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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 18 May 2019
NEWS 8 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 18 MAY 2019 Briefs ATTACK ON US AMBASSADOR’S RESIDENCE Attackers splashed paint at the entrance of the residence of US Ambassador in Athens, Geoffrey Pyatt, early on Wednesday. The members of the group drove up to the residence on five motorcycles and fled immediately after the incident. Rubicon anarchist group claimed responsibility for the attack. The Athens Macedonian News Agency reports that police have detained nine suspects. The Greek Foreign Ministry has condemned the attack. COCA-COLA BILLIONAIRE ARRESTED Greek US-based billionaire Alkiviades “Alki” David, 50, was arrested on the Caribbean Island of Saint Kitts after a search of his private jet uncovered more than 5,000 cannabis plants worth $1.3 million. The heir to the Coca-Cola fortune was arrested at the Robert L Bradshaw International Airport and charged with the intent to supply, possession of controlled drugs and importation of controlled drugs. The St Christopher and Nevis Police Force confirmed the charges with the Daily Express. David claimed that the products on board were related to a new business venture to start a legal cannabis business in the region. ATHENSTHESSALONIKI EXPRESS TRAIN The express train on the Athens-Thessaloniki line is set to launch on Monday 20 May. Now, instead of taking five hours to get from one city to the other, passengers will be able to reach their destination in just three hours and 55 minutes. The express trains will feature all necessary amenities to ensure a convenient and relaxed trip, including WiFi. The express trains will run daily, with two stops – one in Lia- nokladi and the other in Larissa. The new 450 km railway line will be unveiled next Wednesday by Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Christos Spirtzis. GREECE TO RESTORE PALACE OF PELLA Greece’s Central Archaeological Council (KAS) decided this week to approve a study which aims to preserve and restore two buildings of the Royal Palace complex of Ancient Pella, Central Macedonia. Ancient Pella was the capital of one of the most important settlements in Northern Greece in antiquity. The palace, built in the 5th century BC, was the birthplace of Alexander the Great. It occupied land equal to 56,000 square metres. Most of the palace was destroyed during the Byzantine era with its stones used to construct other buildings. GREEK BEACHES ARE 2ND BEST The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) named the countries with the highest quality beaches. Spain came first, however Greece followed thanks to its multitude of Blue Flag beaches, 515 in total. The Blue Flag is recognised worldwide as a sign of excellence in life-saving facilities, first-rate water quality, accessibility and information regarding the surrounding fauna and flora. Most of Greece’s Blue Flag beaches are located in Halkidiki, northern Greece. EUROVISION SEMIFINALS SUCCESS Greece’s Katerina Duska’s performance had her dressed in pink surrounded by fencers and acrobats, while Australia’s Kate Miller-Heidke spun on a stick while singing. Tamta also made the finals with her song, ‘Replay’. All three women managed to make it to the 10 qualifiers from the 1st Semi-Final of Eurovision 2019. Stephanie Demetrios shows her skills in the Cypriot kitchen. There was plenty of fun as Perth’s Greek community donned their togas. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Community events around Australia Greeks know how to throw a shin-dig. Another weekend was filled with food and drink. From Perth's Agora Market Day to young Cypriots getting together in Melbourne to cook the foods of their ancestors. The 23rd March Kalamata Association held an event to honour the 78th Anniversary of the Battle of Kalamata. When the Greek community comes together, anything is possible. The Perth Castellorizian Association’s Agora Market Day, held on Saturday, 11 May was a wonderful testament to this. The day was a resounding success with Castellorizian House opening its doors to all, inviting them to enjoy the fun of a market day – Greek style.
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