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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Working Without Pay A Reality For Much Of Greece's Labor Force

NPRWorking Without Pay A Reality For Much Of Greece's Labor ForceNPRFor nearly 30 years, Nikos Aivatzidis got up at the crack of dawn to drive from his home in central Athens to his human resources job at Hellenic Shipyards, near Greece's port of Piraeus. "I'd walk into the entrance and marvel as I watched [6,000] or 7 ...


Kidnapping reports raise pre-referendum tensions in Crimea

Sevastopol (Ukraine) (AFP) - Ukraine's Greek Catholic Church said a priest was seized by armed men from a chapel in Sevastopol on Saturday, shortly after a pro-Russian group reported one of its leaders had been abducted. The two incidents are the latest in a series of kidnapping reports in Crimea, often involving activists for and against the referendum to be held on Sunday to decide whether the region should break away from Ukraine and join Russia. Father Mykola Kvich, a chaplain with Ukraine's armed forces, was taken from a parish near the city cemetery, the Church said.


Olympiacos win Greek championship

Olympiacos won the Superleague title after they claimed a 2-0 win over ten-man Panthrakikos on Saturday. With five games remaining and now having an 18-point cushion over second-placed Atromitos, Olympiacos retained the title they have held every year ...


Olympiakos win 41st Greek title

BBC SportOlympiakos win 41st Greek titleSBSDespite resting players ahead of the Champions League rematch at Man United, Olympiakos beat Panthrakikos 2-0 to claim the Greek title. Source. AAP. UPDATED 17 MINS AGO. Olympiakos claimed their 41st domestic football title with five games to spare ...Olympiakos beats Panthrakikos, clinches titleNews & ObserverOlympiakos v PanthrakikosBBC Sportall 2 news articles »


Olympiakos beats Panthrakikos, clinches title

Olympiakos beats Panthrakikos, clinches titleThe StateATHENS, Greece — Nelson Valdez and Daniel Fuster scored a goal in each half to lead Olympiakos to a 2-0 win over Panthrakikos in the Greek league Saturday. The win clinched Olympiakos' record 41st championship, and 16th in the past 18 seasons, five ...and more »


Greek MP quits neo-Nazi party

The Times of IsraelGreek MP quits neo-Nazi partyThe Times of IsraelA lawmaker from Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn on Saturday deserted the party's parliamentary group, condemning its actions and expressing remorse. The move came as Golden Dawn lawmakers faced new charges in an ongoing criminal investigation ...Greek far-right lawmaker deserts Golden Dawn partyReuters UKGreek lawmaker from Golden Dawn leaves partyYahoo NewsGreek lawmaker leaves Golden Dawn, cites allegations of violenceGlobalnews.caall 8 news articles »


Greek lawmaker leaves far right Golden Dawn party after 18 years, denounces violence

by  Associated Press Greek lawmaker from Golden Dawn leaves party Associated Press - 15 March 2014 14:07-04:00

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Golden Dawn lawmaker has left the party, claiming he was shocked by recent allegations about violent activities by members of the extreme right party, including attacks on immigrants.

Chrysovalantis Alexopoulos will remain in parliament as an independent.

Golden Dawn's remaining 17 lawmakers have responded by calling Alexopoulos a "liar," ''defamer" and "coward" and calling on him to resign.

According to a resume posted on his personal website, now taken down, Alexopoulos joined Golden Dawn in 1996.

Greece's financial crisis helped Golden Dawn gain nearly 7 percent of the vote and 18 seats in Greece's 300-member Parliament.

A crackdown by authorities on the extreme right-wing party started after last year's fatal stabbing of an anti-fascist musician by a Golden Dawn supporter in Athens.

News Topics: General news, Government and politics

People, Places and Companies: Greece, Athens, Western Europe, Europe

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Trisagion for Panagopoulos at Archdiocese Chapel

NEW YORK – At noon on March 14, Archbishop Demetrios conducted at the Archdiocesan Chapel of Saint Paul, a Trisagion memorial service for the repose of the soul of Greek musician Andreas Panagopoulos who lost his life on the morning of Wednesday, March 12, in the tragic explosion and collapse of two buildings in East Harlem. Present […]

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Greek leader urges education in mother tongue for Turks

Greece's opposition leader Alexis Tsipras said education in mother tongue is a right for the Turkish minority in the country. Leader of the left-wing SYRIZA Party, Tsipras urged an end to what he called segregation against minorities, in his election tour ...


