Tampakos took the silver with a score of 9,762 after an impressive routine ending with a double somersault and a perfect landing.
The drivers are also expressing their opposition to the government's decision to "open" their profession, a "closed-shop" one, by no longer requiring a special license. This, the drivers say, will open the gates of competition, which means lower prices and improved services.
The strike could seriously disrupt transport and other services in scenes resembling protests in northern Europe earlier this month. At the same time, the oil's surging international price, in conjunction with the increasing exchange parity of the U.S. dollar against the drachma, are expected to cause the prices of numerous products to rise.
According to the Minister of National Economy and Finance Yiannos Papantoniou, the government is examining the possibility of implementing measures to support lower income groups, if the dollar and fuel prices continue to soar. If given the green light, the measures will be taken within the context of the new state budget for next year.
Prime Minister Costas Simitis has repeatedly warned that harsh penalties will be imposed on anyone found to be exploiting the current situation by profiteering.
Greece's Deputy Sports Minister George Floridis and Australian Sports Committee executive director Jim Ferguson signed the he memorandum which anticipates, among others, the transfer of know-how, mutual visits by sports officials, the exchange of sports training programs and information on developing sports, sports research, organizing joint symposiums, conferences and conventions and promoting trade relations between the two countries in the framework of organizing the Olympic Games.
After the signing ceremony, Mr. Floridis hosted a dinner in honor of the Australian officials at the Athens 2004 Organizing Committee's hospitality center.
The Greek athletes have once again made us proud, Ms. Daskalaki-Aggelopoulos stated, adding that "this means arduous efforts, unwavering commitment to the target".
This, she said, should give us the impetus to proceed towards the 2004 Games united, focused on the future and produce similar results.
"In spite of the hurdles they had to face, the Australians managed to how a united Australia," Ms. Daskalaki-Aggelopoulos said, "above all expectations, and which gave an excellent example to Greece."
When asked if Greece will be able to organize a better Olympics, having had the experience of Sydney's exemplary organization, the president of "Athens 2004" responded that "if we manage to achieve such organization in the Athens Games, which will also coincide with the Games;' return to Greece, them it will be something unprecedented. Everything we see around us has to become a lesson to all of us."
Accompanied by his wife, Natasha, who also signed the petition, Mr. Karamanlis told journalists outside a church in the Athens suburb of Aghia Paraskevi that Greeks have the inalienable right to do what their consciences dictated and protest government decisions.
Archbishop of Athens and all of Greece Christodoulos told a congregation yesterday in Ilioupolis, Athens, that they should "not substitute the Church's umbrella with nylon or multi-colored umbrellas."
Mr. Avdis, a lawyer who enjoyed wide respect across the political spectrum, was elected to Parliament in 1996 on the Greek Communist Party (KKE) ticket, but resigned in 1997 to run for mayor of Athens.
His platform included improving living conditions in run-down areas and creating bicycle lanes in the capital.
Prime Minister Costas Simitis, opposition leader Costas Karamanlis and the KKE expressed their condolences.
The two majestic animals were kept at the zoo of Florina, which recently shut down. Thanks to the efforts of the Born Free Foundation, an international wildlife charity, the two lions will be transported by plane to England where they will be taken to a man-made jungle.
The process will comprise two phases, commencing with the international strategic partnership and ending with the listing of ELTA shares on the Athens bourse.
According to the National Economy and Finance Ministry's plans, the French, German, Dutch and British postal services have all expressed an interest in the partnership and are expected to submit non-binding bids within October. A short list will precede the binding bids.
Valued at GRD80-100 billion, ELTA's revenue during the first half of 2000 amounted to approximately GRD59.6 billion, a 7.6 billion increase from last year's comparable time period.
Mr. Kedikoglou made known his decision to leave PASOK with a letter addressed to the president, the party's executive bureau and parliament president Apostolos Kaklamanis.
Of the stocks trading today 217 recorded gains, 119 had losses and 38 remained unchanged.
Greek foreign ministry circles stated that for the moment there is no clear picture of the election results. However, according to information from Belgrade, Milosevic is clearly ahead in Montenegro and Kosovo with a 6 to 1 ratio, while in other cities opposition candidate Voiclav Kostunica gets over 60% of the votes.
Meanwhile, Mr. Papandreou left for Sydney today where he will stay until October 1 accompanied by general secretary of Greeks living abroad Dimitris Dollis.
