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Alternatives to Bad Credit Loans

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Alternatives to Bad Credit Loans

Don’t be discouraged if you are able to get due to your weak credit rating and you think that there’s no other choice to pay for every financial commitment. In the darkest of times, there is a bright aspect.

These are some of the best methods to obtain the money you require: basic condition

Personal Loans

Individual lenders and third-party lenders can offer these loans online. They typically provide loans to individuals who are unable to charge their own credit and can do it in a matter of minutes. The loans can be paid in installments, much the same as bank loans.

They are increasingly sought-after by those with weak credit because they do not require any type of security especially when they’re supported by high-interest rates than the internet and credit. For short-term loans, it is possible to connect with these lenders online and then call these lenders directly.

In the event that the credit scores are higher than average, you will be able to pay less on the loan if the credit scores are lower than typical. But, the rates of these loans tend to be lower than the rates offered by banks that charge higher interest rates.

Beforehand by Credit Cards

It’s only one of the alternatives accessible to bad credit loans. Most of the time, you use credit cards to buy all the things you need and then pay back the full people with bad credit amounts later. But what is the best option if you badly needed urgent cash?

A bank will be allowing you to use cash credit in certain situations. Also instead of having to buy access funds, banks can give you cash to pay for costs.

Modify

If you have important possessions like jewelry, as an example, they’re worth selling or trading for, you can make the money you require swiftly. This could be the best option. It is unlikely to create problems when you stay clear of options that aren’t practical.

Borrow from Family Members

You can request your family and friends for a loan of a reasonable amount. Don’t think that it’s a given you’re borrowing funds from relatives or your close friends. Be sure to carry all conditions and terms, including your interest rates, the number of installments, and any additional charges (if appropriate).

If you have taken out a loan through an institution that is traditional, make sure that you have it from members of the family and also friends. Be aware that if you do not comply with the terms of your agreement you possibility of losing your friendship and that’s something you do not want to occur.

Jet2 will launch the largest ever flight schedule for Greece in 2023

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Steve HeapyCEO of Jet2, plans to travel to Greece on Monday September 26 to discuss the British leisure travel group’s strategy and 2023 flight schedule, which includes significant additions for the market.

A leading British airline and tour operator to Greece, Jet2 has significantly expanded its business in the country this year, including launching Athens as a new destination.

Following Jet2’s 2022 summer program which included flights to 15 Greek destinations (more than any other UK airline) without any cancellation in July or August (according to data from travel intelligence company OAG) and 1.2 million arrival seats – an increase in capacity of almost 90%, Heapy plans to announce an even “larger” program for the summer of 2023.

2023 flight schedule: new routes and plans for Athens

According to a source, Heapy will present for sale the largest program ever made by Jet2 in Greece, which will include three new courses (Bristol-Chania, East Midlands-Santorini and London Stansted-Athens); Athens become a year-round destination; Easter Flights added to Rhodes; and increased frequency to destinations such as Corfu, Rhodes and Skiathos.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays CEO Steve Heapy.  Photo © GTP

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays CEO Steve Heapy at a media event in Athens in March. Photo © GTP

Heapy’s agenda for next week includes visits to Corfu, Zakynthos, Crete (Chania and Heraklion) Rhodes and Kos. During his stay on each island, he will present the company’s strategy for 2023 and meet with hoteliers and representatives of local communities.

During these meetings, he will talk about Jet2 confidence in the Greek market and how committed the company is to creating and developing long-term, mutually beneficial relationships strategic relationships with hotel partners.

It is recalled that Jet2 recently announced that it will increase the number of flights in 2023 to the South Aegean islands it flies to, which include favorites like Rhodes, Mykonos and Santorini.

Jet2 offers leisure flights through Jet2.com and vacation packages through its tour operator Jet2holidays.


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British woman drowns on diving trip, boyfriend claims equipment was broken

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The boyfriend of a woman who tragically drowned while on a diving holiday says the instructor ‘didn’t pay much attention’ to the ‘broken’ equipment she was using.

Rebecca Gannon, 29, from Stone, Staffordshire, UK, was diving off the coast of Albania on Monday afternoon when she ran into difficulty, The sun reports.

Her boyfriend of four years, Robert Kerans, said there were three instructors for the 12 divers on the trip to Saranda, a resort on the south coast not far from the Greek island of Corfu.

Mr Kerans claimed one of the instructors, Gerta Brozi, did not seem to ‘pay much attention’ to pre-dive checks – and alleged there had been a problem with Ms Gannon’s equipment .

“She checked the equipment but she didn’t seem to be paying much attention,” he told the Daily mail. “I know there was a problem with Rebecca’s regulator but Gerta said it was resolved. We went in the water but I don’t know if the problem was solved.

“We had gone quite deep and one of the group members had pressure issues and came to the surface. I couldn’t see Rebecca when I was in the water because the visibility wasn’t great.

“I must have been in the water for about 25 minutes and when I surfaced I saw a police boat close to us and that’s when I realized something serious had happened. .”

Ms Gannon’s older sister, Sam, said the family still accepted her death.

“It’s devastating. We’re heartbroken. She’s my little sister. I can’t believe it,” she said.

Sam shared a photo of the couple together in happier times on Tuesday, prompting an outpouring of support from friends.

“Gorgeous. Beautiful sisters with a heart of gold. Love you both so much,” one person wrote.

“There are just no words, I’m thinking of you all,” said another.

One of the diving instructors, Saimir Kushova, 45, has since been arrested.

He reportedly tried to save her and managed to bring her to the surface before others frantically tried to help her.

Footage shared by an Albanian news site showed a body being removed from a red and white dive boat by seven people and carried to a beach.

Mr Kushova was reportedly arrested on suspicion of breaking health and safety rules and illegally employing a diving instructor who was not fully qualified.

An employee of the diving company Spiranca Diving told the British newspaper The telegraph“We don’t know what happened, maybe she had a health problem.

“We are awaiting the autopsy. We are all very shocked. She was a qualified open water diver, she had a PADI certificate.

“She was diving on a wreck but was only seven or eight meters deep. She rose to the surface but then came back down.

“Saimir was arrested but he was the one who tried to save her, he gave her CPR.”

The group is said to have dived on the wreckage of an Italian freighter sunk during World War II.

Ms Brozi, the instructor who was on the boat when Ms Gannon struggled, said: ‘It was a very traumatic experience and the boyfriend was very upset about it, like everyone else on the boat.

“We just don’t know what happened.”

Saranda is a popular spot for divers due to its underwater visibility – which ranges from 15 meters to 30 meters.

A Foreign Office spokesperson said: ‘We are supporting the family of a British woman who died in Albania and are in contact with the local authorities.

This article originally appeared on The sun and has been reproduced with permission

37,000 pounds of meat missing in York leaves investigators hungry for answers

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – York County Crime Stoppers says anyone who helps them solve a major meat mystery may be eligible for a cash reward.

A Great Dane refrigerated trailer was stolen from the 3500 block of South Lincoln Avenue on Saturday, according to the York Police Department.

They say the suspects then transferred the 37,000 pounds of meat he was carrying to another trailer at the Waco exit of I-80, before disappearing.

It happened around the same time that more than $750,000 worth of meat was stolen from three trailers on Grand Island.

These thefts occurred in the 200 block of Roberts Street between Friday and Sunday.

The trailers taken from Grand Island are still untraceable, but York police say the trailer targeted in their case has since been found.

This crime spree comes just months after nearly $400,000 worth of beef was stolen in our area.

So far, no arrests have been reported in these cases.

Two new hotels return to the roots of the island

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In 2022, Mykonos is of course known for its nightlife, outsized luxury and shameless excess. It was said that Elon Musk was on the island this summer at the same time as me. I haven’t seen it, but I did see Salt Bae posing for selfies with guests at his hugely expensive Nusr-Et restaurant, and I was asked to slap one of the two men wearing a banana slingshot Borat celebrating the end of their celibacy.

So it was a relief to retreat to the quiet luxury of a caring hotel. Luckily, Mykonos still has its share of these, including the oldest five-star hotel (recently refurbished) on the island and one of the newest.

Built in 1960 on the Kato Mili (those famous windmills in Mykonos Town), Mykonos Theoxenia quickly became a landmark that attracted Brigitte Bardot. Aristotle Onassis brought Jackie. The jet set followed, enjoying the island sun and the sophisticated simplicity of Greece.

The hotel reopened in July after an extensive transformation by VOIS Architects who paid homage and updated the original design by postmodern architect Aris Konstantinids. It was a building ahead of its time. This is now a welcome return to minimalism.

Because this is an iconic area protected by the Greek Ministry of Culture, the new architects had to use the same traditional Cycladic building techniques used in 1960. The exterior is made of the same stone which makes up the existing dikes. The harmony with nature – and nostalgia – is clear.

Inside, the 49 rooms have just the right amount of simplicity, contemporary elements and comfort. Finding a power outlet isn’t difficult, but in larger rooms the entire work and entertaining area can be tucked away behind a soft linen curtain.

A few of them have private pools, but the main pool, not to mention the clear Aegean Sea right next to it, is inviting, and service at the Kou Kou bar is friendly and prompt. The same goes for the star-studded poolside dinner service, in which a leisurely meal of well-prepared Mediterranean dishes (grilled fish and Greek salad, of course) is served to guests who aren’t in the mood for dinner. crowd. Nobody cares if you dress up.

A few kilometers away, in Ornos, another refined and nostalgic luxury hotel opened in June. Once in Mykonos is a little more upscale than Theoxenia, reflecting the property’s past as a luxurious, cosmopolitan villa frequented by artists and intellectuals.

It’s quite large for a 59-room hotel, with the reception, large swimming pool, and main restaurant on top of a hill overlooking Ornos beach. The accommodations, designed by architect Fivos Stavrides of F Studio Designers, are laid out on the hillside in the style of an (enormous) ancient Greek amphitheater. Some rooms have “relaxation pools” in front of them, with a path above the water to enter the room. It is an impressive infrastructure.

But inside, rooms have a postmodern sensibility and boho-chic design, with whitewashed walls and natural materials like copper and stone. Some of them have real trees inside. Everything is spacious and bright. The Jo Malone amenities are a nice touch.

The spa, however, goes a bit more local, using organic ingredients from the Aegean Sea and Mykonian land, which is said to be rich in nourishing nutrients. It’s small but fully equipped, and my massage hit all the right places.

The same goes for the poolside restaurant, where chef Nikos Skordakis (under the direction of the hotel group’s executive chef, Kyriakos Sotiriou, who has extensive experience in five-star hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants) has composed a menu of Greek classics and beyond. At dinner that means grilled octopus, calamari and red mullet, or perhaps beef tartare or crayfish risotto, while during the day there are salads, galettes and pasta. They plan to create an international luxury restaurant brand for the fine dining restaurant soon.

Both hotels have one final detail that offers an escape from the madness of Mykonos. They have partnered with a local yacht company to offer private cruises along the island’s coastline and to nearby islands such as Delos and Rhenia, as well as with dive centers that take guests to explore the ruins beneath -Greek and Roman navies, Mykonos as such. really used to be.

Ryanair wants to invest in Greece but with reduced airport fees

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In what appears to be a change from a previously announced decision to close its base at Athens International Airport for the winter and its operations in Chania (Crete), Eddie Wilsonthe CEO of low-cost airline Ryanair, told Naftemporiki TV on Wednesday that the company wants to invest in Greece.

According to Wilson, Greece is “underserved” by Ryanair.

“We serve 50 million passengers in Italy, almost 50 million in Spain and only 6 million in Greece,” he said, calling for the extension of the tourist season in Greece and more investment.

Ryanair CEO says Greece’s extensive island network needs connectivity, but airport fees are too high for companies like Ryanair to invest. The biggest problem, he said, was winter season fee.

Ryanair CEO Eddie Wilson on Naftemporiki TV.

Wilson said regional airports and Athens airport must adjust costs so that “when you bring more passengers, we have a lower cost per passenger” which would increase traffic all year round.

“We want to invest in Greece for the long term, not only for this winter but also for all winters. This way we can bring passengers not only to Athens, but also to Chania, Corfu, Rhodes, Ionian Islands, Volos and other places,” he said.

Chania, Crete

Referring to Chania, Wilson said there were no plans to close the base there, however adding that “it is a summer base and it has never been scheduled to open for the winter.

Ryanair CEO Eddie Wilson during an event at the Chania Chamber on Tuesday.  Wilson presented the airline's development plan to strengthen Chania's tourist offer.

Ryanair CEO Eddie Wilson during an event at the Chania Chamber on Tuesday. Wilson presented the airline’s development plan to strengthen Chania’s tourist offer.

The Ryanair CEO visited Chania on Tuesday and met with tourism stakeholders, who he said are spearheading efforts to maintain tourist flows.

Wilson said he told professionals in Chania that Ryanair had the plane and would invest more in Chania, as well as other regional Greek airports, as long as the airports “adjust their costs”.

Ryanair has been flying to Chania since 2011, having already carried 3.5 million passengers and supporting around 700 jobs, according to data provided by the Chamber of Chania.

Earlier this month the low-cost carrier announced it would close its Athens base on October 29 for the winter season, saying the move was the result of a ‘dysfunctional’ airport pricing system .

“Athens Airport is a prime example of how the Greek government and high-cost German ownership fail to meet the needs of the Greek people and economy,” Wilson said.

The problem has persisted since 2013, when Ryanair claimed it could bring millions of tourists to Greece as long as Athens International Airport (AIA) reduced air passenger rights for new routes to and from Athens. Athens.

Wilson also met with Greek Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias on Tuesday, who informed him that the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) will announce incentives for airlines during the winter period in the coming days.

“I will wait to see these (incentives). Hopefully they are meaningful and give us the confidence to grow in the long term,” he told Naftemporiki TV.


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CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews last night’s TV: Mrs. Durrell turns Rambo into vacation hell

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CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews last night’s TV: Mrs. Durrell turns Rambo into all-inclusive vacation from hell

Crossfire

Evaluation:

Cunk on earth

Evaluation:

We last saw Keeley Hawes at the beach as mum Louisa in pre-war Corfu, looking after her four children and harboring a crush on the village taxi driver at The Durrells.

Crossfire (BBC1) is not The Durrells. Keeley’s character, Jo, is with her kids by the sea, yes, and she has a crush on a taxi driver (well, almost…he runs a limo rental business). But instead of romantic entanglements and amateur zoos, she’s embroiled in a terrorist attack on a tourist resort.

The corpses accumulate at the edge of the swimming pool. The secret boyfriend gets shot in the chest by a psychopathic teenager. Then Jo turns out to be an ex-cop who goes hunting for murderous fanatics with her shotgun.

Crossfire might as well be called My Family And Other Massacres. It’s a weird and goofy thriller, an action-adventure bolted on to a domestic civil war.

Writer Louise Doughty is best known for Apple Tree Yard, the 2017 political drama with a sordid undercurrent. Obviously, his instinct is to portray irregular relationships.

When we first see Jo and her husband Jason (Lee Ingleby), they seem relaxed and affectionate, vacationing in the Canary Islands with two other families.

One minute Jo (pictured) is posing like Rambo with a double-barreled gun, the next she's dealing with conflicted emotions over the sexy texts she sent to Chinar

One minute Jo (pictured) is posing like Rambo with a double-barreled gun, the next she’s dealing with conflicted emotions over the sexy texts she sent to Chinar

But a boozy meal on the first night ends in a vicious argument, with Jason humiliating his wife in front of their friends, calling her “fundamentally dishonest and cowardly”.

The next morning, they are cold but still talking to each other, vying for their children’s attention. It is obvious that the argument was nothing out of the ordinary for them.

And if that’s not enough, we soon guess that Jo’s lover Chinar is also on vacation – with his wife Abhi and their three children.

Chinar and Abhi (Vikash Bhai and Anneika Rose) like to pose as Mr and Mrs Perfect. Chinar’s hypocrisy is bound to be exposed. In addition to the buffet breakfast and water aerobics classes, this all-inclusive hotel may need to provide free marriage counseling.

The information is largely revealed in fragmented flashbacks, often inserted at bizarre moments, as vacationers dodge terrorists with automatic handguns.

One minute Jo is posing as Rambo with a double-barreled gun, the next she’s struggling with conflicting emotions over the sexy texts she sent to Chinar.

Keeley’s judgmental voiceover is even more shocking, offering a philosophical commentary on how the smallest choices can have catastrophic consequences. The result: as if Vanessa Redgrave read her Call The Midwife musings on scenes from Mission: Impossible.

Philomena Cunk, the meaningless TV presenter played by actress Diane Morgan, specializes in moralizing voice-overs. His grandiose, meaningless proclamations, bellowed at the camera from mountaintops and glaciers in Cunk On Earth (BBC2), are wickedly funny send-offs of a certain kind of TV egomaniac.

Philomena Cunk, the empty TV presenter played by actress Diane Morgan, (pictured) specializes in moralizing voice-overs

Philomena Cunk, the empty TV presenter played by actress Diane Morgan, (pictured) specializes in moralizing voice-overs

When Cunk first appeared on Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe, some of her interviewees took her stupidity seriously, which made her even funnier. Now everyone is in on the joke, and instead we have the joy of watching Oxbridge historians try to suppress the giggles as they answer his beautifully silly questions.

In this story of human civilization there is a delicious skill in some of its idiocies. She described ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs as the first emojis and pointed out how incompetent humans have become, thanks to evolution.

“Early humans were pioneer inventors,” she said. ‘The first men to use tools, which most men have forgotten to do today. That’s why they have to let someone in. Ouch.

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What is it and how can NJ businesses stop it?

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This takes shoplifting to a new level: organized retail crime, where bad actors take items from stores or from shipments delivered to them with the intention of generating a profit for a gang or other group, is causing US retailers to lose valuable inventory.

Retail demand remains strong as Americans continue to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, which initially forced factories to shut down production and consumers to focus more on what they could order at home rather than the in-person experience.

Mark Mathews, vice president of research development and industry analysis for the National Retail Federation, said organized activity is contributing to what’s been called the “retail shrinkage,” which accounted for $94.5 billion in losses for sellers in 2021. according to an NRF survey.

The shift in shopping trends caused by the pandemic has caused an “unprecedented” increase in numbers, according to Mathews.

“The 10 years before the pandemic, average retail sales growth was around 3.7% per year,” he said. “Then in 2020 it went up 7%. Then in 2021 it went up 14%.”

The Dangers of Organized Crime in Retail

Not only is there an obvious pullback effect for consumers, as retailers have to charge more to cover their losses, but Mathews said there are also inherent elements of danger and violence, which are ever increasing.

So when buyers see certain goods locked in cases where only an employee can allow access, they need to know the reason why.

“It’s in everyone’s interest that this happens because the more these items are stolen, the more you have to pay for them, the higher the price goes,” Mathews said. “A lot of this smash-and-grab activity doesn’t come from your everyday shoplifter, but from these organized criminals.”

What do these bad actors want?

Often the items curated by shoplifters – which also include online bots hijacking shipments – are not luxury items, although they can be.

Take for example thin but expensive dental strips, to use an example provided by Mathews.

“They also want things that they know they can move around, and things that aren’t necessarily so bulky,” Mathews said.

Nothing is safe: clothing, electronics, home furnishings, office supplies, toys, and even food and drink.

What can businesses do?

Mathews said retailers needed the government to step in to help fix the problem because employees might understandably be reluctant to put themselves in the middle of a violent operation.

But that doesn’t just mean at the state level; many gangs operate across state lines, so Mathews said federal authorities need to pay attention to the issue.

Patrick Lavery is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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These NJ Cities Have The Highest Rates Of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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States with the most registered hunters

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Euboea a year after the fires, a “Venetian restart” – Culture

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(ANSAmed) – ROVIES, 20 SET – (by Patrizio Nissirio) The skeletons of charred trees line the road and sprawl across the hills and valleys of the northern Greek island of Euboea – a dire reminder of the fires that in August 2021 devastated these regions, burning thousands of hectares of woods and olive trees for 10 days, destroying homes and economic activities, forcing thousands of people to flee by sea.

But at a crossroads near the village of Rovies, a sign left by an undetermined group of “friends of Rovies” indicates the presence of three small pines “planted in 2022”. A tiny but important sign of rebirth.

And the desire for a fresh start is also symbolized by Venetian illustrator Lucio Schianon’s exhibition ‘Levante’, housed in a medieval Venetian tower in downtown Rovies. The exhibition is organized by Myth Euromed and, in the field, by the researcher Dimitris Georgiou, under the patronage of the Greek tourist agency and with the support of the Italian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Athens , whose director Francesco Neri attended the inauguration. His welcome speech, as well as many other speeches during the inauguration, recalled the deep link of these places with the Serenissima, the Republic of Venice, as well as with contemporary Italy.

Schiavon’s portraits of historical Venetian figures with his contemporary style focus on how the two cultures continue to interact and how the “Venetian” contribution today is symbolically relevant to leaving the wildfires behind. of 2021. The traveling show, which adds a new image every step of the way, made its debut in June in Corfu: in Rovies, the medieval tower of the local Papadopoulos family reopened after years.

“Northern Evia encompasses an endless landscape of excellence and cultural heritage, ranging from antiquities to industrial archaeology,” Georgiou explained. It is a territory that must be discovered “slowly, in honor of sustainability, through experiences such as” from the sea to the table “and the tasting of local products. All these experiences can be savored “immersed in a unique cultural and natural landscape amid maritime towns, olive groves and mountain woods. Honey, pomegranates and olives from Rovies DOP (Protected Designation of Origin), as well as the fish of which the Gulf of Euboea is rich, are just some of the excellent offers from our territory,” added Georgiu.

The territory is thus investing in a varied offer, which remains to be discovered, as well as in cultural signals, particularly Italian, in this part of the large island to the east of Athens which has only 3% of foreign visitors, according to local economic operators.

Beneath the destroyed woods – with the fire also burning the so-called “Bride”, a 2,500-year-old olive tree, locals recall – greenery can again be spotted, in another good sign, along the coasts cliffs that encompass the small port village of Limni down to the sea, with small pebble beaches accessible only to wild goats. Opposite, sea bass and seaside farms and langoustine and shrimp traps dot the gulf, where it is not uncommon to see pods of dolphins. It is a Greece far from the “Cycladic” image which is also rich in wonders – and surprises. (ANSAmed)

Spain dismantles an organization that transported minors arriving by boat from the Canary Islands to EU countries

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Agents of the Spanish National Police have dismantled an organization that recruited minors, mainly of North African origin, and provided them with false papers to leave the Canary Islands. The same also transferred them to the peninsula and other European countries.

In a statement released on September 14, the Spanish Interior Ministry said the organization handled the travel process and provided false documents for an amount that cost nearly €1,000, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

During this operation, the police arrested seven people in the province of Alicante and two in the region of Murcia, where two of them were arrested and are currently in custody.

“In addition, the entry and registration of four properties in these provinces were carried out in which €1,000 in cash, three mobile phones, various electronic devices and various documents were seized”, read the statement.

The police opened the investigation in January of this year, which revealed the existence of this perfectly structured criminal organization which profited from the transfer of immigrant minors from the Canary Islands to the peninsula and which had a clear distribution of recruitment tasks, obtaining false passports and travel management.

“The profile of the person trafficked by the organization was that of a minor male migrant of North African origin, who, at the time of contracting their services, received documentation from third parties to be able to travel, as well as the acquisition of flights and accompaniment in airports, all for amounts close to 1,000″, the statement also noted.

According to the ministry, in this operation, the national police cooperated with 150 participating officers.

In addition, officers also managed to seize 100 boxes of clothing worth €270,000 and 26 unlabeled bottles of oil, which may have come from other property crimes committed by the organization.

In August, thanks to a joint operation by the Spanish Civil Guard and the National Police, another criminal organization that facilitates irregular migration to Spain was dismantled.

As the ministry explains, the organization was based in Gran Canaria and provided migrants with false documents to enable them to travel from the island to mainland Spain and other EU countries.

During the operation, the police arrested six people in Gran Canaria and one in Ciudad Real, most of North African origin. In addition, the same were charged with alleged crimes of membership in a criminal organization and falsification of documents with the aim of facilitating irregular migration.

Astronaut captures ‘Sunglint’ moment turns sea surface into silver mirror off Greek islands

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A reflection of the sun has turned the waters of the Greek islands into a silver mirror, based on a photograph taken by an astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS).

The image reportedly shows sunlight reflecting off the waters surrounding Greece with oceanographic effects only visible when a person is viewing from space.

Silver mirror from the Greek islands

(Photo: Photo by NASA/Terry Virts via Wikimedia Commons)

An unidentified ISS Expedition 67 crew member captured the image on June 25 using only a digital camera aimed from an ISS window, according to Live Science.

Sunglint’s location lies between the Greek volcanic island of Milos and its sister Greek island Antimilos.

The so-called Silver Sea due to the color change phenomenon includes the Myrto Sea located northwest of Milos and the Cretan Sea to the southwest, both of which are part of the larger Mediterranean Sea.

Read also : Natural sunlight could increase oil spill toxicity to wildlife

What is a Sunglint?

Sunglare is an optical phenomenon that occurs when sunlight reflects off the surface of water at the same angle relative to the satellite sensor looking at it.

This event results in a mirror-like reflection of sunlight off the water returning to the satellite or astronaut, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The phenomenon can frequently be noticed by looking at satellite images or photographs of astronauts, which contain bright patches of light, NASA added.

These particles of sunlight can visually transform some bodies of water by glowing an unusual color similar to silver mirror.

aquatic phenomenon

Similar incidents in the past have occurred in several places, including on the waters around Cape Cod and the Lesser Antilles, as well as in rivers in Brazil.

The US space agency has also reported the appearance of the water phenomenon off Crete and the Aegean islands before.

In addition to sunlight itself, various factors promote the manifestation of the phenomenon, including wind patterns and atmospheric conditions.

Environmental implications

Solar glare apparently has no ecological effect on marine species and their habitats.

Instead, it highlights only the physical features of the water and atmosphere above from the perspective of the astronaut or satellite capturing it.

Other reported environmental implications of the phenomenon lie in the aspect of supporting scientific opportunities.

Specifically, it helps detect oil on the water’s surface, whether natural oil seeps or man-made oil spills, NASA reports.

Deep Water Horizon Disaster

Following the Deepwater Horizon disaster in April 2010, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in May of the same year reported that NASA’s Aqua satellite had observed solar flare on the Gulf oil slick.

That’s according to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, which said NOAA’s May 18 update showed most of the oil spill was tens of kilometers from the loop current, as quoted by Phys.org.

The spill was captured by satellite imagery on May 17, producing visual data that would have helped maritime authorities contain the worst man-made oil spill in recorded history.

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Annabel Langbein’s Recipes: Skordalia, Grilled Greens with Feta and Freekeh, Roasted Cauliflower with Peas and Almonds

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Skordalia. Photo / Annabel Langbein Media

I was lucky enough to spend some time in Crete this year, staying with New Zealand friends who have a house in the hills near Chania, on the northwestern tip of the island.

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Greece: Passenger traffic increased by 9.4% at 14 regional airports in August, compared to 2019

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Passenger traffic at Greece’s 14 regional airports increased in August, marking a 9.4% increase compared to the same month of 2019 for both domestic and international flights.

“As an indication, only in Santorini we had the record performance with an increase of +39.8% this year in August compared to August 2019, in Aktion +22.9%, in Corfu airport +20 .2% and in Skiathos +18.4%”, also revealed the Minister of Tourism Vassilis Kikilias, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Tourism, Minister Kikilias referred to the latest Eurostat data for Greek airports in August, adding that a 5% increase was seen in commercial flights compared to August 2019.

“Greece follows with a positive sign (+ two percent) only in Luxembourg, while all other European countries show a negative sign”, he pointed out in this regard.

According to Kikilias, based on the data provided by Eurostat, it can be seen that from reservations and ticket purchases for the months of September and October, the tourist flow not only continues but also strengthens.

He also added that the tourist flow will be much more enhanced after the latest announcements made last Sunday by the Prime Minister, who spoke of the further support of the tourist product through the new co-advertising program of the EOT in cooperation with the round. operators and airlines.

In addition, Minister Kikilias underlined that the tourist flow is expected to increase due to the ambitious project that Greece has set in motion to attract northern Europeans, mainly pensioners during the months of November, December, February and March.

In addition, the Ministry of Tourism also mentioned the added value of the tourism product, reiterating that the figures so far from the Bank of Greece confirm the fact that this year’s income is expected to exceed 2019’s income.

In this regard, he said that this includes income that ends up directly in the budget of the average Greek family, in Greek small and medium-sized enterprises, Greek hoteliers, workers in professions directly or indirectly related to the tourism industry , primary production, and Greek farmers.

At the same time, he pointed out that these revenues bring investments, create new jobs, strengthen the Greek economy and allow the country to support Greek men and women.

North Island-Powell River MP Comments on Dental Plan Rollout

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Rachel Blaney is delighted that the program offers benefits for children under 12

North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney is pleased with the federal financial allocations that will be given to dental care and other Canadian government benefits.

According to a press release from Blaney, after years of fighting the Liberal government to recognize the high cost of living in Canada, the NDP is happy to provide dental care for children.

Blaney said that thanks to the efforts of New Democrats, families with children under 12 will receive up to $650 per year per child to pay for vital dental care. In addition, low-income families will receive an increase in their shelter allowance, and nearly 12 million Canadians will receive double the federal GST rebate over the next six months, Blaney added.

“Without the New Democrats, the Liberals were never going to move forward on dental care,” Blaney said. “I am frustrated that it has taken the government this long, but I am proud that the NDP is making gains for cash-strapped Canadians who need support.

In the past year, the Liberals and Conservatives have each voted twice against dental care, including a private member’s bill passed through the NDP, the statement said. The delay has prevented Canadians from getting the dental care they desperately need, the statement said, and despite rising costs, the Conservatives are not interested in the fights that bring help.

“I’ve had constituents tell me that their household budgets are stretched to the limit with the rising cost of living and the lack of affordable housing,” Blaney said. “That’s why New Democrats have urged the government to pass these measures that will put money back in your pockets and help you move forward.

As NDP Seniors Critic, Blaney has advocated for a comprehensive dental program that includes seniors, many of whom are on fixed incomes and don’t have dental care included in their benefits.

“We’ve been pushing for years for the government to address the affordability crisis,” Blaney said. “While these are steps in the right direction, I will not stop fighting until a comprehensive dental program that includes care for all Canadians is in place.

To let voters know if they and their families are eligible for any of these accessibility supports, they can contact Blaney’s office at 1.800.667.8404 or email [email protected]and they will be kept informed of the timing and deployment of these programs.

Canadian amputee Allison Lang wants you to live your best life

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Canadian amputee Allison Lang shared a motivational video on Instagram. (Photo via @allisonelang on Instagram)

Allison Lang is back with another motivational message.

Earlier this week, Canada’s amputee and disability advocate instagram post a video of herself sunbathing while on vacation in Corfu, Greece.

In the clip, Lang, who was born without the lower half of her left leg, stood on a stone path in the European country. Behind her, deep blue water lapped against the shore of a beach as bright sunshine and clear skies filled the background.

The athlete and speaker rocked a gray and white snakeskin swimsuit, a white blanket and a pair of oversized round sunglasses. She pulled her long brown hair out of her eyes as she smiled and twirled to show off her beachy look.

The video was accompanied by a motivational audio that said: “You are the director, creator and author of your story. You can literally do whatever you want. And it’s just for you to sit down and navigate where you want to go.”

In the legendLang asked his fans to reflect on their lives and their future.

“So where are you going? she wrote alongside the twinkling star emoji.

In the comments, fans praised the social media star for her inspirational post.

“I love it so much, it looks really beautiful,” commented a follower with a red heart emoji.

“You are the girl of my dreams!” share someone else.

“Such a great message, Allison! writing a fan.

Another follower simply used three emojis to express his thoughts: a bionic leg, a red heart, and bent arm symbols.

Canadian amputee Allison Lang encourages her supporters to love their bodies.  (Photo via @allisonelang on Instagram)

Canadian amputee Allison Lang encourages her supporters to love their bodies. (Photo via @allisonelang on Instagram)

Earlier this month, Lang spoke to Yahoo Canada about modeling, fitness and self-confidence.

At the end of the interview, the speaker shared her advice for women trying to love themselves and become more confident.

“We all have insecurities, whether we can see them or not. And I think if we really start to appreciate who we authentically are, we can learn not to judge ourselves so harshly,” Lang said after reflecting on his journey of self-love. . “My advice would be to connect with others who celebrate your differences instead of hiding them. Embrace the change. Accept the fact that there are people who love you for you, and no matter what you look like or what what you are capable of doing, trust that you have it in you to be strong and make a difference.”

“I think if we really start to appreciate who we authentically are, we can learn not to judge ourselves so harshly,” she concluded.

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Katikies Hotels showcases its award-winning restaurants through a new video campaign

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Greek hotel group Katikies Hotels has once again teamed up with travel content experts Beautiful Destinations for the launch of a video campaign, this time giving foodies around the world a glimpse of its award-winning restaurants and culinary projects in Santorini. .

Katikies is a superb collection of seven authentic Greek properties located on the islands of Mykonos and Santorini. The new video campaign follows the group’s collaboration with Beautiful Destinations in February for a series of videos showcasing the breathtaking locations and facilities of iconic Katikies hotels on the two popular Greek islands.

On the island of Santorini, Katikies Hotels Group consists of five luxury hotels, each with its own character and personality, and of course its own gourmet restaurant, promising to delight globe-trotting guests every time with their eye. . – captivating dishes, impressive settings, incredible views and impeccable services.

Curated by Michelin-starred chef Ettore Botrini and his talented team, all of Katikies’ restaurants provide top-notch culinary journeys for his guests and are frequently praised by local and international media, as well as the foodies from around the world who frequent them. . all season.

Through this new campaign, the restaurants of Katikies Hotels have become the creative “playground” for the talented Beautiful Destinations film and production team, giving the world a virtual tour of Katikies’ breathtaking dining venues.

Videos

Botrini Restaurant in the iconic Katikies Santorini:

Selene Restaurant in the imposing Katikies Garden:

Chroma Restaurant in the amazing Katikies Chromata:

Therasia restaurant in the graceful Katikies Kirini:



“And we promise you, nothing will be left to chance…the creative minds at Beautiful Destinations are poised to deliver the ultimate culinary journey to the world,” Katikies Hotels management said in a statement.

Beautiful Destinations is an award-winning, full-service creative technology agency that helps tourist boards and travel brands navigate the new world of travel by creating ‘social first’ content using smartphone, drone and mobile technology. 360 video.


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Harsens Island Fall Party to benefit Browne’s Field – The Voice

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The Harsens Island St. Clair Flats Association will host its seventh annual Campfire and BBQ on September 17.

The Fall Feast Bonfire and BBQ will be held at Browne’s Field and will include food, live music, a cash bar and bonfire. All proceeds will go to Browne’s Field Improvement Fund.

“The event originated in 2015 as a late summer pig roast/bonfire for our island residents to celebrate the close of another season of fun and relaxation on our beautiful island,” said HISCFA Treasurer Harold Stieber. “It was not intended to be a major fundraiser, but has since become a major source of funding for field improvements and restrooms at Browne’s Field, the designated venue for the evening.”

“Over the past few years the event has evolved from a pork roast to a BBQ with a fabulous pulled pork, chicken and brisket dinner prepared and served by our local island based BBQ ‘Better’ Brad’s “, he added. “In conjunction with the (Music in the Park – Island Style) series from the Clay Township Parks and Recreation Department, the event is now marketed to mainlanders, as well as island residents, and now features a concert live from Dude and the Abiders sponsored by another islander.

Dude and the Abiders will play from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There is no charge to enjoy live music.

BBQ dinner will be served at 7pm and there will be a cash bar for beer and White Claw. The cost is $25 per person and tickets are limited to 125.

Dinner will be provided by “Better” Brad’s Barbecue. (Courtesy of Harsens Island St. Clair Flats Association/Facebook)

“The only additional cost for a non-islander would be the $15 return ferry toll,” Stieber said. “We’ve always limited attendance to around 125 guests for dinner, but the concert is open to as many corps on the ground as possible.”

A bonfire will be provided for those wishing to stay after dinner and the concert and “sit back and relax in the evening air,” Stieber said.

“The greatest pleasure for our association is the opportunity to share our beautiful island with mainlanders who may never have come here to see what our island has to offer in terms of beauty and nature and, in this case, entertainment,” he said.

Dinner tickets are available at Sans Souci Market or the Waterfront Shoppe on the island. They’ll also be available at the event on the night of the party, but there’s no guarantee there will be tickets left as they sell out quickly, Stieber said.

For more information, visit hiscfa.org or facebook.com/hiscfa.

Highlights on Prince Philip – KTVZ

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Here is an overview of the life of Prince Philip of Great Britain, husband of Queen Elizabeth II.

Personal

Date of Birth: June 10, 1921

Date of death: April 09, 2021

Place of birth: Corfu, Greece

Birth name: Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark

Dad: Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark

Mother: Princess Alice of Battenberg

Wedding: Queen Elizabeth II (20 November 1947 – 09 April 2021, her death)

Children: Edward, Earl of Wessex (10 March 1964); Andrew, Duke of York (19 February 1960); Anne, Princess Royal (15 September 1950); King Charles III (November 14, 1948)

Military: British Royal Navy, 1939-1953

Other facts

Full Title: HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron of Greenwich, Knight of the Garter, Knight of the Thistle, Order of Merit, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire, Companion of the Order of Australia, Companion of the Order of the Queen’s Service, Privy Councillor.

His ancestry is not Greek by blood, but English, Russian, German/Prussian and Danish.

The youngest of five children and the only son.

Third cousin of his wife, the Queen, and like her, he is a great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria.

His interests were painting, environmental conservation, horses, flying and sailing. He has written books on birds, the environment, team driving and other subjects.

After getting his wings from the RAF in 1953, Philip logged over 5,900 hours in 59 different aircraft types over the next 44 years.

Chronology

1922 – The overthrow of his brother, King Constantine I of Greece, forces Prince Andrew, Princess Alice and their five children to leave Greece and settle in Paris.

1930 – After his parents separated in 1930, Philip was sent to England and raised there by his maternal grandmother and uncle.

1940 – Served as a midshipman, his first posting, on HMS Ramillies of the Mediterranean Fleet.

1942 – Becomes a second lieutenant in the British Royal Navy.

July 1942 – Was promoted to first lieutenant and senior officer aboard HMS Wallace, a destroyer, and participated in the Allied landings in Sicily during The Second World War.

February 1947 – Becomes a naturalized British citizen and commoner, using the surname Mountbatten, an English translation of his mother’s maiden name. Before taking the oath of British citizenship, being sixth in line to the Greek throne, he renounced all claims to titles in Greece and Denmark.

July 10, 1947 – King George VI and Queen Elizabeth announce Elizabeth’s engagement to Philip.

November 19, 1947 – Invested as a Knight of the Order of the Garter and given the titles of Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich.

November 20, 1947 – Married Princess Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey. His name changes from Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten to His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

1948 – Is appointed personal aide-de-camp to his father-in-law, King George VI.

1950 – Is promoted to lieutenant commander.

June 1952 – Is promoted to commander, but his naval career ended with the death of King George VI and his wife’s accession to the throne on 6 February.

1953 – Was appointed Admiral of the Fleet, Marshal of the Army and Marshal of the Royal Air Force. Is appointed presumptive regent by an act of parliament. In the event of the Queen’s death or incapacitation, Philip would reign as Prince Charles’ regent.

1956 – Launch it Duke of Edinburgh Award, which rewards children for their achievements in personal development and community involvement.

1956-1970 – He is President of the Royal Yachting Association.

1957 – By decree of the Queen, is “granted the titular style and dignity of a Prince of the United Kingdom”. He is invested as Grand Master and First or Principal Knight of the Order of the British Empire. This decree restores his birth title of prince.

1961-1981 – First Chairman of the World Wildlife Fund – United Kingdom.

1964-1986 – President of the International Equestrian Federation.

June 1968 Receives the Queen’s Order of Merit, an honor awarded to those who “have achieved great achievements in the arts, learning, literature and science”, and is limited to 24 members.

1975-1980 He is President of the Royal Yachting Association for the second time.

1981-1996 He is president of the World Wildlife Fund International.

1996-present – Chairman Emeritus of the World Wildlife Fund.

April 9, 2005 – Philip and the Queen are the only senior members of the Royal Family who are not dating Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles civil marriage ceremony. They attend the dedication service.

November 10, 2005 – His 58th wedding anniversary makes him the oldest british wife, surviving King George III’s wife, Queen Charlotte.

October 23, 2006 – Inspects British forces in the south Iraq.

May 3-8, 2007 – Philip and the Queen visit the United States for the 400th anniversary of the first British settlement at Jamestown in 1607. They are attending the kentucky derby on May 5 and a State Dinner at the White House on May 7.

April 1, 2009 – With the queen, meeting US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at Buckingham Palace.

June 10, 2011 – His 90th birthday makes him the oldest royal consort.

December 23-27, 2011 Undergoing treatment for a blocked coronary artery at Papworth Hospital.

June 4-9, 2012 – Is hospitalized with a bladder infection at King Edward VII Hospital in London. It is missing part of the Jubilee celebrations commemorating the Queen’s 60th anniversary on the throne.

August 15-20, 2012 – Is being treated at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for a bladder infection.

June 7-17, 2013 – Is a patient at the London clinic, admitted for abdominal pain, he underwent exploratory surgery the following day and was discharged after recovery.

January 26, 2015 – Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott bestows that nation’s highest honor, Knight of the Order of Australia, to Philip for his life of service throughout the Queen’s reign.

May 4, 2017 – Buckingham Palace announces that Philip will leave public life after August 2017.

August 2, 2017 – Attends a parade of Royal Marines at Buckingham Palace, performing the last of his thousands of public appearances before retiring from public life.

April 3, 2018 – Philip is admitted to a London hospital for planned hip surgery.

January 17, 2019 – Is involved in a traffic accident when his car collides with another vehicle carrying two women, aged 28 and 45, and a nine-month-old baby boy. In a statement the following day, a spokesman said the Duke of Edinburgh had undergone a ‘precautionary check’ on the advice of a doctor who confirmed Philip ‘had no injuries of concern’. It is later announced that he will not face any charges for the accident.

February 9, 2019 – Buckingham Palace announcement that Philip surrendered his driver’s license following his traffic accident in January which injured a female driver.

December 20, 2019 – Philippe is admitted to the hospital on a “pre-existing” condition, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace. He left the hospital on December 24.

April 20, 2020 – Philip makes a rare public statement thanking those working across the UK to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

February 16, 2021 – Philip is taken to a London hospital after feeling unwell, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace. On March 3, he undergoes medical intervention for heart disease.

March 16, 2021 – Philip leaves King Edward VII Hospital where he was recovering and return to Windsor Castle, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace.

April 9, 2021 – Died at the age of 99.

September 8, 2022 – Queen Elizabeth II dies and Charles ascends the throne.

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10 Croatian islands to visit for your next vacation

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The Greek islands get all the attention from international tourists, but they can get crowded, especially during high season. Why not spend time in the Adriatic Sea on the charming and picturesque islands of Croatia instead? Located off mainland Croatia on the Adriatic Sea, many of these islands are seriously underrated and ready to welcome travelers with open arms. These are 10 of the best Croatian islands to explore for a relaxing getaway in Europe.



ten Hvar

Hvar is the most popular Croatian island and has become a resort town. This means that it has the necessary infrastructure to support tourism and meet the needs and interests of international visitors. The island has a magnificent Spanish fortress on the top of a hill to explore, a baroque cathedral and many idyllic beaches. Travelers can visit the Franciscan Monastery or simply wander the historic streets of the picturesque town of Hvar.

9 brac

Brač is the perfect island paradise for travelers who want to relax on the beach rather than soak up Croatian cultural heritage. This island destination on the Adriatic Sea has two main towns where travelers can choose to stay, Supetar and Bol. Supetar is the largest town and is where the ferry arrives from Split, so for convenience this is the perfect place to book accommodation. While in Brač, travelers should spend a day at Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn Beach) and watch the sunset or sunrise from Vidova Gora, the iconic rocky viewpoint.


8 Screw

Vis is a Croatian island off the Dalmatian coast that has retained its ancient city walls and traditional public bath. It is the furthest inhabited Croatian island from the mainland and remains one of the best preserved in terms of natural flora, fauna and fauna. While it was once mainly supported by its fishing industry, Vis now depends mainly on agriculture and tourism to support its economy.

seven Rab

Rab is an island in the Adriatic Sea with an old town of the same name. The city remains surrounded by ancient walls and the island has 30 sandy beaches where travelers can relax. The island is 22 km long and 11 km wide, stretching from northwest to southeast. Nicknamed the Happy Island, Rab sits in the Kvarner Gulf and enjoys around 2,600 hours of sunshine per year.


6 Mljet

Mljet is the ideal Croatian destination for nature lovers. This island is considered the greenest in Croatia and the most beautiful. Mljet is home to the Mljet National Park, which visitors can access from the small villages of Pomena and Polače. There is no official entrance to the park, but it takes about 40 minutes on foot from Polače and 20 minutes from Pomena. Admission to the park can be purchased at kiosks in either city.

There is only one hotel on the island, Hotel Odisej. However, there are many other accommodation options available to travelers in the form of private rooms and bed and breakfasts.


5 Korcula

Korčula is the ideal island to visit in Croatia for travelers who appreciate fine wines and magnificent sea views. The island is located off the Dalmatian coast and has pristine beaches and a historic old town, without the host of more popular islands like Hvar. Take a wine tour during your visit or simply sample some of the island’s best wines at wineries like Vitis Winery or Grošić Winery.

Related: What to see and do on the island of Korcula in Croatia

4 Page

Pag is a Croatian island with a unique moon rock landscape. It’s quite barren, especially in contrast to the greenery of Mljet. As one of Croatia’s largest islands, Pag is well worth exploring, and while visitors come for the scenic views, they stay for the parties. Pag has a party scene comparable to Ibiza or Mykonos, so it’s a great place for solo backpackers to connect with like-minded travellers.


3 Krk

Krk is located in the Gulf of Kvarner and is one of the most sought-after Croatian islands by travelers. It has an old town of the same name and is home to the 5th century Krk Cathedral. Old Town Krk features the same charming architecture as iconic Dubrovnik with fewer tourists. Travelers looking to reach Krk from other islands or Split can use the Jadrolinija ferry service.

2 Losinj

This beautiful Croatian island has superb lush vegetation and offers an impressive view of the turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea. The main town on the island is called Mali Lošinj and has a large port area. The island’s slogan is “The Island of Vitality” and offers a chance to see incredible marine wildlife in the Lošinj Historical Underwater Park or on a dolphin-watching excursion. Travelers interested in culture, history and architecture can visit the Apoxyomenos Museum, the Fritzi Gallery or the Blue World Institute.

Related: 10 Epic Day Trips You Can Do From Split, Croatia

1 Susak

Susak is a small Croatian island located just west of Lošinj. The island’s permanent population is less than 200 people, and although it is a vibrant summer destination, the island is quiet throughout the winter months. Susak is unlike any other island in Croatia; a dialect spoken here is so different from Croatian that people from the mainland may not understand it. People wear traditional folk costumes and the terrain of the island is entirely sandy.

