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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-12-06

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  • [01] Streamlining of public sector
  • [02] Captain dies on freighter
  • [03] Eleven arrests in student dormitory occupied in Thessaloniki
  • [04] Akrithakis exhibition at Kalfayan Gallery, features famed 'Bar' installation
  • [05] Terror suspects charged
  • [06] Traffic restrictions in Athens
  • [07] Collective effort for economy
  • [08] Iranian FM in Athens
  • [09] Greek Superleague results
  • [10] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Streamlining of public sector

    ANA-MPA/The number of civil servants in Greece will have been reduced by 200,000 by the end of the government's 4-year term in office, interior minister Yiannis Ragoussis said in a newspaper interview appearing on Sunday, while salaries at ministries, where "scandalous benefits" continue to exist, will also be trimmed down.ana-mpa

    It was only a matter of time for such a public sector to go bankrupt, the minister said, and announced that a circular will be issued in the coming days asking for a list of staff shortages as well as one of capable employees whose abilities are not being taken advantage of in the services in which they are employed.

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    [02] Captain dies on freighter

    ANA-MPA/The causes of the death of a 60-year-old captain on the Moldova-flag freighter "CARINA I", as it was sailing in the sea region near the port of Kalymnos en route to Syria, remain unknown. A harbour corps vessel and a tugboat reached the ship immediately.ana-mpa

    When the ship arrived at the port of Kalymnos, the 60-year-old was taken in an ambulance to the island's general hospital, where his death was ascertained.

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    [03] Eleven arrests in student dormitory occupied in Thessaloniki

    ANA-MPA/Eleven young people linked to the double attack that occurred at dawn on Saturday on premises of the Aristotelio Univerrsity in Thessaloniki were arrested, following an operation in an occupied location in the University's second student dormitory in the region of 40 Ekklisies in Thessaloniki.ana-mpa

    They are eight men and three women, aged between 19 and 27, including a foreign national, who are affiliated ideologically to the so-called anti-establishment and anarchist sector. Files of proceedings have been prepared against them for, among other things, the offences of a "criminal organisation", "robbery" and the "violation of the law regarding weapons."

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    [04] Akrithakis exhibition at Kalfayan Gallery, features famed 'Bar' installation

    An exhibition of works by one of the most significant representatives of post-war art in Greece, Alexis Akrithakis (1939-1994), will be on display at the Kalfayan Gallery in Athens through January 29.

    The showcase exhibit is Akrithakis' renowned "Bar", an exceptional historical wooden installation, which belonged to an American collection and recently returned to Greece.

    This is the first exhibition of the historic installation artwork since its initial presentation at the Bernier Gallery in 1981.

    The Akrithakis display is one of the annual exhibitions held by Kalfayan Galleries (Athens and Thessaloniki) dedicated to the most important Greek representatives of Modernism.

    Known for his colorful palette and playful, though sometimes ironic, themes, Akrithakis remains one of the most important figures of post war art in Greece. Largely self-taught, Akrithakis embarked on an intellectual and artistic life that led him from Athens to Paris and then to Berlin in 1968 where he spent some of his most creative and productive years before returning to Athens in 1984.

    Two works in the exhibition are dedicated to his friends, the writer Kostas Tachtsis and the poet and intellectual, George Makris. Akrithakis kept company with intellectuals in Athens and later, in Berlin, through his wife's restaurant, Fofi's, when it became a meeting place for the artistic world of the German capital.

    A microcosm of archetypal symbols and images of personal experiences flows through his works: flowers and flags, suitcases and bicycles, the heart and the sun come together to create magical worlds in paintings, watercolors and wood constructions. In his tsiki-tsiki drawings, as Tachtsis called them, labyrinthine lines drawn in pen and ink conjure up imaginary worlds in an automatic script. Akrithakis created a visual mythology in which travel and adventure played a major role and the symbols that he used repeatedly -the suitcase, the bicycle, the airplane - evoked a desire for escape that was not only physical but psychological as well.

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    [05] Terror suspects charged

    ANA-MPA/Six suspects formally charged on Sunday on terrorism charges who were arrested the previous day in a coordinated police operation asked for and received a stay of testimony to Tuesday by the examining magistrate who has undertaken the case file.