Diavata prisoners given extra time for obstructing justice

A Thessaloniki court has tacked on a few more years in prison for a group of 19 prisoners already serving time at the Diavata prison in northern Greece, for trying to prevent law enforcement agents from transferring a fellow inmate, a Russian national, to... ...


German in critical condition after hit-and-run

A 58-year-old German man was in critical condition after being hit by a car and abandoned while walking on the side of a road in Volos, central Greece, in the early hours of Saturday. Police arrested the 25-year-old driver of the car shortly after.... ...


Man arrested over unregistered antiquities

A 48-year-man was arrested on Saturday in Elassona in Larissa, central Greece, over charges of possessing unregistered antiquities. The suspect was detained after officers discovered three Roman bronze coins at his residence. They also found a gas pistol ... ...


Golden Dawn MP quits party, says was not aware of 'criminal activities'

Golden Dawn MP for Larissa, in central Greece, Chrysovalantis Alexopoulos, on Saturday announced he was leaving the ultranationalist party and would continue as an independent. In a letter addressed to House speaker Evangelos Meimarakis, Alexopoulos said ... ...


Ukrainian Crisis May Split Russian Orthodox Church

MOSCOW (RNS) As Russian troops massed on Ukraine’s border and a controversial secession vote in Crimea approaches Sunday (March 16), Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church called for prayers “that brothers of one faith and one blood never bring destruction to one another.” Russia has prided itself on its revival of Orthodox Christianity after decades of Soviet persecution, but a war with the Ukraine could splinter the Russian Orthodox Church. That church has its roots in Kiev, where Prince Vladimir baptized his people as Christians in 988, an event viewed as a cornerstone of Russian and Ukrainian identity. It has even deeper roots in Crimea, where, according to legend, Vladimir was himself baptized by Byzantine emissaries. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, which has 12,500 congregations, is the largest of three Orthodox churches in Ukraine. But while it has some degree of autonomy, with a Synod of Bishops that elects its own members, the church’s leader, currently Metropolitan Onufry of Chernovtsy and Bukovina, although elected by the synod, has to be approved by Moscow. In his sermon at the end of the service at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow on Friday (March 14), Kirill, who has been known for his support of Russian President Vladimir Putin, suggested that Ukraine has a right to self-determination. But he also stressed that it must not be trapped into a spiritual division from Russia. “What we are referring to is the Russian world, the great Russian civilization that came from the Kievan baptismal font and spread across the huge expanse of Eurasia,” he said according to a transcript posted on the Moscow Patriarchate’s website. The “Russian world,” or “Russky mir” has been an overriding theme for Kirill since he became patriarch in 2009, and it meshes with Putin’s worldview, said Antoine Arjakovsky, director of research at the College des Bernardins in Paris and founder of the Institute of Ecumenical Studies in Lviv. “For them, democracy is a danger,” he said in a Skype interview. “They invented a new mythology, the new ideology of ‘Russky mir,’ of the Russian idea, which would invent a kind of new theology of politics.” But for the churches in Ukraine, the protests that toppled President Viktor Yanukovych were also a galvanizing religious awakening and may lead to a seismic shift in church-state relations. Dramatic images of clergy with crosses standing between protesters and government forces went viral as the standoff escalated in January and February. “The majority of the Ukrainian churches followed a paradigm common to Eastern Christianity; they aligned with the state,” said the Rev. Cyril Hovorun, a former chair of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s Department of External Church Relations who has also worked at the headquarters of the Moscow Patriarchate and is now studying church-state relations at Yale Divinity School. “The churches in their majority on different levels supported the justifiable demands of the Maidan,” he said referring to the square in Kiev where the protests took place. Greek Catholics, or Eastern Rite Catholics who are loyal to Rome, were the earliest and most active supporters of the demonstrations, he said. Many of them come from Western Ukraine, on the Polish border, where the state and communist policy of persecution of religion under Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin was accompanied by forced conversion from Eastern Rite Catholicism to Orthodoxy. Atheism never took hold. Yet during the protests, all of the churches “with a different pace realigned with the new agenda,” said Hovorun, and prayer became an integral part of the protests, which also became, in effect, ecumenical meeting grounds. “Maidan, apart from being an important civil event appeared to be an important religious event,” he said. “There were prayers said every day in the morning and at night. It was a religious phenomenon apart from being a political and social phenomenon, and it was also an ecumenical phenomenon because Maidan actually facilitated many churches, many church leaders who had never really conversed publicly with each other.” Andrei Zubov, a historian and expert in church-state relations at the prestigious Moscow State Institute of International Relations, was nearly fired earlier this month for writing an editorial that compared Putin’s actions in Crimea to Hitler’s Anschluss of the Sudetenland. He said that if events spill into war, a split between the Moscow and Kiev churches is inevitable. “Putin has started an uncontrollable process,” he said in a telephone interview from London. Calls have been growing for an independent church that would unite all of Ukraine’s Orthodox churches. (The other two are not recognized by the world’s main Orthodox churches.) Zubov said that if relations between Russia and Ukraine continue to deteriorate, the Patriarchate of Constantinople would eventually recognize a Ukrainian Church. “Ukraine is the second-biggest Orthodox country after Russia,” said Arjakovsky. One thing is certain: A united Ukrainian church could redraw the map of Orthodoxy.


