Fifth and LAST M bUiLdiNg PartY <>

How you realize that this is the end ? How you say goodbye ?

For many people M building events is nothing and for some other all Finland,we met a lot of people,we creat fireships and we have a lot of good memories in our mind. The last M Building party was the bell for some people that this story ends.

M building parties is one of the most (if is not THE most) famous event in JKL. Is a party for students,is a party for us,is a party from us to us. Just 5 floors,good company and music. There is a lot of crazy stories from this party that they will be in our minds for ever.

We must say some things how this story goes to the end. We took the decision  only 5 days before the party,none belive that the last party will be enough good ,the comments was bad and the people on facebook invitation until the last-minute was only 174. A lot of people left from JKL and the M building crew was busy to create the last and best party (speakers,lights,decoration).

M building never displeases,after all the problems and the complains the time came and was better than someone can expect,more than 300 people in five floors dancing all together for one last time..We party was not just good.was the best party of the year..

We want to thank everyone in JKL,our friends,our teachers,the strangers and the neighbours..

We will miss Finland,we will miss you,but you will be for ever in our hearts and in our minds..

Kontopoulos Orestis

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The pictures of the last mbuilding party will be soon online!

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Trip to Russia (St Petersburg – Moscow)

For a lot of people Russia is a strange country,because of the people,of the way of life,of the history. But what happens nowadays in this country? What someone can see in St Petersburg and Moscow?

In nowadays Russia has change,is a different country than was before 10-15 years. A trip to this country is an exciting experience, St Petersburg called ” The Northern Venice “(16km  of embankments,48 canals and rivers,800 bridges),you can go a sort trip by boat or you can visit the huge palaces,churches and one of the biggest museum in the world. Moscow is the 7th biggest city of the world with 10.000.000 people,so you can understand that is difficult to see as much you want,but the most interesting sites is the Moscow metro,the Kremlin,the Red Square (Lenin’s Mausoleum-St Basil’s cathedral),the Bolshoi theatre and the cathedral of Christ the Saviour.

                                                      St. Petersburg

St Petersburg or “Leningrand”   is a city and a  federal subject   of Russia  located on the Neva river  at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. In 1914 the name of city was changed to Petrograd , in 1924 to Leningrad  and in 1991 back to Saint Petersburg.Saint Petersburg was founded by Tsar Peter I of Russia (or Peter the Great) on 1703. From 1713 through 1728 and from 1732 it was the capital of the country until 1918 when the central government bodies moved from Petrograd to Moscow. It is Russia’s second largest city after Moscow with 4.6 million inhabitants. Saint Petersburg is a major European cultural centre, and an important Russian port on the Baltic Sea.

The State Hermitage Museum

The third biggest art museum in the world it was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and open to the public since 1852, bases on the collections of the Russian royal families starting from th 18th century. The museum locates in formal imperial residences,housing millions of exhibits in hundreds of rooms.Out of six buildings of the main museum complex, four, namely the Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage and New Hermitage, are partially open to the public. The other two are Hermitage Theatre and the Reserve House. If someone wants to see it all,he needs 8 years…!!!!

The Catherine’s palace

The Catherine’s palace is one od the most well know residences of the Russian royal family. It’s a gorgeous baroque style palace,located in the town of Tsarskoye about 30km from the city center.

The Isaac’s cathedral

St Isaac’s cathedral is one of the world’s biggest orthodox churches,was ordered by Tsar Alexader I, to replace an earlier Rinaldiesque  structure. A specially appointed commission examined several designs, including that of the French-born architect Auguste de Montferrand (1786–1858).It was built 40 years 1818-1858. The interior is richly decorated with paintings,icons,frescos,mosaics and golden relieves. The cathedral has places for over 14.000 people inside..!! On the colonnades,there is a panorama terrace over the city.

                                                                       Moscow

Moscow is the capital, the most populous city, and the most populous federal subject of Russia. The city is a major political, economic, cultural, scientific, religious, financial, educational, and transportation centre of Russia and the continent. Moscow is situated on the Moskva River in the Central Federal District of European Russia. In the course of its history the city has served as the capital of a progression of states, from the medieval Grand Duchy of Moscow and the subsequent Tsardom of Russia to the Soviet Union. Moscow is situated on the banks of the Moskva River, which flows for just over 500 km through the East European Plain in central Russia. 49 bridges span the river and its canals within the city’s limits.

