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Frightened foreign and Greek tourists on the Greek island of Kos have described the moment an earthquake struck as “something out of a film”.
The 6.5-magnitude quake, which has killed at least two people and injured up to 200 more, rattled Turkey’s Aegean coast as well, but Kos was nearest to the epicenter and appeared to be the worst-hit.
Kostas Alexiou, a Dj at a bar took to Facebook to inform his loved one that he was OK when the earthquake struck, also expressing his sorrow that a shop he had worked for 18 years had been completely destroyed. “I am well, shocked but well … … This happened, however, and it really finished us…Most of us miraculously survived… 18 years in this shop … a whole lifetime … I feel for the souls unjustly lost….. unfortunately all it needs is a moment and your life completely changes… a pity … a real pity !!!!’, he wrote. Kostas Alexiou Dj’d for the bar that collapsed and led to the deaths of two tourists, a Turk and a Swede.
A frequent at the bar “White Corner”. Nikos Karagiannidis said he was next to the Dj. “My daughter used to work at the bar and I am very friendly with the owner. I was there last night, sitting next to the Dj. At one point I left and went to the shop across the street to find my wife. We barely exchanged a couple of words when the whole island started shaming”, he told Protothema.gr. He continues by describing how everyone was scrambling to her out of the bar. “Bottles were flying out of the bar. Going outside I saw one side of White Corner completely collapsed. There were two dead under the bricks and debris. They were sitting on some stools outside the bar and were squashed when the wall came crashing down on them. About half a metre away there were seriously injured people”, he says in shock, adding: “Both doors of the shop were open, and within a minute it was empty. That was it. What had happened was over. Some tourists who had never seen such a thing were in a state of shock.” Mr. Karagannidis said himself and others tried to pull out the two unlucky tourists from under the rubble but were unable to. “We pulled out the man who lost his legs. The ambulance services did not delay to show up. The island’s doctors deserve congratulations, without them there could be more dead people. They first took the seriously injured, with their legs cut and broken, and then they returned and took the dead. ”
British holidaymakers in the popular tourist spot were left stranded outside their hotel after the powerful tremor sent tourists streaming from their hotels around 1.30am local time.
Lauren Duffy, a 20-year-old student from Merseyside, was evacuated to Lambi Beach along with her mother and sister from the Atlantis Hotel, which was strewn with shattered glass.
She said: “We were asleep in our hotel room when we were woken by really violent shaking, and we all were screaming and told to evacuate from the hotel.”
She said they were able to return to the hotel just long enough to retrieve their passports before they were forced out again by tremors.
Ms Duffy said no one was hurt but the broken glass made the area unsafe. She said most of the stranded tourists there were Dutch, Russian and German.
Kos’s “old town” area, full of bars and other night-time entertainment, was littered with fallen bricks and other debris. The island’s hotels had broken glass and other damage, leaving hundreds of tourists to spend the rest of the night outdoors, resting on beach loungers with blankets provided by staff.
“The instant reaction was to get ourselves out of the room,” said Christopher Hackland, of Edinburgh, who is a scuba instructor on Kos. “There was banging. There was shaking. The light was swinging, banging on the ceiling, crockery falling out of the cupboards, and pans …”
“There was a lot of screaming and crying and hysterics coming from the hotel,” he said, referring to the hotel next to his apartment building. “It felt like being at a theme park with one of the illusions, an optical illusion where you feel like you’re upside down.”
Naomi Ruddock, who is on holiday in Kos with her mother Eleanor, said she felt like she was on a boat in choppy water when the earthquake hit.
The 22-year-old, who is due to graduate from Brighton University next week, said they were woken from their sleep when the room shook.
She said: “We were asleep and we just felt the room shaking. The room moved. Literally everything was moving. And it kind of felt like you were on a boat and it was swaying really fast from side to side, you felt seasick.”

The pair ran from their ground floor room in the Akti Palace Hotel in Kardamena, around a 30-minute drive from Kos Town .
Ms Ruddock, from London, added: “The restaurant manager just said that he’s never seen anything like this ever happen ever around this area or ever in Greece. He said it was like something out of a film, and it was.”

source: telegraph.co.uk

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The name of the Turkish national killed in the earthquake on the island of Kos is Sinan Kurtoglu. According to Turkish media, the 39-year-old man was killed when the bar he was at in the old town of Kos collapsed. The other tourist that was killed was a 27-year-old Swede whose identity has not yet been confirmed. The Turkish man was identified by the Turkish Minister of Health. Seven more people were seriously injured in the earthquake, one of which lost both his legs. Four of the most seriously injured were transported to hospital in Crete, while the other three were taken to the Thriaseio hospital in Athens.

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The name of the Turkish national killed in the earthquake on the island of Kos is Sinan Kurtoglu. According to Turkish media, the 39-year-old man was killed when the bar he was at in the old town of Kos collapsed. The other tourist that was killed was a 27-year-old Swede whose identity has not yet been confirmed. The Turkish man was identified by the Turkish Minister of Health. Seven more people were seriously injured in the earthquake, one of which lost both his legs. Four of the most seriously injured were transported to hospital in Crete, while the other three were taken to the Thriaseio hospital in Athens.

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A 4.3 magnitude earthquake hit of the coast of Crete at 1.36pm, according to the Geodynamic Institute. The tremor was 44km south of the city Ierapetra and at a depth of 10km. The new earthquake comes hours after a powerful 6.4 magnitude tremor struck between the islands of Kos and Rhodes causing the death of 2 tourists in Kos and the injury of hundreds in both Kos and Halicarnassus (Bodrum) off the Turkish coastline where people were jumping out of windows to escape.

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A 4.3 magnitude earthquake hit of the coast of Crete at 1.36pm, according to the Geodynamic Institute. The tremor was 44km south of the city Ierapetra and at a depth of 10km. The new earthquake comes hours after a powerful 6.4 magnitude tremor struck between the islands of Kos and Rhodes causing the death of 2 tourists in Kos and the injury of hundreds in both Kos and Halicarnassus (Bodrum) off the Turkish coastline where people were jumping out of windows to escape.

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The President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos expressed his deepest sorrow for the victims of the Kos earthquake in a phone contact with the island’s Mayor George Kyritsis. Mr. Pavlopoulos extended his wishes for a speedy recovery of the injured in the 6.4 magnitude earthquake, which cost the lives of two tourists, a Turk, 39, and a Swede, 27. The Mayor briefed Mr. Pavlopoulos about the situation on the island, especially with regards to the damage caused to the island’s main port and the Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral. On his part, Mr. Pavlopoulos reassured the Mayor that the Presidency would at be at his disposal for any assistance.

