Athens News Agency: News in English (PM), 98-09-03
NEWS IN ENGLISH
Athens, Greece, 03/09/1998 (ANA)
- Six Greeks on fateful Swissair plane
- Campaign poster withdrawn
- Increase in industrial production
- Greek-German arrested on drugs charges
- Women's fishing cooperative
- Greece, Italy sign natural gas agreement
- Spending on advertising rises 11.4 pct in Jan-Aug
- Shippers move 2.2 million passengers to islands in June-Aug
- Greek-Polish industrial cooperation
- Measures against cheating taxi-drivers
- Foreign Exchange
NEWS IN DETAIL
Six Greeks on fateful Swissair plane
At least six Greek nationals died aboard the fateful Swissair plane that
crashed off the coast of Canada early on Thursday, the Swissair representative
in Athens said. Nineteen passengers, including an infant, aboard Flight 111
were scheduled to board a connecting flight from Geneva to Athens, she
added. The Swissair wide-bodied MD-11, Flight 111 en route from New York to
Geneva, crashed into the sea off the southern coast of Nova Scotia at
around 3 a.m. Greek time. There appeared to be no survivors among the 229
passengers and crew.
Campaign poster withdrawn
The leader of the fringe Ecology Party and candidate for Athens mayor in
elections next month today withdrew a controversial poster depicting him
shaking hands with Greece's popular new Archbishop of Greece Christodoulos.
Dimosthenis Vergis that he had been close to the Church since he was a
child and would respect Christodoulos's wishes. The campaign poster depicts
Vergis warmly shaking hands with Christodoulos. The outspoken archbishop,
who was recently voted the most popular public figure in the country, filed
to have the posters removed saying they intimated his support for Vergis's
candidacy and were an affront to his position as the leader of the Greek
Increase in industrial production
Industrial production marked a significant increase during the first half
of this year, rising to 4.5 percent compared to the same period in 1997,
the National Statistics Service said today. According to figures,
industrial production last June rose by 6.4 percent compared to the same
month last year. The rise in comparison to the business stagnation of
previous years is attributed to the devaluation of the drachma last March
which boosted exports, to inflows from Delors package and to the increase
in exports to eastern countries, especially those made during the first
half of this year.
Greek-German arrested on drugs charges
A Greek-German was arrested by police at Thessaloniki's Macedonia Airport
today after he was found to be in possession of 4.5 grams of hashish.
Police identified the man as Andreas Yiannakopoulos, 28, a photographer.
The drugs were found in his luggage. Yiannakopoulos is expected to be
charged with drug importation later today.
Women's fishing cooperative
A pilot program introducing the first ever Greek all-female cooperative in
fishing, until now a strictly all-male profession, has been announced in
the coastal town of Kavala, northern Greece. The program, according to Ms
Domna Voutyra, General Director of the Development Company of Kavala Local
Administration, will be launched with the exclusive participation of female
candidates aged 23 to 50 years, who will form the EU subsidised cooperative
after they complete training in contemporary fishing techinques, business
management, fishing cooperative finances and legislation.
Greece, Italy sign natural gas agreement
An agreement for the joint construction of an undersea pipeline to carry
natural gas from Italy to Greece was signed here yesterday between Greece's
Public Gas Company (DEPA) and ENI of Italy. Earlier, a joint statement by
the two countries on cooperation in natural gas projects was signed by
Greece's Development Minister Vasso Papandreou and Italy's Industry and
Energy Minister Pier Luigi Persanti. In Athens, Prime Minister Costas
Simitis described the DEPA-ENI agreement as an especially positive one,
both for the country overall and the national economy.
Spending on advertising rises 11.4 pct in Jan-Aug
Spending on advertising in Greece totalled 218.4 billion drachmas in
January-August, showing an 11.44 percent increase from the same period last
year, Media Services SA said in a report yesterday. The report said that
television commercials accounted for 45.76 percent of the total at 99.9
billion drachmas; followed by magazines at 30.98 percent, or 67.7 billion,
newspapers at 18.05 percent, or 39.4 billion and radio at 5.21 percent, or
11.4 billi on drachmas.
Shippers move 2.2 million passengers to islands in June-Aug
Coastal shippers moved 2,235,688 passengers in the peak tourist season
months of June-August from the ports of Piraeus and Rafina to islands in
the Saronic Gulf and Aegean, the merchant marine ministry said yesterday.It
said in a statement that passengers travelling from the port of Piraeus
totalled 1,260,953 in the same period, against 1,208,441 a year earlier.
Passengers travelling from Pireaus to islands in the Saronic Gulf were 566,
386, down from 598,174 last year. Passengers from the port of Rafina
totalled 408,349, up from 391,663 in the same period of 1997.
Greek-Polish industrial cooperation
Development Undersecretary A. Diamantopoulou met with Polish National
Economy Undersecretary V. Kardner yesterday in Athens, with discussion
focusing on Greek-Polish cooperation in the industry sector and support to
small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The two officials also examined
the potential cooperation of Greece's EOMMEX and ELOT organisations with
Poland's corresponding state bodies.
Measures against cheating taxi-drivers
Greece's public works ministry is planning to place signs at central
intersections giving approximate fares for taxi rides on commonly-used
routes, in an effort to protect unsuspecting tourists from being ripped off
by unscrupulous taxi-drivers. In a meeting held at the Athens Prefectural
Offices yesterday, representatives of local government, taxi-drivers'
unions and organisations and other officials decided on a number of
measures to offset the bad image a number of taxi-drivers have given the
profession among tourists. Six taxi-drivers were found to be overcharging -
some through sophisticated rigging of taxi meters - in August alone, in
a crackdown by police.
Fine weather in most parts the country today with scattered clouds in
central and northern Greece. Winds northerly moderate to strong. Fine
weather in Athens, with temperatures ranging from 19-32C. Same in
Thessaloniki with temperatures from 17C to 30C.
Thursday's rates (buying) U.S. dollar 296.757
British pound 494.353 Japanese yen (100) 215.264
French franc 50.642 German mark 169.930
Italian lira (100) 17.201 Irish Punt 426.560
Belgian franc 8.228 Finnish mark 55.840
Dutch guilder 150.407 Danish kr. 44.580
Austrian sch. 24.125 Spanish peseta 1.999
Swedish kr. 37.559 Norwegian kr. 38.553
Swiss franc 206.038 Port. Escudo 1.657
Aus. dollar 173.898 Can. dollar 192.051
Cyprus pound 576.927