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Saturday, February 20, 2016

GREEK Leader Vows No EU Border Closures

GREEK Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said that Greece has "done the most" in tackling the greatest migrant crisis in Europe in decades, "and nobody has ...


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Terror warning as 6000 refugees arrive on Lesbos in just three days

GREEK authorities said as many as 2,000 refugees are arriving on Lesbos island each day, boarding smuggler boats in harsh wintry conditions.


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Noonan rejects Varoufakis criticisms as 'excuses for failure'

Former GREEK finance minister Yanis Varoufakis was “making excuses for his own failure”, when he criticised Ireland's approach to debt relief during ...


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Mother travels to GREECE to help fleeing migrants

RESCUING cold, scared and injured migrants from the rocks of the GREECE coastline became a way of life for a Ledbury mother who felt to help those ...


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GREECE to Import 60000 bpd of Iran's Crude: Senior Official

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran's deputy oil minister for international affairs and trade said Saturday Hellenic Petroleum, GREECE'S biggest oil refiner, will buy ...


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Chilling Scenes from GREECE'S Sinking Ghost Town

This week, a YouTube documentary brought attention to a double tragedy in GREECE: A ghost town that's sinking. In America, we often associate ghost ...


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Could Germany, like Austria, close borders to refugees?

In addition to people, borders also burden third parties. One of the worst-case scenarios the European Union has floated includes a huge reception center in Greece. "If we do not find solutions here in Germany, then economically destabilized Greece will be ...


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Could Germany, like Austria, close borders to refugees?

In addition to people, borders also burden third parties. One of the worst-case scenarios the European Union has floated includes a huge reception center in Greece. "If we do not find solutions here in Germany, then economically destabilized Greece will be ...


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LG K10 now available in Europe for €249

The LG K10 smartphone - which was announced at this year's Consumer Electronics show and went on sale around a week later - is now available for purchase in Europe, with Greece becoming one of the first European countries where the device is now up for sale.


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Merkel says EU-Turkey plan is our priority on migration

Most of the migrants cross from Greece to Macedonia and continue through Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia into Austria and Germany. Another potential new route would be an increase migrant flow from Greece through Bulgaria. So far, hundreds of thousands of ...


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These Vintage Posters Take You To Greece's Golden Age Of Tourism Ads

Greece has caught the imagination of travelers, artists and writers throughout history, but it was at the beginning of the 20th century that people’s fascination with the European country became a trend and it became a popular destination for vacations.


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Diplomatic sources: GREECE pleased over final conclusions of EU summit

"GREECE has stressed since last summer the need to put pressure on countries such as Morocco, Pakistan, and Algeria for returns, but not a single ...


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Immense Rise in Refugees Land on Greek Islands; Did NATO Patrols Take a Shore Leave?

Over 11,000 refugees and migrants have rushed to the Greek islands in the last three days while government officials were apparently preoccupied with the EU summit in Brussels, thereby presenting Turkish smugglers with a golden opportunity to conduct their ...


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Sofia Sanchez de Betak Launches Luggage Collection

GREECE IS THE WORD: What began as a collaborative luggage project resulted in an arranged marriage of sorts and a new puppy for SofĂ­a Sanchez de Betak. The Argentinian art director and graphic designer was recruited to design a limited-edition collection ...


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Farmers' Blockade 'Threatening to Disrupt' Bulgaria-Greece Ties

The blockade that has been staged by Greek farmers on the border with Bulgaria for nearly a month is "threatening to disrupt relations between the two countries", daily Kathimerini has noted. In a news report, it informs that the Parliament in Sofia approved a resolution calling on the EU to help end the blockade at Kulata-Promachonas border crossing. It also recalls the support thrown by the Bulgarian government behind the "counter-blockade" organized by road transport firms.