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People on the island of Kos and the coastline of Turkey in the city of Halicarnassus (Bodrum) area can be seen scrambling to take cover, while others run panic-stricken out in the streets as the 6.4 magnitude earthquake hits at 1.30am on Friday. The earthquake’s epicentre was between the islands of Kos and Rhodes near the Turkish coastlines at depth of 10km. Two people were killed on the island of Kos, a 39-year-old Turkish national and a Swede, 27, while there are 5 have suffered serious injuries.


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According to reports, the two victims of the 6.4 magnitude earthquake are nationals of Sweden and Turkey. The Swedish man is reportedly 27 years old and the Turkish national is 39. Both tourists were at a bar in the old town when the tremor hit. Five more tourists at the bar were also injured, with one suffering mutilation. The three more seriously injured are being transported by plane to the University Hospital of Heraklion and the other two people to other hospitals off the island.

According to information, a total of 90 people were transferred to hospitals, 75 were provided with first aid and left. Reports say that when the earthquake struck the whole bar collapsed. The earthquake caused a mini tsunami, while the main port of the island has been closed.

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The powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake that killed two people on the Greek island of Kos Friday at 1.30, caused a mini tsunami at the island’s port. Some boats were damaged and others were lifted onto land, while the sea level rose and flooded the port area. The director of Geodynamic Institute of the National Observatory of Athens Akis Tselentis said the tsunami reached about 70 centimetres.

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American power forward Chris Singleton will remain with the Greek basketball champions Panathinaikos for one more season, after he failed to secure a 2-year closed contract with an NBA team. Singleton was a key player in the greens’ line up, helping the team reach the double in Greece. PAO have rejected pressure by Russian team Kimki to let Singleton go. His stay comes on the heel of more good news for the champions, as Zach Auguste, who has dual US and Greek citizenship will informed PAO management that he intends to play for the club, thus closing frontline roster of PAO.

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The island of Kos is taking stock of the extent of the damage caused after the powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit at 1.30am on Friday morning resulting in the death of two people. The island’s port has suffered major damage and has closed down after official inspection. Blue Star Paros passenger ferry was unable to approach the island and was therefore diverted to Nisyros, Tilos, Symi, Rhodes and Kastelorizo. A smaller port is still operational but can only accommodate small ships and local authorities are examining the possibility of diverting ships bound for Kos to the port of Kalymnos from where passengers would be transported with smaller ships to Kos.
After inspection the airport facilities was deemed to be operational. A team from the Earthquake Planning and Protection Organisation (OASP) is currently checking out the situation to determine the extent of the damage caused. The eastern part of the island has suffered the brunt of the earthquake, while local authorities say newly-built hotels have withstood the tremor. Thousands of locals and tourists passed the night out in the streets fearing more earthquakes.

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A strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea has killed at least two people on the Greek island of Kos, officials say. The deaths were confirmed to the Athens News Agency by the island’s Mayor, George Kyritsis.
The 6.4-magnitude quake hit 12km north-east of Kos, near the Turkish coast, between Kos and the island of Rhodes with a depth of 8km at 1.30am on Friday. According to the Euro-Mediterranean Institute, three strong aftershocks of 4.6, 4.5 and 4.7 magnitude at a distance of less than 10 km from the Turkish coastline hit.
At least 20 others were injured on Kos, a popular tourist destination. Some buildings were damaged. A few minutes after the deadly tremor a second earthquake of 5.1 magnitude 26 km north of Leros struck, at the same depth.
Pictures on social media showed people in the city walking with water lapping their ankles and localised flooding, and about 70 people sought hospital treatment for minor injuries.
Turkey and Greece sit on significant fault lines and are regularly hit by earthquakes. The Blue Star Paros passenger ferry was unable to arrive at the island’s port and sailed on to Nisyros, Tilos, Symi, Rhodes and Kastelorizo.

One of the deadliest in recent years hit the heavily populated northwest of Turkey, in 1999, killing some 17,000 people.

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has blamed “Greek Cypriot intransigence” for the collapse of peace negotiations at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana on July 7.

“The Greek Cypriot side responded with intransigence to our position of good will and sincerity,” said Erdogan.

“Unfortunately that is why the Conference on Cyprus held at Crans-Montana ended without a result,” he added.

The comments were made in his message to Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci in light of ‘peace and freedom’ celebrations in the north.

In his message Erdogan claimed that the Turkish Cypriots had, at every opportunity, despite the “unjust and unlawful restrictions to which they have been condemned”, shown their commitment to a solution.

“You had the will, the determination and the power to overcome every obstacle with democratic values, the conscience of solidarity and determination,” said Erdogan.

The Turkish President went on to say that Turkey would not sit idly by and leave the Turkish Cypriots to be indefinite victims of a non-solution and condemned to isolation.

“Turkey will be the security for Cyprus, for peace, freedom and for the eastern Mediterranean,” said Erdogan.

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Residents in Paphos face the possibility of severe water shortages if there is little rain this winter as plans to construct a new desalination plant for the district continue to move at a sluggish pace.

Unexpected ‘technical difficulties’ have delayed the invitation of tenders for the creation of the new plant in Kouklia leaving the district at the mercy of Mother Nature.

Paphos will go thirsty if it doesn’t rain this coming winter while 2019 will be extremely difficult and the district’s water needs will only be met with strict water restrictions.

The delays will affect the entire process which foresaw a contractor ready to start in 2018. It is now expected that the services will only be in a position to invite for tenders at that time.

If immediate solutions are not found, the delays will surpass the six months which means that the desalination plant will only be operational in the winter of 2019 leaving the district in dire straits.

Sources have indicated that it is possible for the problems to be circumvented due to political will and due to the seriousness of the situation is sure to involve everybody involved to settle the matter and to circumvent time-consuming procedures.

An existing temporary desalination plant was licenced to operate until November 2013 and dismantling started in April after much delay and had drawn strong criticism from locals and farmer’s organisations in the area.

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Thousands of tourists who chose to spend their holidays on a Cycladic island in Greece experienced some extremely rough weather and choppy seas, as can be seen in a video released from Folegandros.
The winds reached up to 8 Beaufort, causing serious problems in shipping. As can be seen in the video huge waves were hitting ships in the stormy waters.

Sea Jet 2, the ship in the video managed to cope with the waves in spectacular fashion. At one point the waves appear to be engulfing the ship. Although for an outsider these might seem terrifying, they are in fact commonplace in the Cyclades for the seasoned captains.

