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Παράλληλα, η Google,την οποία εκπροσώπησε η κα. Σπυριδούλα Δρακοπούλου- HeadofPerformanceAgencies, GoogleGreece, Bulgaria, Cyprus & Malta, ενημέρωσε το κοινό για τις σύγχρονες τάσεις και το μέλλον του digital health βάσει των στοιχείων της ίδιας της Google.

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Ο διάσημος Βρετανός σεφ Jamie Oliver, σε ντοκιμαντέρ του το 2015 επιχείρησε να «αφυπνίσει» το ευρύ κοινό. Απέδειξε ότι το 20-40% της παραγωγής των φρούτων και των λαχανικών στην Μεγάλη Βρετανία πετιέται στα σκουπίδια από τους ίδιους τους παραγωγούς, μόνο και μόνο επειδή είναι «άσχημα» στην όψη. Τι σημαίνει «άσχημο»; Το μήλο δεν είναι κατακόκκινο, το πορτοκάλι έχει μια σχισμή, το μαρούλι δεν έχει πλούσια φύλλα. Έτσι, είτε πετιούνται στις χωματερές, είτε γίνονται ζωοτροφές. Κι όμως, μπορούν να καταναλωθούν, αλλά δεν απασχολεί σχεδόν κανέναν, όπως φαίνεται.

Η καλύτερη στιγμή του ντοκιμαντέρ ήταν, όταν ο Jamie και ένας κτηνοτρόφος, ο Jimmy Doherty, επισκέφτηκαν αγρόκτημα της περιοχής Norfolk κοντά στο Νόριτς και παρατήρησαν ότι, σε εβδομαδιαία βάση, πετούσαν στα σκουπίδια έως και δέκα τόνους φρούτων και λαχανικών. Ο λόγος; Μα φυσικά, επειδή ήταν «άσχημα». Το πρόβλημα, φυσικά, δεν εμφανίζεται μόνο στην Μεγάλη Βρετανία. Είναι παγκόσμιο και η Ελλάδα δεν αποτελεί εξαίρεση στον κανόνα, δυστυχώς.

Η HuffPost Greece σε μία προσπάθεια να αποτυπώσει το πρόβλημα σε επίπεδο δημοσιογραφικής έρευνας, επισκέφθηκε το «Περιβολάκι» στον Άγιο Λουκά Μεγάρων. Ενα αγρόκτημα περίπου 40 στρεμμάτων, που από το 2010 αποτελεί το καλύτερο παράδειγμα στον ελληνικό αγροτικό κόσμο, καθώς δεν πετά τίποτα. «Τα πάντα είναι κύκλος στη φύση», μάς εξηγεί η ιδιοκτήτρια του αγροκτήματος, Δήμητρα Καρδάτου.

Εδώ κι εννέα χρόνια έχει το δικό της μικρό πιστοποιημένο τυροκομείο, έχει μποστάνι με ζαρζαβατικά και βότανα, έχει σπόρους που δεν μπορείς να τους βρεις εύκολα στην Αττική. Έχει τη δική της υπέροχη φάρμα με γαϊδουράκια, πρόβατα, κατσίκια, ελάφια, μέχρι και πόνι, έχει ακόμη 140 στρέμματα στα Γεράνεια Όρη με καλαμπόκι, σιτάρι, φακή, φασόλια. Φτιάχνει τα δικά της αρτοποιήματα, γλυκά και πίτες. Και το καλύτερο; Ειδικεύεται στην μεταποίηση. «Πρέπει να δοκιμάσετε το ψωμί φραγκόσυκου», μας παροτρύνει.

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Τη ρωτήσαμε για τη μεταποίηση. Γιατί οι παραγωγοί δεν κάνουν μεταποίηση και πετάνε την ίδια τους την παραγωγή, μόνο και μόνο επειδή δεν πωλείται;

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Φυσικά, όπως και κάθε επιχείρηση, δεν ήταν λίγα τα εμπόδια που της έβαλε η γραφειοκρατία.

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Αν ήσασταν κι εσείς ένας από αυτούς που πετάνε τα «άσχημα» προϊόντα, ποιο ποσοστό της παραγωγής εκτιμάτε ότι θα πεταγόταν;

Δεν έχω σκεφτεί ποτέ να πετάξω κάτι από την παραγωγή, γιατί ακόμα και τα κουκούτσια μπορώ να τα μεταποιήσω. Ακόμα και τα νύχια των ζώων  χρησιμοποιούμε -στο χούμους, στο λίπασμα. Ακόμα και το σάπιο θα το βάλεις στο χούμους και οι γεωσκώληκες θα κάνουν πιο δυνατό το λίπασμά σου. Οπότε δεν μπορώ να απαντήσω σε αυτή την ερώτηση. 

Τα φρούτα των σουπερμάρκετ είναι πανέμορφα, αλλά λυπάμαι τα παιδάκια που τα τρώνε. Το μήλο για να βγει στον πάγκο θα πρέπει να ραντιστεί γύρω στις 35 με 38 φορές. Είναι νόμος.

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Την έντονη αντίδραση της Καγκελαρίου Άνγκελα Μέρκελ προκάλεσε η νέα παρέμβαση του πρεσβευτή των ΗΠΑ στο

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Η κυβέρνηση της Βενεζουέλας έδωσε σήμερα διορία σε Αμερικανούς διπλωμάτες να εγκαταλείψουν τη χώρα σε διάστημα 72 ωρών, το αργότερο έως τα μεσάνυχτα της Πέμπτης, αφού ο πρόεδρος Νικολάς

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          Στο +7,63% ο κύκλος εργασιών των Jumbo στο β΄ εξάμηνο του 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

Αύξηση 7,63% παρουσίασε ο κύκλος εργασιών του ομίλου Jumbo το πρώτο εξάμηνο της χρήσης, από τον Ιούλιο μέχρι και τον Δεκέμβριο 2018 και διαμορφώθηκε στα 476,75 εκατ. ευρώ από 442,96 εκατ. ευρώ που ήταν ο

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Συγκεκριμένες και επίκαιρες προτάσεις, παρεμβάσεις και πρωτοβουλίες για την ενίσχυση της ελληνικής επιχειρηματικότητας παρουσίασε η Ελληνική Ένωση Επιχειρηματιών (ΕΕΝΕ)

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Η Levi Strauss & Co. αποκάλυψε μερικές ακόμα λεπτομέρειες για την επικείμενη είσοδό της στο χρηματιστήριο. Σε μια σημερινή της κατάθεση στην Επιτροπή Κεφαλαιαγοράς, η Levi Strauss & Co. δήλωσε

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Η Ιωάννα Μπέλλα αποκάλυψε τον λόγο που αφαίρεσε το υαλορουνικό από τα χείλη της. Όπως θα θυμάστε η αισθητική αυτή επέμβαση της είχε «στοιχήσει» τη συμμετοχή της στο Greece’s Next top model. «Ένας άλλος άνθρωπος μετά από αυτό. Το έκανα για προσωπικούς και επαγγελματικούς λόγους. Όχι ότι το βαρέθηκα. Δεν μου άρεσε άλλο πάνω μου. […]
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Μαθητές, εκπαιδευτικοί και οικογένεια σε μια εβδομάδα εθελοντισμού για όλη την Ελλάδα!

Μια μεγάλη εθελοντική συμμαχία μόλις ξεκίνησε!

Για μία ακόμα χρονιά μαθητές, εκπαιδευτικοί, οικογένεια και φίλοι εθελοντές, δίνουμε τα χέρια, καθώς όλη η πρώτη εβδομάδα του Απριλίου είναι αφιερωμένη στον εθελοντισμό, σε όλα τα σχολεία της πατρίδας μας, στα οποία ετοιμάζονται εντυπωσιακές δράσεις σε τέσσερις κύριους άξονες: Περιβάλλον, Συνάνθρωπος, Κοινότητα, Φιλοζωΐα.

Για πρώτη φορά, το "Let'sdoitGreece", η μεγαλύτερη ταυτόχρονη εθελοντική δράση της χώρας και το "Νοιάζομαι και Δρω", το εκπαιδευτικό πρόγραμμα για τον εθελοντισμό και τον ενεργό πολίτη που υλοποιούν το Μη-Κερδοσκοπικό Σωματείο Δεσμός και το Ίδρυμα Λαμπράκη, ενώνουν τις δυνάμεις τους οργανώνοντας κοινή Σχολική Εβδομάδα Εθελοντισμού.

Πρόκειται για την εβδομάδα από 1 έως 7 Απριλίου 2019, όπου το κάθε σχολείο μπορεί να οργανώσει τις δικές του δράσεις, να προσκαλέσει και άλλα σχολεία, και να συνεργαστεί με τους φορείς και τις ομάδες της περιοχής του, στέλνοντας ένα ηχηρό μήνυμα εθελοντισμού και προσφοράς σε κάθε γωνιά της χώρας.

Για την πραγματοποίηση του μεγάλου αυτού εθελοντικού εγχειρήματος έχει δοθεί και φέτος σχετική έγκριση από το Υπουργείο Παιδείας, ενώ ήδη ο πανελλαδικός χάρτης της δράσης έχει αρχίσει να γεμίζει με σχολεία τόσο της πρωτοβάθμιας όσο και της δευτεροβάθμιας εκπαίδευσης.

Μπορείτε να δηλώσετε συμμετοχή στις σελίδες  letsdoitgreece.org και noiazomaikaidrw.gr καθώς επίσης και στο κοινό minisitewww.volunteer4schools.gr  που δημιουργήθηκε για να αποτυπώνονται συγκεντρωτικά οι δράσεις των σχολείων.

Το δικό σου το σχολείο, είναι μέσα; 

 

Ειδήσεις: 

          American Minute for March 13th      Cache   Translate Page      
In the U.S. Capitol Rotunda is a sculpture of women suffrage leaders Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucretia Mott. Lucretia Mott was a noted Quaker minister praised by Frederick Douglass. She spoke at a Women's Rights Convention in Philadelphia, October 18, 1854, in front of a large audience which included supporters William Lloyd Garrison and her husband, Quaker leader James Mott, who founded the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society. Lucretia Mott stated: "On the occasion of the first miracle which it is said Christ wrought, a woman went before Him and said, 'Whatsoever he biddeth you do, that do.' The woman of Samaria said, 'Come and see the man who told me all the things that ever I did' ... The very first act of note that is mentioned when the disciples and apostles went forth after Jesus was removed from them, was the bringing up of an ancient prophecy to prove that they were right in the position they assumed on that occasion, when men and women were gathered together on the holy day of Pentecost, when every man heard and saw those wonderful works which are recorded. Then Peter stood forth--some one has said that Peter made a great mistake in quoting the prophet Joel--but he stated that 'the time is come, this day is fulfilled the prophecy, when it is said, I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,' etc.--the language of the Bible is beautiful in its repetition--'upon my servants and my handmaidens I will pour out my spirit and they shall prophesy.' Now can anything be clearer than that?" Lucretia Mott, who is featured on a U.S. Postage Stamp, advocated for women suffrage, stating December 17, 1849: "The laws given on Mount Sinai for the government of man and woman were equal, the precepts of Jesus make no distinction. Those who read the Scriptures, and judge for themselves, not resting satisfied with the perverted application of the text, do not find the distinction, that theology and ecclesiastical authorities have made, in the condition of the sexes." Susan B. Anthony is depicted on a U.S. dollar coin, and on a 3-cent stamp. Susan B. Anthony was raised a Quaker. Her father owned a cotton mill and refused to buy cotton from farmers who owned slaves. Susan B. Anthony's religious upbringing instilled in her the concept that every one is equal before God and motivated her to crusade for freedom for slaves. After the Civil War, Susan B. Anthony worked hard for the passage of the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments. Opposing liquor, drunkenness and abortion, Susan encountered mobs, armed threats, objects thrown at her and was hung in effigy. Her efforts helped bring about the 18th Amendment (Prohibition), ratified in 1919. She succeeded in having women admitted to the University of Rochester, and campaigned for a woman's right to vote. Susan B. Anthony was arrested for voting in the 1872 Presidential Election, saying she "positively voted the Republican ticket-straight." Fourteen years after her death, women won the right to vote with the 19th Amendment, ratified in 1920. After learning her sister-in-law had had an abortion, Susan B. Anthony wrote in her diary: "She will rue the day she forces nature." Susan B. Anthony was quoted in The Revolution, July 1869: "I deplore the horrible crime of child-murder ... No matter what the motive, love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed. It will burden her conscience in life, it will burden her soul in death; But oh! Thrice guilty is he who ... drove her to the desperation which impels her to the crime." In a speech she gave repeatedly in the 1870s, Susan B. Anthony stated: "The prosecutions on our courts for breach of promise, divorce, adultery, bigamy, seduction, rape; the newspaper reports every day of every year of scandals and outrages, of wife murders and paramour shooting, of abortions and infanticides, are perpetual reminders of men's incapacity to cope successfully with this monster evil of society." Susan B. Anthony, who died MARCH 13, 1906, wrote in 1889 to Frances Willard, the national president of Woman's Christian Temperance Union: "Sweeter even than to have had the joy of caring for children of my own has it been to me to help bring about a better state of things for mothers generally, so that their unborn little ones could not be willed away from them." Francis Willard was the first woman college president in the United States. She advocated for the passage of the 18th Amendment, prohibiting alcohol, and the 19th Amendment, allowing women to vote. Her statue is the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol Building. Frances Willard, whose family changed from Congregational Christian to Methodist, wrote in A White Life for Two (Chicago: Women's Temperance Publishing Association, 1890): "God sets male and female side by side throughout his realm of law." Frances Willard's older cousin was Emma Willard (1787-1870), who was an American educator and historian. Emma was born in Berlin, Connecticut and began teaching at the age of sixteen. Emma was married to John Willard in 1809, and with his help she established a girl's boarding school in Middlebury, Vermont. She founded Troy Female Seminary in 1821, which was the first school in the United States to offer higher education for women. Elizabeth Cady Stanton graduated from Troy Female Seminary in 1832. Regarding abortion, Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote: "There must be a remedy for such a crying evil as this ... Let woman assert herself ... and end this wholesale suffering and murder of helpless children." In 1895, seminary was renamed the Emma Willard School. Emma wrote many successful books and later built a school for women in Athens, Greece. In 1843, Emma Willard wrote: "The government of the United States is acknowledged by the wise and good of other nations, to be the most free, impartial, and righteous government of the world; but all agree, that for such a government to be sustained for many years, the principles of truth and righteousness, taught in the Holy Scriptures, must be practiced. The rulers must govern in the fear of God, and the people obey the laws." In commenting on the United States, Emma Willard stated: "In observing the United States, there is much to convince us, that an Almighty, Overruling Providence, designed from the first, to place here a great, united people." In 1857, Emma Willard published a book for children titled, Morals for the Young: or, Good Principles Instilling Wisdom, in which she wrote: My Dear Children and Youth:- Since, then, wisdom teaches us to rate everything at its just value, it is wise to seek the favor and fear the frown of God, rather than to seek the favor,and fear the frown of men ... Look upon a Savior's cross ... ask pardon ... and the Holy Spirit's guidance ... receive the Christian's armor."
          Why society's current perception of normal is dangerous       Cache   Translate Page      
In our society we like to split things into normal and abnormal. While this is usually harmless or needed, for example murder is abnormal for a reason, it can at times be harmful. This is when the thing that is “ abnormal” is harmless and does not affect anyone and yet it is scrutinized, ridiculed, and sometimes gets people killed. Some examples of dangerous society norms would be sexuality, gender, and body modifications.


Although society is beginning to change people still often scrutinize someone with tattoos or other body modifications. People will still stop and stare in disgust or judgementally when they see someone with tattoos and such. This is an example of something “abnormal” that honestly affects no one but the person who has done it to their own body yet people still feel it necessary to “help” these people by going on about how they shouldn't of done this. Popular beliefs are that they do this for attention and that no one will ever hire them.


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This is a picture of Rick Genest also known as “zombie boy”. He is a Canadian model and actor though he is mostly know for tattooing 80% of his body like a living skeleton. In the picture above the focus is on Genest and his tattoos as well as the words themselves. Genest is show from two different angles, obviously to show off the tattoos on his body. As for Genest himself he is comfortable and confident. His body is neither stiff nor folding in on itself. He is displaying himself and his tattoos proudly and he is obviously not ashamed of them. You can tell that he is content with his choice to tattoo his body. As for the words themselves they read “I didn’t do this to be different. I did this, because i wanted to be me”. This is a direct quote from Genest. Many people get tattoos and body modifications because it makes them feel comfortable; they often use this as a way of self expression. I believe the body is a blank canvas and that you can choose what to do with. However people often ostracise and isolate these people because that is not something they themselves would do to their own body. People often deem someone with tattoos as unprofessional and unable to do a job because people think that they are impulsive and unable to think ahead. This can be true but it’s incorrect to think it always is. Again use Rick Genest as an example: he is a professional model. Modeling is a serious career and you can’t be unprofessional or rash and be able to make it in such a career. Yet people still judge someone based on their looks before seeing if they are competent and it stops people from being able to make a living. This is why this perception can be dangerous and harmful to many people.


Just as people feel it necessary to give negative remarks on another persons tattoos people also feel it necessary to comment on another person's gender. Now i don’t mean sexism though that is a problem: in this instance i am referring to someone disregarding another person's gender identity. Now you may be familiar with transexual people but if not i will clarify a transexual person is a person who feels they were born in the wrong body. Essentially their physical sex doesn't match up with who they feel in their heart they are. Now I’m sure some of you are thinking “no your genitals tell you what gender you are” and that is where the problem lies.
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In the above picture we see a child whose wings are being clipped off by their father as their mother watches. The child is obviously upset and it seems as if the child will begin to cry as for the father he is focused and angry. You can tell by his furrowed brows and the slight downward curve of his mouth. While the mother she is standing back. She is sad and likely feels bad for her child but she will not step in. The words say “refuse to be your child's first bully”. Wings often symbolise freedom and the child in the photo is having their wings removed. The parents are removing the child's wings and taking a part of themself from the child. Likely you feel an impact from this picture however the true impact is shown with the colours in the wings. The wings are coloured to represent the transexual pride flag. The child in this photo is transexual and is having this part of themself taken because of their parents. That in itself is a form of abuse and bullying as they are denying an important part of the child. This is where that not respecting someone's gender identity part comes in. The child's parents do not respect their child's gender identity and instead feel it necessary to destroy a part of their child than to accept them. Many people feel that transexuals are just being rebellious or want to stand out. People believe there is no such thing as transexuality and feel it is a new “fad”. However evidince of transexual people can date back as far as ancient Greece.

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The picture above was illustrated by a young transexual boy showing his experience. The character in the comic is being assaulted by female pronouns. They are suffocating him and crushing him under their weight and despite how much he runs or hides they are still there. In the fifth panel he attempts to correct them. He is tentative and frightened however in the final panel the words return full force and are surrounding him. They are taking up the entire panel and suffocating him until there is no space left for him. These words take up the entire panel to the point where he is no longer the focus and no longer important. Not only that but the large “she” has two exclamation points as the person saying this is forcibly attempting to tell the character he is a girl. The progression of the previous panel with him correcting them to the last shows that he feels no matter how hard he fights back he will always be surrounded by people who say he is a girl. This perception that society has of your genitalia determining your gender is not only incorrect but dangerous. It is dangerous for these individuals as they suffer the onslaught of people saying they are wrong, disrespecting them, calling them disgusting, vile. Many trans youths do not see a way out and 41% of transgender youth in the US alone have attempted suicide. Not only that but due to many peoples violent reactions transgender people have even been assaulted in the doctor's office. Many trans men are raped and many trans women are violently killed. 1 in 12 transgender people in the US are murdered due to the societal belief that they are less than human. Worthless. Many transexual people lose friends and family and 18% are homeless. An example: recently this year the salvation army refused to let a transexual teen stay at one of their shelters simply because they were transexual and because of that the teen froze to death. That is why this belief is so dangerous. Just like with tattoos even if you do not agree; a person's decision is their own and you have no right to impose on them; much less to end their life.    


The perception regarding transsexual people is that everyone is born cisgendered. Cisgendered is a term created to refer to a person to whom identifies as the sex they were born with. This perception is also often coupled with the perception that everyone is born straight. These perceptions are the entire reason people even need to “come out of the closet” as the saying goes. Much like with transexual people people will say that being any sexuality other than straight is disgusting and unnatural.

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The above image shows a pink piece of fabric cut into the shape of a triangle with the words “some memories never fade”. If you look closely at the triangle you will see the outline of a swastika. The swastika as we all know is a symbol from the holocaust. Something i’m sure quite a few of you know is that the pink triangle was placed onto gay people hitler rounded up and placed into concentration camps. A bit of information conveniently left out is that in many cases when the camps were freed the gay people in them were forced to go to jail as at the time being gay was illegal. So not only did they endure years of the torture we have all heard about but once they were “freed” they were placed in jail to suffer more. The triangle appears to be attached to something or someone but it is unclear as to who. Rather it floats in black space continuously attached to something as if it is always attached to those in the gay community; those prejudices and that hatred always with them. People will ask me and others why we care so much; why we fight so hard. The answer is the above triangle that represents so many peoples past and present suffering. The gay community has reclaimed the pink triangle since then; made it a symbol of pride but the prejudice is still there. This triangle is proof of how dangerous these perceptions are because this triangle represents the torture and death of hundreds from then and now.

To conclude while I’ll agree that sometimes we need to dictate what is normal and what is not I don’t believe people who are not harming anyone deserve to be harmed themselves. I do not believe in isolating these people and I do not believe they deserve the mental, physical, verbal, sexual, and emotional abuse they face.
          The United City-States Of America, Mapped - An Experiment In Redividing The Country      Cache   Translate Page      

Authored by Nolan Gray via Medium.com,

From ancient Greece to Renaissance Italy to the Four Asian Tigers, city-states have always punched above their weight. They’ve driven culture forward, facilitated global commerce, and charged ahead of their nation-bound peers.

Indeed, cities  - and the metropolitan regions that orbit around them  -  make sense as a political and economic unit. The key services we depend on government to do, from building infrastructure to ensuring public safety, are mostly handled by cities. And contrary to earlier predictions, the forces of globalization and the rise of the information economy have only made cities more important as economic engines and innovation hubs. It’s no surprise, then, that cities — and their mayors — are increasingly finding their voices in a world previously dominated by nations and international entities.

Unfortunately, the way the United States is structured today undermines this trend by privileging states as the key political entity. State boundaries in these modern times are typically arbitrary and often no longer reflect any meaningful political, cultural, or economic reality. Some U.S. cities, both big and small, manage to straddle state borders (think Texarkana or Bristol) while others run right up to the state edge but sharply hug the border (think Cincinnati or St. Louis). And a number of states are inexplicably fragmented because their seat of government is very different from their most populous town (think New York City/Albany and Chicago/Springfield). This often results in excessive fragmentationunproductive competition, and a near total lack of regional land-use and transportation planning. We all suffer as a result.

Both to satisfy my own curiosity and set out a vision for what a city-oriented United States might look like, I decided to make a map that dispensed with the continental 48 states and instead divvied up the land into 100 city-states.

As a process-obsessed city planner, I started by listing the top 150 metropolitan statistical areas in the continental United States. This seemed like the natural base for any potential city-states as MSAs reflect economic integration. Next, I mixed in combined statistical areas, which factor together adjacent metro- and micropolitan areas. I cut the list to the top 100 units by population. (Congratulations to Lancaster, Pennsylvania — the smallest unit to make the cut!)

Then came the mapping. I used shapefiles provided by the Census to make “city-state cores” on a single map using GIS, a tool used for map making and spatial analysis. By using more data and selecting certain attributes, I assigned each county to a city-state core. To finish it up, I cleaned up awkward and nonsensical boundaries with some manual adjustment.

The final product was this map, and it led me to several takeaways:

The eastern United States is like medieval Europe.

As of 2010, the population center of the United States is somewhere in the middle of Missouri. It’s been moving westward, needless to say, but also south over time. This mostly jives with this map: The United States east of the Kansas-Missouri line is a dynamic hodgepodge of small, densely populated city-states. The economies and cultures of places like New York and Philadelphia, Charlotte and Greensboro, and Fort Wayne and South Bend will likely always be intimately intermingled. West of this line, excluding California and Texas, the United States is largely underpopulated, with cities like Denver, Omaha, and Boise playing an outsized role — economically and culturally — in their respective regions.

My home state of Kentucky is shattered.

Let’s face it: Kentucky is incoherent as a cultural-political entity. The Louisville metropolitan area and the northern Kentucky suburbs of Cincinnati are essentially southern reaches of the Rust Belt. The state’s east and southeast have more in common with West Virginia, including a shared Appalachian heritage. Western and southwestern Kentucky feel much more conventionally Southern. All of this is largely captured by how the state is divided up. Not accidentally, the only purely Kentucky city-state produced — Lexington — captures most of what Kentucky is best known for: University of Kentucky basketball, the first Kentucky Fried Chicken, most of the major bourbon distilleries, the Daniel Boone National Forest, and the state’s famous Bluegrass horse farm region.

Maine and Minnesota are basically already city-states.

Only two city-states capture the entirety of a current U.S. state: Portland, which captures Maine and parts of New Hampshire, and Minneapolis-St. Paul, which captures Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin, South Dakota, and three-quarters of North Dakota. Portland barely made the cut; in an actual fragmentation scenario, I could see most of Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine falling under a Boston city-state. Minneapolis-St. Paul, however, makes sense. Its influence sweeps across the northern Midwest, as evidenced in films like Fargo. Some western metro areas in New Mexico and Utah nearly made the cut, but their southern regions were nipped by El Paso and Las Vegas, respectively.

Some states would disappear entirely.

A handful of states in this new map are completely covered by the city-states of their former neighboring states. Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Vermont would all basically be gone. Delaware and Rhode Island both have great cities — Wilmington and Providence — but both would be unambiguously absorbed by their monolithic neighbors — Philadelphia and Boston, respectively. The upper Mountain West as well as New Hampshire and Vermont simply lack large cities.

City-states of tomorrow may boom at any time.

As states like Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota continue to experience explosive population growth, they will inevitably give rise to their own great cities. For all we know, Billings, Fargo, and Sioux Falls could emerge as urban powerhouses in the 21st century, not unlike nearby Minneapolis, Denver, and Salt Lake City did in the 20th century.

An odd oversight in our federal system is that it’s basically impossible for states to split, join, or shift around their borders. Outside of a few weird cases — such as West Virginia — basically all new states have come from newly settled land. As new city-states emerge in places like the Mountain West, how would they be incorporated into this system? Would the arrangement be capped at 100 city-states? Alternatively, could states combine as their economies and development slowly blends, as could very well happen with small city-states like Lancaster, Toledo, and Fresno? It’s a fun thought experiment.

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In a time when we aren’t often drawing up new borders for established countries like the U.S., it’s interesting to think “what if.” What might be the political implications of a system like this? At the outset, a system of city-states could help to achieve economies of scale in providing local services like libraries and parks, saving taxpayers money while improving service quality.

But they could also overcome some of the prisoner’s dilemma problems associated with policies like housing, schools, and subsidies. In our current system of municipal fragmentation, it’s easy for NIMBYs (“Not in My Back Yard” campaigns) to block the construction of new housing in prospering areas and keep low- and moderate-income students out of high-quality schools districts. A unified city-state could overcome some of these issues, taking the broader perspective and equitably distributing the burdens and benefits of growth.

A city-state restructuring could also have deep implications for national politics. One of the key takeaways of the 2016 presidential election is the mounting urban-rural political divide, with voters in cities and the countryside growing increasingly disconnected and antagonistic toward one another. (At the bottom of this piece is a map of how the city-states likely would have voted.) Insomuch as a city-state scenario would bundle Americans based on broadly similar economic, social, cultural backgrounds, it could encourage both sides to seriously contend with with the needs and preferences of their neighbors.

Of course, at this stage, it’s all speculation. How would you have drawn city-state boundaries differently? What do you think would be the political implications?


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Perth (/ˈpɜːrθ/ (About this soundlisten) PURTH) is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia. It is named after the city of Perth, Scotland and is the fourth-most populous city in Australia, with a population of 2.04 million living in Greater Perth.[1] Perth is part of the South West Land Division of Western Australia, with the majority of the metropolitan area located on the Swan Coastal Plain, a narrow strip between the Indian Ocean and the Darling Scarp. The first areas settled were on the Swan River at Guildford, with the city's central business district and port (Fremantle) both later founded downriver.

Perth was founded by Captain James Stirling in 1829 as the administrative centre of the Swan River Colony. It gained city status (currently vested in the smaller City of Perth) in 1856 and was promoted to the status of a Lord Mayorality in 1929.[8] The city inherited its name due to the influence of Sir George Murray, then Member of Parliament for Perthshire and Secretary of State for War and the Colonies. The city's population increased substantially as a result of the Western Australian gold rushes in the late 19th century. During Australia's involvement in World War II, Fremantle served as a base for submarines operating in the Pacific Theatre, and a US Navy Catalina flying boat fleet was based at Matilda Bay.[9] An influx of immigrants after the war, predominantly from Britain, Greece, Italy, and Yugoslavia, led to rapid population growth. This was followed by a surge in economic activity flowing from several mining booms in the late 20th and early 21st centuries that saw Perth become the regional headquarters for several large mining operations located around the state.

As part of Perth's role as the capital of Western Australia, the state's Parliament and Supreme Court are located within the city, as is Government House, the residence of the Governor of Western Australia. Perth came seventh in the Economist Intelligence Unit's August 2016 list of the world's most liveable cities[10] and was classified by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network in 2010 as a Beta world city.[11] The city hosted the 1962 Commonwealth Games.

Perth is divided into 30 local government areas and 250 suburbs, stretching from Two Rocks in the north to Singleton in the south, and east inland to The Lakes. Outside of the main CBD, important urban centres within Perth include Fremantle and Joondalup. Most of those were originally established as separate settlements and retained a distinct identity after being subsumed into the wider metropolitan area. Mandurah, Western Australia's second-largest city, has in recent years formed a conurbation with Perth along the coast, though for most purposes it is still considered a separate city.


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Perth (/ˈpɜːrθ/ (About this soundlisten) PURTH) is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia. It is named after the city of Perth, Scotland and is the fourth-most populous city in Australia, with a population of 2.04 million living in Greater Perth.[1] Perth is part of the South West Land Division of Western Australia, with the majority of the metropolitan area located on the Swan Coastal Plain, a narrow strip between the Indian Ocean and the Darling Scarp. The first areas settled were on the Swan River at Guildford, with the city's central business district and port (Fremantle) both later founded downriver.

Perth was founded by Captain James Stirling in 1829 as the administrative centre of the Swan River Colony. It gained city status (currently vested in the smaller City of Perth) in 1856 and was promoted to the status of a Lord Mayorality in 1929.[8] The city inherited its name due to the influence of Sir George Murray, then Member of Parliament for Perthshire and Secretary of State for War and the Colonies. The city's population increased substantially as a result of the Western Australian gold rushes in the late 19th century. During Australia's involvement in World War II, Fremantle served as a base for submarines operating in the Pacific Theatre, and a US Navy Catalina flying boat fleet was based at Matilda Bay.[9] An influx of immigrants after the war, predominantly from Britain, Greece, Italy, and Yugoslavia, led to rapid population growth. This was followed by a surge in economic activity flowing from several mining booms in the late 20th and early 21st centuries that saw Perth become the regional headquarters for several large mining operations located around the state.

As part of Perth's role as the capital of Western Australia, the state's Parliament and Supreme Court are located within the city, as is Government House, the residence of the Governor of Western Australia. Perth came seventh in the Economist Intelligence Unit's August 2016 list of the world's most liveable cities[10] and was classified by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network in 2010 as a Beta world city.[11] The city hosted the 1962 Commonwealth Games.

Perth is divided into 30 local government areas and 250 suburbs, stretching from Two Rocks in the north to Singleton in the south, and east inland to The Lakes. Outside of the main CBD, important urban centres within Perth include Fremantle and Joondalup. Most of those were originally established as separate settlements and retained a distinct identity after being subsumed into the wider metropolitan area. Mandurah, Western Australia's second-largest city, has in recent years formed a conurbation with Perth along the coast, though for most purposes it is still considered a separate city.


