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|Cyclists ride during the second Athens Bike Weekend in Athens James Washington Limited Jersey , Greece, on May 7, 2017. Thousands of cycling lovers jumped in the saddle and pedals last weekend to celebrate the second Athens Bike Weekend in the heart of the Greek capital aiming to accelerate the development of urban cycling in the city. (XinhuaLefteris Partsalis)
by Alexia Vlachou
ATHENS, May 8 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of cycling lovers jumped in the saddle and pedals last weekend to celebrate the second Athens Bike Weekend in the heart of the Greek capital aiming to accelerate the development of urban cycling in the city.
From May 6 to May 7, Syntagma Square was flooded with cycling enthusiasts of all ages willing to promote a more active and environment-conscious lifestyle with races, exhibitions Terrell Edmunds Limited Jersey , bike rides and parallel events.
On Sunday morning, more than 15,000 bike lovers, racing teams and professional athletes took part in the 24th Cycling Tour, organized by the Athens Municipality's Cultural, Sport & Youth Organization (OPANDA).
In two separate routes -- the 13-kilometer race and the 3.5-kilometer race for children and people with disabilities Women's Bud Dupree Jersey , cyclists enjoyed the race passing through the city center to reach the finish line at Syntagma Square.
"The Cycling Tour, along with the Authentic Athens Marathon, the Half-Marathon and the Tour of Athens, are four major sports events held in Athens. It is important to prove daily that public space is open to every citizen," Athens Mayor George Kaminis said during the event.
"On this front, the municipality gives a daily struggle and I appeal to all citizens Women's Chukwuma Okorafor Jersey , telling them that we have to respect public space, whether we are shop owners or drivers," said Kaminis.
For the first time, visitors had also the opportunity to watch a unique spectacle, as professional cyclists and teams from Greece and Europe raced on high speeds.
The first Athens International Criterium, was a "circuit" race of 3.5 km Women's Mason Rudolph Jersey , that cyclists covered 15 times at speeds exceeding 80 kmh at specific points.
Throughout the Athens Bike Weekend, parallel events took place at Syntagma Square, including a bicycle exhibition, a unique BMX show with professionals and a slow-cycling game called "the slowest wins".
Children and adults had the chance to learn more on the latest bicycle trends and enjoy their ride in the city center.
Following the example of many European cities, Athens develops a growing cycling culture with an increasing number of cyclists. But, due to economic crisis that has hit the country in the past years Women's Javon Hargrave Jersey , funds need to be found to invest in the required infrastructure.
According to Kaminis, among the future plans of the municipality is to create cycling routes and friendly measures for the safety of cyclists.
Such festivals give the opportunity to citizens not only to discover the human side of the city, but to raise awareness on ecological issues as well.
GENEVA， Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- UN humanitarian agencies Friday announced the successful completion of a relief operation to provide more than 75，000 people with food and humanitarian relief items at Syria-Jordan border.
""Today， the World Food Programme (WFP)， the UN High Commissioner for Refugees， the International Organization for Migration and UNICEF completed an urgent relief operation to provide a one-month ration of desperately-needed food and hygiene supplies to more than 75，000 people who are trapped along a land embankment， or berm， at the Syria-Jordan border，"" according to a joint statement by the agencies.
An estimated 75，000 people fleeing conflict in Syria are living in makeshift shelters along the border area， or the berm， that runs along the Syria-Jordan border.
""Unable either to cross the border or turn back， the situation facing these women， men and children has grown more dire by the day. Sheltering in makeshift tents in harsh desert conditions with temperatures of up to 50 degrees Celsius and sudden sand storms， they are without sufficient food and have barely enough water to survive，"" the statement said.
The UN agencies thanked the government of Jordan for supporting this critical operation and look forward to further efforts to reach people at the berm with humanitarian assistance in time to save their lives.
Jordan sealed the berm area more than a month ago following an attack at a Jordanian border post. Before the border closure， UN agencies and aid organizations regularly delivered aid from Jordan's territory to Syrians stranded on the other side of the berm.
" Firefighters and police work at the site of an accident in Millas, near Perpignan, southern France, on December 14 Women's Sean Davis Jersey , 2017, after a train crashed into a school bus at a level crossing.
At least four children were killed and 20 people injured, seven seriously, on Thursday when a train crashed into a school bus at a level crossing in southern France.
The bus, which was carrying around 20 students from a local secondary school, was struck by the train in Millas about 18 kilometres west (11 miles) of the city of Perpignan Women's Artie Burns Jersey , close to the Spanish border in mid-afternoon.
"The bus was very badly hit," the public prosecutor in Perpignan, Jean-Jacques Fagny, said.
The dead and critically injured were all travelling in the bus.
France Bleu regional radio reported that the train ploughed into the rear of the bus. Pictures posted on French media showed the bus had been severed in two.
Around 95 emergency workers, backed by four helicopters, were deployed as part of the rescue effort. The crash site was cordoned off to the media.
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe Women's Joshua Dobbs Jersey , who flew to Millas by helicopter, said the process of identifying the victims was "extremely difficult".
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