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Tom Hanks taking in the nightlife of Karpathos. (Photo: Sofia Arkoudakis)
KARPATHOS – In a poignant moment for Greece, Hollywood icon Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson were seen enjoying the serene beauty of the Greek Island of Karpathos. This comes at a time when the nation is still reeling from its most catastrophic wildfire season to date. Hanks’ visit, however, transcends a mere celebrity holiday—it stands as a beacon of hope and resilience for a grieving country.
A long-time admirer of Greece’s rich cultural tapestry, Hanks has often expressed his fondness for its history, culture, and stunning landscapes. This connection was solidified in 2019 when he and his wife, Rita Wilson, were honored with Greek citizenship, underscoring their deep ties to the nation.
Greece’s recent wildfires have wrought havoc on its iconic landscapes, taking lives, destroying homes, and scorching vast expanses of olive groves and pine forests. The aftermath has left the nation grappling with both emotional and economic challenges, prompting concerns about its path to recovery.
Against this backdrop, Hanks’ choice to holiday in Greece carries profound significance. It’s a powerful statement, reaffirming that Greece, in spite of its recent adversities, continues to be a captivating and hospitable destination. By choosing Karpathos, a gem among the lesser-traveled islands, Hanks also highlights the myriad experiences the country offers beyond its renowned tourist spots.
This endorsement from a figure of Hanks’ stature is a boon for the Greek tourism sector, a cornerstone of the nation’s economy. It resonates with a global audience, conveying a clear message: Greece remains enchanting, and it’s ready to welcome visitors. As the country seeks international solidarity, bolstering tourism emerges as a pivotal step in its healing journey.
ATHENS - If the Bank of Greece did not operate under the protection of the institutional framework of independence, after what happened in 2015, the country would have perhaps left the eurozone, Bank of Greece (BoG) governor, Yannis Stournaras, said on Saturday during the Kathimerini conference in a panel titled: "In the next 50 years, is Democracy safe?" Is Greece reformable?"
"Who doubts that if it wasn't for the Bank of Greece, we might not be in the euro after the adventure of 2015?" he said.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Iditarod, the annual sled dog race celebrating Alaska's official state sport, is set to get underway Saturday with a new focus on safety after five dogs died and eight were injured in collisions with snowmobiles while training on shared, multi-use trails.
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