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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Greek islands for sale at the price of a central London flat

Over 20 Greek islands are up for sale, with some islands being listed at the price of a central London apartment, reported The Independent. By tradition, Greek islands usually pass through generations, however by exception, experts are predicting a surge ...


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Why the decline in securities matters

The recent rout of Greek stocks and bonds reflects the significant rise in political uncertainty ahead of the three rounds of the presidential election in ...


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Greek Police: Leftist Extremists Fired at the Israeli Embassy in Athens

isem Greek officials are continuing the manhunt for the perpetrators of the shooting attack directed at the Israeli Embassy in Athens on Friday, ...


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Greek central banker says systemic risks low but vigilance needed

ATHENS (Reuters) - The European Central Bank's recent monetary policy actions have reduced risks in the euro zone's banking system but strong vigilance is still needed, Greek central bank governor Yannis ...


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Soccer-Greek championship results and standings

Dec 14 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Greek championship matches on Sunday Sunday, December 14Asteras Tripolis 2 Veria 0 Ergotelis 0 Xanthi 2 Panathinaikos 4 Panthrakikos 0 Panionios 2 OFI Crete 0 PAOK Salonika 2 Kerkyra 1 PAS Giannina 1 Atromitos Athinon 0 Saturday, December 13Kalloni 0 Panaitolikos Agrinion 0 Levadiakos 1 Olympiakos Piraeus 2 Platanias 3 Niki Volos 1 ...


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Hanukkah: A time of togetherness for the Davidson family

In 168 B.C.E. the Jewish Temple was seized by Syrian-Greek soldiers and dedicated to the worship of the god Zeus. This upset the Jewish people, but ...


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Mario Draghi Has All The Ammo He Needs To Unleash QE On Europe

The Guardian: Mounting concerns over Greece's ability to weather a presidential election, brought forward in a surprise move by the prime minister, ...


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Greece election: EU finance chief flies into Athens as Grexit fears mount

Leftwing leader Alexis Tsipras cries foul over ‘fearmongering and interference’ from Brussels ahead of presidential electionThe EU’s finance commissioner, Pierre Moscovici, flies into Athens on Monday amid mounting political uncertainty following the Greek government’s abrupt decision to bring forward the presidential elections.The Frenchman’s visit comes as the country’s radical-left opposition leader, Alexis Tsipras, steps up claims that Greece is being subjected to a campaign of “frenetic fear-mongering” not only by its Prime Minister Antonis Samaras but senior European officials ahead of this week’s ballot, the first of three polls. Continue reading...


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SYRIZA's Tsipras Says Greeks can Already Welcome a 'Happy New Year'

Escalating the tone of his rhetoric, the leader of main opposition Radical Left Coalition SYRIZA party Alexis Tsipras accused on Sunday the Greek ...


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Greek Australian Student Wins Gold Medal in Language Competition

Greek Australian Eleni-Penelope Tsolakidou from Queensland won the Greek language Gold Medal in the Language Perfect World Championship 2014. The 14-year-old student won the international competition top award for the second consecutive year. The web ...


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Could I have Sad or is winter just making me miserable?

Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that comes on in autumn and lifts in spring. So how can you tell whether you have it?Long nights, grey days – there is not much to love about winter. Christmas may bring a dash of festive cheer, but spring is still a long way off. So is winter making you properly depressed or just a bit blue? An annual dose of depression suggests that you may have seasonal affective disorder (Sad), a bona fide condition that was recognised even in ancient Greece. The physician Aretaeus of Cappadocia, writing in the second century, advised that “lethargics are to be laid in the light, and exposed to the rays of the sun (for the disease is gloom)”.In 1984, the disease was rediscovered in 29 patients by Norman Rosenthal, a South African psychiatrist. Eleven of his depressed patients improved when treated with bright light. Sad is now included with major depressive disorders in the DSM-IV, a manual published by the American Psychiatric Association and used by doctors to diagnose mental health problems. It affects 6% of us, and is four times more common in women of childbearing age. Continue reading...


