Sailing Holidays in Greece

October 25, 2018

Do you dream of sailing in the Greek islands? Imagine cruising on a blue sea past little white churches and high mountains. Picture yourself visiting unspoilt bays, dropping anchor to swim in crystal clear water.

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In Greece from May onwards, hundreds of boats and yachts sail the Aegean, offering vacations with an unparalleled sense of freedom and connection with nature.

The Greek archipelago is a particularly attractive playground for novice and experienced sailors alike, with countless secret coves and beaches that are only accessible by boat. Additionally, a chartered yacht can be a floating base for many other summer activities such as fishing, diving and windsurfing. And when you get tired of the sea and want to get your feet back on dry land, all you need to do is point your boat in the direction of the nearest bay or harbor. Avoiding the crowds and the hassle of long ferryboat rides are among the great advantages of vacationing by sailboat.

Do I need a skipper?

There are dozens of boat chartering companies offering Skippered Sailing Holidays Greece , with prices depending on the season, the size of the boat, and its features.

The first question to answer when considering a sailing holiday is whether you want/need a skipper. If so, the chartering company will provide you with a captain to guide your vessel. On average skippers are paid about 1,000 euros per week, (not including their meals). If you’re wondering whether you’re up for sharing a confined space with a stranger, bear in mind that professional skippers are trained to keep a low profile.

The other option is ‘bare boat’ traveling which means that at least one of the passengers must be certified with an RYA Day Skipper International Certificate of Competence (ICC) or an equivalent license from a registered open-water sailing school. If you have received your license from a sailing school outside the European Union, bear in mind that you will have to have it translated / certified.

To charter a boat without a skipper you need to have the appropriate level of experience for your choice of destination. The Saronic GulfIonian islandsSporades and Haldiki are paradises for bare-boat voyages as the winds tend to be relatively light and the seas calm. In contrast, to head to the Cyclades and Southern Aegean requires far more experience, as the summer meltemi winds in the region regularly reach strengths of 5 to 7 Beaufort (and often more). Unless you are a hardened sailor it can be a harrowing experience – less perfectly delightful and more Perfect Storm.

 

Antiparos Accommodation

February 11, 2018

Antiparos island is a small island of the Cyclades, close to Paros. The main city is found on the north-western tip of the island, and is called Antiparos, although it is also known as Kastro. In spite of being small, it has many attractions that assure a good quantity of tourists every year. In fact, the entertainment offered is so varied that it can fulfil the requests of different age ranges, not only during the daytime, but also in terms of nightlife.

Antiparos has also many artistic and cultural events that include exhibitions, plays, literary readings, dance performances, and concerts. There are interesting seminars and art lessons available during the whole year as well. Regarding the celebrations, the island observes many festivals: on May 7th, June 23rd and 24th, and September 7th among others.
The beaches are nice, but not the most beautiful in the Aegean – likewise the island is pretty, but not stunning. Instead, Antiparos is a place you visit to find beauty in human variety. As a refuge for low-key cosmopolites it has a cultivated but quaint charm. Oh, and Tom Hanks has a house on the island too.

Do you feel that need to know? To understand? To belong? To truly know who you are, you may need to know where you come from. To share your thoughts, feelings, experiences with others. To make that connection with others on thier own journey.

There are 1.5 million adopted children in the US alone. With that number increasing each year by 120,000.

If you are adopted and are interested in searching of your birth mother, birth father, birth siblings or to simply make new friends and connections then we recommend you register with http://www.i-am-adopted.com

Tembusu Terminals' Andras Kristof gestures as he speaks to the media after launching the first Bitcoin vending machine at a pub in Singapore February 27, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su

 

A week after the collapse of Mt. Gox, Japan is still struggling to craft a response to the bitcoin phenomenon, saying the crypto-currency is not legal tender, though it might be taxable and subject to money-laundering controls.

In its first detailed response to the bankruptcy of the Tokyo-based company, once the world’s biggest bitcoin exchange, the government issued a statement assessing how bitcoin is covered – or more often, not covered – by existing law.

The issue took on new prominence in Japan on February 28, when Mt. Gox sought Chapter 11-style bankruptcy protection, saying it had lost bitcoins and cash worth some half a billion dollars due to hacker attacks.

Bitcoin is not a currency, but could be taxable under some circumstances, the statement says. Although the government understands that bitcoin is not issued or backed by any government or central bank, “we have not grasped the situation in its entirety.”

The authorities are monitoring the Mt. Gox bankruptcy process and, if necessary, will consider a response, said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.

Fewer than 1 percent of Mt. Gox’s 127,000 creditors are Japanese, the company has said. Yet across the government, officials are wrestling with how to handle bitcoin.