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Firefighters have successfully managed to free citizens and employees trapped in a tax department building in the district of Exarchia in dowtown Athens, after a fire broke out shortly before 11.30 am.
The fire broke out in a building on 14 Koletti Street in Exarchia, where the 4th Tax Department is housed. The blaze reportedly started from the basement of the building. Four fire-engines and 12 firefighters arrived on the scene immedialtely abd managed to contain the spread of the fire. Dense fumes had created a suffocating atmosphere on the first two floors of the building where citizens and employees were waiting. The fire was reportedly caused by a short circuit.

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A 4.1 magnitude earthquake struck off coast of Corinth at the Corinthian Gulf at 10.15am, Thursday. The tremor was felt in the cities of Patras, Nafpaktos and the region of Aetolia and Akarnania. According to the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Institute, the epicentre of the earthquake was 10km north of the region of Kamares in Aegialia.

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In commemoration of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus by Turkish forces on July 20 1974, the sirens wailed across the island on Thursday at 5.30am, the time of the first attack on the town of Kyrenia.
In July 1974, Turkish forces invaded and captured 3% of the island before a ceasefire was declared.
The Greek military junta collapsed and was replaced by a democratic government before another Turkish invasion took place in August and resulted in the capture and occupation of around 40% of the island.
The people of northern Cyprus suffered greatly during the invasion of the Turkish forces. Since that day, their lives have forever been changed. The destruction, persecution, loss of homes, jobs and lives are constant reminders of those very dark days which still persist 43 years later.
Even today, Turkish aircraft and warships are flagged on the shores of Kyrenia. In the occupied areas, they celebrate the crime, which they called a “peacekeeping operation”, while in the free areas, memorials and religious ceremonies in memory of those fallen soldiers defending against the Turkish invaders are constant reminders that not all the island is free. The parents of soldiers missing in action are dwindling away. Most are left with the sorrow of never knowing the fate of their loved ones.

While citizens in the free southern part of the island, the Republic of Cyprus enjoy many freedoms and rights as citizens of the EU and a democratic country, many other parts of the world are suffering under oppression.
In the evening, the Cypriot presidential palace will organise an event on the black anniversaries of the military coup on the island and the Turkish invasion, with President Nicos Anastasiades being the main speaker. The Greek government will be represented by the Parliament;s vice-president George Varemenos.

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The median value of houses in Greece has recorded a significant fall of 34% between 2009 and 2014, from €106,340 to €69,834. According to official data by the Bank of Greece (BoG), house prices in the Eurozone have increased by 4% and 4.5% in the EU compared to last year, while value of apartments in Greece have fallen by 1.8% in nominal terms. Based on provisional figures from the first two stages of the survey Household Finance and Consumption Survey – HFCS the median value of Greek houses recorded a substantial drop. The first stage of the HFCS study was conducted on a sample of 2,971 households in 2009 and the second one sampled 3,003 households in 2014. In contrast, numbers sourced from Eurostat showed that during the first quarter of 2017 proper market prices had a huge rise.
The largest increase in house prices on an annual basis by the end of March this year was recorded by the Czech Republic (+ 12.8%), Lithuania (+ 10.2%) and Latvia, while in the countries having a drop, besides Greece, only Croatia recorded a decrease of 0.4% and Italy with a marginal 0.1%.

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Michael Karloutsos has been appointed Deputy Chief of Protocol and Acting Chief, a high-profile position in the State Department, and will begin on July 23. He brings many years of extensive experience in politics and public relations to the position.

In an exclusive interview with TNH, Karloutsos said that this appointment “is an incredible blessing and honor and I can only hope that I will meet everyone’s expectations” in this capacity. “I will serve as the Deputy Chief of Protocol and Acting Chief for the United States Government out of the State Department.”

He said the position “is a dream come true. My entire life I wanted to serve our country, the United States of America, and to be able to do it right now under the current administration, under these circumstances in which the world finds itself is an incredible honor, but also a great challenge.”

Explaining what his job will entail, Karloutsos said that “the Protocol Office overall serves essentially as the first line of defense in diplomacy for the United Stated of America. They call it ‘the first hand of diplomacy’ and the chief diplomat of the United States of America is the secretary of state. We establish the protocol between the United States of America and every other governments around the world with which we engage.” Karloutsos will work under Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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Explaining how and why he was chosen for the position, Karloutsos pointed to his vast and varied experiences, such as his involvement “every step of the way over the last 25 years of the many visits of the ecumenical patriarch to the United States, my work in politics, the work that I did with Pope Francis in Jerusalem, and then in Lesbos, and then of course the Great and Holy Council in Crete last year. I think all those things serve as preparation for me to assume the position at this time.” Also, “I thank God I that have good friends within the Administration who saw the work that I have done and they felt I was ready to assume that job.” He said “I am grateful to (Chief of Staff) Reince Priebus and (Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Advance) George Gigicos” for their recommendations.

Will the position be permanent? “It is a political appointment by the president of the United States and I will work at the pleasure of the president and the secretary of state, and God willing I will do a good job and I will stay as long as they are in office,” Karloutsos said.

Though he has not met President Trump personally as yet, “I have been in many situations with him over the course of the last year,” Karloutsos said. “I am not the type of person to promote myself, so when I had the opportunity over the last few months I did not push myself to get a picture or shake hands, but I am looking forward to that moment and obviously there are going to be many of those moments.”

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How can/would he help the Greek-American community? “My name is Michael Karloutsos,” he began, “and people know who I am and what I stand for. I am a very proud Greek-American, I am a very proud Greek Orthodox Christian, and I will never shy away for voicing my opinion, especially on the issues that I know about. So, on the issues of our community, whether Cyprus, the Patriarchate, the name of Macedonia – those are causes that mean everything to me and I will not be shy voicing my opinion. I will be respectful of the fact that now I am part of government, of the Administration, and there will be differences of opinion at the table, but hopefully I can always make people understand why the causes I believe in are also good for America. With an America First policy you always have to keep that in mind, but I know how to do it.”

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Regarding last year’s GHC, Karloutsos said “the highlight for me was the presence of the Holy Spirit. It was something that was absolutory undeniable because only through the Grace of God and the Holy Spirit could the GHC have taken place with everything that was going on in the world. With the interference of the Russian Church, the politics in world at that point in time, for Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and his primate brethren to have the courage to convene was remarkable to me and I was really blessed to be part of it.”

As for the community in general, “we have our struggles, but we have an incredible community filled with dynamic leaders, dedicated people who really love their cultural identity. We have our challenges, like many ethnic groups: how we remain Greek but also remain American> How do we remain Orthodox and also good Americans? It is something we struggle with, but we are a very strong community and I believe in the end we will be ok.”
The native New Yorker lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife, Anastasia, their four children Alexander, Konstantina, Stylianos, and Michael Jr., and his godson Joshua.