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Incalculable Damages in Flooded Evros, Locals in Despair

After a fierce battle with flooding waters, the evacuated Ormenio village in the Evros prefecture in Thrace was saved when local authorities built a one-kilometer levee on the outskirts of the village. The evacuated village that belongs to the Oresteiada Municipality was not flooded completely. One hundred houses, the total of residences, were saved by the levee. The mayor of nearby Soufli, Greece , Evangelos Poulilios, said that floods will not stop for the next two months as the area receives flooding waters from neighboring Bulgaria. Bulgarian dams canalize excess water to the Evros region. Poulilios says that this is a constant nightmare for area residents. Furthermore, the Evros River is flooding when there are extreme rainfalls. Municipal workers, staff from the Eastern Macedonia and Thrace District, army, police and fire brigade forces, and locals are working continuously to build new levees so that flooding waters don’t destroy homes and businesses. After the extreme weather conditions over the last few days, many Evros River levees have been severely damaged, allowing excess water to enter farms and villages. Authorities have advised that all farm animals and machinery be moved to safer areas. Most residential areas, farms and businesses have been put on alert for the remainder of December. So far it has been estimated that over 100,000 acres of land have been flooded, but it is hard to calculate damages at the moment. Locals speak of serious damages to agricultural businesses and homes, while most farmers are in despair seeing their crops completely destroyed by water.  


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Greek Cyprus does not welcome joint visit to island

The president also noted that Turkey will continue its search for gas in the region until Greek Cyprus and Greece take Turkey's warnings seriously.


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IntMin Confirms with High Degree of Certainty Missing Petko Sertov Left for Greece

Then Lazarov explained that is highly likely that former chief of the State Agency for National Security (DANS) Petko Sertov has left for Greece ...


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An American Children's Book on Greece Ahhhh, Greece!

As Greece continues to promote itself as a top world tourist destination, my dream is that KeeKee's Big Adventures in Athens, Greece serves as a fun ...


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Greek Holiday Destinations 90% Full Despite Crisis

Christmas_at_Nymfaio,_Florina Greeks will fill up all popular holiday destinations this season, despite the economic crisis, according to an Imerisia ...


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The X in Xmas literally means Christ. Here's the history behind it

It's pronounced Ich-thus, and it's the Greek word for fish. You may know it better as the so-called "Jesus fish" of bumper sticker fame. Early Christians ...


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Prosecutor to Decide Whether Golden Dawn MPs Can Vote

A special prosecutor will decide whether the seven Golden Dawn MPs held in pre-trial custody should be allowed to vote in the presidential election that starts on Wednesday. Prosecutor Nikolas Poimenidis — who handles cases relating to persons held at Korydallos Prison — had denied the seven GD lawmakers the right to vote in the vote of confidence in parliament in October. He has only allowed them to leave prison to attend court cases and appear in parliament when the House voted for the lifting of their immunity. Another prosecutor in Nafplio, Peloponnese, Greece, will decide if former Golden Dawn MP Stathis Boukouras, who is held in custody there, will be allowed to vote in the presidential election. Boukouras has severed ties with the party and is now independent.


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British Museum right to loan Parthenon marbles to Russia, says minister

Sajid Javid defends decision to let sculptures go to Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, saying culture is bigger than politicsThe British Museum was right to loan part of the Partheon marbles to a museum in Russia because cultural boycotts do not work, the UK culture secretary, Sajid Javid, will say in a speech on Sunday.Talking at the Union of Jewish Students, Javid will say the decision to allow the headless statue of a Greek river-god, Ilissos, to go on display in the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg earlier this month was justified despite widespread objections. Continue reading...


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The Four Pillars of Greek Wine

Greece is one of the oldest wine producing regions in the world. It has been home to winemaking for more than 6,500 years—ample time to refine and transform this ancient ‘elixir’ into a growing favorite of sommeliers and wine drinkers worldwide.