The Kremlin

The Kremlin is the oldest part of the city,the heart of Russia symbolizing its mystery and power. On the ancient grounds tsars were crowned and buried. Kremlin was the headquarters of the USSR and nowadays houses the highest administration of Russia. Inside the Kremlin walls there are medieval cathedrals ans historical monuments.

Red Square – Lenin’s Mausoleum – St Basil’s cathedral

  • Red Square is a city square in Moscow. The square separates the Kremlin, the former royal citadel and currently the official residence of the President of Russia, from a historic merchant quarter known as Kitai-gorod. As major streets of Moscow radiate from here in all directions, being promoted to major highways outside the city, Red Square is often considered the central square of Moscow and all of Russia.Is the old market place of Moscow .was a world-famous scene of Soviet military parades.
  • Lenin’s Mausoleum ,also known as Lenin’s Tomb, situated in Red Square in the center of Moscow, is the mausoleum that serves as the currentresting place of Vladimir Lenin. His embalmed body has been on public display there since shortly after his death in 1924.
  • St Basil’s cathedral was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible and build on the edge of the Red Square between 1555 and 1561. Legend says that Tsar ordered the architect to be blinded to prevent him from ever creating anything to rival its beauty again. The cathedral was built to commemorate Ivan the Terrible’s victory against the Tatar Mongola in 1552 in the city of Kazan. Every detail of the cathedral religious symbolism.

The Moscow’s Metro

The Moscow’s subway stations are often called “the people’s palaces”, for their posh designs and lavish use of marble,mosaics,sculptures and chandeliers. Built during Stalin’s rule,these metro stations were supposed to display the best of Soviet architecture and represent the wealth of Soviet citizens.Opened in 1935 with one 11-kilometre (6.8 mi) line and 13 stations, it was the first underground railway system in the Soviet Union. Currently, Moscow Metro has 182 stations. Its route length is 301.2 kilometres (187.2 mi). The system is mostly underground, with the deepest section located at 84 metres (276 ft) below ground, at Park Pobedy station.

A trip to Russia is a great and memorable experience…enjoy it..!!!

Kontopoulos Orestis

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The Greek embassy in Finland

The Greek embassy in Finland locate in Helsinki, Maneesikatu 2

FIN-00170 HELSINKI

Tel.:                 +358-9-62 29 790      Fax:                 +358-9-27 81 200

Open to the Public : Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00 – 13:00

Information:

Mr. Christos Kontovounisios-Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary HEL

Mr. Polychronis Polychroniou-1st Counsellor,Deputy Head of Mission and Consul HEL

Mr. Ioannis Bouboukis-Counsellor (Press and Communication Affairs) HEL

Ms. Aikaterini Depasta,-2nd Secretary(Press and Communications Affairs) HEL

Citizen Services:

  • Apostille
  • Household Effects
  • Issuance of Passorts
  • Power of Attorney
  • Dispatches
  • Schengen Visa
  • Acts
  • Permanent Residents Abroad
  • Student Visa
  • Assets
  • Greek Citizenship
  • Certificates
  • Military Conscription issues
  • Drivers Licences
  • Wills/Inhertances
  • Tourism

Some more information about passport and Visa:

1. Certificate of non deportation of a foreigner who has submitted an application for naturalization

2. Issuing of recruiting certificate copies that have been issued by a consular authority (Consular Certificate)

3. Issuing copies of birth, marriage, death, name or surname change or addition in civil acts (Consular Act)

4. Issuing a civil marriage license for foreigners

5. Applications for provision of information and reports to consular authorities (Consular Certificate)

1. Applications for provision of information and reports to consular authorities (Consular Certificate)

Required supporting documents for the submission of application for provision of information and reports to consular authorities (Consular Certificate).

2. Certificate of non deportation of a foreigner who has submitted an application for naturalization

Required supporting documents for issuing a certificate of non deportation of a foreigner who has submitted an application for naturalization.

3. Granting the expenses for the transfer of a deceased (remains) refugee

Procedure, prerequisites and required supporting documents for granting of the expenses for the transfer of a deceased (remains) refugee.

