In Brief


Technicians refusing overtime cause numerous cancellations A continuing strike by Olympic Airlines ground crews continued to wreak havoc with the carrier’s schedule over the weekend. By yesterday afternoon, 23 flights had been cancelled, since maintenance staff started their action on Wednesday by refusing to work overtime over wage demands and to express their opposition to plans to privatize the airline. A government committee is due to meet this week to discuss the tenders submitted for Olympic. SALMONELLA DETECTED Poultry farm eggs recalled Eggs produced at the Agrek poultry farm in Evros, northeastern Greece, are being withdrawn from the market after municipal health inspectors discovered traces of the poisonous bacteria salmonella on the premises. The farm was sealed off on Saturday and any movement of chickens in or out of the premises has been prohibited. All the eggs at the farm have been confiscated and will be destroyed. Kiosk flattened A kiosk owner had a lucky escape early on Saturday when a young driver lost control of his vehicle on Katehaki Avenue. The car crashed into the kiosk, which was located on the corner of Mesogeion Avenue, resulting in the owner being trapped inside. The fire service was needed to cut him free from the wreckage of the kiosk. He suffered minor injuries. Witnesses told the police that the driver had been speeding before crashing into the kiosk. Port fracas Riot police were called in to disperse soccer fans at the port of Piraeus on Saturday night after Olympiakos supporters apparently ambushed a group of Panathinaikos fans trying to catch a ferry to Crete, where their team was playing the next day. The Olympiakos supporters threw rocks and flares at the rival fans as they attempted to board the Festos Palace. The coast guard called in two squads of riot police to intervene. The officers arrived some 15 minutes later and managed to restore order. There were no reports of injuries or arrests. Cretan attacks Two banks and a car dealership were attacked early yesterday in Iraklion, Crete. Police said that assailants threw petrol bombs at a branch of the Pancretan Cooperative Bank at about 3 a.m. The branch was destroyed in the ensuing blaze. A branch of Alpha Bank was then attacked before the arsonists moved onto the car dealership. Nobody was injured in the attacks. Migrants stopped A 27-year-old Albanian man was arrested near the town of Ptolemaida, northern Greece, yesterday after officers of the illegal immigration department stopped the car he was driving and discovered that his three passengers did not have the necessary travel documents. Dealer caught Police in Thessaloniki arrested a 22-year-old local man on Saturday on suspicion of dealing large quantities of drugs. Officers found more than 16 kilograms of cannabis in the unnamed man’s apartment as well as equipment that was allegedly used to process the drug. Police also seized 3,000 euros in cash and a gun loaded with five bullets.

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