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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-04-01

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

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  • [01] Farmers take up fishing in Serres flooded farmlands
  • [02] National Gallery hosts digital El Greco exhibition

  • [01] Farmers take up fishing in Serres flooded farmlands

    ANA/MPA--Farmers in the flood-affected areas in the northern Greek region of Serres pulled the brakes on their tractors and started fishing in their flooded farmlands – and this is no lie for the April Fools' day.

    "Farmers became fishermen," George Stoikos, deputy mayor of the Emmanuil Pappas municipality, told ANA-MPA, explained that more than 40 small boats have been sailing in the flooded land in the last few days, while some people have even thrown fishing nets.

    "The water level in some places has come up to 1.5 metres and is close to 3 metres in others. Pumping stations are almost underwater. Many seized the opportunity to go fishing and get a good fishing catch, as the river Strymonas brought a lot of fish from Kerkini lake. You can even see fish at the edges of the fields," he said.

    Police has recommended that locals move their boats away from the flooded fields; however, more aspiring fishermen show up.

    "I don't know whether this fish is edible. I do know, however, that home freezers are full of them," Stoikos explained.

    He made clear, however, that the main issue right now is to save the stockbreeding units of the area and put up as many levees as possible to safeguard the region.

    [02] National Gallery hosts digital El Greco exhibition

    ANA/MPA---The National Gallery in Athens inaugurated a digital exhibition of El Greco in the presence of President of Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Attica Region governor Rena Dourou and Alternate Minister for Culture Nikos Xydakis.

    The exhibition presents the artist's monumental works that cannot be transferred as a result of their size or because they are in temples and religious institutions. With the help of advanced digital technology, collections are recomposed (shrines, chapels, etc.) whose their works have been scattered in museums and collections around the world. Photographs that have been ordered specifically for this programme give visitors the chance to tour the exhibition, introducing the viewer in the creation scene itself.


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