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WHO chief says COVID-19 crisis may get �??worse and worse and worse�??

Posted by moodhacker on July 14, 2020 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (0)



The World Health Organisation on Monday warned that the new coronavirus pandemic raging around the globe will worsen if countries fail to adhere to strict healthcare precautions.

 

"Let me be blunt, too many countries are headed in the wrong direction, the virus remains public enemy number one," WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing from the UN agency's headquarters in Geneva.

 

"If basics are not followed, the only way this pandemic is going to go - it is going to get worse and worse and worse."

 

Global infections stand at 13 million, according to a Reuters tally, with more than half a million deaths.

 

Tedros, whose leadership has been heavily criticised by US President Donald Trump, said that of 230,000 new cases on Sunday, 80% were from 10 nations, and 50% from just two countries.

 

The United States and Brazil are the countries worst hit.

 

"There will be no return to the old normal for the foreseeable future ... There is a lot to be concerned about," Tedros added, in some of his strongest comments of recent weeks.

 

Tedros said the WHO had still not received formal notification of the US pullout announced by Trump. The US president says the WHO pandered to China, where the COVID-19 disease was first detected, at the start of the crisis.

 

Trump, who wore a protective face mask for the first time in public at the weekend, has himself been accused by political opponents of not taking the coronavirus seriously enough, something he denies.

 

A WHO advance team has gone to China to investigate the origins of the new coronavirus, first discovered in the city of Wuhan. The team's members are in quarantine, as per standard procedure, before they begin work with Chinese scientists, WHO emergencies head Mike Ryan said.


source:geo.tv


Staying at sea &Cruise Travel might be a safer alternative for COVID-19 to heading into big cities

Posted by moodhacker on July 13, 2020 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)



Staying at sea may be a much safer alternative to heading into big cities

 

While we’re all cautiously optimistic that travel will resume in the coming months, according to research conducted by the Healthy Sail Panel, it may be easier to avoid contracting Covid-19 on a cruise ship vacation as opposed to spending the week in a major city or seaside resort.

 

The Healthy Sail Panel, a joint safety task force between Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line, includes a group of the “best minds and leaders in public health,” across biosecurity, epidemiology, hospitality and maritime operations. The collective efforts “will be shared with the cruise industry and other industries that may benefit from [the] findings,” according to a statement by Royal Caribbean.

 

In an interview with Travel Weekly, Healthy Sail Panel co-chair Dr. Scott Gottlieb said of the panel’s findings that cruise ships will be significantly safer than other forms of travel due to their ability to ensure control within the entire environment while implementing enhanced health and safety protocols—whereas travelling within big cities does not hold the same luxury.

 

“We’re trying to come up with a set of measures that can be adaptable in a high prevalence environment as well as the future lower prevalence environment where [the virus] will continue to be a threat but, hopefully, a much lower threat,” Gottlieb told Travel Weekly. “Could taking a cruise potentially be a safer way to vacation in a Covid environment than going to London? I think it might.”

 

The Healthy Sail Panel will be using the guidelines put in place by the European Union when it comes down to planning for the updated health and safety protocols, best practices, and while developing other relevant standards that will be presented to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) before even beginning to consider setting sail.

 

“The cruise lines have got to be adaptable and flexible enough that they can begin to choose their destinations factoring in accurate data,” Healthy Sail Panel member and former Utah Governor Mike Leavitt added. “And be able to pivot when required.”H


SOURCE: hk.asiatlater.com

Travel Insurance Cover for Covid-19 and pandemics offered by

Posted by moodhacker on July 13, 2020 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)


 

Independent UK travel agent Hays Travel is offering its customers travel insurance that includes cover for Covid-19, as well as any other diseases classified as a pandemic or epidemic, reported Gazette Live.

 

Supplied by insurers Allianz and Rush Insurance Services, the new package is being offered as standard across all of Hays Travel’s policies.

