Athens asks for its European Heritage Label

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The Heart of Ancient Athens was selected, by other 15 European areas, to receive the European Heritage Label (EHL) out of a total of 36 sites that had been submitted for their roles in European history and the activities they have developed to highlight their European dimension.

The area consists of the Acropolis and surrounding regions that include Pnyx Hill, the Ancient and Roman agorae, Hadrian’s Library and the nearby Kerameikos Cemetery. The area reached the EHL shortlist because it is believed to have played a crucial role in the European culture and identity.

The EC will reach its formal decision by mid-February 2015.

The other 15 sites selected, include
Munster and Osnabruck of Westphalia in Germany,
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he Archive of the Crown of Aragon in Spain,
the Residencia de Estudiantes in Spain,
the Abbey of Cluny in France,
Robert Schuman’s House in France,
the…

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Norman Atlantic tragedy: Unknown still the unaccounted. Do we know how many are missing?

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Who was Who on that Ferry? Who are those still missing from each country? Whose “flesh” is still burning on that floating hell after almost two weeks, and who is going to honestly inform the public for the macabre marine casualty?

Italian prosecutor Giuseppe Volpe, who is in Italy investigating the tragedy, said 98 people were unaccounted for after the disaster.
He said: “There are 98 people of whom there is still no news.”

Who are those people? Why nobody is talking for them?

In Greece , the story is by the media systematically played down, as the press is being intensively absorbed by the pre-election polarity .The stories of the survivors as they came alive from the elusive tragedy are being played down, and the latest days, the ferry story may not even appar on the news, fading out in the Greek public opinion .

But we are talking of an uncountable number of  human bodies, potentially still flamming in that ship, next to us :  Greeks, international travelers, and may be immigrants. Both Greek and Italian authorities expressed their “fear” that there might be numbers of immigrants that might be found which have illegaly boarded on the ship.  It is a routine situation on the Aegean , -and now as is broadly revealed,  and the Ionian ferries-, to have illicit immigrants on board.

On Saturday Jan. 4rth,  one week after the disaster, Brindisi Port Capt. Mario Valente said that temperatures were “very high” inside the deck. Smoke still poured from the wreck. There was no estimate of when the search might begin.

It remains unknown When we could know anything more precise, for the world, the families of the unknown number of unaccounted passengers, for the international travel, for Greece, Italy,and the Mediterranean. This is the update of the facts revealed and officialy announced after the disaster.

Tragedy Topic nr.1, the victims:Who was who, and how many?

Greece and Italy have issued widely different figures for how many people are still not accounted for in the ferry fire that killed at least 11 people in the Adriatic Sea.

  • The numbers ranged from as many as 98, according to Italian prosecutor Giuseppe Volpe,
  • to 18, according to the Greek Merchant Marine Ministry.

Concerning the marine typical obligation ,“It is up to the departure port to match up their list and the people (rescued).  “That is why we are continuing our (search) effort: we cannot know what the exact number was, Maurizio Lupi told to the media.

  • Greece says Italy’s list is full of duplications and misspellings but the discrepancy could not be immediately explained since the prosecutor’s office was closed for the New Year holiday. But after the New Year holiday , the question is miraculously forgotten .
  • Italian transport minister Maurizio Lupi said it was unclear whether the passenger list released by the Greek authorities was an accurate reflection of who was on board. He said the ferry had made a stopover on a Greek island before it ran into trouble on Sunday morning. “There is an embarkation list on which the names of the 427 passengers and 56 crew appear,” Mr Lupi said.
  •  The Italian prosecutor stated that the official number of missing persons could be disclosed when Greece decides to give us a reliable passenger list because’ Greece on these procedures has been particularly slow,” he added.

According to the Greek Coast Guard, there is no information for 19 people so far since the early days of the disaster, of whom 10 are Greeks, a number that is announced and diffused to the Greek press , but is 19 people and no (98!) ,five times minor than the 98 people which the Italian authorities announced.

Dozens of survivors are not included in the list of passengers. The official announcement of the Greek authorities stated that “there are reservations about the exact number of survivors we can notice. A reason which may contribute to the overall confusion, is the possibility that some tickets might have been given just by manuscripts after the ship departed, by the account department on board…. “

Tragedy Topic Nr. 2, Safety : Safety Control had reported Fire errors and Emergency Rescue Response Plan absence.

Apart from leaks and doupts for the Safety qualifications of this trip before it started, which appear, after the fatality, to be scaring scandalous also, the first moments of boarding on that ship -before departure -were not showing any signs of maritime Safety control, as was easily by the passengers noticed .

