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

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

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  • [01] No layoffs in transports
  • [02] 'Homeric Days' on Kos

  • [01] No layoffs in transports

    There will be no layoffs in the Hellenic Rails Organisation (OSE) or any other public transport company, infrastructure, transport and networks minister Dimitris Reppas reiterated in a newspaper interview appearing on Sunday.

    In an interview with the Sunday edition of Eleftherotypia daily, Reppas said it is self-evident that changes are necessary in the personnel policy and determination of a rational operation cost so as to keep OSE running, but stressed that the government is opposed to layoffs and is waging a battle for that.

    He said that much needs to be changed, and that a streamlining is necessary that will include a new modern structure of the OSE corporate group with the involvement of private investors too in the operational division, as well as a new routes and prices policy with an agreed state subsidy that will have a ceiling.

    Reppas said that public transport means cannot operate without evaluation and control, nor can they borrow constantly without a corresponding provision of services.

    [02] 'Homeric Days' on Kos

    "Homeric Days" returned to Greece, as part of the Hippokratia 2010 festival on Kos island, after traveling the world over.

    The week-long events concluded on Saturday with an overnight reading/singing of Homer's "Odyssey" at the island's Medieval Castle, with 200 readers of all ages and backgrounds, distinguished personalities from all fields, students, foreign visitors and citizens from all over Greece participating in an impressive 12-hour long marathon reading.

    The event was enriched with live Ancient Greek music that transported the audience to the times of Odysseus, performed by the ensemble Lyravlos-Greek Musical Heritage Center.

    The Homeric events began with the theatrical performance Odyssey by the Karmen Rouggeri troupe, and continued throughout the first week of August with a series of cultural and educational events dedicated to Homer and the diachronic value of his works, led by the renowned international literary organization The Readers of Homer.


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