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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-07-10

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  • [01] ANA-MPA system upgrade-Temporary service disruption
  • [02] Prespa Lake programme in EU's top 5
  • [03] Papariga meets POSPERT unionists
  • [04] SYRIZA support for police

  • [01] ANA-MPA system upgrade-Temporary service disruption

    Due to an upgrade to be performed on ANA-MPA's two central servers and storage system, there will be a discontinuation of the renewal/updating of news on the agency's site on the Internet, but also in the direct links via leased lines, beginning at 20:00 at night on Friday, July 10, up to 13:00 on Saturday, July 11. The upgrade is being performed for the national news agency's better provision of services to its subscribers.

    We thank you for your understanding.

    [02] Prespa Lake programme in EU's top 5

    The 'LIFE-Nature' Programme 2002-2007 developed by the Society for the Protection of Prespa and WWF Hellas, designed to protect and preserve bird species in the Mikri Prespa Lake of northern Greece, has been named as one of the top five environmental programmes carried out in the EU during 2007-2008.

    Its results were presented during a press conference on Friday at the village of Pyli in the Prespes Lake region, attended by the local mayor and officials from regional authorities, the agriculture ministry and the environment ministry.

    Organisers reported an increase in the bird population around the lake and the construction of a dam to regulate the water level, covering the irrigation needs of farmers and livestock breeders in the area while at the same time restoring some 100 hectares of wetlands that provided a habitat for large populations for fish and birds.

    According to spokeswoman Marianna Vlassi in statements to the ANA-MPA, the Society for the Protection of Prespa was continuing to fund actions designed to ensure integrated management of the wetlands - even though the programme was officially completed - but she stressed the need for financial support and specialised staff from the state.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photograph of the Prespes lake region in northern Greece.

    [03] Papariga meets POSPERT unionists

    Communist Party of Greece (KKE) General Secretary Aleka Papariga met Friday at the party offices in Perissos, Athens with representatives of the federation of trade unions of radio and television employees (POSPERT).

    In comments she made afterwards, Papariga stated that "all efforts targeting the organizational structure of the trade unionist movement of employees in the mass media, radio and television, are unacceptable" and expressed her party's support to the sector's trade unions and federation that represent employees in private and public media, regardless of the labor relations type.

    [04] SYRIZA support for police

    Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) Parliamentary Group leader Alekos Alavanos on Friday expressed support for the Greek police that protect the rights and freedoms of Greek people as well as the country's democratic course from any efforts aimed at creating tension and destabilization caused by terrorist acts.

    In comments he made after meeting with the board of the Greek police trade union (POASY) at the party's offices in parliament on Friday, he said that it is unacceptable for police to be called in to solve problems caused by failed government policies.

    Alavanos stated that the problems faced by the police will be brought up for discussion in parliament through questions to the government and in the meeting he will have with Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Monday.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) Parliamentary Group leader Alekos Alavanos.

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