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Athens News Agency: News in English, 03-09-22

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre to perform in Athens this week
  • [02] International telecard and coin exhibition in Thessaloniki next month
  • [03] Gas stations due to announce end of strike later on Monday
  • [04] Foreign Exchange Rates - ‘uesday
  • [05] Weather Forecast: Sunshine on Tuesday
  • [06] ASE finds support at 2,000 level on Monday

  • [01] Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre to perform in Athens this week

    22/09/2003 23:25:24

    The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre troupe is scheduled to perform at Athens' Lycabettus theatre on three nights from September 23-26, under the aegis of United States Ambassador to Greece Thomas Miller.

    The dance troupe's repertoire is strongly influenced by gospel and spiritual music that reflect the african-american roots of its Texas-born founder Alvin Ailey and last performed in Greece in September 2001.

    The performances are organised by the Athens Municipality cultural organisation.

    [02] International telecard and coin exhibition in Thessaloniki next month

    22/09/2003 23:22:52

    The 10th international telecard and coin exhibition will take place in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, on October 4-5, with the participation of dozens of business firms specialising in the sale of collectors' items from Greece and abroad, the post office service ELTA and telecommunications organisations.

    On the occasion of the exhibition's 10th anniversary, a special collectors' telecard in a limited number of copies, a commemorative series of silver Greek eurocoins and a commemorative seal and envelope from ELTA will be issued.

    The Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation (OTE) has issued more than 2,000 telecards since 1992.

    [03] Gas stations due to announce end of strike later on Monday

    22/09/2003 20:19:48

    Petrol station owners were expected late on Monday to announce the end of an indefinite strike that had begun at midnight.

    ''The decision (to end the walkout) will be taken and announced formally after a meeting of the union federation's board later today,'' said the president of the Federation of Gas Station Owners of Greece, Dimitris Makryvelias.

    The union leader was speaking to reporters after talks with Deputy Finance Minister Apostolos Fotiadis.

    The strike had been ordained after a breakdown of talks with the government on the mandatory issue of receipts for gasoline.

    Electronic cash registers are to be installed at the pumps to record gasoline sales in a move to streamline taxation.

    In addition, the development ministry has imposed a price ceiling on liquid fuel in mostly island regions to crack down on profiteering with higher fuel transportation costs as a pretext.

    [04] Foreign Exchange Rates - ‘uesday

    22/09/2003 19:53:57

    Reference buying rates per euro released by the European Central Bank

    U.S. dollar 1.156

    Pound sterling 0.702

    Danish kroner 7.486

    Swedish kroner 9.135

    Japanese yen 129.3

    Swiss franc 1.565

    Norwegian kroner 8.235

    Cyprus pound 0.588

    Canadian dollar 1.550

    Australian dollar 1.703

    [05] Weather Forecast: Sunshine on Tuesday

    22/09/2003 18:33:47

    All parts of the country will be warm and sunny. Early morning visibility will be restricted in some areas. Winds northerly, light to moderate. On the mainland temperatures will range from 12C to 31C; and in the islands from 18C to 28C. Temperatures in Athens between 18C and 30C; and in Thessaloniki from 15C to 28C.

    [06] ASE finds support at 2,000 level on Monday

    22/09/2003 16:34:45

    Greek stocks ended lower the first trading session of a new week in the Athens Stock Exchange, with the general index falling below the 2,000 level one hour before the bell.

    The index, however, managed to recover part of its earlier heavy losses to end at 2,021.94 points, down 0.86 percent. Traders said the market found technical support at the 2,000 level with many investors buying blue chip stocks in the last half hour of trading.

    Turnover was a low 98.8 million euros.

    The Publication, Textile and IT Solution sectors suffered the heaviest percentage losses of the day (3.61 percent, 3.47 percent and 3.32 percent, respectively), while the Bank sector fell by 0.17 percent. The Investment sector was the only one to score gains (up 0.27 percent).

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavy traded stocks eased 0.52 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index dropped 1.58 percent and the FTSE/ASE SmallCap 80 index plunged 2.84 percent.

    Broadly, decliners led advancers by 292 to 50 with another 22 issues unchanged.


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