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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

GREECE must stay on track

GREECE'S opposition parties are angry at the government, which is only natural. The same people who were putting up obstacles at every crucial ...


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The Greek Crisis – It’s Back!

… GDP. The Greek government insists it will not cut Greece's … the Greek government as to what constitutes adequate reforms allowing Greece access … any Greek 'backtracking,' in the words of Bank of Greece …


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Greek dig reveals past glories of Europe's oldest city

Archaeologists working on the Greek island of Crete have uncovered artifacts that suggest the city of Knossos was bigger and richer than previously thought.


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Far-Left GREEK Militant Group Claims Bomb Attack in Athens

A far-left GREEK militant group has claimed responsibility for a Nov. 24 bomb attack outside the offices of the Federation of GREEK Enterprises in Athens, ...


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Greece’s Glimmer of New Year Hope

Greece’s Glimmer of New Year Hope The potential election of Kyriakos Mitsotakis as head of Greece’s main opposition party would be a watershed moment, Simon Nixon ...


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Bismarck Tribune Online

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A far-left Greek militant group has claimed responsibility for a Nov. 24 bomb attack outside the offices of the Federation of Greek Enterprises ...


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I worked in a lying desk all day and was surprisingly productive, but I'll never do it again

Kevin Reilly/Tech Insider When it comes to sitting in an office all day, I really have no idea how I'm supposed to work. Sitting at a desk is going to kill me. But standing all day isn't much better. And now new research suggests that maybe sitting isn't so bad after all. Studies on the occupational hazards of working in front of a computer have been trickling in for years, and the results are far from conclusive. Still, people are abandoning the simple task chair and desk combination and swapping them for standing desks, kneeling desks, treadmill desks, and everything in between. One fact remains, however: Being in any kind of static position for extended periods of time is bad for you. So when my colleague mentioned in passing this "lying desk," I figured why not give it a try? I'm going to be in front of a computer all day anyways — why not be extremely comfortable? RAW Embed The typical client of one of these things is a professional who uses a computer all day, but who is becoming less productive because of pain, Jeff Vanden Bosch, president and principal designer and engineer at ErgoQuest, told Tech Insider. When reclined in a stress-free, zero-gravity position — with the torso and thighs aligned and the legs extended above the heart — Vanden Bosch said, it can "reduce pressure on the spine and lower back, reduces stress on the heart, relieves muscle tension and back pain, and increases lung capacity and blood circulation." Vanden Bosch initially designed the Zero Gravity Chair to help people with disabilities or physical limitations — such as those with sciatica; neck, spine, and lower back pain; diabetes; obesity; circulatory issues; or those in wheelchairs. The setup looks like a combination between a dentist's chair and a La-Z-Boy. The motorized recliner is fully adjustable to various configurations. A large frame supports a swinging monitor stand and a giant adjustable computer tray. The chair itself is wrapped in memory foam with a microfiber cover. This particular workstation doesn't come cheap — it will set you back about $5,000. Getting into the chair was a bit of a nightmare. Once the monitors and keyboard were fully set up, maneuvering into the seat without smacking my head and side on the monitors or keyboard tray was challenging. RAW Embed But the moment I settled in and began reclining — around 10 a.m. — the tension in my legs immediately lifted. An overwhelming sense of calm and relaxation floated over me as I settled into the foam. RAW Embed "You can't fall asleep today," Dave Mosher, my deputy editor at Tech Insider, said casually as he swung by my station. "I need you to work." Once I locked myself in and got over the overwhelming sense of calm, I took my boss' quip as my cue to start tackling my writing for the day. ErgoQuest supplied me with a few strips of double-sided sticky tape to lock my keyboard and mouse pad into place. I used both strips on the mousepad, which meant I had to MacGyver my own way of sticking the keyboard down. I basically steadied it with duct tape. I started working, but then my mouse — which was resting on the keyboard tray that was tilted toward my hips — kept tipping over when I'd take my hand off of it to type. This was an annoying problem. Kevin Reilly/Tech InsiderThen my stomach began to rumble. If I was smart, I'd have surrounded myself with snacks, but now I was stuck. The thought of pulling myself out of the chair was more