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Πέμπτη, 11 Ιανουάριος 2018 15:03
Greek American News Digest
Tarpon Springs teen retrieves 2018 Epiphany cross
WFLA (Jan. 6)
Tarpon Springs is celebrating Epiphany this weekend.  The tradition celebrates the baptism of Jesus Christ in the River Jordan.  This year Bishop Metropolitan Alexios (Panagiotopoulos) of Atlanta cast the custom-made white wooden cross into the water at Spring Bayou just after 12:30 p.m. on Saturday in Tarpon Springs. Dozens of local boys dove into the water to retrieve it.  The cross was retrieved a few moments later by Christian Chrysakis of Tarpon Springs who turned 18 last month. This was his final year to dive.  He will now have a year of blessings.  "I believed in it. I am just so thankful to be here with all my brothers right now. I am speechless," said  Christian Chrysakis.  read more 
Greek Orthodox Mark Epiphany with Constantinople Swims
The National Herald  (Jan. 7)
The Greek Orthodox Christian community in Constantinople has celebrated Epiphany with the traditional blessing of the waters.  Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians around the world and the archbishop of Constantinople, led the liturgy on Saturday at the Patriarchal Church of St. George...Nikos Solis, 29, a personal trainer from Greece, retrieved the wooden cross three years in a row.  read more
Opinion/Commentary | The Eastern Med in a state of flux
Ekathimerini (Jan. 9)
Our neighborhood is changing. The most important development, which became evident last year, is the United States' reduced interest in the Eastern Mediterranean. If Washington does not return in the immediate future, Russia will rush to fill the vacuum, followed, perhaps, by China. read more
Greek Yogurt Fuels Your Morning...And Your Plane?
Smithsonian (Jan. 3)
Do you, like many Americans, enjoy the tangy taste and thick creaminess of Greek yogurt? Well, one day your yogurt could help fuel airplanes. Researchers Researchers at Cornell University and the University of Tübingen in Germany have developed a method of turning yogurt whey, the liquid left behind after straining out the milk proteins, into bio-oil. This bio-oil could then potentially be processed into biofuel for vehicles, including planes.  read more 

How a Greek immigrant family built a booming Hollywood film studio in downtown Chicago
CNBC (Jan. 3)
Sometimes failure can lead to unexpected business success. That was the impetus that led to the founding of Cinespace Film Studios in Chicago, a facility owned and operated by an immigrant Greek family that has helped turn around a depressed neighborhood in the Windy City.  The story began in 2007 when Alex Pissios - a real estate developer - was in a bad place.  read more 
A digital introduction to Greek heritage by Athens University
Ekathimerini (Jan. 7)
It's no secret that the internet is changing the way we travel. So much so that international online travel platforms are racing to meet the demands of tomorrow's travelers as they search for their next destination. Providing reliable information has always been key, but, increasingly, an appealing presentation seems to be the secret to capturing people's attention. Music, online tours, panoramic images, videos and interviews allow the user to digitally experience a destination before they travel.  For these online platforms to survive, they need to offer something special, which is exactly the case with the interactive website YouGoCulture. Created by Athens University, YouGoCulture provides a digital introduction to Greek culture and heritage.  read more 

Olga Gatzoyiannis-Bartzokis Dies at 90
The National Herald (Jan. 9)
Olga (Gatzoyiannis) Bartzokis, formerly of Worcester, who in 1948 led her brother and two sisters on a night escape down a mine-laden mountainside from her Communist guerrilla-held village during the Greek Civil War, passed away here at home at the age of 90 surrounded by her family and friends. Known for her dedication to her four children, two of whom became doctors and two lawyers, she was born in Lia, Epirus, Greece on November 28, 1927.  read more
Mariah Carey, who was nominated for her song "The Star," helped announce the winner of the best original score honor at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards, which went to the Greek French Alexandre Desplat for "The Shape of Water."  Desplat's parents, (French father, Greek mother), met while both were studying in the United States at the University of California, Berkeley, and then they moved to Paris where he was born and raised.  read more
Page Six (Jan. 5)
Betty White is making it to her 96th birthday with the help of booze and a barbecue staple.  The actress told Parade that her secret to a long, happy and healthy life is vodka and hot dogs, "probably in that order." read more