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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-09-29

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Major archaeological finds on Crete
  • [02] Stricter penalties on tax evasion
  • [03] FM meets Joe Biden
  • [04] Wildfire on Crete
  • [05] ASE opening: Marginal rise

  • [01] Major archaeological finds on Crete

    ANa-MPA/Archaeologists at the site of the ancient city of Eleftherna near Rethymno, Crete, made an important discovery when they unearthed the gold-adorned remains of a woman, one dated to the early Archaic Period.

    Small gold plaques, 1-3cm-thick, in different forms (square, triangle, and diamond-shaped) were found next to the remains of the woman, discovered a few weeks ago by the team led by archaeology professor Nikolaos Stampolidis. The findings were inside a 2,700-year-old twin tomb, the only one in ancient Eleftherna, located very close to a necropolis of fallen warriors.

    A unique jewelry piece depicting a bee as a goddess was also found amongst the thousands of gold plaques.

    The findings are so extraordinary that they justify the decision made recently by the Archaeological Institute of America to include the excavations at ancient Eleftherna among the best worldwide.

    In the past 27 years, since the excavations were launched, archaeologists have been creating an archaeological park, by recreating an ancient city at the site of Orthi Petra, spanning a 2,000-metre-long and 1,500-metre-wide area.

    More details on the subscriber's page of APE-MPE | Subscription request form

    [02] Stricter penalties on tax evasion

    ANA-MPa/The government on Tuesday submitted to Parliament a draft bill envisaging stricter penalties for tax evaders, including closing down of stores for 48 hours for failing to issue more than 10 sales receipts worth more than 500 euros.

    The draft bill also drastically reduces tax evasion limits for imposing prison terms on tax evaders.

    Under the draft bill, tax evaders could face prison terms for up to 10 years for failing to report tax income of more than 75,000 euros annually, while retail shops, businesses, manufacturing units and warehouses will face a 48-hour closure if found not to have issued more than 10 receipts worth 500 euros.

    The new stricter rules were included in a draft bill offering a "tax amnesty" to individuals and enterprises with pending tax cases.

    More details on the subscriber's page of APE-MPE | Subscription request form

    [03] FM meets Joe Biden

    NEW YORK City (ANA-MPA/P. Panagiotou) -- Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas on Wednesday had a brief meeting with US Vice President Joe Biden in New York, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

    The US official expressed his satisfaction over his recent meeting with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, adding that "Greece is a "reliable partner" in the Balkan region and the Middle East.

    On Wednesday Droutsas will fly to Los Angeles where he will address the forum "World Affairs Council".

    More details on the subscriber's page of APE-MPE | Subscription request form

    [04] Wildfire on Crete

    ANA-MPa/A wildfire that broke out midnight Tuesday in a remote area near Roussospiti in Rethymno prefecture on Crete island continued to burn brushland, bushes and olive trees on Wednesday, with high winds hampering the Fire Brigade's operations.

    Two fire dropping helicopters, two teams on foot and 14 fire engines with a 30-member crew were currently trying to contain the blaze.

    More details on the subscriber's page of APE-MPE | Subscription request form

    [05] ASE opening: Marginal rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Wednesday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 0.08 percent, standing at 1,473.64 points at 11:00 am, and turnover at 16.301 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were mixed, with the biggest gains in Health, up 1.75 percent; and Financial Services, up 1.30 percent.

    The only losses were in Insurance, down 1.62 percent; and Media, down 2.10 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 0.17 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 0.28 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was down 0.09 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 21 were up, 25 were down, and 19 were unchanged.

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