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Athens News Agency: News in English (PM), 98-09-17

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

NEWS IN ENGLISH

Athens, Greece, 17/09/1998 (ANA)


MAIN HEADLINES

  • Police net 360kgs of cannabis
  • Women and sport conference in Athens
  • 28 injured in bus crash
  • New EOT head appointed
  • Simitis reminds ministers of duties
  • Greek men flagging under pressure of modern life
  • Champion's League results
  • Weather
  • Foreign Exchange

NEWS IN DETAIL

Police net 360kgs of cannabis

A combined air and land operation by the Coast Guard and special police forces in the region of Thesprotia, northern Greece, netted 360 kgs of unprocessed Indian cannabis, authorities said on Thursday. A tip-off to Igoumenitsa coast guard authorities led authorities to the cannabis, concealed on an isolated and remote beach near Sofa Perdikos, Thesprotia. A spate of major drug hauls in August led to checks on land and sea being tightened up, with authorities expressing concern about the increased activity of drug smugglers in the Epirus region.

Women and sport conference in Athens

Juan Antonio Samaranch, the president of the International Olympics Committee, will declare open the third European conference on "Women- Athletics-Cooperation", to begin in Athens on September 25 and organised by the Greek Sports General Secretariat and the athletics association "Kallipateira". Samaranch's agreement to inaugurate the meeting is an indication of the importance the IOC places on this conference, Undersecretary for Sports Andreas Fouras told a news conference on Thursday. The four-day conference will draw 105 participants from 40 countries. Of that number, 89 of the participants will be women.

28 injured in bus crash

Twenty-eight people were injured, one seriously, when an inter-city KTEL bus ran into a stationary truck and was then run into in turn by a truck behind it. The accident occured at 8 a.m. on Thursday morning, five kilometres from Kozani on the highway to Thessaloniki. Bus inspector George Mourtzos, 47, was seriously injured and was taken to the Kozani General Hospital. The other 27 people, all passengers, received treatment for minor injuries.

New EOT head appointed

Mihalis Kyriakidis, an advisor on tourist affairs to Development Minister Vasso Papandreou, is the new head of the Greek National Tourist Organisation (EOT), taking over from Nikos Skoulas. Papandreou made the announcement on Thursday, saying she had accepted Skoulas's resignation, which had been submitted some time previously. Kyriakidis told reporters that he had two priorities for his time at EOT: to upgrade the quality of the Greek tourist product and to promote it effectively abroad.

Simitis reminds ministers of duties

Prime Minister Costas Simitis has sent missives to all his ministers setting out the particular projects each ministry must concentrate on up to June next year, government spokesman Yiannis Nikolaou said on Thursday. Nikolaou said the prime minister wanted to define the government's priorities and areas of responsibility for ministers. Simitis also stressed that ministers place emphasis on facilitating Greeks in their daily dealings with state services and in battling red tape, Nikolaou said.

Greek men flagging under pressure of modern life

The pace and pressures of modern life are chipping away at the Greek male's enjoyment of sex and and many may resort to Viagra for the solution, according to researchers at Greece's Sexology Institute. Presenting the latest study on the sexual habits of Greeks, conducted on 300 men aged 20- 35, considered the most sexually-active group, researchers said they were surprised at figures that showed four in ten men had had little to no sexual contact in the past six months and that half were not in a steady sexual relationship. The researchers said the results of the study confirmed the intense interest in Viagra, the wonder pill for male sexual dysfunction. In other findings of the survey, three in four said they preferred the missionary position in making love and the most popular part of a woman's body were the breasts.

Champion's League results

Panathinaikos of Athens beat Dynamo Kiev 2-1 in Athens, while Olympiakos Piraeus drew 2-2 with Porto in Portugal in Champion's League group matches yesterday.

Panathinaikos plays in the E Group, while Olympiakos is in the A Group.

WEATHER

Mostly fair weather will prevail throughout Greece today with scattered cloud in the west in the afternoon and the possibility of rain in the northwest in the evening. Winds westerly, southwesterly, moderate. Athens sunny with temperatures between 17-29C. Same in Thesssaloniki with temperatures from 12-27C.

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

Thursday's rates (buying) U.S. dollar 288.523 British pound 483.203 Japanese yen (100) 213.250 French franc 50.691 German mark 170.029 Italian lira (100) 17.210 Irish Punt 425.568 Belgian franc 8.242 Finnish mark 55.871 Dutch guilder 150.769 Danish kr. 44.592 Austrian sch. 24.160 Spanish peseta 2.002 Swedish kr. 36.990 Norwegian kr. 38.291 Swiss franc 205.880 Port. Escudo 1.659 Aus. dollar 171.938 Can. dollar 192.150 Cyprus pound 574.685

(M.P.)


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