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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-11-19

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  • [01] Greece qualifies for 2010 World Cup
  • [02] Aeolic parks in Evia, Cyclades
  • [03] ASE opening: Marginal decline

  • [01] Greece qualifies for 2010 World Cup

    Greece qualified for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa with a 1-0 victory over hosts Ukraine on Wednesday evening in the Donbass Arena under pouring rain.

    The second playoff game was played in Donetsk on Wednesday and the only goal was scored by Dimitris Salpingidis 31'. The first game, played in Greece last Saturday, had ended in a goalless (0-0) draw.

    The Greek national team qualifies for the FIFA World Cup finals for the second time in its history, after the 1994 World Cup in the United States, thus earning a place among the 32 teams to play in the final phase from among the 204 teams vying in the qualifier phase.

    The qualifying match was head coach German Otto Rehhagel's 100th time at the helm of a Greek national team game in his 8 1/2 years with the team.

    President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias, in a message, expressed his "warm congratulations for your qualifying for the finals of the top soccer tournament".

    "With your effort you made all the Greeks proud. You are praiseworthy and I wish you continuous successes," President Papoulias said in his message.

    Prime minister George Papandreou telephoned Greek national team captain Georgios Karagounis immediately after the victory to congratulate the team, and asked of Karagounis to convey his best wishes for even bigger successes to the rest of the team, the coach, and everyone else who worked for this success.

    The Greek team lineup: Alexandros Tzorvas, Nikos Spiropoulos, Loukas Vyntra, Sotiris Kyriakos, Vangelis Moras, Socratis Papastathopoulos (Vassilis Pliatsikas, 29), George Samaras (Fanis Gekas, 63), George Karagounis, Costas Katsouranis, Angelos Charisteas (Alexandros Tziolis, 71), Dimitris Salpingidis.

    Caption: Dimitris Salpingidis scorer of Greece's goal(L) and George Samaras (R) celebrate after the end of the match between Greece and Ukraine in Donetsk's Donbass Arena on Wednesday 18 November 2009 for the play offs of the World Cup 2010 ANA-MPA/NIKOS VIHOS

    [02] Aeolic parks in Evia, Cyclades

    Environment, energy and climate change minister Tina Birbili on Thursday paved the way for the construction of a 400 MW Aeolic (wind energy) park in Evia and the Cyclades Islands, in a decision released that concerns the construction and financing of a transport network for the produced energy.

    By the minister's decision, the Nea Makri-Southern Evia link will be built by the Public Power Corporation (PPC) and financed by the energy producers who have received licenses to set up Aeolic energy parks in Evia and the Cyclades.

    The investments are budgeted at more than 500 million euros and are slated for completion in three years.

    It is estimated that the new Aeolic parks will produce an average 1.2 million MWH (megawatt hours) annually, resulting in a reduction of 1 million tons in CO2 emissions per year, and savings of some 25 million euros annually for the Greek economy.

    [03] ASE opening: Marginal decline

    Equity prices were declining at the opening of trade on Thursday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index down 0.04 percent, standing at 2,527.92 points at 10:55 a.m., and turnover at 23.1 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly downward, with the biggest gains in Health, up 1.59 percent; Travel and Recreation, up 0.89 percent; and Public Utilities, up 0.54 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Insurance, down 3.19 percent; Oil and Gas, down 1.77 percent; and Financial Services, down 1.69 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 0.06 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 0.33 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was down 0.42 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 32 were up, 49 were down, and 36 were unchanged.

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