 

The insurance covers the cancellation or curtailment of the holiday, emergency medical expenses and repatriation following a diagnosis of Covid-19, or any other disease classified as a pandemic or epidemic.

 

Applicable for holidays in the UK or abroad, the coverage also extends to cruises, where travellers may be confined to their cabins and miss out on port stops or prepaid excursions because of pandemics.

 

The insurance is designed so that if the traveller, their companions, immediate family, colleagues or the person the travelling party were going to stay with are diagnosed with Covid-19 before the trip, meaning the traveller has to quarantine or isolate, the holiday can be cancelled and the full cost reclaimed.

 

Furthermore, if anyone travelling becomes ill with Covid-19 during the holiday and are therefore required to quarantine, the insurance policy will pay for emergency medical and associated expenses, as well as cover the costs of getting the traveller home.

 

John Hays, managing director and co-owner of Hays Travel, said the new policy aims to give holidaymakers “real confidence”.

 

He continued: “As people are beginning to book their holidays again we wanted to give them real confidence that if they are affected by Covid-19, they will not lose out financially, which would be one thing less to worry about should the worst happen.

 

“We have worked hard with our partners to put together insurance cover that answers the concerns that many of our customers naturally have as we gradually emerge from the lockdown.

 

“We are now including explicit references to being diagnosed with an epidemic or pandemic disease, such as Covid-19, as standard with all travel insurance policies. We have ensured there is cover for all permutations we can think of because we want our customers to go on holiday, whether home or abroad, and feel secure about the cover they’ve got.

 

“We’ve been doing all we can to give customers confidence and get the travel industry bouncing back. Introducing this new insurance cover for everyone is another step forward. We have also introduced our Peace of Mind Guarantee, which on certain holidays means you can cancel or change free of charge for any reason, up to six weeks before you travel.”


source: https://www.insurancetimes.co.uk/




Popular bar in Mykonos has been shutdown by the authorities for disobeying the social distancing rules

Posted by moodhacker on June 9, 2020 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

 

A beach bar has been closed down for 60 days after a huge party took place despite the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Tourists flocked to the Greek party island Mykonos and flouted social distancing at the huge event in Chora as the country lifted its travel ban.

 

The owners of the Alemagou bar on Ftelia Beach have been fined 20,000 euros  for disobeying safety regulations and have seen the venue ordered to shut down for two months.

 

Pictures and video from the party show throngs of people all enjoying themselves without a single care for the threat of coronavirus.

 

Greek bars are supposed to have one square metre of space around each customer, and tourists have been advised to wear masks while out and about.

 

Many European nations are easing out of their lockdowns - but experts have warned of the ongoing risk of a devastating second wave.

 

Greece has recorded 2,997 coronavirus cases, and 180 deaths.

 

Secretary general for trade, Panagiotis Stampoulidis, slammed the bar for giving the Greece an "unacceptable image" amid the pandemic.

 

Mr Stampoulidis said: "The goal is to limit Covid-19. There is a network of institutional sanctions that are very strict.

 

"It is a pity for both the employees and themselves to be locked out because they did not ensure the observance of the measures."

 

Tourism ministers are hopeful to kick start the holiday industry to help the economy, and from June 15 will be allowing international visitors to return.

 

Bars, nightclubs and internet cafes have been given the okay to reopen as Greece eases its lockdown - but they have to stick to strict guidelines.

 

Hospitality businesses will be operate outside as much as they can as part of the rules laid out by the government for the summer season.

 

Mr Stampoulidis said: "We have opened on terms, with specific commitments.

 

"They are very simple rules. The beach bars should not open the bar and the crowd should be prevented, no parties should be created.

 

"For each area of ​​space, there is a ratio of square meters per customer .

 

"We want everyone to understand that these rules will be enforced."