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Perth (/ˈpɜːrθ/ (About this soundlisten) PURTH) is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia. It is named after the city of Perth, Scotland and is the fourth-most populous city in Australia, with a population of 2.04 million living in Greater Perth.[1] Perth is part of the South West Land Division of Western Australia, with the majority of the metropolitan area located on the Swan Coastal Plain, a narrow strip between the Indian Ocean and the Darling Scarp. The first areas settled were on the Swan River at Guildford, with the city's central business district and port (Fremantle) both later founded downriver.

Perth was founded by Captain James Stirling in 1829 as the administrative centre of the Swan River Colony. It gained city status (currently vested in the smaller City of Perth) in 1856 and was promoted to the status of a Lord Mayorality in 1929.[8] The city inherited its name due to the influence of Sir George Murray, then Member of Parliament for Perthshire and Secretary of State for War and the Colonies. The city's population increased substantially as a result of the Western Australian gold rushes in the late 19th century. During Australia's involvement in World War II, Fremantle served as a base for submarines operating in the Pacific Theatre, and a US Navy Catalina flying boat fleet was based at Matilda Bay.[9] An influx of immigrants after the war, predominantly from Britain, Greece, Italy, and Yugoslavia, led to rapid population growth. This was followed by a surge in economic activity flowing from several mining booms in the late 20th and early 21st centuries that saw Perth become the regional headquarters for several large mining operations located around the state.

As part of Perth's role as the capital of Western Australia, the state's Parliament and Supreme Court are located within the city, as is Government House, the residence of the Governor of Western Australia. Perth came seventh in the Economist Intelligence Unit's August 2016 list of the world's most liveable cities[10] and was classified by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network in 2010 as a Beta world city.[11] The city hosted the 1962 Commonwealth Games.

Perth is divided into 30 local government areas and 250 suburbs, stretching from Two Rocks in the north to Singleton in the south, and east inland to The Lakes. Outside of the main CBD, important urban centres within Perth include Fremantle and Joondalup. Most of those were originally established as separate settlements and retained a distinct identity after being subsumed into the wider metropolitan area. Mandurah, Western Australia's second-largest city, has in recent years formed a conurbation with Perth along the coast, though for most purposes it is still considered a separate city.


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Perth (/ˈpɜːrθ/ (About this soundlisten) PURTH) is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia. It is named after the city of Perth, Scotland and is the fourth-most populous city in Australia, with a population of 2.04 million living in Greater Perth.[1] Perth is part of the South West Land Division of Western Australia, with the majority of the metropolitan area located on the Swan Coastal Plain, a narrow strip between the Indian Ocean and the Darling Scarp. The first areas settled were on the Swan River at Guildford, with the city's central business district and port (Fremantle) both later founded downriver.

Perth was founded by Captain James Stirling in 1829 as the administrative centre of the Swan River Colony. It gained city status (currently vested in the smaller City of Perth) in 1856 and was promoted to the status of a Lord Mayorality in 1929.[8] The city inherited its name due to the influence of Sir George Murray, then Member of Parliament for Perthshire and Secretary of State for War and the Colonies. The city's population increased substantially as a result of the Western Australian gold rushes in the late 19th century. During Australia's involvement in World War II, Fremantle served as a base for submarines operating in the Pacific Theatre, and a US Navy Catalina flying boat fleet was based at Matilda Bay.[9] An influx of immigrants after the war, predominantly from Britain, Greece, Italy, and Yugoslavia, led to rapid population growth. This was followed by a surge in economic activity flowing from several mining booms in the late 20th and early 21st centuries that saw Perth become the regional headquarters for several large mining operations located around the state.

As part of Perth's role as the capital of Western Australia, the state's Parliament and Supreme Court are located within the city, as is Government House, the residence of the Governor of Western Australia. Perth came seventh in the Economist Intelligence Unit's August 2016 list of the world's most liveable cities[10] and was classified by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network in 2010 as a Beta world city.[11] The city hosted the 1962 Commonwealth Games.

Perth is divided into 30 local government areas and 250 suburbs, stretching from Two Rocks in the north to Singleton in the south, and east inland to The Lakes. Outside of the main CBD, important urban centres within Perth include Fremantle and Joondalup. Most of those were originally established as separate settlements and retained a distinct identity after being subsumed into the wider metropolitan area. Mandurah, Western Australia's second-largest city, has in recent years formed a conurbation with Perth along the coast, though for most purposes it is still considered a separate city.


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77. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, [c. 26 December 1793] ⁠* 


Tis come. een now the eternal course of Time
For ever round-revolving ends the year
Now to Existence dead
The year but lives to Fame.

Yet Grosvenor even now the merry bells
Ring round to welcome in the newborn day
Een now is heard the song
Een now the feast is spread.

Fond foolish man — whilst Pleasures bounteous hand
Fills even to the brim the cup of bliss
Whilst Fortunes cloudless sun
Illumes thy summer day

Whilst all around but wear one face of joy,
Canst thou rejoice — rejoice that Time flies fast
That swift the stream of years
Rolls to eternity?

If thou hast wealth high-heapd in endless store
To gratify each wish — if power be thine
Reflect that power must cease
That wealth be thine no more

Hast thou known Love? does Beauty bless <thy soul?>
Beam oer thy house in each domestic charm
And heighten every joy
And chear the wintry hour?

Remember that as fades the lovely rose
As falls the forest from the autumnal gale
So Times relentless hand
Must wither Beautys flower.

Remember Age must chill the palsied frame
That Love the friend of youth with youth expires
That soon thy pious grief
May wail a widowed bed.

Bedford does Fancy paint the future scene
In hues too dark? does sage Reflection wear
The fearful frowning form
That awes the shrinking soul?

Dost thou dislike the sable-vested maid?
Would Nature rather view the fairy form
In many colourd robe
Of rich etherial hue?

Shall Fancy sport in Hopes enlivening beam
Till the clear ray illumes her inmost soul
And turn the reckless eye
From Lifes bedarkend scenes?

Ah vainly does the Pilgrim whose long way
Leads oer the storm vext mountains barren height
With anxious gaze survey
The fruitful far off vale.

Yet hopeless sorrow hails the lapse of time
Rejoices when the fading orb of day
Is sunk in nights dull mists
That one day more is gone.

Yet calm Philosophy whose eagle eye
Look on intrepid to the future scene
Shall love the new-born year
And give to thought the hour.

And Friendship now shall spread the social board
Wear on his open face the honest smile
And prompt the earnest prayer
And pour the votive lay.

Shall pray for length of happiness & years
That Death may pierce ere Misery wound the heart
And Virtue welcome Death —
Such fate my friend be thine. [1] 

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I take Milton to have introduced this kind of alcaics into the English language in his translation of Quis multa gracilis te puer in rosa &c. [2]  it is since used most elegantly by Collins [3]  Mrs Barbauld [4]  — in the gent. of Devon & Cornwalls poems [5]  — & by my favourite Dr Sayers [6]  — so here I have strong authority.

It is no less strange than true my dear Grosvenor that our disputes have more frequently been owing to a difference in terms than in opinion. when you speak of the mercenary motives to action you are but one step from the ground on which I build my principles. if virtue be sought for in the present system of things it must be for its own sake & its reward as being most pure is likewise abstract. riches titles places & pensions are the baubles that attract attention & “man being gregarious” [7]  & adopting the manners of the herd he associates with, is more likely to be pleased with the admiration of a wondering crowd who wonder at his equipage & envy his wealth than with the applause of that still small recompence <voice> the sole recompense of virtue upon earth. this lamentable prejudice is early inculcated & strongly supported. as you observe gain is the chief engine of education, & pride the first sentiment taught. my own experience tells me this. I was early warned not to play with dirty little boys & caressed & corrected with equal injustice. the catechise has given me many a weary hour. forgive egotism if I mention one circumstance which happened above twelve years ago. I was struck with the apparent falshood in “I believe in the holy catholic church” [8]  when my sixpenny history of England taught me I was a protestant. I mentioned it & was severely reprimanded for impiety, but the passage was never explained & I was silenced instead of convinced till Greek gave the information. fortunately I escaped utter ruin from such an education of which more particulars would be as tedious in recital as they were injudicious & unpleasant to me. but xxxxxxxxx the principles of present instruction are widely dfferent from the laws of Nature & <from> our maxim Be just & fear not. justice would teach us to pay respect only to merit — society to pay homage to superior rank & riches. do not thinking I am running out, when I object to the maxim Fear God. it is impious to fear him who is himself Love. the confused manner in which my sentiments are expressed is of great disadvantage I wish you could look into my mind & read it thro. perhaps you little think that what you say of laws is the echo of Tom Paine — but had you known that, I will do you the justice to believe you had still said it. “government is a necessary evil.” [9]  let me stop here. the master spring is touchd & my mind is filld with a thousand ideas which I cannot clearly express — could you but feel their force I would cut off a limb with pleasure. you must be struck as well as myself with the superiority of antient Greece over the rest of the world. perhaps this may in some measure be imputed to the philosophers but more I believe to the conscious dignity of independance. where abilities command more respect than wealth or titles — & virtue is more honourd than a long pedigree, it is morally impossible that the mercenary motives should prevail. Socrates did he live now would be treated as an itinerant field preacher & Plato would be transported for sedition. Athens as yet is unrivalld in the history of the world for astonishing virtue & as astonishing folly — yet it may be doubted whether its advantages did not counterbalance its defects.

Physiognomy oftener gives me pain than pleasure. I mingle in a crowd & behold a compound of vice & folly whose dress denotes affluence — the next bears a countenance which Lavater [10]  might love but has a leathern apron on. now for the soul of me cannot I but wish these men might exchange situation & had they been born in a country where merit was the standard of respect the one must have risen & the other as inevitably sunk. this is the inequality of Nature but we reverse it. but never does this pleasing study <give me> more pain than when I look at the women of the town — the momentary glance is worth a thousand sermons & gives me a stronger argument against the present state of things than all the republican writers from Moses [11]  down to Mackintosh. [12]  by the by is not Lovells face something like Hookes? I was hurt at first glance but I soon discovered something different from that compound of abilities & consummate libertinism, in short all the sense without the vice. shame to say I physiognomoze at church more than I can apply to the uniformity of prayer. oh Grosvenor I am ill-qualified to take orders — a sad weight presses on my heart when I give way to reflection upon the subject. where Edmund Seward is incapable of comprehending he imputes it to his own dullness — I am less diffident perhaps here it were right to follow him Grosvenor — but your maxim must be mine Nullus addictus &c. [13] 

perhaps few people spend the Xmas evening in this manner. to me all days are alike in this place. I have to make my own amusements & this is at least innocent. CC wrote to me very lately. he had no news & therefore was silent. this struck at our system of letter writing & I replied rather at large. he invited me to Maize Hill but I am from Bristol to Bath & Bath to Bristol till I see Balliol once again. & most gladly shall I see it. my recreations I always carry with me & society will add to these. Edmund Seward resides six months longer than he expected. much to my satisfaction you may suppose. poor George Burnett is alone there, mal-treated for his temperance.

How Rousseau would have exulted in the history of Pelew. [14]  Bedford if the death of Lee Boo [15]  was fortunate how must you execrate the new colony founding there when they have our luxuries, our creeds, our arts & distinctions, they will no longer preserve their characteristic excellencies — artificial vices will be introduced among them & the Xtianity we may teach will be worse than their present atheism — many a man would start at this assertion. but as no man would contract a distemper for the sake of being cured by an excellent physician — I am apt to think the virtuous irreligion of Pelew far above the degenerate Xtianity of Europe.

You may take this for a new years letter. as such I wrote the verses this evening to pass a heavy hour. at least antedating is preferable to a certain friend of ours who honourd St David [16]  always on the 2nd of March. you have plenty of time to send me a new years ode in return & your purposd visit to Ealing need not prevent you. has Lovell shown you any of his verses? I speak impartially when I say that they equal anythings production that have fallen under my judgement for elegance & delicacy. I will go to Bath for a few on his return chiefly to meet him. Sewards married sister is there now & Combe. direct however here as usual my stay will be short & my departure is uncertain. your friends I hope are all well. remember me to them kindly & respectfully. send me Tom Paine & believe me yours sincerely.

RS.

is not Elmsley a fellow of Oriel? if so I fear we are not destined to be friends. you know I am barely acquainted with Peter. [17] 


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* Address: Grosvenor Charles Bedford Esqr/ New Palace Yard/ Westminster/ Single
Stamped: BRISTOL
Postmark: ADE/ 26/ 93
Watermarks: G R in a circle; figure of Britannia
Endorsement: Recd. Decr. 27 1793
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 22. ALS; 4p.
Unpublished. BACK

[1] Tis come ... be thine: Verse written in double columns. BACK

[2] John Milton (1608–1674; DNB), translation of Horace (65–8 BC), Odes, Book 1, no. 5, line 1 as ‘The Fifth Ode of Horace. Lib. I’ (1654). The Latin translates as ‘what slender youth [courts] thee amid so many roses?’ BACK

[3] William Collins (1721–1759; DNB), whose most famous experiment with alcaics was ‘Ode to Evening’ (1746). BACK

[4] Anna Letitia Barbauld (1743–1825; DNB), whose ‘Ode to Spring’ (1773) is written in alcaics. BACK

[5] For example see, ‘Ode to Fancy’ in Poems Chiefly by Gentlemen of Devonshire and Cornwall, 2 vols (Bath, 1792), I, pp. 71–77. Contributors to the collection included Richard Polwhele (1760–1838; DNB). BACK

[6] Frank Sayers (1763–1817; DNB), ‘Ode to Aurora’, in his Poems (Norwich, 1792), pp. 167–170. BACK

[7] Joseph Townsend (1739–1816; DNB), A Journey Through Spain in the Years 1786 and 1787, 2nd edn, 3 vols (London, 1792), I, p. 252. BACK

[8] English translation of part of the Apostles Creed of c. AD 300. ‘Catholic’ is a translation of the Greek word ‘Katholikos’, and refers to all Christians rather than the Roman Catholic Church. BACK

[9] A paraphrase of Thomas Paine (1737–1809; DNB), Common Sense (London, 1776), p. [1]. BACK

[10] Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741–1801), Swiss theologian, poet and physiognomist. BACK

[11] Leader of the Israelites, and believed to be author of the first five books of the Old Testament. After his death, Israel was ruled by judges rather than kings. BACK

[12] James Mackintosh (1765–1832; DNB), author of Vindiciæ Gallicæ: A Defence of the French Revolution and its English Admirers (1791). BACK

[13] Horace (65–8 BC), Epistles, Book 1, no. 1, line 14. The Latin can be translated as ‘I am not bound over’. BACK

[14] Probably The Interesting and Affecting History of Prince Lee Boo, a Native of the Pelew Islands, Brought to England by Capt. Wilson (1789). BACK

[15] Prince Lee Boo (c.1764–1784; DNB), first visitor to Britain from the Pelew Islands, became something of a celebrity. He died of smallpox during his visit and is buried at Rotherhithe, Kent. BACK

[16] Patron saint of Wales; his feast day is 1 March. BACK

[17] is not Elmsley...Peter: Written upside down on fol. 2 v. BACK

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και τις προσεχείς ημέρες πραγματοποιείται η τελική υποβολή του έργου.

Το Υπουργείο Περιβάλλοντος και Ενέργειας είναι ο συντονιστής του έργου, και στο εταιρικό σχήμα συμμετέχουν μεταξύ άλλων το Πράσινο Ταμείο, το Χαροκόπειο Πανεπιστήμιο, ο Ελληνικός Οργανισμός Ανακύκλωσης, ο Ελληνικός Οργανισμός Τυποποίησης, Οικολογική Εταιρία Ανακύκλωσης, Δίκτυο Αειφόρων Νήσων – ΔΑΦΝΗ κ.ά.

Ο συνολικός προϋπολογισμός του έργου αναμένεται στα 17 εκ. € (με ευρωπαϊκή χρηματοδότηση 60%) και η διάρκειά υλοποίησής του στα 8 χρόνια (2020 – 2027), σε 4 διαδοχικές 2ετείς φάσεις ολοκλήρωσης. Ο προϋπολογισμός για το Δήμο Τήνου εκτιμάται έως και πεντακόσιες εξήντα εννέα χιλιάδες ογδόντα οχτώ ευρώ €569.088,00 εκ των οποίων ο Δήμος θα καλύψει το 15% με ίδιους πόρους.

ενικός στόχος του έργου είναι η ενίσχυση της υλοποίησης του Εθνικού Σχεδιασμού Διαχείρισης Αποβλήτων, της Εθνικής Στρατηγικής για την Πρόληψη των Αποβλήτων και κατ’ επέκταση της Εθνικής Στρατηγικής για την Κυκλική Οικονομία. Οι επιμέρους στόχοι του έργου είναι: Μείωση % διάθεσης αποβλήτων, Ενίσχυση χωριστής συλλογής αποβλήτων, Πρόληψη δημιουργίας αποβλήτων (για απόβλητα τροφίμων), Διαχείριση ΜΠΕΑ, Ενίσχυση της Κυκλικής Οικονομίας, Κινητοποίηση/ εκταμίευση πόρων άλλων χρηματοδοτικών εργαλείων. Στο πλαίσιο του εν λόγω έργου προβλέπεται η υλοποίηση έργων σε πιλοτικές περιοχές, μεταξύ των οποίων έχει προταθεί από το ΥΠΕΝ να είναι και ο Δήμος Τήνου.

Συγκεκριμένα αναμένεται να υλοποιηθούν καινοτόμες πιλοτικές δράσεις και έργα στα νησιά Αλόννησος, Αντίπαρος, Πάρος, Σαντορίνη και Τήνος με στόχο την ολοκληρωμένη διαχείριση αποβλήτων και τη σταδιακή μετατροπή τους σε υποδειγματικά νησιά μηδενικών αποβλήτων (zerowaste island). Το περιεχόμενο των έργων και δράσεων θα προσδιορισθεί κατά την προκαταρκτική φάση υλοποίησης του έργου και θα προκύψει ως αποτέλεσμα συνεργασίας των Δήμων με τους υπόλοιπους φορείς του εταιρικού σχήματος. Στην φάση αυτή θα εκπονηθούν επίσης οι αναγκαίες μελέτες εφαρμογής για την υλοποίηση των έργων και δράσεων που θα ακολουθήσουν.

Ενδεικτικά αναφέρεται η παρακάτω λίστα έργων και δράσεων που αναμένεται να υλοποιηθούν:

Ολοκληρωμένη διαχείριση αποβλήτων νέων ρευμάτων

  • Πλαστικά μιας χρήσης (δοχεία τροφίμων, σκεύη μεταφοράς ποτών, μπατονέττες, μαχαιροπίρουνα, πιάτα, αναδευτήρες, καλαμάκια, κονταράκια χειρολαβής για μπαλόνια, μπαλόνια, πακέτα περιτυλίγματα, δοχεία ποτών / μπουκάλια (συμπεριλαμβανομένων των καλυμμάτων τους), αποτσίγαρα, είδη υγιεινής (υγρά μαντηλάκια, σερβιέτες), πλαστικές σακούλες μεταφοράς ελαφρού βάρους) λόγω της αυξημένης τουριστικής δραστηριότητας κατά τη θερινή περίοδο
  • Αλιευτικός εξοπλισμός λόγω της αυξημένης επαγγελματικής δραστηριότητας
  •  Απόβλητα τροφίμων, κυρίως κατά τη θερινή περίοδο λόγω της αυξημένης τουριστικής δραστηριότητας
  • Επικίνδυνα οικιακά απορρίμματα
  • Υφάσματα

Ολοκληρωμένη διαχείριση γεωργοκτηνοτροφικών αποβλήτων
  • Απόβλητα από γεωργική και κτηνοτροφική δραστηριότητα
  • Απόβλητα από την αλυσίδα της αγροτικής παραγωγής και μεταποιητικής δραστηριότητας
  • Διαχείριση Μικρών Ποσοτήτων Επικίνδυνων Αποβλήτων (ΜΠΕΑ) στα αστικά
  • Χωριστή συλλογή των ΜΠΕΑ από το ρεύμα των ΑΣΑ και η περαιτέρω κατάλληλη διαχείρισή τους (ηλεκτρονικές και ηλεκτρικές συσκευές, συσσωρευτές, εργαλεία, εξοπλισμός φωτισμού, παιχνίδια και αθλητικός εξοπλισμός)

Δράσεις πρόληψης δημιουργίας αποβλήτων τροφίμων
  • Πλατφόρμα παρακολούθησης πρόληψης δημιουργίας αποβλήτων
  • Δράσεις πρόληψης και επανάχρησης τροφίμων
Ανάπτυξη οικονομικών εργαλείων προς υποστήριξη της Κυκλικής Οικονομίας
  • Δείκτες «κυκλικότητας»
  • Ανάπτυξη εργαλείων χρηματοδότησης στη βάσει δεικτών «κυκλικότητας»
  • Προδιαγραφές / πρότυπα για δευτερογενή υλικά
  • «Πληρώνω όσο πετάω» (πιλοτική εφαρμογή στο Δ. Βάρης Βούλας Βουλιαγμένης)
Δράσεις ανάπτυξης ανθρωπίνου δυναμικού (Capacity Building)
  • Φόρουμ για κοινωνικούς/θεσμικούς φορείς
  • Εκπαίδευση υπαλλήλων ΟΤΑ
Δράσεις ενημέρωσης – ευαισθητοποίησης
  • Φυλλάδια, ημερίδες, ενημερωτικά δελτία, ιστοσελίδα κτλ
Η συμμετοχή του Δήμου Τήνου στο εν λόγω έργο θεωρείται ιδιαίτερα σημαντική για την ουσιαστική υποστήριξη του Δήμου στην υλοποίηση ενός φιλόδοξου σχεδίου διαχείρισης απορριμμάτων με στοιχεία καινοτομίας και κυκλικότητας όπως προβλέπεται στην επικαιροποιημένη σχετική Εθνική και Ευρωπαϊκή νομοθεσία.

Το Δημοτικό Συμβούλιο αποφάσισε ομόφωνα την συμμετοχή του Δήμου Τήνου στο εταιρικό σχήμα για την υποβολή του έργου με τίτλο "Circular Economy Implementation in Greece” και κωδικό LIFE 18 IPE 000013 με προϋπολογισμό έως και πεντακόσιες εξήντα εννέα χιλιάδες ογδόντα οχτώ ευρώ 569.088,00 €.

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Η Κύθνος είναι νησί των Δυτικών Κυκλάδων ανάμεσα σε Κέα και Σέριφο, και απέχει 56 ν. μίλια από το λιμάνι του Πειραιά και μόλις 2 ώρες από το λιμάνι του Λαυρίου.


Γενικά 

Ονομάζεται και Θερμιά (τα Θερμιά), τουλάχιστον από τον 12ο αιώνα οπότε και αναφέρεται "Επισκοπή Κέας και Θερμίων". Το όνομα αυτό οφείλεται στις θερμές πηγές που υπάρχουν μέχρι και σήμερα στον όρμο των Λουτρών. Τα λουτρά της Κύθνου λέγεται ότι απολάμβανε και ο βασιλιάς Όθωνας και η βασίλισσα Αμαλία.

Έχει έκταση 99,432 τ.χλμ. και μήκος ακτογραμμών περίπου 104 χιλιόμετρα. Διαθέτει 92 όρμους, ορμίσκους και παραλίες, οι περισσότερες από τις οποίες είναι προσιτές οδικά. Τα βουνά της νήσου δεν είναι μεγάλα, η υψηλότερη κορυφή είναι ο "Προφήτης Ηλίας" στο όρος Πέτρα με υψόμετρο 336μ. ενώ στο ίδιο περίπου ύψος είναι και οι κορυφές του Αγίου Μηνά και των Αγίων Θεοδώρων. Παλαιότερα στη Κύθνο ευδοκιμούσε πολύ το κριθάρι που προπολεμικά η εξαγωγή του έφθανε το μισό εκατομμύριο οκάδες. Κύριος προμηθευτής ήταν η ζυθοποιία Φιξ. Άλλα κύρια προϊόντα είναι το μέλι τα σύκα, το κρασί, τα αμύγδαλα. Το κλίμα θεωρείται πολύ υγιεινό και η διαμονή μάλλον ευχάριστη παρά τους ισχυρούς βόρειους ανέμους. Γενικά τα δένδρα στη Κύθνο σπανίζουν.
Στο νησί υπάρχουν δύο μεσόγεια χωριά, η Χώρα ή Μεσαριά που αποτελεί και την πρωτεύουσα του νησιού, με 806 κατοίκους και η Δρυοπίδα με 797 κατοίκους (απογραφή 2001). Επιπλέον υπάρχουν τρεις κύριοι παραθαλάσσιοι οικισμοί: το κύριο λιμάνι Μέριχας με 250 κατοίκους περίπου, τα Λουτρά με τις ιαματικές πηγές και η Παναγία Κανάλα με την ομώνυμη εκκλησία. Η περιοχή αυτή της Κανάλας είναι από τους πιο δημοφιλείς προορισμούς του καλοκαιριού καθώς παραθερίζουν εκεί πλήθος τουριστών. Φημίζεται ακόμη, ως το πιο "πράσινο" σημείο του νησιού.Εκτός από αυτούς υπάρχουν και αρκετοί μικρότεροι οικισμοί όπως: Αγ. Δημήτριος, Επισκοπή, Αγ. Στέφανος, Φλαμπούρια, Καλό Λιβάδι, Αγ. Ειρήνη και Απόκρουση. Έχει σχεδόν καθημερινή συγκοινωνία με τον Πειραιά, το λιμάνι του Λαυρίου και την πρωτεύουσα των Κυκλάδων Ερμούπολη (Σύρος) καθώς και με άλλα νησιά των δυτικών Κυκλάδων, με συμβατικά κυρίως πλοία και ταχύπλοα τους καλοκαιρινούς μήνες.
Στην αριστερή πλευρά toy Μέριχα ακριβώς πάνω από τη θάλασσα, υψώνεται ο ναός των Αγίων Ακινδύνων. Οι Άγιοι – Ακίνδυνος, Πηγάσιος, Ανεµπόδιστος, Ελπιδοφόρος και Αφθόνιος – είναι οι προστάτες του λιµανιού και των καραβιών του. Κάθε χρόνο, στις 2 Νοεµβρίου οι κάτοικοι του Μέριχα αλλά και όλου του νησιού διοργανώνουν ένα από τα µεγαλύτερα πανηγύρια του νησιού, για να τιµήσουν τους πέντε Μάρτυρες.

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Η πρωταθλήτρια Μαρία Πολύζου γίνεται πρέσβειρα του επετειακού 10ου Ποσειδώνιου Ημιμαραθώνιου!

Την Κυριακή 21 Απριλίου με την ομάδα της, θα τρέξει ξανά για το «Όραμα Ελπίδας» και θα στείλει μήνυμα υποστήριξης όλων των γυναικών δρομέων



Είναι μία από τις πιο πιστές αθλήτριες του Ποσειδωνίου Ημιμαραθωνίου. Σχεδόν κάθε χρόνο δίνει το παρόν στους αγώνες μας, αποτελώντας ένα λαμπρό αθλητικό παράδειγμα για τους υπόλοιπους δρομείς κι υπηρετώντας κοινωνικούς, ανώτερους σκοπούς. Φέτος, η Μαρία Πολύζου, η πανελληνιονίκης δρομέας, κάτοχος του πανελληνίου ρεκόρ στον μαραθώνιο γυναικών, θα στηρίξει τον 10ο Ποσειδώνιο Ημιμαραθώνιο, ξανά από τη θέση της πρέσβειρας της διοργάνωσης!

Η κορυφαία ελληνίδα μαραθωνοδρόμος θα είναι παρούσα σε όλα τα σημαντικά για τον Ποσειδώνιο ραντεβού στην πορεία της προετοιμασίας της διοργάνωσης, χαρίζοντας λίγη από την αύρα της στους αγώνες. Παράλληλα, την Κυριακή 21 Απριλίου μαζί με την ομάδα της Marathon Team Greece by Maria Polyzou, θα στηθεί στην γραμμή της εκκίνησης στο Πολιτιστικό και Αθλητικό Κέντρο του Δήμου Παλαιού Φαλήρου, συμμετέχοντας σχεδόν σε όλες τις διαδρομές που περιλαμβάνονται στο πρόγραμμα της ημέρας.

Η προσπάθειά τους στους στίβους θα συνδυαστεί με σημαντικούς σκοπούς! Φιλοδοξώντας να ευαισθητοποιήσουν το κοινό ώστε να εγγραφούν εθελοντές δότες μυελού των οστών, θα τρέξουν για τον σύλλογο «Όραμα Ελπίδας», κάνοντας έναν δικό τους «Μαραθώνιο ζωής». Παράλληλα, η Πολύζου ως πρότυπο γυναίκας αθλήτριας που έχει διακριθεί στους στίβους, μέσα από την εμπλοκή της στον Ποσειδώνιο, επιχειρεί να στηρίξει όλες τις κυρίες του τρεξίματος και να προσκαλέσει κι άλλες να βάλουν τα αθλητικά τους παπούτσια και να πάρουν θέση στην εκκίνηση.

Η Μαρία Πολύζου είναι η πρώτη Ελληνίδα που αγωνίστηκε σε μαραθώνιο δρόμο, σε Ολυμπιακούς Αγώνες, στην Ατλάντα το 1996. Υπήρξε πρωταθλήτρια επί είκοσι συναπτά έτη και κάτοχος του ρεκόρ Ελλάδας, στο μαραθώνιο δρόμο, ρεκόρ που διατηρείται μέχρι και σήμερα με 2:3:40. Μέχρι σήμερα, κατέχει την καλύτερη ελληνική επίδοση στην αυθεντική διαδρομή Μαραθώνας- Αθήνα με χρόνο 2:39:10 από το Παγκόσμιο Πρωτάθλημα του 1997, όπου κατέλαβε και την 12η θέση. Είναι κάτοχος επίσης και του Πανελλήνιου Ρεκόρ στον Ημιμαραθώνιο με χρόνο 1:13:31 από το 1998. 

Κατέκτησε το Πρώτο Χρυσό Βαλκανικό Μετάλλιο σε Μαραθώνιο Δρόμο, σημειώνοντας Βαλκανικό Ρεκόρ τρέχοντας στην Κωνσταντινούπολη το 1990. Προς τιμήν της ακούστηκε ο Εθνικός Ύμνος μέσα στην Πόλη. Συνολικά στην καριέρα της, κατέρριψε 14 Πανελλήνια Ρεκόρ, σε διάφορες αποστάσεις.

Τον Ιούλιο του 2010 επανέλαβε ένα άθλο της Παγκόσμιας ιστορίας. Στην επέτειο των 2.500 χρόνων από την Μάχη του Μαραθώνα, διάνυσε, τρέχοντας την απόσταση από την Αθήνα στην Σπάρτη, ξεκουράστηκε μία ώρα, και πήρε, τρέχοντας πάλι, τον δρόμο της επιστροφής. Στην Ακρόπολη πρώτα και από εκεί στο τύμβο των πεσόντων στον Μαραθώνα. Σε εφτά ημέρες η Μαρία, διένυσε 524 χιλιόμετρα, απόσταση που αντιστοιχεί περίπου σε 13 μαραθωνίους (42χλμ). Αυτός είναι ο Φειδιππίδειος Άθλος, και η Μαρία Πολύζου είναι η μοναδική γυναίκα από την αρχαιότητα μέχρι σήμερα που κατάφερε να τον επαναλάβει.

Έχει διανύσει περίπου στους 50 μαραθώνιους ενώ έχει διανύσει στην αθλητική της καριέρα πάνω από 280.000 χιλιόμετρα και συνεχίζει να τρέχει και να αγωνίζεται, μεταφέροντας το μήνυμα του ΟΡΑΜΑΤΟΣ ΕΛΠΙΔΑΣ για να γίνουμε εθελοντές δότες μυελού των οστών .

