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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-04-04

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Tsipras tours N. Greece
  • [02] Mt. Athos monastery recipes
  • [03] Snow in central Macedonia

  • [01] Tsipras tours N. Greece

    "Initiatives must be taken now for contacts and talks aimed at reaching a solution to a problem that should have been resolved many years ago but unfortunately is still pending," Coalition of the Left, Movements and Ecology (SYN) party leader Alexis Tsipras said on Friday, referring to the FYROM name issue. On the Bucharest NATO Summit conclusions and the fact that FYROM did not receive an invitation for membership to the alliance, he pointed out that SYN would have been happy if the problem had been resolved, adding, however, that it had never expected that the dispute with the neighboring country could be resolved within the framework of NATO enlargement and the US aspirations in the region. He warned that those aspirations "are very alarming for our national interests and for the wider Balkan region's prospects for security and stability. The SYN leader visited the Thessaloniki Bar Association and was briefed by president Manolis Lamtsidis on the problems faced by the legal profession and on the lawyers' strike, which is det to continue until April 16, in protest to the social security reform law. Tsipras told reporters that the law will not be implemented because the majority of society is against it. He also stated that SYN will press on with a campaign backing a referendum on the social security reform. Tsipras visited the facilities of SIDENOR SA steel industry and Nestle Hellas food company, while he is also scheduled to tour the prefectures of Imathia and Pieria. His three-day tour of central Macedonia, northern Greece, will wind up with an address to a gathering of party supporters in Thessaloniki on Sunday noon.

    [02] Mt. Athos monastery recipes

    The cooking style of the Mt Athos monastic community in Halkidiki, northern Greece, is a model of healthy diet at a time when more and more Greeks are turning to fast-food. The secrets of monastery cuisine are unveiled in the cookbook "The Cooking of Mt Athos" written by Mt Athos monk Epiphanios Mylopotaminos. It includes roughly 130 recipes for fish, seafood, and ladera (vegetable, legume (pulses), and other non-meat dishes cooked with olive oil). Monk Epiphanios cooks in the fireplace or a wood stove, and uses only olive oil and no preservatives. In his book presentation held in Thessaloniki, he said that it is important to take the time to gather the ingredients needed and cook, stressing that love for the people we are cooking for is a basic element for tasty cooking.

    [03] Snow in central Macedonia

    Heavy snow was falling Friday in the mountainous regions of central Macedonia, northern Greece, with low temperatures and rain in Thessaloniki and the surrounding area.

    On Thursday evening, snow covered the small villages and the Seli Ski Resort on Mt Vermio in the prefecture of Imathia. Temperature in the region dropped to -2C, while in most parts of central-western Macedonia in northwest Greece the temperature is below 10 degrees Centigrade, even in coastal areas.

    Cars are move with difficulty, but no snow-chains are needed.


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