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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 5 September 2015
GREECE 24 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Submerged village not Atlantis The site south of Athens dubbed an ‘archaeologist’s paradise’ The Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Education and Religious Affairs has announced a village dating to perhaps 2,500BC has been discovered by researchers diving off the coast of Greece. While the underwater archaeology team from the University of Geneva was training at Lambayanna beach in Kiladha Bay, they discovered the well-preserved remains of a Bronze Age Greek village. The specific, south of Athens, is rich in ancient settlements and artefacts; however A diver picks through the ruins of the city at Lambayanna beach. the students did not expect to find evidence of an entire village hidden beneath the waves. The settlement, which dates back approximately 4,500 years, covers an area of 12 acres and consists of stone defensive structures, paved surfaces, pathways, towers, pottery, tools, and other artefacts. Archaeologists returned in 2015 to perform an official and thorough inspection of the site, discovering several evident and well-preserved buildings among the ruins. SkyGreece leaves passengers stranded Surprisingly, the airline owns a Boeing 767 and leases an Airbus A330 Hundreds of passengers were left stranded abroad after Greek airline SkyGreece announced that due to Greece's financial state, it can no longer provide a service. The Athens-based startup had only been running commercial flights for three months, operating flights out of Montreal, Toronto, New York JFK, Athens, Thessaloniki, Budapest and Zagreb. Shortly after launching scheduled international services in May, SkyGreece suffered financial setbacks, mainly as a result of capital controls. "SkyGreece Airlines would like to apologise to all of its passengers who have been affected as a result of the company's current operational crisis," the official statement said. "The founders, managers and employees of SkyGreece care deeply about their passengers and have been working around the clock to resolve the problem." The airline, which only owns SkyGreece Airlines’ inaugural flight was only in May 2015. The company stopped operations within three months. one Boeing 767-300 ER, and leases an Airbus A330-200, that is based in New York, had pre-sold thousands of tickets to and from Greece. "In spite of the resulting immediate and dramatic reduction in ticket sales, the company's founders have worked tirelessly to maintain scheduled service," a statement on the airline's website reads. "Unfortunately, as a result of recent technical issues, the company is now facing a system-wide multi-day delay and significant additional expenses. Passengers should contact their travel agent to arrange for alternate travel and/or accommodations." A Facebook group has since been set up called SkyGreece Troubles, with nearly 1,000 people launching complaints. At the same time, owner of SkyWay Tours, Aris Sideratos, says that he has "no clue of what's going to happen" in terms of getting customers home. One passenger, Alex Repka, was forced to shell out extra cash last week when his flight back to Toronto from Budapest was cancelled. "When I had arrived and walked to their counter, there was nobody there, just a sheet of paper stating the numbers that I could call to figure something out," he told CTV News. Bessie Broussalis says her elderly father is stranded in Greece after his return flight to Canada was cancelled. "He is elderly. He is 74 years old. He has medication that he will run out of," she added. Source: Quebec News, DailyMail PHOTO: UNIVERSITY OF GENEVA. Researchers of the massive expedition overseen by the Swiss School of Archaeology in Greece speculate that the cause of sinking is either rising sea levels or shifting tectonic plates. Professor Julien Beck of the University of Geneva called The remains of a wall or street in the sunken village. PHOTO: UNIVERSITY OF GENEVA. the site an "archaeological paradise", saying the foundations are of a "massive nature, unknown in Greece until now". "The importance of our dis- covery is partly due to the large size. There must have been a brick superstruc- ture above a stone foundation. The chances of finding such walls underwater are extremely low. The full size of the facility is not yet known. We do not know why it is surrounded by fortifications," Beck added. Source: Spero News Greek vacationers act as good Samaritans Syrian refugee rescued by holidaymakers mid-sea Had it not been for a group of friends sailing around the island of Kos, chances are that Mohammed's odyssey would not have had a happy ending. The 28-year-old was among 40 Syrian refugees travelling from Turkey to Kos on a small boat with two paddles. During the journey, one of the oars was knocked by the waves into the sea and Mohammed dived into the water hoping to retrieve it. However, bad weather conditions and strong currents blocked his way back to the boat; his travel companions were only able to throw a life jacket for him to catch. When Mohammed was spotted in the water, he had already been swimming for 13 hours. Former-model Sandra Tsilligerdu and her friends were on a speedboat returning from their excursion at the small island of Pserimos, near Kos. At first glance, thinking that Mohammed was a diver, The picture Mrs Tsilligerdu posted on her Facebook page. they tried to slow down and avoid hitting him. As she told Mega Channel, once they realised the man had been left stranded, they dragged him up the boat, provided first aid assistance and tried to keep him warm with blankets until they reached Kos. On 28 August, the day after the incident, Mrs Tsilligerdu uploaded a photo of herself next to Mohammed and shared the story online. "We rescued a man who was in the water for 13 hours, in a half-fainted state. "He had sacrificed himself to save his friends and we came across him in order to rescue him. Feeling blessed", Mrs Tsilligerdu wrote on her Facebook page. According to reports, the group of Syrian refugees had departed from the Turkish coast at 5.00 am and when Mohammed's family reached Kos seven hours later, they reported him missing. Following a fruitless five hour search and rescue mission, the Greek coast guard assumed Mohammed had drowned.
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