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Monday, April 21, 2014

Greece austerity causes 551 male suicides

A new study shows that over 550 men have committed suicide in Greece "solely because of fiscal austerity." According to the survey, conducted by researchers at the University of Portsmouth in the UK, every 1 percent increase in government spending cuts in ...

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1 dead, several seriously injured in Greek Easter celebrations; US woman critical

Greek police say one person has died and several have been seriously injured in separate incidents during Easter celebrations.

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The Greek brain drain

euronewsThe Greek brain draineuronewsEuronews has travelled to Sweden to meet Greek expatriates, who quit their homeland in search of a better life. The latest estimates say 1.4 million Greeks have taken that path over the past three years, as the country's economy struggled under the ...

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Fandom Flashback: ‘Greek’

In this week’s Fandom Flashback, we pack our bags and head back to Cyprus Rhodes University and a look back at all the college drama on Greek! Fandom Flashbacks are a weekly Hypable feature that takes a look back at … Continue reading → The post Fandom Flashback: ‘Greek’ appeared first on Hypable .

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Greece food market: New market research published

21.04.2014 13:45:02 - Greece Food and Drink Report Q4 2013 - a new market research report on companiesandmarkets.com (live-PR.com) - The Greece Food & Drink Report features our market assessment and independent forecasts for food and drink expenditure ...

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Olympiakos beats Real Madrid 78-76, avoids sweep

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Defending Euroleague champion Olympiakos stayed alive in its quest for a third consecutive title when it beat Real Madrid 78-76 on Monday.


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Greece’s Repo Luxury Cars to be Raffled To Taxpayers

In a bid to incentivise citizens not to avoid tax, Greece is preparing to give away the luxury cars she has repossessed in the economic crisis in a prize draw, tickets for which will be … shopping receipts. Greek newspapers have reported that some ...

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Greek Easter celebrations leave 1 dead

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police say one person has died and several have been seriously injured in separate incidents during Easter celebrations.

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How Is Greece Raising Capital Again?

Just a few years ago, Greece and its companies were virtually shut out of international capital markets. While Greek companies made cuts or were required to rely on state funding to plug gaps, the government itself was reliant on the IMF and European ...

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13 Everyday Phrases That Actually Came From Shakespeare

On Wednesday, April 23, renowned poet, playwright and snappy dresser, William Shakespeare, will turn 450 years old. 

Whether a fan or not, you probably use many of his phrases on a regular basis — maybe without even knowing.

We created a list of 13 popular, albeit strange, sayings The Bard coined. In fact, we say or write some of them so often, they've become clich├ęs.

1. "Green-eyed monster"

Meaning: jealousy.

In "Othello," Iago describes jealousy as a monster which devours its source.

"Oh, beware, my lord, of jealousy! It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock The meat it feeds on" (Act 3, Scene 3).

In this case, Iago uses romance as an example. He thinks a man would rather know his wife is cheating than suspect her without proof.

2. "In a pickle"

Meaning: a difficult or uncomfortable situation.

In "The Tempest," King Alonso asks his jester, Trinculo, "How camest thou in this pickle?" (In other words, "How did you get so drunk?")

The inebriated Trinculo responds, "I have been in such a pickle since I saw you last ..." (Act 5, Scene 1).

Trinculo's drinking does cause trouble for him, which gives the modern use its meaning. Shakespeare's original intent makes sense though, as many pickling processes require alcohol.

3. "The world is your oyster."

Meaning: being in a position to take advantage of life's opportunities.

In "The Merry Wives Of Windsor," Falstaff refuses to lend Pistol any money. Pistol retorts, "Why, then the world's mine oyster, which I with sword will open" (Act 2, Scene 2).

Since Falstaff won't help Pistol financially, he vows to obtain his fortune using violent means.

We've dropped the angry undertones for modern use.

4. "Catch a cold"

Meaning: to get sick.

