Fam­ily of boy seek sup­port

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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.

Protest­ing farm­ers.

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.

Twice lucky.

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.

Snowy roads.

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.

Miss­ing skip­per.

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.

Work death.

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.

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