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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 2 June 2018
20 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 2 JUNE 2018 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Greek bus struck by lightning near Greece-Turkey border, burned to the ground The bus was en route from Alexandroupolis to Orestiada in northern Greece when lightning struck. There were no casualties An intercity bus in Greece has been struck by lightning and burned to the ground. The lightning struck the KTEL bus on Saturday afternoon amidst heavy rainfall, while travelling from Alexandroupolis to Orestiada in the regional unit of Evros. It was located just outside the village of Monastiraki near the GreekTurkish border when the incident occurred. The bus caught on fire soon after being struck by lightning. According to reports, the driver was said to have reacted promptly, getting all 12 passengers off the bus safely before it was completely engulfed in flames. Fire services were called to the scene, taking six fire trucks and 18 fire fighters to put out the blaze. First Tesla 3 road accident outside US takes place in Greece The driver said the Tesla was in Autopilot when it hit a road barrier just outside of Florina in northern Greece The Tesla Model 3 has had its first road accident outside the United States in northern Greece. All passengers managed to get off the bus safely before it was engulfed in flames. Findings in Crete prove that man sailed across the Mediterranean 130,000 years ago In a recent study published in Science magazine entitled 'Searching for a Stone Age Odysseus' based on excavation finds in Crete between 2008 and 2010, it is possible that man had explored the Mediterranean as early as 130,000 years ago. Up until the discovery of stone tools which indicate the Neanderthal was already active in maritime migration from the Near and Middle East to Europe, scientists and archaeologists believed the travels of Odysseus as described in Homer's Odyssey placed some 10,000 years ago, were the first recount of sea travel. Apparently, that endeavour did not commence in the Bronze Age but thousands of years before that accepting that Crete, an is- land for over five million years, was colonised by people who sailed there. Based on the 2008 discovery of hundreds of Homo Erectus tools on the island dating over a million years ago, attempts could have even taken place earlier than 130,000 years ago. This new assumption is also supported by finds of possibly Neanderthal origin like the Stelida site on Naxos, where even more sophisticated stone tools were unearthed. It is hard to determine when smaller islands were cut off from the mainland but in Crete, Naxos and Ionian islands like Zakynthos and Kefalonia, paleolithic findings prove man was travelling the seas much earlier than 10,000 years ago. The car, driven by You You Xue, was in Autopilot mode at 120 km/h when it hit a road barrier located just outside of Florina on Friday. Driving along the E65 Central Greece Motorway southwest to Kozani, Mr Xue said that the electric car suddenly took a sharp turn. Veering towards the right, he claims he attempted to take control of the car and get it back on course, but was unable to do so, going on to hit the barrier on one of the highway's exits, resulting in one of the front wheels being ripped off. "The software, as I learned the hard way, is very capable of swerving the car which I think is abnormal," Mr Xue told ABC7 via Skype. Tesla stepped in to defend its product, claiming that as the Autopilot feature is only available in North America, that Tesla does not have "connectivity or service available for vehicles" in Greece or other parts of Europe. The Tesla 3 hit a road barrier near Florina. PHOTO: INEWS "Although we haven't been able to retrieve any data from the vehicle given that the accident occurred in an unsupported area, Tesla has always been clear that the driver must remain responsible for the car at all times when using Autopilot," said Tesla in an official statement. "We're sorry to hear that this accident occurred, and we're glad You You is safe." Mr Xue is said to be one of the first owners of the Tesla Model 3 in the world. He was on a worldwide road trip, driving through the US, Canada and Europe to promote the electric car and up until the accident had covered 25 countries, driving over 39,000 km. The driver kept his fans informed about his whereabouts through a self-managed Facebook page 'Tesla Model 3 Road Trip', with almost 12,000 followers, to whom he also announced the abrupt end to the road trip. "… guys this is it. The road trip is over. I'm sorry," he wrote. "Vehicle was engaged on Autopilot at 120 km/h. Car suddenly veered right without warning and crashed into the centre median (edit: divider at the exit fork). Both wheels (edit: one wheel) completely shattered, my door wouldn't even open correctly. I'm unharmed." Student from Kavala to represent Greece in Microsoft World Championship Efi Ziota, 16, will travel to the United States together with two other students to represent Greece Archaeologists sifting though finds which could prove that Nean- derthals, Stone Age people may have voyaged the Mediterranean. PHOTO: SCIENCE | AAAS A student from Kavala is set to represent Greece in the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship in the United States this year. Efi Ziota, 16, from the 6th Kavala High School took out first place in Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 at the Pan Hellenic final held in Athens on Saturday, where she competed against 100 students from across Greece. She will be joined by Anastasios Melas from Sparta and Panagiotis Nikolopoulos from Afidnes, Attica, who tied equal first in Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word to represent Greece. Presented by Certiport, the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship is taking place for the 17th year, and will be based in Orlando, Florida from 29 July to 1 August. There will be people aged 13 to 22 competing from 140 countries around the world. The competition evaluates participants' skills in Microsoft applications from 2013 to 2016, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. It is an impressive achievement for the three Greek representatives, especially given that some 700,000 students competed in the preliminary stages of the competition. The first place prize winner of the championships takes home $7,000, among a host of other prizes. Efi Ziota will represent Greece at the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship in Florida.
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