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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-05-18

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  • [01] Botsis Foundation awards presented to 20 journalists
  • [02] Gov't to promote use of geothermal energy
  • [03] Police seize biggest ever quantity of ecstasy pills

  • [01] Botsis Foundation awards presented to 20 journalists

    The Athanassios Botsis Journalism Promotion Foundation presented its prestigious annual awards on Tuesday to 20 journalists, two organisations, the newspaper "Thessalia" and the Panhellenic Sports Press Federation (PSAT).

    The ceremony was attended by President Karolos Papoulias, Parliament President Anna Psarouda-Benaki, Deputy Foreign Minister Evripidis Stylianidis, alternate government spokesman Evangelos Antonaros, ministers, deputies and representatives of the Church, arts and the economic world.

    President Papoulias presented awards to Maria Karchilaki and Panos Haritos for their reporting from wars, Christos Zafiris for his reporting in northern Greece, Paraskevi Katimertzi for the promotion of the country's cultural issues and Haris Xydis for his contribution to sports journalism. Karchilaki's award was accepted by her young daughter, as the journalist was out of the country on assignment.

    Addresses were also made by Athens Journalists Union (ESHEA) President Manolis Mathioudakis and alternate government spokesman Evangelos Antonaros.

    [02] Gov't to promote use of geothermal energy

    Development Deputy Minister George Salagoudis on Tuesday signed a ministerial decision paving the way for research and management of the country's geothermal sources.

    The decision envisages the terms and procedures of leasing contracts for the research and management of geothermal fields around Greece.

    Under the decision, regional authorities would hold tenders for the management of certified fields for thermal use, while the development ministry will announce tenders for research and management contracts of high temperature fields for power production.

    [03] Police seize biggest ever quantity of ecstasy pills

    Police posing as customers arrested three drug traffickers on the island of Myconos on Tuesday and seized 50,000 ecstasy pills they had agreed to buy for 100,000 euros.

    The three arrested traffickers are two brothers aged 42 and 39 from the town of Drama and a 39-year-old from Kavala.

    The traffickers were also found in possession of six grams of cocaine, a small quantity of heroin, a pistol of Bulgarian origin, two cars and five mobile telephones.

    Later in the day, police also raided an apartment rented by the 42-year-old in the Thessaloniki district of Eftapirgio, under another name, and found another quantity of about 50,000 ecstasy pills.

    The quantity of ecstasy pills seized is the greatest ever to be found in the country.

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