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A serious incident took place between a Greek coast guard vessel and a Turkish boat off the coast of the Island of Lesvos in Greek territorial waters, according to local news site Lesvosnews.gr.
The Greek boat was in the process executing a search and rescue operation of illegal immigrants in Greek territorial waters, when its was confronted by two Turkish coast guard boats. The report says after the Greek crew had taken the immigrants on board and where about to tow the inflatable boat to the port of Mytilene in Lesvos, two Turkish vessels started making dangerous manoeuvres within Greek waters around the Greek boat. The Greek crew informed the port authorities of the incident and proceeded to tow the boat back to Lesvos. The Turkish vessels continued to harass the Greek boat in a provocative manner until it reached the Mytilene harbour.

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The 2017-18 NBA season is scheduled to start in less than two weeks with the tip off between the Warriors and Nuggets on October 1. The Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo will be on the courts trying to lead his team, the Milwaukee Bucks, to the play-offs for second time in a row. The Greek superstar, who capped off a great 2016 season with a starting spot in the NBA All Star line up, aspires to shine again and repeat his incredible feats on the court. Here is a quick reel of some of the impossible dunks he made during last season and expects to do in the upcoming champioship.

 

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A number of overseas visitors were reportedly turned away by officials at Larnaca Airport earlier this week over their reservations at specific hotels in the north.

As reported by Phileleftheros on Wednesday, the incident happened on Monday night when 51 foreigners, 35 from Israel and the remainder from Lebanon and Serbia, arrived at Larnaca Airport.

Acting on a new Migration Department circular, the officials allegedly refused to allow anyone with reservations at a hotel in the north that had been owned and operated by a Greek Cypriot before 1974 to go through.

Phileleftheros also said that, according to its sources, the Foreign Ministry had also supplied the airport authorities with a list of the hotels as they were named before 1974 and what name they operate under now.

Those refused entry included two Lebanese nationals and a number of Serbians while the 35 visitors from Israel were allowed through after they complained to their embassy in Nicosia, the paper said.

The specific policy, meanwhile, has reportedly also been suspended for 15 days to be re-examined and to inform embassy and travel agents of the development.

If and when the policy continues, travellers to Cyprus will be warned about it in advance, Phileleftheros said.

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Women raided the Interior Ministry in Athens demanding more places in nursery schools and scrapping all forms of parents’ contributions. The women said they forcefully entered the ministry because nobody from the political leadership would meet with them.

The women were members of the Association of Greece’s Women and the Municipality Workers’ Union (OTA). Among the protesters were also male unionists – as expected.

Among their demands are:

– exclusively public nursery schools

– scrapping any form of contributions for parents

– full time personnel with full labor and social security rights

– permanent working positions

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After their disappointing display on the weekend at home for the Greek Super League competition, Olympiakos were facing Asteras Triplis again for the Greek Cup. The reds once left a to to be desired with their lacklustre performance and barely managed to clinch victory (2-1) in Piraeus. Emenike (71’, 77’) was the red’s scorer, while Tsoukalas (83’) scored his team’s only goal.

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The Turkish Air force violated Greek airspace a total of 42 times on Tuesday. Two reconnaissance CN-235 aircraft accounted for 34 of the violations, with a total of 8 Turkish planes infringing the Athens FIR without permission. The CN-235 followed a high altitude flight path, with 2 armed F-16 fighter jets accompanying them, according to information obtained by Protothema.gr. This is the first time since Turkey has violated Greek airspace that reconnaissance planes had the escort of fighter jets. The Hellenic National Defence General Staff (GEETHA) recorded the violation of national airspace on 8 instances, in the across the Aegean Sea by three pairs of F-16 jets and two CN-235 planes.

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Archbishop of the Metropolis of Thessaloniki Anthimos commented on the gender change/identity bill introduced for discussion in the Greek parliament on Monday, saying “these things are a little crazy”. He ruled out the possibility of the Greek Orthodox Church ever carrying out a religious marriage involving a person who had undergone a sex reassignment change, arguing it was an act of altering humans’ natural order. He acknowledged that anyone could have an opinion on the matter, but could not impose it on those who disagreed with them.

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Colds and respiratory infections are bound to increase while autumn and winter slowly kicks in, which is why we have gathered some Greek-style remedies to help you ease your symptoms.

A balanced diet with some extra immune-boosting tips can get you through; some of these edible tricks to the rescue go all the way back to antiquity and most hide in your kitchen cabinet as many of our popular cooking spices were once used as medicinal herbs. One can find a very long list with herbs, seeds, foods and their medicinal uses on www.greekmedicine.net

THE CLASSIC

Chicken Soup with Avgolemono (courtesy of Eli K Giannopoulos)

Hearty, simple and extra comforting, this Greek lemon chicken soup is with no doubt the perfect dish for a cold winter’s day! Kotosoupa Avgolemono is a classic delicacy made basically with chicken, which is boiled until tender, rice and finished off with a delicious egg-lemon sauce added to the chicken broth. This is the authentic recipe for Greek lemon chicken soup, a trademark dish that has nourished generations.

The secret ingredient in this heartwarming Greek lemon chicken soup is the avgolemono: an egg-lemon sauce that is often added to Greek recipes, especially soups, and acts as a thickening agent, giving the soup a unique creamy texture and tangy lemony flavour. This Greek lemon chicken soup recipe includes the instructions for preparing the traditional egg lemon sauce. Although the Greek recipe is relatively simple, my experience has shown that it can be really tricky. If you have ever tried making Kotosoupa Avgolemono or any other Greek recipe which includes avgolemono, you must know that lots of things can go wrong: the most common mistake is that the avgolemono curdles and gets lumpy.

