Seven hurt in Greek island beach rockslide

The pristine Navagio beach, on the island of Zante, following the rockslide. (Reuters)
Updated 13 September 2018
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Seven hurt in Greek island beach rockslide

  • A government statement said a 34-year-old Czech woman had been hospitalized with a fractured vertebra
  • Authorities evacuated and shut down access to the beach, which can only by reached by boat

ATHENS: Seven people including a family of Czech tourists were injured Thursday following a rockslide at Navagio beach on the island of Zante, one of Greece’s most popular travel destinations, officials said.
A government statement said a 34-year-old Czech woman had been hospitalized with a fractured vertebra, while her husband and two children sustained light injuries.
Another three people were discharged after medical tests, the government said.
A video shot by an onlooker showed a huge slab of rock sliding off the 200-meter (656-foot) cliff face above Navagio beach and crashing onto the sand, narrowly missing two people below.
“There was a rumble and a rock fell, followed by a larger rock and then another. They whipped up a whirlpool that overturned (three) boats,” a witness told state agency ANA.
Authorities evacuated and shut down access to the beach, which can only by reached by boat, as a precaution.
Hundreds of people were on the beach at the time, including children.
Navagio is one of Greece’s most popular beaches, taking its name from the remains of a cargo ship that was wrecked there nearly 40 years ago.
The site is also favored by bungee jumpers and other extreme sports enthusiasts.


Donald Trump, ‘Holmes & Watson’ win Razzie worst film awards

Updated 23 February 2019
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Donald Trump, ‘Holmes & Watson’ win Razzie worst film awards

  • The tongue-in-cheek Razzies, created in 1980, serve as an antidote to Hollywood’s Oscars
  • Winners are announced before the Academy Awards ceremony — the highest honors in the movie industry

LOS ANGELES: US President Donald Trump and a comedic movie take on Sherlock Holmes on Saturday topped the annual Razzie awards for the worst performances and films of 2018.
“Holmes & Watson,” starring Will Ferrell and John. C. Reilly, was the biggest “winner,” taking four trophies including worst film and “worst rip-off.” Reilly also was named worst supporting actor in what Razzie founder John Wilson called the “clueless parody” of the classic British detective tale.
The tongue-in-cheek Razzies, created in 1980, serve as an antidote to Hollywood’s Oscars. Winners were announced a day before Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony — the highest honors in the movie industry.
Trump won two worst actor Razzies for appearing as himself in the 2018 documentaries “Death of a Nation,” from conservative film maker Dinesh D’Souza, and liberal Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9.”
White House aide Kellyanne Conway was voted worst supporting actress for her archival footage in “Fahrenheit 11/9.”
In an unusual twist, Melissa McCarthy was deemed worst actress, for her puppet comedy “The Happytime Murders,” as well as getting the Razzie Redeemer Award for her Oscar-nominated role in literary drama “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
“Gotti,” about late New York Mafia boss John Gotti, escaped with no “wins” despite getting six nominations, including worst picture, actor and “worst screen combo” for stars John Travolta and his wife, Kelly Preston.
Nominees and winners of the Razzies are voted for online by around 1,000 Razzie members from 24 countries, who sign up online and pay a $40 membership fee.