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Friday, January 10, 2014

Nick Griffin offers strident support to Golden Dawn on visit to Greece

The GuardianNick Griffin offers strident support to Golden Dawn on visit to GreeceThe GuardianNick Griffin, the leader of the far-right British National party, appeared in Athens on Friday to pledge his support for Greece's neo-fascist organisation Golden Dawn. Griffin, who was declared bankrupt last week, attended the Golden Dawn press ...British far-right leader courts European allies, in Greece to back jailed ...The Provinceall 7 news articles »

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Speed Sector Greek Road Trip: Athens to Arachova

Greece is currently facing one of the worst economic downturns in history and as a result it seems the the country only faces negative press. Here, however, we had a clip and gallery from Greece that features a group of supercars blasting across ...

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Healthy Snacks: 5 Easy Greek Recipes To Eat All Week

Opa! A Greek diet is often considered a healthy diet, and with a combination of fresh vegetables, yogurts and meats, it only makes sense to be eating it during the week. Greek food is also part of the Mediterranean diet, which just happens to be one of the ...

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Greece Pushes for Common Migration Policy

Greece is well aware that some European countries do not view a common migration policy as an immediate priority, which is why the country will push for the implementation of a single asylum system and a more coordinated management of illegal ...

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Schumer Declares Greek Yogurt Pilot Program Has Proven A Great...

WBNG-TVSchumer Declares Greek Yogurt Pilot Program Has Proven A Great...LongIsland.comWashington, DC - January 10, 2013 - Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Greek yogurt pilot program, which occurred in New York and three other states from September to November 2013, was a ...Schools eat up Greek yogurt pilotUtica Observer DispatchChobani Proud of Expansion of USDA Pilot Program for Greek Yogurt in SchoolsSacramento BeeGillibrand, Hanna announce expansion of greek yogurt pilot program in school ...WBNG-TVCNY News -News Radio 1310 KLIX -News 10NBCall 33 news articles »

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Greek Nutrition Competition Ecotrophelia 2014

Greek ReporterGreek Nutrition Competition Ecotrophelia 2014Greek ReporterThe Greek Food Industry Association (SEVT) publishes the competition Ecotrophelia 2014 for ecological and innovative nutrition products. The competition, which is held as part of the action of the Greek technological platform “Food for Life” and the ...

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Poor and misleading information complicated bailout design

Incomplete or even misleading information hampered the European Central Bank's ability to give advice on bailout programmes for the euro zone countries receiving international aid, the ECB said today. Greece had to request aid in 2010 as it could not ...

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Greek Singer Kostas Makedonas Debuts in Sydney

Delphi Bank proudly presents the 2014 Greek Festival of Sydney. For the first time ever, Greek singer Kostas Makedonas will perform in Australia, accompanied by the popular Greek music orchestra Emmetron and the well-known talented singer ...

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U. institutes ban on freshman grade deflation, implements Greek letter system*

U. institutes ban on freshman grade deflation, implements Greek letter system*The Daily PrincetonianInstead, students will receive Greek letter grades beginning sophomore year, with the top 35 percent of grades given in each department to be Pi Beta Phi. The next 35 percent will be awarded Kappa Alpha Theta and the bottom 30 percent receives the ...

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Darrell Delamaide's Political Capital: Greek presidency of EU combines comedy, tragedy

The European Union is opening a new chapter this week somewhere between comic opera and Greek tragedy as Greece takes over the bloc’s rotating presidency, writes Darrell Delamaide.

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Gillibrand, Hanna announce expansion of greek yogurt pilot program in school lunches to four more states

(WBNG Binghamton) New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and New York Representative Richard Hanna on Thursday announced the success and expansion of the U.S. Department of Agriculture pilot program to serve New York-based Chobani yogurt in school ...

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The Neoliberal Restructuring of Greece. Causes of the Crisis and the Austerity ...