 



source:The Sun 

Greece tops as a country with cleanest sea waters, aqccording to EU Environment Agency

Posted by moodhacker on June 9, 2020 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (0)


A European Environment Agency (EEA) new study puts Greece in the top five countries in the EU27 with the cleanest bathing waters, .

Based on the survey of 22,295 controlled areas, 84.6% of the swimming waters had excellent quality.

The study covered areas of 27 nations, including Greece.

After nearly 3 months in lockdown, European citizens can now make the most of their beaches, lakes, and rivers as the EU prepares to lift border controls within its territory by the end of June.

In five countries, 95 % or more, of bathing waters were of outstanding quality: Cyprus, Austria, Malta, Greece, and Croatia.


12 positive cases from Qatar Airlines, "an illustration of Greece's gamble" to reopen the airports with no mandatory test

Posted by moodhacker on June 3, 2020 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)



No new virus-related deaths have been recorded in the previous 24 hours in Greece, while the country is preparing to admit international tourists this summer, starting in June 15,   Eleven people remained intubated in intensive care units.

 

"Authorities are now faced with the delicate balancing act of promoting Greece as a safe, attractive destination while ensuring that visitors don't trigger a new outbreak.

 

One illustration of the gamble involved came Tuesday, when authorities announced that 12 passengers on a Monday flight from Doha, Qatar, had tested positive." Canadian television CTV said 

 

Nine of the infected passengers are Pakistani nationals, coming from the city of Gujrat, who have a Greek residence permit, two are Greek nationals coming from Australia and one person is a Japanese national and member of a Greek-Japanese family, the General Secretariat for Civil Protection said 

Greece's Civil Protection Agency said it was suspending flights from Qatar until June 15,

Till now, all arriving passengers to Greece are required to undergo mandatory tests, spend the night in a qarantine designated hotel until the diagnostic results , and then spend a 7 day qarantine at home or in a designated  hotel if the tests are negative, then reperat the tesst in 7 days.  A 14 days qarantine is imposed to arriving passengers with positive results.

 

"In order to meet the balance between the economic activity of the country and the safety of Public Health we need the guidance of the health experts",Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis said  , adding that "Every tourist is welcome. But of course, we will have to wait for the experts, for the international bodies, to say when this is safe to do so,"

 

Epidemiologist Gkikas Magiorkinis, told the AP that given current trends, the coronavirus outbreak in Greece was "in a trajectory of elimination. If we did not have other imported cases, it would be a matter of a month at most" for the virus to be stamped out in the country.

 

But new cases will almost certainly arrive when Greece opens to tourists", he said.

 

"The question is how fast we will be able to contain the incoming cases. Because it will happen. There is no question that we will have incoming cases."

 

From June 15, visitors will be able to fly into Athens or the northern city of Thessaloniki. Direct international flights to regional airports, including on islands, will be allowed from July 1.

Greece last week announced that visitors from 29 countries will be allowed to enter the country with no mandatory test,  and would only be subject to random coronavirus testing and no quarantine, rather than the compulsory tests for every passenger and quarantines that currently apply.

The 29 countries are : Albania, Australia, Austria, Northern Macedonia, Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Estonia, Japan, Israel, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Hungary, Romania, New Zealand, Norway, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Czech Republic, and Finland.

 

 

The list will be expanded by July 1, and the new countries will be announced in time, Greece's Tourism Minister said 

 

Whereas, as of July 1, airlines will be allowed to resume international flights directly to Greek islands, including flights like Frankfurt to Mykonos, Zurich to Santorini, London to Corfu, etc.

 The announcement angered some nations, including neighbouring Italy, that were not included.

However, the government later clarified the measures referred to flights originating from specific airports rather than countries. Greece, it said, is basing its decisions on a European Aviation Safety Agency list of airports with high risk of coronavirus transmission.

Visitors can still fly to Greece from those airports, but will be subject to compulsory testing, and either a seven-day self-quarantine period if they test negative for coronavirus, or a 14-day supervised quarantine if they are found positive.

