3 Deaths in Missouri as Tornado Strikes State Capital

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A tornado caused heavy damage in Missouri’s capital city as severe weather swept across the state overnight, causing at least three deaths and injuring nearly two dozen people as homes and businesses were ripped apart.

The National Weather Service confirmed that the large and destructive tornado moved over Jefferson City shortly before midnight on Wednesday.

“Across the state, Missouri’s first responders once again responded quickly and with strong coordination as much of the state dealt with extremely dangerous conditions that left people injured, trapped in homes, and tragically led to the death of three people,” Governor Mike Parson said.

Missouri Public Safety said the three were killed in the Golden City area of Barton County, near Missouri’s southwest corner, as the severe weather moved in from Oklahoma, where rescuers struggled to pull people from high water. The tornado hit during a week that has seen several days of tornadoes and torrential rains in parts of the Southern Plains and Midwest.

No deaths were reported in the capital, but Jefferson City Police Lt. David Williams said about 20 people were rescued by emergency personnel.

The weather service reported that a “confirmed large and destructive tornado” was observed over Jefferson City at 11:43 p.m. Wednesday, moving northeast at 40 mph (64 kph). The capital city has a population of about 40,000 and is located about 130 miles (209 kilometers) west of St. Louis.

“It’s a chaotic situation right now,” Williams said.

Williams spoke from the Cole County Sheriff’s office, where debris including insulation, roofing shingles and metal pieces lay on the ground outside the front doors. Authorities were discouraging people from beginning clean-up efforts until power is safely restored. Area hospitals set up command centers in case the need arises.

Missouri Public Safety tweeted that there was a possibility of more tornadoes and flash flooding.

Austin Thomson, 25, was in the laundry room of his complex of two-story apartment buildings to do his wash and noticed the wind started picking up. He saw sheets of rain coming down and a flagpole bend and then slam to the ground. The windows broke and he dove behind the washers and dryers.

After it calmed down, he walked outside to check the damage, and retrieved a stuffed animal for his daughter from his damaged apartment.

“There’s basically one building that’s basically one story now,” he said.

The weather service said it had received 22 reports of tornadoes by late Wednesday; some could be duplicate reporting of the same twister.

A car is trapped under the fallen metal roof of the Break Time gas station and convenience store in tornado-hit Jefferson City, MO., Thursday, May 23, 2019. (AP Photo/David A. Lieb)

One tornado skirted just a few miles north of Joplin, Missouri, on the eighth anniversary of a catastrophic tornado that killed 161 people in the city. The tornado caused some damage in the town of Carl Junction, about 4 miles (6.44 kilometers) north of the Joplin airport, where several injuries were reported.

Storms and torrential rains have ravaged the Midwest, from Texas through Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Illinois.

Two barges broke loose and floated swiftly down the swollen Arkansas River in eastern Oklahoma on Wednesday, spreading alarm downstream as they threatened to hit a dam.

Authorities urged residents of several small towns in Oklahoma and Kansas to leave their homes as rivers and streams rose.

The Arkansas River town of Webbers Falls, Oklahoma, was one such town. Town officials ordered a mandatory evacuation Wednesday afternoon because of the river’s rising level.

But Wednesday evening, a posting on the town’s official Facebook page sounded the alarm about the runaway barges for its 600 residents: “Evacuate Webbers Falls immediately. The barges are loose and has the potential to hit the lock and dam 16. If the dam breaks, it will be catastrophic!! Leave now!!”

Plastic chairs lie in the road and metal from a damaged gas station roof is twisted around a downed power line in Jefferson City Missouri Thursday, May 23, 2019. (AP Photo/David A. Lieb)

There was no word by midnight Wednesday where the barges were on the river, but local television stations showing live video of the river and the lock and dam said they had not yet arrived.

The Arkansas River was approaching historic highs, while the already high Missouri and Mississippi Rivers were again rising after a multi-day stretch of storms that produced dozens of tornadoes. Forecasters predicted parts of Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas could see more severe weather on Thursday.

Deaths from this week’s storms include a 74-year-old woman found early Wednesday morning in Iowa. Officials there say she was killed by a possible tornado that damaged a farmstead in Adair County. Missouri authorities said heavy rain was a contributing factor in the deaths of two people in a traffic accident Tuesday near Springfield.