overwhelming than staying put and dealing with my hunger. I even considered asking my editor to feed me grapes ancient Greek king style, but considering his earlier remarks, I decided against it. This is the position I was in for the entire day. Kevin Reilly/Tech InsiderOnce I finally did manage to procure a pile of snacks and a refill on coffee, I then faced some new fears. What if I choked on a rice cracker? What if I spill hot coffee all over myself? "What if there's a fire?" Kevin Reilly, Tech Insider's video producer asked me. I hadn't even thought of that. Then, about 20 minutes after I got in, I had to pee. Where's a Stadium Pal when I need it! I eventually got over my immediate anxieties and really started working. At first I was acutely aware of myself trying to work while lying on my back, which was pretty distracting. But after a few hours, I completely settled into the full immersive experience of being in a tech cocoon. This chair would be perfect for gamers. RAW Embed Next thing I knew it was 3 p.m. and I hadn't eaten lunch — or moved at all for that matter. I normally scarf food down at my desk while I'm working, but what am I going to do — eat on my back? Only this sloth has mastered that skill. RAW Embed I pulled myself out of the chair, heated up my lunch, and ate at my regular standing desk. It was nice to feel like I was sort of exercising for a second. Then I immediately got back to work, on my back, which I only imagine would inevitably lead to heartburn if I did this on the regular. I eventually found my groove and became somewhat productive — though definitely not more productive than usual. I never fell asleep despite my overwhelming sense of calm. I also didn't feel any tension in my body — a nice departure from my regular standing desk setup. I felt as if I were in a cave of sorts, able to tune out the chit chat of our open office. I could see how the chair could dramatically help people work while managing back problems. My shoulders were relaxed, my legs felt good. But I don't think I'd ever want to work in one of these things again. For one, it takes up way too much space. And for most people, it is prohibitively expensive. Being immobile and on my back also did not jive well in an open office. I couldn't move around, collaborate with coworkers, pop in and out of meetings, and take phone calls. The only case I'd see this working out is if I had a home office, but even then I think I'd still feel trapped. Kevin Reilly/Tech InsiderI reached out to Jen Horonjeff, an ergonomics and biomechanics consultant in New York, and she agreed with my assessment. "While the Zero Gravity Workstation from ErgoQuest is highly adjustable, it seems to neglect that humans are ambulatory creatures," Horonjeff told Tech Insider. Perhaps most importantly, the lying desk doesn't solve any of the occupational hazards associated with working at a regular desk — while there is less stress and tension on the body, you're still sitting in one position all day, which is very bad for your body. "One of my concerns with the Zero Gravity Workstation is that it encourages a fixed position," Horonjeff continued. "... someone could spend hours in this reclined position before some other reason or stimuli persuades them to get up. The body wants movement, with the research showing we should be taking micro breaks to shift postures at least every 30 minutes, and I am afraid this chair does not promote ease of changing postures." Luckily I didn't have to do any phone interviews, but I think it would've been a nightmare if I had. Interviewing scientists on my back would probably not promote the most enlightened discussions. And the thought of adjusting my position to be upright while navigating all of the wires and monitors made me want to die. Kevin Reilly/Tech InsiderI asked Horonjeff if she would recommend that people use this workstation. "I would not," Horonjeff told me. "It gives individuals a false sense that they are doing themselves a favor by working in a zero gravity position, when in fact there are several risk factors associated with using this workstation."  So what's a good alternative? "For that price, you could buy yourself a highly adjustable ergonomic task chair, hire an ergonomist to educate you on neutral postures and custom fit your workstation, and pay for a gym membership for a year," Horonjeff said. "We need to be more thoughtful about our choices and know there is no panacea or quick fix for our workstations." And I agree. While the Zero Gravity workstation was a luxurious departure from my standing desk, working like that every day would bring more challenges than benefits. But if it helps someone with a disability find work in a culture that increasingly favors the young and healthy, then I'm all for it. Kevin Reilly/Tech InsiderYou can check out this particular workstation here.  We’ve reached out to ErgoQuest for a response to Horonjeff’s comments. NOW WATCH: 20 tricks for sitting at your desk without hurting your back


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Sammy's GREEK pasta salad

Sammy's Woodfired Pizza & Grill is launching a new catering program, with a menu that includes party-sized appetizers, salads, wraps and more.


