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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-12-16

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] ANA-MPA off-line due to strike
  • [02] Antiquity smugglers arrested in Sparta
  • [03] Unemployment at 12.4%
  • [04] Tourist arrivals at 2009 levels
  • [05] US envoy's press briefing
  • [06] ANA-MPA off-line due to strike 

  • [01] ANA-MPA off-line due to strike

    All of ANA-MPA's online and Internet wire services and bulletins will be interrupted between 6 a.m. (04.00 GMT) Friday until 6 a.m. Sunday due to a 48-hour media strike in the country.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    

    [02] Antiquity smugglers arrested in Sparta

    ANA-MPA/Three Bulgarian nationals were arrested in Sparta for antiquities smuggling on Thursday by police, acting on a tip-off.

    A police officer posing a buyer interested in ancient coins contacted one of the suspects, who asked for 60,000 euros cash to sell him the coins. At a meeting arranged between them, the foreign national arrived with two other compatriots, who were also arrested.ana-mpa

    Police confiscated six ancient coins, two made of copper dated back to the Byzantine era (approximately 4th century A.D.), two dated back to the Late Roman period (3rd century A.D.), a copper coin dated back to the Roman period and another cooper one, possibly Turkish, dated back to 1600 A.D.).

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    

    [03] Unemployment at 12.4%

    ANa-Mpa/Unemployment in Greece rose to 12.4 percent in the third quarter of 2010, according to figures released Thursday by the independent Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).

    In its regular Labor Force Survey, the statistics authority reported that in the 3rd Quarter of 2010 the number of employed amounted to 4,402,931 persons while the number of unemployed amounted to 621,938.

    The unemployment rate was 12.4% compared with 11.8% in the previous quarter, and 9.3% in the corresponding quarter of 2009.

    The number of employed persons decreased by 0.5% compared with the previous quarter, and by 3.0% compared with the 3rd quarter of 2009.

    The number of unemployed persons increased by 4.7% compared with the previous quarter and by 33.7% compared with the 3rd quarter of 2009.ana-mpa

    The unemployment rate for females (16.1%) is considerably higher than the unemployment rate for males (9.7%).

    By age group, the highest unemployment rate is recorded among young people in the age group of 15-29 years (24.2%). For young females, the unemployment rate is 30.6%.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    

    [04] Tourist arrivals at 2009 levels

    -PA/Tourist arrivals in the 11-month period this year are at the same levels as the corresponding period in 2009, according to provisional figures from Greece's 13 international airports, which account for approximately 95 percent of total arrivals of foreign visitors by airline, and 72 percent of overall arrivals of foreign visitors.ana-mpa

    According to the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) for January-November 2010 a total of 10,439,131 tourist arrivals were recorded at the Greek airports, marking a 0.49 percent decline over the same period in 2009.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    

    [05] US envoy's press briefing

    ANA-MPA/New US ambassador to Greece Daniel Bennett Smith on Thursday held his first press briefing for local reporters, responding to a variety of questions dealing with the bruising economic crisis in Greece, bilateral relations and regional issues of heightened importance to Athens and Washington, as well as the "Wikileaks spectre" looming over America's foreign relations.

    Smith referred at several times to the debt crisis and economic recession battering Greece, pointing to investments -- either FDIs or internal investment -- as imperative to jump-starting growth in the eastern Mediterranean nation. ana-mpa

    "We do think that this government (Greek) is on the right path," he said, while emphasising the importance of restoring confidence in the country amongst international capital markets.ana-mpa

    Nevertheless, the veteran US Foreign Service diplomat, speaking amid labour union strikes and mobilisations around the country, noted that "we recognise that this (austerity package) is also creating a lot of pain".

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    

    [06] ANA-MPA off-line due to strike

    All of ANA-MPA's online and Internet wire services and bulletins will be interrupted between 6 a.m. (04.00 GMT) Friday until 6 a.m. Sunday due to a 48-hour media strike in the country.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form


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