Schools cam­paign to start

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Less than two weeks af­ter is­su­ing a cir­cu­lar that urged lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to re­dou­ble their ef­forts to en­force a crack­down on smok­ing in pub­lic places, Deputy Health Min­is­ter Zeta Makri yes­ter­day her­alded a joint ini­tia­tive with Athens Mayor Gior­gos Kami­nis aimed at dis­cour­ag­ing smok­ing, par­tic­u­larly among young­sters. The ini­tia­tive fore­sees the launch of an aware­ness cam­paign at schools from March as well as the mo­bi­liza­tion of doc­tors and phar­ma­cists to hold pub­lic aware­ness-rais­ing events on a vol­un­tary ba­sis.

Sea Di­a­mond.

The ap­peal of nine peo­ple con­victed in con­nec­tion to the sink­ing of the Sea Di­a­mond off San­torini six years ago be­gan in a Pi­raeus court yes­ter­day but was quickly ad­journed for Fe­bru­ary 13. Nine of 13 peo­ple who stood trial over the 2007 sink­ing, in which two French tourists died, were con­victed in Au­gust. The cap­tain of the Louis Hel­lenic Cruise Lines ves­sel, which struck a reef near the is­land’s Athin­ios port in April 2007, was sen­tenced to 12 years and two months and or­dered to pay a fine of 8,000 eu­ros. The first mate and the shipowner’s des­ig­nated per­son­nel ashore were each sen­tenced to eight years, the chief engi­neer re­ceived 28 months, the nav­i­ga­tor re­ceived two years and 10 months, the of­fi­cer in charge of safety pro­ce­dures got six months and a 600-euro fine, the sur­veyor re­ceived a 15-month jail sen­tence, while two oth­ers re­ceived two years each.

Gi­ak­oumatos claims.

The trial of New Democ­racy MP Gerasi­mos Gi­ak­oumatos’s wife and brother has been post­poned un­til Fe­bru­ary 11. The two were ar­rested in con­nec­tion to the fam­ily busi­ness, a re­tire­ment home in the north­ern Athens sub­urb of Neo Psy­chico. The law­maker’s brother was the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, while his wife was the home’s pres­i­dent. Their lawyer, Michalis Dim­i­trakopou­los, said yes­ter­day that they should not have been ar­rested and that there had been un­fair at­tempts to em­broil the law­mak­ers in the case. “There have been no of­fenses and that will proved along the way,” he said.

Debts to the state.

The for­mer pres­i­dent and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Greek ca­sual wear re­tailer Sprider Stores faced a prose­cu­tor in Thes­sa­loniki yes­ter­day in con­nec­tion with debts to the state in ex­cess of 1.15 mil­lion eu­ros. Niko­laos Varsamis, 51, is ac­cused of ow­ing the amount in out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the So­cial Se­cu­rity Foun­da­tion (IKA). Sprider Stores, which was founded in Athens in 1971 and was listed on the Athens bourse in 2004, filed for bank­ruptcy last year, leav­ing more than 800 em­ploy­ees job­less.

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