WASHINGTON — The Hellenic Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (Order of AHEPA), the leading membership-based association for the nation’s millions of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes, has selected its Hall of Fame Class of 2017, announced Supreme President Andrew C. Zachariades, Supreme Athletic Director Lou Atsaves, and Gregory J. Stamos, chairman, Hall of Fame Selection Committee.The AHEPA Hellenic Athletic Hall of Fame inductees are: Dr. James Vailas, college football player and sports medicine. Aleke Tsoubanos, college tennis player and coach; and Nick Tsiotos, college basketball player and journalist; Dan Mavraides, college and professional basketball player; Nick Tsiotos, Winthrop, Mass., after a standoutbasketball career in high school and college (Suffolk University) and in Greek circles with numerous Sons of Pericles and AHEPA Championships, and following a professional season in Greece, Nick made his greatest mark as a journalist and a champion of the Greek American athlete, as the Sports Editor of theHellenic Voice publication, as a radio announcer and the author of numerous biographies, including “Harry Agganis, the Golden Greek” and “Running with Pheidippides, The Miracle Boston Marathon Race.” Nick was featured in the NBC documentary that aired during the 2004 Athens Olympics, “Journey of a Warrior the Stylianos Kyriakides Story.” Nick also spearheaded the raising of the funds for the Agganis Statue in Boston and the naming of Agganis Arena at Boston University in memory of the late Harry Agganis. Aleke Joy Tsoubanos, Chesterfield, Mo., had an outstanding four-year career (2000-2004) as a member of the Vanderbilt University Women’s Tennis team, attaining NCAA All-American honors three seasons in doubles, and was a key member of Vanderbilt’s NCAA Championship in 2002; after graduation she joined the Women’s Professional Tennis Circuit from 2004-2006 attaining a high ranking of #126 in doubles, and winning four International Tennis Federation doubles titles. She is currently the Associate Head Women’s Tennis Coach at Vanderbilt University, and was elected to its’ Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015.Dr. James Vailas, Manchester, N.H., was a multi-sport athlete at Manchester Central (New Hampshire) High School, attaining All-State honors in football in both his junior and senior years and was a member of the 1974 State Championship Basketball Team. Jim attended Dartmouth University (1974-1978) where he lettered in both varsity football and lacrosse, and was captain of the football team and selected to the All-New England football team in 1978 after being named the Alfred Watson Athlete of the Year that season, and thereafter was inducted into the Dartmouth Athletic Hall of Fame. Jim is a prominent surgeon in New Hampshire, after having served as Team Physician with the Los Angeles Professional Sports Teams (Dodgers, Rams and Lakers).TweetPinShare1010 Shares “The 2017 Induction Class is comprised of individuals who have reached the highest levels of their respective areas of competition or profession,” Supreme President Zachariades said. “They also represent a wonderful cross-section of sports, spanning all levels, be it amateur, scholastic and professional. Their one common denominator is they have sustained success over a long period of time. We look forward to welcoming them into the AHEPA Hall of Fame.”They will be inducted into the Hall at the Athletic Luncheon held at the 95th AHEPA Family Supreme Convention, July 27, 2017, Orlando, Fla.Selection Committee Chairman Stamos added that each of the inductees excelled not only on the playing fields or within their industry, but also demonstrated character and ideals that were integral to their selection.“Most significantly, they have also remained committed to their Hellenic heritage and roots,” he said.The AHEPA Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1974 and now includes more than 140 inductees. Each year candidates are nominated by members of the AHEPA family, and after a thorough vetting process, are selected by the 20 Hall of Fame Selection Committee members, who encompass a broad cross-section of engaged voters, with diversity as to geography, age, eras and athletic interests. Significantly, while selection certainly recognizes athletic achievement, the selection criteria tellingly also includes personal character and civic and community service.The 2017 distinguished class joins such stellar prior inductees as: Harry Agganis, Alex Karras, Milt Pappas, Pete Sampras, Eric Karros, Gene Rossides, Steve Lappas, Bob Costas, and Greg Louganis, among many others.The biographies of the 2017 Hall of Fame Class are:May Kotsopoulos, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, was a four-year (2006-2010) standout for the University of Vermont Women’s Basketball Team, being selected to the American East Conference All-Conference Team each of her last three seasons. In addition, she was selected to the Conference All-Academic team her last three years and named as an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American. May graduated from Vermont with 1,727 career points, fifth on the Catamount’s all-time scoring list, and then played two seasons professionally in Greece. She was also a member of the Greek National Women’s Team in 2012. May was the 2010 winner of the AHEPA William Chirgotis Award given to the Most Outstanding College Athlete.Dan Mavraides, West Hollywood, Calif., was a four-year standout on the Princeton University Men’s Basketball Team from 2008-2011, serving as team captain of the Ivy League winning team in 2011 (25-7 record), which secured a NCAA tournament berth. Dan made All-Ivy honors his junior and senior seasons and graduated with 1,054 career points. Thereafter, he played professionally in Europe for three years (Greece and Italy) and was a recent member of the USA Basketball Championship Three-on-Three Team in Colorado Springs. Together with his teammates, he will represent the United States at the World Games in France in late June. Dan was also the winner of the 2011 AHEPA Harry Agganis Award, given to the Most Outstanding Hellenic Athlete, and he played a key role with the 2008 AHEPA All-Star team that defeated the Greek Junior National Team during the 2008 AHEPA Convention in Athens. May Kotsopoulos, college and professional basketball player;
