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Athens News Agency: Daily News Bulletin in English, 12-09-03

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

Monday, 3 September 2012 Issue No: 4164

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM Samaras makes unscheduled visit to Omonia Square problem-ridden district
  • [02] SYRIZA leader Tsipras' newspaper interview
  • [03] Democratic Left party leader Kouvelis on political stability, euro
  • [04] Independent Greeks party on new economic measures
  • [05] KKE on new measures
  • [06] Top PASOK cadre on Sept. 3 anniversary
  • [07] Public Order Minister Dendias on police reconstruction plan
  • [08] KKE denounces arson attempt at 'Harilaos Florakis' cultural centre
  • [09] Papariga to address 38th KKE youth festival in Thessaloniki
  • [10] ND party leading SYRIZA by 2 pct, poll shows
  • [11] Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Crete
  • [12] Alternate FinMin Staikouras gives newspaper interview
  • [13] Pharmacists suspending pharmaceuticals credit for EOPYY insured as of Saturday
  • [14] Antikythera Wreck exhibition at Athens Airport
  • [15] Thousands of people celebrate August full moon at archaeological museums
  • [16] Policeman slightly wounded in Veria during pursuit of burglary suspects
  • [17] Explosion at municipal police building in Kypseli
  • [18] Traffic police arrest eight taxi drivers for 'falsified' cash registers and taxi metres
  • [19] Three arrested for Thessaloniki thefts
  • [20] Two arrested for heroin trafficking
  • [21] Megara wildfire under partial control
  • [22] Anavyssos wildfire under control
  • [23] Superleague football results
  • [24] Fair on Monday
  • [25] The Sunday edition of Athens' newspapers at a glance

  • [01] PM Samaras makes unscheduled visit to Omonia Square problem-ridden district

    Prime Minister Antonis Samaras made an unscheduled visit to the Omonia Square district in downtown Athens on Saturday morning, accompanied by Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias.

    Samaras walked along the square and in streets in the area and made an on-the-spot assessment of the situation prevailing in the centre of Athens. He talked to shopkeepers and residents in the area and sat at two establishments.

    During their visit, the prime minister and the minister held a dialogue in which both expressed their ascertainment of an improved image in the city's centre, a fact which, as Dendias stressed, is acknowledged by people in the area. Samaras stressed on his part that Athens, as well as the entire country, must be delivered absolutely safe to inhabitants because "the Greek cannot live differently".

    [02] SYRIZA leader Tsipras' newspaper interview

    Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) Parliamentary Group head Alexis Tsipras, in an interview with the newspaper Vima, stressed that he is certain that the country cannot be expelled from the euro.

    Tsipras added that he believes that the policy being followed leads to bankruptcy and social impoverishment, while insisting that his party's target remains the reversal of the memorandums.

    Tsipras also believes that the endurance of the coalition government will be exhausted soon and declares with certainty that SYRIZA will govern the country.

    [03] Democratic Left party leader Kouvelis on political stability, euro

    Democratic Left party leader Fotis Kouvelis, speaking in an interview with the newspaper Kathimerini, said they shall only vote for the measures if they are included in an overall growth plan. Kouvelis further said he wants the government's work to succeed "but does not support it unwisely".

    [04] Independent Greeks party on new economic measures

    The Independent Greeks party, in an announcement on Sunday, said that "while most Greeks are unable to go to tax offices and pay even the first instalment of taxes that have been imposed on them, the government of the supposed negotiating, the supposed disengagement and the supposed extension is preparing to impose measures whose only guaranteed result is poverty, unemployment, desperation and deadlock".

    [05] KKE on new measures

    Communist Party (KKE) Secretary General Aleka Papariga, speaking in an interview with the newspaper "Angelioforos", said that "what we are interested in is for the new barbaric measures not to pass, stepping on fatalism. Popular awakening is necessary, rallying, organising in workplaces and neigbourhoods.

    [06] Top PASOK cadre on Sept. 3 anniversary

    PASOK party Parliamentary representative Mihalis Chryssohoidis, on the occasion of Monday's event on the 38th anniversary of the September 3 proclamation, said that "the demands for national independence, popular sovereignty and social emancipation remain timely, particularly in the framework of the great struggle all we Greeks are waging to overcome the crisis and to build a promising future".

    Chryssohoidis added that "in the crucial moments the country is going through, it is necessary, in a climate of national unity and consensus, for us to intensify our efforts so as to link our long-standing values with modern-day Greek reality once again".

