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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 25 April 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 25 APRIL 2015 25 GREECE Study reveals link between more sex and higher wages So if you need another incentive to engage in more frequent sex, you now have one more reason to add to your list. A recent British study led by Dr Nick Drydakis, Reader in Economics at Anglia Ruskin University, has revealed a correlation between those who have more sex and higher wage earners. According to the findings derived from data collected from 7,500 Greek nationals, employees who have sex two to three times a week take home 4.5 per cent more money than their fellow colleagues having less fun in the bedroom. Dr Drydakis explained that a number of psychological theories suggest a clear link between a successful personal and home life, with success at work. “Maslow's Need Hierarchy Theory claims that the happier and more fulfilled individuals are in their lives, the more productive and successful they will be in their work, translating to higher wages,” he said. "The theory concludes that people need to love and be loved, sexually and non-sexually, by others. In the absence of these elements, people may become susceptible to loneliness, social anxiety and depression - all factors that can affect their working life." However, a question the study was unable to answer was: is it the frequent sex that leads to an improvement in the individual's performance at work, which leads to a pay rise? Or do those that earn more money tend to have more sex? Perhaps the only way to find out is to conduct your own experiment at home. Kohler claims Greece a ‘giant mess’ Well-known financial commentator and journalist Alan Kohler says Greeks have lost their way in contrast to their glorious ancient past, in an article for The Australian. He refers to Greece as "not quite third world, but close" in the article entitled 'How Greece's golden age became a giant mess'. Giving a brief timeline of modern Greece while showing the ups and downs, Kohler recalls how in the ‘60s Greece was the "coolest nation on earth", making reference to Maria Callas, Jackie and Aristotle Onassis, Olympic Airlines, and Anthony Quinn as Zorba the Greek. Reflecting on a recent trip he took to Greece, the journalist sets the scene of the modern day capital, saying "the first thing that struck me about Athens was the graffiti: it was everywhere. And we're not talking Banksy or street art here, but messy scribbles. The second was all the boarded-up buildings and the third thing was the rubbish in the streets," he writes. Highlighting social and political instability as two of the main issues of modern Greece, he concluded that Greece's acceptance into the eurozone was a mistake - more evident in the current political climate than ever. The harsh critique of Greece's state of affairs is encapsulated in his final sentence, stating "individually Greeks truly are wonderful people, but together they are a total stuff-up". Source: The Australian Journalist Alan Kohler. Olympia Summer Academy returns for 2015 Philoxenia program for youngsters of the Greek diaspora Once again, children of Greek descent from around the world will meet in Greece, in the frame of the summer philoxenia program hosted by the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad from July through August 2015. Hopefully, the children will develop long-lasting ties that will affect their future lives in the countries they live, grow and study. It is these ties that will bind the children to Greece, the Greek language and culture and to oneanother, helping them build a common conscience of be- longing to a greater and borderless family, that of global Hellenism. Three hundred or more youngsters (9-13 years old) are expected to participate in the program that will be held at General Secretariat's camps in Malesina and Epanomi. Both camps are located in pine-clad, verdurous areas and are close to the sea. They are places where the children can enjoy a variety of camp activities, cultural/educational activities and develop their skills in a friendly and safe environment. The Olympia Summer Academy (the Academy) announced its return to Greece for 2015. The Academy is an annual run institute that provides post-graduate students working towards a Masters or a PhD, and some advanced undergraduate students, the opportunity to engage with well-known educators in Greece, in a faculty that is on the cutting edge of academic research. The academy takes places over 10 days in July, in the picturesque port of Nafplio, and is an integral way for students to engage with a highly diverse, scholarly network from more than 30 countries, making the program's social dynamic one that is not to be missed. The Academy began in 2002 and has been offering its students a wide range of specialised courses in the fields of political science and international studies ever since. For the past 12 years, the Academy has taken place at the birthplace of the Olympic Games in ancient Olympia. In 2015, the Academy will move to Nafplio; a picturesque seaport town which was the original capital city of modern Greece. The program is co-organised by the Navarino Network and the European International Studies Association, along with the sponsorship of many other organisations. The funding and support of these organisations allows for eight working days of intensive, high-level teaching, where six carefully defined social areas are taught in depth by a faculty of international standing. The 2015 teaching programs include the following: - Conflict & Political Violence (eight working days) - History, Philosophy & Sociology of IR (four working days) - Religion & Politics (four working days) - Terrorism & Counterterror- ism (four working days) - Political Risk Analysis (four working days) - Nationalism and Ethnic Politics (four working days) The Academy will take place between 13-23 July, all applicants must be fluent in English and all interested applicants must apply by 30 April 2015. If you wish to take advantage of the incredible educational and social opportunities provided by the Academy, head to www.olympiasummeracademy.org for further information, including how to apply.
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