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Athens News Agency: News in English, 01-06-25

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Russian theater - Gaoundeamus - Herod Atticus
  • [02] EU-Greece-Eurobarometer-Euro
  • [03] Weather Forecast: Sunny skies on Tuesday
  • [04] Greek stocks plunge to 33-month lows

  • [01] Russian theater - Gaoundeamus - Herod Atticus

    25/06/2001 19:01:10

    The noted St. Petersburg theatre troupe ?Mali? will stage its production of the play ?Gaoudeamus? at the Herod Atticus ancient odeum on Tuesday and Wednesday, following an appearance in Thessaloniki.

    Based on the biting novel ?Building Battalion? by 40-year-old Russian author Sergei Kaledin which is set amid a Soviet army construction unit comprised mostly of conscripted one-time convicts -- the production features military marching music, waltzes, folk songs, as well as segments from classical music scores.

    The novel was considered too harsh even for a Gorbachev-led Soviet Union when it was first published in 1988.

    The 10-year course of the stage production has totaled more than 400 shows around the world.

    [02] EU-Greece-Eurobarometer-Euro

    25/06/2001 18:23:27

    BRUSSELS (ANA/B.Demiris) - Greeks feel that they are not fully informed about the euro, the eurozone's single currency that will be introduced in physical form on January 1, 2002, according to a European Union public opinion poll released on Monday.

    The Eurobarometer poll conducted in May among 6,531 inhabitants of the eurozone's twelve members said that 64 percent of Greeks felt their level of information was average or not at all good on the euro, with 33 percent saying they saw themselves as well informed, or very well informed.

    Greece ranked bottom of the league, slightly below Portugal.

    Fifty one percent of Greeks knew the correct launch date of the euro in physical form, ranking slightly above the French, Italians and Portuguese.

    Concerning the planned temporary double circulation of the euro with domestic currencies, only 7.0 percent of Greeks were aware of the phenomenon's duration, slightly higher than Germans at 4.0 percent, who ranked bottom.

    Finally, 38 percent of Greeks knew the exact parity of their national currency, the drachma, to the euro, again above Germans placed last at 27 percent.

    In Greece, the poll was conducted by the ICAP market research company among 500 inhabitants.

    [03] Weather Forecast: Sunny skies on Tuesday

    25/06/2001 17:50:17

    Sunshine is forecast on Tuesday, turning to scattered cloud on the northern mainland later in the day, and probably storms on high ground in eastern Macedonia and Thrace. Winds northerly, moderate to strong. In the north, temperatures will range from 14C to 30C; in the rest of the mainland from 17C to 31C; and in the islands from 18C to 28C. Sunny in Athens, with temperatures between 19C and 31C. Same in Thessaloniki, with temperatures from 18C to 30C.

    [04] Greek stocks plunge to 33-month lows

    25/06/2001 16:22:51

    Equity prices remained under pressure for one more session on the Athens Stock Exchange on Monday pushing the general index to its sixth consecutive record-low close this year, and its lowest since late 1998.

    Traders said market sentiment was undermined further during the weekend with uncertainty over political developments surfacing in the market following political wrangling in the ruling Pasok party.

    Analysts said the Greek bourse was suffering from lack of fresh positive prospects that could lead investors back into the market.

    The general index is now 20.26 percent down from the start of the year and down 12.51 percent since its official upgrading into a developed market May 31.

    A total of 92 stocks fell to their lowest levels this year, including Alpha Bank, Coca Cola HBC, Eurobank, National Bank, Hellenic Petroleum, ETBAbank, with ETBAbank, Alpha Bank, Eurobank, Commercial Bank and National Bank were the biggest percentage losers among blue chips.

    The general index ended 3.02 percent lower at 2,702.20 points, off the day's lows of 2,690.18, with turnover a low 139.08 million euros, or 47.39 billion drachmas.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavy traded stocks ended at 1,560.21 points, off 3.04 percent, the FTSE/ASE 40 index fell 3.98 percent to 303.82 points, and the FTSE/ASE SMALLCAP 80 index ended at 844.91 points, down 4.32 percent.

    The parallel market index for smaller capitalisation stocks ended at 256.10 points, off 3.31 percent.


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