Friday, 19 April 2024
Athens
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04
2024
However, the contractor of the building work is still being held, accused of violating Article 286 of the building regulations and general building regulations. He received a deadline and is expected to apologize to the investigator next Saturday, while the owners of the 2-story residence are also being sought. At the same time, for the case the police is expected to draw up a sworn administrative examination with the statements of the workers, while for the incident the competent department of the Fire Service is also conducting a parallel preliminary investigation. It is noted that 24 firefighters with 8 vehicles tried to free the workers in the building on Neorion Street in Pasalimani, while the 1st EMAK was also called. The collapse of a building floor in Piraeus on Tuesday where work was being carried out has highlighted the plight of hundreds of thousands of aging buildings in Athens, Piraeus, Thessaloniki and other urban centers without a plan for the future. One of the main parameters of the problem is linked to public education and the legality of carrying out work, particularly in apartment blocks. Thousands of smaller buildings have also had floors added. It is common for many houses built up to around 1950 as single-story houses to have a floor or floors added. Despite the fact that the quality of construction in Greece is generally good, there is an issue of legality, transparency and individual building works, many of which are unseen. The issue concerns the need for thousands of people, mostly of limited and medium economic means, to renovate their houses, many of which are between 40 and 90 years old.
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Athens
19
04
2024
According to an announcement by SOS Children's Villages, these are gifts and candles that will delight young and old and decorations that will highlight every corner of the house, garden and terrace and will give an Easter touch of joy to all areas. The entire Easter collection is also available in the SOS Children's Villages e-shop, where those interested can choose from a variety of Easter gifts, candles, and electronic Easter cards to wish their loved ones. With every purchase, small or large, from the Easter bazaar or from the Organization's e-shop, the announcement points out, we send our own message of love, supporting the important work of SOS Children's Villages.
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Athens
18
04
2024
The group's total consolidated operating result (EBITDA) before asset valuations and other adjustments amounted to a profit of 132 million euros in FY2023, compared to a loss of 13 million euros in FY2022. Malls (4 in operation): operating profitability before valuations and other adjustments (Retail EBITDA) reached a new historic record of 81million euros (18% increase vs. 20226). The sustained strong growth in operating profitability EBITDA is mainly attributed to the total rental income growth (24% vs. 2022) as well as the parking income (16% vs. 2022, on account of the significant footfall increase). Marinas: total operating profit (EBITDA) before valuations and other adjustments increased 5% vs. 2022 to 18million euros, reaching a new historic record. Operating profit for the Flisvos Marina reached 14million euros, 5% increase vs. 2022, while Agios Kosmas (Ellinikon) Marina EBITDA reached 5million euros, 11% increase vs. 2022. The performance is mainly attributed to the increase in the annual (permanent) berth contracts, based on the new pricing policy, which continue to account for 100% of total berth capacity. The Ellinikon Project: the significant revenue increase from property sales/leases, on account of the construction works progress as well as the accounting revenue recognition, based on the fulfilment of relevant performance obligations, is the key driver in achieving significant operating profitability in 2023, within just 2.5 years since the purchase of HELLINIKON S.M.S.A. shares (25.06.2021). Operating results, before valuations and other adjustments, reached 65million euros profit, vs. 67million euros loss in 2022.
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Athens
18
04
2024
As he says in his post, the "polar storm" will also bring snow to the mountains and heavy rains. In detail, the post of the meteorologist is as follows: "Good morning! "The polar jet stream is displacing dust and dropping temperatures by 10 degrees! Also bringing snow to the mountains and heavy rain Friday-Saturday." Today is the last day with dust, with the mud rains keeping us busy until the evening mainly in the western and northern country. Thursday 18/4 is a transitional day. Local rainfall will occur in the west, north and east of the island country and the temperature will drop 4 to 5 degrees. However, on Friday and Saturday the "atmospheric river" (aerohemarros) - image - located high in the atmosphere will descend to more southern latitudes and will change the weather in the country with rain, storms, further drop in temperature and even snow!" Specifically: On Friday 19/4, large amounts of rain are expected in western and northern Greece, some snow at high altitudes (1400 m) and a drop in temperature. On Saturday 20/4 the most rains (locally heavy) will occur in the morning hours in Thessaly, the Sporades, Macedonia, Thrace, the eastern Aegean and the Dodecanese. Strong north winds will also blow. On Sunday 21/4 a second disturbance will create milder phenomena in central and northern Greece.  