Kuwait participates in Greece Energy Conf.

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Kuwait took part in a two-day Greece Energy Conference which concluded in the capital Athens on Friday, where participants discussing ways to develop the energy industry in light of economic, logistic, and political ...


A true Greek odyssey

Sydney Morning HeraldA true Greek odysseySydney Morning HeraldThere is, of course, a rich Greek heritage of seafaring. Hundreds of islands dot the Aegean Sea and the Greeks have been island-hopping by sailing ship since long before Homer was a boy. Blue and white are the eternal colours of this proud, hospitable ...


BC-SOC--Greek Standings, SOC

by  Associated Press BC-SOC--Greek Standings, SOC Associated Press - 15 March 2014 11:01-04:00 BC-SOC--Greek Standings Greek Football Standings

Greek League

GP W D L GF GA Pts Olympiakos 28 24 2 2 79 14 74 Atromitos 29 17 8 4 48 20 59 PAOK Thessaloniki 28 18 4 6 56 28 58 Panathinaikos 28 16 5 7 46 23 53 Asteras 28 14 9 5 39 25 51 Panthrakikos 28 10 7 11 33 40 37 PAS Giannina 28 11 3 14 30 38 36 OFI Crete 28 8 11 9 22 33 35 Panetolikos 28 9 7 12 29 30 34 Kalloni 28 10 3 15 27 47 33 Levadiakos 28 10 3 15 32 49 33 Ergotelis 28 7 11 10 29 33 32 Xanthi 28 9 5 14 33 43 32 Panionios 28 8 7 13 24 35 31 Apollon Smyrni 28 7 8 13 35 43 29 Veria 29 6 10 13 25 46 28 Platanias 28 6 7 15 26 43 25 Aris 28 3 10 15 22 45 19 Saturday, March 15

Veria 1, Atromitos 1

OFI Crete vs. Apollon Smyrni, 1515 GMT

Olympiakos vs. Panthrakikos, 1730 GMT

Sunday, March 16

PAS Giannina vs. Panathinaikos, 1300 GMT

Asteras vs. Ergotelis, 1515 GMT

Panionios vs. Levadiakos, 1515 GMT

Platanias vs. Kalloni, 1515 GMT

Aris vs. PAOK Thessaloniki, 1730 GMT

Monday, March 17

Panetolikos vs. Xanthi, 1730 GMT

Saturday, March 22

Panetolikos vs. Asteras, 1300 GMT

Panthrakikos vs. Aris, 1515 GMT

Panathinaikos vs. Apollon Smyrni, 1730 GMT

Sunday, March 23

PAOK Thessaloniki vs. PAS Giannina, 1300 GMT

Atromitos vs. Platanias, 1515 GMT

Kalloni vs. OFI Crete, 1515 GMT

Levadiakos vs. Veria, 1515 GMT

Xanthi vs. Panionios, 1515 GMT

Ergotelis vs. Olympiakos, 1730 GMT

News Topics: Soccer, Men's soccer, Sports, Men's sports

People, Places and Companies: Thessaloniki, Crete, Greece, Western Europe, Europe

