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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 23 June 2018
GREECE 22 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 23 JUNE 2018 Ancient Crete theatre reopens after 17 centuries with Homer’s Odyssey The recently restored Ancient Theatre of Aptera in Chania on the island of Crete will reopen after 17 centuries with a free, dramatised performance of a passage from Homer's Odyssey. The event, on the evening of Friday 29 June will see actors Sofia Hill and Antonis Myriagos perform alongside musicians Giorgos Kaloudis on lyre and Ruth Hill on the qanun (kanonaki in Greek). Event organisers have described the performance of the narration of a rhapsody from the Odyssey as seeing "the heroes crushed not by the blind and uncontrolled vengefulness of the gods, but by their own disobedience and overstepping of the limits, something that constitutes defiance in the classical ethical norm 'hubris, nemesis, tisis' (atonement), which characterises the ancient Greeks' world view". DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Greek researchers use technology to address plastic pollution off Lesvos coast University of the Aegean researchers are using drones and satellites to help the environment Researchers in Greece have found an innovative way to fight against a global environmental issue: plastic pollution. The site belies its proud history when Aptera was once the most powerful city of western Crete during the Minoan times. Recent archaeological excavations have revealed details about the settlement's composition, the city's architecture and the habits of Apterean residents. "Although the earliest mention of the Aptera is found as a-pa-ta-wa on the Linear script B tablets of Knossos, which dated to the 14th and 13th centurys BCE, the currently rich findings of the excavations indicate that the hill was inhabited the 8th century BCE until the 7th century CE, when it was abandoned due to a strong earthquake, and because of attacks from the Saracen Arab pirates," organisers say. The performance is free to attend with a coupon distributed until Monday 25 June at the offices of the Chania Antiquities Ephorate. Buying Greek property (and residency) is popular among Chinese and Russian investors Greece's residency-for-investment program seems to be delivering results since it began in mid-2014. More specifically, for someone to acquire Greek residency, they need to make an investment of €250,000 in real estate, whether it be a home, hotel or other type of property. The applicant's entire family is eligible to apply for Greek residency (provided they are not an EU resident). According to statistics de- livered by Enterprise Greece, 2,170 of these visas have been granted since 2014, with the majority of applicants (80 per cent) from five countries. China comprised almost half of the applicants, (945) with investors seeing Greece as an ideal location due to its geographical position and its cheap real estate. Architecture of Oia town on Santorini Second in line were the Russians with about 387 successful applicants. They see the southern suburbs of Athens as the perfect place to purchase a holiday house. Artem Shitkov, an analyst for Russian real estate group Tranio said: "Greece's residency-for-investment scheme is the best in Europe as it's cheap at €250,000. Property in Greece is cheap. Yields for short-term rentals are high, and the country's growth potential is greater." The third largest group of buyers are from Turkey (191), whose investments in Greek property seem to have risen at the same time as their own country’s political instabilities began. Also on the list of the top- five countries for visa acquisition are Iraq and Lebanon, however investors from these countries seem to be more interested in escaping their own nation's political and financial situations and being able to enter the Schengen zone freely, rather than actually investing in Greece's market. According to figures provided by the Bank of Greece, the residency-for-investment visa seems to be appealing foreign investors as the real estate market recovers. When compared to the year before, the price of houses dropped only 1 per cent in Greece in 2017, and have remained stable. Foreign investments have risen by 87 per cent from 2016 to 2017. Real estate prices are predicted to rise by 30 per cent within the next three years in Greece. A team from the University of the Aegean have developed a system using drones and satellites, which has the ability to search, find and track millions of tonnes of plastics which are either on or near the surface of the sea, and estimates the density of plastic. This was exemplified in an experiment carried out on the coast of Lesvos. The research team set up three floating targets on 7 June, and four satellites were used to collect data from the area. They accurately PHOTOS: ALTERNATIVE ECONOMICS recorded the presence of the plastics, including the position and density, with surprising accuracy. "Our targets show up very well in the satellite images," Professor Constantinos Topouzelis who heads the team told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency. "We are essentially in a position to say that we can see the plastics in great concentrations on the surface of the sea." The groundbreaking technology will help to keep Greece's waters clean, and ocean life thriving. Meanwhile, the researchers are also hopeful that the technology will be able to be implemented in other seas around the world.
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