It was supposed to be a time to look forward to. After decades of work, retirement was for many meant to provide a chance to slow down and enjoy life. A holiday, an evening out with old friends, the odd fishing trip.
Aristides Alafouzos was honored on Thursday at a funeral service at the Church of Aghios Dionysios Areopagitis in Kolonaki, central Athens, attended by his loved ones, friends, business associates and compatriots, fellow travelers on land and sea.
Municipal authority workers launched a four-day strike with a protest rally on Friday, in protest at fresh austerity measures and also in demand that employees on short-term contracts be granted permanency. The action is expected to affect every area of municipal services, including kindergartens and garbage collection, prompting authorities yesterday to urge citizens not to take out the trash for the duration of the strike. [Alexandros Vlachos/ANA-MPA]