• Fires are still blazing in the Mount Athos area with thousands of firemen trying to contain the numerous re-kindlings. Nine aircrafts and four helicopters are operating and the regional authorities are on the alert.
The fire that burnt more than 27 million square meters of forests in Arcadia, central Peloponnese, is still not contained.
• The Agricultural Bank of Greece (ATE) has been sold off to the Bank of Piraeus. The transaction has been widely criticized by the opposition parties because of the “lack of transparency” in the deal. The ATE employees have been asked to sign new contracts with the new owners: this means that their years of experience, security fund payments and salaries are in jeopardy to say the least. It should also be noted that the Agricultural Bank of Greece, one of the oldest in the country, is the Bank traditionally used by the farming world. Consequently, all the land mortgaged for loans passes to private hands. The Coalition of Radical Left (SYRIZA) has labeled the transaction a scandal.
• A bank robbery in Paros has left one dead while the culprits are still not apprehended.
• The temperatures are dropping and some storms have broken out in the provinces. Athens seems as hot as before mainly due to the building materials used which “capture” the heat long after the sun has set.