Ανάμεσα στις άλλες σημαντικές διακρίσεις της αθλητικής της ζωής, συγκαταλέγεται και η ανακήρυξή της σε Πρέσβειρα του Μαραθωνίου Δρόμου το 2009 αλλά και OLYMPIAN από τον WORLD OLYMPIAN ASSOCIATION.

Είναι τελειόφοιτη του ΤΕΦΦΑ ΑΘΗΝΩN και προπονήτρια της MARATHON TEAM GREECE by Maria Polyzou.

Η κοινωνική διάσταση στην δράση της Μαρία Πολύζου, δένει άρρηκτα την δρομέα με τον Ποσειδώνιο Ημιμαραθώνιο, ο οποίος από την πρώτη του κιόλας διοργάνωση άφησε το στίγμα του στην φιλανθρωπική έννοια του τρεξίματος. Σκοπός της πολύπλευρης διοργάνωσης είναι να μεταδώσει το μήνυμα της χαράς του τρεξίματος και την ευαισθητοποίηση για τα θέματα της παχυσαρκίας και του διαβήτη φωνάζοντας «Τρέχω & Βαδίζω. Δίνω αξία στα βήματά μου! Δράση για το διαβήτη και την παχυσαρκία. Τώρα!». Ανάμεσα, στα έξι συνολικά δρομικά αγωνίσματα που περιλαμβάνει το πρόγραμμα της ημέρας, συγκαταλέγεται και ο αγώνας κοινωνικής προσφοράς όπου οι συμμετέχοντες τρέχουν για να ενισχύσουν το έργο του Πανελλήνιου Συλλόγου Προσαρμοσμένων Δραστηριοτήτων «Άλμα» για παιδιά με νοητική στέρηση και αυτισμό, δίνοντας φιλανθρωπική διάσταση στο τρέξιμό τους αλλά και τον Ποσειδώνιο γενικότερα.

Φέτος, ο πρώτος ιστορικά ημιμαραθώνιος της Αθήνας, επιστρέφει στο Παλαιό Φάληρο, την Κυριακή 21 Απριλίου με μια όμορφη ανανεωμένη διαδρομή που επεκτείνονται σε όλον τον Φαληρικό Όρμο, δίπλα στη θάλασσα και ένα πλούσιο πρόγραμμα εξωαγωνιστικών δράσεων! Οι ενδιαφερόμενοι, μπορούν να δηλώνουν συμμετοχή μέσα από τη σελίδα της διοργάνωσης www.poseidon-athenshalfmarathon.com.





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          O Taika Waititi σε πολλαπλό ρόλο για τη σειρά "Time Bandits"      Cache   Translate Page      

Ουάου!

Ο Taika Waititi, γνωστός για τη σκηνοθεσία του "Thor: Ragnarok", λέγεται ότι θα κατέχει πολλαπλό ρόλο για το πιλοτικό επεισόδιο της επερχόμενης σειράς της Apple, "Time Bandits".

Σύμφωνα με το Deadline, ο Waititi θα είναι σκηνοθέτης, σεναριογράφος και εκτελεστικός παραγωγός του επεισοδίου. Η σειρά θα αποτελεί remake της κλασικής ταινία του Terry Gilliam, ο οποίος μαζί με τον Dan Halsted (People of Earth) θα είναι παραγωγοί της σειράς. Παραγωγοί θα είναι και οι εταιρίες Anonymous Content, Paramount Television και Media Rights Capital.

Στην αυθεντική ταινία του '81 πρωταγωνιστούσαν οι Sean Connery, John Cleese και Shelley Duvall. Η ιστορία περιστρέφονταν γύρω από ένα 11χρονο αγόρι με τρελή φαντασία και αγάπη για την ιστορία, το οποίο ταξιδεύει στον χρόνο με έξι νάνους για να κλέψει μεγάλους θησαυρούς. Στην ταινία βλέπουμε ιστορικές και μυθολογικές φιγούρες, όπως οι Αγαμέμνονας, Ναπολέοντας και Ρομπέν των Δασών.


Η Apple αγόρασε τα δικαιώματα του "Time Bandits" πέρυσι. Ετοιμάζει μια άτιτλη ακόμα δραματική σειρά με πρωταγωνίστρια την Brie Larson, την ταινία "On the Rocks" της Sofia Coppola, αλλά και μια μίνι δραματική σειρά με πρωταγωνίστρια την Jennifer Garner και σκηνοθέτη τον J.J. Abrams.

Ο Waititi ετοιμάζεται να σκηνοθετήσει επεισόδιο για την επερχόμενη σειρά του Disney+, "Star Wars: The Mandalorian" και την τηλεοπτική μεταφορά του "What We Do in the Shadows" στο FX.

Για περισσότερα νέα στο κινηματογραφικό και τηλεοπτικό τοπίο, μείνετε συντονισμένοι στο IGN Greece.

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          H Lucy Hale πρωταγωνιστεί στη spinoff σειρά του "Riverdale", "Katy Keene"      Cache   Translate Page      

Στον ομώνυμο ρόλο, φυσικά.

Η Lucy Hale, γνωστή μέσα από τη σειρά "Pretty Little Liars", θα πρωταγωνιστήσει στη σειρά "Katy Keene", στον ομώνυμο ρόλο.

Σύμφωνα με το Deadline, η σειρά θα αποτελέσει spinoff του "Riverdale" και θα δημιουργηθεί από τον Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa και τις εταιρείες Berlanti Productions και Warner Bros. TV για το CW. Εκτελεστικοί παραγωγοί θα είναι οι Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter και Jon Goldwater, και πρόεδρος της Archie Comics. Σκηνοθέτης θα είναι η Maggie Kiley (Riverdale).



Η ιστορία θα επικεντρώνεται γύρω από την Katy Keene, η οποία έχει σαν όνειρό της να γίνει σχεδιάστρια μόδας, και τη ζωή της στην Νέα Υόρκη. Στην προσπάθεια να κάνει το όνειρό της πραγματικότητα, θα δουλέψει σε ένα εμπορικό κέντρο, ενώ θα έχει για παρέα της την Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), η οποία θέλει να γίνει τραγουδίστρια, και άλλους δύο φίλους της. Η σειρά θα είναι μιούζικαλ και θα βλέπουμε τους τέσσερις φίλους καθώς προσπαθούν να επιβιώσουν στην πόλη. Μέχρι στιγμής, το πράσινο φως έχει πάρει μόνο το πιλοτικό επεισόδιο και όχι ολόκληρη η σεζόν.

Η Hale είναι ήδη γνωστή στο κανάλι, μέσω της σειράς "Life Sentence", η οποία διήρκεσε μόνο για μία σεζόν. Πρόσφατα την είδαμε στην ταινία "Truth or Dare" του Jeff Wadlow, αλλά και στην ταινία της Olivia Milch, "Dude". Αναμένουμε να τη δούμε στο "Fantasy Island" πλάι στους Michael Pena και Maggie Q, αλλά και στο "A Nice Girl Like You" των Chris και Nick Riedell.

To "Riverdale", όπως και άλλες σειρές του καναλιού, έχει ανανεωθεί ήδη για 3η σεζόν, ενώ πρόσφατα έχασε ένα μέλος του cast του, τον Luke Perry. Για περισσότερα νέα στο τηλεοπτικό και κινηματογραφικό τοπίο, μείνετε συντονισμένοι στο IGN Greece.

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          2019 Range Rover Evoque video review: the perfect compact SUV?      Cache   Translate Page      
Autocar Land Rover Evoque video review thumbnail Land Rover's second generation Evoque gets driven for the first time to see if it does enough to best the rest of the compact SUV class

The second-generation Evoque is an evolutionary update that Land Rover says is even more deserving of the Range Rover badge than its style-conscious predecessor. Upgraded interior technology and styling that makes it look like a baby Velar certainly back up that claim - but what is the new Evoque like to drive?

Matt Saunders went to Greece to put the car through its paces, both on- and off-road, to see if it can rival the likes of Audi's Q2 and the Volvo XC40.

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          Estilo Mediterraneo      Cache   Translate Page      

Cheerful, warm, fresh and vibrant, the Mediterranean style has its roots in the culture of the Mediterranean basin that geographically encompasses a diversity of countries ranging from Spain, southern France, Italy, Greece, through Turkey to arriving around, Morocco. A style that evokes the warmth of the sun and the freshness of the ocean and that inevitably reminds us of holidays.Read more at the source.


          The 10 most beautiful caves in Greece – The Cave of the Lakes      Cache   Translate Page      

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          Ο Σταύρος Θεοδωράκης στο Checkpoint: Αυτή η φωτιά δεν μπορεί να περάσει απαρατήρητη      Cache   Translate Page      
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           Comment on Greece Releases 2019 Eurovision Song “Better Love” by Greek Canadian Singer Katerine Duska by Themis       Cache   Translate Page      
Keep well, Gregory. Thank you for keeping us aware of the achievements of Hellenes from all over the world. This entry by a fellow Greek-Canadian is a fabulous song. Kali Sarakosti Themis from Toronto, Canada
          Enterprise Greece: Προβολή της Ελλάδας στο διεθνές συνέδριο τουριστικών επενδύσεων IHIF      Cache   Translate Page      
Το International Hotel Investment Forum πραγματοποιήθηκε για 22η συνεχή χρονιά και συγκέντρωσε στελέχη της παγκόσμιας τουριστικής βιομηχανίας, από όλο τον κόσμο, που εστιάζουν στην υλοποίηση επενδύσεων στον συγκεκριμένο κλάδο. Φέτος, υπολογίζεται ότι πάνω από 2.500 ανώτερα στελέχη, από περισσότερες από 80 χώρες, παρακολούθησαν το συνέδριο. Πρόκειται
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          Drilling results reveal global climate influence on basin wa      Cache   Translate Page      
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Drilling results reveal global climate influence on basin wa Science Daily Geology New results from the Gulf of Corinth, Greece, a continental rift zone where the first stage of ocean basin formation is taking place, show how the environmental conditions and sediment input into the rift basin changed as the ... more ... Statistics : 1 Post || 1 Views Post by NewsPoster
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Drilling results reveal global climate influence on basin wa Science Daily Geology New results from the Gulf of Corinth, Greece, a continental rift zone where the first stage of ocean basin formation is taking place, show how the environmental conditions and sediment input into the rift basin changed as the ... more ... Statistics : 1 Post || 20 Views Post by NewsPoster
          Study says taking a nap can lower your blood pressure just as well as pills -- but there's a catch      Cache   Translate Page      

Tinpixels/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Monday is National Nap Day, and now there's a serious medical finding that may convince you to get some midday shuteye.

Taking a nap isn't just about recharging your batteries -- a new study says clocking out for a bit during the day can lower your blood pressure as much as taking blood pressure medication can.

Researcher Manolis Kallistratos with Asklepieion General Hospital in Greece and his colleagues studied 212 people who had high blood pressure, and prescribed a nap for some, and none for the other group. Those who napped at least 49 minutes in the afternoon saw their systolic blood pressure fall an average of  5mm/Hg lower compared to those who didn't take a nap.

Kallistros noted, "These findings are important because a fall in blood pressure as small as 2 mm Hg can reduce the risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attack, by up to 10 percent."

The researchers are presenting their findings at the upcoming American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session in New Orleans.

But before you throw your pills in the trash, the ABC News Medical Units had some caveats, most notably, that the study was a small one, and the researchers don't say for how long the effect was sustained.

At any rate, a nap is not a substitute for pills if prescribed by a physician.

What's more, the effect the nappers enjoyed might very well be from living an existence that's chill enough for them to actually be able to take a midday nap and not the nap itself.

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          The White Raven      Cache   Translate Page      
Coronis
Painting by Adam Elsheimer
Though a beautiful land of vast plains and towering mountains, Thessaly, in northern Greece, held a dread curse over her ruling house. The house of Phlegyas was damned by Olympus, as the King of the Thessalian Lapith tribe had blasphemed terribly against the most high. Both children of Phlegyas would feel the wrath of gods. The King's son, Ixion, dared vengeance upon Zeus himself, and was now condemned to be bound to a wheel of fire that roared through the vaults of Heaven until the end of times. The fate of the King's daughter, Coronis, hung in the balance...

The maiden of Larissa, the hand of Coronis was sought after far and wide, by mortal, and immortal. But far from winning the hand of any earthly prince, she won something more - the heart of the Sun god himself, Apollo the son of Zeus. While travelling with her father to the land of the Epidaurians deep in the Argolid, when alone one night, the son of Zeus came down to her from on high. Finding the Thessalian princess alone from her kin, out of sight and out of earshot, the god made his strike. Coronis, overwhelmed by the glory of an immortal god, succumbed to the allure of the son of Zeus.

Some months passed, and soon time bore witness to the swell in the belly of the Larissan maid. Apollo, son of Zeus and lord of light, rejoiced at the coming of his child. Commanding his faithful servant, a raven of purest white, he bade the bird keep watch on Coronis, and bring tidings of her to Olympus. Down to the earthly plain it flew, a glimmer of white, for in those days of old the raven was as white as the first winter snow, and 'soft as the swan'.


              " But his own bird the raven chanc'd to find
                The false one with a secret rival joyn'd
                Coronis begg'd him to suppress the tale,
                But could not with repeated pray'rs prevail "
                     - THE RAVEN UNCOVERS THE INFIDELITY OF CORONIS


Grim were the tidings indeed, for it seemed the absence of Apollo had hit Coronis hard. The Thessalian princess had since fallen for Ischys, a Thessalian boy, and it was her meeting with the lad that the snowy raven caught sight of now. Cold dread flooded him icier than the snows like which he seemed. The raven agonised over what to do, should he defend his master's honour, and furiously peck the stranger away? Should he chastise Coronis for dishonouring the father of her unborn child? Should he do nothing? At length, the mischievous nature of the raven took flight, and the snowbird soared to the skies, hurtling to the Kingdom of the Sun.


            " The raven to her injur'd patron flew,
               And found him out, and told the fatal truth
              Of false Coronis and the favour'd youth "
                   - THE RAVEN REVEALS CORONIS

Terrible was the fury of the god, cuckolded by a mere mortal, and worse, when the lady was with his child. All colour drained the Sun god's ever youthful complexion bar the red of rage. Madness of jealous anger flooded him, banishing afar reason and good sense. His radiant hand as a flash of his father's lightning darted toward his bow, the dread of giants and all creatures of darkness. With a scream, he wrenched the string back, feathered arrow nocked, and released. Sure and true, the golden dart raced through the Heavens and Earth, and transfixed itself in the breast of Coronis. Where once the sun god had touched in life, he now struck in death. To her knees fell the maiden of Thessaly, gentle groans, and no words, as her life-force trickled out from the burning wound. Apollo's fire grew not cooler, but hotter still, as he found no release from grief at his fell deed. As her soul leaked from her wound, Coronis cried with her last breath:


          " Ah cruel god! Tho' I have justly dy'd,
            What has, alas! my unborn infant done,
            That he should fall, and two expire in one? "
                    - CORONIS' PLEA

The Argolid
Photograph taken by the author
With that, her noblest words, she departed life, as the fires of the sun god's dart consumed her mortal form. Her words pierced both fire and sky, and reached Apollo's ears. A thundering remorse pulsed through him, as he was seized with grief and regret. So great was the heat that emanated from within him the snowy raven was scorched, his magnificent plumage, once pure as hope, now blackened with grief. Charred deeply, from that day the raven and all his descendants would bear the mark of that day, and that is why the raven has black feathers. Soaring down to her body, the sun god heard the cries of a baby, and resolved to protect the child. The son of an immortal god, the child could not die, alas her mother bore not the same shield against Death. From amongst the embers, the screaming child was ripped, a ray of the sun god's hope. To him was given the name of Asclepius, who would one day be the god of healing and rejuvenation. Apollo set him in the land which conceived him, the land of the Epidaurians in the Argolid, there to be raised by the finest tutor of the age, the centaur, Chiron, who had taught Achilles himself. For the god of healing, it was the beginning....



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          Theseus and the Minotaur      Cache   Translate Page      
The legend of the hero Theseus is matched only by the infamy of the beast he slew - the Minotaur. When the city's hour of need was at its greatest, the hero came forth to face the threat beyond the sea...


Theseus discovers the sword
Painting by Antonion Balestra
Long ago, before the days of Hellenic greatness, before even the Trojan War, there sat Aegeus on the throne of Athens, eighth in line since great Cecrops had received the olive from the goddess Athena and founded the city which forever honours her name. As a young man, Aegeus had sought a Queen to secure the still fragile Athenian dynasty, and came to the city of Troezen, a power in the nearby Eastern Peloponnese. Smitten with Aethra, daughter to King Pittheus, the humble Aegeus pledged himself to her. When the night of their betrothal came, and the wedding was consummated, a god's will compelled Aethra out of the Palace and into the night. Drawn far from the walls, her foot touched the glassy waters of the ocean, as she waded to the island of Sphairia. There, embraced in Poseidon's realm, she was embraced too by the god of the watery realm. Thus was her son to have two fathers, one a mortal man, the other a god, a son of Kronos. When Dawn arrived, and the enchantment lifted, Aethra was racked with guilt, and confessed to Aegeus. Distraught, the Athenian King resolved to return to Athens. But before he did, he left a trial for his yet unborn son. Taking his own sword and sandals, he dug a ditch just wide enough, and concealed the regalia within, and sealed them in their earthen tomb below a mighty boulder such that no man who lacked royal or divine blood could lift. Aegeus told Aethra that when the time came, the boy might come to him bearing the sword and sandals, and his birthright would then be his.

Thus was the infant boy, who was gifted the name of Theseus, raised in the land of his mother. With royal blood of both mortal and immortal kind flowing in his veins, a strong young lad he became, the envy of all in his company. Then one day he asked his mother of his father, for rumours had he heard of his mystical parentage. Aethra told the boy of the boulder, and that he should take what he found beneath it to King Aegeus of Athens, and follow his path there. Finding the great stone, in the grip of vines and of moss, Theseus placed his strong hands on either side, and heaved. Royal blood and divine sinew strained, and the pinnacle was torn from the ground. A flash of sunlight shone from below, and there no more tarnished than the day they were lain there, the sword glinted, and the sandals too. Taking them, a warmth in his fingers, Theseus set out on the long road to Athens.

When at last the Acropolis appeared on the horizon, Theseus arrived in a city of misery, for Athens was submit to the will of the wrathful King of Crete - Minos. Long ago, enraged by the assassination of his son at the hands of jealous Athenians, Minos had warred down Athens to the point of capitulation. In desperation, the Athenians begged the Oracle of Delphi for advice. Her words were unsually unambiguous - submit to Minos' wish. The ambassadors of Athens came before the Cretan King, and offered surrender, if he would spare their city. Minos offered them peace, but on one terrible condition. Every nine years, Athens must send to Crete the seven most promising young boys, and the seven most beautiful young girls, where they were to be thrown deep into the labryinthine dungeons of Knossos. Rumours abounded in the courts of the world, terrible stories of unspeakable horror. Long ago, the great architect Daedalus had designed the Labyrinth for one grisly purpose, to contain the monstrous brood of Queen Pasiphae and the Cretan Bull, a creature both man in body and beast in head, the bloodthirsty Minotaur. The Ambassadors balked. The choice that lay between King Aegeus now, either humiliation or destruction. Resigned to his fate, a grieving Aegeus had accepted the cruel tribute that was demanded of him, to sacrifice the few for the survival of the many. The day Theseus arrived in Athens was the third time the emissary of Crete had arrived to exact the tribute, and Athens mourned her third loss.

Theseus, alone happy in a sea of mourning, approached the broken King ahead, holding high the shining sword, and clad in the fine sandals of the House of Erechtheus. A glint of sunlight, the King raises his head. He sees the blade he cast beneath the earth so long ago, and for the first time in many long years,a  ray of happiness pierced his life, for well did he know that there was but one person who could have claimed them. A rare smile breaks his face, as he runs to give his child his first embrace, just as many others around wail as they give their last. Tomorrow will be the day when the ships sail for Crete's dark domain, and the last victims are yet to be chosen to meet their fate. Aegeus welcomed Theseus to the city, and honoured him as a citizen of Athens, and the people cheered, momentarily distracted from the dark day ahead.

Long ago King Aegeus had decreed that there was only one way to decide fairly, and that was a lottery of all the citizens of Athens, with no exceptions. Evening came, and the lottery of death could be delayed no more. Athenian fathers and mothers wept as their children placed their tokens in the vessel. Woe that the King should see his son return on this day, for Theseus too honoured the pact, and placed his own mark within. Tense was the atmosphere, and grievous the anticipation. All men felt as though the gallows awaited, the base dread of every parent incarnate, present, and inevitable. Seven stones were chosen from the girl's ballot box, seven families broken, and the palace groaned beneath their cries. The screams had barely abated when seven more were chosen from the boy's box. Six rolled out, and six mothers screamed, yet when the seventh rolled out, it was the King himself who joined them, for there, unambiguously, was the stone that poor Theseus had cast within. Never had a father known such joy and such terror in one day. Aegeus embraced the prodigal son, but his rules were absolute, and Aegeus was a just ruler. Theseus would be joining his thirteen fellow citizens on their final voyage. But Theseus, no stranger to danger, filled with valour and bravado in equal measure, vowed to slay the monster that lurked below the King's Palace. With such longing, anything to distract him from clear logic, Aegeus dared to trust in him.

Dawn arrived, Light and impending doom both carried in her wake. The ferrymen readied black sails upon the ships, for it seemed a funeral sail. But it was then that Theseus, son of two fathers, who boldly commanded the black be cast aside in favour of white. He vowed before the men and women of Athens that he would conquer the Minotaur, and that the dark days would soon be at an end. Fresh hope filled the hearts of the Athenians, and people dared to wonder. Aegeus took the boy aside and asked him one thing, that should he succeed against the odds, to fly the white sail on his return, so that Athens may know in advance of his fate. Theseus agreed, and father and son embraced for what all around believed the last time. Sails white as the snow on Olympus' lofty heights billowed, and the voyage was begun. Twice before the ferrymen had made this journey, twice before had they steeled themselves against the soft weeping of yore. This time however, a different atmosphere prevailed. Buoyed by the limitless reserve of fortitude that Theseus seemed to possess, the thirteen clung to the one thing Pandora had saved so long ago - hope.


Dolphin Fresco
Image taken from the Queen's Megaron, Palace of Knossos
When at last the ferrymen hurled their ropes on Cretan docks, fear lanced through the Athenians more terrible than ever, for no mere emissary stood to await them, but Minos himself and his daughter, Ariadne. Now Minos was no simpleton nor ignorant fool. News reached his ears from far and wide. Least of all could Crete escape the stories of the twice fathered son. Yet there was one part of the legend the King, himself a son of Zeus and Europa, longed to know. Thus he cried:


                     " You, if Troezenian Aethra bore you to Poseidon the earth shaker,
                      bring this splendid gold ornament on my hand back from the depths
                      of the sea, casting your body boldy down to your father's home... "
                                - KING MINOS CHALLENGES THESEUS

From his finger the King took his sovereign's ring, and cast it into the azure sea, a tiny flash of gold against the ripples of blue. The spirit of Theseus within held no fear, as without a moment's fear, he dived from the Athenian prow into the waves. Out of the murky blackness of the deep a dolphin soared, and beckoned Theseus to follow. Down and down into the foot of the ocean they went, until the halls of Poseidon they reached, bright with the spirit of gods. Shining Nereids played hither and thither, hippocampi wallowing in the surf. There ahead sat enthroned Amphitrite, the consort of the god himself upon the coral throne. There at the foot of it all sat the ring, an insignificant band before the lady of the ocean herself.

High above the Cretans and Athenians sat anxiously, the Minoans smiling, the Athenians tense. But then, the surface of the Ocean was rent asunder, as a powerful hand burst forth from the azure waves, clasping a sovereign's ring. Behind it came the body of Theseus, the twice fathered son if Poseidon. The Athenians shouted with joy, hope sprang anew. Even the Cretans were struck dumb. But Minos, himself heaven born, was not swayed. He saw now a mere equal, yet Theseus was son to the god of the sea, whereas he was son to the god of gods himself. To him he summoned his guards, and bade them cast the Athenians into gaol.


Ariadne gifts the twine to Theseus
Painting by Niccolo Bambini
In the dungeons of Knossos, a city whose beauty concealed a secret spattered with blood, the Athenians were sealed for their final night, one last night Minos granted them before they gazed upon the face of death. But it was not only Minos who had noticed something about Theseus, for in the moment she first saw him, Ariadne, struck by the barb of Cupid, had been drawn to the young prince. Well did she know of the horror with the Labyrinth's walls, and great was her pity for the young Prince. Coming to his cell, she bore a gift, a simple gift which no guard would question. A simple ball of string. Through the bars she passed the invaluable twine, instructing Theseus to tie one end at the entrance to the unconquerable maze, and hold the other at all times, so that he might see the light of day again should he prevail against the odds. She gave to him one further thing, a piece of knowledge great Daedalus himself had once told her. "Go forwards, always down and never left nor right". Theseus, overwhelmed, gave thanks to Ariadne, and swore to come for her if he triumphed. With a smile she withdrew into the night.

Dawn arrived to a blood red sky over the idyllic island of Crete, as the jailer arrived to unlock the cells. Black were the omens, grieving the moods. Just one among the Athenian party looked straight ahead. Theseus, heart pounding, gazed into the dark entrance of the Labyrinth. A torch burned in a bracket in the dark tunnel ahead. Fumbling, his hand found the ball of twine, and wisely did he fix one end upon the bracket. The thirteen followed close behind him, daring not to be without him in the house of death. Bold Theseus led the way, and faithful was he to Ariadne's word, for onward he strode, never a branch in the dark path did he take.


Theseus victorious
Painting by Charles-Edouard Chaise
For an age, or so it seemed, this strange procession took place, the presence of the twice fathered heir to the throne the only thing preventing the thirteen falling into ruinous panic. A shattered human bone came into view from the darkness, a race of pulses. Further in and further down they went, when soon a most nauseating stench rose to their nostrils. The stink of death, and rotting cadavers. The pounding hearts dared to shake the walls, matched only by the unearthly sound of snoring in the darkness beyond, as Theseus bade his kin remain silent, lest their presence be revealed. Further in and further down, as though down the throat of Hell they went now, until a clearing suddenly opened up before them. There, in the heart of the great Labyrinth atop a mound of mangled bones spattered with blood, lay the dealer of so many Athenian deaths. "A mingled form and hybrid birth of monstrous shape... two different natures, man and bull, were joined in him...". The monstrous brood of the Cretan Queen and the Cretan Bull lay stretched out, snoring loudly as it slept, gorged on human flesh. Then the courage of one of them failed, the sight of so many of their kin cruelly slaughtered, and a scream. A heavily lidded taurian eye wrenched open, and snores turned to roars. Theseus moved quick as a flash, and leaped onto the creature's back, swift as an arrow, before it found its feet. Nerves racing, Poseidon and Aegeus' son summoned all his might, divine and royal blood thundering through his veins, and flung his arms around Asterion's mighty neck. More than once the Minotaur's lethal horns near pierced his chest, as the crew of Athens gasped, their own lives on the line now. Tighter was the hero's iron grip, fiercer the monster's rage, wakened from its nine year slumber. Slammed against the great Labyrinth's walls, no other man could have held on, but no other man was Theseus. Seeing the terror on the faces of his kin, he had all the motivation he needed, and Theseus wrenched one last time with all his strength, forcing the creatures on one knee. The Minotaur snorted loudly, and breath left its body. With a loud crunch, the massive form fell upon the bones of its victims, cast down to the Inferno, never again to rise and trouble the realm of men. Blood still pounding in his ears, Theseus did not at first hear the screams all around, but no screams of fear were they, but sheer relief mingled with joy...



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Strength, wisdom, charisma and valour - all virtues of a heroic persona. But contrary to popular belief, heroism was not a male monopoly in the ancient world, even in Greece. Sometimes a heroine could beat a hero at his own game. No finer an example of this was there than Atalanta.


Orchomenos of fair Arcadia
Photograph taken by Heinz Schmitz
In the idyllic pastures of Arcadia, there was once born a princess to King Iasus. But the King, who desired above all other things a son to continue his Royal House, was greatly dismayed. So the King ordered the baby to be left to die in the mountains, as was custom in Greece at the time for the unwanted (a practice frequently used by the Spartans to deal with deformed children who were believed to be incapable of growing into active citizens - for more on this, read here). But, like the shepherd who was ordered to do the same with young Oedipus, the man tasked with the grisly labour found himself, at the last moment, unable to condemn a child to such a fate. Taking pity on the wailing child, he carried her deep into the Arcadian mountains. Upon the slopes of Mount Partheneon, he struggled up the escarpment, coming to rest near a mountain spring. Reasoning here a better place than many others, the man lay the baby down in the grass, and took his leave. But what the herder had failed to spot was the mouth of the cave beyond the clearing, in the dense scrub.  From deep within the darkness, a furry muzzle emerged. Swift behind it the form of a great bear, a mother who had recently lost her cubs to hunters. Staying her savage instinct, the bear took pity on the feeble child before her, and suckled the child. Taking the child as her own, bear and girl lived together in the mountains.


Over time, Atalanta grew, and learned to hunt and fight as the bear, and became hardened to the world. Slowly, she began to grow into a woman, and a striking one at that. The match of any Arcadian girl in beauty, and surpassing them all in strength, endurance and sheer will. Years of exposure to the Sun had reddened her cheeks, so that she seemed to be perpetually blushing. This was one of her most formidable qualities - the other, was that any man who looked upon her would be at once charmed and stricken with fear, for a reason they would never know. She grew into a truly exceptional hunter, such that the goddess of the hunt herself, Artemis, favoured her greatly. Atalanta valued her solitude in the mountains, and committed herself, like her great patron, to a lifetime of chastity.


Meleager presents the head of 
the Calydonian Boar to Atalanta
Painting by Peter Paul Rubens
There came a time, however, in the kingdom of Calydonia, when a great blasphemy was committed. King Oineus one day gave thanks to the Olympian gods, but became distracted, and forgot to honour the lady Artemis. The fierce huntress was consumed with rage, and to the Calydonian lands she sent a monstrous boar, berserk fury in its mind, to curse the realm of men. Livestock was devastated, crops were destroyed and men sent to slay the beast were gored to death. Soon the whole kingdom was thrown into disarray. King Oineus grieved, and the king's son, Prince Meleager, issued a summons across the Greek world, for the greatest hunter of each kingdom to join him in the hunt. Meleager did not fear the creature, for he had heard a prophecy that his end would only come when a brand that burned in the family hearth would be consumed by fire. What risk lay there in the hunt? Legends had spread to Calydonia of the fierce maiden of the peaks, raised by beasts, and Meleager sent heralds to Atalanta to aid them. Her bear indued hunter's instinct fired, Atalanta agreed to help, and for the first time she descended from the mountains. Meleager, from the moment he saw her, was smitten, and invited her to his hunting party.


With a blast of Meleager's horn, the hunt began. The Calydonian Boar was outlandishly fast, however, and the hunters from far and wide tried in vain to gain on the creature. With all the world's great hunters left in the dust, it was young Atalanta who bore down upon the forbidden quarry now. On the sprint, she wrenched back her bowstring, and loosed a lethal barb ahead. The dart struck the boar and drew blood, the first time any weapon had pierced its hide. Slowed by its wounds, the boar stumbled, and Meleager pounced, slaying it with his spear. Awed by Atalanta, Meleager skinned the beast and offered its hide to the huntress, for it had been she who had first drawn blood. Plexippus and Toxeus, the uncles of Meleager, infuriated that the prize had been granted to a woman, tried to seize it from her. Blinded by passion and shame for the conduct of his family, Meleager struck them down where they stood. It was then that Althaea, Meleager's mother, distraught with grief and anger for her son's deeds, cast a log upon the fire. The ancient prophecy fulfilled, the brand was wreathed in flames, and when the wood burned out, the lifeforce of Meleager waned...


