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Ambassador Pyatt's New Year's video message to the people of Greece from the Acropolis.
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#throwbackthursday to our July 4 celebration at the U.S. Ambassador's Residence in Athens that was attended by distinguished representatives of the country's political, military, business and educational sectors. Here is the coverage by ΑΝΤ1 for its prime time news cast.
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"Just keep swimming": An emotional Ellen DeGeneres held back tears as she received the #MedalofFreedom from President Barack Obama President Obama gave the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, to 21 artists, sports figures, scientists and philanthropists on Tuesday in a bravura performance that had the East Wing, stuffed to capacity, laughing and whooping with appreciation. “Everyone on this stage has touched me in a powerful personal way,” Mr. Obama said at the ceremony’s end. “These are folks who have helped make me who I am and think about my presidency.” Among the honorees were Robert Redford, Bill and Melinda Gates, Tom Hanks, Diana Ross, and Michael Jordan.
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The New York Times reported this week that Greek wines are growing in popularity in the United States, as Americans become more familiar with the different Greek varietals.

"Though the Greeks have one of the longest winemaking histories in Europe, few [American] restaurants carry Greek wines simply because they’re unfamiliar with them. The chef and importers said they want to change that by showing off the different regions of Greece, the different grapes and different soils..., as well as the varied climates."

You can read more about the increasing availability of Greek wines in the U.S. and the role of a Greek restaurant in Astoria in promoting them:

https://www.nytimes.com/…/skip-the-bordeaux-go-for-the-assy…

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Putting together a wine list at a Greek restaurant in Astoria with a radical idea: Build it around Greek wines.
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The U.S. EMBASSY ATHENS is happy to partner with the Στέγη Ιδρύματος Ωνάση / Οnassis Cultural Centre Athens for the dance education program “Dancing to Connect” reaching 200 high school students in Athens and Chania. In its sixth year, the program has reached over 1,100 students ages 13-18, and has travelled to five different cities around Greece. This year in Chania, after ten days of workshops with experienced dancer-trainers, the students will present their own choreogra...phies at a performance on Saturday, February 25. The program will then take place in Athens and the Chania students will join their Athenian fellow students for a final performance at the Onassis Cultural Center on March 11.

“Dancing to Connect” promotes movement expression as a way to overcome conflict and promote tolerance and acceptance among teenagers, and it was designed by the New York based Battery Dance Company.

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Πόσα χορευτικά βήματα χωρίζουν την Αθήνα από τα Χανιά;
Dancing to Connect. Μια παράσταση σύγχρονου χορού από μαθητές 10 σχολείων της Αθήνας και των Χανίων, που... επιβεβαιώνει με τον πιο δημιουργικό τρόπο ότι ο χορός ενώνει. Με αφετηρία την ομάδα Battery Dance της Νέας Υόρκης και ανάμεσα σε 54 χώρες όλου του κόσμου, η Στέγη συναντά για έκτη χρονιά τους μαθητές μέσα στα σχολεία τους. Μετά την Πάτρα, τα Ιωάννινα, τα Τρίκαλα και την Κομοτηνή η τάξη, το γυμναστήριο, το προαύλιο, ακόμα και οι διάδρομοι του σχολείου μεταμορφώνονται ξανά σε χώρο καλλιτεχνικής δημιουργίας. Το πρόγραμμα πραγματοποιείται σε συνδιοργάνωση με την Περιφέρεια Κρήτης / Region of Crete και με την υποστήριξη της Πρεσβείας των ΗΠΑ στην Αθήνα | U.S. EMBASSY ATHENS.

Dancing to Connect | 24.2.2018 (Θέατρο «Μίκης Θεοδωράκης» - Παλαιό Τελωνείο Χανίων) & 11.3.2018 (Στέγη - Κεντρική Σκηνή) στις 19:00 | Η είσοδος είναι δωρεάν και τηρείται σειρά προτεραιότητας * | Διαβάστε περισσότερα εδώ: http://www.sgt.gr/gre/SPG2015

* Στην παράσταση στην Κεντρική Σκηνή της Στέγης η είσοδος θα γίνεται με δελτία εισόδου. Η διανομή τους ξεκινά 1 ώρα πριν από την εκδήλωση.

