On­line reg­istry by end-year

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An on­line data­base of the coun­try’s blood donors is due to be launched later this year, Health Min­istry of­fi­cials said yes­ter­day. The so-called Blood Donor Reg­istry, which will be ready to run in pi­lot mode by late Novem­ber, will also keep a record of blood do­na­tion agen­cies op­er­at­ing around the coun­try. The new sys­tem is ex­pected to im­prove the ef­fi­ciency of blood col­lec­tion, bol­ster safety pro­ce­dures and in­crease the num­ber of blood donors. The sys­tem is also ex­pected to fa­cil­i­tate reg­u­lar donors by is­su­ing them with an iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­ber and keep­ing a record of their de­tails.

Rec­tor’s warn­ing.

Looser reg­u­la­tions in­tro­duced at the start of the aca­demic year for univer­sity trans­fers have seen the num­ber of stu­dents at Athens Univer­sity rise to 25 per­cent above its ca­pac­ity, the in­sti­tu­tion’s rec­tor, Theodoros Fort­sakis, said yes­ter­day. Speak­ing to Vima FM, Fort­sakis warned that there is a risk hun­dreds of stu­dents will be un­able to com­plete the first se­mes­ter of the year as there is not enough staff to teach the stu­dent body, es­pe­cially after cut­backs have al­ready whit­tled away their num­ber.

Lawyer at­tacked.

Po­lice in Pen­teli, north­ern Athens, were in­ves­ti­gat­ing an at­tack against a lawyer who was shot at and robbed out­side his res­i­dence yes­ter­day morn­ing. Ac­cord­ing to the vic­tim, two men ap­proached him as he was leav­ing his home. One fired a weapon at him, with the bul­let nar­rowly miss­ing his head. The as­sailants fled the scene with the lawyer’s brief­case, which re­port­edly con­tained 30,000 euros. The vic­tim was slightly in­jured in the at­tack and was be­ing treated at an Athens hos­pi­tal.

Jack­pot.

The Jack­pot lot­tery prize is ex­pected to reach around 17 mil­lion euros on Thurs­day, as the last round held on Sun­day did not re­veal any win­ners for the 15th draw in a row. The num­ber’s in Sun­day’s draw, which drew 2,370,000 tick­ets, were 42, 39, 16, 9 and 5. The bonus, or Joker, num­ber was 12. The last time the lot­tery’s prize reached such lev­els was in April 2010, when the sum of 19.2 mil­lion euros was shared among three win­ners.

Ar­son.

Po­lice yes­ter­day were in­ves­ti­gat­ing two at­tacks car­ried out with gas can­is­ters at apart­ment build­ings in the north­ern port city of Thes­sa­loniki on Sun­day night. The first ex­plo­sion took place in the area of Toumba at 9.55 p.m., while the sec­ond fol­lowed about 10 min­utes later in Sykies. The blasts did not cause any se­ri­ous dam­age or in­juries. Po­lice have not ruled out that they may be re­lated.

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