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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 22 November 2014
GREECE 24 SATURDAY 22 NOVEMBER 2014 Page 28 SPORT Papas dominating the coaching world 9R earthquake to hit Greece, says Le Monde A publication of the French newspaper, following the latest seismic activity in Greece, receives thousands of shares worldwide, causing major anxiety A rather disturbing article in Le Monde entitled 'Des Seismes Sans Precedent Historique Sont Possibles En Europe' ('Facing the possibility of unprecedented earthquakes in Europe') is rapidly taking over the internet, receiving thousands of shares, while it causes great anxiety and fear to Greeks. The scientific article is based on surveys carried out by 50 research scientists, seismologists and engineers, who monitored seismic activity throughout the years, updating the maps of the seismic regions throughout Europe, as part of the SHARE (Seismic Hazard Harmonization in Europe) international platform. According to Le Monde's article, the areas most likely to be affected by future large Greece is among the high-risk areas that could possibly face a 9 R earthquake within 2015, according to the research. scale seismic activity - possibly of a magnitude that could reach 9 on the Richer scale - are Greece, Turkey and Italy. Crete, Rhodes, Samos, Mytilene, Patras, Cephalonia, Zante and Epirus, as well as a large part of the Corinthian Gulf, are depicted on the map in deep red. This report stresses that these areas fall GREEK HEADLINES in the high-risk category, indicating that it's not at all impossible for Greeks to experience earthquakes of similar magnitude to those which occurred in March 2011 in Fukushima, Japan (Tohoku earthquake/tsunami). Renowned seismologist Efthimios Lekkas said that he fully agrees with Le Monde's Athens dailies at a glance AVGHI: Only troika has red lines. ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: Disincentives to early pensions. ESTIA: Consensus, a national demand. ETHNOS: Who will gain if they take their pension now. KATHIMERINI: What Athens gives and rejects (to Troika). LOGOS: Seismologists fear the 'unknown' fault. IMERISSIA: Dangerous games. NAFTEMPORIKI: First attempt for consensus was left unfinished. RIZOSPASTIS: Hands off the right to strike. TA NEA: Banks block first home seizures. The seismic activity monitored during the last 30 years has intensified in the Mediterranean countries. report but wanted to make clear that in any case, with or without this survey, the possibility of a large earthquake can never be ruled out. "This is a serious scientific approach course we cannot overlook, nor can we fully embrace it," he explained. "Personally, I do not believe that it is possible to have an earthquake of around 9 on the Richter scale in our country. In Japan, where the catastrophic earthquake of Fukushima took place, the crack size was 300km deep, while in Greece the tectonic structures are much smaller. Nevertheless, nobody can say with complete certainty what might happen in the future. ime will tell." It is worth mentioning, though, that this is the first time science has been presented with such detailed charts and maps recording seismic regions in Europe. The SHARE team has been recording earthquakes over the last thirty years, while the project is said to have cost 4.1 million euros, 80 per cent of which was funded by the European Union. 101-year-old Greek could be Europe’s oldest driver A 101-year-old Greek man reportedly renewed his driving licence for another three years, and has probably become the oldest driver in all of Europe, a report on the kefaloniapress news site said. The report states that the elderly man travelled from the island of Kephalonia to the city of Patras in order to renew his license for another three years. Newer reports, this time from inkefalonia, state that the elderly man is originally from Akrata and only owns a summer home on the island of Kephalonia. Looks like Greece just beat Britain's Francis Morris, who at 100 years old held the title as the oldest recorded driver on the European continent for 2014. Page 29 SPORT Greek Essendon board candidate fi ghts for members Reports point to economic recovery but also the risks Centre of Planning and Economic Research says GDP could grow by up to 20 per cent in the next six years The Greek economy may be rebounding, but there are still risks that could derail this recovery, according to three separate studies published on Thursday by the Centre of Planning and Economic Research (KEPE), BNP Paribas and The Economist. KEPE said the economy has been in the recovery stage since the second quarter of the year and that according to its study's baseline scenario the country's gross domestic product could grow at an average annual rate of 2.4 per cent up to 2020. That would lead to the accumulation of 17 per cent GDP growth by 2020, with the more optimistic scenario raising that figure to 20 per cent. However, it noted that although growth rates are expected to be strong in the coming years, the recovery appears fragile for now owing to certain persistent economic problems and the un- certainty over negotiations with the country's creditors. "The uncertainty appears to be reflected in the spread of Greek bond yields [from the German bund yields] and the [recent] decline of prices on the Athens Stock Exchange," KEPE said in its report. The Economist argued that Greece was the surprise in the eurozone's gloomy financial landscape, but added that the political risk could undermine the economy's recovery. It warned that Antonis Samaras' coalition government, which "pulled the country out of the abyss" after two consecutive elections in 2012, may tumble early next year. The foundations of this year's growth were laid when the ‘Grexit’ threat was banished, it said, adding that if concerns return, the ‘Grecovery’ will certainly be affected. BNP Paribas estimated that the biggest risk for the economy will be the presidential election in February, but the economy is set to grow 0.8 per cent by the end of the year before expanding a further 2 per cent in 2015 and 2.9 per cent in 2016. It also anticipates a drop in the debt from 174.9 per cent of GDP this year to 166.7 per cent in 2016. Source: Kathimerini Huffington Post Greece presented at Acropolis Museum Huffington Post Media Group president and editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington presented the soon-to-launch Huffington Post Greece at an event in the Acropolis Museum in Athens on Thursday, saying she was very moved to be bringing the news website to the country where she was born and "where my heart is". The launch in Greece is taking place in cooperation with 24Media and intends to "cover all issues happening in Greece" while offering a platform for everyone, in all walks of life, to write and talk. "We want to give everyone a voice and for this to be transported to the entire world. Greece is a part of the world and we want to ensure that all the amazing things that are happening here are known," she said. Shortly before the start of the event, a protest was held by members of the group Occupy ESHEA, who distributed a flyer accusing the Huffington Post of exploiting labour.
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