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A friendly yet firm message from Pierre Moscovici

I can understand that a young woman or man in Greece, where there is 50 percent unemployment, will wonder why they should be pro-European.


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Sydney award for playwrights inspired by a Greek tradition

THREE finalists have been selected to compete for a new Australian playwriting award in Sydney inspired by performances in ancient Athens.


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Greek Opposition's Lead Narrows

Greek leftist party Syriza’s lead over the ruling conservatives has narrowed slightly, weekend public opinion polls showed, just days before the government faces the first in a series of parliamentary votes.


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Want to eat better? Swap this for that

Use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream on baked potatoes, in cream soups, on chili or nachos. To use as a topping with chili or Mexican food, ...


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Greek Primary Surplus Target at Risk

A drop in tax collection and political uncertainty has made the target of 8.43 billion euros in state revenue very hard to attain, therefore putting the primary surplus target at risk. The target for the 2014 primary surplus was to have revenue exceeding ...


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Press Conference at Strathakion in Astoria on the Future of Greek Education

NEW YORK – Petros Galatoulas, the President of the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater NY, Stella Koklis, president of the Association of Hellenic American Educators and Ioannis Efthymiopoulos, PhD, National Director of Greek Education and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, were the speakers at a recent press conference on the subject Greek education […] The post Press Conference at Strathakion in Astoria on the Future of Greek Education appeared first on The National Herald.


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Greece Is Still The Eurozone's Achilles Heel

The decision by Greek Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras to pre-pone the Presidential election has sparked a new Greek crisis. If it leads to the election of Syriza as the next party in power the issue of Greek Eurozone membership once again becomes a valid question.


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ADL Condemns 'Cowardly' Athens Embassy Attack

'This cowardly terror attack will neither intimidate Israel nor affect the strong Greek-Israeli relationship,' ADL national director vows.


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House speaker, Greek ambassador discuss ties, region

Amman, Dec. 14 (Petra)--Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament Atef Tarawneh met to discuss with Greek Ambassador to Jordan Maria Louisa ...


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Maziotis Seen Popular Fighters Head

Greek police think Nikos Maziotis is behind the Popular Fighters guerrilla group which fired bullets at the Israeli Embassy along with a spate of other assaults. The post Maziotis Seen Popular Fighters Head appeared first on The National Herald.


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Golden Dawn MP’s Want President Vote

Seven jailed Golden Dawn MPS facing charges of running a criminal gang want out to vote in Parliament's election of a Greek President. The post Golden Dawn MP’s Want President Vote appeared first on The National Herald.


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The eurozone crisis

The longer the eurozone crisis drags on the bigger the benefit for parties suchas Ukip - if only Europe could recognise and learn from its mistakesIt’s funny how history repeats itself. The inconclusive general election in 2010 took place when the economy appeared to be on the mend and against the backdrop of a crisis in the eurozone prompted by Greece. As things stand, we could be in for a repeat performance in May 2015.Be in no doubt, what’s happening in Europe matters to Britain. The eurozone is perhaps one crisis and one deep recession away from splintering. The more TV pictures of rioting on the streets of Athens or general strikes in Italy between now and the election, the better support for Nigel Farage’s Ukip will hold up. Continue reading...


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Slowdown in Greek Hotel Bookings for 2015

Greek hotel bookings for 2015 have dropped due to the uncertainty over political developments, said President of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), Andreas Andreadis. According to Andreadis, foreign tour agencies are expressing concern ...


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Political Economy: Greece Is Not Headed for the Door Just Yet

Political turmoil could result in several scenarios, but the most damaging -- a populist party leading the nation into bankruptcy -- is improbable.


