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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 29 November 2014
GREECE 10 SATURDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2014 GOODLIFE Page 12 Business through tinted glasses OPINION Page 26 Our way with words ... the powerful meaning of language SYRIZA leads ND by 5 per cent in Pulse opinion poll Main opposition party Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) is ahead by five percentage points over New Democracy (ND) in voting intention, according to an opinion poll by private company Pulse, broadcasted by TV station Action 24. PHOTO: HUFFINGTON POST A hidden ‘underwater Pompeii’ uncovered in Greece For years archaeologists believed the structures they saw underwater were merely remains of a submerged ancient port. But recent examinations are debunking those beliefs, instead calling the area, at the bottom of the Aegean sea, an 'underwater Pompeii'. It is only about six feet underwater, just off the coast of Delos. Here researchers were actually able to discover a terracotta workshop with 16 pots and the remains of what was once a kiln. There are more structures too, walls that extend the shoreline and colonnades can be seen. They suspect the area was part of a settlement and has remained hidden just off the coast for centuries. No-one is quite sure of the cause for the demise of the underwater area. The island of Delos itself was once the centre for an ancient slave trade, but remained shrouded in cultish mystery and customs which prevented anyone from dying or giving birth on the island. It became deserted around AD5 due to pirate activity, and eventually the building materials from houses on land were pillaged for nearby communities. Museum finds drawings from Schliemann’s report on ancient Greek remains A Japanese museum said Same-sex civil partnership agreements in Greece After many years of deliberation, the Ministry of Justice is considering some serious changes in the Family Law of the country. The extension of civil partnership to same-sex couples is being considered. However, according to a report in To Vima Sunday newspaper, the ministry is not going to extend this to marriages of same-sex couples. The extension of civil partnership to include same-sex couples has been forwarded to the legislative committee, as this issue has been brought before the European Court of Justice. it has confirmed 28 original drawings from German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann's report on ancient Greek ruins that could shed light on the excavation of a fabled palace. Schliemann (1822-1890), who won fame for his discovery of the legendary city of Troy in Greek mythology, is also known for his unearthing of the remains of a Greek palace named Tiryns. The Tenri University Sankokan Museum said the original drawings con- In the results, 27 per cent of those polled said they were likely to vote for SYRIZA, with 22 per cent for ND. They were followed by PASOK with 7 per cent, ultra-right Golden Dawn (Chryssi Avgi) with 6.5 per cent, the Communist Party (KKE) and newly-founded party To Potami (The River), both with 6 per cent, Independent Greeks (ANEL) with 3.5 per cent, Democratic Left (DIMAR) and ANDARSYA with 1 per cent. Five per cent of those asked said they would vote for "an- other party", 6.5 per cent of those polled stated their intention to vote ‘Blank/Abstain’ and another 8.5 per cent ‘Undecided/No answer’. Asked which party would win if elections were held tomorrow, 59 per cent of respondents said SYRIZA, 27 per cent said ND and 5 per cent said another party. Nine per cent didn't respond. Asked ‘Which of the two do you consider most suitable for prime minister, (Prime Minister and ND leader) Antonis Samaras or (SYRIZA leader) Alexis Tsipras’, 32 per cent chose Samaras and 28 per cent chose Tsipras. Another 37 per cent said they would vote for neither, while 3 per cent declined to answer. The poll covered the entire country and was conducted between November 21-24. Consortium wins Greek regional airports tender A consortium led by Fraport AG has won the tender for 14 regional airports in Greece, which served about 19.1 million passengers between them in 2013. Fraport-Copelouzos has been selected by the Hellenic Republic Assets Development Fund (HRADF) to manage concessions for 40 years at Aktio, Chania (Crete), Kavala, Kefalonia, Kerkyra (Corfu), Kos, Mitilini, Mykonos, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Thessaloniki - Greece's second largest city - and Zakynthos. tain notes handwritten by Schliemann. A report on the discovery of Tiryns featured drawings and other materials and was released in 1885. However, journals and other information describing the excavation of the ancient palace do not exist. Museum officials said the drawings they possess are precious primary historical materials that can explain what happened during the excavation process. Source: ajw.asahi.com The total purchase price of €1.23 billion will be paid by the time of closing, and is expected in the autumn of 2015, and will see Fraport AG hold a majority share in the consortium. Against strong international competition, Fraport and Copelouzos delivered a convincing bid to win the privatisation tender for these Greek airports. Fraport AG's executive board chairman, Dr Stefan Schulte, expressed satisfaction with this latest new expansion of the company's international portfolio: "The Greek regional airports add another airport investment with dynamic development potential. The choice for Fraport underscores our position as a leading global airport manager. "Our extensive know-how gained over many decades will contribute to expanding and strengthening the competitive position of the Greek regional airports."
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