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Community Prepares to Bid Farewell to Michael Jaharis

  NEW YORK – Leaders and members of the  Greek-American community will join the family and friends of Michael Jaharis to bid the industrialist, philanthropist, churchman, and patron of the arts farewell at his funeral in the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Manhattan February 20. The Cathedral was filled the evening of February […]


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UK Tops Summit Agenda, Greece Isolated

BRUSSELS— Britain is thinking of leaving. Greece feels isolated. Austria and Denmark are pushing controversial measures for coping with asylum-seekers despite what their neighbors think. Tensions between European Union leaders at this week’s summit in Brussels have highlighted a gnawing lack of confidence that the bloc of 28 nations can provide timely answers to Europe’s […]


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Athens denounces Turkish attempts to shift responsibility to Greece and Cyprus on missing persons issue

Greece has denounced Turkish attempts to shift responsibility with regard to the humanitarian issue of missing persons to Athens and Nicosia, pointing out that it is Turkey which invaded and continues to occupy Cyprus’ northern part. When it comes to ...


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Greece to buy 60-150 thousand barrels of Iranian oil per day

Greece will buy from 60 to 150 thousand barrels of oil per day from Iran, the deputy head of the Iranian Ministry of Oil Amir Hossein Zamaninia said. "The Greek oil company ‘Hellenic Petroleum’ signed a contract to supply 60 thousand barrels of oil ...


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Bulgarian truckers' blockade to continue until GREEK farmers remove equipment: road carrier

Sofia. “Counter-blockade set by the Bulgarian road carries will remain until the problem is solved on diplomatic level,” said road carrier Veselin ...


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GREEKS' protests harm their own economy: Biser Chilingirov

Sofia. “GREEKS' protests harm their own economy, their farmers, and the entire Europe,” said Biser Chilingirov, chairperson of the National Association ...


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6000 Migrants Arrive on GREEK Island of Lesbos in Just 3 Days

More than 2,000 migrants are arriving on the GREEK island of Lesbos every single day, even during the colder winter months. Authorities said ...


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GREECE'S major refiner resuming oil purchase from Iran

Hellenic Petroleum, GREECE'S biggest oil refiner, will buy 60,000 barrels of crude oil from Iran per day, Amir Hossein Zamaninia, the Iranian deputy oil ...


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All checkpoints at Bulgaria-GREECE border remain closed: BASAT

Blagoevgrad. “All border checkpoints to GREECE remain closd,” Iliyan Filipov with the Bulgarian Association of Road Transport Unions (BASAT) ...


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Our methodology for the 30 most fun colleges

[University of Illinois]Joe Robbins/Stringer/Getty Images We recently released a list of the most fun colleges based on a compilation of several rankings from The Princeton Review's 2016 Best Colleges book. In order to determine the lists that were included in our ranking, we looked for categories that would show a strong social life, high student investment in athletics, lots of alcohol, and a high quality of life. Once we identified these Princeton Review categories, we inverted the lists in order to award a larger amount of points to the schools ranked higher. For example, 20 points went to the No. 1 school on a list, 19 points to the No. 2, 18 to the No. 3, and so on through No. 20, which received a single point. We then added up all the points we designated to each school to determine an overall ranking. Although no school appeared in all the lists we surveyed, every college in our top 30 was featured in two or more Princeton Review rankings. Our highest ranked school — University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — received 90 overall points. Our lowest ranked school in the top 30 — Loyola Marymount University — received 23 points. We broke any ties in our list by giving the advantage to the school with the higher ranking in a common category, using our editorial discretion when rankings did not overlap. HERE ARE THE PRINCETON REVIEW RANKINGS WE COMPILED FOR OUR LIST: * Their Students Love These Colleges * Students Study the Least * Everyone Plays Intramural Sports * Best Athletic Facilities * Students Pack The Stadiums * Party Schools * Lots of Hard Liquor * Lots of Beer * Lots of Greek Life * College City Gets High Marks * Happiest Students * Best Quality of Life  


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The 30 most fun colleges in America

