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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 2 June 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 2 JUNE 2018 21 GREECE Government expected to double Greece’s monthly cash withdrawal limit With capital controls easing, the limit is likely to go from €2,300 to between €4,000 and €5,000 In a sign of a strengthening economy, Greece's capital controls are set to ease even further with the government expected to increase the amount residents can withdraw from their bank accounts each month by double. The withdrawal limit currently stands at €2,300 per month, and could rise to anywhere between €4,000 and €5,000. The catch is that the cash will have to remain in Greece, with the aim to increase local spending. Whether the government goes ahead on the plan, and the precise figure, will all depend on the country gaining approval from creditors, which is expected thos month. However if the increase goes ahead, not many locals are expected to take banks up on the offer. According to Kathimerini, with the average salary in Greece being €1,000 per month, those with over €2,000 in the bank are certainly not the majority. Data has revealed that the average working person in Greece withdraws below €1,000 per month, or closer to €800. Meanwhile, when it comes to international travellers to Greece, the Ministry of Finance is considering raising the current set limit from €2,300 to €3,000 per month. 2,500-year-old Corinthian helmet found north of Black Sea Archaeologists at the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) have discovered a Corinthian helmet in a grave from the 5th century BCE; the first discovery of its kind north of the Black Sea. The discovery took place in the Taman Peninsula, southwest of Russia, RIA Novosti news agency reports. The helmet was found se- verely corroded and quite fragmented, having been buried for approximately 2,500 years, as it is made of bronze. PHOTO: MILLENNIALS Number of working-age Greeks living abroad on the rise Eurostat data has revealed the number of Greeks aged 20 to 64 living and working in other EU countries has risen from 4.7 to six per cent in 10 years Over the last 10 years, the number of Greeks aged 20 to 64 living and working in other countries within the European Union has risen by 1.3 per cent. Given the country's economic crisis, the data released by Eurostat on Monday came as little surprise, revealing in 2007 the figures stood at 4.7 per cent, and in 2017 rose to six per cent. Meanwhile, the numbers showed a trend in the opposite direction for Cypriot nationals working abroad. The percentage decreased from 7.1 in 2007 to 3.9 per cent in 2017, down 3.2 per cent. But the trend noted for Greek nationals wasn't entirely unique to Greece's demographic. Overall, 3.8 per cent of working aged Europeans were found to be living in a country other than their country of citizenship, compared to 2.5 per cent in 2007. Revealed as the country with the least migration to other EU countries was Germany, with only one per cent of German's living outside of Germany within the EU. At the other end of the spectrum, Romania had the highest figure of citizens working across the EU, with 19.7 per cent. Corinthian helmets appeared in Greece around the 6th century BCE; an essential piece of military equipment for the foots soldiers of the fierce Greek phalanxes. The goddess Athena, or Pericles, is also frequently depicted wearing them. What is special about this type of helmet is that it covers the entire head and neck areas, with slits for the eyes and mouth, and protruding cheek covers (paragnathides). A large curved projection protected the nape of the neck and the interior was padded with fabric or leather to protect the warrior's skull. Often their crest was surmounted by a crest (lophos) with a Helmet of Corinthian type, found in the necropolis. General view of the burial of the Greek warrior. PHOTOS: INSTITUTE OF ARCHAEOLOGY OF RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES horsehair plume. According to Roman Mimohod, director of the expedition of the Institute of Archaeology at RAS, "the helmet of the Taman peninsula belongs to the Corinthian Hermione-type and would date back to the first quarter of the 5th century BCE.” Several Greek colonies were indeed present in this region with a settlement extending from the end of the 7th century BCE until the second quarter of the 4th century BCE. "These settlements were in very close contact with the Scythian inhabitants of the steppe," another historian, Iraoslav Lebedynsky, who specialises in ancient Eurasian cultures, said. Some cities founded by the Greeks in the region were Olbia, at the mouth of the Dnieper; Panticapaion, today's Kerch, in the extreme west of the Crimea, and Chersonese (Sevastopol); on the Russian bank and Phanagoria (Taman) bearing the same name as the peninsula where the Corinthian helmet was found. Athens beaches declared pollution-free by Greek authorities Following the catastrophic oil spill across the waters of the Saronic Gulf in September, locals and tourists received good news just in time for the summer Just before summer well and truly sets in, Greece's beaches along the Saronic Gulf have been officially declared pollution-free by Greek authorities, following a significant oil spill that gripped the area in September 2017. The spill, caused by Greek- owned tanker Agia Zoni II, which went on to sink off Salamis Island, impacted the shores of southern and western Attica across dozens of kilometres. While authorities attempted to clean up the mess, swimming was banned, as was fishing, for weeks. "There is no problem with the Saronic Gulf in regards to pollution levels from oil. People can swim where they swam before the tanker Agia Zoni II sank," Senior Researcher at the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), Ioannis Hatzianestis confirmed. He said that they started tests right after the incident on 18 September, with their work completed by the end of March this year with positive results. "We examined the sea water, sediments, and the general ecological quality of the Saronic Gulf, along with the marine organisms. In regards to the sea water, which is of interest to most people who want to go swimming, the levels of hydrocarbons were normal as of December," Hatzianestis revealed. The worst affected areas were the shores from Salamina to Glyfada in southern Attica, but as of December 2017 no significant pollution was found, nor were any remains of petroleum hydrocarbons. "We believe that the pollution was limited to the shores and this is why there were no findings at the sea bed. To tell you the truth, we were also surprised, but we did not trace pollution findings at the sea bottom," said the director of HCMR's Oceanographic Institute, Vassilis Lykoussis. As a consequence of the spill, the shipping company responsible for Agia Zoni II has been fined €1.2 million, said Greek Shipping and Maritime Minister Panagiotis Kouroumblis.
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