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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-12-16

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  • [01] Gov't: New organised crime unit within coast guard
  • [02] Stone structures of Lesvos
  • [03] Kaklamanis at climate summit
  • [04] Stocks end 2.40% up

  • [01] Gov't: New organised crime unit within coast guard

    (ANA-MPA) -- Citizen's Protection Minister Michalis Chryssohoidis on Wednesday announced the establishment of a Ôrganised crime unit within the Hellenic Coast Guard.

    Speaking at a press conference, he stressed that the new unit will have a multifaceted role and will be responsible for combating all forms of organised crime. The new unit's offices will be in the greater Athens area and in major seaports.

    Meanwhile, a draft law re-defining the coast guard's mission will be ready in January and be tabled in Parliament for approval in February, Chryssochoidis said, adding that the coordination of the efforts against illegal fuel trading and smuggling has been assigned to his ministry, following a decision by the prime minister.

    In again touching on the pressing problem of illegal migration targeting Greece, Chryssochoidis stated that he was pleased with the contacts he had this week in Athens with a Frontex delegation, stressing that the goal is none other than to "seal" Greece's external borders.

    Finally, he said a draft law on political asylum will soon unveil new guidelines for eligibility.

    [02] Stone structures of Lesvos

    Photographer Tzeli Hatzidimitriou's illustrated coffee-edition book featuring centuries-old stone structures on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos are published in a poignant album entitled "Conversing with the Spirits of the Stone: Agricultural Architecture of Lesvos".

    Stone, wood and mortar -- the humble building materials of rural Lesvos -- are depicted in Hatzidimitriou's photographs for the first time, in a sojourn across the large island.

    The album also presents Lesvos. landscape, dotted with stone structures representing the occupations of the local residents and imbued with the island's aura, mostly in sites off the "beaten track".

    The pictures are accompanied by texts referring to the traditions behind the building of these structures, written by the photographer herself.

    [03] Kaklamanis at climate summit

    The delivery of a joint Cities Act - Copenhagen Climate Communiqué to government leaders on Wednesday marked the conclusion of proceedings of the "Climate Summit for Mayors", held within the context of the UN Climate Change Conference in the Danish capital.

    One-hundred mayors, among them Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis, signed the Cities Act, which calls on national governments to participate in and closely collaborate on the implementation of measures to counter climate change.

    Kaklamanis noted the importance of joint initiatives and actions that cities have undertaken in order to fight the phenomenon.

    "We represent 100 cities, some developed, others less so, some underdeveloped, others more affluent, such as Los Angeles and Paris, but also other, much poorer cities. Nevertheless, we managed to find a common point of reference. We agreed that must forget all that objectively divides us, the difficulties that is, and see what problems we share. We drafted a joint document and took a decision, agreeing that we can only put pressure on governments if we are united," Kaklamanis said.

    During the course of Wednesday proceedings, Kaklamanis met with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who participated in the climate summit for mayors and expressed support for actions proposed by cities and collaboration among them.

    [04] Stocks end 2.40% up

    Stocks rebounded on Wednesday by 2.40 percent, pushing the composite index of the Athens Stock Exchange above the 2,200 level to 2,222.14 points, with turnover a moderate 271.6 million euros.

    Most sectors moved upwards, with the Banks (4.66 pct), Telecoms (3.75 pct) and Constructions (3.12 pct) posting the biggest percentage gains of the day, while Travel-Recreation (2.15 pct) and Foods-Beverages (0.61 pct) were biggest losers.

    The FTSE 20 index was up by 3.19 pct, the FTSE 40 index increased by 1.10 pct and the FTSE 80 index posted gains of 0.57 pct. Broadly, advancers led decliners by 118 to 65 while another 44 issues unchanged.

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