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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-07-21

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  • [01] Papandreou to meet Merkel
  • [02] The Cretaquarium sea world park on Crete
  • [03] FM: Money returned in full
  • [04] Boat with illegal migrants
  • [05] ASE opening: Rise

  • [01] Papandreou to meet Merkel

    BRUSSELS (ANA-MPA/M.Spinthourakis) - Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou will hold talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at noon Thursday in Brussels, ahead of an extraordinary eurozone Summit.

    A day earlier, Papandreou held talks with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.The talks lasted for one hour and thirty minutes and no statements were made afterwards. ana-mpa According to Greek diplomatic sources, the premier presented to the Commission president the Greek positions "underlining the particular importance it has for Greece the Greek public debt's viability, the banks' liquidity and the gradual decrease of the burden on the citizens' shoulders."

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    [02] The Cretaquarium sea world park on Crete

    ANA-MPA/Summer and sea go hand in hand but normally the experience doesn't take you much beyond the first few metres surrounding a beach. At the Cretaquarium-Thalassocosmos park on the island of Crete people of all ages can now discover the hidden depths of the Mediterranean and its fascinating marine environment, have fun and let their imagination run wild.

    In addition to viewing the marine life in the aquariums, Cretaquarium has organised a number of activities targeting all age groups that are designed to offer visitors a very enjoyable day out and some new, unique experiences.

    Among these is a workshop where participants can make their own clay models of marine organisms and then paint them, or even "invent" their own organisms and equip them with the tools they need to survive in a specific environment, or "enact" their imagined organism in a group setting. ana-mpa

    Alternatively, one can visit the specially designed 'touch pool' where visitors can observe and touch invertebrate marine species, feel the strange structures and adaptation of their bodies and experiment with touch. They also become acquainted with marine organisms within the aquarium, many of which are commonly found in Greek seas.

    Visitors can also observe divers enter the larger aquariums for routine maintenance and thus get an opportunity to see how marine animals react to the presence of humans, especially when they are offered food.

    One of the most impressive sights at Cretaquarium is the feeding of the animals, which are fed between 12:00-13:00 every day by the aquarium staff. ana-mpa

    The Cretaquarium building is part of the Thalassocosmos complex, the largest research, technology and entertainment centre in the Mediterranean. Thalassocosmos extends over 6 hectares in the northwest shoreward section of the former American Base at Gournes, Heraklion Prefecture.

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    [03] FM: Money returned in full

    WARSAW (ANA-MPA) -- Greek Foreign Minister Stavros Lambrinidis reiterated here that Athens has returned "up to the last euro of the money it has received and it will continue to do so until the end of this programme, with a very high interest rate."

    Addressing an event at the Polish Institute of International Affairs in Warsaw on Tuesday, Lambrinidis underlined that Greece has made a "super-human and unprecedented effort in the entire European Union in order to return to responsibility, both for its own benefit and the benefit of its partners."ana-mpa

    He pointed out that in recent years, "two fundamental values of the European Union are under attack: responsibility and solidarity. The responsibility that each member of the same family should demonstrate towards its partners but also the solidarity that the Union as a whole should demonstrate towards each one of its member-states."

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    [04] Boat with illegal migrants

    ANA-MPA/A 15-metre Catamaran-type sailing boat with some 129 illegal migrants on board was intercepted on Wednesday morning in the sea off Petinari, in Astakos, western Greece, by the Greek coast guard.

    The boat was escorted by the Coast Guard to port, where the illegal migrants were disembarked for counting and then taken to a local indoor gymnasium conceded by the municipality.

    Greek authorities said the migrants were mostly of Pakistani or Afghan origin and were in good health. The group included 126 men, two women and one child, while one of the women was pregnant.ana-mpa

    The men will be housed in the indoor gymnasium while the pregnant woman was taken for a precautionary medical examination. The second woman and child will be housed in the port authority's headquarters.

    According to the Astakos Port Authority, one or more migrant smugglers were possibly among the migrants.

    The catamaran was headed for Italy while the location it set sail from remains unknown.

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    [05] ASE opening: Rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Thursday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 1.01 percent, standing at 1,196.31 points at 11:15 am, and turnover at 18.247 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving upward, with the biggest gains in Banks, up 3.82 percent; Financial Services, up 3.20 percent and Insurance, up 2.17 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Commerce, down 1.47 percent; and Food and Beverages, down 0.33 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 1.72 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 0.81 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 1.93 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 53 were up, 12 were down, and 14 were unchanged.

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