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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-12-28

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Minor earthquakes in Florina, Patras
  • [02] Authorities provisionally seize half Karaiskaki Stadium against claims on former Proton Bank
  • [03] Alpha Bank approves 150-mln-euro convertible bond issue‏
  • [04] Contract signed for extension of 'Macedonia' airport runway
  • [05] Seferis photos on show in Milan

  • [01] Minor earthquakes in Florina, Patras

    AMNA--Two minor earthquakes were recorded in the southwest area of Patras and the northern city of Florina early on Friday morning, without any damages reported.

    The first earthquake measured 3.8 on the Richter scale and occurred at 1.20 a.m., the Athens Observatory's Geodynamic Institute said, and was followed by a series of aftershocks. Its epicentre was 6 km east of Patras. amna

    According to the Aristotle University Seismological station, Florina's earthquake was recorded at 7.50 a.m. and measured 3.4 on the Richter scale, with its epicentre 2 kilometres north of the city.

    [02] Authorities provisionally seize half Karaiskaki Stadium against claims on former Proton Bank

    AMNA--The examining magistrate assigned the case against former banker Lavrentis Lavrentiadis on Thursday ordered the provisional seizure of a 50 percent share of Karaiskaki Stadium, the home ground of the Piraeus-based premier-league football team Olympiakos.

    Magistrate Ioanna Hatzaki agreed with the proposal of first-instance court public prosecutor Ioannis Dragatsis, who asked for the seizure of the share in the stadium owned by Lavrentiadis, the main suspect in the case involving bad loans made by Proton Bank, and businessman Antonis Rogopoulos who is also implicated in the affair.amna

    The decision was made in order that the claims of the former bank's shareholders, who suffered losses as a result of the bad loans amounting to 700 million euro given by Proton Bank to enterprises controlled by its CEO Lavrentiadis

    [03] Alpha Bank approves 150-mln-euro convertible bond issue‏

    AMNA--An Alpha Bank repeat extraordinary general shareholders' meeting on Thursday approved a board plan to issue a convertible bond loan up to 150 million euros. The bond loan will be covered by Credit Agricole SA through a private placement. The convertible bond issue is part of a strategic agreement between Alpha Bank and Credit Agricole to buy the French group's subsidiary in Greece, Emporiki Bank.

    [04] Contract signed for extension of 'Macedonia' airport runway

    AMNA--The contract has been signed for the project concerning the upgrading of the endurance of the land section of runway 10-28 of the Thessaloniki state airport "Macedonia" that is expected to be completed in 20 months at the latest.

    The constructor will be ETETH S.A. with a financial offer of 25,188,400 euros and its funding is taking place by the Operational Programme "Strengthening Access".amna

    Commenting on the development, Alternate Development Minister St. Kaloyiannis said "the airport of Thessaloniki is of major importance for the functioning and development not only of the city of Thessaloniki but of all of Macedonia as well".

    [05] Seferis photos on show in Milan

    AMNA--Photographs taken by Nobel Prize winner poet George Seferis between 1920 and 1971, will go on show at Milan's central library in the Palazzo Sormani from January 17 to February 16.amna

    Titled "Through the lens of George Seferis", the exhibit will be based on 2,000 photos in the archive of the National Bank of Greece's Cultural Foundation (MIET) donated by the poet's wife Maro in 1984 and his daughter Anna Londou in 1999. The photos cover Seferis' student years in Paris to his death in 1971.


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