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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-09-08

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  • [01] Fossil mastodon tusk entered in Guinness Book of Records
  • [02] ASE opening: Rise
  • [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Fossil mastodon tusk entered in Guinness Book of Records

    A fossil mastodon tusk found in the northern Greek region of Grevena has officially been entered into the Guinness Book of Records as the largest ever found.

    The tusk is truly mammoth at 5.02 metres in length, dates back three million years and belongs to the extinct mastodon species Mammut borsoni. The previous record for the world's largest tusk was also held by a tusk found in the Grevena region in 1997, with a length of 4.39 metres.

    In a special event at the Milias Natural History Museum, where the tusks and other paleontological finds discovered in a local dig are on display, the Guinness Book of Records also awarded the museum and Grevena local authorities for their contribution to the work being carried out by Thessaloniki University's Geology Department.

    After receiving the prize, Grevena prefect Dimosthenis Kouptsidis outlined plans for a modern Paleontology Centre in the Milias are, at a site near the excavation area. ANA-MPA/CHRISTOS BLETSOS

    [02] ASE opening: Rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Tuesday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 0.88 percent, standing at 2,519.16 points at 10:45 a.m., and turnover at 20.5 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly upward, with the biggest gains in Mass Media, up 11.30 percent; Telecoms, up 2.02 percent; Health, up 1.81 percent; and Travel and Recreation, up 1.48 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 0.82 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 0.99 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 1.02 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 88 were up, 27 were down, and 13 were unchanged.

    [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Tuesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Ruling New Democracy (ND) and main opposition PASOK's plans on the economy and parties' preparations for the general elections on October 4, dominated the headlines on Tuesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis stated on elections: We can win this battle".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Karamanlis reverses the adverse climate".

    AVGHI: "Onward with SYRIZA".

    CHORA: "End to relaxation - Polls indicate PASOK leading by 5.4 percent".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "PASOK in the lead, indicate three new polls".

    ESTIA: "Third tenure is a difficult mission for Karamanlis".

    ETHNOS: "Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) leader Alekos Alavanos' decision not to run in the elections makes PASOK happier and shocks ND".

    KATHIMERINI: "Pre-electoral period with lots of surprises ".

    LOGOS: "Karamanlis challenges PASOK".

    NIKI: "PASOK one step before governance".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Communist Party of Greece secretary general Aleka Papariga's press conference on elections".

    TA NEA: "Panic prevails in ND after polls' results and Alavanos' decision".

    TO VIMA: "PASOK's response to prime minister's policy on the economy".

    VRADYNI: "Reversal in political scenery - Prime Minister's address at Thessaloniki International Fair narrows the gap with PASOK".

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