Corfu: The traditional Galaktoboureko that no one can resist

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CORFU – It’s just “a pinch” of space – it does not exceed, with its two small surfaces, even ten square meters. And it is “hidden” in a small part of the old town – in Pinia – but it managed to please kings, country presidents, prime ministers, Greek party leaders, magnates, as well as all tourists who may not know it. of its long history. They have heard of its unique flavors, however, tastes that take them back to other times – grandma’s days.

This is the reason for the existence of a small artisanal dairy which began its history at the beginning of the 20th century.

“It was Onassis’ favourite. From there he used to get butter for Jackie to eat for breakfast,” some Corfu residents told ANA-MPA, while Kostas Alexis, the shop owner, will say that “he was also the favorite of the Greek statesman, Konstantinos”. Karamanlis and so many others…”

“I remember I was a little boy. Karamanlis used to come to Corfu almost every Easter. Dad knew that and made him yoghurt in a clay pot. That’s how he wanted it. He would make enough for him. him and bring it to the hotel. It happened every year when he came,” Alexis recalls wistfully, although, as he admits, the client he will never forget is the president of the Russian Federation, Boris Yeltsin.

“I can’t forget how big he was, even though I was on the step – he was even bigger. Memories of this man stay with me. He was very tall. He ate the rizogalo and he was delighted,” Alexis said.

The traditional and famous small dairy of Corfu started its activities in 1926.

“At first it was my grandfather who ran it as a fruit store, but very soon my father turned it into a dairy. We also had our own animals at the time, so it was the best decision,” he said. “A traditional dairy – as it still operates today – without having changed anything, not even its recipes,” he added.

Alexis won’t reveal the secrets of fluffy, baked and richly creamy galaktoboureko, creams, rizogalo, homemade yogurt and pale yellow cow butter. He will only inform that “my father learned the art from a very good craftsman of the time and it continues today, literally”, by always betting, he underlines, on organic products, because his family still maintains a small unit of cows that produce the fresh milk he uses, the basic ingredient of his sweets.

“We raise around 25 cows, so all products are owned and controlled by us. The company is a family business, but we also have five other employees who help us. The work is hard, but it is also very pleasant.

His supporters in his “battles”, as he puts it, are his wife and three sons. The youngest, 25-year-old Panagiotis, after completing his studies at the Department of Economics of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, decided to continue his studies at the dairy school in Ioannina. What prompted him to do so was that “tradition, to continue to exist, needs science”, as he says.

“Tradition goes hand in hand with science. Everyone must be the best in their field and understand what they are doing,” says Panagiotis, who feels particularly happy to have been following his grandfather’s profession for the fourth generation now.

The shop has not been modernized in its appearance, despite the passage of time. It retains its identity as it was nearly 100 years ago. There are two or three small iron tables outside of the same number in the small interior. The place smells of cinnamon and other sweet scents.

This small dairy in Corfu has been the subject of cultural tributes, and numerous television programs in Europe, but also in Asia.

On its walls are “pinned” many memorabilia: fantastic articles in world famous magazines, photos of presidents, prime ministers, ministers, party leaders, famous artists. Everyone seems happy – after all, they’ve just tasted the purest, most special treats that have rekindled their own childhood memories and ‘sweetened’ their moods.

Low prices appeal to luxury home buyers

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The low prices of the Greek property market, compared to other countries in the wider Mediterranean region, are proving attractive to foreign buyers of luxury homes, according to a report by the real estate services company Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, which presents the insights from market leaders from Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the UK.

He said the Greek real estate market is still among the top choices for foreign investors, especially American buyers, mainly thanks to low real estate prices.

Other important lures include both the Golden Visa program, which provides for a minimum investment ceiling of 250,000 euros, and the suspension of VAT on the purchase of a newly built residence, which particularly favors foreign buyers. but also the Greeks already owners. The corresponding suspension is valid until the end of 2022; however, the market expected the said measure to be extended at least until the end of 2024.

Kyriakos Xydis, managing partner of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Athens Properties’ Greek office, said buyers are focusing on popular tourist destinations such as the Cyclades, Crete and Corfu.

‘Boarding refused by easyJet because there was less than six months on my passport’ | Travel

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✉ We were to fly to Turkey with easyJet, so we checked in online and printed our boarding passes. When we arrived at the gate, we were denied boarding because my passport was five days less than the six month validity required to enter Turkey, but we had given the expiry dates of our passports with the rest of our contact details. We are retirees and can ill afford this loss, and easyJet won’t even give us credit for the flight home. I understand that it is my responsibility to have a valid passport, but the airline has issued the boarding pass. Can you help ?
Miles Bennet

It has already been difficult enough to hold airlines accountable when they mistakenly deny boarding to passengers whose passports are valid; there’s absolutely no way they’ll offer a refund to those who don’t meet a requirement. On its booking page, easyJet explains that it is the passenger’s responsibility to ensure the validity of the passport. I hope highlighting your experience will encourage others to double-check these details well in advance of travel.

✉ For a trip to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary in July, we booked a beautiful houseboat on a canal in Amsterdam via Vrbo. On our arrival, a note pinned on the door asks us to call France, then we are told that the owner of the boat “had an accident” and is hospitalized. I called Vrbo, but it was almost 5 p.m. and his number was busy. While I was waiting we decided to waste no more time and booked another place to stay. When we finally managed to contact Vrbo, we were told that the owner had just canceled the reservation, two hours after it had started. The company’s promise to help us find accommodation in an emergency was worthless as it had taken a long time to find an agent. Although we got our money back, the hotel we booked was over £500 more expensive than the boat. Can you help me get this refund?
Keith Saunders

Vrbo said that because the host canceled your reservation, you were eligible to rebook under their Book with Confidence guarantee. But there was no point if you couldn’t reach his call center. Fortunately, after my involvement, he recognized that the situation was stressful for you and your wife, contacted you to apologize and, as a gesture of goodwill, offered to refund you £512 – the difference between the canceled booking and the cost of your hotel.

✉ We would like to do a Greek island hopping cruise in the first two weeks of June. I had intended to travel with Riviera, but they are not offering this route next year. Can you suggest an alternative?
David White

The four-masted tall ship Star Flyer sets sail from Athens on June 10, with stops at Patmos, Amorgos, Mykonos and Spetses, and Kusadasi in Turkey (for the archaeological wonders of Ephesus). It starts at £1,630 per person (starclippers.co.uk; fly to athens).

If life on a traditional 12-cabin wooden-hulled motor sailer appeals to you, a fantastic seven-night Ionian Island cruise from Corfu visits Meganissi, Lefkas, Parga and Paxos. It starts at £991 half-board, plus £44 postage (seafarercruises.com; fly to Corfu).

If you prefer the big ship vibe, NCL’s seven-night ride from Athens around the Greek Isles on Norwegian Jade on June 11 includes Santorini, Mykonos and Rhodes, and starts at £1,640 pp for a cabin domestic, flights included (ncl.com).

The famous sign of the Las Vegas Strip

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✉ I am planning to travel to California in July for two to three weeks with my wife and children, ages 18 and 16. We plan to fly to Los Angeles or San Francisco and visit Yosemite, the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas. Can you give me an idea of ​​the cost and how to book this trip?
Richard Crane

The easiest way to organize this epic road trip is through a specialist tour operator. American Sky, for example, can create bespoke itineraries and suggests you start with four nights of relaxation in Santa Monica, then head to Palm Springs, Flagstaff, Las Vegas, Mammoth Lakes (for Yosemite) and San Francisco, with two nights in each . You’ll stay at swanky hotels along the way, including the beachfront Viceroy Santa Monica, with its poolside cabanas, and Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Fourteen nights room only next July starts at £2,149 pp including flights and SUV hire (americansky.co.uk).

The American Road Trip Company could put together a similar bespoke itinerary: Its 14-night Cali and Vegas coast trip begins in San Francisco and includes 17 miles of the Monterey Peninsula, Pacific Coast Highway, Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Park. It would cost around £2,700 per person, including flights and SUV hire (theamericanroadtrip company.co.uk). You can extend the trip to three weeks, but inflation and the exchange rate mean the US is now expensive, especially in tourist honeypots, and you might find two weeks is enough.

✉ When I made a reservation for a trip in January with Jet2holidays, the transfer arrangements to the resort seemed to have changed. Previously, if you didn’t need a regular station transfer – from which disabled people with mobility scooters are banned – you received a discount of around £40. Alternatively, upon production of a letter from your GP confirming your disability, Jet2 will provide an appropriate transfer. However, now it appears that they do not allow us to use the coach transfer or provide a suitable transfer. Therefore, we pay for a package trip in which we will be left at the destination airport to find our own way to the accommodation. Surely that can’t be true?
Margaret Chatterton

You say a Jet2 adviser told you it was no longer possible to arrange a suitable transfer, but Jet2 insists its policy for those requiring special assistance has not changed, although it now requires customers to complete an online form rather than emailing or calling the customer. services, and indicates that the forms are processed in the order of departure dates. Customers can book suitable transfers at no additional cost and seats are allocated free of charge near the front of the aircraft. “Although Ms Chatterton had not heard from us when she contacted The temperature, we can confirm that we have been in touch with her and are happy to say that everything has been fully arranged for her and her husband,” he said. “We look forward to welcoming them back with us and wish them both happy holidays.”

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Apple Stock: Perfectly Prepared for Christmas Shopping (AAPL)

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Wednesday, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) held its main product launch of 2022, the Distant Event. As it happens, Apple unveiled a number of new products, including:

  • An extreme sports watch (the Apple Watch Ultra).

  • The iPhone 14.

  • Some incremental AirPods upgrades.

The base iPhone 14 was a pretty incremental improvement over the iPhone 13, but the 14 Pro came with a genuinely new feature:

Dynamic Island.

Dynamic Island is a pill-shaped camera cutout that integrates with the iPhone UI, so the cutout becomes a UI feature rather than an empty one real estate screen. Compared to the previous notch, this feature seems like a big improvement. Apple has long been criticized for using notches when other manufacturers have moved to smaller, pill-shaped cutouts. Dynamic Island responds to those criticisms, and then to some. Not only is the camera now smaller, but it actually turns into a usable display that can show volume controls, incoming calls, directions, and more. As you can see in the image below, the camera stops being visible when any of these UI features are enabled.

dynamic island

dynamic island (Apple)

Dynamic Island was well received by critics in their first impressions videos. Marques Brownlee, for example, mentioned in a September 8 video that he found useful and friendly’. Although internet commentators made jokes about the feature’s name, tech reviewers who tried it out after the event found it a pleasure to use.

Dynamic Island could be a real catalyst for Apple stock. Apple has received a lot of praise lately for its success with M-series chips and services, but suffers from a perception that its pace of innovation has slowed. With the iPhone 14 Pro, Apple has taken a major step forward in UI/UX design, adapting its camera in a way that is not only intrusive, but actually a usability improvement. For this and a few other reasons, I upgraded my Apple rating to Strong Buy. Last time I covered it, I rated Apple as a buy, but not a strong buy, as I found it a little pricey. AAPL is much cheaper today than it was when I last covered it, and if the new features announced yesterday take off, they could collectively serve as a catalyst that drives strong revenue growth.

Recent successes of Apple products

Apple has had great success with products in recent years. Many of the company’s new launches have been wins, including some notable ones:

  • The AirPods line, which more income than many entire NASDAQ companies.

  • M-series chips, which improved the performance of Macs and iPads.

  • The Apple Watch, which quickly became the #1 smart watch in the world.

These are all successful products. However, these were not Steve Jobs-caliber innovations. The Apple Watch would probably be the closest thing Tim Cook has had to a Steve Jobs-era launch: it quickly swept most competitors under the rug after its launch. Other than that, however, we didn’t see much.

Dynamic Island is the biggest UI innovation on an iPhone since Face ID. It takes the cutout camera and uses it as the center of a black screen widget that displays useful information to the user. You can expand or collapse it by touching it and use it to control music and other similar functions. It’s an approach no other smartphone company has taken before, and it could make the iPhone 14 Pro the go-to phone this holiday season.

Perfectly prepared for Christmas shopping

You might be wondering why I spent so much time on a UI feature given that this is a stock analysis article rather than a product review. The answer has to do with the upcoming holiday season. The Christmas shopping season is fast approaching and number of Gen Z members owning iPhones is on the rise. According to Piper Sandler, 88% of Gen Zers (i.e. teenagers) want an iPhone for their next phone. New features such as Dynamic Island and satellite connectivity add in case they need to get one. The Far Out event didn’t contain any real game changers that would turn Android users into Apple users, but it might have been enough to make the iPhone 14 Pro the go-to Christmas gift. This gives reason to believe that Apple will meet or exceed expectations in the next two earnings releases (at least on the top line).

Apple’s finances

Speaking of revenue, now is the time to take a look at Apple’s finances. Apple is a very profitable company with decent historical growth. However, its last quarter saw only 2% revenue growth and -7.7% profit growth. We’ll need to see some acceleration from there for Apple’s stock to really start moving.

In his most recent quarterApple delivered:

  • $83 billion in revenue, up 2%.

  • $23 billion in operating profit, down 4.3%.

  • $19.4 billion in net profit, down 10.5%.

  • Diluted EPS of $1.20, down 7.7%.

It was a pretty good quarter. Obviously, the growth has been pretty slow, but that’s what you’d expect of a tech company during a period of economic contraction. Not only has the economy contracted this year, but Apple hasn’t made many big launches before the second quarter release. The biggest was the Mac Studio, a high-powered computer for creatives – it was popular with its user base but was not a mainstream device. We therefore expect Apple’s sales to have slowed in the second quarter.

We could potentially see them accelerate in the third quarter. The iPhone 14 features the biggest iPhone upgrades in years (Dynamic Island and Satellite), so we could see plenty of orders coming in. Potentially enough to boost revenue growth by a percent or two.

Then we can look at Apple’s balance sheet. This is one of the weak points of the title: Apple is much more indebted than Alphabet (GOOG) (GOOGL) or Metaplatforms (META), but it’s not in bad shape. Key balance sheet measures include:

  • $336 billion in assets.

  • $278 billion in liabilities.

  • $58 billion in book value.

  • $112 billion in current assets.

  • $129 billion in current liabilities.

  • $119.6 billion in debt.

To be quite frank, that’s not the best track record of big tech. Apple has a current ratio of 0.86 and a debt to equity ratio of 2. Normally we want to see a current ratio above one and a debt to equity ratio below one. Google and Meta have achieved both, so these are not unrealistic goals. On the positive side, Apple’s low book value (relatively speaking) means it has a very high return on equity of 33.4%, higher than Meta and Google. Still, the company seems more likely to have liquidity issues than its peers.

Evaluation

After looking at Apple’s financials, our final step is to look at its valuation. Below is a selection of valuation multiples that Seeking Alpha Quant has on file for AAPL:

Apple valuation multiples

Apple valuation multiples (alpha quant research)

As you can see, they are relatively high, but not stratospheric. The earnings multiple is lower than that of Microsoft (MSFT) and Amazon (AMZN), as was the cash flow multiple (21.2). On the other hand, most of the multipliers above are higher than for Google or Meta. Apple is therefore in the middle of the “FAANG” pack for valuation based on multiples.

To arrive at an accurate price target for Apple, we can do a discounted cash flow analysis on it. In a previous article, I arrived at a range of price targets ranging from $90 to $290 depending on the discount rate used. Since this article was written, the yield on 10-year Treasury bills has risen from 2.88% to 3.32%. Plugging this discount rate into my previous model and leaving everything else unchanged, I get a high-end intrinsic value estimate of $249. My low estimate of $90 doesn’t change because it uses Apple’s weighted average cost of capital instead of the Treasury yield.

Overall, the rise in Treasury yields has narrowed the range of value estimates provided by my old Apple model. However, this model assumed an annual growth of only 5%. Today, with the launch of Apple’s new iPhone, we have a catalyst in the picture that could accelerate growth. I think the growth acceleration has a bigger impact than a modest increase in treasury yields, and Apple’s stock price has fallen, so I’m moving AAPL from “buy” to “buy” strong “.

A big risk to watch out for

As we have seen in this article, Apple is a relatively expensive stock, but a very profitable company, with an economic moat. Overall, my analysis favors an investment in Apple. However, there is one big risk that investors will want to watch out for:

Ongoing macroeconomic weakness that affects the consumer. Apple is the most consumer-focused of all the big tech giants. Unlike Microsoft, Google, and Amazon, it doesn’t have a large cloud division that sells to enterprises. It sells computers to schools and creative businesses (eg advertising agencies), but these businesses account for a small percentage of Apple’s revenue. If we were to enter an environment of high unemployment, Apple sales would likely suffer. There is a perception that Apple customers are wealthy and can continue to buy technology during recessions. This would explain Apple sales increase during the 2008 recession, but today 87% of Gen Z are iPhone users. That many young Americans can’t be rich because they make up an overwhelming majority of their age cohort. So this time around, we might see Apple taking a hit.

The essential

The bottom line about Apple is that it’s a highly profitable tech company with an economic moat and modest but respectable growth. All in all, it’s a worthy tech name. Certainly, it is exposed to risks due to the fragile economic environment in which we find ourselves. But for long-term investors, these are risks worth taking.

Australian government says photos of engineer being held in Iraqi prison raise ‘serious health concerns’

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NEW DELHI: Deep inequality remains a pressing problem across India, experts said this week, even as the former British colony overtook the UK to become the world’s fifth-largest economy.

India’s gross domestic product overtook Britain in the final three months of 2021 and extended its lead into the first quarter of this year, according to a Bloomberg report citing GDP figures from the International Monetary Fund. The size of India’s economy was $854.7 billion in March this year, compared to $816 billion in the UK, Bloomberg said.

The South Asian nation is also on track to leapfrog to become the third largest economy by 2029, the State Bank of India said in a report. India was ranked 11th among the largest economies just a decade ago, while the UK was fifth.

But other economic indicators, such as access to education and medical care, are still well below the norm for a developed economy, experts said, with inequality a persistent problem across the country. India.

“India is a deeply unequal society and becoming the fifth largest economy in the world is not a meaningful measure of public welfare,” Professor Sanjay Srivastva of the Delhi-based economic think tank Institute told Arab News. of Economic Growth.

“In India, total growth might have only led to greater inequality.”

Tens of millions of people have been pushed into poverty during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has also seen India’s economy shrink by 6.6% in 2020-21, roughly double that of the economy. world. The unemployment rate stood at 8.5% in August, according to data from the Center for Monitoring Indian Economy.

“What India is celebrating is the fact that Britain was our colonizer and now India’s GDP has overtaken Britain,” human development economist Santosh told Arab News. Kumar Mehrotra from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.

“Look at the Human Development Index: India is 131 in the world. On per capita income, India’s ranking is 128. So I don’t know what to be proud of,” Mehrotra added.

Delhi-based economist and author Professor Arun Kumar has warned there could be inaccuracies in the government figures, from which the IMF compiled its data.

“If the government data is incorrect, then the IMF analysis will also be incorrect,” Kumar said.

“Overtaking the British economy does not mean that India has become prosperous,” he added.

“Ours may be the fifth largest economy, but you have to question the GDP and the comparison in terms of income per capita, in terms of prosperity between the two countries.”

India’s per capita income of around $2,300 is also significantly lower than the UK’s of $47,000, according to 2021 data from the World Bank.

India’s becoming the fifth-largest economy is the country’s “first step towards achieving more GDP and income,” Professor NR Bhanumurthy of the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy told Arab News. , an autonomous research institute under the Indian Ministry of Finance.

Although this achievement is “a cause for celebration”, Bhanumurthy said GDP is only an economic indicator, adding that there are other aspects of economy and society on which India ” really have to focus.”

Economist Rajiv Kumar, former vice chairman of state-funded public policy think tank Niti Aayog, also said India still has a long way to go despite the country’s latest achievement.

“There was a time when India’s share of global GDP was greater than its share of population. Right now, we represent 16% of the world’s population and less than 4% of the world’s GDP,” he said.

“It’s time to congratulate us,” Kumar said. “But we have a long way to go and we have to keep working harder.”

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“Air bridge” for German tourists

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Germany’s high demand for trips to Greece, together with the severity of the energy crisis and the low winter temperatures in Northern Europe are creating the conditions for the formation of an “air bridge” between the two countries in the months to come: The plan foresees Greek hotels catering to northern Europeans, mainly retirees, motivated by much lower heating costs, thanks to the milder climate, and the lower cost of living in general.

The initiative began to take shape this week when Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias visited Berlin. The major airlines and tourist organizations are evaluating the increase in the number of seats and airline beds available respectively.

Senior executives from airline groups Lufthansa and Condor and tour operators Der Touristik and TUI met with the Greek minister on Monday to discuss the plans. The Greek initiative is expected to be backed by a package of incentives to be announced by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis this weekend at the Thessaloniki International Fair.

The common point was that the extension of the tourist season can be implemented both in large urban centers (Athens, Thessaloniki) and popular holiday islands (Rhodes, Crete, Corfu, Kos). The Greek side wants airlines to boost their winter flight schedule as well. This is possible because tour operators can offer accommodation packages as long as the operation of hotel units and restaurants can be ensured and the Greek National Tourism Organization is campaigning to attract European retirees.

Kikilias first met with Lufthansa Group Vice President and Head of International Business Relations Kay Lindemann and Eurowings Head of Public Affairs Vladimir von Schnurbein. Both carriers plan to increase their flights for the winter and next summer.

Vassilis Kikilias also met with Soren Hartmann, CEO of Der Touristik, who will contact airlines for optimal flight planning.

The German airline Condor was particularly interested in the Greek projects during a working lunch with Kikilias and will extend its flights until the end of November. A meeting on the same subject also took place with the head of TUI AG, Sebastian Ebel, and his team.

Why Greece is escalating tensions with Turkey

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Experts believe Greece’s growing violations of Turkish airspace are part of a Western-sponsored agenda to accuse Turkey of pursuing an independent foreign policy.

While Turkey and Greece are both NATO allies, they have had a series of differences over the Cyprus dispute, the status of the Aegean islands as well as the recently discovered rich gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean.

The two states also fought a bloody war a century ago, when Greece suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Turkish forces. Since then, on different occasions, the two states have come close to clashing on several occasions.

More recently, bilateral tensions erupted when Greece dangerously deployed a military tactic of repeatedly locking down Turkish fighter jets in international waters. In the first eight months of this year, Greece violated Turkey’s airspace and territorial waters 1,123 times, according to Turkey’s National Defense Ministry.

But why would a state much smaller than Turkey resort to reckless methods?

Abdullah Agar, a Turkish security analyst, believes that Greece is acting on behalf of a Western political agenda to block Ankara’s independent political path in the Eastern Mediterranean region and other hinterland regions. geopolitical country of the country.

“I don’t think this problem is just related to Athens. In the last century, Greece was used by Western powers to deepen a geopolitical death,” says Agar. World TRT, referring to the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, which the Greeks attempted to exploit to gain more territory across present-day Türkiye. But under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the Turkish War of Independence (1919-1922) put an end to Greek dreams for good.

“In the 21st century, this time the Greeks are being used to prevent or delay a geopolitical birth,” says Agar, referring to the reinvigorated rise of the Türkiye in the volatile Eastern Mediterranean regions of the Middle East under Recep’s leadership. Tayyip Erdogan.

The Turkish drillship Yavuz is escorted by the Turkish Navy frigate TCG Gemlik (F-492) in the eastern Mediterranean Sea off the island of Cyprus on August 6, 2019. (Reuters)

Western political agenda

Such macho posturing has increasingly exposed Greece’s inability to act responsibly towards its neighbour, according to Agar. “Greece was used by them (Western powers) as a proxy state against Turkey,” he says.

Last month, as Greece brazenly used the Russian S-300 air defense system by locking in on Turkish warplanes, Ankara-Athens relations hit a new low.

Greece activated Russian-made S-300 systems at a time when Turkish jets accompanied a flight of US B-52 bombers near Crete, a Greek island in the Mediterranean, according to Ankara.

Following the incident, Türkiye forwarded his complaints to Brussels, where the NATO command is located. But NATO and the alliance’s leading force, the United States, have yet to issue a statement condemning Greece’s use of the Russian air defense system against an ally during the joint reconnaissance mission of the covenant.

While the United States has been harshly critical of Türkiye’s purchase of S-400s, its silence is particularly notable in the face of recent incidents.

“While Greek S-300s are excluded from the CAATSA (Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act), the application of these sanctions to S400s in Turkey is in fact a double standard of the United States,” says Ulas Pehlivan, military analyst and former Turkish army officer.

“It means discrimination against Turkey,” Pehlivan said. TRT World. CAATSA is a US law targeting countries like North Korea, Russia and Iran.

Beyond the S-400 issue, Turkey has also had disagreements with the West over other issues, including the US invasion of Iraq, during which Ankara denied US troops any space. on its territory that could have been used to attack the Middle Eastern state in 2003, according to Agar.

The analyst believes that tensions have continued on different fronts, from the unjust membership of the Greek administration in southern Cyprus in the EU, excluding Turkish Cypriots from the north, to Western support for northern Syria. YPG, an offshoot of the PKK terrorist group. who waged a decades-long campaign of terror against Turkey.

Agar also strongly believes there is a direct link between Greek aggression and Türkiye’s efforts to access gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean, where Ankara has disagreements with the West.

How can Turkey respond?

All of this has produced a Turkish “backlash and mistrust” against the West in Ankara, Agar says, pushing Türkiye to develop a partnership with Russia to resolve the Syrian conflict. “From this perspective, Greece, seeing the differences between Ankara and the West, wanted to be used by the Western bloc against Turkey in exchange for gain.”

“They calculate that because they are under Western protection, Turkey will not respond to Greek provocations,” says Agar, referring to current political thinking in Athens. But in a recent speech, in Samsun, a city on the Black Sea, where the Turkish war of independence against Greece began in 1919, Erdogan spoke out directly and forcefully against Greek aggression.

“When the time comes, we will do what is necessary. As we say, we might suddenly drop a night,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, using a line from a popular Turkish song about how the Turkish response might be to Greece’s provocative actions against Ankara.

“Look at history, if you go any further, the price will be heavy,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, referring to a number of military defeats that Greece and its predecessor states suffered at the hands of Turkish forces over the last millennium.

Erdogan’s speech came at a technology festival, Technofest, which showcased Ankara’s Bayraktar drones, a product that has proven itself in different battlefields, from Azerbaijan to Libya.

At Technofest, Türkiye unveiled its first unmanned warplane, Kizilelma (Red Apple), a name inspired by a Turkish mythological metaphor to follow a goal that keeps moving forward as you go. approach it.

“Given that Greece is forming a coalition of the willing in the region against Turkey in order to expand its interests regardless of Turkey’s national security concerns, it’s a huge gamble,” says Mehmet Emin Koc, Colonel at retired Turkish special forces and a security analyst.

“The Greeks should avoid this gamble in the name of sensible bilateral efforts to contain the lingering tension between the two countries,” Koc said. TRT World.

Source: World TRT

Mallorca struggles to compete on price with major destinations

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In the UK and most of Northern Europe, it will be a very hard winter with everyone watching their national budgets to meet increased energy bills which can mean that holidays in 2023 will not be at the top of the priority listnot to mention last-minute holidays to the tastes of Majorca this winter.

The price will go up more than ever and the Balearics must watch their prices because competing destinations give the islands are run for their moneyaccording to the latest report from the Post Office.

Turkey and Bulgaria emerge as best value for money in this year’s price survey for meals, drinks and other essential tourism products in 36 destinations around the world. The collapse of the Turkish lira helped Marmaris overtake Sunny Beach, Bulgaria to take the top spot for the first time.

Prices are falling in both destinations but a drop of nearly 37 percent year-on-year in Marmaris, versus 5% in Sunny Beach, means Turkey has become slightly cheaper for UK visitors – although pennies separate the two. They are one of nine 10 best value destinations where prices are down from 2021 levels.

Europe continues to dominate the top 10. In third position after a one percent price drop, the Portuguese Algarve is again the cheapest in the euro zone – with costs 25 percent lower than the Costa del Sol (6th). A 15.2% drop in costs for Cyprus means that Paphos has fallen from 11th to 5th place in the table, overtaking the Spanish favorite, where prices fell only 2.2%. Sliema, Malta (9th) also entered the top 10 after registering a fall of 5.8%.

In fourth place, Cape Town, South Africa, remains the best value for long-haul holidaymakers, with prices down 1.6%. It is joined in the top 10 by Kenya, where a 5.9% drop in barometer costs saw Mombasa move up five places to seventh in the ranking.

Orlando, Florida (10th) makes its first appearance in the top 10 after seeing prices drop 10.1% year-on-year to more than 22% in two years.

Madeira completes the top 10 in eighth position, but prices have increased by more than 3%.
At the other end of the spectrum, Reykjavik, Iceland remains the most expensive destination surveyed, followed by Barbados and Dubai. All three saw price increases of more than 20%, with Dubai seeing its costs soar by a third.

The strength of the pound sterling against many currencies has proven to be decisive in helping to control costs. Once the British pound exchange rate is applied to local currency prices, UK visitors will pay less in half of the destinations studied.

Besides Turkey and Cyprusprices have fallen considerably year-on-year in Greece (Corfu down 15.4%). They are also down 11.8% in Phuket, Thailand and 6.5% in Darwin, Australia, destinations just opened to international visitors after two years of closure. Sharp price cuts at both resorts have combined with a buoyant pound to slash prices for Brits.

On the other hand, there was significant increases in some destinations – especially those whose currencies have risen against the pound. Prices in Sri Lanka are up 26%, while visitors from Mexico can expect to pay about 22% more in Cancun than a year ago.
The level of price decline over two years is even more marked.

Compared to March 2020, when the first lockdown was announced and travel to most countries was banned, Post Office research found prices are lowest now in two-thirds of destinations – with the biggest drop of more than 50% in Costa Rica.

Nick Boden, Head of Post Office Travel Money, said: ‘It will pay off to invest time in holiday homework as many people will not have traveled overseas in the past couple of years. They should be aware that prices have risen sharply in some destinations and fallen significantly in others. We advise you to make a list of destinations and compare costs before booking a trip”.

Stephanie Swanston, serial fraudster from Gateshead, starts again after a six-year break

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A serial fraudster who once robbed almost everyone in her immediate family has returned to form after staying out of trouble for more than six years.

Stephanie Swanston was a regular in the courts and at ChronicleLive until 2014 after repeatedly stealing, scamming people out of cash or fraudulently claiming thousands of pounds in benefits. As previously reported, the 34-year-old once shamelessly raided the bank account of her elderly grandfather George, 75 at the time, to fly to Turkey.

On another occasion, the scammer pawned his own mother’s watches to get his hands on cash and on another claimed over £7,000 in carer’s allowance, forging the signature of his grandfather. She also used her sister’s name to make separate requests for payment.

Read more: Gateshead serial fraudster Stephanie Swanston invented an attack

After spending time behind bars, Swanston, who has at least 39 offenses on her record for fraud alone, appeared to turn her life around and stayed out of trouble for six years. However, in July and October 2020, the mom seemed to have found her old tricks.

Newcastle Magistrates Court heard Swanston defrauded two families out of money by advertising non-existent caravans for holiday hire online. She was found and confronted by one of the victims but only returned £100 of her money, prompting him to call the police.

Now Swanston, formerly of Gateshead but now living in Jubilee Terrace, Byker, has had the chance to prove his latest offense was just a blow after he admitted two counts of fraud and received a 12-month community order .

Prosecuting Saba Shan said: “On July 16, 2020 and October 9, 2020, the defendant advertised on Gumtree about caravans and caravans for hire from her. The first plaintiff paid £350, a second plaintiff paid £190, which was paid into either the defendant’s account or an account linked to it.

“The two complainants quickly realized that the advertisements were fake and that there were no trailers. They made contact with the defendant on several occasions. The first complainant managed to find the defendant until her home and confronted her. She refunded £100 of the money. She then insisted he give her more time to get the rest of the money.”

The court heard that the first victim called the police soon after the second, who did not reimburse Swanston for anything. However, he had received money from the Bank of Scotland.

Defending Peter Thubron said Swanston was “apologetic, embarrassed and remorseful”. He added: “There was a drug problem, which is now being treated and she is on methadone. She is now getting a lot of support.”

Also ordering Swanston to pay a total of £250 in compensation and £150 in costs, District Judge Kate Meek said: “It’s been a long time since you’ve committed any offences. I’ve read that you are doing very well and have made significant progress since then. . That, however, does not make these offenses any less serious.”

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Greece looks to the future with confidence and optimism – The Irish Times

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Sir, – Having read the contents of “Letter from Greece – Old-style Greece has no chance of becoming truly developed” by Richard Pine, published by your esteemed newspaper on August 1, I would like to come back to a few -some of his remarks.

Mr. Pine’s views on Greece, while particularly sharp at times, are always intriguing and thought-provoking. After all, Mr Pine, who has lived in Corfu since 2001, witnessed Greece’s financial crisis, which lasted more than a decade, as well as the country’s major efforts to overcome obstacles and restore growth.

Mr Pine argues that Greece is both overdeveloped and underdeveloped, unable to adapt to developed EU countries.

The truth is that the inherent characteristics of the country (position, geography, population, history) also determine to some extent its financial, social, etc. dynamics.

It is indisputable that the protracted financial crisis (and the recent health crisis) has led to serious social and economic consequences, such as rising unemployment, shrinking welfare state, cutting wages and pensions and services negatively impacted social. , health and education.

However, despite the repercussions, the Greek economy has recovered well since the Covid-19 pandemic, better than many other European states. The European Commission’s recent forecast for the Greek economy predicts GDP growth of 3.5% in 2022 and 3.1% in 2023.

Collecting taxes is a tough job for every state’s economy and Greece is certainly no exception.

In an effort to streamline the tax system, tax returns in Greece are now submitted through the Independent Revenue Authority’s online system.

This ongoing digitization of political tools and public functions aims to minimize the problems of outdated means of governance and proves useful in eliminating the injustices of the past.

As mentioned above, health, education and social services suffered a sharp downsizing during the 12-year crisis.

However, the country’s health system has managed to cope with the enormous needs created by the recent health emergency and the extraordinary efforts of widely recognized health system actors. Some incidents that go against the dedication and commitment of the majority of health workers, such as cases of corruption, tax evasion and mismanagement, are dealt with quickly by the authorities. In the field of education, Greek universities offer free tuition, as do Greek public schools. Furthermore, the high quality of education offered is evidenced by the fact that several Greek universities rank among the best educational institutions in the world.

It is therefore not surprising that the phenomenon of “brain drain” hit Greece hard during the crisis years.

Today, one of the main objectives of the Greek government is to achieve “brain gain”, opening the way back to Greece for young scientists and scholars.

Greek culture and tourism are two inseparable concepts. The tourism sector, in particular, has grown considerably in recent years and represents a significant share of Greek GDP.

According to official sources, 2022 is expected to be a record year for the country, surpassing that of 2019 (pre-pandemic) in terms of tourist arrivals and revenue.

A sustainable tourism model, respectful of the environment and the local population, is what all countries should aim for, and Greece is already working in this direction. The National Action Plan for Greek Tourism 2030 is a fine example of the state’s intention to regulate the field of tourism fairly.

Digital connectivity in Greece is a new reality. While trying to meet the needs that have arisen due to the pandemic, the country has found itself in the midst of a digital transformation.

Thanks to the implementation of innovative policies developed by the Ministry of Digital Governance, almost all transactions between the State and citizens are currently provided online (i.e. issuance of official documents, orders digital medical records, tax certification, online payments, digital ID cards and driver’s licenses, etc.).

Furthermore, to respond to the complexity of certain issues, such as connectivity throughout the territory, a roadmap for an extended digitization format has already been drawn up.

Despite certain “old-fashioned” attributes and difficult Western aspirations, the Greeks also have superior qualities, the “filotimia” as Richard Pine puts it, the sense of dignity, self-esteem and, above all, honor.

The word filotimia or colloquially filotimo, cannot be translated. It just doesn’t exist in other languages. It can only be described and shared by someone who has experienced its essence, someone like Richard Pine.

As for the old-fashioned values ​​deeply rooted in the Greek mentality, they serve as a beacon, sometimes filling the void and keeping society intact.

Greece remains a modern country, proud of its past and embracing the future with confidence and optimism, claiming its place among developed countries in an ever-changing global environment.

Any objective observer would have no difficulty in noticing and reporting all the positive developments and trends mentioned above. – Yours, etc.,

EKATERINI

SIMOPOULOU,

Ambassador of Greece

in Ireland,

Greek Embassy,

Dublin 2.

UAE keen to engage with international partners to address global energy challenges: official

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LONDON: Foreigners are being ordered by the Israeli Defense Ministry to notify the government if they fall in love with a Palestinian in West Bank territory under a series of new immigration rules.

If a foreigner marries a Palestinian, immigration restrictions mean they will have to leave after 27 months and cannot return for at least six months.

The new rules are expected to become law on Monday, with updated regulations published in a document released by the Israeli government.

The regulations include a request that foreigners notify Israeli authorities within 30 days of beginning a relationship with a Palestinian ID card holder.

There are also updated restrictions on Palestinian education, with new quotas on student visas and foreign lecturers capped at 150 and 100, respectively, but there are no similar limits for academics. Israelis.

The European Commission has expressed concern over restrictions on foreign students and scholars at Palestinian universities, which the BBC said were shared with the “highest levels” of the Israeli authorities.

Visas and visa extensions are also facing new restrictions as aid organizations and business groups warn that people are being barred from working or volunteering in the West Bank for long periods.

Speaking to the BBC, Jessica Montell, executive director of Israeli NGO HaMoked, said: “This is about demographic engineering of Palestinian society and isolation of Palestinian society from the outside world.”

HaMoked filed a lawsuit in the Israeli High Court against the regulations. His petition was joined by 19 people.

“They make it much more difficult for people to come and work in Palestinian institutions, to volunteer, to invest, to teach and to study,” Montell said.

The new 97-page “Cogat” order – referring to the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, a group within the Ministry of Defense – is titled “Procedure for entry and stay of foreigners in the Judea and Samaria region “.

The pamphlet, referencing biblical terms for the West Bank, was first published in February, but its introduction has been delayed

The BBC contacted Cogat, but did not respond to the UK broadcaster.

Elsewhere, Israeli authorities have defended the tougher restrictions on the grounds that they would enhance security.

Campaign group Right to Enter said the relationship limits “discriminatory, cruel and arbitrary practices by Israeli authorities” that would cause “tremendous humanitarian hardship” for foreign spouses, adding that it would lead to the forced separation of families in West Bank.

Foreign spouses of Palestinians in the West Bank have long faced a travel ban, which has left thousands living in limbo, unsure when their legal status will be confirmed.

Right to Enter said the new proposals “will formalize and worsen many of the existing restrictions”, adding that it will “force many families to move or stay abroad to maintain their family unit”.

T Magazine picks of the week

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Movie: Father Stu

It’s not often that we see athletes leave the sport of their choice to dedicate their lives to serving God, but it’s the unlikely journey of Father Stu. Stuart Long (Mark Wahlberg), an amateur boxer from Montana, moves to Los Angeles where he suffers a near-fatal motorcycle accident. Long, who doctors tell he has inclusion body myositis, has no choice but to give up boxing. Based on a true story, this film is a must-watch for any fan of Wahlberg in what is already being dubbed his Oscar-worthy performance.

TV Show: Indian Matchmaking

This reality show created quite a buzz when it first hit Netflix during the pandemic. Indian matchmaker Sima, along with some of her memorable clients, made quite an impression on viewers. Now back for its second season, this show brings back some of Sima’s clients from last season while introducing new ones. If you’ve been drawn to Sima’s matchmaking world and invested yourself in her clients’ love lives, this season offers answers on whether or not they were able to find love. Fan-favorite Nadia as well as the controversial Aparna are among the returning cast this season.

Song: Hold Me Closer

Collaborating with music legend Elton John, Britney Spears released her first song in six years this week. hold me closer is highly anticipated by Spears fans following the end of her 13-year conservatorship. The song is a catchy, dancefloor-friendly version of John’s 1971 classic, little dancer. Produced by Andrew Watt and Cirkut, the song has the same positive energy as John’s last year. Cold heart successful collaboration with Dua Lipa, which was built on the elements of The Rocket Man. Celebrating Spears’ return, hold me closer serves as a “good time” song, which is perhaps an indication of its post-conservative mood.

Book: A taste of the Greek summer

Looking for a light book to take with you on your vacation or something to relax on the weekend? A taste of the Greek summer by Many Baggot is perfect for anyone who needs a break from reality. Lydia Blook writes about food after her dreams of becoming a chef were shattered. While on a mission in Greece, she meets local leader Thanos and soon sparks fly between the two. This latest summer romance from Baggot combines romance and culinary delights on the Greek island of Corfu. What could serve as a better escape?

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Pacific Islands church pastor convicted of molesting girls for two decades

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The man was sentenced in front of a crowded public gallery of Auckland District Court. Photo / Nick Roseau

For years, a Pacific Islander church leader and business owner paid his salary to a young relative by putting money in her bra and fondling her breasts.

She was one of at least seven girls the man went after, using his position as pastor, uncle or employer to silence them for more than 20 years.

Today grown women, three of his victims stood outside a crowded public gallery at Auckland District Court on Friday and spoke about the damage caused by the man.

“I still have nightmares about what he did to me,” said a woman who was 10 when the pastor – her uncle – touched her breasts.

“I inadvertently gave him the deletion of his name for 20 years, and what did he do during that time?” she asked. “He abused more young girls.”

The man, now in his late 50s and whose name has been temporarily suppressed by the court, sat unresponsive in a dark suit and face mask throughout the hearing.

Court documents show the victim’s then 10-year-old grandmother lived next door to the man. The girl was visiting her grandmother when he brushed her breasts while hugging her.

On another visit a few weeks later, she was told to go to the man’s house to say goodbye when they left. She didn’t want to, but did it out of respect for her elders.

He was lying on the sofa eating, and when she went to greet him and give him a little hug, he kissed her and stuck his tongue in her mouth.

She faced the trauma alone and in silence for decades, she said, fighting back tears as she read her victim impact statement in court.

“I used to think about my cousins, his kids. I thought if I told my truth it would break their hearts,” she said.

“If I spoke my truth, my mother would lose her sister. I would be the reason my family is hurt and torn apart.”

Another victim, related to one of her family members, was 16 when the man entered her bedroom and grabbed her breasts as she slept.

He continued the assault despite her protests, and continued to touch her breasts and suck on her nipple.

She also worked for him part-time in the business he owned. For about four years, almost daily, he paid her cash by depositing the money in her bra, taking the opportunity to caress her breasts.

As recently as 2020, he again put his hand on her top while they were alone in a car. He didn’t stop when she told him and continued to touch her leg and upper thighs.

“We trusted him so much and he betrayed us all,” said another woman, who was pregnant when he touched her belly before moving his hands to her breasts.

The women’s statements about the impact of victims had commonalities – they feared being alone with men, especially male pastors.

They left the church and isolated themselves from the people they loved.

“Twenty-one years ago I confronted you and you denied it,” said one woman, her voice shaking. “Twenty years ago I reported it to the church and nothing was done.”

They spoke of the profound impact that delinquency had on their own children.

“My son usually stays home when I go to family events. He is not allowed to go to church,” said one victim.

She worries whenever her children, nieces or nephews are out of earshot or sight.

“I fear a pedophile will groom them. It’s exhausting to be afraid,” she said.

The man pleaded guilty earlier this year and was found guilty of eight counts of indecent assault against women under the age of 12 and between the ages of 12 and 16.

Four of the charges were representative, meaning the offenses occurred more than once.

Most of them involved touching the breasts of young victims between 2001 and 2020, but also touching the legs and kissing.

“Some may think well, all he did was run his hands over the breasts, over the clothes. Why should we care?” said Judge John McDonald.

“Well, we do. The courts do it and society does it. It’s not just what you did, but who you were. A man they all looked up to,” he said. .

The man’s solicitor, Paul Borich QC, said his client had made significant contributions to his Pacific island community which should not be dismissed despite his offence.

He also offered to pay $35,000 in reparations to be divided among the victims.

The man was sorry and wanted to personally apologize to his victims, but they refused to meet with him, Borich said. “He is truly and deeply remorseful.”

The victims said they did not believe his remorse was genuine, and the judge agreed, saying his acts and words of remorse were committed and told him to avoid jail.

“You were given the chance to confess. The victims told your family and your wife what you were doing. You denied it. They were not believed,” Judge McDonald said.

“It was time for remorse.”

He sentenced the man to two years and three months in prison, which comes with a registration as a child molester.

The victims’ statements all underscored the pressure they were under to say nothing, Judge McDonald said.

“If that had happened, you would go to your grave as a prominent member of the [Pacific Island] community, as a pastor…but only your god knew what you really looked like,” he said.

“A predator of young women.”

A hearing to determine the continued removal of the man’s name has yet to be set.

Aegean is adding even more cities to its super flight passes!

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The popular AEGEAN Pass has just been upgraded with more destinations! This is a great flight pass for visiting Greece or many places in Europe!

Earlier this year, Aegean Airlines (the Greek national airline) rolled out the Aegean Pass – flight passes that you could buy that would give you a number of included flights. I bought one and am 2/3 full and have really saved a lot of money so far. Now Aegean has added even more destinations to these passes!

Aegean extends its Aegean Pass

Link: AEGEAN Pass

Let’s go right now – Aegean Airlines will sell you an AEGEAN Pass which includes 6 flights or 10 flight options. These work for specific routes and you will still need to pay airport taxes when redeeming them for a particular flight.

The price varies depending on how far you are comfortable booking. For example, you can choose a 30 day option, a 7 day option or even a 0 day option! This means that with the 0 day option you can decide on that day that you want to fly somewhere with your Pass (the “where” depends on the pass you purchased) here we go ! In fact, the AEGEAN Pass comes with last seat functionality – meaning if there’s one economy seat left, it’s yours!

What are the AEGEAN pass options?

Here are the original Pass options you can purchase:

  • Athens – London, Paris, Dusseldorf, Stuttgart, Munich, Frankfurt, Geneva, Zurich, Larnaka (select Athens and one of these cities for a single-ride pass)
  • Thessaloniki – Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Munich, Frankfurt (select Thessaloniki and one of these cities for a single-route pass)
  • Athens and Thessaloniki – Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Munich and Frankfurt (fly from Athens or Thessaloniki to any of these cities with the AEGEAN Pass: Germany)
  • Athens – Geneva and Zurich (fly from Athens to both cities as part of the AEGEAN Pass: Switzerland)
  • Athens – Tirana, Sofia, Bucharest, Belgrade (fly from Athens to all these cities as part of the AEGEAN Pass: Balkans)
  • Athens – Thessaloniki, Santorini, Mykonos, Chania, Heraklion, Rhodes, Corfu, Alexandroupoli, Mitilini (fly from Athens to any of these for a Single Route pass or to all as part of AEGEAN Pass: Greece)

Now Aegean has added even more options. Below you will only see new cities or new multi-destination passes.

  • Athens – Milan, Rome, Brussels
  • Thessaloniki – Larnaca

Here are the domestic destinations from/to Athens or Thessaloniki:

  • Athens – Kavala, Samos, Ioannina, Kefalonia, Chios, Kos
  • Thessaloniki – Chania, Heraklion, Kos, Mytilene, Rhodes
  • Athens (Greek pass) – Mykonos, Santorini, Mytilene, Chania, Heraklion, Alexandroupolis, Corfu, Rhodes, Thessaloniki, Kavala, Samos, Ioannina, Kefalonia, Lemnos, Chios, Kos
  • Thessaloniki (Greek pass) – Chania, Heraklion, Kos, Mytilene, Rhodes, Athens

The cost of these passes will start at the lowest price for 6 tickets with 30 days advance booking and will be the most expensive for 10 days to 0 days advance booking. In addition to the cost of the pass, you will also be required to pay airport taxes/fees when redeeming flights with your pass.