"Perhaps it was a misunderstanding that we're blocking entire countries or anything of the sort. This is not what we intended to convey," Theoharis said.

 

He said the European agency's list of high-risk airports was subject to change and airports could be removed as their regional public health situations improve. For example, Rome's international airport is not on the EASA list, he noted.

 

"We're not actually blocking countries, but airports. And, you know, that shows that this is not about specific passports or nations," Theoharis said.

What does the EU recommend to ensure safe journeys

Posted by moodhacker on June 2, 2020 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)



As EU countries gradually lift confinement measures, Europeans may be able to travel this summer, provided the health situation and national restrictions allow.

 

While people will need to take precautions and follow health and safety instructions from national authorities, the European Commission has come up with guidelines and recommendations to help EU countries coordinate the safe lifting of travel restrictions.

 

10 Commission recommendations for travelling safely in coronavirus times

Book tickets and check-in online to avoid queues, when possible.

Respect social distancing during luggage drop-off, security checks, boarding and baggage claim.

Fewer passengers may be allowed on board and you might be asked to sit at a distance from passengers who are not part of your household.

When social distancing is difficult to ensure, you might be asked to wear face masks.

Food, beverages and other goods may not be available on board.

Transport companies may install protective barriers, for example between passengers and a coach driver. You may be asked to board through the back door.

Drivers should open doors automatically at every stop, so passengers don’t have to touch buttons or handles.

Stations, ports and airports should guarantee regular cleaning and disinfection and provide sanitizing/disinfecting products, including on board.

There should be appropriate ventilation on all transport.

Passengers can choose between refund or rerouting for cancelled tickets. If the transport company offers a voucher, you still have the right to ask for a refund.

In a debate on 28 May, members of the transport and tourism committee called for financial support for the tourism industry to be delivered quickly and suggested a dedicated budget for the sector.

 

Committee chair Karima Delli (Greens, France) said: “Holidays are upon us. What are we waiting for? More information is needed to know where people can go or can’t go.”

 

On 15 May, Parliament approved relief measures for the transport sector to minimise the effects of the pandemic on airlines, railways, road and shipping companies.

 

Find out more on what the EU is doing to fight coronavirus.

 

Is it safe to stay in hotels?

 

Guests in hotels and other types of accommodation should respect social distancing when in common areas, as well as infection prevention and control measures such as coughing or sneezing into a paper tissue or bent elbow, hand hygiene and face masks.

 

Tourism facilities should provide guests with clear information and guidance prior to arrival and should have an action plan in place in case of infection in the establishment.

They should also ensure regular cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces and good ventilation systems. Hotel staff should be trained in basic infection prevention and control.

 

Check out the timeline of EU measures against COVID-19.

source:https://www.eureporter.co/

Sunlight in the fight against covid19

Posted by moodhacker on June 1, 2020 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)



The recent outbreak of COVID-19, which continues to ravage communities with high death tolls and untold psychosocial and catastrophic economic consequences, is a vivid reminder of nature's capacity to defy contemporary healthcare. \

The pandemic calls for rapid mobilization of every potential clinical tool, including phototherapy—one of the most effective treatments used to reduce the impact of the 1918 “Spanish influenza” pandemic, write on the introduction of their paper three disitinguished researchers of the National Center on Bitoechnology Informartion

The paper of Chukuka Samuel Enwemeka,a,⁎ Violet Vakunseh Bumah,a,b and Daniela Santos Masson-Meyersc, cites several studies showing that phototherapy has immense potential to reduce the impact of coronavirus diseases, and offers suggested ways that the healthcare industry can integrate modern light technologies in the fight against COVID-19 and other infections.

The evidence shows that violet/blue (400–470 nm) light is antimicrobial against numerous bacteria, and that it accounts for Niels Ryberg Finsen's Nobel-winning treatment of tuberculosis.

