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Saturday, September 21, 2013

FOTOGRAFIA: Love On The Rocks

Amidst all the turmoil in Greece over austerity measures the last three years ? strife, protests, strikes, riots, anguish ? there are still scenes of quietude and love, even in the unlikeliest or not-so-private places. Love will find a way, of course, especially the young who embrace every moment of it as if it were their last and Greece is a perfect place for amour, from beaches to mountain tops and parks where a hand-held stroll can take away the detritus of the day. And what better place for a smooch and to let your partner know you care than a view of Athens? Here, a tourist couple share a kiss atop the Areopagus Hill opposite the ancient Acropolis, with the city in the background. They were among the 17 million visitors this year who gave a critical boost to the ravaged economy, so let's hope that Greece loves them back so that a kiss is more than just a kiss.

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TAXIDI: Gorging On Greek Culture

The problem with planning a vacation to Greece is deciding which parts to visit. Unless you have unlimited time and money, you simply can?t take in all the wonders the country offers. The dilemma?s beauty is you probably won?t go wrong no matter where you choose because Greece?s every corner is packed with natural, ancient and modern treasures. So pick a few cities and islands and rest assured you can get a flavor of this storied land. Besides, once you visit, you?ll want to return.Most travelers begin and end their stay in Athens, a logical place to dive into Greek culture. Head from the airport into the city on the ultra-modern subway line built for the 2004 Olympics. Some four million people, one-third of the Greek population, live in the greater Athens area so vehicle traffic can be clogged.

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KOUZINA: Foil Fish Over Orzo

Maybe this makes me a dork, but I think foil packet cooking is so fun. I always get a kick out of throwing a few ingredients together, folding it all up in foil, and then opening up the packets to find a fabulous meal. (This may be somehow related to the fact that I had over 800 origami cranes hanging from my bedroom ceiling growing up ? I just like folding things, I guess!) Aside from the fun of folding up the packets, the other plus of foil packet meals is their simplicity. They require minimal effort but with the right combination of flavors, they can still be totally worthy of serving to company. I decided to use a Greek flavor profile for this meal, tossing the orzo with spinach, red onion, olives, tomatoes, and topping with a bit of feta. A simple compound butter including dill, lemon zest, garlic, and red pepper flakes is spread over the fish before cooking and really takes the dish to another level.You can use any type of white fish that you prefer. My favorite is halibut, but cod is a good less expensive option. The packets can be baked in the oven or cooked on the grill, perfect for those hot evenings when you don?t feel like turning on the oven. Enjoy!

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Golden Dawn Member Kicked Pakistani in Head

Golden Dawn members act. The former member revealed incidences of violence against immigrants in the second part of his interview to the Greek newspaper ETHNOS. According to what he said, when new-comers acted successfully, they were awarded, and their "heroism" was recorded in a special notebook. "They used to applaud and congratulate the new-comer who had beaten a Pakistani. At ...

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Political Violence Blessing for Greece

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Greek government can now ask from the Troika to ease the strict conditions of the memorandum, based on the affirmation that austerity has risen the percentages of the right-wing extremist political party ...

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Angela Merkel Poised For Reelection As Chancellor As Germany Expects Tight Vote Sunday

