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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 08 July 2017
GREECE 4 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 8 JULY 2017 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Turkish captain claims Greek coast guard fired on his ship PHOTO: DPA Turkey's NTV news channel reported that a cargo vessel sailing under the Turkish flag, named 'ACT,' came under fire from Greek coast guard boats in the Aegean Sea earlier this week. The Turkish Foreign Ministry said it strongly condemns the incident in which Greek coast guard boats reportedly fired shots at a Turkish freighter on Monday, calling it an ‘unmeasured’ act on the part of Athens. The Greek Coast Guard said it tried to stop the vessel following ‘an anonymous telephone complaint’ that it was carrying narcotics "There is no justification . . . for firing on an unarmed commercial ship carrying freight between two Turkish ports. Our sole consolation is that nobody was killed or injured as a result of the incident," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Ankara said it condemns the actions of the Greek coast guard, carried out in "disregard for human life, which is the most basic right." The ministry said it was important to notify the international community of Athens' behaviour to make sure "similar events will never happen again." The freighter reportedly picked up cargo in the Turkish port of Iskenderun and was moving in the direction of the Izmit Bay of the Sea of Marmara, Reuters reports. While in the Aegean Sea, the Turkish ship was alleged- Greece legalises medicinal cannabis The drug will be reclassified from a Table A drug, where it was listed along with heroin and LSD, to Table B Greek parliament has announced that cannabis is effectively legal for medicinal purposes across Greece. "From now on, the country is turning its page, as Greece is now included in countries where the delivery of medical cannabis to patients in need is legal," said Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. The joint ministerial decision reached by Ministers of Health and Justice was published in Friday's edition of Greece's Government Gazette. It was also noted that cannabis will no longer be classified as a Table A drug, where it was listed among the most restrictive narcotics including heroin and LSD, to Table B which includes methadone, cocaine, and opium. While there has yet to be an announcement regarding li- censing, as part of the change it is expected that the state will have the right to give specific licenses for cultivation of medicinal cannabis. Once the framework for cultivation has been completed, Prime Minister Tsipras said that the importation of cannabis-based medicines will be permitted. The decision follows on from ly approached by Greek Coast Guard vessels, which demanded that it enter a port on the Greek island of Rhodes for cargo inspection. The Turkish captain allegedly ignored the call, which led to the Greek coastguards opening fire on the freighter. "We did not accept this. They wanted to check (the ship), and we didn't accept that. They said they would fire if we didn't stop, they did what they said. Now there are 16 holes in the ship," the freighter's captain, Sami Kalkavan, told CNN Türk. Meanwhile, Kalkavan didn't specify what cargo his ship was carrying and why he didn't want it to be inspected. The Greek Coast Guard said in a statement that only warning shots were fired as a vessel carrying a Turkish flag refused to cooperate before returning to Turkish waters. According to the Greek official statement "the Turkish vessel was in Greek [territorial] waters, thus, when there was no reaction to the demand of the coast guard, warning fire was opened." The Greek Coast Guard said it tried to stop the vessel following "an anonymous telephone complaint" that it was carrying narcotics, however, according to Reuters, the Greek side refused to comment further. Forbes: Milos island in the top three best places to travel this summer PHOTO: AAP VIA AP PHOTO/ED- UARDO VERDUGO the announcement in July 2016 from the Greek Ministry of Health that a panel of experts would be discussing and analysing the prospect of legalising the drug for medicinal purposes. The move is a significant one for Greece, given the country's restrictive drug laws which have a long history, dating back to 1890. Forbes magazine’s leading travel writers Nancy Novogrod and Joan Roca, determined to offer their readers some truly extraordinary destinations, and embarked on a journey via roads less travelled. They still explored popular tourist destinations but decided to focus on the not-sohyped locations. The digital technology and luxury lifestyle experts also recently launched Essentialist, a new members-only travel service that offers bespoke itineraries and unique experiences at $1,400 per year. For Forbes they shared a list of the best places you must check out this summer. In the top three places to visit in 2017, specifically at third place, stands an island popular with Greeks, the Cycladic island Milos. "A lesser-known Cycladic island, Milos offers the luxury of seclusion and an authentically local escape," writes Novogrod. "There are stunning places to stay like Voronoi's Corrals, a glamorous house on a stone cliff with its own olive grove, or Skinopi Lodge, where three stylishly simple and secluded stone villas modelled after the island's traditional fisherman’s cottages sit on nine acres of property facing the sea." "WHY NOW? The airport runway has been expanded and there's increasing talk about the island among people who know," she continues. At the top of the list, again we find one of Australia's favourites: Bali, followed by Devon, England.
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