Here are some tips to help you achieve the desirable creamy texture for you Greek lemon chicken soup*:
The eggs you use should be at room temperature, so that they are not shocked and curdle from the heat of the broth.
The soup should be warm but not boiling hot. When you have made your soup remove the pan from the stove and let it cool for 5-10 minutes, or add 1/2 a cup of cold water to halt the boiling process.
You need to add enough broth so that the egg mixture is at the same temperature as the broth.
The egg whites are more likely to curdle, as they tend to thicken up more quickly than the egg yolks when warmed so be sure to whisk vigorously and add the broth slowly.
Serve this delicious traditional Greek lemon chicken soup warm with freshly ground pepper or paprika and, of course, some crusty bread to sop up all that delicious sauce.

Ingredients
1 chicken (1- 1.2 kg)
1 whole red onion, peeled
5 cups of water
150-200g short grain rice, like Arborio
2 large eggs
the juice of 1 lemon
2 carrots (optional)
salt and freshly ground pepper

Instructions
1. To prepare this traditional Greek lemon chicken soup, thoroughly wash the chicken and place into a deep pan. Push the chicken down to the bottom of the pan, add the onion (and the carrot), then pour in the water (it should cover the chicken) and season. Place the pan on a high heat, covered, and bring to the boil; then turn the heat down and boil the chicken for about 1 hour and 15 minutes (the chicken is ready when the meat can be removed easily from the bones). While the chicken cooks, some white foam will probably surface on the water. Remove the foam with a slotted spoon.
2. Remove the chicken, set it aside, and strain the broth. Return the hot broth to the saucepan, add the rice, and season with salt and pepper. Bring it back to the boil and cook the rice in your usual way until it is ready.
3. In the meantime, if the chicken is cool enough to handle, pull the meat from the bones and discard the skin. Dice the meat into bite-sized pieces, and cover.
4. And now the avgolemono! To prepare the egg lemon sauce for this Greek lemon chicken soup, crack the eggs into a clean dry bowl and whisk, until foamy; add the lemon juice and whisk again. Add one ladle of hot soup to the mixture and whisk quickly. Add one more ladle and whisk again, so that the eggs get warm.
5. Pour the egg mixture back into the broth, stirring constantly, cover and leave it for 3-4 minutes.
6. Serve this delicious Greek lemon chicken soup warm; ladle into bowls, top with the diced chicken and sprinkle with freshly ground pepper or paprika. Enjoy!

THE LEAST KNOWN REMEDIES

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Alcohol with honey and cinnamon:
The ancient Greeks consumed a drink called tsipouro (or Raki), which was made from the leftover mash of wine-making. They added a little cinnamon and honey to create a remedy that eased cold symptoms. Patients were said to enjoy a clearer head and reduced symptoms. If you don’t have a vineyard handy, use whiskey or brandy instead of leftover wine mash in yours!

Fennel:
This plant is a natural expectorant used to ease the discomfort of coughs. In ancient Greece, fennel tea was brewed for the treatment of muscle and joint pain.

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apart from stimulating the digestion of cattle and horses, Hippocrates encouraged the use of fenugreek for the treatment of respiratory issues and coughs.

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quite popular during the winter months, ancient Greeks would eat small doses as a way to get rid of excess phlegm. It was also used for sinus headache relief.

Mint & peppermint:
These pungent herbs have commonly been used to treat migraines, and for soothing an unsettled stomach. As a tea, mint can help soften the symptoms of respiratory infections.

Nutmeg:
a typical dose of ½ teaspoon of nutmeg as a warm herbal tea can help treat symptoms of the common cold. Nutmeg also produces a calming sedative that when rubbed on the temples helped to relieve migraines.

Oregano:
whether it’s brewed into oregano tea or eaten in its raw form, apart from jumpstarting a blocked digestive system, oregano can also eliminate excess phlegm responsible for a congested respiratory tract.

* These remedies do not constitute medical advice. If your symptoms persist please see your GP.

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Archaeologists discovered an undisturbed Mycenaean-era tomb, one of the biggest of its type, in the south-central town of Orchomenos.

The chamber-like tomb, which is reported to be the size of a small house is believed to be the house of a Bronze Age nobleman, with a fondness for jewelry, given that it contained pottery vessels sheathed in tin, bronze horse bits, jewelry, bow fittings and arrowheads.

The discovery, a result of the joint excavation led by the Culture Ministry of Greece and the British School at Athens and Cambridge, is the ninth biggest discovery of its kind, among the 4,000 engraved tombs discovered in the past 150 years.

The ministry said in a statement Monday that the 42-square-meter tomb is believed to have only used once, which is a rarity, considering that most such tombs were reused over many years, during which older objects were jumbled up or pilfered.

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An underwater ruin that could be the remains of a public building situated near the port of Salamis in antiquity – possibly one seen and mentioned by the traveler and geographer Pausanias in the 2nd century AD – is gradually emerging following an archaeological investigation of Ambelakia bay near the island.

A culture ministry announcement issued on Monday said that a large and robust structure constructed of stone plinths, roughly 13 metres long, is traced in the mud beneath the water.

The find is located a short distance from the more contemporary 48-metre pier, built before 1900 using ancient building materials, that stands out in the northern section of Ambelakia bay. “It is, in all likelihood, the base (with strong localised foundations in its southern section) of a public building construction,” the announcement said.

