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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 07 October 2017
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 7 OCTOBER 2017 25 GREECE Trump invites Tsipras to the White House The two leaders will meet to discuss terrorism, security and immigration Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is scheduled to meet with US President Donald Trump in Washington most likely on 17 October after accepting the latter's invitation. The White House is yet to issue the official statement about the exact date of the visit. During the visit the two leaders are to discuss regional security, defence, and terrorism including the Souda naval base on Crete and its activity. The meeting will also focus on bilateral issues and the refugee crisis as well as investments and collaborations in the field of energy, according to AMNA. Migratiou.com reported that "President Trump is not expected to announce any dramatic change on the issue of the Greek economy but he will definitely stress the need for investments and debt restructuring in Greece" citing anonymous diplomatic sources in Washington. Last week Air China launched a new nonstop route between Beijing and Athens. The service will operate twice a week using Airbus 330-200 aircraft, reducing the journey time between Beijing and Athens to 10 and a half hours. The inaugural flight of 200 passengers landed at Eleftherios Venizelos Airport last weekend. A celebratory event to mark the new service was attended by Greece's Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Christos Spirtzis, and the People's Republic of China Ambassador Zou Xiaoli. In their speeches each emphasised the importance of the two countries' direct connection for tourism, trade and culture. Air China opens direct service to Athens Greek first lady Betty Baziana was on the first direct flight by Air China between Beijjing and Athens last Saturday morning. The new service will operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The launch of regular non-stop flights between the two countries' capitals is expected to contribute significantly towards the increase of Chinese tourists to Greece. British tourist dies after breaking neck in speedboat ride in Greece Doctors of the World warns of unmet health problems for refugee populations in Greece Over 60,000 migrants and refugees are reportedly confined in overcrowded camps in Greece according to data submitted to the United Nations. Meanwhile, most of their medical needs remain unmet, based on a report from humanitarian organisation Doctors of the World last week. The unsanitary conditions of the camps are aggravating the already dire health conditions while constantly deteriorating weather raises more concerns. Asylum seekers in Greece are granted access to hospitals and medical care but the public health system is struggling to rise up to the situation, and is strapped for funding and supplies. Doctors of the World found that 72 per cent of the health problems refugees faced were treated "inadequately or not at all". At the same time, refugee and migrant women found medical care difficult to access due to a lack of information about their rights or facing cultural restrictions. "Every mother deserves good care before, during and post pregnancy. Their residential status should not affect this basic right," Nikitas Kanakis, head of Doctors of the World Greece told Reuters. Antenatal care is especially important as there are significant risks of complications during childbirth or passing on diseases such as HIV or Hepatitis B, the World Health Organisation warns. The incident occurred on the final day of his holiday with the 57-year-old and his companions due to fly home the next day An inquest into the death of a British tourist who died after sustaining injuries during a speedboat ride gone wrong in Greece, has revealed the man suffered fatal injuries to his neck resulting in his death when another rider was thrown into the air, landing on him. Fifty-seven-year-old Simon Crewe died on 23 May following a ride on the last day of his holiday, which involved an inflatable sofa-dinghy off the Costa Costa beach in Lassi, Kefalonia. Mr Crewe was on the dinghy with his brother David, who was struck on the head by an unknown object, and a friend who was thrown into the air, landing in the sea unconscious. Meanwhile, Mr Crewe's partner Vicki Hewitt was in the speedboat ahead and watched on as the driver carried out first aid to revive him. "Simon had his heart set on having a go on the inflatable yellow sofa we'd seen being pulled out by speedboat - a bit like the banana boat rides," said David of his brother following the incident. "He loved fun and we'd had a brilliant week's holiday. "It was the last day and about 5.00 pm, so me and the two other men from our party of six agreed and got on the sofa." The dinghy could seat up to eight people, but only three men were on it at the time of the incident. "The ride had begun and there was a massive bang," David recalled. "Something hit my head. I thought we must have hit a wave. Our friend was thrown into the sea and disappeared completely. "I turned to Simon and ...I don't know what had happened, but I watched him die." The inquest held at Leicester Town Hall failed to reveal what exactly resulted in the ride going wrong. Simon Crewe and his partner Vicki Hewitt on their holiday in Kefalonia. PHOTO: BBC Greece’s Central Archaeological Council declares part of Elliniko site of archaeological interest KAS, Greece's Central Archaeological Council and the top advisory body on the protection of antiquities, has ruled that more than 30 hectares in Elliniko is of archaeological interest. On Tuesday the council met for the fourth time in a month to discuss the case, as the location of the archaeological findings coincides with the 620 hectare plot of a planned real estate investment. It is not yet clear to what extent this ruling will affect the commercial development of the former international airport by Greek company Lamda, who signed a 99-year lease with the state in 2014. Lamda and its co-investors from China and the UAE are extremely disappointed Kathimerini reports, having submitted an €8 billion plan in July, committing to turn the site into one of Europe's biggest coastal resorts.
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