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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-01-29

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  • [01] Hospital doctors complain of staff shortages ahead of strike
  • [02] Investments in Greek wind power sector total 2.5 bln euros in 2012‏
  • [03] Greek travel balance shows 8.2 bln-euro surplus in Jan-Nov‏

  • [01] Hospital doctors complain of staff shortages ahead of strike

    AMNA -- The hospital doctors' union OENGE and the national hospital staff union federation POEDHN on Tuesday complained of acute staff shortages in the state hospital system, claiming these run as high as 6,500 doctors and 20,000-plus nursing and support staff. They were speaking during a press conference ahead of a 24-hour strike to be held on Thursday.

    mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-fareast-language: They also complained of unpaid overtime for emergency duty rosters, which they said had been cut to the bare minimum even though patient arrivals had increased by 28 percent.font-family:"Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; amna

    mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-fareast-language: They further accused Health Minister Andreas Lykourentzos of manipulating figures for hospital occupancy rates artificially, in order to justify mergers and further reduction of the national health system."Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:

    mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-fareast-language: "We have been informed that the ambulance service EKAB has been instructed not to take cases of Agia Varvara hospital but to Attikon and to the General State hospital in Nikaia, while at the same time they are cutting staff from Agia Varvara," the head of OENGE Dimitris Varnavas said.mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-ansi-language:EN-US; amna

    [02] Investments in Greek wind power sector total 2.5 bln euros in 2012‏

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; AMNA -- The value of investments made in renewable energy sources in Greece totaled around 2.5 billion euros in 2012, of which around 150 million euros were in wind power projects, a report by the Hellenic Scientific Association of Wind Power Energy said on Tuesday.

    mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-fareast-language: The report said that net increase in wind power was 115.2 MW in 2012, up 7.0 pct compared with the previous year, after a 23.5 pct growth rate recorded in 2011 – the best year in history for the wind power sector in Greece.mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-ansi-language:EN-US; amna

    mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-fareast-language: The figures offer evidence that the wind power sector is alive and has significant growth prospects. Central Greece remains at the top of wind power facilities, with a power capacity of 548 MW and a market share of 31.3 pct, followed by the Peloponnese with 340.75 MW (19.5 pct) and Eastern Macedonia-Thrace with 240.6 MW (13.8 pct)."Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language: amna

    mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-fareast-language: EDF with 298.8 MW and a 17.1 pct market share was top among the energy groups in the sector, followed by:

    mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-fareast-language: - Iberdrola Rokas with 250.7 MW (14.3%)

    mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-fareast-language: - R nergy with 241.5 MW (13.8%)

    mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-fareast-language: - ENEL Green Power with 200.5 MW (11.5%)

    mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-fareast-language: - LLAKTOR with 146.8 MW (8.4%)

    mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-fareast-language: Among wind power generator suppliers, Vestas is at the top with a 44.6 pct market share in 2012, followed by Enercon (40.8 pct) and Gamesa (14.6 pct).mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-ansi-language:EN-US; amna

    [03] Greek travel balance shows 8.2 bln-euro surplus in Jan-Nov‏

    AMNA -- Greece's travel balance showed a surplus of 38 million euros in November 2012, down by 6.0 million euros compared with the same month in 2011, the Bank of Greece said on Tuesday.

    mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-fareast-language: The central bank, in a report, attributed this development to a decline in travel receipts by 14 million euros, or 7.5 pct, to 167 million euros and a 5.3 pct decline in travel payments to 129 million euros in the same month.amna

    mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-fareast-language: The decline in travel receipts reflects a 7.2 pct drop in tourist arrivals in the country, while average spending per travel fell by 0.4 pct. Net receipts from travel services contributed to covering a trade balance deficit and accounted for 6.8 pct of total net receipts from services.

    The country's travel balance in the January-November period showed a surplus of 8.201 billion euros, down 74 million euros from the same period in 2011. This development is attributed to a 4.6 pct decline in travel receipts and a 19.2 pct drop in travel payments in the 11-month period. Tourist arrivals fell 5.6 pct in the January-November period, while average spending per trip rose by 1.1 pct in the same period.amna

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