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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2004-08-25
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY Thessaloniki, August 25, 2004
[A] NATIONAL NEWS
[B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS
[A] NATIONAL NEWS
Five hours later the Men's Greek National Volleyball team will also face the US team to win a place in the quarterfinals. The other pairs will be Serbia/Montenegro-Russia, Brazil-Poland and Italy-Argentina.
The Men's Greek Basketball team is in the same phase, while the National Water Polo team is already in the semifinals and today will find out who its opponent will be tomorrow.
The Men's Greek National Handball team will battle for a place between the fifth and the eighth.
Mr. Alogoskoufis also expressed the certainty that the company, which has the responsibility for the management of the facilities, will go well.
This is the second Olympic medal for 36-year-old Kaklamanakis after the gold medal in Atlanta, while in Sydney he came sixth.
Israel's Gal Fridman won the gold and Britain's Nick Dempsey finished third winning the bronze medal.
The Greek athlete could have finished first if the first sailing race had not been cancelled.
The US Secretary of State will meet on Sunday afternoon with Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis, while he will also have meetings with his Greek counterpart Petros Moliviatis and PASOK President Giorgos Papandreou.
They will discuss the Cyprus issue, the Greek-Turkish relations, Turkey's European prospect and developments in the Balkans.
Marches will be held in Athens and Thessaloniki in protest for Colin Powell's visit.
On Monday, August 30 the Bulgarian Parliament President will meet with his Greek counterpart.
He made the statement when asked to comment on the protest events scheduled to take place in view of the imminent visit of US Secretary of State Colin Powell to Greece. Mr. Powell will watch the Olympic Games closing ceremony, while he will also have con sultations with the Greek government.
Of the stocks trading today, 174 had gains and 85 had losses, while the value of 144 stocks remained unchanged.
The Greek team's overall performance in the tournament was satisfactory given the fact that it reached the quarterfinals in its first ever appearance in Olympic Games.
The next opponent of the Greek team will be the loser in the game between Australia-New Zealand for positions seven and eight.
[B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Mercury News columnist Ann Killion in San Jose, California emphasizes in her article that the Greeks could demand an apology from the rest of the world. Instead, she writes, the Greeks just raise their shoulders and order another iced coffee.
She writes that the Greeks never doubted that they could pull off successful games and her article concludes with the words of a taxi driver in Athens to whom she confessed that she was impressed with the way the Olympic Games were organized. "But of cou rse, my dear lady!" responded the taxi driver, "What did you expect from us? After all, aren't we the ones who came up with the Olympic Games idea first?"
The big circulation US newspaper USA Today correspondent in Athens Michael Hiestand praises Greece for hosting flawless Olympic Games. He mentions that Greece should get the highest grade in terms of security, stressing that it spent about US$ 1.5 billio n in security and both athletes and spectators are protected in a discreet manner.
Regarding the Greek hospitality, the USA Today correspondent writes that Greece deserves to be praised, stressing that one will have to look very hard to find anti-American sentiments.
The two major US newspapers The Washington Times and The Washington Post focus on the athletes who were distinguished in the games so far and on the Greek pride for hosting successful games. The Washington Times referred extensively to weightlifter Pirro s Dimas writing characteristically that he lifted a whole nation on his shoulders.