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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-09-05

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Mammoth Grevena tusk in Guinness Book of Records
  • [02] Youth Parliament this weekend
  • [03] Minister urges reforms

  • [01] Mammoth Grevena tusk in Guinness Book of Records

    A fossil mastodon tusk found in the northern Greek region of Grevena was officially entered into the Guiness Book of Records on Saturday as the largest ever found.

    The tusk is truly mammoth at 5.02 metres in length, dates back three million years and belongs to the extinct mastodon species Mammut borsoni. The previous record for the world's largest tusk was also held by a tusk found in the Grevena region in 1997, with a length of 4.39 metres.

    In a special event at the Milias Natural History Museum, where the tusks and other paleontological finds discovered in a local dig are on display, the Guinness Book of Records also awarded the museum and Grevena local authorities for their contribution to the work being carried out by Thessaloniki University's Geology Department.

    After receiving the prize, Grevena prefect Dimosthenis Kouptsidis outlined plans for a modern Paleontology Centre in the Milias are, at a site near the excavation area.

    [02] Youth Parliament this weekend

    Greece's 14th Youth Parliament was officially inaugurated on Friday night and began debating session in earnest on Saturday. An innovation in this year's Youth Parliament was the participation of 54 teenagers from 28 countries in the European Union and the EuroMediterranean Cooperation region, invited to attend by Parliament President Dimitris Sioufas.

    In addition to outlining the views, the teenagers in the Youth Parliament were also given an opportunity to visit the New Acropolis Museum and watch a screening of the show "The violent Cosmos" at the Athens Digital Planetarium.

    Caption: Teenage deputy speaking in the 14th Youth Parliament on Saturday. ANA-MPA/Greek Parliament

    [03] Minister urges reforms

    The government must implement a reform plan focusing on cutting spending, combatting tax evasion and promoting structural changes and reforms, with a sense of national responsibility, Development Minister Costis Hatzidakis said on Saturday.

    Addressing a general assembly of the Central Union of Greek Chambers, in Thessaloniki, the Greek minister referred to a series of programs - promoted by the Development ministry - in the framework of the Fourth Community Support Framework (2007-2013) and a package of new draft bills seeking to "put in order" the country's business parks and the set-up, transfer and closure of enterprises in the country. Under the latter bill, bureaucracy will be drastically cut, with only four steps needed to set up a new enterprise from 18 currently.

    Earlier, Mr Hatzidakis inaugurated the pavillions of DEPA and Hellenic Petroleum in the Thessaloniki International Fair. He said energy had great significance for the national economy and urged all enterprises in the oil sector to safeguard smooth operation of the market based on competition rules and the respect of consumers.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photograph of Development Minister Kostis Hatzidakis.


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