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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-08-14

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PASOK on Siemens Hellas issue
  • [02] Events dedicated to poet Yannis Ritsos
  • [03] 26 illegal migrants detained
  • [04] Greek - American foundation makes donation to Argostoli
  • [05] Holiday-makers' mass exodus
  • [06] President on Ithaca on Sat.
  • [07] KKE on Siemens
  • [08] Snake captured in street
  • [09] ASE : Rise

  • [01] PASOK on Siemens Hellas issue

    Main opposition PASOK party alternate spokesperson Maria Karaklioumi, commenting on Thursday on the statement by ruling New Democracy party Central Committee Secretary Lefteris Zagoritis, regarding the decision taken by PASOK's leader on the Siemens issue, said that "the perplexity of ND's leadership over the decision by the President of PASOK is obvious. This, however, is something that concerns them.

    Karaklioumi added that "the relentless question that remains unanswered and concerns the country and the citizens is for what reason they do not call for what PASOK is also calling for. Evidence and proof to come to light."

    Lastly, she stressed that "as long as this does not happen, as long as the Siemens file does not open, the only person responsible and exposed for this is the prime minister himself. He is responsible for the grey political scene being shaped in Greece from German soil. He is responsible, because he did not accept the probing of the scandal by a Factfinding Committee. He is responsible, because he handled matters in such a way so that Greek Justice will be unable to probe the issue in all its aspects."

    [02] Events dedicated to poet Yannis Ritsos

    The Mikis Theodorakis Museum is organising 3-day events in Zatouna Gortynias, Arcadia prefecture, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary from the birth of poet Yannis Ritsos, many of whose works have been set to music by the renowned composer Mikis Theodorakis.

    The events will take place on 20, 21 and 22 August in the Museum's garden and will start at 8 noon.

    [03] 26 illegal migrants detained

    Twenty-six illegal migrants (24 men, 1 woman and a child) were detained on Thursday noon near the port of Mytilene, Lesvos island, northeastern Aegean. According to their testimonies, the migrants originated from the opposite Turkish coast.

    Local port authorities are conducting a preliminary investigation.

    [04] Greek - American foundation makes donation to Argostoli

    The municipality of Argostoli, Cephallonia island honoured on Thursday the Greek expatriates of the New York-based foundation "AINOS".

    During a special event held at the Napier Garden in Argostoli. the Foundation donated two enviroment-friendly vehicles to the municipality, while mayor George Tsilimidos on his part presented an honorary plaque to the president of the foundation Vassilis Kokossis.

    The foundation has offered its assistance constantly to Cephallonia in the past years by supporting the Orphanage, the municipality hospital and the Senior Citizens home.

    [05] Holiday-makers' mass exodus

    Traffic police are on alert to deal with problems that may arise on the national highways due to the mid-August mass exodus of vacationers.

    City residents mostly prefer to escape from their residence on August 15 on the feast of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary.

    According to Piraeus port authorities, 32 extra ferry itineraries to the islands have been programmed on Friday and several more from other major ports. Athens International airport 'Eleftherios Venizelos announced that all domestic flights are fully booked.

    The weather will be fair throughout the weekend with wind velocity reaching 6-7 on the Beaufort scale and temperatures up to 34C-35C in the mainland.

    [06] President on Ithaca on Sat.

    President Karolos Papoulias will celebrate the August 15 feast of the Dormition of The Virgin Mary on Ithaca island. President Papoulias, currently on vacation on Lefkada island will attend the liturgy in Theotokos church in Gardelaki.

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis will be in the northeastern town of Komotini on Saturday, where he will celebrate the August 15 feast of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary.

    Karamanlis will attend the liturgy in the church of the Theotokos (Mother of God) in Komotini on Saturday morning.

    On that same evening, the Prime Minister will address the World Congress of Thracians being held in the town.

    Main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou will be on Paros island and will attend the liturgy in Panagia Ekatontapyliani church. Communist party of Greece leader Aleka Papariga will be in the Athens coastal suburb of Nea Makri while SYRIZA leader Alekos Alavanos will be in Chania, Crete. Synaspismos leader Alexis Tsipras will visit his hometown in Arta, northwestern Greece . Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.OS) leader George Karatzaferis will celebrate in Arkitsa, central Greece.

    Archbishop of Greece Ieronymos will be present at the liturgy in Panagia Soumela, northern Greece.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of President of Republic Karolos Papoulias

    [07] KKE on Siemens

    Communist Party of Greece (KKE), referring to the Siemens bribery and kickbacks case, said on Friday that "the revelations in the Siemens scandal point, inter alia, to how hypocritical and devious are ruling party New Democracy's and main opposition PASOK's proclamations on their party funds' transparancy".

    According to KKE " the only safe criterion for people to be informed on a party's real role and the source of its money is if their policy serves their own interests or those of major business groups", adding: "The people must remember what was ND's and PASOK's stance on the deregulation of telecommunications and OTE's (Hellenic Telecommunications organisation) privatisation, and what party tried to stop them. The people can stop the anti-social measures and corruption only if they have trust in their power and launch a counter-attacks against anti-social policy of ND, PASOK and the monopolies".

    [08] Snake captured in street

    Fire Brigade officers in the city of Trikala, central Greece, received a call on Friday from city residents asking them to remove an over 3-meter-long snake from a downtown street.

    After several efforts the snake was captured and transeffered to the Town Hall.

    According to first estimations the snake, possibly a python, was a pet and had escaped from its owner.

    Caption: ANA-MPA/EPA file photo of a python at the zoo of Hannover, Germany/KAY NIETFELD

    [09] ASE : Rise

    Equity prices were rising on Friday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 0.68 percent, standing at 2,338.54 points, and turnover at 55.4 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly upward, with the biggest gains in Banks, up 1.90 percent; Financial Services, up 1.61 percent; and Personal and Household Goods, up 1.34 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Health, down 3.14 percent; Food and Beverages, down 1.24 percent; and Travel and Recreation, down 0.88 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 1.10 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 0.21 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.49 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 117 were up, 67 were down, and 41 were unchanged.


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