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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-01-03

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Samaras: Hope exists and dawn will not be late
  • [02] Fraktos Forest, the only virgin forest in Greece
  • [03] KKE: 2010 can be a good year
  • [04] Karatzaferis on New Year
  • [05] ASE: 22.93 up in 2009
  • [06] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Samaras: Hope exists and dawn will not be late

    Main opposition New Democracy party leader Antonis Samaras stressed that many fear the future in crucial times, adding that one must not let fear overshadow his heart.

    "You must always remember that the thickest darkness is shortly before the first light appears. Light will begin to appear in 2010. Hope exists and dawn will not be late," he said.

    Samaras underlined that 2009 was difficult for many and wished that 2010 will be better for all.

    "In the new year New Democracy will show its new face, it shall inspire with its proposals, it shall stop all that it must stop, it shall promote all that it must promote and it shall win the wager on behalf of society and of young people in particular, on behalf of our Greece. For this reason do not fear for Greece. It has boundless forces inside it. You must believe in yourselves. You must believe in your capabilities. After the crisis a new and better page for Greece shall open," the ND leader added in his message for the New Year.

    [02] Fraktos Forest, the only virgin forest in Greece

    The old-growth forest of Fraktos, situated in the northeastern part of the Prefecture of Dramas in northern Greece under the highest summit of central Rhodope Mountains with an altitude of 1,953 meters, is the only Virgin Forest in the country and among the most unique in Europe.The Fraktos Forest had been declared a military zone for years and grew following only the rules of nature due to the fact that no humans had intervened. The human presence was limited to such a degree that the forest ecosystem was unaffected for at least 500 years.

    The woodland was registered as a virgin forest in 1979 and a year later was declared protected monument of nature.

    The Fraktos Forest fauna is home to 100 species of birds and 32 species of mammals including all rare animal species in Greece and Europe.

    [03] KKE: 2010 can be a good year

    In a New Year message the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) underlined that "2010 can be a good year for workers, the self-employed and the poverty stricken farmers."

    KKE pointed out in the message that "this can happen only if they face united the anti-popular storm launched against them by the government and the plutocracy, with the support of New Democracy."

    [04] Karatzaferis on New Year

    Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) president George Karatzaferis on a message for the New Year said "I would like to wish that in 2010, all of us, the entire political leadership, will rise to the occasion. It is certain that in 2009 some did not satisfy you and some disappointed you. In 2010 we must all do our best to have a better year and to build a better future for our children."

    [05] ASE: 22.93 up in 2009

    Greek stocks ended the last trading session of 2009 with minor gains. The composite index of the Athens Stock Exchange ended at 2,194.49 points, up 0.08 pct, for a weekly loss of 0.53 pct, ending the year with a net gain of 22.93 pct.

    The FTSE 20 index rose 0.28 pct, the FTSE 40 index ended 0.36 pct up and the FTSE 80 index rose 1.21 pct.

    ATEbank (3.19 pct), Mytilineos (2.24 pct) and National Bank (1.57 pct) were top gainers while PPC (5.04 pct), Ellaktor (2.46 pct) and MIG (1.97 pct) were top losers.

    [06] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Sunday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The course of the economy, projected new measures and taxes as well as changes in real estate taxes, mostly dominated the headlines on Sunday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Red light for environment as we continue to pay penalties to Europe for violations". APOGEVMATINI: "2010 changes that burn our pockets - Instead of presents, Santa arrived laden with taxes..." ARTHRO: "Low and middle size incomes fail to pay additional taxes". AVGHI: "Shocking recipe 'kills' economy". AVRIANI: "If 'black' economy is not bashed then unemployment will reach 40 percent". ELEFTHERI ORA: "Ruling PASOK believed that when they assumed power they would automatically solve problems - Now they are swamped". ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Five changes in real estate - 30 percent hike in objective values". EPOCHI: "Storm of severe measures and reactions pending". ETHNOS : "Shocking proposal for hikes in objective values in real estate ". KATHIMERINI: "The difficult wages of 2010 - Prime Minister George Papandreou determined to impose harsh measures". LOGOS: "Government ... restarts". NIKI: "25 billion euros dissapear in thin air - Athens Stock Exchange in profiteers' mercy". PARON: "Economy Minister Louka Katseli cites FinMin George Papaconstantinou's five mistakes in letter with recipient the Prime Minister". PROTO THEMA: "Government's mistake sends abroad 10 billion euros". REALNEWS: "EU sends 'letter bomb' to Finance Minister Papaconstantinou - European Commission President Jose Manuel Barosso orders raises in taxes". RIZOSPASTIS: "Big labour union bargains away workers' rights". TO VIMA: "The age of puzzles - Six questions demand answers". VETO: "Outcry over pensions in public sector - Raise in women's age retirement terrifies". VRADYNI: "All new taxes in real estate - What will you pay in 2010".


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