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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-06-08

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  • [01] World Oceans Day celebrated on Tuesday
  • [02] ASE opening: Rise

  • [01] World Oceans Day celebrated on Tuesday

    World Oceans Day is celebrated throughout the world on Tuesday, June 8, with the theme this year being "Oceans of Life".

    June 8 was officially declared as the annual World Oceans Day by the UN General Assembly in December 2008. The concept was originally proposed by Canada on June 8, 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and was unofficially celebrated every year as World Ocean Day since then until the UN designation.

    The 2010 theme "Oceans of Life" focuses on the oceans' great diversity of life and how everyone can help in its conservation.

    [02] ASE opening: Rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Tuesday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 1.74 percent, standing at 1,428.38 points at 11:15 am, and turnover at 16.374 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving upward, with the biggest gains in Public Utilities, up 4.11 percent; and Financial Services, up 0.59 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 1.82 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 0.51 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.59 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 66 were up, 15 were down, and 26 were unchanged.

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