by Alexia Vlachou
ATHENS , Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- Italian Professor at the University of Southampton Salvatore Lo Sicco crossed more than 3,200 kilometers across Europe with his bike this summer to raise awareness for the reunification of the Parthenon marbles.
Dr. Lo Sicco began his bike tour campaign on July 1 from the courtyard of the British Museum in London, where the part of the Parthenon marbles are on display for decades, and ended his journey on August 9 at the entrance of the new Acropolis Museum in Athens, where empty spaces await their return to Greece.
As soon as he reached his destination, his first move was to donate his bike to the museum which was inaugurated five years ago , as a gesture of “love for Greece for democracy and Arts.”
Lo Sicco passed through many European countries, like France and Italy, dealing with difficult weather conditions, but after 35 days and 8 hours, he completed his initiative, waving the Greek national flag.
“I believe that the repatriation of the Parthenon Marbles is a moral and historic duty for all of us. We can give a strong shake to Europe” , Lo Sicco said upon his arrival in Athens.
Deputy Minister of Culture Angela Gerekou welcomed him and congratulated him for his effort. “Initiatives like yours fill us with power to continue fighting for a request that is not only Greek, but international”, Gerekou stated.
For his courageous attempt, Ministry of Culture honored him with a pigeon figurine which was a copy of a sculpture from the Hellenistic period, along with an air- ticket back to London.
Lo Sicco’s “London to Athens Bike Tour 2014” was supported by the British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles.
In 2005, British doctor and activist Chris Stockdale completed a similar expedition cycling for about 20 days from London to Athens.
Despite international calls to return the Parthenon marbles to Athens , the British Museum officials have rebuffed repeated requests for the return of the 2,500-year-old marbles removed from the Parthenon in 1806 by Lord Elgin, British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire when it ruled Greece.
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- If the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) fires missiles toward Guam, they would take about 14 minutes to reach the island and the alert system there would notified the public, Guam's Homeland Security Office said Thursday.
Jenna Gaminde , spokeswomen of the Guam Homeland Security, was quoted by local newspaper Pacific Daily News as saying that residents would be immediately notified by sirens of the 15 All-Hazards Alert Warning System, located in low-lying areas throughout the island.
All-Hazards Alert Warning System, which began installation in 2014, is a system designed for all hazards, including tsunami , earthquake,and flash flood, among others.
"Our office will be notified by the military and will utilize all forms of mass communication to get the message out to the public," Gaminde said, adding that people should tune into local media - radio, print , television - for further instructions, if they hear the sirens.
Meanwhile, the report said that the military on the island continued to maintain standard operations amid threats and there's no change in threat level.
According to Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA), a non-profit organization dedicated to generate public support for missile defense systems in the United State, Guam is covered by a U.S. missile defense system deployed permanently by the Defense Department at Andersen Air Force Base, which includes the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system and the ANTPY-2 radar system.
The DPRK military said in a statement Thursday that its plan to strike Guam with intermediate missiles will be ready by mid-August and its implementation will depend on a decision by DPRK top leader Kim Jong Un.
It was a response to U.S. President Donald Trump's unusually stern warning to the DPRK on Tuesday , when he said "North Korea (DPRK) best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen."
BEIJING, July 19 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping Wednesday called for solid moves to advance reforms.
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks at the 37th meeting of the Central Leading Group for Deepening Overall Reform, which he heads.
All localities should be devoted to delivering reforms, shouldering their due responsibilities and making concrete and pioneering efforts , Xi said.
The group called for green and sustainable development of agriculture. Relevant departments should properly deal with the relationship between green development and ecological protection, grain safety, and raising farmers' income, according to a statement released after the meeting.
Agricultural development should be compatible with the environment and resources, and should stay coordinated with production and people's livelihoods to achieve sustainable growth.
The group urged the establishment of a national technology transfer system, with a focus on strategic industries of far-reaching significance. Technology transfer should play a better role in upgrading technological innovation and boosting economic and social development , the statement said.
Reforms should be made to promote corporate governance structures in public cultural institutions to improve management and services, and to inject vitality into these institutions, according to the statement.
Boards of directors should be the main form of corporate governance structure in these institutions, such as libraries and museums.
Representatives of the industry, professionals and people from all walks of life would also be in.