Further evidence shows that blue light inactivates several viruses, including the common flu coronavirus, and that in experimental animals, red and near infrared light reduce respiratory disorders, similar to those complications associated with coronavirus infection.

Moreover, in patients, red light has been shown to alleviate chronic obstructive lung disease and bronchial asthma.

These findings call for urgent efforts to further explore the clinical value of light, and not wait for another pandemic to serve as a reminder.

The ubiquity of inexpensive light emitting lasers and light emitting diodes (LEDs), makes it relatively easy to develop safe low-cost light-based devices with the potential to reduce infections, sanitize equipment, hospital facilities, emergency care vehicles, homes, and the general environment as pilot studies have shown.


In 1918, the world was gripped with panic and apprehension as one of the most devastating pandemics ever recorded in human history, the H1N1 influenza virus, killed millions of people across the globe [1,2]. Dubbed “Spanish influenza”, the disease spread quickly, ravaging the world at a time that there were no antibiotics and medicine—as a field—was essentially infantile in its development. Without the benefit of modern technology, data keeping was poor, making it difficult to have accurate mortality and morbidity figures; but even then, estimates suggest that the flu killed 1% to 3% of its victims, with the mortality rate reaching 10% in some communities [[1], [2], [3]]. While a 1991 report [3] put the death toll in the range of 24.7–39.3 million, and related morbidity estimates between 25% and 90%, recent publications suggest that 50–100 million died as a result of the pandemic [1,4]

In 1918, governments and the medical establishment frantically sought every means to fight the H1N1 flu pandemic, but the results were mixed. Available reports clearly show that sunlight was effective in reducing flu-related mortality and morbidity, and person-to-person infection [[7], [8], [9]].

Patients with severe infections exposed to sunlight therapy outdoors recovered better than those treated indoors, and the treatment prevented death among patients and infections among the healthcare workers [[8], [9], [10]].

 

Like the 1918 pandemic, most of those succumbing to COVID-19 pandemic today die from disease-related complications, such as pulmonary inflammation/edema, pneumonia and acute respiratory disorder syndrome (ARDS).

In the case of the 1918 flu, overcrowding in poorly lit and poorly ventilated enclosures raised associated risks of infection, a major reason that the City of Boston was badly hit by the flu until exposure to sunlight was introduced [[7], [8], [9], [10]]. By one anonymous editorial account [9], the Massachusetts State Health Department found sunlight therapy to be “the most valuable factor in reducing mortality,” decreasing fatality of hospitalized patients from 40% to 13%, boosting flu immunity among physicians and nurses, and overall, besting the outcome of vaccines, which, then, were in their early stages of development [[6], [7], [8], [9]]. The benefit of exposure to the healing rays of the sun was so obvious that it became a common form of treatment against tuberculosis—another respiratory disorder, as well as wound infections, psoriasis, acne vulgaris, rickettsia, depression, jaundice, and a host of other diseases [[10], [11], [12], [13], [14], [15], [16], [17], [18], [19]]. Indeed, records indicate that across North America, many healthcare facilities built sunrooms to which patients were wheeled for sun therapy, then known as heliotherapy [11]. Written accounts of the successes of heliotherapy abound, and as the treatment became popular, it was adapted to include treatment with various lamps [[15], [16], [17], [18], [19]].

 None of the foregoing should come as a surprise, because less than 25 years before the 1918 pandemic, a Danish physician, Niels Ryberg Finsen, had developed a light source that was successful in curing patients with skin tuberculosis (lupus vulgaris) and other ailments [20,21]. Between 1896 and 1901, he treated as many as 804 patients with skin tuberculosis and similar microbial infections at his Medical Light Institute, achieving 83% cure rate [20,21]. The Finsen lamp became widely popular and was adopted in most of Europe and North America, earning Finsen the Nobel Prize in 1903. Finsen himself acknowledged the healing power of sunlight but erroneously assumed that his lamp took advantage of the UV spectrum of radiation. It is quite conceivable that his pioneering work spurred many in the healthcare industry to use sunlight to treat victims of the 1918 influenza pandemic and beyond. To date, studies continue to extol the susceptibility of viruses to rays emanating from the sun [11,16].