In "Cymbeline," one of Shakespeare's lesser-known plays, Iachimo says to Posthumus Leonatus, "We will have these things set down by lawful counsel, and straight away for Britain, lest the bargain should catch cold and starve ..." (Act 1, Scene 4).

In other words, if the deal takes too long, it will fall apart. This created the idea of "cold" causing an unwanted event, like illness, for the first time.

5. "It's all Greek to me."

Meaning: that something is indistinguishable or incomprehensible.

In "Julius Caesar," when Cassius asks Casca what Cicero said, Casca responds, "But, for mine own part, it was Greek to me" (Act 1, Scene 2).

Cassius didn't understand because he doesn't speak Greek. The phrase has obviously become not so literal. 

6. "Love is blind"

Meaning: an inability to see shortcomings in a lover; doing crazy things when in love.

In the "The Merchant Of Venice," Jessica disguises herself as a boy just to see her beloved, Lorenzo. Needless to say, she feels a little silly but simply has to see him.

"But love is blind, and lovers cannot see The pretty follies that themselves commit ..." (Act 2, Scene 6)

7. "Wild goose chase"

Meaning: a hopeless and never-ending pursuit.

In "Romeo and Juliet," Romeo makes a play on words comparing his shoe to his penis, and Mercutio just can't compete with Romeo's wit. He tells Romeo to stop joking, but Romeo implores his friend to continue — an impossible feat in Mercutio's mind.

Mercutio says, "Nay, if our wits run the wild-goose chase, I am done, for thou hast more of the wild-goose in one of thy wits than, I am sure, I have in my whole five" (Act 2, Scene 4).

8. "A heart Of gold"

Meaning: a very kind or honorable person.

In "Henry V," King Henry disguises himself as a commoner, and Pistol, unaware of the King's true identity, speaks to him. When the King asks if he considers himself a better man than the king, Pistol says, "The king's a bawcock, and a heart of gold, a lad of life, an imp of fame ..." (Act 4, Scene 1).

Today, however, we say someone "has" a heart of gold, not that he or she "is" one. 

9. "Break the ice"

Meaning: to start conversation.

"And if you break the ice, and do this feat, Achieve the elder, set the younger free ..." (Act 1, Scene 2).

In the "The Taming Of The Shrew," Baptista Minola has two daughters: a sassy one and a modest, beautiful one — the younger daughter. He refuses to let any suitors even speak to his younger daughter until his older daughter marries. Tranio (as Lucentio) suggests that another man marry the older daughter, so he can try to win the younger one's affection. But first, he must "break the ice" — maybe a reference to heart.

10. "Laughing stock"

Meaning: a person subjected to ridicule.

In "The Merry Wives Of Windsor," Doctor Caius says to Sir Hugh Evans:

"Pray you let us not be laughing-stocks to other men's humours; I desire you in friendship, and I will one way or other make you amends" (Act 3, Scene 1).

Here, Doctor Caius thinks the two will make fools of themselves if they fight — exactly what people want and expect. They should end the conflict and save their reputations instead.

11. "Wear your heart on your sleeve"

Meaning: to express your emotions openly, especially when others notice without much effort.

In "Othello," Iago says he'll "wear my heart upon my sleeve. For daws to peck at: I am not what I am" (Act 1, Scene 1).

The phrase most likely stemmed from jousting matches in the Middle Ages. Knights would wear tokens (such as scarfs) from their ladies tucked into the sleeves of their armor. But the first recorded use appears in Shakespeare's play.

12. "Dogs of war"

Meaning: soldiers; the brutalities that accompany war.

In "Julius Caesar," Mark Antony says to Brutus and Cassius, "Cry “Havoc!” and let slip the dogs of war ..." (Act 3, Scene 1) shortly after Caesar's assassination.

Here, Mark Antony predicts that Caesar's ghost will come back, with help from the goddess of vengeance, to start a massive war in Italy.

He continues, "This foul deed will stink up to the sky with men’s corpses, which will beg to be buried" (Act 3, Scene 1).

Thus, the phrase today, either referring to soldiers or brutality in general, carries a serious connotation.