It was then that the legend of Atalanta spread across the land, admiration of her prowess that had shamed the greatest men of Greece. King Iasus heard the tale, and came to her. At once, he saw in her his own line, and rejoiced to see her, grateful now of the daughter he had in place of a son. Yet hopes of continuing his line had not died, and he asked Atalanta to be wed. Atalanta, oblivious to her father's former sentence of certain death against her, and feeling little loyalty to the man, having known only a bear as a parent, said bluntly "I will not be won, till I am conquered first in speed". Having bested the might of Greece in the hunt, Atalanta saw little in the men of the world now. The king proposed a contest among the bachelors of Greece, that they might come from far and wide and win the hand of the greatest huntress of them all. Atalanta half heartedly agreed, but only under lethal terms. The bear's wrath and a hunter's endurance waxed strong that day, for she decreed that any would be suitor would be subject to a grueling ordeal. The course was laid, and the suitor would begin the foot race, unarmed. After a set time, Atalanta would enter the field, and if she caught the suitor before the course bound was met, he would be immediately slain. Should she fail to catch him, that man would be her groom.


Hippomenes casts the Golden Apples
Painting by Nicolas Colombel
Suitors came from kingdoms far and kingdoms wide, drawn by the grisly allure of the prize. From the furthest reaches of the known world, they came in droves, all eager for the huntress' hand, the favoured of forest. Many set forth from the starting line, none ever passed the finish. Many a hope was dashed on the point of Atalanta's spear, as her frustration grew at the lack of true competition. Then one day came the charming and wise Hippomenes, a humble fellow Arcadian. Hippomenes, seeing the dead litter the path to the glade, and pure of heart, prayed to on high for guidance. The goddess Aphrodite, lady of passion, took pity on him, and could not bear to see a pure soul transfixed like so many before him on Atalanta's spear. Just before the race, the goddess gave to Hippomenes three apples of the brightest gold, as alluring to the female eye as the face of Atalanta was to the male. Atalanta saw her new challenger approaching, and fought the instinct within when she looked fondly upon him. Her wild nature took flight once more, and the red descended over her eyes. So the lines were drawn, and the race was begun, and quite literally did bold Hippomenes run for his life. A good start it was, as under the watchful eyes of Aphrodite did the eager boy compete. Then, the blast of the horn, and Hippomenes heard the sound of death begin her march. The heart rending sound of approaching, running, footfalls would have struck cold the hearts of any other man, but not Hippomenes. Fighting fear, and keeping his head clear, he took the first of the blessed apples, and cast it upon the ground behind him.

Atalanta, death in her eyes, caught sight of a glint of gold on the earth ahead, and was intrigued. She came to the source of the light, and bent down to pick it up. She saw that it was an apple, but the most luxurious she had ever seen, and was consumed with desire. Shaking her head, she recalled her task. Stowing the blessed fruit in her tunic, she set off at a sprint once more. But precious time had the huntress squandered in her distraction, for now bold Hippomenes had taken the lead.

Soon, the huntress was hot on the Arcadian's heels once more. Trusting in Aphrodite, with a prayer, he cast the second apple. For a second time, Infatuation conquered Atalanta, and for a second time, Hippomenes widened the lead. Then, the end of the course in sight, Hippomenes rejoiced. His euphoria nearly deafening him, Atalanta was now barely a spear thrust behind him. Trusting the gift for a third time, he released the last of his gilded fruit. Aphrodite blessed the last with the most potent incantation of all, and in the moment of her victory, Atalanta was irresistably drawn to the flash of gold. The split second cost her the last thrill of the hunt, and the foot of Hippomenes fell upon the finishing line. A shout went up from the crowd. A bewilderment came over Atalanta, joy over Hippomenes and admiration over the king. Impressed by the boy's ingenuity, he declared the Arcadian the winner. At last, a king, a huntress, and a farm boy had found peace...




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Ursa Major was not the only of the great constellations of the night sky to draw the attention of the ancients. Indeed all the major stars and their formations were well known in ancient times. All of them had their own origins and stories well recorded in lore, some in as many variants as the stars themselves. One such example is the story of the constellation Orion.


Blind Orion seeks the rising Sun
Painting by Nicolas Poussin
Long ago in Hellas, a place men now call Greece, there was a divine and regal birth. Brood of the god Poseidon, Lord of the Sea, and Euryale, daughter of King Minos of Crete, this would never be a normal child. Gigantic in stature, like his cousin the Cyclops Polyphemus, the boy towered over all of his peers, in ability as much as height. The boy was named Orion, and though good at heart, warred with the violent instincts that ran through the veins of all the Giants. As a result of his being son of the Lord of the Ocean, Orion found himself one day able to walk upon the surface of the ocean without falling through it - he could walk on water, unmolested by the horrors of the deep. As Orion grew, vaster than any mortal, though not blessed with a great mind he acquired a particular passion for hunting, a noble pursuit for a man in such days, and a way he might turn his aggression away from harming his peers. Soon his reputation was legend even as a teenager, as game fled his presence on sight, for well did they know that no being could escape Orion's hurled spear. In all things, Orion was never to be seen without his one true friend and loyal companion, his hound Sirius.


Searching for distant lands for ever more challenging game, great Orion ventured to the island of Chios, its isolation from the mainland no problem for the water walking giant, carrying faithful Sirius aloft. As Orion placed his vast foot on the sandy shore, he was welcomed to the island by King Oenopion and his entourage. Though much of the regal language was lost on simple Orion, the face of the King's daughter, Merope, was not. Intrigued by the foreign princess, and perpetually condemned to solitude, the giant desired a friend more than almost anything, save perhaps the choicest game under the Heavens. Oenopion invited his larger than life guest back to the palace, and threw a banquet in honour of him, for hospitality is a concept employed by the people of Chios with spectacular finesse. Orion, who had scarcely seen so many great things to eat, was overwhelmed. Due to his requiring more food than most simply to sustain him, the party dined well into the night. The hour grew late, and Merope retired for the night, leaving the revellers to their banquet, and Orion fell sad, though knew not why. The King, ever attentive to his guests, ordered the strongest wine brought to the table. When presented with a bucket sized goblet of shimmering red liquid, Orion knew nothing of it, having never before tasted wine of such potency, and drank as though he would water. The men of Chios laughed heartily, as the giant grew dazed and confused. The drink played its evil tricks on Orion's mind, already at war in the half human and half giant. Stumbling from the banqueting chamber, the drink lead him to Merope's quarters, sapping him of his human will. Crashing through the low threshold of the door, he fell into the princess's bedchamber, to the fright of Merope. As she ran to offer what help she could, Orion, lost to his senses, seized her with more strength than a man should. The racket caused by the door summoned the King immediately. When he saw the sight before him, the darkest suspicions reigned supreme. He at once, outraged at the abuse of his hospitality, ordered Orion condemned.


The Constellation Orion
Photograph by Rogelio Bernal Andreo
The King gave command that Orion should be blinded, so that his last vision would forever be that of the woman he longed for, and forced himself upon. Furthermore, Orion was banished from the kingdom. SO, once again, Orion set out on the road, destitute and ragged, with naught but his torn thoughts of grief and faithful Sirius to accompany him. One day, whilst on Lemnos, he encountered a stranger on the road, a stranger his eyes could not reveal as the god Hephaestus. Hephaestus took pity on the giant, and told Orion that if he sought the rays of the Sun as they were born, he would see again. His despair turned to joy, Orion eagerly asked the stranger where they could be found. Since the giant was blind, Hephaestus gave to Orion his own assistant from the forge, Cedalion. Taking up position of Orion's shoulder, Cedalion shouted directions in the giant's ear, and together they set off in search of the Land of the Sun. The vast journey, impossible for mortal feet, was swift for a giant, aided at all times by Cedalion upon his shoulder, and Sirius by his leg. At last the triad arrived at the Kingdom of the Sun, Cedalion and Sirius averting their eyes, Orion shielding them from the heat. Helios, the god of the Sun, indeed took pity on the giant, and as Orion closed his blind eyes from the heat, suddenly a slit of purest white appeared before him. He wrenched open his lids, and saw blinding light. He turned to his side, and saw a dog, and Cedalion on his shoulder, and rejoiced at his newfound sight. Thanking Helios dearly, the giant was filled with ecstasy.

For so long he had been denied the pleasure of the hunt, his great passion, and set off at once. Coming to the island of Crete, the home of his ancestors, he chased the game from sunrise to sunset. Artemis, the goddess of the hunt, was impressed by the hunter's prowess like never before in a mortal. Coming down to the Earth she offered him a unique honour, to join her in the hunt. He leapt for joy, and the games began.

Hither and thither the godly party went, and never before has so great a quarry been taken in sport. Deer, boar, bird and hare fell to the spears of Orion and arrows of Artemis. Soon near all Crete was empty of living beasts. At the moment of his pride, his giant instinct holding sway, Orion shouted to the Heavens that there was no creature on Earth that he, Orion, could not slay. But the balance of the cosmos had been tipped, that subtle yet ever levelling power which ensured no man or woman could ever be too powerful or too beautiful without disaster befalling them. Gaia, Mother Earth, was appalled at the slaughter on her body, and outraged at Orion's words. So the Titaness crafted a new beast to best the giant in his own game. Eight armoured legs she gave it, two crushing pincers and a lethal tail, brimming with fiery venom. To her new creation she gave the name of Scorpion, and thus was born the first of that race, the King of all Arachnids.


Artemis mourns the body of Orion
Painting by Daniel Seiter
At his side, Orion noticed the ground quake and churn as Mother Earth's revenge burst into the fresh air, divine fury in every inch of its chitinous hide. Orion drew back, wary of this new foe, and never was he to face such a terrible foe. He launched his spear, but alas, it span away, turned aside by the beast's armour. No arrow or blade would pierce that hide. So, across the valleys and mountains of Crete their duel raged, neither one able to best the other, Orion too swift for the creatures arms, the Scorpion impervious to Orion's blades. At last, with no more of the island left to run to, Orion, worked up to a giant's rage, hurled himself upon the monster, using his mighty strength to grapple the beast. The Scorpion writhed and injured the giant many times, but slowly, yet surely, Orion began to crush it inside its own armour. When at last victory seemed near Orion raised his head high and shouted in triumph. But alas, the momentary lapse of concentration cost him dear, for the creature's lighting flash of a move saw its stinger dart into Orion's shoulder, a lethal shot of venom upon its barb. The Scorpion died, but died avenged. Orion staggered away from the body of his conquered foe, the fiery venom robbing him of life. Lamenting his misfortune in life, he sought his last solace in the distraught eyes of Sirius, who licked his master's face one last time. So under the tears of his one true friend, Orion, the great hunter, felt the darkness close on his eyes.


Artemis, lady of the hunt, was devastated when she found his body, and appealed to Zeus the Thunderer, lord of the sky, for mercy. The god of gods was might, but could not turn the wheel of fate. Impressed by Orion's skill, yet warm human heart, he cast the giant into the skies, ever to shine in the night sky. To this day he is still there, the constellation Orion. Impressed too by the fearsome Scorpion, Zeus decided to make sure man would never forget to challenge Mother Earth, and cast it too to the skies. To this day, the constellation of Scorpio can be seen, set to rise when Orion falls. But one fellow lay not forgotten, and for his loyalty to his master and purest heart, Zeus the Thunderer placed Sirius in the skies, and the brightest of all stars he is to this day, amid the constellation of Canis Major...


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To the curious and logical human mind, all things must have reason, some purpose and indeed some explanation for existence. It is the inquisitive nature of man to seek the answers to these. Where Science fails, Mythology steps in to take up the slack. Few things were, are, and will continue to be more mysterious than the very stars themselves...


Zeus Disguided and Callisto
Painting by François Boucher
When one day the World was settled upon its course, wide around its celestial dome trod Zeus the Thunderer, Lord of the Sky and god of gods. Across the Earth far below he raked his omniscient eyes, across mountains tall, oceans deep and plains vast. Over the fair, unspoiled meadows of Arcadia he oft enjoyed to cast his gaze, for there was no more idyllic land in all Greece. Just then, in the shade of some Arcadian grove, the Son of Kronos saw her, and he was afire. A nymph, reclining upon a tree, though no ordinary spirit of the forest. Simply clad, dressed for the hunt, hair tied, quiver slung and spear ready. Daughter of accursed Lycaon, her name was Callisto, and she was a loyal and chaste follower of Diana, the lady of the hunt and goddess of the moon.

The Sun far above the mortal plain waxed strong now, burning heat pounding Arcadian fields.  The young nymph had been sent panting to the grove, and flung herself now upon the cool grass. Far above, Zeus spied 'the charming huntress unprepar'd, stretch'd on the verdant turf, without a guard'. Wary of Hera's prying gaze, Zeus cast an anxious glance to and fro before his move he made.
Sensing that this one would no easy catch be, his form he shifted. King of all gods no more, he took the shape of the lady Diana herself, softening his regal features and relaxing his dread visage. In the huntress' voice he spoke "How fares my girl? How went the morning chase?" to whom chaste Callisto replied "All hail, bright deity, whom I prefer to Zeus himself". Closer by far was the Thunderer than she thought, to her soon to come regret. With warm words and embrace Zeus worked his charm until the form of Diana could no longer hold the god of all gods, and the truth at last was bared. But when has a mortal ever had the power, or the will to resist the master of the Heavens? "Possess'd at last of what his heart desir'd, Back to his Heav'ns, th' exulting God retir'd". Fair Callisto, poor Callisto, rising from the grass that failed as her respite, with cast down eyes awash with shame as much as tears, flew from the guilty place, almost leaving her bow behind, such her haste.


Diana and Callisto unveiled
Painting by Titian
But now Diana, the fiercely virgin goddess, returned to the glade, close in tow her hunter's train. The oblivious goddess called to Callisto, who when she saw her mistress, quaked with fear. Suspecting some other fraud, some deception of the flesh, she trod carefully, flushed in her face. Terror cursing her every step, she joined the parade, her defilement to all others yet concealed.

Nine months in the world of men passed, until a warm day once more came to pass. Diana wiped the sweat from her heavenly brow, and commanded her maids to join her in the bathe, the sentinel careful to see that no prying eye might look upon them in their modesty. All maids comply, all joyful but one. For when they as one cast their tunics aside, the plight of Callisto was revealed, her form swollen with child. The eyes of Diana flashed dangerously. Wrath burned through her veins, and in that moment, Tartarus had no fury more terrible than hers. "Begone!" the goddes cried with outrage, "Begone! nor dare the hallow'd stream to strain". Tears streaming from her eyes, writhing with injustice, Callisto fled for her life, forever banished from Diana's presence.

Far above Hera, Queen of the gods, heard the commotion, and the nymph's cries. Long had she bided her time, awaiting the moment when she might punish her husband for his infidelities, and her rage she now directed upon the nymph with whom he had lain. To fire her more, the pains of labour struck Callisto now, as the fruit of Zeus' advance was born. A flash of lightning and Hera's wrath was vented upon the nymph. Sensing some dark craft, Callisto raised her hands in mercy, but before her eyes, her arms grew thick and shaggy with hair, her nails warped and stretched into evil claws:


               'Her hands bear half her weight, and turn to paws;
                her lips that once cou'd tempt a god,
                begin to grow distorted in an ugly grin .
                And, lest the supplicating brute might reach
                The ears of Jove, she was depriv'd of speech:
                Her surly voice thro' a hoarse passage came
                In savage sounds...'
                   - CALLISTO CURSED


Her form twisted to that of a towering and ferocious bear, but her mind remaining, she begged of Zeus for aid, desperate now, but all that came forth was an echoing roar that caused birds to flee the canopies in fear. How such fear flew within her now, with such dread she though of roaming the meadows she once called her own, with blinding terror from her own hounds she fled, thinking to avoid poor Actaeon's fate. How she felt for her father Lycaon now, their forms both horribly mutated now, one by Zeus, one by the deeds of Zeus.

Fifteen long summers passed on the earthly plain, and the son of Callisto was growing into a mighty boy. Like his mother before him he was skilled at the hunt, and from her he had taken fine reflexes and a deadly aim. Conqueror of the plains vast and mountains high, to the depths of the forest he stalked in search of prey. By chance he came across his mother where she lay, broken hearted and overflowing with sorrow. One eyelid flickered, and she caught sight of the hunter. Fondly she gazed, 'she knew her son, and kept him in her sight'. She moved to approach, eager to embrace the boy she long thought lost. But a cruel hand had Hera dealt, for only fright rippled through the boy, as a rampaging bear he saw toward him bound. He nocked an arrow on his bow and pulled it tight, aiming at his own mother's heart...

But it was then that Zeus the Thunderer, hidden from Callisto for so many years by Hera, saw at last the scene below. Fifteen years of guilt and pity boiled to their head, and anger at Hera's callous spite. The string of the bow strained, and the boy's grip began to loose. A lone tear welled in the eye of the bear. But Zeus forbade this crime, and with all godly haste he flashed down to the earth, taking both mother and son into his grasp. Looking to his own domain, the son of Kronos fixed them both in the vault of the sky to watch forever over the cosmos, forever united side by side. The mother, the Great Bear, came over time to be called by the Latin race Ursa Major, the son Ursa Minor, and still today can both be seen clearly in the night sky. But Hera looked above too, and saw her rival glowing among the stars, and burned with rage anew. To Oceanus, the Titan of the seas, she turned. Oceanus welcomed the Queen of the gods, and begged of her the reason for her unusual visit. Hera commanded Oceanus to never grant Callisto or her kin the simple pleasure of water, that they might never meet the surface of his domain. That is why Ursa Major and Ursa Minor never sink below the horizon...

Ursa Major - The Great Bear

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Every city which rises to greatness does so from humble beginnings. So high can a nation rise that so mythic can her origins seem. Every great thing, be it a nation, a person, even an idea, has to start somewhere. To our ancestors of old, greatness was a sure sign of favour from on high. For the hand of a god must surely have been at work when one of the most influential cities in human history, for better or worse, was born.


Athena
2nd century AD Roman bust  from Velletri
The Olympians had fought a terrible fight for mastery of the Cosmos. Their forefathers and creators of the Universe, the Titans had not yielded their divine grip easily. After so great a struggle, the harmony of the World was worth more than anything to the gods, even to Zeus the Thunderer, King of the gods and Lord of the Sky. Now fidelity was one thing that Zeus the Thunderer knew not, and many a hero of the ancient world owed his existence to the philandering adventures of the god of gods. It was little surprise therefore, when Zeus undertook a clandestine affair with the beautiful Titaness Metis. However, when the Fates prophesied that the child of Metis would be mightier in spirit and wiser in understanding than its father, Zeus the father of gods and men was convulsed with fear. Long ago, his father Kronos had heard similar words, with dire consequences. The Heavens had groaned under the Titanomachy, and could ill afford so ruinous a war for a second time. So Zeus the Thunderer decided on a little evil for a greater good. Weaving his divine powers of transfiguration, the shape of Metis he shifted to that of a common fly, and the god swallowed her whole, so that she may never give birth to this legendary child.

Time passed, but troubles did not for the Lord of Olympus. As the days grew late, a terrible pain struck the god inside. What began as an ache inside his royal head, soon swelled to a pounding agony that would not die. Time soon came when even the Thunder himself, conqueror of Typhon and Heaven could bear the torment no more, and summoned to his side Hephaestus, the god of the forge and weaver of fire. "Take up thy hammer and rend asunder this head that pains me so, lest this torture afflict me for all the ages to come", said Zeus. The lame god of the smith stood dumbstruck by this command - split open the head of Zeus? But the father of gods and men was inexorable, and irresistible. So Hephaestus took up his hammer and tongs, and with a mighty strike, he breached the Divine Crown. A roar of thunder and a flash of light rolled over the skies. Then, in a blur of speed an apparition appeared. From the fissures in the skull of Zeus there leapt a figure, strongly built yet distinctly feminine, agile yet fully armed, wise yet ready for war, a new goddess entered the cosmos. Athena, goddess of wisdom, mistress of stratagem, lady of the spear and patron of heroes.

Around this time, far below on the mortal plain, the tribes of Attica came together under their King, Cecrops. Born of Mother Earth herself, Cecrops taught the Atticans the still young arts of reading and writing, of literature, of burial and brought the institution of marriage to the tribesmen. Civilisation as we know it, was being born. Soon, however, the simple villages of Attica groaned under the advance of the people, and a new home was needed. Under the leadership of their vibrant King, the Atticans set off through the harsh landscape of Attica, where open plains give way to beaten rock. After a time they came to a place in the West, largely flat yet punctuated by towering pinnacles of rock. The sea lay yonder, yet wise Cecrops knew that to build their new city on the shore itself was too dangerous in an era of rampant piracy on the high seas. Away from the shore then, yet near enough for trade, the people set foot upon a mount with a commanding position over the plain and the sea. Here would be founded their new city, and grandiose would it be. But every new city needed a patron god, but who?


Poseidon
The Artemision Bronze
Word reached Olympus of the gathering under Cecrops upon the Mount. Just then,  the Fates declared that the city that would be founded upon that place would rise to a greatness rivalling the best of all Greece. Glory and honour would walk hand in hand to whomsoever should become her patron. A frenzy gripped Mount Olympus, and the all the divine array wondered. Two among them immediately took the floor. Athena, ever ready with sharpened word and thought, leapt to her newborn feet. But Poseidon, god of the sea, shaker of the earth and lord of horses, bowed to few. Even Zeus himself, King of all gods kept a close eye on his ambitious younger brother, for most vexed was Poseidon when he lost the Heavens in the division of the cosmos. Torn between loyalty to his brother, however unruly, and care for his daughter, despite the danger she posed as his successor, Zeus decreed that the people should decide the patron of their city. Immediately, the two deities spirited down from Olympus and made landfall upon the mountain. With a blinding flash and a roar of thunder, the people cowered at the sight of the divine array. Fearful lest they choose one over the other, the people knew not what to do. Cecrops their King, however, decided. Turning to his gods, he declared that the patronage of the new city would belong to the one who presented the greatest gift to it. Poseidon and Athena, uncle and niece, eyed each other, and readied their contest.


The Sea of Olives, Delphi
Photograph taken by the author
Both god and goddess, stood aside the towering pinnacles of the Acropolis, poised for the prize of glory. Poseidon, shaker of the Earth, took the first move. Raising his mighty Trident high into the air, with a rush of godly strength he plunged the three blades into the mountain side. A deafening rumble rippled across the Earth, and the people were thrown to the ground, terrified. There, where the central prong penetrated the summit (a place today commemorated by the Erechtheion), the wounded rock spat forth a spring of water thick with brine. The Emperor of all Oceans granted to the people the gift of the sea itself, and the assurance that one day they would master it. A fabulous gift indeed. Next the virgin goddess stepped forth. The eyes of Athena looked into the souls of all mortals present, and she senses their hopes and fears. Confident, and unyielding, the daughter of Zeus took up her spear and flung it into the mount. The people watched, entranced, for before their eyes the lance began to shift. The wooden shaft lengthened and broadened, from the blade branches sprang forth, rich with the bounty of its dark fruit. To the people Athena gave the gift of the humble olive tree. Poseidon looked on, bemused and anxious.


Athens at her height
Painting by Leo von Klenze
The primordial Athenians looked on the lowly sprig with wonder and amazement, as the goddess instilled some of her divine wisdom in their minds. Cecrops beckoned his people round to cast their vote. Poseidon's gift was mighty indeed, as was his promise. Mastery of the Ocean? 'Tis the dream of empires! A great destiny had been given to them. But that all looked a long way off to the primitive people, as they looked to and fro, and saw naught but barren rock. One citizen splashed some of the water over his face, and recoiled at its salty taste. The people turned to the sapling, Athena's gift. One fellow took a blackened grape from its boughs, and crushed it in his hands, and oil splashed across his palm. Into his mouth he tossed the olive and pleasing was its taste. Seeing the thick and robust trunk too, he saw the greatness of Athena's gift. Poseidon had given them a taste of great nations, but Athena had given them a source of food, of wood and oil, and something they could trade with others. The people sank to their knees with joy, and hurled themselves at the foot of Athena, daughter of Zeus and maiden of Olympus. Poseidon, god of the seas, was infuriated, but his niece had won the day. Cecrops declared Athena the one true patron of their new city. He declared that this place, the Acropolis, would ever be sacred to her. He declared too, that in her honour the city would be named. To the roar of approval from the first Athenians, he named the city. Athens, the glory of Athena...



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The Library of Mythology:
Library of Mythology
(A vast collection of the myths of old Greece, written in ancient times, and a great intro)

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The Library of Mythology:
Library of Mythology
(A vast collection of the myths of old Greece, written in ancient times, and a great intro)

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Across the stride of human history, many things do not change. Man has always had to eat, to breathe, has always known pride, humility, envy, joy and grief and has always grumbled about taxes. Some things, however, do change. Sometimes even words.


Syracuse
Photograph taken by the author
Take the word 'tyrant' for example, a label of condemnation frequently deployed in the world of today. Originally, however, the word 'tyrant' held no negative connotations at all. The Greek word τύραννος (tyrannos) simply means 'lord of a city'. The most common usage of 'tyrant' in antiquity referred to a ruler of a city state who had come to power unconventionally, neither through inheritance nor election, and does not refer to character. It was a completely neutral word, and 'tyranny' was a relatively common system of government in the world of Classical Greece, especially in Greek colonies. No Greek colony was so famous for tyranny than the great city of Syracuse, arguably the most prestigious and powerful colony of old Greece. Throughout much of their five centuries of independence, the Syracusans rejected democracy in favour of tyranny, and under the Tyrants, Syracuse became a great power in the central Mediterranean, bordered to the West by the maritime superpower of Carthage, and to the East by the growing power of Rome. High were her walls, mighty her navy and rich her coffers. It was said that the majesty of the Syracusan court rivalled that of any Kingdom, the wealth of her treasury that of any Eastern despot. The Tyrants were great patrons of the arts and sciences, and indeed one of Syracuse' citizens was none other than Archimedes himself. Strong authoritarians, the Tyrants for five hundred years kept foreign powers at bay, and when at last the great city fell to the Romans in 212 BC, it did so only after one of the most legendary sieges in history. Here is the story of a Syracusan Tyrant, and a flatterer who longed for power.

Long ago, when the power of Syracuse waxed strongest, and her treasuries earned the envy of the world,  their ruled over the city a man who had been a student of Plato himself. Dionysius II of Syracuse was a man of philosophical intent, yet alas weary with the apparent failure of men to live up to this ideal. Ever in the shadow of his father, who had warred down Carthage and raised his city to the height of its glory, he groaned under the weight of the greatest tyrant of all - expectation. For fear of any treacherous hand felling him by blade or poison, young Dionysius was restricted as a boy to the Syracusan Acropolis, forbidden from ever leaving, lest evil men seek to take advantage of him. The close instruction of Plato, most learned of men alive in the world, not merely then, but perhaps of all time, rigorously conditioned the mind of the boy. With Dionysius, it seemed, Plato's dream may come true at last, that the world would be ruled by the finest governmental system of them all - the philosopher king. An absolute ruler, firmly endowed with virtues and a solid grasp of ethics, immune to flattery and an inspiration to his people.

Down below in the city by the waterfront, a man of quite different spirit and birth had grown up. Damocles was a man who lived ever in want, and knew only envy. Where Dionysius held virtue, Damocles held vice; ambition tempered with greed, a most dangerous combination. From a young age he had set his sights high. Not on wealth, nor military prowess, but on the tyranny itself, and worked his life towards his treacherous goal. Through connections, flattery and other corrupt endeavours, he was enrolled as courtier to the tyrant himself. Triumph, it seemed, loomed close now.


Damocles stepped into the audience chamber of the royal palace, and stood breathless, robbed of words by
the awesome spectacle that greeted his eyes. A traveller of distant lands might enter this grand chamber and believe inside that he had crossed the threshold of Heaven itself. Lavish decoration abounded, in the gold that gilded the walls and ceiling, the marble columns and triumphant statues, silken damask and priceless stones from all corners of the Syracusan trade empire. Never in his life had Damocles truly believed all he had heard of this place, that it really was true. Laughter abounded, banquets prevailed and merriment thrived. But there at the head of it all, seated in resplendent glory, was Dionysius himself, neither smiling nor frowning, a stoic figure in a sea of riches. Damocles rejoiced, though confused in his foolish mind as to why the tyrant rejoiced not too at his merry lot in life.

One day, when the tyrant was not at business, Damocles approached his master. Weaving his sycophancy as he had many a time before, but never upon so mighty a target, he eulogised the tyrant. "Fortunate art thou my tyrant, in the majesty of thy rule, the bounty of thy riches, the magnificence of thy palace and all other things, for never hath there been a man more blessed by Heaven". Dionysius, well educated and philosphically conditioned, despaired of the naive ignorance of the man before him. Thus did the tyrant vow to teach the man a valuable lesson:


                           " So, Damocles, since this life delights you,
                             do you wish to taste it yourself and make trial of my fortune? "
                                   - THE OFFER OF DIONYSIUS


Difficult it was, to determine who stood more shocked, Damocles himself or the tyrant's advisers who looked on. The tyrant's retinue protested, but Dionysius bade them stay their words. Damocles, faced more openly than ever he wished with that which he sought, was overcome with joy and fervour. Replying immediately that he did wish this, Dionysius at once gave command that the royal power be bestowed upon Damocles, that he be laid upon the golden throne, set upon the finest woven rug embroidered with the feats of great heroes and kings of the past. He ordered the fineries of silver and gold be laid out before the new tyrant, hither and thither, to frame the new ruler. He ordered him clad in robes of the most decadent crimson, and the sceptre of rule placed in his hand. He ordered chosen courtiers to dote upon him and pander to his every whim, to place a garland upon his head and await with perfumes and unguents. He ordered the kitchens bring forth their finest produce and most envied dishes. The last command of Dionysius seemed a peculiar one, he ordered a shimmering sword be fastened to the glittering ceiling, and be held firm not with rope nor cord robust, but by a single horse hair, and that the blade's point should be poised over the neck of the one who sits upon the throne.  It was then that Dionysius stepped back, and the new tyrant was seated upon the Syracusan throne.


The Sword of Damocles
Painting by Richard Westall
Thus was Damocles triumphant at last, as well he thought. Bathed in all the riches of which he had dreamed there seemed no limit to his power or pleasure. He admired the finery in which he was clad. His eyes burned with the fulfilled ambitions of a vice ridden man. His gluttony arose when he cast a glance at the magnificent plates of gold. His pride welled when he saw his entourage, bowing before him. His greed conquered the most towering of pinnacles when he saw the gold, silver and gemstones overflowing from the coffers of the world. "Fortunate am I", he softly said. But then the sycophant caught a glimpse of a glint of metal in the corner of his greedy eye. Intrigued, he cast his newly royal gaze to the Heavens. With a gasp he saw the sharp, silver point hanging over his neck. Further up, there it was, the pommel held fast, or not so fast, by a single hair from the tail of a horse. The sword swayed gently in the rafters, silent as the grave. It was then that Damocles looked not at the abundance of his possessions. He looked not at the oils and unguents nor at the bowing courtiers. Neither did he look at the burnished gold nor shining silver. The woven rug might have been the coarsest hemp now, the crimson robes tattered cloth. The wreath slipped from his head.

Dionysius approached. "You see now the folly of your wish? See now the thread upon which a ruler's life hangs at every moment? The one who rules in an imperfect world has everything to lose, and those around him, everything to gain. The riches of the world are naught compared to the danger a ruler at all times is faced with, only with virtue may we stay fate's blade. Do you still consider yourself a fortunate man, Damocles?"

"No!", wailed Damocles, "I beg you, my tyrant, grant me leave, take back this burden, for I no longer wish to be fortunate!". Thus Dionysius relieved the changed man of his terror, and released him from the fear of fate. To Dionysius the sceptre was returned, to Damocles relief. So Damocles learned that day that power, even absolute, is not the rosy bliss it seems...


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The Tusculan Disputations (Loeb Classical Library):
Philosophical Treatises: Tusculan Disputations v. 18 (Loeb Classical Library)
(The philosophical work which contains the story of the sword of Damocles, the version with the original Latin and English side by side)

The Tusculan Disputations (Digireads):
Tusculan Disputations
(The philosophical work which contains the story of the sword of Damocles, the cheap and cheerful version!)

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The Tusculan Disputations (Loeb Classical Library):
Tusculan Disputations (Loeb Classical Library) (v. 18)
(The philosophical work which contains the story of the sword of Damocles, the version with the original Latin and English side by side)

The Tusculan Disputations (Forgotten Books):
The Tusculan Disputations of Cicero (Classic Reprint)
(The philosophical work which contains the story of the sword of Damocles, the cheap and cheerful version!)

