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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-10-11

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Guilty verdicts handed down to 2 policemen in Grigoropoulos case
  • [02] Eurostat team in Athens; final 2009 budget deficit figures this month
  • [03] 'The Lost World of Old Europe: The Danube Valley, 5000-3500 B.C.' at Cycladic Art Museum
  • [04] ASE opening: Rise

  • [01] Guilty verdicts handed down to 2 policemen in Grigoropoulos case

    (ANA-MPA) -- first instance felony court in the western town of Amfissa handed down a guilty verdict against two police officers charged in the death of a 15-year-old teen in early December 2008, an incident that sparked wide-spread urban rioting around the country.

    The court decision comes after a recommendation by the bench prosecutor to rule out any extenuating circumstances in sentencing Vassilis Korkoneas, who fired the lethal round, and his partner, Vassilis Saraliotis.

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    [02] Eurostat team in Athens; final 2009 budget deficit figures this month

    (-PA) -- A large Eurostat delegation arrives in Athens on Monday to collect data regarding the closely watched and recently revised budget deficit for 2009. Final conclusions over the height of the Greek budget deficit for 2009 will be announced at around Oct. 22.

    According to officials in Athens, a revision of the deficit figure -- which according to reports will be above 15 percent -- by Eurostat will not affect the ongoing economic stability programme.

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    [03] 'The Lost World of Old Europe: The Danube Valley, 5000-3500 B.C.' at Cycladic Art Museum

    The 'forgotten civilisations' of Neolithic Europe and their ties to ancient Greece are the subject of a temporary exhibition currently on display at the Cycladic Art Museum in central Athens.

    Entitled "The Lost World of Old Europe: The Danube Valley, 5000-3500 B.C." the exhibition will be inaugurated by Deputy Foreign Minister Spyros Kouvelis on Wednesday evening.

    Organised by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University in collaboration with the National History Museum of Romania in Bucharest and with the participation of the Varna Regional Museum of History in Bulgaria and the National Museum of Archaeology and History of Moldova in Chisinau, the exhibition brings together more than 200 neolithic artifacts owned by 22 museums in Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova.

    Parallel with the main exhibition, the Museum of Cycladic Art and the ministry of culture and tourism have organised a second exhibition on "The relations between Neolithic Greece and the Balkans" presented alongside the first for comparative reasons. This includes 90 exhibits from Greek Neolithic sites of the same period and explores the similarities and differences between Greece and the Balkans during the 5th and 4th milleniums BC.

    The organisers explore a little-known period of human history, noting that the area of southeastern Europe had seen the growth of highly sophisticated societies with advanced technology that disappeared abruptly and mysteriously at around 4000 B.C. for reasons as yet unknown.

    Among the most impressive of the exhibits are remarkably modern-looking figurines with human form, some excellent quality, brightly coloured ceramic vases, various metal objects and the world's largest single store of Neolithic gold objects found in an ancient cemetery in Varna.

    Goulandris Foundation president Sandra Marinopoulou stressed in a press conference that visitors to the exhibition will gain a fascinating insight into the history of SE Europe 7,000 years ago.

    According to Cycladic Art Museum Director Nikolaos Stambolidis, Greece's closest neighbours were "participants" in the cultural product arising from this part of the world from the Neolithic period and onward.

    "These two exhibitions come to shed light on the rich past of a region around the Danube and the northwestern coast of the Black Sea during the 3rd and 4th pre-Christian millennia. This exhibition presents a forgotten part [of history] that we must remember without borders but only on geographic terms," he noted.

    According to Dr. Dragomir Nicolae Popovici of the National History Museum of Romania, it also marked the first time that such an exhibition "that is a major chapter of European history" was organised, while Dr. Aleksander Minchev of the Varna Archaeological Museum Ancient Art department stressed that it was a chance to view "the birth of European culture".

    The parallel exhibitions are taking place under the aegis of the Greek foreign ministry as part of its presidency of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) organisation and will run until January 10, 2011.

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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 0.09 percent, standing at 1,529.78 points at 11:00 am, and turnover at 8.169 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly upward, with the biggest gains in Insurance, up 3.22 percent and Technology, up 1.16 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Industrial Products, down 1.32 percent; and Oil & Gas, down 0.67 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 up 0.48 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was down a marginal 0.07 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 27 were up, 22 were down, and 20 were unchanged.

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