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World Press View: Greece Plays Chicken With Its Tough Creditors

With no support from rival parties, Greece's coalition government has given creditors a pension reform plan for more cuts that may not be enough. The post World Press View: Greece Plays Chicken With Its Tough Creditors appeared first on The National Herald.


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Hope Springs Eternal at Tarpon Epiphany Celebration

TARPON SPRINGS – The Cathedral of St. Nicholas was packed and the streets of Tarpon Springs were filled with thousands of Greek Orthodox faithful and other onlookers for the annual blessing of the waters for the Feast of Epiphany. Archbishop Demetrios of America presided over the service and hurled the Holy Cross into the bayou, […] The post Hope Springs Eternal at Tarpon Epiphany Celebration appeared first on The National Herald.


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2 Hawaii men helping hundreds of Syrian refugees in GREECE

The Syrian refugee crisis may be happening oceans away from Hawaii, but two Oahu men are bringing their compassion to GREECE by helping ...


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Greek State Leaders Celebrate Epiphany Amid Criticism from Church

President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras celebrated Epiphany with the traditional sanctification of the water at Dexameni in Athens. Traditionally, the water sanctification and the dive for the holy cross ceremony takes place at Piraeus, Greece’s biggest port. This year, however, the prime minister chose not to go to


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Fake life jackets for migrants seized

Police in Turkey say they have confiscated more than 1,000 fake life jackets made for migrants wanting to cross the Aegean Sea to Greece.


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'We want to live a decent, simple life'​ – refugee camps ​as seen by illustrator George Butler

GEORGE BUTLER has provided poignant snapshots of life in Afghanistan and Lebanon. Here, he trains his watercolours on Greece and Serbia, where refugees are crowding into camps after escaping armed conflict at home Continue reading...


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Greek airline accused of discrimination

The Palestinian leadership demanded yesterday the Greek government act after two Arab passengers were expelled from an Israel-bound flight, saying the decision to remove the pair was “reminiscent” of apartheid


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Turkey blames Greece for death of 31 migrants on Aegean

Turkey has accused Greece of causing the death of 31 migrants in the Aegean Sea on Jan. 5, claiming that the Greek authorities forced migrant boats that later capsized in the Aegean to return to Turkey


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Syrian children employed to produce fake life jackets in ─░zmir factory

Turkish police have seized over 1,200 unsafe life jackets destined for use by migrants trying to reach Greece by sea, in a raid on an underground workshop that used Syrian underage labor


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Greeks celebrate Epiphany, wishing for better future

… rivers, ports and pools across Greece on Wednesday to mark Epiphany … the crisis and poverty," Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos said after … most of the worshippers in Greece, marked the day to commemorate …


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What does 2016 hold in store for Greece?

… better part of the Greek economy, as Greek banks—bought overnight by … unprecedented debt relief package to Greece, which could free the country … of being unable to steer Greece through these uncharted waters of …


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Istanbul's Greek community celebrates Orthodox feast

… 30-year-old Greek literature teacher from the city of northeastern Greek city of … problem.  Another visitor was Istanbul-born Greek national Vasil Ksenopoulos, 72, who … , a 28-year-old gym teacher from Greece, retrieved the cross. Speaking to …


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Increase in Greece vacant home burglaries

Greece Police say they are seeing a significant increase in copper burglaries from vacant homes. Police are urging people who have vacant homes on their ...