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Tsipras Snaps Back at Samaras

(SYRIZA) leader Alexis Tsipras said Greece's leader Antonis Samaras is the "Prime Minister of Chaos," and lambasted him for chastising the Leftists. The post Tsipras Snaps Back at Samaras appeared first on The National Herald.


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The Greek Freak gifts team-mate dunk with no-look pass

The Greek Freak only turned 20 last week, but his almost unnaturally long limbs and leaping ability have already provided the 6ft 11in forward with a ...


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Greek-Israeli Air Exercise

The Greek Air Force held a joint exercise with the Israeli Air Force at a base in southern Israel. F-16 fighter jets squadrons participated in the exercise.


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Turkey and EU: The Kodak-Moment

Davutoglu said that Turkey supports the return of the Parthenon marbles to Greece. That was sweet. But no one cares about whether Turkey does or ...


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Lego Acropolis Exhibited in Athens

A model of the Acropolis built with 120,000 Lego pieces is being exhibited at the second floor of the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece , and has already attracted many young and older visitors. The mastermind behind this unique idea was Australian model maker Ryan McNaught who said that he wanted to spark children’s curiosity and make them want to find out more about ancient Greece and the Acropolis in particular. McNaught worked for hundreds of hours in order to capture the ancient monument’s every detail. The model depicts the monument’s ancient and modern history, and includes figures of significant historical personalities. There is a Lord Elgin dismantling the Parthenon while Phidias stands in the background, protesting. There is also Agatha Christie, Sigmund Freud, Elton John and even Melina Mercouri who greets the crowd with a bouquet of flowers, as she did in one of her most famous photographs, which is featured in Athens’ “Acropolis” metro station. Modern and ancient Greek history coexist in this unique mini-version of the Greek monument. The ancient Agora hosts a souvlaki restaurant and Elton John performs at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus while Lego figures of ancient Greeks are watching a play in the Theater of Dionysus. The Parthenon was built between 447 BC and 438 BC and was a temple dedicated to the city’s patron, Greek goddess Athena. The temple housed Athena’s large statue, created by Phidias, which was removed by Romans in the 5th century and has been lost ever since.


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Kuba Ka

Yes, it was Kuba Ka "The Greek God of Pop" descending from the sky, surrounded by eighteen beautiful Greek Goddesses. Kuba Ka's costume ...


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Fed Considers Time To End Free Money Pledge

