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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 22 September 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2018 7 NEWS All drivers, in Greece, above 74 urged to update their license They will need to repeat the procedure every three years A new highway code that was introduced this week by Greek Minister of Transport Christos Spirtzis dictates that anyone above the age of 74 will have to renew their driver's license. What this means however, is that they will need to show that they are capable of driving a vehicle and that their reflexes have not deteriorated to a driving instructor and they will also need to provide the necessary medical documents A new law regarding elderly drivers was introduced today in Greece to prove that they are in good health. They will be required to sit for an exam once every three years according to this new law, while those who are above the age of 80 will need to prove their driving skills once every two years. They will not be examined on road signs and the driving test will only be focused on the basics, while even foreigners who are above 74 years of age will be required to sit for the test. Antonis Remos and Yvonne Bosnjak tie the knot The couple, who have a daughter together, had been dating for 10 years before saying ‘I do’ Popular Greek singer Antonis Remos has tied the knot with his long-time partner Yvonne Bosnjak. The couple, who had been dating for 10 years and have a daughter together, were married on Saturday in a private wedding held in Varympompi, East Attica. The ceremony took place at a chapel located at the house of groomsman, Dimitris Kontominas, followed by a reception on the estate. The newlyweds made an entrance dancing to Remos' own tune Μέχρι το τέλος του κόσμου. The 48-year-old donned a classic black suit, white shirt and black bow tie, complimenting his bride, who wore an embroidered Newlyweds Antonis Remos and Yvonne Bosnjak. PHOTO: INSTAGRAM (@ AREMOVIC) figure-hugging white gown. Amongst those in attendance on the day were a host of a-list celebrities, including Despina Vandi, Anna Vissi, Sakis Rouvas, Glykeria, Elena Paparizou, Giorgos Mazonakis, Vasilis Karras, and Natasa Theodoridou to name a few, along with Italian singer Eros Ramazzotti. Athens to host first SingularityU Summit The event will take place in November and will discuss the hypothesis of artificial intelligence that is equal or even superior to that of humans The first Singularity Summit is going to take place in the Athens Concert Hall in November, showcasing new directions of innovation and technology to the country. Organised under the auspices of the Silicon-Valley based think tank Singularity University, the event will focus around Ray Kurzweil's theory of "technological singularity", in which machines can be as intelligent or even more so than their creators. According to event organiser Ms Niki Siropoulou, the Singularity Summit is crucial, in the aspect that Greece has fallen behind to the rest of the world, when it comes to technological innovation, and it needs to catch up. The upside is that today people have more opportunities to innovate, without having the need for large capital to back them. In an interview with Kathimerini, Siropoulou points to the example of Jan Koum, who departed his home country of Ukraine with his mother in 1992, to become one of the richest people in the world about a decade later, thanks to his creation, the application WhatsApp and its subsequent acquisition by Facebook. "His father had stayed back in Ukraine and they could not communicate, it was too expensive. It was this experience that sparked his interest in telecommunications - he believed that the non-privileged also had a right to be able to communicate with their loved ones," Siropoulou said. The entrance fee to the summit has been appointed to 500 euros, however there will be scholarships and free tickets (tentatively called 'impact tickets'), and the event will be available to live-stream with no additional charge for any research centre or university wishing to do so. Additionally, there are other such major events being held in Greece, that focus on other People in Athens will have a chance to discuss the future of artificial intelligence in a Summit in November. PHOTO: AAP VIA AP/IMAGINECHINA fields as Siropoulou herself stated: "These events are held in cooperation with Demokritos [the National Centre of Scientific Research], which proposes one of its own researchers or an independent expert. We have already held sessions on energy, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, the Internet of Things, big data. As of January, we've been hosting one session per month." Aitoliko beach in Greece covered in spider web A 300-metre-long spider web that has covered the beach in Aitoliko, Greece has been making rounds on the internet, having blanketed everything from vegetation to the surface of the water. The web that spans 1,000 feet is thought to be the product of spiders that belong to the Tetragnatha family, also known as stretch spiders due to their elongated bodies. This species is very common in Europe and in the US and dwells near the water. "These spiders are not dangerous for humans and will not cause any damage to the area's flora," molecular biologist Maria Chatzaki from the Democritus University of Thrace told Greek news website Newsit.gr. "The spiders will have their party and will soon die. This phenomenon has arisen from a population explosion of this spider." "When an animal finds abundant food, high temperatures and sufficient humidity, it has the ideal conditions to be able to make large populations," Chatzaki explains adding that this is not the phenomenon's first occurrence. "It can happen every two years," she adds, attributing the incident to timing and ideal – for the spiders who are seeking food and to mate- weather conditions. Chatzaki also pointed out that the increased number of spiders in the area should be seen as a positive since it is the only effective way nature has to combat mosquitoes which she notes have also been seen in the area in greater numbers than usual. Petition to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque denied by Turkish Constitutional Court The Hagia Sophia will remain a museum, after a petition - launched by the Turkish Union of Permanent Vakifs of Historic Monuments and the Environment - was overruled by the Constitutional Court. The Union claimed that reading passages from the Quran and having Muslim prayers in the halls of the church should be allowed, but the Court did not comply with their request. This was the third such attempt made by this non-profit organisation, after their 2004 plea towards the prime minister to change the law so that the Hagia Sophia could open as a mosque, which received no response, and their 2005 petition to the Council of State, which was also rejected. After the Court's decision was announced, the Union declared that this refusal constitutes a violation towards the freedom of religion.
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