BERLIN -- She enjoys overwhelming popularity and leads an economy that's the envy of Europe. But Angela Merkel is in a fight to clinch a new term for her ruling coalition in Sunday's national election, with polls showing her center-right alliance on a knife-edge as her junior partner's support slumps. Merkel and her conservative Christian Democratic Union appear likely to fend off a challenge from center-left rival Peer Steinbrueck and emerge as the biggest party in parliament's lower house, whose members choose the chancellor – making her the strong favorite to win a third term. But no single party has won an absolute majority in Germany in more than 50 years. And surveys show Merkel's coalition partner, the pro-business Free Democratic Party, has fallen from the nearly 15 percent support it won in 2009 to about the 5 percent needed to keep any seats in Parliament. If Merkel's alliance falls short of a parliamentary majority, the likeliest outcome is a switch to a Merkel-led "grand coalition" of her conservatives with Steinbrueck's Social Democratic Party, the same combination of traditional rivals that ran Germany from 2005-2009 in Merkel's first term. That's unlikely to produce a radical change in policies. However, it could signal a subtle shift in emphasizing economic growth over the austerity that Germany has insisted on in exchange for bailing out economically weak European countries such as Greece. Final results are due within hours of polls closing. But with margins so close, the country could still face weeks of horse-trading before a clear picture emerges about the makeup and policies of Germany's next government. Merkel's center-right coalition might win re-election but "it will be very tight," said Oskar Niedermayer, a political science professor at Berlin's Free University. Much may depend on the turnout among the nearly 62 million voters – about 70 percent four years ago. Political leaders fought Saturday to mobilize their supporters and win over the undecided. "I'm personally asking people in Germany to give me a strong mandate so that I can serve Germany for another four years, make policies for ... a strong Germany, for a country that is respected in Europe, that works for Europe; a country that stands up for its interests in the world but is a friend of many nations," Merkel said at a rally in Berlin. Given Merkel's popularity – polls give her approval ratings of up to 70 percent – and the economic success enjoyed during what she calls "the most successful government since reunification" 23 years ago, it might seem surprising that the outcome appears so cloudy. Merkel has won over Germans with her reassuring style, often appearing to be above the political fray. The eurozone's debt crisis has helped preserve her popularity, said Manfred Guellner, the head of the Forsa polling agency. "She has repeatedly given people the feeling she's taking care that this abstract crisis doesn't rain down on their everyday lives," he said. Still, it is Merkel rather than her coalition that enjoys sky-high popularity. Voters haven't forgotten public coalition infighting that frequently marred the past four years. Much of the blame went to the Free Democrats. A new party, Alternative for Germany, which calls for an "orderly breakup" of the euro common currency zone and appeals to socially conservative voters, may sap votes from the governing parties. State elections in Bavaria last Sunday set off alarms for the Free Democrats, who lost all their seats in the legislature. Since then, they've been angling for votes from Merkel's party since German voters cast two ballots – one for a specific parliamentary candidate and another for a party. The Free Democrats were never strong in Bavaria but their disastrous showing gave heart to Merkel's rivals. "Tomorrow evening, you can be rid of the most inactive, backward-looking, quarrelsome but also loudest-mouthed government since German reunification," Steinbrueck told a rally in Frankfurt Saturday. "We can succeed." Steinbrueck was referring to government infighting over issues such as the Free Democrats' promises of major tax cuts, which were never realized – as well as a much-criticized new benefit for stay-at-home parents the challenger pledges to scrap and the government's rejection of a national minimum wage, which he advocates. Merkel's critics say she has failed to set any direction and presided over policy drift. Steinbrueck _who was once Merkel's finance minister and says he won't serve under her again – has quipped that if she were in his government, he would give Merkel "the ministry for vagueness." However, Steinbrueck's center-left has struggled to generate momentum in the face of a healthy economy and a conservative campaign that largely skirted controversy, focusing squarely on Merkel's popularity. "I have the impression that the (conservatives), Ms. Merkel as well, had an interest in not raising any big issues if possible," Steinbrueck said. Posters featuring a smiling Merkel declare simply: "Chancellor for Germany." The opposition's campaign has been marred by problems ranging from criticism of Steinbrueck's high earnings on the lecture circuit to a much-mocked suggestion by his Green Party allies that canteens should introduce a meat-free "veggie day." And Merkel has attacked plans by the Social Democrats and Greens to increase income tax for top earners, which she says would hurt the economy. Merkel has brushed aside concerns that a tight finish would weaken her position as Europe's strongest politician, noting that "majorities in Germany are very frequently narrow." She has said the current coalition would continue with "a majority, however big it is."

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Greece looks to state property assets to avoid third bailout

The Greek finance ministry is looking at a plan that could see state-owned property assets used as collateral for loans that could help it avoid a third bailout by the EU and IMF. According to a report in Greek newspaper Ekathimerini Greek finance minister ...

