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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-09-05

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  • [01] New exhibition at White Tower
  • [02] Live ANA webcasts at TIF

  • [01] New exhibition at White Tower

    Culture Minister Mihalis Liapis on Friday inaugurated a permanent exhibition on the history of Thessaloniki at the northern Greek city's landmark monument, the seafront White Tower.

    "The government's goal is for culture to become a catalyst for quality in the daily life of all citizens," Liapis said as he opened the exhibition, which uses digital technology to explore the city's past, and listed culture-related projects being funded by the ministry in northern Greece.

    He stressed that more than 200 million euros had also been secured from the EU for such projects in Macedonia and Thrace provinces under the National Strategic Reference Framework.

    The minister also noted that the culture ministry's so-called 'special' account would be scrapped under the new budget for 2009 and all spending would be given separate codes, so that everyone would know what means were at their disposal in plenty of time and be able to responsibly plan their activities within a set budget that would not be overrun.

    Liapis underlined, meanwhile, that all bodies involved in the area of arts and culture would be judged based on their performance and funding would be given to those that produced a true body of work and put taxpayers' money to good use.

    On Friday afternoon, Liapis will carry out a visit to the archaeological site in Vergina and Aegae in order to be briefed by the head of the university excavation team, Dr. Chryssoula Palideli, about significant new finds the historic ancient Macedonian dynasty sites.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of the White Tower, on the northern port city's waterfront.

    [02] Live ANA webcasts at TIF

    Greece's first internet television, along with other cutting-edge services, will be presented by the Athens News Agency-Macedonia Press Agency (ANA-MPA) on high resolution LCD screens within the agency's pavilion at the 73rd Thessaloniki International Trade Fair (TIF), which opens in the northern Greek port city on Saturday.

    Greece's national news agency is taking part in the TIF with its own this year at the HELEXPO venue, opposite the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (OTE) tower, from where it will cover all the TIF events on a daily basis with its press and technical staff, broadcasting live on its Internet hub the most significant events of the day, such as the inauguration ceremony, the prime minister's address, and the addresses of the main opposition leader and other opposition party leaders.

    It will also cover the planned events to be held in the framework of the TIF, while it will host political, economic and business officials at a studio it has set up at the TIF for interviews that will be broadcast live on the Internet.

    Caption: A file photo dated Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006, shows the ANA-MPA pavilion at the Thessaloniki International Fair. ANA-MPA.

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