A fourth weather-related death may have occurred in Oklahoma, where the Highway Patrol said a woman apparently drowned after driving around a barricade Tuesday near Perkins, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) northeast of Oklahoma City. The unidentified woman’s body was sent to the state medical examiner’s office to confirm the cause of death. Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain said she isn’t yet listed as what would be the state’s first storm-related death.


By DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press

This image posted on Twitter account of Stechshultsy shows tornado-hit Jefferson City. MO., Thursday, May 23, 2019. The National Weather Service has confirmed a large and destructive tornado has touched down in Missouri’s state capital, causing heavy damage and trapping multiple people in the wreckage of their homes. (Stechshultsy via AP)

This image posted on Twitter account of Stechshultsy shows tornado-hit Jefferson City. MO., Thursday, May 23, 2019. The National Weather Service has confirmed a large and destructive tornado has touched down in Missouri’s state capital, causing heavy damage and trapping multiple people in the wreckage of their homes.(Stechshultsy via AP)
This image posted on Twitter account of Stechshultsy shows tornado-hit Jefferson City. MO., Thursday, May 23, 2019. The National Weather Service has confirmed a large and destructive tornado has touched down in Missouri’s state capital, causing heavy damage and trapping multiple people in the wreckage of their homes.(Stechshultsy via AP)
This image posted on Twitter account of Stechshultsy shows tornado-hit Jefferson City. MO., Thursday, May 23, 2019. The National Weather Service has confirmed a large and destructive tornado has touched down in Missouri’s state capital, causing heavy damage and trapping multiple people in the wreckage of their homes.(Stechshultsy via AP)
The sign for the Hidden Oaks apartment complex in Jefferson City Missouri stands bent on May 23, 2019, from an apparent tornado in front of a tree that was ripped apart. A “violent tornado” touched down in Jefferson City, Missouri, causing possible fatalities, according to the National Weather Service (AP Photo/David A. Lieb)
This image provided by John Dolson shows the damage of a car dealership in Jefferson City, MO., Thursday, May 23, 2019. A “violent tornado” touched down in Jefferson City, Missouri, causing possible fatalities, according to the National Weather Service.(John Dolson via AP)

EU High Court Rejects Compensation Bid on Greek Bond Losses

ATHENS (AP) — An EU high court has rejected a bid for compensation from the European Central Bank by some private owners of Greek bonds who suffered losses at the height of Greece’s debt crisis seven years ago.

Near-bankrupt in 2012, Greece executed the biggest debt restructuring ever, erasing 105 billion euros owed to private creditors who mostly consented. The same terms were imposed on the rest, some of whom launched the lawsuit.

The General Court of the European Union found that those investors suffered an infringement of their property rights, but not one that was “disproportionate and intolerable.”

It said Thursday this was in line with public interest.

The Luxembourg-based court said there wasn’t evidence the ECB, which advised Greece on the deal, committed “a sufficiently serious breach” of European Union law.

Memory Eternal Fr. Evangelos C. Georgiadis

PAWTUCKET, RI – Fr. Evangelos C. Georgiadis, husband of Presbytera Anastasia (Toulopoulos) of Rumford, RI, died at 89 Sunday. Born September 9, 1930, son of the late Christodoulos and Anezina (Salamis) Georgiadis of Samos, Greece, he graduated from high school in Leka, Samos, the Preparatory Ecclesiastical School of Patmos, Greece, and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA.

He was ordained in August 1961 in Corona, NY by the late Archbishop Iakovos and then in New London, CT by Bishop Meletios of Christianopolis. Over 57 years, he served as pastor of six parishes, the last 24 years at St. Demetrios Church, Fall River, MA. Through the years, he received several pastoral honors from the late Archbishop Iakovos, including the Honorary Cross commemorating the 50th Anniversary of his graduation from Holy Cross School of Theology.

Fr. Georgiadis also received several awards in recognition of his tireless efforts to support organizations in the communities in which he served, including helping 54 families at the Ronald McDonald House.

