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Alistrati Cave: The world’s first robot tour guide inside a cave

Persephone is a tour guide in Greece, but perhaps not the type people are used to. Billed as the world’s first robot tour guide inside a cave, Persephone has been welcoming visitors since mid-July to the Alistrati Cave in northern Greece, 135 kilometers (84 miles) northeast of the city of Thessaloniki. The multilingual robot covers the first 150 meters (roughly 500 feet) of the part of the cave that is open to the public. In the remaining 750 meters (2,400 [...]

August 19th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

Greece donates Covid-19 vaccines to Libya

A special Air Force flight carried 200.000 AstraZeneca Covid -19 vaccines from Athens to Tripoli, on Tuesday 17th August. An official ceremony was organized at the airport of Tripoli, where the Libyan deputy minister of Foreign Affairs, Omar Mohammed Saleh, thanked Ioannis Smyrlis, secretary general of International Economic Relations of the Greek ministry of Foreign Affairs and Marios Themistokleous, general secretary at the Greek ministry of Health. https://twitter.com/alwasatengnews/status/1427638036876103697 During the ceremony, Ioannis Smyrlis said Greece “is ready to support [...]

August 18th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

N. Mitarachi: Greece will not become Europe’s gateway for new refugees from Afghanistan

Greece, Italy, Spain, Malta and Cyprus have asked for an emergency meeting of the EU’s Home Affairs Council to prepare the European Union for new waves of refugees fleeing Afghanistan. The Greek minister of Migration and Asylum, Notis Mitarachi, talking on public broadcaster ERT, on Tuesday, said that Greece is not willing to become an entry point for Afghan refugees heading for Europe. “We need a united approach, a common policy within the EU” Mitarachi said. “Greece has made it [...]

August 17th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

Athens vows to become a sustainable tourist destination

The capital of Greece is working on plans to become more sustainable, at least in tourism. The City of Athens and the Athens Development and Destination Management Agency (ADDMA) have commissioned an assessment of Athens as a sustainable tourism destination in partnership with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). The restoration plan for Lycabettus Hill, source: City of Athens The process will include more than 70 on-site evaluations in the neighborhoods and parks of Athens, as well as public [...]

August 13th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

The day after the unprecedented wildfires: How Greece plans to restore its forests

The massive wildfires that ravaged parts of Central and South Greece (in Evia, Attica and Peloponnese) are gradually put under control. The extent of damage is heartbreaking. The European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) data shows that around 65,000 hectares of Greek forest have been burnt so far this year. Half of these are in North Evia, where hundreds of homes and businesses have been destroyed or damaged. The forestland burnt in Nort Evia, 11/8/2021, source: Copernicus/Emergency Management Service- [...]

August 12th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

Greece welcomes its men’s water polo team, silver Olympic medalists in Tokyo

A large crowd cheered as the members of the men’s water polo team of Greece arrived at the Athens International Airport wearing the silver Olympic medals on their chests, Wednesday noon. The Greek team made history at the Tokyo Olympics as it won its first ever Olympic medal. Its previous best finish was fourth in 2004. The Greek men's water polo team, source: Ηellenic Olympic Committee It was a great ride. The Greek water polo team topped its [...]

August 11th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

Greece raises minimum wage

The minimum wage in Greece will be raised by 2%, Prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced at the cabinet, on Monday 26. The move is characterized “symbolic” as “it does cover the needs of the employees” the PM admitted. In Greece, the minimum wage is regulated by law and not through collective bargaining. As of February 2019, the statutory minimum wage and the statutory minimum daily wage for full-time work for all employees and skilled workers throughout Greece, without age discrimination, [...]

July 26th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

Strong language over Cyprus but what next?

Strong language over Cyprus but what next? by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Both Greece and (more importantly) the Republic of Cyprus were quite pleased by the wording and the leaked background of the U.N. Security Council condemnation of last week’s Turkish/Turkish-Cypriot announcement that part of the fenced-in Varosha suburb of Famagusta would be open for potential resettlement to all inhabitants who would accept to live under Turkish-Cypriot rule. The statement issued by the (French) chair of the 15-member Security Council went [...]

July 26th, 2021|Online news / Blog|
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