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Diaspora Greeks gather to celebrate Christmas even in Tokyo

The Greek community in Japan recently came together to celebrate Christmas at a festive party hosted by the groups ”Greeks of Japan” and the ”Japan-Greece Society.” The December 9th festivities took place in the country’s capital of Tokyo, according to greekreporter.com The Greek Ambassador to Japan, Mr. Constantin Cakioussis, along with dignitaries from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Greek Chamber of Commerce, took part in the festive celebrations. The Greek citizens who are currently living and working in Japan were able to meet the distinguished visitors and had an opportunity to celebrate their heritage at this special time of year. All the attendees sampled delicacies made by the famous Japanese chef Manaka-san at the Greek taverna “Milieu”. There were numerous sponsors of the celebration, most of them offering Greek-themed gifts to those who attended the party, reminding them of the tastes of home. The “Greeks in Japan” group is a vibrant community which contributes to the close relations between the two countries. Increasingly active in recent years, the group has sponsored many events, mainly within the framework of ”Cultural Months” and ”Cultural Years”, which have strengthened the ties between the two nations. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Let's block ads! (Why?)

Contract for E65 Motorway's Southern section to pass through Greek Parliament

One last act is remaining for the beginning of the construction works at the southern section of E65 Motorway (Lamia-Ksyniada), ypodomes.com reports. According to the latest available information, the agreement regarding the amendment of the provisions in the concession contract, is on its way to the Greek Parliament in order to be ratified even before the Christmas holidays. Following that, TERNA will undertake the project for the construction of the 32.5 km section that will connect the currently "blind" motorway with Athens-Thessaloniki axis. The construction period is expected to be activated immediately after the signing of the contract, with a completion deadline of 36 months. However, the contractor, TERNA, has long been ready to start relevant works, making the project's completion possible even earlier than the scheduled times, mainly due to 2 important reasons. The first one is that there are no pending expropriations (as they have already been arranged) and the second is the company's incentive to raise the existing motorway's traffic load which, at the time being, is characterized as unexceptional. The connection of the currently split sections of E65 Central Motorway (i.e. Skarfia-Rahes at Maliakos area and Ksyniada-Trikala sections), is expected to increase the operational flexibility of the Motorway without the current difficulties, especially in adverse weather conditions. It is noted that the new section is also expected to bring Karpenissi closer, reducing its time distance from Athens, approximately by 15-20 minutes. The construction of the Southern part of E65 will also mean its connection with PAThE axis and, consequently, its integration to the country's highway network.Lamia-Ksyniada section, 32.5 km long, will cost 310m euros. The largest technical work of this section is the 3 km-long Othrys Road Tunnel which has already been opened by 33% (or 1,000 meters). The key to the rapid completion of the project is the timely return of the expropriated properties in the section between the 15th and 29th km of the under-construction section. It should also be noted that the approval of the Southern section will also stand as a precondition for the future implementation of the Northern part from Trikala to Egnatia Motorway, which will fully complete E65 Central Motorway, from Lamia all the way to Kipourio Grevenon area. It is thought that the improvement of daily traffic flows, will also contribute to the financing of Trikala-Egnatia by EIB, using as solid evidence the improved numbers of the Motorway, from Lamia to Trikala. Even with a slight delay, if every goes as planned, the construction phase could start in 2019. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright:  Blackdevilkostas Let's block ads! (Why?)

Infographic: Countries which constructed most skyscrapers in 2018

With 143 buildings 200 meters tall (660 feet) or higher constructed across the globe, 2018 was another hugely impressive year for skyscraper construction, statista reports According to The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the total height of those buildings comes to 35,246 meters – surpassing the length of Manhattan Island if they were laid end-to-end. China is at the forefront of the boom in skyscraper construction, building 88 in total this year. The Citic Tower in Beijing was the tallest building completed anywhere in the planet in 2018. At 528 meters tall (1,732 feet), with 108 floors above ground, it’s now the eighth-tallest building worldwide and the fourth the tallest in China. The second-tallest skyscraper of 2018 was the 469.5-meter-tall (1,540 feet) Vincom Landmark 81 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam while another Chinese building comes third. The 452 meter high (1,483 feet) Changsha IFS Tower T1 was built in the city of Changsha. Following China, the U.S. comes a distant second in the 2018 skyscraper league with 13 completions while the UAE comes third with 10. Due to China’s skyward ambitions, Asia is the global hub of skyscraper construction, accounting for 76.2 per cent of all completions this year. North America had an 11.2 per cent share of the total while the Middle East and Africa had 9.1 per cent. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Bostonalejandro  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Argithea: A region of exquisite beauty in the Agrafa mountains of Greece

