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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-02-08

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM chairs meeting on illegal migration
  • [02] PM to meet with KKE leader on migration issue
  • [03] Replica 17th century Spanish galleon 'Andalucia' sails through Corinth Canal 

  • [01] PM chairs meeting on illegal migration

    Prime Minister George Papandreou on Monday chaired a meeting of several ministers on the growing spectre of illegal immigration.

    The main issue, according to government assessments, is to retrieve illegal migrants from "obscurity", and arrive at a figure, while proposals were also made on the imposition of tougher sanctions on employers hiring illegal immigrants.

    The government's position is for the various categories and cases of immigrants to be evaluated, including those who are in a "state of tolerance" (residence over a brief period of time), while also taking into consideration the fact that several foreign embassies in Athens are not assisting transient illegal migrants, who are also nationals of the countries represented by those embassies.

    On the question of the repatriation of illegals to their home countries, the government's volition is for the law to be implemented.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    

    [02] PM to meet with KKE leader on migration issue

    Prime minister George Papandreou will meet on Tuesday afternoon with Communist Party of Greece (KKE) leader Aleka Papariga for a discussion on the migration problem.

    According to a KKE announcement, Papariga asked for the meeting with Papandreou, which has been scheduled for 5:00 p.m. at the Maximos Mansion (government headquarters) so as to set out her party's positions and proposals on the migration issue.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    

    [03] Replica 17th century Spanish galleon 'Andalucia' sails through Corinth Canal

    The Spanish "Galeon Andalucia", a replica of the 17th century Spanish galleons, sailed through the Corinth Canal on Monday.

    The 51-meter-long travelling museum, created by Spains Nao Victoria Foundation, makes use of ancient seafaring techniques with very minimal modern technology and virtually no fuel.

    The Gale?n Andaluc?a is a project conceived and developed by Fundaci?n Nao Victoria, an entity which came into being to preserve the only replica of the vessel that gave name to the Foundation, the Nao Victoria. which was the first vessel to circumnavigate the world, commanded by Captain Juan Sebastian el Cano, in the 16th Century.

    Built to 'reminisce' the trade path of the Spanish Galleon era, the "Andalucia" is an exact replica of the 17th century galleon ships from Spain that plied the Manila-Acapulco trade route, while even the furniture and decor were specially designed to keep the 17th century feel of the ship.

    The 51-meter galleon replica was built by the Nao Victoria Foundation to serve as a travelling exhibit of Spanish civilization and culture.

    Galleon Andalucia is mainly made of oak wood. It has 6 decks and 3 masts which support the manoeuvring of its 7 sails. The ship relies heavily on wind power and ancient navigational techniques during its voyages.

    On the upper deck is a pair of huge anchors perched on each side of the ship, with each anchor weighing 1,450 kilograms.

    Perched on the main deck is the main mast and replica cannons lined along the sides of the galleon.

    The captains steering wheel and other navigational equipment, such as the ships compass, are on the upper navigational deck.

    While sailing, Galleon Andalucia can develop a speed of 5 knots (about 10 kilometers) per hour.

    Caption: The Spanish 'Galeon Andalucia', a replica of the 17th century Spanish galleons, sails through the Corinth Canal in Greece. (ANA-MPA/EPA/V. Psomas)

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form


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