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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-08-24

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

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  • [01] Paleokastritsa's fabulous 'deep blue'
  • [02] Registered unemployed up 1.82%

  • [01] Paleokastritsa's fabulous 'deep blue'

    ANA-MPA/The crystal-clear waters, the underwater caves and trenches, all amid the prism of innumerable colours created when sunlight penetrates the sea, come together in Paleokastritsa, on the Ionian island of Corfu's western coast.

    For aficionados of the "deep blue", a dive club was first founded in 1963, as the Barracuda Club Korfu, by Joachim Bergan. The club's legendary dive boat, the Barracuda III, still operates today, even if the club's name and management has changed over the years.ana-mpa

    The most spectacular dive spots lie between five and 20 minutes from the coast, including the Kolobri trench, replete with arch-like rock formations, small underwater caves and deep rifts. Other highlights are the Hermones shipwreck, a British mine-sweeper that sank in 1945 when it struck a mine; the Skeloudi site, located beneath the huge cliffs where the Paleokastritsa Monastery is perched, and where divers below can swim amongst various kind of sealife.

    Paleokastritsa and its eponymous cove are located 15 kilometres northwest of the town of Corfu. The village itself is situated amid characteristic scenery of olive trees and small ravines leading to the crystal clear waters. ana-mpa

    The turquoise waters of the sea and the sandy beaches along with the cove make Paleokastritsa one of the best known sites on cosmopolitan Corfu.

    [02] Registered unemployed up 1.82%

    ANA-MPA/The number of registered unemployed people totaled 699,658 in July, the Manpower Employment Organization (OAED) announced on Tuesday, which translates into an increase of 1.82 percent in comparison with June 2011.

    The agency, in a report, said that 41.30 percent of unemployed people are men (288,961) and 58.70 percent women (410,697).

    Unemployment in the 30-54 age group accounted for 62.70 percent of registered unemployment in the country; in the age group below 30 the rate was 28.09 percent, while in the age group above 55 the rate was 9.21 percent.ana-mpa

    Greek citizens accounted for 93.05 percent of unemployed people, while non-EU third country nationals accounted for 5.68 percent and EU citizens 1.27 percent.ana-mpa

    The number of wage-earners receiving unemployment benefit totaled 205,534 in July, up 3.64 percent from June. New hirings totaled 81,773, down 19.86 percent in comparison with June 2011 and down 12.07 percent compared with July 2010. Lay-offs totaled 55,520 in July, down 23.20 percent from June 2011 and 11.20 percent down from July 2010.


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