“It’s not money,” said Finance Minister Taro Aso. “Does the Financial Services Agency have jurisdiction? The Finance Ministry? The Consumer Affairs Agency? The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry?” he asked at a regular news conference. “Opinions are divided.”

The government statement, citing 18 sections of 11 laws and regulations, says bitcoin is not a currency or an asset within the purview of professional trading or asset management, while trading the virtual currency is not a banking or financial-instrument transaction.

But, generally speaking, bitcoin could be taxable if it meets certain conditions of income, corporate or consumption tax laws, the statement says. This leaves open the possibility that bitcoin could be treated as a commodity like gold, although the statement does not specify this.

Regarding money laundering, certain transactions – whether with bitcoin or not – require people to identify themselves, it notes.

The 6-page document is the government’s official response to questions posed by Tsutomu Okubo, a member of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan and former managing director at Morgan Stanley.

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How to find family members

  • Interview any available family members who can give you more information or possible leads. You may have to speak to multiple people to get all of the information that you need on the individual you are seeking, but the more people you can talk to about history and possible direction the person pursued, the better off you’ll be.
  • Follow up on any family leads appropriately. This could include phone calls, emails, or visits.
  • Social networking sites may be another option to find loved ones. Facebook is a popular choice that gives you search tools to help find people based on their email address, by community, or school. Also i-am-adopted.com is a good place to look.
  • Visit the hometown of the individual or the town that you think the family member resides, and check available public records. These records could include marriage, birth and death certificates or even newspaper articles and announcements.
  • Keep good records of what you have found and what information you think might be missing.
  • Consider hiring a private investigator if all else fails. Provide them with all of the background information that you have already compiled and let them do the leg work for you.

Porto mykonos

June 30, 2013

The small luxury hotel Porto Mykonos boasts the most ideal location in Mykonos town overlooking the vivid pace of the Port and the sparkling colors of the sea. Nestled in one of the most romantic landscapes in Greece this seaside retreat offers the most magical Mykonos town view with flickering lights illuminating the windmills and the historic center. The minimalist luxury rooms and luxury suites feature a combination of authentic Cycladic and modern elements. This luxury hotel in Mykonos town epitomizes the beauty of simplicity in itself.

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Mykonos port

 

Source: http://www.vacation-in-greece.gr/mykonos-port/

 

Mykonos nightlife

February 26, 2013

In Mykonos town, the nightlife is concentrated in the area known as Little Venice, this is where you’ll find everything you have ever dreamed of.

Down at the harbour you will also find plenty of taverns and pubs that will keep you awake until sunrise. During the high season famous DJ’s visit the island and the clubs are competing on who can put up the greatest show and pull the best crowd.

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Kamari Santorini

December 11, 2012

The below article is taken from Kamari Santorini

Kamari is a famous beach resort of Santorini situated ten kilometers southeast of Fira, on the exact opposite side of the island from Perissa. It is one of the best organized areas in Santorini. Around 2 km of black sand is expecting you to relax and enjoy the sea and the sun. Plenty of cafes, bars, taverns, restaurants, night clubs and shops of all kinds are waiting to fill your time with shopping and tasting the best of Santorini’s.

The general landscape is much similar to Perissa: an impressive long and inviting black sandy beach, characterized by an enormous rock called Mesa Vouno that rises from the sea. The area offers a great landscape, especially at night, when the rock is lighted.

A wide variety of attractions is also available and while staying at Kamari you can visit the archaeological site on Ancient Thera, the church of Panagia Episkopi, which was built in 1100 and the famous towns and villages of Santorini. Fira, the capital, is 7 klm away and Kamari has frequent bus service from/to Fira.Kamari Santorini

Funeral insurance plans are a form of insurance that provides for funeral expenses at the time of death. These plans are becoming increasingly popular with people of all incomes, partially because of the rising cost of funerals.  The average funeral costs more than $7,700, and that is a lot of money for many families. Even families that can easily shoulder the financial burden of a funeral may not wish to think about money right after the death of a loved one. Funeral insurance plans make it possible for families to take care of all the expenses of a funeral in advance — which can be a huge relief for many families.

The Two Types of Funeral Insurance Plans

There are two general types of funeral insurance plans: Final expense insurance and preneed funeral insurance. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. Which type of plan is best for you depends on your income and goals.

Final Expense Insurance

Final expense insurance is a form of life insurance. One of the key differences is that final expense insurance policies have a much lower face value and are intended to be used only to cover funeral and other end-of-life expenses. A typical face value for a final expense insurance policy can be anywhere between $5,000 to $50,000 dollars.  No medical exams of any kind are required to sign up for a final expense insurance policy. All you have to do is determine what insurance company you want to buy a policy from, what face value you want, and what kind of premiums you are willing to pay.

