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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 7 April 2018
GREECE 24 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 7 APRIL 2018 Mikis Theodorakis slams Easter lamb tradition as ‘barbaric’ The outspoken famous Greek composer says the custom of roasting a lamb on the spit at Easter should be brought to an end As Orthodox Easter takes place this weekend, Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis has taken a stance against the annual custom of roasting a lamb on the spit as "barbaric". "Easter is coming again. The days of the massacre of innocent animals are approaching for the sake of a barbaric [feast] that ought to have vanished long ago," Theodorakis wrote on his blog. The statement was written as part of a post on animal cruelty, after a video emerged online of two Greek soldiers from Epirus abusing a dog. "Everyday we are reading more and more cases of ani- "What does this say about our society? What else other than general decay in all aspects!" The 93-year-old is an outspoken figure in Greece, who has been known to champion left-wing ideas and policies. Legendary Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis. PHOTO: AAP VIA EPA/ ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU mal abuse, horrendous incidents that 'normally' would never happen but we see the acts are committed by people and – many times – by young people," he wrote. The tradition of eating lamb at Easter is a custom that has its roots in the Bible. The sacrificing of a lamb was common and referred to as a 'guilt offering' to God, as by doing so people believed that they were offered restitution for the sins they committed. With Easter marking Jesus' sacrifice for humankind, lamb is eaten to remember his selfless act. ‘Ignore Greece, it’s smaller than Istanbul,’ says Turkish Prime Minister On Wednesday alone, a total of nine Turkish military aircraft violated Greek airspace 31 times in different parts of the Aegean, according to authorities. Two pairs of armed F-16, three CN-235 transport aircraft and two helicopters reportedly entered Greek airspace in the north, central and southeastern Aegean and violated air traffic regulations 13 times. The armed F-16 had to be intercepted by Greek fighter planes following the international rules of engagement protocol. While tensions between Greece and Turkey increase, about Greece saying: "Do not take Greece into account. It is a country the size of one of our cities. It is smaller than Istanbul. As long as they stay quiet we have nothing to say.” Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos responded that Ankara's provocations "don't scare us". "Let them claim an inch [of Greek land] if they dare," he continued. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. PHOTO: AAP VIA AP/AMEL EMRIC a new statement from Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim comes to remind of the threats made earlier this year about repeating the events of 9 September, 1922. In that spirit, the Turkish PM urged university students to dismiss worries Meanwhile, a Turkish patrol boat entered Greek territorial waters off the islet of Paspargos near Chios island intercepting a migrant rescue operation carried out by the Hellenic Coast Guard. More cases of measles expected to be confirmed in Greece Since 2017 Greece has been notified of 2,345 potential measles cases Since the start of 2017 there have been 2,345 cases of measles flagged in Greece. Primarily affecting nationals in the country's south, of the cases reported, 1,390 were confirmed by a laboratory of which 797 were considered to be cases meeting the clinical criteria, reports Outbreak News Today. Amongst the laboratory confirmed cases there have been two deaths, the first an 11-month-old infant and the second a 17-year-old, both of which were children from the Roma community who had not been vaccinated. Also making up a large part of those affected are Greeks aged between 25 and 44 who were either not vaccinated or had been only partly vaccinated, among them health professionals. Meanwhile Greek health officials expect additional cases to be confirmed by the laboratory in the near future with the threat of spreading to other areas of Greece. Between 2016 and 2018 there were over 20,000 measles cases reported across Europe, 57 of which have resulted in death. People of all ages are advised to get vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella, with those born after 1970 given two doses. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. PHOTO: TECH SPOT DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Apple co-founder says next Facebook or Google could be created in Greece Steve Wozniak believes countries facing economic hardship, such as Greece with strong software development talent have great potential in the future of technology In an interview with AthensMacedonian News Agency (AMNA) on Tuesday, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said the future of technology could be found in countries currently facing an economic crisis, and that the next Facebook or Google equivalents could very well emerge out of Greece. "Intelligent people are everywhere and the tools for software development are also available everywhere," Wozniak said. "So of course the next company to create something in the communication sector, capable of conquering the world if it's good, could be founded in countries such as Greece." The statement has some weight. It was just last month that automaker Tesla announced they would be setting up a small research and development office in the Greek capital to tap into the country's strong electric motor engineering talent, a number of which are already employed by Tesla abroad. Meanwhile Wozniak expressed that he was no longer afraid of the rapid progress in artificial intelligence, but said that challenges and issues are expected to rise between technology and society in the next decade, but expressed hope that "the world is wide open to correcting them".
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