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To hippos, a wheeze and a honk mean more than just ‘hello!’

To hippos, a wheeze and a honk mean more than just ‘hello!’ Hippopotamuses are some of the most unfriendly creatures in the animal kingdom. “Apart from mosquitoes, they are the most dangerous animal in Africa, the ones that kill the most people,” said Nicolas Mathevon, a professor of animal behavior at the University of Saint-Etienne […]

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Giorgos Tromaras: Greece Loses its Modern Day Hercules

Giorgos Tromaras: Greece Loses its Modern Day Hercules Giorgos Tromaras and some of his many wrestling trophies. YouTube screenshot Greece has lost its “modern-day Hercules,” Giorgos Tromaras, who passed away on Monday at age 74 after the last fight with his ill health. Giorgos Tromaras was a wrestler, two-times Greek champion in freestyle wrestling, and […]

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Security scanners across Europe tied to China govt, military

Security scanners across Europe tied to China govt, military At some of the world’s most sensitive spots, authorities have installed security screening devices made by a single Chinese company with deep ties to China’s military and the highest levels of the ruling Communist Party. The World Economic Forum in Davos. Europe’s largest ports. Airports from […]

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21 pupils in Iraklio left behind because of parents

21 pupils in Iraklio left behind because of parents Some 21 pupils are not attending school in Iraklio on Crete because of the stance of their parents, who oppose the safety protocols to contain the spread of the coronavirus, with authorities seeking the intervention of the local prosecutor. Speaking to Creta TV, the director of […]

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Cypriot battle with money laundering

Cypriot battle with money laundering Cyprus has made some progress in combating money laundering and terrorist financing by partially complying with recommendations set out by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), according to a report by the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism (MONEYVAL). According to […]

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Supermarkets want tax cuts

Supermarkets want tax cuts Supermarket chains are calling on the government to reduce taxation on some basic food items in order to ease the burden on consumers. In effect, that brings back to the table the proposal the sector had indirectly made in September through a statement by the Research Institute for Retail Consumer Goods […]

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Government may reduce VAT in some products to contain surging costs

Government may reduce VAT in some products to contain surging costs The Greek government is considering reducing the VAT on a number of products to contain price hikes, Development and Investment Minister Adonis Georgiadis said Monday. “We are working to see where we are going to have the biggest increases in the next period, to […]

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The Ten Most Fascinating Discoveries About Human Ancestors in 2021

The Ten Most Fascinating Discoveries About Human Ancestors in 2021 Brains of some of our human ancestors, recreated according to the shape of skulls that were discovered in Georgia in 2021. Credit: M. Ponce de Leon/Ch. Zollikofer/University of Zurich The ten most fascinating things discovered about our human ancestors were not difficult to decide this […]

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Plevris: 800 additional Covid beds for Attica

Plevris: 800 additional Covid beds for Attica Some 800 additional Covid beds will be provided in Attica, Health Minister Thanos Plevris announced on Friday. In a radio interview, the minister stated that hospital beds in general, but not ICUs, where coming under pressure from the influx of patients with the Omicron variant. “We are currently […]

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Training of uni security force to begin this month

Training of uni security force to begin this month Some 400 people hired by the Hellenic Police (ELAS) to staff special units to guard university campuses will begin a four-month training program on January 17, according to Citizens’ Protection Minister Takis Theodorikakos. During a meeting with the rector of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Theodorikakos […]

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On ends and beginnings

On ends and beginnings For some reason, “Don’t Look Up,” a film directed by Adam McKay and released on Netflix shortly before Christmas, appears to have divided its audience between those who adored it (excessively) and those who detested it (excessively). It may be the first time that the destruction of planet Earth by a […]

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Vaccines, pills and data offer some Christmas cheer in face of Omicron advance

Vaccines, pills and data offer some Christmas cheer in face of Omicron advance Omicron advanced across the world on Thursday, with health experts warning the battle against the Covid-19 variant was far from over despite two drugmakers saying their vaccines protected against it and signs it carries a lower risk of hospitalization. Coronavirus infections have […]

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Greek shippers have invested some $16 bln in fleet expansion this year

Greek shippers have invested some $16 bln in fleet expansion this year Greek shipowners have spent an estimated $16 billion on new and used ships this year, per the Clarksons shipbrokers. Clarksons Research calculates that $9 billion went toward orders for newbuilds and another $6.8 billion went to the secondhand market. The increased investment in […]

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Weather forecast: Cold, rain and snow on Sunday

Weather forecast: Cold, rain and snow on Sunday Fair weather with some clouds in western and northern regions is forecast on Sunday, but heavy rain, sleet and local storms will develop in the rest of the country. These phenomena will be intense over the eastern mainland, Evia island, the Sporades islands, eastern Peloponnese, the Cyclades […]

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Early payment of Greek debt

Early payment of Greek debt Greece stands to benefit some 70-80 million euros thanks to the early repayment of its outstanding dues to the International Monetary Fund, as well as the part-repayment of bilateral loans from eurozone countries that will take place in January and March respectively. The significance of that move, according to officials […]