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Turkish police find factory making fake lifejackets in Izmir

Officers seize 1,200 lifejackets filled with non-buoyant materials from workshop in city often used by refugees to reach Greece Turkish police have uncovered a factory producing fake lifejackets, shining a light on a booming cottage industry that has emerged as a byproduct of the refugee crisis and heightened the risks for those hoping to reach Europe by sea. Police allegedly seized 1,263 lifejackets filled with non-buoyant materials from an illegal workshop in Izmir that employed two Syrian children, according to Agence France-Presse and Dogan news agencies. Continue reading...


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Chobani Takes Aim At Other Light Greek Yogurts

Chobani Takes Aim At Other Light Greek Yogurts New Chobani Simply 100 Campaign Calls Out Yoplait, Dannon for Artificial Ingredients


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Anastasiades: I hope that 2016 is the last year we celebrate Epiphany away from our homes

Nicosia, January 6, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades expressed the wish that 2016 is the last year that Greek Cypriots celebrate Epiphany away from their homes. In statements on the sidelines of official celebrations on the occasion of the Epiphany Day, that took place on Wednesday in Ayia Napa, situated on the […]


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Turkey blames Greece for latest migrant tragedy

Turkey has accused Greece of causing the death of 31 migrants in the Aegean Sea on Jan. 5, claiming that the Greek authorities forced migrant boats that later capsized in the Aegean to return to Turkey


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Over 1,200 unsafe life jackets produced by Syrians seized in ─░zmir

Turkish police have seized over 1,200 unsafe life jackets destined for use by migrants trying to reach Greece by sea, in a raid on an underground workshop that used Syrian underage labor on Jan. 6


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Istanbul Greeks celebrate Orthodox feast with Golden Horn cross-retrieving

A bitterly cold Jan. 6 morning saw the return of one of Istanbul’s oldest - and most demanding - religious traditions, as dozens of Greek Orthodox Christians swam frantically to retrieve a cross thrown into the Golden Horn


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Actress Redgrave urges help for Greece with refugee crisis ...

ATHENS - On a visit to a migrant reception center in Athens, award-winning British actress Vanessa Redgrave said on Tuesday world governments must do more ...


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59th round of Greek-Turkish exploratory talks

The 59th round of Greek-Turkish exploratory talks will take place on Wednesday, 23 December 2015, in Istanbul.


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Terror Group Claims Industrial Blast

ATHENS – The terrorist Popular Fighters Group (ELA) said it planted a bomb at the headquarters of Greece’s industrialists in November, 2015. The group said it carried out the attack to defend the rights of workers and oppose business executives who support harsh measures being imposed by the government on orders of international lenders to […] The post Terror Group Claims Industrial Blast appeared first on The National Herald.


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Army Camps May Host Migrants

Overwhelmed with migrants and refugees who keep coming, Greece is looking at using military facilities to house them temporarily. The post Army Camps May Host Migrants appeared first on The National Herald.


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Kotzias Offers Eide Cyprus Help

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias was said to have offered visiting United Nations mediator Espen Barth Eide some ideas on reunifying Cyprus. The post Kotzias Offers Eide Cyprus Help appeared first on The National Herald.


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First Epiphany Marked in Famagusta Since ’74

More than 1,000 Orthodox Christian faithful attended the annual Epiphany Day blessing of the waters in Famagusta in Cyprus‘ breakaway Turkish Cypriot north. It was the first time the ceremony has taken place since 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup aiming at union with Greece divided the island. In keeping with tradition, Archimandrite Avgoustinos […] The post First Epiphany Marked in Famagusta Since ’74 appeared first on The National Herald.


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For first time since war, Greek Cypriots mark Epiphany in ...

For the first time in decades, Greek Cypriots celebrated Epiphany on the northern side of ethnically-split Cyprus on Wednesday, as momentum builds for a ...


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Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has announced plans to build a memorial on the Greek island of Lesbos to highlight the plight of refugees. Locals and aid workers welcomed the move, saying Ai’s star power may trigger further action to end the crisis.