The shape of the foundations, other architectural elements and movable finds located on the site, combined with the earlier nearby find in 1882 of a marble pedestal for a statue with a dedicatory inscription, lead to the initial conclusion that the building was either a temple or stoa used in the later Roman era but possibly built earlier, in the late Classical or Hellenistic eras.

The new finds were revealed during the second phase of a underwater survey along the historically important eastern coast of the island of Salamis, taking in the Ambelakia bay, the port of the Classical-era city of Salamis controlled by Athens, which served as the main gathering place of the united Greek fleet before the Battle of Salamis in 480 B.C., as well as the region off the Kynosoura peninsula in the north of the island, where the most important Nike monuments are situated.

The geophysical survey in the Kynosoura area yielded a “large volume of high-quality digital data, whose processing is expected to shed light on the paleogeographic development of the region and the location of targets of archaeological significance,” the ministry announcement said.

The aim of the research is to trace the Classical-era coastline of the island and put together the region’s coastal paleogeography, while also revealing possible archaeological finds resting on the seabed or hidden beneath it. It is part of a three-year cooperation programme between the Underwater Antiquities Ephorate and the Institute of Underwater Archaeological Research (IENAE), led by Dr. Aggeliki Simosi and Ioannina University professor Dr. Yiannos Lolos, with the participation of the Patras University’s Laboratory of Marine Geology and Physical Oceanography.

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(3D representation of a target buried beneath the bottom of Ormos)

 

Μαρμάρινα ευρήματα Ρωμαϊκών χρόνων, από την έρευνα του μεγάλου οικοδομήματος στην βόρεια πλευρά του Όρμου: θραύσματα βωμίσκου (αριστερά) και αγαλμάτων

(Marble fragments of an altar -left- and statues from the Roman times, found in a big building on the north side of Ormos)

 

Καταβυθισμένος τετράγωνος πύργος στην δυτική πλευρά του Όρμου: μέρος του οχυρωματικού συστήματος του λιμένος της Κλασικής-Ελληνιστικής Σαλαμίνος

(Sunken square tower on the west side of Ormos. Part of the fortification system of the port of Classic-hellinistic Salamis)

 

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(A sunken part of a big public building -left- at the port of the ancient city of Salamis on the north side of Ormos)

 

Pausanias’ observations about Salamis

Pausanias (c. AD 110 – c. 180) was a Greek traveler and geographer of the 2nd century AD, who lived in the time of Roman emperors Hadrian, Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius. He is famous for his Description of Greece (Ἑλλάδος περιήγησις Hellados Periegesis), a lengthy work that describes ancient Greece from his first-hand observations.

He writes about Salamis:

[1.35.2] Salamis lies over against Eleusis, and stretches as far as the territory of Megara. It is said that the first to give this name to the island was Cychreus, who called it after his mother Salamis, the daughter of Asopus, and afterwards it was colonized by the Aeginetans with Telamon. Philaeus, the son of Eurysaces, the son of Ajax, is said to have handed the island over to the Athenians, having been made an Athenian by them. Many years afterwards the Athenians drove out all the Salaminians, having discovered that they had been guilty of treachery in the war with Cassander, and mainly of set purpose had surrendered to the Macedonians. They sentenced to death Aeschetades, who on this occasion had been elected general for Salamis, and they swore never to forget the treachery of the Salaminians.

[1.35.3] There are still the remains of a market-place, a temple of Ajax and his statue in ebony. Even at the present day the Athenians pay honors to Ajax himself and to Eurysaces, for there is an altar of Eurysaces also at Athens. In Salamis is shown a stone not far from the harbor, on which they say that Telamon sat when he gazed at the ship in which his children were sailing away to Aulis to take part in the joint expedition of the Greeks.

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[1.36.1] XXXVI. But I will return to my subject. In Salamis is a sanctuary of Artemis, and also a trophy erected in honor of the victory which Themistocles the son of Neocles won for the Greeks.127 There is also a sanctuary of Cychreus. When the Athenians were fighting the Persians at sea, a serpent is said to have appeared in the fleet, and the god in an oracle told the Athenians that it was Cychreus the hero. – Book 1.30-44 Attica source: theoi.com

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The 4th anniversary of the murder of Greek rapper Pavlos Fyssas was marred by riots in Keratsini at the concert area in Piraeus port. Masked youth are on the perimeter of the area of Kastraki where the concert is being held, opposite gate E2 at the port. The centre of Drapetsona is has also been turned into a battle field with two reported injuries, who are allegedly locals who were attacked in their efforts to stop the hooded rioters. Tensions flared up a little after 8pm on the corner of Ethikis Antistaseos and Agio Dimitriou streets, when a group of hooded youth started throwing rocks and petrol bombs at a unit of riot police that appeared on the scene. Police in turn responded with the use of flash bomb grenades forcing the group to withdraw into the streets. Earlier anti-establishment groups had broken the windows of the Keratsini town hall registry building.

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The Greek office of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has filed a lawsuit, as it had threatened, against all responsible parties regarding the oil spill in Salamina port, last Sunday, which led to the environmental disaster of areas reaching Piraeus and the Athens Riviera. “Since it was not possible to avert the tragedy, we must at least ensure that responsibilities are attributed as an example, and that through a detailed analysis of the causes we will be better prepared to prevent or contain similar accidents in the future”, said WWF Hellas General Manager Dimitris Karavellas. He added that accountability and legal protection of the environment was in the hands of the Judicial system. “We as WWF Hellas, will contribute by all possible means to shed light on the causes and informing the public in the most transparent, comprehensive and reliable manner possible”, he said. The organisation said it would refrain from offering a complete evaluation on the efforts of decontamination currently under way, until after the procedures had concluded, stressing that the initial days after an ecological accident were crucial for the containment or the prevention of more serious consequences on the environment. According to the the National Center for Marine Research, the oil slick has reached the coast of Saronida.