He is also survived by his three children; Chris E. Georgiadis of Bradford, MA, George E. Georgiadis of Rumford, RI and Anna Maria Bunch and her husband John of Coventry, RI; three grandchildren, Evan C. Georgiadis of Nashua, NH, Joseph E. Bunch and Stacia J. Bunch, both of Coventry, RI; and two cousins, Marika Panagopoulos of Westport, CT and Costa Salamis of Quebec, Canada.

His Funeral Service took place at the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Church, Pawtucket, RI where he served for a number of years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House 45 Gay St. Providence, RI 02905 or to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church Scholarship Fund, 97 Walcott St. Pawtucket, RI 02860.

Archon Depoutatos Harold A. Peponis Passed Away

Regional Commander Harold A. Peponis, Archon Depoutatos, died on May 12, 2019.

“On behalf of the Order of Saint Andrew, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate we express our deep sympathy to his entire family,” Order of Saint Andrew said in its announcement.

“Archon Harold is survived by his beloved wife Faye and his son Arthur. Memorial donations may be made to Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral or St. Iakovos Retreat Center at gosirc.org.

“Ζωή σε σας… Ζωή σε μας…”

IGB Construction a Very Positive Development for Greece, US Embassy’s Kate Byrnes Says

Deputy chief of mission of the US Embassy in Athens Kate Byrnes termed the start of construction for the vertical corridor of the IGB pipeline linking Greece with Bulgaria “a very positive development for Greece and for the region,” in statements to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA).
Speaking to ANA on the sidelines of the IGB inauguration ceremony on Wednesday in Kirkovo, Bulgaria the American diplomat said that the US consider “the construction of the IGB as a very important development for Greece, for the region, and in terms of opening up the entire region to diversification (of the energy sources), something that the US has been looking forward to for a long time.”
The full interview to ANA follows:

How does the U.S. see the construction of the IGB?
We see the construction of the IGB as a very positive development for Greece, for the region, and in terms of opening up the entire region to diversification, this is something that the United States has been looking forward to for a long time, supportive of the project, going back again most recently to the Prime Minister’s visit to Washington and remarks in the Rose Garden, and again it’s very much a part of how we see the U.S.-Greece strategic relationship developing.

How do you see the prospect of the IGB connecting with the LNG platform in Alexandroupoli?
We think that in the same way that the TAP is now connecting horizontally across the region, the IGB offers that vertical solution, helping to bring resources from Alexandroupoli up to Bulgaria and perhaps further into the region, which would be the great hope, and it also opens up new opportunities for sources, putting, as we hope, LNG into Alexandroupoli on a more regular basis.

Now that Greece has turned the corner, do you see any prospects of deepening the relations between U.S. and Greece in the energy sector?
We see that as very much an important part of developing the relationship. Over the past year, we’ve done a lot to bring U.S. officials out here on a regular basis to look at the opportunities in the energy sector. Even more so, bringing private sector interest in. Our support and participation in the Thessaloniki International Fair was very much intended to look at energy in this part of the world. And as we proceed with the Strategic Dialogue, we’ve developed a specific part of the agenda that is focused on energy security and ways that we can work together on energy cooperation.

And last but not least, do you see any prospects of American companies investing in this part of Greece, in the energy sector?
Well, that’s obviously an American company decision. They’ll look at the market, and they’ll see. But the fact that we’ve brought so much attention, that this infrastructure is developing, this is going be a very positive signal to the companies that the infrastructure is here, the governments are committed, and everybody’s looking at this region in a new light, that should also provide a positive incentive for American companies.

Kostis Velonis’ Evocative Installation Life Without Tragedy Open on Governors Island (Pics)

NEW YORK – Celebrated Greek artist Kostis Velonis’ large-scale sculptural work Life Without Tragedy has now been installed on Governors Island, where it will remain on view, free of charge, through October 31, Onassis USA announced on May 3.

Life Without Tragedy, developed with architect Christian Kotzamanis and initially created for the acclaimed Onassis Festival 2019: Democracy Is Coming (during which it could be seen in Astor Place, April 10-30, free of charge), explores the intersection of democracy and theater – perhaps Greece’s two greatest contributions. The work consists of three wood sculptures that mimic an ancient Greek amphitheater, a place that was a social institution and a site for political discourse as well as a venue for art.