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Envy is a terrible thing. It tears friendships asunder, levels cities and topples nations. An emotion the gods of the pagan world were no less susceptible to than their human subjects. Mortality was never a barrier to jealously, as the curse to never be content with one's lot in life afflicted the Olympians as much as men. Sometime the gods even envied their own worshippers. Here is the story of one.


Zephryus the West Wind
Painting by William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Long ago, before the high days of ancient Greece, in the days before even Agamemnon the High King, the city state of Sparta was in its infancy. Long before the days when Spartans reigned inexorable on land, the richly destined city was little more than a village, deep in the valley of the Eurotas in the shadow of Mount Taygetus. King Amyclas ruled over a modest realm of simple folk, pious and rustic. One day a boy was born to the royal house of Sparta, Prince Hyacinthus was his name. Joy erupted in verdant Sparta, and Spartans far and wide flocked to catch a glimpse of the handsome Prince. Spartan mothers were swift to sing the praises of the boy's beauty, Spartan fathers of the strength in his arms. Not even the Olympians were blind to the event, all celebrating the birth of such a fine heir, and the great grandson of Zeus the Thunderer himself. The spirits of the cosmos were no less taken, and one above others, Zephryus the lord of the West Winds. In the days of the Classical World, it was the societal practice for an older man to take a young boy under his wing, and teach him the ways of the world, free from the constraints and biases of the boy's family. No less so at Sparta, renowned for this custom. The West Wind took a shine to the boy, and moved to greet the Prince.


Apollo & Hyacinthus
Painting by Jean Broc
But it was the golden rays of the Sun which smiled most fondly upon the Prince. Apollo the keen eyed archer, father of the arts, was smitten at once with the Spartan Prince, and moved without delay. "Phoebus Apollo for thee too, Hyacinth, design'd a place among the Gods, had Fate been kind...". In Hyacinthus Apollo 'plac'd his Heav'n, and fix'd his joy". The Sun shone brighter than ever before on the golden valley of the Eurotas, and the Spartans bathed in warmth. The god's hands forgot the string of the bow and chords of the harp, as Apollo's mind was turned to the Spartan Prince. All the while the West Wind blew a gentle breeze, Zephryus pursuing young Hyacinthus, eager to take the boy under his celestial wing. But young Hyacinthus, awed by the light, turned to Apollo of the golden mount. Phoebus Apollo was overwhelmed with joy, delight that his should be the fate of the Spartan Prince. Meanwhile Zephryus lurked in despair and grief, soon to turn to envy and wrath.


Sunlight flooded Eurotas, as Apollo and Hyacinthus ran in the ancient plains. The wisdom of a god Hyacinthus gained from Apollo, the innocence of youth Apollo from Hyacinthus. Then came a day, a day of days, when Hyacinthus was old enough to learn the ways of a man. To the young Prince Apollo yearned to teach the feats of the martial body and of athletic glory. To the noble sport of the discus the sun god turned, a majestic sport for a Spartan boy, to build good strength and competitive spirit. Hyacinthus marvelled at the golden disc, as though the Sun obeyed Phoebus in his hand. Apollo bade the boy watch him well, and took a deep breath and poised for the throw. Divine sinews groaned, and godly muscles unfurled for the feat. With a cry,

 " A well-pos'd disk first hasty Phoebus threw,
   It cleft the air, and whistled as it flew;
   It reach'd the mark,a  most surpising length;
   Which spoke an equal share of art, and strength.
   Scarce was it fall'n, when with too eager hand
   Young Hyacinthus ran to snatch it from the sand... "
          - APOLLO'S DEADLY THROW

The Death of Hyacinthus
Painting by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Awed by the supernatural throw, swift footed Hyacinthus ran in pursuit, eager to fetch the discus for his master. To the young Prince the sun god called, but in vain, for Hyacinthus alas could not be swian. Zephryus the Western Wind, his jealousy raw, took a deep breath and blasted raw. The wind then blew the discus from the straight and true, and Apollo looked on, helpless as the mighty disk, flew now a weapon of death. The metallic star slammed into Hyacinthus' head, and with a scream of final innocence, the boy fell to the land, never to rise again. The West Wind smiled in spiteful malice. Apollo shouted in disbelief, and ran over to the dying youth. The coldness spread through the Spartan Prince, and the light left his eyes, as Phoebus Apollo raised his head to the stars and wailed his grief. Taking the nearby herbs of Taygetus, he to the lethal wound vainly applied. "The wound is mortal, and his skill defies". Just as a wilting lily lowers its head, so too now Hyacinthus bowed to Death.

But Apollo would not his Fate accept. "O thou art gone, my boy, Apollo cry'd, defrauded of thy youth in all its pride!". Not now would Hades take his fill, not from so fair a spirit so cruelly snuffed out. "On my tongue thou shalt forever dwell; thy name my lyre shall sound, my verse shall tell". In that moment the sun gods power the young body transfigured. Youthful Prince white in the clutches of Death no more, now a beautiful flower, as yet unnamed, blood from the fatal wound, its petals coloured, mingled with the tears of the god of the Sun. Forever, Apollo decreed, would it bear the boys name. The flower we call Hyacinth today...


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Metamorphoses: A New Verse Translation (Penguin Classics)
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Metamorphoses (Oxford World's Classics)
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Metamorphoses (Penguin Classics)
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Metamorphoses (Oxford World's Classics)
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The Cypress Tree
Painting by Vincent Van Gogh
Considered the iconic tree of the Mediterranean, the symbol of the rolling hills of Tuscany or the rugged mountains of Greece, the humble cypress tree had a far more potent, and sinister, meaning to the Ancient Romans. Even today, journeying through Italy, you will find many a shadow of a cypress falling across a graveyard, a silent sentinel watching over the darker places of the world. Its characteristic pencil like form is never far away in this land, and rarely absent from the tourist's photograph. But why this mournful association? Why the favoured foliage of the afterlife? It all began with a story nearly two thousand years ago, the story of a young boy who would give the cypress its name, and its story...




Long ago, on the idyllic pastures of the island of Caea, there was bred a mighty stag, its stature and beauty never before known. In majesty and power, all of his kind he excelled. A wonder to behold, to the nymphs of Cartha he was sacred held. Dignity was written in his face, vast were his antlers, enough to grant him ample shade. The horns gilt seemed, as the sun beams danced of their shining points, casting all around in their radiant glow. So brilliantly burnished was his coat, it seemed as though all the precious stones of the world were embedded in every lock. Nature itself seemed to bow before his stride, and soon the fear of the locals was lost, and even strangers would come forth to pat his proffered neck.

But there was a young boy among the Caeans who adored him most. By all accounts an ordinary boy, blessed with no great strength of arm, divine beauty nor unearthly wit, but a heart of gold he hid within. A country boy, he cared nothing for the grand affairs of the world, but cared in abundance for what his eyes could see and ears could hear. An uncommon empathy he held too for all living things, for in the wild he lived, and learned to reside in peace with the creatures, and spirits of the forest. Then one day, came the regal stag, and all was changed:


       " Much was the beast by Caea's youth caress'd,
         But thou, sweet Cyparissus, lov'dst him best:
         By thee, to pastures fresh, he oft was led,
         By thee oft water'd at the fountain's head:
         His horns with garlands, now, by thee were ty'd,
         And, now, thou on his back wou'dst wanton ride;
         Now here, now there wou'dst bound along the plains,
         Ruling his tender mouth with purple reins. "
              - CYPARISSUS AND THE STAG


Cyparissus, Apollo & Hyacinthus
Painting by Alexander Ivanov
Many came before the stag awed by the beauty of its form. Cyparissus came, drawn by the beauty within, for he sensed a grace within, bound with his adoration of nature and al living things. Soon both boy and beast began a friendship such that man and loyal animal only can, like the shepherd and his faithful hound. Many a lazy afternoon could you find them, resting by a pool in the forest glades, retreating from the burning rays of Apollo's sun. Across the far reaching plains the boy and his stag would race, their contest the amusement of the gods high on Olympus. The villagers were puzzled, but delighted for young Cyparissus and his unconventional friendship, sensing the hand of the divine at work.


Then one day, Cyparissus went into the forest hunting, hoping to bring back some prize boar for his family, a spectacular feast indeed. A scorching summer day, the burning arms of the Sun pierced the foliage, and sweat fell from the boy's brow. His faithful companion had bounded joyfully ahead into the brush, bidding the boy on. But, suffering from the heat too, the mighty stag sought refuge in the shade of the bushes, laying his weary limbs across the grass. Suddenly, distracted, the boy heard the snort of a boar close by. Not twice does opportunity strike, not two moments does one wait when hunger strikes. Cyparissus levelled his spear and took his aim, wary of his nearby friend. Bringing back his hunting arm, he launched with all his might, but no! A bead of sweat brought forth from the fiery Sun fell into his eye. A stinging sensation swept his eye, and the boy blinked, and his aim went awry. A blood chilling cry rose to the skies, as Cyparissus rubbed his sore eye. The pain passed, he looked up, excited to find his quarry.


Cyparissus mourns
Painting by Jacopo Vignali
Horror swept through his mortal frame, and cold dread, when he saw no boar thrashing at the foot of the tree. Unknowingly, unwillingly, oblivious, Cyparissus had cast the deadly dart, but his worst nightmare had it transfixed upon its brazen point. There lay the mighty stag, and never a more tragic sight there lay. The hideous truth of his error laid bare, the young boy fell to his knees, tears welled up inside. The stag writhed in pain, blood spattering the forest floor, its cries rending the air. Frantically, Cyparissus tried to staunch the wound, but the hands of a boy are scarce enough to stem the flow of blood that gushed forth that day. Calling out in desperation, the folly dawned upon him, and his heart began to break. At last, the cries grew silent, the body still, and the stag lay motionless, its staring into the wilderness. Cyparissus howled to the skies. He would have taken his own life there and then, had not Phoebus Apollo, lord of the Sun, taken pity on the boy. Had not his burning rays caused the boy's aim to go wide... Cyparissus, determined to feel his guilt for all time, and expiate his crime, asked the god to allow him to mourn for all time. Himself fighting back his tears, Apollo granted his final wish, moved was he. The blood drained from the boy, his legs fused together, and leaves grew where one was his skin, and hard weeping bark underneath. A thin and lanky young boy, so too was the form of the tree which he took.

Apollo looked on in grief, and declared that this was ever after to be present at the ritual of mourning, and the tree was named. Cypress, the tree of mourning. Still today it watches over graves...



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Metamorphoses: A New Verse Translation (Penguin Classics)
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Metamorphoses (Oxford World's Classics)
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Metamorphoses (Penguin Classics)
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A long time ago, there lived an eccentric but brilliant inventor in the city of Athens. His name was Daedalus, and his was a destiny of immortality, but hand in hand walked tragedy. Renowned far and wide for his mastery of craftsmanship and design, it was not long before his great name spread far beyond the borders of Attica. Delighted and humbled by success, when word arrived one day that he had been commissioned by the great King Minos of Crete, he hardly dared refuse. It was to be a decision that would change his life forever...


The Island of Crete
Photograph taken from the NASA Earth Observatory
King Minos ruled over a powerful nation, mastery of the seas and the envy of Greece was his.But he concealed a dark secret. A dreadful abomination had been born unto his family, a creature that had thus far been death to all who came in its way. This affliction had come about not long earlier, for , drunk on glory and the riches of his nation, Minos vowed to sacrifice to the gods the first thing which came from the Ocean. Hearing his words, Poseidon the Earthshaker and master of the Ocean, sent forth a shining white bull from the depths. Stunned, and entranced by the beats majesty, Minos had second thoughts. Forgetting his promise, the King kept the bull for his own, and sacrificed a lesser creature in its place. But the eyes of a god are always watching. Angered by his attempt at deception, Poseidon sent a terrible curse to drive madness into the monster's brain, all docility and peace banished from its raging mind. Worse still, the god placed a curse upon Queen Pasiphae, wife of the King, and inspired within her an unyielding lust for the monster. Minos was distraught at the destruction which was dealt to his lands. Only mighty Heracles was able to humble the Cretan Bull, and spirit it away to distant lands, but the beast left a legacy more horrific than Minos could ever have imagined. Powerless against her retribution, his wife gave birth to the monster's blighted seed. From the impious union was born a bloodthirsty fusion of man and bull - the Minotaur. Rumour began to spread on Crete of the princess's ghastly deed, and the King desperately tried to cover his family's dark secret, and thus turned to Daedalus.


Coming before the King, Daedalus heard Minos' terrible plight and dilemma. He could not slay the creature, as it was his own blood, and the murder of a family member was a crime against the gods that would pollute his royal line forever. He could not let it walk free either, lest his terrible shame be common knowledge. It was cunning Daedalus who concocted the solution. He devised an incredible feat of engineering within which to house the beast, "where rooms within themselves encircled lye, with various windings, to deceive the eye". The Great Labyrinth, upon its completion, defied all else that had come before it. Indeed, it was said that so intricate and outlandishly complex was the warren of passages and tunnels, even Daedalus himself only discovered the way out with great difficulty. Ever after, anything complicated has been called labyrinthine in English. Deep into the bowels of the darkness was the Minotaur cast, by his own grandfather, there forever to dwell and languish away from the touch of Apollo's rays (his fate is another story, and will come in a later post).


Daedalus and Icarus
Painting by Frederic Leighton 
Time passed on the idyllic island, yet Daedalus began to long for the home he had not seen for so long, to raise his young son, Icarus, in peace. But cruel Minos had other plans. Such was his shame and furious sensitivity at his Queen's unholy brood, and his envy of Daedalus' talents, he ordered both the inventor and his son thrown into the high tower over the Royal Palace, lest the secrets of the Labyrinth ever became public. The mighty Cretan navy patrolled the sea lanes around the island, and ruled the waves. Escape by sea was impossible. The Minoans ruled the trade routes by land. Escape by land was impossible. Cunning Daedalus knew there was but one choice, if they should ever hope to see home again, and it lay above:


  " In tedious exile now too long detain'd,
    Daedalus languish'd for his native land,
    The sea foreclos'd his flight; yet thus he said:
    Tho' Earth and water in subjection laid,
    O cruel Minos, thy dominion be,
    We'll go thro' air; for sure the air is free... "
         - DAEDALUS HAS THE IDEA


So began his most ingenious work. Taking the tools that were cast in gaol with him, and using all materials he could find, he began to fire the bellows, and sweat dripped from his brow. High was the tower, refuge only to the birds of the sea as company to the illustrious duo, and Daedalus plucked the quills from their feathered forms, letting not one go to waste. Each one he honed and perfected, and arrayed them in rows, rising by degree from end to end. Through the middle he laid a twine of flax, and by wax was the plumage held fast. Life went on far below, convinced as Minos was that his secret was safe, as all the while the wings took majestic shape. All the while youthful Icarus, not yet wizened to the designs of men, idly played with the feathers and toyed with the wax, much to the father's amusement and frustration.


Then, at long last, the day of reckoning arrived. The final stroke of Daedalus' hammer fell upon the brazen wings, and together did they neatly fit. Four had he made, two for the father and two for the son. With steady hand he lashed them to his back, and took his first flap. With flawless balance he rose into the air, and for the first time did man know the sensation of flight. But purpose was not forgotten by the old master, and he at once bade young Icarus hurry. Chance, which seldom comes twice, was now to be seized. Thus did the father bid the son:


                                          " My boy, take care,
                                            To wing your course along the middle air;
                                            If low, the surges wet your flagging plumes;
                                            If high, the sun the melting wax consumes:
                                            Steer between both: nor to the northern skies,
                                            Nor south to Orion turn your giddy eyes;
                                            But follow me... "
                                                 - DAEDALUS WARNS ICARUS


Icarus Fallen
Painting by  Herbert James Draper
So with concern and fear for the audacious breakout, Daedalus fixed a pair of wings to his son, tears rolling down his cheek. All ready now, he embraced his son,knowing not it would be his last. Turning now to vast window, father and son took position, and together leapt into the azure yonder.With the joy of the winds in his hair, young Icarus soared triumphantly to the domain of the clouds, excitement fused with the thrill of adventure of the god's own land. Daedalus lead them on, as Crete fell far behind. The isles of the sea punctuated the haze far below, Delos, Paros on the left, Samos and Lebynthos on the right. For an age the air was their abode, but it was then that the warnings of his father began to desert headstrong Icarus. With the world at his feet, to the Heavens he now aspired, pride rising higher than his wings. Thundering forth, poor Daedalus was left behind. The father called out to the son, but upon deaf ears his cries fell. To the dominion of Helios Icarus set his sights, and to the burning orb he spurred his wings. So great his hubris, so hungry his eyes, he thought nothing of the rising heat. His body withstood the burning glow, but not all things could. The quills which bore him flight were bound in wax, and the radiant sun began to undo the work of the master. Softer and softer did it run, as Icarus soared on and on. Soon no more could it take, and vaporised it soon became. The eyes of Icarus widened in terror, as he saw his folly laid bare before him, but too late. Feathers tumbling all around, the haughty boy lingered for a moment in silence before with a deafening scream he plummeted from the Heavens. For an age the foolish boy fell, until there on the crest of the ocean he met his fate, in waters which henceforth bore his name.

Poor Daedalus meanwhile, desperate to find his son, called out in vain, for father he was no more. "Ho Icarus! Where are you? As he flies; Where shall I seek my boy? He cries again, and saw his feathers scatter'd on the main...". Far below on the calm surface of the water he spied the feathers his own hands had bound. Feeling the warmth of the sun high above, he knew at once. Grief insurmountable gripped poor Daedalus, and against his own craft he cursed, and the island below he named Icaria in his son's memory. For an age it seemed, the great inventor mourned on high, hoping on hope it was not true, All had been in vain, his great breakout for naught. Against King Minos he raged, whose cruelty had forced him into a cage.

Fatigued at last from wearying flight, on the fertile Sicilian pastures he came to rest, where Cocalus, King of that realm, gave the great man sanctuary, for great was the name of the Daedalus, and great the esteem in which he was held. Hanging up his wings for the last time, the inventor prayed to Apollo, offering his gift of flight. For a time Apollo granted him peace, until disturbing news arrived. Minos, enraged that his quarry had escaped his clutches, had set out in hot pursuit, hunting them down through all the kingdoms of Greece. But the bitter Cretan King knew well that Daedalus was no fool, and would not remain in plain sight, and enacted a cunning scheme to lure him out. In the court of each city he presented a dilemma. Brandishing from his robes a spiralled seashell, he promised great reward to the one who could run a string through its heart without breaking it apart. Many times he presented his challenge, and every time his hosts failed.

Then one day to Cocalus a messenger of the heartless King approached, and once more did he produce the shell. Cocalus, oblivious to the identity of the stranger's master, summoned his newfound friend. The wizened old inventor, marvelling at the task, yet unaware of its creator, saw at once a plan. Setting a drop of honey at one end, he released an ant at the other, and round the creature a string tied. The tiny insect soldiered through the shell, fixed on the honey, bearing the string with it in tow. Marvelling at the wisdom of Daedalus, Cocalus proudly presented the result to the messenger, who at once alerted his King. Well did Minos know that only Daedalus could have solved this riddle, and demanded at once that Cocalus hand him over. Seeing the malevolent nature of Minos, and the humble genius of Daedalus, however, Cocalus made his choice. He agreed, though persuaded Minos to bathe first. It would prove to be the Cretan's last. Some say the agents of the Sicilian slew the King as he bathed, others that the inventor boiled the water. For certain, however, Daedalus was at last avenged, and his nemesis ended. Some small measure of peace was at last his...


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Μια περίεργη και άκρως ενδιαφέρουσα υπόθεση προσπαθεί να διαλευκάνει η Αστυνομική Διεύθυνση Φωκίδας το τελευταίο 48ωρο. Όλα άρχισαν το μεσημέρι του περασμένου Σαββάτου, 9 Μαρτίου, όταν το Αστυνομικό Τμήμα της Άμφισσας δέχεται μια κλήση από πολίτη-ιδιοκτήτη κατοικίας κοντά στην περιοχή Καψίτσα της Γκιώνας, ο οποίος αναφέρει πως λίγα μέτρα από το οικόπεδό του, εντός πυκνής δασικής έκτασης, υπάρχουν σημάδια από εργασίες εκσκαφέα, αλλά και πολλές τρύπες-λαγούμια στο έδαφος, μεγάλου βάθους.Αμέσως στην αστυνομική διεύθυνση σημαίνει συναγερμός, με τους άνδρες της ΕΛ.ΑΣ. να κατευθύνονται προς το σημείο το οποίο τους είχε υποδείξει ο πολίτης. Παράλληλα, ενημερώνεται και το Δασαρχείο της περιοχής, προκειμένου να επιληφθεί, αφού πρόκειται για δασική έκταση.
Η πρώτη ομάδα αστυνομικών φτάνοντας στην περιοχή αρχίζει αυτοψία. Όμως, επειδή στο συγκεκριμένο σημείο υπάρχει πυκνό δάσος και είναι δύσκολη η πρόσβαση, στην επιχείρηση συμμετέχουν και δύο πολίτες, οι οποίοι γνωρίζουν καλά τα δασικά μονοπάτια, προκειμένου να διευκολύνουν τους αστυνομικούς.
Λίγο πριν από τις 16.00 το απόγευμα του Σαββάτου, όλοι τους γίνονται μάρτυρες ενός ιδιαίτερα περίεργου τοπίου. Μέσα στο πουθενά, σε πυκνό δάσος, εντοπίζουν έναν εκσκαφέα βαρέος τύπου, ξεριζωμένα έλατα, τρύπες στο έδαφος μεγάλου βάθους, ειδικά εργαλεία σκαψίματος, γεννήτριες, κομπρεσέρ, τρυπάνια, φτυάρια, γκασμάδες, καύσιμα και πολλά άλλα υλικά που χρησιμοποιούνται σε εξορύξεις.
Όσον αφορά στον περιβάλλοντα χώρο, όπως φαίνεται και από τις αποκλειστικές φωτογραφίες που εξασφάλισε το zougla.gr, θύμιζε εργοτάξιο.



Σύμφωνα με όσα έχουν γίνει γνωστά, οι αστυνομικοί βρίσκονται μπροστά σε μια υπόθεση που έχει να κάνει με οργανωμένη ομάδα χρυσοθήρων. Αστυνομικές πηγές εκτιμούν πως με βάση τα στοιχεία που έχουν στη διάθεσή τους η συγκεκριμένη ομάδα φέρεται να αποτελείται από τουλάχιστον επτά άτομα («επαγγελματίες» του είδους), μεταξύ των οποίων και τσιλιαδόροι.
Τα «ψαχτήρια» φέρονται να είχαν βάλει στο στόχαστρό τους τη συγκεκριμένη περιοχή εδώ και καιρό, αφού οι εργασίες που έχουν γίνει μέσα στο δάσος είναι πολλές και ιδιαίτερα δύσκολες.
Εξαιρετικό ενδιαφέρον έχει το γεγονός πως ο εκσκαφέας που χρησιμοποιήθηκε δεν ανήκει σε κάποιον χειριστή της περιοχής, ενώ δεν φέρει ούτε πινακίδες. Κι αυτό διότι -όπως εκτιμούν οι αστυνομικοί- οι κυνηγοί θησαυρών δεν ήθελαν να δώσουν «στόχο» σε ντόπιους και να υπάρχει διαρροή πληροφοριών.
Άλλη όμως αστυνομική πηγή δεν αποκλείει το γεγονός να χρησιμοποιήθηκε ντόπιος τσιλιαδόρος, ο οποίος γνωρίζει καλά την περιοχή και τα μονοπάτια, πιθανόν και μόνιμος κάτοικος του βουνού.
«Πώς είναι δυνατόν να γίνονται τέτοιες εργασίες δίπλα σε δασικό δρόμο και με σπίτια γύρω - γύρω και κανένας κάτοικος της περιοχής να μη γνωρίζει τίποτα;» διερωτάται η πηγή και προσθέτει:
«Εντοπίσαμε επίσης σε κοντινή απόσταση από το σημείο όπου γίνονταν οι ανασκαφές και μια ρυμούλκα, ενώ αναζητούμε κι ένα φορτηγό το οποίο μετέφερε τον εκσκαφέα στο σημείο των εργασιών. Ξέρουμε ακόμα πως πρόσφατα ένα άτομο προσπάθησε να αγοράσει δασικό οικόπεδο πολύ κοντά στο μέρος των ανασκαφών προσφέροντας ένα μεγάλο χρηματικό ποσό για κάτι το οποίο δεν άξιζε αυτά τα χρήματα. Ερευνούμε τα πάντα υπό άκρα μυστικότητα και θα εξιχνιάσουμε την υπόθεση».
Επίσης, ένα άλλο ενδιαφέρον στοιχείο το οποίο είναι προς διερεύνηση έχει να κάνει με το εάν τελικά τα «ψαχτήρια» κατάφεραν να βρουν αυτό το οποίο αναζητούσαν εκεί και φυσικά εάν έσκαβαν στο σωστό σημείο. Σύμφωνα πάντως με πληροφορίες, δεν φαίνεται να έχουν πετύχει τον στόχο τους, αφού όταν εντόπισαν την περιοχή οι αστυνομικοί, όλα τα εργαλεία βρίσκονταν παρατημένα, κάτι που προφανώς σημαίνει πως οι δράστες έφυγαν ξαφνικά και δεν πρόλαβαν να εξαφανίσουν τα ίχνη τους.
Τοπικός παράγοντας ανέφερε στο zougla.gr πως στο όρος Γκιώνα, και ειδικά κοντά στην περιοχή Καψίτσα όπου βρίσκεται και το Δασικό Χωριό, περίπου 20 χλμ. από την πόλη της Άμφισσας, έχουν βρεθεί κατά καιρούς πολλά σημάδια τα οποία -σύμφωνα με ντόπιους- οδηγούν σε θαμμένες χρυσές λίρες, αφού στο σημείο είχε αναπτυχθεί στο παρελθόν δράση ανταρτών.
Παράλληλα, κάτοικοι της περιοχής επισημαίνουν στην ηλεκτρονική μας εφημερίδα πως το τελευταίο διάστημα στη θέση Καψίτσα της Γκιώνας ξεφυτρώνουν σαν τα μανιτάρια παράνομες καλύβες - φαβέλες, οι οποίες ενδεχομένως να αποτελούν καταφύγιο ατόμων που ψάχνουν χρυσές λίρες.
Mε κόκκινο χρώμα το σημείο των ερευνών - Περιοχή όπου σύμφωνα με πληροφορίες δραστηριοποιούνται χρυσοθήρες
Mε κόκκινο χρώμα το σημείο των ερευνών - Περιοχή όπου σύμφωνα με πληροφορίες δραστηριοποιούνται χρυσοθήρες
Το κουβάρι αυτής της περίεργης υπόθεσης προσπαθεί να ξετυλίξει η Ασφάλεια της Άμφισσας, με τους πολίτες της περιοχής να μιλούν για ένα πρωτοφανές περιστατικό τα τελευταία χρόνια όσον αφορά στην έκταση της ζημιάς που έχει υποστεί το δάσος, αλλά και το ότι διεκόπη στη μέση η «δουλειά» των αρχαιοκάπηλων.
Βέβαια, όπως τονίζουν άλλες τοπικές πηγές, προκαλεί εντύπωση το γεγονός πως η λαθρανασκαφή γινόταν στο δάσος για πολλές ημέρες χωρίς οι Αρχές να έχουν αντιληφθεί το παραμικρό.
Όπως είναι σε θέση να γνωρίζει το zougla.gr, όλα τα πειστήρια έχουν κατασχεθεί, ενώ η επίμαχη περιοχή παρακολουθείται.
Τα τελευταία πάντως 24ωρα η φήμη ότι στο σημείο μπορεί να υπάρχει χρυσάφι και να μην το έχουν βρει έχει εξαπλωθεί σε όλον τον νομό, με το περιστατικό να κυριαρχεί στις συζητήσεις των καφενείων και να προκαλεί φρενίτιδα. Η είδηση του πιθανού θησαυρού όμως, όπως τόνιζαν στην ηλεκτρονική μας εφημερίδα σήμερα το πρωί κάτοικοι της περιοχής, φέρεται να έχει προσελκύσει και «ψαχτήρια» από άλλους προορισμούς, αφού υπάρχουν αναφορές για άτομα που εμφανίζονται σε καφενεία της Άμφισσας τα οποία δεν τα έχουν ξαναδεί. 
Γενικά οι συλλήψεις χρυσοθήρων στην Ελλάδα δεν είναι σπάνιες. Όπως αναφέρει στην ηλεκτρονική μας εφημερίδα άτομο του χώρου που θέλει να κρατήσει την ανωνυμία του, «υπάρχουν πολλοί  που ζουν στον πυρετό του χρυσού».
«Φανταστείτε ότι στην Ελλάδα κάθε χρόνο εκτιμάται ότι πωλούνται πάνω από 2.000 ανιχνευτές μετάλλων. Στην περιοχή της Γκιώνας, και ειδικά στην περιοχή της Καψίτσας, εδώ και χρόνια, κυκλοφορούν ιστορίες και μύθοι για κρυμμένους θησαυρούς. Το ότι έχουν βρεθεί σεντούκια με λίρες είναι αλήθεια.  Το ιστορικό παρελθόν της περιοχής και οι διηγήσεις έχουν κάνει πολλούς να πιστεύουν ότι η περιοχή έχει κρυμμένα μυστικά», επισημαίνει.
Δείτε περισσότερες φωτογραφίες από το σημείο: 

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ΔΕΛΤΙΟ ΤΥΠΟΥ
Μαθητές, εκπαιδευτικοί και οικογένεια σε μια εβδομάδα εθελοντισμού για όλη την Ελλάδα!Μια μεγάλη εθελοντική συμμαχία μόλις ξεκίνησε!


Για μία ακόμα χρονιά μαθητές, εκπαιδευτικοί, οικογένεια και φίλοι εθελοντές, δίνουμε τα χέρια, καθώς όλη η πρώτη εβδομάδα του Απριλίου είναι αφιερωμένη στον εθελοντισμό, σε όλα τα σχολεία της πατρίδας μας, στα οποία ετοιμάζονται εντυπωσιακές δράσεις σε τέσσερις κύριους άξονες: Περιβάλλον, Συνάνθρωπος, Κοινότητα, Φιλοζωΐα.

Για πρώτη φορά, το "Let's do it Greece", η μεγαλύτερη ταυτόχρονη εθελοντική δράση της χώρας και το "Νοιάζομαι και Δρω", το εκπαιδευτικό πρόγραμμα για τον εθελοντισμό και τον ενεργό πολίτη που υλοποιούν το Μη-Κερδοσκοπικό Σωματείο Δεσμός και το Ίδρυμα Λαμπράκη, ενώνουν τις δυνάμεις τους οργανώνοντας κοινή Σχολική Εβδομάδα Εθελοντισμού.

Πρόκειται για την εβδομάδα από 1 έως 7 Απριλίου 2019, όπου το κάθε σχολείο μπορεί να οργανώσει τις δικές του δράσεις, να προσκαλέσει και άλλα σχολεία, και να συνεργαστεί με τους φορείς και τις ομάδες της περιοχής του, στέλνοντας ένα ηχηρό μήνυμα εθελοντισμού και προσφοράς σε κάθε γωνιά της χώρας.
Για την πραγματοποίηση του μεγάλου αυτού εθελοντικού εγχειρήματος έχει δοθεί και φέτος σχετική έγκριση από το Υπουργείο Παιδείας, ενώ ήδη ο πανελλαδικός χάρτης της δράσης έχει αρχίσει να γεμίζει με σχολεία τόσο της πρωτοβάθμιας όσο και της δευτεροβάθμιας εκπαίδευσης.

Μπορείτε να δηλώσετε συμμετοχή στις σελίδες  www.letsdoitgreece.org και www.noiazomaikaidrw.gr καθώς επίσης και στο κοινό mini site www.volunteer4schools.gr  που δημιουργήθηκε για να αποτυπώνονται συγκεντρωτικά οι δράσεις των σχολείων.