… the 850,000 people reaching Greek shores over the past 12 … estimated to be stuck in Greece. “Unless we see dramatic changes …


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Report: Greek giants eyeing Aston Villa veteran

… , who took charge of the Greek champions in October, is also … striker Gabby Agbonlahor, according to Greek outlet gazzetta.gr. Agbonlahor, 29 … revive his career with the Greek champions. The Uruguayan, who took …


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Orthodox Christians celebrate Epiphany

Although the Greek Consulate in Izmir had organized a ceremony 2006, it was the first time the Turkish government both approved and helped to organize it.


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Orthodox Christmas 2016: Russian, GREEK, Serbian And Other Eastern Churches Begin ...

In Russia, Ukraine, Greece, Israel and several other nations, Orthodox Christians, GREEK Catholics and Coptic Christians will celebrate Christmas ...


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Drop in migrants caused by weather, not Turkey's crackdown, Germany says

By Joseph Nasr BERLIN (Reuters) - Migrant arrivals in Germany dropped significantly last month, but the reason was rough seas, not efforts by Turkey to crack down on illegal departures to Greece, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said on Wednesday. "Our impression is that the drop (in arrivals) is predominantly linked to the weather, namely a stormy sea in the Mediterranean," de Maiziere, a member of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), told a news conference. "We are also seeing efforts by Turkey to reduce the number of illegal migration departure from Turkey," he said.


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Holy Cross! Greece’s political leadership boycotts Epiphany celebrations in Piraeus

Celebrations at Epiphany were different this year. In fact, they were unprecedented! The highest political leadership, the president and the Prime Minister, had practically decided to boycott the celebrations at the port of Piraeus and mark its its excellency presence another church in Athens. President Pavlopoulos, PM Tsipras, Athens Mayor […]


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EU Fails to Defuse Passport-Free Clash in Northern Europe ...

migration crisis session in Brussels on Wednesday ended with Germany identifying Greece’s lightly policed sea border as the cause of the problem, Denmark telling ...


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Greece Awaits Pension Verdict From Creditors

Greece's wobbly coalition government's fate may be in the hands of international creditors who are reviewing a plan to reform the pension system that includes cuts Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras swore he would never impose but did. The post Greece Awaits Pension Verdict From Creditors appeared first on The National Herald.


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Greek Cypriot negotiator ‘may be replaced’

The negotiator of the Greek Cypriot side to the UN-led … Mavroyiannis to continue being the Greek Cypriot negotiator,” they explain. The …


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China's Overseas Fashion Brand Investor Fosun Buys Shares In One From Home

Fosun International, the investment company controlled by Shanghai billionaire Guo Guangchang, has made a name for itself in part with investments in overseas fashion brands such as Folli Follie from Greece, St. John’s from the U.S. and Caruso from Italy. At the end of December, however, the company quietly took [...]


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Greek flight delayed over Israeli passengers’ protest ...

ATHENS: Two passengers with Israeli documents — Arabs according to Israeli media — left an Aegean Airlines flight after other Israelis protested about their ...


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Flash

Oscar-winning British actress Vanessa Redgrave on Tuesday urged the world to help debt-hit Greece to provide shelter to hundreds of thousands of refugees ...


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GREECE home invasion under investigation

WHAM — GREECE, N.Y. - Police are investigating a home invasion that happened late Tuesday night in GREECE. Police were called to Squareview ...


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Greek Airline Boots Arab Passengers

A Greek airline says two Arab passengers took a later flight from Athens to Israel after passengers demanded additional security checks. The post Greek Airline Boots Arab Passengers appeared first on The National Herald.


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Palestinians call for Greek action on Israel plane 'apartheid'

… leadership on Wednesday demanded the Greek government act after two Arab … documents were checked again by Greek security but no issues were … . "We call upon the Greek government to take strong action …


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GREEK Orthodox Blessing of the Waters event at Frankston Pier

The 16-year-old from Mentone was the first to retrieve a wooden cross after it was thrown from Frankston Pier today by the GREEK Orthodox Bishop ...


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