The Neoliberal Restructuring of Greece. Causes of the Crisis and the Austerity ...Center for Research on GlobalizationMany commentators make Greece and other peripheral EU members responsible for the sovereign debt crisis. People in these countries would have lived above their means and it was only right that they should tighten their belts now, the argument goes.and more »

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Germany's Foreign Minister Steinmeier encourages Greece to hold austerity course

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has encouraged Greece’s coalition government to press on with economic reforms. He also pledged further German support as Athens continues down this difficult path.

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Greece ETF Grinds Higher

It has been a rough start to 2014 for emerging markets exchange traded funds. The same can be said of some single-country Europe ETFs. The Global X FTSE Greece 20 ETF (GREK) is proving defiant on both fronts. Remember that in 2013, three major ...

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Berlin ruled out haircut despite IMF pressure, Stournaras says

Greek Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras has said he came under pressure from IMF managing director Christine Lagarde and the head of the fund's mission in Greece Poul Thomsen to ask eurozone leaders to accept a haircut on their bailout loans, but such mo... ...

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Government must stay the course on reforms, Steinmeier says after meeting with Greek PM

The Greek government must brave the political cost and stay the course on reforms, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Friday. Steinmeier, who is in Athens on a two-day official visit, was speaking after meeting with conservative Prime Mi... ...

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Greece full-back Torosidis on target for Roma

Greek international full-back Vasilis Torosidis scored the only goal as Roma beat Sampdoria 1-0 in the last 16 of the Italian Cup on Thursday to set up a quarter-final meeting with Juventus. The former Olympiakos star found the target with just six minute... ...

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Greek Citizen Lies about Being Shot

PARAMUS, NJ – Maria-Eleni Eleftheriadou, a 23 year-old Greek citizen claimed she was shot in the chest when walking in the parking lot of the Westfield Garden State Plaza shopping mall on December 31. Eleftheriadou reported to Paramus, NJ police that she was walking with her fiancĂ© and his cousin at 5:15 PM on New Year’s […]

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Letter: Greek Orthodox Church should levy 10 percent fee

Letter: Greek Orthodox Church should levy 10 percent feeSalt Lake TribuneHow painful it must be to suffer the indignities of a Greek Orthodox priest being laid off over mere financial matters, especially when a solution is within reach ("Greek Orthodox council moves to dismiss one of its priests," Tribune, Jan. 2). All the ...

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Greece jobless rate hits record high

Greece jobless rate hits record highPress TVOfficial data show Greece's unemployment rate rose to a new record high in October last year, highlighting the ravages of a six-year recession. The Greek Statistical Authority, ELSTAT, said on Thursday that the number of jobless grew in October 2013 to ...

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Teacher Murdered in Thessaloniki

A vicious attack late this evening in the area of Xerokrini in Thessaloniki, Greece, has left a 67-year-old retired Theology teacher dead in a pool of his own blood. The attack took place in the apartment of the deceased, whose name has yet to be released by the authorities. The murdered teacher was allegedly attacked […]

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The Ancient Greeks’ 6 Types of Love

What is love? Probably there is not a single answer to this question and this is why the Ancient Greeks had 6 different words to describe love. Knowing them can change your life. *By Roman Krznaric - Looking for an antidote to modern culture’s emphasis on romantic love? Perhaps we can learn from the diverse forms […]

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Stavros Niarchos Foundation Inaugurates Mobile Healthcare Program

Two state-of-the-art Mobile Medical Units and an MRI scanner were inaugurated today by the Health Unit (AEMY S.A.), marking the launch of the National Primary Healthcare Education and Promotion Program in island and border regions of Greece, which is supported exclusively by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (www.SNF.org). The inauguration ceremony was held at the Olympic […]

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University Collaboration Between Greece and Germany

The presiding board of the Hellenic Universities Rectors‘ Synod met with representatives of German universities, in order to discuss the collaboration between Greek and German higher educational institutions. Both sides aim to increase joint postgraduate programs, student and research exchanges between Greek and German universities, and joint research programs. This first attempt will be the […]

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Greek Movie Fridays: When Life Gets… Hardcore!

