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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-01-28

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

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  • [01] Remnants of ancient Trikke sanctuary unearthed in Trikala
  • [02] Prime minister Karamanlis favoured as 'most suitable' for PM post than Papandreou, poll reveals
  • [03] Greece to send 45 athletes to 2005 Special Olympics World Winter Games

  • [01] Remnants of ancient Trikke sanctuary unearthed in Trikala

    Archaeological remnants and pottery, believed to be from the ancient city of Trikke (or Tricca), were uncovered Wednesday in a quarter of the town of Trikala, Thessaly prefecture -- which stands approximately on the site of the ancient city -- during digging on a private land plot for the construction of a building. Trikke, also known as Tricca or Trikka, was an important numismatic center of the ancient world, and is also believed to be the site where the cult of Asclepius, the mythological god of healing and medicine and son of the god Apollo and Coronis, originated. Trikke is the site of the oldest asklepieion -- sanctuary devoted to Asclepius -- while primary centres of worship were also located in Epidaurus, Corinthia, Cos and Pergamon. The finds included copper coins, shards of pottery and portions of statuettes dating from the Hellenistic and Roman periods, clay votive tablets with symbols and faces carved in relief identifying with the god Hermes. According to archaeologists, the ensuing archaeological excavations on the land plot have so far unearthed a section of a sanctuary of ancient Trikke dedicated to the worship of Hermes, the first such sanctuary to be uncovered in western Thessaly. Also unearthed were sections of the sanctuary's walls, which are made of large plinths of the local green-hued sandstone rock.

    [02] Prime minister Karamanlis favoured as 'most suitable' for PM post than Papandreou, poll reveals

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis enjoys a significant lead over main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou as the most suitable for the post of prime minister, according to an opinion poll conducted by VPR-C on behalf of Skai private radio station, the findings of which were released on Thursday. Specifically, 1,000 people throughout the country were surveyed on January 20 and 21 and asked to provide their views on the country's economy, the power of the mass media, farmers' protests and other issues. The survey found Karamanlis was popular with 52% of those surveyed compared with 19% of those favouring Papandreou. According to the survey, the main issues that concern those surveyed in the order of greater importance are: unemployment, low wages and pensions, education, crime and healthcare. In terms of addressing daily problems, 36% said that New Democracy was more competent compared with 13% who chose PASOK. As for the role of the mass media in Greece, 82% responded that the mass media has more power than the Constitution foresees, while 91% believe that certain businesspeople influence political life. Additionally, 87% believe that the fight against corruption and graft is important, while 57% believe that the government is determined to address it. Asked which party they trust to curb corruption and graft, 40% of those surveyed said New Democracy, 17% said PASOK, while 25% said they didn't trust any government.

    [03] Greece to send 45 athletes to 2005 Special Olympics World Winter Games

    Greece will be sending a team of 45 athletes with learning and mental disabilities, along with their volunteer coaches, to the 8th Special Olympics World Winter Games, the president of Special Olympics Hellas Gianna Despotopoulou announced on Thursday. She said the Greek team will be competing in four events, including Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and speed skating. The Greek athletes have trained at ski resorts on Mount Parnassus, Mount Olympus, Metsovo and Tria-Pente Pigadia, while the ice-skaters have trained in Bucharest due to a lack of ice-skating facilities in Greece. The Special Olympics World Winter Games will take place on February 25 until March 6 in Nagano, Japan.
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