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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-11-20

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  • [01] Arrest of man wanted by Albania on international warrant
  • [02] Arsonists target Nea Ionia municipal police building
  • [03] Fire at PASOK local office in Thessaloniki
  • [04] EU acquires its first President and Foreign Affairs chief
  • [05] 'Recycling Town' at Syntagma
  • [06] ASE opening: Small decline

  • [01] Arrest of man wanted by Albania on international warrant

    Thessaloniki police have arrested a 29-year-old foreign national wanted by Albania on an international arrest warrant, it was announced on Friday.

    The man, for whom an international arrest warrant has been issued by a court in Tirana, was arrested by police on Thursday afternoon.

    Police said that a loaded gun was found in the detainee's possession, while a search of his house turned up a second gun, as well as forged identity documents.

    [02] Arsonists target Nea Ionia municipal police building

    The Municipal Police headquarters in the Athens suburb of Nea Ionia was targeted by arsonists in the early morning hours on Friday, causing damage but no injuries.

    Unidentified persons threw a home-made incendiary device comprising six small propane canisters at the building, and the explosion shattered window panes in the building and the adjacent municipal aliens' bureau offices, while the ensuing fire damaged two cars parked outside.

    [03] Fire at PASOK local office in Thessaloniki

    A fire broke out at dawn Friday in the offices of the ruling PASOK municipal organisation in Agios Pavlos-Evaggelistria in Thessaloniki from causes as yet unknown.

    A team of six firemen with two fire engines rushed to the scene and quickly extinguished the fire, which caused only minor material damage.

    [04] EU acquires its first President and Foreign Affairs chief

    A European Union special summit on Thursday named Belgian prime minister Herman Van Rompuy as the 27-nation bloc's first president, and European trade commissioner from Britain Catherine Ashton as the EU's foreign policy chief.

    The 62-year-old Rompuy is the first President of the European Council (council of the heads of state and government of the 27 EU member countries), while Lady Ashton is the first High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

    The summit selected the two top officials that will represent the entire EU on the world stage.

    Caption: The EU's first president, Belgian prime minister Herman Van Rompuy (L) and first High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, the European Commissioner from Britain who holds the 27-nation bloc's Trade portfolio, congratulate each other after their appointment on Thursday by an EU special informal summit in Brussels. (EPA)

    [05] 'Recycling Town' at Syntagma

    The City of Athens announced that it will "construct" a "Recycling Town" for three days in Syntagma Square to inform city residents and visitors on ways of recycling, in collaboration with private SKAI radio/television station and Eurobank, beginning on Friday.

    From Friday through Sunday, November 22, leading recycling companies will manage kiosks at Syntagma Square and give citizens the opportunity to be informed about the usefulness, the benefits and the ways of recycling. In addition, environment volunteers of the City of Athens will distribute info brochures and be on call to provide information to all.

    The "Recycling Town" will be home to eight Collective Alternative Management systems that recycle: Packaging materials; Oils; Packaging and Waste; Electrical and Electronic Equipment Waste; Lighting Equipment and Lamps; Portable batteries; Used Tires; and Used Lubricating Oil.

    The kiosks will operate the following days and hours:

    Friday, November 20 - 10am-8pm

    Saturday, November 21 - 10am-6pm

    Sunday, November 22 - 10am-3pm


    During the three-day operation of the "Recycling Town", an outdoor photography exhibition held in cooperation with the Greek Lomographic Embassy and gallery M55 will be staged at Syntagma Square.

    Six photographers "lomo-write" about the environment: Ilias Kosidas, Athena Kazolea, Marilia Kostantinopoulou, Yiorgos Kouvaras, Yiannis Fountoulakis and Stefania Mizara. The lomo-photographs will give a different perspective on the way waste is handled in the city‚s trash containers, the landfills and the recycling centres, under the motto "Reduce, Re-use, Recycle".

    In addition, children can have fun and learn about recycling through clever events that will attract their interest:

    On Friday, the group "Ftou xeleftheria" will present the programme "You wanna play Environment?" from 10am to 2pm. The programme is aimed to raise children's awareness on recycling and the preciousness of water. Next will be the "Recycling Amusement Park" presented by the Entertainment Educational Action group from 2pm to 8pm.

    On Saturday, Trash Art creates... treasures from the trash from 10am to 3pm. Children, together with teachers and artists, can create artwork from recycled materials and arrange the city they desire and dream of living in through creative constructions.

    On the same day, light bulbs will be exchanged for energy saving from 3pm to 6pm under the initiative of the company Fotokyklosi.

    On Sunday, from 11am to 1pm, the play "Which way to Litter... Greenville" will be performed at the "Eleftheri Ekfrasi" theatre of Mary Igglesi. Topics of the play include recycling, the protection of the forest and the balance of nature.

    Shortly afterwards, at 1:30pm the City of Athens Philharmonic will perform at the "Recycling Town" and close the three-day event with music.

    Please note that on Saturday, November 21, book donations will be accepted. The non-governmental organisation "The Caravan of Solidarity" will operate book collection points at Syntagma Square, Glyfada and Kifisia. Some books will be used to stock new libraries.

    The book collection points will be located at:

    1. Syntagma Square from 10am to 6pm in the "Recycling Town".

    2. Glyfada Municipality (15, Alsous St) in the City Council hall from 8am to 2pm.

    3. Kifissia Municipality (Dionisou & Mirsinis Sts) from 8am to 2pm.

    [06] ASE opening: Small decline

    Athens Stock Exchange opening: Small decline

    Equity prices were declining at the opening of trade on Friday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index down 0.39 percent, standing at 2,487.30 points at 10:55 a.m., and turnover at 21.2 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly downward, with the biggest gains in Industrial Products, up 0.36 percent; and Travel & Recreation, up 0.14 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Oil & Gas, down 1.71 percent; Technology, down 1.57 percent; Mass Media, down 0.88 percent; and Public Utilities, down 0.73 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was down 0.37 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 0.44 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was down 0.09 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 22 were up, 46 were down, and 20 were unchanged.

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