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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 31 March 2018
22 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 31 MARCH 2018 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Three smugglers of precious Hellenic and Roman antiquities arrested After receiving a tip-off, police also managed to seize a precious Hellenic statue that was being sold off for €500,000 Greek police have managed to break an antiquity smuggling ring, after receiving a tip-off two months ago. Operating out of Sparti in the southern Peloponnese region of Greece, three men, aged 44, 48, and 57, were arrested in the town's main square, and have been detained on pending charges of illegally trading antiquities. As a result of the arrests, police also managed to seize a marble statue believed to date back to the Hellenistic era, which the smugglers were looking to sell on the black market for €500,000. Standing at 55 centimetres tall and without a head, it is believed to represent the ancient goddess of health (Ygeia). On Friday, undercover police posing as interested buyers met with the men to negotiate the purchase. Further investigations have also been carried out at the detainees’ homes, revealing four other antiq- The seized statue is believed to represent the ancient goddess of health (Ygeia). uities from the Hellenistic and Roman eras that have since been seized. While of lower value to the statue, which archaeologists believe could be worth a lot of money, all the objects hold great historic and cultural value. Also found on the premises and confiscated were metal detectors, pistols, flares, and pepper spray. First crematorium in Greece to be up and running in 2019 Despite opposition from the Church of Greece, the construction of Thessaloniki’s Cremation Center is well underway The construction of Thessaloniki's first crematorium is well underway at the First Municipal Cemetery in Thermi. Last week, during a tour of ongoing municipal initiatives the port city's mayor, Yiannis Boutaris was optimistic it would be up and running by the first half of 2019. "The process has moved forward quite significantly," he said. "All that is left is the local zoning plan, which we believe will be finished and approved by the end of the summer." Since cremations were legalised in Greece in 2006 there has been strong op- position from the Church of Greece. Aside from religious motivations, traditional burials are also a significant source of revenue for the funeral industry, local churches and municipalities. Currently those seeking to cremate their deceased loved ones have been transporting the bodies to Bulgaria with the estimated price tag of €10,000. Once local cremation centres are open and running, the average cost will be around €500 to €600. In addition to the crematorium underway in Thessaloniki, there are also plans to construct similar centres in Athens and Patra. Dracopoulos: ‘There is no greater thing than the love for one’s country’ President of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Andreas Dracopoulos has been awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Honour, Greece’s highest civilian honour, for his contribution to Greece Not many people can say that they have received Greece's highest civilian honour, but among those who can, president of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Andreas Dracopoulos is a worthy recipient. On Monday he was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Honour by Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos in a special ceremony held at the Presidential Mansion in Athens. The medal, according to Mr Pavlopoulos who spoke at the event, is an expression of Greece's gratitude for the significant contribution made to the country by the SNF and Mr Dracopoulos. Just recently the Foundation made a multimillion euro donation to improve the country's healthcare. "With this truly massive (L-R) President of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Andreas Dracopoulos being awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Honour by Greece’s President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Monday. PHOTO: PRESS-GR.COM contribution, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, under your leadership, continues the tradition of national benefactors," said Mr Pavlopoulos. "Not only is it continuing it, but because of the size of the donations it surpasses this tradition, opens new horizons and constitutes an example to follow for many others." Mr Dracopoulos made a heartfelt speech in response to Mr Pavlopoulos' address, expressing his own gratitude for the award, and dedicated it to all who go above and beyond to assist their fellow citizens and to inspire others. "The honour bestowed upon me today is a reward for all of us – Stavros Niarchos, all my colleagues at the Foundation and all the donees-associates of the foundation, my family, my friends who have stood by me in my life, through good and bad. It is an honour that I carry in my soul and which I bequeath to my children as a real badge and a reminder that there is no greater thing than the love for one's country, as each of us defines it," he said. "Our country is our home, it is our homeland, our family and our friends, our country is any land that adopts us, encourages us to create, to offer, to return to it. Our country is our world." Stavros Niarchos Foundation signs €250 million healthcare deal with Greece The Greek government has signed an agreement with the charitable SNF, which includes a plan to construct a children’s hospital in Thessaloniki Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has signed an agreement with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) to build a hospital, and to improve resources of existing facilities. The deal was officiated on Wednesday 21 March for up to €250 million (AU$399 million). The funds will markedly help Greece, which is still overcoming the financial crisis, and will be put towards building a children's hospital in Thessaloniki. The rest of the funds will be used to construct new buildings in existing hospitals in the Greek capital, and in Komotini, and to better equipping the air ambulance service. Founded by Stavros Spyros Niarchos, it is not the first time the SNF has extended its philanthropy to the Greek state and abroad. Having started its grant making efforts in 1996, it has continued to uphold its founder's commitment to Greece and Hellenism, along with his interest in supporting education, social welfare, health, arts and culture. PHOTO: UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA Turkey condemned by EU leaders for ‘illegal actions’ PHOTO: CREMATION INSTITUTE Turkey has come under fire from leaders of the European Union, who, during a meeting in Brussels last week condemned the country for its aggression towards Greece and Cyprus. In a draft common statement, the European Council said that it "strongly condemns Turkey's continued illegal actions in the At a meeting in Brussels the leaders expressed their solidarity with Greece and Cyprus, calling on Ankara to release the two Greek soldiers in Turkish custody for over four weeks now draft read. Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea", and underlined its "full solidarity with Cyprus and Greece". "The European Council urgently calls on Turkey to cease these actions and respect the sovereign rights of Cyprus to explore and exploit its natural resources in accordance with EU and International Law," the Meanwhile, the European Union also called upon Akara to release the two Greek soldiers who have been in custody for over four weeks. They expressed "grave concern" about the continued detention of EU citizens in Turkey and called for the "swift and positive resolution of these issues in a dialogue with memberstates" in line with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' encouragement on keeping an open dialogue with Ankara. A meeting was scheduled on Monday between EU leaders and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Varna, Bulgaria.
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