    [07] Public Order Minister Dendias on police reconstruction plan

    Public Order and Citizen's Protection Minister Nikos Dendias, speaking in an interview with the newspaper Kathimerini, said the operational halving of police units and the creation of a force composed of 40,000 uniformed members is anticipated by its reconstruction plan. On the question of salary cuts, he said an effort for an understanding is taking place at both intra-government level and with the troika.

    [08] KKE denounces arson attempt at 'Harilaos Florakis' cultural centre

    The Communist Party (KKE), in an announcement on Saturday, denounced an arson attempt during the night at the "Harilaos Florakis" cultural centre and library in the Athens suburb of Halandri.

    The announcement said an incendiary device was hurled onto the balcony of the two-storey building, but the fire was prevented by neighbours who rushed to put it out, while also alerting the fire brigade.

    [09] Papariga to address 38th KKE youth festival in Thessaloniki

    Events of the 38th KKE (KNE) youth festival will be taking place at the former Pavlos Melas army camp in Thessaloniki, between September 6-8, with the main slogan being "Give your hand to whoever gets up...You must take power".

    The events will heighten on Saturday with an address by Communist Party (KKE) Secretary General Aleka Papariga.

    [10] ND party leading SYRIZA by 2 pct, poll shows

    An opinion poll carried out for an Athens weekly (Proto Thema) shows the New Democracy party leading the Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) by two percentage points.

    According to the poll, ND garners 24.8 percent of preferences, SYRIZA 22.8, PASOK 9.8, Chryssi Avghi (Golden Dawn) 8.6, Independent Greeks 6.8, Democratic Left 5.2 and the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) 4.7.

    Additionally, 43 percent of respondents said that the government is not consistent with the agreement with the parties supporting it and 37 that it is consistent, while 20 percent said they do not know or gave no reply.

    [11] Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Crete

    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, speaking in the city of Hania on the first stop of his tour of western Crete on Saturday evening, stressed the need for the unity and consensus of the nation in the difficult period being experienced in the country.

    Financial News

    [12] Alternate FinMin Staikouras gives newspaper interview

    Alternate Finance Minister Christos Staikouras, speaking in an interview with the newspaper Vima, said that "the return of the programme for the support of the economy back on track to enable us to receive the tranche of 31.5 billion is the government's first target, with the agreement of the parties supporting it".

    The minister added that "there is no mild adjustment, our effort is for the measures to be fair". He stressed that the interventions in the public sector will not only be limited to the special salary scales but will focus on the functioning of the state. He acknowledges, however, that concerns over the sector of revenues remain in the government.

    [13] Pharmacists suspending pharmaceuticals credit for EOPYY insured as of Saturday

    Pharmacists are suspending as of Saturday credit for pharmaceuticals provided for people insured with the National Organisation for Providing Health Services (EOPYY). Contract doctors will also be suspending their cooperation with EOPYY as of Monday and so people insured will also have to pay, apart from the pharmaceuticals, for medical visits as well.

    General News

    [14] Antikythera Wreck exhibition at Athens Airport

    The National Archaeological Museum's touring exhibition, entitled "Antikythera Wreck -The Treasures-The Ship-The Mechanism", will debut on Monday (until the end of January 2013) at the Eleftherios Venizelos Athens International Airport. Passengers and visitors at the airport will have the opportunity to view actual artifacts from Antikythera wreck.

    This is the first time that all of the findings from the Antikythera wreck, dated betwethen 60-50 BC, will be displayed together, while some of the items have never been displayed before.

    Sometime before Easter 1900, Elias Stadiatis, a sponge diver, discovered the wreck of an ancient cargo ship off the the isle of Antikythera, at a depth of 42 m (138 ft). Sponge divers retrieved several statues and other artifacts from the site. The mechanism itself was discovered on May 17, 1901, when archaeologist Valerios Stais noticed that a piece of rock recovered from the site had a gear wheel embedded in it. Examination revealed that the "rock" was in fact a heavily encrusted and corroded mechanism that had survived the shipwreck in three main parts and dozens of smaller fragments. The device itself was surprisingly thin, about 33 cm (13 in) high, 17 cm (6.7 in) wide, and 9 cm (3.5 in) thick, made of bronze and originally mounted in a wooden frame. It was inscribed with a text of over 2,000 characters, many of which have only just recently been deciphered.

    The Antikythera Mechanism is believed to be an ancient mechanical calculator (also described as a rudimentary "mechanical computer") designed to calculate astronomical positions. It was discovered in the Antikythera wreck off the western Cyclades island of Antikythera, between Kythera and Crete, and has been dated to about 150-100 BC.

    [15] Thousands of people celebrate August full moon at archaeological museums

    Thousands of people celebrated the August full moon at the National Archaeological Museum and the Acropolis Museum on Friday, loyal to their annual "rendezvouz" with the August full moon.