Other benefits of the AEGEAN pass

In addition to the fact that you have no blackout dates for your flights, you also get other benefits with every flight. If you book the 6-flight AEGEAN Pass, you get free standard seat selection (what would normally cost, the price depends on the flight) or 50% off initial seat selection.

If you upgrade to the AEGEAN 10-flight pass, you get a free standard or initial seat and a 30% discount on extra baggage. This could be great if you plan this for several trips to or around Greece in a year.

In addition, each AEGEAN Pass includes 1 piece of hand luggage and 1 personal item.

Changes, expiry and miles

Thus, you have 12 months to use the pass from the day of your purchase (which is part of why it’s such a great deal – Aegean knows some of the passes will go unused). If you need to change a flight date after booking a flight with your pass, you can do so for free. You get unlimited edits for free. But, your change must coincide with your pre-selected advance purchase time. This means that if you purchased the 30-day advance purchase package, you cannot change a flight so that you depart 5 days from now.

As for miles, this could be a huge advantage for people who still have Aegean Gold or Silver, as it allows you to earn award and tier miles on every flight. Miles are awarded at the maximum level for Economy Class Flex treatments. So let’s say you buy London – Athens with 30 days notice and 6 flights. This will cost you €468 (plus any airport taxes). You will earn from 2,242 miles every flight. That would total over 12,000 miles and give you 6 Aegean flights, which is more than enough to keep Aegean Gold for another year. So you can do it just by buying and stealing a Pass!

Is the AEGEAN Pass a good deal?

For anyone who likes to travel to Greece AND if you live in Europe, I think the AEGEAN Pass is a great deal for you. The reason for this is that you don’t need to shop cheap, but instead you can buy something like a 6 flight pass and know that you will have 3 round trips to Greece in the next 12 months. Considering what flights can cost in the summer, this could be a big deal!

If you plan to spend time in Greece, for example Athens, having the Greek flight option could be a great way to base yourself in Athens and then bounce around all the different islands. Purchasing a 10-flight pass would allow you to take 5 separate trips to various locations on the island. Again, in the summer it could be very expensive, but you would be paying a flat rate at this time.

For all those wishing to renew Aegean Gold (which is half the miles needed if you can fly 4 Aegean flights), it’s an easy way to enter those flights now. Yes, you still have to fly them, but if you don’t know when you’ll be in Greece and prefer to prepay now, grab a 6-pack and then bounce when you’re in Greece.

But remember that airport fees are extra. Depending on the airports you use, this could be important So be sure to check when booking a mock reservation on Aegean to check the airport charges in advance. I checked on my pass and the airport taxes departing from Thessaloniki are €19 and departing from Athens are €31.

Also remember that the AEGEAN Pass only works for one person. If you are traveling as a couple, you will each have to buy a pass (or the other person could just buy their tickets and not have to buy a pass – they wouldn’t have to buy a pass just to fly with you).

I highly recommend that you consider purchasing an AEGEAN Pass: Greece if you are planning a trip to Greece in the summer. Tickets from Athens to the islands can be very expensive in the summer and this pass will get you around for a good price. delivery.

Plus, it gives you a great excuse to discover other islands you might not have considered before, with these new additions to the Aegean Pass. I’ll be buying another one soon, so I can’t wait to experience some of these islands for myself!

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Earthquakes hit the islands of Samos and Lefkada

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Two earthquakes of magnitude 5.3 and 4.7 shook the eastern Aegean island of Samos on Wednesday (Greek time), but no injuries or damage to structures were reported, indicated the Greek authorities.

The largest quake struck at 1:10 p.m., about 14 minutes after the first, the Athens Geodynamic Institute said.

Both had their epicenters in the sea 22 kilometers (14 miles) southwest of Samos, ANA-MPA reported.

The Samos fire department and local authorities said they had received no reports of injuries or damage.

The Samos earthquakes are believed to have occurred hours after a magnitude 4.3 quake shook the island of Lefkada in the Ionian Sea early on Tuesday.

According to the National Observatory of Athens (NOA), the earthquake at 6:49 a.m. struck at a focal depth of 16.5 kilometers near the village of Vasiliki.

Earlier, the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) reported that the earthquake struck at the same location at a very shallow depth of two kilometers and had a magnitude of 5.2 on the Richter scale.

In 2020, a stronger earthquake struck Samos and the nearby Turkish coast, killing two high school students on the island and at least 75 people in Turkey, where more than 1,000 were injured.

In 1999, a major earthquake that hit the Athens capital killed 143 people.

Best Greek Islands: 20 Greek Islands to Visit in 2022

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When we say the words “best Greek islands”, you probably think of the big names in Greece that fill your Instagram feeds every summer with their flawless sunsets, sandy beaches and turquoise waters: Santorini, Mykonos, Crete, Corfu, Rhodes, Zakynthos (Zante). Yes, these are popular islands for a reason; namely, that they are incredibly beautiful. But what if we told you that they are just a snapshot of the wondrous, almost mythical beauty that the Greek islands – all over 200 – have to offer?

From Karpathos to Tonis, the islands of the Dodecanese, Cyclades, Ionians and Sporades are home to some of Greece’s best-kept secrets (and worst cough cough Mamma Mia), with pristine white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, ancient ruins, coves and caves to explore, lively nightlife and mouth-watering local cuisine – minus the crowds.

So here’s our edit of the best Greek islands with some of the best beaches in Europe – and where to stay on each, whether you’re looking for a hotel or an Airbnb option. From a five-star luxury hotel that just opened in Santorini, to a traditional stone house with its own private pool in Euboea, to a rustic farm stay in Samos, here’s where you need to book for your next holidays…

Learn more about the GLAMOR Website Director Ali Pantonyfollow her on Instagram @alipantony.

Cocaine and Cash: Police Make Largest Drug Seizure in Detachment History in Quesnel

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Five men were arrested in a commercial car park near Newman Road on Saturday August 27. (Photo Rebecca Dyok – Quesnel Observer)
Quesnel RCMP recently seized less than five kilograms of cocaine, $92,900 in cash and 15 firearms.  (RCMP Photo)Quesnel RCMP recently seized less than five kilograms of cocaine, $92,900 in cash and 15 firearms. (RCMP Photo)

A drug trafficking investigation resulted in the largest drug seizure to date for the Quesnel RCMP.

According to a press release, five men were arrested after the Quesnel Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) executed search warrants at three homes and seized a large amount of cocaine, cash and fire arms.

The suspects were arrested on Saturday August 27 in a commercial parking lot near Newman Road in Quesnel.

Following the arrest, three search warrants were executed at properties on Ash Street, Eagle Road and Pollard Road.

Police seized just under five kilograms of cocaine, $92,900 in cash and 15 firearms.

“The amount of cocaine and cash seized during this investigation speaks to the massive volume of illicit drugs this group was distributing in the area,” said CRU Cpl. Matt Isaac. “By confiscating 15 firearms from this criminal network, we were able to reduce the risk of violence, which is also associated with drug trafficking.”

During the investigation, UCR Quesnel received assistance from units based in Williams Lake and Prince George, including the Combined Forces Special Law Enforcement Unit (CFSEU), the National Weapons Enforcement Support Team (NWEST), Quesnel General Investigation Section, Cariboo Crime Reduction Unit and Dog Services (PDS).

“This investigation has resulted in the largest drug seizure for the Quesnel RCMP,” said Quesnel RCMP Detachment Commander Master Sgt. Richard Weseen, adding that partnering with other assisting police units was crucial to success.

“Quesnel’s Crime Reduction Unit remains committed to reducing community harm by targeting drug and property offenders who commit crimes for their own personal gain.”

The five men were released.

The RCMP has announced that it will recommend charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime and firearms to the Public Prosecution Service.

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Elon Musk loses 20 pounds via intermittent fasting, but research questions the benefits of the trend

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After being shamed on Twitter when he was photographed shirtless in July, Elon Musk says he has lost 20 pounds after trying intermittent fasting.

In a tweet posted sunday, Musk said he started the practice on the “advice of a good friend” and felt healthier. Musk’s height focus began after he was photographed in the Greek islands. Even his father chimed in via Australian radio, saying he told his son to take a weight loss supplement.

Musk said he used a weight loss app called Zero to help him lose weight.

Intermittent fasting, which involves switching between fasting and eating on a regular schedule, has grown in popularity in recent years among people trying to lose weight, especially in Hollywood. One of the most common methods of intermittent fasting is to fast daily for 16 hours or fast for 24 hours, twice a week.

The strategy has helped some people lose weight, but a 2020 study found potential pitfalls with the practice. The study, led by Dr. Ethan Weiss, a cardiologist at the University of California, San Francisco, and published in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that fasting could be dangerous for people with a history of eating disorders and was more likely to cause muscle loss. .

In fact, 65% of the total weight loss of people who fasted in the study came from muscle mass. People who followed a more typical low-calorie diet saw muscle mass account for 20-30% of the weight loss.

Both groups lost a small amount of weight during the study. The fasted group lost slightly more, but the difference was not enough to be statistically significant.

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How to avoid Australia’s most common travel insurance mistake

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The last thing you want is to shell out a hefty bill for lost luggage, canceled flights, or medical bills while on your trip.

If there’s anything Covid and the recent outbreak of travel chaos has taught us, it’s the importance of travel insurance.

There have been some pretty chaotic scenes at airports around the world in the past six months following the pandemic – with flight delays and cancellations and one of the most common issues, lost luggage.

However, according to Gary Hunter, travel insurance expert at Australian comparison site Finder, while very frustrating, it’s also something travel insurance can cover.

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But it’s not just that. He said anything can go wrong, such as accidents and health issues, where travel insurance can play an important role.

‘Healthcare costs abroad will be expensive, and certainly not something you want to worry about while on holiday,’ Mr Hunter told news.com.au.

“A basic insurance policy can cost between $10 and $20 a day,” Hunter said.

“You can get a cheaper rate by increasing your deductible, but you’ll end up paying more if you have to make a claim. For example, if you lose your luggage, you will have to pay the excess when claiming it.

Best time to buy travel insurance

Too often, one of the biggest mistakes Australians make is relying on buying cover at the last minute.

“You should get travel insurance as soon as possible after booking your trip,” Hunter advises. “That way, if something happens before you leave – for example, you get sick, you get injured or a close family member gets sick – you’ll be covered for cancellation costs.

“Additionally a few suppliers will not accept Covid related claims within 21 days of your trip.

One of the most common questions people ask is “what is the right coverage for me?” – to which Mr Hunter said: ‘A basic insurance policy can cost between $10 and $20 a day and will cover you for unlimited medical expenses if you travel abroad.’

But he warned “not much else”.

“For example, it usually doesn’t cover cancellation fees or lost luggage. You’ll need a more comprehensive policy if you want coverage for that,” he said.

“There are over 20 travel insurers that now include cover for Covid-related expenses. This may include payment of medical expenses, trip reorganization or cancellations, and additional accommodation.

He said as an example, it can cover you if you catch Covid while traveling and need to reschedule your flight home and pay for additional accommodation.

It comes as Australian Michelle Armenis has urged fellow Australians to take out travel insurance and check their policy “carefully” after her husband Babis suffered a stroke and a serious fall in Greece.

Babis was in the countryside visiting his elderly mother when he suddenly found himself in a hospital in Corfu to undergo brain surgery.

His son Nik said Sky News he managed to bring his father home to Australia, but at a ‘huge expense’ and the family now needs financial help as the bills ‘keep climbing’.

Hospital bed charges

The United States is known to have expensive healthcare and because of this it increases the cost for tourists who are not covered by an insurance plan and end up in the hospital.

Australians can shell out an average of $1,279 for a stay in a hospital bed in New York, 45 times the cost of an insurance policy, according to Finder.

The figures were based on people aged 30 with Finder analyzing the price of a hospital bed versus a travel insurance policy for a week-long trip in July.

He found a stark price difference between the two, revealing that staying in hospital costs on average 44 times more than a travel insurance policy in the top 10 travel destinations for Australians.

Love Island’s Davide Sanclimenti ‘shares a taxi with two blondes after partying all night’

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Love Island’s Davide Sanclimenti ‘is seen getting into a taxi with two Icelandic beauties after a night of partying in London’ while his girlfriend Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu is out in Los Angeles

  • The Italian hunk, 27, was joined by a pal as they got into a taxi with the girls after watching the KSI fights at London’s O2 Arena.
  • The Love Island star was reportedly spotted chatting and laughing with the duo, who sat next to him during the fight, before driving off together in a cab.
  • Elsewhere, Ekin-Su, 28, is currently working on a ‘top secret’ project in America
  • Latest news and updates on all your favorite Love Island contestants

Davide Sanclimenti reportedly left a night out with two Icelandic beauties in London on Saturday, while his girlfriend Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu was away in Los Angeles.

The Italian hunk, 27, was joined by a pal as they got into a taxi with the girls after watching the KSI vs. Swarmz and KSI vs. Pineda fights at the O2 Arena.

Elsewhere, Ekin-Su, 28, is currently working on a “top secret” project in Beverly Hills after landing in America earlier this week.

Busy night: Davide Sanclimenti, 27, reportedly left a night out with two Icelandic beauties in London on Saturday, while his girlfriend Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu worked in Los Angeles

In images obtained by The sunthe Love Island star was joined by Anita Gunnarsdottir and Matthildur Ylfa Þorsteinsd – who sat next to him during the fight.

He was reportedly spotted chatting and laughing with the duo as they left the venue before sharing a cab together.

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Davide and Ekin-Su for comment.

Pals: In footage obtained by The Sun, the Love Island star was joined by Anita Gunnarsdottir (left) and Matthildur Ylfa Þorsteinsd (right) – who sat next to him during the fight

Pals: In footage obtained by The Sun, the Love Island star was joined by Anita Gunnarsdottir (left) and Matthildur Ylfa Þorsteinsd (right) – who sat next to him during the fight

Ekin-Su and her boyfriend Davide won Love Island earlier this month with 63.7% of the public vote.

Elsewhere, Ekin-Su took to Instagram to tease her 2.8 million followers about a secret project she’s been working on in Los Angeles.

The brunette beauty shared a photo of what her morning wake-up looked like and tagged her location saying she was in Beverly Hills, California.

Amusing: He was reportedly spotted chatting and laughing with the duo as they left the venue before the group shared a taxi

Amusing: He was reportedly spotted chatting and laughing with the duo as they left the venue before the group shared a taxi

The glamorous journey including sunbathing by a luxurious pool as she captioned the morning snap with ‘Hello LA’.

She said in the video “Super excited omg I look American now not cool but no yeah I’m excited to shoot now first location on the road.”

Later that evening, the beauty took to her Instagram Story for one last time to share a teaser video about the project for her fans.

Pretty in pink: Elsewhere, Ekin-Su took to Instagram to tease her 2.8million followers about a secret project she's been working on in Los Angeles

Pretty in pink: Elsewhere, Ekin-Su took to Instagram to tease her 2.8million followers about a secret project she’s been working on in Los Angeles

She can be spotted in her luxurious hotel room adorning the same pink dress and captioned the video with ‘What a day…I can’t wait to show you all very soon…’

It comes after Ekin-su signed the biggest clothing deal in the show’s history with brand Oh Polly, MailOnline can exclusively reveal.

The Love Island star was ‘inundated with offers’ from several retailers following her landslide victory with Davide, but wanted to ‘follow her heart’ by signing with a company that believes in her.

A source has told MailOnline that the ITV2 champion, who won the £50,000 cash prize after garnering 63.7% of the public vote, is ‘ecstatic’ and having ‘the week of her dreams’.

Los Angeles Time: She said in the video:

Los Angeles Time: She said in the video, “Super excited, I look American now, not cool, but no, I’m excited to shoot now, first location on the road”

The Curfew by TM Logan, The Siege by John Sutherland, The Summer Trip by Isabelle Broom, My Unapologetic Diaries by Joan Collins

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Janet Gordon, who lives in Takeley, reviews bestsellers and early fiction for India…

I was so looking forward to this week for the whole family to decamp to the seaside – including Rollo the dog – for a week’s vacation.

And, of course, the first packing item I do is pick out my holiday books. Am I obsessed? I don’t think so, but since I never know exactly what I want to read, I tend to get overwhelmed (husband shouts “and that’s why I insisted on buying you a Kindle !”).

But since we’re just going to the seaside, I feel allowed to pack as many books as I can – and I don’t know about you, dear reader, but I often read two or three books at a time.

The Curfew by TM Logan (Zaffre £8.99)

Browsing Netflix the other night I came across the TV adaptation of The Holiday based on TM Logan’s novel which was released in 2019. If you haven’t seen it, it’s compulsive viewing and my husband and I had to stop staying up all night to binge watch it. (Don’t tell him, but I watched the last episode while he was busy in his man cave).

So when I was offered Logan’s latest, The Curfew, for review, I simply had to start it immediately. Logan is billed as the “master of the all-night thriller” and OMG, the blurb is telling the truth. I literally sat up all night to finish this.

Connor has a midnight curfew and texts his parents to say he’s home. Only he is not. He has been friends since birth with his cousin Zac, who lives nearby. And at the back of their houses are the woods – by day eminently nice, but at night…

The group – now five of them including two girls, one of whom is the object of Connor’s devotion – party in the woods until Connor’s curfew to celebrate the end of school, but only four come out.

Connor’s father is a GP, a pillar of the community, and when it’s discovered who hasn’t come home, Connor shuts up and makes “no comment”. Because for Connor, telling the truth just isn’t an option. And it wasn’t Connor who slept in that house.

The Curfew by TM Logan (Zaffre £8.99) (58752190)

Curfew is simply compulsive reading. You can’t let go, you have to keep turning the pages, but you don’t want it to end. This is quite simply one of the best thrillers I’ve read this year.

TM Logan’s other novels are Lies, 29 Seconds, The Holiday, The Catch, Trust Me and, coming in 2023, The Mother.

John Sutherland’s Seat (Orion £16.99)

This is the first novel (he has written non-fiction books before) by John Sutherland, who was a Met Police officer for over 27 years before becoming Borough Commander of Southwark. During this time, he was an experienced hostage and crisis negotiator.

Siege capitalizes on all of its experiences over those years with an insider’s perspective on how traumatic it can be to deal with a terrorist, with the ultimate goal of getting each of the hostages out – and, of course. , the author – safe.

John Sutherland's Seat (Orion £16.99) (58752188)
John Sutherland’s Seat (Orion £16.99) (58752188)

Terrorist Lee is convinced that a UK without illegal immigrants is the only way, so he plots, plots and takes hostages from a small church community. One of the hostages is a woman of color, Grace, the daughter of an “illegal immigrant”, which is the very antithesis of how Lee thinks of “immigrants”. This is a masterful first novel.

Having been caught in the Balcombe Street siege in 1975 when the IRA tried my locked door, I know exactly how scary a siege can be. A few things that are still stuck in my head hear the sound of running footsteps and my front door rattles (thank goodness it was locked) and looks out the window to see armed police officers pointing guns at my window (c was around 10 p.m.).

Later the next day, with all the blockages in place and dozens of journalists all standing behind the tape, the police came to me and ordered that we were not to stand in front of the tall Georgian windows because the cameras looked like machines . guns and we were in direct line with the hostages’ apartment. So we had to crawl everywhere!

The BBC had offered me money if they could use my flat, with its wonderful view, and to be honest my ex-husband was terminally ill in hospital and I just couldn’t refuse the amount of money they were offering.

And, because it was so scary to be alone with a toddler, it was kind of nice to have a very gracious BBC reporter to keep me company. Thus, all the images broadcast on television came from my living room.

But back to the books…

The Summer Journey by Isabelle Broom (Hodder £7.99)

Having not been abroad since lockdown and no longer wanting to leave Rollo in kennels, I am refueling ‘abroad’ by reading information about other people vacationing in foreign climes.

The summer trip takes place in Corfu where younger sister Mattie lives and eldest Ava spent the summer.

Mattie is married to Niko, whose family owns a terrific Greek restaurant in a sleepy hamlet and who owns a gorgeous villa high up in the hills overlooking the warm waters of the bay. The youngest sister Olivia lives in Thailand.

The Summer Journey by Isabelle Broom (Hodder £7.99) (58752186)
The Summer Journey by Isabelle Broom (Hodder £7.99) (58752186)

Ava had a summer romance and has since refused to set foot in Corfu. There’s also a set of scheming parents determined to end this family feud.

Can you see where the author is coming from? Yes, it’s kind of a familiar plot, but laced with humor, drama, lyrical descriptions, regrets and misunderstandings. Oh, and a stubborn teenager.

I absolutely loved it. I read it in the moonlight in a warm garden with purple gin and lemonade and pretended to be there.

My Unapologetic Diaries by Joan Collins (Weidenfeld & Nicolson £9.99)

And to someone renowned for her glamour, the wonderfully gorgeous Joan Collins.

Before he retired, my husband (not the terminally ill one!) was a black cab driver in London and often had this sensational woman in his cab.

Between 1989 and 2006, Ms. Collins’ diaries are full of gossipy anecdotes and insider stories about TV, movies and travel, and are full of names you’ll recognize (and only a few you won’t). ).

My Unapologetic Diaries by Joan Collins (Weidenfeld & Nicolson £9.99) (58752192)
My Unapologetic Diaries by Joan Collins (Weidenfeld & Nicolson £9.99) (58752192)

And, of course, she writes about meeting the love of her life, Percy.

This woman makes everything seem effortless – here she tells you it’s not.

The winner of the Awesomely Austen contest, in Janet’s July 27 column, was Natalie Hogg.



10 Best Dodecanese Islands

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When travelers go to Greece to relax on the Greek islands, they often head to popular island chains like the Cyclades (Santorini, Mykonos, Paros, etc.) or the Ionian Islands (Corfu, Kefalonia, Zakynthos, etc.). However, there is a lesser-known group of Greek islands called the Dodecanese, off the coast of Turkey, with stunning blue waters, quaint towns, fewer crowds and lower prices. Consider these 10 Greek islands for your next vacation.



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Kos is a stunning island in the Dodecanese, with historic Roman and Greek monuments and a plethora of sandy beaches. The main attractions to visit in Kos include Neratzia Castle (built in the 15th century), the ruins of the Ancient Agora and the villa Casa Romana (built in the 3rd century). Visit the Hippocrates plane tree, which is linked to the father of medicine, and relax on popular beaches like Lambi and Psalidi Beach.

Related: These Greek Islands Are Worth Your Vacation, And None Of Them Are Santorini Or Athens

9 Patmos

Patmos is one of the northernmost islands of the Dodecanese and has significance for those who believe in Christianity. The Cave of the Apocalypse on the island is rumored to be where the New Testament Book of Revelations was written by John of Patmos. Saint John is an important historical figure on the island, so visitors should also visit the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian during their stay. The former Greek Orthodox monastery is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Besides a long and interesting history, Patmos offers visitors beautiful beaches like Paralia Lampi, Psili Amos and Petra Beach to relax. Don’t miss the windmills of Patmos, which are stunning at sunset.

8 Leros

Located close to Patmos, Leros is a laid-back island in the Dodecanese known for its impressive medieval castle of the Knights of St. John. The castle is probably built on a Byzantine fortress. The main reason to visit Leros is that it is one of the last Greek islands that is largely untouched by tourism and outside influence. Here, travelers will experience authentic Greek culture and cuisine at its best.


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Astypalaia is the westernmost island of the Dodecanese and is an idyllic destination with whitewashed houses and turquoise blue waters surrounding sandy beaches. The island is unique in that it has two distinct sections, Mesa Nisi (inner island) and Exo Nisi (outer island). Chora is the port city and capital of the island and is a charming hilltop town with stunning views of the Aegean Sea. Visit Astypalaia Castle and the Archaeological Museum to learn more about the island’s history. Afterwards, relax on Kaminakia or Livadi Beach – travelers might even have these beaches to themselves.

Related: 12 Greek Islands to Visit Instead of Mykonos

6 Kalymnos

Kalymnos sits between Leros and Kos, so for travelers with a week-long window to island hop, these islands are the perfect trio. History buffs can visit the Archaeological Museum of Kalymnos to learn more about the island or check out the sponge factory, which is an important part of Kalymnos’ economy. Drive down Masouri Beach Road by rental car or quad for stunning views of the Aegean without any other tourists.

5 Symi

Symi is a bustling island known for its colorful neoclassical houses that line the coast. The island hosts an annual music festival every summer. It is one of Greece’s biggest art events every year and has taken place in July, August and September since 1995. The village’s pastel buildings aren’t Symi’s only impressive architecture; travelers can explore the Holy Monastery of Saint Archangel Michael the Panormitis, which is a well-preserved convent with an affordable entrance fee. Visit the Folklore Museum or swim at one of the many beaches, such as Sesklio or Agia Marina.


4 Karpathos

Karpathos is the second largest of the Dodecanese islands and is located in the southeast of the Aegean Sea. Surrounded by stunningly blue waters, Karpathos is perhaps one of the best Greek islands for a day at the beach. The beaches of Apella, Achata, Damatria, Lefkos and Amoopi are calm and accessible. Visit the town of Menetes, where the white houses perched on the cliffs overlook the sea below. It is also worth visiting the once isolated village of Olympos, which is more colorful than Menetes.

3 Halki

Halki is a small island in the Dodecanese with a hilly, hilly landscape and secluded beaches inaccessible by car. Travelers should walk to these shoreline areas and enjoy a dip away from the rest of the island. There’s a good mix of upmarket villas and open-air bars near the port town of Nimborio, where ferries arrive from Athens and other islands. Besides the beautiful beaches to explore, travelers will want to visit Monolithos Castle, which is a site of medieval ruins on a hilltop.


2 Rhodes

Rhodes is the largest island in the Dodecanese and is located closer to mainland Turkey than mainland Greece. The highlight of Rhodes (besides its beaches) is the medieval old town which has charming cobbled streets and around 6,000 inhabitants. There are many historical sites to explore in Rhodes, including the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, the seaside Colossus of Rhodes, the Acropolis of Rhodes and the Street of the Knights of Rhodes.

1 Tilos

Tilos is growing in popularity but remains a hidden gem in the Aegean Sea. This small Greek island is located between Rhodes and Kos and has quiet beaches for swimming and sunbathing, including Despoti Nero and Skafi Beach. Travelers can visit Charkadio Cave, located south of the main town, Megalo Chorio. Megalo Chorio is the capital of the island. It has about 250 inhabitants and traditional style stone houses. The quaint village is the perfect place to stay while exploring the island for a few days.

Pacific.scoop.co.nz » Four cash grants awarded to support local writers

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Press release – New Zealand Society of Authors

The 2022 Copyright Licensing New Zealand and New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa (PEN NZ Inc) Research Grants have been awarded to four Aotearoa writers. The $5,000 grants support local writers who wish to undertake research…

The 2022 Copyright Licensing New Zealand and New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa (PEN NZ Inc) Research Grants have been awarded to four Aotearoa writers.

The $5,000 grants support local writers who want to undertake research for a fiction or non-fiction writing project.

The selection board, Deborah Challinor, David Eggleton and Lana Lopezireceived 61 applications and declared “The quality of applications this year is very high. Overall, the candidates and their applications demonstrated enthusiasm, talent, skill and dedication to the art and craft of writing, which is a hugely encouraging testimony to the current vigor of Aotearoa’s creative sector in New Zealand.

The wide range of topics presented in the entries included: local history, geology, family history, sport, death, biography, impact of colonization, climate change, Maori history, colonial history, way of life, taxidermy, family dysfunction, flora and fauna, Pasifika in Aotearoa New Zealand and genomics. The task of selecting just four beneficiaries.. was decidedly difficult.

Join us in congratulating the following 2022 CLNZ NZSA Research Grant recipients!

Maria Samuela – with project novel, cana.

maria samuelathe project, cana, is a novel set in Aotearoa in the 1950s and explores the migration of young women from the Cook Islands to New Zealand between the 1930s and 1950s. Maria will use her research grant to travel to Rarotonga, where her mother grew up, in order to conduct research for the book. Earlier in 2022, Maria’s collection of stories, Beats of the Pa’u, was published by Te Herenga Waka University Press. Maria lives in Te Whanganui-a-Tara and is of Cook Islands descent.

The 2022 Selection Panel said “.. the story of young Cook Islands women (and men) who migrated to Aotearoa from the 1930s to the 1950s (is) an important and often overlooked period of migration from the Pacific to New Zealand. Maria Samuela is a refreshing voice and an excellent writer with a proven track record, industry backing and a flair for stories of national significance.” Photo by Ebony Lamb

Bonnie Etherington – with a book project, A fried egg in space.

Bonnie Etheringtonbook project, A fried egg in space, navigates her brain tumor diagnosis and recovery as she reflects on the environmental crisis amid the Covid-19 pandemic. This book is about coming to terms with the sometimes toxic and threatening landscape of one’s own body, because collectively we must also come to terms with living in and through growing environmental precariousness.

The selection board said this about Bonnie’s project, “The compelling, subtly written and artful tale travels from the hospital in Colorado to the SpaceX launch site on Biak Island to the dark sky sanctuaries of Aotearoa in New Zealand, and a sky cluttered with an ever-increasing number of satellites.”

Sylvan Thomson – with book project, The Third Kingdom.

Sylvan Thomson is a Nelson-based writer. His project, The Third Kingdom, is a book about the mushrooms of Aotearoa, focusing on the natural and cultural history of different species. It is not a purely scientific book, but rather a genre that mixes elements of memoir, reportage and nature writing. His work can be found in A Public Space (USA), the New Zealand Review of Books and Sport, among others. He is also working on a novel.

The 2022 Selection Panel said Sylvan’s work stood out in its exploration of “Traditional Māori use of mushrooms and consideration of the place of mushrooms in modern New Zealand society. He will also explore the concept that there are aspects of mycology (the study of fungi)…reflecting elements of his own life.

Emma Espiner (Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Porou) – with project Practical skills for the zombie apocalypse (working title).

Doctor Emma Espiner (Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Porou) is a junior physician at Middlemore Hospital, award-winning writer and podcast host. Emma’s writing appears in The Guardian, Newsroom, Stuff, The Spinoff and in scholarly and literary journals. She has a background in Maori politics, communications, media and public health. Emma’s project is a collection of essays, working title Practical skills for the zombie apocalypse. The essays are largely about the experience of training to become a doctor in Aotearoa.

Also shortlisted under the “Grant for a writer whose project addresses diverse and new topics, and current issues or topics in Aotearoa New Zealand”, the selection board said:Espiner’s completed project promises to be knowledgeable, lyrical and nuanced, but also visceral in its depiction of inequalities for Maori within existing health institutions.

CLNZ and NZSA would like to thank the 2022 Selection Panel – Deborah Challinor, David Eggleton and Lana Lopezi.

The New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa is proud to administer the awards in 2022.

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Fashion designer Marios Schwab’s guide to Astypalaia

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Astypalaia is a beautiful butterfly-shaped island in the Dodecanese. In ancient Greece, it was considered the “bank of the gods” because it produced such beautiful flowers and fruits. It’s special to me because I’ve been spending my summer holidays here since I was eight – we had a cousin who moved to the island after he visited in the late 70s and fell in love with it .

Fashion designer Marios Schwab © Andres Rodriguez

We were arriving on a boat and a separate boat had to pick us up as the big boat could not enter the port area. It felt like a place for people looking for adventure and for that particular remoteness from the Aegean. We would come with our tents – or my dad had a trailer – and go to a hidden beach. There were family gatherings and also a traditional folk gathering – the 15th August celebrations for the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, a two day celebration with great music and fantastic food. All households cook – you eat food cooked overnight in a wood-fired oven. The tradition is maintained to the present day.

When I visit now, a typical day has quite a routine. We go down to the coffee, where you get your coffee. There is one in particular where I go almost every day called Meltemi cafe in Chora. The Chora is still the main city of the Greek islands and its position in Astypalaia is magnificent. It has a castle at the top, which dates from the 14th century, and the ruins have a dramatic beauty. From here you have an array of whitewashed houses creating a line towards the port of Astypalea. At Meltemi, they have traditional little pies filled with local cheese and on top of that, honey, so it’s both salty and sweet. They also make fantastic omelettes. After a few hours of chatting over coffee, I go buy some fruit at the nearby store and then off to the beach.

Cuves beach
Vatses beach © Ioannis Mantas/Alamy
The view from the traditional houses of Kalderimi

The view from the traditional houses of Kalderimi

As the island has this butterfly shape, you will find interesting coves and beaches along the coastline. My favorite beach is Plakes, where the waters are extremely beautiful. It’s very rocky, which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I like it because you can swim from rock to rock. I also like Vatses. It’s a spectacular beach with a bar that plays great music. It is always good to enjoy a few small tapas accompanied by a cold beer. I go diving there with my partner, and we find a place in height to dive into the sea.

Restaurant Almyra in the village of Maltezana
Restaurant Almyra in the village of Maltezana
Seafood in Almyra

Seafood in Almyra

I’ll stay on the beach until I’m hungry enough, then I’ll go to one of my favorite taverns. From Plakes, I would go down to Maltezana – the second largest village in Astypalaia – to the Almyra restaurant, which offers great starters: they make the best tarama with dakos, a dry-baked bread. They have a special way of looking at a Greek dish and adding a little twist to it. In Astropelos, which is in Livadi, another village below the Chora, you can eat excellent seafood – magnificent dishes like beautifully grilled or raw fish. I love the ceviche de fagri, or sea bream, the sea urchin salad and the sea bass carpaccio. The owner Maria is a fantastic host and they have an excellent wine list.

Deximi Art and Design Gallery

Deximi Art and Design Gallery

Objects made in Greece for sale at Deximi

Objects made in Greece for sale at Deximi

There is also a store in the Chora, Deximi Art & Design Gallery, which sells beautiful gifts made in Greece; I always like to bring things to my friends in London or Athens. When I stay in Astypalaia I normally stay with a friend, but if I recommend a place to visitors I send them to the traditional houses of Kalderimi, built in the hills just five minutes from the Chora.

In the afternoon, before the showers and siesta, we stop at the traditional coffee mills. We will drink tsipouro or tsikoudia and we will have nice little discussions. You see the beautiful sunlight slowly descending, as it has a balcony that overlooks the amphitheater, down the hill from the Chora.

Castro Bar near Chora Castle

Castro Bar near Chora Castle

After taking our showers, we will go to one of the restaurants near the castle. I would go to Agoni Grammi, where they make delicious stuffed grape leaves called dolmadakia, or, further up the castle, Karai Kafenio, where they serve good mezze with a nice view. After dinner, there is Archipelago Café & Bar, which is very sophisticated. It’s in a beautiful old building, and they have the most delicious sweets. I normally have the chocolate cake with red peppercorns, or the poached pear with yoghurt cream, which is really refreshing.

Then it’s up the hill towards the castle, when we pass some friends bars. The places I like the most are Castro Bar, which plays great music and has a fantastic view, and for dancing, Artemis Bar, which has a great DJ and makes great cocktails. If we don’t want to be too adventurous, we’ll go to sleep, but we tend to stay up quite late on Astypalaia. We’ll probably end up on a rooftop watching the sunrise. It has the most incredible colors – it simply fills you with energy. You return to city life with your batteries charged, dreaming of your next visit.

Return flights to Athens with British Airways from £98, connecting flights to Astypalaia from £168 with Sky Express

The party-loving heir to Blenheim Palace turns 30 in lavish style with a getaway to Greece

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The future Duke of Marlborough celebrated his 30th birthday in lavish style with a vacation to Greece – complete with a luxury villa, boat trips and a very glamorous white themed party.

George, Marquess of Blandford, will be one day inheriting 2,000 acres of Blenheim Palace and an estimated £100million fortune from his father, the reformed hedonist James Spencer-Churchill, 12th Duke of Marlborough.

He took to instagram yesterday to share photos with his 9,700 followers of his birthday trip to Corfu, alongside his wife, childhood sweetheart Camilla Thorp, Marchioness of Blandford, and several friends including Lady Jemima Herbert.

The aviation broker and Old Harrovian, whose full name is George John Godolphin Spencer-Churchill and who shares one-year-old daughter Olympia Arabella Kitty Spencer-Churchill with his wife, captioned his footage: “What a week!” .

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The future Duke of Marlborough (pictured with his wife) celebrated his 30th birthday in lavish style with a vacation to Greece – complete with a luxury villa, boat trips and a very glamorous white themed party

George (pictured with his friends), the Marquess of Blandford, will one day inherit the 2,000-acre Blenheim Palace and an estimated £100million fortune from his father, the Reformed hedonist James Spencer-Churchill, 12th Duke of Marlborough

George (pictured with his friends), the Marquess of Blandford, will one day inherit the 2,000-acre Blenheim Palace and an estimated £100million fortune from his father, the Reformed hedonist James Spencer-Churchill, 12th Duke of Marlborough

George took to Instagram yesterday to share photos with his 9,700 followers of his birthday trip to Corfu, alongside his wife, childhood sweetheart Camilla Thorp, the Marchioness of Blandford and several friends including Lady Jemima Herbert.

George took to Instagram yesterday to share photos with his 9,700 followers of his birthday trip to Corfu, alongside his wife, childhood sweetheart Camilla Thorp, the Marchioness of Blandford and several friends including Lady Jemima Herbert.

The aviation broker and Old Harrovian, whose full name is George John Godolphin Spencer-Churchill and who shares his one-year-old daughter Olympia Arabella Kitty Spencer-Churchill with his wife, captioned his footage:

The aviation broker and Old Harrovian, whose full name is George John Godolphin Spencer-Churchill and who shares one-year-old daughter Olympia Arabella Kitty Spencer-Churchill with his wife, captioned his footage: “What a week!”

Jemima – daughter of the late 17th Earl of Pembroke and Miranda, Countess of Pembroke – also posted snaps of the getaway to him social media page.

She captioned the footage, which largely showed the party dressed in all-white ensembles for a birthday bash: “Not-so-dirty 30s for @georgeblandford #allwhite #corfu #whitenight #thankyou.”

Jemima was reportedly joined over the holidays by her handsome insurance broker Hugo Davies, who she married in August 2021.

In the selection of photos posted by Aristocrats, George’s friends can be seen lounging by the villa’s pool, enjoying boat trips together and many luxurious meals.

In one image, silver balloons spelling out “Happy 30th” can be spotted behind a glamorously decorated table – complete with blue candles.

Jemima - daughter of the late 17th Earl of Pembroke and Miranda, Countess of Pembroke - also posted snaps from the getaway on her social media page

Jemima – daughter of the late 17th Earl of Pembroke and Miranda, Countess of Pembroke – also posted snaps from the getaway on her social media page

She captioned the footage, which largely showed the party dressed in all-white ensembles for a birthday bash:

She captioned the footage, which largely showed the party dressed in all-white ensembles for a birthday bash: “Not-so-dirty 30s for @georgeblandford #allwhite #corfu #whitenight #thankyou.”

In the selection of photos released by the Aristocrats, George's friends can be seen lounging by the villa's pool, enjoying boat trips and many luxurious meals together

In the selection of photos released by the Aristocrats, George’s friends can be seen lounging by the villa’s pool, enjoying boat trips and many luxurious meals together

In one image, silver balloons spelling out

In one image, silver balloons spelling out ‘Happy 30th’ can be spotted behind a glamorously decorated table – with blue candles

George became Marquess of Blandford in 2014, following the death of his grandfather and was named in 2019 by Tatler as one of the '10 most eligible people in the country'

His ties to the biggest names in British society are extensive and go back generations

George became Marquess of Blandford in 2014, following the death of his grandfather and was named in 2019 by Tatler as one of the ’10 most eligible people in the country’

George became Marquess of Blandford in 2014, following his grandfather’s death, and was named in 2019 by Tatler as one of the ’10 most eligible people in the country’.

His ties to the biggest names in British society are extensive and go back generations.

George’s great-great-grandfather, the 9th Duke of Marlborough, was a first cousin of Sir Winston Churchill and was married to Consuelo Vanderbilt, of the prominent American Vanderbilt dynasty. The late Princess Diana was also George’s fourth cousin, once removed.

The aristocrat and polo player lives in leafy southwest London, but will one day preside over the stunning 187-room Blenheim Palace.

He met his interior designer wife more than 10 years ago while vacationing on the Isle of Wight, with the two marrying in a lavish ceremony at Blenheim Palace in September 2018.

George's great-great-grandfather, the 9th Duke of Marlborough, was a first cousin of Sir Winston Churchill and was married to Consuelo Vanderbilt, of the prominent American Vanderbilt dynasty.  The late Princess Diana was also George's fourth cousin, once removed

George’s great-great-grandfather, the 9th Duke of Marlborough, was a first cousin of Sir Winston Churchill and was married to Consuelo Vanderbilt, of the prominent American Vanderbilt dynasty. The late Princess Diana was also George’s fourth cousin, once removed

He met his interior designer wife more than 10 years ago while vacationing on the Isle of Wight, with the two marrying in a lavish ceremony at Blenheim Palace in September 2018.

He met his interior designer wife more than 10 years ago while vacationing on the Isle of Wight, with the two marrying in a lavish ceremony at Blenheim Palace in September 2018.

Recalling the start of their relationship, Camilla told Tatler: “One day he started holding my hand.

“Our parents have been friends for years, which has made life a lot easier. We didn’t have to do the whole “meet the parents” thing.

George, son of James Spencer-Churchill and his first wife Rebecca Mary Few Brown, popped the question at Soho House, Istanbul, and the couple set about planning the wedding.

In September 2018, the couple married at St Mary Magdalene Church before heading home for a party under a marquee on the South Lawn of Blenheim Palace.

George met his interior designer wife (left) more than 10 years ago while vacationing on the Isle of Wight, with the two marrying in a lavish ceremony at Blenheim Palace in September 2018.

George met his interior designer wife (left) more than 10 years ago while vacationing on the Isle of Wight, with the two marrying in a lavish ceremony at Blenheim Palace in September 2018.

She wore a white Dolce & Gabanna dress, which was the designer’s first bespoke wedding dress ever worn in Britain.

As part of her bridal attire, Camilla also wore an heirloom that has been in the Marlborough family since 1895.

The diamond and pearl encrusted Boucheron tiara, which was sewn into the bride’s hair, was originally a wedding gift to Consuelo Vanderbilt, one of the ‘dollar princesses’, from her father at the time. of her marriage to the 9th Duke of Marlborough.

After the ceremony, the couple celebrated with friends and family at the palace, which spans 2,000 acres.

Central Saanich girls turn lemonade into cash for Ukrainians

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Left to right: Callie Allen, Lillia White and Karina Allen sell lemonade, popcorn and cookies at their Central Saanich booth to raise money for those helping resettle people from Ukraine to Canada. (Courtesy of Alicia Allen)

Central Saanich girls turn lemonade into cash for Ukrainians

The young trio raised over $300




Earlier this year, when Callie Allen, 8, Karina Allen, 10, and Lillia White, 10, heard about the war in Ukraine, they wanted to help.

The Central Saanich trio came up with a plan for a roadside stand, including a menu, roles and responsibilities and a cause to support, helping Ukrainians moving to Greater Victoria.

They put the plan into action on August 20 with homemade lemonade, cookies and popcorn at a stand adorned with handmade Ukrainian flags.

The community of Tanner Ridge responded in spades.

Pedestrians and drivers stopped by – including a few regular customers – and in nearly four hours the girls raised $300.

Profits were donated to the Intercultural Association of Greater Victoriaa settlement service agency.


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Tourist saving grace for Greece, restaurants, hotels and islands

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ATHENS – Tourists continue to flock! The tourists keep coming!

This could be Greece’s slogan in the summer of 2022, even during the lingering COVID-19 pandemic so many arrivals could be a banner year breaking previous records in 2019 when there were 33 million arrivals and €18 billion ($18 billion) in revenue.

The country is on course to hit 20 billion euros ($20 billion) in tourism spending this year, a critical amount as the state pumps cash into aid to inflation-ridden households record and rising electricity bills.

In a report, German broadcaster and news site Deutsche Welle (DW) noted the promising outlook, with Greece’s tourism ministry reaching out to lure visitors to less-visited islands and year-round destinations.

“For a long time Greece has not seen so much music, so much dancing, so much food and drink under bright summer skies,” the site said, giving the impression that Zorba was giving low blows on a Cretan beach in joy.

It’s been going on for 12 years. In 2010, successive governments needed three international bailouts of 326 billion euros ($325.97 billion) to prop up an economy battered by generations of overspending and runaway patronage.

The bailouts ended in 2018 and now, four years to the day, the country’s European Union lenders have ended surveillance of the economy, opening the door to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ New Democracy government. to accelerate recovery and attempt to restore market status for borrowing.

Tourism is Greece’s main revenue driver and contributes up to 18-20% of the annual gross domestic product (GDP) of 200.31 billion euros ($200.3 billion) and at its peak counted nearly one million workers in the sector.

The photos tell the picture.

Santorini is so overgrown the cliffside spots look like crabs covering a beach and you can’t get around without bumping into someone next to you just as eager to get a selfie with thousands of people in the photo .

August sees a million people arriving a week and they’re spending like drunken sailors, and some will need deep pockets given that there are places, especially Mykonos, notorious for abusing them.

Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias, a former professional basketball player with no experience in the field, took over just as tourism was beginning its runaway race and shows no signs of letting up.

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They arrive by plane – US airlines have added more direct flights to Athens, including restoring a popular route with Boston – and they arrive by cruise ship, car and bus – but not by train because Greece does not has no international connections.

There were some 3.5million arrivals in July and it’s not even the best month, making Kikilias almost giddy with the turnaround after two years of grim lockdowns and slowdowns and fear of the Coronavirus.

“If this continues until mid-September, we will survive next winter,” the owner of a large beach bar on the island of Naxos, identified only by his first name, Panayiotis, told DW.

While Greece is now much cheaper for Americans, with the euro and dollar essentially at parity, demand for accommodation has driven prices up and it is difficult to find a room in some places, let alone an airplane seat.

The hottest spots remain the usual: the expensive islands of Mykonos, Santorini, Corfu, Kos, and Rhodes, and Kikilias preaches lesser-known, more traditional, Greece-like islands of yore.

Even Athens, which had been shunned for years as a base, is seeing big numbers, especially young people who have discovered its European buzz and a plethora of cafes and shops and funky, individual neighborhoods.

“It’s wonderful and very comfortable in the city. We take the tram to the beaches, the sea is great, nice and warm and clear, and if you don’t want to, you don’t even have to rent an expensive umbrella,” Jasmina from Spain told about the visit. with her boyfriend Juan.

But if you don’t go to places where people don’t go, you’ll have a lot of company and not much peace or charm, especially on the islands where elbow soup is on the menu and there are more visitors than residents.

Data from the Bank of Greece also showed that June 2022 saw an increase of around 50% in the number of visitors from the United States, compared to 2019, and some 500,000 or more Americans – led by the diaspora – tributary.

The biggest problem in tourism is the lack of workers, as seasonal employees have given up the part-time, low-paying drudgery of serving people for permanent positions, leading to staff shortages in hotels and restaurants.

US cautiously considering F-16 deal for Turkey despite more Russian S-400s for Ankara

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An announcement from Russia last week that Turkey is set to receive another “regiment” of the S-400 missile defense system has officials in Washington scratching their heads.