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The absence of an endorsed plan for the Cooperation of the ferry with the Greek Coastguard in case of accident, had been reported and notified to all the Greek Authorities in charge: the Ministry of Marine, the Headquarters of the Coast Guard and the Greek Coast Guard, and to the the Coast Operation Center. The paper of formal notification had been sent eight days before the ship was caught in flames on that fatal journey. The Central Patras Port Authority after concluding for the Safety Control Report, had set a deadline of 15 days to the Captain of the ship as it is now said , to fix the deficiencies .

The deadline expired on Friday, January 2, five full days after the naval tragedy. The existence of the document was revealed on the first day of the accident on Real Radio, and was also presented by Realnews newspaper on Sunday Jan.10.

“Following an inspection E / C / B Norman Atlantic, flag Italy, it has been found that the ship holds no Cooperation plan for Search and Rescue situations (SAR Co-operation Plan) endorsed by your service” .
The cooperation plan for emergency cases is considered essential for Emergency cases when the ship has to cooperate with the Greek Unified Coordination Centre for Search and Rescue. In the case of Norman Atlantic, it was the ultimate lfataliy factor .

On a press conference given by Greek Authorities, the absence of the endorsed cooperation project was reported by the leadership of the Coast Guard as the main cause of loss of valuable time, and consequently, of lives.

“The captain of endangered ship Norman Atlantic is of Italian nationality. Understanding the command of the Unified Coordination Centre for Search and Rescue in the English language was not always effective, having serious delays in the execution and implementation “, declared Rear Admiral of the Coast Guard, Nicholas Patrinos.

But the absence of the cooperation plan was not the only error. The fire doors were not working!

It is such an international ship line. One of the most frequent Greece-Italy ferry trips from Patras to Ancona, one that links the two countries since decades, daily.

Whose responsibility was, finally to let , or not to let the ferry leave the Patras Port?

Human bodies might still be burning next to us, on the live “hell” of that ferry, and nobody gives a damnn

Unexplained the delay of the search of the bodies, unknow still in number

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Brindisi Coast Guard Capt. Mario Valente said Monday that searchers are trying to reach lower decks near the Norman Atlantic ferry’s car deck, where a pre-dawn blaze began Dec. 28 while the ferry sailed from Greece toward Italy. But since then, no news about how many might be missing .

ANEK FERRY SURVIVERS

The fire has claimed at least 11 lives. Greece says as many as 19 people might be unaccounted for; Italy says that figure might be much higher. But the lives over there, the bodies, the mind and souls,  are still unknown. And tragically, … nobody noticed.

Not even the greek media wonder who was who and who might be burning next to us, for more than 11,now, days

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Since the onboard search began there are  high temperatures have thwarted entry into the vehicle deck

Greece on Friday January 3  indicated as many as 19 people are accounted for, while the Italian prosecutor leading the investigation of the fire said a few days earlier the figure is shockingly  higher.

In addition to known missing, it is possible migrants might have come on board secretly when the ferry left Greek ports, possibly hidden in some of the many trucks transported by the ferry.

Apart from the the cause of the blaze that remains unknon even though the black box has been found,  the investigators also want to know if safety rules were violated, including during evacuation.

Mean while so many evidence has come on light . From the very first days, a report for the Safety qualilfications of Norman Atlantic from the Patras port Inspection of the ship, is revealed that was clearly reporting deficiences on the fiere doors ,  just 9 days before the tagedy, on December 19 Marine engineers and specialists , talking to the media the last days, said that the fire doors  are the basic for the fire not to spread to a ship. Fires do occur in the garage areas of the ships often, they have stated, but they don’t threat the whole

We’ll only have an exact number (of victims) when the wreckage can be inspected,” said Cmdr. Floriana Segreto of the Italian Coast Guard. A sea-and-air search of the water around the ship continued as the ferry was being secured for towing, she said.

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The Italian Coast Guard said 427 people were rescued from the ferry. That figure, plus the 11 dead, would mean at least 438 people had been onboard.

That’s 39 people  less than the 477 people Greek officials said were on the register – leading to questions about Italy’s rescue tally or suggestions the ferry also carried an unknown number of unregistered migrants.

But on Wednesday, December 31, “ninety-eight people were still unaccounted ” Bari prosecutor Giuseppe Volpe was quoted as saying by the ANSA news agency.

It’s not clear if those people ever boarded the ferry – which left Greece on Saturday bound for Italy – if they were rescued, or if they died in the fire or in the sea. Hundreds were rescued in the maritime disaster but the exact number of ferry survivors and how many were on board to begin with are still not known.