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NBA super star Giannis Antetokounmpo has never hidden his deep affection towards his better half Mariah Danae, who he has been dating since the summer opf 2016. The Greek Freak’s girl is a former volleyball player, works for the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA. The couple have visited Greece on more than one occasion. Mariah celebrated her birthday two days ago turning 25, and Giannis made a romantic video to express his love for her. Giannis edited together some special moments of the two and shared the result with his Instagram followers.

Happy birthday to the person that is always there for me! I love you Mariah “trouble” Riddlesprigger! 💚👑🌻 #25 @m.riddle15

Η δημοσίευση κοινοποιήθηκε από το χρήστη Giannis Antetokounmpo (@giannis_an34) στις

 

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A local high school teacher has been arrested for the theft of fossil footprints in Kasteli, Chania, on the island of Crete. A part of the stolen human-like footprints were found in the home of the 55-year-old who is a resident of Kissamos. Security cameras had recorded the thief when he was removing the 5.-7-million-year-old fossils last week.

Two of the eight stolen foot prints were found in his home in Kissamos during a police search Thursday afternoon. The remaining six were hidden in a farm Rysio, south of Thessaloniki, in northern Greece.

The thief was also in Thessaloniki and was located by local police on Friday morning. He revealed his ‘secret to police’ and showed them where he had hidden the remaining prehistoric footprints.

Media report that the man transported the stolen fossil footprints per airplane.

The owner of the farm has been also allegedly arrested, however, he seems to be just the ‘keeper’ of the stolen goods and not involved in the theft.

Charges for violating the law on the protection of antiquities and the cultural heritage have been raised against the high school teacher.

When the theft was accidentally discovered by a visitor of the site where the fossil footprints are located, the Natural History Museum in Herakleion filed a law suit at the local police station.

According to Cretan media Flashnews.gr, the high school teacher was the same ‘citizen’ who had found that the footprints were stolen!

The fossil footprints were discovered in Kasteli, in the prefecture of Chania, in Western Crete by a Polish paleontologist. The human-like footprints are approximately 5.7 million years old and are believed to challenge established theories of human evolution about who did the first walking step in the history of humankind.

The footprints were discovered in Kasteli by Chania on the island of Crete by paleontologist Gerard Gierlinski by chance when he was on holiday on Crete in 2002.

Gierlinski, a paleontologist at the Polish Geological Institute specialized in footprints, identified the footprints as mammal but did not interpret them further at the time. In 2010 he returned to the site together with his assistant Grzegorz Niedzwiedzki, a Polish paleontologist now at Uppsala University, to study the footprints in detail. Together they came to the conclusion that the footprints were made by hominins.

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Fans of all things aviation were able to enjoy impressive manoeuvres, virtual dog fights and breathtaking acrobatics, as the largest air show in Greece, the Athens Flying Week Tanagra International Air Show 2017 kicked off on Saturday at Tanagra Air Base at Schimatari about 63km northwest of Athens. Thousands of people flocked at the 114th Combat wing at Schimatari to experience the high flying acrobatics of the planes. Many had the chance to enter the cockpits of some plane models in the ground exhibition, while the younger visitors had the opportunity to tale photos with some of the pilots.

The legendary Red Arrows of the British Royal Air Force (RAF), the Silverstars acrobatic squadron from Egypt that first came to Greece, as did the Zeus F-16 Greek acrobatic team and the T-6 Daedalus squadron. A mixed formation of Mirage 2000s and F-16s engaged some incredible low flight mock dog fights, as well low pass flights and rapid ascents left the spectators impressed, while the fire-fighters’ plane squadron put on a demonstration of extinguishing flames.
Athens Flying Air Week (AFW) is the largest air show in the country and one the largest in Europe. The show will continue Sunday, September 17.

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Fans of all things aviation were able to enjoy impressive manoeuvres, virtual dog fights and breathtaking acrobatics, as the largest air show in Greece, the Athens Flying Week Tanagra International Air Show 2017 kicked off on Saturday at Tanagra Air Base at Schimatari about 63km northwest of Athens. Thousands of people flocked at the 114th Combat wing at Schimatari to experience the high flying acrobatics of the planes. Many had the chance to enter the cockpits of some plane models in the ground exhibition, while the younger visitors had the opportunity to tale photos with some of the pilots.

The legendary Red Arrows of the British Royal Air Force (RAF), the Silverstars acrobatic squadron from Egypt that first came to Greece, as did the Zeus F-16 Greek acrobatic team and the T-6 Daedalus squadron. A mixed formation of Mirage 2000s and F-16s engaged some incredible low flight mock dog fights, as well low pass flights and rapid ascents left the spectators impressed, while the fire-fighters’ plane squadron put on a demonstration of extinguishing flames.
Athens Flying Air Week (AFW) is the largest air show in the country and one the largest in Europe. The show will continue Sunday, September 17.