Φωτογραφίες: Χριστίνα Γεωργιάδου

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American Olympic Athlete Lindsey Vonn has motivational messages to herself on her race suit, including one in Greek. On the thumb of her right ski glove, Vonn has written "πιστεύω," or "I believe," which signifies, according to Vonn, that the 2018 games are "my last Olympics and [I] just need to believe in myself." Vonn also has a tribute to her late grandfather on her helmet. She won gold in 2010 at the Vancouver Olympic Games and won a bronze medal this year in Pyongchang.

http://olympics.nbcsports.com/…/the-secret-messages-lindse…/

One message mirrors Vonn’s uniquely placed tattoo
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Greek America Foundation, in collaboration with Deree - The American College of Greece and The Libra Group, has been offering students from North America the opportunity to travel to Greece for a scholarship or an internship for over a decade.

This summer, Greek America Foundation will celebrate the first anniversary of a new initiative, called “Service Learning Program”, developed in collaboration with the non-profit organization The HOME Project, which strives to address t...he needs of refugees and refugee children that have arrived in Greece alone.

The Service Learning Program calls American students to volunteer helping children refugees without a family build a new life after fleeing from conflict zones around the world. Promising a life-changing experience, the initiative’s purpose is of a dual nature: “Students are immersed into contemporary Greek life while they simultaneously volunteer their time for important humanitarian causes and help to make a lasting impact.”

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Our universe is expanding and NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has just made the most precise measurements of the expansion rate. The intriguing results are forcing astronomers to consider that there may be new physics to help explain these findings. Discover why: http://go.nasa.gov/2CDfWQ2

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@Mindspace Challenge 2018 @ Ioannina

Το Mindspace διοργανώνει για 2η συνεχόμενη χρονιά το μεγαλύτερο φοιτητικό επιχειρηματικό διαγωνισμό στην Ελλάδα. Το Mindspa...ce Challenge 2018 έρχεται ξανά φέτος στα Ιωάννινα, με σκοπό να δώσει την ευκαιρία σε φοιτητές να κάνουν τις ιδέες τους πραγματικότητα.

Η πρωτοβουλία αυτή αποτελεί μια πρόκληση αλλά και μια φανταστική ευκαιρία να κερδίσεις γνώση και ένα ιδανικό δίκτυο επαφών, καθώς όλες οι ομάδες θα έχουν πρόσβαση στο δίκτυο αποφοίτων του Challenge.

16 ομάδες-ιδέες από τα Ιωάννινα θα έχουν την δυνατότητα να παρακολουθήσουν 16-18 Μαρτίου δωρεάν εργαστήρια όπου θα τους δοθεί η δυνατότητα να δουλέψουν πάνω στο επιχειρηματικό τους project με εξειδικευμένους εκπαιδευτές καθώς και με άτομα από τον χώρο της επιχειρηματικότητας. Στο τέλος του εργαστηρίου θα επιλεχθούν 3 ομάδες που θα συμμετάσχουν στην τελική φάση του προγράμματος στην Αθήνα.

Οι 3 νικήτριες ομάδες, θα λάβουν το έπαθλο των 8000 Ευρώ σε χρηματοδότηση και θα έχουν την ευκαιρία να συμμετάσχουν στο εκπαιδευτικό ταξίδι του Mindspace στις ΗΠΑ.

Το πρόγραμμα αυτό αποτελεί μετουσίωση του οράματος του Mindspace, που είναι να εμπνεύσει και να εκπαιδεύσει φοιτητές να ασχοληθούν με πρακτικά προβλήματα που οδηγούν σε χρήσιμα προϊόντα και υπηρεσίες. Μέσω του Challenge 2017 ιδρύθηκαν ήδη 5 νέες επιχειρήσεις και δημιουργήθηκαν 30 νέες θέσεις εργασίας. Οι προσδοκίες μας για το 2018 μεγαλώνουν μαζί με το ίδιο το πρόγραμμα και με το σπουδαίο δίκτυο των συνεργατών μας.

