Family of boy seek support
The family of 4-year-old Panayiotis Georgotas, who has been battling cancer for the past 20 months, launched a fundraising campaign yesterday so they can seek treatment for the toddler at a specialized center in New York. The Corfiot family will be holding a tele-marathon on local TV station Start Channel on February 5, while they have also expanded the campaign on Facebook (www.facebook.com/groups/511458078974630/). The family have also opened an account at Alpha Bank where members of the public can contribute toward the campaign to secure treatment for the boy at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
No agreement was reached during yesterday’s meeting between Agriculture Minister Athanasios Tsaftaris and protesting farmers, who vowed to escalate their action. “We won’t sit on our hands,” said Vangelis Boutas, a unionist from Karditsa, central Greece, warning that roadblocks would be set up as of Monday. Unionists are demanding that farmers with an annual turnover of up to 40,000 euros should be exempt from a regulation forcing them to keep account books. Also, they are asking for an increase in their tax-free threshold and for measures to help them settle overdue debts.
A 54-year-old man in Thessaloniki survived an assassination attempt yesterday when an unknown gunman opened fire at him at the entrance to his apartment building. The victim is being treated in a local clinic after suffering facial injuries. Police are investigating the incident, which was the second attempt on the man’s life in the past six months. In August, unknown attackers hid a hand grenade on the 54-year-old’s motorbike. The man spotted the device and informed the police, who deactivated it. The motives for the attacks remain unknown.
Motorists are advised to keep a set of snow chains handy when traveling in central and western Macedonia as snow and morning frosts have made driving conditions hazardous along several parts of the road network, according to authorities. Despite a rise in temperatures yesterday, police said motorists should use snow chains when driving in the mountains of Pella, Grevena, Kastoria, Florina and Edessa.
Greek coast guard officers and a search-and-rescue helicopter were yesterday looking for the 27-year-old skipper of a Dutchflagged boat after he lost contact with port officials. The vessel, which was traveling from Alimos marina, southern Athens, to the southeastern port of Lavrio, last contacted authorities late on Tuesday to report engine failure. The 27-year-old, who is the only person on the boat, said he would use his sails to reach his destination.
A 31-year-old Romanian construction worker was crushed to death in Pella, northern Greece, yesterday by an old cement truck as he was trying to disassemble it. His employer, who was not identified, was arrested for failing to take proper safety measures at the site.