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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-10-14

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Losses of 11 major state utilities up by 31%
  • [02] Man missing, 42 illegal migrants rescued,
  • [03] Carpe Diem graffiti artists in pioneer public mural project with City of Athens
  • [04] Paediatric oncology hospital
  • [05] ASE opening: Small rise

  • [01] Losses of 11 major state utilities up by 31%

    ANA-MPA/‘he finance ministry on Thursday released eyebrow-raising figures showing that total losses for the 11 biggest money-losing state-owned enterprises and utilities in Greece increased by 31 percent between 2007 and 2009, whereas their total revenues dropped 6.8 percent in 2009 compared with 2008.

    Moreover, the 11 state enterprises cited showed increased lending by up to eight times higher than annual revenues.

    The latest losses accumulated by Greece's numerous state-run utilities and enterprises was reportedly one of the main reasons for last week's revision by Eurostat of the state budget deficit for 2009, which now stands at more than 15 percent of GDP.

    The 11 top loss-making utilities and enterprises are Hellenic Rail (OSE), OSE's affiliated national management company for rail infrastructure (EDISY S.A.), another OSE affiliated subsidiary, Trainose S.A., the Athens-Piraeus electric rail line (ISAP S.A.), the Athens-Piraeus electric trolley company (IL.PAP S.A.), another Athens-area mass transit provider (Eth.EL), the Hellenic Defence Systems A.B.E.E., the Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI S.A.), the Hellenic Tourism (real estate) Development S.A., the company exploiting and managing Greek highways (TEO S.A.), the horseracing operator, ODIE S.A.

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    [02] Man missing, 42 illegal migrants rescued,

    ANA-MPA/One illegal immigrant was missing and 42 others, including three children, were rescued by Orestiada police on Thursday morning after becoming stranded on an islet in the Evros River -- where they were disembarked by Turkish migrant-smugglers -- and in danger of being swept away by torrential waters.

    The migrants, including 11 women and three children, told police that they had been transported to and abandoned on the islet by Turkish migrant-smugglers. They said one man from the group had been swept away by the rushing waters and was missing.

    Police, alerted by locals, rushed to the islet where they found the migrants clinging onto the trees they had climbed to escape the rising water. The migrants were taken by boat to shore, where they were given first aid treatment.

    A search and rescue operation is ongoing for the missing man.

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    [03] Carpe Diem graffiti artists in pioneer public mural project with City of Athens

    "Imagine a city where waiting at a bus stop is not boring..."

    This is the theme of a pilot public art, or graffiti, program for aesthetic intervention on buildings in Athens.

    "Public Mural Art - Revamping of Psyrri" is a pilot project of the City of Athens and the Carpe Diem association.

    Carpe Diem, Greece's first "graffiti crew", made its appearance in 1991, and in 2002 became a legally recognised association. Comprised of artists, the group's aim is to promote murals as a form of public art to aesthetically upgrade the dull monotony of public buildings, in projects carried out in close cooperation with municipal authorities and communities.

    Carpe Diem has carried out mural projects at school buildings in a number of municipalities throughout the country, took part in the International Mural Exhibition held throughout August at the Dafen Museum of Art in Shenzhen, China, and is currently involved in a pioneering collaboration with the City of Athens. The pilot program, titled Prosopsi (Facade) initially involved the painting of murals on three buildings in Psyrri, Athens, with the approval of the building owners, and has recently been extended to the entire city with the project "Carpe Diem Public Murals - Prosopsi".

    Another ongoing project, in collaboration with the Secretariat General for Youth, involves the painting of murals on school buildings throughout the country in the city of Larissa and on the island of Ikaria, with the participation of the local municipal authorities and permission of the school boards.

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    [04] Paediatric oncology hospital

    ANA-MPA/Greece's first paediatric oncology hospital was formally inaugurated in Athens on Thursday.

    The hospital, located in the Goudi district in central Athens, was built through donations raised over 19 years in an ambitious project by the "Elpida" (Hope) Association of Friends of Children with Cancer.

    Elpida president Marianna Vardinoyanni, a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, said the hospital was a "life's work" for her.

    The inauguration ceremony was attended by President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias.

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    [05] ASE opening: Small rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade onThursday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 0.17 percent, standing at 1,585.16 points at 11:00 am, and turnover at 28.33 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were mixed, with the biggest gains in Telecoms, up 1.09 percent and Insurance, up 1.50 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Commerce, down 0.98 percent and Food and Beverages, down 0.79 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 down 0.02 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.33 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 43 were up, 13 were down, and 22 were unchanged.

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