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Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim will visit the north of the island on Thursday to attend ceremonies marking the 43rd anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, according to sources at Anadolu Agency.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu visited the island earlier on Tuesday to discuss potential future arrangements with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, following the collapse of peace talks at Crans-Montana.

Cyprus has been divided since a Turkish intervention on the island occupied approximately 40% of the island’s north in official reaction to a Greek inspired coup.

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Provocations are “inherent to smallness and insecurity”. This straightforward response to Turkey was sent by the Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, from the Hellenic Army outpost of Panagia at the Aegean Sea. This statement was given as an answer to the Turkish provocations that took place both yesterday and today, when radio warnings were given by the Turkish FIR controllers to the aircraft carrying the Greek President, saying that he was flying over the Turkish airspace!

Addressing the military personnel, the President of the Republic declared that he is proud for the Armed Forces of the country. “Here in Panagia is the point where the heart of the borders of Greece and Europe beats.”

“Here,” continued Pr. Pavlopoulos, “is a limit on which Europe, and of course Greece, sends to Turkey the timeless message we always send: We want peace. We offer a hand of friendship and good neighborliness. We are looking forward for Turkey’s European course,” is the message that our country sends.

“But the conditions are always specific and there are no discounts. And the conditions mean that Turkey fully respects international and European law. A law that does not allow any dispute and that eliminates the gray zones. Gray areas do not exist. These borders are kept by you as Greek and European soldiers. You defend the sovereignty, territory and borders of Greece, the sovereignty, the territory and the borders of Europe. And you defend them with bravery, as it fits the Greek and the European soldier. And he has proven this throughout history,” said the President.

“And bravery means I seek peace, but I am determined to give my life to defend the borders, the land and our sovereignty. Bravery is incompatible with provocations. The brave soldier does not provoke and indeed without a reason. That’s why you are brave. A provocation is a matter of smallness and insecurity. And you are neither small nor insecure. Let some people get this message. At least it will be useful for the course they must follow in the future.

“Because -the President concluded- the road is always open. But we are determined too and you are the proof of that. Again, thank you very much. Have strength and be proud of this great mission.”

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Christina Flamboura (member of the Hellenic Mountaineering Association of Acharnes) and Vanessa Archontidou (member of the Athens Mountaineering Clubs) became the first Greek women to set foot on the highest peak of Mount Denali in Alaska.
“The mountain does not want strength, it wants soul,” Christina Flamboura told Athens News Agency (AMNA).
The two climbers managed to nail the Greek flag on July 4th at one of the world’s 7 highest peaks in one of the toughest mountains in the world due to extremely low temperatures and technical difficulties.

Armed with her love of climbing, but importantly her will to succeed, 29-year-old Christina overcame her fears of heights and accomplished the strenuous feat. “No matter how strange it sounds, it all started because I was afraid of heights, and in my first attempt to climb, I had messed it up. Then I decided not to give up. For three years I have been involved with mountain climbing but not professionally. I am a private employee while studying for my second degree in Business Administration. You need to have perseverance, love for what you do, work and have discipline to prepare. And of course, you make sacrifices and save money”, she said.

Despite facing a setback through a serious injury 3 months before the climb was scheduled to start, Christina did not desert her dream. “In ranking Denali is one of the 7 highest peaks in each continent and is in the same category in terms of difficulty with Everest. It is the highest mountain in North America. It’s not the 6,200 meters that make it tough, but rather the technical difficulties. The climber is required to carry both their personal and crew equipment. We were wearing over 40kg and I was only 55kg. So I think it is the first obstacle for women who decide not to go or not or fail to manage and give up at the outset of their efforts”, she says.
But she drew strength to go on from her desire. “Despite the difficulties we encountered, I did not even think of giving up. Of course, there were some “traps” we had to avoid. We had a driver who helped us to avoid possible avalanches, but also the cracks, that is voids, holes created in the glacier. Once we were surrounded by cracks, we could not make a step, some of the team fell into the gap and were injured but fortunately not seriously. At those times I thought I was part of a movie, as if I wasn’t really living it”.
As for the … taste she is left with regard. On the one hand satisfaction and joy and on the other hand the disappointment that “women do not dare, they do not move forward, they do not choose to take one step further. It is 2017, and two Greek women set foot on this mountain. Because of the crisis, some stop daring. But our dreams must be pursued. ”

The two women participated in a mission under the auspices of the Hellenic Federation of Mountaineering and Climbing (EKOA). Two other Greeks, Fotis Gountas (member of EOS Acharnes) and George Marinos (member of EOS Kalamata) participated in the mission.

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The Greek national water polo team routed South Africa (18-2) making it two wins out og two matches at the 2017 FINA Men’s Water Polo World League in Budapest, Hungary. The Greek team will have the chance to clinch first spot in the 3rd group as they will face off against the reigning champions and tournament favourites Serbia on Thursday at 11.50am.
The eight-minute periods against weak South Africa were: 0-5, 2-3, 0-5, 0-5

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Greek police are in search of an African-American woman who reportedly defaced more than 10 tombstones at the Museum of Royal Tombs of Aigai in Vergina, Macedonia. According to Vima.gr, a black woman wearing African ethnic apparel, a turban and a djellaba was caught on the museum’s closed circuit TV entering the museum on May 10 and used a small colorless, oily spray to paint the porous bases of over 10 tombstones. The spay has left blotches on the exhibits. After surveying CCTV footage, police from the Imathia precinct detected the vandal and are trying to track her down and determine her motives.

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Turkey gone to a new level of provocations towards Greece, after a Greek aircraft carrying the President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, was prompted to divert from its flight path as Turkish authorities claimed it was in Turkish airspace Wednesday morning. The Greek President is on a tour of the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea and was on his way to the island of Kyra Panagia in the Sporades complex. According to reports, the pilots ignored the warnings and proceeded to land. The new provocation comes on the heels of Tuesday’s incident when Turkey issued a Navtex that informed the sea vessel TCG Cesme would be sailing in the vicinity of Kastelorizo, the east-most Greek island for scientific research and therefore blocking all access to an area overlapping waters overlapping and area that is under Greek jurisdiction. The area is in international waters between the island of Rhodes and south of the coast of Kastelorizo and corresponds to a region in the Greek continental shelf that Turkey has constantly disputed. Scientific research in international waters does not require a permit by the seacoast nation, except the communication to others and the issuing of the necessary NAVTEX. The fact that the Turkish vessel communicated its path to Turkish authorities and not Greece is an indication that Turkey is attempting to dispute Greek sovereign rights in the Aegean Sea.

