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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-02-13

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Farmers again block Promachonas border post
  • [02] Carnival celebrated throughout Greece
  • [03] Flooding along Evros River
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Farmers again block Promachonas border post

    (ANA-MPA) -- Protesting farmers again blocked traffic on the important Promachonas border post on the Greek-Bulgarian frontier on Saturday morning, following an opening of the road the previous days.

    The blocking of border posts by disgruntled farmers over the past few weeks has generated international media attention and heated criticism on both sides of the border.

    (ANA-MPA)

    (ANA-MPA)

    [02] Carnival celebrated throughout Greece

    The last weekend of carnival will be celebrated throughout Greece on Saturday and Sunday, as Monday marks the religious holiday of "Shrove Monday", the beginning of Lent in the predominately Christian Orthodox east Mediterranean country. Orthodox Easter will be celebrated on Sunday, April 4 this year.

    The western port-city of Patras traditionally boasts the biggest and best-known carnival festivities in Greece, although several other regions -- especially in northern Greece and the Ionian islands -- have distinct customs and rites, many predating Christianity and based on ancient pagan rituals. Some 30,000 carnival participants, including Italian acrobats and drummers, are expected to parade through Patras' main thoroughfare, both on foot and atop floats.

    [03] Flooding along Evros River

    Some 600 hectares of arable land was flooded along the Evros River, extreme NE Greece, as a result of a levee breach near the village of Tichero and in the wake of recent heavy rainfall.

    Another 6,000 hectares were flooded across Evros.

    According to reports, Evros River levels were rising, surpassing 2.97 metres at the Kyprinos station (the alert level set is 4.80 metres); 5.52 metres (alert level 4.70 metres) at the Pythio station; 4.30 metres (alert level 3.60 metres) at Kipi, while at the Petalo station levels exceeded the alert level of 5.60 metres and reached 6.20 metres.

    In Erythropotamos, in the Didimoticho region, the water level was at 7.42 metres -- with alert level at 5.60 metres.

    The situation is currently under control, according to local authorities, who are in contact with Bulgarian authorities monitoring the water flow in Ivailovgrad, Studen Kladenets and Kirjali, on the upstream Bulgarian side of the border.

    ANA-MPA file photo.

    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    Athens' Saturday newspapers at a glance

    The spectre of Greece's deficit and debt crisis on the eurozone and related austerity measures expectedly dominated the front-page headlines in the Saturday editions of Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Greece without fuel or customs service. Tuesday strike".

    APOGEVMATINI: "He's searching for ghosts as an alibi: Sharp attack by (PM George) Papandreou against ND governments".

    AVGHI: "With the lease on our necks", a reference to the most recent austerity measures announced by the government last week.

    AVRIANI: "Europe's vampires want more blood from Greece".

    ELEFTHEROS: "G.A.P. (George Andreas Papandreou) lost in the waves; he's using insults to survive".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "State revenues sink in first quarter of PASOK rule"

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "An IMF 'suit' in second package (of austerity measures)".

    ESTIA: "Greece's self-flagellation: Government cries out that it lack of credibility".

    ETHNOS: "Jail for three well-known tax evaders".

    IMERISSIA: "Assistance package: Proposal by Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday".

    KATHIMERINI: "Additional measures in the works; Papandreou jabs against EU".

    LOGOS: "2-percent dive for Greek economy".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "New European message towards markets, Athens".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "People's uprising a patriotic duty".

    TA NEA: "Cut 14th monthly salary and raise VAT: Pressure for tougher measures; Papandreou anger: They consider us guinea pigs."

    VIMA: "They're (EU) asking for pay wage cuts and a free hand at firings".

    VRADYNI: "They're abolishing 14th monthly paycheck (the so-called 'holiday' bonus): What extra measures the 'trilateral directorate' (eurogroup, ECB and Commission) will impose".


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