In the heart of the Greek mainland, among the ridges of the Agrafa Mountain range, lies an unfamiliar yet charmingly authentic world, according to the following report by int.ert.gr In the northwest of Karditsa, where the Thessalian plain ends and the Agrafa Mountains start, between rocks, snowy peaks, forests and cliffs, unfolds the untamed land of Argithea. Until recently, this area did not have any tourist infrastructure. That however, did not stop nature lovers, from seeking adventure and isolation there. Today, there are few, but very hospitable and quality guesthouses that will satisfy even the most demanding travelers. Top things to do Stefaniada lake: This lake was created by a big landslide that took place in the winter of 1963. The road that passes by the lake, leads you through sparse oak forests and rocky landscapes, bringing you up to the Acheloos river, that flows tireless. Anthiro: Outside the village of Anthiro lies the monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary with its impressive 17th-century hagiographies. Archaeological sites: Archeology lovers can visit the area of Hellenika, near the village of Argithea along with the excavated tombstones and remains of the ancient capital of Athamanes. Petrilo: The school at the Petrilo village, constructed in 1884 and still standing tall, housed the Political Committee of National Liberation in 1944, chaired by the academic Alexandros Svolos. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Michael Paraskevas Let's block ads! (Why?)

Institute for Alternative Policies holds in Athens event on dangers of climate change

What is global warming? What are its consequences and what would be a modern way of responding to them? Is it possible for sustainable development to foster “ climatic justice” and cure the symptoms of global warming? These are some of the questions approached by scientists attending the event “ Climate change and new data: prevention, management, intervention,” held by the Institute of Alternative Policies, ANA reports. Professor of Dynamic Tectonic, Applied Geology and Disaster Management at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens Efthymis Lekkas announced that in recent years the recorded number of natural disasters has risen dramatically and he referred to the need for better planning.  “ A 0.1 rise in temperature increases by fivefoldthe risk of fire. Every fire increases by 20 times the risk of flooding,” Lekkas pointed out, and went on to invoke a vicious circle in which human intervention and the process of global warming dramatically multiply the intensity of natural phenomena.  RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: pixabay.com   Let's block ads! (Why?)

Gold tobacco case of first governor of Greece Ioannis Kapodistrias auctioned off

The gold tobacco case belonging to Greece's first governor, Ioannis Kapodistrias (1776-1831), will be auctioned off by a private auction house at Zappeion Hall in Athens on Saturday; its value has been assessed at 30,000-40,000 euros. He served as a diplomat for Russian tsar Alexander and was later elected governor by the Greek National Assembly. He assumed his office in 1827 but was assassinated by political rivals in September 1831. He is buried on Corfu, where he was born. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Cédric Boissière Let's block ads! (Why?)

Schubert, stories and workshops in Athens Archaeological Museum for Christmas

The National Archaeological Museum in Athens is planning to welcome visitors with a series of events of cultural and archaeological interest during the Christmas and New Year holidays, according to ANA. The Unseen Museum, which brings up and displays antiquities normally kept in the museum's storerooms, will introduce finds from a little-known German excavation of a neolithic settlement in Thessaly carried out in 1941, complete with a narration that "reconstructs" the neolithic way of life, the families, the homes and the domesticated animals that for the first time fed at their mangers, to begin on Sunday, December 23 at 13:00. Other activities include workshops for children connected to the museum's temporary exhibition "The Countless Aspects of Beauty", where children will have the opportunity to learn beauty secrets of earlier times. By observing the artefacts they will collect evidence of how beauty was perceived by ancient societies and discover the ancient myths depicted on ancient pottery, after which they will make their own artwork. The educational programmes will be held on Thursday, December 27 for children aged six to eight, from 11:00 to 12:30, and on Friday, December 28 for children aged nine to 12 years old at 11:00. Those wishing to take part must contact the museum at the telephone number 2132144800 (from December 18) and book a place in advance.  On Tuesday, December 18 and Thursday, December 27 at 12:00 and on Wednesday January 2, at the same time, the museum's archaeologists will present the secrets of the ancient white-ground lekythoi and why they represent a source of inspiration for artists through the ages. On December 18, professor of the History  of Art at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Dimitris Pavlopoulos will give participants a tour of the exhibition "Ten White-ground Lekythoi of the Museum of Athens" and will discuss the ways that modern engravers approached the spirit of the ancient ceramic painters to create the iconic white coloured background. The last event is at noon on January 4, with a narration by Niki Kapari accompanied by musician Giannis Psimadas presenting myths about the goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite, and the significance of the search for beauty to the ancients. Entrance for under-18s free of charge. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Tilemahos Efthimiadis Let's block ads! (Why?)