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Over 100 illegal immigrants and refugees landed in Greece in the past 2 days. The 108 refugees and immigrants landed in the islands of the northern Aegean Sea, with 61 reaching Lesvos and 47 arriving in Samos. According to figures by the Greek police headquarters in the Northern Aegean, a total of 9,914 people have applied for asylum, with Lesvos hosting the largest part (4,310).

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A farmer from Argolis in the western Peloponnese is the first victim of the West Nile virus for summer. The man infected is in good condition, according to a statement released by the Disease Control & Prevention Centre (KEELPNO) following his discharge from hospital were he received treatment. However, authorities are on high alert and have imposed quarantines on areas with large mosquito numbers. KEELPNO officials point out that the regions where the infectious virus is expected to thrive during the summer period cannot be pinpointed, as the epidemiology of the virus is determined by a series of factors. They urge citizens to take all the necessary precautions for protection against mosquitoes.
There have been 624 cases of the West Nile virus recorded between 2010 and 2014 with 79 deaths in Greece. In 2014 6 people died as a result of the virus.

The majority of people bitten by West Nile-infected mosquitoes have no symptoms at all; about 20 percent come down with flu-like symptoms. Birds appear to be the most common carrier of the virus. Fewer than 1 percent of people infected get West Nile encephalitis, which leads to life-threatening inflammation of the spinal cord or brain.
The disease can cause people to become ill, but sometimes people do not know they have been infected, DHEC officials said. Many recover, but about 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever. They also can have other symptoms, including headaches, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rashes, the agency said in a news release. Those infected can suffer fatigue for weeks or months. The most serious symptoms affect people over the age of 50 and people suffering from chronic immune diseases.
Some precautionary measures include:

– Dressing with appropriate clothing that covers as much as the body as possible

– Frequent showers and baths to remove sweat

– The application of insect repellent on uncovered leather and over clothing (according to the instructions for use)

– Mosquito nets on doors, windows, skylights, fireplace vents

– Use of mosquito nets, especially for infants and pregnant women

– Use of air insecticides, according to the instructions

– Using fans or air conditioners that repel mosquitoes

– Placement of yellow lamps outdoors as they attract less mosquitoes

– Lawn, shrub and foliage trimming

– Watering the garden in the morning

– Removing stagnant water such as pots, jars, gutters, etc. as they are spots where mosquitoes lay eggs

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Five police officers were injured during an uprising at the Moria refugee processing centre in Lesvos, Tuesday when African immigrants started rioting protesting against delays in the identification procedures. A group of African immigrants began throwing objects at the facility for asylum applications in protest against the fact that the applications of Syrian and Afghani immigrants were being checked before theirs.

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Some of the African immigrants have been hosted on the Lesvos hotspot since March 2016. Tensions escalated rapidly and the asylum services officials were forced to flee the facility fearing for their safety. The African asylum seekers lit fires and families hosted at the camp fled to seek safety in nearby open fields to escape the mayhem. The rioters attacked police forces in the facilities, while others started lighting fires to create a diversion.

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Firefighters attempting to approach the scene also came under attack, before eventually managing to enter the hotspot and extinguish the fires after special riot units offered cover. Police finally managed to enter the facility after 5pm and restore order and detained 38 people, 31 of which were arrested. Five police officers who were injured during the riots were taken to the local hospital for first aid.

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Double Turkish provocation against the Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

The first harassment occurred when the Greek President’s aircraft approached the Greek island of Rhodes for landing.

The Turkish radar operators attempted to communicate with the aircraft and warned that it…violated the Turkish airspace!

But the challenges of the Turks did not stop there, as they reiterated their provocative tactics shortly afterwards, communicating with the Chinook helicopter, in which, apart from the Greek President, the Greek Minister of Defence Panos Kammenos and the Hellenic Armed Forces’ leadership were on board.

The Turks “warned” again that the course of the Greek helicopter was within the Turkish FIR, although it was going from Pharmakonisi to Agathonisi, where President Pavlopoulos and Minister Kammenos visited Hellenic Army outposts of those Greek islands.

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Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias on Tuesday said Athens and Nicosia came even closer together after their cooperation at the inconclusive UN-brokered Cyprus reunification talks in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, earlier this month.

“The way we joined forces (in Crans-Montana) brought the two countries even closer together,” Kotzias told journalists in Nicosia after talks at the Foreign Ministry with his Cypriot counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides.

“…at the National Council today I listened to what the party leaders said, I briefed them thoroughly on the Crans-Montana experience, what we came across and how we interpreted what came across…we saw a Turkey which played with words,” he added.

Kotzias also said that “our job is to prevent Turkey from playing with words, with solutions, and rather oblige it to take international law and order seriously.”

Earlier on Tuesday, the National Council was briefed by Kotzias who flew over to Nicosia for the meeting which marked the second day of a two-day National Council session convened by President Nicos Anastasiades.

Greece, Britain and Turkey, which invaded Cyprus in 1974 and still maintains troops in the breakaway north, are the divided island’s guarantors.

Greece played a vital role in Crans-Montana where the thorny issues of security and guarantees in a reunited EU-member Cyprus.

Unlike Greece and Britain which are ready to give up their guarantor role and right of intervention, Turkey insists on that anachronism.

Kotzias said that many were under the false impression that Nicosia and Athens would ‘surrender’ and not insist as hard on the need for intervention rights to come to an end.

“Let me tell you this, the Cyprus problem’s settlement negotiations are the daily statements, pressure, the way society is influenced…not the few days at Geneva and Crans-Montana,” he also said.

Kasoulides told journalists after his meeting with Kotzias that Greece and Cyprus had given a “real battle” at the Swiss resort.

However, an overall settlement was not achieved because of Turkey’s fault and – as the UN chief had put it himself – because the proposals that were on the negotiating table included “non-sustainable” elements.

Both Kotzias and Kasoulides made clear that if a new opportunity arises for the talks to resume this should be a very well-prepared one. And not a hasty one – like the one they just had.

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Refugees and immigrants have revolted at the Moria hotspot on the island of Lesvos.
According to initial reports, immigrants have set fires in and outside the Moria hotspot, while they are preventing anyone from approaching the site, including the Fire Brigade cars, which arrived on the scene but are unable to extinguish the flames. Two fire extinguishing airplanes are contributing in the operation, while reports say the immigrants have blockaded the streets with rubbish bins and have caused damage to parked vehicles.

