Child to re­main with char­ity

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A court in Larissa, cen­tral Greece, yes­ter­day started hear­ing the trial con­cern­ing the cus­tody of a young girl called Maria who was re­moved from a Roma camp in nearby Farsala in Oc­to­ber. The girl, be­lieved to be aged be­tween 5 and 6, has been in the care of the Hamo­gelo tou Paid­iou (Child’s Smile) char­ity since then and is ex­pected to re­main un­der the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s su­per­vi­sion. It re­mained un­clear yes­ter­day when the court would rule. Mean­while the Roma cou­ple charged with the girl’s ab­duc­tion are in cus­tody – the man in Larissa jail and the woman in At­tica’s Ko­ry­dal­los Prison. Their ap­peal against their de­ten­tion is pend­ing.

Cornea trans­plant.

The cornea of a 23year-old woman who died last week af­ter the KTEL in­ter­city bus she was trav­el­ing on crashed into a parked truck on the na­tional high­way near Mal­gara, north­ern Greece, was suc­cess­fully trans­planted yes­ter­day into the eye of a 17-yearold youth with a de­gen­er­a­tive oc­u­lar dis­or­der. Doc­tors at Thes­sa­loniki’s AHEPA Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal said the youth would be dis­charged in two to three days. The girl’s par­ents do­nated all her or­gans for trans­plant.

EOPYY doc­tors.

Doc­tors work­ing for the coun­try’s big­gest health­care provider, EOPYY, said yes­ter­day that they would ex­tend their on­go­ing strike ac­tion un­til Jan­uary 24, de­mand­ing that the gov­ern­ment with­draw a bill for the over­haul of the Na­tional Health­care Sys­tem (ESY). Union­ists op­pose re­forms that pro­hibit doc­tors on the state’s pay­roll from con­duct­ing pri­vate con­sul­ta­tions and op­er­at­ing pri­vate clin­ics. They also ar­gue that their new pay struc­ture will see them earn­ing sig­nif­i­cantly less than doc­tors with ESY. The strike, which be­gan be­fore the Christ­mas hol­i­days, has re­sulted in sig­nif­i­cant de­lays for pa­tients in­sured with EOPYY.

Kouris ar­rested.

Busi­ness­man Gior­gos Kouris, publisher of Avri­ani news­pa­per and owner of now-de­funct Al­ter TV, was ar­rested yes­ter­day over debts of about 2.7 mil­lion eu­ros to the state. Kouris, 77, was re­leased on bail in May last year af­ter be­ing ar­rested in con­nec­tion with a 1.5-mil­lion-euro debt owed by Al­ter. His son, An­dreas, was also ar­rested and re­leased. Yes­ter­day’s ar­rest re­lates to a dif­fer­ent debt, which the busi­ness­man is ex­pected to set­tle by agree­ing a pay­ment plan with au­thor­i­ties. He was ar­rested 100 me­ters from his house by two un­der­cover po­lice­men pre­tend­ing to be a taxi driver and pas­sen­ger. It was not clear why au­thor­i­ties chose this method to nab the busi­ness­man.

Deadly slip.

A 50-year-old man lost his life yes­ter­day af­ter fall­ing from the roof of his house in Ha­nia, Crete. Ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties, the un­named man had climbed onto the roof to clean his chim­ney but slipped and fell from a height of about 5 me­ters.

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