13. "Method to his madness"

Meaning: Someone's strange behavior has a purpose.

In "Hamlet" Polonius says as an aside, "Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t"(Act 2, Scene 2).

Just before this, Hamlet randomly pretends to read a passage from his book that makes fun of the elderly. Polonius, an old man, doesn't fully understand the jab but knows Hamlet has some "method" behind this "madness."

SEE ALSO: 12 Famous Quotes That People Always Get Wrong

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What 9 Highly Successful People Wish They Knew Before Starting Their First Jobs

Like countless college students before them, the class of 2014 has little idea what to expect when they enter the working world.

"Whether you know exactly where you're heading or feel a bit lost," writes Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg in "Lean In For Graduates," the latest edition of her popular book, "everyone has this in common: you're all in for big surprises." 

College graduates will leave the safe, structured world of higher education and enter a fiercely competitive job market, instantly going from the top of the food chain to the bottom. When they land a job, they enter a strange new world of office politics, power jockeying, and hidden agendas.  

To give  young people a head start, Business Insider polled some of the world's most successful people to find out what they wish they had known before they graduated.  

A few common themes: Take risks, stay focused, don't underestimate the power of relationships, and expect the unexpected.  

Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group and author of "Thrive":

"In college, just before I embarked on a career as a writer, I wish I had known that there would be no trade-off between living a well-rounded life and my ability to do good work.  

"I wish I could go back and tell myself, in my thick Greek accent: 'Arianna, your performance will actually improve if you can commit to not only working hard, but also unplugging, recharging, and renewing yourself.' That would have saved me a lot of unnecessary stress, burnout, and exhaustion." 

Scott Adams, creator of syndicated comic Dilbert and author of "How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big": 

"I would tell my young self to keep open as many options as possible because the future is wildly unpredictable. The best way to improve your options is to continually learn as much as you can in fields that are complementary to your main interests. It also helps your odds if you stay networked with as many influential people as you can."

Kay Krill, president and CEO of ANN Inc.:

"The advice I would have given to my college self and any young person entering the workforce today would be to always be authentic and true to yourself and your beliefs. Do not get sidetracked with advice from others that your gut tells you is wrong. By doing this, you will have the clarity of mind to always do the right thing for the business and for yourself."

Mark Cuban, billionaire entrepreneur and investor:

"I wish that I had known it was just a job and not a mission to make my employer money. I thought I could truly impact the profits of the company — that my ideas were as good on my first day as the most senior executive. I should have been patient and tried to fit in and develop a possible career. 

"But I didn't. I was a horrible employee. As it turns out, being bored and deciding to leave after nine months wasn't a bad decision. So I guess the real response is that I'm glad I didn't know it even though I should have. If I had known that, I might still be there…"

Denise Morrison, president and CEO of Campbell Soup Company:

"If I could give my younger self career advice, it would be this: Don't wait for doors to open. Open them yourself by being persistent and thinking strategically about your career. Plan your career destination, develop a personal mission statement, and build relationships with sponsors and mentors. 

"And above all, network, because networking is working. Your ability will only take you so far. Your relationships will take you the rest of the way."

Tim Ferriss, host of "The Tim Ferriss Experiment" and author of "The 4-Hour Workweek":

"I wish I'd read Warren Buffett's early annual letters. There are so many gems that apply broadly to business and life. I'll paraphrase my favorites:

Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful. To be successful, you can get a lot of things wrong, as long as you get a few critical things right.  Invest [your time and money] as though you have a single card with only five to 10 hole punches allowed.

Whether you're playing on Wall Street or Main Street, I think his wisdom is an incredible asset." 

Teresa Taylor, former COO of Qwest Communications and author of "The Balance Myth":

"When I was in college, I wish I would have known that you need to be more flexible with work life. You will have situations, bosses, and decisions that you cannot predict, and nothing turns out the way you thought it would. That's OK! Let things happen, and open yourself to new opportunities."