[Syracuse University fans]Nate Shron/Stringer/Getty Images College may be laden with papers, exams, and long nights in the library, but for many, it's also chock-full of raging parties, intense school spirit, and unforgettable memories with friends.  To determine which schools have nailed the formula for fun, we looked at 12 categories from The Princeton Review's 2016 college rankings, including lists like "Party Schools" and "Lots of Beer." Since alcohol isn't the only way to have fun, we also included schools that placed on lists like "Happiest Students" and "Best Quality of Life." We then combined these rankings to determine which schools are the most fun overall. You can read the full methodology here. Based on our results, the typical "fun" school is a large public university with a strong Greek system and competitive athletics. However, several smaller schools with close-knit communities earned spots on the list as well. Read on to see which 30 schools across the US know how to have the most fun.  30. LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY Loyola Marymount University/Facebook LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA Loyola Marymount's Los Angeles location puts students at the forefront of LA culture — not to mention prime access to the beach as well. The warm climate makes hiking, tanning, and enjoying the sun possible year-round. The school also has strong showings in both Greek life and community service organizations, with students eager to get involved in their community.  29. GONZAGA UNIVERSITY William Mancebo/Stringer/Getty SPOKANE, WASHINGTON Despite a rainy climate, Gonzaga students find plenty of ways to have fun, both indoors and out. During the winter, skiing and snowboarding become popular pastimes, either nearby at Mount Spokane or further away in Montana or Canada. Nothing's bigger than basketball season, however. Students race across campus and camp out for days to secure tickets, packing the McCarthey Center during every home game.  28. WABASH COLLEGE Wabash College/Facebook CRAWFORDSVILLE, INDIANA Sports are a huge part of life at Wabash College — more than half of the student body plays on one of the school's Division III athletic teams. In return, the all-male campus exudes school spirit for both NCAA and intramural games.  SEE THE REST OF THE STORY AT BUSINESS INSIDER


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Your guide to European residency, citizenship: UK to Monaco and Greece

… for 7 days a year. Greece Greece offers a residency programme. A …


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Former Greek Finance Minister Urges Spaniards to Back Podemos

… short URL MADRID (Sputnik) – Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, who …


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Greek Alt FM: No European Country Could have Dealt with Greece’s Refugee Flows

No European country could have dealt with the size of the refugee flows that Greece had to deal with, Greek Alternate Foreign Minister for European Affairs Nikos Xydakis said in an interview with Agence Europe news agency. Asked to comment on the criticism being leveled against Greece on the delays it has experienced in the


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EU leaders verbally promise to keep Greece’s borders open till Summit with Turkey, March 6th

With the verbal reassurance of Germany and France that the northern borders of Greece will not be closed in the next two weeks, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras returns to Athens to deal with the country’s internal problems like the farmers and the pensions reform. The ‘guarantee’ was given to the […]


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EU and Britain Strike Deal to Avert Brexit, Greek PM Expresses Some Dissatisfaction

The EU and Britain struck a deal yesterday at the European Council meeting in Brussels to avert a possible British exit from the European Union. Following the deal, British prime minister David Cameron announced that the EU referendum will be held on June ...


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In Norway, Iraqi migrants reunited with their runaway cat

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Iraqi migrants in Norway have been reunited with their fluffy white tomcat, which disappeared in late October on the Greek island of Lesbos.


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Double Blockade Continues on Bulgaria-Greece Border

