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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-06-16

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  • [01] PM on hospitals and economy
  • [02] ND leader meets PRC vice-premier
  • [03] From old-woman's fava to fava ice-cream
  • [04] Work stoppage on Thu.
  • [05] ASE opening: Rise
  • [06] Áthens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] PM on hospitals and economy

    Prime Minister George Papandreou, addressing a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, denounced an "attempt by hospital suppliers to blackmail the government".

    The prime minister said that negotiating that took place with the suppliers was tough, adding that in the past years when they had remained unpaid they had not complained.

    "Now that we have come to pay them, they came at this moment to create a problem with procedures, I would say almost extortionate," Papandreou further said. Ana-Mpa

    He praised Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou and Health Minister Mariliza Xenoyiannakopoulou for their steadfast stance in the negotiating and expressed the hope that the issue has reached a favourable end and that the suppliers have received the message.

    Papandreou also stressed that the government will support the public health system in every way and for this reason, as he said, he has excluded hospitals and the health sector in general from arrangements on hirings. "We will not negotiate this," the prime minister pointed out, while noting that for existing extravagance, profiteering and corruption neither is the International Monetary Fund to blame nor the European Commission.

    [02] ND leader meets PRC vice-premier

    Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras met with visiting PRC Vice-Premier Zhang Dejiang on Tuesday.

    Samaras stated afterwards that they focused on issues concerning investments, tourism, energy, and China Ocean Shipping (COSCO) Group. He underlined that "the Chinese appear determined to help through their investments."

    The ND leader accepted an invitation to visit China.

    [03] From old-woman's fava to fava ice-cream

    The island of Santorini has recently officially received a "Protected Designation of Origin" for its famed fava bean from the EU, which is now designated as "fava Santorinis".

    The fava bean has been growing on the volcanic island for more than 3,500 years, according to historical sources, and the local housewives have developed a plethora of ways for cooking it.

    The most recent addition to Santorini's fava recipes is fava ice-cream. This is an ice-cream like no other, as it is not sweet but salty, and as such is not served as a desert but as an appetizer. And, naturally, it can be found only in Santorini.

    Fava ice-cream, created about a month ago by a local restaurateur who wanted to come up with something "extreme" to show the prospects of this local staple product, will be the showcase item of a culinary event to be held on the island this weekend, titled "From old woman's fava to fava ice-cream" featuring the numerous traditional and imaginative recipes the locals have devised.

    "Old woman's fava" (fava tis grias) is one of the oldest recipes passed down through tradition, and is a winter recipe that also used lard from the locally bred pits and tomato paste made from the local small-size tomatoes. Local fava recipes include meatless 'fava meatballs', fava soup, fava porridge, fava with rice and fava omelettes, to more modern dishes such as fava quiches and fava crepes, and a variety of meat and fish dishes topped with a creamy fava sauce.

    [04] Work stoppage on Thu.

    Mass transit employees in Athens will stage a five-hour work stoppage on Thursday, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Athens Metro employees, who staged a 24-hour strike on Wednesday, will also be taking part in Thursday's mobilisations with rolling work stoppages throughout the day.

    [05] ASE opening: Rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Wednesday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 0.31 percent, standing at 1,534.78 points at 11:15 am, and turnover at 10.87 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly upward, with the biggest gains in Media, up 2.45 percent; and Food and Beverages, up 2.28 percent.

    The heaviest losses were in Travel and Recreation, down 5.93 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 0.18 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 0.46 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.31 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 44 were up, 14 were down, and 19 were unchanged.

    [06] Áthens Newspaper Headlines

    The Wednesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Olli Rehn and Eurogroup president Jean Claude Junker's attack against Moody's decision to downgrade the Greek bonds, the signing of 14 agreements between Greece and China, the new social security and labour bill and the condition in public hospitals, mostly dominated the headlines on Wednesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "The Chinese at Greece's side - 14 Greek-Chinese agreements signed".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Public Health and Education in state of nervous breakdown".

    AVGHI: "Secret deliberation on the debt - Citigroup and Barclay's exclude Greek bonds from markets".

    AVRIANI: "Pharmaceuticals selling 750 percent higher than in the rest of Europe - Major robbery by pharmaceuticals' cartel ".

    CHORA: "The great Chinese 'landing' - Government signed fourteen contracts with China".

    ELEFTHEROS: "The most extreme waste of state money ".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Health: How the suppliers' robbery started after the abolition of tenders in 2001".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Express reversals in social security and labour system".

    ESTIA: "What was in the front page of the newspaper 100 years ago: The launching of the battleship 'Averoff ' ".

    ETHNOS: "University entry exams: Examiners continue abstention".

    IMERISSIA: "Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou's decision to boost employment: Tax incentives, halt to lay-offs

    KATHIMERINI: "The new social security and labour bill - Pension at the age of 65 even for those insured before 1993".

    LOGOS: "14 agreements signed between Greece and China".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "European reactions against the government".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "The people should not pay for the state debts, the deficits and the crisis - New anti-popular measures on the horizon".

    TA NEA: "Kallikratis plan (administrative reform) in the Greek Police, too - Attica police departments merged from 148 to 50".

    TO VIMA: "Tough bargaining on relief pension and mothers - Social security bill to be finalised by Friday".

    VRADYNI: "Everything changes in Civil Servants' social security system"

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