Το δικό σου το σχολείο, είναι μέσα; 



          Neary, Sandra R.      Cache   Translate Page      
Sandra R. Neary Greece - Passed away March 12th, 2019. She is survived by her husband Bill Neary. Sandra was a retiree of the M.R. I. Department...
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Dolores R. Roth (Rayburn) Greece - Dolores went home to the Lord March 12, 2019 at age 91. Predeceased by husband, Raymond E. Roth, Sr.; siblings,...
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Fashion has been part of human civilization for an extremely long time, and that certainly isn’t changing anytime soon. In fact, even in ancient Greece and Roman culture, there are lots of evidence that fashion was used to designate a social status, and even to this day, the right clothes or shoes are considered to […]

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          IMF: Greece among best performers in eurozone      Cache   Translate Page      

Greece has entered a period of economic growth that puts it “among the best performers in the eurozone”. That rather striking judgement comes from the International Monetary Fund in a new report on the Greek economy. A senior IMF official said there were a lot of positive developments to point to. That said, the IMF […]

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The lichen family Teloschistaceae in the Altai-Sayan region (Central Asia)

   
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Within the Altai-Sayan region, we identified 103 species of Teloschistaceae from 1193 field records supported by herbarium vouchers. The recorded species belong to the subfamilies Xanthorioideae (46 species in 14 genera) and Caloplacoideae (57 species in 17 genera); Teloschistoideae is absent. We divided the 194 surveyed localities into four categories: arid alpine, arid non-alpine, humid alpine, humid non-alpine. Each category has a specific lichen composition and a typical combination of traits. Humid non-alpine localities are mostly inhabited by broadly distributed boreal-montane species; humid alpine sites by arctic-alpine lichens; arid non-alpine habitats are preferred by xerophilous Eurasian species and arid alpine sites by xerophilous Central Asian species with (presumably) large geographic ranges in dry continental Asia. Some arid alpine species have a thick crustose thallus with a very thick medulla and cortex; this morphological trait is confined to the Central Asian group of lichens and is absent from other climatic regions, such as arctic, boreal or oceanic Eurasia. We compared species diversity in the Altai-Sayan region with the Alps. Both regions differ in species and generic composition and the richness is higher in the latter.

                Taxonomy: Caloplaca fluviatilis is newly described. New combinations are Pachypeltis insularis, P. pachythallina, P. phoenicopta and Variospora sororicida. Two of Magnusson’s names are newly synonymized: Caloplaca infestans with Pachypeltis intrudens and Caloplaca kansuensis with C. bicolor. In addition to 22 known genera, we define, provisionally, 9 groups of species that may merit recognition as genera. Caloplaca epithallina is provisionally placed in Shackletonia, but we do not formally publish a new combination. Lichenicolous Pachypeltis phoenicopta and Variospora sororicida are less host-specific than originally thought.

                Floristics: Caloplaca pratensis is new to Eurasia, Caloplaca helygeoides (= C. diphyodes auct.), C. monacensis and C. soralifera are new to Asia. 12 species are new to Russia, 9 new to Siberia, 9 new to China, 2 new to Kazakhstan, and 2 new to Xinjiang. Outside the studied region Pachypeltis phoenicopta is new to Europe (Spain, Sierra Nevada) and we report the first reliable record of Pachypeltis insularis from Greece (Mt Olympus).

 


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International.
A better short description of the wedding, marriage, ślub, bryllup, γάμος of Ania & Jonas is perhaps hard to find.
With a Polish-Norse match made in heaven, friends from as far away as Greece and a wedding in Brussel, iso800 was glad to be catapulted into a whole new world of traditions and wedding facts and tidbits. Did you know that:
  1. In certain countries, all men pass the bride during the feast to kiss her?
  2. Norwegians tend to speech a LOT?
  3. Brides and grooms are perfectedly allowed to kiss up on and under the table?
  4. Jonas and Ania embraced these traditions warmly and eachother even more so?
Well, it's all true :).



From the Brussels City Hall to the Castle of Ruisbroek, these two wedding photographers were treated to a rollercoaster of spontaneous and downright euphoric world citizens.
We do not regret that in the slightest.







          CP of Greece, We denounce the imperialist intervention in Venezuela. Solidarity with the Venezuelan People!      Cache   Translate Page      

We, Communist and Workers Party of the world, decisively denounce the imperialist plans, the undermining tactics and the menaces unleashed by the USA, the EU and their allied governments in Latin America, aiming at overthrowing the legally elected President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro; at subjugating the people of the country into their imperialist interests; and at looting the country’s wealth-producing resources.
After the failed provocation prepared by the USA using the imperialists’ puppet Guaidó on February 23rd in the Colombian borders, under the pretext of “humanitarian aid”, new scenarios are promoted for a coup or even an imperialist military attack, while simultaneously they continue the effort to organize more provocations that will give a pretext for the escalation of the intervention.
We strongly condemn every coup and imperialist military attack scenario of the USA and of their allies!
We decisively state that they will find against them not only the people of Venezuela but also the Communist and Workers Parties, the working class’ and people’s movement all around the world!
We vehemently condemn the statements of John Bolton, National Security Advisor of the USA, according to which the government of the USA follows the Monroe Doctrine that considers the whole of Latin America as their exclusive zone of interest.
Latin America belongs to its peoples!
Loyal to the principles of Proletarian Internationalism we express our solidarity with the people of Venezuela; only the people of Venezuela have the capacity to decide on the internal affairs of its country. We express our solidarity with the Communist Party of Venezuela, the Communist Youth of Venezuela and other Venezuelan anti-imperialist forces that struggle under difficult conditions to defend the people’s interests.
Down with Imperialism!
People Will Prevail!

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මගේ අදහස නිවැරැදි නමි මහේශ් සහොදරයාගේ කෙටි දේශනය තුල වු මුලික ම හා ඉතාමත්ම සංකිර්නම දාර්ශනික නිරික්ෂණය වන "බටහිර ස්වාමියා විසින් අප මත ඇති කරන ලද තුවාලයයි" මෙම සොයා ගැනිම දාර්ශනික හැරවුම් ලක්ෂයකි. එනමි මින් පසු දර්ශනයයේ වස්තු විෂය විතැන් විමක් සිදු වෙි.මහේෂ් සහොදරයාගේ සංකල්පයට පසු අපි කල යුතතේ වෙනත් දෙයකි එය කුමක්ද යන්න මම නොදනි නමුත් පරන දේ නොවන බව මට සහතිකයි. බටහිර දාර්ශනික ඉතිහාස රැපකයකින් කියන්නේ නමි ,,තේලිස් ,Anassimandro ,Anassimene යන (The Milesian school (/maɪˈliːʃiən, -ʃən/) was a school of thought founded in the 6th century BC. The ideas associated with it are exemplified by three philosophers from the Ionian town of Miletus, on the Aegean coast of Asia Minor: Thales, Anaximander, and Anaximenes. They introduced new opinions contrary to the prevailing belief of how the world was organized, in which natural phenomena were explained solely by the will of anthropomorphized gods. The Milesians conceived of nature in terms of methodologically observable entities, and as such was one of the first truly scientific philosophies.) පලමු දාර්ශනිකයන් තිදෙනා නිරික්ෂණය කරමින් සිටියේ සමස්ථ පැවැත්මෙහි පොදු සාධකයක් (The first period of philosophy (VI and V century BC) is called, as we have said, naturalistic, because the first Greek philosophers dealt with nature (= physis) and the cosmos, and in particular with the principle (= arché) of nature, that is to say of the first cause and of the foundation of reality.)මෙහිදි ඔවිගේ නිරික්ෂණය වුයේ යමි දව්‍යමය පදනමක්(Material) මත එනමි ජලය ,වාතය ,ගින්දර වැනි සමස්ථ පැවැත්ම රදා පවතින බව. නමුත් Greek දර්ශනිකයෙක් වු පර්මෙිනිඩෙ(Parmenides of Elea (/pɑːrˈmɛnɪdiːz ... ˈɛliə/; Greek: Παρμενίδης ὁ Ἐλεάτης; fl. late sixth or early fifth century BC) was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher from Elea in Magna Graecia (Greater Greece, which included Southern Italy). He was the founder of the Eleatic school of philosophy)විසින් ඉහත මිලේතො දාර්ශනිකයන් තිදේනාගේ අදහස උඩු යටිකුරු කරයි. එනමි පොදු දව්‍යයක් නිරික්ෂණය කරිම වෙනුවට ,පැවැත්ම පැවැත්මෙහි කොන්දේසියක් ලෙසම සලකා බැලිම හෙවත් "Onthological" ප්රවෙිශයක් ලබා ගැනම. මෙම නිරික්ෂණයෙන් පසුව බටහිර දර්ශනයේ වස්තු විශය රැඩිකල් වෙනසකට බදුන් විය. ඒඅනුව මට හිතෙන්නේ මහේශ් සහොදරයාගේ ප්රවෙශය අලුත් අදහසක් කියලා. පසු කල යුතු අනිවාර්ය කොන්දේසියක් a priori. තවත් කරැනක් නමි "දර්ශනය"සහ Emperical sceinse අතර බටහිර දි පැහැදිලි වෙනසක් ඇත. තනි තනි විද්‍යාවන් විසින් ප්රපංචයන් අධ්‍යනය කරන විට "දර්ශනය " ලොකයේ සිමාව අධ්‍යනය කරයි. නමුත් sceintific revolution එකෙන් පසුව විද්‍යාව විසින් විද්‍යාවෙ කාර්ය භාරය වෙනුවට "දර්ශනයේ"කාර්ය භාරය සිදු කිරිමට තම අයිතිය සුජාත කරනය කර ගෙන ඇත.ඒ අනුව අජිත් ධර්මකිර්ති සහොදරයාගේ ඉහත උත්සාහය එනමි physics මගින් සමස්ථය තේරැමි ගැනිම අහමබයක් නොව.
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Μια μεγάλη εθελοντική συμμαχία μόλις ξεκίνησε!

Για μία ακόμα χρονιά μαθητές, εκπαιδευτικοί, οικογένεια και φίλοι εθελοντές, δίνουμε τα χέρια, καθώς όλη η πρώτη εβδομάδα του Απριλίου είναι αφιερωμένη στον εθελοντισμό, σε όλα τα σχολεία της πατρίδας μας, στα οποία ετοιμάζονται εντυπωσιακές δράσεις σε τέσσερις κύριους άξονες: Περιβάλλον, Συνάνθρωπος, Κοινότητα, Φιλοζωΐα.

Για πρώτη φορά, το "Let's do it Greece", η μεγαλύτερη ταυτόχρονη εθελοντική δράση της χώρας και το "Νοιάζομαι και Δρω", το εκπαιδευτικό πρόγραμμα για τον εθελοντισμό και τον ενεργό πολίτη που υλοποιούν το Μη-Κερδοσκοπικό Σωματείο Δεσμός και το Ίδρυμα Λαμπράκη, ενώνουν τις δυνάμεις τους οργανώνοντας κοινή Σχολική Εβδομάδα Εθελοντισμού.

Πρόκειται για την εβδομάδα από 1 έως 7 Απριλίου 2019, όπου το κάθε σχολείο μπορεί να οργανώσει τις δικές του δράσεις, να προσκαλέσει και άλλα σχολεία, και να συνεργαστεί με τους φορείς και τις ομάδες της περιοχής του, στέλνοντας ένα ηχηρό μήνυμα εθελοντισμού και προσφοράς σε κάθε γωνιά της χώρας.

Για την πραγματοποίηση του μεγάλου αυτού εθελοντικού εγχειρήματος έχει δοθεί και φέτος σχετική έγκριση από το Υπουργείο Παιδείας, ενώ ήδη ο πανελλαδικός χάρτης της δράσης έχει αρχίσει να γεμίζει με σχολεία τόσο της πρωτοβάθμιας όσο και της δευτεροβάθμιας εκπαίδευσης.

Μπορείτε να δηλώσετε συμμετοχή στις σελίδες www.letsdoitgreece.org και www.noiazomaikaidrw.gr καθώς επίσης και στο κοινό mini site www.volunteer4schools.gr που δημιουργήθηκε για να αποτυπώνονται συγκεντρωτικά οι δράσεις των σχολείων.

Το δικό σου το σχολείο, είναι μέσα;

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Η ελληνική εταιρεία Γαλακτοκομικά ΜΑΝΔΡΕΚΑΣ Α.Ε. συμμετέχει για μία ακόμα χρονιά στην Food Expo Greece, την μεγαλύτερη Έκθεση Τροφίμων & Ποτών στην Ν.Α. Ευρώπη. 
Στο περίπτερο της εταιρείας, C04-Hall 4, οι επαγγελματίες του χώρου των τροφίμων θα έχουν την ευκαιρία να δοκιμάσουν την μεγάλη ποικιλία παραδοσιακών γαλακτοκομικών προϊόντων, αλλά και να ενημερωθούν για το νέο, σημαντικό λανσάρισμα της εταιρείας που εγκαινιάζει την κατηγορία των γαλακτοκομικών με υψηλή περιεκτικότητα σε πρωτεΐνη. 

Η ΜΑΝΔΡΕΚΑΣ Α.Ε. έχοντας ήδη σημαντική παρουσία στην ελληνική αγορά, αλλά και σε αγορές του εξωτερικού, επιδιώκει να ενισχύσει ακόμα περισσότερο την διανομή των προϊόντων της σε ελληνικές αλυσίδες retailers. Εστιάζοντας προς αυτή την κατεύθυνση, επενδύει σε καινοτόμα σειρά γαλακτοκομικών high protein υπό νέο brand και συνεχίζει την έρευνα και ανάπτυξη προϊόντων που ανταποκρίνονται στις ανάγκες του σύγχρονου καταναλωτή. 

Η Food Expo Greece 2019 διεξάγεται στο Athens Metropolitan Expo από τις 16-18 Μαρτίου.

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"Το πρώτο πράγμα που είδα όταν βγήκα στην ξηρά ήταν το άστρο του Δαβίδ"


Iσραηλινό μέσο μαζικής ενημέρωσης παραδέχεται ότι Εβραίοι από το Ισραήλ και την Αμερική πληρώνονται από την ισραηλινή κυβέρνηση για να διαχειρίζονται σχεδόν όλα τα «κέντρα βοήθειας για πρόσφυγες» στην Ελλάδα,
("greek refugee aid centers are mainly operated by israelis"), ενισχύοντας άμεσα την μαζική εισροή παράνομων μεταναστών στην Ευρώπη. Την ίδια ώρα το Ισραήλ αρνείται να δεχθεί πρόσφυγες, χτίζει τοίχους για να τους κρατήσει έξω και επιτρέπει μόνο Εβραίους που είναι φυλετικά καθαροί μέσω tests DNA να μεταναστεύσουν στο Ισραήλ.

Ένα άρθρο στο Ynet News, το αγγλόφωνο ισραηλινό ειδησεογραφικό ιστότοπο της Yedioth Ahronoth, που είναι η πιο αναγνωρίσιμη εφημερίδα στο Ισραήλ, επιβεβαίωσε ότι "τα ελληνικά κέντρα βοήθειας για πρόσφυγες λειτουργούν κυρίως από Ισραηλινούς" και ότι στο νησί της Λέσβου, υπάρχει "ισραηλινό σχολείο για Σύριους, Ιρανούς, Ιρακινούς και Αφγανούς πρόσφυγες".

Αυτή η επιχείρηση είναι, σύμφωνα με το Ynet, "όλα μέρος ενός κοινού σχεδίου ώστε να επανακαθοριστεί η έννοια του «Tikkun Olam» και ο εβραϊκός εθελοντισμός σε όλον τον κόσμο». (Tikkun Olam είναι μια έννοια που προέρχεται από τον ταλμουδικό ιουδαισμό ότι ο κόσμος χρειάζεται "βελτίωση").


Το άρθρο, το οποίο αποσκοπεί στην προώθηση της ιδέας ότι οι Εβραίοι βοηθώντας τους Σύριους, τους βοηθάνε να πειστούν ότι οι Εβραίοι δεν είναι τόσο κακοί (εξ ου και ο τίτλος του άρθρου "Για τους Σύριους πρόσφυγες στην Ελλάδα, το Ισραήλ δεν είναι πια ο εχθρός"), αποκαλύπτει ότι όταν παράνομοι μετανάστες διέσχιζαν τη θάλασσα από την Τουρκία στη Λέσβο, Εβραίοι εθελοντές ήταν εκεί για να τους τραβήξουν στην ξηρά ("Το πρώτο πράγμα που είδα όταν βγήκα ήταν το άστρο του Δαβίδ", λέει ένας χαρακτηριστικά).


"Στην παραλία περιμένουν μέλη του IsraAID, το οποίο από το 2011 παρέχει ανθρωπιστική βοήθεια σε σημεία κρίσης σε όλο τον κόσμο, συμπεριλαμβανομένης της Λέσβου", ανέφερε το άρθρο. [Το IsraAID είναι το επίσημο γραφείο εξωτερικής βοήθειας της ισραηλινής κυβέρνησης].

Τώρα, συνεχίζει το άρθρο, αυτή η εβραϊκή ιδέα της «εργασίας για την οικοδόμηση ενός καλύτερου κόσμου» υιοθετήθηκε από «μια μεγάλη εβραϊκή οργάνωση σε συνδυασμό με το κράτος του Ισραήλ».


Αυτή η "μεγάλη εβραϊκή οργάνωση" είναι "η Jewish Agency που συνεργάζεται τώρα με την οργάνωση Mosaic United".


Η Jewish Agency for Israel είναι στην πραγματικότητα η μεγαλύτερη εβραϊκή μη κερδοσκοπική οργάνωση στον κόσμο της οποίας η αυτοανακηρυγμένη αποστολή είναι να «εξασφαλίσει ότι κάθε Εβραίος αισθάνεται έναν άθραυστο δεσμό ο ένας με τον άλλον και με το Ισραήλ, ανεξάρτητα από τον τόπο στον οποίο βρίσκονται στον κόσμο». Ο Οργανισμός χρηματοδοτείται άμεσα από την ισραηλινή κυβέρνηση, τις Εβραϊκές Ομοσπονδίες της Βόρειας Αμερικής, την Keren Hayesod-UIA (την οργάνωση με έδρα την Ιερουσαλήμ του σιωνιστικού κινήματος που συγκεντρώνει κεφάλαια) και το Παγκόσμιο Σιωνιστικό Κίνημα (World Zionist Movement).


Από το 1948, η Jewish Agency for Israel έχει φέρει 3 εκατομμύρια Εβραίους στο Ισραήλ και τους προσφέρει μεταβατική κατοικία σε «κέντρα απορρόφησης» σε όλο το εβραϊκό κράτος.


Ο οργανισμός Mosaic United είναι ένας οργανισμός που δηλώνει ότι η αποστολή του είναι να «ενδυναμώνει τους νέους Εβραίους άνδρες και γυναίκες να αναπτύξουν βαθύτερες συνδέσεις με την εβραϊκή τους κληρονομιά και ταυτότητα και να δημιουργήσουν έναν δεσμό με το Ισραήλ με τους δικούς τους όρους και στο δικό τους χρόνο».


Η διευθύνουσα επιτροπή του Mosaic United "αποτελείται από εκπροσώπους τόσο της ισραηλινής κυβέρνησης όσο και του παγκόσμιου εβραϊσμού" και η διεύθυνσή της γίνεται σε συνεργασία με το Ισραηλινό Υπουργείο Υποθέσεων Διασποράς, σύμφωνα με την ιστοσελίδα του οργανισμού.


Με άλλα λόγια, αυτό το πρόγραμμα για την ενίσχυση της μαζικής εισόδου (κατ’ άλλους εισβολής) αλλοδαπών στην Ευρώπη χρηματοδοτείται άμεσα από το Ισραήλ και τους Εβραίους στην Αμερική και αλλού.


Σύμφωνα με το άρθρο του Ynet, η νέα κοινή προσπάθεια μεταξύ του Jewish Agency και του Mosaic United "αναμένεται να αυξήσει δραματικά τον αριθμό των νέων Εβραίων που ασχολούνται με την κοινωνική δραστηριότητα, να επαναπροσδιορίσει τον όρο" Tikkun Olam "μέσω της συνεργασίας με μειονεκτούσες πληθυσμιακές ομάδες. Τα projects θα υλοποιηθούν σε όλο τον κόσμο - από το Πουέρτο Ρίκο και την Ελλάδα έως το Νεπάλ, το Μεξικό, την Ινδία και την Αιθιοπία μέσω οργανισμών όπως το IsraAID, το Project TEN, το Tevel B'Tzedek κ.α.


Ο Ραββίνος Benji Levy, Διευθύνων Σύμβουλος της Mosaic United, δήλωσε στο Ynet News ότι το σχέδιο εγκρίθηκε από την ισραηλινή κυβέρνηση πριν από αρκετά χρόνια, υπό την αιγίδα του Υπουργείου Υποθέσεων της Διασποράς. "Η κυβέρνηση θα επενδύσει 66 εκατομμύρια δολάρια, που είναι το ένα τρίτο του προϋπολογισμού", λέει.


Το άρθρο συνεχίζει αναφέροντας ότι ο στόχος των «Σύριων προσφύγων» είναι να «φτάσουν στη βόρεια και τη δυτική Ευρώπη».


Στη συνέχεια, λέει ότι «η κύρια πύλη τους είναι η Ελλάδα, στην οποία προσπαθούν να φτάσουν από τις ακτές της Τουρκίας, ταξιδεύοντας με εύθραυστα σκάφη. Περισσότεροι από ένα εκατομμύριο πρόσφυγες διέσχισαν τη θάλασσα με αυτόν τον τρόπο το 2015 και στις αρχές του 2016 - από την Ελλάδα μέσω των Βαλκανίων και της Ουγγαρίας με προορισμό τις πλούσιες χώρες της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης ".


Ο δημοσιογράφος του Ynet, Liad Osmo, πήγε να επισκεφτεί το «σχολείο για πρόσφυγες» που φτιάχτηκε από Εβραίους στη Λέσβο.


«Συναντάμε στο σχολείο που διευθύνει η IsraAid και εθελοντές από την Hashomer Hatzair, ένα διεθνές σοσιαλιστικό και σιωνιστικό εβραϊκό κίνημα νεολαίας».


Ένας από τους «πρόσφυγες» με το όνομα "Η", χρησιμοποιείται από τους Εβραίους ως δάσκαλος στο σχολείο, όπου διδάσκει στα αραβικά μια τάξη 25 μαθητών ηλικίας 6-9.


«Ήμουν ο παλαιότερος μαθητής στο σχολείο και χρειάζονταν εκπαιδευτική βοήθεια στα αραβικά, οπότε έγινα δάσκαλος», λέει. "Σύντομα θα φύγω για την Αθήνα, τώρα έχω επίσημη εξουσιοδότηση. Θα μου λείψει πολύ το σχολείο και τα παιδιά. "


"Σήμερα, οι Ισραηλινοί είναι το τελευταίο οργανωμένο σώμα που παρέχει ανθρωπιστική βοήθεια στο νησί, παράλληλα με ένα κοινοτικό κέντρο που χρηματοδοτείται από την Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση και τις ελληνικές αρχές.


"Στη Λέσβο, Ισραηλινοί ίδρυσαν το Σχολείο της Ειρήνης, το οποίο έχει τέσσερις τάξεις σε διάφορες γλώσσες: Αραβικά, Ντάρι (μια διάλεκτο της περσικής γλώσσας που είναι κοινή στο Αφγανιστάν), Κουρδικά και Γαλλικά, προς όφελος των προσφύγων από την Γκάνα.


"Τα περισσότερα παιδιά αναμένεται να εγκαταλείψουν την Ελλάδα για άλλες ευρωπαϊκές χώρες όπως η Γερμανία, η Αυστρία και η Σουηδία, οι οποίες έχουν πιο αποτελεσματικά συστήματα απορρόφησης προσφύγων και έτσι μαθαίνουν αγγλικά".


Το άρθρο συνεχίζει με τον ισχυρισμό ότι αυτός ο κυρίαρχος εβραϊκός ρόλος των Εβραίων στην βοήθεια των προσφύγων, εξυπηρετεί στο να τους πείσει ότι οι Εβραίοι δεν είναι τόσο κακοί.


«Πώς μπορώ να συνεχίσω να λέω ότι είσαι εχθρός;» ρωτάει ο H [στο άρθρο].


"Ήξερα για τους Ισραηλινούς μόνο μέσω της τηλεόρασης. Μας έλεγαν ότι το Ισραήλ είναι ο εχθρός, αλλά η πραγματικότητα έχει αποκαλύψει μια διαφορετική αλήθεια ", λέει ο N., σχολικός συντονιστής και πρόσφυγας από το Ιράκ. "Έτσι είναι και στο Κοράνι - είμαστε ξαδέλφια".


"Ο Α., ένας πρόσφυγας από το Ιράν που συνεργάζεται με την IsraAID εδώ και ένα χρόνο, λέει ότι βλέπει το Κέντρο ως «οικογένεια». Ο καθένας προέρχεται από διαφορετικό υπόβαθρο, διαφορετική γνώση και γλώσσα".


"Συναντούμε επίσης τις Debbie και Batya, δύο Εβραίες σχεδιάστριες από τις Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες, οι οποίες ήρθαν ως εθελόντριες για να ανακαινίσουν το κτίριο που χρησιμοποιούν οι πρόσφυγες. Η Deborah δήλωσε ότι οι δύο σκοπεύουν να προετοιμάσουν το σχέδιο και να αφήσουν την εφαρμογή τους στους ίδιους τους πρόσφυγες, αλλά το αποτέλεσμα ήταν πέρα ​​από κάθε φαντασία».


Την ίδια ώρα που συμβαίνουν όλα αυτά τα συγκινητικά, στο Ισραήλ, οι Εβραίοι δεν καλωσορίζουν καθόλου τους "Σύριους πρόσφυγες".

Ο πρωθυπουργός του Ισραήλ Μπέντζαμιν Νετανιάχου ανακοίνωσε το 2016 την πρόθεσή του να «περιβάλει όλο το Ισραήλ με έναν φράκτη» για να προστατεύσει το εβραϊκό κράτος από τα αραβικά «άγρια ​​θηρία» (“wild beasts”). 
Σύμφωνα με μια αναφορά της εφημερίδας Haaretz, ο Netanyahu δήλωσε "… η απάντηση είναι ναι. Θα περικυκλώσουμε όλο το κράτος του Ισραήλ με περιφράξεις και φράγματα; Η απάντηση είναι ναι. Στην περιοχή στην οποία ζούμε, πρέπει να υπερασπιστούμε τον εαυτό μας ενάντια στα άγρια ​​θηρία ».


Η ισραηλινή κυβέρνηση αρνήθηκε να δεχθεί οποιουσδήποτε «πρόσφυγες» από τη Συρία, την Αφρική ή οπουδήποτε αλλού - και δημιουργεί ένα νέο τείχος για να τους κρατήσει έξω.

Μια επίσημη δήλωση του γραφείου του Ισραηλινού πρωθυπουργού Μπέντζαμιν Νετανιάχου έλεγε ότι «το Ισραήλ είναι μια μικρή χώρα, μια πολύ μικρή χώρα, η οποία στερείται δημογραφικού και γεωγραφικού βάθους. Ως εκ τούτου, πρέπει να ελέγξουμε τα σύνορά μας, τόσο από τους παράνομους μετανάστες όσο και από την τρομοκρατία».


Η επίσημη άποψη του Ισραήλ για την απαγόρευση Σύριων «προσφύγων» περιγράφηκε επίσης λεπτομερώς στους LA Times στις 6 Σεπτεμβρίου 2015 («Μια χώρα που δεν θα δεχθεί Σύριους πρόσφυγες: το Ισραήλ»), όπου ο Νετανιάχου επανέλαβε τον ισχυρισμό του ότι η «έλλειψη δημογραφικού και γεωγραφικού βάθους" απαιτεί τον έλεγχο των συνόρων τόσο κατά των "παράνομων μεταναστών όσο και κατά της τρομοκρατίας".

Στην πραγματικότητα, το Ισραήλ έχει επίσης καταστήσει παράνομη τη μετανάστευση στο Ισραήλ, ανεξάρτητα από τον τόπο προέλευσης, από οποιονδήποτε μη Εβραίο, όπως αυτός ορίζεται φυλετικά από τους νόμους του κράτους.


Το Ισραήλ επίσης χρησιμοποιεί DNA για να ελέγξει τους μετανάστες για να βεβαιωθεί ότι είναι φυλετικά καθαροί Εβραίοι. Αυτή την εβδομάδα, ο επικεφαλής ραβίνος του Ισραήλ David Lau παραδέχτηκε για πρώτη φορά δημοσίως ότι το Αρχιραββινάτο και τα κρατικά ραβινικά δικαστήρια - που ελέγχουν την απονομή της ιθαγένειας και τα οποία επιτρέπεται να παντρεύουν Εβραίους στο Ισραήλ - χρησιμοποιούν τεστ DNA για να καθορίσουν εάν κάποιος είναι Εβραίος.

 
Ένα πρόσφατο άρθρο στην Jerusalem Post ανέφερε ότι ο Lau έκανε το σχόλιο αυτό μετά από τις παρατηρήσεις του αρχηγού του κόμματος Shas, Arye Deri, την Τρίτη το βράδυ, όταν είπε σε μια πολιτική συγκέντρωση ότι το τεστ DNA χρησιμοποιείται για τους σκοπούς του προσδιορισμού του εβραϊκού status.


Η ITIM, μια θρησκευτική ΜΚΟ, αναφέρει ότι έχει δει περίπου 20 υποθέσεις τους τελευταίους μήνες, όπου τα ραβινικά δικαστήρια ζήτησαν έλεγχο DNA για άτομα που επιδιώκουν να αποδείξουν ότι είναι Εβραίοι, κυρίως για να προχωρήσουν σε γάμο.


Είναι παράνομο για τους Εβραίους να παντρεύονται μη Εβραίους στο Ισραήλ και η χώρα αυτή έχει επίσης μια σειρά νόμων που εξασφαλίζουν ότι μόνο Εβραίοι επιτρέπεται να μεταναστεύσουν στη χώρα και να γίνουν πολίτες.


Είναι σαφές ότι οι Εβραίοι κατανοούν πολύ καθαρά ότι η εισαγωγή μεγάλου αριθμού αλλοδαπών θα οδηγήσει στην καταστροφή του κράτους τους και της εβραϊκής εθνικής ταυτότητας και καταβάλουν κάθε δυνατή προσπάθεια για να αποφευχθεί αυτό.


Κανένας λογικός άνθρωπος δεν θα αρνιόταν στους Ισραηλινούς αυτό το δικαίωμα, αλλά αυτό που βλέπουμε εξίσου, είναι Εβραίους να ασχολούνται ενεργά και σωματικά με την εισαγωγή όσο το δυνατόν περισσότερων αλλοδαπών σε λευκά ευρωπαϊκά κράτη - μια πολιτική την οποία απορρίπτουν για τον εαυτό τους και το δικό τους κράτος.
 
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Ευάλωτοι σε χάκερ είναι για άλλη μια φορά οι υπολογιστές εκατ. χρηστών. "Μπάλωμα" ετοιμάζει η Microsoft, ενώ από την πλευρά της η Google κυκλοφόρησε ενημέρωση ασφαλείας.
 
Η Google ανακάλυψε σοβαρό κενό ασφαλείας στο λειτουργικό σύστημα Windows 7 και προειδοποίησε τους χρήστες του συστήματος (οι οποίοι παραμένουν ακόμη αρκετοί σε όλο τον κόσμο) ότι ο υπολογιστής τους κινδυνεύει να παραβιαστεί από χάκερ.  
 