Dan Schawbel, managing partner of Millennial Branding and author of "Promote Yourself":

"As a college student, I never knew that entrepreneurship was a career solution to employment, nor did I consider an entrepreneurial approach to career management. Like most students, I thought that the ideal career path was to work your way up at a big company and then retire, and boy was I wrong. 

"Through the years, I realized that the only way you can truly get ahead is by being accountable, networking constantly, and putting yourself out there. I realized that you need to think of a career as a collection of experiences along a journey and leverage everything you can to propel yourself forward."

Kat Cole, president of Cinnabon:

"What I wish I would have known is that everything will change and eventually work out in your career when you follow your purpose and passion. Don't get too caught up in the 'plan' that you have. 

"As a mentor once shared with me, especially when you are young, each career move and choice you make won't be your last, and you can always course correct, so don't waste too much time overanalyzing the next few steps. Take a risk, be the best at the job that you can be, help others along the way, and the next right thing will present itself."

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Researchers Find Greek Austerity Caused More than 500 Suicides

Research conducted by the University of Portsmouth found a correlation between austerity measures and suicides in Greece. Male suicides caused by spending

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Record Number of Greeks Attend Greek-Orthodox Churches of Australia

On the night of Easter, a record number of believers attended Greek-Orthodox Churches across Australia and mainly in Melbourne, the epicenter of the Greek Diaspora. With reverence and solemnity, Greek-Australians who attended mass at midnight on Holy ...

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Pack a Picnic: Greek Salad with Lemon

Pack a Picnic: Greek Salad with LemonParadeThis low-calorie, tasty Greek salad recipe has no lettuce, which makes it a great picnic option—no soggy lettuce to worry about! And, because it's so portable, it's also an excellent salad to bring to backyard BBQs and to pack in a to-go container for ...

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Russia-Greek Bilateral Tourism Year due in 2016 — Rostourism Non-political ...

Russia-Greek Bilateral Tourism Year due in 2016 — Rostourism Non-political ...ITAR-TASSThe agency commented on Monday's meeting between Rostourism deputy head Grigory Sarishvili and a Greek delegation led by Foreign Ministry Secretary General Panagiotis Mihalos. Major events in the field of tourism will be held within the Year, ...

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German Economist: When Greece receives the last tranche, it will stop cooperating

"The balance of power has changed. As soon as Greece takes the last tranche, the government in Greece will cease cooperating with lenders", the former chief economist of Deutsche Bank, Thomas Mayer, said During his interview in Focus Online, he pointed out ...

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Avoiding extremes

The best thing that parties and candidates can do for voters in view of the upcoming elections is to avoid extremes and senseless hyperbole. The quality of political discourse in Greece has declined drastically over the past few years. The quality of cand... ...

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Unanswered questions

It’s been four years since Greece signed the first memorandum. Back then Prime Minister George Papandreou had come into an explosive situation given that the markets had already predicted that the country, unable to pay back its loans, would go up in flam... ...

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Police seize 186 kilos of cannabis

Acting on a tip-off, police stopped a car on the Igoumenitsa-Ioannina highway in northwestern Greece on Monday that was laden with 186.5 kilos of cannabis. The drug was packed into 176 bundles that were hidden in the boot of the car and under the back sea... ...

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City of Athens, Church of Greece hand out Easter Sunday meals

Queues formed outside a sports arena in Rouf, near central Athens, on Easter Sunday as the City of Athens handed out around 1,000 free meals to the capital’s homeless and other residents in need. The Church of Greece is estimated to have fed around 400,00... ...

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Papoulias marks junta anniversary, says democracy was not a ‘gift’

The 1967-1974 junta cost Greece “valuable time” and took the country backwards, President Karolos Papoulias said Monday in a statement marking the 47 years since a group of Greek Army colonels ordered tanks onto the streets and suspended the democratic pr... ...

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Researchers highlight link between cuts and suicides

There has been a direct link between fiscal austerity and a sharp rise in male suicides in Greece, according to research carried out by academics at the University of Portsmouth in the UK. The research by Nikos Antonakakis, a senior lecturer in economics ... ...