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Center-left coalition due for October launch

A new movement, which seeks to act as a coalition for all Greece’s center-left parties and groups, is expected to be launched in October with the aim of taking part in May’s European Parliament elections, Kathimerini understands. Sources said that Kyriako... ...

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ECB denies Venizelos asked for fiscal gap to look smaller

The European Central Bank on Friday denied a German newspaper report that Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos suggested to ECB executive board member Joerg Asmussen last month that Greece’s financial figures should be massaged to show a smaller fisc... ...

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In Germany, Tsipras blames austerity for Golden Dawn's rise

Alexis Tsipras tied Greece’s efforts to counter the rise of the far right with putting an end to “barbaric austerity” as he delivered a second speech in Germany as part of left-wing Die Linke’s campaign ahead of Sunday’s elections. “We have to stop the sp... ...

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Banks see progress in talks with EC

A round of meetings between representatives of the European Commission and Greece’s four systemic banks concluded on Friday in Athens as bank officials were working feverishly to complete their restructuring plans for 2014-17, which have to be submitted t... ...

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Roberto Cavalli pulls out the glamour for cinematic looks for next summer's diva

by  Associated Press Roberto Cavalli creates looks for cinematic divas by COLLEEN BARRY, Associated Press - 21 September 2013 12:22-04:00

MILAN (AP) — Robert Cavalli's created looks for cinematic divas for his summer 2014 women's collection.

Shown under the bright white lights of a movie set, the red carpet collection featured flowing gowns, many beaded, and all in muted shades. The gowns draped the body without ever clinging — a change for Cavalli.

The collection previewed Saturday, the fourth day of Milan Fashion Week, was on message with trends seen around Milan this week: pastel colors, metallic shimmers and diaphanous fabrics.

But there were plenty of Cavalli touches for the upcoming stars of "Cavalliwood," as the designer's wife and creative partner Eva quipped backstage after the show.

Sequins, beads and tassels vamped up the looks. And though the collection is for summer, the designer finished many looks with colored fur stoles draped over one shoulder, recalling the heydays of Hollywood.

The show wrapped with some after-Oscar party looks, including a rock-and-roll silver leather jacket worn over a lacy metallic top and silver-beaded trousers.

Picking up on the ethereal feel, Cavalli created a stiletto heel with extra-long silver laces that can be wrapped around the ankle or all the way up the calf, Greek-style.

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Recipe For Trouble: Greek Extremism, Austerity

ATHENS - A recent wave of politically motivated violence - culminating in the killing of a left-wing rapper on Sept. 18 - has shocked Greece and once again stoked fears about civil unrest in Europe?s most indebted country. But for Greece?s government, struggling to implement a tough reform agenda demanded by international creditors, the latest problems on the street may be a blessing in disguise. On Sept. 22, senior representatives from Eurozone nations and the International Monetary Fund that finance the country?s ?246 billion ($332.6 billion) bailout are due in Athens to decide on whether Greece is doing enough to earn its next batch of aid. Beyond focusing

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Greek Man With Golden Dawn Ties Arrested In Stabbing Murder Of Pavlos ...

Greek Man With Golden Dawn Ties Arrested In Stabbing Murder Of Pavlos ...Huffington PostATHENS, Greece -- Greek authorities say a man with ties to an extreme right party accused of fatally stabbing an anti-fascist rapper has been jailed after testifying to an examining magistrate and a prosecutor. Court officials say the 45-year-old ...

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Greek far-right murder suspect in court, party crackdown widens

Golden Dawn - Greece's third-most popular party, which has a Swastika-like emblem - says it had nothing to do with the killing and has accused the government and media of a "witch-hunt" to rob it of votes. But Greek authorities have said the ...

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Bentley Integration of UA Greeks a first step

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Robert Bentley is praising progress in integrating the racially segregated Greek system at the University of Alabama. Bentley says it's a "positive first step" that a few traditionally white sororities have accepted minorities as members. The governor's office issued a brief statement late Friday after the university said four blacks and two ...

