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Athens News Agency: News in English, 02-05-19

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  • [01] Metropolitan of Poland ends visit to Greece
  • [02] AEK announces return of Dusan Bagevic as head coach
  • [03] Attica Enterprises ferry to service Edinburgh-Belgium route
  • [04] European Network of Greek Women Journalists event in Ioannina
  • [05] Seminar on Sts. Cyril & Methodius held in Thessaloniki
  • [06] Quake rattles eastern Aegean isle; no damages reported
  • [07] Weather Monday - Sunny

  • [01] Metropolitan of Poland ends visit to Greece

    19/05/2002 22:13:10

    Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Christodoulos jointly officiated at a service at the Athens Metropolitan Cathedral on Sunday with visiting Orthodox Metropolitan of Warsaw and All Poland Savvas, a day before the latter returns to his central European country following an official visit in Greece.

    In addressing the visiting Metropolitan, Christodoulos stressed that Europe dearly needs the ?spirituality, the presence and the prospects for life? as taught by the Orthodox Church.

    ?In this period of our history, we are witnessing for the first time such a generalised and intense contestation of Europes Christian heritage, as well as the values that Christianity teaches in order to give life meaning,? the Archbishop said from the pulpit.

    [02] AEK announces return of Dusan Bagevic as head coach

    19/05/2002 22:10:55

    One of the most volatile and bitter-sweet relationships in Greek sports, that of AEK Athens and successful Yugoslav coach Dusan Bagevic, was again thrust onto the national limelight Sunday with the official announcement that the latter would again sit on the popular soccer clubs bench.

    The announcement came almost six years since Bagevic left the Nea Philadelphia district that is home to AEK for Piraeus in order to head up bitter cross-town rival Olympiakos Piraeus a development that generated an unprecedented firestorm of criticism from AEKs fans at the time. He later left Olympiakos for PAOK Thessaloniki before resigning from that club a week ago.

    ?As of today and for three years, Mr. Bagevic will sit on AEKs bench,? AEK boss Makis Psomiadis told reporters.

    ?I believe everything will go well. I am beginning, as of now, a new era with AEK,? Bagevic, a naturalised Greek citizen, added.

    AEK won the Greek League Cup this year by defeating Olympiakos 2-1 in the final. It also tied in first place in the standings with Olympiakos, although the Piraeus team won the championship by virtue of its two regular season victories against AEK.

    The Athens club must qualify via a preliminary matchup for Champions League play next season.

    [03] Attica Enterprises ferry to service Edinburgh-Belgium route

    19/05/2002 22:10:38

    BRUSSELS (ANA) Greeces merchant marine minister was among a host of dignitaries over the weekend on board a Greek-flagged ferryboat that inaugurated a new sea route linking Edinburgh, Scotland with the Belgian port of Zeebrugge.

    Bourse-listed Attica Enterprises S.A. won out over 42 competitors in an international bid for the routes concession, with its ?Fastferry 9? expected to service the route daily in approximately 17.5 hours.

    Merchant Marine Minister George Anomeritis represented Athens at a ceremony in Edinburgh, an event also attended by Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown.

    [04] European Network of Greek Women Journalists event in Ioannina

    19/05/2002 22:09:26

    The European Network of Greek Women Journalists organised its latest one-day seminar over the weekend in the northwest town of Ioannina, an event entitled ?Women Health Safety: New Methods in the Field of Genetics.?

    [05] Seminar on Sts. Cyril & Methodius held in Thessaloniki

    19/05/2002 18:05:36

    The life and works of ninth century Byzantine missionaries Cyril (Kyrillos) and Methodius, was the focus of a symposium in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki the two brothers birthplace over the weekend.

    Several Greek and foreign scholars participated in the one-day event organised by the newly founded ?Cyril and Methodius Group? in cooperation with the Macedonia-Thrace Journalists Union.

    Cyril (826-869) and Methodius (815-884), declared saints by both the Orthodox and Catholic Churches, are well known as the "Apostles to the Slavs."

    Cyril was librarian of the imperial cathedral of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople until 860, when he resigned to join Methodius, the abbot of an Orthodox monastery, in missions to convert the Khazars and the Bulgarians to Christianity.

    In 862, Byzantine Emperor Michael III sent them to Moravia, where the two Greek missionaries and linguists taught and celebrated the liturgy in the Slavonic vernacular, now known as Old Church Slavonic. To translate the Bible into this previously unwritten language, the brothers invented an alphabet based on Greek characters. The Cyrillic alphabet used in modern Slavic languages was attributed to St. Cyril, although many scholars point to the work of his followers.

    [06] Quake rattles eastern Aegean isle; no damages reported

    19/05/2002 16:53:47

    A earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale shook the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos early Sunday afternoon.

    The quakes epicentre was pinpointed east of the large Greek isle on the opposite Asia Minor coast. Several aftershocks were also felt, authorities said.

    According to police on Lesvos and the nearby island of Hios, no damages were reported from the earthquake, recorded at approximately 2 p.m. local time.

    [07] Weather Monday - Sunny

    19/05/2002 16:12:11

    Mostly sunny throughout Greece on Monday with only a change of brief afternoon showers in the west and north. West to southwesterly winds, weak to moderate. Temperatures between 12C to 30C on the mainland, 15C to 28C on the islands.

    Sunny in Athens, 15C to 30C. Some clouds in Thessaloniki, 14C to 28C.

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