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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-12-29

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  • [01] Winter hiking at Prespes-area ski resort
  • [02] Athens Stock Exchange opening: Rise
  • [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Winter hiking at Prespes-area ski resort

    AMNA--A unique, by Greek standards, winter activity, complete with hiking in snow-covered forests in traditional snow shoes, leggings and ski sticks, was inaugurated at the ski resort of Vigla, in the mountainous part of Florina, in northwest Greece.

    "The walk in the snow-covered forest with snow shoes is something new in the region, despite the fact that in other countries to see it more often. This activity is safe, because it reduces the chances of a hiker sinking into the snow; there are no special knowledge or experience need, such as skiing, and it is particularly liked, especially by children," according to Marie Archer, a French national and tour guide who has resided permanently in the region for the past five years. amna

    The verdant region is best known for the Prespes Lakes habitat and several pristine peaks on Greece's border with Albania and the one-time Yugoslavia.

    Tours around the resort include lectures on local flora and fauna as well as on local wise tales and legends. amna

    [02] Athens Stock Exchange opening: Rise

    AMNA--Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade onThursday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 0.53 percent, standing at 673.04 points at 11:00 am, and turnover at 1.635 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving upward nearly across the board, with the biggest gains in Banks, up 1.26 percent; and Food and Beverages, up 0.74 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Financial Services, down 1.84 percent and Raw Materials, down 1.01 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 0.24 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 0.20 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.93 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 17 were up, 20 were down, and 10 were unchanged.

    [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Thursday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Changes in the tax codes and the resignation of two top appeals court prosecutors assigned to financial crimes cases mostly dominated the headlines on Thursday.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Explosion in justice system!"

    AVGHI: "Political and economic scandal against justice system".

    DIMOKRATIA: "Resistance by judicial officials".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Corrupt para-state chased out another two prosecutors".

    ESTIA: "Overtime tax imposers".

    ETHNOS: "Increased evidence of standard of living a new burden for households".

    IMERISSIA: " 'Burning' new standard of living receipts".

    KATHIMERINI: "Economic crimes prosecutors resign".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Tax mechanism failing".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "24-hour strike on Jan. 17".

    TA NEA: "New standards of living statements - Taxes for 2011 incomes".

    VRADYNI: "Debts : Six secrets for relief".

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