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All work and no play for Greeks November 15, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Living.
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Eight in 10 Greeks believe that their working hours are too long and less than three in 10 feel that they have achieved the “perfect balance” between work and their personal lives, according to an international survey which was made public yesterday.

Just over two-thirds of the 14,000 respondents in 24 countries said that they are not totally satisfied by the “work-life balance” they have achieved. In Greece, this figure reached 72 percent, which is among the highest in the poll.

“Employers do not realize the risk that they face because of this disharmony,” said Anastassia Paraskevopoulou, the head of employee assistance programs at Hellas EAP, a firm which provides help to troubled workers. “This imbalance leads to more illnesses, more sick days and lower employee productivity,” Paraskevopoulou added.

Greece is also one of the countries where 80 percent of respondents said that they spend too much of their time at work.

Low wages and poor job satisfaction were among the other main reasons that Greeks said they were unhappy with their jobs, according to the poll which was conducted by the International Research Institutes (IRIS).

More than two-thirds of Greeks questioned said that they had made an effort over the last two years to improve their quality of life. This is higher than the international average which was just over 50 percent.

One in four Greeks said they tried to spend more time with their friends or family. The same proportion of respondents said they have refused to take on extra tasks at work.

Almost 30 percent of Greeks said that the best way to improve their quality of life was to be better organized at work.

The best yet at Greek fest November 15, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Greek Diaspora Festivals.
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Preparations are nearly complete for the 77th annual fall Greek food fest at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Waukegan, which will be held Thursday, November 16 and Friday, November 17.

The major fund-raiser for the charitable Philoptochos Society may be the last at the long-time church site, at North and Glen Flora avenues, before moving to a new church building. Earth-moving is under way at the new site, on O’Plaine Road just south of I-94. The current construction schedule calls for the new church to be open by next fall.

Women and men of the church are preparing to provide 2,000 servings over the two days.

Entrees include roast lamb, Athenian chicken and baked cod (Friday only). Specialties include Pastitsio (macaroni and ground beef, topped by cream), Spanakopita (spinach and feta cheese wrapped in phyllo), Dolmathes (grape leaves stuffed with meat and rice, topped with lemon sauce), Tiropita (cheese puff) and Greek salad. Pastries include Baklava (walnut phyllo strudel topped with honey), Galaktoboureko (custard phyllo strudel), Diples (light pastry, honey covered), Kourabiethes (a butter cookie with chopped almonds), and Melomakarona (spice cookie dipped in honey).

Greek company Folli Follie enters China November 15, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Business & Economy, Fashion & Style.
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Folli Follie announced on Tuesday that it has received retail sales licenses in the Chinese market and the immediate beginning of retail operations in China.

Folli Follie is a Greek company which designs, manufactures and distributes jewelry, watches and fashion accessories under the Folli Follie brand. The Folli Follie brand’s core values are “affordable, fashionable luxury.”

Commenting on the news, G. Koutsolioutsos, Folli Follie Vice-Chairman, expressed satisfaction over this development, noting that his company was among the few multinational companies to acquire a retail sales license in China.

Folli Follie became famous in China after a popular Chinese TV series which was produced in Aegean island of Santorini.

Greek companies forum at Barr Al Jissah November 15, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Business & Economy, Shows & Conferences.
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The Second Greek Companies Forum will be held today at the Al Bandar Ballroom B of Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa. Like the first forum, the second forum will also have two sessions from 9am to 1pm and from 4pm to 7pm.

This time Greek companies participating in the forum are in the categories of security doors, wooden doors and furniture, construction, building and technical materials, aluminum and steel fabrication and systems for construction, Olive products, mineral water, air-conditioning and insulation materials, and electrical and architectural lighting.

Omani and expatriate executives from the Sultanate’s business community are invited to attend the forum at their convenience for meetings with the Greek delegation. Registration is free and at the venue.