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Consumers asked to curb power use this week due to fears of blackouts The Public Power Corporation (PPC) yesterday appealed to consumers to restrict their use of electricity as much as possible during «peak times» this week as a strike by PPC staff may lead to widespread power blackouts. Consumers are being asked to use as little electricity as possible between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and between 6.30 p.m. and 9.30 p.m. today through Thursday. PPC staff are striking in protest at the power supplier’s plans for cooperation with German firm RWE. Documentary festival Thessaloniki director speaks out The Thessaloniki Documentary Festival is «set up on a glass foundation,» artistic director Dimitris Eipides has said in an interview with Kathimerini English Edition about the event starting Friday. Repeating his longstanding demand for an independent documentary festival, Eipides defends his decision to limit the number of Greek movies showcased this year, despite the grievances of local filmmakers. «The festival as an international event has to observe certain rules such as avoiding any favorable treatment of the local production against the international submissions,» he says. (Page 6) Giannakou meeting Doctors at the Henry Dunant hospital in Athens were meeting last night to discuss what treatment to follow for ex-Education Minister Marietta Giannakou, who remains in critical condition after suffering a heart attack last week. Ride-by shooting A 20-year-old man was shot dead on Acharnon Avenue, near central Athens, on Saturday. A man on a motorcycle sped off after shooting the victim with a handgun. The attack took place at around 9 p.m. and police believe that it was a settling of scores. Liner deja vu A tugboat ran aground off Santorini yesterday at exactly the same spot that the Sea Diamond cruise liner sank last year, authorities said. The small vessel had been docked at the nearby port of Athinio but stormy seas led to the ship floating adrift and striking the same small rocky outcrop as the Sea Diamond. Nobody was on board the vessel. Authorities on the island launched an investigation into how the tugboat came loose as they considered how to tow it to safety. Mild quakes Two mild quakes, both measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale, struck different parts of Greece on Saturday but caused no injuries or damage. The first quake occurred just after 2 a.m. off Siteia, on the eastern coast of Crete. The second tremor shook the island of Samos at 9 a.m. Its epicenter was just north of the island. Seismologists said there was no cause for alarm.