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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram If you own land in Greece, you may be familiar with the term adverse possession, known in Greek as χρησηκτησία.What is adverse possession? Under Greek Law, if a third party enters, uses or builds on another person’s property, then he or she can in fact claim ownership of that person’s property under certain circumstances. What happens next? Aside from lengthy, costly and often futile court cases, you may actually end up losing your rights to your land.How can I protect my land? Here are five simple, low-cost and practical tips that can help to prevent a prospective trespasser claiming rights to your property. 1. Fence and signage Fencing your property is the most efficient and inexpensive way to mark the boundaries of your land. Once your fence is up, put up a sign with contact information of someone you trust and who lives in Greece.2. Get an accurate land survey with coordinates An accurate land survey is necessary to properly locate the boundaries of your property before putting up your fence, not to mention that it is required when issuing a building permit for that fence. 3. Check on your property regularly Have someone visit and check on your property on a regular basis. Ask this person to take pictures and to always have a witness present.4. Maintain your property Have someone regularly clear your land from wild bushes and even better, cultivate it all year round if possible. Maintaining your land and keeping it clear is also important to avoid having it declared as ‘forestry land’ by the Greek authorities, which may result in it being ‘unusable’ for construction purposes. 5. Lease your property Formally rent your land to a local farmer. The lease itself serves as proof of the owner’s rights to their land, even if the lease reflects a small fee. * Katerina Sirouni is a principal architect. For more information on Greek property laws as well as important updates and deadlines, you can go to www.ksirouni.comlast_img read more

first_img The number of hours of sedentary activity among bisexual and questioning students was higher than heterosexual students (an average of 30 minutes more per school day than heterosexual counterparts), On average, sexual minority and questioning students were less likely to engage in physical activity than heterosexual students. They reported approximately one less day per week of physical activity and were 38 to 53 percent less likely to meet physical activity guidelines than heterosexual students. Sedentary activity may help escape minority stressObesity and sedentary activity may be higher in this population because lesbian, gay, bisexual and questioning youth are subjected to minority stress, Beach said.Related StoriesAADE’s comprehensive guidance on care of children, young adults with diabetes releasedMothers with gestational diabetes transferring harmful ‘forever chemicals’ to their fetusSome people treated for type 1 diabetes may have monogenic diabetes, study finds”Many of these youth might be taking part in sedentary activities – like playing video games – to escape the daily stress tied to being lesbian, gay, bisexual or questioning,” Beach said. “Our findings show that minority stress actually has a very broad-ranging and physical impact.”Additionally, cultural and environmental factors may be at play.”Previous research has shown that body image and standards of beauty might be different among LGBQ compared to heterosexual populations,” Beach said. “We know very little about the physical environments of LGBQ youth. Are these youth less likely to live in areas that are safe for them to be active? We just don’t know.”Findings aren’t ‘doomsday.’ Action can be takenThese findings should not be viewed as a “doomsday” for this population, Beach said. Instead, she believes this is an opportunity to improve the health of sexual minority and questioning youth.Teachers, parents and physicians should work together to ensure these youth have the tools they need to stay healthy, Beach said. Family support and identity affirmation – developing positive feelings and a strong attachment to a group – have been consistently linked to better health among LGBQ youth.In addition to providing an overall supportive environment, parents should consider asking their children, “Have you been physically active today? Are you active in gym class? Can we do something today to be active together?” And parents should be proactive at doctor appointments and ask the doctor to screen for physical activity, screen time, diet and their child’s weight, Beach said.’Untapped field of research’Beach is one of the rare researchers studying this field of physical health among sexual minority and questioning youth. Previous studies have examined diabetes and cardiovascular health among LGBTQ people, but that research has largely focused only on adults.”This is the biggest study of its kind but it’s just the tip of the iceberg,” Beach said. “There’s still so much we don’t know, such as what is causing these disparities and what can be done about it. It’s a completely untapped field of research.” Lesbian, bisexual and questioning female students were 1.55 to 2.07 times more likely to be obese than heterosexual female students.center_img Jul 24 2018Lesbian, gay, bisexual and questioning youth are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, be obese and engage in less physical activity and more sedentary activities than heterosexual youth, a new Northwestern Medicine study has found.The study is among the first of its kind to examine how health behaviors linked to minority stress – the day-to-day stress faced by stigmatized and marginalized populations – may contribute to the risk of poor physical health among LGBQ youth.”Lesbian, gay, bisexual and questioning youth may not only be at risk for worse mental health but also worse physical health outcomes compared to heterosexual youth,” said lead study author Lauren Beach, a postdoctoral research fellow at Northwestern University’s Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing.This is the largest study to date to report differences in levels of physical activity, sedentary behavior and obesity by sex and sexual orientation among high-school-aged students. The authors used national data from 350,673 United States high-school students, predominantly ranging between 14 and 18 years old, collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) to detect disparities in diabetes risk factors by sexual orientation.The study has just been published in the journal Pediatric Diabetes. Key study findings: Source:https://www.nm.org/last_img read more