Greek national team in European Cybersecurity Challenge

Greek national team in European Cybersecurity Challenge


Greece is participating for a third consecutive year in the European Cybersecurity Challenge that started in London on Monday and will end on Wednesday.

The 10 members of the Greek team, under the guidance of Prof. Christos Xenakis of the Piraeus University’s Digital Systems department, are called upon to solve problems in the digital world of IT systems and to successfully complete approximately 40 challenges.

The team is comprised of university students and IT graduates, as well as two high school students from Athens and Thessaloniki.

Source: thegreekobserver

Lefkas Island

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Lefkas, or Lefkada as it can be called, is one of the Ionian chain of islands that lie just off the west coast of mainland Greece.

Corinthians cut a canal through sandbanks connecting it to the mainland in 600 BC and Lefkas still only just qualifies as an island.

Holiday interest grew with the opening of Preveza airport on the Greek coast and a good road connection that paved the way for tourism.

It’s not all been plain sailing. The east coast of Lefkas has suffered a rash of hotel building, especially around the holiday resort of Nidri.

The large, sheltered bays on the east and south coast of Lefkas make both Nidri and Sivota a favourite of yacht charter firms as do the heavily indented bays of offshore islets such as Meganissi.

On the much less populated west coast, rugged cliffs, rocky shores and exposed beaches are a magnet for the more adventurous while Vassiliki, in the south, is a world class windsurfing centre.

Tourism has brought some unsettling changes to Lefkas but none are too profound. Those seeking modern facilities in a traditional Greek setting should find Lefkas an attractive beach holiday destination.

Parts of Lefkas are quite astonishingly beautiful, notably inland where flower strewn hill villages nestle in lush, green pine forests.

Beaches of Lefkas

Like most of the Ionian chain of islands the best Lefkas beaches are found on the gently sloping east side. The west coast of Lefkas is mostly sheer cliff although there are notable beaches on the south-west at Porto Katsiki and a clutch to the north-west around Agios Nikolaos The main Lefkas beach resorts are at Nidri on the east coast and the noted windsurfing beach at Vassiliki to the south. The waters on the eastern shoreline are very sheltered and the deep bays are a popular stop for yacht flotillas. Increasingly popular are the islets that lie of the southern coast of Lefkas such as Meganissi.

Lefkas Town

The capital Lefkas Town, at the north-east tip of Lefkas, has suffered three major earthquakes since 1948 and today’s town is an odd, architectural mix of brightly painted houses, many of them topped with wood and corrugated iron to mitigate any future damage from seismic shocks.

Narrow streets help give Lefkas Town a village atmosphere, although the richly decorated Venetian churches, packed with works of art, add a cosmopolitan touch.

The main square is an attractive spot that splits the traffic-free shopping street in two. Cafes and tavernas surround the square which can become lively at night as the street sellers set up their stalls. More bars and tavernas are found at the harbour with views across to mainland Greece.

Ostensibly a port, there is little to be seen of the sea. Lefkas Town lies alongside a huge and sombre lagoon where a newly-built 650-berth marina is worth a stroll around. A series of fortresses along the causeway approach testify to the island’s strategic importance in the past. The 13th century fortress at Santa Mavra was worked on by Venetians, Turks and, most of all, earthquakes. An explosion in 1888 reduced many of its buildings to rubble.

Lefkas Town has four museums, the oddest being the Lefkas Phonograph Museum’s collection of old gramophones. Other sights include the 17th century Faneromeni Monastery set in pine woods on the hills above. It also boasts a wide variety of cultural events and festivals; it even has its own philharmonic orchestra.

The town has no beach, but a four kilometre stretch of sand and pebble lies across the lagoon at Yra, also spelt Gyra; very popular with windsurfers. Daily buses leave for all the main island resorts.


“200 were killed” trying to keep Aphrodite of Milo in Greece

“200 were killed” trying to keep Aphrodite of Milo in Greece

French and Ottoman soldiers killed 200 Greeks in order to transfer to France the priceless statue of Venus de Milo in 1820, a Greek historian claims.

According to Greek historian Dimitris Fotiadis, who wrote the six-volume History of the Greek Revolution of 1821, the statue of Venus de Milo (Aphrodite of Milos) was discovered on the island of Milos in 1820. The island was occupied by the Ottomans at the time, and was found accidentally by a Greek farmer, Georgios Kentrotas, in his plot of land in April, in 1820.

Louis Brest, the French vice-consul on Milos, bought the statue from Kentrotas after the suggestion of French naval officer Olivier Voutier, who happened to be on the island at the time of discovery. The statue was sold for an unknown, but definitely small amount of money.

According to the Greek historian, the islanders found out about Kentrotas’ precious discovery and his transaction with the French and reacted strongly. According to Fotiadis, the residents of Milos tried to stop the French from loading the Aphrodite of Milos onto the French ship.

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