The Greek amphitheater is a phenomenon and physical space rich with political and democratic import. Theatrical performances were, in Athenian democracy, deeply rooted in the polity and its institutions. The actors and members of the chorus were citizens, and a gathering in the theater functioned as an ecclesia (an assembly of the citizens). The theater, although it was established during the period of the tyrants, became a site of democracy, as it flourished in parallel with the democratic system of government. Democracy liberated ancient Greek tragedy from its religious nature, giving it a more anthropocentric and political character. And within the theater, Athenians participated in dialogue and debate about ideas.

With a view of the Statue of Liberty, Velonis’ large-scale sculptural work Life Without Tragedy was installed on Governors Island. Photo: Zachary Schulman

Life Without Tragedy exemplifies Onassis USA’s evolution into a formidable contemporary producer and presenter of arts-and-ideas programs that substantially contribute to timely national and international conversations. The organization has explored democracy in recent programming including Onassis Festival 2019: Democracy Is Coming, presented with The Public Theater; Onassis Festival 2018: The Birds, A Festival Inspired by Aristophanes; the Speaking Truth to Power series in collaboration with the Brooklyn Academy of Music; and the 2018 revival of The Gospel at Colonus, the Lee Breuer / Bob Telson landmark, at the Delacorte Theater, in collaboration with The Public Theater.

Vallejo Gantner, the recently announced Artistic and Executive Director of Onassis USA, said, “Kostis did us proud, and we are so happy that this bold piece has found its place. Created for an urgent festival of arts and democracy this work evokes so many values we hold dear- dialogue, debate, participation, and the arts. We’re immensely grateful that Life Without Tragedy has found a home on Governors Island, and proud to be partnering with this vital new piece of New York City’s cultural ecosystem.”

Karen Brooks Hopkins, Onassis USA Senior Advisor, said, “As a board member of both Onassis USA and Governors Island, I’m thrilled that these two great organizations are partnering to give hundreds of thousands of visitors an additional opportunity to view this work.”

Kostis Velonis’ large-scale sculptural work Life Without Tragedy was installed on Governors Island with a view of the Statue of Liberty. Photo: Zachary Schulman

Governors Island plays a unique role in New York City’s cultural landscape, providing a one-of-a-kind platform for artists, cultural organizations and educators to create groundbreaking and experiential programming. Public art commissioned by both outside organizations and the Trust for Governors Island has connected hundreds of thousands of visitors with groundbreaking contemporary artworks in an accessible, natural environment. Looking forward, Governors Island is envisioned as an unparalleled venue for free public art in New York City that allows diverse audiences to deeply engage with immersive, thoughtful, challenging, whimsical and experimental works in open green areas and historic architecture, all against the backdrop of the Harbor and skyline.

“We are thrilled to host Kostis Velonis’ work on the Island at Picnic Point, a site deeply connected to New York Harbor’s iconic symbols of democracy and political discourse,” said Meredith Johnson, VP of Arts and Culture at the Trust for Governors Island. “Through Onassis USA’s generosity, hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Island will have the opportunity to engage with this work and the important conversations ignited by the Onassis Festival 2019: Democracy Is Coming.”

Life Without Tragedy will be on view every day during the 2019 season at Picnic Point, located on the Island’s southern tip. Governors Island is open every day from May 1-October 31. On weekdays, the Island is open from 10 AM to 6 PM. On weekends and holidays, the Island is open from 10 AM to 7 PM. On Friday and Saturday evenings between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend, the Island will be open until 10 PM. For ferry schedules and more information, visit www.govisland.org.

Kostis Velonis’ large-scale sculptural work Life Without Tragedy was installed on Governors Island where it will be on view through October 31. Photo: Zachary Schulman

PM Tsipras: We Must Stop Forces Promoting Divisive Politics in Our Country

Thessaloniki is a city of great struggles on behalf of democracy, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in a campaign speech in the northern capital on Wednesday evening, referring also to the labour movement and workers who “flooded the city in the great strike of May ’36.”

