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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-02-17

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  • [01] Rain ushers in Clean Monday weekend
  • [02] Book by late author A. Samarakis

  • [01] Rain ushers in Clean Monday weekend

    Thick cloud cover and intermittent rain greeted motorists leaving Greek cities on Friday and Saturday for the long weekend that marks the end of the Carnival and the start of Orthodox Lent on Clean Monday. According to the Greek weather service, wet weather is expected to continue during the weekend, with a slight improvement expected from Monday. Traffic police throughout the country were on standby to assist excursionists leaving urban centres for the countryside. Measures to assist the flow of cars and commuters have been taken at particularly busy spots in central Athens and the suburbs, such as shopping centres, ports, train stations, bus depots and airports.

    Police have been stationed at all the main junctions on national highways to direct traffic, backed up by frequent car and motorbike patrols on key roads in Attica to prevent road accidents.

    Teams of officers have been deployed round the clock to carry out traffic inspections and hand out tickets to motorists seen to commit dangerous traffic violations, such as speeding, drunk driving, dangerous driving, failure to observe traffic lights and not wearing seatbelts and helmets. The last offence is considered largely responsible for fatal accidents on Greek roads.

    Traffic police also have orders to be extraordinarily strict in dealing with trucks and lorries, in particular, and to order them off the road if they are seen driving dangerously or do not meet safety rules.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo showing the main national highway from Athens packed with cars heading out for a major holiday. A similarly busy 'exodus' from Greek cities is usual on the Clean Monday holiday, which Greeks traditionally celebrate outdoors with picnics and kite-flying.

    [02] Book by late author A. Samarakis

    The English edition of "The Passport and other selected small stories", by late author Antonis Samarakis, was presented on Saturday at New York‚s Greek Press Office. The book, which is published by "Cosmos Publishing", comes three-and-a-half years after his death and 34 years after the Greek edition "The Passport".

    (ANA-MPA file photo of late author Antonis Samarakis)

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