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The Metropolis of Thera has reacted strongly over footage in music video clip from American rap artist Rick Ross, which shows the singer performing inside an Orthodox Church on the island of Santorini. In the clip of the song, called “Santorini Greece” from the popular rap singer’s new album “Rather You Than Me”, Rick Ross can be seen singing and striking some dance moves in front of the Altar inside the Church of Saint Efstratios Vourvoulos. The video clip also shows fast cuts between images of the Church and icons and sensual bikini-clad models.

In a statement it released the Holy Metropolis of Thera called the fact “disgraceful” and stressed that “it was with sorrow that we were informed of the use of the interior of the Holy Temple of Saint Efstratios Vourvoulos in Thera as the backdrop for the filming of a music video clip”, something which was not approved by the Metropolis.

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Clean-up crews are scrambling to contain an oil spill from a Greek tanker as it menaces some of Athens’ most popular beaches.
The vessel, Agia Zoni II, was carrying 2,500 tonnes of fuel when it sank off the island of Salamis on Sunday.
Nearby beaches were soiled by the oil, but officials believed it could be contained given mild wind conditions.
Five days on, parts of the slick have drifted miles away to the resort of Glyfada, on the Athens Riviera.
The much-loved beaches of Voula and Vouliagmeni are being threatened by the thick black tide.
Environmental groups have complained that officials bungled their response to the spill, saying it was allowed to spread out of control. The oil spill has caused a political row with all opposition parties accusing the government of failing to recognise the scale of the disaster, while Maritime Minister Nikos Kouroumblis coming under pressure to resign by major opposition party New Democracy (ND). The Piraeus prosecutor has brought criminal charges against those responsible for the Agia Zoni II.
WWF Greece expressed dismay that “a country with heavy tankers traffic has proven unable to protect its beaches from an initially small-scale incident”.
“Nobody thought the slick would reach us,” Glyfada mayor Yiorgos Papanikolaou told Skai TV. “If someone had warned us even on Tuesday, we would have taken precautions.”
Conditions could worsen over the weekend in the wake of a forecast mini-heatwave with temperatures expected to reach 38 degrees on Sunday.
Authorities sealed the shipwreck on Tuesday and there was no further spillage, the coastguard said.
Tank trucks are working to clean up the pollution, helped by floating cranes and offshore anti-pollution vessels – including one sent by the EU.
It remains unclear what caused the 45-year-old tanker to sink. Its captain and chief engineer, the only people on board at the time, have both been charged with negligence.

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AEK Athens have made a dream start in the Europa League campaign in Group D against Croatian side Rijeka, as the Athenian team came away with a huge victory (2-1). Mantalos opened the score for visiting AEK on 16 minutes, with home side getting back on equal terms in the 29th minute. AEK clinched the 3 points on 62 minutes with a Christodoulopoulos goal.

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Athens is ranked the most stressful (121th) city in among the EU and the 3rd most stressful in the European continent, according to a survey by Zipjet. The study was based on factors such as: Density, Green Spaces, Public Transport, Traffic, Perception of Security, Sunshine Hours (av./year), Air Pollution, Noise Pollution, Light Pollution, Unemployment, Debt per Capita, Social Security, Family Purchase Power, Mental Health, Physical Health and Gender Equality.
The study included 150 cities from around the world, for which official data on these specific factors is available. The city appearing at the top of the list is the least stressful while the bottom city is the most stressful for its inhabitants. According to the data, the only European cities that ranked higher than Athens in the stress factor were Moscow (124) and Constantinople (122), with Baghdad taking last (150) spot. Stuttgart, Luxembourg, Hannover, Bern, Munich, Bordeaux, Edinburgh and Sydney made the top 8 less stressful cities. Of the cities in close geographical proximity to Greece, Bucharest is ranked 111th, with Sofia 99th and Belgrade 93rd.
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Commuters using the Athens Metro to the international airport and those planning to take OSE trains will have to reschedule their means of transportation for Thursday, September 14, as the Railway employees have declared a 24-hour strike in response to the signing of the sale of or TRAINOSE. The Pan-Hellenic Federation of Railways has scheduled a protest outside the OSE building on 1-3 Karolou street in Athens.
In addition to the OSE trains that will remain stationary, there will be no metro service from “Doukissis Plakentias” station to the airport.

According to STASY, passengers traveling to the airport can be served by bus lines X95 from Syntagma and Ethniki Amyna or X97 from Elliniko.

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The ecological disaster caused by the sinking of an oil tanker near the island of Salamina has draw attention by the international media, as the pollution is spreading to Piraeus, despite efforts and reassurances by the competent authorities that the damage would be contained. “Oil spill turns island black ands is deemed ‘environmental disaster”, read the title of Independent, which is accompanies by a video showing the pollution on the coast of Salamina. “A Greek island is suffering from an “ecological disaster” after a tanker carrying more than 2,000 tons of crude oil sunk off the coast.

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Drone footage captured the scale of pollution on the island of Salamis after a 45-year-old Agia Zoni II took on water near Athensover the weekend”, writes the piece. The BBC also covers the environmental dangers of the oil spill stressing “Emergency crews have begun an oil spill clean-up after an oil tanker sank close to the island of Salamis”, with an accompanying video, showing clean up crew and the black sea.

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Reuters writes that the oil spill is out of control as it has spread to the Athens Riviera in a piece titled “Greek oil spill spreads to Athens Riviera”. “Crews scrambled on Wednesday to clean up an oil spill from a sunken tanker which had spread to some of Athens’s most popular beaches.

