Sailor be­lieved clear of virus

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Health au­thor­i­ties yes­ter­day said that a sailor on a ship bound from Guinea to the port of Pi­raeus who was re­ported to have been dis­play­ing pos­si­ble signs of Ebola was not be­lieved to be in­fected with the deadly virus that has claimed thou­sands of lives in West Africa. A state­ment is­sued last night by the Cen­ter for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion (KEELPNO) said that the symp­toms dis­played by the ail­ing Filipino sailor on the Greek-flagged com­mer­cial ves­sel “are not con­sis­tent with the def­i­ni­tions of a sus­pi­cious out­break of the virus.” Sources sug­gested that the sailor may be suf­fer­ing from a uri­nary tract in­fec­tion.

Ref­eree at­tack.

A pros­e­cu­tor tasked with in­ves­ti­gat­ing soc­cer-re­lated crimes has sum­moned the chiefs of ma­jor clubs Olympiakos and AEK to an­swer ques­tions re­lat­ing to a vi­o­lent at­tack on a ref­eree last week. Van­ge­lis Mari­nakis of Olympiakos and Dim­itris Melis­sani­dis of AEK, as well as Hel­lenic Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (EPO) chief Gior­gos Sar­ris are be­ing called to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on the at­tack suf­fered by Christo­foros Zo­grafos, also the vice pres­i­dent of EPO’s ref­er­ee­ing com­mit­tee, who was beaten with an iron bar out­side his home last week after re­ceiv­ing threats by tele­phone. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, Mari­nakis al­leged dur­ing a meet­ing of soc­cer bosses that Melis­sani­dis or­dered the as­sault. The AEK supremo de­nies any in­volve­ment.

Graft trial post­poned.

A sec­ond trial con­cern­ing the em­bez­zle­ment of over a mil­lion euros from the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Thes­sa­loniki and in­volv­ing the north­ern port city’s for­mer mayor, Vas­silis Pa­pa­geor­gopou­los, was post­poned yes­ter­day. A Thes­sa­loniki court or­dered that the trial re­sume on March 16 after one of the 17 de­fen­dants’ lawyers was un­able to at­tend due to ill health. Pa­pa­geor­gopou­los is al­ready serv­ing a 12-year sen­tence for the em­bez­zle­ment of another 17.9 mil­lion euros from city cof­fers.

Lover­dos health.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter An­dreas Lover­dos was dis­charged from a hos­pi­tal in Istanbul yes­ter­day after be­ing ad­mit­ted on Satur­day with in­tense lower-back pain. Doc­tors said the min­is­ter, who was on an of­fi­cial visit to Istanbul to meet Greek Ortho­dox Church of­fi­cials and mem­bers of the di­as­pora, is suf­fer­ing from cys­tolithi­a­sis.

La­garde threats.

In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Chris­tine La­garde yes­ter­day wrote to Greek Jus­tice Min­is­ter Har­alam­bos Athana­siou clar­i­fy­ing that threats she has al­luded to hav­ing re­ceived over com­ments re­gard­ing tax eva­sion in Greece were made over so­cial me­dia and not ad­dressed to her per­son­ally. La­garde told the Fi­nan­cial Times in an in­ter­view in Septem­ber that “when I have talked about Greece and its taxes be­fore, I got death threats and we had to in­crease se­cu­rity.” Her com­ments prompted a probe by Greek au­thor­i­ties.

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