A 'counter-blockade' set up by Bulgarian transit truck drivers on the border with Greece has entered its fifth day in response to protests of Greek farmers who have kept key border crossings largely sealed off for nearly a month. All six Bulgarian border crossing points into Greece are closed as of 14:00 local time on Saturday, according to the Interior Ministry. Only vehicles transporting small children or sick people are granted passage.  The counter-blockade began as a measure of retaliation to actions of Greek farmers on Tuesday. It began from Kulata-Promachonas and Ililden-Exochi, the two main border crossings for commercial trucks and tourists alike, but was then extended to the other four checkpoints on the Bulgairan side.  Talks seeking a solution to the double blockade involved Transport Minister Ivaylo Moskovski, Blagoevgrad region's Governor Biser Mihaylov and Greek Ambassador to Bulgaria Dimosthenis Stoidis, alongside representatives of stranded Bulgarian truck drivers and of Greek farmers. Radio Focus quotes a representative of a Bulgarian transport businesses union as saying no agreement to lift either blockade was reached during the negotiations. Iliyan Filipov, of the Bulgarian Association of the Road Transport Union (abbreviated BASAT) said Greek farmers had reiterated an earlier proposal suggesting that Kulata-Promachonas, which has been the most severely affected border crossing, be reopened until all vehicles waiting in kilometers-long queues on both sides of the border pass freely. The latter idea was rejected by Bulgarian truck drivers, Filipov is quoted as explaining. Minister Moskovski has so far made several unsuccessful attempts at talking to representatives of farmers seeking a solution. Several Bulgarian institutions have referred the case to the EU, either calling for financial compensations for the losses incurred by transit truck drivers or urging an infringement procedure against Greece. Bulgarian tour operators report that thousands of bookings for a vacation in Greece - a typical choice of Bulgarian families planning a holiday in the spring or around the Orthodox Easter - have been withdrawn over the past few weeks due to concerns the blockade will continue longer than expected.  Greek farmers, on the other hand, say they will not retreat until the government in Athens backtracks on plans for a reform to pension and taxation laws.  In a statement earlier in February, the EU Commission told Novinite that the EU law doesn't give any powers to take direct action or initiate immediate sanctions with regard to the ongoing blockade.  


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Blockade on Bulgaria-Greece Border 'Outrageous'

Bulgaria's Transport Minister on Saturday voiced his outrage at action of Greek farmers and their intermittent blockade of the common border. The minister took part in negotiations with other Bulgarian and Greek officials and representatives of the protesting farmers. Talks, however, did not result in a decision to end the blockade. Moskovski explained the border was open on the Greek side, but they could not promise to end the blockade and to refrain from renewing their action. Asked by media outlets whether Sofia should cut ties with Athens as a result, he retorted, angrily: "We should cut everything". "I have never seen such mockery toward Bulgaria," mass circulation daily 24 Chasa and Focus News Agency quote him as saying. According to 24 Chasa, Moskovski asserted he had taken with him enough clothes to say on the border until the blockade is lifted. Bulgarian transit truck drivers earlier this week started a "counter-blockade" that gradually extended to all border crossing points with Greece, in response to the protest of Greek farmers, who say they will not withdraw their tractors unless the Athens government abandons plans for pension and taxation reforms. 


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Greece's Hellenic Petroleum to buy 60,000 bpd from Iran

DUBAI, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Greece's biggest oil refiner, Hellenic Petroleum, will buy 60,000 barrels a day of crude oil from Iran which can increase to 150,000 bpd, Iran's deputy oil minister said on Saturday. The deal was made during the recent visit of ...


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Cameron names referendum date as Gove leans towards Brexit – live

* Cameron will put ‘heart and soul’ into staying in EU after sealing deal * Gove poised to join campaign to take Britain out of EU * Cabinet will meet on Saturday morning * David Cameron’s EU deal: what he wanted and what he got 1.11pm GMT Glaringly at odds with the insistence of David Cameron (and notably, Theresa May) that Britain’s security considerations are better served by remaining in the EU, Gove says: Far from providing security in an uncertain world, the EU’s policies have become a source of instability and insecurity. Razor wire once more criss-crosses the continent, historic tensions between nations such as Greece and Germany have resurfaced in ugly ways and the EU is proving incapable of dealing with the current crises in Libya and Syria. This chance may never come again in our lifetimes, which is why I will be true to my principles and take the opportunity this referendum provides to leave an EU mired in the past and embrace a better future. 1.06pm GMT The Justice Secretary, Michael Gove, has released a statement explaining why he will be backing a vote for the UK to leave the EU. His starting point is simple, he says: I believe that the decisions which govern all our lives, the laws we must all obey and the taxes we must all pay should be decided by people we choose and who we can throw out if we want change. If power is to be used wisely, if we are to avoid corruption and complacency in high office, then the public must have the right to change laws and Governments at election time. But our membership of the European Union prevents us being able to change huge swathes of law and stops us being able to choose who makes critical decisions which affect all our lives. Laws which govern citizens in this country are decided by politicians from other nations who we never elected and can’t throw out. Continue reading...