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Athens
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04
2024
Ships remained docked at Greek ports and train services were halted as transport workers joined the nationwide strike by private sector union GSEE, Greece's largest. City transport was also disrupted as bus and taxi drivers halted operations for a few hours. Protesters marched to parliament around noon. Some of them held banners reading: "We don’t want breadcrumb increases, we want it all." Since a 2010-18 debt crisis when wages were slashed as part of austerity measures in turn for bailout funds, Greece's economy has been growing at nearly twice the euro zone rate and the country last year regained investment grade status after 13 years in the "junk" category. The monthly minimum gross wage was raised by 6.4% to 830 euros this month, the fourth such rise in five years. But many workers say the pay rises are not enough to keep up with high food prices and soaring rents and wages in Greece still lag behind those of their European colleagues. For younger Greeks, hit by a high unemployment rate, the high cost of living is an additional challenge. "Having such little prospects...and not being able to make ends meet is very hard," said 23-year old university student Elena Roza, one of the protesters. "The reflex reaction is to leave the country." And in a nod to France's overseas territories, surfing events will take place in Teahupoʻo, a village on the coast of Tahiti, an island in French Polynesia. The Greek average monthly salary of 1,175 euros is 20% lower than 15 years ago, while unemployment remains above 10%, the second highest in the European Union behind Spain. Youth unemployment is over 20%. The conservative government of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, which won re-election last June, has promised to raise the monthly minimum wage to 950 euros by 2027, when its term ends, and increase the average wage by more than 25% to 1,500 euros in the same period. But GSEE says it wants an immediate increase to 908 euros and wants collective bargaining, which was abolished during the crisis, reinstated. "The high cost of living is a noose around the neck of workers and pensioners. Growth should not only be for a few," said GSEE's Secretary for Public Relations Dimitris Karageorgopoulos.  
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Athens
17
04
2024
With a key slogan "we want real raises - we want our Collective Bargaining Agreements back and we want them now", the workers' representatives in their speeches emphasized the need for immediate action to tackle punctuality and to abolish memorandum arrangements that prevent free collective negotiations. "Together with the unemployed and pensioners, the employees of the private sector once again united their voice of protest against the living crisis experienced by every Greek family" points out the GSEE. The demonstrators, after finishing the speeches in Klathmonos Square, marched to the Parliament, where they handed in a protest resolution. The Confederation emphasizes that it will continue its struggle until the just demands of the people it represents are realized.   Vehicular traffic has been restored in the center of Athens Vehicle traffic in the center of Athens is proceeding normally, as all traffic regulations that were in place since the morning were lifted, due to the protest gatherings that took place in the context of the 24-hour nationwide strike declared by the GSEE.   Stopped metro, electric, tram Attica will be without metro, electric and tram, as the workers decided to participate in the 24-hour strike of the GSEE. The STASY unions in their announcement request a salary increase, beyond the minimum, to protect the purchasing power of households with low and medium incomes, direct recruitment of staff to cover the organization's permanent needs and immediate reinstatement of the National General Collective Labor Agreement to power   Work stations on buses, trolleybuses With work stoppages, bus and trolley workers are participating in the 24-hour strike of the GSEE. According to the OASA Workers' Union and the ILPAP Workers' Union, city buses and trolleys will run from 09:00 to 21:00 due to work stoppages (from the start of the shift to 09:00 and from 21: 00 until the end of the shift). The restoration of the operation of the vehicles will begin gradually after the end of the work stoppage and, accordingly, their progressive withdrawal for the depots will begin. The workers are demanding public, safe, modern transport, a collective labor agreement and staff recruitment, signing of a collective bargaining agreement. Buses will run normally on the OASA lines that have been taken over by KTEL.   Work stop in taxis With a work stoppage from 05:00 to 15:00 in the afternoon, the taxi owners are participating in the strike, while they have also planned a gathering at the SATA offices at 10:00. With the slogan "no taxis on the roads", the Taxi Drivers Union (SATA) calls on all taxi drivers to participate in the strike "for the 3 wounds that we need to close tax, project interception and multinationals".
