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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-02-15

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  • [01] ND party leads SYRIZA by 1 pct, poll shows
  • [02] Dep. Sports Minister on IOC proposal to abolish wrestling from 2020 Olympic Games
  • [03] Parliament vote opens way to lease of state-owned islets
  • [04] The Friday edition of Athens' dailies
  • [05] Greek unemployment at new record-high of 27% in Nov.

  • [01] ND party leads SYRIZA by 1 pct, poll shows

    AMNA--The ruling New Democracy (ND) party leads the main opposition Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) by 1 percent, according to a poll carried out by the Alco company for the "Newsit" website.

    According to the poll, ND garners 21.2 percent of respondents' preferences and following are SYRIZA with 20.2, Golden Dawn (Chryssi Avghi) 9.4, PASOK 7.2, Independent Greeks 5, Communist Party of Greece (KKE) 4.8 and Democratic Left 4, while 5.3 expressed support for other parties.

    [02] Dep. Sports Minister on IOC proposal to abolish wrestling from 2020 Olympic Games

    Deputy Minister of Sports Yannis Ioannidis, in a letter on Thursday to International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge regarding the International Olympic Executive Board's proposal to abolish the Wrestling event from the 2020 Olympic Games programme, expressed the Greek people's feelings on and respect for the history of wrestling, requesting the continuation of the wrestling event in the Olympic Games.

    In his letter, Ioannidis stressed that wrestling is closely connected with Greece and the Ancient Olympic Games, underlining that the history, the tradition and the social consensus that characterize it should not be sacrificed on the altar of ratings, the media and commercialization.

    [03] Parliament vote opens way to lease of state-owned islets

    AMNA--Parliament on Thursday passed an amendment allowing the lease of Greece's state-owned islets with 166 votes in favour, in a roll-call vote requested by main opposition Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA-EKM). Under the amendment, such islets cannot be sold but only leased, provided the lease is approved by the national defence ministry, the citizen protection and public order ministry and the general staffs of all three branches of the Armed Forces.

    Of the 252 MPs that cast their vote, there were 84 'no' votes from main opposition SYRIZA MPs, Golden Dawn (Chryssi Avgi) and Communist Party of Greece (KKE) MPs, and five of the nine Independent Greeks party MPs that took part in the vote. PASOK MP Apostolos Kaklamanis and independent MP Thodoros Parastatidis abstained. amna

    The amendment tabled by National Defence Minister Panos Panagiotopoulos was introduced to quell concerns that the state ownership of islets, especially those in border areas, could be transferred to individuals.amna

    Panagiotopoulos clarified that the changes in the wording of the measures were made so that there were no margins for "either unintentional misunderstandings or deliberate distortions," following SYRIZA's claims of "an attempt to sell off thousands of state-owned islets".

    [04] The Friday edition of Athens' dailies

    The Friday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    AVGHI: "Multiplier of poverty - After European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Issues Olli Rehn, Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras and IMF rule out the prospect of 'correcting the mistake'."

    DIMOKRATIA: "SOS! Unemployment hits 30%".

    EFIMERIDA TON SYNTAKTON: "In the vortex of recession".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Shocking reversal: 3,642,102 labourers, 4,690,193 jobless".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Unemployment sinks Greece".

    ESTIA: "Who is responsible for the 'mistake'."

    ETHNOS: "Red card to the fiasco in the public sector - Inertia for changes brings back the layoffs nightmare".

    IMERISSIA: "Six in ten heads of major Greek enterprises 'see' recovery".

    KATHIMERINI: "Record in recession and unemployment".

    LOGOS: "Unemployment out of control".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Recession and unemployment combination is explosive".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Struggle for protection of unemployed and work for everyone".

    TA NEA: "The shipwreck brings...layoffs".

    VRADYNI: "Farmers' retirement age at 62- Labour Minister preannounced favourable changes".

    6 DAYS: "Multiplier of continuous unemployment".

    [05] Greek unemployment at new record-high of 27% in Nov.

    AMNA--Greece's unemployment rate rose to a new all-time record of 27 pct of the workforce in November, with the number of unemployed people totaling 1,350,181, the Hellenic Statistical Authority said on Thursday.

    The statistics service, in a report, said that unemployment among young people, aged 15-24, surpassed 60 pct (61.7 pct) for an increase of 11.6 points in 12 months, while the Attica region was unemployment 'champion' among the country's regions, with an unemployment rate of 29 pct.amna

    The unemployment rate was 20.8 pct in November 2011 and 26.6 pct in October 2012. The number of employed people totaled 3,642,102 in November, down 265,584 compared with November 2011 (a decline of 6.8 pct), or down by 0.8 pct compared with October 2012. Unemployment was higher among women (31.1 pct compared with a 24 pct among men). The 15-24 age group recorded the highest unemployment rate (61.7 pct), followed by the 25-34 age group (36.2 pct), the 35-44 group (23.3 pct), the 45-54 group (19.8 pct), the 55-64 group (15.3 pct) and the 65-74 age group (10 pct).amna

    Attica (29 pct), Epirus-Western Macedonia (28.2 pct), Macedonia-Thrace (27.2 pct), Thessaly (26.7 pct), Peloponnese (24.5 pct), Crete (21.1 pct) and the Aegean (20.1 pct) recorded the highest unemployment rates among the country's regions.

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