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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-06-25

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  • [01] Youth Council concert on the environment to feature Sakis
  • [02] New flu cases in Greece reach 70, all mild
  • [03] Corfu events dedicated to Italy
  • [04] ASE opening: Small rise
  • [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Youth Council concert on the environment to feature Sakis

    The National Youth Council (ESYN) is organising a concert on the environment on Wednesday, July 1, at the Panathenian (Kallimarmaro) Stadium in Athens.

    The concert, featuring Greek pop star Sakis Rouvas, is being held in the context of the "SMS of Youth 2009 - Actions for the Environment" campaign, with the support of 2,500 official agencies (including ministries, local governments, universities, chambers, NGOs), and aims at raising public awareness and citizen participation in environmental issues such as water conservation and recycling.

    The slogan of the ESYN campaign is "All Together, You First". Tickets for the concert are available at the Metropolis, FNAC and Public stores, while the price is 15 euros.

    The National Youth Council also announced the opening of its new website at, which provides news of the Council's activites and aims to provide a forum for communication and exchanges of views.

    Further, the ESYN, as a representative of the youth of Greece but also in collaboration with the European Youth Forum, is calling on the European Parliament deputies of all the political parties to back the youth agenda on Europe, and invites young people to add their voices to the campaign at the site

    "As young people sharing the vision of European integration and the European values, we believe that we can successfully face the challenges for the future only if the EU can speak out and act as a true Union," according to the ESYN. "We expect bold and innovative decisions by the national and European leaders and organisations, and want specific benefits from the EU in our everyday lives," it adds, noting that, in that context, the ESYN was putting forward specific proposals for a new youth agenda in the EU, and calls on the MEPs to include them among their priorities.

    [02] New flu cases in Greece reach 70, all mild

    The number of new flu A(H1N1) cases in Greece have reached 70, the National Center for Health Operations (EKEPY) announced on Thursday, after three new incidents were confirmed earlier in the day.

    The new cases concern a 14-year-old teenager and a 43-year-old woman, both Australian nationals who recently arrived in Greece from Australia, while the third concerns a 26-year-old man of Greek descent, who EKEPY said had been in close contact with an earlier confirmed case from the US.

    Of the 70 total cases, 23 have been completely cured, while the remaining patients are undergoing treatment.

    EKEPY further said that all cases diagnosed so far in Greece have been mild, and there was no cause for concern.

    [03] Corfu events dedicated to Italy

    A four day event dedicated to Italy was held on the Ionian island of Corfu. The series of events included arts, history, and Italian music and was organised by the Italian Embassy in Greece together with Italy's Honourary Consulate in Corfu and the support of the latter municipality and the Ionian islands Region.

    The Gondolone, a historic Venetian vessel, reached the island from Venice together with eight rowers of the Diadora Rowing Group from Lido, Venice, as well as the Figuranti and the members of the European Historic Re-enactments Group CERS. Both vessels accompanied the inhabitants and the visitors on short trips in the port's waters.

    Caption: A tourist is taking a rest on a venetian Gondola in the port of Corfu, Ionian islands complex. ANA-MPA/ Yannis Dimitras

    [04] ASE opening: Small rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Thursday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 0.47 percent, standing at 2,209.42 points at 10:45 a.m., and turnover at 15.2 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly upward, with the biggest gains in Technology, up 2.18 percent; Raw Materials, up 1.89 percent; and Mass Media, up 1.88 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Oil & Gas, down 0.21 percent; and Commerce, down 0.04 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 0.39 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 1.39 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.53 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 75 were up, 25 were down, and 17 were unchanged.

    [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Thursday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Developments in the mass media after the closure of Eleftheros Typos daily newspaper, and speculation on early elections and additional taxes, dominated the headlines on Thursday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "University entry exams: 79 percent of the candidates scored above the base passing grade".

    APOGEVMATINI: "50-year-old Greek woman gave birth to her twin grandchildren".

    AVGHI: "Reliance and corruption devastating the media".

    AVRIANI: "Dirty war against Theodoros and Gianna Angelopoulos (owners of Eleftheros Typos newspaper)

    ELEFTHEROS: "At last ruling New Democracy wakes up from the stupor - Aims to limit its members' leakage to Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS)".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "New tax package, to be paid immediately".

    ESTIA: "Games with elections - The electoral law is being continuously violated".

    ETHNOS: "Economy Ministry begins safari, targeting 600,000 taxpayers with overdue debts".

    KATHIMERINI: "Arbitrariness and abuse of institutions in Universities", according to the report for 2008 submitted on Wednesday in parliament by the independent authority on Quality in Higher Education.

    LOGOS: "Revolutionaries Sect urban guerrilla group starts war - They cast unprecedented threats in many directions".

    NIKI: "The economic indicators out of control".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Communist Party of Greece leader Aleka Papariga: The illegal migration issue must become a cause of the people".

    TA NEA: "2 billion euros tax storm, for starters - The deficit is out of control".

    TO VIMA: "Owners of yachts and luxury cars will pay an extraordinary contribution"

    VRADYNI: "Two tendencies on early elections and government reshuffle".

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