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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Athens Newspaper Headlines

The Wednesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

The government's efforts to meet the State Budget's targets, the draft law on the closure of outstanding tax obligations to be voted on Thursday in parliament, and the tax collection 'safari', mostly dominated the headlines on Wednesday in Athens' newspapers

Monday, September 27, 2010

Free admission to museums

photo by Lizzy
Admission to all archaeological sites, historical sites, museums and monuments will be free today celebrate World Tourism Day, while all sites will be open, the culture and tourism ministry announced on Friday.

World Tourism Day on September 27 was first established by the UN in 1980 and this is its 30th anniversary.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Lyceum of Aristotle in Athens to open to public as archaeological site

The Central Archaeological Council has finally given its long-awaited go-ahead for a series of mild interventions on the site of the 4th century BC Lyceum of Aristotle, which was discovered in downtown Athens 14 years ago, thus paving the way for opening it to the public as an archaeological site.

The Lyceum, named after its 6th century BC sanctuary to Apollo Lyceus (the "wolf-god", from the word "lykos", or wolf), had long been a place of philosophical discussion and debate, and had had been the meeting place of the Athenian assembly before the establishment of a permanent meeting area on Pnyx hill in the 5th century BC.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

3rd Autumn Flower Show in Athens

The 3rd Autumn Flower Shop opens Thursday at Kotzia Square in downtown Athens, hosted by the City of Athens and the Agricultural Cooperative of Attica prefecture.

The Flower Show, turning Kotzia Square into a flourishing garden, will run through October 10, open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Eretria exhibition in Basel

(ANA-MPA) -- The archaeological exhibition "Eretria: A look at an ancient city" has been transferred from Athens to the Basel archaeological museum in Switzerland, where it will be inaugurated by Greece's deputy tourism and culture minister George Nikitiadis on Sept. 21.

The exhibition was previously on show at the Athens Archaeological Museum and is organised by the Swiss School of Archaeology in collaboration with the Evia (Euboea) Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities Ephorate.

The exhibition follows the history of the city of Eretria from early until late antiquity through the finds made in archaeological digs of the Greek Archaeological Service, the Swiss School of Archaeology, the British School of Archaeology and the Archaeological Society.

The exhibition will run from Sept. 22 until Jan. 31, 2011.

Caption: One of the objects from the exhibition "Eretria: A look at an Ancient City" to be displayed at the Basel archaeological museum in Switzerland as of Sept. 21. ANA-MPA / STR


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Monday, September 13, 2010

Truck owners strike

ANA-MPa/Truck owners, including public-use fuel tankers supplying petrol stations with fuel, have decided to begin another indefinite strike on Monday during a meeting held in Thessaloniki.

The truck owners are demanding that the government withdraw a bill to "open" their profession and allow new licences to be issued.

The previous truck owners' strike brought Greece to a standstill as the country was quickly starved of fuel.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

New Pella Archaeological Museum inaugurated

Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos inaugurated the new Archaeological Museum of Pella on Friday and stressed that landscaping work on the area around the museum will begin soon.

Geroulanos also said that the ministry has incorporated the 1.6 million euros project under the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF).

Friday, September 10, 2010

THE CLIMATE CHANGE TRAIN: GREECE–TURKEY 2010

photo: British Council
Since July 2005 there has been a train service between Thessaloniki and Istanbul. The train leaves Thessaloniki at around eight in the evening and twelve hours later arrives in Istanbul with intermediate stops at a number of major northern Greece towns.
A number of Greek Climate Advocates will board the train and arrange a series of events at the main train stations in Thessaloniki, Alexandroupoli, Soufli and Istanbul aiming to raise awareness of the climate change problem and the benefits that travelling by train can offer. They will interact with the local community inviting its members to take part in a number of activities aimed at increasing awareness of the need to reduce CO2 emissions. They will also present the initiatives that Climate Advocates have undertaken both in Greece and throughout Europe.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Emotion Pictures Festival Event

photo http://www.eyewriter.org/
A presentation of the innovative device The EyeWriter Initiative, η, which allows authors and artists with paralysis to create works of art with only the use of their eyes. The device will be presented by the group which designed it, a group of cutting-edge technology scientists and researchers from Los Angeles.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

New Cabinet convenes after swearing-in ceremony

A new Cabinet arising from a sweeping reshuffle by Prime Minister George Papandreou, announced shortly after midnight, was sworn in at noon on Tuesday.

After the customary swearing-in ceremony, which was officiated by Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece and held in the presence of President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias and the premier, the new ministers, seven alternate ministers and 24 deputy ministers -- 48 in total -- were expected to head to their respective ministries to take over the new portfolios from their predecessors.

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Monday, September 6, 2010

Farmers' Association Account Programmes: FREE BOOK SUPPLIES PROGRAMME

The free book supplies programme is intended for 200.000 people: pensioners with an OGA policy, pensioners with an uninsured old-age account and to policyholders who will have cleared their outstanding insurance contributions during the time of submitting their application to participate on the programme.
It is also intended for the policyholder's protected family members who have been insured for healthcare under OGA. One of the conditions of participation is that the person interested is in possession of a valid OGA personal healthcare booklet.
Those interested will be able to receive book vouchers equivalent to the value of €20 together with a catalogue of bookstores/publishing houses (KEP).
The programme will operate between the following dates: 6-9-2010 or until all book vouchers have been depleted.

Bullfighting in Spain stops

The Parliament of Catalonia approved a ban on bullfighting. The ban will apply from 2012 and the parliament decided to stop this activity because of the low popularity of bullfighting.

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Athens Newspaper Headlines

The Saturday edition of Athens ' newspapers at a glance

Preparations for local government elections, the economy, the course of state revenues and rumours of new revenue-raising measures dominated the headlines on Saturday in Athens ' newspapers.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Annual Book Festival opens at Zappeion in Athens

The 39th annual Book Festival opened Friday in the courtyard of the Zappeion Mansion in central Athens.

The Book Festival, which runs through September 19, is organised annually by the Association of Book Publishers in collaboration with the City of Athens' Cultural Organisation and Historical Archives under the aegis of the Culture and Tourism Ministry, also features a number of side events, including photo exhibitions readings for children.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Athens Newspaper Headlines

The Friday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

Prime Minister George Papandreou's meeting with the country's productive sectors ahead of the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), ruling PASOK's Political Council meeting on Thursday, the pensions' issue, and the issue of equalisation in heating oil and fuel oil rates, mostly dominated the headlines on Friday in Athens' newspapers.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Exhibition on ... exam cheats

(ANA-MPA) -- An original and humorous exhibition illustrates how resourceful, imaginative and, of course, dishonest even the dullest students can become at exam time has been organised by the Thessaloniki University's economics department.

Athens Newspaper Headlines (Wednesday edition)

The Wednesday edition of Athens ' dailies at a glance

Significant losses at the Athens Stock Exchange over the last six months, supposed changes in the price of pharmaceuticals as well as an education ministry draft law eyeing alternative ways of entering Greece 's scores of colleges and technological institutes mostly dominated the headlines on Wednesday in Athens ' newspapers.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Ban on smoking in indoor public places from Sept. 1

As of Wednesday, September 1 there will be a blanket ban on smoking in all indoor public areas throughout Greece, with stiff fines for transgressors. The ban applies equally to work places and recreational venues, without the option of a special smoking area, except in the case of casinos and recreational venues larger than 300 square metres playing live music. For the last two categories, there will be an eight-month transitional period and the full ban will begin to apply from June 1, 2011.