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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-10-19

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  • [01] Medasset clean-up recovers 300-plus kilos of 'ghost nets' in Tolos
  • [02] Onassis Foundation brings 'Digital Revolution' to Athens

  • [01] Medasset clean-up recovers 300-plus kilos of 'ghost nets' in Tolos

    ANA-MPA -- More than 300 kilos of 'ghost nets' - the deadly lost or forgotten fishing nets left behind by fishermen to litter the seabed - were recovered from the sea in Tolos, Argolida by Medasset, an organisation for the protection of the marine environment. Working with the volunteer diving group Innerspace Explorers Greece, who spent 1.5 hours underwater to scour the Tolos harbour on Sunday, Medasset intends to recycle the nylon twine from the recovered nets to make other nylon-fibre goods, such as socks, swimwear, carpets and other items of everyday use, as part of the European initiative "Healthy Seas: A journey from waste to wear". The divers recovered derelict nets from three spots in picturesque Tolos on Sunday, at depths of 10 to 25 metres, while they were able to release trapped fish and also locate other nets that will be recovered during forthcoming missions. The recovered nets will first be taken to Alimos marina, where the Alimos Professional Fishers Association is based, and from there to a Healthy Seas recycling unit in Slovenia and another in Izmir. Talking to the ANA-MPA, the head of Medasset Vassilis Stamogiannis outlined the serious impact of derelict fishing gear and 'ghost nets' on marine flora and fauna, pointing out that they never stop "fishing" and pointlessly killing many kinds of animals, as well as having a negative impact on marine ecosystems. "Since they are made of nylon, they never degrade but remain on the seabed, polluting it irrevocably. It is a very widespread phenomenon in Greek seas but also more generally in the Mediterranean," he said. Stamogiannis said that the initiative was warmly and enthusiastically received by the fishing community, with similar operations planned in Mikrolimano, Piraeus, Perama, Alimos and the island of Corfu.

    [02] Onassis Foundation brings 'Digital Revolution' to Athens

    ANA-MPA -- An exhibition that explores our digital past and the journey into our even more digital future will open its doors to the Athenian public on Tuesday, at the Onassis Cultural Centre (OCC) on Syngrou Avenue. From the early days of Pacman and 'Super Mario' to the new realities of 3D printing and holography, "Digital Revolution" traces our first baby steps into the world of algorithms and pixels right up to its modern-day and future impact on the arts, design, music, fashion, film and gaming. On the way, it stops at some digital industry milestones: from Tetris, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak to Augmented Reality, films like 'Gravity' and 'Inception', or the music of Björk and the Black Eyed Peas' It then moves on to our possible digital future and the rapidly changing digital revolutions this is likely to bring: the era of cyborgs, wearable technology, drones and 'big data'. Earlier hosted by the Barbican in London and the Tekniska Museet in Stockholm, 'Digital Revolution' lives up to its name, with a highly interactive series of digital exhibits covering every area of human endeavour, especially in the arts. It occupies all three floors of the OCC, as well as the surrounding grounds, and is divided into several sections, each having a different theme. The first is Digital Archaeology, which starts its journey in 1970 and each decade right up to 2010. Creative spaces looks at how our concepts of time, space and narrative have been revised by the use of digital tools. Sound and Vision and State of Play move on to the world of animation and the whole new vistas for visual effects now open to makers of films and games, before the last section entitled 'Our Digital Futures'. The exhibition will run until January 10, opening from noon until 21:00 on Sunday through Thursday and from noon until 22:00 on Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets can be purchased at a discount online in advance or at the door, while there are also discounts for large parties, families, young children and the unemployed. For more information, visit the website
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