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The 45-year-old vessel, Agia Zoni II, was carrying 2,500 tonnes of fuel when it sank off the island of Salamis on Sunday. By Wednesday, a thick oily tide had covered stretches of the Athens Riviera several miles away”, Reuters writes.
The Associated Press also cover the news informing that small slicks were reported in suburbs of Glyfada and Piraeus Wedenesday. “Glyfada Mayor Giorgos Papanikolaou says municipal workers have set up floating booms offshore and used chemicals to try to dissolve the oil”, the piece writes.

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The anarchist group called “Rouvikonas’ relased the video of their invasion into the offices of Turkish Airlines in Alimos, in the northern suburbs of Athens on Tuesday morning. The footage shows at least three members causing damage to the main entrance of the building where the offices are located on the third floor on 77th Poseidonos Avenue. Using sledgehammers, the anarchists can be seen breaking the main entrance but fail to smash another door inside. They then flee the building as one of their accomplices waits at the main entrance. As the members of the attack explain in the video, the assault took place in show of solidarity for two of their Turkish comrades named Semih Ozakca and Nuriye Gulmen.

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All pharmacies across the region of Attica will be closed on September 14 due to the celebration of the Eastern Orthodox Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, which an official holiday for pharmacies. Citizens will be served by the on-call or overnight pharmacies, as listed by the Attica Association of Pharmacies.

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The oil slik caused near the island of Salamina on Sunday when crude oil tanker “Agia Zoni II” sank has spread to the port of Piraeus. The pollution reached the region of Frettyda, a residential area in Piraeus located in the southeastern part of the city near the Zea harbour.

Technical crews have been disaptched to the port of Piraeus at large since the morning of Wednesday in an effort to assess the sitiution and plan a course of action to prevent the spill from spreading even more. A meeting at the Maritime Ministry is in progress with the General Secretary of ports Christos Lambrides present, as well as the Mayor of Salamina Isidora Nannou Papathanasiou and representatives of coastal municipalities.

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Coast guard forces with the assistance of private boats rushed to the area and placed oil containment boons and special oil dispergants.

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The Mayor of Piraeus, Giannis M. Maralis, was immediately informed of the developing situation and requested for immediate action to be taken in his communication with Piraeus deputy regional governor Giorgos Gavrilis and the Chief of the Coast Guard, Stamatis Raptis, as the municipality of Piraeus does not have the legal right to take action.
Meanwhile, images from the coast of Salamina are indicative of the extent of the ecological disaster caused, with experts warning it could be months before the sea is cleaned up completely.

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“Crews continue their work. We put dams to prevent the fuel from escaping, but we learned that it has escaped and has reached Piraiki”, said Mayor of Salamina Isidora Nannou – Papathanasiou in a telephone conversation she had with protothema.gr.

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“The atmosphere is stuffy. The people canot breathe. There are many complaints about their health. The damage cannot be described. It is a disaster”, she said.

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A group of gold mining workers from the Cassandra mining plant in Chalkidiki stormed the Energy Ministry a little after 8.30am on Wednesday and are currently occupying the premises. Police swat teams units have arrived on the scene to prevent the remaining protesters outside the Ministry from entering the building. “Tsipras talks about investments but this investment is shutting down,” said the president of the workers’ union of miners in in Cassandra Christos Zafeiroudas. The workers are protesting against the government after the recent decision by Canadian mining company Edlorado Gold to suspend its operations in Greece accusing the Greek government of delaying the issuing of routine permits for the project to continue. “We will not leave if we do not get the permits”, the workers said, who came to Athens from Chalkidiki to met with the Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change in an effort to resolve the issue.

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Members of anarchist group “Rouvikonas” attacked the offices of Turkish Airlines in Alimos, southern Attica on Tuesday morning. The group, which reportedly consisted of 15 people, broke windows and caused some other damage to the offices, but no injuries were reported during the raid, which happened at 6.30 am. The anarchist group announced it would attack the company offices with a video post and text on Indymedia site. According to reports, there were no one was detained or arrested.

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Sporting Lisbon were too strong for Greek champions Olympiakos and defeated the reds at home 3-2 in their first Group D stage match. The Portuguese team scored all 3 goals in the first half (Doumbia 2’, Martins 13’, Fernandes 43’). Olympiakos scored two late goals with Pardo (98’. 93’). The Greek champions will travel to Italy and face Juventus in their next match.

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The average steps a person takes on earth is 5,000, while a Greek person does 4,350, according to a study conducted by Stanford University in collaboration with Jure Leskovec with the use of an app called Azumio Argus which was installed on the participants’ smart phones in more than 100 countries. By comparison, Hong Kong is the most active nation, with its citizens walking an average of 6,880 steps per day, compared to an average of just 3,513 in Indonesia.
The researchers from Stanford University tracked the smartphones of 717,000 people in 111 countries as part of the largest ever study into human movement.
They found that Brits are fairly active compared to other countries, with an average of 5,444 steps a day, equivalent to less than three miles.
Scientists used people’s smartphones to gain 68 million days’ worth of data, and found that the average number of daily steps was 4,961.
The results of the study were published in the journal Nature.
A Greek roughly walks as much as the average Egyptian (4,315 steps), the average Indian (4,297) and the average Brazilian (4,289), but less than a Portuguese (4,744), a Romanian (4,759), a Turk (5,057) , a French (5.141), an Italian (5.296) and a Spanish (5.936).

