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Photo of Greek Mum holding umbrella at son’s football game goes viral

A photo of a Greek mother holding up an umbrella during her son’s soccer match, which took place while it was raining, has gone viral, greekcitytimes.com reports. The Greek mum held an umbrella up during the entire game in an attempt to protect her son from the rain as much as possible. The scene on the football pitch brought to surface the cliché, “A Greek mother does everything for her son.” Giannis Panou normally plays the position of a midfielder for his team Kamena Vourla nevertheless on Sunday during his match against Parnassos Amfiklia he was required to stand in as goalkeeper and had his mum by his side the entire game. The “protective” mother of the experienced footballer was there for the 90 minutes and in her attempt to keep her boy dry, she held an umbrella to cover him from the rain when the ball was on the other half of the pitch. The photo was uploaded by the soccer player himself on social media and, as expected, it instantly went viral. Source: lamiaole.gr RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek yogurt copycats spreading across Europe

The Greek Embassy in Bucharest, Romania has notified Athens that “Greek” yogurt is being sold in food outlets and large supermarket chains across the country, despite an EU directive,  according to greekreporter.com The directive specifies that the phrase “Greek yogurt” cannot be used to designate any yogurt produced outside the country, as this would be deceptive to consumers and create unfair competition in the European Union market. The Embassy notes that a Romanian dairy industry is producing and selling “Greek yogurt from buffalo milk.” In addition, a supermarket chain has been importing yogurt from Poland and selling it in Romania as “Greek” yogurt. Greek MEP’s have raised the issue at the European Parliament as well as the EU Commission. The popularity of Greek yogurt has led to numerous copycats in other European countries, including the Netherlands and Denmark. The EU has also called upon the Czech Republic to alter its legislation to ban products labeled “Greek yogurt” which are not produced in Greece. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: ProjectManhattan Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek opposition chief: No to cultural legacy used as alibi to impede investments

Main opposition New Democracy (ND) Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Wednesday expressed his volition to overcome bureaucratic hurdles placed before Chinese multinational Cosco's master plan for the Piraeus Port Authority, during a visit to Greece's biggest and busiest port, naftemporiki.gr reports. He promised that if ND wins the upcoming general election it will not "allow the issue of protecting cultural legacy to be used an alibi to block investments." Mitsotakis met with the port authority's leadership, and was received in Piraeus by PPA CEO Captain Fu Chengqiu. Firm officials presented the center-right political leader with details of the 600-million-euro master plan, including new cruise ship piers, a new passenger terminal, expansion of the car terminal, new luxury hotels and a rail-linked logistics hub. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Nikolaos Diakidis Let's block ads! (Why?)

Athens suburban Proastiakos railway to be extended to Egio by end August

After the completion of an ultramodern double electrified highspeed rail line, whose first test run is to take place on Wednesday, the Proastiakos suburban railway currently running from Athens' international airport 'Eleftherios Venizelos' to the town of Kiato is expected to reach as far as the coastal town of Egio in the north Peloponnese by the end of August, according to ANA. ERGOSE has completed the construction of the new modern infrastructure that includes six tunnels of a total length of 11 kilometres, eight escape tunnels with a total length of 1,700 metres, 19 rail bridges, 63 underpasses and 10 overpasses that enable trains to reach high speeds exceeding 200 km/hour. At this stage, all infrastructure (tunnels, bridges, earthworks etc), as well as stops and stations on the 72-km section of the line from Kiato to Egio are finished. Also completed in April, through a contract worth 227 million euros, was the construction of superstructure that enables trains to run on this section. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: K. Krallis Let's block ads! (Why?)

Traditional Greek fast food souvlaki price to increase by 10-15%

Souvlaki, the traditional Greek fast food popular among locals and visitors alike, will soon suffer a 10-15 percent price hike, kebab shop owners are warning, ekathimerini.com reports. The reason for this sudden hike – which could take prices up to 3 euros per pitta-wrapped kebab – is the significant rise in the price of pork, which the meat industries and kebab shop owners can no longer absorb. There can be no recommendation – let alone imposition – of a horizontal price rise by the union of kebab shop owners that is set to be formed, as that would constitute a direct violation of competition law. According to a statement by the Association of Hellenic Meat Processing Industries (SEBEK), international pork prices have seen a rise of 30-32 percent since end-February. “Statistically, every couple of years there is a simultaneous emergence of several factors leading to a pork price increase. Usually the consequences are temporary and hikes are absorbed by the manufacturing industry and the distribution chain. In this case it is taking longer and a part of the price increase will reach the final consumer,” SEBEK warned. The Athens Professional Chamber called for talks to ease the impact on consumers, asking for a reduction of taxes. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Miyagawa Let's block ads! (Why?)

Trikala city in Thessaly of Greece offers 5 electric vehicles for public use

After innovating with the introduction of the driverless buses, the municipality of Trikala is once again taking the lead by providing five electric vehicles that will be available for use by both local residents and visitors to the city, ANA reports. The vehicles were manufactured as part of the European Union’s Elviten Project, which shows the usefulness of light electrified vehicles for urban transportation and sustainable cities. This is implemented by e-Trikala SA with the National Technical University of Athens’ University Research Institute for Communications Systems and Computers. Elviten, which was launched in April 2018, is part of the broader “Horizon 2020” programme and is taking place in six European cities: Trikala, Berlin, Rome, Bari, Genoa and Malaga. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: George Terezakis Let's block ads! (Why?)

