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Friday, October 29, 2010

Marathon Race

Course Info :
After the 2009 event, the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) included the Athens Classic Marathon in the IAAF GOLD LABEL category, recognizing the high standards of the organization.

The Marathon Race starts at 09.00am from the Marathon Start Venue in the City of Marathonas.

The first 200m of the course are sloping, leading to the exit of the Marathon Start Venue. The first 4 kilometers go downhill. The runners run along the Marathonos Avenue up to the 4thkm, when they turn right and enter the Marathonomachon Street and the Marathon Tomb, which they follow for the next 2.2km. The course follows a rather circular route around the War Memorial for those that died during the Marathon Battle (Marathon Tomb).

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Scorpions concert on Wed.

   ANA-mPA/The cancelled concert by metal rock band Scorpions in Athens will finally take place on October 27, organisers have announced.
   The Athens date on the band's farewell 'Get your Sting and Blackout' tour - originally scheduled for October 6 - had to be postponed after signer Klaus Meine suddenly came down with acute laryngitis. Organisers at the time had stressed that the Athens date was only postponed, however, and that all tickets already sold would be valid for the new date.

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Marathon of History and Culture at Zappeion Megaro on 29.10 at 19:30

Is it a myth or a true fact that the ancient soldier run from Marathon to Athens, exclaimed “We won” and died after the end of the Marathon Battle?

The answer to this historic mystery will be revealed on 29 October 2010 in front of the Zappeion Megaro, where time will go back to 490BC and we may see what really happened after the Marathon battle and why the legend of this ancient soldier lasted through all eras, keeping its inspirational character.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Ultramarathon Jurgen Mennel marks 2,500th anniversary of Battle of Marathon

   German ultramarathon veteran Jurgen Mennel arrived at the ancient Kallimarmaro (Panathenian) Stadium in Athens, venue of the first Modern Olympic Games, on Thursday after running 2,200 kilometers from Strasbourg in 30 days in his own personal tribute to the 2,500th anniversary of the historic 490 BC Battle of Marathon, covering more than 70 kilometers per day.

Monday, October 18, 2010

32nd annual Athens International Boat Show

Τhe 32nd annual Athens International Boat Show opened to the public on Saturday evening at Metropolitan Expo exhibition center at Athens' 'Eleftherios Venizelos' International Airport.

The Athens Boat Show is the most important specialised event of its kind, offering a unique show of equipment and services ranging from aquatic sports through surfing, water skiing and diving technologies to charters, motorboats and luxury yachts.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Restaurants to defy smoking ban

   Restaurant owners faced by plunging turnover and profits intend to defy the newly imposed smoking ban and supply their clients with ashtrays as of Sunday, their federation announced on Friday.
   "We are radically opposed to the time period in which the anti-smoking law is coming to be enforced. In a period when [the drop in] turnover in venues has reached or exceeded 50 percent, no one can oblige you to enforce an anti-smoking law that based on the figures that we have from the European Union leads to a 25 percent reduction in turnover.

Unemployment rose to 12pct

ANA-MPA/Greek unemployment rate rose to 12 pct in July this year, from 9.6 pct in the same month in 2009, Hellenic Statistical Authority said on Thursday. The statistics agency said the number of unemployed people totaled 607,035 in July, up 130,328 from July 2009 and higher by 24,671 compared with June 2010.
The financially non-active population in the country totaled 4,261,458, while the number of employed people totaled 4,429,296 in July, with the latter number down by 52,866 people compared with July 2009 and up 9,473 compared with June 2010.

Friday, October 15, 2010

UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists

The UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists promote the mobility of young artists in order to enrich their personal perspectives, to enable them to engage in an intercultural dialogue and expose them to cultural diversity.

The Programme offers residencies to young artists (between 25 and 35 years old) worldwide. It shares many objectives of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005), which advocates cultural exchanges and highlights creativity and the need for artists to enrich their experience through contact with other cultures.

Carpe Diem graffiti artists in pioneer public mural project with City of Athens

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   "Imagine a city where waiting at a bus stop is not boring..."
   This is the theme of a pilot public art, or graffiti, program for aesthetic intervention on buildings in Athens.
   "Public Mural Art - Revamping of Psyrri" is a pilot project of the City of Athens and the Carpe Diem association.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Creation of National Marine Antiquities Museum planned

   Substantial underwater antiquities and other finds brought to light in the Aegean in exploration that is continuing full swing despite the economic crisis will be housed in a new National Marine Archaeology Museum after suitable premises are found, according to the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities.
   The creation of such a museum was recently approved after pending for 34 years, and the search is on for a suitable space to house it in the area of Piraeus or nearby Faliron, Department of Underwater Archaeology director Dr. Angeliki Simosi told ANA-MPA.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Spinalonga: The island no one wants to remember

   "Here, one feels that there is an invisible force that urges you to tell the story," says Thodoris Papadoulakis, the director of a television series just launched on a private Greek tv station based on British writer Victoria Hislop's best-seller "The Island" that recounts the fictional story of a family's ties to the now-unoccupied island of Spinalonga that served as a leper colony from 1903 to 1957.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Annual bicycle tour of Athens on Sunday

    (ANA-MPA) -- The annual bicycle tour of Athens will be held under overcast skies on Sunday, with the entire event kicked off at 9 p.m. in the Greek capital's centre. The longest course, eight kilometres long, begins at the all-marble Panathinaiko (Panathenian) stadium, while the shortest course will be for people with special needs, and begins in Syntagma square, (ANA-MPA) outside the Grande Bretagne Hotel. Traffic will be restricted along the bicycle routes, freeing up normally congested Athens to cyclists and pedestrians alike.

    Other bicycle races will take place in other sites around the greater Athens region, including the 25th annual course between the Acropolis and Mt. Hymettus, overlooking Athens from the east.
(ΑΝΑ-ΜPA photo / A. BELTES)

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Honey and Beehive products Festival opens in Thessaloniki

A honey and beehive products festival opened Friday at the Pedion tou Areos Park in Thessaloniki, with producers and bee-keepers displaying the various kinds of honey produced in Greece and other honey and beehive products, such as pollen, royal jelly, beeswax and propoline, while bee hives with live bees will also be on display
Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about beehive products and their nutritional and health properties by experts from the Aristotelion University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) and by beekeepers and honey producers.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Green Neighbourhoods project

ANA-MPA/The environment ministry on Wednesday presented its "Green Neighbourhoods" project, under which 70 to 80 buildings in two Athens neighbourhoods will be refurbished so as to maximise their energy efficiency, reduce their energy consumption to almost zero levels, while improving the local microclimate.

By using the latest materials, techniques and methods to minimise environmental impact, creating energy saving systems and use of renewable energy sources, the project hopes to create homes with a zero energy balance. Systems will also be installed to ensure optimal management of wastes and water.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Focus on illegal migration

(ΑΝΑ-ΜPA) -- Citizens' Protection Minister Christos Papoutsis, speaking in the extreme northeastern city of Alexandroupolis on Sunday during a meeting on the increasingly urgent problem of illegal immigration, emphasised that "Greece is not a free-for-all."