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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-02-01

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Three amateur fishermen drown in rough seas
  • [02] Ecumenical Patriarch honoured
  • [03] Rallying of political world

  • [01] Three amateur fishermen drown in rough seas

    Three amateur fishermen men, two Greeks and an Albanian, were found drowned on Monday in the sea region of Tolo in the Argolic Gulf.

    The three fishermen had borrowed a boat on Sunday and went fishing, but apparently got caught in a sudden squall that hit the area, with wind velocity reaching up to 7 on the beaufort scale.

    Late Sunday, the owner of the boat informed the Coast Guard that the fishermen had not returned and the authorities launched a serch and rescue operation.

    At 23:30 p.m. a Super Puma military helicopter spotted the overturned boat, while the bodies of the 45, 60 and 35 year-old missing men were found on Monday morning.

    Tolo coast guard is conducting a preliminary examination.

    [02] Ecumenical Patriarch honoured

    ANA-MPA/Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew was made an honorary professor of the Kalamata Technological Educational Institute (TEI) on Monday, while on Sunday afternoon he was declared an Honorary Citizen of Kalamata.

    Bartholomew, who is known as the "Green Patriarch" for his environmental initiatives, was made a professor of the TEI's department of Organic and Greenhouse Crops and Floriculture during a ceremony at the TEI's amphitheater during an international environmental symposium on the theme "Protection of the Environment as a source of true life and sustainable development".

    The ceremony was attended by deputy foreign minister Spyros Kouvelis, Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece, the political and military leaders of Messinia prefecture, and the TEI professors.

    Addressing the Ecumenical Patriarch, TEI president Andreas Kanakis paid tribute to the "servant of theology, academic professor, cleric and Ecumenical Patriarch, who contributes to the promotion of the unity of the pan-Orthodox Church in advancing the inter-faith dialogue, and also the Greek Patriarch whom the TEI declares an honorary professor for his immense service to Hellenism and Orthodoxy and also his contribution to ecology".

    Opening the symposium, Bartholomew noted that the century that passed has been the most violent in the history of humanity, a century of indescribable brutality of man towards his fellow man, but also of unprecedented barbarity to the natural environment.

    After two bloody World Wars, he continued, today a third world war was taking place against nature.

    On Sunday afternoon, Bartholomew was made an honorary citizen of Kalamata, by unanimous decision of the city's Municipal Council, during a ceremony at the City Hall that was attended by Kouvelis, and the city's and prefecture's officials.

    [03] Rallying of political world

    Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) leader George Karatzaferis called for the rallying of the entire political world "in order to have a vague hope to exit the crisis".

    Speaking to reporters before a party event in Thessaloniki on Saturday, Karatzaferis called for the rallying together of all the political forces of the country is required "so that we may have a vague hope of bringing the country out of the crisis".

    He said that prime minister George Papandreou "tried to turn night into day at Davos, and went through painful moments", referring to the recent 40th World Economic Forum.


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