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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 00-01-23
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
 OLYMPIC AIRWAYS ANNOUNCES LOWER FARESAthens, 23 January 2000 (14:38 UTC+2)
The state-owned national air carrier Olympic Airways (ÏÁ) has announced a reduction of up to 30 per cent in the price of its airfares on domestic and international flights. The reduced airfares, taxes excluded, are to go into effect tomorrow and will last until March 5. Tickets must be purchased by February 20 and, in most cases, passengers have to stay at their chosen destination over a weekend.
Among the reduced airfares on international routes are Athens-New York (return) 108.500 drs, Athens-London (return) 70,400, Athens-Paris (return) 70,000, Athens-Frankfurt (return) 67,800, Athens-Milan (return) 70,000, Athens-Larnaka (return) 36,400 and Athens-Rome (return) 50,000. Domestic flight airfares have been reduced as well, with
Athens-Thessaloniki (return) at 18,200 drs and Athens-Rhodes (return) 18,200.
 SOCIALIST YOUTH PARTY MARKED BY FRACASAthens, 23 January 2000 (14:37 UTC+2)
PASOK's youth conference, held to elect the party's youth chairman and governing council, ended in a fracas on its opening day, Friday, when dissenting factions hurled insults and plastic chairs at one another.
The argument broke out over the delegate-election procedures, but the delegates appeared united when Prime Minister Costas Simitis asked them to abandon "self-serving pursuits."
Moreover, the Premier appeared confident that PASOK will win the next elections, albeit not stating when they would be held.
 GREEK WOMEN ARE LOWEST PAID FEMALE WORKERS IN EUAthens, 23 January 2000 (14:41 UTC+2)
Greek women are the lowest paid female workers in the European Union, according to a recent study conducted by the EU's statistics firm Eurostat.
According to the 1999 study's findings, publicised in the Athens daily "Ta Nea", a female makes about 680 drachmas for every 1,000 drachmas earned by a male, (68 percent). German women top the list, earning 89.9 percent of the men's income, while the Average European Union pay gap is 15 percent.
According to Eurostat, an explanation for this large gap in wages between the sexes is that men outnumber women on the job, especially in high-paying administrative positions. Of the industries sampled, the majority of men were manual laborers, while there were more women working in the office. However, manual laborers earn more than non-skilled office employees and have more chances to add to their paychecks by working overtime.
Another consideration is that the average age of male employees is higher than that of women. Only 32 percent of men in the industries included in the study were under the age of 30. Women between the ages of 25 and 29 earn 86 percent of what men do. The local research centre for issues concerning equality also carried out a study that revealed similar statistics for women in the workforce.
According to this study, men in the tobacco industry earn 200 drachmas more than their women counterparts in daily wages, while males in transportation earn about 1,400 drachmas more than females.
 AHEPA, U.S. CENSUS BUREAU CREATE CENSUS DAY AWARENESSWashington, 23 January 2000 (14:38 UTC+2)
AHEPA and the United States Census Bureau have entered into a partnership agreement to create awareness about Census Day 2000, April 1, according to the Greek-American organization's Supreme President George J. Dariotis. According to Mr. Dariotis, Census 2000 will form the basis for crucial decisions on important issues such as Congressional redistricting and the distribution of Federal dollars in local communities for the planning of schools and the managing of health care services.
Representatives of the U.S. Census Bureau will attempt to contact those individuals who do not return the mailed survey. Elias Tsekerides, Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., a past supreme governor, has been appointed chairman of the AHEPA Census 2000 committee.
According to Mr. Tsekerides, AHEPA plans to have a steering committee in every
state to educate Greek-Americans about the Census and the importance of completing the survey.
For more information about Census 2000, visit www.census.gov, or e-mail Census@21stCEG.com. AHEPA.
 COLD SNAP THROUGHOUT GREECEThessaloniki, 23 January 2000 (14:37 UTC+2)
Another bout of cold weather is affecting Greece,with the country's northern part having been blanketed by dense snow.
The worst problems have been encountered in Macedonia, Thrace and central Greece where vehicles travelling in the region require anti-skid chains.
 PREMIER ADDRESSES SENIOR CITIZENS IN ATHENSAthens, 23 January 2000 (14:36 UTC+2)
Prime Minister Costas Simitis promised to channel more European Union funds to the coutnry's pensioners and farmers, during an Athens-held conference of Senior Citizens yesterday.
Mr. Simitis stressed that the economy is better than ever but underlined that the country's accession to the Economic and Monetary Union is not the government's only concern.
"We care about the unemployed, the low-earning pensioners and pensioner farmers," Mr. Simitis said and vowed that additional EU funds will be grantedtothese sensitive sectors.
 BALKAN LEADERS MEET AT HISSARHissar, 23 January 2000 (14:38 UTC+2)
Balkan leaders met in Hissar, Bulgaria, over the weekend in an attempt to join their efforts in turning the Balkans Stability Pact into concrete action.
The prime ministers of Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary,FYROM, Romania, Albania and Bosnia-Herzegovina met with EU foreign affairs point-man Javier Solana and NATO official Sergio Balanzino to whom they expressed their frustration over the pact. "It's a framework which as yet doesn't have very much in it," said Bulgarian
President Petar Stoyanov of the pact. The southeastern European initiative promised the Balkans economic and political assistance and eventual integration with the EU in exchange for their respect for human rights, national sovereignty and democratic institutions. FYROM's Premier Liuptco Georgievski stated that the Kosovo crisis altered the existing climate in the region, but added that problems continue to exist among the Balkan countries. "There aren't two countries which do not havea problem in their relations," he stated.
 UK MAGAZINE ILLUSTRATES DAMAGES TO MARBLESLondon, 23 January 2000 (14:37 UTC+2)
An article published in this month';s editionof the UK maganize "The Art Newspaper" illustrates the damages caused to the Parthenon Marbles in 1937 through the cleaning methods applied by the British Museum's staff. The article makes special mention of Dr. Ian Jenkins' findings on the damages inflicted on the sculptures, as well as during a dinner party held last year by the British Museum in the hall where the Marbles are kept.