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A video of a group of extreme anti-establishment activists running amok on Ermou Street, one of Athens’s main shopping areas, was released on anarchist sites. Broken shop windows, shards of broken glass scattered on the street, cardboard “patches” over their windows and looks of despair on shop-owners’ faces was the result of last night’s protests by extreme anti-establishment activists who marched to express their rage against a court decision that rejected an appeal by Irianna, a 29-year-old activist for the suspension of her prison sentence. The activists started breaking windows and spraying paint on walls after they had finished with their march of support for the 29-year-old. The hooded group of individuals descended on Ermou street and attacked the shops uninhibited as there was no police presence. After a while police forces intervened and used tear gas to disperse the group. 14 people were arrested and were taken to police headquarters where they stayed overnight. On Tuesday morning 13 of the detained were released with no charges. Ermou street shopkeepers claimed police were absent last night during the attacks when the vandals started breaking windows, but today their presence was more conspicuous. The Mayor of Athens, George Kaminis said they wanted to cripple the economic activity of the capital. It is a second incident in just a few days after a Greek-Australian tourist with his family were attacked on Sunday by a group of masked individuals for shopping on Sunday.

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A team of Greek researchers from the Academy of Athens in collaboration with researchers from Johns Hopkins University of the United States have performed groundbreaking studies on the solar system.

Kostas Dialynas, a researcher at the Athens Academy of Space Research and Technology and one of the leading members of the team, spoke to the Athens Macedonian News Agency (ANA) about the research on Heliosphere and the Magnetic Field of Saturn.

The scientific research on the solar system announced on April 25 and published 10 days later in the scientific journal Nature Astronomy changes the prevailing perceptions about the shape of the heliosphere, a vast area that surrounds our solar system.

Dialynas said he is happy for this important scientific discovery, explaining that it is the outcome of many years of work. As he said, he is even happier because he was able to achieve this in Greece and especially in a Greek Foundation, that is the Academy of Athens.

The level of Greek universities is particularly high, he said, despite the lack of funds.

“Despite the crisis, Greek universities are doing high level scientific and educational work with little money and staff shortages,” he said, while stressing the need for funds in the field of research and education in general.

Addressing to the graduates of Greek universities who want to work in the field of science, Dialynas advised them to “insist on what they want to do.” He underlined however that they will also have to work hard in order to create the right conditions and overcome the problems that prevent them from chasing their dreams.

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New details on the causes that led to the brutal beating and death of American tourist Bakari Henderson, 22, at a bar in Laganas on the Greek island of Zakynthos are coming to light. Information suggests the attack was racially motivated following the testimony of the blonde Serbian woman involved in the incident. According to new information, the Serbian woman appearing in the CCTV footage taking a selfie with Henderson is 26 and is called Donitsa. In her second revealing deposition to Greek police she says she was approached by one of the Serbian customers and asked why she was taking a photo with “a black guy” when there were so many Serbs there. The Serbian woman who initially had testified to police that she remembered little of the tragic incident on July 7, in a later deposition made it clear that the brawl started because a group of Serbian men in the bar were displeased she was befriending an group of American tourists and Henderson.
“At around 2 in the morning of 7 July 2017 I went to the bar for a drink. That’s where I met the three Americans I mentioned in my testimony, Chad, Bakari, who was the dark man, and a third whose name I do not remember. As we were drinking and having fun, I wanted to take a selfie photo with Chad and Bakari. At the time a party was going on in the bar with many Serbs. At some point one of the people next to me approached me and said: ‘There are so many Serbs in the bar, why are speaking with a black guy’, she informed police in her second testimony. Greek police have detained 8 people believed to be involved in the death of Bakari Henderson and the Greek courts have charged them with voluntary manslaughter.

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Nearly half the Greek youth (48%) between the ages of 18-35 said their main source of income was from immediate or extended family members, according to a survey conducted by research and analysis organisation “DiaNEOsis”. The findings published were the first part of a series of data concerning unemployment in Greece in relation to inter-generational matters. The quantitative research was carried out by MRB on a sample of 1,500 Greeks throughout the country. The results showed that only 15% of those polled believed they would find work in the next 6 months.

29% of young people believe that their standard of living will be worse than that of their parents, with 55% of their parents having the same opinion.

41% of young people say they are willing to move to another country to find work, while 46% are in another region of Greece.

Also young Greeks in relation to their parents said they were a little more left leaning in politics and much less religious,
– have a slightly better level of education,
– participate less in voluntary or collective actions (excluding policies),
-trust institutions less, and
– are less involved in cultural events

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An amateur spear-fisherman hit 1.5 metre squid in the area of Irion in Argolis, western Peloponnese. According to local new site argolikeseidhseis.gr, the man was surprised and a little shocked when he encountered a large squid while snorkelling. After he gained his composure he speared the squid which weighed in at 5kg. It turned out to be the perfect snack, the sire reports.

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A Greek-Australian tourist on holidays in Greece was assaulted in downtown Athens, Sunday by a group of masked people. The bloodied man told TV reporters on camera that he was attacked and punched while coming out of a store on Ermou street with his family. “I did’t say anything to them, they started attacking me”, he said. He can be seen approaching police officers and asking for help. “I was walking along with my family, they passed near me and punched me for no reason. I said nothing, I didn’t know them. They told us not to shop”, the tourist said. The incident occurred at the end off the march by unionists who were protesting against the opening of stores on Sundays. The man’s wife told reporters that the masked men hit her husband and her daughter started crying and fainted. “I tried to pull him away, but they didn’t care about anything, they pushed my mother, me, the child”, she said.

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More than 2,500 years ago, an Athenian nobleman named Cylon — the first recorded Olympic champion — tried to take over the city of Athens and install himself as its sole ruler.

According to Thucydides and Herodotus, Athenian and Greek historians who wrote about the coup, Cylon enticed an army of followers to enter the city and lay siege to the Acropolis.

They were defeated, but Cylon managed to escape.

Now archaeologists in Athens believe they may have found some of the remains of Cylon’s army in a mass grave in Phaleron, four miles (6 kilometres) south of downtown Athens.

The discovery of the 80 skeletons of men is “unequalled” in Greece, said site project director Stella Chrysoulaki.

The men, young and well-fed, were found lying in the unmarked grave in three rows, some on their backs while others were tossed facedown on their stomachs.

All of the men had their hands in iron chains and at least 52 of them had their hands tied above their heads.

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(The mass grave was found in one of Greece’s biggest excavation sites ever unearthed, where, in 2012, archaeologists discovered over 1,500 skeletons dating to between the eighth and fifth century BC)

They died from blows to the head, victims of a “political execution” that dates back to between 675 and 650 BC according to pieces of pottery found in the grave, Chrysoulaki said.

At the time, Athens was just being formed and the city was transitioning towards a democracy, Eleanna Prevedorou, a bioarchaeological researcher on the project, said.

And it was happening “against a backdrop of political turmoil, tensions between tyrants, aristocrats and the working class,” she added.

‘Crime Scene Investigation’

Bioarchaeological scientists use forensic research, such as DNA profiling, to investigate and ultimately uncover how humans lived and died by examining skeletons.

