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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-10-26

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

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  • [01] Rare ex-voto retablos from Museum of the Hellenic Nobel Collection
  • [02] Trade deficit 51.4pct down
  • [03] ASE opening: Decline

  • [01] Rare ex-voto retablos from Museum of the Hellenic Nobel Collection

    ANA-MPA/Rare ex-voto retablos from the private collection of the Hellenic Nobel Museum are featured in an exhibition titled "Ex-votos of Europe", currently on display at the Borderland Museum Gallery (Galeria Ofycina) in Lubaczow, Poland.

    The soon-to-be-completed Museum of the Hellenic Nobel Collection in the Halandri suburb of Athens, the life's work of Prof. Giorgio S. Marcou, is the owner of an impressive collection of rare ex-voto retablos, in addition to the Nobel collection and 162 smaller collections.

    The Museum of the Hellenic Nobel Collection is exhibiting just a small sample of its ex-voto retablos collection at the Lubaczow exhibition in collaboration with the Academy of Athens' Hellenic Folklore Research Center. Similar exhibitions are also taking place in Latin America and Europe.

    Ex-voto retablos are devotional or votive paintings, in vivid colors, often painted on tin, leather or wood panels, that give thanks to Christ, the Virgin Mother or a saint for their protection in a threatening situation or intercession in a cause prayed for, and which depict the situation, often with an inscribed explanation of the event, date and location. They may be placed at a shrine as a votive offering or kept at home, displayed in a place of honor.

    Caption: Ex-voto retablo giving thanks to the Virgin of Zapopan, patron saint of Guadalajara, Mexico. (ANA-MPA/Museum of the Hellenic Nobel Collection)

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    [02] Trade deficit 51.4pct down

    ANA-MPA/Greece's trade balance deficit dropped a hefty 51.4 percent in August this year over the corresponding month in 2009, according to provisional figures released by the independent Hellenic Statistical Authority (EL.STAT) on Tuesday.

    The deficit of the Trade Balance for the 7-month period from January to August 2010 amounted to 13,628.2 million euros (17,918.7 million dollars) in comparison with 20,275.9 million euros (27,274.0 million dollars) for the corresponding period of the year 2009, recording a drop of 32.8%. The corresponding change of the deficit of the trade balance, excluding oil products, recorded a decrease of 2,806.5 million euros or 17.5%.ANA-MPA/ The total value of exports-dispatches for the 7-month period from January to August 2010 amounted to 10,012.7 million euros (13,176.0 million dollars) in comparison with 9,684.6 million euros (13,146.1 million dollars) for the corresponding period of 2009, recording an increase of 3.4%. The corresponding change excluding oil products recorded an increase of 346.2 million euros or 3.9% .

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    [03] ASE opening: Decline

    Equity prices were declining at the opening of trade on Tueday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index down 0.96 percent, standing at 1,621.50 points at 12:00 a.m, and turnover at 20.871 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving downwards, with the only gains in Food and Beverages, up 0.28 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Travel and Recreation, down 1.86 percent; and Commerce, down 1.70 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was down 1.17 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 0.72 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was down 0.54 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 17 were up, 52 were down, and 21 were unchanged.

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