Should Noman Atlantic have ever left Patras? Safety reports have shown the opposite. Greece prays…..

36fdae31-f47c-48a8-b974-45b138953a31 upl54a08f52e55ba 1581587 stream_img norman12_210139299 raiploio5_692_355 κατάλογος     It has not been made clear how the fire started, but on Sunday afternoon,  the President of the Commercial Navy Engineers’ Association denounced on air, talking on Real FM Radio, and Emilio Liatsos’ Air Program, that the Norman Atlantic Ferry, specifically, had been checked and found problematic on the engineer screening that took place in Patras, a couple of weeks ago, and it had been officially announced that the Ferry was not technically totally approved to travel. Norman Atlantic, he said , should never have left for this trip… As the night was getting darker, more dark was covering the hours of agony for the 300 passengers that were still trapped on this nightmare. Greek public and the media holds their breath praying for all the endangered lives

The tragedy took place on early Sunday morning hours, when Norman Atlantic was caught in flames . The fire didn’t really stop burning till now, although it has been set under control, claim spokesmen of the Greek authorities that inform the media in Greece.

The most unhappy Christmas for the Greeks

74% of Greeks believe that the quality of life in the country is not good and 82% of the population feels great pressure according to the latest Greek Statistics authority survey. This years’ LIFE SATISFACTION  research  of OECD also, brought the Greek citizens on top of misery of the 36 OECD suveyed countries .These are of the most  unhappy Christmas of the Greeks.

In the recent survey of the Greek statistics authority ELSTAT the citizens of Greece appear to be the most disappointed group in all of the EU.The survey on income and household living conditions showed that four out of ten Greeks are not satisfied with their lives, financial situation, work or living conditions. Meanwhile, for people whose income is below the poverty line, the percentage is even higher (60%).

According to the ELSTAT survey results,

  • 31.7% (56.4% of the impoverished population) claim to be completely unsatisfied or very little satisfying about the financial situation
  • 45% (50.6% of unemployed) do not trust the political system
  • Almost 1 in 2 believe that the financial situation will get worse in the next 12 months
  • 7.8% of those near the poverty line have felt disappointed, somber or depressed in the past month
  • More than 7 out of 10 do not consider the quality of life in the country to be good
  • 82% of the general population is feeling huge pressure
  • 63% of Greeks believe unemployment to be the country’s major problem.

The recent OECD survey on Life satisfaction  also, noted that Greek citizens were the most unhappy group in 36 OECD countries.Life satisfaction measures how people evaluate their life as a whole rather than their current feelings. It captures a reflective assessment of which life circumstances and conditions are important for subjective well-being. When asked to rate their general satisfaction with life on a scale from 0 to 10, Greeks gave it a 4.7 grade, the lowest score in the OECD, where average life satisfaction is 6.6.

Happiness, or subjective well-being, is also measured by the presence of positive experiences and feelings, and/or the absence of negative experiences and feelings. In Greece, 52% of people reported having more positive experiences in an average day (feelings of rest, pride in accomplishment, enjoyment, etc.) than negative ones (pain, worry, sadness, boredom, etc.). This figure is much lower than the OECD average of 76% and the lowest in the OECD.


Santas do run around Greece, up the mountains and down the sea , but is there any gift…?

Thousands dressed as Santa Claus, flooded Chania streets on Saturday December 27, participating in the 4th Annual Santa Run. Regardless of the cold and damp weather PARTICIPATION WAS HUGE, enough to make the traditional Chania port  …red, as well as the streets and every single corner of the traditional Cretan town . The run, that was held for charity in Chania, the second largest city on the island of Crete, takes place every year during the Christmas period.

santa 473775_10151232533933962_1248636714_o santa run 1 sANTA cHANIA But also, another  Santas event was organized on Crete, this time up on the mountains, where twenty fans of canyoning descended a beautiful canyon on the island. The event was organized by the Cretan Canyoning Association.The descent of the association took place in the canyon of Eligas,  by the 20 Santa Claus dressed members of CCA, of men and women.

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The Cretan Canyoning Association started operations ten years ago, with the purpose of mainly educating young people to the standards of French and Italian canyoning schools and also the preservation and repair of secure locks, the exploration, the security and the mapping of new canyons in Crete. and al laround Greece .

A couple of weekends before Christmas, Athens was “miraclously” dressed in Red, the morning after a night when the city had turned to a battle- field, by the  hundreds of Santas marathon runners.

Like  a miracle picture in the eyes of the Greeks, the visitors, and anyone who happened to find himself in Athens during the 6-7 of December weekend, Santas ran through the city with festive cheer Sunday morning, a few hours after the same city, in the same streets had become a war field as protestors torched the downtown with Molotov cocktails. In the morning it was all clean and ready for the first ever Athens Santa Run, and smiling, the  600 “Santa Clauses” gave the street a festive feel again. More on our earlier story .