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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-05-10

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  • [01] Man stabbed to death by robbers for camera
  • [02] A.R. Penck exhibition in Thessaloniki
  • [03] Greece not waiving rights
  • [04] ASE opening: Rise
  • [05] 'Charles de Gaulle' in Crete 

  • [01] Man stabbed to death by robbers for camera

    ANA-Mpa/A man was stabbed to death by robbers at dawn Tuesday in central Athens, apparently to steal his camera, police said.

    The 44-year-old man was attacked as he was taking out his car to take his pregnant wife to hospital to give birth to their second child.

    Police said the man was heading for a parking lot near his home in the Patissia district when he was attacked by three assailants and suffered at least three stab wounds in the back, hands and neck as he tried to escape.

    The attackers grabbed his camera and fled.ana-mpa

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    [02] A.R. Penck exhibition in Thessaloniki

    Works by German painter, printmaker and sculptor A.R. Penck are on display for the first time in Greece, at the Artis Causa gallery in Thessaloniki.

    A total of 16 works -- acrylics on canvas, lithographs and gouache paintings -- from 1980 to the present, will be on display in this solo exhibition through June 14.

    Ralf Winkler (A.R. Penck) was born in Dresden, Germany, in 1939 and studied together with a group of other neo-expressionist painters in Dresden.

    He became one of the foremost exponents of the new figuration alongside Jorg Immendorff, Georg Baselitz and Markus Lupertz. Under the East German communist regime, they were watched by the secret police and were considered dissidents. In the late 1970s they were included in shows in West Berlin and were seen as exponents of free speech in the East. Their work was shown by major museums and galleries in the West throughout the 1980s. They were included in a number of important shows including the famous Zeitgeist exhibition in the well-known Martin Gropius Bau museum and the important New Art show at the Tate in 1983.

    In the 1980s Penck became known worldwide for paintings with pictographic, neo-primitivist imagery of human figures and other totemic forms. He was included in many important shows both in London and New York.

    Penck's sculptures, though less familiar, evoke the same primitive themes as his paintings and drawings and use common everyday materials such as wood, bottles, cardboard boxes, tin cans, masking tape, tinfoil, wire and are crudely painted and assembled. Despite the anti-art aesthetic and the rough and ready quality of their construction, they have the same symbolic, archetypal anthropomorphic forms as his flat symbolic paintings. The paintings are influenced by Paul Klee's work and mix the flatness of Egyptian or Mayan writing with the crudity of the late black paintings by Jackson Pollock. The sculptures are often reminiscent of the stone heads of Easter Island and other Oceanic art.

    A keen drummer, he was a member of the free jazz group T.T.T. ("Triple Trip Touch") and took every opportunity to play with some of the best Jazz musicians of the late 1980s including Butch Morris, Frank Wright, Billy Bang, Louis Moholo and Frank Lowe, organising events at his country mansion in Heimbach in 1990 involving installations by Lennie Lee, performances by Anna Homler and paintings by Christine Kuhn.

    A.R. Penck lives and works in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Dublin and New York.

    The exhibition, part of events marking the 125th anniversary of the German Consulate General in Thessaloniki, took place on Thursday evening in the absence of the artist himself, who was unable to make the journey due to health reasons.

    Photo: ANA-MPA/STR

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    [03] Greece not waiving rights

    ANA-MPA/In statements broadcast live by local radio station Vima on Monday, Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas replied to criticism of his position concerning attempts to claim to an Exclusive Economic Area (EEA) in the Aegean and stressed that Greece was not waiving any of its rights.

    "There is no danger of selling out any of Greece's sovereign rights. Let us be clear and categorical on this point, because many people have tried to play on people's fears, especially during a period when Greek society is in a state of insecurity due to the economic crisis. There is no such issue. Nor is it correct that the government does not want to claim an EEA," he emphasised.ana-mpa

    Droutsas pointed out that the government had repeatedly stated its intention to claim an EEA and had a clear plan for coming to such agreements on maritime zones with all its neighbours.

    "We have already signed an agreement with Albania, which due to certain obstacles within that country has not gone ahead at this time. We have been in negotiations for some time with others of our neighbours, such as Libya and Egypt, and for obvious reason such issues are not at the moment at the top of the agenda for those countries. In fact, a few weeks ago, I visited Egypt and spoke with my counterpart on this issue," the minister pointed out.

    Concerning Turkey, in particular, Droutsas noted that Greece had been in talks with Turkey for some time in order to delineate the contintental shelf in the Aegean.

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    [04] ASE opening: Rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Tuesday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 1.32 percent, standing at 1,367.79 points at 11:30 am, and turnover at 21.668 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving upward, with the biggest gains in Insurance, up 3.50 percent; Constructions, up 2.30 percent; and Banks, up 1.97 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Commerce, down 1.55 percent and Food and Beverages, down 0.92 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 1.62 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 0.26 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.62 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 40 were up, 25 were down, and 26 were unchanged.

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    [05] 'Charles de Gaulle' in Crete

    ANA-MPA/The aircraft carrier "Charles de Gaulle", flagship of the French Navy, sailed into the NATO pier of Marathi, in the port of Souda Bay on Crete on Monday morning.

    The nuclear-powered vessel, which set off from its home port of Toulon on March 20, is taking part in the operations in Libya and will remain in Souda until Saturday.

    The 38,000-ton Charles de Gaulle" has has two nuclear pressure water reactors that enable it to sail with a speed of 27 knots (50 km/h) with full autonomy, a length of 261.5 meters and a 261mX64m flight deck.ana-mpa

    It also has a crew of 1,150 people but due to its operational capacity also has 550 aircrew and 50 air support staff. It has an accommodation capacity of 1,950 plus short-term accommodation for 800 marines.

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