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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-06-09

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Mid-term programme probably tabled on Thur.
  • [02] Tourism turnover plunged
  • [03] Teen hacker charged
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Mid-term programme probably tabled on Thur.

    ANA-MPA/The mid-term fiscal restructuring programme will probably be tabled in Parliament late on Thursday, with debate set to begin on Tuesday, according to reports late Wednesday evening in the wake of a ruling PASOK party political council meeting.

    A vote is tentatively scheduled on June 28, according to reports ascribed to Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou. ana-mpa

    Ratification of the programme -- which will reportedly include new austerity measures, creation of a state property fund and privatisations -- by Parliament is imperative for the continued funding of the country via the 110-billion-euro EC-ECB-IMF bailout package.

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

    [02] Tourism turnover plunged

    ANA-MPA/Turnover in the Greek tourism sector plunged by nearly 21 percent in the first quarter of the year against the corresponding period in 2010, according to figures released on Wednesday by the independent Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).

    The turnover index in the Tourism Sector, during the 1st quarter 2011 as compared to the 1st quarter 2010, decreased by 20.6%, while the index for the corresponding period of 2010 as compared to 2009 increased by 2.9%.ana-mpa

    The turnover Index in the Tourism Sector, during the 1st quarter 2011 as compared to the 4th quarter 2010, decreased by 23.1% against a decrease of 18.5% recorded when comparing the corresponding period of year 2010.

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

    [03] Teen hacker charged

    ANA-MPA/An 18-year-old suspected of hacking into the websites of Interpol, the NSA, FBI, Greek Police and U.S. Pentagon at the age of just 15 was on Wednesday led before an Athens first-instance court prosecutor and charged with criminal offences that included possession of an explosive device, possession of weapons and forgery.

    Described as a 'genius', 18-year-old Alexander was arrested at his home in Agios Dimitrios, based on an international arrest warrant issued in 2008. The charges against him are based on evidence uncovered by police while searching his home and indicate that he may be actively involved with militant anti-establishment groups or even a domestic terrorist organisation.ana-mpa

    The main body of charges against him has not yet been sent to Greek courts, however, and concern his activities as a cracker under the alias 'nsplitter'. These include the 'cracking' of Interpol's website in February 2008 - when he was just 15 - that was the first hit that made 'nsplitter' known in cracking circles. There followed attacks on the webpage of the National Security Agency (NSA), FBI and Pentagon in February 2009.

    Greek police have indicated that U.S. authorities are likely to seek his extradition while a team of FBI agents is due to arrive from Washington in order to meet him.

    Police said the 18-year-old used his home in working-class Agios Dimitrios as his headquarters and that he was possibly also involved in credit-card fraud. Apart from managing a portfolio of 48 companies listed on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), authorities say that he may have made more than 500,000 euros by stealing the data of credit-card holders.

    In a specially designed hiding place cut out of the pages of a book, police found the sum of 7,850 euro and 300 dollars, cheques from foreign banks made out to the sum of 20,000 euro and 130 credit cards that the young man used using different names each time.

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

    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Thursday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The mid-term fiscal restructuring programme, looming tax measures and European Commission's calls for consensus between Greek political parties mostly dominated the headlines on Thursday in Athens' dailies.

    AVGHI: "SOS" vis-a-vis the economic crisis.

    AVRIANI: "State budget and target to curtail country's debt has failed 100 percent".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Extraordinary surcharge for all citizens".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Poll tax against all taxpayers".

    ESTIA: " Unbelievable incompetence".

    ETHNOS : "Cost-of-living and poll taxes".

    IMERISSIA: "Window for extension (of payoff period)".

    KATHIMERINI: "Pressure for consensus".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Support without room for failure in the implementation".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Barrier to public utilities and organisations sell-off".

    TA NEA: "Extraordinary contribution and new cost-of-living indices".

    VRADYNI: "EU call for submission to Memorandum".

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


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