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EU lenders work out plan for gradual Greek debt relief: Greek paper

The paper said that the plan discussed by officials from European Commission, the euro zone's rescue fund, the European Central Bank, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands, envisages that initially there will be lower interest rates and longer ...


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Despite Aegean Rescuers' Best Efforts, Not All Migrants Are Saved

A ship with a multinational crew patrols the waters between Turkey and Greece to protect migrants' lives. They don't always succeed. "We can hear them screaming before we see them," says a volunteer.


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Iran to export 60k bpd of oil to Greece

Iran said on Saturday that it has finalized a deal with Greece to sell as much as 60,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil to the country. Amir-Hossein Zamaniniya, the director for international affairs of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), has been ...


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Here's How THON Differs For Different Types Of Orgs

Christine Sibley is also involved in GREEK life, but is an active member of the club swim team as well, and participates in THON for both orgs. Sibley ...


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Our little GREEK gem: The island of Paxos may be tiny, but its big heart and laid-back vibe will win ...

No airport, one road (more or less), snaking round it; just three villages. This is Paxos, a salty, bumpy, 90-minute crossing by boat from Corfu into ...


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GREEK-Bulgarian Border Remains Closed Amid Truck Driver Blockade

All border crossings between Bulgaria and Greece remained closed, because Bulgarian truck drivers began a counter-blockade of the GREEK border in ...


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New York 2016: The Continuity of Greek Culture

Greek Letters Day on January 30, 2016 celebrates the Three Hierarchs of the Orthodox Church: St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian, and St. John Chrysostom. The Three Hierarchs developed Greek literature and education. They lived from about 329 ...


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Melbourne's Etihad Stadium set to host GREECE friendly with Socceroos

A grudge match against England is slated for Newcastle or Sunderland on May 27, before Ange Postecoglou's men return to Australia to face GREECE ...


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Greece: EU economic plan failures

Finaly some growth has been achieved in Greece, according to the statistical data of the Employment Agency, the registered unemployment for the month of January 2016 amounted to 876 752 people, an increase of more than 17,950 (+ 2.09%) compared with ...


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Protests continue to keep all Greek-Bulgarian border checkpoints shut, Greek tourism industry hit by cancellations

All border crossings between Bulgaria and Greece remained closed on February 20 2016, Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry said, as protest blockades and counter-blockades entered their latest day. The Kulata-Promachonas, Ilinden–Exochi, Kapitan Petko Voivoda ...


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Stratfor Intelligence Predicts Huge Challenges Ahead for Greece

Stratfor Intelligence has released a report which contains a rather pessimistic assessment about the state of affairs in Greece. The intelligence firm predicts that the month of May will be one of huge challenges for the Greek government as this is when ...


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Angela Merkel: UK's EU deal demanded a lot of willingness for compromise

Greek prime minster Alexis Tsipras, meanwhile, said the real test for the EU was not the UK’s in/out referendum, but the handling of the refugee crisis...


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Syriza-led Greek government takes its place in US war drive alongside Israel

Greece’s “radical left” Syriza party is forging a close military alliance with Israel, one of Washington’s key allies in the Middle East. Last month, Greece’s Syriza-led coalition government with the Independent Greeks signed an agreement with ...


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POLITICO Brussels Playbook Plus - CAMERON on edge - STYE WARS - GREEK weed

CAMERON on edge — STYE WARS — BREXIT, the musical — GREEK weed — COMMISSION fast-track on trade ANXIOUS DAVE: David Cameron has been using pity points as his latest tactic to win the support of EU leaders leading up to Thursday and Friday’s summit. During a visit to Brussels Tuesday with European Parliament leaders the British prime minister was […]


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