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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-02-20

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  • [01] Irene Papas to receive Venice theatre award
  • [02] ESIEA delegation meets with enclaved pupils in Cyprus, visits historic monastery
  • [03] Bill eyes changes in cap market
  • [04] Greek stocks end lower on Fri.

  • [01] Irene Papas to receive Venice theatre award

    ROME (ANA-MPA/Th. Andreadis-Syggelakis) - The Biennale di Venezia (theatre) will award the Leone d'oro (Golden Lion) for her lifetime achievements to Greek actress Irene Papas, a well-known and appreciated European artist. The ceremony will take place on Friday evening inside the Teatro Piccolo Arsenale.

    Italian daily "La Reppublica" notes, in an article on Friday, that "all Italians still remember Irene Papas for her performance in Franco Rossi's film 'Ulysses', even if four decades have passed since."

    Papas, the muse of Greek filmmaker Michael Cacoyannis, has also worked with Italian film directors like Mauro Bolognini, Fransesco Rossi and Roberto de Simone.

    After receiving the award, Papas will perform Euripides's "Medea".

    In an interview in the Rome newspaper "Avvenire", Papas said she would also like to direct both on television and in cinema.

    [02] ESIEA delegation meets with enclaved pupils in Cyprus, visits historic monastery

    NICOSIA (ANA-MPA/A.Viketos) - The Athens Journalists' Union (ESIEA) will effectively contribute to the conservation and renovation of the monastery of the Apostle Andreas, situated at the extreme point of the Karpass peninsula in the Turkish-occupied northern part of Cyprus, ESIEA President Panos Sobolos said after a visit there on Friday.

    Sobolos, heading up a delegation, pledged an ESIEA 5,000-euro-donation as a first installment towards the monastery's restoration. The delegation was received and given a tour of the site by Father Zacharias, the monastery's monastic caretaker.

    Before visiting the monastery, the delegation visited the village of Rizokarpasso and the schools operating there for enclaved Greek Cypriot pupils.

    Addressing teachers and pupils, Sobolos assured them of the support of Greek journalists in their "important task, achieved under conditions of occupation." He also handed a cheque of 3,000 euros as an ESIEA donation to the schools.

    [03] Bill eyes changes in cap market

    The government on Friday tabled a draft law in Parliament envisaging changes in the capital market, taxation and tourism sectors. The draft legislation seek to extend, by end 2011, all tax incentives offered for the merger of small- to medium-sized enterprises, cutting from 3.0 pct to 0.5 pct a special social contribution to a fund aiding farmers with organic cultivations, while raising a ceiling for repossessions and subsidisation of a "Next Solar SA" energy project in the Peloponnese.

    The draft law also envisages a rescheduling of the Greek state's debt to municipal authorities with the issuing of bonds in eight annual tranches by 2017.

    For the capital market, the new law foresees stricter sanctions for breaching market regulations, promotes changes in the operation of closed-end investment funds -- to allow them to becoming more attractive -- and introduces a ban on market abuse practices in the Alternative Market of the Athens Stock Exchange.

    [04] Greek stocks end lower on Fri.

    Greek stocks ended lower at the Athens Stock Exchange on Friday, in line with a negative trend in other European markets. The composite index ended off the day‚s lows at 1,601.23 points, losing 0.86 pct, while turnover was 110.8 million euros, of which 4.1 million euros were block trades.

    Most sectors ended lower, with the Food/Beverage (7.07 pct), Telecommunications (2.48 pct) and Oil (0.86 pct) scoring gains and the Financial Services (3.65 pct), Banks (3.13 pct), Media (3.07 pct) and Commerce (3.03 pct) suffered the heaviest percentage losses of the day.

    The FTSE 20 index fell 1.20 pct, the FTSE 40 index ended 1.85 pct down and the FTSE 80 index dropped 1.76 pct. Broadly, decliners led advancers by 168 to 44 with another 36 issues unchanged.

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