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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-12-11

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  • [01] Acropolis archaelogical site closed on Thursday and Friday
  • [02] Unemployment drops in Sept.
  • [03] Athens Stock Exchange : Small rise
  • [04] Stylianidis on World Day of Child

  • [01] Acropolis archaelogical site closed on Thursday and Friday

    The archaeological site of the Acropolis and the Culture Ministry's main services will remain closed on Thursday and Friday following a decision of National Union of Culture Ministry's employees to continue their strike for the 7th and 8th consequent days.

    The Culture Ministry employees demand that the government materialize it's commitment to establish a special benefit for cultural education.

    [02] Unemployment drops in Sept.

    The unemployment rated dropped to 7.4 percent in September 2008 from 8.3 percent in the corresponding month of 2007, according to figures released on Thursday by the national statistics service ESYE.

    In a comparison by periphery, the highest unemployment rates were posted in Epirus (10.4 percent), Thessaly (10.3 percent), western Macedonia (9.4 percent) and central Macedonia (8.4 percent). The rates in other peripheries were 7.6 percent in eastern Macedonia-Thrace, 3.3 percent in the Ionian islands, 8.2 percent in western Greece, 7.0 percent each in south-central mainland (Sterea) Greece and Attica, 6.7 percent in the Peloponese, 4.2 percent in the northern Aegean, 4.6 percent in the southern Aegean, and 4.7 percent in Crete.

    Unemployment was more widespread among women, at 10.7 percent against 5.1 percent among men.

    By age group, unemployment was more widespread among the youth in the 15-24 year-old age bracket with 24.3 percent, and young people in the 25-34 year age bracket with 10 percent, followed by 5.4 percent in the 35-44 age bracket, 4.0 percent in the 45-54 age bracket, and 3.4 perceit in the 55-64 age bracket, while no unemployment was recorded in the 65-74 age bracket.

    Finally, ESYE said that the total number of employed in September 2008 was estimated at 4,550,911 persons, with the number of unemployed at 363,869 persons, while the inactive population stood at 4,325,644 persons.

    [03] Athens Stock Exchange : Small rise

    Equity prices were rising on Thursday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 0.48 percent, standing at 1,841.80 points at 12:25 p.m., and turnover at 42.8 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly downward, with the biggest gains in Raw Materials, up 2.64 percent; Trade, 2.60 percent; and Construction, up 2.43 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Health, down 4.29 percent; Chemicals, down 0.70 percent; and Travel and Recreation, down 0.49 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 0.50 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 0.16 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.18 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 83 were up, 60 were down, and 50 were unchanged.

    [04] Stylianidis on World Day of Child

    In a message on the December 11 observance of World Day of the Child, Education Minister Evrypides Stylianidis said that the observance day "sounds the warning bell of our obligation to the children to provide them with love, warmth, care and protection, a hand that will hold them tightly and firmly and will guide them to feeling safe and moving to the future".

    But even today, when laws and conventions consolidate the Rights of the Child, unfortunately noe of the above are self-evident for all the children of the planet, Stylianidis said, noting that throughout the planet children were every day the innocent victims of human exploitation and a despairing indifference to them.

    He said that humanitarian organizations present data that bears undisputable witness to the harsh reality faced by small children at all levels, stressing that deprivation of fundamental living needs, family and school violence, abandonment, oppression, forced heavy labor were only a few of the forms of abjection that children are subjected to.

    "When the adult world is unable to protect the children of the world in its arms, then we lose our humanity, we lose our dignity," the minister continued.

    On the occasion of World Day of the Child, he said, "it is the duty of all of us adults to ponder that only one day dedicated to the child does not suffice, that every day the child must prevail in our thoughts, our hearts, our attitude on life and our behavior towards the child".

    Caption: ANA-MPA of Education Minister Evripides Stylianidis.

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