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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 30 September 2017
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2017 9 NEWS FEATURE The ‘dirtiest’ restaurant in the world is Greek News blackout in Greece over health strike Greece’s major press union the Athens Journalists' Union (AJU) called a strike this week protesting the imminent closure of a vital health fund for media employees. The country was left without media coverage for 24 hours from Tuesday to Wednesday, during which time no news pro- grammes were broadcast. No newspapers were published on Wednesday while for the entire strike websites did not renew their content. Greece's news and lifestyle publications have been suffering since the financial crisis had hit media organisations hard in 2011. Several international magazine titles and some the country's own leading outlets saw their revenues from advertising plummet which lead to bankruptcy leaving many journalists unemployed. The AJU is currently pressing for assistance from the Greek government and media companies to ensure the fund remains intact. British woman visiting archaeological site attacked by dogs in Greece dies The horrendous incident involving a 62-year-old retired academic occurred at Mesimvria in northern Greece A British woman believed to be attacked by stray dogs while holidaying in Greece has died. Retired academic Celia Hollingworth had visited an archaeological site at Mesimvria in northern Greece and was walking part of the way back to her accommodation in Maroneia. Last spotted at Petrota beach at 4.30 pm on Thursday, she had telephoned her family in London for help after the attack. Her relatives immediately contacted authorities in the area, resulting in a widespread search. Her body was found by po- lice and firefighters two days later at 10.45 am local time on Saturday, with wounds consistent with being mauled by animals. According to locals, while the path Ms Hollingworth had taken was commonly in use, it passed near farms guarded by dogs, a source proposing that it is possible she was attacked by a territorial guard dog. From Wiltshire, Ms Holling- worth worked at Bristol University and was also an Oxford University professor. An active human rights campaigner, she had helped raise money for charities in Greece helping Syrian refugees. For years, a Greek restaurant in London had been getting the worst imaginable reviews from customers to the point it was labelled 'the dirtiest in the world' on Trip Advisor. Following the reviews and many complaints from diners, Zorba's Greek Taverna was raided by health and safety officers who found rat hairs in the kitchen, cockroach eggs outside the main freezer that was covered in blood stains, sewage flies in the tahini and raw meat on the floor. As expected, Westminster Magistrates' Court declared Zorba's food 'unfit for human consumption' putting a lock on its doors and the owner, chef Pavlos Pittas, 60, has been banned from running restaurants indefinitely. His company, Le Palefco, was also fined £12,800 (AUD $21,733). The owner of the Bayswater eatery had been previously convicted in 2008 for disregarding hygiene regulations. "Prohibition orders are not made often and only in the most extreme circumstances," Judge Margot Coleman said. "In all my years dealing with these sorts of cases your restaurant is one of the dirtiest that I have seen. The fact is there's a continuing trend over a long number of years of appalling hygiene in your premises. Owner Pavlos Pittas was banned in- definitely from running restaurants. PHOTO: TRIPADVISOR "You seem to run your restaurant with complete disregard for the regulations that exist to protect members of the public from becoming ill," she added. Pittas admitted all four charges of failing to protect food from vermin. Measles epidemic in Greece Over 166 cases reported this year The past year saw over 17,000 cases of measles in 30 European countries as monitored by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control. Forty cases resulted in death. On Friday, the Greek Center for Disease Control and Prevention counted 166 cases reported in the country with a steady increase in recent days, leading to concern Greece is facing an epidemic. Celia Hollingworth While the highest concentration of the virus has been reported in Romania, Greece is still very high on the list as Professor Takis Panagiotopoulos, advisor of the Hellenic Centre for Disease Control and Prevention told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA), early last week. Panagiotopoulos, a specialist in child health at the National Centre for Public Health, explained that 90 of the first 100 recorded cases of the disease affected Greek nationals and not migrants entering the country, highlighting the dangers of the anti-immunisation movement. Following the outbreak health authorities in Greece issued a public appeal to participate in vaccination and booster shot programs as the highly contagious disease could potentially have serious complications. The advice was not limited to children but was extended to any adult born after 1970 who had not had measles and who might need a booster shot. The most effective protection against the highly contagious disease is the MMR vaccine which protects against measles, mumps, and rubella. "Measles is a potentially serious disease. The HCDCP is systematically following the course of the epidemiological situation in Greece and worldwide, gauging the facts and may possibly, depending on how things develop, recommend additional measures," Panagiotopoulos stressed. Pickpocketing takings in Greece well over $5,000 a day Police cracks down criminal network targeting tourists One of the largest pickpocket gangs worldwide has been identified by Greek police making the case one of the most successful crackdowns on street crime to date. The most recent operation by Greek police saw 31 criminals rounded up from the wider Athens and Piraeus area, however, according to authorities 18 gang members are still be- lieved to be at large. The criminals worked shifts and even employed teams of runners robbing tourists visiting crowded sites and the county's main attractions, especially in Athens. They also targeted the elderly and people with mobility issues and other disabilities. In Athens takings from robberies exceed €3,500 (AUD$ 5,238) a day with public transport the main target as gang members used props including newspapers and maps as decoys as revealed by CCTV footage and witness testimonies. Meanwhile, a minimum of three people would distract a potential victim before another gang member skillfully robbed them passing the goods to another individual. The criminals, most of whom have been identified as Albanian citizens including a female that appears to be the gang leader, admitted using false identification to get burner phones and tip each other off regarding police whereabouts. Among those arrested, was a former Greek police officer who played a key role providing protection and leaking valuable police intelligence to the criminal network. "Police are telling us that since the arrests, there have been much fewer cases on metro, train and bus lines. This has long been a problem and we have taken a big step forward in tackling it," Alternate Minister of Public Order and Citizen Protection Nikos Toskas said. "We have 52,000 police nationwide and 16,000 in Athens, and have increased patrols in tourist areas dramatically," the minister said. "Street crime and pickpocketing are linked to the crisis that has hit our country and just as we have done with bank heists and supermarket robberies, we are determined to deal with it once and for all.” "We need to debunk groundless rumours about the supposed risks of vaccines, and inform parents and the public about the importance and safety of immunisation programmes." High fever is the first sign of measles and it usually begins about 10 to 12 days after exposure to the virus, lasting up to seven days. Symptoms include a runny nose, a cough, red and watery eyes, and small white spots inside the cheeks at the outset, then a rash erupts, usually on the face and upper neck spreading onto the hands and feet for a week. Measles can also cause blindness, encephalitis (an infection that causes brain swelling), severe diarrhoea and related dehydration, ear infections, or severe respiratory infections such as pneumonia. Complications are more common in children under the age of five, or adults over the age of 20.
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