Athens, Lesvos may­ors on list for world ti­tle

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Their ef­forts to hu­manely ad­dress the refugee cri­sis have put Athens Mayor Gior­gos Kami­nis and Lesvos Mayor Spy­ros Gali­nos on a short list of 15 lo­cal au­thor­ity lead­ers from around the world con­tend­ing for the ti­tle of World Mayor 2016.

The 15 fi­nal­ists have been pro­posed for their re­sponse to the Euro­pean refugee cri­sis and in­clude may­ors from Spain, Italy, France, the Nether­lands, Bel­gium, Poland, Ger­many, the USA, Canada as well as Syria and Turkey. The win­ner is to be an­nounced at the end of the year.

Those in­ter­ested in in­flu­enc­ing the ver­dict can par­tic­i­pate in an on­line vote on­line at www.world­mayor.com/con­test_ 2016/ world- mayor- short­list2016.html.

Mean­while the coast guard was put on alert yes­ter­day af­ter a smug­gling boat foundered off the coast of Thas­sos in the north­ern Aegean, lead­ing to four peo­ple drown­ing while an­other 15 were res­cued.

The drown­ings came af­ter a pe­riod of rel­a­tive calm, with ar­rivals from neigh­bor­ing Turkey sharply re­duced since March, when Ankara signed a deal with the Euro­pean Union to crack down on hu­man smug­gling in the Aegean.

How­ever, there is still con­cern about grow­ing ten­sions at over­crowded re­cep­tion cen­ters on the Aegean is­lands.

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