In Ancient Greece , the Greeks clearly recognized the healing power of the sun. They built solariums and sunbaths, which they even used them to enhance the strength of athletes preparing for the Olympic Games by exposing them to several months of sunlight treatment. The word, heliotherapy, actually derives from the Greek name for their sun god, “Helios;” heliotherapy meaning sunlight therapy. 




Already, fresh off the press is an early report that the common cold virus—a coronavirus—is inactivated by light [98]. In this recent study, broad spectrum light—mimicking sunlight—was tested on aerosolized influenza virus at 20% and 70% relative humidity, while the decay constant and half-life of the virus were measured as indices of survival.

The results showed that relative humidity had no effect. The simulated sunlight alone significantly inactivated the virus, resulting in 0.29 ± 0.09 min−1 decay constant and a half-live of approximately 2.4 min compared to non-irradiated controls, which had 0.02 ± 0.06 min−1 decay constant and 31.1 min half-life. The resulting 93% increase in decay constant and the concomitant 92.3% decline in half-life due to light is impressive

This is supported by news report of a recent US Department of Homeland Security study, which showed that exposure to the sun kills COVID-19—a more virulent form of the common influenza virus. These recent developments buttress the suggestion that blue light, in particular, pulsed blue light, which recent reports have shown to be 40 to 100 times more potent the commonly available continuous wave blue light has great potential to inactivate COVID-19 and other coronaviruses, in addition to suppressing related opportunistic bacterial infections. This recent finding further elevates the urgency to explore the potential of blue light as an antiviral agent. When convincing clinical results prove that blue light is antiviral, in addition to being antibiotic against coronavirus opportunistic bacteria, it would be a revolutionary paradigm shift, considering the ubiquity of low cost blue light emitting devices and the low risk involved in terms of safety. Moreover, the potential to disinfect equipment, the environment and spaces difficult to sanitize with common disinfectants, is huge, the researchers conlude 


Building up Vitamin D in the fight of Covid 

On parallel, researchers worldwide study the protective effrects of Vitamin D against COVID-19 .

Experts say healthy blood levels of vitamin D may give people with COVID-19 a survival advantage by helping them avoid cytokine storm, when the immune system overreacts and attacks your body's own cells and tissues.

 

 

Researchers are trying to figure that out -- at least 8 studies are listed on clinicaltrials.gov to evaluate vitamin D's role in preventing or easing COVID-19.


Vitamin D, produced when the sun hits your skin, has many other benefits, such as bone health. It’s also found in some foods and supplements.

 

Among recent studies finding a link between vitamin D levels and how severe COVID-19 is:

 

Researchers from the U.K. evaluated the average vitamin D levels and the number of COVID-19 cases, as well as the death rates, across 20 European countries. Countries with low average vitamin D blood levels in the population had higher numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths, says study leader Petre Cristian Ilie, MD, PhD, research and innovation director at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation Trust in King's Lynn, U.K.

At Northwestern University, researchers used modeling to estimate that 17% of those deficient in vitamin D would develop a severe COVID-19 infection, but only about 14% of those with healthy vitamin D levels. They estimated the association between vitamin D and severe COVID-19 based on a potential link between vitamin D deficiency and C-reactive proteins, or CRP, a surrogate marker for severe COVID-19

In a small study, Louisiana and Texas researchers evaluated 20 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, finding that 11 of the patients admitted to the ICU were vitamin D deficient, but only four of those not needing the ICU.

Indonesian researchers evaluated 780 documented cases of COVID-19 and found that most patients who died had vitamin D levels below normal.

