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No shortage during Olympics, minister says after meeting PM There will be no shortage of electricity for the Olympic Games, Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas said yesterday after a meeting with Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis. The meeting, which included Deputy Development Minister Giorgos Salagoudis, who is in charge of energy production, focused on the adequate supply of electricity and the safety of electricity installations during the Games. PAPER SUED Avriani’s publisher to pay former minister 450,000 euros Former Press Minister Christos Protopappas was awarded 450,000 euros in damages after winning his court case against Avriani newspaper publisher Giorgos Kouris, who had accused him of building a home illegally. The decision, made public yesterday, said that the court found that the paper published a report on the issue «even though it knew that the claims made in it did not correspond with the truth.» It added that the plaintiff had «suffered significant moral damage from the said report.» MINOAN REPLICA Cretan ship sails for Athens A putative replica of a Bronze Age Minoan trading vessel leaves the Cretan port of Hania late on Thursday for a voyage to Athens, ahead of the August Olympics. The wooden ship, dubbed Minoa, was based on depictions of ships on excavated artifacts dating to the mid-second millennium BC. Work and pleasure Over 100 postmen and postwomen from all over Greece are to compete today in the 23 annual national postal workers’ walking championships in the central Greek town of Karpenisi. Transport and Communications Minister Michalis Liapis will attend. Tremors Residents of the northwestern prefecture of Ioannina are concerned by frequent but small earth tremors in their region from the early hours yesterday. The Patras Seismological Institute said that the largest quakes registered 3.7 on the Richter scale and the epicenter of the quakes is a few kilometers north of the city of Ioannina. Police suicide An officer on sentry duty outside the Kalamos police station in northeastern Attica fatally shot himself with his service sub-machinegun yesterday morning. Initial reports indicated that the policeman, whose name was not made public, had committed suicide. Extortion gang Three men have been arrested in Athens for allegedly demanding protection money from coffee shop and bar owners in the Nea Smyrni district, police said yesterday. Korean War memorial Greek and South Korean officials yesterday attended the unveiling of a memorial, in the northern Athens suburb of Papagou, to the 194 Greek army and air force officers and men who died during the 1950-53 Korean War. Attiki Odos From 10.30 p.m. today to 8 a.m. tomorrow, cars heading for the airport will face difficulties between the 25th and 26th kilometers on the Attiki Odos because of work being carried out to build the Nerantziotissa Station on the suburban railway line.