But the Biden administration has suggested that Ankara will not face additional sanctions because it emerged that the new batch of Russian weapons was part of the original deal, which forced the Trump administration to penalize Turkey. under US law.

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The United States sanctioned Turkey using the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) in 2020, which included a ban on all U.S. export licenses to Turkey’s Defense Industries Branch (SSB) and a asset freezes and visa restrictions for its chief and deputies.

Despite repeated warnings to Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his aides, Turkey went ahead and was also kicked out of the F-35 fighter jet program.

Changing Alliances

After a bumpy initial relationship between Washington and Ankara under President Joe Biden, which further angered Erdogan by acknowledging the Armenian Genocide, Turkey found itself in a position to negotiate after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Erdogan was able to help broker a deal that allowed Ukrainian grain shipments to pass through the Black Sea. He also lifted his NATO membership veto for Finland and Sweden.

And as an alternative to the F-35s, Turkey offered to buy F-16 fighter jets instead. Additionally, as part of the potential deal, Turkey would also ask the United States to upgrade its existing fleet of 80 older F-16s, which are in dire need of modernization.

The Biden administration has signaled its openness to such a deal, but it has faced strong opposition from lawmakers on Capitol Hill, particularly Biden’s own political party.

Last month, Congress passed a bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prevent the Biden administration from selling F-16s to Turkey and add congressional oversight to “ensure that Turkey does not use F-16s to violate Greek sovereignty”.

Turkey has offered to buy F-16 fighter jets instead, and as part of the potential deal it would also ask the United States to upgrade its existing fleet of 80 older F-16s, which were badly in need of modernization. (File image)

Lawmakers criticized Turkey’s continued possession of the Russian S-400 and “it is increasingly belligerent rhetoric and aggression towards Greece, NATO’s reliable and democratic ally”.

And just two weeks ago, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee sounded the alarm over the sale of F-16s to Turkey, calling on Turkey to reject any military cooperation with “a war criminal like Vladimir Putin.

“The United States must be clear: Any expansion of Turkey’s ties with the Russian defense sector would be a grave mistake that would further endanger the security of our NATO allies and partners across Europe,” said Senator Bob Menendez in a statement.

Asked about the second regiment of S-400s, State Department spokesman Ned Price said Tuesday that the United States was not aware of any new developments on the matter. When asked if this would change the calculus of the F-16 deal, Price said: “We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but we’re not aware of any new developments on that. and so we will refer you to the Turkish authorities for now to speak.

He added: “But the point we have consistently made across the board is that Russia’s brutal and unwarranted war on Ukraine makes it vital, now more than ever in some ways, that all countries avoid transactions. with the Russian defense sector. This exposes them to penalties. »

On Wednesday, Price was again asked about the F-16 deal following reports that a Turkish delegation was in Washington to discuss the matter. Price revealed little information other than the fact that meetings were underway regarding “Turkey’s request for F-16 support” and that a delegation had traveled to the United States for related discussions.

NATO and the geostrategic importance of Turkey

Turkey has frustrated Washington and other NATO members with its human rights abuses and crackdown on journalists, siding with Russia and its overflights of the Greek islands.

Turkey has also embarked on a fierce campaign targeting US-backed fighters in Syria, with Erdogan calling them “terrorists”. Biden has accused the Turkish government of undermining the campaign to defeat Islamic State.

Russian President Vladimir Putin greets Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan during a meeting in Sochi, Russia August 5, 2022. (Reuters)

Russian President Vladimir Putin greets Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan during a meeting in Sochi, Russia August 5, 2022. (Reuters)

Nonetheless, Turkey’s location and political clout are significant enough that the United States continues to seek ways to ensure it remains an important ally.

A senior State Department official previously told Al Arabiya English that it was crucial for NATO to ensure Turkey had fully operational air capabilities. “Turkey desperately needs to modernize its current fleet of fighter jets [for NATO]”said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to discuss the matter.

The official said the life of Turkey’s current F-16 fleet would be extended “by about five to 10 years” if the United States provided specific technology. “It’s their decision and it could be easy. They could just ship the S400s to Ukraine,” the official said. While that sounds far-fetched, the official stressed that it would almost certainly see a positive response from Congress.

US president voiced support for F-16 sale at NATO summit in Madrid in June, shortly after Erdogan said he was ready to veto Swedish and Finnish offers membership in NATO.

Giving a much-needed boost, Turkey appears to have some Republican supporters of the F-16 deal.

“I support the sale. Although we have differences with the Turkish government, Turkey is a NATO ally and we must strengthen this alliance,” Senator Marco Rubio said in a statement to Al Arabiya English.

The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has previously said the Turks have a credible argument for why they should use the F-16s.

“I’m positively disposed in that direction, but I’m not completely there yet,” Sen. Jim Risch told Defense News on May 4.

The Pentagon has also been a strong supporter of ensuring Turkey gets the fighter jets, citing NATO and US security interests.

After the NATO deal on Sweden and Finland, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Celeste Wallander told reporters that the Department of Defense “fully supports plans to modernize the Turkey for its F-16 fleet”.

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Surrounded by plantations, an indigenous community in Sumatra lives through the changing times

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  • Residents of the village of Talang Durian Cacar on the Indonesian island of Sumatra struggle to earn a decent income from unproductive oil palm trees.
  • Jakarta-based NGO Kaoem Telapak described the community’s shift to oil palm cultivation as an “ecological, social and cultural consequence of their marginalization”.
  • The community, part of the Talang Mamak indigenous group, can access their customary forest through a corridor through the oil palm plantations.

INDRAGIRI HILIR, Indonesia — Customary chiefs Patih Majuan, Datuk Manti and Datuk Mangku approach their frightened forest, hands clasped in prayer.

Other residents of Talang Durian Cacar village follow in tow, as the three elders reach an opening the size of a tennis court here in South Sumatra’s Indragiri Hilir district. The four corners of the clearing are marked with tombstones, but it is not a cemetery. Manti spreads incense over a small fire.

“We ask permission to visit here,” Manti says. “Please forgive any wrongdoing.”

The customary forest of Indragiri Hilir, the easternmost district of Indonesia’s Riau Province, is known as Hutan Keramat Penyabungan, or the Sacred Forest of the Penyabungan River. For generations it has been a holy place for the Talang Mamak indigenous group.

From the forest, the Penyabungan flows into the nearby Ekok River, which in turn is a tributary of the Batang Cenaku River. But the quality of the water in the river is deteriorating. And what remains of Talang Mamak customary forest is just over 2 hectares (5 acres).

This reflects wider changes in land use that have taken place in this low-lying district of Riau, whose northernmost community, Danai, is less than 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Singapore’s south coast.

From 2001 to 2022, Indragiri Hilir lost more than 50 percent of its ancient primary forest cover, according to Global Forest Watch, due to the rapid expansion of oil palm and acacia plantation concessions.

Census data from the statistics agency in 2020 showed the district’s population fell by around 1% from 2010-2020, even as Indonesia’s overall population grew by more than 16% during the same period.

Oil palm planters in Talang Durian Cacar. Image by Suryadi/Mongabay Indonesia.

Descendants of the Talang Mamak from the village of Talang Durian Cacar visit the remaining forest here every year before Eid al-Adha, an Islamic anniversary commemorating the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham in Judeo-Christian tradition) to sacrifice his son.

They bring a panoply of offerings – eggs, turmeric, seven kinds of flowers – and incense to invoke the spirits of their ancestors.

The rite is performed shortly before the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic calendar, which is the date of Eid al-Adha. After the ritual, the villagers proceeded to the seat of the ancient kingdom of Indragiri, which adopted Islam in the 15th century.

“The ritual is to ask our ancestors to watch over us on our journey to the kingdom,” said Patih Majuan, the village chief of Talang Durian Cacar.

Today, Indragiri Palace is painted green and gold, fenced on the shore of a lake in the district capital, Rangat, not far from the Trans-Sumatra highway.

There are two sacred forests in Talang Mamak customary territory, both named after the rivers that flow through them: Penyabungan and Tunu.

Unlike the Penyabungan region, where elders perform annual rites tied to the Islamic calendar, Tunu Forest is only visited once every three years. If there is a big disturbance in the community, a visit to the forest for guidance is a must, said Patih Majuan.

Like many forest peoples, the villagers of Talang Durian Cacar depend on their natural environment for food, nourishment, shelter and medical care – where remedies range from minor complaints to more serious ailments.

Gypsy and keduduk roots and kalakatai fiber, for example, is mixed into a diarrhea tonic.

“A day at the most and everything is fine,” said Majuan.

The forest is also a source of income. Rattan and related Jernang Plants are just two common forest products that residents of Tarang Durian Cacar rely on to participate in the growing cash economy. They also keep bees for the production of honey.

But the community in this corner of Indragiri Hilir is threatened by environmental and economic changes. Access to the customary forest requires crossing a corridor through oil palm plantations, which encircle the frightened terrain on all sides.

A house belonging to the Talang Durian people.
A Talang Mamak house. Image by Suryadi/Mongabay Indonesia.

Back in the village, Majuan pulls out a map showing his community surrounded by industrial oil palm concessions owned by PT Rigunas Agri Utama, PT Setia Agrindo Lestari, PT Mega DK 5 and PT Mega Nusa Inti Sawit.

The forest is also contiguous to a logging concession held by PT Bukit Betabuh Sei Indah, which is part of the Sinarmas conglomerate.

Mangku said the oil palm boom started with the policy of transmigration, initiated by Dutch colonial administrators and later accelerated by the independent Indonesian government. The transmigration policy resulted in the displacement of millions of people from densely populated Java to hinterlands like Indragiri Hilir to stimulate development on other islands.

At first, many transmigrants planted and tapped rubber trees, but the economy changed as international consumer demand for palm oil, which is used in everything from soap to instant noodles, grew.

“Compared to rubber, the price of palm oil is more profitable,” Mangku said.

The plantations reallocated land where previous generations grew fruits and vegetables. Today, the villagers of Talang Durian Cacar increasingly rely on local markets to meet their basic needs, including food.

Out of necessity, farmers in Talang Durian Cacar adapted to the change by planting oil palms themselves.

But like millions of Indonesian smallholder farmers, the people of Talang Durian Cacar are disadvantaged due to barriers to accessing quality seeds and technology.

The Talang Durian Cacar people, who depended on forest and agriculture for their livelihood, are now partly oil palm farmers. Around their customary area are large-scale oil palm plantations. Image by Suryadi/Mongabay Indonesia.

Farmers here usually buy cheap seeds from a local market, costing around 200,000 to 500,000 rupees ($13.50 to $33.70) for 250 seeds. They cannot afford to pay and access better quality seeds, respondents said.

In June, Mongabay, in conjunction with The Gecko Project and the BBC, released a joint investigation into palm oil companies failing to meet their obligations to smallholder farmers.

The fact that the villagers of Talang Durian Cacar do not have access to improved seedlings means that the fruits obtained at harvest have a lower than average weight. This leaves them with far less than they could earn, hampering families’ ability to provide a healthier and more prosperous future for their children.

Majuan said the group has never benefited from extension services, which are designed to train small-scale farmers in the techniques needed for greater productivity.

Removing barriers to market access is further complicated by the lack of telephone or internet reception in the village. The village has no electricity, which means families burn polluting solid fuels inside the house, a well-documented cause of harm.

The Ekok River has deteriorated since the surrounding land was converted to oil palm plantations.

Until relatively recently, the river could still be used as a free source of drinking water. But residents of Talang Durian Cacar have been buying drinking water by the gallon since 2015, an extra cash outlay to meet basic needs that were previously freely available.

The decision by Talang Durian Cacar families to switch from growing fruit and vegetables to oil palm reflects broader trends in Indonesia’s land-based economies, analysts said.

“Behaviour change does not happen naturally,” said Andre Barahamin, forest campaign manager at Kaoem Telapak, a Jakarta-based NGO. “It is an ecological, social and cultural consequence of their marginalization.”

Banner image: Hutan Keramat Penyabungan, or the Sacred Forest of the Penyabungan River. Image by Suryadi/Mongabay Indonesia.

A version of this story was reported by the Indonesian Mongabay team and first published here on our indonesian site on August 7, 2022.

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A low-budget summer vacation? 10 Coastal Destinations More Affordable Than Positano

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Summer vacations in Europe are a dream come true for most travelers, but the most popular destinations can often be off budget. While coastal gems like Positano, Italy are crowded for a reason, there are plenty of lesser-known, more budget-friendly coastal gems in and around Southern Europe and North Africa. Save money without compromising your beach getaway this summer by visiting one of these beautiful spots.



ten Ksamil, Albania

Ksamil is a picturesque village on the Southern Riviera of Albania which offers stunning turquoise waters and white sandy beaches. The best part? It is a fraction of the cost to travel to Albania than to Italy. To get to Ksamil, travelers can fly to Tirana, Albania, or Corfu, Greece, before traveling overland (or by ferry) to charming Ksamil. Albania is 36% cheaper than Italyensuring travelers budget for accommodation and food goes much further during their stay.

9 Faro, Portugal

To the west of Italy, travelers can find beautiful coastline at lower prices than Portugal. The Algarve region of the country is in the south of Portugal and its capital, Faro, is an idyllic destination with all the luxury and comfort of Positano at a lower price. The cost of living in Portugal is 10% cheaper than in Italy, so travelers can expect to pay less in Faro for food and accommodation while enjoying some of the best beaches and coastlines in the world. Faro has dramatic limestone cliffs that jut out from brilliant blue waters, and there are many outstanding restaurants serving Portuguese cuisine and fresh seafood.

Related: Cinque Terre to Portofino: Here’s how to get there

8 Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia

Crossing the waters of the Mediterranean Sea from Italy, travelers will find themselves on the coast of North Africa in the capital of Tunisia, Tunis. A short drive from Tunis is the charming seaside town of Sidi Bou Said, reminiscent of a Greek island with its white buildings. The cost of living in Tunisia is 43% cheaper than in Italyoffering budget travelers the chance to experience luxury here.

seven Alicante, Spain

Spain is known to be one of the most economical countries to travel to in Western Europe, so it’s no surprise that a coastal city there is more affordable than some of Italy’s most popular destinations. Skip the bustling city of Barcelona and head to the charming seaside town of Alicante. Spain is 11% cheaper than Italyand Alicante has a beautiful old town with narrow pedestrian streets called Barrio de la Santa Cruz for travelers to explore.


6 Essaouira, Morocco

Another fantastic North African coastal destination for summer is Essaouira, on the west coast of Morocco. This coastal town is located on the Atlantic Ocean and offers beautiful beaches, a rich history and exceptional local cuisine. The medina (old town) of Essaouira is lined with cannon-lined ramparts overlooking the sea. The cost of living in Morocco is 34% cheaper than in Italymeaning that travelers can put their funds to good use by staying in a luxurious Riad.

Related: Amalfi Coast Vs Cinque Terre: Which Is Better?

5 Rovinj, Croatia

Croatia is not famous for being a budget destination, and during the summer, the tourist crowds in Dubrovnik are unavoidable. However, further north in the country is a seaside gem called Rovinj. The Croatian fishing port town has romantic cobbled streets and pebble beaches bordering the Adriatic Sea. Although popular cities like Dubrovnik can be expensive for travelers due to high demand, the cost of living in Croatia is actually 21% less than in Italy.


4 Varna, Bulgaria

Head further east to Bulgaria this summer and discover breathtaking Black Sea beaches in Varna without the crowds converging on the Mediterranean. The port city of Varna is also a resort town, so there are plenty of upmarket places to relax by the water. Fortunately, Bulgaria is 68% cheaper than Italythese seaside resorts therefore do not have exorbitant prices.

3 Antalya, Turkey

Turkey is another budget destination whose beauty rivals Positano and the Amalfi Coast. The resort town of Antalya sits on the Mediterranean Sea, offering the same sought after turquoise waters as the Italian coast, the Greek islands, without the high price tag. Turkey is 54% more affordable than Italyand Antalya even has a certain Roman charm from its days as a Roman port city.


2 Thessaloniki, Greece

Greece is a vibrant country with ancient ruins to explore and bustling tavernas where travelers can socialize and eat the night away. While many people fly to Athens before heading to the Greek islands, cut costs by spending some beach time in Thessaloniki this summer. This stunning coastal city sits on the Aegean Sea and is most recognizable by its iconic White Tower. Like a economical destination for travelersGreece is one of the best, especially avoiding expensive islands like Santorini or Mykonos.

1 Himara, Albania

Another Albanian coastal gem, Himara sits on the Ionian Sea and is a beautiful historic town on the Albanian Riviera. It has a small town feel with epic views of the mountains in the distance. The population here is both Greek and Albanian, making it a bilingual destination. To get to Himara, travelers can fly to the Albanian capital, Tirana, then hire a car to drive 4 hours south to this economic paradise.

‘In One Walk You Can See an Acropolis, Hawks and Eagles’: Hike Greece’s Ancient Island Trails | Holidays in the Greek Islands

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BWater is all around us on this beautiful April morning, my daughter and I climbing a path marked as a donkey trail on our map of the Cycladic island of Sifnos. Butterflies fly over terraced meadows teeming with wild lupins, red poppies and soft green grasses. A whitewashed chapel is bright against the blue sky. Atop a hill stand the silver canopy of an olive grove and the remains of a stone windmill, the long-missing rays and sails. We approach the edge of a rocky outcrop and a mosaic of blues takes shape under our feet: it is the sea of ​​Myrto and it stretches, sparkling, in three directions, as if to the ends of the earth.

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Our trail is well marked. However, we hesitate when we see that he crosses a farmer’s field and, with him, the herd of cows that he leads towards a stone outbuilding. “Come on”, he shouts to us in Greek, smiling, encouraging us to follow the path through his land. He greets us warmly, asks if we are okay, then continues his work.

From here we cross another flowery meadow and then descend to the picturesque village of Faros, a group of white cubic houses hugging a bay. Once the main port of the island, Faros is now quiet, so we continue walking towards the beaches of Vlicho and Apokofto and, our destination, the 16th century monastery of Chryssopigi. Sitting at the end of a rocky islet separated from Sifnos by a narrow chasm spanned by a short footbridge, the monastery stands proud and white against the sea.

The trail to Chrysopigi, Sifnos. Photography: Mauritius Images/Alamy

Attracted by Sifnos’ network of 100 km of trails, we came to the island to walk. Today’s journey began in the exquisite hilltop village of Kastro, where an Airbnb rental serves as the base for our daily adventures. A fortified medieval settlement built like a maze around a 6th century BC acropolis. Easter. Every morning as we leave, we are greeted by a chorus of songbirds, roosters and mourning doves, the distant tinkling of goat bells and the meowing of cats who have learned that we will gladly bestow affection with small bites of food. . The people we meet in the narrow cobbled streets of Kastro, accessible only on foot, can be counted on two hands: an elderly woman dressed in black who never fails to say hello to us, the village priest who teaches violin and lute in the alley of our accommodation, a sweeper and a handful of tourists who, like us, are there to walk around.

Kastro is like a living museum, with sarcophagi and other antiquities strewn across the streets, but its cafes and taverns are closed at this time of year. There aren’t enough locals to warrant them staying open year-round, and there aren’t enough tourists either. Most businesses in Kastro will open for the Easter weekend, then close again until high season in July and August.

Kamares is the main port of Sifnos and also has one of the best beaches on the island
Kamares is the main port of Sifnos and also has one of the best beaches on the island Photography: Cavan Images/Alamy

But, slowly, the trails are changing the feast-and-famine nature of tourism in Sifnos, says Moscha Diareme, owner of Hotel Nymfes in the port town of Kamares. “More and more people are traveling here because of the walking trails,” she says. “They arrive in September, after the high season is over, and they keep arriving until June, until it gets too hot to walk and the hotels fill up with other tourists. people who come for the beaches, there is nothing to do here for nine or ten months of the year, but for people like you, there are beautiful walks almost all year round.

Diareme noticed the increase in walking tourism in 2017. “That year, plus 2018 and 2019, were good years because of the walkers. They are quiet people, but they still like to wake up in a nice place and have a good breakfast. When they are done walking for the day, they still like to relax, go out to dinner and go shopping. Here we say, “If we have more boats, we have more work. Now, thanks to walkers, we have more boats – out of season. Walkers extend our tourist season; they grow our economy.

The Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Charalampos in the village of Faros.
The Church of Saint Charalampos in the village of Faros. Photograph: Ioannis Mantas/Alamy

As a result, she says, more young people are staying on Sifnos and others, with no family ties to the island, are moving here, attracted by economic developments.

Anna Graikou is one of these young people. Born in Thessaloniki on the mainland, she visited Sifnos in her early twenties. An avid walker, she was captivated by the island and its trails – and stayed there. Today, she owns and runs a guide company, Sifnos Hiking. “In just one walk you can see a Mycenaean acropolis, falcons, eagles and rare species of flowers and trees. You are accompanied by the smells of oregano, thyme, savory and sage.

Like so many others we’ve met here, Graikou’s love for Sifnos is contagious.

The trails have always been there, says Graikou. Before roads were built and cars became commonplace, the Sifnians used them to travel from village to village, reach the island’s many chapels and churches, and drive to their fields. Over the decades, as young people left farming to work in the island’s growing tourist economy, or left the island altogether, many trails deteriorated. Few have been consistently marked or correctly mapped.

A view of Kamares Bay.
A view of Kamares Bay. Photography: EmmePi Images/Alamy

In 2015, the municipality of the island decided to invest in the trails and promote them to tourists. But first they had to fix them, mark them and map them. For help, they turned to an organization called Paths of Greece.

Founded in 2010 by Fivos Tsaravopoulos, Paths of Greece works to develop trail networks across the country. Tsaravopoulos traces the organization’s beginnings to 2008 and the island of Kythera, off the southern tip of the Peloponnese peninsula. When he went to hike the island’s historic trails, he found many of them neglected and overgrown. “It occurred to me that a vital part of Kythera’s history was disappearing with the trails,” he says.

He contacted the Kytherian Foundation for Culture and Development to restore them. Since then, over €140,000 has been invested in the island’s trails. As Tsaravopoulos worked to help Kytherians revitalize their paths, he was struck by the fact that a myriad of ancient paths exist throughout Greece and, if developed, could attract hikers and generate a source of income. stable and sustainable for rural communities.

A street in Kastro.
A street in Kastro. Photography: vivoo/Alamy

A study by the Kytherian Foundation showed that from 2012 to 2016, the island’s trails generated €1.8 million in off-season revenue. “Wherever they are, trail networks stabilize the seasonality of traditional mass tourism,” says Tsaravopoulos. “People don’t come for walks in the summer; they come out of season.

Plus, says Rigas Zafeiriou, program director for the Kytherian Foundation, walking tourism generates money that stays in the community. “We find that local family businesses take advantage of the trails, whereas, for example, package tours, all-inclusive resorts and cruise ships generally offer less benefit to local businesses.”

The challenges created by mass tourism are not limited to the economy, adds Zafeiriou, especially given the climate crisis. “So, instead of 3,000 inhabitants, you have 25,000 and all of them need a shower and access to drinking water. By spreading tourism throughout the year, we normalize water consumption and make better use of existing infrastructure, such as hotels and restaurants. To further develop high season tourism, more infrastructure should be built. This increases carbon emissions and can lead to urban sprawl. We want to reduce emissions and prevent sprawl. Trails help us do all of this.

In Sifnos, Paths of Greece worked with the municipality, local people and volunteers to survey, mark and reconstruct a network of 19 trails. While community interest is vital to the success of every trail project, Tsaravopoulos says, it is sometimes initially met with skepticism. “Fortunately, it didn’t last. When locals see people coming to their area to walk the trails of their ancestors, they are inspired to walk them too. Today, hiking clubs have formed both in Sifnos and Kythera; members gather regularly to walk and help maintain the trail systems.

Faros is another village accessible by superb paths.
Faros is another village accessible by superb paths. Photography: Rawf8/Alamy

Despite the calm in Kastro, there is life on the island during the week my daughter and I are there. For dinner, we often drive our rental car to the towns of Apollonia or Artemonas which have a solid year-round resident base, and restaurants, bakeries and shops are open for business. Our favorite tavern is in Kamares where we also like a shop that sells local honey, sweets and ceramics. Everywhere we go on Sifnos, marked trails cross roads and villages, and we see and meet tourists who are there to explore them.

On our way back to Kastro from Chryssopigi Monastery, on the trail marked as a donkey path, my daughter and I indeed saw a donkey and a white-haired man riding it. Within moments, because this is Greece where the people are as warm as the sun, we learn that the 78-year-old walks this path daily to check on his sheep, tend to his olive grove and visit a chapel.

“I’ve hiked this path almost every day since I was little,” he tells us when I ask him about the trails on the island. “The paths give us olives, they give us milk, cheese, they give us God – and they give us beauty”, he adds, pointing to the sea. He asks me ostensibly: “Are you Okay ?

I nod enthusiastically. “Oh yes. Yes, I know that,” I said.

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Duncan woman arrested in drug raid

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Duncan woman arrested in drug raid

A 44-year-old man had a variety of drugs and money at home




A Duncan woman was arrested after police executed a search warrant at a home in the town earlier this month.

In the early morning hours of August 6, the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Street Crime Unit, with the assistance of police dog services and frontline officers, executed a search warrant in the 2700 block of Rd. Miller to Duncan.

“This search warrant was obtained following an investigation into drug trafficking within the community and beyond,” said Corporal Alex Bérubé, spokesperson for the British Columbia RCMP.

A 44-year-old woman was taken into custody without incident for allegedly dealing illegal drugs at the residence.

During the search, officers located and seized more than 19 ounces of controlled substances, including suspected fentanyl, methamphetamine and cocaine, as well as approximately 1,600 prescription pills, 72 cartons of counterfeit cigarettes, more $4,000 in cash and a conducted energy weapon.

The Street Crime Unit is continuing its investigation and asks anyone with information to contact North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522

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Greek Olive Oils Cross a Continent for the Olive Japan Awards

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By Lisa Radinovsky of Greek Liquid Gold.

Competing with 816 entries from 27 countries, Greek olive oil producers took home 55 awards at the 2022 edition of Olive Japan, the third most awards, after Spain and Italy. Amassing an impressive 5 gold and 4 silver medals, Goutis Estate also won the Best of Greece distinction this year, while several other Greek companies won several awards.

Nicolas Lambropoulos told Greek Liquid Gold that AMACS – Goutis Estate grows the olives for its oil “mainly in the wider area of ​​ancient Olympia and the hills around the Alfeios Valley” in Ilia (Elis), Peloponnese, Greece. The Goutis Estate team has the particularity of being made up of political scientists, former bankers, economists and engineers, as well as agronomists and farmers.

As Lambropoulos explains, they are all from the Ilia region: “Their childhood memories remained strong for decades, and after successful international careers, they wanted to return to their childhood home” for him. to offer “a new perspective in the difficult days of the global economic crisis”.

So, working with experienced farmers, the team decided to plant many new olive trees alongside the old ones. According to Lambropoulos, they have combined tradition with modern production methods, including “the best international scientific methods of cultivation, olive collection and pressing, so that the result is flawless. The final product hides within itself the secrets of the rare microclimate of Olympian land. We follow a rigorous management plan, respecting nutritional rules and aiming for quality and the particular character of the flavor.

Products from Domaine Goutis. Photo: Goutis estate/website

Similar to Goutis Estate in being born out of a desire to honor a childhood homeland (and a family tradition), another multi-award-winning company grows its olives in Laconia, Peloponnese. With 3 gold and 3 silver, the Pierrakos family business, Laconiko, received awards for flavored and extra virgin olive oils.

As Diamantis Pierrakos explains, before taking its place among the top Greek winners in the olive oil sector, the Laconiko team worked with perseverance for years, aware that “success does not happen overnight. overnight,” but rightly convinced that “recognition would eventually follow.

As Pierrakos points out, “We are committed to providing olive oils that are the best representation of our values: honesty, quality and consistency. Finding an honest and reliable producer is very important in a world filled with misleading brands, because the consumer deserves to receive what he pays for.

Pierrakos is proud to see its extra virgin, early harvest, and flavored olive oils praised in Japan because its team is “grateful for the customers we have in Japan” and they appreciate the Japanese market.

Mediterre Eurofood, a second olive producing company in the area of ​​Ancient Olympia, is pleased to win 2 gold and 6 silver medals for its extra virgin olive oils and flavored olive oils. As Konstantinos Papadopoulos explains, this “gives us the opportunity to promote our products on the Japanese market”.

He adds that “his team’s passion and dedication to their work and to olive oil combined with great expertise and constant research have led to such success.”

Papadopoulos points out that “every one of us loves what we do at Mediterre Eurofood, and this is reflected in our end products. We firmly believe that through innovation and respect for our people, our growers and the environment, we can create honest products of the highest quality for our customers. He considers this especially important now, “given all the problems our planet is currently facing”, so that “health is our first priority. Excellent olive oil is synonymous with ‘good health.’

Ol-eve owner Antonios Tirpintiris also points to the health and flavor benefits of the best EVOOs, which make “the olive tree a gift from God to humanity.” Hailing from the Aegean island of Lesvos, two of Falcon SA’s Ol-eve organic extra virgin olive oils have won medals – one gold and one silver. Tirpintiris attributes this success to several factors, including a team that shares “the same vision for high quality extra virgin olive oil” and for “a better, more sustainable and more biodiverse future for our planet”.

“We have achieved something unique,” ​​reveals Tirpintiris: “we have transformed an area suffering from desertification into a green and sustainable land, taking care of biodiversity with 40,000 olive trees and 20,000 other fruitful trees, plants and flowers. and useful. We fertilize our trees with organic, natural compost, using Posidonia seaweed from the estate’s seaside and pruned branches. Additionally, the estate’s “new, technologically advanced oil mill uses modern techniques to retain all of the olive oil’s nutrients,” while minimizing the time between harvest and production.

With their knowledge, dedication, attention to detail, hard work and respect, Greek olive oil producers have once again distinguished themselves in a major international olive oil competition far from home. Olive oil from Greece continues to cross continents and oceans to bring the flavor and health benefits of this Mediterranean nation to people around the world.

Ol-eve olive trees in Lesbos. Photo: Ol-eve/Website.

Full lists of Greek winners at Olive Japan 2022:

Best of Greece at Olive Japan 2022 Gold Award Winner More

  • AMACS – Goutis Estate – Goutis Estate Miller’s Blend – Koroneiki and Manaki

Greek Gold Award Winners at Olive Japan 2022

(Company – Olive oil – Variety or varieties of olives and aromas, if any)

  • AMACS – Goutis Estate – Goutis Estate Bitter Gray – Nemoutiana
  • AMACS – Goutis Estate – Goutis Estate Breeze – Koroneiki
  • AMACS – Domaine Goutis – Domaine Goutis Premium – Koroneiki and Manaki
  • AMACS – Goutis Estate – Goutis Estate Sea Breeze – Koroneiki
  • Laconiko – Laconiko Lime – Flavored Koroneiki
  • Laconiko – Laconiko Meyer Lemon – Flavored Koroneiki
  • Laconiko – Laconiko Rosemary – Flavored Koroneiki
  • Falcon SA – Ol-eve organic extra virgin olive oil, early harvest – Koroneiki
  • Hellenic Agricultural Companies – Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Aeolian Olive – Kolovi
  • Jordan Olivenöl GmbH – Jordan Bio Olivenoel – Nativ Extra – Kolovi and Adramitiani
  • Mediterre Eurofood SA – Mediterre Basil – Flavored Koroneiki
  • Mediterre Eurofood SA – Mediterre Omphacium Bio – Olympia
  • Sakellaropoulos Organic Farms – Syllektikon Gourmet Flavored Olive Oil with Lemon, Orange and Thyme – Flavored Koroneiki
  • Terra Creta SA – Extra virgin olive oil Terra Creta Grand Cru Koroneiki – Koroneiki

Greek Silver Award Winners at Olive Japan 2022

(Company – Olive oil – Variety or varieties of olives and aromas, if any)

  • AMACS – Domaine Goutis – Domaine Goutis Bella Vista – Koroneiki
  • AMACS – Goutis Estate – Goutis Estate Blossom – Koroneiki, Manaki, Makri and Lianolia
  • AMACS – Goutis Estate – Goutis Estate Fresh – Koroneiki and Nemoutiana
  • AMACS – Domaine Goutis – Domaine Goutis Sakura – Koreneiki, Manaki, Makri and Lianolia
  • Laconiko – Extra virgin olive oil Laconiko – Koroneiki
  • Laconiko – Garlic Laconiko – Flavored Koroneiki
  • Laconiko – Laconiko Olio Nuovo – Koroneiki
  • Olive Oil Paschalas – Entelechia – Halkidiki
  • Falcon SA – Ol-eve Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Early Harvest – Kolovi
  • Garofallos Dimitrios – Marmaro olive oil – Halkidiki
  • Greek Nature Estate – Vios by Greek Nature Estate – Koroneiki
  • Hellenic Agricultural Companies – Acaia Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Kolovi
  • Hellenic Agricultural Companies – Acaia Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Kolovi
  • Hellenic Agricultural Companies – Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Aeolian Olive – Kolovi
  • Hellenic Agricultural Companies – L&Ko Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Kolovi
  • Efthimiadou Aristi Sonia – Eliris – Manaki, Chalkidikis, Koroneiki and Megaritiki
  • Jordan Olivenöl GmbH – Jordan Olivenoel – Bambatsa – Nativ Extra – Kolovi and Adramitiani
  • Jordan Olivenöl GmbH – Jordan Olivenoel – Nativ Extra – Kolovi and Adramitiani
  • Kala & Mata AB – Antonis Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Kala & Mata – Koroneiki
  • Karpea SA – Organic Karpea Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Koroneiki
  • Mediterre Eurofood SA – Mediterre Alea – Koroneiki
  • Mediterre Eurofood SA – Mediterre Lena – Koroneiki and Manaki
  • Mediterre Eurofood SA – Mediterre Olymp Olympia IGP – Koroneiki and Kolireiki
  • Mediterre Eurofood SA – Mediterre Olymp Olympia IGP Bio – Koroneiki and Kolireiki
  • Mediterre Eurofood SA – Mediterre Omphacium – Olympia
  • Mediterre Eurofood SA – Mediterre Rosmarino – Flavored Koroneiki
  • Kontoulis Evangelos – Ayolias – Koroneiki
  • Maurice Frances SA – Oleajuice (Rose) – Koroneiki and Manaki
  • Maurice Frances SA – Oleajuice (Tender) – Manaki and Koroneiki
  • Ellaxia Trade – Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil Ladolea Patrinia – Patrinia
  • Pellas Nature P.Co. – Organic Olive Oil Drops Basil – Flavored Koroneiki
  • Medbest SA – Greek extra virgin olive oil Nefeli – Koroneiki
  • Sakellaropoulos Organic Farms – Masterpiece Blend Flavored Olive Oil with Chilli, Cloves, Nutmeg & Cinnamon – Flavored Koroneiki, Athinoelia & Koutsouroelia
  • Sakellaropoulos Organic Farms – Treasure Blend Flavored Olive Oil with 4 Peppers (Sichuan, Bourbon, Rose, Grains of Paradise), Lime and Lemongrass – Flavored Koroneiki, Athinoelia, Koutsouroelia, Kalamon and Mourtoelia
  • SA Andriotis Co. – Olithea Corfu – Lianolia
  • Build Bridge A Ltd. – Doleon / Premium Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Koroneiki
  • Sitia Olive Oil SA – Lasitia – Sitia 0.3 – Koroneiki
  • Oilove – Oilove® Organic EVOO – Origin Astros, Arcadia, Greece – Koroneiki
  • Tzortzis Olive Oil Company – Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil Olvia – Adramitini and Kolovi
  • Πολυμενακος Αγετεε – Maxouli – Koroneiki and Manaki

*Originally published on Greek Liquid Gold: Authentic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (greekliquidgold.com). Check out this site for olive oil recipes, photos from Greece, agrotourism and food tourism suggestions, and olive oil news and information.

The best island in Europe? How to explore the idyllic island of Milos

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The otherworldly landscapes, charming villages and epic adventures of Milos make this Mediterranean gem a truly unforgettable Greek island getaway.

Greece is known for its cavalcade of undeniably beautiful islands which are renowned for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, making it a highly coveted Mediterranean holiday destination. But with so many idyllic islands, it can be hard to choose just one as a base for the ultimate getaway (although island hopping can be a lot of fun too!)

However, those looking for the right mix of relaxation and recreation need look no further than what might be one of the most colorful islands in the entire Aegean: the beautiful island of Milos. With its array of dazzling landscapes and charming villages, this OG Venus de Milo home is the perfect retreat for travelers seeking an otherworldly getaway that’s so much more than idyllic beaches.

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The dazzling sights of Milos

The spectacular Greek island of Milos is well worth visiting, if only to appreciate its breathtaking beauty. Vibrant volcanic landscapes coexist with a kaleidoscope of dazzling color that dazzles the eye virtually everywhere you look, cerulean skies and luminous waters changing from emerald to indigo against multicolored rocky backdrops; with hidden pirate coves and scenic views galore, this quaint, pint-sized Aegean beauty is as beautiful as any of its (larger) Greek island counterparts.

  • Visit the breathtaking limestone landscape of Sarakiniko, one of the most iconic sites in Milos. Known for its smooth, curved rock formations believed to resemble the surface of the moon and its clear, turquoise waters, this popular spot is a must-see in Milos. Cliff diving, sunsets, wrecks and caves, sunbathing.
  • The best way to appreciate the singular landscape of Milos is to take a boat trip around some of the most beautiful bays and beaches of the island filled with unforgettable panoramas and bright and vibrant landscapes.Kleftiko, Cave of Sykia, Gerontasand Gerakas are all popular spots. Swimming, snorkeling, IG-worthy scenery, hidden caves
  • Explore it syrmata (boathouses built into the rocks) in the charming fishing villages of Klima, Mandrakia, and Pyropotamos to soak up even more iconic vistas as you hike between the ultra-colorful locations. Milos is full of amazing villages that all offer something for everyone, including delicious restaurants, scenic spots, beautiful beaches, and historical attractions.


Maxing, relaxation and Aegean adventure in Milos

While its colorful backdrop and iconic views are enough to wow any visitor, there are plenty of activities on this charming island to keep vacationers busy. Whether it’s relaxing by the beach or having adventures on land (and sea!), there’s something waiting for you around every corner of this Aegean treasure.

  • Explore the capital of Milos, Plaka– stroll its cobbled streets, thread its sun-drenched 19th-century architecture, or head to the nearby village of Tripiti to explore its catacombs and amphitheater
  • Go car-free and hire an ATV or scooter instead, one of the best ways to access some of Milos’ most memorable sights and navigate its narrow streets with ease. Head to the old pirate hideout papafragasexplore the culinary paradise of Pollonia or visit Milos Little Venice.


  • Beach lovers will find their sun and fun on some of the most beautiful beaches in the Cyclades, perfect for spending the day soaking up the breathtaking beauty of Milos and the laid back atmosphere of the island. Gerontas, Palaiochori and Firiplaka are just some of the best beach spots on the cozy island.
  • Go snorkeling with a dive into the volcanic seabed of Kleftiko, or indulge your inner pirate by exploring an underwater wreck or secluded cove. Swim in Papafragas Cave or go on a kayaking adventure to popular spots like Paliohori Where Glaronisia.

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Where to dine in Milos

There’s no shortage of amazing food stops in Milos – from authentic Greek mainstays to fresh seafood and creative, colorful dishes, the island is well known for its impressive culinary cred.

  • Seasonal and wellness cuisine and breathtaking sea views make the place of Trypiti Square OKTO a must visit on any trip to Milos – and the seafood alone is well worth it.
  • The sumptuous and sophisticated setting of Sirocco is matched only by its delicious menu which takes Greek gastronomy to a whole new level.
  • Local dishes with a farm-to-table twist dominate in this creative and lively hotspot Oh! Hamos! a super popular place whose taverna feels like a wonderful complement to the traditional cuisine.
  • Modern twists on classic dishes accompany feel-good vibes and unforgettable views at the incomparable Gialoslocated in the picturesque port of Pollonia.


Luxury accommodations on the island of Minos

The perfect accompaniment to an unforgettable Mediterranean holiday in Milos is a stay in one of the island’s sumptuous accommodations, boasting a distinctive Greek character and a clean, yet elegant aesthetic that perfectly complements the glorious panoramic views; Milos has its fair share of luxury accommodations where visitors can experience the island life.

  • Perfect for couples, the adults-only retreat Volcano Luxury Suites Milos is an idyllic getaway that is the perfect balance between natural beauty and lavish luxury. Rates from $335 and up/night
  • Take the one from Milos Syrma visits to the next level with an immersive stay at Terra Mare Milos, located in the beautiful village of Mytakas. A real waterfront gem that is as secluded and charming as it gets. Rates from $242 and more/night
  • A beautiful natural retreat with panoramic views and all the charm of the Aegean Sea of ​​Milos on its doorstep, the Skinopi Lodgeits bright and airy accommodation to offer the ultimate combo of relaxation and recreation. Contact the hotel directly for rates and availability by phone at +302287022070
  • The incredibly unique architectural gem Milos Cove Resort is in such perfect harmony with its environment that it seems to have arisen from the island itself. Breathtakingly luxurious and picturesque, it’s like staying in the very heart of Milos. Rates vary by season, but generally start around $1,000+/night.


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Wizz Air suspends flights from Cardiff Airport

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LONDON — Low-cost airline Wizz Air will reduce its flight schedule over the winter months while suspending routes to many popular destinations.

From September 19, the carrier will halt flights from Cardiff to destinations including Alicante, Corfu, Heraklion, Faro, Larnaca, Lanzarote, Palma de Mallorca, Sharm el-Sheikh and Tenerife.

Airline cites tough economic environment for cancellations


He blamed the changes on a “difficult economic environment”. The airline will continue to operate new flights for the winter season from October 30 to Milan, Italy and Bucharest, Romania.

Airline officials say the decision to terminate services was difficult but was made as soon as possible to minimize last-minute cancellations and provide customers with easier rebooking options.

Passengers whose reservations are affected by this change will be notified by email and can choose to receive 120% of the original price on airline credit, a 100% cash refund or similar flights for next summer departing from Cardiff or this year via London Gatwick or London. . Luton.

Due to the suspension of base operations over the winter months, all staff based in Cardiff will have the option of redeploying to other UK airports over the winter. Wizz Air plans to resume operations from Cardiff next spring and, as part of its long-term commitment to the airport, has already launched its summer 2023 flight schedule, available via wizzair.com.

Marion Geoffroy, Managing Director of Wizz Air UK, said: “We are extremely disappointed to have to suspend several routes from Cardiff Airport for the winter season. Although these routes have proven popular during the summer season, it will not be commercially viable to continue to operate them during the coming winter due to the difficult macroeconomic environment. This leaves us with no choice but to suspend these routes until next spring.

Wizz Air UK opened its Cardiff base in April this year and an Airbus A321 has been stationed at the airport to operate nine new routes. Expansion activities created approximately 40 direct jobs and another 250 indirect jobs. Now that the airline has reduced most of its operations out of Cardiff, the 40 employees will be offered alternative jobs at other UK airports over the winter.

Since the announced route suspensions will take place with just over a month’s notice, many passengers who have booked these flights will be inconvenienced with their travel plans. To compensate for this inconvenience, Wizz Air is extremely sorry.


“We deeply regret any inconvenience this may cause to customers who have already booked flights with us. We are in contact with all affected customers to explain their options,” Geoffroy said.

The airline will offer its customers many rebooking and refund options. “It takes time to build sustainable operations at any base, and we are ready to develop operations in Cardiff for the long term,” Geoffroy concluded.

The company established a new base at Cardiff Airport in December 2020 and created 40 new jobs, with the aim of increasing the airport’s annual capacity by 350,000 seats.

However, he reported mounting losses of £381m in the first quarter of this year, which he said was due to the impact of fuel costs and recent airport disruptions.

He said rising demand and ticket prices should ensure “substantial operating profit” in the second quarter.

Cardiff Airport has been owned by the Welsh Government since March 2013.

Welsh Government Minister Julie James said: “Although this is an unfortunate time, the airport board remains positive about its recovery from the pandemic as there is still significant travel demand this year.

“My managers will continue to maintain a close and open dialogue with the airport’s board of directors, and despite this announcement, I remain positive about the airport’s recovery and eventual growth.”

Natasha Asghar, Welsh Shadow Tory Transport Minister, said: “This is incredibly disappointing news for Cardiff Airport, which has already seen passenger numbers plummet and continues to suffer losses.

“Wales needs an airport that attracts airlines to boost the economy and show Wales to the world.

“Labour ministers are expected to monitor the situation and provide urgent clarification as to when services will resume and alternative routes provided by other airlines.”

Ontario Crypto Exchanges Impose $30,000 Annual Limit on Altcoin Purchases

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Canada-based crypto exchanges Bitbuy and Newton impose an annual $30,000 (CAD) “purchase limit” for “restricted coins” for their Ontario-based users to “protect consumers” amid heightened regulations .

Newton, a Toronto-based crypto exchange announcement the new changes come after working on registration with the Ontario Securities Commission and securities regulators in other Canadian provinces and territories, noting in an August 16 post:

“These changes are intended to protect crypto investors, like yourself, and to ensure that investors are aware of the risks associated with investing in crypto assets.”

Under the new changes, Ontario-based crypto traders on Newton and other Canadian crypto platforms will be subject to an annual “net purchase limit” of $30,000 (CAD) on all crypto coins -currency except Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ethereum (ETH) and Litecoin (LTC).

Newton further clarified that if a trader bought and then sold a restricted coin, the amount of the sale would be subtracted from the limit. The limit resets every 12 months from the first purchase of restricted coins.

The purchase limits come as the crypto platform announced on Wednesday that it has officially registered as a “restricted dealer” in the province of Ontario, meaning it is now subject to the regulations issued by the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) .

Other changes aimed at consumer protection include a “trading questionnaire,” in which the exchange is required to collect information from users about their past experience and knowledge of crypto investing, financial status, and risk tolerance – which must be met to continue funding the account and trading on the platform.

The crypto exchange will also send traders a notification if the trader’s portfolio receives a level of loss they indicated in the questionnaire that they are not comfortable with.

Canadian crypto exchange bitbuy also confirmed similar purchase limits earlier in the year, noting that similar restrictions also apply to users in the provinces of Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia , Prince Edward Island, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Similar to Newton, Bitbuy asks traders to complete a questionnaire to determine if the investor qualifies as a retail investor, qualifying investor, or sophisticated investor. However, while retail investors remain subject to the purchase limit of $30,000, the purchase limit for eligible investors is increased to $100,000 and no purchase limit exists for accredited investors.

Newton provided traders with an overview of what they should expect when the new rules come into effect.

Source: Newton

The province of Ontario alone accounts for almost 40% of the Canadian population, with Toronto being the main metropolitan hub.

Newton noted that each province and territory in Canada has its own securities regulator, which combined make up the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA).

Related: Clean crypto: how much application is too much?

Nor is consumer protection the only concern of Canadian regulators. In April 2021, the Canadian federal government announced that it would conduct a legislative review of the financial sector, with a particular focus on improving the stability and security of digital currencies and establishing a digital currency central bank (CBDC).

Newton, which bills itself as “Canada’s trusted low-cost crypto trading platform,” was founded in 2018 and is currently one of the most popular exchanges in Canada, having topped 100,000 users in February 2021.

