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‘Stranded’ rosy pelicans flown by plane from Cyprus to Lake Kerkini in Greece

Two young rosy pelicans that failed to complete their migration and became "stranded" in Cyprus were transferred by plane to Kerkini Lake a few days ago, ANA reports. The birds were escorted by two representatives of the Fauna Department of the Interior Ministry of Cyprus and were released near the pelicans' rest islet in Lithotopos, Kerkini. 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: shankar s. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek FM: Libya’s Ambassador given 72-hour deadline to leave the country

"Libya's Ambassador was summoned to the foreign ministry this morning, where he was informed of the decision for his expulsion. He was given a 72-hour deadline to leave the country," Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias announced on Friday, according to ANA. The foreign minister noted that the decision reflects the Greek government's dissatisfaction with the Tripoli government and pointed out that it was taken after "the Libyan side did not meet the terms that we set." Dendias added that the text of the deal between Turkey and Libya bears the signature of the Libyan foreign minister, who had provided the Greek side with assurances of the opposite in September. 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: Orlovic Let's block ads! (Why?)

Signing of the «golden» contract for Athens Metro Line 4 imminent

A major step regarding the tender for Athens Metro Line 4 is expected in the following days as, according to well-informed sources, Attiko Metro’s BoD will reach a decision for the continuation of the process, ypodomes.com reports. This entails that the tender will resume and, for a period of 10 days, the 2 remaining consortia will be able to scrutinize each other’s technical dossiers. Then, should they wish, they will be able to file appeals against each other for a period of about 30 days, that -once again- could go as high as the Council of State. This will be the next critical point for the completion of the tender. Market sources are quite sure that both parties will try in a legal way to disqualify their opponent in order to continue alone in the 1.8bn-euro (incl. VAT) «golden» bids. «The contract is that big, giving so much business and financial strength to the winner for the next decade, that it will take a battle that may be judged on the most unlikely deficiencies that could be observed in the technical offers», the same sources told ypodomes.com. In Attiko Metro, nevertheless, they do not hide their optimism that, in any case, after a «difficult» 2019 with multiple judicial hurdles, we are finally at the end of the process. A major goal is for the contract to be signed in 2020, enabling the beginning of the construction phase. For now, there are not any guesses on when exactly we will reach the «point zero» of the tender, which is the day when the bids are going to open. In the event that both AKTOR-ANSALDOBREDA-HITACHI consortium and AVAX-GHELLA-ALSTOM consortium are still in the race, we will have to wait in order to find out who will become the contractor for the construction of Athens’ new Metro Line 4. The absolute criterion will be the discount rate. Officials close to the tender believe there won’t be any very large discounts due to the very high budget that increases dramatically the risk. The «golden» contract will have an initial duration of 96 months, that is, 8 years. The funding of the project will be secured by NSRF 2014-2020 as well as EIB. 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: GianniM Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek metallurgy firm becomes Aluminium Stewardship Initiative member

Mytilineos Group announced that its Metallurgy Business Unit has joined the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) as a Production and Transformation member, ANA reports. According to the announcement on Thursday, ASI is a global, multi-stakeholder, non-profit standards-setting and certification organization, that has developed an independent certification program to ensure that the principles of Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility, Governance, and Human Rights are increasingly integrated into the production, use, and recycling of aluminum. Major global aluminum/ alumina producers, such as Rio Tinto, Alcoa Hydrο and Rusal, have joined this initiative, with a commitment to maximizing the contribution of aluminum to a sustainable society. The ASI standards set out principles and criteria relating to society, the environment and governance in order to ensure compliance with the sustainability commitments of the aluminum value chain. 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?)

EU VP Schinas and Commissioner Johansson conclude migration talks in Turkey

European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas and Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson met "in a constructive round of talks" with Turkey's leadership on Friday, to discuss the migration issue, according to ANA. Schinas and Johansson announced in a joint statement they met in Ankara with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Vice President Fuat Oktay, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister and Director for EU Affairs Faruk Kaymakcı, as well as Deputy Speaker of the Turkish parliament, CHP Ankara MP Levent Gok. 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?)

Beben erschreckt Südkreta

Die Großinsel Kreta wurde am heutigen Freitagvormittag (6.12., 10.45 Uhr) von einem Beben der Stärke 4,5 erschüttert. Verletzt wurde niemand; auch Schäden wurden bisher keine gemeldet. Das Epizentrum lag nach Angaben der Athener Sternwarte im Meer, etwa 28 Kilometer südwestlich der Stadt Sfakia.Angaben griechischer Medien zufolge konnte man das Beben vor allem im Süden Kretas wahrnehmen, aber auch in der an der Nordküste gelegenen Stadt Chania. Erst Ende November (27.11.) hatte sich nordwestlich von Kreta ein Seebeben der Stärke 61,1 ereignet.(Griechenland Zeitung / rs) Let's block ads! (Why?)