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Athens
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04
2024
The workers are demanding direct hiring and employment contracts and are taking part in the strike against "the wave of austerity and shameful profits that affect the decent lives of millions of low-wage earners and pensioners," as stated in an announcement by the Metro Workers' Union of Athens (SELMA), which calls its members to Klafthmonos Square at 11 a.m. Moreover, the labor union of the Athens Urban Transport Organisation (OASA) on Monday announced its decision to participate in the 24-hour general strike called by GSEE (General Confederation of Greek Workers) with the holding work stoppages on Wednesday. The public transport buses in Athens will operate between 09:00 and 21:00 on that day, with the union demanding public urban transport, collective labour contracts and the hiring of additional staff.  
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04
2024
The primary surplus is anticipated to persist at 2.1 percent of GDP until 2029, which aligns with the Fund's forecast horizon. Factoring in interest rates on public debt, a government budget deficit of 0.9% of GDP is projected for this year, gradually increasing to 1.4% by 2029. Across the eurozone as a whole, a primary deficit of 1.2 percent of GDP is forecasted for this year, gradually decreasing to 0.2 percent by 2029. Concurrently, the overall fiscal deficit is expected to decline from 3.5 percent to 2.3 percent, respectively. These primary surpluses are expected to facilitate a consistent reduction in Greece's public debt over the forthcoming years, reaching 138.8% of GDP by 2029. In the same timeframe, the eurozone's public debt is projected to experience a slight decrease to 87.7% of GDP from 88.6% in 2023. General government revenues are anticipated to decline gradually from 46.8% of GDP this year to 43.7% by 2029, while general government spending will decrease from 47.7% to 45.1%, respectively.
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Athens
17
04
2024
Greece, which includes thousands of islands and which has the longest Mediterranean coastline of any littoral state, said last week it plans to create two marine parks, one in the Ionian Sea and one in the Aegean Sea, as part of the initiatives. "Quietly but methodically, Greece is playing a leading role in the defence against dramatic climate changes, which are proven to affect every region and every activity," Mitsotakis said in an article published in Kathimerini newspaper. Greece plans to present its national strategy on marine biodiversity protection at the "Our Ocean" conference, which Athens will host this year and which will be attended by about 120 countries. More than 400 new commitments amounting to $10 billion will be announced during the conference, said a government official, speaking on condition of anonymity. The European Union's Copernicus Climate Change Service said last month that ocean temperatures hit a record high in February, in a dataset that goes back to 1979. Overfishing and plastic pollution are also major threats to oceans. Plastics entering the world's oceans could nearly triple by 2040 if no further action is taken, research has shown. It counts 600 types of native corals in 2000 species of fish. Greece wants to reduce plastic litter in the water by 50% and microplastics by 30% by 2030, the government official said. The Greek marine parks, whose boundaries will be defined after scientific research by early 2025, will cover 32% of Greece's waters, Mitsotakis said. Greece has legislated the expansion of marine protected areas to 30% of its territorial waters by 2030. The plan for a marine park in the Aegean Sea has irritated neighbouring Turkey, which said last week that it was not willing to accept a possible "fait accompli on geographical features whose status is disputed". In response, Greece accused Turkey of "politicising a purely environmental issue". NATO allies Greece and Turkey have long been at odds over a range of issues including maritime boundaries and claims over their continental shelves in the Mediterranean. Mitsotakis said other initiatives underway include campaigns to curb plastic pollution, constructing charging stations at 12 ports for electric vessels and setting up a monitoring system for protected marine areas because fishing practices that damage the seabed will be banned. Greece wants to ban bottom trawling in all marine protected areas by 2030, the official said. ($1 = 0.9387 euros)
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Ancient Olympia
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04
2024