Scenario for Athens Metro Line 4 extensions to be constructed as PPPs

Attiko Metro seriously examines the scenario of the participation of the private sector as the optimal way for the materialization of Athens Metro Line 4 extensions as well as the development of new metro lines in the city (i.e. to be mainly promoted as PPP projects), ypodomes.com reports. In a speech made by Attiko Metro's CEO, Mr. Theodore Papadopoulos at Friday's Economist Conference in Athens. According to calculations, the required cost for 120 km and 105 new stations that will form an 8-line network could soar at 13bn euros. As Mr. Papadopoulos also revealed, the company's official study for the network's development is currently being updated, in order for the needs to be specified. Concerning the future, Attiko Metro CEO noted that available funds from NSRF are now relatively small for the expansion needs of the network, thus referring to the participation of private funds. Besides, as ypodomes.com had revealed a year ago, a relevant study by a US company is underway for this very purpose. Indeed, in a scenario presented at Economist Conference, the budget for the extensions of Line 4 alone, would require nearly 2.86bn euros. As a PPP, the capital leverage would be 1.62bn from public funds and 1.24bn from private. This could be also translated as 62% of public participation, 28% private loans and 10% private equity making possible the construction of 26 km of new underground line with 20 stations, that will complete Line 4 with its extensions to Lykovrysi, Ano Ilioupoli and Petroupoli. With this model, operation would be carried out for a period of 35 years by a private scheme, average revenue per year could be 71.4m euros per year, and a total operating income of 2.5bn euros. Average costs per year were estimated at 17.8bn euros with an average ticket price at 0.67 euros, average EBITDA at 53.5m euros and an annual ridership of 95m passengers. This interesting scenario shows a lot. On the one hand, the inability of both the State and the EU to finance these large-scale projects, making the participation of the private sector necessary for the implementation of strategic transport projects in Athens -and quite probably in Thessaloniki later on- breaking the monopoly of the State to an area that had been traditionally public, as it has already happened with TRAINOSE and the Suburban Railway. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Marianian Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek ruling party bill legalizing unlawful seaside structures revised

ATHENS – After withering criticism that it would open Greece seasides to runaway unlawful buildings, a bill pushed by the ruling Radical Left SYRIZA to legalize the structures has been changed to take away a protection against demolition. The revised bill was sent to Parliament by Deputy Finance Minister Katerina Papanatsiou with changes made based on the recommendation on the Scientific Service, which found that the controversial clause violated constitutional laws for the protection of the environment. But the bill would still allow structures built after July 28, 2011 to stay up if they “serve the purposes of national defense and security, [or concern] projects of national importance and infrastructure work for public utilities.” Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras promised to raze after deadly July, 2018 fires killed 100 people, many prevented from reaching the sea by buildings erected without permits, blocking escape routes. Many of the deaths occurred in the seaside village of Mati, including 23 people found huddled on a cliff overlooking the sea and after he visited, Tsipras swore the government would tear down some 1,154 unlawful buildings around Athens, most on seasides. But in an election year and needing votes, he has reneged on that after previously going back on his word to reverse austerity measures before surrendering to the Troika of the European Union-European Central Bank-European Stability Mechanism (EU-ECB-ESM) in the summer of 2015 to get a third bailout, this one for 86 billion euros ($97 billion.) A debate on a draft that the Greek branch of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said amounted to a criminal act saw lawmakers arguing ferociously in Parliament and opposition from Non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) and environmentalists. Criticism focused on the possible legalisation of illegal construction by large businesses and hotels, said Kathimerini. “Instead of honoring the people and businesses who respect environmental law, we continue to reward illegality,” said Theodota Nantsou, WWF Greece’s head of policy. The head of the Association of Rural and Surveying Engineers, Mihalis Kaloyiannakis, told the committee, “Given that it (the bill) also includes those who do not have a permit to use the coast, it means that it will not only legalize those who built illegal constructions, but also people who have encroached on the land.” Greeks pretty much have been able to build anywhere they want without punishment or consequence, including protected territories and environmental areas and especially after woodlands burned, often at the hands of arsonists, with no law preventing building on burned lands. Read more at thenationalherald.com RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: WeatherExtremes Let's block ads! (Why?)

Extended shopping hours in Greece announced for the period before Easter

There will be extended shopping hours in Athens in the period leading up to Easter, starting on April 18, ANA reports. Shopping hours for the Easter period are as follows: Thursday and Friday, April 18-19, from 09:00 to 21:00 Saturday, April 20, from 09:00 to 18:00 Sunday, April 21, from 11:00 to 18:00 Monday to Thursday, April 22-25, from 09:00 to 21:00 Friday (Good Friday), April 26, 13:00-19:00 Saturday (Holy Saturday), April 27, 09:00-15:00 Sunday (Easter) and Monday, April 28-29, the shops will remain closed. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: pixabay.com Let's block ads! (Why?)

Aktor Concessions the preferred bidder for Alimos Marina in Athens

Aktor Concessions SA has been nominated as the preferred bidder for the granting of the right to use and exploit the marina of Alimos south of Athens for a period of 40 years, through an e-Auction procedure that the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund incorporated for the first time in a concession tender, HRADF said in an announcement released on Tuesday, according to ANA. The value of the deal amounts to a total consideration of at least 177 million euros, as it includes - in addition to the price that will be paid with the beginning of the concession - an annual concession fee and a revenue sharing expressed as a percentage of the marina’s annual turnover.  The concessionaire will proceed with investments reaching 50 million euros within the next five years, through which the Alimos marina will be modernized and become a top tourist port destination. The development projects beyond the radical upgrading of existing port infrastructures as well as ship-laying/maintenance activity will also concern the regeneration of the marina's land area through the construction of 18,500 square meters of building facilities and shaping an environment of high aesthetics. The aim is to create a center for recreation that includes green and promenade zones, leisure activities and dining areas, shops, hotel facilities, offices, playgrounds, and outdoor events. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)