Preneed Funeral Insurance

Preneed funeral insurance policies are less flexible than final expense insurance policies, but they may enable you to save more money.  With preneed funeral insurance, you pick out exactly what funeral home and burial services you want to choose. This enables you to “lock in” a certain funeral price.(Rapidly rising funeral expenses explain why this is such an advantage.)  You then pay for the services you want in advance by paying one large premium or several smaller ones spread out through time. The choice is yours and depends largely on your budget and future plans.

Understanding the Difference Between Prepaid Funeral Plans and Funeral Insurance Policies

Prepaid funeral plans are often confused with funeral insurance policies, but they are not the same thing. Prepaid funeral plans are usually arranged with funeral home directors. They are not arranged with insurance companies.  Because of this, they tend to be less reliable than funeral insurance policies. The prepaid funeral plan industry has more than its fair share of fraud, and you should be cautious about buying a prepaid funeral plan. Although the plans appeal to people because they are easier to buy than funeral insurance policies, caution is advised.  That isn’t to say that all prepaid funeral plans are worthless. It just means you have to carefully analyze the reputation of the funeral home you are considering buying a prepaid funeral plan from. Only work with funeral homes with excellent reputations, and you can minimize your risk.

What Should I be Concerned About?

The biggest concern with funeral insurance plans is deciding whether or not you really feel comfortable getting a funeral insurance policy for yourself or a loved one. While this may sound silly, a lot of people do not feel emotionally comfortable selecting funeral insurance plans for loved ones or themselves.  To help yourself get over this emotional block, try talking with close family members about the future and their plans. Try to get support from family members to help you make some of the difficult decisions you need to make with respect to funeral insurance plans.

What Laws Protect Me?

The laws that protect you vary substantially by state, but federally, there is a law called the Funeral Rule enforced by the Federal Trade Commission. This law protects users of funeral home services in many ways, but one of its biggest advantages for consumers is that it requires funeral homes to give prospective buyers itemized prices and accurate information on funeral services. (This helps eliminate some of the fraud in the industry.)

The Overall Importance of Funeral Insurance Plans

It can be really easy to get lost in all the details of funeral insurance plans and forget about the main reason for the plans: Making life easier for loved ones.
Funerals are enormously stressful for families. Even when the death of a family member has been anticipated for a long period of time, there is always a lot of suffering when a loved one dies.
To add insult to injury, funerals are usually almost as expensive as they are emotionally draining. Family members often have to worry about money during a time when they are grieving. This can make an already difficult period of time for families become positively traumatic.
In the event your loved ones do not have the cash for a funeral, they may have to go into debt to finance your funeral. This means that a lot of long-term financial suffering can be instigated by expensive funerals.
The right kind of insurance can spare your loved ones a lot of suffering in the event of your death. Wouldn’t you rather they not have to worry about financial considerations when you pass away? Wouldn’t you rather they only focus on their memories of you after you have died?
While it is true that some individuals use the proceeds from life insurance to cover funeral expenses, there are disadvantages to this approach. Unlike most funeral insurance plans, life insurance policies pay out their benefits over time. A life insurance policy may not be able to provide enough cash soon enough to completely finance funeral expenses.
Funeral insurance policies pay out soon after death, meaning that there is little lag time involved in receiving the money. This makes life easy for family members and prevents a lot of other financial problems from developing. There are few ways to help smooth the process of having a funeral as much as purchasing a good funeral insurance policy in advance.

The adoption triad

November 4, 2012

What is called the Adoption Triad consists of:

  • Birth Parents
  • Adoptees and
  • Adoptive Parents.

 

Birth parents

Birth parents are inaccurately depicted as choosing adoption thoughtlessly and then returning to stalk their child’s family.

 

“Researchers, lawyers and social workers all say the misconceptions about birth [parents] are the most corrosive and least accurate stereotypes in adoption,” Adam Pertman, The Boston Globe.

There is no typical birth parent. Some are young adults who are completing their education or whose lives may not be conducive to good parenting. Most are not prepared financially or emotionally to parent. Women who voluntarily place their children for adoption are likely to have greater educational and vocational goals for themselves than those who parent their children.

  • Birth parents are those who cannot care for the children born to them at a particular time in their lives.
  • Some may be too young, although most teens do not make an adoption plan.
  • Many choose adoption if they are single and want a two-parent home for their child.
  • Others may suffer physical or mental illness.
  • Some have had their parental rights terminated owing to abuse or neglect.
  • Internationally, war, famine, social or political upheaval and poverty may also lead to the adoption of children.
  • Most doing voluntary placements are in their late teens and twenties, although there is an increasing number who are in their 30s and even 40s.
  • Some are married couples who cannot care for more children than they already have.