“We are going to use, roughly speaking, the methods made famous by television series on forensics crime science,” joked Panagiotis Karkanas, laboratory director and geoarchaeologist at the Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.

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Probably the most famous of these TV series, CBS’ “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, which chronicles the cases of an elite team of police forensics investigators, has spawned the shorthand CSI to describe the technology the agents use.

Karkanas’ team, though technically not crime scene investigators, will apply similar high-tech methods using some of the same tools.

They will perform a battery of tests — particularly gene, radiographic and isotopic analyses — to uncover the mysteries hidden inside each skull and skeleton fragment.

Whatever clues they gather will give them an idea of how old the men were, whether they were related, where they came from, how healthy they were, and where they stood on the socioeconomic ladder of the times.

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But unlike crime dramas, where investigators reveal exactly how and why the crime took place, this cold case will likely not be resolved for five to seven years.

1,500 skeletons

The mass grave was uncovered in spring last year in one of the largest excavation sites Greece has ever unearthed.

Though the site was found a century ago, large-scale excavation of the complex only began in 2012, when archaeologists discovered a large cemetery containing over 1,500 skeletons dating back to between the eighth and fifth century BC.

More than 100 of them bore the marks of a violent death.

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Other small-scale excavations since then have unearthed other treasures, including the group of men believed to be part of Cylon’s army.

Many of the skeletons found were bound or shackled, and facedown in unmarked graves, sometimes in sandy holes barely big enough to hold a body.

Other skeletons were buried in open pits, placed on funeral pyres and in jars, the preferred coffins at the time for infants and small children.

According to researchers, the cemetery measures about 4,000 square metres (372 square feet) and all 1,500 skeletons will eventually be taken to the laboratory’s facilities for proper study.

At least 10 of the 80 men found are headed to the lab later this year, while the rest will stay as part of an upcoming exposition on the excavation site.

One of the skeletons already at the lab, with his arms twisted behind his back, is a reflection of past Athenian violence.

He could have been a “prisoner of war, a criminal or a runaway slave,” Prevedorou said.

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A story to tell

Even the nonviolent deaths, or deaths without historical reference — notably the hundreds of children’s remains found in jars — have a story to tell, Karkanas said.

The bones could reveal the children’s lifestyles and diseases, shedding more light on ancient Athenian culture and history.

Most of the recorded ancient history on Athens and Greek life describes the “elite and the victors,” Karkanas added.

But to rely solely on those testimonies to understand the past would be like “reading newspapers today to find out what’s going on in the world right now”.

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The violation of Greek airspace by Turkey is becoming a routine occurrence. After Thursday’s multiple violations, a formation of two armed Turkish F-16 fighter jets engaged in a dogfight with Greek F-16s before being chased out of Greek national airspace. The two Turkish jets flew over central and northeastern Aegean Sea, while also infringed on the Athens FIR.

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Greek police have cordoned off the residence around US Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey Pyatt after a suspicious package was reportedly found near a rubbish bin opposite the diplomat’s house. Mrs. Pyatt lives on Panagi Kyriakou street on Elena Venizelou square near the maternity hospital in Athens. A special bomb disposal unit has arrived on the scene to investigate the package. Currently the US Ambassador is visiting the refugee reception centres of Moria and Kara Tepe on the island of Lesvos.

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Panathinaikos football club will face either Gabala from Azerbaijan or Polish Jagiellonia Bialystok in the second qualifying round draw for the UEFA Europea League competition, while PAOK Thessaloniki will come up against Ukrainian side Olimpik Donetsk. If Panionios knocks out Slovenian club Gorica, they will meet the winner of the match between Maccabi Tel-Aviv from Israel and KR Reykjavík from Iceland.

This is the full draw:

PSV Eindhoven (NED) v Osijek (CRO)/Luzern (SUI)
Norrköping (SWE)/Trakai (LTU) v Shkëndija (MKD)/HJK Helsinki (FIN)
Krasnodar (RUS) v Slovan Bratislava (SVK)/Lyngby (DEN)
Sturm Graz (AUT)/Mladost Podgorica (MNE) v Fenerbahçe (TUR)
Panathinaikos (GRE) v Gabala (AZE)/Jagiellonia Białystok (POL)
Shamrock Rovers (IRL)/Mladá Boleslav (CZE) v Kairat Almaty (KAZ)/Skënderbeu (ALB)
Austria Wien (AUT) v Progrès Niederkorn (LUX)/AEL Limassol (CYP)
Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) v Vaduz (LIE)/Odd (NOR)
Dinamo București (ROU) v Athletic Club (ESP)
Olimpik Donetsk (UKR) v PAOK (GRE)
Arka Gdynia (POL) v Ferencváros (HUN)/Midtjylland (DEN)
Östersunds (SWE)/Galatasaray (TUR) v İnter Bakı (AZE)/Fola Esch (LUX)
Bordeaux (FRA) v Nõmme Kalju (EST)/Videoton (HUN)
Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR)/KR Reykjavík (ISL) v Panionios (GRE)/Gorica (SVN)
Valletta (MLT)/Utrecht (NED) v Haugesund (NOR)/Lech Poznań (POL)
CSU Craiova (ROU) v AC Milan (ITA)
Brøndby (DEN)/VPS Vaasa v Hajduk Split (CRO)/Levski Sofia (BUL)
Gent (BEL) v Altach (AUT)/Dinamo Brest (BLR)
Astra Giurgiu (ROU)/Zirë (AZE) v Olexandriya (UKR)
Everton (ENG) v Ružomberok (SVK)/Brann (NOR)
Aberdeen (SCO)/Široki Brijeg (BIH) v Apollon Limassol (CYP)/Zaria Balti (MDA)
Irtysh Pavlodar (KAZ)/Crvena zvezda (SRB) v Sparta Praha (CZE)
Beitar Jerusalem (ISR)/Botev Plovdivv (BUL) v Marítimo (POR)
Zenit (RUS) v Trenčín (SVK)/ Bnei Yehuda Tel-Aviv (ISR)
Marseille (FRA) v Oostende (BEL)
Freiburg (GER) v Valur Reykjavík (ISL)/Domžale (SVN)
Cork City (IRL)/AEK Larnaca (CYP) v Rabotnicki (MKD)/Dinamo Minsk (BLR)
Željeznicar (BIH)/AIK (SWE) v Braga (POR)
Liepāja (LVA)/Sūduva (LTU) v Sion (SUI)

