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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-06-22

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  • [01] Police avert 67 intended suicides posted on Internet
  • [02] 'Greece a yachting hub'

  • [01] Police avert 67 intended suicides posted on Internet

    ANA-MPA/The Greek police's electronics crime squad has averted 67 suicides that had been pre-announced in Internet chat rooms since the beginning of the year, a police announcement said on Wednesday.

    Police said the people were aged 13 to 48, and some of them, mainly minors, had taken pills immediately after announcing their intentions on the Internet, but were saved because police 'hackers' managed to trace them quickly.

    Police said that one surprising motive behind several of the intended suicides among both minors and adults were on-line games. More specifically, after being blocked from games by the central administrator after violating the rules of the game, some of the intended suicides had stated on the web that they would take their lives if the were not immediately reinstated in the game.ana-mpa

    A police announcement also said that other Internet users, including a priest, had been instrumental in spotting intended suicides and alerting the electronic crimes squad of such messages they had seen.

    In fact, the announcement added, the electronics crime division had received a call from the priest about 10 days ago that, during an 'online confession' via Skype, the man who was "confessing" had expressed his intention to commit suicide to personal problems, which was confirmed by a digital investigation.

    In every instance, the assistance of psychologists was sought to deal with the incidents, police said.

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    [02] 'Greece a yachting hub'

    ANA-MPA/Greece could become a global yachting hub, Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) general secretary George Vernicos said on Wednesday, addressing the final day of the Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum 2011.

    With the waves of the crisis having strongly hit sea tourism as well, Vernicos said, Greece was the ideal destination for yachting, and that could not be changed by the crisis.ana-mpa

    He also called for an open dialogue in order to put in place clear-cut goals for the development of yachting in Greece.

    The first target, he said, should be an ever-increasing number in the Greek seas of Greek-flag yachts "that give life to the remote islands". In that respect, Vernicos called for a fixed tax framework and protection of the sectors' professionals.

    On infrastructures, such as marinas and anchorages, Vernicos said these needed modernisation, noting that professional boats were already leaving Greece for other countries such as Turkey, Croatia and Montenegro.

    Hellenic Professional Yacht Owners Association president Antonis Steliatos outlined the situation in the field with dark colors, noting that bookings of crewed professional yachts had dropped by more than 80 percent in 2010 against the previous year, adding that a number of yachts remained anchored even today, since demand did not correspond to supply. This, he said, has a direct impact on the labor market as well, in this specific branch, and of the 6,000 seasonal workers employed on professional yachts, it is estimated that only half will be employed again this year.

    For the branch's exit from the "intensive care unit", Steliatos said that a targeted promotional campaign abroad is necessary, as well as modernisation of the infrastructures and training of the people working on professional boats.

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