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Government Negotiations with Troika Continue; Hopes for Agreement by Monday

Earlier today, after a six-hour meeting between the Greek Finance Ministry and the heads of the Troika, a Ministry official announced that


Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest abducted in Crimea

Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest abducted in CrimeaVatican Radio“Every abduction is a terrible event for everybody involved,” said Bishop Borys Gudziak, the Eparch of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Eparchy. “It's a gross violation of human rights and God-given human dignity.” He expressed his grave concern about the ...


Onassis: When Bankrupt Germany Greeted Him With Greek Flags

Greek ReporterOnassis: When Bankrupt Germany Greeted Him With Greek FlagsGreek ReporterMany of his friends enjoyed his Greek hospitality on his famous yacht CHRISTINA. Among them was Sir Winston Churchill. Onassis was able to create an empire and become the man who everyone “loved to hate,” the most powerful on the planet. His name ...


Greek far-right lawmaker deserts Golden Dawn party

A Greek lawmaker resigned from the far-right Golden Dawn on Saturday, becoming the first MP to desert the party, which is being investigated over a series of violent attacks against immigrants and political opponents. In a first crack in party unity, Chrysovalantis Alexopoulos said he had not been aware of the criminal activities that were revealed during the investigation that followed the ...


Lenten Recipe 16: Pizza During Lent! Kalamata Olive Flatbread Pizza

Serves 6 Before Chicago introduced “pizza”, ancient Greeks combined what was plentiful and on hand. Olives, cheese a bread were staples in the Greek diet. The first pizza, if you will. Ingredients: ¼ cup cornmeal, for sprinkling on baking sheet, plus more for rolling out dough 1 can artichoke hearts in plain brine, drained and […]

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National Bank of Greece : These 2 Stress Tests Have Big Implications for Banks on Both Sides of the Atlantic

... of the long awaited Greek bank stress tests and the overall positive outcome for National Bank of Greece. Now, U.S. investors await the results from the largest American banks. Investors should be on the lookout for dividends, buybacks, and capital ...


International Piano Series concludes with recital by Konstantinos Papadakis of ...

International Piano Series concludes with recital by Konstantinos Papadakis of ...Charleston Post CourierPosted: Saturday, March 15, 2014 10:00 a.m.. Tweet. A A A; E-Mail; Print. ProvidedKonstantinos Papadakis. In its final presentation this season, the International Piano Series hosts Konstantinos Papadakis, one Greece's most accomplished musicians.and more »


Closed UAthens Wants Police Protection

University of Athens officials have asked for police protection after clashes between police and illegal immigrants spilled over into the campus.

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Greece Tightens Terrorist Furloughs

Greece is planning tougher conditions before criminals convicted of serious offenses, including terrorists, can be given breaks from their sentences.

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Stricter Furlough Terms For Terrorists

With two convicted terrorists let out of jail on the loose and police fearing they will return to violence, Greece is planning


Scottish independence: no civil service structural change needed after yes vote| Civil service global roundup

Civil service global roundup: Yemeni government pushes to eradicate civil service corruption and troika asks for Greek civil servants to be paid less

Scotland: no structural change would be needed after yes vote

The former permanent secretary of Scotland, Sir John Elvidge, has said that there will be no need for radical change to existing civil service structures in the country if Scotland votes for independence in the coming referendum.

Elvidge said the decision in 2007 to abolish individual departments and centralise the Scottish civil service had already given Scotland a sound model. Writing in the Guardian he said civil servants working for the Scottish government were already within the control of the Scottish permanent secretary and the country's ministers.