Volpe told Sky TG24 TV it was important to have the ferry towed to Italy “to see if there are bodies aboard…to ascertain what caused the fire and to see if safety measures were respected.”

He said until the wreck was examined, he couldn’t venture a possible cause for the blaze.

The Italian captain of the Italian-made ferry, which was operated by a Greek company, was questioned in the southern port of Bari by prosecutors for more than five hours on Wednesday. Since a probe is underway, Volpe would not give any details about the questioning.

Nearly 40 survivors finally stepped ashore on Wednesday in the Italian port of Taranto, brought by one of the cargo ships that rescued passengers from the flaming, smoke-shrouded ferry in the first hours of the maritime disaster. The blaze on the ferry’s car deck sent people scrambling for their lives in the freezing cold, pelted by rain and buffeted by gale-force winds on the uncovered top deck.

Some survivors were taken to Bari, and others were headed to the other Italian port Brindisi, while other rescue ships were directed to Greece, Croatia and Malta, an Italian official said. Hundreds of  passengers — some suffering from hypothermia or smoke inhalation — were taken directly to hospitals on the Italian mainland by helicopter.

Sources: BRINDISI, Italy (AP) and more 

Interim Guidance about Ebola Infection for Airline Crews, Cleaning Personnel, and Cargo Personnel

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Interim Guidance about Ebola Infection for Airline Crews, Cleaning Personnel, and Cargo Personnel

Updated October 15, 2014

CDC requests airline crews to ask sick travelers if they were in Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone in the last 21 days.

  1. If YES, AND they have any of these Ebola symptoms—fever, severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, or unexplained bruising or bleeding—report immediately to CDC.
  2. If NO, follow routine procedures.

Purpose: To give information to airlines on stopping ill travelers from boarding, managing and reporting onboard sick travelers, protecting crew and passengers from infection, and cleaning the plane and disinfecting contaminated areas.

When if the person has been in a country with Ebola, cabin crew won’t know for certain what type of illness a sick traveler has. Therefore, cabin crew should follow routine infection control precautions for all travelers who become sick during flight, including managing travelers with respiratory illness to reduce the number of droplets released into the air. If in-flight cleaning is needed, cabin crew should follow routine airline procedures using personal protective equipment available in the Universal Precautions Kit.

See CDC’s Infection Control Guidelines for Cabin Crew Members on Commercial Aircraft for more information on practical measures cabin crew members can take to protect themselves, passengers, and others.

Follow these routine precautions

  • Keep the sick person separated from others as much as possible.
  • Wear waterproof disposable gloves before directly touching the sick person, blood, or other body fluids.
  • When providing direct care to a sick traveler who came from a country with an Ebola outbreak, also wear surgical mask (to protect from splashes or sprays), face shield or goggles, and protective apron or gown (see below: Universal Precaution Kit).
  • Do NOT give a surgical mask for someone who is nauseated or vomiting. Wearing a mask could harm a traveler who is vomiting. Give an air sickness bag if traveler is vomiting or reports feeling nauseated.
    • Give a plastic bag for disposing used tissues or soiled air sickness bag.
  • Give a surgical mask if a sick traveler is coughing or sneezing, if the sick person can tolerate wearing one. If a mask cannot be tolerated, provide tissues and ask the person to cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.

Notify cleaning crew: Cabin crew should notify the airline’s ground and cleaning crews about any ill traveler on board an aircraft so that preparations can be made to clean the aircraft after passengers have disembarked.

Universal Precaution Kits: Airplanes traveling to countries affected with Ebola should carry Universal Precaution Kits, as recommended by the International Civil Aviation Organization[PDF – 29 pages] (ICAO), for managing ill travelers

Guidance for airline cleaning personnel

Ebola spreads through direct contact by touching the blood or other body fluids (like feces, saliva, urine, vomit, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola. Infected blood or other body fluids can spread Ebola through breaks in your skin or if they get into your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Treat any body fluid as though it is infectious. Hand hygiene is the most important infection control measure.

When cleaning aircraft and any contaminated areas after a flight with a sick traveler who may have Ebola, CDC recommends that personnel:
Use disposable protective equipment while cleaning the passenger cabin and lavatories. If working with reusable equipment, properly clean and disinfect it after use.

  • Waterproof gloves
    • Change gloves if they become dirty or damaged during cleaning.
    • Consider double-gloving if cleaning large amounts of blood or other body fluids.
    • Throw away used gloves according to your company’s recommended infection control precautions.
    • Clean hands with soap and water immediately after gloves are removed or when changing gloves. (When soap is not available, use waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.) Use only soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Surgical mask
  • Eye protection: goggles or face shield
  • Long-sleeved, waterproof gown
  • Closed-toe shoes and shoe covers. If increased risk of splashing or area appears highly contaminated with body fluids, wear rubber boots or shoe covers. Wear gloves to carefully remove shoe covers to avoid contamination of hands.

