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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-09-06

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  • [01] Hellenic Post automated sorting centre
  • [02] PM congratulates Polymeros on gold at World Rowing Championship

  • [01] Hellenic Post automated sorting centre

    The Hellenic Post's (ELTA) new automated sorting centre in Oreokastro, Thessaloniki will be up and running in the fall of 2007, Transport and Communications Minister Michalis Liapis announced on Monday during the facility's foundation stone ceremony.

    The facility, which will cover roughly nine acres, will cost 18.9 million to construct.

    The minister emphasised that the centre will contribute to regional growth, covering the postal needs of northern Greece and serving as the springboard for ELTA's activities in the Balkans.

    ELTA's Chairman of the Board Angelos Bratakos said that the organisation is seeking to expand services and improve quality with investments totalling 300 million between 2004 and 2008.

    Investments in new technologies, IT systems, and modernisation of ELTA's current infrastructure stood at 80 million in 2005.

    Other officials attending the ceremony included Oreokastro Mayor Nikolaos Batos, Macedonia-Thrace Minister Nikos Tsiartsionis, Deputy Transport and Communications Minister Anastasios Nerantzis and others.

    [02] PM congratulates Polymeros on gold at World Rowing Championship

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis sent a congratulatory telegram to Greek athlete Vassilis Polymeros, who won the gold in the World Rowing Championship in Japan.

    Karamanlis congratulated the rower and also expressed his wish that Polymeros' victory will motivate other young athletes to become involved in the sport and to win distinctions for Greece.

    Polymeros won the gold medal in the lightweight men's single sculls final at dawn in Japan on Saturday during the World Rowing Championship at the Nagaragawa International Regatta Course in Kaizu, Gifu Prefecture. Polymeros won the final with a time of 7:17.19 seconds.

    The 29-year-old champion from Volos, central Greece, became the first Greek rower to win a gold medal in a world championship.

    He had won a bronze medal, along with Nikos Skiathitis, at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

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