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Middlebury Institute Honors Japanese-Speaking Greek-American Kafatos

Lefteris Kafatos will be one of three recipients of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies' Young Alumni Achievement Award from the Monterey, California school on May 16 this year, noted for his achievements and making an impact on the world in his field.

A graduate of the class of 2010, he is a Greek-American who went to Japan after graduating from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, taking part in the Japan Exchange Teaching (JET) Program and spent nine years living and working in Japan, primarily as a translator.

While working as a reporter, he had the opportunity to interpret for a pair of kamikaze pilots who had survived the war, and this experience led to his pursuit of studies at the Institute.

After graduation, he began interpreting for the Office of Language Services (LS/I) at the U.S. State Department on a freelance basis, then jumping to working in the automotive industry before coming back to the State Department, serving on many diplomatic assignments. He believes language is one of the most powerful and human ways of bridging cultural divides. He also likes learning languages, visiting Greece, and also working on his yoga.


ASTORIA – The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York 2024 Parade Committee held its final meeting on June 18 and released its final financial report for the New York Greek Independence Parade which was held on April 14 with an excellent turnout.

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NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.


Alberto, Season’s First Named Tropical Storm, Dumps Rain on Texas and Mexico, Which Reports 3 Deaths

TAMPICO, Mexico (AP) — Tropical Storm Alberto rumbled toward northeast Mexico early Thursday as the first named storm of the season, carrying heavy rains that left three people dead but also brought hope to a region suffering under a prolonged, severe drought.

Armenia said it would recognize a Palestinian state on Friday, prompting Israel to summon its ambassador for what the Foreign Ministry described as a “severe reprimand.

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PARIS (AP) — The alleged rape of a 12-year-old Jewish girl in a suspected antisemitic attack has sent shockwaves throughout France and thrust concerns about antisemitism to the forefront of campaigning for the country’s legislative elections.

ATLANTA (AP) — Lionel Messi's passing brilliance got Argentina off to a winning start in the defense of its Copa America title, overcoming Canada and a poor playing surface at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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