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by Euro Reporter
2008-06-07 09:16:41
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Government’s green agenda

Top government figures, including what appeared to be half the Cabinet, yesterday expressed their commitment to curbing pollution and dealing with climate change on World Environment Day. Environment and Public Works Minister Giorgos Souflias, who has been criticized for his alleged failure to promote a green agenda, sought to silence his critics by visiting Mount Parnitha, much of which was ravaged by forest fires last June. Souflias inspected reforesting works which he said were progressing “satisfactorily.” Some 57,300 trees have been planted, according to local forestry officials, who said another 300,000 would be planted by next year.


Back in Athens, two MPs of the Coalition for the Radical Left (SYRIZA) and a group of SYRIZA’s youth arm members burst into the Environment Ministry’s main office and staged a one-hour sit-in to protest their opposition to Souflias’s policies. Several other ministers, and Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, also stressed the government’s good intentions. Karamanlis referred to “actions and policies to curb climate change modernize land zoning and improve the management of water and waste.”

When the EU Commissioner for the environment is …Greek, I think the government is obliged to prove herself!

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Transplant organs


Greece, Israel and Cyprus plan to share transplant organs because of their small populations and low donation rates. Health officials from the three Mediterranean nations were in Miami yesterday, visiting the transplant institute at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. Institute director Andreas Tzakis says patients who have severe heart or liver failure have lower chances of survival because an organ transplant match is hard to find in those countries.

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Actor stabbing


A coroner said yesterday that actor Nikos Sergianopoulos had been stabbed 21 times and not seven as had been first thought. The 56-year-old, who played in a number of television series as well as theater roles, was found dead in his apartment on Wednesday morning. Police said that they have found a number of fingerprints at the property as well as three bloody footprints. The murderer is thought to have washed the knife used to stab Sergianopoulos and put it in a drawer. Police also found a small amount of cocaine at the flat.

The unfortunate incident has shaken the Greek society since the same actor was involved in a drugs scandal a few months ago unveiling that show business still carries the old traumas.

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Milk boycott


Consumer groups yesterday called on citizens to boycott pasteurized milk being sold for more than 1 euro per liter. The only way to stop profiteering is to teach the milk cartel a lesson, representatives of the groups said.

It's about time for the consumer to react to all those food cartels that are responsible for the increasing prices.

   
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Emanuel Paparella2008-06-07 09:58:25
Regarding the actor's stabbing, it looks as if Aristotle's poetics has been turned on its head. When that is done we have a monstruosity. Aristotle said that in drama we tolerate phenomena that we would never tolerate in real life (or at least normal people never do) and thus find catharsis. In this case, the murderer found its private catharsis by stabbing the actor. He ought to have written a Greek tragedy instead.


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