A few are celebrities.

Birth Mothers

Various studies in the last decade have quantified the experience of birth mothers. One study (Parenting vs. Placing for Adoption: Consequences for Adolescent MothersFamily Relations, Volume 45, Number 4, October 1996, page 427) found that teens who placed their children for adoption were likely to experience more sorrow or regret about their decision than those who chose to parent. While the study indicated these feelings subside in the second year and beyond, it should not be concluded that feelings of loss do not continue throughout life. Even so, those who placed for adoption were:

 

  • More likely to complete school;
  • More likely to be employed;
  • More likely to postpone further pregnancies than those who parent; and
  • Less likely to be on state aid.

Other studies – working with birth parents who placed 30 or 40 years ago – found that many felt they had no choice either because of social mores of the time, lack of support by birth fathers or pressure by the social work community to place their children for adoption.

Lack of support from birth fathers and pressure to place by the social work community is still being faced today and has prompted a movement toward adoption reform. One study indicates that women who reported they had control over their decision were significantly more likely to believe their decision was a good oneBirth Mothers: The Forgotten Link of the Adoption Triangle, LL McAdoo, Ph.D. dissertation, University of New Mexico, 1992.

Today, there are still many birth mothers who feel they were exploited at their most vulnerable time and resent both the treatment they received as well as adoption in general. Their experience is a testament to the need for ethical adoption practices. These practices would:

  • Respect their vulnerability.
  • Counsel them as to their rights and responsibilities.
  • Outline all their options and the resources needed to pursue each option.
  • Afford them the ability to change their mind as to whether or not to parent at every step of the decision making process, including after birth and regardless of the repercussions to a prospective adoptive parent.

Birth Fathers

Historically, few birth fathers took an active role in the adoption of their children. Today about 25% have been involved in making an adoption plan, a very positive trend. Supply & Demand: The Forces Shaping the Future of Infant AdoptionM Freundlich, Adoption Quarterly, Vol. 2 (1), p.13.

 

Research on birth father participation in the decision to parent or place as been limited. A good source is Adolescent Pregnancy & Childbearing in Relation to Infant Adoption in the United States, BC Miller & DD Coyl, Adoption Quarterly, 2000, Vol. 4(1), p. 3.

  • One study found birth father’s preference for adoption was the most powerful predictor of adolescent mother’s retaining commitment to an adoption. Parenting Or Placing: Decision-Making by Pregnant Teens, RJ Dworkin, JT Harding & NM Schreiber, Youth & Society, 1993, 25, p. 75.
  • Some research suggests that birth fathers who felt most unprepared to assume parental responsibilities supported the concept of adoption whereas those who opposed adoption felt excluded from the decision-making process. Birth fathers who felt excluded reported long-lasting effects, in particular they expressed a desire to search for and reclaim their child. Fathers of Adopted Children: A Study of the Impact of Child Surrender on Birth Fathers, E. Daykin, P. Patti & J. Ryan, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 1998, 58, p. 240.
  • A survey of American attitudes toward adoption revealed 79% of those surveyed thought birth fathers should have at least some say in whether their children were relinquished for adoption.Benchmark Adoption Study, Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, 1997.
  • Fewer than 1% of adoption cases are contested by birth fathers who want to parent their children. Special Report on Birth Father Rights, T O’Neill, Adoptive Families, September/October 1994, p. 8.
  • Courts typically deny unmarried birth fathers the right to veto an adoption when they have not been involved during pregnancy nor developed a relationship with the child. Consent to Adoption, JH Hollinger Adoption in Law and Practice, Vol 1, 1995, p. 2-18.

Birth parents who made an adoption plan report criticism from their community, families and friends largely owing to misconceptions about adoption.

Studies demonstrate

  • Birth parents who thoughtfully planned adoption and who felt they had control over the process paint a positive picture.
  • On every indicator, except social support, birth parent lives are improved by choosing adoption when they are unready to parent.
  • Less than 2% of birth parents seek to regain custody by post-placement revocation.

Other studies suggest lifelong trauma associated with having placed their children. Most birth parents, in realizing that the best they can do may not be what is best for their child, have met the strictest definition of what it means to be a parent. They have seen to the life, the support and the well being of their child.

Even when there has been an involuntary termination of parental rights, many children retain strong bonds to their biological families, granting them some importance.

A recent study indicated that tough child support laws reduce unwed fatherhood and is an unintended consequence of policies seeking to reduce welfare costs. The study was based on a policy brief by National Center for Children in Poverty.