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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2004-08-25

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From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.


MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY Thessaloniki, August 25, 2004

SECTIONS

  • [A] NATIONAL NEWS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] GREECE VERSUS THE US
  • [02] THE OLYMPIC GAMES FACILITIES WILL BE USED FOR THE PROMOTION OF CULTURE
  • [03] SILVER MEDAL FOR KAKLAMANAKIS
  • [04] COLIN POWELL TO VISIT ATHENS
  • [05] THE BULGARIAN PARLIAMENT PRESIDENT IN ATHENS FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES
  • [06] THE GOV'T SPOKESMAN ON POWELL'S VISIT
  • [07] GAINS IN THE ASE
  • [08] THE US DEFEATED GREECE IN THE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [09] THE US MASS MEDIA APOLOGIZE TO THE GREEKS FOR THEIR CRITICISM BEFORE THE OLYMPIC GAMES NEWS IN DETAILS

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] GREECE VERSUS THE US The Women's Greek National Basketball Team will give a "fight" at 2:30 pm today for a place in the semifinals when it will face the US team.

    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.

  • [02] THE OLYMPIC GAMES FACILITIES WILL BE USED FOR THE PROMOTION OF CULTURE Greek Minister of Finance Giorgos Alogoskoufis speaking in the Greek service of the BBC on the way the Olympic facilities will be used after the games stated that the goal is to be exploited in the best possible way, meaning for the benefit of culture, a dding that if this way we'll be able to pay for they maintenance as well it will be even better.

    Mr. Alogoskoufis also expressed the certainty that the company, which has the responsibility for the management of the facilities, will go well.

  • [03] SILVER MEDAL FOR KAKLAMANAKIS Greece's Nikos Kaklamanakis won the silver medal in sailing in the Men's Mistral class today.

    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.

  • [04] COLIN POWELL TO VISIT ATHENS US Secretary of State Colin Powell will have talks covering all issues in Athens. Mr. Powell will visit Greece for the first time and will watch the Olympic Games closing ceremony.

    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.

  • [05] THE BULGARIAN PARLIAMENT PRESIDENT IN ATHENS FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES The Bulgarian Parliament President will depart for Athens on Friday to attend the sports events in which Bulgarian athletes are among those competing for a medal, while on Sunday he will attend the Olympic Games closing ceremony.

    On Monday, August 30 the Bulgarian Parliament President will meet with his Greek counterpart.

  • [06] THE GOV'T SPOKESMAN ON POWELL'S VISIT The freedom of expression is a constitutionally protected right in Greece. We are certain that the protesters will take under consideration that the Olympic Games are held in our country and they will protect its image and prestige, stated Greek governme nt spokesman Thodoris Rousopoulos.

    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.

  • [07] GAINS IN THE ASE Gains were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange today. The general index rose to +1.08% at 2282.26 points, while the volume of transactions was at 88.5 million euros.

    Of the stocks trading today, 174 had gains and 85 had losses, while the value of 144 stocks remained unchanged.

  • [08] THE US DEFEATED GREECE IN THE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL The Women's Greek National Basketball team was defeated today by the United States (102-72) within the framework of the Olympic Basketball Tournament quarterfinals.

    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

  • [09] THE US MASS MEDIA APOLOGIZE TO THE GREEKS FOR THEIR CRITICISM BEFORE THE OLYMPIC GAMES The overwhelming majority of the US mass media characterize as totally successful the Olympic Games in Athens, while there are certain newspaper columnists who apologize to the Greek people for everything they wrote against Greece and the Olympic Games b efore their opening.

    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.


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