Greece 2022 Big Summer Tourism Brings Big Bang Bucks Boost

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ATHENS – With the COVID-19 pandemic waning and health restrictions ending, so many tourists are arriving in Greece that summer could bring a record year for arrivals and revenue.

Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias said he expects a surge of visitors to become a tsunami over the rest of the summer, with August seeing the hordes keep coming and spending big , tired of blockages.

He said that in August up to a million people would arrive each week from around the world, even with the loss of Russians after that country’s airlines were banned under European Union sanctions for the invasion of Ukraine.

If those numbers continue, it would mean Greece would surpass the previous record year of 2019 which saw 33 million arrivals – three times the population and 18 billion euros ($18.3 billion) in income, said SchengenVisaInfo.com.

The biggest markets are Germany and the UK, although some 500,000 Americans, led by the vast diaspora keen to vacation in the home country, are also leading the charge.

Besides the usual popular destinations on the mainland, now including Athens, and islands such as Mykonos, Santorini and Corfu, other destinations have proven to be attractive, with Germans and Britons favoring Rhodes and Chania in Crete, already overtaking 2019 levels.

“The tourist season in Greece has started earlier than ever, and we are working hard to complete it by the end of 2022,” Kikilias said, with the ministry trying to make the country a year-round destination with attractions other as beaches and islands.

The site previously said Greek airports welcomed more than 3.4 million tourists in June, far more than the same month in 2021, when some health measures were still in place and international travel was restricted.

“We will try to lengthen the tourist season and attract more high-income travellers. We are living in a global crisis, and I will continue to say this because some people think what is happening this year is business,” Kikilias said earlier.

As visitors roam the country, the Acropolis also wows them with more than 16,000 people a day viewing the historic splendor, most of them from the United States.

Greece eyes airport spots for super-rich private jet tourists

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ATHENS – Wealthy people who come to Greece for holidays in their own private or chartered jets don’t have to worry about sitting with economy class passengers, and could soon have their own airports, especially on the islands , built by the state.

A proliferation of 5-star hotels and luxury resorts reserved for those with very deep pockets has shown that the world’s wealthy Ubers prefer Greece as a destination, but want the amenities they expect.

There have been so many private jet arrivals this summer, even during the lingering but waning COVID-19 pandemic, that Greek commercial airports are struggling to accommodate them, and their users want them.

The pilot of Egyptian conglomerate owner Shafik Gabr complained to the Greek government that an island airport where he landed would not let him stay there for more than five days due to a lack of space, Kathimerini said.

Trying to meet their needs, New Democracy government officials are talking with the Department of Defense to use underutilized or abandoned military airstrip facilities to be reserved for wealthy airmen, according to the report.

In the first seven months of 2022, more than 16,000 private jets landed in Greece, 40% more than the last pre-pandemic COVID year of 2019 which saw record tourism – set to be halted this year with more arrivals.

At the country’s 14 largest regional airports, including on the mainland, arrivals in July rose 11.1% to 5.9 million passengers from the same month in 2021, boosted this year by the end of the health restrictions.

There were no widespread gains as some airports saw reduced traffic from the previous year, notably at Thessaloniki – the country’s second largest – and landings on the refugee island of Lesbos as well as to Kavala and even the popular destination of Skiathos.

But there have been giant increases in commercial air traffic landing at Santorini, which has seen a 36.2% increase to accompany ferry passengers, while there has been a 21% increase at Hania in Crete and in Corfu, it has been said.

And the figures, according to the newspaper, show that people are traveling directly to regional airports with a 9.6% drop in traffic at Athens International Airport, which is a hub and a starting point for establishing connections. connections elsewhere in the country.

10 underrated beach vacations to rival Greece – for a fraction of the price

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The Algarvian alternative

Jaz beach, Montenegro

Although one of the longest beaches in the region surrounding Budva, the true poster child for Montenegrin tourism, Jaz Beach is distinctly understated compared to some of its hectic neighbors – particularly notable given that the beach has hosted concerts by stars including The Rolling Stones and Madonna. Despite this relative tranquility, the vast sand and pebble bay has enough beach clubs, cafes and restaurants to ensure a place on a comfortable sunbed and satisfy any craving for meaty ćevapi with bright red pepper ajvar. . A popular spot for families, Jaz Beach has quiet, child-friendly shallows and plenty of water sports opportunities – why not go kayaking or water trike? Moreover, you are only 10 minutes by car from the medieval old town of Budva.

How to do: Stay steps from the beach at the Poseidon Hotel (00 382 33 463 134; poseidon-jaz.com) for £35 a night, half board.

Barbados on the Baltic

Jurmala, Latvia

Stuck to choose between a city break or a beach getaway? Do both when you visit the Latvian capital, Riga. Half an hour by train from Riga Central Station, Jūrmala is home to 21 miles of silky white sand beach, set against a backdrop of fragrant pine forest. The resort enjoyed its heyday during the USSR, with many Soviet-era sanatoria (and a few more modern additions) providing an alternative to the sometimes refreshing (read: cold) waters of the Baltic Sea. After a dip or a moment in the sauna, take a walk to admire the charming and sometimes unusual Art Nouveau seaside villas. To extend your Latvian beach odyssey, explore the sandy stretches of Liepāja and Ventspils.

How to do: The Baltic Beach Hotel & Spa by the sea (00 371 67 771 400; balticbeach.lv) offers guests exquisite rooms, four restaurants, and two pools, as well as a spa and beach access. Rooms start at £97 a night.

Kemp will distribute up to $1.2 billion in cash to the poorest Georgians

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Gov. Brian Kemp said Monday he would spend up to $1.2 billion in federal COVID-19 relief in payments of $350 each to more than 3 million Georgians who receive Medicaid, health insurance child care, food stamps or cash assistance.

Payments will begin in September, said Katie Byrd, spokeswoman for the governor’s office.

The move comes on top of Kemp’s proposals last week to spend $2 billion in state surplus, split between property tax refunds and a second round of income tax refunds, if voters choose him for a second term in November over Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams. These separate plans would require legislative approval next year.

Monday’s announcement will put cash in the hands of less well-off Georgians in the months leading up to nationally watched elections in a tightly contested swing state. These are voters to whom Abrams tailored his economic platform. She also backs another round of income tax refunds, like the ones Kemp has already pushed, but argued that Georgia also needs to do more to invest in long-term expansion of health, education and help for small businesses to try to create a less unequal environment. economy.

Kemp, however, seems to be betting that handing out money now will outweigh the promise of future improvements. Under Georgia state law, he single-handedly controls how billions in federal COVID-19 relief are spent, meaning he can hand out money even if he speaks out Democratic President Joe Biden and Abrams for inflation and high spending.

The governor again said his reason for doling out the money was to help people under pressure from rising prices, even though economists agree that such spending makes inflation worse by pumping more money into people. the economy to drive up the prices of goods and services.

“This assistance will help some of Georgia’s most vulnerable citizens cope with the ongoing negative economic impact of the COVID-19 public health emergency and 40-year high inflation caused by disastrous policies implemented by the government. Biden administration,” Kemp’s office said in a statement.

Kemp cited the same reason for the state’s repeated gasoline and diesel tax suspensions since March, a move that has cost the state more than $800 million in lost tax revenue. Abrams asked Kemp to secure a suspension of fuel taxes until the end of the year.

Abrams has repeatedly accused Kemp of hypocrisy for taking credit for federally funded benefits while disparaging Biden. Abrams spokesman Alex Floyd in a Monday statement called the move Kemp’s “election-year vote-buying schemes.”

While Kemp is currently boosting incomes for the poorest Georgians, he ended a monthly increase of at least $95 in food stamps in late May when he ended the COVID-19 state of emergency. in Georgia. His administration has also been slow to distribute hundreds of millions of dollars in federal money intended to prevent deportations.

“The reality is that Brian Kemp is refusing to expand Medicaid, cut food assistance amid rising prices, and failed to fully roll out federal rental assistance, leaving too many Georgians evicted,” he said. Abrams spokesman Alex Floyd said in a statement. “Now, in the midst of a re-election campaign, he’s taking money to stage more political gimmicks. Kemp’s publicity stunt is too small, too late.

The state’s Department of Human Services said on its website that recipients would receive payment automatically, but urged people to update their contact information on a state website that manages health and welfare benefits. welfare. The state said people who receive food stamps and cash social benefits will not receive the money on the same debit card they receive those benefits, but did not immediately respond to questions about how. whose money will be sent.

Only those registered by July 31 will receive the money. Anyone who joined later or left the programs early is not eligible. If someone is on more than one program, they will only receive one payment of $350, but separate payments will be made to all members of a household who benefit, meaning a single parent with two children would receive $1,050, for example.

Georgia had 2.3 million people on Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance program in April, according to the most recent federal figures, while it had 1.59 million people on food stamps in may.

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Turkish defense minister refers to executed Greek officials, says status of Greek islands controversial

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Turkish Defense Minister and former Chief of the General Staff Hulusi Akar claimed that the islands which were given to Greece in the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne and the 1947 Paris Peace Treaties on the condition that it unarmed are now militarized and therefore their status is questionable.

Speaking at a press conference organized by the Association of Anatolian Publishers (Anadolu Yayıncılar Derneği) last week, Akar also warned Greek officials about the execution of politicians and generals Greeks in Athens, held responsible for a defeat by Turkish forces in 1922.

Stating that despite international agreements, Greece had militarized 16 of the 23 islands, Akar asserted that Turkey had every right to defend itself against this threat. Greek sovereignty over these militarized islands and the validity of the agreements will also become contentious, the minister said.

Hulusi Akar

Akar also reiterated that it is unacceptable to Turkey for Greece to claim to have 10 miles of airspace above its Aegean islands despite their coastal shelf extending only six miles.

Akar said Greek leaders woke up in the morning wondering what kind of statement to make against Turkey today and urged them to learn from history.

“Some politicians in Greece continue their provocative actions and rhetoric in line with their personal ambitions because such talk against Turkey is supposed to bring them something in domestic politics,” Akar told reporters.

Akar also referred to a bloody trial that took place in Athens after Greek forces, which in 1922 had occupied western Anatolia in accordance with the 1920 Treaty of Sèvres, were defeated by the Turkish army and militia. and had to withdraw from Anatolia.

The Trial of the Six

In what is known as the Trial of the Six (or Execution of the Six, Δίκη των Έξι in Greek), former Prime Ministers Dimitrios Gounaris, Nikolaos Stratos and Petros Protopapadakis, former Foreign Minister Georgios Baltatzis, the former Minister of War Nikolaos Theotokis and the last commander-in-chief of the Asia Minor campaign, General Georgios Hatzianestis was held responsible for the defeat by the Turks and was executed for treason on November 28, 1922 by a military court extraordinary amid political turmoil in Athens.

“Our Greek interlocutors must never forget how bitter was the price of the ignoble adventure undertaken a century ago and that its six sovereigns were condemned to death. You have to learn from history and not pursue new adventures that will lead to disappointment,” Akar added.

Claiming that Greece supports terrorist organizations against Turkey, Akar said that all kinds of opportunities were offered to terrorists in the Lavrion refugee camp, which Turkey has repeatedly claimed has become a base for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The problems of the Turkish minority in Greece continue, Akar said. Calling them Greek Muslims rather than Turkish Muslims is a denial of their ethnic identity, according to Akar.

He also criticized the administration of the Athens mosque, which he claimed Greece had opened just for show, by Orthodox Christians.

In September 2021, Turkey conducted major military exercises for the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean with navy units testing ready amphibious capabilities.

Akar also expressed unease with a report by Nordic Monitor, which reported in April that an exercise named after Mavi Vatan (Blue Homeland), an aggressive naval doctrine identified with Turkey’s policy in the Mediterranean, included a scenario in which Turkish commandos captured an island and planted a Turkish flag. Akar said footage from the military exercise was dated and gave the impression that Turkey would soon invade the Greek islands, which he said was not true.

Nordic Monitor previously reported that the Turkish military had listed 131 islands, islets and rock formations in the Aegean whose status was disputed with neighboring Greece and had prepared plans to retake them during a conflict, according to a confidential document.

Some also claim that Greece will invade western Turkey through the islands. Retired Admiral Cihat Yaycı, who helped President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan purge most pro-NATO officers from the army following a controversial coup attempt in 2016, claimed the Turkey would be overrun by Greek soldiers stationed on the islands if the coup was successful. Many military experts found Yaycı’s claim funny and fantastic, stating that the Greek military presence on the islands could not pose a serious threat to Turkey.

Great Greeks of international biotechnology

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Dr. Simos Simeonidis grew up in Athens. His father died of a heart attack at the age of 49, and his mother, although it would mean being separated from her only son, encouraged him to study in the United States, where he majored in molecular biology and became a professor at Harvard Medical. School. “I was fascinated by research, but I realized that to be good, you have to be ultra-specialized. I wanted to open up horizons, answer more questions,” he says. He decides to change course and becomes a student again by enrolling in an MBA at Wharton. He is co-founder and president of TheraWave Bio, a biotechnology company that focuses on finding new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and brain cancer. For five years, he has been investing in the field, “something difficult and risky, but exciting, because I am constantly learning new things”.

Dr. Vangelis Vergetis left Greece as soon as he finished high school. With a degree in computer science and a doctorate in electrical engineering, he started working as a consultant in the health sector. A few years ago, together with Dimitris Skaltsas, he founded Intelligencia in New York, which according to Forbes is among the 50 most promising American companies in the field of artificial intelligence. They have offices in the United States but also in Greece. “It is very important for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to know how risky each clinical trial is. We calculate the chances of success and based on the percentages we give them, they decide how they will act,” he explains.

I heard many stories like those of Simeonidis and Vergetis in Thessaloniki, where almost 100 representatives of international biotechnology companies were present for their annual conference.

“Biotechnologia, the biotechnology meeting in Greece organized by the Health Foundation, was born from the desire to do something in our country: we invite Greek and Philhellenic colleagues, we discuss current issues in medicine, pharmacy and of biotechnology, and enjoy the beauties of our homeland – history, architecture, gastronomy, beaches. We started in Mykonos in 2001. Next came Rhodes, Halkidiki, Sounion, Corfu, Crete and Samos, and we kind of had 20 meetings,” says Dr. Stelios Papadopoulos from Thessaloniki, Chairman of Biogen’s Board of Directors.

“We have to overcome the enormous destructive bureaucracy that is holding us back. And, of course, [we need] have a unified strategy

He was the first to enter the field of biotechnology and paved the way for the next generations of scientists and entrepreneurs in the field, with a truly remarkable journey that took him from the Thessaloniki district of Charilaou to New York .

Papadopoulos and Dr. Spyros Artavanis-Tsakonas, professor emeritus of cell biology at Harvard Medical School and chairman of the National Council for Research and Innovation (NCRI), recently led an eight-member task force that presented to the Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis a report on how Greece could establish its place on the global biotech map.

The group also included Greek-Canadian Xenia Kapori, with over 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Daphne Karydas, COO and CFO at Flare Therapeutics, Alex Tzoukas, Chief Investment Officer at Intelligencia , and Vassilis Kontozamanis, a former deputy health minister who took on the responsibility of coordinating the project in the next, more difficult phase: implementation.

Apart from Karydas, everyone was present at the conference and, of course, we discussed what they suggested to the Prime Minister. They told me about the need to create a supportive ecosystem through structural changes and stability. All of this will reduce the insecurity that investors feel for a country like ours, where each new government tears away most of what the previous one did, even the positive changes.

“Our proposals are completely feasible,” says Papadopoulos. “Their implementation, however, will depend on whether the government continues to show interest or not, and whether it has the courage to make the necessary institutional changes in research, universities and the financial framework. If all this is done, it will lead to positive effects on growth and the economy within a few years.

“First, we have to overcome the huge destructive bureaucracy that is holding us back. And, of course, we must have a unified strategy. In Greece, generally the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing! One department does not know what others are doing. They have to find a way to solve this problem. The other things that are needed in biotechnology – education, business acumen and an appetite for work – are things that many Greeks already have,” adds Artavanis-Tsakonas.

“I saw a lot of students,” says Simeonidis, with academic experience at Harvard. “We have nothing to envy the Germans, the Dutch or the British. We lack continuity. We start something and drop it halfway. And, of course, our Achilles heel fights between us. The key to success in this area is a spirit of cooperation, and if, as Greeks living in the United States, we have been so successful, it is because Stelios Papadopoulos instilled in us the value of teamwork .

Dr. Simos Simeonidis (l), co-founder and chairman of the board of directors of TheraWave Bio, Xenia Kapori, an executive with more than 50 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Alex Tzoukas, chief investment officer at Intelligencia, and Vangelis Vergetis, co-founder and executive director of Intelligencia. [Alexandros Avramidis]
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“Everything we have proposed can be done”

“Everything we proposed in the report can be done. But the political will of the government is not enough – you have to mobilize a whole mechanism, and our country traditionally suffers from this,” says Xenia Kapori. “Investors who will come [to Greece] will have to overcome the enormous obstacle of bureaucracy. And then there are the mentalities that hold us back. On the one hand, there are people everywhere with an incredible appetite for work, which the system usually does not take advantage of. On the other hand, most Greeks, instead of finding solutions, see problems everywhere. I don’t want to know why nothing can be done, but how it will be done and what means will be found to overcome the obstacles.

Entering the biotechnology world map presupposes, as Kapori points out, deep and substantial changes. “Without funding or a connection to entrepreneurship and with the constant obstacles thrown up by those desperate to retain their privileges, it is inevitable that young people with a lot to offer will leave – with their ideas. Finally, the country needs stability. Stability will bring investments. Why does every government change everything? Do we want to move on or not? We should not play politics with our future.

“What we have proposed is not technically difficult. Why shouldn’t this happen? I can’t think of an insurmountable obstacle, other than the power of inertia,” agrees Vergetis. “We have to start somewhere, get the first investors here, and then things will fall into place. But without letting go. If, for example, a large company decides to invest in Greece but does not obtain its license in time, if things go wrong and it withdraws its interest, it will be catastrophic. No one will come after that.

I put these questions to Vassilis Kontozamanis, the prime minister’s health adviser, who is now leading the project. “Indeed, over the past few decades we have seen studies where massive resources have been spent collecting dust in drawers. But this time there is both the will and the conditions in place. We’re not trying to suddenly become Israel, but we’re claiming at least a small market share to start with. It’s the last chance: it’s now or never.

Tzoukas agrees: “Our proposals, to bear fruit, require significant structural changes: the promotion of excellence and meritocracy instead of opportunism. In this way, large biotechnology companies, on the one hand, will see an opportunity to invest in Greece and, on the other hand, our excellent young scientists – doctors, biologists, etc. – will see that an ecosystem is being built here that does not chase them away.

We focus on the particular – the relationship of the team to the Prime Minister – on the general: the strong Greek presence in such a demanding and competitive sector. What is it due to? “It’s probably because as immigrants who left our homeland for a better future, we feel we have no choice but to fail,” Tzoukas says. “If we find ourselves in an environment that motivates us and gives us the right tools, there’s no way we can’t excel.”

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Anna Protopapas, President and CEO of Mersana Therapeutics [Alexandros Avramidis].

Talking to many delegates, I learned that in Boston, the center of international biotechnology, the Greeks are the number one force after the Americans, followed by the Asians. People like Albert Bourla, CEO of Pfizer, George Yancopoulos, Chief Scientific Officer of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc, Sir Mene Pangalos, Executive Vice President and President of BioPharmaceuticals R&D at AstraZeneca, Michel Vounatsos, CEO of Biogen Inc, and many more , serve to prove the point.

I had the opportunity to meet two other prominent members of the Greek community at the Thessaloniki conference: Anna Protopapas, President and CEO of Mersana Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company specializing in the discovery and development of innovative therapies to treat cancer, and Dr. George Scangos, a third-generation Greek American, president and CEO of Vir Biotechnology and professor emeritus of biology at Johns Hopkins University, who specializes in infectious diseases and has begun producing Covid-19 antibodies during the pandemic.

“The field of biotechnology is fascinating. You are not motivated by profit – yes, you make money, but that is not an end in itself – but your desire to be with the patient, to help him. And that keeps us in the business for life. Look at me: I am 74 years old. Instead of settling down with my wife on a Greek island and enjoying the sun and the sea, after so many decades of hard work, I am still working. I’m afraid there is no cure for this ‘virus!’ he laughs.

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George Scangos, a third-generation Greek American, President and CEO of Vir Biotechnology and Emeritus Professor of Biology at Johns Hopkins University. [Alexandros Avramidis]

MEMBERSHIP 10 Most Unique Cruises in Greece

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Breathtaking views, countless beaches, fascinating landscapes, magnificent golden sandy beaches, clear turquoise water, endless caves formed by sea water, impressive volcanic areas and crazy nightlife are not enough to describe the most magnificent country in the world, cosmopolitan Greece. Around 6,000 islands are scattered in the Greek Sea, each offering a memorable and unique experience. Whether one is looking for a carefree and relaxed vacation or the hottest party spot in Europe, each islet has its own unique personality and charm and provides unforgettable memories for every visitor. Here are the ten most unique cruises that can be enjoyed in Greece.



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ten Discover Santorini aboard a luxury catamaran cruise

A quirky way to explore charming Santorini is aboard a luxury catamaran. Whether during the day or at sunset, the cruise will sail around the island of Caldera, located in the Aegean Sea, and stop at the uninhabited island of Nea Kameni, made of black lava rock. It is interesting to swim in the hot water of the volcanic areas of the hot springs and to visit the iconic red and white beaches. A Greek lunch is also served on board the catamaran, accompanied by a glass of wine, a cold soda or a beer. Finally, on the way back, one can capture the perfect Santorini sunset.


9 Discover Parga and Sivota on a cruise from Corfu

After discovering the beautiful Corfu, one can hop on two adjacent islands, Parga and Sivota. Surrounded by pine forests and olive groves, the island of Sivota, also called the “Caribbean of Greece”, is a hidden gem best explored on a cruise departing from the port of Corfu. To make the trip more worthy, the boat will stop at the famous Blue Lagoon beach – where Arab pirates once anchored their ships – to swim in the clear turquoise water. At the final destination of Parga Island, visitors will be able to see the famous castle built by the Venetians and enjoy outstanding views of the natural beaches of Parga.


8 Experience Zakynthos Turtle Watching, Keri Caves, Marathonisi and Cameo Island

The magical island of Zakynthos is best explored through a half-day tour targeting the most popular attractions along the Ionian coast. By visiting the National Marine of Zakynthos, the sea turtle breeding site, people can hear the whole story of turtle protection and conservation. Leaving Kalamaki, the boat will sail along the golden sandy beach of Laganas and head to Marathonisi, a turtle-shaped island, where you can discover the Keri caves and watch the turtles breathe on the surface of the sea. ‘water. Finally, the tour will end at Cameo Island, an idyllic paradise south of Zakynthos.


seven Discover three small islands on a cruise from Athens

Not far from Athens are three small islands; Hydra, Poros and Aegina. In order to experience each unique island, people go on cruises from Athens. This tour will first head to Poros, an exotic and quiet island with colorful houses, pine trees and beaches, before heading to Hydra to enjoy the captivating architecture and colorful houses and ending in Aegina, known for its archaeological monuments and villages.

On the boat, you will learn all the history and mythology of the three islands and enjoy a folklore show accompanied by a delicious Greek meal.


6 Take a boat trip to Symi Island and swim in St. George’s Bay

You can book a boat trip to discover the emblematic island of Symi very close to the island of Rhodes. The village of Symi is particular and the most colorful in the Aegean Sea. It is full of beautiful mansions, cafeterias and art shops. During this trip, people can swim in the marvelous crystal clear waters of St. George’s Bay, enjoy a tranquil and peaceful atmosphere, and admire the beauty of the island.

Related: A guide to the island of Rhodes in Greece for budget travelers


5 Explore Paros and Antiparos on a luxury speedboat tour

The adjacent islands of Paros and Antiparos can be explored on a relaxing day spent on a speedboat departing from the ports of Paros or Antiparos. The Cyclades islands have unique cosmopolitan characters and are best known for their beautiful golden sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, rich and lively nightlife and scenic spots.

It is recommended to swim in these quiet islands and enjoy the sea through the water before heading to Naousa, a friendly village located in the north of Paros which attracts many tourists.


4 Take a day cruise around the island of Milos

People go on day cruises to discover Milos, the volcanic island where the statue of the goddess Aphrodite was discovered. Milos has great beaches such as Cape Vani, Kalogries Beach and Gerontas Beach where one can swim and relax in the turquoise water. It is also worth exploring the caves of Kleftiko and Sykia, accessible only by rubber dinghies or small boats. On the boat, we will enjoy a traditional Greek meal, ouzo, accompanied by refreshing drinks.

3 Explore the island of Crete on a stand-up paddleboard

A fun way to explore Marathi Bay and the Cretan coast is over a stand up paddle board! Even for a beginner, SUP water activity can be easy and cool. Assisted by experts, one can stand on the paddleboard and enter the water of Marathi Bay to enjoy the panoramic view of Crete, jump into the transparent crystal clear water of Marathi and Loutraki and discover the famous caves surrounding.

2 Explore the 3 islands on a boat cruise from Kos

People take a boat trip from Kos to discover the neighboring islands of Kalymnos, Pserimos and Plati and their traditional villages. It is interesting to narrow the streets of the fish village of Kalymnos, famous for its sponge workshops, and explore the beautiful village of Vathi, a serene fishing village, before heading to the rocky islands of Pserimos and Plati, to relax, sunbathe at the beach and swim in the clear, turquoise water.


1 Board a yacht cruise to discover Rhenia and Delos Islands

The beautiful islands of the Cyclades are best explored from the water. The yacht sailing along the treasures of Greece departs from Mykonos and sails through the Aegean Sea. In Rhenia Bay, the boat will drop anchor for visitors to swim and relax on the golden sandy beach before enjoying a delicious Greek meal on board. The last stop will be in Delos, known as the birthplace of Apollo, including archaeological monuments, temples, houses with mosaics and the statues of Lions.

This Greek Island Tells Tourists: Not That Much, Please

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TINOS – Some popular Greek islands – Mykonos and Santorini, leaders of the pack – are so overrun with tourists that they don’t have the scenic experience tourists are looking for, but there are places where they can find it – but they are not wanted.

As Greece is on course for another record tourism year, even during the lingering COVID-19 pandemic, visitors are mostly flocking to the islands where they will be jowled and elbow bumped with other strangers.

That’s not the case in a few places like Tinos, just 37 miles from Mykonos, where visitors can see girls dancing half-naked on tables, spending $1,000 on a bottle of champagne and getting ripped off during lunches which have received notoriously bad publicity there.

Ironically, the reason many people come to Greece cannot be found where they go because these places have become so popular that they are more like a fake Las Vegas or Disneyland vision of a Greek island.

Islanders who haven’t seen an invasion of people generally like it that way and the relatively rare arrivals – compared to hotspots – who go there can find the real Greece: whitewashed buildings, almost empty beaches and calm.

In a feature, the Marketplace site noted the difference between them and why places like Tinos and a handful of others are more attractive options. While some celebrities seek out the big islands, others – like Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson – prefer places like Antiparos.

In Tinos, the site reports, locals like Angela Rouggeri, an artisan cheesemaker, prioritize style and quality of life, welcoming the tourists who come but not wanting the hordes.

She and her husband started the business with just a pair of cows during the country’s economic and austerity crisis which began in 2010 and it has given them an income they can live on and the kind of life they prefer.

“Here in Tinos, I sell to many places. These are mainly butchers, shops with traditional products and restaurants. In addition, there are individuals who come here and buy cheese,” he said. she stated.

Despite repeated offers, she refused to supply to supermarkets, simply because of the sheer volume she would need to produce, selling instead to some local restaurants like the one owned by Spyros Belas.

But it’s a tourist lure in itself simply because it doesn’t want to be, and people seek out traditional, home-cooked goods in favor of chain restaurants and mass-market products.

THE SMALL IMAGE

“I think the most important thing for customers, especially for tourists, even if they are from Greece or from all over the world, the best thing is to discover the treasures of a place,” Belas said. .

Alas, tourists are finding Tinos even more and this has created a divide on the income they bring in and don’t want it so much that it will change the character of the place and make it AntiTinos. It is also known for religious tourism.

“Of course, I want more tourists to come to our island. The problem is that if you have a lot of visitors every year, it’s difficult to keep the traditions,” he said – deleting the reasons for their coming, a balance being sought.

The New Democracy government, which has not reacted strongly to mining in Mykonos and the litter-strewn beaches on islands like Zakynthos – with a reputation for violence and thuggery – has shown it just wants more more people and more money.

Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias – with Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes, Corfu and Crete needing no publicity – said the government now wanted to attract people to less-visited places, especially the islands.

“The campaign is ‘Greece: If you come once, you’ll want to stay forever.’ Yes, of course it’s Mykonos, Santorini, Corfu and Crete, but there are so many other destinations,” he told Marketplace.

He said the distribution of tourists around Greece would reduce density in some places – without saying what would happen if so many people came that there were few or no uncrowded places.

“Go and meet the Greeks, you will understand Greek hospitality. This is not a six star hotel or a high luxury. It is the inner need of Greeks to welcome foreigners, travelers and tourists, and show them a good time,” he said.

Rouggeri said tradition is what makes Tinos special and trying to capitalize on it could ruin the image that brings in just enough people to make it happy, as well as residents and businesses.

“Listen, it would be nice if the cheese stayed in Tinos. Because when someone comes to Tinos and tries it, they will taste it. Then he will try again in Athens and his mind will return to Tinos,” she said.

With 5 pizzerias closed this year, is the future cloudy for Staten Island’s favorite food? | Pamela’s Food Service Diary

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – By chance this summer, I spent a lot of time with pizza makers. From a Pizza Party in Snug Harbor to Facebook Lives of various lounge dining rooms, the experiences may have given us all an education about the pizza industry with its drudgery and long hours. So what will be the future of pizza in Staten Island and beyond?

Marianna’s in Castleton Corners has closed. (Staten Island Advance/Pamela Silvestri)

First, let’s tackle the pepperoni elephant in the room – pizzeria closings. Obviously, there’s now 80-year-old Nunzio and, equally gorgeous, 49-year-old Travis’ Pizzeria D’Oro, both of which have been heard of in the food world. We lost Staten Island Slice at Dongan Hills and Marianna at Castleton Corners. And in a real blow to the South Shore pizza-eating community, Villa Monte closed its Arden Avenue store after Easter this year.

Casa Nino's pizza bar

Casa Nino’s Pizza Bar with Anthony Mentesana and Joe Pariisi in Woodrow (Staten Island Advance/Pamela Silvestri)

Additionally, Casa Nino’s Pizza Bar has condensed two long-running lounges into one in Arden Heights – blending former Casa Nino’s and Pizza House. Without cannibalizing itself, the all-new iteration discards the classic slice shop in favor of a family-friendly seated format with flat screens as well as beer and wine in the drink options.

With 39 years in the pizza business, Pizza Bar at Casa Nino owner Anthony Mentesana said, “Pizzerias with pickup and delivery will always exist. However, only the strong – and when I say strong, I mean owners who know how to market and understand future generations with online ordering.

He thinks pizza and beer will always go together – and pizza will never go away. He says the future could see more gourmet brands with specialty Neapolitan flours now available in the United States. They are ideal for wood and coal burning concepts that take the pie to another level.

“But unfortunately, frozen pizza hurts slice shops a lot,” he said.

On that note, Advance readers shared their enthusiasm for pies made at home or with store-bought dough. The avid hobbyist’s efforts on the backyard grill or pizza oven are one less pie bought from a professional.

HIGH COSTS, RARE AND IMPRESSIVE WORKFORCE

In interviews with expert crust makers this summer, the biggest problems with doing business in 2022 include shortages of workers (especially diligent ones who come to the table with good skills) and crippling item costs. basic. Each reported increases of at least 20-30% on paper goods and food products across the board. In addition, the owners are surprised by the general impatience of the customers.

“People have become very demanding,” said Sal Finocchiara of Palermo Pizzeria in Richmond Valley.

Nunzio’s Bob Whiteaker admitted that customer inconvenience was one of the reasons for parting ways with the company. Rudeness came particularly from new customers, he pointed out, not from neighborhood clientele or regulars.

Based on the time spent in lounges lately, my opinion is that the bad guy comes out of those who don’t appreciate old-fashioned, time-consuming restaurant formats like ordering in person, being present at the time where one places an order and have patience for money transactions.

In his experience, Neal D’Orio of the former Pizza D’Oro believes that younger generations don’t want human interaction. They prefer to process the entire transaction over the phone.

STAY COMPETITIVE

Former Staten Islander Cynthia Ariosta owns Tra Vigne pizzeria in Napa Valley. The experiences of the people at the pizzeria are similar where it is located. She summed up a cycle: “Customers are so rude right now. It’s crazy how people are. We get a lot of complaints about slow service, but that’s because we don’t have enough staff. And if they see empty tables and they can’t sit down, they get [peeved] on waiting.

But in the end, it’s the competition that makes or breaks a pizzeria, says Angelo Luppino of Lorenzo’s in Dongan Hills. At Lorenzo, a slice costs $2.75. The average price for a slice in Staten Island is $3.

He said, “Staten Island, like Brooklyn, has a lot of pizza places. I try to keep it cheap. I just want to make a living and not hurt customers. I don’t want to hurt myself either. We want our customers to come back, but it is difficult to determine what they are with the prices. »

Napa Valley

A wood-fired pie from Pizzeria Tra Vigne in Napa (Courtesy of Pizzeria Tra Vigne)

Ariosta said, “We are lucky to be in Napa Valley, which will always be a tourist destination bringing an influx of captive audiences every year.”

Tra Vigne’s advantage in the bustling restaurant region is its affordability and value, Ariosta said.

“Once in a while you have to take the time to all the high end, michelin star, white tablecloth eateries in Napa Valley and just have a good honest meal.”

Like the classic New York salon, she says her pizza-centric business has stood the test of time — through an earthquake, a recession, multiple fires in the area and more than two years of a pandemic.

And I hope a collective passion for pizza will see entrepreneurs through strange economic times.

Pamela Silvestri is editor-in-chief of Advance Food. She can be reached at [email protected].

Greece promotes lesser-known islands for tourism boom

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The summer tourist season is in full swing. This is good news for many economies still trying to pull themselves out of COVID-19-induced economic declines.

For people who really want to get away from it all, foreign destinations like Greece – with its iconic whitewashed buildings and soft-sand beaches – can be an appealing option. The southern European hotspot has welcomed holidaymakers of all stripes for decades, and its tourism minister still boasts that with a seemingly endless choice of islands, there’s something for everyone.

While Mykonos and Santorini often steal the show, a lesser-known destination in the Cyclades called Tinos catches its eye. And the traditional industry of the island plays a leading role.

Angela Rouggeri is an artisan cheese maker who makes her products in the traditional way.

On her farm, one weekend afternoon, she was carefully wrapping cheesecloth around the last mounds of fresh curd from the day’s production. The cheeses she makes – a blue malathouni and a softer, whiter kariki – come from old family recipes.

“I remember me, when I was a little girl, sleeping and listening to the milk pouring into the bucket. Cheese making was in our homes,” she said.

She and her husband started the business with just a pair of cows during the country’s debilitating debt crisis in the early 2010s. Over the years, it has generated income they can rely on.

“Here in Tinos, I sell to many places. These are mainly butchers, shops with traditional products and restaurants. In addition, there are individuals who come here and buy cheese,” he said. she explained, noting that despite repeated offers, she refused to supply supermarkets, simply because of the scale of the volume she would have to produce.

One of the few clients that Rouggeri has agreed to sell to is Spyros Belas, a restaurant owner. He said he sought her out because she is a small local producer. It was a draw for residents and tourists alike.

“I think the most important thing for customers, especially for tourists, even if they are from Greece or from all over the world, the best thing is to discover the treasures of a place,” he said. -he declares.

The recovery in tourism he has seen on the island in recent years has been good for business, but he worries about the long-term impact.

“Of course I want more tourists to come to our island. The problem is that if you have a lot of visitors every year, it’s hard to keep the traditions going,” he said.

Indeed, there is potential for the development of tourism. The latest data shows that more than 18 million people vacationed in Greece in 2021, but that number of visitors was more than 34% below 2019 levels. To boost them, the country’s tourism minister, Vassilis Kikilias , pointed to new air routes from the United States and a broader strategy to promote lesser-known islands.

“The campaign is ‘Greece: If you come once, you’ll want to stay forever.’ Yes, of course it is Mykonos, Santorini, Corfu and Crete, but there are so many other destinations,” he said.

Some of the cows on Angela Rouggeri's small farm in Tinos, by the Aegean Sea.
Some of the cows at Angela Rouggeri’s small Tinos farm overlooking the Aegean Sea. (Victoria Craig/BBC)

He argued that spreading visitors across destinations will help address the problem of overtourism that plagued so many popular places around the world before the pandemic. As for involving residents of less frequented places in the plan, Minister Kikilias insisted that was not a problem.

“Go and meet the Greeks, you will understand Greek hospitality. This is not a six star hotel or a high luxury. It is the inner need of Greeks to welcome foreigners, travelers and tourists, and show them a good time,” he said.

Cheesemaker Rouggeri reiterated that tradition is what makes Tinos so special. And although there is a welcoming attitude towards visitors, there is no rush to export the unique character of the island.

“Listen, it would be nice if the cheese stayed in Tinos. Because when someone comes to Tinos and tries it, they will taste it. Then he will try again in Athens and his mind will return to Tinos,” she said.

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Western sanctions have ‘limited impact’ on Putin’s regime, warns International Energy Agency

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SSanctions on Russian oil have had only a “limited impact” on production despite a concerted effort by the West to isolate Vladimir Putin’s regime, experts have warned.

Although Russian oil exports to Europe and the United States have fallen following a crackdown in the Western world, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said demand has increased by India, China and Turkey in a shift that has lessened the financial impact on the world. Kremlin.

As a result, production in July was less than 3% below pre-war levels. The IEA expects Russian production to be 800,000 barrels per day higher than previous forecasts in 2023.

He said: “Asian buyers have stepped in to take advantage of cheap crude.”

The agency added that Europe will be at the mercy of big oil producers like Saudi Arabia this winter due to a sharp drop in Russian gas imports.

Global oil consumption will rise by 2.1 million barrels a day this year as factories and power producers try to avoid soaring gas prices, he said.

The Paris-based agency said this additional demand would be “extremely concentrated” in the Middle East and Europe, as much of the continent is experiencing searing heat waves.

Soaring temperatures have also fueled demand for air conditioning, particularly in the Middle East, where a significant amount of oil is burned during the summer to generate electricity.

The IEA has warned that the rise in demand for oil will come amid tighter supply, with Russia cutting production as the EU prepares sanctions against Mr Putin’s oil.

The warning that oil remains a valuable source of income for Russia will be seen as a blow to efforts to punish the Kremlin after the invasion of Ukraine.

A thriving market has developed for Moscow’s exports to Asia, with Chinese tankers expected to support shipments from Russian ships at sea.

The IEA’s predictions clashed with a new report from Opec, the oil-producing cartel, which said it expects a surplus this quarter as activity slows.

The prediction comes after Riyadh rejected calls from US President Joe Biden, who visited Saudi Arabia last month, to turn on its taps.

Toril Bosoni, head of the IEA’s oil market, said in an interview with Bloomberg TV: “They are worried about spare capacity – it’s basically Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that have a substantial amount of reserve capacity.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty on the demand side, that’s also something OPEC is taking into account.”

Elsewhere, German officials have warned that the crucial Rhine waterway will sink to even lower levels than previously feared, with a key section set to become virtually impassable on Friday.

Ms Boson said the drought was driving up costs and could last for months. She said: “We expect this situation to continue towards the end of the year.”

According to consultancy Facts Global Energy, a complete closure of the river could disrupt the daily trade of 400,000 barrels of petroleum products, putting additional pressure on Europe’s energy supply chain.

The Rhine is the most important means of transport for petroleum products from Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp to Germany and Switzerland. Last year, 240,000 barrels per day were brought up by barge to be unloaded in Germany.

Facts Global Energy said in its report: “A major disruption to a major diesel/diesel supply route from Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp to inland Europe could not come at a worse time.”

Europe scrambles to build energy stocks ahead of winter as Kremlin expected to cut gas supply to pressure West over sanctions .

The process is hampered by a huge summer heat wave, which has damaged energy systems by drying up rivers and reducing output from wind turbines. European electricity prices – closely linked to the cost of gas – hit record highs on Thursday, with 2023 forward prices for German baseload electricity reaching €455 (£385) per megawatt hour.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz promised more relief for households but warned that “it will get difficult”.

He gave his backing to the idea of ​​a new gas pipeline that would link the Iberian Peninsula to central Europe, saying such a project would improve the bloc’s energy security.

In Egypt, ministers backed a plan to ration electricity use as part of efforts to preserve natural gas for export to the EU and elsewhere.

Stores will have to limit the use of strong lighting and keep air conditioning temperatures above 25 degrees.

The predictions came on another tough day for the UK energy market, which is caught up in the continental crisis.

JP Morgan economist Allan Monks said the UK was running out of time to avoid a recession caused by soaring petrol prices.

Dozens still missing after migrant boat sinks

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Greek authorities say a search and rescue operation is underway for a second day for dozens of migrants missing after the boat they were on sank in rough seas off a southern island -eastern Greece.

A Greek navy vessel and three nearby merchant ships were still searching for between 30 and 50 missing people after the boat carrying them from the Turkish coast of Antalya to Italy capsized in the early hours of Wednesday.

No other survivors have been found since 29 men from Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq were rescued shortly after the boat sank about 33 nautical miles (38 miles; 61 kilometers) south -east of the island of Karpathos, said the Greek coast guard. Survivors had told authorities that there were a total of between 60 and 80 people on board the boat.

People swim next to their overturned wooden boat during a rescue operation by Spanish NGO Open Arms south of the Italian island of Lampedusa in the Mediterranean Sea, August 11, 2022.

Greek authorities said the capsizing occurred in international waters, but within Greece’s search and rescue area of ​​responsibility.

Two of the survivors were torn from the sea by an air force helicopter and transported to Karpathos, while the other 27 were picked up by a merchant ship and transported to the island of Kos, where they arrived Wednesday afternoon.

This photo provided by the Hellenic Coastguard shows migrants at a port on the island of Kos, in the southeastern Aegean Sea, Greece, after a rescue operation, August 10, 2022. (Coastguard Hellenic via AP)

This photo provided by the Hellenic Coastguard shows migrants at a port on the island of Kos, in the southeastern Aegean Sea, Greece, after a rescue operation, August 10, 2022. (Coastguard Hellenic via AP)

Video released by the coastguard shows the men being transferred from the merchant vessel to a coastguard boat which then transported them to Kos. There, dressed in white coveralls and wearing masks, they disembarked, many of them limping but all walking unaided, and headed for a waiting bus.

It was not immediately clear why the boat sank, but weather conditions in the area were difficult, with strong winds and rough seas, authorities said.

The most common sea route for asylum seekers from the Middle East, Asia and Africa is that between Turkey and neighboring Greek islands in the Aegean Sea.

But with Greek authorities stepping up patrols in the region and facing persistent reports of summary deportations of new arrivals to Turkey without allowing them to apply for asylum, many are now trying the much longer and longer route. dangerous directly to Italy. The Greek authorities deny carrying out unlawful summary expulsions of asylum seekers.

Why it’s time to visit Albania! – Go out

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Chances are, when you think of the perfect summer vacation destinations, Albania won’t be at the top of the list. I’ve been guilty of it once – scouring Europe for the perfect combination of sun, beaches, culture and fun – but never has this Balkan country made it onto my shortlist. Well, I’m here to tell you that you need to give serious thought to considering Albania as a destination for your summer vacation.

After shedding the shackles of its oppressive communist regime, Albania is brimming with potential. Fascinating mix of cultures and influences, inexpensive and utterly beautiful, it is the perfect example of a hidden gem lurking right under our noses.

This country has it all, from vast mountain ranges, rolling hills and countryside, and expansive beaches with crystal clear waters and white sand. Great food, great wine, breathtaking historical and cultural sites, and of course, the bustling metropolis of Tirana – whatever type of vacation you’re looking for, Albania will tick your boxes. If you still need a little more convincing, read on and see why you need to book your flights to Albania now!

Unlike many other Mediterranean tourist destinations (Malta, Crete, Cyprus, Spain), Albania is not yet overrun with hordes of bachelor parties and drunken 18-year-olds in t-shirts with their nicknames emblazoned on the back. If you fall into any of these categories, please stick to your cheap package holidays and leave Albania for the finer travelers. What’s nice about Albania not being overcrowded with tourists is that you won’t have to queue for hours to get to tourist attractions, or fight with German tourists to find the perfect place on the beach. Although it’s busier in the summer, it’s not oversaturated with the commercialism and adversity that has plagued so many other destinations. Let’s keep it that way!

Dear Italy, Croatia and Greece, I’m sorry to tell you, but the Albanian Riviera tops all the coastlines you have to offer. Although this may be a somewhat controversial statement, I stand by it, as most Albanians will. Take a trip to Kasmail, Sarande, Himara and Dhermi and marvel at the impossibly turquoise waters, silvery sands and breathtaking mountain vistas that perfectly frame the coastline. There is something wild and wonderful about the Albanian coast, and I challenge you to find something comparable anywhere on the European continent.

Albania enjoys a perfect Mediterranean climate with long hot summers and distinct autumn, winter and spring seasons. Starting in May, temperatures stay consistently above 22 degrees during the day, reaching highs of over 35 degrees in July and August. The average temperature only dips below 20 degrees in November, meaning you have plenty of time to explore the country and bask in its glorious sunshine.

Albanians are friendly, curious, welcoming and polite. Many locals are keen to shake off the unfair negative image that has spread about them over the years. It’s not all thugs and thugs, and I can personally say that I’ve never felt safer than in Albania. Get ready to answer 100 questions about who you are, where you’re from and why you’re here. Albanians love foreigners and are flattered that you have chosen to visit the country.

If you’re on the coast, you’ll find the most fantastic seafood, all at unbelievably low prices. The cuisine has a considerable Italian influence, and everything from pizza to pasta is comparable to what you’ll find there. As you travel inland the dishes are more meat based but again you can only expect the freshest produce with some of their tics still on your plate . As far as I’ve experienced frozen food doesn’t seem to exist and everything is fresh, clean and well prepared. Be sure to try local classics such as tave kose, seafood krudo, patellxhanet mbushur and traditional local sausages.

Albanian or shqip is one of the oldest living languages ​​and unlike any other European language. It’s quite difficult to master, but you can try to learn a few phrases because locals love it when foreigners try to speak Albanian. Hello is “miredita” (meer-dee-tah), thank you is “falimenderit” (fal-eh-min-der-it), goodbye is mire pafshim (meer-ih-pafsh-im), and cheers are ” gezuar” (gez-oo-ar). A little effort will go a long way!

Albania makes an excellent base for those wishing to explore other parts of the region. From Pogradec you can cross the border to Macedonia, from Shkoder you can travel to Montenegro and Croatia, from the south you can visit Greece and Corfu; and the North, why not discover Kosovo and Serbia beyond? You can rent a car or take a bus and be at your destination within hours. Italy is about 1 hour by plane; alternatively, you can take a ferry from Durres and be there in a few hours.