4. Health certificate for foreigners outside the EU for issuing a residence permit in Greece

Required documentation on issuing health certificates for residence permit in Greece of foreigners, who come from countries outside the European Union (E.U.).

5. Issue of certificates of registration in consular records (Consular Act)

Required supporting documents for the issuing of certificates of registration in the consular records (Consular Certificate).

6. Issue of residence permits for EU citizens who want to exert a paid activity

Required supporting documents for issuing a residence permit for EU citizens who want to exert a paid activity.

7. Issuing a civil marriage license for civil refugees

Required documentation for issuing a civil marriage license for civil refugees

8. Issuing a civil marriage license for foreigners

Required documentation for issuing a civil marriage license for foreigners.

9. Issuing copies of birth, marriage, death, name or surname change or addition in civil acts (Consular Act)

Required supporting documents for the issuing of copies of birth, marriage, death, name or surname change or addition in civil acts (Consular Certificate).

10. Issuing copies of certificates of foreign residency (Consular Act)

Required supporting documents for the issuing of copies of certificates of foreign residency (Consular Certificate).

For more information you can visit the website of the Greek Embassy : http://www.mfa.gr/www.mfa.gr/AuthoritiesAbroad/Europe/Finland/EmbassyHelsinki/el-GR/

Kontopoulos Orestis


 

 

 

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Greece and the problems in Greek Universities

How a country with huge history ,culture and so many natural resources (sea, mountains ,island) be in crisis and had the danger of bankruptcy?? And all this how affect the young people and universities??

Some people believe that Greece is like the village of Asterix, who resist to any conqueror. Greece is independent country since 1830 and until now other powerful countries (Germany, Italy, USA, England etc) try several to dominate or to had an option on economical-political-social issues. Greece was front again the danger of bankruptcy at 1893 and after 2 world wars (1917 &  1940),one civil war(1946-1949) and one dictatorship(1967-1974) was again free and independent.  

We are in 2011 and Greece is again in economic problems because of the loans from EU. This crisis causes problems in education and especially at the universities. In Greece there is 40 universities and in this universities belongs a lot of schools.

When crisis was start’s the government had stop giving money, books and all these things a student and a school needs (food, houses, teachers etc). As you can understand a lot of students they don’t have money for house or to eat and many universities face the danger to close. The current economic crisis has brought about another heavy blow against the universities, exacerbating their already problematic situation. As part of the deal reached with the EU and the International Monetary Fund for the country’s bail out, the effective direct cuts in salaries for university teachers will be in the region of 23-25%. To this, one must add the reduction in the purchasing power of salaries due to a 4% increase in VAT that affects items of mass consumption so that the real salary reduction will be more like 30%. But, this last crisis might have positive outcomes but only if it would lead to a solution to the financial deficits (much doubted, say by Paul Krugman); only if it would release people from their breast-feeding and dependence on clientelism and partyocracy (but to become mature one must also want it); only if it would awaken intellectuals to assume their critical role (possible, but that would require an improbable cultural revolution ); only if it would lead to a socially planned shift from the dominance of neoliberal markets, for which the economists are largely responsible (as David MacKenzie has demonstrated), and which politicians find irresistible (as Michel Mann has shown), coupled with a shift towards some measure of social justice. In the meantime, since these and other “ifs” are difficult to realize, we may expect that various “neutralization” mechanisms will unleash small-scale and low-level corruption, but they will be justified as a response and even a defense against high-level and large-scale corruption (as Mark Granovetter has indicated) that has brought Greece to its knees. Such social processes may also embrace the universities. An upsurge of amoral familism (studied by Edward Banfield and considered to fit the social situation not only in Sicily, but in Greece and other areas too) unfortunately seems to be a most likely possibility given the loss of confidence in alternatives. (http://www.isa-sociology.org/universities-in-crisis/?p=469)

The problem of Greece is only problems of Greece?? Is the Greeks crazy and they are at the streets and close the schools-shops-companies??

Maybe your country is the next…

 

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Greece and the Greek Universities

As you can understand is hard for someone to write about the problems of his country and the problems you must face in universities. But is harder to be impartial..

 

 

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