Ein Todesopfer bei Brand in Flüchtlingslager auf Lesbos

Am Donnerstag ist in einem Flüchtlingslager auf Lesbos eine 27-jährige Frau durch einen Brand ums Leben gekommen. Die drei Kinder der jungen Familie aus Afghanistan konnten von ihrem Vater gerettet werden.Bei einem Versuch, auch seine Frau aus den Flammen zu bergen, wurde der 28-jährige Mann bewusstlos. Er konnte jedoch noch rechtzeitig von den Einsatzkräften der örtlichen Feuerwehr in Sicherheit gebracht werden. Er hatte eine Rauchvergiftung erlitten, sein Zustand sei stabil, erklärten die Ärzte. Das Feuer ist einem Bericht der staatlichen Presseagentur ANA-MPA zufolge mit großer Wahrscheinlichkeit durch einen Gaskocher ausgelöst worden. Die Verwendung gasbetriebener Geräte sei in dem Camp aus Sicherheitsgründen verboten, hieß es.Der Container, in dem die Familie lebte, ist Teil des Lagers „Kara Tepe“, das von der Gemeinde Mytilini gemeinsam mit dem Flüchtlingshilfswerk der UNO (UNHCR) betrieben wird. Untergebracht sind dort 1.324 Menschen.Verantwortliche des UNHCR drückten ihr Bedauern aus und besuchten gemeinsam mit dem Bürgermeister von Mytilini und der Lagerleitung den Ort der Tragödie. (Griechenland Zeitung / jor) Let's block ads! (Why?)

Athens more sparkling and magical than ever this Christmas – full program of events

"This Christmas, the City of Athens brings sparkle and magic" announced the Greek capital's Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis who will light up the Municipality's Christmas tree on December 10 and officially launch numerous events across the city. As Mr. Bakoyannis points out in his Christmas Holiday Season message "You can now add your own wishes and go out looking for unique happenings, creative activities and special events in every corner of this city. Citizens of all ages, residents, and visitors, everyone is invited to become part of this great celebration in the city we live in, the city we hope... the city we love. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Joyful smaller and bigger moments for everyone!" Athens visitors can make the best of their spare time and the Christmas holiday by discovering what is going on in art and culture in the city. They can take their kids to Christmas theme parks and villages and enjoy inventive shows, concerts, and musical events in the streets. Later in the evening, they can dance their worries away in the rhythm of the nightlife. A Christmas holiday in Athens will remain etched on their memory as a fantastic experience.  You can see the full program of Christmas and New Year’s events in Athens here (in English) or visit christmasinathens.gr and Christmas in Athens on Facebook. 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?)

Pantanassa Monastery in path of fires in New South Wales of Australia

Pantanassa Monastery is in grave danger right now,  threatened by an out of control bushfire that authorities fear to be unstoppable, greekcitytimes.com reports. The fire is at the doorstep of the Holy place and every step has been taken to save the monastery with the use of sprinklers and SES ground support. The nearby St Dionysios Hall has been set up as an emergency base for fire volunteers and any emergency assistance. The Holy Monastery of the Mother of God ‘PANTANASSA’ is a coenobitic monastery for men situated on the Central Coast of N.S.W. Australia. The monastery was established in 1976 with the blessing of the late Archbishop Stylianos, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church (1975-2019) Perched on Mangrove Mountain, roughly 90 minutes north of Sydney, the Pantanassa Monastery stands as a contemporary rendition of ancient Byzantine architecture, combining current day design practices with ancient materials to create Australia’s first Greek Orthodox monastery produced in this ancient style. 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: Andrea Booher Let's block ads! (Why?)

First snow of the season falls in Trikala and Thessaloniki in Greece (video)

Locals in Thessaloniki and Trikala woke up to their first snow of the season on Wednesday with much of Macedonia, including mountainous parts of Halkidiki welcoming the pretty snowfall for Winter 2019, greekcitytimes.com reports. In the mountainous areas of Macedonia, such as Chortiatis and Filiro, the snow has fallen, as it has in Oreokastro in Lagadas and in eastern Thessaloniki. Cities of Florina and Xanthi have also been painted a pretty white with temperatures turning icy cold. Locals of the Trikala Regional Unit, who reside at an altitude of higher than 1,200 meters, have seen a white landscape, but so far there have been no road network problems reported. According to Trikala Vice-Mayor Christos Michalakis, authorities are on standby and alerting drivers to be exceptionally careful, while commuting, due to low temperatures. Watch the video here... 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: Visit Greece Let's block ads! (Why?)