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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-06-13

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  • [01] PM: Greece not at risk of default
  • [02] Samaras blasts gov't shipping policy
  • [03] Deputy culture/tourism minister in Cyprus
  • [04] 'Myrtis: Face to face with the past': Reconstructed 430 BC Athenian girl's face
  • [05] No reason for worry

  • [01] PM: Greece not at risk of default

    VIENNA (ANA-MPA/D. Dimitrakoudis) - Prime Minister George Papandreou, speaking in an interview with the Austrian newspaper "Der Standard", underlined the abandonment of the mismanagement of the previous government and the economy's full restructuring as a duty and the need to invest in human capital and for the existence of a social state.

    Papandreou stressed that Greece is no longer in danger of bankruptcy and called on Europe to invest for its growth and in order to obtain resources to enact monetary exchange taxes and to proceed with the issuing of Eurobonds.

    Referring to the need for boosting competitiveness, the prime minister said that Greece has products for specialised markets, it can play an important role in tourism, agriculture and in the renewable energy sources sector.

    Papandreou also said that "the government has done everything to prevent the threat of the danger of their losing their job, their pension and the euro with which the Greeks have been living over the past eight months, who are being shocked by rumours and fears."

    The prime minister's interview is accompanied by his biography and a photo of himself and information on Greece's economic state.

    [02] Samaras blasts gov't shipping policy

    Main opposition New Democracy (ND) president Antonis Samaras sharply criticised the governmentās policy in the all-important shipping sector, during a visit to the biennial international shipping exhibition "Posidonia 2010" taking place in Piraeus.

    Samaras stressed that the shipping sector is a national asset, and criticised the government's abolition of the independent merchant marine industry and plans to life cabotage restrictions.

    [03] Deputy culture/tourism minister in Cyprus

    Deputy culture and tourism minister George Nikitiadis begins a two-day visit to Cyprus on Monday for talks with government officials on matters of his area of responsibility.

    On Monday he will meet separately with Cyprus' Commerce, Industry and Tourism minister Antonis Paschalides and with Cyprus Sport Organisation general director Costas Papacostas.

    On Tuesday, Nikitiadis will meet with Education and Culture minister Andreas Demetriou, before departing for Athens in the afternoon.

    [04] 'Myrtis: Face to face with the past': Reconstructed 430 BC Athenian girl's face

    "Myrtis: Face to face with the past", a photography exhibition of the groundbreaking reconstruction of the face of a young Athenian girl that lived some 2,500 years ago, is currently on display at Athens' 'Eleftherios Venizelos' International Airport (AIA), through the end of December.

    The airport exhibition succeeds the first presentation of the reconstruction of the young Athenian's face at the New Acropolis Museum and at the Goulandris Museum of Natural History.

    In 1994-95, during the excavation works for the Athens Metro construction, a mass grave with 150 bodies was discovered in the Keramikos area, where the ancient cemetery of Athens was located. The remains were found to be dating from around 430-426 B.C., the time of the Athens plague. It was then decided to carry DNA tests on the skeletal material aiming to identify the pathogenic factor of the deadly epidemic, which was found to have been typhoid fever. Among the bones, a skull of an 11-year-old girl was discovered; the young Athenian was named "Myrtis" by the archaeologists. The excellent condition of the skull inspired a scientific team of orthodontists headed by Assistant Professor at the University of Athens, Manolis Papagrigorakis, to reconstruct the girlās face.

    After 2,500 years, Myrtis has been "reborn". This exhibition brings out the great significance of the use of technology, and of interdisciplinary collaboration in many different fields of research, such as archaeology, medicine, anthropology, and forensic science. Greek and European scientists, technicians and artists, shared their knowledge and expertise, to get as close as possible to the real face of Myrtis.

    The exhibition consists of 3 sections: the first section presents the excavation at Keramikos, the second displays medical research in Greece for the identification of the pathogenic factor that caused the plague of Athens, applying the methodology of French Professors of the University of Marseille, and the third section portrays the reconstruction of the face of Myrtis.

    The exhibition will travel to other destinations, such as the Archaeological Museum of Volos, the Cultural Institution of the Piraeus Group, as well as to the U.S.A. where it will be displayed at the University of Missouri.

    The exhibition will be on display through end-December at the airport's Arrivals Level, open to all airport visitors on a 24-hour basis.

    (Photo by ANA-MPA/O. Panagiotou)

    [05] No reason for worry

    Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou said that if additional measures prove necessary "then we will not have done our job, and we will all be judged for that", in an interview appearing in the Sunday edition of RealNews newspaper.

    "Although nothing has been won yet, we are progressing well and, the more we proceed at these rates, there is no reason for worry," he added.

    Papaconstantinou further said he is "more optimistic than ever" on the course of the euro in general while, on Greece's course to the second tranche of the EU-IMF support mechanism loan due to be disbursed in September, he stressed that "we have no reasons to worry, so long as our program is being materialised at today's pace, and with success".

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