By Philip BlenkinsopBRUSSELS (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve would give the clearest signal next week that its easy money stance is ending if, as some expect, it drops its two-year long pledge to keep interest rates close to zero for a "considerable time".The Fed, which meets on Tuesday and Wednesday, first inserted that wording in its post-meeting statements in December 2012, promising then to maintain its highly accommodative monetary stance for a considerable time after its asset purchase program ends and the economic recovery strengthens.Both have occurred.The U.S. unemployment rate slipped below 6.5 percent, a Fed mark of healthier recovery, in April and is now at a six-year low of 5.8 percent even as more people enter the labor force. Its asset buying ended in October, when all but one of its voting members opted to keep the "considerable time" language.The market has understood the term to mean at least six months, with current expectations for a first rate hike in mid-2015.Since October, the more hawkish Dallas Fed chief Richard Fisher has said the Fed should drop the pledge, while more moderate Cleveland counterpart Loretta Mester told Reuters the reference was "really stale".Some economists believe markets will take a change of wording in their stride, but others hark back to "taper tantrums" after the Fed first mentioned the idea of gradually reducing monetary expansion in May 2013."It has to be done at some point, but it's like taking off a sticking plaster. It's going to hurt," said Rob Carnell, chief international economist at ING, who questions central banks' propensity to use set terms rather than just rely on data.Carnell believes U.S. headline inflation may well fall below 1 percent in the March-May period, when seasonal adjustments would give a greater weighting for a weak oil price than at present."It's then a hard sales act to start hiking in May or June," he said.EU GROWTH SUMMITThe week, for many the final working days before Christmas and New Year holidays, will conclude with a European Union Summit focused firmly on the faltering economy.In an ideal world for some economists, France and Italy, the number two and three euro zone economies, would pledge more growth-driving reforms and budget restraint, providing cover for the European Central Bank to unleash new weapons to fight deflation.Pressure on the ECB to start printing money and buying sovereign bonds rose further last week as its offering of low- cost loans to banks drew only tepid interest.Banks have taken barely half the 400 billion euros ($497.4 billion) of loans on offer this year, implying they have little confidence in lending to the euro zone's backbone of small companies.ECB policymakers have dropped hints that it could move in the direction of money printing as soon as January, but a small group of countries led by Germany are opposed, fearing it would lead to reckless borrowing by debt-laden states."(ECB President Mario) Draghi has seven weeks to get everyone in line. I don't think he'll pull it off before Christmas," said BNP Paribas Fortis Chief Strategy Officer Philippe Gijsels. "We're very much driven by central banks into next year."As a reminder that the euro zone debt crisis is not fully extinguished, Greece's parliament holds the first round of its presidential vote on Wednesday. A likely third and final round is expected on Dec. 29.If Prime Minister Antonis Samaras's candidate does not secure the required three-fifths of votes, more than the government majority, it would trigger parliamentary elections, which polls show anti-bailout party Syriza would probably win.Samaras warned on Thursday Greece risked a "catastrophic" return to the depths of its debt crisis if his government fell, his comments driving Greek stock and bond losses.However, while Greek 10-year bond yields have passed 9 percent, with shorter-dated paper even higher, the yield on 10-year Italian bonds was around 2 percent on Friday and for Spanish bonds just below.The prospect of quantitative easing from the ECB, whose president promised in 2012 to "do whatever it takes" to save the euro, means this is not a repeat of 2010-2012, when fears of contagion to other EU members raged.Those hoping for respite from concern over a China slowdown will have an eye on a private survey due on Tuesday . It is expected to creep back into growth territory in December after stalling in November.(Editing by Larry King)Join the conversation about this story »


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Greek police accuse leftist terror group of attacking Israel embassy in Athens

Greek police believe the perpetrators of the shooting attack on the Israeli embassy in Athens last week was the Popular Fighters Group, a local ...


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AMANDA PAUL

The Greek Cypriots pulled out of the UN-mediated talks in early October, following Turkey's announcement that it was reserving areas for seismic ...


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UN Security Council condemns gun-attack on Israel's embassy in Athens

The 15-member council "condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack against the Embassy of Israel in Athens, Greece, on 12 December, ...


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St. Spyridon gala celebrates spirit, bids farewell to longtime leader

WORCESTER — It was a night of celebration and reflection, of milestones and new beginnings, of the City's Greek Orthodox community and ...


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UNSC Praises Greece Response to Attack on Israeli Embassy in Athens

"Council members commended the response to the incident by the Government of Greece, including its unequivocal condemnation and immediate ...


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“It’s Over” George Tsunis Will Not Become Ambassador to Norway

WASHINGTON, DC – George Tsunis, the Greek-American attorney, businessman, and political fundraiser, who was nominated by President Obama to become the next U.S. Ambassador to Norway will not be confirmed by the Senate to that diplomatic post, Newsday reported. In fact, the Senate will not even vote on his nomination. “It’s over,” Tsunis told Newsday. […] The post “It’s Over” George Tsunis Will Not Become Ambassador to Norway appeared first on The National Herald.


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After the Rolling Stone story, what's next for U-Va.?

The statement was tone-deaf to issues in the Greek system and speaks volumes about why the campus's problems have been allowed to fester.


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Report: Zoe Saldana Gives Birth to Twins

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Turkey and Greece downplay disagreements to foster trade

Prime Minister Ahmet Davuto─člu and his Greek counterpart, Antonis Samaras, are seen during a joint press conference in Athens on Dec. 6. (Photo: ...


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