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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-12-31

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Journalist Kakaounakis dies
  • [02] Paggaio mayor found dead
  • [03] Greek airlines announce new destinations
  • [04] Ragoussis meets BoG chief
  • [05] Retail sales 15.3 down
  • [06] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Journalist Kakaounakis dies

    Journalist and publisher Nikos Kakaounakis died on Wednesday evening at the age of 71. Kakaounakis was hospitalised following complications from major intestinal surgery.

    He was born in the perfecture of Hania, Crete and studied in an ecclesiastical school.

    Kakaounakis began career as a reporter in 1965 with the "Vima" newspaper.

    He later worked for several newspapers and televisions stations in Athens. In 1999 he founded the "Sto Karfi" weekly.

    [02] Paggaio mayor found dead

    Triantafyllos Koukoudis, Mayor of Paggaio, a northeast Greece municipality, who had been declared missing on Tuesday by Kavala police, was found dead in his car in a remote seaside region west of the city of Kavala, on Wednesday evening. He had been shot in the head.

    The 50-year-old mayor had left his home in his car for a scheduled meeting at Nea Peramos in the municipality of Eleftheron. When he failed to return, his brother reported his disappearance to police at noon on Tuesday.

    On Tuesday, officers had searched the mayor's residence and on Wednesday authorities had extended their search to a sea region east of Kavala.

    A medical examiner was expected to arrive at the scene where the body was found late Wednesday night.

    [03] Greek airlines announce new destinations

    Two Greek passenger airlines, Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines, on Wednesday announced new flight destinations that will be on offer in 2010.

    Olympic Air will inaugurate flights schedule between Athens and Beirut, leaving on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in the week starting January 2 and ending January 9. These will depart from Athens at 1:00, arrive in Beirut at 3:05 and depart at 3:05 to return to Athens at 5:55.

    After January 1 and until March 27, these flights will be carried out by the new Airbus A319 aircraft and also offer the option of a business-class seat, which will be available at a special promotional price until the end of February.

    Aegean has announced two additions to its foreign destinations as of January 1, when it starts offering flights to Tel Aviv and Belgrade.

    The airline said there will be a daily flight to Tel Aviv departing at 11:00 in the morning and returning at 13:50 and seven flights a week to Belgrade.

    [04] Ragoussis meets BoG chief

    Interior Minister Yiannis Ragoussis held talks on Wednesday with Bank of Greece Governor George Provopoulos, focusing on the state and the course of the economy.

    Speaking after the meeting, Ragoussis said that he briefed the central bank governor on changes that have been carried out or that are being prepared in the state and in local administration.

    The minister added that these changes have a direct and absolute relation to the economy and the monetary crisis that the country is experiencing, as well as with the citizens' great need to enjoy better and quality services from the state.

    Provopoulos said on his part that the minister briefed him on certain reformist initiatives that he has already taken and some others that will be carried out later and termed them considerable for the economy's exit from problems.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Interior Minister Yiannis Ragoussis

    [05] Retail sales 15.3 down

    Retail sales volume (turnover in fixed prices) dropped 15.3 pct in October, compared with the same month last year, after an increase of 6.5 pct recorded in October 2008, the National Statistical Service said on Wednesday.

    The statistics service, in a report, attributed the sharp decline in retail sales to a 4.8 pct fall in the foodstore category, a 43.5 pct drop in the fuel and lubricants category and 14.2 pct fall in the other stores category.

    [06] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Thursday editions of Athens' dailies at a glance

    An ongoing economic crisis and EU recommendations to the Greek government to reverse a negative climate in the economy, unseasonably high temperatures and the social security issue mostly dominated the headlines on Thursday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Summer ... on New Year's Day - Temperature will reach 23C".

    APOGEVMATINI: "New flu vaccines on shelf".

    AVGHI: "Bank credit cards rip off people".

    AVRIANI: "IMF ... ready to rescue us".

    CHORA: "Suffocation in market - Banks give loans to households, enterprises in drops".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Popular Orthodox Rally president George Karatzaferis reveals: Why I ask for a referendum on migrants' citizenship issue".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Major sales due to crisis".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "New Year's Eve with receipts - From midnight we must ask for receipts for every purchase, service".

    ESTIA: "State oppression of citizens".

    ETHNOS: "Cutbacks in tax allowances".

    KATHIMERINI: "Markets' tolerance of Greece runs short".

    LOGOS: "First place in terms of prices".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Banks' tap closed for professionals and households".

    NIKI: "New social security system hurts - 13 changes that will affect us all in 2010".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Labour union GSEE asks for peanut wages and flexible work hours".

    TA NEA: "Receipts will provide additional taxes".

    TO VIMA: "Solution for owners of semi-enclosed space and illegal buildings".

    VRADYNI: "In criminals' mercy - Unprecedented outburst of crime in Greece".


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