Αν, λοιπόν, ασχολείσαι με ένα καινοτόμο project και θέλεις να κάνεις το επόμενο βήμα, μη χάσεις τις μοναδικές ευκαιρίες που προσφέρει το Challenge. Κατέβασε το mobile application του Mindspace για να μάθεις περισσότερα και να συμπληρώσεις την αίτηση.

Περισσότερες πληροφορίες: http://challenge.mindspace.gr

Mindspace Challenge video: https://youtu.be/sjxSScsGkK8

Το Mindspace Challenge 2018 είναι γεγονός με την υποστήριξη της U.S. EMBASSY ATHENS

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16 projects will be selected to attend each workshop2 teams from each workshop will be invited to join the finals in Athens3 winning teams
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Congratulations to Impact Hub Athens co-founder Sophie Lamprou , winner of the 2018 Global Ties U.S. #IVLP Alumni Award! #GlobalTies2018 in Washington D.C. "This award comes as a recognition of the collective work that Impact Hub Athens has accomplished over the past five years, both in our country and globally, always in touch and ongoing cooperation with the international Impact Hub network," Sophie said, adding: "We thank you for your faith in our work and the support to our efforts in order to create a positive change in our society, for a fairer, more tolerant and more sustainable world." http://bit.ly/2FioHSD

A few nights ago, Impact Hub Athens and El Sistema Greece co-founder Sophie Lamprou received the prestigious IVLP Alumni Social Innovation & Change Award during the Global Ties U.S. 2018 national meeting in Washington D.C.! This award comes as recognition of the collective work Impact Hub Athens has...
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The Hellenic Initiative is with Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The Hellenic Initiative is pleased to announce that NBA Star, Giannis Antetokounmpo, is joining the THI team as an “International Ambassador.” Giannis’ family e...migrated from Nigeria to Greece, where he was born and raised. A world-renown basketball phenomenon, Giannis signed with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2013, and is enjoying an outstanding professional career, after a remarkable amateur career in Greece.

As an International Ambassador of The Hellenic Initiative, Giannis demonstrates the depth and breadth not only of the Greek spirit but also the commitment of the Greek Diaspora around the world in their solidarity for Greece. His enthusiasm, youth, commitment and love for his homeland embody the best of Hellenic ideals.

The Hellenic Initiative is privileged that Giannis has made this commitment and looks forward to working with him.

Read more > https://goo.gl/zrXdhH

#THI #TheHellenicInitiative #OliMazi #AllTogether #OneGreece #GreekFreak

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Congrats to Andria Zafirakou for her Global Teacher Prize 2018 nomination!

Greek teacher, Andria Zafirakou, from the Alperton Community School in the UK, is one of the 10 finalists nominated for Varkey Foundation’s Global Teacher Prize 2018.

In an interview, Andria says: “My calling in life is to make sure that every single child reaches their full potential, that I unlock that, that I make sure that whatever it is they need to achieve I make it happen for them. It doesn’t ma...tter where they come from, it doesn’t matter who they are.”

Andria greets her international students from 35 different countries in their own language, with most of the students coming from poor backgrounds and growing up under challenging life conditions. The school’s head-teacher appreciates her passion: “Andria really is an absolutely remarkable teacher, she does a fantastic job in the classroom. But not just there, she will go the extra mile outside of school, helping students in the streets, on the way home, with the community. She will do whatever she can to help.”

The award winner will be announced in the Global Education and Skills Forum that will take place in Dubai in the upcoming month. Winning such an award among a pool of 30.000 candidates will be a great honor, so we wish Andria the best of luck!

You can watch her here: https://www.youtube.com/watch…

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The J. Paul Getty Museum, the Υπουργείο Πολιτισμού και Αθλητισμού and the National Technical University of Athens announced today the signing of a research agreement to collaborate on a project to protect museum objects in the event of an earthquake, beginning with the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.

This initiative is the latest to stem from the framework for cultural cooperation between the Getty and the Hellenic Republic Ministry of Culture and Sports signed in 2...011.

Previous collaborations have included the 2012 long-term loan of a Greek marble relief depicting Antiochos and Herakles; the 2014 exhibition Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections at the Getty Villa; and the loan of a number of important sculptures from Greece to the international exhibition Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World in 2015-2016. Greece is also a major lender to the Getty’s forthcoming exhibition Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World (opening March 27, 2018).

