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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-02-04

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

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  • [01] Woman rescued after falling into 6-metre septic tank
  • [02] Humanitarian aid to Haiti
  • [03] Stocks plunge 3.33%

  • [01] Woman rescued after falling into 6-metre septic tank

    (ANA-MPA) -- A 60-year-old woman who fell into a six-metre deep septic tank in a village outside the central city of Larissa on Thursday was successfully rescued by the fire brigade.

    The woman, who told authorities she was collecting wild greens when she fell into the disused pit, was unhurt.

    [02] Humanitarian aid to Haiti

    Deputy Foreign Minister Spyros Kouvelis will head a Greek mission to quake-stricken Haiti with humanitarian aid, comprised of 50 tons of pharmaceutical supplies, foodstuffs and tents. The shipment is scheduled to depart on Sunday night.

    A Hellenic Aid financial assistance of 200,000 euros was approved soon after the devastating earthquake of Jan. 13 and was channeled to the UN World Food Programme.

    In a press conference on Thursday, Kouvelis stated that he will deliver a letter by PM George Papandreou addressed to his Haitian counterpart focusing on the Greek aid, historical bilateral relations and the Greek government's pledge to continue to support the country.

    Kouvelis underlined that Greece's next initiative is to contribute to the reconstruction of health infrastructure for children.

    The Greek humanitarian aid will arrive in Haiti on board a Hellenic Imperial Airways Boeing 747 aircraft. The airline will cover 50 pct of the transport costs. A five-member special team formed by Medecins du Monde and the Greek Rescue Team will also be transported to Haiti and offer its assistance.

    In consultation with the Spanish EU Presidency the Greek airplane will be used for the repatriation of European citizens who are still in Haiti.

    [03] Stocks plunge 3.33%

    Stocks suffered heavy losses in the Athens Stock Exchange on Thursday, with bank shares coming under strong selling pressure. The composite index fell 3.33 pct to end at 1,951.70 points, with turnover at 215.757 million euros.

    The FTSE 20 index dropped 3.89 pct, the FTSE 40 index fell 2.69 pct and the FTSE 80 index ended 2.57 pct lower. The Food sector was the only one to record gains (1.90 pct), while Utilities (6.50 pct) and Banks (5.42 pct) suffered the heaviest percentage losses of the day.

    Klonatex (12.5 pct), Vivere (10.0 pct), CPI (9.68 pct), Karamolegkos (8.86 pct) and Texapret (7.69 pct) were top gainers, while Compucon (10.0 pct), Elfico (9.90 pct), Imperio (9.80 pct) and Galaxidi (9.52 pct) were top losers. Broadly, decliners led advancers by 151 to 36 with another 43 issues unchanged.


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