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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-07-05

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  • [01] Special Olympics closing ceremony
  • [02] ASE opening: Decline
  • [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Special Olympics closing ceremony

    ANA-MPA/Athens bid farewell to the approximately 7,000 athletes of the Athens Special Olympics, their coaches and their families from 180 countries wilth the closing ceremony at the Panathenian Stadium on Monday night.

    The end of the Games was declared by Athens Mayor George Kaminis and the lowering of the Special Olympics flag followed with the accompaniment of the Games' hymn composed by Stefanos Korkolis.ana-mpa

    Organising Committee president Anna Despotopoulou said "Greece exists. Greece can," adding that "there is not only darkness and pessimism. There is optimism, strength and humanity."

    Timothy Shriver, president of the international movement of the Special Olympics, said on his part "thank you Athens, thank you volunteers, thank you athletes."ana-mpa

    At the beginning of the ceremony over 300 members of the athletes' delegations paraded with the accompaniment of the music of the Onirama who presented a pop rock spectacle, combined with African sounds from the Batala group.

    Earlier, the artmosphere in the stadium was warmed up with the music of the Emigre, Dimos Anastasiadis, Salina and George Sambanis. The "travellers of the world" were welcomed by Thalia Prokopiou and Themis Georgantas.

    Caption: Highlight from the closing ceremony of the Special Olympics at the Panathenian Stadium in Athens on Monday 4 July 2011. ANA-MPA/ALEXANDROS VLAHOS

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    [02] ASE opening: Decline

    Equity prices were declining at the opening of trade on Tuesday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index down 1.00 percent, standing at 1,293.41 points at 11:15 am, and turnover at 8.128 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving downward with the biggest gains in Health, up 0.38 percent, Telecoms, up 0.16 percent and Technology, up 0.05 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Public Utilities, down 4.58 percent; Commerce, down 1.69 percent and Personal and Household Goods down 1.23 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was down 0.81 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 0.95 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was down 0.10 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 18 were up, 38 were down, and 22 were unchanged.

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    [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    ‘he Tuesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The internal government discord over the Medium-Term Fiscal Strategy Framework, the European Commission's report on the Greek debt and the changes in public sector as well as the draft law on Higher Education, mostly dominated the headlines on Tuesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "One hiring for every 5 retirements in public sector".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Additional fiscal measures target 8.1 billion euros in 2011, and not 6.7 billion presented by the government's propaganda".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Higher education institutions: With 'directorate' and without asylum".

    ESTIA: "(Columbia University history professor) Mark Mazower's weighty article (in NY Times newspaper)".

    ETHNOS: "Seven changes in Universities and Colleges".

    IMERISSIA: "Bomb to tourism - Violent incidents scared off foreign visitors".

    KATHIMERINI: ęFirst arrhythmias in Mid-Term programme".

    NAFTEMPORTIKI: "Plan without result for the debt problem".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "The 48-hour strike and the prospect".

    TA NEA: "Mr. Rector you are fired!".

    VRADYNI: "Massacre in public sector - Salary cutbacks in armed forces".

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