Greek-Americans Will Represent Greece in Olympics; Team Needs Your Help
BREAKING NEWS: The two-man bobsleigh team of John-Andrew Kambanis and John Livaditis from Chicago have successfully qualified for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. At the America Cup held in Lake Placid, N.Y. held on December 9th and 10th, the team placed fifth during the second race. Jamaica led, followed by the U.S., Japan and Mexico. Kambanis and Livaditis will represent Greece. Below is an appeal sent out by Chris J. Mellas, Order of AHEPA, Governor, District 20. For more information, visit the AHEPA District 20 website at www.ahepa20.org
Greek Olympic Two-Man Bobsleigh Team Wish List
2. Collector's Olympic Team Pin $3.50 per pin (1000 minimum) would like to make 2002 pins ($7,007).
3. Team vehicle (pick-up or something that can tow the trailer)
4. Team winter jackets and pants $2500 (for team, coaches, and sponsor(s))
5. Team fleece jackets 20 at $35 each $700 (for team, coaches, and sponsor(s))
6. Team speed suits 2 at $250 each = $500 for race
7. Re-paint sled for Olympics $800-1000 (includes fiberglass touch-up)
8. Art application onto painted sled (photos on Olympic sled program) $1500
9. $500 minimum donation and your corporate logo can appear on our trailer at the Olympics, with photo provided.
10. Coaching costs $700/week * 11 weeks = $7700
11. Sled shipment to SLC $1000 one way (entire season $7,000).
12. Team T-shirts $2000 for 300
Greek Prime Minister to Visit United States
Dec. 12 --The Greek government on Wednesday announced that Simitis would officially visit the United States in January.
According to a government spokesman in Athens, the exact dates for the visit and an agenda of talks will be determined via diplomatic channels.
Spokesman Christos Protopapas said US President George W. Bush has extended an invitation to Simitis to visit Washington, while talks are expected to focus on both bilateral relations and issues of international concern.
Asked if Jan. 9 and 10 are envisioned as the most likely dates for Simitis' visit, Protopapas said those dates were proposed by the US side. (Athens News Agency)
Dec. 12 -- Direct talks on the Cyprus problem will begin on Jan. 16, 2002, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan announced to the Security Council through a letter made public on Wednesday.
According to the letter that was sent to the president of the Security Council on Monday, Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish-Cypriot Community leader Rauf Denktash agreed to begin direct talks at the invitation of Annan on Jan. 16.
"I have the pleasure in informing you that Mr. Clerides and Mr. Denktash have agreed to begin talks at my invitation in the exercise of my mission of good offices. These talks will start on 16 January 2002," Annan's letter said.
"The agreement is a positive development and I would like to hope that, as they have agreed they will negotiate in good faith until they achieve a comprehensive settlement," he concluded.
President Clerides had a face-to-face meeting on Dec. 4, at the residence of the United Nations Chief of Mission and in the presence of Alvaro de Soto, Special Adviser to the Secretary General on Cyprus. (ANA)
ATHOC President briefs IOC Coordinating Committee on Athens 2004 Olympics
In statements after her briefing, Daskalaki reiterated that "not even one day should be wasted" and noted that all the agencies involved in the preparations should further intensify their efforts with the objective of Athens securing the hosting of a unique Olympic Games "which will send the message of modern Greece to all the world."
In a general review of the preparations during the past six months, Daskalaki presented ATHOC's budget which she said amounted to 1.96 billion euro, 80 per cent of which has already been secured through relevant contracts.
According to ATHOC sources, IOC President Jacques Rogge and other senior IOC officials have expressed satisfaction on the progress achieved so far in preparation for the Games. (ANA)