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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2004-08-27

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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 27, 2004

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] GREECE RANKS 13TH WITH 13 MEDALS
  • [02] THE WOMEN'S GREEK NATIONAL BASKETBALL TEAM RANKS 7TH
  • [03] CALM AND SOBER DIALOGUE
  • [04] THE PUBLIC ORDER MINISTER ON THE OLYMPIC GAMES
  • [05] THE PRIME MINISTER MET WITH THE PRESIDENT OF SERBIA-MONTENEGRO
  • [06] GAINS IN THE ASE
  • [07] ROUSOPOULOS CONDEMNED THE BOMB ATTACK IN THE CHURCH OF AGIOS MAMAS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    NEWS IN DETAILS

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] GREECE RANKS 13TH WITH 13 MEDALS The 28th Olympic Games in Athens have entered their final phase with only two days left before they are completed. The games were absolutely successful until now and will be completed with the closing ceremony on Sunday.

    The Greek Olympic team with the silver medal won by the Women's Greek National Water Polo team has a total of 13 medals, the same number of medals it had won in the Sydney Olympics four years ago, only this time 6 are gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze.

    The Greek Olympic team's performance in the past two days offers hope for even more medals.

    Among the most important participations today are those of Mirela Manjani and Savva Lika in Women's Javelin Throw final even though Manjani has showed during the qualifications that she is not in her best shape.

  • [02] THE WOMEN'S GREEK NATIONAL BASKETBALL TEAM RANKS 7TH The Women's Greek National Basketball team ranked 7th in the Olympic tournament occupying the best position it has ever won after defeating New Zealand 87-83.

    The Men's Greek National Basketball team will battle for the 5th place tomorrow in the game with Puerto Rico. The Greek team was left outside the final four after losing yesterday from Argentina 69-64 sharing the same fate with the Men's Greek National V olleyball team that was defeated by the United States.

    The Men's Greek National Handball team will play for a place between the 5th and the 8th while the Women's Greek National Handball team finished 10th after being defeated by Angola.

  • [03] CALM AND SOBER DIALOGUE Deputy Minister of Sports Giorgos Orphanos stated that political responsibility on the issues that have arisen in relation to the doping violation problem will be laid in the right time and refused to give more information regarding the responsibilities of PASOK government officials.

    Mr. Orphanos had a meeting with Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis today and afterwards, he announced that a draft law on professional sports will be submitted in Parliament.

    He clarified that the issues concerning amateur sports and all those that surfaced lately are not included in the draft law because a sober and calm dialogue will take place first.

  • [04] THE PUBLIC ORDER MINISTER ON THE OLYMPIC GAMES An appeal to avoid spoiling the very positive climate two days before the end of the Olympic Games, was issued by Minister of Public Order Giorgos Voulgarakis speaking of an environment of absolute security.

    Mr. Voulgarakis after thanking all the Greek citizens who helped to host absolutely successful games and respected all measures taken in every Olympic city added that Greece managed what no other country was able to, namely the people experienced the gam es both inside the stadiums and in the streets.

    Referring indirectly to the protests scheduled to take place in view of the visit of US Secretary of State Colin Powell to Athens, Mr. Voulgarakis expressed the hope that the protesters will respect what was achieved by all Greeks with a great deal of ef fort.

    Minister of State and government spokesman Thodoris Rousopoulos reiterated that the free expression of all Greeks is a constitutionally protect right.

  • [05] THE PRIME MINISTER MET WITH THE PRESIDENT OF SERBIA-MONTENEGRO Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis met today with Serbia-Montenegro President Boris Tadic to discuss bilateral relations, the situation in the Balkans and the Olympic Games.

    In the brief talk the two had in front of the cameras, Mr. Karamanlis asked Mr. Tadic if he enjoyed the games and Mr. Tadic congratulated Greece for the way the games were organized.

  • [06] GAINS IN THE ASE Gains were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange today. The general index rose to +0.74% at 2321.19 points, while the volume of transactions was at 86.2 million euros.

    Of the stocks trading today, 115 had gains and 138 had losses, while the value of 150 stocks remained unchanged.

  • [07] ROUSOPOULOS CONDEMNED THE BOMB ATTACK IN THE CHURCH OF AGIOS MAMAS Minister of State and government spokesman Thodoris Rousopoulos condemned the bomb attack targeting the church of Agios Mamas in the Turkish occupied Morfu in northern Cyprus.

    Such actions poison the peaceful cohabitation climate in the island, which is necessary in the effort to reach a solution for the reunification of Cyprus and therefore, they are condemned, stated Mr. Rousopoulos.

  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS


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