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Greek police arrest two suspected of at least 2 robberies

Two suspects, aged 32 and 50, are to face a prosecutor after being arrested in connection to at least two bank robberies, one carried out in Amarynthos, on the island of Evia, and another in Ermioni, in the eastern Peloponnese.Police officers who searched the ...

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Golden Dawn members to face arms possession charges

Five self-proclaimed members of ultranationalist party Golden Dawn are expected to face charges for arms possession after being arrested during a police street search in the port city of Thessaloniki, northern Greece, on Friday night.During the search, which was conducted near the extreme right-wing ...

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Tsipras ready for talks on far right

SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras is set to meet Greek President Karolos Papoulias on Monday to discuss the murder of musician Pavlos Fyssas by a Golden Dawn supporter this week and to confirm he is willing to discuss with other parties a common strategy to combat right-wing extremism.Sources told Kathimerini that Tsipras would inform Papoulias he is only prepared to sit down with Prime Minister ...

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State-owned real estate may cover funding gap

The possibility of using real estate owned by the Greek state as collateral for a new loan to cover its funding gap for next year and 2015 is being considered by the Finance Ministry, Kathimerini has learned.Athens is looking for alternatives to agreeing a third bailout because of the reluctance of its eurozone partners to provide any more money and because the conditionality that would accompany ...

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Greek man who stabbed rapper jailed

GREEK authorities say a man with ties to an extreme right party accused of fatally stabbing an anti-fascist rapper has been jailed after testifying to an examining magistrate and a ...

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Far-Right Golden Dawn Party Targeted by Greek Government

Wall Street JournalFar-Right Golden Dawn Party Targeted by Greek GovernmentWall Street JournalThe latest move comes amid growing calls—both within Greece and abroad—to ban the party outright, something that would be difficult under the Greek Constitution, which guarantees freedom of expression. Greece's coalition government, dominated by the ...

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Main Greek healthcare provider over budget, owes 500 mln

KathimeriniMain Greek healthcare provider over budget, owes 500 mlnKathimeriniGreece's main healthcare provider, the National Organization for Healthcare Provision (EOPYY), is likely to miss its spending target for the year by 470 million euros, Kathimerini understands. The overspend is mainly due to a failure to meet the ...

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Rip Kastaris Showcases Works In Tulsa

Renowned artist Rip Kastaris (second from left) shows off a painting of his Circle of Glory to Hellenic Foundation Chairman Nicholas Karakas (L) and His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios. The work was a centerpiece of the Athens 2004 Olympics. TULSA, Okla. - For the first time, an artist will attend the Tulsa Greek Festival to personally show and sell his art. The artist is Euripides "Rip" ...

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Greek teachers to continue strike against layoffs

A total of 25,000 workers must be placed in the scheme by year-end under the terms of Greece's bailout, and the government must also meet a target of 15,000 mandatory exits in 2013-2014 to shrink its bloated public sector. Firing workers is an ...

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Greek Crisis Makes Birthrate Plunge

Children on a rollercoaster ride at Luna Park, Athens: Greece is worried its population will age if families cannot afford to have children. Photograph: John Kolesidis/Reuters ATHENS - Greece has suffered a huge drop in its number of live births because of austerity and unemployment, according to a senior government official. The decline of almost 15% in the past four years is unparalleled in ...

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Greek High School Teachers Strike Again

Greek High School Teachers Strike AgainGreek ReporterThe regional secondary school teachers' unions (ELME), during their presidents' meeting, did not vote for the five-day rolling strikes to continue. The meeting started at 11a.m. on September 20 and went on till 2 a.m. the next day. The presidents of ...

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Stabbing suspect appears in court as Greek government investigates Golden ...