If you are a history buff or a culture buff, you may need to book an extension to your stay. UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Roman ruins, medieval castles, communist bunker museums and remnants of Ottoman rule – you really have it all. The unspoilt town of Butrint to the south is worth a visit, as is Berat, and the town of Skodra near the border with Greece. There isn’t enough space to write down all the historical sites you must visit here, but trust me when I say, even if you’re not much of a history buff, you’ll be amazed.

While most Albanians will describe themselves as non-religious, there are large Muslim, Orthodox and Catholic communities (in descending order). I have been asked several times if due to the high number of self-identifying Muslims you need to take any specific measures in terms of clothing etc. special dress code, unless you are visiting a religious site such as a mosque. Alcohol is widely available and enjoyed at all times of the day (!), and pork is sold and consumed in most restaurants. Albanians don’t care about your religion, as long as you’re a nice person, which, let’s be honest, is as it should be.

In addition to its beautiful coastline, Albania is home to beautiful lakes and even natural springs. Lake Komani, Lake Shkodra, Lake Butrint and Lake Ohrid are all worth a visit for their ethereal turquoise waters and the stunning scenery that surrounds them. Its natural springs, such as Syri I Kalter and another similar one at Thethi, are perfect for bathing and relaxation. If you’re lucky, you may even stumble upon waterfalls for those perfect Instagram moments.

5 things to know for August 10: Primaries, Trump, Ukraine, Monkeypox, Cuba

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1. Primaries

The primary season continued Tuesday with elections in Wisconsin, Vermont, Minnesota and Connecticut. One of the most watched races took place in the swing state of Wisconsin, where former President Donald Trump’s chosen candidate, Tim Michels, won the Republican primary for governor against a government-backed rival. former Vice President Mike Pence. In Minnesota, meanwhile, Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, a member of the progressive “team,” narrowly survived a tight competition for her House seat in Minneapolis. In Vermont, Democrat Becca Balint is set to become the first woman to represent the state in Congress. And in Connecticut, Gov. Ned Lamont and Sen. Richard Blumenthal have secured their GOP challengers in the re-election races they are expected to win in November.

2. Asset

Donald Trump is expected to be deposed by attorneys with the New York Attorney General’s Office later today regarding an investigation into the finances of the Trump Organization. It is currently unknown whether the former president will answer questions. The deposition comes after the FBI’s search of Trump’s Florida residence on Monday signaled an extraordinary escalation in an investigation into his presidency’s handling of White House documents. Legal experts point out that it is a crime to destroy or suppress federal records, or to mishandle classified documents. They also say that these laws threaten to be punished with a ban “on holding any office in the United States.” Still, it’s still unclear how that would apply to a 2024 Trump presidential run if he were to be convicted under it.

3.Ukraine

The European Union embargo on imports of Russian coal comes into force today. The bloc has already imposed several rounds of sanctions aimed at punishing Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government for ordering the invasion of Ukraine, but experts say the move will deal a heavy blow to Russia’s economy. The ban marks the first EU-coordinated embargo on the vast energy exports that fuel the Russian economy and generate hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue every year. On the ground, heavy rocket fire and artillery attacks from Russia hit several regions of Ukraine overnight, from Zaporizhzhia in the south to Kharkiv in the north.

4. Monkeypox

The FDA authorized a change in how the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine is administered, expanding supply amid high demand. The monkeypox vaccine can now be given to high-risk adults in a way that will allow healthcare providers to get five doses from a standard single-dose vial. The move could increase the number of vaccine doses in the national stockpile from 441,000 to more than 2.2 million, officials said Tuesday. To date, there are more than 9,000 probable or confirmed cases of monkeypox nationwide, according to the CDC. Officials also stress that people should continue to take steps to protect themselves from the virus even after being vaccinated, especially those in the hard-hit population of gay and bisexual men.

5. Cuba

A massive fire in Cuba was brought under control by firefighters on Tuesday, five days after lightning struck a large oil storage tank. Officials have described the fire in the city of Matanzas as the worst in Cuban history after destroying 40% of the Caribbean island’s main fuel storage facility and causing widespread outages, according to a report by Reuters. Matanzas is Cuba’s largest port for receiving crude oil and fuel imports. Cuban heavy crude, as well as fuel oil and diesel stored in Matanzas in 10 huge tanks, are mainly used to generate electricity on the island. The huge fire comes at a time when Cuba is facing a worsening energy crisis due to fuel shortages.

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That’s how many shares Tesla CEO Elon Musk has sold in recent days, raising concerns among Tesla investors. Musk raised $6.9 billion from the sale, but it comes as Tesla shares have lost nearly 20% of their value this year. Musk previously sold Tesla shares primarily when he needed to raise cash to pay a looming multibillion-dollar tax bill.

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American couple charged $800 for four drinks and a snack at Mykonos DK Oyster Bar

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A tourist has described her horror after being charged AU$800 for four drinks and a snack at a famous beach restaurant in Mykonos.

US lawyer Theodora McCormick was vacationing on the Greek island with her husband when the couple stopped at the DK Oyster Bar for a drink.

After ordering two beers, two cocktails and seafood, the couple were stunned to be handed the exorbitant bill, The sun reports.

When they tried to complain they said they were faced with huge servers.

DK Oyster Bar has been at the center of a similar controversy before and has a reputation for extortionate prices.

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He has been accused of ripping off tourists – allegations he still furiously denies as he defends his high prices.

Speaking from her home in New Jersey, Theodora, 50, said they had been to the resort town of Platis Gialos last month when they stopped at DK Oyster.

They were looking to order a taxi back to their hotel when they saw the sign outside DK Oyster that said taxis could be ordered from inside.

“I said to my husband, ‘Oh, why don’t we call a cab and have a drink,'” she said.

“That was my big mistake.”

When the waiter came, Theodora said she had asked for a cocktail menu, but instead of bringing one, he made a list of options.

They ordered two martinis and two beers, which they were stunned to see arrive in giant glass boots – estimated to be around three pints.

The waiter also pestered them to order seafood, so the couple ordered a dozen oysters.

Before ordering the bill, Theodora and her husband were preparing for a big bill – but when they received it, their jaws dropped.

“It was Mykonos, we knew it was going to be ridiculous,” she says, but she expected a bill of around “250 euros, that’s what we thought.”

“But when we got the bill…it was around €500 (A$800).

“My husband was like, ‘There must be a mistake.’

When they attempted to complain about the bill, Theodora said they were immediately surrounded by waiters, “a group of big, burly men.”

She continued, “They don’t have waitresses.”

Since it was a day before they were due to go home, they felt they had no choice but to back off and pay.

She said: “I said to my husband, ‘We are in a foreign country. It’s ridiculous, but it’s obviously some kind of scam. We will pay and try to deal with our credit card company later.

Describing the “strange experience”, Theodora said it wasn’t until they got back to their hotel and looked at the hundreds of negative reviews of the DK Oyster Bar on TripAdvisor that they realized they weren’t not alone.

“I feel stupid,” she said. “It was just a whim. We hadn’t planned to eat there, but we saw the sign.

She added: “They’ll never have regular customers, but I guess they get enough people from around the world that there’s always a supply of fresh meat.”

Theodora said they had visited a number of Greek islands as well as Mykonos, and most of their meals were ‘extremely reasonable’ and they could often enjoy great meals for just €40 (A$60) .

His experience is echoed by hundreds of other customers, with DK Oyster having a 2.5-star rating on TripAdvisor from 1,532 reviews at the time of publication.

The bar has 635 one-star, 33 two-star, 19 three-star, 52 four-star and 339 five-star reviews.

Furious customers called the restaurant “the worst experience ever”.

However, other patrons were more positive, praising the restaurant’s setting and saying “the prices are good for the upscale restaurant that it is”.

DK Oyster has a reputation for high prices and was recently fined A$43,000 after an audit by the Cyclades Regional Tourism Agency, reports Prototheme and the Timetables of Greek cities.

The investigation was sparked by two Americans who claimed they were charged over $800 for a pair of mojitos and crab legs.

And this week bar owner Dimitrios Kalamaras responded directly to his critics and denied customers’ claims that they did not know the prices before entering.

He accused many of his TripAdvisor reviewers of lying and said that following “dozens” of similar “false” claims, he put up three blackboards at the restaurant’s entrance displaying his prices.

Mr Kalamaras also said ‘no sane adult’ would order a drink without seeing how much it costs first and told customers to discuss the price with the manager before ordering.

Justifying its higher than average prices, he said the “concept” of DK Oyster was completely different from other restaurants.

And he accused the critics of being “influencers” looking for a free meal.

“Unfortunately, all of us who work in the hospitality industry have been approached by notorious ‘influencers’ who, instead of making a living advertising products and services to their audiences, have pressured certain companies to exorbitant fees and free meals,” he said. said.

“At DK Oyster, we have advertised in any way we deem appropriate for our restaurant and we will not succumb to influencers who have been drawn to the beautiful island of Mykonos.”

Earlier, a British tourist revealed how he was charged £360 (A$600) for four drinks and a snack at the restaurant.

Londoner Jak Kypri was visiting the Greek island and thought he wouldn’t get scammed because he spoke Greek.

“I thought if they tried to scam me, I would tell them to fuck off and give me the real price.”

But when he walked in, Jak said the waiters weren’t offering him a menu, but rather telling him what they had.

Jak ordered two tequilas, two beers and some shrimp which when it arrived was only “six shrimp”.

To his horror, when the bill arrived, Jak received a receipt for the exorbitant amount of €425 (A$600).

Meanwhile, another British tourist claimed she was charged £50 (A$90) for lemonade which she said was so bitter it was undrinkable.

And a father has gone after the restaurant after his daughter was allegedly charged almost £300 (A$500) for a single meal.

The Sun Online has approached DK Oyster Bar for comment.

This story originally appeared on The Sun and is republished here with permission

Greece welcomes one million tourists a week in August

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Greece will welcome a total of one million tourists every week in August, Tourism Minister Vasilis Kikilias said.

In this regard, he also added that in July, tourist arrivals exceeded 900,000 per week, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

“This year, tourism turned out to be Greece’s ‘heavy industry’, which [is not only capable of supporting] the national economy but also [offers]…substantial support in very difficult conditions, such as those which, unfortunately, have been put in place across Europe”, added the minister.

Greece also tops the travel preferences of tourists from France and Israel this summer, and there has been a surprising increase in arrivals from the United States and Austria.

“Greece will be the number one destination for travelers from France and Israel, very high on the list of travelers from the Balkans, and in the [top three for] travelers from Germany and… Scandinavian countries”, remarked Kikilias.

Regarding arrivals from the United States, June data shows a 50% increase compared to 2019, while there was a 32% increase in arrivals from Austria and an increase 24% from Israel.

According to the Minister, these data are a great achievement due to the extension of the tourist season, which is expected to last until January 22 this year.

In July, Greek authorities predicted that they would welcome almost a million tourists to the country’s airports in the first week of August. The same also explained that apart from Athens and Thessaloniki, among the favorite destinations of visitors are also the islands of the southeastern Aegean Sea and the Cyclades, Crete and Corfu.

Commenting on the data for May, Minister Kikilias pointed out that the accommodation turnover has increased, having exceeded half a billion euros, which is 26 million euros more than in May 2019. He also indicated that in addition to this, the turnover of companies in the catering sector also increased by 40 million euros compared to the same period of 2019.

A report provided by ForwardKeys previously revealed that six Greek tourist destinations were among the top ten spots for travel bookings in Europe for the third quarter of 2022, from July to September.

Additionally, high travel flows are expected to continue into September and beyond to some Greek islands.

Additionally, tourism accounts for 20% of Greece’s GDP and employs countless Greeks throughout the hospitality industry. Moreover, according to data provided by the Bank of Greece, in April 2022, tourism receipts were higher than April 2019, marking an increase of almost one million euros.

Gatwick Airport: All last easyJet, British Airways, Vueling and Wizz Air flights canceled and delayed for Monday August 8

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Gatwick believe this action will then allow airlines to fly and manage more predictable and reliable flight schedules for the remainder of the peak summer school holiday period.

The airport is ‘temporarily moderating’ the number of summer flights from 900 flights per day to 825 in July and 850 in August, according to the BBC.

SussexWorld has compiled a list of flights that have been grounded so far (Friday August 5) at Gatwick Airport. Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

This is how “passengers benefit from a more reliable and better level of service,” says Gatwick.

SussexWorld has compiled a list of flights that have been grounded and delayed so far (Saturday August 6) at Gatwick Airport.

Arrivals in all terminals for Monday August 8 (from 9am:)

As of 9am this morning, no flights have been canceled at Gatwick Airport.

Departures from all terminals for Monday August 8 (from 9 a.m.:)

9:10 a.m. – Entry of the Air flight to Corfu – ENT432DELAYED 10:30 a.m.

9:15 a.m. – Emirates flight to Dubai – EK012ASK ABOUT THE AIRLINE

9:15 a.m. – Qantas flight to Dubai – QF8012ASK ABOUT THE AIRLINE

9:25 a.m. – TUI flight to Montego Bay – TOM044DELAYED 10:25

1:40 p.m. – easyJet flight to Dubrovnik – EZY6427DELAYED 2:30 p.m.

4:40 p.m. – easyJet flight to Heraklion – EZY8763DELAYED 5:20 p.m.

Greek island doctors say too much work, not enough help

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SERIFOS – Greek islands, including those overrun with tourists in the summer, are short of health personnel and basic necessities, but it’s worst at small sites in the Aegean where doctors say they are on duty 24 hours a day.

This was revealed by a survey carried out by the doctors of the Multipurpose Regional Clinic of Serifos, Athanasios Kontaris (family doctor, scientific manager of the clinic), Katerina Karavoulia and Meropi Galari (rural doctors) and the student in medicine Manos Zavalis, volunteer at the clinic.

Kontaris told Kathimerini the situation is frightening after the team spoke by phone with colleagues on 26 of the 28 islands whose only health facility is a regional multipurpose clinic with no specialists or specialized equipment.

Researchers found that 13 units have only one doctor who makes 30 on-call visits per month and the other 13 have two doctors who share on-call duties while 10 have no nurses and only seven have nurses. qualified doctors.

In just one practice, doctors are given the days off they are entitled to by law, and all are working more than 48 hours, the maximum allowed, with doctors in 14 clinics reporting they made medical errors due to exhaustion.

“The investigation was the result of frustration,” said Kontaris, who said the problems are most serious in primary health care services to residents of the Small Cyclades island group.

“For example, a heart attack patient on Serifos will contact a cardiologist 18 to 20 hours after the heart attack,” he said as the population swells with tourists in the summer.

“It’s one thing having to look after 1,250 residents and quite another having to look after 12,000 people – residents and visitors – in the summer,” he said of the overwhelming task.

The state does not provide housing for doctors who are stationed on the islands and have no choice about where they go after completing their free medical education.

“It is very difficult for a doctor to make the decision to serve on an island. I’m having trouble finding accommodation. I have a young child and there is no daycare to leave him when my wife and I have to be away from work. You can be trapped in the winter, life is more expensive and there are medical challenges,” he said.

He said incentives should be provided to doctors whose work is essential and can save lives, by asking for tax breaks, salary increases, reducing bureaucracy and providing housing at high rents.

Which Greek Island is Right for You? – Timetables of Greek cities

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There are around 6,000 Greek islands and islets in the Aegean and Ionian seas to discover (okay, some are inaccessible and untouched!) and those that are indeed inhabited each have their own style, vibe, cuisine, architecture, unique culture and history. Each Greek island has its own beauty and priceless charm, but if your vacation time is limited, it’s worth determining in advance which ones best suit your needs (and dreams).

* Paxoi

Lovers

When you’re truly in love, you can be happy together almost anywhere, but why not add the perfect backdrop to suit your relationship style? If you’re looking for the kind of rugged, quiet island with a sense of seclusion between you and me, head to Limnos, Paxoi & Anti-Paxoi, Aghia Anna in Naxos, Amorgos, Folegandros, Kythira, South Crete , Sifnos, the entrails of Samothraki, Milos or Ithaca. If instead you prefer glamorous dinners and shots at the bar together to party the night away, head to Santorini, Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Skopelos and Sifnos.

Chios
*Chios

Gourmands

There’s nothing wrong with making food your top priority when traveling; indeed, some islands are best known for their exceptional local cuisine and wine. Tinos, Santorini, Crete, Sifnos, Naxos, Symi, Lesvos, Kefalonia, Limnos and Chios are all places where you are more than likely to get a very pleasant taste of unique local flavors due to their famous homemade products and their exciting ways. to present it on your plate.

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*Rhodes

Families

Kids love the seaside, the pools, the freedom, the delicious snacks and the sun, but some islands are especially welcoming and wonderful for them – and for you. Alonissos, Crete, Rhodes, Corfu, Santorini, Hydra, Naxos and Lefkada are ideal as they have all the needs of a family – great beaches, play parks and outdoor activities, pockets of peace, cuisine delicious and water parks.

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*Lefkada

Types of beach

Being the beachy type is an art – it involves arriving at the beach when it’s still empty and leaving (with a wet bathing suit, because you couldn’t resist that last swim after the sun went down) when it is almost dark. Whether you like laying on a sunbed among the cosmopolitan crowd or barely seeing a soul all day long (or going naked and natural), the best islands for water babies are Limnos, Crete, Paros, Ios, Koufonissia, Samos, Donoussa, Paxos, Kos, Zakynthos, Lefkada, Elafonisi, Milos, Naxos and Thassos.

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*Nammos in Mykonos

party peeps

Yes, you want to swim and get a golden tan, but your priority is to see, be seen, dance, and go home with plenty of legendary and entertaining memories. If you’re looking for rowdy beach parties and nightclubs, fine dining, mingling with the stars and/or glamorous cocktails under the stars, head to (surprise!) Mykonos, Santorini, Anti-Paros, Skiathos, Zakynthos, Corfu and Ios.

Syros
* Syros

cultural vultures

Some islands have developed a more sophisticated cultural profile over the years, hosting annual exhibitions, events and festivals that attract nerd crowds and cultural trendsetters from around the world. If you want to enrich your vacation with a cultural zing, head to Syros (with an endless list of events throughout the summer), Aegina, Patmos, Rhodes and for the best panigiria (festivals), Ikaria.

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* Agios Ioannis Church in Patmos

spiritual beings

A blazing sunset over a Greek horizon is probably enough of a spiritual experience, but some islands have a particular energy or tradition that greatly enhances their spiritual profile. For Greek Orthodox spirituality, of a religious type, Patmos is undoubtedly the most idyllic destination (with its 450 churches and the Monastery of the Apocalypse). Tinos is also an annual destination for pilgrims who kneel to the Panagia Megalochari Church, while in Paros visitors come to see the Panagia Ekatopiliani. Amorgos is also known for both its Greek Orthodox churches (two of the oldest in Greece) and its new age spirituality.

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*Andros

Adventurers

Whether it’s surfing, kitesurfing, scuba diving, sailing, rock climbing, trekking, horseback riding, mountain biking or simply exploring the wilderness, there are several islands with scenic dream and many organizations to help you get the right equipment, training and circumstances. Paros, Tinos and Limnos are top destinations for surfers of all kinds while Andros, Crete, Nysiros, Milos, Alonissos and Kefalonia are great for hiking and rock climbing. Divers love Corfu, Kea (Tzia), Crete, Zakynthos and Chios for their interesting reefs and wrecks. As for sailing, well, the Greek sea is the limit!

Key words:
Andros, Crete, Donousa, Elafonisi, Greek Islands, Ios, Kos, Koufonissia, Lefkada, Limnos, Lovers, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Patmos, Paxoi, Rhodes, Sailing, Samos, Santorini, Tinos, Which Greek Island Is For you, Zante
Alexia Amvrazi

Alexia Amvrazi loves the pleasure of discovering the beauty of the world around her. With a passionate and practical approach to travel, gastronomy, holistic living, culture, innovation and creativity in Greece, for 20 years she has been exploring and sharing her discoveries with the world on all aspects of the country and its inhabitants through writing, radio, blogs. and videos. While her childhood and early youth in Italy, Egypt and England left her somewhat uprooted, she is now firmly connected to her native land, bravely weathering the hurricane known as the Greek Crisis!

Taiwanese Apple supplier battles activists over $4 billion in cash

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A Taiwan-based Apple supplier is battling an international investor over its multibillion-dollar cash in a case that signals booming shareholder activism in the territory.

Catcher Technology, which makes electronics enclosures for Apple devices made in China, is being challenged by Hong Kong-based investment firm Argyle Street Management to improve its governance and return some of its $4.2 billion. dollars of net cash to shareholders, according to people familiar with the discussions.

Argyle owns about 1% of Catcher’s shares and is one of its many foreign institutional shareholders alongside Franklin Templeton, Singapore’s GIC and Cathay Life Insurance. He approached Catcher executives about his concerns during a meeting in Taiwan, one of the people said.

Shareholder activism has grown more slowly in Asia than in the United States due to the dominance of family businesses, but recent high-profile battles, including in Hong Kong over HSBC and Bank of East Asia, and in Japan over Toshiba, have raised its profile. .

Global investor appetite for Taiwan has grown in recent years, with foreign direct investment rising 275% to a 15-year high of $8 billion in the first half of 2022 due to the country’s large industrial base and of its status as a gateway to China.

However, the island’s tech-dependent stock market took a hit following a sell-off by global funds and fears of a recession in the United States.

Argyle accused Catcher’s management of “hoarding money” and using it to support a “bloated” executive structure, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. The company has a market capitalization of around $4 billion on the Taiwan Stock Exchange and is run by three brothers from the Hung family who serve on its board of directors.

In 2020, Catcher sold two units of its China division that supplied Apple with iPhone cases for $1.43 billion to smaller competitor Lens Technology, based in the mainland province of Hunan. The divestiture of one of its key revenue generators came as Chinese companies sought new opportunities to access Apple’s coveted supply chain in the wake of the Sino-US trade war.

Argyle argues that, despite the divestiture, Catcher has paid a “low” dividend of NT$10 to NT$12 per share over the past five years, which totaled NT$42.95 billion ($1.43 billion). dollars) and said it would maintain that level of dividend for the next one. three years.

About 15% of shares in the Tainan-based company are owned by the Hung family, including its chairman Allen Hung, and about 43% owned by foreign institutions.

Catcher said he is “currently in the transformation stage of the business” and diversifying into areas such as auto parts manufacturing and medical technology.

“The cash position we have retained is primarily for investment opportunities,” the company said. “We pay out at least 50% of profits as cash dividends. The cash dividends we have paid each year for the past five years are literally equal to our paid-up capital, essentially above the market average.

In July, prosecutors in Taiwan charged 14 people, including members of Catcher’s research and development team, with breach of trust and misappropriation of trade secrets for use overseas. Catcher said in a statement at the time that he is “cooperating with the investigation and following legal proceedings and judgments.”

Taiwan has stepped up efforts in recent years to prevent the leak of sensitive technologies, such as semiconductors, to the mainland. In 2021, Taipei decided to prevent domestic technology companies from selling assets or subsidiaries to Chinese companies.

A Greek trip suitable for teenagers | Travel

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In February 2020, just before the pandemic, we went on a wolf hunting safari in the Apennine mountains. It was, in the words of my youngest son Rafferty, ‘the best holiday of my life’, especially as we spotted wolves on the last day.

It hasn’t been easy for my family since then. During the pandemic, my partner and I separated, and with Raff on the verge of adolescence, I wanted to try and recreate the magic of that final journey.

We’d been to Greece several times, so getting back on board with Celestyal Cruises – a line he loves, in a place he loves – seemed like the perfect way to bond. I opted for a short sail on their flagship, the 1,664 passenger Celestyal Olympia. He was an old ship, with no gimmicks such as go-karts and water slides, and only nine balcony cabins. But it was friendly, warm and affordable, and for five days it stopped in five islands and two countries – Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete and Santorini in Greece, and Kusadasi in Turkey.

This route attracted an eclectic mix: American teenagers discovering Europe, religious groups following in the footsteps of St Paul and St John, families from France and Spain — and a few Brits.

Rafferty and Adam go on an island excursion

We set course east of Athens towards Mykonos, arriving at 6.30pm, giving plenty of time to get familiar with what was on offer. Would it be learning a bit of Greek or a local dance round? For Raff, the temptation of the PlayStation in the kids’ club outweighed the temptation to recreate the final scene from Zorba the Greek with his dad. I didn’t blame him.

I’m happy to say that I haven’t lost it to the screens. The choppy and expensive wi-fi meant he couldn’t access YouTube on his phone, and the PlayStation, while a daily activity, was limited (by the ship) to a few hours a day. The icing on the cake, the pace of life on board has made people forget about screens in favor of reading, games and meals.

Although I saw it as a chance to bond, I didn’t forget that Raff missed hanging out with other kids, so we struck a balance early on, discussing what activities we’d like to do rather than tell him. It worked – he suggested the flag quiz, while I opted for the fruit carving and napkin folding demonstrations, two very traditional cruise pastimes.

In addition to the kids’ club, there are two pools, a ping-pong table, a basketball court, and a small arcade. But what’s ashore is the appeal of this destination-intensive cruise. Excursions range from visiting the palace of Knossos in Crete, the legendary home of the Minotaur, to discovering the history of the Knights Templar in Rhodes or the ancient ruins of Ephesus in Turkey. Two excursions are included in the price of the cruise and the others are reasonably priced.

In Mykonos, the ship stays late so passengers can sample the legendary nightlife. For us, it was an opportunity to stroll, to walk along the beach of the small town and in the maze of whitewashed streets. As usual in Mykonos, a strong breeze whipped the waves against the seawall, which meant a somewhat treacherous march to the windmills on the west side of town. But the reward was the sight of the sun setting behind the ship, framed by the blades.

Kusadasi is the gateway to the antiquities of Ephesus, but truth be told the ruins aren’t kid-friendly, so we opted for the Adaland water park, where we threw ourselves on slides and diving boards. The sheer joy of our short stay there made the trip worth it.

Back on board, we tried our hand at making towel animals. Celestyal has made an art of it, a menagerie appearing on our beds every night. I opted for a basic creation, a snake, under the puzzled gaze of Raff.

A diving board in the sea off Elli Beach, Rhodes

A diving board in the sea off Elli Beach, Rhodes

ALAMY

We were prepared for the flag quiz. I had been testing Raff all morning, but he amazed me with his knowledge of the flags – Kyrgyzstan, Vanuatu, Bhutan. The event was well attended, with several children of Raff’s age and, despite the confusion between Honduras and El Salvador, we arrived first together.

The meals were exceptional, with a strong emphasis on Greek cuisine and wines. And without wi-fi, they allowed Raff and I to chat, whether it was about flags, countries, politics, extreme weather conditions back home, plans for tomorrow, or TikTok videos (didn’t know that he had 600 subscribers).

In Rhodes, Elli beach, a 20-minute walk from the port through the narrow streets of the old town, has everything a father and son could wish for: a diving board in the sea, numerous beach bars and a water sports store.

Without Raff persuading me to swim to the board and jump off it repeatedly, I probably would have been lying on a lounge chair all day. He even took me out on a giant buoy pulled by a speedboat for 20 minutes. Let’s get over the fact that I mistakenly smothered it with after-sun instead of sunscreen, leaving it looking pretty red after a day in the water.

Our last day was a stop on two islands: Crete and Santorini. With Raff in a new UV-resistant top, we signed up for the Santorini volcano and hot springs tour, exploring the islands in the center of the caldera rather than the sugar-cube villages scattered at the top.

As our boat sailed through, framed by cliffs, I explained to Raff how these steep sides once met roughly where we were passing, forming a massive volcano that blew its summit around 3,600 years ago. , spewing ash high into the atmosphere, changing Earth’s weather patterns for years and sending a tsunami far into the Mediterranean.

We hiked to the top of one of the hot, sulphurous vents, with breathtaking views out to sea to the main island.

Later, a swim in the nearby hot springs provided therapeutic mud to cool Raff’s sunburned back.

Our last meal on the ship was a bittersweet affair. In just four days, we had grown closer to the waiters caring for Raff, many of them missing their children at home. “I loved being back on the ship,” Raff said. “It brought back so many great memories and everyone on board was so friendly.”

Although there were no wolves, we had definitely rediscovered that magic of two years ago.

Adam Coulter was a guest of Celestyal Cruises. Four nights all-inclusive sailing the Iconic Aegean Summer route from £453 pp, including two excursions and gratuities, departing September 19 (celestyal.com). Fly to Athens

Adam is editor of the Cruise Critic UK website

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Corfu’s popular Paliokastritsa gets a new marina

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Greek Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias and Mayor of Corfu Meropi Hydraou inaugurated this week a new 103-berth marina at Alypa in Paliokastritsa.

“The project will add value to the cosmopolitan area of ​​Paleokastritsa and in particular to the small port of Alypa,” said Kikilias, referring to the importance of tourism for the popular island of Corfu.

The minister said ensuring tourists continue to visit Greece throughout the year was a key priority for the ministry and the government with actions that delivered results and supported local economies.

“The increase in tourist traffic brings benefits to the island’s economy, the primary sector, the commercial world and the restaurants of the island,” he said.

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Greek Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias at the inauguration ceremony of the new Corfu Marina with General Secretary for Tourism Policy and Development Olympia Anastasopoulou (left) and Mayor of Corfu Meropi Hydraiou (right) . Photo source: corfu.gr

As an indication, the number of arrivals in Corfu in July increased by 19.7% compared to the same month in 2019 despite the global challenges, said Kikilias, who was accompanied by the Secretary General for Tourism Policy and Development . Olympia Anastasopoulou.

Today, a crucial project for Corfu has been completed. An infrastructure project worthy of the region that enhances the tourist product through the provision of high quality services and boosts local incomes, said Mayor Hydraiou.

Corfu aims, with the operation of the Alypa, Benitsa and Gouvia marinas, to become a hub with the most organized berthing facilities for pleasure craft, Hydraiou added.


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Runaway Chihuahua missing from kennel near Mansfield found hiding on farm after three days of search

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Bluey, an 11-month-old Chihuahua, was rescued after escaping from Kingstand Lodge Kennels in Budby on Tuesday August 2.

Clown couple Sam and Caron were on holiday with their six-year-old son Thian in Corfu when they received the bad news from the kennel, allegedly 12 hours after Bluey escaped.

The couple were told that Bluey had somehow escaped from the kennel through a hole and then through the main doors.

Bluey, an 11-month-old Chihuahua, was found three days after escaping from a kennel in Budby.

The owners are quickly contacted The legacy of beautya registered charity that aims to reunite lost and stolen animals, which launched a campaign shared by nearly 500 people on social media.

After several days of investigating sightings of Bluey near busy roads, as well as in Thoresby and Clumber Park, Beauty’s Legacy volunteers finally received what would be the final call in Bluey’s extraordinary journey to say that he had been spotted on a farm in Bothamsall – over five years ago. miles from the kennel.

This morning (August 5) at 7:15 a.m., Lisa Dean, the charity’s owner, and a volunteer drove to the farm and cut a gravy trail that led Bluey straight into Lisa’s arms .

Lisa said: “We had a trap ready, but we didn’t need it – we just grabbed it by hand.

Lisa Dean, owner of Beauty’s Legacy, pictured with Bluey, finally safe and sound.

“The farmer’s wife was crying, I was crying, my volunteer was crying – [Bluey] literally just went to sleep in my arms, he was so glad to be saved.

Lisa was happy to share the good news with Bluey’s family. “Obviously it ruined their holiday – they come home on Monday and they’ve spent the whole week completely clueless.

“So today, phoning them up and saying, ‘Look who I have,’ it was just amazing to give them this good news.

“It’s worth all the sleepless nights and all the hard work. I have fantastic volunteers in our charity, and it’s so nice when we all come together and achieve something like this.

“We want to thank members of the public for constantly ringing in the comments.

“Everyone stepped up and helped get this little dog to safety while his mum and dad suffered in Corfu. It’s an amazing result.

Kingstand Lodge Kennels has been approached for comment.

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Pristine Island, an hour from Greenville, SC, has a Splash Park and cabins on Lake Hartwell

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The Big Water Marina on Lake Hartwell, just an hour from Greenville, SC, offers tons of family-friendly entertainment, food, water options, and even beautiful cabins. So stay for a day, a weekend or a week! Media tickets have been provided to Splash Island for this review.

I came to Large water marina for Splash Island but stayed for the relaxing island vibe and really wish we could have ended our day watching the sunset from the restaurant, JR Cash’s, but had to drive home – which , fortunately, was only an hour’s drive from Greenville. There are some pretty intense Margaritaville vibes happening here that will leave you feeling really relaxed and happy and wanting to come back.

It’s not just Splash Island’s incredible floating obstacle course that shines here. It’s the tiny cabins, the delicious restaurant food, the hammocks on the beach, the pirate ship play area right next to the restaurant, and the staff that make this place so cool. I’m here to tell you everything.

About Big Water Marina

The family atmosphere is immediately apparent at the marina and campground and once I met one of the owners, Trey Boggs, a fifth-generation resident of Anderson, SC, who has three daughters himself, he was easy to understand why. He spoke my language immediately explaining how his kids love the water park so much and get exhausted while the parents relax on the beach in the sand – or have fun if they want.

“If the kids aren’t having fun, they’re going to complain about leaving, and the parents won’t be having fun either,” Trey said.

Isn’t that the truth? Fortunately, there is no danger of this happening at the Big Water Marina. Trey and his brother purchased the marina in 2017 and gradually added more acreage over time so that today the marina is now approximately 200 acres in total and an island unto itself with multiple boat locations. motorhomes, boat ramps, Splash Island, restaurant, and shop.

Hydrobiking

Ever an entrepreneur, Trey and his brother are planning many new builds in the near future, including treehouses, yurts, more cabins (more on those in a bit), adding to Splash Island, more motorhome and beach tent camping areas.

splash island

Splash Island is an interlocking floating obstacle course on Lake Hartwell at the Big Water Marina. Wibit is a German company that manufactures the actual obstacle course parts and they are movable to create new routes or add to existing obstacles. This is the second Wibit course I’ve run (well, I’ve tried running, kind of slipped) and it’s so much fun!

The course as they have it set up now is over 80 feet long and is in deep enough water for you to safely jump off the higher obstacles and into the nice warm water. They have monkey bars and racing obstacles similar to the show, Annihilate, which I love to watch and laugh at all the people who fall in the water. Now that I’ve done it myself, people laugh at me for falling in the water after failing to clear an obstacle.

About to erase

My kids had so much fun and time flew by. We were on the course for about two hours, but it didn’t even seem that long except we were completely and utterly exhausted. This thing is a major workout! Kids must be 46 inches tall to do it themselves. Children under this size can still do it, but they will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian on the course.

There was always a staff member on the course who paid special attention to children – and adults – running it and just making sure everyone was safe. You must also wear life jackets to do the course, which are provided. Tickets are $15/hour or $25/two hours.

The beach and other water rentals

There is a good sized beach with sand at Big Water Marina across from Splash Island. And they have chairs and hammocks and hanging lights and picnic tables and I never wanted to leave. It was so relaxing. You don’t need to do the water obstacle course to use the beach and there are no parking fees or access to the sandy area on the lake. Pets can be there but they must be leashed and owners must clean up after them.

Big Water Marina also rents paddle boards, kayaks, hydrobikes, and pontoon boats. I didn’t know what a hydrobike was and the good people at the marina let me try one. They are funny! Basically, you work as if you were riding a bike, super easy but also a bit tiring. You must wear a life jacket and children 8 and older who can reach the pedals can ride one. They cost $25/hour but are also available for daily and weekly rentals.

If a hydrobike isn’t for you, try a paddle board or kayak. Personally, I love paddleboarding and I think it’s an excellent water activity. It’s $25/hour and kids must be 13+. With the kayaks, you can rent a single ($25/hour) or a tandem ($35/hour) and you can take a smaller child with you on a tandem.

pontoon boat rentals, which can accommodate up to 10 people, start at $330 for a half-day (four hours). You can charter for a half day, a day, a sunset cruise or a week.

Tiny cabins

I have a weakness for small houses. My dream is to live somewhere in the woods and read all the books I want. But until I can, I’m still on the hunt for great little cabins to stay in, and I’ve finally found the perfect — and I mean, perfect — one at Big Water Marina.

I went around one one bedroom tiny cabin with a double loft (so a loft on both sides of the house), a full kitchen, a living room, a bathroom and a porch and I want it so badly. I wanted to take this little cabin with me to my non-existent land in a forest somewhere. It was so cute and beautiful and decorated with rustic minimalism. There are ladders leading up to each loft which the kids would love and the master bedroom was gorgeous. They face west, so you can enjoy a glass of wine on the porch and watch a beautiful sunset. Trey tells me the sunsets rival those of Key West. I will have to test this.

There are one-bedroom and two-bedroom cabins. One-bedroom cabins can accommodate a family of six, and two-bedroom cabins can sleep up to seven. Cabins can usually comfortably accommodate between four and seven people. If you’re thinking of a weekend getaway or a quick family summer trip, this is the place for you. You save on gas, you have water and beach for activities, a restaurant to eat or a kitchen in your cabin to cook, and Splash Island to exhaust the kids. Prices vary by cabin and season.

JR Cash Grill & Bar

The on-site restaurant at the marina, JR Cash Grill & Bar, has Margaritaville vibes, with alfresco dining overlooking the lake, teal chairs, and hanging lights. The food is upscale bar fare with burgers, fish platters, chicken fillets, and prawns, plus a creative cocktail menu.

On the suggestion of one of the staff at Splash Island, we received an order of chicken tenderloins and oh my goodness, those chicken tenderloins were the most tender, flavorful and light chicken tenderloins I have ever had. had. The honey mustard sauce was also very good. I might have to go back to this place just for those chicken tenders. We also tried a burger, which was super tasty. But oh, those chicken tenders.

Besides the chicken fillets at JR Cash, the pirate ship playground really made this place stand out. There’s a legit pirate ship that has slides, swinging rings, rope ladders, and even a covered bow. Very cool. My kids absolutely loved it and once again Big Water Marina proved they know what parents want when they go out for dinner – a place where the kids can play and where they can enjoy their drinks and food . The play area also had a hammock and a swing for the older kids.

Honest Mom Review

I’ve been to many cool places in our area, but I absolutely loved this one for several reasons. I felt the owners carefully considered the needs of families to spend quality time together in a fun and safe environment without even having to leave if they were staying at the campsite. Everything they need is there and it’s set up for maximum enjoyment. I was also so impressed with the staff members. They were attentive and kind and interacted with my kids and were just nice people. You could tell they loved being there.

Pirate ship playground

I think the biggest shock for me was that this place was only an hour from Greenville. One o’clock! It’s easily a day trip or a weekend getaway if I can snag one of these little houses. I can’t wait to see what Trey and his family do next at the Big Water Marina.

Tips for visiting the Big Water Marina

There are a few important things to note if you want to visit the marina and Splash Island.

  • Splash Island is open Thursday through Sunday so don’t go there on Monday and except to fulfill all your Annihilate dreams. Check the schedule before you go. They are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the two-hour sessions are from 10 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Buy your tickets on line to secure your place at Splash Island. They have a limit of 55 people per session. The cost for one hour is $15 and for two hours is $25. Children must be 46 inches tall to complete the obstacle course on their own.
  • The JR Cash restaurant is open from Thursday to Sunday as well and they don’t open until 3pm on Thursdays, so plan accordingly. We went to Splash Island first and then to eat and it worked out great as we were so hungry after doing the floating obstacle course.
  • You can bring chairs, tents and coolers to the beach. There are no admission or parking fees.
  • Bring water and a change of clothes. I hate driving in a wet bathing suit and it’s hot so you really need to hydrate.

Are you planning to visit Big Water Marina?

Big Water Marina and Campground
320 Big Water Road, Starr, SC
864.226.3339
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Credit payments in Greece rise as banks offer loans to more viable businesses

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Credit card payments in Greece rose 32.1% to €14.7 billion or A$20 billion in the second quarter compared to the same period last year, with growth in electronic payments outpacing overall consumption growth.

Part of the increase, Kathimerini reported, was due to the massive growth of tourism in Greece with A$3.7 billion in payments made by credit cards issued by foreign banks, a growth of 134%.

At the same time, the newspaper reported, credit card payments made by Greeks traveling abroad had increased by more than 60% to almost 1.15 billion euros, 1.7 billion dollars Australians, largely thanks to the lifting of travel restrictions.

The newspaper added that actual earnings in credit card transactions were much higher as the figures did not reflect credit cards issued by Euronet Merchant Services, which spun off from Piraeus Bank.

At the same time, up to 50,000 local businesses are considered creditworthy by Greek credit institutions and they are the target of local banks trying to increase their financing.

The Greek national daily also reported that around 80% of Greek businesses were operating without bank credit during a period when a record number of new loans worth 4.2 billion euros were granted in the first half of the year. of the year. This has not been accompanied by an increase in the number of sound and solvent companies.

The majority of businesses, estimated at 80% or 200,000 of the total that operated without bank credit and just 50,000, were deemed strong enough to qualify for loans.

A bank executive said: “Competition between banks for a place in healthy entrepreneurship over the past half year has gotten out of hand and has become relentless.”

Despite rising interest rates slowing the number of new loans from Greek banks, there was competition among them to lend to the best companies with sound fundamentals and realistic business plans that could be realized.

Speaking last week during a presentation on the Hellenic Development Bank of the new financial tools it plans to implement, Greek Deputy Development Minister Yiannis Tsakiris said banks were the only channel lending and that with the introduction of fintech, banks would find it difficult to find new customers.

The Deputy Minister said that state intervention through the introduction of new financial tools would work where the banking sector could not achieve the main objective which was “to increase the scope of solvent companies by 40- 50,000 today to 80-100,000”.

“If we are successful, we will have taken an important step in our efforts to boost entrepreneurship,” Mr. Tsakiris said. He added that the problem lay in the fragmented nature of Greek business enterprises into very small companies.

The Bank of Greece has estimated that Greek loan portfolios would need to reach the €160-180 billion mark from the current €112 billion if the bank is to fulfill its role in Greece’s economic growth.

Finally, foreign investors are interested in a portfolio of defaulting Greek hotel loans offered for sale by the collection company Intrum.

Bain Capital and US fund Apollo were among those interested in acquiring the portfolio of 75 Greek hotels that had defaulted on their loans and were valued at 290 million euros or 426 million Australian dollars.

Experts said the wallet would likely be sold at 20-30% of face value.

The biggest debtors in the portfolio included five-star hotels on the islands of Crete and Kos and in Alexandroupoli in Thrace. The portfolio also included four-star hotels on the Halkidiki peninsula and in Skiathos.

About half of the hotels in the portfolio are located on the islands of the Dodecanese and the Cyclades, as well as in Crete and Corfu.

A five-star hotel in Volos and a four-star hotel in Hania may have to liquidate their assets, the newspaper said.

The total portfolio capacity was over 4,000 rooms.

Greece opens competition for 28 state-funded remote island air routes

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Greek authorities this week announced a competition for airlines interested in covering 28 state-funded domestic routes to remote islands.

Airlines operating in the EU can submit their offers before September 25, 2022, said the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority.

Successful companies will be subsidized by the State with a maximum amount of 18.18 million euros (excluding taxes) for each year. This is the first time that a single call for tenders concerns all remote island links.

The airlines that won the contracts will operate as follows domestic routes from February 1, 2023 to January 31, 2027:

Athens – Astypalaia, Athens – Ikaria, Athens – Skiathos, Athens – Kythera, Athens – Karpathos, Athens – Paros, Athens – Zakynthos, Athens – Syros, Athens – Leros, Athens – Kalymnos, Athens – Skyros, Athens – Milos, Athens – Naxos, Athens – Sitia, Athens – Kozani – Kastoria, Thessaloniki – Samos, Thessaloniki – Chios, Thessaloniki – Corfu, Thessaloniki – Kalamata – Kythira, Thessaloniki – Skyros, Thessaloniki – Limnos – Ikaria, Rhodes – Karpathos – Kasos – Sitia, Rhodes – Kastellorizo, Alexandroupoli – Sitia, Aktio – Sitia, Corfu – Aktio – Kefalonia – Zakynthos, Lemnos – Mytilini – Chios – Samos – Rhodes and Rhodes – Kos – Kalymnos – Leros – Astypalaia.

Changes this year include the addition of Kythera and Sitia, Crete.

Isolated island routes in Greece are currently operated by Greek carriers SKY express and Olympic Air (AEGEAN). SKY express operates the majority of specific routes.


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Family businesses will organize fundraisers for worthy local causes

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August and Lily King, owners and operators of Mindemoya Munchies, and their parents Jeff and Jacqueline King, owners of Island Time Boat Rentals, will host two fundraising events this month to benefit the Manitoulin Food Bank and Manitoulin Pet Rescue. The first event, a charity hot dog barbecue, will take place this Sunday, August 7 at Mindemoya Munchies.

MINDEMOYA—Two businesses in Mindemoya, both owned by members of the same family, will hold two fundraisers (over the next two Saturdays in August) to raise funds for two very worthy local causes.

“Jeff, the children and I have been overwhelmed with the support and enthusiasm shown by our two businesses,” said Jacqueline King. “We wanted to find a way to give back to this amazing community.”

Jeff and Jacqueline King own Island Time Boat Rentals, and their children, August and Lily, own and operate Mindemoya Munchies (a concession stand across from the public dock at Lake Mindemoya). “We decided to hold a few fundraisers to help give back to the community that welcomed and supported our businesses.”

Mindemoya Munchies sells a variety of snacks and treats. They offer ice cream novelties like drumsticks, ice cream sandwiches, popsicles, and candies, as well as hot snacks like hot dogs, pogos, and pizza. They also have chocolate bars, chips, and a variety of soft drinks and Gatorade. They even have breakfast sandwiches and coffee for the Saturday morning crowd. August and Lily said they were “really thrilled because we’ve partnered with mom and dad’s business to offer hourly rentals of non-motorized boats like kayaks and stand-up paddle boards on the beach at Lake Mindemoya. .”

“We’ve spent our summers on the island all our lives,” the youngsters said. “Our father is from here and all of our family lives here so it feels like home too. Last year we spent a lot of time in the Mindemoya subdivision and walked past the empty building of the kiosk. Mom and Dad joked that we should open a store, but we don’t think they realized we might actually want to! This year we wanted to find a way to make some money and we couldn’t stop thinking about that little empty building.

“Our parents have owned their own business for a few years and this year Dad started Island Time Boat Rentals, so we wanted to see if we could run a business as well,” the youngsters said. “Mom and dad encouraged us to try. They said we would learn a lot no matter what. So far it’s been pretty good. It pretty much depends on the weather, so we always hope for warm sunny days! People are really nice and kind to us. It’s definitely been a great learning experience so far.

A Charity Hot Dog BBQ, benefiting the Manitoulin Family Resources Food Bank, will be held Sunday, August 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mindemoya Munchies Booth (across from the public boat launch of Mindemoya, 10 Will-o-wisp way, Mindemoya). The barbecue hot dogs are $3 each (with sales being cash or e-transfer), with all proceeds going to the food bank. Ms King explained: “We are also collecting non-perishable food items and anyone who brings in a food donation will be entered into a draw to win fabulous prizes. Prizes so far include a paddleboard rental from Island Time Boat Rentals, a round of golf from Brookwood Brae, a fish and chips dinner from Rockin’ JJ’s Food Truck and a goodie bag from “Do you Bake?” Crave It” by Gloria McAllister and an Epicure by Lily-Faith Hore.

