Archive for November, 2013

Piraeus bishop to excommunicate MPs voting for same-sex civil partnership

November 28, 2013

Greek-Orthodox Bishop Seraphim of Piraeus threatens to excommunicate MPs who will vote in favor of same-sex civil partnerships. Greece is obliged to bring in line with European Convention of Human Rights the extension of  “Pact of  Cohabitation” also to couples of same-sex. Main opposition party left-wing SYRIZA has recently submitted a relevant proposal to the Parliament, while allegedly also the government prepares an extension of the “cohabitation pact” also to homosexual couples.

«Ποινή αφορισμού σε όσους ψηφίσουν υπέρ των ομοφυλόφιλων»

In a 9-page long and extremely strict statement, Bishop Seraphim said that he will excommunicate lawmakers elected within the province of his pastoral responsibility, if and when they will vote in favor of the civil partnership amendment.

He describes homosexuality as a “terrible sin”.

“For all Holy Fathers homosexuality is the most disgusting and unclean sin. Support and acquittal of homosexuality is a great disrespect to God and blasphemous abolition of the Gospel. ”

Directly addressing the lawmakers and the government, Bishop Seraphim asks: “Who are you, the representatives of modernity that dare put themselves above the God and abolish the Gospel and the teaching of the Holy Fathers?”

He calls for an emergency meeting of the Bishops of the Orthodox Church of Greece and calls on Greek government not to implement “this insult against God and human beings.” (sources: TA NEA, and others)

UPDATE: The Bishops’ threats apparently had their effect and the government plans to freeze the law for the time being after 25 lawmakers from conservative Nea Dimocratia raised their objections, Greek media report. Coalition government partner socialist PASOK expressed the view that the government partners had agree on the issue. The Justice Minister said that the issue will come up again in form of a bill “sometime in the future.”


Meteorite crashed in western Greece (video)

November 28, 2013

A unique and for many scary phenomenon occurred on Wednesday night at around 9:30 p.m. A large fireball traveling with tremendous speed appeared in the sky and brightened the night. Those who saw the object speak of a “huge fiery ball”.  According Greek media reports, it was a meteorite that fell in the sea area between the islands of Kefalonia and Zakynthos in the Ionian Sea.

meteorite Greece

Residents of Machairadon and Alykon in Zakynthos reported, they suddenly saw a flash light in the sky followed by a loud sound. Eye-witnesses in Kefalonia said, that the object lightened also their homes.

The phenomenon was visible in Thessaloniki and Veroia in Northern Greece, in Patras in Northern Peloponnese. The meteorite crossed the sky also over Athens, with eye-witnesses reporting that they saw it flying also over the city center.

via LunarMeteoriteHunters

Scientists note that the fact the meteorite fell in the sea helped avoiding a disaster.

Another video allegedly showing the meteorite, filmed from Trikala in Central Greece. I personally see nothing, but there is a church bell to hear, apparently the faithful were on alert…

“This is a part asteroid or comet (fragment) which was in orbit around the sun and affected by the gravitational pull of the sun and other planets crossed the orbit of the earth. It entered the atmosphere and dissolved at a distance of 70 to 100 km”‘said Andreas Vosinakis, board member of Greeks Friends of Astronomy.

Dionysis Simopoulos, director of Greece’s Planetarium in Athens, stressed that the phenomenon was nothing special and that it was probably a meteorite. According to Simopoulos, the meteorite was not bigger than a human head and not heavier than 2.5 kilograms.  He categorically denied that the meteorite was part of the so-called “comet of the century” ISON that is expected to travel as the closest distance to the sun today.

Problem solving techniques – Take the poll

November 27, 2013

There several techniques – nation specific – on how to solve a problem. The German way seems straight forward → from A to B. the British way is based on the motto “have a cup of tea first”. the Spanish way adapts more to the southern climate with a nice vino-lunch and a nap. The American way is also straight forward → from A to Boom! As for the Greek way… well… quite complicated to describe in a few words. What’s you’re ideal way for find solutions to problems? problem solutions

photo credit to @elenikomini


Please, take the time to answer my  test poll!

Thanks for answering 🙂


Athens: municipality policemen brawl with public sector unionists

November 27, 2013

Angry municipality policemen and public sector unionists had a real bad time with raised punches and pushing around in an Athens hotel on Wednesday. A group of frustrated and laid-off municipality policemen entered the hall where public sector union ADEDY was holding a conference. The municipality policemen shouted slogans against the unionists and accused them of not having supported their struggle, when the Greek government decided to suspend the institution and send them home with the ghost of unemployment haunting them.

ADEDYmunicipality policemen

Angry fists were raised and most possibly fell as well, pushing against each other occurred, some tried to calm down the spirits. When ADEDY vice president asked municipality policemen to leave the hall, blood started to boil again.

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Really ugly scenes were averted though, and policemen left shouting at the unionists, that they leave to them “the comfort chairs of power and the ambitions for political careers”.

That’s the bitter truth dividing the austerity-hit Greek society. Those without work and income envy those with work. And furthermore, unionists who spent years allegedly struggling for the rights of workers and employees found a safe job as ‘lawmakers’, climbing the stairs up to a ministerial post.