Irish researchers analyzed European population studies and vitamin D levels, finding countries with high rates of vitamin D deficiency also had higher death rates from COVID-19. Those researchers asked the government to raise the vitamin D recommendations.

Pre-COVID-19 Research on Vitamin D's Benefits

While the recent research on vitamin D and COVID-19 is just starting, other research has found that vitamin D supplements can help reduce the risk of respiratory infection. And researchers who looked back at the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic found that patients with healthy vitamin D blood levels were less likely to die.

 

The research linking vitamin D levels and COVID-19's cytokine storm is also just starting, but not surprising, says Bart Roep, PhD, chair of the department of diabetes immunology at City of Hope, a cancer center in Duarte, CA. Vitamin D, he says, is ''the negotiator" because "it doesn't suppress the immune system, it modulates it. Vitamin D makes the immune cells less inflammatory."

 

While research finds that low vitamin D may affect how severe COVID-19 is, it's not yet known if restoring vitamin D to normal levels would help as a treatment. Nor can anyone say for sure that having a healthy vitamin D level will help you avoid the virus.

 

A researcher from the University of Southeastern Philippines evaluated the vitamin D blood levels of 212 people diagnosed with COVID-19 and found the blood level of vitamin D was lowest in those in critical condition and highest in those with a milder infection. The conclusion of his paper, not peer-reviewed, is that supplements ''could possibly improve clinical outcomes of patients infected with COVID-19."

 





































The Summer Nostos Festival goes online this year

Posted by moodhacker on May 31, 2020 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

 



The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) is presenting events online including fascinating discussions and cultural events to enjoy from the comfort and safety of home.

 

Among them, the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD on Friday, May 8, 12-12:45 PM, holds its weekly discussion online. This week’s theme, Climate, Food Insecurity, and COVID-19.

The discussion is part of the webcast series, SNF Agora Conversations: The Politics and Policy of COVID-19.

(More information is available online: https://snfagora.jhu.edu/event/climate-food-insecurity-and-covid-19/.)

 


The SNFestival: RetroFuture Edition, held online, June 21-28, will introduce brand new performances and activities, rewind to revisit favorite shows from years past, and look into the future to offer tantalizing previews of what’s to come at the 2021 SNFestival and SNF Conference. Details coming soon: https://www.snfestival.org/en/.


The Summer Nostos Festival (SNFestival) is an international multifaceted arts, sports and education event. The festival aspires to become a friendly creative platform where people of all ages can express themselves and exchange ideas.

 

This year the festival is adjusting to the new reality and is moving online for a special RetroFuture Edition.

 

“It’s going to be a weird summer, so let’s get together to make it good-weird. What can past visions of the future—uncannily accurate or wildly wrong—teach us? How can experiences we had when the present was still future inform our experience of our present future? And where’s my AI butler, already?” the Stavros Niarchos Foundation said in an official announcement.

 

From the 21st to the 28th of June, audiences start a “journey” from the past to the future.

 

The week, packed with bold ideas and big fun, will include:

 

Burna Boy, rising Nigerian superstar

William Kentridge studio visit

Theater of War’s The Oedipus Project with Frances McDormand, Oscar Isaac, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Frankie Faison, David Strathairn

Selected Shorts with Nia Vardalos, Kathleen Chalfant, Sam Underwood, Valorie Curry

Stereo Nova 2018 SNFestival rewind

MEΛΙSSES, Greek pop-rock sensation, on the roof of the SNFCC

Nostos University with Garry Kasparov, Judit Polgár, Ernő Rubik, and more

Dimitris Kamarotos & Anna Pangalou in a majestic musical performance on top of the SNFCC, in front of a sunset sky

Mark Mitton, magician, and international circus talents

Choir! Choir! Choir! sing-alongSeu Jorge & Athens State Orchestra flashback to a 2018 SNFestival tribute to David Bowie

Stand Up Comedy with Giorgos Xatzipavlou, Lambros Fisfis, and more

SNF Conference with Nicholas Christakis, Stuart Russell, Tristan Harris, Eric Klinenberg, Bill T. Jones, and more

SNF DIALOGUES & SNF Agora Conversations

Virtual SNF RUN

While this SNFestival: RetroFuture Edition is far from normal and far from its home at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) in Athens, it’s still about enjoying artists we know we love while being introduced to new favourites. About grappling with ideas that push us outside our intellectual comfort zones while soaking up the good vibes shared time together. About how journeying out into the unknown makes returning home that much sweeter—the spirit of “nostos” that gives the festival its name.

