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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-01-26

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  • [01] Towers Clocks, memories of another era
  • [02] Farmers' protest continues
  • [03] ASE opening: Small rise

  • [01] Towers Clocks, memories of another era

    Tower Clocks constitute a landmark in many towns in Northern Greece and bear witness to the local history which is closely linked with the history of the city's residents. Tower Clocks have been the meeting point for the locals and the visitors throughout the centuries and are part of the citizens' day-to-day life.

    Several municipalities have started restoration works in an effort to further upgrade their town Clocks. The older Clock Tower, not only in Northern Greece but in the Balkans, is located in Yannitsa city in Pella perfecture. The 14m high Clock Tower was built in 1753 with stones and adobe. A small wooden tower which was attached on the top to protect and roof the bell has not been saved.

    Restoration works of the Grevena city Tower Clock have been completed recently. The clock was constructed in 1776 and was destroyed in 1820 by the Turks and was rebuilt in 1906. The clock is the emblem of Grevena municipality.

    The Tower clocks in the cities of Edessa, Naoussa, Kozani and Xanthi are still working, reminding to the city residents that time passes incessantly and is merciless for all.

    [02] Farmers' protest continues

    Protesting farmers from Serres prefecture intend to again block the Promachonas border post on Tuesday morning. The producers had withdrawn from their roadblocks at 2:00 a.m. due to the bitter cold prevailing in the area but they decided to block again the road indefinitely, as well as the railroad station at Promachonas for a few hours.

    The border posts of Ormenio and Kipi in Evros prefecture were open on Tuesday. According to Alexandroupolis police, farmers have lined their tractors along both sides of the road at both border stations, but without blocking traffic.

    Farmers who have been blocking the Egnatia motorway at Strymonas intersection and farmers from Orphanos municipality in Kavala prefecture withdrew from the roadblocks late Monday night.

    According to the president of the local farmers association Costas Papameris, Agriculture Minister Katerina Batzeli has pledged to fulfill eight out of their ten institutional demands concerning the cultivation of olive and almond trees.

    Papameris underlined that the local farmers will continue to support the struggle of the protesting farmers throughout the rest of the country, and explained that the reason for their immediate withdrawal results from the fact that they must return to work in order to begin the pruning of almond trees otherwise their crop will be destroyed.

    On their part, Kavala farmers decided to continue their mobilisations and continue their roadblock on Egnatia motorway at the Chryssoupoli intersection. However, the old Kavala-Xanthi national highway will remain open.

    Xanthi prefecture farmers will continue their roadblock on Nestos River bridge and will close the highway for two hours daily.

    [03] ASE opening: Small 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 0.10 percent, standing at 2,093.04 points at 11:15 a.m., and turnover at 36,776 million euros.

    The biggest gains were in Travel and Recreation, up 2.24 percent and Chemicals, up 1.65 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Mass Media, down 1.85 percent and Health down 1.75 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 0.38 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 0.19 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was down 0.11 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 56 were up, 38 were down, and 29 were unchanged.

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