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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-05-13

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  • [01] Papandreou on OTE control
  • [02] Vartholomeos arrives in Athens
  • [03] English words with Greek roots

  • [01] Papandreou on OTE control

    Main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou tabled a current question for Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis in Parliament on the abolition of the State control over the National Telecommunications Organisation(OTE). The PASOK leader underlined that the government is selling out OTE and handing over the organization's management to a foreign, essentially state-run, telecommunications company, without explaining the reasons for such a decision and the likely benefits for OTE, consumers and the Greek economy. Specifically, Papandreou asks the prime minister why the government has followed obscure procedures in relinquishing the OTE management to Deutsche Telekom, thereby abolishing state control and undermining public interest through the imminent deal.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou

    [02] Vartholomeos arrives in Athens

    Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos arrived in Athens on Tuesday, with a Turkish airlines flight to the Eleftherios Venizelos Athens International Airport, where he was greeted by deputy foreign minister Theodoros Kassimis.

    The Ecumenical Patriarch will meet with Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece at noon, followed by a lunch in his honor hosted by the Archbishop at a central Athens hotel.

    Vartholomeos, who will visit the Nea Ionia and Nea Philadelphia Metropolis in the afternoon, is in Greece at the invitation of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars of the US Smithsonian Institution, which will present him with the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service during a special ceremony on Athens on Thursday night.

    On Tuesday, the Ecumenical Patriarch will visit the 100th Battle Wing, and then on to Larissa to attend celebrations of the feast of Aghios Achilleios.

    The Ecumenical Patriarch will receive the Award for Public Service "as the First Primate and Spiritual Leader of the world-wide Orthodox Church, which has more than 3 million devout followers around the globe", in recognition of "his commitments to the environment, to international peace and human rights, and to eradicating racism", according to a Wilson Center announcement

    The Center stressed that Bartholomew "currently serves as the patron of a series of environmental symposia that began in 1995, which, along with his efforts to place the strength of the Patriarchate behind environmentalism, has earned him the reputation as 'The Green Patriarch'," and noting that he has received the highest honors from the presidents of Lebanon, Romania, Greece, Estonia, and Hungary" and was awarded the Sophie Prize of Norway, the Award of the Binding Institute of Liechtenstein, and the Congressional Gold Medal by the U.S. Congress.

    "In an act of compassion and philanthropy, he donated the monies from these awards to aid children in Africa and help alleviate the effects of poverty," the Center announcement continued.

    During the same ceremony, the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship will be given posthumously to the late businessman George Paraskevaides, in recognition of his "distinguished business career and service to his fellow Cypriots".

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos

    [03] English words with Greek roots

    A news report in the Brisbane newspaper The Courier Mail refers to the considerable number of English words with a Greek root. According to Oxford Dictionary, a total of 11,555 words have a Greek origin, pointing out that although several of them are no longer in use, still a significant number of words that originate from the ancient Greek are included in the English language after making their way into the English vocabulary through Latin and French. The news report analyzes the characteristics of English words that prove their Greek origin by using relative examples.
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