Just outside the site of the ancient Olympic Games, hooting owls break the nighttime silence at a white marble monument containing what’s left of a singular Frenchman’s heart. Baron Pierre de Coubertin was the driving force behind the modern Olympics, and as head of the International Olympic Committee oversaw the last Games to be held in Paris, exactly 100 years ago. On Tuesday, the flame that will burn at this summer’s Olympics — the French capital’s third — is to be lit among the ruined temples and sports venues of Olympia in southern Greece. The 5th century B.C. temple of Zeus in ancient Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games, is seen under the stars, early Tuesday, April 9, 2024 in a night-time image made following special permission by the Culture Ministry. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) And its first stop on the relay that culminates in the July 26 opening ceremony will be at this cypress-ringed memorial to Coubertin, where the torchbearer will light an altar in his honor. That happens at every lighting ceremony, but this year it will have a special resonance, according to Spyros Capralos, head of the Greek national Olympic committee. “We pay respect to the (monument) of Coubertin every time ... the flame goes first there,” Capralos told The Associated Press. “And now, 2,800 years after the first Olympic Games, we are happy that the (Games) are returning to Paris, birthplace of Pierre de Coubertin.” The French aristocrat’s efforts, inspired by the ancient games and his wish to invigorate a contemporary sports culture, led to the inaugural modern Games being staged in Athens in 1896. The seat Coubertin used at the renovated ancient marble stadium in the Greek capital is still preserved, with his name carved on it. Before he died in 1937 and was buried in Lausanne, Switzerland, Coubertin left special directions for his heart: It was to be removed and placed inside the monument erected in his honor ten years earlier just outside the ruins of ancient Olympia. The Olympic rings are seen behind the double face marble statue known as Hermes in the marble Panathinean Stadium, venue of the first modern Olympics in 1896, in Athens, early Friday, April 5, 2024. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) The future King Paul of Greece performed the ceremony in March 1938, following a blessing by black-robed Greek Orthodox priests. The grove is now part of the International Olympic Academy, an institute established to promote education on the history and principles of the modern Games. Born in 1863, Coubertin was the second president of the IOC — after Greece’s Demetrios Vikelas — serving from 1896-1925. His tenure included the games held in Paris in 1900 and 1924. On a personal level, his life was marred by family tragedy that might explain his single-minded dedication to the Olympics. His son suffered severe brain damage at a young age, and his daughter struggled with mental health issues throughout her life. Coubertin had no other children, and two close nephews were killed in World War I. (AP) The Olympic Flame lighting ceremony ahead of the Paris Olympic Games will take place at the ancient site of Olympia on April 16th in a public event that will be televised live around the world. The high priestess at the ceremony will be Mary Mina, who will hand over the flame to the first torchbearer, Greek Olympic rowing champion Stefanos Ntouskos. It will then be carried by some 500 torchbearers on a 2,000-kilometer journey across Greece, culminating on April 26 at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, the site of the first modern Olympics in 1896. The torch will then set sail to Marseille from Piraeus on board the three-masted Belem, a ship classified as a historical monument since 1984. The torch will be used to light the Olympic Flame when it arrives in France on May 8th, which is just over two and a half months before the Games begin on July 26th.  
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Athens
16
04
2024
Greece, signalling its intention to contribute actively to the international challenges of the global climate crisis, is taking initiatives to support the protection of the oceans and hosting the 9th international "Our Oceans Conference" (OOC-9), which will be held in Athens on April 16-17th, 2024, at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, "Our main goal is for this conference to produce tangible results. Not only to discuss environmental protection, but also to proceed with tangible actions and commitments," Hellenic Minister of Foreign Affairs George Gerapetritis said at a recent press conference. Greece will accompany the hosting of this international organisation with 20 commitments for the protection of Greek seas and the sustainability of economic activities. Commitments will be announced on the day of the conference, and some will be immediate, while some will extend to 2030. The first ones already announced concern the immediate passing of legislation establishing two large national marine parks in the Ionian and the Aegean, which will be among the largest in the Mediterranean.
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Athens
15
04
2024
“More than a year after the tragedy, the Municipality of Athens, with respect for the people who were lost and their relatives, wishes to honor their memory… We commit to the creation of a monument to honor the memory of our fellow human beings,” said Mayor Haris Doukas. The location and type of monument will be decided together with the competent services of the municipality, in consultation with the association of the relatives of the victims. The collision claimed the lives of 57 people, while scores of others were injured.
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