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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 26 September 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2015 23 GREECE Chaos at Rhodes airport Passengers delayed 24 hours as runway sinkhole is repaired An eight-metre sinkhole which appeared on a runway at Rhodes International Airport in Greece caused the airport to temporarily shut down, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded overnight. A previous crack on the tarmac that hadn't been properly repaired reopened to a much larger extent after Tuesday's torrential downpour. Mainly vacationers from the UK, the unlucky passengers were delayed for 24 hours as they waited for contractors to repair the runway. Filling the crater took just over 10 hours and most flights resumed within minutes. The delays, however, spurred many Twitter complaints due to the lack of information provided by the airport's management and poor organisation of the airline. "The airport was closed for 14 hours, the runway has since been repaired and reopened at 6.00 am this morning (UK time)," Thomson Airways, one of the airlines affected by the closure, said in a statement. Source: Twitter, Mashable Planes have been unable to land or take off from the island of Rhodes after a hole emerged on the tarmac on Tuesday. PHOTO: TWITTER. Skourletis: It will be hard to keep PPC public CHRYSSA LIAGGOU Energy and Environment Minister Panos Skourletis will have less than 15 days to draft any alternative plans to "safeguard the public character of Public Power Corporation", as ruling party SYRIZA promised before the election and he himself repeated upon assuming his duties at the ministry on Wednesday. Skourletis, who had already spent two months as energy minister this summer, admitted that the government's hopes of keeping PPC in the public sector will be difficult to see through. This is why, sources say, the management of PPC is examining a plan for the sale of power production units as a "counterattack" against the very likely scenario of the country's creditors bringing the plan for a ‘Small PPC’ back to the negotiating table. r e m e P b T m a o a EPA/JUSTIN LANE c t b b The separation and sale of part of the production capac- p ity, power distribution network and clientele of PPC, known as Small PPC, may well re-emerge if the government fails to convince the creditors regarding its alternative plan for the privatisation of the Independent Power Transmission Operator (ADMIE) and another for the reduction of PPC's share in lignite and hydroelectric power production through auctions. Source: Kathimerini Acropolis museum one of the best in the world TripAdvisor users have their say Calling Larnaca airport home Mother and daughter’s 15-month stay continues In scenes not dissimilar from Tom Hanks' portrayal of a man living at John F. Kennedy Airport in the movie The Terminal, a German mother and daughter have been discovered living in Larnaca International Airport for the past 15 months after being deported from Israel. According to Cypriot newspaper Phileleftheros, the women have called the airport's car park home since arriving on the island in August 2014, after their Israeli visas expired. The pair were en route to Germany but decided to disembark in Cyprus, where they have remained despite German officials offering assistance for their return to Germany. The Cyprus Weekly reported that airport spokesperson, Mr Adamos Aspris, said the pair had declined help. "The airport has offered to help the Germans on numerous occasions but they have refused any aid and seem somewhat unwilling to change their circumstances," said Aspris. Mehran Karimi Nasseri, an Iranian refugee in the late 1980s, holds the world record for living in an airport. Mr Nasseri lived in the departure lounge of Charles de Gaulle Airport from August 1988 until July 2006. After six years of operation, the Acropolis Museum has secured its place among the hearts of local and foreign tourists and art lovers. According to the Travellers' Choice Awards released early this month by TripAdvisor, the museum ranked 11th best in a global list of 25 and made it into the top eight in Europe. "Honouring nearly 600 institutions worldwide, the Travellers' Choice awards have recognised the favourite museums that serve as cultural treasure troves for our community of millions," said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. The travel review website uses an algorithm to assess the quality and quantity of submitted reviews by users, and compiles its list of the top institutions on an annual basis. Ranking at the top of the list was the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, named best museum to visit worldwide, while the European equivalent title was awarded to the Musee d'Orsay in Paris. PHOTO: EPA/SIMELA PANTZARTZI. The Acropolis Museum also came first out of a top 10 list of Greek museums, followed by the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.
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