Safe removal and hygiene

  • Carefully remove protective equipment to avoid contaminating yourself or your clothes.
  • After removing protective equipment, clean your hands. Use only soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Clean affected areas

Use an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered cleaner/disinfectant that has been tested and approved for use by the airplane manufacturers.

  • Lavatory surfaces: door handle, lock, faucet, sink, walls, counter, and toilet seat.
  • Sick traveler’s seat and the seats around it, seat backs, armrests, tray tables, video monitor, light and air controls, and adjacent walls and windows
    • If a seat cover or carpet is obviously dirty from blood or body fluids, it should be removed and discarded by the methods used for biohazardous material.
  • If surfaces are contaminated with large amounts of body fluids (such as blood, vomit, feces), clean off the material before applying disinfectant.

Special considerations

  • Special cleaning of upholstery, carpets, or storage compartments is not indicated unless they are obviously dirty from blood or other body fluids.
  • Special vacuuming equipment or procedures are not necessary.
  • Do NOT use compressed air, pressurized water or similar procedures, which might create droplets of infectious materials.

Guidance for air cargo personnel

Packages or luggage should not pose a risk. Ebola virus is spread through direct contact with blood or body fluids (like feces, saliva, urine, vomit, and semen) from an infected person.

  • Don’t handle packages visibly dirty from blood or body fluids.
  • Wash your hands often to prevent other infectious diseases.

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Immigrants’ Tsunami “chocking” the Aegean islands: URGENCY for National Compliance to Ebola Protection Guidelines

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A complete Guidelines’ index has been sent  since October 2014 by the Ministry of Health and the Greek Center for Disease Control (HCDCP), to all the authorities in charge, and the Greek Coastguard, by an updated guidance of preventive measures for Ebola and the Contagious Diseases, concerning the entry of illegal immigrants into the country.

According to what is proposed by the Greek CDC, -Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention (HCDCP)-, the Medical Control groups on charge for the immigrants’ medical screening, are required

  • to complete in detail the forms of the screened individuals,

by their travel history to West. Africa.

  • In case of Ebola suspected cases,

-the immigrants should enter a compulsory attendance period of 21 days,

  -while the team of doctors on Greece’s borders should send daily to Greek CDC a special form of “Daily Declaration of Persons entering Greece from the Ebola affected countries.”

But the number of illicit immigrants entering Greece continues to be out of control, as are the circumstances hosting them all over the entry points of the country, which means basically the Aegean islands.

Have a look on Greece’s immigrants reports published to the media on November 2014

Refugees’ Tsunami ‘chokes’ the islands,“Vima” newspaper

“From the beginning of 2014 until September 30, the number of those who entered  Greece illegally from Turkey by the sea, has reached the number of 29,894, an increase of 271% over the nine months last year. wrote on the first days of November “Vima” newspaper.

There is an impressive increase on the  number of arrivals of refugees and illicit immigrants” said the he UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Athens Mr. C. Tsarbopoulos, on his interview.  People are sleeping just in front of you at the ports, underfoot or on the balconies of police stations and detention facilities, which are able to accommodate 10 to 15 people but is overloaded by  70, each one at least“..

Most are refugees from Syria.The islands have been proved to be unable to handle the increased flow of recent months, as obvious to anyone.

“The checking and tracing proceedures of the newcomers,  (registration, identification, medical screening and referral to appropriate services) should be immediatly addressed on all the country’ s entry points” underlines since then the UNHigh Commissioner.

But small islands do not have any infrastructure, as the “vima” article successfully notes. “During the summer, as an accommodation place, the courtyards of schools and churches are used. During the winter, however, the cold and rain make it unbearable, but still for the immigrants this is the place”.

On Chios, Samos and Lesvos islands of the Aegean, where the detention centers exist , “the volume of the illicit immigrants’ populations exceed three to four times the centers’ capacity.Samos center hosts actually instead of 240 people, 900, “Mr. Tsarbopoulos said.

Tragic circumstances in Tilos
Only on Tilos, during the last three days ( November 2014), the number of illicit immigrants that reach the island was over 330 people, according to the mayor of the island Maria Kamma-Aliferis.