 

The SNFestival is organised and made possible through the exclusive support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). The full program of events can be viewed at www.snfcc.org

 

 

Greece a destination of pleasure and self-knowledge, by the "Trip to Greece" of the BBC

Posted by moodhacker on May 31, 2020 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (0)


             

The film is filled with culinary experiences in luxury restaurants, routes to idyllic landscapes, inspiring conversations and biting humor.The production is rich with sentiments, thoughts, unparalleled natural beauty, and philosophical musings and it shows Greece as a destination of pleasure and self-knowledge.

 

It is a film that advertises Greece during the most critical phase for tourism in our country.

The two British comedians and protagonists, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, friends in real life, follow faithfully the rules of storytelling on the screen, directed by Michael Winterbottom.The principal elements of ‘The Trip’ (2010) in the Lake District Park in northern England, ‘The Trip to Italy’ (2014) and ‘The Trip to Spain’ (2017), are also present in ‘The Trip to Greece’.

Certainly, the trip to Greece is somewhat different from the former films.

They are in historic Greece, which shaped Western culture. The two men travel to Epikouros’ homeland, flirt with the Greek myths, disagree, joke, laugh, eat and chat about tragedy and comedy.Their trip to Greece commences in Troy in the pretext of the epic return of Homer’s Odysseus to Ithaca.

When they arrive to Greece, they start from Lesvos, they go on to visit Kavala after an overnight boat trip, where they have breakfast at the five-star hotel Imaret and from there head to the ancient Stageira in Halkidiki, Aristotle’s birthplace.

They make a stop in Pelion and savor a meal on Damouchari beach (shown in the movie ‘Mamma Mia’;) and take the road to the temple of Apollo at Delphi, Earth’s navel in the shadow of Mount Parnassos, before reaching Athens’ Ancient Agora, where they reenact Socrates ‘death and dine at chef’s Lefteris Lazarou’s “Varoulko Seaside” in Mikrolimano.

A tour of the ancient theater of Epidaurus follows and then the two protagonists board the ferry to Hydra at Ermioni.From there they arrived in Mani, eat lunch at the Mavromichalis Pyrgos in Limeni, go on to visit the Diros cave, an underground “temple” of nature and end up at Pylos’ Venetian castle.

Then, driving to Patras, they board a ferry boat to Sami in Kefalonia, before concluding their long journey, like Odysseus, to Ithaca. On the island’s lush and familiar landscape, they feel the melancholic peacefulness as their journey nears its end and remark that sometimes it takes a trip away from home to realize who one really is.

The series, produced by Sky One, was filmed in 2019, aired on the BBC, and was later released online as an international film on May 22 by IFC Films

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Greece is getting healthier

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All of Greece will have the same capacity to deal with coronavirus cases. We are cooperating with the health ministry for the strengthening of all health structures in order for the country, from the smallest island to Athens to be able to welcome tourists and deal with any incident or dangerous condition," announced Tourism Minister Haris Theoharis on ANT1 TV on Thursday. On the countries from which Greece will welcome tourists this year, Theoharis clarified that the list of countries that will be announced before the end of the month will be the countries from which someone can visit without any special paperwork. "We are opening our borders but at the same time, we are closely monitoring the way the situation is unfolding. The strict health protocols will protect both the staff and the tourists," Theoharis said.


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