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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-05-24

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  • [01] Samaras: Think and vote with 'Greece in a changing Europe'
  • [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines
  • [03] Athens Stock Exchange opening: Decline
  • [04] Four-month-old bear cub found in NW Greece

  • [01] Samaras: Think and vote with 'Greece in a changing Europe'

    AMNA-- New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras urged the Greek people to think and vote based on the criterion of 'Greece in a changing Europe', in an interview on private Antenna television station on Thursday morning.

    He warned that a prospective Greek exit from the euro would be an "act of suicide", and outlined the dangers that such an eventuality would entail for the citizens.amna

    Noting the contacts he had in Brussels on Wednesday on the sidelines of the European People's Party (EPP) summit and the climate that prevailed at Wednesday's informal EU summit, Samaras expressed his conviction that Europe is starting to change its perspective on Greece. "Abrogation of the Memorandum means exit from the euro. Europe is giving a message of change. We are building a new Greece, and they (SYRIZA) are demolishing it," Samaras said.

    [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Thursday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Wednesday's informal EU Summit in Brussels and EU country members' wish to Greece to remain in the eurozone provided it fulfills its commitments and speculations of EU's contingency plans in the event of Greece's exit from the eurozone, dominated the headlines on Thursday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Unbelievable benefits still remain in public sector!!".

    AVGHI: "Anti-labour laws being suspended".

    AVRIANI: "SYRIZA full speed ahead for self-sufficient government".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "First rift on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's wall".

    ESTIA: "Fear may save - Where the June 17 elections will be decided".

    ETHNOS: "EU leaders unsheathed their knives at the dinner".

    IMERISSIA: "'Map exercise' on Greek exit from the eurozone".

    KATHIMERINI: "EU supports Greece but also prepares plan B".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Development will be supported if the agreements are adhered to".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Strong Communist Party (KKE), now - ND and PASOK do not change - Do not trust SYRIZA".

    TA NEA: "Rendez-vous for June for the eurobond".

    VRADYNI: "GREXIT: Scenarios on Greece's exit from eurozone".

    [03] Athens Stock Exchange opening: Decline

    AMNA--Equity prices were declining at the opening of trade on Thursday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index down 0.53 percent, standing at 523.58 points at 11:00 am, and turnover at 3.405 million euros.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was down 0.45 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 0.91 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.16 percent.

    Individual sector indices were moving downward, with the biggest gains in Health, up 5.02 percent and in Financial Services, up 1.04 percent.amna

    The biggest losses were in Travel and Recreation, down 2.42 percent; and Oil and Gas, down 1.81 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 14 were up, 23 were down, and 14 were unchanged.

    [04] Four-month-old bear cub found in NW Greece

    AMNA--A four-month-old male bear cub was found in the area of Krania, Grevena prefecture by a passing driver who alerted the non-governmental Arcturos wildlife conservation organisation.amna

    Despite instructions by an Arcturos rescue team that the obviously worn out stray cub be placed in a fenced-in area until it was picked up, the cub was taken to nearby Krania village square where children petted it and had pictures taken with it. "This is not proper practice because wild animals should not come into such close contact with people, Arcturos public relations director Vasso Petridou explained to AMNA.

    It is very likely that the cub had been roaming around on its own for several days without food, because it weighs just 3.5 kilos when the normal weight for its age is over 8 kilos. The cub was returned to a neighbouring forested area in an attempt for it to find its way back its mother, however without any result after 36 hours, during which the cub was closely monitored.amna

    The cub was subsequently taken to the Arcturos veterinary station for wild animals in Florina, where the difficult task of nurturing it began.

    "This is a very difficult attempt, since the chances of such a young bear cub surviving are slim, even under the care of specialists. Bear cubs stay with their mothers for two whole years in order to learn how to survive in the wild on their own," Petridou said, but on a more optimistic note she cited the cases of two orphaned cubs, Little John and Nikitas, which were successfully reintroduced to the wild earlier this year.amna

    As for the cub's name...Arcturos invites interested potential 'godparents' to visit the organisation's site on Facebook ( and make their own suggestions.

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