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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-08-17

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  • [01] Papandreou-Netanyahu talks in Athens
  • [02] 'Antikythera Mechanism' exhibition opens on Kythera
  • [03] The hottest day of summer
  • [04] Ecumenical Patriarch in Poland
  • [05] Wildfires in progress
  • [06] ASE opening: Rise
  • [07] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Papandreou-Netanyahu talks in Athens

    ANA-MPA/Prime Minister George Papandreou on Monday expressed his satisfaction over the official visit to Greece by his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu, the first by a standing Israeli prime minister, speaking during a joint press conference in Athens at the end of bilateral talks.

    Papandreou referred to very productive talks with his Israeli counterpart, both on Monday and during his own visit to Israel recently. He added that a joint Greek-Israeli committee will be set up to enable cooperation to proceed more creatively and strategically.

    "Relations between Greece and Israel are not competitive with other bilateral or multilateral cooperation," the Greek prime minister said when asked whether such a committee might create problems with neighbouring Turkey.

    Papandreou also said a meeting was decided between the corresponding tourism, finance and economy ministries so that mutual visits to the two countries by businesspeople and related investment initiatives can be organised.

    "We do not believe that relations between Greece and Turkey and Israel and Turkey are competitive to relations we are developing with Israel," Papandreou emphasised, adding that "regional cooperation is of vital importance for good neighourliness, as well as for resolving problems in the region, which are many."

    On his part, Netanyahu stressed that "I agree absolutely with every word that Mr. Papandreou said, it would be something unnatural if we do not strengthen relations between Greece and Israel." He added that Israel is interested in improving its relations with Turkey, but is also interested in developing its relations with Greece in all sectors.

    Papandreou expressed certainty that the visit will be helpful in developing bilateral cooperation, as well as cooperation in such sectors as investments, tourism, energy, telecoms, IT services, water desalination and innovation technologies.

    Cooperation will also take place in the sector of renewable energy sources, new farm technologies and security.

    [02] 'Antikythera Mechanism' exhibition opens on Kythera

    An exhibition entitled "The Mechanism of Antikythera" will be on display on the southwestern Aegean island of Kythera (Kythira) until Sept. 19, an initiative by the ministry of education.

    The exhibition opened on Aug. 11 in Potamos, Kythera while on Aug. 19 the exhibition will be transferred to Chora, the island's main town.

    Visitors of the exhibition will be able to learn about the history of the ancient mechanism, believed to be an ancient mechanical calculator (also described as a primordial "mechanical computer") designed to calculate astronomical positions.

    The artifact was discovered within an ancient shipwreck off the nearby isle of Antikythera, between Kythera and Crete . It has been dated to about 150-100 BC. Technological devises of similar complexity appeared a thousand years later, scholars have noted.

    [03] The hottest day of summer

    Tuesday is expected to be the hottest day of the summer so far in Greece. Winds will fade and the highs will reach 41C in some parts of the country. Light winds will blow in Attica with high temperature expected to reach 40C and in downtown Athens 41C.

    Temperatures on the islands will range from 36 to 39 degrees.

    [04] Ecumenical Patriarch in Poland

    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is paying an official visit to Poland following an invitation by the Polish Orthodox Church. The Patriarch who arrived on Monday and will conclude his visit on August 20, will visit the cities of Warsaw and, Lublin and the Grabarka mountain, a holy land which visit thousands of pilgrims every year.

    Bartholomew will have a series of meetings with the President of the Polish parliament and will be bestowed the title of the honorary doctor of at the Catholic University of Lublin.

    [05] Wildfires in progress

    A wildfire that erupted on Monday on the western Cyclades isle of Kythnos island was reportedly under control. Meanwhile, a fire on nearby Kythira island was still in progress.

    According to authorities, first estimates show that 4,000 hectares of brush land were torched, along with herds of animals and roughly 1,000 beehives.

    [06] ASE opening: Rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Tuesday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 0.77 percent, standing at 1,644.70 points at 11:00 am, and turnover at 6.825 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly upward, with the biggest gains in Health, up 1.75 percent; and Telecoms, up 1.38 percent.

    The only losses were in Commerce, down 0.21 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 1.09 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 0.47 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.33 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 42 were up, 9 were down, and 10 were unchanged.

    [07] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Tuesday edition of Athens ' dailies at a glance

    Market liquidity conditions and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu'a visit to Athens and talks with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou mostly dominated the headlines on Tuesday in Athens ' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: " 200,000 hectares of forestland reclassified "

    APOGEVMATINI: "Hike in market prices".

    AVGHI: "Adventurism made in USA - Papandreou and Netanyahu agree on joint military exercises vis-à-vis axis Turkey 's opening towards Iran ".

    AVRIANI: " Greece's games with Israel set fire to Mediterranean by torpedoing country's relations with Arab countries; provoke tension with Turkey ".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Americans behind Greece-Israel bridge, in order to bring Turkey back on track".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Smooth taxes for wealthy - Employees and pensioners will continue to pay unbearable taxes".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Balance changes - Greek-Israeli relations create new axis in region".

    ESTIA: "Europe recovering, Greece in recession ".

    ETHNOS: "Ultimatum on student transfers".

    IMERISSIA: "Spreads skyrocket".

    KATHIMERINI: " China now the second power in world economy".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "State property to private interests".

    NIKI: "New taxes total seven billion euros in 2011".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Communist Party: Profiteering against people with bread, flour, pasta".

    TA NEA: "University entry exams".

    TO VIMA: "Triple scissoring of incomes".

    VRADYNI: " Israel 's message to Ankara via Athens ".

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