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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-09-28

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  • [01] Angry trucker, 65, arrested for biting police brigadier's hand
  • [02] Trichet on macro-economic conditions
  • [03] Minister of State on Hellinikon airport
  • [04] Olympic Air wins ERA award
  • [05] Spa facilties in Peloponnese
  • [06] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Angry trucker, 65, arrested for biting police brigadier's hand

    ANA-MPA/A 65-year-old truck owner was marched before a police court on Monday after he bit a police brigadier in the hand during a scuffle outside a Metamorfosi sewage collection depot.

    The incidents began when a group of protesting truck owners, who object to a recent law opening up their profession, attempted to block the entrance to the sewage depot and prevent tankers filled with sewage from emptying their loads.

    A force of police led by the head of the northeast Attica police Brigadier Fotis Zouboulis arrived on the scene to drive back the truckers, who put up resistance.

    During the fray, one of the truckers bit the senior officer in the hand while attempting to escape arrest but was subdued and taken before the court, along with his son who attempted to help him escape.

    Brigadier Zouboulis was taken to hospital for first aid and precautionary medical treatment.

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    [02] Trichet on macro-economic conditions

    ANa-MPa/ "There has been a very, very important change of the trajectory of the macro-economic policy of Greece", European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said on Monday.

    Addressing the European Parliament's economic and monetary affairs committee, the ECB's president said that "My only message now would be: implement rigorously what has been decided, which is well-oriented in our opinion and which is monitored every quarter by the IMF on one hand and by the Commission in liaison with us on the other hand. "If this is done well as we trust and in an effective manner then I expect that it will be recognized and change the overall judgment which is progressively changed," Trichet said.

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    [03] Minister of State on Hellinikon airport

    ANa-MPa/Minister of State responsible for investments Haris Pamboukis, referring on Monday to reports on the utilisation of the location of the old Hellinikon airport, said that "the reshaping on the location of the old airport at Hellinikon will be planned taking into consideration the environmental sensitivities of the Greek people, with the aim of upgrading the quality of life of the inhabitants of the Attica basin."

    Pamboukis also stressed that the scenarios that have been recycled in past days and speak of "Las Vegas type development" lack seriousness and function desorientatively.

    The minister further said that "the undertaking of reshaping Hellinikon as, in any case, of similar developmental projects as well, necessitates transparency, responsibility and seriousness from all forces, the briefing of all the sides involved, collective work and above all social support and solidarity."

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    [04] Olympic Air wins ERA award

    ANA-MPA/Olympic Air has won the silver award as the ERA Airline of the Year for 2010/11, an award bestowed by the European Regions Airline Association.

    The award was presented during an annual general assembly of ERA in Barcelona.

    The ERA Airline of the Year award is earned for quality amongst European regional airlines, based on a whole range of activities an air carrier conducts.

    The ERA award represents a significant recognition in the airline industry.

    ERA has more than 200 members. It represents 70 airline companies covering 426 destinations in 61 European countries, carrying 70,600,000 passengers through 1.6 million flights annually.

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    [05] Spa facilties in Peloponnese

    ANA-MPA/The Greek government is drafting a master plan envisaging the development of Kaiafas spa facilities and the development of real estate properties in the seaside regions of Zaharo and Kounoupeli, in the prefecture of Ilia, western Peloponnese.

    The head of Hellenic Tourism Development Co, Avgi Markopoulou and the chief executive Dimitris Lambrou, discussed the plan during a three-day tour of the locations, September 23-25, as part of a strategy to accelerate procedures towards a more efficient use of tourism real estate property.

    In a series of meetings, held with local authorities, talks focused on ways to achieve a better management of spa facilities in Kaiafas and Kyllini. Helenic Tourism Development plans to launch open tenders for both projects. "These properties could be very well developed, upgrading the Ilia region both touristically and economically, ensuring the region's environmental characteristics," Mrs Markopoulou said.

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    [06] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Tuesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Monday's Inner Cabinet chaired by prime minister George Papandreou and his recommendations for a more effective coordination of the government's activities, a draft law on the closure of outstanding tax obligations to be tabled on Tuesday in parliament, the planned changes in Universities and Education in general, and the new "green" circulation fees for private cars and motorcycles announced by the Finance Ministry, mostly dominated the headlines on Tuesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "The final measures for closure of outstanding tax obligations".

    APOGEVMATINI: "The new retirement ages".

    AVGHI: "Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou: "We are changing the University's DNA".

    CHORA: "Surcharge on 2011 circulation fees for all vehicles".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Preposterous!! Government copied main opposition New Democracy's (ND) measures for Education".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Circulation fees set fire to 1.7 million car owners".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Low fees for cars bought before 2005 and higher for the newer".

    ESTIA: "How the University has been downrated".

    ETHNOS: "Closure in...installments - Government's final decisions".

    IMERISSIA: "Closure of outstanding tax obligations in 24 installments and 20 percent down payment".

    KATHIMERINI: "According to Labour Minister Louka Katseli circumvention of collective labor agreements is open in enterprises facing problems".

    LOGOS: "Government seeking revenues".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Lower down payment and more installments".

    NIKI: "Crucial answers on the illegally enclosed open spaces".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Universities to become 'shops' of monopolies".

    TA NEA: "Circulation fees: New 'green' fees in accordance with the emissions".

    TO VIMA: "Real estate.... mafia above suspicion".

    VRADYNI: "Leviathan State - 2011 State Budget foresees 5 billion euros in additional taxes".

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