CULTURE

Volunteerism: Strongest link in chain

How important it is for a president to be decisive! Athens 2004 President Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki wasted no time after reports of delays in constructing Olympic Games projects were leaked, and fired three executives in the sector. As a successful municipal councillor early on in her meteoric career, she used to stick by the rule of not airing one’s dirty linen in public. The next step is to give a shot in the arm to the volunteer movement, which has its official launching on January 30 at the Olympic Stadium’s complex (OAKA) basketball stadium. Stars of the show will be the singers Alkistis Protopsalti, Marios Frangoulis and guest star Dionysis Savvopoulos. The slogan for the evening is «Let’s all be there!» – not only at the opening but in the movement itself, on which the whole program of hospitality for athletes, officials and visitors depends. Our participation in the volunteer movement has to be the strongest link in the five Olympic rings. «Technically, the 2,600 level still looks fragile. If the general index keeps above this level on Monday, then it will act as stronger support, based on the three-day filter,» said Giakoumakis. The bank sub-index eased 0.33 percent and telecom stocks gained 0.05 percent. The FTSE/ASE-40 index of mid-caps eased 0.17 percent and small-caps lost 0.15 percent. Turnover was 139.15 million euros on volume of 81.1 million shares. (Reuters)