There will also be a bouncy castle set up for the kids at J&S Backyard Party Rentals.

On Sunday, August 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., a Community Bake Sale to benefit Manitoulin Pet Rescue will be held at Mindemoya Munchies. “In addition to all the delicious baked goods, we will be selling raffle tickets for a free one-day rental of our beautiful Legend 21 cruiser pontoon boat,” Ms. King said.

“We are looking for community volunteers to donate some of their amazing baked goods.” If you would like to donate baking, please contact Jacqueline King at [email protected], or call 905-736-3610. Everyone who donates baking will be entered into a draw to win fabulous prizes (same as the prize list above). The bake sale and raffle tickets will be cash only, so please go to the ATM before coming.

“Please come to Mindemoya Munchies for these events, to help us raise as much money as possible for these two amazing organizations,” Ms King added.

All the best photos of the Royal Family at the 2022 Commonwealth Games

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The Commonwealth Games are like the Olympics; held every four years, they celebrate sporting achievement across the Commonwealth. Although there are 54 nations in the Commonwealth of Nations, more than 70 teams compete. For example, the United Kingdom sends four teams: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. (At the Olympics, these four nations all compete under Team Great Britain.)

The Games are usually a big moment for the British royal family. Queen Elizabeth has been the head of the Commonwealth since the death of her father, King George VI, and in 2018 Prince Charles was announced to succeed the queen. Queen Elizabeth is not expected to attend the Games, due to her ongoing mobility issues, but Charles will read a speech which includes a message from his mother.

Ahead of the Games, Buckingham Palace announced that many members of the Royal Family, including Prince William and Kate Middelton, “will be attending events and engagements to celebrate the Games, as well as visiting sporting venues, attend a series of fixtures and meet athletes, volunteers and support staff helping to organize the Commonwealth Games.” Also in attendance will be Prince Edward, who has served as Deputy Patron of the Commonwealth Games since 1990 and has attended to all editions of the games since Edinburgh 1986.

Here, check out all the best photos of the Royal Family at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

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Opening ceremony

Charles and Camilla arrived at the opening ceremony in Charles’ eco-friendly Aston Martin, which runs on wine! (More information about the vehicle here.)

Passing through security for a visit to the Athletes’ Village, the Prince of Wales looked a little nervous.

Here, he shares a smile with one of the performers during the festivities in honor of the opening ceremony.

Prince Charles and Camilla were greeted by Louise Martin, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation.

Camilla opted for a sailor-inspired jumpsuit for the event.

Prince Charles delivered a speech at the opening ceremony. In this photo, you can see her youngest brother, Prince Edward, looking on with a smile.

Buckingham Palace previously announced that Prince Charles would represent his mother at the event as she continues to have episodic mobility issues.

“Over the years, bringing so many people together for the ‘Friendly Games’ has created memorable shared experiences, established long-standing relationships and even created friendly rivalries. Most importantly, they remind us of our bond with each other. others, wherever we may be in the world, as part of the Commonwealth family of nations,” Prince Charles said in his speech. “Tonight, in the words of the founder of the Games, we let’s once again embark on a new adventure here in Birmingham, a pioneering city that has attracted and embraced so many throughout its history. It is a city symbolic of the rich diversity and unity of the Commonwealth, and which now welcomes you all in friendship.”

“I wish every athlete and team much success. Your hard work and dedication, especially in recent times, has been an inspiration to us all. It is now my greatest pleasure to declare the 22nd Games open Commonwealth.”

Prince Edward and Sophie shared a laugh as they watched the ceremony.

Sophie chose a rich jewel-toned dress for the event. She and Prince Edward looked quite tanned after their recent holiday in Corfu.

July 29

The Wessexes returned for the first official day of the Games to watch the rugby sevens competition alongside Princess Anne and her husband Sir Tim Laurence.

Sophie opted for a vibrant printed dress for the appearance.

July 30

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester attended the track cycling competition.

August 1

The whole Wessex family was present for the third day of competition.

Lady Louise has joined the heart jewelry trend.

The Countess of Wessex took some photos on her iPhone.

Sophie and James have been extremely involved in badminton competition.

August 2nd

Once again the whole Wessex team showed up at the Commonwealth Games together.

The Wessexes and the Cambridges sat in two rows to watch the swim sets.

It was the young princess’s first solo outing with her parents.

Kate pointed something out to her daughter as they sat in the stands.

Even the royal family isn’t immune to taking an awkward family photo.

They didn’t care about the photos as they cheered on the contestants.

After the swim, the Cambridges visited a SportsAid home.

Princess Charlotte took part in an interactive learning experience during the visit.

Charlotte posed for a group photo with her parents.

Afterwards, they attended a field hockey game.

And Princess Charlotte also encouraged gymnasts.

Kate, William and Charlotte all had big smiles on their faces.

The Cambridges were given plush versions of the Commonwealth Games mascot.

The Countess of Wessex and her daughter, Lady Louise, met the England hockey team after the game.

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La Repubblica reveals 5 “unknown” travel destinations in Greece

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Island of Tinos, Greece. Photo © Maria Théofanopoulou

The Italian daily The Republic recently published an article on five “unknown” travel destinations in Greece – Astypalea, Lipsi, Skyros, Tinos and Ithaki – which are attracting the interest of Italian travellers.

In a long article, La Repubblica defines Greece “as the ideal holiday destination in the world with more than 200 dream islands and a nation that is the cradle of Western civilization and the home of democracy”.

astypalaia

Photo source: @Municipality of Astypalea

Referring to the island of Astypalea, also known as the “butterfly of the Aegean”, La Repubblica describes it as a “paradise of historical monuments, picturesque villages, magnificent beaches, incomparable gastronomy and of fine local products, such as honey, also offering experiences for hikers and nature lovers”.

The Italian newspaper also claims that Astypalea is leading the future of sustainability in Greece, thanks to pioneering “green” projects.

Lipsi

The Greek island of Lipsi is described by La Repubblica as an “ecological paradise” with colorful beaches.

Lipsi is also home to the first dolphin protection center in the Mediterranean.

Incredible seafood, authentic recipes, Greek mythology, traditional villages, boat trips, excursions, fine red wines and delicious local cheeses, are some of the experiences offered on Lipsi, says La Repubblica.

Skyros, Tinos, Ithaca

Skyros Island. Photo: © Dimitrios Rizopoulos / Shutterstock

On Skiros, according to La Repubblica, visitors will certainly appreciate the mythology and rich history. The element highlights the traditional architecture of the island and the small alleys of Chora.

As it concerns TinosLa Repubblica focuses on the island’s unique sculptures, 40 traditional villages and impressive beaches.

“Tinos is a treasure trove of picturesque villages that must be photographed,” notes La Repubblica.

Finally, La Repubblica praises Ithaki for its rich mythology and recommends the island to those looking for a unique sailing destination.


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Foreign Forces Archives – Page 304 of 304

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Iran threatens to exploit the Strait of Hormuz, oil markets react, global economies take notice, and more naval forces are sent to the region, raising the stakes for Tehran and the US Navy.

Late last year, the commander-in-chief of Iran’s navy, Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, warned that closing the strait would be “easier than drinking a glass of water”. The Obama administration has publicly dismissed the threat as “saber-braking,” but has also privately advised Tehran that attempting to close the strait would trigger a US military response.

“The laying of mines in international waters is an act of war,” Vice Admiral Mark Fox, commander of the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, said in a Feb. 12 interview.
“We, under the direction of the national leadership, would prevent this from happening. We always have the right and the obligation of self-defense and that is self-defense. If we did nothing and allowed some mining, it would be a long and difficult process to clean them up.

Whether it is an act of war or not (international rules – certainly more honored in their violation than observation – authorize the exploitation in peacetime of the high seas under certain strict conditions), the Iranian officials have threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz in response to Western sanctions over its nuclear program.

US Navy photo of the USS Enterprise and USS Cape St. George passing through the Strait of Hormuz on May 11.

But the ultimate impact of such an escalation – if only in rhetoric – is unclear. According to a Jan. 23 report by the Congressional Research Service “…as in the past, the prospect of a major disruption to maritime traffic in the strait risks damaging Iranian interests. US and allied military capabilities in the region remain formidable. This makes an outright and prolonged closure of the strait unlikely. Nonetheless, such threats may heighten tensions in global energy markets and force the United States and other global oil consumers to consider the risks of another potential conflict in the Middle East.


A key transportation route for a daily flow of 17 million barrels of oil – around 35% of the world’s oil trade by sea – according to the US Energy Information Administration, the Strait of Hormuz is around 175 miles long nautical miles and narrows to 21 nautical miles. miles wide, making it an “international strait” under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. These international straits, which are completely surrounded by the 12-mile territorial seas of the coastal states, enjoy protective under the UNCLOS regime, even though the United States has not yet ratified the treaty.

Since the end of World War II, mines have severely damaged or sunk four times as many US Navy ships as all other means of attack combined. Fifteen of the 19 ships fell victim to mines. And that doesn’t include many more sunken or mine-damaged ships, from the Corfu Channel crisis of 1946 to the Persian Gulf tanker wars of the 1980s to the sinking of the MV’s Tamil Sea Tigers. Invincible In 2008.

During the Tanker War in the Persian Gulf, Iraq and Iran indiscriminately deployed several types of mines, including variants of the 1908 Russian-designed contact mine that nearly sank the USS frigate. Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58) in April 1988. After the United States agreed to provide protection for the tanker convoys, the first convoy ran into trouble when the American-flagged supertanker MV Bridgeton struck a mine which gouged a large hole in her hull. Almost immediately, US Navy surface warships lined up astern Bridgeton, belying the adage that every ship can be a minesweeper once. If more mines were present, Bridgeton was to clear the way.

In 1990 and 1991, Iraq deployed more than 1,300 mines in the northern Gulf, including a weapon never before seen in the West. In the early morning of February 18, 1991, the USS Tripoli (LPH-10), carrying airborne mine countermeasures helicopters, struck an Iraqi contact mine; four hours later, the cruiser Aegis Princeton (CG-59) fell victim to a Manta mine, a “mission-kill” that took the cruiser out of the war and cost around $100 million to bring it back online. More at the point of the impact of a possible Iranian mining campaign in 2012, it took multinational Coalition forces more than two years of intensive mine countermeasures operations to declare the northern Gulf mine-free.

According to then-Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Gary Roughead, in 2009 more than one million mines of 300 types were in the inventories of more than 65 navies. Russia had about 250,000 mines. The Chinese Navy is estimated to have around 100,000 mines, including a rising mine that could be deployed in waters deeper than 6,000 feet. And North Korea had about 50,000 mines. All three sell weapons to virtually any navy or terrorist group, anywhere, anytime, as do about 17 other countries.

Iran has acquired a stockpile of 3,000 to 6,000 mines, mostly of Soviet/Russian, Chinese or North Korean origin. Most are unsophisticated but still dangerous floating contact mines, such as those that damaged Robert and Tripoli. Other mines, like the Manta that hit Princeton, are bottom mines that come to rest on the bottom and wait for a target to satisfy various parameters. These influence mines are triggered when increasingly sophisticated target detection devices detect the magnetic, acoustic, seismic, water pressure, and electrical potential signatures of their victims.

An Iranian mine, the Chinese-made EM-52, is a multiple-influence (acoustic, magnetic, pressure) rocket-propelled mine armed with a 600-pound high-explosive warhead, which can be deployed by naval vessels. surface in waters as deep as 600 feet.

The inventory is also believed to include around 600 advanced multi-influence mines purchased from Russia, including MDM-3 which can be dropped from aircraft.

Mines can be emplaced by virtually any underwater, surface, and airborne platform. To effectively mine the entire Strait of Hormuz would require thousands of mines and several weeks or more. Iran could use Kilo-class submarines, which can carry 24 mines. But a larger operation should also involve small craft and possibly commercial vessels. A 2010 report by the Near East and Gulf Institute for Military Analysis shows these Iranian capabilities of the minelaying platform:

Physics will help delineate the problem. Generally, the water depth of the strait ranges from around 200 feet to 300 feet, but its northwest approaches are shallower, around 120 feet deep. In the strait itself, depths can reach 1,000 feet and currents make the deployment of bottom mines an uncertain tactic. If deployed in deep water, even large warhead bottom mines would have a limited effect on surface traffic.

Libya’s Red Sea mining in the summer of 1984, for example, used multi-influence bottom mines exported by East Germany, totally unknown to the West. Ships that detonated mines in deeper water suffered significantly less damage than those in shallower water. (A total of 23 ships reported being mine victims, although four were later assessed as insurance scams.)

Not that bottom mines wouldn’t be employed where it makes operational sense, but Iran would likely rely on bottom-moored contact mines that hide near the surface but remain difficult to detect and defeat. .

Mines are just one element of Iran’s anti-access/area denial weapons, which include speedboats armed with guns and missiles, small and mini submarines armed with torpedoes, anti-ship missiles based on land and planes.

In response to Iran’s mines rattle, the Navy is deploying four additional Avenger-class MCM ships to the region, for a total of eight Avengers, along with two more MH-53E airborne MCM helicopters added to the two already in theater. The additional units will be based in Bahrain, home to the navy’s Fifth Fleet. “I came to the conclusion that we could do better to prepare the theater,” said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert to the Senate Armed Services Committee during a Navy budget hearing earlier this year. “I wanted to be sure…that we are ready, that our people are competent, that they are confident and that they are good at what they do when needed.”

The Navy also announced that the USS Mackerel (LPD-15) is being refitted to support naval forces in the region, primarily focused on the MCM mission. A provisional Advanced Intermediate Afloat Base (AFSB), its “main battery” will consist of AMCM helicopters and support craft. This too has been done before, with the mid-1990s conversion of USS Inchon (LPH/MCS-12) as the MCM command and control vessel.

In addition, the naval MCM “order of battle” includes several Royal Navy MCM ships and Royal Australian Navy assets, as well as MCM capabilities from regional US maritime partners.

“It’s a volume issue more than a technical challenge,” Navy Lt. Cmdr. Wayne Liebold, captain of the USS Gladiator (MCM-11), one of the Avenger MCM ships based in Bahrain, said The Huffington Post. “My concern is going out there and having to search for a large volume of water with large amounts of mines,” said Liebold, who has completed three MCM deployments to the gulf.

Although easily detectable, the laying of several hundred mines in a few days could have a significant, albeit temporary, effect on commercial and naval mobility. More generally, however, the impact on global oil markets is unclear. During the Red Sea and Gulf of Suez mining crisis of 1984, commercial and naval traffic continued unabated, despite reports of underwater explosions, and world oil prices virtually stagnated. not been affected.

“Conventional wisdom might suggest that the outbreak of hostilities in the Strait of Hormuz or the Persian Gulf would significantly halt or discourage the flow of maritime traffic through the strait,” said Cmdr. Rodney A. Mills wrote in a 2008 Naval War College study, “But the ‘tanker wars’ between Iran and Iraq in the 1980s show a different behavior of the shipping industry. During the eight years of conflict, 544 attacks were carried out against all ships in the Gulf, leaving more than 400 civilians killed and 400 others injured. However, after an initial drop of 25%, the shipping industry adjusted to the risk and trade flow picked up. Despite the threat, oil and other maritime commerce continued to flow even as the conflict escalated until 1987, when a total of 179 attacks were carried out, roughly one attack every two days.

In short, while Iranian mines may not be obstacles, they certainly can be speed bumps that attack strategies, plans, and timelines, in addition to ships and submarines.

Love Island’s Curtis Pritchard hits out at islanders for ‘selling their souls for money’

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LOVE Island star Curtis Pritchard has slammed the islanders for “selling their souls for money”.

The 26-year-old told this year’s finalists to ‘stay true to themselves’ after leaving the villa – instead of making big deals they don’t believe in.

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Curtis Pritchard offered advice to this year’s Love Island starsCredit: Rex Features
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Curtis – who is starring in Cinderella with brother AJ at De Montford Hall in Leicester this Christmas – has given advice to stars tempted to sell cash – and how to deal with trolling.

“Don’t read any comments,” insisted Curtis, who rose to prominence on the fifth series of Love Island.

“Ignore everything except what you are doing and what your loved ones are doing. Stay true to yourself.

“Only do the things you want to do. Don’t sell yourself for the wrong reasons.

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“Don’t just follow the money and sell your soul for money. For 1% it works, but for the other 99% it doesn’t.

“You’ll only end up having no money or not being happy.”

I’m A Celebrity and the former Strictly AJ star added to The Sun: “They think they’re doing stuff that makes them happy, but that won’t last long.

“They have a platform and I hope they use it to help charities and do things they are passionate about.”

The talented brothers team up again to lead an all-star panto, alongside CBeebies Evie Pickerill, funny man Jarred Christmas and Leicester panto legend Martin Ballard.

This follows their hugely successful stint in the same production last year at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre.

“The great thing is that if there was something we wanted to do better or differently from last year, we can.

“The script has been tweaked and we’re in a different realm. The show is going to be ten times better.

“It’s going to be a good one.

“Panto is for everyone, all ages. That’s what makes it so magical.

Normally this is the first theater children are exposed to and it could completely change their outlook on life.

“It might make them want to get into acting and performance. That’s what’s so special about it.

“Panto is the best way to bring families together for a brilliant evening of fun, laughter and magic.

“This year is going to be bigger and better than ever and we can’t wait to see you all there.”

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Be sure to put on your rags and get your ticket to the ball when it kicks off on December 10.

Tickets are on sale now at demontforthall.co.uk or visit imaginetheatre.co.uk.

10 of the best sailing holidays in Europe | Sailing holidays

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Yachting, Amalfi Coast

Novice sailors can explore the Amalfi Coast on this four-day yacht trip from Amalfi to Procida via Capri. There are swimming and snorkeling opportunities, including a dip next to Capri’s Blue Grotto, as well as time ashore to explore. Living conditions are quite cramped – eight people share four small cabins and two bathrooms – but much more time is spent on deck or outside. No sailing experience is necessary, but there will be a chance to participate, especially when entering or leaving the port. The trip is suitable for ages 15 and up. intrepid journey also offers a one-week version, with additional nights in Ischia and Sorrento and a visit to Pompeii.
Four daysincluding a selection of meals and activities, from £737, intrepidtravel.com

Day Trips, Cornwall

Navigate the Mascot from Charlestown

Those unsure if sailing is for them can dip a toe in the water on a day trip aboard the Bristol Channel’s largest pilot cutter, departing from Charlestown Harbor in Cornwall, which was featured in the television series Poldark. A morning sail on Mascotte starts from £60 pp (classic-sailing.com). And if you like the idea of ​​a boat but not the sailing itself, the refurbished fishing boat Pen Glas has overnight bunk beds from £25,
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Seafood Festival, Scotland

Danish gaff cutter Eda Frandsen
Danish gaff cutter Eda Frandsen. Photography: Eda Frandsen Sailing

Originally a fishing trawler working in the North Sea, Danish gaff cutter Eda Frandsen splits her time between the west coast of Scotland, exploring quiet anchorages around the Western Isles, and Cornish waters. At 18 meters long, she takes up to eight guests. Local, sustainable food is a highlight, so expect wild crab, langoustine, mackerel and scallops as you explore the waters of St Kilda, the Small Isles, the Inner Hebrides or Skye.
A three night trip on Eda Frandsen costs £550, six nights from £1,100, eda-frandsen.co.uk

Food tour, Croatia

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Sail Croatia’s gastronomic route passes through Split, Havar, Vis, Palkeni and Makarska Islands

Sail Croatia has launched a new island-hopping gastronomic itinerary, sailing on six- to 10-person yachts and mooring at restaurants for dinner. The trip begins and ends in Split and calls at three ports in Hvar, as well as Vis, Pakleni Islands and Makarska on the mainland. Suggested locations range from traditional Dalmatian konobas and from family fish restaurants to modern waterside restaurants. A star is Horaa restaurant at an organic farm and winery on the island of Hvar, which offers olive oil, cheese and wine tastings, and specializes in lamb peka, cooked over open fire. The skipper makes reservations and can customize your itinerary.
Seven days including transfers, excluding restaurant bills, from £332, sailing-croatia.com

Smart Navigation, British Coast

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Conservation and marine biology are at the center of Sail Britain’s voyages, as well as memorable sailings

Sail Britain’s aim is not just to provide a memorable sailing experience, but to inspire positive change for the oceans. Voyages aboard the 12-metre offshore cruiser Merlin are a mix of sailing and education, with titles including ‘creative leadership’, ‘ocean optimism’ and ‘wild food and sailing’. A qualified skipper is joined by a specialist in conservation, art, marine biology or wild food, among other disciplines, for a week-long voyage around parts of the UK coast.
The seven days Our Living Ocean ttear, navigate between Mallaig and Oban in September, is £750, sailbritain.org

Soft sailing, Greece

Saronic Islands, Greece Sailing trip on 50ft Zorba
The Zorba in the Saronic Islands. Photography: Paul Terry

If you love warm weather, a trip on the 15-meter Zorba might be the answer: a Greek sailing vacation away from the crowds. With five private cabins on this modern yacht, this vacation is all about relaxation, island hopping, swimming and snorkeling as much as sailing.
A eightday trip around Saronic Islands in Greece of £895, venturesailholidays.com

Island Adventure, Spain

Hiking on La Gomera.
Hiking on La Gomera. Photography: Westend61 GmbH/Alamy

This week-long sailing trip, starting and ending in Tenerife, is an opportunity to visit two lesser-known Canary Islands: La Gomera and La Palma. Passengers can hike La Gomera, explore its capital, San Sebastián, lounge on the beach and swim from the boat. There is a free day in La Palma, which can be spent in the capital, Santa Cruz, or visiting the island. The 17 meter yacht has five twin/double cabins, three bathrooms, deck space for sleeping under the stars, an outside shower and a bathing platform. The minimum age is 16 and no experience is required.
Seven days from £949, gaventures.com

Swimming and diving, Turkey

Sedir Island, Gokova Bay.
Sedir Island, Gokova Bay. Photography: Aliyah

This eight-day trip on a traditional schooner sails the Gulf of Gokova, with its secluded bays backed by vast forests and plenty of opportunities to swim and snorkel in the sparkling Aegean Sea. The round trip from Bodrum visits Sedir Island, also known as Cleopatra Island, the secret meeting place of the Egyptian Queen and Mark Anthony, and Oren, which has Roman ruins and Byzantine churches. Guests stay in en-suite cabins and all meals are included, as are paddleboard and fishing gear.
Eight days from £875 pp, responsibletravel.com

Flotilla sailing, Greece

This flotilla holiday is ideal for beginners who want to sail on their own yacht: a group of 10-12 boats are guided by a lead yacht with a skipper, engineer and host. The Ionian Islands are ideal for first-timers, especially Paxos and the southern archipelago. A week-long stay begins in Lefkas, stopping at Kefalonia, Ithaca, Kalamos, Kastos and Meganisi. For two weeks, the flotilla sails from Corfu to Kefalonia. Most sailing days are only 12-15 miles, with some longer days, and there are swim stops along the way. Social events with the other boats, such as picnics and drinks, are also a highlight.
One week, including flights, of £575; two weeks of £655, sailvacances.com

whale watching, Portugal

A 1930s cod fishing tall ship is now a spacious vacation vessel for the Azores Islands. This trip starts and ends in Terceira, dropping anchor in quiet spots around the central islands and watching whales in the São Jorge Channel. Stops include Graciosa, the northernmost island, which has a 40-meter-high volcanic cave and sulphurous lake, and Faial’s capital, Horta, a bustling meeting place for sailors. Passengers can join a night shift and scale the rig, or simply enjoy the kayaks, paddleboards, and dive ribs. There are 16 double cabins and meals on board are included.
Eight days from £1,050, sailwiz.com

Wyl Menmuir is the author of The draw of the sea (Aurum, £16.99), winner of the Roger Deakin Prize for Nature Writing

Many recent vehicle thefts in Grand Island “for nothing” | Grand Island Local News

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A wave of vehicle thefts on Grand Island continues and the Grand Island Police Department is asking for the public’s help.

GIPD Captain Dean Elliott said there had been “dozens” of stolen vehicles over the past month, worth “several hundred thousand dollars”.

Elliott said that while some vehicles have been recovered after being driven and abandoned, there are still vehicles that have yet to be recovered.

He said Thursday that a stolen vehicle from Grand Island was found in Aurora.

“Immediately Aurora (law enforcement) discovered that two vehicles were stolen from Aurora,” he said.

According to the GIPD crime report, within 24 hours three vehicles were reported stolen and one attempted motor vehicle theft.

In each theft, keys were left in unlocked vehicles, the report said.

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The attempted theft took place on Michigan Avenue on July 28, an electric starter credited with preventing a fourth motor vehicle theft that day.

The report indicates that the starter was pressed three times. Elliott said the key fob was far enough away that it wouldn’t start.

Nothing was taken or damaged, according to the report.

Elliott said the motive for the thefts was the cars themselves. Still, during the motor vehicle theft epidemic, items such as iPads, cell phones, cash and firearms have been reported stolen, Elliot said.

“All for nothing,” he said.

“They’re not (being) wired,” Elliott said. “Vehicles that get stolen have keys inside.”

He advised not to leave keys and valuables in the vehicle and to ensure the doors are locked.

“These days, you can’t believe people won’t come onto your property to snoop through your belongings and take what isn’t theirs.”

GIPD has footage from outside cameras but, Elliott said, “it’s so good.”

What seems to make a difference is that community members are aware of their surroundings.

“We have noticed an increase… in (people) reporting suspicious vehicles,” Elliott noted.

“(People) pay a little more attention to vehicles parked in their neighborhood that aren’t normally there and have been there for a day or two, or they have no idea who the vehicle belongs to because it isn’t there. is normally not in the neighborhood,” Elliott said.

“They are leading us to recover some of these stolen vehicles at the earliest.”

Elliott said he appreciates the community being more vigilant, but ultimately there is an easier way to avoid a stolen vehicle.

“(GIPD) would also like them to help by removing their keys from their vehicle, their expensive property and locking their car.”

Jessica Votipka is an education reporter at the Grand Island Independent. She can be reached at 308-381-5420.

Ikos plans a second seaside getaway in Corfu

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Ikos Resorts is expanding its luxury all-inclusive offering with a second property on the island of Corfu, slated to open in May 2023.

The exclusive new Ikos Odisia promises a sophisticated seaside getaway, where architecture and aesthetics blend seamlessly with nature, embodying the brand’s essence of luxury.

Lush blend

The second Ikos to open on the Greek island sits in an iconic location, protected in a secluded bay opposite the brand’s first property on the island, Ikos Dassia. The new Ikos Odisia is gracefully elevated for spectacular views and landscape panoramas of the Ionian Sea.

Beautifully designed by Nimand Architects, the new beachfront resort has 395 rooms, suites, bungalows and villas, each carefully designed for couples and families of all sizes.

Set on 60 acres and blending seamlessly into lush natural surroundings, Ikos Odisia will welcome its guests to an elegant waterfront ambience. The five-star property will welcome the outdoors indoors, taking full advantage of the unspoiled nature that surrounds the resort.

Upscale guests can upgrade to exclusive Deluxe Collection suites in an unparalleled area of ​​the resort with personalized pre-arrival planning via a personal concierge and a range of benefits.

Michelin star dinner

Ikos Odisia will have five à la carte restaurants, with menus created by Michelin-starred chefs featuring flavors from Greece, Italy, Peru and Asia, as well as a Mediterranean buffet-style restaurant. Creative cocktails and a choice of 300 international and local wines will be served by Ikos’ expert sommeliers and mixologists at the hotel’s indoor and outdoor bars, which offer a venue for all occasions, from casual beach bars to elegant live music backdrops.

Taking full advantage of the resort’s elevated location, Ikos Odisia’s exclusive new restaurant, The View Lounge, welcomes guests to picturesque views of the Ionian Sea and serves cocktails, light snacks and a full celebratory dinner menu. a fusion of Peruvian cuisine.

A myriad of amenities

The resort will offer 10 outdoor and indoor heated swimming pools, including children’s and adult-only pools, as well as a 420m white-sand beach. Activity options include a state-of-the-art fitness center and sports facilities and activities such as tennis, canoeing, mountain biking or windsurfing. The Ikos Spa offers breathtaking views of the Ionian Sea, the perfect setting for a luxurious signature treatment, with beauty products from Anne Semonin Paris.

The resort will house a complementary kids’ club for children and teens aged 4 to 17, offering activities such as crafts, sports, cooking and science. Guests with babies and toddlers can take advantage of the Heroes crèche and childcare services, with professional childcare available.

As with all Ikos properties, Ikos Odisia will help the local community to have a positive impact on the economy of Corfu Island and the destination in general. The station will work with local suppliers and generate 700 new jobs, at least half of which will be filled by locals. The resort will also establish sustainable hotel operations under the Ikos Green program, including being carbon neutral and implementing zero waste initiatives.

Sight Magazine – Wow! : No trash is wasted on the Greek islands in the race to recycle

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Tilos, Greece
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Before the tiny Greek island of Tilos became a big name in recycling, tavern owner Aristoteles Chatzifountas knew that every time he threw his restaurant’s rubbish into a municipal bin down the street, it would end up in the local landfill.

The rubbish site had become a growing scourge on the island of now 500 people off the southern coast of Greece since ships began bringing in packaged goods from neighboring islands in 1960.

A Polygreen employee picks up trash from a hotel on the island of Tilos, Greece, on June 30. PHOTO: Thomson Reuters Foundation/Sébastien Malo.

Six decades later, in December last year, the island launched a major campaign to solve its pollution problem. Today, it recycles up to 86% of its waste, a record in Greece, according to the authorities, and the landfill is closed.

Chatzifountas said it only took a month to get used to separating his waste into three bins – one for organic matter; the other for paper, plastic, aluminum and glass; and the third for everything else.

“We know how to win races. But it’s not a sprint. It’s the first step [and] it is not easy.”

– The Deputy Mayor of Tilos, Spyros Aliferis.

“Closing the landfill was the right solution,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “We need a permanent and greener response.”

Tilos’ triumph over waste puts it ahead in a kind of inter-island race, as Greece catches up to meet tough recycling targets set by the European Union and institutions, businesses and governments around the world are adopting zero-waste policies in their efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

“We know how to win races,” said Tilos Deputy Mayor Spyros Aliferis. “But it’s not a sprint. It’s the first step [and] it is not easy.”

The island’s performance contrasts with that of Greece as a whole. In 2019, the country only recycled and composted a fifth of its municipal waste, putting it 24th out of 27 countries ranked by the EU statistics office.

This falls far short of EU targets to recycle or prepare for reuse 55% of municipal waste by weight by 2025 and 65% by 2035.

Greece has taken action against the throwaway culture, such as forcing stores to charge customers for single-use plastic bags.

Still, “we’re quite behind when it comes to recycling and reuse here,” said Dimitrios Komilis, professor of solid waste management at Democritus University of Thrace in northern Greece.

Recycling can reduce global warming emissions by reducing the need to make new products with raw materials, the extraction of which is carbon-heavy, Komilis added.

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A man places a can in a recycling bin in Tilos, Greece on July 1. PHOTO: Thomson Reuters Foundation/Sébastien Malo

Getting rid of landfills can also slow the release of methane, another potent greenhouse gas produced when organic materials such as food and vegetation are buried in landfills and rot in low oxygen conditions.

And environmental groups note that waste management systems can generate more jobs than landfilling or incineration, because collecting, sorting and recycling waste is more labor intensive.

But achieving zero waste isn’t as simple as following Tilos’ example – every region or city generates and manages waste differently, said researcher Dominik Noll, who works on sustainable island transitions at the Institute of Vienna social ecology.

“Technical solutions can be extended, but the socio-economic and socio-cultural contexts are always different,” he said.

“Each project or program must pay attention to these contexts in order to implement waste reduction and treatment solutions.”



Tilos has earned a reputation as a testing ground for Greece’s green ambitions, becoming the first Greek island to ban hunting in 1993 and, in 2018, one of the first islands in the Mediterranean to operate primarily on land. wind and solar energy.

For its “Just Go Zero” project, the island has partnered with Polygreen, a Piraeus-based business network promoting a circular economy, which aims to take waste and pollution out of supply chains.

Several times a week, Polygreen sends around ten local employees to go door to door to collect household and professional waste, which they then sort manually.

Antonis Mavropoulos, a consultant who designed Polygreen’s operation, said the “secret” to successful recycling is maximizing the market value of the waste.

“The more you separate, the more valuable the materials,” he said, explaining that waste collected in Tilos is sold to recycling companies in Athens.

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Workers sort municipal waste at a Polygreen factory on the island of Tilos, Greece, on June 30. PHOTO: Thomson Reuters Foundation/Sébastien Malo

One morning in June, workers were milling around the floor of the Polygreen recycling facility, perched next to the disused landfill in the arid mountains of Tilos.

They quickly separated a colorful assortment of waste into 25 streams – from used vegetable oil, destined to become biodiesel, to cigarette butts, which are dismantled to be composted or turned into materials like sound insulation.

Organic waste is composted. But some waste, like medical masks or used towels, can’t be recycled, so Polygreen shreds it, to be turned into solid recovered fuel for the cement industry on the continent.

More than 100 tonnes of municipal solid waste – the equivalent of the weight of nearly 15 large African elephants – has been sorted so far, said project manager Daphne Mantziou.

The project cost less than €250,000 to set up – and, according to figures from Polygreen, managing it does not exceed the combined cost of a regular municipal waste management operation and the new €20 per tonne tax. landfill waste that Greece introduced in January.

More than 10 Greek municipalities and some smaller countries have expressed interest in replicating the project, said company spokesperson Elli Panagiotopoulou, who declined to give details.


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Replicating Tilos’ success on a larger scale could be tricky, said Noll, the sustainability researcher.

Big cities may have the money and the infrastructure to effectively manage their waste, but recruiting key officials and millions of households is a more difficult undertaking, he said.

“It’s just easier to engage with people on a more personal level in a smaller municipality,” Noll said.

When the island of Paros, about 200 kilometers northwest of Tilos, decided to clean up, it faced a city-sized challenge, said Zana Kontomanoli, who leads the Clean Blue initiative Paros run by Common Seas, a British company. social enterprise based.

The island’s population of around 12,000 increases during the tourist season when hundreds of thousands of visitors lead to a 5,000% increase in litter, including 4.5 million plastic bottles a year, said Kontomanoli.

In response, Common Seas launched an island-wide campaign in 2019 to reduce bottled water consumption, one of its many anti-plastic pollution projects.

Using street banners and on-screen messages on ferries, the idea was to dispel the common but misguided belief that local water is not safe to drink.

The share of visitors who think they can’t drink the island’s tap water has fallen from 100% to 33%, Kontomanoli said.

“If we can prevent these plastic bottles from coming to the island, we think that’s a better solution” than recycling them, she said.

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A Polygreen employee picks up trash on the island of Tilos, Greece, on June 30. PHOTO: Thomson Reuters Foundation/Sébastien Malo

Another anti-waste group thinking big is the nonprofit DAFNI Sustainable Greek Islands Network, which has been sending workers in electric vehicles to collect waste for recycling and reuse on the island of Kythnos since last summer. .

Project manager Despina Bakogianni said this was once touted as “the biggest tech innovation project ever on a Greek island” – but the race for zero waste is now heating up, and there are already plans more ambitious in progress.

These include CircularGreece, a new €16 million initiative that DAFNI has joined with five Greek islands and several mainland regions, such as Athens, all aiming to reuse and recycle more and boost the use of renewable energy. .

“It will be the largest circular economy project in Greece,” Bakogianni said.

How Summerside — and Prince Edward Island — is leading Canada’s energy revolution

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On a small island, and in an even smaller city, a major energy revolution is taking shape — and it’s all thanks to the willingness of the people who live there to do things a little differently.

From wind farms to giant solar farms, big things are happening in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, a city on Canada’s east coast with a can-do attitude and a willingness to act as a case study for the rest of the country on sparking the renewable energy revolution.

The community’s flagship project is an 80-acre, $69 million solar project that will go live later this year.

It’s called the Summerside Sunbank and once fully operational, approximately 65% ​​of Summerside’s electricity will come from locally generated renewable energy. That’s a remarkable feat for any city in Canada, especially one as small as Summerside.

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An image captured from drone video shows the Summerside Sunbank under construction. The massive 90-acre solar project will supply a quarter of all the city’s needs once it becomes operational later this year.


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The undeveloped land of the Summerside Sunbank prior to construction.


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The Sunbank project, along with a host of other energy and smart grid initiatives, reflects a spirit of independence that residents are proud of here.

Greg Gaudet, electrical engineer and director of Summerside Electric, simply calls it “self-reliance” – not relying on global energy markets, which can take wild turns “depending on what’s happening in the world. “.

As for the positive attitude, the mayor, Basil Stewart, says: “Things will not happen by themselves; you have to realize them. Always quick to come up with a metaphor, Stewart, who served as mayor of Summerside for more than three decades, says he likes to think of himself and his team as “work horses, not show horses.”

Summerside is a city of 16,000 located on one of the narrowest stretches of Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province. It is only four kilometers from the northern shore of the island to the south.

Surrounded on both sides by the sea, there is an abundance of wind and solar power on the island – and therein an economic opportunity that this unassuming little community has been taking advantage of for the past few years.

He is now keen to show the rest of Canada – and the world – how it can be done.

Energy independence

For decades, Summerside depended on electricity transmitted by an undersea cable from New Brunswick, just across the Northumberland Strait.

But the city wanted to free itself from its need to depend on other provinces for its electricity supply, and with wind and solar, it saw an opportunity to do so.

Summerside was in a unique position because it had its own power company. This means residents are the owners and can determine their own energy future. “We have our own electric utility, and we’ve had it for a hundred years,” says Stewart.

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Combine that with an ambitious push by city officials to seek federal and provincial funding for renewable energy projects, and the city has pushed for energy self-sufficiency.

“Horse and wagon may still be allowed on the road,” adds Stewart, referring to energy systems of the past, “but the chances of getting run over are much more common now with the way the world is changing.”

It’s a lesson countries like Germany and the Netherlands are learning the hard way right now. They have long depended on Russian gas imports, but with Moscow largely isolated by Western countries, there are fears that the Kremlin could turn off the taps to Europe at any moment.

Takeover attempts

Marlene Campbell, programming coordinator in the city’s cultural office, recently co-authored a book documenting the 100-year history of Summerside Electric, the city-owned electric utility.

“Lighting the Way” by Marlene Campbell and Jean MacKay recounts the various efforts made to keep Summerside Electric in the hands of local people.


Summerside culture


The book, titled Lighting the Way: The Story of Summerside Electric, 1920-2020details how as early as 1928, power companies outside of Summerside were trying to convince residents that they were “getting a bad deal” with their municipal power plant.

But true to the residents’ “do it” attitude, the city held firm and retained its locally owned and operated facility.

Over the decades that followed, the local factory became a source of pride, and it has remained so. But people had to fight for it.

“Having the utility has allowed the citizens of Summerside to have so many benefits that they otherwise wouldn’t have,” Campbell told Global News. These include a major restoration of the boardwalk, sparkling recreational facilities and electricity rates that are only a fraction of the cost they would cost if Summerside imported more of its electricity from outside the town.

“Major public services are owned by shareholders. You know the more you can put [the price of] the more electricity, the more money they make,” says Mayor Stewart.

It’s a “community-driven” and “business-driven” model, says Bobby Dunn, the utility’s business development and sales manager.

Dunn is responsible for rolling out a smart grid program that uses purpose-built devices like furnaces and water heaters in residents’ homes to store excess energy as heat.

The “Heat for Less” program essentially allows these devices to double as batteries – storing excess energy inside people’s homes and feeding the city’s energy grid when needed, including when the sun is out. shine or the wind blows.

“Our goal was to keep that energy in the community,” says Dunn.

The fact that excess power is kept in “reserve” allows Summerside Electric to provide residents with electricity at about half the rate elsewhere, Dunn says.

The system benefits the community just as the cash savings in your bank account would benefit you in times of need.

It is also a business strategy.

“If you are a businessman, you know that you have reliable and stable energy [here]“, says Dunn.

“Summerside,” according to Steven Myers, the provincial energy minister, is “the gold standard of energy transition.”

It shows what can happen when residents control the keys to their own energy future. “It was a very smart decision at the time to keep [Summerside Electric] into local ownership,” says Myers.

The Samso model

Summerside is not the first small municipality to try to become 100% renewable in a short period of time.

Twenty-five years ago, the community of Samsø, located on a small island off the coast of Denmark, decided to make a rapid switch to renewable energy. Like PEI, most of Samsø’s electricity came from an undersea cable and was generated by burning fossil fuels, primarily coal.

But Samsø decided early on that this would change – investing in both onshore and offshore wind, as well as solar parks. As in Summerside, it is committed to reinvesting all revenue generated by these facilities back into the community. In 2007, Samsø generated enough electricity from renewable energy to offset the fossil fuel emissions that were still being generated.

Prince Edward Island, like Samsø, wants to become as self-sufficient as possible. In 2019, energy officials traveled to Denmark to learn how another island community managed to use energy from the sun and wind in their own garden to keep the lights on.

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Wind turbines dot the island on the “renewable energy island” of Samsø in Denmark.


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In 2019, officials from Prince Edward Island visited Samsø to see how it managed to accelerate the transition to renewable energy.


Steven Myers


The key to Samsø’s success, says Myers during his visit, is that its citizens have been involved in the transition.

“They felt like it was their windmill, not just an entity’s windmill,” says Myers. This is precisely what happened in Summerside.

“When residents can see where the money has gone, it gives you better social license to keep building.”

And that’s what’s happening in Summerside, says the mayor.

“A municipality is no different from any other business. If you’re not moving forward, you’re going backwards. »

Growing interest in holiday homes | eKathimerini.com

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Demand for holiday homes is set to increase further, bolstered in several areas by the numerous infrastructure projects underway, predicts a new nationwide survey by property network RE/MAX Greece.

It showed that demand does not seem to have been particularly affected by inflationary pressures or the war in Ukraine. Of the 76 real estate agencies with more than 1,000 business advisers, 61% indicated that the demand for holiday homes was not significantly affected, while 39% (mainly in northern Greece) pointed out that the demand for renting furnished apartments in city centers, for example in Thessaloniki, has increased considerably.

According to the company, many people from northern Europe report that they are considering moving to Greece permanently after retirement. At the same time, according to RE/MAX, “the strengthening of the demand for Greek second homes this year seems to have benefited from the very good performance of tourism, but also from prices significantly lower than other Mediterranean or European destinations”.

Survey data showed that Mykonos was the destination with the highest asking prices for house sales (7,250 euros per square meter). Paros and Santorini follow, with an average asking price of €3,450/m². and €3,250/m². respectively.

In the Ionian Sea, Corfu (€1,800-2,500/m²), Kefalonia (€1,500-2,600/m²) and Lefkada (€1,700-2,150/m²) are moving around the same levels in terms of average asking prices , while sales prices in the tourist destinations of Halkidiki, Volos and Kalamata in mainland Greece are €1,583/m², €1,700/m². and €1,950/m². respectively.

Regarding the countries most interested in acquiring holiday homes in Greece, RE/MAX sees a split between northern and southern Greece: in the northern part of the country, the interest comes mainly from Germans (including many Greek expatriates), Serbs, Bulgarians, Romanians and Albanians. In southern Greece, buyers from Israel, China, Germany, France and Lebanon are the most interested.

Venice tests cruise passenger tender to allow large ships into port

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The Norwegian Gem has become the first major cruise ship to send passengers to Venice (File photo by Jennifer courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line)

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The Port of Venice and Italian authorities continue to seek a solution to the challenges of welcoming cruise ships while honoring their commitment to ban large ships from Venice’s sensitive lagoon and fragile canals. In a controversial decision, the port last weekend for the first time approved a test of anchoring a large cruise ship outside the lagoon and picking up passengers ashore for a long day visit.


Norwegian Cruise Line received permission from port officials to anchor the 93,500 gross tons norwegian gem near Venice on Saturday July 23, the last day of a 7-day Eastern Mediterranean and Greek Isles cruise. The cruise ship, which is believed to be traveling with around 1,500 passengers, has organized three Venice tour boats to transport passengers to the city centre.


Italian authorities last year banned all large cruise ships from entering the canal and traveling to the passenger terminal after years of protests from environmentalists and conservationists who argued that the cruise ship waves were damage to historic buildings. In recent years, Venice has seen an increase in flooding, particularly at high tide, made worse by the wake of large ships. To reach the cruise ship terminals, ships had to pass historic St. Mark’s Square.


Cruise passengers have been told their ships may divert to the nearby industrial port of Marghera, which however lacks facilities for cruise passengers. Many cruise lines, including Norwegian Cruise Line, have instead chosen to start and end their cruises in the port of Trieste, which has terminals but is a longer bus journey to reach Venice.


As part of the pilot tested with the norwegian gem, embarkation and disembarkation for the cruise continue to take place on Sundays in Trieste, while on Saturdays they called on the last full day of the cruise so that passengers could visit Venice. This approach only works for stopover cruise ships and not for homeport cruises.


Critics were quick to dismiss the test, however. Simone Venturini, the town’s tourism adviser, told local reporters: “This is not the type of tourism we want for the town.” It represents a side of the argument that seeks to focus on tourists who visit the city for days and stay in hotels. Venturini warned against what he calls “hit and run” tourism.


Cruise lines said they had no solid alternative when Italy suddenly announced the ban last july. At the time, Italy said it was seeking proposals for a new cruise terminal near Venice that would provide facilities while meeting the goal of keeping large ships out of local waterways and canals. The cruise industry points out that it will take years for the new facility to be developed.


From 2023, Venice will also impose a daily rate on all visitors to the city. The cost to tourists will vary depending on the number of people booked to visit the city, with officials saying this should help control crowds and provide an important source of revenue for the upkeep of the city. In 2019, they calculated that 19 million people visited the city, 80% of whom stayed for just one day.


Tourism management efforts continue to spread to many popular destinations around the world. In 2020, Key West residents voted to ban large cruise ships with controls on how many people could come to town each day on the ships, only to have the state governor retroactively cancel their vote. In Bar Harbor, Maine residents are now asking the city council to also limit the daily number of cruise winners, while in 2022 French Polynesia imposed restrictions to limit cruise ships to certain ports.

Free rental cars, restaurant dining and celebrity chefs: How all-inclusive vacations have gone upmarket

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OWhen was the last time you went all inclusive? In certain scenarios – when you want to read by the pool, relax in the sun, or stick to a budget, for example – they can be handy. But the brilliance of throwing it all away has dulled in recent decades, with many AI stalwarts now seen as crummy, incentivizing, or limiting to the reasonably curious traveler.

In response, hotel brands haven’t abandoned the concept of AI – they’ve decided to up their game. Enter a new generation of “more inclusive”, “cool inclusive” and “infinite lifestyle” rates, adding luxury facilities, free activities, and even dinner and drive around the destination to the worn-out concept of three buffet meals and unlimited drinks.

Ikos Resorts is one of the most visible companies shaking up the traditional all-inclusive concept. His Ikos Olivia Hotel in Halkidiki appealed to luxury family travelers when it opened in 2015 with its lavish, tasteful interiors and fancier-than-usual a la carte restaurants. Now with six resorts across Greece and Spain, it has its AI formula down to an art: one upfront rate with the same benefits for all guests; a la carte restaurants with menus designed by Michelin-starred chefs; 30 minutes of free babysitting; 24-hour room service; free museum tickets; several swimming pools; and hundreds of wines selected by a sommelier in the hotel cellar. Guests even have access to a shiny Ikos-branded Mini to get around for a day of their stay. (The newest outpost, Ikos Andalusia, will soon receive 50 Teslas delivered for low-impact exploration of the region.)



