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Athens News Agency: News in English, 01-08-01

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  • [01] Athens 2004 committee presents series of post cards
  • [02] Greek FM and Albanian counterpart discuss FYROM crisis
  • [03] Foreign Exchange Rates: Thursday
  • [04] Weather Forecast: Mostly sunny on Thursday
  • [05] Athens Bourse Close: Stocks nose up
  • [06] Archaeological find stolen from digs at ancient Nicopolis
  • [07] Indicative fuel prices: first rise in two months
  • [08] Escaped convict Passaris slips through police ambush

  • [01] Athens 2004 committee presents series of post cards

    01/08/2001 19:27:05

    The return of the Olympic Games to Greece, the values connected with the way the Games are conducted in the nation of their origin and the city which revived them, is the theme of a series of post cards that was on Wednesday presented by the Athens 2004 committee.

    Some 350,000 tourists, who will visit Greece this summer, will find the post cards in their hotel rooms, in a pilot scheme organised by the Athens 2004 Organising Committee and 150 hotels all over Greece.

    The first two post cards, the series of which was designed by children, depict the symbol of Hellenic culture the Acropolis, as well as paint of a picture of a well-balanced community that is developing and a community that will always respect the presence of children.

    The other two post cards pay tribute to the meaning of the word festival, and show a festival that is taking place at the foothill of the Acropolis, while the fourth exhibits an athlete getting set to compete in an Olympic event.

    [02] Greek FM and Albanian counterpart discuss FYROM crisis

    01/08/2001 19:06:19

    The need for a compromise solution acceptable to all sides in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), was stressed after talks on Wednesday between Foreign Minister George Papandreou and his visiting Albanian counterpart Pascal Milo on Rhodes.

    Milo, whose country currently holds the six-month rotating presidency of the Southeast European Cooperation Initiative (SECI), is currently on a tour of Balkan capitals and was in Turkey earlier in the day.

    The two ministers said the FYROM crisis had dominated their talks, while Papandreou praised the Albanian government for its moderate, European stance to the crisis.

    On his part, Milo said that he was prepared to travel to Skopje to act as a mediator in the next few days, as an official of SECI's Albanian presidency, if this would help in achieving a solution.

    Asked what solution would satisfy Albania, Milo replied that all citizens of FYROM should feel equal in a multiethnic and democratic society.

    [03] Foreign Exchange Rates: Thursday

    01/08/2001 18:35:13

    Indicative buying rates

    U.S. dollar 383.382

    German mark 172.829

    French franc 051.531

    Pound sterling 549.100

    Irish punt 429.202

    Belgian franc 008.379

    Luxembourg franc 008.379

    Dutch guilder 153.389

    Italian lira (100) 017.457

    Austrian schilling 024.565

    Danish kroner 45.377

    Swedish kroner 36.310

    Finnish mark 056.852

    Spanish peseta 002.032

    Portuguese escudo 001.686

    Japanese yen (100) 307.702

    Swiss franc 223.765

    Norwegian kroner 042.189

    Cyprus pound 588.972

    Canadian dollar 249.414

    Australian dollar 196.658

    [04] Weather Forecast: Mostly sunny on Thursday

    01/08/2001 17:22:02

    Sunshine is forecast in most parts of the country on Thursday, with the east and south likely to see showers. Winds northerly, moderate to very strong, turning gale force in the Aegean. In the north, temperatures will range from about 19C to 30C; in the west from around 21C to 34C; and in the rest of the country from about 23C to 32C. Mostly sunny in Athens with temperatures between 25C and 32C. Same in Thessaloniki, with temperatures from 23C to 30C.

    [05] Athens Bourse Close: Stocks nose up

    01/08/2001 17:17:08

    The Athens bourse rose on Wednesday for a second straight session with players focusing on small and medium capitalisation paper.

    The general share index gained 0.49 percent to end at 2,740.57 points. Turnover was 72.2 billion drachmas.

    The market has been trying to consolidate after breaking through key resistance at 2,640 points last week.

    The FTSE/ASE-20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks ended 0.49 percent higher; the FTSE/ASE-40 for medium capitalisation paper 1.48 percent up; and the FTSE/ASE-80 for small cap equities gained 2.35 percent.

    Advancers led decliners at 311 to 41 with 25 issues remaining unchanged.

    [06] Archaeological find stolen from digs at ancient Nicopolis

    01/08/2001 15:57:52

    Unidentified antiquity smugglers have robbed a marble grave stele from the ruins of ancient Nicopolis near Preveza, local police said on Wednesday.

    They said the marble stele, which was of inestimable value, measured 34cm by 45cm and had been taken from unguarded archaeological digs that are currently being carried out in the area.

    The archaeologists working at the digs reported the theft to Preveza police who are now investigating.

    [07] Indicative fuel prices: first rise in two months

    01/08/2001 15:49:20

    Suggested retail fuel prices for the coming week rose on Wednesday after declining steadily for two straight months.

    Specifically, prices for super petrol rose by 2.9 drachmas per litre, unleaded petrol rose by 3.0 drachmas per litre, diesel went up by 1.5 drachmas per litre, and out-of-season heating oil went up by 2.6 drachmas per litre.

    In greater Athens and the Thessaloniki prefecture, indicative prices for super were set at 244.3 drachmas per litre; 230.5 for unleaded; 204.4 for diesel and 199.9 drachmas per litre for heating oil.

    The government announces indicative prices every Wednesday, effective for one week, although deviations in actual market prices sometimes vary from five to 15 drachmas per litre.

    (The fixed exchange rate for drachmas/euros is 340.750 drachmas per euro)

    [08] Escaped convict Passaris slips through police ambush

    01/08/2001 15:38:58

    Police admitted on Wednesday that mistakes had been made during a botched operation earlier that day to recapture escaped convict Costas Passaris, who has been on the run for the past six months.

    Chief of Police Yiannis Georgakopoulos said it had a well-planned operation that had failed in its execution but refused to blame any particular person, saying that finding and arresting the dangerous felon took precedence.

    Passaris, who had killed two police escorts and injured a prison guard while breaking out of an Athens hospital six months ago, managed to elude arrest once again on Wednesday by slipping through a police ambush. Police suspect, however, that he may have been injured in the process.

    The incident occurred shortly after midnight, when Passaris entered the apartment of an accomplice in the Athens suburb of Neos Kosmos to find the police waiting for him. It is believed that he was injured when an officer shot a pistol out of his hand as Passaris tried to shoot at police before he fled.

    Passaris turned up in disguise, late at night, and opened the door with his own key, holding a pistol in one hand.

    Police called to him to give himself up, but he raised the pistol to shoot at police, and one of the officers managed to shoot the weapon out of the convict's hand.

    Passaris fled, and managed to escape by disappearing down a side-street, leaving the pistol behind.

    Drops of blood found at the scene indicate that Passaris was wounded in the encounter.

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