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Fatal MERS virus carried to Greece from Saudi Arabia

Authorities found on Monday an Athenian taxi driver who picked up a passenger arriving from Saudi Arabia on Thursday while suffering from a rare respiratory disease that has killed dozens. The passenger, a 69-year-old Greek man who lives in Saudi Arabia, ... ...

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One dead and several injured in Easter celebrations

One Cretan man was killed, a man from central Greece suffered hand injuries and an American visiting Santorini was hospitalized in an intensive care unit following over-exuberant Easter celebrations in various parts of the country. The 25-year-old from Cr... ...

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Coalition aims for surplus boost

The European Commission’s statistical arm, Eurostat is expected to confirm on Wednesday the size of Greece’s 2013 primary budget surplus, which the government hopes will further boost its argument that it made the right decision to stick with the fiscal a... ...

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Pesticides Killing Off Greek Bees

The environmental protection group Greenpeace has warned that bees in Greece are showing the effects of pesticides and are being killed off.

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Tax Lien on Old St. Nicholas Property

NEW YORK – The New York Post was focused on the Church of St. Nicholas at the World Trade Center last week. On April 15, Lois Weiss reported “We’ve discovered the vacant site at Cedar Street, which is being used to stage World Trade Center construction, is now on the city’s lien list as owing […]

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April 21: Day of the Junta

April 21 is a day most Greeks remember with fear. It was 47 years ago, weeks before scheduled elections, a coup of far right-wing military officers seized power.

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Perilous Reversal Watch: National Bank Of Greece (NBG)

Perilous Reversal Watch: National Bank Of Greece (NBG)TheStreet.comTrade-Ideas LLC identified National Bank of Greece (NBG) as a "perilous reversal" (up big yesterday but down big today) candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified National Bank of Greece as such a stock due to the ...and more »

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Austerity in Greece caused more than 500 male suicides, say researchers

The GuardianAusterity in Greece caused more than 500 male suicides, say researchersThe GuardianAccording to the research, every 1% fall in government spending in Greece led to a 0.43% rise in suicides among men. In other words, after controlling for other characteristics that might lead to suicide, 551 men killed themselves "solely because of ...

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German plan to cut retirement age attacked

EU commissioner G├╝nther Oettinger says the move sends the wrong signal when countries such as Greece are struggling to implement labour reforms

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EU Week Ahead: April 21-25: Tusk, Deficits, Portugal and Greece

EU Week Ahead: April 21-25: Tusk, Deficits, Portugal and GreeceWall Street Journal (blog)But matters liven up towards the end of the week with progress reports on the bailouts for Portugal and Greece. European Council president Herman Van Rompuy is scheduled to visit London on Tuesday, and will have a working dinner with prime minister ...and more »

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Cretan Killed, Others Injured by Greek Easter Pyromania

A Greek amateur football player was killed on Sunday in the village of Myriokefalo on the Greek island of Crete, where the local

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Greek Start-Ups Say They Can’t Solve Jobless Problem

With Prime Minister Antonis Samaras saying small start-up companies can help Greece reduce the country’s record unemployment rate, the entrepreneurs he’s counting on say their businesses won’t produce enough jobs to make a difference. The jobless ...

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Putin signs decree on rehabilitation of Crimean Tatars

“I would like to inform colleagues that I have signed a decree on rehabilitation of the Crimean Tatars, the Armenian population, Germans, Greeks, who suffered from Stalin’s repressions,” Putin says

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Greece’s First MERS Virus Patient in Critical Condition

The doctors monitoring Greece’s first confirmed patient of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have said that his condition still critical. The 69-year-old Greek man, a permanent resident of Saudi Arabia, returned to Greece on ...

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Vodafone Sued for 1.4 Billion Euros by Former Greek Distributor

Vodafone Group Plc’s (VOD) Greek unit has been sued by Mobile Trade Stores for 1.37 billion euros ($1.89 billion) for damages the company said it suffered when Vodafone canceled franchise agreements.