If you want to show your support to Greek filmmakers watch their movies on PameOdeon.gr Hardcore tells the story of two girls, Martha and Nadia, who have escaped their family homes at the tender age of sixteen. In order to make a living ...

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Greek yogurt pilot program expanding

"In all 4 states, the kids loved the Greek yogurt, the schools found it easy to serve and the next step will be to expand the number of schools and different states that can purchase Greek yogurt with their school lunch money," said Schumer. According to ...

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Extremists ready to take advantage in Troika-shackled Greece

You could have parked anywhere you liked in Athens a few weeks ago — the city’s parking police had all been fired. Most university students were still on summer holidays because much of the administrative staff had been let go. A law was going through ...

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NSA and GCHQ activities appear illegal, says EU parliamentary inquiry

Civil liberties committee report demands end to indiscriminate collection of personal data by British and US agencies

Mass surveillance programmes used by the US and Britain to spy on people in Europe have been condemned in the "strongest possible terms" by the first parliamentary inquiry into the disclosures, which has demanded an end to the vast, systematic and indiscriminate collection of personal data by intelligence agencies.

The inquiry by the European parliament's civil liberties committee says the activities of America's National Security Agency (NSA) and its British counterpart, GCHQ, appear to be illegal and that their operations have "profoundly shaken" the trust between countries that considered themselves allies.

The 51-page draft report, obtained by the Guardian, was discussed by the committee on Thursday. Claude Moraes, the rapporteur asked to assess the impact of revelations made by the whistleblower Edward Snowden, lsocondemns the "chilling" way journalists working on the stories have been intimidated by state authorities.

Though Snowden is still in Russia, MEPs are expected to take evidence from him via video-link in the coming weeks, as the European parliament continues to assess the damage from the disclosures. Committee MEPs voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to have Snowden testify, defying warnings from key US congressmen that giving the "felon" a public platform would wreck the European parliament's reputation and hamper co-operation with Washington.

While 36 committee members voted to hear Snowden, only two, both British Conservatives, voted against. "Snowden has endangered lives. Inviting him at all is a highly irresponsible act by an inquiry that has had little interest in finding out facts and ensuring a balanced approach to this delicate issue," said Timothy Kirkhope, a Tory MEP. "At least if Snowden wants to give evidence, he will now have to come out of the shadows and risk his location being discovered."

The Lib Dem MEP Sarah Ludford denounced the Conservative position. "To ignore [Snowden] is absurd. The issue of whether the intelligence services are out of control merits serious examination in Europe as in the US. The Tories' ostrich-like denial is completely out of step with mainstream opinion in both continents, including Republicans in the US and Merkel's centre-right party in Germany. But their line is consistent with the obdurate refusal of Conservatives at Westminster to clarify and strengthen safeguards on snooping by GCHQ."

The draft by Moraes, a Labour MEP, describes some of the programmes revealed by Snowden over the past seven months – including Prism, run by the NSA, and Tempora, which is operated by GCHQ.The former allows the NSA to conduct mass surveillance on EU citizens through the servers of US internet companies. The latter sucks up vast amounts of information from the cables that carry internet traffic in and out of the UK.

he report says western intelligence agencies have been involved in spying on "an unprecedented scale and in an indiscriminate and non-suspicion-based manner". It is "very doubtful" that the collection of so much information is only guided by the fight against terrorism, the draft says, questioning the "legality, necessity and proportionality of the programmes".

The report also:

• Calls on the US authorities and EU states to prohibit blanket mass surveillance activities and bulk processing of personal data.

• Deplores the way intelligence agencies "have declined to co-operate with the inquiry the European parliament has been conducting on behalf of citizens".

• Insists mass surveillance has potentially severe effects on the freedom of the press, as well as a significant potential for abuse of information gathered against political opponents.