Η Microsoft, που ενημερώθηκε σχετικά, ανέφερε ότι εργάζεται για την αντιμετώπιση του προβλήματος. Οι χάκερ εκμεταλλεύονται την «τρύπα» στα Windows 7, σε συνδυασμό με ένα ξεχωριστό σφάλμα που η Google βρήκε επίσης στον Chrome, το δικό της πρόγραμμα διαδικτυακής πλοήγησης. Η εταιρεία κυκλοφόρησε ήδη μια ενημέρωση ασφαλείας για να κλείσει την «κερκόπορτα».
Το πρόβλημα στα Windows βρίσκεται σε τμήματα του λειτουργικού συστήματος που σταματούν τα δεδομένα ενός προγράμματος να αλληλεπιδρούν με οτιδήποτε άλλο έξω από αυτή την εφαρμογή. Η Google ανέφερε πως έχει ενδείξεις ότι κακόβουλοι χάκερ βρήκαν τρόπο να εκμεταλλεύονται ένα άγνωστο έως τώρα σφάλμα στο Chrome, ώστε μέσω αυτού να μεταπηδούν σε άλλες εφαρμογές και τελικά να παραβιάζουν τον υπολογιστή του ανυποψίαστου χρήστη. Η Google κάλεσε τους χρήστες να ενημερώσουν τον Chrome τους, ώστε να «κατεβάσουν» και το «μπάλωμα» που έχει κάνει η εταιρεία για να κλείσει το κενό ασφαλείας.
«Είναι σοβαρό, ενημερώστε άμεσα τον Chrome, χωρίς χάσιμο χρόνου», έγραψε στο Twitter ο μηχανικός της Google Τζάστιν Σου, σύμφωνα με το BBC. Μετά την ενημέρωση, ο χρήστης πρέπει να κλείσει τον Chrome και να τον εκκινήσει ξανά για να εφαρμοστεί η ενημέρωση ασφαλείας. Η Google ανέφερε πως «μέχρι σήμερα έχουμε παρατηρήσει ενεργή εκμετάλλευση (σ.σ. του κενού ασφαλείας) μόνο εναντίον συστημάτων Windows 7 32-bit». Μια λύση για τον χρήστη, προκειμένου να έχει το κεφάλι του ήσυχο, είναι να αναβαθμίσει το λειτουργικό του στην τελευταία έκδοση Windows 10.
Η Microsoft δεν έχει δώσει ημερομηνία πότε θα κυκλοφορήσει το δικό της «μπάλωμα» για το πρόβλημα στα Windows 7, αλλά διαβεβαίωσε ότι θα είναι «το συντομότερο δυνατό».
Εκατομμύρια υπολογιστές χρησιμοποιούν ακόμη τα Windows 7, παρόλο που έχουν πια ηλικία σχεδόν δέκα ετών. Αρκετοί χρήστες συνεχίζουν να τα θεωρούν το καλύτερο λειτουργικό σύστημα που έβγαλε ποτέ η Microsoft και αρνούνται να τα εγκαταλείψουν.
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Wet and windy northern Europe, fair to the south Wednesday Another mostly dry and bright day for Portugal and Spain though persistent light rain could affect the northern coast of Spain through the day. Early morning showers over the Balearics should clear to leave a dry and fine afternoon. Corsica, Sardinia and the northern half of Italy could see some heavy rain throughout the day on Wednesday while high winds and thundery showers should clear away from Greece and Turkey by the late afternoon. A mixed day for France with showers becoming more widespread through the afternoon. These will be wintry in the southeast. Persistent rain for the Low Countries and western parts of Germany through Wednesday while Switzerland and Austria will likely see some snow. A mixed day of sunshine and showers for Poland and the Czech Republic though more persistent rain could edge into western areas through the late afternoon. Another wet and windy day for Denmark while it will start cloudy for the Baltic States before a band of rain and snow sweeps eastward across the region. A mostly dry day for Finland though snow will edge into southern areas through the evening. Windy and wet for southern parts of Sweden and Norway with a mixture of rain, sleet and snow.

Thursday Dry and sunny across Spain and Portugal. fair too in the Balearics. Showers for the south of Italy, but fair in central and northern parts of Italy. Greece will be cloudy and wet. Turkey will have some sunny spells but also showers in the east. Wet and windy in much of central Europe. heavy periods of rain passing through France, germany and the Low Countries as well as into Germany. Breezy with sunny spells and showers across Poland. Hungary will be fair with sunny spells. Showers then rain in Austria and Switzerland, windy here as well. Chilly with some showers or rain and sleet in Denmark. Windy with some cloud and rain affecting the Baltic States. Breezy with cloud and sleet or rain across Finland. Chilly with broken cloud and a few wintry showers in Sweden. Norway will be cold with sunshine and scattered snow showers.


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Unless you're a super nerdy pop culture junkie who loves going down rabbit holes and consuming all the quirkiest, tiniest details of every movie and TV show you can find, most of the following probably will be news to you. Did you know, for example, that in Deadpool 2 after Deadpool gets his legs torn off by Juggernaut and he hangs out with Blind Al waiting for them to grow back, he's wearing the same shirt that Chunk wears in The Goonies? Josh Brolin, of course, was one of the stars in it -- and he didn't notice the shirt, according to Ryan Reynolds. Or how about this -- did you know that, in the Star Wars franchise, the word Wookiee was inspired by Bill Wookey, a friend of actor Terry McGovern? Terry played a robot cop in George Lucas' THX 1138, improvising the line "I think I ran over a Wookiee back there." These are some of the fun, random and interesting details that Amazon's X-Ray feature generates while you stream TV shows and movies via Amazon's Prime Video service. For the longest time, I didn't pay attention to the results that X-Ray was populating in the top left corner as I watched Amazon content on my mobile devices. But, admittedly, it does give you some pretty fascinating details that could help you go even deeper into the shows and movies you love, if you want. It provides everything from the names of actors and their film credits as they appear on screen, as well as the title of music that's playing and trivia about a particular scene. That Wookiee detail above, for instance, pops up at one point during Solo: A Star Wars Story. At one point while watching Avengers: Infinity War, X-Ray points out that the movie contains remnants from Stan Lee’s past cameos. Tony Stark uses the flip phone that Stan delivered to him in Captain America: Civil War, we're told, and Thor still sports the haircut that Stan gave him in Thor: Ragnarok Among X-Ray's other benefits is occasional exclusive bonus video content found only through X-Ray, which many people may not even be aware of as an X-Ray feature at all. Of course, you can also use X-Ray while reading books on a Kindle-supported device. Which is especially useful when reading something like George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones books, packed as they are with hundreds of characters that some readers may find it difficult to keep track of on their own. For my money, though, watching video content with this helpful feature is particularly interesting. And it's not all fun, light-hearted insights it brings you, either. At one point during the Amazon documentary Lorena executive produced by Jordan Peele, X-Ray notes that the presence of a gun in the house of a domestic violence situation increases the chances of homicide by 500%. During one of the episodes from the first season of Amazon's Jack Ryan series, we're told why Hanin’s planned escape to Europe from the shores of Turkey is a dangerous one. Per X-Ray, according to a 2017 report by the United Nations Refugee Agency, one in every 185 people who crossed the sea between Turkey and Greece from January through April 2017 died either by drowning or from hypothermia. It's certainly an informative, useful tool for learning a little bit more about the world -- both the fictional world of pop culture and the expansive real-life world around you, too.
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Wet and windy northern Europe, fair to the south Wednesday Another mostly dry and bright day for Portugal and Spain though persistent light rain could affect the northern coast of Spain through the day. Early morning showers over the Balearics should clear to leave a dry and fine afternoon. Corsica, Sardinia and the northern half of Italy could see some heavy rain throughout the day on Wednesday while high winds and thundery showers should clear away from Greece and Turkey by the late afternoon. A mixed day for France with showers becoming more widespread through the afternoon. These will be wintry in the southeast. Persistent rain for the Low Countries and western parts of Germany through Wednesday while Switzerland and Austria will likely see some snow. A mixed day of sunshine and showers for Poland and the Czech Republic though more persistent rain could edge into western areas through the late afternoon. Another wet and windy day for Denmark while it will start cloudy for the Baltic States before a band of rain and snow sweeps eastward across the region. A mostly dry day for Finland though snow will edge into southern areas through the evening. Windy and wet for southern parts of Sweden and Norway with a mixture of rain, sleet and snow.

Thursday Dry and sunny across Spain and Portugal. fair too in the Balearics. Showers for the south of Italy, but fair in central and northern parts of Italy. Greece will be cloudy and wet. Turkey will have some sunny spells but also showers in the east. Wet and windy in much of central Europe. heavy periods of rain passing through France, germany and the Low Countries as well as into Germany. Breezy with sunny spells and showers across Poland. Hungary will be fair with sunny spells. Showers then rain in Austria and Switzerland, windy here as well. Chilly with some showers or rain and sleet in Denmark. Windy with some cloud and rain affecting the Baltic States. Breezy with cloud and sleet or rain across Finland. Chilly with broken cloud and a few wintry showers in Sweden. Norway will be cold with sunshine and scattered snow showers.


          Greece is 'now among the top performers in the euro zone,' IMF says      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Αναφορές στην ποπ-κουλτούρα | 14×14 Ouroboros      Cache   Translate Page      

By Amalia

Πάμε να δούμε τις αναφορές του 302ου επεισοδίου της σειράς, το οποίο υπογράφουν ο Steve Yockey στο σενάριο και o Amyn Kaderali στη σκηνοθεσία. Τίτλος επεισοδίου: Ouroboros Ο τίτλος προέρχεται από την ελληνική λέξη «ουροβόρος» (αυτός που τρώει την ουρά του). Ο ‘ουροβόρος όφις’ είναι ένα φίδι που ελίσσεται γύρω από τον εαυτό του και δαγκώνει […]

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          Hello Autumn,      Cache   Translate Page      
Hi all,Autumn is truly here now in Greece,so more time on the computer and i thought i would pop in and say hi all Life is treating me ok,work could be worse but no complaining as other folk a lot wo
          3/13/2019: World News: Greece performs well above its weight in cultural and sporting events ...      Cache   Translate Page      

With seven Bafta awards and one Oscar to its credit, the Irish-Greek film The Favourite has kept director Yorgos Lanthimos in the spotlight as one of the world’s most prominent experimental film-makers. Lanthimos appeared as one of the leading Greek...
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Η ομορφιά δεν έχει ηλικία και το αποδεικνύει περίτρανα η Elizabeth Hurley με ακόμα μια σέξι εμφάνιση της στην παραλία. Η 53χρόνη ηθοποιός και μοντέλο σε πρόσφατη ανάρτηση της στο Instagram φοράει ένα αποκαλυπτικό bikini στην παραλία που της πάει πολύ και αναδεικνύει την καλλίγραμμη σιλουέτα της.


          The Twists And Turns In 'Little Drummer Girl' Are Pure Le Carré      Cache   Translate Page      
AMC's decision to show its new six-hour miniseries The Little Drummer Girl over three consecutive nights is a smart strategy. This spy story, based on the bestselling novel by John Le Carré , begins at such a deliberate pace that it takes almost two hours before the central story line — the actual spy mission — is set in motion. Had the miniseries been televised in one-hour installments, viewers might have gotten restless and given up. But by the end of the first two-hour block, anyone who stays with it — and I highly recommend you do — will be rewarded with one of the year's most tense and well-acted TV thrillers. The year is 1979. The setting, initially, is London. Florence Pugh, from the recent drama Lady Macbeth , plays Charlie, an actress in one of the city's small, struggling theatrical troupes. A charismatic mystery man, played by Alexander Skarsgård of Big Little Lies and True Blood, attends a couple performances of one production, then offers to fly the troupe to Greece to
          IMF: Greece among best performers in eurozone – BBC News      Cache   Translate Page      

IMF: Greece among best performers in eurozone BBC News Greece has entered a period of economic growth that puts it “among the best performers in the eurozone”. That rather striking judgement comes from the …

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          Μαγειρεύοντας με το Movie Maker της Microsoft (Εκπαιδευτήρια Πάνου - Γυμνάσιο)      Cache   Translate Page      

Μαγειρεύοντας με το Movie Maker της Microsoft

Σχολική χρονιά: 2015-2016

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Σχολείο: Εκπαιδευτήρια Πάνου - Γυμνάσιο

Τάξη: Β

Υπεύθυνοι εκπαιδευτικοί: Μαρκέλης Ηρακλής (ΠΕ19), Μπαλαμπάνη Ανδριάνα (ΠΕ02)

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Στα πλαίσια της ημέρας ασφαλούς διαδικτύου και λαμβάνοντας συμμετοχή στο διαγωνισμό “ Υouth 4Greece, προβάλουμε τον τόπο μας ”, οι μαθητές και μαθήτριες της Β΄ Γυμνασίου των Εκπαιδευτηρίων Πάνου, δημιούργησαν πρωτότυπο, αυθεντικό βίντεο με τη δική τους σφραγίδα, τη νεανική ανεμελιά και αισιοδοξία. Όλα αυτά με το πρόγραμμα επεξεργασίας βίντεο Movie Maker. Απολαύστε τους.


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          ΟΠΑΠ: Στα 11 ευρώ αυξάνει την τιμή - στόχο η HSBC - [Euro2day.gr]      Cache   Translate Page      
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Σε αύξηση της τιμής στόχου για τη μετοχή του ΟΠΑΠ, από τα 10 στα 11 ευρώ, προχωρά η HSBC με επίκεντρο τη στρατηγική του οργανισμού στον τομέα του διαδικτυακού στοιχήματος. Όπως επισημαίνεται στην έκθεση του διεθνούς οίκου "Greece Consumers", με την ολοκλήρωση της διαδικασίας εξαγοράς, ο ΟΠΑΠ θα...


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?Στο Deree - The American College of Greece, και παρουσία του Αμερικανού πρέσβη, πραγματοποιήθηκε η παρουσίαση της Κατερίνας Σώκου ενώ ακολούθησε συζήτηση, με συμμετοχή στο πάνελ υπουργών και άλλων πολιτικών προσώπων, και συντονιστή τον Αλέξη Παπαχελά Την ανατομία ενός νευραλγικού κεφαλαίου της...


          Spec από την Enterprise Greece - [Advertising.gr]      Cache   Translate Page      
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Η Ελληνική Εταιρεία Επενδύσεων και Εξωτερικού Εμπορίου Α.Ε. (Enterprise Greece) αναζητεί συνεργάτη για την ανάθεση του έργου "Μελέτη του σχεδιασμού, της κατασκευής, ενοικίασης εξοπλισμού, της διακόσμησης, της αποξήλωσης των περιπτέρων και της απομάκρυνσης υλικών από τον εκθεσιακό χώρο, στο πλαίσιο...


          MARCO POLO IS BACK AS ROME RIDES CHINA'S NEW SILK ROAD      Cache   Translate Page      

SOURCE: PEPE ESCOBAR, ASIA TIMES
All roads seem to lead to Rome as Italy expresses its love for China’s Belt and Road Initiative...

President Xi Jinping is due to arrive in Italy for an official visit on March 22. The top theme of discussion will be the New Silk Road, or the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

A day earlier, in Brussels, the EU is to debate a common strategy related to Chinese investments in Europe.

A substantial part of the EU is already linked de facto with BRI. That includes Greece, Portugal, 11 EU nations belonging to the 16+1 group of China plus Central and Eastern Europe and, for all practical purposes, Italy.

And yet it takes an undersecretary in the Italian economic development ministry, Michele Geraci, to tell the Financial Times that a memorandum of understanding supporting BRI will be signed during Xi’s visit, for all (White House) hell to break loose.

The FT is not shy of editorializing, calling BRI a “contentious infrastructure program.” BRI is a vast, far-reaching, long-term Eurasia integration project, and the only quasi-global development program in the market, any market. It’s especially “contentious” to Washington – because the US government, as I detailed elsewhere, decided to antagonize it instead of profiting from it.


          Efivos Wines      Cache   Translate Page      

Design: Noon branding+design
Creative Director - Illustrator: Stelios Pseftogas
Photographer: Thanos Kartsoglou
Project Type: Produced, Commercial Work
Client: Gavalas Crete Wines
Location: Thessaloniki, Greece
Packaging Contents: Wines
Packaging Substrate / Materials: Glass bottle, Paper
Printing Process: Digital printing, Foil stamping

An abstract expression of the typical architectural Cretan heritage, from the Minoan palaces to the humble rural houses, is illustrated on the label of the wine Efivos. "Efivos" in Greek means "the adolescent", as the name of those wines is dedicated to the teenage dreams of the winemaker Nikos Gavalas at the Mediterranean island of Crete. As a young man he used to hang around in the vineyard, at the ruins of a Frankish farmhouse and dream of his own winery and all the wines he would create in the future.
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          Γ.Γκιόλας: Ο τουρισμός δείχνει ξανά το δρόμο της επιτυχίας      Cache   Translate Page      
Γ.Γκιόλας: Ο τουρισμός δειχνει ξανά το δρόμο της επιτυχίας
Από το Πολιτικό Γραφείο του βουλευτή ΣΥΡΙΖΑ Αργολίδας, Γιάννη Γκιόλα μας ενημερώνουν ότι:

Η ισχυρή ανοδική πορεία των αφίξεων Γερμανών τουριστών στην Ελλάδα τα τέσσερα τελευταία χρόνια θα συνεχιστεί δυναμικά και το 2019,σύμφωνα με τα αποτελέσματα των συναντήσεων και διαπραγματεύσεων της Υπουργού Τουρισμού, κας Έλενας Κουντουρά, με παράγοντες της γερμανικής ταξιδιωτικής βιομηχανίας, ολοκληρώνοντας την επίσημη επίσκεψή της στη Διεθνή Τουριστική Έκθεση ΙΤΒ στο Βερολίνο.


Η προώθηση νέων ελληνικών προορισμών και νέων θεματικών προϊόντων στη γερμανική αγορά, που αποτελεί μία από τις δύο βασικές αγορές για τον ελληνικό τουρισμό, αναμένεται να οδηγήσει σε νέα επίδοση ρεκόρ στις αφίξεις Γερμανών τουριστών στην Ελλάδα το 2019, ακόμη μεγαλύτερη του 2018, οπότε και ξεπέρασαν τα 4,4 εκατομμύρια.

Κυρίαρχο χαρακτηριστικό που τονίστηκε από τους εκπροσώπους της γερμανικής τουριστικής αγοράς, είναι ότι ενώ οι γειτονικές χώρες της Αν.Μεσογείου έχουν ανακάμψει πλήρως τουριστικά, και παρότι άλλοι δημοφιλείς ευρωπαϊκοί προορισμοί παρουσιάζουν πτωτικές τάσεις, η τουριστική ζήτηση για την Ελλάδα παραμένει ισχυρή και η χώρα μας πρωταγωνιστεί στις δημοφιλέστερες επιλογές προορισμού των Γερμανών ταξιδιωτών και την φετινή χρονιά.

Η κα Κουντουρά συναντήθηκε με τον πρόεδρο της Ένωσης Ταξιδιωτικών Γραφείων Γερμανίας (DRV), κ. Norbert Fiebig, ο οποίος επισήμανε τη θετική εικόνα στην εξέλιξη των κρατήσεων από τη Γερμανία και αναμένεται νέα αύξηση στα επίπεδα του 3% το 2019 με τα μέχρι στιγμής στοιχεία. Επίσης συμφώνησαν για τη διοργάνωση του ετήσιου κορυφαίου συνεδρίου τηςDRV στην Πελοπόννησο το 2020 σε συνεργασία με την Περιφέρεια Πελοποννήσου.

Η Υπουργός συναντήθηκε με τον Διευθύνοντα Σύμβουλο του Ομίλου TUI κ.FriedrichJoussen και τον κ.ThomasEllerbeck, μέλος της Εκτελεστικής Επιτροπής, στη βάση της στενής στρατηγικής συνεργασίας που έχουν καθιερώσει, και συζήτησαν για την ενίσχυση των τουριστικών τους προγραμμάτων στην Ελλάδα για το 2019 όπως επίσης και για νέα προγράμματα με επίκεντρο την περαιτέρω προώθηση του ελληνικού τουριστικού προϊόντος στις ξένες αγορές.

Η Υπουργός συναντήθηκε επίσης με τον Διευθύνοντα Σύμβουλο τουThomasCookκ. PeterFankhauser, με τον οποίο συζήτησαν για τις επενδύσεις του Ομίλου στην ελληνική ξενοδοχειακή αγορά και την ανάπτυξη των προγραμμάτων τους, στη βάση της στρατηγικής του υπουργείου για την προώθηση της Ελλάδας ως τουριστικού προορισμού όλο το χρόνο.

Η Υπουργός είχε ακόμη συναντήσεις με εκπροσώπους αεροπορικών εταιρειών, μεταξύ των οποίων η Lufthansa,και ταξιδιωτικών γραφείων που εξειδικεύονται στο θεματικό τουρισμό, για την προώθηση περισσοτέρων ελληνικών προορισμών στα προγράμματά τους.

Η Ελλάδα και ο ΕΟΤ είχαν δυναμική παρουσία με το μεγαλύτερο ποτέ περίπτερο στην Έκθεση, με ρεκόρ Ελλήνων συνεκθετών και καταγράφηκε σημαντική επισκεψιμότητα.

Στο πλαίσιο των εκδηλώσεων που διοργανώθηκαν για την δυναμική προώθηση και προβολή της Ελλάδας, ξεχώρισε η επίσημηπρώτη παρουσίαση στο εξωτερικότης νέας τουριστικής καμπάνιας- βίντεο «OhMyGreece! Unlock the Feeling», παραγωγής της MarketingGreece, που παραχώρησε στον ΕΟΤ ελεύθερη πνευματικών δικαιωμάτων, και αποτελεί μία σημαντική δράση συνέργειας του δημόσιου και ιδιωτικού τομέα. Η παρουσίαση πραγματοποιήθηκε από την Διευθύνουσα Σύμβουλο της Marketing Greeceκα Ιωάννα Δρέττα. Η Υπουργός Τουρισμού χαιρέτισε τη διαχρονική συνεργασία με το ΣΕΤΕ και με τη MarketingGreece και την δράση αυτή, τονίζοντας ότι η ταινία θα προωθηθεί από το ευρύ δίκτυο των γραφείων ΕΟΤ Εξωτερικού, σε όλες τις ξένες αγορές. Στην εκδήλωση παρέστησαν επίσης ο Πρόεδρος του ΣΕΤΕ, κ. Γιάννης Ρέτσος, ο επίτιμος Πρόεδρος του ΣΕΤΕ, κ. Ανδρέας Ανδρεάδης, ο ΓΓ Τουριστικής Πολιτικής & Ανάπτυξης, κ. Γιώργος Τζιάλλας, ο ΓΓ ΕΟΤ, κ. Κωνσταντίνος Τσέγας, η Αντιπρόεδρος του ΔΣ ΕΟΤ, κα Αγγελική Χονδροματίδου, η Προϊσταμένη του ΕΟΤ Γερμανίας κα Βίκυ Στρούμπου και πλήθος προσκεκλημένων της γερμανικής τουριστικής αγοράς και ξένων ΜΜΕ.

Ακόμη, στο περίπτερο του ΕΟΤ υπογράφτηκε Μνημόνιο Συνεργασίας μεταξύ της Περιφέρειας Κρήτης και του Ομόσπονδου Γερμανικού Κρατιδίου του Μεκλεμβούργου-Δυτικής Πομερανίας για την βιώσιμη ανάπτυξη με επίκεντρο τον τουρισμό. Την Περιφέρεια Κρήτης εκπροσώπησε ο εντεταλμένοςσύμβουλος για θέματα τουρισμού, κ. Μιχάλης Βαμιεδάκης, ενώ το Μνημόνιο υπογράφτηκε παρουσία του Εντεταλμένου της Ελληνογερμανικής Συνέλευσης (DGV), κ. NorbertBarthle, και του ΓΓ ΕΟΤ, κ. Κωνσταντίνου Τσέγα.

Στις συναντήσεις με στόχο την περαιτέρω τουριστική προώθηση της Ελλάδας στη γερμανική αγορά, συμμετείχαν, ο ΓΓ ΕΟΤ, κ. Κωνσταντίνος Τσέγας,η Αντιπρόεδρος του ΔΣΕΟΤ, κα Αγγελική Χονδροματίδου ο Δ/ντης Έρευνας Αγοράς και Διαφήμισης ΕΟΤ κ. Πέτρος Σαγάνας και η Προϊσταμένη του ΕΟΤ Γερμανίας κα Βίκυ Στρούμπου. Σειρά συναντήσεων πραγματοποίησε επίσης ο Γενικός Γραμματέας Τουριστικής Πολιτικής και Ανάπτυξης κ. Γιώργος Τζιάλλας, ενώ συμμετείχε σε φόρα του Παγκόσμιου Οργανισμού Τουρισμού και της διεθνούς τουριστικής βιομηχανίας.

Τέλος, η Υπουργός παραχώρησε σειρά συνεντεύξεων για την προβολή και προώθηση της Ελλάδας και του ελληνικού τουρισμού, σε διεθνή και γερμανικά ΜΜΕ, στο διεθνές τηλεοπτικό δίκτυο CNBC, στο δημοφιλές γερμανικό τηλεοπτικό δίκτυο RTLκαι στη DeutcheWelle.



          IWSA receives GREEN4SEA Initiative Award      Cache   Translate Page      

SAFETY4SEA is pleased to announce that International Windship Association (IWSA) has received the 2019 GREEN4SEA Initiative Award, sponsored by Capital Ship Management, at a prestigious award ceremony which successfully concluded on March, 12th at Yacht Club of Greece in Athens, the evening ahead of the 2019 GREEN4SEA Conference.

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          Navigator Gas receives GREEN4SEA Tanker Operator Award      Cache   Translate Page      

SAFETY4SEA is pleased to announce that Navigator Gas LLC has received the 2019 GREEN4SEA Tanker Operator Award, sponsored by Argo Navis, at a prestigious award ceremony which successfully concluded on March, 12th at Yacht Club of Greece in Athens, the evening ahead of the 2019 GREEN4SEA Conference.

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          Port Authority of Valencia receives GREEN4SEA Port Award      Cache   Translate Page      

SAFETY4SEA is pleased to announce that Port Authority of Valencia has received the 2019 GREEN4SEA Port Award, sponsored by World LPGA, at a prestigious award ceremony which successfully concluded on March, 12th at Yacht Club of Greece in Athens, the evening ahead of the 2019 GREEN4SEA Conference.

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          Blue Planet Shipping receives GREEN4SEA Dry Bulk Operator Award      Cache   Translate Page      

SAFETY4SEA is pleased to announce that Blue Planet Shipping Ltd has received the 2019 GREEN4SEA Dry Bulk Operator Award, sponsored by V.Ships, at a prestigious award ceremony which successfully concluded on March, 12th at Yacht Club of Greece in Athens, the evening ahead of the 2019 GREEN4SEA Conference.

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          CSA2020 receives GREEN4SEA Clean Shipping Award      Cache   Translate Page      

SAFETY4SEA is pleased to announce that Clean Shipping Association 2020 (CSA2020) has received the 2019 GREEN4SEA Clean Shipping Award, sponsored by SQE MARINE Group, at a prestigious award ceremony which successfully concluded on March, 12th at Yacht Club of Greece in Athens, the evening ahead of the 2019 GREEN4SEA Conference.

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SAFETY4SEA is pleased to announce that Mr. George Tsavliris, CYMEPA has received the 2019 GREEN4SEA Leadership Award, sponsored by Arcadia Shipmanagement, at a prestigious award ceremony which successfully concluded on March, 12th at Yacht Club of Greece in Athens, the evening ahead of the 2019 GREEN4SEA Conference.

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SAFETY4SEA is pleased to announce that MAN Energy Solutions has received the 2019 GREEN4SEA Technology Award, sponsored by Dorian LPG, at a prestigious award ceremony which successfully concluded on March, 12th at Yacht Club of Greece in Athens, the evening ahead of the 2019 GREEN4SEA Conference.

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          The winners of 2019 GREEN4SEA Awards announced      Cache   Translate Page      

The winners across the eight green shipping categories who walked with a GREEN4SEA Award were announced at a prestigious ceremony which took place on Tuesday 12th of March, 2019 at the Yacht Club of Greece, Piraeus. The awards focus exclusively on initiatives and individuals who foster Environmental Excellence & Sustainable Shipping, following a combination of open nomination and audience-vote.