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Greeks in Qatar contributing to the great boom

Qatari government officials may make headlines every time they visit Greece, but are you aware of the unsung heroes behind the emirate’s economic boom, many of whom are Greek? Some 3,000 Greeks live in Qatar, making them a sizable community. Civil enginee... ...

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Reforms Said Greece’s Way Out

Four years of harsh austerity measures, which have done as much damage as good, haven't done enough to lift Greece toward a recovery.

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Turkish Visas Deny Cyprus Exists

Cypriots who want to visit Turkey will either have to get visas that say their country doesn't exist or stipulate they live under Turkish rule.

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Santorini Easter Fireworks Hurt 7

The traditional setting off of firework on Easter injured seven people on the popular island of Santorini, including three American tourists.

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Ancient Greek Beauty Tips Every Woman Should Know

Greek mythology refers to many beautiful women praising their youth and glow. Women in ancient Greece used to maintain their youth using

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Greek-style seitan with lemon roast potatoes

Herald ScotlandGreek-style seitan with lemon roast potatoesHerald ScotlandI decided to do a veganised version of some Greek Easter favourites. There's so much amazing food to choose from and most of it is already vegan. The key thing is the spices and herbs. I am, however, lucky enough to have a stash of herbs grown by my ...

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Small Business Focus: Pyro Gyro is 'quality' Greek food

Small Business Focus: Pyro Gyro is 'quality' Greek foodPoughkeepsie JournalHis idea to start a “strictly authentic gyro” restaurant stemmed from that, “there is nothing of the sort in this area,” he said, and the feeling “that there was a need for Greek food, but not just any Greek food, real authentic gyros, just like you ...

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Denver 420 Festival Hits Fresh High as Revelers Blaze Up Now Legal Marijuana

Tens of thousands of attendees at Denver’s annual 420 Festival inhaled a little easier this year as they celebrated all things cannabis, which can be now consumed legally across the Centennial State

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Greeks in Mexico-Where Opa! Meets Ole!

MEXICO CITY – This year’s Greek Independence celebration took place on the exact date commemorating the occasion – March 25, which is also the date of the commemoration of the Annunciation of the Holy Virgin Mary – at the official residence of Greece’s Ambassador to Mexico, Polyxeni Stefanidou, who offered an elegant reception. After playing […]

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Racine guard Matt Lojeski has found home in Greek league

Racine guard Matt Lojeski has found home in Greek leagueMilwaukee Journal SentinelMatt Lojeski is just a sharpshooting guard from Racine, but when he boarded a riot bus and traveled across Athens with his Olympiacos teammates, he became the despised enemy. Five hundred police officers watched over Olympic Stadium in the Greek ...

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Greek coalition survives no-confidence vote

Leader of leftwing opposition Syriza party accuses government of being under foreign control Greece's conservative-socialist coalition government survived a no-confidence motion early on Monday, following a heated three-day parliamentary debate. The motion, tabled by the radical leftwing opposition Syriza party, fell well short of the 151 votes needed to pass, with 124 lawmakers voting in favour ...

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Let's make Spanakopita, for a traditional Greek Easter

AMERICAblog (blog)Let's make Spanakopita, for a traditional Greek EasterAMERICAblog (blog)I'm at mom's for Easter. Usually we call it “Greek Easter,” but as this year “our” Easter and “your” Easter are the same day, it's just “Easter.” My sister typically holds the big family dinner, with a ridiculous(ly good and over-abundant) assortment ...

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Greece assumes EU presidency as anger towards Brussels grows

Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos hopes EU stewardship will show Greece is on the mend and boost its eurozone credentials After years of allowing Athens's central plaza to bear the marks of riot and wrath, the Greek authorities have been tarting up Syntagma square as Greece prepares to take over the rotating presidency of the EU on New Year's Day. Greece's assumption of the role – which comes ...

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