Wall Street JournalStabbing suspect appears in court as Greek government investigates Golden ...euronewsThe suspect in the killing of Greek rapper Pavlos Fissas has appeared in court in Athens to be charged with his murder. The man, who has admitted stabbing the musician, is a self-professed supporter of the extreme right-wing Golden Dawn party. The ...Far-Right Golden Dawn Party Targeted by Greek GovernmentWall Street JournalGreek man held in stabbing of anti-fascist rapperMiamiHerald.comSuspected Greek neo-Nazi killer appears in courtFox Newsgulfnews.comall 54 news articles »

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The Economist Says Greece On The Edge

The noted financial magazine The Economist said that despite Greece’s aim of achieving a primary surplus this year in hopes of triggering a chance at cutting its debt to international lenders that growing social unrest could unravel Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ plans of righting the economy. It noted that the first tear gas shots fired outside the Parliament in months amid ...

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Greece Pledges Crackdown on ‘Neo-Nazi’ Golden Dawn Party

LONDON -- Greece has pledged to crack down on far right party Golden Dawn after it was accused of involvement in the killing of a left-wing activist. The party denies any involvement. Golden Dawn is also accused of dozens of attacks on immigrants and its opponents. Political analysts see the party's growing support as a symptom of a so-called crisis of democracy in Greece. There have been ...

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Greek man with ties to extreme right party held in custody over rapper's fatal stabbing

Greek authorities say a man with ties to an extreme right party accused of fatally stabbing an anti-fascist rapper has been jailed after testifying to an examining magistrate and a prosecutor.

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Greek Man Held in Stabbing of Anti-Fascist Rapper

has said he was being attacked by a group of people and acting in self-defense when he stabbed 34-year-old Pavlos Fyssas in the chest Wednesday. Police officials said Saturday the suspect has acknowledged "loose" ties with extreme right party ...

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Tsipras Says Austerity Boosts Golden Dawn

Greek opposition party leader Alexis Tsipras of SYRIZA in one of his many anti-government rants With social unrest raging again in Greece – this time over the killing of an anti-fascist for which a member of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party was arrested – major opposition party Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) leader Alexis Tsipras said austerity measures being imposed on the ...

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Economy of Greece shows recovery

(MENAFN) Finance Minister of Greece Yannis Stournaras said that the country's economy is expected to improve as unemployment rate dropped quarterly in four years, according to Gulf Daily News.Mr. Stournaras said that Greece's economy gave a sign of recovery in the current year's second quarter after four years of crisis It is expected that the country will gain more revenues after ...

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German Elections Could Halt Greece ETF Rally

The reason: Most ordinary Germans are less-than-enthusiastic about the specter of higher taxes that are aimed at shoring up the balance sheets of banks ... losing crucial conservative votes. In a sign that Merkel’s bailout policies are out ...

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Can Greece’s rescue plan succeed?

Athens, Greece - Germany’s election means something to almost everyone in Europe. To the Greek street, it signals the point when the government ought to pluck up the courage and ask the Eurozone to forgive a big chunk of its onerous debt, which now ...

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Greece To Have Cut-Rate EU Presidency

While the murder of an anti-fascist hip-hop artist spread social unrest already brewing over austerity measures led to concern that Greece couldn’t handle the upcoming symbolic six-month rotating European Union Presidency on Jan. 1, the ...

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Greece shuts the doors for Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees, driven out of their country by the war, are trying to cross the Turkish-Greek border to seek asylum in the European Union. It is obvious that Greece cannot accept all those in need, therefore, the Greek authorities take a tough stance with respect to illegal immigrants. However, people still flee, drowning in the Aegean Sea and in the Maritsa River at the border with Turkey. A ...

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Greece: Suspected killer of anti-fascist musician appears in court

Truck driver George Roupakias, 45, who has allegedly confessed his affiliation to neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn, arrived at the court in Piraeus, near Athens, wearing a purple t-shirt and a bullet-proof vest. His appearance before an investigating judge took ...