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          Η Αγωνία και η Έκσταση των Υδρογονανθράκων      Cache   Translate Page      
ΠΗΓΗ ΧΑΡΤΗ: Ηλίας Κ. Κονοφάγος, «Ο ορυκτός μας πλούτος βρίσκεται μέσα στην ελληνική ΑΟΖ», Η Λαυρεωτική, 2013.
Του Θεόδωρου Καρυώτη
Η Αγωνία και Έκσταση των Υδρογονανθράκων,Θεόδωρος Καρυώτης,AllTimeClassicΗ πρώτη ανακάλυψη πετρελαίου στον ελληνικό χώρο έγινε το 1974 στην τοποθεσία Πρίνος 1. Η γεώτρηση αυτή είχε αρχίσει το 1973 σε μια περιοχή 11 χιλιόμετρα βορειοανατολικά της τοποθεσίας Νότια Καβάλα Ι, στο στενό ανάμεσα στην ηπειρωτική χώρα και στη Θάσο, όπου το 1972 ανακαλύφθηκε φυσικό αέριο. Η εταιρεία Oceanic Exploration έκανε τη γεώτρηση στον Πρίνο 1 σε βάθος 3.217 μέτρων, αλλά μετά την ανακάλυψη σταμάτησε για ένα διάστημα η γεώτρηση για να δημιουργηθεί η κατάλληλη υποδομή, ώστε να αρχίσει η ημερήσια παραγωγή 40.000 βαρελιών πετρελαίου και 10.000 κυβικών ποδιών φυσικού αερίου.
Πρόσφατα, ο ειδικός στους υδρογονάνθρακες καθηγητής Αντώνης Φώσκολος θυμήθηκε τον Πρίνο όταν μιλώντας στην ραδιοφωνική εκπομπή του Γιώργου Σαχίνη από την Κρήτη δήλωσε ότι διαθέτουμε 53 Πρίνους. Με αυτό εννοούσε ότι 53 Πρίνοι είναι το σύνολο των υδρογονανθράκων από τα κοιτάσματα Ζορ, Καλυψώ και Γλαύκο.
Είναι σημαντικό εδώ να αναφερθούμε στο τι ακριβώς συνέβη πριν 45 χρόνια για να μην επαναλάβουμε εκείνο το τραγικό, λάθος μας. Ο τότε ο δικτάτορας Ιωαννίδης διακήρυξε ότι η Ελλάδα πλημμύρισε από πετρέλαιο και σύντομα θα γινόταν η πλουσιότερη χώρα της ανατολικής Μεσογείου. Το τι ακολούθησε είναι στους πάντες γνωστό. Η Τουρκία, μέχρι τότε  δεν πρόβαλε καμία βλέψη στο Αιγαίο Αρχιπέλαγος και δεν είχε προβεί σε καμία παραβίαση του θαλάσσιου και εναέριου χώρου της πατρίδας μας. Αλλά αμέσως μετά άρχισαν οι χιλιάδες παραβιάσεις του εναερίων και θαλασσίων συνόρων μας που συνεχίζονται μέχρι σήμερα.
Σήμερα η εικόνα για τον θαλάσσιο ορυκτό μας πλούτο έχει αλλάξει ριζικά και η πιθανότητα σε μια δεκαετία να βρισκόμαστε στην ευχάριστη θέση να μιλάμε για το θαύμα των υδρογονανθράκων δεν αποτελεί πλέον όνειρο θερινής νυκτός, αρκεί βέβαια να κάνουμε σωστή και σοβαρή δουλειά, κάτι για το οποίο δεν φημιζόμαστε. Παρακολουθώντας τα ελληνικά ΜΜΕ τα τελευταία τέσσερα χρόνια, είναι δύσκολο να μην ενθουσιάζεται κανείς με τους αριθμούς που κυκλοφορούν ότι ο θαλάσσιος ορυκτός πλούτος της Ελλάδας ανέρχεται σε δισεκατομμύρια βαρέλια πετρελαίου, και σε τρισεκατομμύρια κυβικά μέτρα φυσικού αερίου. Έτσι μια χώρα που στενάζει από μια οικονομική καταστροφή, είναι εύκολο να ονειρεύεται τα τρισεκατομμύρια δολάρια από τα προσδοκώμενα κέρδη.
Έχει χυθεί πολύ μελάνι γύρω από τις πιθανές ποσότητες υδρογονανθράκων στην Ελλάδα και ως συνήθως πολλοί  Έλληνες έχουν γίνει γεωλόγοι και γεωφυσικοί. Μια ομάδα από αυτούς πιστεύει ότι υπάρχουν τεράστια κοιτάσματα, δίδοντας αστρονομικούς αριθμούς, και μια άλλη ομάδα αντιτείνει ότι υφίστανται μόνο λίγες σταγόνες υδρογονανθράκων και σε κάθε περίπτωση απουσιάζουν οι ενδείξεις έστω και μικρών κοιτασμάτων στις θάλασσές μας.
Αναμφίβολα τα επιστημονικά δεδομένα που έχουν  δημοσιοποιηθεί την τελευταία πενταετία, στηρίζουν περισσότερο την πρώτη τοποθέτηση με το συμπέρασμα ότι την επόμενη δεκαετία η Ελλάδα θα γίνει ένα σοβαρό ενεργειακό κέντρο στο σταυροδρόμι τριών ηπείρων. Εδώ θα πρέπει να τονίσουμε ότι ενώ εμείς έχουμε μείνει λίγο άφωνοι με αυτές τις εξελίξεις, οι Αμερικανοί και οι Γάλλοι γνώριζαν τον ορυκτό μας πλούτο από τις αρχές της δεκαετίας του 1950. Μία σημαντική επίπτωση από τις εξερευνήσεις στα ελληνικά πελάγη, είναι και η αναβάθμιση της Ελλάδας στο γεωπολιτικό και γεωστρατηγικό πεδίο. Εδώ όμως ελλοχεύει και ένα θανάσιμος κίνδυνος αν εισακουσθούν φωνές που ομιλούν για μια νέα Νορβηγία ή ακόμα και μια νέα Σαουδική Αραβία.
Η τεράστια στρατιωτική άσκηση «Γαλάζια Πατρίδα» των Τούρκων  δεν είχε στόχο τα νησιά μας με την δημιουργία ενός θερμού επεισοδίου,  αλλά τον θαλάσσιο πλούτο μας, ιδιαίτερα στο τρίγωνο Καστελόριζου-Κύπρου-Κρήτης, όπου βρίσκεται η πλειοψηφία των υδρογονανθράκων μας. Η τουρκική πίεση θα συνεχίζει να αυξάνεται σε όλα τα επίπεδα,  εάν εμείς επιμένουμε να διαφημίζουμε τα τρισεκατομμύρια που έρχονται , παρόλον που τα έχουμε δει μόνο στα όνειρά μας.
Αντίθετα, οι Κύπριοι, που ενεργούν πιο συνετά από εμάς, ήταν πολύ προσεκτικοί στην αξιολόγηση της ανακάλυψης της ExxonMobil στο οικόπεδο 10, επισημαίνοντας  ότι είναι μεν  σημαντική, αλλά το Γλαύκος-1 δεν αποτελεί τεράστιο κοίτασμα και περιέχει 5-8 τρισεκατομμύρια κυβικά πόδια (tcf) φυσικού αερίου καλής ποιότητας. Όπως έγραψε η εφημερίδα «Φιλελεύθερος»  της Λευκωσίας:
«Είναι, σίγουρα, θετική εξέλιξη. Δεν αλλάζει, όμως και πολύ τα δεδομένα, όπως τα ξέρουμε σήμερα. Με άλλα λόγια, δεν είναι εκείνο το κοίτασμα που κάνει την Κύπρο Σαουδική Αραβία. Ούτε μπορεί να αποτελέσει το όχημα για να ισχυροποιηθεί η θέση της κυβέρνησης στο Κυπριακό.» 
Ακόμα και η ανακοίνωση της ExxonMobil ήταν πολύ προσεκτική:
«Θα ενσωματώσουμε όλα τα δεδομένα που αντλήσαμε από το πρόγραμμα της γεώτρησης, θα τα εντάξουμε στις εκτιμήσεις μας για το τεμάχιο 10, ώστε να συνεχίσουμε την αξιολόγησή μας για μελλοντικές δυνατότητες εξερεύνησης».
Και καταλήγει ο «Φιλελεύθερος»:
«Χρειάζεται, λοιπόν, υπομονή. Μπορεί στο μέλλον να βρεθούν κι άλλα κοιτάσματα, μπορεί να λυθεί το Κυπριακό, να αρχίσει η εκμετάλλευση και να υπάρξουν κέρδη. Πολλά «μπορεί» και πολλά «αν»,  που δεν τροποποιούν τα δεδομένα, ούτε αλλάζουν τις προοπτικές για την Κύπρο και την περιοχή μας.» 
Οι αριθμοί που παγώνουν το αίμα
Ως οικονομολόγος έχω ακούσει επανειλημμένα, τα ανέκδοτα που κυκλοφορούν για την επιστήμη μου, όπως «πέντε οικονομολόγοι συζητούν ένα θέμα και δίνουν δέκα απαντήσεις», αλλά δεν περίμενα να δω τόσο πολλούς διαφορετικούς αριθμούς για τους υδρογονάνθρακες της ανατολικής Μεσογείου από γεωλόγους και γεωφυσικούς.
Ο παρακάτω χάρτης αποτελεί προϊόν πολυετούς μελέτης του Αντώνη Φώσκολου και του Ηλία Κονοφάγου και δείχνει τον τεράστιο ορυκτό πλούτο της χώρας μας, ο οποίος ακόμα δεν έχει αρχίσει να δίνει καρπούς
                          ΧΑΡΤΗΣ ΥΔΡΟΓΟΝΑΝΘΡΑΚΩΝ ΣΤΙΣ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΕΣ ΘΑΛΑΣΣΕΣ
Η Αγωνία και Έκσταση των Υδρογονανθράκων,Θεόδωρος Καρυώτης,AllTimeClassic.net
ΠΗΓΗ ΧΑΡΤΗ: Ηλίας Κ. Κονοφάγος, «Ο ορυκτός μας πλούτος βρίσκεται μέσα στην ελληνική ΑΟΖ», Η Λαυρεωτική, 2013.
Όπως χαρακτηριστικά αναφέρει ο Ηλίας Κονοφάγος για τις συζητήσεις για τον ορυκτό μας πλούτο:
«τον έχουμε εδώ και πολλά χρόνια μπροστά μας, τον έχουμε ακριβώς κάτω από τα πόδια μας, στον βυθό της θάλασσας. Απλώς τον αγνοούσαμε, τον περιφρονούσαμε συστηματικά και φροντίζαμε παράλληλα να πλουτίζουν ορισμένοι επιτήδειοι από τις εισαγωγές ξένων προϊόντων και αντίστοιχων ενεργειακών πρώτων υλών του εξωτερικού».
Όταν τη δεκαετία του 1980 είχα ξεκινήσει την εκστρατεία μου για την ανάδειξη της αξίας της ΑΟΖ για την πατρίδα μας, ο Αντώνης Φώσκολος ασχολείτο με τους ελληνικούς υδρογονάνθρακες δύο δεκαετίες νωρίτερα, αλλά και αυτόν τον αγνοούσαν στην Ελλάδα, θεωρώντας τον έναν γραφικό τύπο που ήρθε από τη μακρινή Αλμπέρτα του Καναδά για να μας ζαλίσει με τους αριθμούς του. Τώρα όμως φαίνεται ότι και αυτός δικαιώνεται. Πολλοί θεωρούν μέχρι σήμερα αστρονομικούς τους αριθμούς που μνημονεύει  τακτικά για τον τεράστιο ορυκτό πλούτο που περιλαμβάνει η ΑΟΖ της Ελλάδας. Αλλά ο Φώσκολος ουδέποτε δημοσιοποίησε αριθμούς, χωρίς να στηρίζεται σε χάρτες και επιστημονικές μελέτες του Καναδά και της Αμερικής. Ο πρωτοπόρος ειδικός στους υδρογονάνθρακες μας δίνει κάποιους αριθμούς που παγώνουν το αίμα. Κατά τους υπολογισμούς του τα πιθανά αποθέματα φυσικού αερίου στις ΑΟΖ των κρατών της ανατολικής Μεσογείου σε τρισεκατομμύρια κυβικά πόδια είναι:
ΚράτοςΕξακριβωμέναΥψηλή Πιθανότητα     50%
Πιθανότητα
Αίγυπτος       1,8             6,31
Ισραήλ        0,9               0,7
Κύπρος         0,2       1,7-1,8
Συρία+Λίβανος                1,51
Ελλάδα/Κρήτη          3,52-5,53
ΣΥΝΟΛΟ        2,9       1,7-1,8      12,0-14.0
ΠΗΓΗ: Anthony Foscolos, The Geopolitical and Geoeconomical Importance of Hydrocarbon Exploitation in Offshore Eastern Mediterranean and Greece in Meeting the Forthcoming European Energy Crisis. The Geostrategic Location of Greece. Αδημοσίευτη μελέτη/παρουσίαση, Μάιος 2014, σελ. 14.
Σήμερα το Δέλτα του Νείλου, η Λεκάνη της Λεβαντίνης, η Λεκάνη του Ηρόδοτου και η περιοχή της νότιας Κρήτης είναι έτοιμες να απογειωθούν, γιατί κρύβουν τεράστιες ποσότητες υδρογονανθράκων. Αυτά τα κοιτάσματα ήταν γνωστά στους Αμερικανούς από έρευνες που έγιναν την περίοδο 1925-1927 στο τρίγωνο Μάλτα – Ελλάδα – Αίγυπτος, αλλά αποφάσισαν τότε να μη δημοσιοποιήσουν τα αποτελέσματα αυτών των ερευνών.
Όλες οι ελληνικές κυβερνήσεις από την εποχή του Κώστα Σημίτη μέχρι σήμερα παραμέλησαν εντελώς τις έρευνες για τους υδρογονάνθρακες. Αλλά το μεγαλύτερο βάρος πέφτει στην σημερινή κυβέρνηση του Αλέξη Τσίπρα από το 2015 μέχρι σήμερα, που δεν επιτάχυνε τη σοβαρή δουλειά που είχε ξεκινήσει  η προηγούμενη κυβέρνηση επί Υπουργίας Μανιάτη.
Και οι δύο κυβερνήσεις γνώριζαν τις  σεισμικές έρευνες σε έκταση 225.000 τετραγωνικών χιλιομέτρων από τη νορβηγική εταιρεία PGS στο Ιόνιο πέλαγος και νότια της Κρήτης, που δημιουργούσαν μια νέα προοπτική για να δοθεί η ευκαιρία σε μεγάλες πετρελαϊκές εταιρείες να εξετάζουν σοβαρά τη δυνατότητα εξερεύνησης για υδρογονάνθρακες σ’ αυτές τις περιοχές.
Σ’ αυτά τα 225.000 τετραγωνικά χιλιόμετρα βρίσκεται η πλειοψηφία του ορυκτού μας πλούτουκαι όχι στο Αιγαίο όπου η Τουρκία, με τις προκλητικές δηλώσεις και ενέργειες της από το 1973 δεν αφήνει περιθώρια συνεννόησης. Όταν πριν τρία χρόνια τρεις εταιρίες (ExxonMobil, TOTAL και ΕΛΠΕ) ζήτησαν να τους παραχωρηθούν για έρευνα τα δύο ήδη οριοθετημένα οικόπεδα μας, που συνορεύουν με την Λιβύη, νοτιοδυτικά της Κρήτης, η σημερινή κυβέρνηση τις ταλαιπωρεί με καθυστερήσεις, ως να μην επιθυμεί την επένδυση.    
Μια ιστορική αναδρομή
Μέσα σε όλα αυτά δεν πρέπει να ξεχνάμε τον παράγοντα Τουρκία, αλλά πρέπει να εξηγήσουμε και τους λόγους που η Άγκυρα φαίνεται να έχει στρέψει την ενεργειακή προσοχή της στην ανατολική Μεσόγειο.
Ο επόμενος χάρτης δείχνει ξεκάθαρα ότι το Αιγαίο Αρχιπέλαγος δεν διαθέτει σοβαρές ποσότητες υδρογονανθράκων.
                     ΧΑΡΤΗΣ ΥΔΡΟΓΟNΑΝΘΡΑΚΩΝ ΣΤΗΝ ΑΝΑΤΟΛΙΚΗ ΜΕΣΟΓΕΙΟ
Η Αγωνία και Έκσταση των Υδρογονανθράκων,Θεόδωρος Καρυώτης,AllTimeClassic.net
Τέλος, υπάρχει και μια ενδιαφέρουσα παράμετρος της ελληνοτουρκικής διένεξης που έχει σχέση και με τη θέση της CIA για το θέμα των υδρογονανθράκων του Αιγαίου. Σε μια απόρρητη έκθεσή της «The Aegean Dispute: A New Look at an Old Problem, Interagency Intelligent Memorandum, Secret, 5 Νοεμβρίου 1984», που έχει αποχαρακτηριστεί από τον δημοσιογράφο Μιχάλη Ιγνατίου, η Κεντρική Υπηρεσία Πληροφοριών των ΗΠΑ αναλύει τις ελληνοτουρκικές διαφορές, όπως η επέκταση των χωρικών υδάτων της Ελλάδας από τα 6 στα 12 ν.μ., το εύρος του εναερίου χώρου, η οριοθέτηση της υφαλοκρηπίδας και η στρατιωτικοποίηση μερικών ελληνικών νησιών του ανατολικού Αιγαίου.
Στις 31 σελίδες αυτού του μνημονίου, γίνεται μια προσπάθεια από τη CIA να είναι ουδέτερη σ’ αυτή την πολύ σημαντική διένεξη για την Αμερική, και ενώ αποφεύγει να ασχοληθεί με την έννοια της ΑΟΖ, κάνει και μια πολύ σημαντική και κρίσιμη διαπίστωση, ότι δεν υπάρχουν σημαντικές ποσότητες υδρογονανθράκων στο Αιγαίο Πέλαγος. Απ’ ό,τι είμαι σε θέση να γνωρίζω, αυτή η αμερικανική θέση δεν έχει αλλάξει μέχρι σήμερα.
Ήρθε πλέον η ώρα να συνειδητοποιήσουμε τι διακυβεύεται στην γειτονιά μας και να αντιληφθούμε ότι το μεγάλο πρόβλημα της Κύπρου και της Ελλάδας δεν είναι τίποτε άλλο από την υπεράσπιση των θαλασσών τους.
Οι  τριμερείς συναντήσεις πότε με το Ισραήλ και πότε με την Αίγυπτο είναι χρήσιμες, αλλά πρέπει κάποτε να αποδώσουν απτά οφέλη για την χώρα μας, πέραν του γεωπολιτικού συμβολισμού τους. Τώρα ετοιμάζεται άλλη μια στην Κρήτη ανάμεσα στην Ελλάδα, την Κύπρο και το Ισραήλ και πανηγυρίζουμε γιατί θα συμμετάσχει και ο υπουργός Εξωτερικών των ΗΠΑ Μάικ Πομπέο. So what; όπως θα έλεγαν και οι Αμερικανοί. Ακόμα δεν έχουμε μάθει ότι οι Αμερικανοί δεν έχουν φίλους και εχθρούς αλλά μόνο συμφέροντα.
Όπως σωστά δήλωσε πρόσφατα ο καθηγητής Άγγελος Συρίγος:
«Δεν θα έρθουν ποτέ Λουξεμβουργιανοί πεζοναύτες να υπερασπιστούν το Καστελόριζο. Εμείς πρέπει να είμαστε πάνω στο Καστελόριζο. Η μοναδική βοήθεια που μπορεί να περιμένει η Κύπρος, εκατό τοις εκατό, είναι από την Ελλάδα. Αν υπάρξει βοήθεια από την Ελλάδα, μπορεί να υπάρξει και βοήθεια από άλλες χώρες. Αν δεν υπάρξει βοήθεια και άμυνα από την ίδια την Κύπρο και την Ελλάδα, κανένας άλλος δεν θ’ ασχοληθεί μαζί μας».

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Wet and windy northern Europe, fair to the south Wednesday Another mostly dry and bright day for Portugal and Spain though persistent light rain could affect the northern coast of Spain through the day. Early morning showers over the Balearics should clear to leave a dry and fine afternoon. Corsica, Sardinia and the northern half of Italy could see some heavy rain throughout the day on Wednesday while high winds and thundery showers should clear away from Greece and Turkey by the late afternoon. A mixed day for France with showers becoming more widespread through the afternoon. These will be wintry in the southeast. Persistent rain for the Low Countries and western parts of Germany through Wednesday while Switzerland and Austria will likely see some snow. A mixed day of sunshine and showers for Poland and the Czech Republic though more persistent rain could edge into western areas through the late afternoon. Another wet and windy day for Denmark while it will start cloudy for the Baltic States before a band of rain and snow sweeps eastward across the region. A mostly dry day for Finland though snow will edge into southern areas through the evening. Windy and wet for southern parts of Sweden and Norway with a mixture of rain, sleet and snow.

Thursday Dry and sunny across Spain and Portugal. fair too in the Balearics. Showers for the south of Italy, but fair in central and northern parts of Italy. Greece will be cloudy and wet. Turkey will have some sunny spells but also showers in the east. Wet and windy in much of central Europe. heavy periods of rain passing through France, germany and the Low Countries as well as into Germany. Breezy with sunny spells and showers across Poland. Hungary will be fair with sunny spells. Showers then rain in Austria and Switzerland, windy here as well. Chilly with some showers or rain and sleet in Denmark. Windy with some cloud and rain affecting the Baltic States. Breezy with cloud and sleet or rain across Finland. Chilly with broken cloud and a few wintry showers in Sweden. Norway will be cold with sunshine and scattered snow showers.


          Akadimia Platonos and the Greek Nationalism      Cache   Translate Page      


The core of the plot of Plato’s Academy is in fact the realization of Stavros, who is believed to be Greek, but it is found out that he is essentially Albanian after his mother acknowledges an Albanian man as her son. It is then revealed that this strange Albanian man is Stavros’ brother. A mysterious confusion inevitably occurs with regards to what the national identity of Stavros is. The film terrifically portrays the traditional long-term malicious Greco-Albanian relations that date back to 1991, after the fall of the Albanian communist regime whereby allegations of mistreatment by the Albanian authorities of the Greek ethnic minority in southern Albania and of the alleged Albanian minorities in northern Greece occurred. Albanian economic immigrants have penetrated the Greek state and their presence caused huge tension between the two parties. Therefore, Greeks have developed certain prejudices and biases against Albanians that is they consider them as evil, ugly, uncivilized and miasmatic entities which pollute their “civilized” and “cultured” social well being. As a result, Albanians by no means would be accepted to be integrated or tolerated within the Greek society, because these “savages” do not simply match with the Greek mentality of education and culture derived from the ancient Greek ideals (!). The Greek companions’ actions really reminded me of a typical Greek nationalistic quotation that dictates “Whoever is not Greek is Barbarian”. The companions’ objection to the idea of constructing a monument in the name of intercultural solidarity declares that in their “territory” (implying their quarter) no ‘foreign’ influence is possible to change their Greek habitual rituals and way of living (namely playing football and gathering around, drinking coffee, etc), hence tolerance, respect and compromise are bizarre words in their ordinary culture. In the meantime, at the moment of the football game between the Albanian and Greek National teams, we observed an intense social solidarity from the two sides, which separately gathered in a sort of a coffee shop to watch the match, using national symbols and passionately supporting their teams. Apparently, in such case football as a ritual, represents ethnic origins which are regarded emotionally, and this reality brings about collective consciousness which in turn binds people who share the same ideals and values. Stavros, as every compatriot of his, holds strong bonds with his Greek national identity and is not willing to accept the severe truth that he had to face up to because otherwise he would have lost his Greek companions who merely believe in the homogeneity of the Greek community, hence they wouldn’t easily accept an Albanian in their company. Nevertheless, the allegorical language and imagery used in the film (sheepdog called “Patriot”, Euro 2004 Greek National team photos posted on the wall, )signify the reality that was previously described. As Filippos Tsitos, the director and writer of the film said before its screening, the situations employed in the film are not be taken for granted that represent nowadays’ reality. However, Tsitos takes the issue of cultural absolutism, xenophobia and racial intolerance into a deeper level and through its problematic and complicated nature, the dramedy simply communicates a range of messages intended to those who suffer from cultural myopia and particularly ethnocentrism.


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On the way home the other day Conall gave us an amazing performance as usual. Not satisfied with just applauds Conall took off his hat and started to beg for money from the surrounding people, trying to convince them that he actually is famous in Ireland. Conall never got any money but his reaction when realizing that he just begged the European Parliament members for money was indescribable!

Yesterday we met the members of the European Parliament again, although under more serious circumstances when discussing Europe and Cultural Identities. The moderator for this debate Nick James, editor of Sight and Sound, addressed interesting questions about cinema as a vehicle for transmigration, European transgression and the future of Europeans cinema in relation to the domination of American Cinema. I’m very interested in topics concerning cultural- and multicultural identities, partly because it’s something that I can relate to myself. One of the Lux Prize films, Plato's Academy by Filippos Tsitos, was talking about this subject in a humoristic way through the character Stavros who finds out that he is Albanian. Although he has spent most of his life in Greece, a conflict regarding whether he’s Albanian or Greek emerges, which is concerning both a personal conflict but also a conflict for his friends who openly show hatred for Albanians throughout the film.

As I wrote above this is something I can relate to myself; since coming to Venice several people told me that: “nooo, you’re not Swedish”, “you don’t look Swedish at all” or “where do you come from originally?”. Of course I can be Swedish! But what interests me about these comments is the question – what determines cultural identity today? Migration has created multicultural identities and lines are being blurred. For me it’s not important to define cultural identity but I believe that the blurred lines create a fear of “the new Europe” which creates a nationalistic political view.

I wish I would have more time to discuss this but now the Venice Days has come to an end, and I’m very grateful for being a part of the 27 Times Cinema! Being able to see as many movies as you can has been great and to discuss them with the rest of the 27 is fantastic. But before we leave I really hope we will see Conall perform the “Single ladies” choreography again.


          Ροδούλα: Βραβείο καινοτομίας στην Αμερική για την vegan πατσαβουρόπιτα      Cache   Translate Page      

Η εταιρία Ροδούλα είναι αμιγώς ελληνική εταιρία, η οποία δραστηριοποιείται στο χώρο παραγωγής artisanal προϊόντων ζύμης και γλυκού τα τελευταία 20 χρόνια, προσφέροντας μια ευρεία γκάμα

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          ΕΥ: Αυξάνονται οι ψηφιακές επενδύσεις στον κλάδο του πετρελαίου- φυσικού αερίου      Cache   Translate Page      

Εντείνονται οι ψηφιακές επενδύσεις στον κλάδο του πετρελαίου και του φυσικού αερίου παγκοσμίως καθώς τα στελέχη των εταιρειών επιδιώκουν να διπλασιάσουν τους στόχους τους για εξοικονόμηση

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          Ξεκίνησε η λειτουργία του Κόμβου Καινοτομίας Fintech από την Τράπεζα της Ελλάδος      Cache   Translate Page      

Σε λειτουργία έθεσε τον Κόμβο Καινοτομίας FinTech η Τράπεζα της Ελλάδος. Μέσω αυτού θα παρέχει υποστήριξη και ενημέρωση σε φυσικά πρόσωπα και επιχειρήσεις που εισάγουν ή σκέπτονται να

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          Τζουζέπε Κόντε: Η συμφωνία με Κίνα «Μία ζώνη, Ένας δρόμος» είναι απολύτως συμβατή με ΕΕ και ΝΑΤΟ      Cache   Translate Page      

Η Ιταλία δεν θα έρθει σε ρήξη με τους εταίρους της στην Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση και το ΝΑΤΟ εξαιτίας των σχεδίων της να υπογράψει μια συμφωνία με την Κίνα στο πλαίσιο της πρωτοβουλίας της «Μία

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          13 Έλληνες startuppers στο Ώστιν του Τέξας μέσω του #DigitalGreece      Cache   Translate Page      

Δεκατρείς από τις καλύτερες ελληνικές startups ταξίδεψαν στο Ώστιν του Τέξας, μέσω της πρωτοβουλίας #DigitalGreece του Υπουργείου Ψηφιακής Πολιτικής, Τηλεπικοινωνιών και Ενημέρωσης,

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          Πλαστικά Κρήτης: Στο 100% το ποσοστό στην τουρκική Senkroma      Cache   Translate Page      

Επιπλέον ποσοστό 0,0309% των μετοχών της θυγατρικής της εταιρείας στην Τουρκία, SENKROMA AS εξαγόρασε η εταιρεία Πλαστικά Κρήτης ΑΒΕΕ.

Όπως επισημαίνεται σε σχετική ανακοίνωση,

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          Ο «πονοκέφαλος» της Boeing μόλις ξεκίνησε: Έτοιμη να ζητήσει αποζημιώσεις η Norwegian Air      Cache   Translate Page      

Η Norwegian Air ανακοίνωσε σήμερα ότι θα ζητήσει αποζημίωση από την εταιρία αεροσκαφών Boeing για απώλεια εσόδων και πρόσθετες επιβαρύνσεις αφού ανέστειλε τις πτήσεις της με

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          Επτά κινήσεις που έπρεπε να έχουν ήδη κάνει οι επιχειρήσεις ενόψει Brexit      Cache   Translate Page      

Από τις 30 Μαρτίου 2019 το Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο θα αποτελεί τρίτη χώρα. Είναι πλέον επείγον να αρχίσουν οι επιχειρήσεις στην ΕΕ να προετοιμάζονται για την αποχώρηση του ΗΒ, εάν δεν το έχουν πράξει

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          Πόσα κέρδισαν οι Έλληνες καταναλωτές από τις προσφορές των σούπερ μάρκετ      Cache   Translate Page      

Τις προσφορές και εκπτώσεις που παρέχουν τα σούπερ μάρκετ μέσα από πρακτικές έξυπνων αγορών κυνηγούν όλο και περισσότερο οι Έλληνες καταναλωτές αποκομίζοντας σημαντικά

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          Έπεσαν οι υπογραφές για την κατασκευή του μεγαλύτερου ραδιοτηλεσκόπιου στον κόσμο      Cache   Translate Page      

Επτά χώρες συνυπέγραψαν την Τρίτη στη Ρώμη τη διεθνή συμφωνία για τη δημιουργία ενός διακυβερνητικού οργανισμού τύπου CERN, ο οποίος θα αναλάβει την κατασκευή και

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          Le Pandorine ss19      Cache   Translate Page      

H συλλογή της Le Pandorine για τη σεζόν άνοιξη - καλοκαίρι 2019 μας φτιάχνει άμεσα τη διάθεση με τις χαρούμενες και αισιόδοξες προτάσεις της! Εσάς ποιο μότο σας εκφράζει;










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SCANDINAVIA AIRLINES BOEING 737 - 705 TAKE OFF SKIATHOS GREECE
          The Pussycat Syndrome      Cache   Translate Page      

Release Year: 1983
Studio: Andromeda International Films, Atlas International Film
Cast: Ajita Wilson, Jacqueline Marcant, Tina Eklund, Herbert Hofer, Christos Nikolaou, Tony Woolf, Don Caverman, Natasja Nataly, Carmaela Bassi, Giorgos Filippou, Nina Georgiou, Bobies Provatas, Marcella
Genres: Classic
Video language: English

Donna and Maria are two fashion models enjoying sun, fun, each other, and anything on two legs that will hold still long enough them to hump it while on vacation in Greece. They hook up with a playboy voyeur named Mr. Nico and his kinky artist wife among another things

Format: avi
Duration: 1:28:33
Video: 688x516, XviD, 2157kbps
Audio: 125kbps





File size: 1.5 GB






          Fighting Talk: Brexit and civil disorder      Cache   Translate Page      

“We should cut the heads off the politicians,” said the waiter in Corfu to us, as EU-imposed austerity crushed Greece in 2010. Before the week was out there were riots in Athens, buildings were set on fire and three bank employees burned to death.

Thankfully, we’re nowhere near that stage, but if you lift the lid off social media you’ll see the pot is bubbling ferociously. Britain is split in two, each half calling the other all sorts of names. Most of these ranters qualify for jury service and the franchise; one trembles at the thought of “direct democracy.” One in four of the population is said to suffer from a mental disorder and to judge by Facebook it’s plausible.

But in a way, hardly surprising. Far from seeking to reunite the country, professional politicians in the UK have been fomenting discontent among Remainers and have even advised EU leaders on how to subvert the Referendum result.[i]Is it a coincidence that the Daily Mail has been given a new editor who has U-turned the paper’s line and now characterises Brexiteers as “saboteurs” leading us to an “abyss”?[ii]

Even the Eurocrats are infected. Mr Van Rompuy, who looks as if he couldn’t decapitate a boiled egg, fantasises about holding a knife to our throat[iii]; Mr Tusk, even less loved in his native Poland than here[iv], smirks at a vision of “those who promoted Brexit” in Hell[v]. Their intemperate language is a clue to the fact that there is not one but two crises brewing.

The first is the European Union’s. Jean Monnet’s dream of a Europe that could never make war with itself again, has been caught in the trap of confusing aim with method. Full political unification has been pursued clandestinely and with an almost suicidal obsession, like Captain Ahab after his White Whale. As a prelude, the single currency was forced into being despite the unreadiness of participants like Greece and Italy, both of which fudged their economic data to qualify and have suffered for it since.

The EU’s appetite for centralised control and aggrandisement remains unslaked (would C P Snow have dubbed them “the labradors of power”?) Straight after the centenary of the Armistice, Frau Merkel returned to her theme of a European intervention force.[vi]Now she is after an aircraft carrier[vii]- just when it is rumoured that China plans to sell off her own to Pakistan.[viii]How does one justify the expense of such capital ships, with their increasing vulnerability?[ix]

And the interference in the Ukraine that has heightened tensions between the Western alliance and Russia – see the military build-up in the region on both sides[x][xi]- hasn’t put the EU off its plan to foster supranational order elsewhere, too: “Africa is the future,” said Mr Juncker in his 2018 “State of the Union” address, urging more collective arrangements there of the kind that were the foundation stones of the EU.[xii]

In the midst of this, Brexit and the common man threaten to spoil the grand project of the philosopher-kings. Again and again, on shows like Question Time, ordinary people are bluntly challenging their elected representatives to do what was solemnly promised in 2016.

This brings us to the second, local crisis. By affirming (not only orally but in the official pamphlet[xiii]) that the Referendum would be held once only and that the result would be implemented whatever the outcome, our leaders effectively turned it into a binding plebiscite; and now they wish to resile.

That has raised and dashed expectations in the most emphatic way, and the implications are dangerous. If this vote is delegitimised, then so are all the ones passed in Parliament, many of them by a smaller margin than four per cent[xiv].

What would the consequences be? Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said on last week’s Question Time that there will be a “day of reckoning” if Brexit is nullified[xv], and he may be thinking of deselections, Party membership cancellations and the shattering of the two-party system itself. But some think, or worse, wish, that it could go further – even Dr Richard North has said, perhaps only half-jokingly, “It is not only ideas that develop in the provinces – so do revolutions.”[xvi]

Fortunately, revolutions and civil wars don’t just happen, and a good thing too, as whatever the outcome the process is horrific; and often long-drawn-out, because unlike a war there’s nobody to make peace on behalf of the whole country. They need an evil constellation of factors, but that discussion is for another occasion.

Having said that, one of the possible triggers is major financial dislocation. Not just the vindictive awkwardness in trading arrangements that the EU appears to be preparing for us, cutting off its nose to spite its face, but the kind of long-cycle economic downturn that Irving Fisher[xvii], Nicolai Kondratiev[xviii]and others have theorised.

The role of debt has been overlooked by many economists and Professor Steve Keen has estimated that only some 20 out of 10,000 professionals foresaw the 2008/2009 Global Financial Crisis. For those who think the crisis is over because of Quantitative Easing and Modern Monetary Theory, it’s worth noting that global debt is now bigger than ever – some three times the size of the world’s GDP.[xix]Despite high levels of money-printing we are not yet seeing significant inflation, but that is because economic demand is dropping and debt servicing is a growing challenge; the turnover of cash is slowing and offsetting the effects of monetary inflation.