    The celebration in the country's archaeological sites and museums, an event established since the '90s, continues to move and attract large crowds of people who enjoyed the celebrations at the two big archaeological museums in Athens.

    [16] Policeman slightly wounded in Veria during pursuit of burglary suspects

    A police officer was slightly wounded in the northern city of Veria on Friday night during an operation to arrest burglary and theft suspects. The police arrested two people aged 22 and 17, who were being sought for an attempted burglary at a home. A 23-year-old was reportedly with the two, who in his effort to escape in a car crashed into a police officer's motorcycle who tried to stop him. The crash resulted in the police officer being slightly wounded, while his motorcycle sustained material damage.

    [17] Explosion at municipal police building in Kypseli

    An explosion occurred at 2:34 on Sunday morning in the Athens district of Kypseli at the entrance to a building housing a municipal police station. An improvised explosive device composed of four gas cannisters and a can containing inflammable liquid were used for the explosion that caused limited material damage.

    [18] Traffic police arrest eight taxi drivers for 'falsified' cash registers and taxi metres

    Eight taxi drivers, including a foreign national, were arrested by traffic police during the previous night in the framework of a special campaign being carried out in various parts of Athens. Six of those arrested had tampered with their vehicles' cash registers so that it would be impossible to issue receipts, while the other two had "falsified" taximetres creating a false increase in the fare registered.

    [19] Three arrested for Thessaloniki thefts

    Three foreign nationals have been arrested for carrying out at least five thefts in Thessaloniki, two of which in churches, in July and August. Six other accomplices of theirs are also being sought. A search of the homes of the perpetrators led to the discovery of large quantities of electrical and electronic appliances, as well as tools used in burglaries.

    [20] Two arrested for heroin trafficking

    Two Turkish nationals were arrested in Athens by Patra police for possession of a large quantity of heroin. Police succeeded in contacting them, pretending to be potential buyers, and arresting them. They were found in the possession of a kilo of heroin, while a search of their homes led to the discovery of about three kilos of heroin, an electronic weighing machine and the amount of 1,200 euros.

    [21] Megara wildfire under partial control

    A wildfire breaking out on Sunday in a forest in the region of Mavratza in Megara was reported under partial control in the afternoon. The blaze was being tackled by 30 firemen with backing by 10 vehicles and a firefighting aircraft.

    [22] Anavyssos wildfire under control

    A wildfire broke out in the region of Theriza in Anavyssos in the early hours of Sunday, but was reported under control at noon, despite strong winds blowing in the area.

    Sports

    [23] Superleague football results

    Panathinaikos Athens - PAS Yannina 1-1

    Platanias Crete - Panthrakikos 2-0

    Veria - Panionios Athens 0-1

    Xanthi - AEK Athens 1-0

    Aris Thessaloniki - OFI Crete 0-0

    Asteras Tripolis - Kerkyra 3-0

    Olympiacos Piraeus - Levadiakos 4-0

    Atromitos Athens -PAOK Thessaloniki Monday 3 Sept.

    Standings after two weeks

    OLYMPIACOS 6

    PANIONIOS 6

    ASTERAS TRIPOLIS 6

    PLATANIAS 4

    XANTHI 4

    ATROMITOS 3 (-1)

    PAOK 3 (-1)

    PANATHINAIKOS 2

    PAS YANNINA 2

    OFI 2

    ARIS 1

    VERIA 0

    LEVADIAKOS 0

    AEK 0

    PANTHRAKIKOS 0

    KERKYRA 0

    Panathinaikos started with -2 points

    Weather Forecast

    [24] Fair on Monday

    Fair weather and northerly winds are forecast in most parts of the country on Monday. Winds 2-7 beauforte. Temperatures between 15C and 35C. Fair in Athens with northerly 4-7 beauforte winds and temperatures between 22C and 32C. Same in Thessaloniki with temperatures between 18C and 30C.

    [25] The Sunday edition of Athens' newspapers at a glance

    Political developments in the country and the new measures expected mainly dominated the headlines in Athens' newspapers on Sunday.

    ETHNOS: "Savage September for government, parties and society".

    VRADYNI: "The big reversals in IKA and the public sector".

    AVGHI: "The confrontation is beginning".

    KATHIMERINI: "The three fronts of Mr. Samaras".

    AVRIANI: "Mutiny of deputies of PASOK and of DHMAR".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "An end to sacrifices for the plutocracy, action now for general strike".

    PROTO THEMA: The deputy minister entrusts, the husband receives".

    VIMA: "Tax department attack on salaries, real estate, cars, deposits".

    TO PARON: "On warpath".

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