• Demands that the UK, Germany, France, Sweden and the Netherlands revise laws governing the activities of intelligence services to ensure they are in line with the European convention on human rights.

• Calls on the US to revise its own laws to bring them into line with international law, so they "recognise the privacy and other rights of EU citizens".

The draft, still to be voted on by the chamber, has no legal force and does not compel further action, but adds to the growing body of criticism and outrage at the perceived intelligence abuses.

Separately, the European parliament has drafted new legislation curbing the transfer of private data to third countries outside the EU and setting stiff conditions for the information transfers.

But hopes of getting the new rules into force before elections for the parliament in May are fading because of resistance from the UK and EU governments. "This is a tough issue, even thorny," Greece's justice minister, Charalampos Athanasiou, told the Guardian. Greece took over the running of the EU for six months this week. "There are different views in the member states. I can't be sure about being successful."

Moraes condemns the way the Guardian was forced to destroy the Snowden files it had in London, and says the detention at Heathrow of David Miranda, the partner of the former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, constituted an interference with the right of freedom of expression under article 10 of the European convention on human rights.The report is also highly critical of the data exchange scheme Safe Harbor, which allow swaps of commercial information between US and European companies. The draft also questioned the Swift scheme supplying European financial transactions information to the Americans to try to block terrorist funding and the supply of information on transatlantic air passengers.

The European commissioner Viviane Reding says the Safe Harbor scheme is flawed and may need to be frozen.

She wants to make it harder for the big US internet servers and social media providers to transfer European data to third countries. She also wants to subject the firms to EU law rather than secret American court orders.

The Moraes report says the web companies taking part in Safe Harbor have "admitted that they do not encrypt information and communications flowing between their data centres, thereby enabling intelligence services to intercept information".

He calls for the suspension of information sharing until companies can show they have taken the all necessary steps to protect privacy.

The report calls on the European commission to present by this time next year an EU strategy for democratic governance of the internet, and warns there is currently "no guarantee, either for EU public institutions or for citizens, that their IT security or privacy can be protected from intrusion by well-equipped third countries or EU intelligence agencies".

It adds: "Recent revelations in the press by whistleblowers and journalists, together with the expert evidence given during this inquiry, have resulted in compelling evidence of the existence of far-reaching, complex and highly technologically advanced systems designed by US and some member states' intelligence services, to collect, store and analyse communication and metadata of all citizens around the world on an unprecedented scale and in an indiscriminate and non-suspicion-based manner."

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Chobani Proud of Expansion of USDA Pilot Program for Greek Yogurt in Schools

NEW BERLIN, N.Y., Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Chobani, maker of America's No. 1-selling Greek Yogurt brand, applauds the success of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) four-state pilot program to provide Greek Yogurt for K-12 school meal programs ...

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Greek Peak's warming up local economy

Greek Peak's warming up local economyWBNG-TVTown of Virgil, NY (WBNG Binghamton) As the new owners focus on building up the mountain at Greek Peak, nearby businesses are also feeling some impacts off the investments. Marc Stemerman and John Meier put the final piece onto the new 2.2 million ...and more »

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Charlemagne: Aegean stables

KALI chronia: happy new year. Greece starts 2014 with an unaccustomed run of good news. Not long ago the country was in a death spiral of missed fiscal targets, panicked markets and threats to force it out of the euro. Now the euro zone’s first and most difficult problem child is exceeding expectations.Ahead of schedule, Greece has closed its scary deficit and moved into primary budget surplus (ie, before interest payments). Yields on ten-year bonds have fallen below 8%, from a peak of well over 40% at the height of the Grexit panic. The government plans to issue fresh debt later this year. Some foreign investors are testing the waters of the Aegean. Competitiveness is being restored. Greece has enjoyed a bumper tourist season. This year should see the first GDP growth after six years of recession.Once-exasperated German officials now hail the Greek prime minister, Antonis Samaras, as the saviour of his country—and, indeed, of the euro. As Greece assumed the half-yearly rotating presidency of the European Union this month, EU dignitaries came to Athens this week to praise it, not to bury it.Official rejoicing over the Greek bail-out programme is...