At first we really struggled to use the words “all inclusive” as the connotations can be negative

Lee Barker, Ikos Resorts

One of its most high-profile features is the “Dine Out” option, where guests can dine at a partner restaurant, such as a traditional Greek taverna elsewhere on the island, with the meal included in their rate. It’s a new approach – sending people to a destination and plugging them into the local scene, rather than keeping them there as a captive, spendthrift audience. The station even drops them off and picks them up.

TRS Ibiza sends its Signature Level guests for dinners around the island

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Another hotel brand partnering with independent restaurants is TRS, a sub-brand of Palladium Hotels. This summer, he is launching “The Signature Level”, which offers guests of certain room categories additional benefits included. At TRS Ibiza Hotel these include the possibility of dining in a rustic Ibizan agrotourismsflash beach clubs or sushi bars elsewhere on the island, plus free entry to a typically off-limits VIP area, the Gravity Sky Lounge, during the day, plus early check-in and late check-out. VIP guests also have access to events at the entertainment institutions Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza and Hï Ibiza.

Elsewhere in the Mediterranean, upscale resort brand Domes has launched its family-friendly Aulūs branch, “reserved only for those who want upscale accommodation, access to all areas, superior service, a private lounge and upscale living. range”. two stations, Aulus Elounda Domes in Crete and Aulus Zante Domes in Zakynthos, launched earlier this month. Domes’ approach is to have two tiers: a more modest, affordable all-inclusive fare — with buffet-style dining, for example, in its chic, modern five-star facilities — and a “Cool Living” tier that includes the pool access and private and clubby dining areas, plus luxury food and beverage events, from wine tastings to picnics and sunset parties.

The original game-changer, Ikos, was a concept hatched by the owners of Sani Resort in Halkidiki – not an all-inclusive, but a popular resort and a good barometer for what affluent beachgoers were looking for. “At first we really struggled with the words ‘all-inclusive’, as the connotations can be negative,” says Lee Barker, Group Regional Sales Manager for the UK. “People feel like you lose quality as soon as you have that label. But there was a gap, you know?

Ikos Resorts lends you a Mini or a Tesla for a discovery day

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“Before, if you said you were going to an all-inclusive in Europe, you received a mixed reaction,” he continues. “We said, if we’re going to do all-inclusive, we’re going to do it best. No guest will leave the resort unsatisfied.

One key thing that came out of this stage of development, he says, is the “no surprises” factor. No Ikos customer knows which restaurant they can use at what time, no dishes on the menus are marked as costing extra, and they can dine on restaurant food on their terrace – the only thing they would Never charged is an optional spa treatment. Another pillar was “quality”, applying to everything from interiors to food and drink – including “brands you’d recognize, premium spirits and mixers such as Fevertree” – and products like their own olive oil, honey and wine produced by the group’s Greek suppliers.



No Ikos customer knows which restaurant they can use at what time, no dish on the menus is indicated as costing extra and they can dine on the restaurant’s terrace.

Maybe after months and years of travel contingencies, vacationers want to sew everything up nicely before boarding their flight? For families in particular, the ski pass becomes a real asset, once the quality of the environment and the experience have been assured.

“I’m actually a big convert,” says Katie Bowman, globetrotting editor of family traveler magazine. “I’ll be blunt – I wouldn’t choose an all-inclusive if I didn’t have kids, but I love them when traveling with my daughter. It just takes the guilt, politics, and money out of eating, which is so important when tough kid meals can make or break a night out.

“I especially like the newer trendy restaurants – Ikos Corfu, Amada Colossos Rhodes, Lujo Bodrum, Rixos Abu Dhabi – where the restaurants offer local chefs and a la carte menus.”

Mexico’s Unico 20°87° is another resort claiming to have reinvented all-inclusive for a new generation

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High-end AI is nothing new in remote and long-haul destinations where everything must be offered in-station. Tahiti’s megabucks The Brandon resort does all-inclusive, while Anantara Maia Seychelles offers in-villa yoga, unlimited scuba diving, and “private dining anywhere on the grounds” as part of its rate. the recent opening of Mexico, 20°87°, an adults-only resort in the Riviera Maya, also claimed to be “reinventing all-inclusive” with its celebrity chef restaurant, free poolside food service, and local craft experiences. In Europe, however, it looks like an emerging and thriving market.



I wouldn’t choose an all inclusive if I didn’t have kids, but I like them when I travel with my daughter

Katie Bowman, family traveler

The trade-off, unsurprisingly, is fairly high rates – rooms at Ikos start at £300 a night, in low season, but that can rise to £700-800 in high season. Domes Aulus resorts offer rooms from £160 per night in low season on their AI base rate; more like £268 per night for the ‘Cool Inclusive’ premium.

With two new resorts in the works – a second in Corfu and a new one in Mallorca – Ikos’ Lee Barker says what the premium all-inclusive crowd wants next is more space. The group is increasing the number of suites with terraces, bungalows and villas in new and existing resorts. “Customers want more space, more privacy, that’s what we’ve learned. In 2023 we will introduce five villas in Ikos Porto Petro (Majorca), with access to the facilities of the complex”, he explains. But for the most part, it’s more or less the same thing – applying the winning formula to as many places as it fits.

So when is the next time you will book an all inclusive package? Turns out, this might be more your (luxury, loose-leaf) cup of tea than you think.

Feds Sue Poultry Farmers Over Unfair Worker Practices

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FILE – Chicken is displayed in a market in Pittsburgh, July 12, 2022. The Justice Department is expected to file a lawsuit and propose a settlement against some of the largest poultry producers in the United States. This is part of an effort to end what the government has long claimed are deceptive and abusive practices for workers. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

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The Justice Department is expected to file a lawsuit against some of the largest poultry producers in the United States, along with a proposed settlement to end what it says are longstanding deceptive and abusive practices. for workers.

The suit is being filed in federal court in Maryland, naming Cargill, Sanderson Farms and Wayne Farms, as well as a data consulting firm known as Weber, Meng, Sahl and Co., according to three people familiar with the matter. The people were unable to publicly discuss specific details of the lawsuit before the filing became public and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

In its lawsuit, the Department of Justice alleges that the companies engaged in a multi-year conspiracy to exchange information on wages and benefits of workers in poultry processing plants in order to reduce competition for employees in the market. , the people said.

The government says the data consultancy has helped share workers’ compensation information with companies and their executives, the sources said. By implementing the scheme, officials say companies were able to compete less for workers and reduce the amount of money and benefits they had to offer their employees, removing competition for processing workers. poultry at all levels, the people said.

The unnamed defendants and co-conspirators in the lawsuit account for about 90% of all chicken processing jobs in the country, one of the people said.

The lawsuit is the latest example of the Justice Department’s antitrust enforcement targeting companies that the government says engage in anticompetitive behavior to stifle workers or harm consumers. It also comes as the ministry pursues a wider investigation into labor abuses in the poultry industry.

The lawsuit is filed with a proposed consent decree — a settlement that would require companies to pay $84.8 million in compensation for workers who were harmed by the illegal information-sharing network, the authorities said. people.

The regulations would also put in place a federal comptroller selected by the Department of Justice who would ensure compliance for the next decade. The consent decree would also allow attorneys and Justice Department investigators to inspect poultry processors’ facilities and interview their employees to ensure they are following the terms, the people said.

The suit comes as Cargill and Continental Grain – of which Wayne Farms is a subsidiary – formed a joint venture to acquire Sanderson Farms, paying $203 per share in cash for a company that last year turned more than $4.8 billion into pounds of meat.

The companies plan to combine Sanderson Farms with Wayne Farms to form a new private poultry business. Operations will include poultry processing plants and prepared food plants across Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and Texas.

Wayne Farms has over 9,000 employees. It manufactures products under brands such as Wayne Farms Fresh and Prepared Chicken, Platinum Harvest Premium Fresh Chicken, Chef’s Craft Gourmet Chicken, Naked Truth Premium Chicken and Ladybirdy Premium Chicken.

Based in Laurel, Mississippi, Sanderson Farms has 17,000 employees and 12 plants. It processes 13.6 million chickens per week.

The proposed consent decree would also resolve allegations that Sanderson Farms and Wayne Farms treated chicken farmers unfairly by using a system that reduced their pay for poor performance.

Farmers sign contracts to raise the chickens and processing companies provide the birds and feed. Their remuneration is then determined by the performance of the farmers compared to other chicken farmers. The Department of Justice alleges that the companies’ use of this method of compensation, known as the “tournament system”, has resulted in their failure to provide information to farmers to assess and manage their financial risk.

Typically, chicken farmers enter into long-term contracts with meat companies that farmers say lock them into agreements that set their remuneration at unprofitable levels.

Under the settlement, Sanderson Farms and Wayne Farms would be prohibited from reducing base payments to chicken farmers to penalize them for underperformance, the people said. The consent decree would, however, allow companies to offer incentives and bonuses to producers, the people say.

The proposed consent decree is filed in the lawsuit on Monday. Under federal law, the proposal would also be published in the Federal Register and there would be a 60-day period for people to send comments to the Justice Department before a court could accept and finalize the deal.

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This story has been corrected to show that the settlement calls for a return of $84.8 million, not $84.4 million.

Short-term rentals booming | eKathimerini.com

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The short-term rental sector in Greece is recovering at the fastest pace on a pan-European level, following the general course of tourism this year.

According to AirDNA’s latest monthly survey, demand for short-term rentals during the summer season – based on bookings made for the months of July, August and September – saw a 26.5% increase over to the corresponding period of 2019. It is the best performances across the continent.

Thus, in June, the increase in overnight stays in Greece since 2019 is 27.2%, followed by Germany with 26.1% and France with an increase of 17.5%. Compared to the corresponding month of 2021, the increase in demand in Greece reached 99.6%, placing the country in third place, behind only Croatia, where the increase in overnight stays reached 131.8%, and Norway, with an increase of 117%.

In a recent presentation by AirDNA Vice President of Research, Jamie Lane, to an online update from the Greek section of ULI (Urban Land Institute), it emerged that the region registering the highest increase in demand compared to 2019, is the Dodecanese in the southeast of the Aegean Sea with 46.8%.

It is followed by the Cyclades with an increase of 43.8%, Epirus with 38.9%, the Ionian Islands with 35.6% and Crete with 36.2%.

Looking at individual regions, leading demand for this summer is Kos with an increase of 101.7% over 2019, followed by Tinos with a booking increase of 59.7%, Santorini with 58, 3%, Corfu (57.2%) and Zakynthos (51.7%). %), while in Rhodes the increase reached 44.7%. In the Cyclades, a significant increase is also recorded in Naxos with 51.5%, Milos with 50.4% and Mykonos with 38.8%.

On the contrary, compared to 2019, the demand for the center of Athens is only 1.4% higher. It’s an indication that while the capital’s market is now back to pre-pandemic levels, most overseas visitors prefer an island destination, at least this year.

Renting a vacation home with friends might seem like the perfect escape, but beware

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Have you ever seen A Bigger Splash? It’s a vacation (disaster) movie set on the small Italian island of Pantelleria, where reclusive rock star Marianne (played by Tilda Swinton) and her boyfriend have rented a beautiful house to enjoy a quiet and relaxing. Just the two of them.

Then Ralph Fiennes’ character, Harry, shows up and everything goes wrong. He swims naked in the pool, gets splashed around all the time, flirts, makes a scene at the supermarket, shows up at the village ball, talks loudly and obnoxiously at local restaurants, and plays Rolling Stones records too loudly on the hi- fi of the villa. , strutting around the kitchen like a moron.

To make matters worse, he begins to invite friends over as if it were his own house and monopolizes the schedule by insisting on endless sightseeing excursions. Oh, and Harry’s precocious, smokin’ daughter (Dakota Johnson) sleeps with Marianne’s boyfriend…who then (spoiler alert!) drowns Harry in the pool. You saw him ? Well, a few summers ago my girlfriend and I rented this same house from Pantelleria.

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Just the two of us, like Marianne and her boyfriend had done. And it was total happiness. Only with no Harry-style guests to worry about, no pool murders to interrupt our cooking, reclining, reclining, swimming, sunbathing, reading and taking our little Citroen rental car on a trip around the volcanic wonders and magical coves of Pantelleria .

A holiday like this, we decided during this heavenly week, was far too good to share with a group of Harrys. Our days of cohabitation in the villa were well and truly over. The hell of a vacation, we agreed, is other people.

My ex-wife and I (with our teenage children) once stayed in a villa in Majorca with two other couples, waking up one night to a huge argument. The villa host’s husband, thinking his wife had gone to bed, started smooching another man’s wife (he was also sleeping) in the swimming pool and was scolded by one of his stray children and insomniacs, who quickly informed her mother. All this around 2am. Chaos ensued; screams, doors slamming, the sound of rental car engines revving, bags being packed and wheeled suitcases dragged hastily across the gravel. In the morning, there were only three adults left.

Back home, divorce papers were issued soon after, but the incident also turned out to be something of a Balearic villa cooler. While the temperature hit 30 degrees in the resort, things stayed remarkably cool around our pool.

We knew he was taking money. But, being British, we kept quiet

Bringing together a cast of characters for a short, hot, but intense period creates a micro-community where expectations and emotions run high. You not only agree to have a vacation, but also take on the most undesirable roles of tour guide, personal shopper, butler, matchmaker, caterer, nurse, ringmaster, redcoat and janitor. Is anyone grateful? No. No. Ochi.

The good news about villa sharing is that you can split the costs – that’s the theory, anyway. The reality may be somewhat different. We once shared a villa with a guest boy from town who decided to play banker for the fortnight, putting on a great show collecting the split money when the dinner check for 15 came and doing the accounts from the villa when we rented a boat one day. . It soon became clear that he was taking 100 euros from each transaction. We all knew. And he knew that we knew. It was very embarrassing. Of course being British the rest of us said nothing but there was an unspoken agreement that the fun we had chatting about her around the pool was well worth the money we had lost.

You might think, meanwhile, that being invited as a villa guest (villa filler, if you will) rather than being the host is the way to avoid these misfortunes. Not so. Let’s take the example of my friends who were invited for a five-day break in a beautiful house in Mustique. All they had to do was get there (London to Saint Lucia or Barbados then a twin-propeller transfer). Accommodation would be provided free of charge, lunches prepared by knowledgeable house staff and they would be transported around the island in the owners’ spare air-conditioned 4×4. How could they resist a free vacation on the jewel of the Caribbean island made famous by Mick Jagger and Princess Margaret?

Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton show the dangers of villa sharing in A Bigger Splash.  Ralph Fiennes' character, Harry, shows up and everything goes wrong.

Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton show the dangers of villa sharing in A Bigger Splash. Ralph Fiennes’ character, Harry, shows up and everything goes wrong.

The problems started when my friends were told they should tip the staff. Not only that, but the host, it turned out, had already taken the liberty of doing this on their behalf. They were asked to transfer a thousand pounds to the wife’s account before they arrived. Or better yet, bring cash.

Then there was the hosts’ impromptu birthday party on the beach – a private BBQ – burgers and ribs for 15 people (all previously unknown to my friends). My friends thought it would be a nice gesture, an obligation really, if they offered to pay. It cost them an additional £1,500. Initially, the hosts insisted that my friends bring a few heavy bags (their excess luggage in this case) back to London because the battalion of family suitcases wouldn’t fit on the private plane. It ended up costing my friends an extra £400 – not rich people. Total cost of vacation, with very expensive flights? About nine thousand dollars. And it rained most of the time. And they never met Mick. You just don’t get that kind of two-man drama. We can eat what we like, when we want, have full access to all four seats in the car, and sometimes walk around naked.

As a couple, we can dive into the walk-in restaurants rather than calling ahead every night to ask for a table for 12 or 15 and being told the only time slots they have are 6:30 or 10:30 p.m.

If we are lucky enough to find ourselves in a property in Milos or Menorca with a free room or two, we have learned to be choosy – bearing in mind what happened in Ibiza a few years. During this special holiday in a villa, one of our guests took the initiative to ask another of her friends, totally unknown to us, to stay… maybe indefinitely? A thuggish, deeply tanned single woman in a sarong and Birkenstocks duly introduced herself, put down her small bag and didn’t introduce herself, probably because she thought we all knew her. She sat with us for meals, slept on a lounge chair at night, was out late in the nightclub, and contributed nothing in the way of money or cooking chores. Then one day we woke up to find her gone. I never knew his name. I never saw her again.

Ben Elliot, founder of concierge brand Quintessentially, remembers a guest at a holiday home in Corfu who “everyone thought was someone else’s friend”. It turned out that no one knew them. In the end, Ben chased them out of the house with a water gun. “They were so lost,” he said, “that they thought it was a real gun.”

So, like I said, the only surefire way to avoid villa-fication this summer is to avoid inviting or being a guest. When the phrase “come and see us in Sardinia” comes to mind, just make sure that’s where it stays.

Happy Holidays!

‘I wanted every decision to be made for me’: Corfu vacation package | Travel

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ODuring the pandemic, I sat in my house and dreamed of a vacation. I sat in my house, the same chair, the same view, the same fights over the same toys, and over the months I refined that dream. Some people fantasized about trekking through the Himalayas. Some talk about exploring the jungle, paddling a secluded beach, or dashing through Manhattan. I wanted a place where I wouldn’t have to cook. I wanted a holiday where every decision was made for me, where we could make up for some of the panic of lockdown by laying carefree in the sun, some of the lack of childcare of lockdown by sending the kids to play in a room which also did not contain us. I wanted an all-inclusive family resort, a warm place, and I really wanted it.

So, having started lazily scrolling through the options in 2020, two treacherous years later, there I was, on a package deal to Corfu. We hadn’t been on vacation for three years: a lot depended on that. I was traveling with my family, including a toddler born at the start of the first confinement, who had never taken a vacation in his life. We were curious to see what he would think of swimming pools, other people, what he would think of the sea and being lifted 31,000 feet in the air while next to him a stranger watched Friends without helmet. It turned out that the answer was: I liked it.

The resort was called MarBella (pronounced with a hard L) and was on the southeast coast of Corfu, a sprawling complex of buildings surrounded by various lavenders and rosemary and crowned by a colorful water park. Every 10 minutes or so, a giant bucket of water would tip over and pour down from the top of the water park, soaking those below the slides, whose delighted cries raced down the hill to the other two pools, one quietly placed at arm’s length from all shenanigans, where only adults were allowed. My partner and I glared at him.

Sun, sea and a change of scenery: the hotel beach. Photography: Heinz Troll

The morning after our arrival, we were introduced to the hotel’s ‘catering concept’, ie the buffet. I had known the joy of a life-changing buffet breakfast in the past, but never had my family had the chance to go all-inclusive before, which meant we never had does ‘dinner buffet’ too. It’s hard to go back on that, I’ll be honest. And for all the kid-centric fun—a kids’ club, pottery sessions, water slides, Lego robotics lessons—for my kids, the prospect of independently sliding through three aisles of potential diners has it all. beaten. Those early days for them were just surveillance between buffets. There was a piece of do-it-yourself sundae and a whole aisle of desserts – the big kid waddled the little kid into the restaurant and held him up to gaze at the puddings. They came back with a tasting menu of cold things in small pots, often with cream, sometimes delicious. I felt sorry for the chefs – who served a hotel full of British families, their local dishes were largely shunned by anyone under 16, each eating plain pasta with cheese every night. But despite that, everyone was floating on an equally magical all-inclusive cloud: after all those months of confinement meals, being cooked for was a strangely moving experience.

The goal was to relax. I had a vision of lying very still in dappled shade, a state of lobotomized serenity. There were times when I almost made it, even with a sleeping child draped in sweat over my bikini, or on the balcony quite late at night. But despite all the splendor and imposed pleasure, I realized on the third day that there was unfortunately not much a hotel could do. They can provide good food, they can clean the rooms, they can plant bougainvillea to climb the arches, they can set up a small counter by a swimming pool where clean towels are available on request, but the rest, well, that’s up to you. On a family vacation, you can escape your home, but you can’t really escape your family. So after a few days we gave up trying; we were so inexperienced in the art of relaxation that we decided to wake up from the all-inclusive dream and embark on a whole different kind of vacation.

At the restaurant: tables outside the excellent street restaurants (try the grilled fish).
At the restaurant: tables outside the excellent street restaurants (try the grilled fish). Photography: Poike/Getty Images

We left the compound and took a bus to the old town of Corfu with its wide white marble pavements, slippery under a sandal, and its maze-like alleys, and its rocks leading to the Adriatic Sea, and its ancient fortresses, and its ice-creams. On our return to the hotel, we skipped the buffet and ventured to tavernas on the coast, where we ate grilled fish by the water’s edge. And eventually, we also avoided the pool and its cheery aerobics classes, heading for a nearby pebble beach, where, in the fantasy, I’d have ripped off my dress and jumped screaming into the sea. I had to apply everyone’s sunscreen, then take a series of long minutes to climb the small ladder, then dove into the cold sea water, moaning, but it was worth it. I swam, a modest distance, and looked back – on one side I saw the hotel, white and glistening in the heat, on the other side, the mountains, covered with bushes greens and lilacs. The best of both.

Fantasies have multiplied during the pandemic, rocking marriages, changing careers and sending people like me to the long sandy beaches in their heads.

As the world comes back to life, I predict a shift away from vacation rentals and towards all-inclusive vacations, where one can be taken care of in ways we have been missing. The problem with chasing a fantasy is that reality is never quite what you imagined. But sometimes it can be even better.

A 7 night stay with Jet2holidays at MarBella Corfu costs £649 pp half board, based on 2 adults and 1 child (aged 2-11) sharing. For more details, go to (marbella.gr)

When does the last episode of Love Island 2022 air?

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the island of love has once again captured the attention of millions in the UK as Series 8 begins to approach its endpoint.

the island of love Series 8 has already been going on for a month and a half, having started on June 6, and some may be wondering when the finale will be scheduled.

Here’s all the information you’ll need to watch the anticipated final episode.

Love Island continues Sunday at 9 p.m. on ITV2 and ITV Hub. Episodes are available the following morning on BritBox (ITV)

When will the Love Island 2022 finale air?

The last episode of love island 2022 will air on Monday, August 1, as reported by The Subway.

In the show’s first episode, presenter Laura Whitmore said the program would run for eight weeks, bringing it back to that August date.

The sixth series, which aired in 2021, also ran for a full eight weeks, beginning June 28 and ending August 23.

The finale is also expected to last a bit longer than a standard episode, as the 2021 series ran for 95 minutes.

The standout episode typically sees the public vote on four remaining couples, decide on their favorite romance and choose who they want to win the £50,000 cash prize.

Usually, the relationship born in the winning couple’s villa is put to the test, as they each select one of two envelopes – one of which grants the holder the full prize.

So far no one has decided to keep the money all to themselves, but that may be the year that will change.

Passengers launched the plane after the crew expired, the plane still flew away

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  • A TUI plane flew from Greece to Scotland with no passengers, MailOnline reported.
  • The passengers were kicked off the plane because the crew had worked too many hours, according to the report.
  • Their flight was delayed by 1pm and TUI was unable to provide accommodation for the night.

The passengers were kicked off a plane by British airline TUI because the crew had worked too many hours – but the plane flew without them anyway, according to a MailOnline report.

The flight from the Greek island of Corfu to Aberdeen, Scotland – originally scheduled for 10.15pm on July 22 – was initially delayed for a few hours, which a TUI spokesperson said was linked to ‘operational disruption’ .

But after the passengers took a shuttle bus to board the plane, they were told to return to the terminal as the captain had exceeded his legal working hours limit, passenger Steve Dongworth told MailOnline. He said TUI staff later told him it was actually the cabin crew, not the pilot, who expired.

Passengers were given a new flight time of 1.45pm on July 23, MailOnline reported – more than 13 hours after the original flight was scheduled to depart. FlightRadar 24 data confirms the flight was scheduled for this time.

Dongworth told MailOnline that while he was waiting at the airport he checked the FlightRadar24 flight tracking app and saw that the plane had in fact departed at 3.44am and made the journey to the Scotland. Insider confirmed via FlightRadar 24 and FlightAware that the plane departed at that time and flew to Aberdeen.

“The plane still had to return to the UK as it would then impact other flights,” the TUI spokesperson told Insider. “Passengers could not fly on this plane because there was no crew to operate the flight.”

TUI was unable to provide overnight accommodation for passengers awaiting their rescheduled flight. Dongworth said they were left to sleep on the floor in the departure lounge.

‘We were told those who wanted to leave could do so but would not be allowed to re-enter the gate until they checked in for the new flight,’ Dongworth told MailOnline, adding that he did not want to. not go around Corfu so late at night.

“Unfortunately, the lack of hotel availability in the area meant that we were unable to find overnight accommodation for guests as we normally would in these circumstances,” the TUI spokesperson told Insider.

The airline told affected passengers that they would not be able to access their checked bags during the delay, according to a screenshot of an email from TUI that Dongworth shared on Twitter.

Dongworth told MailOnline the airline only offered him sandwiches during the delay, but a TUI spokesperson told Insider staff handed out water and meal vouchers to passengers.

The flight was eventually delayed again, departing at 3:57 p.m. on July 23, according to data from FlightRadar 24.

The spokesperson told Insider that TUI had kept passengers informed as it worked on a new flight plan and provided them with details on how to claim compensation under EU rules.

“We are doing everything we can to keep customers away as planned and, while instances like this are rare, we recognize that we have not met our usually high standards and apologize again,” said the spokesperson.

Historical Fictions: Between Constantinople, Smyrna and New York

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It was November 1920, a fateful month for us Venizelists. Our national hero, our national leader, lost the election to those pesky royalists. The loss was unexpected, a great shock to all of us in Constantinople (La Polis) and Smyrna.

Our family operated a successful import/export business in Constantinople with branches in Smyrna, Trebizond, Athens, Salonica and New York. Our branch in Trebizond could not trade because the Turks had closed it. Be that as it may, we did well during those troubled years of 1919-22. We belonged to Hellenic Polis organizations that had been operating freely since we were under occupation by British, French and Italian forces. The sultan and his government remained silent during this period. Allied guns were pointed directly at his palace. The ordinary Turk went about his daily life without complaining.

After Venizelos’ defeat, many prominent Venizelist officers and partisans took up residence in Constantinople. They did not want to live under the royalist boot. Many remembered the royalist persecutions before and after the Anglo-French landings in early December 1916. We decided to form an organization to establish an autonomous state in Asia Minor, including some of our islands off the coast of Asia Minor under the direction of our Patriarch. We wanted to separate from the Greece of King Constantine.

We held our first of many meetings at the Frangidis restaurant to establish an executive committee and lay the groundwork for our future goal of autonomy. Our committee of fourteen was made up of clerics, merchants, bankers, doctors, teachers, and ordinary people interested in our mission. Ioannis Papadopoulos, a successful banker, first proposed that our autonomy should be under the Sultan and later united with Greece when Venizelos returned to power. The motion passed unanimously and became the cornerstone of our policy. Our organization was called the Asia Minor Defense League.

At our meeting on March 20, 1921, we split the organization into civilian and military branches. The former would be involved in fundraising, conducting talks with Allied leaders through Venizelos and the latter would recruit Greeks from Asia Minor and soldiers from our regular army to defend our Autonomous Zone. My biggest concern was whether the great powers would be sympathetic to our cause or not. Time would provide us with an answer.

The London conference was unsuccessful for the royalists, as the allies were prepared to modify the Treaty of Sèvres in favor of the Kemalists. The royalists then announced that they would easily crush the Kemalists. Our organization feared royalist claims to defeat Mustapha Kemal in the depths of Asia Minor. For a time, however, the royalists’ demands defied our expectations, with military successes at Brusa, Afyon Karahissar and EskiShehr. We thought Ankara would fall to our knees with Mustapha Kemal seeking refuge in Azerbaijan.

At this point, we were happy with our victories and the fact that Smyrna would finally remain Greek. As our army marched on Ankara, we eagerly awaited news of our occupation of the Kemalist capital. However, things did not turn out the way we expected. The Kemalists defended their capital with great determination, pushing us back to the Afyon Karahissar-Eskishehr defensive line, leading to a military stalemate which did not bode well for our position in Asia Minor. We had to accelerate our autonomy plans.

A delegation was sent to Smyrna from Constantinople in October 1921 to establish a branch of our organization in that beautiful and prosperous city. Dr. Christos Psaltof and Antonis Beinoglou were our representatives there. Psaltof was well known and well connected in the Greek community of Smyrniot and could help recruit locals to join our defense force. The biggest obstacle to our plans was the Greek High Commissioner, Aristidis Sterghiadis, who opposed our organization. We set up a meeting with him to try to explain our plans, only to show us the door.

In March 1922, the Allies decided that our army should evacuate Asia Minor. We sent a delegation to Athens to discuss the Greek government‘s evacuation plans and their impact on our compatriots. The royalists told us that they would not support us and would leave us to our own devices. They didn’t care about us and betrayed us. During this time we had received support for our home rule plans from Venizelos, Sir John Stavridis and British Prime Minister Lloyd George. Sterghiadis changed his mind and decided to support our movement together with the Commander-in-Chief of the Army of Asia Minor, General Papoulas. Unfortunately, the latter was replaced by the Jester (Hadjianestis) in May. Papoulas would have made a good commander of our autonomous army and would also have had personal differences with the king and the royalist administration.

The Allies opposed our plans, so we turned our hope to the United States. In June, I traveled with two other members to seek financial assistance from our Greek-American community and support from the US government. When we arrived in New York, reporters from the National Herald, Atlantis and the New York Times interviewed us at our hotel for our mission to the United States. We explained that the Christian population of Asia Minor risked extermination if Mustapha Kemal won the war. We needed money and weapons to defend ourselves. Ordinary Americans and the churches were sympathetic to our cause while the US government wanted no involvement in Middle Eastern affairs.

We arrived in Washington seeking meetings with congressmen, senators and the White House, but were turned away by them. We have learned that American churches are sending resolutions to the State Department and the White House urging their government to protect Christians from Turkish reprisals. Our fellow Greek Americans sent money to the National Herald and Atlantis to help our cause. Some of them volunteered to join our army as some had roots in Asia Minor.

At the end of July, we read articles from American and Greek-American newspapers about the announcement by Sterghiadis on the steps of the Greek High Commission of the autonomy of Smyrna under the suzerainty of the sultan. Excitement was etched on our faces. Little did we know that within about six weeks our smiles would turn to bitter tears upon learning of our military defeat in Asia Minor and the burning of Smyrna by the Kemalists.

Our organization did everything to achieve autonomy, but without the support of the great powers and in particular of the Greek government, it was doomed to failure.

Turkey is no longer the cheapest holiday destination – here’s where to go instead

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The Post Office’s Nick Boden said: ‘The recent fall in sterling against European currencies means it will be crucial for families to keep tight control over resort spending this summer to avoid breaking the vacation budget.

“We also found that prices can vary significantly between resorts in the same country. In Greece, for example, barometer costs were 17% lower in Corfu than in Crete.”

The Italian region of Puglia and the Spanish island of Ibiza were the most expensive holidays on the Beach Barometer, with the basket of goods costing £186 at each location. Items studied also included lounge chairs, alcohol, and water rides.

However, Puglia and Ibiza were among the only three destinations where prices fell compared to 2019, down around 5%. Hotel prices in Mallorca also fell, down 3%.

Portugal’s Algarve and Spain’s Costa del Sol rank among the cheapest destinations in the Eurozone, at £108 and £127 respectively on the Beach Barometer.

The Post Office also found that families continued to overspend their vacation budget by nearly two-fifths. The costliest holiday habit was eating out, which was the highest cost abroad. He said children’s ‘stalking power’ was partly to blame for the overspending, with parents giving in to demands for ice cream, theme park visits and beach equipment such as buckets and shovels.

The price increases come as families face severe travel disruptions in the first unrestricted summer since the pandemic began. Major airports are on lockdown, with hundreds of flights canceled at the last minute and holidaymakers stranded abroad.

Cheapest European summer holiday destinations revealed

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British holidaymakers flying away for the summer school holidays are likely to find the best prices in Bulgaria and Turkey.

Sunny Beach, Bulgaria, and Marmaris, Turkey, are the cheapest of the 16 most popular European resorts, according to Post Office Travel Money’s Annual Family Vacation Report.

The report’s Beach Barometer, produced with travel agency Tui, estimated a cost of around £86 for 12 common holiday expenses, including a family meal, drinks, sunscreen, insect repellent and beach items ranging from buckets and shovels to lilos, ice cream, and paddle boat rides at both destinations.

Destinations in Bulgaria and Turkey have been found to be the cheapest in Europe (PA/ Nick Ansell)

The report suggests that local prices have doubled in Marmaris compared to summer 2019, but the collapse of the Turkish lira since then has helped lessen the impact.

However, Brits can expect to pay almost 11% more than three years ago in Maramaris, compared to 8% in Sunny Beach.

Despite the hikes, costs in both destinations were more than 20 per cent lower than the cheapest Eurozone resort, Portugal’s Algarve, which came in at £108 for the 12 items.

Funchal, Madeira was the second cheapest at £125, followed by Costa Del Sol, Spain, at £127 and Corfu, Greece, at £133.

The most expensive was Ibiza, costing around £186 on the barometer, followed by Puglia, Italy, at around £185.

However, prices have fallen in Ibiza and Puglia since 2019, by 4.9% and 5.2% respectively.

The biggest price increase was seen in Crete with a 37.7% rise in prices, now costing around £161.

The report shows prices rose in three-quarters of the 16 European destinations included due to higher resort fees for food and drink and a falling value of the pound sterling.

The average increase among those who experienced increases was 13.3%.

British tourists are suffering a recent fall in the value of the pound, which is currently trading at 1.17 euros after hitting a 2022 high of 1.21 euros in April.

Nick Boden, head of Post Office Travel Money, which accounts for one in four foreign exchange transactions in the UK, said: “The recent fall in the pound sterling against European currencies and the continued uncertainty about its performance in the Coming weeks mean keeping a tight rein on resort spending will be crucial for families this summer to avoid breaking the vacation budget.

“We saw wide price variations across the 16 destinations surveyed, particularly across 13 Eurozone resorts. This makes it all the more important that holidaymakers do their homework and budget carefully to cover resort costs. holidays they visit. We also found that prices can vary significantly between resorts within the same country. In Greece, for example, barometer costs were 17% lower in Corfu than in Crete.

The report also revealed that almost three in five families (59%) are planning trips abroad this year, but more than three-quarters (76%) of them have cut their budget by almost 38% during their last vacation, spending an extra £243 on the average £644 budget they had set for themselves.

Killer of Vancouver man should get 10 years, judge told

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John McIver has been found dead at an appliance repair business in Vancouver that he ran for 50 years.

The man who pleaded guilty to killing longtime Vancouver businessman John McIver should be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 10 years, the Supreme Court has ruled. British Columbia on July 22.

John McIver was found dead at his South Vancouver appliance repair business in June 2019. He had run the business for 50 years.

Brian Roger Holt, a former McIver’s employee, has pleaded guilty to second degree murder of the 78-year-old, who was found dead by a family member.

Judge Kathleen Ker heard the Agreed Statement of Facts presented in court by Crown Attorney Brendan McCabe and defense attorney Jim Heller.

McCabe said Holt worked at McIver’s Appliance Service and Sales, located near Ontario Street and East 69th Avenue, between 2010 and 2015. His employment ended after a heated argument.

Prior to that, McCabe said, Holt had been a frequent guest of the McIver family.

Just before the death, Holt had received an eviction notice from his landlord, McCabe told the court.

The Crown attorney said Holt left his Logan Street home on June 26, 2019 with an imitation Glock handgun and was caught on multiple cameras as he walked to McIver’s business.

He confronted McIver and demanded money for his years working with the company.

The discussion became heated, the court was heard; Holt picked up a window or door crank and hit McIver repeatedly in the back of the head.

“‘We had a fight and it got physical,'” McCabe said in Holt’s confession to police. “‘I lost control. I broke down. I hit him a lot.'”

McCabe said McIver continued to argue, which angered Holt.

The prosecutor said Holt then picked up a piece of machinery and struck McIver again in the back of the head. Holt then took a heavy-gauge rope and used it to strangle McIver as he lay on his back, McCabe said.

Holt took McIver’s cash and cards, which he tried to use at two banks. Later that day, he paid his landlady $600.

An autopsy revealed McIver had suffered multiple blunt head injuries and two fractured vertebrae along with other injuries.

Holt then wiped his hands with a rag he took with him. He threw his clothes, the fake gun and the rag into the Fraser River or a portable toilet, McCabe said.

The next day, Holt told his father what had happened and they began looking for a lawyer.

Holt was arrested on July 3, released, and re-arrested on July 23.

“The next day, Mr. Holt confessed to killing Mr. McIver,” McCabe told the judge.

McCabe said Holt’s only injury was a cut to a finger. However, this cut left blood at the scene. Police were able to identify it as belonging to Holt.

Ker has heard multiple victim impact statements from McIver’s family.

His son Derek McIver said the way Holt killed his father was “horrific”. He called his father a hero who always did his best for his family, friends and clients.

Sister Maureen said her former calm demeanor had been replaced by mistrust and anxiety following the death of her brother.

The case continues as lawyers make sentencing submissions.

Ker said she had hoped to serve her sentence on July 22, but decided to wait after reading the impact statements.

“You have to come up with thoughtful reasons, especially in a case like this,” Ker said.

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Metropolitan Antonios exclusively to TNH on the baptism of a gay couple’s children

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BOSTON – Metropolitan Antonios of Glyfada, Hellinikon, Voula, Vouliagmeni and Vari, whose jurisdiction includes the church of Panagia Faneromeni in which Archbishop Elpidophoros celebrated the baptism of the children of Greek-American gay couple Evangelos Bousis and Peter Dundas, on July 9, spoke in an exclusive interview with TNH about what happened. He openly states that Bishop Elpidophoros in fact misled him in order to obtain the canonical license to exercise his ministry within the limits of his Metropolis.

He said: “I feel distress for the following reason: Archbishop Elpidophoros sent me a letter and asked for permission to perform a baptism. It specifically said “the baptism of the children of the Greek-American Bousis family of Chicago”. As you can understand, I understood that it was a traditional family and therefore it was logical to give him my permission to celebrate the baptism. Later, however, it emerged that these children, who are innocent and have no involvement, are being raised by two people of the same sex. I believe that the baptism of such children has never been done in Greece, this is the first time it has been done. It should be kept very secret, and, of course, I don’t think His Eminence himself should do such a baptism without telling me. If I had known, I would have told him that Your Eminence, I cannot give such permission, I should report to the Holy Synod in writing, that the Holy Synod answer me in writing on what to do , and according to the orders I receive from my higher Authority, I will tell you what the decision will be.

Metropolitan Antonios also said, “I don’t think a bishop should do such a baptism so as not to feed someone who thinks everything is permitted in the Church.”

When asked if he felt misled, he replied: “Of course, because when he writes to me that it was a traditional family and in the end it is not a family in the form that our Church considers a family, isn’t that a misrepresentation? »

When asked if he intended to report Archbishop Elpidophoros directly to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Metropolitan Antonios said, “I filed a complaint with the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece, at From then on, the Holy Synod as the competent authority will decide whether or not it should report it to the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Bishop Elpidophoros with parents of newly baptized children Evangelos Bousis, Peter Dundas, family and friends. (Photo: INSTAGRAM/ EVBOUSIS)

When asked if since then he contacted Archbishop Elpidophoros to say “my Holy Brother, why did you do this?” he replied, “No, I didn’t call him, and he didn’t call me either. I was also informed that he was aware of the controversy that had started, he knew that they had started to curse him, he knew that he was wondering what attitude I had taken and I think that he should have communication with me.

On the question of the civil registry office and how neophyte children were registered in his metropolis with the name of the father and mother”, Metropolitan Antonios replied that “basically, from what we have seen , they were already registered with their names in the registry office in the United States, because the people who raise them live in the United States and have already registered them with their baptismal names which they have already received.

Asked if one day these children were looking for a baptismal certificate and turned to his metropolis, he said that “I think a certificate was given which says that the child was baptized such and such and given the name Eleni, no further details were given.”

Metropolitan Antonios also said, “That is why I have decided and am already preparing a plan and we will issue a baptism license, just as a marriage license is issued. Our Metropolis will issue a baptismal license after collecting all the necessary information and after the competent office that we will have in the Metropolis has decided if the baptism can take place, because I am afraid that I will have problems again.

Regarding what the people of the Metropolis are saying, he said that “they were very upset. Thank God we have very pious people who are close to the Tradition of our Church and they were disturbed, and I will not hide from you that I was also very disturbed, because he should have informed me in a basic way and saying, ‘Your Eminence, this is not a normal baptism, this is a special baptism’, that is what overwhelms me. He added that “it should have been done modestly, humbly, without any publicity and, of course, without the presence of a hierarch. A hierarch cannot say that I, by my presence, essentially validate this way of raising children.

About Metropolitan Antonios

His Eminence Metropolitan Antonios de Glyfada was born in Corfu. He studied at the Department of Law, Theology and Economics of the University of Athens. He is fluent in English and French, and quite good in German and Italian. In 2012 he was ordained Bishop of Salona under His Beatitude Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos. He served as a preacher in the metropolis of Nikopolis and Preveza and as a chaplain at the children’s hospital “Aglaia Kyriakou” and at the parish of Skepis Papagou. He settled for four years on Mount Athos and served as an advisor to Hegumen at the Holy Monastery of Taxiarches – Petraki. He worked for a long time in the Department of Finance of the Holy Synod, of which he was the director general for eight years. During his tenure, he contributed to the recovery of the finances of the Church, the construction of several buildings and the renovation of the synodal court. He has written articles and scientific studies. He distinguished himself above all as a preacher and confessor. He was elected Metropolitan of Glyfada on March 20, 2019.

James Bond candidate Tom Hardy is on vacation in Corfu

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More and more international showbiz celebrities have been visiting Greece in recent days for their summer holidays, and Ryan Gosling is no exception.

After Nicole Kidman, Nicole Scherzinger, Naomi Watts, James Franco, Chiara Ferragni, Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling, as well as Elon Musk, Tom Hardy was also in Greece.

As the mysterious internet personality “Soula Glamorous” revealed via his personal Instagram account, the actor is in Corfu.

Specifically, his profile posted a picture of Tom Hardy holding a beach towel over his shoulder and presumably going to the beach. Further information has not yet been released.

See the pictures :

Tom Hardy in Corfu July 2022

Meanwhile, the James Bond has a new threat pointed directly at him, and the actor comes straight from Netflix phenomenon, Stranger Things. But does the young British actor have what it takes to beat Hardy from his top spot?

James Bond fans can’t wait to find out who will become the next 007 after Daniel Craig’s latest film, No Time to Die, hit theaters last year.

Current ratings have placed a few heavyweights in the ever-changing top five Bond ratings, but Tom Hardy reigns supreme at the top of the charts.

However, things are changing quickly now that Netflix is ​​involved.

Season 4 of Stranger Things introduced a new villain to the franchise: Vecna.

The actor behind the mask, Jamie Campbell Bower, has now become a betting big name at William Hill.

Bower, who is only 33, now has odds of 33/1 to become James Bond in the near future.

These ratings place him in the rankings alongside Lashana Lynch, Lydia West and Suranne Jones.

Bower’s inclusion in the race comes as no surprise given that fans have launched a new Facebook page titled: ‘We want Jamie Campbell Bower for James Bond’.

It certainly has the range for it.

Bower has been involved in a number of projects. Before Stranger Things, he appeared in the movie Sweeney Todd, opposite Johnny Depp, as well as in the Twilight series and the Harry Potter movies as a young Gellert Grindelwald.

William Hill’s Tony Kenny said of Bower: “Now we know there is time to make predictions for the next James Bond, any actor who is currently a rising star is a real contender – including Jamie Campbell Bower.”

He added: “Filming would coincide perfectly with the end of his Stranger Things engagement, and fans clearly want to see him as Bond – so it remains to be seen if Barbara and her team are paying attention to this recent support.”

Indeed, Bond bosses Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson have already said they want something “different” for the next Bond. And Bower is certainly different.

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Statement by Malliotakis and Pappas on Erdogan’s meeting with Russia and Iranian presidents

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WASHINGTON, DC – On July 20, Representatives Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) issued the following bipartisan statement condemning Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s meeting with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Tehran and reaffirming their opposition to the United States selling fighter jets and military equipment to Turkey:

“A picture is worth 1,000 words, and today’s meeting between Turkey’s Erdogan, Russia’s Putin and Iran’s Raisi should send a clear message to the Biden administration and Congress that Turkey cannot and will not must not be trusted. We urge our colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support our efforts to stop all sales of US military equipment to Turkey. Turkey may be a NATO ally, but under Erdogan, it pursues unprovoked aggression by threatening exclusive economic zones, ordering military overflights over the Greek islands and undermining NATO sanctions against Russia and US operations in Syria while continuing to violate US law by its possession of Russian-made S-400s that threaten NATO’s security infrastructure. After today, there should be no doubt that Turkey should be denied equipment and american military weapons cains.

Last week, Congress passed an amendment drafted by Pappas and co-sponsored by Malliotakis to deter the sale of US F-16 fighter jets and retrofit kits to Turkey following President Biden’s support for the deal.

Malliotakis, the daughter of a Greek immigrant, serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where she serves on the subcommittee on international development, international organizations, and the social impact of global corporations, and serves on the Sub-Committee on Europe, Energy, Environment and Cyber. She is also a member of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus and the Congressional Hellenic-Israel Alliance.

Congressman Chris Pappas is a longtime resident of Manchester, New Hampshire, born into a proud Greek-American family. Pappas is a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, where he chairs the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He is also a member of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus and the Congressional Hellenic-Israel Alliance.

An island beach all to myself? Discover absolute bliss in Corfu

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Man admits guilt in Staten Island assault; the victim was sent to the hospital with a cerebral hemorrhage

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STATEN ISLAND, NY — A New Brighton man didn’t get the victim’s money in an attempted assault in Stapleton two years ago, but walked away with something else: jail time.

Arthur Williams, 35, of the 300 block of Jersey Street, faces up to four years behind bars after pleading guilty to attempted robbery, stemming from the June 1, 2020 episode.

A criminal complaint said the events took place around 10 p.m. on Trossach Road.

Williams and an accomplice accosted the victim and asked, “We need the money,” according to court documents from prosecutors.

The couple punched the victim in the face and began rummaging through his pockets, according to the complaint.

At one point, Williams placed part of his body on the victim’s neck and held it there for 10 seconds, according to court documents from prosecutors.

The victim was treated in hospital for a brain hemorrhage, lip laceration, bruising and facial flushing, according to court documents.

Williams’ alleged accomplice remains at large.

The accused was arrested approximately six weeks later, on July 13.

He was charged with assault, attempted robbery and attempted petty larceny.

Williams resolved the case Tuesday by pleading guilty in St. George State Supreme Court to attempted third-degree robbery.

In exchange, he will be sentenced on August 30 to two to four years in prison.

His lawyer did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on the case.

Williams, meanwhile, has an ongoing misdemeanor case in which he is charged with aggravated driving without a license on Dec. 30, 2020, online state court records show.

The defendant is not the same Arthur Williams who was convicted on Monday of manslaughter in an unrelated case.