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Greek football champions Olympiacos Piraeus will most likely face Serbian club Partizan Belgrade after the 3rd qualifying round draw in the UEFA Champions League, as the Serbs have a 2-0 advantage over Podgorica. AEK Athens will have a difficult task ahead as they will meet with Russian CSKA Moscow.
This is the League route to advance in the competition:
FCSB (ROU) v Viktoria Plzeň (CZE)
Nice (FRA) v Ajax (NED)
Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) v Young Boys (SUI)
AEK Athens (GRE) v CSKA Moskva (RUS)
Club Brugge (BEL) v İstanbul Başakşehir (TUR)

The Champions route:
Slavia Praha (CZE) v BATE Borisov (BLR)/Alashkert (ARM)
Spartaks Jūrmala (LVA)/Astana (KAZ) v IFK Mariehamn (FIN)/Legia Warszawa (POL)
Zrinjski (BIH)/Maribor (SVN) v FH Hafnarfjördur (ISL)/Víkingur (FRO)
Žilina (SVK)/København (DEN) v Malmö (SWE)/Vardar (MKD)
Linfield (NIR)/Celtic (SCO) v Dundalk (IRL)/Rosenborg (NOR)
Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR)/Honvéd (HUN) v Žalgiris Vilnius (LTU)/Ludogorets (BUL)
Viitorul (ROU) v APOEL (CYP)/Dudelange (LUX)
Hibernians (MLT)/Salzburg (AUT) v Rijeka (CRO)/TNS (WAL)
Qarabağ (AZE)/Samtredia (GEO) v Sheriff (MDA)/Kukësi (ALB)
Partizan (SRB)/Budućnost Podgorica (MNE) v Olympiacos (GRE)

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The Greek Meteorological Services (EMY) issued an extreme weather warning forecasting a sudden deterioration starting on Saturday evening. The bulletin warns of heavy rains, storms, strong winds with some topical hail. The regions of Macedonia, Epirus, central Greece, the Ionian islands, and gradually Thessaly and the western Peloponnese will be affected by Sunday, July 16, while the phenomena will spread to other areas of Greece, including Thrace, the Aegean islands, eastern Macedonia in the early hours of Monday, July 17.

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Turkish Energy Minister Berat Albayrak claims his country is preserving its ‘guarantee rights’ following the recent move by energy firms TOTAL/ENI to begin drilling for gas within Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

“If you want to do whatever comes to mind, stake blocks and licence companies, it isn’t possible for us, as a guarantee power to see this in a favourable light,” said Albayrak.

Despite assurances that the government has taken all the necessary measures in light of any Turkish provocations with regards to the hydrocarbon exploration in block 11 of the Cyprus EEZ, Turkish claims essentially question the island’s EEZ in its entirety.

Turkey has announced that it is looking to buy a platform to start hydrocarbon exploration in block 6 in the Cyprus EEZ of which Turkey claims the northern half.

However Turkey’s claims do not stop at block six.

Similar claims have been made for blocks four and five while it also suggests that blocks two, three eight and nine and a large portion of block 12 are licensed by the Turkish Cypriot authorities and particularly the Turkish Petroleum Company.

Furthermore, Turkey claims that block 11 – where the West Capella is about to start exploratory drilling on behalf of a TOTAL/ENI partnership – belongs to Egypt.

The provocation continues following statements by Albayrak who referring to Turkey’s ‘guarantee rights’ announced that the exploratory vessel Barbaros would sail for Morphou to conduct seismic tests.

“We have completed tests in Famagusta. Our next step is Morphou. Morphou is very important to us,” announced Albayrak.

“With our work in Morphou we will play a more effective role in the Eastern Mediterranean,” he said.

He also added that with the drilling rig and platform that Turkey was set to secure, Turkey’s activities in the eastern Mediterranean would become very different.

“The Mediterranean is a very important area,” he added.

“Without a legal solution to the problem, its not right for the companies to take steps in dangerous areas,” said Albayrak referring to the international energy giants involved in hydrocarbon explorations in the Cyprus EEZ.

Following statements by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu that the Turkish Foreign and Energy Ministry would cooperate against the unilateral measures taken by Cyprus, The General Staff of the Turkish armed forces announced the deployment of the frigate Gokceada to observe the developments around the West Capella and the scheduled exploratory drills.

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Turkey has sent two ships and a submarine to monitor a drilling vessel off Cyprus, the military said yesterday, in a measure likely to increase tension.

Nicosia said the Turkish move was expected as Ankara wants to crank up the pressure over gas exploration, but will stop short of any military attack.

The drilling work, a contractual obligation between Cyprus and France’s Total and Italy’s ENI, comes a week after the collapse of settlement talks in Switzerland.

Ankara said it will take steps against Cyprus for engaging in “unilateral” gas and oil exploration, saying hydrocarbon resources should belong to both sides.

The military said it had deployed the frigates and a submarine to the eastern Mediterranean to “guarantee the security of oil transportation”.

Another frigate was dispatched to monitor a drilling vessel off the coast of Cyprus, it said.

Turkey’s energy and foreign ministries are working together to plan steps against Nicosia, said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, without elaborating on what those measures might entail.

Test drills for the joint venture between French energy giant TOTAL and Italy’s ENI are scheduled to start on Friday.

“We are prepared for various scenarios,” said Energy Minister George Lakkotrypis on Thursday.

“Our perception is that Turkey will continue to challenge us one way or the other,” Lakkotrypis said.

“It is more appropriate to focus on what we do and the best answer is to keep a low tone and respond through our actions at sea,” he added.

The data from the exploratory well Onisiforos W-1 to be sunk by Total-ENI in Block 11 of Cyprus EEZ will remain secret pending results which are expected towards the beginning of September, according to Lakkotrypis.

“There is a sense of relief that everything has started off on the right foot,” said the Minister, indicating that the drilling rig West Capella which arrived at the designated drilling spot at 01.30am Wednesday morning was currently being supplied with the necessary equipment and supplies needed to commence the drilling.

“It is of significant importance as it is the first well in what we call the second licensing round in the eastern Mediterranean, centering on the underwater mountain range Eratosthenis and the discovery of the Zohr gas field in Egypt.”

Lakkotrypis indicated that the well will either support or disprove the model built around the discovery of Zohr with regards to carbonate rock layers around Eratosthenis. “The results will be known by the beginning to mid-September,” he added.

“Because we can see the geological structure through the seismic charts, if there is a discovery, we do not expect it to be large one.”
Drilling crews on the West Capella have started preliminary testing before the scheduled start of operations.

“Despite from what we have heard (from Turkey) the drilling will start and we hope for the best possible results in order to promote the interests of our country,” said Lakkotrypis

The Onisiforos W-1 well is expected to be completed within 75 days approximately and expected to reach a depth of 4,250 below mean sea level with an ocean floor depth of 1,698 metres.

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