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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-06-02

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] ANA-MPA in media strike on Thursday
  • [02] Ostrich breeding farm in Serres
  • [03] Ģedia strike on Thu.

  • [01] ANA-MPA in media strike on Thursday

    A nationwide media strike has been called for Thursday, in protest to the changes to the social security system being advanced by the government and in demand of the safeguarding of labor rights and the signing of "dignified" collective labor agreements.

    ANA-MPA will be taking part in the strike, which begins at 6:00 a.m. Thursday to 6:00 a.m. Friday, during which no news or other items will be broadcast or disseminated.

    Journalists in Athens will hold a demonstration outside the Athens Journalists Union (ESIEA) building in downtown Athens, followed by a march to parliament.

    [02] Ostrich breeding farm in Serres

    When Yannis Achlatlis moved back to Greece 15 years ago from Sweden, he brought with him the knowhow he had acquired working on an ostrich breeding farm in the Scandinavian country, he set up one of the first such farms here outside the village of Pentapolis in Serres, northern Greece, just 15 kilometers from the prefectural capital of the same name.

    Since then, the venture has evolved into a profitable family business, the "Macedonian Ostrich Farm", located on a 10-acre expanse of land, which Achlatlis has designed to resemble the ostrich's natural environment as closely as possible.

    The specific type of ostrich bred on his farm is very resilient to adverse weather conditions, able of tolerating temperatures ranging from -15 to +45 degrees centigrade, although the hatchlings are vulnerable to humidity when very young, Achlatlis tells ANA-MPA.

    He notes that the some free-range adult 500 birds move freely in the fenced-in expanse, but the hatchlings are initially kept and cared for in specially-designed spaces.

    Greeks have slowly started to develop a palate for ostrich eggs, which weigh approximately as much as 20 eggs from hens, but ostrich meat, which is very healthy as it contains no fat, is not widely used in Greece, mainly because of its price, Achlatlis says, although, he adds, some well--known restaurants in Athens and Thessaloniki offer ostrich meat dishes as a specialty.

    Noting that six years ago there were more than 120 ostrich breeding farms in Greece, today only a handful survive, he says, attributing this to insufficient information to the consumers on the health benefits of ostrich meat.

    The few ostrich breeding units still in operation today in Greece are scattered in Serres, Arcadia, Laconia, Argolis, Achaia, Aetoloakarnania, Viotia, Larissa, Veria and Trikala.

    [03] Ģedia strike on Thu.

    A nationwide media strike has been called for Thursday, in protest to the changes to the social security system being advanced by the government and in demand of the safeguarding of labor rights and the signing of "dignified" collective labor agreements.

    ANA-MPA will be taking part in the strike, which begins at 6:00 a.m. Thursday to 6:00 a.m. Friday, during which no news or other items will be broadcast or dispatched.

    Journalists in Athens will hold a demonstration outside the Athens Journalists Union (ESIEA) building in downtown Athens, followed by a march to parliament.

    Public transport workers will hold a 24-hour strike on Thursday.

    The commuter strike includes urban buses, trolleys, trams, the ISAP electric trains and the Athens Metro.

    The only transport means that will be running is the Proastiakos suburban railway.


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