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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-10-14

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Study: Vast majority of residents in Greece satisfied with quality of housing
  • [02] 4 arrests near Florina for blocking convoy from firing range
  • [03] Antiquities smuggling charges filed against Thessaloniki men
  • [04] ASE: 3.84percent rise

  • [01] Study: Vast majority of residents in Greece satisfied with quality of housing

    Figures provided by the National Statistical Service (NSS) on Monday show that 18.2 percent of household heads are very satisfied with the quality of the residence, while 68.9 percent said they are merely satisfied. Conversely, 12.9 percent of respondents said they are mostly dissatisfied with the quality of their domicile. Based on the study, 21.5 percent of those queried state that their residence is not spacious enough; 5.5 percent complain of inadequate electrical installations and 7.5 percent of inadequate plumbing. Also, 71.8 percent of respondents' residences have central heating, while 11 percent do not have a permanent heating system.

    [02] 4 arrests near Florina for blocking convoy from firing range

    Four people were due to face a public prosecutor in the city of Florina, northwest Greece, on charges of obstructing a military convoy, during their protest against a military exercise at a designated firing range in the Lofous district of Meliti municipality.

    The four individuals are charged of obstructing traffic and resisting authority, among others, all misdemeanors, while anther three individuals are sought by police in the case.

    According to the general police directorate in the region, approximately 15 residents of the Lofous district set up a roadblock with a truck and a tractor on a rural road leading to the firing range, thus obstructing the convoy, which consisted of four Greek Army armored vehicles and two military jeeps.

    A similar incident was recorded two weeks ago when another small group of local residents unsuccessfully attempted to block another military exercise at the same firing range, which is situated in a remote expanse within Meliti municipality and has been in operation since the 1950s.

    [03] Antiquities smuggling charges filed against Thessaloniki men

    Two Thessaloniki-area men, 44 and 41, were arrested Monday on antiquities smuggling charges, after allegedly attempting to sell various items for 400,000 in the Sindos industrial district, east of the city.

    A subsequent search of the suspects' residences by police reportedly turned up at least two ancient marbles busts, gold-plated leaves, bronze and silver rings, dozens of bronze artifacts, clay lanterns and ancient coins.

    Additionally, 19 stamps of various public entities -- prefectures, a local tax office and even vehicle inspection units -- along with forged certificates were also uncovered.

    [04] ASE: 3.84percent rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Tuesday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), influenced by recoveries on the major European money markets, with the basic share price index up 3.84 percent, standing at 2,602.76 points at 12:15 a.m., and turnover at 154.3 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving upward across the board, with the biggest gains in Industrial Products, up 6.06 percent; Banks, up 5.28 percent; Raw Materials, up 5.94 percent;and Technology, up 4.86 percent

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 4.31 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 3.10 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 3.73 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 190 were up, 15 were down, and 16 were unchanged.


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