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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-04-01

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Metaferia wins Alexander the Great Marathon
  • [02] 17 investors state interest in DEPA privatisation
  • [03] Earth Hour observed in Greece

  • [01] Metaferia wins Alexander the Great Marathon

    AMNA--The 7th International Alexander the Great Marathon was held in northern Greece on Sunday, with Teklu Geto Metaferia from Ethiopia placing first, finishing the 42.195 kilometer course in 2 hours, 18 minutes and 44 seconds.

    The Marathon, which sets off from Pella, birthplace of Alexander the Great and finishes near the White Tower in Thessaloniki, the last capital of Ancient Macedonia, was first held in 2006.

    The Alexander the Great Marathon received IAAF Bronze Label Road Race status in 2010, and is an AIMS (Association of International Marathon and Distance Races) certified race.

    In addition to the Marathon, the day's events include 5km and 10km 'fun run' road races, as well as a 1,000 meter (1km) charity run for primary school pupils.

    Second place in the Marathon was won by Dimitrios Tsiounis of Greece with a time of 2:36:38 and third place by Antonis Papadimitriou of Greece with 2:38:28, while the first woman to cross the finish line was Alina Nituleasa from Romania (12th in overall standing) with 2:56:33.

    [02] 17 investors state interest in DEPA privatisation

    AMNA--A total of 17 investors from 12 countries submitted expressions of interest in the privatisation of the Public Gas Corporation (DEPA) S.A. and its subsidiary Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator (DESFA S.A.), the deadline for which expired on Friday evening, the Hellenic Republic Public Asset Development Fund (HRADF) announced on Saturday.

    HRADF said that interest was expressed by 17 investors originating from 12 countries, seven of them outside the eurozone, adding that investors expressed interest in DEPA and DESFA separately, and also in the DEPA/DESFA Group.

    HRADF further said that it will evaluate the fulfillment of legal and financial conditions by each candidate and will announce which qualified interested parties will be invited to submit their indicative offers.

    The preselected parties will be asked to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement, prior to receiving the Information Memorandum in addition to the documents describing the procedure for the submission of indicative proposals.

    DEPA Group is active in the wholesale, trading and supply of natural gas to large customers through the parent company DEPA S.A. Through DESFA S.A., the DEPA Group owns and operates the regulated high pressure gas transport network and LNG re-gasification facilities in Greece. Through its 51% ownership of the regional distribution and supply companies, the DEPA Group is also active in the distribution and supply of natural gas to residential customers and SMEs. The DEPA Group is also active in key international transit pipeline projects such as the Greece-Italy Interconnector, Greece-Bulgaria Interconnector and South Stream.

    [03] Earth Hour observed in Greece

    AMNA-Earth Hour was observed throughout Greece on Saturday evening, with the lights switched off at 8:30 p.m. for one hour at the country's monuments and museums, as well as at state and local government buildings and in households across the country.

    Earth Hour, a global initiative led by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), encourages individuals around the world to shut off their lights on Saturday, March 31, for one hour, beginning at 8:30 p.m. in each time zone, in an effort to raise awareness for comate change and to encourage support for environmentally sustainable action.

    In Athens, the most impressive sight was the "lights-out" at the Greek capital's landmark monument, the Acropolis.


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