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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-11-21

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Cyprus President due in Athens on Monday
  • [02] Guilty ruling for captain, crew, of sunken Togo-flag freighter
  • [03] Culture and Tourism Forum held in Thessaloniki
  • [04] Two injured in boat collision
  • [05] World Day of Remembrance for Road Accident Victims commemorated
  • [06] Cyprus President due on Monday

  • [01] Cyprus President due in Athens on Monday

    Cyprus President Demetris Christofias is due in Athens on Monday night, and is scheduled to meet with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou on Tuesday morning.

    According to Cyprus government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou said Christofias will brief the Greek premier on the outcome of his joint meeting in New York on Thursday with UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu.

    Christofias is coming to Athens to attend an event at the Hellenic Parliament on Tuesday marking the 50th anniversary of the Republic of Cyprus.

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    [02] Guilty ruling for captain, crew, of sunken Togo-flag freighter

    The captain and five-member crew of a Togo-flagged freighter that sank off Cephallonia island on Thursday, causing a 2,000 square meter oil slick, were on Sunday found guilty of deliberately causing a shipwreck and causing marine pollution by a local court of misdemeanors on Sunday, and were sentenced to 5 and 4 years imprisonment respectively without suspension.

    An oil slick covering approximately 2,000 square meters was caused off the Myrtos coast of Cephallonia island from the sinking of the Togo-flagged freighter "Christine" on Thursday morning.

    The wreck of the "Christine" was located by an amateur fisherman on Thursday 1.5 nautical miles off the bay of Myrtos after he spotted a life-raft adrift near the spot.

    The freighter's six-member Ukrainian crew swam to safety, emerging at Fiskardo beach, and went to the local port authority on Thursday afternoon, where they told authorities that the freighter, which was sailing from Albania to Bulgaria carrying three vehicles, developed engine failure and a rift, and sank after taking on water.

    The six men were arrested, while a preliminary investigation into the circumstances of the incident was ordered.

    The six are temporarily detained at a local police lock-up facility.

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    [03] Culture and Tourism Forum held in Thessaloniki

    "Culture is Thessaloniki's natural and comparative advantage, and it, together with the people that serve it, will contribute definitively to the city's economic, cultural and tourism development," culture and tourism minister Pavlos Geroulanos said on Sunday, winding up an international culture and tourism forum organised in the northern Greek capital by the local Makedonia Media Group.

    Geroulanos also outlined the "Crossroads of Cultures" that his ministry has planned for Thessaloniki, under which the city will host a different culture each year with various events. The guest cultures for 2011 will be the Arab world and Israel, in 2012 Southeastern Europe, in 2013 China, in 2014 Russia, and in 2015 the United States.

    "With this new program, Thessaloniki will contribute decisively to bringing the entire country out of the present crisis," the minister opined.

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    [04] Two injured in boat collision

    Two people were lightly injured on Sunday when two boats collided off the coast of Niforeiko in Patras, western Greece.

    Two of the three people on board an amateur boat were injured after the vessel collided with an inflatable speedboat.

    The injured people were initially rushed by ambulance to the local medical center and from there to the University Hospital in Rio.

    Both vessels suffered damage in the collision, but not marine pollution was caused.

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    [05] World Day of Remembrance for Road Accident Victims commemorated

    Greece commemorated the World Day of Remembrance for Road Accident Victims, designated internationally on November 21 each year, at a special event held on Saturday.

    According to statistics presented at the event, road accidents are the top cause of death in the 18-44 age bracket.

    In the last 50 years, the number of lives lost in traffic accidents is equal to the population of a large city, while injuries are equal to the population of Thessaloniki.

    From 1965 to 2008, a total of 150,000 people perished and 1.5 million were injured in road accidents throughout Greece. Road accidents account for 3,650 deaths annually, more than 10,000 injuries resulting in paraplegia and another 45,000 other injuries, while approximately 2,500 children are left with permanent disabilities, according to official statistics.

    In Athens, the "Stop Road Crimes" initiative staged a public awareness rally in downtown Syntagma Square.

    (Photo: ANA-MPA/M. Kiaou)

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    [06] Cyprus President due on Monday

    Cyprus President Demetris Christofias is due in Athens on Monday night, and is scheduled to meet with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou on Tuesday morning.

    According to Cyprus government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou said Christofias will brief the Greek premier on the outcome of his joint meeting in New York on Thursday with UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu.

    Christofias is coming to Athens to attend an event at the Hellenic Parliament on Tuesday marking the 50th anniversary of the Republic of Cyprus.

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