Car dealer shoots him­self

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A 56-year-old car dealer, who had been fac­ing a to­tal of eight years in prison for sev­eral con­vic­tions of fraud, forgery and em­bez­zle­ment, took his own life in his apart­ment in Thes­sa­loniki yes­ter­day af­ter po­lice of­fi­cers ar­rived at the build­ing to ar­rest him. The busi­ness­man re­fused to open the door to of­fi­cers and threat­ened to kill him­self, prompt­ing of­fi­cers to spread out an in­flat­able land­ing pad to break his fall in the event that he jumped. A short while later, po­lice heard a gun­shot and broke into the apart­ment, where they found the 56-year-old dead. The busi­ness­man had been con­victed for a se­ries of of­fenses in­clud­ing fraud, forgery and em­bez­zle­ment, sources said.

DIMAR re­newal.

Demo­cratic Left (DIMAR) leader Fo­tis Kou­velis is set to nom­i­nate an un­known 35-year-old his party’s new sec­re­tary in a bid to re­vive its flag­ging for­tunes. Sources sug­gested that Kou­velis will name Thana­sis Theocharopou­los as the suc­ces­sor to the ex­pe­ri­enced Spy­ros Lik­oudis, who an­nounced ear­lier this month that he was step­ping down from his po­si­tion due to dif­fer­ences with the DIMAR chief. Theocharopou­los is the spe­cial sec­re­tary at the De­vel­op­ment Min­istry. How­ever, to suc­ceed Lik­oudis he will have to win a vote at a meet­ing of DIMAR’s cen­tral com­mit­tee on Jan­uary 11.

Con­duc­tor de­spair.

The 45-year-old con­duc­tor of the phil­har­monic orches­tra of the is­land of Chios shot him­self in the head yes­ter­day, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal re­ports. The con­duc­tor, iden­ti­fied as Ster­gios Nea­moni­takis, took his life in the base­ment of the city hall build­ing where the orches­tra held its prac­tice ses­sions, ac­cord­ing to the re­ports. A mu­nic­i­pal em­ployee and rel­a­tives of the con­duc­tor alerted the au­thor­i­ties af­ter the man locked him­self in the base­ment and re­fused to an­swer his cell phone but they found him dead af­ter break­ing down the door.

OLME meet­ing.

Mem­bers of the sec­ondary school teach­ers’ union (OLME) are due to meet Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­form Min­is­ter Kyr­i­akos Mit­so­takis on Fri­day to dis­cuss the pub­lic sec­tor mo­bil­ity scheme. The union­ists want their in­clu­sion in the pro­gram to be re­versed and for any teach­ers who have been trans­ferred to re­turn to their schools.

EOPYY talks.

Health Min­istry of­fi­cials held a new round of talks with doc­tors work­ing for the coun­try’s main health­care provider (EOPYY) yes­ter­day even as union­ists ex­tended their strike ac­tion through to Fri­day in protest at state health ser­vice re­forms which, they claim, “will cre­ate the con­di­tions for the dis­missal of EOPYY doc­tors from hos­pi­tals.”

English Edi­tion and the In­ter­na­tional New York Times will not be pub­lished tomorrow. We will be back on Jan­uary 2. We wish all our read­ers a happy New Year.

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