Mr. Abdullah stated that there was a progress made in Camp David and the proof of this success was that the Israelis agreed to put on the negotiating table all the issues dividing the two sides. He said that they agreed to discuss the issue of Jerusalem, the return of the refugees, the Jewish settlements, borders and security. This is regarded as a step on the road to success. The second step in the same direction is for Israel to recognize the principles based on which peace talks had started namely, to withdraw from all the territories it occupied in 1967, as it did in the front of Egypt and Jordan, the full implementation of the UN Security Council decisions as it already happened in the fronts with Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt, and as they have already promised that they will be implemented in the front of Syria as well as, the implementation of the UN Security Council decision 194 for the return of the refugees, stressed Mr. Abdullah. The Palestinian diplomat also underlined that the Israelis while initially were categorically denying to discuss certain issues slowly give way reaching a point where they discuss issues that until recently were forbidden for them.
Israel can not continue for ever to disregard the UN decisions as those decisions are the decisions of all member- nations, including those which support Israel like the United States. This means that there is a progress in their positions but this progress is not enough. There will be a solution because it is to the interest of the Palestinians, the Israelis and all the people in the region. However, whether this solution is close it depends on how much the Israeli leadership is willing to recognize reality. Always, the Israeli governments move with a very slow pace. It took 22 years for them to withdraw from South Lebanon and they paid the cost dearly both in material and in human terms, added Mr. Abdullah.
Referring to the issue of east Jerusalem, which is a thorn in the peace negotiations, Mr. Abdullah pointed out that the implementation of the UN decision 242 means the withdrawal of the Israeli forces from all those regions. He said that since the year 636 when the city came under the Arab control it became the center of Palestine and it continues to be until today. Jerusalem will return as a capital of the state of Palestine. Jerusalem is the center of culture, economy, politics and religion. The Palestinians say that "there can be no Palestinians without Palestine and no Palestine without Jerusalem". He said that Jerusalem is not regarded as just the capital of the Palestinians but the third holy place for over one billion Muslims. It is the spiritual center for all the Palestinians, Christians and Muslims. For the Palestinian Christians it is the holiest place. This is the position occupied by Jerusalem in the conscience of every Palestinian regardless of being Muslim or Christian, stated the Palestinian ambassador.
Referring to the context of the Simitis-Arafat talks in New York, Mr. Abdullah stated that Mr. Simitis shares a long friendship with Mr. Arafat. Greece has a historic place in backing the rights of the Palestinians and about a month ago, Greek foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou had stated clearly that the Palestinian state will be recognized as soon as it will be declared.
The statement was made when Mr. Reppas was asked to comment on the Yugoslav elections that were held yesterday.
The exhibition will last until October 1 and will cover a space of 13.150 square meters with a record number of participants, both direct and indirect exhibitors from Greece and abroad.
INFOSYSTEM is the biggest exhibition in the sector of computer systems in south-eastern Europe and last year it was visited by 54.395 people most of them professionals from Greece and abroad.
There was an explosion and the airplane flew in circles above the sea in order to empty its fuel reservoirs before returning to the airport where it landed safely.
The airplane's 238 passengers were unharmed.
As the Yugoslav news agency Tanjug reported, Mr. Papoulias stated that "the Greek government and I personally are opposed to sanctions imposed on Yugoslavia and ask for their immediate lift."
Meanwhile, the spokesperson of the U.S. Democratic Party Chris Spyrou also seconded Mr. Papoulias view on the elections, by stating that he did not notice any irregularities in the voting process.
"The present conditions allow the voters to freely and democratically express their will," he characteristically stated.
Mr. Papoulias, who was personally invited by the neighboring country, was also accompanied by a parliamentary delegation.
The Greek water polo national team will face Holland in the fourth round of the preliminaries and will try to qualify for the next phase of the event.
In the synchronized swimming, Christina Thalassinidou and Despina Theodoridou will compete in the finals and will try to win a medal.
In the diving competition, Thomas Bibis and Nikos Siranidis, will represent Greece, while in the sailing competition the Greek champions will continue their efforts for a place among the top three.
In a statement issued by the French EU presidency it is stressed that the high participation of the voters in the elections shows that the people want to take destiny into their own hands. The Yugoslav people wanted to express their views in spite of the intimidation and the pressures exerted by the Milosevic regime before and during the elections.
According to the statement, the EU is in close contact with the United States, Russia, the UN mission in Kosovo and the OSCE..