zoom Chilean port, towage and logistics services provider SAAM has, through its subsidiaries SAAM Puertos and SAAM Inversiones, acquired the 15% interest held by Grupo de Empresas Navieras (GEN) in Iquique Terminal Internacional (ITI) for USD 11.05 million.As a result, SAAM now controls 100% of ITI, which is described by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) as the main port terminal in the far north of Chile and the fifth most important in the country.“This transaction is part of our growth strategy. Since we are already familiar with and operate the asset, the deal reaffirms our commitment to ITI and its employees,” Macario Valdés, SAAM’s CEO, commented.“The importance of northern Chile and trade with neighboring countries lays a foundation for good outlooks and opportunities to consolidate Iquique as the area’s main port for foreign trade,” Valdés added.As disclosed, with this acquisition, SAAM Puertos, which operates eleven port terminals in six countries in the Americas, continues to execute its strategy to grow in assets.In early 2017, the company acquired 51% stake in Puerto de Caldera, Costa Rica.In early April, SAAM announced plans to invest a total of USD 133.5 million this year. The port operator intends to invest USD 85 million in maintenance and extension of its current assets – San Antonio Terminal Internacional, Terminal Portuario Guayaquil and San Vicente Terminal Internacional.Last month, SAAM revealed that Terminal Portuario Guayaquil (TPG), a port it has operated in Ecuador since 2006, incorporated the facilities of the adjacent Trinipuerto bulk terminal through a 40-year lease. Trinupuerto terminal is expected to more than double TPG’s current container transfer capacity and enable it to enter the bulk cargo market.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The process of drafting appropriations bills appears set to move ahead in the House and Senate despite uncertainty as to whether either chamber will pass a fiscal 2017 budget resolution.On Thursday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said the budget blueprint reported out of committee on Wednesday won’t go to the floor for a vote until after lawmakers return next month from their spring recess that starts next week. Nevertheless, Republican leaders say the House will take up all 12 spending bills, reported CQ Roll Call.“We’re moving full steam ahead,” said Harold Rogers (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.Markup of the FY 2017 military construction-VA spending measure, the first appropriations bill scheduled this year, will take place next Wednesday, said Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.).The milcon spending bill also is expected to be the first appropriations bill the Senate turns to. A markup by the full Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled for April 14, according to the story.While House leaders still hope to attract broad support from Republican members to pass an FY 2017 budget resolution, it’s not clear that Senate Republicans will pursue passing a spending framework. Earlier this month, the Senate Budget Committee indefinitely postponed drafting its resolution.Even with the appropriations process seemingly moving forward, there is no reason to believe enacting spending bills will be any easier in 2016 than in past years.Disagreement between the two parties over the use of DOD’s overseas contingency operations (OCO) account to boost base defense spending likely will be a point of contention again this year. At Wednesday’s markup of the House’s budget resolution, Democrats objected to the framework’s assumption that $23 billion would be shifted from the OCO account to the base defense budget, $18 billion more than President Obama proposed.“There are so many hurdles to the appropriations process right now, that that is just one of them,” said Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), ranking member on House Appropriations. “And I do think it’s so important that we can … that we get regular order and get the process moving, that I would hope that the Republican leadership can get serious and really begin honest, clear negotiations,” she said, reported CQ.
Darjeeling: The Himalayan Plantation Labour Union (HPWU), affiliated to the Gorkha National Liberation Front has stopped the dispatch of premium first flush manufactured tea from the Rangili-Rungliot tea estate in Darjeeling, protesting against the non-payment of dues to the tune of more than Rs 1.5 crore accumulated since 2011. “The management of the tea estate has not paid the second instalment of bonus as per agreement, along with other dues. Despite repeated requests the management has turned a deaf ear. We have stopped the dispatch of manufactured tea from the garden since April 14″, stated JB Tamang, general secretary of HPWU. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe dues include gratuity, provident fund, leave travel allowance, salary, wages, staff kitchen allowance, JCO and tea makers salary, medical bill and LTA of temporary workers.”Till February 14, 2018, the accumulated due was to the tune of Rs 1,45,76,481. Dues have continued accumulating since then. Gratuity has not been paid since 2011″, added Tamang.HPWU on Wednesday had submitted memorandums to the District Magistrate, Superintendent of Police and the Assistant Labour Commissioner of Darjeeling calling for legal action to be taken against the management. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”If the management pays the 2nd instalment of the bonus and part of the pending dues we will allow the dispatches. However, if they try to commence dispatch forcefully, we will stop the dispatch till the total due amount is paid up”, cautioned Sudesh Rai, branch president of HPWU.The union has made an appeal to other trade unions to join the agitation in order to create adequate pressure.The tea estate has 350 workers and around 100 staff and sub staff. It produces 1,60,000 kg of tea annually. The trade Union had earlier threatened to stop the dispatches of manufactured tea in all the 87 tea gardens, if the gardens fail to give the stipulated fringe benefits to the workers by April 21. “As per the Plantation Labour Act, workers working for 120 days in a year are entitled to fringe benefits. However, the management of the gardens is only providing fringe benefits to workers who have worked for at least 180 days. This needs to change. Till now, no tripartite meet has been called to resolve this issue. We will stop dispatch of tea in all the tea gardens in the Darjeeling hills from April 21 if our demands are not met”, threatened Tamang.