek-Americans every year, the spiritual goals of freedom and democracy, on the occasion of the historic event of the Greek revolution in 1821“. Angelopoulos made also a reference to the late Metropolitan Silas of New Jersey, who died in 2000 and was a personal friend of Iakovos. Speeches were also offered by the Metropolitan of Boston as well as from Consul General of Greece.

By the opportunity of the first annual memorial service of the former Greek Orthodox leader, professor Angelopoulos and Nicolas Mottas, met with the director of Archbishop Iakovos’ archives and for years personal secretary of the Archbishop, Nikie Calles, at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America[2] – as well as with Paulette Poulos, director of development of Leadership 100 and former secretary of Iakovos at the Onassis Cultural Centre – in New York City, NY, regarding the inedited correspondence of the late Archbishop on human rights and national issues; an ambitious work, which is scheduled to be published in both Greek and English, within 2006. The representatives of Ecumenical Hellenism – a program which started in 1996 and existed under the patronage of the Hellenic Republic President Constantinos Stephanopoulos and exists under the patronage of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Church of Greece – had also the opportunity to meet with the current Archsbishop of America, Demetrios.

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Britain could face electricity blackouts

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Britain could face electricity blackouts

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British MPs on the Commons Environmental Audit Committee warn Britain could face widespread electrical blackouts if new generating capacity is not added soon.

Clean and renewable generating methods will be preferred in the Government’s energy review, including a return to nuclear power generation. But the committee warned that no new nuclear power plants are expected to come online until at least 2017 with the proposed network not reaching full capacity until as late as 2030. Meanwhile nearly a quarter of Britain’s current generating capacity is scheduled to go offline by 2016, creating a shortfall described by the committee as a “generation gap” which could not be bridged by nuclear energy.

“Very substantial investment in new generating capacity and energy efficiency will be required if the lights are to stay on,” committee chairman Conservative MP Tim Yeo said. The committee stated that an “extensive” building programme of new gas-fired power stations would be needed to meet the predicted shortfall.

The committee’s statement drew some support from environmentalists as well as from some energy sector industries. Friends of the Earth was cautiously cheered by the committee’s commitment to energy efficiency, and support of reduced emissions. “…people understand renewables is the next big thing and we should get on with it,” said Maf Smith, CEO of Scottish Renewables to BBC.

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Police in Aruba make an arrest in Natalee Holloway case

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Police in Aruba make an arrest in Natalee Holloway case

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Aruban police have made an arrest in relation to the Natalee Holloway case.

Holloway, 18, was visiting the island from Alabama and has not been seen since May 30, 2005, with Joran van der Sloot and brothers Deepak and Satish Kalpoe. All three boys were arrested as suspects in the disappearance in June 2005, but were released when a court ruled that there was not enough evidence to continue holding the boys.

A spokeswoman for the public prosecutor’s office in Aruba, Mariaine Croes, said that authorities are not yet prepared to release details about the arrest, but did say that the suspect is 19 and that his initials are “G.V.C.”. Names of suspects arrested in Aruba are not usually released to the media, so authorities use initials in place of a full name.

Family members and relatives of Natalee have posted a US$250,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case. A US$1 million dollar reward has also been posted for the safe return of Natalee.

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Mumps outbreak strikes Iowa, midwest United States

Mumps outbreak strikes Iowa, midwest United States

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Mumps is a viral disease with flu-like symptoms, and spread in much the same way as the influenza virus shown here.

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More than 600 suspected cases of mumps have been reported in Iowa since December, well above the state average of five cases a year. State and federal officials are searching for the source of the outbreak.

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control are contacting passengers of several commercial flights that may have carried individuals infected with the virus. Mumps can be transmitted by coughing, sneezing, and sharing cups or eating utensils.

Symptoms of the infection include headache, coughing, and most notably swelling of the glands at the base of the jaw. In some cases, mumps can lead to serious complications such as meningitis, sterility, and deafness. Most children in the United States are immunized against mumps.

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Australian cheerleaders told to cover up

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Australian cheerleaders told to cover up

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Australian cheerleaders have been told today to cover up their midriffs under calls by Gymnastics Australia, as they believe it encourages girls to be self-conscious.

Nerine Cooper, head of Gymnastics Australia, told the Sunday Telegraph, “We don’t want girls to feel under pressure to lose weight because of uniforms.”

Lisa Ince, head of Sydney Professional Dancers, disagreed. “It’s ridiculous really, if the thinking is that a midriff is offensive, then every dance school and athletics club would face the same restrictions,” she said.

The ban will affect about 150 teams registered with Gymnastics Australia.

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Antalya to host children from 40 countries

Antalya to host children from 40 countries

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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Province Antalya in Turkey

The city of Antalya, Turkey, is going to host almost 1000 children from 40 countries on April 23, the International Children’s Day. The children will march through the city and perform special performances. This day was declared International Children’s Day by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk to indicate how important children are for the future of the country.

This day, Turkish children representatives replace officials of various ranks, including the Prime Minister, the President and Ministers, governors of provinces and even the parliamentarians in the House of Parliament, where the children representatives discuss topics concerning children’s issues.

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