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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-07-14

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Three killed in train/truck collision, no injury in second collision (new lead, updated)
  • [02] Four killed in two train/vehicle collisions (new lead, adds second accident)
  • [03] Rescue campaign for centuries-old olive trees
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Three killed in train/truck collision, no injury in second collision (new lead, updated)

    Three people were killed in a collsion between a train and a small truck outside Komotini on Tuesday morning, while a second collision between a train and a car just a few hours later near Veria was fortunately without injury.

    In the first accident, three people were killed in a collision between a train and small truck outside Komotini, causing the derailment of the train.

    The driver of the truck, who had violated a guarded crossing, was killed together with the two other passengers in the truck.

    No train passenger was injured.

    In the second incident a few hours later, a car violated the protective bars at a train crossing near the Gallikos River along the Thessaloniki-Veria old national highway and collided with an oncoming train.

    Only material damage was caused in the second accident. Earlier reports had reported a fatal injury of the car driver, which fortunately was not the case.

    [02] Four killed in two train/vehicle collisions (new lead, adds second accident)

    Four people were killed in two collisions between trains and vehicles in a space of just hours in northern Greece on Tuesday morning.

    In the first accident, three people were killed in a collision between a train and small truck outside Komotini, causing the derailment of the train.

    The driver of the truck, who had violated a guarded crossing, was killed together with the two other passengers in the truck.

    No train passenger was injured.

    In the second incident a few hours later, a car violated the protective bars at a train crossing near the Gallikos River along the Thessaloniki-Veria old national highway and collided with an oncoming train.

    According to initial information, the car driver was fatally injured in the collision, while no one was injured on the train.

    [03] Rescue campaign for centuries-old olive trees

    Hundreds of unregistered olive trees on the southern Aegean island of Crete, some of them thousands of years old, have become ‚victims‚ of human activities like public works projects and building construction, prompting the reaction of 35 cultural and environmentalist associations.

    The collective effort, supported by the Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Crete, focuses on recording the olive trees and their ages in order to be salvaged. The goal set is to draw up a map of Crete with the regions where the thousands-of-years-old trees are located.

    Furthermore, a documentary translated into different languages will be ready by the summer of 2010 referring to the historical olive grove of Crete.

    Four olive trees that have been confirmed to be more than 1,000 years old are located in the greater region of Viannos in the prefecture of Heraklion, where tens of olive trees of historical value can also be found. Centuries-old ‚psilolies‚ olive trees grown in the region constitute a proof that extra virgin olive oil was produced there hundreds and probably thousands of years ago.

    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Tuesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Dimitris Papaggelopoulos' appointment to the helm of the EYP (National Information Service), revelations of the activities of the organised crime and hired killers gang that had abducted shipowner Pericles Panagopoulos in January from EYP phone surveillance tapes, and prime minister Costas Karamanlis' message to Turkey that it must abide by the illegal migrants readmission protocol were the main front-page items in Athens' newspapers on Tuesday.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "We will combat crime with the EYP - Prokopis Pavlopoulos (interior minister) appoints Papaggelopoulos head of the Service".

    APOGEVMATINI: "The number of tenured teacher appointments increases - Education minister Aris Spiliotopoulos studying the abolition of the practice of hourly-wage teachers".

    AVGHI: "Forward, all together - SYN (Coalition of the Left, Movements and Ecology party) for SYRIZA (SYN-led Coalition of the Radical Left parliamentary alliance), from the party's central political committee".

    AVRIANI: "Green light for sweeping police operations targeting organised crime and terrorism".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "Ankara responded with airspace violations in the Aegean, as premier Karamanlis, in Madrid, sent a message to the Turks to respect the illegal migrant readmission protocol".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "What's behind the change in the EYP leadership - Sudden dismissal of the director (and his replacement) following the success in breaking up the organised crime syndicate".

    ESTIA: "Irresponsible stance by PASOK - Constant pressure for early general elections".

    ETHNOS: "The phone taps brought...terror-itch - EYP director 'beheaded' despite the dismantling of the '16-member gang'."

    KATHIMERINI: "EYP in the battle against crime, terrorism - Papaggelopoulos at the helm of the Service".

    LOGOS: "Government wants to put emphasis on the issue of terrorism - Sudden replacement of EYP director, with Papaggelopoulos taking over the helm".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "EU-Government: Uniform anti-popular policy against Greeks and migrants".

    TA NEA: "The Vlastos (one of the two leaders of the 16-member organised crime/hired killers gang recently arrested) tapes beheaded the EYP - Two ministers called for the director's dismissal".

    TO VIMA: "EYP as in...FBI - It is taking over the organised crime and terrorism activities - EYP director Korantis resigns, his position taken over by Papaggelopoulos".

    VRADYNI: "Four major changes upgrade the TEI (Technical Educational Institutions) - The education ministry bill to be tabled in parliament within the week".


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