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The living conditions on the island of Lesvos for the refugees and migrants are rapidly deteriorating, as the number of people arriving are rising. According to the Immigration Ministry’s centre assigned for the control and coordination on immigration and asylum, there are currently 5,862 refugees and migrants in hotspots on the Aegean island, with 4,345 of the total living at the Moria reception centre for registration and identification, which can only host 2,330. With the rise of refugees and migrants crossing into Greece images of past, with sleeping bags in the open have returned. A movement of concerned citizens named “Coexistence and Communication in the Aegean”, sent a letter to the Minister of Immigration Policy, Ioannis Mouzalas noting the increased flows of migrants and refugees into the eastern Aegean islands over the past weeks, stressing that the situation has become “disastrous” for both the arriving people and the islands, while they caution of the negative image conveyed abroad for the Greek island in general. “The constant tensions, the riots and the subsequent publicity dishonour us as a nation and citizens”, they write. The group request the immediate reinforcement of the Asylum Services staff in order to expedite asylum applications in a more just way. They also call for the urgent relocation of vulnerable groups (unaccompanied minors, women, elderly) to mainland Greece, as well as the leasing of accommodation for the excess number of migrants. Meanwhile, 200 more people have landed on Lesvos since Monday.

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The Mayor of the island of Salamis, Isidora Nana Papatahnasiou told Proto Thema that the leakage of petrol from a tanker that sank on Sunday in the Saronic Gulf was an ecological catastrophe. Tanker “Agia Zona II” had sailed from the Aspropyrgos refineries with 2,200 metric tons of fuel oil and 370 metric tons of marine gas oil. Until now, the causes of the shipwreck remain unclear, but unconfirmed information suggests that the ship’s engine room may have taken in water. The ship sank in the area southwest of Atalanti in the Saronic Gulf, at 2:45 in the morning of Sunday.

The images from the beaches of Salamina yesterday revealed the extent of the ecological damage on the coastal line of the island. The beaches of Salamis from Cynosura to Selinia were black covered in fuel oil, while oil and tar had spread over a length of 1.5 kilometers.
Protothema.gr contacted the Mayor of Salamina, Isidora Nannou – Papathanasiou, who spoke of a huge ecological disaster but also of a significant delay from the competent bodies in dealing with the problem.
“There is a great ecological disaster in Salamis, not just pollution, it is a disaster, because the oil has reached the outside, it has covered the coast. It is the entire area of ​​the Selinia and the area of ​​the Cynosoura. The smell is unbearable”, she said.

On his part the manager of the company assigned with part of the cleaning up process, Mr, Mamalukas was reassuring, dubbing the word “destruction” an exaggeration as he claimed there will be a complete restoration of the coastline and the environment: “The ship was quickly sealed off which stopped further leakage. When the ship sinks and oil leaks, you do not have time. It spreads at a rapid pace. The fact that oil appeared a few hours later has nothing to do with the speed of the reaction, but rather with the speed at which the blob moved due to winds and the currents” , he said.

There are currently twenty-three privately-owned ships operating in the Selini area and five anti-pollution vessels. More are expected to arrive to speed up the cleaning process and contain the leak to other parts of the island.

The captain and the first engineer of the tanker were released by authorities after being arrested. They are scheduled to stand trial at a later date.

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Commuters in Athens will be faced with continuous work stoppages throughout the week, as workers in the public transport have announced they will go on strike starting from Tuesday until Friday.
-For Tuesday, September 12, the metro will not be running from 9pm till the end of the shift.
-For Wednesday, September 13, urban buses will have stoppages from the start of the shift until 9am, and from 9pm till the end of the shift.
-For Thursday, September 14, the Suburban railway will have a 24-hour strike. Metro routes (Dukissis Plakentias-El. Venizelos airport will not be running).
-For Friday, September 15, the metro will not be running from 12pm till 3pm.

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The parents of Bakari Henderson, the young American beaten to death in Greece, Jill and Phil spoke to Proto Thema about their ordeal and thank the Greek community and authorities for the support they showed. The 22-year-old died last month on the island of Zakynthos after a mob chased him out of a bar and surrounded him on the street. They say their son was beaten to death because he was American and black. “We sincerely feel the heart of the people and Bakarim sincerely enjoyed traveling and he loved Greece”, said Jill. The parents believe he was a victim of racism and said that the killers could not stand he was speaking to a girl from their company. “We are shocked by the whole incident, and shocked that it happened in such a beautiful country”, Mrs. henderson said. The family’s lawyer, Andreas Patsis said the parents were preparing to travel to Greece whenever the trial date is set by the Greek courts. The parents said they trusted Greek justice and that they wanted to see the killers of their son punished.

 

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The Greek Meteorological Services (EMY) has issued a weather bulletin forecasting a sudden turn of conditions with topical storms and heavy rains hitting western Greece Monday. The phenomena are expected to start midday and last till Monday night. The areas expected to bear the brunt of the weather phenomena are the Ionian islands, Epirus, western mainland Greece and central Macedonia.

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The new school season starts today in Greece with over half a million primary school students, and an equal number of junior and senior high school pupils attending the traditional sanctification across the country. Despite reassurances by the Education Ministry that this year will be problem-free, as all the substitute teachers have been appointed on time and the prescribed books have been delivered, there are still over 6,000 vacancies that need filing, according to the Teachers’ union of OLME, a number disputed by the Ministry. Education Minister Konstantinos Gavroglou will visit the Perdika Primary School in Aegina for the sanctification, while the leaders of the Greek political parties will attend schools in the urban centres to offer their wishes for a “good year”. The Archbishop of Athens Ieronymos will attend the sanctification of the 3rd Primary School of Agioi Anargyroi, while the President of New Democracy Kyriakos Mitsotakis will visit the 6th Primary School of Acharnes, where a student was killed by a stray bullet in summer.

