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Athens News Agency: News in English, 00-01-05

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  • [01] Sports roundup
  • [02] Police patrols
  • [03] Health-flu
  • [04] Internet-Stock Market

  • [01] Sports roundup

    05/01/2000 17:30:35

    Three Greek track and field stars earned some additional international recognition this week when they were picked as last year's "Best in the World" in their respective sports by the British publications "Athletics Weekly" and "Athletics International".

    Javelin throwers Costas Gatsioudis and Mirela Tzelili along with long-jumper Voula Tsiamita were voted as top athletes in their sports for 1999. Sprinter Katerina Thanou was picked as third best in the 100-metres category.

  • Promising Greek striker Lambros Choutos will apparently not make his debut with league-leading Olympiakos Piraeus this Sunday when the team faces Aris Thessaloniki at home. Choutos suffered a foot injury in practice and is expected to miss action for about 20 days. The young striker, a star in Greece's under-21 squad, recently transferred from Roma to Olympiakos.

  • A 16-year-old player died after collapsing during a football match on the island of Crete on Tuesday. Nikos Marmaritsakis was playing in a friendly between the teams Minotavros and Ikaros when he fell down unconscious on the pitch. He was later transported to a local hospital. Heart failure was listed as the cause of death.

    [02] Police patrols

    05/01/2000 15:43:50

    Greece's public order ministry plans to release some 820 police from security and bodyguard detail to combat rising crime, according to ministry officials. The 820 police will be assigned to foot patrols to combat criminal activity, a policy which so far has seen crime levels drop significantly. "We want to consolidate a feeling of security among the public," a senior official at the ministry said. The new police resources will be assigned to eastern Athens suburbs and to eastern Attica, both areas subject to greater criminal activity, due in part to the presence of illegal immigrants.

    [03] Health-flu

    05/01/2000 15:36:30

    Greek health services are on full alert to deal with any cases of the strain of influenza that has claimed nine lives in Albania and laid low dozens in Serbia. According to Athens daily Ethnos, the Athens-based Pasteur Institute has already detected the first case of this strain of the flu in Athens. The patient has been isolated, according to the paper.The World Health Organisation has documented cases of the particular strain of the flu in at least 14 European countries.

    [04] Internet-Stock Market

    05/01/2000 15:32:34

    Greek equities remained under strong pressure for the second consecutive session on Wednesday as investors continued aggressively taking profits after a year-end rally in 1999.

    Traders said the market was nervous in the wake of sharp falls in international markets because of worries over interest rate hikes in the US and Europe.

    The general index ended 3.92 percent lower at 5,369.38 points, off the day's lows of 5,206 points, in moderate turnover of 272.78 billion drachmas.

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