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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-09-27

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  • [01] Free admission to all museums and archaeological sites
  • [02] OSE work stoppages
  • [03] Greek ship hijacked
  • [04] ASE opening: Rise
  • [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Free admission to all museums and archaeological sites

    Admission to all archaeological sites, historical sites, museums and monuments will be free on this coming Monday to celebrate World Tourism Day, while all sites will be open, the culture and tourism ministry announced on Friday.

    World Tourism Day on September 27 was first established by the UN in 1980 and this is its 30th anniversary.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of the Temple of Poseidon in Sounio, Attica.

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    [02] OSE work stoppages

    Hellenic Rail Organisation (OSE) employees will be holding work stoppages from Monday to Wednesday in protest of provisions in a draft law recently unveiled for the restructure of the loss-generating railway.

    Three 3-hour stoppages are planned for Monday and Tuesday, and a five-hour stoppage for Wednesday.

    There will be no rail service 6:00-9:00 a.m., 2:00-5:00 p.m. and from 9:00 p.m. to midnight on Monday and Tuesday, while the work stoppage on Wednesday will be from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.

    The strike affects all OSE and Suburban Railway (Proastiakos) trains, while there will also be no service on the Metro line from Doukissis Plakentias station to Athens International Airport (AIA), as that section of the train track belongs to OSE.

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    [03] Greek ship hijacked

    ANA-MPA/Somali pirates on Saturday hijacked a Greek-owned cargo ship in the Indian Ocean, some 900 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia, the EU anti-piracy force in Somalia (EUNAVFOR) announced.

    The Panama-flagged "MV Lugela", carrying a load of steel bars and wires and a 12-member crew of Ukrainians, sent a distress call to company headquarters on Saturday as Somali pirates attacked the 4,281 dwt freighter after transiting through the Gulf of Aden headed for Mauritius, and a short while later the ship altered its course towards Somalia, a spokesman for the EUNAVFOR's operation "Atalanta" said.

    According to EUNAVFOR, the vessel was in the Somali basin, approximately 900 miles east of the Somali pirate den of Eyl, Somalia, at the time of the incident

    Contact with the ship was lost shortly afterwards.

    Caption: ANA-MPA/EPA file photo

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    [04] ASE opening: Rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Monday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 0.18 percent, standing at 1,516.99 points at 11:00 am, and turnover at 11.184 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly upward, with the biggest gains in Public Utilities, up 1.45 percent; and Travel and Recreation, up 0.72 percent.

    The only losses were in Media, down 3.69 percent; and Industrial Products, down 0.67 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 0.10 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 0.42 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.08 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 30 were up, 20 were down, and 19 were unchanged.

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    [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Monday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The planned changes in higher education preannounced on Sunday by Prime Minister George Papandreou and problems in the market from the ongoing truck owners' mobilisations and the changes in payroll, dominated the headlines on Monday in Athens' newspapers

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Sweeping changes in Universities!".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Reversals in universities (AEI) and technical colleges (TEI) via an express dialogue - Government announced a 'New University' model".

    AVRIANI: "Businessmen and lawyers members of a mafia which 'looted' land plots and houses in auction".

    CHORA: "Antonis (Samaras) excels while George (Papandreou) sinks".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Ruling PASOK and the media had set up the Vatopedi monastery scandal to overthrow former Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis' government".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "The new university entry exams system - The changes will be applied from 2014".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "All the changes in Universities - Studies will be more directly connected with enterprises".

    ESTIA: "Relentless partisanism divides even former fellow university students (Prime Minister George Papandreou and main opposition New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras)".

    ETHNOS: "Everything will change in AEI and TEI entry exams".

    IMERISSIA: "Market in despair - Merchants appeal to truckers".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "145 billion euros sinking funds seeking a way out immediately".

    TA NEA: "Entry in University becomes easier but graduating gets tougher".

    VRADYNI: "New cuts in civil servants' benefits - What the new unified payroll to be applied in 2011 foresees".

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