Journalist Vaxevanis acquitted for publishing the Lagarde List

November 27, 2013


Greek investigative journalist Kostas Vaxevanis charged with the publishing of Lagarde List was cleared of all charges on Wednesday. The Three-Member Misdemeanor Court unanimously declared Vaxevanis innocent despite the prosecutor’s suggestion that the disclosure of the names on the Lagarde List were ‘breach of privacy’.

It is the second time that the court declares Kostas Vaxevanis innocent.

Last year, Vaxevanis published in his magazine HOT DOC the names of more than 2,000 Greeks, holders of bank accounts in HSBC Geneva branch.


Nafplion: earthquake 4.5R, tremor felt in Athens

November 27, 2013

An earthquake measuring 4.5 on Richter scale occurred at 4:21 p.m. Wednesday. According to first information from Greek Geodynamics Institute in Athens, the epicenter was in the sea area  off Nafplion in Eastern Peloponnese.

Earthquake depth was 10km.

The tremor was felt also in Greek capital Athens, located some 110 km away.

PS no worries, my desk and chair were shaking for just a few seconds. Cat did not interrupt her nap as usual.

OECD’s Gurria in Athens “There is life after debt”

November 27, 2013

I really love the wisdom of old gentlemen, normally settled in the comfortable throne of some international organization and a good, five-figure amount of money every month in their bank accounts. Angel Gurria, secretary general for OECD, is visiting Athens to meet the political leadership of the debt-ridden country. Gurria having apparently nothing else to offer than good wishes and many happy returns, tried to be smart in order to boost the frustrated Greek spirit. “There is life after debt,” Gurria heralded to the millions of Greeks who cannot cover their basic needs. Gurria also refrained from specifying for whom exactly there is life after the public debt has swallowed the last euro from our leaky pockets and wallets.

The Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Angel Gurria, praised Greece’s efforts during the ongoing crisis on Wednesday, as he presented the organization’s report on Greece to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras at the Maximos Mansion.

The OECD head congratulated the Greek premier and noted that Greece topped the global list with regard to structural reforms.

Earlier in the day Gurria met with PASOK chief and Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos. During the meeting Gurria referred to Greece’s “impressive adjustment program” and the “spectacular reversal in the balance of payments” as well as the country’s primary surplus. “There is life after debt,” said Gurria.

Speaking to the press after the meeting Venizelos said that the OECD report pointed to the fact that the Greek debt was sustainable.

Meanwhile, Gurria was also expected to meet with Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras and Development Minister Costis Hatzidakis before delivering a keynote speech at a Constantinos Karamanlis Institute for Democracy function on Wednesday evening. (via ekathiimerini)




Rhodes floods: body of missing teacher washed ashore in Turkey

November 27, 2013

The body of the teacher who went missing in Rhodes floods was identified by his family members. The body was washed ashore of a Datca beach in Turkey and was found by a Turkish fisherman on Monday.

The brothers of the 53-year-old teacher had traveled to Turkey to identify the body.

One more man and two women lost their lives in the strong rainstorm and flash floods that hit the island of Rhodes last Friday.


Keep Talking despite all odds :)

November 27, 2013

OK, I am intellectually  out of order today. I was also out of order yesterday and the day before. It seems my inspiration and my Keep-Talking spirit vanish in the air the moment I cannot use my good old KTG-site and I am forced to use another platform. There are several reasons for this blockade, reasons I wouldn’t feel like posting about here. Furthermore, much too many upgrades in my pc too have resulted in losing some interesting pieces I had saved for later posting. I cannot even post the many books presentations I had received, on the alternative channel… and moreover, there are not important news.

OK, there is a voting and a fight in the Parliament concerning the drug prices but it’s rather a political show between the health minister and SYRIZA than truly news worth reporting. Whatever this government will vote on drugs prices, fact is people pay more and more for medication and the whole issue is just about the over-ambitious health minister.

Ah, there is also the issue of the unified property tax – “the most just property tax ever,” as finance minister Yiannis Stournaras described it. Fact is that again the middle-classes and even the jobless in the big cities will pay the price and fill the state registers, after more than 70 lawmakers from Samaras’ Nea Dimocratia managed to provide property tax relief for their voters in the country side.

That’s a fact. In the country side, everyone knows everyone or is even related to each other, so help from MPs is easy to get. In contrast, in big cities, the sheep votes, casts its <+> to MPs who have no idea which sheep and what goat voted for them. And they fairly do not care, unless their voters are organized in parties and known by name and address.

And yet, there is two good things amid my server misery and the depressing political and social situation here:

a) the sun is shining

b) I don’t need to seek and upload thumbnail-pictures for every post I do.

PS Yes. I feel like whining today. Wouldn’t you if you were in my position? server problems seek solution

November 27, 2013

Ever since our host company decided to upgrade us and remove KeepTalkingGreece into another server, problems started. So big, that we have no access to our own blog. Until we find a new host company, KTG will be bringing the latest news from Greece on its alternative channel here as a blog.

Of course, the blog here is not that fancy as but it’s a good temporary solution to keep bringing the news.

Hopefully, a solution and a successful transfer will take place within the next days.

Thank you for your patience 🙂


PS you can’t fly high with a very limited budget offering a free service. Where is the generous sponsor I was always dreaming of?



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