This collaboration is also made possible due to the MoU for the Protection of Cultural Heritage sided between the U.S. and Greece in 2011.

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Greek high school students and English teachers from the Aigaleo region visited the Athens American Center and met with U.S. EMBASSY ATHENS Economic Officer Brian Hoyt and Political Officer Brigid Ryan to discuss U.S. domestic and foreign policy topics.

The students will participate as “delegates“ and will represent the United States in a Model UN educational simulation in Athens on March 2-4 2018. The discussion focused on sustainable economic growth, conflict resolution, peacekeeping operations, human rights, as well as presentation tips and techniques.

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The U.S. EMBASSY ATHENS is proud to partner with Orange Grove to support the pitching competition for startups "The Squeeze," and the participation of industry experts Gigi Wang and Monica Dodi iho the International Women's Day, March 8!

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THE SQUEEZE IS BACK!!!

The exciting pitching competition we’ve all been waiting for returns to Orange Grove on March 8th! Join us, as eight ambitious startupper...s pitch their idea in front of a wide audience and distinguished jury panel for a chance to win €15,000 and €10,000 in prize money: the ultimate kickstart!

And as March 8th is International Women’s Day, this edition of The Squeeze will give extra focus on female participation and leadership in Entrepreneurship! Expect an all-female jury panel of internationally acclaimed professionals:

- Gigi Wang, Industry Fellow Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology, UC Berkeley
- Monica Dodi, Co-founder of the Women's Venture Capital Fund
- Hiro Athanassiou, former EVP and Managing Director Unilever Greece & Cyprus
- Myrto Papathanou, Partner at Metavallon VC

Our presenter for the night will be Jan Franke founder of Frank Kramer Innovations!

The pitching competition and much more, wouldn’t be possible without the support of our Lead Donor, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation!

But that’s not all! After the competition, Heineken will be there to start the party, and also L' Artigiano with delicious pizza, for lots of NETWORKING and PARTYING! This time, “The Squeeze” will also be supported by the U.S. EMBASSY ATHENS.

The event is OPEN and FREE. Please confirm your attendance at The Squeeze on our Facebook event page and by registering on Eventbrite via the links below!

Facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1548200921894975/

Eventbrite registration:
https://orangegrove-the-squeeze.eventbrite.com

#TheSqueeze #PitchingCompetition

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A delegation from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was in Athens and Chios this past week conducting a routine review of counterterrorism, law enforcement, immigration enforcement, passport security, and border management capabilities in Greece, as required by U.S. statute. The visit highlighted the strong law enforcement and counterterrorism cooperation keeping both our countries secure.

Greece is one of 38 countries in the Visa Waiver Program, enabling Greek citizens to travel to the United States for business or tourism for stays of up to 90 days without a visa. For more information: https://www.cbp.gov/…/international-vis…/visa-waiver-program

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP), administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in consultation with the State Department, permits citizens of 38 countries to travel to the United States for business or tourism for stays of up to 90 days without a visa. In return, those 38 countries must pe...
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U.S. Embassy Economic Counselor Steven Bitner addressed business leaders and energy professionals from Greece, Europe, the U.S. and Middle East at the 2018 Athens Energy Forum on the theme “"Energy Security and Strategic Investments: The Way Forward.”

Mr. Bitner emphasized “that securing a steady, uninterruptible supply of energy is a necessary condition for economic growth and stability – and for political stability as well. It is because of this dynamic that the U.S. has taken such an intense interest in the energy security of our allies .”

The event is co- hosted by The New York Times, Kathimerini newspaper and the Skai media group and co-organized by Symeon G. Tsomokos S.A.

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As athletes from around the world compete in the #WinterOlympics in Pyeongchang, Korea, let’s remember the history of the Olympic Games, which sound a clarion call for world peace!

At the first Olympics, warring Greek kings declared a truce to let athletes participate. Now revived Olympic Truces promote peace in the 21st century.
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Yesterday, U.S. #SecDef Mattis U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) met with Greek Minister of Defense Panos Kammenos Υπουργείο Εθνικής Άμυνας during the NATO Defense Ministerial, highlighting strength of #US-#Greece partnership.

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