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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-06-17

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

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  • [01] Bicycle tour of Lake Doirani
  • [02] ASE opening: Decline

  • [01] Bicycle tour of Lake Doirani

    A bicycle tour of Lake Doirani was organized by the Prefecture of Kilkis, northern Greece, with the participation of roughly 300 people from Thessaloniki and the surrounding areas.

    Lake Doirani is located some 70 km north of Thessaloniki and the 14.5 km-long-tour was combined with a visit to the lake museum.

    The bicycles and their riders were transported to Mouries Railway Station, 15 km from the lake, by Hellenic Railways (OSE) and were given the opportunity to admire from up close the region's natural beauty and the historic lake.

    The lake is all that remains of the much larger Lake Paionia of antiquity, which occupied an area of some 13000 ha and was formed by intense seismic activity in the pre-glacial geological period. The lake today covers an area of 39.9 km2.

    The wetland with its many different plants and wealth of animal species combines with the features of the area's recent history in a remarkable wetland landscape. In the nearby settlement, also called Doirani, the abandoned carriages of the old railway station by the shore of the lake remind the visitor of times gone by, while the British military cemetery on the hill behind the village awakens memories of the First World War.

    Lake Doirani is a significant natural asset and a valuable resource for communities around the lake. It is also protected under international and national legislation, and has been designated as an Important Bird Area (IBA).

    [02] ASE opening: Decline

    Equity prices were declining at the opening of trade on Thursday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index down 0.42 percent, standing at 1,516.60 points at 11:15 am, and turnover at 9.24 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly downward, with the biggest gains in Insurance, up 1.73 percent; and Commerce, up 1.40 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Food and Beverages, down 1.56 percent; and Raw Materials, down 1.51 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was down 1.07 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 0.19 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.45 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 20 were up, 36 were down, and 19 were unchanged.


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