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  • More than 15,000 watch ‘Orestes’ at Epidaurus

    Aris Servetalis plays Orestes at the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus in a revival of Euripides’ namesake play from 408 BC that was watched by more than 15,000 spectators (with physical distancing regulations in place) over three days. Director Giannis Kakleas earned warm reviews in what was his first directorial stab at an ancient tragedy. The…

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  • Tolis Voskopoulos dies at 81

    Tolis Voskopoulos, whose songs turned into gold and platinum successes multiple times, died on Monday aged 81. The single son of a large family of Asia Minor migrants, he grew up in Piraeus and was expected to take over his father’s grocery store. Enamored by the theater, and with his parents’ support, Voskopoulos studied at…

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  • Four-day week ‘an overwhelming success’ in Iceland

    The trials, in which workers were paid the same amount for shorter hours, took place between 2015 and 2019. Productivity remained the same or improved in the majority of workplaces, researchers said. A number of other trials are now being run across the world, including in Spain and by Unilever in New Zealand. In Iceland, the trials run…

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  • McAfee found dead in cell after Spanish court allows extradition

    Antivirus software pioneer John McAfee was found dead in his prison cell near Barcelona on Wednesday, according to press reports, hours after Spain’s High Court ruled he could be extradited to the United States, where he faced tax evasion charges that carried a sentence of up to 30 years. McAfee apparently hanged himself, his lawyer…

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  • Greece: Most young adults live with their parents

    Two-thirds of Greeks aged 18-34 live with their parents, according to Eurostat data, which puts Greece in sixth place among 35 European countries. More specifically, according to a recent survey by the European statistical office, drawing on data mostly from 2019, close to 50% of people aged between 18 and 34 in European Union countries…

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  • Meghan and Harry name baby daughter after Queen Elizabeth and Diana

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced on Sunday the birth of their daughter Lilibet Diana – named for Harry’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and his late mother – in a moment of joy capping a year of increasingly strained ties between the couple and the British royal family. The baby, who will be eighth in…

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  • Instagram lets users hide likes to reduce social media pressure

    The aim is to “depressurize people’s experience” on the platform, the social media giant said. Users with the feature enabled will now see the username of a follower who has liked the post, “and others”, instead of a number. The tool has been tested in several countries since 2019, but it is now being rolled out globally.…

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  • Archbishop MAKARIOS: Vaccination is ‘the only light at the end of the tunnel’

    Archbishop MAKARIOS of Australia is strongly urging everyone to receive the COVID-19 vaccine – warning it is the only way to rid the country of the pandemic. Speaking at a NSW government press conference, Archbishop Makarios said “I would like to encourage all the people, it does not matter if they are Greek or not,…

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  • Survey: Greek smokers request better access to information on how to quit smoking cigarettes

    More than eight out of ten smokers (82.9%) say that they don’t have the information they need on alternative smoking products. That’s a high percentage, especially considering that 88% of those surveyed believe that reliable information about those alternatives should be easily accessible. The urgent need for more easily accessible, scientifically supported information on smoking…

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  • Patriarch of Jerusalem, Greek FM discussed protection of holy pilgrimages

    On Tuesday morning, May 18, 2021, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, Nikolaos Dendias visited the Patriarchate, accompanied by the Ambassador of Greece in Israel Panayiotis Sarris and the Consul General of Greece in Jerusalem Evangelos Vlioras. Minister Dedias was warmly received by Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem and Hagiotaphite Fathers, who thanked him for…

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