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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-08-26

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  • [01] SYRIZA leader on wildfires
  • [02] New K-9 'officers' for coast guard
  • [03] ASE opening: Rise

  • [01] SYRIZA leader on wildfires

    Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) Parliamentary Group President Alekos Alavanos, speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, said that the protection of forests is tantamount to the protection of the country's national integrity.

    Alavanos spoke of a "government of banks, because although giving 28 billion to the banks it was unable to find money for fire protection," adding that "it is a government that is not interested in working people" and clarifying that "it is a fact that forest firemen are workers for a specific period of time and do not constitute a regular and permanent force for forest protection."

    He also said that "it is necessary that the government should go, as well as the two-party system, given that the government relies on forest-killing laws of PASOK."

    [02] New K-9 'officers' for coast guard

    Lessi, Luna, Aris, Irma and Lear had "emigrated" from their native Belgium before their "induction" into the Greek coast guard several months ago, as the five pedigree Malinois (Belgian sheperd) dogs just recently completed their training in Greece and are ready to take part in the guard's anti-narcotics K-9 squad.

    The dogs were trained together with their handlers for three months outside Thessaloniki, northern Greece, with their successful "debut" coming during a presentation and field exercises at the port of Thessaloniki.

    [03] ASE opening: Rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Wednesday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 0.58 percent, standing at 2,520.17 points at 11:45 a.m., and turnover at 83 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly upward, with the biggest gains in Banks, up 1.78 percent; Media, up 1.41 percent; and Commerce, up 1.31 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Insurance, down 2.96 percent; Health, down 1.34 percent; and Telecommunications, down 1.12 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 0.97 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 0.36 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.05 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 69 were up, 70 were down, and 30 were unchanged.

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