In this address ahead of European and local elections on Sunday, Tsipras also mentioned Thessaloniki as the location “where 56 years ago the deep state murdered (politician) Grigoris Lambrakis,” a city “still used as an easy target for every sort of extremists and nationalists” like the extreme Golden Dawn party.

Tonight’s rally is a response that democracy in Thessaloniki is still here, he said, adding that “we must, all of us together, block the way to those forces that don’t hesitate to divide the Greek people.”

In an oblique reference to the Prespes Agreement, the premier said that Thessaloniki and Macedonia in general was used “for an experiment in national divisivemess that must fail, and it will fail with your participation in the struggles and the Sunday ballots.” Divisive tactics aim at returning Greece to the past and its old status quo, he stressed.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in a campaign speech in Thessaloniki on Wednesday evening. (Photo by MotionTeam/Yorgos Konstantinidis)

“We are struggling for the Greece of the many,” the premier and SYRIZA leader reiterated, and “want to defend the toil and sacrifices of our people.”

Tsipras: We need to safeguard our achievements, prevent a return to the past status quo

The government brought the country out of the loan memoranda with the help of the Greek people, and as the economy grows Greeks will “taste the fruit of their efforts,” said Tsipras.

The relief measures “are not small gifts and bonuses, but a return to the people of their efforts,” Tsipras said, warning that the main opposition New Democracy (ND) wants to benefit the few at the expense of the many. “The IMF is returning, and it speaks Greek in a Bavarian accent like Mr. Weber’s, whom ND supports for Commission president,” Tsipras said, referring to EPP’s candidate Manfred Weber.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in a campaign speech in Thessaloniki on Wednesday evening. (Photo by MotionTeam/Yorgos Konstantinidis)

“They want to divide us, to separate us into patriots and non-patriots,” he charged, and referred to the Prespes Agreement with North Macedonia, which ND has vehemently opposed. Contrary to claims, he said, the agreement “obliged our neighbours to change their constitution, change their constitutional name, change names in airports and roads, change their books and put an end to claiming our own history.”

Furthermore, the premier said, “now we are the only ones to have an airport named ‘Macedonia’ and a university with the same name, not our neighbours” and that North Macedonia became a strategic partner of Greece, instead of a tool in the hands of third parties in the region.

Calling for unity in order to “safeguard what we achieved with such toil and to prevent the attempt to restore the old status quo,” Tsipras said that “we can now plan for a future that’s brighter than the darkness of bankruptcy” the previous governments “threw the country in.”

ND Leader Mitsotakis Promises Lower ENFIA as of 2020

ATHENS – “I cannot abolish the supplementary tax, because then I would not be able to reduce the Uniform Real Estate Ownership Tax (ENFIA) by 30 percent,” New Democracy (ND) leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday in an interview with Skai TV.

He underlined that ENFIA will be reduced in a two-year period and it will apply to everyone. In 2020 it will be reduced by at least a 15 percent.

As for pensioners, he said that they will receive a benefit based on growth surpluses.

Mitsotakis also called for a change in government in the Sunday elections and invited voters in the centre of the political party spectrum to cast their ballots for his party.

In the interview, the main opposition leader focused on what he said was the sense of insecurity Greek citizens felt from anarchist groups like Rouvikonas (Rubicon). “The government was shown tolerance. We are in danger of becoming a blackmailed democracy. The latest acts of Rouvikonas have a political flavour: they are done in support of an unrepentant terrorist,” he said, referring to the group’s attack with smoke grenades and red paint on the parliament building.

ND leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Thursday in an interview with TV station Action24. (Photo by ND Press Office/Dimitris Papamitsos via Eurokinissi)

He also spoke of “an emblematic project of national importance, the new archaeological museum,” which he said would change the whole area, and in the health sector placed the emphasis on prevention, with free preventative tests.

Among other issues, he reiterated his criticism of the government that it’s “trying to mislead pensioners with the so-called 13th pension,” as a recent handout is called by the government. “It’s not really a 13th-month pension,” said Mitsotakis, “if it were, it would be handed out at Christmas and cost a total of 2.2 billion euros” for the government.

