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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-04-27

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Chouliarakis and institutions conclude meeting on Greece's proposed mechanism
  • [02] PM Tsipras welcomes Greek Pulitzer Prize winners, hails solidarity shown to refugees
  • [03] Greece hands over Olympic flame to Rio Olympics 2016 organisers

  • [01] Chouliarakis and institutions conclude meeting on Greece's proposed mechanism

    Alternate Finance Minister George Chouliarakis on Wednesday concluded a meeting with legal staff from the four institutions representing Greece's creditors, departing without making any statements.

    The talks focused on the Greek government's proposed mechanism for a 3.6-billion-euro package of additional 'contingent' measures that the IMF considers necessary.

    The aim of the meeting was to make sufficient progress so as to enable the conclusion of Greece's review at an extraordinary Eurogroup meeting next week.

    According to sources, the government has proposed a mechanism for automatically cutting spending in response to any failure to meet budget targets that is confirmed by Eurostat.

    [02] PM Tsipras welcomes Greek Pulitzer Prize winners, hails solidarity shown to refugees

    Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras congratulated on Wednesday the three Greek photojournalists who shared the Pulitzer Prize for 2016 for their coverage of the refugee crisis, during a meeting at Maximos Mansion.

    The Thomson Reuters team of Yiannis Behrakis, chief photographer for Greece and Cyprus, Alkis Konstantinidis and Alexandros Avramidis were the winners in the Breaking News Photography category "for gripping photographs, each with its own voice, that follow migrant refugees hundreds of miles across uncertain boundaries to unknown destinations."

    Addressing his guests, Tsipras said that apart from doing their mission, they're also creating art which has a special value when it presents the hard reality but is also of a high level. He also took the opportunity to hail the way Greek islanders have handled the risisng refugee flows, saying they have created a very positive image for the country and its values.

    "Along with the professionalism of Greek photojournalists, the value of solidarity is also highlighted. We warmly congratulate them," Tsipras tweeted after the meeting.

    [03] Greece hands over Olympic flame to Rio Olympics 2016 organisers

    Greece officially handed over the Olympic flame to the Brazilian organisers of the 2016 Rio Olympics on Wednesday, in a ceremony held at the Panathenian Stadium in Athens. The Olympic Torch was lit in Ancient Olympia on April 21, after which it embarked on a seven-day relay throughout Greece to reach the stadium for the ceremony on Wednesday.

    The flame was presented to the Hellenic Olympic Committee and the Rio 2016 Organising Committee during a ceremony, attended by President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos. The handover ceremony again featured 'high priestess' Katerina Lechou and the 'priestesses' in costume, performing a ceremonial 'ritual' designed by choreographer Artemis Ignatiou to music by composer Yiannis Psimadas.

    Greek singer Sakis Rouvas then took over, followed by Greek and Brazilian dancers performing signature songs and dances from the two countries.

    The flame will now be carried to Brazil for the second leg of the Olympic Torch relay, ahead of the Rio Games on August 5, when it will enter the Maracana stadium for the official opening ceremony of the 2016 summer Olympic Games.

    Representing the city of Rio was the head of the Brazilian organising committee Carlos Nuzman, who took it from HOC President Spyros Kapralos.

    The Rio Olympics are the first Olympic Games held in Brazil and the first in South America.


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