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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-07-30

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM on opening of closed professions
  • [02] Military helicopter makes forced landing in Megara
  • [03] Two killed in helicopter crash
  • [04] Fire on Samos contained
  • [05] ASE opening: Decline

  • [01] PM on opening of closed professions

    ANA-MPA/Prime Minister George Papandreou said on Thursday the opening of closed professions was not an issue of the Memorandum signed between Greece and European Commission, European Central Bank (ECB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) but that his government "considers it as a help to young people, as a move that opens the market and the possibilities for better and cheaper services."

    "It essentially opens the possibilities for growth," the premier also said while addressing a cabinet meeting that focused on the opening of closed professions. Papandreou asked from Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou to go ahead with the shaping of a general framework of principles regarding the issue.

    The prime minister also said that the measures his government has taken aimed at "handling the situation it inherited," adding: "We now continue our work, a work of permanent changes and overturnings."ANA-MPA

    Papandreou noted that his governmemnt has "managed, despite difficulties and with the Greek people's sacrifices to save the country, by achieving what many, inside and outside Greece, considered unfeasible."

    "Greece begins to change," he said.

    [02] Military helicopter makes forced landing in Megara

    ANA-MPA/An Apache military helicopter, with a two-member crew on board, made a forced landing in Megara at noon on Thursday, tentatively attributed to mechanical failure, according to early reports.

    No further news was immediately available.

    [03] Two killed in helicopter crash

    ANA-MPA/An Apache military helicopter made a crash landing near Megara just before noon on Friday, and the two-member crew on board died in an ensuing fire.

    According to reports, the pilot attempted to make a forced landing at a military airport at 11:49 a.m. after the helicopter developed mechanical failure, according to early reports. But the force of the landing was so powerful that it was equal to a crash.ANA-MPA

    The helicopter was quickly enveloped in flames, and rescuers later found the bodies of the two men.

    The helicopter was on a training flight when the accident occurred.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo

    [04] Fire on Samos contained

    ANA-MPA/A wildfire that broke out on the island of Samos, in the Kokkari region, on Wednesday night was reported as having been partially contained on Friday morning.

    The fire broke out in five different spots in the area south of Kokkari, and spread quickly, fanned by high winds.

    On Thursday night the fire was blazing in two large fronts at Kokkari and near the village of Mytilinaion, and firefighting forces on the ground continued efforts throughout the night to keep the flames from spreading to populated areas and to contain the two fronts.

    The land forces were joined again by five water-dropping planes and six helicopters at first light of day, and firefighters hope to have fully contained the blaze by noon on Friday.

    [05] ASE opening: Decline

    Equity prices were declining at the opening of trade on Friday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index down 0.42 percent, standing at 1,701.29 points at 11:00 am, and turnover at 8.757 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were mixed, with the biggest gains in Media, up 3.90 percent; and Insurance, up 2.92 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Personal and Household Goods, down 1.31 percent; and Industrial Products, down 0.76 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was down 0.61 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 0.71 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was down 0.36 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 25 were up, 36 were down, and 19 were unchanged.


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