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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 5 August 2017
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 5 AUGUST 2017 7 GREEK NEWS €7 billion project to transform Elliniko includes six towers Plans include a tourism, leisure and business park with a health and wellness area and resort, 5-star hotel, conference halls, and casino with coastal views of Athens and Piraeus Athens' former airport complex in Glyfada, Elliniko, is set to be transformed as part of a €7 billion (A$10.3 billion) project. According to the integrated development plan, the area marked as A-A1 will see the construction of six 200-metre-tall buildings including a metropolitan park arena, marina residential tower, an office tower, hotel tower, integrated resort tower and a promenade residential tower, reports Greek Travel Pages (GTP). The site will host a tour- include green and recreational spaces, and coupled with the unique design is expected to be the landmark of the area. Meanwhile there are plans PHOTO: GTP ism, leisure and business park that will be divided into a health and wellness area and resort, including a 5-star hotel, conference halls, and Former minister found guilty of bribery Former Minister of Transport, Tassos Mantelis, was found guilty of money laundering by an Athens appeals court. Mantelis, who served in the cabinet of PM Kostas Simitis, was given an eightyear suspended term and a a €50,000 bail pending any appeal, but he is not actually facing any jail time since the bribery charge had exceeded a statute of limitations. The court dismissed his claim that the 450,000 Deutschmarks transferred by Siemens Hellas into his bank accounts, were "cam- paign contributions," linking Mantelis with the large bribery scandal which has affected a large part of the political system. An indictment maintained that the money aimed to seal a contract for Siemens with the then state-run Hellenic Telecoms (OTE) for the digitalisation of its phone lines. Another defendant, Elias Georgiou, the former executive of the German multinational's Greek branch, was also found guilty of money laundering and felony bribery. casino with coastal views of Athens and Piraeus. To improve quality of life for residents, developers have said that plans also for other tourism facilities to be built along the Agios Kosmas Marina. To date the project has faced a number of obstacles which has set back the construction date, but once underway is expected to generate 10,000 permanent jobs during the construction phase, and 75,000 ongoing positions once completed. Pyrros Dimas: ‘Syriza made me leave Greece’ Olympic weightlifting champion and former MP Pyrros Dimas gave an interview to a sports-themed radio station in Athens and blamed the government for his decision to seek employment in the US "From the moment Syriza came to power, they cut 55 per cent from the Greek federation," Dimas said, explaining that this all but prevented new talent from emerging and taking part in international athletic competitions. The Olympian pointed out that only the Weightlifting Federation was affected by funding cuts, attributing this to his own voluntary involvement. "It was like they were telling me to pack up and leave," said Dimas, who now lives and works in the US as a weightlifting adviser. "Syriza essentially sent me away. It was a political decision," he said. Dimitris Papadimoulis, a Syriza member of the European Parliament, dismissed the claim by Dimas saying in a tweet that he "more likely found a better job in the US, rather than was booted out" and attributed the funding cuts to the doping scandals which had put the federation to shame. Mykonian restaurant takes out prestigious award Kenshō in Ornos won first prize in its category at World Luxury Restaurant Awards The island of the winds has given people around the world yet another reason to flock to Mykonos, and this time it has to do with its gastronomy. Famed restaurant Kenshō Fine Dining Restaurant has won first place for Best Food Styling/Presentation at the prestigious World Luxury Restaurant Awards. A chance to celebrate the high quality of standards in hospitality, the ceremo- Kenshō Boutique Hotel & Suites. Leading the team in the kitchen is head Chef George Stylianoudakis whose menu features imaginative and original recipes inspired by Greek and Mediterranean cuisine all made with local, high-quality ingredients. ny was hosted by JW Marriott Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam and was attended by 180 guests from over 50 countries around the world. Kenshō located in Ornos, a short drive from Mykonos Town, is part of the five-star For more, visit kenshomykonos.com/luxury-res-taurant/ 47 wheelchair-friendly beaches in Cyprus As the tourist season reaches its peak, the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) has listed 47 beaches with easy access to people with disability as part of its efforts to upgrade the country's beaches. Over half of the listed beaches provide full access to the beach, allowing for the wheelchair user to get into the sea moving on a wooden or plastic ramp. The other 21 beaches are partially accessible. They all offer hygiene facilities and parking places for people who use wheelchairs. BBC laments the decline of Greek ‘whistling’ language One of Greece's best hidden secrets has been given centrestage on the BBC Travel website, which posted a feature on Antia, a tiny village in Evia, perched on Mount Ochi. Antia's residents have been using a whistled language, not unlike the sound of birds, to communicate across distant valleys. The website found that only six people are left who can 'speak' that language in the village, expressing fears that the language, which has been used for 2,500 years, is facing the danger of extinction. Antia's residents have been keeping the sfyria tradition tightly guarded, passing it from one generation to the next. According to linguists, the language is effectively a whistled version of spoken Greek, in which letters and syllables correspond to specific tones and frequencies. Because whistled sound waves are different from speech, messages in sfyria can travel up to four kilometres across open valleys, or roughly 10 times further than shouting. This has enabled farmers and shepherds to conduct entire conversations, often complex ones, with nothing more than whistling. But in the last few decades, the tiny village's population has dwindled from 250 to 37, and as older whistlers lose their teeth, many can no longer sound sfyria's sharp notes. This unspoken language, which is not only the oldest, is also the most structured among the 70 recorded whistled languages in the world, all existing in remote mountain villages like Antia. It is also the one with the fewest living users, which makes it the most critically endangered, according to the Unesco Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger. A quest to resuscitate the dying language resulted in the establishment of the Cultural Organisation of Antia in 2010, which has tried to educate younger people in using the language and invited linguists from Harvard and Yale universities to record the whistlers' notes for future generations. Greek municipalities embrace housing programme for asylum seekers A housing programme devised by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to cover the needs of thousands of asylum seekers in Greece is set to extend to several city councils around the country, after the success of its initial run. The programme provides refugees with a year's prepaid rent, in selected apartments. So far, more than 30,000 people have benefited from the programme, staying in dignified conditions as they await for their resettlement. The cities participating in the programme are Athens, Thessaloniki, Livadia (cen- tral Greece), and a few towns in Crete. Supported by 14 non-governmental organisations, the programme recruits owners of small-to-medium-sized apartments (between 60 and 120 square metres) willing to rent them out for up to €400 euros per month. The programme raised €93.5 m in EU funds, which ensures its continuation throughout 2018, or even further. Bringing on board the local councils of Trikala, Karditsa, Larissa, and Nea Philadelphia - Halkidona, in Athens, the UNHCR hopes to have housed more than 22,000 people by the end of the year.
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