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

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  • [01] Ski resorts await first snow over weekend
  • [02] Train derails, one dead
  • [03] Samaras, Rehn discuss economy
  • [04] Public transport stoppages
  • [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines 

  • [01] Ski resorts await first snow over weekend

    Ski resort operators throughout northern Greece are keeping a close watch on the weather bulletins this week as the first real snowfall of the winter season is forecast for the weekend, ending a nearly month-long period of unseasonably fair weather in the east Mediterranean country -- in stark contrast with snow-bound north and northwest Europe.

    Operators this season are expected to offer more competitive holiday packages in tune with the crisis-plagued economy, along with added attractions, such as night-time skiing.

    "We're ready, the necessary works have already been done, and the only thing we're waiting for is enough snow in order to open the ski resort to visitors. We're hopeful that the coming weekend will be the one," Thomas Apostolou, the manager of the Kaimaktsalan resort on Greece's northern frontier said.

    Other ski resorts further to the west, such as Vassilitsa, in mountainous Grevena prefecture, and the noted village of Tria-Pente Pigadia, near Naoussa, expect the forecast freezing temperatures to lure excursionists to the mountain resorts, regardless of the amount of snow that sticks to the slopes.

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    [02] Train derails, one dead

    (ANA-MPA) -- A train derailment on Thursday evening on an up-until-recently suspended route in southern Greece resulted in one fatality.

    A one-coach train travelling on the infrequent Kalamata-Tripolis-Argos route derailed at roughly 10 p.m. local time near the village of Andritsa, in the central part of the Peloponnese province.ana-mpa

    Initially three people were trapped in the wreakage. The train was either carrying three passengers and four Hellenic Rail (OSE) employees or four passengers and three employees.

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    [03] Samaras, Rehn discuss economy

    ANA-MPA/Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras had an extensive discussion with EU economic and monetary affairs commissioner Olli Rehn on the Greek economy and ND's proposals for exiting the crisis and spurring growth, during a dinner he hosted for the EU official in Athens on Thursday night.

    Samaras pointed out the faults and missed targets of the fiscal policy applied in the past year, noting a shortfall in the targeted state revenues, unemployment that was running at 12 percent, the recession that has exceeded even the most negative predictions, and inflation that was running at 5.5 percent against a prediction of 1.9 percent.ana-mpa

    The opposition leader further underlined the weaknesses of the Memorandum, warning that the measures taken "are leading nowhere", and briefed Rehn on the proposals recently set out by ND for exiting the crisis. He outlined the specific measures recommended by ND, with emphasis on the exploitation of the state's real estate holdings and the subsidisation of mortgage loans.

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    [04] Public transport stoppages

    Athens public transport employees will be staging work stoppages on Sunday and Monday in protest of the government's changes in public transport as well as in labour relations.

    Work stoppages on Sunday will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., coinciding with hours that the shops will remain open ahead of Christmas.

    On Monday, public transport will reach a standstill between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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    [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    he Friday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    A draft law foreseeing changes in labour relations, cuts in salaries in Public Utilities and organisations (DEKO) and fiscal and tax reforms, and European Commissioner on Economic and Monetary Affairs Olli Rehn's meetings in Athens, dominated the headlines on Friday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Games with the collective labor agreements and cuts in salaries".

    AVGHI: "Slavery instead of labour".

    AVRIANI: "Troika (EC, ECB, IMF) humiliated the government, the MPs and the ministers".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Government secretly preparing a new 62 billion euros loan".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "This is the Memorandum".


    ESTIA: "The vicious circle of tax evasion".

    ETHNOS: "Storm of reversals via sweeping bill".

    IMERISSIA: "Wave of reforms - New landscape in labour, DEKO, investments".

    KATHIMERINI: "Reversals in DEKO and labour relations".

    LOGOS: "Changes on four 'burning' fronts".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Sweeping reversals in labour legislation".

    NIKI: "Ultimatum on the fourth tranche".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Communist Party leader Aleka Papariga: Opposition strategy that leads people to question and reverse the system".

    TA NEA: "Storm warning: Reversals in decades of vested rights".

    VRADYNI: "Society in front of the firing squad".

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