ND leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Thursday in an interview with TV station Action24. (Photo by ND Press Office/Dimitris Papamitsos via Eurokinissi)

Greek Chef Koulousias Worked on the Royal Wedding Anniversary, Talks to TNH

NEW YORK – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrated their first anniversary on May 19. Greek chef Nikolaos Koulousias was among the team of chefs who prepared the wedding reception foods for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as well as the 600 guests. Koulousias was born in Germany to Greek immigrant parents and is an ambassador of Greek gastronomy. He spoke with The National Herald about the royal wedding and what he is working on next.

When asked what it was like working on the royal wedding, Koulousias told TNH, “Well, for me it was a reunion with friends and colleagues as I have studied with some of the elite class of chefs from Buckingham and Windsor [Palaces]. It was a privilege for me to be there and cook again together like the old days.”

Among the 24 who prepared food for the receptions that followed the royal nuptials, Koulousias told the Associated Press before the wedding that the chefs’ goal “was to ‘marry’ the flavors the couple liked as kids.”

He also told AP at that time that the menu also featured traditional British recipes as well as meat from the royal estate.

Chef Nikolaos Koulousias preparing some delicious pastries. Photo by Anastasia Liapi and Panagiotis Limberopoulos

Koulousias had met Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during the planning process and said that they were nice, AP reported, adding that the Greek chef was invited to join the royal wedding catering team by his former sous chef who became a Young Leader to the Queen.

Of his favorite dishes to prepare, he told TNH, “I have many actually, so I couldn’t call it a favorite, but I do love it. When I remember myself at a very young age, the dish we couldn’t get enough of was the typical Kritharaki. So what I did on my menu is a modern Kritharoto with saffron and a foam of Feta cheese.”

When asked where in Greece the family is from, Koulousias told TNH, “My Mother is from a village next to Nafpaktos and my Father from Kozani.”

About what inspires him in his career, he said, “The inspiration is that you keep learning. You will find in the culinary world always something new – either it is a technique or an item. The inspiration is your motivation at the same time.”

When asked about Greece, Koulousias noted that the country “could be proud of young people bringing and representing Greece in any way, not only culinary wise. We still need a lot to do to be back again, and that’s what we are working for. Heads up and keep going.”

Chef Nikolaos Koulousias with a fine feathered friend. Photo by Anastasia Liapi and Panagiotis Limberopoulos

When asked what he is working on next, he said, “I have many projects. First of all I have to set up the Greek Restaurant which is the first opened in Hurghada, Egypt in the Hotel chain Sentido. After that, I’m looking forward to introducing our new Chef team in Leros, four friends who are trying to pop up the culinary aspects of the island. Discussions are also ongoing about a tour throughout Turkey, searching for the old Greek and Ottoman recipes over there and to have the final in Mr. Erdogan’s palace. As well, we are in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy for a Greek festival with the president.”

Chef Nikolaos Koulousias cracking some eggs. Photo by Anastasia Liapi and Panagiotis Limberopoulos
Chef Nikolaos Koulousias with a fine feathered friend. Photo by Anastasia Liapi and Panagiotis Limberopoulos
Chef Nikolaos Koulousias. Photo by Anastasia Liapi and Panagiotis Limberopoulos

Disgruntled Gang Beats Greek Surgeon in Hospital

ATHENS – In yet another incident of growing violence in Greece’s capital, a gang of some 10 men assaulted a surgeon in the emergency unit of Nikaia General Hospital in a western neighborhood, upset a friend who was a stab victim wasn’t being treated fast enough.

The Athens and Piraeus Hospital Doctors’ Association (EINAP) and the federation representing public hospital workers, POEDIN, said it happened when a man who had arrived at the hospital after being stabbed phoned the men and told them to come help him deal with what he felt were unjustifiable delays by doctors.

“They literally beat a surgeon blue, hitting him with helmets and punching and kicking him,” POEDIN said, adding that the surgeon suffered multiple injuries including a broken nose and teeth.

There was no report of where hospital security was as there is constant frustration and even rage at hospitals where patients frequently have to wait hours for treatment after continued health care cuts by the ruling Radical Left SYRIZA.

The federation also denounced what it described as the indifference of the hospital director for not issuing a statement to condemn the incident, said Kathimerini, with no indication why that wasn’t done.