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

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From: The Athens News Agency at <>


  • [01] ASE opening: Big decline
  • [02] Exhibition "Enviroment-Action 08"

  • [01] ASE opening: Big decline

    Equity prices were declining at the opening of trade on Friday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), influenced by the international money markets, with the basic share price index down 2.06 percent, standing at 1,795.87 points at 10:45 a.m., and turnover at 14.2 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving downward across the board, with the heaviest losses in Banks, down 3.57 percent; Food & Beverage, down 2.73 percent; and Public Utilities, down 2.70 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was down 2.44 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 1.89 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was down 1.40 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 10 were up, 78 were down, and 15 were unchanged.

    [02] Exhibition "Enviroment-Action 08"

    Enviroment, Town Planning and Public Works Minister George Souflias inaugurated on Thursday an exhibition titled "Enviroment- Action 2008" at the historical villa Kazouli in the Athens district of Kiffissia.

    Souflias said in his address: "Today, noted scientists describe with black colors the future of our planet if we keep the same attitude in the future. All of us throughout the world are responsible to meditate on what we must do for our future and the future of our children."

    He stressed that " It's not enought to call ourselves environmentally aware, we must also prove it with actions. This exhibition is, in my view, the most important meeting of people of culture for the enviroment that has ever been organised in Greece. The relationship between culture and enviroment is the human relationship with creation".

    The minister also reffered to the recent riots that broke out in the country after the death of teenager Alexis Grigoropoulos, stating that the country is going through a major tribulation, and that it is imperative that an in-depth and objective study be conducted on its causes. We must, each one of us, calmly without exaggeration, ponder how important certain of the fundamental values are and how necessary it is to respect them. And, above all, respect of human life, which nothing else equals, and respect for everything each and every human being has created in his life, as well as respect for social peace".

    "No one has the right to take the law into his own hands" he concluded.

    The exhibition "Enviroment- Action 2008" is organised by the latter ministry .

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Villa Kazouli in the Athens district of Kiffissia.

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