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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-07-10

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] FinMin to Eurogroup: Greece will put programme back on track
  • [02] The Tuesday edition of Athens' dailies
  • [03] 'Antikythera Wreck' exhibition

  • [01] FinMin to Eurogroup: Greece will put programme back on track

    Brussels (AMNA/M. Aroni) -- Finance minister Yannis Stournaras assured the Eurogroup of the new Greek coalition government's intention to put the country's adjustment programme back on track, Eurogroup president Jean-Claude Juncker told a press conference in the early hours of Tuesday after the conclusion of a marathon 9-hour meeting of euro area finance ministers in Brussels.

    Juncker said that the eurozone finance ministers examined the first reports of the European Commission (EC), European Central Bank (ECB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) 'Troika' inspectors' reports and the Eurogroup will return to the Greek issue when the Troika completes its evaluation and drafts its final report on progress in the Greek programme.amna

    Replying to a relevant question, Juncker said that the Greek finance minister "did not make any requests" during the meeting for funding or a time extension of the target of reducing the fiscal deficit to the 3 percent ceiling.

    "I imagine that there are such requests on the Greek side", he added, noting that the relevant discussions will be postponed for September at the latest.

    On the Greek bond that expires on August 20, Juncker assured that the Eurogroup will find a solution.amna

    The eurozone ministers also renewed Juncker's term as Eurogroup president for another 2 1/2 years, but Juncker stated that he does not intend to complete the term and will step down at the end of the year.

    [02] The Tuesday edition of Athens' dailies

    The Tuesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The Eurogroup meeting decisions and the imminent changes in taxation as well as the cutbacks in special payrolls and the privatisations, mostly dominated the headlines on Tuesday in Athens' newspapers.

    AVGHI: "Vote of confidence for unemployment and recession".

    AVRIANI: "Prime Minister Antonis Samaras declares war on guilds".

    DIMOKRATIA: "Armed forces excluded from the new cutbacks in special payrolls".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Brussels' first sign for extension of loan repayment".

    ESTIA: "Troika justified - The gigantic privatisations programme".

    ETHNOS: "On the edge over August's loan installment".

    IMERISSIA: "Eurogroup's stern message: Last chance for reforms".

    KATHIMERINI: "Eurogroup: Meet the targets and then we will see".

    LOGOS: "Who will benefit from the changes in taxation".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: " A few weeks' deadline for return to the right track".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Aggressive popular movement against government's antipopular course".

    TA NEA: "Eurogroup's ultimatum to Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras: 'Implement the Memorandum and we will see'."

    [03] 'Antikythera Wreck' exhibition

    AMNA--An exhibition entitled "The wreck of Antikythera - The ship, the treasures, the Mechanism", open

    This is the first time that all the findings from the Antikythera wreck, dated between 60-50 BC, will be displayed together, while some of the items have never been displayed before.

    Sometime before Easter 1900, Elias Stadiatis, a Greek sponge diver, discovered the wreck of an ancient cargo ship off Antikythera Island at a depth of 42 m (138 ft). Sponge divers retrieved several statues and other artifacts from the site. 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. Examination revealed that the "rock" was in fact a heavily encrusted and corroded mechanism that had survived the shipwreck in three main parts and dozens of smaller fragments. The device itself was surprisingly thin, about 33 cm (13 in) high, 17 cm (6.7 in) wide, and 9 cm (3.5 in) thick, made of bronze and originally mounted in a wooden frame. It was inscribed with a text of over 2,000 characters, many of which have only just recently been deciphered.

    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 to about 150-100 BC. Technological artifacts of similar complexity appeared a thousand years later. ed at the Archaeological Museum in Athens on April 5 and will run for a year


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