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Despite Greece entering its 7th year of economic depression, with unemployment figures hovering steadily above the 23% mark and many abandoning the country for financial stability and a better future abroad, there are still some professions that offer solid earnings. According to totallymoney.com, the highest annually paid jobs in Greece at the moment are dentists and doctors. On the opposite spectrum, journalists and waiters appear to be the worst paid. These are the top paid professions:

Highest paid professions

1. Dentist – £47,671

2. Doctor – £47,557
3. HR Manager – £36,480
4. Marketing – £30,638
5. Pharmacist – £28,734

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1. Journalist – £5,856
2. Waiter – £7,056
3. Bus driver – £8,064
4. Cleaner – £10,382
5. Window cleaner – £10,382

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Greece has advanced to the 2017 Eurobasket quarter finals after defeating Lithuania (77-64) in the final 16 knock out stage. Kostas Sloukas led the scoring with 21 points, while centre Giannis Bourousis also picked up his game grabbing 8 rebounds and scored crucial baskets, as did playmaker Nick Calathes who had 6 assists. The Greeks will face the winner of Sunday night’s match between Croatia and Russia in the final 8 of the tournament.

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Between 25,000-30,000 refugees and immigrants, who have applied for asylum and are not subject to relocation will remain permanently in Greece, Minister of Immigration Policy Ioannis Mouzalas said. In an interview with the newspaper “Ta Nea”, Mr. Mouzalas said that three new programmes of integration were in the pipelines, the first one dealing with new registration, qualities, issuing Tax Registration Number and Social Security Number (subject to eligibility), the second concerns the registration of all children in the schools and an English learning programme, while the third is about integration in the work market. Mr. Mouzalas stressed that the agreement between Turkey and the EU had only positive effects, adding that Athens was closely following all developments that could jeopardise the balance in the region. Mr Mouzalas said that until a new agreement had been reached, since the Dublin Accord had effectively been dead, Greece proceeded to demonstrate its willingness to cooperate through the symbolic gesture of accepting a few dozens of “Dublin returns” exclusively from the countries that helped us, accepting up to 17,000 relocations and 7,000 family reunions. He conned by saying the decision of the European Court of Justice against Hungary and Slovakia facilitated the EU and vindicated Greece, as well as European Commissioner for Immigration Policy Dimitris Avramopoulos.

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Greek PM Alexis Tsipras said he felt Thessaloniki as second home during his arrival and meeting with Tasos Tzikas, President of the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair (TIF) which begins Saturday, September 9 and will last till next week. The Greek PM asked to learn about the participation in the 82nd Fair, while he showed particular interest in the Chinese lamps that adorned the streets of the city, as China is the honorary country in this year’s trade fair. Mr. Tsipras outlined his government’s goal to exit the current crisis during his meeting with the members of the trade fair and President Tzikas. The board of the organisers announced during the meeting that the USA would be the honorary country in next year’s Helexpo. The TIF administration expressed their desire for a redevelopment of the area where the premises are located and the Prime Minister reacted positively and said that the government was interested in promoting the event as an international event.

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Nick Galis is the Greek Michael Jordan, if you will. The player that changed the course of basketball history in Greece, propelling it to the status of a national sport with his feats, received a rare award reserved for the few, the legends of the game can boast. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. In his enshrinement speech Galis thanked all who had supported him though out his career, and spoke of the deep love he developed after leaving the US for his parents’ country, Greece. He spoke of the privilege he had over his long and decorated career in Europe (Aris and Panathinaikos) to have played against some of the best players. He is considered the greatest player to have played the game in Greece. Galis singlehandedly took Greece to the 1987 Eurobasket Championship finals, where the impossible happened, the home side beat the mighty then Soviet Union to lift the trophy. After playing basketball in the United States for Seton Hall and being drafted in the fourth round of the 1979 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics, Galis didn’t continue in the NBA, but instead, as he said in his speech chose to cross over to Europe and his parents’ mother land, as the financial offers were very lucrative. That was as close as Galis ever came to playing in the NBA. Instead, Galis became one of the greatest FIBA players of all time. He won eight Greek League championships, five Greek League MVPs, and was the Greek League’s Top Scorer 11 times. In 1991, he was named one of FIBA’s 50 Greatest Players and later elected to its Hall of Fame. In one season, he averaged 44 points per game for his club team, Aris B.C.

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More than 500 people have committed suicide in Greece over the past years on an annual basis, according to international surveys. The data shows that between 5 to 10 people are affected for every suicide not only by experiencing the psychosocial impact of the stigma associated with suicide, but they also belong to a the high-risk population for suicide.
The number of Greeks who have taken their lives in the past 5 years has been on a steady rise, according to official data by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) available till 2014 and figures released by the latest trends from the World Suicide Prevention Day. The data shows that men are more vulnerable than women as in 2014 425 males took their lives, compared to 115 women. Experts estimate that suicides are in fact much more than the those recorded, as there are no data for the unsuccessful attempts, which are believed to be 25 more than the registered ones.

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French former Olympiakos football player and the club’s current strategic advisor met with visiting French President Emmanuel Macron in Athens, Friday morning. During their encounter at the French Archaeological School, where the French politician was visiting with his wife Brigitte, Karembeu gifted a jersey of the Greek champions to Mr. Macron with his name on the back.

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