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Digital tools for investors

Digital tools for investors Some significant steps may have already been taken to simplify investment procedures in Greece, but the single digital map that the Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE) is set to start developing is expected to improve the activities of investors considerably. The objective of this project is for all zoning and land […]

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Some 49% of EU firms saw sales drop in 2020

Some 49% of EU firms saw sales drop in 2020 Half of European Union enterprises saw turnover decline last year, an annual investment survey by the European Investment Bank has shown, as the Covid-19 crisis ripped through the European economy, shutting businesses for months and severely curtailing activity. However, decisive action by the European Union […]

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Ministries to relocate to abandoned PYRKAL complex

Ministries to relocate to abandoned PYRKAL complex Buildings with some 62,000 square meters of office space and a maximum height of 28 meters are set to be constructed in the abandoned PYRKAL industrial complex at Agios Dimitrios, to house ministries that will be transferred there from the center of Athens. The same area will have […]

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An extra 60,000 vaccination appointments available in Greece as of Sunday

An extra 60,000 vaccination appointments available in Greece as of Sunday Some 60,000 additional coronavirus vaccination appointments for any of three doses will become available on Sunday, December 5, Secretary-General for Primary Health Care Marios Themistocleous announced on Twitter on Thursday, ANA reports. At a live briefing earlier in the day, the health official said […]

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Pope to ‘touch some wounds’ on trip to divided Cyprus

Pope to ‘touch some wounds’ on trip to divided Cyprus Pope Francis arrived on the divided island of Cyprus on Thursday, calling for people to “welcome and integrate one another” in a county that has found itself on one of the frontlines of Europe’s migration crisis. “It will be a beautiful trip but we will […]

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EU countries struggle to find joint response to energy price spike

EU countries struggle to find joint response to energy price spike Some European Union countries including France and Spain stepped up calls to reform the bloc’s energy market rules to cope with high prices, a stance challenged by a rival group of states including Germany, as EU energy ministers met on Thursday. European energy prices […]

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Pandemic pressure in Greece ‘will continue for several weeks’

Pandemic pressure in Greece ‘will continue for several weeks’ It will take some time before the coronavirus daily infection rate and intubations ease, the professor of pediatric infectious diseases Vana Papaevangelou warned on Thursday, noting that “the pressure on the health system will continue for several weeks.” She stressed that at the moment there are […]

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Census takers quitting over uncivil behavior of public

Census takers quitting over uncivil behavior of public Some 500 census takers in the western port city of Patra have so far resigned owing to the rude and, at times, outright hostile behavior of people being asked to take part in the national census. “Out of a total of 700 enumerators, so far we have […]

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Fuel prices will likely take some cars off the road

Fuel prices will likely take some cars off the road Finance Ministry officials expect thousands of car owners to stop driving next year, given the considerable increase in the price of fuel. They consider it highly likely that many will also chose the option of paying their road tax by the month rather than by […]

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Weather forecast: Fair, some rain on Sunday

Weather forecast: Fair, some rain on Sunday Fair weather in most parts of the country, with some clouds over Crete. Clouds will, however, develop in western regions as of Sunday evening, bringing rain over the Ionian Sea. North-northwesterly winds in eastern regions will register 3-5 on the Beaufort scale, to reach 6 locally in the […]

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A babel of speculations

A babel of speculations Some politicians who have succumbed to the lure of publicity and others out of sheer political inexperience constantly feed a babel of speculation about possible health measures.  The result is only confusion and disorientation for the public. Discussions about how best totackle the pandemic cannot take place on television.  Persuasion is […]

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Polytechnic uprising anniversary starts with some tension

Polytechnic uprising anniversary starts with some tension Events marking the 1973 Athens Polytechnic student uprising against the military dictatorship got off to a rocky start on Wednesday morning. According to state-broadcaster ERT, tension rose at the historic downtown campus when a group of protesters prevented a delegation from Parliament to lay a wreath at the […]

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Addicts of the lockdown

Addicts of the lockdown There are some representatives of specific economic sectors who seem to be addicted to the benefits handed out during the lockdowns. They seem unaware that they are active in an economy with by far the highest public debt in the eurozone, and are already asking for new state aid, although no […]

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Cross-border payment in the EU

Cross-border payment in the EU Some of the European Union’s strongest economies backed the private sector’s proposal for the acceleration of the internal market of payments within the bloc on Tuesday, bringing that prospect closer. In a joint declaration, the governments of Germany, France, Spain, Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Finland offered their support to […]

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Gastronomy tourism major driver of rural development

Gastronomy tourism major driver of rural development Some of the world’s top chefs joined restaurateurs and local and regional leaders to advance gastronomy tourism as a driver of rural development and opportunity. The 6th edition of the UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism, held in Bruges, Flanders (Belgium, 31 October to 2 November), focused on […]

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