During the summer the immigrants used the courtyard of an elementary school, instead of a campus “Now they have to be transferred to the courtyard of a monastery. Water does not exist, it is carried by a tank. It has only a toilet, but no shower. We take the children at home to wash. Yesterday we had a baby 23 days. There are two rooms where the children sleep and rest in the open air , in sleeping bags which brought the UNHCR. Volunteers cook in large cauldrons which we usually use at festivals. We call for an organized space with capacity for 100 people, which will live for two-three days with dignity, with containers, toilets, showers, doctor and nurse “concludes Kamma lady.

Bottles of water for toilet
On Symi, while arriving at the port, tourists are confronted with refugees hanging like bunches from the balcony of the police station. They hold empty bottles of water which they use .for.. toilet

“Last year they arrived in Simi 2,700 illegal immigrants,” says Mayor. Av. Papakalodoukas. “There is only one boat of the Coast without radar and often a damaged machine. The summer 14,000 yachts and 500,000 tourists visited the island. The worst is that the island has only one doctor.

High Commissioner

The High Commissioner had urgently  stressed the need for a contingency plan ahead of winter.

  • “First, they need space for the short stay of refugees and migrants, as plots with container.
  • Second, we must strengthen the Coast Guard and the Police to procedures quickly to fleeing refugees from the islands.
  • Third, we must ensure the first medical examination and care of all those who suffer, which is a crucial requirement and constitutes society. And, fourthly, to put these people basic necessities, such as individual hygiene items, blankets, etc., “says. Tsarbopoulos.

All this is in the interests of local communities, because the refugees will arrive anyway, and will just stay in ports, roads and squares, without being checked medically.

Once they pass the first inspection, they all are making their way to Piraeus with the ferry.  On their hands they  hold  a memo expulsion of command to leave the country within 30 days . In case they are Syrians, they get a  a six-month suspension of deportation  which gives them the right to stay for six months .

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Hacking Creativity: Simple Steps to Become More Creative

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One of my most vivid memories from high school involves a pottery class I took during my senior year. While I was sitting there mashing clay around the table trying my best to sculpt something that resembled a bowl, some of my classmates were practically recreating Michelangelo’s “David.”

There seemed to be a chasm in the quality of art being created. Some projects would be showcased proudly on a shelf at home while others would be hidden behind picture frames and encyclopedia volumes. I was in the latter group. Whatever gene was responsible for creativity, I didn’t have it.

Fast forward several years, I decided to give blogging a try. To my amazement, I was decent at stringing words together. After many early mornings of practice, I was even able to sell a few pieces of writing. Despite my lack of ingenuity in art class, I was able to grow some semblance of a creative muscle.

While we…

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HORROR ON THE FLAMING BOAT

Italian, Greek and Albanian rescue workers have accounted for 427 people, as of Monday afternoon, Greek and Italian authorities Monday afternoon announced . It was just an hour  said.But that number fell short of the 478 passengers and crew listed on the original manifest.

450 is what the Italian authorities are claiming that is the number of passengers that were officialy on board, while 478 is the number of passengers Greek authorities are informed to have been on board, and also,is the same number of passengers that the SOS of Norman Atlantic Alert message was reporting to the Greek Coast Guard on the first moments the ferry was set on fire.
Uncountable are the cases of the passengers that were alloud to stay in their cars or trucks in the garage of the boat , due to the shortage of cabins and seats in the boat ,as lately has been revealed. An unknown number of immigrants also, of undefined identity, or medical screening checking state

some of the passengers rescued were not listed on the manifest at all, and may have been on the ship illegally. At least 10 people were kno

The first Greek victim that was announced on Sunday, the first 24h of the incredible tragedy, a man among the first who was reported to have lost his life during the rescue operation, was not him(!), as his son declared on Bridigi, when he was called to identifie the victim by the Italian authorities. Ironically, the Greek Prime Minister had early on Monday personally called him to express his sympathy

But where are our people? The relatives of 65 Greek people as the Alpha Channel announced

Some survivors were taken to Bari, and others were headed to the other Italian port Brindisi, while other rescue ships were directed to Greece, Croatia and Malta, an Italian official said.

Lots of  passengers , suffering from hypothermia or smoke inhalation, were taken directly to hospitals on the Italian mainland by helicopter.
While the cause of the blaze remained unclear, prosecutors in Bari and Brindisi said they would open an investigation. Contradictory to the data and statements made in Greece, the Italian news media reported that the ship had not passed an inspection in Greece this month. Yet an Italian admiral said Monday that the repairs had been made after the inspection and that the ship was seaworthy when it set sail on Sunday.
Europa Cruise, a ferry carrying evacuees from the Norman Atlantic ferry disaster, has reached on Tuesday morning the port of Patras, western Greece.
The evacuees include nine Greeks, among them a crew member, and six foreigners, Patra tora reports.