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Athens News Agency: News in English, 01-12-08

Athens News Agency: News in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Weather Forecast: Cloudy, with snow and rain on Sunday
  • [02] Freighter 'Medtrader' sinks off Skyros, one man missing (CORRECTION)
  • [03] Freighter 'Medtrader' sinks off Skyros, one man drowned (Adds)
  • [04] Putin wraps up visit to Greece by visiting Thessaloniki
  • [05] Freighter 'Medtrader' sinks off Skyros, one man drowned
  • [06] Weather forecast: Snow and storms on Saturday
  • [07] Foreign Exchange Rates - Monday

  • [01] Weather Forecast: Cloudy, with snow and rain on Sunday

    08/12/2001 19:48:35

    Most of Greece will be overcast on Sunday, with light snowfall in the north and on high ground, scattered showers and some snow in low-lying areas. Winds will be north, northeasterly, ranging from strong to very strong in the west, gale force to strong gale force in the east. In the north, temperatures will range from -5C to 5C; in the west from 0C to 13C; in the rest of the country from -1C to 7C; in the islands of the Aegean from 7C to 14C.

    Showers and sleet in Athens with light snow on high ground and to the north. Temperatures between 4C and 7C. Cloudy in Thessaloniki with strong northerly winds and temperatures from 0C to 4C.

    [02] Freighter 'Medtrader' sinks off Skyros, one man missing (CORRECTION)

    08/12/2001 16:33:21

    Corrects title "one man drowned" to correct "one man missing"

    Eleven members of the crew aboard the St Vincent-flagged freighter "Medtrader" that sank 25 nautical miles east of Skyros had been rescued and were safe on board the Russian tanker "Brothers I", the merchant marine ministry announced on Saturday.

    A twelfth member of the crew that is still missing, Yugoslav electrician Momcilo Kocevic, may have become trapped and gone down with the ship.

    The Cypriot-owned freighter, which issued a distress signal late on Friday night, had set sail from the Romanian port of Constanta laden with two tonnes of iron and was bound for an Italian port in the Adriatic. According to first estimates, it probably sank when its load shifted in extremely rough seas.

    Authorities said that one all-weather rescue helicopter andnearby coast guard vessels were continuing the search for the missing crewman but had still not found anything on Saturday afternoon. According to the rescued crew-members, Kocevic probably did not have time to get off the ship before it sank.

    [03] Freighter 'Medtrader' sinks off Skyros, one man drowned (Adds)

    08/12/2001 16:30:42

    Eleven members of the crew aboard the St Vincent-flagged freighter "Medtrader" that sank 25 nautical miles east of Skyros had been rescued and were safe on board the Russian tanker "Brothers I", the merchant marine ministry announced on Saturday.

    A twelfth member of the crew that is still missing, Yugoslav electrician Momcilo Kocevic, may have become trapped and gone down with the ship.

    The Cypriot-owned freighter, which issued a distress signal late on Friday night, had set sail from the Romanian port of Constanta laden with two tonnes of iron and was bound for an Italian port in the Adriatic. According to first estimates, it probably sank when its load shifted in extremely rough seas.

    Authorities said that one all-weather rescue helicopter andnearby coast guard vessels were continuing the search for the missing crewman but had still not found anything on Saturday afternoon. According to the rescued crew-members, Kocevic probably did not have time to get off the ship before it sank.

    [04] Putin wraps up visit to Greece by visiting Thessaloniki

    08/12/2001 16:23:33

    Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki on Saturday, the last day of his official visit to Greece.

    On his arrival at the city's 'Macedonia' airport, Putin was greeted by President of the Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos, Macedonia-Thrace Minister George Paschalides, Thessaloniki Mayor Vassilis Papageorgopoulos and others.

    After a brief conversation in the airport's VIP lounge, the two presidents departed by road for the archaeological site of Vergina, where Putin will be shown around the ancient Macedonian royal tombs.

    At 15:00 pm there will be a dinner in the Russian's president honour hosted by Paschalides at a central Thessaloniki hotel, which will also be attended by Stephanopoulos, after which Putin will visit the city's cathedral St. Demetrios.

    A planned visit by Putin to the semi-autonomous monastic community on Mount Athos and its historic Orthodox monasteries has been cancelled due to bad weather conditions in the area.

    [05] Freighter 'Medtrader' sinks off Skyros, one man drowned

    08/12/2001 15:46:24

    Eleven members of the crew aboard the St Vincent-flagged freighter "Medtrader" that sank 25 nautical miles east of Skyros had been rescued and were safe on board the Russian tanker "Brothers I", the merchant marine ministry announced on Saturday.

    A twelfth member of the crew, Yugoslav electrician Momcilo Kocevic, is believed to have become trapped and gone down with the sinking ship.

    The Cypriot-owned freighter, which issued a distress signal late on Friday night, had set sail from the Romanian port of Constanta laden with two tonnes of iron and was bound for an Italian port in the Adriatic. According to first estimates, it probably sank when its load shifted in extremely rough seas.

    [06] Weather forecast: Snow and storms on Saturday

    08/12/2001 15:11:22

    Severe cold is expected all over Greece on Saturday with snow falling even in plains, while stormy weather and gale force winds will sweep across the Aegean Sea. Snowfall is expected in the northern suburbs of Athens and temperatures will drop throughout the country and will range between -5C and 11C.

    [07] Foreign Exchange Rates - Monday

    08/12/2001 15:11:02

    Indicative tourist buying rates until Monday

    U.S. dollar 379.327

    German mark 172.829

    French franc 051.531

    Pound sterling 541.621

    Irish punt 429.202

    Belgian franc 008.379

    Luxembourg franc 008.379

    Dutch guilder 153.389

    Italian lira (100) 017.457

    Austrian schilling 024.565

    Danish kroner 045.397

    Swedish kroner 036.123

    Finnish mark 056.852

    Spanish peseta 002.032

    Portuguese escudo 001.686

    Japanese yen (100) 303.158

    Swiss franc 228.599

    Norwegian kroner 042.374

    Cyprus pound 588.027

    Canadian dollar 240.591

    Australian dollar 196.013


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