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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-03-24

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  • [01] PM chairs Refugee and Migration Policy Council; announcements pending
  • [02] Exhibition of works by Thomas Hope opens at Benaki Museum of Islamic Art
  • [03] Aegean Airlines cancels flights to Brussels on March 26-28
  • [04] Clocks to be set one hour forward on Sunday

  • [01] PM chairs Refugee and Migration Policy Council; announcements pending

    A meeting of the Government Refugee and Migration Policy Council, chaired by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, was held on Thursday. Departing from the meeting, Alternate Shipping Minister Thodoros Dritsas said that announcements will be made later and confirmed that action will be taken to relieve overcrowding at Piraeus port.

    Replying to questions, Dritsas said that no side had suggested not going through with the EU-Turkey agreement on the refugee crisis in the wake of the terrorist strikes in Brussels. The minister had been asked whether the government was concerned that some parties may try to back out of the agreements or ask that the agreement not be implemented.

    [02] Exhibition of works by Thomas Hope opens at Benaki Museum of Islamic Art

    Sixty works of Dutch and British merchant banker, author, philosopher and art collector Thomas Hope (1769-1831), which present Istanbul during the era of the Ottoman Empire, are hosted in an exhibition titled "Thomas Hope: Drawings of Ottoman Istanbul" at the Benaki Museum of Islamic Art.

    The exhibition, which opens on Thursday and will last until September 25, 2016, was described by Turkish Ambassador to Greece Kerim Uras as a "pleasant cultural break in the relations of the two countries."

    Thomas Hope (1769-1831), a scion of a wealthy banking family, went on a Grand Tour, the traditional trip to Greece and Turkey for the young men of his class, during the last quarter of the 18th century. Virtuoso, with unique collections of antiquities, sculptures and European paintings, a generous sponsor and an expert in the fields of architecture and decoration overturned the artistic settings of his time, leaving his mark on the period of the Regency.

    The exhibition reveals the artist's works from the capital of the Ottoman Empire. More specifically: Topographic views and folding panoramas of Istanbul, individual scenes from different neighbourhoods of Istanbul, monuments, temples, Ottoman palaces, halls of the seraglios, gates, mosques, funerary monuments, fountains, gates, the yalı on the Bosporus, the sultan's entertainments boats.

    Other scenes include details from market shops, coffee shops, images of various men, women with children of Istanbul, depictions of costumes, architectural details, accompanied by lengthy explanations and descriptions with comments. The works are of excellent quality because Thomas Hope was an unparalleled designer, a virtuoso of linear draftsmanship comparable to the qualities of a miniature painter.

    His works, 350 in total, were kept in his personal library bounded in five volumes, which disappeared after his death. The international scientific community thought they were lost, but in fact they had been bought by Antonis Benakis in 1930 and were kept at the museum's library. After an extensive search, they were discovered in 1984 by the exhibition's curator and History Professor Dr Fani Maria Tsigakou.

    However, the importance of the Thomas Hope collection is not limited to the aesthetic pleasure it offers to art enthusiasts. The designs constitute a unique treasure of visual testimonies for the scholars of the Ottoman civilization.

    [03] Aegean Airlines cancels flights to Brussels on March 26-28

    Aegean Airlines on Thursday announced the cancellation of all scheduled flights to and from Brussels on March 26-28 as the airport will remain closed. The airline said that it will instead carry out emergency flights to and from Lille airport in northern France on those days, in order to facilitate its passengers.

    The flights will take place on the following days and times:

    Date Flight Route Time

    Mar. 26 A3 628 Athens-Lille 8:30-10:40

    Mar. 26 A3 629 Lille-Athens 11:30-15:30

    Mar. 27 A3 628 Athens-Lille 8:30-10:40

    Mar. 27 A3 629 Lille-Athens 11:30-15:30

    Mar. 28 A3 628 Athens-Lille 8:30-10:40

    Mar. 28 A3 629 Lille-Athens 11:30-15:30

    Aegean asked passengers wanting to make changes or new bookings to call the phonelines 801 11 20000 (local call from landline) and (+30) 210 6261000 (from mobile) in Greece, the phone line (+32) 275 34710 in Belgium and the phone line (+33) 170 031323 in France or to contact their local travel agent.

    Passengers will have to make their own arrangements to reach and leave Lille airport, Aegean said.

    The airline will make changes to existing tickets without charge and give full refunds in the case of cancellations for passengers that booked tickets to or from Brussels until March 21, with an initial travel date up to March 31, 2016 and a new flight date up to May 31, 2016.

    [04] Clocks to be set one hour forward on Sunday

    Clocks will be adjusted one hour forward on Sunday (March 27) as daylight saving begins. This means that at 03.00 am (local) on Sunday morning clocks should be turned forward one hour to show 04.00.

    According to a European parliament directive, time always changes on the last Sunday of March and on the last Sunday of October.

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