Berliner Zeitung: Persecuted Turks in Thessaloniki reveal that the Greeks saved them

Many Turks persecuted by the Erdogan regime, among them many members of the Gülenist movement, find shelter in Thessaloniki, says German daily Berliner Zeitung, newgreektv.com reports. According to a comprehensive report in the newspaper, "the number of Turks and Kurds fleeing Turkey to Greece more than doubled in 2018 compared to the previous year, because "cleansing" in Turkey is not over. Many of these refugees in the meantime choose the dangerous route through Evros instead of the Aegean islands with the notorious hotspot. " The new Turkish middle class The report featured statements by Turs who have fled Turkey persecuted by the Erdogan regime as members of the Gülenist movement and who have settled in Thessaloniki in the meantime. Among them, Ventat Erdogan, who states to the newspaper that contrary to what he was taught at school that Greeks are enemies, reality is unexpectedly different. "The Greeks saved us," he says. But the Greeks, who had become accustomed to impoverished immigrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria, have been impressed with the Gülenist refugees who are well-dressed, have pocket money and a decent appearance." The four Turks quoted in the article, "members of the religious orientation and high educational level of a new Turkish middle class," consciously chose to apply for asylum in Greece. "They belong to an increasingly large group of refugees from Turkey who do not want to continue their journey to northern Europe, but rather want to stay close to their homeland. 'It is extremely difficult to settle here,' says Ventat Erdogan, referring to the 25% unemployment that plagues the city of Thessaloniki. "Here I learned what freedom means" According to BZ, in Thessaloniki, there are nowadays 6,000 asylum seekers, one-third of whom come from Turkey, and "almost all of them are Gülenists," says Sofia Aslanidou, a municipal councilor of the Municipality of Thessaloniki for the support and social integration of refugees Immigrants and President of the Immigrant Integration Council. According to her, the integration process is progressing well and fast. "Generally speaking, I can say that the Turks create the least problems. They learn Greek quickly and have almost all their children incorporated in our schools. " "The exodus of the Gülenists in Greece, however, has also strengthened the historical tensions between the neighboring countries," notes Berliner Zeitung. "Turkey accuses the Greek government of offering shelter to 'terrorists' and asks for their extradition. However, the degradation of the Turkish rule of law and the proliferation of torture have led to the fact that Gülenists' asylum claims are not effectively rejected. The fact that especially the old Ottoman Sanjak (prefecture) and birthplace of the founder of the Turkish state Kemal Ataturk evolved into the center of immigration from Turkey is positively assessed by Mrs Aslanidou: 'We have no prejudices againstthe Turks. Here there are many Greeks who speak Turkish because they lived in Turkey earlier," she says, referring to Greeks expelled in the state-sponsored pogroms in Turkey in the mid fifties and sixties. Turkey is now poisoned inside, I will never go back, says 34-year-old journalist Touba Guven, stressing: "Here I learned what freedom means." RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Mstyslav Chernov Let's block ads! (Why?)

Building activity up on the rise across Greece during September 2018

The Greek statistics authority (EL.STAT) on Wednesday announced for provisional data September 2018 regarding building activity in the country, with newly issued building permits totaling 1,197, and corresponding to nearly 264,000 square meters of surface, an of 6.6 percent compared with the corresponding month of 2017, naftemporiki.gr reports. During the past 12 months, from October 2017 until September 2018, total building activity (private-public) in Greece, calculated on the basis of the number of issued building permits, amounted to 14,794. This figure corresponds to 3.24 million square meters of surface. Compared with the corresponding period from October 2016 until September 2017, there was a 9.0-percent rise in the number of building permits, a 20.6-percent increase in surface as well as a 21.3-percent increase in volume. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: pixabay.com Let's block ads! (Why?)

PhocusWire: How Voice Command Technology will change tourism in 2019

Throughout 2018, PhocusWire brought in-depth coverage of some of the critical topics impacting travel and organized by a different theme each month, phocuswire.com reported in the following article. In March, their theme was voice technology. They looked at the characteristics of an effective voice interface and shared specific examples from companies including Trainline, Kayak, Expedia and Skyscanner. There have been important developments since then. In June, Amazon introduced Alexa for Hospitality, and in October, Expedia created browse and book capabilities using Google Assistant. Furthermore, Amazon is continuing to roll out new Alexa-enabled products, Google and Alibaba have developed AI voice assistants, Facebook entered the fray with Portal, a combination smart speaker and voice-activated camera, and many other vendors are jumping in. These devices are expected to be popular gifts this holiday season, raising the value of the smart speaker market to $7 billion in 2019 and making it the fastest-growing connected device category in history, according to Deloitte. To provide a look ahead on this topic, Say It Now CEO Charlie Cadbury offers his take on the top five developments in voice technology he expects to see in 2019. Voice technology - Charles Cadbury, Say It Now New entrants. Samsung has stated that all products they ship will be voice-enabled by 2020. We'll start to see a lot of those come through next year, and Samsung’s Bixby will become a compelling platform for developers to engage with.  Things can only get better. Voice products are mostly cloud-based. This means that they can be, and are, improved every day.  Multi-channel. It's not all about voice. I've spent the last two years giving talks on stage trying to explain that, "The innovation is natural language processing, not smart speakers or chatbots.”  Complexity. It will become better understood through 2019 that, unlike the rise of mobile apps, where digital agencies could skill-up some developers in app building, developing compelling conversational experiences requires specialist knowledge.  References. Speak to most innovation practitioners and they will tell you of the troubles of getting credible budgets to explore burgeoning technology.  Read full article at phocuswire.com RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Let's block ads! (Why?)