His statements follow the recent announcement that the Commons parliamentary administration select committee is to hold an inquiry into the role of the civil service in Scotland.

Yemen: government pushes to eradicate corruption in the civil service

Yemen has almost finished rolling out a new system involving fingerprinting and facial scanning, designed to tackle corruption in the military, security services and civil service.

Prime minister Mohamed Salem Basindwa said the system was put in place to enhance fairness and transparency in public sector employment, and eradicate problems such as phantom jobs, dual employment and the misapplication of the pension system.

Rio de Janeiro: pay rise deal ends rubbish collection strike

Rubbish collectors and Rio de Janeiro authorities have reached an agreement on pay, ending an eight day strike which left tonnes of rubbish on the streets.

It is reported that the street cleaners have accepted a pay rise of 37%. An earlier deal was rejected by workers.

The strike started at the same time as Carnival festivities.

Greece: troika asks for civil servants to be paid less

The troika – visiting officials from the EU, IMF and European Central Bank – has asked Greece to lower wages for civil servants, Athens' daily newspaper the Kathimerini reported.

A new public sector employee with a university degree earns €1,090 euros a month. The troika also wants Greece to remove automatic pay rises for those working in the private sector, to appease the Greek government's lenders.

Hong Kong: more women in business and the civil service

More women are going into careers in the civil service and business, according to Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, chief secretary for administration of the Hong Kong government.

Women make up 32% of government advisory and statutory bodies compared with 19% in 2001. The number of female managers and administrators in the private sector increased from 26% to 33% between 2002 and 2012.

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'The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza'

Colonnade (subscription)'The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza'Colonnade (subscription)The “Greek Mythology Olympiaganza” ran for two nights, March 10-11, and left the audience laughing and participating in a play designed to poke fun at Greek Mythology. The primary purpose of this play is for the Georgia College Theatre Department to ...


Richest and Poorest Paid Highest Cost for Austerity in Greece, IMF Report Shows

The poorest but also the richest Greeks were those hardest hit by austerity measures taken in the country, losing the largest chunk


Greek State Achieves Primary Surplus of 1.68 Billion Euros

The Greek State budget showed a primary surplus of 221 million euros during the first two months of 2014, according to data


Greece gunning for IMF-EU creditors deal

KathimeriniGreece gunning for IMF-EU creditors dealDAWN.comATHENS: Greece was gunning for a weekend deal with its EU-IMF creditors on a lingering reform audit that has held up billions of euros in loans since last year, an official said on Friday. “The goal is to reach an accord by Sunday,” Finance Minister ...Greece Wants Debt Cut, Not Another BailoutGreek ReporterGreece gunning for weekend deal with EU-IMF creditorsGlobalPostGreece: Venizelos, realistic a deal with troika by SundayANSAmedKathimerini -Neos Kosmosall 11 news articles »


Restaurant Owner Stabbed to Death in FL

WEST BOCA, FL – Dimitrios Karaloukas, 61, the owner Jimmy the Greek Taverna in West Boca, Florida, was allegedly stabbed to death by an employee who said he was apparently angry about a photo his boss had posted online. TV station PIX 11 reported “Karaloukas owner was sitting near the front of the restaurant during […]

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Ashoka the Greek, and other Stories

Ashoka the Greek, and other StoriesIndian ExpressStarting with Megasthenes' familiar account, through to Mango's speculation that Ashoka may have had a Greek grandmother (“he should be called Ashoka the Greek”) and Alexander's military excursions, and coming right up to the present day, it is a pacey ...


New Film on Smyrna Aftermath in N.Y.

NEW YORK – If reality or humanity is not holographic, as some thinkers believe, a community’s memory is. Knowledge of events and epochs is all not stored in one place, and every little piece illuminates the whole.  Film maker Maria Iliou has journeyed far and wide to gather the images that constitute the national memory […]

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Grand Opening for Philopthochos’ New Home in NY

NEW YORK – Several hundred Philoptochos members, supporters and friends from across the United States joined His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America and President Aphrodite Skeadas on March 1, 2014 at the Ribbon Cutting and Blessing of the Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy at 126 East 37th Street in New York City. The morning began with […]

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