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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-04-05

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Crisis increased discrimination against women
  • [02] PPC management,union charged with embezzlement
  • [03] Antikythera wreck exhibition in Athens
  • [04] Roberto Benigni honoured

  • [01] Crisis increased discrimination against women

    AMNA--A special report on gender discrimination in the workplace released on Wednesday by the Greek ombudsman found that complaints of discrimination against women in the private sector had increased 53 percent in 2011, up from 37 percent in 2010, due to the economic crisis and the demands of the Memorandums.

    The report also noted an increase in the number of calls from people seeking to learn their labour rights against a background of mass lay-offs in both the public and private sector, in which many companies replaced permanent employees with staff having more precarious labour relations, such as part-time or 'rented' staff and even by contracting out activities.amna

    According to the ombudsman, a higher percentage of women were being pushed into accepting these more flexible forms of employment.

    [02] PPC management,union charged with embezzlement

    AMNA--The managements of the Public Power Corporation (PPC) between 1999-2010 but also the leadership of the PPC trade union GENOP and the Organisation for the Social Activities of Employees (OKDE) were on Wednesday charged with embezzlement and breach of faith by two public prosecutors that investigating subsidies amounting to millions of euro given to the trade union.

    The preliminary investigation was conducted after Public Administration General Inspector Leandors Rakintzis concluded that excessive funds had been given to the union by the PPC.

    [03] Antikythera wreck exhibition in Athens

    AMNA--All the findings of the Antikythera wreck, including the Antikythera Mechanism, will be on display at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens for a year within the framework of the exhibition entitled "The wreck of Antikythera - The ship, the treasures, the Mechanism" that will run until April 2013.

    Speaking in a press conference ahead of the formal opening of the exhibition on Thursday, the museum's director stated that many of the 378 findings, dated between 60-50 BC, will be displayed together for the first time, while others have never been on display before. amna

    The most famous of the findings, the Antikythera Mechanism, is believed to be an ancient mechanical calculator (also described as a "mechanical computer") designed to calculate astronomical positions. It was discovered in the Antikythera wreck off the Greek island of Antikythera, between Kythera and Crete, and has been dated back to 150-100 BC. Technological artifacts of similar complexity appeared a thousand years later.

    The wreck was discovered sometime before Easter 1900 by sponge divers. The mechanism itself was discovered on May 17, 1901, when archaeologist Valerios Stais noticed that a piece of rock recovered from the site had a gear wheel embedded in it.

    [04] Roberto Benigni honoured

    Academy Award winning Italian actor, comedian, screenwriter and director of film, theatre and television Roberto Benigni was proclaimed honourary professor of the Thessaloniki Aristotle University, Department of Italian Language and Literature, during a ceremony on Wednesday evening.

    Benigni thanked, in Greek, the university for the honour bestowed to him. He also referred to the present economic crisis saying that "it is not Greece that owes, but the the entire world and Europe owe everything to Greece."

    The Italian actor spoke on the theme "Dante, Divine Comedy. Interpretation and comments on Inferno's Canto XI".


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