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Boys Athlete of the Week: Greece Olympia's Carnell Noble

Boys Athlete of the Week: Greece Olympia's Carnell NobleRochester Democrat and ChronicleAbout me: Plays running back and defensive back on the Greece Olympia football team. His fastest race in the 55 is a 6.48 ran during a regular-season meet last winter. Aims for the school-record of 6.43. Noble owns Olympia's outdoor track and field ...

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Three hospitalized in Arta after school is contaminated with chemicals

Three senior-high school teachers were hospitalized with respiratory complaints on Wednesday in Arta, western Greece, after unknown individuals poured a dangerous chemical into classrooms, local media reported. Authorities evacuated the school, which will... ...

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Man charged in Volos for questioning motorist's ethnic identity

A 39-year-old man in Volos, central Greece, is facing charges of illegal weapons possession and use of force after allegedly forcibly stopping a motorist on a rural road on Wednesday night and demanding to know whether he was of Greek or foreign origin. T... ...

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Investigation on chemical hit at Arta school continues

Police in Arta, northwestern Greece, were looking on Thursday for the perpetrators behind an unprecedented attack on a local high school with an industrial cleaning agent that caused three teachers to be hospitalized with respiratory problems. According t... ...

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Bailout measures have been worth 31 pct of GDP

Greece has taken measures worth almost 63 billion euros since entering the bailout era back in 2010, through which it has achieved a fiscal adjustment of 27 billion euros, according to data presented to the international press this week by Finance Ministe... ...

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EU directive for cartel damages

Corporations and consumers will soon be able to seek damages for losses or lost profits from cartel activity, according to a proposal for a European Union directive that will likely be introduced during the course of the bloc’s Greek presidency. This dire... ...

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Aiginiakos upsets Panionios, while Reds and PAOK win

Favorites Olympiakos and PAOK have taken a clear lead after the first leg of the Round of 16 of the Greek Cup, but second-division rookie Aiginiakos beat Panionios and is threatening the Super League club with an upset. Aiginiakos is a club from central M... ...

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Germany: Greek Community Honors Their Mayor

From his freshmen years, he has maintained a house on the Greek island of Mykonos, where he has been declared an honorary citizen and which he visits every Easter. Moreover, after the devastating fires in the Greek Prefecture of Ilia in 2007 ...

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Classic Greek cheese pie to head to US

KathimeriniClassic Greek cheese pie to head to USKathimeriniFour friends came together with the aim of making the classic Greek cheese pie a staple on American dinner tables with their Demetra Pies brand of frozen products, which was recently awarded in the Re-Inspiring Greece From the Youth Up competition.

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Greek Jobless Rate Stuck at 27.4%

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ self-described most vexing problem – unemployment – continues to be a thorn in his side with the European statistics agency Eurostat reporting that the country’s jobless rate, the highest in the region, is still a record 27.4 percent. Samaras had promised last year to unveil this month a plan to […]

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Unpaid Greek Tax Bills Pile Up

ATHENS  – Despite a couple of well-publicized arrests of political figures who used fake plates instead of registering their vehicles legally in a bid to escape paying a road circulation fee, the number of drivers who haven’t paid the tax for 2014 has more than doubled since a year ago, an indication of how harsh […]

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Myrtos Beach: Paradise in Kefalonia

Among many breathtaking natural sites that make the Ionian island of Kefalonia a top tourist attraction, Myrtos Beach is one of the most dazzling.  Located 30 kilometers north of Argostoli, between two mountains in the region of Pylaros on the northwest side of Kefalonia, Myrtos Beach has gained awards and recognition worldwide for its natural […]

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