    The six are charged with three felonies: participation in a terrorist group, aggravated arms possession and acquisition and possession of explosive materials. The specific terror group has not been named, pending completion of ongoing investigations by the police counter-terrorism squad.ana-mpa

    The arrests came in a coordinated police swoop on terror hideouts in the wider Athens area, Agrinion in central Greece and Siteia on the island of Crete on Saturday.

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    [06] Traffic restrictions in Athens

    ANA-MPA/Extraordinary traffic steps were announced by Athens police, effectively closing off the city center to cars, that will be in effect 10:00 a.m. Monday to 7:00 a.m. Tuesday due to planned events marking the 2nd anniversary of the shooting death of teenager Alexis Grigoropoulos by a police bullet on December 6, 2008 that sparked unprecedented urban rioting in the country.ana-mpa

    Central Athens will be closed to traffic from 10am Monday to 7am Tuesday while stopping and parking cars will be prohibited from 6am Monday to 7am Tuesday, police announced.

    Public transport routes will also be subject to change in conjunction with the events.

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    [07] Collective effort for economy

    Collective effort for economy

    A collective effort for restructuring of the economy is necessary if Greece is to remain a modern and prosperous country, Bank of Greece (BoG) governor George Provopoulos said in a newspaper interview appearing on Sunday.

    "If we want Greece to remain a modern, prospering country, we have only one choice: acceptance of and active participation in a collective effort for the restructuring of the economy," Provopoulos stressed in an interview with the Sunday edition of Kathimerini newspaper, adding that immediate, sweeping changes in the public sector "are a one-way street".

    -PA/ The central bank chief called the Economic Policy Program being applied since May "a historic opportunity for the country", if applied in all the areas it covers, "with persistence, consistency and determination", adding that "phenomena of hesitance, timidity or administrative unpreparedness, wherever met, must be dealt with immediately".ana-mpa

    Provopoulos reiterated that restructuring of the Greek debt is neither necessary, nor desired, nor likely, while the only open prospect is that of extending the repayment period for Greece's 110 billion EU-IMF loan.

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    [08] Iranian FM in Athens

    Iranian foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki arrives in Athens on Monday for a two-day visit to Greece, the Greek foreign ministry announced.

    During his stay in Athens, Mottaki is to meet Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas at noon on Monday for talks covering international and regional issues and also bilateral cooperation.

    The two ministers will make joint statements to the press after the meeting.

    Droutsas will also host a lunch in Mottaki's honour at the foreign ministry.

    The Iranian minister is also due to meet President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias early on Monday afternoon.

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    [09] Greek Superleague results

    Panathinaikos Athens beat Panseraikos Serres 2-0 at home in games played for the Super League over the weekend, while Olympiacos Piraeus subdued Kavala 1-0 away and AEK Athens drew 1-1 away with Atromitos Athens.


    Iraklis Thessaloniki-Ergotelis Crete 1-1

    Panionios Athens-Kerkyra 0-1

    Xanthi-Olympiacos Volos 1-0

    Aris Thessaloniki-Asteras Tripoli 1-0

    Larissa-PAOK Thessaloniki 1-2

    Standings after 13 weeks of play:

    Panathinaikos 30

    Olympiacos P. 30

    AEK 20

    PAOK 20

    Kavala 19

    Aris 19

    Xanthi 17

    Olympiacos V. 16

    Iraklis 16

    Kerkyra 16

    Atromitos 15

    Asteras Tripolis 14

    Panserraikos 14

    Ergotelis 14

    Panionios 13

    Larissa 11

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    [10] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Monday edition of Athens newspapers at a glance

    The government's crucial meetings with the EC, ECB and IMF troika and six arrests on charges of involvement in a terrorist group, dominated the headlines on Monday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Police prevented terrorist attack".

    AVRIANI: "Athens in state of siege ahead of 'loanshark chief' Dominique Strauss-Kahn's (IMF managing director) arrival".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Theatre of the absurd between prime minister George Papandreou and Interior Minister Yiannis Ragoussis".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Four-point objection to the troika".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "15,000 lay-offs in the Armed Forces".

    ESTIA: "Fresh ideas wanted".

    ETHNOS: "Police dismantles the 'Revolutionaries' Sect' and 'Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire' terror groups network".

    IMERISSIA: "Battle begins on three fronts".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Pressure for immediate changes in public sector".

    TA NEA: "They (terror group) were ready for new attack".

    VRADYNI: "Middle Ages in labour and by law".

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