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Suspected Greek neo-Nazi killer appears in court

ATHENS (AFP) - The suspected killer of an anti-fascist musician, whose stabbing sparked nationwide protests and raised social tensions in the debt-wracked country, appeared in court on Saturday under heavy security.Truck driver George Roupakias, 45, who has allegedly confessed his affiliation to neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn, arrived at the court in Piraeus, near Athens, wearing a purple t-shirt and a bullet-proof vest.His appearance before an investigating judge took place under a heavy blanket of security, with police and special forces surrounding the court. ...


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Greek minority set to open private university in Istanbul

Hurriyet Daily NewsGreek minority set to open private university in IstanbulHurriyet Daily NewsThe university will teach in Turkish, Greek and English, and will have departments such as Greek Language and Literature, Medicine and International Law. It is planned to be opened in the Merkez Greek High School in the Beyo─člu district of central ...

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Disquiet over extremism after Greece killing

Disquiet over extremism after Greece killingCyprus MailTHE murder of left-wing Greek musician Pavlos Fyssas in Athens, allegedly by a member of far-right group Golden Dawn, has sparked concerns that rising extremism is not being adequately addressed in Cyprus. Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou yesterday ...

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QPRs Joey Barton turns to philosophy to overcome anger issues

Queens Park Rangers player Joey Barton has reportedly signed up for a university philosophy course and is studying about ancient Greek philosophers Aristotle, Homer, Plato and Socrates after training. The midfielder, who has picked up seven red cards and more than 70 yellow cards in his career due to repeated scraps and bad tackles, is reportedly studying at the University of Roehampton, not far ...

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University Of Alabama White Sororities Admit Black Students... In 2013

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com - Friday, September 20, 2013 TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Black women are joining traditionally white sororities at the University of Alabama amid efforts to end racial segregation within Greek-letter social groups, the head of the school said Friday. University President Judy Bonner said 11 black students and three students from other minority groups received bids, or invitations, to join a historically white sorority. Of that group, four black students and two students from other minority backgrounds have accepted those invitations, Bonner said. She expected the numbers to rise as the academic year continues. "I am confident that we will achieve our objective of a Greek system that is inclusive, accessible and welcoming to students of all races and ethnicities," Bonner said in a video statement. "We will not tolerate anything less." The university's Greek organizations have been segregated by race since the first black students enrolled and created social organizations. One oversight organization has been composed of white sororities and the other composed of minority sororities. Only a handful of blacks attempted to join the historically white Greek groups at Alabama, where there are also historically black fraternities and sororities. But that system came under scrutiny when the campus newspaper, The Crimson White, reported allegations this month that two prospective black members were passed over by all-white sororities because of pressure from alumnae, and in oAll Related

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Greece heads for new EU-IMF audit, hopes reforms will earn loans

Please support our site by enabling javascript to view ads. A new EU-IMF audit of Greek fiscal performance and reforms begins Sunday, with the debt-laden country hoping progress in reining in spending will unlock further bailout loans. The mission chiefs ...

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Greek festival marks 32nd anniversary in Triangle

Raleigh, N.C. — The 32nd annual Greek Festival is under way at the state fairgrounds’ Expo Center this weekend. The event features music, dancing and authentic Greek food prepared by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church family. Armtemis Sarayiotes ...

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Greek festival bringing food, music and more to Jersey City this weekend

Chatzopoulos will be spinning a mix of Greek and American music. Festival Chairman Christos M ... purchased at the bakery and a gift shop in Elenion Community Center at the church. Food costs between $3 and $10. Various other foods will also be available ...

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White sororities admit black students at U. of Ala

University's Greek organizations have been segregated by race since the first black students enrolled and created social organizations

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Greece "Wins" Picture of the Day

This image of a boat on a rooftop in Fira was selected as the "Picture of the Day" by Wikimedia Commons. It's easy to take winning photos of Greece - the combination of sea, sun, and sky is almost unbeatable, especially on Santorini. More on ...

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No One Can Afford to Have Children Anymore in Greece

In an ominous sign of the human cost of successive waves of austerity measures, the birthrate in Greece has fallen almost 15 percent in the past four years. Figures from the state-run Institute of Child Health show that, in 2012, the number of births ...

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